It’s been a big day for image debuts as we saw a whole bunch of photos from Tarsem’s still-untitled Snow White film. Not to be outdone, Marvel has released three more images from The Avengers. Two show new looks at characters with which we’re pretty familiar. One, however, gives us a look at Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother) as S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Maria Hill. Read More »


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Over the past few days at Comic Con, Marvel has been unveiling character posters featuring concept art of the full team in The Avengers. These images have provided our first looks at the new suit for Captain America and the costume worn by Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye. Now the final image has been released, showing what we can expect Mark Ruffalo‘s Hulk to look like. That, plus looks at Nick Fury and a few SHIELD agents and the full ‘Avengers assembled’ banner (above) in larger form are all after the break. Read More »

Update (from Peter Sciretta): The Hollywood Reporter has word that Smulders is in “final negotiations” to take on the role, a deal which has options for a number of future Marvel movie appearances. The Avengers is scheduled to start shooting in late April 2011.

It’s looking more and more likely that Nick Fury’s S.H.I.E.L.D. assistant in Joss Whedon‘s The Avengers is going to be played by Cobie Smulders. Smulders, who currently starts on CBS’s How I Met Your Mother, was one of several actresses who reportedly had to read along side Samuel L. Jackson for the role as Maria Hill. And while most of us thought Morena Baccarin, who previously worked with Whedon on Firefly, might have a leg up, Deadline is reporting Smulders emerged as the front runner. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Update: I’ve heard from reliable sources that Mary Elizabeth Winstead is not testing for The Avengers.

Nick Fury himself, Samuel L. Jackson, recently told Jimmy Fallon that he would be doing tests with “like five” different actresses who are up for a yet-to-be-cast role in Joss Whedon‘s The Avengers. That role is for Fury’s assistant and The Hollywood Reporter says four of the actresses who will be testing are Morena Baccarin (who has previously worked with Whedon on Firefly and Serenity and is now seen on V), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World) Jessica Lucas (Cloverfield) and Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother).

Read what little else we know about the role and do some speculating after the break. Read More »

Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under, Can’t Hardly Wait), DC Pierson (Mystery Team, Derrick Comedy), Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother), Cedric the Entertainer and Tom Arnold (True Lies) have been cast in writer-director Stephen Gyllenhaal‘s quirky Seattle-based political comedy Grassroots. They join Jason Biggs and Joel David Moore Full details after the jump.

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