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Before They Assembled: The Best Performances From The Cast Of 'The Avengers'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 3, 2012 3:59 PM
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For all the many strengths of "The Avengers," there's one that writer-director Joss Whedon can't take credit for: the casting. Of the main characters, only one, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/The Hulk, hasn't appeared in one of the previous five Marvel movies that have led to this point. So given the casting committee that assembled The Avengers, it's something of a miracle that it's ended up with one of the most enjoyable collection of actors in a big tentpole movie for quite some time.

Joss Whedon’s Advice For A ‘Justice League’ Movie & More From The Cast Of 'The Avengers'

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • May 3, 2012 10:03 AM
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After years of rumors, what ifs and hearsay, perhaps the most unlikely -- and certainly the most ambitious -- comic book movie of all time is finally hitting theaters this weekend. Beyond the mere logistical nightmare of pairing this massive cast with the equally massive budget required for such an undertaking, the green light for an “The Avengers” movie was dependent on the success of five other films before it. But here we are, with the film set to take North America by storm with hugely positive buzz and fanboys salivating for the penultimate moment when they finally hear “Avengers assemble!” echo across the megaplex.

First Footage From Joss Whedon's 'Much Ado About Nothing' Debuts; 'Cabin In The Woods' Goes Direct-to-Video In Australia & New Zealand

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 30, 2012 11:35 AM
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On yesterday's "Sunday Morning" show on CBS, in a feature about "Avengers" writer/director/super-geek Joss Whedon the first footage from "Much Ado About Nothing," his micro-budgeted Shakespeare adaptation that he shot in a two week window during post-production on "The Avengers," debuted. And it's pretty much exactly what you'd expect (with one new aspect – more on that in a minute) – the small scale antidote to his superhero romp, which is poised to be the summer's first bona fide blockbuster (and with good reason – it rules). But things aren't so happy everywhere in Whedonville, as his recent horror movie Rubik's Cube "Cabin in the Woods" is getting an inglorious debut in other parts of the world.

Review: 'The Avengers' Has Its Issues, But Mostly Delivers Thrilling, Engaging, Blockbuster Fun

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • April 30, 2012 10:04 AM
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Everything that works in “The Avengers” really works, but not everything works in “The Avengers.” A virtuoso collection of action set pieces framed by an uninspiring “getting the team together” narrative which should have been accomplished in all of those post-credits sequences in earlier Marvel movies, Joss Whedon’s stab at superheroes delivers plenty of what makes both him and his subject matter appealing, as well as an abundance of mythological set-up that’s somehow simultaneously redundant and contradictory. But as the best (or perhaps most consistently engaging) Marvel movie since the original “Iron Man,” “The Avengers” is a winning piece of popcorn entertainment that does better with characters in an ensemble setting than many ever did when they starred in their own vehicles.

Review: Marvel's 'The Avengers' Is Immensely Satisfying, Entirely Thrilling & Possibly The Best Superhero Movie Yet

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 19, 2012 7:05 PM
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The first scene of " The Avengers" is not very good. Deep in a secret S.H.I.E.L.D. base, scientist Eric Selvig (Stellan Skarsgard) is conducting experiments on The Tesseract, the blue cube that powered the Red Skull's experiments in "Captain America." Expriments that, unfortunately, bring to earth Loki (Tom Hiddleston), the vengeful brother of Thor (Chris Hemsworth), last seen plummeting from Asgard into oblivion. Loki manages to take down S.H.I.E.L.D's best -- Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) -- with ease, and soon the base is decimated. It's a perfectly acceptable place to start, but there's something off about the execution: it's stilted, awkward and humorless, and the action is pretty uninvolving, with a TV-level of scope.

New Looks At Charlize Theron, Kristen Stewart & Chris Hemsworth In 'Snow White And The Huntsman'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 17, 2012 1:30 PM
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So, we already saw what Tarsem Singh did with the Snow White story in the family-oriented goof "Mirror Mirror," and now it's Rupert Sanders' turn. Grittier, darker and much more epic in scope, "Snow White And The Huntsman" might be one you'll want leave the little ones at home for. With the film ready to ride into movie theaters this summer, a batch of new images have arrived to prove this isn't your ordinary fairy tale.

Watch: Iron Man & Thor Go Head-To-Head In New Clip From 'The Avengers'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 17, 2012 9:01 AM
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How does Marvel sustain hype with two weeks to go until they unleash "The Avengers"? Release a clip or movie still every day until then. It seems the comic studio is taking a page out of Fox's playbook for "X-Men: First Class" last year which saw nearly half the movie (okay, we're exaggerating, but not by much) wind up online in some fashion before it hit theaters. Looks like we're going to get every story beat of "The Avengers" as well.

'The Avengers' Assemble For A Bounty Of Action-Packed Pics

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 13, 2012 6:47 PM
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"The Avengers" buzz is at an all-time peak at the moment. With the film making a splashy red carpet premiere earlier this week, and with fans heading to advance screenings tomorrow, the Marvel marketing machine is in maximum overdrive, and they've turned the faucet on at full force....

Watch: Thor & Captain America Do Triumphant Battle In New Clip From 'The Avengers'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 13, 2012 1:46 PM
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Finally. After a countless number of standing-around-and-posing clips and stills from "The Avengers" a scene of actual action has finally emerged and...really?

Universal Hopes For 'Snow White And The Huntsman' Sequel & New Animated Version Of 'The Cat In The Hat'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 8, 2012 10:30 AM
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Remember last fall when Ron Meyer, the president & COO of Universal Pictures, said, "We make a lot of shitty movies. Every one of them breaks my heart"? Well, in the timeliest of fashion, six months later, Meyer has attempted to clarify what he actually meant, which is that yes, sometimes Universal sometimes makes shitty movies (he last cited "The Wolfman," "Cowboys & Aliens" and "Land of the Lost"), however, adding, "we make some good movies and some shitty movies. Nobody ever sets out to make a shitty movie.”

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