Watch the Opening Scene from Brin Hill and Joss Whedon’s IN YOUR EYES

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While Joss Whedon is currently directing the blockbuster Avengers: Age of Ultron, he hasn’t forgotten about indie fare.  His previous film was the microbudget adaptation of Much Ado about Nothing, and he also wrote the upcoming drama In Your Eyes.  Directed by Brin Hill, In Your Eyes is “about two seemingly polar opposites who are deeply connected in ways neither could have ever imagined.”  The opening scene has gone online, and if it’s focused on the younger versions of the two “polar opposities”, then this scene reveals their intriguing, supernatural connection.  Even though there is a supernatural twist, I almost got a Snow Angels vibe when it comes to an idyllic school environment being disrupted by a distant tragedy.  I’m definitely curious to check out more of this film.

Hit the jump to check out the In Your Eyes opening scene.  The film stars Zoe Kazan (Ruby Sparks), Michael Stahl-David (Cloverfield), Mark Feuerstein (Growing Pains), and Abigail Spencer (Rectify).  In Your Eyes premieres this weekend at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Chris Evans Talks CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, His Marvel Contract, AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, and More

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With directors Joe and Anthony Russo‘s Marvel sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier opening in North America this weekend, every day this week I’ll be posting a video interview for the film.  In the fantastic sequel, we find Captain America (Chris Evans) joining forces with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and the Falcon (Anthony Mackie) to expose a conspiracy, fight off professional assassins, and battle a new enemy, the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan).  Loaded with amazing action, a fantastic script, and great character moments, Captain America: The Winter Solider is going to be a huge hit with Marvel fans and regular moviegoers alike.  The film also stars Cobie Smulders, Anthony Mackie, Georges St-Pierre, Frank Grillo, Hayley Atwell, Toby Jones, Emily VanCamp, Maximiliano Hernández, Robert Redford, and Samuel L. Jackson.

During my exclusive video interview with Chris Evans he talked about his his reaction reading the script for the first time, his Marvel contract, if his Thor: The Dark World cameo counted towards his six-film contract, Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Scarlett Johansson Talks CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, Her Reaction to the Script, AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, and More

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With directors Joe and Anthony Russo‘s Marvel sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier opening in North America this weekend, every day this week I’ll be posting a video interview for the film.  In the fantastic sequel, we find Captain America (Chris Evans) joining forces with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and the Falcon (Anthony Mackie) to expose a conspiracy, fight off professional assassins, and battle a new enemy, the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan).  Loaded with amazing action, a fantastic script, and great character moments, Captain America: The Winter Solider is going to be a huge hit with Marvel fans and regular moviegoers alike.  The film also stars Cobie Smulders, Anthony Mackie, Georges St-Pierre, Frank Grillo, Hayley Atwell, Toby Jones, Emily VanCamp, Maximiliano Hernández, Robert Redford, and Samuel L. Jackson.

During my video interview with Scarlett Johansson she talked about her reaction after reading the Winter Solider script for the first time, whether she heard about the positive reaction to the film after the first press screening, Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron script, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

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.

Chris Evans Talks His Reaction to Reading Joss Whedon’s AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Script

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When Marvel was preparing to release of The Avengers in 2012, it was the culmination of a hefty gamble on the studio’s part and not everyone was convinced it would work.  The studio wanted to see if audiences would respond to a series of films set up like comic books, in which certain heroes would get standalone features and then all appear together in one massive team-up film, with everything taking place in the same universe.  The gamble did indeed pay off and audiences responded overwhelmingly to The Avengers, as the result was the smashing of the opening weekend box office record and an overall worldwide gross of $1.5 billion; the Joss Whedon-helmed film now sits at number three on the all-time box office chart.

Marvel is deep into its Phase Two series of films now, and 2014 will kick off with the release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4th.  While recently speaking with Chris Evans in anticipation of the film’s release, Steve also briefly discussed the highly anticipated sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron with the Captain America actor, and he revealed his reaction to reading Whedon’s script for the follow-up.  Hit the jump for more.

Joss Whedon Directed One of the Post-Credits Scenes in CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER

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If you’re a Marvel movie fan, you know not to leave your seat when the credits start to roll on one of their films.  After all, the studio has consistently offered awesome character moments during both the midpoint of credits sequences and then at the very end.  While the studio initially stuck to one post-credits sequence, they’ve started including two scenes after each film with The Avengers, Thor: The Dark World, and now Captain America: The Winter Solider.

While I won’t spoil what happens in the two scenes during the credits, I don’t think anyone is going to be surprised to learn one of them has to do with Avengers: Age of Ultron.  After all, the sequel to The Avengers arrives next year and Joss Whedon is directing the project right now.  So it kind of makes sense that Whedon directed one of the post-movie scenes.  More after the jump.

Scarlett Johansson Talks AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Script and Joss Whedon; Says Film Makes Marvel Universe Feel “Very Close-Knit”

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With Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Solider set to invade theaters on April 4th, earlier today Disney started doing press on the film here in Los Angeles.  While reviews are embargoed for another week or so, Disney allowed us to tweet after last night’s screening and as I said on twitter, the movie is phenomenal.   Loaded with incredible action, a great script, and fantastic character moments, The Winter Solider is easily one of the best Marvel movies and it’s going to make fans and casual moviegoers very happy.

While everyone is excited for The Winter Solider, all Marvel fans have another date circled on their calendar: May 1, 2015.  At the beginning of next summer, The Avengers return under the direction of Joss Whedon with Avengers: Age of Ultron.  While the story is under wraps, when I talked to Scarlett Johansson today for Captain America: The Winter Solider, I asked her about her thoughts on the the script.  She said the sequel makes the Marvel Universe feel “very close-knit, cerebral, and progressive” and added that it “feels like the continuation of The Avengers.”  Hit the jump to watch what she had to say.

Did Drew Pearce Reveal Joss Whedon as the Director of THE AVENGERS 3? [Updated: No]

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We’re still well over a year away from the second superhero team-up in Joss Whedon’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron, but that doesn’t stop us from wondering about The Avengers 3.  Before we get to worrying about who will star in it and which heroes will square off against which villains, we need to know just who will be writing and directing the damn thing.  If a comment from screenwriter Drew Pearce during a recent interview is to be believed, Whedon might already be set to return for the third installment, possibly as both a writer and director.  Hit the jump for more.

[Update: Pearce has taken to Twitter to clarify his comments, saying "Duh, I have NO IDEA whether Joss is actually coming back for Avengers 3." So, while likely, it's still not confirmed that Whedon will be directing the third Avengers film.]

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.

TOP 5: THE LEGO MOVIE, The Science of ROBOCOP, Paul Bettany in THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, PREACHER TV Series, 2014 Super Bowl Movie Spots

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I typically try and use the opening paragraph to talk about something not already covered in the Top 5 list itself. I’m making an exception this week because The LEGO Movie is good enough to warrant it. Writers/directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller have crafted an outstanding family comedy that’s sharp, funny, and as imaginative as the product it expertly seeks to promote. For all of the laughs it provides (of which there are many), I think its greatest achievement is how precisely it balances the weight of story and self-promotion. Make no mistake, its primary goals are to drive sales and promote the LEGO brand. Lord and Miller’s script is smart enough, though, to achieve these by genuinely capturing the spirit of creativity and inventiveness that makes LEGO so unique. I can only wish that all product placement strategies were this inspired and on point.

Moving on to the list portion of this week’s installment, today’s Top 5 will tackle more things pertaining to The LEGO Movie, the science of RoboCop, Paul Bettany‘s casting in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg bringing Preacher to AMC, and a recap of the movie spots that aired during the trouncing also known as the 2014 Super Bowl. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

Drew Pearce Talks RUNAWAYS Movie, the Similarities between the Comic and His Script, What He Would Do with Joss Whedon’s Run, and More

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I was a big fan of the Marvel Comics series Runaways.  Created by Brian K. Vaughan, the series focused on a group of teenagers who runaway when they discover that their parents are a group of supervillains known as “The Pride”.  As the kids try to find their way, they stumble upon surprising aspects of their birthrights.  It’s a great story about adolescence intertwined with Marvel Universe staples such as aliens, mutants, and magic.  Over three years ago, Drew Pearce was hired to write the screenplay based on the success of his superhero parody series, No Heroics.  The project seemed like it was gearing up for production, but then it went into stasis as The Avengers became the studio’s big “team” movie.

Pearce went on to co-write Iron Man 3, and now he’s written and directed the latest Marvel One-Shot, All Hail the King.  During our conversation, we geeked out a bit over Runaways, and he told me how his script compared to the comic, how it could be The Godfather of the Marvel Universe (in terms of families and a crime syndicate), how he would use Joss Whedon‘s run from the comics, and more.  Hit the jump to check out the interview.  All Hail the King will be available on the Blu-ray for Thor: The Dark World, which hits shelves on February 25th.  Click here to pre-order.

Watch the Comic-Con Teaser for THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

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Though Comic-Con’s Hall H is always host to plenty of panels that get attendees riled up, nothing quite shook the room this year like the Avengers sequel teaser video that announced Ultron as the film’s villain.  The footage shown in Hall H is rarely released to the public by Marvel, but it appears that they’re making an exception with regards to the Avengers: Age of Ultron teaser, as it has been made available in HD via the Iron Man 3 Jarvis App.  The full video actually includes behind-the-scenes footage of Joss Whedon getting ready to take the Comic-Con stage to announce the teaser, so it’s a pretty fun watch.

Hit the jump to check out the video, and if you haven’t picked up Iron Man 3 on Blu-ray yet click here to purchase the 2D combo pack and click here for the 3D combo pack.

Joss Whedon Talks the Imperfections of THE AVENGERS, His Plans for THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, and AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.

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Joss Whedon is having a very good past couple of years.  He wrote and directed The Avengers to $1.5 billion worldwide, he put together a successful modern day adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing that he shot in his own house, and his latest television show Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. just had the biggest debut for a TV drama in four years.  Whedon is currently busy prepping the sequel The Avengers: Age of Ultron for a March 2014 shoot, but he recently sat down for an extended interview in which he discussed basically his entire career.  Whedon talks about the “haphazard” structure of The Avengers and how his feelings towards the first film have impacted his approach to the follow-up, and he noted that he plans on doing something original after he completes the Marvel sequel.  He also discussed his involvement with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  Hit the jump to read on.

Joss Whedon Rewrote Troublesome Scenes in THOR: THE DARK WORLD

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Though Joss Whedon has certainly been busy developing, writing, and prepping the sequel The Avengers: Age of Ultron since the release of the first Avengers last May, the filmmaker’s contract with Marvel also allows him to consult on all of the studio’s other properties.  We know that Whedon had a hand in the script for Captain America: The First Avenger, but we have yet to here many specifics regarding his involvement in Phase Two films—until now, that is.

It’s no secret that director Alan Taylor went back for some Thor: The Dark World reshoots that, in part, added more of Tom Hiddleston’s Loki to the film, but Taylor recently revealed that he also called in Whedon to rewrite three scenes in the pic, including one major sequence that Taylor was finding difficult to crack.  Hit the jump for more.

DVD Deals: BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER Complete Series 70% off; and ANGEL Complete Series 61% Off

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If you’re looking for 12 seasons of great television, you may want to look into taking advantage of today’s Amazon Gold Box Deal.  For today only, Joss Whedon‘s Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel are 70% off and 61% off for their complete series box sets, respectively.  That’s $59.99 for Buffy and $54.99 for Angel.  While it’s true that these series are available on streaming, the box sets come with the special features, and there’s some good stuff on these discs, especially the Whedon commentary tracks.  Click here to go buy Buffy, Angel, or both.  Remember, this deal is good for today only and while supplies last.

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