114 Scores Eligible for Oscar Consideration Including Hans Zimmer’s MAN OF STEEL, John Williams’ THE BOOK THIEF, and Steven Price’s GRAVITY

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has unveiled the list of 114 original scores that are eligible for the Best Original Score Oscar.  Though John Williams has worked almost exclusively with Steven Spielberg for the past few years, he’s eligible this year for scoring director Brian Percival’s Holocaust film The Book Thief.  Prolific composer Hans Zimmer has three scores in the running with Rush, Man of Steel, and 12 Years a Slave, and other notable scores include Steven Price’s excellent Gravity, David Wingo’s work on Mud, Ramin Djawadi’s rocking Pacific Rim score, Michael Giacchino’s Star Trek Into Darkness, and the collaboration between Arcade Fire’s William Butler and musician Owen Pallett on Her.  Frustratingly, though, Steven Price’s The World’s End score appears to have been deemed ineligible, presumably due to the abundance of pre-existing tracks.

Hit the jump to see the full list of eligible scores and for my thoughts on the early Oscar favorites.  The 86th Academy Award nominations will be announced January 16th.

Amy Adams Says BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN Films in February; Didn’t Know Wonder Woman Had Been Cast or Was in the Film

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It’s not too often you get to tell one of the stars of a huge franchise like Man of Steel casting news, but that’s what happened earlier today when I interviewed Amy Adams for director David O. Russell’s American Hustle.  For whatever reason, I was one of her first interviews, and towards the end of our conversation I tried to ask when she knew Wonder Woman (being played by Gal Gadot) would be in Batman vs. Superman.  However, as I was asking the question, she revealed she didn’t know the character would be in the film or that the role had been cast.   But even though she didn’t know, Adams said it was “awesome” news and she “hoped she gets a scene with her.”   While she didn’t know the casting news, she confirmed the sequel starts to film in February, which makes sense, since the sequel hits theaters in the summer of 2015 and they need plenty of time in post production for the effects.

Hit the jump to watch Adams talk about the Man of Steel sequel, Batman vs. Superman., and look for the full interview soon.

MAN OF STEEL Blu-ray Review

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One of the biggest movies of the year, Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, is now available to take home on Blu-ray.  If you only saw the picture once, or even twice in the theaters, there’s likely quite a bit you missed.  Luckily, the Blu-ray is packed full of behind-the-scenes featurettes and a multimedia commentary track that delves into every facet of the filmmaking process.  And for those of you who want to minor in Kryptonian studies, the special features also explore the newly created language and alphabet, technology, and all-around culture of the inhabitants of Krypton, plus an in-depth look at the alien world itself.

Starring Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Laurence Fishburne, Diane Lane, Kevin Costner, Antje Traue and Russell CroweMan of Steel is an enjoyable, yet absolutely detailed and expansive entry in the pantheon of Superman films.  The quality of the film alone is worth picking it up on Blu-ray, but the special features put the icing on the cake.

Adam Driver Addresses the Rumor He Might Be Nightwing in BATMAN vs. SUPERMAN

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A few days ago we reported Nightwing is set to make his live-action feature film debut in Zack Snyder’s Batman vs. Superman, and Warner Bros. was eyeing Adam Driver (Girls) for the part.  Supposedly, Driver is the frontrunner for the role, which is described as being Batman/Bruce Wayne’s (Ben Affleck) estranged partner, Dick Grayson.  Grayson took on the Nightwing moniker to go off on his own crime-fighting adventures after being taken under Batman’s wing as his side-kick, Robin, but this new iteration finds the former dynamic duo apart for a number of years, and it remains to be seen just how frosty the relationship is between the the Dark Knight and his former protege.

So when I sat down with Driver during the press junket for the Coen Brothers awesome movie, Inside Llewyn Davis (Driver has a small but memorable role), I asked him about the rumor.  Hit the jump for what he said.

New to Blu-ray: MAN OF STEEL, FRANCES HA Criterion, DEXTER: THE COMPLETE SERIES, and More

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New to Blu-ray this week, Superman flies to home video, Noah Baumbach’s latest film gets the Criterion treatment, and a controversial Oliver Stone classic (which one?) receives a collector’s edition upgrade.

MAN OF STEEL Fan Event to Feature Zack Snyder, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams and Moderator Kevin Smith

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What better place to get your Superman intel then from the cast and crew of Man of Steel?  An upcoming fan event will feature director Zack Snyder along with stars Henry Cavill and Amy Adams in a discussion on all things Superman.  Moderated by Kevin Smith, the special fan event will talk about Man of Steel, what the cinematic future holds for Superman, and will even answer your fan questions.  The live event airs on Yahoo! November 9th.  Hit the jump for more.

Check out Photos and Video from This Weekend’s BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN Filming

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Last week, we reported that while filming on Zack Snyder‘s Superman/Batman movie wouldn’t truly get underway until early 2014, they would be using East Los Angeles College’s Weingart Stadium to shoot a scene involving Gotham City University and Metropolis State University.  They shot their scene this past weekend during halftime, and Collider reader Vahn Gharakhani was good enough to send us some photos and video he took.  Gotham is the home team in this game, and my favorite part of the video is when someone in the stands shouts, “Metropolis sucks!” because that person really got into character.

Hit the jump to check out the photos, the videos, and some details you’re going to want to take with a grain of salt.  The untitled Man of Steel sequel opens July 17, 2015.

Animated Short by Zack Snyder and Bruce Timm Celebrates 75 Years of SUPERMAN

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Superman made his first appearance in Action Comics No. 1 in June, 1938, so DC Comics has spent 2013 celebrating the iconic superhero’s 75th anniversary.  Earlier this year, we told you that Man of Steel director Zack Snyder and Superman: The Animated Series co-creator Bruce Timm were doing an animated short to celebrate the anniversary, and now that short has gone online.  Running two minutes in length, the short attempts to throw in as many greatest hits as possible, and the execution is excellent as the score transitions from John WilliamsSuperman score to the new one by Hans Zimmer.  Although Snyder originally wanted to do the short in one continuous take, there ended up being a few cuts.  Thankfully, they’re wisely placed at major turning points in the character’s history.  If you’re going to be annoyed by what was left out, I encourage you to instead be impressed by how much they were able to put in.

Hit the jump to check out the short, which will be included on the Blu-ray for Man of Steel.

Hans Zimmer Talks MAN OF STEEL Sequel and His Thoughts on Ben Affleck as Batman

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With Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy and this summer’s Man of Steel, composer Hans Zimmer has now had the chance to write music for arguably the two most popular comics characters in the world: Batman and Superman.  Now that Zack Snyder has decided to bring a new Batman into the fold for the Man of Steel follow-up, Zimmer is faced with the decision of whether to revisit the Dark Knight or step aside and let someone else tackle the character.

Steve recently visited Zimmer in his studio and during the course of their extended conversation, the composer talked about whether he would be willing to return to score the Man of Steel follow-up and how his work with Nolan affects his decision.  Zimmer also chimed in with his thoughts on the casting of Ben Affleck as Batman in Snyder’s film.  Hit the jump for much more.

Screenwriter David S. Goyer Says He Thinks Superman Should Be Able to Kill; Might Be Writing JUSTICE LEAGUE

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While this summer’s Man of Steel went on to gross over $660 million worldwide, the film divided some longtime fans of the Superman comics with its controversial ending.  It marked a significant departure from canon, and while screenwriter David S. Goyer and director Zack Snyder definitely set out to make a wholly new Superman, many comics fans felt they took it too far.  Now Goyer has spoken up a bit about their approach and veering from the comics, adding that he disagrees with some of his fellow comic book writers on a key trait of the Superman character.  Moreover, he went on to hint that he may very well be writing Warner Bros.’ Justice League film.  Hit the jump to read his comments.

Zack Snyder Reteams with Cinematographer Larry Fong for BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN

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While we don’t have any new information as to the plot of Zack Snyder’s follow-up to Man of Steel, we do have an idea of what it will look like as it’s being reported that cinematographer Larry Fong will reunite with Snyder for the picture.  Fong has collaborated wtih Snyder on 300, Watchmen and Sucker Punch, even though the Man of Steel honor went to Amir Mokri (Fong was likely working on Now You See Me during the shoot).  This news is unconfirmed for the moment, but a CS contributor dug up Fong’s resume (which oddly seems to be a broken link now) that listed Batman vs. Superman as his next project.

Ben Affleck will star as Bruce Wayne/Batman alongside Henry Cavill, who reprises his role as Clark Kent/Superman.  Also returning are Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane.  The sequel opens July 17, 2015.

Geek Gifts: MAN OF STEEL General Zod Hot Toys Figure

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Hot Toys has unveiled another Man of Steel collectible, this time for Michael Shannon’s General Zod.  The figure sports a rather odd grin, but otherwise shows off Zod’s impressive armor and accessories—complete with facial scar.  Hot Toys’ Jor-El figure was nice and all, but if you’d like to display the film’s baddie then this Zod sixth-scale collectible should fill that void.  The figure is expected to ship April 2014 and will run you $239.99.  Hit the jump for a closer look or click here to pre-order on Sideshow Collectibles.

Stop Asking for Bryan Cranston to Play Lex Luthor

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Ever since Man of Steel 2 headed for nigh-inevitable development, fans expected Lex Luthor to be a part of the sequel.  They got the punch-fest they desired in the first movie, and now it was time to see Superman’s arch-nemesis.  Luthor has the possibility to be a fascinating character and the best kind of villain: one who believes he’s the hero of the story.  And when seen from a certain perspective, he is.  Luthor has a legitimate problem with Superman, which is “What happens if Superman decides to stop being good?”  There are other factors that remain a consistent part of Luthor’s personality: ego, selfishness, duplicity.  But the citizens of the world should share Luthor’s concern, and to Man of Steel‘s credit, the story does open the door to that interpretation because Superman inadvertently destroyed Metropolis by not taking his roughhousing to a less populated area like outer space.

But there’s very little conversation about the character of Lex Luthor, and more focus on who should play a rudimentary, preconceived notion of Lex Luthor.  There’s a push among fanboys for Bryan Cranston to get the role, and those fanboys need to stop pushing.

Production on MAN OF STEEL Follow-Up to Begin February 2014; Ben Affleck Reportedly Signed to Play Batman in Multiple Films

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If all goes according to plan, three of the biggest films in recent memory will be in production at the same time.  Marvel’s superhero team-up sequel The Avengers: Age of Ultron is slated to begin production next March, J.J. Abrams’ highly anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII is set to start filming in “early 2014,” and now word comes that director Zack Snyder’s untitled Man of Steel follow-up will start filming next February.  For those of you just now coming out of a coma, Ben Affleck has been tapped to play Batman opposite Henry Cavill’s Superman in the Warner Bros. film, and the pic appears to be moving full-speed ahead towards its July 17, 2015 release date.

In addition to the filming dates of the Batman vs. Superman film, though, a new report also has confirmation that Affleck has indeed signed on to play Batman in multiple films.  Hit the jump for more, including the specific shooting dates of Batman vs. Superman.

TOP 5: Ben Affleck Is Batman, The Best Weekend This Summer, Iconic Directors Talk the Future of Movies in 1990, THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS, STAR WARS

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It should come as a surprise to no one that this week’s Top 5 is headlined by the news that Ben Affleck will inherit the cowl as the next Batman in Summer 2015′s Man of Steel sequel. And with good reason. Unless something goes drastically wrong, the movie is going to be an international blockbuster that millions will line up to see/pay for (yours truly included). That said, and like I mentioned last week, this weekend is one that I’ve been looking forward to for some time and one that I hope movie lovers will embrace; which is why Matt’s editorial on this being the best weekend of the summer earns the second spot in this week’s installment. If you need a break from the common blockbuster, sequel, reboot, remake, etc., this weekend is for you. If you believe original movies have a place at your local cineplex, here’s your chance to dig into your wallet and prove it. You might be paying to see your favorite movie of the summer or you might end up seeing something that doesn’t suit your tastes at all. Either way, you’ll come out of it a better movie fan than you went in.

All begging and pleading aside, on tap this week is the aforementioned Ben Affleck/Batman news, Matt’s editorial on this being the best weekend of the summer (which will start the begging and pleading all over again), a neat flashback video of George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, and Martin Scorsese discussing the future of movies in 1990 with Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel, interviews for The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, and a couple of noteworthy Star Wars: Episode VII tidbits. As is customary, a brief recap and link to each of the above can be found after the jump.

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