Watch/Listen/Learn: Election Alternate Ending, Attack the Block Soundtrack and Michael Keaton on Batman

Watch/Listen/Learn: Election Alternate Ending, Attack the Block Soundtrack and Michael Keaton on Batman

May 16, 2011

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Watch: Election Alternate Ending

It's quite common for a film to shoot multiple endings during production and then use them all throughout the test screening process to determine which ending sits better with audiences. Some of these alternate endings never see the light of the day, while others often pop up as a special feature on the DVD. Then there's the alternate ending for Alexander Payne's wickedly funny 1999 dark comedy Election, starring Reese Witherspoon as an over-achieving teenager who goes to great lengths to win her high school election, and the supervising teacher (played by Matthew Broderick) who goes to even greater lengths to see to it that she loses. In one of the odder tales of a lost and forgotten alternate ending, this one was apparently discovered on an unlabled VHS tape at a flea market. The tape was an old work print of the film, which included an alternate ending that takes place in a car dealership and features a final conversation between Tracy Flick (Witherspoon) and Mr. McAllister (Broderick). The quality of the video is pretty horrendous, and the ending definitely belonged on the cutting room floor. Check it out and let us know what you think. WATCH IT HERE. [via Slashfilm]

Listen: Sample Track from Attack the Block Soundtrack

We're definitely not the only ones to throw tons of love toward Attack the Block, the recent alien invasion flick from the UK that feels like a throwback to some of our favorite creature features from the early 1980s (like Critters). One thing not a lot of people are talking about when it comes to the film, however, is its soundtrack, which comes to us from the Basement Jaxx. It fits the film perfectly, and arrives at a time when several other prominent musicians are scoring movies, like Trent Reznor with The Social Network, The Chemical Brothers with Hanna and Daft Punk with Tron Legacy. The soundtrack arrived in UK stories today, and you can sample one of the tracks online now. LISTEN TO IT HERE

Learn: Michael Keaton Reflects on Batman

There's this fantastic interview with Michael Keaton in the LA Times where he reflects on some of his more geek-friendly films, like Batman, Beetlejuice and working with Tim Burton. There's so many little stories tucked in there that you probably haven't heard before, and fans of both Keaton and his two Burton-directed Batman movies will definitely find some fun nuggets. Here are two with regards to a scene that never made it into the original Batman, and Keaton's feelings on the Batman films that came after ...

On a scene that didn’t make it into the film:

There was a thing that never got in that was really interesting. I went to Tim and said that we should see if we could do a scene that showed the transition and Tim was really great about these things so we tried. I wanted to see and to show that transition when he goes from Bruce Wayne to Batman, the time when he’s about to don the suit and go out and wreak some havoc. That’s not a casual thing, obviously, it’s not putting on a jacket to go out for the evening. So what is that transition like? So there was a thing we did early on that showed him going into a sort of trance and it justified this shift in him. So we did that scene and it never made it into the film but I think helped me in a way. It was part of the way he became this other thing and even if you didn’t see it, it was part of the character and the way we created him. Tim was always open to that. Jack and Kim come to him, too, chipping in with ideas and it was a really creative environment.”

On the Batman films that followed his departure from the role:

“I never saw the other ones [in the 1990s] but I saw most of the one that starred Heath Ledger which, if you me, is off-the-charts. Amazing stuff. The whole thing was great, everyone involved is great. That approach and that tone is exactly what I wanted to do with the third film when we first talked about it. I really believed that Batman had the potential to be one of the coolest guys in cinema. I wanted to go back and remind people of where this character came from. I wanted to go darker with him but the people involved int he decisions weren’t going to go for that. By that time, it was a huge, rolling machine and it was going to go on either with or without me. As I heard what they wanted I knew, honestly, that I just didn’t know how to do that thing that they wanted. I didn’t know how to do it, literally, and in the end I couldn’t. I would have been horrible.”


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