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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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  • 33 Comments
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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  • 8 Comments
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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  • 7 Comments
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.”

SXSW '12 Review: 'The Cabin In The Woods' Is A Smart, Witty Blast For Genre Fans

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 9, 2012 9:45 PM
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Almost no genre (bar perhaps the romantic-comedy) revolves around formula as heavily as the horror film. Obviously there are sub-categories: the haunted-house film, the zombie flick, the vampire movie. But a disproportionate amount of the involves a group of horny teens going to a remote location, taking off clothes, making stupid decisions, and getting picked off one by one, whether by a man in a mask, or by some kind of supernatural creature or force. So on hearing the title, and indeed basic premise, of "The Cabin In The Woods," it's hard not to be a little downhearted. Is this the same old cheapo horror flick we've seen dozens, if not hundreds of times?

First Look: Chris Hemsworth As Formula 1 Champion James Hunt In Ron Howard's 'Rush'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • March 9, 2012 9:17 AM
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We've always been intrigued as to how the sport of Formula 1 could crack the big screen, especially after 2001's disastrous "Driven" starring Sylvester Stallone. As dramatic and illustrious as the sport can be, at its core it's still a slow-burning, strategic game of inches set mostly under helmets, on radios and in garages with a limited following -- the race itself hasn't hit American shores since 2007, for instance, although is returning to Indiannapolis this year.

Watch: Hulk Smash, Downey Jr. Wisecrack In Full Trailer For Marvel's 'The Avengers'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 29, 2012 11:54 AM
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Last summer saw a fairly major clash of the superheroes, with four movies featuring men in tights battling it out for box office supremacy. Marvel's duo of "Thor" and "Captain America: The First Avenger" won out over "X-Men First Class" and "Green Lantern," but as it turns out, it was all just a warm up for this summer's main event. July will see follow ups to the two biggest superhero movies in history arrive in the shape of "The Amazing Spider-Man" and "The Dark Knight Rises," but they won't have it all to themselves, as May doesn't just bring Thor and Captain America back, but also Iron Man, The Hulk, Black Widow, Hawkeye and Nick Fury, for Joss Whedon's "The Avengers."

New Look At Chris Hemsworth With All 8 Dwarves In 'Snow White & The Huntsman'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 30, 2012 2:20 PM
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It seems Universal is going for the full blanket, four quadrant marketing approach for "Snow White And The Huntsmen." While Charlize Theron's movie tie-in appearance on "Top Chef" ensures that older, high faultin' foodie types are aware of what the movie is, the studio has been going full throttle on Facebook to keep fan interest stoked.

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