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Comic-Con 2014: Marvel Hammers Home 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' and 'Ant-Man'

The Marvel strut was in full force Saturday evening in Hall H.They rule the comic-book, superhero genre for movies and demonstrated once again why they also rule the Con. And Marvel didn't disappoint in touting the more ambitious "Age of Ultron" (May 1, 2015) along with the more fantastical and whimsical "Ant-Man" (July 31, 2015), which will star Paul 'Rudd as the incredible shrinking superhero. The contrast is further proof that Marvel will keep mixing it up between dark and light to escalate the danger while using gallows humor as an essential escape valve.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • July 27, 2014 2:59 PM
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FIRST LOOK: Two Tantalizing Images from Michael Mann's New Cyber-Thriller

Has Michael Mann found a new title for his next movie, tentatively titled "Cyber," Legendary/Universal's crime drama filmed in Hong Kong about American and Chinese agents working to bring down a powerful network of Balkan hackers?
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 5, 2014 12:34 PM
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Chris Hemsworth and Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs to Announce 2014 Oscar Nominations

Cheryl Boone Isaacs will be joined by Thor -- er, Chris Hemsworth -- to announce the 86th Oscar nominations on Thursday, January 16. The noms will be rolled out bright and early at 5:38am PST (we'll be live streaming the event).
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 10, 2014 12:56 PM
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Tom Hanks, Emma Watson, Channing Tatum, Chris Hemsworth and More Set to Present at 2014 Golden Globes UPDATED

UPDATE: More presenters have been announced for the upcoming Golden Globe Awards on January 12.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 8, 2014 3:00 PM
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Michael Mann's Upcoming Cyber Thriller, Starring Hemsworth, Gets a Release Date UPDATED

UPDATE: Michael Mann's upcoming thriller (formerly titled "Cyber"), starring Chris Hemsworth and currently in post production after a shoot in Hong Kong, has been given a release date by Universal. Mann fans may be a little disappointed to hear they'll have to wait until January 16, 2015 for this one. Fingers crossed it gets moved up.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 29, 2013 2:33 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Cinematographer Dod Mantle Talks Ron Howard's 'Rush' and 'In the Heart of the Sea' (VIDEO)

Anthony Dod Mantle is in the race for his second Oscar for "Rush," and explains how he processed and integrated archival footage with live-action cinematography for a '70s painterly look.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • September 20, 2013 2:41 PM
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Review Roundup: Ron Howard's 'Rush,' Starring Hemsworth and Bruhl, a Thrilling and Unconventional Formula 1 Epic UPDATED

Strong reviews continue to come in for Ron Howard's "Rush," which hits theaters September 20. Starring Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl (who generated Supporting Actor Oscar buzz at the recently wrapped TIFF) as real-life Formula 1 rivals James Hunt and Niki Lauda, the film is a "virtuoso feat" (per Variety) that "breaks the mold" (per the Telegraph). More below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 18, 2013 2:34 PM
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WATCH: New Clip From Ron Howard's Formula 1 Rivalry Drama 'Rush,' Starring Chris Hemsworth

A new clip from Ron Howard's upcoming "Rush," a drama based on the real life 1970s rivalry of Formula 1 racers James Hunt and Niki Lauda, has hit the web before the film's premiere at TIFF in September.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • August 28, 2013 1:19 PM
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Watch: New Trailer for 'Thor: The Dark World,' Starring Hemsworth, Hiddleston and Portman

A new trailer for Marvel's "Thor: The Dark World" has arrived, starring Avenger Chris Hemsworth as the eponymous hammer thrower, Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins and Idris Elba. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 7, 2013 12:24 PM
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Toronto Preview: Awards Hopefuls Bring Real Figures to Life, from Dickens and Assange to Ginsberg and Mandela

There's a reason Sony Pictures Classics is moving up the release date of "The Invisible Woman" to Christmas Day. They think they may have the goods to make a go at an awards season play. This Ralph Fiennes-directed movie is world premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival, one of many pictures with Oscar hopes that centers around bringing a real person to life.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 5, 2013 4:02 PM
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