FilmBuffOnline » Actors http://www.filmbuffonline.com/FBOLNewsreel/wordpress For The Complete Movie Fan Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:47:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 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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Kate Mara Apparently Confirms FANTASTIC FOUR Reboot Not True To Source Material http://www.filmbuffonline.com/FBOLNewsreel/wordpress/2014/07/15/kate-mara-apparently-confirms-fantastic-four-reboot-not-true-to-source-material/ http://www.filmbuffonline.com/FBOLNewsreel/wordpress/2014/07/15/kate-mara-apparently-confirms-fantastic-four-reboot-not-true-to-source-material/#comments Tue, 15 Jul 2014 05:18:35 +0000 http://www.filmbuffonline.com/FBOLNewsreel/wordpress/?p=34347 kate mara mexican esquireI’ve devoted a lot of the server space FBOL takes up to hand-wringing over how bad the Fantastic Four reboot was going to be. My main concern was the plot synopsis that appeared on a casting announcement that indicated that the reboot will be almost 100% different than the comic book it takes its name from. Josh Trank went to Twitter to deny that the synopsis was real, but Fox legal still sent out takedown notices to any film site that reported on the casting announcement’s plot blurb, including us.

However, part of me wanted to believe Trank that this was not true, that the powers that be would not be so arrogantly stupid to change what made the Fantastic Four the Fantastic Four. But an interview with Kate Mara by the Mexican edition of Esquire Magazine most likely put the last nail in the coffin of that hope.

Wedged in between pictures of Mara lounging in vintage underwear, the magazine managed to ask Mara about her up coming role in the reboot, specifically dealing with the comics themselves. ComicBookMovie is there to translate:

Q: Do you like comics?

A: I’ve never been a fan of comics, I’ve never actually read one. I was going to for this movie but the director said it wasn’t necessary. Well, actually he told us that we shouldn’t do it because the plot won’t be based on any history of anything already published. So I chose to follow his instructions. The one fact is I am a fan of comic book movies, so it’s very exciting to be part of a movie like this.

Okay, the “looking-on-the-bright-side-of-things” Bill says that maybe this was just an error in translation. Or it could be willful misdirection. Or maybe Mara meant that the film will not be based on any particular story arc from the comics but that the origin will remain…will…ah, who am I trying to kid. The casting plot synopsis was right. Get ready for a loosely-affiliated band of super-powered government mercenaries as your reboot FF. I’m sure it will be kewl.

This of course begs the question of when does a FF film not become an FF film? And why didn’t they just create an original film around the concept instead of  just tacking the FF name on to something that bares little resemblance to the source material? Is the name that much of a draw? If so, why not pay more respect to it?

The trainwreck is set to hit theaters on June 19, 2015. Maybe we’ll find out how many puppies they’ve sacrificed to the Dark Gods next week at San Diego Comic Con.

 

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Is Outer Space In THE HULK’s Future? (Updated!) http://www.filmbuffonline.com/FBOLNewsreel/wordpress/2014/07/01/is-outer-space-in-the-hulks-future/ http://www.filmbuffonline.com/FBOLNewsreel/wordpress/2014/07/01/is-outer-space-in-the-hulks-future/#comments Tue, 01 Jul 2014 18:28:13 +0000 http://www.filmbuffonline.com/FBOLNewsreel/wordpress/?p=34242 avengers-commercial-hulkThe worst part about this latest information is that it will mean that El Mayimbe was at least partially right. Dagnabbit!

The Latino Review scribe was the one who started the rumor in February of last year that the Hulk would be featured in the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe and the Planet Hulk/World War Hulk storyline from the comics would be the basis of of the film story. The rumor was almost immediately refuted by Ain’t It Cool News, but was so powerful that it still held enough sway that Mark Ruffalo felt the need to debunk in once again as recently as yesterday.

However, this most recent denial from Ruffalo was too much for HitFix’s Drew McWeeny. See, McWeeny paid a visit to the set of The Avengers: Age of Ultron and what he saw did not exactly jibe with what Ruffalo was saying, and it bothered him so much that, confidentiality agreement be damned, he felt compelled to say something. So, he did.

(See update below for clarification.)

Now, McWeeny felt the need to reveal where the Hulk is at the end of The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Since I am going to be discussing as well, I think it calls for one of these:

DisneyspoilerwarningAnd, since I want to be sure that you know what you are getting into, let me hit you with that again:

DisneyspoilerwarningSo, apparently McWeeny saw  Bruce Banner’s final fate in The Avengers: Age of Ultron during his set visit. And this is what it is:

Without giving away why and how, let’s look at the state of things for Bruce Banner at the end of “Age Of Ultron.” Banner continues to play a key role in things in this movie, and when the final war with Ultron spills onto the battlefield and out of the virtual realm, he has a major part to play. Unfortunately, that ends with him onboard a Quin jet on his way off the planet, with no way to immediately turn things around. He’s going to have to ride out the trip. It’s pre-programmed and he can’t stop it.

I am immediately willing to discount this whole thing just because McWeeny doesn’t know that “Quinjet” is one word.

As any savvy comic fan knows, that is pretty much how the Planet Hulk storyline begins in the comics. I bet El Mayimbe is happy!

And look, he is!

However, McWeeny is quick to burst that particular bubble, by giving his own, non-Planet Hulk theory on how Banner’s exile will work out.

Here’s where I’d wager his spaceship is headed: wherever the Guardians of the Galaxy are located. If I was a betting man, I’d say there will be no Hulk solo film as part of Phase Three. Instead, Banner’s ship will take him to another planet, where he will end up meeting the Guardians and having an adventure with them. Hulk will definitely come out to play a few times. I suspect we’ll see some sequences that very much feel like they’re part of the Planet Hulk story, but that the larger story will be about the Guardians finding a way to get Banner home, only to end up going with him. That would move a big piece of the puzzle into place to get Thanos looking back at the Earth in time for the third “Avengers” film.

McWeeny’s theory does makes sense. Ruffalo has a lot of films to burn through and him being in GotG 2 will add another film. It will also add star power to the sequel, and provide a bridge between Marvel’s Earthbound heroes. But while Marvel supposedly has a plan until 2028, they typically don’t announce a sequel until they get a box office from the current film. I don’t think GotG2 is a done deal quite as of yet.

And, of course, there are could be other ways Marvel can go from here, everything from a pure Planet Hulk adaptation to a way to introduce the Inhumans into the Cinematic Universe. Also, just throwing this out there, this scene could have been a fake scene shot for McWeeny’s benefit as a test by Marvel if he would say anything. And, of course, now that this scene is out there, Marvel might decide to scrap it and go elsewhere since the surprise is gone. The possibilities are endless.

However, if either El Mayimbe’s or McWeeny’s theories are correct, it might be another sign that we are entering a dark period of creativity for Marvel Studios. You get the feeling that Marvel doesn’t believe that the “Hulk being a hunted man” storyline will no longer bear any fruit, even though The Incredible Hulk TV series ran for years on that very premise. But the Hulk is still one of Marvel’s most recognizable properties. Having to wait for an Avengers flick to see the character is bad enough. Having the next time we see him after that be once again as an ensemble player or the lead in a gladiatorial epic seems to be at best very risky or at worse, deadly for the character.

More should be clear as the weeks and months progress.

UPDATE:

Drew McWeeny sent us an e-mail to clarify some confusion I had pertaining to his post:

The information I revealed about the fate of the Hulk in “Avengers: Age Of  Ultron” was not something I learned during my set visit, nor did I say “confidentiality agreement be damned.” I did not discuss anything I saw during my trip to London. My own sources supplied me with my information about the end of the film, and I am 100% confident of its accuracy.

Please take this into account when considering my post above.

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Renner Confirms Return For MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 5 http://www.filmbuffonline.com/FBOLNewsreel/wordpress/2014/06/08/renner-confirms-return-for-mission-impossible-5/ http://www.filmbuffonline.com/FBOLNewsreel/wordpress/2014/06/08/renner-confirms-return-for-mission-impossible-5/#comments Sun, 08 Jun 2014 15:05:32 +0000 http://www.filmbuffonline.com/FBOLNewsreel/wordpress/?p=33935 JeremyRenner1

It may not seem like it at first, but when you think about it, Jeremy Renner seems to be a go-to guy for action franchises. He’s a part of Marvel Studio’s blockbuster Avengers films. He has taken over the Bourne franchise and may have be returning for a second Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters.

And just in case you forgot, he was being positioned in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol to take over that franchise from Tom Cruise. Well, Cruise will be back for a fifth installment, but the idea that Renner may one day assume the reins of the series has not been abandoned. Last week in an interview with Yahoo, he mentioned that amongst his work load over the next couple of years will be a return to the spy franchise.

I’m kind of strapped time-wise doing Avengers 2, and Mission: Impossible 5 is rearing its head, and then they want to do another Bourne movie.

I don’t think there has been an official announcement of his participation in the sequel yet, so I suppose we can take this as close to an official confirmation that his character of William Brandt will be returning for another outing with Cruise’s Ethan Hunt and the Impossible Missions Force. Maybe Mission: Impossible 6 will be the time for Brandt to shine in the spotlight.

Currently director Christopher McQuarrie is prepping the film for a shoot later this year in order to meet the announced release date of Christmas 2015.

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Cumberbatch, Hardy Being Considered For DOCTOR STRANGE http://www.filmbuffonline.com/FBOLNewsreel/wordpress/2014/06/06/cumberbatch-hardy-being-considered-for-doctor-strange/ http://www.filmbuffonline.com/FBOLNewsreel/wordpress/2014/06/06/cumberbatch-hardy-being-considered-for-doctor-strange/#comments Sat, 07 Jun 2014 02:59:10 +0000 http://www.filmbuffonline.com/FBOLNewsreel/wordpress/?p=33918 cumberbarch hardy dr, strangeWhile Ant-Man flounders in the wake of losing its director, Doctor Strange is pressing full steam ahead, even though it hasn’t been officially announced yet.

One had to expect that after Scott Derrickson was named director of the film, the casting rumors would stat coming fast and furious. And they have.

Deadline is reporting that Marvel has started a wish list of actors they’d like to play Stephen Strange and on the top of that list is Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hardy.

Now would be the time to mention that we at that “apple-pie-in-the-sky” period of casting rumors, where the actors named might actually be the ones Marvel wants, they might not actually be the actors Marvel gets.

That being said, if Marvel does cast Cumberbatch as Strange, they can just take my money now. I’ll camp out in the theater and wait for the film to arrive. However, Cumberbatch has been mentioned before in geek cred properties and not signed on (namely Star Wars). So, I’m not holding my breath.

Hardy is an interesting choice. Most people might only know him as the barely-audible Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, but he is definitely a skilled actor. I wouldn’t mind seeing him in the role.

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