Joss Whedon did something truly incredible at the helm of the first Avengers movie. In unprecedented fashion, he brought together not just a team of blockbuster superheroes, but brought together multiple franchises into one super movie. As impressive as his work was, however, it turns out that what he was really always looking forward to in the future was making an Avengers movie featuring The Vision. This past summer, I was a member of a small group of journalists who flew out to England to visit the set of the upcoming The Avengers: Age of Ultron, and it was while interviewing Joss Whedon that he revealed that he had a clear idea of what he wanted to do with the film even before he knew what he was doing with the original. Discussing the look of The Vision, the writer/director revealed that he wanted to turn Paul Bettany into »
Directed by Peter Jackson
New Zealand/USA, 2014
To fully appreciate Peter Jackson’s last foray into Middle-Earth, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, one must understand it’s actually two separate movies. The first movie is a sour, pseudo-Shakespearean morality play that has nothing to do with Hobbits. The second movie is a heartfelt rumination about friendship and self-sacrifice. For those willing to overlook the sour for the sweet, there are great treasures to be found, as Jackson brings his trilogy to a suitably-epic conclusion.
Well, Bilbo (Martin Freeman) and his crew of Dwarves have really done it this time. They ticked off the evil, treasure-hoarding dragon, Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch), and now the good folks of Laketown must pay the price. In a spectacular opening sequence, »
- J.R. Kinnard
CBS’ NCIS this Tuesday celebrated Christmas with an episode that paid tribute to the many “rules” Gibbs has laid out over eleven-and-a-half seasons and also weaved in a surprising emotional punch.
On the surface, the holiday-themed outing was about a suspicious Washington, D.C.-wide Internet shutdown and how the NCIS team handled it, with the assist of three hackers that Gibbs & Co had put behind bars in recent years: “I.T. Kevin” (played by Ethan Rains), Heidi Partridge (Erin Allin O’Reilly) and Ajay Khan (Chuck‘s Vik Sahay).
McGee related the case to his father, Admiral John McGee, »
Have you walked the line for The Voice these past seven weeks? Has the experience left you wanting to swing from the chandelier? God only knows where you’d be without NBC’s reality singing competition, right?
Yep, you may have guessed it from the aforementioned trio of lyrical references, but it’s time to count down the very best performances from The Voice‘s last 12 weeks of holleration, interpretation and exultation.
Every one of Season 7’s finalists — Craig Wayne Boyd, Matt McAndrew, Chris Jamison and Damien — cracked the list at least one time, but there are some long-since-eliminated vocalists who made the cut, »
There’s still so much that we don’t know about Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. One think we do know, though, is that it looks freakin' awesome! One of the bigger mysteries of the story that has yet to be revealed is how Vision is created in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We’ve heard a lot of theories, and one of the more popular has Paul Bettany's J.A.R.V.I.S. character somehow becoming The Vision.
In a recent interview with with THR the actor is asked about Vision’s role in the film, and this is what he says:
"It's still a secret. I think all will be revealed very shortly. It's a secret I've kept for about three years, which is really hard, especially with three kids. I'm contractually obliged not to talk about it. J.A.R.V.I.S will »
- Joey Paur
It doesn’t matter, hours into the taping of his upcoming NBC holiday special, that the cameras have stopped rolling while the crew deals with a technical snag: Michael Bublé is standing center stage in front of a live audience at Radio City Music Hall, and that means Michael Bublé is on.
The Canadian crooner uses the downtime to goof with the crowd, who’ve gathered in late October to watch his Christmas in New York take shape at the iconic Manhattan venue. At one point, apropos of nothing, he belts out, “You know my mama she told me don’t worry about your siiiiiiiize. »
This is, to put it plainly, one hell of a time to be a comic book nerd. All my favorite characters(*) are making the leap from the page to either the big or small screen. Marvel can seemingly do no wrong with its film output, turning an obscure and downright goofy property like "Guardians of the Galaxy" into one of the year's biggest and most beloved hits. TV's most popular comedy ("Big Bang Theory") has a comic book shop as one of its primary sets, and a main character often seen in Flash and Green Lantern t-shirts. TV's most popular drama series ("The Walking Dead") is based on a long-running comic book, and there are currently five other comic-based shows airing on the broadcast networks (ABC's "Marvel's Agents of Shield," Fox's "Gotham," NBC's "Constantine" and the CW's "Arrow" and "The Flash"), with more coming fast. (The CW has "iZombie" set for mid-season, »
- Alan Sepinwall
"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..."
Primarily shot at Shepperton Studios in Surrey, England, with additional footage filmed in Italy, »
- Michael Stevens
Rule No. 8: “Never take anything for granted.”
CBS’ NCIS takes that to heart tonight at 8/7c, with a Christmas episode that reflects on one of the long-running drama’s recurring themes: Gibbs’ Rules.
“I wanted for a while to do an episode about Gibbs’ rules,” showrunner Gary Glasberg tells TVLine, “and Chris Waild, one of my writer-producers, had the clever idea of incorporating it into our Christmas show.”
The framing device, per Glasberg: “McGee (played by Sean Murray) is writing a letter to his father, sitting at the great, old typewriter that he writes his books on, sort of »
The zombie apocalypse is spreading to the Left Coast!
One of the key unanswered questions surrounding AMC’s in-the-works Walking Dead spinoff — where will it be set? — can now be revealed.
TVLine has learned exclusively that the potential series (the pilot of which will be shot in early 2015) will be based in… Los Angeles.
Yep, the zombies are going Hollywood.
AMC promised that Twd: 2.0 will shed light on a new, previously unseen corner of the zombie apocalypse — perhaps one where the living outnumber the undead. “Almost from the beginning of The Walking Dead (which is set in Atlanta), fans have »
While Avengers: Age of Ultron will bring back some of Marvel's biggest heroes on screen, together first the first time since Marvel's The Avengers, including Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Captain America and Hawkeye, there is one character that fans have gotten more and more excited about with each new appearance. While not necessarily a superhero, S.H.I.E.L.D. agent-turned-Stark employee Maria Hill has become a valuable utility player in the McU, and star Cobie Smulders's has been able to continually bring something new to her performance. That path continues in Avengers 2.
Cobie Smulders recently chatted with EW about her latest turn as Maria Hill. She offers insight into the evolution of this popular character. She also praises the fact that more and more woman are bing introduced into these movies.
"There's so many pieces to this giant puzzle, and I'm happy that Maria Hill is one of them. »
A masked serial killer preys on women, but there's a twist in the tale in the indie horror, The House Of Him...
A lot has been written about horror films relationship and gender politics. Some of the most iconic moments of the genre involve a damsel in distress meeting her end at the hands of a monstrous male figure. From the gothic romance of Hammer horror to the rollercoaster ride of slasher films to the grimy cellars of torture porn, if you're a woman then you've pretty much had it. One-time Rosanne writer Joss Whedon kickstarted his career by in part turning the whole thing on its head and having a blonde cheerleader become a kick ass heroine. But even recent horror films insist on making women the victim.
Sophie and »
NCIS: Los Angeles‘ Christmas-themed winter finale was teeming with good cheer — in the final moments, at least, and after much anxiety for Callen.
The Case of the Week involved a thumbdrive loaded with stolen super-malware, which the team realizes had been hastily dropped inside a handbag belonging to Callen’s girlfriend Joelle, as the Santa-dressed thief made his escape.
Fearing the baddies might track down and come gunning for Jo, Callen kept a close eye on her. And though Kensi and Deeks were able to subdue one of the killers who eventually came a-knocking, two others stormed Joelle’s home, »
It’s been a strange season of The Voice — and not just because of Gwen Stefani’s penchant for pairing torturous heels with tights.
But despite the almost constant shift in contestant momentum and often head-scratching results (Damien over Toia Jones in the Knockouts? Ryan Sill in the Top 8?), something kind of miraculous occurred during tonight’s performance finale: NBC’s reality singing behemoth finally took on its most obvious shortcoming — that it’s never produced an American Idol-level superstar — and did something that may very well obliterate all those “what’s the point of all this, anyway?” criticisms. »
Marvel Comics' "Avengers" saw the original team line-up reformed by Cap in "Avengers" #16, with former villains 'Scarlet Witch' and 'Quicksilver', after the original members resigned.
Along with 'Hawkeye', the 'Wasp' also joined the team, followed by 'Black Panther'.
"Avengers: Age of Ultron" opens May 1, 2015.
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- Michael Stevens
Sneak Peek the new 'Mark Xliii' figure of 'Tony Stark' aka 'Iron Man', plus the super-villain 'Ultron Mark 1', revealing a closer, detailed look @ the characters from director Joss Whedon's upcoming "Avengers" sequel, "Avengers: Age Of Ultron":
"...Hot Toys is thrilled to jump start the 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' collectible series by presenting the 1/6th scale Mark Xliii Collectible Figure.
"It is also the newest addition to our Mms Diecast Series.
"The movie-accurate Mark Xliii Collectible Figure is highly detailed and specially crafted based on the image of Robert Downey Jr...
"...featuring a newly painted Tony Stark helmeted head sculpt, metallic red, gold and silver armor with weathered effects, Led light-up functions, and a specially designed diorama base with a damaged 'Ultron Mark I'..."
"When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including 'Iron Man'. »
- Michael Stevens
Want to see what that photo looks like in color? What is Superman doing in Batman v Superman? Will Lois Lone and Wonder Woman fight in the movie? Which superhero does Joss Whedon want to write about at some point? Is there any new footage in a video for Kingman: The Secret Service? When does […]
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- Germain Lussier
Four little words made waves in the Whedonverse this weekend: “Widescreen Buffy is nonsense.”
Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon finally came out swinging Saturday against the HD version of his iconic series, now airing on Pivot. Originally shot in a 4:3 aspect ratio, the new 16:9 format is loaded with questionable changes, including awkward cropping, suspect lighting and even occasional appearances by crew members in shots, all of which is carefully detailed in this Facebook post.
A prime example is this shot from the Season 1 episode “Angel,” which — without the original, darker filter — makes it appear as though »
In an effort to bring Buffy the Vampire into the HD era, 20th Century Fox has been remastering the hugely-popular series, putting out high-definition, widescreen versions of the show. Remastered episodes of the first two seasons have been airing in the States on the cable channel Pivot, but it seems that Fox’s restoration is doing more harm than good (particularly when it comes to transferring the aspect ratio from the original 4:3 to 16:9). A Facebook page has been tracking the many issues, including issues with cropping, framing, brightness and even crew members and equipment appearing in the shot. Here’s a selection of comparison images:
Well, it’s not just the fans who are upset about Fox’s meddling, as series creator Joss Whedon has taken to Twitter today to call the widescreen versions “nonsense”…
- Gary Collinson
There is still plenty we don't know about Avengers: Age of Ultron, as we inch closer and closer to the May 1, 2015 release date. One aspect of the story that has rarely been touched upon is the inclusion of Vision, which will be played by Paul Bettany, the longtime voice of J.A.R.V.I.S. in the Iron Man movies and Marvel's The Avengers. Earlier this month, a new poster offered us our best look at Vision yet, but the images were later removed, following a promo poster spotted in September. When asked when fans will finally get their first official look at Vision, Paul Bettany had this to say, in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
"It's still a secret. I think all will be revealed very shortly. It's a secret I've kept for about three years, which is really hard, especially with three kids. I'm contractually »
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