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The blockbuster as we used to know it died in 2008 when the credits rolled on the first screening of Jon Favreau’s Iron Man. When Samuel L. Jackson popped up as Nick Fury to recruit Tony Stark into the Avengers, the shape of mainstream, populist cinema changed. The shared cinematic universe became the thing  every single movie studio chased. Marvel Studios has created the new blockbuster template.

While Jackson was the initial spurt of glue that held the Marvel Cinematic Universe together, Stellan Skarsgard‘s Dr. Eric Selvig has been equally important. He’s the vital stitch that keeps the fantastical world of the Thor films tethered to the Earth and its mortal heroes, the guy who steps in to explain a bunch of wacky nonsense to everyone in the audience. And now, we’ve learned that we won’t see him in Thor: Ragnarok.

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Our Kind of Traitor Trailer

Although the adaptation of John le Carré‘s spy thriller Our Kind of Traitor has been in the can since 2014, the film has taken a little while to make it to the big screen. But our friends across the pond will finally get a chance to see it this spring, and the first trailer finds Ewan McGregor and Naomie Harris (Skyfall) in the wrong place at the wrong time, suddenly caught up in a struggle between a Russian mafia money launderer (Stellan Skarsgard), a ruthless MI6 agent (Damian Lewis) and the British government.

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Avengers Age of Ultron Thor deleted scene

One of the biggest victims of Avengers: Age of Ultron‘s overstuffed narrative was Thor. The god disappeared into a seemingly out-of-nowhere side quest that didn’t raise a whole lot of interest or make a whole lot of sense, raising the question of why the film bothered giving him a subplot at all.

The answer, as you may have already read, is that Thor was originally supposed to have a much meatier subplot to himself. Unfortunately, with the film threatening to go over the three-hour mark, something had to get cut, and that something was Thor. But thanks to the film’s upcoming Blu-ray release, we can finally see what we was missing in the film. Watch the Avengers Age of Ultron Thor deleted scene after the jump.  Read More »

Avengers 2 photos

Last night, Walt Disney Pictures released the second trailer for Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of UltronYou can watch that trailer here, in case you haven’t seen it already. And for those of you who really want to take in all of the visuals revealed in the new Avengers 2 trailer, we have compiled a batch of high resolution images from the film to let you take in all the goodness one shot at a time, complete with an image by image analysis by me. Hit the jump to see over 60 Avengers 2 photos now.

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Stellan Skarsgard Thor 2

We didn’t know how big it would be, but when news broke that Stellan Skarsgård was returning for Joss Whedon‘s first Avengers film, we knew it was a big deal. Skarsgård’s character, Dr. Erik Selvig,  appeared in the Thor post-credit scene and was a key piece in Loki’s plan to take over Earth. The question now is, if he comes back for Avengers: Age of Ultron, would it be for a story role that is equally as important?

We’ll find out soon, because in a new interview Skarsgård confirmed that he is indeed coming back for the May 1, 2015 sequel. Read the Stellan Skarsgard Avengers: Age of Ultron news below. Read More »

Frankie and Alice

Over three years ago, we saw the first trailer for Frankie & Alice, a fact-based drama about a ’70s stripper suffering from dissociative identity disorder. And then… nothing. Aside from a brief, barely publicized awards-qualifying run in late 2010 (which didn’t get star Halle Berry any Oscar love, but did earn her a Golden Globe nomination), the picture never received a theatrical release.

But it looks like someone has finally taken the film off the shelf and blown off the dust. Frankie & Alice is now headed for a spring opening, and there’s a brand-new trailer to prove it. Hit the jump to check it out.

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Hector and the Search for Happiness

If Ben Stiller’s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty had been a little less daydream-y and a little more British, it probably would have looked a lot like Peter Chelsom‘s Hector and the Search for Happiness. Both films center on middle-aged men who, unsatisfied by their dreary professional lives, decide to embark on whimsical adventures around the globe.

To be sure, there are a few differences. The man in this movie is played by Simon Pegg, not Ben Stiller, and he’s a psychiatrist, not a photo editor. But there are more similarities, from the sweeping shots of snowy mountains all the way down to the plaid scarves that the characters don for their travels. Watch it after the jump.

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The Railway Man

What would you do if you had the opportunity to face the individual who made your life a living hell, half a lifetime ago? That’s the question Colin Firth faces in The Railway Man, playing a World War II veteran who, decades later, is still haunted by the torment he suffered as a prisoner of war in Japan.

With the help of his loving wife (Nicole Kidman) and a fellow vet (Stellan Skarsgård), Eric manages to track down and have his say with the Japanese soldier (Hiroyuki Sanada) who tortured him. Initially, it looks like he plans to get his revenge — but as the two men face each other, Lomax finds himself reacting in more complicated ways. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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Nymphomaniac

Last week, producer Peter Aalbaek Jensen revealed that the cut of Nymphomaniac that’d make it to Danish theaters wouldn’t be the one Lars von Trier wanted to make. His director’s cut was a butt-numbing 5 1/2 hours long, prompting distributors to whittle it down to a more marketable four hours.

However, Jensen now adds that the longer version could find a release after all, if von Trier really wants it to. It’ll just have to go through alternate routes. Hit the jump to read his explanation, and to check out two more steamy posters.

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