New AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Posters Pit Black Widow and Captain America Against an Army of Robots

by     Posted 148 days ago

avengers-age-of-ultron-poster-black-widow

Yesterday, Marvel revealed two new pieces of concept art from writer/director Joss Whedon’s Avengers sequel that gave us a look at Iron Man and Scarlet Witch doing battle against an Ultron army.  It appears that the two pieces are actually part of a larger banner, as today’s new Avengers: Age of Ultron poster shows Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow fighting off some Ultrons as well, with tiny glimpses of Thor’s hammer and Hulk’s big green hand at the edges.  I imagine Marvel will be releasing the rest of these individual posters over the next few days, leading up to the full banner reveal on Saturday in anticipation of the film’s Hall H panel at Comic-Con.

Hit the jump to take a look at today’s new poster, and check back on Saturday for our full panel recap.  Avengers: Age of Ultron also stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, James Spader, Paul Bettany, and Don Cheadle.  The film opens in theaters on May 1, 2015. [Update: We've added a Captain America poster as well.]

More AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Images Reveal Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, and a Party in Avengers Tower

by     Posted 156 days ago

avengers-age-of-ultron-images

It’s unofficial Avengers: Age of Ultron day, folks.  Fresh off our first look at the villainous robot Ultron and comments from Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige about the Joss Whedon-directed sequel, a batch of new Avengers: Age of Ultron images has arrived.  These photos reveal new Avengers additions Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), the triumphant return of Science Bros (aka Robert Downey Jr. and Mark Ruffalo), and a little get-together in Avengers Tower with a surprise guest.  With Comic-Con on the horizon we can expect plenty more Avengers 2 goodness in the week to come—or even more later today.

Hit the jump to take a look at the new Avengers: Age of Ultron images.  The film also stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, James Spader, and Don CheadleAvengers: Age of Ultron opens in theaters on May 1, 2015. [Update: We've updated the article with high-resolution versions of the images.]

13 New LUCY Images Featuring Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Amr Waked, and Behind-the-Scenes Shots of Luc Besson

by     Posted 161 days ago

lucy-scarlett-johansson-images

We’ve got 13 new images from Luc Besson’s latest action-thriller Lucy, starring Scarlett Johansson as a drug mule-turned-unstoppable warrior.  We posted a new red-band clip from the film yesterday that highlighted the title character’s newfound abilities.  These new images take a different approach and show off some of Johansson’s supporting cast, including Morgan FreemanAmr Waked, and Min-sik Choi.  There are also a few bonus behind-the-scenes shots of Besson at work scattered throughout.

Lucy opens July 25th.  Hit the jump to check out the new images.

Scarlett Johansson and Jonah Hill in Talks for HAIL CAESAR!; Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett to Lead TRUTH; John Goodman Joins VALENCIA

by     Posted 163 days ago

scarlett-johansson-jonah-hill-hail-caesar

We’ve got a few casting stories to attend to this afternoon.  Briefly:

  • Scarlett Johansson and Jonah Hill are in talks to join the cast of the Coen brothers’ next film Hail, Caesar!.
  • Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett will play Dan Rather and Mary Mapes, respectively, in Truth.
  • John Goodman is in talks to star in the low-budget thriller Valencia, from Bad Robot.

Hit the jump for more details on the aforementioned casting.

HER Blu-ray Review

by     Posted 189 days ago

her-blu-ray-review-joaquin-phoenix

Prior to the release of Spike Jonze’s love story Her last year, the film was essentially the butt of a joke.  A guy falls in love with his phone?  Ridiculous.  How would that even work?  Well the key, apparently, is Spike Jonze.  The filmmaker turned a very simple and potentially laughable premise into one of the most engaging, affecting, and emotional love stories in recent memory.  Her isn’t just about how a guy falls in love with his phone, it’s about how we, humanity, love one another in the modern age.  It’s one of the things that makes us uniquely human, and Jonze explores issues relating to relationships—both romantic and platonic—against a gorgeous and fascinating sci-fi backdrop to phenomenal results, anchored by an incredible, delicate lead performance from Joaquin Phoenix.  Read my full Her Blu-ray review after the jump.

New International Trailer for Luc Besson’s LUCY Starring Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman

by     Posted 220 days ago

scarlett-johansson-lucy

A new international trailer has gone online for Lucy.  Director Luc Besson‘s (The Fifth Element) upcoming action thriller stars Scarlett Johansson as a reluctant drug mule who is transformed into an incredible fighter capable of clairvoyance, telekinesis, and an ability to disregard pain and emotion when one of the designer drugs enters her system.  While I have to grit my teeth every time I hear the “only use 10% of our brains” line, it’s a premise I’m willing to accept if it means we’ll get the goofy fun that’s on display in this trailer.  The movie looks like someone said “We gave Black Widow superpower.  Enjoy.”

Hit the jump to check out the Lucy international trailer.  The film opens August 8th and also stars Morgan Freeman and Analeigh Tipton.

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

by     Posted 240 days ago

scarlett-johansson-lupita-nyongo-the-jungle-book

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.

First Trailer for Jon Favreau’s CHEF Starring Sofia Vergara, Scarlett Johansson, and Robert Downey Jr.

by     Posted 256 days ago

chef-jon-favreau-john-leguizamo

Open Road Films has released the first trailer for writer/director Jon Favreau’s new film Chef.  Favreau plays Carl Casper, a man who starts up a food truck business in the hopes of reestablishing his artistic promise after he loses his job as a chef, all the while trying to reconnect with his estranged family.  The movie looks really good.  I like what it has to say about keeping to one’s artistic integrity instead of pandering, and I not only agree with the blurb about not watching the movie on an empty stomach; I wouldn’t watch this trailer on an empty stomach.  The food looks absolutely delicious.  The story also comes off as charming and funny, so that’s nice too.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Oliver Platt, Bobby Cannavale, Sofia Vergara, Scarlett Johansson, John Leguizamo, Dustin Hoffman, and Robert Downey Jr.  Chef opens May 9th.

TOP 5: CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, First Trailer for LUCY, 22 JUMP STREET Set Visit, THE EXPENDABLES 3 Teaser, Our Most Anticipated Movies

by     Posted 258 days ago

collider-top-5-slice

Given the near universal praise it has received, I doubt that one more voice in its corner will persuade you to check out Captain America: The Winter Soldier this weekend if you weren’t already planning on it (especially when that “one voice” belongs to yours truly). Still yet, that fact won’t prevent me from gushing about it in these next few sentences. The Winter Soldier is fantastic. The action, humor, performances, and storytelling are all on point and work seamlessly together to create what is instantly one of my favorite Marvel movies and, more impressively, a really good film in general. It joins The Avengers on the short list of Marvel movies that I can see myself revisiting outside of canon just to enjoy again as a singular experience. While I believe a healthy dose of skepticism should be retained until you see it for yourself, I feel comfortable in saying that you can believe the hype surrounding The Winter Soldier.

In addition to me continuing to high-five the new Cap film, this week’s Top 5 also features the first trailer for director Luc Besson‘s Lucy starring Scarlett Johansson, our 22 Jump Street set visit coverage, the first teaser trailer for The Expendables 3, and a look at our most anticipated films from April to June. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

UNDER THE SKIN Review

by     Posted 259 days ago

under-the-skin-scarlett-johansson-slice

[This is a re-post of my review from the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. Under the Skin opens today in limited release.]

Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin is strange, visually absorbing, cerebral, and rarely compelling. The film attempts to obscure its fairly simple story and subtext in order to imply depth, and while it may take a while to figure out the movie’s motives, that’s due to the lethargic pacing rather than the complexities of the themes. Thankfully, there’s no pretentiousness as Glazer clearly knows what he’s going for, and has made some admittedly clever moves to get there. Unfortunately, there’s nothing particularly fascinating beneath the surface.

First Trailer and New Images for Luc Besson’s LUCY Starring Scarlett Johansson

by     Posted 261 days ago

scarlett-johansson-lucy

Universal Pictures has released the first Lucy trailer.  Director Luc Besson‘s (The Fifth Element) upcoming action thriller stars Scarlett Johansson as a reluctant drug mule who is transformed into an incredible fighter capable of clairvoyance, telekinesis, and an ability to disregard pain and emotion when one of the designer drugs enters her system.  The flick looks fun and interesting.  I like that she gets her powers from a bag of blue goo leaking into her stomach, and when she those gets powers she starts to lose her emotions.  It’s a neat premise, and the action looks good.  Also, the Morgan Freeman narration reminds me of this scene from South Park.

Hit the jump to watch the Lucy trailer and to check out some new images.  The film also stars Analeigh Tipton.  Lucy opens in theaters August 8th.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER Review

by     Posted 261 days ago

captain-america-winter-soldier-chris-evans-hi-res-slice

One of the main criticisms leveled against Captain America: The First Avenger was that Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans) was simply a “good guy” and therefore didn’t have any deep inner conflict (i.e. baggage).  That was one of the things I loved most about the character.  He didn’t need some tragic past to let him know that it was good to be good.  “I don’t like bullies,” Rogers said in the first film, and that was it in a nutshell: “I don’t like bullies.”  The sequel, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, could have made the character more twisted and melodramatic by plunging him into a darker, more complex world.  Instead, Captain America isn’t corrupted by the present day.  He’s not even tested.  His innate goodness is a beacon; it’s a bulwark against corruption.   Captain America: The Winter Soldier celebrates the good guy, and when combined with smart commentary, incredible action, and a wonderful sense of humor, it’s the best Marvel movie so far.

Scarlett Johansson Talks CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, Her Reaction to the Script, AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, and More

by     Posted 263 days ago

Scarlett-Johansson-The-Avengers-2-Age-of-Ultron-interview

With directors Joe and Anthony Russo‘s Marvel sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier opening in North America this weekend, every day this week I’ll be posting a video interview for the film.  In the fantastic sequel, we find Captain America (Chris Evans) joining forces with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and the Falcon (Anthony Mackie) to expose a conspiracy, fight off professional assassins, and battle a new enemy, the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan).  Loaded with amazing action, a fantastic script, and great character moments, Captain America: The Winter Solider is going to be a huge hit with Marvel fans and regular moviegoers alike.  The film also stars Cobie Smulders, Anthony Mackie, Georges St-Pierre, Frank Grillo, Hayley Atwell, Toby Jones, Emily VanCamp, Maximiliano Hernández, Robert Redford, and Samuel L. Jackson.

During my video interview with Scarlett Johansson she talked about her reaction after reading the Winter Solider script for the first time, whether she heard about the positive reaction to the film after the first press screening, Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron script, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

First Look at Scarlett Johansson in Luc Besson’s Action Thriller LUCY

by     Posted 266 days ago

scarlett-johansson-lucy

The CinemaCon convention for theater owners in Las Vegas this week has been host to previews from a vast amount of upcoming films, but one of the big surprises was director Luc Besson’s (The Fifth Element) new sci-fi action thriller Lucy.  The film stars Scarlett Johansson as a reluctant drug mule who is transformed into an incredible fighter capable of clairvoyance, telekinesis, and an ability to disregard pain and emotion when one of the designer drugs enters her system.  The first footage drew high praise from those in attendance—including Collider’s own Steven Weintraub—and now the first image of Johansson in character has been unveiled.  The actress looks quite lethal with gun in hand, and I’m eager to see more from the film.  Luckily we don’t have to wait long, as the first trailer is scheduled to debut on April 2nd.  Check back here on Collider then to see Johansson in action.

Hit the jump to take a look at the first image.  The film also stars Morgan Freeman and Analeigh TiptonLucy opens in theaters August 8th.

Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Feige Talk CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, Evolution of Black Widow, and Much More

by     Posted 267 days ago

captain-america-the-winter-soldier-cast-interview-slice

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is not only a great film, in general, but it is also a bad-ass superhero movie.  Picking up after the events in New York with The Avengers, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) is living in Washington, D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world.  When a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Captain America teams up with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and new ally the Falcon (Anthony Mackie) to take on an enemy that just might take them down first.  The film also stars Samuel L. Jackson, Sebastian Stan, Cobie Smulders, Robert Redford, Frank Grillo, Emily VanCamp and Hayley Atwell.

At a conference during the film’s press day, actors Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson talked about concerns over being typecast, how the Black Widow has evolved, the great camaraderie between Cap and Falcon, getting to work with Robert Redford, and how much they enjoy returning to these characters, while Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige talked about the possibility of a solo Black Widow movie, how they decide when to bend or break things in the Marvel canon, and his minimal involvement with the Marvel films coming out of studios other than Disney.  Check out what they had to say about Captain America 2 after the jump.

Click Here