Producer Charles Roven Talks ‘Batman Vs. Superman’, Ben Affleck Playing Batman/Bruce Wayne & ‘Warcraft’
During a recent chat with Variety, film producer Charles Roven shed some light on two hugely anticipated film’s he currently working on: the tentatively titled ‘Batman vs. Superman’ and Duncan Jones’ ‘Warcraft.’ “On ‘Batman vs. Superman,’ we started soft prep in June, and we’ll be shooting eight months later….We felt that we accomplished our goals with ‘Man of Steel, our intention was to bring Superman into the 21st century with a contemporary character and a different kind of superhero than what’s out there right now…We knew we had created a world and we had left Easter eggs in the movie that let people know that in the universe that Zack was creating, there was the possibility of other DC characters besides Clark Kent.”
Charles Roven added that the idea for ‘Batman vs. Superman’ has been around for some time, “We had a sketch of an idea, the beats of a story that David Goyer worked on with Zack. We have a first draft, and we’re continuing to work with it. Those scripts are never fully finished until the movie is in the theaters. We love the characters — we think that Ben (Affleck) is going to be a really great and interesting Batman.”
eOne has unveiled this new trailer for Sergio Castellitto’s drama ‘Twice Born.’ Lead by Penelope Cruz and Emile Hirsch, ‘Twice Born’ is based on the novel of the same name by Margaret Mazzantini. In the film, Gemma (Cruz) visits Sarajevo with her son, Pietro. Sixteen years ago they escaped the war-torn city while the boy’s father (Hirsch) remained behind and later died. As she tries to repair her relationship with Pietro, a revelation forces Gemma to face loss, the cost of war and the redemptive power of love. Adnan Haskovic, Saadet Aksoy, Pietro Castellitto, Luca De Filippo, Jane Birkin and Castellitto co-star. The film opens on December 6th.
Set against the Balkan Wars that tore apart the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s, Twice Born stars Penelope Cruz as Gemma, a woman with a past of considerable complexity. Summoned to Sarajevo by a phone call from an old friend, she catches a plane with her teenaged son to visit an exhibition of photographs taken by an ex-lover. This return to Bosnia triggers a flood of memories as Gemma remembers the passionate times she spent with Diego (Emile Hirsch), a young and exuberant American photographer, just before the Winter Olympics in 1984. Theirs was a magical love, perfect in every respect, until her desire for a child steered their relationship in an unexpected direction. When civil war breaks out, their personal life becomes inextricably intertwined with the horrors that surround them. As Gemma squires her son around present-day Sarajevo, the past continually intrudes, upsetting the delicate equilibrium that has allowed her to forget and move on with her life.
The first behind-the-scenes photo from ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ hit Twitter last Thursday, featuring director J.J. Abrams, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, and a certain blue and white astromech droid — who LucasFilm can now confirm will indeed be in the film. But who are the two men standing behind Artoo, looking very protective of the “overweight glob of grease”?
Meet Lee Towersey and Oliver Steeples, ‘Star Wars’ fans and members of the worldwide R2-D2 Builders Club. They create fully functioning, film-accurate astromech droids like the R2-D2 seen in the photo, and they’re officially part of the Creature Effects team for ‘Star Wars: Episode VII.’ They didn’t apply for their jobs, but still had what is probably the best reference one could hope for.
This first US trailer has arrived online for ‘The Past’ (“Le passé”), Asghar Farhadi’s follow-up to his Foreign Language Oscar-winning ‘A Separation.’ Following a four year separation, Ahmad (Ali Mosaffa) returns to Paris from Tehran, upon his French wife Marie’s (Bérénice Bejo) request, in order to finalize their divorce procedure. During his brief stay, Ahmad discovers the conflicting nature of Marie’s relationship with her daughter Lucie (Pauline Burlet). Ahmad’s efforts to improve this relationship soon unveil a secret from their past. Tahar Rahim, Elyes Aguis, Jeanne Jestin, Sabrina Ouazani, Babak Karimi and Valeria Cavalli also star. ‘The Past’ is out in the US on December 20th (expect a UK release shortly). My interviews for the film can be read via the following links: Bérénice Bejo, Tahar Rahim, Asghar Farhadi.
Deadline are reporting that composer Steven Price, who scored Alfonso Cuarón’s ‘Gravity,’ has signed on to create the music for David Ayer‘s tentatively titled WWII tank film, ‘Fury,’ which stars Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Jason Isaacs, Jon Bernthal and Michael Peña. Price previously scored Edgar Wright’s ‘The World’s End’ and Joe Cornish’s ’Attack The Block.’ The WWII film will be released by Sony Pictures on November 12th, 2014.
“Steven Price’s fresh approach to scoring and his extraordinary creativity make him the perfect collaborator for my film,” said David Ayer. The film is set at the very end of World War II, in April 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theater, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy (Brad Pitt) commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered and outgunned, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.
Behind-The-Scenes Tom Hanks Featurette For ‘Saving Mr. Banks’ – Also Starring Emma Thompson & Colin Farrell
Walt Disney Pictures has sent over this latest behind-the-scenes featurette for ‘Saving Mr. Banks,’ the account of Walt Disney’s twenty-year pursuit of the film rights to P.L. Travers’ popular novel, ‘Mary Poppins’, and the testy partnership the filmmaker develops with the author during the project’s pre-production in 1961. Two-time Academy Award-winner Tom Hanks plays Disney (the first time the entrepreneur has ever been depicted in a dramatic film) alongside fellow double Oscar-winner Emma Thompson in the role of Travers.
Before actually signing away the book’s rights, P.L. Travers’ demands for contractual script and character control circumvent not only Walt Disney’s vision for the film adaptation, but also those of the creative team of screenwriter Don DaGradi and sibling composers Richard and Robert Sherman, whose original score and song (Chim-Chim-Cher-ee) would go on to win Oscars at the 1965 ceremonies – the film won five awards of its thirteen nominations.