You may have read Rebecca Martinson's batshit letter to her Delta Gamma sorority sisters at the University of Maryland, but you haven't experienced the full mind-blowing vitriol of this remarkable document until General Zod performs it for you. This exclusive Funny or Die clip of Man of Steel star Michael Shannon, who plays Superman's Kryptonian rival, has just surpassed "Bat Fight" to become my favorite FOD video thanks to Shannon's impeccable comic timing and delivery. more »
Superman and General Zod unleash their best tough-guy stares on separate Man of Steel collector covers for the UK's Empire magazine this week, and, I'm calling it, Zod wins. All that screen time playing hard-asses (Premium Rush) and nut jobs (Revolutionary Road) has molded Michael Shannon's mug into an incredibly effective billboard for threat and danger. He looks pissed and lethal here, And that gives him the slight edge in this Kryptonian staring contest. more »
The marketing teams for Star Trek Into Darkness and Man of Steel have been killing it in the trailer department, and their latest efforts are no exception. In fact the trailers that each campaign put out for their respective movies on Monday are so strong that I want to put it to Movieline's readers to decide which is the most powerful statement. more »
The latest teaser for Zack Snyder's Man of Steel is an effective one. The clip introduces General Zod via a grainy video transmission that makes Superman's arch enemy look a lot creepier than he does in production stills. more »
Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a public-relations crisis! It's....Superman? After weeks of speculation about the fate of the Justice League movie and whether The Dark Knight trilogy director Christopher Nolan might ride to the rescue, Warner Bros.Pictures Group President, Jeff Robinov harnessed the hotly anticipated release of its Man of Steel movie to reframe the future of DC superhero movies at the studio as a bright one. more »
I'd almost forgotten that Nicolas Cage was once slated to star as Superman in the Tim Burton-directed Superman Lives, but now I want to be reminded of every bizarre detail. With Zack Snyder's Man of Steel looking like it will give Warner's Superman franchise the dramatic heft and substance of Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy, The Venture Bros. director Jon Schnepp wants to take us back to a much cheesier time in Superman's history with a documentary about what he says could have been "the weirdest Superman movie ever made." more »
Hugh Jackman is way more emo than I thought.
But I'll get to that in a moment. Among the filmmakers who turned up to praise the Les Misérables star at the Museum of the Moving Image's salute to Jackman in lower Manhattan on Tuesday night was The Dark Knight Rises director Christopher Nolan who grew an enormous Cheshire-Cat grin when I asked him if the Superman reboot he is producing, Man of Steel, would see a cameo by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, or any actor, as Batman, and if he had any objections to a cameo as a continuity move to tie the Supes movie to the 2015 Justice League movie.
"I can't talk about that. You know that," Nolan said cheerily. I didn't know that, actually, but now that I do, I feel compelled to point out that, despite the frustratingly inconclusive nature of his answer, it's not a 'No.' Yes, JG-L's camp shot down the speculation as "entirely false" back in November, but if the idea had been ruled out, wouldn't Nolan be saying something along those lines, too, so that the fan boys could move on? You know how angry they can get when their casting hopes and dreams are suddenly deflated after being allowed to build for months.
The impish smile on Nolan's face as he issued that no comment also heightened my optimism, especially in the wake of the powerful Man of Steel trailer that's now burning up the Internet. Zack Snyder's take on Superman clearly aspires to have the kind of psychological heft and dark undertones that made The Dark Knight trilogy so satisfying. If the movie attains or even approaches those standards, a JG-L Batman cameo would not dishonor Nolan's work and it would set the bar high for Justice League . No pressure, Warner Bros.
Nolan, Hathaway, Weisz Honor Jackman At Museum of The Moving Image Fete
Getting back to Jackman, who's on the fast-track to a Best Actor Oscar nomination, Nolan had much more to say about the actor, who he directed along with Christian Bale in The Prestige. The filmmaker told guests at the Museum of the Moving Image fete that though "ruthless" is not a word usually associated with Jackman, The Wolverine star is indeed "ruthless creatively" and a performer "driven by intense ambition." The director also said that he looked forward to working with Jackman again, "probably not on a musical though," despite Jackman's urging him to direct one.
Also praising Jackman were his wife, actress Deborra-Lee Furness, his X-Men Origins: Wolverine co-star Liev Schreiber, director Mike Nichols, former Saturday Night Live cast member Rachel Dratch, who got big laughs mocking Jackman's Australian dialect and two of his Les Misérables co-stars Anne Hathaway and Eddie Redmayne.
In an effusive, rambling speech, Hathaway called Jackman "deep as the sea."
Rachel Weisz offered up an even more intriguing description of the actor, calling him an "incredible cocktail of light and dark." She also told the most revealing story of the night: During the filming of The Fountain, which was directed by her ex-husband Darren Aronofsky, Weisz said that Jackman gave himself so completely to a scene in which his character realizes he's going to die that "he sobbed for about half an hour after the cameras stopped" while Weisz comforted him. "He'd gone to the deepest, darkest place a person can go," she said. "And he wasn't faking it."
Jackman kept his speech much lighter saying that his Christmas gift wish list was a simple one. All he wanted, he said, was "a movie with me starring in it to open on Christmas Day."
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The second Man of Steel trailer has been released to the Internets, and by the gods it's actually very effective!
While retaining the moodiness of the first teaser, that mood now more clearly emphasizes Clark Kent's feelings of uncertainty and separation due to his alien heritage and fantastical powers. His arrest (first revealed in the poster released last week) has a bit more context too, as we see him stepping out from behind what appears to be the wreckage of military hardware, as soldiers draw their weapons. It looks like he makes his debut after the Kryptonian super villains led by General Zod, and submits to arrest to prove he isn't a threat, a much more interesting take on humanity's initial reaction to him.
If you lived through Watchmen's troubled journey to the screen, Zack Snyder's Man of Steel doesn't exactly make one feel like leaping the nearest tall building. Watchmen is the platonic ideal of missing the forest for the trees, and as for his work overall, there's only so many times you can see slow-motion downward-punching before you start to wonder if his characters are suffering from undiagnosed strokes.
That Man of Steel is being exec produced by Chris Nolan should be a point in its favor, but after The Dark Knight Rises, in which we're expected to believe the same government that secretly assassinated Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan can't handle an ostentatious blowhard taking over an American city, I can't help but fear for the grim, poorly plotted future in store for Superman.
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Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy has amassed nearly $2.4 billion theatrically worldwide to date, but Wednesday night, the Oscar-nominated filmmaker (Memento, Inception) sat down at the Film Society of Lincoln Center giving insight on the nuts and bolts of the series, which ended this summer with The Dark Knight Rises, its classic Bond-esque treatment of terrorism, the late Heath Ledger, and the upcoming Man of Steel.
Also in Wednesday evening's round-up of news briefs, Norway's Oscar entry is headed to U.S. theaters; Skyfall is tracking ahead of its predecessor at the box office; and DOC NYC opens in New York with Academy Award hopefuls.
Today Warner Bros. released the first teaser for 2013's superhero reboot Man of Steel, an elegiac glimpse of Clark Kent (Henry Cavill), as a man and a boy, accompanied by memories of childhood paternal advice telling him of his destiny as Earth's savior. But Clark/Superman has two dads — biological Kryptonian pop Jor-El (Russell Crowe) and adoptive farmer pa Jonathan Kent (Kevin Costner), giving fans a neat double tease: One teaser, two voice-overs.
Man of Steel enjoyed one of the more bonkers receptions at this weekend's Comic-Con, culminating in — what else? — a teaser poster just for its San Diego coming-out party. They've thought of everything. It doesn't reveal much of Henry Cavill's Superman, however, which led Movieline pal Grace Randolph to hit up costume illustrator Phillip Boutte for more details about the look of Zack Snyder's upcoming blockbuster. Click through for the poster and video.
Henry Cavill on Immortals, Man of Steel, Surviving Tough Times and Inspiring Twilight's Edward Cullen
Much has been made of British actor Henry Cavill's abs in this week's Immortals, or the strange, logic-defying Superman beard spied on the set of Man of Steel. Never mind that the 28-year-old actor turns in a persuasive dramatic performance in Tarsem's stylized fantasy myth, playing the classic hero Theseus as an honorable peasant battling a sadistic god-hating tyrant (Mickey Rourke) with the aid of a comely priestess (Freida Pinto) and supernatural bow and arrows. But therein lies the surprise: Go to Immortals for the bloody action, or the mythological spin, or the wonderment of Tarsem's visuals, and you'll also get the pleasant revelation that Cavill wears leading man status like a natural.
"The most chilling ghost story of our time?" you say, new trailer for The Woman in Black? We'll be the judge of that. So far it looks like Harry Potter has gone back in time to trudge worriedly through a haunted house stocked with creepy little girls and jump scares. Can't he just retire these spooks to some old paintings on the wall and be done with them, already? Expecto petr-ho-hum, if you ask me. But take a look for yourself, and stick around for more of your Friday Buzz Break.