Archive for August, 2013

One great casting choice deserves another odd choice all the same.  Warner Bros. is not the only studio who can announce casting news for an upcoming superhero film as Marvel has announced that actor James Spader has been cast to play villain Ultron in the upcoming sequel The Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Spader has long been known as a character television actor for his roles in The Practice, Boston Legal, and most recently The Office.  However, he did spend most of his early career in film starring in movies such as Less Than Zero, Sex Lies and Videotape as well as Pretty in Pink.

The Wrap first had the scoop that the actor would be playing the villain in Marvel’s sequel.  Ultron is character from Marvel’s comics as a robot created by scientist Hank Pym (Ant-Man) with superior intelligence.  The robot quickly becomes self aware and hellbent on destruction.  It’s not been made known how Joss Whedon is going to incorporate Ultron in to his version of The Avengers as Hank Pym has not been cast (and no one really knows the story behind the film) for the movie.

Spader was probably not on the first or first 50 choice lists for villains in a superhero film but he’s an interesting choice none the less.

Via Cinemablend

This film just keeps getting bigger and bigger.  Coming off the heels of the much controversial announcement that Ben Affleck would be next actor to put on the cowl and cape as Batman/Bruce Wayne in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel, reports are surfacing that Bryan Cranston will be cast as villain Lex Luthor.

According to several reports, much like this Rolling Stone one, Bryan Cranston has been cast by Zack Snyder and Warner Bros. to play famed Superman villain Lex Luthor.   Cranston’s run as drug kingpin Walter White on Breaking Bad is ending this summer, which leaves Cranston free to commit to a long term franchise, such as a Batman/Superman/Justice League franchise.

According to Cosmic Book News, Cranston has signed a six-film deal with Warner Bros, which could include more appearances.  Think of Cranston’s deal much like Samuel L. Jackson’s deal with Marvel, however Cranston will get a larger role.   The same source states that Ben Affleck signed a deal that includes a 13 film contract with appearances.

Reportedly, the plan is to have Bruce Wayne assembling the Justice League in future films where Affleck will have some screen time.

Big, if true.

Rejoice, action fans, as – if certain reports are to believed – Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass could be returning to the Bourne spy/action franchise.

According to to Twitch Film Universal is in talks to bring both Damon and director Greengrass back to the franchise.  It was widely known back in 2007 – after The Bourne Ultimatum – that Damon made his feelings known that he had no intention of returning to the Bourne franchise without famed director Greengrass.  However, Greengrass had made it known that he had no intention of returning the franchise either way.  So, naturally, five years later we got The Bourne Supremacy with Jeremy Renner as star.  While Renner wasn’t a bad star for the franchise’s new direction, bringing back Damon and Renner with Greengrass directing could prove to be one of the better action films of the past decade.

While the first question is what happens to Renner’s character “Aaron Cross”, the site makes it known that Universal isn’t looking at doing away with Renner, instead they’re looking at a team up film that has both Damon and Renner coming together to take down the government agency that created them.

Universal has already hired Anthony Peckham (Invictus/Sherlock Holmes) to write the screenplay for the untitled fifth Bourne film.  Greengrass’ next film is Captain Phillips starring Tom Hanks, while Damon’s most recent film was Neil Blomkamp’s Elysium and is in the upcoming George Clooney film The Monument Men.

Universal has denied that they are in talks to bring back Damon and Greengrass, however I’ll keep you all posted.


Via CinemaBlend

Famed movie star and former James Bond actor Sean Connery reportedly has Alzheimer’s disease, this according to a German newspaper.  Reportedly British actor Sir Michael Caine relayed to German paper Bild, through NDJ, that Connery has been stricken with the disease and it is so bad he states that “we should really be concerned”.

According to reports Connery now carries his wife’s name – Micheline Roquebrune – and phone number in his pockets at all times in the event that he gets lost, which he’s been prone to do allegedly.

Caine and Connery have been close friends since the 70’s when they first starred in the film The Man Who Should Be King together.  Connery just celebrated his 83rd birthday Sunday.

Connery retired from acting in 2003 with his last physical role being in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

It’s rare for a pseudo biography to garner so much attention, let alone a biography about a White House butler who grows old with the different United States presidents around him.  However, Lee Daniel’s The Butler has surprised everyone and has taken the top spot at the box office two straight weekends in a row.   The film has put hyped movies such as Kick Ass 2 and The World’s End in the rear view mirror.  The Butler managed to pull in $17M over the weekend, the first sign that the summer blockbuster season is behind us.  It puts the film at $52M for its two weeks.

Second at the box office this weekend is the surprise comedy hit We’re The Millers, the ensemble comedy starring Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston.   The surprise hit continues to perform strong pulling $13M over the weekend bringing its three week total to $91M.  Not a bad performance for an end of summer comedy no one thought was going to be any good.

Third place this weekend was the film adaptation of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, which was panned by critics after receiving considerable buzz amongst pre-teens.  The film didn’t cross the $10M mark only pulling in $9M.

Rounding out the top five this weekend at the box office was the Edgar Wright apocalyptic comedy The World’s End starring Simon Pegg and the Disney animated film Planes.  The film’s pulled in $8.9M and $8.5M respectively.

Here’s the full top 10:

*Numbers in millions* (TOTAL)

1) Lee Daniel’s The Butler – $17 ($52)

2) We’re The Millers – $13.5 ($91.7)

3) The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones – $9.3 (NEW)

4) The World’s End – $8.9 (NEW)

5) Planes – $8.5 ($59.5)

6) Elysium – $7.1 ($69)

7) You’re Next – $7 (NEW)

8) Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters – $5.2 ($48.3)

9) Blue Jasmine – $4.3 ($14.7)

10) Kick Ass 2 – $4.2 ($22.4)


Via Cinemablend

The wait is over friends, and likely the news disappoints you as much as it did me.  Warner Bros. and Zack Snyder have announced that Oscar nominated director Ben Affleck will be donning the cape and putting on the cowl as Batman/Bruce Wayne in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel.

The announcement was sent out to press earlier this evening to mixed results.   Ben Affleck certainly brings a star power to the Bruce Wayne personality and he’s got “experience” playing a superhero with the disappointing Marvel film Daredevil.  However, Ben Affleck has never been known as a “great” actor and he’s had his share of bombs in the past.  However, Affleck’s career in Hollywood was resurrected with him as a director and most recently his Oscar nomination for his film Argo.

Warner Bros.  has been trying to shoehorn Affleck into a DC directed film for ages now, most recently all the rumors surrounding a potential Justice League film with Affleck as the director.

I’ll keep you posted.

A new day some new Marvel news in what seems like a never ending cycle.  Apparently Oscar nominated actor Bradley Cooper is in talks to lend his voice talents to Marvel’s upcoming sci-fi comic book blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy in the form of Rocket Raccoon.

According to a source close to production on the film, Cooper will be voicing the wise-cracking hard nosed feline of space.  Cooper would join Vin Diesel as voice actors for CGI characters in the film – which ain’t half bad.   Cooper would bring a sort of cocky attitude to the character which has only been voiced in animated versions.

Guardians of the Galaxy is out next summer and also stars Chris Platt, Zoe Saldana, Benecio del Toro, John C. Reilly, and Djimon Hounsou.