Who Should Rule Atlantis?
First appearing way back in More Fun Comics #73 (Sept. 1941), Aquaman is one of the oldest comic book characters in existence. His longevity in popular culture, coupled with his incredible powers — super strength and durability, telepathy, ability to breathe underwater — and the fact that he is also the king of Atlantis on top of being a superhero should place Aquaman in the upper echelon of comic book characters, yet he has always been considered something of a laughing stock outside of the comic book community. A popular subject of derision on TV shows like Saturday Night Live and The Big Bang Theory, Aquaman's only live-action highlights have come from his appearances on Smallville, as played by Alan Ritchson, and in an Entourage sub-plot in which the too-lean and not-blonde Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier) played the "King of the Seven Seas" in a faux James Cameron movie.
Apparently, there is some talk at Warner Bros. about bringing Aquaman to the big screen in a solo movie, but the studio is far more invested in developing Green Lantern 2, The Flash and Wonder Woman so Aquaman's big screen debut will likely be as part of the ensemble Justice League movie. Who do you think has what it takes to not only salvage Aquaman's reputation, but stand alongside Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and the rest of the Justice Leaguers on the big screen?
Aquaman art by Jeff Chapman
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Posted 10.11.12 by BrentJS
Ever wanted a darker version of Juno? That's what is being sold in Daydream Nation, starring Kat Dennings (Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist). The Canadian movie is the story of a city girl who moves to a small town and becomes entangled in a love triangle between her high school teacher and a stoner classmate. The movie has a May 6 release date. The movie also stars Joshua Lucas, Andie MacDowell, and Reece Thompson, and was written and directed by Michael Goldbach. watch the trailer and another sneak peek >> Posted 03.29.11 by reelz
The first trailer has been released for director Brad Furman's The Lincoln Lawyer, which is not about Abraham Lincoln's early days before becoming President of the United States, but instead is an adaptation of Michael Connelly's book about a smooth-talking defense attorney who conducts his business from a Lincoln Town Car and lands the case of his career defending a Beverly Hills playboy accused of murder. Tommy Lee Jones was originally set to be director and star in the movie, with Matthew McConaughey as the lawyer and Jones as the playboy (as amazing as that sounds), but left over "creative differences" with the John Romano-scripted movie. Ryan Phillippe stepped into the role of the playboy, while Furman (The Take) took over the directing duties. watch the trailer >> Posted 11.21.10 by Ryan
Since MacGruber premiered at the South By Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas, any speculation that it might actually be an elaborate hoax and not a real movie has been laid to rest. Now, Relativity Media has released a new theatrical poster for the movie. Unfortunately, even though it's billed as "...the best action-comedy since Beverly Hills Cop," the poster is actually a pretty boring, action movie-style poster that barely hints at the movie being a comedy (we're only giving comedic points to Will Forte's mullet and Kristen Wiig's "sexy" mom jeans). continue reading >> Posted 04.03.10 by BrentJS
The race for the lead role in Marvel's The First Avenger: Captain America continues as one contender admits defeat and another name is reportedly added to the list which includes Fantastic Four's Chris Evans, Cloverfield's Mike Vogel, Wilson Bethel (CBS' The Young and the Restless), MacGruber's Ryan Phillippe and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra's Channing Tatum. IGN reports that Bethel has announced on his Facebook page that he is no longer in the running.
O Captain, My Captain... I am not He... Thanks for all of the love & support.
Meanwhile, Entertainment Weekly reports that Hedlund is out as well and that Sebastian Stan (Gossip Girl) is also up for the role, even though the actor hails from Romania and Captain America director Joe Johnston has said that he didn't want to make the movie "without an American playing the part." Marvel has been in agreement on that, though they may have changed their minds.
According to IESB, Marvel liked Stan's audition, and claims the actor is now part of a three-way race for the role with Stan as the favorite. Tatum and Evans are also in contention, which means Phillippe and Vogel are out. Stan could be just "unknown" enough for the role, and his time on Gossip Girl could be a positive since Gossip Girls actors have been a favorite of comic book movies of late. Gossip's Chace Crawford was once a part of the Captain America hunt, and Blake Lively recently landed the role of Carol Ferris in Green Lantern.
Production on Captain America begins this summer, so expect a decision to be made soon. If anyone is wondering why Marvel is taking such a long time, think of those three actors reportedly up for the role and ask yourself who is not only right for the role, but can command authority amongst actors like Robert Downey Jr.? Our money is on Evans, though appearances in two Fantastic Four movies could ruin his chances.
Who do you think will get the role? Write a comment below! Posted 03.19.10 by Ryan
Just last week, it was reported that John Krasinski was reportedly the potential favorite to play the lead role in Marvel's The First Avenger: Captain America, but was just as quickly ousted from the list of contenders such as Fantastic Four's Chris Evans, Cloverfield's Mike Vogel, and Wilson Bethel (CBS' The Young and the Restless). Even Dane Cook auditioned for the part (yes, Good Luck Chuck's Dane Cook).
With a March 1 deadline come and gone, the search continues. HitFix reports that Marvel is also looking at actor Ryan Phillippe, who confirmed the audition with MTV.
[I] actually am going in to meet on Captain America, which is kind of cool. After Superman, he was kind of my favorite.
Phrases like "he was kind of my favorite" and "starring in MacGruber" may not endear Phillippe to Marvel, who was more upbeat about the part when he told io9 he was indeed interested in the role.
Yeah, I would. My son would looove it. He's six-years-old. I'm really into it. We'll see what happens, but yeah, it'd be fun.
Besides Phillippe, Deadline reports that Channing Tatum is also up for the role (apparently, Marvel just rented Stop-Loss, which stars both Phillippe and Tatum). After the success of Dear John and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Tatum may be a more high profile actor than the "complete unknown" that director Joe Johnston announced he was looking for, but after undergoing such a long search for the right actor, Marvel may be willing to hire a more bankable star in the role.
While the search continues, Marvel is busy casting the other roles in the movie. With Hugo Weaving already in talks to play arch-nemesis Red Skull, Marvel is looking at a list of contenders (oh man, not again) for the female lead role of Peggy. The Deadline report lists three British actresses as being under consideration: Keira Knightley, She's Out of My League's Alice Eve, and Emily Blunt. With Blunt almost landing the role of the Black Widow in Iron Man 2, we'll put money on her getting the part, though after seeing Marvel's current obsession with Stop-Loss actors, don't count out Abbie Cornish from pulling an upset and grabbing the role instead. Posted 03.16.10 by Ryan
Just days after releasing a red band trailer for the upcoming comedy MacGruber, Relativity Media has a green band version that edits some of the naughtiness out of the first trailer.
Based on a recurring sketch from Saturday Night Live, MacGruber is an action-comedy parody of the TV show MacGyver. The movie stars Will Forte, Val Kilmer, Ryan Phillippe, Kristen Wiig, and Maya Rudolph. When it comes to SNL sketches-turned-movies, we're hoping MacGruber is more Wayne's World than It's Pat. Posted 01.22.10 by Ryan
While the Greeks and Romans have always been well-represented on the big screen, their northern neighbors, the hearty Vikings, have received comparative short thrift. Classic films like Spartacus, Gladiator and 300 all serve as fine tributes to the Greco-Roman legacy and culture. Vikings, on the other hand, have been represented by such lame offerings as Pathfinder and The 13th Warrior.
Maybe Ryan Phillippe can reverse that trend. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the pouty-lipped former Mr. Witherspoon has signed on to portray a seventh century Viking warrior in writer/director Menno Meyjes' (The Martian Child, Manolete) upcoming epic Last Battle Dreamer. Phillippe doesn't exactly seem like the raping and pillaging type, but who knows. Perhaps he can channel some of that post-divorce rage into his performance. Sean Bean and Abbie Cornish are set to co-star. Posted 09.05.07 by reelz
Our pick for this week's DVD release: Breach, writer-director Billy Ray's thriller about the real-life FBI agent who was leaking secrets to the Russians.
Starring Chris Cooper in a chilling performance as government mole Robert Hanssen, and Ryan Phillippe as the young agent who busted him, it should be an act of treason not to see this smart, tense movie.
Also out on DVD today: Ghost Rider, Primeval, and Tyler Perry's Daddy's Little Girls. Posted 06.12.07 by reelz