Who Should Play the Demented Industrialist?
The Green Goblin wasn't the first Spider-Man villain and he's not the most powerful, but the colorful character has become Spidey's signature nemesis over the years, appearing in just about every board game, video game, and animated series based upon the wall-crawler's exploits, as well as featuring prominently in Sam Raimi's trilogy (played with great aplomb by Willem Dafoe). Norman Osborn, the wealthy industrialist who first took on the mantle of the Green Goblin, did not figure prominently in this summer's The Amazing Spider-Man, but director Marc Webb laid the groundwork for his big screen return, setting up Osborn's company, Oscorp, as the manufacturer of the biotech that inadvertently created both Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield) and the Lizard (Rhys Ifans) and also inserting a tag scene at the end that shows a mysterious figure that may or may not be Norman Osborn.
While most speculate that Electro will be the primary villain in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 because of the Electro-ish lightning seen in the credits, the return of Norman Osborn and the Green Goblin are inevitable, especially in light of the recent news that Shailene Woodley (The Descendants) will likely have "a very small part" in ASM2 as Peter's other major love interest, Mary Jane Watson, and that Sony intends to "build to the classic 'Death of Gwen Stacy' story" that saw the Green Goblin killing Peter's high school sweetheart. Help us choose the new Green Goblin: Who do you think has the drive and determination to play a billionaire industrialist willing to experiment on himself to save his own life?
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Posted 10.29.12 by BrentJS
Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law acquitted themselves nicely as Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson, respectively, in 2009's Sherlock Holmes, thwarting the diabolical plans of Lord Blackwood (Mark Strong). In the upcoming Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, however, the stakes will be raised, as the pair will face off against their oldest and greatest nemesis: Professor James Moriarty.
Though Moriarty only appeared in two of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's stories — 1883's The Final Problem (which ended with Holmes and Moriarty falling to their deaths) and 1915's The Valley of Fear, Doyle's final Sherlock Holmes novel — Moriarty is as iconic and as expected character in any Sherlock Holmes franchise as Holmes and Watson. In a recent interview with The Huffington Post, Game of Shadows director Guy Ritchie called the character "the most famous villain in literature."
more moriarty >> Posted 12.16.11 by Ryan
I can't think of a super-villain in a sort of obvious commercial sense before Moriarty in literature. He really has become the most famous villain in literature, for not doing a great deal, either, by the way. But it is interesting how he's carried so much momentum. He's an elusive character, really, and he gained his equity as much by being elusive as for being potent.
Already set to appear in Judd Apatow's This is Forty, the upcoming spin-off of the director's 2008 hit Knocked Up, Variety reports that Lithgow has been cast in the comedy Dog Fight, which stars Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis as two rival politicians running for a congressional seat in a small North Carolina district election. What role Lithgow will play exactly is unknown.
John Lithgow is known for a variety of movie roles over his long career; though two of his most memorable have been on the small screen: his Emmy Award–winning role as the quirky alien Dick Solomon in the sitcom Third Rock From the Sun and, more recently, his Emmy and Golden Globe–winning turn as the creepy Trinity Killer in the fourth season of Dexter. His last movie role, that of James Franco's sympathetic father in the Planet of the Apes prequel, Rise of the Planet of the Apes was somewhere in the middle of those two extremes, but his latest projects imply that Lithgow is looking for more comedic roles than duplicitous serial killers.
Jason Sudeikis (Horrible Bosses), Dylan McDermott (American Horror Story) and Katherine LaNasa (Valentine's Day) will co-star in Dog Fight, which will be directed by Jay Roach (Austin Powers, Dinner For Schmucks) from a script by Chris Henchy (The Other Guys) and Shawn Harwell (Eastbound and Down). Ferrell, Galifianakis and Adam McKay (Anchorman) will produce. jared harris boards Lincoln >> Posted 11.30.11 by Ryan
Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) is facing his biggest threat yet in the upcoming sequel Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, but the latest trailer only gives a few more glimpses of what's in store.
It's no secret that Holmes' arch-nemesis Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris) is the cause of trouble in A Game of Shadows, but the first action-packed trailer released three months ago only briefly showed Moriarty. While the latest trailer has plenty of new footage to reveal — including an official look at Rachel McAdams reprising her Sherlock Holmes role of Irene Adler, "spy" videos unofficially revealed McAdams in February. The new trailer has only a few new shots of Harris as Moriarty, mostly featuring looks at Holmes, Watson (Jude Law), and the gypsy Sim (Noomi Rapace) running past cannon fire and dodging bullets and other various explosions — there's only a few new shots of Harris as Moriarty. watch the trailer >> Posted 10.20.11 by Ryan
The upcoming sequel Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows has a few months before its December release, which perhaps explains why the movie's promotional materials are being released at such a slow trickle. Last month, Warner Bros. revealed three photos from the movie that showed Sherlock (Robert Downey Jr.) and Dr. Watson (Jude Law) in various states of repose, while a month earlier, the first trailer showed off a great deal of action.
Working on the sequel was easy, according to Law, and not because there was no shortage of sitting. "Literally, it felt like there was no gap," Law recently told Philly.com. "We went into [the sequel] with a little more confidence and swagger. We were very proud of the last one, but when you pick up a canon like that, it's hard to know how the world will respond. And [audiences] were really enthusiastic, and appreciative."
While Law and Downey Jr. have returned to work with director Guy Ritchie, the new cast additions include Noomi Rapace (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) as a Gypsy named Sim and Jared Harris as Holmes' arch-nemesis Moriarty. Harris only briefly appeared in the trailer, but, while talking to MTV revealed that more about the infamous villain is on the way. Moriarty is like "a monster movie," says Harris >> Posted 09.09.11 by Ryan
Warner Bros. released the first trailer for Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows last month, which revealed that director Guy Ritchie had delivered another action-packed adventure for the world's most famous detective. The sequel has landed on the cover of Empire, and three new stills have been released which show that the movie also features a great deal of exciting sitting as well. more about Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows >> Posted 08.26.11 by Ryan
After revealing two new character posters and trailer preview, Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. The sequel to 2009's Sherlock Holmes sees the return of Robert Downey Jr. as the famous detective and Jude Law as Dr. Watson. Guy Ritchie returns as director, the first time he has directed a sequel, or so he told USA Today.
more from RItchie and the trailer >> Posted 07.13.11 by Ryan
They wanted this to be a franchise, which, in my mind, needs at least two movies. But I really liked working with the team on the first movie, so this was an easy choice.
Actor Jared Harris (AMC's Mad Men, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) wasn't the first actor rumored for the role of Professor Moriarty in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. Brad Pitt was originally rumored for the role, back before the first Sherlock Holmes opened in 2009.
Months later, Sean Penn, Javier Bardem, and Gary Oldman were said to be possible contenders with Daniel Day-Lewis as the frontrunner. Instead, Harris landed the role. In an interview with Collider, Harris described how he was able to get the part. not your usual moriarty >> Posted 06.21.11 by Ryan
The "who will play Moriarty rumors in Sherlock Holmes 2?" rumors began back with Brad Pitt three months before 2009's Sherlock Holmes reached theaters. The rumors continued when "unconfirmed sources" named Daniel Day-Lewis, Sean Penn, Javier Bardem, and Gary Oldman as possible contenders. Latino Review has its own sources, which have indicated that Mad Men and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button actor Jared Harris is up for the role of Holmes' arch-nemesis.
Should the role actually go to Harris, the actor won't be the only new actor to join the cast of the returning Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law. Bleeding Cool reports that Stephen Fry (Wilde) confirmed on a BBC radio show that he is joining the Guy Ritchie-directed movie as Mycroft Holmes, Sherlock's elder brother.
Sherlock Holmes 2 is set to start shooting this October in Europe from a script by Kieran and Michele Mulroney (Paper Man). The sequel opens on December 16, 2011. Posted 09.29.10 by Ryan