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Watch: James Cameron Visits Avatar Land’s Bioluminescent Forrest

1 hour 38 min ago

Its been a while since we’ve heard anything about Avatar Land, Disney World’s upcoming theme park land based on James Cameron‘s epic Avatar franchise. Last we heard, construction had begun on Pandora in January 2014 in Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Orlando Florida. Today we get an update which gives us a preview of some of the creative process including some of the really cool looking interactive features of the bioluminescent forrest currently in the works. Watch a video of James Cameron discovering the progress being made as he visits the Avatar Land Bioluminescent Forrest behind closed doors.

They also released a new photo of the upcoming land.

When I first saw the image I couldn’t tellwhat it was: was it concept art, a photo from the construction site (way too early for that), but have come to the conclusion that its a look at one of the very detailed miniatures created by Walt Disney Imagineering of the new land.

The creative team recently convened at Walt Disney Imagineering in Glendale, California for a walkthrough of the Avatar Land progress. In the video below you will see a cool demonstration of the bioluminescent forrest features and more.

“We’re having a lot of fun dreaming up ways to bring to life the land’s iconic elements from the magnificent floating mountains to the interactive bioluminescent forest, and even to the soaring banshees,” revealed Bruce Vaughn, Chief Creative Executive at Walt Disney Imagineering. “This creative process has been one of the most dynamic and collaborative ones we’ve ever undertaken. … This project is really pushing the boundaries of what is possible. But one of the things that makes Disney Parks so special is that it takes all of our Cast—across the segment—to really bring these experiences to life. We were glad to be able to share our work with the creative teams and thought you might want to see it, too. Here’s a sneak peek of what we showed them.

James Cameron Visits the Avatar Land Bioluminescent Forrest

Walt Disney Imagineering’s creative development team, led by Joe Rohde, has been “working hand-in-hand” with James Cameron, Avatar producer Jon Landau and their team of artists and designers at Lightstorm “on every aspect of this project—from overall design to the smallest—yet crucially important—details.” We also get a new quote from James Cameron, having just seen the progress:

“I think one of the things that people loved about the movie is that they felt as if they had visited Pandora… now, thanks to Disney’s amazing Imagineers, people are going to truly experience Pandora firsthand. From the details in the plants to the production and design, extraordinary thought and care has gone into this entire world. The teams have really created something special, and it’s not going to be like anything else.”

I am loving everything I’m seeing. The interactive aspects of the bioluminescent forrest could be so cool if done right. Here are a few photo screenshots from the video:

If you look carefully, there is something intentionally blurred in the background of this shot. Can anyone figure out what it might be?

 

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Cool Stuff: Pop Culture Quotes Inspire an Art Show

1 hour 46 min ago

Movie quotes are the currency by which we pay respect to our favorite films. Buy all the tickets you want, but the moment you truly prove your love of a movie is when you quote it in regular conversation. By that rationale, the new show at the Hero Complex Gallery in Los Angeles is an unabashed love fest.

The show is called Quotes, Lines & Lyrics and it’s comprised of the work of over 70 artists all who have created work based around famous lines of dialogue from a movie, TV show or song. It opens February 27 and remains on display through March 15. Online sales start February 28. Below, see just a few of our favorite pop culture quotes turned into art. 

Quotes Lines and Lyrics opens from 7-10 p.m. February 27 at the Hero Complex Gallery, 2020 South Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles CA. Online sales start February 28 at www.hcgart.com.

Click on each for the artist’s name.

Pop Culture Quotes Lines and Lyrics at Hero Complex Gallery

 

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Latest ‘Daredevil’ Photos Reveal New Characters Including Kingpin and Foggy Nelson [Updated]

2 hours 1 min ago

Netflix’s first Marvel show, Daredevil, hits the platform on April 10. The 13 episode season marks the start of a huge crossover event that will continue with AKA Jessica Jones, go into Luke Cage, then debut Iron Fist before ending in The Defenders. We may even see a second season of Daredevil in the middle there. It all depends on the success of the first season, but up ’til now, we haven’t see a lot from Daredevil.

We’ve seen stills. We’ve seen a cool teaser trailer. And now more Daredevil photos have come online, which focus less on Matt Murdock, played by Charlie Cox. These focus more on the side characters. Characters like Night Nurse, played by Rosario Dawson, Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll), Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson) and most excitingly, a tease of Wilson Fisk, aka the Kingpin, played by Vincent D’Onofrio.

Below, see the latest Daredevil photos.

Update: There’s also a new “motion poster” featuring Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock. See that below.

The new images are from the latest Empire, via Comic Book Movie

New Daredevil photos

If you look at these photos, they almost feel like a full story, don’t they? Matt is in a meeting with Foggy, hears about something, investigates, gets into a fight. There’s a fire. He comes home injured, gets healed up, and it’s in the paper the next day. Then we end on a teaser image of the big bad. I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if all of these images are from the pilot.

Mostly though, these images just get me more excited for April and the debut of this show. The whole thing feels like a blank slate. We have no idea how Marvel is going to handle this, how much these shows are going to fit into the other world, how far along Matt Murdock is going to get along during the season, and so much more. Lots of questions and on April 10, we get answers.

Are you looking forward to Daredevil?

Update: Here’s the new motion poster, giving you a good look at Matt Murdock’s glasses, smirk, and bloody knuckles.

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Star Wars Bits: Intriguing ‘Force Awakens’ Rumors, Oscar Isaac, Posters, Rebels Concept Art

2 hours 16 min ago

This edition of Star Wars Bits jumps all over the timeline. Below, read about the following:

  • Own the first ever autographed cast photo for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • Oscar Isaac says he’s “in the dark” about Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • Dave Filoni offers a fascinating look at the development of Star Wars Rebels
  • See some images from a new Star Wars poster book.
  • Read an excerpt from Star Wars: Heir to the Jedi.
  • What locations does the Millennium Falcon show up at in The Force Awakens?
  • A fascinating, new rumor has surfaced about Luke Skywalker‘s role in The Force Awakens.

Adam Driver is offering up an amazing collectible for charity. The actor and star of Star Wars: The Force Awakens got almost the full cast of the film to sign the iconic first image of the table read for the film, and you can bid on it via IfOnly.com. Here’s an image of the collectible. Head there to read more. (Thanks to TheForce.net).

From all we’ve heard about Oscar Isaac‘s character in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Poe Dameron, he’s pretty important. Which makes this latest quote pretty odd. Time Out Dubai (via SW Underworld) asked the actor if he knew the film’s plot and he said this:

No. I’m just as in the dark as everyone else as to how it will all come together. But I do know it will come together beautifully. [Director] J.J. Abrams has so much passion and love for the story. I can’t wait to see more of it. That trailer was incredible. Just like the rest of the world I was floored by it.

I think he means he’s “in the dark” about what everything will look and feel like together, because he certainly has an idea of what happens in the movie. He’s in the movie! Still, pretty curious.

The first season of Star Wars Rebels is coming to a close and one of the show’s producers, Dave Filoni, has opened up to StarWars.com about the process. He’s done a massive interview about the show’s development which you can read at this link. It includes some awesome concept art both by Filoni himself and Ralph McQuarrie, which have influenced the show. Here are just two examples:

Yahoo Movies has some images from a brand new book called Star Wars Art: A Poster Collection, which will be out next week. You can learn more about the book here, but below are just two of the posters. An older one by Hugh Fleming and a new one by Phantom City Creative.

The Star Wars Books Facebook page posted a nice, juicy excerpt from Heir to the Jedi, a new Star Wars novel by Kevin Hearne which is told in the first person of Luke Skywalker. It comes out on March 3. Read the excerpt at that link.

We’re about to get into potential spoilers for The Force Awakens so, if you don’t want to read anything, leave after this beautiful little comic by Dan Hipp:

You were right about me. pic.twitter.com/Z4JdyF5I9g

— Dan Hipp (@MISTERHIPP) February 26, 2015

Making Star Wars is reporting they know all of the locations the Millennium Falcon goes to in The Force Awakens. There are reportedly a lot of them and, in the list, you kind of get an idea of the whole structure of the movie. That is – if this is true. We don’t know for sure. Click here for the info and potential spoilers.

Rumors have also been swirling recently about Luke Skywalker in The Force Awakens. There have also been rumors about the structure and timeline of the film. Well, this latest one combines those in a very interesting way. Beware of potential spoilers.

Making Star Wars reports actor Robert Boulter could be playing a young Luke in the film. How young? Not like a baby. We’re talking post Jedi, but pre-this movie, in a flashback sequence. For more on what might take place in that sequence, click here. This is a very interesting development both in what The Force Awakens is, and what Luke has been up to.

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Rosamund Pike Joins Christian Bale in ‘The Deep Blue Good-by’

2 hours 46 min ago

Rosamund Pike may have lost the Oscar to Julianne Moore this year, but she’s still reaping the benefits of her star-making turn in Gone Girl. Her latest new project is James Mangold‘s The Deep Blue Good-by, which teams her with Christian Bale. More on the Rosamund Pike Deep Blue Good-by casting after the jump. 

The Deep Blue Good-by is based on the first of 21 books by John D. MacDonald featuring Travis McGee, who’ll be played by Bale. A “salvage consultant” who recovers stolen property for a fee, Travis has a knack for attracting trouble and women.

Here’s the plot of that novel, published in 1964:

Travis McGee is a self-described beach bum who won his houseboat in a card game. He’s also a knight-errant who’s wary of credit cards, retirement benefits, political parties, mortgages, and television. He only works when his cash runs out, and his rule is simple: He’ll help you find whatever was taken from you, as long as he can keep half.

McGee isn’t particularly strapped for cash, but how can anyone say no to Cathy, a sweet backwoods girl who’s been tortured repeatedly by her manipulative ex-boyfriend Junior Allen? What Travis isn’t anticipating is just how many women Junior has torn apart and left in his wake. Enter Junior’s latest victim, Lois Atkinson.

Frail and broken, Lois can barely get out of bed when Travis finds her, let alone keep herself alive. But Travis turns into Mother McGee, giving Lois new life as he looks for the ruthless man who steals women’s spirits and livelihoods. But he can’t guess how violent his quest is soon to become. He’ll learn the hard way that there must be casualties in this game of cat and mouse.

Variety reports Pike will play the female lead, which probably means Lois. The script comes from Shutter Island author Dennis Lehane, with a recent rewrite by Scott Frank. Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Davisson-Killoran, and Amy Robinson are producing along with Chernin Entertainment.

Pike had been bouncing around Hollywood for a few years already before she was cast in Gone Girl, but her slippery performance as Amy Dunne has opened new doors. Her other upcoming roles include The Bends with Joel Kinnaman and The Mountain Between Us with Charlie Hunnam.

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Gary Whitta Talks ‘Akira’, ‘Escape From New York’, ‘Warcraft’ and Rumored ‘Starcraft’ Project

3 hours 16 min ago

This week, we’ve been running portions of our extensive interview with screenwriter Gary Whitta (Book of Eli, After Earth) as a five-part feature we’re calling “/Film’s Week Of Whitta.” Promoting the pre-order of his first novel, Abomination, Whitta talked to us not only about his career thus far, but the future and unproduced projects that haven’t happened.

Today in the fourth part, Gary Whitta talks about the projects he’s worked on that have not made it to the big screen, which include the American live-action Akira movie, an Escape From New York reboot, a big screen adaptation of Blizzard’s popular MMORPG video game World of Warcraft. I also ask Whitta about the rumors that he may be working with Blizzard on a a Diablo or Starcraft project. I always love hearing about the movies that could have been, so for me this segment might be the most interesting. Read the Gary Whitta unproduced projects interview after the jump.

Interview Part 4: Gary Whitta Unproduced Projects

Note: The following interview has been split up into five parts. Some questions are being presented out of chronological order so that each post tackles a thematic topic.

If you missed our previous installments, here is what Gary Whitta talked about:

You worked on early versions of a bunch of big film projects, so let’s talk about those. You were hired to help write a westernized version of Akira. How do you even approach that knowing that whatever you do is bound to be criticized by fans?

Well I went into it because I was – and remain – such a fan of both the original manga and the anime. I would not have taken the job on if I didn’t think there was a way to handle the original material respectfully and to do it some kind of justice. I personally reject the argument that AKIRA is necessarily a Japanese story and that it’s somehow sacrilegious to set a new adaptation of it anywhere else. I think many of the themes in that story are ones that speak to the human condition and are therefore relevant anywhere in the world – if that weren’t true the original versions would never have been a hit outside of Japan. Having said that, both myself and the director at the time, Ruairi Robinson, approached our version with a lot of appreciation for the story’s cultural origins and we wanted to be respectful of that. The one thing that had been communicated to us from Katsuhiro Otomo (we never spoke with him directly) was basically to not be afraid to change things, that he wanted to see an original and different interpretation, not just a straight-up remake.

I think we hit upon an idea that would have allowed the story to play to global audiences while staying faithful to its Japanese roots. The idea was basically that in the future Japan had been forced to deal with an economic and population boom by essentially purchasing an abandoned Manhattan island in a massive land deal from the American government, which itself had been driven close to economic ruin by the destruction of the city of Manhattan in the original Akira incident. So what had once been Manhattan became Japanese sovereign territory as New Tokyo, with ten million Japanese living there; it just happened to be located on the east coast of the United States. I thought it was an interesting way to fuse eastern and western cultures in the movie, and allow a mix of actors from both, rather than just “white-washing” the film, which is what I think a lot of people were anticipating. Having said that the project has gone through several writers and directors since Ruairi and I left and I have no idea what approach they’re taking now, or if it’s even still in active development.

How was your version of Akira going to be different from the source material?

Aside from what we did to try to fuse the eastern and western worlds with the setting, the original plan was that the movie be split into two parts. This was back in 2007, long before the current trend of splitting movies up into multiple chapters. It’s important to remember that we were not adapting the animated film that most people know and which is only a small part of the overall AKIRA story, but Otomo’s original manga, which runs to six very fat graphic novels. It’s a huge amount of material that goes way beyond what you see in the anime, and we wanted to tell that larger story, but the only way to do it was with two films – or three, I suspect, if the first one had been a big hit. The script I wrote took you up to the destruction of New Tokyo and the rebirth of Akira, and the rest of the story that plays out after that in the manga would have been told in the subsequent films.

You were also hired to work on the Escape From New York remake. Under what circumstances did you come on board?

Well I wasn’t hired as such since nobody paid me, but I was attached to it for a while when it was at Silver Pictures and I did a ton of work on it. Basically I heard that they were doing a remake and while I’m usually very cynical about remakes I thought there was a rare opportunity with Escape From New York to do a new version that could be faithful to the original and capture everything that people loved about it while still updating it in a way that would introduce it to a new audience. I usually turn down these sort of jobs but Escape From New York holds a special place in my heart from when I first saw it as a kid and I would not have taken a stab at it if I didn’t think there was a way to do it without pissing off all the other fans of the original.

What was your pitch on Escape from New York? How was it different than the original?

The original plan, which came from within Silver Pictures, was to do it as a trilogy with the first film covering, to some extent, the origin stories of Pliskken and The Duke and how Manhattan came to be turned into a maximum security prison. You would have seen the fall of New York and its rise from the ashes as a prison, and how Snake and The Duke were tied into all that. It was pretty fun but once we had the outline of the story we took a step back and realized that it felt more like an appetizer when really we just wanted to get straight to the entree. So the prequel idea went away and was replaced by doing a more straight-up remake. We kept some of the elements of how Manhattan Island became the prison though, we got to do some really fun world-building there. I particularly liked what we did with The Duke, where he was re-imagined less as the kind of flamboyant dictator you saw Isaac Hayes play in the original, and much more of a quiet, brooding intellectual, a former college professor who had become a kind of revolutionary libertarian terrorist. I always imagined Bryan Cranston playing him.

They are now remaking Escape From New York with Carpenter as a producer, so is your work on the project being completely thrown out?

I think so? The work I did was when it was at Silver Pictures, and now that it’s in the hands of a different production company there are chain-of-title type issues that make it impossible to use any of my stuff without inviting legal problems.

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‘Star Wars Rebels’ Season One Finale Trailer: Who Will Fall?

3 hours 46 min ago

Darth Vader’s appearance may be the headline when it comes to Monday’s Star Wars Rebels season one finale, but there’s lots more going on. A daring rescue, menacing Star Destroyers, three way lightsaber battles, and pimped-out Tie Fighters — things are about to get big. A trailer for the episode, which is called Fire Across the Galaxy, has just come online and it’s really fantastic. Good enough that we decided to highlight it on its own instead of in Star Wars Bits.

Below, watch the awesome season one Star Wars Rebels finale trailer.

Here’s the excellent video.

Season One Star Wars Rebels Finale trailer

And here are a few images from the episode.

Fire Across the Galaxy is the culmination of not only just the first season, it’s the conclusion of a three-episode story arc that began with Call to Action and continued in Rebel Resolve. The main story points here were the introduction of Grand Moff Tarkin, who is mad that his underlings – the Inquisitor and Agent Kallus – have been unable to stop the Rebels. He sets a trap, the Rebels fall into it and everyone escapes except Kanan, the lone Jedi of the group. His budding apprentice Ezra goes against orders to obtain information to rescue Kanan, barely succeeds, and now he along with the rest of the crew are off to Mustafar to rescue their friend.

The trailer above shows exactly why Star Wars Rebels is so great. It feels like Star Wars, but always surprises and shows you new things. At the same time, it adds details to what we already know about the galaxy and introduces new characters who will likely become more and more important as things go along. Rebels is very much a Disney XD show (meaning it’s aimed at kids) but it’s still incredibly fun and exciting. A great bridge for fans as we wait for The Force Awakens.

Are you excited for the Star Wars Rebels finale?

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‘Jem and the Holograms’ First Look: The Girls Take the Stage

4 hours 16 min ago

The Jem and the Holograms movie came together seemingly overnight last spring, but we haven’t heard much from the candy-colored rockers since then. And we still haven’t, but at least now we’re finally getting to see them.

The first image from Jem and the Holograms has just been revealed, featuring Aubrey Peeples as Jem, Stefanie Scott as Kimber, and Hayley Kiyoko as Aja. So does it deliver all the “glamour and glitter, fashion and fame” that we’d expect from this gang? Find out for yourself after the jump. 

Elle Magazine revealed the Jem and the Holograms first look in their March 2015 issue. io9 scanned and blew up the tiny image which explains why it’s all blurry. Shana (Aurora Perrineau) is missing, but we can probably assume she’s just busy on the drums.

Let’s see: Glamour, check. The girls are rocking out in front of a bunch of screaming fans, and what’s more glamorous than that? Glitter, also check. It’s too blurry to see any specific costume and design details, but you can’t tell me a girl with pink hair, a rainbow-colored bolero jacket, and a white fringe sash-belt-loincloth thing doesn’t have glitter somewhere on her person.

Fashion, sure. No one said it has to be good fashion. And fame, obviously check. Overall, on the scale between “outrageous” and “truly, truly, truly outrageous,” this falls somewhere around “truly outrageous.” It looks intriguing for what it is, but it’s hard to get too worked up over one blurry photo.

Although the original Jem is about as ’80s as they come, the new film directed by Jon M. Chu moves the action to the present day. Jem is “an orphaned teenage girl who becomes an online recording sensation. She and her sisters embark on a music-driven scavenger hunt — one that sends them on an adventure across Los Angeles in an attempt to unlock a final message left by her father.”

Also starring are Ryan Guzman of Boy Next Door fame as Jem’s road manager / boyfriend Rio, and Juliette Lewis and Molly Ringwald. Jem and the Holograms opens October 23.

 

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‘Spider-Man': Donald Glover and Josh Hutcherson Respond to Casting Rumors

4 hours 46 min ago

As you’ve no doubt heard by now, Sony’s on the hunt for a new Spider-Man to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And since the last round of Spider-Man casting was just a few years ago, some fans have wondered if some of the guys who didn’t make the cut the last time around could have better luck this time.

Now a couple of them have gone on the record to respond. Josh Hutcherson says “of course” he’d consider playing Spidey, if only anyone would ask him, while Donald Glover plays coy about his odds. Read the Spider-Man Donald Glover and Josh Hutcherson comments after the jump.

Let’s start with Hutcherson. He got pretty close to the Spider-Man role back in 2010, before Andrew Garfield nabbed the role, and even made an impressive audition tape to show off his chops. Recently Yahoo asked him whether he might be interested in trying for the part again. Here’s what he said:

Yeah, of course I’d think about doing it: It’s Spider-Man, that’d be really cool. There’s not been any conversations about that, but who knows what would happen?

So Hutcherson is open to the possibility, but it doesn’t exactly sound like he’s a serious contender. Then again, if he were, he probably wouldn’t be allowed to say.

Glover was more more noncommittal when questioned on the Today Show. Here’s his conversation with Al Roker:

Roker: Are you the next Spider-Man?

Glover: Am I? I can’t say I’m the next Spider-Man.

Roker: Can you say you’re not the next Spider-Man?

Glover: I can’t say that either. I mean, it’s not out yet. There’s been talkings about it. I’d be honored to play it, but it’s really not up to me. I just want Spider-Man to be good. I think Spider-Man’s one of my favorite characters.

And for what it’s worth, Glover is pretty confident about his abilities: “I personally think I would be amazing. Like the amazing Spider-Man.”

It’s clear Glover wants people to think there’s some possibility of his being the next Spidey. His reference to “talkings” is interesting, but so vague it could mean anything.

Truth be told, Glover seems an unlikely candidate for the role. At 31, he’s definitely outside of the high school age range that the studios are reportedly looking for. Especially considering the solo Spider-Man movie isn’t coming out for another couple of years.

Hutcherson might have a better shot — he’s 22, which puts him in about the right age range. And he should have some free time coming up on his schedule with The Hunger Games franchise wrapping up this fall.

But he’s white, and rumor has it the new Spider-Man won’t be. Moreover, even if Spidey is white, Hutcherson has some stiff competition. Early reports suggested filmmakers were eyeing Dylan O’Brien or Logan Lerman (both 23) for the role.

That said, Sony and Marvel haven’t actually announced anything yet, and until they do we can’t really rule anyone out. Would you want to see Hutcherson or Glover play Spider-Man, or do you have another fresh face in mind?

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‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Character Posters: Now We’ve Got a Hulk

5 hours 36 min ago

The first official Avengers: Age of Ultron poster was a big mess of characters and details, but the character posters are a lot more clean. It helps that the posters only have to focus on one character each — in this latest case, Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk — and also that it appears to be just one part of a larger set which will assemble into a huge image. (This looks like it could be something along the lines of the concept art drop from Comic Con last summer.) We’ll continue to post the Age of Ultron character posters as they arrive, assembling them as we go along if they are indeed pieces of a larger image.

See all of the Avengers: Age of Ultron character posters below.

It appears each poster is going to be revealed by the actors themselves. Robert Downey Jr. tweeted his and now Mark Ruffalo tweeted his:

Here's your first look at the official Hulk poster for @Avengers Age of Ultron! pic.twitter.com/R3UafYJwQa

— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) February 26, 2015

Here are all the posters. We’ll update as each new one gets released.

Avengers: Age of Ultron Character Posters

So what’s the big announcement Downey teased? A new trailer seems the most likely. Or it could be the first serious reveal of Vision, via his own character poster, if Marvel plans to drop one poster per day over the next week. Or it could be something else entirely. Probably too much to hope for a Spider-Man casting announcement, but you never know.

Avengers: Age of Ultron opens on May 1.

Marvel Studios presents “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.

Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk.  Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision. Written and directed by Joss Whedon and produced by Kevin Feige, Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963. Get set for an action-packed thrill ride when The Avengers return in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” on May 1, 2015.

 

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‘Spectre’ Video Blog: Director Sam Mendes Drops a Few Hints

5 hours 46 min ago

Following up the new images released earlier today, here’s a new Spectre video blog in which director Sam Mendes explains a lot about what’s going on with James Bond in this 24th film in the (official) series… without actually explaining much at all. But did you think he was just going to lay out the entire plot now, months before the film hits theaters? Not likely. But he does drop a few hints, so check out the video below.

This new behind the scenes footage features Daniel Craig as James Bond, and cast members Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, and Ben Whishaw. In the video, Sam Mendes says:

The reasons I’m doing the second Bond movie are the reasons I would do any movie, really, which is all to do with the story.  And in this movie, ‘Spectre,’ what you have is a movie entirely driven by Bond.  He is on a mission from the very beginning… It’s about whether or not to pursue the life he’s always pursued, whether he matters and is he going to continue or not.  And you’re going to have to come to see the movie to find out whether he does.

There’s a lot more in the video, including a note about Bond now being more experienced than some of his team, which is interesting.

Spectre opens on November 6. Video via 007.

A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.

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‘House of Cards’ Video Recap: Catch Up on 2 Seasons in 9 Minutes

6 hours 16 min ago

There are less than 24 hours to go until Netflix premieres the third season of House of Cards, meaning you’re running out of time if you still need to catch up or brush up on the first two seasons. Luckily, the Fine Bros. are here to help.

The fast-talking duo have put together a nine-minute House of Cards video recap that covers the past 26 episodes. You’ll have a hard time finding a more efficient way to get yourself up to speed. Watch it after the jump.

House of Cards Video Recap

The House of Cards video recap comes to us from YouTube. We don’t need to warn you that major spoilers for the first two seasons of House of Cards follow, right?

House of Cards premieres Friday, February 27 at 12:01 AM Pacific time. Which is 3:01 AM Eastern time, because Netflix hates us.

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The 20 Best ‘Parks and Recreation’ Recurring Characters (And the 5 Best Single-Episode Guest Stars)

6 hours 46 min ago

This week’s Parks & Recreation finale proved a worthy sendoff for the show’s main characters. But as we say goodbye to Leslie, Ron, and the rest of the gang, we also wanted to take a look at some of our favorite side characters through the years.

Parks and Recreation has maybe the deepest bench of supporting players this side of The Simpsons — far too many to honor here. So after the jump, we’ve listed our 20 top 20 Parks and Recreation recurring characters, plus our 5 favorite single-episode guest stars.

Some of Parks and Recreation‘s best loved supporting players cropped up so frequently, they almost felt like main characters themselves. Others managed to make a big splash in just one appearance. Let’s start with the latter group.

The 5 Best Parks and Recreation Single-Episode Guest Stars

5. Steve Wyatt (Jonathan Banks)

Unlike Breaking Bad‘s Mike Ehrmentraut, Ben’s dad probably isn’t a fixer for a high-powered drug ring run by a megalomaniac cancer patient. But he is, if anything, even less approachable than Mike was. Just look at the way he growls, “We’re a Twizzlers family.”

4. August Clementine (John Hodgman)

Is there anyone better at playing insufferably pompous than John Hodgman? He puts those specific skills to good use as Eagletonian public radio host August Clementine, whose habit of interrupting and use of unnecessary French phrases drives his Pawneean counterpart to perhaps the most soft-spoken on-air outburst in history.

3. Tynnyfer (June Diane Raphael)

Tynnyfer is a spot-on parody of a certain type of female douchebag. Which, naturally, means April wants to travel the world with her. It’s just a bummer she never actually got to, because we would’ve totally watched that spinoff.

2. Keg Jeggings (Werner Herzog)

The improbably named Keg Jeggings is basically living April’s dream life — he lives in a haunted holding cell for people who went insane on the assembly line for the Pawnee doll-head factory. Plus, he looks and sounds just like Werner Herzog. But that eerie exterior masks a playful soul who just wants to move closer to Disney World.

1. Garth Blundin (Patton Oswalt)

In a single episode, Patton Oswalt delivered one of the most epic Parks and Recreation scenes of all time. Truth be told, we’re still a little bummed this isn’t the real plot of Star Wars Episode VII. C’mon, Disney — you’re just leaving money on the table if you don’t introduce the Infinity Gems into the Star Wars galaxy.

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‘Love & Mercy’ Trailer Starring Paul Dano and John Cusack as the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson

7 hours 16 min ago

Brian Wilson wasn’t a conventional person, so why should he get a conventional biopic? Love & Mercy casts not one but two actors as the Beach Boys musician. Paul Dano plays him in the 1960s, when he was a young man on track for greatness; John Cusack plays him in the 1980s, as he’s struggling to get out from under an abusive relationship with his doctor Eugene Landy (Paul Giamatti).

Leaving aside the fact that Dano, Cusack, and Wilson don’t really look alike at all, Love & Mercy seems like an artful exploration of an American music icon. Elizabeth Banks also stars as Melinda Ledbetter, the woman who would become Wilson’s second wife. Watch the Love and Mercy trailer after the jump.

Roadside Attractions debuted the Love and Mercy trailer on YouTube.

Based on the subject alone, Love & Mercy should be an automatic must-watch for Beach Boys fans. Fortunately for them and us, it also seems like a legitimately good movie. It collected warm reviews at TIFF last year, with THR calling it “deeply satisfying” and Variety remarking that it was “a wonderfully innervating cure for the common musical biopic.”

BBC.com was even gushier about it:

Once in a while, though, you see a biopic that brings off something miraculous, that recreates a famous person’s life with so much care that the immersion we seek is achieved. When you watch Love & Mercy, a drama about Brian Wilson, the angelic yet haunted genius of The Beach Boys, you feel like you’re right there in the studio with him as he creates Pet Sounds. And it’s a little like sitting next to Beethoven: the film is tender and moving, but also awe-inspiring.

With praise like that, Love & Mercy definitely seems worth seeking out when it opens June 5, 2015.

LOVE & MERCY presents an unconventional portrait of Brian Wilson, the mercurial singer, songwriter and leader of The Beach Boys. Set against the era defining catalog of Wilson’s music, the film intimately examines the personal voyage and ultimate salvation of the icon whose success came at extraordinary personal cost.

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New ‘Spectre’ Images Reveal Dave Bautista as Mr. Hinx and Lea Seydoux as Dr. Swann

8 hours 46 min ago

We’ve already seen 007’s slick all-black getup from the new Bond film, Spectre, and now we have a first look at some of the characters that’ll cross his path. New pictures reveal Dave Bautista as henchman Mr. Hinx (who, unlike Drax the Destroyer, understands what a metaphor is) and Léa Seydoux as not-quite-Bond-girl Dr. Madeleine Swann.

Get to know the new characters with a fresh batch of Spectre images after the jump.

Empire debuted the latest Spectre images, which show Mr. Hinx and Dr. Swann. They’ve also revealed two covers featuring Daniel Craig as James Bond.

In the accompanying interview, Bautista explains what drew him to the role:

When I came over to meet Sam [Mendes], I only asked two questions. I asked him if Mr. Hinx was a badass. He said, ‘Yes, he’s a badass.’ I said, ‘Well, is Mr. Hinx intelligent?’ He said, ‘Very.’ That’s what I like about Mr. Hinx. He’s very well-dressed and very well-mannered. I’m not just here to fight people. He has a sense of humour. He definitely knows what a metaphor is.

So we’re not dealing with your typical lunkhead henchman here. And Seydoux says she won’t be giving us the typical Bond girl, either:

I don’t consider myself a Bond girl. I think I’m not really the stereotyped Bond girl. I feel quite different. You can’t be like, ‘Oh, James.’ You have to find something else. She’s not a fighter, she’s a doctor. She fights in another way.

Spectre opens November 6. Also starring are Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Rory Kinnear, Andrew Scott, and Monica Belluci. Sam Mendes directs fro ma script by John Logan, Neal Purvis, and Robert Wade.

A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organisation. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.

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‘Fish Friend’ Short Film Gives a Young Girl Her Own Hungry Pet Piranha

9 hours 46 min ago
Fish Friend is a short film about the tender relationship between a young girl and her murderous pet piranha. But this isn’t (quite) a horror story. It’s more like a sweet coming of age tale set in a world that is equal parts ’50s Americana and subversive ’90s animation thrown in. It just happens to have some blood, skulls, and a lot of teeth. Oh, and a stop-motion piranha who is as oddly endearing as he is menacing. Watch the short Fish Friend film after the break.

The short is by director Jordan Blum (American Dad, Community), producers John Swartz (Lucasfilm) and Justin Wagman (OJ: The Musical), editor Spencer Houck (Community, Franklin & Bash) and cinematographer Devin Doyle, with Nikki Hahn starring as Sally and a lovely little hunk of plasticene as her toothy friend.

Here’s a behind the scenes featurette, which shows some of the layers of work that go into placing a stop-motion piranha in a glass bowl near real actors.

You never forget your first pet: this is the lesson ten-year-old Sally learns when she discovers, the hard way, that her new goldfish is actually a bloodthirsty piranha. As Sally and her fish friend forge a lasting relationship, the carnivorous pet wreaks havoc on an unsuspecting neighborhood.

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See Four New ‘Fantastic Four’ Photos

February 25, 2015 - 7:08pm

Each member of Josh Trank‘s Fantastic Four gets a close up in a brand new set of Fantastic Four photos. Courtesy of Empire Magazine, the images give team members Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Bell their own little moment in the sun. Check out the new Fantastic Four photos below.

Thanks to Empire for the images.

Fantastic Four photos

These are all new looks at the film, but there’s noting particularly revealing here. They do raise a few questions though. Such as: what is Tim Blake Nelson doing in the back of the Miles Teller image? Maybe they’re just looking at the lab from the trailer. Also, what or who is on the ground in Kate Mara’s picture? They certainly look like humans. Plus, why would you be holding a bicycle upside down Mr. Grimm?

In the Empire article, Trank describes Fantastic Four as a “dark Amblin movie,” referring to the films of Steven Spielberg. He also says this:

There’s the opportunity to make something that is challenging and tragic and dramatic. The opportunity is right there in the material. We’d rather steer it in that direction as opposed to just embracing a tone that comes right off the page.

Will he succeed or won’t he? It’s one of the biggest questions in the pop culture landscape this year.

Directed by Josh Trank, Fantastic Four opens August 7. It stars Miles Teller as Mr. Fantastic, Kate Mara as Invisible Woman, Michael B. Jordan as Human Torch and Jamie Bell as The Thing. Their co-stars include Toby Kebbell, Reg E. Cathey and Tim Blake Nelson.

FANTASTIC FOUR, a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.

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Superhero Bits: Agent Carter, Guardians of the Galaxy, Batman: Arkham Knight, Magneto, Supergirl

February 25, 2015 - 6:00pm

Was there a Guardians of the Galaxy reference on the finale of Parks and Recreation? What exactly happened at the end of Agent Carter and how did it tie into the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe? Who is Magneto cat? Can you wear the Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix on your neck? Want to see a regular trailer for Batman: Arkham Knight and an honest trailer for Batman: Arkham Asylum? Does the Hot Toys Age of Ultron Hulk toy look good? Which producers are actually controlling Spider-Man? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits.

Arrow featurette featuring Brandon Routh.

Comic Book points out the Star Lord reference on the finale of Parks and Recreations. Spoilers for the show.

Check out this variant cover of Guardians Team Up featuring The Avengers.

Melissa Benoist talked to Comic Book Resources about playing Supergirl.

Dorkly’s video features Batman v Superman v Captain America v Iron Man.

Marvel.com talked to the executive producers of Agent Carter about the events of the finale and how it all tied into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Comic Book Movie posted some new Avengers: Age of Ultron promo art, such as Ultron taking over Iron Man.

CBR explores whether or not Two Face was supposed to appear in Batman Returns.

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Due to the amount of graphics and images included in Superhero Bits, we have to split this post over THREE pages. Click the link above to continue to the second page of Superhero Bits.

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Neill Blomkamp’s ‘Alien’ Will Disregard Half the Franchise to Finish Ripley’s Story

February 25, 2015 - 5:30pm

Fox is making Neill Blomkamp‘s new Alien movie, and Sigourney Weaver is definitely on board to reprise her Ellen Ripley role. And while we still don’t know the story, despite the teasing glimpses provided in concept art such as the pieces above, we do know something new: Blomkamp’s Alien will basically disregard Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection as the director says he’s designing the film to sit in sequence after Aliens.

Check out a video interview with Blomkamp and Weaver discussing the next Alien film, below. 

Sky Movies talked to the pair while they were promoting Chappie.

There’s reason to be interested here. Blomkamp is clearly a guy with a vision (see: District 9) even if that vision doesn’t always work out (see: Elysium). And Weaver isn’t quick to sign on to sequels like this, so clearly she sees some reason to give the go-ahead nod.

But I’m also slightly irritated with this development, specifically the idea of disregarding the third and fourth films. Alien 3 and Resurrection don’t need me to defend them, as they can stand or fall on their own. But the implication here is that those two films blew it with respect to Ripley’s story, and now this is a chance to pretend they didn’t happen so as to give her, as Weaver says, “a proper finish.”

But Weaver is a big part of the reason Ripley didn’t get a proper finish in the past. Her ideas, and the “no guns” mandate, were  very influential in the development of Alien 3. (Which is, I would argue, a pretty great end for Ripley’s story.) Weaver’s ideas and restrictions were also part of the DNA of Alien: Resurrection. This isn’t the time where she’s going to get candid about the past films and say “hey, I shoulder some of that responsibility.” But it would be nice to hear eventually, and also respectful to the people who worked hard on those movies.

Meanwhile, speaking to EW, Blomkamp says,

Over the years, I came up with a story for a film in that universe that I wanted to make. And then when I talked to her about her experience making those films and what she thought about Ripley and everything else, it informed and changed the film I wanted to make into something different. It just sort of stuck with me. A year later, when post-production was winding down on ‘Chappie,’ I started fleshing out the idea for a film that would contain Sigourney. Fox never knew. I just worked on it when I could. Before I knew it, I had this really awesome film with a lot of artwork and a lot of backstory. And then I didn’t know whether I was going to make it or not. So I just kind of sat on it for a while.

There’s no release date for Blomkamp’s Alien film at this point.

(What I do find amusing here is that it is possible that Blomkamp came up with this idea when he was developing Halo at Fox, where he had big run-ins with Tom Rothman, then the head of that studio. Blomkamp said he’d never work for Fox again, thanks in large part to Rothman. Now Rothman is out of Fox and installed at Sony, which released Elysium and will release Chappie — just in time for Blomkamp to go back to Fox for Alien.)

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Page 2: Jupiter Ascending, Peanuts , Doctor Who, Breaking Bad, Mary Poppins, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Michael Keaton, Mad Men, Peanuts

February 25, 2015 - 4:30pm

Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 36 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness.

Header Photo: Three Wolf Jupiter t-shirt

The Heart-Wrenching Story of the Only Real Person Named in the Harry Potter Books

A first look at Settlers of Catan: The Movie

Holy Crap, This Lego TARDIS Console Room Is Magnificent

All 95 Times Jerry Screws Up on Parks and Recreation

Barely Lethal‘ Starring Hailee Steinfeld Goes to A24, DirecTV

Best Disney shirt?

How to Fix the Oscars in 5 Easy Steps

Chris Hemsworth to Host SNL

Artist upcycles old thrift store paintings into nerdy masterpieces

Crowdfunding an Abomination with Gary Whitta (Star Wars, The Book of Eli)

Metal Mary Poppins is simply quite atrocious

Comic-Con 2015 Early Bird Hotels Are Open!

The Most Badass Game Of Thrones Steins Yet

What’s Behind the Recent Box Office Hot Streak

Academy Award-Winning Films Recreated Using Stock Footage and Vague Titles

4 Key Lessons WWE Has Learned from its WWE Network One Year After Launch

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