by Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub Posted: January 19th, 2011
Disney has released new images from both The Muppet Movie and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. While it’s taken Walt Disney a number of years to get a new Muppet movie off the ground, every official image they release and every leaked photo from the set is getting me more excited to see Kermit, Miss Piggy, and the rest of the gang back on movie screens. I really think The Muppets is going to be a huge hit for the studio. I know I can’t wait to see it. Hit the jump for the new images:
The Muppets are scheduled for release on November 23, 2011 and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides hits theaters May 20, 2011.
Thanks to Stitch Kingdom for the new images. You can check out a number of other images from Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides here.
Here’s the synopsis for The Muppets:
On vacation in Los Angeles, Walter, the world’s biggest Muppet fan, and his friends Gary (Segel) and Mary (Amy Adams) from Smalltown, USA, discover the nefarious plan of oilman Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) to raze the Muppet Theater and drill for the oil recently discovered beneath the Muppets’ former stomping grounds. To stage The Greatest Muppet Telethon Ever and raise the $10 million needed to save the theater, Walter, Mary and Gary help Kermit reunite the Muppets, who have all gone their separate ways: Fozzie now performs with a Reno casino house band called the Moopets, Miss Piggy is a plus-size fashion editor at Vogue Paris, Animal is in a Santa Barbara clinic for anger management, and Gonzo is a high-powered plumbing magnate.
Here’s the synopsis:
http://collider.com/muppet-movie-images-pirates-caribbean-4-stranger-tides-images/71222/Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Rob Marshall, “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” captures the fun, adventure and humor that ignited the hit franchise—this time in Disney Digital 3D™. Johnny Depp returns to his iconic role of Captain Jack Sparrow in an action-packed tale of truth, betrayal, youth and demise. When Jack crosses paths with a woman from his past (Penelope Cruz), he’s not sure if it’s love—or if she’s a ruthless con artist who’s using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. When she forces him aboard the Queen Anne’s Revenge, the ship of the formidable pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane), Jack finds himself on an unexpected adventure in which he doesn’t know who to fear more: Blackbeard or the woman from his pastThe international cast includes franchise vets Geoffrey Rush as the vengeful Captain Hector Barbossa, and Kevin R. McNally as Captain Jack’s longtime comrade Joshamee Gibbs, plus Sam Claflin as a stalwart missionary and Astrid Berges-Frisbey as a mysterious mermaid.Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) finds himself on an unexpected journey to the fabled Fountain of Youth when a woman from his past (Penelope Cruz) forces him aboard the Queen Anne’s Revenge, the ship of the formidable pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane).
by Matt Goldberg Posted: January 19th, 2011
Yesterday, we showed you a blurry photo of Spider-Man running down the street. Not surprisingly, there was more than one bystander taking photos and shooting video of the wall-crawler not crawling walls. Citizen reporters managed to catch Spidey doing some pretty sweet stunt work. It looks like this scene in the movie comes when Spider-Man has his powers, but hasn’t built his web-shooters. Clearly, having to run from the cops (or perhaps chase the bad guy that shot Uncle Ben, presuming they haven’t changed Spidey’s comic-book origin) isn’t as effective (or fun) as swinging between buildings.
Hit the jump to check out the new set photos as well as handheld video of the filming. Marc Webb’s untitled 3D Spider-Man reboot is set for release on July 3, 2012.
Anne Hathaway Cast as Selina Kyle (aka Catwoman) in THE DARK KNIGHT RISES; Tom Hardy to Play BaneMatt Goldberg
by Matt Goldberg Posted: January 19th, 2011
Here are two major pieces of The Dark Knight Rises news that you can take to the Gotham City bank. First up, Warner Bros’ has announced that Anne Hathaway has been cast as Selina Kyle. Kyle’s alter-ego is Catwoman, but the press release doesn’t mention the character. They only refer to Hathaway’s role as “Selina Kyle”.
The other major piece of news from the press release is that Tom Hardy will be playing the Batman villain Bane. It was previously rumored that Hardy would be playing villainous psychologist Dr. Hugo Strange. Personally, I think Strange is a more interesting character than Bane, whose claim to fame is that he broke Batman’s back in the comics. Hit the jump to check out the press release. The Dark Knight Rises is due out July 20th.
As we previously reported, The Dark Knight Rises is rumored to have two leading female characters. One was to be a villain and the other was to be a love interest. The character Talia al Ghul was rumored to be in the movie and presumed to be the villain since she’s the daughter of the villain from Batman Begins, Ra’s al Ghul. However, the inclusion of Kyle complicates matters. Catwoman/Selina Kyle works perfectly as both a love interest AND a villain. However, if she doesn’t become Catwoman in the movie, then presumably she stays as the “love interest” and not the villain. But it would be bizarre to try and hold Catwoman for a fourth movie when Nolan has said that he plans to make The Dark Knight Rises his final Batman movie.
As for Bane, I’m surprised a character that super-natural and comic-book-y has made it into Nolan’s grounded-in-reality Gotham City. For those unfamiliar with the character, Bane is hooked up to a chemical known as “Venom” that causes his body to become super-muscular when injected. He also wears (in the comics) a Mexican wrestling mask. Of course, the press release states that this will be a “new interpretation” of Bane.
Here’s the press release:
http://collider.com/anne-hathaway-dark-knight-rises-catwoman/71282/BURBANK, CA, January 19, 2011 – Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that Anne Hathaway has been cast as Selina Kyle in Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises.” She will be starring alongside Christian Bale, who returns in the title role of Bruce Wayne/Batman.Christopher Nolan stated, “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Anne Hathaway, who will be a fantastic addition to our ensemble as we complete our story.”In addition, Tom Hardy has been set to play Bane. Nolan said, “I am delighted to be working with Tom again and excited to watch him bring to life our new interpretation of one of Batman’s most formidable enemies.”Nolan will direct the film from a screenplay he wrote with Jonathan Nolan, from a story by Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer. Nolan will also produce the film with his longtime producing partner, Emma Thomas, and Charles Roven.“The Dark Knight Rises” is slated for release on July 20, 2012. The film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.