Batman Backlash Revisited: Why George Clooney Got Bat-Bashed

45As everyone knows by now, Ben Affleck has been named to play Batman in Batman vs. Superman, the sequel to Man of Steel. There has been so much unwarranted backlash towards Ben Affleck playing the caped crusader. But, as many other articles on the web have pointed out, actors Michael Keaton and Academy Award winner George Clooney were similarly criticized when they were cast as Batman in previous Batman films.

Clooney starred as Batman back in 1997’s Batman & Robin, which was the second Batman film directed by Joel Schumacher. We have spoken to Clooney, who takes responsibility for the film’s poor performance. We don’t think it was his fault.  We think Schumacher’s vision, or lack thereof, is the reason why the film was a disappointment. Years ago, Clooney told us why he thought the film wasn’t well received. (Click on the media bar below to hear George Clooney)


While many fans are against Affleck played the title role, they shouldn’t be. What fans should be more concerned with is director’s Zack Snyder’s vision and story for Batman vs. Superman. If it’s anything like Man of Steel, we think fans are all in trouble. Agree or disagree with us? Let us know!
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Rose Byrne Has Haunting Dream With James Wan’s The Conjuring

Insidious: Chapter 2With Insidious: Chapter 2, a new supernatural threat has arrived, as an evil spirit has inhabited the body of Josh Lambert (Patrick Wilson) much to the horror of his wife (Byrne), mother (Barbara Hershey) and children. Directed by The Conjuring filmmaker James Wan, the feature continues the original’s tradition on focusing more on atmospheric chills rather than gory bloodletting (which, to us, is a great thing).

During a recent interview, Byrne was asked if there was a certain horror film that, if she could go back in time, actually work on.

“I’m a huge fan of The Shining,” says Byrne, who’s best known for her work as determined (and eventually compromised) lawyer Ellen Parsons on Damages. “I think that’s an incredible horror film and iconic obviously, and classic. I can’t imagine myself in it though. I don’t think I’d be quite suitable for the Jack Nicholson role obviously. (laughs) With a classic film, how could you reimagine it with yourself anyway? Because what makes it classic are those performances and those actors.”

Rose Byrne is also a huge fan of James Wan’s other film The Conjuring, which was released last month to great reviews and brisk business.  Click on the media bar to hear Byrne talk about the nightmare she had after watching The Conjuring:

Insidious: Chapter 2 opens September 13.

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Matt Damon Explains Why His ‘Candelabra’ Performance Shined So Brightly

44Matt Damon is nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for his performance as Scott Thorson, the former companion of Liberace, who was played by Michael Douglas in the HBO movie Behind the Candelabra. Damon’s performance was one of the best performances of the year.

We spoke to Matt Damon, who told us that he is proud of his performance, and credits director Steven Soderbergh for the success of both his performance and the movie.  (Click on the media bar below to hear Matt Damon)


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Eric Bana’s Script Savvy Nature Leads To Closed Circuit Role

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It’s been said, time and time again, that chemistry is an integral to a film’s success.  To Eric Bana, star of the thriller Closed Circuit, what’s more important is working with a great script. Steven Knight, whose script credits include Dirty Pretty Things and Eastern Promises, penned the script.

“You might have great chemistry in real life and if there’s nothing on the page to help sell what’s meant to be there, you’re screwed,” said Bana, who gave an underrated performance last year as a sociopath in the wintry thriller Deadfall. “So I was very confident that on the page in this case there was a legitimate back story for the two (lead characters).”

The film, which co-stars Rebecca Hall (Iron Man 3, The Town, Parade’s End), opens August 28. To hear Bana talk about his thoughts on chemistry, click on the media bar below:


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Best Film Ever? One Direction Can’t Wait for Fans to See Their Movie!

43Millions of teen girls can’t wait to see Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, and Louis Tomlinson, better known as One Direction, in their concert movie One Direction: This Is Us which opens in theaters August 30. The Band has legions of young fans dying to see the film. The film goes behind the scenes with the band while on the road performing, and also shows performances from their concert, which took place at London’s O2 Arena.

The Band can’t wait for their fans to see the film.  For them, making the film was a very surreal experience.

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