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Sony has released the first image of Denzel Washington as Robert McCall in the upcoming big screen adaptation of The Equalizer, which reteams the Oscar-winning actor with Training Day director Antoine Fuqua; check it out here via Rope of Silicon...
Based on the 80s TV show starring Edward Woodward, The Equalizer also features Chloe Grace Moretz (Carrie), Melissa Leo (The Fighter), Haley Bennett (The Hole), Robert Wahlberg (The Departed), David Meunier (The Incredible Hulk) and Marton Csokas (Rogue). A trailer is expected to land before the year is out, while the film itself is due for release on September 26th, 2014. »
- Gary Collinson
Our weekly round up of the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Batman vs. Superman, Wonder Woman, Arrow, The Flash, Young Justice, Hourman, Gotham, Justice League: War, X-Men: Apocalypse, Wolverine, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Thor: The Dark World, Ant-Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man & Captain America: Heroes United, Kick-Ass 2 and more...
Well, the past seven days may just have been the busiest week of the year in terms of superhero news, with several huge stories dropping throughout the week, and the biggest surprise of all? Marvel Studios and its multitude of projects has been virtually anonymous as Sony, Warner Bros. and 20th Century Fox grabbed all (well, most) of the headlines. We've got a lot to get through this week, but we'll start things off with our Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man...
So, things have been almost deathly »
- Gary Collinson
After his show-stealing turn in The Avengers, Mark Ruffalo's Bruce Banner / The Incredible Hulk is set to link up with Earth's Mightiest Heroes again next year as cameras roll on Joss Whedon's hotly-anticipated 2015 sequel The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
However, with Ruffalo tied down to a six-movie deal - including the two aforementioned Avengers movies - it's surely only a matter of time before the Green Goliath gets another solo movie. There has been plenty of speculation that this could happen as part of Marvel's Phase Three, and according to Lou Ferrigno - who voices the Hulk in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and of course portrayed him in the classic 70s TV series - that seems to be the plan.
- Gary Collinson
The Now You See Me filmmaker will direct the spy spoof, reports Variety.
Grimsby centres around a secret agent who is forced to go on the run with his dim-witted football hooligan brother.
Paramount bought the rights to Grimsby last August.
Cohen recently exited the long-awaited Freddie Mercury biopic.
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French film-maker is surprise choice for British comedian's upcoming James Bond-style movie
• News: Baron Cohen 'too famous' to play Freddie Mercury
• News: Baron Cohen pranks the La Baftas
The Hollywood Reporter revealed in August that Cohen was planning a James Bond-style spoof about a spy forced to go on the run with his football hooligan brother. The actor has written the screenplay with Wreck It Ralph's Phil Johnston.
Leterrier, who is in negotiations, is an unlikely choice. All of Baron Cohen's starring movie roles (bar 2002's Ali G Indahouse) have been overseen by Us film-maker Larry Charles. Leterrier has been responsible for action fantasy epics such as The Incredible Hulk and the recent Clash of the Titans remake, which misfired. »
- Ben Child
The movie is set up at Paramount Pictures, and the story follows "a British black ops agent who is forced to go on the run with his long-lost brother, who is a northern English soccer hooligan."
Cohen was attached to the Freddie Mercury biopic for a very long time, but ended up dropping out. This will be his next film project, and from the little bit of information we have on it, the movie sounds like it could end up being a lot of fun.
Via: Variety »
- Joey Paur
French director Louis Leterrier has been tearing it up Stateside, helming action-thrillers like the Jason Statham vehicle Transporters 2, the supersized superhero adventure The Incredible Hulk, and the 2010 fantasy epic Clash of the Titans. But with the action-comedy Now You See Me he caught the eye of none other than Borat star Sacha Baron Cohen. Variety reports the pair are now teaming up for an espionage comedy called Grimsby. The project centers on a British black ops agent who is forced to team up with his long lost brother--a northern English soccer hooligan--and go underground. No further details--including which part Cohen might play--are being revealed at present. Cohen and Phil Johnston successfully pitched Grimsby to Paramount Pictures last August. Since then, Cohen, who will likely produce and star, has been taking meetings with various directors to figure out who'd be right for this project, which blends high-paced action sequences with the »
Following the success of Now You See Me this year, director Louis Leterrier is on board to direct the gestating sequel. However, we're not sure just when that film will get off the ground. But it sounds like the director of The Incredible Hulk may have another project to keep him busy until that sequel moves forward. Variety reports Leterrier has been hired to direct Grimsby, a spy comedy starring Sacha Baron Cohen. The star of Borat and Bruno pitched the film to Paramount in August with Phil Johnston (writer of Wreck-It Ralph and Cedar Rapids) and has been looking for a director who can handle comedy and action. Other names included D.J. Caruso (Disturbia, Eagle Eye) to handle the action side of things, but Leterrier ended up winning out in the end. The story follows a British black ops agent who is forced to go on the run with his long-lost brother, »
- Ethan Anderton
After making his name with string of action flicks and fantasy adventures—"Transporter 2," "The Incredible Hulk" and this summer's surprise hit "Now You See Me"—Louis Leterrier is going to try something a little bit different: comedy. The director has signed on to helm Sacha Baron Cohen in the spy spoof "Grimsby." First announced last year, the project is co-written by Cohen and "Cedar Rapids" scribe Phil Johnston and centers around a Bond-like spy who is forced to go on the run with his dim soccer hooligan brother (the role Sbc would likely take). Clearly, this one will have someone skilled at explosions behind the camera, and with Cohen doing the funny stuff, it could be a potent combo. [Variety] In other director news, Italy's Nanni Moretti—a Cannes regular perhaps best known for "The Son's Room"—has lined up his next film, "Mia Madre" ("My Mother"). Details are being »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The story follows a British black ops agent forced to go on the run with a northern English soccer hooligan who is also his long-lost brother.
Baron Cohen and Phil Johnston sold the film pitch last August, and Leterrier met with Baron Cohen and Paramount several times in order to make it his next project.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Our weekly round up of all the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, Aquaman, Arrow, The Flash, Teen Titans Go! and more....
Sony has certainly made up wait, but this coming week we'll finally get our first look at The Amazing Spider-Man 2 when the first trailer arrives on Thurdsay (December 5th), but we have managed to get a sneak peek at two of the villains set to join Jamie Foxx's Electro thanks to a poster featuring Spidey (Andrew Garfield) staring down a suited up Rhino (Paul Giamatti) and glider-flying Green Goblin (Dane DeHaan or Chris Cooper... and if you look closely at the Led screens on the poster, you'll be able to tell which). Meanwhile, with »
- Gary Collinson
Now that she's finally confirmed in the role of the Scarlet Witch alongside Godzilla co-star Aaron Taylor-Johnson's Quicksilver, Elizabeth Olsen has spoken about joining the line-up of Earth's Mightiest Heroes for Joss Whedon's The Avengers: Age of Ultron, revealing that we'll find a "psychologically damaged" and "messed up" Wanda Maximoff when the hotly-anticipated sequel arrives in 2015.
"I hung out with Mr. Whedon recently," Olsen tells MovieFone. "I'm really excited about this movie. I'm so excited about Scarlet Witch. I have had so much fun reading all about her and I am like learning new words that I had to look up on Wikipedia. I'm really enjoying it... I just love Scarlet Witch. I love her. It's so funny because I'm often talking about all these psychologically damaged people, but when you talk about Scarlet Witch... She is a messed up lady. She has got more shit to deal »
- Gary Collinson
After Bruce Banner/The Hulk was already played by two different actors within five years of eachother, it’s safe to say that people were skeptical when Mark Ruffalo was announced as the third actor to play the character in Marvel Studios’ The Avengers.
Bruce Banner was previously played by Eric Bana in 2003′s Hulk and Edward Norton in 2008′s The Incredible Hulk, and although I think that both films are ludicrously underrated Mark Ruffalo most certainly won the audience over in The Avengers. After his terrific performance his interpretation of the character is widely regarded as the best by fans and critics alike. Ruffalo also made a memorable cameo in the post-credits sequence of this years Iron Man 3 making him the only actor to play Banner on film more than once.
Now everyone is wondering where Joss Whedon will take the character in his upcoming sequel Avengers: Age Of Ultron. »
- Ben Read
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We'll get things underway this week with the final superhero movie of 2013, Thor: The Dark World, which has now passed the $350 million mark at the global box office, having enjoyed an $87 million debut weekend in the States, giving it the fourth biggest opening of the year behind Iron Man 3 ($174 million), Man of Steel ($116.6 million) and Fast & Furious 6 ($97.4 million). The film will overtake Captain America: The First Avenger's $370.6 million haul this weekend, where it's expected to retain first »
- Gary Collinson
Given that Iron Man 3 was the last movie that Paramount Pictures was initially set to distribute before Disney acquired Marvel, Thor: The Dark World is really the first (excluding The Incredible Hulk) to open without the distribution partner's logo. While many expected Disney's logo to take its place, those who've seen The Dark World may have noticed the page-flipping Marvel logo has only been updated. Featured on the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode this week and from now on, here's Marvel Studios' first logo and fanfare up-close as producer Kevin Feige explains its creation. “We designed the very first Marvel logo for the first Spider-Man film,” Feige tells Marvel.com. “We’ve used that logo for eleven years, and with ‘Thor: The Dark World,’ it felt like a good time to update it because this is the very first film that only has the Marvel logo in front of it. »
Considering Samuel L. Jackson gave the game away last month, it won't come as much of a surprise to learn that Elizabeth Olsen has finally confirmed that she's set to portray Wanda Maximoff - a.k.a. Scarlet Witch - in 2015's hotly-anticipated superhero sequel, with the actress also revealing that she's looking forward to linking up with her Godzilla co-star Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who's set to play Wanda's brother Pietro, better known as Quicksilver.
"We get to play husband and wife, and we get to play twin brother and sister," Olsen tells MTV. "It's also fun because even though in Godzilla we play husband and wife, we don't have a lot of scenes together. I just love him. I love his family. I love his kids. I'm so excited... to actually work with each other. I think it's going to be fun."
Of course, if director Joss Whedon decides to »
- Gary Collinson
Sneak Peek Marvel's first live-action 'Thor' in the 1988 TV movie, "The Incredible Hulk Returns", written by Stan Lee and Nicholas Corea, produced by New World and distributed by NBC as a 'backdoor pilot' for a potential "Thor" television series.
Thor's appearance differed from the Marvel Comics character created by writer Stan Lee and co-plotter/illustrator Jack Kirby, resembling a more realistic and divine version of the 'Norse God of Thunder' but still closely following the comic in that he is sent to earth to learn humility, the first and only time that magical, supernatural or otherworldly elements have been used in the universe of the "Incredible Hulk" TV series.
'Thor' was played by Eric Allan Kramer and 'Dr. Donald Blake' by Steve Levitt. In this version Blake does not become Thor, who is a separate character. By holding Thor's hammer 'Mjolnir' and shouting "Odin!" Blake »
- Michael Stevens
Our weekly round up of the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Batman vs. Superman (The Flash, Wonder Woman and Nightwing), Man of Steel, Arrow, Hourman, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange and Phase Three, Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, The Defenders, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Wolverine, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Beware the Batman, Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United, Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., Ultimate Spider-Man, Stan Lee's Mighty 7 and more....
Over the past month or so the movie news headlines have been dominated by Marvel, and while that's the case again this week, Warner Bros. has given DC Comics fans something to chew on, with casting talk on Zack Snyder's Man of Steel sequel Batman vs. Superman picking up the »
- Gary Collinson
‘Thor 2′ box office: ‘The Avengers’ bump not enough to propel Thor into Iron Man, Batman, Spider-Man, or Superman territory (Photo: Tom Hiddleston as Loki in ‘Thor: The Dark World’) Directed by Alan Taylor and starring Chris Hemsworth, Thor 2 — officially Thor: The Dark World — debuted in the U.S. and Canada on Friday, November 7, 2013, collecting an estimated $31.63 million from 3,841 sites, according to figures found at Box Office Mojo. That amount includes an estimated $7.1 million from Thursday evening and Friday midnight shows. Note: More than 3,100 North American theaters are showing Thor 2 in 3D. Needless to say, Thor: The Dark World, which also features Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, and Anthony Hopkins, will far surpass its predecessor at the domestic box office. Directed by Kenneth Branagh, Thor 2011 debuted with $65.72 million. Due to the mammoth success of Joss Whedon’s The Avengers, which featured Thor alongside The Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Captain America »
- Zac Gille
Marvel are like Pixar when it comes to hiding Easter Eggs in their films: there are any number to choose from, with different levels of difficulty in finding them, and fans are actively encouraged to crow about their finds.
That of course has lead to some Marvel film-makers looking for as obscure a reference as possible, in order to appeal to only the most hardcore of hardcore comic book fans, and explains why the internet still goes wild over an Easter Egg that didn’t even make it into the final film, like the first appearance of Wolverine’s iconic comic book costume, which was cut from the end of James Mangold’s The Wolverine…
- Simon Gallagher
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