April 08, 2011 | 4:40 p.m.
Is a viable “Deadpool” film finally coming into the crosshairs? Ryan Reynolds has made no secret of his dark ambitions for Marvel’s “Merc with a Mouth” and now Steve Zeitchik, who writes our must-read sister blog, 24 Frames, says there’s a director on board: According to two people who were briefed on the project but not authorized to talk about it publicly, visual-effects savant Tim Miller is set to come on and make his directorial debut with the movie. Fox could not immediately be reached for comment. Miller knows superheroes, and Fox knows him: The filmmaker worked on effects for the studio’s comic-book films such as “X-Men” and “Daredevil.” More recently, he worked on effects for the visuals-heavy “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.” You can read the whole piece right here. – Geoff Boucher RECENT AND RELATED Feige: Captain America as moral compass […]
Feb. 19, 2011 | 9:27 a.m.
Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds A great deal has changed since gamers last pitted villains and heroes from the Marvel and Capcom universes against one another in Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes. That fighting game debuted in arcades—yes, arcades—in early 2000. Now, more than a decade later, Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds has arrived for Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. Here at Hero Complex, to prepare for the fray, we’re doing a series of posts looking at the game’s Marvel villains, their history and their combat moves. Today: Deadpool “In the old days villains had mustaches and kicked the dog,” Alfred Hitchcock famously said. “Audiences are smarter now. They don’t want their villain thrown at them with green limelight on his face. They want an ordinary human being with feelings.” Sure, […]
Oct. 27, 2010 | 9:57 a.m.
Our sister blog 24 Frames, a must-read for Hollywood scoops, has some insider info on the “Deadpool” director job… Ryan Reynolds (Jay Clendenin/Los Angeles Times) The story that’s unfolded around who will direct “Deadpool,” the Ryan Reynolds movie based on the Marvel anti-hero, has been almost as colorful as anything that appeared in the comic book itself. Robert Rodriguez was going to helm it, then he wasn’t, then he was, and now he’s not. But sources familiar with the project say a new name has emerged for the director’s chair, and it’s an unconventional one: Adam Berg, a heretofore little-known Swedish commercial and video director. Berg has never directed a feature before, but he gained plenty of acclaim with “Carousel,” a stylish short (you can check it out below) made for Philips Electronics that won the prestigious Cannes Lions International […]
Oct. 12, 2010 | 6:56 a.m.
I interviewed Ryan Reynolds not long ago and asked him a classic fanboy question: “Deadpool versus Wolverine, who wins?” “Deadpool could beat Wolverine any day. I know it, you know it. Hugh Jackman knows it.” Reynolds worked with Jackman, of course, in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” and though it didn’t really go so well for Reynolds on screen — Deadpool, you might recall, got his head chopped off — that didn’t sour the actor’s view of the movie star in the film’s title role. “Hugh is a great guy. He’s a very classy human being. He sets the bar for being classy in Hollywood. It’s almost mayoral, his approach to Hollywood. It’s as much his job to sign an autograph or take a photo with a fan as it is to blow people away with his performance on screen. He could host a master class on how […]
Sept. 22, 2010 | 3:35 p.m.
When most movie stars arrive at a restaurant for a lunch interview they usually toss their Mercedes keys to a valet and ask if they can get a table that is both secluded but also clearly visible from every corner of the dining room. On a recent gray afternoon, though, Ryan Reynolds arrived at a scruffy Hollywood diner with a motorcycle helmet under his tattooed arm and sat down at the brown leather booth closest to the door. When he ordered a Cobb salad the waitress didn’t look up from her pad. ”You want it with Balsamic, like the last time?” “Yeah,” he said, “Easy on the cheese. And, unlike my wife, I want the bacon.” Reynolds clearly enjoys the aura of the average Joe, even if his bacon-eschewing wife happens to be Scarlett Johansson and he himself is ramping up to a new level of […]
Sept. 14, 2010 | 2:21 p.m.
Ryan Reynolds hopes to be the face of two competing superhero franchises with “Green Lantern” and “Deadpool” but, after reading the gleefully subversive script for the latter, he isn’t too concerned about moviegoers getting the characters confused. “It goes in such a different direction than a superhero movie usually goes,” Reynolds said over lunch recently at 101 Coffee Shop. “It’s a nasty piece of work. It’s just based in so much emotional filth, completely. It’s like ‘Barfly‘ if it were a superhero movie. It sort of treads into the world of an emotionally damaged person. I always say that Deadpool is a guy in a highly militarized shame spiral…. It’s so different than the superhero movies to date, it departs so far from that.” In “Green Lantern,” due next summer, Reynolds plays Hal Jordan, the cocky but courageous test pilot who becomes the first human member of […]
Aug. 17, 2010 | 11:49 p.m.
John Horn caught up with Robert Rodriguez on Monday to talk about the success of “The Expendables” and the epic fail of “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” at the box office for an earlier article, and the conversation turned toward the filmmaker’s own plans. Robert Rodriguez sounds like he’s drawing a bead on “Deadpool.” But will he pull the trigger? “It’s a great script and a great property,” an enthusiastic Rodriguez said of the Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (“Zombieland”) screenplay that would bring the “merc with the mouth” from Marvel Comics to the screen in his own film adventure. Rodriguez says he has been in meetings with Twentieth Century Fox about directing the film, which, presumably, would star Ryan Reynolds, who portrayed the glib gunman “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.“ Reynolds is becoming a major player in comic-book cinema considering his roles in next year’s […]
Aug. 14, 2010 | 5:05 p.m.
Seth Rogen grew up loving Marvel Comics – especially the high body-count exploits of Punisher and Deadpool – and the years haven’t softened his disdain for that other company. “I like Marvel,” the actor and writer says. “I’ve kind of given up on DC at this point.” Rogen wears a mask in his next film, “The Green Hornet,” due in theaters in January, and on a recent afternoon he said that, unlike many actors in today’s busy superhero sector, he is no disinterested tourist. He’s an avid fan of comics although he was quick to point out that he’s not a bags-and-boards kind of collector. “I hang out at a lot of comic book stores so that smell to me is genuine. The musk of the nerd reading the page. I loved comic books. But I don’t like, keep them. If I did, I’d have so many…. I tend […]