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Mark Ruffalo Talks 'The Avengers' & The Possibility Of Doing A Standalone 'Hulk' Film

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • April 16, 2012 11:25 AM
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Mark Ruffalo probably isn’t the actor most fans expected to see play Bruce Banner (aka The Incredible Hulk). But then again, were Ed Norton, Eric Bana and Bill Bixby really the predictable choices at the time? Once Ruffalo accepted the part and came aboard the cast of the star-studded “Avengers,” he had to hold up the usual fanboy onslaught, much of it the same kinds of relatively baseless criticisms his own cast mates Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth and Robert Downey Jr. faced when they were first cast as superheroes. It’s an impossible set of expectations to live up to.

'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....

New Looks At Captain America & The Hulk In 'The Avengers'

  • By Ryan Gowland
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  • April 6, 2012 8:18 AM
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With less than a month to go before "The Avengers" debuts, Marvel is busy getting the word out about their comic book adaptation, as nothing but box office dominance can be acceptable to the comic book studio now owned by the Mouse House. With "Iron Man 3" and "Thor 2" already set to arrive in 2013, Marvel just announced that "Captain America 2" will unsurprisingly take one of their 2014 release dates they have preemptively scheduled last year. Should "The Avengers" tank, those plans would be put into serious jeopardy, so after releasing a Scarlett Johansson-centric preview clip earlier this week, Marvel has unveiled looks at Captain America (Chris Evans) and the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo).

Craig Wedren To Score Stuart Blumberg's Directorial Debut 'Thanks For Sharing' Starring Mark Ruffalo & Gwyneth Paltrow

  • By Simon Dang
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  • January 30, 2012 12:20 PM
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Former Shudder To Think lead singer Craig Wedren has signed up to score the directorial debut of "The Kids Are All Right" screenwriter Stuart Blumberg, sex-addiction drama "Thanks For Sharing."

Kirsten Dunst Will Spend A 'Red Light Winter' With Mark Ruffalo & Billy Crudup

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 16, 2011 10:51 PM
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We have to admit, this is one of those projects we'd been hearing about for a while, and being an indie production, it's always hard to tell when these things will actually get off the ground. But when you have a guy like super producer Scott Rudin throwing his weight around, things get done, and moreover, big names can come into play. During the spring, Mark Ruffalo confirmed with us that he was taking a hard look at "Red Light Winter," and now an actress who has been riding an incredible wave of buzz all year confirms that he is aboard and that she is coming along as well.

NYCC: Kevin Feige Says 'Iron Man 3' Is The Beginning Of "Phase Two" Leading To 'The Avengers 2'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 16, 2011 2:33 AM
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It just wouldn’t be Comic-Con without Marvel. New York Comic Con welcomed Marvel Studios to present footage from Joss Whedon‘s “The Avengers,” with comedian Chris Hardwick hosting a panel of Marvel head Kevin Feige and actors Colbie Smulders, Clark Gregg, Tom Hiddelston, Chris Evans and surprise guest Mark Ruffalo.

Review: Minor-Masterpiece Or Bloated Melodrama? 'Margaret' Could Be The Ultimate Argument Starter

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 28, 2011 8:21 AM
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A Point/Counter-Point Review Of Kenneth Lonergan's Long-Delayed Contentious Drama"Margaret" was a film that split those at The Playlist who saw it right down the middle with some of us hailing it as a near masterpiece, while others had some clear issues with Kenneth Lonergan's long-awaited, sprawling drama. So, we have two reviews for you here. The first is a positive take from Drew Taylor and the second is a more critical look by the site's editor-in-chief.

Gwyneth Paltrow Joins Mark Ruffalo & Tim Robbins 'Kids Are All Right' Writer's 'Thanks For Sharing'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • September 7, 2011 8:26 AM
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Stuart Blumberg's career really took off last year. While the screenwriter did have good credits to his name (the terminally underrated teen comedy “The Girl Next Door,” and "Keeping the Faith," starring his good friend Edward Norton), he wasn't exactly a household name. By the end of the year, that would all radically change and he became the acclaimed screenwriter behind Lisa Cholodenko's "The Kids Are All Right," and shortly thereafter he had earned himself his first Original Screenplay Oscar nomination.

Brad Pitt's Plan B On Board For Ryan Murphy's 'The Normal Heart' With Mark Ruffalo

  • By Simon Dang
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  • September 1, 2011 1:33 AM
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Looks like Ryan Murphy's planned adaptation of Larry Kramer's semi-autobiographical play "The Normal Heart" is getting some big-name backing with Brad Pitt and his Plan B Entertainment shingle now coming on board to produce.

Mark Ruffalo & Amanda Seyfried Join Increasingly-Awesome 'Now You See Me'

  • By Cory Everett
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  • August 5, 2011 1:10 AM
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It looks like magicians are coming back into fashion again. Back in 2007 Christopher Nolan and Neil Burger ("Limitless") had competing magician films in "The Prestige" and "The Illusionist" (though for our money Nolan's film is far and away the victor there) and more recently Darren Aronofsky signed on to direct the pilot for HBO's "Hobgoblin," about a group of magicians and con men fighting Hitler in WWII. Back in February we broke the news that there would be another film joining the ranks, this one a heist-thriller from "The Transporter" director Louis Leterrier. The film follows a crack FBI squad in a game of cat-and-mouse against a super-team of the world’s greatest illusionists, who pull off a series of daring bank heists during their performances and showers the profits on to their audiences.

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