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Mackie - who has previously starred in 8 Mile and The Hurt Locker - shared with Entertainment Weekly that it has been a thrill to play a superhero.
"Trust me, it's a lot of fun to be a superhero," he joked, adding: "All of it, everything that's come together, it feels like a special moment."
The actor went on to stress that he has been very pleased by the reaction to his casting as the Falcon, who made his first appearance in Marvel Comics in 1969.
"[Captain America: The Winter Solider is] a cool story and brings in some amazing characters and the Falcon is one of the things that fans are already excited about, »
How long should a franchise lie fallow before it can be rebooted successfully? With its premier comic-book property, Warner Bros allowed an eight-year gap between Batman and Robin and Batman Begins, although it's worth remembering that grosses for the Christopher Nolan trilogy only reached spectacular levels with The Dark Knight, three years later; the sequel made £49.1m, as opposed to just £16.6m for Batman Begins. Sony did pretty well with The Amazing Spider-Man only five years after Spider-Man 3, whereas Universal didn't create much excitement with Louis Leterrier's The Incredible Hulk, five years after Ang Lee's less-than-fully achieved Hulk.
Seven years after Superman Returns underwhelmed audiences with a total of £16.4m in the UK and Ireland, the pricey Man of Steel always looked likely to improve on that total. With Nolan on board as producer, »
- Charles Gant
Rhind-Tutt was reportedly one of the last few contenders to be The Doctor after David Tennant left in 2010, according to The Sun.
Rory Kinnear is now said to be the favourite to take on the role, according to the tabloid.
Smith will depart the BBC sci-fi drama this Christmas, with Harewood telling ITV's Loose Women that playing the next Doctor would be an "exciting" prospect.
"It would be really difficult to turn down," said the actor. "It's very exciting. It would be very exciting if the phone rang."
However, Harewood added that he "doubt[s]" he will be offered the iconic role.
"Get the BBC on the phone," he joked. "We should start a pressure group or something!"
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News Glen Chapman 18 Jun 2013 - 07:00
Much of the Marvel news of late has been centred around pieces falling into place for Guardians of Galaxy, as well as the small matter of Loki not not featuring in the Avengers 2. Now there's been some updates regarding Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
First up Dominic Cooper has been chatting about his role as Howard Stark in the film. "I went off and shot something, but I can't even work out how my character can be in it. Wouldn't I be dead? But anything is possible", he said to MTV. "They are quite secretive about where they are going to go with the characters and how it will slot in, you have no idea. So you turn up, put your costume on and do as you're told. I have definitely put the costume on. »
While he admitted the chances were slim, Charles said it would be an honour to hop from Starbug to the Tardis.
"Yeah, having a black Doctor Who would be double cool," he is quoted as saying in Purple Revolver.
"To be asked by the Beeb would be great, it's such a classic show.
"But I think there would probably be too much cross-over with Red Dwarf, as we've got a new series lined up next year."
"Also, I would have to grit my teeth a bit, »
Fishing for film gold
The Edinburgh international film festival starts this week, casting its net wide with Korean films and American indies. But this 67th edition might be remembered for a very local tale and one of the unlikeliest documentaries that's ever hooked me. It's called Kiss the Water: A Love Story, a portrait of an eccentric, almost hermit-like woman called Megan Boyd who became the world's foremost maker of salmon flies. Seriously. Prince Charles was one of her loyal clients, even delivering her OBE to her cottage because Boyd couldn't be bothered with the fuss of going to the palace to accept it from the Queen.
The film is by American doc maker Eric Steel, whose last film, »
- Jason Solomons
Sir Alfred Munnings, the celebrated equestrian painter, was the first artist I learned to despise courtesy of my sixth-form grammar school teachers, and no doubt largely as a result of his notorious, drunken valedictory speech as president of the Royal Academy, broadcast live in 1949, in which he managed to insult Picasso and Anthony Blunt in the same breath as he buttered up Winston Churchill.
This movie concerns a little-known period in his life just before the first world war, when he was a leading member of the Lamorna group, a branch of the British impressionism better known as the Newlyn school in far western Cornwall. The flamboyant, one-eyed Munnings (Dominic Cooper), who comes across as a boorish bohemian, competed for the hand of the young, mentally disturbed painter Florence Carter-Wood (Emily Browning) with his reserved friend, the regular army officer Gilbert Evans (Dan Stevens). It's not a particularly interesting or »
- Philip French
Man Of Steel (12A)
How to retell a story everyone has heard so many times before? By shuffling up Superman's origins myth, adopting a deadly earnest tone and chucking tons of money at it, apparently. The result is a Christ parable with a Transformers-sized appetite for destruction. Cavill is appropriately strapping but the tension between Earth and Krypton gets buried beneath the rubble.
Paradise: Love (18)
Wealthy white women's third-world sex tourism is hardly a nuanced subject (or a new one: see Laurent Cantet's Heading South) but Seidl brings it up to date and out in the open in this excruciating study of mutual exploitation. Tiesel plays a lonely, »
- Steve Rose
Stevens also talks to Digital Spy about his role opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in The Fifth Estate, which concerns the still-ongoing Julian Assange WikiLeaks scandal and the overlap between Downton and Summer in February.
Summer in February is out in UK cinemas now. »
We don't need to tell you a new Superman movie's out this weekend - after all, the theme's been stuck in your head for months now - but here we go anyway: Man Of Steel is out out out now now now, and we've got an interview with Zod's right-hand woman (Faora, played by Antje Traue) to prove it. We've also got Zack Snyder and David S. Goyer, but that's for next Monday's spoiler special...Then there's Summer In February's Dominic Cooper - known to Marvel fans as Howard Stark - talking about being crap at football, drinking "wink juice" and, um, his bum. And as if that weren't enough, there's our news round-up, Q&A round-up and reviews round-up, including, of course, The Steely Man (the unofficial title). P.S. You can check out our podcast photo gallery here and subscribe to the Empire Podcast via our iTunes »
News Louisa Mellor 14 Jun 2013 - 08:00
After the initial flurry of "Pick me, Nigel!" self-promotion and teasing from a few potential Twelfth Doctors (and er, a few with less potential), a handful of names has persisted.
There was Ben Daniels for a start, then Rory Kinnear, the latter announced as having been offered the role by last weekend's Telegraph. The Skyfall actor's agent, no doubt delighted with the publicity either way, has neglected to comment, unlike theatre director Fiona Laird who announced on Twitter last Sunday, "By the way, #doctorwho fans, I have it on the Highest authority that Rory Kinnear's agent has not received one single call about it."
There was also a story narrowing the choice down to three fine actors: Domhnall Gleeson (ginger! It must be true! »
Picking up in present-day America after the events of The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier will understandably have to shed a lot of the supporting characters who populated the WW2-era setting of the first movie. However, Howard Stark will not be one of those characters to fall by the wayside, with Dominic Cooper revealing that he has shot some new scenes for the forthcoming sequel. “I went off and shot something," reveals Cooper, "but I can’t even work out how my character can be in it. Wouldn’t I be dead? But anything...
- George Wales
Emily Browning suffers in an underwritten role as an aspiring artist caught between two admirers in a bohemian Cornish colony
Proof that truth is duller than fiction comes with this tale of real events in the Lamorna artists' colony in Cornwall in the months before the first world war. Beautiful young aspiring artist Florence Carter-Wood (Browning) comes to Lamorna, where she immediately attracts the attention of sensible estate manager Gilbert Evans (Stevens, who also produces), and Dominic Cooper's Aj Munnings, the resident genius. (We know he's a genius because everyone keeps saying so, despite his habit of telling everyone in the pub to shut up so he can recite poetry, like an Edwardian version of one of those bores who reel off Monty Python sketches.) Can you guess which one of them she'll go for? And do you think she's made a mistake? Browning's role is so underwritten that »
- Michael Hann
Well, this is an interesting and late development. Along with the somewhat recent news that Robert Redford had a pivotal role as the head of S.H.I.E.L.D. in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, another interesting casting move has just been revealed, and it brings back a character from Captain America: The First Avenger. Speaking with Xpose Entertainment (via ComicBookMovie), Dominic Cooper revealed that he has completed shooting some scenes where he returns as Howard Stark, founder of Stark Industries and father of Iron Man himself, Tony Stark. But how is that possible with a sequel in present day? Read on! Well, we're not entirely sure. And honestly, Cooper is either being very coy about how he comes into play in the sequel, or he really has no idea how the scenes he ended up shooting will fit into the film. Cooper says: "I never know what to say about this. »
- Ethan Anderton
If there’s one unfortunate consequence of Captain America: The Winter Soldier being set in the present day, in the aftermath of The Avengers, rather than in the 1940s era that was the setting of Captain America: The First Avenger, it’s that most of the characters from Steve Rogers’ home era won’t be returning.
Warning!!! This Article Contains Mild Plot Spoilers For Captain America 2!!!
The main exception, of course, is Cap’s ...
- H. Shaw-Williams
The actor - who will reprise his role as Howard Stark in the upcoming Marvel Studios sequel - seemed to hint that the role could be significant to the shared cinematic universe.
"I never know what to say about this," Cooper told This Morning. "But I have definitely put the costume on.
"I have worn the costume and we have shot something, but how it's going to enter into the next phase of what they are planning I don't know. I sound so dodgy, I don't even believe myself! I have shot some scenes."
He continued: "I went off and shot something, but I can't even work out how my character can be in it - wouldn't I be dead? But anything is possible.
"They are quite secretive about where they are going to go with »
by Brett white
Howard Stark, father of Tony, played a pivotal role in "Captain America: The First Avenger." The charismatic scientist worked on the Super Soldier program that gave Steve Rogers his power and he built Cap's shield. With so many ties to the character, it makes sense that Dominic Cooper would return as Stark in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier."
That is, of course, until you remember that the sequel has moved from the 1940s to the present day. So exactly how does Howard Stark, a character without the superhuman power of longevity, factor into Steve Rogers' current life? Cooper revealed to UK TV show "This Morning" that not even he's sure.
"I went off and shot something, but I can't even work out how my character can be in it," says Cooper. "Wouldn't I be dead? But anything is possible. They are quite secretive about where they »
- Splash Page Team
The Irish actor was named by Starburst Magazine along with Dominic Cooper and Daniel Kaluuya as leading contenders to play The Doctor, although Doctor Who's Jenna-Louise Coleman later insisted that no decisions on casting have been made.
Cooper quickly responded by insisting that he had not been contacted by the BBC about playing The Doctor, and now Gleeson has issued a similar denial.
"There's nothing to [it]," Gleeson told RTÉ Ten. "I heard about it from my agent [who] sent me a website, [and was] laughing about the fact that people were saying that I was being talked about. I was like, 'That's lovely: my own agent is laughing at the idea!'"
He added: "So, it's not true and there's nothing you can do about people just spouting a whole load of s**te on the internet! »
Actor Dominic Cooper has mentioned on previous occasions that he's set to reprise his role as inventor Howard Stark from 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger in the 2014 sequel, subtitled The Winter Soldier. But the British thespian recently admitted to confusion about his inclusion. "Well, I kind of am, I never know what to say about this," Cooper told UK TV show This Morning, this morning. "But I have definitely put the costume on. I have worn the costume and we have shot something, but how it's going to enter into the next phase of what they are planning I don't know. I sound so dodgy, I don't even believe myself! I have shot some scenes." It seems Dominic was either uninformed that his scene(s) will appear as flashbacks, or there is something bigger in store for the late father of 'Iron Man' Tony Stark. "I went »
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