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January 30, 2011 Leave a comment

(headlines have been pulled from Cinema Blend)

— Henry Cavill Cast as Zack Snyder’s Superman

Like with Superman Returns, the men behind the film looked for an unknown to play the titular character. Having only starred in a small handful of films such as Stardust, Tristan & Isolde and Count of Monte Cristo (he played Albert Mondego, the son of Count Mondego), they have found a relatively unknown. I for one thought Brandon Routh was an excellent choice for taking over the red cape in the last film and was hoping he would still be able to play the role once again. But the men behind the film, along with Warner Bros. do not want any connection between the films….even though it is inevitably going to happen no matter what they do. Oh, and the men behind the 2nd attempt at bringing back the Superman franchise are Christopher Nolan , who magnificently brought life back into the Batman franchise, will be serving as a producer on the film and Zack Snyder (300, Dawn of The Dead, Sucker Punch), who was picked by Christopher Nolan himself, has been given the directorial reigns.

So I personally can’t have anything but faith in these guys to bring us something spectacular on-screen. It will be interesting to see how Zack Snyder’s vision will be shown with Christopher Nolan there beside him. Only time will tell.

— Robin Willliams To Play Dr. Hugo Strange in Dark Knight Rises?

Robin Williams is an amazing dramatic actor though I believe it’s safe to say that when his name is heard, comedy is the first thing that comes to mind. What stands as a rumor right now, Robin Williams would be playing a Batman-obsessed villain psychologist. I don’t know about you guys, but this sounds awesome. With the recent announcement of Anne Hathaway (Love and Other Drugs, The Devil Wears Prada) playing Selina Kyle/Catwoman and Tom Hardy (Inception, RocknRolla) playing Bane….this is going to be on helluva ending to Christopher Nolan’s Batman Trilogy…..especially if they follow a story arc in the comic books relating to Bane….the audience may just poop themselves.

 


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Christopher McQuarrie

April 24, 2010 Leave a comment

Came into Hollywood in a huge way writing the critically acclaimed and Academy Award winning screenplay for Bryan Singer’s 1995 film The Usual Suspects. The film followed the interrogation of Verbal Kint, the only eye-witness to a waterfront explosion where 27 bodies and $91 million in drug money was found. The crime has him and four other men’s names written all over, the usual suspects. But soon it begins to feel like somebody elses is pulling the strings, Keyser Soze. The film is known as launching Kevin Spacey (L.A. Confidential, A Beautiful Mind) into a Hollywood star after winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor after his portrayal of Verbal Kint.

The film wasn’t the first time McQuarrie & Bryan Singer collaborated, nor would it be the last. They first joined forces in 1993 for the film Public Access about a local cable television show that begins to bring out dark secrets of a small “idyllic” american town. I’ve personally never seen it and most likely wont. In 2008, they teamed up to bring us Valkyrie starring Tom Cruise (The Last Samurai, Mission: Impossible III) about a plot to assassinate Hitler and the Nazi regime before the German nation is toppled in an inevitable defeat at the height of World War II by their own german officers and politicians. They are again collaborating for the 2011 remake of Jack The Giant Killer for Legendary Pictures (300, The Hangover, Watchmen, The Dark Knight).

In between the 13 years of the latter two Bryan Singer released collaborations, McQuarrie wrote and directed my favorite film of his. 2000’s The Way of The Gun starring Ryan Phillippe (Cruel Intentions) and Benicio Del Toro (Traffic, The Hunted) as two criminals that kidnap a surrogate mother, played by Juliette Lewis (Old School, Whip It), to a powerful and wealthy man. The dialogue is great throughout and how intelligent the two criminals are even though they just seem to be petty thieves is a good chuckle like “ha, that’s awesome”. The movie is filled with twists and the shootout at the end is quite enjoyable and fitting.

His latest completed screenplay is currently in production and is called The Tourist. Johnny Depp (Blow, From Hell) stars as a broken-hearted american visiting Italy whose path is crossed by a woman, played by Angelina Jolie (A Mighty Heart), who is trying to mislead the people after her former lover. Also starring Paul Bettany & Rufus Sewell who starred together in A Knight’s Tale and Timothy Dalton (1980’s Flash Gordon). Along with working on Jack The Giant Killer with Bryan Singer, he is also penning the sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine with Hugh Jackman reprising his role that made him a Hollywood actor.