Great Caesar's ghost!
Laurence Fishburne has opted for both the red and the blue pill, signing on to play Perry White in the new Superman flick, Man Of Steel. The Matrix star takes over the role from Frank Langella, who played the crotchety newspaper editor in Bryan Singer's Superman Returns. This marks the first role for Fishburne after leaving his role on C.S.I. after two seasons.
Fishburne joins co-stars Henry Cavill as Supes himself, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent, and Michael Shannon as (KNEEL BEFORE) Zod. Man Of Steel is produced by The Dark Knight's Christopher Nolan and directed by Zack Snyder, of 300 fame/infamy. Since Zack Snyder's entire m.o. is "darker and grittier", that's what you should expect for the film. But it is incredibly hard to imagine the words "Amy Adams" and "gritty" in the same sentence.
Expect the usual vaguely racist nerd-rage to result from this casting news, since Perry White is traditionally a white character. Fishburne is an actor with enough nerd cache for a lifetime with his role as kick-ass mentor Morpheus in The Matrix to last a lifetime, so hopefully that will allay some of the the inevitable whining. While Man of Steel's choice of director is still questionable, the cast that Snyder is assembling is an encouraging mix.
Man Of Steel starts filming this fall, and should hit theaters June 14, 2013
I knew nothing about Monkeys of Mumbai, but was hooked once I heard the title. The developing DreamWorks Animation film has signed on director Kevin Lima, whose past projects have included Tarzan, A Goofy Movie, 102 Dalmations and Enchanted. A man this dedicated to both animated and live-action whimsy is a perfect fit for the magical tale of a pair of simians defending their home against a supernatural demon. My guess: they win.
The story is actually derivative of a Hindu poem titled "The Ramayana," wherein the reincarnated embodiment of the Hindu god Vishnu befriends and teams with a monkey soldier to battle the demon Ravana. It appears as if the DreamWorks film is straying away from some of the spirituality and focusing primarily on the power of monkeys.
There really is just something about monkeys...
Enlisting in the upcoming best-Superman-movie-since-1983 Man of Steel is Harry Lennix, most notable for his role in The Matrix sequels as Commander Lock. Lennix will be portraying General Swanwick, whose description as a “high-ranking military officer” might suggest a heavy significance to the story. Lennix seems to have a penchant for playing various forms of military personnel and law enforcement, as he portrayed an army sergeant in Across the Universe and has appeared in The Handler, JAG and Diagnosis Murder.
Lennix joins Christopher Meloni, also cast as a military officer, and stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams and Kevin Costner in Man of Steel.
Okay, so small-town architecture might not be the most exciting facet of the upcoming Man of Steel, but it's still pretty interesting to get an early glimpse at what is presumably Clark Kent's adoptive hometown. Either these sets are unfinished, or Smallville is in for some serious supervillain-related-damage in this movie...
Brit Henry Cavill will play the superhero in director Zach Snyder's film and Russell Crowe has signed on to play his father Jor-El in the blockbuster.
Connie Nielsen was recently linked to the Lara role but now Deadline.com reports Warner Bros. executives are working on a deal with Ormond.
The star-studded cast will also feature Kevin Costner and Diane Lane, as Superman's earth parents the Kents, Amy Adams as Lois Lane and Michael Shannon as villain Zod.
Way to go Danny-o! Whoever hasn't heard of Danny DeVito has been living in a plastic bubble all of their lives. This guy has been in so many classic movies including One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Taxi, Batman Returns, and let's not forget his little cameo on Friends when he plays Phoebe's stripper. Basically, he's part of that classic "Old Hollywood" category, and he will receive the Critics' Choice Television Icon Award at the Critics' Choice Television Awards, taking place on Monday, June 20th in Beverly Hills.
DeVito's It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia co-star, Rob McElhenney, will be presenting him with the award which will be hosted by Cat Deeley. The president of the Broadcast Television Journalists Association stated, "We are recognizing Danny for his contributions both in front of and behind the camera, but also off camera. With Danny, we are able to pay homage to the past as well as celebrate the present, as his career has been remarkable for its continued relevance..." So true - I mean when is a walking, talking penguin not relevant?
Other presenters for the night include Connie Britton, Elijah Wood, Adam Scott, Kaley Cuoco, Kevin Connolly, and Tyler Posey.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
The Oscar winner is slated to portray the Man of Steel's father Jor-El in Zach Snyder's new superhero movie, opposite Brit Henry Cavill.
If he signs on, he'll join Amy Adams, Diane Lane and Kevin Costner in the movie.
His Gladiator co-star Connie Nielsen is also reportedly in negotiations for the film - to play Jor-El's wife, and Superman's mum, Lara.
Brando played Jor-El in Superman: The Movie (1978) and was featured in 2006's Superman Returns, thanks to computer-generated imagery.
The first and most important thing you should know about Paramount Pictures’ Thor is that it’s not a laughably corny comic book adaptation. Though you might find it hokey to hear a bunch of muscled heroes talk like British royalty while walking around the American Southwest in LARP garb director Kenneth Branagh has condensed vast Marvel mythology to make an accessible straightforward fantasy epic. Like most films of its ilk I’ve got some issues with its internal logic aesthetic and dialogue but the flaws didn’t keep me from having fun with this extra dimensional adventure.
Taking notes from fellow Avenger Iron Man the story begins with an enthralling event that takes place in a remote desert but quickly jumps back in time to tell the prologue which introduces the audience to the shining kingdom of Asgard and its various champions. Thor (Chris Hemsworth) son of Odin is heir to the throne but is an arrogant overeager and ill-tempered rogue whose aggressive antics threaten a shaky truce between his people and the frost giants of Jotunheim one of the universe’s many realms. Odin (played with aristocratic boldness by Anthony Hopkins) enraged by his son’s blatant disregard of his orders to forgo an assault on their enemies after they attempt to reclaim a powerful artifact banishes the boy to a life among the mortals of Earth leaving Asgard defenseless against the treachery of Loki his mischievous “other son” who’s always felt inferior to Thor. Powerless and confused the disgraced Prince finds unlikely allies in a trio of scientists (Natalie Portman Stellan Skarsgard and Kat Dennings) who help him reclaim his former glory and defend our world from total destruction.
Individually the make-up visual effects CGI production design and art direction are all wondrous to behold but when fused together to create larger-than-life set pieces and action sequences the collaborative result is often unharmonious. I’m not knocking the 3D presentation; unlike 2010’s genre counterpart Clash of the Titans the filmmakers had plenty of time to perfect the third dimension and there are only a few moments that make the decision to convert look like it was a bad one. It’s the unavoidable overload of visual trickery that’s to blame for the frost giants’ icy weaponized constructs and other hybrids of the production looking noticeably artificial. Though there’s some imagery to nitpick the same can’t be said of Thor’s thunderous sound design which is amped with enough wattage to power The Avengers’ headquarters for a century.
Chock full of nods to the comics the screenplay is both a strength and weakness for the film. The story is well sequenced giving the audience enough time between action scenes to grasp the characters motivations and the plot but there are tangential narrative threads that disrupt the focus of the film. Chief amongst them is the frost giants’ fore mentioned relic which is given lots of attention in the first act but has little effect on the outcome. In addition I felt that S.H.I.E.L.D. was nearly irrelevant this time around; other than introducing Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye the secret security faction just gets in the way of the movie’s momentum.
While most of the comedy crashes and burns there are a few laughs to be found in the film. Most come from star Hemsworth’s charismatic portrayal of the God of Thunder. He plays up the stranger-in-a-strange-land aspect of the story with his cavalier but charming attitude and by breaking all rules of diner etiquette in a particularly funny scene with the scientists whose respective roles as love interest (Portman) friendly father figure (Skarsgaard) and POV character (Dennings) are ripped right out of a screenwriters handbook.
Though he handles the humorous moments without a problem Hemsworth struggles with some of the more dramatic scenes in the movie; the result of over-acting and too much time spent on the Australian soap opera Home and Away. Luckily he’s surrounded by a stellar supporting cast that fills the void. Most impressive is Tom Hiddleston who gives a truly humanistic performance as the jealous Loki. His arc steeped in Shakespearean tragedy (like Thor’s) drums up genuine sympathy that one rarely has for a comic book movie villain.
My grievances with the technical aspects of the production aside Branagh has succeeded in further exploring the Marvel Universe with a film that works both as a standalone superhero flick and as the next chapter in the story of The Avengers. Thor is very much a comic book film and doesn’t hide from the reputation that its predecessors have given the sub-genre or the tropes that define it. Balanced pretty evenly between “serious” and “silly ” its scope is large enough to please fans well versed in the source material but its tone is light enough to make it a mainstream hit.
Everyone who has been cast in Warner Bros. anticipated Superman reboot has more or less been around the block. From parental figures Jonathan (Kevin Costner) and Martha (Diane Lane) Kent to Lois Lane (Amy Adams) and main antagonist Zod (Michael Shannon), there are plenty of Oscar wins and nominations littered throughout the careers of these performers. To be frank, the most inexperienced actor in the cast (but no less capable) is the Man of Steel himself, Henry Cavill (though as a star of Showtime's The Tudors and a veteran of films like The Count of Monte Cristo and Whatever Works, he's not exactly new blood either). That is, until today.
Deadline is reporting that the studio has landed its female villain. Though the character is still unconfirmed (it could be Ursa, Zod's accomplice from the first Superman film and its sequel, or another Kryptonian lady named Faora who serves Zod loyally), it looks like German thesp Antje Traue may have the role in her hand. Not sure who that is? No worries, neither do we. All we can tell you is that she appeared opposite Ben Foster and Dennis Quaid in 2009's sci-fi/horror hybrid Pandorum and will star this year in the Renny Harlin-directed thriller 5 Days in August. Warner Bros. has been questionably silent on this rumor that's spread like wildfire over the interwebs for the last few hours, so I'm not entirely sure of the merit of the scoop. But she does bear a slight resemblance to Sarah Douglas, who played Ursa in the late '70s so I can see where this may be going.
We'll report back with confirmation as soon as we can.
Source: Deadline, Variety
The Revolutionary Road star will play General Zod opposite British hunk Henry Cavill as the young superhero - and director Zack Snyder is delighted with the casting.
He tells The Hollywood Reporter, "Zod is not only one of Superman's most formidable enemies, but one of the most significant because he has insights into Superman that others don't. Michael is a powerful actor who can project both the intelligence and the malice of the character, making him perfect for the role."
Kevin Costner and Diane Lane will star as Superman's parents, while Amy Adams has accepted the role of Lois Lane in Superman: Man Of Steel, which is set for a 2012 release.