Mark Ruffalo Talks AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, the Ambition of the Sequel, COLUMBO, His Thoughts on PLANET HULK, and More at Comic-Con

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Shortly after Mark Ruffalo and his Avengers: Age of Ultron co-stars left Hall H at Comic-Con (read our recap of the panel here), they participated in video interviews on a very crowded press line.   When Ruffalo finally got to the group I was paired with, he talked about what impressed him about Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron script,  the ambition of the sequel, meeting the expectations, his thoughts on a Planet Hulk movie, and the status of Columbo.  If you’re not familiar with the online campaign to have Ruffalo play Columbo, read about it here before watching the interview.

Hit the jump for what Ruffalo had to say and look for a lot more video interviews with the Avengers: Age of Ultron cast soon.

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.

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Concept Art Teases Quicksilver, Hawkeye and The Vision at San Diego Comic-Con

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A few days back Marvel revealed their Comic-Con exclusive Ant-Man poster and two new examples of concept art for Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron.  Now we’ve got three additional posters that show off Quicksilver, Hawkeye and The Vision.  When combined with the two previously release posters of Scarlet Witch and Iron Man, they begin to form a more complete poster that is still in the process of being unveiled.

Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris EvansChris HemsworthMark RuffaloScarlett JohanssonJeremy Renner, James Spader, Paul Bettany, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Avengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015.  Hit the jump to see the full Comic-Con posters and for more on how you can get your own.  Click here to see the posters for Black Widow and Captain America and also here for Scarlet Witch and Iron Man. Hit the jump to take a look at the new concept art posters for Avengers: Age of Ultron.

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.]

Mark Ruffalo May Star in a COLUMBO Movie [Updated]

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Now here’s an odd pairing that somehow makes a lot of sense.  The TV series Columbo ran sporadically for a period between 1968 and 2003, amounting to a number of mystery specials that were lead by Peter Falk as the titular disheveled yet highly gifted detective.  The mystery series was beloved for its affable lead and engaging whodunits, and now it may be resurrected with a rather curious choice to take over for Falk: Mark Ruffalo.  Screenwriter Gary Whitta, who is currently working on an unspecified Star Wars spinoff, got to joking on Twitter yesterday about the prospect of Ruffalo leading a rebooted Columbo.  Much to everyone’s surprise, Ruffalo responded and revealed that he’s actually be approached about starring in a genuine Columbo movie.  More after the jump.

[Update: Unfortunately, Ruffalo has now learned that Universal owns the rights to Columbo. More below.]

Mark Ruffalo Talks BEGIN AGAIN, Connecting to His Character, Dirty Feet, Playing a Convincing Drunk, Passing on Lisa Cholodenko’s New Show and More

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You’d think it couldn’t get much better than starring in one of the highest grossing films of all time, but in 2014 alone, Mark Ruffalo is off shooting one of the most highly anticipated upcoming films, Avengers: Age of Ultron, he’s getting Emmy buzz for his work in The Normal Heart, his November 14th release, Foxcatcher, is said to be a potential Oscar contender, and he’s got a brand new movie in theaters now as well - John Carney’s (Once) Begin Again.

Ruffalo leads the film as Dan, a former hotshot record-label executive who’s hit rock bottom.  He hasn’t signed any promising clients, his marriage is falling apart, he barely talks to his daughter (Hailee Steinfeld), he drinks to excess and is mistaken for a disheveled homeless man.  However, one night, at an open mic, he hears something that might help him pull his life back together – Gretta’s (Keira Knightley) voice.  Hit the jump for more and click here for what he had to say about Avengers: Age of Ultron, Comic-Con, a Solo Hulk movie, and Hulk’s fear of Bruce banner.

FOXCATCHER Trailer: Channing Tatum Wants to Win a Gold Medal—And Maybe an Oscar

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Sony Pictures Classics has released an intense new Foxcatcher trailer for director Bennett Miller’s (Moneyball, Capote) highly anticipated drama.  The film tells the true story of Olympic Wrestling Champion brothers Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) and Dave Schultz (Mark Ruffalo), and their troubled relationship with eccentric millionaire John du Pont (Steve Carell).  While many expected—and got—a standout dramatic performance from Carell when the pic debuted at Cannes, a heavy amount of praise was also heaped on Tatum’s turn as an Olympic-focused wrestler.  Judging by the recent teaser poster and the focus of this fantastic new teaser trailer, Sony will be campaigning for Tatum in addition to Carell during this year’s sure-to-be-competitive awards race.  Though we only see glimpses of Tatum’s performance in this new trailer, it certainly looks to be unlike anything he’s done before.

Hit the jump to watch the new Foxcatcher trailer.  The film also stars Sienna MillerVanessa Redgrave, and Anthony Michael Hall.  Foxcatcher opens in theaters on November 14th.

BEGIN AGAIN Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.  Begin Again opens this weekend in limited release.]

John Carney’s 2007 film Once was a surprising, touching musical about two musicians falling in love through their love of music. It felt authentic thanks to the naturalistic direction, and real-life musicians Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, who made their acting debuts and fell in love in real life. That kind of chemistry is lightning in a bottle, but it provided Once with a unique and vibrant feel that expertly wove together a love of music and a love between two people. Carney’s new film, Begin Again, returns to similar territory but with a more polished approach that diminishes the charm in favor of a more Hollywood-friendly feel. The movie is still funny, good-natured, and most importantly, stresses the joy of sharing music with others. It’s even a little acerbic in its tone towards the music business, but Carney’s film is guilty of the some of the same critiques regarding watered-down entertainment.

Mark Ruffalo Reveals the AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Cast Is Coming to Comic Con; Discusses the Possible Hulk Solo Film, The Hulk’s Fear of Bruce Banner, More

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San Diego Comic Con is less than a month away and Avengers: Age of Ultron is now less than a year away, so that means SDCC 2014 is Age of Ultron’s only chance to hit Hall H prior to its release.  It’s always made sense that The Avengers would have some sort of presence at the event, but now Mark Ruffalo has confirmed it.  While talking to Ruffalo about his upcoming release, Begin Again, he revealed that The Avengers are flying from set in London to San Diego for Comic Con, and also discussed the possibility of a standalone Hulk movie, the elements of the character he’d like that movie to explore and much more.  Read his quotes or watch the interview after the jump.

Mark Ruffalo Says Marvel Is Entertaining the Idea of a New Standalone Hulk Movie

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The Hulk whiffed twice with audiences first with 2003′s Hulk and then The Incredible Hulk.  It wasn’t until The Avengers that moviegoers finally sparked to the character, and now there’s demand to give the big, green guy his own movie again.  Previously, Marvel was resistant to the idea given the shortcomings of past iterations as well as the amount of new characters and other sequels they are developing.  However, it looks like Hulk might have a new chance to start smashing in a new solo movie.

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G.I. JOE 2 Director Jon M. Chu May Direct NOW YOU SEE ME 2

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One of the more surprising box office hits of last year was the magician adventure pic Now You See Me.  The film had a solid opening weekend, but it continued to do swell business in the ensuing weeks, going on to gross $351.7 million worldwide against a budget of $75 million.  As with most successful studio films where everyone doesn’t die at the end, Summit Entertainment began to move forward on a prospective sequel.  Following the official Now You See Me 2 announcement, Summit expressed its desire to begin filming in 2014, and while director Louis Leterrier was expected to return, he’s currently busy gearing up to helm the action-comedy Grimsby.  As such, Summit is on the hunt for a new director for the magician sequel, and G.I. Joe: Retaliation helmer Jon M. Chu is reportedly at the top of their list.  More after the jump.

Mark Ruffalo Says Hulk Is “Bigger, More Complex” in AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

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The Avengers provided the best big-screen adaptation of Bruce Banner/Hulk thus far, but he was evenly spaced out with the other Avengers.  But when The Hulk was let loose, he was a scene stealer.  He was so good that he reignited talk of wanting another stand-alone Hulk film.  While Marvel has yet to announce plans to give Hulk his own movie again, he will be getting a beefed up presence in Avengers: Age of Ultron according to Mark Ruffalo.

“[My role's] even bigger than last time,” says Ruffalo, “and it’s more complex and it has more layers and a bit more arc.”  Hulk is so much more than smashing.  Hit the jump for more.  The film also stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, and James SpaderAvengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015.

Adam Levine Is Famous in New BEGIN AGAIN Trailer Featuring Keira Knightley

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The Weinstein Company has released a new Begin Again trailer for Once director John Carney’s upcoming music-centric dramedy.  While the previous trailers have focused on the core relationship between Mark Ruffalo’s washed-out A&R man and Keira Knightley’s undiscovered musician, this new trailer offers a closer look at Knightley and Adam Levine’s characters.  Levine plays Knightley’s ex-boyfriend in the film, a famous musician whose growing stature caused a rift between the two.  The Maroon 5 frontman is actually quite good in the movie, and this trailer offers a preview of his original song “Lost Stars.”

Hit the jump to watch the new Begin Again trailer, and click here to read Matt’s review of the film.  The pic also stars Hailee SteinfeldCatherine KeenerYasiin BeyJames Corden, and Cee-Lo Green.  Begin Again opens in the US in limited release on June 27th.

Oscar Beat: Early Contenders Arise from Cannes Film Festival

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It seems like only yesterday we were closing out the lengthy and eventful awards season with my 2015 preview installment of Oscar Beat, but the next race is already starting to heat up.  The first awards barometer of each year arrives with the Cannes Film Festival, and the most recent fest is no different.  A number of potential contenders premiered on the Croisette over the past couple of weeks, and after all the standing ovations (and a fair amount of boos), some serious Oscar contenders have emerged.

Hit the jump as I take a look at the post-Cannes Oscar landscape, which includes contenders like Foxcatcher, Mr. TurnerMaps to the Stars, and even a possible Oscar nomination for Channing Tatum.

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