"Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" Trailer Officially Released
Batkid Begins, the documentary about 5-year-old leukemia survivor Miles Scott, will debut in theaters nationwide on June 26.
New Line Cinema bought the worldwide distribution rights and narrative remake rights to Dana Nachman’s crowdfunded documentary just last month. Julia Roberts is set to produce and star in a feature based on the story.
Originally titled Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World, the documentary chronicles the events of Nov. 15, 2013, when San Francisco was transformed into Gotham City to fulfill Miles’ wish to be Batman.
Now’s your chance to own your very own functional “Tron: Legacy” light cycle for as low as $25,000.
With a “96 volt, direct-drive electric motor with lithium batteries and a computer-controlled throttle, rebound and compression damping with spring-preload front suspension and rigid rear suspension, and front and rear hydraulic brakes,” the light cycle is “a fully functioning motorcycle that can be ridden, as it is powered by a direct-drive electric motor that has lithium batteries, which is mated to a computer-controlled digital electronic transmission. This custom ‘Tron’ tribute boasts a very low seat height of 28.5 inches, making it easy to ride even at low speeds.”
The cycle, billed on RM Sotheby‘s website as “2011 Custom Electric Motorcycle,” is up for auction on May 2.
Mark Ruffalo doesn’t just fight to protect Earth on the big screen as Avengers member Bruce Banner. The actor also spends much of his time advocating for environmental causes like Water Defense, the nonprofit organization he co-founded. Now the actor has teamed up with GoRaff to raise money for the clean water initiative and give a lucky winner a truly mighty experience with the big screen Avengers.
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New Line has bought the worldwide distribution rights to Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World, the documentary chronicling the events of Nov. 15, 2013, when San Francisco was transformed into Gotham City to fulfill the wish of 5-year-old leukemia patient Miles Scott to be Batman.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio also picked up the narrative remake rights for, for a project developed by Julia Roberts, who would produce and star.
The shot in the new Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer of the entire team leaping into action was so incredible that CBR’s Brett White wrote that the entire teaser “could have just been two minutes of this one moment on a loop and it would have still been a wild success.” (Naturally, a fan gave him exactly what he asked for.) But now someone has found a way to make that moment even more epic … by inserting Spider-Man.
The GIF is downright hypnotizing.
Last week, Robert Downey Jr. simultaneously revealed the Iron Man-themed poster for Avengers: Age of Ultron and promised a “big announcement” arriving eight days later.
While the aforementioned announcement isn’t slated to arrive until Thursday, Downey took to social media again today to promote his and Marvel Studios’ involvement in a promotion for Julia’s House, a children’s hospice charity.
As Birdman prepares to take its Oscars victory lap in theaters, Fox Searchlight has released a note-perfect take on 1990s toy commercials to promote the (presumably?) nonexistent action figure tie-in.
It’s a terrific sendup that may be a bit too sly, as there’s no mention of this weekend’s theatrical re-release of Alejandro González Iñárritu’s surreal comedy-drama, or even the Blu-ray/DVD. But, hey, it’s a lot of fun, and it’ll certainly keep people talking …
The coolest thing you’re likely to see today isn’t the snowstorm hitting the eastern United States or clips from last night’s SNL 40 special, but rather “Retrowave,” a 1980s-inspired animated short film by Florian Renner.
While our headline name-checks Tron and Back to the Future, the ’80s influences seem to go well beyond those; I feel as if I should be watching it while wearing a pink Sonny Crockett sports coat and sitting beneath a Patrick Nagal painting …
Unwilling to wait for Spider-Man to appear on screen alongside Earth’s Mightiest Mortals, ScreenCrush and mashup editor Sleepy Skunk have integrated the wall-crawler into the epic Battle of New York from 2012’s The Avengers. It’s impressively seamless, from the back and forth between Black Widow and Spidey to the bus rescue to the Chrysler Building sequence.
Of course, the next time we see Spider-Man on the big screen, he (alas) won’t be played by Andrew Garfield …
For a film whose plot relies so heavily on time travel and Quicksilver’s super-speed, the 2014 blockbuster X-Men: Days of Future Past may not have exploited either element to its full (or wholly logical) potential, as the folks at How It Should Have Ended note in their latest video.
And while Superman enthusiastically endorses moving really fast and reversing time — “Sounds groovy! I’m going to have to try that some day!” — a coffee-swilling Batman is all too happy to point out the inherent flaws in the mutants’ approach.
South Dakota may have Mount Rushmore, but now Sapporo, Japan has Mount Darth Vader. A 50-foot tall Star Wars snow sculpture was created in the city’s Odori Park to celebrate the 66th annual Sapporo Snow Festival.
The massive structure features Vader, a trio of Storm Troopers, TIE Fighters, and the ominous Death Star. According to a Google-translated story from Yahoo! Japan, the sculpture is approximately 50 feet high, 74 feet wide, and 65 feet deep. and took 2,000 people to complete. According to the festival’s website, “Snow Star Wars” was approved by Lucasfilm, making it the first snow sculpture to be formally endorsed by George Lucas’ production company. Check out pictures above and below, via CinemaCafe.
The Sapporo Snow Festival runs through Feb. 11 and attracts nearly 2 million people to the city.
Each week in the podcast Scriptnotes, screenwriters John August and Craig Mazin get together to talk about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters. For this week’s episode, August, Mazin and sex columnist Dan Savage set their sights on the portrayal of sex – or, rather, the lack thereof – in the industry and Marvel’s sexless superheroes.
When asked what he’d like to see movies and TV do more to portray sex in a positive but realistic way, the following exchange occurred:
Using footage from The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Iron Man 3 and the trailers for Ant-Man and Avengers: Age of Ultron, among other sources (some of which I don’t recognize), he’s crafted a pretty solid narrative that pits Tony Stark against Steve Rogers, with Black Widow, Falcon, Bucky Barnes, War Machine and even Scott Lang left to choose sides.
It’s pretty compelling, and the closest thing we’re likely to come to any actual Civil War footage for at least six months or so.
In recent months we’ve seen Batman vs. Darth Vader, and even DC vs. Marvel. But that was only for starters, as Alex Luthor — who brought us the latter — has now unveiled a fan trailer for … Star Wars vs. DC and Marvel.
Using footage from assorted movies, video games and even that aforementioned Batman vs. Darth Vader installment of “Super Power Beat Down,” the trailer is perhaps not as polished as Luthor’s DC vs. Marvel, but he does a good job of building tension using the sound of Darth Vader’s respirator (even if the cut to the Millennium Falcon from The Force Awakens teaser is a little too jarring). And it’s tough not to smile when Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord makes his entrance …
With The Interview proving to be a Christmas miracle for Sony Pictures, artist and movie fan Kevin Maguire has an idea of what roles stars Seth Rogen and James Franco could tackle next: Blue Beetle and Booster Gold. On Twitter, the co-creator of Justice League International pegged the actors to play the comedic duo he’s best known for drawing, saying, “They already have the deepest bromance in movies today.”
But that’s not all.