Casting a movie isn’t an easy process. Directors and studios are looking for the person who perfectly fits they characters they are trying to bring to life on the big screen. Over the years, there have been a lot of controversial casting decisions that some fan weren’t too happy with...at least at first.
ScreenRant compiled a list of ten actors who were cast in movies that didn’t go over very well with the initial announcement. Some of the actors mentioned in the video are Heath Ledger as The Joker, Michael Keaton as Batman, Daniel Craig as James Bond, Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, Topher Grace as Venom, and more.
Casting is arguably the most important aspect of a film. It’s extremely pertinent to find the right actors for each role, and in the age of social media, everyone thinks they have what it takes to be a casting director. When the actual filmmakers go the other way and pick a choice out of left field, they can draw the ire of fans before even a frame of footage is shown. Here are Screen Rant’s 10 Most Controversial Casting Decisions in Popular Movies.
The Iron Giant is my number one favorite animated film of all time. To me, everything about that movie is absolute perfection. We’ll never see anything quite like that again. It was one of the last great traditionally animated films before CG animation took over the business.
After all of these years, The Iron Giant is finally getting an art book! Usually animated films get a “art-of” book before the film even opens, but it’s been 17 years since The Iron Giant was released.
The Art of The Iron Giant was written by former Animation Magazine editor Ramin Zahed and will be released by Insight Editions. According to Cartoon Brew:
The 160-page book promises lots of development artwork and storyboards that are standard for these type of books, as well as new interviews with Bird and other key members of the film’s creative team. The book will also include artwork from the newly restored scenes in the “signature edition” that debuted last year.
Below you’ll find some preview images from the book giving us a little tease of what it entails. Before you get to that, here’s the official description of the book:
Director Brad Bird's (The Incredibles, Ratatouille) acclaimed film The Iron Giant is considered by fans, critics, and animation historians to be one of the best hand-drawn animated features of the past fifty years. This beautifully illustrated book revisits the classic, with unprecedented access to rarely seen development art and storyboards from the Warner Bros. archives.
Artist Simon Lee is in the process of creating a hilarious statue that features a Predatoralien creature visiting the dentist. I love the comedic twist that this offers. You never think about Predator having to go to the dentist, but here it is with some brave soul. Working on the Predator's teeth probably isn’t the safest thing to do. It seems to have a Norman Rockwell kind of vibe to it. Make sure to check out some of the artist's other work here.
Lionsgate has released four new character posters for their upcoming magical heist thriller Now You See Me 2. I love the style of these posters, as they were inspired by the vintage magician promotional posters of the early 1900s. The posters feature Jesse Eisenberg as J. Daniel Atlas, Woody Harrelson as Merritt McKinney, Lizzy Caplan as Lula, and Dave Franco as Jack Wilder. As ridiculous and silly as the first movie was, I still enjoyed the hell out of it. It was a lot of fun, and this sequel looks like it will be just as entertaining. If you haven't seen the latest trailer, make sure you check it out here!
The Four Horsemen return for a second mind-bending adventure, elevating the limits of stage illusion to new heights and taking them around the globe. One year after outwitting the FBI and winning the public’s adulation with their Robin Hood-style magic spectacles, the illusionists resurface for a comeback performance in hopes of exposing the unethical practices of a tech magnate. The man behind their vanishing act is none other than Walter Mabry (Daniel Radcliffe), a tech prodigy who threatens the Horsemen into pulling off their most impossible heist yet. Their only hope is to perform one last unprecedented stunt to clear their names and reveal the mastermind behind it all.
The movie was directed by Jon Chu and it also stars Mark Ruffalo, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Jay Chou, and Daniel Radcliffe. The movie hits theaters on June 10, 2016.
I think the theme song for Batman: The Animated Series is one of the most iconic theme songs to ever appear in an animated series. The Warp Zone has released a video that features the song being performed acapella style and it’s pretty impressive. Check it out!
Universal Pictures has released a new TV spot and four new character motion posters for The Huntsman: Winter's War. The promo post is called “I Am Stronger,” and it offers a bit of new footage from the film. The character posters include Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt, and Jessica Chastain showing off their weapons and powers.
I wasn’t a big fan of Snow White and the Huntsman, but this prequel/sequel looks a helluva lot better! This one will focus on all the other interesting characters that don’t include Snow White, who was the least interesting character in the first film, so it was smart to move on without her.
When Freya (Emily Blunt), a young queen who can freeze her enemies in ice, learns of the demise of her sister, the evil Ravenna (Charlize Theron), she summons her soldiers to recover the Magic Mirror. After resurrecting Ravenna, the two wicked sisters amass a seemingly indestructible army that threatens the kingdom. Only the skills of Eric (Chris Hemsworth) and Sara (Jessica Chastain), two warriors who defied Freya by falling in love, can save this enchanted land from the forces of darkness.
The movie is being directed by Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, and it’s set to be released on April 22, 2016.
I have yet to see the anime film The Garden of the Words, but I hear it’s an absolutely wonderful film that is beautifully animated. The story takes place in Tokyo, Japan during the rainy season, when everything is green and lush. Thanks to the Japanese website Nijipoi, you can compare the artwork in the film to the actual locations of where the story takes place. Below you will find a collection of images. The top image is from the anime, and the image directly below that is an actual photo of the location.
Grandma’s Hero is a must-watch animated short that I had a blast watching. It tells the adventurous story of a hero named Lulu, who, after graduating from Hero Academy, sets off on an epic journey to slay a terrifying dragon. He wants to prove himself as a hero, but it becomes kind of difficult for him when his sweet and loving grandma decides to join him on his adventure.
The short was directed by Ben Ozeri and Corentin Monnier for The Animation Workshop and I think the art and animation has a fun and playful style to it. This is a wonderfully original short that I think you’ll enjoy watching. Here’s the synopsis:
As Lulu graduates from the Hero Academy, he finally gets the chance to prove himself a hero to the society that has always doubted him. He sets off on an epic journey to slay the legendary and terrifying dragon. But to his great despair, his sweet and over-caring grandma decides to join him, and what should have been an epic journey full of freedom, blood and beautiful ladies becomes a family trip that will test Lulu’s nerves to their very limit.
Telltale Games finally revealed some details about their much anticipated Batman game! The team spoke at length about their goals and expectations for the project at SXSW and later on their website. You can read all they had to say there, but here are the basics...read more at Gametyrant
Check out this insanely cool Batman: Arkham Knight figure based on Terry McGinnis’s Batman suit from Batman Beyond. The figure comes from Prime 1 Studio, and as you’ll see, it’s pretty damn awesome. This thing so badass that if you want one, it will cost you $939! The question is…is it worth $939 for Batman badassery?