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Monday, December 26th Monday Morning Review: 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo'; or, David Fincher's 'Clue -- The Movie!' by James Rocchi The Avengers Countdown: Does Joss Whedon Understand 3-D? by John Gholson Tuesday, December 27th The Year in Film: 2011's Biggest Surprises by Brian Salisbury Buy Me, Rent Me, Forget Me: 'Final Destination 5,' 'A Good Old Fashioned Orgy,' 'Fish Story' and More by Peter Hall The VOD Report: 'Abduction,' 'Apollo 18,' 'Hostel Part III,' Three Pre-Theatrical Titles and Much More by Robert B. DeSalvo When Can I Watch 'War Horse' With My Kids? by Sean O'Connell The Awards Line: Directing the Odds by Erik...
- Peter Hall
Hollywoodnews.com: A lot is being made this awards season of George Clooney’s versatility in front of and behind the camera, as the “Ides of March” director finds himself in the Oscar race for his performance as a bewildered father in Alexander Payne’s “The Descendants.”
And it’s true that Clooney is enjoying a productive 2011. But Kenneth Branagh has performed a similar feat this year. Click here to read interview with Kenneth
Consider this. Earlier this year, Branagh kicked off the Summer 2011 season with his Shakespeare-by-way-of-Marvel-comics blockbuster, “Thor.” The smash hit earned a whopping $449 million at the worldwide box office, establishing Chris Hemsworth as a bankable star while also setting the stage for “Captain America” and, later, Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers.” It was a coup for Branagh, but he wasn’t finished yet.
The film features the characters of Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and lead villain Loki (Tom Hiddleston). However, the industry has long expected that there would be a second villain in the film.
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This week, Neca released the product description for its 2012 HeroClix lineup based on The Avengers movie. And, apparently, Loki isn’t the only villain getting a toy made for the movie. The Red Skull reared his vile head on the Neca release. The character, played by Hugo Weaving, appeared in 2011′s Captain America: The First Avenger (aka The Avengers prequel).
The release stated the following: “Charging »
- Bags H.
The time has come to close on one of the biggest years in comic books we have seen for a while. Companies saw massive shake-ups to connect with new audiences, while some sadly didn’t survive the year. Countless news stories hit our TV screens and computer monitors that would affect every comic book reader out there in one-way or another. This is the top ten comic book news stories of 2011.
10) Draw The Line At $2.99
This may seem like a meaningless point now that the New 52 is in full swing but in January of this year comic readers were in glee when DC announced their new “Draw The Line at $2.99” campaign, one that would return all of their monthly books to a $2.99 price point (while moving from 22 pages to 20, per issue to balance production costs).
In the past few years the comic industry has seen a strong escalation in ongoing »
- Jamie Slough
We know that Loki (Tom Hiddleston) will be the main villain in "The Avengers," and all throughout the production we've been hearing that he may be joined by other villains, at the time thought to be the Skrulls. Spoilers Ahead: Now, Neca has unveiled a description of their 2012 "The Avengers" toy line, revealing that Red Skull (Hugo Weaving) will team with Loki in the new movie. The description states: "Charging straight out of theaters and onto your tabletop, Marvel's the Avengers Movie HeroClix set features heroes like Captain America and Thor as they battle the villainy of the Red Skull and Loki!" At the end of "Captain America: The First Avenger," Red Skull was transported into another realm, which may have been Asgard. There, he may have made a deal with Loki to take over Earth. Stay tuned. Click here to read more about "The Avengers." »
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We'll be revealing our "Top 10 Movies of 2011" on New Year's Eve, but like us you'll likely be casting your eye towards 2012's cinematic slate by now, so to help you plan your viewing here's a selection of potential highlights to look out for in the coming year (sorted roughly by order of arrival)...
Looking forward to the next year of movies has been a tradition on Coming Attractions. After all, the whole reason why CA got started in the first place was to talk about movies that were in development, at a golden time when each film had awesome potential. As we watch the days grow shorter between their release dates, we love to imagine how great watching these movies will be. Whether the movies actually live up to the mental hype we give them is something else entirely.
But now’s not the time for being pessimistic. The final hours of 2011 are upon us and it’s with great hope that we look forward to what Hollywood will offer us in 2012. And there are some movies that I’m looking forward to seeing more than others.
Counting down, my top 10 most anticipated movies of 2012 are:
10. John Carter
If you had asked me even two years ago, »
- Patrick Sauriol
What improvement will be made to Robert Downey Jr.'s costume in Iron Man 3? Want to read some of the new Superman origin from Action Comics? Curious to see some unused posters from The Incredible Hulk and alternative concept art from Green Lantern? What are the latest rumors regarding cameos in The Avengers? Want to see Smallville's Erica Durance dressed as Wonder Woman? Read about all of this and more in the final Superhero Bits of 2011. Action Comics #5 will be released next week and in it, writer Grant Morrison reimagines the origin of Superman. Wired  has your first look at the first five pages. Clark Gregg spoke again, to SFX  Mag (via Cbm ), about his expanded role in The Avengers: I had to pinch myself because I'm not that jaded. I got to show up and put on the Coulson suit and I've got enough lines that I have a trailer, »
- Germain Lussier
New 'The Avengers' Russian movie poster features a horned out crazy,evil Loki. Here's a brand,new, movie poster for the upcoming super hero flick "The Avengers" by Marvel Studios. It's the Russian version,and it features Thor's evil brother Loki rockin out the ugly horned helmet so he can go ballistic in the flick. He definitely doesn't make nice with our Avengers heroes as he's seen,throwing Tony Stark aka Ironman out of a window at one point,and causing all kinds of other problems. The movie stars: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård,and Samuel L. Jackson. In the flick, Samuel L. Jackson's character Nick Fury is director of an organization named Shield,and recruits a couple of very formidable heroes to take out a dangerous enemy,which I'm guessing is Loki,because »
There is a moment in the new Mission: Impossible film where, just after they've survived being shot by Russians as their car plunges into a river, Jeremy Renner says to Tom Cruise: "It's really happening, isn't it?"
That line could equally describe Renner's career.
Just as his character Brandt learns to be a field agent from Cruise's Ethan Hunt, so too is The Hurt Locker star beginning to earn his stripes as a blockbusting action man.
Next year sees him starring in The Avengers and taking over from Matt Damon in the fourth film in the Bourne franchise, The Bourne Legacy. So it helped that he had the perfect opportunity to learn from the best in the business when it came to stunts.
"I think he might have an iron stomach or something - he's fearless," says Renner of his co-star. "He really set a high bar in how »
- David Bentley
New 'The Avengers' Russian movie poster features an angry hammer toting Thor. This new Russian poster for the upcoming "Avengers" flick,recently hit the net,and features actor Chris Hemsworth doing his angry Thor thang,toting the magic hammer and looking like he's about to, straight, go off on somebody in a major way. The movie stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård,and Samuel L. Jackson. In the flick, character Nick Fury brings a couple of iconic super heroes together to fight against and enemy that threatens global safety and security. The first teaser trailer,Marvel released,looks totally rockin with explosions galore,great fight scenes,car chases,and more. It also features Bruce Banner turning into the crazy Incredible Hulk. It's going to be wicked. Stay tuned. The movie hits theaters on May 4th,2012.
"Extra" has a sneak peek at five of the most anticipated movies of 2012.
The Extra List: Top 5 Movies to Watch for in 2012'The Avengers' (May 4)
Who: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Samuel L. Jackson; directed by Joss WhedonWhat: The S.H.I.E.L.D. agency brings together a team of superhumans to help save the Earth from annihilation by extraterrestrial invaders.
'The Dark Knight Rises' (July 20)
Who: Christian Bale, »
Here’s three brand new Russian movie posters featuring Iron Man, Thor and Loki in the upcoming action film “The Avengers” by director Joss Whedon (The Cabin in the Woods, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and starring Chris Evans (Captain America: The First Avenger), Chris Hemsworth (Thor, Red Dawn), Mark Ruffalo (Date Night, Shutter Island), Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man 3), Scarlett Johansson (Nick Fury), Jeremy Renner (The Raven, The Hurt Locker) and Samuel L. Jackson (The Killing Game, Iron Man). Click Here to check out our Top 30 photo gallery from The Avengers. Synopsis: Marvel Studios delivers the ultimate comic book production, tying such characters as Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), »
- Brian Corder
Aching for a fresh taste of Joss Whedon's The Avengers? New footage continues to trickle out thanks to the overseas marketing campaigns for this one, a previous German trailer mixing a bit of new footage into the mix and a new Russian trailer now on the scene doing the same thing.Don't get your hopes up too high - this is mostly the same trailer as the original Us version - but there is enough new stuff from the superhero team to make it work taking a look. Plus you get to find out what Thor, Iron Man, Hawkeye, The Incredible Hulk, Captain America et al sound like in Russian.Take a look below. »
From superhero flicks "The Avengers," "The Amazing Spider-Man" and "The Dark Knight Rises" to sequels "Men in Black III" and "Wrath of the Titans" to book adaptations "The Hunger Games" and "The Hobbit," 2012 is shaping up to be an exciting year at the movies.
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2012 Movie Preview'Chronicle' (Feb. 3)
On Seeing The Avengers "Assemble" On The Set Of The Movie: "It's a little hard to believe, coming from a supporting role that they kept beefing up and adding to new movies, that I would actually walk into that room I walked into and see that collection of people in their various versions or incredibly worked up neoprene. When I walked in the first thing I did was go, "Oh my god! Look at all these actors in costumes!" But then you look at them a little closer and you go, "I just walked into a room with Captain America, Tony Stark...oh my god!" And then you go, "That's Jeremy Renner and Robert Downey Jr!" Then all of a sudden Sam [Jackson] comes in and gives me a look and I'm like, "There's som big problems we've got to take care of so let's go do it!" On What Brings »
Summer 2012 is nowhere near as massive as Summer 2011. But you know, that may be a blessing in disguise. Summer 2012 still has more than its fair share of films to look forward to, and the big ones are especially noteworthy. How can a summer with The Avengers, Prometheus, and The Dark Knight Rises Possibly go wrong? Well, it can't. So, even though Summer 2012 isn't as over-packed as Summer 2011 one, there's still plenty for film fans to salivate over. So without further ado, let's get started! Part Three of Tmp's Prelude to 2012 begins right now!
Summer 2012 is certainly kicking off with a bang. Releasing everywhere on May 4 is The Avengers, the long awaited superhero film putting all our favorite Marvel characters (minus Spider-Man, Wolverine, Daredevil, and all the ones you Really like) into one team. The build up for The Avengers has been intense, with over four years and five films of investment, »
- TheCritic28@gmail.com (Matthew Legarreta)
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The Iron Man suit might be getting an upgrade: Heels! According to Us Weekly (via the New York Post), Robert Downey Jr. is adding lifts for 'Iron Man 3.' "They're working on a special pair just for him," a source told the celeb magazine, and that the lifts would be concealed in boots. Why in the next Iron Man movie and not 'The Avengers?' At 5'8", the actor certainly isn't the tallest in the 'Avengers' cast. That would be mighty Thor, Chris Hemsworth, at 6'3", as we've seen in shots of the actors on the set. At least Downey appears to be taller than Mark Ruffalo, who is also reportedly 5'8".
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- Sharon Knolle
Quite a few critics' best-of lists have implied 2011 was a pretty average year for popcorn movies. Throw in the fact that 2012 is set to deliver The Dark Knight Rises, Prometheus and the first part of The Hobbit, and it doesn't augur well for an annual round-up of the past 12 months' top fanboy-friendly films. But while there has been nothing this year to compare with the head-spinning brio of 2010's Inception or the epic, flawed genius of 2009's Watchmen, the overall quality of fantasy, sci-fi and comic book fare has definitely been on the way up.
That's not to say we haven't had our fair share of distinctly non-festive turkeys. Green Lantern was an almighty mess dogged by a ropey script, dodgy CGI, and wooden chemistry between Ryan Reynolds and just about everyone else on screen. »
- Ben Child
Over the weekend I started to read Stephen King’s new book, 11/22/63: A Novel. I’m not very far into it, as King writes long and I like to luxuriate in his enjoyment at having a story to tell and his great affection for his characters. And also, I have things to do.
It’s a time-travel story, and so far it’s set in 1958. I was five years old then (King was 11), and some of my memories of that time are clear. As he describes children playing in Maine, I remember what it was like for me in Ohio.
We played Cowboys and Indians, Cops and Robbers. We played House, and School. None of us had Barbies yet, but we had stuffed animals so we could play Zoo. We made mud pies. We played Kick the Can and had squirt gun fights (see above re: Cowboys and Indians, »
- Mike Gold
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