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On Friday afternoon, the movie press received an e-mail with the header “MARVEL STUDIOS INVITES YOU TO A SPECIAL EVENT” with the above invite. A mystery Marvel event, what could it be?

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Avengers: Age of Ultron: The Incredible Hulk vs. Iron Man in Hulkbuster suit Mark Ruffalo Avengers 2 set interview

On June 12th 2014, I visited the London set of Avengers: Age of Ultron. Today we’ll be posting a couple of the interviews we conducted while on set. The second of which is with Mark Ruffalo, who is reprising his role as Bruce Banner, aka The Incredible Hulk. You can listen to or read the whole interview after the jump, but I wanted to lead off with Ruffalo’s explanation of how Hulk’s friction with Iron Man in The Avengers: Age of Ultron is a little bit like Cool Hand Luke:

It’s a little bit like Cool Hand Luke that way. You think you could beat me and then I’ll beat the crap out of you… and then I beat the crap out of him. [LAUGHS] It’s kinda’ like that, but not totally like that. It has a surprise — a little twist to it as well.

Read or listen to our whole Mark Ruffalo Avengers 2 set interview after the jump.
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Avengers: Age of Ultron Robert Downey Jr Avengers 2 set interview

On June 12th 2014, I visited the London set of The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Today we’ll be posting a couple of the interviews we conducted while on set. The first is with Robert Downey Jr, who is reprising his role as Tony Stark, aka Iron Man. You can listen to or read the whole interview after the jump, but I wanted to lead off with Downey Jr’s explanation of why Avengers 2 won’t fall into the superhero/blockbuster formula of an action-heavy not-so-interesting third act:

There was a Rubik’s Cube to how to make these things have an Act Three — that you’re just going I really hope you like Acts One and Two because now we’ve just gotta do all this stuff. To me, and I think it was the same thing in Iron Man 3, Act Three was the strongest act. I think that this is really gunning for that sort of thing. Because I love movies. I love these kinds of movies. I feel like I’m just a very tolerant kind of consumer with these things, but I also feel like the half-life of — if you noticed just how flooded the market is becoming and likely to become potentially even more so. I think that there has to be a bit of a transcendence of formula. And so without giving too much away, and why I generally just stamped it when the first draft came in ‘cause I thought, “Oh wow, it didn’t fall into that trap.” And I read the last page and I got chills, for a reason I definitely can’t explain. [LAUGHTER] … This is gonna be very cool.

Read or listen to our whole Robert Downey Jr Avengers 2 set interview after the jump.

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Star Wars spinoff cinematographer

Interstellar, Inherent Vice, Guardians of the Galaxy… as excited as I was for all those films coming into 2014, the thing I’m still most looking forward to is the Star Wars Episode VII teaser trailer. The problem is, with the film hitting in December 2015, the odds of that trailer coming out this year seem really slim. Some new buzz is circling the Internet, however, that not only says that director J.J. Abrams has already cut a trailer, but that John Williams is writing music for it, and it’ll be out at some point before the end of the year. Is that possible? Below, we’ll present the rumor and break it down. Read More »

Benedict Cumberbatch in Talks for ‘Doctor Strange’

Benedict Cumberbatch in Sherlock

After cycling through seemingly every notable actor in town, Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange may have finally zeroed in on a lead. Benedict Cumberbatch is reportedly in talks to play the Sorcerer Supreme in the superhero pic, which is expected out in 2016. Scott Derrickson is directing.

Hit the jump for more on the possible Benedict Cumberbatch Doctor Strange casting.

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John Wick review

Ninety percent of action movies are derivative. Carbon copies of better movies that came before them. They can be enjoyable, but are often forgettable. Then there’s the other ten percent. Those movies are something special. They originate and innovate, and rise about the rest by being different and surprising. However, by definition, even the best of the best employ many of the same beats. Punching, kicking, shooting, and explosions are the building blocks of an action movie. The ninety percent use them in ways we’ve seen before. The rest mix them up in ways we don’t expect. John Wick is among the ten percent.

In the first film by accomplished stunt coordinators Chad Stahelski and David Leitch, Keanu Reeves stars as an unstoppable assassin hell-bent on revenge after thugs steal his car and kill his dog. We’ve seen the assassin revenge story a hundred times, but John Wick feels different because it’s set in a unique, dirty, and lived-in world. Everyone has a reputation. Connections. They know each other. This is a place with a rich history simmering below the surface action of guns, choke holds and car crashes. What makes John Wick a standout action film is that it makes us curious. Read More »

birdman81

I saw Birdman Wednesday night at an advanced screening in downtown Seattle. I don’t think my audience knew what to make of it. It definitely suffers from many of the issues that Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu’s films typically fall prey to: overwrought dialogue; characters who serve as symbols or ideas nothing more; and a bit too much fixation on misery and regret.

Still, I loved Birdman and can’t stop thinking about it. Hit the jump for my video review, and share your thoughts on the film in the comments below.
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age of ultron trailer

There’s Marvel with the best official response I can remember for a big leak. This afternoon, the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer leaked, only hours after being announced for an official debut next week.

So Marvel did the only thing it could do, and dropped the official release. Below, you can see the Age of Ultron trailer in official quality, which is much better than that (admittedly good) bootleg.

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