The old-fashioned concept of movie stardom, depending on how you look at it, has been on life support for a long time or just flat-out dead. The premise is simple: actors open a movie, not intellectual property. But even if you had a slightly more positive outlook on the state of movie stardom, the recent film Dolittle should have served as the final nail in the coffin of any hopes you had for a 21st-century movie star. That film’s stumbles at the box office are only further evidence that we no longer have movie stars, just franchises.
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(Welcome to The Unpopular Opinion, a series where a writer goes to the defense of a much-maligned film or sets their sights on a movie seemingly beloved by all. In this edition: why Avengers: Age of Ultron is actually superior to the other Avengers films.)
What do we want from the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Do we merely want a collection of cool moments; the realization of decades upon decades of comic book splash pages brought to digital life on a big screen with booming surround sound? Do we want the joy of recognition; the giddiness that comes when a familiar easter egg appears and we knowingly elbow whomever we’re seeing the movie with, as if to say, “I recognize that; do you?” Or do we want something challenging? Something that takes the raw materials that make up the MCU and builds them up into something entirely unexpected?
Better yet – what if we could have all of those things, together? As it turns out, we did. It was called Avengers: Age of Ultron. And people weren’t happy about it.
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Oh boy, we were doing so well avoiding Avengers: Infinity War spoilers, and then here comes this new Infinity War TV spot. While the spot below is still somewhat vague, there’s also more potential for spoilers here than in any previous TV spot. In other words, if you want to remain as spoiler-free as possible, do not watch the Infinity War TV spot below.
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This past week was made even sweeter by the Captain America: Civil War trailer. Marvel debuted our first-look at the film on Thanksgiving eve, on Jimmy Kimmel Live. The trailer for Joe and Anthony Russo‘s sequel promised a fun blend of action and emotion.
After the jump, the Russo brothers give their Captain America: Civil War trailer breakdown.
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Sideshow Collectibles sent me a sample of Hot Toys Iron Man Mark 33 Silver Centurion Sixth Scale Figure. Lets unbox this figure and take a look at whats inside the box. After the jump you will find photos of the Hot Toys Iron Man Mark 33 Silver Centurion Sixth Scale Figure, alongside my thoughts on the product.
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Tim Burton has two movies coming out in 2012, Dark Shadows and Frankenweenie, but what he does after that is very much up in the air. The Batman, Edward Scissorhands and Alice in Wonderland director is attached to several different projects but, as of this moment, his interest is mostly on something new: a live-action version of the classic Carlo Collodi book and Disney film Pinocchio. And he’d like Robert Downey Jr. to play the woodcarver who makes a real life boy. Read more after the jump. Read More »
The holidays is a huge time not only for major new releases, but for major movie marketing. In the past few days alone we’ve seen trailers for The Hunger Games, Brave and rumor has it we’ll see new stuff from The Dark Knight Rises and The Hobbit before the year is out. On the print side, Marvel has revealed two very cool banners for their May 4 release, The Avengers. The first features the A-Team of Chris Evans as Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner, Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man and Chris Hemsworth as Thor. The second features Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye and Scarlett Johannson as Black Widow. Check out the full images after the jump. Read More »
Joss Whedon and his crew spent plenty of time destroying the streets of Cleveland as the burg doubled for New York City, but sometimes there’s nothing like the real thing. Almost the full cast of The Avengers (Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Stellan Skarsgard and Mark Ruffalo) was filming at the Bethesda Fountain in Central Park in Manhattan Friday and some really great photos have come online.
These don’t spoil anything in particular but if you have been avoiding everything Avengers-related, you probably want to stay away. Potential spoilers (very small ones) follow. Read More »