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Watch: 'The Avengers' Trailer Promises An Exciting Superhero Battle Royale

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 11, 2011 2:02 AM
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We have to admit, the opening moments of this trailer had us worried with the ominous BRAAAAHM sound design and initial footage looking like "Rise Of The Inception Battle For Transformers In Los Angeles" but once it settles in, the first full trailer for "The Avengers" makes it look like the film will deliver the goods.

Writer Alex Garland & Director Pete Travis Say Everything Is Fine With 'Dredd'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 11, 2011 2:00 AM
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Just a few days ago, the forthcoming reboot/new vision on "Dredd" became the subject of some ugly advance word. Reports surfaced that director Pete Travis was effectively being locked out of the editing bay, that reshoots were possibly in the works and most surprising of all, that writer Alex Garland ("Sunshine," "28 Days Later") was leading the charge behind the closed doors to get the film put together and was even going to see a co-director credit for his effort. The news was dispiriting for a film that promised fanboys an R-rated gritty take on the hero, but in a statement to 24 Frames released by Garland and Travis, they say everything is fine, without addressing any of the specifics surrounding the post-production of the movie at all:

Robert Downey Jr. Says Some Elements Of 'Iron Man 2' Were "Dissatisfying And Disappointing"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 11, 2011 1:41 AM
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There is no doubt that Robert Downey Jr.'s career is marked by two phases: before "Iron Man," and everything else after. Landing the lead role in the Marvel film was the validation of the actor's comeback and forgiveness from Hollywood. He had put his bad-boy ways behind him and proved to everyone he still had the goods in a string of films including "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang," "Zodiac" and "A Scanner Darkly" before Jon Favreau came calling, wanting to place him in a metal suit to fight bad guys. The result of the marriage? Over $585 million in ticket sales worldwide, the birth of a new franchise and RDJ's ascension to the A-list (you can bet the success of "Iron Man" led Warner Bros. to confidently cast him as "Sherlock Holmes"). Now set to receive the 25th American Cinematheque Award, and looking back on his films with the LA Times, RDJ admits what everyone else already knows: "Iron Man 2" didn't live up to its predecessor.

Hugh Jackman Says He's Been Tossing Around Idea Of R-Rated 'The Wolverine' With James Mangold

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 11, 2011 1:03 AM
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Let's just start this off by saying, this will never happen (at least not in a theatrically released version), but it's fun to dream, so here goes.

'Dredd' Director Pete Travis Locked Out Of Editing Room, Writer-Producer Alex Garland Takes Over

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 7, 2011 4:45 AM
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It's never good news to hear when a director gets locked out of the editing bay, particularly when it comes to a big budget tentpole movie. While rumors of Stephen Sommers battling executives over "G.I. Joe: The Rise Of The Cobra" surfaced and were quickly scuttled, it didn't really matter because the movie made money and has spawned a sequel arriving next summer (though notably, without Sommers this time around). So whether or not this battle will have an effect on the movie creatively or otherwise, it does somewhat poison the well on perceptions of the film for the time being as fanboys will surely voice their concern (even if exact details are hard to come by just yet).

First Look At S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Maria Hill In 'The Avengers'; Trailer Arrives Next Week

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 6, 2011 9:36 AM
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Can you tell the marketing campaign for "The Avengers" is heating up? Just like those pics from Tarsem's Snow White movie that landed earlier today, Marvel has been handing out pics to a variety of outlets and now a few more have cropped up. Nothing earth shattering really -- new looks at Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) -- but also a set photo that seems to reveal “How I Met Your Mother” star Cobie Smulders as S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Maria Hill.

Watch: Batman Saves A Cat In New Clip From 'Batman: Year One'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 6, 2011 7:24 AM
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Frank Miller's "Batman: Year One" is one of the most esteemed entries in the superhero's canon, and while attempts to get it made into a live action feature never materialized, an animated version is on the way. The first clip landed a couple of weeks ago, and, unfortunately, it was fairly hokey, more reminiscent of a "Simpsons" parody than anything else. Well, a new glimpse has arrived, and while it's definitely an improvement on the last, there still seems to be something off about the whole endeavor. While the project does have a top shelf voice cast including Bryan Cranston, Ben McKenzie, Eliza Dushku, Katee Sackhoff and Alex Rocco, the direction by Lauren Montgomery (”Green Lantern: First Flight”) and Sam Liu (”The Batman”) seems slightly, tonally askew. The freshness of Miller's take on the Batman mythology was that it was unlike anything before (or since), bringing a gritty realism that has largely remained unmatched. This new clip, however, feels very standard and ordinary, and that's precisely the problem. Miller's graphic novel is considered one the best accomplishments in the genre, but the film doesn't seem willing to take any big risks to find an approach to match the source material.

Marvel's Kevin Feige Confirms 'The Inhumans' As A Possible Future Marvel Franchise

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 1, 2011 4:39 AM
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With Marvel already having brought their A-list comic characters to the big screen, culminating in next springs mega-team-up "The Avengers," the big question is where they will go next. Of course, "Thor," "Captain America" and "Iron Man" still have standalone sequels coming, but the company has been looking at their B-list titles for a while now, trying to figure out where to go next. So far this year we've learned that "Guardians of the Galaxy" is a possibility," Doctor Strange" and "Ant-Man" had scripts handed in, a tease that "Black Widow" and "Hawkeye" could get their own spinoffs, and that "Black Panther" had a writer assigned to it. So, certainly, no shortage of options. But alas, there appears to be more on the table.

'Homeland' Star Diego Klattenhoff Joins Guillermo Del Toro's 'Pacific Rim'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 29, 2011 10:06 AM
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Sometimes when one door closes, another one opens. You might recall that back this spring "Homeland" star Diego Klattenhoff was reported to be taking a role in Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises." As these things sometimes go, the scheduling couldn't be worked out and he didn't wind up doing the film, but fall is here and the actor has bounced back with a part in another mega movie.

Awkwardly Photoshopped 'Avengers' First Look Will Grace Entertainment Weekly Cover This Week

  • By Edward Davis
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  • September 29, 2011 2:10 AM
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Plus Lots Of New Stills & Set Photos From The FilmUpdate: Hi-res versions of the EW pics have arrived plus a couple of new snaps from "The Avengers."

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