Blog Posts by Will Perkins

  • Building a batsuit: Ben Affleck’s Batman costume is ‘a total reinvention’

    Jennifer Garner says Ben Affleck's Batman costume is 'a total reinvention' (Angela Weiss/FilmMagic)Caped crimefighter Batman has had no shortage of costumes over the years. With almost a century of comic book history, numerous TV shows (both live action and animated), countless video games and nine feature films, the look of the Dark Knight’s batsuit has changed more than any other modern superhero. And by the sound of it, Ben Affleck’s Batman will be getting yet another makeover for the upcoming “Batman vs. Superman” movie.

    “Dallas Buyers Club” star Jennifer Garner - wife of current Bruce Wayne/Batman actor Ben Affleck - revealed to Entertainment Tonight that she’s seen the new batsuit and was pretty blown away by it.

    “The suit is unbelievably cool,” Garner said. “It's a total reinvention - It looks great!”

    The actress also added that she’d probably have a very hard time getting her husband out of the batsuit, indicating that much like other recent iterations of the costume the new version is probably fairly labour intensive to put on and take off. That's not a whole lot to go on for

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  • ‘Star Wars Episode VII’ to start shooting in May, casting announcements soon

    Director J.J. Abrams says "Episode VII" will start shooting in May. (Michael Tran/FilmMagic)The next chapter in the “Star Wars” saga will finally start shooting this May in England. This according to director J.J. Abrams, who also confirmed that the highly-anticipated film’s script is complete at the Television Critics Association press tour this week.

    “We’re working really hard and we’ve got our script and we’re in deep prep,” Abrams said. “Full steam ahead.”

    The news of a firm start date comes as casting rumours continue to swirl around the project. “Episode VII” will be a sequel to the original “Star Wars” trilogy and will reportedly focus on the continuing adventures of Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and Princess Leia, as well as a new generation of younger characters. Series stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher are said to still be in talks to reprise their career-defining roles, but an appearance by the three in some form is very likely. What really has fans speculating though are the many available roles for younger actors in “Episode VII.”

    Everyone from

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  • What would ‘Fight Club’ look like without Brad Pitt?

    What would 'Fight Club' look like without Tyler Durden?David Fincher’s mind-bending 1999 psychodrama “Fight Club” (based on the Chuck Palahniuk novel of the same name) is the very definition of a cult classic. The movie was also a defining performance for Fincher's "Se7en" collaborator Brad Pitt, who played one of modern cinema's most memorable characters: Tyler Durden. But what would "Fight Club" look like without Durden?

    If you haven’t seen the movie, stop reading right now because a) it’s a really great flick that you need to watch as soon as possible, and b) there are some major “Fight Club” spoilers to follow.

    Starring Edward Norton as the film’s nameless Narrator and Brad Pitt as walking screw loose and pugilism aficionado Tyler Durden, “Fight Club” follows an unlikely group of men who form the movie’s titular fight club in order to let off some steam. Increasingly fed up with their daily lives, the secretive beat-'em-up society is soon doing much more than just punching one other in the face.

    Spoiler: As anyone who’s seen “Fight Club”

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  • How’d Canada do? 2014 Oscar nominations offer a mixed bag for Canadian films and filmmakers

    Canada's representation in the 2014 Oscar nominations is a mixed bag.

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nominations for the 86th annual Oscars on Thursday morning, and it was a bit of a mixed bag for Canada.

    The good news was that Quebec director Jean-Marc Vallée's AIDS drama "Dallas Buyers Club" scored a Best Picture nomination alongside some of the year’s biggest movies. Stars Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto received Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor nominations, respectively -- however, Vallée himself was shut out of the Best Director category.

    Montreal film editor Michael Pensa also received a Best Editing nomination for his work on “Dallas Buyers Club,” alongside John Mac McMurphy (and some believe "John Mac McMurphy" may be a pseudonym for the film’s co-editor and director Jean-Marc Vallée).

    There major disappointment, too. Toronto filmmaker Sarah Polley's documentary "Stories We Tell" was overlooked in the Best Documentary Feature category. The acclaimed and highly personal film was on the Oscar shortlist and most

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  • Female filmmakers on the decline: Could male-dominated blockbusters be to blame?

    Jennifer Lee, co-director of Disney's 'Frozen.' (Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for DIFF)Try to name the last major Hollywood movie you saw that was directed by a woman. Go ahead, we’ll wait.

    If you could even think of one (don’t worry, it’s hard), the chances are pretty high that you named either Disney’s “Frozen” (co-directed by Jennifer Lee), the horror remake “Carrie” (directed by Kimberly Peirce), or the family comedy “Peeples” (directed by Tina Gordon Chism). Those were the only women who directed major studio feature films released in 2013.

    You might have also named director Kathryn Bigelow’s “The Hurt Locker” or “Zero Dark Thirty.” The two acclaimed films are among the highest profile examples of recent Hollywood films that were directed by women, with the former earning Bigelow the coveted Best Director and Best Picture Oscars.

    Despite those accolades though, Bigelow appears to be an exception to the rule. According to the annual Celluloid Ceiling report issued by the Centre for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University, there are now

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  • New poll reveals that moviegoers think 3D movies are a scam, are going to the cinema less

    Movie fans are going to the theatre less, a new poll finds. (Thinkstock)

    A new poll released by Harris Interactive reveals that the majority of moviegoers believe 3D movies are just an excuse for studios, distributors, and cinemas to charge more at the box office. Admissions for 3D movies tend to be about $4 to $6 more than general admissions at North American cinemas, and it turns out that high prices are just one of many factors keeping people away from the movie theatre these days.

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  • Why the plunging loonie is actually good for Canada’s movie industry

    The Canadian dollar recently dropped to its lowest levels in almost five years, and it looks poised to stay there for quite some time, according to the Financial Post. A low dollar is never good for things like trade, fuel prices, or wages -- but it’s actually a very good for one sector in particular: the country’s film industry.

    Though there are definitely plenty of homegrown movies and television fueling the industry these days, the Canadian entertainment business relies heavily on productions from outside Canada. The cheaper it is for those productions to shoot here, the more likely they are to come to the Great White North. The more productions that come, the more work there is for Canadian movie and TV makers.

    That’s where the Canadian dollar comes in. When the loonie is worth less, multimillion dollar U.S. productions want to come here to take advantage of the savings. For a $200 million (USD) movie like Guillermo del Toro’s “Pacific Rim” (which shot at Toronto’s Pinewood

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  • Behind-the-scenes ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ video reveals the surprising amount of CGI

    Audiences expect to see flashy visual effects in high concept sci-fi movies like “Gravity” and “Pacific Rim.” But CGI in a movie like Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street"?

    But as this recently posted VFX reel by Brainstorm digital reveals, all of the computer generated imagery in the Leonardo DiCaprio film is designed to be completely invisible. A background removed here, a lion tamer erased there, an Italian port added over there, a London park tweaked over here. The video pulls back the curtain on this less conspicuous use of visual effects, and it shows just how much behind-the-scenes work actually went into Scorsese’s white collar crime saga.

    Of course, there are more obvious computer effects in the film (like ill-fated voyage of Jordan Belfort’s yacht Naomi and subsequent rescue), but you wouldn’t notice the majority of the VFX in “Wolf” if you didn’t know to look for it. The video highlights the extent to which VFX are being used in almost every movie that Hollywood

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  • ‘Enemy’ and ‘Tom at the Farm’ lead Canadian Screen Awards film nominations

    The 2014 Canadian Screen Awards announced this year’s batch of film, television, and digital nominees on Monday morning.

    Denis Villeneuve’s hypnotic thriller “Enemy” starring Jake Gyllenhaal leads the pack with a total of ten nominations (including Best Picture and Best Director), followed by Xavier Dolan’s “Tom at the Farm” (with eight noms), and Louise Archambault’s “Gabrielle” (with seven total). The other Best Picture nominees include “Empire of Dirt,” “The Dismantling,” “The F Word,” “The Grand Seduction,” and “Maina.” It’s a great mix of English and French-language fare.

    “Enemy” double lead Gyllenhaal (he plays a man and his exact double in the film) is one of three high-profile international stars nominated for the Best Actor trophy. Daniel Radcliffe (“The F Word”) and Brendan Gleeson (“The Grand Seduction”) are also up for the award. Quebec native Gabriel Arcand (brother of director Denys Arcand) is the lone Canadian in the running for the prize.

    Canadian performers dominate

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  • Alfonso Cuarón shows off his Golden Globe for Best Director. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)There’s just no logic to Hollywood awards season, especially when you're talking about the Golden Globes.

    Conventional wisdom would suggest that if you are chosen as the Best Director in a given year that your film would also be a shoo-in for Best Picture. However, as last night’s Golden Globes demonstrated, that's not always the case.

    Alfonso Cuarón took home the Best Director award for "Gravity," while Steve McQueen's “12 Years a Slave” - favoured in both categories - won the Best Motion Picture – Drama trophy.

    It’s very rare for the Best Director and Best Picture Globe categories to not align, but it does happen from time to time. In 2011, Martin Scorsese won the Golden Globe for Best Director (“Hugo”) and Alexander Payne’s “The Descendants” earned the Best Picture nod, and in 2007 Joe Wright upset a stacked field of filmmakers by winning Best Director for “Atonement,” while Julian Schnabel’s “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” - a film not even nominated for Best Director - scored the

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