"It's just you and me."
Fans are no doubt excited to see next month's Iron Man 3, and that excitement was likely only furthered by Marvel's release of their full "Phase Two" preview, which largely focused on the further exploits of Tony Stark, aka Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.). If fans are already feeling impatient, then a recent statement from Marvel president of production Kevin Feige about the sequel probably isn't going to help.
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I showed the film to Joss Whedon, who is our writer-director of The Avengers, is currently working on The Avengers 2, and he saw the finale of this and he goes, now what am I supposed to do now? What I am going to do in Avengers 2?
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
"By this hand, I love thee."
Talk about switching gears. After writing and directing the third highest-grossing movie of all time with The Avengers, Joss Whedon decided to take a break and shoot what could now be considered a much smaller movie in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. Shot in black-and-white at Whedon's house over 12 days during the Avengers edit period, Much Ado About Nothing stars plenty of Whedon regulars, including Serenity's Nathan Fillion and Sean Maher, Cabin in the Woods' Amy Acker and Fran Kranz, and The Avengers' Alexis Denisof and Clark Gregg.
"The movie’s in black-and-white partially because it’s kind of a noir comedy," Whedon told EW in 2011. "I realized that everybody in it behaves like such a dolt — an articulate dolt, but a dolt. I fixated on this notion that our ideas of romantic love are created for us by the society around us, and then escape from that is grown-up love, is marriage, is mature love, to escape the ideals of love that we’re supposed to follow. So that clicked for me when I realized, oh, I get why it matters everybody goes through the weird machinations we go through." watch the trailer >> Posted 03.07.13 by Ryan
Which of this year's directors deserve the industry’s highest honor?
No one was too surprised when French director Michel Hazanavicius and his (mostly) silent film The Artist practically swept the Academy Awards last year or when British director Tom Hooper's The King's Speech did the same the year before. This year, however, there are no "sure thing" movies, with several being heralded as "brilliant," "masterful," and "the best movie of the year" by critics...until the next great movie comes along.
Several Oscar-winning directors — including two-time Best Director winner Steven Spielberg (Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan) and Kathryn Bigelow, the first woman to win Best Director — are among this year's contenders, but they are up against stiff competition from upstart indie directors who helped to make this one of the best years for independent movies in recent memory and the genre movie directors who gave us superheroes, wizards and time travelers as compelling as the special effects that blew our minds. We won't know which directors the Academy will nominate until the middle of January, but we want to know who you, the moviegoers, think deserves the industry's highest honor.
Top 10 Most Oscar-Worthy Directors of 2012 >>
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There are almost too many good options arriving on DVD this week, but our pick has to be the meta-horror/comedy Cabin in the Woods. Delayed for several years, Cabin in the Woods opened in April to mostly terrific reviews and more than doubled its budget at the box office. With a script from The Avengers writer-director Joss Whedon and directed by Cloverfield screenwriter Drew Goddard, the movie seemed like a slam-dunk, particularly with Thor and Avengers star Chris Hemsworth leading the cast.
Those looking for bonus features should be pleased with the commentary track, at least, Goddard hopes audiences will like it — he told MTV that he can't remember what he and Whedon talked about.find all your trailers here
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Marvel had yet to officially announce the director of its next new franchise, Guardians of the Galaxy, when The Avengers director Joss Whedon beat them to the punch by revealing that James Gunn would not only be directing the movie, but performing rewrites on the screenplay, as well. Whedon told MTV that Gunn's take on Guardians was "very twisted" and that the director himself would be the ingredient that makes such a weird cast of characters — including a walking tree named Groot and a talking raccoon named Rocker Raccoon — fit into the cinematic universe that Marvel is creating. what did whedon say? >> Posted 09.12.12 by BrentJS
The comedy Sleepwalk With Me opened last weekend to $68,801 in one theater, which, while impressive, doesn't hold a candle to The Avengers' $1.4 billion, and yet there's a feud between Avengers director Joss Whedon and Sleepwalk With Me's director, co-writer and star Mike Birbiglia. Well, sort of.
Based on Birbiglia's one-man show about his career in comedy, love life, and all-too-real sleepwalking affliction, Whedon shot a personal video a few weeks ago that urged fans to "stop" Birbiglia's Sleepwalk With Me and "boycott" the movie when it opens in some 30-odd theaters before it could affect The Avengers, which is now down to less than 500 theaters. "We're about to beat Joss Whedon, who declared war on us," joked Birbiglia to Hollywood Dailies. Or was he joking? Check the clip above to find out. watch whedon's entire message and the sleepwalk with me trailer >> Posted 08.31.12 by Ryan
If you've ever gotten a virus on your computer, you know how crippling they can be, often completely destroying your operating system. Now, imagine you get a virus, but your computer's operating system is... your brain. The new web series produced by Bryan Singer, H+: The Digital Series, takes place in the very near future and deals with just such an eventuality. Series star Alexis Denisof recently chatted with Hollywood Dailies about the series and its impressive production values, saying that, finally, "cinema theater has come onto your laptop."
Denisof, a personal friend of The Avengers writer-director Joss Whedon — Denisof guest-starred on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and is married to series regular Alyson Hannigan — also confirmed that he will be reprising the role of the mysterious "Other" in The Avengers 2, joking that "the sequel is called The Avengers 2, a.k.a. The Other Returns." watch the first two episodes of H+ >> Posted 08.17.12 by BrentJS
With a global box office take in excess of $1.46 billion, The Avengers is the #1 comic book/superhero movie of all time and seemingly a shoe-in for the #1 movie of 2012, so there was never really any doubt that Marvel Studios and parent Disney would make a sequel. The real question has been whether or not Joss Whedon, the man responsible for combining all of the disparate, larger-than-life characters from throughout the Marvel Cinematic Universe into one colossal team-up movie, would return to direct The Avengers 2.
Shortly after the movie came out — and its mega-success made a sequel inevitable — Whedon expressed reservations about signing up for another go-round with "Earth's Mightiest Heroes." Whedon said that he was "very torn" about directing a sequel, citing the "enormous amount of work" involved in "telling what is ultimately somebody else's story." However, he also said that he already had "a bunch of ideas" for a sequel. Well, apparently Whedon wasn't as torn as he let on because, according to The Huffington Post, Disney "confirmed Whedon will both write and direct" The Avengers 2 during a conference call with investors on Tuesday. As if that's not awesome enough, Whedon will also be working on another Avengers-related project for Marvel. what else will whedon be working on? >> Posted 08.08.12 by BrentJS
Despite how awesome The Avengers was, we all knew that director Joss Whedon was holding out on us. Whedon is on the record saying his original cut of the superhero blockbuster was 30 minutes longer than the version we saw in theaters. Even though we'll be able to see Whedon's director's cut on home video this fall, there are Avengers fans wishing they could see Whedon's true vision on the big screen. Well, that wish might come true.
There's talk of Marvel and Disney releasing a director's cut of The Avengers in theaters (and by "talk" we mean pure, 100% speculation — but that's not going to stop us). SuperHeroAuthority.com speculates that Disney and Marvel want to propel Avengers to the top spot of the all-time box office by re-releasing Avengers with 35 minutes of new footage. Would it work? would a re-release work? >> Posted 06.11.12 by Chris