X-Men ApocalypseWhy does Robert Downey Jr. says Captain America: Civil War is like his little Iron Man 4? What does Henry Cavill have to say about the destruction in Man of Steel and his take on Superman? Which movies will play for Fandango’s Captain America marathon leading up to Civil War? All that and more on this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

2016 mtv movie awards nominations

It’s easy to make fun of the MTV Movie Awards. I know this because I did so in the headline of this very article. And yet, when you really break it down, they’re no more ridiculous than the Golden Globes – if the 93 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association can come together to nominate a bunch of movies for statuettes, then why not allow the people running MTV to hand out buckets of golden popcorn to people they like?

So I hold no strong opinions on the 2016 MTV Movie Awards nominations. Are these the movies that I would have nominated for awards? Nah. But these most certainly are the movies MTV executives and producers think their audience wants to see nominated. In other words, welcome to an awards ceremony dominated by Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Deadpool, and Avengers: Age of Ultron.

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Joss Whedon directing The Avengers

Considering Avengers: Age of Ultron basically broke Joss Whedon, it shouldn’t come as any big surprise that he’s tapped out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But in case there was ever any doubt, Whedon has now confirmed that yes, indeed, he is done with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As he put it, he and Marvel have made “a completely clean break.” Read the Joss Whedon Marvel Cinematic Universe comments after the jump. Read More »

What Are the Most Pirated Movies of 2015?

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Generally speaking, studios, filmmakers, and stars are happy to see their films land on awards shortlists or critics’ top 10s. But then there are the lists they’d probably rather not be on, like this one of the most pirated movies of 2015.

To be sure, most of these movies did just fine even without the pirates’ box-office dollars. This year’s #2, Furious 7, was a favorite of pirates basically from the moment it opened, and it still managed to set records. (Records which were later broken by Jurassic World and then Star Wars, but never mind that.) Still, it’s gotta be annoying to think of all the money they didn’t make because some people didn’t feel like paying. Especially since a couple of these titles could’ve used that extra boost. Find out what the most pirated movies of 2015 are after the jump.

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I’ve gone the record many times that I’m a big fan of Avengers: Age of Ultron and will do so again here: I am a big fan of Avengers: Age of Ultron. I like its weird energy and how jam-packed with stuff it is. I love the banter between these characters and I love watching their relationships put through the grinder. Marvel’s name may be above the title, but this is a Joss Whedon movie thorough and through – you come out of this shiny, colorful, pop culture extravaganza feeling a little roughed up. It’s his way.

Any yet, I’ll be the first to admit that it feels like there are pieces of the story missing and important beats excised. This is especially evident on repeat viewings, where you can really start to see unnecessary, studio-mandated scenes (like Thor’s dumb cave adventure) butting heads with the stuff that actually matters. A new deleted scene from the film has been revealed as part of that new Marvel Cinematic Universe phase 2 box set and it feels like the kind of thing that really should have been in the final cut… and not just because it’s a fight scene between Thor and Vision.

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Avengers Age of Ultron - Natasha and Bruce

Iron Man’s got his high-tech suit, Captain America’s got his super-soldier serum, Hulk’s got his gamma ray-induced rage powers, and Hawkeye’s got his Katniss Everdeen-level archery skills. But the Avengers’ true secret weapon might be bromance.

Any blockbuster can offer city-destroying CG mayhem, and these days most of them do. What makes the MCU the MCU is all the stuff that happens in between — the quips, the bickering, the friendship, the flirting. Take away the superpowers and high-tech gadgets and megalomaniacal robots, and you’re left with the foundation for a solid ensemble romcom.

Watch the Marvel Cinematic Universe romantic comedy remix after the jump.  Read More »

The 2015 Summer Movie Wager: Results and Podcast

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David, Jeff, Peter Sciretta, and Germain reconvene to discuss the results of their 2015 box office summer movie wager results. Below, you’ll find the actual box office rankings for this summer, as well as Dave, Jeff, Peter, and Germain’s original rankings. Hit the jump to download and listen to the podcast.
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Disney Home Entertainment has announced they will be releasing the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase Two Collection as an Amazon exclusive for this holiday season. Hit the jump for details on this 13-disc Blu-ray set.

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Big Hero 6 Avengers mash-up

Earlier this week, the world of Disney’s animated movies was combined with the studio’s own forthcoming blockbuster hit Star Wars: The Force Awakens in an impressive trailer mash-up. And now Disney’s recent animated comic book sensation Big Hero 6 meets their live-action cash cow The Avengers: Age of Ultron in another very well done trailer mash-up.

Watch the Big Hero 6 Avengers mash-up after the jump! Read More »

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