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Marvel Studios and Walt Disney Pictures have released the official synopsis for the upcoming "Avengers: Age of Ultron". Sadly there's nothing really new revealed in the description for the highly anticipated sequel, but it reveals what Disney is willing to give away about the film at this point:
"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 way for an epic and unique global adventure.
- Garth Franklin
Thomas Roach with five Marvel characters who should get their own Netflix TV series….
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is expanding fast with not just films being released each year but now shows on television. Next year we are set for two movies – Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man – but also we will be getting our first Marvel Netflix show, Daredevil. Marvel announced last year that it had made a deal with Netflix to produce four series which would all lead to a Defenders miniseries. So far Daredevil is the only one in production, with actor Charlie Cox playing the title role. We are also set to get Iron Fist, Luke Cage and Jessica Jones series on Netflix over the next few years.
As well as the Netflix shows, we are set to have an Agent Carter TV series on ABC, as well as the continuing series Agents of S.H. »
- Thomas Roach
From rock operas to Wes Craven to Dazzler, here's some Marvel movies that never quite made it...
Recently, we looked at the DC movies that never got the greenlight. We saw hordes of Superman movies which didn’t make it to screen, along with Batman film ideas and whole hosts of other DC heroes whose movies plummeted out of production (You can read that piece here).
On the other side of the superhero cinema fence, we have the seemingly all-encompassing, game-changing Marvel Cinematic Universe at the height of its powers, the X-Men franchise in rude health and the still-fresh memory of Spider-Man’s hasty reboot. You could be forgiven for thinking that not as many Marvel movies have struggled to get made as their DC counterparts.
However, having delved once more into the ancient scrolls of cinema history (still better known as extensive Googling), we can confirm there’s plenty »
From the Press Release:
Syfy and Alcon TV have announced that Steven Strait (pictured; "Magic City") and Emmy winner and Oscar nominee Shohreh Aghdashloo ("House of Saddam," House of Sand and Fog) will star in "The Expanse," the new 10-episode space opera based on the international best-selling book series, premiering on Syfy in 2015.
Strait plays Holden, an officer on the ice-carrying freighter the Canterbury. Holden is a natural leader who's not sure he wants responsibility, but who will soon have no choice when he is drawn into a dangerous plot. Aghdashloo portrays Chrisjen Avasarala, a smart and passionate member of a political family legacy who has risen high in the ranks »
- Debi Moore
The 'Divergent' star goes indie for this intense drama about a teenager whose mom goes missing.
In the film Woodley, 22, stars as Kat Conners, a 17-year-old high school student who is discovering herself and her new-found sexuality. At the same time, her mother Eve – played by Penny Dreadful's Eva Green - suddenly goes missing.
Video: Shailene Woodley is Shaking Up Hollywood
At first, Kat has a hard time coming to terms with her mom's disappearance. But slowly, as time goes by, she begins to piece together the circumstances around the event and must confront the truth.
John Travolta is as fascinating and complex a member of the Hollywood fraternity as you could wish for. Iconic performer, experienced pilot, vocal Scientologist and mangler of pronunciation of Idina Menzel.
He has managed to appear in not just some of the best known, but also some of the best-full-stop films of the past forty years – Saturday Night Fever, Carrie, Grease, Pulp Fiction, Get Shorty, Face/Off, The Thin Red Line, Hairspray and the upcoming Gummy Bear The Movie – whatever one might think of the consistency of his output (and there have been some horrendous misfires), it is hard to imagine too many actors playing Danny Zuko, Vincent Vega, Castor Troy, Sean Archer, Chili Palmer and Edna Turnblad with equal conviction.
After the temporary resuscitation of Look Who’s Talking turned out to be a false dawn, Tarantino did Travolta a favour of inestimable proportions by casting him in Pulp Fiction, »
- Dave Roper
Marvel Studios is taking its biggest risk yet with Guardians of the Galaxy, banking on an obscure team of heroes to bridge the gap until the next Avengers flick roars into theaters. But there's an even larger obstacle standing in the way of box-office success: Dave Bautista.
To the uninitiated, Bautista is a six-time world champion in Vince McMahon's wrestling circus, and one of the most iconic squared-circle stars of the last decade. In Guardians, he plays intergalactic warrior Drax the Destroyer, which is unquestionably his biggest role to date. »
What's All This Then? It's a weekly column where I - Dave "Da7e" Gonzales, a man with many opinions - dissect and report on the news and rumors surrounding superhero megafranchises.
This Week: It's Comic Con Week. Let's look at our superhero megafranchise future. There May Be Spoilers! Just Don't Yell At Me!
Good non-Thanos Lord!
It’s pre-Comic Con and honestly there’s so many little bits and pieces about all our superhero movie franchises that it’s been a full reading schedule of stuff and not a lot of time to focus on what we will or will not be seeing this weekend.
First up, happy National Batman Day.
Ok, there’s a lot of superhero movies on the horizon. A lot. As all the pieces start falling into place over the weekend, we’ll get a clearer picture of the ones we’re closest to and »
Thomas Jane is in my opinion one of the most underrated actors in Hollywood. The guy is extremely talented, but for some reason he's not utilized in the movies. He was great in films like The Punisher and The Mist, and he should be doing more.
The SyFy Channel has brought him in to star in a new sci-fi thriller called The Expanse. It's based on the best-selling book series known for titles such as Leviathan Wakes.
According to Variety this will be a 10-hour drama, which is described as "a space opera that is set 200 years in the future." The story follows a character named Detective Miller (Jane), "a native of 'the Asteroid Belt' between Mars and Jupiter where he is a dedicated cop for the corporate security force operating as the law in the Belt. He finds a new sense of purpose when he and a rogue ship »
- Joey Paur
Around these parts, Kevin Feige is a man who needs little introduction. As the president of Marvel Studios he holds more power and cinematic sway over the hearts and minds of geeks worldwide than most. For Feige is the man who’s in charge of the Marvel movie master plan that has seen the studio go from taking a boom or bust gamble when it made the first Iron Man, to box office dominance and critical success, while achieving the biggest and most unique multi-film crossover ever when The Avengers hit the big screen back in 2012.
Back in April we got the first word on a new series heading to Syfy, a "space opera" entitled "The Expanse." Now we know who the lead actor is going to be, and it's someone most genre fans know and love.
From the Press Release:
Syfy and Alcon TV are pleased to announce that three-time Golden Globe nominee Thomas Jane ("Hung," The Punisher, The Mist) will star as the world-weary Detective Miller, a native of “the Asteroid Belt” between Mars and Jupiter, in "The Expanse."
The new 10-episode space opera based on James S. A. Corey's international best-selling book series will premiere on Syfy in 2015.
Jane's Miller is a detective for a corporate security force operating as the law in The Belt. Ragged, in search of something even he can’t identify, Miller remains a dedicated cop with great instincts who discovers a newfound sense of purpose when he’s »
- Debi Moore
Check out all the latest details and the first full look at the upcoming Heavenly Sword movie, based off the succesful game.
Rumors are starting to swirl that Heavenly Sword 2 could be in the mix at either Sony's own studios or Ninja Theory, but for now we will have to settle for something else. That something else is actually a feature length movie based on the first title of the game that will re-introduce us to the universe.
In fact here is a synopsis of the franchise: "A dramatic tale of revenge, Heavenly Sword centers on Nariko (Torv), a trained warrior with flaring red hair, who gracefully possesses a titular, heavily sought after blade with incredible powers. As the sword's guardian, she must face a megalomaniacal ruler King Bohan (Molina) and his unyielding army, who are determined to obtain the powerful sword for their own manipulation."
The film more specifically »
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After linking up with his fellow action icons for The Expendables 3, Sylvester Stallone will be turning his hand back to drama with the release of writer-director John Herzfeld’s (2 Days in the Valley, 15 Minutes) new film Reach Me, which has just received its first trailer.
The film deals with a group of people whose lives intersect via a self help book and sees Sly as part of an ensemble that also includes Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride), Terry Crews (The Expendables), Thomas Jane (The Punisher), Tom Sizemore (Saving Private Ryan), Lauren Cohan (Supernatural), Nelly (The Longest Yard), Kevin Connolly (Entourage), Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer), Danny Aiello (2 Days in the Valley), Danny Trejo (Machete), Elizabeth Henstridge (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Kelsey Grammer (The Expendables 3), Ryan Kwanten (True Blood), Omari Hardwick (Kick-Ass) and Tom Berenger (Inception).
Check out the first trailer here…
Reach Me is set for an October 24th release in the States, »
- Gary Collinson
Marvel has undoubtedly done something amazing in the world of film and forever changed the landscape of Hollywood. But can Marvel continue to innovate and stay at the forefront for years to come? For the final part of our special feature, we asked several members of the Cinelinx team to share their thoughts on Marvel’s future.
Movies are changing, and Marvel is at the helm. Join us for the final part of a four part special event as we explore where Marvel came from, how they rose to silver screen prominence, how they’ve changed filmmaking, and what we believe the future holds.
Part 1: The Rise of Marvel
Part 2: Building an Empire
Part 3: Marvel’s Effect on the Industry
Part 4: The Future
Each month the Cinelinx staff will write a handful of articles covering a specified film-related topic. These articles will be notified by the Movielinx banner. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Nick Vollmer)
After over sixty years of ups and downs, Marvel was poised to begin building its film empire right at the start of the new millennium. Blade had released in 1999 and showed that a Marvel character could be successful on screen for the first time, and Marvel Studios was licensing its characters to production companies after their comic book successes in the 90s. At that point, no one knew what a huge success Marvel movies would be and few companies were willing to give a Marvel property the budget it needed to be done well. No one would have believed that in a little over a decade, Marvel would be at the forefront of Hollywood. Today we’ll look at the movies Marvel released from 2000 on and analyze what it took to build an empire.
Movies are changing, and Marvel is at the helm. Join us for part 2 of a four »
- email@example.com (Nick Vollmer)
Marvel began life as a small-time comic book publisher called Timely Publications and released their first comic book in October of 1939 featuring the Human Torch and Namor the Sub-Mariner. For over sixty years, they dealt with a rollercoaster of popularity and public interest, at times reveling in great success with properties such as Spider-Man and at other times barely making it by. In 1996, Marvel filed for bankruptcy when the industry slumped, but now, in 2014, Marvel is an absolute powerhouse and is leading not only the comics industry, but the film industry as well. Today we’ll look at the history of Marvel and the events that led them to a point where they could become a movie-making behemoth.
Movies are changing, and Marvel is at the helm. Join us for part 1 of a four part special event as we explore where Marvel came from, how they rose to silver screen prominence, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Nick Vollmer)
The movie adaptation of the hit Wing Commander videogame series came out in 1999. We find out whether time's been kind to it...
It’s easy to forget just how greatly visual effects shifted in the late 1990s. Techniques that had survived more-or-less unchanged since the dawn of cinema - scale models, matte paintings, stop-motion, to name a few - were suddenly joined by a new generation of jaw-dropping computer graphics.
Such groundbreaking movies as Tron, Young Sherlock Holmes and The Abyss paved the way, but the digital revolution pretty much exploded in the 1990s, starting with the eye-popping morph effects of Terminator 2: Judgment Day, the dinosaur shots in Jurassic Park and the CG-assisted bullet time of The Matrix in 1999.
In the midst of the CG revolution sweeping through cinemas by the close of the decade - as seen in The Matrix and the year’s other gargantuan release, »
Microsoft's debut games console, the Xbox, made a big impact on gaming, but not all of its games got the attention they deserved...
The new generation console war may turning towads a two horse race, with Nintendo playing catch up, but wind back a few years, and Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo were all hard at it, competing for your money and loyalty. The PlayStation 2 would go on to win the war of its generation, but Microsoft's Xbox was a tough competitor, giving the company a secure foothold, which it would later take advantage of in the next generation with the Xbox 360's dominance.
The original Xbox had a host of great games, many of which have gone on to become successful franchises, with no better example than Halo, but not all of its good games gained the attention they deserved, even if sequels managed to appear in later years. »
In a pre-Cannes move, Thomas Jane is on board to star as a war veteran in the indie thriller “Standoff.”
Producers are Goldrush Entertainment’s Eric Gozlan and Lee Clay of First Point Entertainment. Paradigm arranged financing and represents North American rights. International rights have not been assigned.
Adam Alleca is making his feature directorial debut from his own script, in which a war veteran with a shotgun and one shell who must protect a child witness from an assassin. Shooting is set for the summer in Ontario, Canada.
- Dave McNary
Chicago – Comedian John Pinette passed away on April 5th, at the age of 50. The rotund jester was named Stand-Up Comedian of the Year at the American Comedy Awards in 1999, and appeared in the films “Duet,” “Dear God” and “The Punisher.” He is probably best remembered as the hapless portly man who gets harassed by the cast of “Seinfeld,” which led to the courtroom sequence of the final episode in 1998.
Pinette was born in Boston, and after college pursued a career in accounting. Friends advised him to go into stand-up comedy, and he broke in as a warm-up act while touring with a late career Frank Sinatra. In 2004, he played Edna Turnblad in the touring cast of the musical “Hairspray,” and eventually took over the role on Broadway. He continued his stand-up act around the country, and passed away in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on April 5th, 2014, while on tour.
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- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
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