Friday, April 30, 2010
Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment present the epic adventure, "Thor," which spans the Marvel Universe from present day Earth to the realm of Asgard. At the center of the story is the mighty Thor (Chris Hemsworth), a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war. Thor is cast down to Earth by his father Odin (Anthony Hopkins) and is forced to live among humans. A beautiful, young scientist, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), has a profound effect on Thor, as she ultimately becomes his first love. It's while here on Earth that Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero when the most dangerous villain of his world sends the darkest forces of Asgard to invade Earth.
The protagonist is Zack Overkill, a ruthless villain who is powered by super strength. He is caught and rats out his boss, The Black Death. He goes into witness protection. He’s given a drug to dull his powers and takes a normal guy job as delivering the mail. By the time he discovers that messing with certain drugs restores his power, he has developed something of a conscience. He becomes a vigilante and soon, his exploits become known to The Black Death, who is out for revenge.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
The Destroyer is an enchanted suit of armor forged by Odin, and when it first appeared it was hinted that the Destroyer had been created as a weapon to face some dark menace from the stars. It is first seen residing in the Temple of darkness in Asia. The Destroyer is used by Thor's arch-foe Loki on several occasions, and each time has actually come close to killing Thor.
"It feels like the end of an era of a certain type of film. There are series of films, a lot of sequels, and a lot of remakes, and part of the humour of Scream 4 is when characters comment on that. 'Enough of Saw 25 and all'. A lot of films, directors, and studios are the butts of some of the jokes."Plot: There have been 10 years of no Ghostface, but there has been the movie-within-a-movie Stab. We have fun with the idea of endless sequels, or "sequelitis" as Kevin calls it in the script. Sid goes through these three horrendous things, and Stab was based on those horrible things. And then they've been taken by a studio and run into the ground in a series of sequels. She has been off by herself and living her own life, and she's even written a book that has gotten a lot of critical acclaim. She's kind of put her life back together in the course of these 10 years. But, certainly, there would be no Scream without Ghostface, so she has to confront him again, but now as a woman who has really come out the darkness of her past.
He continued by saying that just like in the trilogy, knowing the horror formula will help them beat the Ghostface murderer.
"In order to figure out what's happening around them, the characters have to figure out where the genre of horror is. So this is a look at horror after ten years of a lot of sequels rather than original films coming up year after year. One film is successful, and then they make 25 of them."
The creator also promised a reinvention of horror itself.
"I think it's time for something new. I've done remakes of my own films too, with, The Last House On The Left and The Hills Have Eyes, but we feel it's time for something new and different, and that’s what this film is going to be."
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
This is the first minisode of six, written by show creator Alan Ball. They serve to bridge the gap between season two and three, while also serving to promote the upcoming season which will air June 13 on HBO in the US.
Monday, April 26, 2010
Alan Burnett (Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, Green Lantern: First Flight) and Stan Berkowitz (Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, Justice League: The New Frontier) are crafting the script, which will reportedly feature multiple villains.
No timeline for the "Batman" show is set, though one scenario involves aiming to come out after Christopher Nolan's third "Batman" movie in 2012. Another scenario has it opening in 2011.
Batman The Musical
SuperHeroHype: I met you at the New York Comic-Con and obviously, a lot has happened since then. As far as "Iron Man" goes, I know that Jon had a lot of ideas for the sequel back when he did press for the first movie and a lot of that's changed. What was involved as far as deciding who would be in this movie and how things have changed since that first movie?
Kevin Feige: Well, I'm not sure it changed. What do you remember hearing during PR of the first one?
SHH: I know War Machine was definitely involved, but I don't think Whiplash or Black Widow were in the equation at that point.
Feige: Well, the two things that we were pretty confident we wanted to continue to explore going into the sequel was of course Rhodey and the way he becomes War Machine, and how Tony Stark now deals with the fact that he's told the world that he is this super hero. Those two elements we knew for sure. Then all the locations weren't exact, but the storyline would be how long it would take place after the first movie and who the villains would be. That basically is what we spent the summer after the first film opened trying to figure out. We're at a conference table in the Marvel office with Justin Theroux, our co-producer Jeremy Latcham, with Jon Favreau of course and Downey would pop in and out – really coming up with the journey of Tony Stark. Listen, we're all film nerds and looked to movies like the revenge story in "Wrath of Khan," the relative simplicity of the storyline of "Empire Strikes Back" and the way that within that simple story, or simple plot I should say, they were able to expand the mythology of the Force and of Luke's training. So those two movies were really the inspiration. We said, "Listen, let's go with a simple plot and come up with a good revenge story like 'Wrath of Khan' which will allow us the time to have Tony go on a journey and discover more about his past, discover more about himself, and really continue to open up sort of the broader Marvel mythology."
SHH: Favreau and Downey definitely got a lot of creative freedom on set with developing the character in the first movie, so were they given even more creative freedom this time since that movie worked so well?
Feige: I mean, listen, the only way I know how to make movies at Marvel Studios is extremely collaborative. That's how we made the first one, that's how we made the second one, its how we're making "Thor" now and "Cap." There are always going to be boundaries, boundaries of what has come before in the comics, boundaries of what ultimately we believe the character would or wouldn't do, but the boundaries are far and few between which allows the actors to really bring something to not only to their performance, but to the story as a whole.
SHH: One thing that's different between your movies and the ones done by Fox and Sony is that you have the Marvel creators involved a little more including Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada. How much back and forth is there between Marvel Studios and the comics division while developing each movie?
Feige: Well, there are a bunch of key markers in the development process, in the scripting process and then again, in post. The way I look at it is there's a lot of smart people at the studio who think and live and breathe these characters, and on the East coast, there's a lot of smart guys who live and breathe the characters in publishing. We really decided there doesn't have to be a wall between us. It really is one company now, and taking advantage of all of the smartest creative minds within the company.
SHH: Right after "Iron Man" came out, Marvel announced a game plan where you set a schedule for the next few movies to come out and how they'd come together in "The Avengers." Has that changed at all or has that pretty much gone as planned? Did anything come up you didn't expect along the way?
Feige: We discover things all the time in terms of the actual storyline, and it's a tough task, because every movie has to stand on it's own. That's kind of the Golden Rule is every movie has to stand on its own, it can't be full of so many interweaving elements that connect to other films that a casual viewer can't make sense of it. That's the thing we always want to be on alert for, is just making entertaining movies from start to finish and for people who want to look deeper and for people who want to follow us on a more complex journey, put markers in there as well for them, but make sure it works from a surface level I think. So we're always constantly saying, "Okay, we've got this great idea of how this could connect to that," but if it doesn't work for the movie that we're making at the time, then we won't do it or we'll change it, or something will come up during the filming of a movie that we just think is great and are blown away and we think will become a key element to the movie and then we figure out a way to tie it in to a later film.
SHH: How difficult has it been casting Cap and Thor? Obviously "Iron Man" set a high watershed that would make it tougher for these other movies, so are you approaching those movies very differently with a very different tone?
Feige: Well, it's a high bar, but it's the same thought process and the same creative process that we used when casting "Iron Man," we used when casting "Thor" and as we continue to cast "Captain America" is find the best people for the part, find the best actors for the role, whether they're famous or not, whether they have marquee value or not. Everyone in "Iron Man 2" has marquee value because they were also in "Iron Man 1." But before "Iron Man 1," they didn't necessarily, and we cast them not because of any perceived box office value, but because we believed they would be the best incarnation of these characters.
SHH: One thing that has made "Iron Man" so popular is the humor in the movie, which is a combination of Jon and Robert and Justin on this one. Should we expect that same level of humor to carry over into "Thor" and "Cap" or do you feel that those need to have different tones for their respective environments?
Feige: You know, I think we've established a tone in the Marvel films that we like very much, which is to say there can be moments that are extremely sincere and extremely emotional and at the same time can have a lightness of touch. They're not always going to be the same and sometimes it's appropriate and sometimes it's not, but certainly, we're not afraid to... listen, I believe an audience connects with the characters if you make them laugh, if you bring them inside the joke they're more likely to be affected when you decide to turn it 180 degrees and make something more emotional and make something more touching. I think that worked extremely well in "Iron Man," I think it works very well in "Iron Man 2." In "Thor" and "Cap" we're going with that - not necessarily because that's what we've done in "Iron Man," but because that's what we like most about movies. Those are the kind of movies that we like to see, are the ones that aren't just dark to be dark or aren't just self-serious for the sake of having some sort of false sense of gravitas or something. We think our stories are sweeping, we think our stories are epic and we think they're important. At the same time, we know that they're popcorn entertainment and need to appeal to the broadest audience, and we want to keep them light and fun and frankly that's how you connect with a billionaire weapons industrialist that most of us have nothing in common with. I believe that's how we're gonna connect with the God of Thunder and that's how we're gonna connect with a scrawny kid in 1941 who wants to join the Army.
SHH: A lot of people have been wondering about "Ant-Man" especially now that Edgar Wright's almost done with "Scott Pilgrim." Are you guys going to try to work him into "The Avengers" as you get that movie going or are you going to wait and finish "The Avengers," then do that afterwards?"
Feige: "Ant-Man" will definitely not come out prior to "The Avengers," but Edgar was in LA last week. We sat down. We started working on a calendar of when to get him back into it once he finishes "Scott Pilgrim" and promoting "Scott Pilgrim." So I would think towards the end of this year, early next year we'd start looking at early prep for that, but certainly for a release date after "The Avengers."
SHH: I remember he was at the Marvel Comic-Con panel with Louis and with Jon Favreau back when you guys made the first announcements.
Feige: You remember that, exactly.
SHH: Of course I did. That was a really exciting year for SuperHeroHype. Where are you guys at with 3D at this point? Every day, there's another announcement about some new movie is either being done in 3D or being converted to 3D. Are you guys not too worried about that because you have strong enough material that you don't need to do 3D?
Feige: We're only gonna do it if we can do it extremely well. We're not gonna do it just as a overlay or just to do it. Certainly, it's something we're looking at for all of our movies and we're looking at very seriously for all of our movies, but we're not going to make a decision or an announcement until we know that they'll improve and enhance the film and not just be an added gadget.
SHH: One of the things about Pixar and DreamWorks is they started out making one movie every two years, then they got it down to one a year. Where is Marvel in terms of having multiple projects in production at once?
Feige: About two years is what we're looking at now. In 2011, we'll have "Thor" at the beginning of May and "Cap" at the end of July. That seems to be a comfort zone, as in 2008 we had "Iron Man" and "The Incredible Hulk."
SHH: So basically two years will be a comfortable place?
Feige: Yeah, yeah.
SHH: You've done such a good job with "Iron Man" and "Incredible Hulk" by handling them yourselves, so what happens with the Marvel properties at Fox and Sony? Are you going to get more involved with those or try to get those characters into the Marvel Studios fold? I know they have a few more years for their deal.
Feige: We'll see. I mean, those movies are at the studio partners, and they're working away at them and certainly everything with Marc Webb on "Spider Man" which we're looking forward to and that's just getting underway. We'll see how Fox wants to proceed on the next films.
SHH: It seems logical that they would try to get you guys more involved like Universal did with "The Incredible Hulk" if only to maintain consistency with the Marvel Universe eventually. Do you think so, too?
Feige: Listen, I never say never. Anything's possible. If you asked me five years ago, I wouldn't have thought we'd be talking about "The Avengers" now. For the time being, there's only one place for connective tissue within the Marvel Universe and within this new MCU, Marvel Cinematic Universe that we're building and those are in the Marvel Studios movies.
SHH: I like that, "Marvel Cinematic Universe." That's pretty cool. There have been recent rumors about Marvel doing movies based on other characters, lower budget with new filmmakers. I was curious about that because I'm not sure how many characters are left that aren't taken by some of these other deals. Is that something which you might be approaching?
Feige: Absolutely. I saw that story the other day, and I was pleased with it. It is something that we're looking at the ongoing cinematic universe and where it could go after "The Avengers" which we look at as a beginning and not an ending. Listen, the truth is, there's thousands and thousands of characters. Could they all be movies? No. But when you go and look again at the first two movies that have started sort of this new Marvel era. The first one was "Blade" which nobody knew was a Marvel character and never had his own title. It was just an interesting character in "Tomb of Dracula," and then there was "X-Men" which was the top selling comic – not anymore, but at the time for many, many years – and that was done well. So certainly we are making a conscious effort of looking at the characters, at whether they have marquee value or not, (that they) are just interesting stories, engaging stories and continue to define, which is what I've been trying to do almost coming up on 10 years at Marvel, continue to push the boundaries of what a comic book movie is and the definition of a comic book movie.
As Andy prepares to depart for college, Buzz, Woody and the rest of his loyal toys are troubled about their uncertain future. Directed by Lee Unkrich (co-director of "Toy Story 2" and "Finding Nemo"), "Toy Story 3" is a comical new adventure in Disney Digital 3D that lands the toys in a room full of untamed tots who can't wait to get their sticky little fingers on these "new" toys. It's pandemonium as they try to stay together, ensuring "no toy gets left behind." Meanwhile, Barbie comes face to plastic face with Ken (yes, that Ken).
UPDATED: Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear Commercial Viral Videos
Meanwhile, in the forest vault, Amy finds herself facing an even more deadly attack and the Doctor realises he has more than the Angels to deal with...
Flesh and Stone airs 18.25, Saturday 1 May on BBC One.
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Update: HitFix got to speak with Seth Rogen about the plans to make the 'The Green Hornet' 3D:
"[Co-writer] Evan Goldberg, [director] Michel Gondry and myself could not be more excited about going 3D," he says. "The truth is that this is something that we have wanted since the very first conversations we all had about the film. A lot of the visually driven sequences Michel came up [with] were first conceived for a 3D movie. After watching the first third of the film and working with Sony Imageworks, the studio decided now would be a perfect time to commit to 3D."
"None of the effects shots have been started, none of the blue screen shots have been composited, and this lets us do all of it in 3D," says Rogen.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Comingsoon.net got a chance to chat with Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige about the current state of Edgar Wright's 'Ant-Man,' to which he had some good news to say:
"Edgar was in L.A. last week, we sat down, and we started working on a calendar of when to get him back into it once he finishes promoting 'Scott Pilgrim,' so I think towards the end of this year, early next year we'd start looking at early prep for that, but certainly for a release date after 'The Avengers.'"In other Marvel news they where also able to get Kevin Feige view on Marvels plan to make smaller film from their proprieties:
"I saw that story the other day, and I was pleased with it," he replied. "It is something that we're looking at the ongoing cinematic universe and where to go after 'Avengers,' which we look at as a beginning and not an ending. Listen, the truth is that there are thousands and thousands of characters. Can they all be movies? No, but when you go and look again at the first two movies that started this new model era. The first one was 'Blade,' which no one knew was a Marvel character and never had his own title, was just an interesting character in 'Tomb of Dracula.' And then there was 'X-Men' which was the top-selling comic at the time for many, many years, and that was done well. So certainly we're making a conscious effort of looking at the characters, whether they have marquee value or not, are just interesting stories and can continue to define, which is what I've been trying to do, almost coming up on ten years at Marvel, to continue to push the boundaries of what a comic book movie is and a definition of a comic book movie. "
Based on the hugely successful Nickelodeon animated TV series, the live-action feature film The Last Airbender is the opening chapter in Aang's struggle to survive
UPDATED: 2 New Clips, TV Spot
As well as 2 new posters there's a new clip from 'Iron Man 2,' which shows Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell) as he runs into Tony (Robert Downey, Jr.) at a mixer function and have some fun with their similar sexual history with a certain reporter. Also a new Entertainment Tonight featurette which gives an inside look at Scarlett Johansson's character Black Widow, and her training for the part & to top it all off an AC/DC 'Iron man 2' music video of Highway to Hell.
Clip 3: Briefase Armor
Music Video - Highway to Hell
Two men — one in his twenties, the other nearer forty, both intensely focused on the task at hand — line the inside of a transit van with plastic. Shopping, they buy a drill, mattress and other supplies. In a small flat they assemble a bed for the mattress and staple foam insulation and board to the walls and windows of a bedroom. Then, their meticulous preparations complete, they kidnap a young woman. They drag her from the street into the back of the van and, with a bag over her head and ball gag in her mouth, take her back to the flat, tying her to the bed in the room they have converted into a prison cell.
The kidnappers are Danny (Martin Compston) and Vic (Eddie Marsan), two ex—cons planning to make a mint on the ransom for the young woman. The younger, nervier of the two, Danny defers to the more experienced Vic, who acts with a steely conviction. Their hostage is Alice Creed (Gemma Arterton), daughter of a rich businessman, chosen by Vic and Danny as their passport to a better life.
Terrified and immobile at first, it soon becomes clear that Alice isn’t about to let her captors use her as capital without a fight. As determined to escape as Vic and Danny are to succeed, Alice enters into a battle of wills which strains the already fractious relationship between the two men. As the deadline for the exchange draws nearer, all three are brought close to breaking point, with Vic and Danny’s foolproof plan descending into a desperate struggle for survival.
US Teaser Trailer
Friday, April 23, 2010
"It'll be two. It'll be prequel one and two. Then Alien 1," Collider quotes Scott as saying, adding that he will film the movie in bright light and darken the footage later so as to be able to work in 3D.MTV sat down with Ridley Scott to talk about his prequel to 'Alien.'
"That's the downside," he explained. "The problem is you'll have to grade it later. You'll have to grit your teeth and light it not the way you'd like it. And then later, you're going to have to regrade it. Repaint it."
MTV: We're very excited about your return to the "Aliens" world — what's going on with it at this point?
Ridley Scott: As we speak, I've got a pile of pages next to me; it's like the fourth draft. It's a work in progress, but we're not dreaming it up anymore. We know what the story is. We're now actually trying to improve the three acts and make the characters better, build it up to something [we can shoot]. It's a work in progress, but we're actually making the film. There's no question about it, we're going to make the film
Scott: Now it's a matter of, how good can I get the screenplay in the next few weeks so I can get a good ballpark figure of what it will cost. I've already got people working graphically on designs for the various requirements of the film.
MTV: Since this is a prequel, will you need to make the ships more primitive-looking than in "Alien"?
Scott: It's set in 2085, about 30 years before Sigourney [Weaver's character Ellen Ripley]. It's fundamentally about going out to find out 'Who the hell was that Space Jockey?' The guy who was sitting in the chair in the alien vehicle — there was a giant fellow sitting in a seat on what looked to be either a piece of technology or an astronomer's chair. Remember that?
MTV: Of course.
Scott: And our man [Tom Skerritt as Captain Dallas] climbs up and says "There's been an explosion in his chest from the inside out — what was that?" I'm basically explaining who that Space Jockey — we call him the Space Jockey — I'm explaining who the space jockeys were.
MTV: And is the Weyland-Yutani company in existence at this point?
Scott: It's Weyland. Weyland hasn't joined Yutani yet, so they go and see Weyland. [The film] is about the discussion of terraforming — taking planets and planetoids and balls of earth and trying to terraform, seed them with the possibilities of future life.
MTV: We know how obsessive "Alien" fans can get. Are you going to make a film that doesn't require having seen any of the other movies?
Scott: Totally. Yes. [People will still get it], because there's a lot of copying, dude.
MTV: There's a lot of copying of your movies.
Scott: There's a lot of homage. Is that the polite word? Homage? I call it something else. [Laughs.]
MTV: Will Sigourney Weaver have any participation at all?
Scott: It will be before she was born!
MTV: So not even a voice-over, explaining things? Nothing?
Scott: Well, the main character [in the prequel] will be a woman, yeah. We're thinking it could go down that route, yeah. When I started the original "Alien," Ripley wasn't a woman, it was a guy. During casting, we thought, "Why don't we make it a woman?"
MTV: So will you be creating new aliens for your prequel?
Scott: What you have to do is — were there four or five "Alien" films? I can't remember how many followed.
MTV: There were three after you, then the "Alien vs. Predator" nonsense.
Scott: Yeah, the thing about "Alien vs. Predator" is, I know it's commerce, but what a pity. I think, therefore, I have to design — or redesign — earlier versions of what these elements are that led to the thing you finally see in "Alien," which is the thing that catapults out of the egg, the face-hugger.
Scott: I don't want to repeat it. The alien in a sense, as a shape, is worn out.
MTV: Will you consult the original alien designer, H.R. Giger, on these ideas?
Scott: Yeah, he's still around. Once I get more serious and get going, and the big wheels start turning, we'll certainly talk. And maybe we'll come up with something completely different.
MTV: In your mind, when do cameras begin rolling on the film?
Scott: We're hoping to have it in theaters in late 2011, or maybe the best date in 2012.
MTV: Have you given any thought on how you'll feel when you walk on set that first time, how you'll deal with the déjà vu from 1979?
Scott: Yeah, it'll be weird, because I always said I'll never do a sequel. [Laughs.]
MTV: What made you change your mind?
Scott: Honestly? They've squeezed the franchise dry. The first one will always be the most frightening, because the beast we put together with Giger and all its parts — the face-hugger, the chest-burster, the egg — they were all totally original, and that's hard to follow. ... I've always avoided sequels, unless I felt there was something fresh.
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'Brave' will be hitting theaters on June 15, 2012 in the US, its voice cast include Reese Witherspoon, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson and Julie Walters. In the film, the impetuous, tangle-haired Merida, though a daughter of royalty, would prefer to make her mark as a great archer. A clash of wills with her mother compels Merida to make a reckless choice, which unleashes unintended peril on her father's kingdom and her mother's life. Merida struggles with the unpredictable forces of nature, magic and a dark, ancient curse to set things right.
'Monsters, Inc. 2' is is scheduled for November 16, 2012, there are no mention of plot details or if any of the original directors Pete Docter (Up), David Silverman (The Simpsons Movie) & Lee Unkrich (Toy Story 3) are on board.
Mike's New Car
Larry David Confirms 'Curb' Season 8. Also 'Curb' Producers Teaming Up With Sacha Baron Cohen For New Show
Production is set to start on a new ten part series in Los Angeles during the summer, to be broadcast next year.
"After much soul searching - and by the way, it was nowhere to be found - I have decided to do another season of Curb," says Larry David. "I look forward to the end of shooting, when I can once again resume the hunt for my elusive soul. I know it's here somewhere or perhaps in the rugged mountainous regions of Pakistan."
Ricky Gervais is widely expected to feature in the new season, there has also been suggestion by David that London may feature as a backdrop for part of the season.
In related news Sacha Baron Cohen has reportedly teamed up with the executive producers of 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' Alec Berg, Jeff Schaffer and David Mandel who are all former 'Seinfeld' writers to pitch a new comedy show.
Details are vague, but the project is being touted around various televison studios heads, and is seen as hot property.
The film tells a tale of which is set in motion when a princess is kidnapped, threatening a long-standing peace between men and giants. A young farmer is given an opportunity to lead a dangerous expedition to the giants’ kingdom in hope of rescuing her.
Singer is set to begin casting for the film in the next few days, which will be shot this summer in England.
McQuarrie recently just completed the 'Wolverine 2' script and received much praise from Hugh Jackman who had this to say about the script: "The script is in, it's the best one we’ve had"
"BBC Worldwide Productions and the FOX Broadcasting Company have mutually agreed not to progress together with a 13-episode serialized 'Torchwood' format," said BBC Worldwide in a statement. "We are currently in discussion with several interested networks.”
BBC Worldwide executive vice president of programming and production Jane Tranter added: "It's very much ongoing and very much alive."
Tranter also dismissed talk of a US produced 'Doctor Who' series: "It may well be confusing to have a British Doctor and an American Doctor at the same time. There is only one Doctor, so I don't see that happening."
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
With his college scholarship hanging in the balance, Burke begrudgingly teams up with charismatic pothead Travis Breaux(Sean Marquette) to do the only thing they can think of to neutralize this threat—get the entire student body stoned. The film also stars Adrien Brody & Colin Hanks.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
For a host of more stills head over to the Hershey's Iron Man site, click on 'Enter Reese's EXPO Pavilion' and then on the door with the S.H.I.E.L.D. logo on the left side of that page. It will ask you for a password so type in '17033' and you will see many more stills from the film.