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Avengers: Age of Ultron, 2015.
Written and directed by Joss Whedon.
Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Samuel L. Jackson, Paul Bettany, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, James Spader, Thomas Kretschmann, Cobie Smulders, Claudia Kim, Andy Serkis, Don Cheadle, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Hayley Atwell and Linda Cardellini.
When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and it is up to the Avengers to stop the villainous Ultron from enacting his terrible plans.
I looked back at my review of The Avengers from 2012 and the opening paragraph struck me as one which I’d never consider writing now;
“Firstly, I love films based on comic book characters and I enjoy many summer blockbusters, so I cannot complain that I wasn’t part of The Avengers’ target audience. Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Batman, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, X-2, X-Men: First Class, »
- Gary Collinson
Christopher Nolan and wife Emma Thomas on the Oscars' Red Carpet Christopher Nolan and wife Emma Thomas at the Academy Awards A very blasé-looking Christopher Nolan, shortlisted as one of the producers of Best Picture Oscar nominee Inception and as the writer of the film's original screenplay, arrives with his wife and fellow Inception producer Emma Thomas at the 2011 Academy Awards held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Of course, Christopher Nolan also directed Inception, but he was not included in the Academy's Best Director shortlist. Instead, nominated were: David Fincher for The Social Network. Darren Aronofsky for Black Swan. Joel and Ethan Coen for True Grit. David O. Russell for The Fighter. Tom Hooper, the eventual winner, for The King's Speech. In case the incredibly successful British filmmaker was disappointed, angered, or downright outraged at being bypassed one more time by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts »
- D. Zhea
There must be something fashionable to the idea right now of stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. Hollywood now has four Robin Hood movies in production, more than anyone really needs, perhaps even the poor. Tuesday Deadline reported that Warner Bros. had “quietly” put a new Robin Hood movie into production, this one being developed by the script writer for the upcoming Aquaman movie Will Beall. Deadline counts three others for it to storm the castle with: a family friendly swashbuckler from Disney called Nottingham & Hood, a Batman Begins style origin story aptly titled Robin Hood: Origins, and one from Sony that’s described as “Fast & Furious meets Mission: Impossible style reinvention of the tale.” With those four incredibly original ideas, anyone think this is the rich stealing from the poor?
Robin Hood isn’t the only Hollywood property currently with competing projects. A few weeks back, »
- Brian Welk
Christopher Nolan's movies have grossed more than $4 billion and sparked endless discussions, but which scene is the filmmaker most proud of?
During a panel at the Tribeca Film Festival, Nolan revealed that he was most impressed with the opening action sequence in The Dark Knight Rises.
The planned five-day shoot was actually completed by Nolan's team in just two days, and included a real plane being dropped out of the sky.
"It was sort of an incredible coming together of lots and lots of planning by a lot of members of the team who worked for months rehearsing all these parachute jumps," Nolan recalled at the film festival this week. »
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NBA star DeAndre Jordan recently toured the Batman exhibit and was treated to an up-close look at not only the new Batmobile that Ben Affleck will be driving in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice next year, but the costumes that DC’s holy Trinity will be donning.
Thankfully, he took the tour with a camera crew and has now posted a video of what he saw. Check it out below:
Several new things stick out here. As far as the costumes go, Wonder Woman’s suit has more color than we initially thought, while Batman’s is even more detailed than comic book fans expected. Not only does the Bat’s utility belt have dark yellow accents, but his gloves have steel-plated knuckles, which should help (slightly) when he engages in fisticuffs with the Man of Steel.
- James Garcia
Just one day after it leaked online, Warner Bros officially released the Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice teaser trailer for all of the world to see. Let me start off by saying that I.m still excited to see this film, and the trailer did an excellent job in conveying that it will be epic and action-packed. The Batman moments were spectacular. Ben Affleck exudes Bruce Wayne, both the regular and armored Batsuits looked impressive, and while we didn.t see him, Jeremy Irons. Alfred sounds great. The electronic voice was unusual, but hey, I.m sure people said the same about Christian Bale.s raspy voice in Batman Begins. However, the overall tone of this preview paints a bleak picture of what to expect, and when it comes to the other hero in the title, this feels too dark for him. Admittedly, we saw this coming. If you »
"I've definitely said no to some of the wrong people. I said no because I was tired and wanted to spend more time with my friends and family. That's frowned upon in this industry," Hartnett said.
"People don't like being told no. I don't like it. I learned my lesson when Christopher Nolan and I talked about Batman. I decided it wasn't for me.
"Then he didn't want to put me in The Prestige. They not only hired their Batman for it, they also hired my girlfriend [Scarlett Johansson] at the time."
Of seeing Bale and Johansson in The Prestige, »
For every great role there's an actor or actress kicking themselves about turning it down. In a recent interview with Playboy actor Josh Hartnett revealed his regret at not accepting Christopher Nolan's offer to appear as Bruce Wayne/Batman in what would become Batman Begins. I’ve definitely said no to some of the wrong people. I said no because I was tired and wanted to spend more time with my friends and family. That’s frowned upon in this industry. »
- Kevin Fraser
With “Batman V. Superman” looming in the live-action future, there’s nothing even particularly subtle about titling Warner Bros. Animation’s latest Blu-Ray release “Batman Vs. Robin.” Still, beyond the obvious marketing benefits, the movie more than holds up, offering another deep dive into Dark Knight lore, this time through the prism of Batman’s out-of-wedlock son Damian, who was raised by the master villain Ra’s Al Ghul. Much more satisfying than last year’s “Son of Batman,” this one contemplates the limits of vigilante justice, forcing the headstrong kid — being trained as Robin — to choose between his father’s tutelage and a darker path.
That choice comes in the form of a completely ruthless figure, Talon (voiced by Jeremy Sisto), who — operating on behalf of the mysterious Court of Owls — seeks to recruit the boy to their cause. The goal, he explains, is to “eradicate crime and criminals »
- Brian Lowry
Back in February, Marvel and Sony made the announcement that some fans have waited years for, that Spider-Man is finally joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Right now, all we know is that the beloved character will debut first in an unconfirmed Marvel movie, most likely Captain America: Civil War, before the Marvel and Sony produced Spider-Man movie hits theaters July 28, 2017. While doing press for Avengers: Age of Ultron over the weekend, producer Kevin Feige offered new details about how the studio plans on approaching the webbed wonder this time around. When asked about what exciting new things they want to bring forward with Spider-Man, the producer told IGN that he wants to see more of Spidey's sense of humor.
"There are a lot things. It's a testament to his character, that there have been five movies made already, over the past 13 years, and yet, there are so many things that »
One of the results of Marvel and Sony partnering together on Spider-Man is that the Wall-Crawler.s film series will be rebooted.again. With the Amazing Spider-Man series tossed aside, the McU Spider-Man reportedly will debut in Captain America: Civil War before headlining his own movie in 2017. This will be the third live-action incarnation of the character on the big screen, which means that Marvel and Sony have their work cut out for giving fans and general moviegoers something new. That.s why they.re looking to Batman Begins for inspiration on Peter Parker.s future. In an interview with IGN, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige compared what the new Spider-Man film series has to accomplish to what Batman Begins did for DC.s Dark Knight back in 2005. According to Feige: There were four Batman movies over however many years, and then Batman Begins was able to do something unique, »
Despite Avengers: Age of Ultron heading to cinemas in just a couple of weeks, much of the talk with talent in front of and behind the camera is about the big news of Spider-Man joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We’ve already heard today from Robert Downey Jr. about his thoughts, and now Kevin Feige is getting in on the action – comparing this reboot to the same treatment Batman received when he was rebooted with Batman Begins.
“There are a lot things [we’re excited about],” he said. “It’s a testament to his character that there have been five movies made with him over the last 12-13 years, and yet there are so many things that intricate to his character that haven’t been explored yet. And that’s what’s most exciting. Batman was the same way. There had been four Batman movies made along the way, and Batman Begins was able »
- Luke Owen
Christopher Nolan is one of the most successful filmmakers working today. In fact, he’s one of very few directors (maybe the only one) that basically have carte blanche when it comes to choosing projects and getting them made without any fuss. He makes massive, ambitious original films like Inception and Interstellar, and audiences turn out on a scale normally reserved for superhero movies or the next Transformers sequel. It’s an impressive feat, and it’s no wonder that he’s able to assemble such impressive ensembles in front of the camera. While everyone’s waiting to hear what Nolan will do next, a new video tribute to the filmmaker has landed online that runs through his entire filmography, from his feature debut Following to last year’s Interstellar and everything in between. It’s a serviceable ode to Nolan, and while a few of the cuts are a bit jarring, »
- Adam Chitwood
Anghus Houvouras on why television is the superior medium for comic book characters…
You hear it all the time: television has become a more interesting medium than the movies. It’s one of those trendy uber-hip things to say when you want to engage in a straw man argument over the superior art form. As I watched the first season of Marvel’s new Daredevil series on Netflix, I found myself for the first time with a salient example of how television is by far the best medium for comic book characters. Let’s catch this train of thought and take it for a ride.
1. Serialized stories work better in serialized installments
Comic books are, by nature, serialized stories requiring multiple issues to complete an arc. Movies struggle to fit the entire history of a character into a single 2+ hour extravaganza. Comic books were made for television adaptations. Good comic »
- Anghus Houvouras
Last fall, we learned filmmaker Ben Wheatley (Kill List, Sightseers) would make his first film in the United States with a thriller called Free Fire, and he had an impressive cast that included Olivia Wilde (Rush), Luke Evans (Fast & Furious 6), Cillian Murphy (Batman Begins) and also Armie Hammer (The Social Network). However, the line-up has changed slightly as Variety reports Brie Larson (21 Jump Street, Short Term 12) has taken a role, replacing Wilde, who is departing due to scheduling issues, which may be because she was just confirmed to return as Quorra in Tron 3, which starts shooting this fall in Vancouver. For those just joining us, Free Fire is a thriller set in 1978 with Larson playing a woman in Boston who brokers a meeting between two men, Murphy and Michael Smiley (a regular in Wheatley's films), and a gang led by Hammer and Evans. But the meeting turns deadly when a shootout breaks out, »
- Ethan Anderton
This review is based on the first five episodes of season one, which were provided for us prior to broadcast.
Fans of Marvel’s iconic, red-suited blind vigilante have long waited for an adaptation that was true to the source material and captured the very things that made the Man Without Fear so beloved in the first place. Unfortunately, though, Mark Steven Johnson’s 2003 film starring Ben Affleck left much to be desired, immediately putting a stop to what could have been a lucrative and exciting franchise.
It took twelve years, several false starts and a rights shift from 20th Century Fox to Marvel Studios to resurrect the character, but if this new series is any indication, it was well worth the wait. Daredevil is most definitely a bold step in the right direction for Marvel and Netflix’s new superhero television endeavour, which will continue with shows featuring Jessica Jones, »
- James Garcia
He said it before and he's saying it again. Despite the teaser suggesting as such, actor Christoph Waltz has once again denied that he will play classic Bond villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld in the upcoming James Bond film "Spectre".
Speaking with British GQ, Waltz says: "That is absolutely untrue. That rumor started on the Internet, and the Internet is a pest. The name of my character is Franz Oberhauser."
Potential Spoilers Ahead
It is indeed confirmed that Waltz is playing Franz Oberhauser in the film, but many suspect this will be a cheat ala Henri Ducard/Ra's al Ghul in "Batman Begins" or John Harrison/Khan Noonien Singh in "Star Trek Into Darkness". This franchise saw it as well in "Skyfall" with Naomie Harris saying only pre-release that she was an agent named Eve. This was despite rumors to the contrary she was Miss Moneypenny, rumors that turned out to »
- Garth Franklin
While the teaser trailer for the next James Bond film "Spectre" surprisingly went further than expected in some of the film's big reveals, one thing that was notably absent was action.
Much like the very first "Batman Begins" trailer, the filmmakers focused specifically on character drama for the teaser. Some establishing shots gave the footage grandeur, but even so it was only people sitting and talking in rooms.
One of the reasons for that is the film is still in the midst of shooting with some big action set pieces still to be done. The film's production crew were recently on location in Mexico City shooting one of the key action set pieces of the film - the pre-credits sequence.
Minor Spoilers Ahead
Various outlets were on hand in the city for one day of the nearly ten day shoot in which 1,500 extras participated in a recreation of the Mexican »
- Garth Franklin
Modern cinema throws up few things you can depend on but Christopher Nolan is one of them. Released this week on DVD and Blu-ray is Interstellar, the director’s tenth feature. In celebration we look back at a few of his most important films and examine what helps the Englishman stand out from the Hollywood crowd.
Nolan’s breakout feature was Memento, based on brother and long-term writing partner Jonathan’s short story Memento Mori. Focused on Leonard, who suffers from short-term memory loss, as he hunts for his wife’s killer the film uses character as it’s base and also plays with narrative convention in telling its story backwards. These methods bring out the human side of Leonard’s struggles and frustrations drawing empathy from the audience, an emotional connection that has continued through the director’s work. »
- Gary Collinson
20th Century Fox has released a new Fantastic Four poster for director Josh Trank’s (Chronicle) upcoming adaptation of the Marvel comic. What’s been clear from the very first teaser trailer is that Fox wants audiences to know that this new Fantastic Four is nothing like the previous two adaptations of the franchise. Whereas those were colorful and a bit more comic book-y in nature (the 2005 Fantastic Four came out the same year as Batman Begins, which would introduce the "gritty reboot" to the genre), Trank’s take is much more grounded, dark, and ominous. Indeed, Trank himself told us that the body horror films of David Cronenberg were a big influence on his vision for Fantastic Four, and that’s certainly clear in this new poster. The one-sheet gives us another look at the “team” image from the end of the film’s trailer, but this Fantastic Four poster features full CG effects, »
- Adam Chitwood
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