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Matt Bomer is going up, up and away — into the world of animation. The mild-mannered White Collar star has landed the lead in the upcoming movie Superman: Unbound. Coming this spring to DVD, Blu-ray and On Demand, the film features an all-star cast, including Fringe's John Noble as the world-destroying alien Brainiac and Castle costars Stana Katic and Molly Quinn as Superman's girlfriend, Lois Lane, and cousin, Kara (aka Supergirl), respectively.
Based on a 2008 Action Comics storyline by Geoff Johns, Superman: Unbound — the latest in a series of movie adaptations from Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment — pits the Man of Steel against Brainiac, an alien who attacks planets, shrinks one city small enough to fit in a bottle, then destroys the rest of the planet. "He's the ultimate collector," says director/supervising producer James Tucker (Batman: The Brave and the Bold). "He says what he's doing is the name of science and ultimate knowledge, but really he just wants stuff and he doesn't want anyone else to have access to it."
In the film's second story thread Superman struggles to relate to the women in his life. As his romance with Lois heats up (in his secret identity as Clark Kent), he worries that she could be in jeopardy if his enemies discover their connection. And his paternal instincts drive him to be overprotective of the teenage Kara — despite the fact that she has super abilities on par with his.
Bomer took on this new identity with ease. "He had a jovial energy that was a little counter to what we usually do with Superman," Tucker says. "But he also had that decency in his voice that Superman really needs no matter which way you go with him."
Noble was also perfectly suited for his role. "I could listen to him all day," Tucker says. "John had a lot of energy and he really got into the psychology of what was motivating Brainiac. He brought a level of intelligence, but also that slight bit of crazy that a super villain needs to have under the surface to make him compelling."
In addition to the dazzling voice cast, Tucker (who also did the character design) is quite pleased with the movie's score, from composer Kevin Kliesch. "I wanted it to sound like a contemporary movie," Tucker says of his directive to Kliesch, whose credits include the recent ThunderCats relaunch and the upcoming Disney Channel series Sofia the First. "There's a lot of guitars and percussion, a lot of driving music, it's not orchestral at all. The music's not like any movie Superman movie you've seen."
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Aidan Turner plays Kili, brother of Fili, in 'The Hobbit'
Dublin actor Aidan Turner got his start in a number of theatre productions following his graduation from the Gaiety School of Acting in 2004. He quickly made the transition from stage to screen, landing roles in Irish-shot period drama ‘The Tudors’, BBC series ‘Desperate Romantics’ and RTÉ series ‘The Clinic’.
His breakout role in BBC fantasy drama ‘Being Human’ somewhat prepared him for international stardom, as the US quickly made its own version of the vampire-based thriller.
This year however, Tuner is embarking on a different kind of fan journey, as he prepares for the worldwide release of Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’, the first film instalment based on JRR Tolkien’s cult novel, in which he plays Kili the Dwarf.
IFTN spent five minutes with Turner ahead of the Dublin premiere of ‘The Hobbit’, to talk all things fan-related, prosthetics, and why he preferred acting opposite a tennis ball than Sir Ian McKellen.
For those who cannot get enough of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1, there's going to be even more on the DVD.
Summit Entertainment announced Monday that the Blu-ray/DVD/digital download, due out on March 2, will feature eight minutes of previously unreleased footage.
These are moments from Stephenie Meyer's best-selling book that didn't make it to the screen adaptation.
"I wanted to make sure that for all the Twihards out there, there was a chance to see some of these cut scenes — several of which are fan favorites from the book," director Bill Condon said in a statement released Monday. As Twilight series devotees know, there was a lot of ground to cover in adapting Breaking Dawn to the screen," Condon added. "Between the wedding, the honeymoon, the birth, and everything in between, naturally there were things that didn't make it into our final cut."
Condon did not specify which scenes would be added to the DVD extras.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1 took in $281.3 million in domestic box office sales after its release on Nov. 18, 2011. The follow-up film, Breaking Dawn, Part 2, ended the series in remarkable fashion in November 2012, taking in $289 million.
Do you approve of the way “The Biggest Loser” is handling its youngest ambassadors?
As you know, Chaz Bono, 42, has been through some changes lately. He started off as a girl named Chastity, the sole offspring of singers Cher and Sonny Bono; appeared on their TV show in the mid-Seventies as a cute little girl with curly locks, waving at the audience; came out as a lesbian in 1995; reconsidered her sexual identity a few years later; started testosterone treatments to become a dude; got a mastectomy to remove her breasts; started lifting weights; can presently curl 25 pounds with each hand; started going shirtless as often as he could, because, damn it, he was a man now and he could; got on the Dancing With the Stars TV program; was variously called a basketball, a penguin and an Ewok; got booted off after six weeks; has continued to stay in the news, what with Warren Beatty's transgender son calling him a misogynist and him proposing to his girlfriend, Jennifer Elia, 36, atop the Seattle Space Needle, and then breaking up with her in December. It's enough to make your head spin. What's not generally known, however, is that, ever since the end of DWTS, Chaz has been studying his finances, adding up the credits and debits, and is pretty sure that within a short while he will finally be able to afford to get himself a penis.
He says he's never felt better. He no longer numbs himself with painkillers and booze, for instance, and he no longer loses himself for days at a time in video games, though he still likes to play them. He has stopped smoking, too; it was quite an ordeal, until he learned of a certain frightening possibility if he continued.
"The way I had my top surgery done," he says, "they take your nipples off, and from your old nipples, they make male nipples. They totally re-craft them, let's say, and then they graft them back on. So it's a graft, and grafts don't always heal, and then this transgender guy that my girlfriend met said, 'I know people who were smokers whose nipples have fallen off.' When she told me that, that was all the incentive I needed. I went cold turkey."
Today, at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour, J.J. Abrams was in attendance to talk about what fans can expect when the NBC drama series Revolution returns with new episodes on March 25th. As usual, the ever busy executive producer was giving of his time and took a few moments to chat about some of his upcoming and current projects. Abrams gave updates about the Alfonso Cuarón supernatural drama series for NBC, the futuristic robot cop series that Joel Wyman is developing, that he has not yet seen the Fringe finale but that the script was incredibly emotional, how far along the next Mission: Impossible film is, if there’s anything he’s written in the past that he’d still love to be able to get into production, how excited he is for people to see Star Trek Into Darkness, and how difficult it is to maintain the mystery and secrecy for his projects. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
They share the face and the brandy-hued baritone, but you could never mistake Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch for the prickly savant of the BBC’s Baker Street — not only is the actor relentlessly polite he’s also never clubbed a cadaver in the name of scientific inquiry. The sleuth may have shined through for a moment last summer though when Cumberbatch showed a Holmesian impatience for unanswered questions and state secrets. “It’s achingly irritating,” Cumberbatch said when asked about the secrecy surrounding his role in this May’s Star Trek Into Darkness. “Believe me, I’d rather talk about the role and the fantastic story and all the things J.J. [Abrams] has come up with. And then everyone would be as excited about the film as I am. But then of course I think I would be on a phone call coming from J.J.’s office…”
Abrams directed the eleventh film in a Starfleet series, 2009’s well-reviewed Star Trek, which beamed up $258 million in domestic box office to set the 30-year-old franchise’s new record ($110 million by Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home in 1986 dropped to second). At Paramount Pictures, all of that and the film’s strong showing in home-video sales and rentals has stoked expectations for the sequel — which has only intensified the already notorious Abrams zeal for script and set secrecy.