The characters in Freeheld repeatedly tell one another that “life isn’t fair” — and with good reason. The film is about a decorated police officer who spent most of her life hiding her homosexuality to avoid discrimination and bigotry. After years in the closet, she finally falls in love and enters into a domestic partnership, only to be stricken with terminal cancer. All she wants to do is award her pension to her partner so that she can afford to keep their house, but the local government denies her request simply because her partner happens to be a woman. Every single aspect of this scenario is unfair.
A few weeks ago Michael Shannon got the internet buzzing when he made comments during an interview about his involvement in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. It involved General Zod (whose corpse appears briefly in the trailers), flipper-hands and a hilarious story about a port-a-potty. Michael Shannon would now like you to know that he was joking.
ScreenCrush’s Comic Strip is a weekly roundup of the hottest superhero movie/TV news items. From Marvel to DC and points in between, if it pertains to costumed comic book heroes, we’re covering it here, bringing you our expert analysis. This week, explore the party that is the Suicide Squad set, ponder some odd Michael Shannon comments, and parse the latest Marvel movie news.
Although Henry Cavill’s Superman defeated Zod in Man of Steel, the trailers for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice have shown that Michael Shannon’s not really done with the franchise just yet. As Shannon confirms in a new interview, Zod will indeed return…though he won’t be quite how we remembered him.
The cast for Tom Ford’s sophomore feature is shaping up beautifully — the film, which stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Amy Adams and is based on the novel Tony and Susan, has added two very interesting new cast members. Avengers: Age of Ultron and Godzilla star Aaron Taylor-Johnson and all-around amazing actor Michael Shannon will co-star with Gyllenhaal in the thrilling new drama.
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.
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.
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.
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' 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?