Even just going by a few clips, images, and trailers, there’s obviously a rather distinct difference between how Christopher Nolan is using the Bane character in ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ and how Joel Schumacher used him in ‘Batman and Robin’. One thing that’s been a source of curiosity in terms of Nolan’s version is how Bane’s mask/use of venom is going to be incorporated. I’ll admit that there’s potential for this come off silly, but between Nolan and Tom Hardy, I’m confident they can pull it off. Rolling Stone Magazine (via Collider here) has an image of Bane with his costume explained, including the mask, and you can see it after the jump. I’m sold personally, but you can decide for yourself below…
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We’re taking questions for our podcast which will be recorded tomorrow evening. Got any gripes or things you want to ask, then this is the place to do that!
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Few directors have made as strong a debut in my eyes as Duncan Jones did with ‘Moon’, a small masterpiece that was unjustly ignored by almost every awards ceremony a few years back. His sophomore feature ‘Source Code’ last year was very good also, though not quite on the same level. Jones is one more good flick away from really breaking though, and Variety is reporting here that he just might have that project now set up. He’s going to direct a film about James Bond creator and author Ian Fleming, who was a bit of a spy himself in his younger days. There’s no word yet on who’s going to be writing the movie, but I’d have to imagine they’ll be getting someone good. After the jump I’ll put forward a casting suggestion for Fleming, but in Duncan I trust, so I expect this to be a great flick when it all comes together.
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With Cannes Film Festival in full force, there’s been a flurry of news coming out so here is your Late Pass with a little bit of a Cannes flair.
The Cannes Film Festival is well underway. Several films have been met with universal praise like Mystery, Beasts of the Southern Wild, No and Rust & Bone. Of course since this is Cannes there were boos as well.
The colorist responsible for Avatar‘s vibrant screen quality, Skip Kimball, is joining Technicolor - The Hollywood Reporter
Oscar whisperer Harvey Weinstein traveled to Cannes and has acquired a documentary about the fall of Gaddafi. Will this steal some of the thunder from Zero Dark Thirty this awards season? - The Hollywood Reporter
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Tags: Beasts of the Southern Wild
, book adaptation
, Cannes Film Festival
, Chris Pine
, Harvey Weinstein
, James Franco
, Juno Temple
, Mila Kunis
, Olivia Wilde
, Rust &Bone
, The Exorcist
, upcoming projects
Movies based on products like toys and board games just aren’t a good idea, plain and simple. After the 3 cinematic abortions that were the ‘Transformers’ trilogy, we now have ‘Battleship’, an incredibly poor alien invasion film that embarrasses itself on nearly every level and will likely wind up on many a critic’s worst of 2012 lists (mine included). There’s no element of this flick that isn’t a failure, up to and including its rather jingoistic patriotism which comes across as lazy and unworthy of our service men and women. Director Peter Berg is capable of making a fun movie, but he’s completely asleep at the wheel of this behemoth (or just doesn’t give a damn), as this rivals Michael Bay’s work in terms of a lack of quality on display. From the laughable plot holes to the black hole that are the characters, it’s just terrible all around. Clearly designed to be a tentpole summer movie without any attention given to what would make it a quality piece of cinema instead of a sellable one, this is the easiest way to the movie studios at their worst. Yes, they’re still capable of giving strong filmmakers the keys to their franchises from time to time, and when that happens we get ‘The Dark Knight’, ‘Iron Man’, ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’, and even this year’s ‘The Avengers’, but far too often the final product resembles a ‘Transformers’ flick, and we all know how much I hate that (and for those who aren’t aware, it’s kind of a long running joke here at The Awards Circuit that that particular franchise is one of the few able to get me angry and mean in my reviews). ‘Battleship’ is as close as one can get to that type of movie without completely getting my wrath. Even if it didn’t make me mad, this still was a miserable 2 hours plus at the movies.
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While the current obsession in many science fiction circles is on Ridley Scott’s prequel to his first foray into the genre, coming soon a whole new craze can begin with his sequel to ‘Blade Runner’. The Hollywood Reporter has a story here and states that Scott has brought Hampton Fancher in to write the screenplay (he did the original). After the jump I’ll comment quickly on how this project may be a bit more personal to Scott than ‘Prometheus’, but so far I like how this one is shaping up, even if it’s still early…
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Just yesterday, Disney™ released a new clip from Disney/Pixar’s upcoming animated feature, Brave. As someone who has been anxiously awaiting the next great Pixar project, rest assured that this clip will have you salivating for that June 22nd, 2012 release date. The clip perfectly sums up the feel of Pixar’s forage into the world of Scottish lore: princesses who match brawn with brain and biting wit, imposing environments that greatly evoke its historical setting, and the perfect mixture of humor and drama amidst a Scottish kingdom’s slightly dysfunctional yet lovable family. I am stunned by the level of detail that went into each grain of animation in the film. If Merida’s flowing hair alone wows your eyesight, imagine what the end product will look like in 3D! Check out the clip below, and please share your thoughts on this sneak peek into next month’s Brave. Read more on New ‘Brave’ Clip: “Fergus Shares a Legend”…
I have absolutely no clue what to expect with the film ‘Cloud Atlas’, a joint venture between the Wachowskis (Lana and Andy…formerly Larry and Andy) and Tom Tykwer. Based on the highly praised novel by David Mitchell, it’s a layered and bizarre sounding work that could either go horribly wrong or dazzlingly right. We won’t know that until the film comes out, but word has spread from the Cannes Film Festival in an article from The Playlist here that the movie is coming out on December 6th. I’ll share details of the novel after the jump (without spoiling things for the movie, of course), but hey…at least we now know when we’ll be able to see the flick.
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Alex Proyas has been trying to get Paradise Lost made for a while and since talks have broken down regarding that film, he’s turned his eyes to a new project with its own mythology. The Hollywood Reporter has learned that the director will tackle Gods of Egypt for Summit. The film takes place in ancient Egyptt and will see a common thief, a god and a goddess unite to fight an evil force in ancient Egypt. Proyas will more than likely direct this film after filming the adaptation of Robert A. Heinlein’s “The Unpleasant Profession Of Jonathan Hoag” .
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The Magic Mike promo swing is in full effect. Not only have the stars done a full article and photo shoot in Entertainment Weekly, but a new trailer from the film has been released. The trailer after the jump is much better than the first at giving away bits of the plot but really focusing on what people are actually going to see this movie for, the male strippers. We get glimpses of all the main cast and their routines (Matt Bomer as Ken doll, hilarious) as well as the relationship between Channing Tatum’s Magic Mike and Alex Pettyfer’s character.
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