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‘The Shining’ and ‘Dark Knight Rises’ get an 8-bit makeover

- October 18th, 2013

The folks at CineFix have made a name for themselves parodying film favourites like Iron Man and The Dark Knight Rises.

Now they’ve fashioned a Nintendo-style reboot of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining – no joystick required!

Watch as Jack, Wendy and Danny try to make it out of the Overlook Hotel. And if you’re curious about what a pixelated version of Christopher Nolan’s brooding Batman might look like, take a look at the three-and-a-half minute 8-bit version of The Dark Knight Rises. The freeway chase sequence is particularly amusing.

Chris Hemsworth says DC no competition for Marvel

- September 21st, 2013

Marvel’s Mightiest Avenger just dropped the hammer on DC Comics.

While making the promotional rounds for his upcoming racing drama Rush, Chris Hemsworth was asked by Jake Hamilton (via CBM) about the rivalry between Marvel and DC.

“We’re just winning aren’t we?” said Hemsworth. “That’s not really a rivalry.”

When Hamilton told the Thor star that last summer’s Avengers trumped The Dark Knight Rises at the box office, Hemsworth took another dig adding, “Did we? Good.”

He became more measured as he continued: “Look you can’t not be excited about your film being part of something that does that well, but it all kind of benefits each other. If one film opens big, then most likely people want to come back to the movies and see something else. So it all feeds into each other.”

Still Hemsworth did raise an uncomfortable point for DC fans. So far, when it comes to dollars and cents, Marvel owns the comic book movie box office. Seven of the 10 highest grossing films are Marvel, with The Avengers sitting in first place.

This summer’s Man of Steel just managed to squeak into the top 10, and outside of Batman and Superman, DC doesn’t have another comic book property that has been a hit on the big screen.

That all might change with Man of Steel 2, and Justice League, but right now, Hemsworth is right. It isn’t a rivalry, Marvel is just winning.

Vote in our poll and let us know what you think in the comments below.

Rumour: Christian Bale offered $60 million to play Batman again

- August 13th, 2013

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Earlier today, we brought you word that 20th Century Fox might be ready to offer Hugh Jackman $100 million for four more appearances as Wolverine.

Now we’re getting news via Badass Digital that Warner Bros. is rumoured to be dangling $60 million in front of Christian Bale for him to reprise his role as the Dark Knight.

The news was originally reported by the UK’s Sun, which is subscriber based.

Although Bale has said he is done with the character (“Let’s not get greedy,” he told EW), in a Canadian newspaper exclusive last summer, Bale told the Toronto Sun that it was up to director Christopher Nolan whether he’d be back as the Caped Crusader.

“I just want for Chris to tell me he’s got a story and I go read it and it’s: ‘Oh great, let’s go do it!’ If he comes up with a great story … I’m just the wrong guy to be asking about that. It’s all down to Chris.

“But my understanding is that he’s pretty clear. In my conversations with him, [The Dark Knight Rises] is it, this is how it was meant to be. But there’s always the temptation: How far can you push it? Then there’s: No, if it’s good, leave it, walk away at that moment. Don’t wait until you start making mistakes.”

During his appearance at San Diego Comic-Con last month, director Zack Snyder announced that Man of Steel 2 will feature both Batman and Superman. The film will be produced by Nolan and co-written with Batman scribe, David S. Goyer.

But after he brought out actor Harry Lennix (who played General Swanwick in Man of Steel) to read an excerpt from Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns, speculation has run rampant as to what shape the upcoming film will take.

As images of Superman’s “S” and Batman’s “Bat” flashed onsceen, Lennix read a line from the iconic comic. “I want you to remember, Clark. 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 was quick to say that his Superman/Batman film won’t be a remake of The Dark Knight Returns, but did say that the book will influence his storyline for the new film, which he will co-write with David S. Goyer.

Since then, it has been rumoured that Warner Bros. is interested in hiring an “older” Batman with The Hollywood Reporter speculating that Josh Brolin, Joe Manganiello, Richard Armitage and Ryan Gosling are up for the part, while the U.K. tabloid The Daily Express reported that Orlando Bloom is a front-runner for the role. According to Gossip Cop, though, the latter “appears to be internet gossip.”

Snyder’s Batman/Superman film is due out in 2015, alongside, Star Wars VII, Avengers 2, Terminator 5, Pirates of the Caribbean 5 and a host of others, so whomever they pick, the movie better be good.

I leave you with the trailer for The Dark Knight Rises to help further the case for Bale.

Christian Bale won’t play Batman in ‘Justice League’

- July 2nd, 2013

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File this one under, ‘Not surprised.’

Christian Bale has confirmed what everyone pretty much expected: He will not be back to play Batman in DC’s planned Justice League movie. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the actor addressed the upcoming superhero film.

“We were incredibly fortunate to get to make three [Batman films]. That’s enough. Let’s not get greedy,” he says.

Bale has previously said that he’d only be involved in a new Batman film if series director Christopher Nolan agreed to make a new one. “I just want for Chris to tell me he’s got a story and I go read it and it’s: ‘Oh great, let’s go do it!’ If he comes up with a great story … I’m just the wrong guy to be asking about that. It’s all down to Chris,” he told my pal Bruce Kirkland last summer while promoting The Dark Knight Rises.

Nolan has repeatedly said that he will not be involved with a fourth Batman film, and DC has indicated that they plan on rebooting the character.

“Chris [Nolan] always said he wanted to make it one film at a time,” Bale tells EW. “And we ended up sitting there looking at each other, saying ‘We’re about to make the third.’ We never really knew if we were going to get to be there, but if that was how it was going to be, this was where it should end as well.”

Justice League writer David S. Goyer has also said that Bale will not be in the upcoming film.

Man of Steel dropped hints of a shared DC universe, but the Bruce Wayne that exists in this universe will not be the same one from the Dark Knight trilogy.

“It would be blank slate,” Goyer said in a wide-ranging interview with Hey U Guys.

For his part, Bale added he won’t have second thoughts giving up the role.

“It’s a torch that should be handed from one actor to another. So I enjoy looking forward to what somebody else will come up with.”

So who do you think should play Batman in Justice League? Let us know your picks for the new Dark Knight in the comments.

The Best Movie Cliffhanger Endings

- June 28th, 2013

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WARNING: This blog post contains spoilers

Okay, by now you’ve probably seen Fast & Furious 6, Man of Steel, and Word War Z. All three, left us on the edge of our seats wondering… ‘Seriously, what comes next?’ Personally, I love films that have cliffhanger endings, but I can appreciate the frustration some people might experience when they exit the theatre scratching their heads.

A lot of them get resolved – for example, the spectre of the Joker at the end of Batman Begins emerges in full in The Dark Knight – but sometimes the endings are more ambiguous and left up to the viewer to decide (Blade Runner, The Italian Job).

As far as cliffhangers go, I like how Fast 6 went back and referenced Fast & Furious: Tokyo Drift. The film was far from perfect but Jason Statham vs. Vin Diesel and the Rock in Fast 7? Ya, I’ll watch that on a Friday night.

If you didn’t like it, you probably won’t like the rest of these, but here are my favourite cliffhanger endings. Let me know which ones you’ve liked, or hated, in the comments.

The Italian Job
At the film’s end, Michael Caine’s gang of bank robbers’ gold-laden van is literally hanging off the edge of a cliff; the bounty and their lives hang in the balance. “Hang on a minute, lads,” Caine’s Charlie Croker says in the film’s closing scene. “I’ve got a great idea.” Film fans never knew what it was, or whether it worked.
Status of the ending: Solved. After four decades, the Royal Society of Chemistry held a competition to solve the riddle of how Croker gets the loot and his accomplices out of the van. It took the winner an afternoon to figure out the solution.

The Dark Knight Rises
The final instalment in Chris Nolan’s Batman trilogy left a lot of loose threads. Some people hope they’ll be tied together when DC gets around to making Justice League. Will Robin become the new Batman? We may never know.
Status of the ending: Unknown. Bruce Wayne isn’t dead, but since he has rid Gotham of all the evildoers, it doesn’t look like he’ll be back anytime soon. Whether Robin appears as the new Batman in Justice League is TBD.

Before Sunset
Jesse and Celine met on a train in Vienna in Richard Linklater’s Before Sunrise. As that film concludes, they agree to meet again in six months. I always loved the ambiguity of that ending, but in the 2004 sequel Before Sunset, we caught up with them again. Turns out they never reconnected. As they take an 80-minute stroll through Paris, one thing becomes certain: Jesse’s going to miss that plane.
Status of the ending: Solved. Jesse and Celine are married. A new film, Before Midnight, catches up with them nine years later in Greece.

Inception
There are boatloads of theories surrounding the ending of Christopher Nolan’s Inception. Is Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) still dreaming, or did he come back to ‘reality’? Nolan ends the film with an extended shot of the spinning totem Cobb uses to help him differentiate between the dream world and the real world. The totem wobbles, and the film cuts to black.
Status of the ending: Unclear. It’s up to the viewer to decide what realm of reality Cobb is living in.

Blade Runner
When it comes to Ridley Scott’s sci-fi classic Blade Runner, you have a couple of options when it comes to endings. There’s the saccharine feel-good coda that was tacked on to the 1981 theatrical version – Rachael (Sean Young) is a different kind of replicant, Deckard (Harrison Ford) tells us over Vangelis’ sax-infused score; one with no end date. Or you can go with later incarnations of the film that seemed to indicate Deckard could be a replicant himself, destined for an early death. “It’s too bad she won’t live,” the 1992 Director’s Cut closes with. “But then again, who does?”
Status of the ending: Pretty much solved. Ridley Scott has confirmed that Deckard was a replicant, but plans for a Blade Runner sequel are in the works with Harrison Ford slated to return. Maybe it was all a dream?

Batman Begins
All three of Christopher Nolan’s Batman films ended on a cliffhanger, but I loved how the first film teased the Dark Knight’s arch nemesis, the Joker.
Status of the ending: Sorta solved. The Batman battles the Joker in The Dark Knight, but the ultimate fate of the Clown Prince of Crime wasn’t addressed in The Dark Knight Rises.

Cloverfield
No doubt you had motion sickness by the time this riff on Godzilla ended. The final scene showed something falling into the ocean and the end credits revealed that the monster was still alive.
Status of the ending: Unknown. Since it doesn’t look like Part Two is happening anytime soon, it could all be a dream.

Back to the Future
This time travelling classic transplanted skateboarding ‘80s teen, Marty McFly, back to the ‘50s, but by the end, Doc Brown has been to the future with a warning: “It’s your kids, Marty! Something has to be done about your kids.”
Status of the ending: Solved. In the sequels, Doc and Marty go into the future and way back into the past. It gets pretty confusing.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine
A post-credits scene that introduces the next film’s potential villain is always good, no?
Status of the ending: Unknown. The ending for Wolverine’s first standalone film teased a Deadpool spinoff. We’re still waiting.

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End
After three Pirates movies, you kinda knew that going forward any additional sequels were going to focus on Captain Jack Sparrow. But I liked how the final scene in the original trilogy left the story of Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann open-ended.
Status of the ending: Unknown. Will gets one day on land every 10 years or something, while Jack Sparrow is off having his own adventures.

The Happening
M. Night Shyamalan twist-endings generally get under people’s skin. Personally, I like how some of his films manage to weave emotional stories – in this case a couple who are drifting apart – into tales designed to give you goosebumps. A lot of people had problems with the plants-gone-crazy storyline, but I kinda liked it. The film could have had a tidy ending, but just as everyone thinks things are back to normal, the action moves to Paris. A scream is heard, indicating another attack.
Status of the ending: Unknown. M. Night went on to make The Last Airbender and After Earth – ‘nuff said.