CHICAGO – Before 1998’s “The Big Lebowski” there was 1996’s “Kingpin”, the Farrelly brothers bowling comedy that didn’t have the narrative intricacies of the Coen brothers’ classic, but had plenty of jokes about middle-aged men playing the sport. Today finds the release of “Kingpin” to Blu-ray for the first time, coming with only one new special feature.
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There may be news of Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon returning to the Bourne series, but that’s not the only thing the director has going. Greengrass (above, working with Tom Hanks on Captain Phillips) is now attached to direct The Tunnels, a film that could be based on a true story from the Cold War, in which a group of people seek to escape East Berlin in the late ’80s.Paul Greengrass The Tunnels
This comes about as FilmNation Entertainment picked up film rights to a proposed book by Greg Mitchell — not the supernatural fiction author, but the writer of a set of books that explore the intersection of media and politics, such as The Campaign of the Century: Upton Sinclair’s Race for Governor of California and the Birth of Media Politics, and Atomic Cover-Up: Two U.S. Soldiers, Hiroshima & Nagasaki, and The Greatest Movie Never Made.
Mark Gordon (The Messenger, Saving Private Ryan) is set to produce as Greengrass is attached to direct. We don’t have a timetable for the film — it sounds as if the deal for the rights was just made. With no book yet finished, a script is likely months off.
Variety reports, saying that Mitchell’s proposal is “the untold true story of a great escape before the Berlin Wall fell in 1989. The story focuses on a group of West Germans trying to get their loved ones out of East Berlin, with the unlikely help of American news networks, who funded their expedition.”
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The doors just opened at the Mondo Gallery in Austin, Texas for the 75 Years of Batman Gallery Show. A full show, officially licensed, celebrating all things revolving around the Caped Crusader. We’ve previously shown you a few beautiful posters from the show, but now that the doors are open we can reveal the rest. They’re beautiful.
Better than that, no matter what Batman is your favorite, it’s represented. There’s 1966 Batman, Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Returns, Batman Beyond, Gotham by Gaslight, Year One, and of course plenty of your favorite villains. Below, check out all the posters from the Mondo Batman 75 show.
Here are all the Mondo Batman 75 posters in the show, most of which are just being revealed now. Below, find the official titles, sizes and editions.
And there are also originals in the show.
Ace the Bathound
Artist: Tiny Kitten Teeth
Edition of 75
Artist: Martin Ansin
Edition of 375
Artist: Jason Edmiston
Edition of 150
Artist: Gianmarco Magnani
Edition of 300
Artist: Brandon Holt
Edition of 275 Regular / 125 Variant
Artist: Alex Pardee
Edition of 200
Artist: Alex Pardee
Edition of 200
Artist: Kevin Tong
Edition of 275 Reg / 150 Variant
Artist: Kilian Eng
Edition of 325
The Black Mirror
Artist: Jock / Francesco Francavilla
Edition of 275
Artist: Craig Drake
Edition of 175
The Dark Knight
Artist: Kevin Tong
Edition of 275 Regular / 150 Variant
The Dark Knight Returns
Artist: JC Richard
Edition of 275
The Dark Knight Rises
Artist: Jay Shaw
Edition of 100
The Dark Knight Rises
Artist: Kevin Tong
Edition of 275 Regular / 150 Variant
A Death in the Family
Artist: We Buy Your Kids
Edition of 135 Regular / 75 Variant
Gotham by Gaslight
Artist: Tom Whalen
Edition of 250
Artist: Craig Drake
Edition of 225
Heart of Ice
Artist: Phantom City Creative
Edition of 225 Regular / 125 Variant
Artist: Jason Edmiston
Edition of 225
Artist: Francesco Francavilla
Edition of 225
Artist: Gianmarco Magnani
Edition of 175
Artist: Jason Edmiston
Edition of 200
Edition of 225
Watch the World Burn
Artist: Jason Edmiston
Edition of 275
Edition of 250 Regular / 125 Variant
Artist: Matt Taylor
Edition of 300
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Peter Jackson doesn’t shy away from the idea of making epic-length stories, and of creating conflicts within them that match the overall scope of his Middle-Earth films. The Lord of the Rings films are known for absolutely massive battles, but the final Hobbit film, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is the only one which actually features the word “battle” in its title. Accordingly, the actual Battle of the Five Armies will be truly massive: 45 minutes long.
Along with a bit of info on the battle, we’ve got the film’s final poster, a couple other great pieces of art, and one more detail. When the final Hobbit film hits theaters, it will be accompanied by a theatrical preview of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Let’s do the Batman v Superman bit first, and then we’ll move on. Forbes has been told that the Batman v Superman trailer will be in front of The Battle of the Five Armies, but that it might actually premiere elsewhere first. (There’s even supposition that Interstellar could feature a surprise trailer debut, but we don’t have any intel on that yet.)
Now, on to the actual Hobbit film.
EW has a great deal of info on the final chapter of The Hobbit. Of the battle, Jackson explains, “There’s a lot of logistics that have to be thought through. We have dwarves and men and elves and orcs, all with different cultures, with different weapons, and different shields and patterns and tactics.”
And here’s where the potential spoilers begin, so read no further if you don’t want to know more. (The story is obviously not new, but we’ll understand if you haven’t read the book and just want to experience the film.)
There are also eagles. The Lord of the Eagles will be here, and Jackson is trying not to have the creatures appear just as feathered deus ex machina.
Tolkien uses eagles in a way that can be kind of awkward because they tend to show up out of the blue and change things pretty quickly. So here they’re just part of the plan, not the saviors. I mean, I do realize that if the eagles had just been able to bring Frodo to Mount Doom in Lord of the Rings and let him drop the ring in, those movies would have been much shorter.
Here’s the battle plan for the sequence, as given to EW.
And here are two more giant images.
Here’s the final poster.
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Buddy the Elf will be back this winter to spread holiday cheer. But he may look and sound a bit different than you remember.
NBC has set Jim Parsons to voice Santa’s not-so-little helper in Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas, a stop-motion animated holiday special set to air next month. The character was played by Will Ferrell in the 2003 live-action movie. Hit the jump for more details on the Elf TV special.
Deadline reports Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas will air December 16 at 8 PM on NBC. Joining Parsons in the voice cast are Mark Hamill, Ed Asner, Fred Armisen, Jay Leno, Matt Lauer, Gilbert Gottfried, Kate Micucci, Rachael MacFarlane, Max Charles and Steve Higgins. The hourlong show will include nine musical numbers in all.
Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas will be based on both the original movie and the hit Broadway show it inspired — meaning it’s essentially a remake. Like the film, the Elf TV special involves an elf named Buddy who discovers he is human, and subsequently travels to New York City to meet his long-lost father.
Buddy is initially greeted with suspicion and irritation by his father, who isn’t much of a holiday person. But through his unrelenting goodwill and cheer, Buddy eventually teaches his new family about the true meaning of Christmas. The Elf TV special will be narrated by Santa, like the stage snow, rather than Papa Elf, like the film.
While we don’t yet know which of the other actors are playing which of the other characters, Parsons is frankly perfect casting for Buddy. (Well, as perfect as anyone who isn’t Will Ferrell could possibly be, anyway.) He has childlike glee down to an art in his hit show The Big Bang Theory.
Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas is one of many, many film-to-TV adaptations in the works at various networks. But as far as those things go, an Elf TV special isn’t a bad idea. The show looks like a fun, contemporary update on the stop-motion holiday specials of years past.
For a taste of Parson’s musical skills, check out his Saturday Night Live monologue from earlier this year:
How can you get the best Rocket and Groot collectible out there today? Want to see a new image of Ultron in Avengers: Age of Ultron? Is there a new Wonder Woman Lego out? Which Marvel movie had Stan Lee‘s favorite cameo? What did Stephen Colbert dress as at Comic-Con? Did Jada Pinkett-Smith bring something weird to her Gotham audition? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits.
Gentle Giant has probably the best looking Rocket and Groot collectible to date.
Batman looms large over this college library.
Comic Book Movie uncovered this Avengers: Age of Ultron image. It’s unclear if it’s real or not.
Wait, what did Jada Pinkett Smith bring to her Gotham audition? A man on a leash.
Love this via Reddit. A dad and his kids put together Wonder Woman‘s Invisible Jet.
Film School Rejects attempted to make sense of the history behind Doctor Strange casting.
This Batvan, although possibly fake, is all kinds of cool.
In a Twitter Q&A, Stan Lee said his favorite Marvel cameo is the one he filmed for Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Awesome Age of Ultron poster by Matt Ferguson.Continue Reading Superhero Bits >>
Due to the amount of graphics and images included in Superhero Bits, we have to split this post over TWO pages. Click the link above to continue to the second page of Superhero Bits.
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Over the past six years, we’ve seen Robert Downey Jr.‘s Tony Stark go through all sorts of crap. He’s been captured and imprisoned, fallen in love, made new superpowered friends, struggled with booze, battled aliens, developed PTSD, removed his arc reactor, and through it all become a slightly better person than he was in the first Iron Man.
But some things about the character will never change. He’ll always mouth off the first chance he gets, he’ll always suffer unresolved daddy issues, he’ll always have an outsized ego, and — as a funny GIF set shows — he’ll always inspire people to attack him in a very specific way. See what we’re talking about after he jump.
The GIF set went up on Cheezburger.
Yup, the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer reveals that one major constant in Tony’s life is a weird tendency to get grabbed by the throat. Or maybe it’s not that weird. The guy is charismatic, but he’s also incredibly exasperating. Getting attacked by enemies is one thing, but even ostensible allies like Thor seem unable to resist. Tony did snark about Thor wearing his mother’s drapes that one time in Avengers, after all.
Avengers: Age of Ultron lands May 1, 2015 with all the Tony Stark throat grabbing you could possibly want.
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We don’t know what the Star Wars spinoff directed by Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) is about, and in fact we don’t know much, beyond the release date — the current date for the film is December 16, 2016 — and fact that Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli) is writing, But now we know who is shooting the movie. The first Star Wars spinoff cinematographer is Greig Fraser. He shot Foxcatcher and Zero Dark Thirty, and will now oversee the camera department for Edwards.
HitFix interviewed Fraser, getting right to the point with “And you’re doing a Star Wars movie!” Fraser said,
And then I’m doing a fucking “Star Wars” movie, which is like – I don’t know about you but “Star Wars” is like my first film love, do you know what I mean? … Gareth is doing a standalone film. Of course I do know some specifics, but it’s obviously something I’ve signed my kidneys away for.
Asked if he could give any details, the answer was, of course, “no.”
No. I can’t tell you what it’s about. I think I signed my left kidney to Disney and my right kidney to George Lucas. So I’d hate to be talking to you next time when I’m on dialysis.
Fraser is a neat choice, as his resume isn’t littered with big-budget effects films. Sure, there’s one: Snow White and the Huntsman. But the rest of his notable work is characterized by a more grounded sensibility. In addition to the films mentioned above, he shot The Gambler (check out the first red-band trailer here), Let Me In, Bright Star, and Killing Them Softly. Those are all very good-looking films that prioritize character and push storytelling into a direction that works based on something other than pure spectacle.
Given Edwards’ films we’d expect a Star Wars spinoff that is maybe a bit more muted than the core Episodes, and this choice reinforces that idea. Not that they’re going to make a Star Wars art film, but perhaps this movie will have a tone and visual style that sets it apart from the central films, in addition to the new story approach.
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The ABCs of Death 2 gives twenty-six directors (or, in some cases, directorial teams) the chance to explore whatever mean, violent, strange ideas they want. Each is anchored only with a letter, a small budget, and a running time of just a few minutes. One director is Rodney Ascher, who made Room 237, and is now making a film about sleep paralysis.
We have an interview coming with Ascher where he talks about his work on the anthology film, but for now we’re going to give him room to talk about one of his favorite death scenes. What’s better is that he has chosen a movie I expect most people haven’t seen: the relatively obscure Songs From the Second Floor.
Here Ascher goes into great detail about one bit in Songs From the Second Floor.
Songs From the Second Floor is probably the most depressing movie I ever watched twice on the same day. But its also funny and scary and downright beautiful (both on its surface and for the audacity of its style.)
It’s comprised of just 46 single-shot scenes (most of them static, each running an average of a little over 2 minutes) and is justly praised on the considerable strength of these impeccably composed and staged tableaus which sometimes evoke monumental oil painted panoramas. Slowly, and methodically they come together to tell a story of society’s slow collapse into total apocalypse. It feels a little like a lost Nick Cave / Terry Gilliam collaboration, not that any of us deserve such a thing.
Most of the conversations I’ve heard about it focus on what’s within these frames, but there’s real magic in the sequencing too – my favorite 4 shots play in a row and tell the tale of an especially elaborate, tragic, and ultimately futile human sacrifice. Although the sequence is chronological, we only grasp the significance of the first two shots after the third.
Shot 1: A small group of workers, politicians, paramedics, and military types are standing on a beach at the edge of a cliff. Eventually a cloth dummy plummets down onto the rocks to be carried away on a stretcher. Apparently this was a test.
Shot 2: A self-conscious little girl is being lectured about the wisdom of authority (“They’ve read all the books!”) and that the world has winners and losers (“Everyone can’t come to your birthday party, can they? They’d get a piece of cake no bigger than a crumb”) by a friendly psychologist. The scene is set in a massive, ornate room, where the girl is being sternly scrutinized by a few dozen self-important parliamentarians
Shot 3: An insanely grand ceremony, hundreds of extras including representatives of the Church, the Government, & the Military, joined by countless upstanding citizens, all silently witnessing this girl, now blindfolded, as she’s led to a plank looming off a cliff top. The real-time walk from foreground to the edge is excruciatingly painful and suspenseful, leveled only by the absurd pomp of the whole affair and the grim slapstick of the final delicate push over the edge. Afterwards we’re forced to wait a sadistically long and awkward time before tinny, pre-recorded hymns play over a loudspeaker as one of the bleakest punchlines in cinematic history.
And finally, Shot 4: Guilt, regret, self-justification, (and fear?) as many of the dignitaries drink themselves into oblivion in the wee hours of that horrible evening, vomiting over their formal wear.
This is a death scene I still haven’t shaken off in the 13 years since I first saw it even though the girl barely had a line. (Did I mention her parents helped lead her to the cliff? Oh lord, it was even worse rewatching it now that I have a kid.)
Here’s the Songs From the Second Floor trailer, which is not safe for work due to nudity.
The ABCs of Death 2 is on VOD now, and will be in theaters on October 31.
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Page 2: Toy Story, Sunshine, Star Wars, Star Trek, Hitchcock, Breaking Bad, The Shining, Mars Attacks
Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 36 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness.
Header Photo: Jurassic Toy Story t-shirt
Why The Cosby Show Pilot Was the Most Important Pilot in Sitcom History
When Will Big Hollywood Studios Aggressively Produce Original Shows For Digital TV?
Icarus II–Last Exit to Nowhere’s latest tee is based on Sunshine
Why Christian Bale will play an amazing Steve Jobs
The Touching Reason Elsa Was Made A Hero In Frozen
Check Out These Rare Shots of the Amazing Models Used for the Original ‘Star Wars‘ Trilogy
Critics Are (Almost) Always Horrible People In Movies
A Visual Guide to All the Amazing Stuff You Forgot Was In ‘Mortal Kombat‘
Today is a good day to not die, but ogle this wonderful Worf figure!
Amblin TV Sets Comedy ‘The 3 Lives of Larry’ at ABC
Watch: 13-Minute Tribute To Alfred Hitchcock Celebrates The Films Of The Master Of Suspense
TLC Cancels ‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,’ Citing Concern for ‘Health and Welfare’ of Kids
BAD TURN WORSE Character Posters
TBS Orders ‘Wrecked’ Deserted Island Comedy Pilot That Echoes ‘Lost’Continue Reading Page 2 >>
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The trailer premiere for Avengers: Age of Ultron was originally set to take place during the October 28 episode of Agents of SHIELD. A bootleg leak of the trailer changed that, and Marvel was smart enough to respond to the leak with an official trailer release. So what does that mean for next week’s episode of SHIELD?
Despite the fact that the show’s second season is improved from the first, I saw a few jokes about millions of people deleting the episode from their DVR once the trailer leaked. Marvel doesn’t want that to happen, and will show some new Age of Ultron footage during the show when it airs next Tuesday.
We don’t know what Marvel will be showing from the film, or how much footage there will be. But the studio announced a press event taking place in Hollywood that morning, at which we’ll likely see whatever Marvel is planning to show that night. We’ll report more after that.
Additionally, on Tuesday, November 4, ABC will air the special Marvel 75 Years: From Pulp to Pop! which will have yet another bit of Age of Ultron material. [via ComingSoon]
Avengers: Age of Ultron opens on May 1, 2015.
When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.
Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision.
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Last week we got word Warner Bros. and DC are eyeing a whole bunch of white-hot talents for Suicide Squad, the supervillain team-up story to be directed by David Ayer. But it seems one of its stars could be someone already in the Warner Bros./DC family.
A new report indicates Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice baddie Jesse Eisenberg is in talks to reprise his role as Lex Luthor in Suicide Squad — which could complicate his involvement in some other projects. Hit the jump for the possible Jesse Eisenberg Suicide Squad casting.
Deadline has heard that Warner Bros. is “in discussions” with Eisenberg about playing Lex Luthor again for Suicide Squad. As of last week, the other actors rumored for the film included Will Smith, Tom Hardy, Margot Robbie, and Ryan Gosling.
The film follows a group of supervillains offered the chance to redeem themselves and reduce their sentences by going on risky, borderline suicidal, black-ops missions for the U.S. government. (Or, as Ayer so succinctly put it, “it’s Dirty Dozen with supervillains.”) In the comics, the team doesn’t include big names like Lex Luthor, but maybe it’ll be a different story in the movie.
Eisenberg was non-traditional casting for Lex Luthor, and since Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice doesn’t open for another year and a half we don’t know yet how Warner Bros.’ decision will pan out. But he is a big name that can definitely hold his own against the likes of Smith and Gosling. Plus, his world-famous villain could be a useful hook for a film that centers mostly around second- and third-tier DC characters.
If Eisenberg takes the job, however, it could mess with his plans to star in Todd Phillips’ Arms and the Dudes. It will probably not affect his commitment to Now You See Me 2, since that’s further along.
Eisenberg kept a relatively low profile this year, appearing in two indies (Night Moves and The Double) and one animated pic (Rio 2). But 2016 will definitely be a different story, with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice scheduled for March 25, 2016 and Now You See Me 2 set to open a couple months later. His other upcoming roles include the David Foster Wallace drama The End of the Tour and the action comedy American Ultra.
Suicide Squad is expected to open August 5, 2016.
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Star Wars is a pretty family-friendly film series, right? WRONG. It is a bonanza of death and murder, as shown in a video that tallies every on-screen death in the original trilogy. Guess what the final number is. No, it’s probably higher. This video compiles all on-screen Star Wars deaths from the OT — animal, clone, and human — with some estimates coming for the bigger moments, such as the destruction of Alderaan.
Note: this video does not take into account childhoods murdered by the Special Editions.
And, yeah, for some reason this video is set to Girl Talk’s ‘Play Your Part, Pt. 1′ mix. So when the beats start up as stormtroopers are going down in the hallway of the blacked runner, just go with it.
What’s the least deadly film in the original trilogy? Empire, of course — not having the destruction of a planet or planetoid-sized space station keeps the body count low. But that damage to a Star Destroyer still pushes the toll into the thousands.
The video comes from Digg, which used Wookieepedia to estimate things such as the population of Alderaan, the crew numbers for ships destroyed in the series, and the workers and everyone else stuck on the two ill-fated Death Stars.
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Jack O’Connell may well be the next big guy to watch. After his stint on Skins, he showed up in 300: Rise of an Empire and ’71, and received rave notes for his work in Starred Up. Holding the lead role in Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken means that half the families in the US are going to know his face after that film opens at Christmas. And now he might be the man for Terry Gilliam — The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. He would play, according to the most recent draft of the script, a guy who is connected to a Don Quixote movie which has had a fairly undesirable effect on some audiences.
The latest Man Who Killed Don Quixote casting report comes from Baz Bamigboye, who passes on word from John Hurt that Gilliam is eyeing O’Connell, and that the actor is “in discussions about appearing with Hurt in the Quixote film, which could shoot in autumn next year.” Hurt is quoted saying “Jack’s Derbyshire born and bred, so it will be fun to work with him.”
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote has so far turned out to be an appropriately (but not pleasantly) quixotic project for Gilliam. It originally went before cameras in 2000, and was shut down by disasters chronicled in the Lost in La Mancha documentary. Gilliam and screenwriter Terry George have attempted to revive it a couple times in the decade and a half since, with significant script rewrites and new casts changing the film each time.
Will it get made with Hurt and O’Connell? At this point who knows?
Gilliam explained the story’s current state a couple months back:
I keep incorporating my own life into it and shifting it. The basic underlying premise of that the version Johnny was involved in was that he actually was going to be transported back to the 17th century, and now it all takes place now, it’s contemporary. It’s more about how movies can damage people… Our main character actually made a Don Quixote movie a lot earlier in his history, and the effect it had on many people wasn’t very nice. Some people go mad, some people turn to drink, some people become whores.
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James Franco‘s Hollywood dramedy Zeroville is putting together quite an impressive Hollywood cast. Franco himself is set to star as well as direct, and now we have word he’ll be joined by — take a deep breath — Seth Rogen, Will Ferrell, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Dave Franco, Jacki Weaver, Horatio Sanz, Joey King, and Megan Fox.
Based on the 2007 novel by Steve Erickson, Zeroville centers on an alienated movie lover who makes his way to Los Angeles in the late ’60s. Hit the jump for Zeroville cast details including character info.
Franco first optioned Zeroville in 2011 but only began shooting recently in California. Last month, he was spotted at the Venice Film Festival sporting a shaved head with a tattoo of A Place In The Sun stars Montgomery Clift and Elizabeth Taylor — just like his character has in the book.
The plot follows Franco’s Ike Jerome (nicknamed “Vikar”), a young and awkward architecture student obsessed with cinema. He heads to Hollywood in 1969, just as the industry is entering a transitional phase. Vikar makes a striking impression on those around him, including several movie icons. Eventually he breaks into the industry himself to become a film editor, entering a dizzying world of sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll. Paul Felton and Ian Olds wrote the script.
Rogen has been cast as a young John Milius, known in the book as Viking Man — an “eccentric, cigar-chomping, surf-hippy” who helps guide Vikar. Weaver plays Vikar’s mentor and friend, Fox will play femme fatale type Soledad, and McBride will be a nefarious financier.
Several of Franco’s new castmates have starred opposite him before. In fact, Rogen, McBride, and King all appeared in Franco’s most recently released directorial effort, the literary adaptation The Sound and the Fury. However, Zeroville will be his first time working with Ferrell, Weaver, Fox, and Sanz.
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Ninety percent of action movies are derivative. Carbon copies of better movies that came before them. They can be enjoyable, but are often forgettable. Then there’s the other ten percent. Those movies are something special. They originate and innovate, and rise about the rest by being different and surprising. However, by definition, even the best of the best employ many of the same beats. Punching, kicking, shooting, and explosions are the building blocks of an action movie. The ninety percent use them in ways we’ve seen before. The rest mix them up in ways we don’t expect. John Wick is among the ten percent.
In the first film by accomplished stunt coordinators Chad Stahelski and David Leitch, Keanu Reeves stars as an unstoppable assassin hell-bent on revenge after thugs steal his car and kill his dog. We’ve seen the assassin revenge story a hundred times, but John Wick feels different because it’s set in a unique, dirty, and lived-in world. Everyone has a reputation. Connections. They know each other. This is a place with a rich history simmering below the surface action of guns, choke holds and car crashes. What makes John Wick a standout action film is that it makes us curious.
John Wick really grabbed my attention was about 15 minutes in. After the basic set up, bad guy Iosef (Alfie Allen, aka Theon Greyjoy from Game of Thrones) brings Wick’s stolen car to a chop shop run by Aureilo, played by John Leguizamo. Aureilo recognizes the car and asks where Iosef got it. In that moment, you know John Wick is different. Does Aureilo know who Wick is? How? Is he scared of Wick? Why? And what’s he going to do about it? All of that starts to snowball; it pays off when the mob boss, Viggo (Michael Nyqvist), also reveals he’s aware of John Wick’s reputation. Instantly were told there’s much more to this story than meets the eye.
From there, screenwriter Derek Kolstad starts to build a history. We realize this version of New York City is like our New York City, but with some serious Mark Millar influence. There’s a whole crime underground that runs on gold coins, secret oaths and dinner reservations. As Wick slowly goes through his standard revenge tale, there are interesting things at every turn.
That’s the best part, but it’s far from the only good thing in John Wick. Throughout the film, the action itself is simultaneously grounded and exciting. Many of the fights are done in long takes. Not Oldboy long, more like Oldboy lite. Action comes in bursts of 8-10 second shots where Reeves and henchmen whip through intricate fight choreography. It adds a real intensity to the film. Plus, the scenes never get too far-fetched. Bullets kill people quickly, and Wick is like a surgeon, obviously influenced by the gun-fu of John Woo.
The cinematography, by Jonathan Sela, enhances the impact. Every scene has a very specific, very saturated feel. Blues, reds and yellow pop off the screen, giving character to this seedy underworld. The music by Tyler Bates and Joel Richard also plays a huge role in the feel of the film. Massive rock riffs transition to pulsing house music and back again as Wick goes from situation to situation.
Where the film falters, however, is in that insistence to reality. For almost all of the film, Wick’s insane ability feels like the only thing that stands out. The deaths, the crashes, everything is dealt with quickly and realistically – in an action movie style, of course. But that also means when characters make stupid decisions – like keeping characters they hate alive just to talk to them – we’re taken out of the movie. You forgive it, because action movies have those convention and sometimes they’re unavoidable, but it’s a check in the negative column.
Even with a few gripes, John Wick is an inventive and fun action movie living a few notches below the movies that influenced it. It’s not as accomplished as films like The Killer, Oldboy, Kick Ass, The Professional and The Matrix, but it’s in the ballpark. That’s a pretty impressive feat for a first time directorial team.
/Film rating: 8 out of 10
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Spawn fans rejoice. While the hoped-for movie reboot still seems to be a ways off, Todd McFarlane has revealed an exciting sneak peek at the other upcoming Spawn adaptation, a new animated series.
Hit the jump to get your first look at the new Spawn animated series.
McFarlane posted the early art on Facebook. While Spawn himself doesn’t make an appearance, the images do offer glimpses of fan favorite characters Sam and Twitch, as well as a dark urban backdrop.
McFarlane enclosed the following note with the images:
For ALL of you that have been asking…here’s a SNEAK PEEK at some NEW SPAWN ANIMATION that is in the works!!!!!! Don’t tell anyone I showed you because you’re the FIRST to see it!!!!!!
At every convention and in every interview I do I am asked a couple of repetitive questions: “When is the new Spawn movie coming and when are we going to see more Animation like we did on HBO years ago?” (I also get a lot of ‘when are you going to draw The Amazing Spider-Man for Marvel again?’…) For those of you that don’t know, the original Spawn Animation was aired on HBO for three years and won a couple of Emmy Awards. Ever since it went off the air, fans have been bugging me to bring it back. Well, for your eyes only, here are some early images of a few key characters and a rough of a city street in black and white and in color.
If you all seem interested there is LOTS and LOTS more I can show you!!!!!! I may even put up some of the voice tracks for you.
Oh…and just wait until you see SPAWN himself!
As McFarlane mentions, a Spawn animated series previously ran on HBO from 1997 through 1999, with Keith David voicing the title role. The new Spawn animated series has been in the works for several years already, but as of now there’s no word on when or where it might air.
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Briefly: Vin Diesel has your Halloween entertainment all covered for next year. Lionsgate has set his fantasy actioner The Last Witch Hunter for October 23, 2015, where it’ll be up against Jon M. Chu’s Jem and the Holograms and an untitled horror film from Warner Bros.
Directed by Breck Eisner (The Crazies), The Last Witch Hunter stars Diesel as an immortal witch hunter who is the last of his kind. (You know, like the title says.) When a group of covens in modern-day New York threaten to unleash a plague on humanity, he must join forces with his natural enemy, a female witch played by Rose Leslie.
Julie Engelbrecht plays the villainous Witch Queen. Elijah Wood and Michael Caine also star in the film, which will wrap shooting in December. [Lionsgate]
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With Devil’s Night just around the corner, now seems as good a time as any to check on The Crow reboot that’s been brewing for the past couple of years. In a recent interview, producer Ed Pressman revealed that the revenge thriller (which he describes as the “anti-Spider-Man”) was aiming to shoot early next year.
However, they have a few pieces they have to get in place first, including a lead actor. Hit the jump for the latest updates on The Crow remake.
THR caught up with Pressman at a recent event. The producer, who also worked on the 1994 original, expressed his hopes that production would begin “in the spring.” It’s really the first word we’ve had on the project in a while, but it does indicate The Crow is in active development. As of last year, F. Javier Gutiérrez was on board to direct.
First, though, The Crow will have to find a star. Although Luke Evans has been linked to the lead role of Eric Draven for the past year, Pressman stated that no casting had been confirmed as of yet. The part previously passed through a number of possible leading men, including Tom Hiddleston, James McAvoy, Mark Wahlberg, and Bradley Cooper.
Evans has said that The Crow reboot would offer “a lot of the parts of the story that were never really told,” but Pressman suggests younger audiences may not even be familiar with the parts that have been told. “It still has a big fan base even though it was so long ago,” he said. “But the generation today doesn’t even know The Crow.”
The Crow is based on the comic book by James O’Barr, who is serving as “creative consultant” on the new film. The 1994 adaptation directed by Alex Proyas starred Brandon Lee as guitarist Eric Draven, who along with his fiancee Shelley is brutally killed during Detroit’s annual Devil’s Night. The next year, Eric comes back from the dead and sets out to avenge his own death.
I saw Birdman Wednesday night at an advanced screening in downtown Seattle. I don’t think my audience knew what to make of it. It definitely suffers from many of the issues that Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu’s films typically fall prey to: overwrought dialogue; characters who serve as symbols or ideas nothing more; and a bit too much fixation on misery and regret.
Still, I loved Birdman and can’t stop thinking about it. Hit the jump for my video review, and share your thoughts on the film in the comments below.
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One of the U.K.’s most interesting filmmakers is coming to our shores. Ben Wheatley is getting a cast together for Free Fire, a ’70s-inspired action shootout that will be his first-ever film set in the U.S.
So far, he’s off to a great start. Olivia Wilde, Luke Evans, Cillian Murphy, and Armie Hammer are all on board, along with Wheatley regular Michael Smiley. Hit the jump for Ben Wheatley Free Fire plot details and more.
Set in Boston 1978, Free Fire stars Wilde as Justine, who’s arranged a meeting in a deserted warehouse between a group of gangsters (led by Hammer and Evans) with guns to sell and two Irishmen (Smiley and Murphy) who want to buy them. But things go horribly awry when shots are fired during the handoff, leading to an intense game of survival.
Wheatley revealed his inspirations in a statement.
The idea for Free Fire came from my love of hard-boiled crime movies; from The Asphalt Jungle, The Big Sleep, The Killing and The Big Combo through The Driver, Le Samourai and The French Connection, to the modern cycle of Goodfellas, Casino, Hard Boiled and Reservoir Dogs.
Free Fire will take you and stick you in the middle of the action. I want the film to have the stylish, no-nonsense feel that you get in Peckinpah’s The Getaway. It’s a modern ‘70s movie. Muscular, tough and spare.
Shooting on Free Fire is set to begin spring 2015, with a budget of around $10 million.
The Free Fire news comes just as Wheatley puts the finishing touches on his latest movie, the J.G. Ballard adaptation High-Rise. That one also stars Evans, along with Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, and Sienna Miller. It’s expected out sometime next year.
Wheatley burst onto the scene in 2009 with Down Terrace, and has been on the rise ever since with Kill List, Sightseers, and A Field in England. He’s also done TV work, including the first two episodes of the latest season of Doctor Who.
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