spider-man crossover film

At one point, the idea of characters crossing over between Marvel and DC Comics titles seemed like an impossibility. But it happened, just as fans of the cinematic versions of those characters think such a thing will happen on movie screens eventually — even if there are more companies involved now, all of which are bigger, more complex corporate entities. Still, it’s not going to happen soon, and original Marvel Studios co-founder and Spider-Man film producer Avi Arad isn’t even able to be straight about the reason why. Arad says Spider-Man won’t end up in a film with the X-Men or Avengers until “we’ve run out of ideas.”

Read Arad’s quotes, and watch a video of the interview, below. Read More »

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Joss Whedon In Your Eyes

Joss Whedon‘s next movie as a director is about as mainstream and big-budget as movies get. But his next release as a writer is more Much Ado About Nothing than Avengers. Directed by Brin Hill, In Your Eyes follows two people (Zoe Kazan and Michael Stahl-David) who’ve never met and are separated by thousands of miles. Nevertheless, they share a metaphysical connection that neither of them can quite explain.

Tribeca Film Festival attendees will get to watch the full movie when it premieres this weekend, but the rest of the world can watch the opening scene right now. Watch the first In Your Eyes clip after the jump.

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Superman Returns concept art 2

Want to see some new behind the scenes footage from X-Men: Days of Future Past and The Amazing Spider-Man 2? What does Patton Oswalt do on next week’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D? Is Jonathan Nolan behind Ben Affleck in Batman vs. Superman? If Michelle Rodriguez could be any superhero, who would she be? How much has Captain America: The Winter Soldier now grossed? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

The Graduate Live Read

Early on in The Graduate, there’s that iconic moment. Ben Braddock, a recent college grad, is talking with the beautiful older family friend Mrs. Robinson. Ben says, “Mrs. Robinson, you’re trying to seduce me.” It’s iconic thanks to director Mike Nichols’ choice of angle, the delivery of the line by Dustin Hoffman, and the way that one sentence sets the entire story into motion.

At Jason Reitman‘s final live read of the season, actor Jay Baruchel played the role of Ben Braddock. When he got to that line, delivered next to his Mrs. Robinson, Sharon Stone, the 32-year-old actor broke character, cocked his right arm on his side and whispered, “Yes!” He was excited, not just because he nailed the legendary line, but maybe he got the feeling what was to follow was going to go very well. Reitman’s casting of Baruchel as the nervous, unsure, yet charming and likable Ben couldn’t have been more perfect. The same could also be said for Sharon Stone, whose Mrs. Robinson was sexy, confident and cool.

Though both actors were merely sitting in chairs, reading lines of dialogue, their body language created an electric chemistry that turned the combination of a great cast and a flawless script into a memorable event. Below, read more details about the Film Independent at LACMA Live Read of The Graduate. Read More »

Mike Mitchell SpiderMan Mysterio

We love superheroes, you love superheroes, most everyone loves superheroes. Superhero movies have become so incredibly popular, sometimes it’s easy to forget their roots on the ink-covered pages of comic books. If it wasn’t for men like Stan Lee or  and Bill Finger, we’d never have movies like The Dark Knight or The Avengers.

To pay respect to those original iterations of comic book characters, the Mondo Gallery in Austin TX has begun to reveal images from their next show, Mike Mitchell x Marvel x Mondo. It features over 60 different portraits of Marvel Comics characters from Spider-Man, X-Men, and Avengers stories as well as many more by popular artist Mike Mitchell. The show opens April 25 and stays on display through May 17. Below, check out just a fraction of the Mike Mitchell Mondo work being released next week. Read More »

First Look Michael Fassbender Macbeth

That shot above shows off Marion Cotillard and Michael Fassbender as they appear in the new version of Macbeth. The film is directed by Justin Kurzel, the Australian filmmaker behind Snowtown, and stars Michael Fassbender in the title role of the William Shakespeare adaptation. Another, more striking shot is below.  Read More »

Watch a Video Rundown of 12 Impressive Long Takes

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The long take is a certain mark of cinematic achievement, particularly when the shot in question really works in a film. Anyone can show off — well, not anyone, but a good crew can put together an impressive long take. But to have it make sense for the story, and not draw attention to itself purely for the sake of doing so, is an achievement. So here’s a good video rundown of twelve particularly impressive long takes.

You might think you could name all the likely entries for this list off the top of your head, but chances are that’s not the case. Sure, there are the expected entries and usual suspects such as Touch of Evil and Children of Men, especially as we hit the top half of the list. But there are some surprises, such as a Tony Jaa movie, Tarkovsky’s The Mirror, and Godard’s traffic jam from Weekend. See the full video below. Read More »

Let It Go(T)

What do you get when you combine a hit song from the highest grossing animated film of all time with one of the most insanely popular TV shows of all time? A “Let It Go” mashup for the ages, of course.

My Cast of Kings co-host Joanna Robinson approached me to put together a music video of “Let It Go”, but using some fun Game of Thrones inspired lyrics performed by her talented friend Gail. Check out the results after the jump, and subscribe to A Cast of Kings to get your regular Game of Thrones podcast fix.
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