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While promoting his "Kill the Messenger" movie, Jeremy Renner spoke about his Marvel contract, revealing that the studio has discussed a potential "Hawkeye" spin-off movie. "I think most actors will sign on to do, like... 'Captain America' 1-3 and then 'The Avengers' 1-3, and then you're done," he explained. "For me, I signed on to 'The Avengers' 1-3 and then 'Hawkeye,' in case they want to do a 'Hawkeye' spin-off." When the topic switched to "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" and how the film gave equal time to both Captain America (Chris Evans) And Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Renner said: "Right. I think that's why they want a Hawkeye/Widow movie so bad." It's clear by his comments that Marvel has no interest in giving Renner his own "Hawkeye" film, but there's apparently lots of interest in having Hawkeye team up with Black Widow for their own spin-off. »
The Movie on its own merit…
There are some experiences that, while not life changing, are life reaffirming and leave an impression not easily forgotten. Arguably, the best kinds of these experiences are the ones that are fully unexpected. Being caught off guard, leaving the unmistakable mark of joy stretched across one’s face. Moments that make us smile, spontaneously. I am reminded of the very first time I had an authentic Cuban sandwich, which happened to be off a food truck in Austin, Texas. Watching Jon Favreau’s newest film, Chef, is the cinematic equivalent.
From the filmmaker who Made (2001) an independent first impression, immortalized Will Ferrell as a holiday staple in Elf (2003) and realized the Iron Man trilogy on the big screen, its refreshing to see writer and director Jon Favreau returning to his smaller, indie roots with Chef. Favreau also stars as the film’s central character, »
- Travis Keune
Final Update, 3:30 Pm: Final grosses have been updated for the following films: The Equalizer, The Maze Runner, The Boxtrolls, Annabelle, Lucy, Hercules, Into the Storm, Let’s Be Cops, The Drop, If I Stay, The Dwarf, Boyhood, Get On Up, Sex Tape, horror films The Purge: Anarchy and As Above/So Below, 22 Jump Street, El Nino, Relatos Salvajes, Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends, and the big U.S. tentpoles Guardians of the Galaxy, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Also added are the thriller about hacking
2Nd Update, 6:37 Pm Pt: Despite the arrival of The Equalizer on 4,994 international screens, for a total take of $19M (including Village Roadshow markets), and the continued effort of The Maze Runner, this was a reasonably quiet overseas weekend whose initial estimates for the Top 10 studio releases are down about 15% on last frame. Those numbers don »
- Nancy Tartaglione
As Jeremy Renner continues to make the press rounds for his upcoming thriller Kill the Messenger, the actor cleared the air about a certain Captain America 3 rumor and teased new details about Avengers: Age of Ultron. And, despite claiming that he wasn't really interested in a Hawkeye solo movie last week, Renner does confirmed that he is signed on for one should Marvel deem it necessary. He then teases a possible Hawkeye/Black Widow team-up movie.
Most actors who take on a major role in any Marvel movie sign multi-picture deals that will span several years. When asked about his own Marvel contract, Jeremy Renner says the deal includes Marvel's The Avengers, next year's Avengers: Age of Ultron and The Avengers 3, along with a possible Hawkeye spin-off movie:
Having been absent from Marvel’s slate of Phase Two movies, Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye is set to return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in May alongside the rest of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in Avengers: Age of Ultron, and the actor has taken a moment to discuss his role in the hotly-anticipated sequel during an interview with Starplus (via Cbm).
“It was fun to finally kind of discover who Clint Barton is a little bit. We have some good secrets revealed. I think everything that was great about the first Avengers, is exponentially expressed in this one. From the action, to the making fun of itself, and there’s a lot more time spent with the Avengers together, after being so separated in the first one. We’ve got some great new goodies, and some good baddies.”
There’s also been talk that Hawkeye could reunite with Chris Evans »
- Gary Collinson
Robert Downey Jr. and his wife Susan have a new movie and a new baby on the way.
Robert Downey Jr. and his wife (and producer) Susan are opening up about how nervous now that they are expecting a baby girl. While promoting their new film The Judge, Et's Rocsi Diaz got the actor's thoughts on his struggles with addictions, second chances and how he's preparing to welcome his first daughter in November.
"I don't want to be a pushover. I hear about these pushover dads," the 49-year-old told Rocsi Diaz about what kind of father he'd be to a girl. "I want to be a fair but firm dad. I want her to fear and respect me."
This is the couple’s second child together, and Susan admits she's the good cop when it comes to their 2-year-old son, Exton. But how »
David Hayter knows how to write a comic-book movie. With titles such as X Men, X Men 2 and Watchmen on his screenwriting resume, when this guy brings you a script, you pay attention. Back in 2004, it seems that Hayter was all set to make Black Widow the foundation of Marvel Studio’s future success – a full four years before Iron Man blasted onto our screens – but that project was killed off by the sexism of Hollywood. We know this, because an interview he gave to FemPop in 2011 has resurfaced, thanks to the intensified calls for a female-led superhero movie.
So, it seems that Hayter wrote what sounds like a very cool Black Widow origin story, which he described in his own words:
“We would have seen her early training in Russia. Once the Soviet Union fell, she would have moved to America, but her Russian mentor, Ivan Petrovich (aka The »
- Sarah Myles
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
Jon Favreau wrote and directed this delicious comedy about a chef named Carl Casper, who quits the biz to start a food truck with help from fellow chef Martin (John Leguizamo) and Carl's son Percy. Sofía Vergara plays Carl's ex-wife, with Dustin Hoffman as Carl's former boss, Scarlett Johansson as the hostess of the restaurant, and Oliver Platt as a food critic whose mean tweets kicked off this whole business.
"The Exorcist: The Complete Anthology"
This Blu-ray box set includes both the theatrical version and the extended director's cut of "The Exorcist," "Exorcist II: The Heretic," "The Exorcist III," and the two prequels, "Exorcist: The Beginning" and "Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist." Although this set doesn't boast a whole lot of extras, »
- Jenni Miller
Voltage Pictures has picked up May You Live in Interesting Times, an action spec written by Tony Jaswinski. The Picture Company, the newly formed shingle topped by Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman, is attached to produce. Voltage’s Nicolas Chartier and Craig J. Flores are also producing. In a similar tonal vein as Lucy, the recent Luc Besson action hit that starred Scarlett Johansson, May You Live is a female-centric thriller that aims to be stylish and visceral. The story revolves around a highly trained female operative who works for a ruthless global intelligence organization and who is dispatched to
- Borys Kit
As if you needed another reason to head to theaters to see Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, we have reports that the first Avengers: Age of Ultron teaser trailer will play ahead of it in theaters. If you are Russian, you will definitely get to see the Avengers teaser, as Warner Bros. Russia has announced that it will be attached to the space odyssey in that country. It makes sense for that to be true here in the States as well, given that Interstellar’s November 7 (U.S.) release date puts it almost exactly six months ahead of Age of Ultron’s May 1, 2015 (also U.S.) release date. That’s about when the Marvel PR machine starts rolling things out. They also usually put their trailers online a few days before theatrical release, so come back at the end of October/beginning of November to watch it here.
- Mily Dunbar
The world of entertainment is rife with actors who, after achieving a certain degree of fame, just couldn’t avoid the lure of furthering their “brand” by jumping ship to the world of music, and though there’s a shed-load of examples that actually worked (such as Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson, Viggo Mortensen, Jared Leto and Juliette Lewis), often actors end up churning out vanity projects because of their wealth and fame without having any discernible musical talent. Simply, they do it just because they can.
It’s sage advice to master one craft before diving into another, though a number of these actors can’t even profess to have perfected acting yet. Their have-a-go attitude is admirable to an extent, but without their millions of dollars and familiar faces, they’d be relegated to recording themselves on a laptop in their garages like the rest of us, »
- Jack Pooley
"...when 'Tony Stark' tries to jump start 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.
"Together with »
- Michael Stevens
Podcast Lucy Review
I think it’s safe to say that we’re both fans of Scarlett Johansson, and huge fans of all things that enter the sci-fi realm, so we went into Lucy, perhaps a little nervous, but with high hopes. Moreover, even if not everything Luc Besson puts out wins us over, even when he isn’t great, he’s not great in fun and interesting ways.
Unfortunately, we didn’t really get what we were after here, despite the fact that it started out pretty solid. It’s probably just the danger you’re in when you have a writer/director who likes to spin things in different directions, and has a special fondness for fairly wacky elements of filmcraft. Sometimes, it just doesn’t work out.
We still had to like Johansson, at least to some degree, even though her character moves toward something that almost pushes you away. »
- Marc Eastman
Now that Scarlett Johansson has played the Black Widow in several Marvel films, many fans are demanding that the studio make a solo "Black Widow" movie. And while it's still unclear whether that will ever happen, it turns out that it came really close in 2004. After coming off the success of "X-Men" and "X2," writer David Hayter was approached by Lionsgate (which owned the rights) about writing a "Black Widow" script and make it his directorial debut. Hayter agreed and created a faithful adaptation of the spy's origin story. The reason why Lionsgate was pushing to get this made was because lots of other female-led action films were performing well, including "Resident Evil," "Lara Croft: Tom Raider" and "Kill Bill." There were also a few failures like "Ultraviolet" and "BloodRayne," but one specific movie caused the death of the "Black Widow" film. That movie is Charlize Theron's "Aeon Flux, »
The big screen adaptation of James Dashner’s best-selling young adult novel earned $27.5 million from 7,044 screens in 62 markets. “The Maze Runner” has so far made $149 million globally and is set for release in France, Germany, the United Kingdom and, most crucially, China, all of which will host the film next month.
“The Equalizer” picked up $17.8 million overseas in 64 territories, with $1.4 million of that coming from IMAX showings. Denzel Washington is unrivaled when it comes to his domestic appeal, but his star doesn’t tend to shine as brightly in foreign countries. Recent Washington projects such as “Safe House,” “Flight” and “2 Guns” have made more in the U.S. than they have overseas, a rarity given that the business has grown increasingly fixated on the international marketplace. »
- Brent Lang
Will we see the first teaser trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron in late October or early November? That's what a new Russian website is claiming, as they confirm that the first footage from this highly-anticipated Marvel sequel will be attached to Interstellar, in theaters November 7th.
This, of course, has not been confirmed by Marvel or Disney. FilmPro Russian recently attended a Cinema Expo held in their country, where the information was revealed during a Warner Bros. exhibit. Translated, this is what they claim:
It has been speculated that Marvel and Disney are planning a marketing strategy for Avengers: Age of Ultron that is similar to the first Marvel's The Avengers. The full-length trailer for that blockbuster debuted in October of 2011, a year before the film's release. »
In the latest Fmtv’s Movie Newsgasm, Owen Rhys has a look at the recently announced Deadpool movie – possibly starring Ryan Reynolds – William Shatner’s invovlement in Robert Orci’s Star Trek 3, the latest update on the Power Rangers movie, Ridley Scott talks on Prometheus 2 And Blade Runner 2, Jeremy Renner teases a Hawkeye appearance in Captain America 3 and much, much more…
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…will star Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye) alongside regular cast members Chris Evans (Steve Rogers), Anthony Mackie (Falcon) and Sebastian Stan (The Winter Soldier). He will next be seen in Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron (official synopsis time…), the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When »
- Oliver Davis
Hannah Davis is Derek Jeter’s girlfriend, and like most of Jeter’s girlfriends, the 24 year old Davis is a model who has worked for Victoria’s Secret, Ralph Lauren, Levi’s, American Eagle, and Tommy Hilfiger. She’s also appeared on television for DirecTV’s Genie commercials. She appeared in the lineup of 2013 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. She is originally from St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. She came to New York after graduating high school to pursue a career in modeling and fashion.
So Jeter is gonna win the All Star mvp trophy and then go home with Hannah Davis. #WeKnowTheRealTrophy
— Jay Gugel (@Googs33) July 16, 2014
Derek Jeter’s Farewell
Derek Jeter got to play his last game in Yankee Stadium. His twenty year career began where it ended; he'd only ever played ball for the Yankees, and they had been his favorite team since childhood. In his final time at bat, »
Avengers: Age Of Ultron - Directed by Joss Whedon ("Marvel's The Avengers"), the film returns its iconic cast, including Robert Downey Jr. ("Iron Man 3," "Marvel's The Avengers") as Tony Stark/Iron Man along with Chris Hemsworth ("Thor: The Dark World," "Marvel's The Avengers") as Thor, Mark Ruffalo ("Marvel's The Avengers") as Hulk, Chris Evans ("Captain America: The Winter Soldier," "Marvel's The Avengers") as Captain America, Scarlett Johansson ("Captain America: The Winter Soldier," "Marvel's The Avengers") as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner ("American Hustle," "Marvel's The Avengers,") as Hawkeye, and Samuel L. Jackson ("Captain America: The Winter Soldier," "Marvel's The Avengers") as Nick Fury. Joining the cast are Aaron Taylor-Johnson ("Godzilla," "Kick Ass 2") as Quicksilver, Elizabeth Olsen ("Godzilla") as Scarlet Witch and James Spader ("The Blacklist," "Lincoln") as Ultron. Set for release in the United States on May 1, 2015. »
A new rumor claims that The Avengers 3 is going to do what quite a few franchise sequels have pulled in the recent past. It will be split into a two-part movie.
This is a trend that started with the Twilight Saga, as the final book in the series was split into The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2. Harry Potter followed suit with The Deathly Hallows, and it has continued through such franchises as The Hobbit, originally planned as a two film prequel but turned into a three part epic, and Divergent. Anything to squeeze a little extra money out of a franchise.
Splitting The Avengers 3 into two parts is an interesting conceit, since its not based on a novel series, though it could be based on an expansive, existing storyline in the comics. And a good cliffhanger never hurt ticket sales. »
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