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When Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters next year, fans will get to see two different aspects of Andy Serkis' work. The actor/motion capture artist has an on-screen role in the Marvel Phase Two sequel, and while he was briefly spotted in the official trailer released last month, it still isn't clear who he is playing. He also worked on the motion capture aspects of the sequel, through his company The Imaginarium. The actor recently shed new light on his Mo-Cap work for the sequel in an interview with Empire. Take a look at what he had to say about developing the look of Ultron, before James Spader signed on.
"We did some work on Ultron. On the development of Ultron before James Spader came on board. In terms of movement styles: was he gonna be human-like? Was he going to be robot-like? So we worked with a bunch of different people, »
Paris — Driven by the success of Scarlett Johansson’s action pic “Lucy,” EuropaCorp has posted a 46% increase to $122 million ($98 million) in net profit over the first half of its financial year 2014-2015.
Released by Universal in the U.S. and a string of foreign territories, the $40 million-budgeted “Lucy,” which has so far grossed $459 million, helped EuropaCorp achieve a healthy operating margin of $35 million — or 29% of revenue — primarily from international sales and French distribution revenue.
“Lucy” was distributed in France on Aug. 6 by EuropaCorp and grossed over $38 million from 5 million tickets sold as of Sept. 30. This performance helped bring EuropaCorp’s theatrical biz to $20 million. Over the first half of the year, EuropaCorp also released “Brick Mansions,” “Fastlife” and “Saint Laurent.”
International sales reached $47.5 million, repping 38.9% of total revenue. Besides “Lucy,” the figure was boosted by deals on “Brick Mansions” and “The Homesman,” as well as royalties from catalogue films, notably “The Family, »
- Elsa Keslassy
It is intended to be the sequel to 2012's Marvel's "The Avengers" and the eleventh installment in the 'Marvel Cinematic Universe' (McU).
The new film is scripted and directed by Joss Whedon and features an ensemble cast that along with Hemsworth, includes Robert Downey, Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, and James Spader.
"...'Age Of Ultron' reportedly »
- Michael Stevens
Stars Like Hilary Swank, Jane Lynch, Miranda Lambert and Betty White are set to promote dog adoption during Fox's Cause for Paws: An All-Star Dog Spectacular, airing Thanksgiving night at 8 Et/Pt. Now, we’re giving you a chance to win the same gift bag the stars will take home from the feel-good dog rescue event.
The bag, courtesy of Backstage Creations and valued at $541, contains everything from a stay at a doggie hotel to spring water bottled just for dogs!
The fun products include a 2-night boarding stay at The Barkley Pet Hotel & Day Spa in Westlake Village, Calif., a Paw Patrol talking stuffed dog, a Wisdom Panel Canine DNA test, a $50 Petco gift card, Febreze, Toilet Water bottled water for dogs by Popstar Beverages, and much more.
"I've always been an animal lover," says Swank of the event. "To me this is a great opportunity to celebrate dogs and the immense joy that they bring »
The Gotham Independent Film Awards will benefit from an unprecendented dosage of star power during its annual dinner at Cipriani Wall Street on Monday.
The celebration of arthouse films has tapped Uma Thurman as its host, according to the show’s backer the Independent Film Project.
The Gothams also unveiled an A-list roster of presenters, including Meryl Streep, Jake Gyllenhaal, Scarlett Johansson, Hilary Swank, Marisa Tomei, Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette, Amy Schumer and Catherine Keener.
As awards season continues to get more cutthroat, it’s a sign that the studios now view the Gothams, which started 24 years ago as a low-key (and celebrity-less) affair, as one of the first stops on the campaign trail.
The show added a best actor and actress category last year, which upped the ante and allowed for it to better compete with the more star-studded Independent Spirit Awards, held the day before the Oscars in Santa Monica. »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Uma Thurman will emcee the 2014 Gotham Awards, it was announced Tuesday. The Oscar-nominated actress is just one of several stars set to appear at the independent film awards in New York on Dec. 1, traditionally seen as the start of Oscar season. Other stars set to take the stage next Monday, as presenters, include Patricia Arquette, Will Arnett, Jake Gyllenhaal, Heather Graham, Ethan Hawke, Scarlett Johansson, Catherine Keener, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Amy Schumer, Meryl Streep, Hilary Swank, Marisa Tomei and Miles Teller. Read more 2014 Gotham Award Nominations Revealed Arquette, Johansson and Mbatha-Raw are all nominated in
- Hilary Lewis
Marvel Studios presents “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to the Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure. Avengers: Age of Ultron features: Director: Joss Whedon Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America Chris Hemsworth as Thor Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/The Hulk Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye Samuel L. Jackson »
For a performer whose career was so short-lived, Janis Joplin has been hugely influential and such a largely contentious figure in the world of music. We’ve recently gotten a Jimi Hendrix biopic, along with music stories about everyone from the short lived (Ian Curtis, Jim Morrison, John Lennon) to the long-living legends (Johnny Cash, Ray Charles), so it makes sense that a Joplin biopic is long past due.
Late last week, Deadline was breaking news that Jean-Marc Vallee had signed on to direct Get it While You Can, the working title for a Janis Joplin film with Amy Adams attached to star and sing in the film. This would be Vallee’s fourth film following Dallas Buyers Club, the upcoming Wild, and the just-wrapped Demolition.
Adams is terrific casting, and Vallee is promising, but we’ve been down this road before, and a new director attached is no closer »
- Brian Welk
Andy Serkis is best known for his motion capture roles, such as Gollum in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, Kong in King Kong and Caesar in Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Most recently, Serkis has been brought on board Avengers: Age of Ultron to help the cast with motion capture through his studio Imaginarium. Serkis also has a live action role in the film, with speculation suggesting that he is playing the Black Panther villain Ulysses Klaw, but his main responsibility was working with James Spader and Mark Ruffalo on their motion capture work as Ultron and The Hulk.
“We did some work on Ultron,” Serkis tells Empire with regards to Imaginarium’s involvement with Age of Ultron. “On the development of Ultron before James Spader came on board. In terms of movement styles: was he gonna be human-like? »
- Thomas Roach
Director/writer Mona Fastvold and co-writer/actor Brady Corbet of The Sleepwalker, starring Gitte Witt, Christopher Abbott, Stephanie Ellis and Corbet, connect Michael Haneke's Caché and Funny Games, in which Corbet starred with Naomi Watts, Tim Roth and Michael Pitt, to Ingmar Bergman's Hour Of The Wolf and Andrei Tarkovsky's Solaris. We discussed Borderline Films' productions of Sean Durkin's Martha Marcy May Marlene and Simon Killer by Antonio Campos and how it began for Corbet. Lars von Trier's love of Douglas Sirk and Melancholia led the discussion to the films of Claire Denis, Bruno Dumont, Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne. Scarlett Johansson's performance in Jonathan Glazer's Under The Skin in contrast to an Aki Kaurismäki film conjures up choices for all filmmakers to consider. »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Jennifer Lawrence is the biggest movie star in the world right now.
In a business defined by its leading lights, that’s a rare thing to be able to state with confidence, and rarer still for the person holding that distinction to be female. Much as Scarlett Johansson and Shailene Woodley have proven themselves as leading ladies to be reckoned with and Sandra Bullock’s films routinely generate impressive returns, it’s the alpha males who tend to dominate the Hollywood landscape.
Not so at the moment. With The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 out in cinemas this week and nailed on for a massive box office haul, Jennifer Lawrence is assured of another huge success to follow X-Men: Days of Future Past from earlier this year. The latest instalment of the mutant-filled franchise is currently the fourth highest-grossing movie this year, and Mockingjay – Part 1 will surely eclipse its total. »
- Jonathan Cordiner
"You just wanna suck the joy out of everything," Rocket Raccoon complains to Gamora early in Guardians of the Galaxy. Rocket's certainly not being presented as the voice of reason here – he's sulking because Gamora refuses to let him blow up moons – but the exchange does hit on something that's been bothering me about the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and more specifically its women.
In 2018, Marvel Studios will release their first female-led superhero movie in Captain Marvel, a long-awaited announcement that was understandably greeted with excitement earlier this month. Carol Danvers will be McU's third female superhero overall, following Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow and Zoe Saldana's Gamora, and my only wish is that she be written as something other than an unflappable, stony-faced buzzkill.
Yes, the female Guardian of the Galaxy is the most competent, smart and strong of the bunch, but she's also the least likeable, as polls »
Scarlett Johansson turned 30 on Saturday! It's the end of a major year for the star, who gave birth to her first child, daughter Rose Dorothy, with fiancé Romain Dauriac in August. Scarlett also spent plenty of time in the spotlight, starring in hit films like Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Lucy. Scarlett has been a fixture in the film industry since the age of 10 with her 1994 debut in the movie North. She's among Hollywood's most beautiful stars and was even named Esquire's "Sexiest Woman Alive" in 2006. To honor Scarlett's big day, we're taking a look back at some of her sweetest and sexiest snaps from over the years. Keep reading to see her evolution! Sources: FameFlynet, Getty, and WireImage »
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From her movie roles to her magazine covers, Scarlett Johansson loves to put her curves on display, and maintains a seemingly effortless level of Old Hollywood glam. On her 30th birthday, we’re looking back on all the times the buxom blonde has totally wowed us.
Click through the gallery above to look back at some of her bustiest moments.
Relive the very sexy Vicky Cristina Barcelona, below.
- Samantha Lizzio
Saturday, November 22, 2014 marks the one-year anniversary of Microsoft's' Xbox One release. Or as a Microsoft email sent to media announcing the anniversary reminded us, it's also Scarlett Johansson's 30th birthday.
Microsoft is pretty pumped up about the Xbox One anniversary and has decided to let Xbox Live Gold members share in the celebration by experiencing Insomniac's Sunset Overdrive for absolutely free. This includes the entire campaign mode and multiplayer Chaos Squad. The only catch, aside from requiring an Xbox Live Gold membership, is the free access to Sunset Overdrive will last for exactly 24 hours.
This deal doesn't exactly help out Xbox One owners who already own Sunset Overdrive. Microsoft is hoping this free demo will get other Xbox One owners hooked on the game so they snatch it up during Black Friday later this week, which is a sound marketing strategy, but I would have rather Microsoft offer a »
The move comes a month after EuropaCorp announced it had secured $600 million of financing with plans to spend most of it on English-language projects. EuropaCorp generated a solid hit with Scarlett Johansson’s “Lucy” through Universal with $440 million worldwide, and launched a joint distribution venture for the U.S. with Ryan Kavanaugh’s Relativity Media.
Their first Red release will be “The Transporter Legacy,” set for a June 19 opening.
Ellzey came on board EuropaCorp USA in March, 2013, as a senior VP.
She had been exec VP of production at Lionsgate and Twentieth Century Fox. Before that, she was prexy of Scott Free Entertainment.
News was first reported by Deadline.com.
- Dave McNary
Did Scarlett Johansson and fiancé Romain Dauriac get hitched on the Dl? They do keep their personal lives pretty private, so you never know with those two. The new mom was definitely wearing a new gold ring on that finger Thursday, though, and that sparkler certainly sparked its share of secret wedding rumors! Scarlett's new bling was a subtle addition to her blinding engagement rock, and given its finger placement, it certainly could be a wedding band. Then again, it could've just been a new, far less significant accessory she decided to wear out on the town. If the new mama did quietly wed in recent weeks, she and Romain wouldn't have had much time for a honeymoon! They've got a »
As The Hunger Games nears its end with Mockingjay - Part 1, James looks at the side effects of the billion-dollar franchise...
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 is now in the cinemas and that means that we've reached the beginning of the end. With the climactic novel of Suzanne Collins' trilogy split into two movies, this first part will take eager audiences into the end game and start to detail a denouement that, frustratingly, we'll have to wait until next autumn to finally witness.
I have no idea what's going to happen because I haven't read the books. (It's keeping the movies surprising, I guess.) Still, what I do know is that things are building up in Panem and that Mockingjay will up the stakes and drama several notches in what has already been a gripping series. We have rebellion against the Capitol! We have heartrending separations! We »
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"...when 'Chef Carl Casper' (Favreau) suddenly quits his job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant...
"...after refusing to compromise his creative integrity to controlling owner 'Riva' (Dustin Hoffman), he is left to figure out what’s next.
"Taking to the road, Chef Carl goes back to his roots to reignite his passion for the kitchen...
"...and zest for life and love..."
- Michael Stevens
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