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The 2014 Action Hero Power Rankings
Some years are just great for certain genres, and this year was a great one for action. All across the board were films within different subgenres stepping up and delivering great action set pieces and characters. Consider the shot on the revolving tank gun revealing the totality of carnage in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, or the tight line between insanity and sharp focus with the home invasion scene in The Guest, the shot of Chris Evans plowing through several baddies with an axe in slow motion during Snowpiercer, watching Keanu Reeves dispatching thugs with slick gun-fu in John Wick, or literally any scene from the action opera The Raid 2. Take all that together in the same year (!!!!) and it’s clear to see we’ve been spoiled… read the full article.
The year in TV: The rise of single-director television seasons »
Last week, Hot Toys debuted a first look at their Iron Man figure from Avengers: Age of Ultron, showing Tony Stark in his Mark Xliii Armor. The figure is incredibly detailed, with the photos giving us a pretty great idea of what the Mark 43 suit will look like on the big screen. Now, Hot Toys has debuted more from their Avengers 2 lineup, offering a sneak peek at Hawkeye, Captain America, Black Widow and Thor in their new costumes. We also get a more detailed look at Hulkbuster and Thanos.
Hot Toys debuted the new lineup of figure at the Toy Soul 2014 Expo this weekend. And as you can see in the tweets below, these toys bring a great idea of what we can expect to see from these main characters in 2015. We also get a look at the Hulk, who pretty much looks exactly like he did in Marvel's The Avengers. »
Standing alone against the threat of North Korean cyber terrorism, it’s your weekly movie news show the Movie Newsgasm. In your face, Kim Jong-un.
We’re only kidding. Please don’t hurt us.It’s a super-packed show this week. Super-packed meaning: lots of superhero stuff. Ben Affleck’s Batman suit for Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice has been revealed In Living Colour (although it’s still pretty black and white), plot details for that same movie – specifically how Superman’s Metropolis destruction binge affect the film’s events – have been reported, more bonkers plans for Spider-Man from the Sony email hacks and the directors for Marvel’s two part epic Avengers: Infinity War have been leaked. And it isn’t Joss Whedon *Gasp*!
Fmtv will be back next Friday for our Best Stories Of 2014 Movie Newsgasm Spectacular! Exciting. Subscribe here to be notified first when they are »
- Oli Davis
If you want my opinion (which clearly you do, since you’re reading this article), Kingdom Hearts is an amazing game series! A heartfelt adventure that shows friendship is the strongest magic there is. What do you want from me?! I’m a sucker for sappy Disney stories! This past month I’ve been picking up and playing the HD Remixes of the games on PS3. I just finished playing the ever-loving crap out of Kingdom Hearts 2.5 and cannot wait for the third, non-spinoff installment of the series to come out shiny and new for my PS4. But that got me thinking, where do I want to fly my definitely-not-phallus-shaped Gummi ship to in the sequel? Who do I want to team up with and take down Heartless side-by-side with? So here is my list of the top 5 worlds I hope they add in Kingdom Hearts 3! (I specifically went with »
- Jake Smith
The filmmaker said that he tried and failed to distance himself from Marvel Studios' sequel.
"I actually didn't want to make the film," he told Comics Alliance. "I was ragged from the first one, and so I just turned off my brain.
"I was like, 'Do not think of cool ideas for the next one. Just get through this'."
However, Whedon failed at this attempt, recalling: "I went to a pub, and sat down with my notebook, and about 45 minutes later, my notebook was filled.
"I have so many things to say, and I was... I was kind of surprised. It was very beautiful."
The Avengers sequel will reunite Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) against »
Joss Whedon introduces the sneak peek at the production of his upcoming superhero sequel.
The film sees the superhero team going up against the evil artificial intelligence Ultron.
It will reunite Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) against the evil artificial intelligence Ultron (James Spader).
Avengers: Age of Ultron will arrive on April 24 in the UK and on May 1 in the Us. »
Frank Grillo isn.t afraid of anything. Or anyone. Scheduling a Purge? Grillo.s on board. Need him to fight Chris Evans until the two of them are covered in bruises? Where does Grillo sign up? Tussle with the incredible Hulk? Grillo.s just chomping at the bit to take his shots at the green giant. In fact, in a fascinating profile between tough-guy Frank Grillo and EW.com (seriously, the whole column.s an amazing read), the Captain America: The Winter Soldier baddie breaks down all of the reasons why he thinks his character, Crossbones, would win in a battle against Mark Ruffalo.s enraged superhero. As Grillo so eloquently puts it: The Hulk is just a big thug who comes at you. He comes out swinging. Crossbones is much smarter than that. Plus, he.s got weapons. The Hulk has no weapons. He.s an idiot. And he »
Early in the Sony hack, it was revealed that Marvel Studios had tried to reach a deal with Sony to cameo in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, and now some new details have emerged via Twitter detailing how Marvel wanted to use Spidey in the storyline, as well as revealing that he would have featured in the two-part Avengers: Infinity War.
In an email conversation from November, it is revealed that Sony would have launched a new Spider-Man series following Civil War, which wouldn’t continue the plot from the Captain America sequel but would take place a world where the events had happened and superheroes are divided into two groups.
As for Civil War itself, it would have seen Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) recruiting Spider-Man, who would have met the likes of Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Captain America (Chris Evans) before returning back home to Aunt May for his first solo movie. »
- Gary Collinson
"Who's the toughest actor in Hollywood?" Frank Grillo asks, wrapping his hands in preparation for training. Grillo's posing the question to Terry Southerland, his trainer of more than 20 years. Lacing up Grillo's gloves, Southerland doesn't hesitate before responding, "You are." Standing in the middle of an underground boxing gym in New York City, Grillo is just one of the guys. He walks like a fighter, he talks like a fighter, and other than having the best hair in the gym—according to his trainers—he looks like a fighter. In this moment, there's almost nothing that points to the fact »
- Samantha Highfill
There’s less than five months to go before Marvel brings the curtain down on Phase Two of the Cinematic Universe with Avengers: Age of Ultron, and the director has been speaking in depth to IGN about the hotly-anticipated sequel, including expanding the world of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes with the introduction of new characters like The Vision, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, and of course the AI villain Ultron.
” I wanted Paul [Bettany] to play this part since before I wanted to make Avengers movies,” states Whedon on The Vision. “He’s just got, let’s face it, it’s about cheek bones, people… Before I took the first job, I said, ‘Well, I don’t know if I’m right for this, or if I want it, or you want me, but in the second one, the villain has to be Ultron, and he has to create the Vision.’ And »
- Gary Collinson
When Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron was filming in London last summer, I got to visit the set along with a few other reporters. Like most Marvel set visits, they let us talk to the entire cast and watch filming. While the production was guarded about what they were willing to tell us, we learned a ton of cool secrets behind what’s bound to be one of the biggest films of 2015. In The Avengers sequel, Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) reunite to stop Ultron (James Spader) from carrying out his sinister plan. The film also stars Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Paul Bettany, Don Cheadle,Andy Serkis, and Samuel L. Jackson. While on set, I participated in a great group interview with Joss Whedon. He talked about how making The Avengers »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Last week, emails from the Sony hack revealed that Marvel Studios was trying to obtain the rights to Spider-Man, so they could include the character in the highly-anticipated Phase Three adventure Captain America: Civil War. Later that day, another report revealed that deal may still be on the table, and yet another report claimed that Marvel wants to reboot Spidey entirely, which would involve getting rid of current star Andrew Garfield. Today, a new report from Badass Digest reveals that Marvel is currently moving forward on Captain America: Civil War without the web-slinger, for now.
The site notes that there is also the possibility of a cameo or an end credits stinger, since we have nearly a year and a half to go before Captain America 3 hits theaters. Marvel always builds reshoots into their films' schedules, but as it stands right now, Peter Parker will not play a major »
"Avengers: Age of Ultron" is based on the Marvel Comics superhero team the 'Avengers', produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, intended to be the sequel to 2012's "Marvel's The Avengers" and the eleventh installment in the 'Marvel Cinematic Universe' (McU).
"...with 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' destroyed and the 'Avengers' on hiatus from stopping world threats, 'Tony Stark' aka 'Iron Man' creates 'Ultron'...
"...a self-aware, self-teaching, artificial intelligence, who can assess threats and control Stark's 'Iron Legion'.
"However, his plan quickly backfires when Ultron decides that humans are the main enemy and sets out to eradicate them from Earth..."
Primarily shot at Shepperton Studios in Surrey, England, with additional footage filmed in Italy, »
- Michael Stevens
While Avengers: Age of Ultron will bring back some of Marvel's biggest heroes on screen, together first the first time since Marvel's The Avengers, including Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Captain America and Hawkeye, there is one character that fans have gotten more and more excited about with each new appearance. While not necessarily a superhero, S.H.I.E.L.D. agent-turned-Stark employee Maria Hill has become a valuable utility player in the McU, and star Cobie Smulders's has been able to continually bring something new to her performance. That path continues in Avengers 2.
Cobie Smulders recently chatted with EW about her latest turn as Maria Hill. She offers insight into the evolution of this popular character. She also praises the fact that more and more woman are bing introduced into these movies.
"There's so many pieces to this giant puzzle, and I'm happy that Maria Hill is one of them. »
The Broadcast Film Critics Association has today announced the nominations for the 20th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, with Birdman once again leading the pack with thirteen nods, followed by Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel with eleven and Richard Linklater’s Boyhood with eight. All three will content Best Picture along with Gone Girl, The Imitation Game, Nightcrawler, Selma, The Theory of Everything, Unbroken and Whiplash.
Check out the full list of nominations here…
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Ralph Fiennes, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
- Gary Collinson
There is still plenty we don't know about Avengers: Age of Ultron, as we inch closer and closer to the May 1, 2015 release date. One aspect of the story that has rarely been touched upon is the inclusion of Vision, which will be played by Paul Bettany, the longtime voice of J.A.R.V.I.S. in the Iron Man movies and Marvel's The Avengers. Earlier this month, a new poster offered us our best look at Vision yet, but the images were later removed, following a promo poster spotted in September. When asked when fans will finally get their first official look at Vision, Paul Bettany had this to say, in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
"It's still a secret. I think all will be revealed very shortly. It's a secret I've kept for about three years, which is really hard, especially with three kids. I'm contractually »
Hot Toys has given us our best look yet at Tony Stark’s Mark Xliii Iron Man armor from the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron with a selection of promotional images for its upcoming die-cast metal 1/6th scale Mark Xliii Collectible Figure…
The movie-accurate Mark Xliii Collectible Figure is highly detailed and specially crafted based on the image of Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Mark Xliii in Avengers: Age of Ultron, featuring a newly painted Tony Stark helmeted head sculpt, metallic red, gold and silver armor with weathered effects, Led light-up functions, and a specially designed diorama base with a damaged Ultron Mark I. A special edition will be available for selected markets which includes a Led lighted battle damaged helmet as bonus accessory.
The 1/6th scale Mark Xliii Collectible Figure is set for release next year.
See Also: Watch the extended Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer
- Gary Collinson
The Golden Globe and SAG nominations are in, and there is one more award show announcing its noms before the Oscars say who's up in January: the Critics' Choice Awards. There are some new names within the Critics' Choice, generally because they also award in the comedy and action categories, but there are also some titles in the main categories not previously nominated, like Unbroken. The Critics' Choice Awards air Jan. 15, so check out the full list here. Best Picture Birdman Boyhood Gone Girl The Grand Budapest Hotel The Imitation Game Nightcrawler Selma The Theory of Everything Unbroken Whiplash Best Actor Michael Keaton, Birdman Ralph Fiennes, The Grand Budapest Hotel Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler David Oyelowo, Selma Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything Best Actress Jennifer Aniston, Cake Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything Julianne Moore, Still Alice Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl Reese Witherspoon, Wild Marion Cotillard, »
Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Birdman" tops the nominations for the 20th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards brought to you by the Broadcast Film Critics Association of which I'm a proud voting member! Our deadline to vote for the nomination round was last Friday and I'm happy to say that most of my favorites made it to the final ballot!
"Birdman," which received 13 nods is now competing with "Boyhood," "Gone Girl," "The Grand Budapest Hotel," "The Imitation Game," "Nightcrawler," "Selma," "The Theory of Everything," "Unbroken," and "Whiplash" for the Best Picture of the Year!
The winners for the Critics' Choice Movie Awards will be revealed live on A&E from the Hollywood Palladium on January 15th at 9pm Et/ 6pm Pt. Coincidentally, this is the same day the Academy Award nominations will be announced. Legendary Super Bowl Champion Michael Strahan will serve as the show.s host.
Birdman is clearly a favorite this awards season, at least when it comes to nominations as it once again tops a list of nominees, this time the 2015 Critics Choice Awards as it leads the field with 13 total nominations followed by The Grand Budapest Hotel, which continues to surge this awards season with 11 nominations, and Boyhood with eight. Full disclosure, I'm part of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (Bfca), which nominates and votes on these awards, but I'm a little nervous my nominees this year weren't counted as I mistakenly missed the deadline by a few hours thinking it was on Saturday, not Friday. Oops, though looking at these nominations it doesn't seem as if it would have mattered. For example, I don't see Locke anywhere, Carrie Coon (Gone Girl) didn't get a supporting actress nomination, A Most Wanted Man didn't get an adapted screenplay nomination, no nomination for The Raid 2 in Best Action Movie, »
- Brad Brevet
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