Which of this year's actors are worthy of the industry's highest honor?
If the screenplay is the backbone of a movie and the director its eyes, the actors and actresses who bring the characters to life on screen are its heart and soul. A bad script in the hands of wonderful actors can still make for a pretty decent movie, but give a wonderful script to bad actors and you're gonna get a bad movie every time. This year, there were a considerable number of exceptionally well written movies starring talented actors and actresses released by both independent studios and the majors so there are almost too many eligible candidates to consider for Academy Award nominations. We already asked you to tell us which actresses deserve consideration come Oscar time — so far, you've chosen Jennifer Lawrence for her leading role in Silver Linings Playbook and Anne Hathaway for her supporting role in Les Miserables — now tell us which actors are worthy of the movie industry's highest honors, whether Best Actor or Best Supporting Actor.
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Posted 12.15.12 by BrentJS
Who Should Wear the Cape & Cowl?
It's still unclear how Warner Bros. (WB) plans to proceed with the Batman franchise now that director Christopher Nolan has wrapped up his trilogy. If you've seen The Dark Knight Rises, than you know that Nolan handed the keys to the bat cave to someone from within the universe he created just in case WB wanted to continue the story. However, since the studio announced in June that Gangster Squad scribe Will Beall had been hired to pen a movie based on DC Comics' preeminent super-team, the Justice League — the team's current roster includes Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman and Cyborg — it seems far more likely that a new Bruce Wayne/Batman will be chosen, one that has nothing to do with Nolan's universe.
It will be tough to fill Christian Bale's Academy Award-winning shoes, but there must be someone out there with the physicality to play a superhero and the acting chops to portray a man driven to prevent the kind of senseless violence that took his parents away from him. Help us choose the new Dark Knight.
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Posted 10.09.12 by BrentJS
Director Ridley Scott's return to science fiction culminated in this summer's Prometheus, which, while it suffered derision from Alien fans who didn't care for the movie's ending (or, possibly, it's loose association to the Alien franchise), still earned a respectable $302 million worldwide for Twentieth Century Fox. Scott admitted in February that a possible Prometheus 2 was a part of his future plans, remarking: "I’m also thinking about what the hell I might do for a Prometheus 2." It's a good thing he thought ahead, because a Prometheus sequel appears to be in Fox's plans as well. who will return? >> Posted 08.01.12 by Ryan
Twentieth Century Fox didn't have a panel at this year's Comic-Con, but Simon Kinberg, who wrote the ill-fated 2006 sequel X-Men: The Last Stand and produced last year's X-Men: First Class, was on hand to discuss Fox's X-Men franchise. While ostensibly there to help promote Sony's upcoming sci-fi movie Elysium, Kinberg also spoke to ComingSoon about the X-Men: First Class sequel, which Kinberg is writing for First Class director Matthew Vaughn, whose return for the sequel was in question until he was confirmed to return in January. During the interview, Kinberg discussed his relationship with Vaughn and the X-Men franchise. what will happen in the sequel? >> Posted 07.15.12 by Ryan
Last fall, we reported that Sony Pictures had won a bidding war for the rights to make a live-action adaptation of Ubisoft's historical action video game franchise Assassin's Creed. While those negotiations have since been put on hold, it looks like the movie version of Assassin's Creed has taken a step forward with X-Men: First Class and Prometheus star Michael Fassbender set to star and co-produce the movie.
Ubisoft's biggest franchise, the Assassin's Creed games have sold over 30 million units since 2007, with the latest installment, Assassin's Creed III set for release in October. The games revolve around a bartender named Desmond Miles, who is the ancestor of assassins and is forced to experience and relive his family's memories through a device called the "Animus," which takes him back to the time of the Renaissance. "Michael Fassbender was our first choice," Jean-Julien Baronnet, CEO of Ubisoft Motion Pictures, told Variety. "Michael is an extremely smart, talented, versatile and committed actor."
While it's possible that Sony may still distribute the movie, Ubisoft is looking to keep creative control of Assassin's Creed and is looking to attach a screenwriter and director before finalizing studio involvement. The video game company is looking to avoid a franchise-killing adaptation like 2010's disappointing Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, which was based on another Ubisoft video game. Posted 07.09.12 by Ryan
Twentieth Century Fox likely surprised itself last summer by creating not one but two prequel franchises. Considering the popularity of the X-Men franchise, the studio probably expected that X-Men: First Class would perform well enough to illicit a sequel (the studio backed a pretty extensive marketing campaign in hopes). However, the studio probably didn't expect Planet of the Apes prequel Rise of the Planet of the Apes to earn $481 million worldwide. Unsurprisingly, Fox CEO Tom Rothman announced sequels last November and the studio is pressing forward, scheduling both sequels for summer 2014.
There's still little known about the Rise sequel, other than it will continue seeing humanity fall as the apes, well, rise. Director Rupert Wyatt, who is returning, said last December that the sequel will show "why humanity is going to be vulnerable enough for this ever growing army of intelligent apes and their offspring to be able to take us on." According to Box Office Mojo, the sequel will be titled Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (don't worry, we're pretty sure it won't feature zombie-apes) and will open on May 23, 2014. more about Thor 2 and the First Class sequel >> Posted 06.01.12 by Ryan
Whether it was by an android or a corporate shill, the crews of Alien and Aliens found themselves pawns in the hands of the Weyland-Yutani corporation and their pursuit of an alien life form. Since director Ridley Scott's Prometheus is set in the same universe as Alien (perhaps a prequel — vote's not in yet), the presence of both Charlize Theron as Weyland Corporation employee Meredith Vickers, and Michael Fassbender as Weyland's latest android David seemed to imply that the crew of the Prometheus were going to be doubly-screwed by Weyland Industries. However, a recently released featurette suggested that Theron's Vickers might actually be working in the crew's best interest, even if she seems to lack a favorable amount of social skills.
In the latest clip from Prometheus, which aired on an episode of The Tonight Show where Theron was a guest, sees Vickers confront David in a hallway and demand to know what "he" said, revealing that there's some behind-the-scenes entity pulling the strings on the Prometheus mission. watch the clip >> Posted 05.24.12 by Ryan
Footage of Ridley Scott's upcoming Prometheus has been slowly trickling out. The latest can be found in a new featurette for the movie, which goes behind-the-scenes of the director's first foray into the sci-fi genre since 1982's Blade Runner.
Since it's set in the same world as Alien, one of the questions has been whether Prometheus is a true prequel to Scott's 1979 classic, Sadly, we don't get the answer to that question here. However, we do get to see some awesome new footage while Scott discusses his excitement about returning to the sci-fi genre... Which only serves to prompt the new question: "Why do we have to wait for June to see this movie?" watch the featurette >> Posted 04.26.12 by Ryan
What is it about robots...?
Director Ridley Scott's interest in androids has been on display in his previous sci-fi movies, 1979's Alien and 1982's Blade Runner. But his latest trip into the sci-fi realm — or at least the viral marketing for Prometheus — certainly raises the bar.
The first video for the movie was a fictional TEDTalk from 2023, in which CEO Peter Weyland (Guy Pearce) revealed that his Weyland Industries can make "cybernetic individuals." The second viral clip had Weyland's reveal of the company's new android David, the character Michael Fassbender plays in Prometheus. However, at just 28 seconds, the clip only briefly showed David waking in his Styrofoam packaging.
We finally get a full introduction to the android in the movie's latest viral video, a two-and-a-half minute "ad" for the 8th-artificial worker that's "a must have for the employers of the future." watch the video >> Posted 04.17.12 by Ryan
There's been a bit of a lull in Prometheus news ever since the full-length trailer was released in conjunction with 20th Century Fox's star-studded panel presentation at WonderCon last month. Thankfully, the Russian movie site KinoGallery has just the "fix" sci-fi fans are craving: a Prometheus gallery containing more than a dozen new still images and set photos from the movie, revealing more of the cast members playing the crew of the spaceship Prometheus — Noomi Rapace as Elizabeth Shaw, Idris Elba as Janek, Michael Fassbender as David,Charlize Theron as Meredith Vickers, Sean Harris as Fifield, Rafe Spall as Milburn, Logan Marshall-Green as Charlie Holloway — as well as several candid shots of director Ridley Scott and other members of the cast and crew between takes. SEE THE NEW IMAGES >> Posted 04.05.12 by BrentJS