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Review: Marvel's 'Thor: The Dark World,' With Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman & Tom Hiddleston

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 22, 2013 4:00 PM
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The first "Thor" movie was something of a risk for Marvel. Wisecracking Robert Downey Jr. in a (relatively) grounded real world setting was one thing, but a Viking god from space, played by a complete unknown and directed by a man best known for Shakespeare adaptations was quite another. But the 2011 film, while flawed in many ways, proved surprisingly entertaining and teed up both its title character and his villainous brother Loki for a return appearance in the team-up movie "The Avengers," which turned out to be an absolute megahit. As such, the studio must be feeling on surer ground with "Thor: The Dark World."

Ben Kingsley Says He's Working On A Secret Marvel Project

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 22, 2013 9:17 AM
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Depending on where you stand, how Marvel ultimately treated Mandarin in "Iron Man 3" was either a very clever and unexpected twist, or a complete betrayal of a classic comic villain. But either way, it would be hard to deny that it was great fun watching Ben Kingsley stagger and swagger his way through the role. And it seems like the execs at Marvel like him too, as it may not be the last of we've seen of Trevor Slattery.

Marvel Has Four More Drama Series And A Miniseries They Want You To Watch On TV

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 15, 2013 10:23 AM
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So, I tried to watch the first episode of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," but the acting was so bad, the jokes so flaccid and the overall vibe so off that I bailed after ten minutes. Does it get any better? Certainly, ABC is banking on comic fans to keep tuning in having already given the show a full series order, and if all goes according to plan, it's just the start of Marvel's plans for small screen domination.

'The Inhumans' & Female-Led Standalone Among Rumored Films Coming From Marvel

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 20, 2013 11:20 AM
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With the ever expanding Marvel universe continuing to grow at a rapid rate -- next week sees the launch of "Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D." while an "Agent Carter" series is currently in the works -- and Phase Two already mapped out, attention and speculation is now being turned to Phase Three, and what heroes the comic studio will bring next to the big screen. And a couple of possibilities have been swirling in the rumor ether over the last week or so.

Interview: 'A Single Shot' Star Sam Rockwell Talks His Favorite Genre Films, Marvel Movies, Duncan Jones' 'Mute' & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 19, 2013 5:20 PM
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Sam Rockwell is one of those actors whose mere presence in a movie can elicit excitement for a project that could have otherwise easily been written off. No matter what he's in – if it's big budget nonsense like "Charlie's Angels" or something like Duncan Jones' moody, micro-budget "Moon" – Rockwell is sure to turn in a performance that's downright electric (or electrified, maybe). His newest film is "A Single Shot," which opens this weekend (read our review). A twisty, turny film noir about a down-on-his-luck hunter who makes a fatally wrong shot, killing a young woman in the woods, Rockwell is as intense as he usually is goofy, his manic energy turned inward, for a kind of bottled fury. It's quite a performance, especially considering the fine actors he's surrounded by (William H. Macy, Jeffrey Wright and Jason Isaacs are among his costars).

Marvel Working On ‘Agent Carter’ TV Series

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 19, 2013 9:18 AM
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Pretty soon, all your media will belong to Marvel. With comic studio conquering the multiplex, and establishing that for the next few years, barely six months will go by without another superhero movie to promote or release, they are now turning their sights to TV. Next week, "Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D." will kick off on ABC, and it seems that's just the tipping point of what could be much more serialized adventures.

Disney Moves 'Ant-Man' Up To The Insane Clusterf*ck Summer Of 2015

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 10, 2013 9:05 AM
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The summer of 2015 is already a crowded one: in addition to "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" and the seventh "Star Wars" movie, there's the as-yet-untitled "Man of Steel" sequel that pits the Man of Tomorrow against the Dark Knight, not to mention "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales," a new "Terminator," and "Jurassic Park IV." In short: it's going to be a fucking bloodbath. And there's been a new combatant added to the gladiatorial arena that is the summer of 2015: Disney and Marvel's "Ant-Man," originally slated for a Thanksgiving release, will now shrink down to incredibly miniature size on July 31st, 2015.

Watch: 3 Clips From 'Riddick,' Vin Diesel Nearly Played Marvel "Phase 3" Character, But Voicing A Talking Tree Instead

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • August 28, 2013 8:57 AM
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Even before his name became tangled in the web of associations and secrecy that is Marvel's upcoming film slate, Vin Diesel was an absolute master of suggestion — just one “Fast & Furious” tidbit or Riddick-related image was enough to draw speculation to his impressive Facebook page. But then excitement really peaked when the actor revealed in June that Marvel had reached out to him; we thought the matter then settled when his voice/motion-capture role as talking tree Groot in “Guardians Of The Galaxy” was announced, but now it appears the original meeting had different intentions after all.

Terry Gilliam About Ready To Give Up On 'Don Quixote,' Doesn't Want To Do A Marvel Movie & New Pics From 'Zero Theorem'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 14, 2013 9:42 AM
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The saga of the unmade, on-again, off-again "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote" could be a movie unto itself. And actually, it is, with the documentary "Lost In La Macha" capturing Terry Gilliam's first failed/cursed attempt to bring the Tony Grisoni-penned picture to the big screen. And since then, the movie has moved in fits and starts, with money sometimes coming together only to fall apart, as cast members such as Ewan McGregor, Robert Duvall and the long attached Johnny Depp (who is now working on his own 'Quixote' movie at Disney) have come and gone. But the filmmaker has pursued and completed other projects, including the forthcoming "The Zero Theorem" which is gearing up to make its debut in Venice in just a couple of weeks. However, it appears 'Quixote' nearly happened, again.

One Franchise To Rule Them All: Kevin Feige Says Marvel Planning As Far Ahead As 2021

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • August 8, 2013 9:36 AM
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Sure, Warner Bros. is finally making the tentative steps towards the inevitable “Justice League” movie along with the much-discussed “Superman vs. Batman” movie, but the studio is still way behind what Marvel has done with their cinematic universe. Since the surprise success of “Iron Man” in 2008, under Kevin Feige, the company has rigidly mapped and guided the increasingly complex universe from box office success to box office success. In an interview with Wired, Feige sheds some light on what the future holds for the comics giant.

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