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.

First KILL THE MESSENGER Trailer Features Jeremy Renner and a Conspiracy Involving the Government and Crack

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Focus Features has released the first Kill the Messenger trailer.  Directed by Michael Cuesta (Homeland, Dexter), the film is based on the true story of news reporter Gary Webb, whose life was ruined when he linked the CIA to a scheme to arm Contra rebels in Nicaragua and import cocaine into California.  His investigation not only threatened to ruin his career, but also his life and the life of his family.  This looks like it will be a good showcase for Renner, and while I like seeing him in blockbusters and high-profile awards contenders, I like that he’s going to be in a nuts-and-bolts story centered around a worthwhile topic.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars Rosemarie DeWitt, Ray Liotta, Barry Pepper, Michael Sheen, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Oliver Platt, Andy Garcia, Tim Blake Nelson, Robert Patrick, Michael Kenneth Williams, and Paz VegaKill the Messenger opens October 10th.

New Trailer for THE IMMIGRANT Starring Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix, and Jeremy Renner

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The Weinstein Company has released a new trailer for James Gray‘s period drama The Immigrant.  The story centers on a woman (Marion Cotillard) immigrating to New York City in the 1920s who, when her sister is rejected and sent back to Poland, finds herself lured into the world of prostitution in the hopes of eventually being reunited with her kin.  This trailer focuses on the striking cinematography and throws out several ecstatic blurbs from critics.  I wish I had seen the movie they saw.  When I caught the film at the New York Film Festival last year, I saw a misguided effort that took a softball approach to a harsh narrative.

Hit the jump to check out The Immigrant trailer.  The film also stars Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Renner.

AMERICAN HUSTLE Blu-ray Review

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It may speak to the year or the film itself, but David O. Russell’s American Hustle exploded on the scene, arriving to quickly become an Oscar front runner, and netting ten nominations in the process (while also grossing nearly $150 Million at the box office).  But by the time of the awards ceremony, Hustle went home empty handed, even though stars Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence we all nominated.  The film turned out to be all sizzle and no steak.  Which is actually the story of the movie as two hustlers are put on the spot by the FBI to help catch bigger swindlers.

Hit the jump for my American Hustle Blu-ray review.

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.

Watch: Jeremy Renner Lashes Out in Deleted Scene from AMERICAN HUSTLE

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Though American Hustle failed to land a single win out of its 10 nominations at the Oscars last weekend, the film remains a hit with audiences with a worldwide box office total of $248.2 million.  Director David O. Russell’s latest feature hits Blu-ray and DVD in a couple of weeks, and in anticipation of the home video release a deleted scene from the pic has been released online.  It’s no secret that Russell has a very particular way of working that involves plenty of improvisation and the creation of new scenes on the fly, and that energy is prevalent in this deleted scenes which finds the core characters played by Jeremy Renner, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, and Christian Bale giving a tour of New Jersey to “the Sheikh”, played by Michael Peña.  All does not go as planned, resulting in Renner’s character losing his cool in front of some New Jersey residents.

Hit the jump to watch the new deleted scene.  It’s unclear exactly how many deleted scenes will be included on the Blu-ray/DVD, but there’s likely plenty of footage that didn’t make the finished film.  American Hustle will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on March 18th.  Click here to pre-order.

TOP 5: INTERSTELLAR Trailer, ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES, First Trailer for 22 JUMP STREET, AMERICAN HUSTLE, “Worst Of” Lists are the Worst

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Last night I had the opportunity to catch Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues and I have to say that I walked away with mixed feelings. For the most part, the laughs were there (especially the scenes with Greg Kinnear and the “getting the team back together” sequence early on). I also thought the decision to place the Channel 4 News Team at the dawn of the 24 hour news cycle was great in that it gave Ron and Co. the chance to be pioneers of the trade and provided the pic solid footing from which to deliver its well-placed jabs at the current state of the broadcast news industry. On the other hand, some of the film’s gags and multiple cameos landed with a huge thud for me and I’m still a little surprised at how ridiculously over the top it becomes in the final 20 minutes or so (even for an Anchorman sequel). All in all, if you enjoyed the original then I think there’s enough magic left in the tank that you’ll have fun with The Legend Continues. Just don’t be surprised if you leave the theater less than thrilled to experience the next installment in Ron Burgundy’s story.

My notes aside, this week’s Top 5 highlights the first trailer for Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar, interviews with Will Ferrell and more for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, the first trailer for 22 Jump Street, American Hustle interviews with Christian Bale and more, and Matt’s editorial on why “Worst Of” lists are, for the lack of a better word, the worst. Read on for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

Jeremy Renner Talks AMERICAN HUSTLE, Collaborating with David O. Russell, the Way he Likes to Work, 2015 Projects, and More

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Now playing in limited release and expanding nationwide December 20th is director David O. Russell’s comedic drama American Hustle.  The story is based on the Abscam sting operation that uncovered widespread political corruption in the late 1970s, and Russell’s fantastic ensemble cast is led by Christian BaleAmy AdamsBradley CooperJennifer Lawrence, and Jeremy Renner. The film is definitely an awards contender, landing a Best Picture award from the New York Critics Circle and many nominations from a number of other groups, including the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild.  While the holidays are filled with a lot of choices, American Hustle should definitely be on your list.  For more on the film, here’s all our previous coverage.

At the recent New York City press junket I landed an exclusive video interview with Renner.  He talked about how quickly he signed on to the project, what it was like to work with Russell, the look of his character, the way he likes to work, whether he has spoken to Joss Whedon about The Avengers: Age of Ultron, other 2015 movies, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

AMERICAN HUSTLE Review

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From its opening shot, American Hustle is about the art of the con, the small cons we pull on each other and, more importantly, ourselves.  The con can be in the image we project to the world to the point where we can no longer distinguish who we truly are from the lie we’ve created.  David O. Russell‘s new film features characters who lie to the world in order to lie to themselves, but the filmmaker never manages to organize the lies and the liars into something bigger and more poignant.  They’re random molecules bouncing off each other in a way that’s fun, flighty, and occasionally a little melancholy.  Russell seems bent on trying to meld his offbeat earlier films with his recent, more populist fare, but the result is a piece that’s often amusing, but rarely audacious.

New Images from POMPEII and AMERICAN HUSTLE Featuring Kit Harington, Jennifer Lawrence, and Amy Adams

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Some new images from two upcoming films have landed online.  First up, we have a trio of new images from director Paul W.S. Anderson’s disaster pic PompeiiKit Harington (Game of Thrones) stars as an enslaved Celtic gladiator named Milo who falls in love with a noblewoman (Emily Browning) on the eve of a massive volcanic eruption that destroys Pompeii, an event that also brings him face-to-face with the man who slaughtered his family years earlier.  These images give us or first look at Kiefer Sutherland as the film’s villain and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Harington’s friend.  The film opens in 3D on February 21, 2014.

Additionally, fresh off the film being named the Best Picture of 2013 by the New York Film Critics Circle, a batch of new images from American Hustle have landed online.  Director David O. Russell’s comedic drama takes place in the 1970s and revolves around a con artist duo (Christian Bale and Amy Adams) working with an FBI agent (Bradley Cooper) to root out corruption.  These images highlight the pic’s lavish costumes, specifically those worn by Adams and Jennifer Lawrence.  The film opens in limited release on December 13th before going wide on December 20th.  Hit the jump to check out all of the images.

BOURNE LEGACY Sequel Set for Release on August 14, 2015; Luc Besson’s LUCY Opens August 8, 2014

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You can add another Bourne film to the massive list of high-profile movies set for release in 2015.  Universal Pictures announced today that the untitled follow-up to The Bourne Legacy will be released on August 14, 2015, where it will open opposite The Smurfs 3.  As previously reported, Fast Five helmer Justin Lin will be directing the new installment with Jeremy Renner reprising his lead role from LegacyAnthony Peckham (Sherlock Holmes) is penning the screenplay, making this the first Bourne film not written by Tony Gilroy.

Additionally, Universal has dated director Luc Besson’s new action thriller Lucy for August 8, 2014, directly opposite Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and one week after Marvel’s Guardians of the GalaxyScarlett Johansson stars 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.  Unfortunately, she’s also racing against the clock to survive.  Morgan Freeman also stars.  For a refresher on just how packed the 2015 release calendar is, hit the jump.

Justin Lin to Direct THE BOURNE LEGACY Sequel; Jeremy Renner Set to Return

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After helming the last four Fast & Furious movies, Justin Lin will move to another action franchise to direct the follow-up film to The Bourne Legacy.  Jeremy Renner is set to return as Aaron Cross in a sequel story scripted by Anthony Peckham (Sherlock Holmes, Invictus).  With Lin directing and Peckham writing, it looks like Tony Gilroy – who penned the previous four Bourne films and directed Legacy - may be stepping aside.  No title has been set just yet, but if Universal sticks with the titles of the novel series, then it may just be The Bourne Betrayal.  The studio is looking to release the film in the summer of 2015. Hit the jump for more.

First Look at Jeremy Renner in CIA Thriller KILL THE MESSENGER

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The first images of Jeremy Renner in the true story dramatic thriller Kill the Messenger have been released online.  Directed by Michael Cuesta (Homeland, Dexter), the pic is based on the true story of news reporter Gary Webb, whose life was ruined when he linked the CIA to a scheme to arm Contra rebels in Nicaragua and import cocaine into California.  After publishing his 1996 series “Dark Alliance,” Webb became the target of a smear campaign by the CIA that had serious repercussions.  Peter Landesman (Parkland) penned the screenplay, and the impressive ensemble cast includes Rosemarie DeWitt, Ray Liotta, Barry Pepper, Michael Sheen, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Oliver Platt, Andy Garcia, Tim Blake Nelson, Robert Patrick, Michael Kenneth Williams, and Paz Vega.

Hit the jump to take a look at the images.  Kill the Messenger will be released sometime in 2014.

New Posters for AMERICAN HUSTLE, NURSE 3D, and I, FRANKENSTEIN

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We have a few new posters for you today.  First up, it’s a blending of the character posters for David O. Russell‘s terrific-looking film, American Hustle.  It doesn’t pop off the page, but the font gives the uninitiated an understanding of the time period, and it doesn’t hurt to have a glamorous Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence flanking your leading man.  Far less glamorous and classy is the poster for the horror film Nurse 3D.  I understand it’s trying to evoke the art on World War II bombers, but the movie has nothing to do with that time period.  It’s just pandering, and not doing it very well.  Finally, there’s the poster for I, Frankenstein, which bears the tagline, “200 Years Later, He’s Still Alive”.  Imagine Colin Clive (from the 1931 movie) shouting that line and it loses some of its potency.

Hit the jump to check out the posters.  American Hustle opens December 18th, Nurse 3D opens February 7, 2014, and I, Frankenstein opens in 3D on January 24, 2014.

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