Avengers 2 The Vision

Minor spoilers for Avengers: Age of Ultron below.

Tuesday, it was finally confirmed what we’d assumed for months. In Marvel Comics, Ultron is created by Hank Pym. In Joss Whedon‘s Avengers: Age of Ultron, however, he’ll be created by Tony Stark. His original purpose? To lead an army called the Iron Legion against the bad guys, in order to give the Avengers a rest. It does not go well. As for Vision, another character forever linked to these characters and played by Paul Bettany, his origin will be more traditional. Like in the comics, in the film Vision will be created by Ultron “to show he has the power to create life, too.” Read More »

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The cover of this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly has our first look at Ultron as he’ll appear in Avengers: Age of Ultron. In fact, there are multiple Ultrons, and the story confirms they were made by Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) Check it out below.

Update: We’ve added a set of additional shots from EW.

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Concept Art

Updated: We have added more concept art at the end of this post from July 14th 2014.

I love looking at concept art. Often the art created to inspire the movies is more incredible than the films themselves (for example, look at some of the beautiful concept art created for the Star Wars prequels). The Aaron Sims Company were hired to create some concept art for Matt ReevesDawn of the Planet of the Apes, and have put some of their work online for all to admire.

ASC worked closely with Weta on both films to design all of the main and ancillary ape characters from the ground up. In the Rise of the Planet of the Apes, they sculpted a bust for Caesar to ensure a hyper-realistic feel. In Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, ASC worked on aging the apes and creating the apes’ ceremonial look, which includes face paint and other ornamentation taken from nature.

While the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes concept art features some shots of the Apes living and hunting in the wild, I was more taken by the portrait work focusing on the faces of Koba, Caesar, Cornelia, and Maurice. One big revelation is that the Apes almost wore primitive clothing. Check out the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes concept art after the jump.
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Even though the dinosaurs might eat you, Jurassic Park was always a place people wanted to visit. In Jurassic World, that’s exactly what happens. The 2015 release surmises that a fully functioning and safe dinosaur theme park has finally been opened for business…and people are bored of it. An attempt to satisfy that boredom with something new and exciting sets off the a frightening new chain of events.

A working theme park means many things. Merchandise, hotels, vacations and helpful brochures handed out at the gate to help people maneuver through the attractions. A fan has got their hands on the Jurassic World brochure. It not only gives some idea of what’s in the park, it probably hints at what’s going to go wrong there, too, come June 12, 2015. Finally, it teases a possible cameo by a late night TV host.  Read More »

Big Hero 6 voice cast

After months of hints and clues, Disney has finally revealed the full voice cast for Big Hero 6, the studio’s first animated Marvel feature. Ryan Potter will lead as robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who assembles the titular team, while Scott Adsit will voice his robot BFF Baymax. T.J. Miller, Damon Wayans Jr., Maya Rudolph, and Alan Tudyk are also among the cast.

After the jump, get the rest of the lineup, plus new images of the Big Hero 6 and character descriptions for most of them.

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First Look Lava

In the wonderful world of Pixar, romance isn’t just for human beings or even animals. It’s also for dolls, cars, robots, and umbrellas — and now it’s for gigantic landforms as well.

The latest Pixar short Lava centers around two volcanos who fall in love. And why not? Once you get a peek at Uku’s adorable mug, you might find yourself feeling some affection for this big hunk of rock, too. Get your first look at Lava after the jump.

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Ian McKellen as Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes continues to be an incredibly popular screen character. Even with two television versions in play now, in Sherlock and Elementary, there’s room for another Holmes. And this new Holmes is, in fact, rather old. Sir Ian McKellen stars as the detective in Mr. Holmes, directed by Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters, The Fifth Estate) based on the novel A Slight Trick of the Mind by Mitch Cullin. See the first look at McKellen’s Holmes, as provided by the actor himself. Read More »

Michael Rooker Guardians Yondu

James Gunn‘s Guardians of the Galaxy is less than a month away and, up until now, we’ve seen official glimpses of every major character save for two: Thanos and Yondu. While it’s unlikely we’ll see the supervillain himself until we sit down in the theater, the latter has finally been revealed.

Played by popular character actor Michael Rooker, himself a mainstay of Gunn’s work, Yondu acts as sort of a father figure to Chris Pratt‘s Star-Lord. That much was revealed in the recent IMAX 3D presentation. But, below, see two photos of the character and read more about how he fits in with the team. Read More »

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