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As soon as it was revealed that the third Captain America film would follow the beloved “Civil War” storyline, everyone understood the incredible magnitude of the Joe and Anthony Russo-directed tentpole. Civil War is essentially an Avengers-sized event, complete with dozens of familiar faces from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man and the entire Avengers lineup formed at the end of Age of Ultron. Even more surprising was another announcement: that William Hurt would be reprising the role of General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross, last seen in The Incredible Hulk (not really considered canon in the McU given Edward Norton’s quick ouster from the title role).
Nevertheless, Hurt is getting back into uniform to play Ross, who will again be on the trail of the Hulk as the Civil War heats up – though the actor has told IGN that fans can expect to see a very »
- Isaac Feldberg
Who owns the Hulk A lot of fans have been wondering when we'd be getting a new Hulk movie, and while the answer isn't any more definitive today than it was last week, we at least know a few more details about who would actually be releasing the movie, if it were ever made. We already knew that Universal, who put out both the Eric Bana and Edward Norton Hulk movies, still held a claim to the character, but now Forbes is reporting that Universal only has the distribution rights to any hypothetical movies. Or, more specifically, Universal has the rights of first refusal, meaning that if Marvel does ever make another one, Universal gets to decide if they want to release it. And since Marvel movies make approximately a quadrillion dollars each, it's a pretty safe bet...
- Peter Hall
A few months ago, Mark Ruffalo hinted at a potential rights issue that's stopping Marvel pressing ahead with a standalone Hulk movie. He said that a Hulk movie was "still Universal's property", arguing "that's a big impediment" to moving ahead with a new, standalone Hulk movie. Now we have a little bit more detail.
Before the Marvel cinematic universe came about, Universal hired Ang Lee to make a sorely-underappreciated Hulk film, that starred Eric Bana. The movie did decent business in 2003, but hardly won too many people over. As such, Marvel pressed the reboot button for 2008's The Incredible Hulk, that saw Louis Leterrier direct Edward Norton in the role. Universal distributed that film. although it was a Marvel Studios production.
Since then, the role of the Hulk »
From Zoolander 2 to 23 Jump Street, with 100s in-between. Here's our rundown of the assorted movie sequels in the works...
Think Hollywood is bereft of original ideas? You just might after this. Here's our look at the assorted movie sequels currently in the works. Since we last did a list like this, we've dropped films that seem to have died a death - Wanted 2, Spring Breakers 2 - but we'll keep this rundown up to date over the coming month.
Without further ado...
23 Jump Street
Sony is pressing ahead with a third Jump Street movie, as well as a possible Jump Street vs Men In Black film, and a female-headlined spin-off. For 23 Jump Street specifically, Rodney Rothman is back and working on the script (he wrote the second one). It's unclear yet if Chris Miller and Phil Lord can find breathing space in their schedule to direct. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill are both expected back, »
“Lewis and Clark” is the latest HBO miniseries to film in Georgia; the Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill story takes root in Atlanta; and “Cutting It” makes the cut on We-tv. It’s this week's Atlanta News Roundup. "Lewis and Clark" Travels to GeorgiaHBO’s “Lewis and Clark,” starring Casey Affleck, will be filming in Conyers, Ga., and the surrounding Rockdale County area. Tom Hanks’ Playtone Productions, Brad Pitt’s Plan B, and Edward Norton’s Class 5 Films will produce the six-hour miniseries. The D.C. Saga of Clarence Thomas and Anita Hill to Film in AtlantaThough set in Washington, D.C., HBO’s “Confirmation”—about the 1991 Clarence Thomas Supreme Court hearings—will be filming in Atlanta, with pre-production set to start soon. Kerry Washington will play Anita Hill, the former Clarence Thomas aide who accused him of sexual harassment, and Wendell Pierce will play Thomas. "Cutting It": The »
Even with as much planning as the Marvel Cinematic Universe, some scenes end up on the editing room floor…
This film has spoilers for every film in the Marvel cinematic universe.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe… if you’ve just clicked into this article, it’s likely that you need little reminding of how much it changed the landscape of Hollywood. But that won’t stop us recapping for continuity’s sake. Heck, it’s what Kevin Feige would want.
It began in 2008, then, with the landmark casting of Robert Downey Jnr as Tony Stark. It’s sometimes hard to remember how much a risk that was at the time, but heck did it pay off. The movie, directed by Jon Favreau, was strong, and a huge hit. And the notion of a post-credits sting was introduced. And it was a big one, too – Samuel L Jackson namedropping the Avengers Initiative. »
Editor's Note: The Notebook is the North American home for Locarno Film Festival Artistic Director Carlo Chatrian's blog. Chatrian has been writing thoughtful blog entries in Italian on Locarno's website since he took over as Director in late 2012, and now you can find the English translations here on the Notebook as they're published. The Locarno Film Festival will be taking place August 5th to 15th. ***Like all the great actors, Edward Norton has something that allows him to withhold something from his characters, thus maintaining an element of mystery in every performance. Primal Fear, the film that made his name in 1996 and which won him the first of three Oscar nominations, is emblematic in this regard. His character, Aaron Stampler, the altar-boy accused of murdering the archbishop of Chicago, is full of opacities, and also allowed the young actor to play across a range of different registers, preventing the film »
- Carlo Chatrian
Birdman star to receive Excellence Award.
Us actor, director and producer Edward Norton is to attend the 68th Locarno Film Festival (Aug 5-15), where he will be awarded the Excellence Award Moët & Chandon.
Norton will also participate in an on-stage conversation with festival attendees at Locarno’s Spazio Cinema (Forum). The tribute will include the screening of a selection of films from his career.
Carlo Chatrian, the festival’s artistic director, said of Norton: “He is someone who has shown immense talent in giving shape to characters as fascinating and complex as the times in which we live.”
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
When it comes to genre films, we often know what to expect. When you sit down for a blockbuster action film you're probably after some elaborate fight scenes, extended car chases and giant explosions.
But sometimes we fancy something a bit out of the ordinary, a movie that takes your expectations and turns them completely on their head. With the arrival of Matthew Vaughn's Kingsman: The Secret Service in Sky Store, we look at some of the best genre films to think outside the box:
Kingsman: The Secret Service (spy movie)
Vaughn's Kingsman takes a leaf out of the James Bond book of spy movies, but mixes it up with a contemporary twist, imaginative action and a heavy dose of comedy.
Author Chuck Palahniuk is out promoting his new novel, only this tour is a bit different. The acclaimed novelist is making the rounds on behalf of “Fight Club 2,” a sequel to his 1996 breakout hit being that’s being released as a graphic novel — a new kind of project for the man behind Project Mayhem. Palahniuk’s debut book was immortalized on screen by director David Fincher and actors Brad Pitt and Edward Norton, which is why he has worked extra hard to take the sequel in another direction and distinguish itself from its revered predecessor. Although the first rule of Fight Club is to not. »
- Jeff Sneider
Do some films get made as secret sequels to unconnected earlier films, turning those older films into prequels? It may just be random coincidence, but some movies seems to work perfectly as continuations of earlier, unrelated films. The earlier films may not be official prequels, and they weren’t made by the same people—or even the same studio—but there are hints, if you look for them, which indicate that later filmmakers possibly looked at earlier projects and secretly wrote their newer films as informal sequels to those prior hits. Or maybe this is all just unplanned happenstance. Look at our list and see what you think.
Fight Club is a prequel to the Dark Knight: The theory is that the unnamed narrator (Edward Norton) of Fight Club goes on to become the Joker (Heath Ledger) in the Dark Knight. The evidence for this…The narrator of Fight Club »
- email@example.com (Rob Young)
The more things change, the more they stay the same for the Sri Lankan refugees of Jacques Audiard’s “Dheepan,” who flee their war-torn homeland only to find themselves in a new kind of conflict zone in the housing projects of Paris. A typically unpredictable career move by the prolific and varied Audiard following the unabashedly melodramatic romance “Rust and Bone” and the searing crime drama “A Prophet,” this almost entirely Tamil-language immigrant drama unfolds in solidly involving, carefully observed fashion for much of its running time, until it takes a sharp and heavy-handed turn into genre territory from which it never quite recovers. Commercially, this will be a far more specialized item than Audiard’s other recent work, especially in the U.S., where the film was acquired by IFC in advance of its Cannes bow.
There’s certainly no disputing that one of the breakout stars of Cannes this year is Antonythasan Jesuthasan, »
- Scott Foundas
The dust has barely settled from Avengers: Age of Ultron – and its somewhat controversial press tour – but there's no rest for the wicked, because Captain America: Civil War has already started production in Atlanta.
So here's everything we know so far – plus a few bits of pure guesswork – about Captain America: Civil War.
When's it out?
Civil War will be the first movie in Marvel's Phase Three, and is scheduled for a UK release on April 29, 2016, with the Us release a week later on May 6.
The film began principal photography this week in Atlanta, Georgia, with location shooting also planned in Germany, Iceland and Puerto Rico.
What's it about?
Before the official subtitle was announced, everybody assumed that »
Lawyers in motion pictures have been portrayed as one of two extremes, devils or angels, almost since celluloid was invented. The first film dealing specifically with a law firm and attorneys, 1933’s Counsellor at Law, starring John Barrymore, portrayed its J.D.s as upstanding citizens, as did the early Perry Mason films of the same period. This quickly changed, however, with many attorneys portrayed as being capable of the same brand of skullduggery as their shifty clients. With that in mind, we bring you a list of the good, the bad and the ugly of lawyers in movies. Enjoy, and please refrain from suing us if you feel otherwise...
1. Devil’s Advocate (1997)
Keanu Reeves plays Kevin Lomax, a hot-shot young Florida lawyer who is all about climbing the ladder. When he gets an offer he can’t refuse from a high-powered New York firm, led by the legendary John Milton »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Attention spans are getting shorter. The Golden Trailer Awards are getting longer.
“We always prided ourselves at corking it at 70 minutes,” says Evelyn Brady-Watters, who with her sister, Monica Brady, invented the show 16 years ago and, ever since, have just let it balloon. “We’re probably up to 80 or 90 minutes by now,” Brady-Watters said, with no small degree of mock regret.
Scheduled for May 6 at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills with actor-comedian T.J. Miller (“Silicon Valley”) as emcee, the GTs will honor a field that has not only become more and more a focus of pop-cultural attention and social-media discussion but also, as a consequence, more fraught with peril.
“With great franchises comes great responsibility,” says Av Squad’s Seth Gaven, acknowledging his debt to Spider-Man and noting the finer points of making trailers for something as hotly anticipated as “Game of Thrones” or “Furious 7” — just two of »
- John Anderson
This week marks the 10th anniversary of the release of "Crash" (on May 6, 2005), an all-star movie whose controversy came not from its provocative treatment of racial issues but from its Best Picture Oscar victory a few months later, against what many critics felt was a much more deserving movie, "Brokeback Mountain."
The "Crash" vs. "Brokeback" battle is one of those lingering disputes that makes the Academy Awards so fascinating, year after year. Moviegoers and critics who revisit older movies are constantly judging the Academy's judgment. Even decades of hindsight may not always be enough to tell whether the Oscar voters of a particular year got it right or wrong. Whether it's "Birdman" vs. "Boyhood," "The King's Speech" vs. "The Social Network," "Saving Private Ryan" vs. "Shakespeare in Love" or even "An American in Paris" vs. "A Streetcar Named Desire," we're still confirming the Academy's taste or dismissing it as hopelessly off-base years later. »
- Gary Susman
In the bad old days of “Whiz! Bam! Pow!” TV-and-movie superheroes — which yielded cut-rate, campy artifacts like those “Captain America” TV movies or Roger Corman’s unreleased version of “Fantastic Four” — a massive spectacle like “Avengers: Age of Ultron” seemed unimaginable. Yet the technology that has made such blockbusters feasible has, creatively, become a curse as well as a blessing.
Computer-generated imagery, or CGI, makes all things possible. While the 1978 “Superman” used the memorable slogan, “You will believe a man can fly,” that claim has never been truer than it is now.
The ability to mount enormous battles featuring multiple super-powered characters, however, has become its own trap. And while the results can be visually astounding, the movies regularly feel as lifeless and mechanized as the technology responsible for bringing those visions to fruition.
The why of it remains something of a mystery, but the outcome is frequently a hugely »
- Brian Lowry
Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Running Time: 119 minutes
BiRDMAN or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance was a revelation when released in cinemas at the start of the year and even managed to pick up the Oscar for Best Picture but after the hype has settled, does it still hit the spot? The resoundingly easy answer is yes. It’s a wonderful, insightful, revealing and unforgettable piece of filmmaking that rips apart both its lead character and the movie world around it by poking a sharp satirical stick directly into heart and holds it there with an entertaining, captivating grin.
Centering on the life of actor Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton), he’s out to prove that he is more »
- Dan Bullock
Amongst Americans such as myself, there is a certain stereotype about our neighbors to the north. There’s a belief that Canadians are, for lack of a better word, nice. That during a visit to Canada, an American would be more likely to ride a moose around like a horse than hear the F-word. That hockey players are the only remotely dangerous people you could possibly meet in Canada, and even then, that they would only pummel you under the watchful eye of a referee whom they will later respectfully follow to the penalty box. This stereotype is perhaps best summed up by this scene in Michael Moore’s lone fiction film, Canadian Bacon, where Dan Aykroyd politely upbraids an invading group of American revolutionaries for not printing their anti-Canada graffiti in both English and French.
As stereotypes go, it’s a fairly positive one. But making stereotypes, even positive ones, »
- Mark Young
The Oscar-winning star has become renowned for taking on 'anti-vanity' parts which often render him unrecognisable in most of his adventurous acting roles to date.
Often going to unbelievable lengths for a part, we celebrate his constant movie metamorphosis with 6 incredible on-screen transformations.
1. Fight Club (1999)
Leto played the platinum blonde Angel Face, whose handsome looks are transformed after he's left toothless and grotesquely deformed following Norton's brutal beating.
The actor toned up for the role and bleached his hair and eyebrows - aspects which bear some similarities to his recent transformation into the frightening, green-haired Joker.
2. American Psycho (2000)
Ok, so »
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