James Spader Blacklist

The first piece of official casting for 2015′s Marvel movie, Avengers: Age of Ultron, was for the title character. Writer/director Joss Whedon turned to James Spader to play the all-powerful, hyper-intelligent robot, and the choice made a ton of sense. All through Spader’s career, in films like Pretty In Pink and Less Than Zero, his indie work in Sex, Lies and Videotape and Crash, and his popular TV work on Boston Legal, The Practice and The Office, he’s excelled at playing an icy, morally ambiguous character. Sometimes he’s a good guy, sometimes he’s a bad guy, but it’s rarely that simple.

So while the casting made sense, maybe you want to hear Whedon’s own comments on his reasons for casting Spader. A new Marvel video lets the director voice his thought process. Read More »

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Ellen Page as Kitty Pryde

Seven years after X-Men: The Last Stand, Ellen Page has stepped back into her black leather suit to reprise the role of Kitty Pryde for X-Men: Days of Future Past. And she says she’d be happy to do it again, should Joss Whedon call.

The Avengers director has occasionally floated the idea of a Kitty spinoff movie starring Page, with no results to show for it so far. But should he ever get it off the ground, Page says she’d be “so thrilled” to get involved. Hit the jump to read her comments.

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Joss Whedon has chosen someone few people likely expected to play the main villain in Avengers: Age of Ultron. James Spader, who became a sensation thanks to Steven Soderbergh’s debut feature Sex, Lies, and Videotape, and who has played roles in a diverse slate of projects in film (Secretary, Lincoln) and television (Boston Legal, The Practice), will play the character. Official info is below. Read More »

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Watching the films of some of our most revered filmmakers, it’s often difficult to point out exactly why their work is so much better than others. It’s when they discuss their work, how they did it and views on other films that we truly see where their genius comes from.

Joss Whedon did a long interview with Entertainment Weekly this week and lots of the opinions expressed there have been highlighted. The possibility of killing characters in Avengers: Age of Ultron and his problem with The Empire Strikes Back are two examples. Now a new quote has been called out where the director of The Avengers points at one specific scene in Steven Spielberg‘s 1984 film Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom as a perfect example of what’s wrong with not only cinema today, but culture in general. Read More »

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What did Matt Damon have to say about buddy Ben Affleck being cast as Batman? Should Affleck consult Batman superfan Kevin Smith about the role? Will Ant-Man feel like an Edgar Wright movie? How has Joss Whedon grown from The Avengers to Avengers: Age of Ultron? In what way is Iron Man becoming more of a reality? Can the director of The Raid ever make a comic book movie? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

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What did Henry Cavill say about his new Batman vs. Superman co-star Ben Affleck? Is Stan Lee going to cameo in X-Men Days of Future Past? Want to see Michael Rooker on the set of Guardians of the Galaxy? Does Miles Teller want to be in Fantastic Four?

Do Adam West and Val Kilmer think Ben Affleck can hold their cowls? Does Joss Whedon plan on killing anyone in Avengers: Age of Ultron? Has Lobo gotten a redesign? Does Eric Bana have fond memories of Hulk? And want to watch and read a ton of additions reactions and news to the Ben Affleck casting? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

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Before you assume that everyone’s favorite Star Wars movie is The Empire Strikes Back, talk to Joss Whedon. The writer/director has long been on the record as saying that, while he likes and respects Empire, he thinks A New Hope is the superior film. “I still believe that even though The Empire Strikes Back is better in innumerable ways than Star Wars, Star Wars wins because you can’t end a movie with Han frozen in Carbonite,” Whedon said in the past. “That’s not a movie, it’s an episode.”

In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, the Avengers: Age of Ultron director explained a bit more of his disappointment in what most people agree is the best Star Wars movie. Read More »

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Joss Whedon‘s highly anticipated 2015 sequel, Avengers: Age of Ultron, will surely have lots of new characters in addition to the returning superheroes Marvel has already cast. Two specific roles we know of are brother and sister superheroes Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. They will reportedly be at odds with the Avengers before teaming up to help defeat Ultron.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick-Ass 2) has been vocal about being interested, and in talks for the role of Quicksilver. Joss Whedon himself has said Saoirse Ronan was his model for Scarlet Witch. The latest news on the film, however, is that Ronan apparently passed on the project. So Whedon is out to another, possibly even better choice. Elizabeth Olsen is now rumored to be up for the role.

Update: THR confirms that Olsen is in talks for the role, and that the dealmaking process is pretty far along.

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