Daily Archives: June 17, 2015

Matt Damon on Why The Martian is a Love Letter to Science

In December of last year, IGN hopped on a plane to Budapest, not to enjoy the beauty and splendour of Hungary’s capital at Christmas, but to spend a little time on Mars. Because inside the largest soundstage on the planet, director Ridley Scott and actor Matt Damon were collaborating on The Martian, a sci-fi epic that combines elements of Gravity and Castaway, but has its own gripping survival story to tell.

The film is based on the novel of the same name which Andy Weir self-published in 2011, and which went onto become something of a literary sensation. It tells the story of Mark Watney, a botanist left stranded on Mars and fighting for his life when a storm hits and his crew evacuate the planet thinking him dead.

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Courtney Love Almost Played Harley Quinn

It might be hard to believe now, but Batman Forever was a monster-sized hit back in 1995. With Joel Schumacher’s success as director, and Batman & Robin already slated for 1997, it seemed the helmer would return for a third turn at the franchise — titled Batman Unchained — that almost cast Courtney Love as Harley Quinn.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, I Am Legend screenwriter Mark Protosevich was hired by Warner Bros. to write a third Shumacher Batman movie that had Scarecrow and Harley Quinn as the main antagonists, along with cameos from previous Batman movie villains, played by the films’ original actors.

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