The question of, “What would happen if we used more than ten percent of our brains?,” is one that has been posed before, but Lucy looks to answer it in a way that is both cerebral and action packed. Lucy (Scarlett Johansson) is an American student living (and living it up) in Taiwan, but her entire world is turned upside down when a locked briefcase is handcuffed to her wrist and she finds herself in the middle of a ruthless drug ring. After meeting the elusive Mr. Jang (Choi Min-sik), Lucy finds out what is in the briefcase and what Mr. Jang would now like her to do with its contents. Forced to carry the drugs inside her (scenes that will have squeamish viewers turning away), a sudden physical altercation causes the bag of drugs (CPH4, to be exact) to burst and Lucy to go from unassuming drug mule to an emotionless walking superhuman. Set »
- Allison Loring
San Diego Comic-Con originally branded itself by aptly showing primarily comicbooks. Now, in its 45th year, the convention has become an entertainment haven, showcasing producers, stars, writers and hundreds of personalities to promote pop culture from July 23-27. View our tentative schedule of Comic-Con’s film panels and events below, with further updates as they are announced. Variety will be in attendance at Sdcc as well, bringing the news, interviews and important panel information to the web.
Variety’s constantly updating TV schedule for Sdcc can be found here.
“The Legacy and Return of Battlestar Galactica” (10:30 a.m., Room 6Bcf) Original series actors Richard Hatch, Jamie Bamber and Luciana Carro, as well as the show’s science consultant Dr. Kevin Grazier and auction producer Alec Peters, host a discussion on the upcoming movie. Surprise guests and theatrical trailers are planned.
“Godzilla and The Master of Monsters” (11:00 a. »
- Sebastian Torrelio
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!
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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 »
Our weekly round up of the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Guardians of the Galaxy, Planet Hulk / Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Captain America 3, Iron Man 4, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Black Panther, Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, Daredevil, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Fantastic Four, X-Men: Apocalypse, The Sinister Six, The Amazing Spider-Man 3, Shazam, Arrow, The Flash, Gotham, Avengers Assemble, Young Justice and more….
With Comic-Con kicking off tomorrow and a host of superhero news expected, including an announcement on Marvel’s Phase Three movies and – potentially – the future of the DC movie universe, it’s an early (and somewhat abridged) edition of The Week in Spandex this week as we round up all the superhero news from the past few days, with a post-Comic-Con edition set to follow on Monday. Anyway, let’s get cracking…
…Ahead of its release next week, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy »
- Gary Collinson
Take another look @ spoiler images of actress Elizabeth Olsen as Marvel Comics' mutant 'Scarlet Witch' on the set of director Joss Whedon's currently shooting "Avengers" sequel, "Avengers: Age Of Ultron":
The Scarlet Witch and her brother 'Quicksilver' were part of the 'second generation' of Marvel's "The Avengers" comic book team.
She is the daughter of 'Magneto', twin sister of Quicksilver and paternal half-sister of 'Polaris'.
The character has featured in four decades of Marvel continuity.
Scarlet Witch starred in two self-titled limited series with husband the 'Vision' and as a regular team member in "Avengers".
Scarlet Witch has also appeared in other Marvel-endorsed products including animated films, arcade/video games, television series and merchandise, »
- Michael Stevens
Movie News - The new 'Fantastic Four' will be ''different from other comic book films''. Scriptwriter Simon Kinberg has promised the ambitious reboot of the superhero franchise will be unlike anything fans have seen in previous movies in the genre, such as 'The Avengers' and the 'X-Men' films. He told Latino-Review.com: ''We are hopefully going to be refining the way the people see the 'Fantastic Four' movies. There are so many things we are doing different from the previous film and so many things different from other comic books films.'' The Josh Trank-directed movie will be a stark departure from the critically mauled 2005 and 2007 'Fantastic Four' films which starred Jessica Alba and Chris Evans. The new take will star Kate Mara as Sue Storm/The Invisible Woman, Miles Teller as Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic, Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm/The Human Torch and »
Hollywood — You might not have heard the name Nicole Perlman much as it pertains to Marvel properties, but she's a big reason why "Guardians of the Galaxy" will be making its way to theaters next weekend. She toiled away as a screenwriter for a few years after her days at Nyu, cooking up projects with a science bent because that's where her passions lie — projects like "Challenger," a fascinating account of the investigation of the Challenger Space Shuttle disaster written as a love letter to Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman. Then, she made her way to the comic book giant under the company's now-defunct screenwriting program and plucked the intergalactic heroes from obscurity, setting them on a crash course for the silver screen. It may be largely James Gunn's colorful vision on that screen, but it's definitely Perlman's passion that helped bring the property to the table in the first place. »
- Kristopher Tapley
On a tentpole film, the visual effects credits often run longer than the trailers that preceded it, but only a few of those names have risen to positions of real power in Hollywood.
One is Victoria Alonso, Marvel’s executive VP of visual effects and post-production. A former vfx producer, Alonso oversees Marvel’s vfx production and serves as executive producer on all of the studio’s films, starting with “The Avengers” and including its upcoming release “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Alonso isn’t just the tech chief at Marvel; she’s a key part of the creative team, helping to keep costs down while making sure the pictures feel huge. She says some of Marvel’s most creative moments have come from grappling with limited resources. Take the scene in “Iron Man 2” where Tony Stark and Nick Fury talk while Stark is sitting in a giant donut. “We »
- David S. Cohen
Last June, Robert Downey Jr. signed a new two-picture deal with Marvel Studios for Avengers: Age of Ultron, which he is currently shooting, and The Avengers 3, hinting that Iron Man 3 would be the last of his stand alone movies as Tony Stark. During a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Robert Downey Jr. teased that he may be coming back for Iron Man 4, although it is up to Marvel's Kevin Feige and Ike Perlmutter to make him an offer.
"It's down to Kevin [Feige, Marvel Studios president] and Ike [Perlmutter, CEO of Marvel Entertainment] and Disney to come to us with what the proposal is, and that's on us to agree or disagree. When things are going great, there's a lot of agreement. Right now, this has just been swell, hasn't it? This has been a really good one and it feels good and we're having a good time."
Before Robert Downey Jr. signed his new deal, we reported »
As of right now, Robert Downey Jr. has a contract with Marvel to appear in Avengers: Age of Ultron and The Avengers 3. Beyond that, we don't know what will happen with him. A lot of fans are wondering if he would be willing to come back for a fourth Iron Man film, and you'll be happy to hear that he's still open to the idea of doing it.
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has confirmed that Iron Man 4 will happen, and Downey Jr. was asked in a recent interview with EW if he would reprise the role or if it would be recast, and this was his reply:
“It’s down to Kevin Feige and Ike Perlmutter and Disney to come to us with what the proposal is, and that’s on us to agree or disagree. When things are going great, there’s a lot of agreement."
The actor »
- Joey Paur
Kevin Feige should be riddled with doubt.
Each time the president of Marvel Studios has greenlit a movie, he’s been barraged by skeptics. “Iron Man” was considered too obscure. “Captain America” too American. And “Thor” too much of a fantasy figure.
With each movie costing in the neighborhood of $200 million to produce, these questions are certainly warranted. But so far Feige has proved his critics wrong, launching some of Hollywood’s biggest franchises: The nine films Marvel Studios has made since 2008’s “Iron Man” have collectively earned more than $6.4 billion at the worldwide box office.
Now comes the 10th, “Guardians of the Galaxy,” debuting Aug. 1 — along with even more raised eyebrows.
The space-set actioner, which will be promoted at this week’s San Diego Comic-Con, revolves around a ragtag group of otherworldly misfits on the run after stealing an orb whose power threatens the cosmos. It stars Chris Pratt, »
- Marc Graser
When I spoke to Luc Besson at Wonder-Con this year, we had a fair amount of time aside from the panel I moderated and the interview we did. At that point, we discussed the entire premise of his new film, "Lucy," and how it's based on a myth. If you've seen the trailer for the movie, you've seen Morgan Freeman as Professor Norman lecturing to a room full of people. "Imagine if we could access 100% [of our brains]. Interesting things begin to happen." Great line. Totally wrong. Evolution has actually increased the size of our brains because we use them so much, and so efficiently. We use way more than 10% of our actual brain capacity, and we use our brains in ways that science barely understands. So we are starting from a preposterous place with "Lucy," and if that's going to drive you crazy, then I would skip it completely. The film starts there and gets way sillier. »
- Drew McWeeny
San Diego Comic-Con is upon us, and it's truly a showcase for some of the greatest Hollywood bromances out there – like “Sherlock” and The Hobbit’s Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, The Avengers’ Mark Ruffalo andRobert Downey, Jr. (“Science Bros”), and X-Men’s Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart.
Not all of our favourite “bros” will be attending Comic-Con, but some of their films definitely will be! Nick Frostand Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) are lending their voices to The Boxtrolls. Let’s Be Cops, starring “New Girl”’s BFFs Damon Wayans Jr. and Jake Johnson, will be there. Also, The Maze Runner will be in attendance, and that movie is shaping up to be “Bromance: The Movie.”
It’s up to you to pick the best bromance in Hollywood. There can only be one – yes, like Highlander. Throughout the duration of San Diego Comic-Con, voting will be »
- Sasha James
It comes as no surprise as the actor reportedly earned a whopping $75 million (£45m) between June 2013 to June 2014, that mainly came from his earnings from Iron Man 3. The film made $1.2 billion (£702m) at the box office last year. Not bad going for an actor that started his passion at the age of five-years old playing a puppy in his father’s film, Pound in 1970.
Things are clearly not slowing down for Downey career wise as it has just been announced Sherlock Holmes 3 is in production and not forgetting a sequel to The Avengers Assemble. I predict in 2015 Downey will have another high paying year, and who doesn’t love a dose of Downey?
Source: BBC »
- Louise Tooth
With Marvel announcing five new release dates last week, there’s been much speculation as to what properties could fill the seven currently-unnanounced slots on the studio’s slate. The Avengers 3 will presumably occupy the May 2019 release date, and with Doctor Strange and Thor 3 taking up another two, that leaves us with four mystery movies to debate over.
Considering the runaway box office success of Iron Man 3 (with over $1.2 billion in the bank), it raises the question whether Marvel is ready to give Tony Stark another solo outing for Iron Man 4. Robert Downey Jr. has appeared reluctant to commit to another Iron Man movie (his current deal is for Avengers: Age of Ultron and The Avengers 3 only), but would he be open to another solo outing if it was on the cards?
“It’s down to Kevin Feige and Ike Perlmutter [CEO of Marvel Entertainment] and Disney to come to us with what the proposal is, »
- Gary Collinson
When Robert Downey Jr took the leading role in "Iron Man," he had no idea that in 2013 he would end up being Hollywood's highest-paid actor with "Iron Man 3" and "The Avengers" both breaking $1 billion at the box office. Forbes has now unveiled their list for 2014, with Downey once again topping the list as the highest-paid actor, earning a whopping $75 million, with the majority coming from just one movie, "Iron Man 3." He earned the same amount in 2013. Taking second place is Dwayne Johnson with earnings of $52 million. The actor was in fifth place last year with $46 million. Rounding out the top five are Bradley Cooper, Leonardo DiCaprio and Chris Hemsworth. And despite being second last year, Channing Tatum didn't make the list in 2014. 1. Robert Downey Jr. - $75 million 2. Dwayne Johnson - $52 million 3. Bradley Cooper - $46 million 4. Leonardo DiCaprio - $39 million 5. Chris Hemsworth - $37 million 6. Liam Neeson - $36 million 7. Ben Affleck »
Take another look @ images from the set of the "Avengers" sequel, "Avengers: Age Of Ultron", including actress Elzabeth Olsen as 'Scarlet Witch', actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson as 'Quicksilver', a stunt double for 'Captain America' (who looks like he could play 'Commie Smasher' Cap from the character's 1950's comic books), plus stunt doubles for 'Thor' and 'Iron Man':
Scripted and directed by Joss Whedon, the new film features an ensemble cast that also includes Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen and James Spader:
"...'Age Of Ultron' reportedly opens immediately after the 'Baron Von Strucker' post credit scene in 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'.
"'The Avengers' as a team attack the 'Hydra' cell run by Strucker.
"He has the staff of 'Loki', 'Chitauri' weaponry and the corpse of a 'Leviathan'. »
- Michael Stevens
It’s no secret that studios like to surprise and delight fans at San Diego Comic-Con, and they spend hundreds of thousands of dollars cutting special footage and first looks to debut in Hall H. While the Variety staff likes a good surprise as much as the next person, we’re going to hedge our bets because there are just some things we can’t imagine not being dropped at the fest. A few studios have announced at length what they’re planning, while others have remained hush-hush.
In order of most to least likely, here are our best educated guesses:
1. The Avengers - The trifecta of Con gods, better known as Kevin Feige, Joss Whedon and all things Avengers related, specifically those in the “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” are coming to San Diego. Simply put, how could they not? Last year Whedon and Feige blew the roof off Hall »
- Alexandra Cheney
Mark Ruffalo has one less reason to Hulk out -- "The Avengers" star lost his wallet in Chicago, but it was returned by a total stranger ... who had no idea he was dealing with a big time celeb.Ross McHale tells TMZ he found the wallet in a cab last Friday ... and saw Ruffalo's name on an ID, but didn't recognize the name so he Googled it. McHale's clearly not fan of the Hulk, "Zodiac, »
- TMZ Staff
Though her Marvel character Peggy Carter, a love interest for Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) in the WWII-set Captain America: The Winter Soldier, had of course aged into an old woman by the time Cap was thawed out of the ice and tasked with saving the world twice more in The Avengers and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Hayley Atwell isn’t done with the Marvel Cinematic Universe yet. She’s toplining the ABC series Marvel’s Agent Carter, which will replace Marvel’s Agents of Shield at midseason, and it turns out that Atwell will be stopping in for a cameo in Avengers: Age of Ultron as well.
Funnily enough, Atwell has a night on the town with director Joss Whedon to thank for her Age of Ultron role:
“We went out drinking one night and he was like, ‘You know, it would be great to write something for you. »
- Isaac Feldberg
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