Lex Luthor will be played by Jesse Eisenberg in the upcoming Batman-Superman movie.
The news comes just two weeks after the studio announced that the movie’s release date would be push back to May 2016, a full ten months later than originally expected.
There has been much speculation surrounding who would play Lex, with Bryan Cranston being somewhat of a fan favourite. It might be worth noting that Eisenberg’s name never really came up during the speculation, which may be because of his age. It seems that fans wanted casting to skew a little older with the icon villain. (more…)
After months of speculation about whether Wonder Woman would even be in the upcoming sequel to Man of Steel, it has been confirmed that Gal Gadot, best known for her role in the Fast and the furious franchise, has got the role.
First off, even if Gadot is excellent in the role, this cast is getting pretty crowded and with a movie that now has at least three superheroes, with more rumoured to appear, what hope do any of the supporting characters have. Even though as a fan I have personally always preferred DC to Marvel, I have to admit Marvel studios have done a better job of creating a shared cinematic universe. They may be calling this a sequel to Man of Steel, but it is looking more and more like a rushed Justice League movie.
As for the casting, it’s hard to deny that there are plenty of actresses that would have been better for the role. Hopefully Gadot’s audition was amazing and she deserved the part, but it seems like casting a young, model with little acting experience might not be the best idea considering Wonder Woman has to appeal to both women and men. It’s a common complaint in movies that really slim women are cast to preform really elaborate fight scenes that no one actually believes they’d be able to do. If she is going to have to stand next to Batman and Superman she better beef up and look the part. On that topic, the costume is probably going to need a serious update if they want it to be taken seriously in this gritty DC universe. Short shorts probably aren’t going to cut it.
A lot of fans wanted Gina Carano to play the Amazon warrior, which would have been a pretty interesting casting considering that Carano is a MMA fighter. Gadot and Carano both come from the Fast and the Furious films, but it’s easy to see why Carano would be the more fitting choice and she actually does resemble both the comic book character and the actress who played Wonder Woman in the TV series. Personally, I thought they should go older and cast a more experienced actress like Kate Beckinsale. Still, since the casting is official it’s only far that Gadot is given a chance to prove everyone wrong and hopefully Wonder Woman’s first live action movie appearance will be memorable for the right reasons.
What do you think? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
Chris Cooper has been cast as Norman Ozborn in Marc Webb’s upcoming sequel to The Amazing Spider-man.
The role of Mary Jane Watson in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has been cast, but will the new red head be able to compete with Emma Stone’s Gwen Stacy?
After some negotiating the part of MJ Watson was given to Shailene Woodley, who previously played one of George Clooney’s daughters in the Descendants and had a leading role in The Secret Life of an American Teenager.
It initially seemed that scheduling issues would force Woodley to choose between The Amazing Spider-man and, her upcoming film, Divergent, but this turned out not to be an issue as Mary Jane will not be a prominent part of the Spider-Man sequel. However, Woodley would play a bigger part in the third film, which is even more evidence that the death of Gwen Stacy will play out in the second instalment.
Oh Peter, if only you had listened to Gwen’s father instead of just pretending you were going to listen to avoid dealing with Gwen’s grief.
What do you think? Are you a Spider-Man fan? Do you think Woodley will be able to compete with Emma Stone (Wood versus Stone)? Which of Spidey’s love interests is your favourite, Gwen or MJ? Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below. Also, don’t forget to subscribe and, if you liked this post, click the like button.
Warner Bros have announced that Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis, as well as director Todd Phillips, will all be suffering from yet another hangover, but this will be their last.
A third film in the Hangover series comes as a surprise to no one, but hopefully the films plot will. One of the main criticisms that the second film faced is that it was basically a repackaged version of the first one, but this time is different. Though we don’t know exactly what has changed, Phillips has said that they’re ‘going to surprise a lot of people with the final chapter’. Maybe this time they’ll get drunk, do a bunch of crazy stuff, fall asleep, wake up with no knowledge of what’s happened and retrace their steps in order to find a lost friend. Or would that be two similar to the first two? Hopefully the last scene in the series will be them checking in to rehab. Wouldn’t it be crazy if they completely changed genre and ended up drag racing cars or facing a serial killer?
No matter what trouble the wolf pack get into, cinemas will no doubt be filled with fans, possibly tipsy fans that won’t remember the film the next day. Tipsy or not, you can see the film when it stumbles into a theatre near you on the 24th of May 2013. It may seem like a long wait, but there is a great line up of movies to keep cinema goers occupied until then.
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After a 12 year absence the Muppets make a return to cinemas and they don’t disappoint.
It’s hard to believe that the last Muppets movie was Muppet Treasure Island in 1996. Now, in 2012, fans, old and new, get to see a new Muppet adventure, this time starring, alongside the Muppets, Jason Segal (Gary), Amy Adams (Mary) and Peter Linz, as the latest Muppet Walter.
The story follows Gary, Mary and Walter as they go to Los Angeles to celebrate Gary and Mary’s 10 year anniversary and visit the old Muppets studios with Walter, who thinks that the stories about the Muppets closing down are just internet rumours. Walter soon learns that this isn’t the case and that there is an evil villain plotting to tear the studios down, the three then head off on a quest to reunite the Muppets and save the studios. Along the way they encounter several celebrities making cameo appearances, the best of which is Jim Parsons (aka Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory).
Other celebrity guests include Emily Blunt, Selena Gomez, Zach Galifanakis, Sarah Silverman Neil Patrick Harris, Whoopi Goldberg, Jack Black and many more. There’s so many that you probably won’t notice some the first time or maybe you’ll get paranoid and start thinking people are in it that really aren’t, I was convinced I saw Tina Fey I just can’t prove it. Some of the cameos were really small, which I guess with that maybe people it was either that or make a ten hour movie, but some were really funny and it was fun trying to spot the ones that weren’t so obvious, Tina Fey for example.
The music for the movie was brilliant, bright and cheerful for the most part naturally. Some classic Muppets songs, like Rainbow Connection, were used in the film and new, just as catchy, ones were introduced. The songs were a great part of the film; they were funny and just plain old fashion fun.
It’s hard to say anything bad about it, because I really did enjoy the film, but one thing that comes to mind is Walter, who I just couldn’t sympathise with. Sure at first you feel sorry for him, because he’s a Muppet in a world of humans, but then that wears off and he just comes across as a selfish. Though everyone, or at least my favourite characters, got a fair bit of screen time so they more than make up for his selfishness.
In the Muppets movies, they tend to make jokes about being in a movie, which works really well for them. This time, along with those types of jokes, they make a nod at dark remakes with some, not so friendly, Muppets cast as potential replacements that might be better suited for today’s audiences. Hopefully, this remains a joke and we never have to see the Muppets being remade, though it would be nice if they continued making films or even returned to television.
The Muppets movie comes out on the 10th of February, in Ireland and the UK. If you like the other films or the series then it’s worth seeing, even without kids. Let’s face it they made this movie mostly for the adults anyway and it’s a refreshing change from all those dark remakes and 3D films that are in cinemas these days. I would definitely recommend it.
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Production on the live action American adaptation of Akira has stopped, will this be the end of the project entirely or is it just another speed bump?
Work on the Akira remake has been anything but smooth, it’s already had its budget slashed from $150 million to $90 million, changed director and been rewritten by several different writers. However, now Warner Bros have stopped pre-production of the film completely. Some think this is the end for the project, despite statements released saying that it was not, though maybe that’s just wishful thinking from the diehard fans that have been, understandably, anxious and critical of the remake.
At first it was thought that production had stopped due to another budget cut, but now it’s been reported that it is more rewrites that are causing the halt. It’s worrying to think that it’s taking so many people to write something that has already been made, but hey that’s Hollywood. It could be taken as a sign that some major changes to the story have accorded, hopefully not though as Akira has a huge fan base that want the story to be respected in this, and every other, version.
Reports suggest that Warner Bros are eager to get the project up and running again, but it has been in production since the rights were bought back in 2008. Since then, there have been a series of stop and starts, which means that it could be a few years before filming actually begins. However, it seems unlikely as casting has already started with Garrett Hedlund in the lead role, as Kaneda, and Kristen Stewart, Helena Bonham Carter and Ken Watanabe in negotiations to appear in the film. Also the part of the second lead role, Tetsuo, has been narrowed down to two actors; Dane DeHaan and Michael Pitt. The decision was supposed to be announced after Christmas, but the break in production has no doubt caused this to be delayed.
Regardless of all of the problems they’ve encountered, there is still a big chance that this film will be made, and maybe even on time, but if they don’t respect the source material then is there really a point in remaking the film in the first place?
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Another Japanese film bites the dust. Akira, a hit 1988 anime film, is being remade by, you guessed it, Hollywood. Let the white washing begin.
Akira is set in a dark post world war III Tokyo called Neo-Tokyo. It follows the leader of a motorcycle gang, who accidentally gets involved with an underground dissident terrorist group. They then uncover the truth about what really destroyed Tokyo years before. Naturally, the new, live action, film is set in Neo-New York rather than Neo-Tokyo and will star a mostly American cast.
Tron: Legacy star Garrett Hedlund has been cast as the male lead, Kaneda, while Kristen Stewart, who you may remember from Twilight, has been offered the role of Kei, the female lead and love interest of Kaneda. Numerous other actors have been offered roles, but none have been confirmed yet, these include Helena Bonham Carter and Gary Oldman.
The anime film was a success and is considered by many to have had a major influence on the style of Japanese animation. However, before it was an anime it was a manga series and the film was criticised for attempting to fit the whole story into one. This time they don’t intend on making the same mistake as they are planning two films rather than one.
Jaume Collet-Serra is directing the films. He’s a Spanish filmmaker who has previously directed such films as: House of Wax and Orphan, both of which were negatively received. With live action anime adaptations, like Gantz, being made by Japanese directors, it may be time for Hollywood to pull out of Japan and star working on original projects.
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Blu-ray trailer for Akira anime:
Someone’s take on what an American version would look like:
Could Zombieland be making its way to the small screen?
In 2009, Zombieland was released in cinemas worldwide. The movie followed Jesse Eisenberg and Emma Stone as they, along with Woody Harrelson and Abigail Breslin, fought to survive in a world overrun with zombies. The movie was praised by critics and it looked like a sequel was on the cards, but unfortunately it never happened.
However, all is not lost as Zombieland may be coming to the small screen. Though it eventually became a movie, Zombieland was originally intended as a TV show in the first place. For this reason, the producer of the film, Gavin Polone thinks that it will be a smooth transition taking it from film to TV series and with the help of the film’s writers, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, he could be right.
The producers are aiming to have this show on other screens for the 2012-2013 season. Besides that not many details have been revealed, except of course that the original cast will not be returning. This was to be expected has they’re big Hollywood stars now and there’s still a stigma attached to doing TV, plus TV doesn’t generally pay as much.
It would have been great to see the actors from the film return, but, that aside, will this idea even work on TV? The main problem will probably be budget. The film has such a wide open feel, like it looks like the entire world has been killed or turned into zombies or both. It’s to going to be easy to pull that off on a TV budget. Still I am curious to see what they come up with and I remain hopefully optimistic that it will not tarnish the film’s good name.
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Recently it was announced that Resident Evil Retribution, which comes to cinemas next year, will feature Ada Wong, Leon S. Kennedy and Barry Burton. Well now all three roles have been cast and filming has begun, plus the sound stage clasped but no one was serious injured (they’re probably going to save money on fake cuts and bruises though).
Ada will be played by Li Bingbing. Like Ada, Bingbing is Chinese and thanks to Mila Jovovich and her Twitter page we get to see what she looks like as Ada. The makeup artists have done a great job making her look like the character, as you can see in the picture below which was taken on set.
For a long time it was rumoured that Jensen Ackles would play Leon if he was ever brought into the films, but due to scheduling issues with Supernatural this wasn’t possible. Instead the role went to Johann Urb. Urb is an Estonian-American actor who is probably best known for his role in Eastwick. Though some fans are disappointed about Jensen Ackles not getting the role, we won’t really be able to make a judgement until we see Urb in action when the first trailers are released.
Kevin Durand has been cast as Barry Burton. Personally, I remember Durand from Lost where he played Martin Keamy. Durand did a good job on Lost, which is one of the best shows ever made, and hopefully he’ll do just as good a job in Resident Evil. Plus he does kind of look like Barry.
Now that the Resident Evil cast is complete it’s time to just sit back and enjoy the tweets. What do you think? Are you happy with the cast? Do you think they resemble the characters? Which character is your favourite? Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below. Also don’t forget to subscribe/follow and click the like button.