Screen Junkies » ben mckenzie http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Fri, 19 Sep 2014 21:04:14 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Take A Look At ‘Gotham’ Before The Batman http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/take-a-look-at-gotham-before-the-batman/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/take-a-look-at-gotham-before-the-batman/#comments Tue, 06 May 2014 15:48:49 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=261468 It's the Muppet Babies version of Batman

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How many times do we need to watch Bruce Wayne’s parents get murdered? Lots more I guess, because now there’s a series devoted to the immediate fallout of that event that focuses on the earlier days of Gotham City while its defenders and costumed crazies were still Muppet Babies. A Smallville for the Batman universe, if you will.

Gotham is anchored by a young Jim Gordon, the rookie officer who actually gives a damn. He navigates corruption, gangland politics, and the small time crooks who will one day harness the destructive powers of penguins, flowers, and being really good at riddles. I’ll stick with the Tommy Wiseau version.

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Bryan Cranston Stars In Another, Non-Nolan ‘Batman’ Movie http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/bryan-cranston-stars-in-another-non-nolan-batman-movie/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/bryan-cranston-stars-in-another-non-nolan-batman-movie/#comments Thu, 21 Apr 2011 01:33:26 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=208067 The upcoming, animated 'Batman: Year One' has a cast. Here's who will get paid a bundle for a few hours in a voice record booth...

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Even though the source material for Batman is comics, the live action Batman movies always overshadow the animated ones. I guess that’s because the live action films have bigger budgets, bigger stars, are released in theaters and are seen by more than just comic book nerds. Still… we all loved “Batman: The Animated Series,” right? Let’s show some respect.

The upcoming Batman: Year One, based on the classic Frank Miller comic of the same name, has a voice cast. Ben McKenzie will play the toon battective, Bryan Cranston will voice Pre-Commissioner Lieutenant James Gordon, Katee Sackhoff is set to play Gordon’s best gal Detective Sarah Essen, and Eliza Dushku won’t have to wear a skintight catsuit to voice Catwoman – though, you know, she probably should anyway. Warner Bros Animation is looking to unleash The Bat at this year’s Comic-Con.

Lauren Montgomery and Sam Liu are directing a script by Tab Murphy. (Hollywood Reporter)

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Check Out Some Gloomy Images From ‘Batman: Year One’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/check-out-some-gloomy-images-from-batman-year-one/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/check-out-some-gloomy-images-from-batman-year-one/#comments Wed, 20 Apr 2011 19:39:14 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=207956 Why's Batman so angry all the time? Cheer up, Batman!

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The upcoming animated direct-to-DVD Batman movie Batman Year One should be pretty good, considering it’s from Bruce Timm, the man behind the critically acclaimed “Batman” animated series. And the voice cast includes names like Bryan Cranston, Ben McKenzie, Eliza Dushku and Katee Sackhoff, which is also promising.

You can check out two new images from the movie below, both of which seem gloomy and quite reminiscent of the comic by Frank Miller. Pretty cool, right? Here’s a quote from Timm about the project:

“The source material is surprisingly cinematic; it’s a pretty straight forward literal retelling. Mazzucchelli’s artwork is beautifully composed and we were able to refer to the comic for about 80 percent of the camera setups.”

Batman: Year One is coming out in the fall. (The Hollywood Reporter)

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‘Southland’ Spoilers: The Case of the Blow Up Doll Stabbing http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/southland-spoilers-the-case-of-the-blow-up-doll-stabbing/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/southland-spoilers-the-case-of-the-blow-up-doll-stabbing/#comments Fri, 10 Dec 2010 21:45:12 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=12073 This show seems to write itself, as officers advise the producers of strange real cases they’ve investigated. Rookie officer Ben Sherman gets a surprise in a seemingly routine domestic disturbance.

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TNT’s cop drama “Southland,” which it inherited from NBC, is back on the case starting January 14. This show seems to write itself, as officers advise the producers of strange real cases they’ve investigated. Rookie officer Ben Sherman gets a surprise in a seemingly routine domestic disturbance.

“There’s a scene this year where there’s a guy who’s bleeding, says his girlfriend cut him,” McKenzie said in a conference call with the media. “’Where is she?’ ‘Down the block.’ It’s a blow up doll. The guy is 5150, crazy. He says he got into an argument with his girlfriend about the outfit she was wearing and guys looking at her. Clearly he’s lying, he cut himself. There’s funny stuff like that but also disturbing. It’s a line we walk on the show.”

The detectives’ cases aren’t as outrageous since by the time it gets to their level it’s a pretty serious crime. Regina King returns as Det. Lydia Adams. “There’s one that takes place that starts out seeming to be like its going to be another murder case that she’s picked up and turns out to go way beyond just being a murder case,” King said during the call.

A very serious matter returns to Sherman’s life. A case involving his family develops the personal conflicts an officer may face. “In episode three, the guy who raped my mom gets out of prison and that affects me pretty severely,” McKenzie said. “I go a little haywire because of it. We’re forced to talk about that. I think it will shed some light on who this guy is deep down and the armor he puts up. Most of what you’ve seen is this stoic guy out there observing the world and taking John’s [Cooper (Michael Cudlitz)] flack, taking a lot of grief from John. Inside there’s a lot of stuff boiling and you see that come to the surface in that episode and inform who this guy is. He’s almost obsessed with the notion of justice in a way, what he’s been pursuing his entire life. When that changes in that episode, you see him grow up and mature a little that episode.”

Adams has been a stellar by-the-books detective so far. The new season will shake her up too. “Lydia specifically [learns] that she may not be the easiest partner to work with, contrary to her belief,” King said. “You kind of see her discovering that through this new partner she’s working with. I think you’re definitely going to see a less perfect side of Lydia but I think what’s interesting about how the writers are playing it is that you see a less perfect side of her as she discovers the less perfect side of herself.”

The new partner is a senior detective, who really challenges Lydia’s comfort zone. “Lydia’s never worked with a woman before,” King said. “The character is a woman that’s been on the force longer than Lydia. She’s older than her so there is that dynamic that it’s not said but the tension is felt where you have one person who is really good at their job and feels like ‘I’m this good and I’ve reached the levels of success that I’ve had because I’ve been this good.’ Then you have the other one that’s like ‘I’ve been here longer than [anyone].’ It’s a little similar to what goes on with John Cooper and Ben Sherman but the only difference is Lydia’s been around longer than Ben Sherman’s character so she’s a little more vocal about not liking the way her partner does her job. Ben Sherman definitely does not agree with all the stuff you hear John Cooper say but he’s his training officer so you kind of catch some of his disdain for some of what Cooper says in his looks. Lydia is more vocal.”

“Southland” returns Jan. 4 for 10 new episodes on TNT.

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