The Gushing Cinephile: August 26, 2013
It’s been a while since I’ve posted in The Gushing Cinephile so I won’t waste time with an introduction. I’ve got too much to tell you with too little time. So let’s get right to it.
DC Adds Two Big Pieces and a Release Date:
You know, it’s rather funny. This past Thursday I was at the theatre watching You’re Next and I put my phone away as every good cinephile does when the lights go down. Now, usually I get big movie news instantly, whether it be from Twitter, Facebook, fellow bloggers, etc…essentially what I’m getting at is that my phone is a big player in me receiving news, new posts, comments, likes, followers, again etc…but it was a mere two hours spent without looking at it, “what’s the worst that can happen?” I thought to myself. So, after the movie, which was terrific by the way, I begin scrolling through twitter until something caught my eye. Lo and behold, Ben Affleck had been officially cast as Batman and apparently I was the last to know. I may start thinking twice about putting the device away during screenings from now on…but I digress.
Officially, the next film DC is set to release with Affleck under the cowl is the untitled “Batman vs Superman” flick which is scheduled to begin shooting in Toronto sometime in February. However, it now appears that Affleck has signed on to play Batman in multiple upcoming releases, much to the dismay of fanboys and critics everywhere. When news broke regarding Batfleck, the negative backlash and harsh criticism was abundant and chaotic. Yet, if you recall, fans everywhere were adamant when Heath Ledger was cast to play the Joker in “The Dark Knight” and similar outage followed Anne Hathaway when she officially became Catwoman…look how those castings turned out. Everyone just needs to relax and give Ben a chance, he is an outstanding filmmaker and has the potential to create a formidable caped crusader. Listen to Val Kilmer and Joss Whedon who both tweeted their support of Ben.
Not long after the announcement that shook the world, rumours began to swirl regarding Bryan Cranston stepping in as Superman’s nemeses, Lex Luthor. And what began as hearsay seems to have been all but officially announced. Cranston has been very vocal in his desire to play the role and appears to be well on his way to getting his wish. News is floating around that his casting isn’t merely a one film deal but a package that could include up to ten appearances. “Batman vs Superman” is scheduled to hit theatres July 17, 2015, whether you like it or not.
“Man of Steel” Home Video Release:
Speaking of Superman, “Man of Steel” will be hitting home video November 12th across all platforms, including a special collectors edition that’ll feature a metal “S” casing. Check out all the images and all the special features here.
If this happens to be your sort of thing, it’ll run you $59.99. I…honestly…whatever, just shut up and take my money.
First Look at Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar”
Below you’ll find just a brief video recorded on what appears to be a cell phone of Christopher Nolan shooting Matthew McConaughey in Alberta for his upcoming film “Interstellar.” The flick also stars Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway, Casey Affleck, John Lithgow, and Michael Caine.
Magnolia to Distribute “Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa”
For us Partridge fans in North America, it’s been difficult to see the release of “Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa” go over so well in the UK, but fear not. Magnolia has picked up the film and is going to distribute the film in North America with a release date set for early 2014. You can check out a few clips below to hold you over.
I’ve got a few new trailers for you all. Click on the title for all you need to know about the film.
“All the Boys Love Mandy Lane“
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
A Single Shot
Kirsten Dunst Joins Jeff Nichols “Midnight Special”
With Michael Shannon and Joel Edgerton already confirmed, Nichols follow up to “Mud” adds Kirsten Dunst. Not much is known about the film other than the fact it has a sci-fi edge and is about a father and boy, who has special powers, on the run.
Cotillard is Fassbender’s Lady Macbeth:
Natalie Portman was originally slated for the role but bowed out for reasons unknown. Not to be mean but I’d prefer Marion Cotillard for this role any how. Cotillard will star alongside Michael Fassbender in this Justin Kurzel directed pic. If you recall, Kurzel directed the incredibly unsettling but overly outstanding flick, “Snowtown.”
Ridley Scott’s “Exodus” Adds Some Big Names:
Reports are trickling in that Christian Bale will portray Moses in Scott’s biblical epic “Exodus.” Starring opposite Bale is Joel Edgerton as Ramses.
“Her” Set for Winter Release:
Spike Jonze “Her” will open in Toronto, New York and Los Angeles on December 18, 2013 and then get a wider release on January 10, 2014.
That’ll do it for this week’s edition of The Gushing Cinephile, everyone have a great week!
Posted on August 26, 2013, in News and tagged Affleck, Bale, Caine, Chastain, Cotillard, Cranston, Dunst, Edgerton, Fassbender, Hathaway, Kilmer, Kurzel, Ledger, Lithgow, McConaughey, Nichols, Nolan, Ridley Scott, Shannon, Spike Jonze, The Gushing Cinephile, Whedon. Bookmark the permalink. 28 Comments.
Such a long post this time with so many good tidbits. I was like you, where I was at a movie when the Affleck news broke. Felt so… isolated lol.
Should I have kept it shorter? I know, it sucked, we usually break the news.
This post was excellent except for one thing. I’d like to be able to enlarge that pic of Dunst, thanks!
Lol, I can send it to you if you’d like .
lol – you need to send me something else, Señor!
Indeed I do, I’ll get it to you by the end of the day .
There is a difference though. Ledger and Hathaway were proven talents. I like Ben, but as an actor he’s at best average. He isn’t on their level.
Ben is a proven talent and an excellent filmmaker, at least in my opinion. Argo, The Town, Good Will Hunting, and To The Wonder. I’m pretty sure he is also assisting in the writing process and going by his track record, I’m fairly confident. He definitely needs to prove he can do it, but he deserves the chance just as much as anyone else. Are you rooting for him or against him?
Honestly it doesn’t matter to me. While I enjoy the Batman films I don’t love them except for Nolan’s trilogy. Without Nolan & Bale I don’t have a whole lot of interest. When I do see it odds are video.
I guess one can label me a Nolan fanboy lol
I’m a huge Nolan fanboy too lol. However, I love me my comic books and comic book movies. I just don’t feel it’s fair to discredit Affleck, he has tons of talent. He should be given the chance and I’m optimistic he can pull it off.
Maybe a Burton-Schumacher version. But can’t see him pulling off something along the lines of Nolan’s. Bale is a great actor. We will see. I enjoy the comics and as a kid loved the 60s show and film. But while I still enjoy it and like the 80/90s again without Nolan don’t care as much about future films.
Fair enough, to each his own.
I wanted too Joseph Gordon Levett actually
Don’t like Ben Affleck but I do like Bryan Cranston
You didn’t like Argo, Gone Baby Gone, The Town, Good Will Hunting, or To The Wonder? I also love Bryan Cranston.
I did but not because of his acting.
I’m so interested to see what Kurzel does with Macbeth. Good to see him get an international production after Snowtown.
Same here, I thought Snowtown was so well done, a really underrated picture. Plus, Macbeth has such an awesome cast!
Great post buddy. Glad you like Alan Partridge!!
Thanks Tyson! On yeah, love me my Partrdge, can’t wait to see the flick .
I’m one of those giving Ben Affleck a chance people. I think he can do great plus, I know nothing of what angle they’ll take so I’m staying open-minded on that casting call I’m loving the trailers and Cotillard and Fassbender in Lady Macbeth? I’m in!
Same here, giving him the opportunity and waiting to see what happens, that’s what logical people do . Macbeth is hopefully going to be outstanding, has all the right pieces!
Glad to hear you’ll get to see Alpha Papa! By the way I keep meaning to mention I always enjoy these posts, helps me to keep up with what’s going on and the latest trailers, so by all means keep your phone out in the cinema. (As I feel confident it’ll never be the same cinema as I’m in, it won’t even bother me too much…)
Thanks! Glad I can keep you up to date and I’ll definitely keep one eye on my phone lol.
All The Boys Love Mandy Lane! God – are you Americans EVER going to see that damn movie?! Lol!
Lol, I have no idea, I hope so!
Are you Canadians ever going to see Mandy Lane too???