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Watch the new trailer for Johnny Depp’s ‘Transcendence’

- February 12th, 2014

Johnny Depp will hopefully reverse a bit of a cold streak when his sci-fi-tinged Transcendence bows this April.

Helmed by Oscar-winning cinematographer (for Inception) and frequent Christopher Nolan collaborator Wally Pfister, Depp stars in the upcoming film as an A.I. researcher whose consciousness is uploaded to a computer after he is shot dead by an anti-digital activist.

Transcendence also stars Rebecca Hall, Morgan Freeman, Paul Bettany, Kate Mara and Cillian Murphy.

After Depp’s Dr. Will Caster gets plugged in, well, things go awry. It’s the Internet, and he needs more and more power to survive. “If we don’t stop him, it will be the end of mankind as we know it,” Freeman’s character warns us.

We’ll get to see more of Johnny’s bad self when Transcendence opens April 17.

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‘Interstellar’ trailer released: First look at Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi epic

- December 14th, 2013

Chris Nolan fans rejoice! We’re getting our first look at the director’s upcoming sci-fi epic Interstellar.

With a voice over provided by star Matthew McConaughey, the teaser trailer doesn’t show much action or offer up anything in the way of plot, but the 1-minute-and-43-second ad does do a good job fanning the flames of anticipation.

The film is based on the theories of physicist Kip Thorne, and revolves around a group of explorers who make use of a wormhole to further mankind’s journey into the depths of the universe via interstellar travel.

A plot description from the official website reads: “In the future, governments and economies across the globe have collapsed, food is scarce, NASA is no more, and the 20th Century is to blame. A mysterious rip in spacetime opens and it’s up to whatever is left of NASA to explore and offer up hope for mankind.”

In addition to McConaughey, the film stars Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Bill Irwin, John Lithgow, Casey Affleck, David Gyasi, Wes Bentley, Mackenzie Foy, Timothée Chalamet, Topher Grace, David Oyelowo, Ellen Burstyn, Michael Caine and Matt Damon.

The film promises to push the boundaries for Nolan visually, with the Dark Knight trilogy director affixing an IMAX camera to a Learjet to capture some of the film’s aerial sequences (via reddit).

Very cool indeed. I can’t wait. Let us know what you think in the comments.

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Interstellar will be released November 7, 2014.

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Is ‘Man of Steel 2′ going to be Superman vs. Batman?

- July 24th, 2013
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So unless you were living under rock last weekend, you’ve no doubt heard that DC is skipping Man of Steel 2 to make a joint Superman/Batman movie instead.

Henry Cavill’s Superman will be joined by a still-to-be-named actor playing Batman. Man of Steel director Zack Snyder will direct and co-write with David S. Goyer, with Christopher Nolan exec producing.

The film is due out in 2015.

At a separate Comic-Con panel celebrating Superman’s 75th anniversary, ComicBook.com reveals that Goyer said the movie would have one of two titles: “We’re actually not sure whether the title is Superman vs. Batman or Batman vs. Superman but yes, it’s–that rematch, that combination, the two guys onscreen and that’s happening.”

So it seems that Superman and Batman won’t be a team-up – at least initially. It’ll be more of a battle. But I’m wondering in that instance, who’ll be the villain?

The folks at ComicBook.com did some further research and found out that the domain BatmanVsSupermanMovie.com redirects to warnerbros.com.

Batman and Superman have teamed up many times in the comic books, perhaps most famously in Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns in 1986. There was even a planned film in 2003 that was to be directed by Wolfgang Petersen (Troy).

As he announced the new film at Comic-Con, Synder invited Harry Lennix (who played General Swanwick in Man of Steel) onstage to read the line from the comic: “I want you to remember, Clark,” he said before the flickering images of a Superman and Batman logo flashed on the screen. “In all the years to come. In all your most private moments. I want you to remember my hand at your throat. I want you to remember the one man who beat you.”

Snyder said that his upcoming movie won’t be an adaptation of Miller’s series, but it will help influence the story.

“We’re not adapting this thing, but it is the thing that will help us tell that story,” Snyder said.

Man of Steel dropped several hints of a shared DC universe including signage for Wayne Enterprises, LexCorp and Utopia Casino.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. will release The Flash in 2016 and Justice League in 2017.

So that’s what we know. What storyline would you like to see in the upcoming Superman/Batman film? Let us know what you think in the comments.

Comic-Con 2013: Superman and Batman movie on the way

- July 20th, 2013

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DC made a huge announcement at Comic-Con today involving its two biggest characters. Instead of proceeding with Man of Steel 2 right away, the company announced that Superman and Batman will team-up in a new film that is due in 2015.

Zack Snyder will direct and co-write with Man of Steel scribe David S. Goyer and star Henry Cavill returning for the new film. It is unknown if Christian Bale will return as Batman, though he has previously said he is done with the character.

Snyder, who appeared at Comic-Con today, broke the news saying, “I’m so excited to begin working again with Henry Cavill in the world we created, and I can’t wait to expand the DC Universe in this next chapter. Let’s face it, it’s beyond mythological to have Superman and our new Batman facing off, since they are the greatest Super Heroes in the world.”

Diane Nelson, President, DC Entertainment, released a statement saying, “Superman and Batman together on the big screen is a dream come true for DC fans everywhere. All of us at DC Entertainment could not be more excited for Zack’s continuing vision for the DC Universe.”

Dark Knight trilogy director Christopher Nolan will executive produce the new film.

Batman and Superman have a long history of teaming up in the pages of DC comics, including a new title released last month written by Greg Pak and illustrated by Jae Lee.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Batman/Superman will be followed by The Flash (which Goyer wrote a script for in 2004) in 2016 and Justice League in 2017.

Since its release last month, Snyder’s Man of Steel has grossed over $630 million worldwide.

The summer of 2015 is shaping up to be a busy one with the J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars sequel, The Avengers 2, Pirates of the Caribbean 5, Terminator 5 and Independence Day 2 all slated for release.

Are you happy Superman and Batman are finally teaming up on the big screen? Let us know what you think in the comments.

Heath Ledger’s Joker diary from ‘The Dark Knight’ surfaces

- May 31st, 2013

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Wow, it’s hard to believe that it’s been almost five years since Heath Ledger’s legendary performance as the villainous Joker in The Dark Knight. Now, in an excerpt from a German documentary, Too Young To Die, we’re getting our first look at a diary the actor kept while on set filming the Batman sequel.

Included in the diary, are photos of Ledger’s make-up test, the Joker’s playing cards, images of Malcolm McDowell from A Clockwork Orange, panels from the comic and a chilling page in which Ledger scrawled the words, “Bye, Bye.”

The video is in French, but YouTube user Jose Mellinas provided this translation below:

This is the Joker’s diary. In order to inhabit his character, he (Heath) locked himself up in a hotel room for weeks. He would do that. He liked to dive into his characters, but this time he really took it up a notch. The hospital scene is interesting because when he was a kid, his sister Kate liked to dress him up as a nurse. He was really funny like that. He also was in the movie. This is a make-up test which was done eight months before. Before the end of the shooting he wrote “bye bye” on the back of the page. It was hard to see this.

There had been some speculation that Ledger had trouble letting go of the character before his accidental death in 2008.

In an interview with the New York Times in 2007, Ledger said his version of the Joker was a “psychopathic, mass-murdering, schizophrenic clown with zero empathy.”

Later in that same interview, he added: “Last week I probably slept an average of two hours a night… I couldn’t stop thinking. My body was exhausted, and my mind was still going.”

There were rumours that unused footage of Ledger’s performance from The Dark Knight would surface in last summer’s The Dark Knight Rises, but director Christopher Nolan nixed doing that.

Nuke the Fridge later printed an excerpt from the novelization of the film’s screenplay, which revealed where the Joker was likely to be.

Now that the Dent Act had made it all but impossible for the city’s criminals to cop an insanity plea, it (Blackgate Prison) had replaced Arkham Asylum as the preferred location for imprisoning both convicted and suspected felons. The worst of the worst were sent here, except for the Joker, who, rumor had it, was locked away as Arkham’s sole remaining inmate. Or perhaps he had escaped. Nobody was really sure. Not even Selina.

Looking back on Ledger’s performance, I’m not sure I can picture someone else playing the role in a future Batman reboot. But, considering the character is such an integral part of the Dark Knight mythology, I doubt DC Comics can ignore the Joker completely from any future movies.

Let us know what you think in the comments.