THE JUNGLE BOOK Director Jon Favreau Shares Behind-the-Scenes Images of Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray, and More

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Jon Favreau is a pro at working social media (he even made using Twitter a plot point in Chef), and he’s using his skills to showcase his upcoming film, The Jungle Book (not to be confused with Jungle Book: Origins, which is being directed by Andy Serkis).  The director has released the first set photo from the movie along with behind-the-scenes images of voice actors Bill Murray (Baloo), Scarlett Johansson (Kaa), Christopher Walken (King Louie), and musician Kermit Ruffins.  The film will be a blend of live-action and CG animation, with Neel Sethi filling the live-action role of Mowgli, a young boy who is raised in the jungle by wolves and goes on a journey of self-discovery when he comes to the civilized world.

Hit the jump to check out The Jungle Book set photos.  The film opens October 9, 2015, and also features the voices of Lupita Nyong’o, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, and Giancarlo Esposito.

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]

CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR Sets Daniel Bruhl as Villain; May Also Be the Big Bad in DOCTOR STRANGE

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One of the villain roles has officially been cast for Marvel’s upcoming Captain America: Civil War, and it’s not you who might expect.  No, not the Winter Soldier again.  And not Tony Stark either, despite what the Civil War subtitle might suggest.  It’s a different character entirely, and the studio has tapped Rush and Inglourious Basterds star Daniel Bruhl to bring a Captain America 3 villain to life in the highly anticipated Marvel follow-up.  Additionally, another report indicates that Bruhl will actually be playing the main villain in Doctor Strange, and a few other familiar Marvel Cinematic Universe faces are expected to return for Captain America 3.  More 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.

Coen Brothers’ HAIL, CAESAR! Set for Release on February 5, 2016

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Universal Pictures has set a Hail, Caesar! release date for the next film from writers/directors Joel and Ethan Coen.  The comedy has been slated for release on February 5, 2016, which marks the first 1st Quarter release date for a Coen Brothers film since 2004’s The Ladykillers.  The film takes place in 1950s Hollywood, during the latter years of Hollywood’s Golden Age, and “follows a single day in the life of a studio fixer who is presented with plenty of problems to fix.”  The incredible ensemble cast is led by Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johansson, and Jonah Hill.  More on this curious choice of release date for Hail, Caesar! after the jump.

Marvel Says No Black Widow or Hulk Standalone Films in the Works

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Marvel Studios announced a number of new additions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe earlier today, but it also confirmed a couple of characters that won’t be getting their own movies anytime soon.  The studio has long talked about the possibility of a standlone Black Widow movie starring Scarlett Johansson, but Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige was always non-committal about the prospect.  The same can be said for Hulk, who was successfully rebooted in The Avengers thanks to Mark Ruffalo and Joss Whedon.  The character was a standout in the 2012 superhero team-up movie, and fans began asking when we might see a new Hulk movie from Marvel.  Feige made similar comments about that prospect, saying it was a possibility but that nothing was in the works at the moment.

And now, on the cusp of new Marvel films like Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, Captain Marvel, Black Panther, and Inhumans, Feige says there will not be a Black Widow movie nor a Hulk movie anytime soon.  More after the jump.

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. 

Scarlett Johansson Offered Lead in Live-Action Adaptation of GHOST IN THE SHELL

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Last month, we reported that Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street) was in talks to star in Rupert Sanders‘ (Snow White and the Huntsman) live-action adaptation of the classic manga/anime, Ghost in the Shell.  The story focuses on Major Motoko Kusanagi, the leader of a covert ops unit that fights cyber-terrorists.  Motoko has a fully synthetic cyborg body but retains her human essence/soul or “ghost.”  According to Deadline, DreamWorks has decided to now offer the lead role to Scarlett Johansson with a bigger payday, which has now pushed Robbie towards Suicide Squad.

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Neil Marshall Is Interested in Directing a BLACK WIDOW Movie

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People express interest in directing particular projects all the time, but when a guy like Neil Marshall says he’d like to direct a Black Widow movie, you listen.  Marshall’s the guy behind Game of Thrones’ “Blackwater” episode and he also actually just scored an Emmy nomination for directing season 4’s “The Watchers on the Wall,” but the one I hold near and dear is Marshall’s second feature film, the 2005 release, The Descent.

While discussing his work on Game of Thrones in a recent interview, the conversation shifted to the fact that Marshall didn’t get the chance to work with very many of the show’s leading ladies because his episodes primarily focus on male-dominated battles.  From there, the idea of directing a female superhero movie popped up and Marshall went straight for Scarlett Johansson.  Hit the jump to find out what he said about directing a Black Widow movie.

UNDER THE SKIN Blu-ray Review

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For some Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin will be known as the best science fiction film since Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.  For others it will be known as the film where Scarlett Johansson gets naked, and will be famous to them for the screengrabs that revealed more than her leaked nude pictures.  In fact, it’s likely that some will be familiar with images from the movie but will never see the film.  Such is nudity in the internet era.  Which is too bad as the film itself is a striking work, though the film is more interested in tone than narrative.  My Under the Skin Blu-ray review follows after the jump.

Weekend Box Office: LUCY Shines with $44 Million; HERCULES Takes Second with $29 Million

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2014’s summer box office got a rare ray of sunshine this weekend thanks to Lucy.  The sci-fi/action pic easily claimed first place with an estimated $44 million from 3,173 locations – the highest debut for star Scarlett Johansson outside of her Marvel Universe appearances.   Hercules had to settle for a second place, though the action/adventure’s estimated $29 million from 3,595 locations also beat expectations.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Lucy $44,025,000 $44
2.  Hercules $29,000,000 $29
3.  Dawn of the Planet of the Apes $16,400,000 $172
4.  The Purge: Anarchy $9,896,000 $51.2
5.  Planes: Fire & Rescue $9,303,000 $35.1
6.  Sex Tape $5,975,000 $26.8
7.  Transformers: Age of Extinction $4,600,000 $236.3
8.  And So It Goes $4,552,000 $4.5
9.  Tammy $3,400,000 $78.1
10.  A Most Wanted Man $2,717,000 $2.7

 

Full story after the jump.

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.

LUCY Review

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Luc Besson’s new film Lucy often feels like 10% of a movie, despite its very clear ambitions to be some sort of ultimate experience. Which is weird because it nails so many of its objectives.  It’s gorgeously shot.  It’s incredibly kinetic and, even when it’s not in the middle of an action scene, it’s rarely static.  Scarlett Johansson throws everything she has into the role (or, at least, gives the role everything it requires of her).  And yet I had to do everything I could to keep from falling asleep during the film’s turgid first act.

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