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10 Fictional Locations That Would Look Great In A Live Action Movie

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Fictional locations are almost as iconic as the characters who originate in them and some of them are visually very striking indeed.

When I first saw the likes of Krypton, Oa and, in particular, Asgard in the Man of Steel, Green Lantern and Thor movies respectively, I was blown away and seeing such locations brought to life on the big screen got me thinking which other examples would look great with a live action makeover.

The possibilities are endless, but I’ve pulled together a selection that I think would look particularly great in a live action movie (I should stress before you read on that my focus is mainly – though not explicitly – on comic book locations).

Without further ado, here are ten fictional locations that would look great in a live action movie…

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Delayed Until 2016

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales has had its planned release date pushed back by a year, according to reports.

The Johnny Depp-centric swashbuckling film was originally due for release on July 10, 2015, though Walt Disney Pictures have since hinted the adventure flick won’t meet its planned schedules and the film would need to be delayed.

Though nothing has been confirmed, studio sources say a 2016 release is now more likely.

The long-running series is a decade old this year after the first in the franchise, The Curse of the Black Pearl, released way back in 2003.

Since then, Pirates of the Caribbean has, in every film so far, featured Depp in the central role of Captain Jack Sparrow.

The most recent adventure, On Stranger Tides, also featured Penelope Cruz, Ian McShane and Sam Claflin, while Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley have starred in the past.

On Stranger Tides was released in 2011, and broke several box office records, and currently stands as the 12th highest-grossing film of all time worldwide.

It would seem then that there’s certainly enough scope for a fifth film in the series, though fans will likely have to wait a little while longer before seeing Jonny Depp don that red bandana of his.

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Top 5 Superman vs Batman Movie Casting Rumours

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Unconfirmed rumors – or hearsay, speculation some may claim- have exploded across the interwebs that actors have been cast in the Man of Steel sequel, which will not only feature Superman as played by Henry Cavill, but will also introduce a new Batman as well.

Warner Bros. surprised the world by announcing Ben Affleck would throw on the cape and cowl as the Dark Knight in the 2015 superhero romp. As soon as that casting was confirmed, wave after wave of “scoops” and “exclusives” (mostly emanating from cosmicbooknews.com) alleged more parts were cast, filling out roles for lead villains and supporting characters.

While the gossip and fan outcry have generated page hits for the rumor mills, they have gone beyond the stuff of fanboy wet dreams and into the mainstream. Legitimate news sources have picked up on some of these stories, and word has actually gotten back to the actor in question regarding the role.

Interestingly, the interconnectedness of our times with social media gives this idle talk more oxygen to breath and grow into the question that’s on everyone’s lips, begging to be confirmed.

While none of the following casting has been confirmed in any way, shape or form, let’s take a look at the latest tittle-tattle on who may round out the ensemble cast with the Dark Knight over Metropolis.

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10 Awful Casting Decisions That Spoiled Entire Movies

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When Ben Affleck was recently announced as the next actor in line to play the Caped Crusader, the internet exploded with fan outrage. Without actually knowing what the latest rendition of Batman will look like, or, seeing any footage of Affleck in the role to fairly assess his performance, Bat-fans are already crying for Affleck to be removed from the role.

While the most reasonable thing to do would be to reserve judgment until we actually see Affleck’s performance, the memories of his horrendous turn in Daredevil still linger in the minds of comic book fans who have been quick to condemn what they perceive to be a stupendously bad casting decision.

Even though I will wait to until I see the final product to ultimately judge whether the studio heads made a good or bad call, I thought it would be fun to take a look back at films where one bad casting decision spoiled the whole affair: 10 awful casting decisions that spoiled an entire movie…

10. Gary Oldman (Tiptoes)

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The makers of 2003 s Tiptoes clearly had their hearts in the right place when they made the feature, intending to create a movie that promoted tolerance and understanding of little people, but they shot themselves in the foot when they made the mind-boggling decision to cast Gary Oldman, a man of non-diminutive stature, as a little person in the starring role. To add insult to injury, the cast contains a plethora of famous little person actors, including Peter Dinklage, who were more than capable of playing the lead role. Why nobody involved in the picture would not see how offensive this scenario was remains a mystery.

Things did not fare well for the misbegotten feature; after a poorly received screening at the Sundance Film Festival, Tiptoes was quickly released straight to DVD and remains a cautionary example of how misguided casting can torpedo a movie’s chances at the box office.

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10 Actors Who Are Box Office Poison

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All actors have their failures, there’s no disputing that, but some actors have failed so prolifically that there’s only one term to use to describe them – “box office poison”.

It’s something no actor wants to be labelled as, for it indicates a general lack of popularity with audiences – either because they’ve become tired of the actor, or never liked them in the first place – and makes them increasingly less likely to be offered A-list work in the future (hence why several on this list are currently edging towards the straight-to-video duldrums).

These 10 actors, regardless of whether they or their films are actually any good, just can’t seem to catch a break, and one thing’s for sure; if you cast any of them in your movie, there is a substantial chance that it is going to be a box office flop…

10. Taylor Kitsch

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Notable Flops: John Carter ($282.7m against $250m budget), Battleship ($303m against $209m), and Savages (fared slightly better, with $82.9m against $45m).

Kitsch is the latest in a long line of actors being insisted upon audiences at the moment, despite evidence suggesting that people just don’t like him all that much. With two major box office blows in the same year, it’s safe to say that the headlining roles aren’t exactly rolling in for the guy, regardless of how talented he proved himself in Friday Night Lights.

Upcoming Projects: His best bet to bounce back is Peter Berg’s upcoming action thriller, Lone Survivor. Kitsch plays a supporting role opposite Mark Wahlberg, and given Wahlberg’s comparative popularity, it’s likely that this one will score a modest hit for the actor.

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5 Movie Characters You Wish Your Girlfriend Dressed Like

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We have all been there – innocently watching a film with your other half before being struck by the skimpy outfit that a female character is wearing, and absent-mindedly fantasising about them being sat next to you on the sofa, stealing your popcorn. If that sounds like you, you’re probably not alone – the sheer amount of fan fiction out there dedicated to the sexiest movie characters proves as well, and if there’s one thing cosplay has taught us, it’s that anyone can be made to look a lot hotter with a carefully planned costume and wig.

So, with that in mind, here are five female movie characters that may have caught your attention and have you wishing your partner dressed like them…

5. Daisy Duke (The Dukes of Hazzard)

For the traditionalist, Catherine Bach. For the modern man Jessica Simpson. The Dukes of Hazzard character had men all over the world dreaming of Daisy Duke washing their car in her skimpy denim shorts or her famous red bikini.

A poster with Bach posing as Daisy once sold 5 million copies, which I am sure would have been made up largely of men.

4. Catwoman (Batman)

The all-leather look is something that has gripped male attention for as long as women have been wearing it. The skin tight look may not be everyone’s cup of tea, nor would every man like to see their missus dressed in it.

But when Anne Hathaway portrayed Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises in 2012 it left spectators purring.

3. Jessica Rabbit (Rodger Rabbit)

One of the most popular movie characters in history now, in the comely shape of Jessica Rabbit. The red draped dress, the long purple gloves and the visible suspenders are three reasons why men are ignoring the usual aversion to shopping, and exploring the digital shelves of trendy sites like Bank Fashion to pick out a new wardrobe for their ladies.

The red shoes and the fiery hair complete the look.

2. Lara Croft (Tomb Raider)

It’s not all about glamour, however, as Lara Croft proves. With a simple vest top and a pair of short shorts, men around the country were captivated with Angelina Jolie’s character in Tomb Raider.

The leg straps, the gloves and the occasional bikini shot would have helped, mind you.

1. Satine (Moulin Rouge!)

Now for a more dressed-up look, because your partner can’t wear next to nothing all the time. Or can they? Assuming no, I give you Nicole Kidman’s character in Moulin Rougue! Satine.

With the big hair, the tight corsets and the head gear, I am sure there will be plenty of men willing to be tickled by their partner’s feather boa should the situation arise.

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10 More Trippy Freak Out Film Scenes That Will Melt Your Mind

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Like a bad case of the movie munchies, we’re coming back for more.

Following on from my previous article, here are a further ten examples of film characters tripping on everything they can get their mashed little mitts on. Prepare yourselves for a second dose of Sixties psychedelia, an eye-opening ride through the Eighties and plenty of scenes that’ll keep you on the straight and narrow. There’s even a lion thrown in there somewhere.

And so, in what must be surely one of the most madcap movie marathons ever assembled, I present to you 10 More Trippy Freak Out Film Scenes That Will Melt Your Mind. Once you’ve reached the end, we recommend a couple of paracetamol and a nice lie-down. Just don’t stare at the ceiling for too long…

10. Training Day

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Never let it be said that Detective Alonso Harris (Denzel Washington) is lacking a sense of humour. After goading his new partner, the naive rookie Jake Hoyt (Ethan Hawke), into smoking a pot pipe confiscated from a crime scene, he takes no small pleasure in watching Hoyt hack and splutter from the passenger seat. But this doesn’t feel like an ordinary joint…

As Hoyt slumps back in his seat, his face turning a sickly shade of green, he watches from his window as the colour slowly drains from the outside world. Harris seems unconcerned, his voice echoing around the car. But after a spot of banter becomes something a bit more sinister, he decides to pull out the punchline. No wonder Hoyt’s feeling less than fresh: the marijuana had been laced with PCP. Buurrrn!

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