Given that Avengers Assemble saw Gwyneth Paltrow’s Pepper Potts brought along for the ride (or at least one scene), it seems only fair and fitting that Don Cheadle’s James “Rhodey” Rhodes – or War Machine / Iron Patriot, as he's also known – get his shot in the sequel. And so it is coming to pass, with Hitfix confirming a Bleeding Cool report that Cheadle is on board for Age Of Ultron.Joss Whedon is back writing and directing this one, looking to kick off shooting early in the New Year in the UK, Marvel’s current favourite filming spot. It’ll find Robert Downey Jr's Tony Stark and the rest of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes (including Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk, Chris Evans’ Captain America, Chris Hemsworth’s Thor and, most likely, Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow and Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye) facing off against rogue robot Ultron (James Spader »
Golden Globes: Cinema’s leading lights express gratitude, surprise
For the lucky ones, December 12 was a morning to remember as the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced its nominees for the 71st Golden Globe Awards.
ScreenDaily spoke to some of the nominees. The awards ceremony will take place on Jan 12, 2014.
Best Motion Picture – Drama
“We thank the Hollywood Foreign Press for recognizing Steve McQueen, John Ridley, Hans Zimmer and the incredible ensemble of actors, who have brought so much to this film. It’s this kind of bold filmmaking and storytelling that excites us at River Road and makes us proud to be a part of this incredible project. Special thanks to our partners at New Regency, Plan B and Fox Searchlight.”
“[Philomena] started with Steve Coogan sharing a newspaper article with me that was in The Guardian that was about the book. We thought »
Since replacing Terrance Howard as Tony Stark’s best pal Jim Rhodes in Marvel’s Iron Man 2, the ever-likeable Don Cheadle has made the military man role his own in both sequels featuring the high-flying metallic superhero. Sadly, Cheadle wasn’t called into action during The Avengers as they assembled during the ‘Battle Of New York”.
However, fans of ‘Rhodey’ (aka Iron Patriot and War Machine) may not have to wait for another Iron Man adventure (if there is even one planned, as star Robert Downey Jr. is said to be considering his future) to see the wisecracking side-kick. Cheadle has confirmed he will reprise his role in Joss Whedon’s upcoming Avengers: Age Of Ultron. Saying he has:
“a part to film in the next Avengers movie,”
- Craig Hunter
Concept Art by David Woodland >"Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment present the epic adventure, "Thor", which spans the Marvel Universe from present day Earth to the realm of Asgard. At the center of the story is the mighty Thor (Chris Hemsworth), a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war. Thor is cast down to Earth by his father Odin (Anthony Hopkins) and is forced to live among humans. A beautiful, young scientist, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), has a profound effect on Thor, as she ultimately becomes his first love. It’s while here on Earth that Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero when the most dangerous villain of his world sends the darkest forces of Asgard to invade Earth." Thor - was directed by Kenneth Branagh, from a screenplay written by Ashley Edward Miller, Zack Stentz and Don Payne. The film stars: Chris Hemsworth, »
The story doesn't include an actual quote from the actor saying he has been cast in this Marvel Phase Two sequel, but it does say that the actor, "has a part to film in the next Avengers movie," along with his Miles Davis biopic Kill the Trumpet Player.
What's interesting is Don Cheadle's Marvel involvement has been limited to just Iron Man 2 and Iron Man 3. He did not appear in last year's blockbuster Marvel's The Avengers. However, while promoting Iron Man 3, the actor did hint about having conversations with Joss Whedon about appearing in Avengers: Age of Ultron. The actor also mentioned visiting the set of next year's Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but it »
The 71st Annual Golden Globe Award nominations were announced this morning in Beverly Hills and we've got all the latest star reactions.
Matthew McConaughey - Best Performance by an Actor in a Drama for Dallas Buyers Club: "I'm excited and honored that the HFPA has recognized my performance in Dallas Buyers Club. Ron Woodroof was a revolutionary for the human spirit, and I was blessed to tell his story. I’m looking forward to spending the evening at the Golden Globes on January 12th."
Jared Leto - Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for Dallas Buyers Club: "This is absolutely incredible. I want to thank the members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for shining a light on Dallas Buyers Club and for celebrating independent cinema. I'm blown away by this Golden Globe Award nomination and so thankful to the incredible filmmakers for inviting me to help bring a fascinating story to the screen »
The 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Award nominees were announced Wednesday morning in Los Angeles, and we've got all the latest reactions from the stars!
Julie Bowen: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series: "This is my 1st chance to say I'm so honored by SAG nom because I've been working all day at the greatest job ever!" (via Twitter)
Don Cheadle - Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series for House of Lies: "It's always a kick to be recognized for your stuff, especially when it's by the people who know how the sausage is made. Now, please watch our damn show!!"
Sandra Bullock - Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role for Gravity: "Had I known being locked in a light box and dangling from a ceiling for hours on end would land me in the company of these extraordinary women, I would have »
Women lead movie website popularity chart, outranking top male actors as report highlights Hollywood's gender inequality
• News: Women successful yet sidelined in writing and directing
• Blog: Why are there so few female film-makers?
Jennifer Lawrence and Chloë Grace Moretz have been named by IMDb as the most popular actors in the world, a day after the New York Film Academy published new evidence of widening gender inequality in Hollywood.
Based on page views by the IMDb's 160 million users, Lawrence emerged as the most popular star, thanks largely to her best actress Oscar win in March for Silver Linings Playbook and her leading role in the dystopian blockbuster The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Sixteen-year-old Moretz has appeared in two big movies this year, the comic-book sequel Kick Ass 2 and the horror remake Carrie.
- Ben Child
Jennifer Lawrence is the most popular movie star of 2013 on IMDb, according to the site’s “Top 10 Stars” ranking determined purely by page views from the database’s more than 160 million monthly unique users. Chloë Grace Moretz, the 16-year-old star of “Carrie” and “Kick-Ass 2,” came in second, beating out leading men like Leonardo DiCaprio, Ryan Gosling, Tom Hardy, Johnny Depp and Chris Hemsworth. See photos: The Evolution of Jennifer Lawrence: From ‘Monk’ Mascot to Katniss Everdeen According to IMDb managing editor Keith Simanton, Lawrence blew even the closest competition away. She had 89 percent more page views than Moretz, »
- Greg Gilman
IMDb has released its Top Ten Stars of 2013 list, based on total page views. Unsurprisingly, Jennifer Lawrence (currently headlining box office juggernaut "Catching Fire," an Oscar winner from earlier this year for "Silver Linings Playbook," and an upcoming Oscar frontrunner for "American Hustle") is sitting pretty at the top of the list. Superheroes Henry Cavill and Chris Hemsworth also make the cut, as well as Leonardo DiCaprio and Benedict Cumberbatch. Check out all the names, below. Also including is IMDb's list of Top Emerging Stars of 2013. These are names who made their debut on the Top 100 list for the first time in 2013. Again, determined by page views.The IMDb Top 10 Stars of 20131. Jennifer Lawrence2. Chloë Grace Moretz3. Leonardo DICAPRIO4. Ryan Gosling5. Tom Hardy6. Anna Kendrick7. Johnny Depp8. Henry Cavill9. Chris Hemsworth10. Benedict Cumberbatch The IMDb Top 10 Emerging Stars of 20131. Charlie Hunnam (#14 overall)2. Nicholas Hoult (#26 overall)3. Paul Walker »
- Beth Hanna
As we speak, Ron Howard is filming his latest feature, In the Heart of the Sea, an adaptation of the Nathaniel Philbrick novel which was an account of the tragedy of the whale ship Essex. Check out the first set pics!
From the Press Release
Warner Bros. Pictures has announced a March 13th, 2015, release date for the action adventure In the Heart of the Sea. Oscar winner Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind) directs from a script by Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), and Charles Leavitt (Blood Diamond) based on Nathaniel Philbrick’s best-selling novel about the dramatic true journey of the whaling ship Essex.
In the Heart of the Sea stars Chris Hemsworth as the vessel’s veteran first mate, Owen Chase; Benjamin Walker as its inexperienced Captain, George Pollard; Cillian Murphy as second mate Matthew Joy; and Ben Whishaw as novelist Herman Melville, »
- Uncle Creepy
‘American Hustle,’ ‘Gravity’: AFI Awards 2013 – big-studio movies rule once again (photo: Christian Bale and Bradley Cooper in ‘American Hustle’) The American Film Institute has released AFI Awards list featuring the Top Ten Movies of 2013. As usual, the AFI Awards mostly focus on mainstream, popular fare from the big studios; in fact, they’re a sort of more upscale, Oscar-friendlier People’s Choice Awards, i.e., no Twilight, no The Fast and The Furious, no Adam Sandler, scattered super-hero movies, mostly bypassing Harry Potter. (You’ll see why they’re so big-studio-friendly once you scroll down a bit to check out the list of this year’s AFI Awards’ jury members.) Six of the AFI’s Top Ten 2013 movies come courtesy of the Hollywood majors: American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Gravity, Her, Saving Mr. Banks, and The Wolf of Wall Street. Additionally, 12 Years a Slave was released by Fox Searchlight Pictures, »
- Anna Robinson
Erica Huggins has been promoted to president of Imagine Entertainment, the production company run by Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Michael Rosenberg. Huggins has been with Imagine since 2004, when she joined the company as senior vp motion pictures. She was promoted to exec vp in 2006 then to co-president of production in 2010. Currently she is producing the James Brown biopic Get on Up, starring Chadwick Boseman, and is exec producing The Heart of the Sea, which is in production with Chris Hemsworth starring. Exclusive: Dan Aykroyd, Jill Scott Join James Brown Biopic 'Get On Up' Among the movies
- Borys Kit
Breaking: Longtime Imagine Entertainment executive Erica Huggins has been promoted to president of the production company by chairman and co-founders Brian Grazer and Ron Howard and co-chairman Michael Rosenberg. This comes while Huggins is producing Get On Up, the James Brown biopic at Universal that stars Chadwick Boseman with Tate Taylor directing, and she is exec producing the Howard-directed The Heart Of The Sea at Warner Bros with Chris Hemsworth leading the cast. Kim Roth becomes sole president of production. Huggins joined Imagine in 2004 as Svp of Motion Pictures. Two years later she became Evp and in 2010 became co-president of production. Over that time she has worked on such films as J. Edgar, Restless, Rush, and Flightplan, among others, as well as the Howard-directed music docu Made In America and Katy Perry: Part Of Me 3-D. She also works with Jason Katims on the NBC series Parenthood and has been »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
According to Comic Book Movie, director Joss Whedon will be linking up with a new cinematographer when production gets underway on The Avengers: Age of Ultron early in the New Year, with British director of photography Ben Davis set to replace The Avengers' Seamus McGarvey for the hotly-anticipated sequel.
Davis has recently finished shooting another Marvel project, the James Gunn-helmed Guardians of the Galaxy, while his previous credits include the Matthew Vaughn-directed Layer Cake, Stardust and Kick-Ass, as well as the likes of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Wrath of the Titans and Seven Psychopaths.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron is set for release on May 2nd 2015, with a cast that includes Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Chris Evans (Captain America), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Quicksilver) and James Spader (Ultron. »
- Gary Collinson
A scheduling conflict meant Portman and Hemsworth couldn't come together for the kiss, so someone had to step in to replace Portman for the scene. Who got the job? Tom Hiddle... no, actually it was Hemsworth's own wife Elsa Pataky.
Portman tells the NY Daily News: "It was for reshoots [after the film was finished] and he was working in Hong Kong and I couldn't get there because I was working on my own film. And so they put his wife in my wig and costume. That's why it was so passionate."
A combination of angles, makeup and costumes helped Pataky become Portman's character. »
- Garth Franklin
Our weekly round up of the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Batman vs. Superman, Wonder Woman, Arrow, The Flash, Young Justice, Hourman, Gotham, Justice League: War, X-Men: Apocalypse, Wolverine, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Thor: The Dark World, Ant-Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man & Captain America: Heroes United, Kick-Ass 2 and more...
Well, the past seven days may just have been the busiest week of the year in terms of superhero news, with several huge stories dropping throughout the week, and the biggest surprise of all? Marvel Studios and its multitude of projects has been virtually anonymous as Sony, Warner Bros. and 20th Century Fox grabbed all (well, most) of the headlines. We've got a lot to get through this week, but we'll start things off with our Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man...
So, things have been almost deathly »
- Gary Collinson
It might not have matched the success of Iron Man 3, but Marvel's latest Phase Two offering Thor: The Dark World has certainly proven to be another big hit for Disney and Marvel Studios, with the film having officially crossed the $600 million mark at the global box office.
Thor: The Dark World is the third Disney movie of the year to reach that figure after Iron Man 3 ($1.215 billion) and Monsters University ($743.5 million), and the Chris Hemsworth-headlined solo sequel has now become the fourth highest-grossing instalment of the McU, having overtaken Iron Man's haul of $585.2 million from 2008. With the film still on general release and a Japanese opening set for February 1st, you'd have to expect the film to go on to surpass the $623.9 million take of Iron Man 2, leaving the God of Thunder sitting comfortably behind The Avengers and Iron Man 3 as the third-biggest chapter of the blockbuster superhero franchise. »
- Gary Collinson
Even if you haven't seen Marvel's Phase Two sequel Thor: The Dark World, it shouldn't be considered a spoiler to say that Chris Hemsworth's Thor and Natalie Portman's Jane Foster embrace in a passionate kiss towards the end of the film.
Here's what Natalie Portman had to say about why she wasn't available for this scene.
"It was for reshoots (after the film was finished) and he was working in Hong Kong and I couldn't get there because I was working on my own film. And so they put his wife in my wig and costume, that's why it was so passionate. It was such a perfect solution, wasn't it?"
Marvel's Phase Two sequel Thor: The Dark World has passed the $600 million milestone at the worldwide box office.
The follow-up, which stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman and Tom Hiddleston, has surpassed Marvel blockbusters such as Iron Man ($585 million), the original Thor ($449 million) and Captain America: The First Avenger ($379 million).
Thor: The Dark World has earned $188.9 million from its domestic release and $411.8 million, making it the third Disney movie this year to pass $600 million, following Iron Man 3 ($1.2 billion) and Monsters University ($743 million).
The superhero adventure helped Disney break their own global box office record of $3.791 billion. While it has opened in most territories around the world, Thor: The Dark World opens in Japan February 1. Do you think Thor: The Dark World can cross $700 million before ending its theatrical run? Let us know what you think below.
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