Joss Whedon Talks AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON’s Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch; Reveals Whether They’re Friend or Foe

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And the Avengers: Age of Ultron goods just keep on coming.  After yesterday’s image debuts, this morning brought news concerning Paul Bettany’s version of The Vision in the Marvel sequel.  Now, continuing Entertainment Weekly’s extensive set visit coverage, we have thoughts from writer/director Joss Whedon and new additions Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson on the characters Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver.  Whedon reveals which side we find the brother-sister duo land on and discusses their unique family dynamic, while the actors further talk about their iterations of the comics characters.  Hit the jump to read on, though be aware there might be minor spoilers (that will likely be revealed in the trailers anyway).

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

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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.

GODZILLA Review

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Godzilla is a difficult character.  He’s been a hero and a villain.  He’s been a loaded symbol and an empty set piece.  He’s a cultural icon and a punchline.  He’s fought on our planet and in other worlds.  He has decades of history and still defies simple definition beyond being a big, rampaging monster.  And while this size and action is all we truly demand of the character, he can be so much more.  In the character’s latest film, Godzilla, director Gareth Edwards has created a labor of love that attempts to draw from the monster’s rich history to appeal to his fans, but not make him so esoteric as to alienate those who only know the name.  Although the characters and plot can barely hold the grim vibe, Edwards’ respectful and careful approach to the big guy is more than enough to hold the tension and make us cheer for monster mayhem.

Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson Talk GODZILLA, the Positive Reviews, AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, Joss Whedon, and More

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Opening this weekend is director Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla.  Produced by Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures, the film is a new take on the classic monster and it’s loaded with an awesome cast led by Aaron Taylor-JohnsonElizabeth OlsenBryan CranstonKen WatanabeSally HawkinsJuliette Binoche, and David Strathairn.  For more on the film, watch a featurette on the new Godzilla roar, check out new images, watch 5 clips along with 11 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage, or click here for all of our previous coverage.

At last weekend’s New York City press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson.  They talked about their favorite moments from shooting Godzilla, going to Japan to promote the movie and the country’s culture that embraces its mythology, their reaction to seeing the finished film for the first time, the positive reviews, and more.  Of course with Olsen and Taylor-Johnson currently working on Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, they also talked about working with Whedon, the set photos, singing multi-picture deals with Marvel, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson Talk AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, Working on the Accents, Thoughts on the Set Photos, and More

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Trying to get any cast member on Avengers: Age of Ultron to talk about the movie is like getting blood from a stone.  They discuss the film so carefully you almost feel like they’re being followed around by a sniper with a tranquilizer gun just in case something slips.  But when you get an interview with not one but two Avengers at the same time, you have to at least try.

At the press day for Godzilla, Steve spoke with Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson.  In Godzilla, they play husband and wife, but in Avengers 2, they play siblings Scarlet Witch (Olsen) and Quicksilver (Taylor-Johnson).  The two spoke about the upcoming superhero film as delicately as they could, and touched on joining the cast, feeling like the new kids on the block, working on the Eastern European accents, working with Joss Whedon, their thoughts on the set photos, and more.  Hit the jump for what they had to say.  Avengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015.

5 New GODZILLA Clips Plus 11 Minutes of Behind-the-Scenes Footage from Gareth Edwards’ Monster Movie

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Director Gareth Edwards’ mega monster movie Godzilla roars onto screens in just a few days, but we’ve got five new clips from the film to give you a taste.  Additionally, we’ve posted 11 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage the offer up a look at the amount of work that went into getting the iconic monster back into theaters, as well as the massive scope of the production.  If you still want more, be sure to check out these newly released images from the film, as well as getting caught up on Matt’s set visit report.

Godzilla stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, David Strathairn, Ken Watanabe, and Bryan Cranston, and opens May 16th.  Hit the jump to watch the Godzilla movie clips and behind-the-scenes footage.

27 New Images from GODZILLA Featuring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe, and More

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Warner Bros. has released a batch of new high-resolution Godzilla images from director Gareth Edwards’ reboot.  The film is a new take on the classic monster, as Edwards populates the pic with an absolutely stellar ensemble led by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, and Ken Watanabe.  Story details are still firmly under wraps, but the trailers and TV spots have teased a terrifying tone with a “man on the ground” point of view, not unlike Edwards’ previous film Monsters.  These new images offer a couple of new looks at the titular creature as well as the fantastic cast and destruction that ensues.

Hit the jump to check out the high-resolution Godzilla images.  The film also stars Sally Hawkins, Juliette Binoche, and David StrathairnGodzilla opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 16th.

Plenty of Monster Action in New International GODZILLA Trailer

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The latest entry in the storied Godzilla franchise is fast approaching on May 16.  Legendary has released an international Godzilla trailer, and from the looks of it, the new movie has everything a Godzilla fan could possibly want.  The only reason to not watch the new trailer is if you want to stay fresh for all the big moments in the movie theater, since the trailer reveals a lot.  Ken Watanabe previews one sure-to-be big moment with the last line: “Let them fight.”

Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, David Strathairn, and Bryan Cranston star.  Watch the new Godzilla trailer after the jump.

New IMAX Poster and Japanese Trailer for GODZILLA Starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Bryan Cranston

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A new IMAX poster and Japanese trailer have been released for Godzilla, and the trailer doesn’t tell us much.  It’s kind of cool that the studios have managed to keep the plot under wraps for this long.  If you’re not going to fully reveal the monster, why reveal any unnecessary details about the plot?  It’s Godzilla.  Godzilla fights other monsters.  Humanity tries not to die.  Roll credits.  As for these new pieces of marketing, the film gets another great poster (I’d be disappointed if the IMAX poster for Godzilla was weak) and the Japanese trailer has some bits of new footage.  However, I was surprised to learn that the movie doesn’t open in Japan until July 25th.  Why do they get it months after we do?  Japan is Godzilla’s home!

Hit the jump to check out the Godzilla IMAX poster and Japanese trailer.  Click here for our recap of the WonderCon panel, and click here for Steve’s interview with director Gareth Edwards.  The film opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 16th, and stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan CranstonElizabeth Olsen, Ken WatanabeSally HawkinsJuliette Binoche, and David Strathairn.

Watch a New Extended Look at GODZILLA

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Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures have released a new extended look at director Gareth Edwards highly anticipated Godzilla.  While the previous footage has teased a lot of the story and scope of the film, the new footage explains more of Bryan Cranston’s characters backstory and why he’s convinced the government is lying about what’s really happening.  Of course the footage also shows some amazing action set pieces and it continues to raise my anticipation for the film.  I really can’t wait to see the film next month.

Hit the jump to watch the new Godzilla extended trailer.  Godzilla also stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Ken Watanabe, Sally Hawkins, Juliette Binoche, and David StrathairnGodzilla opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 16th.

New Footage from Two New TV Spots for GODZILLA Starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, and Bryan Cranston

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Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures have released two new TV spots for Godzilla.  I continue to be impressed at how little the studios are showing from the movie.  While other summer blockbusters are rushing to reveal as much as possible, Godzilla is still teasing.  Granted, we’re still six weeks away from the movie’s release, and there’s plenty of time to give away too much, but for the time being, it’s nice to get new footage, but not so much that the film will be slightly less exciting when it arrives.

Hit the jump to check out the Godzilla TV spots.  The film stars Aaron Taylor-JohnsonElizabeth OlsenBryan CranstonKen WatanabeSally HawkinsJuliette Binoche, and David StrathairnGodzilla opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 16th.

High-Quality AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Set Photos Offer Better Look at Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, and Ultron

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Earlier today, we posted unofficial video and photos from the Avengers: Age of Ultron shoot in Italy.  What they boast in cool, they lack in clarity.  Now we can update the collection with higher quality photos of the same scene to give you a clearer look at Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch, Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Quicksilver, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, James Spader (or his stunt double) in what we presume is Ultron, plus a bonus shot of director Joss Whedon.  This photo leak could pressure Marvel to release official images soon, especially in the case of Ultron, who likely has some CG in his character design.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Paul Bettany, and Mark Ruffalo also star.  Avengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015.

New AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Set Videos from Italy Provide First Look at Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, and Ultron [Updated]

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Avengers: Age of Ultron is currently filming out in the open in Italy, and so unofficial videos and images are leaking out.  In addition to providing a look at Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), the scene shows people fleeing in terror, which includes explosions and the requisite appearances of “Man with Briefcase” and “Woman Holding Baby”.  There’s also a metal humanoid, who is presumably the villain Ultron (James Spader) since you can see in one of the set photos they’re trying to cover him up with a black cloak in order to hide him until they’re ready for a proper unveiling.  Since these photos have leaked, that attempt isn’t going so well.  I’m also a little surprised there’s a practical Ultron on set since I assumed the entire character would be done entirely with motion capture and CGI.  [Update: Check out higher quality photos here.]

Hit the jump to check out the images and video.  The film also stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Paul Bettany, and Mark RuffaloAvengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015.

TOP 5: GODZILLA Set Visit, DIVERGENT, Final Trailer for THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, MUPPETS MOST WANTED Interviews, CHEAP THRILLS

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Now available on VOD and in select theaters is Drafthouse Films’ dark thriller/comedy Cheap Thrills starring Pat Healy, Ethan Embry, David Koechner, and Sara Paxton. I watched the film last night and, while not for the faint of heart or stomach, I can’t recommend it enough. At its core, Thrills works from a single question: how far would you go to be able to provide for yourself and/or your family? It uses precision pacing, confident direction from E.L. Katz, and solid performances across the board to explore this question, all while gradually rising to a crescendo that feels both inevitable and wildly inventive. Offhand I can’t think of a film that blends the thrilling and the disgusting, excitement and repulsion, in a more entertaining way than Cheap Thrills. Regardless of whether you want to or not (and I don’t think you will), this is a movie you won’t soon forget.

In addition to talking a bit more about Cheap Thrills with Matt’s review and a couple of interviews, this week’s Top 5 also highlights our set visit coverage for Godzilla, Matt’s review of Divergent plus interviews with Shailene Woodley and more, the final trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and Muppets Most Wanted interviews with Tina Fey among others. Read on for a brief recap and link to everything I mention above.

Matt Visits the Set of GODZILLA and Witnesses the Monster’s Trail of Destruction

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A young man in a radiation suit surveys the ruins of a dilapidated Japanese house.  Insects crawl along the floors and walls.  Nature has overtaken the abandoned home.  The young man sweeps his flashlight across the dimly lit room, but what he’s trying to find is unknown.  His father is also combing the old house; hoping to find a crucial piece of information that could help them, and in turn, possibly help humanity.  It’s a quiet scene, but the stakes are monstrous.

Hit the jump to read about my visit to the set of Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures’ Godzilla.

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