How long is Robert Downey, Jr. willing to play Iron Man? He’s going to be in the armor for at least four films, once the three Iron Man movies and The Avengers are tallied, and perhaps Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige can come to a deal for Downey to appear, in some measure, in The Avengers 2. Downey was a key part of kickstarting Marvel’s current film run. He helped legitimize the company’s approach starting with Iron Man, but he isn’t contracted to be Tony Stark forever, and at some point he’s going to want to move on.

So what does Marvel do at that point? Asked about the future of Iron Man, Feige said that the company will probably treat the character in the same way MGM and EON Productions used to deal with James Bond: they’ll get a new actor and move on. Read More »

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Forget about Tyler Perry and that $130 million he raked in last year. Even the man behind Madea would have to toil for almost five centuries at that rate to equal the $62 billion personal fortune amassed by Smaug. The Middle-earth dragon dominates Forbes‘ list of the 15 wealthiest charcters, followed by the likes of Carlisle Cullen, Lisbeth Salander, Tywin Lannister, and Robert Crawley.

As you might guess, the accounting doesn’t seem entirely scientific. It seems suspiciously convenient, for example, that most of the men, women, and creatures in the Top 15 come from pop culture franchises that are especially hot right now. But if you’ve ever wondered whether Tony Stark or Bruce Wayne would dominate in a pissing contest for the 1%, hit the jump for the rankings.

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Sure, you could probably enjoy Joss Whedon‘s The Avengers without knowing the first thing about Thor’s mythological hammer or Captain America’s doomed ’40s romance. But even casual comic book movie fans know the payoff will be all the sweeter if you’ve been with the Marvel Studios mega-saga since Nick Fury first approached Tony Stark in 2008’s Iron Man.

In an effort to help you relive the journey — or fill the gaps in your superhero education if you missed the films the first time — 25 Cinemark locations across the country will be hosting an all-day Avengers movie marathon starting on Thursday, May 3 and wrapping up with a midnight showing of The Avengers. Hit the jump for more details.

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Does your summer vacation start early, or do you want to burn a personal day just as summer gets rolling? Then pencil Thursday, May 3 on your calendar, which is when AMC Theaters will run the Ultimate Marvel Marathon. For forty bucks (that’s $40) you’ll get to see Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, and Captain America (the latter two in 3D) followed by a midnight screening of The Avengers, also in 3D. Read More »

It’s always nice to spend a weekend with old friends. It’s even better when those friends are Dick Tracy, Captain Kirk, Clark Kent, Mr. Incredible and Tony Stark. The Los Angeles Times hosted their second annual Hero Complex Film Festival in Hollywood this weekend, screening classic superhero and genre films with their filmmakers in attendance. Beginning on Thursday with Dick Tracy and Warren Beatty and ending Sunday with Iron Man and Iron Man 2 with Jon Favreau and Robert Downey Jr., it was a whirlwind four days of great movies, interviews and surprises. We’ve already pulled out two of the biggest bits of news (Dick Tracy 2, Iron Man 3) but, after the jump, you can read a rundown of the festival as a whole include tidbits on Star Trek 2, Cars 2 and more. Read More »

Dick Tracy, Iron Man, Captain Kirk, Superman and the Incredibles will all be represented at the upcoming Hero Complex Film Festival. Presented by the Los Angeles Times Hero Complex, it’ll not only feature screenings but in depth Q&A’s with several important and influential filmmakers.

The event runs from June 9-12 at the Chinese 6 Theater in Hollywood CA and kicks off with a screening of Dick Tracy followed by Q&A with Warren Beatty. Day two starts with Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn featuring writer/director Nicholas Meyer in person, followed by the 2009 Star Trek with special guests, and Star Trek 2 screenwriters, Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof. Day three features Richard Donner discussing Superman and Superman II, with a special appearance by Geoff Johns and on the last day animator Dave Mullins presents The Incredibles and then Jon Favreau will be on hand to screen and discuss Iron Man and Iron Man 2.

After the break, find out how you can get tickets and more. Read More »

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Luke Cage isn’t one of Marvel’s higher-end properties, but in keeping with their strategy to build smaller budget action pics (about $20-$40 million) around their third tier characters, they’ve been slowly making progress on bringing the urban hero to the big screen. At one point John Singleton was attached to direct, and Tyrese Gibson (Fast Five, Transformers) was in talks to take on the role. That started around 6-7 years ago though, so that time may have passed.

The time hasn’t passed for Marvel, however. Just last year, the studio was said to be in preliminary talks for the film with “a notable Hollywood star”. It’s doubtful that was in reference to Old Spice spokesman Isaiah Mustafa — an actor who has frequently voiced his desire to play the character — but given how supportive the online comic book geek community has been toward his proposed casting, it’s worth noting that he has in fact met with Marvel about playing Luke Cage. Learn more about this, and where Captain America fits into The Avengers, after the break. Read More »

Watch A Brief History of Movie Title Designs

As part of the screening put together in relation to the SXSW Title Design Competition, Ian Albinson from the website The Art of the Title Sequence put together a nice two and a half minute compendium of excellent film titles. (That features an occasional piece of television, too.) For any long-time film lover, this little video will probably elicit quite a few responses simply on the strength of the title cards on display. I queued several films to re-watch after exposure to just a few seconds of their titles.

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‘The Avengers’ Fan-Made Trailer


Now that footage from Captain America: The First Avenger has been released, fans have begun to assemble (pun intended) their own movie trailer cuts for Marvel’s upcoming superhero team-up film The Avengers. New York City-based Yoko Higuchi has created the first fan-made trailer, a cut which incorporates footage from both Iron Man movies, The Incredible Hulk, the Thor and Captain America trailers/tv spots. Hit the jump to watch it now.

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