TOP 5: GONE GIRL Trailer, DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Set Visit, TRANSCENDENCE, THE EXPENDABLES 3 Set Visit, Zack Snyder Talks BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN

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I’ve used this space on a few occasions to profess my love for ESPN Films’ 30 for 30 documentary series and today’s opening paragraph will get a similar treatment. Director Zak Levitt‘s aptly titled Bad Boys debuted this past Thursday night and, even as someone who grew up adoring the Chicago Bulls, I loved almost every second of it (even with his Detroit roots, I could have lived without the Kid Rock narration). The film focuses on the years of Detroit Pistons basketball known as “The Bad Boys Era”, which included back-to-back NBA Championships for the franchise in ’89 and ’90. As is often the case with 30 for 30 films, Levitt does a nice job of framing the Pistons’ iconic run within a societal context; in this case, the 1967 Detroit riot. In doing this, the pic not only offers a fascinating perspective of the team itself but also great insight into what their trademark physical style of play meant to a city still reeling from the effects of the riot. Less important, but an added plus nonetheless, is the fact that I’m now buzzing with nostalgia for the SNES game Bill Laimbeer’s Combat Basketball.

My broken record praise of 30 for 30 aside, this week’s Top 5 highlights the first trailer for David Fincher‘s Gone Girl, Steve’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes set visit, Transcendence interviews and Matt’s review, Steve’s The Expendables 3 set visit, and Zack Snyder discussing Batman vs. Superman costumes and more. Do the right thing and keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

Zack Snyder Talks BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN; Gives Thoughts on Seeing Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman Together for the First Time

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Even though Zack Snyder currently can’t really say anything incredibly substantial about Batman vs. Superman (unofficial title), he can talk around it, and that’s close enough for most fanboys.  In a recent interview with Forbes, Snyder gave his thoughts on both characters and seeing them together on screen.  Personally, the most disconcerting part of the interview is when the interviewer says, “Superman is kind of the ideal of what we’d like to be, and Batman is kind of rooted in what we are. He reflects what we are, so to speak,” and Snyder replies, “Oh, 100%. And I think that’s at the heart of that, you know.”  I could not disagree more with that response.  I think an “idealist versus pragmatist” approach is understandable, but please don’t lump me in with a billionaire who treats a crime-ridden city like a playground so he can constantly work though his childhood trauma.

Hit the jump for more of what Snyder had to say about the Batman vs. Superman costumes, seeing Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman together on screen for the first time, when we might start seeing official images, and more.  The film stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Jesse Eisenberg, Gal Gadot, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Jeremy Irons, and Laurence FishburneBatman vs. Superman opens May 6, 2016.

Hans Zimmer to Score BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN

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Though director Zack Snyder’s Superman redo Man of Steel proved to be a slightly divisive film, one of the highlights that most can agree on is composer Hans Zimmer’s score.  Following in the footsteps of John Williams’ iconic Superman theme was no easy task, but Zimmer succeeded in crafting something wholly separate from the 1978 classic that helped reinvent Superman for our modern age.  It also marked a shift for Snyder, who had collaborated with composer Tyler Bates on all of his previous features save for Legend of the Guardians.

As Snyder is knee-deep in pre-production on his Man of Steel follow-up Batman vs. Superman (unofficial title), many have been wondering whether Zimmer would return.  As Zimmer already reinvented the Batman character less than a decade ago with Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy, we were curious to see if he’d be up for the challenge of doing it all over again with Ben Affleck’s iteration of the Caped Crusader.  Apparently the answer is “yes”.  Hit the jump to read on.

Untitled BATMAN/SUPERMAN Movie Adds Holly Hunter, Callan Mulvey, and Tao Okamoto

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It’s been two months since we heard any casting news on Batman vs. Superman (unofficial title).  The most recent piece of casting was Jesse Eisenberg for Lex Luthor and Jeremy Irons for Alfred.  With the movie gearing up to film this quarter, three new actors have been added to the cast.  According to Deadline, Holly Hunter, Callan Mulvey (300: Rise of an Empire), and Tao Okamoto (The Wolverine) have joined the film to play new characters.  However, there are no details about those characters at this time.

Hit the jump for a brief recap of what else we know about the movie.  The film also stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, and Laurence Fishburne.  The untitled Batman/Superman movie opens May 6, 2016.

Zack Snyder Talks BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN and Fan Reaction to Casting; Says the Film “Explodes” the Batman and Superman Universes

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Most people expected the first sequel from filmmaker Zack Snyder to be a follow-up to his 2005 film 300.  Instead, as 300: Rise of an Empire (which he co-wrote and produced) is about to hit theaters, Snyder is currently knee-deep in prep on the highly anticipated follow-up to last year’s Superman reboot Man of Steel.  Not only does the film continue the adventures of Warner Bros.’ brand new Superman franchise, but it also reboots the Batman franchise and kicks off the DC Cinematic Universe at the same time.  There would be immense pressure in tackling any one of those feats alone, but Snyder appears giddy at the prospect of juggling all three.

Though most have been tight-lipped about what we can expect from the untitled Man of Steel follow-up (aka Batman vs. Superman), Snyder recently gave a status update on the film and bluntly addressed fan criticisms about some of his casting choices.  Read on after the jump.

TOP 5: Jesse Eisenberg and Jeremy Irons Join BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN, NEIGHBORS, THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, INTERSTELLAR, A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST

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With an Oscar nod for Best Documentary under its belt and Matt having named it his favorite film of 2013, the last thing Joshua Oppenheimer‘s The Act of Killing needs is an endorsement from me. And yet, here it is. I watched the film on Netflix several weeks ago and, to be honest, I’m still having trouble coming to grips with it. It’s the most the surreal and disturbing look at human atrocity I’ve seen and the more I think about its subjects and overall approach, the more I’m in awe of the fact that it exists. I drown in hyperbole when thinking of words to describe it because it’s so profound that calling it a “good film” seems not like an understatement but a complete inaccuracy. The Act of Killing is not a “good film”, it’s a stunning work of humanity that makes awards, critical reception, the sentence I’m typing at this very moment, etc., seem absolutely trivial.

Speaking of trivial, in what may go down as one of the worst segues in Collider history, I’ll now attempt to jump into this week’s Top 5. Highlighted today is Jesse Eisenberg and Jeremy Irons joining Zack Snyder‘s Batman vs. Superman, Steve’s Neighbors set visit coverage, the first trailer for The Fault in Our Stars, Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar being exempt from Paramount’s digital mandate, and the first trailer for Seth MacFarlane‘s A Million Ways to Die in the West. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

Jesse Eisenberg to Play Lex Luthor in BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN; Jeremy Irons Set as Alfred

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While we continue to wait with bated breath for some official casting news concerning the new Star Wars film, Warner Bros. has just dropped a bomb by announcing the casting of both Lex Luthor and Alfred in director Zack Snyder’s Batman-infused follow-up to Man of Steel.  The incredibly talented Jesse Eisenberg will be playing the villainous Luthor in the untitled Batman vs. Superman film, while Jeremy Irons will be assuming the role of Batman’s trusted companion Alfred.  Hit the jump to read on.

BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN Rumors: Lex Luthor not the Only Villain; Wonder Woman Has a “Cameo-Plus” Size Role

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Filming on Batman vs. Superman will be underway soon, and that means the rumor mill is about to change.  Right now, we’re operating in almost complete darkness.  We know some casting and that’s about it.  But once the cameras start rolling and set photos start leaking, a new picture begins begin to emerge, one with its own special brand of speculation and confusion.  But before we reach that point, there are four new rumors to chew on regarding the highly-anticipated superhero movie.  First, while Lex Luthor hasn’t been confirmed for the upcoming sequel, most fans are betting on seeing the chrome-domed menace challenging the Man of Steel.  However, Batman-on-Film is reporting that while Luthor will be in the movie, there’s another villain in the mix as well.  His sources also say that the second villain will not be one of Batman’s baddies.

Hit the jump for more including the size of Wonder Woman’s role.  The film stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, and Laurence FishburneBatman vs. Superman (unofficial title) opens July 17, 2015.

Amy Adams Talks AMERICAN HUSTLE, What It’s Like to Work with David O. Russell, Her Costumes, BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN, and More

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Now playing in limited release and expanding nationwide December 20th is director David O. Russell’s comedic drama American Hustle.  The story is based on the Abscam sting operation that uncovered widespread political corruption in the late 1970s, and Russell’s fantastic ensemble cast is led by Christian BaleAmy AdamsBradley CooperJennifer Lawrence, and Jeremy Renner. The film is definitely an awards contender, landing a Best Picture award from the New York Critics Circle and many nominations from a number of other groups, including the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild.  While the holidays are filled with a lot of choices, American Hustle should definitely be on your list.  For more on the film, here’s all our previous coverage.

At the recent New York City press junket I landed an exclusive video interview with Amy Adams.  She talked about how she got involved in the project, what it was like to work with Russell and Bale, her costumes, when she found out that Wonder Woman would be part of Batman vs. Superman, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Costume Designer Michael Wilkinson Says They’re Finalizing the Costumes for BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN

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Finalizing costume designs is matter-of-course for any blockbuster.  They go through hundreds of designs for main characters, and then those costumes are subjected to various tweaks and tests.  Something that looks good on the page may not work in three dimensions due to poor visual quality, constrictive movements, or other issues.  So this isn’t really newsworthy except it comes from Batman vs. Superman, but some fans need to know every little detail no matter how minor.

Hit the jump for what Zack Snyder‘s longtime costume designer Michael Wilkinson had to say about the costumes.  The film stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Lawrence Fishburne, and possibly Jason Momoa and Joaquin PhoenixBatman vs. Superman opens July 17, 2015.

Joaquin Phoenix Wanted for BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN Villain Role

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Warner Bros. and director Zack Snyder are aiming very, very high for the villain role in the upcoming Man of Steel follow-up Batman vs. Superman.  With the casting of Ben Affleck as an older, weathered Batman, the studio turned plenty of heads, and they recently tapped Gal Gadot to play Wonder Woman in what is likely the first of many feature film appearances by the female superhero.  Directly after the release of Man of Steel, fans assumed that Snyder and Co. would be bringing iconic Superman villain Lex Luthor into the mix for the follow-up, and indeed Easter Eggs hidden in Man of Steel pointed to Luthor’s existence in the DC cinematic universe.

As Snyder prepares to begin production on Batman vs. Superman early next year, he’s swinging for the fences when it comes to casting what is very possibly the Luthor role by extending an offer to one Joaquin Phoenix.  Hit the jump for more, and if you missed the latest news that Argo screenwriter Chris Terrio is being brought in to touch up the script, click here.

Jason Momoa in Talks to Join BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN

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While Jason Momoa came very close to landing a role in the Marvel Movie Universe by way of Guardians of the Galaxy’s Drax the Destroyer, the part ultimately ended up going to David Bautista.  No matter, it now looks like Momoa will get his shot at a big superhero movie, as he has apparently entered talks to join the cast of director Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel follow-up Batman vs. Superman.  Warner Bros. recently announced that Gal Gadot will fill the role of Wonder Woman in the pic, and now that Snyder and producers have turned their attention to casting the film’s villain, it’s possible that Momoa could be playing the DC pic’s Big Bad.  Hit the jump for more.

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.

300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE Star Callan Mulvey Eyed for Villain Role in BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN

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Warner Bros. is making moves on Batman vs. Superman.  The studio just announced that Fast & Furious star Gal Gadot will be playing Wonder Woman opposite Ben Affleck’s Batman and Henry Cavill’s Superman in the film, and now it appears they have their sights set on casting the pic’s villain.  Though the working title would lead us to believe that Batman and Superman’s relationship will at one point be contentious, the film will also have a proper villain.  Now that Wonder Woman is set, director Zack Snyder can focus on casting that role, and one of the contenders is reportedly Callan Mulvey.

Hit the jump for more, including which Justice League members will be making cameos in the film.

Gal Gadot to Play Wonder Woman in BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN

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Ladies and gentlemen, we have our Wonder Woman.  It’s been clear that Warner Bros. is ramping up its DC presence in the upcoming Man of Steel follow-up Batman vs. Superman, and rumors have swirled that Wonder Woman would be introduced in the film along with Ben Affleck’s Batman and a few other comics characters.  A report surfaced last month that Olga Kurylenko (Oblivion), Elodie Yung (G.I. Joe: Retaliation), and Gal Gadot (Fast & Furious 6) were auditioning for the female lead in director Zack Snyder’s upcoming film, but the nature of the role was being kept under wraps.  Well now not only do we know which actress won the role, but also that the identity of the character is indeed Wonder Woman.  Hit the jump for more.

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