Back in 2008, few non-comic book readers knew who Iron Man was. Today, the whole world does, and that's down to the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and, of course, Robert Downey Jr.'s excellent performance as the character. Before RDJ was on-board, though, many people questioned who could portray the billionaire philanthropist Tony Stark with enough gusto to launch a multi-million dollar franchise. The responsibility of casting Stark fell to Sarah Finn, Marvel's head of casting.Speaking to our sister publication Total Film about being in charge of casting Marvel's roster of heroes and villains, Finn recalled Downey's screen test. Read an extract of the interview below.“It was a somewhat challenging process casting Iron Man, because Robert Downey Jr. was not known as an action hero, and also had been, frankly, in the news in certain ways. However, he’s an incredible actor," she says. "I hope he gets the recognition he deserves for this part because, even though … [Read more...] about Marvel’s head casting director talks Robert Downey Jr.’s screen test: “You’re witnessing a moment in history”
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Alien 3 is now 20 years old. Two decades.If, like me, you’re of mid-’80s vintage, it probably doesn’t feel ‘old’ at all.Scott and Cameron’s efforts are firmly in a pre-’90s, pre-memory past, but I do remember the seven-year-old me being far too terrified by Alien 3 ’s poster to even want to see it.I definitely remember the awesome tie-in SNES game. And I even remember the fuss about how terrible the thing was, the thermonuclear intensity of which was powerful enough to distract me from watching Wacaday , or whatever else I was doing back then.But what was all the fuss about?Looked at today, there’s not much wrong with Alien 3 , and there’s a huge amount that’s right about it.In fact, it’s a very solid film indeed – a weird kind of modern classic – and it established the themes that would underpin David Fincher’s career so far.First things first – it’s important to realise what … [Read more...] about Is It Just Me… Or Is Alien 3 Really A Misunderstood Masterpiece?
The Walking Dead season 10 continues to march to the rhythm of its own drum with episode 5, "What It Always Is", eschewing any sense of showmanship for something more akin to a longstanding soap opera – one that’s gradually moving the pieces in place for a final standoff against The Whisperers. The leisurely pace of recent episodes was agonising, but a stronger focus and more interesting scenarios make "What It Always Is" a far more tolerable viewing experience, albeit one that isn't without its hiccups.Episode 5 follows three roughly synchronous plotlines, and, though none of them overlap, the main focus is on Negan, who has mysteriously escaped from Alexandria. We still don't know how he broke out, but the antagonist-turned-antihero finds himself accompanied by an avid fan in the form of Brandon, whose parents were part of The Saviours back during the Rick Grimes era of season 8.Brandon, however, is awkwardly and inadequately written into existence, thrown onto the screen … [Read more...] about The Walking Dead season 10 episode 5 review: “We’ve been ignoring the real, less visible threats all along”
The Star Trek Picard series trailer is here! Thanks to the franchise's big panel as part of the San Diego Comic Con 2019 schedule on Saturday, we've got a first look at the best Star Trek captain's return (don't @ me) and realease window for the Picard TV show.Returning to the captain's chair for the first time in 17 years, Patrick Stewart will once again play Jean-Luc Picard. However, he's a very different man than the one was saw in The Next Generation. It's time to go where to go where no fan has gone before: watch the Star Trek Picard trailer below.The trailer opens with an unnamed woman asking Picard if he's "ever been a stranger to [himself]." His response? "Many, many times." We then get a shot of a dismembered body of Data. This is going to some seriously dark places.Much of the trailer revolves around a woman in danger who's approaching Picard looking for refuge and help. The good captain, though, seems to know who she is, and believes she's in "serious danger."Some familiar … [Read more...] about Star Trek: Picard trailer debuts at SDCC 2019, revealing the return of Seven of Nine, Data and the Borg
Back in 2015, writer and director Robert Eggers made a blistering first impression with New England horror The Witch. Having now seen his masterful follow-up, The Lighthouse, it's clear that Eggers' debut was far from a one-off. An oppressively nightmarish two-hander starring Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe as a pair of lighthouse keepers who go mad off the mainland after a devastating storm strands them on their temporary island home. This film does for lighthouses what The Shining did for 5-star hotels.Shot in exquisite, full-frame monochrome – an antiquated aspect ratio that adds to both the squirming claustrophobia and period aesthetics – with a custom orthochromatic filter bringing every pore, blemish and twitch of insanity on the faces of Pattinson and Dafoe to the fore, it’s a paradoxically beautiful film for one filled with such ugliness. On The Witch Eggers immersed himself in contemporary scribblings and dialect tapes to pen the film’s … [Read more...] about The Lighthouse: “This is peerless filmmaking from a director who’s emerging as one of contemporary horror’s true greats”