sam mendes interviews

Director Sam Mendes is guest-editing next month’s issue of Empire and he really delivered the goods. He could have easily just coasted on this gig and used his temporary position to just remind people that Spectre is coming out on November 6th, but instead, he rounded up a bunch of Hollywood’s biggest and most respected directors and asked them simple questions about their filmmaking process. The answers are fascinating.

To check out some highlights from the Sam Mendes interviews, hit the jump.

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Joss Whedon directing The Avengers

With $1.5 billion in worldwide gross, 2012’s The Avengers was one of the biggest films of all time. But it wasn’t nearly as lucrative for Joss Whedon as it was for Marvel Studios. According to Whedon, he made less money for writing and directing the mega-budget smash hit than he did for making Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, a web-only miniseries shot on a shoestring budget.

Nevertheless, Whedon came back to direct this summer’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. So now that that’s over, could he also return for another Dr. Horrible? Read the Joss Whedon Avengers salary comments and Dr. Horrible sequel update after the jump.  Read More »


Avengers: Age of Ultron had a lot of moving pieces. The 141-minute long superhero movie has been criticized by some as being overstuffed, but once there was a much longer cut — which might’ve given the film more breathing room. Writer-director Joss Whedon had to lose a lot of material in the editing room, including a Marvel fan favorite. Learn why Loki was cut from Avengers 2 after the jump.

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San Diego Comic Con

As we prepare to travel to San Diego for another year at Comic Con, I wanted to take a look back at the best moments in Comic Con history. What are the coolest and most eventful things to happen over the last decade while sitting in Hall H? What makes a great Comic Con moment? Lets take a look back at the best comic-con moments of all time.

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Jurassic World clip

Update from Editor Peter Sciretta: In April, Universal released the first clip from Jurassic World which had most fans scratching their heads. It seemed like an odd choice. The Avengers director Joss Whedon even commented on the clip calling it ” 70’s era sexist”. Now Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow finally responds to the criticism. Find out what he said, after the jump.

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Star Wars Bits

Rumors are swirling for who might direct Star Wars: Episode IX. Demands are building for who should replace Josh Trank as director of the second Star Wars Anthology film. And there are some new details about Star Wars Weekends, the new Star Wars Battlefront and more in this edition of Star Wars Bits.

  • Rumors are swirling about Joss Whedon directing Episode IX,
  • Fans are asking for Joe Johnston to direct the second Star Wars Anthology movie,
  • There’s an interview with the Star Wars Rebels line producer and production manager,
  • Star Wars Weekends adding Rebel Hangar: A Star Wars Lounge Experience,
  • Details on Greg Grunberg‘s role in The Force Awakens,
  • When is Secret Cinema‘s screening of Empire Strikes Back?
  • Where is Poe Dameron from?
  • An interview with Star Wars LEGO master builder Erik Varszegi,
  • Star Wars Battlefront tease of planet Sullust and playable AT-ST,
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens reference books coming in December,
  • And see a preview of the Darth Vader #5 comic.

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Quicksilver MCU future

Avengers: Age of Ultron brought several new characters into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But as of now, it isn’t entirely clear where all of those characters are headed next. In a pair of new interviews, actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson and director Joss Whedon discuss possible future plans for one of those newbies, speed demon Quicksilver.

Read their comments on potential Quicksilver MCU future plans after the jump. But do be warned that spoilers follow for Avengers: Age of UltronRead More »

Shortly after Avengers: Age of Ultron hit theaters, director Joss Whedon quit Twitter. He didn’t give an official explanation at the time, which only opened the door to speculation. One especially popular theory was that Whedon was driven off by angry feminists, who’d taken issue with his portrayal of Black Widow.

But Whedon has finally spoken up to set the record straight, declaring that explanation to be “horseshit.” Instead, he offers a much less exciting justification for his decision. Read the Joss Whedon Twitter exit comments after the jump.  Read More »

Avengers Age of Ultron Thor Hemsworth

One of the weirder digressions in Avengers: Age of Ultron has Thor seeking answers to questions that crop up in a nightmare sequence. It feels tacked on, almost as if it were part of a much longer storyline that was whittled down into near-incoherence. As it turns out, that’s exactly what it is.

Director Joss Whedon reveals what we’re missing in the final cut of the movie, and with that added context, it makes much more sense. So why didn’t they excise it completely? Whedon explains that, too. Read about the Avengers Age of Ultron Thor subplot after the jump, with spoilers for Age of Ultron as part of the story.  Read More »