The cinematic world is no stranger to debates. Some films are instantly polarizing but even the most beloved films can inspire debate. No one, however, does debate quite like Fantastic Debates, a staple of Fantastic Fest. Fantastic Debates is an interesting if not amusing tradition which features verbal sparring followed by a round of boxing!
Hayao Miyazaki, the Oscar award winning filmmaker behind Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro, to name a few, is planning to retire from directing following the release of his latest film, The Wind Rises.
Not too long ago it was reported that Bryan Cranston was signed to play Lex Luthor for six Man of Steel sequels. The ridiculous amount of sequels alone should have been enough to tip people off that the rumors were bogus. Well, now we’ve heard it from Cranston himself who told Boston.com, “I’ve heard that too…Six? This is all news to me. I think that maybe my name is bandied about because I’m known to be bald. ‘What bald guy can we get?’ The reality is they can take any actor and shave his head or put a bald cap on him.”
The thrill and appeal of gambling is difficult to overstate which is why it resonates with millions of people across the world. Whether it’s in the form of a simple gentleman’s agreement over who’ll win the next UFC fight or it consists of a weekend out to Vegas or Atlantic City, gambling is an activity which is beloved in many forms.
You can kick and scream all you like but Bradley Cooper has been confirmed as the voice of Rocket Raccoon in Marvel‘s upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy.
Tony Jaa made waves back in 2003 with Ong-bak and again dropped jaws with The Protector (Tom yum goong) in 2005. Following those brutal martial arts flicks, he had an unfortunate falling out with director Prachya Pinkaew. After that, Jaa essentially fell off the radar. Literally. Tony Jaa reportedly vanished into the jungle to meditate due the stress of filming Ong-bak 2.
Thirteen years later Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon will be getting a sequel, titled Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Destiny. Yuen Wo Ping, who acted as the fight choreographer for the original film, is taking over for Ang Lee and is set to direct. Michelle Yeoh will be reprising her role as Yu Shu Lien.
By now, I’m sure you’ve heard the “wonderful” news that Ben Affleck has been officially tapped to play Batman. I want to say I lost sleep over this late-breaking news last night, but sadly, I average about 3-4 hours of daily sleep. What the hell, let’s blame it on Affleck anyway! I honestly don’t know where to start my rant, so let’s just begin with the naysayers nay-saying the naysayers. Are you following me? I’m talking about those internet savvy white knights of the internet who, like the vast majority of the internet, don’t necessarily agree with Warner Bros picking Ben Affleck as the new Batman, but don’t want to be hasty in their moment of displeasure. It’s not because they’re afraid of being proven wrong, or for the sheer sport of argument. No. It’s only for the one reason I’ve aptly named “The Ledger Effect.”