Will The Fantastic Four battle a vastly different Doctor Doom in Josh Trank’s reboot? Would you like a chance to see Tim Burton’s Batman on the big screen again? After Big Hero 6 are you suffering from Disney animation withdrawl and wondering when the studio’s next two features are due in theaters? We’ll shed some light on all this and more in today’s Movie Morsels!
The Fantastic Four
Goodbye, Victor Von Doom, evil scientific genius and Latverian monarch. Hello, Doom the grumpy computer geek! That’s the word from actor Toby Kebbell, who plays the venerable Marvel super-villain in Josh Trank’s The Fantastic Four reboot. According to Kebbell, “there’s no Victor Von Doom (or Van Damme, for that matter). Instead, he’s playing an iteration named Victor Domashev who is an ‘antisocial programmer’ and posts under the online handle ‘Doom.'” The Fantastic Four arrives on August 7th, 2015 from Fox.
Celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the first feature film starring the Dark Knight (and the character’s seventy-fifth anniversary) when Tim Burton’s original Batman hits AMC theaters tomorrow, Wednesday, November 12th.
Exodus: Gods and Kings
Christian Bale gets shirtless and busy in the latest trailer for Ridley Scott’s sprawling Exodus: Gods and Kings, in which the former Dark Knight’s Moses battles Joel Edgerton’s Ramses. The film arrives on December 12th, amidst, no doubt, worldwide flooding and a veil of darkness.
With Big Hero 6 just winning this weekend’s box office battle against Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, Disney has announced the release dates for its next two animated features, pitting them against similarly stiff competition. First up is the all-animal epic Zootopia (pictured above), due on March 4, 2016, followed by the sailing saga Moana on Nov. 23, 2016. Zootopia shares its release date with the sequel to Ridley Scott’s Prometheus and Tim Burton’s adaptation of the novel Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Moana bows the weekend of Thanksgiving 2016, the second weekend of release for another anticipated adaptation — J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. “Zootopia follows a fox who lives in an animal city and is framed for a crime he didn’t commit, while Moana centers on a bold teenage girl as she travels through the ancient South Pacific world of Oceania.”
The Hateful Eight
Quentin Tarantino hit Santa Monica’s American Film Market last week to emphasize the 70 millimeter aspect of his upcoming The Hateful Eight to foreign film distributors. “If we do our jobs right by making this film a 70 mm event,” said the director, “we will remind people why this is something you can’t see on television, and how this is an experience you can’t have when you watch movies in your apartment, your man cave or your iPhone or iPad. You’ll see 24 frames per second play out, all these wonderfully painted pictures create the illusion of movement. I’m hoping it’s going to stop the momentum of the digital stuff, and that people will hopefully go, ‘Man, that is going to the movies, and that is worth saving and we need to see more of that.'”
Tarantino added that The Hateful Eight draws its inspiration from the TV westerns of the ’60s: “It’s less inspired by one Western movie than by Bonanza, The Virginians, High Chaparral. Twice per season, those shows would have an episode where a bunch of outlaws would take the lead characters hostage. They would come to the Ponderosa and hold everybody hostage, or to go Judge Garth’s place–Lee J. Cobb played him–in The Virginians, and take hostages. There would be a guest star like David Carradine, Darren McGavin, Claude Akins, Robert Culp, Charles Bronson or James Coburn. I don’t like that storyline in a modern context, but I love it in a Western where you would pass halfway through the show to find out if they were good or bad guys, and they all had a past that was revealed. I thought, ‘What if I did a movie starring nothing but those characters? No heroes, no Michael Landons. Just a bunch of nefarious guys in a room, all telling back stories that may or may not be true. Trap those guys together in a room with a blizzard outside, give them guns, and see what happens.'”
Guardians of the Galaxy
Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn hit Facebook yesterday to offer a sneak peek at the special features available on the film’s DVD/Blu-ray release on December 9th. Most exciting is footage of an 8-bit video game called Galactic Adventurer, in which Guardians‘ opening scene is recreated, and interrupted — when Star-Lord meets Gunn himself. It’s uncertain if this footage is merely an introduction to the special features or a glimpse of an actual game available somewhere on the disc. But a Guardians fan can dream!
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