Movie News: Zack Snyder rumored to direct 'Star Wars' sequel

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to become a film producer? Okay, now what if you could help fund a documentary that tells the story of how a pop culture icon, namely Batman, has positively affected people to overcome personal obstacles both great and small? And that the profits of the film, once completed, would be donated to charitable organizations?

Producer/director of ‘Legends of the Knight,’ Brett Culp has (via a partnership with Kickstarter) offered to do exactly that. If you’re moved by the video, or have just always dreamed of becoming a movie producer; now is a chance to do that. Contributions can be made for as little as $1.00 via www.wearebatman.com

Who would have guessed that a comic book icon would have such positive effects upon people’s lives?

Speaking of superheroes; Warner Brothers has begun special preview screenings of director Zack Snyder’s ‘Man of Steel,’ his Superman reboot which is set to hit theaters nationwide on June 14th.

‘Man of Steel’ combines the directing talents of Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen) with the writing and producing talents of David S. Goyer and Christopher Nolan, respectively. Goyer was the screenwriter behind director Christopher Nolan’s recently completed Batman Trilogy (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises.)

According to multiple online sources and originally reported by JoBlo, the film is exactly what fans might expect from the combination of talent involved with the film. ‘Batman’ director Nolan’s more dramatic and darker tone (as a producer) influencing the visual style of Zack Snyder, who first burst onto my film nerd radar with his remake of ‘Dawn of the Dead’ in 2004.

Snyder is also rumored to be quietly developing a standalone spinoff film for the recently resurrected ‘Star Wars’ universe. Reports have leaked that Snyder’s ‘Star Wars’ film would take place independently of the established storylines and would focus on a group of Jedi Knights involved in a ‘Seven Samurai’-inspired tale. That sounds like a fun movie!

Since we’re kind of on a superhero roll here with movie news today…

Multiple sources, including The Hollywood Reporter and ScreenRant have broken the news that actor Chris Cooper has signed on to play Norman Osborne, the billionaire madman who eventually becomes The Green Goblin. Variety reports that although Cooper has been signed to play Osborne, there has not been any confirmation from Sony Pictures/Columbia Pictures camps as to whether or not Osborne’s alter-ego The Green Goblin will appear in the upcoming film ‘The Amazing Spider Man 2.’

Cooper is a well known character actor who won an Academy Award in his supporting role for the film ‘Adaptation’ in 2003, and is familiar with movie goers from his roles in films such as ‘American Beauty’, ‘The Town’, and as an adversary to  Matt Damon’s Jason Bourne character in  ‘The Bourne Identity.’

 

Academy Awards: Memorable moments and Oscars trivia

The 85th anniversary of the Academy Awards ceremony, or Oscars, bring to mind some truly indelible moments from the past as well as some interesting minutiae about their history.

The statue that the winners receive is officially recognized as the Academy Award of Merit. Legend has it that in 1931, Academy librarian Margaret Herrick, upon seeing the statue for the first time commented, ‘Why it looks like my Uncle Oscar!’ Continue reading

2013 Academy Award nominees available at home right now

With the Oscars just a few days away now, you might be wondering how to get yourself caught up on some of the Oscar nominated films and performances that you missed in theaters.

Worry no more. This list includes films that were nominated, and how you can view them in the comfort of your own home before the big awards show this Sunday night on ABC.

The list is compiled alphabetically by the films title, the award for which it received nominations, and whether it’s currently streaming or on DVD. This is your best chance to get caught up on films, performances, or even more technical aspects of this year’s best movies before sitting down to watch the Oscars this weekend.

‘5 Broken Cameras’ – Best Documentary Feature

  • DVD
  • Streaming: Amazon Instant and Hulu Plus

‘Anna Karenina’ – Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Original Score, Best Production Design

  • DVD and Blu-ray

‘Argo’ – Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Best Editing, Best Original Score, Best Sound Design, Best Sound Mixing, Best Adapted Screenplay

  • DVD and Blu-ray

‘The Avengers’ – Best Visual Effects

  • DVD and Blu-ray
  • Streaming: Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, YouTube, and Vudu
  • On Demand Pay Per View (PPV)

‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’ – Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay

  • DVD and Blu-ray
  • Streaming: Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, YouTube, and Vudu
  • On Demand PPV

‘Brave’ – Best Animated Feature

  • DVD and Blu-ray
  • Streaming: Amazon, iTunes, Google PLay, YouTube, and Vudu
  • On Demand PPV

‘Flight’ – Best Actor, Best Original Screenplay

  • DVD and Blu-ray
  • Streaming: iTunes

‘Frankenweenie’ – Best Animated Feature

  • DVD and Blu-ray
  • Streaming: Amazon, iTunes, Google Play,YouTube, and Vudu
  • On Demand PPV

‘How to Survive a Plague’ – Best Documentary Feature

  • Streaming: Amazon, Netflix, iTunes, Google Play, and YouTube
  • On Demand PPV

‘The Invisible War’ – Best Documentary Feature

  • DVD
  • Streaming: Amazon, Netflix, iTunes, Google Play, YouTube, and Vudu

‘Mirror Mirror’ – Best Costume Design

  • DVD and Blu-ray
  • Streaming: Amazon, Netflix, iTunes, Google Play, YouTube, and Vudu

Moonrise Kingdom – Best Original Screenplay

  • DVD and Blu-ray
  • Streaming: Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, YouTube, and Vudu
  • On Demand PPV

‘ParaNorman’ – Best Animated Feature

  • DVD and Blu-ray
  • Streaming: Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, YouTube, and Vudu
  • On Demand PPV

‘The Pirates! Band of Misfits’ – Best Animated Feature

  • DVD and Blu-ray
  • Streaming: Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, YouTube, and Vudu

‘Prometheus’ – Best Visual Effects

  • DVD and Blu-ray
  • Streaming: Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, YouTube, and Vudu

‘Searching for Sugar Man’ – Best Documentary Feature

  • DVD and Blu-ray
  • Streaming: Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, YouTube, and Vudu

‘The Sessions’ – Best Supporting Actress

  • DVD and Blu-ray

‘Skyfall’ – Best Cinematography, Best Original Score, Best Original Song, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing

  • DVD and Blu-ray

‘Snow White and The Huntsman’ – Best Costume Design, Best Visual Effects

  • DVD and Blu-ray
  • Streaming: Amazon, iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, YouTube, and Vudu
  • On Demand PPV

‘Ted’ – Best Original Song

  • DVD and Blu-ray
  • Streaming: Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, YouTube, and Vudu
  • On Demand PPV

Some of the more recently released nominated films are still playing at theaters near you. But if you’re busy like most people are: grab a copy of my list, head to your local video store or queue your streaming service of choice, fire up the TV, and get comfy on your couch.

One quick editorial note: as reported in my previous article ‘Academy Awards 2013: Predictions, picks, and Vegas odds’ I stated that the actors who had portrayed James Bond would all be getting together on stage at the Awards show.

Sadly, this will not take place, but Oscar telecast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron reported in an interview (Source: Deadline) that, ‘It’s something else, something very unique and exciting…’ to commemorate 50 years of Bond on screen.

 

Movie News: 'Star Wars Episode VII'

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When entertainment news outlets broke the story that film director J.J. Abrams had been selected to helm at least the first new ‘Star Wars’ movie, the rumors and speculation have been updating daily.

What is known: J.J. Abrams will direct the next ‘Star Wars’ installment, which is said to be ‘Episode VII.’ The writing team includes both George Lucas (who sold Lucasfilm, Ltd. to Disney this year) and Lawrence Kasdan who helped script ‘Episode V-The Empire Strikes Back’, which was easily the most well-scripted entry of the original trilogy. Continue reading

Academy Awards 2013: Predictions and Vegas odds, Baby!

On February 24, the 85th Academy Awards ceremony will take place in Hollywood, California. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, by Member voting, will honor the best films and finest performances, as they do each year.

I will report to you what the Vegas odds are for winning pictures/performances, who will win (in my humble opinion), and who should win. Note that this article has been updated to reflect the winners who are now highlighted in red. Continue reading