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We’ve learned a lot about movies that will happen at the D23 Expo this weekend, from “Toy Story 3” to “Avengers: Infinity War.” Courtesy of Mark Ruffalo, who will reprise his role as Bruce Banner/The Hulk in the latter, we also learned about one movie that won’t be made — and the reason why.
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“I want to just make one thing perfectly clear today: A standalone Hulk movie will never happen,” Ruffalo said when asked about the prospect at D23. Two have already been made — Eric Bana played Hulk in Ang Lee’s 2003 version, with Edward Norton following suit in Louis Leterrier’s version five years later — but not since Ruffalo took over. Ruffalo is flanked by Don Cheadle, Aka War Machine, who offers a different theory: “With you as the new Hulk, »
- Michael Nordine
Ruffalo joined Marvel’s Kevin Feige onstage to share an exclusive trailer of “Avengers: Infinity War” alongside other Marvel Cinematic Universe favorites, like Dave Bautista, Paul Bettany, Chadwick Boseman, Josh Brolin, Don Cheadle, Benedict Cumberbatch, Robert Downey Jr., Karen Gillan, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Holland, Pom Klementieff, Anthony Mackie, Elizabeth Olsen, Sebastian Stan, and co-director Joe Russo.
Following the screening — which received deafening applause from the audience — Ruffalo spoke to Variety about a potential spin-off of his own.
“I want to just make one thing perfectly clear today: A standalone ‘Hulk’ movie will never happen,” confirmed Ruffalo. “Universal has the rights, and for some reason, they don’t know how to play well »
- JD Knapp
It’s inspiring to watch young actors coming up from any region of the world, but the Aussie invasion of Hollywood has been in full swing since Chris Hemsworth and Margot Robbie began to take over. Granted we had Hugh Jackman, Mel Gibson, Eric Bana and others before but it seems that today Australians are coming in droves. These actors are coming up in a big way and showing that they have what it takes to be the kind of stars that Hollywood is so desperately needing as the older generation begins to head towards their twilight years. With all
The Top Five New Crop of Up and Coming Australian Actors »
There are plenty of bit players in Spider-Man: Homecoming whose names will be familiar to comic book fans -- the Tinkerer, the Shocker and could Tiffany Espensen's Cindy eventually be revealed as Cindy Moon aka Silk? One of the most significant inclusions, though, is Aaron Davis (Donald Glover), a low-level criminal who appears only briefly in the movie.
Minor spoilers ahead for Spider-Man: Homecoming.
In one of Glover's scenes, Davis is confronted by Spidey (Tom Holland) about black market alien technology being dealt in New York City. Davis offhandedly replies, "I don't want those weapons around. I got a nephew in the neighborhood."
Review: 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' Is Your Friendly (Sweet and Funny) Neighborhood Marvel Movie
Burbank, CA, June 26, 2017 – Don’t miss the royal showdown when King Arthur: Legend of the Sword arrives onto Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital. Acclaimed filmmaker Guy Ritchie brings his dynamic style to the epic fantasy action adventure King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. Starring Charlie Hunnam in the title role, the film is an iconoclastic take on the classic Excalibur myth, tracing Arthur’s journey from the streets to the throne.
From Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Entertainment, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword stars Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy) and Oscar® nominee Law (Cold Mountain, The Talented Mr. Ripley), along with Astrid Bergès-Frisbey (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) as Mage; Oscar nominee Djimon Hounsou (Legend of Tarzan, Guardians of the Galaxy) as Bedivere; Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones) as Goosefat Bill; and Eric Bana (Star Trek, Hulk) as Arthur’s father, King Uther Pendragon.
- ComicMix Staff
Guy Ritchie's new take on the King Arthur legend is coming home to blu-ray this August. Warner Bros. announced the release this morning along with the bonus features coming with it. Come inside to learn more!
If you're hankering for some King Arthur movie goodness and missed out on Legend of the Sword, you'll get a chance to watch it soon enough. The blu-ray is launching on August 8th, with the digital version arriving on July 25th:
Don’t miss the royal showdown when “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” arrives onto Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital. Acclaimed filmmaker Guy Ritchie brings his dynamic style to the epic fantasy action adventure “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.” Starring Charlie Hunnam in the title role, the film is an iconoclastic take on the classic Excalibur myth, tracing Arthur’s journey from the streets to the throne.
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With exactly two weeks left until Spider-Man: Homecoming hits theaters, it seems that a new mystery cast member has been unveiled. The IMDb page for Spider-Man: Homecoming has added Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Connelly to the cast, with the actress portraying "Karen/Suit Lady." This casting has yet to be confirmed by Marvel Studios or Sony Pictures, but this certainly wouldn't be the first time that news of a surprise casting addition happens just before a Marvel movie is released.
When Marvel announced the red carpet premiere of Avengers: Age of Ultron, the studio made a list of cast members that have been confirmed to attend, as part of the tip sheet sent to members of the press covering the event. That tip sheet included two cast members who had not been previously announced, Julie Delpy as Madame B, who trained a young Natasha Romanoff to become the Black Widow, and Linda Cardellini as Laura Barton, the wife of Clint Barton, a.k.a. Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner). When production began last year on Captain America: Civil War, fans were surprised to find William Hurt as part of the cast, reprising his role from 2008's The Incredible Hulk as Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross. It remains to be seen if Marvel plans on confirming this casting as we get closer and closer to the July 7 release date of this Spider-Man movie.
Aside from the IMDb listing, no further details about this character have been given, but if it is true, this won't be her first time starring in a Marvel movie. Five years before the Marvel Cinematic Universe started with Iron Man, Universal Pictures released Hulk, which starred Eric Bana as Bruce Banner and Jennifer Connelly as Betty Ross. When Marvel Studios released The Incredible Hulk in 2008, just months after Iron Man, Liv Tyler portrayed Betty Ross alongside Edward Norton as Bruce Banner, who was replaced by Mark Ruffalo in 2012's The Avengers. The actress is also married to Paul Bettany, who plays the iconic character Vision in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
It's worth noting that anyone can edit a film's IMDb page, so it's possible that this could have been added by someone who was given some inaccurate information. On the other hand, the movie has already started screening for members of the press, so it's also possible that someone could have seen the movie and then added Jennifer Connelly's character into the movie's IMDb page. Regardless, fans will find out in exactly 14 days whether or not Jennifer Connelly is part of this highly-anticipated Spider-Man movie. There has already been one Spider-Man: Homecoming early reaction, which claims its the best Spider-Man movie ever.
If Jennifer Connelly is part of Spider-Man: Homecoming, she joins a diverse cast that includes Tom Holland as Peter Parker, Marisa Tomei as Aunt May, Zendaya as Michelle, who has been rumored to be the daughter of Adrian Toomes (Michael Keaton), a.k.a. The Vulture, but that report was shot down. The cast also includes Laura Harrier as Liz Allan, Tony Revolori as Flash Thompson, Michael Cherus as The Tinkerer, Kenneth Choi as Principal Morita and Jacob Batalon as Ned Leeds. Jon Watts, who made his directorial debut with the indie hit Cop Car, directs from a script by John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein, Jon Watts, Chris McKenna, Christopher Ford and Erik Sommers. Hopefully we'll find out more about Spider-Man: Homecoming as we get closer to the July 7 release date. »
Sword fights. Everyone loves a good sword fight. They combine the best thing about chess – the strategy and fitness of a well-timed and executed move – with the ferocity of a wrestling match. Plus, they’re normally really well scored. They’re like a dance off with more equipment and less impressive footwork. With that in mind, we thought that it’s important to take a couple of minutes to go through five of the best sword fights in movies.
5. Aragorn Vs The Nine Ringwraiths – The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
While the Hobbit films were somewhat “less than stellar” there’s no doubt that Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings films were, on the whole, quite good. The Fellowship of the Ring especially. There were a lot of things in that film that worked really well – Saruman’s new orcs, the Balrog, the secret council, but the thing that really sold the film was the battle between Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) and the Ringwraiths. It may have been short, but it set the tone for the film and it ends with an evil ghost getting a flaming torch to the face. What more does a film need than that?
4. Captain Jack Sparrow Vs Captain Hector Barbosa – Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
Geoffrey Rush, playing the role of Hector Barbosa, described this fight as an epic battle between two immortals and is it ever. The choreography is pure Flynn-like. It’s over the top and quicker than a ship at full mast. Intercut with this scene is another sword fight: Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) versus the undead crew of the Black Pearl. Plus, bringing back what we said about being really well scored, Hans Zimmer is on point with the theme for both this fight and the entire scene. The series may have gone off the map in later films, but The Curse of the Black Pearl really was treasure.
3. Hector Vs Achilles – Troy (2004)
Okay, so this one is definitely a controversial choice. Classics Students hate this film because it’s not the Illiad; Lord of the Rings fans hate it because Legolas (Orlando Bloom) is a coward in it; and cinema-philes hate it because… Well, its quality is debatable. But, 2004’s Troy is notable because: every single actor seems to be chewing the scenery in every single scene and it has Eric Bana and Brad Pitt fighting with spears. Taking place the day after Hector (Bana) killed Patroclus – Achilles’ cousin-in-this-version-but-lover/protege-in-the-Illiad, it features some of the best choreography in a film that’s pretty much built upon its sword-to-sword choreography and the bankability of Brad Pitt. The fact that most of the fight is actually one that’s between two spear wielders – something which is rare in the medium, for some reason – only makes the whole thing even better. Plus, Pitt’s Achilles really lays on the smack talk. Hard.
2. The Bride Vs The Crazy 88 – Kill Bill, Vol. 1 (2003)
As the titular Bill (David Carradine) says in Kill Bill Vol. 2, Uma Thurman’s character wasn’t really fighting eighty-eight bodyguards during this fight. According to the Kill Bill Wiki, there are only forty-four of them. Still, that’s a considerable number of bodyguards for one woman to fight by herself and Thurman does it stylishly. She’s called the world’s deadliest woman throughout the film, but it’s this scene in which the thesis is tested. It’s one of the most stylish scenes Quentin Tarantino ever shot and we’d argue still holds up compared to his later work. There’s so much to say about this fight but we’ll just let the fact that the Bride fought forty-four bodyguards (as well as two bosses) and won speak for itself.
There were a lot of options that we could have gone with for our ultimate battle of the blades. Hell, there were a lot of options we could have gone with from the Star Wars franchise. But, after going through all seven films again, we’ve decided that the top of them all has to be what was – for a long time – the final battle in the Star Wars trilogy. While not as technically flashy or quick as some of the fights from the prequel trilogy, the fight between Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and Darth Vader (David Prowse/James Earl Jones) more than makes up for it in terms of both emotional impact, thematic appropriateness, and score. And wow, what a score it is. John Williams is known for his scores but we think this just takes the cake.
Are there any sword-fights you think we missed? Let us know in the comments below. »
- Ian Bailey
The fifth edition of the Disney, Jerry Bruckheimer and Johnny Depp Pirates of the Caribbean franchise easily topped the Aussie box office last weekend although the debut was well below the previous installment.
Directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg and shot in Queensland after an injection of $21.6 million in funding from the federal government plus state government incentives, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales captured $5.9 million on 292 locations, according to ComScore.
That.s 41 per cent below the $9.9 million debut of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides in 2011. The latter finished up earning $27.2 million, which may be out of reach of the new film.
Pirates 5 scored an estimated $US77 million over the four-day Memorial Day holiday in the Us and $208 million internationally for a global total of $285 million, so the studio may be hard-pressed to recoup the reported $230 million budget. »
- Don Groves
Dark Horizons is reporting that Aaron Jeffery (Wentworth, McLeod’s Daughters) is set to play the famed Australian criminal and author Mark ‘Chopper’ Read in the new TV miniseries Underbelly Files: Chopper. He will be joined in the cast by Michael Caton (Homicide, The Castle) as Chopper’s father Keith.
“Chopper” Reid was one of Australia’s most notorious gangsters, and cut a swathe through the nation’s criminal underworld in the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s. He gained international recognition in 2000 with the success of Andrew Dominik’s film Chopper, which starred Eric Bana in the title role.
“Underbelly redefined Australian drama when it first exploded onto our screens in 2008,” said Nine Network co-heads of drama Andy Ryan and Jo Rooney. “Now after a four-year break, it’s back with the riveting untold story of Australia’s most notorious and audacious gangster. This is “Chopper” as you’ve never seen him before, »
- Gary Collinson
Amazon has ordered the Hanna TV show adaptation straight to series. The assassin action-adventure drama is based on the 2011 feature film starring Saoirse Ronan, Eric Bana, Cate Blanchett, Vicky Krieps, John Macmillian, Jamie Beamish, Michelle Dockery, Jessica Barden, and Nathan Nolan. David Farr, who scripted The Night Manager and wrote the screenplay for the Hanna film, developed the Amazon TV series with NBCUniversal’s International Studios’ JoAnn Alfano, and Tomorrow ITV Studios’ Marty Adelstein, and Becky Clements. Read More… »
Back in March, we reported that Joe Wright's assassination thriller Hanna starring Saoirse Ronan, Eric Bana, and Cate Blanchett was being eyed for a television series adaptation. Today, we've learned that Amazon Studios has granted a straight-to-series order for Hanna from David Farr, who co-wrote the 2011 original film. Farr, who recently adapted John Le Carre's The Night... Read More »
- Steve Seigh
Amazon has picked up a television adaptation of the 2011 Saoirse Ronan thriller “Hanna” straight to series, a person close to the streaming service told TheWrap on Tuesday. The series was being developed by David Farr, the writer behind the BBC show “The Night Manager” (which aired on AMC in the U.S.). Farr co-wrote the original film, which was directed by Joe Wright. Wright, however, will not be involved with the adaptation. The movie version of “Hanna” is an action thriller starring Ronan as a teenage girl raised by her ex-cia operative father (Eric Bana). Cate Blanchett also starred as an agent who. »
- Carli Velocci
Hanna is described as “a high-concept thriller and coming-of-age drama which follows the journey of an extraordinary young girl as she evades the relentless pursuit of an off-book CIA agent and tries to unearth the truth behind who she is”.
David Farr, the writer for the original film, will come back to pen the series with Marty Adelstein, Becky Clements, Scott Nemes and JoAnn Alfano producing for NBCUniversal. It’s currently unknown if Hanna will be a remake or a continuation of the original film, though based on the statement from Michael Edelstein, NBCUniversal International Studios’ president, it sounds like it will be the latter.
- Ricky Church
MaryAnn’s quick take… Derivative, rote, devoid of heart and hope. Guy Ritchie has found no reason to retell Arthur’s story, or to render a mythic hero as a self-serving thug. I’m “biast” (pro): big fantasy fan
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
There are no heroes anymore. There are self-centered bastards who accidentally stumble into heroics. There are sociopaths who abuse women and are lauded for it. There are criminals who receive official sanction for their antisocial behavior. And we’re meant to cheer for them all. But true heroes in the more traditional meaning of the word? Difficult to find onscreen at the moment.
There are no heroes anymore, just criminals and sociopaths we’re meant to cheer.
- MaryAnn Johanson
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Roadshow.s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword has opened on top of the box office with earnings of $2.3 million. Directed by Guy Ritchie and starring Jude Law, Charlie Hunnam and Eric Bana, the film bowed on 406 screens, each making an average of $5,730.
Last week.s number one.Alien: Covenant.tumbled 50 per cent to earn just below $2 million. However, the Ridley Scott film still boasted a bigger screen average than King Arthur: $6,269. Shot in Sydney, the Fox title has earned $7.2 million after two weeks..
Despite losing 111 screens, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has maintained third position, earning $1.9 million. The »
- Jackie Keast
Directed by Guy Ritchie.
Robbed of his birth right, Arthur comes up the hard way in the back alleys of the city. But once he pulls the sword from the stone, he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy – whether he likes it or not.
If you don’t like Guy Ritchie’s directing style then you will not enjoy King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. If you are more open to it then it’s an entertaining and inoffensively enjoyable action romp with a great hammy villain performance from Law and a solid leading man turn from Hunnam.
In this incarnation of the King Arthur legend, Arthur (Hunnam) has been raised in a brothel and is an adept street fighter. After escaping »
- Helen Murdoch
Guy Ritchie’s frenetic “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword,” which flopped at the box office in its opening weekend, might have been too leery of “Game of Thrones” for its own good. It mixes Arthurian mythology with the director’s signature grit and temporal trickery, while throwing in a mashup “Lord of the Rings,” “The Lion King,” and “The Little Mermaid,” among others.
Still, the opening siege of Camelot is a visual feast, boasting impressive VFX from Framestore. It features three giant elephants larger than a football field attacking the royal castle in the English mountains, surrounded by a viaduct and valley, some overheated sorcery, and, of course, the legendary sword, Excalibur.
Everything about the opening thwarts our expectations: Mordred (Rob Knighton), the traitor, appears a generation earlier as a magician (or mage) to overthrow Arthur’s father, »
- Bill Desowitz
Author: Lisa Giles-Keddie
The promise of a long-awaited Jim Sheridan return to his Irish roots on screen, complete with the exciting cast assembled, is enough to pique the interest of many a film fan – as the writer-director’s new drama The Secret Scripture is finally upon us. Starring Vanessa Redgrave, Rooney Mara and Eric Bana amongst others, this time-lapsing tale also promises a love triangle and a mystery in one. Though it has all the ingredients in place – being based on the moving and politically-charged 2008 novel by Sebastian Barry that was shortlisted for the Man Booker prize, it falls solely on the talents of its cast to see it through to completion.
The present-day story follows an elderly patient called Rose (Redgrave) who has been incarcerated for 50 years in a mental hospital, namely for killing her newborn. While there, Rose has documented her earlier life experiences and thoughts in the margins of a bible, »
- Lisa Giles-Keddie
While I never really saw the appeal of Arthurian legend, Hollywood loves itself a good tale of brave kings and ancient prophecies, adapting the folklore every decade since the 60’s. The time has come once more in the form of King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, which sees Guy Ritchie apply the anachronistic veneer that worked so well with Sherlock Holmes to the popular legend. The movie finally reaches Irish shores after a woeful opening weekend in the American box office, grossing a paltry $15 million of its $174 million budget, but is it as bad as everyone says? Playing fast and loose with the legends, things kick off with an opening that lays out for us a world where mankind is in heated battle with the magic-wielding mages, with King of the Britons, Uther Pendragon (Eric Bana), ultimately proving victorious. There is so much set up going on in this Return »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
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