March 4th, 2022 / No Comments


From Rappler:

The Filipino-American stunt choreographer shares his experience in training the lead stars of ‘The Batman’ for their elaborate fight scenes

Aside from being a trainer, Alonzo is also responsible for the other physical demands involved in the massive action sequences of the film. He is also a second unit director, which means he is responsible for shooting the supplemental footage that complements the original footage, like major shots involving stunts and transitions.

In an interview with Warner Bros., Pattinson, who stars as Bruce Wayne in the DC film, said he was completely prepared for the fight scenes because of the weeks of preparation with Alonzo. 

“Rob [Alonzo] has a great style. You learn certain signature moves, which you can build into different patterns really quickly,” said Pattinson.

Kravitz, who has worked with Alonzo for most of her life, said that he and his team are incredible people.

“He (Alonzo) was really concerned about everything feeling grounded and being motivated by emotion, and that’s really great,” said Kravitz, who stars as Selina Kyle in the movie.

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February 27th, 2022 / No Comments

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Esquire is reporting the following based on a “blind item” from DeuxMoi, not sure I really believe Rob would be “competing” for a supporting role in Dune 2, but then a lot of people didn’t believe he would be Batman. I thought we could do with a break from Batman promo:

Gossip blog DeuxMoi made waves when it recently shared a blind item alleging that Harry Styles, Tom Holland, and Robert Pattinson are competing for the same role in Dune: Part Two—presumably Feyd. Of that lot, only Pattinson can channel the manic malice the role requires (moreover, it wouldn’t be the first time he played a sociopath who delights in bullying Chalamet). Rumors have also circulated around Eternals star Barry Keoghan, who fanned the flames with a cryptic tweet following the announcement of Dune: Part Two. We’re pulling for Pattinson or Keoghan, who each have what it takes to play a murderous, unhinged maniac. Sorry to Holland and Styles—nice guys aren’t wanted here.

February 24th, 2022 / 1 Comment


The Nerdist recently spoke to Mickey7 author, Edward Ashton. Below is what Edward had to say about Bong Joon-Ho and Rob:

Before Mickey7 came out, it was announced that it had been picked up for adaptation by Oscar-winner Bong Joon-ho. How did that feel and what was the process like?

Everything that’s had to do with the movie deal for this book have been total surprises to me. The way I learned that this book was even being offered to anyone in Hollywood was when my agent sent me the press release in Deadline saying it had been picked up. It was entirely bizarre. I cannot express how strange that feeling was. He doesn’t need to involve me. I’m not complaining about that at all! The announcement of Bong Joon-ho and Robert Pattinson, that business that came out on January 19, that also was conveyed to me in a text which contained a link to a press release. That’s how I’ve learned these things.

I’ve had people ask me “are you nervous?” Literally, Director Bong is going to change a lot about the book. When I spoke with him, he made it pretty clear. “You’ve got a 350 page book. I’m gonna have a 120 page script. There’s a lot that’s gonna go.” So my answer is no, I’m not concerned about that at all. In my view, the man’s a genius. I don’t believe he’s ever made a bad film. And I sincerely hope that this isn’t going to be his first.

If you want to learn more about the book see below:

What does it mean to live? And does your life have less meaning if you can never die? Edward Ashton aims to answer those questions in his engaging new novel Mickey7. The titular character is what’s known as an Expendable. He can die over and over again and be resurrected. But when he’s resurrected, is it really the same him? That’s the question at the core of the story which was recently announced as Bong Joon-ho’s next movie project. Recently we chatted to Ashton about sci-fi, influences, existential crisis, and the genius of Director Bong.

NERDIST: What was the origin of Mickey7?

EDWARD ASHTON: I actually wrote the first chapter of this book back in 2015. It’s been a long slog, and it’s gone through a number of different iterations. I’ve always been interested in a philosophical problem called the teletransportation paradox. It’s the transporter problem. In Star Trek, you have a transporter and you get dissolved on this end, and then you reappear on the other end. It’s pretty clear that you’re not actually being transported, right? You’re being killed and then they’re making a new you on the other end. And to everybody else, it seems like it’s you. But what is your subjective experience? Is that really you on the other end or are you just dead? And there’s a new you who’s getting his hands all over your stuff?

I first explored that in a short story that I published a number of years ago called Backup. I didn’t feel like I’d really worked my way through the problem in the 3000 words that I had there, so I decided to try a little more of a long form approach. It grew into a novella. My agent shopped it around a little bit. He got some interest from Navah Wolfe, who looked it over and said, “I really like this, but novellas are really hard to sell. Can you make this into a novel?” And he said, “Sure.” And that’s how the manuscript wound up growing to where it is now.

For such a high concept and deep philosophical trappings, it’s really accessible and engaging, which really comes down to Mickey’s voice. Could you talk about finding his voice?

My basic process when I’m writing is very different from what a lot of people do. A lot of people will write about a detailed character sketch for the whole backstory and a bunch of other stuff before they even start writing a book. That’s not how I operate. I tend to get the plot down, get the characters written, and I sort of learn the characters as I go. As they go through different situations, I see how they have to react to move the plot in the way that I need the plot to move. They sort of gain character attributes in that way and their voice develops.

So when I get to the end of the book, I have to go back to the beginning and take a complete editing pass through for each individual character. Adjust their voice, adjust their diction. And with a first person narrative like Mickey, you basically have to rewrite the entire book to make them have a consistent voice. So that’s one of the reasons why this took so long to get done. That’s the process that I follow.

Mickey is an “Expendable.” Could you talk a little bit about that concept?

In any sort of dangerous situation—whether it’s a military expedition or, in this case, an exploration of a new hostile world—there are a lot of things that have to be done. These things are dangerous and perhaps bordering on suicidal. The Expendable is the person who’s designated to take on all those jobs. His personality, his biometrics, and his body plan have been recorded. He can be recreated if he dies. So, from the perspective of the other people in the expedition, there’s really no hazard to letting him die. There’s no problem with it because he just comes back and he’s the same as he was before. So no harm, no foul.

A lot of the meat of the book is “how does that feel for the Expendable?” There’s a conversation early on between Mickey and his girlfriend Nasha where she expresses “I don’t really know how to feel, I saw you die. But now here you are with me. And you look just the same as you did before.” So to her it’s been a seamless transition. To him, it hasn’t. And he struggles with what it means to fill this role. What it means to die again and again, and come back but not really be sure that you’re really the same person you were before. That’s the sort of existential dilemma that he has to struggle with.

Mickey7 walks the line of feeling fresh and unexpected but also familiar. You mentioned Star Trek, but were there any other influences you looked to when writing this story?

Any writer who says that they’re not standing on the shoulders of the people who came before them is lying. We all build on what we read and what we experience in the world. Our writing becomes a synthesis of other people’s work, our own experiences, and our own perspective that we bring to that. One writer who was very influential on me when I was much younger was George RR Martin, pre-Game of Thrones. Before A Song of Ice and Fire, he had a whole series of novels that he wrote, Dying of the Light being the most famous and probably the best of them.

They are set in this sort of far future universe that bears some similarities to the universe that Mickey inhabits. There are a number of different colony worlds. They relate to one another in different ways. There’s some homage being paid to that sort of a universe as an idea in this book, for sure.

February 17th, 2022 / No Comments

I thought I should put together a master post for the interviews eventuating from the Warner Bros Press Screening Q&A on 10/11 February 2022. I will update this post as and when they surface.

17 February 2022

Geek of Steel: Talking with Matt Reeves about The Batman

The Batman is one of the most anticipated films of 2022 and recently I was invited to a virtual roundtable event where I was able to speak with the movies director/writer, Matt Reeves.

I was joined by journalists from all over the world and was enjoying listening to the in-depth answers about his directing methods, the cast and why The Batman is such a unique superhero film. I could have listened to his passionate words all day but before long it was my turn to speak with him about his creation.

I had a notebook filled with questions for this interview but I knew that time was limited so many got scrapped, changed and trimmed. Below is the audio transcription of my time with Matt Reeves and I hope you get to know a bit more about the director of this film and know that this film, and this beloved character, has been left in very safe hands.

Luke Bugg: Hello Mr Reeves, I’m Luke Bugg The Geek Of Steel from the UK.

Matt Reeves: Hi, oh cool.

L.B: I can’t wait to see this film and watch the audiences react to it.

M.R: That, by the way, is really fun. When we did our testing, it was the first time we put it in front of an audience and it was such a thrill to see people, you know.  We haven’t been to the movies in such a long time. To get people back to see this thing; it’s such a big screen experience and people’s reactions, like, seeing them cheer and react and scream – it’s why we go to the movies.

L.B: I would love to know what Batman means to you. He means something different to everybody, but what does he mean to you?

M.R Well. I think for me in this story, I think what I was looking toward was trying to find the personal way in. The character has meant something to me, like literally. Batman ’66, you know their Adam West series, it came out the year I was born, so as a kid I was obsessed with Batman and I didn’t see any of the campiness in that, I just thought he was super cool. There he was, he had the car – I loved the car, I loved the cowl, I loved all that stuff and of course I still love all those things. I love the outward shell of coolness that he has, but I think as a filmmaker what drew me in to the character was his human qualities. The fact that he really is doing what he’s doing, not in some kind of purely altruistic way.

I mean obviously you are meant to admire him in some degree, to put himself at risk but you realise that ultimately the real reason he is doing that is to make sense of his life. It’s kind of like he is still coping with what happened to him when he was ten and is still in many ways stuck in that and will never get over it and so I think that aspect of his character, watching someone who is dealing with their brokenness to try and find meaning and then finding these ways to transcend all of that. I think that is what the character means to me and I think it’s what people get excited about. 

This idea of seeing someone who you can relate to and goes through a struggle that you can connect to and yet somehow he has marshalled all of these resources to become this great mythic figure; that’s a pretty special character and I’d say really that it’s that aspect that mattered to me the most in the making of this and a big part of why I wanted Rob to play the character, because in looking at all the movies when I was writing, I was trying to find somebody in the age range.

I was like “okay, who is somebody in their early thirties?” because I wanted this to be a year two Batman and I had followed Rob’s work for a long time. When I saw the Safdie brothers’ movie “Good Time”, in the movie Rob has a kind of forceful, kinetic desperate drive, like he’s like a force of nature. I saw that and I loved that but the other thing that I felt from him was that his vulnerability was really present at the same time. You could see that under there, this guy was vulnerable and that was part of what was pushing him and driving him. Something about that just said to me well that’s the version of this character that I want to see, and I just became obsessed with the idea of him being him, he had no idea! In my mind I was writing the character for him and it turned out I was really lucky because it turned out that he happened to love Batman and wanted to play him. 

L.B: A perfect answer. Thank you.

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February 8th, 2022 / No Comments

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Moment of truth – I don’t know who Alt-J are, but their story about meeting Rob sounds like something all of us would do – not delete his number I mean. From Rolling Stone:

Come on then, let’s hear their best tale.

“We had a very mad one on the first album,” recollects Unger-Hamilton, “where we ended up at Robert Pattinson’s house with Rami Malek and and Emile Hirsch.” 

“Emile Hirsch was tiny,” interjects Newman. 

“It was mental,” continues Unger-Hamilton. “At about 9am, I was, like, ‘I need to go, we’ve got a radio session!’ and Pattinson went, ‘Don’t worry, I’ll call you an Uber.’ I was, like, ‘You’ll call me a what?’ It was the first time I’d ever heard of Uber.”

Unger-Hamilton thinks he learned a valuable lesson from hanging with the new Batman. “I’d exchanged numbers with Rob — Rob! — Pattinson and then I started texting him when we were in LA, like, ‘Come out, we’re going out!’ and he’d always be, like, ‘Can’t make it.’ I realised he doesn’t want me texting him. Stop texting Rob Pattinson! Don’t try and be mates with people just because they’re famous actors. That was back in spring 2013.”

Have you still got his number?

“Yeah… Who deletes a phone number?!”

Newman opines, “I think there’s a rich history of musicians being good friends with actors throughout the years, or so you’re led to believe from Getty Images. I think we thought it was par for the course.”

“Yeah, like, ‘Oh this is the bit where the Hollywood A-Listers come to our gigs!’” laughs Unger-Hamilton.

Thanks @Monsieur_HJ for heads up.

January 11th, 2022 / No Comments

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There’s been some speculation on whether Rob’s The Batman will follow other releases that are currently being pushed back due to the latest Omicron Covid variant. Variety is reporting the following today:

WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar has reassured comic book movie fans that Matt Reeves’ highly anticipated “The Batman” is still on track for its March 4 theatrical release, despite the omicron variant surge.

Given that Sony pushed its comic book tentpole “Morbius” from January to April, and Disney announced its Pixar title “Turning Red” will skip theaters in March and head straight to Disney Plus, many moviegoers have wondered if “The Batman’s” release is safe. Kilar told Puck News that Warner Bros. is keeping its eye on the pandemic, but no delay is currently in the cards.

“We’re certainly paying attention to everything going on with omicron,” Kilar said. “We feel good about the date right now. We’re gonna watch it day by day.”

Unlike Warner Bros.’ 2021 theatrical slate, “The Batman” — starring Robert Pattinson and Zoe Kravitz — will have an exclusive 45-day theatrical window before it’s made available to stream on HBO Max. All of the studio’s 2021 movies, including “The Matrix Resurrections” and “Dune,” debuted in theaters at the same time they streamed on HBO Max for their first 31 days of release. Kilar said the studio “took understandable heat from a number of people” but the decision paid off, as HBO Max beat forecasts and ended 2021 with 73.8 million subscribers.

“It’s hard to argue; we made the right decision,” Kilar told Puck News. “We served the customers, the fans. We partnered with theaters; we were the only ones to provide 18 theatrical features with full marketing spends and full global theatrical releases. And we worked with our [talent] participants to make sure they were taken care of.”

In a recent interview on Vox’s “Recode” podcast, Kilar celebrated Warner Bros.’ new 45-day theatrical window. “I feel really, really good knowing that ‘The Batman,’ ‘Black Adam,’ ‘The Flash,’ ‘Elvis’ and a whole host of other movies are literally going to be showing up on day 46 on HBO Max in a variety of territories all over the world,” he said. “That is a very, very big change that I don’t think people appreciate, and I feel really good about it.”

“Think about when movies would show up on HBO, which is eight to nine months after theatrical premiere,” Kilar added. “‘The Batman’ is going to show up on day 46 on HBO Max. That is a huge change from where things were in 2018, 2017, 2016.”

“The Batman” is scheduled to open in theaters on March 4 and will debut on HBO Max on April 19

Guess we will have to watch WarnerMedia day by day …

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