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.

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.

Four New Images from Gareth Edwards’ GODZILLA Starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, and Ken Watanabe

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Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures have released four new images from Gareth Edwards‘ upcoming action film, Godzilla.  We still don’t know much about the plot other than it will involve Godzilla, other rampaging monsters, and a talented cast of actors.  Also, the trailers have looked great, so I’m in.  I’m also glad that we’re still not being shown much from the movie.  These new images don’t spoil anything, and I applaud WB and Legendary for their restraint.

Hit the jump to check out the images, and click on the corresponding links for my set visit, on-set interviews with Edwards, Aaron-Taylor Johnson, Bryan Cranston, and my interview with Legendary Pictures CEO and Producer Thomas Tull.  The film also stars Elizabeth Olsen, Ken Watanbe, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, and David StrathairnGodzilla opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 16th.

International Trailer for GODZILLA Showcases New Footage and More Destruction

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A new international trailer for director Gareth Evans’ highly anticipated Godzilla has landed online, and it’s quite excellent.  Plenty of new footage can be gleaned from this trailer, as we see much more of the titular creature’s immense amount of destruction and also get a better look at the film’s human characters.  This pic continues to look fantastic, and I’m incredibly eager to see the full feature on a ginormous IMAX screen in a couple of months.

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

OLDBOY Blu-ray Review

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At this point Spike Lee’s remake of Oldboy is something of an underdog.  One of 2013’s bigger bombs, the film got shellacked by critics who found it lacking in comparison to Park Chan-wook’s original adaptation of the manga, while audiences had no interest in the movie, which – for whatever reason – opened Thanksgiving weekend.  It’s not that bad, it just is hard to watch without comparing it to the original, which is clearly superior.  This film tries to do its own things, and there are moments of inspiration, but… Josh Brolin, Sharlto Copley and Elizabeth Olsen star in the remake, and my review of the film on Blu-ray follows after the jump. 

New Full-Length Trailer for GODZILLA Starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, and Bryan Cranston

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Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. have released a new trailer for director Gareth Edwards’ upcoming monster redo Godzilla.  Starring Aaron Taylor-JohnsonBryan Cranston, and Elizabeth Olsen, the film “pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s arrogance, threaten our very existence.”  This full-length trailer delves a bit deeper into the film’s plot without giving too much away, which is all-too-rare nowadays (ahem, The Amazing Spider-Man 2).  Cranston appears to be the film’s voice of reason as his voice narrates this new trailer, and while we do get hints of a twist on the nuclear origins of the titular monster, the main focus is really on conveying the epic scope of the film through a series of sweeping shots.  Some of the unfinished effects look a little spotty, but all-in-all this is another exciting glimpse at what’s poised to be a monster hit at the box office this summer.  I also like how they’re still keeping any full or clear shots of Godzilla himself out of the marketing—at least for now.

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.  The film also stars Juliette BinocheSally HawkinsKen Watanabe, and David Strathairn.  Godzilla opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 16th.

Elizabeth Olsen Discusses Her Scarlet Witch Costume for THE AVENGERS 2; Says It’s “Different” and “More Rooted”

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When we first learned that Scarlet Witch would be joining the team for Marvel’s sequel The Avengers: Age of Ultron, it was pretty clear that some tweaking would need to be done in order for the comics costume to translate to a feature film.  Not only is the comic book character’s costume, um, revealing, but it’s also incredibly impractical.  Production is now firmly underway on The Avengers 2 under the direction of Joss Whedon in South Africa, and Elizabeth Olsen recently talked a bit about her costume for Scarlet Witch, confirming that it is indeed a bit different from the character’s comic book garb.  Hit the jump to read her comments.

International Trailer and TV Spot for GODZILLA Starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, and Bryan Cranston

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Yesterday, the teaser trailer for Godzilla was released online, and judging by the reaction of the people I follow on Twitter, response was positive.  It’s a well-made trailer, and more importantly, the response shows that people are eager to see the giant monster get a second chance at an American adaptation.   Today, an international trailer and TV spot have gone online, and the tone is the same, but they contain brief new bits of footage.  If yesterday left you with a need for more Godzilla (or a need for actors who will be in Godzilla, since there’s not much of the titular monster at this point), it’s a quick fix.

Hit the jump for the trailer and TV spot.  The film stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Juliette BinocheDavid Strathairn, Ken Watanabe, and Sally Hawkins.  Godzilla opens in 3D on May 16, 2014.

First Trailer and New Poster for GODZILLA Starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, and Bryan Cranston

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Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures have released the first trailer for director Gareth EdwardsGodzilla along with a new poster  If you want to see the titular kaiju, you’re going to be in for a bit of a disappointment, but you should be encouraged by the style Edwards is bringing to the movie.  There are some great-looking shots, especially the opening halo jump and the red smoke clouds following the paratroopers.  And when Godzilla is finally “revealed”, it’s in a stunning, smokey silhouette.  It’s an effective teaser trailer, and I don’t mind waiting to see more while the special effects team attempts to recreate one of cinema’s most memorable monsters.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer and check out the new poster.  The film stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Juliette BinocheDavid Strathairn, Ken Watanabe, and Sally Hawkins.  Godzilla opens in 3D on May 16, 2014.

First Trailer for IN SECRET Starring Elizabeth Olsen and Oscar Isaac

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The first trailer for director Charlie Startton’s upcoming drama In Secret has been released.  Based on the Emile Zola novel Therese Raquin and previously titled Therese, the film stars Elizabeth Olsen as a young woman trapped in an arranged marriage who conspires with her lover to dispose of her sickly cousin husband.  Oscar Isaac plays the lover, Harry Potter’s Tom Felton plays the husband, and Jessica Lange plays Olsen’s aunt.  I caught the film at the Toronto International Film Festival and while the performances are solid, it becomes a bit of a chore when the story starts revolving around two terrible characters feeling terrible about being terrible.  This trailer pits the film as more of a thriller, but in actuality it’s more of a psychological drama.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer and click here to read my full review.  The film also stars Shirley Henderson, John Kavanagh, Mackenzie Crook, and Matt Lucas In Secret opens February 21, 2014.

TOP 5: FROZEN, IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE Trailer Cut Like THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, HOMEFRONT, What to Watch Online, OLDBOY

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Last night I rewatched Man of Steel for the first time since catching it in theaters back in June. Previously, I wrote that the film had me emotionally invested in Supes in a way that only Grant Morrison‘s All-Star Superman had done before. While I’ve since been blown away by Alan Moore‘s For the Man Who Has Everything tale, my second Man of Steel viewing from yesterday corroborates my previous statement. I see the pic as being good, borderline great thanks in large part to the outstanding performances of Michael Shannon and Kevin Costner. The tragedy of Zod’s story was somewhat lost on me during my first screening (perhaps it was dulled by the impressive array of action set pieces). This time around, though, I felt the full brunt of it and I couldn’t help but sympathize with him for knowing no other purpose than to defend the people of Krypton at any cost. Also, the scene where he introduces himself to the citizens of Earth? Downright frightening. Regarding Pa Kent: although I loved every facet of Costner’s performance the first time I watched the film, I was surprised at how much his scenes still resonated with me on the repeat viewing. Kudos to Zack Snyder and Co. for limiting his screen time and, in doing so, making every single second with him in the frame mean that much more.

My Blu-ray pick of the week aside, this week’s Top 5 features Frozen interviews with Kristen Bell and more, an It’s a Wonderful Life trailer cut in the style of Martin Scorsese‘s The Wolf of Wall Street, Homefront interviews with James Franco and more, the first installment in Allison’s new monthly list of recommended streaming, and Oldboy interviews with Spike Lee, Josh Brolin, and more. As tradition dictates, a brief recap and link to each of the above rests after the jump.

Elizabeth Olsen Talks OLDBOY, Steak and ‘Noo Noos,’ the Sex Scene, AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, and More

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Elizabeth Olsen has maintained a steady stream of work since her indie hit, Martha Marcy May Marlene, but with films like Godzilla and The Avengers: Age of Ultron on the way, Olsen is going to hit a whole new level and she’s about to begin that progression up with the highly anticipated remake of Oldboy.  Olsen steps in as Marie Sebastian, a volunteer nurse who comes face to face with Josh Brolin’s Joe Doucett shortly after wrapping up his 20-year stint in solitary confinement.  Even though Joe is understandably rattled and rather off-putting, he strikes a cord with Marie and she agrees to help him assimilate.  The thing is, in order to do that, she’ll have to dive into the vicious mystery that’s been plaguing him for the past 20 years of his life.

While in New York City ahead of Oldboy’s November 27th release, Collider got the chance to sit down with Olsen, pinpoint her optimal solitary confinement meal, talk about her preference for Mikey over Brand Walsh in The Goonies, and, of course, discuss the sex scene.  Hit the jump to catch all of that, her restrained but enthusiastic thoughts on playing Scarlet Witch in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, and more.

Marvel Confirms Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson for THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

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We’ve pretty much known that Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson were going to play Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, respectively, in Joss Whedon‘s The Avengers: Age of Ultron, and now Marvel has provided official confirmation.  For those unfamiliar with the comics, Quicksilver (who, because Marvel and Fox both own the rights, will also be in X-Men: Days of Future Past, but played by Evan Peters in X-Men) can run really fast.  Scarlet Witch is more complicated.  She can manipulate probability, alter reality, and has “Chaos Magic”, so it will be interesting to see how Whedon will interpret her powers for the movie.  The siblings are Magneto’s children, but since Magneto is fully owned by Fox, their father won’t be mentioned (at least by name).  They’re also of Eastern European origin in the comics, so presumably they’ll have accents for the film.

Hit the jump for the press release.  The film also stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Cobie Smulders, Samuel L. Jackson, and James SpaderThe Avengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015.

Elizabeth Olsen Calls Prep Work for Scarlet Witch ‘So Much Fun’

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Even though Joss Whedon dubbed Saoirse Ronan (Hanna) his Scarlet Witch “prototype” back in May, news surfaced in August that he had moved on to Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene) for the role in The Avengers: Age of Ultron.  Despite the fact that there were reports that Olsen was in final negotiations for the part, Marvel has yet to confirm her casting.  However, just the other month, Olsen’s Oldboy co-star, Samuel L. Jackson, came right out and said, “… we added Ms. [Elizabeth] Olsen [who will play the Scarlet Witch].”  Although everything points to Olsen having snagged the part of Wanda Maximoff, one half of the brother-sister duo, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, Marvel still hasn’t made it official.

While talking to the actress for her November 27th release, Oldboy, Collider got the chance to add yet another bullet point to the list of items suggesting Olsen did indeed get the part. Continued after the jump.

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