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.

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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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Big Hero 6 easter eggs

While lots of the early November movie buzz has been about Interstellar, definitely start looking forward to Big Hero 6. It’s an action-packed delight. A wonderful blend of superhero origin story and buddy movie with a big giant heart.

In the film, Hiro and his brother’s robot Baymax, form a superhero team to try and stop a rising super-villain. And while most of the marketing and hype has been about the admittedly awesome Baymax, the other four characters are really fantastic too. In particular, TJ Miller as Fred, a stoner comic book geek with a Bruce Wayne-sized secret, is one film fans are sure to latch onto.

During one scene in particular, the whole team visits Fred’s room and it’s geek nirvana. Shelves and shelves of toys, books, collectibles and more. And when I asked directors Don Hall and Chris Williams about it, they confirmed this is one scene fans are really going to want to keep an eye on because it’s filled with Disney and Marvel references.

Below, read our conversation about Fred’s Easter Egg filled room and why you need to stay through the credits starting on November 7. Read More »

Big Hero 6 Behind the Scenes

Earlier this summer, a group of journalists was invited to Disney Animation Studios in Burbank, CA to learn about the impressive process that went into their latest film Big Hero 6Big Hero 6 is based on, but not linked to, a Marvel comic book of the same name. That makes it the first Disney animated Marvel movie and while the comic and film share very little in common two things they do share are the focus on action and emotion.

We posted a nice long piece about all of the cool tidbits we learned about the film but, we also got a chance to sit down with some of the lead creators of the film. You’ve already seen our interview with the story guys and now, we’ve got an interview directors Don Hall and Chris Williams. Hall (Winnie the Pooh) was specifically tasked by John Lasseter to make a movie based on Marvel and Williams (Bolt) was brought on later to help with the load.  

In our interview we talk about pitching a story to John Lasseter, working on the film’s music, creating some of the superhero personas, the genesis of the project and more. Below, read our interview with the men responsible for Big Hero 6. Read More »

Big Hero 6 Behind the Scenes

Earlier this summer, a group of journalists was invited to Disney Animation Studios in Burbank, CA to learn about the impressive process that went into Disney’s latest film Big Hero 6Big Hero 6 is based on, but not linked to, a Marvel comic book of the same name. That makes it the first Disney animated Marvel movie and while the comic and film share very little in common two things they do share are the focus on action and emotion.

We posted a nice long piece about all of the cool tidbits we learned about the film but, we also got a chance to sit down with some of the lead creators of the film. Below, we’ve go an interview with Paul Briggs, the head of story on the film, and Robert L. Baird, who wrote the screenplay. We discussed the complicated development of an animated film with so many moving parts, what it’s like working as a writer at Disney Animation Studios, the schedule and how far the work ahead, writing superhero action that meshes with Disney’s sensibilities and why they think Disney hasn’t done many sequels.

Below, read our interview with the men behind the story and words in Big Hero 6. Read More »

The Interview movie interview

On the set of The Interview, talking to James Franco, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg really isn’t much of an interview. It’s more like three really good friends joking around with journalists trying to direct the conversation. The trio are incredibly familiar with each other. They’ve worked together on Pineapple Express, This Is the End, and now the December 25th release The Interview. In this most recent film, Franco and Rogen star as an entertainment journalist and producer respectively who head to North Korea to interview an evil dictator. However, the CIA has asked them to kill the leader while they’re over there.

Much like their last collaboration, This is the End, Rogen is serving quadruple duty here star and co-director, producer and writer along with his long time partner Goldberg. We’ve already written about all the shenanigans that went on on set back in December 2013 and now, you can read the full transcript of our “interview” with the trio. Read More »

Wizard Wars Kyle Marlett

Its not a secret that I often fiddle around with magic tricks, its been one of my hobbies since I was a kid. It seems to me that Magic is coming into a new renaissance, with big screen movies like Now You See Me (which they are set to make a sequel) and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (which they won’t be making a sequel), and this year alone has filled my DVR with magic television series, including the magic prank television series The Carbonaro Effect on truTV and Don’t Trust Andrew Mayne on A&E, CW is doing a US airing of the amazing British television series Penn & Teller‘s Fool Us (which will very likely spawn a new season with new episodes), the reboot of Masters of Illusion television specials from my childhood, Dan White‘s White Magic on Travel Network, and Comedy Central recently ordered Sleight of Mouth, a weekly comedy/variety/magic show starring comic/magician and TV host Justin Willman.

But one of the shows I’m most looking forward to is Wizard Wars which will begin airing on SyFy on August 19th at 10pm. The competition reality series pits teams of magicians against each other to invent and create new tricks with a set of constraints (props, rules…etc). I was able to chat with Las Vegas magician and /Film reader Kyle Marlett who appears on the premiere episode. Marlett is a member of the new generation of magicians, he owns up to the nerd/geek label, and has appeared on the Tonight Show and performs magic daily on the Las Vegas Strip. Find out more about Wizard Wars Kyle Marlett in our exclusive interview after the jump.

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Star Wars Rebels

When Star Wars Rebels was first announced, I immediately had a ton of questions. How did the Jedi help start the Rebel Alliance? Does that make Luke Skywalker less significant? Who was this mysterious bad guy hunting down Jedi? Why do we need him if we have Darth Vader? How closely would the series link to the original trilogy? If anyone had the answers to those questions, it was going to be Dave Filoni.

Filoni is an executive producer on the show, which will debut on Disney XD in October, but was also the showrunner of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. As I said in a recent article, he’s the person primarily responsible for keeping the Star Wars franchise relevant for the past decade. So it was truly exciting to get a chance to sit down with him, one on one, at Comic-Con after seeing the series’ first two episodes. I got to ask him everything above and then some. And I don’t mean to brag, but I have yet to read anywhere else some of Filoni’s justifications for who the characters in Star Wars Rebels are, their significances, and more.

Below, read our full Star Wars Rebels interview with executive producer Dave Filoni. Read More »

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