FilmBuffOnline » Actors For The Complete Movie Fan Mon, 27 Apr 2015 15:33:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 First Look At Jared Leto As SUICIDE SQUAD’s Joker Sat, 25 Apr 2015 03:05:44 +0000 Joker

I just want to let everyone know, I try to avoid sounding like a butthurt fanboy here. I know frequent readers of the site won’t believe that, but I try not to be. I do have the potential inside. As part of the generation that was mocked and ridiculed for liking anything pertaining to comics, I grok the sense of entitlement my generation has towards comic properties skewing to the version they grew up with. I try to be satisfied as long as the filmmakers keep true to the feel or the original source material.

Then I see the following, the first official version of Jared Leto as the Joker in the Suicide Squad and I want to board the hater train to Butthurtville. Because even though it is just a picture, and gives us no idea of the character’s backstory or the subtleties of Leto’s portrayal, it just rubs me as you typical DC Comics Film stupidity.

LetoJokerThe Joker is the most iconic villain in all of comics. Give me another that even comes close. And the reason why is because the character is pretty much perfect the way he is.

The Joker is defined by his relationship to Batman. He is chaos to Batman’s order. He is a jovial, ever-smiling clown who will kill you in the blink of an eye to Batman’s grim and scary-looking bat who will risk his life to save you. He is a man so affected by his physical scars that he is moved to homicide to Batman’s being a man so affected by his mental scars that he is moved to protect the city he loves. They are both insane men, but one bad and one good.

Non-comic readers will scoff at the idea that there’s that much depth in comics, but that dichotomy is there and it is what makes the Joker great. Even Heath Ledger’s Joker, which traded in the bleached skin for grease paint. kept the order/chaos balance intact.

However, without these aspects of his personality that allow him to play off Batman, the Joker just becomes the run of the mill homicidal maniac. And homicidal maniacs are boring. And this looks like a picture of a homicidal maniac Joker.

It has the look of a Joker made by committee, a committee with one mistaken belief that the character has to be different in every way than what came before. The skin is pale but not bleached. His lips are red but not scarred into a grotesque smile (which changes an important part of the dichotomy). But he has tattoos, boy, does he have tattoos, because obviously the team of executives are still living in the 00s when tattoos were badass. I can almost hear the roomful of  executives shouting out their tattoo ideas now, with the most obvious and pedestrian ones chosen to make the cut. “How a bout a skull wearing a jester’s hat? That’s cool, right?” “Having HAHAHAHA tattooed on his body once is awesome, so having it twice would be extra awesome!””Oooh, ooh! You know what would really be great! If he had the word “Damaged” tattooed across his forehead!”

If you have to so show how crazy your Joker is by writing “Damaged” across his forehead, you have already failed on you task of bringing the Joker to the screen.

All this rather pedestrian window dressing is unnecessary and takes away more from the character than it adds to it. And no manner of obsequious fan service you do (“Let’s throw a purple glove on Jared and have him mimic that famous Brian Bolland pose. Fans will be so enraptured in their fangasms they won’t even notice the stupid changes we made!”) will bring that back.

All of this from one image! I rue the rest of the official images from this film!

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Scarlett Johansson Would Like To Do A BLACK WIDOW Solo Movie Fri, 17 Apr 2015 01:26:37 +0000 ScarlettJohanssonBlackWidow

Marvel Studios has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to their superhero characters that could carry their own films. The studio has done such a good job at fleshing out many of the supporting superhero characters in their films that fans are eager to see them strut their stuff by headlining their own features. But with the studio having announced their plans through 2019, it doesn’t look as if the studio is going to be capitalizing on that desire any time soon. And while fans are wondering if they’ll be seeing the likes of Black Widow, Hawkeye, Nick Fury or the Falcon (let alone the Hulk) in their own solo film, so are some of the actors who play those characters.

Speaking with Collider, Scarlett Johansson, Black Widow herself, certainly argued the case for a solo Black Widow movie –

I think that there’s room for a standalone movie. The character has a really rich origin story and I’ve been really fortunate to kind of place all these layers on top of one another and kind of build up this character to this point where I think I can now start to peel them away and reveal different sides of her and really focus on—I think I’ve been able to grow with the character, the character’s been able to grow with me.

Her dilemma that she faces it’s a deeply personal one, she has this great, huge, epic kind of calling and now is suddenly going, ‘Wait a minute. I have this epic calling, but I wanna make a choice for myself. I feel like I’ve put in the hours, I should be able to make active choices’ and she inevitably chooses the heroic path and kind of puts her own personal desires and needs aside. Those are things that kind of butt up against each other and interesting things happen when you have a character that’s pulled in many different directions and in my mind there’s room for plenty more Black Widow and certainly more—I think I could see her in a standalone film.

I’ve spoken to [Marvel Studios chief] Kevin [Feige] about it. I mean, of course, of course we’ve had that conversation before, and I think Kevin would also like to see a standalone film. I think I can speak for him and say that. That’s all, really. Right now I think this character is used well in this part of the universe, but I think that Kevin—I mean, we’ve talked about it and we both share similar vision for what could be a standalone series.

As we’ve seen before, although Marvel has a pretty strong sense as to where there films are heading story-wise, they do allow for some flexibility to those plans before they are announced. Johansson notes that plans for her character mutated (if we can use that word for a non-X-Men franchise character) as the public responded to her appearance in first Iron Man 2 and then The Avengers. It was her performance there, under writer/director Joss Whedon, known for writing strong, layered female characters, that lead her character to practically having second billing alongside Captain America (Chris Evans) for 2013’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

My contract has changed. Marvel and myself didn’t really know how the fans were gonna react to Black Widow the first time and how she was gonna be—they couldn’t anticipate how they would want to use her or if they would want to use her. I mean we invested in that character, but the audience had a great reaction to the character, which has been so awesome. For instance, I wasn’t contracted into doing Cap movies, but that storyline worked out so well I kind of branched off and I found myself in that standalone movie. My contract is kind of mutating, I guess [laughs] or morphed to fit the demand of the character.

Could that contract morph into one that includes a feature solo film? We’ll see.

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Olivia Munn Cast As Psylocke In X-MEN: APOCALYPSE Tue, 14 Apr 2015 03:23:42 +0000 Olivia Munn-mortecaiWhile a good number of people might know her as the woman who sexily ate hot dogs suspended from the ceiling or jumped into a huge pie crust filled with chocolate pudding while wearing a maid’s outfit, Olivia Munn has carved out a serious acting career since she left Attack of the Show. That career has led her to stepping into the spandex of one of the most popular X-Men in X-Men: Apocalypse. Munn has been cast as Betsy Braddock, aka Psylocke, the telepathic ninja mutant co-created by Chris Claremont and Herb Trimpe.

Telepathic ninja mutant? Yes. And that description only scratches the surface of the complex origins of the character.

Psylocke_comic versionClaremont and Trimpe created Braddock to be a supporting character in the Marvek UK comic, Captain Britain, writing her into continuity as the twin sister of the titular hero.

Claremont introduced Betsy to American audiences in New Mutants Annual #2, and soon made her part of the X-Men. But her popularity didn’t really take off until a storyline where here consciousness was swapped into the body of a Japanese assassin named Kwannon. The new status quo, aided by characterization added by Claremont, Jim Lee, Marc Silvestri and others, made her one of the breakthrough characters to come out of the mutant books in the 1990s.

At the height of her popularity, Psylocke’s main power was telepathy, which showed itself in the form of a “psychic blade” that extended from the back of her fist. Her new body gifted her with the skills and talents of the ninja, and she eventually gained the power to teleport amongst the shadows.

uxm 509If you had a hard time understanding all of that, don’t worry. It’s dubious little, if any, of that backstory will make it into the films.

This will mark the second appearance of Psylocke in Fox’s X-Franchise. The character, portrayed by Meiling Melancon,  appeared as one of the cadre of mutants Magneto led in X-Men: The Last Stand. If you missed her in that film, it was probably the part of the film where you blinked. The lackluster showing in that film didn’t sit well with fans.

Thankfully, Bryan Singer insured that X-Men: Days of Future Past eradicated X-Men: The Last Stand from the film’s continuity line. Psylocke isn’t the only character from that film that will be reinvented in X-Men: Apocalypse. Angel, who was played by Ben Foster in the 2006 film, will return in the new film, portrayed by British actor Ben Hardy.

We don’t know exactly how big of an appearance Psylocke will be making in this film, but Olivia Munn has received some good notices for her work in The Newsroom and Magic Mike, so the role should be larger than it was in 2006. This marks the second comic book film for Munn, as she appeared in a small role in Iron Man 2.

Via: Coming Soon.


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Geoffrey Lewis, 79 Thu, 09 Apr 2015 05:07:11 +0000 geoffrey lewisIf you grew up watching films in the 1970s, particularly westerns or films starring Clint Eastwood, then Geoffrey Lewis’s face will be familiar to you. The gifted character actor died of natural causes at his home on Tuesday. He was 79.

Lewis got his start acting in 1970 with guest appearances in television shows such as Bonanza, The High Chapparal and The Young Lawyers. His rugged, malleable features became a go-to actor for westerns of the period, from television offerings (Gunsmoke, Alias Smith and Jones) to big screen fare (The Culpepper Cattle Co., Bad Company).

In 1973, Lewis was cast in another western, this one the second directorial effort by an actor turned director. That film was High Plains Drifter and the actor/director is Clint Eastwood. It marked the first of seven films Lewis and Eastwood would work on together over the next 24 years, the last being Eastwood’s directorial effort, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.

Outside of his partnership with Eastwood, Lewis also appeared on the big screen in films such as The Great Waldo Pepper, Heaven’s Gate, Night of the Comet, Fletch Lives!, Double Impact, Maverick and The Devil’s Rejects.

Lewis was also the father of Oscar nominated actress Juliette Lewis. Father and daughter acted together twice, first in 2000’s The Way of the Gun, second in 2004’s Renegade.

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Will Ernie Hudson Play T’Chaka In BLACK PANTHER? Thu, 09 Apr 2015 03:25:05 +0000 ErnieHudsonWWPIt’s time for my least favorite pastime: what rumor is El Mayimbe spreading today. The often-wrong head honcho of Latino Review has scoop that says Ernie Hudson is circling the role of T’Chaka in Black Panther. El Mayimbe’s proof? Hudson has been hitting the gym and picking up back issues of Marvel Comic’s Black Panther featuring the character.

El Mayimbe doesn’t reveal his source, perish the thought, but if I were a betting man, I’d put money on Hudson’s agent. This story has the feel of that classic Hollywood chestnut of an actor’s representative planting a story about a studio looking at their client in order to drum up interest from said studio.

Don’t get me wrong, I like Hudson as an actor. But his career is firmly in the B-Movie/TV guest appearance mode, not the type of star Marvel typically leans to for roles like this. Granted, T’Chaka, who is the king of the fictional African nation of Wakanda and father to T’Challa, the titular Black Panther, isn’t a big role, but it is a pivotal one. Judging from Marvel’s casting history, it’s likely they would consider an actor with a higher profile and perhaps a better resume than Hudson.

Another thing to consider is that as of yet no director has been announced for the film. Unless T’Chaka is going to appear in another film before he appears in Black Panther, I’d expect a director be picked first before any supporting character.

However, I do believe in doing due diligence, so I contacted one of my go-to sources, one that always guides me down a truthful path, and one that is as reliable, if not more so, than any of El Mayimbe’s sources. I contacted “Ask the Eight Ball.” It said “My Sources Say No” when asked if Hudson was up for a role in Black Panther. So, there you have it.

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Leonard Nimoy, 83 Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:28:47 +0000 Leonard Nimoy, who originated the iconic role of Mr. Spock on the legendary Star Trek TV series, has died of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 83.

Before he became Spock, Nimoy got his start in films. He garnered his first lead with his third feature, Kid Monk Baroni, in 1952 and went on to star in roles big and small in a number of legendary B-movies such as Zombies of the Stratosphere (1952), Them!(1954), and The Brain Eaters  (1958).

Nimoy also logged a number of guest appearances in television shows such as Dragnet, Sea Hunt, and Gunsmoke. However, his life would change forever in the mid-1960s when faced with a choice between a role in the soap opera Peyton Place or a role on a science-fiction start up from producer Gene Roddenberry, he chose the latter.

The latter was, of course, Star Trek, and although the show only ran for three years, it became a cult sensation in syndication. Star Trek became a blockbuster franchise in both films and televisions. Spock became a pop culture icon and Nimoy would reprise the character numerous times throughout the years in various spin-offs and sequels. He played the role for the last time in 2013’s Star Trek: Into Darkness.

After Star Trek went off the air, Nimoy moved on to a career behind the camera to complement the one he had in front of it (Which continued with role in TV series such as Mission Impossible and as the host of the documentary series, In Search of…). His first directorial experience took place on episodes of televisions series, including his former co-star William Shatner’s post-Star Trek series, T.J. Hooker. Nimoy would move over to film directing by helming the 1984 Star Trek sequel, The Search for Spock. He would also direct the next installment of the series in 1986, The Voyage Home.

Nimoy would then direct one of the most successful films of the 1980s–1987’s Three Men and a Baby. The film, a remake of the 1985 French film, Trois Hommes et Un Couffin , starred Ted Danson, Tom Selleck and Steve Guttenberg as three bachelors whose lives are shaken up when a former paramour leaves a baby on their doorstep. The film was the highest grossing film of 1987, beating out films like Fatal Attraction and Beverly Hills Cop II.

Nimoy’s film directing career would continue into the 1990s and include the Diane Keaton drama, The Good Mother (1988) and the Gene Wilder comedy, Funny About Love (1990). Nimoy’s final film he directed was 1994’s Holy Matrimony.

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Edward Herrmann, 71 Thu, 01 Jan 2015 00:13:43 +0000 EKHEdward Herrmann, a talented character actor who excelled on the stage and screens both big and small has died after a battle with brain cancer. He was 71.

Herrmann, after a brief career on the Broadway stage in the early 1970s, came to Hollywood to work in film. His first credited role was that of a law student in Timothy Bottom’s characters study group in the 1973 film, The Paper Chase. He would work in supporting roles in films such as The Great Gatsby and The Great Waldo Pepper before taking on the role that would become his trademark. In 1976, he starred as Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the TV movie, Eleanor and Franklin, a role he would reprise a year later in the TV movie sequel, Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years.

For many, Herrmann’s FDR was the definitive FDR. It certainly was for me. I remember seeing those films as a kid, and Herrmann’s Emmy-nominated turn in those films took a man I had just started learning about in school books and who I had known mostly as being on the and turned him into a vibrant, living human being. I have Mr. Herrmann to thank for my love of history in general, American history in particular, and Presidential history in specific, as his performance was one of the reasons I started down that path. Herrmann would return to the role in 1982’s Annie and in voice-over form in Ken’ Burns’ 2014 documentary series, The Roosevelts: An Intimate Portrait.

Herrmann would go on to a long and successful career in film, appearing in a diverse array of films ranging from Reds to The Lost Boys, from The Purple Rose of Cairo to The Wolf of Wall Street, and from Richie Rich to Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star. But Herrmann probably gain the most recognition from his work in television, appearing in guest appearances in shows such as M*A*S*H, Law & Order and Homicide: Life On the Street and recurring roles in St. Elsewhere, The Practice (which won him an Emmy), and Gilmore Girls, where he played family patriarch Richard Gilmore.

His voice was also a sought after commodity in the voice over market, and Herrmann provided narration to a number of TV and film documentaries.


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Jason Momoa States Signed As Aquaman For Four Films Mon, 08 Dec 2014 12:55:48 +0000 Jason-Momoa

We’ve known that Jason Momoa will be appearing as Aquaman in the upcoming Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice film, but it has been unclear as to how many other appearances in Warner Brothers’ burgeoning DC Comics Cinematic Universe. Sure, the character is a lock for appearing in to the two Justice League films recently announced for 2017 and 2019 and the Aquaman film that will land between the two. But will there be other films that he could potentially pop up in, much in the way that Marvel Studios sometimes have their characters make quick cameos in each others’ films?

Well, we have the answer to that. Speaking at a Brazilian Comic Book Convention appearance this weekend, Momoa stated that he has signed with Warner Brothers for four films. So, that would pretty much encompass the four films we already know about.

But what about future sequels? If either or both Justice League and Aquaman do big enough business, it is a forgone conclusion that the studio will want more. It would seem that if they don’t have Momoa locked up for me, he could conceivably have the studio over a barrel when it comes time to negotiate a new deal for those films, right? Possibly. It seems more likely that Momoa is not divulging all the terms of his contract with the studio. His contract could conceivably be “play or pay” deals for those films with options for further sequels.

Granted the success of Marvel’s own Cinematic Universe has undoubtedly changed the nature of how contracts are written for actors being approached to star in big franchise films like this. I would doubt that Warners wouldn’t have contingencies in place in order to insure that if there were call for further films featuring Momoa as Aquaman, they wouldn’t necessarily be at a disadvantage when it comes time to strike a deal with him for his services.

Via Bleeding Cool.


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Benedict Cumberbatch IS DOCTOR STRANGE Thu, 04 Dec 2014 23:10:18 +0000 BenedictCumberbatchHe was one of the first of many, many names entered into the running for the role, and it turns out that he was the last as well. has just confirmed that Benedict Cumberbatch has officially signed on to play the title role in 2016’s Doctor Strange, ending months of casting rumors that had just about every male actor of a certain age being considered for the role.

Cumberbatch was first rumored to be up for the role back in June, which he quickly squashed during San Diego Comic Con in July, stating work conflicts that might keep him from the role. His name came back into contention in late-October and stayed there until today. In between, actors such as  Tom Hardy, Joaquin Phoenix, Ethan Hawke, Jared Leto, Ewan McGregor, Jake Gyllenhaal, Matthew McConaughey and Oscar Isaac were rumored to be in the running.

“Stephen Strange’s story requires an actor capable of great depth and sincerity,” said Producer Kevin Feige in the press release. “In 2016, Benedict will show audiences what makes Doctor Strange such a unique and compelling character.”

I agree with Mr. Feige. Cumberbatch is good at playing haughty characters that the audience can’t help but feel for. And if the film Stephen Strange hews at all close to the comic book version, he’ll rock as the character.

Doctor Strange is directed by Scott Derrickson with Jon Spaihts writing the screenplay. It is set to arrive in theaters on November 4, 2016.

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Will Smith, Jared Leto, Tom Hardy Officially Headlining SUICIDE SQUAD Wed, 03 Dec 2014 03:42:25 +0000 SuicideSquadCast

Okay, let’s call this a win in the DC/Warners category.Whereas Marvel Studios picks reclamation projects, up-and-comers, and off-genre actors to be the leads in their films, Warners is going to the A-List for the cast of their first mostly non-Batman, mostly non-Superman entry into their newly christened shared universe.

Variety is reporting that Warner Brothers’ upcoming adaptation of DC Comics’ Suicide Squad, which is set to begin production in April, has cast a number of its actors. And the list is full of recent Oscar winners and worldwide box office draws.

Jared Leto, Will Smith, Tom Hardy, Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney and Cara Delevingne have been cast as, respectively, the Joker, Deadshot, Rick Flagg, Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang, and Enchantress in the super-villain team-up.

One look at the character line-up and comic fans can tell that the film will be based on the last 30 years of the concept from the comics, where super-villains are consigned into service to the government to go on suicide missions for them. If they survive, they get pardoned. If they try to escape before the job is done, they are maimed if not killed.

It is also clear that the film will not follow too closely any particular storyline. Rick Flagg has been involved in every installment of the team, but Harley Quinn has only been part of the most recent version and, to my knowledge, the Joker was never part of the team at all, or if he was, not for very long.

Another thing that is known is that Warners is not fooling around with their comic book movie slate. Will Smith is coming off the disappointing After Earth, but he is still one of the biggest box office draws in Hollywood, and his films always score well overseas. Add to that newly-minted Oscar-winner Jared Leto, a Tom Hardy that is on the cusp of superstardom, two young actors in Margaret Robbie and Jai Courtney who have started making names for themselves in high profile projects, and the relative unknown Cara Delevigne, you might have one of the best casts ever in a comic book film.

Warners has yet to cast the team’s government liaison, Amanda Waller yet. Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and Oprah Winfrey are on the shortlist, with Winfrey supposedly being the studio’s favorite. It seems highly unlikely that Warners would be able to woo Winfrey for this role, but if they do, I hope they add in a line of dialogue that states “You get an explosive bracelet! And you get an explosive bracelet! And you get and an explosive bracelet! And you!”

Of course, Waller has already appeared on the big screen before, played by Angela Bassett in Green Lantern. This is probably a pretty good sign that Warners is going to pretend that film never existed. Amanda Waller has also appeared in Smallville and Arrow, as has Deadshot and Captain Boomerang is set to appear in Arrow and The Flash. None of the above cast has appeared in these shows as these characters, so this is another sign that Warners’ DC TV and Film universes are to be considered separate. I hope they consider the two media separate universes and have a crossover between the two. Until then, I wait to hear what Steven Amell has to say.

Suicide Squad is set to hit theaters on August 5, 2016.



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