New Superman cast, Ka-Boom, & Sci-Fi Oscar Nominations: The Cinefantastique Podcast 2:5

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This week’s Cinefantastique Round Table offers a black hole full of news, as Dan Persons, Lawrence French, and Steve Biodrowski discuss the wisdom of casting Henry Cavill as the new Superman in Zack Snyder’s upcoming reboot and the retooling of WONDER WOMAN for a proposed television series as a modern woman balancing career and work. Also on the agenda: a capsule review of KA-BOOM, writer-director Gregg Araki’s new science fiction film, and a trio of opinions on the Academy Awards nominations – has horror, fantasy, and science fiction been well represented this year by INCEPTION and BLACK SWAN, or have worthy films once again been overlooked because of their genre connection? Listen in and find out.

Black Swan & Warriors Way: CFQ Post-Mortem Podcast 1:42.1

Having delved into the fairy tale world of Walt Disney Pictures’ TANGLED early this week, the CFQ Podcast crew returns with a post-mortem detailing the two other genre films now in theatres: BLACK SWAN and THE WARRIORS WAY. One is about ballet; the other is a martial arts Western. The former is Darren Aronofsky’s study of a neurotic ballerina (Natalie Portman), which turns into a horror movie in its third act (think what would happen if Roman Polanski’s REPULSION were mashed up with Dario Argento’s OPERA). The latter is a high-flying martial arts fantasy set in the Old West. So saddle up your horse or strap on your tutu, and check out the weird and wonderful delights on view.


'Superman' Rumors Update

Portman_AmadaliaAccording to The Hollywood Reporter, Darren Aronofsky (PI, THE FOUNTAIN) has had some discussions about the possiblity of directing the Superman reboot.
Moviehole echoes this report, and adds that Natalie Portman (STAR WARS: THE PHANTOM MENACE), in Aronofsky’s horror fantasy BLACK SWAN has been mentioned as a possible Lois Lane.
At one point, Darren Aronofsky had a development deal in place to make a BATMAN: YEAR ONE movie, inspired by the comic book series. Warner Brothers eventually cooled on that idea (already in pre-production), and went with Christopher Nolan’s BATMAN BEGINS reboot, instead.

New Trailer for Aronofsky's BLACK SWAN

Darran Aronofsky is well known for filling his movies with a mixture of the tragic (REQUIEM FOR A DREAM) and the fantastic (THE FOUNTAIN). Now he brings his vision to the thriller genre with his next release BLACK SWAN. The trailer was released recently and, though a bit confusing, will intrigue nonetheless. We suggest reading the plot summary first before viewing. Enjoy!

BLACK SWAN follows the story of Nina (Natalie Portman), a ballerina in a New York City ballet company whose life, like all those in her profession, is completely consumed with dance. She lives with her retired ballerina mother Erica (Barbara Hershey) who zealously supports her daughter’s professional ambition. When artistic director Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel) decides to replace prima ballerina Beth MacIntyre (Winona Ryder) for the opening production of their new season, Swan Lake, Nina is his first choice. But Nina has competition: a new dancer, Lily (Mila Kunis Kunis), who impresses Leroy as well. Swan Lake requires a dancer who can play both the White Swan with innocence and grace, and the Black Swan, who represents guile and sensuality. Nina fits the White Swan role perfectly but Lily is the personification of the Black Swan. As the two young dancers expand their rivalry into a twisted friendship, Nina begins to get more in touch with her dark side with a recklessness that threatens to destroy her.

BLACK SWAN will be in theaters December 1st, 2010