FilmBuffOnline » Actors http://www.filmbuffonline.com/FBOLNewsreel/wordpress For The Complete Movie Fan Mon, 24 Nov 2014 23:46:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Edward Norton Has New Reason Why He No Longer Plays The Hulk http://www.filmbuffonline.com/FBOLNewsreel/wordpress/2014/10/25/edward-norton-has-new-reason-why-he-no-longer-plays-the-hulk/ http://www.filmbuffonline.com/FBOLNewsreel/wordpress/2014/10/25/edward-norton-has-new-reason-why-he-no-longer-plays-the-hulk/#comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 21:47:37 +0000 http://www.filmbuffonline.com/FBOLNewsreel/wordpress/?p=34994 EdwardNortonHulk

Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman has been drawing some understandable interest former with Batman Michael Keaton starring as an actor who is trying to shed his past starring in superhero films for a legitimate stage career, but it also stars Edward Norton who has his own superhero film on his resume – 2008’s Incredible Hulk. And while his role of Bruce Banner has been capable assumed by Mark Ruffalo for subsequent appearances in the various Marvel Cinematic Universe, Norton has no regrets about leaving the radiation-powered superhero behind him.

Speaking with NPR on the publicity trail for Birdman, Norton stated –

My feeling was that I experimented and experienced what I wanted to. I really, really enjoyed it. And yet, I looked at the balance of time in life that one spends not only making those sorts of films but then especially putting them out, and the obligations that rightly come with that.

Norton also cited “wanted more diversity” in his film roles and the avoidance of cast-typing as reasons he parted ways with Marvel Studios.

think you can sort of do anything once, but if you do it too many times, it can become a suit that’s hard to take off, in other peoples’ eyes.

If this sounds distinctly like a much different tune than the one Norton was whistling back in 2010 when it was revealed that he would not be returning for Marvel’s first Avengers film, your memory is not playing tricks on you. Back then, Norton was much more sanguine towards how the final film turned out and his work on it, writing on Facebook “It seems it won’t work out for me. I sincerely hoped it could happen and be great for everyone, but it hasn’t turned out as we all hoped.” And even that remark was putting a spin on the numerous reports of Norton being difficult to work with on set and his own dissatisfaction with the process of making the film.

It is hard to take Norton’s assertion that continuing with Marvel would stymie his ambitions to appear in more dramatic fare when his replacement Ruffalo, who also came out of the world of smaller indie films, has had no trouble finding roles outside of genre films like Avengers.

Tune in in another couple of years to see if Norton continues to rewrite his own history.

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DOCTOR STRANGE Shortlist Expands To Include Gyllenhaal, Isaac, McConaughey And McGregor http://www.filmbuffonline.com/FBOLNewsreel/wordpress/2014/10/15/doctor-strange-shortlist-expands-to-include-gyllenhaal-isaac-mcconaughey-and-mcgregor/ http://www.filmbuffonline.com/FBOLNewsreel/wordpress/2014/10/15/doctor-strange-shortlist-expands-to-include-gyllenhaal-isaac-mcconaughey-and-mcgregor/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 18:30:23 +0000 http://www.filmbuffonline.com/FBOLNewsreel/wordpress/?p=34954 doc strange candidatesI will say this, I do like pretty much all the names that have been thrown out for Doctor Strange. This latest batch is no different.

It all starts out with Badass Digest claiming from sources that Marvel is now considering Ewan McGregor for the lead role. Then ComicBookMovie chimes in to say that not only McGregor has been added to the short list that features the aforementioned Jared Leto (who they say is actively campaigning for the role) and Ethan Hawke (who has expressed interest), but also is joined by Jake Gyllenhaal, Matthew McConaughey and Oscar Isaac to fill out the list.

I don’t have an issue with anyone on this list, as I have seen all of them  do some good work in the past. I will say that McConaughey, who has completed a career renaissance that began with Magic Mike and culminated in an Oscar win and the lead in the highly anticipated Interstellar, might be apple-pie-in-the-sky-high-hopes for Marvel at this point. I think his latest career boost has lifted him out of their price range.

However, if I had to pick a favorite, it would be McGregor. He’s my favorite actor on the list, I loved his work in a lot of films and would bring a lot to the role. And he is still within their budget.

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Warner Brother Announces Slate of DC Comics Films Through 2020, SUICIDE SQUAD, CYBORG In Line Up http://www.filmbuffonline.com/FBOLNewsreel/wordpress/2014/10/15/warner-brother-announces-slate-of-dc-comics-films-through-2020-suicide-squad-cyborg-in-line-up/ http://www.filmbuffonline.com/FBOLNewsreel/wordpress/2014/10/15/warner-brother-announces-slate-of-dc-comics-films-through-2020-suicide-squad-cyborg-in-line-up/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 17:43:20 +0000 http://www.filmbuffonline.com/FBOLNewsreel/wordpress/?p=34956 upcoming-dc-films1While Marvel is still holding what their films will be close to their vest, Warner Brothers has scored a shot across their broadside by announce their DC Comics film slate through 2020 at a shareholder meeting today. And, naturally, there are some surprises.

The line-up is as follows:

March 25, 2016: Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice
August 5, 2016: Suicide Squad

June 23, 2017: Wonder Woman
November 17, 2017: Justice League

March 23, 2018: The Flash
July 27, 2018: Aquaman

April 5, 2019: Shazam
June 14, 2019: Justice League 2

April 3, 2020: Cyborg
June 19, 2020: Green Lantern

I don’t know what your yardstick for success is, but Nikki Finke called four of the ten films on the list back in June, five or six if you want to give her credit for having Flash and Green Lantern get movies, even though she predicted one team-up film instead of two solo movies. One notable exclusion from her list to this one is Sandman, which was being actively developed by David Goyer and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. One has to wonder if this means the film has stalled or has been cancelled completely.

Or perhaps it will just take a lot of time to go through development. Suicide Squad has been in development since 2009 and will finally hit screens seven years later. The concept revolves around a group of superhuman criminals forced to work for a government agency carrying out suicide missions.

Another surprise entry is Cyborg, which will likely feature Ray Fisher in the lead, a young man who has most of his body replaced by weaponized mechanics after a lab explosion. This is another point in DC/Warner’s favor, as it marks the first African-American superhero to get his own solo feature film (that is if you don’t consider the supernatural horror character Blade to be a true superhero). This will beat Marvel to the punch, as they had a Black Panther film in development for years will no movement on a release.

20121010-ezra-306x-1349892097The presentation finally confirmed that Jason Momoa will be playing Aquaman and announced that actor Ezra Miller (left, known for We Need To Talk About Kevin) will be playing The Flash. This puts the final nail in the coffin of many a fans’ dream of having a crossover between DC’s film and television properties. Even though he looks younger, Miller is only 2 years younger than TV’s Flash, the remarkable similar looking Grant Gustin, so it is unlikely that he will be playing the Flash’s protege, Wally West. Personally, I think Warners is missing out on a great opportunity here, considering the DC Characters’ TV presence is far more prevalent than Marvel’s at this point, which gives them a great chance to cross pollinate their properties.

And, the way that it is represented, it looks like the Ryan Reynolds Green Lantern film is going to be rebooted. Good. Try not to screw the concept up again.

It appears Warner’s has learned their lesson and have given at least one week’s worth of breathing room  between any of their DC films and Marvel’s cinematic output. It’s nice to see them playing nice.

As you can see in the graphic above, Warners also announced that the Harry Potter tie-in Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them will be adapted as a trilogy, an installment coming every two years from 2016 on. We will also be getting three more Lego films. a Ninjago film in 2016, Lego Batman in 2017, and an official sequel, The Lego Movie 2, in 2018.

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IRON MAN 4 A Go http://www.filmbuffonline.com/FBOLNewsreel/wordpress/2014/10/07/iron-man-4-a-go/ http://www.filmbuffonline.com/FBOLNewsreel/wordpress/2014/10/07/iron-man-4-a-go/#comments Tue, 07 Oct 2014 22:38:54 +0000 http://www.filmbuffonline.com/FBOLNewsreel/wordpress/?p=34934 DowneyIronManDid Robert Downey Jr just let a big cat out of the bag?

While making the rounds promoting The Judge, Downey stopped by Ellen. Naturally the topic of Iron Man 4 came up and Ellen pressed him as to whether or not another sequel would be coming. Look how Downey Jr answered.

That was a yes. Points to Ellen. She should work with law enforcement as an interrogator. She broke him with little or no effort.

Downey Jr has gone from saying there were no plans for a sequel last month to saying last week that he would definitely do it if Mel Gibson directed it. Does the fact that he confirmed that he is doing Iron Man 4 mean Mel Gibson will be directing it?

And also, what does this mean for the rumor we covered yesterday about Avengers 3 being lacking big guns? If Marvel is willing to negotiate with Downey Jr for another Iron Man, why wouldn’t they with the rest of the actors for more films as well, negating the need for the cast reshuffling the rumor says will happen.

It seems like a no-brainer that Marvel would pursue another Iron Man film. It is the studio’s most profitable franchise next to The Avengers, and there are a lot of open-ended questions that need answers from a story perspective, including what’s going with the Mandarin and how Tony will react to the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron.   I guess we can start speculating on what those answers will be–and what bad guy he will be fighting–now.

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Ethan Hawke Is The Latest Name On The DOCTOR STRANGE Casting Carousel http://www.filmbuffonline.com/FBOLNewsreel/wordpress/2014/10/01/ethan-hawke-is-the-latest-name-on-the-doctor-strange-casting-carousel/ http://www.filmbuffonline.com/FBOLNewsreel/wordpress/2014/10/01/ethan-hawke-is-the-latest-name-on-the-doctor-strange-casting-carousel/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:47:26 +0000 http://www.filmbuffonline.com/FBOLNewsreel/wordpress/?p=34907 ethan-hawkeWhat was it that Andy Warhol said? Every middle-aged actor in Hollywood will be in the running to play Doctor Strange for 15 minutes?

Well, it’s just about time for another name to be thrown in the ring, and that name appears to be Ethan Hawke.

This Is Infamous, the website that also told us both Joaquin Phoenix and Jon Hamm were up for the role, is going all in on Hawke as Doctor Strange. They claim that Marvel has already made an offer to the actor on Friday, the actor accepted over the weekend and now it just comes down to contract negotiations. According to the site, Hawke is signing on for a six-picture deal, so expect him to pop up in other films if this casting rumor is true.

Hawke does appear to have the quality-acting-to-salary-cost that Marvel looks for. He is an Academy Award nominated actor (Best Supporting, for Training Day), yet has a remarkable number of low budget and B-movies on his resume, which lends itself to the fact that he works relatively cheap.

Another positive check mark for this rumor is the fact that Hawke played the lead in Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson’s 2012 film, Sinister, a connection that the site says played a big part in the hiring decision.

I guess time will tell if this is true, but you can say one thing, Hawke certainly looks the part.

 

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MGM Casts Jack Huston In BEN-HUR Remake http://www.filmbuffonline.com/FBOLNewsreel/wordpress/2014/09/17/mgm-casts-jack-huston-in-ben-hur-remake/ http://www.filmbuffonline.com/FBOLNewsreel/wordpress/2014/09/17/mgm-casts-jack-huston-in-ben-hur-remake/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:10:12 +0000 http://www.filmbuffonline.com/FBOLNewsreel/wordpress/?p=34867 "Kill Your Darlings" - Red Carpet Arrivals: 57th BFI London Film FestivalOver the past few years, as part of their recovery from the financial crisis that almost closed the studio, MGM has been developing remakes of several films in their catalog. So far, we’ve seen the likes of Red Dawn and RoboCop, neither of which were very successful for the company. But the studio is continuing with their strategy and it looks like like the next library title that will be going in front of the cameras will be the classic Ben-Hur.

Deadline is reporting that Boardwalk Empire star Jack Huston has been cast in the film’s title role of Judah Ben-Hur, the Jewish prince who vows revenge after being betrayed by his former friend and sold into slavery. The story culminates in a high-stakes chariot race, which is a highlight of both the 1959 version of the story which starred Charlton Heston as well as the original 1925 silent adaptation of Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel.

Huston will be joining the already cast Morgan Freeman, who is set to play Ildarin, the man who teaches Ben-Hur to become a chariot racer. Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter helmer Timur Bekmambetov is set to direct. The studio is hoping to get the project in front of cameras in Europe next year.

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Matt Damon And Paul Greengrass Returning To BOURNE Franchise http://www.filmbuffonline.com/FBOLNewsreel/wordpress/2014/09/15/matt-damon-and-paul-greengrass-returning-to-bourne-franchise/ http://www.filmbuffonline.com/FBOLNewsreel/wordpress/2014/09/15/matt-damon-and-paul-greengrass-returning-to-bourne-franchise/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:43:18 +0000 http://www.filmbuffonline.com/FBOLNewsreel/wordpress/?p=34863 BourneDamonGreengrass

Perhaps taking a page from former James Bond Sean Connery, actor Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass are returning to the Bourne spy franchise for the series’ fifth installment.

Deadline is reporting that Damon, who appeared as the hunted former covert assassin Jason Bourne in the first three films of the franchise, and Greengrass, who directed its second and third installments, are in the process of making deals with Universal to return to the franchise which most strongly flourished during their collaboration.

This comes as a bit of a surprise as both Damon and Greengrass have stated that in the past that they did not see any creative way to continue to the story of Jason Bourne. Indeed, after their departure, the studio created another character who was part of the same covert program that created Bourne for the franchise’s fourth installment, 2012’s The Bourne Legacy, which starred Jeremy Renner.

The studio had previously staked out a July 16, 2016 date for an untitled-Bourne sequel, and Deadline believes that this is where the Damon/Greengrass collaboration will go. This would push the Renner-headlining Legacy sequel, which has Justin Lin signed to direct, back to some as yet unannounced date. Reportedly that project is still on as Universal would like “to broaden its franchise base, much the way that Marvel cranks out superhero films.”

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TCM Announces 24-Hour Film Salute To Lauren Bacall For September 15-16 http://www.filmbuffonline.com/FBOLNewsreel/wordpress/2014/08/15/tcm-announces-24-hour-film-salute-to-lauren-bacall-for-september-15-16/ http://www.filmbuffonline.com/FBOLNewsreel/wordpress/2014/08/15/tcm-announces-24-hour-film-salute-to-lauren-bacall-for-september-15-16/#comments Fri, 15 Aug 2014 23:08:50 +0000 http://www.filmbuffonline.com/FBOLNewsreel/wordpress/?p=34739 LaurenBacallTurner Classic Movies have announced that next month they will memorialize the career of Hollywood icon Lauren Bacall, who passed away this past Tuesday. The eleven-film marathon contains a number of her most classic roles, including the four screen collaborations she shared with Humphrey Bogart. The channel will also be representing their 2005 Private Screenings interview between Bacall and TCM’s Robert Osborne.

Here’s the complete schedule –

Monday, Sept. 15
8 p.m. – Private Screenings: Lauren Bacall (2005)
9 p.m. – To Have and Have Not (1944)
11 p.m. – The Big Sleep (1946)
1 a.m. – How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)
2:45 a.m. – Private Screenings: Lauren Bacall (2005)
3:45 a.m. – Harper (1966)

Tuesday, Sept. 16
6 a.m. – Bright Leaf (1950)
8 a.m. – Young Man with a Horn (1950)
10 a.m. – Dark Passage (1947)
Noon – Key Largo (1948)
2 p.m. – Blood Alley (1955)
4 p.m. – Sex and the Single Girl (1964)
6 p.m. – Designing Woman (1953)

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UPDATED: DEADPOOL Movie Test Footage Hits Web http://www.filmbuffonline.com/FBOLNewsreel/wordpress/2014/07/28/deadpool-movie-test-footage-hits-web/ http://www.filmbuffonline.com/FBOLNewsreel/wordpress/2014/07/28/deadpool-movie-test-footage-hits-web/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:38:46 +0000 http://www.filmbuffonline.com/FBOLNewsreel/wordpress/?p=34601 deadpool screenshot

[Updated with a new video embed and a tweet from the project’s co-writer.]

While the general public might only know Deadpool as the Ryan Reynolds character from X-Men Origins: Wolverine or from his self titled video game of last year, he is one of the most popular Marvel Comics characters. He has a number of comic book series to his credit, and go to any comic con and you’ll see numerous cosplayers dressed up as him.

A film was long in the works for the character, but his appearance in X-Men Origins: Wolverine , an interpretation that moved away quite considerably from way the character is portrayed in the comics, seemed to set the possibility of a Deadpool film back instead of move it forward.

However, in 2011, Tim Miller was hired to bring Deadpool to the big screen. Miller, who came from the world of visual effects, created test reel to show his take on the character. That reel is included below, but click fast because it might be taken down at anytime (see more about that below).

In case that footage no longer exists, let me give you a run down on it. The footage covers page 7 through 11 in Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick’s April 12, 2010 script for the feature, albeit with the violence and gore toned down a bit. The resolution isn’t all that great, but it appears the scene was “filmed” entirely in super-realistic CGI.  It starts with Deadpool, voiced by Ryan Reynolds, sitting on a highway overpass waiting for something. We soon see what as he steps of the overpass and falls into a SUV filled with sunglasses-wearing thugs.

Deadpool beats the crap out of the four occupants–shoving one out the door, breaking another’s neck–before inevitably causing an accident. The accident, which involves the SUV spinning end over end sideways down the highway, gets the attention of a lead, motorcycle riding thug. The biker thug gets off his bike and fires a machine gun at the SUV, which is barreling towards him. As the SUV passes over him, he watches Deadpool pull out a katana inside the car. The SUV lands and the scene ends with Deadpool using the biker’s head as a puppet to address the audience.

I am not the biggest Deadpool fan and therefore am nowhere near an expert on him, but from what I see in the clip, everything that makes the character popular is there on the screen. The inventive, fearless fighting style, the humor/craziness of the character, the witty quips (judging by the differences from the script, many possibly provided by Reynolds himself), the breaking of the fourth wall, everything that would make Deadpool fans scream “Shut up and take my money” is there.

Response over the web has been very positive, with everyone from iO9 to the Vulture to the character’s co-creator Fabian Nicieza to sing its praises.

Of course, Fox’s reply to all this popular press is to order the clip be taken down. Early reports on the footage were taken from a You Tube upload of the video that Fox asked to be taken down. The version I imbedded was a Vimeo clip, and was active at press time,  but odds are Fox will get around to having that one taken down as well at some point.

Cynical people might theorize the clip was leaked by someone to generate this type of interest. If so, hopefully Fox will take a hint and green light the Deadpool film at long last.

UPDATE: Co-writer Reese tweeted out the following picture of the shooting of the test footage featuring Ryan Reynolds in a mo-cap suit.

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Dwayne Johnson Hints At SHAZAM! Role…Again http://www.filmbuffonline.com/FBOLNewsreel/wordpress/2014/07/21/dwayne-johnson-hints-at-shazam-role-again/ http://www.filmbuffonline.com/FBOLNewsreel/wordpress/2014/07/21/dwayne-johnson-hints-at-shazam-role-again/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:24:05 +0000 http://www.filmbuffonline.com/FBOLNewsreel/wordpress/?p=34436 DwayneJohnsonIt seems like the Internet is all in a tizzy about Dwayne Johnson dropping strong hints that he might be in Warner’s upcoming Shazam! project in an interview with Total Film while promoting his latest film, Hercules. However, Johnson has been dropping hints for a while.

I covered this back in June when discussing the rumored slate of DC Comics films were first leaked. Johnson was hinting back in March that he has signed on with Warners to play a complex DC character that was well known yet never brought to the screen before, one that was on a similar power level to Superman. I connected that with the fact that Shazam! was still in active development at the time, and theorized the role Johnson was talking about was in that film. Johnson reiterates much of the same points in the Total Film interview embedded below. However, this is the first time that Johnson has come close to indicate that the character is in the Shazam universe with the sly way he hinted, “Just say the word.” (Billy Batson turns into Captain Marvel by saying “Shazam!,” and other characters change into their alter egos by saying similar words.)

Up to this point, Johnson has been linked to the role of the villainous Egyptian Black Adam in the film, but this was the first indication that Johnson might be playing the heroic Captain Marvel.

In the video, Johnson says that we will be finding out soon what his involvement really is, which I assume to mean during the DC Entertainment panel at San Diego Comic Con. So we should know before the week is out exactly what Johnson is playing.

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