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Spidey-musical: Just what I wanted

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NOT.

Since when did the natural progression of super-heroes become comic-books–>cartoons–>action-figures–>feature-films–>Broadway musicals? USA Today reports:

It’s official: Spider-Man is about to make the leap to Broadway — and he’s bringing some very illustrious mortals with him.

Marvel Studios has confirmed that a musical is in development based on the popular superhero, and that Tony Award-winning stage and screen director Julie Taymor and rock superstars Bono and the Edge are on board. The U2 frontman and guitarist will write music and lyrics.

I can already imagine it: Dark Knight: The Desolate Spandex Man where Joker’s line, “You complete…me” would be taken completely out of context. Batman and Joker would fall madly in love with each other and have babies and domestic-spousal issues while simultaneously creating and fighting crime together, starting with Prop. 8. That actually sounds kind of genius! Quick, somebody shoot me before I start pitching it to the Broadway people.

“Batman 3” Being Scripted?

IESB.net is reporting that the brothers Nolan and David Goyer are hard at work in the scripting stage for the next Batman film.  In addition, Batman-on-Film has already confirmed that 2 of those 3 members have already signed on with Warner Bros.  Who those 2 are, we still don’t know yet. Here is producer Charles Roven’s coy response regarding the info:

Chuck Roven: “The creative driver of the project at this point is Chris. There’s really nothing more for me to say about that. When he feels that he’s got something to talk about, then we’ll be able to talk about it.”

IESB: I know you can’t tell us who the villain or villains are, but do you personally know?

Chuck Roven: [Big smile and a laugh] “I really don’t want to talk about that project right now.”

And here’s another awesome fan-made teaser poster for you guys.  How real is that, huh?

*If you have any fanart you would like for us to post on the site, by all means, feel free to let us know!

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“Batman 3” – Coming 2011? (no pun intended?)

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According to New Jersey’s Courier Post, Batman Begins and Dark Knight Executive Producer Michael Uslan had this to say regarding the third installment:

Uslan will be onboard as executive producer for the “Dark Knight” sequel, which he estimates will be theaters by 2011. As for the identity of the next round of Batman’s supervillains and love interests, Uslan remains tight-lipped. “It’s one of those deals where if I told you, I’d have to kill you,” he says with a chuckle.

“Batman 3” hits theaters in 2011.  Omg, did I just announce the release year for the 3rd Batman installment???

8 Oscar Nominations For “The Dark Knight”, but unfortunately…

oscarposterWe’ve got some good news and some bad news for all you Batfans…

The good news…”The Dark Knight” has received a total of 8 nominations in the following categories: Best Supporting Actor (Heath Ledger, whoo!), Art Direction, Cinematography, Film Editing, Makeup, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, and Visual Effects.

The bad news…uhh, nothing for Best Picture, Best Director, or Best Screenplay?  Alright, while “The Dark Knight”‘s been snubbed for Best Picture and Best Screenplay, I can understand the nominations for “Slumdog Millionaire”, “Frost/Nixon”, and “Milk”.  But while I wholeheartedly enjoyed “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”, are you serious, Academy?  You prioritized that over “The Dark Knight”?  I, personally, have not seen “The Reader” yet, although I’ve heard it wasn’t even all that great.  Honestly, Academy (wtf?).

And come on, no nomination for Best Director?  Chris Nolan, the man with the perfect film record?  Well, at least with Ledger’s nomination, we don’t have to worry about storming the streets to protest against the Academy 🙂

BEST PICTURE:
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Paramount and Warner Bros.), A Kennedy/Marshall Production, Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall and Ceán Chaffin, Producers
Frost/Nixon (Universal), A Universal Pictures, Imagine Entertainment and Working Title Production,Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Eric Fellner, Producers
Milk (Focus Features), A Groundswell and Jinks/Cohen Company Production, Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen, Producers
The Reader (The Weinstein Company), A Mirage Enterprises and Neunte Babelsberg Film GmbH Production, Nominees to be determined
Slumdog Millionaire (Fox Searchlight), A Celador Films Production,Christian Colson, Producer

DIRECTING:
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Paramount and Warner Bros.), David Fincher
Frost/Nixon (Universal), Ron Howard
Milk (Focus Features), Gus Van Sant
The Reader (The Weinstein Company), Stephen Daldry
Slumdog Millionaire (Fox Searchlight), Danny Boyle

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE:
Richard Jenkins – The Visitor (Overture Films)
Frank Langella – Frost/Nixon (Universal)
Sean Penn – Milk (Focus Features)
Brad Pitt – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Paramount and Warner Bros.)
Mickey Rourke – The Wrestler (Fox Searchlight)

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE:
Anne Hathaway – Rachel Getting Married (Sony Pictures Classics)
Angelina Jolie – Changeling (Universal)
Melissa Leo – Frozen River (Sony Pictures Classics)
Meryl Streep – Doubt (Miramax)
Kate Winslet – The Reader (The Weinstein Company)

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE:
Josh Brolin – Milk (Focus Features)
Robert Downey Jr. – Tropic Thunder (DreamWorks, Distributed by DreamWorks/Paramount)
Philip Seymour Hoffman – Doubt (Miramax)
Heath Ledger – The Dark Knight (Warner Bros.)
Michael Shannon – Revolutionary Road (DreamWorks, Distributed by Paramount Vantage)

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE:
Amy Adams – Doubt (Miramax)
Penélope Cruz – Vicky Cristina Barcelona (The Weinstein Company)
Viola Davis – Doubt (Miramax)
Taraji P. Henson – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Paramount and Warner Bros.)
Marisa Tomei – The Wrestler (Fox Searchlight)

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Paramount and Warner Bros.), Screenplay by Eric Roth, Screen story by Eric Roth and Robin Swicord
Doubt (Miramax), Written by John Patrick Shanley
Frost/Nixon (Universal), Screenplay by Peter Morgan
The Reader (The Weinstein Company), Screenplay by David Hare
Slumdog Millionaire (Fox Searchlight), Screenplay by Simon Beaufoy

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:
Frozen River (Sony Pictures Classics), Written by Courtney Hunt
Happy-Go-Lucky (Miramax), Written by Mike Leigh
In Bruges (Focus Features), Written by Martin McDonagh
Milk (Focus Features), Written by Dustin Lance Black
WALL•E (Walt Disney), Screenplay by Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon, Original story by Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM:
The Baader Meinhof Complex A Constantin Film Production, Germany
The Class (Sony Pictures Classics), A Haut et Court Production, France
Departures (Regent Releasing), A Departures Film Partners Production, Japan
Revanche (Janus Films), A Prisma Film/Fernseh Production, Austria
Waltz with Bashir (Sony Pictures Classics), A Bridgit Folman Film Gang Production, Israel

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM:
Bolt (Walt Disney), Chris Williams and Byron Howard
Kung Fu Panda (DreamWorks Animation, Distributed by Paramount), John Stevenson and Mark Osborne
WALL•E (Walt Disney), Andrew Stanton

ART DIRECTION:
Changeling (Universal), Art Direction: James J. Murakami, Set Decoration: Gary Fettis
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Paramount and Warner Bros.), Art Direction: Donald Graham Burt, Set Decoration: Victor J. Zolfo
The Dark Knight (Warner Bros.), Art Direction: Nathan Crowley, Set Decoration: Peter Lando
The Duchess (Paramount Vantage, Pathé and BBC Films), Art Direction: Michael Carlin, Set Decoration: Rebecca Alleway
Revolutionary Road (DreamWorks, Distributed by Paramount Vantage), Art Direction: Kristi Zea, Set Decoration: Debra Schutt

CINEMATOGRAPHY:
Changeling (Universal), Tom Stern
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Paramount and Warner Bros.), Claudio Miranda
The Dark Knight (Warner Bros.), Wally Pfister
The Reader (The Weinstein Company), Chris Menges and Roger Deakins
Slumdog Millionaire (Fox Searchlight), Anthony Dod Mantle

COSTUME DESIGN:
Australia (20th Century Fox), Catherine Martin
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Paramount and Warner Bros.), Jacqueline West
The Duchess (Paramount Vantage, Pathé and BBC Films), Michael O’Connor
Milk (Focus Features), Danny Glicker
Revolutionary Road (DreamWorks, Distributed by Paramount Vantage), Albert Wolsky

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE:
The Betrayal (Nerakhoon) (Cinema Guild), A Pandinlao Films Production, Ellen Kuras and Thavisouk Phrasavath
Encounters at the End of the World (THINKFilm and Image Entertainment), A Creative Differences Production, Werner Herzog and Henry Kaiser
The Garden A Black Valley Films Production, Scott Hamilton Kennedy
Man on Wire (Magnolia Pictures), A Wall to Wall Production, James Marsh and Simon Chinn
Trouble the Water (Zeitgeist Films), An Elsewhere Films Production, Tia Lessin and Carl Deal

FILM EDITING:
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Paramount and Warner Bros.), Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall
The Dark Knight (Warner Bros.), Lee Smith
Frost/Nixon (Universal), Mike Hill and Dan Hanley
Milk (Focus Features), Elliot Graham
Slumdog Millionaire (Fox Searchlight), Chris Dickens

MAKEUP:
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Paramount and Warner Bros.), Greg Cannom
The Dark Knight (Warner Bros.), John Caglione, Jr. and Conor O’Sullivan
Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Universal), Mike Elizalde and Thom Floutz

ORIGINAL SCORE:
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Paramount and Warner Bros.), Alexandre Desplat
Defiance (Paramount Vantage), James Newton Howard
Milk (Focus Features), Danny Elfman
Slumdog Millionaire (Fox Searchlight), A.R. Rahman
WALL•E (Walt Disney), Thomas Newman

ORIGINAL SONG:
“Down to Earth” from WALL•E (Walt Disney), Music by Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman, Lyric by Peter Gabriel
“Jai Ho” from Slumdog Millionaire (Fox Searchlight), Music by A.R. Rahman, Lyric by Gulzar
“O Saya” from Slumdog Millionaire (Fox Searchlight), Music and Lyric by A.R. Rahman andMaya Arulpragasam

SOUND MIXING:
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Paramount and Warner Bros.), David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce and Mark Weingarten
The Dark Knight (Warner Bros.), Lora Hirschberg, Gary Rizzo and Ed Novick
Slumdog Millionaire (Fox Searchlight), Ian Tapp, Richard Pryke and Resul Pookutty
WALL•E (Walt Disney),Tom Myers, Michael Semanick and Ben Burtt
Wanted (Universal), Chris Jenkins, Frank A. Montaño and Petr Forejt

SOUND EDITING:
The Dark Knight (Warner Bros.), Richard King
Iron Man (Paramount and Marvel Entertainment), Frank Eulner and Christopher Boyes
Slumdog Millionaire (Fox Searchlight), Tom Sayers
WALL•E (Walt Disney), Ben Burtt and Matthew Wood
Wanted (Universal),Wylie Stateman

VISUAL EFFECTS:
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Paramount and Warner Bros.), Eric Barba, Steve Preeg, Burt Dalton and Craig Barron
The Dark Knight (Warner Bros.), Nick Davis, Chris Corbould, Tim Webber and Paul Franklin
Iron Man (Paramount and Marvel Entertainment), John Nelson, Ben Snow, Dan Sudick and Shane Mahan

DOCUMENTARY SHORT:
The Conscience of Nhem En A Farallon Films Production, Steven Okazaki
The Final Inch A Vermilion Films Production, Irene Taylor Brodsky and Tom Grant
Smile Pinki A Principe Production, Megan Mylan
The Witness – From the Balcony of Room 306 A Rock Paper Scissors Production, Adam Pertofsky and Margaret Hyde

ANIMATED SHORT FILM:
La Maison en Petits Cubes A Robot Communications Production, Kunio Kato
Lavatory – Lovestory A Melnitsa Animation Studio and CTB Film Company Production, Konstantin Bronzit
Oktapodi (Talantis Films) A Gobelins, L’école de l’image Production, Emud Mokhberi and Thierry Marchand
Presto (Walt Disney) A Pixar Animation Studios Production, Doug Sweetland
This Way Up A Nexus Production, Alan Smith and Adam Foulkes

LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM:
Auf der Strecke (On the Line) (Hamburg Shortfilmagency), An Academy of Media Arts Cologne Production, Reto Caffi
Manon on the Asphalt (La Luna Productions), A La Luna Production, Elizabeth Marre and Olivier Pont
New Boy (Network Ireland Television), A Zanzibar Films Production, Steph Green and Tamara Anghie
The Pig An M & M Production, Tivi Magnusson and Dorte Høgh
Spielzeugland (Toyland) A Mephisto Film Production, Jochen Alexander Freydank

Does it come with sonar?

nokia5800xpressmusic_redNokia has announced its plans to release the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic handset by the end of this year.  This is the first in a series of handsets to feature the “S60 Touch”, the latest touchscreen version of Nokia’s Symbian operating system.  Why are we talking about this at Angry Web?  Well, because it’s the phone used by Lucius Fox in “The Dark Knight” to infiltrate into Lau’s headquarters (I don’t think this model will have sonar capability)!

Here are the specs:

  • Three versions: Quad-band GSM with 850/1900 WCDMA, Quad-band GSM with 900/2100 WCDMA and Quad-band GSM with no 3G
  • WiFi and GPS
  • 3.2-inch touchscreen display, 640 x 360 pixels, 16 million colors, tactile feedback
  • 1320 mAh battery (!)
  • 3.2 megapixel camera with Zeiss optics, dual LED flash, 30 fps video capture
  • Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP, USB 2.0 (microUSB port)
  • Stereo speakers
  • Finger and stylus UI control
  • New media bar interface, always accessible via a touch-sensitive button above the display
  • Proximity sensor to save battery life and avoid inadvertent touches
  • 111 x 51.7 x 15.5 mm, 109 g
  • Available in black, red and blue

Expect the 5800 to be just under $400 US and to be released sometime later this year.  Just don’t expect it to map out your entire city by syncing with one of those Wayne Enterprises satellites 🙂tdknokia

Ledger Wins a Golden Globe!

According to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, (and the fact that it has already aired in the east coast) Heath Ledger has won the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture!  “The Dark Knight” director Chris Nolan accepted the award on his behalf.  Score!GOLDENGLOBES/

Would you like to see a magic trick…on your blu-ray?

For those expressing disappointment over the inadequacy of special features on the blu-ray release of “The Dark Knight”, this might cheer you up.  Remember that Jokerized trailer reel that fans received during the viral marketing event for the release of the 3rd trailer (including the teaser)?  Well, it looks like it has snuck itself into the blu-ray release as a cleverly-hidden easter egg.  Here’s what you have to do:

1. Pop the Special Features disc into your player.
2. Access the Galleries section and play Trailer #3
3. While it’s playing, enter the following numerical code on your remote (spelling out “JOKER”): 56537

Tada 🙂

Note: This only works on the blu-ray release, not the DVD.

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