Edward Norton Says He Didn't Return To Play Hulk Because He Wanted More "Diversity" In His Film Roles
For all their success, the one franchise character Marvel has struggled with is The Hulk. After failing with 2003 iteration "Hulk" starring Eric Bana, and directed by Ang Lee, the studio hoped the combination of Louis Leterrier and star Edward Norton could do the trick with 2008's "The Incredible Hulk." Even with Robert Downey Jr. popping his head in for a final stinger at the end, everyone pretty much pretends it didn't happen. And thus, Norton's dalliance with the Marvel-verse — a rare excursion into blockbuster land for the actor — came to an end. And it was one he looks back on reflectively. "My feeling was that I experimented and experienced what I wanted to. I really, really enjoyed it. And yet, I looked at the balance of time in life that one spends not only making those sorts of films but then especially putting them out, and the obligations that rightly come with that. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Watch: Teaser Trailer for Mark Wahlberg’s ‘The Gambler’
The film follows a literature professor with a gambling problem who runs into trouble with a group of gangsters.
“The Gambler” will open in limited release on Dec. 19 before going wide sometime in 2015.
- Justin Kroll
Hear Sia's version of 'You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile' from 'Annie'
First, an emoji version of "It's the Hard Knock Life," and now this: Have a listen to Sia's version "You're Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile." With its references to the likes of "Saville Row," "You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile" is one Annie song that clearly needed a modern update for the new movie remake (scheduled for a Dec. 19 release), which takes place in the 21st century. But did it need this modern update? Your guess is as good as mine. Let's just say it's very hard to do a time step to this version. "Hey, hobo man / Hey, »
- Esther Zuckerman
Graphic Novel ‘Polar’ Gets Film Adaptation from Dark Horse, Constantin
Dark Horse published “Polar,” written and illustrated by Victor Santos, in November.
The story centers on Black Kaiser, a master assassin forced out of retirement when he finds himself the target of a crew of younger hitmen — which is at odds with the protective relationship he has with the child of one of his former marks.
Constantin and Dark Horse are out to directors with the aim of shooting in the spring. Constantin’s Robert Kulzer will be producing along with Jeremy Bolt and Dark Horse’s Mike Richardson and Keith Goldberg.
- Dave McNary
Edward Norton reflects on not being the Hulk
When Edward Norton and Marvel parted ways in 2010 over the role of the Hulk, there was some real rage. Both camps lobbed broadsides at each other, with Marvel dropping a preemptive bomb that implied that Norton had to go because he lacked the "collaborative spirit of [the Avengers'] other talented cast members." Norton's agent angrily responded that Marvel's unilateral decision to end good-faith negotiations with Norton was purely financial. For his part, Norton took the high road with an earnest missive on Facebook where he expressed regret that he wouldn't be joining all the Marvel superheroes in The Avengers. Four years later, »
- Jeff Labrecque
Assemble 2015: First Official Teaser Poster for Avengers: Age Of Ultron
The Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer came early, and Marvel has followed up by releasing the first official teaser poster with the tagline "Assemble 2015." Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) reunite to stop Ultron (James Spader) "from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure." Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Paul Bettany, Don Cheadle, Andy Serkis, and Samuel L. Jackson also star in the sequel directed by Joss Whedon. Avengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015. Check out the poster after the jump. Official synopsis: Marvel Studios presents “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, »
- Brendan Bettinger
Watch: First Official 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Trailer Arrives Online
Marvel and Disney have officially released the first Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer as a result of the trailer leak earlier this evening. The trailer was supposed to premiere during Marvel's "Agents of Shield" on Tuesday, October 28, but it has found its way online early as is pretty much always the situation. Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters stateside on May 1, 2015, watch the trailer below. sb id="1080721" height="267" width="640" Marvel Studios presents Avengers: Age of Ultron, the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth's Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, »
- Brad Brevet
Marvel unleashes first Avengers: Age of Ultron teaser trailer
Marvel has released its first full trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Avengers: Age of Ultron's official synopsis released
Everything we know so far about Avengers: Age of Ultron
The trailer was originally due to premiere during the next episode of Agents of Shield to air on ABC next Tuesday (October 28) but Marvel was forced to reveal the two minute clip early after it was leaked.
Marvel Entertainment joked about the incident on Twitter, blaming Hydra.
— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) October 22, 2014
Avengers: Age of Ultron will be released in UK cinemas on April »
Michael Keaton Talks Birdman, Working with Alejandro González Iñárritu and Emmanuel Lubezki, and More
I love this time of year. The weather starts to cool off. Football games start to matter. And Hollywood releases some incredible movies that will be in play during Award season. Which brings me to Alejandro González Iñárritu’s incredible new film, Birdman. Made to look like one long shot, Birdman stars Michael Keaton as an actor who once played an iconic superhero, and now faces troubles with his ego and family as he prepares to mount a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim past glory. While some movies have incredible performances or a great script, Birdman is one of those rare films where everything across the board is memorable. It's absolutely one of my favorite films of 2014 and it should be seen as soon as possible. Trust me, this is a special movie that you want to see. The film also stars Edward Norton, Naomi Watts, Emma Stone, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Watch Air New Zealand The Hobbit Safety Video with Peter Jackson and Elijah Wood
Air New Zealand is all in on the Lord of the Rings tourism industry. They created a 5-minute safety video set in Middle Earth to show passengers before each flight with plenty of Hobbit sight gags. Directed by Taika Waititi (Flight of the Conchords), the production values are solid and the clip is entertaining, as far as airline informational videos go. The result will make you actually pay attention to the safety instructions on your next flight to New Zealand. Watch the video---featuring appearances by Peter Jackson, Elijah Wood, Sylvester McCoy, Dean O’Gorman, and Weta Workshop co-founder Richard Taylor---after the jump.
- Brendan Bettinger
Arrow Recap: “Corto Maltese”
Pack your bags (but leave your bows), because Arrow's headed to a vacation destination! Don't worry, we still spend plenty of time in Starling City, but the change of scenery was a nice way for Team Arrow to get into the action in a very different setting. They get a little bit of time to relax in the sun and the sand, but it isn't long before international espionage and automatic weapons rear their ugly heads. Oh, wait, while Arrow's gone, who's minding the store back in Starling City? Hit the jump for our Arrow recap. We kick things off with a flashback right out of the gates, heading back six months to when Malcolm Merlyn and Thea Queen were making travel plans. Thea wanted to forget how to feel so she could never be hurt again, and she's right in assuming that Merlyn can teach her how to do just that. »
- Dave Trumbore
‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’ Trailer: Marvel Releases Early Peek After Online Leak
After a low-resolution version of the first Avengers: Age Of Ultron trailer leaked today and caused a fanboy flurry online, Disney and Marvel reacted quickly by releasing the official version almost a week early. (Watch it above.)
The original plan was to debut the trailer next week during ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. next Tuesday night. When the leaked video started going viral, Marvel smartly opted to put its higher-quality version online, taking the crisis in stride with this tweet to its 1.9 million followers:
— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) October 22, 2014
Adding to footage unveiled this summer at Comic-Con, the new trailer features somber looks at the Avengers in action; Iron Man in his Hulkbuster armor; new characters Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson); and new baddie Ultron, voiced with sinister aplomb by James Spader. The sequel to Disney/Marvel’s $1.5 billion-grossing The Avengers picks up as »
- Jen Yamato
See the Official ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Trailer and Poster
There’s Marvel with the best official response I can remember for a big leak. This afternoon, the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer leaked, only hours after being announced for an official debut next week. So Marvel did the only thing it could do, and dropped the official release. Below, you can see the Age of Ultron trailer […]
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- Russ Fischer
Alfie Allen Talks John Wick, Game Of Thrones, Comic-Con, Favorite TV Shows, and More
As I’ve said again and again, I absolutely loved John Wick. Filmmakers Chad Stahelski and David Leitch have crafted a fantastic action thriller that’s absolutely worth your time and money. When I recently hosted a screening in NYC, there were plenty of laughs, gasps, and tons of applause during the incredible action set pieces. In the film, Keanu Reeves stars as an ex-hitman who comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him. Trust me, if you like action movies, this is a must see film. For more on John Wick, watch this trailer, see Evan shoot people in the face, and here’s all our previous coverage. Last week in New York City I sat down with Alfie Allen for an extended interview. In the film he's the reason John Wick comes out of retirement. Allen talked about how he got involved in the project, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
5 Big Questions The Avengers 2 Trailer Leaves Us With
The folks at Marvel Studios are well mastered in the art of the tease. Not only do they manage to maintain an air of secrecy around all of their projects as they move through production, but all of their trailers bring big thrills and leave fans always wanting more. The debut trailer for Joss Whedon.s The Avengers: Age of Ultron fits this description perfectly. It now feels like we know a lot more about the film, but we.re also left with a bunch of burning questions. What parts of the trailer piqued our interest in particular and left us begging for answers? Read on to find out! What Happened To Bruce Banner To Make Him Freak Out Like That? By the time we catch up with Mark Ruffalo.s Bruce Banner in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, he will have a few years of experience under his belt »
Watch: First Trailer For 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron' Leaks, Brings Mass Destruction Along With Scarlet Witch & Quicksilver
It's hard to believe that "Avengers: Age Of Ultron" is just a mere seven months away from hitting theaters. Somehow, the movie went from highly speculated to shot, and being prepared to obliterate the box office next year, in the blink of an eye. And the first trailer is here — leaked online in advance of next week's scheduled premiere of "Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D." — and it promises a lot of destruction on a massive scale. If you thought the city-obliterating finale of "The Avengers" might've been over the top, it seems Joss Whedon and co. are brining an even louder noise this time around. And well, that's not surprising since you can't follow up a billion dollar movie with a more subtle take on the genre. But seriously, it looks like once again city streets will be among the settings for more superhero action which is kinda...dullsville (at least in »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Jerry Brown Appoints Thomas Davis, Michael Nyman to Film Commission
Davis, 56, is the third international VP of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Executive Board and business manager at Iatse Local 80, which reps grips, craft service, first aid and warehouse workers. A Democrat, he was actively involved in supporting legislation to triple the production incentive tax credits allocated by the commission to $330 million annually over five years. Brown signed the legislation a month ago and the provisions go into effect in July.
Nyman, 50, (pictured) has been chairman and CEO of Pmk-bnc since 2010. He founded Bragman Nyman Cafarelli in 1990, where he was chairman and CEO from 2002 to 2009. Nyman, a Republican, is a member of the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Board of Governors and the Brentwood School board of trustees.
- Dave McNary
Film Review: ‘The Silent Storm’
Few things in film are more dispiriting than the spectacle of very good actors giving very bad performances — and there’s already a surfeit of onscreen gloom for viewers to contend with in “The Silent Storm.” A sincerely but shakily conceived narrative debut for writer-helmer Corinna McFarlane, this uber-dour study of marital collapse casts Damian Lewis and Andrea Riseborough adrift as an abusively ascetic Scottish minister and his lonely, browbeaten wife, yielding characterizations of such unchecked intensity as to steer the proceedings to the point of parody. The stars’ respectively high profiles may secure limited distributor interest in this London festival premiere, but it’d be best for auds and actors alike if this particular storm were to blow over as silently as possible.
- Guy Lodge
Payday 2 adds downloadable content based on John Wick film
Payday 2 has added John Wick downloadable content, Lionsgate and 505 Games have announced.
Dlc featuring a playable version of the upcoming film's protagonist is now available on Steam as a free download for the first-person shooter on PC.
Produced by Overkill Software, the branded add-on pack also contains a new perk system called Hitman, which includes features such as Akimbo and the ability to wield dual weapons.
In addition, it comes with three sunglasses for characters and introduces a new pistol with accompanying weapon modifications and a new knife melee weapon.
"The hyper-real action sequences in the film almost make you feel like you're watching an insane video game, so we cannot wait to see John Wick in theaters as well as experience him in the game. »
Superhero Bits: Aquaman, Guardians of the Galaxy, Lego Batman, The Flash, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D
Want to watch a trailer for the Guardians of the Galaxy cassette tape? Yes the tape. Is Thanos happy with the Captain America 3 news? Who is Marvel’s newest superhero? Is Edward Norton happy with his decision to leave The Avengers? How much has Aquaman been on TV in the past? What’s going on on […]
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- Germain Lussier
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