AMC is the home of some of the most respected and critically acclaimed dramas on television, including “The Walking Dead,” “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad.” Now the network is considering branching out, using the success and popularity of those shows to power a series of follow-up talk shows.
New York Magazine’s Vulture blog has reported that the network has already shot a pilot episode for a talk show focusing on “The Walking Dead” and hosted by Chris Hardwick. As loyal fans of both “Singled Out” and “House of 1000 Corpses,” we’re actually completely OK with Hardwick stepping into this role, especially with Michael Davies and his Embassy Row Productions in charge of the pilot.
Listen, we love Tom Hardy – the guy’s great in “Inception,” utterly menacing in “Bronson” and we’re really looking forward to “Warrior.” But being completely honest, we were somewhat taken aback when the average-sized British actor was cast as the hulking, monstrous Bat-villain Bane in “The Dark Knight Rises.” Now, Hardy has responded to some of those concerns.
In an interview with CineMovie, Hardy talked about nerds like us who want a Bane that can benchpress a Buick, but pointed out that it’s just not possible to meet fan expectations for pre-existing characters.
“So many people love him,” Hardy explained. “And when you step into that role – you are going to fail. And be judged.”
Of all the special effects in “X-Men: First Class,” one of the most impressive was the “costume” worn by Jennifer Lawrence as the blue-skinned mutant Mystique. But a lot more went into the look than just getting covered in blue paint, as seen in a new behind-the-scenes video.
Every morning, on her way to transforming into the indigo-hued shapeshifter, Lawrence was subjected to seven hours of extensive make-up work that involved a very thin sheet of blue and heinous amounts of airbrushing. Lawrence had to stand completely still while six different make-up artists went to work on her – and that’s all before she stepped on set to begin her day’s work.
Even though Hurricane Irene was battering the entire East Coast this weekend, Boston Red Sox fans would absolutely not be deterred from taking in a home game at Fenway Park. Also braving the foul weather at the baseball stadium? Early filming for “R.I.P.D.”!
Though the production has long been planned to start filming in Boston, the news that some was already underway came courtesy of the good folks at Collider. One of the site’s viewers was at Fenway Park this weekend and managed to grab a short video of “R.I.P.D.” actors James Hong and Marisa Miller.
A crucial part of the Batman mythos is the Batcave. Hidden underground with a secret entrance located in Wayne Manor, the Dark Knight’s hideout was rendered inaccessible in the first Christopher Nolan Bat-film, “Batman Begins,” but could possibly be making a return in “The Dark Knight Rises.”
Yesterday, Latino Review played Batman, doing some pretty solid detective work based on clues found around the internet. The most interesting among these were the fact that everyone’s favorite Welsh news source, Wales Online reported that a waterfall in Brecon Beacons was standing in as the entrance to the Batcave.
Back in “Batman Begins,” Liam Neeson’s Ra’s al Ghul burnt down Wayne Manor, which resulted in the Batcave’s entrance being blocked off and not seen during “The Dark Knight.” But according to an insider on the Welsh set, Batman’s iconic hideout will be back for the new flick.
Andrew Garfield has had a huge year. Not only did he play a pivotal role in the Oscar-winning “The Social Network” in late 2010, but he’s also set to become a household name as he pulls on Spider-Man’s suit for next year’s reboot “The Amazing Spider-Man.”
It’s somewhat shocking then that the 28-year-old actor doesn’t particularly want to be famous.
In an interview with the Los Angeles Times’ Hero Complex Garfield explained that the added visibility that came with such a huge role, was the one thing that gave him pause in deciding whether to take on Peter Parker.
“That was absolutely the one thing I questioned,” the actor admitted. “Of course this comes with a certain life change but I’m going to do everything in my power to hold on to what’s important, which is I am a guy who does a job for a living that comes with some periphery stuff that I’m not interested in.”
A sequel to the 2005 comic adaptation “Sin City” has been in the works for years, but until recently has been plugging along at almost imperceptible speeds. The production seems to be kicking into high gear finally, with the addition of William Monahan, the Oscar-winning writer of “The Departed.”
Just last month at San Diego Comic-Con, Robert Rodriguez explained that legendary cartoonist Frank Miller had recently turned in a draft of the script, and that production was simply pending its approval, which could possibly occur before the end of the year. Now, via The Hollywood Reporter comes news that co-directors Rodriguez and Miller will be gunning for that deadline with Monahan’s help.
An adaptation of the Dark Horse comic book by Peter Lenkov and Lucas Marangon, “R.I.P.D.,” doesn’t have the same clout as an “Avengers” or “Dark Knight Rises.” But what the property lacks in name recognition, it’s making up for in spades with some intriguing casting decisions that most recently include experienced actors James Hong and Mike O’Malley.
R.I.P.D. stands for “Rest in Peace Department,” which Dark Horse’s website describe as “the devoted, yet dead, officers of divine law enforcement ‘patrolling the deadbeat…reporting to one boss.’” Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges are playing the film’s spectral protagonists, but what really has us sitting up and taking notice is who will be portraying their earthly avatars.
In order to be seen on the physical realm, the officers of the R.I.P.D. must take on human form, and that means that the grizzled Bridges’ character will be portrayed on Earth by none other than Victoria’s Secret model Marisa Miller. Now, however, courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter comes news that Reynolds will also have a hilariously mismatched avatar: Veteran character actor James Hong, who will be playing “Grandpa Chen.”
Comic book companies like DC and Marvel have extensive back catalogs, boasting countless characters with fascinating, unique backstories. While maybe not all of them are capable of opening a summer superhero spectacular to incredible box office receipts, many of the classic characters’ designs and concepts are strong enough to deserve more attention. That’s why we’re thrilled that things are moving ahead on a "Deadman" television series.
Deadline is reporting that the CW network is already at work developing a show based on the undead hero, presumably to replace “Smallville” which came to an end this past May.
Just last month at TCA, CW president Mark Pedowitz claimed, “We’re looking next year to do a superhero show if the right superhero comes to be.” In order to bring their new, darker superhero to the small screen, the network is looking to someone well familiar with mystical, magic-based television: Eric Kripke, the creator of “Supernatural.”
One of the best parts of this summer’s “Captain America: The First Avenger” was the film’s 1940s setting. The wartime plot served to ground the superhero tale while also giving it an entirely different feel from any of the numerous superhero flicks crowding your local multiplex. According to the screenwriting team of Chris Markus and Stephen McFeely, a “Captain America” sequel might look to revisit the character’s past.
Officially, the decade in which Captain America finds himself at the end of the film is a spoiler, but given his role in next summer’s “Avengers,” it should be pretty easy to guess where the hero ends up. But even though his next appearance in a Marvel film sees Captain America in the present-day, Markus and McFeely told NBC Miami’s Popcorn Biz that they already have a way to make sure the film’s sequel features some classic, two-fisted war-time action.