Movies – Warner Brothers Reveals Official Title and New Logo for “Batman v. Superman”

In a recent press release, Warner Brothers Pictures revealed the official title and logo for Zack Snyder’s anticipated Man of Steel sequel. As this film is the prequel to the upcoming Justice League film, the title Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice makes sense.

The new logo is also quite interesting because it incorporates both of the iconic Batman and Superman symbols.

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Details about production and shooting locations were also revealed in the press release:

“Principal photography is underway in Metro Detroit, Michigan

BURBANK, CA, May 21, 2014 – Filming is underway on Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” the highly anticipated action adventure from director Zack Snyder, starring Henry Cavill in the role of Clark Kent/Superman, and Ben Affleck as BruceWayne/Batman.

“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” also stars Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, with Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane returning from “Man of Steel,” Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred, and Holly Hunter in a role newly created for the film.

“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”is written by Chris Terrio, from a screenplay by David S. Goyer. Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder are producing, with Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan, Wesley Coller, David S. Goyer and Geoff Johns serving as executive producers.

Principal photography will take place on location at Michigan Motion Picture Studios and on location in and around Detroit, Michigan; Illinois; Africa; and the South Pacific.

Set to open worldwide on May 6, 2016, “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” is based on Superman characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster, Batman characters created by Bob Kane, and Wonder Woman created by William Moulton Marston, appearing in comic books published by DC Entertainment.”

What do you think of the title and the stylized logo? Are you looking forward to getting more details about this film as production continues? Sound off in the comments!

Thrilling New Clip from “Godzilla” Teases Monster Battle

An exciting new clip has been released from Warner Brothers’ upcoming monster flick, Godzilla.  In this new clip we get a great look at Godzilla himself as a battle between him and another monster is teased. As Dr. Ichiro Serizawa (Ken Watanabe) says, “Let them fight.”

Here is part of the official synopsis (via Apple Movie Trailers): “An epic rebirth to Toho’s iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure, from Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.”

Godzilla is directed by Gareth Edwards and also stars Bryan Cranston, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, and David Strathairn.

What do you think about the overall character design of Godzilla? Did you know that Andy Serkis was a motion capture consultant on the film? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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Sources: Entertainment Weekly, iO9, and Apple Movie Trailers

Casting News – Jesse Eisenberg and Jeremy Irons Join “Batman Vs. Superman”

Warner Brothers Studios shared some exciting Batman Vs. Superman casting news today. Actors Jesse Eisenberg and Jeremy Irons have officially joined the awaited Man of Steel sequel. Eisenberg will be taking on the role of Lex Luthor and Irons will be portraying Alfred.

It is quite exciting that both of these characters will be brought into the franchise as Lex Luthor is a staple character in Superman and Alfred is a major character in the Batman universe.

(Image via WEBN-TV on Flickr.com)
Jesse Eisenberg (Image via WEBN-TV on Flickr.com)

According to an article on Variety, the film is still in early pre-production. This also became evident when it was announced recently the studio will be pushing the blockbuster from a prime July 2015 position to May 6, 2016.

Batman Vs. Superman is being directed by Zack Snyder and the screenplay will be penned by David S. Goyer. Plus, the cast also includes Henry Cavill as Superman, Ben Affleck as Batman, and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman.

Jeremy Irons (Image via Getty Images on IMDb)
Jeremy Irons (Image via Getty Images on IMDb)

What do you think of these casting choices? Do you think Eisenberg and Irons are right for these roles? Are you looking forward to seeing them as these characters? Stay tuned for more Batman Vs. Superman news as production continues!

Sources: VarietyFlickr.com, and IMDb

Casting News – Hugh Jackman Officially Joins Joe Wright’s “Pan”

Hugh Jackman does not usually play the villain, but it looks like he will be journeying into new acting territory in the Joe Wright-directed Pan. The actor will be taking on the role of Blackbeard in the Warner Brothers Peter Pan prequel. 

Jason Fuchs will be penning the script for this adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s classic story. A new part of the narrative will focus on the relationship between Peter Pan and Captain Hook working together before Hook ultimately turns evil.

(Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images For People.com)
(Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images For People.com)

Here is an official synopsis (via The Playlist):

A prequel to JM Barrie’s Peter Pan. When an orphan is taken to the magical world of Neverland, he becomes a hero to the natives and leads a revolt against the evil pirates.

According to Variety, Warner Brothers will be holding an open casting call for the roles of Peter Pan and Tiger Lily. For the time being, no other roles have officially been cast.  

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What do you think of this casting choice? Do you think this sounds like an interesting new take on the classic story? Who do you think should play Peter Pan and Tiger Lily? Stay tuned for more coverage of Pan as early production continues!

Sources: The Playlist and Variety

Casting Exclusive – Gal Gadot to Join “Batman Vs. Superman” as Wonder Woman

Warner Brothers and director Zack Snyder announced today that they have officially cast actress Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in the highly anticipated Batman Vs. Superman film.

The actress has been in three Fast and Furious films. She and many others are mourning the tragic passing of co-star Paul Walker. However, playing this iconic role could be a major breakthrough for Gadot as Warner Brothers is gearing towards doing a more with a Justice League movie franchise. She also had supporting roles in romantic comedies, Knight and Day and Date Night.

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Gal Gadot

Zack Snyder had this to say about the iconic role of Wonder Woman: “Wonder Woman is arguably one of the most powerful female characters of all time and a fan favorite in the DC Universe. Not only is Gal an amazing actress, but she also has that magical quality that makes her perfect for the role. We look forward to audiences discovering Gal in the first feature film incarnation of this beloved character.”

What do you think of this casting choice? Do you think Gadot will do well with the role of Wonder Woman? Are you looking forward to the Batman Vs. Superman movie? Be sure to check in for more news about Batman Vs. Superman as early production continues!

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Sources: Deadline and IMDbPro

Television Exclusive – “Glee” Star Grant Gustin Joining “Arrow”

Fans of the hit television show Glee may know actor Grant Gustin as the tricky and conniving Dalton Warbler, Sebastian Smythe, but he is now going to be playing a bit of a different role on the CW’s Arrow.

The actor was recently cast in a guest starring role as Barry Allen or The Flash for the sophomore season of Arrow. A Warner Brother’s TV representative shared with The Wrap that this could potentially help Gustin transition into starring in a backdoor pilot for a new spinoff, Flash.

Barry Allen is being described as a Central City assistant forensic investigator who is investigating a series of unsolved robberies that may have a more personal connection to his troubled past.

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Grant Gustin

As the TV network did with their new Vampire Diaries spinoff, The Originals, episode 220 of Arrow this season will act as the backdoor pilot for Flash. Gustin will be guest starring in episodes 208, 209 and 220, which will all be written by Arrow co-creators Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, and Geoff Johns. The pilot will serve as an origin story for The Flash.

What do you think of this interesting casting news? Are you looking forward to the second season of Arrow? Do you think that this new “backdoor pilot” format has been successful for the network?

What do you think of this interesting casting news? Are you looking forward to the second season of Arrow? Do you think that this new “backdoor pilot” format has been successful for the network?

Source: The Wrap

Film Festival Coverage – 2013 Cannes Film Festival Lineup

Entertainment Tonight Canada recently shared a full list of the 66th annual Cannes Film Festival lineup. This year is a big year at the festival because some major stars are going to be showing up and some highly anticipated films are going to be premiering. For instance, The Great Gatsby will be opening the festival on May 15 and The Bling Ring will be opening the Un Certain Regard program of the festival.

In addition, Steven Soderbergh’s HBO miniseries, Behind The Candelabra will be premiering and competing at the festival along with several other films and shows.

Nicolas Winding Refn’s Only God Forgives, featuring Ryan Gosling as a British gangster set in Bangkok’s criminal underworld, will be competing. Inside Llewyn Davis, starring Carey Mulligan and Justin Timberlake and directed by the Coen brothers, will also be competing.

Two other films competing include director Alexander Payne’s comedy, Nebraska, starring Bruce Dern and Will Forte and James Gray’s drama set in the 1920s, The Immigrant, starring Jeremy Renner, Joaquin Phoenix and Marion Cotillard.  The festival takes place in Cannes, France from May 15 to May 26. Take a look at the full lineup for the 2013 Cannes Film Festival below:

OPENER
The Great Gatsby (Baz Luhrmann)

COMPETITION
Behind the Candelabra (Steven Soderbergh)
Borgman (Alex van Warmerdam)
The Great Beauty (Paolo Sorrentino)
Grigris (Mahamet Saleh-Haroun)
Heli (Amat Escalante)
The Immigrant (James Gray)
Inside Llewyn Davis (Joel and Ethan Coen)
Jeune et jolie (Francois Ozon)
Jimmy P. (Arnaud Desplechin)
La Vie d’Adele (Abdellatif Kechiche)
Like Father, Like Son (Hirokazu Kore-eda)
Michael Kohlhaas (Arnaud des Pallieres)
Nebraska (Alexander Payne)
Only God Forgives (Nicolas Winding Refn)
The Past (Asghar Farhadi)
Straw Shield (Takashi Miike)
A Touch of Sin (Jia Zhangke)
Un chateau en Italie (Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi)
Venus in Fur (Roman Polanski)

OUT OF COMPETITION
All Is Lost (J.C. Chandor)
Blood Ties (Guillaume Canet)

UN CERTAIN REGARD
• OPENER: The Bling Ring (Sofia Coppola)
Anonymous (Mohammad Rasoulof)
As I Lay Dying (James Franco)
The Bastards (Claire Denis)
Bends (Flora Lau)
Death March (Adolfo Alix Jr.)
Fruitvale Station (Ryan Coogler)
Grand Central (Rebecca Zlotowski)
La Jaula de Oro (Diego Quemada-Diez)
L’image manquante (Rithy Panh)
L’inconnu du lac (Alain Guiraudie)
Miele (Valeria Golino)
Norte, hangganan ng kasaysayan (Lav Diaz)
Omar (Hany Abu-Assad)
Sarah prefere la course (Chloe Robichaud)

MIDNIGHT SCREENINGS
Blind Detective (Johnnie To)
Monsoon Shootout (Amit Kumar)

HOMAGE TO JERRY LEWIS
Max Rose (Daniel Noah)

SPECIAL SCREENINGS
Bite the Dust (Taisia Igumentseva)
Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight (Stephen Frears)
Seduced and Abandoned (James Toback)
Stop the Pounding Heart (Roberto Minervini)
Weekend of a Champion (Roman Polanski)

GALA SCREENING IN HONOR OF INDIA
Bombay Talkies (Anurag Kashyap, Dibakar Banerjee, Zoya Akhtar, Karan Johar)

CLOSER
Zulu (Jerome Salle)

The Cannes Film Festival logo.
The Cannes Film Festival logo.

Source: Entertainment Tonight Canada