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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. »
Our weekly round-up of the latest news and talking points from the world of screen superheroes, including Spider-Man, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Agent Carter, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Daredevil, X-Men: Apocalypse, Wolverine, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Gotham, The Flash, Constantine, Justice League: Throne of Atlantis and more…
Well, here we are, the final Week in Spandex before Christmas (Happy Holidays to all, by the way!), and despite taking a sinister turn with terror threats against moviegoers, the hack into Sony has delivered an early Christmas present to Marvel fans by giving us hope that Spider-Man may one day line up alongside Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and company as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. After leaked emails from a couple of weeks ago revealed Marvel’s approach for the »
- Gary Collinson
5. The Director Joss Whedon was already a fanboy favourite before The Avengers, but his actual film directing credits were quite sparse prior to taking on Earth's Mightiest Heroes. In fact, he had only truly directed cult favourite Serenity, with all of his other directing work being on his television projects, such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly and Dollhouse. While some of his detractors cite the television influence and style of The Avengers as a negative, the fact remains that Whedon, who was almost completely inexperienced in the world of cinematic filmmaking, was able to pull together a $200 million tentpole blockbuster and turn it into a satisfying and beloved film, drawing praise from both critics and fans for its story, character interaction, world building, acting, action and visuals. Having done all that, there's no reason to think he won't bring his skills in full force for another turn in Age »
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
Sneak Peek new close-up display images of Hot Toys' 'Hulkbuster', 'Captain America', 'Thor', 'Black Widow', 'Hawkeye' and 'Hulk' as they appear in director Joss Whedon's "Avengers: Age of Ultron", plus a spitting image of 'Thanos' from Marvel Studios' "Guardians of the Galaxy":
"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. »
- Michael Stevens
We haven't done a link roundup in so long this one is super-duper-quadrupled size. Please to enjoy these articles or catch up with this news...
Nyt, BBC, Variety remembers the great Italian actress Virna Lisi who has died at 78 years of age. Best known stateside for the Jack Lemmon comedy How To Murder Your Wife (1965), and maybe that iconic Esquire cover by George Lois (left) which has been homaged ever since, this baby cinephile right here writing to you first fell for her in the French film Queen Margot (1994). She was brilliant as the most ruthless of royals. She won the Cannes prize for Best Actress for her supporting role which probably didn't make Margot herself Isabelle Adjani too happy but they were at odds in the film, too.
Guardian doesn't like the new Annie but what makes that little orphan so durable in pop culture?
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- NATHANIEL R
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. »
This article contains spoilers for Guardians Of The Galaxy.
Writer and director James Gunn is, as you more than likely well know, the man who's given Marvel perhaps its most unexpected hit to date, Guardians Of The Galaxy. The film has taken over $700m worldwide, and a sequel is already in the works.
Now, in a new chat with Vulture, Gunn has been talking about the pressure on him to get the character of Thanos right in the first Guardians Of The Galaxy movie. He told the site that the pressure came "because you’re setting up this gigantic character that, in one way, isn’t really a part of your movie. His presence doesn’t really serve being in Guardians, and having Thanos be in that scene was more helpful »
Did America just lose its first cyberwar?
Sony announced Wednesday that The Interview will not be released after a hack leaked embarrassing executive emails, full-length movies and threatened Americans in theaters with 9/11-like attacks if they went to see it.
The Interview stars Seth Rogen and James Franco, and in the comedy, North Korea's Kim Jong-Un is assassinated. But the actors need not worry as their famous friends are standing up for them and their right to creative expression.
News: Here is Sony's statement about canceling 'The Interview'
I think it is disgraceful that these theaters are not showing The Interview. Will they pull any movie that gets an anonymous threat now?
— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) December 17, 2014
This only guarantees that this movie will be seen by more people on Earth than it »
Like Joss Whedon ("Avengers: Age of Ultron"), James Gunn is multi-talented, he can write and direct a film. When he was rewriting Nicole Perlman's Guardians of the Galaxy script he encountered many challenges. Gunn tells Vulture, writing the character introductions were incredibly challenging, and required many rewrites to satisfy his own expectations. Though, Gunn admits that one scene in particular was the most difficult of them all and that was when Ronan (Lee Pace) is summoned to Sanctuary, Thanos' (voiced by Josh Brolin) base of operations. There’s pressure with Thanos because you’re setting up this gigantic character that, in one way, isn’t really a part of your movie. His presence doesn’t really serve being in Guardians, and having Thanos be in that scene was more helpful to the Marvel universe than it was to Guardians of the Galaxy. I always wanted to have Thanos in there, »
You probably don't want to be a redshirt in Star Trek any more than you'd want to be a beloved character in a Joss Whedon project. These people have a tendency to die. In that respect, if you're in a children's movie, you don't want to be the parent. A recent study was done, which revealed that parents of main characters were much more likely to die in a children's movie than they would in a film for adults. Bambi. Finding Nemo. The Lion King. Spoiler alert: Mom or Dad dies. It's no secret that animated heroes tend to lose their parents from time to time. The Atlantic ran an article focusing on a study called "Cartoons Kill: casualities in animated recreational theater in an objective observational new study of kids' introduction to loss of life," in which researchers compared some of the top grossing animated kids movies from the »
One notable absentee from Marvel’s colossal and expansive filmic slate was love for Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk. Before the studio mapped out the remainder of Phase Two and the early stages of Phase Three, it was long rumored that the lumbering, green-tinged rage monster would get his own movie — particularly after Ruffalo’s turn in Avengers back in 2012 — but it appears as though a standalone film isn’t on the cards…for now.
During a recent set visit, IGN had the opportunity to talk to Joss Whedon about all things Hulk, including his role in Age of Ultron, that fabled solo outing as well as teasing that “something terrible” is coming.
Everybody loves Mark [Ruffalo]. He’s phenomenal. But the fact that there hasn’t been a Hulk since that Hulk, it doesn’t suck. I mean, my job is hard enough. Cap’s had a movie, Thor’s had a movie. »
- Michael Briers
With Mark Ruffalo's The Hulk not getting a solo movie (for now, anyway), many Marvel fans are very excited to see him back on the big screen in Avengers: Age Of Ultron. We already know The Hulk will have a bigger role in the upcoming film, and while speaking with IGN, Joss Whedon talked about the expansion of the character, and if he'll talk more in The Avengers sequel. His monologue about his childhood is very poignant and lacks pronouns. No. You know, the talking thing is »
- Jesse Giroux
Sony Pictures bowed to pressure yesterday (December 17) and pulled The Interview from its December 25 release.
The big movie chains in the Us gradually dropped the controversial film, following a terror threat from a group known as 'Guardians of Peace', which previously claimed responsibility for the cyber attacks on Sony Pictures.
However, Hollywood has largely expressed disappointment and concern with the decision. Digital Spy rounds up some of the reactions from the stars below:
Wow. Everyone caved. The hackers won. An utter and complete victory for them. Wow.
— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) December 17, 2014
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) December 17, 2014
Let's be real here. No One wanted to see "The Interview" to begin with. It's most likely a crappy movie. Now that it's gone, you want it.
— Lamarr Wilson (@LamarrWilson) December 17, 2014
Cancelling "The Interview »
For me, the greatest thing about having Joss Whedon working on Marvel films is that he isn't just a great director he's also a brillaint screenwriter. If he happens to notice that a scene, or a piece of dialogue, isn't quite working he can dash into his trailer and pound out whatever is necessary to make it work. It is that ability to work on the fly that makes the multi-talented Whedon the most powerful superhero Marvel Studios has in their stable. With that being said, it must be incredibly difficult for Whedon to not feel the pressure from fans to outdo The Avengers, which grossed $1.5 billion at the worldwide box office in 2012. Q: What was your head like going into this movie and what did you set out to do differently? Joss Whedon: The first one was raggedy. I was a raggedy man when I made that film. »
Welcome To Issue 76!
If This Is Your First Time Here: Welcome! This is my weekly column where I talk about superhero movie news, rumors and speculation.
This Week: A mostly hack-free column (one link in there, but I get it out of the way quick)! First we update on the Spider-Man deal, then we talk through the plot of Avengers: Age of Ultron assuming the new Lego sets aren't lying to us.
Lots going on in the Marvel Universe this week, or at least the perception that there is a lot going on, because some set visit interviews from Avengers: Age of Ultron solidified some rumored plot developments and a Lego set for the film does what Lego sets do: have us wondering if we’re being sold cool brick guys or being told about the progression of action scenes in the film.
Then, there’s Spider-Man.
As the hackers »
Joss Whedon wasn't sure he wanted to direct Avengers: Age of Ultron. When we caught up with him on the London set of the film this Summer, he admitted making the original Avengers left him feeling "ragged," exhausted, and not 100 percent sure whether he could take on a second film about the superhero squad. "It did take a lot out of me," he said. "Going in this time, I just had to sort of recalibrate my entire existence and throw myself into it more wholeheartedly and say, 'Ok. I'm gonna just invest myself in every part of it - in every production meeting, every location scout, and every question about a prop that I'd like to avoid.' I'm gonna give myself up to it like a Christian to a lion." Whedon's obvious passion for the characters overrode any doubts he might have had about his second outing in the franchise's director's chair. »
Sony pulled the Christmas Day release of “The Interview” on Wednesday after hackers levied threats to attack theaters showing the comedy, causing a slew of exhibitors to say they wouldn’t screen the movie.
The decision has already sparked a large variety of opinions, with many angry at the studio and exhibitors for pulling out of the film starring Seth Rogen and James Franco as a duo on a mission to assassinate North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. Industry figures including Judd Apatow, Rob Lowe, Jimmy Kimmel and more have taken to social media to weigh in, with several slamming Sony for the decision.
Read a list of tweets below, which will be updated as more come in:
I expect The Interview to turn up online. Because, dig it, you can knock the rock but you can't stop the rock.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) December 18, 2014
I have enjoyed movies that offended me deeply. »
- Variety Staff
Even though Revenge doesn’t return with new episodes until January, we’re starting to get a clearer picture of what the back half of the show’s fourth season will look likely thanks to this newest casting announcement. As first reported by TVLine, Suits’ Gina Torres is set to recur in the second half of Revenge Season 4. She will be playing “an aspiring socialite named Natalie Walsh.” Here’s how TVLine describes the character: In addition to her dreams of conquering high society — Natalie comes from “humble-but-ambitious roots” — she’s also arriving with a few enemies in her sights, though it’s not yet clear which Hamptons resident she’ll want to “drive a stake into.” In addition to Suits, Torres’ other past TV credits include Hannibal, Gossip Girl, Alias, 24, and, of course, her role as Zoe Washburne on the beloved Joss Whedon-created sci-fi series Firefly. Torres joins »
- Chris King
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