New BATMAN V SUPERMAN Rumors Hint at New Details for Batmobile and Batsuit

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As Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice prepares to wrap filming in Michigan, new rumors have surfaced regarding Batman (Ben Affleck) and his weapons.  The photos we’ve seen have shown some mighty glowering, but we might have some new details regarding Bats’ suit and ride.

However, one of these reports isn’t so much of a rumor as a confirmation that Batman will have two suits.  The first is his standard costume and the other is the armor we saw during the Comic-Con presentation.  However, some new rumors have emerged regarding Batman’s armored suit.  Hit the jump for the Batman v Superman rumors [possible spoilers ahead].  The film also stars Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, Jason Momoa, Holly Hunter, Scoot McNairy, and Jeremy IronsBatman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens March 25, 2016.

CBS Renews All 4 of Its New Dramas: NCIS: New Orleans, Scorpion, Madam Secretary, and Stalker

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While most networks stumble to find at least one new show that can survive in the ratings, CBS has picked up all four of its new drama series: NCIS: New Orleans, Scorpion, Madam Secretary, and Stalker.  For CBS, this news isn’t all that surprising.  The network’s formula for the least-offensive programming possible is perfectly suited to an older generation that still holds to Nielsen boxes even though the way we watch television has changed drastically.  That’s not to say these shows are bad (I haven’t watched them), but I can’t think of a single CBS drama other than The Good Wife that gets people talking and has fans encouraging others to watch.

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New PADDINGTON Trailer Saves Time by Showing Entire Movie

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A new international trailer for Paddington has gone online, and it’s a real time-saver by showing the entire movie.  Not just up until the third-act like most trailers that give away too much.  I know the entire arc of the film now, and while it’s not surprising, it’s rare to see a condensed version of the entire picture.  The story finds the anthropomorphic bear (voiced by Ben Whishaw) alone and lost at Paddington Station, in search of a home.  Soon after he meets a kind family and seems to have found happiness, at least until he catches the eye of a nefarious taxidermist (Nicole Kidman).  The movie seems cute enough for kids as far as CGI-bear antics go, and while it will still open for the holiday season in the U.K., in the U.S. it was kicked out of its plush Christmas Day opening day to the wasteland of January.  Market research shows the American people don’t take kindly to bears that wear hats, coats, and galoshes.

Hit the jump to check out the new Paddington trailer.  The film also stars Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Jim Broadbent, Julie Walters, and Peter CapaldiPaddington opens in the U.K. on November 28th and in the U.S. on January 16th.

BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE Works to Save the Bats

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It doesn’t happen often, but sometimes a blockbuster will pick up a charitable cause, and I’m glad it’s happening with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.  The film has become part of the “Save the Bats” campaign, and the production has released a video where director Zack Snyder and stars Ben Affleck and Amy Adams explain why it’s so important to keep these creatures (which I’ve been told aren’t bugs) as part of our ecosystem.  I don’t disagree with that, and I’m glad that Batman v Superman will bring a great amount of attention to this cause; I hope other blockbusters follow suit with their own projects.  That all being said, if a bat flew into my home, I would run away screaming.  The bat would be the new owner of my apartment.

Hit the jump to check out the video, which contains plenty of fun bat-facts, and head over to savebats.org to learn more.

Makeup Effects Legend Rick Baker Attempts to Save His Masterful Creations by Supporting the Academy Museum

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Special Effects Makeup artist Rick Baker has won seven Oscars over the course of a career that’s spanned more than two decades.  The quality of his work has ranged from the iconic (An American Werewolf in London) to groundbreaking (Men in Black) to ridiculously better than the film it’s in (Norbit).  He is a master in his field, and unfortunately, his field is now being left behind due to advances in technology.  While I don’t bemoan the digital effects that can create a film like Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Baker’s work is just as impressive in its own way, but the demand for it has declined.

In a video taking us behind the scenes of his workshop and studio, Baker explains that he doesn’t want to throw his creations out, and he wants to bring them to the Academy Museum.  It’s bittersweet to see Baker face the decline of his profession, but hopefully he’ll find a good home for his phenomenal work.  Hit the jump to check out the video.

Rumor: David Goyer Developing KRYPTON Prequel Series Based on Superman’s Home Planet

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With Gotham attracting an audience by being so-bad-its-good as well as Arrow and The Flash picking up viewers who genuinely like those series, and a Supergirl show in development for CBS, it’s no surprise that Warner Bros. might be looking to set up yet another live-action series based on one of their iconic heroes.  According to Bleeding Cool, Warner Bros. has hired Man of Steel screenwriter David Goyer to create Krypton, which would take place before the planet went ka-boom (I presume a series set afterwards would be a more meditative piece as every episode gazes into an abyss for 44 minutes).

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LAGGIES Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.  Laggies opens today in limited release.]

There is certain kind of movie that I would describe as a “Sundance Comedy”. They’re technically indie films even though they feature movie stars, and they’re almost always fairly tame. They’re cute at best and forgettable at worst, and Lynn Shelton’s Laggies has the distinction of being both. What begins as a moderately interesting coming-of-age tale eventually devolves into something so light and airy that it’s on the verge of floating away, especially when the characters’ implausible actions do nothing to keep the story grounded.

Screenwriter Dan Gilroy Talks Tim Burton’s SUPERMAN LIVES; Says They Were Weeks Away from Filming Before Being Shutdown

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Tim Burton‘s Superman Lives is one of the great “What Ifs” of film history.  While today the concept of Tim Burton directing a Superman movie starring Nicolas Cage seems insane, keep in mind that around the time the movie was planning to shoot in 1998, Burton hadn’t descended into self-parody and Cage was riding a wave of action film hits (The Rock, Con Air, and Face/Off) following his 1995 Oscar for Best Actor.  Also, the superhero movie landscape was very different, and while a film like Batman Forever would be soundly rejected today, it was the 2nd-highest grossing film of 1995.

We’ve seen costume sculpts, screen tests, and concept art for the toys, and there’s even a documentary, The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?, on the way.  Now, with his excellent debut feature Nightcrawler opening October 31st, we got to speak with writer-director Dan Gilroy, who was the screenwriter on Superman Lives.  During the interview, Gilroy talked about the specifics of Burton’s vision, how it compares to Man of Steel, and how close they were to production.  Hit the jump for more.

BIRDMAN OR (THE UNEXPECTED VIRTUE OF IGNORANCE) Review

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[Birdman expands to more theaters this weekend.  Click here for Perri's review from the 2014 New York Film Festival]

To paraphrase one of the most famous plays of all-time, Alejandro González Iñárritu Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is “but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage…A tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,” and it signifies almost nothing.  Macbeth uses this to refer to life, but for Iñárritu—who literally has someone shout this soliloquy off-camera—it applies to the entirety of a picture that rejects subtlety in a misguided attempt to blend the language of film and stage, and address a multitude of topics including acting, celebrity, the New York/L.A. divide, superhero movies, critics, and ego.  The result is a cacophony of opinions and half-cooked ideas where the only one that comes close to fruition is an exploration of a nervous breakdown where identity has become consumed by artistic desperation.

Warner Bros. Looking for Female Director to Helm WONDER WOMAN

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The superhero movie boom has been happening for years now and only one superhero film has had a female director: Lexi Alexander‘s Punisher: War Zone.  And the budget for that film was drastically lower than the majority of superhero pictures.  Patty Jenkins (Monster) came close to directing Thor: The Dark World, but she and Marvel couldn’t come to terms, so they went with Alan Taylor instead.

It’s absurd and sad that, even beyond superhero films, female directors almost never get to take on a blockbuster property.  There are legions of incompetent male directors who are given hundreds of millions of dollars to blow on a waste of time, but incredibly talented female directors are relegated to indies, rom-coms, and TV shows.  It’s time to break through that glass ceiling, especially with superhero movies since we’re going to be getting so many of them.  Fittingly, that time may have finally come with Wonder Woman.  Hit the jump for more.

Contemporary PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Series Being Developed for ABC by DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES Creator Marc Cherry

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The classic romance/horror story The Phantom of the Opera might be finding its way to television thanks to Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry.  According to Variety, ABC is developing a “drama with musical elements” and would be set in the modern-day music business.  However, the series is not an adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s famous musical, but rather the musical’s source material, the original 1909 novel by Gaston Leroux.  For those who don’t know, it’s about a musician who is scarred by acid, goes into hiding beneath an opera house, and then tries to lure a beautiful singer to his lair.

This modern-day update “is billed as revolving around the cutthroat world of the music biz and will incorporate musical moments into story lines in the same vein as the ABC drama Nashville.”  It’s an intriguing take on the material, and Cherry showed with Desperate Housewives he has the skill to create a delectable soap opera.

James Spader Says AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON’s Titular Villain Is a “Powerful, Smart Child” and “Batshit Crazy”

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Yesterday, fans finally got a look at Avengers: Age of Ultron (click here for screengrabs from the trailer), which was dominated by James Spader voicing the eponymous, evil robot.  The highly-anticipated sequel looks much darker than the first, and obviously a large part of that comes from an intimidating villain.  If audiences are going to buy Ultron as a true threat—and, let’s face it, someone as charismatic as Loki—then it’s going to come from Spader.

Thankfully, the actor has a strong understanding of how he sees the character, and how he’ll bring the Avengers’ foe to life.  Hit the jump for what Spader had to say.  The film also stars Robert Downey Jr.Chris EvansChris HemsworthMark RuffaloScarlett JohanssonJeremy RennerElizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, and Aaron Taylor-JohnsonAvengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015.

JOHN WICK Review

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Because so many directors are overwhelmingly lazy with how they capture action (i.e. shake the camera around because nothing is as thrilling as nausea), we’ve gained a greater appreciation for filmmakers who can deliver excitement cleanly and clearly.  It’s an art and a science, and John Wick is an exercise at how to succeed at both.  Directors David Leitch and Chad Stahelski show they are masters of efficiency as the kills are stylish and direct.  But technical proficiency doesn’t inherently lead to exhilaration, and while the technical craft of John Wick is undeniable, its half-hearted storytelling is supported not by strong characters or a deep narrative (the impetus for the protagonist would be comical in its simplicity if it wasn’t wholly depressing), but by an interesting world that’s far more intriguing than any of the people who inhabit it.

“The Sentence Is Death” in Full Trailer for JUDGE DREDD: SUPERFIEND; Check out 4 New Images from the Producer Adi Shankar’s Animated Miniseries

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Earlier this week, we showed you the teaser trailer for producer Adi Shankar‘s unofficial Judge Dredd animated miniseries, Judge Dredd: Superfiend.  Today, the full trailer has landed online and we’re pleased to bring you four exclusive images as well.  This online animated miniseries, written and directed by The Junquera Brothers, looks irreverent and madcap, and I’ll be interested to see how fans of the original comics take to it.

Hit the jump to check out the Judge Dredd:Superfiend trailer, images, episode titles, and a statement from Shankar about the project.  The miniseries premieres on October 27th.

Extended INTO THE WOODS Featurette Provides Plenty of New Footage from the Upcoming Musical

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Following yesterday’s EW covers and new images, Disney has now released an extended featurette for Rob Marshall‘s adaptation of Stephen Sondheim‘s classic musical Into the Woods.  The Disney production stars James Corden and Emily Blunt as a Baker and his wife who venture into the woods to confront the witch (Meryl Streep) responsible for putting a curse on the childless couple.  Along the way, they run into a number of familiar fairy tale characters, all of whom have wishes to change their lives.  While I’ll admit that Johnny Depp‘s costume and makeup for the Big Bad Wolf continue to plunge the actor into self-parody, the rest of the movie looks surprisingly great.  This featurette really sells not only the fantastic visuals, but also shows that this is a true ensemble piece.  The featurette also provides the first time we’re hearing the actors sing some of the songs, and they sound terrific.

Hit the jump to watch the Into the Woods extended featurette.  The film opens December 25th, and also stars Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Lucy Punch, Lilla CrawfordMackenzie Mauzy, Daniel HuttlestoneTracey Ullman, and Christine Baranski.

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