Who Should Ride the Lightning?
For a time, it appeared as if “The Fastest Man Alive” would be the next DC Comics superhero to get his own feature film. After initially commissioning Dan Mazeau (Wrath of the Titans) to pen a script for a live-action The Flash movie, Warner Bros. (WB) ended up passing on Mazeau’s script and hired Green Lantern writers Michael Green and Marc Guggenheim to write the screenplay. That was over a year ago, however, and WB appears to have put the brakes on all of their planned solo superhero movies as they strategize their next movie in the wake of the end of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. Some industry insiders have suggested that WB plans to copy Marvel Studios’ formula for The Avengers, but in reverse — first releasing the super-team movie and then spinning off individual characters into solo movies — which would mean that the Flash's first big screen appearance would be in the Justice League movie.
There have been several superheroes called the Flash, but the current incarnation, and the one that WB is likely to go with in the Justice League movie, is Barry Allen, who works as a forensic scientist when he's not circling the globe looking for trouble. Who do you think has what it takes to play a fast-talking speed freak who is also a detail-oriented detective?
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Posted 10.15.12 by BrentJS
The careers of at least two hot young Hollywood actors could be headed in an upward trajectory very soon. According to THR, casting sessions for Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way-produced Akira adaptation for Warner Bros. and 20th Century Fox's fifth Die Hard movie, A Good Day to Die Hard, will be held within the next couple of weeks and both projects are looking to turn relative unknowns into future stars. which actors will test for which roles in Akira and Die Hard 5? >> Posted 11.06.11 by BrentJS
Mark Wahlberg's acting follow-up to the highly lauded The Fighter is the remake of Contraband, which sees him as a former smuggler who is dragged back into the business to help out his brother-in-law (Caleb Landry Jones) settle a debt.
Contraband is based on the 2008 Icelandic thriller Reykjavík-Rotterdam, Wahlberg spoke about the movie's plot back in March.
watch the trailer >> Posted 09.30.11 by Ryan
Yeah, it’s a remake of an Icelandic film, and I play a guy who was a world-class smuggler and who’s left that world behind for his wife and children. My younger brother-in-law gets in trouble in the merchant marine world and has some very shady people after him, so I go back for one last run to fix this problem for him. We’ve been having a lot of fun, shooting it down-and-dirty very much like The Fighter. But it’s very different from my performance in The Fighter. There’s a lot of energy, excitement, and humor.
One of the movies that generated buzz at the Toronto International Film Festival is the police drama Rampart, writer-director Oren Moverman's follow-up to The Messenger (2009). Based on a story by James Ellroy (The Black Dahlia, L.A. Confidential), Rampart is set against the backdrop of the Los Angeles Police Department Rampart Scandal of the late-1990s and stars Academy Award-nominee Woody Harrelson as "Date Rape" Dave Brown, one of the last of the force's rogue cops.
Though Brown is described as "a loathsome protagonist," a reviewer for THR said that Harrelson played the role "with an intensity that sears the screen," and ROS called it an "Oscar-level performance." Rampart is still seeking a distributor so it does not have a theatrical release date, but three new preview clips have been released via THR that will give you an idea of what the buzz is all about. watch the preview clips >> Posted 09.12.11 by BrentJS
Hollywood Dailies' Jeremy Parson files his second blog about being in Park City, Utah, for the Sundance Film Festival. Parson got to talk to the cast of the comedy Cedar Rapids, chat up Ben Foster about his upcoming movies and talked to Golden Globe winner Melissa Leo. And, of course, he caught up on some 3-D. read Jeremy's blog >> Posted 01.24.11 by reelz
Donald Sutherland's role in the upcoming remake of The Mechanic won't be a lead role, but it will be a pivotal one, a habit Sutherland has created with roles in movies like JFK and The Italian Job, among others. In a webchat with Empire, Sutherland had another way to describe it: "My job is to go in and die, and I love it."
Sutherland's latest dying character is The Mechanic's Harry McKenna, the mentor of an elite assassin (Jason Statham) whose death is the catalyst for the partnership between Statham and Sutherland's son (Ben Foster). During the webchat, Sutherland called the experience of working on The Mechanic "blissful," and praised the movie's direction and performances, revealing that The Mechanic rises above the average action movie. what was so "blissful"? >> Posted 01.18.11 by Ryan
CBS Films has released three new preview clips from director Simon West's (Lara Croft: Tomb Raider) new action movie, The Mechanic, a remake of the 1972 movie that stared Charles Bronson.
Jason Statham stars as Arthur Bishop, an elite assassin known for making "clean" kills and for remaining dispassionate about his work. But, when Bishop's close friend and mentor, Harry (Donald Sutherland), is murdered, Bishop breaks his own rules by making his next assignment a personal one—finding and executing his friend's killers. Though he is used to working alone, Bishop feels compelled to take on Harry's son, Steve (Ben Foster), as his apprentice, and a hit-team partnership is born. MORE >> Posted 01.15.11 by BrentJS
A teaser trailer for a remake of The Mechanic has arrived online. The 1972 original followed a hit man (Charles Bronson) who takes on an apprentice (Jan-Michael Vincent) and both learn about vengeance. The remake, with Jason Statham in the Bronson role and Ben Foster in the Vincent role, looks like it will be staying faithful to the original story, yet currently has no distributor. With the bankable Statham in the lead, is there any reason for this?
Could it be director Simon West, whose Con Air and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider are mentioned in the trailer as if they're selling points? Might as well mention When a Stranger Calls too! From the trailer below, the movie looks like the usual high-octane action Statham has delivered in the past, so see for yourself if the "West-factor" is actually a factor whatsoever. Posted 03.19.10 by Ryan
Pandorum was not screened for critics and, predictably, the reviews are not very good. The movie does have, however, one of the creepiest posters of the year.
"...non-sci-fi fans may well themselves be driven mad long before the end."
— Clark Collis, Entertainment Weekly
"From the producers of the Resident Evil movies comes ... a Resident Evil rip-off in space! An actual Resident Evil sequel in space would have been better — at least then we'd have Milla Jovovich to look at instead of Ben Foster."
— Luke Y. Thompson, E! Online
"Quaid and Foster spend far too much time trying to figure out what's going on, but audiences are liable to respond only with a dispirited "Who cares?""
— Nathan Rabin, Onion AV Club
"...tempts the viewer into hypersleep."
— Rob Nelson, Variety
"...a claustrophobic, tedious sci-fi thriller..."
— Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter Posted 09.25.09 by reelz
More backstory and ramped-up visual effects are unveiled in the new trailer for Pandorum, a deep space horror flick starring Ben Foster and Dennis Quaid.
Awakening from suspended animation aboard a giant spaceship 500-million miles from Earth, crewmen Quaid and Foster try to figure out what happened to their families and the 60,000 passengers on board. They soon realize that they are not alone, and that this isn't a good thing. There are things out there in the long metal corridors that are clearly no longer human. One, in particular, looks a lot like a tween-age Nosferatu. And then the flesh peeling begins.
So far, the movie looks to be the hybrid offspring of Resident Evil and Firefly, perhaps with a bit of Alien mixed in. Clearly the kind of vibe filmmakers are aiming for since one of the tag lines in the trailer is "From the producers of the Resident Evil films." Posted 05.28.09 by reelz