March 03, 2014 | 4:57 p.m.
The untitled “Man of Steel” sequel hasn’t yet gone into production, and it’s already the most controversial movie in fandom. Chalk that up to director Zack Snyder’s somewhat unconventional casting choices. First, comics stalwarts expressed surprise and skepticism in August with the revelation that Ben Affleck would inherit the cape and cowl from actor Christian Bale, taking on the role of Batman opposite Henry Cavill’s Superman in Snyder’s much-anticipated superhero sequel, the follow-up to his 2013 blockbuster that grossed more than $668 million at the worldwide box office. Then came the announcement that Israeli actress Gal Gadot, best known for her work in the “Fast & Furious” films, would play Diana Prince/Wonder Woman in the movie, and the uproar started anew. Just last month, fresh fandemonium was heaped upon the movie with the announcement that boyish “Social Network” star Jesse […]
March 03, 2014 | 2:06 p.m.
Oscar-nominated actor Mark Wahlberg is front and center in a new poster for Michael Bay’s “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” due in theaters June 27. Written by Ehren Kruger and directed by Bay, the film sees Wahlberg join the series about warring tribes of alien robots with a propensity for causing massive destruction here on planet Earth. Fans got a detailed look at the film during last month’s Super Bowl, and the scope of the imagery in the teaser suggests that the master of explosive popcorn entertainment might be looking to outdo himself with the fourth installment in the franchise. Last May, Paramount released images featuring some of the updated character designs from the movie, including shots of an upgraded Optimus Prime and two new Autobots that will battle Decepticons right alongside him. The photos, taken on the Monument Valley, Utah, set […]
March 03, 2014 | 11:25 a.m.
Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres might have taken down Twitter with the star-studded selfie she snapped during Sunday night’s Academy Awards telecast, but earlier in the evening, English actor Benedict Cumberbatch crafted one special impromptu photograph of his own. Cumberbatch has a way of setting Internet hearts aflame even on an average day, but the actor, who had a role in Sunday’s best picture Oscar winner, “12 Years a Slave,” managed yet another “meme-orable” turn on the Academy Awards’ red carpet, leaping into frame as venerable rock band U2 was posing for a group photo. Hands raised, with a silly expression, Cumberbatch might now rank as the most amusing celebrity photobomber of all time. Best picture from the #Oscars? Cumberbatch photobombs U2. More here: http://t.co/JJYce9QqJG (Pic: Reuters/Mike Blake) pic.twitter.com/RwJZYmkguJ — The Telegraph (@Telegraph) March 3, 2014 He did turn up in […]
Feb. 28, 2014 | 11:53 a.m.
Actor Patrick Wilson is set to join the cast of “Ant-Man,” the upcoming Marvel superhero film from fan-favorite director Edgar Wright. It’s unclear what role Wilson might take in the planned 2015 release, which will see Michael Douglas play the original Avengers member Hank Pym, a scientist who, in the comics, invents a shrinking serum that allows him to sneak around in miniature form and surprise foes. The film also will star Paul Rudd as reformed thief Scott Lang, the second superhero to take the name Ant-Man, with Evangeline Lilly, most recently seen on screen as the warrior elf Tauriel in “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” widely tipped to sign on to the cast as well. It’s unclear whether either incarnation of the diminutive hero will appear in writer-director Joss Whedon’s upcoming “Avengers” sequel, “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” which […]
Feb. 27, 2014 | 1:15 p.m.
Tickets for “Divergent” — the dystopian adventure movie based on the bestselling book trilogy by Veronica Roth — will go on sale March 4, Summit Entertainment announced Thursday. The film, which stars Shailene Woodley, Kate Winslet and Theo James among others, is due in theaters March 21. Moviegoers who purchase tickets on Fandango or MovieTickets.com on March 4 will receive a free downloadable copy of Roth’s book, and those who purchase before March 21 can be entered into a sweepstakes for a walk-on role in the film’s sequel, “Insurgent,” which is in the works for March 2015. In “Divergent,” Woodley (“The Descendants,” “The Spectacular Now”) plays heroine Beatrice “Tris” Prior. The story is set in a dystopian future version of Chicago, in which people are tested and divided into five factions based on their personalities and virtues. Tris’ personality test […]
Feb. 25, 2014 | 10:00 p.m.
Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” and Alfonso Cuarón’s Oscar-nominated “Gravity” are the top contenders at the upcoming 40th annual Saturn Awards, with eight nominations each. “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” 2012′s highest-grossing film, earned seven nominations, while “Iron Man 3,” “Pacific Rim,” “Star Trek Into Darkness” and “Thor: The Dark World” were recognized with five nominations each. On the television side, HBO’s lavish fantasy “Game of Thrones” received five nominations, as did AMC’s drama “Breaking Bad” and TNT’s “Falling Skies.” Founded in 1972 to recognize films often overlooked by mainstream awards series, the Saturn Awards fetes projects in a broad swath of genres, including science fiction, horror, fantasy, thriller and action/adventure — there are also awards for best independent film with nominees including critical favorites “12 Years a Slave” and “Inside Llewyn Davis”; best international film (a […]
Feb. 25, 2014 | 6:35 p.m.
Filmmaker Marc Webb appears set to direct “The Amazing Spider-Man 3.” Word came Tuesday that the director responsible for both 2012′s “The Amazing Spider-Man” and this May’s coming follow-up, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” is in final negotiations with Sony to complete the movie trilogy starring Andrew Garfield as the heroic Peter Parker. Webb came to the franchise as a somewhat unlikely choice — the respected indie director was previously best known for the Los Angeles-set “(500) Days of Summer,” starring Joseph-Gordon Levitt and Zooey Deschanel. But his original Marvel adaptation, which rebooted the franchise that Sam Raimi had so successfully helmed roughly a decade earlier, turned out to be a blockbuster hit that took in upward of $262 million at the domestic box office, and also earned critical praise, thanks in part to the winning chemistry between English actor Garfield […]
Feb. 25, 2014 | 11:26 a.m.
A new trailer for “Godzilla” is out, teasing horror, destruction and, finally, a first glimpse at the King of All Monsters himself. Previously released teasers showed the kaiju’s silhouette through billows of smoke and smog, but the new footage reveals his full, enormous form. “Godzilla” is directed by Gareth Edwards, whose ambitious independent film “Monsters” garnered critical praise for its mash-up of big visual effects and small art-house atmosphere in 2010. In “Monsters,” Edwards turned heads with his use of sound and character emotion to build an atmosphere of suspense despite a limited budget, and if the new trailer is any indication, he seems to use similar tactics in “Godzilla.” The trailer begins with narration by “Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston, who plays Joe Brody, over a montage of destruction and chaos. “You’re not fooling anybody when you say that […]
Feb. 25, 2014 | 8:38 a.m.
Marvel Studios previewed the first 10 minutes of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” at a fan screening of the new one-shot “All Hail the King” in Hollywood on Monday night, providing an early glimpse of the sequel’s mix of action-packed superheroics and 1970s-style political intrigue. The preview was introduced by Marvel Studios’ president Kevin Feige during a post-show Q&A with “All Hail the King” writer-director Drew Pearce and star Ben Kingsley. (If you’d rather be surprised by the opening when “Winter Soldier” opens April 4, you might want to stop reading now — spoilers are below.) The “Winter Soldier” clip began with a humorous, possibly fateful meeting between Steve Rogers, a.k.a. super-soldier Captain America (Chris Evans) and fellow military man Sam Wilson, a.k.a. the Falcon (a bulked-up Anthony Mackie), with the former repeatedly lapping the latter on a jog around […]
Feb. 24, 2014 | 11:54 a.m.
Jamie Foxx’s Electro takes center stage in a new international trailer for director Marc Webb’s superhero sequel, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” Electro greeted comic book readers in 1964 as an electrician named Max Dillon who gains the ability to generate and control electricity after he’s struck by lightning while repairing a power line. But in the upcoming film, Foxx’s Dillon is a meek Oscorp employee who becomes obsessed with Spider-Man after the hero saves his life — and he uses his high-voltage powers to wreak havoc on the streets of New York. “The Amazing Spider-Man” star Andrew Garfield reprises his role as teenage hero Peter Parker, and the film’s cast also includes Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, Paul Giamatti as the Rhino, Dane DeHaan (“Chronicle”) as rich boy Harry Osborn, son of Chris Cooper’s Norman Osborn, who, fans will remember, […]