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It was around this time last year when we first heard news about the Assassin’s Creed movie. Coming off the back of X-Men: First Class and Prometheus, Michael Fassbender was also confirmed to don the coveted white robes as the central assassin. And now, courtesy of 20th Century Fox and New Regency – the two studios responsible for the big screen adaption – the film has been given a firm release date for May 22nd, 2015.
A Memorial Day weekend is an ambitious window to deploy a cinematic adaptation of Assassin’s Creed. Not to mention the rather infamous adage that filmmakers struggle to capture the essence of video games on the silver screen, but over the past few years, the latter stages of May have hosted blockbusters such as Pirates of the Caribbean: The World’s End which, incidentally, is the highest grossing film in that period. A bold decision, no doubt. »
- Michael Briers
Chris Pine is back in theaters this weekend with "Star Trek Into Darkness," but don't expect him to jump back into the captain's chair for the likely third "Trek" adventure any time soon. According to THR, Pine and Jake Gyllenhaal are in early negotiations to join Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp in Rob Marshall's adaptation of the musical "Into the Woods." Pine and Gyllenhaal would play a pair of obnoxious and self-involved princes in the film, and for those wondering: yes, they will have to sing.
"Into the Woods" isn't the only big project Pine has on his radar. On Tuesday, TheWrap noted that Pine will make a cameo appearance in "Stretch," an indie comedy from director Joe Carnahan. Pine and Carnahan made "Smokin' Aces" together in 2006, back before Pine became a global star thanks to J.J. Abrams' 2009 "Star Trek" film.
This is to say nothing of Pine's »
- Christopher Rosen
This weekend, the summer movie season kicks off in spectacular fashion (remember when it used to be Memorial Day weekend?), with Disney and Marvel's "Iron Man 3." The third film in the series and the fourth featuring national treasure Robert Downey Jr. as genius billionaire playboy-philanthropist Tony Stark (after last summer's superhero free-for-all "The Avengers"), it raises the stakes considerably, to the point that, should Rdj never want to put on the robotic suit again, the story would be nicely and tidily resolved. But what do you really need to know about "Iron Man 3?" Read on to find out! Excelsior! 1. It's the Best 'Iron Man' Movie Yet While the first "Iron Man" was an adrenalized blast, "Iron Man 2" seemed somewhat phoned in -- a collection of contradictory plot threads that didn't add up to much (also: Mickey Rourke's parrot). Thankfully, we're back on more solid ground with "Iron Man 3, »
- Drew Taylor
Exclusive: Kevin Costner has been set to re-team with Upside Of Anger helmer Mike Binder in Black And White, an indie that Costner will star in and produce through his Treehouse Productions banner. The film will be done in co-production with Binder’s Sunlight Productions, and Todd Lewis. Shooting begins in New Orleans this summer. In the Binder-scripted drama, Costner plays a grandfather, widowed after the car crash death of his wife, who has raised his own bi-racial granddaughter since his daughter died in childbirth. The child’s paternal grandmother surfaces to wage a custody battle over the little girl, and the thrust becomes about race and where she should grow up. This continues the recent career resurgence for Costner, who won an Emmy for starring in the History Channel mini Hatfields & McCoys; Costner produced that mini, which won five Emmys out of 16 nominations. He’ll next be seen in »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Throughout the day we’ve been running interviews with the cast of Iron Man 3, to mark the film’s UK release. We’re finishing off with what was by far our favourite interview: director, Shane Black and writer Drew Pearce.
We say ‘interview’, because in the near half-hour we spent with them, we only managed to shoehorn in around ten questions. Really it was a case of sitting back, watching the banter and occasionally trying to steer the pair back onto the film when they went off course.
Check it out below, where they discuss their thoughts on the franchise, living with one another while developing the movie and Black’s love of Steve Coogan. Spoilers are hinted at…
Their thoughts on the first Iron Man as a character and the franchise so far
- Ben Mortimer
These days, it’s surprising when Liam Neeson signs on to a project that won’t require him to run around with guns or punch people / wolves / windows. Keep your shock and surprise firmly in check, then, because a new possible gig, Gang Story, will see him firmly in action-man mode.Safe House director Daniel Espinosa is attached to direct the movie for Thunder Road. If it all comes together, the film will serve as a remake of 2011 French thriller Les Lyonnais.Neeson would star as an aging gangster looking to put his life of crime in the rear-view mirror and settle into a healthily legal retirement. But because things can never be quite that easy for crime lords – after all, we wouldn’t want to watch two hours of Neeson quietly reading a Tom Clancy novel or playing golf – an old friend comes to him seeking help, which naturally »
Iron Man 3 opens in several international markets this Friday before its U.S. bow next week, thus marking the official beginning of Phase 2 in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Early buzz is the Shane Black-directed superhero movie fulfills on Marvel President of Production Kevin Feige’s promise that the comic book studio is going to step up its game post-Avengers - beginning with an action-packed Tony Stark adventure that feels like the best Tom Clancy thriller never made – and that raises the bar for director Alan Taylor’s Game of Thrones-esque portrayal of the Nine Realms in this fall’s Thor: The Dark World.
The first Dark World trailer premieres online tomorrow, ahead of being attached to the Iron Man threequel beginning this week. Today, we have the first official images from Chris Hemsworth’s third screen appearance ...
Click to continue reading ‘Thor: The Dark World’ Images and »
- Sandy Schaefer
Back in the late 90s, when Robert Downey Jr was still being arrested, imprisoned and fired, Shane Black's future didn't seem much rosier. Like Downey, Black was a one-time Hollywood golden boy who'd hit the skids. He wrote, and sold, the screenplay to Lethal Weapon when he was just 22 and went on to enjoy a decade of success and drastically increasing pay cheques, which culminated in his receiving $4m for 1996's The Long Kiss Goodnight, a deal that made him The Highest Paid Screenwriter In The World. But then the film tanked. Black found himself being snubbed, derided by those who thought the money he was earning was disgusting, especially for films they considered to be dross. Plagued »
- Alex Godfrey
Talking to Total Film Magazine, Iron Man 3 director Shane Black was quick to once again point out that despite the protestations of many a comic book fan, The Mandarin we see in the movie will have one (or should that be ten?) crucial elements missing when he's brought to the big screen in the threequel. "We decided very early on we liked the idea of taking Michael Crichton type elements and mingling them with a real world Tom Clancy environment," he said. "It's funny, I look at these blogs and some people are saying, 'What about The Mandarin's magic space rings? They should shoot lasers.' I almost want to apologize in advance to the people who want to see lasers shoot out of his rings because it's not going to happen." While he may not have his magic rings, that won't mean that this reimagined version of The »
Our weekly round up of all the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Justice League and the DC Movie Universe, Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World: Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange, The Avengers 2, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 4, Ghost Rider, The Wolverine, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Aka Jessica Jones, S.H.I.E.L.D., Arrow, Marvel's Avengers Assemble, Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Young Justice, Superman: Unbound and more...
With Marvel dominating the majority of superhero movie headlines lately, DC fans had something to shout about this week as the internet exploded with a new rumour that Warner Bros. has tapped The Dark Knight Trilogy mastermind Christopher Nolan to spearhead its fledgling DC movie universe. According to a report from rumour-maestro El Mayimbe of Latino Review, Nolan is »
- Flickering Myth
With the recent disappointing confirmation that Sam Mendes will not return to helm Bond 24 following Skyfall, eyes now turn to just who will be able to match, or even top, the highest grossing feature in UK box office history, which is also widely considered to be the greatest Bond film ever. We’ve gathered together seven prime candidates who may be able to do the character justice, after an epic exploration into the fragile psyche and past of our bed-hopping Bond.
In no particular order, we begin with…
Nobody is hotter than Ben Affleck right now following his Oscar win with fact-based political thriller, Argo. His gritty crime flick, The Town, showed us he can handle some impressively thunderous action set-pieces in a grounded real world setting, much like his award-winning favourite which has just hit DVD/Blu-ray. Let us also not forget the emotional impact his »
- Craig Hunter
It's beginning to look a lot like summer at the movie theater these days, with a big special effects-driven movie in theaters now (Jack the Giant Slayer) and one arriving in theaters on Friday (Oz: The Great and Powerful). From here on out, things just get bigger and louder and c'mon, you know you love it! Come May 3, Marvel Studios returns to the big-screen scene after enjoying a pretty tremendous summer last year with films like The Avengers and The Amazing Spider-Man. In 2013 it's all about Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World, with the former chosen to officially launch this year's summer blockbuster season. To help you prepare for what director Shane Black calls a "Tom Clancy sort of political thriller," Yahoo has unveiled the latest trailer for...
- Erik Davis
As we edge closer towards Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the arrival of a new theatrical trailer for Iron Man 3 tomorrow, SFX caught up with Marvel Studios' president Kevin Feige, who offered up a few words about the studios' plans for its upcoming slate of movies, which includes the solo sequels Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Solider, along with the 'big space epic' Guardians of the Galaxy.
"I wouldn't say that in a broad sense," said Feige, when asked if Phase Two of the McU could be described as 'cosmic'. "The Thor film and the Guardians Of The Galaxy film certainly are cosmic. Guardians and Thor will take the brunt of the cosmic side of the universe, particularly Guardians, which is 95% in space. I think Iron Man 3 shows the other side of Phase Two, which is delving deeper into the characters. »
- Flickering Myth
The second 'Phase' of Marvel's ambitious film plans begins with "Iron Man 3" in May, and Kevin Feige recently spoke with SFX about the even larger and more 'cosmic' scale of some of the upcoming films in this next batch:
"['Thor: The Dark World'] and the 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' film certainly are cosmic. 'Guardians' and 'Thor' will take the brunt of the cosmic side of the universe, particularly 'Guardians,' which is 95% in space.
['Guardians' is] much more of a standalone film. It takes place in the same universe. And when we’ve been on the other side of that universe in other movies, you might see those characteristics in 'Guardians,' but the Avengers are not involved with what’s happening out there at this time.
On the flip side, those not heading into space will turn more inward and explore other genres:
"I think 'Iron Man 3' shows the »
- Garth Franklin
One of the most intriguing aspects of Marvel’s Phase 2 has got to be Guardians Of The Galaxy. It represents a brave step for Marvel, as they are stepping away from guaranteed and popular characters, as well as jettisoning us away from the world in which all previous Marvel based films have taken place. Even Thor spent most of his time on Earth. Marvel Studio’s president, Kevin Feige, has guaranteed us that Guardians Of The Galaxy will be set mostly in space:
The Thor film and the Guardians Of The Galaxy film certainly are cosmic. Guardians and Thor will take the brunt of the cosmic side of the universe, particularly Guardians, which is 95% in space. It’s much more of a standalone film. It takes place in the same universe. And when we’ve been on the other side of that universe in other movies, you might see those characteristics in Guardians, »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
In the years since the company's inception, Marvel Studios President of Production Kevin Feige has become the official source for what's going on and what's to come from the publisher's cinematic universe. Even as the head of an organization that famously keeps things close to the vest, Feige has spoken out regularly and enthusiastically about the projects and films that fans desperately want to know about.
Over the course of the past few weeks, Feige has become more vocal about Marvel Studios' plans for Phase Two, explaining to SFX Magazine (via ComingSoon) most recently that his excitement for the second arc of Avengers films hinges on its transcendence of the superhero genre.
- Kevin P. Sullivan
News Glen Chapman 5 Mar 2013 - 06:43
There has been all manner of talk about Marvel's plans for phase 3 of its films late, but with phase 2 set to kick of shortly with the release of Iron Man 3. it makes sense for the focus of the attention to shift back to matters at hand.
In a recent interview Kevin Feige has been chatting about what we can expect:
“The Thor and the Guardians of the Galaxy film certainly are cosmic. Guardians and Thor will take the brunt of the cosmic side of the universe, particularly Guardians, which is 95% in space", he said. “I think Iron Man 3 shows the other side of phase 2, which is delving deeper into the characters. Throwing them on a much more personal journey. Shane Black's described »
Marvel's Phase II kicks off this summer with Iron Man 3, followed by Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, and The Avengers 2. Marvel Studios producer Kevin Feige recently explained the "cosmic" feel of these Phase II movies, while revealing that Guardians of the Galaxy takes place almost entirely in outer space.
Take a look at what he had to say in a recent interview, which includes interesting tidbits about the rest of these upcoming sequels.
"I wouldn't say that in a broad sense. The Thor film and the Guardians of the Galaxy film certainly are cosmic. Guardians and Thor will take the brunt of the cosmic side of the universe, particularly Guardians, which is 95% in space. I think Iron Man 3 shows the other side of Phase 2, which is delving deeper into the characters. Throwing them on a much more personal journey. »
Phase 2 has been implemented in the grand design of Marvel’s movie universe with a few titles that will hint of the connectivity among them. These movies include the sequels of Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, and “The Guardians of the Galaxy.” Now, the guide to these cinematic adaptations, Kevin Feige speaks of the latest comic properties.
Feige described the tonal focus of the major films coming up for release. Feige says:
“The Thor film and the Guardians of the Galaxy film certainly are cosmic. Guardians and Thor will take the brunt of the cosmic side of the universe, particularly Guardians, which is 95% in space.”
Iron Man 3 will be a more personal film following Tony Stark’s travails. The head of the movie adaptations says:
“I think Iron Man 3 shows the other side of Phase 2, which is delving deeper into the characters. Throwing them on a much more personal journey. »
- Ruben Gonzalez
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige recently talked to SFX Magazine about all things Marvel. He discussed the anticipation of Iron Man 3 and how it will lead into phase two of Marvel cinematic plan. He talks a little bit about Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, and The Avengers 2. A lot of these movies seem to include storylines that expand into the the cosmic realm of Marvel's universe. When asked if "cosmic" would be a fair description of Phase 2 Feige said,
I wouldn’t say that in a broad sense. The Thor film and the Guardians Of The Galaxy film certainly are cosmic. Guardians and Thor will take the brunt of the cosmic side of the universe, particularly Guardians, which is 95% in space. I think Iron Man 3 shows the other side of Phase 2, which is delving deeper into the characters. Throwing »
- Joey Paur
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