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Dolph Lundgren Trash Talks The Avengers
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.
The Avengers Featurette Explores Building A Digital New York
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!
How The Avengers Made A Motion Capture Hulk And Snagged An Oscar Nomination
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 Stars To Present 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.
Joss Whedon Wishes He Could Direct Star Wars 7 Too
"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."
Video Reveals How The Avengers Earned Its Oscar Nomination
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
The Avengers Voted Most Overrated Movie Of 2012
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.
The 10 Best Movie Music Moments Of 2012
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.
New Avengers Featurette Breaks Down One Of The Film's Coolest Shots
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?"
Project X And Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol Top 2012 Most Pirated Movies List
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.
2012 Declared The Biggest Box Office Year On Record
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...
Avengers Concept Art Gives Us A Fresh Look At Joss Whedon's Blockbuster
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.
The Avengers Almost Had Wasp Instead Of Black Widow, Joss Whedon Wanted A Second Villain
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.
The Top 10 Movies Of 2012: Eric's List
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.
Japanese Iron Man 3 Trailer Connects Directly To The Avengers
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.