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Sam Mendes Mocks The Pitch He Received For 'The Avengers'; No Script, Just Comics With A Release Date

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 9, 2012 11:48 AM
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We'll certainly give Marvel credit for doing the impossible in creating a linked cinematic universe for their characters that is (mostly) coherent and complete. It's certainly no easy task, but they've managed to take their brand beyond the comic book store and into the pop cultural sphere at large, so kudos are definitely deserved. But when it comes to trying to snare A-list directors, they might want to rethink their approach.

Oscars: Why 'Skyfall' Isn't Going To Be A Best Picture Nominee

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 24, 2012 12:05 PM
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This week sees the 23rd James Bond film, "Skyfall," hit theaters in the U.K. and elsewhere in Europe, ahead of the film's U.S. release on November 9th. About ten days ago, it screened to critics, this writer included, to probably the most wildly positive reaction ever seen to a film in the franchise. It's been hard to find a naysayer, with a three star review from Little White Lies deemed the only "rotten" review so far (and as usual, bringing out the mouth-breathers who can't deal with the slightest criticism of a movie they haven't seen).

Wally Pfister Says 'The Avengers' Is "Appalling," Teases His Directorial Debut Is A Sci-Fi Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 17, 2012 9:05 AM
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There are certain corners of the internet (or IMDB message boards) -- ones we usually dare not venture to -- where nerds battle it out over which comic book movie this summer was better: Joss Whedon's record breaking "The Avengers" or Christopher Nolan's epic finale "The Dark Knight Rises." And now, Nolan's regular director of photography, Wally Pfister, has thrown another provocative statement into the ring with his own unbridled assessment of the smash-hit Marvel movie.

Coulson Lives (Kind Of) In 'The Avengers' U.K. Home Video Release

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 18, 2012 9:38 AM
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Is he or isn't he? When Joss Whedon decided to kill off beloved Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) in "The Avengers," fanboys immediately took to the interwebs to declare, speculate and hypothesize that he wasn't really dead, and that if viewed a certain way, he could still be alive. Or maybe it was a grand fakeout by Nick Fury to motivate the superheroes to work together. Well, whatever the fate of Coulson in the Marvel universe (though if they bring him back, it sort of takes the emotional stakes right out of Whedon's film) there will be more fodder for fans to pick over.

Marvel's Phase One Blu-ray Box Set Delayed Over Packaging Lawsuit

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • September 4, 2012 10:17 AM
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With many budgets routinely crossing the $150 million threshold, studios keep a close eye on their tentpoles, making sure the films hit that four-quadrant sweet spot with nothing, not a blemish, to stop them. Every once in awhile, however, certain details are overlooked and the detail in the case of Marvel’s blockbuster team-up film “The Avengers” will block the release of the Blu-ray box set of Phase One of their cinematic universe.

Joss Whedon Talks ‘The Avengers’ Deleted Scenes, Says He Was Trying To Make A War Movie

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • August 31, 2012 2:49 PM
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Anyone with even a modicum of interest in putting comic books to film in a true and worthwhile way probably has breathed a few sighs of relief over the past few weeks. First, when “The Avengers” mastermind Joss Whedon was announced as taking the director’s seat on that film’s sequel, then when he was pretty much anointed the king of Marveland as they put the post-“The Avengers” film and television landscape in his hands, and then finally just this past week it was announced Whedon would be heading up a series for ABC based on the high-flying “S.H.I.E.L.D.” organization. So yeah, it’s a pretty good time to see the panels of your favorite comic come to life.

Watch: 3 Minute 'The Avengers' Deleted Scenes Features Moody Captain America, Stan Lee Cameo & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 29, 2012 2:13 PM
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Will over 30 minutes of deleted scenes on "The Avengers" upcoming home video release, at this rate it's all going to be online so you won't have to buy the damn thing (well, unless you want to watch the movie again, which you probably do). So far we've seen more Bruce Banner, Harry Dean Stanton, Loki, Hawkeye and a gag reel but it seems Joss Whedon's longer assembly cut of the movie was a decidedly more dour affair. After the rather grim alternate opening arrived yesterday, a lengthy 3 minute deleted scene has arrived and it's another mood killer.

Watch: Alternate Opening To 'The Avengers' Is A Bit Of A Downer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 28, 2012 1:14 PM
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The summer movie season is basically over, but if you still need a shot of superhero adrenaline, Marvel has got you covered, as they drop their record-breaking "The Avengers" on home video next month with a boatload of extras. And that material continues to make its way online and after a deleted scene featuring Mark Ruffalo and Harry Dean Stanton, another with Loki and Hawkeye and a gag reel, now comes an alternate opening to the movie itself. And it's a bit of a downer.

Summer 2012 Wrap-Up: Which Actors, Directors & Studios Came Out On Top?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 22, 2012 1:00 PM
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With "The Bourne Legacy" and "The Expendables 2" landing over the last couple of weekends, we're pretty much at the tail end of the tentpole-laden summer movie season. The rest of the month finds classic late-August programmers like "Premium Rush," "The Apparition" and "The Possession" hitting theaters before attention will be turned to the fall festival season with Venice, Telluride, TIFF, and NYFF all on the way.

Watch: 'The Avengers' Goof Off In Gag Reel Plus Deleted Scene With Loki & Hawkeye

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 21, 2012 11:13 AM
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So how much fun is it hanging out on set with folks like Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Mark Ruffalo and more, and making a movie that winds up earning over $1 billion at the box office? Pretty damned fun, at least if the gag reel for "The Avengers" is anything to go by.

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