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By looking at the bottom of this list-- say, everything below 40%-- you can feel vindicated. The worst of the worst gets rejected by critics, and audiences follow suit. The top of the list, until you get to Hellboy II at least, tells the other side of that story-- when movies like The Dark Knight and the Avengers and Iron Man debut to enormous acclaim, they're way more likely to become even bigger hits
Here in the U.S. we're waiting patiently for Iron Man 3 to finally kick off summer movie season, but overseas, the latest Marvel movie is already off like a rocket. It opened in 42 international territories this weekend and made an incredible $195.3 million, beating even the $185.1 million that The Avengers made it in its first international weekend last year.
The poster is credited to EW staffer Jef Castro, and it merges virtually every major player in future sci-fi and fantasy franchises. It’s kind of a clever joke, but it’s also a chilling reality that characters like Thanos, Boba Fett, Iron Man, Wolverine and more will be dominating multiplexes for years to come.
As you'll notice this happens entirely in a single take, and Oswalt name checks an astonishing amount of names and statistics from the Star Wars universe-- while also taking the time to knock Hawkeye and Black Widow for not being top-tier Avengers characters. I'll leave it to the Star Wars diehards to pick through all the insane ideas Oswalt suggests for what might happen in Star Wars: Episode VII
We were on the scene back when Robert Downey Jr. broke the “news” at an Avengers press conference that the ensemble was planning on shooting one last scene for inclusion in the movie. It ended up being the shawarma restaurant scene – a joke shoehorned into the Avengers credit sequence.
Remember how a waitress in a single shot of The Avengers looked awfully familiar, and then we discovered she played Chrissy on Growing Pains as a child? We then wondered why she had wound up in the film in such a small part, only to hear that she'd had a bigger role before getting edited down in the final cut. Now, thanks to the wonders of deleted scenes and the new Marvel Phase One box set, we can see how her character's arc would have gone had it made the final cut
It contains what's become familiar chatter from Marvel President Kevin Feige, talking about how he and the directors of all the Phase One films have been coordinating to set up a giant universe, and how Iron Man 3 marks the start of Phase Two. The footage contained here is mostly familiar from previous trailers, showing Tony Stark coming face to face with an Iron Man suit that contains somebody else
Voting is officially open for the 2013 MTV Movie Awards. The nominations for the past year's crop of movies were announced tonight, with Django Unchained and Ted tied for the most nominations, with seven each. Coming in just behind those two are Silver Linings Playbook with six nominations and The Dark Knight Rises with 5. The Avengers, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Pitch Perfect and Skyfall received four nominations a piece.
While talking with the L.A. Times on behalf of The Package (now out on DVD), Lundgren guaranteed himself a few headlines by going after the highest-grossing movie of 2012, claiming that it’s PG-13 approach to guns and violence does more harm to an audience than good.
I've lived in New York City for the entirety of my adult life, and admittedly take a certain level of pride is recognizing my chosen home in movies, as well as smugly identifying fakes. Watching the carnage of The Avengers' third act unfold right outside Grand Central Station, I was well aware that those scenes would have been impossible to shoot in this area that is always traffic heavy. And yet…it looked so real!
The superhero film that brought together Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Hulk was nothing short of a phenomenon, not only becoming the third highest grossing film of all time – with a worldwide take of $1.5 billion – but also having brilliant success with critics. And as though that weren’t enough achievements for one movie, later this month the film will be competing with some of the best movies of 2012 for glory at the Academy Awards.
The Avengers will be assembling at the Academy Awards later this month. Well, some of them will, anyway. Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Renner and Mark Ruffalo will present at the Oscars, according to the announcement show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron made today. That'll bring Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, Nick Fury, Clint Barton and Bruce Banner back together for the big event, representing one of last year's most anticipated and appreciated blockbusters.
"I'm as angry as you should be," Whedon said. "When I heard that I was like, 'I wonder ... no, I really can't do that. Oh, I already have a job.' I wouldn't clear the Avengers. I'm having so much fun with that sequel right now, just with the script, that I couldn't imagine not doing it."
The Avengers was one of the most popular movies of 2012, and the most financially successful one by far, but when it came to Oscar recognition it had to settle for Best Visual Effects, where it netted a much-deserved nomination. Competing against the likes of Life of Pi and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Only 2,600 people responded to the Times’ poll, so this was hardly an avalanche of backlash against Marvel, Whedon and the massive conclusion to Phase One of the studio’s cinematic plan. And I’m willing to bet that most of those who voted in the poll will turn out for Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World.
For the last two weeks we have been applauding the best work of the year, from our individual critical top 10s to lists of our favorite action scenes, on-screen couples, facial hair statements, lines of dialogue, breakthrough performances and much more. And now it’s time to celebrate those very special moments of 2012 when cinema and music fell into perfect harmony.
One of the coolest shots in Joss Whedon's The Avengers is during the final battle when the camera zooms through the streets of New York City to find all of the members of the team working together to fight off the invading Chitauri forces. As awesome and beautiful as the shot is, however, it is obviously fabricated - but it's done in such a beautiful way that it just makes you wonder, "How the hell did they do that?"
From a domestic box office perspective, The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises and The Hunger Games were the winners in 2012, with The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 and Skyfall coming in fourth and fifth respectively. The latter two spots on the list are more impressive when you consider that both films have only been out for a month or so. Regardless, these films raked in the dough, but only two of them made the Top 10 list of most pirated movies of 2012.
This has been a big year for blockbuster films - a year that we've been waiting for a long time. Joss Whedon delivered his version of The Avengers ; Christopher Nolan completed his Dark Knight Trilogy with The Dark Knight Rises; Gary Ross kicked off the start of The Hunger Games franchise; Bill Condon ended Twilight; Peter Jackson went back to Middle-earth for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey...
Comic-book artist Andy Park posted a ton of concept-art sketches for The Avengers to his personal website, helping to illustrate how costume, hair and makeup decisions were tested on paper before they were applied to Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson and Scarlett Johansson.
With the possible exception of his tendency to kill off beloved characters, the story element that writer/director/showrunner Joss Whedon is best known for is strong female leads. Heroines have been around for the entire length of his career, from Buffy Summers on Buffy The Vampire Slayer to Zoe, River, Inara and Kaylee on Firefly to Echo on Dollhouse. And it is certainly an element at play in The Avengers.
Many consider 1982 to be one of the greatest years in movie history. With titles like E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Blade Runner, The Thing, Poltergeist, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, and many other influential, revolutionary, unforgettable movies, it’s a year that will always be remembered as a landmark in pop culture history. And now 30 years later we have a year that could very well end up being remembered the same way.
In the SDCC clips, there’s a funny but poignant conversation between Robert Downey Jr. and Jon Favreau (playing Happy Hogan) about the devastation left by the Avengers in New York City. Shane Black’s Iron Man sequel has the distinct pleasure of being the first post-Avengers Marvel movie, and so it will have to deal with the repercussions of that finale.
It's taken a lot longer than anybody would have expected, but the full Marvel: Phase One box set will eventually be making its way to fans, featuring every Marvel film leading up to The Avengers (plus The Avengers itself) and a promised boatload of new extras and Easter Eggs to make it worth the $219 price tag
By most accounts Jeremy Renner was not the best Saturday Night Live host you could hope for, looking uncomfortable or unwilling to participate in some of the sketches, and not exactly transforming himself into new characters.But when you've got the star of two of the year's biggest movies on hand, you can at least count on some solid parodies