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Chris Hemsworth, aka the Sexiest Man Alive, is following his Thor fame with a couple of comedy roles -- "Vacation" and the new "Ghostbusters" reboot -- but he's also making waves in the thriller "In the Heart of the Sea." The movie is based on the real-life story of the sinking of the whaleship Essex, which inspired the novel "Moby-Dick," and it's headed to theaters December 11. Ron Howard directed the movie, which stars Chris, Cillian Murphy, and Tom Holland, aka the new Spider-Man.
Entertainment Tonight got a first look behind the scenes and, in the on-set video, Chris talks about the cast's 500-calorie-a-day diet to be convincingly starved on screen. Ron Howard mentions that he talked to Tom Hanks about how to lose weight for a film, since the "Cast Away" star has done that a couple of times now.
Here are a few set photos from the director and »
- Gina Carbone
Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp is the epic return of cult classic Wet Hot American Summer, with the 2001 movie coming to the small screen in Netflix's new series, which debuts Friday. While it's clear that this series will already please fans, just judging from having the original cast assembled, there's another detail about the cast that will make superfans happy. At the Netflix day at this Summer's TCA press tour, showrunner and star Michael Showalter (Coop!) was talking about how the original cast all came together and how they wanted "every single cast member back." Even, he mentioned, the "indoor kids." Remember the "indoor kids"? In the movie, when David Hyde Pierce's professor character, Henry, wants to teach some of the kids of Camp Firewood about astrophysics, he goes to the cafeteria and asks where he can find such kids - calling them "the indoor kids. »
Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the quirky, nerdy news that you crave in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this terrific Tuesday? Ant-Man gets mashed up with Zoolander, Real Fake History explores the battle of Klendathu in Starship Troopers, Mission: Impossible gets an Honest Trailer and the Fantastic Four reboot gets a meta mashup with Roger Corman's unreleased 1994 version. We also have a complete breakdown of the specific changes made from the original Star Wars movies for the Special Edition releases. So, sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Mission: Impossible Honest Trailer
It's Tuesday, and you know what that means? Another Honest Trailer from the Screen Junkies crew. Today they break down Mission: Impossible and all of its sequels, in honor of Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation's release this Friday. »
It's been two decades, and still, the waves from the tsunami that was "Waterworld" have not receded.
Released 20 years ago this week (on July 28, 1995), the post-apocalyptic epic about the survivors of a drowned Earth became known as one of the most bloated flops of all time. That reputation wasn't really fair (the movie eventually broke even), but it was the then-most expensive movie ever made.
For a year before the film's release, stories leaked out about the waterlogged production's near-disastrous setbacks and its ego clashes between star Kevin Costner and his hand-picked director, Kevin Reynolds. Punsters were calling the movie "Fishtar" and "Kevin's Gate." By the time "Waterworld" finally came out, its underwhelming reception was a self-fulfilling prophecy. Costner's career as a bankable leading man has never really recovered.
In honor of the film turning 20 years old today, here are 20 facts you may not know about "Waterworld."
1. Initially, "Waterworld" was »
- Gary Susman
For those who have seen Ant-Man in theaters, there are two post-credit scenes, one which sets up the future of a certain Ant-Man character, Evangeline Lilly's Hope Van Dyne, and another that teases Captain America: Civil War. Earlier today, Marvel released a photo from the first end credits scene, but there will be spoilers for those who haven't seen the movie yet. This is your last chance to avoid any spoilers, so from here on out, read on at your own risk.
One of the running sub-plots throughout Ant-Man is that Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) resents her father Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) for choosing Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) to become the Ant-Man. Towards the end of the movie, Hank reveals that his wife and Hope's mother Janet was killed during a mission, while she was wearing the first version of The Wasp suit. He didn't want to lose »
For those who haven't seen Ant-Man in theaters quite yet, there will be Spoilers for one of the post-credits scenes below, so read on at your own risk. There are actually two post credit scenes, one which features Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and his daughter Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly), and another that helps set up Captain America: Civil War, which is currently filming in Atlanta. This is your last chance to avoid any spoilers, so proceed at your own risk.
The second post-credit scene features Captain America (Chris Evans) and The Falcon (Anthony Mackie) as they have finally caught up with The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan). The Winter Soldier's robotic arm is caught in some sort of device, as both Cap and Falcon try to figure out how to get him loose. Falcon says that he "knows a guy," as the scene ends, inferring that he will bring Scott Lang »
Marvel Studios unleashes the next global phenomenon in the Marvel Cinematic Universe when Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron arrives on Digital 3D, Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere September 8th and on 3D Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Sd and On-Demand October 2nd! The iconic heroes are forced to reassemble and face their most intimidating enemy yet- Ultron. The home entertainment release includes Never-Before-Seen Deleted Scenes, Making-of Featurettes, Gag Reel and more!
In this sequel to 2012's Marvel's The Avengers, the iconic heroes are forced to reassemble and face their most intimidating enemy yet – Ultron. Pushed to the brink of their physical and emotional limits, the team must recruit both new heroes and familiar allies to face an escalating danger that threatens the entire planet.
Good intentions wreak havoc »
- email@example.com (Victor Medina)
Disney/Marvel is claiming that Ant-Man, with $24.765M, will retain the #1 spot at the box office, narrowly beating out the Sony newcomer Pixels, which even that studio is claiming made only $24M for the weekend. As a group the top 12 films earned an estimated $140.6M. That's 2.4% more than last year's $136.8M, top-heavy, top 12 when Lucy led the competition with $43.9M for the three days. That Luc Besson/Scarlett Johansson film won out over Hercules, the Dwayne Johnson vehicle, which came in second with $29.8M. Ironically, if that $29.8M finish had been this year, Hercules would easily have been #1. It's a testament to how disappointing that Pixels opening is. The Adam Sandler vehicle, on 3,723 screens, should have had cross-generational nostalgic appeal, much like last year's Teenage Ninja Mutant Turtles, which opened to $65.6M in early August. But Pixels relied heavily, too heavily it turns out, on appealing to a generation that »
- Keith Simanton <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Critics have long despised his films, but the appeal of the Adam Sandler comedy label amongst wider audiences seems to be on the wane too. Despite a fun high-concept, the critically derided Sandler-led "Pixels" opened this weekend to $24 million and second place.
It fell behind Disney's "Ant-Man" which scored first place and $24.8 million in its second outing, bringing it to a $106.1 million stateside haul. Both films opened in the wake of a cinema shooting in Louisiana which saw three deaths and nine injuries, and has prompted discussion of consumers steering clear of cinemas.
Two other new films opened. Fox's "Paper Towns," the next film from social media celeb and "The Fault in Our Stars" author John Green, opened to $12.5 million which was only about half what was projected. The $12 million budget means it'll be profitable, but it certainly hasn't gone past the core base like 'Fault' seemed to.
The other »
- Garth Franklin
The Marvel Cinematic Universe does have a habit of using its smaller supporting characters across multiple projects. One of the first was Cobie Smulders, whose role as Maria Hill in the first "The Avengers" film was followed up by several appearances in "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." along with "Avengers: Age of Ultron" and "Captain America: The Winter Soldier".
So when will she next be returning to screens? Speaking with The Daily Beast to promote her new indie film "Unexpected," she says:
"It's very secretive. They like to keep the surprises for the audience so they don't reveal a lot of information - even to the inner circle. But it is nice. It's very cool to be a part of the world, and a part of this ongoing story that's happening. Normally, you walk into a movie, have a script, and then you're done with it, or at the most you'll do a sequel - maybe. »
- Garth Franklin
'Jurassic World' velociraptor kicks Iron Man ass at worldwide box office. 'Jurassic World' officially surpasses 'The Avengers' at worldwide box office Directed by Colin Trevorrow; starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Vincent D'Onofrio; and co-executive-produced by Steven Spielberg, Jurassic World has officially become the third biggest worldwide box office hit in history. The Jurassic Park sequel – or reboot, as it's basically the same story with a slightly different twist – has surpassed Marvel's Joss Whedon-directed all-star superhero flick The Avengers, which broke box office records back in 2012. Of course, "officially" just ain't what it used to be – like, in the days before The Fall. So you wisely ask, "But which movie has actually sold the most tickets?" After all, that's the true measure of a film's popularity. Well, that's a tough one to answer without the studios providing accurate, precise numbers. And that's not about to happen. It always »
- Zac Gille
Trying to avoid the popular 'Is Jon Snow Dead?' question often raised by fans in this post-Game of Thrones Season 5 era, creator of the Ice and Fire series George R.R. Martin has turned the discussion towards the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Namely its villains. He wants to know why the villains always have the same superpowers as the superheroes. And frankly, he's quite tired of it.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is the biggest shared movie universe in Hollywood, and even it's lesser known characters, like Ant-Man, come in number one at the box office. And the studio shows no signs of slowing down. The collective superhero franchise connected by Marvel's The Avengers has grossed billions of dollars world wide. And almost all of the movies have gotten positive reviews from the world's toughest critics. Marvel and Disney's overall game plan has greatly affected the Hollywood landscape, and altered other studios plans for the future. »
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man, Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Daredevil, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers Assemble, Ultimate Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, X-Men: Apocalypse, Gambit, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Green Lantern Corps, Justice League Dark, Hellboy 3, Gotham, Arrow, The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem, Batman: Bad Blood, Batman: The Killing Joke, Electra Woman and Dyna Girl and more…
After topping the worldwide box office last weekend with $114 million – including £4 million here in the UK, where it dethroned Minions – Marvel’s Ant-Man is set to face new competition from Pixels in the States this weekend, but with $133 million in the bank by close of play on Thursday the miniature superhero is performing on par with Captain America: The First Avenger and will be looking to crack the »
- Gary Collinson
Disney Xd has released a clip from this Sunday’s episode of Marvel’s Avengers Assemble, entitled ‘Avengers’ Last Stand’, which sees Earth’s Mightiest Heroes coming face to face with the Squadron Supreme in front of Avengers Tower! Check it out here…
Big Heroes! Big Villains! And Bigger Adventures this week, Share Your Universe with a brand new episode of Marvel’S Avengers Assemble this Sunday at 8:30am/7:30c inside the Marvel Universe on Disney Xd.
The Avengers are challenged by the fully formed and incredibly powerful Squadron Supreme for a battle that will end with only one of the team as the victors – but which team will prevail? Tune in for an all-new Marvel’S Avengers Assemble airing Sunday, July 26 at 8:30am/7:30c in the Marvel Universe on Disney Xd.
- Gary Collinson
Are you ready for Black Widow to get a makeover? Seems Marvel might be! Actress Scarlett Johansson was spotted away from the Captain America: Civil War set sporting a new hairdo that she tried very hard to hide. An actress with a different hair style wouldn't normally be anything new to report, but the shorn hair is still dyed Black Widow red, a color Scarlett Johansson doesn't usually keep when out of character. Is Natasha Romanova getting a drastic new look?
Since her debut on the big screen in 2010's Iron Man 2, Black Widow has altered her appearance in both hair and suit in each following movie, with Scarlett Johansson showing up in 2012's Marvel's The Avengers, 2014's Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and this year's Avengers: Age of Ultron. And her hair has gradually gotten shooter with each new adventure. But the 'pixie' cut, which is buzzed close to the scalp, »
The upcoming "King Kong" prequel, "Kong: Skull Island," recently lost both Michael Keaton and Jk Simmons. Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers) is still on board, and now comes word that Russell Crowe and Brie Larson (Trainwreck) are in talks to join cast. "Kong: Skull Island" will fully immerse audiences in the mysterious and dangerous home of the iconic ape as a team of explorers ventures deep inside the treacherous, primordial island. The new movie will be directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts and will begin production late this year or early 2016. It's set to hit theaters on March 10th, 2017. »
Omar Sharif in 'Doctor Zhivago.' Egyptian star Omar Sharif, 'The Karate Kid' producer Jerry Weintraub: Brief career recaps A little late in the game – and following the longish Theodore Bikel article posted yesterday – below are brief career recaps of a couple of film veterans who died in July 2015: actor Omar Sharif and producer Jerry Weintraub. A follow-up post will offer an overview of the career of peplum (sword-and-sandal movie) actor Jacques Sernas, whose passing earlier this month has been all but ignored by the myopic English-language media. Omar Sharif: Film career beginnings in North Africa The death of Egyptian film actor Omar Sharif at age 83 following a heart attack on July 10 would have been ignored by the English-language media (especially in the U.S.) as well had Sharif remained a star within the Arabic-speaking world. After all, an "international" star is only worth remembering »
- Andre Soares
Legendary’s King Kong movie Kong: Skull Island may have lost two of its male stars earlier this month in Michael Keaton (Birdman) and J.K. Simmons (Whiplash), but the project has now secured its female lead, with Deadline revealing that Brie Larson (Trainwreck) has signed on to the film.
Larson will join Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers) in the cast of Skull Island, while the site is also reporting that Russell Crowe (Man of Steel) is also wanted as a replacement for either Keaton or Simmons.
Kong: Skull Island is set for release on March 10th 2017, and promises “to fully immerse audiences in the mysterious and dangerous home of the iconic ape as a team of explorers ventures deep inside the treacherous, primordial island.”
- Gary Collinson
Just one day after Jurassic World became the third highest-grossing movie of all time at the worldwide box office, Universal Pictures has officially announced that Jurassic World 2 is happening. Jurassic World stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are set to reprise their roles as Owen Grady and Claire Dearing in the sequel. Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow is returning to co-write the script with Derek Connolly, but Variety's report doesn't mention if he is directing the follow-up as well.
The news of Chris Pratt returning isn't particularly surprising, since the actor revealed last month that his contract has him locked in for more sequels. Colin Trevorrow stated in a May interview that he would still like to be involved in Jurassic World 2, but not as a director, so it's possible that Universal Pictures are currently searching for a new filmmaker to take the helm, as he writes the script with Derek Connolly. »
Earlier today we brought you the first promo for Marvel’s upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy animated series [watch it here], and now we have a couple of posters for the new seasons of Avengers Assemble and Ultimate Spider-Man, with both shows undergoing a rebranding to Avengers: Ultron Revolution and Ultimate Spider-Man vs. The Sinister 6…
In season three of “Marvel’s Avengers: Ultron Revolution,” the Avengers are not only shocked by the return of a vengeful Ultron, but they also encounter new threats like Baron Zemo, the Masters of Evil, the Inhumans, and the futuristic Kang the Conqueror. It’s only with the help of heroes like Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Ant-Man and Ms. Marvel that they have a chance of surviving an all-out Marvel super hero Civil War.
In season four of “Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man vs. The Sinister 6,” a confident Spider-Man feels like the ultimate hero after fighting alongside The Avengers »
- Gary Collinson
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