July 31, 2012
Ben Affleck, Colin Farrell, Daredevil, Jennifer Garner, Michael Clarke Duncan, Spider-Man
Ben Affleck as Daredevil
With the phenomenal success of last year’s “Spider-Man,” it was logical to assume that more comic book based movies would be appearing on the big screen faster than you can say “up, up and away.”
Never one to miss out on a potentially untapped gold mine, Hollywood studios are releasing four comic book movies this year. [2012 FF: Good thing Hollywood got off the sinking ship that was investing big into comic book movies...] The first one to get a crack at duplicating “Spider-Man’s” success is Marvel Comics’ Daredevil, a pretty popular character in comic book circles, but can his popularity translate into a good movie? More
July 30, 2012
Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf, Peter Jackson, The Bridge Direct, The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings
There’d been some rumors going on about it, but now Peter Jackson confirmed via his Facebook page that the originally planned “The Hobbit” is expanding from two films to a trilogy. More
July 30, 2012
Action/Adventure, Film Flashbacks
Jamie Foxx, Jessica Biel, Josh Lucas, Stealth, Total Recall
Michael Gibson/Columbia Pictures
Jessica Biel (left) and Colin Farrell star in Columbia Pictures’ action thriller TOTAL RECALL.
Kicking off “Total Recall” week looking at one of Jessica Biel’s earlier action movies.
“Stealth” is an appropriate title for this summer movie as it sneaks up on you and turns into a good movie without you noticing. More
July 29, 2012
Box office roundup
Ben Stiller, Christopher Nolan, Marvel's The Avengers, Olympics, Step Up, Ted, The Dark Knight Rises, The Watch, Vince Vaughn
Photo by Ron Phillips/Warner Bros. Pictures
CHRISTIAN BALE as Batman in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ action thriller “THE DARK KNIGHT RISES.”
1. The Dark Knight Rises – $64 million [$243 million; 2nd week] The third installment of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy once again easily captured the number one spot at the box office. For the first 8 days of its release, “TDKR’s” $243 million gross trails the 2008 “The Dark Knight” take of $261 million and “Marvel’s The Avengers’” $299 million. There’s more than a few asterisks to this though. The Summer Olympics’ opening ceremony attracted a record 40.7 rating in the U.S. so a number of potential audience members stayed home to watch the worldwide event. More
July 27, 2012
Batman, Batman Begins, Christian Bale, Hot Toys, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, The Joker, Two-Face
If you’ve been following me at all over these last seven months you know I’m a major fan of action figures/collectibles and one of my absolute favorite companies is Hot Toys, which does nothing short of cranking out the absolute best, most film-accurate depictions of film characters. See their work on Batman, Bane , the Joker, Lt. Gordon and the Bat-pod
Today they unveiled their latest masterpiece. The 1/4th scale The Dark Knight Rises Batman figure. Its release is set up to tie into “The Dark Knight Rises,” but this is really a Batman compilation figure of “The Dark Knight” and “The Dark Knight Rises”. More
July 26, 2012
Black Widow, Captain America, Hawkeye, Hot Toys, Iron Man, Loki, Marvel's The Avengers, Robert Downey Jr., Thor
Well, you knew it was just a matter of time before Hot Toys delivered everyone’s favorite Armored Avenger for its “Marvel’s The Avengers” 12″ collectable line. They’ve already done Loki, Captain America, Thor, Hawkeye and Black Widow so now’s as good a time as any to showcase a lot of people’s favorite character – Iron Man. More
July 25, 2012
Christian Bale, The Dark Knight Rises
Just thought this was cool enough to share. After the insanity in Aurora, Colorado, “The Dark Knight Rises” star Christian Bale did more than send well-wishes, thoughts and tweets to the theater shooting victims.
According to The Denver Post, Bale visited seven patients injured in the shooting for about two-and-a-half hours.
“The patients were really happy to meet Bale,” Bill Voloch, interim president of Medical Center of Aurora, told the Post.
The Post also spoke to a Warner Bros. employee that said “Mr. Bale is there as himself, not representing Warner Bros.” Warner Bros. has also pledged to make donations to charities to help the shooting victims. It’s an interesting move as it’s hard to somehow find a way to place blame on the studio for the shooting and I’ll opt for being non-cynical and say it’s a thoughtful gesture.
The DenverChannel tweeted a picture of Bale with the staff. I can be hard on celebrities for the “dream world” they live in, but it’s really commendable to see Bale do more than the basic and acceptable gesture and try to help encourage the victims the best way he knows how. Even more so for the fact that he asked the hospital staff not to inform the media of his visit so it didn’t come across as some glorified publicity stunt.
Photo: The DenverChannel
Christian Bale (center) with medical staff.