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

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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

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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.

First Footage from ANT-MAN Revealed; Plus New Behind-the-Scenes Footage from AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

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Last night, ABC aired the television special Marvel: 75 Years, From Pulp to Pop!, which aimed to inform viewers of the history of Marvel Comics.  In the spirit of synergy, the special was tied very closely to Marvel Studios’ output as it premiered the first clip from the upcoming TV series Agent Carter, and it also provide a look at the very first Ant-Man footage featuring Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas.  It’s a dialogue-free behind-the-scenes tease, but it does give us our first look at Scott Lang and Hank Pym together in the Peyton Reed-directed film, and also provides a brief snapshot of Rudd’s Lang approaching the Ant-Man costume.  Marvel also threw in a little behind-the-scenes footage from Avengers: Age of Ultron for good measure, and now both clips have made their way online.

Watch the Ant-Man footage after the jump, along with a new look at Avengers: Age of UltronAnt-Man opens in theaters on July 17, 2015, while Avengers: Age of Ultron arrives on May 1, 2015.

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

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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. 

GODZILLA Blu-ray Review

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Gareth Edwards made a big leap from the small scale of 2010’s Monsters to the 2014 summer blockbuster Godzilla, and in doing so he showed that he has the skills for big budget movie-making (which may be why Lucasfilm scooped him up to direct a standalone Star Wars film).  Godzilla features a number of epic set pieces that show Edwards has a great skill and understanding of how to stage and build action.  But the film also has a huge weakness: none of the human characters are as interesting as the titular monster.  Perhaps that’s to be expected, but it’s why the film is impressive while also being a little boring.  Aaron Taylor-Johnson leads the film, which also features Elizabeth Olsen, Ken Watanabe, Bryan Cranston and David Strathairn.  My Godzilla Blu-ray review follows after the jump.

Elizabeth Olsen Joins Tom Hiddleston in I SAW THE LIGHT; Morgan Freeman Set for BEN-HUR Remake

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Tom Hiddleston is getting some company in the upcoming Hank Williams biopic.  Deadline reports that Elizabeth Olsen has joined the cast of I Saw the Light, which sees Hiddleston taking on the life of the legendary country music star who gained notoriety for classics like “Your Cheatin’ Heart” and “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” before dying of heart failure at the age of 29.  Olsen will be playing Williams’ wife Audrey Mae, who split from her husband after seven years of marriage due to Williams’ alcohol, morphine, and painkiller addictions.  Their relationship was a turbulent one to say the least, and I imagine Olsen will be a swell fit alongside Hiddleston in the film.  Marc Abraham is directing, and Hiddleston will be doing all of his own singing.

Hit the jump for some big casting news concerning the upcoming Ben-Hur remake.

Charlie Hunnam Will Play KING ARTHUR for Guy Ritchie; Elizabeth Olsen Female Frontrunner

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We’ve known for a while that Guy Ritchie has been trying to get his version of King Arthur going (though perhaps not as the six feature films originally intended).  Things got a bit more real last month when Idris Elba was cast as a “Merlin-esque figure who trains and mentors Arthur.”  Now it appears as though they may have cast Arthur himself in the form of Charlie Hunnam (Pacific Rim, Sons of Anarchy).  In addition, Elizabeth Olsen (Godzilla, Martha Marcy May Marlene) is said to be the frontrunner for the female lead.

The film was written by Joby Harold and will be produced by Akiva Goldsman and Tory Tunnel.  Warner Bros. will be releasing the film in 2D and 3D on July 22, 2016.  Hit the jump for more on Charlie Hunnam (and maybe Elizabeth Olsen) joining King Arthur.

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

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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

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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.

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. [Update: We've updated the article with high-resolution versions of the images.]

VERY GOOD GIRLS Trailer: Elizabeth Olsen and Dakota Fanning Want to Lose Their Virginity

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The first Very Good Girls trailer for first-time writer/director Naomi Foner’s upcoming drama has been released online.  The film stars Elizabeth Olsen and Dakota Fanning as two best friends who, while home for one last New York summer, make a pact to lose their virginity before leaving for college.  Complications arise when they both start seeing the same man (Boyd Holbrook), which begins to test their lifelong friendship.  The film looks like a fairly run-of-the-mill coming-of-age drama with two talented actresses in the lead roles, but reviews from its Sundance debut last year were underwhelming to say the least.  That said, there is a silver lining in that Jenny Lewis wrote the original music.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer, click here to read Matt’s review, and click here to watch Steve’s video interview with Olsen and Fanning.  The film also stars Demi Moore, Ellen Barkin, Richard Dreyfuss, Peter Sarsgaard, and Clark GreggVery Good Girls will be available on iTunes June 24th and opens in theaters July 25th.

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.

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