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In an attempt to beat their own record for "most comic books characters in one movie" Marvel not only put as many of their McU roster into Captain America: Civil War as they could, but also a few new additions as well. We got some new heroes (Black Panther and Spider-Man), but also a suit-and-tie guy in the from of Martin Freeman as Everett Ross. Though Ross didn't have too much to do a... Read More »
- Matt Rooney
The folks over at Marvel Studios must be pretty busy right about now. Not only are they starting to put together The Inhumans for its debut later this year, but Black Panther also just entered production and now, we’re hearing that their most ambitious and biggest project to date, Avengers: Infinity War and its currently untitled sequel, are set to go before cameras next week.
If you thought Captain America: Civil War was packed to the rafters with superheroes, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Not only will Infinity War feature all of the usual suspects (Thor, the Hulk, Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, Hawkeye, etc.), but it’s also bringing in a whole host of other characters including the Guardians of the Galaxy, Nebula, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, possibly Pip the Troll and many, many more. Some may say it’s too much, and we’d probably agree, »
- Mark Cassidy
Earlier this week, Marvel Studios kicked off production on the eighteenth chapter in its illustrious Marvel Cinematic Universe, Black Panther, and now, thanks to Just Jared, we have our first look at a few key cast members, sans costume, on the set of the Ryan Coogler-directed superhero feature. In the photos, we get a clear look at Chadwick Boseman (Captain America: Civil War), who stars as T'Challa, and Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead), who will play Okoye, sharing a laugh between scenes and then another with Academy Award-winner Lupita Nyong'o (Star Wars: Episode VIII), playing Nakia, exiting a building. The final shot is the most interesting yet as it confirms the long-rumored return of Golden Globe-nominee Martin Freeman (Captain America: Civil War) as Everett Ross. The photos were snapped earlier today in Atlanta, Ga and while they hardly reveal anything about the film's plot, they were apparently taken sometime »
With three movies already in the can and awaiting release in 2017, Marvel Studios is already starting to bring its 2018 line-up together. Avengers: Infinity War will begin shooting soon, with Black Panther now in production in Atlanta Georgia. This first standalone movie featuring T'Challa from Captain America: Civil War will be in theaters a little over a year from now, as it arrives in time for Black History month on February 16, 2018.
This news comes courtesy of Just Jared, who were the first to leak photos from the set. The big news they discovered is that Martin Freeman is confirmed to return in his role as Everett Ross, a character that debuted in last summer's smash hit blockbuster Captain America: Civil War. The 45-year-old actor was spotted on the Black Panther set this Saturday as shooting kicked off.
Martin Freeman was spotted on set alongside already confirmed cast members that include Chadwick Bosemman as title character T'Challa, »
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When Marvel kicked off Phase 3 of the McU with Captain America: Civil War, it seemed to be Tom Holland’s Spider-Man who stole the show. And while the new version of the web-head did impress just about everyone, there was also another character who made a huge impact on audiences: Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa, aka Black Panther.
Now, after making his presence felt in a big way, the hero is about to receive a large part of the Marvel spotlight, what with a brand new comic book coming soon as well as his own feature film, which has already entered production. To prove it, Just Jared has snapped some set photos of a few of the cast members, including Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o (Nakia), Danai Gurira (Okoye), and Martin Freeman (Everett K. Ross). There’s nothing revealing here, »
- Josh Wilding
Courtesy of The Weinstein Company, we have our very first look at Benedict Cumberbatch as Thomas Edison in the upcoming drama The Current War, which is currently shooting in London and surrounding areas.
Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game, Dr. Strange) stars as Thomas Edison alongside Michael Shannon’s (Waco, Nocturnal Animals) George Westinghouse. Katherine Waterston (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Inherent Vice), Tom Holland (Captain America: Civil War, the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming), Matthew Macfadyen (‘Ripper Street’, Anna Karenina) and Tuppence Middleton (‘War & Peace’, The Imitation Game) also star with Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: Apocalypse, Mad Max: Fury Road) set to play Nikola Tesla.
- Paul Heath
Author: Zehra Phelan
The streets of London and its surrounding areas are currently playing host to the filming of the Thomas Edison drama, The Current War, which details the race between Edison and George Westinghouse to deliver the first marketable and sustainable electricity system.
In the electric chair as Thomas Edison is Doctor Strange (and Sherlock) actor, Benedict Cumberbatch, the subject of the very first look image to emerge from the studio behind the film, The Weinstein Company. Cumberbatch and his very stiff upper lip, seems to embody the very image of what we expect from a gentleman in the late 1800’s, in his dapper clothing to his trademark solemn look.
Benedict Cumberbatch isn’t the only impressive name on the cast list, he is also joined by Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals) as George Westinghouse. Katherine Waterston (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them), Tom Holland (Captain America: Civil War, »
- Zehra Phelan
With filming on The Current War well underway in London, The Weinstein Company has released the first image from the highly-anticipated drama featuring Benedict Cumberbatch as legendary American inventor Thomas Edison.
Set in the late 1880s, The Current War details the rivalry between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse and the race to create a marketable and sustainable electricity system. Edison championed the use of a direct current for electric power distribution over an alternating current, which was backed by Westinghouse Electric and a host of European companies.
“Edison and Westinghouse’s rivalry is the ultimate tale of competition driving ingenuity,” said Harvey Weinstein. “Theirs was a battle of intellect, a race of creativity and technological innovation that we see echoed in the self made inventors dominating spaces like Silicon Valley. We’re thrilled to start filming and to share this historical rivalry with audiences everywhere.”
In addition to Cumberbatch, The Current War »
- Gary Collinson
We’re in the era when franchises are never dead, they just away for awhile. After “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” didn’t meet expectations, it was only two years later that the character was rebooted in “Captain America: Civil War,” and this summer he’ll swing back on the big screen in a new movie, that’s part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Meanwhile, less than two years have passed since rebootquel “Terminator Genisys” bellyflopped, but no matter, because as the famous phrase goes, “I’ll be back.”
- Kevin Jagernauth
"...pick up the pieces left behind after 'Iron Man' and 'Captain Marvel' clashed. As the 'Marvel Universe' comes together in the aftermath of war, 'Carol Danvers' turns to the one person she knows she can trust -- 'Steve Rogers'.
"Only...Steve might not be as trustworthy as she thought. How has 'Captain America' influenced the 'Civil War' for his own gains? Was this the end of his plans, or was it just the beginning?..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Captain America: Civil War"...
- Michael Stevens
Even before it was confirmed that Michael Keaton was playing the villainous Vulture in Spider-Man: Homecoming, fans were excited that he had signed on, since it marked his long-awaited return to the superhero genre. Long before the term "cinematic universe" was even coined, Michael Keaton played Bruce Wayne in Tim Burton's 1989 classic Batman, which, along with its 1990s sequels, helped pave the way for the superhero genre to thrive on the big screen today. While there is still much that isn't known about Vulture in this movie, Tom Holland revealed in a new interview that Michael Keaton could not stop name-checking Batman on the set.
Earlier this week, Michael Keaton teased that his Vulture character is not your typical type of villain, while clarifying that he originally turned down the project because it didn't mesh well with his schedule. He added that they shifted the production schedule to accommodate him, »
This ranking includes only new theatrical releases viewed for the awards year of 2016 (for eligibility for the Academy Awards and the Ofcs and Awfj awards); some films released in the UK without Us releases (and so ineligible for those awards this year) may also be included, for my own bookkeeping purposes. Links go to my review. Numbers after each entry are Date First Viewed/NYC Release Date/London Release Date; year is 2016 unless otherwise noted.
01.03.17: This ranking is not quite final; I will continue to add films and links to reviews through the awards season that ends with the Oscars ceremony on February 26th.
worth paying multiplex prices for
La La Land (10.07/12.09/01.13.17)
A Monster Calls (10.06/12.23/01.01.17)
The Lobster (07.16.15/05.13/10.16.15)
Zootropolis (aka Zootopia) (02.22/03.04/03.25)
A Bigger Splash (10.08.15/05.04/02.12)
Miss Sloane (11.20/11.25/02.24.17)
London Road (06.03.15/09.09/06.12.15)
The Girl with All the Gifts (07.26/Tba/09.23)
I, Daniel Blake (10.22/12.23/10.21)
Hidden Figures (12.14/12.25/02.17.17)
A United Kingdom (10.05/02.17.17/11.25)
Eye in the Sky (04.07/03.11/04.15)
- MaryAnn Johanson
There are many reasons to get excited for Avengers: Infinity War. The larger than life superhero sequel event promises to be something mind-blowing for comic book fans everywhere, and those involved are inclined to agree. Among the actors appearing in the superhero showcase is Vin Diesel, playing the lovable Groot from the Guardians of the Galaxy films. For years, he’s teased a fight between his alien character and Mark Ruffalo’s embittered Hulk and now, we’ll finally get such a brawl in the upcoming 2018 blockbuster extravaganza — if Diesel is to be believed.
In an interview with Screen Rant for this weekend’s xXx: Return of Xander Cage, Diesel basically confirmed the fight is happening, noting that he needs to figure out how to make it work with directors Joe and Anthony Russo (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War).
I’m excited about Baby Groot; he’s just too fun. »
- Will Ashton
As a kid, one often wonders who’d beat who in a fight. Even adults find themselves caught up in such quandaries, as made evident by last year’s divisive Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. Yes, curiosity is a hungry beast, and while such questions usually lead to nothing, it’s always fun to speculate.
Tom Holland seems to agree, as the newfound Peter Parker was recently asked who would win in a fight: Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man, Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man or his own version. Expectedly, the actor believes his Peter Parker would make them all eat their webby lunch.
The question came from Short List Magazine (via ComicBookMovie.com) during a recent interview, and it didn’t take long for Holland to come up with his answer.
Me. Absolutely. Hands down.
Oh, snap! Anyone interested in bringing this show to the big screen?
Of course, this is all theoretical and completely silly. »
- Will Ashton
Production on Avengers: Infinity War is expected to be getting underway soon, though, there are conflicting reports about when that may be exactly. Some claim it could be starting any day now in Atlanta, but others claim it won't really get underway until this summer. Either way, it is happening soon and the cast is going to be massive. One of the new additions is going to be Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage, but his role has not yet been officially revealed. Some new photos that have surfaced online may help shed some light on that, because they seem to all but confirm what Marvel character he is portraying.
Daily Mail recently caught Peter Dinklage getting his hair done in New York City. This was not just a simple trim, mind you, but it was a very telling change up. The 47-year-old actor was dying his hair a very specific shade of red, »
Whenever a new actor is cast as an iconic character, there will naturally be comparisons of the new actor, and those who have come before. Fans engaged in heated debates over which Batman was better, Christian Bale or Ben Affleck, and which Joker delivered the definitive performance, Jared Leto, Heath Ledger, or Jack Nicholson. These comparisons started sprouting up again when Tom Holland was cast as Spider-Man, making his debut in last summer's Captain America: Civil War, leading into this summer's stand alone adventure Spider-Man: Homecoming. Tom Holland just threw some new fuel on this comparative fire, claiming that his Peter Parker could beat up those Peter Parker's who came before him, played by Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield.
Doctor Who alum Karen Gillan definitely has her plate full. But like any talent in Hollywood, Gillan has spent years working hard to get that hard work, so that’s probably a prospect she meets with a lot of joy. Not only will she be directing her first film — the formerly-titled Tupperware Party (now currently untitled) — next year, but she’s also set to hit the big screen as an actor in the Marvel sequel Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and the adventure sequel/reboot Jumanji this year.
Gillan made her Marvel debut in 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy as Thanos’ badass daughter, Nebula — a mean-spirited woman with a real chip on her shoulder. We last saw the blue belle ripping a man from his spaceship and taking off, far away from the climax chronicled in the movie. As with ninety percent of the surviving Marvel characters, she was »
- Joseph Medina
After damn near stealing the show in Captain America: Civil War, it comes as no surprise that Marvel is ready to give Black Panther more time in the spotlight. With his first solo big screen outing just over a year away, the publisher has wisely opted to put out more titles featuring this unique character, no doubt attempting to make him a fixture in the public’s consciousness.
Interestingly enough, this won’t be just another solo title – T’Challa is bringing some friends with him. Specifically, Storm, Luke Cage, Misty Knight and Manifold. Dubbed “The Crew” and paying homage to an earlier book penned by Christopher Priest (who is now hitting home runs with DC’s Deathstroke), expect to see this group of heroes do their best to keep the streets of Harlem safe.
Marvel is certainly known for boasting a wide array of super teams – the Avengers, X-Men »
- Eric Joseph
A lot has been made bout the fact that both Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Rogue One have female lead characters, but a new study shows that might not be all it's cracked up to be. While both of these latest entries in the Star Wars franchise do have strong women as protagonist, both movies are still quite male heavy. Even lopsided. A new study shows that only 17% of the dialogue in Rogue One is spoken by one of the movies few female characters.
Jyn Erso led Rogue One to becoming the highest grossing movie in the U.S., no small feat that Felicity Jones helped push the movie to the top the box office as the face of this first Star Wars anthology movie. The prequel was also praised for its diverse cast. But diving deeper into the story elements, and what actually happens on screen shows »
Two years ago, Captain America (Chris Evans) and Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) made a friendly Super Bowl wager, since their hometown teams were playing in the big game. Both of these actors agreed to dress up in costume to visit children's hospitals in Boston and Seattle, and now Chris Evans is helping out his favorite hometown charity once again, Christopher's Haven. The actor is teaming up with Omaze for an exciting new challenge that will allow three lucky fans a chance to join Chris Evans for the escape room adventure of a lifetime. To give fans a taste of how this escape room adventure may pan out, Omaze released a new video that shows the actor pranking a few unsuspecting comic book fans.
Omaze released a new video today, which shows how they teamed up with the actor to turn a Boston comic book shop called Comicazi into a makeshift escape room, »
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