Posts by Matt McDaniel
- mattmcd at Yahoo Movies12 hrs ago
Gal Gadot is getting her Amazon on.
The 28-year-old Israeli who broke out in "Fast & Furious" has been cast as Wonder Woman in director Zack Synder's "Batman vs. Superman," the sequel to "Man of Steel" that also stars Ben Affleck as Batman.
In a statement, Snyder said, "Wonder Woman is arguably one of the most powerful female characters of all time and a fan favorite in the DC Universe. Not only is Gal an amazing actress, but she also has that magical quality that makes her perfect for the role. We look forward to audiences discovering Gal in the first feature film incarnation of this beloved character."
- mattmcd at Yahoo Movies1 day ago
Two days after Paul Walker's death, the star most closely associated with him spoke out about the tragic loss.
On Monday evening, Vin Diesel posted a brief message and an on-set photo of himself and Walker to his over 52 million followers on Facebook.
Diesel quotes Scottish poet Thomas Campbell's 1825 work "Hallowed Ground," and refers to Walker by the nickname "Pablo." The bond between Diesel and Walker was obviously strong, as they were in the midst of shooting "Fast & Furious 7," their fifth film together over the course of a dozen years.
Diesel also visited the crash site Monday night, and borrowed a megaphone from one of the sheriffs on the scene to address the crowd.
- mattmcd at Yahoo Movies4 days ago
Paul Walker, the edgy action hero with all-American good looks who became an international star with "The Fast & the Furious" movie franchise, has died in a fiery car collision in Southern California. He was 40 years old. The sad news was confirmed Saturday night by Walker's camp via the actor's official Twitter account.
According to the statement put out by Walker's team and also posted on Facebook, the actor was "attending a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide. He was a passenger in a friend's car.
"We appreciate your patience as we too are stunned and saddened beyond belief by this news," the statement continued. "Thank you for keeping his family and friends in your prayers during this very difficult time. We will do our best to keep you apprised on where to send condolences."
- mattmcd at Yahoo Movies13 days ago
So how would you get $3 million in cash into Switzerland without U.S. Customs knowing? Jordan Belfort — also known as "The Wolf of Wall Street" — had an idea. It involved a woman, a Swiss passport, and a roll of packing tape.
Leonardo DiCaprio plays the title role in director Martin Scorsese's upcoming film adaptation of Belfort's memoir about his meteoric rise and fall in the '90s. And in the first clip from the film, debuting exclusively here on Yahoo Movies, Belfort and partner Donnie Azoff (played by Jonah Hill) consider going to extremes to get money they had swindled from investors out of the country and into a Swiss bank.
- mattmcd at Yahoo Movies21 days ago
It really does run in the family.
Disney has released the first trailer for "Maleficent" -- the live-action take on "Sleeping Beauty" starring Angelina Jolie as the pointy-headed, sharp-cheeked (but ultimately misunderstood?) wicked witch -- and the teaser lets you really see and hear her in character for the first time. On top of that, though, you get a brief glimpse of another member of the Pitt-Jolie clan: 5-year-old Vivienne.
Watch the First Teaser Trailer for 'Maleficent':
Vivienne has a small role in the movie as the young version of Princess Aurora, and she can be spotted in the teaser trailer chasing a butterfly through a meadow. Jolie said this summer at Disney's D23 Expo in Anaheim, California that her daughter won the role because she wasn't intimidated by mom's extreme makeup.
- mattmcd at Movie Talk23 days ago
WARNING: SPOILERS FOR 'THOR: THE DARK WORLD' BELOW
If you stuck around for the credits of "Thor: The Dark World" -- and it's a Marvel movie, so you should know by now that you have to stay in your seat to the very end -- you saw a scene pop up in the middle that looked like it could be from another movie. And that's because it is (sort of).
In the scene, the Asgardian warriors Sif (Jaimie Alexander) and Volstagg (Ray Stevenson) step cautiously through a room filled with large glass display cases containing alien lifeforms and artifacts. They carry a box emitting a faint red glow. Apparently they retrieved the Aether from the dark world of Svartalfheim, and as said in the beginning of the film, it cannot be destroyed, only hidden. They are then introduced to the white-haired Taneleer Tivan, better known as The Collector, played by Benicio Del Toro (who joins Natalie Portman, Tommy Lee Jones, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jeff Bridges in the ranks of Oscar-winning actors who appear in Marvel films).
- mattmcd at Movie Talk27 days ago
We just got an early Christmas present ... for 2015.
After months of speculation, Walt Disney Pictures announced Thursday that "Star Wars: Episode VII," the next installment of the space saga, will open on Dec. 18, 2015.
"We're very excited to share the official 2015 release date for 'Star Wars: Episode VII,'" Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn said in a statement, "where it will not only anchor the popular holiday filmgoing season but also ensure our extraordinary filmmaking team has the time needed to deliver a sensational picture."
- mattmcd at Movie Talk28 days ago
Please welcome the newest member of the Yahoo workforce, Jennifer Lawrence.
Well, the Oscar winner was actually just visiting the Yahoo campus in Sunnyvale, California, on Wednesday, but she and her "Catching Fire" director Frances Lawrence did sit down with CEO Marissa Mayer for a spirited conversation. The questions were provided by fans online and the Yahoos in attendance for the hour-long Tumblr Ask event.
In the Q&A, Lawrence revealed the funniest moment in shooting the "Hunger Games" sequel (it involved a flying trident), her teenage crush (a certain member of 'N Sync), and the reason behind her dramatic new haircut (she found her previous hair length to be "awkward" and "gross"). But the bubbly 23-year-old star also got serious discussing the issue of body image acceptance and the media.
- mattmcd at Movie Talk29 days ago
TUNE IN SATURDAY, NOV. 9 AT NOON ET/9 A.M. PT FOR A LIVE 'MAN OF STEEL' Q&A WITH HENRY CAVILL, AMY ADAMS, DIRECTOR ZACK SNYDER, AND HOST KEVIN SMITH, RIGHT HERE ON YAHOO MOVIES
He looks pretty good for 75, huh?
Superman celebrated his diamond anniversary by making a triumphant return to the big screen in this summer's "Man of Steel." But before the new movie hits DVD/Blu-ray next Tuesday (and before Supes takes on Ben Affleck's Batman in the sequel coming 2015), take a look back at the history of the last son of Krypton in this interactive infographic.
"Man of Steel" arrives on DVD, Blu-ray and digital download on Nov. 12.
- mattmcd at Movie Talk1 mth ago
TUNE IN FOR THE LIVE RED CARPET PREMIERE OF "THOR: THE DARK WORLD" ON MONDAY AT 9:30 P.M. ET/6:30 P.M. PT ON YAHOO MOVIES: MOVIES.YAHOO.COM/THOR-LIVE
Natalie Portman stands at around 5-foot-3. Chris Hemsworth is a towering 6-foot-3. In other words, she would have to stand on her Oscar statuette (which measures 13.5 inches) to top his impressive height.
It's a difference that created an unexpected benefit when the two were cast as love interests in the original "Thor," but still caused production issues when they reunited for the sequel, "Thor: The Dark World."
"I was mainly cast because I can make anyone look huge if they stand next to me," Portman joked when she appeared with Hemsworth on the Graham Norton Show in the U.K. "I'm just extraordinarily short."