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The N.E.R.D. Entertainment Report for the week of Dec. 14
Origin Story News:
With the success of the Batman origin show, Gotham, doing well for Fox, now every superhero wants their own origin show, a trend that will continue with SyFy's Superman origin story, Krypton.
This may seem like its been done before with the WB's Smallville, but Krypton will follow Superman's earlier life on the planet of Krypton, a land that we saw briefly in 2013's Man of Steel. For more clarity, here is the official synopsis for the show:
“Years before the Superman legend we know, the House of El was shamed and ostracized. This series follows The Man of Steel’s grandfather as he brings hope and equality to Krypton, turning a planet in disarray into one worthy of giving birth to the greatest Super Hero ever known.”
The show will be written and produced by David S. Goyer, who has created a love me/hate me vibe with fans after his involvement with Man of Steel and The Dark Knight. He will be joined by Ian Goldberg, a producer of the show, Once Upon a Time.
Movie Talk with Christian Bale:
With his new movie Exodus: Gods and Kings hitting theaters later this month, actor Christian Bale has been hitting the media circuit. During his talks he has broached subjects ranging from his thoughts on the upcoming Terminator reboot to his defense of Moses.
In recent years, Christian Bale has starred in several high profile films that will be getting reboots next year with Terminator Genisys and Batman V Superman. When it comes to the latter, some media outlets have been commenting on the ending to 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises, wondering if it was all meant to be a dream. This comes from the fact that during Knight Rises, Alfred told Bruce Wayne that he had a dream of the billionaire retiring as Batman, a plot point which becomes a reality at the end of the film.
When broached about his thoughts about the ending of the film, Bale stated that of course the ending to any film is left to a viewer’s interpretation but in his opinion, he believes that the film was all real. Bale also stated that he would not be making an appearance in the upcoming Batman V Superman.
Bale also had thoughts on next year’s reboot of the popular Terminator series, a film titled Terminator Genisys, which will once again bring in one-time governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, as the titular machine. Fans will recall that Christian Bale starred as John Connor in the 2009 film, Terminator Salvation, a film that had less than desirable financial returns.
When asked about his thoughts on next year’s reboot, Bale was optimistic and gave his well wishes. He stated that he knew that his Terminator film “did not work” but he hopes for only the best for the upcoming film. In addition to the poor reception of Terminator Salvation, Bale also had issues with that film’s director, McG, who Bale claims to never want to work for again.
Finally, Christian Bale will be playing the role of Moses in this month’s biblical epic, Exodus: Gods and Kings. Lately, the film has come under fire due to the fact that Caucasian actors were hired to play the main roles, characters that are supposed to be Egyptian.
Both Bale and the film’s director, Ridley Scott came to the defense of their casting choices, stating that the fact that big name actors were chosen instead of Egyptian actors is strictly business. He noted that film investors feel more comfortable with big name actors and without those investors, there would be no movie.
Bale has also made comments alluding to the idea that some people could consider his character, Moses, to be a terrorist, stating more or less, that one man’s fighter of freedom is the next man’s terrorist. He also stated that he watched parodies, The Life of Brian and History of the World, Part One in preparation for his role.
As for his future roles, Bale will be appearing in two Terrance Mallick films in 2015 and will have a starring role in Jungle Book: Origins, due out in 2016.
Movie Crossover News:
As everyone knows, the film studios over at Sony have been the recent victim of hacking attacks, assumed to be done by a North Korean group upset at the release of the Seth Rogan/James Franco comedy, The Interview, which centers around a plot to assassinate that country's leader, Kim Jong Un.
Many interesting emails, celebrity bashings and other movie gossip has been released during these attacks including a leaked James Bond script and true insight into the personalities of actors Kevin Hart and Angelina Jolie.
One of the most interesting/bizarre tidbits to be released is plans for Sony to release a Men in Black and 21 Jump Street crossover movie.
The Wall Street Journal first reported that an email was released which detailed plans for the crossover comedy with plans for a release in either 2016 and 2017. Until that time, fans will be excited to learn that stand-alone sequels to both of those films are currently in the planning stages.
Which film should take the Musical or Comedy award?
Which film should take the Best Drama award?
Golden Globe Nominations:
This week the 2015 Golden Globe nominations were announced with nominations dominated by retired superheroes, boys becoming men and games of imitation.
The leader of the pack this year is the small scale film, Birdman, which dominated with seven Golden Globe nominations. Those nods included best actor nominations for stars Michael Keaton, Emma Stone and Edward Norton as well as for best director for Alejandro G. Inarritu. The film was also nominated for Best Musical or Comedy, an honor it shares with Into the Woods, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Pride and St. Vincent.
With the second highest amount of nominations, the academy chose Boyhood, which was nominated for Best Drama, Best Director and Best Supporting Actress for Patricia Arquette. The Intimidation Game also had a good year. In addition to be nominated for Best Drama, the film was nominated for Best Actor in Benedict Cumberbatch and Best Supporting Actress for Keira Knightley, among others. Additional films in the Best Drama field include Foxcatcher, Selma and The Theory of Everything.
The committee also nominated a great group of films for the Best Animated Motion Picture category. These films include the superhero film, Big Hero 6, the Guillermo del Toro produced The Book of Life, stop-motion film, The Boxtrolls, lego-related movie, The Lego Movie and the animated hid, How to Train Your Dragon 2.
The Best Foreign Language Film category had great award possibilities from around the globe with nominations for Force Majeure, Gett, Ida, Leviathan,and the beautiful Tangerines Mandarinid.
As far as television goes, the frontrunner this year is the drama, Fargo. The show, a dark comedy concerning a murder mystery, was nominated for five awards including Best TV Movie or Mini-series as well as nominations for acting, including nods for actor Martin Freeman and actress Allison Tolman.
The well received television drama, True Detective, came in second with four nominations this time around. Those nominations also included Best TV Movie or Mini-Series as well as Best Actor nominations for both leads, Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey, and a nomination for Michelle Monoghan for Best Actress. Other films in the Best TV Movie or Mini-Series include The Normal Heart, Olive Kitteridge and The Missing.
Next in the best TV Drama category which includes regular scripted series shows, the nominations included The Affair, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, The Good Wife and House of Cards. The Best Actor nominations for this category included nods for Clive Owen, Live Schreiber, Kevin Spacy, Dominic West and academy favorite, James Spader. Best Actress nods went to Claire Danes, Viola Davis, Julianna Margulies, Ruth Wilson and Robin Wright.
Musically, the nominations were varied with Best Song nominations that included Big Eyes from the film Big Eyes, Glory from the film Selma, Mercy Is from the movie Noah, Opportunity from the musical Annie and Lords’s Yellow Flicker Beat from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1.
Box Office Predictions*:
- Exodus: Gods and Kings - $20 Million+
- Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 - $10 Million+
- Top Five - $7 Million+
- Penguins of Madagascar - 6.5 Million+
- Interstellar - $5 Million+
There are really only two new wide releases this weekend in the form of the biblical tale, Exodus: Gods and Kings and the Chris Rock comedy, Top Five.
Exodus will very likely take the top spot due to several factors including the epic-ness of the film, the relative star power of Christian Bale and Aaron Paul as well as the faith-based aspect that is sure to bring in the church crowd.
The other new release is the very well reviewed comedy Top Five which was written, produced and directed by SNL alumni Chris Rock. This film also relies on big stars (Rosario Dawson, Jerry Seinfeld, Adam Sandler) as well as the fact that it is the only original comedy out in theaters at the moment.
Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 should easily take the No. 2 spot while Penguins of Madagascar and Interstellar will fight for the final two spots.
*numbers based on Saturday's numbers
The Best Movies of the Year:
As the end of the year draws near, it is time again for the American Film Institute (AFI) to reveal their choices for the best films of the year. Among them are a coming-of-age boyhood tale, a space journey through a black hole and the story of an unbroken spirit, among others.
One of the most beloved films of the year, Boyhood, easily took a predominant spot on the list. The film has become somewhat of a classic due to its elegant storytelling as well as the fact that the film took twelve years to film. The film stars Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as parents of a young boy trying to find his way in the world while learning about himself.
The Christopher Nolan film, Interstellar, which stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain, also found a spot on the list. The movie follows a group of astronauts who must travel to the farthest reaches of the galaxy in order to find a new home for the people of Earth. In addition to being a critical success, the film has also been a financial win, taking in over $592 million, worldwide.
Another big success is the smaller film, Birdman, which stars Michael Keaton in a comeback role of sorts as an aging actor trying to find another success before his career comes to an end. Birdman is having quite the year, already gaining award nominations at the Spirit Awards as well as from Boston critics. The film also features great performances from Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton and Emma Stone among others.
Another film that made the list despite the fact that it has yet to be released to audiences is the musical-fantasy film, Into the Woods. Directed by Rob Marshall and featuring an ensemble cast including Meryl Streep, Chris Pine, Johnny Depp, and Emily Blunt, the film is actually an adaptation of the Tony Award winning play. The musical is set to be released on Christmas day when it will likely become a financial success.
Another film of note on the AFI list is the wrestling drama, Foxcatcher. This film has been highly reviewed, thanks in part to comedic actor Steve Carell's dramatic turn as paranoid-schizophrenic, John du Pont. The film has gained universal acclaim from critics worldwide and will probably be a big contender at this year’s Oscars.
Other films included in AFI’s top films of 2014 include the military drama, American Sniper, the civil rights film, Selma, the drummer drama, Whiplash, the dark photography drama, Nightcrawler, and the Benedict Cumberbatch film, The Intimidation Film.