So many Hollywood films are so fraught with destruction, the complaints directed at Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel were definitely a surprise. At the end of the film, Superman and Zod battle all across the city of Metropolis, creating apocalyptic chaos. It’s basically the same ending of every blockbuster film, with one difference: Superman is usually infallible. He doesn’t do anything that would endanger the public, like throwing his enemy through a skyscraper. Then again, he doesn’t kill people either, and he did that in the movie, too.
The argument was that, in the movie, Superman has only been “Superman” for a few days. He hadn’t fully created his moral code yet, or even explored the depths of his abilities. Then again, he still creates havoc that may or may not have killed thousands of people, which is very un-like the character.
This was, and has continued to be, a big debate since the film’s release. Many expected Snyder’s follow-up, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, to deal with this. We now know not only is that true, we know specifically how Batman v Superman will deal with the Man of Steel destruction complaints.
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Posted on Thursday, September 18th, 2014 by Angie Han
If there are two things Liam Neeson does really well, it’s chase after missing people and kill bad guys. The former will be put to good use in Neeson’s latest new project Tell No One, in which he’ll play a man whose supposedly murdered wife may still be alive after all.
Meanwhile, the latter talent is celebrated in a “Liam Neeson Kill Map,” charting all the people he’s murdered onscreen over the years. After the jump, get details on the Liam Neeson Tell No One casting, get an eyeful of the Liam Neeson Kill Map, and learn all about his new script with Bono. Yes, that Bono.
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Ben Affleck has a strong relationship with screenwriter Chris Terrio (above left) — the latter wrote Argo, and that turned out well for everyone. So, given Affleck and Terrio’s position with Warner Bros. it isn’t a huge surprise to learn that Terrio has been brought in to do a new draft of Batman vs. Superman. Read More »
Matt Damon won’t play Robin for Zack Snyder, but he will work with the last Batman director, Christopher Nolan. The director’s next film, Interstellar, is shooting now with Matthew McConaughey in the lead role. A new report says that Matt Damon has joined the cast in a small role. The Playlist has the casting info, and says that Damon will only have to commit to the movie for a couple weeks.
The actor has also chosen a new film to direct, and details of that are below.
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You know how it goes: a picture becomes a financial success, wins a few awards, takes home the top Oscar, and pisses off Iran. All because of that, someone is guaranteed to want to get the team back together for another round.
Ben Affleck, star and director of Argo, and Argo screenwriter Chris Terrio (also an Oscar-winner for Argo) are looking like the duo to adapt the book Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution, which tells the story of the battle that helped kickstart the American Revolution against the British. It probably won’t be Affleck’s next movie — that’s looking like it will be an adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s novel Live By Night — but it could be up after that. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, February 19th, 2013 by Angie Han
Silver Linings Playbook duo Jennifer Lawrence and David O. Russell can’t get enough of each other, apparently. Just yesterday, the Oscar-nominated actress boarded Russell’s next, an untitled movie about the Abscam sting of the ’70s. Now we have word that he’s joining her in The Ends of the Earth, a fact-based love story by Argo scribe Chris Terrio about an oil tycoon and the affair that upends his life. Hit the jump to keep reading.
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Posted on Monday, February 18th, 2013 by Angie Han
In the last major pre-Oscars guild awards, the WGA followed the PGA, the DGA, and the SAG (not to mention the HFPA, the BAFTA, and most every other film-related acronym you can think of) in feting Argo, this time for the excellent adapted screenplay by Chris Terrio. Mark Boal‘s Zero Dark Thirty nabbed the original screenplay award, but at this point Argo seems a virtual lock to pick up Best Picture come Sunday.
Meanwhile, Malik Bendjelloul‘s documentary Searching for Sugar Man continued its winning streak, while critical faves Breaking Bad, Louie, and Girls all emerged victorious in the television categories. Hit the jump to see the winners.
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Posted on Friday, January 4th, 2013 by Angie Han
With just days to go until Oscar nominations are announced, the Writers Guild of America has unveiled its list of nominees for their top screenplay awards. As expected, many of these are films that have picked up plenty of accolades already. It’ll surprise no one to see that Zero Dark Thirty, Moonrise Kingdom, and Lincoln are among the contenders. But they’ve made room for some more offbeat choices as well, including Looper, Perks of Being a Wallflower, and The Master. (Jason Reitman should be pleased.) Hit the jump to see the list.
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Briefly: A year ago not so many people knew Chris Terrio‘s name. He was a screenwriter with popular work on the Black List and a feature directorial credit to his name. (Heights, which went to Sundance in 2005.) But then Ben Affleck decided to direct Terrio’s script Argo, and things changed. Now Argo producers George Clooney and Grant Heslov are working with Terrio on a crime script, and they’ve got Paul Greengrass attached to direct.
Variety reports that Clooney is attached to star, and that the story is an original tale “set in the world of New York criminal syndicates.” We don’t have more detail than that. Greengrass first has to release Captain Phillips, the film he directed in which he and Tom Hanks dramatize the true story of an attack by Somali pirates. Clooney will next be in Gravity, and he’s set to direct and star in The Monuments Men, and is in talks for Brad Bird’s sci-fi film 1952.