After the world premiere screening of Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment’s Superman: Unbound, the cast and creative team behind the animated feature took the stage at WonderCon 2013 to field some questions. Included on the panel were director James Tucker (Legion of Super Heroes), writer Bob Goodman (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Parts 1 and 2), renowned voice casting director Andrea Romano (Batman: The Animated Series) and voice actors Matt Bomer (Magic Mike) and Molly C. Quinn (Castle). While the new DC feature was obviously at the forefront of the questions, the panel did reveal some information about upcoming projects coming out of DC. Hit the jump for a recap of the Q&A and check out my review of the movie here.
Anaheim’s WonderCon 2013 played host to the world premiere of Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment’s Superman: Unbound. Directed by DC veteran and new supervisor of DC’s animation James Tucker (Legion of Super Heroes), Superman: Unbound was adapted by Bob Goodman (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Parts 1 and 2) from Geoff Johns’ five-part comic book arc, Superman: Brainiac. The story centers on Superman (voiced by Matt Bomer) and his battle against Brainiac (voiced by John Noble) who is attempting to learn what he can from Earth and its intelligent life before destroying the planet. Also highlighted in Superman: Unbound are the relationships of Superman/Clark Kent with his secret girlfriend Lois Lane (voiced by Stana Katic) and his recently-arrived cousin Kara/Supergirl (voiced by Molly C. Quinn).
Though Tucker’s version makes some changes from the original comic arc that may displease some fans, Superman: Unbound was pure Saturday morning animated fun. The animation is bold, bright and unafraid to splash a little blood here and there. Superman: Unbound, which will be available on Blu-ray/DVD/VOD on May 7th, is rated PG-13 for violence, action and a rude gesture (which elicited a great crowd reaction). DC Entertainment continues its great track record of animated fare with this newest installment. Hit the jump for my review and be sure to check out the panel recap from WonderCon.
The cast for Randall Miller’s indie pic CBGB is heating up with the addition of Ashley Greene (Twilight) in the lead role. Named after the iconic New York club where punk music earned a good part of its history, CBGB already stars Malin Akerman, Rupert Grint, Johnny Galecki, Joel David Moore, Stana Katic and more. Greene is in talks to star as Lisa Kristal, the daughter of club owner, Hilly Kristal, who will be played by Alan Rickman. The script was co-written by Miller and Jody Savin (the duo previously wrote Bottle Shock). CBGB plans to shoot later this month in Savannah, Georgia before moving production to New York. Hit the jump for more details on Greene’s character and on CBGB.
Some easy on the eyes casting additions today. Here they are at a glance:
- Malin Akerman (Watchmen) will star as “Blondie” front-woman, Debbie Harry in director Randall Miller’s indie, CBGB.
- Emily Browning (Sucker Punch) is in talks to join Plush, a psychic story from director Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight).
- Ahna O’Reilly (The Help) will star opposite Ashton Kutcher in the Steve Jobs indie picture, Jobs, from director Joshua Michael Stern (Swing Vote).
Hit the jump for more on each film.
The Double looks like it could have been a solid spy flick. You had Richard Gere and Topher Grace playing government agents trying to track down an assassin code-named Cassius. Nothing genre-shattering but it could be well executed. Well you know those irritating trailers that give away the entire damn plot? This trailer for The Double blows them all away. It gives you a major plot twist that would have been somewhat interesting if not wholly believable within the context of the movie. It takes you deep into the third act of the film. It shows you pretty much everything it can in a desperate big to make you want to see this movie and now any desire I had to see the flick has been extinguished by this trailer. Great job, whoever cut this.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer/condensed version of the entire movie along with the equally terrible poster. The film also stars Stana Katic, Stephen Moyer, Martin Sheen, and Odette Annable. The Double opens September 23rd.
Image Entertainment has released the first images from The Double. The flick centers on a former CIA operative (Richard Gere) who’s called out of retirement and must team up with a rookie FBI agent (Topher Grace) when a US senator turns up dead and bearing the distinctive trademark of a Russian assassin known as “Cassius”. I’m always up for a good spy thriller and I tend to think Grace is fantastic in everything. The film also stars Martin Sheen, Stephen Moyer, Odette Yustman, and Stana Katic.
Hit the jump to check out the images along with the official synopsis. The Double opens September 23rd.
Filming has commenced on director Michael Polish’s (The Astronaut Farmer) adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s Big Sur. The film stars Jean-Marc Barr as Kerouac, Josh Lucas as Neal Cassidy, and Kate Bosworth as Billie, the love interest of both men. Deadline reports that production just recently began on the film, which tells the story of Kerouac’s move from New York City to Northern California.
Polish wrote and is directing the film, which features a supporting cast that includes Anthony Edwards, Rahda Mitchell, Balthazar Getty, Patrick Fischler, Stana Katic, John Robinson and Henry Thomas. This marks the second Kerouac adaptation in a year, as Walter Salles recently filmed an adaptation of On The Road. That film stars Kristen Stewart, Garrett Hedlund and Sam Riley, Kirsten Dunst and Viggo Mortensen. Hit the jump for a synopsis of Big Sur.
The hit ABC drama Castle has returned for its third season and Detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) is hurt by the fact that she hasn’t heard a word from Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion), since he left town with his ex-wife to finish writing his latest novel. So, when he unexpectedly stumbles into her crime scene, he quickly learns what his actions have cost him.
During a recent interview, actress Stana Katic revealed that she loves playing someone she sees as a female superhero, how she loves the physicality of the role and that she enjoys getting to show Beckett’s sexier side. Check out what she had to say after the jump:
The hit ABC drama Castle has become one of the network’s most popular television series. Returning for its third season, things are definitely strained between mystery writer Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion) and his muse, NYPD Detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic).
During Season 2, Castle and Beckett’s relationship grew stronger and, by the finale, the two were forced to confront their feelings for each other, but neither had the nerve to actually tell the other. So, when Castle left to finish writing his second Nikki Heat novel, Beckett was left wondering if he would ever return to the precinct. Castle is back for Season 3, but he will soon find out that not calling to let Beckett know is going to have him in a very unfortunate predicament.
In a recent interview, actor Nathan Fillion talked about shaking things up for Season 3, how being an actor is like living out his own personal fantasy and that he will always be grateful for the chance that Joss Whedon gave him to be a leading man. Check out what he had to say after the jump:
Michael Brandt’s The Double has gotten a double-dose of hotness as Stana Katic (ABC’s Castle) and Odette Yustman (The Unborn) have joined the cast of the upcoming spy thriller. The story follows a retired CIA operative (Richard Gere) who partners with a young FBI agent (Topher Grace) to track down the killer of a senator. Stephen Moyer (True Blood) signed on to the project earlier this week.
Katic will play “a feisty Russian prostitute who fiercely protects key information.” You had me at “feisty Russian prostitute.” As for Yustman, she’ll being playing “Grace’s character’s wife, a strong woman who raises a family while coping with her husband’s Bureau career.” Filming is set to begin June 21st in Detroit. Hit the jump for images of these two actresses being all sexy and stuff.
Update: We were just given the full press release. Hit the jump to check it out
The one-hour cop/murder mystery drama. Has there been a genre that has been as used as this? How is a writer/producer supposed to create something in this genre that hasn’t been done to death? Well, the creator of Castle has done a pretty good job with creating a cop/murder mystery drama that has a great mix of story, strong characters, humor and heart. My review after the jump: