AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Reshoots Set for January to Add More Action; AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR – PART 1 and 2 to Shoot Back-to-Back

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Although it will have the most visual effects shots of any Marvel movie, Avengers: Age of Ultron reshoots have been schedule for January to add more action to the upcoming superhero blockbuster.  As we previously reported, Marvel has 12 VFX vendors in five to seven different countries working on over 3,000 visual effects shots, so they’ll be staying busy since more action in today’s blockbuster marketplace almost always means more VFX whether it’s doing green screen work, cleaning up shots, adding touich-ups, or perhaps going for something even a slightly bigger, although I assume if Marvel has anything truly spectacular, they’ve already started working on it.  For example, they wouldn’t throw in the vaunted Hulk vs. Hulkbuster Armor fight in with only five months to go before the film opens.

Hit the jump for more.  Avengers: Age of Ultron 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. [Spoilers Ahead]

PIRATES Scribe Terry Rossio to Pen “INCEPTION-Type” Treasure Hunt Movie YUCATAN for Robert Downey Jr.

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The first project under Robert Downey Jr.’s production banner Team Downey, the drama The Judge, was released earlier this year, and now another Team Downey film is moving closer to fruition.  Deadline reports that screenwriter Terry Rossio has been tapped to pen the script for the Warner Bros. treasure hunt film Yucatan, which is based on an original idea by iconic actor Steve McQueen and is being developed as a star vehicle for Downey Jr.  Rossio’s credits include co-writing the first three Pirates of the Caribbean films as well as the animated features Shrek and Aladdin, so he’s got plenty of experience in the adventure realm.  More on Yucatan after the jump.

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.

CHEF Blu-ray Review

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On one hand Jon Favreau’s Chef is a light, easy to please comedy, a soft rock song that doesn’t want to offend anybody.  On the other, it’s vacuous, middlebrow food porn with its director unable to keep his subtext from leaping to the surface.  Writer/director Favreau stars as the titular chef, and he’s joined by some famous friends like Sofia Vergara, Robert Downey Jr., John Leguizamo, and Scarlet Johansson in this tale of a cook who lost his way working in the corporate world of restaurants.  My review of the Blu-ray of Chef follows after the jump.

Watch Video from Yesterday’s Marvel Event Including Downey and Evans Welcoming Boseman, and Kevin Feige’s Q&A

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Yesterday, we brought you plenty of stories regarding Marvel’s big event where they laid out all of Phase Three, announced Chadwick Boseman was playing Black Panther, and provided details on other upcoming movies.  Now video from the event has gone online, and you can watch these announcements in full along with Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige‘s Q&A.

Hit the jump to check out the videos along with links to all of our recent Marvel coverage.

First AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Clip Features an Avengers Party and Hammer Shenanigans

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Disney has released the first Avengers: Age of Ultron clip from writer/director Joss Whedon’s highly anticipated Marvel Studios sequel.  The clip debuted earlier tonight during ABC’s new episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., where the first trailer was set to premiere before it leaked last week.  Age of Ultron sees the titular Avengers battling a force of their own invention, as Tony Stark’s new robot Ultron gets a mind of his own and decides that humanity is in need of wiping out.  This clip is essentially what was shown at Comic-Con this summer, and it shows that despite the serious tone of the trailer, there’s still plenty of fun to be had.  In the clip, the Avengers are letting off steam in the form of an Avengers party in Stark’s penthouse, as they each take turns trying to lift Thor’s hammer.  Shenanigans ensue.

Watch the first Avengers: Age of Ultron clip after the jump.  The film stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, James Spader, Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Paul Bettany, Don Cheadle, Andy Serkis, and Samuel L. JacksonAvengers: Age of Ultron opens in theaters on May 1, 2015.

Check Out Images from Today’s Marvel Event Featuring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, and Chadwick Boseman

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You’ve no doubt perused some of our coverage from this morning’s Marvel event, with announcements ranging from Avengers: Infinity War to the casting of Chadwick Boseman in Black Panther, but now Disney has released official images from the event if you want an even closer look at what went down.  The centerpiece was Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige bringing Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, and Boseman out to the stage, all of whom will star in the upcoming Captain America: Civil War.  Evans and Downey Jr. were good sports about the event, “duking it out” in front of the crowd of onlookers in reference to the Civil War storyline which pits Cap against Iron Man.

Take a look at some of the Marvel event images after the jump.  Captain America: Civil War opens in theaters on May 6, 2016.

Robert Downey Jr. Talks Ultron, The Vision, Finally Getting to Know Joss Whedon, Tony’s Evolution, and More on the Set of AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

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Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is in a large room with sky-high ceilings using a two-monitor computer terminal with additional 20-foot tall computers loaded with lights and other components all around it.  While it’s not officially named, the room is an extremely vital component of the World Wide Web with astounding access to information.  Stark has come to the location to investigate why weird things are happening and as he types, studies the monitor and talks to himself, it’s clear he’s starting to get some answers.  A few seconds later, director Joss Whedon calls cut.

Last June, when Avengers: Age of Ultron was filming outside London, I got to visit the set with a few other reporters.  While most of what we saw and learned is still under embargo, Marvel/Disney is letting us post some of our on-set interviews.  During a 20-minute interview, Robert Downey Jr. talked about his reaction after reading the script, where Tony is mentally after the events of Iron Man 3, Tony’s relationship with Ultron, Paul Bettany as The Vision, Scarlet Witch, how Whedon leans on Stark’s credibility to deliver exposition, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to read or listen to what Downey Jr. had to say.

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Concept Art Reveals James Spader’s Ultimate Form

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After the unexpected trailer release this week, we sort of got the idea of what Avengers: Age of Ultron would look like.  But what we didn’t get was a super clear image of Ultron’s final design in the film (most of the footage of him appears to center on his incomplete form).  But now some concept art has hit that rectifies that issue.  In the film, Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) reunite to stop Ultron (James Spader) “from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.”

Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-JohnsonPaul BettanyDon CheadleAndy Serkis, and Samuel L. Jackson also star in the sequel directed by Joss Whedon.  Avengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015.  Check out the concept art after the jump.  I’d consider this a light spoiler

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. 

Robert Downey Jr. Says CAPTAIN AMERICA 3 Is “Gonna Be Huge” Thus Putting Hugeness Doubts to Rest

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I enjoy Marvel’s constant change-ups with fan expectations.  Immediately following Captain America: The Winter Soldier, it was looking like Captain America 3 would be driven by the hunt for Bucky.  That could still be the case in terms of a baseline or prologue, but what Marvel is really going for is setting up a big plot arc with Civil War (a.k.a “Thanos Who?”), and they managed to nab Robert Downey Jr. as a co-lead.  There are plenty of reasons to be excited for the third Captain America movie because the future is wonderful, mysterious, and glorious place where anything is possible.

And we will be able to let our imaginations run wild for almost a year as we wonder what Marvel is cooking, and everyone involved in Cap 3 has to be evasive until Entertainment Weekly gets a big, studio-timed cover story that reveals actual information.  But until then, RDJ has some comments on the upcoming sequel.  Hit the jump for more.  Captain America 3 opens May 6, 2016.

THE COLLISION: Episode 107 – GHOSTBUSTERS 3, Cinematic Universes, and Robert Downey Jr.

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This week on The Collision, we talk about the past week’s biggest news stories including the announcement that Ghostbuster 3 will be a reboot featuring a female lead cast; cinematic universes including Universal Monsters, Robin Hood, and Marvel; and the future of Robert Downey Jr‘s career following the painfully self-indulgent The Judge, and if these kinds of flops will drive the actor back into his Iron Man suit. [Note: We recorded this podcast before last night's Captain America 3 news broke]

Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode (“The Boxtrolls and Laika”), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg and @AdamChitwood.

Robert Downey Jr. Joins CAPTAIN AMERICA 3; “Civil War” Storyline Pits Iron Man vs. Captain America

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Last week, Robert Downey Jr. went on the record to clarify that Iron Man 4 was not in the cards for him.  Instead, Downey promised, “I’m still going to be involved with Marvel and there’s going to be plenty of other fun stuff.”  Downey also hinted at a secret plan he expected Marvel to announce soon.  That plan was revealed tonight.

Downey is close to signing a deal to co-star in Captain America 3.  The sequel will use the “Civil War” storyline, where the Superhero Registration Act mandates that anyone with superhuman abilities register with the U.S. government and agree to act as law enforcement.  Captain America opposes the legislation, but Iron Man supports it, setting up Downey to play the villain.  More after the jump.

THE JUDGE Review

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David Dobkin previously directed broad comedies such as Wedding Crashers and The Change-Up, and now he’s moved to broad drama with his latest feature, The Judge, a movie that clumsily grasps at every heartstring you have.  It’s a soft-focus weepy that rarely elicits any emotion.  Instead, the film feels made to showcase Robert Downey Jr‘s acting ability by proving he can do more than play variations of Tony Stark.  While the movie succeeds in showing the actor’s range, it still feels indulgent as it piles on plotlines instead of keeping the focus on the chemistry between Downey and co-star Robert Duvall.

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