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In the pantheon of superheroes, Superman is the most recognized and revered character of all time. Clark Kent/Kal-El (Cavill) is a young twentysomething journalist who feels alienated by powers beyond anyone’s imagination. Transported to Earth years ago from Krypton, an advanced alien planet, Clark struggles with the ultimate question – Why am I here? Shaped by the values of his adoptive parents Martha (Lane) and Jonathan Kent (Costner), Clark soon discovers that having super abilities means making very difficult decisions. But when the world needs stability the most, it comes under attack. Will his abilities be used to maintain peace or ultimately used to divide and conquer? Clark must become the hero known as “Superman,” not only to shine as the world’s last beacon of hope but to protect the ones he loves.
Man of Steel hits theaters on June 14 and fans around the world cannot wait. This is the first time we get to see the Last Son of Krypton on the big screen since the disappointing Superman Returns…and it looks good! Do not miss Flixchatter‘s wonderfully written tribute in an article entitled “Superman and Me” that begins her Countdown to Man of Steel (click HERE).
What do you think of the new trailer? Are you ready for June 14?
-T, The Focused Filmographer
Today is Tuesday! and if you’ve been coming here for any length of time, you know that, for most people Tuesday is just the day after Monday, but for you it means that “Time to Vote Tuesday” is here!! YES!!!
What is “Time to Vote Tuesday”?:
“Time to Vote Tuesday” is the session of fun weekly polls which spark thought, debate, and intrigue! Each poll closes in a week with results posted on the following ‘TVT’!
Last week’s poll: “Director Redirects” has officially closed and the results are in with 38 total votes. Asking which directors you would’ve picked for a trilogy brought out some interesting thoughts and results. Was Quentin Tarantino directing The Godfather trilogy one of the top 2 choices? You’ll have to check out the winners of the poll HERE!
Thanks to all that voted and made last week’s poll fun!
Last week we looked at directors. And while the choice of director can make a big impact and difference on a film’s overall completion and reception, some would argue that the chosen cast plays a bigger part. (Think Iron Man‘s Robert Downey, Jr. as opposed to director Jon Favreau).
Casting does play a big part. Sometimes, the actors cast in our favorite roles weren’t the initial choices, but ended up being the seemingly best choices. Some of the revealed original/alternate choices below are quite surprising, but also quite impossible to visualize now having seen and loved the final cut with the chosen actor playing the part.
Did you know…
- …Harrison Ford took the role of Indiana Jones only after Tom Selleck turned it down? Ford also took the role of Han Solo AFTER it was turned down by Burt Reynolds!
- …one of Will Smith‘s regrets was turning down the role of Neo in The Matrix?
- …Henry Cavill (star of next month’s Man of Steel) actually missed out on being Superman in Superman Returns…and was turned down as James Bond in Casino Royale?
- …Lindsay Lohan turned down the role of the stripper Jade (played by Heather Graham) in The Hangover because the part “had no potential”?
- …Sean Connery declined to play the role of Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings because 18 months of filming was “too much”?
- …apparently both Matthew McConaughey and Christian Bale were strong considerations for the part of Jack in Titanic before James Cameron insisted on Leonardo DiCaprio?
- …Hugh Jackman signed up to be Wolverine just two weeks before filming X-Men after two other considerations didn’t commit to the role…one of whom was Russell Crowe?
- …Patrick Swayze‘s role in Ghost was first offered to Demi Moore’s then-husband Bruce Willis…and also Al Pacino, Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise and Kevin Bacon?
Below you will find today’s poll with some “Casting Close Calls” that you may NOT have been aware of. And, admittedly, several of them are ones that I am glad did not work out. Today’s poll asks you to pick the “worst 3″ in your opinion that you are really glad did NOT finalize. Have fun learning these “Casting Close Calls” and breathing those sighs of relief…or screaming a tirade of disappointment.
Thanks for joining me today! Which Casting Close Call was the most surprising to you?
Can’t wait to see the results next week. Be sure to vote before the polls close on 5-28-13. The results will post on next week’s “Time to Vote Tuesday!”
Thanks for reading! Happy Watching!
-T, The Focused Filmographer
Welcome to this week’s edition of “Movie News Monday!” (“MNM!”)!!
What is ‘MNM’ all about?
In case this is your first time here, “Movie News Monday!” (MNM) is the place to visit every Monday for a quick recap of trending entertainment news! I’ve collected info, rumors, etc from all over just for you to keep you updated on movies being released, actors/actresses in roles, dvd releases to keep a lookout for, which movie won in the box office over the weekend, etc! Are you ready for your weekly update? Here it is!
This Just In!!…
#1- “The Weekend Winner.” Last weekend, only 1 wide new release that entered the box office arena to battle against the likes of Iron Man 3 and The Great Gatsby. J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness started its theatrical run with a smaller than anticipated opening, but still strong enough to take first! Iron Man 3 may have taken a back seat, but it did pass the $1 Billion mark in worldwide earnings! Wow.
Here are the weekend’s estimated results for Fri, May 17-Sun, May 19:
- Star Trek Into Darkness ~$70.6M
- Iron Man 3 ~$35.2M
- The Great Gatsby ~$23.4M
- Pain & Gain ~$3.1M
- The Croods ~$2.75M
- 42 ~$2.73M
- Oblivion ~$2.2M
- Mud ~$2.1M
- Tyler Perry Presents Peeples ~$2.1M
- The Big Wedding ~$1.1M
*Actuals may vary as earnings are updated much later on Monday afternoons. For updates, visit boxofficemojo.com.
What did YOU watch this weekend?
#2- “Butler turns into a Bird.” Gerard Butler is replacing Liam Hemsworth in an upcoming full length feature entitled The Raven that spawned from the mind of director Ricardo de Montreuil who directed the 6-min short that inspired the upcoming production. No, The Raven is not a rehashing of the life of Edgar Allan Poe. We already saw that horrible film that starred John Cusack and Alice Eve (see my review). Thankfully, this takes a turn towards the science fiction as it is follows a young man, known as The Raven, who is pursued by the autonomous authorities in a near future. His crime? Well, it appears to be that of having special telekinesis powers.
Watch the impressive 6 minute short here:
Apparently, Thor’s younger brother, Liam Hemsworth was attached to star, but has since been replaced with Olympus Has Fallen star Gerard Butler. (Thankfully, he seems to be returning to some more action titles as opposed to his dreaded rom-coms.)
Look for more on this as it develops. But know that the project seems to be moving along as funding and distribution appear to already have been settled.
What do you think of THIS Raven?
#3- “Nolan-Bonding?“ The rumors right now are swirling as to who will sit in the director’s chair for Bond 24. Sadly for many fans of Skyfall, director Sam Mendes will not be returning for the next Bond installment due to prior obligations in theater productions (although, executives have emphatically declared that Mendes will be returning for a future one), so…enter the search for a new director.
It was reported this past weekend that director Christopher Nolan has been approached and informally asked to be involved in the next project. The Inception and Dark Knight director is in high demand and also has his next project Interstellar coming up. He may not have the time to work on Bond, but the prospect being more than a rumor is definitely intriguing.
But, let’s just dream for a moment! Christopher Nolan moving from Batman to Bond! Oh yes. I think I even heard Sean Connery yell with excitement!
For more on this story, check out Daily Mail’s report HERE.
What do you think about the possibility of Christopher Nolan directing Bond 24?
#4- “Jumping Tiger, Found Dragon.” The beautiful Academy Award winning martial arts film of 2000 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon has been found by the sequel committee as a part 2 has been announced. Now, while the news of the sequel has been circling the web since earlier this year, The Hollywood Reporter has now stated that director Woo-ping Yuen (Iron Monkey, True Legend) will be directing the planned 2014 sequel currently titled Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon II: The Green Destiny.
It will be interesting to see how this develops. The first film saw such great success. Look for more on this as time goes on.
Thoughts on this sequel?
#5- “This Week’s Blu-ray release.” This week, look for the following films on Blu-ray to possibly add to your collection:
The Last Stand- Arnold Schwarzenegger’s fun action filled movie starring him as the sheriff of a border town who is the last hope to keep a fugitive drug lord from leaving the country. He and a rag-tag group of law enforcers work to stop him and the laughs, along with the bullets, just don’t stop. Check out my full thoughts in my review for this action-comedy HERE.
Several other films also release this week. Check it out!
Also releasing: Beautiful Creatures, Side Effects, Parker, Stand Up Guys, and more.
Well, that’s it for this round of “Movie News Monday!”
Thanks for reading! Happy Watching!
-T, The Focused Filmographer
up next: ”Time to Vote Tuesday!”
Happy Saturday! It is time, once again, to check out all of the…
As you know I love checking out and collecting movie posters! With teases of what to expect from the featured film, posters are one of my favorite parts of the whole cinematic experience. If you love movie posters like I do, then you are likely to enjoy the latest ones of the week!
A fun batch of pretty good looking posters this week. As usual my friend, Bubbawheat (from Flights, Tights and Movie Nights) and I both share our thoughts on the movie posters recently released. These silent movie promoters are the results of the creative brainstorming of some talented (most of them) artists and sometimes can be even more thrilling than the movie they are advertising.
Take a look at this week’s batch: (To view the fullscreen slideshow, click on any one of the posters below and scroll through with the arrow keys.)
TheFocusedFilmographer- A fun mix of posters this week. A few things I’d like to point out before naming my favorites. I found myself at first annoyed at Riddick‘s poster, but then started to like it as it does highlight the one guy whose trademark is seeing in the dark. It works. I also like the cloud “wings” behind Katniss in the Catching Fire poster. The subtleties of this week’s posters have my attention. However, some seem rather lazy…like About Time whose poster does nothing to implicate the title or the plot. Despicable Me 2 promises some of the same villain/minion action as the first and thus is in my list of faves of the week. Along with the second Man of Steel (him flying straight up) poster (I’m actually not a fan of the other one), The Last Passenger and I, Frankenstein (just because it maybe reminds me of Underworld. haha).
Bubbawheat- I gotta disagree with you on the I, Frankenstein poster, it looks like a rehash of the Star Trek Into Darkness and several other similar posters with a lone figure inside a silhouette cutout. I haven’t seen any of the Riddick movies, but that poster makes him look pretty bada$$. I agree that several of them look pretty lazy, I’m not getting excited about Turbo at all, and what’s with that weird look on Bonham-Carter’s face in the Lone Ranger poster? I’m not fond of the Man of Steel poster with the bright spot, but really love the one with him flying straight up. Finally, this is the first I’ve seen about Rapturepalooza, and while that name is horrible, I’m a little curious about what looks like some deal with the devil movie that can sometimes be fun.
Well, what do YOU think? Which ones are your favorites in this spotlight? Which ones do you like/hate and why? Leave a comment!
To see past editions of this post (Spotlight on New Posters of the Week), click HERE.
Special thanks to Bubbawheat of Flights, Tights and Movie Nights for joining me today in sharing the New Posters of the Week.
Have a great day!
-T, The Focused Filmographer
Today is THURSDAY!!! And you know what that means!! It is officially time for another fun-filled edition of “Trailer Time Thursday!”
Here is your weekly fix of “Triple-T” (aka: “Trailer Time Thursday!”)!!
In case this is your first visit to “Triple-T,” here’s what it’s all about:
Seeing as how everyone loves movie previews, “Trailer Time Thursday!” was created to bring all of the trending trailers that you may have missed in theaters, or just need to see, all in one convenient place! It makes Thursdays so great! Get ready! Your Preview Pandemonium awaits!
Check them out and ENJOY!!!
Rio 2 (teaser). All the birds of a feather are coming back to you whether you want to see them or not! The sequel is slated to fly into theaters in 2014 with plenty of the original vocal talent reprising their iconic avionic roles. Blu and Jewel now have a family and after moving to a new neighborhood, Blu fears losing his family to the “call of the wild.”
Gravity. This trailer will pull you in to the events taking place. Watch as George Clooney and Sandra Bullock lose their grip in outer space. No, this is not a sequel to Solaris. Directed by Alfonso Cuarón (Children of Men), this October 3 release is about two astronauts hoping and trying to get back to home and safety after debris, that crashed into their shuttle, sets them adrift and alone in space. Scary.
About Time. A family has a secret. That secret is that every man in their family has the ability to travel back in time…essentially the power to control big portions of their destiny. When Tim is told this secret at the age of 21, he decides to use it in order to get back the girl of his dreams (Rachel McAdams). He soon learns though that playing with fate doesn’t come without a price. He can change the past, but must live with the future created. Watch this unique time-travel tale unfold and look for it on November 8, 2013.
Hammer of the Gods. In order to help his family, his people and his kingdom, a young man leaves in search of his older brother in hopes of convincing him to return home and help restore order. On his way through the treacherous domain, he quickly transforms into the warrior he has needed all along. The violence increases and the hammers fall as his encounter with his brother, Hakan the Ferrocious, turns out much differently than he expected. Look for it on May 30.
Fruitvale Station. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, this drama is the true story of Oscar, a 22 year old resident of the Bay area, trying to make ends meet who, on the last day of 2008 comes across both friends and foes and has, possibly, one of the worst “wrong place wrong time” moments. Starring Michael B. Jordan, Octavia Spencer, Kevin Durand and more, this one is not one to miss in limited release this July.
Riddick. Here is the first FULL trailer for the upcoming continuation of Riddick’s chronicled tale. Vin Diesel reprises his role as the target of bounty hunters in search of the warrior of the dark. This time around, hunters become the hunted and they all must fight together in order to survive against a new breed of monsters and a man from Riddick’s past. Co-starring Karl Urban, Dave Bautista and more, look for Riddick on September 6.
Spotlight Video of the Week:
I know this isn’t “movie-related” but it is actor-related and the actors are in movies…so…there’s my loophole! ha. Oh, whatever! I love The Office…and tonite it ends. Even though it took a little bit to get started, and even though it hasn’t been the best for a few seasons, I’ve stuck with it and a part of me feels sad to say “goodbye” after nine years of watching and re-watching every episode. Thanks to Brian at CanBabiesDrinkRedBull.Com who posted some of his top 10 fave memories of The Office and this video that may require you to have a few tissues in hand for your eyes as we say “Goodbye” to NBC’s The Office tonite!
The final 2-hr episode of The Office airs tonight on NBC.
Well, that’s it for this round of ‘Triple-T’!
My favorite trailers from today: Gravity, Fruitvale Station and About Time. Which ones are your favorites??
This Weekend’s Theatrical Releases:
Are you ready for the weekend in theaters? Here’s what releases this weekend, May 17, 2013:
- Wide Release: Star Trek Into Darkness (my review)
- Limited Release: Erased, Stories We Tell and more.
Thanks for reading! Happy Watching!
-T, The Focused Filmographer
up next: “New Posters of the Week”
Star Trek Into Darkness
- Starring: Chris Pine (Star Trek), Benedict Cumberbatch (War Horse), Zachary Quinto (Star Trek), and more.
- Directed by: J.J. Abrams (Star Trek)
- Synopsis: “When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis.With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.”
- Rated: Rated PG-13 for language, intense action and sci-fi violence
- Must-Watch Trailer:
Star Trek Into Darkness comes to audiences four years after the most impressive Star Trek movie since First Contact, and, as a sequel, carries with it certain expectations and fears of quality, story and overall continuation.
Allow me to express to you my sincerest pleasure with this film and my gratitude to J.J. Abrams for taking his time with this, one of the most impressive sequels I have ever watched. Hit the jump for more of my review.