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There's a reason why Loki is one of the most popular Marvel characters, and much of that has to do with Tom Hiddleston, the actor who plays him. Not only is he insanely talented, but he's charming and friendly, and it's pretty impossible to find anything bad to say about him. So it's no surprise he wrote Joss Whedon this really great letter after reading a draft of the script for The Avengers. In it, the British actor gushes over the screenplay for the film, comparing Loki’s part to Die Hard’s Hans Gruber, and referencing both Willy Wonka and James Mason. The letter (sent via e-mail) is featured in the prerelease excerpts of Amy Pascale’s upcoming Joss Whedon: The Biography – which will be in stores on August 1. Check out the...
- Mike Bracken
After the epic Marvel panel this past Saturday at the San Diego Comic-Con, Steve was able to speak with several cast members of the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron. Chris Hemsworth is one of the more integral performers in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, anchoring the Thor franchise and playing a key role in the Avengers, so naturally he was on the list. After the footage from Avengers: Age of Ultron brought the house down (by all accounts) in Hall H, Steve caught up with Hemsworth to talk about the film’s balance of action with writer/director Joss Whedon’s patented banter. He also addresses Ultron’s impact on the story, what it’s like having Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch in the fold and when he’s shooting Thor 3. Hit the jump for our Comic-Con interview with Chris Hemsworth. Also, make sure to check out our interviews with Chris Evans, »
- Evan Dickson
Tom Hiddleston's Loki is one of the high-points of Joss Whedon's Avengers. The 'puny God' scene is arguably the film's best moment. Those are just facts. And it turns out Tom knew that would be the case from the moment he picked up Whedon's script. In fact, he got so excited he penned a gushing email to the writer / director as soon as he finished it, and you can read it below. Joss, "I am so excited I can hardly speak. "The first time I read it I grabbed at it like Charlie Bucket snatching for a golden ticket somewhere behind the...
- Sam Ashurst
Tom Hiddleston was pretty impressed with Joss Whedon's script for The Avengers. In fact, after first reading the script, he was so happy with Loki's role in the Marvel film he just had to write a thank you letter to Whedon. Amy Pascale's Joss Whedon: The Biography will hit stores on August 1, and a few excerpts from the biography have been released, including this lovely thank you e-mail from the actor to his The Avengers director and screenwriter. While »
- Jesse Giroux
San Diego - As if one role in a Marvel movie wasn't enough, Paul Bettany has now greedily taken on another: artificially-intelligent Ultron spawn the Vision in Joss Whedon's "Avengers: Age of Ultron." So how did he get so lucky? "Since 'Iron Man,' the first 'Iron Man,' I've been involved [in the franchise]," said Bettany of his voice role as Tony Stark's personal computer assistant J.A.R.V.I.S. in all three "Iron Man" films and the first "Avengers." "I thought it wasn't gonna happen because once you play one character in a Marvel franchise you can't play another. But we all got along so well, somehow Joss Whedon and Kevin Feige figured it out. And I'm really flattered that they did." In the sequel the Vision has what Bettany terms a "complex" relationship with the Avengers - not unexpected considering that he's a creation of »
- Chris Eggertsen
If you look carefully at J.J. Abrams in his video released last week, in which he teased a new and improved X-Wing, there is a slight tremor in his voice. He reveals very little information, keenly aware of the Sith Lord studio exec’s open hand pointed directly at Abrams’s neck.
So much of the upcoming Star Wars production has been cloaked in secrecy, and that does not look to be changing anytime soon. But at least Rian Johnson — who was recently tapped to direct Episode VIII and oversee Episode IX — is good humored about it.
In a podcast interview for Filmspotting’s 500th episode, set to air this weekend, Johnson assured fans that Lucasfilm did not hire him because of his skills.
“I can only assume it was a clerical error, like in the movie Brazil. There’s a Brian Johnson out there who is really mad. »
- Harrison Okin
This past weekend, the "Avengers 2: Age Of Ultron" movie peeps, hit up the big 2014 Comic-Con event in San Diego,CA, and served up this new movie pic while they were there. It gives a new look at Captain America's shield, and it definitely doesn't appear to be in the greatest of conditions, sporting a couple of large cracks. And the Cap doesn't appear to be anywhere in sight. The movie stars: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, James Spader, Cobie Smulders, Thomas Kretschmann, and Paul Bettany. The new flick will bring the Marvel Universe's biggest heroes together again to face one of their biggest villains, with "Marvel's The Avengers" director Joss Whedon returning to write and direct the sequel. It's set to hit theaters on May 1st, 2015. »
This 8-bit (and a little 16 bit) retelling of Joss Whedon’s The Avengers is my favorite installment of CineFix’s 8-Bit Cinema series so far. They cover every squabble leading up to the Battle of New York and even recreate the spectacular single take tracking shot that showcases the superhero team’s ability to work together.
If you didn’t get a chance to see the footage screened from Avengers: Age of Ultron at Marvel's Comic-Con panel this past weekend — there were only around 7,000 of us in there, so chances are you didn’t — this video lets you relive some of the best parts of the first movie to whet your appetite for the sequel. You can also read our description of the footage here.
- Eli Reyes
A photo of yet another prop from Joss Whedon's "Avengers: Age of Ultron," on display at the San Diego Comic Con this weekend, has gone online. This one showcasing one of Ultron's drones as it was being packed away.
Photo: @Avengers Age of Ultron - Ultron drone prop seen leaving @Comic_Con!! http://t.co/GD9C9kUutE
— Iron ☀ Man (@antman8o8) July 29, 2014 »
- Garth Franklin
Shortly after the Avengers: Age of Ultron panel in Hall H at Comic-Con Saturday night, I got to conduct video interviews with most of the cast in the press room. While the interviews had to be conducted in groups due to how many reporters were in attendance, we still managed to get a lot of great information from the cast. You can watch my Paul Rudd, Mark Ruffalo and Chris Evans interviews by clicking the links. In addition to the cast of Avengers, I also got a few minutes with Marvel's Kevin Fiege. He talked about the great Joss Whedon dialogue in Avengers: Age of Ultron, the possibility of Thanos in Guardians of the Galaxy 2, how much Josh Brolin wearing the Infinity Gauntlet on stage indicates where things are going in the Marvel universe, the likelihood of making Thor a female down the road, the rumors that Joaquin Phoenix might play Doctor Strange, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
So, the best news we ever heard was back in February when we learned that Paul Bettany would play the Vision in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Bettany has this weird quality of easygoing intensity, and no matter what kind of terrible movie he is in he reads every line like it’s Shakespeare. He is (was?) great as Jarvis, but we’re excited to see him in actual action. Our colleagues at Superhero Hype recently interviewed him about his role in the Avengers sequel. Here are some highlights:
On getting the part:
For a long while I discovered, having playing Jarvis, I wasn’t allowed to then play another character and Joss Whedon and I got on very well and he looked for a way to make that work and found it, though I can’t say what the relationship is between Vision and Jarvis.
On what makes the Vision »
- Mily Dunbar
For months, we've known Ultron, the main baddie in Joss Whedon's Avengers: Age of Ultron, would control an enormous drone army. Heck, just this past weekend Marvel Studios released new posters with Ultron's minions battling The Hulk, Quicksilver, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Scarlet Witch, Captain America and Iron Man. Below, is apparently armor from one of those drones and it was supposedly spotted a block away from where the San Diego Comic-Con convention took place. Photo: @Avengers Age of Ultron - Ultron drone prop seen leaving @Comic_Con!! http://t.co/GD9C9kUutE — Iron ☀ Man (@antman8o8) July 29, 2014 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, »
While I'd bet that you've already caught up on Matt's Avengers: Age of Ultron panel recap from Comic-Con, now you can watch the panel for yourself thanks to newly released footage. Let me tell you up front that, no, you won't be getting a glimpse of the movie scenes we described for you in the recap, but you will get to see Chris Hardwick moderate a panel that included Kevin Feige, Robert Downey Jr., Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Cobie Smulders, Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, and James Spader. As if that weren't enough star-power on display, the voice of Thanos himself, Josh Brolin, stole the show at the very end. Also starring Scarlett Johansson, Andy Serkis, Hayley Atwell, Don Cheadle, and Thomas Krestchmann, Avengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015. Hit the jump to watch the panel footage. Take a look at the »
- Dave Trumbore
(Cbr) Paul Bettany's vision for The Vision is coming a little more into focus. The actor, who plays both the voice of Tony Stark's A.I. valet J.A.R.V.I.S and also the synthezoid superhero -- who may be one and the same -- hit San Diego Comic-Con International to join his "Avengers: Age of Ultron" co-stars on stage for the big Marvel Studios presentation -- but earlier in the day, he joined a select group of reporters for an intimate roundtable conversation about his still enigmatic new role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Even before the questioning started, Bettany made it clear how tricky his answers were going to be as he tried to stay spoiler-protective. He made a quick check out the adjacent hotel window to gauge his safety. "Let me just look up -- oh, okay. I can't say anything!" he joked, pretending to spot a sniper. »
- Scott Huver, Comic Book Resources
There was some confusion at the Marvel Hall H panel this weekend, when the studio presented their Ant-Man test footage. Studio president and producer Kevin Feige announced that Evangeline Lilly will be playing Hope Van Dyne, which was also stated in their press release. She is actually playing Hope Pym, who eventually turns into a character known as Red Queen in the MC2 Universe. She is the daughter of Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyne, and its unclear why or how Marvel mixed the name up.
Here is the re-issued press release:
This past weekend, those attending the Marvel Studios presentation during San Diego Comic-Con were treated to a pretty terrifying new look at the central villain in Joss Whedon's The Avengers: Age of Ultron. In the Avengers 2 footage that was shown, the titular heroes were kicking back and having fun in Avengers Tower, only to be interrupted by a zombie-looking incarnation of Ultron - seemingly put together from spare parts. Those of you who weren't present for the panel will have to wait a while before you can see the clip for yourselves, but at the very least we now have the creepy image of the robotic menace that you see above. Posted by the official Avengers Twitter page, this photo was taken at the Marvel Studios booth on the show floor of the San Diego Convention Center during Comic-Con - but Ultron wasn't the only awesome prop from The Avengers 2 »
Recently Marvel dropped this new movie pic for their upcoming "Avengers 2: Age Of Ultron," and it gives us a new look at Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow riding her cool motorcycle and sporting Captain America's shield. The motorcycle is the all-electronic "Project Livewire" by Harley-Davidson. It was also unveiled at the recent 2014 Comic-Con event this past weekend. As for the movie, it stars: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, James Spader, Cobie Smulders, Thomas Kretschmann, and Paul Bettany. "Avengers: Age of Ultron" will bring the Marvel Universe's biggest heroes together again to face one of their biggest villains, with "Marvel's The Avengers" director Joss Whedon returning to write and direct the sequel. it's set to show up in theaters on May 1st, 2015. »
Sunday night’s episode of Masters of Sex, titled “Fight,” was one of the series’ best. It stuck the show’s two main characters, Dr. William Masters (Michael Sheen) and his assistant/lover Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan), in a single hotel room and then let them batter out their anxieties and anger through flirtation, role play, and sex, all while an actual boxing match rages on TV.
In TV parlance, episodes like “Fight,” where characters are restricted to a few sets, are often called “bottle episodes”—they’re cheaper to make (you don’t have to build new sets or »
- Jackson McHenry
Shortly after the Avengers: Age of Ultron cast left Hall H at Comic-Con Saturday night, I got to conduct video interviews with most of them in the press room. While the interviews had to be conducted in groups due to how many reporters were in attendance, we still managed to get a lot of great information from the cast. You can watch my Paul Rudd and Mark Ruffalo interviews by clicking the links. During the interview with Chris Evans, he talked about the process of making Avengers: Age of Ultron, the great Joss Whedon dialogue, if they're going to address where the other Avengers were during their stand-alone movies, if he had one Avenger to help him out in Snowpiercer who would he pick, and more. Hit the jump to watch what Chris Evans had to say at Comic-Con. Chris Evans: If he could have one Avenger help him »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Sure, there were plenty of surprise appearances at this year's San Diego Comic-Con over the weekend, but there were also a few celebs missing from the festivities. Scarlett Johansson and Joss Whedon are the first names that come to mind when we think of who we thought we were going to see at the convention. And let's not forget about The Hobbit himself, Martin Freeman. So how come these stars were absent from their respective panels? Let's take a look: First up, there's ScarJo. The blond bombshell was notably absent from her Lucy promotions and most likely focused on her major upcoming role: motherhood. The pregnant actress has been spotted out and about in Paris, where she's »
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