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It's hard to believe it now, but a decade ago the Marvel Cinematic Universe was merely a twinkle in Kevin Feige's eye. Today, McU offerings are blockbuster staples, with the likes of Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and more providing film fans with thundering entertainment and a connected universe culminating in the Avengers movies.
With Age of Ultron on the horizon, we've gone back through the 10 Marvel films to-date to rank them all from worst to best. Read on to find out our verdict, then join the discussion in the comments below.
10. Iron Man 2 (2010)
If Iron Man was a savvy exercise in kick-starting a shared cinematic universe, then its sequel brought everything crashing back down with a sharp, painful thud. Overstuffed with new characters, multiple plot strands and far-too-much in the way of Avengers set-up, Iron Man 2 is a step down from its predecessor in practically every way. »
While a sequel to one of Harrison Ford’s most iconic cinema associations was being celebrated yesterday, there was some stealthier news about another. Variety reports that Ryan Gosling is now in negotiations to join the once and future Rick Deckard in the Blade Runner sequel.Plot details for the new movie are scant at this point, though we do know it will take place after the events of the original and features Ford back as Deckard. As for what Gosling might do in the movie? That has yet to be released from the vault of security around the film.Prisoners director Denis Villeneuve is directing this follow-up to Ridley Scott’s 1982 tech noir thriller, with Hampton Fancher and Michael Green providing the script. Scott is on board as executive producer and consultant for the film, presumably hoping this one doesn’t need 17 different cuts when all is said and done. »
Ryan Gosling’s been hot on his heels lately, running from one project to the next. He’s just finished his directorial debut Lost River, and wrapped on Shane Black’s (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) The Nice Guys, and Terrence Malick’s Weightless. He’s currently shooting an Adam Mckay film starring Christian Bale, Brad Pitt, Steve Carell, titled The Big Short.
Now he’s in talks to star in Blade Runner 2 alongside Harrison Ford (whose face graces the new and great Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer) returning as Deckard. Not much is known plotwise, but we know it’s been penned by Blade Runner co-writer Hampton Fancher and Michael Green, based on an idea between Ridley Scott and Fancher. It’s supposed to take place several decades after the original, meaning Deckard is appropriately much older (and perhaps still a replicant? But lets not get into that »
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When it was confirmed in February that Harrison Ford will reprise his role as Rick Deckard in Alcon Entertainment's Blade Runner sequel, you may have immediately started wondering who would join him in the new neo-noir, as Deckard's sure to run into memorable characters of both the human and replicant varieties. Though we don't know who he'd play, it's been revealed that Ryan Gosling is in talks to star alongside Ford in Denis Villeneuve's Blade Runner sequel that's slated to start shooting next summer:
Press Release (via The Hollywood News) -- "Los Angeles, CA, April 16, 2015 – Ryan Gosling is in negotiations to star in Alcon Entertainment’s sequel to Blade Runner, being directed by Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners) and executive produced by Ridley Scott.
Principal photography is set to start in summer of »
- Derek Anderson
Not only is Denis Villeneuve heading to Cannes for the first time with "Sicario," but the Canadian filmmaker may have his second lead for his next film, the untitled "Blade Runner" sequel. Alcon Entertainment announced today that Ryan Gosling is negotiating to star in the new "Blade Runner" opposite Harrison Ford who will reprise his role as Rick Deckard. The original 1982 film, directed by Ridley Scott, is a landmark film in cinematic and science fiction history. Scott will return as a producer. The only detail revealed about the new film so far is that it takes place several decades later and that Deckard will return.. Hampton Fancher, who co-wrote the original, and Michael Green have written a completely new screenplay for the movie based on an idea by Fancher and Scott. Gosling's directorial debut, "Lost River," finally hit American theaters and VOD earlier this month. He'll be seen next in »
- Gregory Ellwood
So here’s some surprising news. Ryan Gosling has reportedly joined Harrison Ford in Blade Runner 2. According to reports the casting is a done deal with Gosling having already signed on the dotted line for the part in the film, which is being directed by Denis Villeneuve (the rather brilliant Prisoners).
As to whom Gosling will play remains a mystery as this isn’t confirmed in the press release, which we’ve posted below.
Shooting kicks off next year with Ridley Scott, the director of the original, opting to produce this time around.
Los Angeles, CA, April 16, 2015 – Ryan Gosling is in negotiations to star in Alcon Entertainment’s sequel to Blade Runner, being directed by Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners) and executive produced by Ridley Scott.
Principal photography is set to start in summer of »
- Paul Heath
Denis Villeneuve, whose new film Sicario was added to the 2015 Cannes Film Festival lineup this morning, is set to direct the as-yet Untitled Blade Runner Project, a sequel to Ridley Scott's Blade Runner (1982) with Harrison Ford already set to return as Rick Deckard. Now a press release has arrived from Alcon Entertainment reporting Ryan Gosling is in negotiations to co-star in the feature. As of now plot details are under wraps so there's nothing to go as to which character Gosling will be playing. All we know is the film is set several decades after the '82 version with Michael Green and Hampton Fancher (co-writer of the 1982 adaptation) writing the screenplay based on an idea by Fancher and Scott. Principal photography is set to start in summer of 2016. Gosling will be seen next in Shane Black's The Nice Guys opposite Russell Crowe, and in Terrence Malick's Weightless. »
- Brad Brevet
Occasionally, a movie villain will pause for a moment to deliver a brief story or anecdote. And often, these apparently incidental tales tell us a lot about an antagonist's state of mind, experiences or warped worldview.
We've compiled a selection of 20 here. Some of them are blackly funny. Many are disturbing. One or two are even moving. The first one's very strange. All of them bring something unique to each particular film in which they appear, and all of them are laced with a delicious hint of menace.
20. Xander - Enemies Closer (2013)
"When I was a little boy at my grandmama's place, she had a lovely goose. I named her Edith, after the French singer Edith Piaf..."
We begin with a delightfully weird story from Peter Hyams' 2013 thriller, »
What is it that makes an artwork important? Relevance over time is one answer. This past summer in New York City, both the Museum of Modern Art and Film Forum ran a month-long series of Film Noir screenings. And this December of 2014, the Brooklyn Academy of Music ran a "Sunshine Noir" series of Film Noir shot in Los Angeles. Three revivals in one year speak to the continued pertinence of this genre: Film Noir is timeless. On the surface, Noir is stylized and sexy, but its hidden undercurrent illuminates something about our deeper vulnerabilities.
Most Film Noir is set in the seedy underbelly of a big city, like New York, Los Angeles, or Chicago. Shot in black and white, the blinking lights and cigarette smoke simmer in the darkness of night. These urban settings create a moody atmosphere for morally shady situations in the North American city. But, in 1949, one »
- Michelle Mackey
“The Haunted Mansion” has been in works at Disney for the past five years and is based on the popular attraction at the Disneyland theme park. Del Toro unveiled the project at Comic-Con in July, 2010 — a mere seven years after the release of the Eddie Murphy comedy of the same name, which grossed $180 million worldwide.
D.V. DeVincentis is working on the script for the film, which del Toro said in 2010 would not be a comedy. “If you take the children, they will scream,” he said at the time.
Gosling is a former Mouseketeer. He wrote, produced and directed “Lost River,” which is getting limited release from Warner Bros. this weekend, and has been filming Shane Black‘s “The Nice Guys” with Russell Crowe and Adam McKay’s »
- Dave McNary
Reboots, videogame adaptations, and a few long awaited sequels are all due for release next year
Now that Fast & Furious 7 has formally opened summer blockbuster season 2015 up, it's time for us to take our traditional look at the big movies gracing multiplexes this time next year.
2016 is set to be a pivotal summer, too. There are big movies in both the DC and Marvel cinematic universes. Warner Bros is looking to launch the first of six King Arthur movies, whilst Universal may get cracking with its classic monster cinematic universe. And - yep - we may even get the world's first great film based on a videogame.
Summer blockbuster season 2016 stretches from March through to August, and here's what treats are lined up. Please note, we've gone with Us release dates, for the purposes of this feature, as that's where most of the films will debut first.
Warcraft - »
I’m a huge fan of Ryan Gosling as an actor, frankly considering him to be among the very best of this generation. As such, I was very interesting in his first foray behind the camera, which happens to be the dark fairy tale of sorts Lost River. He’s worked with some top notch directors in the past, so some interesting things had to have rubbed off on him. Well, he wears a number of influences on his sleeve in Lost River, oddly enough including David Lynch in a huge way. His debut film is a divisive one, but it’s a debut that I think suggests a bright future as a filmmaker. Gosling has a who’s who list of directors that he’s worked with in his career so far, including Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (Half Nelson), Nick Cassavetes (The Notebook), Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine and »
- Joey Magidson
Need for Speed was quite awful, and domestically it underperformed at the box office. However, overseas it was a hit (everyone speaks the language of fast, reckless driving), and now China wants to fund Need for Speed 2. According to Variety, China Movie Channel Program Center, Jiaflix Enterprises, and 1905 Pictures are teaming with game developer Electronic Arts to develop a sequel to a picture with forgettable characters and weak plotting (the protagonist, played by Aaron Paul, is out on probation so naturally he drives as recklessly as possible). If this group can get the rights to a sequel from DreamWorks, then Need for Speed 2 would be filmed in China and Chinese actors would be “taking significant roles." I suppose I can’t be too upset at China funding American sequels when that’s the reason Pacific Rim 2 is going forward. The marketplace relies heavily on international box office, especially from China, »
- Matt Goldberg
Remember Wednesday when we found out that Julie Delpy and Linda Cardellini were part of the “Avengers: Age Of Ultron” cast? Well, that relatively straight-forward piece of Marvel news has gotten an unexpected wrinkle. According to a tweet from Buzzfeed’s Adam B. Vary, Disney sent out an updated premiere tip sheet (a sort-of bulletin to press about who’ll be attending a given premiere) yesterday for the 'Avengers' sequel. While both actresses were originally listed under the cast – or more accurately, “from the film” – the new version lists only Delpy as being a cast member with Cardellini downgraded to “special guest” alongside other Marvel luminaries that include actors and filmmakers like Paul Rudd, James Gunn, and Shane Black. Was the first tip sheet a misprint? Well, the studio told Slashfilm Wednesday it wasn’t and Latino Review claimed on Twitter to know what roles both actresses »
- Cain Rodriguez
Warner Bros. has added yet another movie to its expansive Lego franchise, with writers Jason Segel (The Muppets) and Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3) signing on to write the script and co-direct a new project entitled The Billion Brick Race. This project will be the fourth to be spawned from last year's blockbuster The Lego Movie. Warner Bros. is currently working on Ninjago (September 23, 2016), The Lego Batman Movie (May 26, 2017) and The Lego Movie Sequel slated for release sometime in 2018.
No specific details were given, but the story is based on an original idea that Drew Pearce came up with, which "excited the studio," according to The Hollywood Reporter. The Billion Brick Race will be both Jason Segel and Drew Pearce's directorial debuts, although no release date was given at this time. Since Warner Bros. currently has Lego movies planned until 2018, it's certainly possible they could be aiming for a 2019 release, »
'If it bleeds, we can kill it!' Last week, it was announced on Friday the 13th that iconic camp slasher Jason Voorhees was one of two special guest characters in the Mortal Kombat X Kombat Pack, which includes 4 playable characters in all. While two of the characters are from the classic Mortal Kombat games, the fourth mystery guest has been revealed as the ultimate hunter himself. Yes, that's right! Now you can play the Predator, from the classic 1987 action horror classic starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. The Xbox Store dropped the news with their bundle description:
The Kombat Pack is currently available in the Mortal Kombat X Premium Edition on the Xbox Store. Kombat Pack grants early access to 4 new playable characters and skin packs. Stalk and slash your opponents as Horror Icon Jason Voorhees, or play as Predator, the Ultimate Hunter. Two Klassic Mortal Kombat characters complete the offer. Each »
Rawson Marshall Thurber’s Central Intelligence, starring Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, will be released on June 17, 2016. It centres on a CIA agent (Johnson) who works with a former classmate (Hart) to fight a villainous plot.
Central Intelligence will open against Disney/Pixar’s Finding Dory.
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Warner Bros. upcoming buddy comedy from We’re The Millers‘ helmer Rawson Marshall Thurber looks set to enrapture audiences in summer 2016. Starring Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, Central Intelligence has finally secured a release date, as Variety reports it will open on June 17, 2016 alongside Disney’s animated sequel, Finding Dory.
In the film, Hart plays a former high school sports star-turned-accountant. He is contacted by a old school friend (played by Johnson) who was bullied and humiliated as a teen but now works as an undercover contract killer for the CIA. So that Hart’s character can make amends, Johnson’s agent proceeds to rope him into helping foil a plot to sell classified military secrets.
Elsewhere on Warner’s slate, Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling detective thriller The Nice Guys has also been shuffled around. Initially set to open on June 17, 2016, the Shane Black-directed pic will bow a »
- Gem Seddon
Briefly: Warner Bros. just dated/shuffled two big action comedies they have set for the Summer of 2016. First up, Central Intelligence, directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber and starring Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, will open June 17,2016. That date was previously occupied by The Nice Guys, directed by Shane Black and starring Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe. […]
- Germain Lussier
Briefly: Warner Bros. Pictures is making some changes to their release schedule for next summer. Shane Black's next film, The Nice Guys, starring Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe has just been bumped up a month to a release on May 20th, 2016. And that's because the studio is giving a prime June 17th, 2016 release to their forthcoming buddy comedy Central Intelligence starring box office draws Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart. It sounds like Warner Bros. has a lot of confidence in both films to release them in the blockbuster summer season, but each could be some nice counter-programming to the big tentpoles. »
- Ethan Anderton
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