Hollywood's former Batman, Michael Keaton, would reprise the superhero role "in a heartbeat" if director Tim Burton agreed to return.
The actor first played the Caped Crusader in 1989 blockbuster Batman and reprised the role in 1992 follow-up Batman Returns, both directed by Burton. Keaton has now revealed he would only consider stepping back into costume if he could work with Burton. When asked by Entertainment Weekly magazine if he would ever return to the role of Batman, Keaton replies:
"If it was Tim Burton directing? In a heartbeat. Tim, in the movies, really invented the whole dark superhero thing. He started everything, and some of the guys who have done these movies since then don't say that, and they're wrong." Keaton recently shocked fans when he revealed he has not watched Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, which featured Christian Bale in the lead role, saying, "Chris Nolan is great, but I've never seen any of the Batman movies all the way through. I know they're good. I just have zero interest in those kinds of movies."
Celebrity tattoo artist Trigz has died after he was shot outside his parlour in Pacoima, California on Thursday night (09Oct14). The 40 year old, real name Michael Christopher Pebley, reportedly worked with clients including Wiz Khalifa, Chris Brown and rocker Travis Barker.
The shooting occurred following a fight inside his Sin City Tattoo Shop.
Actor Will Arnett is returning to The Lego Movie franchise to reprise his role as Batman for a new spin-off film. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles star provided the gravelly voice for the animated Caped Crusader in this year's (14) hit film, and his character has proved so popular with fans, Arnett has been hired to feature in Lego Batman.
Chris McKay, who served as animation supervisor on The Lego Movie, will direct the new project, which is scheduled for a release in 2017.
The Lego Movie directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller have signed up to co-produce, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The news means a planned The Lego Movie sequel, also helmed by McKay, is likely to be delayed until after Lego Batman hits movie theatres.
Troubled singer Chris Brown has escaped further jail time after pleading guilty to an assault charge.
The Kiss Kiss hitmaker appeared at a court in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday morning (02Sep14) and admitted beating up a man outside a hotel in the city last year (13).
Brown, who spent two months in prison earlier this year (14) for a probation violation, was sentenced to time already served for the misdemeanour assault charge and was fined $150 (). During the hearing he apologised for his actions, telling the judge, "I'm sorry, I am very sorry."
He walked free from court with his on/off girlfriend Karrueche Tran by his side.
The singer's bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy, was previously convicted on an assault charge stemming from the attack. Brown's court appearance on Tuesday marked the third time officials had attempted to resolve the case with the star. He missed a previous plea hearing scheduled for Friday (29Aug14) due to travel difficulties.
R&B star Chris Brown's day in court to answer assault charges has been delayed again after travel issues prevented the singer from making it to Washington, D.C.
The Kiss Kiss hitmaker was due to appear in court on Friday (29Aug14) for what would have been the third attempt to resolve an assault case dating back to October, 2013. But, according to court filings, Brown was unable to make it to the hearing and it was rescheduled for Tuesday (02Sep14).
The singer and his bodyguard were charged with beating up a young man outside a Washington, D.C. hotel. The minder, Christopher Hollosy, was convicted earlier this year (14), while Brown has rejected plea deals in relation to the case.
At the time of the incident, Brown was on probation in California for the 2009 assault of his then-girlfriend Rihanna.
For all that the Internet has talked about Guardians of the Galaxy and Boyhood and each of the movies that has, at some point in the past few months, been dubbed the “most anticipated film of the year,” there really only is one film that earns the title in earnest: Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar. It’s his first film since wrapping up the Batman trilogy, Matthew McConaughey’s first film since winning an Oscar, and it has a plot that’s more tightly guarded than whatever’s happening on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII. There’s no way that any other film released in 2014 can hold a candle to Interstellar.
Look, it doesn’t really matter what we write here, because we both know that you’re too busy watching the trailer to find out what Nolan pictures when he imagines outer space to actually care what the article says. We could try and give you’re a brief overview of the plot (Earth has run out of resources and the only solution to solving the crisis is to send McConaughey up into space); we could try and posit some theories about who Jessica Chastain is playing (although, let’s be real, there’s only one logical option); we could talk a bit about the first glimpse we’ve gotten at McConaughey’s fellow astronauts (all very good looking, all very philosophical); we could even break down the poetry that Michael Caine recites in voice over to look for clues (it’s Dylan Thomas, for what it’s worth), but it doesn’t really matter.
That’s the thing about being the hands-down most anticipated film of the year: it doesn’t matter what anyone has to say about it, as long as it’s exciting. And while the first teaser trailer was a bit underwhelming sepia-toned for all the hype that Interstellar has received, this one delivers on all fronts. It’s explosive, beautifully-shot, packed with emotion and effects and just enough plot details to keep things intriguing without giving everything away. It’s epic. It’s enticing. It made us feel things.
But most importantly, it just makes you want to see the movie even more. So, sorry Richard Linklater and Chris Pratt – this year has really just been a countdown to Interstellar. Only four more months to go until November 4.
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To a large extent, blockbuster movie soundtracks are all the same. There's probably some Kanye, a few dubstep tracks to keep things upbeat, maybe a classic rock song or two, and then some kind of instrumental score meant to add some tension or sentiment at the appropriate moments. And it makes sense — you're not paying for perfectly-scored moments of emotion, you're paying to watch people punch each other and blow things up. So when a blockbuster film manages to match the perfect song to the perfect scene, something special happens. Suddenly, it's not just about the effects. It's about the experience. And even though we've yet to see Guardians of the Galaxy, we can tell that it's going to be that kind of film, thanks to the cheesy classic rock featured in the trailer and the presence of the founding member of Mouserat. In honor of its August 1 release, we've rounded up some of the most iconic blockbuster movie moments in cinema history. After all, what's the point in saving the world if Kenny Loggins isn't singing about it?
“Trouble Man” by Marvin Gaye, Captain America: The Winter Soldier At the start of the film, Sam Wilson makes a tentative attempt at friendship with ol' Steve Rogers by recommending he check out Marvin Gaye’s classic 1972 album; at the end of the film, Steve wakes up in a hospital bed with Sam by his side and the title track playing over the speakers. Because even if you’re unconscious, Sam Wilson is going to ensure that your musical education is complete.
"Non Je ne Rigrette Rien” by Edith Piaf, Inception Primarily used as a way to signal to the people in-dream that the kick is coming, “Non Je ne Rigreete Rien” also warned of a much more dangerous shock headed towards the team: Mal. Sure, it’s a bit on the nose for the recurring dream-ghost of Leonardo DiCaprio’s dead French ex-wife, but finding the perfect movie music moment isn’t necessarily about being clever – it’s about creating a mood. And besides, Christopher Nolan’s not the subtle type.
“Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor, Rocky III It doesn’t matter that Rocky didn’t start training to the sweet, sweet sounds of ‘80s rock until the third installment of the franchise. When you think Rocky, “Eye of the Tiger” automatically starts playing in your head. It might not have been the original music moment of the series, but it’s the most enduring; even the Broadway production couldn’t resist working it into the score. You should hear it in five-part harmony.
“Danger Zone” by Kenny Loggins, Top Gun The love scene scored to Berlin might be a bit more iconic, thanks to its awesomely cheesy use of backlighting, but the best musical moment in Top Gun is, without a doubt, the montage of fighter pilots taking off, scored to what is perhaps Kenny Loggins’ most ridiculous hit of all. Did Berlin give us one of the best running jokes of all time? No. No they did not.
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“Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen, Shaun of the Dead Edgar Wright’s Cornetto Trilogy is filled with hilarious gags and perfectly-timed music cues but none are more elaborate, ridiculous or more pitch-perfect than the gang’s choreographed attacks on the zombies in the bar, using an assortment of pool cues, a fire extinguisher and a last-minute rifle. The fact that everyone in the film acknowledges the insanity of the situation – and even dance along! – makes it unforgettable.
“Where Is My Mind” by Pixies, Fight Club Fight Club is a weird, twisted psychological thriller that leaves you questioning what was real and what was hallucinated. Therefore, the only appropriate song to end it with is one that asks the core question of the film: “Where Is My Mind?” Just melancholy enough to fit the tone, and just obvious enough to help even the slowest members of the audience make the connection.
“Johnny B. Goode” by Chuck Berry, Back to the Future When you’re tasked with reviving the party at your parents prom, you could go the safe route and play something everyone would be familiar with, or you could invent rock and roll by busting out some Chuck Berry… before he’s even heard it. And then you can make everything awkward by extending a guitar solo for far too long and freaking everyone out, but hey, Marty McFly was ahead of his time. It’s not his fault they didn’t get it.
“You’re the Best” by Joe Esposito, The Karate Kid In the ‘80s, wimpy kids everywhere were inspired to stand up for themselves and find their inner Karate Kid thanks to Mr. Miyagi. But his “wax on, wax off” philosophy would be nothing without the encouraging synth-pop of Joe Esposito telling them that nothing could ever bring them down. How else were they supposed to get pumped up for the biggest karate competition of their life? Or you know, the playground. Both are intimidating.
“Born to Be Wild” by Steppenwolf, Easy Rider Since its release in 1968, “Born to Be Wild” has been the second favorite song of music supervisors looking to indicate someone as a “bad boy” without actually forcing the other characters to say it. (The first, of course, is “Bad to the Bone.”) It might be cliché now, but it all dates back to 1969, when Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda set off on a road trip and ensuring that any time someone bought a motorcycle, a Steppenwolf reference would be made.
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San Diego Comic-Con is nerd culture's second Christmas, and every year the annual ode to all things geek gets bigger and better, with film studios jostling each other for the biggest moment of the weekend. This year, the con's legendary Hall H will likely be the home of some game-changing reveals, dizzying sizzle reels, and exclusive trailers that may just be worth the dozen or so hours of waiting on line to get in. Here's a look at what we're expecting from the big film studio panels at Comic-Con:
Jupiter Ascending: The Wachowskis' latest, Jupiter Ascending, was supposed to make landfall this summer but was delayed just a few weeks away from its expected release date and sent to February — which is basically Hollywood's graveyard for lackluster films. This year's con has to be all about assuaging fears and ensuring fans that the film isn't a complete disaster. Showing a lengthy, eye-popping sequence from the film would be a great way to keep expectant fans at ease.
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies: As it turns the bend toward the final film in the franchise, The Hobbit series is pretty much in cruise control. We know what to expect from Peter Jackson's last hurrah in the Tolkien-verse but flames can still be fanned. We're hoping for some new footage for the upcoming film and more, since Jackson will be in attendance.
Mad Max: Fury Road: We've seen some dusty set photos from this post-apocalyptic epic, and the cast looks appropriately dirty and world weary, but what we really want to see is some footage. Since the film is set to release next May, a trailer of some sort is surely imminent.
Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice: Curiously absent from the list of films showing at the Warner Bros. panel, Dawn of Justice is the biggest question mark of the con. Can Warner Bros. really walk into Hall H without a bit of Batman up their sleeves? We're gonna go with no. We're betting the studio is saving something huge for a giant payload of hype to end their conference with. If not, then Marvel has already won Comic-Con - if you believe in the notion of winning these sorts of things. Considering we've already seen glimpses of Affleck kitted out in the Bat Suit and the new Bat Mobile, we're gonna need something pretty cool.
Avengers: Age of Ultron: Marvel's Avengers sequel is bar-none the biggest film at the con, and since the film has been shooting for months at this point, and the cast is descending on San Diego for the event, there's definitely going to be something big showing. If not, expect San Diego to be scorched to the earth in the ensuing fan rage.
Ant-Man: After losing longtime director Edgar Wright and a very worrying scramble to find a suitable replacement, Ant-Man, formerly Marvel's most promising film, is looking worse for wear. Some fans even swore off the film entirely the second Wright was jettisoned from the project. Some serious damage control is on the bill this year. The studio needs to show something tangible, like a costume or some early footage, to get the hype machine rolling again.
Guardians of the Galaxy: Since Guardians is so close to release, some Hall H faithful are expecting a screening of the film. We're doubtful that Marvel will preview the entire movie, but we are expecting to see a lengthy preview of the film. Perhaps something like the 17 minutes of the finished film shown to journalists earlier this month.
Everything Else: Sure, Marvel is king of the mountain now, but keeping that title means keeping everyone happy in the near and distant future. Marvel should add a couple more pin-drops to their map of Phase 3, and announce some anticipated films like Black Panther and Captain Marvel, but also dish about upcoming projects like Thor 3 and Doctor Strange.
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X-Men: Apocalypse: Since Days of Future Past just dropped earlier this summer, we're not expecting a whole lot on the X-Men side of things, but the studio would be remiss if they didn't at least hint at something X-Men related, especially given the great post-credit sequence at the end of the last film.Fantastic Four: With its oddball casting, Fantastic Four might be the most heavily scrutinized superhero film to appear at the con. Since shooting has already begun, Fox needs to prove to fans that they know what they're doing. Some test footage from the project would be great.
Everything Else: Everyone's making huge, interconnected franchises these days, and we wonder if Fox will put it's own hat in the ring. Even though their list of properties is pretty scant, the promise of a sprawling blockbuster universe might be too appealing to resist. Can there be a X-Men/Fantastic Four meet-up? Stranger things have happened. Otherwise, also expect additional news and clips from Let's Be Cops, The Maze Runner, The Book of Life, Kingsman: The Secret Service, and hopefully, a first trailer for Hitman: Agent 47.
ParamountTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The film is basically out at this point, so there really isn't much to do besides add some last minute fuel to the hype machine. The film does have its share of detractors due to Michael Bay's involvement and a mixed reaction to the new turtle designs. An early screening to Comic-Con attendees might win the film some brownie points with fans.
Interstellar: This is one instance where less is most certainly more. Christopher Nolan's mysterious space adventure is probably the year's biggest question mark, and that's the way things should be. Universal should keep its cards close to its vest and let the enigmatic nature of the project be its own marketing tool. The Nolan pedigree will likely brig in a big audience. A new trailer would be fine, but lets keep the plot points to a minimum.
R&B star Chris Brown has brushed off rumours he is set to document his post-prison career comeback on his own reality TV show. Bosses at America's BET network have reportedly been courting the Kiss Kiss hitmaker to sign on for a fly-on-the-wall project, which would follow the embattled singer as he worked through his existing legal troubles and focused on his new album X.
However, Brown has dismissed the claims, simply telling TMZ.com, "Nah, (a reality show is) not for me, man."
The 25 year old was released from prison on 2 June (14), over two months after he was jailed for violating his probation by getting kicked out of a court-ordered rehab programme for bad behaviour in March (14).
He was handed an additional four-month term in early May (14) after admitting to breaking the terms of his probation relating to his 2009 assault on then-girlfriend Rihanna.
Brown has another assault charge looming over him - he is due to stand trial over allegations he attacked a 20-year-old outside a Washington, D.C. hotel in October (13). A start date for the trial has been set for September (14) following his rejection of a plea deal with prosecutors.
His bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy, has already been convicted of taking part in the attack.
Embattled Chris Brown is heading back to court after rejecting a plea deal in his 2013 assault case. The singer is accused of beating up 20-year-old Patrick Adams outside a Washington, D.C. hotel and now he's heading to trial, insisting he is innocent of all charges.
Brown was in court on Wednesday (25Jun14), when he was offered a deal, but his lawyer Mark Geragos and the prosecutor could not agree on the details of the alleged assault.
The deal would have kept Brown out of jail, but now he could be back behind bars if he's found guilty.
The Kiss Kiss singer was released from prison on 2 June (14), over two months after he was incarcerated for violating his probation by getting kicked out of a court-ordered rehab programme for bad behaviour in March (14).
He was handed an additional four-month term in early May (14) after admitting to breaking the terms of his probation, served up during his 2009 Rihanna assault trial.
A new trial date has been set for September (14), reports TMZ.com.
Brown's bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy, has already been convicted of the assault.