September 11, 2014
Liam Neeson's 10 Best Movies
The journey between arthouse and IMAX can be a treacherous trip for an actor, but Liam Neeson has navigated it more nimbly than most over the course of his lengthy career, booking major roles in Serious Movies (Schindler's List) while leaving room for horror (The Haunting), romance (Love Actually), and blockbuster franchises (The Phantom Menace, Batman Begins) -- not to mention a recent string of action thrillers that, with this weekend's Non-Stop, finds Mr. Neeson kicking bad-guy butt on a crowded transatlantic flight. What better way to celebrate his accomplishments than a look at his best-reviewed movies? Here's Total Recall!
September 10, 2014
Morgan Freeman's 10 Best Movies
If you were asked to name one actor capable of playing ex-cons, hitmen, and God, you'd be hard pressed to do any better than Morgan Freeman -- which is, probably not coincidentally, why he's played all those characters (among many others) over the course of his distinguished, nearly 50-year career. And even as he reaches the half-century mark as a professional actor, Freeman shows no signs of slowing down; in fact, this weekend's Dolphin Tale 2 is just one of an incredible six films he's slated to appear in this year. All of which explains why we were shocked and appalled to realize Mr. Freeman was overdue for the Total Recall treatment, and knew we needed to seize upon this opportunity to repent. Hey you guys, it's time for Total Recall!
May 22, 2013
Comic Book Movies You Can Watch Online
Comic book movies are all the rage these days, and every year we see more of them hitting theaters than before. Whether you're into quirky indie comics (Ghost World, American Splendor), superhero action titles (The Dark Knight, The Avengers), graphic novels (300, Persepolis), or even manga (Oldboy), there's probably a big screen adaptation on this list for you. Click through to find out what's available to watch online right now.
July 13, 2010
Tomatometer Watch: Inception Gets First Rotten Review
"From the director of 'The Dark Knight'." Those words impart some serious expectations for Christopher Nolan's 'Inception', not just in commercial terms (the Bat-sequel took $533 million in the US alone) but also critical stature -- 2008's 'Knight' earned a lofty 94% "Fresh" rating on RT; the kind of numbers usually unheard of for a superhero film. In fact, Nolan's got a track record beyond the Bat that's going to be just as tough to measure himself against. Consider the stats: his 1998 debut, 'Following', is at 80% (with 20 reviews counted); 2001's breakthrough 'Memento' at 93% (134 reviews); 2002's thriller 'Insomnia' 92% (166 reviews); and 2005's 'Batman Begins' boasts an 85% fresh score (254 reviews). Even the critical runt of Nolan's litter, 2006's duel of the magicians 'The Prestige', is sitting on Certified Fresh with 75% from 187 reviews. Plenty to live up to, sure -- but if the early, ecstatic reviews arriving for the film are any indication, 'Inception' just might turn out to be Christopher Nolan's best-reviewed film yet.
March 26, 2009
Exclusive: McG Talks Terminator Salvation
The news that one of the greatest sci-fi franchises of all time was to get a full-fat reboot predictably sent cyborg fanboys into paroxysms of joy. For about 10 minutes. That Arnie, otherwise engaged running the world's fourth largest economy, wouldn't be back was partly compensated for by the casting of Christian Bale. But the revelation that McG was to be at the helm of Terminator Salvation put an abrupt stop to the celebrations. Recently, though, the tide's been turning with trailers and longer assemblages revealing a gritty war movie with more in common with Mad Max and Children of Men than Charlie's Angels. RT talked exclusively to the much-maligned McG about the rise of his machines...
February 4, 2009
Exclusive: Inside Pinewood/Shepperton - A Photo Tour
Every year, the BAFTA film awards present a trophy for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema. Introduced in 1978, the award recognises an organisation or a person's career and influence on the British Film Industry. This year's recipient, announced today, is Pinewood/Shepperton, two of the British industry's most important film studios whose contribution to filmmaking has resulted in some of the greatest movies of all time. Under strict instruction not to let anyone working at the studios know about the award, RT spent a day last week touring Pinewood and Shepperton and learning a little more about these stalwarts of film.
July 14, 2008
RT on DVD: Bank Job, Step Up 2, and a Bat-Marathon
As Dark Knight hype overtakes the free world this week, prepare yourself with a marathon of Batman lore on DVD with our viewing guide below -- or, escape from Bat-mania with Bat-alternatives to go with Mamma Mia and Space Chimps.
July 11, 2008
Revisiting Old Batman Trailers
We've all enjoyed the long parade of trailers for The Dark Knight -- but do you remember the trailers for the earlier Batman movies? JoBlo does, and now, so can we.
July 7, 2008
RT on DVD: Dark Knight, Mummy 3 Sneak Peeks
This week, we dispense with the news and cut to the chase to bring you two huge new gift sets timed perfectly for this summer's Bat-mania. What will earn you more geek cred: whipping out the Batman flash drive or watching the Dark Knight prologue in high definition, awash in the glory of Blu-ray?
March 10, 2008
Aaron Eckhart Talks The Dark Knight
The film's early marketing focused on Heath Ledger's performance as the Joker, but The Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan has promised that his Batman Begins sequel is really about following the arc of Harvey Dent, a.k.a. Two-Face.
July 16, 2007
Dark Knight Teaser Trailer Is Coming Soon!
Good news, Batfans! Warner Bros. is planning to show the teaser trailer for the much-anticipated "The Dark Knight" in front of "The Simpsons Movie" when it hits theaters on July 27.
July 9, 2007
"Bat" Bits: Two Face AND The Riddler?
You know how superhero sequels often try to get a lot more villains into the mix? Well, recent word indicates that we'll be seeing the arrival of several colorful newcomers in "The Dark Knight."
June 19, 2007
Bat Bits: The Bike!
Yep, every tiny piece of Batman minutiae must make its way on to the RT Newsday section. Why? Because the traffic stats tell us you guys love "Batman Begins" and you can't freakin' wait for "The Dark Knight."
May 16, 2007
Teaser Buzz for "The Dark Knight"?
As if you needed another reason to go see "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," now comes a rumor that a teaser trailer for "The Dark Knight" will be attached to the print.
May 1, 2007
A Few New "Bat" Bits
Looks like we have a little Bat-news today with word from character actor Rutger Hauer, some info on an open casting call, and a spoiler involving the batmobile!
May 1, 2007
Christian Bale Talks "Dark Knight" Training
"Batman Begins" not only made Christian Bale a bankable superstar, it also made him a pro at dodging direct questions about any Batman-related sequels. While promoting this summer's POW drama "Rescue Dawn," Bale was kind enough to tease about the new Batstunts we may see in "The Dark Knight." His previous experience with the stunt team has encouraged them to let him do even more this time around.
April 27, 2007
David Goyer to Direct "Magneto"
He's had his hand in a whole bunch of superhero flicks, and you can now add another one on to the filmography of writer/director David S. Goyer. He'll be directing and (re-)writing the "Magneto" flick for Fox.
April 26, 2007
"The Dark Knight" Nabs Eric Roberts
Bruce Wayne will have his hands full with some Eric Roberts come 2008, as the actor has just been cast as a villain in the "Batman Begins" sequel, "The Dark Knight."
April 20, 2007
Spy Pics of Ledger in "Joker" Attire?
In a post a few days ago, I mentioned how the "Dark Knight" producers were going to share some Joker artwork this summer, in an effort to prevent against "spy pics" from hitting the net. Whoops, too late.
April 18, 2007
Ledger's New Joker to Be Scrappy and Scary
If you were hoping for a Jack Nicholson-style Joker in Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight," then you might be disappointed by the adjectives being used to describe the new character design. Words like "raggedy" and "scary."
April 17, 2007
"Incredible Hulk" Screenwriter Discusses the Norton Signing
When it comes to adapting comic books, there are several "go-to" screenwriters -- and Zak Penn is absolutely one of 'em. The writer recently shared his thoughts on where "The Incredible Hulk" is headed, plus he even talks a bit about "Iron Man" and the (eventually) upcoming "Avengers" movie!
April 10, 2007
No Two-Face Against "The Dark Knight"?
A while back we heard that the Harvey Dent character would be appearing in "The Dark Knight" (he'll be played by Aaron Eckhart) but that his villainous alter ego (Two-Face) would be saved for the NEXT sequel. Looks like we might have some confirmation on that...
April 9, 2007
Goyer to Tackle a "Green Arrow" Movie?
Lots of us were pretty disappointed when we heard that writer/director David Goyer was leaving the "Flash" project, but now he seems to have snagged an even juicier assignment: A DC Comics-inspired piece that will feature Green Arrow, a "Super Max" prison, and a whole bunch of comic book villains!
March 30, 2007
Casting Rumor: Sarah Michelle Gellar to Join "Batman Begins" Sequel?
This is a brief one, but worth discussing regardless: According to Whedon.info, an anonymous "independent filmmaker" who had been angling to acquire the services of Sarah Michelle Gellar for an upcoming film recently had his hopes dashed when he received some disappointing news from Gellar's management.
March 20, 2007
Will Boss Maroni Play a Big Part in "The Dark Knight"?
We're getting some conflicting reports on this one, but if it's got something to do with the "Batman Begins" sequel, I know it's something worth sharing. Fans of the comic book may be happy to learn that a character called "Boss Maroni" may play a major role in Bat's next adventure.
March 12, 2007
Maggie Gyllenhaal to Star in "The Dark Knight"?
All the talk from a few weeks ago regarding Katie Holmes' rumored non-involvement in the forthcoming "Batman Begins" sequel -- and what it meant for Rachel Dawes, her character in the first film -- seems to have been more or less on the money.
March 1, 2007
"Saw" Maker to Tackle "Scanners" Remake
Darren Lynn Bousman, director of "Saw 2," "Saw 3," and the upcoming "Saw 4," will soon be helming a remake of David Cronenberg's "Scanners" for Dimension Films. They also signed a pretty good screenwriter for the gig...
February 26, 2007
Wow, A "Justice League" Movie??
Now here's a dream project that should fill the comic geeks and the movie nerds with much excitement: Warner Bros. just hired a husband-wife writing team to pen a "Justice League" movie.
February 26, 2007
Already Talks of a Second "Batman Begins" Sequel?
Now here's some juicy gossip to mull over while we wait (patiently) for Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight" to hit theaters (next summer): Could there already be a director lined up for "Batman 3"??
February 22, 2007
A Pair of "Dark Knight" Tidbits
We haven't had much "Dark Knight" news since Aaron Eckhart was named as Two-Face ... about three days ago. But today we have two little news niblets, one regarding the arrival of a character that some of you might know -- and the other one dealing with the start of production.
February 15, 2007
Aaron Eckhart Joining "Dark Knight" Cast as Two-Face
Heath Ledger is alone no more in wreaking havoc in Gotham City: according to The Hollywood Reporter, Aaron Eckhart is in final negotiations to play Two-Face in the upcoming "Batman Begins" sequel, "The Dark Knight."
February 8, 2007
Jamie Foxx Will Not Play "The Dark Knight's" Two-Face
Does it still count as a rumor if you only read about it AFTER the rumor has been proven false? I mean, I just read an article stating that Jamie Foxx will NOT be playing Harvey Dent (aka Two-Face) in Christopher Nolan's upcoming "Batman Begins" sequel ... but I never knew he was even up for the part!
February 6, 2007
Gyllenhaal and Eckhart to Show Up During "The Dark Knight"?
Boy, is there anything more fun that gossiping and speculating about which actors will get which supporting roles in the next superhero movies? Well, yeah, actually. There's lots of things more fun. But this is what we do here at RT Newsday, so here's the latest: Aaron Eckhart and Maggie Gyllenhaal are the latest names to be tossed into the "Dark Knight" pool.
February 5, 2007
Goyer Out, Levy In as "Flash" Director
Joss Whedon wasn't the only popular filmmaker to "step away" from a big superhero project over the weekend. Seems that writer/director David S. Goyer and Warner Bros. have parted ways on their adaptation of DC's "Flash" character. Stepping in to helm the flick will be Shawn Levy.
February 2, 2007
Another New Casting Rumor for Batman's New Girlfriend
It almost seems like a foregone conclusion that Katie Holmes has been booted from the "Batman Begins" sequel, but there's still plenty of rumors regarding who'll take her place. A few days ago we were informed that Rachel McAdams was circling the role, and now comes word that Emily Blunt has been invited to read for casting directors.
February 1, 2007
"The Dark Knight" Will Summer in Chicago
"The Dark Knight," which is the highly-anticipated sequel to the awesome "Batman Begins," will be shooting in Los Angeles, Hong Kong, and England ... but apparently the cast and crew will be spending much of their summer in the fine city of Chicago, Illinois.
January 30, 2007
Rachel McAdams to Snag Katie Holmes' "Knight" Work?
Ask just about anyone who loved "Batman Begins" what they thought the flick's "weak spot" was, and I bet you money they'd say "Well, Katie Holmes, obviously. Her character, partially, but mainly just her blank stare and entirely unconvincing performance. Why do you ask?"
January 26, 2007
Holmes Getting the "Knight" Off?
Fans of "Batman Begins" who thought Katie Holmes was the worst part of the movie -- and there seem to be a lot of them -- will be happy to read IGN Movies' report, via LatinoReview.com, that Holmes' role is being recast for the upcoming sequel, "The Dark Knight."
January 11, 2007
"The Dark Knight" to Visit Baltimore?
Between two excellent performances in two of the year's more entertaining movies ("The Prestige" and "Children of Men"), Michael Caine has had a pretty good year -- but he's got a pair of pretty promising projects underway: A remake of "Sleuth" with Jude Law and a little sequel called "The Dark Knight."
December 22, 2006
Hugh Jackman Denies "Dark Knight" Involvement
Since the act of debunking a rumor is now considered news, I bring you the following announcement: Hugh Jackman will not be playing any roles in Christopher Nolan's upcoming "Batman Begins" sequel. No Harvey Dent, no nothing.
December 7, 2006
A Few Random "Dark Knight" Nuggets
Poor Heath Ledger is out there on the circuit trying to promote his indie flick "Candy" -- and all he's getting are "The Dark Knight" questions! Ah well, I suppose it's better than being unemployed, eh Heath?
November 17, 2006
"The Dark Knight" Claims a Release Date
Nothing all that stunning, but we do have some release date news for "The Dark Knight," which (of course) is the widely-anticipated follow-up to Christopher Nolan's "Batman Begins." (Go circle July 18th, 2008 on your calendar.)
November 8, 2006
Heath Ledger Talks "Joker"
So now that we've all had time to digest the idea of "Heath Ledger = The Joker," the "Dark Knight" actor has chimed in with a few insights on how he'll approach the iconic character.
October 24, 2006
Is "The Dark Knight" Going to China?
Big fan of location scouting? Then you're gonna love this: Apparently the folks preparing "The Dark Knight" for its January shoot have been looking into Hong Kong as a possible location. Hey, cool. Just start making the movie already.
October 20, 2006
Original Joker Creator to Act as "Dark" Consultant?
Original Joker creator Jerry Robinson was the subject of a rather excellent interview with Newsarama's Dan Epstein, and he briefly touched upon a topic that'll excite you hardcore comics geeks: Apparently the legendary artist has been approached to act as a consultant on Christopher Nolan's inevitably awesome "The Dark Knight."
October 19, 2006
Critical Consensus: "Flags" Flies High; "The Prestige" Is Magic; "Flicka" Is A Pretty Good Ride; "Marie Antoinette" Spared Critical Guillotine
This week at the movies, we've got a complex tale of heroism (Clint Eastwood's "Flags of Our Fathers," starring Ryan Phillippe), a story of dueling magicians (Christopher Nolan's "The Prestige," starring Christian Bale, Scarlett Johansson, and Hugh Jackman), a yarn about a girl and her horse ("Flicka," starring Alison Lohman and Tim McGraw), and a post-punk-scored period piece about the least punk human being ever (Sofia Coppola's "Marie Antoinette," starring Kirsten Dunst). What do the critics have to say?
October 9, 2006
Who's Playing Two-Face in "Batman" Sequel?
Christopher Nolan has confirmed Two-Face will be one of the villains in "The Dark Knight," his follow-up to "Batman Begins," and IGN FilmForce is trying to determine who will play the role.
September 26, 2006
The Nolan Brothers Discuss "The Dark Knight"
When "The Dark Knight" ultimately hits theaters, it'll most likely come with credits that read: Story by Christopher Nolan & David S. Goyer, Screenplay by Jonathan Nolan. How that arrangement came about is the subject of conversation at IGN FilmForce.
September 20, 2006
Guy Pearce vs. Liev Schreiber for "The Dark Knight"?
Now that we know who's playing The Joker in "The Dark Knight" (it's Heath Ledger), all the Batfan speculation is now pointed towards the character of Harvey "Two Face" Dent. Previous buzz indicated that Liev Schreiber was "the guy," but now there's a new name invovled: Christopher Nolan's old pal Guy Pearce.
August 30, 2006
Nolan Talks (Vaguely) About "The Dark Knight"
He doesn't give up much in the way of information, but director Christopher Nolan recently had a brief "Dark Knight" chat with ComingSoon.net's Melissa Greenwood -- and obviously when Mr. Nolan speaks, movie geeks listen.
August 24, 2006
Christopher Nolan Hints About "Joker" Approach
Blogger / humorous journalist / serious movie geek Josh Horowitz recently had a sit-down with "Batman Begins" director Christopher Nolan in order to get some info on the filmmaker's next project, "The Prestige" ... but you just know that "The Dark Knight" (aka "Batman Begins 2") was going to come up at some point. And it did.
August 14, 2006
Producer Chuck Roven Talks "The Dark Knight" -- Kinda
The producers of the "Batman Begins" sequel are remaining pretty tight-lipped on sequel news that doesn't involve Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, or Christopher Nolan, and Chuck Roven isn't about to spill any beans he's not supposed to...
August 11, 2006
Christopher Nolan to Track "The Prisoner" After "Dark Knight" Duty
Following the enormous success of "Batman Begins," director Christopher Nolan has become a bona-fide workaholic! His new film, the fantastic-looking "The Prestige," is due in a few months, plus he's about to get to work on "The Dark Knight," and after that he'll be adaptating the cult classic TV series "The Prisoner" for the big screen.
August 7, 2006
Christian Bale Talks "Dark Knight" and Heath Ledger
What with the new Bat-title ("The Dark Knight") and the new bat-villain (Heath Ledger as The Joker), it seems that Bat-actor Christian Bale is pretty happy with the way his "Batman Begins" sequel is coming together. The well-admired performer say down with FilmFocus to share his thoughts on the bat-sequel.
July 28, 2006
Multiple Villains in "Batman Begins" Sequel?
By now you've obviously heard the news that Heath Ledger is expected to play The Joker in the "Batman Begins" sequel, and IGN FilmForce has just a little few droplets of fresh news on the flick. Let's just say that if you were hoping for another Jack Nicholson-style Joker, you might end up disappointed.
July 21, 2006
Apparently, Heath Ledger IS The Joker...
Another Joker casting rumor is always good fun, but the guys over at Latino Review seem pretty confident that they're offering the straight scoop: Heath Ledger as The Joker in the sequel to "Batman Begins." (And I really wish they'd give us the title already.)
July 17, 2006
Trailer Bulletin: Bale, Jackman & Scarlett in "The Prestige"
Last time Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale got together, they made one heck of a fine comic book movie. They're collaborating again, and this time they've enlisted Hugh Jackman to tell the story of two turn-of-the-century magicians who dabble in some pretty dangerous competitions. Check out the trailer right here.
July 5, 2006
"Blade" Writer to Focus on the "Thor" Movie
Comic book genius David S. Goyer (he wrote the "Blade" trilogy and "Batman Begins") will be dusting off his computer and getting busy on Marvel's big-screen rendition of "Thor" -- in addition to the work he's already done on "Captain America" and "The Flash."
June 30, 2006
Weekly Ketchup: "Spider-Man 3," "Superman Returns" Box Office, "Over the Hedge 2," "I Am Legend," The Joker, A Hasselhoff Mishap, and More!
This week in RT News, comic book adaptations were the rage, starting with a new teaser trailer and spoilers of next year's "Spider-Man 3." Robin Williams seems keen to portray The Joker in the next "Batman Begins" sequel, and the "Fantastic Four" sequel has a title and plot synopsis available for scrutiny. Also, Jo Blo has an early review of M. Night Shyamalan's latest offering, "Lady in the Water."
June 29, 2006
The Day After: "Superman Returns" Reaps Solid Opening
With the weight of Warner Bros.' summer hopes on its shoulders, "Superman Returns" debuted late Tuesday night and continued strong, if not phenomenally, for a total of $21 million at the box office through Wednesday night.
June 27, 2006
Robin Williams Keeps Chatting About The Joker
No casting decisions have been announced just yet, so just relax. But apparently Mr. Robin Williams is lobbying pretty hard for the role of The Joker in Christopher Nolan's impending "Batman Begins" sequel. Nolan and Williams worked together on "Insomnia," so maybe he knows something we don't...
June 22, 2006
Box Office Preview: Sandler "Clicks" With New Comedy
Although Father's Day has passed, Hollywood brings out two very different stories about dads and their wacky adventures this weekend with Adam Sandler's comedy Click and Tyrese Gibson's actioner Waist Deep, both opening in theaters on Friday. Comedy has been ruling the box office throughout the month of June and that trend should continue until the Man of Steel arrives next week.
June 21, 2006
Whedon Stressing Over "Wonder Woman"
Fans of "Wonder Woman" and/or Joss Whedon are probably wondering what's up with that project these days. The good news is that JW is currently on his second draft of the script, and it's finally coming together. The bad news is we don't have any casting news to announce just yet. Click on through for some interview segments with the fan-fave filmmaker.
June 14, 2006
DC Comics Chief Discusses "Wonder Woman" Delays
When a movie takes three or four years to get off the ground, it's often seen as a problematic project, but that theory doesn't always hold true for superhero flicks. DC Comics prez Paul Levitz recently had an illuminating conversation with Canmag.com, and he explained why these super-flicks sometimes take forever to get into production.
June 5, 2006
2006 MTV Movie Award Winners!
I was going to try to avoid the MTV Movie Awards winners until the broadcast on June 8th, but since we at RT like to bring you the movie news while it's still relevant ... OK, here they are!
May 24, 2006
Trailer Bulletin: Ghost Rider
The flick's peen pushed back more times than Ralph Malph on prom night, but that doesn't stop Sony from banging out these "Ghost Rider" trailers. Hey, the flick's only 9 months from release, so now's a perfect time for this all-new trailer.
May 23, 2006
MTV Movie Awards Builds a Cast
With Hollywood's most anticipated blockbuster only weeks away and stars lining up to attend, MTV: Music Television today announced that Colin Farrell, Jessica Simpson, Kevin Spacey, Samuel L. Jackson, Amanda Bynes and Dane Cook will join the star studded cast of presenters at the "2006 MTV Movie Awards."
May 11, 2006
Bettany Not Too Likely to Play The Joker
To those of you who've chosen Paul Bettany (aka Mr. Jennifer Connelly) as the front-runner to play The Joker in "Batman Begins 2," well, you may be out of luck -- mainly because the guy's never even been approached regarding the role.
May 2, 2006
Wolfgang Talks "Ender's Game" and "Batman vs. Superman"
Sci-Fi Wire had a brief sit-down with popular director Wolfgang Petersen ("Poseidon," "The Perfect Storm"), and the filmmaker says he wants his next project to be the LONG-awaited big-screen rendition of Orson Scott Card's "Ender's Game." Oh, and the director also chats a little bit about something called "Batman vs. Superman," if that holds any interest for you.
April 26, 2006
Get Your Goofy MTV Movie Awards Noms Right Here
You thought the awards season ended with the Oscars? Please. MTV's just gearing up for their movie awards, which will be broadcast worldwide on June 8th -- but we have all the nominations listed just a click away. (Interesting to note that not only were Paris Hilton & Rob Schneider nominated for awards, but also that "Hustle & Flow" earned three noms -- a movie produced by "MTV Films.")
April 25, 2006
More Joker Jabber
It's been about eight days since we got our last piece of gossip on who might be playing The Joker in "Batman Begins Again," so why not head on over to IGN FilmForce for the latest piece of juicy hearsay. (And no, that's not the sequel's title. I just made it up.)
April 20, 2006
Zimmer to Score Simpsons Flick
If you'd have asked me "Hey, Scott, here's a silly question, but ... who do you think they'll hire to write the score for next year's "The Simpsons Movie?" my answer would have been the same as any diehard Simpso-maniac...
March 3, 2006
2006 Golden Schmoe Award Winners!
Sure, everyone's psyched for the Oscars this Sunday night (yes, even the movie snobs who claim to hate the Oscars), but let's kick the weekend off with an awards presentation that's a little less ... highbrow. If you followed our advice last week, then you've already cast your ballot for JoBlo's Golden Schmoe Awards. Now check out the winners!
February 23, 2006
WB Readies "Batman" & "Superman" Sequels
According to Variety, WB is wasting no time in moving ahead with sequel to last year's "Batman Begins" and this summer's "Superman Returns." Both directors, Christopher Nolan & Bryan Singer, in addition to both leading men, Christian Bale & Brandon Routh, are under contract for the sequels.
February 8, 2006
"Flightplan" Soars on Sales, Rental Charts
It was a smooth DVD landing for Buena Vista Home Entertainment's "Flightplan," as the Jodie Foster-starring thriller topped both the national DVD sales and rental charts for the week ended Jan. 29.
February 1, 2006
Razzie Nominations Announced; Easy Targets Run for Cover
Courtesy of their official site come the annual Razzie Awards Nominations ... or as I like to call them: The Amazingly Obvious Fish in a Barrel Nominations in Which We Savage People We Don't Like, Regardless of the Quality of Their Work. Oh, and it seems the Razzers have decided to branch out an include a "Most Tiresome" category, which I happen to find pretty ironic.
January 31, 2006
2005 Oscar Nominations Are In!
Like most pathetic movie geeks, I was up at the crack of dawn (ok, 8:30am eastern time) to see how my nomination prediction ballot would measure up. (I was perfect on all 20 acting nods and all 10 screenwriting nods, but I erroneously predicted that "Walk the Line" would get nominated over "Capote" for Best Picture, and I picked Croneberg for director over Benett Miller.) Anyhow, here are the nominations for us to rant and rave about for the next five weeks...
January 13, 2006
Ohio Film Critics Offer Up Their Year-End Picks
The film critics of Central Ohio have chimed in with their own year-end picks, and they came up with quite a few solid surprises, actually. How about "A History of Violence" as best film of the year?
January 13, 2006
"Blade" Makes the Jump Onto Spike (TV, that is)
Thanks to ComingSoon.net for sharing a press release from Spike TV network, the short version of which is this: "Blade" is being adapted into a TV series. And no, Wesley Snipes is not involved.
January 11, 2006
The "People's Choice" is Pure Idiocy
Whenever I share a new Top Ten List or Critic's Group Nomination list, I'm always extra careful to be fair and respectful of other peoples' opinions. But after seeing what the "People's Choice Awards" handed out for 2005's movies, I just can't contain myself. It's simply too hilarious.
January 10, 2006
Online Film Critics Offer Their Annual Nominations
The OFCS, which is hosted right here at Rotten Tomatoes and (full disclosure) includes yours truly as a member, announced their year-end nominations yesterday ... and we hope you'll find a few solid surprises among the more familiar (yet obviously deserving) nominees. The winners will be announced on Monday the 16th.
January 3, 2006
Chicago Critics Announce Their Nominations
Thanks to Movie City News for sharing the scoop on the Windy City critics and their favorite flicks of 2005.The Chicago film journalists will announce their year-end winners on January, 2006.
December 22, 2005
Phoenix & Toronto Critics Offer Their Year-End Favorites
It's tough to keep up with all the critics' awards being tossed out this time of year, but Movie City News sure helps out a whole lot. This time we have the year-end picks from critic's groups in Phoenix, Arizona, and Toronto, Ontario.
December 21, 2005
The "Rider" Revealed!
Head on over to the official "Ghost Rider" wesbite for the very first peek at the anti-hero's flaming-skull visage. And enjoy it, because it's the most you'll see of the flick until early 2007.
December 19, 2005
Seven Flicks Eligible for the Best FX Oscar
Thanks to ComingSoon.net for sharing a press release in which the seven films eligible for the Best Visual Effects award are revealed. It looks to be a tough category this year, what with "King Kong" and "War of the Worlds" among the options.
December 16, 2005
London Movie Critics Present Their '05 Nominations
Movie City News shares with us a press release from the London Film Critics Group in which their various nominations are announced. Keep in mind that the Brit crits use their own release dates as criteria, so don't be surprised to see a few 2004 releases in the mix.
December 9, 2005
Scarlett Signs On for a "Prestige" Pic
Variety reports that the currently (and perpetually) hot Scarlett Johansson will climb aboard Christopher Nolan's "The Prestige," and she'll be joining a cast that already includes gentlmen named Bale, Bowie, Jackman, and Caine.
August 15, 2005
"Four Brother" Split $20 Million at the Weekend Box Office
John Singleton's action drama "Four Brothers" opened in 2,500 theaters to a better-than-expected $20.7 million in its first weekend, handily beating a trio of other newcomers. One of its main competitors was the Kate Hudson bayou thriller "The Skeleton Key," which unlocked nearly $15.8 million (from about 2,800 theaters) in a comparatively slow weekend at the box office.
July 27, 2005
Holy Box Set, Batman! It's Special Edition Time!
Variety reports that WB Home Video will be releasing all four "Batman" movies via the 2-disc Special Edition treatment on Oct. 18th. (And by "all four" we mean Tim Burton's "Batman" and "Batman Returns," as well as Joel Schumacher's "Batman Forever" and "Batman & Robin.")
July 18, 2005
"Charlie" Sells a Lot of Golden Tickets to Snatch the Box Office Prize
Another summer weekend, another massive opening. Knocking "Fantastic Four" out of the number one spot, Tim Burton's "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" pulled in just over $55 million during its first three days of release. Pretty impressive numbers, especially considering how many kiddies were at home with their noses joyously stuck in the brand-new "Harry Potter" book!
July 11, 2005
Superheroes Generate Some Fantastic Weekend "Four" Play
Despite fairly atrocious reviews across the board, Marvel comic adaptation "Fantastic Four" not only snagged the number #1 box office spot -- but did so with some truly impressive numbers. The lighthearted action flick snagged an estimated $56 million from 3,600 theaters, effectively surpassing even the most optimistic of Fox-based predictions. "When you have a weekend like this, you've got to question, what is the relevance of reviewers to viewers at large," says Fox production head Hutch Parker.
July 8, 2005
Trailer Bulletin: The Exorcism of Emily Rose
Head on over to the film's official site for your first look at the trailer to "The Exorcism of Emily Rose." The supernatural horror flick is directed by Scott Derrickson ("Hellraiser: Inferno") and written by Derrickson and frequent collaborator Paul Harris Boardman ("Urban Legends: Final Cut").
July 5, 2005
Spielberg Wages "War" on the Holiday Weekend Box Office
No, it didn't break any records ... but no, it didn't exactly underperform, either. No matter how you look at it, Steven Spielberg's "War of the Worlds" zapped a healthy chunk of change from our pockets during the July 4th weekend. Three-day frame: $64.5 million. Throw in the Monday holiday and the figure rises to $77.6 million. Toss the Wednesday opening and Thursday into the mix and you're looking at a "War" chest worth just over $113 million.
June 27, 2005
David Goyer Will Helm an "Invisible" Adaptation
Writer/director David S. Goyer will helm "The Invisible" for Spyglass Entertainment and Touchstone Pictures, says The Hollywood Reporter. Mick Davis' screenplay (which is based on the novel by Mats Wahl) was already made into a Swedish-language movie a few years back, but Spyglass Entertainment snagged the U.S. rights in 2002.
June 27, 2005
"Batman" Begins (and Continues) to Rule the Box Office Roost
For the second weekend in a row, Christopher Nolan's "Batman Begins" claimed the #1 spot at the weekend box office races. The superhero flick pulled in over $26 million in its second weekend, giving it a healthy margin of victory over the competition.
June 21, 2005
Holmes Won't Be Invited Back for Batman Sequel
According to the New York Post, it has been reported that Katie Holmes will not be cast in the sequel to this weekend's number one movie, "Batman Begins." An unnamed source told the entertainment column at TVGuide.com that "[Batman's] next romantic interest will be a much stronger actress."
June 20, 2005
Batman Rules the Box Office Roost
Debuting with very strong (albeit not staggering) box office numbers is the long-anticipated return of the Caped Crusader. Christopher Nolan's "Batman Begins" handily hooked the #1 spot at the box office this weekend, hauling in just under $47 million over the three-day frame. Toss in the Wednesday and Thursday numbers and the new-fangled bat-flick stands with a fairly impressive five-day tally of $71.1 million.
June 16, 2005
"Batman Begins" Takes in $15M on Wednesday
"Batman Begins" took in $15M on Wednesday, ranking 11th on the all-time single day gross chart for a Wednesday, according to figures released by Boxofficemojo.com. While the $15M figure is decent, it is probably lower than what Warner Bros. expected and nowhere near the $40M Wednesday opening record set by "Spider-Man 2" in 2004.
June 13, 2005
Early Consensus: "Batman Begins" Seizes the Crown
There have been a number of attempts to bring the Dark Knight to the big screen. They have varied from the brooding to the campy, with varying degrees of success. With "Memento" director Christopher Nolan at the helm, it appears someone's finally cracked the code that has eluded so many others.
June 13, 2005
Weinsteins Snatch Up Bruce Willis' "Lucky Number"
Despite the fact that Bob & Harvey Weinstein still don't even have a name for their new movie company, that certainly hasn't prevented the boys from doing some business. Their most recent acquisition is "Lucky Number Slevin," a crime thriller that stars Bruce Willis ("Die Hard"), Josh Hartnett ("Pearl Harbor"), Lucy Liu ("Charlie's Angels"), Morgan Freeman ("Batman Begins"), and Ben Kingsley ("Suspect Zero").
June 13, 2005
The Smith Spouses Demolish the Weekend Box Office
The charismatic superstar pairing of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie kicked a whole lot of box office butt over the past weekend, raking in an extremely impressive $51.1 million from 3,400 theaters. Industry insiders were expecting a solid bow for the semi-romantic action comedy "Mr. & Mrs. Smith," but the movie blew right past the predictions, thanks to a multi-demographic concept, (very) high media visibility, lots of high-end action, and good old-fashioned sex appeal. (Word is that a sequel is presently being discussed.)
June 10, 2005
Searchlight Moving Forward With Boyle's "Sunshine"
Variety reports some great news for all you Danny Boyle fans out there. Production will get underway on "Sunshine" this summer, and the unpredictable director already has three cast members pretty much locked up...
April 6, 2005
Comic Book Veteran to Show Some New "Spirit"
Artist Jeph Loeb is best known as the creator of several great "Batman" books and as a producer on TV's "Smallville," but he's just been commissioned to adapt Will Eisner's "The Spirit" for the big screen. Eisner is a legendary figure in the world of comic books, and he OKed the project just before passing away in January. Variety catches us up with the "Spirit" lore by saying it "follows a masked detective who is believed dead and uses that to his advantage to fight the criminals of Central City from his base at Wildwood Cemetery."
March 2, 2005
Batman Begins to Hit the Big Screen...in a BIG Way!
ComingSoon.net delivers a nifty press release from the fine folks at IMAX Entertainment & Warner Bros.: "IMAX Corporation and Warner Bros. Pictures today announced that 'Batman Begins' will be simultaneously released to IMAX and conventional 35mm theatres on June 17th, 2005.
February 8, 2005
Batman Begins Super Bowl Spot
The "Batman Begins" Super Bowl Spot is online for those who had missed the big game or want to see it again. Directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Christian Bale, "Batman Begins" tells the story of how Bruce Wayne becomes the caped crusader. The movie will be in theaters June 17th.
January 18, 2005
"Batman Begins" Pics
Batman-News has posted some production stills from the forthcoming "Batman Begins" movie, starring Christian Bale as the Caped Crusader. The site may be in German, but as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words. Directed by Christopher Nolan ("Memento"), "Batman Begins" is a new origin story centering on how Bruce Wayne comes to be Batman. "Batman Begins" will be in theaters June 17th, 2005.
January 11, 2005
Christian Bale on "Batman Begins"
Dark Horizons has posted an interview with Christian Bale, the star of the new Batman movie titled "Batman Begins." He says he's "not somebody that comes from a real comic book-loving background" and that he can't see why someone would dress in that kind of suit.
December 21, 2004
Goyer Talks Flash, Blade, and Thor
In an interview with Moviehole.com, "Blade: Trinity" writer/director David Goyer shares his thoughts on the "Blade" franchise, the Flash movie, and another comic book adaptation, Thor. If there is a fourth Blade movie, it may star someone else other than Wesley Snipes because "it's getting harder and harder to get Wesley to do these movies."
December 17, 2004
Goyer Flashes for WB
Variety delivers what feels like a daily dose of comic book news when they inform us of David Goyer's next project. Fresh off of all three "Blade" movies and next year's "Batman Begins," Mr. Goyer will write, produce and direct (but not star in) "The Flash" for Warner Bros.
December 14, 2004
Batman Begins Trailer Online
The trailer for the long-awaited "Batman" film is up at its official site. The film, due out in June 2005, tells the story of Bruce Wayne's metamorphosis into the Dark Knight.