Tuesday, December 4, 2012
theaters next June.
The new poster for Zack Snyder's
Superman film, Man of Steel, debuted
Monday on The Dark Knight Rises
official Facebook page and finds the
hero handcuffed, with an army behind
Is the one-sheet depicting a scene
straight from the Warner Bros. movie?
The official full-length trailer will debut before Peter
Jackson's The Hobbit: An Expected Journey in less than
two weeks and teasers released a few months back have
featured Superman breaking the sound barrier and
monologues by Kal-El/Clark Kent's fathers on Krypton
"I just wanted to bring as much of the modern Superman
into the world," said star Henry Cavill at Comic-Con this
past summer. "You guys know everything about him.
You're there through thick and thin. This is for everyone
else out there. To bring him to the modern world that
everyone can associate with."
Man of Steel hits theaters June 14, 2013.
setback at home this week, when Ang Lee's Life of Pi
reigned at the box office despite the challenge of two
newly released locally produced historical epics.
Life of Pi, which was into the second week of its run, took
160 million yuan ($25.7 million) from Nov. 26 to Dec. 2,
according to figures from China Film News, a portal run
by the official State Administration of Radio, Film and
Television. Feng Xiaogang's Back to 1942, secured 130
million yuan ($20.9 million), with Lu Chuan's period
drama The Last Supper lagging behind with 40 million
yuan ($6.4 million).
Admittedly, both Back to 1942 and The Last Supper were
released only on Nov. 29, but Life of Pi's takings were still
a surprise, as it was taken off the popular Imax circuit to
make way for Back to 1942.
Critics have described Life of Pi's resilience in China as
an "upset." Quoted in the Guangzhou newspaper
Southern Metropolis Daily, a blogger called "Bright Light
Dark Shadow" wrote: "I bet Ang Lee wouldn't have
expected something like this – and Feng Xiaogang and Lu
Chuan wouldn't have expected this even more."
Critically acclaimed at home and abroad – it won a prize
at the Rome international film festival last month – Back
to 1942, which stars Chinese A-listers Zhang Guoli and
Zhang Hanyu as well as U.S. actors Adrien Brody and
Tim Robbins, is still expected to be rack up impressive
takings during its continuing run. But this short-term
defeat adds to what has amounted to a disappointing
year in terms of Chinese productions' performances,
with Painted Skin: Resurrection being the only homespun
movie landing a berth in the Top Ten highest-grossing
films in the country in 2012.
It's amidst such gloom that rumors circulated widely
about two Hollywood blockbusters, Skyfall and The
Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, being bumped to a
release in early 2013 so as to give Chinese productions a
clear run in local cinemas, with commentators pointing
to how The Dark Knight, The Amazing Spider-Man and
Prometheus – which all took bows in other markets
across different weeks in July – were released during the
same weekend in China in August
Ironically, Back to 1942 and The Last Supper were made
to suffer the same fate this time round, as both films
were pitched head-to-head after a string of changed
release dates – a situation caused by the political
uncertainty surrounding the run-up to the 18th National
Congress of the Chinese Communist Party last month.
Feng has also criticized the Imax chain for whipping up a
media frenzy for Life of Pi. In a press conference in
Guangzhou promoting Back to 1942 last week, the
mainland director – who is well-known for his fiery
broadsides against his detractors - said: "I don't want to
sound like weaving conspiracies here, but they have
done promotion… by saying Life of Pi will only be
released [on Imax] for a week, and you've got to come
see it quickly as after this week there will only be Back to
He was referring to the exclusive deals offered by the
Imax chain in China, stipulating there will only be one film
being released in the large-size format at any given time.
Meanwhile, The Last Supper – which was hotly tipped for
a premiere at Cannes in May – was originally to open in
China in early July. Speaking at a forum at the Shanghai
International Film Festival in June, Lu and his producers
hinted at state intervention as the reason for the
subsequent postponement of the local release of the
film, which revolves around the power struggle between
two warlords seeking to become the ruler of an unified
China after the end of the Qin Dynasty.
Executives and MoMA board members came to shake his hand and offer their congratulations, peppering them in during his chat with the actor Dennis Christopher, who appears in Tarantino's next film, Django Unchained. The filmmaker called the 57-year-old "one of his Teen Titans," referring to the DC comic heroes.
The Hollywood Reporter asked Tarantino which of his movies he would show first to a younger sibling who had never seen any of his work. "Well how old is the brother?" he replied, wheels turning in his head; the sibling was said to be 17 -- the age required to see an R-rated film
"Well, I find it hard to believe he hasn't seen one of my movies by now," Tarantino responded with a laugh, before being assured it was purely a hypothetical situation.
"You know, I don't know if I have an answer for that, because it would really kind of depend on the person," he replied. "Some people I would say Kill Bill, some people I would say Pulp Fiction, some I would say Reservoir Dogs or Inglourious Basterds. I don't really have a sense of it. But I wouldn't pick 17 as the starting point; 12, that's the starting point."
Coming from Tarantino, a virtual encyclopedia of film knowledge, it is perhaps not a surprise that he would be so nuanced in his response. He had an easier time answering an inquiry into which of his film, is his most personal work: "Probably Kill Bill."
That Uma Thurman-starring, two-part martial arts revenge film, like all his others, is both fiercely original and filled to the brim with allusions and homage to other movies from throughout the history of the medium. If a director wanted to pay homage to Tarantino's style, then, what would that look like?
"I guess probably a lot of shots up from trunks," he remarked, laughing again. Shots looking up from the trunks of cars have appeared in nearly all of the films Tarantino has directed.
Ironically, later in the night, Tarantino told THR that despite being a cinephile, he has yet to see any of the other films in contention for Oscars this year. "I have a lot of catching up to do," he said.
Soon after, attendees of the cocktail party were taken down several escalators to a small theater. Friends and collaborators, including Diane Kruger and Peter Bogdanovich, gave short speeches praising Tarantino's energy, vision and exhaustive knowledge of cinema, among other things.
"A Quentin Tarantino picture is exactly that: it's all him. It's all his. Dynamically, viscerally, excitingly his," Bogdanovich said. "An unmistakable signature. And he has had a remarkable influence over American and foreign movies since Pulp Fiction burst on the screen in the mid-90s. Indeed, I would say he is the single most influential director of his generation."
He also said that he had just seen Django the night before, and considered it Tarantino's best work yet. "I'm still shaking," he remarked.
Then, Bogdanovich introduced the director himself.
In his speech, Tarantino remembered his first ever trip to New York, during the pre-production on Reservoir Dogs, his first feature film. He trip was sponsored by star and co-producer Harvey Keitel -- who was in the audience -- and meant to explore the New York talent pool to fill out the cast. During the visit, they found Steve Buscemi, who ended up co-starring in the film and was sitting next to Keitel in the theater. Also on hand was Harvey Weinstein, who has executive produced all of Tarantino's films.
"Being in New York for the first time and having Harvey Keitel show you around is a little bit like going to Texas and having John Wayne show you around," Tarantino cracked, drawing laughter from the crowd. "New York might as well be Dodge City and he's Sheriff Dylan."
As always, he was mixing movies and reality, to the delight of the audience.
JK, we know they did — it's not just any celebrity
engagement party after all… it was Jennifer Aniston
and Justin Theroux's!!
Nothing like celebrating love with all of your close,
famous, friends… especially when your friends are Ellen
DeGeneres, Portia De Rossi, Demi Moore, Tobey
Maguire, Ben Stiller, Lake Bell and more!
The party started around 6 p.m. at the couple's Beverly
Hills home, and lasted until midnight. Here's what a
"People were very casual, dressed casual, and
came with presents. About 50 people came, and
some brought their kids."
Sounds like the perfect evening — not stuffy with status
We are SO happy for them, and we can't wait until they
tie the knot!
Williams sink lower and lower into bizarre behavior
becomes super sad — and something should be done to
Not only did Katt get caught (on video) slapping a
Target employee in the face last week, but he was
recently arrested for a club brawl as well. Not to
mention his meltdown afterwards.
Now he's been thrown in jail because of it, but has
recently been bailed out… by Suge Knight! This makes
more sense when you know that Suge is Katt's tour
Anyway, here's what happened at the bar:
"[Williams] brandished a pool cue at a bar
manager and refused to leave the business."
Then he followed a family outside of the bar where he
threw a cigarette at a woman as she got into her car,
hitting her in the eye. No word on yet if he was aiming
for the eye, which although impressively accurate, is
still awful because he threw a cigarette at a person!
He also threw a rock at the car.
Katt was then arrested pending investigation of
harassment, assault and obstructing police.
Stop this madness and get help, Katt!!
..and it looks like Jelena have sealed their reunion with a totally PG slumber party at his place.
Of course, Bieby dropped his Selenita off this morning in style with his brand-spanking-new white Ferrari.
We hope he drove safely because that girl is some precious cargo
So we're totally stoked for any new info on the upcoming sequel, ominously subtitled Into Darkness! And darkness is exactly what we're getting, by the look of this first poster!
That's definitely Chris Pine as Captain Kirk in the slick black coat- we'd know that delicious butt anywhere! But what does this mean?
No more cute little Federation uniforms? No more cute little Federation?? We've heard some scary stuff...
Guess we'll find out May 17th!
One thing's for sure! Director J.J. Abrams is keeping a tight lid on this script, so you know when it finally does hit, it's going to be a BIG VULCAN DEAL!
More like cheeseburger stop!
Selena Gomez was on her way to the recording studio to develop some fresh new tunes, but she must've had an empty stomach because she stopped at a Jack In The Box on the way there!
Wondering what she got? We got you covered!
Order and you shall receive! The young lady was handed a tasty Western Bacon Cheeseburger, mmm mm!
Fast food equals fast calories, but a bite of it every now and then is fine if you've got a personal trainer like Selena most definitely does!
Speaking of Selena, she has been one fabulous looking lady each and every time we've seen her.
Go ahead and enjoy your burger, girl. Although we guarantee her stomach will NOT be thanking her later!