Comic-Con: Batman, Wonder Woman and Other DC Superheroes Suit Up for Marvel-Free Spotlight
A version of this story first appeared in the July 3 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. Remember Comic-Con 2013? When Zack Snyder came onstage as a surprise guest at the Warner Bros./DC Comics panel and announced to a crowd of thousands that he’d be making another Superman movie, this one — incredible! — also starring Batman? It was the biggest moment of the convention … for about six hours. Then Disney/Marvel held their panel in Hall H, spilled a few details about Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers: Age
- Rebecca Ford
Watch: Nicole Kidman Is 'Queen of the Desert' in Werner Herzog's New Trailer
Atlas Distribution plans a September 2015 release for Werner Herzog's portrait of British Intelligence officer and cartographer Gertrude Bell "Queen of the Desert." But don't expect an awards candidate here. Despite kudos for Nicole Kidman's performance as Bell, the romantic drama opened grimly at the 2015 Berlin Film Festival. Kidman stars as Bell opposite Robert Pattinson as T.E. Lawrence (better known as Lawrence of Arabia) and James Franco as British army officer Henry Cadogan. Kidman's buddy Naomi Watts was reportedly originally cast in the role of Bell before it went to fellow Aussie Kidman. Damian Lewis costars. Herzog penned and directed the $36 million epic, which wrapped in Spring 2014 (around the time when we hoped to see the film at his Telluride stomping grounds) and was shot in Morocco, Jordan and London. This is Herzog's first narrative feature since 2009's hilarious, acid entertainment "Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans" starring. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Box Office: ‘Magic Mike XXL,’ ‘Terminator Genisys’ No Match for ‘Inside Out’ and ‘Jurassic World’
Arnold Schwarzenegger and a team of male strippers are no match for a plucky pre-teen and the mighty Indominus rex.
“Inside Out” and “Jurassic World” are racing ahead of newcomers “Magic Mike XXL” and “Terminator Genisys” in the lead up to the July 4th holiday. The Disney and Pixar animated blockbuster about the emotional life of a young girl racked up $7.7 million on Thursday, bringing its North American haul to $216.1 million, while Universal’s dinosaur thriller added $6.9 million to its $527.2 million domestic haul.
Paramount’s “Terminator Genisys” was close behind, pulling in $6.5 million and bringing its total to $15.4 million. The attempt to reboot the cyborg franchise is facing fierce headwinds. Reviews have been lackluster and with a $155 million price tag, “Terminator Genisys” is relying on foreign crowds to propel it to profitability. To that end, it will roll out in 60% of the overseas market this weekend, a move that could boost its receipts substantially. »
- Brent Lang
Watch: Scott Lang Wants To Call The Avengers In New International 'Ant-Man' Trailer
Marvel's promo machine is in full force with another international trailer cut for "Ant-Man." And with the trades already predicting a big $65 million dollar opening for the movie in the U.S., perhaps the studio is going into overdrive to make sure "Ant-Man" will hit that number. While touted as a standalone(ish) movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there has still been much straining by everyone involved to remind you that The Avengers still exist in this world. And in this promo, Scott Lang would prefer to call them then to try and become a hero himself. Meanwhile, an intriguing new viral clip acts as a mini-prequel to the movie, with a quick tease of the events in "Avengers: Age Of Ultron" and a hint at Lang's stint in jail. Read More: New 'Ant-Man' Photos; Movie May Include More Marvel Cinematic Universe Characters "Ant-Man" arrives on July 17th. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
New Pride And Prejudice And Zombies Images Prepare for Proper Slaying
Screen Gems has released some new Pride and Prejudice and Zombies images. Directed by Burr Steers (Igby Goes Down) and based on the parody novel by Seth Grahame-Smith, the story follows Elizabeth Bennet (Lily James) and her sisters Lydia (Ellie Bamber), Mary (Millie Brady), Jane (Bella Heathcote), and Kitty (Suki Waterhouse) as they try to navigate societal pressures of the landed gentry and fend off hoards of zombies. Speaking to EW, Steers explained how he was approaching the film more as a spin on Jane Austen than a B-movie. “The idea was that it was Pride and Prejudice set in this alternate world and then for everyone to play it straight,” says Steers. “The movie’s big wink is that there is no big wink.” [caption id="attachment_481321" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via Screen Gems[/caption] That’s a difficult line to walk. You don’t want to be stodgy with a ridiculous premise, but at the same time, »
- Matt Goldberg
Spectre song: Sam Smith tips Ellie Goulding for new James Bond theme
Former bookmakers’ favourite rules himself out of the running for Spectre, the 24th official 007 film
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- Ben Child
Mitch Winehouse is making his own film about Amy: "We're going to tell the truth"
He said that he wants to "tell the truth" about Amy's life, in particular the final few years before her death from alcohol poisoning in 2011.
He said: "We're making an alternative film, [Amy's former fiancé Reg Traviss] and I. We're going to invite everyone that's spoken on the other film and we're not going to edit it - like they've edited me - and we're going to tell the truth about Amy's life because this is not.
"My grandson, who is 9 months old, is going to look at this - and he's a lovely boy - and he's going to say 'Granddad what were you doing? What exactly were you doing?' If I »
Listen: Michel Gondry's Funky Pop Single "Beautiful" Featuring Spleen & Yael Naim
Michel Gondry has certainly proved he can inventively cut visuals to music, directing eye-popping videos for artists like Bjork, Chemical Brothers, Beck, Kanye West, White Stripes, and more. But who knew he had a little musical itch to scratch himself? Coming from out of nowhere, the filmmaker has just dropped a funky new single. Featuring Yael Naim (who launched into fame after Apple used her track "New Soul" in their campaign for MacBook Air) and rapper/beatboxer Spleen on vocals, "Beautiful" is otherwise completely written and performed by Gondry, and rides a pretty prominent retro funk vibe. In an interview with Metro last year, Spleen said there was an album in the works, but no word if that's still forthcoming. Give the track a spin below along with a remix version. You'll have to sign into Deezer to hear the whole thing. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Film Review: ‘The Violators’
An ironic pink heart dots the ‘i’ in troubled-teen tale “The Violators” — perhaps the sole playful touch in this stern, striking debut from British novelist-turned-helmer Helen Walsh. Treading ground initially derivative of works by Andrea Arnold and Pawel Pawlikowski before going on its own genre-tinged tangent, this study of adolescent desire and alienation across class lines takes its time nurturing a tensely ambiguous relationship between its two young female leads — alertly played by newcomers Lauren McQueen and Brogan Ellis — only to squander a measure of that intrigue on a blunt third-act twist. Early berths in Edinburgh and Karlovy Vary portend a healthy festival run for this auspicious arrival, though distributors may hold back.
The picturesque English county of Cheshire is not typically associated with hard urban realism, so it’s fitting that Walsh has chosen it as the locale for a story in which the working classes seem pointedly disregarded even by their nearest neighbors. »
- Guy Lodge
The Best Films of 2015 So Far
For the halftime mark, we decided to widen the berth to include festival titles opening later in the year. There were just too many great titles kicking around in our heads since Sundance, Berlin, SXSW and Cannes to leave off. Look forward to these in the Fall and Winter as awards season beckons. Across the board, most of us love "Mad Max: Fury Road," "Love and Mercy," "Clouds of Sils Maria" and "Inside Out," which will all be in the conversation and on other critics' lists at year's end. Below, read top tens from Anne Thompson, Ryan Lattanzio, Matt Brennan, Demetrios Matheou and Susan Wloszczyna. Anne Thompson: 1. "Mad Max: Fury Road" (dir. George Miller, Warner Bros.) This one-of-a-kind cinematic spectacular takes your breath away, setting the action bar at a new level. In the fourth of a series, Mac (Tom Hardy) more than meets his match in magnificent woman warrior (Charlize Theron). See. »
The lost projects of Guillermo del Toro: From Justice League Dark to The Hobbit
At times, the filmmaker feels like the Hollywood equivalent of The Fast Show's Unlucky Alf - frequently attaching himself to fanboy-friendly properties before seeing them vanish into the wind. We take a look back at the multiple del Toro projects that never made it to the starting line below.
The flip side of the regular, primary colours Justice League heroes, DC Comics' Dark united such disparate characters as Deadman, Zatanna, John Constantine and Swamp Thing. Del Toro penned a script for the film but reportedly dropped out to focus on Crimson Peak and Pacific Rim 2.
Warner Bros has a "dark and gritty" mandate for its comic-to-movie properties, leading many to believe that »
Dinos Still Fighting With ‘Inside Out’ For First, ‘Terminator’ Tanking In Third – Late Night B.O.
Updated, Saturday 1:09 Am: This July 4th weekend certainly isn’t one for the record books, and moviegoers skipping the beach apparently have more interest in watching the big summer holdovers — Disney Pixar’s Inside Out and Universal’s Jurassic World — than the new titles, Warner Bros.’ Magic Mike Xxl and Paramount’s Terminator Genisys. Per industry figures tonight, Io narrowly beat Jw, $11.8M to $11.7M, setting up another dead heat between the two films for the second… »
The Boy Next Door: Jennifer Lopez’s latest is a stinker
‘In a scene that surely sets the mould for what’s to come, Claire’s new beau presents her with a “first edition” of Homer’s The Iliad’
Most films spend far too long setting the scene, when all they really need to bring audiences into the fold is a single, perfectly characteristic moment. The Boy Next Door, a new thriller produced by and starring Jennifer Lopez (last seen unenthusiastically twerking in the general direction of the zeitgeist) understands this better than most.
Less than 15 minutes into its running time, the film lays its cards firmly on the table, as Lopez’s put-upon classics teacher Claire begins an illicit romance with local teen heartthrob, Noah. In a scene that surely sets the mould for what’s to come, Claire’s muscled (and soon-to-be maniacal) new beau presents her with an impromptu gift: a “first edition” of Homer’s The Iliad. »
- Charlie Lyne
First Independence Day: Resurgence Trailer Could Hit Theaters On Independence Day
If you.ve been holding off seeing Terminator: Genisys, you may have an added incentive to make the trek to theaters on July 4. According to some reports, a short first teaser trailer for the newly titled Independence Day: Resurgence will play before Genisys screenings this weekend. Here.s the catch, this will happen only on July 4. AICN was the first to report this, though Slashfilm later contacted an AMC theater and were also told that this is happening. It.s pretty early in the going, as Independence Day: Resurgence isn.t slated to hit theaters for just under a year, but with the holiday, it.s perfect timing to do something. The biggest question is, what exactly will you see? And is it worth a trip to the theater, especially if you.ve already seen the latest Terminator movie? It.s also strange that the studio wouldn.t make a »
‘USS Indianapolis’ Production Delayed After Vintage Plane Waterlogged
Beachgoers at Orange Beach on the Alabama Gulf Coast got a surfside view this week when a vintage Navy Pby plane used during filming of USS Indianapolis: Men Of Courage landed offshore and began to take on water. No one was injured and the pilot and co-pilot were rescued safely. Production on the movie, which stars Nicolas Cage, Thomas Jane, Matt Lanter and Tom Sizemore, was halted temporarily during efforts to save the flying boat that ultimately broke apart during… »
Nic Cage Tries Out His Superman Suit In Tim Burton's Superman Lives Test Video
Movies enter development but ultimately fail to materialize in Hollywood all the time. If you tried to list all of the projects people are working on that never come to be, it would be damn near endless. Most of these simply fizzle out with little to now fanfare. Other attempts, however, become the stuff of legend. Tim Burton.s Nicolas Cage-starring Superman Lives is one of these. A fan-favorite never-was, a new clip of Cage trying on his Man of Steel costume for the first time surfaced online for your entertainment. This footage comes from Hero Complex, and you can check it out by clicking the screenshot below, as the video doesn't seem to be embeddable. A clip from the documentary The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?, it shows Nic Cage and Tim Burton taking what would wind up an unused Superman outfit out for its first spin. »
Mark Wahlberg is reuniting with Lone Survivor director for CIA drama 22 Miles
This new film will be based around a CIA agent's quest to escort a compromised asset to a waiting plane through the dangerous streets of Indonesia.
22 Miles is the latest in a string of collaborations between Wahlberg and filmmaker Berg.
The duo are currently working on Deepwater Horizon, a dramatisation of the infamous 2010 Gulf Coast oil spill.
There is no release date yet set for 22 Miles. »
The latest Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! clip is filled to the gills with disaster movie clichés
After devouring Los Angeles in 2013 and taking a bite out of the Big Apple in 2014, Sharknados are now storming Washington DC and several other Us cities in the ultimate act of destruction.
9 of the craziest post-Jaws shark movies, from Jaws in Japan to Sharknado
Humanity's very survival is in the hands of every shark's worst enemy Fin Shepard, the killing machine who has somehow developed an ability to sense when Sharknados are forming.
This year's Sharknado »
New ‘Ant-Man’ UK TV Spot Shrinks, Grows, Rehashes
It’s entirely coincidental, since today isn’t exactly a holiday for the Brits, but we’ll call it a July 4 diversion anyway. Here’s a brand new UK TV spot for Marvel’s upcoming heist-heavy Superhero shindig, Ant-Man. There’s plenty you’ve seen before, though this trailer has some expanded scenes that reveal a bit more context for previously seen stuff. Particularly, we have a closer idea of what Cory Stoll’s Yellowjacket is unhappy about. Enjoy, and if you can, enjoy it… »
Superhero Bits: Punisher, Iron Fist, Batman: Arkham Knight, Ant-Man, Deadpool, Fantastic Four
What does Rob Liefeld think of the Deadpool movie? How is Ant-Man going to do in theaters? Does Samuel L. Jackson want an Unbreakable sequel? What’s going on with Netflix’s Iron Fist series? Is Jon Bernthal continuing his Punisher studies? Does Ben Affleck have Daredevil regrets? How would Josh Trank describe Fantastic Four? Read about all […]
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- Angie Han
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