Exclusive: Michael Shannon Dishes Man of Steel

While visiting with Michael Shannon for our exclusive interview on Machine Gun Preacher (stay with Movie Fanatic for that compelling chat) during the Toronto Film Festival, the Oscar nominee gave us an exclusive on his feelings as shooting begins on Man of Steel — the Superman reboot starring Henry Cavill.

Michael Shanon picture

Man of Steel will be Shannon’s first foray into a big budget blockbuster. It was clear that the actor was eager to bring the world of Superman a whole new look.

“We’re going back to square one. I guess you could call it a reboot,” Shannon said. “I’m excited to be doing that with Zack Snyder who did such a wonderful job with the Watchman and 300.”

He’s playing General Zod and Movie Fanatic asked if he found it fun to play the villain. “I do, although I feel a lot of responsibility,” Shannon said.

The scope of the film impressed the actor and he seemed quite serious to make sure he does his absolute best, knowing the Superman fan base is watching closely as he takes up the villainy from esteemed thespian Terence Stamp who played Zod in the 1980 film.

“It’s a big movie. I’ve just started working on it, so I’m not quite into the swing of it yet. I’m trying to wrap my head around it. There are a lot of different elements that I’ve never experienced — like the CGI. You always hear about actors when they run into that for the first time, [they] are a little thrown by it. I’m looking forward to getting a little more comfortable and getting into a rhythm and then I think I’ll start having some real fun with it.”

Stay with Movie Fanatic as the release date of September 23 for Machine Gun Preacher comes closer when we bring you our entire exclusive interview with Shannon.

The Three Musketeers: Making of a Musketeer Featurette

Summit Entertainment has released a short film that takes audiences inside the world of The Three Musketeers.

Milla Jovovich in The Three Musketeers

Director Paul W.S. Anderson is bringing his vision of the Three Musketeers legend to life on the big screen. The Three Musketeers stars Orlando Bloom, Christoph Waltz, Logan Lerman, Ray Stevenson, Matthew Macfadyen, Luke Evans and Milla Jovovich and arrives in theaters October 21.

In the new clip, we get to find out what it takes to become a Musketeer on screen which gives us a new insight into the film that is only the latest to explore the French legendary fighters. 

In Anderson’s version, D’Artagnan (Lerman) gathers the three legends to stop a young woman (Jovovich) who is bent on taking over the French crown and launching the entire continent into war.

The Three Musketeers Featurette

Inside TIFF: George Clooney and The Ides of March

George Clooney was front and center (well, in a literal sense Ryan Gosling sat in the center) at The Ides of March press conference at the Toronto Film Festival this week, while Movie Fanatic was also there and is now here to bring you a few tastes of one of the biggest films to debut at the fest.

George Clooney TIFF Press Con

The Ides of March is a political thriller, directed by a man in Clooney who has made his political views more than known. No, Clooney will never run for office, but he reveled in the opportunity of playing a Democratic governor during the heated party primaries. Yet, Clooney was quick to say that his film wasn’t pushing any agenda.

“People think that films somehow are trying to lead society,” Clooney said with his trademark smile. “Films don’t lead the way. Mostly we’re reflecting the moods and thoughts that are going on in our country and around the world.”

Clooney went on to say that Ides of March, his second feature where he serves as director after his astounding work on Good Night and Good Luck, was merely putting a mirror to society in America as a whole.

“If this film reflects some of the cynicism that we’ve seen in recent times, that’s probably good,” Clooney said. “It’s not a bad thing to hold a mirror up and look at some of the things we’re doing. It’s not a bad thing to look at how we elect our officials.”

Deflecting a question about whether it was more difficult to direct in the spotlight than date, Clooney shifted the focus to the work of his co-star Gosling and his impeccable work on The Ides of March.

“I think he knocks it out of the park,” Clooney said. “He’s the center of the hurricane and that requires intelligence in an actor.”

Stay with Movie Fanatic as we bring you all the coverage from The Ides of March and interviews with its stars including Gosling, Evan Rachel Wood, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei and Jeffrey Wright.

The Book of Mormon Movie: In the Works!

It’s racked up numerous Tony Awards and it will kick off a national tour in Denver next summer.

Beyond that, Trey Parker and Matt Stone confirm they plan on taking The Book of Mormon to the big screen.

The Book of Mormon Pic

“Hopefully it will have a big run and a big tour and then we can do the movie in several years,” Parker, who write the musical with Stone and Avenue Q‘s Robert Lopez, tells EW.  “The great thing is, a lot of Broadway teams would have to go team up with a Hollywood producer and bring on a Hollywood director, but Trey’s a director and Scott [Rudin] is a great producer. We’ve all made movies. So it’s kind of cool, it can stay in the same family.”

Parker and Stone have teamed up in the past with Rudin on 1993′s Cannibal! The Musical, 1999′s South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut and 2004′s Team America: World Police.

Contagion Topples The Help at the Box Office

Contagion finally put an end to box office reign of The Help. The summer’s surprise hit ceded its first place position at the box office to the first film of the fall season.

Kate Winslet in Contagion

The Help did come in second, adding another $8.7 million to its already impressive haul. The third place film was the other new release this week, the astounding Warrior. The Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton starring story of MMA fighting brothers earned $5.6 million with many who saw it calling for an Oscar nod for the man who played the brothers’ father, Nick Nolte.

Helen Mirren’s The Debt continued to impress, taking fourth place with $4.9 million. The Focus Features film is proving its mettle hanging with the big boys of the box office in its second week of release.

Closing out the top 5 is the Zoe Saldana vehicle Colombiana. Saldana portrays a hit woman out for revenge on the people responsible for her parents’ death when she was nine years old. Colombiana sold $4 million in tickets over the first weekend of the fall movie season.

Box office top 10:

1. Contagion, $23.1 million
2. The Help, $8.7 million
3. Warrior, $5.6 million
4. The Debt, $4.9 million
5. Colombiana, $4 million
6. Rise of the Planet of the Apes, $3.8 million
7. Shark Night 3D, $3.5 million
8. Apollo 18, $2.9 million
9. Our Idiot Brother, $2.7 million
10. Spy Kids: All the Time in the World, $2.5 million