The Flash has yet to get his due in a big live-action movie with a huge Comic-Con presence, but this year the Scarlet Speedster has a consolation prize.
Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox is a DC Universe animated feature in which Barry Allen takes the lead. In advance of the film's premiere in San Diego tonight, we have a new official clip proving just how Flashy The Flashpoint Paradox really is.
William Shakespeare, meet Joss Whedon. Bill, this is Joss. Joss, Bill.
Much Ado About Nothing, currently in limited release, proves that these two wordsmiths are great tastes that taste great together.
With the new film, the writer-director of The Avengers and creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer takes on the most famous playwright in the history of the English language. Using the original text of Shakespeare's sturdy comedy, Whedon moves the action to contemporary California, but keeps the language and story intact.
That story concerns two pairs of lovers, Benedick and Beatrice and Claudio and Hero. While Claudio and his lady share a gooier, more sentimental view of romance, the older, wiser Benedick and Beatrice both dismiss notions of romance and love. Nonetheless, the two are clearly enamored of one another, and their witty, often barbed, back and forth is the engine on which Much Ado About Nothing runs. As the comedy and incident pile up around them, Benedick and Beatrice gradually let down their respective guards.
Whedon shot this take on Shakespeare under unusual circumstances, filming in his own home for under two weeks. At the Los Angeles press day, the famously loquacious writer-director discussed what drew him to the material and the unconventional production. He was joined by stars Amy Acker (The Cabin in the Woods) and Alex Denisof (TV's Angel), along with fan favorites Clark Gregg (The Avengers) and Nathan Fillion (Serenity).
IAR was on hand to catch the director and cast's thoughts on adapting Shakespeare, remembering lines, playing comedy, shooting in black and white, rehearsal, and how Whedon is not like Shakespeare.
Cinematically, college and comedy go together like peanut butter and jelly. On June 21st, Disney and Pixar are heading to college together for Monsters University, the latest release from the reigning champ of contemporary animation.
Not only is Pixar tackling collegiate tropes with typically nimble comedic flare, but they're abiding by the axiomatic truth that monsters make any story better. Especially when they're monsters you already know and love. James P. "Sulley" Sullivan and Mike Wazowski are back, twelve years after making their screen debut in 2001's Monsters Inc. In that critical and commercial hit, our heroes are the most prolific professional scarers at the titular company, providing energy for all Monstropolis and loving their jobs day in, day out.
Monsters University is Pixar's first prequel, traveling back to before Sulley and Mike were best friends. As freshmen at Monsters U., in fact, the two develop an immediate dislike for one another, as Sulley's party animal attitude immediately clashes with Mike's uptight studiousness. When they both end up in a Oozma Kappa, a fraternity of misfits and oddballs, they must work together to lead their frat brothers to victory in the Greek Games, growing from boys to monsters in the process.
John Goodman (Argo) and Billy Crystal (Parental Guidance) return to once again voice Sulley and Mike, respectively. In typical Pixar fashion, though, the film boasts a supporting cast of remarkable talents lending their voices, from Helen Mirren (Red 2) to Steve Buscemi (HBO's Boardwalk Empire) through Charlie Day (Pacific Rim), Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2), Aubrey Plaza (Safety Not Guaranteed), Nathan Fillion (Serenity), Bobby Moynihan (Saturday Night Live), Joel Murray (AMC's Mad Men), John Krasinski (NBC's The Office), and Tyler Labine (Tucker and Dale vs. Evil).
Despite that tremendous cast, the Los Angeles press day for Monsters University found just John Goodman and Billy Crystal hosting a group of entertainment journalists from all over the world. IAR was among those in attendance, and we're happy to report back with Goodman and Crystal's thoughts on their new director, Revenge of the Nerds, relating to their monstrous characters, and their own college experiences
A trio of officially official new clips from Monsters University have us thinking about school in summertime.
20th Century Fox has unveiled a second theatrical trailer for the sequel Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.
True to the title, this trailer does indeed feature a lot of water and many a monster. Truth in advertising.
School in summertime has never sounded so appealing as it does in the case of Monsters University, Pixar's collegiate comedy, arriving in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on June 21st.
Pixar has a good habit of casting the right actor to voice roles big and small rather than simply recruiting the most recognizable voices. Today we know who three more of those right actors are, as Disney has revealed that John Krasinski, Nathan Fillion, and Bonnie Hunt are voicing supporting characters. The studio is also letting know which monsters brought to aural life by certain castmembers we already knew about.
It's a safe bet that the Bard never anticipated a world in which the writer-director behind the biggest superhero movie of all time would be promoting an adaptation of one of his plays at an annual comic book convention in Anaheim.
But here we are, on the final day of WonderCon 2013. And here's Joss Whedon applying his famous loquaciousness to a packed Much Ado About Nothing panel in the Arena at the Anaheim Convention Center.
Film and television music composer Robert Duncan spends most days engrossed in his work at his recording studio in North Hollywood. It is a warm, cozy enclave with some walls covered in wood panels, and one particularly unique wall covered in rock, which he explains creates a distinct echo. “The rock wall diffuses sound,” Duncan says as we pass by a treasure trove of various musical instruments. He proves his point by making a sound in one part of the room, then walking to another making the same sound again and pointing out the difference. “You see?” he asks with an excited look on his face. The sounds resonated are most certainly different in one area of the studio from the next.
One of the common complaints about Bryan Singer's Superman Returns was that, over the course of a 2-hour and 34-minute runtime, the heaviest hitter in the pantheon of comic book heroes didn't throw a single punch. While that cinematic Superman's feats of strength were all about lifting heavy objects, a new clip from the animated feature Justice League: Doom showcases a Kryptonian who punches the hell out of bad guys without breaking a super-sweat.
ABC’s Castle keeps getting it right by constantly keeping it fresh and next week’s brand new film noir episode that takes us back in a time machine to the 1940’s is no exception. Entitled The Blue Butterfly, fans will get to follow novelist Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion) and NYPD Detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic), as they investigate the killing of a treasure hunter. In true Castle-style, there is an ominous twist when they discover that the current case is linked to a mysterious homicide from 1947 that involved a hard-nosed private detective. Of course with Castle on the case, all involved are lured into his theory that the only way in which to solve this present-day murder is to solve the mystery from the past. Through stylized flashbacks with Castle as the private eye and Beckett as a femme fatale, the 1947 case is resurrected.
Cast member Tamala Jones (Medical Examiner, Lanie Parish) speaks about her character’s 1947 alter-ego as well as this most special of episodes that she is calling her all-time favorite. “We had the best time ever making this one! This is my personal favorite and everyone is just going to love it!” Excited that Mark Pellegrino (Lost, Supernatural, The Closer) is guest starring as Tom Dempsey, she says of his performance, “He plays a mean gangster that owns the nightclub that my character, Betsy, sings in.” Also guest starring in this episode are Patrick Cassidy as Clyde Belasco, Chad Everett as Jerry Maddox, Ellen Geer as Viola Maddox and Darin Toonder as Frankie.