We have a new bit of Darwyn Cooke Batman Beyond animation!
Fifteen years ago, comic book writer/artist Darwyn Cooke had a hand in creating the opening titles for the show Batman Beyond. The show was a follow-up to Batman: The Animated Series and The New Batman Adventures. It pushed the story timeline forward to 2039. At that point Bruce Wayne’s health is failing, and he passes the Batman identity to young Terry McGinnis. The show debuted in 1999 and ran only through 2001. But the McGinnis character has endured.
Now, as part of DC and WB’s celebration of Batman’s 75th anniversary, Cooke has come up with a new one-minute Batman Beyond short. While this new bit has a limited runtime, it brings Kevin Conroy and Will Friedle back to their roles as an aged Bruce Wayne and his young protege Terry McGinnis. Most of the action here is simply that: action. But there’s a neat nod to Alien, and an ending that gives fans of various Batman incarnations something to look at.
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We’re back in a familiar position: scanning a set of potential projects for Steven Spielberg, trying to figure out which he’ll do next. There are a couple of possible options that have been kicking around for a while, such as the sci-fi action film Robopocalypse and the Spanish conquistador drama Montezuma. Just last week there was news that Spielberg is developing a religious drama called The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara, from Lincoln and Munich writer Tony Kushner.
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Simon Kinberg is writing both films, and at WonderCon this past weekend he explained a few things about the intersection of X-Men: Apocalypse and the “classic cast” led by Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen. That is, there probably won’t be any.
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It seems like the best hope for Quentin Tarantino‘s live read of The Hateful Eight — that working on the staged reading of the script would revive the director’s interest in making a film — could become a reality. On Saturday night at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles, the director assembled a cast of “Tarantino Superstars” to perform a one-time reading of the first draft of his western The Hateful Eight. He had famously planned to shoot the film this year, but scrapped that plan after a first draft of the script leaked online.
While there is no hard and fast plan to make the movie just yet, Tarantino did announce at the reading that he is writing a second draft and is planning to follow through with a third. Read More »
Ryan Gosling spent some of the last year making his first feature as a director. Originally called How to Catch a Monster, the film is now called Lost River, and is set for the Un Certain Regard sidebar at Cannes. That’s the place where films that are either the product of newcomers to Cannes, or that are a little more unusual than the typical Competition titles. So that tells us something right there.
This film features Christina Hendricks as Billy, “a single mother of two who is swept into a macabre and dark fantasy underworld while her teenage son discovers a secret road leading to an underwater town.” So, yeah. that gives us more to go on, and there’s also been a comment about Hendricks finding a “very surreal club,” which is presumably what that door leads to. Check out another image below. Read More »
This week, a civil suit named director Bryan Singer as one of several defendants in allegations of sexual abuse that took place in 1999. Now details have emerged that the producers of a film about sex abuse in Hollywood have reached out to the plaintiff in that suit about participating in the film. Amy Berg, director of Catholic church sex abuse doc Deliver Us From Evil and the West Memphis Three movie West of Memphis, has been working on the Hollywood sex abuse film for two years, but details on the project are scarce.
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Hypnotism is a pretty classic concept in films, especially when it is used to change peoples’ behavior, at times against their will. But the strange Swedish sci-fi thriller LFO takes it a step further — here, a man finds he can use sound to influence the people around him. And then he pushes the concept a little too far. The first LFO trailer (kinda) shows how.
This trailer is not new, but we haven’t featured it in the past. With Dark Sky Films banner setting a fall 2014 theatrical release date, with Elijah Wood’s company SpectreVision as exec producers and “presenters,” there’s good reason to promote it now. So if you missed the film when it did some festival appearances last year, this is a good time to get to know what it’s all about. Read More »
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