After Frank Miller wrote the end of Batman’s story in The Dark Knight Returns, he and the brilliant comic artist David Mazzucchelli took to the pages of Batman’s regular comic series to remap the character’s origin in Year One. Those issues (Batman #404-407 in 1987) became one of the landmark Batman stories. For almost twenty-five years Year One has had a lasting effect on major Batman storylines, even instigating the scuttled Darren Aronofsky Batman film a decade ago, and eventually providing a good deal of inspiration to Christopher Nolan’s subsequent film Batman Begins.
Warner Premiere is continuing its series of animated DC Comics films with a direct to DVD animated take on Batman: Year One, starring Ben McKenzie as Batman, Bryan Cranston as Lt. James Gordon, Eliza Dushku as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, and Katee Sackhoff as Detective Sarah Essen. We’ve already seen some art, and for a moment there was a ten-minute making of featurette that has since been taken offline. Now there is a trailer, which you can see after the break. Read More »
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Last year, it was revealed that Disney was developing a film called Planes, a direct-to-DVD computer animated spin-off from Cars. Its notable that while the trailer mentions the story takes place “from above the world of Cars”, the teaser has no mention of Pixar AT ALL. Even the Disney-Pixar production company logo above the movie title only reads “Disney”. The movie was produced by Disney Toon Studios, the outfit behind many DVD sequels for Disney films.
Remember the last time Disney began doing direct-to-dvd spin-off/sequels of their classic animated films? Yeah, that was a disaster — a disaster that John Lasseter ended in 2007. Well it looks like the mouse house needs more money and Lasseter is on board.
I’m sure Pixar wants no credit what-so-ever. I have no interest what-so-ever in seeing this movie. Watch the one and a half minute teaser trailer embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight Rises isn’t the only new Batman film in the works. Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation are continuing their string of animated DC films with a long-awaited animated version of Batman: Year One, the seminal Batman origin story written by Frank Miller and drawn by the incomprable David Mazzucchelli in 1987.
Now the core voice cast has been announced, which includes Bryan Cranston, Ben McKenzie, Eliza Dushku and Katee Sackhoff. And there are two images available, too. One is above, and the other follows after the break. Read More »
When is another studio’s movie a marketing dream? When you’re sitting on a twenty-year old stinker that can ride the coattails of another company’s marketing push to make a few extra bucks. Such is the case with the 1990 version of Captain America directed by Albert Pyun. Whether the movie might have ever been good is open to question. But the film’s financial backing withered just as production began, and so what was designed as a superhero flick with a respectable budget became a cheapo exercise in just making do with what was at hand.
Now director Albert Pyun reveals that a director’s cut of the film — with thirty extra minutes! — will hit Blu-ray in May, just before the new Captain America opens. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, February 15th, 2011 by Angie Han
It’s a good week for Arcade Fire: Not only did they win the Grammy for Album of the Year last night, their Spike Jonze collaboration Scenes From the Suburbs will be premiering at the Berlin Film Festival on Wednesday. We reported last year that Scenes would be a “science-fiction B-movie” about “friends growing apart.” We’ve now learned additional details about the project. Hit the jump for more information, including the official synopsis.
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Lets be honest — As the holidays approach, news tends to get thinner. We have never written about Beverly Hills Chihuaha 2 on /Film, and I never planned to cover the movie on the site. But on a morning like this, there isn’t much else. So after the jump you you can watch a four and a half minute sneak preview video for the upcoming Direct-to-DVD sequel.
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Paramount Pictures has released a movie trailer for the official sequel to Mark Waters‘ 2004 teen comedy Mean Girls. Oh and this isn’t a joke trailer at Lindsay Lohan’s expense, it’s actually a real movie — but don’t worry, it’s just another one of those horrible direct to dvd sequels produced by “Paramount Famous Productions“, the division responsible Van Wilder: Freshman Year and Wrong Turn At Tahoe. And don’t say we didn’t predict a direct to DVD Mean Girls sequel in 2008, because we did. Watch the trailer embedded after the jump. As always, leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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After Jackass 3D’s record breaking opening weekend, there was talk that Jackass 3.5, a whole separate movie of stunts shot for – but cut out of – Jackass 3D, might make its way to theaters. That idea has reportedly been nixed and Jackass 3.5, featuring about an hour of new footage that couldn’t fit into the theatrical release, will hit DVD and online in January. Much like Jackass 2.5 before it, it will not be an extra on the eventual DVD release of the theatrical film but will, instead, but a totally separate movie. We’ve got more after the break. Read More »
For those of you who always wondered how the death race in Death Race began, it seems that Death Race 2, which comes straight to DVD and Blu-ray on January 18, will hold the answers you desire. From director Roel Reiné, the film stars Sean Bean, Ving Rhames, Danny Trejo and others. Besides the fact that it doesn’t have Jason Statham or Joan Allen in it, this sequel – even though it’s direct to video – looks right in line with the action, budget and effects of the first film. If you were a fan, check it out after the jump along with a plot synopsis and cover art. Read More »