Deleted scenes are sometimes more than just cool features on a Blu Ray; little gems that didn’t quite make the final cut. Sometimes deleted scenes are deleted swaths of the film that make a huge impact on the film’s tone, budget, and shooting schedule. Looper (which is a great channel to follow on YouTube for cool videos like this) has put together a piece on the most expensive deleted scenes in Hollywood history from recent films like World War Z and X-Men: Days of Future Past all the way back to The Wizard of Oz. I’m fairly certain the video was made before the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story‘s massive reshoots last summer. Though Disney hasn’t released a figure on how much it cost (and don’t expect them to), bringing in writer/director Tony Gilroy to help with the process cost $5 million before they even began reshooting 20-30 scenes, so it’s safe to say it would make this list as well. However, when you end up with the #7 grossing film in US history, fiscally it all balanced out.
The piece also mentions the $10 million original opening sequence to Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns that was cut in which the film originally opened with a silent exploration of the ruins of Krypton by Superman in his ship. Superman Returns is a polarizing film, but it’s still my favorite Superman film of the bunch, but this was definitely a good cut. If you have never seen it, it was released back in 2011 in the Superman Anthology Blu Ray set, but thanks to the awesome power of YouTube, I can just plop it below.
Christian Bale’s career is already entering its fourth decade of excellence. The actor, whose first starring role was in 1987 in Steven Spielberg’s Empire of the Sun at age 13, already has a career’s worth of outstanding roles and an Oscar for his performance in David O. Russell’s The Fighter. For most, Bale is the definitive Batman in the definitive super hero trilogy: Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy. Nolan and Bale put a stamp on Batman that others will be living up to as long as the character exists. Bale also teamed with Nolan in The Prestige and with Russell again in American Hustle for wildly different roles in two outstanding films. Bale is an intense, character-driven actor who has twice lost massive amounts of weight (Rescue Dawn & The Mechanic) for roles. Bale gained 109 lbs for Batman Begins after losing 63 lbs for The Machinist. Bale went from 121 lbs to 230 lbs in only six months which overshot what Chris Nolan wanted for his Batman, so by the time filming began, Christian Bale had dropped to 190 lbs. For Vice, Bale did the reverse and gained over 40 lbs. to play former Vice-President Dick Cheney. The dedication paid off, and Bale continues to be one of the most dynamic actors working today.
Christian Bale’s Best 10 1. The Dark Knight Trilogy (2005-2012) Bruce Wayne/Batman 2. The Prestige (2006) Alfred Borden 3. 3:10 to Yuma (2007) Dan Evans 4. American Hustle (2013) Irving Rosenfeld 5. The Fighter (2010) Dicky Eklund 6. The Big Short (2015) Michael Burry 7. Henry V (1989) Robin 8. Rescue Dawn (2006) Dieter Dengler 9. Empire of the Sun (1987) Jim 10. Little Women (1994) Laurie Honorable Mention: Equilibrium (2002) John Preston
No formal “In Theaters” column this week due to extreme laziness as well as a lack of desire to write any more about how much money Beauty and the Beast and F8 are raking in (it’s a lot, ok, it’s a lot). Nothing this week, especially since the Tom Hanks/Emma Watson vehicle: The Circle, is bombing with critics, is going to touch the reign of The Fate of the Furious. We correctly picked them to repeat and they’ll threepeat this weekend. The normal column will return next week as we hail the return of the Guardians of the Galaxy.
NOTE: Tom Hanks’ 10 Best Films has been updated to reflect his next project (The Pentagon Papers movie with Meryl Streep directed by Steven Spielberg) as will each existing profile when their newest project needs updating….yes, I am aware this will eventually drive me mad if I keep writing a new one each week….which I will.
With the triumphant return of The Wizarding World in the wake of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (the sequel for which is set for a November 2018 release), we’re running back through the Harry Potter series, examining the best of each in one “My Favorite Scene” column a month. This month is my favorite book in the series and the most frustrating film with the sixth entry: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.Continue reading My Favorite Scene: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) “The Cave”→
Injustice: Gods Among Us is one of the best fighting games I’ve ever played, not just because the fighting mechanics were great and the iconic DCU environments all perfect. Injustice got its characters and wove a fantastic story into a genre into which there usually is little to none. The story of Superman’s fall from grace into global tyrant and the civil war it sparked among the DC heroes was so good it sparked a comic that ran for the five years inbetween the game’s release and the upcoming sequel Injustice 2.
This installment promises to be one of the games of 2017 with more heroes, an intriguing customization and leveling system, and hype built on story, story, story. A five-part cinematic ramp up entitled Shattered Alliances and included above gives a look at the games roster and serves as a prelude to the DCU’s war with Braniac. The achievement list looks like a lot of fun and gives some insight into the settings and what appears to be deep replay value of the game. Injustice 2 will release on May 16, 2017 for Xbox One and Playstation 4. As always your achievements below are provided by the peerless xboxachievements.com. Continue reading Injustice 2 – Complete Achievement/Trophy List (2017-Xbox, Playstation)→