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Andy Serkis' The Imaginarium works with visual effects companies on motion capture, and their upcoming projects include huge movies like Avengers: Age of Ultron and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Talking in the latest Empire Magazine, the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes star revealed that it was Ultron and The Hulk that the studio worked on in Joss Whedon's upcoming superhero sequel, and shed some light on what exactly went into bringing both characters to life. "We did some work on Ultron. On the development of Ultron before James Spader came on board. In terms of movement styles: was he gonna be human-like? was he gonna be robot-like? So we worked with a bunch of different people, from body-popping experts to dancers, to this guy called Neil who's nearly eight feet tall..." As for Mark Ruffalo, it sounds as if he'll be voicing the Green »
Bill Cosby's lawyer is taking aim at three of the comedian's latest accusers by arguing that it's "utter nonsense" that these women are "coming out of nowhere." Marty Singer calls Linda Joy Traitz of Florida as the "latest example of people coming out of the woodwork with fabricated or unsubstantiated stories" about the 77-year-old comedian. Traitz reportedly wrote on her Facebook page that, at 19, she worked at a Cosby-owned restaurant in Los Angeles when the comedian once offered her a ride home. He took her to the beach instead, she wrote, where he reached into a suitcase and offered her "pills to relax. »
- Elizabeth Leonard, @lizzleonard1
An extended trailer has made its way online for Avengers: Age of Ultron, which features some new footage from the film.
Avengers: Age of Ultron is 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, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.
- Kellvin Chavez
Our weekly round-up of the latest news and talking points from the world of screen superheroes, including Avengers: Age of Ultron, Avengers: Infinity War, Thor: Ragnarok, Ant-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, Black Panther, Doctor Strange, Captain Marvel, Agent Carter, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Big Hero 6, Deadpool, Cable, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Amazing Spider-Man 3, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Shazam, Catwoman, Gotham, The Flash, Arrow, Constantine, Batman ’66 and more….
Idris Elba made a slip up this week when he revealed that he’d shot a scene as Heimdall alongside Chris Hemsworth’s Thor and Tom Hiddleston’s Loki in Avengers: Age of Ultron, prompting director Joss Whedon to respond by stating that: “Um, should he receive an email from me, there might be an attitude of scold… When you have a cast of 19,000 people, inevitably, one every month you pick up [a story] and you’re like, ‘Awww.'” If rumours are to be believed, »
- Gary Collinson
At the multiplex, the age-old battle between DC Comics and Marvel Comics -- between the House of Superman and Batman and the House of Spider-Man and Iron Man -- there's no question that Marvel has been winning decisively for nearly two decades. But what about the battle between the two superhero universes on TV?
On the small screen, DC seems to be on top, as it has since virtually the dawn of television. Just in terms of sheer numbers, DC has four current primetime series ("Arrow," "The Flash," "Gotham," and "Constantine"), compared to just one for Marvel ("Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.").
A recent article at Salon pointed out this discrepancy, which naturally got the author in trouble with the Marvel faithful. Marvel defenders will tell you that "S.H.I.E.L.D." is much improved in its second season over its first, and that the DC characters, storylines, and even visuals seem thin by comparison. »
- Gary Susman
Marvel Cinematic Universe
When Iron Man was released in 2008, few could’ve predicted that it would be the catalyst for one of the most successful entertainment franchises in history – the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Despite lacking the film rights to some of their most iconic characters, including Spider-Man and the X-Men, Marvel Studio’s writers and directors, many of whom were somewhat left-field choices for their roles, have succeeded in creating a shared universe that continues to wow audiences with each subsequent entry. The series is already the second highest-grossing film franchise of all time, and needs just to make an additional $600 million at the box office to take the top spot from Harry Potter, which it will surely do when Avengers: Age Of Ultron (the trailer for which was recently showcased) is released on the May the 15th next year.
Aside from the second Avengers outing, there are ten »
- Alex Antliff
Andy Serkis has become the first star to master the new art form of Motion Capture acting. He’s perfected the ability to convey complex emotions from behind a mask of visual SFX. Does the fact that he’s not physically seen on camera lessen his performance? Should a motion capture performer be considered for an Academy Award? Should Andy Serkis get an Oscar nod?
There are a lot of famous firsts in acting history. Lon Chaney was the first big horror star. Buster Crabb was the first big science fiction star. Bruce Lee was the first Martial Arts star to succeed in America. And now, Andy Serkis is the first actor to become synonymous with a new cinematic art form…Motion Capture acting.
- email@example.com (Rob Young)
So what was the deal with all those epic Marvel Comics teases? Has Batman v Superman set construction begun in Chicago? What’s The Rock saying about Shazam? Why did it take so long for Batman: The Complete Series to hit Blu-ray? When does Agent Carter start airing? Is there a way to simultaneously cosplay and […]
- Germain Lussier
Earlier today, we posted a couple of highlights from Marvel Studios' documentary Marvel: 75 Years, From Pulp to Pop! That included the Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man sneak peek, as well as an extended clip from Agent Carter. The full documentary is now available to watch online thanks to ABC. This gives fans a little history on the comic book company, taking us through how it was started, the challenges it has had over the years, and where it is going. This was made for people who have jumped on the Marvel bandwagon over the last few years and might not know a lot about the company and people who laid the groundwork for what we are seeing today in these epic blockbuster films. If you grew up as a Marvel fan, then there's a good chance that you already know a lot of the information presented, but it's still worth a look. »
- Joey Paur
Concept Art by Christopher Ross Get ready for larger-than-life action as the Marvel Superhero bursts from comic book pages to the big screen in The Hulk! Eric Bana stars as David Banner, whose involvement in a freak lab accident exposes him to gamma radiation. As a result, whenever the mild-mannered man becomes angry, he transforms in to a huge, rampaging creature that destroys everything in this path. Banner's ex-girlfriend Betty Ross (Academy Award winner Jennifer Connelly) believes that his father (Nick Nolte) may hold the answer o the desperate situation, but can she make the connection in time to save a terrified world? Directed by Academy Award winner Ang Lee, The Hulk is bursting with heart-pounding adventure and explosive special effects! Hulk (2003) was directed by Ang Lee, from a screenplay written by James Schamus, Michael France and John Turman. »
Godzilla turned 60 Tuesday. Arguably the most famous lizard in the world, the Big Green has starred in dozens of movies, a few television shows and countless comic books and novels. Take a look at his history in the above video. But it looks like the large lizard's had a little work between his film debut and the 2014 installment - how does he get his scales to stay so perky, nearly 60 years after his film debut? Turns out, it's taken quite a bit of work. The suits that Japan's Toho Studios used to bring Godzilla to life over the years morphed »
- Alex Heigl
For anyone who has seen more than one Marvel movie but would shrug perplexedly at the mention of Jack Kirby or Steve Ditko, “Marvel, 75 Years: From Pulp To Pop!” — an ABC special, giving “Agents of Shield” the week off — should probably be required viewing. Fun, fast-paced and encompassing many of the company’s highlights along with a few lowlights, it’s a solid primer on Marvel’s history, while weaving in inevitable self-promotion and synergistic plugs. Frankly, an hour doesn’t do the topic justice, but it’s still a timely recognition of the outfit that started out 75 years ago as, yes, Timely Comics.
Hosted by Emily VanCamp — who not only stars in ABC’s “Revenge” and appeared in the last “Captain America” movie, but also looks like a stereotypical comicbook fan’s imaginary girlfriend — the special races through those early years, when editor Martin Goodman began churning out superhero »
- Brian Lowry
Rumours continue to fly about regarding Sony's plans for the Spider-Man movie universe. Last week, one such rumour was that the studio was considering a team-up movie headlined by female characters from the Spider-Man world. And that would put a character such as Black Cat in pole position for such a project.
Black Cat has already been teased on screen, too. The character Felicia was introduced in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and the producers of the film admitted that bringing certain faces into that movie was no coincidence. Felicity Jones played Felicia, and Felicia is presumed to be Felicia Hardy. Also know as Black Cat.
If last week's tease of Agent Carter wasn't enough to satiate fans, Marvel has more of Peggy Carter on the way before her own show begins. Marvel announced that Hayley Atwell will reprise her role as agent Carter in the Nov. 18th episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The episode, titled "The Things We Bury," will largely revolve around a S.H.I.E.L.D./Hydra showdown, while Ward kidnaps his senator brother, Christian Ward, to revisit the pair's past. Still, "Bury" will make time for a Carter cameo and give viewers another glimpse into what she's been up to »
- Jonathon Dornbush
We’ve already got Captain America (Chris Evans), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and then some, but apparently there’s still room for more in Avengers: Age of Ultron because it’s just been revealed that we’ve got two additional characters in the mix as well. Their participation does come with plot spoilers so you’ll have to hit the jump if you want to check out the details. Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters on May 1, 2015 and also stars James Spader, Paul Bettany, Don Cheadle and Andy Serkis. [Last warning! There are spoilers in this article.] While talking to The Telegraph (via Film Divider), Idris Elba revealed that he’s playing Heimdall in Avengers: Age of Ultron. He goes on to explain: “And I’m doing a scene with Chris Hemsworth »
- Perri Nemiroff
Earlier this week, Marvel Studios announced a slew of new films — including third and fourth installments of the Avengers franchise — that are scheduled for release from now through 2019. Still, without a stand-alone Hulk movie on the slate, fans wondered how much Bruce Banner they had to look forward to ... and as it happens, his portrayer is wondering the same thing. "We haven't really gotten into the deals of that; I'm still waiting to hear how many they want me for!" Ruffalo told Vulture on Thursday at the BAFTA Britannia Awards in Los Angeles. The actor, who received the Britannia Humanitarian Award for his nonprofit Water Defense, likened the wait-and-see contract-negotiation element to waiting to find out if your TV show gets picked up for another season. "It's like doing a TV show, but in a movie," he said. According to Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige, though, »
- Kara Warner
Comedian Ricky Gervais is jumping back behind the camera for his third directorial feature, Special Correspondents. The story will focus a struggling New York based radio journalist whose arrogance and decadent lifestyle have hindered his career. With his job on the line he fakes front line war reports from the comfort of his hideout above a Spanish restaurant in the heart of Manhattan. Poised to play the man without shame is the Hulk himself, Eric Bana. Eric Bana is probably most notable »
- Sean Wist
Many were hoping that when Kevin Feige took the stage to unveil the third phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that he would have a friendly neighborhood Spider-man in tow with him, but alas, it was not to be. All of Marvel’s output was plotted out through 2019, but Spider-man’s name was nowhere to be found. Interestingly enough, one of those films featured was Captain America: Civil War.
When Feige revealed that the third Captain America film would indeed be Civil War, fans were quick to mention the huge role that Spidey plays in that major event in Marvel comics. Before diving into that, let’s put a light on the events referenced. Marvel’s Civil War storyline, in the comics at least, grew out of public concern when super-powered vigilantes cause so much collateral damage that eventually the federal government calls for the identification of these masked men and women. »
- Colin Biggs
After two-plus glorious minutes of The Avengers: Age Of Ultron trailer, the first clip for the hotly anticipated film debuted last night during an episode of Agents of Shield. Marvel initially planned on premiering the trailer during the broadcast.; however, somebody beat them to the punch leaking it online days prior. Watch the clip below.
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, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the »
There was big news from Marvel yesterday as the studio announced its Phase Three line up which certainly has lots of fans excited, as well as giving us more information with which to speculate. Now we know what films will be coming out over the next few years, we can try to predict certain things that will happen, and one thing I am now predicting is that Black Widow will be killed off in Avengers: Age of Ultron. This is just speculation but hear me out…
Marvel have already confirmed that by the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron, we shall have a new roster of characters in the Avengers line up. So we can expect there to be a massive falling out between characters which causes them to leave the team, or that we »
- Thomas Roach
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