Go Behind the Scenes of AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON with a New Featurette Showing off the Sequel’s Massive Scope

by     Posted 12 days ago

avengers-age-of-ultron-featurette

Following today’s extended trailer, an Avengers: Age of Ultron featurette has been released, and it goes behind the scenes of the highly-anticipated blockbuster.  It’s very cool to see how the production puts together their big set pieces, and it was also neat to see some of the practical effects like real pyrotechnics going off in the background mixed with live-action stunt doubles being yanked around.  The featurette also reveals that they’re shooting in more distant locations than ever before (Italy, South Africa, and Seoul), the first sequence they shot was Hulk versus Iron Man’s Hulkbuster Armor, and to quote Joss Whedon, “Mass destruction: Check. Superheroes check: Check.  Beautiful locations: Check.”

Hit the jump to check out the Avengers: Age of Ultron featurette.  The film opens in 3D on May 1, 2015 and stars Robert Downey Jr.Chris EvansScarlett JohanssonChris HemsworthMark RuffaloJeremy RennerJames SpaderElizabeth OlsenAaron Taylor-JohnsonPaul BettanyDon CheadleAndy Serkis and Samuel L. Jackson.

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Extended Trailer Shows Off New Footage

by     Posted 12 days ago

avengers-age-of-ultron-slice

The very first Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer has been available for three weeks now, but it’s still not getting old so even though we’ve already seen a good deal of the material featured in this extended edition (possibly many times over), it’s nearly impossible not to get completely swept up in the action and that wildly catchy rendition of “I’ve Got No Strings” all over again.  But, of course, it is an extended edition so there is some new material in the mix as well, most of which comes in the beginning of the piece.

Hit the jump to check out the Avengers: Age of Ultron extended trailer for yourself.  The film opens on May 1, 2015 and stars Robert Downey Jr.Chris EvansScarlett JohanssonChris HemsworthMark RuffaloJeremy RennerJames SpaderElizabeth OlsenAaron Taylor-JohnsonPaul BettanyDon CheadleAndy Serkis and Samuel L. Jackson.

Idris Elba Reveals 2 Cameos in AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

by     Posted 21 days ago

thor-dark-world-idris-elba-poster-slice

We’ve already got Captain America (Chris Evans), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and then some, but apparently there’s still room for more in Avengers: Age of Ultron because it’s just been revealed that we’ve got two additional characters in the mix as well.

Their participation does come with plot spoilers so you’ll have to hit the jump if you want to check out the details.  Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters on May 1, 2015 and also stars James Spader, Paul BettanyDon Cheadle and Andy Serkis.  [Last warning!  There are spoilers in this article.]

Poster Round-Up: Michael Mann’s BLACKHAT, Bennett Miller’s FOXCATCHER, and Alex Garland’s EX MACHINA

by     Posted 26 days ago

blackhat-foxcatcher-ex-machina-posters

Some new posters have landed online.  Briefly:

  • BlackhatChris Hemsworth‘s head looms large in the poster Michael Mann‘s upcoming film about cyberterrorism.  The movie opens January 16, 2015 also stars Viola Davis, Tang Wei, and Wang Leehom.
  • FoxcatcherSteve Carell takes center stage as the creepy John du Pont in Bennett Miller‘s tragic story of ambition and failure.  The film opens November 14th, and also stars Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo.  Click here to read my review from TIFF.
  • Ex MachinaAlicia Vikander has a case of robot-neck in the U.K. poster for Alex Garland‘s new sci-fi film.  The movie opens on April 10, 2015, and also stars Oscar Isaac and Domhnall Gleeson. [We've added the U.S. teaser poster as well as the official synopsis]

Hit the jump to check out the posters.

THOR: RAGNAROK Set for Release on July 28, 2017; Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston Returning

by     Posted 27 days ago

thor-3-title-ragnarok

Marvel Studios made some big announcements today during its fan event, one of which is the confirmation of the Thor 3 title and release date.  The studio announced that Thor: Ragnarok will open in theaters on July 28, 2017, with Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston confirmed to reprise their roles as the God of Thunder and his tricky brother Loki, respectively.  Moreover, in introducing the film, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige said it’s the key movie in the studio’s Phase Three, as it takes place directly after the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron.  So what is a “Rangarok”, you might ask?  Find out after the jump.

First AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Trailer Teases Dark Tone, Catastrophic Destruction

by     Posted 33 days ago

Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer

The first Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer for writer/director Joss Whedon’s highly anticipated superhero follow-up has leaked online under a week before its official release.  The sequel finds Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) teaming up once again to battle the devious robot known as Ultron (James Spader).  This is very close to the footage that was shown at Comic-Con, save for a different final shot and an extended clip that was shown of the so-called “Avengers Party.”  What’s clear from this trailer is that the tone is darker, the stakes are higher, and the threat is seemingly more nefarious.

Watch the trailer after the jump.  Avengers: Age of Ultron also stars Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-JohnsonPaul Bettany, Don Cheadle, Andy Serkis, and Samuel L. Jackson and opens in theaters May 1, 2015. 

IN THE HEART OF THE SEA Trailer: Chris Hemsworth is Shipwrecked in Ron Howard’s New Drama

by     Posted 39 days ago

in-the-heart-of-the-sea-trailer

Have you ever read Nathaniel Philbrick‘s book, In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex?  It’s a riveting tale of survival that goes to some wildly dark, disturbing places that you won’t soon forget and this first trailer for Ron Howard‘s big screen rendition certainly reflects that.  Back in 1820 the whaleship Essex was rammed by an angry whale in the South Pacific.  Those who survived the attack drifted for more than 90 days in three small whaleboats during which many fell victim to disease, hunger and cannibalism.

Not only does this new promo for the film boast some stunning cinematography with a striking and tonally appropriate color palette, but it also functions as a particularly effective tease of the narrative.  It does reveal a good deal of action and destruction, but rather than sensationalize the tale to build interest, it keeps the characters in the forefront, and that’s what could make the feature a standout.  Hit the jump to watch the In the Heart of the Sea trailer.  The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin WalkerTom HollandBrendon GleesonCillian Murphy, Ben Whishaw, and Jordi MollaIn the Heart of the Sea opens in theaters on March 13, 2015.

Chris Hemsworth Battles a White Whale in First IN THE HEART OF THE SEA Images from Ron Howard’s Drama

by     Posted 40 days ago

in-the-heart-of-the-sea-images-chris-hemsworth

Warner Bros. has released the first In the Heart of the Sea images from director Ron Howard’s upcoming drama.  Based on Nathaniel Philbrick’s excellent book of the same name, the film tells the story of the whaling ship Essex, which in 1819 was rammed by an angry whale in the South Pacific.  The surviving crew drifted for 90 days in three tiny whaleboats and encountered disease, hunger, and eventually cannibalism.  It’s a heartwrenching true story, and it served as the basis for Herman Melville’s Moby Dick.  Howard’s fantastic cast is led by Chris Hemsworth as the ship’s first mate, Tom Holland as a young cabin boy who eventually tells his tale to Melville once he’s an adult, and Benjamin Walker as Captain George Pollard Jr.  All of the actors lost a significant amount of weight for the film.  Philbrick’s book is positively enthralling, and after Howard’s swell Rush, I’m really looking forward to seeing how he brings Heart of the Sea to life.

Hit the jump to check out the first In the Heart of the Sea images, and check back on Collider soon to watch the first trailer.  The film also stars Cillian Murphy, Ben Whishaw, and Jordi MollaIn the Heart of the Sea opens in theaters on March 13, 2015.

New BLACKHAT Trailer and Images Have Chris Hemsworth Going around the Globe to Stop Cybercrime in Michael Mann’s New Thriller

by     Posted 60 days ago

blackhat-movie-image-chris-hemsworth-slice

Legendary and Universal have released the first trailer for Michael Mann‘s new film, BlackhatChris Hemsworth plays “a furloughed convict and his American and Chinese partners as they hunt a high-level cybercrime network,” and that brief logline is really all I can tell you after watching this trailer, which seems startling schizophrenic.  There are crime aspects, but there’s also globe-trotting action spectacle along with “serious” commentary on our digitally interconnected world.  I like how it’s trying to be scary about how “vulnerable” we all are even though that’s just life.  I’m really hoping this movie is more than sensationalism, and Mann has delivered something that’s on par with the thoughtful crime films we’ve seen from him in the past.

Hit the jump to check out the Blackhat trailer along with 10 new images.  The film opens January 16, 2015, and also stars Viola Davis, Tang Wei, and Wang Leehom.

Chris Hemsworth and Charlie Day in Talks to Join VACATION Reboot

by     Posted 91 days ago

chris-hemsworth-charlie-day-vacation-reboot

Thor’s got jokes, you guys.  Chris Hemsworth is looking to tackle a full-on comedy, as word comes that the actor is currently in negotiations to join the cast of the Vacation reboot/sequelHorrible Bosses and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 scribes John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein wrote and are making their directorial debut on the film, which stars Ed Helms as the grown Rusty Griswold who sets out to take his family on a road trip similar to the one he took with his family when he was younger.  You know, the one that ended with his father taking a nice security guard hostage and forcing him to take his family on all the rides at Wally World.

Hit the jump for more on Vacation, including who Hemsworth is playing and the addition of a Horrible Bosses veteran to the cast.

THE HUNTSMAN Prequel Set For April 2016, THE MUMMY Moves to June

by     Posted 116 days ago

the-huntsman-release-date

I never saw Snow White and the Huntsman, it just didn’t seem like my thing.  Which makes it kind of hard for me to be interested in a followup or spin-off aside from the fact that one of my favorite directors, Frank Darabont, will be helming it (he also did the newest draft of the script).  But it’s coming anyway, and now we get the news that this new film, called The Huntsman, is actually a prequel (which makes more sense).  And yes, Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron will be returning (although Kristen Stewart won’t).  The new film hits on April 22nd, 2016.

Yesterday we also got the news that Alex Kurtzman would be directing The Mummy reboot, part of a larger cinematic universe for Universal.  That film has now moved to get out of The Huntsman‘s way and will come out on June 24th, 2016.  Hit the jump for more on The Huntsman release date and what lays ahead in the film.

Chris Hemsworth Talks AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, Joss Whedon’s Banter, Bringing in Quicksilver, and When He Shoots THOR 3

by     Posted 117 days ago

Chris-Hemsworth-Abengers-Age-of-Ultron-Comic-Con-interview

After the epic Marvel panel this past Saturday at the San Diego Comic-Con, Steve was able to speak with several cast members of the upcoming Avengers: Age of UltronChris Hemsworth is one of the more integral performers in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, anchoring the Thor franchise and playing a key role in the Avengers, so naturally he was on the list.

After the footage from Avengers: Age of Ultron brought the house down (by all accounts) in Hall H, Steve caught up with Hemsworth to talk about the film’s balance of action with writer/director Joss Whedon’s patented banter.  He also addresses Ultron’s impact on the story, what it’s like having Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch in the fold and when he’s shooting Thor 3.  Hit the jump for our Comic-Con interview with Chris Hemsworth.

Over 35 Marvel Comic-Con Panel Images, Featuring the Casts of AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON and ANT-MAN

by     Posted 120 days ago

marvel-comic-con-panel-images-avengers

As you can tell by the absolutely massive amount of Comic-Con content on the site at the moment, it’s been a whirlwind last few days here in San Diego at Comic-Con 2014.  The festivities are winding down, and while we still have a fair amount of SDCC content yet to post, this Sunday we thought we’d bring the large majority of people that were unable to attend the convention a little closer to arguably the biggest panel of the convention: Marvel.  This year, Marvel Studios showcased Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man during its Saturday night Hall H panel, and while the lack of surprises made the proceedings a tad underwhelming, it was nevertheless an entertaining affair.  If you haven’t already, be sure to read our full Avengers: Age of Ultron panel recap and Ant-Man panel recap.

After the jump, you’ll find __ Marvel Comic-Con images from both panels, featuring Robert Downey Jr., Paul Rudd, Chris Evans, Elizabeth Olsen, Michael Douglas, Chris Hemsworth, Evangeline Lilly, Samuel L. Jackson, Corey Stoll, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Jeremy Renner, Cobie Smulders, Mark Ruffalo, Paul Bettany, James Spader, director Peyton Reed, and Thanos himself Josh Brolin

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Comic-Con Panel Recap; New Footage “Got No Strings” but Plenty of Action

by     Posted 121 days ago

avengers-age-of-ultron-comic-con-panel-recap

This was the one.  There had been good panels on Saturday, but Marvel is always the one that drives people crazy.  They know how to put on a show.  People were hungry for this panel.  It was supposed to start at 5:30pm and when it started getting later, people were chanting, clapping, and at one point even attempted to do the wave (they failed miserably at that last one) as a way to pass the time and keep up energy until the panel.  There was a ridiculous amount of good will in this room, and eagerness for news.  At the very least, they would be getting some sweet, sweet new footage from one of 2015’s biggest films.  And yet that turned out not to be enough as the studio’s Comic-Con marketing backfired.

Hit the jump for the Avengers: Age of Ultron Comic-Con panel recap.

BLACKHAT Comic-Con Panel Recap: First Look at Michael Mann’s Cybercrime Drama Starring Chris Hemsworth; Plus New Image and Logo

by     Posted 121 days ago

blackhat-comic-con-panel-recap

Michael Mann knows his crime dramas.  Heat is one of the most celebrated crime flicks of all time.  He’s a director who wants to find that kind of drama in different kinds of criminal acts, periods, and settings.  Now he’s turning his attention to the world of cybercrime with Blackhat (formerly called Cyber).  It was a surprising part of Legendary’s Comic-Con presentation because it’s not a fantastical story.  It’s disturbingly close to reality.

Hit the jump for the Blackhat Comic-Con panel recap.

Click Here