If three is a trend, stage magic seems to be Hollywood’s next big obsession. McG recently signed on to direct Magic Castle, based on Hollywood’s secretive club for magicians, but he’s not even at the front of this wave. Next year sees the releases of The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and Now You See Me, both of which also center around illusionists.

But hey, if they all look this fun I’m not about to complain. Directed by Louis Leterrier, Now You See Me stars Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, and Woody Harrelson as a quartet of acclaimed magicians who team for a special series of shows. Their jaw-dropping finale catches the attention of an FBI agent (Mark Ruffalo) and an Interpol agent (Melanie Laurent) when it turns out to involve literally stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman round out the impressive cast. Watch the first trailer after the jump.
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Is America ready to see lovable everyman Steve Carell as a mentally ill killer? Columbia hopes so. The studio has just stepped up to co-finance (with Annapurna Pictures) and distribute Foxcatcher. It’s a fact-based drama from Bennett Miller (Moneyball) that sees Carell playing murderous millionaire John du Pont and Mark Ruffalo his friend and victim David Schutz. And it’s got enough faith in the movie to throw it into next fall’s crop of prestige pictures. More details after the jump.

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After two semi-successful attempts at bringing Bruce Banner’s The Hulk to the big screen, most everyone agreed Joss Whedon finally got it right in The Avengers. However, the argument was maybe it worked this time because Hulk was a supporting character instead of the star. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige didn’t agree with that and threw around the idea of possibly making another standalone Hulk movie in the future, this one starring Mark Ruffalo who is under a multi-picture contract with Marvel.

The questions are when would that happen and what story would it tell? In a new interview with MTV, Feige said he’s still interested in doing a Hulk movie but that it would likely be after The Avengers 2, making it part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase Three. He also said popular comic book storylines such as Planet Hulk and World War Hulk were definitely possibilites. After the jump, read his exact quotes and how these stories could lead into The Avengers 3. Read More »

The Avengers hits DVD and Blu-ray next month, packed with deleted scenes, videos and images that lift the hood on the third biggest film of all time. One of the first deleted scenes has now come online and it’s 56 more seconds of Mark Ruffalo‘s Bruce Banner. That’s the good news. The bad news? You can easily see why it was deleted. Either way, it’s more of Joss Whedon‘s superhero sensation and that’s always appreciated. Check out the clip below. Read More »

Look at those Hulk Hands! The Hulk was one of the standout aspects of The Avengers, and in part that was due to the performance from Mark Ruffalo, who played both Bruce Banner and his mocapped, angry green alter-ego. Part of that mo-cap process featured Ruffalo and stunt doubles wearing quite a good suit on set.

As you can see from the image above and the video that follows after the break, part of that suit was a molded replica of Hulk’s chest and head, and then oversized fist replicas — all the better to give other actors something of appropriate size to interact with. Hopefully this is just a taste of the sort of stuff we can expect from the special features on the Blu-ray release that hits later this year. Read More »

‘The Avengers’ – What Did You Think?

The event Marvel Studios has been working towards for many years is here: the studio has released The Avengers, in which the various stars of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, and The Incredible Hulk unite in the sort of super-team movie that once would have existed only as a fan pipe dream. Well, most of the various stars of those films, as Mark Ruffalo steps in as Bruce Banner and the Hulk, but otherwise we’ve got the roster that Marvel has been building over the past few summers: Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hiddleston, Clark Gregg, and relative newcomers Jeremy Renner and Cobie Smulders.

Joss Whedon got the job rewriting and directing the film and, I think, managed a neat balance of character and action. Every member of the team gets their due, and the conflict that brews between the rougly-formed team of Avengers and Asgardian trickster Loki culminates in a giant battle sequence that occupies most of the film’s final act. But Whedon & Co. keep the action lively and the staging uncluttered enough that we can see what these heroes are doing as they repel an alien force.

So now that you’ve had a chance to see The Avengers, what did you think? Chime in through the comment section below where, as always for these pieces, spoilers are totally acceptable. Read More »

This is a weekend we’ve been thinking about for quite some time. The Avengers have finally assembled.

I’ve seen the movie and I can assure you that, yes, it is tremendous fun. One of the key reasons for this is the casting – it’s just terrific. Everyone plays off one another so nicely and there is no weak link.

To celebrate Earth’s Mightiest Heroes (and those they share the stage with) this week’s TBMYPHS is dedicated to the members of this amazing team up, and the work they did before getting their action figure on. Read More »

With The Avengers opening in the US in a couple of days and doing really well in other countries over the past week, the cast and creators of the film are out in full promotional force. Given Marvel’s long-range plans for films continuing the stories of Thor, Captain America, the Hulk, and other characters, that is naturally leading to a lot of questions about possible sequels for those and other Marvel heroes.

So, after the break you’ll find:

  • Mark Ruffalo talks about his Marvel contract, and the potential for more Hulk
  • Chris Hemsworth wouldn’t mind getting a little Game of  Thrones in his Thor 2
  • New inspiration is teased for futher Captain America adventures
  • Black Widow will likely do more time as a supporting player
  • Kevin Feige talks up other potential upcoming Marvel films and characters.

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