Joss Whedon Talks AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON and Making “Everything a Robot Never Is”

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In the comics, the villain Ultron has lots and lots of powers, and I doubt all of them will be making it into Avengers: Age of Ultron.  But beyond his superpowers, there’s the question of his personality.  Writer-director Joss Whedon is clearly relishing the chance to bring this unique baddie to the screen, and he spoke with Empire about the experience.  “I’m having a blast with Ultron,” Whedon said. “He’s not a creature of logic – he’s a robot who’s genuinely disturbed. We’re finding out what makes him menacing and at the same time endearing and funny and strange and unexpected, and everything a robot never is.”  When Whedon lays out the character like this, it makes me even more excited that they got James Spader to do the voice.

Hit the jump for more on what Whedon had to say beyond talking about the Avengers 2 villain.  The film also stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Thomas KretschmannAvengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015.

Executive Producer Andrew Kreisberg Talks ARROW, “Seeing Red” Spoilers, and What It Means for the Story and Characters Going Into Season 3

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So much is happening on the final few episodes of Arrow Season 2 that any of them could have been a season finale.  Story twists, character reveals and deaths have almost become expected, as things continue to escalate towards yet another and even bigger showdown between The Arrow (Stephen Amell) and Deathstroke (Slade Wilson).

During this recent interview to talk about the remaining episodes this season, executive producer/writer Andrew Kreisberg addressed the big reveals of Episode 20, “Seeing Red,” and what it means for the story and characters, going forward.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some major spoilers.

THE AMERICANS Recap: “Martial Eagle”

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All season long, The Americans has addressed issues of loyalty and consequence.  What has made this season so powerful is the emotional connection Philip and Elizabeth have had to their work, and how deeply it has affected them.  Starting the season off with the gruesome deaths of their fellow spies set the stage and tone for what would follow, and the season’s tight focus on just a few stories (which are now connecting) have made for an incredible arc of episodes.  No hour has been so dedicated to consequence as “Martial Eagle” though, a dark and difficult walk with Philip as he goes through crisis.  Hit the jump for why “I know this is war.  It’s just easier for you.”


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Rapid fire release dates coming at you:

  • The One I Love, August 15 – Mark Duplass, Elisabeth Moss, and Ted Danson star in Charlie McDowell’s feature directorial debut.
  • Desert Dancer, August 15 – Reece Ritchie and Freida Pinto star in the biopic of Iranian dancer Afshin Ghaffarian.
  • Hector and the Search for Happiness, September 26 – Simon Pegg plays a psychiatrist who sets out on a global quest to find out if happiness exists.
  • Whiplash, October 10 – Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons star in the Sundance darling about a talented young drummer and his ruthless instructor.
  • Mr. Turner, December 19 – Mike Leigh (Happy-Go-Luck) directs the late-life biopic of British painter J.M.W. Turner, played by Timothy Spall.
  • Mortdecai, February 6, 2015 – Johnny Depp stars opposite Gwyneth Paltrow and Ewan McGregor about a suave art dealer’s race to recover a stolen painting said to lead to an account full of Nazi gold.

Dates via Box Office Mojo.  Hit the jump for more on each project.

ARROW Recap: “Seeing Red”

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This week’s Arrow took a bit of a detour from what we’re used to, as the gang went out in search of one of their own rather than spending the hour tracking down a typical baddie.  It seems that Roy (Colton Haynes) is not handling his injection of mirakuru well (or subsequent hook-up to a blood transfusion machine), and that has him tripping out on a mindless rage-filled bender.  Not good for the citizens of Starling City, and much worse for Arrow & Co.  Despite Roy’s behavior forming the bulk of this episode’s conflict, it was a real blindside of an ending that took viewers by surprise.  Hit the jump for my recap.

New SEX TAPE Trailer Starring Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel

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Following up on the debut red band Sex Tape trailer, Sony has released a comparatively more chaste green band trailer.  Still raunchy enough, given the premise centers on a married couple (Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel) who films a sex tape to spice up their love life.  Their video is accidentally uploaded to “the cloud,” which sends the couple through a series of hijinks to prevent everyone they know—their son, her boss, the mailman, Rob Corddry—from seeing the video.

Ellie Kemper and Rob Lowe co-star in director Jake Kasdan‘s follow-up to Bad Teacher.  Sex Tape opens July 25.  Check out the Sex Tape trailer after the jump for a few new jokes.

Sean Bean, Ali Larter, Showrunner David Wilcox, and More Talk New TNT Spy Series LEGENDS, Deviations from the Books, and More at WonderCon

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This August, TNT will premiere an intense new series from the producers of Homeland, centered around the FBI’s elite Deep Cover Operations (DCO) division.  Based on the book by spy novelist Robert Little, Legends stars Sean Bean as FBI agent Martin Odum, a specialist who can transform himself into anyone he needs to be.  His alternate identities, called “legends,” are so complex and thoroughly established that they almost take on lives of their own.  The show also stars Ali Larter as a fellow operative who has a history with Martin, Tina Majorino as technical expert Maggie Pool, and Morris Chestnut as another agent investigating Martin’s involvement in a murder case.

The cast made an appearance at WonderCon last weekend, along with showrunner David Wilcox (Fringe), to talk about what audiences can expect from the show and, naturally, whether the infamously death-prone (on screen, at least) Bean will actually make it to the end of the first season.  Hit the jump to read the full interview, and click here for our recap of the show’s WonderCon panel.

Trailer and Teaser Poster for Richard Linklater’s BOYHOOD Starring Ellar Coltrane, Ethan Hawke, and Patricia Arquette

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IFC Films has released the trailer and teaser poster for BoyhoodRichard Linklater’s remarkable film follows the life of Mason (Ellar Coltrane) over the course of 12 years, dropping in to view pivotal scenes in his life from the age of 6 to 18.  Viewers also see his sister Samantha (Lorelei Linklater), their mother Olivia (Patricia Arquette), and father Mason Sr. (Ethan Hawke) age alongside him.  No matter how the film is eventually received by critics and audiences alike, the idea behind Boyhood is a commendable one that eschews traditional schedules, casting age-appropriate actors to fill in the gaps, and even cutting-edge aging make-up.  Linklater has chosen, instead, to let the natural path of life carve its way forward for each of his actors; that alone makes this a film worth watching.

Hit the jump to check out the Boyhood trailer and poster, and click here to read Matt’s review from Sundance.  The film opens in limited release on July 11th.

Ron Howard to Direct THE TRUTH ABOUT THE HARRY QUEBERT AFFAIR for Warner Bros.

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It might not be a household name here in the States just yet, but The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair, from Swiss novelist Joël Dicker, is currently sweeping Europe.  Warner Bros. decided to keep ahead of the trend, and has acquired the film fights, with Ron Howard attached to direct; Howard will also produce along with Brian Grazer of Imagine Entertainment.  Deals for producers Eugenie Grandval and Claire Lundberg are also in the works.  The book’s story follows a young, hotshot novelist who finds himself in the midst of scandal as his American literary mentor is implicated in the disappearance and murder of a 15-year-old girl.  Hit the jump for more.

Scarlett Johansson and Lupita Nyong’o in Talks to Join Jon Favreau’s THE JUNGLE BOOK

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Director Jon Favreau continues to firm up the cast for his live-action/CG hybrid take on The Jungle Book.  We learned last month that Idris Elba will provide the voice of Shere Khan in the Disney adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s classic, and now Heat Vision reports that Scarlett Johansson and Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave actress Lupita Nyong’o are in negotiations to join the pic as well.  Hit the jump for more on the nature of their roles.

THE COLLISION: Episode 84 – TRANSCENDENCE and Technophobia

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This week on The Collision, we talk about Transcendence and how it’s bad.  Really, really bad.  This episode contains spoilers about Transcendence because we had to start going into specifics about all the ways it fails, and how it could have been a much better movie.  We also discuss technophobia in movies and popular depictions of science as a negative force.  As always, we finish up with our recommendations.

Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode (“Late Night Television”), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg and @AdamChitwood.

THE LAST SHIP Cast and Crew Visit WonderCon to Talk About Heroism, Michael Bay and filming on a Real Navy Ship

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As the crew of the Navy destroyer U.S.S. Nathan James prepares to return from a training mission in the arctic, they discover that while they were gone a deadly virus has devastated the world’s population and the only hope for a cure may be in the hands of a scientist on board their ship.  That’s the premise that sets off the events in the first episode of The Last Ship, a new series from Michael Bay, airing this June on TNT.

The series stars Eric Dane as Capt. Tom Chandler, Adam Baldwin as Executive Officer Slattery, Rhona Mitra as Dr. Rachel Scott, Charles Parnell as Master Chief Russell Jeter and Travis Van Winkle as Navy S.E.A.L. Lt. Danny Green. Parnell and Van Winkle joined executive producers Hank Steinberg and Steven Kane at WonderCon to preview the first episode and talk about where we might see the show take us in upcoming episodes.

Want to See a High-Quality Blu-ray Release for THE IRON GIANT? Brad Bird Says You Should Ask Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

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The Iron Giant is one of my all-time favorite movies.  I have two Iron Giant Mondo posters.  I have a little Iron Giant toy on my desk.  What I don’t have is the movie on Blu-ray because it’s not available in that format.  The special edition DVD is nice, but writer-director Brad Bird made a visually impressive movie, and it’s worth a high-end Blu-ray release that not only looks good, but also has plenty of great extras.

Earlier today, Bird was asked on Twitter about when we might see the movie on Blu-ray.  Bird explained that he’s spoken with Warner Bros. about it, but he wants more than a bare bones release.  I couldn’t agree more.  I know it’s kind of a cult film, but plenty of cult movies get excellent Blu-ray releases, and I think WB might be surprised at how many people want The Iron Giant to get the same treatment.  As Bird points out, the only way to get an awesome The Iron Giant Blu-ray is to ask for it.  Shoot @WBHomeEnt a tweet, and please be polite.  And if you feel like crying today, hit the jump.

New Images from Antoine Fuqua’s THE EQUALIZER Starring Denzel Washington

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Fresh off the debut images that were released the other day, Sony Pictures has now released a few more The Equalizer images ahead of the film’s trailer debut.  Adapted from the 1980s TV series of the same name, the pic reteams Denzel Washington with his Training Day director Antoine Fuqua as he plays a former black ops commando who comes out of his self-imposed retirement to rescue a young girl (Chloe Grace Moretz).  Soon thereafter, things go south and he finds himself squaring off against violent Russian gangsters.  The pic scored incredibly high during its first test screening, and Sony is already prepping a sequel in the hopes that this film hits big with audiences.  We’ll get a look at Washington in action when the trailer is released in the coming days.

Hit the jump to check out the new The Equalizer images.  The film also stars Marton Csokas, David Harbour, Bill Pullman, and Melissa LeoThe Equalizer opens in theaters on September 26th.

Atlanta Readers: Win Passes to See THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2

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You can’t keep a friendly neighborhood Spider-Man down.  While Sony has certainly gone overboard in their marketing for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, that’s an issue to take up with the studio’s marketing department.  When it comes to the actual movie, I have hope.  There seems to be a greater emphasis on the comedy, and it’s got an undeniably strong cast.  Plus, it’s Spider-Man.  He’s going to keep on swinging, and I hope that his latest adventure will do the character justice.

I’m please to announce we’re giving away 20 pairs of passes to the Atlanta screening of The Amazing Spider-Man 2.  The film stars Andrew GarfieldEmma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaanPaul GiamattiSally FieldChris Cooper, B.J. Novak, and Felicity Jones.  The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 2nd.

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