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In her onscreen appearances this year, Elizabeth Olsen is sleeping with all the wrong people. Look no further than Oldboy for concrete proof, but if you want more, there’s the period drama In Secret, based on Émile Zola’s novel Thérèse Raquin.

Olsen plays Thérèse, trapped in an arranged marriage to her dunderheaded and frail cousin (Tom Felton), and who finds herself burning a candle — maybe a bonfire, really — for the dashing and worldy artist friend (Oscar Isaac) who enters her family orbit. The appeal here is, in part, based on the cast; Olsen is reliably great in most roles (she’s even good in Oldboy, though he work is not rewarded), and Oscar Isaac seems perfectly cast in the role of the potential paramour.

And there’s the tone, commanded by director Charlie Stratton (episodes of Everwood and Revenge), which builds mysteries and plot twists on a foundation of Victorian repression, with Olsen’s luminous face guiding us through the shadows. Check out a trailer below.

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Marvel Studios finally confirmed what we’ve known for some time. Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen are joining Joss Whedon‘s Avengers: Age of Ultron, opening May 1, 2015. They’ll play the brother sister duo of Quicksilver and Scarlett Witch, who might have a bit of a problem with how The Avengers are doing things. Read the full press release below.

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Who does Terrence Howard blame for his departure from the Iron Man franchise? What could Batman be doing as an older gentleman in Batman vs. Superman? Where is Fantastic Four going to be filming in the South? Is there a rumor why Paul Rudd isn’t signed as Ant-Man yet? What did Anthony Hopkins have to say about Odin’s fate in Thor: The Dark World? Did Jaime Alexander act awkward when asked about playing Wonder Woman? Is Elizabeth Olsen happy she can finally talk about Avengers: Age of Ultron? Read about all this and more in today’s superhero bits. Read More »

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Casting for a couple of the biggest movies of 2015 is a slow and secretive process; it’ll probably be a while longer before we have hard and fast confirmations of the casts for films like Star Wars Episode VII and Batman vs. Superman. But Avengers: Age of Ultron is a different story. Joss Whedon’s film is set for May 1, 2015, and will shoot starting early next year, reportedly around March.

We already know some of the returning cast, and we know that James Spader will play the title villain and Aaron Taylor-Johnson will play the mutant hero Quicksilver. (Except that the film can’t call him a mutant, because that right is reserved for Fox and the X-Men franchise, in which the same character will appear played by a different actor, Evan Peters, in X-Men: Days of Future Past.)

We’ve known that Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene, Godzilla) was likely going to play Quicksilver’s sister, known in heroic circles as the Scarlet Witch. Now the actress has spoken just a bit about the role — not enough to give anything away about the film, but enough to let us know for certain that she’s in it. Read More »

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We know a good bit about Oldboy, from Spike Lee. It’s a remake, after all, so the story is pretty well set in the minds of many potential audience members.

The film stars Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Sharlo Copley, and Samuel L. Jackson, and presents a story of deep-seated offenses and elaborate revenge. We’ve seen some footage that shows how Lee and crew have worked with and around the original film from Park Chan-wook. And now there’s a clip that keeps things pretty simple, as it presents a conversation between the characters played by Brolin and Olsen. It’s tense, heated stuff, and actually might be one of the better looks at the movie so far. Read More »

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Two big superhero assumptions were confirmed by actors today. First up, Nick Fury himself, Samuel L. Jackson, confirmed Elizabeth Olsen is joining him in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Second, Paul Giamatti, who makes a brief appearance as the Rhino in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, said he’s expected to come back for The Amazing Spider-Man 3 (which just got a trio of writers) but probably not The Amazing Spider-Man 4.

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Josh Brolin says he spent three days in solitary confinement to prep for Oldboy. That’s pretty serious stuff. He doesn’t make the mistake of thinking that it really gave him the mindset of Joe Doucette, the character he plays who is imprisoned for 20 years for reasons unknown. But it does represent a level of commitment to the film.

This Oldboy featurette gives that background info, and also features quite a bit of new footage and other interviews. Brolin calls the movie “the most difficult thing I’ve ever done,” as he, director Spike Lee and co-stars Elizabeth Olsen, Samuel L. Jackson, Sharlto Copley and Michael Imperioli talk about the film. If nothing else, the plentiful new footage will be enough to warrant a look from those curious about this remake. Read More »

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