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How do you go about adapting a supposedly unadapatable text? While faithful translations tend not to artistically successful, a faithful adaptation with fetishistic attention to detail can create something unique. While Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller had it comparatively easy when adapting Miller’s Sin City to screen as they more or less would just be recreating paintings but with moving parts, Zack Snyder’s Watchmen adaptation painstakingly recreated much of Alan Moore’s tome by hand, capturing much of Moore’s world in camera. Snyder creates a lived-in and breathing universe, a key part to selling the idea to the audience of this time-hopping opus about the natural decline of superheroism. Watchmen is often accused of being too literal, speaking in the language of comics instead of cinema, but it is precisely this literal approach that makes Watchmen a stellar page-to-screen success. By being a “literal” film, it becomes personal, »
20. Story of Ricky (Lik wong) – Starring Siu-Wong Fan as the titular character, Riki Oh, based on a manga series which eventually became an anime, marks the end of an era of Japanese exploitation flicks, before the new generation of filmmakers such as Takashi Miike took over. Unlike Miike’s movies, or other recent entries such as Tokyo Gore Police, Riki Oh’s tone borders on comedy, played up by bad voice dubbing, foolish plot lines, cartoonish gore and eccentric characters (including a one-eyed assistant warden with a hook for a hand). For a prison film, the movie never seems mean-spirited, and if anything it masquerades as a bizarre superhero flick. The effects are the main draw – Riki Oh exists simply to showcase several outlandish set pieces, ramping up the level of violence, gore and action with each new scene. Made before the days of CGI, director Lam relies simply on practical effects, »
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Blade, Spider-Man, The Amazing Spider-Man 3, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Luke Cage, X-Men: Apocalypse, Gambit, Fantastic Four, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Man of Steel 2, Batman, Suicide Squad, Gotham, The Flash, Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Vixen, Supergirl, Booster Gold, Heroes Reborn and more…
Marvel’s first Phase Three offering Captain America: Civil War wrapped production this week, after which a selection of promotional art arrived online, showing which characters will be joining Captain America (Chris Evans) and Iron Man’s (Robert Downey Jr.) “teams” in the big superhero face-off. We’ll not spoil them, but you can take a look at the promo art yourself here, and click here to read Jeremy Renner’s comments on which side Hawkeye is on. »
- Gary Collinson
Fresh from his casting in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, it seems that Hannibal star Mads Mikkelsen could be set to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with Variety reporting that he’s in talks to play a villain in Doctor Strange.
See Also: Description of Doctor Strange concept art shown at D23
This isn’t Mikkelsen’s first brush with the McU, as he originally signed on to play Malekith the Accursed in Thor: The Dark World, before a scheduling conflict forced him to drop out, with Christopher Eccleston then securing the role.
Doctor Strange is set for release on October 28, 2016 in the UK and November 4, 2016 in the Us, with Scott Derrickson (Sinister) directing a cast that so far includes Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) as Stephen Strange, Tilda Swinton (Snowpiercer) as The Ancient One and Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) as Baron Mordo.
- Gary Collinson
In Trainwreck, Tilda Swinton steals every scene she’s in as Dianna, the editor of a crude men’s magazine and boss to Amy Schumer’s semi-autobiographical character. When the film premiered last month, many expressed surprise upon learning that it was actually Swinton — she’s virtually unrecognizable in the role. Seeing it, I was reminded of her equally stellar turn in another train-related movie: as Minister Mason in last summer’s Snowpiercer. I still haven’t forgiven the Academy for failing to recognize Swinton’s work in that film — and, incredibly, she might never have had the opportunity to play the role in the first place. In Snowpiercer‘s source material, the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige, Minister Mason was a male character; but when Swinton expressed interest in the film, director Bong Joon Ho gender-flipped the role so that she could play it.
The move represents but one marker in a growing trend. »
- Adrienne Ryan
Taking one step back from the bombastic superhero mayhem and hanging up the star-spangled suit that helped take to his career to the stratosphere, The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Chris Evans has signed on to lead Marc Webb’s (The Amazing Spider-Man) family drama, Gifted.
In the works at Fox Searchlight, the report states that Evans will assume the role of a surrogate father, who is forced to raise the daughter of his late sister, a daughter who is said to be remarkably talented. Directing from a script by Tom Flynn (Highboys and Lowboy), Gifted will mark the return of Marc Webb to Fox Searchlight, after directing the beloved rom-com 500 Days of Summer in 2009. No word yet on who will be cast in the role of the daughter, though it’s understood that FilmNation is handling the international rights for Webb’s latest project.
Due to begin filming in the fall, »
- Michael Briers
Evans is set to star in Webb’s upcoming drama “Gifted” for Fox Searchlight.
Although Evans has made a name for himself as Captain America in the Marvel universe, the actor has been drawn to more dramatic roles lately. He recently starred and made his directorial debut in the Sundance drama “Before We Go” opposite Alice Eve. Evans also appeared in the critically-raved sci-fi action pic “Snowpiercer.” He can be seen next reprising his role of »
- Justin Kroll
Marvel Studios put on quite a show at the D23 Expo yesterday by revealing the first pieces of concept art from Doctor Strange, introduced by a video recording from star Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game), and then debuting the first footage from Captain America: Civil War, however, Kevin Feige didn't exactly bring the house down until he brought out stars Chris Evans (Snowpiercer) & Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker), who both received a more than warm, possibly earth-shattering, reception from the crowd. As expected, Marvel decided to keep their reveals exclusive to the D23 audience and so, if history is any indicator, we should probably expect that first Captain America: Civil War teaser trailer sometime this October (possibly when Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. needs another ratings boost). When we'll see the Doctor Strange concept art is a bit trickier to predict, but with the Scott Derrickson-directed film expected to start production fairly soon, »
As well as showcasing some footage from Captain America: Civil War [read a description here], Marvel has given fans in attendance at Disney’s D23 Expo a peak at some concept art for next year’s Doctor Strange. While the art is being kept under wraps for the time being, Cbm has put together a description of what was shown:
Images in the concept art reel reveal the classic origin story: a wounded surgeon seeking alternate ways to heal his destroyed hands finds his way to a mystical Eastern sanctuary that leads him to an order that holds the keys to another dimension. [We see] cars levitated into the air; buildings turning over Inception-style, Benedict Cumberbatch in the red cape. Tilda Swinton and Chiwetel Ejiofor in costume, bizarre otherworldly dimensions. Insane colors. No creatures, alas. But there will be. Final shot of [concept art shows]: Strange [with gray temples] doing energy blasts from his hands. grey temples. Also of note, the »
- Gary Collinson
There isn’t an authentic human motivation or emotion to be found here. The bar has been raised too high on comic-book movies for us to accept junk like this. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
I knew from the opening moments of this 187,874th reboot of Fantastic Four that it would be getting everything wrong in most shiftless ways. Because that’s when it suggests that Oyster Bay, on Long Island, is across the East River from Manhattan and has a lovely view of the Empire State Building. Which it isn’t, and which it doesn’t. That may seem like a really nitpicky sort of nitpick, but this is only the first example of the appalling laziness of this all-origin, no-story superhero origin story. Director Josh Trank (Chronicle), who cowrote the script with »
- MaryAnn Johanson
While the theatrical release of Doctor Strange is still over a year away, Ben Davis, the film’s cinematographer, makes it sound like both a faithful comic book adaptation and truly unique Marvel Cinematic Universe film.
As reported by ScreenDaily, Davis described what fans can expect from Doctor Strange when speaking at a BAFTA Masterclass in London. He said, “It has a very psychedelic grounding, and it’s not your typical Marvel action movie. Most of the work within it is about other dimensions. And I described it, I think, when I was talking to Marvel as Marvel’s Fantasia, in a way, because it’s so sort of out there and different to everything else that they’ve done.”
Davis went on to compare the film’s look to the work of famous Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher, who was known for his optical illusions and mind-bending art. »
- Justin Cook
The former Magnolia Pictures colleagues Quinn and Janego are lining up a new company and will reveal plans in due course.
Meanwhile Screendaily understands the official line is that Harvey and Bob Weinstein are pleased with the Radius model and intend to keep the label alive with no redundancies planned for the small staff.
TWC will continue to weigh up the awards prospects of Macbeth. Radius recently brokered an Svod rights deal with Amazon but was not set to release the film itself theatrically. At time of writing the Shakespeare drama was scheduled for a December theatrical launch via TWC followed by the Svod release.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Here's one of those 'This'll make you feel old' factoids - it's two years since the last ever episode of Skins aired.
E4's groundbreaking hormone-fest wrapped up on August 5, 2013 - with an older Cook (Jack O'Connell) heading off into an uncertain future at the close of 'Rise (Part Two)'.
Cook was but one of 27 major characters featured on Skins across three 'Generations' - in a total of 61 episodes, split into seven series. But where are the teen tearaways of Roundview College now?
Hoult played Tony Stonem - the pre-eminent bad boy of Skins - across its first two series. Later badly hurt in a traffic accident and forced to rely on others, Tony had mellowed by his final episodes.
Busan — Warner Bros. is to finance and distribute its first ever Korean-language movie, “Secret Agent”.
The 1930s period drama is to be directed by top Korean director Kim Jee-woon and star acting icon Song Kang-ho, who previously shared the lead in Kim’s kinetic kimchi Western “The Good, The Bad, The Weird.” Song is also familiar to U.S. audiences from “Snowpiercer.”
Warner becomes the second Hollywood studio to greenlight a Korean-language movie, following Fox Korea’s “Intimate Enemies” and “Slow Video” and its involvement in “The Yellow Sea.”
South Korea has one of the most vibrant film industries in the world. Thanks to high rates of cinema-going it is the world’s sixth largest box office territory, with a cumulative gross last year of $1.52 billion, that puts it far ahead of much larger countries including Russia and Germany. In most years recently local films have accounted for most of the box office, »
- Sonia Kil and Patrick Frater
As summer movie season draws to a close, there are still several big films set to hit theaters. First up is the Fantastic Four reboot, featuring awards-caliber actors Kate Mara (House of Cards), Miles Teller (Whiplash), Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station) and Jamie Bell (Snowpiercer) as the eponymous superhero quartet. That same week, Meryl Streep stars opposite her real-life daughter as a rock-and-roll mom in Ricki and the Flash. Later this month, the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton rolls onto the big screen the same week as Warner Bros. retro Man From U.N.
- Hilary Lewis
Oscar-nominated composer Marco Beltrami creates a stirring, evocative score for Twentieth Century Fox’s contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team, Fantastic Four.
Beltrami co-scored the film with iconic minimalist composer Philip Glass.
Fantastic Four opens in theaters nationwide on August 7, 2015.
The soundtrack is terrific and is available digitally now; on CD August 14, 2015 from Sony Classical.
Directed by Josh Trank, and screenwriters Jeremy Slater and Simon Kinberg (“X-Men: First Class,” X-Men; Days of Future Past”, “Sherlock Holmes”), Fantastic Four is a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s first, and longest-running superhero team. Based on the Marvel comic written by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, the film follows four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe that alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy. »
- Michelle McCue
Harvey Weinstein, champion of auteur filmmakers? Not always. Earlier this year, Jean-Pierre Jeunet claimed Harv wanted to re-edit and/or recut his latest film, "The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet." It's a complaint that Bong Joon-Ho ("Snowpiercer") and Olivier Dahan ("Grace Of Monaco") have also recently leveled at the head of The Weinstein Company, but even their films got treated much better than this. Essentially being dumped into theaters tomorrow, the studio has finally released the first U.S. trailer for movie. How's that for support? Kyle Catlett, Niamh Wilson, Helena Bonham Carter, Callum Keith Rennie, and Judy Davis star in the movie about a young boy who wins a contest at the Smithsonian Institute, which changes his life. Here's the official synopsis: T.S. Spivet lives on a ranch in Montana with his mother who is obsessed with the morphology of beetles, his father (a cowboy born a hundred years. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
20th Century Fox and Sony Classical have unveiled full details on the upcoming soundtrack album for the Josh Trank-directed Fantastic Four, which stars Michael B. Jordan (Creed), Miles Teller (Whiplash), Kate Mara (The Martian), Jamie Bell (Snowpiercer), and Toby Kebbell (Warcraft) in the lead roles. The album features music composed by the duo of Marco Beltrami (The Wolverine) & Philip Glass (The Hours) and will be released everywhere on August 14th, a week after the film's worldwide release. Check out the full track list below: 1. Fantastic Four Prelude 2. The Garage 3. The Unveiling 4. Baxter 5. “All My Faith” 6. The Lab 7. Meeting of the Minds 8. It Begins 9. Building the Future 10. Launch One 11. Neil Armstrong 12. Maiden Voyage 13. Footprints 14. “Run” 15. Ben’s Drop 16. Real World Applications 17. Under Pressure 18. The Search 19. “You’re Going to Like This One” 20. Father and Son 21. Return 22. He’s Awake 23. Pursuit 24. Strength in Numbers 25. End Titles 26. Another Body (Digital Bonus Track »
Earlier this month it was rumoured that Rachel McAdams (True Detective) was in talks with Marvel Studios for the female lead in Doctor Strange, and now the actress has confirmed that she has had discussions about the Phase Three project.
Speaking to the Los Angeles Times, McAdams – McAdams was previously offered the role of Pepper Potts in Iron Man only to turn it down – stated that: “It’s still super-early days, and I don’t know where that’s gonna go, if it’s gonna go anywhere at all.”
Doctor Strange is set for release on November 4th 2016, with Scott Derrickson (Sinister) directing a cast that so far includes Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) as Stephen Strange alongside Tilda Swinton (Snowpiercer) as The Ancient One and Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) as Baron Mondo. »
- Gary Collinson
Doctor Strange just got a whole lot stranger. Just when fans were becoming acclimated to the fact that iconic Marvel character The Ancient One was getting gender swapped, with Tilda Swinton taking on the role, it has come to light that she might be pulling a Victor Victoria type ruse. At this point, she really doesn't know what Marvel has planned. And she could end up playing the character as a man.
While Marvel has explored group dynamics, otherworldly superpowers and science fiction, it will move into the realm of magic and mysticism with Doctor Strange. And it's something audiences haven't seen in this landscape before. After a long and grueling casting process that saw quite a few actors come and go, Benedict Cumberbatch finally accepted the title role as Dr. Stephen Strange, a neurosurgeon who becomes a Sorcerer after injuring his hands in a car accident. The movie is being directed by Scott Derrickson, »
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