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So the other day I came across these online, and I couldn’t resist sharing it.
The Artist, Ástor Alexander, has done a number of prints of some of the worlds favourite Disney Princesses, in the style of Noir/Pulp Fiction covers. The result is AWESOME!
Alexander has also done many other prints that are available on their Tumblr and over at Society6. Some of these include Metroid, The Witcher and even Super Mario Bros! However, these Disney ones are so cool I had to put them up!
Just for added Geek points, these pictures are in order of original theatrical release 🙂
The Little Mermaid
Beauty and the Beast
The Princess and the Frog
So, which are your favourites? Who would you like to see Alexander tackle next?
With the controversial dismissal of James Gunn from Marvel Studios still in the mind of the consuming masses; fans and supporters in the industry have been rallying to show support to the shunned Director, including the a large number of the cast and crew of Guardians of the Galaxy! Recently, yet another member of the franchise has given their two cents worth regarding Disney’s knee-jerk decision.
In a recent interview with Empire Magazine, Hollywood legend Glenn Close has given some very candid views on the subject:
“It’s hard to think of it without him,” says Close, who played the character of Nova Prime in 2014’s original Guardians of the Galaxy. “It’s sad. And it brings up, I think, some very tricky issues around this movement. I bring it up with every woman I talk to because I want to know what people feel, you know? Is that truly what we should be doing? Especially in this case, somebody who’s known to ruin people for something that they wrote in a totally different context, what, ten, 12 years ago? What are we going to do, go back to our pasts and make sure that everything we said was politically correct? Who can live like that? I just feel that there’s something wrong about that.”
Everyone that has come to Gunn’s support has said the same thing, that the man who wrote those provocative tweets almost a decade ago is not the man who the world knows now. Given the length of time that has passed between the tweets and Gunn’s dismissal, not to mention the fact that this was way before he worked with Marvel, is it not possible that a person can change in that time? At the risk of sounding too political (because that’s not why I write these posts), consider what message Disney’s actions potentially send. One could build an argument that this gives people no motivation to change. Because why bother!? Say a few dumb things in your lifetime and you’ll be condemned regardless of the improved person that you’ve become years down the line. Close also raised some very interesting points when taken into account in matters such as this:
“We are very flawed creatures. Look at what we’re doing to our f***ing world. It was a question I was talking about to somebody last night – you have somebody that actually has the creative energy to create something like Guardians of the Galaxy. He’s a flawed human being. He was a, you know, cocky a*****e back then, and was saying things to provoke people. Does that negate him as an artist? I don’t think so. I personally do not think so. Or else we’re taking down buildings and paintings – you know, take down all the Picassos, he treated women terribly. If it’s going to be a lasting cultural revolution, which is a big change, if… We’ve got to take into consideration human nature.”
Despite everyone that has shared their opinion over the last few weeks though, Disney refuse to bow to the popular reasoning, no matter how loud the masses might shout about it. It’s this firm resolve of Disney’s that has led to the production of “Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 3” being put on-hold indefinitely while a new director is sourced. But the question is will this delay the delivery of their 2020 release date. Time will tell how this will all play out, but once again, I sadly doubt this is going to end with James Gunn returning to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
It’s been just over a month since James Gunn was axed by Disney following surfacing of decade-old tweets, which have caused quite a stir in certain circles and not in keeping with Disneys values. During this time there has been a rollercoaster of events concerning the studio, cast and other supporters on both sides of the fence, and certainly seems far form settling down any time soon.
In a recent article from Deadline, it’s become more apparent that the firing of Gunn is having more of a knock-on effect than originally anticipated. Reports have indicated that the plot has now thickened as pre-production crew for the third instalment of the franchise have been dismissed following the studio putting the project on hold temporarily! It stands to reason as Disney and Marvel Studios will have to go back a couple of steps while they do a patch job before moving forward.
So what’s next?
Disney are still looking for a replacement for Gunn. While there isn’t any one official in the spotlight at present, recent rumours have been that “Thor: Ragnarok” Director, Taika Waititi, has recently met with Marvel. Waititi has more than proven himself with Ragnarok and given the tone the film gave, stands pretty close to that of the Guardians movies.
Disney have not officially confirmed they will be scrapping James Gunns original script, but it would make sense as why would they reward Gunn with a pay check for his written work? This could then cause further issues with the cast as Dave Bautista (Drax) has been very vocal on Gunns dismissal and that he would walk out of his contract if they abandoned the original script.
With all these factors up in the air, you have to wonder exactly what the future has in store for everyones favourite interstellar outlaws! Gunn always said that Volume 3 would be the last instalment with this collection of Guardians. But with the cast standing firm in their support for Gunn, could this indicate that a complete overhaul for the franchise is coming sooner than originally expected? Time will tell, more on this as it develops!
So it’s been a fun few months discussing the pros and cons of the upcoming sequel of the “Man of Steel”. The comic-con reveal that Batman will be making an appearance, the fact that Ben Affleck will be donning the cowl and a relative unknown Gal Gadot being chosen to play Wonder-Woman. What else could possibly be thrown our way with regards to what could possibly be the most anticipated comic book movie of all time!!??
Well, today we were the victims of two more bombshells.
That’s right, we now have Everyone’s favourite Butler Alfred Pennyworth in the shape of British Actor Jeremy Irons, and Supermans arch nemesis Lex Luthor is being played by “The Social Networks” Jesse Eisenberg!
But what do we make of all of this? Is Eisenberg too young to play Luthor? Is Irons able to pull off Bruce Wayne’s trusted man-servant? Let’s look at the evidence…
Jeremy Irons as Alfred was an interesting choice for me. Strong performer, great presence on screen. And that’s my problem, Irons doesn’t really blend into the background. Plus has he kind of played too many villains in the past to play the caring surrogate Father figure to the Caped Crusader? I mean thi about it, “The Beorgias”, “Die Hard 3”, “Dead ringers” (well 1 of him anyway) not to mention SCAR in the “Lion King”. Irons can be a larger than life character with a simple look, so I’m really looking forward to seeing what he does with it, especially as it’ll steer away quite a bit from Michael Caines take on the role each in recent years has kind of become somewhat iconic in some respects.
As far as Eisenberg goes, I’m not 100% convinced at this exact moment. At aged 30 I have to admit I was expecting someone a little older, but then again Michael Rossenbaum was 29 when he first started playing the role on Smallville and he is probably more iconic in the role over a decade than Kevin Spacey in Superman Returns (and he was the only redeemable aspect of the entire film!). I watched “Now you see me” a little while back and the thing that strikes me about Eisenberg is that he plays calm and cocky rather well, but he needs to find a whole new level to that. Lex Luthor is cold, calculating and for the most part subtle. I’m not saying he can’t perform to that extent, I’m just saying I’ve not seen him pull that off yet!
All in all I think this is a strong start, but I’m also finding myself a little dubious about the number of names associated with the project. Not just talent wise but character wise as well. Could Zack Snyder bring DC to finally catching up with the Marvel bandwagon and get Justice League off the ground, or could we be looking at a repeat of Batman & Robin ad Spider-Man 3 by having too many big characters to develop in a very short space of time? Just kidding. Nothing is as bad as Batman & Robin, not even Daredevil. Yeah I said it, NOT EVEN DAREDEVIL!
The story is relatively simple to be honest. The film centres in Franklin, Virginia where the three Bondurant brothers Forrest (Bane himself, Tom Hardy), Howard (Jason Clarke) and Jack (Former Autobot Cohort, Shia LaBeouf) are some of the lead bootleggers of Moonshine Alcohol in the area during the rise of prohibition. The country life of Bootlegging proves easy pickings even with the local law, however their luck soon changes with the arrival of Special Deputy Charlie Rakes (Guy Pearce), which eventually proves chaotic for all those involved. Throw in potential for romantic connections via new in town femme Maggie Beauford (The Helps, Jessica Chastain) and Preachers Daughter Bertha Minnix (Tim Burtons Alice, Mia Wasikowska), plus shady dealings with crime boss Floyd Banner (legendary Police commissioner Gary Oldman) and you have the well thought out, beautifully constructed Drama “Lawless”. Just to refresh your memory, lets take a look at the trailer…
For those of you unaware, the screenplay was written by Australian Singer/Songwriter Nick Cave, and is adapted from the true events from the novel entitled “The Wettest County in the World” by Matt Bondurant. Bondurant (Grandson of Jack Bondurant). Nick Cave does a very good job of adapting the screenplay, the writing flows, and works brilliantly with the talent of the cast. The Soundtrack is also structured very well, making very good use of some of the best country stars out there today. Artists such as Emmylou Harris, Ralph Stanley, The Bootleggers, Willie Nelson and even the films writer Nick Caved himself. All these stars mix together to bring you a great collaboration of authentic Bluegrass inspired by the early part of the 20th Century.
The film overall is very well done. I really enjoyed the pace, it rarely dragged and thankfully didn’t really have any unnecessary waffle. One thing that I must let you know is that there are some things in this movie that are not for the faint of heart. That’s not to say they’re unnecessary or explicit; the content is required to the overall journey of the story and with great effect. But if you’re a little squeamish, this may not be the film for you. “Lawless” is a nice little all-rounder. But what honestly worked for me was the casting. Everything just seemed to fit effortlessly. If I’m honest, I would have liked to have seen a bit more of Oldman in the movie but that’s simply a personal preference.
Tom Hardy is brilliant as the strong and silent Forrest. Although slightly monosyllabic during a number of scenes (no digital audio enhancement required!), his timing and delivery were just spot on throughout. I have to admit, I was mainly drawn to this film because of Hardy, after his performance in the Dark Knight Rises, which I also thoroughly enjoyed. Its shows tremendous talent to portray as much emotion as he does which as little amount of expression as he uses, this film is worth watching for his pearls of wisdom alone!
Guy Pearce did a masterful job of immersing himself in this role. Making the audiences skin crawl at every point he really pulls out the stops throughout his entire performance! You can tell from the trailer alone that Rakes is not intended, nor ever going to be a likeable character; but the levels that he goes to in order to get his authority across is nothing short of horrifying.
As for Jessica Chastain. I haven’t really seen her much before this, but I can honestly say this will change following the viewing of this film. She has such a presence about her, she really draws you in. The character of Maggie has a past, this you’re aware of, and although it doesn’t really get elaborated on that much, by half way through the film you don’t really focus on the past, simply on the matters at hand and the consequences that follow. From this performance, I’ve definitely become a fan. Quite simply, Jessica Chastain honestly is a work of sheer class in this movie!
A nice little treat for everyone is granted in the shape of Gary Oldman, who plays crime boss Floyd Banner. Despite his small amount of screen time compared to his co-stars, he continues to have the power to grab the audience’s attention by a simple look! Basically proving once again what we all know, if you put Oldman in a movie his performance is what is better known as money in the BANK!
Now then, let’s address the man-boy shaped elephant in the room, Shia LaBeouf. A lot of people lost respect for him after Indian Jones 4, and to be fair you can understand. But to be honest I’ve never really disliked him in anything, in fact a hidden gem for me is his movie “Disturbia”, a 21st century version of Alfred Hitchcocks “Rear Window”. In this movie he portrays the runt of the Bondurant clan, Jack; who looks to become more involved in the family business. I wasn’t actually expecting the film to revolve around him as much as it did, but in spite of the public’s misgivings about him, LaBeouf is actually quite a talented guy and works well in front of the camera given the right roles to work with. I have to admit, I thought he did really well with this, having seen him in some really random stuff over the years, it’s really nice to see him tackle something with a bit of grit.
Bottom line, this film is well written, well performed and doesn’t get dull by losing pace. Truly a piece of work everyone should feel happy with. What I will say is that if you’re not a fan of LaBeouf, this possibly isn’t the film for you. However, if you’re a fan and can look past such trivial issues, this is definitely a film that deserves attention!
Well, it’s been a while, since I’ve posted anything of not. Classic case of slacking off while immersing in trying to complete every Riddler challenge in Arkham City, read as many of DCs New 52 as I possibly can, whilst also watching as many films as I physically can in order to bring more and more musings to you all in 2012. And a really big point of interest is 20th Century Fox’s offering this year is their recent release “Chronicle”! For those of you who haven’t seen anything about this before, let’s take a look…
The film documents three friends experiences as they develop superpowers in a freak underground encounter. However, the film predominantly revolves around initial Teen Loner Andrew Detmer (played by Dane DeHaan), whose troubled journey in life truly gives the impression that you can’t help but feel sorry for him. As two-dimensional as this film may appear to some sceptics, Script Writer Max Landis and Director Josh Trank do a masterful job of meshing the social politics of High School with the responsibility that come with possession of great power providing a rollercoaster of Teen angst, humour, drama and action in a very modest 80 minutes of screen time.
Technically the film is sound. The special effects are slick enough to maintain a level of believability in the story. At the start you get the impression that it could be a bit flat being shot with hand-held cameras as they go through their experiences together. However, as their power increases the finesse of the cinematography grows with them, by the end of the film through multiple angles of various devices you almost get a sense of watching a major motion picture with many fancy camera angles.
Quite simply put, go and see this film! I figured this would be worth a look but what I wasn’t prepared for was the range of emotion you not only see on-screen but that which you may go through yourself as the audience. With some rather funny moments, gripping action and well-timed suspense this is a film that everyone should watch at least once!
Yeah I know bootlegs have been buzzing around since being aired with the release of “Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows: Part 2”. However, the official release of the Teaser has now been released around the world giving people a much more clear and steady view of what we can expect from Christopher Nolans final Batman installment. So let’s take a look at what’s in store…
I’ll admit, the first time I watched the bootleg, I geeked out. And it goes without saying that when I watched this official release I still geeked out, probably a little more than before!
The trailer itself is rather gripping, however all it does is pose more and more questions (don’t get me wrong, I think that’s a great way of doing it)! Why would Gordon be in the Hospital? Will Bane be affiliated The League of Shadows? Will Bane crack Batmans back over his knee à la Knightfall Saga? I’m rather frustrated that we have to wait another year before we get close to knowing any of these things!
There is of course, a boat load about the movie not addressed in the trailer. Items that we can only speculate on at the moment, biggest of all is whether or not Liam Neeson will be making an appearance as Ra’s al Ghul?! Now we know there is a young Ra’s cast but there are 2 possibilities behind this…Either it’s just a flashback to when he was younger…OR… (my personal favorite) The young Ra’s could be a result of old Ra’s being put in the Lazarus Pit, thereby having Liam Neeson as a cameo to introduce the younger incarnation. Plausible? God I hope so! Let’s not forget the rumors circulating that Marion Cotillard may actually be Talia Al Ghul (Ra’s Daughter), somehow I get the impression that this is going to have more layers than Inception!! This is a factor that is starting to worry me a little bit, throwing all this into the mix along with Anne Hathaway becoming established as Selina Kyle/Catwoman? I get the feeling this may be a rather long movie indeed, BRING IT ON!
But of course let’s not forget the supposed “big bad” of the piece…BANE! Played by Tom Hardy, I wrote a little while back about the release of a promo shot via Twitter of the Nolans latest villain. While awesome as it looked you couldn’t make his face out too well, if you blinked and missed the detail in the trailer, check this out…
Basically, the term awesome just about covers it at the moment. As for final product? Well we’re just going o have to wait for next summer to find out!
Two days ago (May 20th) the website for the third bat-installment “The Dark Knight Rises” (TheDarkKnightRises.com) went live. However, with no logos, pictures, release dates you begin to wonder what they could possibly be showing. Well it’s quite simple, all Nolan and the rest of the brains behind “The Dark Knight Rises” is this simple piece of audio:
If played through a sound program (I’m reliably informed Audacity doesn’t work) you can reveal an encryption which shows #thefirerises! Now most of you will realize that this is a Twitter reference, if you follow Twitter.com/TheFireRises, or use the hashtag “#thefirerises” you will be replied to with a link http://www.thedarkknightrises.com/image.html, it shows a mosaic picture of following Twitterer’s which THEN focuses into DCs very own super-steroid driven BANE! That’s right, we have now received the very first shot from the new movie and it’s the one I’m personally interested to see how he is portrayed by England’s own Tom Hardy! For those who don’t fancy going through so many steps to view what the movie is teasing. Take a look at THIS!!!
HOLY SHIT YEAH! Now now all we have are questions until either next year or the next time they decide to viral something else from the film! Is Bane to be the soldier for the League of Shadows Bruce Wayne refused to be? Judging by this picture Banes Venom supply could be respiratory (judging by the pipes on the front of his mask), how big will it make him realistically? What the hell is that chanting about on the sound-byte!? Maybe something to do with the league, maybe it’s leading to something else in the future. I’ve replayed it slowed, reversed and used various tones…I’m totally out of ideas, so for the time being I’m simply just going to wait and see. Until then, look how bad ass Hardy looks in this picture!
Over recent weeks there has been a great number of rumours and speculation as to what Zack Snyder has had in mind with his next major project, one of the more anticipated comic book reboots starring Detective Comics Patriotic Extra Terrestrial entitled “Superman: Man of Steel”! However, now there are more and more facts coming to light, mainly involving casting but it’s still looking promising enough to talk about. Will it rise up to the ranks of Christopher Nolans Batman franchise? Or will it crash and burn like many cast members and set of that god forsaken Spiderman musical!?
Let’s take a look at the Man of Steel himself. Superman (AKA Kal El) is being portrayed by Britains own Henry Cavill, who is more known from playing Charles Brandon in “The Tudors” with Johnathan Rhys Meyers and also played the pompous upstart Humphrey in “Stardust”. I have to admit I’ve never heard of this guy apart from when I found out he was in “Stardust” (for those who may be judging me…I care not, I love that film!), but I really think he has the right look, I stumbled across a photo online a couple of weeks back which rendered him in the old blue and red…
Of course there is one factor that defines Superman and the path he takes for truth and justice around the world, and that is his adopted human parents Johnathan and Martha Kent. The pair will be played by Diane Lane and Kevin Costner! Diane Lane has been long-established for many years, unfortunately, being the geek that I am, the only film of hers I take true note of is her performance of Judge Hershey in Stallones classic version of “Judge Dredd”! Still, never the less from other footage I have seen in the past I honestly believe she will do right by the part. Now, let’s get to possibly one of the best castings I think Snyder has made for this film, Kevin Costner! Johnathan Kent is a very All-American character, and you don’t really get more All-American than this legend! “Untouchables”, “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves”, “JFK”, “Bill Durham”, “Field of Dreams”! OK, we can forgive him for “Waterworld” and MAYBE “The Postman”, and why I hear you ask? Because he is Kevin frickin’ Costner!
So let’s talk about Lois Lane, yes she’s never really been that bright in noticing that all that stood between a secret identity was a pair of NHS spectacles, but this is such a sought after role and gained a lot of attention. Natalie Portman (too small), Anne Hathaway (playing Catwoman), Dianna Agron (maybe a little young), Kristen Stewart (yeah I know…that would have sucked), Malin Akerman, Rachel McAdams (favourite of mine), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (awesome in “Scott Pilgrim” but may not be right for her), Kristen Bell, Lake Bell, Olivia Wilde, Mila Kunis (voice just doesn’t gel) and Jessica Biel were considered for the part. But after all that Zack Snyder made an INSPIRED move recently and cast Amy Adams as the Daily Planets number one reporter! I love Amy Adams work, and I think she’s going to be great for the part and will no doubt open up a whole new fan base for her.
Naturally the Last Son of Krypton needs a nemesis to square off against, but who? No one has mentioned the name Lex Luthor at all, maybe “Smallville” has stolen that particular thunder, maybe no one wants to follow Kevin Spaceys great performance in “Superman Returns”, the film is a little underrated but I enjoy watching maybe once every year or two. There are many other smaller enemies they can bring to the table, Brainiac, Bizarro, Darkseid, maybe even the Suicide Squad, however there is one that shines above all others…Still can’t piece it together? Ok I’ll back track a little, a couple of months ago a series a actress’ were auditioning for what the public believed to be Lois Lane. However, it later transpired it was actually for the role of Ursa, for those that don’t know who this is, Ursa is the hench-woman of one of the greatest ranking member of the Rogues Gallery and my personal choice for main movie villain…GENERAL ZOD! The Kyptonian outcast made famous by Terrence Stamps performance in “Superman 2”, this is the perfect choice to bring to a new generation of fanboy; it’ll give an intense progression which can embody a single film rather than have to build up over another movie or two. And the rumour is there are two people in the running to play him, they are Viggo Mortensen and Daniel Day-Lewis!!! Either choice would just be awesome!
Although no aspects of the plot have actually been announced yet I still think the movie is starting off very strong, with David S Goyer (writer for “The Dark Knight”) attached to writing duties I think we could be in for one hell of a ride. And with an estimated budget of $175,000,000 (roughly £110,000,000) there is no limit to the possibilities for this movie are endless. And I for one have never been let down by Zack Snyders vision via “300” and “Watchmen” and I highly doubt he’s going to start letting fans down now!
A couple of days ago a supposed plot line had been leaked for Chris Nolans “The Dark Knight Rises”, the swan song to his amazing vision of the Caped Crusader Batman! Let’s paint a little backdrop for the scene…Since they announced Nolans Batman would become a trilogy there was a horrendous amount of speculation with regards to villains, storyline etc, at one point I remember reading a random rumour that David Tennant was in line to play The Riddler (have to admit I thought that would be pretty cool). In January of this year we were informed by Nolan that Anne Hathaway had been cast to play Selina Kyle (aka Catwoman) but we weren’t sure if Catwoman herself would show, only Ms Kyle had been named; However, in an interview on Oprah this week she was referring to her character casting as Catwoman, slip of the tongue or was she just using the character reference as its more well-known than the alter ego? We’ll find out next year but I think Hathaway will be a great addition to the cast. Prior to this casting it had become common knowledge that the UKs very own Tom Hardy (Inception/Bronson) had been tipped to play a part in the movie, although it was unknown who he would be portraying; most speculated it to be Dr Hugo Strange, but it soon became apparent that Chris Nolan had other grand ideas and cast him in the role of the super steroid enhanced, criminal mastermind BANE! Those of us unlucky enough to be scarred by Joel Schumachers take on one of DCUs best villains (in my mind anyway) this quote from Hardy will hopefully put your mind at ease in assuring us this will not happen EVER AGAIN:
“Christopher Nolan will revisit the character, so I wouldn’t go by that at all. I’m going to need to bulk up a lot for it. That’s a lot of weight to put on and I’ve got to start shooting in May. I’ve got to go up to about 13 or 14 stone. I’m 12 and a bit now, so I only have a few months to do that.”
The fact that Hardy, a talented actor, is willing to put himself through this sort of regime shows nothing but promise for the quality of the film. On thing that you can never be sure of is if Nolan would be accurate with regards to the costumes of various characters. So would Bane where his trademark (what some heretics believe gimp-style) mask in the new movie? Hardy simply had this to say:
“Only if I feel like it.”
OK so let’s get to the theorized plot…As mentioned before Catwoman will be appearing (possibly as a villain to begin with) but by the end of the film she is meant to be teaming up with the Bat to go up against…The League of Shadows! Fans will recognise Nolan has used The League before in “Batman Begins” with Liam Neeson as Ra’s al Ghul; however this time around it will be headed by his daughter Talia! The Leagues purpose is unknown right now but what we do know is Bane is meant to be in her corner (muscle or love interest?), also another Nolan favorite Joseph Gordon-Levitt will be joining their cause, no idea what part he’ll be playing yet but my hopes are on either Hugo Strange or the Black Mask!
Once again I can’t stress enough this is not written in stone! Merely rumours and speculation, not to mention the fact that Nolan is known for using misdirection in his movies, why not utilise those talents to misdirect the public to make the unveiling so much more awesome! Personally, I would really like to see the venom-enhanced Bane break the back of Charlie Sheen across his knee à la Knightfall Saga…Yeah I know that’s got nothing to do with the film but the visual alone is rewarding enough, who would be winning then Charlie?! Pushing the imploding star to one side, filming for “The Dark Knight Rises” should be starting in May of this year and I personally am on the edge of my seat already in anticipation of what could be coming our way! Yeah sure, Tom Hardy may not be the first vision of Bane, BUT people damn near condemned Nolan for casting Heath Ledger; until of course we heard the teaser of the Joker, watched the trailers, hell I’ve watched “The Dark Knight” over 10 times and it never gets old! It’s with occasions like this that I’ve some to put my trust in Chris Nolans casting decisions and I’m pretty sure Bane is going to be awesome. One thing you can guarantee, the second I hear anything else, it will be getting posted!