While Marvel has delighted fans with the return of characters like Iron Man, Thor and Captain America in Phase 2 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a question that has been repeatedly brought up by fans is, “Where’s Hulk?” The green monster became a fan favorite after Joss Whedon’s The Avengers in 2012, and yet the film studio decided that he would be the only one of the four core team members without a solo movie sequel. Why?
Joss Whedon did something truly incredible at the helm of the first Avengers movie. In unprecedented fashion, he brought together not just a team of blockbuster superheroes, but brought together multiple franchises into one super movie. As impressive as his work was, however, it turns out that what he was really always looking forward to in the future was making an Avengers movie featuring The Vision.
The thing about the Red Sea sequence is that it competes with several eye-popping visual events in the rest of the movie. Sir Ridley Scott embraces his epic blockbuster side when bringing the size and scope of the story of Moses to the big screen.
When you think Hellboy, you automatically think Ron Perlman, right? That wasn't the case with the studios who had the project in the beginning.
By the start of this third Hunger Games installment, Finnick has twice survived the deadly games put on by the Capitol to keep the Districts in line. For the first time since his reaping, he's out of the spotlight of President Snow, and it makes for a character that Sam Claflin compares to Marilyn Monroe.
For more than a decade, French director Alexandre Aja has been delivering scares, gore and occasionally, a bit of dark humor with films like The Hills Have Eyes, Piranha and more recently, the feature adaptation of Joe Hill's Horns. But how does being French impact his perspective when telling American horror stories?
Elisabeth Moss and Jason Schwartzman have known each other for years, as both grew up in Los Angeles. Yet despite bustling careers in film and television Listen Up Philip marks the first time they've ever worked together. I asked if their friendship and familiarity with each other made it easier to dig into the caustic arguments of their characters in the film.
“Welcome to my nightmare.” This is how Fury director David Ayer jokingly reacts to my initial question about filming an entire World War II drama involving tanks.
Love and lust are emotions that cover a lot of the same highs and lows among everyone who has ever felt them. According to Oscar-nominated animator Bill Plympton, they can also inspire a synapse-firing warzone. I had the pleasure of talking with Plympton about his newest eyeball-melting short Head Games, which was created for the recently-released anthology horror ABCs of Death 2.
As someone who read Gillian Flynn’s book prior to seeing Gone Girl, I can tell you that Fincher and his cast are smart enough to include clever nods and calculated asides to entertain those who know where the story is going.
One of Antonie Fuqua's decisions made for a moody set. But also a VERY difficult shoot. When I asked Denzel Washington about it during our exclusive interview, he explained that he understood how cool it looked, but after awhile, he didn’t give a damn!
This week I had the incredible opportunity to sit down with Terry Gilliam, who is only allowed in the U.S. for 30 days a year (more on that later). Over the course of ten minutes, we discussed The Zero Theorem, its ties to his past dystopian epics, how he sees the U.S. and his own legacy, what he has coming up, and what he believes the new world religion really is.
Needless to say, we had a lot to talk about with the Russos, from Captain America: The Winter Soldier to Marvel’s plans for Captain America 3 and beyond.
I had a blast speaking with The One I Love's director Charlie McDowell, and stars Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss. In a conversation filled with tip-toeing and Easter eggs, we uncovered the unconventional filmmaking behind this celebrated comedy, the magic in its making, and how it could prove the final straw in a soured relationship.
John Wayne's Star Trek Premonition And 10 More Things We Learned From To Be Takei's Transatlantic Premiere
Amid all the finery of Queen Mary 2, I enjoyed To Be Takei, which was afterwards complimented with a Q&A with the film's director Jennifer M. Kroot, and its stars George Takei, and his husband Brad Takei né Altman. The fruits of this fantastic event are below.
"They had spent all day making beautiful plates," Lasse Hallstrom told us. "Like 50 of them. And then we never had time to get to them! I don’t know what happened to those plates of food."
Feige knows that a lot of what Marvel would like to do in Phase 3 and beyond depends on audiences accepting some of the oddities in James Gunn’s movie. But with so much happening on Marvel’s cinematic front, we lept from topic to topic and tried to cover as much ground as possible. Here are a few of the major things we discovered.
The story of Peter Quill, the character played by Chris Pratt in James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy, is certainly a strange one. As a child back in the 1980s, he found himself whisked off of planet Earth and far off into the cosmos where he would spend the rest of his life living amongst all kinds of bizarre aliens from other worlds.
The end result is a rowdy, rambunctious film about a moment in music history where everything stopped to accommodate Brown's ruthless talent and ingenuity. The Get On Up press conference was held in New York, and it allowed journalists to talk to Chadwick Boseman , as well as Jill Scott, Octavia Spencer, Dan Aykroyd, producer Brian Grazer, director Tate Taylor, and the one and only Mick Jagger.
Paul Bettany and The Vision should be a major component of the Marvel Cinematic Universe moving forward, particularly as we continue to learn his connections to Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and the murderous Ultron (James Spader).
In promotion of The Purge: Anarchy, this past weekend I had the wonderful opportunity to sit down with Frank Grillo and talk all about not only his latest film, but also his ambitious goals for his future as an actor. He had a bunch of absolutely fascinating things to say, so start reading now!
In case you couldn’t tell from the title, Sex Tape is a summer comedy that earns its R-rating. The movie features all matters of foul language and sexuality that the MPAA just hates, but it’s all for the sake of comedy. Watching the film, I wondered if the stars – Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz – were actually drawn to the script because of these more outlandish moments and a chance to play out some inhibited hilarity.
If there’s one thing the stop-motion animation process is known for, it’s being painstakingly slow. Not only are the films put together one frame at a time with intense care and precision, there is an incredible amount of work that needs to go into development and construction long before the first shutter snap is even heard.
The stop-motion animation house Laika is well on its way to becoming one of the strongest, most consistent studios in in the movie industry. Founded by Travis Knight, the son of Nike founder and chairman Phil Knight, the company has only made two features thus far - Coraline and ParaNorman - but both earned incredible critical praise and even Academy Award nominations. The future is bright for Laika, particularly because their next film, The Boxtrolls.
Last fall, I was invited by Marvel Studios and Disney to take a flight out to London, England with a small group of other journalists to visit the set of Guardians of the Galaxy. Touring through the various departments and interviewing members of the cast and crew, I learned a number of fascinating things about the upcoming blockbuster that I’m delighted to share with you now.