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Marvel releases new concept art for 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'
Fans who attended Preview Night at San Diego Comic-Con and stopped by Marvel’s booth last night got a first look at two new concept art posters for Avengers: Age of Ultron, which arrives in theaters on May 1, 2015.
The first poster, drawn by Ryan Meinerding, features Iron Man blasting away one of Ultron’s robots. Things don’t look too good for Ultron’s robots in the second poster, which shows Scarlet Witch—played by Marvel film franchise newcomer Elizabeth Olsen—using her powers to fend off her attackers.
See Andy Park’s Scarlet Witch poster below. »
- Chancellor Agard
Naya Rivera Marries Ryan Dorsey
Glee star Naya Rivera has found her happily ever after. The actress married actor Ryan Dorsey on July 19 in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, in front of a small group of close family. "We feel truly blessed to be joined as husband and wife," the couple told People exclusively. "Our special day was fated and everything we could have ever asked for." Dorsey, who is originally from Charleston, West Virginia, attended the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts before moving to Los Angeles, where he met Rivera four years ago. Longtime friends, they saw their relationship blossom into a romance shortly »
- Julie Jordan
Venice film festival short on Oscar contenders: 'Birdman,' ...?
The 71st annual edition of the Venice film festival unspools from Aug. 27 through Sept. 6. The prestigious opening night slot in the competition goes to "Birdman," Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's highly anticipated examination of an aging action star (Michael Keaton) looking to jumpstart his flagging movie career by starring in a Broadway play. This hot Oscar prospect will close the New York film festival on Oct. 12, five days before it opens commercially. -Break- It is never too early to talk Oscars. Join our fierce fights in the fiery forums. minute entries into this year's derby if they can secure distribution in time. Andrew Nicoll's “Good Kill,” in which a drone operator (Ethan Hawke) reaches his breaking point, David Gordon Green’s “Manglehorn,” with Oscar champ Al Pacino as a...' »
Comic-Con: Inside Guillermo del Toro's 'Crimson Peak' and 'Pacific Rim' Experiences
Guillermo del Toro will be having a big week at this year’s Comic-Con. The fanboy favorite filmmaker will be on hand to show-off his animated feature The Book of Life at Friday’s Fox panel, then be on stage for his unveiling of Crimson Peak at the Legendary Pictures panel Saturday, and finally goose audiences with Sunday’s presentation of his vampire TV show, FX’s The Strain. But del Toro will also have a big presence on the convention floor at Legendary’s intricate and interactive booth. Sure, there’s some footage of As Above, So Below and the title treatment of
- Borys Kit
Portia de Rossi Joins ‘Scandal’ in ‘Top Secret Arc’
The news broke all thanks to De Rossi’s wife, Ellen DeGeneres.
The daytime talk show host tweeted that De Rossi has signed on to do a “top secret arc.”
So annoying when people brag on twitter & that's why I'm not tweeting that Portia just signed on to do a top secret arc on "Scandal". Oops.—
Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) July 23, 2014
A rep for the show said they have no other information on the role at this time.
“Scandal” is set to premiere this fall on Sept. 25.
- Nikara Johns
Film Review: ‘Ironclad: Battle for Blood’
Only the fake-blood expenditure has been upped in “Ironclad: Battle for Blood,” an anemic sequel to 2011’s medieval slay-‘em-up “Ironclad” that visibly scrimps in all other departments, from casting to effects to any semblance of humor. Essentially repeating its predecessor’s castle-siege narrative — minus the vague historical basis this time — writer-director Jonathan English’s dank-looking film delivers enough amputations, decapitations and other instances of rusty-bladed gore to distract undiscerning genre fans stuck between seasons of “Game of Thrones,” but serves no other obvious purpose. Granted a far smaller U.K. release than the first film back in March, the film now enters theaters Stateside after an initial VOD bow; if there’s any further life (or flamboyant death) in this franchise, it’ll be in ancillary only.
Unlike “Ironclad,” which notionally told the story of the 1215 siege of Rochester Castle, the sword-and-sackcloth drama in “Battle for Blood” (set six »
- Guy Lodge
Jennie Garth Says Ian Ziering's ‘Train Wreck’ Dis ‘Really Hurt Tori’ (Video)
Jennie Garth revealed Ian Ziering‘s recent comments about the public struggles of their “Beverly Hills, 90210” co-star Tori Spelling may have genuinely wounded the actress. “On one hand, he does love Tori,” Garth admitted, after HuffPo Live's Caitlyn Becker replayed Ziering's stinging interview. “But it was a little harsh — the words ‘how do you not watch a trainwreck.’ I know that really hurt Tori.” See video: Jennie Garth and Tori Spelling Talk Post-'90210' Relationships on ‘The View': ‘We Have a True Friendship’ Ziering's comments were in reference to Spelling's drama-filled reality show “True Tori,” which premiered on Lifetime in April. »
- Travis Reilly
‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’ Casts ‘All My Children’ Vet Finn Wittrock
Finn Wittrock is going to get his “Freak” on. The “All My Children” vet has been cast in “American Horror Story: Freak Show,” the latest iteration of Ryan Murphy‘s FX anthology series. Murphy made the announcement via Twitter on Tuesday, writing, “Thrilled to announce the very talented Finn Wittrock has joined the cast of Freak Show!” Also read: Neil Patrick Harris May Join Ryan Murphy's ‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’ As with most casting announcements revolving around “American Horror Story,” details about the character were not forthcoming. The upcoming “American Horror Story: Freak Show,” set in 1950s Florida »
- Tim Kenneally
Shia Labeouf's Lawyers Working With Prosecutors to Resolve Charges From Broadway Outburst
Shia Labeouf‘s lawyers are working with prosecutors to reach an agreement that would resolve charges stemming from his disruptive outburst at a Broadway show last month, a spokeswoman for the New York County District Attorney's Office told TheWrap on Thursday. Labeouf appeared in Manhattan's Midtown Community Court alongside his defense attorney on Thursday when the lawyers told the judge they were exploring their own resolution to the case. Also read: Shia Labeouf to ‘Cabaret’ Security Before Arrest: ‘Do You Know Who the F–k I Am?’ Labeouf, who co-stars with Brad Pitt in World War II tank drama “Fury” this fall, »
- Greg Gilman
‘Rio 2′ Flies Into Top Spot on Home Video Sales Charts
The animated adventure-comedy “Rio 2,” from 20th Century Fox, easily snagged the top spot on both national home video sales charts the week ending July 20.
The sequel earned nearly as much at the box office as the 2011 original – $130.3 million versus $143.6 million – and, with no high-powered competition, sailed to the top spot on both the Nielsen VideoScan First alert sales chart, which tracks overall disc sales, Blu-ray Disc and DVD combined, as well as Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.
The prior week’s top seller, Warner’s “The Lego Movie,” slipped to No. 2 on both charts, with a two-pack featuring both “Rio” films, available exclusively at Walmart, selling enough copies to debut at No. 3 on the overall disc sales chart.
“Rio” fever ran so high that the original, released on disc more than three years ago, shot back up into the top 10 on both sales charts, finishing at No. »
- Thomas K. Arnold
Parker Posey, Jamie Blackley Join Woody Allen's Newest Movie
Parker Posey and Jamie Blackley are joining the cast of Woody Allen’s newest film, which is currently shooting in Rhode Island. The untitled Gravier Productions film, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone, is being produced by Allen’s longtime associates, Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum. Magic in the Moonlight, Allen’s most recent completed film, opens Friday via Sony Pictures Classics. Posey, repped by CAA and Untitled Entertainment, most recently appeared in Grace of Monaco. Blackley, repped by Wme and Luber Roklin Entertainment, will be seen in the upcoming If I Stay, directed by R.J. Cutler.
- Gregg Kilday
Song of Summer Update: Eh, Still ‘Fancy’
Yes, "Rude" is still at the top of the Billboard "Hot 100." No, that doesn't mean it's automatically our new Song of Summer. The title for Song of Summer still pretty much belongs to "Fancy," which really only fell one spot to No. 2. Another reason why "Fancy" is still our Song of Summer? Because Questlove says so:i'm not going to lie to you, I'm torn between the opinions on the Internet, but I'mma let Iggy be Iggy. It's not even politically correct dribble. The song is effective. I'm in the middle of the approximation of the enunciation, I'll say. Part of me hopes she grows out of that and says it with her regular dialect — I think that would be cooler. But, yeah, "Fancy" is the song of the summer. Honestly, we are getting a little bummed over here. »
- Lindsey Weber
Tara Reid Thinks a Sharknado Is a Real Possibility: "It Actually Can Happen"
Shark attacks in the water are rare, but shark attacks on land—and in the sky—could never happen…right? Not according to Sharknado 2 star Tara Reid! In an interview with GQ, the 38-year-old actress revealed that she doesn't think the premise of the campy flick is all that farfetched. "You know," she says of a possible sharknado, "it actually can happen." "I mean, the chances of it happening are very rare," she clarified, "but it can happen actually. Which is crazy." "Not that it—the chances of it are, like, you know, it's like probably 'pigs could fly,'" she continued. "Like, I don't think pigs could fly, but »
Kristen Bell's Mary Poppins Quits Her Minimum-Wage Job (Video)
You think this economy is giving you the squeeze? Just ask Mary Poppins. The jokesters at Funny or Die imagined how the musical nanny, played by Kristen Bell, would fare in today's economy. In the new video, Bell's Poppins quits her job because apparently Mr. Banks is only paying her the minimum wage. To the tune of the iconic “Just a Spoonful of Sugar,” Bell sings, “Just a three-dollar increase can make a living wage … I don't get these birds for free.” Also Read: Zach Galifianakis and Ted Danson Square Off and Meltdown in Funny or Die Play (Video) In addition to letting. »
- Joel Keller
Aaron McGruder's ‘Black Jesus’ Somehow Draws Anger From Family Group
Shockingly, at least one conservative group has a problem with “Black Jesus.” The upcoming Aaron McGruder series doesn't premiere on Cartoon Network's late-night programming block Adult Swim until Aug. 7, but already it's sent the American Family Association into Maximum Finger-Wagging Mode, with the organization urging the public to demand that the show be pre-canceled. See video: Adult Swim's New Slate Features Mike Tyson, Jack McBrayer, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog Giving a big fat thumbs-down to the series’ trailer, the group seethed on its website, “The foul language used in the trailer, including repeated uses of the Lord's name in. »
- Tim Kenneally
‘Manhattan’ Extended Trailer Boasts as Much Sex as There Was Bomb Making (Video)
In 1943, “Manhattan” was a secret project in the desert. On Sunday, it becomes Wgn America's newest show. The Sam Shaw drama, which chronicles the arms race to build the atomic bomb during World War II, stars John Benjamin Hickey, Rachel Brosnahan and Katja Herbers. And based on the extended trailer below, creating a weapon of mass destruction wasn't the only explosive action going on in the secret town. That was a sex reference. Also read: ‘Manhattan’ Explains Why There Are So Many Historical Shows Now But the boys ultimately had a bigger mission in mind. The “Manhattan” trailer, packed with quotabales, »
- Tony Maglio
Event TV, ‘Housewives’ and HBO Shows Heat Up Parody Landscape
TV parodies are gaining momentum thanks to social media and viral videos, with some popular Web series making the jump to TV. Yahoo got onboard in 2012, with dating-show spoof “Burning Love,” produced by Ben Stiller. Jimmy Fallon extends the reach of “The Tonight Show” with skits, designed for social sharing, that parody shows such as “Breaking Bad” (“Joking Bad”) and “Game of Thrones” (“Game of Desks”).
Epic Inspiration: The Spoils of Babylon
“When something becomes very popular, relevant or part of the cultural conversation, you know it’s arrived when people start to make fun of it,” Caserta said. IFC’s “The Spoils of Babylon,” a spoof of epic-scale television, is produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay of Funny or Die, »
- Shelli Weinstein
What Comicbook Superheroes Could Learn From ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” Simians
Why do simian superheroes seem more empathetic than the normal comicbook kind?
Let me backtrack a few paces before answering this.
All of us have heard the admonition in years past from our English teachers: “Write about what you know and who you know” — and have chosen to ignore it. Yet this precept has been paying off for filmmakers like Jonah Hill, Judd Apatow and their friends. Films like “22 Jump Street,” “This Is the End” and “This Is 40” all seem to have been written about themselves and their buds, seemingly for their own personal enjoyment.
“22 Jump Street,” like the others, is doing well overseas, which makes you wonder how Chinese or Russian teenagers decode jokes about gay shrinks and weirded-out fratboys.
- Peter Bart
Luc Besson Puts His EuropaCorp to the Test With ‘Lucy’
The son of scuba-diving instructors, Luc Besson came of age exploring the depths of the ocean floor and inventing stories out of the debris he would find along the shore. Some 50 years later, he is still playing with rocks in the sand — only now his shoreline is the river Seine and his castle a 667,000-square-foot film studio called Cite du Cinema (literally Cinema City). Built from the shell of a 1930s thermal power plant in the Paris suburb of Saint Denis, the sprawling complex — which includes nine soundstages, a 500-seat auditorium and a full-service restaurant — is headquarters for Besson’s prolific production and distribution outfit, EuropaCorp, plus a host of affiliated vendors and two film schools.
On a recent Friday afternoon, despite a bank-holiday weekend in France, Cite du Cinema was a hive of activity as editors, sound mixers and visual effects artists readied two new EuropaCorp productions for their »
- Scott Foundas
Emmy Creative Arts Nominees: Music Branch’s Voting System Delivers Fresh Nominees
For years, the Emmy judging process in the music categories was decried as biased against newcomers, a “popularity contest” in which, year after year, the same composers were nominated and inevitably won.
No more. Today the 360-member TV Academy music branch has the most rigorous voting process in the entire Academy, one in which every single entry is viewed and judged by a minimum of six fellow branch members — and which presumably has leveled the playing field to give others a chance at Emmy gold.
The result is that 23 of the 41 nominees in the five music categories are first-timers, ranging from A-list film composers (Alan Silvestri for “Cosmos”) and top music producers (T Bone Burnett for “True Detective”) to busy TV composers (James Levine for “American Horror Story: Coven”) and little-known songwriters (on everything from “Saturday Night Live” to Disney Channel and Comedy Central series).
“It’s probably the fairest »
- Jon Burlingame
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