Posted on Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015 by Jack Giroux
Writer-director Tom McCarthy has had one bizarre year. He wrote and directed one of the year’s finest films, Spotlight, and also The Cobbler — a movie so strange and tonally troubled you must watch it. McCarthy, to my surprise, also had a role in this summer’s Pixels. The man keeps busy. But Spotlight is the movie everyone keeps talking about, and for good reason. It’s an all around excellent film, with an efficient script, taught direction, and quietly riveting performances.
After the jump, watch Tom McCarthy break down a Spotlight scene.
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What do Arrow and X-Men have in common? What can you expect in the Captain America: Civil War trailer? Who does Sienna Miller want to play for Marvel Studios? How good is Ryan Reynolds‘ impression of Hugh Jackman? Does Michael Keaton think Batman could beat up the Hulk? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »
With Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance), co-writer/director Alejandro González Iñárritu (Babel) took a break from torturing characters to, well, torture some more characters. Birdman has a sense of humor, though, something we hadn’t seen much of from Iñárritu in his past work. The film went on to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards, a divisive win amongst movie fans. It is a popular opinion that the long-takes are dazzling, though, and if you want to see some of the hidden edits in Birdman, check them out after the jump.
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Quentin Tarantino has always been praised for his casting choices, and its obvious that the filmmaker puts a lot of thought into which actors might be good for which characters. The writer/director even seems to write certain roles for particular actors. Now a copy of Quentin Tarantino’s cast wish-list for Pulp Fiction has made its way online, showing the filmmaker’s original choices for the film’s cast, from first choices to back-up/alternate choices.
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Not too long ago, we featured an amusing sketch from Saturday Night Live featuring Chris Pratt doing an impression of Jason Statham selling Steakums. It was a cut sketch from when Pratt hosted, and while it was worth a laugh here and there, it was easy to see why it didn’t make the live episode.
Now another sketch that was cut for time has surfaced from when Oscar nominee Michael Keaton returned to Studio 8H as host of SNL for the first time in 23 years. In the sketch, Keaton plays the host of a show not unlike Blue’s Clues, but when he gets some bad news, we learn some pretty weird and twisted things about his TV show. Watch the Micheal Keaton cut SNL sketch after the jump! Read More »
Spotlight tells the story of the Boston Globe’s investigation into allegations of child molestation by Catholic priests, and just look at this cast assembled by director Tom McCarthy: you’ve got Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schrieber, Brian D’Arcy James, Stanley Tucci and Billy Crudup playing people on both ends of the legal argument. The Spotlight trailer features them all, and it’s footage that is pretty difficult to resist in the end. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, July 1st, 2015 by Angie Han
It was at Comic-Con 2014 that Legendary Pictures announced plans for Kong: Skull Island. Now as we approach Comic-Con 2015, the project has just suffered an unfortunate setback. Michael Keaton and J.K. Simmons have departed the project, leaving actor Tom Hiddleston all alone on the island.
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Michael Keaton, the former Batman and recent Birdman, is going back to comic book movies. This new project, however, isn’t a property or role that most of his fans will be familiar with. Keaton will produce and adaptation of the Boom! Studios comic series Imagine Agents, created by writer Brian Joines and artist Bachan, about a sort of Men in Black-like agency that keeps track of kids’ imaginary friends.
Keaton will take a primary role in the film, too, as a veteran agent who has to mentor a young recruit. Read More »
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Pretty much everyone knows Minions is going to be a big hit. The wild, yellow characters are incredibly popular with kids and adults alike, so the fact they’ve got their own movie hitting theaters this summer is a slam dunk. At this point, it comes down to one thing: is the movie good? If it isn’t, the film will still be a success. But if it is good, it could be one of the biggest animated films of all time. The Minions are that well-liked.
A new 3-plus-minute trailer obviously can’t speak to the film’s quality, but it can speak to its scope (very big), its humor (silly, with an adult edge) and its voice cast (incredibly impressive). The film is set 42 years before the events of the first Despicable Me, which pretty much makes it a period piece, too. Minions opens July 10, watch the latest trailer below. Read More »
Want to see some new stuff from Hot Toys Avengers: Age of Ultron line? Will the original Catwoman provide a voice in the animated Batman 1966 movie? Could an R-rated Punisher series ever happen at Marvel? Which Stan Lee cameo is his favorite? What superhero April Fools prank was pulled at the Smithsonian? Did Michael Keaton reference Batman in his Saturday Night Live promos? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »