After 2013's beefy Man of Steel, director Zack Snyder goes even bigger and darker with this sequel, cross-pollenating Clark Kent's story with flashbacks to the origins of Bruce Wayne and his Dark Knight alter-ego. The problem is that the film is so big and loud that it can't help but feel bloated, especially since so much of what's on screen feels rather vacuous. But it looks amazing and is relentlessly gripping.
After a Bat-origin prologue, the story kicks off with the climactic battle from Man of Steel as seen from the perspective of Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck), watching his city being destroyed by Superman (Henry Cavill). This further fuels the rage that began when his parents were murdered. And that fire is stoked by the mischievous millionaire Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg). Meanwhile, Superman/Clark is struggling with how the world is revering him as a god, which is straining his relationship with intrepid reporter Lois (Amy Adams). As these very different vigilante heros head toward a climactic confrontation, Luthor is up to something seriously nefarious. And the ensuing chaos brings another hero into the open, Wonder Woman Diana Prince (Gal Gadot).
While the various plot threads are fascinating, and Snyder maintains a snappy pace, the overall story centres on the fact that Affleck's prickly, bitter Bruce is easily manipulated into doing terrible things, which makes him rather unlikeable. And Cavill's fundamentally good Clark isn't much easier to identify with. Both are also oddly constrained by their costumes and bulked-up physicalities, which leave them unable to move properly. This allows the side characters to steal the show: Adams adds emotion and passion, Eisenberg provides the nutty nastiness, Irons is hilariously cynical as Bruce's butler Alfred, and Fishburne is all bluster as Lois' editor. But in the end, the film belongs to the gorgeous, clear-headed Gadot, instantly making her stand-alone movie the most anticipated superhero project on the horizon.
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Keanu Reeves helped his The Matrix co-star Laurence Fishburne land a role in his new John Wick sequel.
The actors grew close shooting the Matrix trilogy from 1999 to 2003, and they have reunited on the big screen for action movie John Wick: Chapter Two, in which Keanu reprises his role as the titular hitman from the 2014 original.
Now Laurence is opening up about how he scored his new job, and he has his old pal to thank for putting in a good word with director Chad Stahelski, who previously worked with Keanu as his stunt double on The Matrix films.
"Keanu and I have remained friends and we saw each other and I told him I watched the movie (John Wick) and loved it," he recalled to Collider.com.
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Every superhero has a dark side and being 100% human, Batman is in doubt over how genuine Superman actually is. After all, Superman is from a different planet and has incredibly natural powers; powers that could easily destroy our world.
As Lex Luther manipulates Batman and Superman into a deeper and deeper war, the duo find that they are pitted against a force that's much more of a present threat than either of the heroes. They are joined by a number of other heroes (including Wonder Woman and The Flash) on a quest to save earth from immediate danger.
Warner Bros. Pictures releases Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice in cinemas 25 March 2016.
Alec Baldwin And Laurence Fishburne Are Among The Actors Starring In A Broadway Benefit To Celebrate The 100th Birthday Of Playwright Arthur Miller.
Officials at The Arthur Miller Foundation are organising a star-studded birthday celebration for the acclaimed writer at New York's Lyceum Theater on 25 January (16), when actors will take to the stage to read excerpts from Miller's autobiography and his unpublished works as well as his plays such as Death of a Salesman and All My Sons.
In addition to Baldwin and Fishburne, other stars slated to take part include Ellen Barkin, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Sam Shepard and playwright Tony Kushner.
Director Gregory Mosher, who staged the 2010 revival of Miller's A View from the Bridge, will helm the reading.
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Actor Laurence Fishburne Has Been Cast To Portray Late South African Political Icon Nelson Mandela In A New Mini-series.
Madiba will be based on two of Mandela's books, Conversations With Myself and Nelson Mandela by Himself, and will centre on the leader's early days as he dealt with the political unrest which led to his 27-year prison detainment, release and subsequent rise to power as South African President in 1994.
Production is slated to begin in South Africa next year (16). The project will air on America's BET network.
Stephen Hill, President of Programming at BET Networks, says, "Nelson Mandela's journey of political activism and leadership is deeply inspirational and we are proud to have the talented and award-winning actor Laurence Fishburne join Madiba to tell this triumphant story."
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Forest Whitaker, Jonathan Rhys Meyers And Anna Paquin Are Adding Their Star Power To A Planned Roots Reboot After Signing On To Join Laurence Fishburne In The Upcoming Tv Mini-series.
The Matrix star was recently cast as real-life author Alex Haley in the revamp, taking over the role originated by James Earl Jones in the 1977 mini-series Roots: The Saga Of An American Family.
Now his co-stars have been announced, with Dreamgirls actress/singer Anika Noni Rose and newcomer Malachi Kirby also joining the cast. Kirby will portray central character Kunta Kinte, the same part Levar Burton, who spearheaded the remake, tackled in the original.
Burton will serve as a co-executive producer on the new project, while Mario Van Peebles and Bruce Beresford will be among the directors.
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Actor Malachi Kirby Has Landed The Lead Role In The Roots Remake.
The Gone Too Far star will play Kunta Kinte in the TV miniseries based on Alex Haley's 1976 book, Roots: The Saga of an American Family, which inspired the original 1977 series.
Levar Burton played the role in the original version.
Laurence Fishburne will also appear in the remake as author Alex Haley.
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Hollywood star Laurence Fishburne is in talks to appear alongside Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt in 'Passengers'.
The 54-year-old actor, who's previously starred in 'The Matrix' franchise and 'Boyz n the Hood', is wanted to appear with two of Hollywood's biggest names in the eagerly-awaited sci-fi drama, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The movie is to be directed by Oscar nominee Morten Tyldum, who helmed 'The Imitation Game', and is set on a spacecraft that is transporting thousands of people to a distant planet.
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Lawrence Fishburne - Disney ABC Television Group's 2015 TCA Summer Press Tour held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel - Arrivals at Beverly Hilton Hotel, Disney, ABC - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 4th August 2015
Clark Kent is a reporter for the Daily Planet in his everyday life, but a much hated alien powerhouse beneath the earthly guise. As Superman he has the power to destroy the world and, even though he would never dream of it, the world wants him gone. Even his efforts to become the ultimate hero go unappreciated, in particular by his Gotham rival Bruce Wayne; a billionaire vigilante known as Batman by night. He believes Superman is to blame for all the horror the Earth has been faced with, and vows to take him despite his limited abilities. It isn't long before the two are forced to unite, however, in order to protect the citizens of Earth from a real threat that could prove to thrust the planet into oblivion.
Laurence Fishburne Will Portray Author Alex Haley In The Planned Roots Mini-series Revamp.
The Matrix star will take on the role James Earl Jones played in the original 1977 mini-series in Roots: The Saga Of An American Family.
Levar Burton, who led the cast of the original series, will serve as a co-executive producer on the new project, which will premiere on America's History, A&E and Lifetime networks next year (16).
Haley, who had a small role in the 1977 production, passed away in 1992.
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