Posted on Monday, February 11th, 2013 by Angie Han
While it makes sense that the marketing for Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel would focus heavily on the Man of Steel (Henry Cavill) himself, it’s had the effect of playing down the other characters. No doubt General Zod (Michael Shannon) and Jor-El (Russell Crowe) play important roles in Superman’s journey, but we’ve barely gotten more than a glimpse of them in all the footage and stills so far.
Fortunately, any comic book movie this big also comes with a slew of merchandising tie-ins, which can shed light on some of the other aspects of the film. DC unveiled their new line of Man of Steel figures at the Toy Fair in New York this past weekend. Among the 12″ figures rolled out were Jor-El and Zod in full battle armor, along with Zod’s right-hand woman Faora (Antje Traue). Take a look after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, February 6th, 2013 by Angie Han
As a writer and producer, Akiva Goldsman has enjoyed an enviable career working on projects like A Beautiful Mind, I, Robot, and I Am Legend. But this winter, he’s finding himself in some new territory as he shoots his feature directorial debut Winter’s Tale.
Based on the novel by Mark Helperin, the romantic fantasy follows a thief named Peter Lake (Colin Farrell) who breaks into a seemingly empty mansion in Victorian-era New York City. Once inside, he’s surprised to meet and fall for Beverly Penn (Downton Abbey‘s Jessica Brown Findlay), the dying young woman cloistered within. Russell Crowe also stars, as a criminal boss named Pearly Soames who has it in for Peter. A handful of photos from the set have hit the web, and you can check them out after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, January 28th, 2013 by Angie Han
Over a decade after it kicked into gear with X-Men and Spider-Man, the superhero movie trend shows no signs of flagging. Costumed heroes will keep going strong in 2013 with several more high-profile releases, including Man of Steel, Kick-Ass 2, The Wolverine, and Thor: The Dark World. While we’ve haven’t seen trailers for most of them so far (Man of Steel excepted) the latest issue of Empire Magazine offers a little taste of each movie with some new images.
Check them out after the jump.
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There’s a lot we don’t know about Man of Steel. Taking cues from producer Christopher Nolan, Zack Snyder and the team at Warner Bros. have kept details of the film hidden to the greatest degree possible. The teaser and trailer give us a few clues — this seems to be an action movie wrapped in a melancholy outer shell. But even with the glimpses of otherwordly images seen in the trailer, we have little real info to go on when it comes to plotting out the more remote locations visited in the film.
Now Russell Crowe, who plays Jor-El, the father of Superman (Henry Cavill) has given us a few interesting clues in a conversation about the film. Read More »
Want to watch Russell Crowe talk about stepping into Marlon Brando’s shoes for Man of Steel? How about a gander at early concept art from The Dark Knight? Is there anything better than reading Christopher Nolan explain his thought process behind his Batman trilogy? What gift is Olly Moss making for the crew of Thor: The Dark World? How can you get your name in a new Mark Millar comic book? Does Joel Schumacher like Nolan’s films? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »
Posted on Monday, November 12th, 2012 by Angie Han
The year-end prestige film crush is just beginning, and one of the crown jewels from this year’s crop looks to be Tom Hooper‘s Les Misérables. Between the source material and the on- and off-camera talent, it’s totally clear why Universal believes the musical has the potential to be a massive critical and commercial hit, and the trailers so far have lived up to those lofty expectations.
As part of the promotional push, Les Misérables has landed a lush Annie Leibovitz-photographed spread in Vogue. Hit the jump to see new portraits of stars Hugh Jackman (Jean Valjean), Russell Crowe (Javert), Anne Hathaway (Fantine), Amanda Seyfried (Cosette), Eddie Redmayne (Marius), and Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter (the Thénardiers).
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While we’ve seen a teaser and extended production trailer for Tom Hooper‘s new adaptation of Les Miserables, this UK trailer is the fullest, most traditional look at the film to date.
It has a lot of footage we haven’t previously seen, and introduces most of the primary cast, including Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Sacha Baron Cohen, Helena Bonham-Carter, and Eddie Redmayne. We get to hear almost all of them in song, which is a first for some, and see a good bit of the grand scope of Hooper’s take on the revolutionary France, as originally told by Victor Hugo. Read More »
In the runup to the opening of RZA‘s The Man With the Iron Fists, some wondered whether Russell Crowe‘s part in the film amounted to a glorified cameo. In fact, it’s RZA who’s barely in his own movie. That might be for the best. Sleepy-eyed and retiring, RZA isn’t much of an actor. His star turn, as it were — he does play the film’s title character — may be the shyest action hero ever to hit the screen.
Even so, The Man With the Iron Fists is RZA’s movie through and through, a ragged amalgamation of all the stuff the Wu Tang Clan leader has cheered in his work since the Wu broke out in 1992. Shaw Brothers kung fu movies, westerns and Ennio Morricone scores, and the films of Quentin Tarantino leave deep bite marks in RZA’s story of a Chinese village populated by animal-themed clans, and the inevitable conflict they create.
The result is a big, colorful mess; it’s like watching a kid make some dream machine out of a thousand Legos. The Man With the Iron Fists isn’t good, by any conventional standard, but it is one hundred percent honest, and is sometimes more fun than any Hong Kong knockoff Hollywood has churned out in recent memory. Read More »
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