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On the advent of the 10th anniversary of Serenity, and the release of Whedons sequel to the 3rd biggest film of all time – The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Grimm Up North bring Serenity back to the big screen at Odeon Printworks on May 12th.
For those unfamiliar with the tale of Serenity, the film follows on from the critically acclaimed 2002 TV show Firefly. Upon first airing the show garnered a small but passionate fandom, who had latched onto the show’s captivating ensemble cast, fleshed out universe, and the unique blend of intergalactic travel & western film iconography. However, Fox TV did not see the show’s potential and killed the series after 12 episodes. In the following years millions of people discovered and fell in love with Firefly, mourning its premature cancellation, so passionately that in 2004 Universal Pictures agreed to finance Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Avengers 1&2) to wrap »
- Phil Wheat
Scarlett Johansson is on screen in theatres this month repping girl power as the ass-kicking Black Widow in The Avengers: Age of Ultron. The actress has made a career out of playing varied characters, dipping her toes into everything from indie dramas to assembling for some of the biggest blockbusters of all time.
Since making her big screen debut in the family movie North in 1994, Johansson has done her time in the rom-com realm, acted as Woody Allen’s muse, and made us fall in love with a computer alongside Joaquin Phoenixin Her.
There’s no stopping the star as she continues to choose new projects like the upcoming Coen Brothers’ film Hail, Caesar!, Ghost in the Shell, and hissing her way through The Jungle Book as Kaa the snake. And of course, she’s not out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe yet, as she will again fight for justice in Captain America: Civil War. »
- Sasha James, Rachel West, and Amanda Wood
Joss Whedon has deactivated his Twitter account, and although the director hasn't revealed why he quit the social media service, many believe it's because of the online criticism he has received for Avengers: Age Of Ultron. Some critics are claiming the film is misogynist because of the portrayal of Scarlett Johannson's Black Widow, arguing that her character was "slut-shamed" in The Avengers sequel. Others aren't happy about plot holes in »
- Jesse Giroux
Everybody loves a good summer blockbuster, especially kids. But how do you know what’s right for your family? Check out this guide and watch the trailers that go with them to find out more about what you can expect in theaters. May 1 Avengers: Age of Ultron Rated: PG-13 Joss Whedon’s much anticipated follow up to the wildly successful The Avengers (2012) is poised to be one of the biggest movies of the year, bringing Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk, Captain...
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In 2016, Joe and Anthony Russo's Captain America: Civil War will be launching what is known as Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But while the film is just the first piece in a rather large puzzle, evidently it will be immediately sewing seeds for Marvel Studios' biggest event yet: the two-parter Avengers: Infinity War, set to play out in 2018 and 2019. Chris Evans, who will obviously be headlining Captain America: Civil War, recently chatted with MTV about his role in the 2016 blockbuster, and while answering the question of whether or not the movie will feel more like another Avengers title, the actor revealed that what will go down in the movie will set the stage for the big time arrival of Thanos and his epic quest to collect the Infinity Stones and acquire the powers of a god. Said Evans, Captain America: Civil War is the jump-off into »
The Avengers made a lot of money. It’s what Marvel movies do. They’re even getting better at it: Avengers: Age Ultron only needs to gross $500 million for Phase 2 to earn in five films what Phase 1 made in six. If Age of Ultron came out and was just 2 hours of Kevin Feige blowing his nose with sheets of 24 carat gold, sheer brand inertia would still make it one of the highest grossers of the year. But Marvel Studios got into this plum position by delivering exactly what’s been expected of them: fast, fun popcorn entertainment that stars likeable characters. The Avengers, the current epitome of Marvel’s formula, will be supplanted by Age of Ultron because it has more of those characters doing more fast and fun stuff than ever before.
You can’t really blame Marvel for taking an “if it ain’t broke” approach to their individual franchises, »
- Sam Woolf
Chicago – Where did one of the most prominently featured actresses in “Avengers: Age of Ultron” decide to spend the Saturday night of the film’s release? It was attending the Chicago Critics Film Festival, greeting admirers and participating in Q&As – after her two new films, “Results” and “Unexpected.”
The popular actress, best known for her nine year run on the TV series, “How I Met Your Mother,” was born in Canada, like her character Robin Scherbatsky on the show. She began her career as a model, but soon shifted to acting. She had a recurring role in Showtime network’s “The L Word,” before landing “How I Met Your Mother” in 2005. While she was working on the sitcom, she became part of the Marvel film universe with her role as Maria Hill in “The Avengers” (2012). She has since appeared in “Captain America: Winter Soldier,” TV’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
We can profess to hate spoilers, but if everyone truly did, we wouldn’t bother asking about the next movie and teaser culture wouldn’t be thriving. Everyone has differing preferences for how much they want to know, but there are plenty of people trying to dig up as much info as they can because we want to be in the know, but not know too much. There was plenty of digging for Avengers: Age of Ultron pretty much from the moment the fire began to die down on The Avengers. I’ve looked back through our archives and traced how the rumors and information we received turned out now that the highly anticipated sequel has finally arrived. Read on for what turned out to be true or false. This article contains major spoilers for Avengers: Age of Ultron. Every item follows The Avengers, which was released on May 4, 2012. September »
- Matt Goldberg
For those who have already ventured to your local theater to see Avengers: Age of Ultron, you'll know that two characters who many felt were underused in Marvel's The Avengers, Mark Ruffalo's Hulk and Jeremy Renner's Hawkeye, have much more to do in this sequel. As it turns out, though, writer-director Joss Whedon still ended up cutting out what would be Hulk's best scene, although he wouldn't divulge what this scene entails, which was featured in the original script and was shot, but eventually discarded. The director did reveal that he's not saying what the scene is, because it will likely pop up in a future Marvel movie.
"I don't talk about it specifically because I said to Marvel, 'You can use this in another movie! Hold on to that!'"
Joss Whedon went on to break down the difference between what he calls a "move" and a "moment, »
Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron hit theaters over the weekend, ringing up a massive $187.6 million openinghaul at the box office, the second biggest in history next to 2012's Marvel's The Avengers. Last week's episode of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. helped set up Avengers: Age of Ultron, by leading into the sequel's opening scene. But, in the coming weeks, the series will also shed more light on a plot hole from Avengers: Age of Ultron. There will be Spoilers for Avengers: Age of Ultron below, so if you haven't seen it yet, read on at your own risk.
There is a scene in Avengers: Age of Ultron where Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and the Avengers assemble at Hawkeye's (Jeremy Renner) house, to determine where they should go from here in their battle against the mighty Ultron (James Spader). Fury ends up promising some sort of assistance before he leaves, and »
Every member of The Avengers gets at least one big moment to shine in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, with Vision and Hawkeye probably coming out on top. But one of the core members of the team, arguably the favorite from the first superhero assembly, had what would have been one of their greatest moments […]
- Ethan Anderton
Superhero sequel "Avengers: Age of Ultron" blasts all other films this weekend for the second highest debut of all time. In the U.S. alone, the movie starring Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, James Spader, and Mark Ruffalo earns $187.7 million. The only film to surpass it was the 2012 original "The Avengers" with $207.4 million. Second place goes to holdover "Furious 7" with $6.1 million. The third spot is held by "The Age of Adaline" with $6.2 million. Deadline -Break- The intense promotional assault for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" continues in advance of a December debut. Noted photographer Annie Leibovitz has a new Vanity Fair cover photo featuring cast members Harrison Ford, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Chewbacca, and droid Bb-8. See that photo now with more pictures to be unveiled soon in the June edition. Hollywood Reporter 'Late Show with David Letterman&...' »
Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron may have failed to set an opening weekend record with its debut in the States – with the film earning $187.7 million domestically, and pushing its global haul to $627 million – but the Joss Whedon-directed sequel has helped to propel the Marvel Cinematic Universe above the Harry Potter series to become the highest-grossing movie franchise of all time.
As of today, the McU stands on $7.786 billion, with a $708 million average across its eleven instalments (Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America: The First Avengers, The Avengers, Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers: Age of Ultron).
Harry Potter has the higher film average on $965 million, but will now have to settle for second place with its eight chapters earning a combined $7.723 billion. James Bond is third with $6.159 billion, although if »
- Gary Collinson
The superhero boom arguably started with Spider-Man 2, and really exploded in 2008 with Iron Man and The Dark Knight. It will take another two years to get the first major female superhero movie into theaters when Wonder Woman opens in 2017 and it will take Marvel another year with Captain Marvel in 2018. This is after fans were practically begging for a Black Widow spinoff following 2012’s The Avengers and yet we're still at the "discussions" point. Last night’s Saturday Night Live perfectly skewered our lack of female-led superhero movies, and the lack of good, female-led films in general by creating a trailer for Black Widow: Age of Me starring host Scarlett Johansson. While it does get a little goofy, it also nails how studios are willing to churn out formulaic rom-coms but can’t seem to crack any other kind of movie starring a woman. [caption id="attachment_450969" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Image via Marvel Studios[/caption] »
- Matt Goldberg
Avengers: Age of Ultron arrived in the States this past Friday, with the film pulling in a whopping $187.7 million domestic opening weekend and pushing its global haul to $627 million after just twelve days.
Despite the impressive U.S. numbers, the film fell short of its predecessor The Avengers, which earned a record $207.4 million back in 2012. Early reports were suggesting that the sequel would go on to set a record with around $220 million over the weekend, but it seems that the Floyd Mayweather / Manny Pacquiao fight took a big chunk out of ticket sales for films across the board.
Age of Ultron may not have set a new record, but Marvel now has the three biggest opening days of all time, with 2013’s Iron Man 3 in third with $174.1 million, while the film has already overtaken the lifetime global earnings of The Incredible Hulk ($263.4 million), Captain America: The First Avenger ($370.6 million »
- Gary Collinson
“The Avengers” character Black Widow is finally getting her own movie, thanks to “Saturday Night Live.” This weekend’s “SNL” host Scarlett Johansson reprised her role as Black Widow, for a different take on the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The NBC sketch comedy series rolled out a trailer for the fictitious Black Widow film and posed the question: “Does Marvel not know how to make a girl superhero movie?” Also Read: 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Soars to $188 Million but Record Bid Is Knocked Out “SNL” then shows the Disney-owned studio how the film should be made — in the form of a romantic comedy. »
- Anita Bennett
Avengers: Age of Ultron ruled the box office this weekend with a huge $187.7 million, which is the second-biggest debut ever. Unfortunately, the top opening ever belongs to its predecessor, Marvel's The Avengers ($207.4 million).
The Avengers sequel also continues to do strong business overseas, where it's earned $439 million before even debuting in China or Japan.
Domestically, Ultron's $187.7 million debut accounted for 85 percent of the Top 12 box office this weekend, which is a new record ahead of Spider-Man 3's 83 percent. The movie earned a bit more than the first Avengers on Friday, but its $57.2 million Saturday was 18 percent lower. It was also a bit below Iron Man 3's $62.3 million.
There was a perception heading in to the weekend that the original movie's record was going to easily be topped. In hindsight, though, that was a very unfair assumption. In the years since the first movie's opening, no other title has opened anywhere close to $200 million. »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
With Avengers: Age of Ultron raking in the cash at the global box office, a new video featurette has arrived online which explores Industrial Light & Magic’s visual effects work to bring Bruce Banner’s alter-ego The Incredible Hulk to life in the blockbuster Marvel sequel. Interestingly, the video also reveals that the original plan was to have the Hulk turn grey for his big fight with the Hulkbuster; check it out here…
See Also: You can read our reviews of Avengers: Age of Ultron here, here, here and here
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, »
- Gary Collinson
In the new film Avengers: Age of Ultron, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes™ face off against several villainous individuals out to destroy the world. In the real world, the superhero squad found themselves up against a foe that may have caused more damage than the evil robot Ultron and his army of minions: Saturday night’s Manny Pacquiao – Floyd Mayweather boxing match.
The 2015 Summer Movie Season officially kicked off in North America this weekend as Marvel/Disney’s Avengers: Age of Ultron began its domestic run Thursday night and finished with a massive $187.7 million. Analysts expected the Joss Whedon sequel to open close to or higher than its 2012 predecessor, but Saturday night’s match –and its $100 viewing price tag and $400 million gross- made sure that didn’t happen.
Three years ago this weekend Marvel’s The Avengers arrived on the scene and preceded to Hulk Smash every conceivable box office record »
Even the most casual of movie fans knew "Avengers: Age of Ultron" would open to no. 1 this weekend. The original "Avengers" was a cultural phenomenon which has made the sequel one of the most anticipated films of the year. What Hollywood, industry insiders and Marvel Studios didn't expect was for it not earn less than $200 million over its first three days of release. Pre-release polling for "Age of Ultron" was stronger than the original and based off of Thursday's $27 million in early screenings estimates for the three-day frame climbed as high as $220 million. That figure would have easily surpassed "Marvel's The Avengers" which opened to $207.4 million in 2012 and currently holds the record for the no. 1 opening of all-time. Instead, "Avengers: Age of Ultron" will have to settle for no. 2. It took in $187.6 million in 4,276 screens and a stellar $43,886 per screen (no. 3 all-time for wide releases). It was still a monster, »
- Gregory Ellwood
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