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Now that Marvel and Sony are working together on Spider-Man, we.re slowly learning more about what to expect from the next phase of his cinematic life. It was reported earlier today that Drew Goddard may write and direct the next Spider-Man solo film. Goddard was originally set to helm the Sinister Six spinoff film that was supposed to be released in late 2016, but now that the Amazing Spider-Man series is deader than Gwen Stacy (too soon?), both studios evidently think he would be a good fit for the new iteration of the Wall-Crawler. If this deal is finalized/made legit, he will follow in the footsteps of Sam Raimi and Marc Webb, as well as be able to return to the McU after leaving the Daredevil series. With a new director also comes a new creative direction, and with this announcement also came hints of what we might see »
Well, that didn’t take long.
As soon as it was announced that Spider-Man had joined the ranks of the Marvel Cinematic Universe due to a cross-pollination deal between Sony and Marvel, speculation was abound that there would be rumours of an appearance of the wall crawler in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
As we said, it didn’t take long.
According to speculation from various websites, the poster for Avengers: Age of Ultron (which was released on Tuesday) reveals that Danny Elfman has provided “extra music” for the film. Now the speculation goes that Danny Elfman provided music for Ang Lee’s Hulk back in 2003, but more famously wrote the score for Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2 for Sony. Could this mean he has been hired to bring back his Spider-Man score for Avengers: Age of Ultron? Check out the poster below:
Of course, this is all rumour and speculation. »
- Luke Owen
The Black Hood #1
Written by Duane Swierczynski
Art by Michael Gaydos
Colouring by Kelly Fitzpatrick
Lettering by Rachel Deering
Published by Archie Comics
Archie Comics is undergoing a creative renaissance. It started with Afterlife with Archie (2013), which re-imagined the kid-friendly world of Riverdale as a survival-horror zombie series. It made Archie the most culturally relevant it’s been in years, and they’ve been capitalizing on that book’s success with more forays into mature-reader comics. The Black Hood #1 launches Archie Comics’ new superhero universe, which will be published under the imprint Dark Circle Comics.
Launching a superhero universe in comics from scratch can be a daunting task with the Big Two destined to remain the top competitors in this industry for many more years to come. Valiant did so admirably when they relaunched their entire world in 2012 to great success. Three years in, and they’re still expanding. Dark Circle »
- Trevor Dobbin
When Marvel.s mega-movie, Avengers: Age of Ultron released a star-studded, robotic whirlwind of a new poster yesterday, it was noticed that the updated credits happened to be crammed full of newsworthy tidbits. In addition to confirming the presence of Anthony Mackie.s Falcon and others, it also lists composer, Danny Elfman as a musical contributor. While Elfman is a cinematic musical icon, his inclusion is especially noteworthy since he also happened to work on the music for Sam Raimi.s Spider-Man trilogy. Could this mean that the impending arrival of Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe might be set to some familiar tunes? ComicBook.com picked up on Danny Elfman.s name being included in the credit block of the new poster (noted for providing "Additional Music"), but the site also goes down a speculative, but nevertheless intriguing slippery slope of inductive reasoning, suggesting that Elfman.s involvement could »
The World Soundtrack Awards will celebrate its 15th anniversary by feteing one of the most brilliant film composers of his generation, also known for his scores of Back To The Future and Forrest Gump.
The Brussels Philharmonic will perform the compelling scores by Alan Silvestri, conducted by Dirk Brossé and accompanied by film fragments on the big screen. The traditional film music concert will be held during the second part of the World Soundtrack Awards. The WSAwards will once again be the festive closing event of the 42nd Film Fest Gent.
With his percussion driven scores and arrangements one can only compare with roller coasters, Alan Silvestri has emerged as one of the major Hollywood composers that broke through in the eighties. Although Silvestri has succeeded in writing successful scores »
- Michelle McCue
Sony clearly have no idea what they’re doing with Spider-Man. Sam Raimi’s trilogy of films started off strong, before dropping off a quality cliff into a terrible movie ravine with the final instalment. So precipitous was the descent, they decided to just junk the whole thing and start again with The Amazing Spider-Man reboot, which has already disenfranchised fans within two movies.
They considered starting again, bringing back Sam Raimi, and even pushing forward with an animated film from the makers of The Lego Movie. In the end they’ve gone ahead and thrown in with Marvel Studios, who will co-produce the next Amazing Spider-Man film – although, apparently, with a new cast and director. So they’re basically starting again.
If that seems like a bunch of bad ideas strung together, however, just know that it could’ve been worse. So much worse. In the early nineties Marvel weren’t doing so well, »
- Tom Baker
The credit block on a poster is important, giving recognition to the people who have worked hard to make the movie. Or at least some of the people – that epic scroll at the end of the movie is for almost everybody, and the poster is for the most important, or arguably, the ones with the best agents.
Some of the credits on the new poster for The Avengers: Age of Ultron are pretty special and worth a closer look. Moreso than the actual poster image, which is like a bad dream with weird perspective, focus and faux-lighting glitches creating all sorts of ugliness.
Perhaps the most interesting details in the credit block are amongst the most obvious. Listed as being in the cast are Anthony Mackie, Hayley Atwell, Idris Elba and Stellan Skarsgard. Before all of those – coming right after the core Avengers, in fact – is Don Cheadle. »
- Brendon Connelly
[Editor's Note: This post is presented in partnership with Movies On Demand. Catch up on this year’s Awards Season contenders and past winners On Demand. Today's selection is "Whiplash." This interview originall ran in October, 2014.] You know J.K. Simmons' stern, malleable face. If you don't, you should. Over the last 20 years, the character actor's been appearing in films such as Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man" trilogy and "Juno," as well as TV shows including "Oz" and "Law & Order." Yet despite this flurry of activity, stardom has evaded the actor. That could change this fall as his latest release, Damien Chazelle's Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner "Whiplash," expands following a limited release last Friday. Since its premiere in Park City and its subsequent screening at Cannes, Simmons' performance has been courting Oscar buzz for Best Supporting Actor -- and for good reason. As Fletcher, a psychotic music instructor »
- Nigel M Smith
If there is one comic book movie that is oft-mocked and much maligned, its Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3. Whether you hate their treatment of Venom, the fact it has too many characters or that dance sequence, it seems that almost everyone on the face of the Earth hates Spider-Man 3.
Apart from the man with the keys to the Marvel castle, Joss Whedon.
In an interview with Empire (who else?) magazine to promote Avengers: Age of Ultron, Whedon spoke about the difficulties of adding Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch into the mix without over-saturating the cast of characters, and used Spider-Man 3 as a comparison piece.
“They have an origin but it’s largely described,” the director said. “They’re already good to go by the time we’re up and running. You don’t want to fall into Spider-Man 3 territory – and I say that as a guy who »
- Luke Owen
Right: Oscars and awards done with for another year. It's nearly blockbuster season now. And few are bigger or enjoying more anticipation than Joss Whedon's Avengers: Age Of Ultron, the sequel to the third highest grossing film of all time.
For his encore, Joss Whedon appears not to be resting on his laurels. Indeed, in his latest interview with Empire, The Avengers director certainly made it clear his ambitions were fairly high, even purely in terms of influence.
"I know I reference Godfather Part II a lot" he said. "'Don’t reference the greatest movie ever made because that’s Icarus, you moron!’ But at the same time, it is a huge touchstone for me, because you get everything you got from the first Godfather movie in a very different movie, »
J.K. Simmons has won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance as an abusive orchestra conductor in “Whiplash,” fulfilling the widespread expectation that the veteran actor was a lock to take the trophy.
The 60-year-old Simmons has already prevailed at the Golden Globes, SAG, Critics’ Choice, BAFTA and Spirit awards.
“Whiplash,” shot in 19 days, centers on Simmons’ pushing Miles Teller’s drummer character to the breaking point at a fictional New York City music academy. Simmons, a 60-year-old character actor, has been the frontrunner all the way back to the world premiere of “Whiplash” at Sundance more than a year ago.
Until that point, Simmons had been best known for his TV work in “Law and Order” and “Oz” along with portraying J. Jonah »
- Dave McNary
Bruce Campbell is set to strap on the chainsaw and boomstick later this year as he returns to the role of Ashley J. Williams for the Sam Raimi-produced Starz series Ash vs Evil Dead. During an interview with Dread Central, Campbell has offered up a few words on his return as Ash, and his two new cast members in Ray Santiago (Touch) and Dana DeLorenzo (A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas).
“I’m bringing everything to the table. It’s a feisty version of Ash, who’s grizzled and just wants to be left alone. I was there during the casting process, and they’re very talented. Aside from the ensemble [aspect], they each needed to be able to hold their own because they’ll have their own series of missions. It’s an epic tale. How could you not [plan for that]? I’m a strong proponent of the ‘big picture’ plan, »
- Gary Collinson
Welcome back to "The Week in Horror," HitFix's ongoing series that rounds up the 10 most pertinent fright-genre stories to break over the last seven days. In this week's edition: one of our greatest comedians is hot for our greatest sci-fi/horror franchise, Fox raises the ire of fanboys with its apparently-infuriating adaptation of a Neil Gaiman comic book series and Dan Aykroyd isn't letting certain failure keep him from pushing for another "conventional" "Ghostbusters" sequel. See below for the full roundup. #1 Louis C.K. wants in on this "Alien" business The Emmy-winning comedian not only wants to star in the Neill Blomkamp-directed sequel (see below), he'd like to "die in a terrible way," as Sigourney Weaver related on Wednesday's episode of "Jimmy Fallon." If this happens, he's totally the new Paul Reiser. #2 Neill Blomkamp is directing the next "Alien" movie It's official! The director of one very good film and »
- Chris Eggertsen
The plot of the show, we're told, centres on Ash as an ‘aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the past three decades avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead.’
Naturally, that all changes ‘when a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind, Ash is finally forced to face his demons — personal and literal. Destiny, it turns out, has no plans to release the unlikely hero from its evil grip.’
Jones fits into proceedings as a disgraced state trooper from Michigan, who for some reason blames Ash for the ‘grisly murder’ of her partner. Soon enough, they team up to stop the invasion, we would assume. »
Bruce Campbell plays the title character in Ash vs Evil Dead, the Starz-based TV series that Sam Raimi and his crew are concocting as the follow up to Raimi’s three Evil Dead films. But Campbell won’t be the only one bashing deadites in the ten-part series. We know he’s got a couple of supporting characters backing […]
- Russ Fischer
Sam Raimi, Bob Tapert and Bruce Campbell, the original trio of horror meisters who cooked up the cult franchise, Evil Dead, are bringing its bumbling-yet-badass antihero back to the small screen later this year. Ash Vs. Evil Dead will pick up with the titular hero, Ash, thirty years after his last encounter with the Deadites. Hooked into a seemingly normal lifestyle – a trailer park abode and a job at Ted’s Superclub – he’s thrown back into the world of the undead when those pesky demons seek him out.
With Campbell eager to reinvent the character to a certain degree, he sat down with Dread Central to discuss the part. “I’m bringing everything to the table,” he vows. “It’s a feisty version of Ash, who’s grizzled and just wants to be left alone.”
Sometimes you don’t always get what you want, and that truth will be »
- Gem Seddon
Earlier this month it was announced that two more were cast in Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell’s Ash Vs. Evil Dead series, which sees the titular deadite slayer and occasional S-Mart employee returning on the small screen. Sleepy Hollow’s Jill Marie Jones is joining the cast as Amanda Fisher, who “following the grisly murder of her partner, disgraced Michigan State Trooper Amanda Fisher sets out to find our anti-hero Ash and prove his responsibility for the crime. But as she soon learns, Ash and his cohorts may be mankind’s only hope against the plague of Evil Dead.”
Read on for the rest of the release below, which includes a brief synopsis of what to expect!
Jones is best known for starring as Toni Childs in “Girlfriends” and also appeared in “American Horror Story.” Her feature film credits include 35 and Ticking, The Perfect Holiday, Major Movie Star and Meeting Spencer among others. »
- Justin Edwards
Jones will play disgraced state trooper Amanda Fisher in the 10-episode original series “Ash Vs. Evil Dead,” joining Campbell who will reprise his original film role of Ash, plus previously announced Ray Santiago and Dana DeLorenzo who round out the cast.
Amanda sets out to find Ash and prove his responsibility for the crime, but as she soon learns, he and his cohorts may be mankind’s only hope against the plague of evil dead.
“Ash Vs. Evil Dead” begins shooting in New Zealand this spring. The series is set to debut late this year.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Sleepy Hollow vet Jill Marie Jones is taking to another small screen terror, the upcoming Starz series Ash vs. Evil Dead, Sam Raimi’s long-desired continuation of the beloved franchise. Starz announced today Jones will essay “Michigan State Trooper Amanda Fisher who, following the grisly murder of her partner, disgraced sets out to find our anti-hero Ash and…
- Samuel Zimmerman
While Fox's Scream Queens will satiate teen fans looking for a genre fix on TV this fall, its Starz upcoming Ash Vs. Evil Dead series that true gore hounds are hungry for, making it one of the most anticipated horror projects on the horizon. Last year, Starz confirmed that Bruce Campbell will return as the iconic Ash for 10 half-hour episodes, essentially giving long-time Evil Dead fanatics a five hour sequel to the franchise. In a new interview with Dread Central, Bruce Campbell reveals that co-creator, co-writer and producer Sam Raimi, who will return to direct the pilot after directing the first three original movies, has a 5 season plan in place. He also offers more details about the plot and the new characters who will fight alongside Ash.
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