Michael Shannon

‘Elvis and Nixon’ Acquired as Amazon’s First Theatrical Release

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by Britt Hayes June 23, 2015 @ 7:08 PM
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Netflix made its first original film acquisition a few months ago with Cary Fukunaga’s Beasts of No Nation, which will also mark the company’s first theatrical release. Following in their footsteps, Amazon has also stepped their game up, acquiring the distribution rights to the upcoming film Elvis and Nixon, starring Michael Shannon and Kevin Spacey.

‘99 Homes’ Trailer: Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon Look Right at Home in This Economic Thriller

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by Matt Singer June 3, 2015 @ 12:25 PM
Boy, Andrew Garfield lost that Spider-Man gig and times got tough fast. Okay, maybe not. But in the trailer for 99 Homes, the new thriller from director Ramin Bahrani, Garfield plays a man evicted from his home by a remorseless real-estate broker played by Michael Shannon. Desperate to provide for his family, Garfield’s character goes to work for Shannon’s; soon he’s the one kicking poor people out of their beloved homes. It’s sink-or-swim in modern America, Shannon’s character says. But is it okay to keeping swimming if you have to drown other people and use their lifeless bodies to stay afloat? That’s the question.

'Elvis and Nixon' Casts Kevin Spacey and Michael Shannon in Iconic Roles

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by Britt Hayes November 5, 2014 @ 9:11 PM
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It's one of the most famous meetings in history, and it gave us one of the most iconic photographs of all time: the 1970 meeting of Elvis Presley and President Richard Nixon, the two posing as one hell of an unlikely pair. And now the story behind that photograph will be brought to the big screen, with Kevin Spacey portraying Nixon and Michael Shannon taking on the role of Elvis. Yes, Michael Shannon. Yes, Elvis. You are not dreaming. This is reality.

Zack Snyder Confirms Lex Luthor Will Be in 'Batman vs. Superman'

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by Britt Hayes November 9, 2013 @ 1:10 PM
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Earlier today, 'Man of Steel' director Zack Snyder and star Amy Adams sat down with Kevin Smith at a special fan event for the upcoming Blu-ray release, with Henry Cavill telecasting in from London -- but the making of that film wasn't all they discussed. Snyder dropped a few hints about his sequel, working under the tentative title 'Batman vs. Superman,' which, obviously features the caped crusader going up against the Man of Steel himself.

'Boardwalk Empire' Review: "Resignation"

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by Britt Hayes September 15, 2013 @ 8:39 PM
HBO
'Boardwalk Empire' season 4 continues with its second episode, in which we catch up with Van Alden and finally meet Jeffrey Wright's enigmatic Dr. Valentin Narcisse. In "Resignation," new relationships are formed and the dynamics of others tested -- who is the slave, and who is the master? And what does it matter when neither are kings?

'Man of Steel' Concept Art: See What General Zod Almost Looked Like

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by Jacob Hall July 10, 2013 @ 4:10 PM
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A few weeks ago, we got a look at some of the concept art from Zack Snyder's 'Man of Steel' and got a glimpse at many wild variations of Superman's iconic costume. Today, more art has emerged and this time, it's for Superman's nemesis in the film, General Zod. Like those varied Superman designs, the look of the evil Kryptionian general went through many different versions before settling on the final suit.

'Man of Steel' Cast Interview: Why Superman Had to Be Reinvented For a New Generation

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by Todd Gilchrist June 14, 2013 @ 10:30 AM
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Although this summer has been full of highly-anticipated blockbusters, 'Man of Steel' may be the one that has worked fans into the biggest tizzy. The long-overdue follow-up to Bryan Singer’s 'Superman Returns,' conceived as a reimagining of the character from the ground up, promises the kind of moral complexity of the last three Batman movies, while still retaining the energy and frenetic action of, well, all of the earlier Superman movies. Director Zack Snyder created a singular vision for Superman’s beginnings, rebranding the character as an outsider struggling to find his place in a world that he knows is not his own.
At the recent Los Angeles press day, we got to speak with the cast and crew of 'Man of Steel.' In addition to discussing the challenge of bringing Superman back to life, the actors talked about their physical and psychological roles within the film, while the filmmakers offered their perspective on why the character endures – and why that enduring persona had to be reinvented for a new generation.

'Man of Steel' Review

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by Jordan Hoffman June 10, 2013 @ 10:00 PM
Warner Bros.
I believe a man can fly -- and beat the living hell out of Michael Shannon for close to 40 compounded minutes in ways hitherto unseen on film. But Zack Snyder's 'Man of Steel' is no mere slugfest. It goes for broke, faces the legend and tackles the iconography of one of modernity's largest-shared myths, Kal-El of Krypton, on its own terms. It is among the finest "franchise reboots" of all time, which may sound like a bit of a backhanded compliment until you realize that this is, in fact, a genre unto itself. It manages, somehow, to be "the same but different," a new film that everyone under the yellow sun knows from beginning to end. It is the film of summer 2013.

New 'Man of Steel' Clip: See Michael Shannon's Zod in Action

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by Jacob Hall June 9, 2013 @ 9:46 AM
In less than a week, the highly anticipated 'Man of Steel' will finally hit theaters and we'll all get a chance to see Henry Cavill's Superman in action. However, film fans have another reason to be excited for Zack Snyder's take on the world's most famous superhero -- the great character actor Michael Shannon is playing the role of General Zod! A new clip from the film gives us a glimpse of his performance, as well as a good look at Russell Crowe's Jor-El.