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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
The noms for Angelina Jolie (“Unbroken”) and Ava DuVernay (“Selma”) mean that two of the six director contenders are women. Among the films earning more attention than in this year’s previous kudos announcements: “Interstellar” (seven); “Guardians of the Galaxy” (five) and “Unbroken” (four).
The voting, by the Broadcast Film Critics Assn., is one of the more reliable Oscar predictors, in terms of winners. The group has matched the eventual Oscar-winning best pic in 12 of the last 15 years.
As for nominations, the Ccma are a good guide for what’s popular in awards conversations, but several factors limit the noms’ powers as an Oscar omen.
For one thing, this group cites six contenders in most categories, compared to five from the Academy. »
- Tim Gray
If Marvel had wanted to end Tony Stark's story, Iron Man 3 served as the perfect closer. It brought a clean slate to the character, and pretty much wiped out all of his armor. But Robert Downey Jr. will be back to fight another day as the iconic Marvel superhero, which means he needs a whole new outfit in the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron. Hot Toys has now revealed this new suit in full detail.
In Avengers: Age of Ultron, Tony Stark will don the Mark Xliii Armor. And Hot Toys is releasing a premium action figure based on this model. A set of photos deliver our first look at this return to form for the character, which brings an inverted color scheme from its predecessor, the Mark Xlii. You can check out the images below, along with this description from Hot Toys:
"To get fans ready for this super exciting film, »
Continuing its romp through the critics kudos this awards season, Fox Searchlight’s Birdman drew a whopping 13 nominations from the Broadcast Film Critics Association’s 20th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. In fact it’s a big day for Fox in general as Searchlight’s March release, The Grand Budapest Hotel was remembered to the tune of 11 nominations, while big Fox scored 6 nominations with Gone Girl. All three compete for Best Picture, Director, Screenplay and significant acting nods. This is a big boost in particular for Budapest, coming on the heels of its SAG nod for Outstanding Cast as well as four key Golden Globe nominations. Usually films opening as early as March are largely forgotten when it comes to Best Picture attention, but Budapest could be a rare exception in recent years if this triumph for the Wes Anderson comedy is repeated at the Oscars. The last film that opened as early as March, »
- Pete Hammond
The Broadcast Film Critics Association's (Bfca*) annual announcement of nominees is particularly informative for one key reason: it's a broad assessment of the year from a vast voting body. The only two such events prior to the end of the year tend to be this and the Screen Actors Guild's nominations announcement, each setting the early stage in terms of what seems to be appealing across a wide spectrum. Other guilds then add to that equation in January. So where did the Bfca's chips end up this season? For starters, in what has become a trend for critics groups that provide a nominations stage, Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Birdman" led overall with 13 mentions. And in what has also become a trend with critical precursors, Wes Anderson's "Grand Budapest Hotel" (11) and Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" (8) were right up there, too, making starkly clear what the critical darlings are this season. »
- Kristopher Tapley
We have added a set pictures from the event BBC Music Awards 2014. Guests included John Newman, Ellie Goulding and Calvin Harris, Fearne Cotton and Chris Evans, Greg James, Labrinth, Jermain Jackman, Ed Sheeran, Fearne Cotton, Grace Chatto, Pixie Lott, Cody Wise, Ellie Goulding, Clean Bandit, Paloma Faith, Gregory Porter, Jess Glynne, Tom Jones, One Direction, Paloma Faith and Tom Jones. Photos are copyright by Landmark / PR Photos. »
- James Wray
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.
But all that aside, only one person can take the title of 2014’s Action Hero. Action Heroes are like Highlanders, »
- Dylan Griffin
Take another look @ images from the recently wrapped set of the "Avengers" sequel, "Avengers: Age Of Ultron", including actress Elizabeth Olsen as 'Scarlet Witch', actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson as 'Quicksilver', plus stunt doubles for 'Captain America', 'Thor' and 'Iron Man':
Scripted and directed by Joss Whedon, the new film features an ensemble cast that includes Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen and James Spader:
"...'Age Of Ultron' reportedly opens immediately after the 'Baron Von Strucker' post credit scene in 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'.
"'The Avengers' as a team attack the 'Hydra' cell run by Strucker.
"He has the staff of 'Loki', 'Chitauri' weaponry and the corpse of a 'Leviathan'.
"'Quicksilver' and 'Scarlet Witch' fight alongside Strucker against the Avengers...
"...Scarlet Witch using her powers to cast a »
- Michael Stevens
Over the past week, much has come to light about Marvel's plans to include Spider-Man in their upcoming sequel Captain America: Civil War. The studio tried to work out a deal with Sony that included a new trilogy, with Sony retaining creative control while Marvel fronted a majority of the bill. It wasn't known exactly why the deal fell apart. But the group behind the Sony hack, which is slowly releasing information in bits and pieces, has leaked more info on the matter, and it has been revealed that Sony wanted to use Captain America: Civil War in setting up their The Amazing Spider-Man spin-off The Sinister Six.
In a series of emails, Sony co-chairman Amy Pascal raised a number of questions about how the Spider-Man character will be handled in a Marvel Studios crossover, and mentions quite a few stipulations on how to move forward, and how it would »
Marvel fans still have a long way to go before Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 hits theaters in 2018 and 2019, respectively, but new, unconfirmed information reveals that Joss Whedon may not be at the helm, after directing 2012's Marvel's The Avengers and next year's Avengers: Age of Ultron. Brazilian website Overtice.com has uncovered emails from the Sony hack between Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War directors Anthony Russo and Joe Russo and Sony's Amy Pascal, where the brothers revealed that they are directing the two-part Avengers movie, which matches up with a number of previous reports. The emails claim that their commitment to the Avengers movies won't prevent them from directing The Gray Man for Sony.
After establishing itself as a lucrative platform for independent filmmakers, Apple’s iTunes is starting to get more access to their movies. The company started offering IFC Films’ “The Trip to Italy” earlier this week exclusively for two weeks before the Steve Coogan comedy is released on other digital platforms.
Should the film sell well, iTunes is likely to start getting even more exclusives from other independent distributors — which should prove especially beneficial to Apple as it faces increased competition from Amazon, Netflix, Walmart’s Vudu and VOD platforms run by cable and satellite operators. All are looking to tout exclusive titles to their customers as a way to attract more consumers and boost revenue.
“IFC Films very much appreciates and values our continued working relationship with iTunes,” said IFC’s executive VP of business development, Lisa Schwartz. “‘The Trip to Italy’ was a successful theatrical release for IFC Films, »
- Marc Graser
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