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Upon hearing the news of the recasting of Mark Ruffalo in the role of Bruce Banner/The Hulk for Marvel’s Avengers movie, I recall thinking about how strange it is that there are going to be three different incarnations of the character within ten years of each other. Little did I know at the time that there are actually going to be four.

That’s right; The Incredible Hulk is heading back to television. Read More »

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The day after we reported on the first hint to the future of Marvel’s master movie plan, someone a bit more authoritative is talking about it too. Mark Ruffalo, who will be taking over Edward Norton’s role as The Hulk/Bruce Banner via mo-cap in The Avengers, has teased a few things that he probably heard meeting with Kevin Feige and the Marvel brass. As we all know, Iron Man 2, Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger will culminate in The Avengers, directed by Joss Whedon, on May 4, 2012. After that, another set of films will start to come out possibly finishing in 2017. What exactly did Ruffalo have to say on the subject? Hit the jump to read his quote and more. Read More »

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For a few weeks now, we’ve been hearing rumors that Marvel Studios was set to unveil Edward Norton on stage at Comic-Con later this month, revealing that the actor would return to reprise his role from The Incredible Hulk in the superhero team-up movie The Avengers. But last week Marvel confirmed that Norton would not be back for the new film due not to “monetary factors” but the “the need for an actor who embodies the creativity and collaborative spirit of our other talented cast members.” Norton’s agent Brian Swardstrom quickly responded claiming that Marvel was excited to have Norton back as Hulk for the new film, that Norton even met with writer/director Joss Whedon about the film, and after “several weeks of civil, uncontentious discussions,” Marvel decided not hire Norton for what appeared to be purely financial reasons. Two different stories, but who is telling the truth?

With Comic-Con quickly approaching, who will Marvel unveil on stage as the new Bruce Banner?

Any guesses?

How about Joaquin Phoenix?

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What had once seemed like an innovative master plan by Marvel is now proving to be more of the same Hollywood indifference. The realization that Iron Man was to be the first entry in a collective, fully consistent franchise that would eventually culminate with The Avengers—featuring all pre-established characters, presumably to be played by the same actors—was almost too good to be true. And as expected, it was. The first sign of trouble was about two years ago, when Marvel had Terrence Howard replaced by Don Cheadle on Iron Man 2. If they were willing to let an actor playing as prominent a returning character as War Machine be swapped out, who else would they be willing to let go?

Well, now we know.

Edward Norton will not be playing The Hulk in The Avengers. Oh, the character will return all right, but he will be played by “an unknown”. More about this development after the break. Read More »

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Two bits of Marvel news tonight: Director Joe Johnston, who’s helming the upcoming The First Avenger: Captain America, recently told Sci Fi Wire that they need to cast the Cap soon,  “We have a very short list, but we’re still juggling actors here. I’d say within the next couple of weeks we’ll have ourselves a Captain America, I hope.” The film is “fairly early” in preproduction, and shooting isn’t expected to start until the end of June. I wouldn’t be surprised if we start to catch wind of this short list sometime soon. I recommend any of you with an investment in this franchise to start prepping for the fanboy/fangirl fury.

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Hollywood vs. New York: Four Decades of Destruction

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Goodie Bag has created a fantastic video called “Hollywood vs. New York”, featuring four decades of celluloid New York annihilation distilled into one musical montage. Watch the destruction now after the jump.
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This Week in DVD is a column that compiles all the latest info regarding new DVD releases, sales, and exclusive deals from stores including Target, Best Buy, Circuit City, and Fry’s.

Please don’t take the commentary on the movies/TV shows too seriously, as they’re meant not to be reviews but rather previews that include the general thoughts and ramblings of a twice-committed DVD addict. In regards to movies/shows the author hasn’t seen, the DVD release is placed in its respective category based on the consensus reaction of audiences and critics.

Buy It

THE INCREDIBLE HULK
(Available as single-disc and 3-Disc Special Editions)
Any movie that’s single greatest moment comes during a scene where a massive green dude shouts “HULK SMASH!” definitely isn’t vying for any Oscar nominations (although Ang Lee may beg to differ on that one), but The Incredible Hulk provides in the way that counts most: entertainment. And while I certainly wouldn’t pit it against Iron Man in a contest for the better superhero film, since the Favreau/Downey Jr. team would win hands-down, Unleashed director Louis Leterrier and Edward Norton both hold their own admirably and help make this new Hulk an excellent second addition to the Marvel series that’s slowly building to the highly anticipated Avengers film.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: The only extra material on the single disc is a commentary (with director Louis Leterrier and Tim Roth) and deleted scenes. The 3-disc will include that, plus featurettes (‘The Making of Incredible’, ‘Becoming The Hulk’, ‘Becoming The Abomination’, ‘Anatomy of a Hulk Out’, ‘From Comic Book to Screen’), additional deleted scenes, an alternate opening, and a digital copy of the film.

BEST PRICE*
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$15.99 $14.99
Amazon – $15.99

*Does not include 3-Disc Edition, which costs $22.99 at each of the listed stores (including Amazon).

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Exclusive Deluxe ($22.99) includes breaking wall packaging and bonus disc with additional content and digital copy.
Where? Target.

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Exclusive Lithograph.
Where? Best Buy.

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Free collectible interactive CD game card.
Where? Circuit City.

THE STRANGERS
Easily one of the bigger surprises of the year, The Strangers is a horror-lovers wet dream. It’s a film that harkens back to the old school days of horror where the focus was less on plot than to scare the ever-loving crap out of you through actually building tension and suspense. (Sadly, only the “lack of plot” element of horror films seems to have been carried on to today’s more recent genre efforts.) Critics haven’t been as kind to the film, but seeing as how I had trouble sleeping for at least a week after watching the film (an experience I haven’t had with a horror film since I was probably 13), I’d say it fully succeeded at just about everything it attempted to do. The final shot of the movie is really lame though.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: Deleted scenes and a featurette (‘Elements of Terror’).

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$19.99 $17.99 $16.99
Amazon – $19.99

SOLD OUT: A THREEVENING WITH KEVIN SMITH
If you’re a Kevin Smith fan and you haven’t yet experienced his gut-bustingly hilarious stories and Q&A sessions featured in An Evening With Kevin Smith and An Evening With Kevin Smith 2: Evening Harder, be sure to do so at once as they’ll show you a side to the man that you would previously only associate with some of the world’s funniest stand-up comedians. I haven’t been able to find much feedback on the latest entry in the series, entitled A Threevening With Kevin Smith, but being that Smith is rarely ever not on his A-game when it comes to public speaking, I can’t see it not being another wonderful helping of Smith comedy goodness.
Blu-ray? No.
Notable Extras: This two-disc set comes with 4 hours of outtake footage (from the original 7 hour performance).

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$17.99 $14.99
Amazon – $17.99

CASINO ROYALE (3-DISC COLLECTOR’S EDITION)
As much as I’d like to tell you this set isn’t worth the double-dip, fans of Casino Royale (which I’d argue is the best Bond film yet) will find it hard to turn down the slick packaging and hefty offering of newly added special features, which as far as I’m concerned puts the previous 2-disc set to shame. For those who have Blu-ray, the upgrade is a no brainer, but if you’re like me and have no intention of giving up on the DVD format anytime soon, you can rationalize the double dip by saying it only cost you about 5 bucks (since the film comes with movie money to Quantum of Solace, and you can pick the DVD up for as cheap as $15).
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: All the special features from the previous 2-disc edition have made their way onto this set. New extras include two audio commentaries, deleted scenes, The Road to Casino Royale, Ian Fleming’s Incredible Creation, James Bond in the Bahamas, Ian Fleming: The Secret Road to Paradise, Death in Venice, The Art of the Freerun, Catching a Plane: From Storyboard to Screen, Storyboard Sequence: Freerun Chase, and Filmmaker Profiles.

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
N/A $19.99 $14.99 $22.99
Amazon – $24.99

Rent It

FAMILY GUY (VOL. 6)
Back in the good ol’ days, when Family Guy didn’t suck, it was easy to justify the unstructured and consistently random nature of the show because of how unbelievably hilarious it all was. Then the show was brought back from cancellation, and the humor had all but been lost. It suddenly became clear what an uncreative gimmick the cut-away gags were, because without any wit to accompany them, all you were left to think about is they’re complete irrelevance to the episode’s story (or lack thereof). Having burned through a number of episodes through seasons 5 and 6, I will admit to there being occasional moments of what made Family Guy great in its heyday (such as the particularly solid two-parter Stewie Kills Lois/Lois Kills Stewie), but it’s not nearly enough to satisfy a purchase.
Blu-ray? No.
Notable Extras: Over 50 deleted scenes, commentary from series creator Seth MacFarlane, featurettes (‘Family Guy 100th Episode Special’, ‘Family Guy Live!’, ‘Peter Shin Draws Lois’), and an “I’m Huge (and The Babes Go Wild)” Music Video.

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$26.99 $24.99
Amazon – $25.99

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Exclusive Deluxe ($29.99) with signed script and collectible poster.
Where? Target.

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Exclusive Lithograph featuring Family Guy characters.
Where? Best Buy.

Skip It

EXPELLED: NO INTELLIGENCE ALLOWED
Why would a documentary promoting intelligent design use the not-so-witty subtitle “No Intelligence Allowed”? That’s just asking to be unmercifully mocked. And mocked it was, along with the rest of Ben Stein’s documentary. With an 8% rating on Rotten Tomatoes (that’s a 61% difference from Religulous), reviews have included such scathing comments as, “[The film] is a conspiracy-theory rant masquerading as investigative inquiry” and, “[It's] an unprincipled propaganda piece that insults believers and nonbelievers alike.” [New York Times] I gotta say, I liked Ben Stein more when I knew him as simply the “Bueller… Bueller…” guy.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: A special message from Ben Stein, Using Intelligent Design for medical research, Bonus Music Tracks by Andy Hunter, and Expelled Super Trailer.

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
N/A $17.99 $19.99
Amazon – $17.99

Other noteworthy DVDs available this week…
Casino Royale (40th Anniversary Edition) (1967)The Stone AngelBirds of AmericaAccording to Jim (Season 1)A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (Remastered Deluxe Edition)Looney Tunes (Golden Collection, Vol. 6)The Incredible Hulk (Season 5)The Incredible Hulk (The Complete Series)The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (The Complete Series)Knight Rider (The Complete Series)Anaconda 3: OffspringMissing (Criterion Collection)

New James Bond DVDs available this week…
Thunderball (Two-Disc Ultimate Edition)From Russia with Love (Two-Disc Ultimate Edition)Dr. No (Two-Disc Ultimate Edition)Die Another Day (Two-Disc Ultimate Edition)Live and Let Die (Two-Disc Ultimate Edition)Octopussy (Two-Disc Ultimate Edition)The Living Daylights (Two-Disc Ultimate Edition)For Your Eyes Only (Two-Disc Ultimate Edition)

Discuss: What are you planning to rent or buy this week?

The Specials
NOTE: Some deals may be in-store only.


Exclusive: Steelbook Packaging on new James Bond Blu-Ray releases.

$6.99 – Halloween (25th Anniversary Edition), Hostel (Director’s Cut), Hostel: Part II, Dawn of the Dead (Special Edition), Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer, 28 Weeks Later, Day of the Dead, AVP: Alien vs Predator, Donnie Darko, The Evil Dead, Evil Dead II, Shaun of the Dead, The Silence of the Lambs (2-Disc Collector’s Edition), Land of the Dead, Mr. Brooks, Resident Evil: Extinction, Saw III, Vacancy, Hatchet, Hellraiser, The Hills Have Eyes 2, Hollow Man
$4.99 – 28 Days Later, The Descent, 28 Days Later, American Psycho (Collector’s Edition), Zodiac, Alien, Aliens, Bug, Saw, Saw II, Friday the 13th, Identity, The Ring, The Grudge, The Grudge 2, The Hills Have Eyes, Child’s Play, Christine, Jeepers Creepers, The Mothman Prophecies, Night Watch, Phantasm, Wrong Turn, Turistas, The Covenant, From Hell, The Howling, Candyman, Children of the Corn


$6.99 – Hostel (Director’s Cut), Hostel: Part II, 1408, The Mist, 30 Days of Night, Vacancy, Halloween (2007), Resident Evil: Extinction, P2, Phantasm, Mr. Brooks, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Jaws (30th Anniversary Edition), King Kong, The Rundown, The Bourne Identity, Jurassic Park, Unleashed, The Transporter (Collector’s Edition), Munich, The Fast and the Furious, 2 Fast 2 Furious, Behind Enemy Lines, Doom, and more…
$4.99 – The Descent, House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil’s Rejects, High Tension, Silent Hill, Feast, Night of the Living Dead, Jeepers Creepers, Cujo (25th Anniversary Edition), Carrie, Fright Night, Gremlins 2, and more…


$13.99 – Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

$3.99 – Get Shorty, When Harry Met Sally, Hoosiers, Bachelor Party, Dirty Work, Rocky III, Weekend at Bernie’s

You might remember that in June we reported that director Louis Leterrier was making the claim that Captain America had a brief cameo/easter egg in The Incredible Hulk.

“As a filmmaker and as a fan, I like to go see movies and watch them several times, … and every time I see it, discover little things in the background,” director Louis Leterrier said. “Did you know that in Iron Man, Captain America’s shield can be found somewhere? Well in Hulk you might see Captain America Himself!”

Of course, everyone went to the theater and saw the movie, but no Captain America. The director then changed his claims, saying the scene in question was actually in one of the scenes that was cut from the finished film:

“There’s a point when Bruce Banner gives up on his quest for the cure and decide to kill himself. So he travels far North and reaches the Arctic Circle. You might have seen bits of it in some of the promos. The result was a very dark and strong scene, which Marvel, me and everyone else’s considered to be too hard to young audiences to take, so we’ve cut it. Having that said, when Bruce arrives at his destination he meets up with Captain America! At some point this week, we will make it available on the internet but I cannot tell you where or when and the material will definitely be on the DVD.”

Well now the DVD is out and our friends at FilmSchoolRejects went through the deleted scenes frame by frame. The result is the screenshot of the Captain buried in the Arctic. If you look closely you can see his shield. I’ve been told its much clearer on the blu-ray disc, but no one has been able to do a HD screen capture yet.

Update: We’ve since added a few clearer photos which were posted in the comments.

I still get a lot of emails asking me how if the Captain America movie is set during World War II, how the Captain will appear in The Avengers film. This is the answer, he becomes frozen in the Arctic.

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