Our partners at Variety report that Michael Bay, director of the Transformers sequel Revenge of the Fallen -- slated for release simultaneously in standard and IMAX theaters on June 26, 2009 -- says he will shoot key sequences of the movie using IMAX cameras. The high-res footage will be integrated with CGI effects to better fill the large-format screen. Posted 10.01.08 by reelz
Comedian Bill Maher and director Larry Charles (Borat, Curb Your Enthusiasm) are known to relish controversial topics. So it's not surprising they're the duo behind Religulous, a documentary in which Maher travels around the globe interviewing people about God and religion. And, of course, there's a healthy dose of politics thrown into the mix.
They're quick to point out that they look at all religions. Or, as Charles says, the movie is "an equal opportunity offender." Among the questions Maher poses are "Does the Devil work for the Antichrist? Or does the Antichrist work for the Devil? Or is it like the Joker and the Riddler -- they get together to gang up on Batman, but they're kind of independent agents?" Find out more in our interview with Bill Maher and Larry Charles. Posted 10.01.08 by reelz
With today's DVD release of Iron Man, it seemsfitting to review recent developments regarding the sequel prospects forMarvel's armor-clad superhero.
Here's what we know:
- Iron Man 2 is currently scheduled for an April 30,2010 release.
- Principal Iron Man players Robert Downey Jr.,Terrence Howard, and director Jon Favreau have all signed on for the follow-up(although Favs reportedly almost didn't make the cut).
- Justin Theroux (Tropic Thunder, Charlie's Angels:Full Throttle) is writing the script.
Here's what we expect:
- Iron Man 2 will be shot in 3-D, IMAX, or possiblyboth.
- Howard's character, Jim "Rhodey" Rhodes, will don Iron Man's Mark II suitand become War Machine.
- Faran Tahir (he played Tony Stark's terroristabductor Raza in Iron Man) will reemerge as the villain Mandarin.
- Tony Stark will hit the bottle, hard.
We'll be sure to keep you updated as Iron Mansequel details emerge. In the meantime, be sure to check out our article "The Futureof Iron Man" for a deeper look at what lies ahead for Tony Stark and hissuperhero alter ego. Posted 09.30.08 by reelz
Paramountis releasing a whopping eight different versions of IronMan on DVD, each with its own unique extras, at various retailoutlets today. Here's a quick rundown of the exclusive IronMan DVD extras and where you can find them:
Circuit City - Access toexclusive Marvel Digital Comics, featuring the artwork of legendary IronMan artist Adi Granov.
Target - Target's "Deluxe Edition" includes exclusive MarkIII mask packaging.
Costco - The big-box behemoth is selling an IronMan gift set that includes the Ultimate 2-Disc Edition DVD and threeIron Man Bobbleheads (pictured above), showcasing all three IronMan suits from the film.
Walmart - Their Iron Man Ultimate 2-Disc Edition comeswith an exclusive comic book chronicling the Nick Fury story. The single discgiftset includes the first episode of the new Iron Man animatedseries.
Best Buy - A Custom Lithograph created byMarvel artist Gerald Parel. A deluxe version, featuring a "collectible mini-bust," (pictured left) is also available.
Kmart and Sears - Save $5 on the Ultimate 2-Disc edition with any$25 Craftsman purchase.
FYE and Suncoast - Exclusive "Steelbook Package" availableon the Ultimate 2-Disc Edition.
Borders - Comes with a collectible book featuring original sketches by BobLayton and the top 24 comic cover of Iron Man.
I'm partial to the Costco version, myself. Gottalove the bobbleheads. Posted 09.30.08 by reelz
Fans of full-frontal male nudity will be delightedto learn that this week's DVD Tuesday features the home-video debut ofForgetting Sarah Marshall, starring Jason Segel, Kristen Bell, and apre-VMA meltdown Russell Brand. Also releasing today: Taxi to the Dark Side, theOscar-winning documentary chronicling the beating death of an Afghani cabdriver; Chapter 27, the little-seen Mark David Chapman biopic for which JaredLeto gained a whopping 67 pounds; and Bigger, Stronger, Faster*, first-timefilmmaker Chris Bell's fascinating examination of steroid abuse in America. Our DVD pick of the week is Iron Man, the best superhero movieof all time not named The Dark Knight. Maybe you've heard of it. Posted 09.30.08 by reelz
In a surprising move, Marvel has tabbed Britishactor-director Kenneth Branagh to helm the big-budget superhero flick Thor, basedon the classic comic in which a crippled med school student moonlights as acrime-fighting Norse god. The Thor gig had been the subject of speculation forweeks, with Eagle Eye director D.J. Caruso most recently rumored as afront-runner. Now that that case is closed, fanboys can commence feverishly speculating onwho'll be playing the lead...
As a director, Branagh is best known for Shakespeareanepics Henry V and Hamlet, both of which received multiple Oscar nominations. Marvel'sbold choice signals that the studio is looking to elevate the Thorfranchise above typical comic-book fare, as they did with Iron Man's JonFavreau and are hoping to do with Wolverine's Gavin Hood. As far as the cast isconcerned, Branagh is the perennial "actor's director," which means that Tyler Mane is probably out of the running to play the hammer-wielding God of Thunder. Sorry, bro. Posted 09.29.08 by reelz
After a couple of heavy, emotional movies, Joseph Gordon-Levitt was happy to take on the Cobra Commander role in the upcoming G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. In an interview with Leonard Maltin, he said, G.I. Joe makes 3rd Rock from the Sun look like a [John] Cassavetes movie. Find out more in our interview with Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Posted 09.29.08 by reelz
Director Ridley Scott today revealed who'll beplaying the two leads in his upcoming Robin Hood flick Nottingham:Russell Crowe. In an interview to promote his latest collaboration with Crowe,the political thriller Body of Lies, Scott informedMTV News that he's cast the Gladiator star as both Robin Hood and his mainadversary, the Sheriff of Nottingham, in his "revisionist" take onthe medieval legend. (It should be noted, however, that CHUD apparently firstbroke the story months ago.)
Looks like we may finally get to see Russell Crowebeat up someone who really deserves it. Posted 09.28.08 by reelz