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Actor Wes Bentley is no stranger to comic book roles as he's already starred in Jonah Hex and Ghost Rider but if he had his wish, he'd land one more Cbm role. A guest on the Larry King Now show, Bentley disclosed that he'd love to play Batman. "I did always want to play Batman. I liked Batman because he had no super powers." There are unconfirmed rumors that Bentley was Christopher Nolan 's pick for Batman before WB went with Ben Affleck but those rumors were never substantiated by credible sources. With Affleck seemingly locked into the role for the next several Dceu films, it looks as if Bentley won't get his wish unless WB allows Batman to appear on one of the DC TV shows like Arrow or Gotham. »
Some films are bad. In fact some films are so bad, even the actors promoting them can't deny just how bad they are, as these cinematic turncoats prove...
1. George Clooney: "I think we might have killed the franchise."
Film: Batman & Robin (1997)
Box office: $238.2 million
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 11%
"My phone rang, and the head of Warner Bros said, 'Come into my office, you are going to play Batman in a Batman film' and I said, 'Yeah!' I called my friends and they screamed and I screamed and we couldn't believe it!
"I just thought the last one had been successful so I thought I was just going to be in a big successful franchise movie. I think we might have killed the franchise."
2. Arnold Schwarzenegger: "It's the worst film I have ever made."
Film: Red Sonja (1985)
Box office: $6.9 million
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 15%
"It's the worst film I have ever made. »
As stories of Fantastic Four's production woes spread, Ryan looks behind the scenes at the body horror superhero film we'll never see...
Nb: The following contains spoilers for Fantastic Four.
Casting controversy. Months of rumours about a tortuous, troubled production. Director Josh Trank’s already infamous (now deleted) tweet. The unrelentingly negative reviews.
Having already lived through all that, sitting in a darkened multiplex and actually watching Fox’s Fantastic Four feels less like a normal viewing experience and more like archaeology.
Where is Trank, the director of the superb Chronicle, in among all this? What happened to the David Cronenberg fan who wanted to make a "science fiction tale of something happening to your body and it transforming out of your control" according to a Collider interview? The superhero movie that would fit into the "science fiction, or horror, or even drama sections" of the old Blockbusters video chain? »
As you already know, Paramount is embarking on expanding their "Transformers" franchise into a shared universe of movies, with Akiva Goldsman ("Jonah Hex," "Batman & Robin," and "Batman Forever") tasked with overseeing and hiring the brain trust of scribes to bring this all to life. And the intentions are made very clear by the names have been signed up to further the adventures of Autobots and Decepticons. Deadline reports that Robert Kirkman ("The Walking Dead"), Art Marcum & Matt Holloway ("Iron Man," "Punisher: War Zone"), Zak Penn ("X2," "Elektra," "The Incredible Hulk," "The Avengers") and Jeff Pinkner ("Lost," "The Amazing Spider-Man 2") are being inked as the initial quartet of writers for Transformers-verse, with more to come. And their credits say it all, with Goldsman and Paramount clearly not messing around, with »
- Kevin Jagernauth
We learned, at the end of March, Paramount was bringing on Akiva Goldsman (Jonah Hex, Batman & Robin) to help Transformers franchise director Michael Bay, exec producer Steven Spielberg and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura organize a "writer's room" to create a Transformers universe, a la Marvel's Avengers universe, so as to open up opportunities for more Transformers-releated sequels and possible spin-offs. Now Hasbro has reiterated the point as the company's CEO Brian Goldner told investors during an earnings call (via TFW2005): "Our plan with the studio and filmmakers, you may have heard some writers being hired and we have in fact brought in Akiva Goldsman to lead a group of writers to really create a strategic plan around Transformers. We think there are any number of stories to be told from the brand that has been around for 30 years with amazing canon and mythology. We would expect the sequel »
- Brad Brevet
As surely as you live and breathe, Hasbro and Paramount will be developing "Transformers" movies. Indeed, with the last two movies, 'Dark Of The Moon' and 'Age Of Extinction' crossing the magical billion dollar threshold, the studio wants to be keep the moneymaker going. Last month Akiva Goldsman ("Jonah Hex," "Batman & Robin," and "Batman Forever") was tapped to put together a brain trust to develop spinoffs, sequels, and more. And yesterday, Hasbro confirmed more robot-smashing action is just a couple of years way. During an earnings call, CEO Brian Goldner laid out what's brewing for one of the company's biggest cinematic toys. "Our plan with the studio and filmmakers, you may have heard some writers being hired and we have in fact brought in Akiva Goldsman to lead a group of writers to really create a strategic plan around Transformers," he said. "We think there are any number of stories to be told from the. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Hugh Jackman has played Logan aka Wolverine in seven different films. It’s an impressive number that will shortly increase with a third solo Wolverine film and possibly X-Men:Apocalypse, although at the time of writing he has yet to be officially cast. A few other names are snapping at the heels of Jackman, notably the cast of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If you include the forthcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron, Chris Evans has played Captain America four times (five if you include his appearance as Loki using magic to look like the first Avenger in Thor: The Dark World), Scarlett Johansson and Chris Hemsworth have portrayed Black Widow and Thor respectively four times each whilst the King of the McU, Robert Downey Jr. has made an impressive six appearances as Iron Man/Tony Stark (including his post-credit appearance in The Incredible Hulk).
Unfortunately for Hugh Jackman, as far as this article is concerned, »
- Brendan Bergmanski
Gary Collinson on the 2015 superhero box office showdown…
Revisiting Last Year’S Predictions
Before we turn our attention to this year’s line-up of superhero movies, we’ll start as always by casting our eye back twelve months to last year’s predictions, as Marvel continued the build to Avengers: Age of Ultron with Captain America: The Winter Soldier as well as launching the cosmic side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Guardians of the Galaxy, Fox brought together its two X-Men timelines for X-Men: Days of Future Past, Sony killed the Spider-Man franchise (again) with The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
Last Year’s Prediction - “As for the biggest earner of the year, I can’t look past The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and I expect the sequel to pull in around $700 million, followed by Captain America: The Winter Soldier and X-Men: Days of Future Past with around $550 – $600 million apiece (if »
- Gary Collinson
Paramount want in on the cinematic universe idea and after they had to hand off Iron Man, Captain America and the rest of The Avengers after Disney purchased Marvel, they aren't exactly left with all that much. They obviously have the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to exploit as production is underway on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, but I'm not sure how much of a cinematic universe there is to create there unless the turtles started going off on solo missions while vacationing in the Bahamas. So, what's leftc Okay, you cheated and looked at the headline, but yes, Transformers and as much as it will surely get people to scream, Ugh, but the Transformers movies suck! these movies make money, lots of money and consistently. Transformers: Dark of the Moon made $1.12 billion in 2011 and Transformers: Age of Extinction brought in $1.09 billion last year. On top of that, while I'm no Transformers expert, »
- Brad Brevet
Earning $3.7 billion worldwide to date, with both the latest two movies in the series — "Transformers: Dark Of The Moon" and "Transformers: Age Of Extinction" — taking in over a $1 billion worldwide each, there is not doubt that the toy franchise is not only alive, but healthier than it has ever been. Critics may not like it, but audiences (particularly internationally), really, really do. And Paramount wants more, but one movie every few years isn't going to cut it in an era when rival studios like Marvel are dropping a couple of films annually, and have already expanded to streaming services and television. So they are going to pick up the pace. Deadline reports that the studio has tapped Akiva Goldsman — whose blockbuster cred includes "Jonah Hex," "Batman & Robin," and "Batman Forever" — to assemble a "writer's room" or essentially a brain trust to develop spinoffs, a potential multi-part "Transformers" »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Lazar recently set up “It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War,” with Jennifer Lawrence starring and Steven Spielberg directing. Warner Bros. won an auction Monday for the rights to the memoir by Lynsey Addario, the award-winning international photojournalist.
Lazar first worked with Eastwood on 2000’s “Space Cowboys” for Warner Bros. Other producing credits at Warners include “Get Smart,” both “Cats and Dogs” films, “Assassins,” “Death to Smoochy” and “Jonah Hex.”
- Dave McNary
This could be a great film if actually comes together as planned. Only time will tell. Deadline is reporting that Warner Bros has closed a deal on an adaptation of the memoir It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life Of Love And War, which was a popular project as many different studios/actors were interested. The package that Warner Bros has closed on apparently has Steven Spielberg attached to direct and Jennifer Lawrence attached to star. That's quite a line-up. Andrew Lazar (Jonah Hex, American Sniper, Mortdecai) will be producing. Of course, we know that both Spielberg and Lawrence are attached to a bunch of other projects as well, ranging from the sci-fi Passengers (for Lawrence) to another Indiana Jones (for Spielberg). The book, called It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life Of Love And War, is a memoir by Lynsey Addario, a world renowned photojournalist who "goes into the »
- Alex Billington
You wouldn’t think a show like “Supernatural” would have anything in common with “Grey’s Anatomy” or “Weeds”. After all, they’re wildly different genres on different networks. Each of these shows did do one thing the same. Every single one of them killed a character played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan.
He’s the dad they love to kill, or, at least that’s what happened to both John Winchester and Judah Botwin. Even as a single guy with a thing for Scrabble, he didn’t fare so well, just ask Denny Duquette. Oh, wait. You can’t. They killed him, too. He became, for all intents and purposes, the best and most memorable Red Shirt on TV.
Foolishly, I thought maybe movies would make a difference. “Watchmen” and “Jonah Hex” both proved me wrong. He did stay alive through “Peace, Love, and Misunderstanding”, “Taking Woodstock,” “The Losers,” “P.S. I Love You »
Film Music Reporter has dropped some news concerning two of this year’s Marvel releases, revealing which composers will provide the score for Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man 20th Century Fox’s The Fantastic Four, and both have extensive comic book movie experience.
The site reports that Christophe Beck (Elektra, Red, R.I.P.D.) will be composing the music for Ant-Man, while Marco Beltrami (Blade II, The Crow: Salvation, Hellboy, Jonah Hex, The Wolverine) has signed on for The Fantastic Four).
See Also: Watch the first trailer for Ant-Man here
- Gary Collinson
14 items from 2015
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