Green Lantern producer and co-writer Greg Berlanti offered up some info about how he's handling the gritty world of The Flash. Also, The Flash is going to be gritty now.
Flash' as we're getting into it is interesting, too. Though Barry Allen was a little lighter in the comic, I think because of the nature that he was a CSI and moved in this world of crime before this stuff happened. I think it's tonally somewhere in between 'GL' and 'Dark Knight.' It's actually a little bit darker than when we were working on ('GL'), because you're dealing with somebody who is already a crimefighter in a world of those kinds of criminals and that kind of murder and homicide. I find you talk a lot about different films when you're working on a film, and we spend a lot more time talking about 'Se7en' or 'The Silence of the Lambs' as we construct that part of Barry's world, then I thought when we got into it. It helps balance a guy in a red suit who runs really fast.
He's totally right. I've always said that Se7en and The Silence of the Lambs were okay movies, but y'know what would make them great movies? The presence of the Flash. In fact, I feel that Zodiac's greatest failing was its absence of a red guy in a suit who runs really fast. That and the fact that pretty much nothing happened in it. (SuperheroHype)
Patton Oswalt has signed on to play Charlize Theron's chubby best friend in Young Adult. Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody, who last worked together on Juno, are teaming up again for the film about a woman who returns to her high school town to basically stalk her old boyfriend like she's Marky Mark. The guy's got a wife and kid now though, so he's not interested in Charlize. Not interested? His Mrs. must do crazy sh*t in the sack.
Josh Brolin decided he couldn't pretend Charlize isn't worth leaving his wife for and now Patrick Wilson is in talks for the role. Seems like a missed opportunity to put Wilson in a fat suit and cast him as the best friend and Oswalt as the ex-boyfriend. I'd love to watch Charlize beg Oswalt to have sex with her and he looks up at her with stern eyes and proclaims, "No, Ugly!" (/Film)
When mumbly actor Mark Ruffalo was hired to take over the Hulk reins from Edward Norton in Marvel Studio's The Avengers, it was assumed he'd only appear as a drowsy-looking Bruce Banner. Now he's let it slip that the Hulk will appear like he just woke from a catnap as well. Ruffalo tells Vulture:
"I'm really excited. No one's ever played the Hulk exactly, they've always done CGI. They're going to do the Avatar stop-action, stop-motion capture. So I'll actually play the Hulk. That'll be fun."
Stop-motion capture? Is that like taking a photo?
This should be interesting to see. Ruffalo seems too laidback to pull off the Hulk's rage, but I think he could surprise us. Then again, he's never performed in such an effects-heavy film before, and has no experience acting against nothing. Unless, of course, you count Jennifer Aniston.
As you can tell from the above pic, Fantastic Fest in Austin, TX is a splended event for ass-picking. It also screens some mind-bending and stomach churning genre films that you won't see anywhere else. This was my first time at Fantastic Fest and I loved the vibe of the event. Everyone was jazzed to be gathering at a festival that showcases martial arts movies in one theater, cannibal movies in the next, and of course torture porn just down the hall. The festival goes through this Thursday, but I certainly took in my fill of askew cinema over the past five days. You can check out our reviews at the Fantastic Fest page, which I’ll continually update, as our writer Fred is still over in Austin soaking up the on-screen madness and mayhem.
Stephen Fry has joined the cast of Sherlock Holmes 2. Guy Ritchie's exxxtreme take on British literature will add Fry in the role of Holmes's older brother, Mycroft. Here's what the witty actor had to say of the part:
"I'm playing Mycroft in the sequel to the Sherlock Holmes film Guy Ritchie directed with Robert Downey Jr., and that sort of part is fun, but just once in a while to play a genuine all round sort of lead figure with complexity and tragedy and wit and all the sort of things that Oscar [Wilde] had was a once in a lifetime thrill."
Okay. Can someone translate that from British to English for me and let me know if it was witty or not? Anyway, in the original stories, Mycroft was considered just as brilliant as Sherlock but was lazy and unwilling to prove his deductions. There's no word yet how the character will be shaped in the sequel nor any on whether or not he'll be an exxxtreme cage fighter. (Bleeding Cool)
Guillermo del Toro has inked a deal with DreamWorks for his first animated film: Trollhunters. Based on a children's book authored by del Toro himself, the story will be geared toward kids (duh) and will focus on…wait for it…trolls!
"I wanted very much to develop a story that could be written for kids but dealt with a genre that was scary," he tells the Heat Vision Blog. "It essentially combines fairy tales with modern times and is about how difficult it is to be a kid. Normally, kids are idealized in animated films. But the growing pains, married with the notion that there is a world right next to us that is completely plagued by creatures of ancient lore, it's thematically fitting with the rest of my stuff."
No word yet on whether these trolls will deny the holocaust and claim Obama is a secret Muslim Homojew, or if they'll just stick to living under bridges and eating bones. (Heat Vision via Empire)
Everyone knows that Hobbits, with their hairy leather feet, hate wearing shoes. Well now we can add another item to the list of things hobbits despise: organized labor.
Various unions, including the Screen Actors Guild and the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance of Australia, have officially warned their members not to take part in the production of the film due to a dispute over working conditions and residual payments. In response, producer/director Peter Jackson is claiming the move is an attempt by Austrialian interests to gain control of New Zealand's film industry and is threatening to move production to Eastern Europe if the matter is not resolved.
“There is a twisted logic to seeing NZ humiliated on the world stage, by losing the Hobbit to Eastern Europe," he said. "Warners would take a financial hit that would cause other studios to steer clear of New Zealand. Seriously, if the Hobbit goes east (Eastern Europe in fact) – look forward to a long dry big budget movie drought in this country."
Personelly, I thinks Jacksons actions be deplorable. Unions is vary important. Four example, the Tearchers Unions' are vary big in the USA, and education ain't never been better. Sham on u, Peter jackon (Empire Online)
The RZA and Elijah Wood Sing Black Eyed Peas at Fantastic Fest – Watch more Funny Videos
At Nerdeoke tonight at The Highball during Fantastic Fest, RZA, Elijah Wood, and friends gathered on stage to sing "I Gotta Feeling" by The Black Eyed Peas. Will.i.am was nowhere to be found, but somewhere his ears were ringing as part of the Wu Tang spit his flow.
Drunken boxing is probably the most entertaining form of martial arts to watch. Jackie Chan defined it on screen in Drunken Master and took it to the next level in Drunken Master II. A few other artists have tried it but now master choreographer and director Yuen Woo-Ping is going back to drunken fist with all his decades of experience behind him and modern filmmaking tools at his disposal.
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I’ve been very excited that so many Asian action films are in the Fantastic Fest lineup. I love martial arts and Hong Kong action, although one subgenre that doesn’t do much for me is the Hong Kong cop movie. Fire of Conscience is one of those, and if that’s your pet genre than I’d imagine this one is a solid entry, but not for me.
Manfred (Leon Lai) is a tough cop who beats up perps because they deserve it. Kee (Richie Ren) is a more optimistic inspector with a baby on the way. Those two and Manfred’s team of cops (Michelle Ye and Kai Chi Liu) pursue a case of drugs, bombs and money.
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Fearnet’s web series “Zombie Roadkill” premiered at FantasticFest in its 30-minute entirety. It will be online in five parts beginning in October. “Zombie Roadkill” has a good spirit of silly fun and extreme gore. This is definitely a spoof done with a wink, with love for the genre. It’s not Shaun of the Dead but it’s something to watch online in parts.
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I think we all have a healthy attitude about straight to video sequels. We know they’re not going to be careful attempts to forward the story, but they can either have fun with it or not, and either way it doesn’t ultimately matter. Well, 30 Days of Night: Dark Days is not fun, and it is aggressively bad even by DTV standards.
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Stone starts with some intense emotional terrorism. This is how you show how seriously conflicted people can be. It’s not just hitting or yelling at each other. What young Jack Mabry does to his family is so sickening you feel anything could happen in this drama. I have not qualms with watching a tough, intense story. Just don’t wuss out on me. Make the characters really complex and manipulative, and let Robert DeNiro and Edward Norton play them.
After about an hour though, you realize that the opening scene isn’t setting anything up for later. This is just going to be one of those films that revels in despair and monotony, just another “bad things happen, people are miserable” pieces for actors who want to show how downbeat they can be.
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Usually, a living legand like Bob Dylan doesn’t lower himself to something as crass as commercial television. Well, not unless it involves Pepsi, women’s underwear, or “Dharma and Greg.” But America’s poet will come out of hiding on an upcoming episode of the History Channel's “Pawn Stars.” I’ll be deep in the cold, cold ground before I refer to it as just “History.”
Chumlee, the fat guy from the show (by fat guy I mean fattest guy), stalks Dylan and ambushes him outside a hotel. I have no idea if Dylan was in on it, although it is odd that he’s just walking around Vegas with no security. Hopefully the episode won’t inspire a new generation of Mark David Chapman’s. (TV Squad via Vulture)
Watch Bob Dylan get accosted by a fat guy after the jump…
Don't touch Gordon Gekko's things.
Here are your weekend links.
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It sucks we won’t see Edward Norton as Bruce Banner in The Avengers, especially the way it went down. The recasting has been well-covered and Norton even told MTV he laughs about it now. The good news it, it sounds like Mark Ruffalo playing Banner in The Avengers doesn’t rule out another solo Hulk film that could continue with Norton.
“No, I don’t rule out anything,” Norton said while promoting Stone at FantasticFest. “As I think was amply demonstrated, I think a lot of those things on the other side of the table are big business, which I respect. I don’t have any urgency about it one way or the other.”
No rush, of course. Certainly Edward Norton will do fine in his career. It’s
good to hear Marvel hasn’t told him they won’t continue a solo Hulk franchise.
“I couldn’t say,” Norton hedged. “I’m a fan of those films. I hate when they screw them up so I hope they do it right.”
Maybe Marvel’s hedging their bets. They had some needs for The Avengers but people liked The Incredible Hulk, so they could always alternate. “I’ve got so many things I’m working on that I’m interested in. People have been completely great about the film we made and I’m happy about that. I have nothing to complain about.”
Singer/Actress/Disney-Robot AJ Michalka has joined the cast of Super 8, Dread Central is reporting. The young pop star, who was last seen in The Lovely Bones, will star in the J.J. Abrams and Steven Spielberg film about a group of teens who capture the image of a fugitive alien on their Super 8 camera.
For those of you over the age of 12, AJ Michalka is half of the Disney rock band pictured above, 78Violet (formerly Aly and AJ). I have no idea which one she is, and after watching the video for their song, "Like Whoa," I think it's better I don't know. If you can make it through the whole video (below), leave a comment, and I'll personally send you a reward in the mail. God knows you deserve something for your suffering. Offer expires at midnight (PST).
Watch awful incarnate after the jump…
The screengrab above may look like something from "Mythbusters" but it's actually a shot from the new teaser trailer for gory sequel The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence). The teaser features Tom Six, the blood-spattered director, walking through a parking garage while his voice-over prepares us for a film far more shocking than the original.
We're then introduced to one of the film's lead actors — dude with a box on his head. Good to see that guy making a comeback.
Check out the trailer after the jump…
Captain America: The First Avenger is busy shooting on the streets of Manchester, and the Internet has gone mad over this exciting behind-the-scenes video. In the clip, director Joe Johnston demonstrates why he is considered a master, expertly guiding his actor, Chris Evans, as they film a pivotal scene.
No need for me to oversell it. Sit back and enjoy this rare glimpse of movie magic. (/Film)
Watch Captain America director Joe Johnston make movie magic after the jump…
Pew pew! Pew pew pew!!
After Whiteout turned out to be a washout, Kate Beckinsale is ready to return to the Underworld franchise. The actress has officially signed on to reprise her role of Selene, the hot karate vampire she played in Underworld and Underworld: Evolution. She did not return for the third film in the series, Underworld: Rise Of The Lycans, otherwise known as Cliff-Sex: The Movie.
The search for a director is underway, as Len Wiseman will only return in a producer capacity. There's also no word yet on what outlandish sex location will be featured this time around. (Coming Soon)
Lovers of Let The Right One In, I have some good news for you. Matt Reeves didn’t eff up the movie you cherish so dearly. In fact, he might have…
I knew there were going to be problems with Ong Bak 3, but I figured as long as there were some fights it couldn’t be all bad. So they turned a sequel into a trilogy. So Tony Jaa ran off into the woods. As long as he knees some people in the head I’d be happy. Unfortunately, the problems with Ong Bak 3 are palpable.
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Alex Winter has corroborated Keanu Reeves' story from earlier this week. William S. Preston, Esq. himself, told MTV that a third Bill & Ted film is in the works. They were struggling to find the right plot for a while, but now writers Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon have hatched a plot that they've begun writing.
The big issue, however, is what to do about George Carlin's character? Winter assures there's no way they would re-cast the part, so the trick now is to delicately work around his character. I'm hoping this means they'll use sophisticated Coke commercial CGI technology to bring him back to life. If I know Carlin, that's definitely what he would want to happen. (MTV)
I really love high concept movies. Cinema is most exciting when there’s some crazy idea that demands to be a movie. “Guy in a coffin” is one of those concepts.
The film really tests the audience’s limits immediately after the opening credits. I mean wow, it holds on for a long time. I’m sorry for folks in regular theaters where idiots will fill the effective silence with obnoxious chatter.
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Now that's just super!
Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas, the producers behind the upcoming Superman film, have begun interviewing potential directors, Deadline is reporting. Nolan will reportedly submit his choice to Warner Bros. as early as next week.
On the list: Unstoppable's Tony Scott, Let Me In director Matt Reeves, Battle: Los Angeles helmer Jonathan Liebesman (who just got the Warner Bros/Legendary job of directing Clash of the Titans 2), Duncan Jones, who just directed Source Code, and Sucker Punch helmer Zack Snyder.
What? This list is a farce! No Crispin Glover? No David Lynch? No thank you, Mr. Nolan.
Let the web slinging begin!
Director Marc Webb has reportedly auditioned Emma Stone for the part of Mary Jane in his upcoming Spider-Man reboot. Stone, who was most recently seen in Easy A, would take over for Kirsten Dunst who played Mary Jane in the first three films.
There are also reports that Webb is auditioning Mia Wasikowska for the part of Gwen Stacy, Spidey's first love. If true, it sounds like we might have a good old-fashioned cat-fight on our hands. Of course I'm referring to Puma (a.k.a. Thomas Fireheart), Spider-Man's nemesis with the ability to morph into a powerful humanoid mountain lion werecat! (Vulture)
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"So, Shia. When I told you to 'f**k off,' what I really meant was 'f**k off.'"
Oliver Stone just sky-rocketed to the position of my favorite person on Earth with today's news that he told Shia LaBeouf to eff off. LaBeouf recounted the story at the Wall Street 2 premiere:
"We're in the Adirondacks, and Josh Brolin and I are shooting this bike scene, and at one point I say to Josh a line — 'You should look at yourself in the mirror first and see yourself. It might scare you.' I looked at the line for a couple of months and thought I'd go to Oliver and say, 'You look at the mirror and look at yourself. It's sort of repetitive. Why don't we just cut one of those? Why don't I say, Look at yourself. It might scare you.' This is Oliver verbatim. He looks at me and goes, 'I like mirror. I wrote Scarface. Go fuck yourself.'"
Oliver Stone, I officially forgive you for U-Turn. Now, could you please cast Justin Bieber in one of your films? (Vulture)
With movies like Dan In Real Life, Gnomeo and Juliet, The Wolfman, and Gulliver's Travels on her resume, you'd think Emily Blunt would be a little less apt to take a role in a goofy movie. You'd think.
Nope, the actress is going to flush away all the street cred she earned starring in those flicks by signing on to Engagement Games. The plot reads like a Kate Hudson fever dream; three sisters get engaged around the same time and compete for their mother's wedding ring. The father (probably played by Alan Alda) comes up with the idea of crowning the victor after a round of Family Olympics. May the best curler win! (Pajiba)
The King of the "mockumentary" is back, and this time he's taking aim at retro collectors. Christopher Guest, the man behind Waiting for Guffman and Best in Show, is returning to his director's chair, and he's bringing along Harry Shearer and Michael McKean.
Guest, Shearer and McKean are putting their heads together to make a movie about the world of retro collectors; people who ferret out such things as old comic books, Barbie dolls, vintage magazine ads, vinyl 45-rpm singles, or even – ick! – Charles Manson song lyrics written on Kleenex. There’s a massive underground of collectors who would do the Borgia’s proud as they scheme and double-cross to possess the item they crave.
While there has been no confirmation that this is, in fact, a mockumentary, chances are high. If so, will it do as well as the Casey Affleck/Joaquin Phoenix mockumentary, I'm Still Here, which has grossed an estimated $259,290? Only time will tell. (WOW via MovieFone)