Thor: Ragnorak looks like it could make leaps ahead of its predecessors, possibly with the help of a new Asgardian and a familiar green face.
Bless Paul Feig‘s cotton socks. The director has successfully gotten out ahead of surprise leaked photos from the set of his Ghostbusters reboot. How? By releasing photos that hold infinitely more pop culture stock than a slightly blurred Kristen Wiig walking expressionless from somewhere to someplace. Continue reading Paul Fieg Shows Off His”Ghostbusters”‘s Pimpin’ New Ecto-1
We had a list of hopefuls, and now we have one new Spiderman. After having their pick of the up-and-coming litter for this latest incarnation of the web-slinger, Marvel has landed on fresh-faced Tom Holland to don the mask and take to the crime filled streets of New York City.
Deadline is reporting that the actor best know for his roles in The Impossible and How I Live Now won out from a wishlist including Asa Butterfield, Judah Lewis, Matthew Lintz, Charlie Plummer and Charlie Rowe. There were suggestions that Butterfield would take the role given his experience with science fiction and action in Ender’s Game, but Marvel gave opted for someone with what you might call a more versatile, dramatic background. Translation: not scifi.
Holland is also starring in this year’s In the Heart of the Sea from director Ron Howard, where he’ll be taking up with fellow Marvel star Chris Hemsworth. With any luck Hemsworth will become increasingly facial company if the rumours about Spidey’s involvement in other Marvel projects are to be believed.
But that’s not all: we also have a director in the form of Jon Watts. The decision to bring in Watts is dangerously close to Sony’s decision to enlist Marc Webb for The Amazing Spiderman. Webb had just made his mark at Sundance with 500 Days of Summer when he was recruited for the gig. It so happens that Watts has just had his own nugget of success at Sundance with Cop Car, a sharp little midnight movie if ever there was one.
Granted, Watts’ experience with using humour in his movies is a little more substantial than Webb’s. As well as Cop Car he’s directed several episodes of The Onion News Network. When you throw the vicious Clown into the mix, it’s clear that Watts has a more acerbic humour that could suit a wisecracking Spiderman.
A solo Spiderman feature is still pencilled in for July 28th 2017,with a lot of time in between for Holland to turn up in other potential Marvel projects like Civil War.
You’d be forgiven for taking all this news with a pinch of salt – we’ve all been here before with Spiderman reboots. Hopefully we’ll have something a little more concrete to be excited about for this latest instalment.
Chris Hemsworth has been showing off a lot of his comedy chops recently. Along with a surplus of at times uncomfortable goofing and punnery in Avengers: Age of Ultron, the action star welded an impressive comedic weapon during his stint as host on Saturday Night Live. And let’s hot forget his upcoming role in the new Vacation reboot as a very well-endowed sex-God husband. Well that’s not where it stops, because Screen Rant is reporting that old Hemmy will be joining the cast of Paul Feig‘s new Ghostbusters instalment.
The star of Thor and Thor 2: The Hammering (working title) is set to play the receptionist to the latest set of recruits. You may remember that this role was originally played by Annie Potts in the 1984 original. Potts’ nasal, bespectacled administrator shared some choice romantic moments with Harold Ramis and Rick Moranis, so can we expect to see Hemsworth falling for one of the new Ghostbusters?
He’ll be in familiar company I’m any case, reuniting with SNL cast members Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon who star as the new recruits along with Feig favourites Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig.
This won’t be Hemsworth’s first comedy horror rodeo. You might remember his stint in Joss Whedon‘s The Cabin in the Woods. Will we be seeing Hemsworth slinging on a proton pack with the girls when the ectoplasm hits the fan? Maybe, but it might be Fu nicer seeing him firmly stapled to his desk.
Ghostbusters will be in theatres July 22nd.
Well here it is and there it went. Last night the 87th Academy Awards had millions in America glued to their TV’s and laptops, and millions of people in other time zones showing up a little late for work this morning. If you had a chance to watch it then you’ll know it was something of a humdinger. Even though an awards ceremony can never quite love up to the hype that accumulates over previous months, positive or otherwise, it was a solid stack of television celebrating some of the best movies of 2014. So how about we get to the winners? Here’s the list of nominees and winners in each category:
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything
Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night
Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
WINNER: Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon, Wild
Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
Bradley Cooper, American Sniper
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
Michael Keaton, Birdman
WINNER: Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything
Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
WINNER: Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game
Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher
Best Supporting Actress:
WINNER: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Laura Dern, Wild
Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
Emma Stone, Birdman
Meryl Streep, Into The Woods
Best Supporting Actor:
Robert Duvall, The Judge
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Edward Norton, Birdman
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
WINNER: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
Best Animated Feature:
WINNER: Big Hero 6
How To Train Your Dragon 2
Song of the Sea
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
Best Original Screenplay:
Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness, The Grand Budapest Hotel
E. Max Frye & Dan Futterman, Foxcatcher
Dan Gilroy, Nightcrawler
WINNER: Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr, Armando Bo,Birdman
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Best Adapted Screenplay:
Damien Chazelle, Whiplash
Jason Hall, American Sniper
WINNER: Graham Moore, The Imitation Game
Anthony McCarten, The Theory of Everything
Paul Thomas Anderson, Inherent Vice
Best Original Score:
WINNER: Alexandre Desplat, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Alexandre Desplat, The Imitation Game
Johann Johannsson, The Theory of Everything
Hans Zimmer, Interstellar
Gary Yershon, Mr. Turner
Best Original Song:
“Everything is Awesome,” The Lego Movie
WINNER: “Glory,” Selma
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me
“Lost Stars,” Begin Again
“Grateful,” Beyond the Lights
Best Documentary Feature:
Last Days In Vietnam
Finding Vivian Maier
The Salt of the Earth
Best Film Editing:
The Imitation Game
The Grand Budapest Hotel
WINNER: Emmanuel Lubezki, Birdman
Ryszard Lenczewski and Łukasz Żal, Ida
Dick Pope, Mr. Turner
Robert D. Yeoman, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Roger Deakins, Unbroken
Best Production Design:
WINNER: The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Into The Woods
Best Animated Short:
The Bigger Picture
The Dam Keeper
Me and My Moulton
A Single Life
Best Visual Effects:
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Guardians of the Galaxy
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Best Sound Editing:
WINNER: American Sniper
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Best Sound Mixing:
Best Live Action Short:
Boogaloo and Graham
WINNER: The Phone Call
Best Documentary Short:
WINNER: Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1
The Reaper (La Parka)
Best Foreign Language Film:
WINNER: Ida (Poland)
Wild Tales (Argentina)
Best Costume Design:
Colleen Atwood, Into The Woods
WINNER: Milena Canonero, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Jacqueline Durran, Mr. Turner
Anna B. Sheppard, Maleficent
Mark Bridges, Inherent Vice
Best Makeup and Hairstyling:
WINNER: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Guardians of the Galaxy
There you have it boys and girls. As you probably know we were hoping that Simmons would take home Best Supporting Actor and it was refreshing to see comedy drama take Best Picture. We’ll be going through our reactions to all the winners hopefully later on today, and maybe some suggestions of who should have won… Because who else is doing that!? Just kidding.
It’s fair to say that last week was officially the week of Ant-Man, as we received magazine covers, art work, teaser trailers and then the premièring of an official trailer. But just in case you’re not a huge fan of the super strong shrinking man, you’ll be happy to know that this week Avengers: Age of Ultron is officially riding shotgun again. Of course if you don’t like Marvel movies at all, then I really don’t know what to tell you.
Following on from the first trailer we got last year, Slashfilm reported a follow up that was released yesterday. It’s a little shorter than the first, but it packs a lot into 100 seconds. Along with some more demos of Ultron’s army, his firepower and his smouldering, sexy voice (what?), we get some extended looks at the fight between Hulk and Tony Stark’s Hulkbuster – not to mention some peculiar medical experiments? Have a look for yourself, courtesy of Marvel:
How mnay times did you pause that one? In a nutshell, this second trailer goes for action and fast paced spectacle (Thor shoots hella lightening) instead of revealing anything more about the plot or any characters that we didn’t see in the first trailer e.g. Vision. So with this trailer we get an action rush but we really don’t have anything more than what we had last year with the first trailer. But then again I’d rather be surprised and blown away by the film itself than by a trailer.
Did you like the trailer?
Between all of the phases we have seen in Marvel’s universe and the 10 or so Marvel Studios movies we will be seeing in the next few years, it seems as though every hero with movie potential has been accounted for and is being accommodated into the ongoing continuity. But as can be the the case when parents have a large number of children, sometimes kids can be left out or forgotten from time to time. In the Marvel family, that child is The Incredible Hulk. Sure, he’s one of the older kids and he developed early, but one too many slip-ups and he’s just not a priority anymore when you’re picking where everyone’s going out to eat on Sunday night. Nowadays, the not-so-jolly green giant is one of the only characters in the Marvel Universe who has been deliberately demoted to an ensemble player.
To be fair, Hulk has had his fair share of chances. First there was Ang Lee’s Hulk, which with perfect hindsight was never going to work in the current continuity – if only for it’s soft and at times quiet intensity. There were teasers and posters and famous actors galore but in the end it didn’t wow the kids, and that matters. So Hulk peaked too soon, so what? That sort of thing can easily be remedied with a reboot. Dump damaged Eric Bana and morose Jennifer Connelly and give us Edward Norton and…Liv Tyler, as a physicist? Really? Ok, whatever. Well Louis Leterrier was directing with a few Transporter films under his belt, so balls-out action wouldn’t be a problem. No, the problem was once again timing. The Incredible Hulk hit theatres a month after Iron Man. In a direct comparison – and be honest, how could there not be in such a small time span? – Hulk just couldn’t cut it. Also, Liv Tyler was supposed to be a physicist. Just saying, it’s weird.
So we have one Hulk film that went for critical acclaim and lost popular appeal, and a second film that opted for action and lost to Iron Man. The continuity for the reboot could have been salvaged if talks hadn’t broken down with Norton. Don’t get me wrong, Mark Ruffalo is an impeccable Banner, but where does that leave our favourite gamma-giant?
Looking back on it, it’s not hard to see why Marvel would be more than a little gun-shy with the Hulk property. Whether they like it or not, a Hulk movie would always be in direct comparison with another Marvel movie a few months before or after. Well we know for a fact that the risk isn’t planned for the next four or five years since Hulk didn’t make an appearance in the run-down of upcoming Marvel films. The question becomes, is it worth taking the risk again in the future?
There is a lot more working in Hulk’s favour now. For one, we have the makings of a Robert Downey Jr. factor with Mark Ruffalo. Say what you will about the popularity of Iron Man, if an actor even 10% less charismatic than Downey was wearing the suit then the glaring flaws in Iron Man 2 and Iron Man 3 may not have been so compassionately overlooked. The character is as popular as the actor, and that balance is what we could see in mark Ruffalo. Sure, he was a little quiet at times in The Avengers, but he got his hands dirty when it was needed and a fair few scenes were based entirely around him. When you compare how much attention and plot was shared out between Hulk and, say, Thor, it’s pretty even – maybe even a little more for Hulk.
And everyone loved Ruffalo as Banner, in many ways because is anti-Iron Man. A soft spoken, fidgety, unstable man with unmatchable power that is completely out of his control – a destroyer to Stark’s creator. So what we see happening is a bedrock being established that may not have as much money, love or attention behind it from Marvel as Iron Man does, but whether intended or not there’s a popularity that’s getting some muscle to it.
So a Ruffalo/Hulk film is definitely something that the audience wants to see. the question becomes how feasible it is. For one, expectations from story-lines are not what they used to be, back in the day, you could just have a dude with superpowers figuring stuff out and end it with a huge testosterone-charged fight. But with more films comes more variations, and with more variations comes more expectations for something new and daring. Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy have a similar team-up premise, but could they be more structurally different? And despite being the classic action hero, Captain America: The Winter Soldier was as much an espionage film as an action flick. Bottom line, you can pick any number of early Hulk story-lines and throw a dart at one and you’ll come up with a big green dude not wanting to be a big green dude and fighting against another big green dude. Or a green dude with a big head. And as much as we’d like to see a Planet Hulk film, what are the chances without a heck of a lot more foundation that just isn’t there?
Maybe it’s stupidly simple. Maybe it’s just Hulk’s affiliation with war and the justification of wild violence that Marvel just doesn’t want to probe to closely – unless he’s a cartoon where it’s easier to write off destruction. The phrase “today’s political climate” is one that I’d like to punch repeatedly in the face, but it’s something that a big studio has to have a ten minute conversation about every month. So is Hulk only a hero when he’s around other heroes who can point him in the right direction and tell him what to smash?
Bottom line, Hulk is the kid that Marvel just can’t deal with right now. They have to make sure that the more well behaved kids are eating right and have the support they need to get onto college. Once all the other kids have flown the nest and can make it on their own, then they can turn their attention to Hulk. Maybe by that point the landscape will be more accepting of alternative, darker story-lines in the Marvel continuity. It’s definitely going in that direction, so perhaps 7 or 8 years down the line, we’ll want to see banner when he’s angry.
It’s pretty common to get an advanced warning that a trailer is going to be released, usually in tandem with a film release or a new TV show in the same vein (any chance of either of these Ant-Man?). It’s even more common for superhero movies. But it’s a little less ordinary for us to get a trailer that announces the release of another trailer. While we were expecting Ant-Man to be the next Marvel installment to get a trailer, it seems more likely that given its summer blockbuster they’ll wait until a closer to the season to get that momentym going. So what do we have instead? It’s an Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer…trailer. It’s only 16 seconds long, although given that the video its announcing will only be a few minutes then it sort of makes sense. But it does reveal the release date of the next trailer on Januray 12th – which will definitely be a “trailer” trailer and not a trailer-trailer like this trailer-trailer…my head hurts. Don’t expect any footage, as this isn’t really a teaser, more of a spot. Check it out, courtesy of Screenrant:
So…yeah. There’s not much to really say about this since nothing is revealed apart from the January 12th release of the next trailer. But that in itself is enough to make this newsworthy. Considering all of the reveals that we got with the first trailer, it would have been reasonable enough to assume that that would have been the end of the trailers and we would have TV spots alone leading up to the big day. But the fact that we have another trailer coming means that there must be more to reveal. Will we see more of Iron Man’s hulk-buster armour? An invading army of Ultrons? Or maybe another slicing James Spader monologue. The first trailer focussed a lot on Tony Stark feeling a little down on himself for the whole Ultron thing, so hopefully we’ll see more of the other avengers and the complex emotions that they’re going through. Or instead of that we could see Vision…yeah, that would be way cooler. Definitely the best trailer-trailer of 2015 so far.
What do you want to see in the new Age of Ultron trailer?
I’ve always been in love with and terrified by the idea of a Moby Dick film. For one, the book is the ultimate tale of pride and revenge and sea monsters, three of my favourite things. But I always trembled at the idea of a CG-heavy Hollywood getting their hands on the white whale. Could it even work? Could a well-animated whale be anywhere near as terrifying as the one on the page? Well my, fears have now been more or less squashed with the release of the second trailer for Ron Howard‘s In the Heart of the Sea. Not only do we get a better look at the whale himself, but also a lot more shots of the subsequent shipwreck on a mysterious island. Screenrant posted the trailer today, so have a good ol’ gander below:
As you can see, we’re really getting a closer look at what makes up the bulk of the inspiration for Howard’s film, Nathaniel Philbrick’s 2000 non-fiction book titled “In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex”. While the encounter with the monstrous sperm whale is important, more of the tragic tale takes place on a deserted island, which wasn’t really shown much in the original teaser for this film. Fortunately it looks to be a big part of Howard’s film. The screenplay was written by Oscar-nominated Blood Diamond writer Charles Levitt along with Rise of the Planet of the Apes screenwriters Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver. Originally I was excited for this film; now, I have a little bit of wee coming out of me. This looks to be a thrilling enough story to get the best out of Howard’s expansive, inquisitive directing.
Chris Hemsworth stars alongside Cillian Murphy, Benjamin Walker, Tom Holland, Ben Whishaw, and Brendan Gleeson. The film will be hitting U.S. cinemas on March 13th, 2015.
So be honest, how not-bothered are you by sharks right now?