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- 02/28/14--07:52: Preview of Silver Surfer #1
- 02/28/14--08:56: Covers for Titan Comics' two new Doctor Who series
- 02/28/14--09:26: Five Essential... Michael Caine Roles
- 02/28/14--10:26: House of Cards Season 2 - Episode 13 Review
- 02/28/14--13:09: First look at Grant Gustin as The Flash
- 02/28/14--14:52: Stark Direwolf teaser for Game of Thrones season 4
- 02/28/14--16:32: Director Gareth Edwards breaks down the latest Godzilla trailer
- 03/01/14--01:41: Ralph Fiennes says Bond 24 will start shooting in October
- 03/01/14--01:41: Vincent D'Onofrio and Irrfan Khan heading to Jurassic World
- 03/01/14--01:49: Preview of Mark Millar's Starlight #1
- 03/01/14--06:04: Warner Bros. releases another 300: Rise of an Empire trailer
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Following last month’s announcement that Titan Comics will publish Doctor Who comics, here at Flickering Myth we’ve been given the chance to give you a sneak peek at the issue #1 covers and creator details for the brand-new DOCTOR WHO: THE TENTH DOCTOR series and DOCTOR WHO: THE ELEVENTH DOCTOR series:
DOCTOR WHO: THE TENTH DOCTOR #1
Regular cover by Alice X. Zhang
THE TENTH DOCTOR IS BACK, IN AN ALL-NEW ONGOING SERIES! NEW COMPANION! NEW HORIZONS! UNFORGETTABLE NEW FOES! ALLONS-Y!
Eisner Award-winning writer Nick Abadzis (Laika) and fan-favorite artist Elena Casagrande (Angel, Suicide Risk, Doctor Who, Star Trek) take control of the TARDIS for their first five-issue arc with the Tenth Doctor! And don't miss the second arc, by fellow series architect Robbie Morrison (Drowntown, Nikolai Dante, The Authority)!
DOCTOR WHO: THE ELEVENTH DOCTOR #1
Regular cover by Alice X. Zhang
THE ELEVENTH DOCTOR RETURNS IN AN ALL-NEW ONGOING SERIES, WITH A TIME-TWISTING LEAP INTO THE UNKNOWN! GERONIMO!
Series architects Al Ewing (Loki: Agent of Asgard, Mighty Avengers, Trifecta) and Rob Williams (Revolutionary War, Ordinary, Miss Fury, The Royals: Masters of War, Trifecta) kick off a whirlwind adventure through eternity for the Eleventh Doctor, with artist Simon Fraser (Nikolai Dante, Grindhouse, Doctor Who)!
Both of these hughly anticapted issues are due on sale July 23rd.
In a fantastical middle-age world where slavery is rife, there are mysterious tall towers named Dungeons which mysteriously appeared out of nowhere. Someone who conquers a Dungeon becomes very powerful and wealthy. Our hero Ali Baba is a teenager who works for merchants to support himself. He dreams for conquering a lot of Dungeons and becoming a very rich person. One day, he comes across a strange young boy named Aladdin who carries a mystical flute with supernatural powers. Ali Baba and Aladdin agree to travel their first Dungeon together.
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Tom Jolliffe with his five essential Michael Caine roles...
As a Brit and a lover of cinema, sometimes it’s good to take the time to fully appreciate some home grown talent. I’m a lover of cinema from all over the world, but British cinema can often be overshadowed by American cinema, with its size 14 shoes and imposing figure (and full wallet) it often casts a big shadow over the rest of the world. However we Brits have contributed our fair share of great films and most certainly our fair share of great thespians. Perhaps one of our most successful home grown talents is Maurice Micklewhite (that’s Michael Caine to the layperson).
Caine, one of our most prolific and successful exports has had over 50 years of big screen outings and as well as being hugely successful as a Hollywood character actor, has led a great deal of Britain’s most iconic films. Having recently inducted the Mrs into the historic study of Caine cinema, I’m here with an essential list for all the un-initiated to take note of. For those who may only know him as Batman’s butler, or the bad guy in Steven Seagal’s directorial debut (and misunderstood masterpiece), this is a guide to the must see Caine films which helped establish his name. With a long, varied and successful career it’s hard to narrow it down to a few films, and you could easily have a list of 30 (maybe more) essentials, but here I’ve picked 5 of Caine’s leading roles.
The Ipcress File
In the mid 60’s while James Bond was making cinematic waves, a slew of espionage flicks were being made. Based on Len Deighton’s novel, The Ipcress File introduced the film world to Harry Palmer, the working class, less glamorous equivalent to Bond. This would prove to be one of the most successful rivals, spawning a further four films (two of which were made for TV).
The Ipcress File is a stylish film shot with unconventional, almost wild abandon by director Sidney J Furie (much to the dismay of producers at the time). It also provided Caine with a platform to lead a big film and he does so with immense charisma. Palmer is a great antithesis to the world of Bond. Harry Palmer is a spy who has to do paper work, attend office briefings, lives in a small flat, cooks himself, and takes public transport. It’s a world away from the gadgets, the Astons and the cat stroking villains. Ironically this film would later serve as part of the inspiration for director Sam Mendes in Bond’s most recent outing, Skyfall.
Caine is a brilliant everyman and brings Palmer to life brilliantly. He’s reckless but intelligent and just as quick on the draw with a one liner as JB. This is essential Caine and essential British cinema.
Alfie saw Caine achieve international recognition and also saw him pick up his first Oscar nomination. He’s thus far picked up two wins and four nominations. After Palmer, Alfie was another iconic character for Caine and a film ahead of its time. It’s a film that still works today and is still fairly prevalent.
Alfie addresses the camera directly, sharing his inner feelings. This is one of Caine’s best performances. The brilliance of this performance is that Alfie is a pretty repugnant character in many ways. He’s not a nice guy, and he’s as selfish as they come but Caine somehow makes this guy quite likeable. It’s a rare gift for an actor to be able to pull off, but Caine manages it here, and the loveable rogue routine would become something of a speciality for him.
Given the time of the production the material becomes quite dark in moments and it’s actually a tough watch at times, but ultimately rewarding thanks to Caine’s magnificent and multi-faceted performance. Despite addressing the audience, Alfie always holds back. There’s a lot of bravado but in several moments, quite brilliantly performed, this is stripped away and we get to see the real, damaged soul that Alfie is.
The Italian Job
This cracking caper is great entertainment from the first minute. It’s become iconic for the car chases and the mini’s but it’s a very good film aside. Once again Caine is the charming rogue, playing Charlie Croker, out to orchestrate a daring heist in Turin.
In addition to Caine, who leads the film with aplomb, the eclectic cast also sees Benny Hill and Noel Coward appear. Coward chews up scenery as something of an extension of his own persona. The very depiction of the English gentleman, he plays Bridger, the convict who has almost Royalty status within his prison. He has a private cell, private toilet, gourmet dinners and the freedom to go in and out of prison as he pleases. Some might say that’s a depiction of your typical lag these days, at least if you believe the Daily Mail, but the portrayal is humorously over the top to say the least.
The heist itself is well done and of course the iconic mini’s come into play with the great car chases. The Italian Job is a film most people know a great deal of, even if they haven’t seen it, whether they’ve seen clips, know of the Mini-led car chases or the infamous “cliffhanger” ending.
When the swinging 60’s tailed off, there was a noticeable shift in cinema to a more gritty (perhaps grounded, realistic) depiction of the world. Suddenly the glass was not half full but half empty. This was largely true through American and European cinema too.
Get Carter would mark a dramatic shift with Caine, playing a truly dark anti-hero. He’s a character who’s largely irredeemable, hell bent on revenge. Again, he’s a character with a tough exterior that rarely gets broken, but in the rare occasions the façade cracks, Caine is typically immense. Caine has played everything throughout his career. Here he plays total, utter, badass. Intent on finding his brothers killer, Jack Carter will plough through anyone who gets in his way.
The film is a great example of using a time and place to great effect. There’s no romanticism about how the locale is filmed at all, it’s just as is, authentic, real. British cinema does this brilliantly. Set in a depressed, dank Newcastle in the early 70’s, the film looks fantastic. It’s grim but it captures the surroundings in a poor area in a tough economic moment in history, fantastically. As an example it’s a far grittier, grounded and engaging setting than the Stallone American remake of 2000. What’s fantastic about Carter is it represents many of Brit cinemas strengths, such as a candid, unromantic depiction of an era that we’ve seen in films like Kes, or more recently Billy Elliot, and many others, but there’s a classic revenge tale put on top of it. It’s almost a Western in many ways. Again though, aside from the brilliant direction of Mike Hodges, the film is led exquisitely by Caine. Possibly one of the finest films England has produced.
This is a master-class in writing, directing and acting. Based on Anthony Shaffer’s play (he also adapted it to screenplay himself), this tells the tale of a Detective Fiction writer with a love of playing games who invites his wife’s lover round to engage in a battle of wits which may lead to murder.
It takes master craftsmen to put together a film with a cast of two, in one setting, and keep it engrossing from start to finish. In many respects it stays much like a stage play. It’s very economical. Whilst undoubtedly Shaffer and director Joseph L Mankiewicz deserve a lion’s share of the plaudits, it is the strength of Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine in the leading roles which carry the film.
Olivier is superb here as the eccentric, playful and slightly disturbed writer, Andrew Wyke. Caine plays Milo a man with a chip on his shoulder and a desire to succeed, but also, something which Wyke underestimates, an immense sense of pride that cannot be damaged without repercussion. The interplay between the two is superb and the film is loaded with twists and turns. In terms of acting honours it’s hard to pick a clear winner, but of course this represented for Caine, a platform to stand toe to toe with one of the greats and match him punch for punch.
Honourable mentions: Every other Caine film (with the exception of any of the Get Carter and Sleuth remakes which he also starred in). Seriously… even in a bad film, Caine is still great.
Agree? Disagree? We'd love to hear your thoughts on the list...
Jackson Ball reviews the season finale of House of Cards season 2...
Spoilers Ahead – You have been warned!
Right from the beginning, this final episode is rife with dramatic tension. After a mid-season lull, the stakes have been rising nicely in the lead up to the finale, as has the pace of events. Things have moved very fast for Frank; in the space of Episode 12 he went from President Walker’s (Michael Gill) friend and confidant, to his untrustworthy enemy, to all-out presidency usurper. With the success of his elaborate plan hanging by thread, is there another shocking twist to come?
Well, in short, no… No there isn’t.
Anybody who has watch even the slightest amount of this show (or its promotional material) will have had a fairly good notion that Frank would make it to president, and House of Cards has promptly delivered. Do not get me wrong, it’s been insanely enjoyable to watch his rise to power, but the overall destination was always inevitable.
I mean, where else could they have gone? Sure, they could have had Frank slip up and maybe bide his time until the next season, but that would have only delayed this unavoidable outcome. Admittedly though, despite it being a forgone conclusion since day one, there is still an undeniable thrill in that final scene, in which Frank finally makes his way into the Oval Office. It may well have been a predictable ending, but it was the right one.
It also capped off one hell of a season. After the success of the first season, and its expert blend of clinical writing and raw performances, everyone stepped their game up for this year’s return. The writing was sharper; generating a complex but surprisingly streamlined plot with more than couple of mind-blowing shocks (the season 2 premiere has one of the greatest twist-moments in TV history). Incredibly, the performances have also somehow gotten even better, with almost every role being delivered just as it needed to be. Robin Wright in particular has shone throughout, surely bagging the Emmy along the way.
The real dilemma that remains is where the show goes from here. A third season is happening, but with the show reaching its natural conclusion with Frank as president, it really leaves things wide open. I suppose the logical guess would be that, if next year is the final season, we’ll finally see Frank get his comeuppance for some of his darker deeds (outside all the corruption, he has killed twice now!). As likely as that sounds, it’s probably what the show needs, as there is only so long we can watch him rise and rise, especially as he’s now the most powerful man on the planet.
One thing is for certain though, no matter what House of Cards’ destination is, the journey is always going to be thrilling.
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We've seen him as Barry Allen, but with production set to get underway on the Arrow spin-off pilot in March, we've now got our first look at Grant Gustin as The Flash in The CW's upcoming pilot...
The Flash is set to begin filming at the back end of March, with Gustin joined in the cast by Candice Patton (The Game) as Iris West, Jesse L. Martin (Law & Order) as Detective West, Danielle Panabaker (Friday the 13th) as Caitlin Snow / Killer Frost, Rick Gosnett (The Vampire Diaries) as Eddie Thawne, Broadway star Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon / Vibe, Michelle Harrison (Emily Owens, MD) as Nora Allen, Tom Cavanagh (Ed) as Harrison Wells and original Flash star John Wesley Shipp in an as-yet-unrevealed role.
Well, Andrew Garfield and Marc Webb have been at it again during an interview with Yahoo! Movies to promote the upcoming release of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, with Garfield quoted as saying: "I would love that. I know the fans would love that, the fans of the Marvel universe... the more the merrier, the bigger the better."
Director Webb - who has recently been confirmed as returning for The Amazing Spider-Man 3 - then went on to reveal that there had been efforts to take Spidey into the MCU: "I would love [a crossover], as a fan, I think that would be great. I don’t know how that would happen, but I certainly would be supportive of it. There’s efforts that were made [to make a cameo happen], but obviously nothing came to fruition."
With Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), The Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and now Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), and The Vision (Paul Bettany) all on the roster for The Avengers: Age of Ultron, it would appear that Earth's Mightiest Heroes have few vacancies at present, and while I'm sure fans would appreciate a Spider-Man cameo somewhere down the line the chances of it actually ever happening are surely slim to none...
Earlier today we brought you the news that writer-director Adam McKay saying "definitely no" to the chances of a third Anchorman movie. However, if you're desperate to see more new material from Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell), Brick Tamland (Steve Carell), Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd) and Champ Kind (David Koechner) on the big screen then you're in luck, as Paramount is releasing a brand new cut of last year's Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues - appropriately titled Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Continued. It's bigger, bolder and Burgundier, and it comes complete with 763 new jokes!
"When my editor told me we had a whole different version of the movie that was more than two hours long with nearly 800 new jokes, I was shocked," said McKay with regards to the new cut. "But when Paramount said they were actually going to put it in theatres, I did a 1950’s spit take. If you're a hardcore Anchorman fan, go see this. If you're not, stay very far away."
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Continued is released in UK cinemas for one week from today, with a cast that also includes returning Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy stars Christina Applegate, Fred Willard, Chris Parnell and Vince Vaughn alongside Harrison Ford (Ender's Game), Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids), Dylan Baker (Spider-Man 2), Greg Kinnear (Modern Family), James Marsden (X-Men) and Meagan Good (Think Like a Man). Take a look at the trailer right here...
For more information on Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Continued, visit the official website and Facebook page.
Check out the previous teasers featuring Tyrion (Peter Dinklage), Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) and Ser Jorah (Iain Glen) here.
Game of Thrones season 4 gets underway on HBO in the States on April 6th and on Sky Atlantic in the UK on April 7th.
Earlier this week we got a brand new trailer for Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures' upcoming Godzilla reboot, and now Empire has posted a video with director Gareth Edwards (Monsters) walking us though this latest preview of the "epic rebirth" of The King of the Monsters.
According to the official synopsis, Godzilla "pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence."
Featuring in the cast alongside the iconic kaiju are Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick-Ass 2), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Elizabeth Olsen (Red Lights), David Strathairn (Lincoln), Juliette Binoche (Cosmopolis), Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine) and Ken Watanabe (Inception).
Check out the trailer breakdown here....
Godzilla is set for release on May 16th.
With just two weeks to go before its release, Disney has debuted a new batch of images from the live-action Sleeping Beauty reimagining Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie as the Mistress of All Evil and Elle Fanning as Princess Aurora....
"A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land’s fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal—an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. Bent on revenge, Maleficent faces an epic battle with the invading king’s successor and, as a result, places a curse upon his newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Maleficent realizes that Aurora holds the key to peace in the kingdom—and perhaps to Maleficent’s true happiness as well."
Maleficent is directed by Robert Stromberg (Avatar, Alice in Wonderland) and also stars Sharlto Copley (Elysium), Imelda Staunton (The Pirates! Band of Misfits), Miranda Richardson (The Hours), Juno Temple (The Dark Knight Rises) and Lesley Manville (Romeo and Juliet). The film hits cinemas on March 14th - watch the trailer here.
Variety is reporting that Dutch filmmaker Diederik Van Rooijen (Taped, Daylight) has signed on to direct the film, which Bay is producing alongside Andrew Form, Brad Fuller, Peter Guber and David Zelon. The project has previously passed through the hands of Martin Campbell (Casino Royale, Green Lantern) and Dennis Iliadis (Hardcore, The Last House on the Left), while Naomi Watts was attached to the Tippi Hedren role back when it was first announced in 2007.
Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis) was born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning toilets and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine (Channing Tatum), a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along – her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos.
Also featuring in the cast of Jupiter Ascending are Sean Bean (Game of Thrones), Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables), Douglas Booth (Noah), Tuppence Middleton (Trance), Doona Bae (Cloud Atlas), and James D'Arcy (Hitchcock).
Jupiter Ascending is set for release on July 18th in North America and arrives here in the UK on July 25th
MTV News. "I haven’t read a script yet, so I can’t tell you much. They’d probably swear me to secrecy anyway."
So far, virtually nothing is known about Bond 24, apart from the fact that the film will reunite Daniel Craig with Skyfall director Sam Mendes, screenwriter John Logan and co-stars Fiennes (M) and Ben Whishaw (Q). Meanwhile, both Naomie Harris (Moneypenny) and Rory Kinnear (Tanner) are also expected to reprise their roles, while there's been speculation as to whether 007's nemesis Ernst Stavro Blofeld will make his return to the iconic spy series.
Deadline has revealed that two more actors have been cast in the fourth instalment of the Jurassic Park franchise, with Vincent D'Onofrio (Full Metal Jacket, Law & Order: Criminal Intent) and Irrfan Khan (Life of Pi, The Amazing Spider-Man) have joined Jurassic World in villainous roles.
Jurassic World is being produced by Steven Spielberg, with Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) handling directing duties. Also featuring in the cast of the dino-sequel are Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy), Bryce Dallas Howard (Spider-Man 3), Ty Simpkins (Iron Man 3) and Nick Robinson (The Kings of Summer).
Jurassic World is set for release on June 12th, 2015.
Writer Mark Millar (Kick-Ass, Jupiter's Legacy) teams with artist Goran Parlov (The Punisher, Fury MAX) this week as "Flash Gordon meets The Dark Knight" with the arrival of the new superhero series Starlight; here's a preview of the first issue...
"Forty years ago, Duke McQueen was the space hero who saved the universe. But then he came back home, got married, had kids, and grew old. Now his children have left and his wife has passed away, leaving him alone with nothing except his memories...until a call comes from a distant world asking him back for his final and greatest adventure. This issue launches the much-anticipated Millarworld Universe. Get in on the start of something MASSIVE!"
Starlight #1 goes on sale this coming Wednesday, March 5th, priced $2.99.
Oscorp Ends Cross-Genetics Research
By Joy Mercado
Oscorp Industries announced today that it has destroyed any and all research it has done in the horrifying field of cross-genetics.
This news comes in the wake of the recent sentencing of former Oscorp geneticist turned terrifying lizard creature Dr. Curt Connors.
Once a pioneer in the field of cross-genetics, Connors’s work transformed him into a literal monster who rampaged across Manhattan.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is set for release on April 18th 2014 in the UK and on May 1st 2014 in North America, with a cast that also includes returning stars Emma Stone (Gwen Stacy), Sally Field (Aunt May), Chris Zylka (Flash Thompson), Campbell Scott (Richard Parker), Embeth Davidtz (Mary Parker), Martin Sheen (Ben Parker) and Denis Leary (George Stacy) alongside new additions include Jamie Foxx (Django Unchained) as Electro, Dane DeHaan (Chronicle) as Harry Osborn, Paul Giamatti (12 Years a Slave) as The Rhino, Chris Cooper (American Beauty) as Norman Osborn, Colm Feore (Thor) as Donald Menken, Marton Csokas (The Lord of the Rings) as Dr. Kafka, B.J. Novak (The Office) as Alistair Smythe, and Felicity Jones (Like Crazy) and Sarah Gadon (Cosmopolis) in as yet unrevealed roles.
Considering we've been absolutely bonbared with posters, trailers, clips and TV spots over the past few months, there's a good chance you've already made up your mind whether you plan on seeing 300: Rise of an Empire, but just in case you're still on the fence, Warner Bros. has dropped yet another trailer for the follow-up to Zack Snyder's 300, which you can check out right here...
Based on Frank Miller's latest graphic novel Xerxes, and told in the breathtaking visual style of the blockbuster 300, this new chapter of the epic saga takes the action to a fresh battlefield - on the sea - as Greek general Themistokles attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the war. 300: Rise of an Empire pits Themistokles against the massive invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes, and Artemisia, vengeful commander of the Persian navy.
300: Rise of an Empire sees Noam Murro (Smart People) directing a cast that features returning 300 stars Lena Headey, Rodrigo Santoro and David Wenham alongside Sullivan Stapleton (Animal Kingdom), Eva Green (Dark Shadows), Jack O'Connell (Skins), Hans Matheson (Clash of the Titans), and Callan Mulvey (Zero Dark Thirty).
300: Rise of an Empire opens on March 7th.