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Our weekly round up of all the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Man of Steel, Justice League, World's Finest, The Wolverine, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Avengers 2, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Iron Man 3, Runaways, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Daredevil, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Fantastic Four, Arrow, Teen Titans Go!, Lego Batman: The Movie - DC Superheroes Unite, Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, Marvel's Avengers Assemble, Wolverine: Origin and more...
As you'd expect with just three weeks to go to its release, Warner Bros.' publicity department ramped up the marketing for Man of Steel this past week. Pick of the promotional goodies was a brand new fourth trailer, which saw a heavy focus on the epic action set to be unleashed in Zack Snyder's hotly-anticipated reboot when General Zod (Michael Shannon) and Faora (Antje Traue »
- Flickering Myth
James Gunn's "Guardians Of The Galaxy" promises to be one of the strangest of the Marvel movies so far, and that excites me. Drew Pearce, who collaborated with Shane Black on the "Iron Man 3" script, was almost hired to work on the final polish for this film, but it looks like Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely will be doing the final polish on the script that Nicole Perlman and Chris McCoy wrote instead. Quick side note… is Perlman the first female writer on a Marvel movie? In a lot of ways, Marvel is treating "Guardians" as the beachhead for a »
- Drew McWeeny
Written by Josh Olsen
Directed by David Cronenberg
2005, judging by the theatrical releases, was an exceptional year for the neonoir sub-genre. Last summer, for the special Friday (neo)Noir series, reviews for Rian Johnson’s breakout independent hit Brick and Robert Rodriguez’s cinematic visualization of Sin City, both from 2005, were written. A couple of weeks ago another neonoir from the same year was put under the microscope, Shane Black’s Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. This week features, yes, still another entry from that illustrious year, one from the most lauded director of the bunch, David Cronenberg’s A History of Violence.
Set in Millbrook, Indiana, A History of Violence shares the tale of the Stalls, namely Tom (Viggo Mortensen), Edie (Maria Bello) and their son Jack (Ashton Holmes), all of whom live a reasonably quiet life, with the exception of Jack, a »
- Edgar Chaput
"It's one thing we loved about the comic book," said "Iron Man 3" director Shane Black, "which was that 'Maya' is someone 'Tony' meets in one capacity at one point in his life, and he proves to be touched by that encounter.
"We needed a snappy and exciting actor to play the part, and not make it this 'female scientist who takes off her glasses and suddenly she's beautiful."
"Maya is a scientist who makes a pretty astounding discovery that leads her to places," said Marvel Studios' Kevin Feige about the character, "and some are healthier than others. It's not dissimilar to what Tony's been through, and it's a great parallel..."
- Michael Stevens
As Iron Man 3 continues its meteoric climb up the all time box office chart (it's currently closing in on The Dark Knight Rises for eighth place), a selection of unused poster designs for the Marvel solo sequel have arrived online via ComicBookMovie; check them out below, and click any of the images for bigger versions:
Marvel Studios’ Iron Man 3 pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly »
- Flickering Myth
Fred Dekker’s 1986 horror-masterpiece Night of the Creeps changed my life – and it probably change yours, too. It was the horror film that brought aliens, parasites, axe-murders and zombies together in one grand, hilarious and terrifying masterpiece. It was the horror film that wed John Hughes’ teenaged life with George Romero’s on-earth death-walkers.
Back in 1959, a meteorite crashed into Earth, bringing with it a type of parasite that feeds on human brains. When the first victim of the parasite is put into deep freeze, no one expects two teenagers, Chris and J.C. (Jason Lively and Steve Marshall) to inadvertently release these slug-like aliens onto their campus when they unthaw an infected man who has been cryogenically frozen since the fifties. Now with the help of a sorority girl that Chris is crushing on and an aging, cynical detective, they must stop the slugs from infecting their friends before »
- Lianne Spiderbaby
By the time James Mangold's The Wolverine will be released in July it will be the third superhero movie of the summer, having arrived after both Shane Black's Iron Man 3 and Zack Snyder's Man of Steel, but that in no way dulls our excitement to see the film. The trailer that arrived yesterday, which finally put the titular mutant in action against the powerful Silver Samurai, was thrilling and stylish, and keeping our anticipation high. And now we have the cool new magazine cover from Entertainment Weekly you see above to add to the mix. Following their summer movie preview issue, which gave us new looks at the aforementioned Superman movie, 300: Rise of An Empire and R.I.P.D. as well as new details about the development of Justice League, the magazine has released a look at their next bit installment, showcasing Hugh Jackman »
When Robert Downey Jr. suffered a serious injury and had to take 6 weeks to recover, Shane Black and co. obviously kept production going on Marvel's Iron Man threequel..but they didn't only shoot scenes without Tony Stark in them. For that last scene with Tony overlooking the beach from the ruins of his mansion for example, a body double was used and Downey Jr.'s face superimposed in much the same fashion as the "Skinny Steve" version of Chris Evans was created in Captain America: Tfa. “Together with face replacement and full body doubles, somewhere there was a solution to the problem of not having Robert Downey Jnr on set for the time,” explains Iron Man 3's VFX supervisor Chris Townsend. "We were able to reconstruct Rdj as Tony Stark on set, with the help of a body double and the facial captures we'd collected afterwards." I've seen »
Marvel Studios’ “Iron Man 3″ pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man? Iron Man 3 was directed by Shane Black, and will hit theaters May 3, 2013! The film stars: Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark), Gwyneth Paltrow (Virginia Potts), Don Cheadle (Col. James Rhodes), and Ben Kingsley as The Mandarin. »
No special features have been confirmed by the studio, but it has been rumored that the extra footage included in the Chinese version will be edited into a short film and made available on the DVD. Both the DVD and Blu-ray will likely include some behind-the-scenes footage focusing on the FX in the film. You can also bet that there will be an audio commentary with director Shane Black and writer Drew Pearce.
Marvel Studios' Iron Man 3 pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy's hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, »
Washed-up private eye Joe Hallenbeck (Bruce Willis) hooks up with down-and-out ex-quarterback Jimmy Dix (Damon Wayans) to try to find out who murdered the football player's stripper girlfriend (Halle Berry). The trail leads into a violent world of political corruption and high-stakes gambling as bullets fly and the body count gets higher. Director Tony Scott is an old hand at this turb-charged mayhem while Shane Black's script feeds Willis plenty of wisecracks. »
After making his film debut at just 12 years of age in 1990's Lord of the Flies, James Badge Dale returned to the craft with a string of roles in the early 2000s, appearing on 24 as Chase Edmunds, Rescue Me as Timo Gavin, and The Black Donnellys as Samson. He had a breakout year in 2010, starring in the HBO mini-series The Pacific and the brilliant but short-lived AMC show Rubicon, which lead to impressive turns in The Conspirator, Shame, The Grey, and Flight. This versatile actor returns to the big screen once again in Iron Man 3 as the villainous Eric Savin a.k.a. Coldblood, the Extremis-enhanced soldier who does the dirty work for Guy Pearce's Aldrich Killian. I recently had the chance to speak with James Badge Dale about his bad-ass bald look, »
There were a surprising amount of baddies in Iron Man 3. Director Shane Black‘s Tony Stark adventure put the idea of multiple villains being a bad idea to rest. One of those villains — or henchman, if you want to get technical — was played by a familiar face, James Badge Dale. Badge Dale chewed on every piece of Black’s dialog and his character’s eccentricities. Even with the technical challenges, it’s a role Badge Dale wanted to let loose with. The actor used to work construction, and he wanted to bring that mentality to the character. A Shane Black henchman isn’t the only role we’ll see James Badge Dale in this summer, as he has both World War Z and The Lone Ranger next on dock, and they represent a chance for the actor to reach an audience that maybe doesn’t frequently watch Shame or The Pacific with their free time. They »
- Jack Giroux
From director Shane Black, Iron Man 3 has certainly gotten the blockbuster movie season off to a pretty incredible start. This time out, brilliant billionaire inventor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.), aka Iron Man, faces a terrifying enemy, known as The Mandarin (Sir Ben Kingsley), whose reach knows no bounds, and he must rely on his own instincts to protect those that he loves. During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor James Badge Dale, who plays Extremis agent and all-around bad-ass Eric Savin, talked about how he came to be a part of the film, having to read pages from a cop movie for his audition, due to secrecy, how he finally gut a full script after negotiations for the role were finished, what it means to him to get to be a part of the Iron Man franchise, how he viewed Savin, and what he wanted to »
- Christina Radish
Fans have loved Patton Oswalt’s awesome ad-libbed Star Wars: Episode VII pitch. The Parks & Recreation outtake involved a cross-over event involving Disney’s Marvel superhero and galactic universe, inspiring fans to create the one-sheet poster above. I even talked to Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige and Iron Man 3 director Shane Black about the filibuster. Today Isaac Moores has posted a version of [...] »
- Peter Sciretta
Given the unseemly, on-their-knees groveling nature of Hollywood when it comes to the Chinese market these days, you’ll excuse me for not getting all that excited by this news that Chinese actress Bingbing Li has nabbed a role in Michael Bay’s upcoming “Transformers 4″. I only need remind you of Xueqi Wang and Bingbing Fan’s roles in Shane Black’s “Iron Man 3″. Those two roles were much ballyhooed, but as it turns out, Wang only appeared in a blink-and-you’ll-miss cameo in the International cut of the film, with only Chinese audiences in China getting a few extra minutes with Wang and Fan that, frankly, were so haphazardly shoehorned into the movie it provoked more embarrassment from the Chinese audiences that saw it than pride, which was obviously what everyone (including a very complicit Marvel) was going for. We already know that Bay and Paramount have »
James Badge Dale has always been one of those promising character actors who you knew to keep an eye on; he starred as a squirrely everyman caught in a vast conspiracy in AMC's short-lived series "Rubicon," and anchored the very best scene in Robert Zemeckis's "Flight" (he was the cancer patient in the staircase). But this summer he not only flirts with superstardom, he takes superstardom out to a five-course meal and brings it back to his place. In successive months, James Badge Dale stars in three of the summer's biggest, most talked-about blockbusters. You can currently see him as a gum-chewing bad guy in the excellent "Iron Man 3"; next month he battles hordes of flesh-eating zombies in the highly anticipated "World War Z," and in July he stars alongside Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer in Disney's mega-budget "The Lone Ranger." We got to speak with the actor »
- Drew Taylor
Following the success of Joss Whedon’s The Avengers last year, which fast became one of the most successful movies of all time, talk very quickly turned to a sequel, and what Whedon would bring to the table for The Avengers 2.
The Avengers was such a game-changing, bar-raising movie, and it’s difficult to imagine (until we actually see it in 2015) what direction Whedon will go for The Avengers 2. I have complete faith that he’s going to outdo even himself – not just in terms of bigger blockbuster moments, but in terms of bringing us a character-driven movie that is every bit as entertaining as its predecessor (see our top ten list of who we think may appear here).
One of the things we’ve all naturally been wondering is who will be showing up for round two, amongst the faces we’ve already seen in the Marvel »
- Kenji Lloyd
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Seeing as Marvel has pretty much dominated the headlines these past few weeks (well, months actually), we'll start things off this week with the year's next superhero offering Man of Steel. With less than a month to go until its eagerly-anticipated release a full-on marketing blitz is imminent, and this past week saw Warner Bros. debuting three new posters, two TV spots, two new »
- Flickering Myth
This week on The Collision, we talk about franchises, auteur directors, journeyman directors, studio prerogatives, faithfulness to the franchise, and much more. We also hope that Adam hasn't been swept away in a tornado. As always, we finish up with our recommendations. Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode ("Marvel Phase Two, Shane Black, and Iron Man 3"), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg, @AdamChitwood, and @DrClawMD (Dave Trumbore). Hit the jump to check out the trailers for this week’s recommendations. Adam's Recommendation: Galaxy Quest Dave's Recommendation: Star Trek: First Contact Matt's Recommendation: Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country »
- Matt Goldberg
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