Jeremy Renner's interest in the role of Hawkeye in The Avengers began last November when he called the role "interesting". Renner met with Marvel, but a decision was postponed until Marvel could find a director, leaving Renner feeling uncertain the role would happen at all. With production on The Avengers to start early next year, Renner as Hawkeye is a reality once again. Find Out How The Avengers Is Coming Together >> Posted 06.04.10 by Ryan
And so the race between the former Mr. and Mrs. James Cameron presses on. Kathryn Bigelow took a step towards a possible Oscar win for Best Director when she took home the top prize at the Directors Guild of America Awards, according to Variety.
Bigleow won for The Hurt Locker, beating out ex-husband Cameron for Avatar, Lee Daniels for Precious, Jason Reitman for Up in the Air, and Quentin Tarantino for Inglourious Basterds. This comes shortly after Cameron unexpectedly won the Best Director Golden Globe, which most people (including Cameron) thought Bigelow would win.
Bigelow expressed her gratitude and excitement in her acceptance speech:
[I'm] stunned, honored, and proud ... I felt a deep obligation to tell this story with as much honesty as possible. This is the most incredible moment of my life.
During a panel discussion, she addressed her portrayal of military life in Iraq, saying, "Authenticity is a moral imperative."
Released last summer, The Hurt Locker has garnered major attention, not only for Bigelow's direction, but also for Mark Boal's screenplay and the performances of Jeremy Renner and Anthony Mackie. Many agree that Bigelow and Boal will receive Academy Award nods, but many also wonder whether Renner and Mackie have a chance of landing acting nominations. We'll find out when Oscar nominations are announced early Tuesday morning. Posted 01.31.10 by reelz
Looking back at our first-annual "Breakout Stars" predictions (2009), we hit only about .300. Chris Pine, Channing Tatum, and 3-D were hits. Jody Hill, Saoirse Ronan, and Rian Johnson were misses, as was Ayelet Zurer, the Israeli stunner who we thought would finally catch on with American audiences as Tom Hanks' co-star in Angels and Demons. Damn.
This year we're looking to improve our batting average with these 10 new predictions &mdash and we didn't even include Rosamund Pike, who looks to be darn near a sure thing with four movies set for release in 2010. Check out our list of The 10 Breakout Stars of 2010. Posted 01.05.10 by reelz
The Hurt Locker was the big winner when the National Society of Film Critics announced their awards for the movies of 2009. The Iraq War drama took home Best Picture, Best Director for Kathryn Bigelow, and Best Actor for Jeremy Renner, who plays a soldier addicted to the adrenaline rush of disarming landmines.
If history is any indication, this may be bad news for the movie's Oscar chances. In 40-plus years, the only movies that have ever won Best Picture from both the NSFC and the Academy are Annie Hall, Unforgiven, Schindler's List, and Million Dollar Baby. The match-up is better, however, for the director and actor categories, so Bigelow and Renner may be soild contenders when the Oscar nominations are announced on February 2.
The Best Actress award went to Yolande Moreau for her performance as French artist Séraphine Louis in the biopic Seraphine. Christoph Waltz and Paul Schneider split the Best Supporting Actor award for their work in Inglourious Basterds and Bright Star, respectively. Mo'Nique took home Best Supporting Actress for Precious, while Joel Coen and Ethan Coen received Best Screenplay honors for A Serious Man. Posted 01.05.10 by reelz
With Jeremy Renner playing Hawkeye in The Avengers, Thor rumors have been flying around the Internet for a month now, with Renner saying recently that he hasn't "heard anything". Yesterday, Renner explained to Movieline how the rumors started and why he's probably not playing Hawkeye after all.
That was just one of those things that got blown way out of proportion. It was an idea. Those Marvel guys, I'm a big fan of them. They're so smart about how they want to do these things — they have Captain America, and Thor coming around, Iron Man 2, and then I happen to know Zak Penn, who's writing The Avengers. So they thought Hawkeye is an interesting role, and asked me if I knew anything about him. I said no, so they gave me their sort of spiel on what he was, and I thought that it was kind of interesting. The only reason it came out this early, because Avengers is two years away, is that they're thinking OK, we may throw him in Thor, we may not, as a cameo. You know what I mean? So there's truth that we talked about it, but there's no truth to me doing it.
If Hawkeye does end up in Thor, someone will have to be cast soon, considering the movie goes into production in mid-January. Posted 12.31.09 by Ryan
Word got out last week that Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker) could play the character of Hawkeye in The Avengers and possibly have a cameo in Thor. SuperheroHype caught up with Renner to get an update on the casting process.
I haven't heard anything since I talked to them three weeks ago. The last I knew is that they still have to find their director for The Avengers, that's where he's really going to show up. They were just talking, "Like maybe we should consider maybe hiring Hawkeye now" but there's no director on Avengers so they don't really want to force-feed the director, "Here's the whole cast." It's a big role so they didn't want to do that to the director, so I think they might wait. I know they're interested, I'm interested, so we'll see if it works out.
Renner says the character will differ from the comic book.
It's not going to be the guy with the big purple [mask], it's not going to be a guy in tights. It's going to be a guy in sunglasses and a vest. He's going to be more modernized and I'm gonna say, "A cooler-looking version" and not the big weird costume he had on. I don't think they're going that route.
Whatever the costume Hawkeye wears, Renner would be happy to play the character.
They sold me on the idea, too, because I love the idea that Hawkeye's really not a superhero. He's just a man with a high skill set, so I can relate to (that). The Marvel guys are great for how they made Iron Man to be, "Oh, that's actually plausible" so I bought it and I love that. They're really, really smart guys and I'd love to work for 'em, and we'll see if it works out.
Should Renner and The Hurt Locker get more attention during Award season, Renner's chances may increase. Posted 12.01.09 by Ryan
The Hurt Locker's Jeremy Renner was once vying for the role of Mad Max in Fury Road, but lost out to Tom Hardy. However, Renner may land an iconic role in The Avengers and Thor instead. Renner told Empire that Marvel is talking to him about playing archer hero Clint Barton, a.k.a. Hawkeye.
Hawkeye could be interesting. [Marvel's]going to send me some stuff on it, see what it is. But I think they'repretty awesome, trying to make superhero movies almost plausible andnot just some fantasy thing.
Renner would apparently make a cameo appearance in Thor and have a larger part in The Avengers. The casting is still unofficial. Posted 11.27.09 by Ryan
Australia scores a big movie production just days after Green Lantern packed up its gear and headed to New Orleans.
The Daily Telegraph reports that production will begin in Sydney and New South Wales on Mad Max: Fury Road, with director George Miller at the helm. Miller directed three previous installments — Mad Max, The Road Warrior, and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.
The production is a huge boost for Australia's movie industry with Premier Nathan Rees proclaiming that Mad Max 4 shooting in Australia "is a clear vote of confidence in Australian expertise" and "proves that Sydney is an international contender for major film production." All three of the Mad Max movies have been produced in Australia.
No actor has been named for the iconic role of Max, made famous by Mel Gibson, who will not return. Rumors persist that Sam Worthington will play the role, though E!Online UK reports that Bronson's Tom Hardy is in talks for role, with Miller wanting Charlize Theron for the female lead. Hurt Locker's Jeremy Renner has screen tested for role, saying he's "fighting" for the part.
Work has already begun on Fury Road, as Miller showcased some of the cars he's been putting together on ABC News in Australia. Posted 10.25.09 by Ryan