O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay! Fans of Tim Burton‘s 2010 film Alice in Wonderland should be chortling in their joy at all the news coming about the sequel, Alice Through the Looking Glass. Based off of Lewis Carroll‘s Through the Looking-Glass, which was itself a sequel to his earlier Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Alice Through the Looking Glass promises to deliver even more madcap antics and zany characters than its predecessor. Returning for more adventures in Wonderland are Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen, and Alan Rickman, in what would prove to be his final role. Watch now below as Walt Disney Pictures has just released a new TV spot for the film!
The Elevator Pitch is the art of summing up your movie idea in a line or phrase that can instantly give the listener an impression about the theme or genre of a project. For example, “Die Hard on a bus.” That’s Speed in a nutshell. Or Wagon Train to the Stars, which is how Gene Roddenberry pitched Star Trek to NBC in the 1960s. So what kind of movie does the pitch “Godzilla Meets Lost In Translation” conjure? How about “Transformers versus Adaptation“? Well that’s how the new movie Colossal is being described, and now Anne Hathaway, who’s no stranger to high-concept projects, has been cast to star in the film. (more…)
When it was first announced that Christopher Nolan’s next motion picture would be a return to original, hard science fiction, I was filled with joy. It’s not that I don’t appreciate his Batman films (The Dark Knight still stands as one of the best pieces of commercially-minded filmmaking made during my lifetime), they just don’t stack up to Inception — a film whose humanistic spirit is as big as its brain. While Nolan’s Batfilms are undoubtedly thrilling on a technical level, they still lack the eloquent investment of an artist utilizing a massive canvas to express deep-seated personal issues. However, now that he’s put his franchise days behind him (for the moment, at least), Christopher Nolan is again able to explore titanic ideas employing near infinite resources.
Today we get our first long look at his upcoming space travel film, Interstellar, which is attached to Godzilla in theaters this weekend (Sarah says you should see it!), and the spot promises a truly awe-inspiring journey.
Last night was the 39th Saturn Awards, honoring the talent of those working in the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genre. Y’know, the good stuff. Surprising absolutely no one, Joss Whedon was a big winner taking home Best Director for The Avengers, along with The Avengers winning for Best Science Fiction Film and Cabin in the Woods winning for Best Horror/Thriller Film. Not stopping there, The Avengers was also honored when Clark Gregg won for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Agent Coulson. Honestly, I don’t understand why The Avengers didn’t walk away with every award, but I guess, sure, there were a few other good genre films last year, too.
Jennifer Lawrence won Best Actress for The Hunger Games, another well deserved and absolutely un-shocking victory. And The Dark Knight Rises only garnered one win with Anne Hathaway‘s performance as Catwoman snagging Best Supporting Actress. I have to agree with all these choices, but I did scratch my head over a few of the other winners. Matthew McConaughey won Best Actor for Killer Joe. Um… yeah… haven’t even heard of that one. And why was Les Miserables included in an award show honoring science fiction, fantasy, and horror? They went home with an award for Best Costumes.
On the TV side of things there were a few surprising upsets, particularly Breaking Bad beating Game of Thrones for Best Television Presentation and Teen Wolf beating Doctor Who for Best Youth-Oriented Series on Television. I mean, WHAT!? Nothing against Breaking Bad, but why the hell were you even there? Go back to the Emmy’s, I’m sure you’ll sweep ’em what with it being your last season and all. And Teen Wolf over Doctor Who!? Ugh. Go home Saturn Awards, you’re drunk.
You can find the whole list of winner below the cut, and visit the Saturn Awards’ website for a full list of nominees. What surprises you the most about how these awards went down?
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In keeping with Christopher Nolan‘s tradition of hiring actors from one project to the next (see: everyone from Inception in The Dark Knight Rises), it seems that Anne Hathaway is in talks to come aboard Nolan’s next project Interstellar, according to Deadline.
Not much is known about the project except that it will be a “ambition is a film that will depict a heroic interstellar voyage to the farthest borders of our scientific understanding.” Matthew McConaughey confirmed last week that he’s intending to sign on the dotted line after the rumor that he was in the running as the film’s leading man leaked.
Hathaway herself is coming off a big year that culminated in winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Les Miserables. She also appeared in Nolan’s Rises as Selina Kyle/Catwoman.
More casting news as it develops.
Source: Comic Book Movie
It’s quite possible there’s no organization – religious or secular – more controversial in America right now than the Topeka, Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church. The group is perhaps known for their protests at the funerals of U.S. soldiers, the deaths of whom they consider punishment by God for America’s sinfulness, but they attracted new levels of scorn in December when they pledged to protest the funerals of the children that died in the Sandy Hook massacre for the same reason.
But drowned out in all that controversy is a recent and surprising defection from the church, the Rev. Fred Phelps’ own granddaughter Megan. Megan and her sister Grace officially severed all ties with WBC and their Topeka-based congregation last November after Megan, admittedly, began having doubts over the beliefs and dogma expressed by the church and her grandfather.
Megan has largely been quiet since parting ways with her old life. This is unusual because Megan was very much a force in the WBC, spearheading its social media outreach and often acting as a spokesperson for the church. Many even thought that she might even be a leader in the church someday. But her surprising departure is not so surprising once you hear her reasons why. In fact, an article found here by Jeff Chu, author of Does Jesus Really Love Me?: A Gay Christian’s Pilgrimage in Search of God in America, spells them out pretty good. The reason this comes to the attention of Nerd Bastards today is this quote here:
“There’s no fresh start in today’s world. Any twelve-year-old with a cell phone could find out what you did. Everything we do is collated and quantified. Everything sticks.”
The line was said by Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway) in The Dark Knight Rises, her justification for continuing to make a career as a thief rather than try to get out of the business. Megan opens a blog post quoting the line in an online comment posted today. In it, Megan talks about her and her sister’s difficulty in making a clean break from the only life they’ve ever known, and their anticipation looking forward at the unknowable road ahead.
“Up until now, our names have been synonymous with ‘God Hates Fags,'” she writes. “Any twelve-year-old with a cell phone could find out what we did. We hope Ms. Kyle was right about the other part, too, though – that everything sticks – and that the changes we make in our lives will speak for themselves.”
I wish I had a “Clean Slate” to give Megan, but I think she’s going to turn out fine. In the meantime, this is the latest round of bad news for WBC, which recently had to cancel their planned “Obama is Antichrist” Inauguration protest and has suffered repeated cyber attacks by Anonymous. I’m sure Westboro and Phelps have a conspiracy theory about all this, but maybe God just hates them.
It’s a good day for Steven Spielberg as his latest film, Lincoln, received 12 Academy Award nominations this morning. On the other hand, Spielberg’s encountered some drama on getting his next film project, Robopocalypse, off the ground. The film was already been delayed once, but it seems that script difficulties have stymied any potential progress on what might be Spielberg’s first foray into sci-fi since 2005’s War of the Worlds.
Here’s Spielberg’s statement to The Hollywood Reporter:
[The project is] too important and the script is not ready, and it’s too expensive to produce. It’s back to the drawing board to see what is possible.
Robopocalypse, based on the book by Daniel H. Wilson, is a pretty hot property. Chris Hemsworth, Anne Hathaway and Ben Whishaw were already attached to star, and The Cabin in the Woods filmmaker Drew Goddard’s been working on the script.
Although it’s disconcerting, it’s still possible that we might see Robopocalypse in the near future. After all, it did take about ten years to get Lincoln in front of the cameras, so we might see it sometime sooner or later. In the meantime, I guess you can read the book.
Not far into our future, the dazzling technology that runs our world turns against us. Controlled by a childlike—yet massively powerful—artificial intelligence known as Archos, the global network of machines on which our world has grown dependent suddenly becomes an implacable, deadly foe. At Zero Hour—the moment the robots attack—the human race is almost annihilated, but as its scattered remnants regroup, humanity for the first time unites in a determined effort to fight back. This is the oral history of that conflict, told by an international cast of survivors who experienced this long and bloody confrontation with the machines. Brilliantly conceived and amazingly detailed, Robopocalypse is an action-packed epic with chilling implications about the real technology that surrounds us.
Why read about one comic-to-film story when you can read about four? That’s our motto! So for this Superhero Round-Up feel free to peruse stories about Nick Fury’s next film appearance, Sir Patrick’s next X-Men appearance, and a couple of Dark Knight bits for good measure. (DVD release date plug!) Let’s start the round-up… (more…)
DreamWorks Studios is one step closer to bringing Steven Spielberg‘s Robopocalypse to the big screen with the addition of former Fox chief Tom Rothman. Rothman has signed on to produce the feature acquired by DreamWorks and Doubleday from Daniel H. Wilson‘s formerly unpublished manuscript as part of a pre-emptive deal back in November 2009.
Reports are also coming out from The Hollywood Reporter that Dark Knight Rises star Anne Hathaway is in talks to star as the female lead next to Avengers star Chris Hemsworth in the futuristic adaptation. Yes, Catwoman and Thor in a movie. Before you get too excited though, we should caution that these talks are still in the early stages and negotiations are still underway.
What is Robotocalypse? The story focuses on “the fate of the human race following a robot uprising.” Robopocalypse is being adapted to screen by Cloverfield screenwriter Drew Goddard with Disney and Fox looking ahead toward a April 25th, 2014 release date. Principal photography is set to begin sometime in early 2013.
As the Dark Knight Rises cast made it’s way through the pre-movie opening press, Anne Hathaway sat down with Digital Spy and answered the question:
“(Nolan) has said as well that Catwoman deserves her own movie, what do you think about that?”
“I think it would be lovely to see more of her but only if it’s with the right people,” Hathaway said. “She lives in this Gotham City and so it would have to be established by the people who have made this Gotham City. For me, at least.”
You can check out the interview in the video below. What do you think about this idea? Can Hathaway break the Catwoman movie curse?
Yes, there is a curse, it was put there by Halle Berry.
Let us know what you think in the comments section below.