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After his show-stealing turn in The Avengers, Mark Ruffalo's Bruce Banner / The Incredible Hulk is set to link up with Earth's Mightiest Heroes again next year as cameras roll on Joss Whedon's hotly-anticipated 2015 sequel The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
However, with Ruffalo tied down to a six-movie deal - including the two aforementioned Avengers movies - it's surely only a matter of time before the Green Goliath gets another solo movie. There has been plenty of speculation that this could happen as part of Marvel's Phase Three, and according to Lou Ferrigno - who voices the Hulk in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and of course portrayed him in the classic 70s TV series - that seems to be the plan.
- Gary Collinson
The best movie culture writing from around the internet-o-sphere. Just leave a tab open for us, will ya? “Joss Whedon’s Impossible Screenwriting Seminar” — Writer Jim Lynn’s droll account of randomly learning about (and attending) an intimate screenwriting conversation hosted by Impossible, Lily Cole and Marvel’s man. (Note: recognizing Lily Cole from a Doctor Who episode is not sad.) “Paul Walker: 1973 – 2013” — Alex Pappademas thinkpieces the actor without overthinking it. “Why WB’s plan to churn out small DC Comic movies is a terrible idea” — Rob Bricken at io9 breaks down a desperation move that can’t possibly turn out well. “Why Not Dropping Movie and TV Spoilers is a Courtesy (Not a Rule)” — Kofi Outlaw as Screenrant makes an interesting argument even though he’s completely wrong. »
- Scott Beggs
The Writers Guild of America has remained tough on qualifying scripts for its screenplay awards, excluding more than a dozen high-profile scripts, including John Ridley’s screenplay for “12 Years a Slave.”
The guild’s restrictions — far more rigorous than other guilds — require that scripts be produced under WGA jurisdiction or under a collective bargaining agreement in Canada, Ireland, New Zealand or the U.K. The WGA had no immediate comment on the exclusions, but the restrictions on eligibility are a longstanding practice at the guild.
Other notable screenplays excluded include Peter Morgan’s screenplay for “Rush”; Ryan Coogler’s script for “Frutivale Station”; “Philomena,” written by Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope and “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” penned by William Nicholson.
Voting to determine the WGA’s nominees launched Tuesday on 95 eligible screenplays — 41 in the adapted category and 54 in the original category. The guild’s restrictions also require that the »
- Dave McNary
With news of DC Comics’ television universe coming together after numerous reports have claimed that a number of shows are in development, many were left wondering about DC’s big screen film universe. With this years Man Of Steel hinting at larger elements of the DC cinematic universe, its sequel Batman Vs. Superman will break it wide open in 2015 with the plot rumoured to include a vast array of characters including Wonder Woman and Nightwing.
After David S. Goyer (Blade Trinity/The Dark Knight trilogy) signed a three year deal with Warner Bros., the writer/producer/director has been all but confirmed as the new creative consultant for the DC film universe, similar to Joss Whedon’s role over at Marvel. Now a new report claims 2014′s big news is that Goyer is taking film treatments for lesser known DC properties that will be developed at a fraction of the »
- Ben Read
In an interview with Flicks And The City, Ferrigno, who helped voice the Hulk in "The Avengers," said that Ruffalo is "a great actor" and that Disney has already green-lit a spinoff for his scientist-turned-superhuman character.
"They are doing a Hulk movie, I think after the next 'Avengers,'" Ferrigno told the site.
Screen Rant notes that "Avengers" director Joss Whedon contradicted those claims earlier this year, but Marvel producer Kevin Feige has hinted that the studio would eventually like to see Ruffalo headline his own movie. Ruffalo, meanwhile, has also said he'd be happy to take the lead in a Hulk-centric film, but added that he wasn't aware of plans for any such movie.
As for Ferrigno, the actor said he wants more than a voice role if »
- Katie Roberts
Along with balancing fan service with keeping things accessible for newbies and making sure the trailer editors don’t put all your spectacle in the teaser, it seems like a crucial part of crafting a summer blockbuster is making sure there’s plenty of trivia hidden away for fans of all description to comb over.
In recent years, with CGI allowing an infinite amount of easter eggs, the amount of easter eggs has grown at a meteoric rate. After writing each entry in the ongoing series 10 Things You Might Have Missed, what’s been notable is how there’s always a multitude of leftover factoids, prompting two questions; is it getting too much and which film from the past year has the most?
The answer to the first is simple; of course not. Joss Whedon may have recently come out bashing in-universe references for pulling you out of the action, »
- Alex Leadbeater
Clark Gregg reprises his role of Agent Phil Coulson from Marvel’s feature films as he assembles a small, highly select group of Agents from the worldwide law-enforcement organization known as S.H.I.E.L.D. Together they investigate the new, the strange, and the unknown across the globe, protecting the ordinary from the extraordinary. Coulson’s team consists of Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), highly trained in combat and espionage, Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen) expert pilot and martial artist, Agent Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker); brilliant engineer and Agent Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) genius bio-chemist. Joining them on their journey into mystery is new recruit and computer hacker Skye (Chloe Bennet). From Executive Producers Joss Whedon (“Marvel’s The Avengers,” ”Buffy the Vampire Slayer”); Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” pilot co-writers (“Dollhouse,” “Dr.Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog”); Jeffrey Bell (“Angel,” “Alias”); and Jeph Loeb (“Smallville”) comes Marvel’s first TV series. »
As a massive fan of both the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the classic television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I recently started to notice some rather bizarre comparisons between the McU’s own Asgardian god of thunder, Thor, and the vampire slaying all-American girl next door, Buffy Summers.
I’m not just talking about the fact that they’re both super-powered individuals with long, flowing blonde hair and who have both been directed been Joss Whedon, I’m talking about some seriously blatant parallels in their adventures, personalities and lives in general.
It got to the point where I noticed enough similarities between the unlikely pairing that I could write a full list of them, so here were are.
On that note, here are ten surprising ways that Buffy Summers, the vampire slayer, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Thor mirror each other (note that this article contains spoilers for »
- Kev Stewart
After a seemingly endless series of setbacks and roadblocks -- most noticeably the last-minute departure of leading man Charlie Hunnam -- the big-screen adaptation of E.L. James's best-selling erotic novel "Fifty Shades of Grey" has begun principal photography, even though the eventual movie will be released more than a year from now, over Valentine's Day weekend 2015.
Author James posted a photo from the movie's Vancouver set on Instagram yesterday. In the teaser image, captioned "Action!," you can see the name of director Sam Taylor-Johnson, alongside that of cinematographer Seamus McGarvey, which actually makes us wonder if this means McGarvey won't be back to photograph Joss Whedon's art-house movie "Avengers: Age of Ultron" (he shot the first film and is known mostly for his collaborations with director Joe Wright).
- Drew Taylor
‘Catching Fire’ box office: To surpass Iron Man 3 in North America? (photo: Sam Claflin as Finnick Odair in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’) Thanksgiving was celebrated this past week in the United States. Although the American economy remains in a seemingly never-ending rut, Lionsgate has much to be thankful for, financially speaking: on the weekend of November 29-December 1, 2013, Francis Lawrence’s $110-130 million-budgeted The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth, added another $74.5 million from 4,163 North American locations according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. Even if Lionsgate’s estimates are (once again) off by a couple of percentage points, that’s a remarkable hold for a sequel. In fact, Catching Fire was down only 53% compared to its first weekend, which included $25+ million from Thursday night and Friday midnight screenings. And let’s not forget that the Hunger Games sequel blew off »
- Zac Gille
What is love? Haddaway once asked that question, but I'm not so sure that he ever got an answer – rather a whole load of hurt instead. It's a question that's been asked by billions of people over billions of years. Love can be the greatest feeling on Earth when it goes the way you want it to. It can also break the heart with the efficiency of a wrecking ball when it goes awry. When it comes to love though, Buffy The Vampire Slayer tends to go for the broken heart option. And Season Two delights in hefting the hammer of heartbreak.
Even more sinister manifestations are afoot though. James is reliving the moment that he broke up with Grace Newman by possessing anyone unlucky enough to be in the school corridors. Worse still, a ghostly gun appears out of nowhere, but this phantom weapon still kills. The Sunnydale janitor »
"I never read these comics before, not Scarlet Witch. She's nuts, she's crazy. She has more things wrong with her than any character I've ever played.
She can tell you where an object has been, she can tell you what your future is, she can connect with the dead and people from other universes, and she's the only person in this universe who's capable of doing that.
Olsen kind of knows what her costume will look like, but can't give the game away just yet:
"I do have a sense. »
- Garth Franklin
Oldboy arrived in theaters this Holiday weekend, bringing one of Elizabeth Olsen's best performances to the big screen. The in-demand actress has quite a 2014 lined-up, and while doing press for her Spike Lee directed remake, she teased two of her bigger projects, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Godzilla.
As production heats up on Avengers 2, Olsen hasn't been shy about sharing character details. She had previously called Scarlet Witch a 'messed up lady'. She now continues that thought, sharing more with AICN.
"I never read these comics before, not Scarlet Witch. She's nuts, she's crazy. She has more things wrong with her than any character I've ever played. She can tell you where an object has been, she can tell you what your future is, she can connect with the dead and people from other universes, and she's the only person in this universe who's capable of doing that. She's unbelievable; it's so cool. »
Yeah. I know. I’m last on the bandwagon, yet again. But that’s Ok, kiddos. I found Nirvana well after Kurt Cobain passed away. As many of you would also note, I found Star Trek: The Original Series just a little over a year ago. Funny enough, that was one of my most popular columns. For all the nerd-rage that exists when we poke and prod one another about our loves, we’re also the first sub-culture to embrace noobies with the unbridled passion of 1000 angry Daleks. That’s joyful rage though, so it’s all good. A bit over a week ago, I became of a fan of Doctor Who. Whovians, take me into your bosom. Move the celery stalk first.
A bit of backstory to begin. Unshaven cohort Kyle Gnepper has long been an outskirt Who-fan. Unshaven cohort Matt Wright also partook of the good Doctor upon subscribing to Netflix. »
- Marc Alan Fishman
With an episode that alludes to slasher movies and the X-Men, this week's big bad isn't the only thing leaping across dimensions
Spoiler Alert: This blog is for people watching Agents of Shield. Don't read on if you haven't seen episode nine
Click here to read Graeme's episode eight blogpost
It's fair to say that no-nonsense ninja Melinda May (aka the Bus driver, aka "The Cavalry" aka actress Ming-Na Wen) has been, by a considerable margin, the least chatty character in Agents of Shield. Even compared to stoic Ward – now her regular agent-with-benefits, judging by their bedroom scene in tonight's episode – May has remained a mystery swaddled in an enigma wrapped in a tight flightsuit. In situations where other team members, including Coulson, throw out pop-culture references or wisecracks, May just rolls her eyes or, more commonly, jabs a flattened palm into a throat.
This episode dove deeper into May's backstory, »
- Graeme Virtue
It was Saturday morning and I was at the Union Square Green Market buying dried black beans for soup. It was a beautiful clear cold day, the kind that makes me even more chatty with the people selling the goodies (and, yes, I consider black beans to be goodies. Sue me.). The lovely young woman who took my money commented about being outside all day.
“But there’s Doctor Who!” I said.
She looked at me with scorn.
“I have to watch,” I said defensively. “I need to be able to talk to my son.”
“You’re a good person,” she said. I interpreted this to mean that I was subjecting myself to something tiresome in order to be a good parent.
I came late to Doctor Who. I mean, I had heard of it but never felt any great need to see it. I thought it might be like Thomas, »
- Martha Thomases
Can’t believe I missed this earlier in the year. Back in June, @PaperClippe tweeted this:
— Paperclippe (@PaperClippe) June 23, 2013
Which some unknown wag turned into this:
And then, just yesterday (which is how I finally discovered this), @PaulGCornish “fixed it”:
(If you stumble across a cool Doctor Who thing, feel free to email me with a link.) »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Marvel's Agents of Shield
8pm, Channel 4
From a media industry standpoint, last week's instalment was a fascinating insight into Marvel's cross-platform strategy, set as it was in the aftermath of last month's Thor movie sequel. Otherwise, Shield has been widely regarded as a bit of a dud, lacking both the robustness of Marvel's stronger cinematic output and the sassy spark of co-creator Joss Whedon's earlier TV work. Perhaps we'll see something of an improvement this week, in an episode which delves into Agent May's troubled past. Gwilym Mumford
Stobart: Trucks, Trains & Planes
8pm, Channel 5
- Andrew Mueller, Gwilym Mumford, Ben Arnold, Bim Adewunmi, Julia Raeside, Ali Catterall, Hannah Verdier
We're almost halfway into the first season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and I felt it was time to do a little review. A kind of pro/con list if you will. The show seems to be rapidly working at course correction, as the preview for the next episode revealed. J. August Richards' Extremis powered everyman returns to join the team for a mission and potentially a regular gig addressing the primary pout fans have had about the show: A lack of supers. The online geek community has been extremely vocal about their displeasure, so I thought it was time to break down everything so far this season to provide some much needed perspective on this oft maligned Marvel series.
Pro: Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson
Coulson is still the glue that holds Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. together. »
- Gary Collinson
Interview Simon Brew 29 Nov 2013 - 06:03
Out now on DVD and Blu-ray in the UK is the final part of the Cornetto trilogy, The World's End. We spoke to Simon Pegg about the film earlier in the way, but we've since also sat down with its director and co-writer, Edgar Wright. And here's how the chat went...
The interesting thing about the response to The World's End, and I've seen this with Hot Fuzz to an extent too, is that the second reaction to the film tends to be different to the first. That the first watch is quite a broad one, but the second uncovers what's under the surface. Themes such as lonliness, and the destructiveness of Gary.
So how closely do you follow that? Does the first reaction bother you per se, »
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