Yesterday, Marvel Studios released a short preview teaser of their Cinematic Universe "Phase Two" which starts next month with Iron Man 3 and will end with The Avengers 2 in 2015. The teaser included a little footage of Iron Man 3, but the full, nearly five minute "Phase Two" preview not only offers a longer look at Iron Man 3 (including interviews with Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Ben Kingsley and director Shane Black) but the rest of the "Phase Two" movies as well.
Behind-the-scenes footage is revealed from Thor: The Dark World, with director Alan Taylor (HBO's Game of Thrones) explaining that Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) will join Thor (Chris Hemsworth) in Asgard, while concept art from Captain America: The Winter Soldier is revealed and directors Anthony and Joe Russo discuss what's in store for Cap (Chris Evans) in the sequel. Even Guardians of the Galaxy gets a mention, with more concept art revealed and director James Gunn briefly talks about the "space epic" before the real treat of the "Phase Two" preview is revealed: a few seconds of director Edgar Wright's test footage for 2015's Ant-Man, all before Joss Whedon can end the preview with a brief update of what's happening with The Avengers 2. watch the preview >> Posted 04.03.13 by Ryan
Considering the huge success of last year's The Avengers, there are probably few out there who are unfamiliar with Marvel's comic book adaptation, which assembled all of Marvel's individual, cinematic superheroes onto one team. However, what most people probably haven't seen is how effects company Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) created the Academy Award–nominated visual effects of the movie, including the creation of the S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier and the computer-generated New York City that Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) flies around in at the start of the movie.
In order to reveal the company's visual effects work (and celebrate the Oscar nod), ILM has released an Avengers reel online. "This reel represents a small fraction of the work created by over 200 ILM artists, scientists, and engineers backed up by a world class production team," said the company of their reel, which transitions from computer sketches to behind-the-scenes shots of the production to the final product. watch the video >> Posted 01.12.13 by Ryan
Upon hearing the news that the comic book heroes-turned-Saturday morning cartoon sensation-turned movie franchise Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were going to come "from an alien race" in the upcoming Ninja Turtles reboot fans weren't pleased — the popular notion is that the former household pets were transformed by a green ooze. However, Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman has remained steadfastly in favor of the project, urging fans "not to worry" and claiming that the reboot will be true to the "core concept", and "will be a great TMNT film."
"If we learned nothing else from one of my favorite comic book based films, The Avengers, that there's a lot to be said about never forgetting that core concept and core fan-base."
Much has been made online about Eastman comparing Ninja Turtles to The Avengers, which led us to think: "What would happen if the two teams fought each other?" Well, now the time has come inside the imagined cyber octagon that is our Character Cage Match! check out the teams' strengths and weaknesses before voting >> Posted 12.05.12 by Ryan
Hollywood is still responding to the death of actor Michael Clarke Duncan, who died over the weekend at the age of 54. Michael Bay, who cast the actor in his breakout role in Armageddon, wrote about meeting Duncan. "We found him in a gym. He cried at the first audition because he was so proud to audition for a 'Michael and Jerry movie,' he just wanted to make his mom proud. We gave him the role in the room." Tom Hanks, who starred alongside Duncan in his Oscar-nominated performance in The Green Mile released a statement. "I am terribly saddened at the loss of Big Mike," Hanks said. "He was the treasure we all discovered on the set of The Green Mile. He was magic. He was a big love of man and his passing leaves us stunned." Duncan suffered a heart attack in July and according to reports "never fully recovered."
— Russell Crowe was saved by the U.S. Coast Guard after getting lost kayaking.
— Green Day frontman Billy Joe Armstrong was rushed to the hospital for unknown reasons, forcing the band to cancel a concert performance.
— Minka Kelly is reportedly dating Captain America himself, Chris Evans
— And yet another royal flashes his family jewels.
Image courtesy New Line Cinema. Posted 09.04.12 by reelz
Today’s Hot Trailer: Michael Shannon raises a family and kills people for money.
They say it's always the nice ones that are discovered to have done bad things, and that sentiment rings true for the first trailer for The Iceman, the drama thriller which chronicles the life of notorious contract killer Richard "The Iceman" Kuklinski. Played by Michael Shannon (Take Shelter) in the movie, Kuklinski claimed to have murdered over 100 men between 1964 and 1986 while maintaining a suburban life with a wife and kids.
The Iceman is premiering at the Venice Film Festival, so Milennium Films has released the first trailer for the movie, which also stars Winona Ryder (Black Swan) as Deborah, Kuklinski's wife, and Chris Evans as Kuklinski's mentor, Robert "Mr. Softee" Pronge. That role was originally cast with James Franco, who nevertheless makes an appearance in the movie, seemingly as one of Kuklinski's victims. watch the extremely violent, NSFW trailer >> Posted 08.31.12 by Ryan
If you weren't one of the die-hard fans who helped The Avengers set the new midnight screening box office record for a superhero movie — raking in $18.7 million to narrowly defeat the previous record holder, The Dark Knight, which took in $18.5 million during its midnight screening back in 2008 — and you didn't see it last night, then you might want to turn back now because we've got the dirt on the post-post-credits scene. [Oh, and if you're going to see The Avengers for the first time today or tomorrow, be sure to stick around until the very, very end of the credits to see what we're talking about and then come back to read what it was all about.] get the dirt [SPOILER ALERT] >> Posted 05.05.12 by BrentJS
Marvel's The Avengers is already a hit overseas, and isn't going to stop anytime soon. THR reports that the comic book movie adaptation could gross anywhere from $500 to $600 million after its US release this weekend, thereby outpacing all of its previous, individual superhero movies.
With new TV spots arriving on almost a daily basis, the latest is a slightly altered version of a previous spot. Even so, we're not afraid to admit that we're not tiring of watching Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and (especially) the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) tackle Loki's (Tom Hiddleston) army in the movie's promotional footage. watch the TV spot >> Posted 05.02.12 by Ryan
Fans are arriving en masse to see "Earth's Mightiest Heroes" assemble in The Avengers — at least, overseas. The movie is already setting records, a trend sure to continue this weekend as it expands to 42 additional foreign markets.
For American audiences, who still have to wait a week, at least there are more character posters released by Mondo, the collectible art arm of Austin's Alamo Drafthouse). Last week, two retro posters of Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) were revealed, and MTV has discovered the posters of the other four members — Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), and Dr. Bruce Banner, aka the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) — posted at various sites all over the Internet. see the posters; Feige talks humor and villains >> Posted 04.26.12 by Ryan
Despite his experience writing for Marvel comics, Joss Whedon was a surprising choice to direct Marvel's adaptation of The Avengers. With online reaction and reviews being almost universally positive, Marvel can feel good about gambling on Whedon to bring together characters from all of its "Cinematic Universe" so far — 2008's Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk; 2010's Iron Man 2; and last year's Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger. In an interview with SlashFilm, Whedon explained that his writing background helped prepare him for blending together so many characters that had already been featured in other movies.
more from whedon, plus watch the TV spot and clip >> Posted 04.25.12 by Ryan
Well you know, I’ve done a lot of things wherein you have a set group. I mean as soon as you create a TV show, even if you create it yourself, you’re now working with a set group. I did a run on the [The Astonishing] X-Men, I did an Alien [Alien Resurrection] movie, I did Runaways... It’s very fun to wander into this world that’s populated by people that you love, to get the chance to write for them. Obviously there’s pure creation and nothing beats that, but this is something that any writer could have the time of their life doing and they let me make my movie, the movie that I told them I wanted to make the first time I realized I wanted to make an Avengers movie and it’s exactly the movie that we came out with. So it’s always a creative endeavor or you’re just spinning your wheels.
After releasing not one but two preview clips in as many days this week, Marvel has suddenly become a touch more conservative with their latest promotional offerings for The Avengers, just as it started to look like fans were going to be able to watch the entire movie in one-minute-or-less clips. Instead, Marvel has revealed a batch of new images (via ComingSoon) that will seem slightly familiar to those that have been following the comic book adaptation closely.
There's a more close-up shot of S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), still stuck behind monitors like she was in a pair of stills released last month. Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) is seen tied to a chair (much like she was in The Avengers's first preview clip) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) is seen standing in his armor (or perhaps it's just his armor as it was depicted here). Don't worry, MTV has also released an action shot of Captain America (Chris Evans) leaping out of harm's way (though it may be just a screenshot from the movie's Super Bowl ad). Did we mention there are also some new character posters? see the images and the new posters >> Posted 04.19.12 by Ryan