‘Skyfall’ director Sam Mendes takes 007 aim at comics movies


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‘Skyfall’ director Sam Mendes takes 007 aim at comics movies

The “Zodiac” and “Reservation Road” actor that is Mark Ruffalo many film-goers know about wouldn’t be a first choice to accept the role of David Banner for a genre like “The Avengers” fields. Even on “Real Time with Bill Maher” Ruffalo admits that acting in a comics genre was far from his foresightful expectations towards upcoming projects.

What Ruffalo accomplishes in Banner-like Jekyll-some weariness on-screen was exceptionally caught in the lens of helmer Joss Whedon. On a lens altogether different, say in the directorial manner of Sam Mendes – then wide film sorts of variant elicits could have made a mark on our mega-blockbuster memories.

The case for another cinematic capture was up for the offering, and Mendes a short list name that was sent the initial movie pitch.

However “The Avengers” turns out not to be the recent “Skyfall” director’s galvanizing forte, in the manner that we discover how Hollywood really rounds up it’s desired directors. After all, this third Bond installment of reboot recent preinitializes 1998s “Road to Perdition”, when Daniel Craig and Sam Mendes were on a film set together.

That’s right, Mendes has a comic book film side that clarifies itself during an interview with Moviefone.

Half right, if you’re of a mind he’s reluctant to let us in on the general idea of how he got interjected with the project.

From Mendes’ anecdotal tell-all:

“With a lot of these movies, the date’s announced before anything exists, let alone a script. The funniest letter I got — they were sending [a packet for] “The Avengers,” right? For directors to pitch — and I got a package, which was full of comic books, but no treatment; there was no script. But the cover letter said “Marvel’s ‘Avengers’ will be released on May 3, 2012” or whatever it was. That was the first sentence of the cover letter. Not, “We have the pleasure of enclosing the materials…” or “Here is the script for…” But the release date. That was the first sentence.

Since Bryan Singer’s “X-Men” franchise and Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man” trilogy have been served the bigger slices of credit for comics based movies rejuvenation, the Oscar-winning director for “American Beauty” stands apart in that pop genre for rendition of a celebrated film. Enthusiasts know the deal.

Like those blockbuster pair that tandemly set records and spun into upswing motion wunder-kinds of a comics story produces in interactive streamline with action-mach wonder.

Coattails of those pair of box office bonanzas, of which “The Dark Knight” attaches sweeping Oscar-noms and wins, gave every multi-level afficianodo on the internet cause for measuring against measures. A factor of comparitives doesn’t escape Moviefone, questionairre of the interview – after Mendes captions Bond production outside the vein of ‘it’s not like making “The Avengers” and frames his opinions on the likenings towards Christopher Nolan level impact.

“Well, he’s the man, isn’t he? I think he’s amazing. This movie would not have been possible, I think, at least in the way that it is, without “The Dark Knight.” We’re living in a world now where movies are either tiny or huge and there’s nothing in the middle. I mean, the movies that I made for ten years, I can’t make those anymore. I couldn’t make “American Beauty,” I couldn’t make “Road to Perdition”; they just don’t make those films. [Nolan] showed that you could make an A movie — that is a world class movie, that has in it some sense of reaction, reflection of the world that we live in — without being ponderous or po-faced or take itself too serious. And it had great acting, and I mean that. I mean, Heath Ledger, that is a great performance. That was a game changer for me, as an audience member. I just thought, “Wow. That’s a proper movie.”

“Revolutionary Road” as the director has evinced, the human and philosophical modus operandi that made Batman a relevant Rise of Gotham City was clearly coursing parallel on the psychological action-thrilling vein Bond has in this generational “Skyfall”.


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‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ cast heads to Hawaii for more filming


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‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ cast heads to Hawaii for more filming

Though cast members from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will likely take some time to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday tomorrow, many are already heading to Hawaii ahead of filming, which is expected to begin there next week.

Jennifer Lawrence, who plays Katniss in the franchise, was spotted hopping a flight from LAX to Hawaii on Tuesday. Filming on Catching Fire wrapped up in Atlanta recently, and Lawrence has been busy promoting her new movie Silver Linings Playbook.

Her co-star Josh Hutcherson has also been on the promotional circuit for his new movie, Red Dawn. No word yet on when he’ll arrive in Hawaii.

Catching Fire is expected to begin shooting in Oahu early next week, before wrapping completely by the end of the year. Crews have been filming in Atlanta and surrounding areas since early September.

Meanwhile, Lionsgate released the official animated movie poster for Catching Fire yesterday, and announced a contest for twelve fans to be featured in the film’s credits. Tomorrow marks exactly one year until the movie’s release date: November 22, 2013.

While crews are on a brief hiatus from filming, check out some of the best set photos from Catching Fire so-far in the slideshow above and tell us in the comments what you’re looking forward to seeing most when the movie comes out next year.

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Joss Whedon’s ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ pilot adds two new agents to the cast


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Joss Whedon’s ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ pilot adds two new agents to the cast

The AvengersTV spin-off “S.H.I.E.L.D.” has gotten two new cast members with Elizabeth Henstridge and Iain De Caestecker. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Henstridge and De Caestecker will play Agent Gemma Simmons and Agent Leo Fitz, respectively, in Joss Whedon‘s new TV show for Marvel and ABC.

Henstridge and De Caestecker join Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson and Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May.

According to an early casting call, Agents Fitz and Simmons were described as “like a brother and sister who always bicker and annoy one another. They came up together and are masters in their fields: Fitz is good with weapons and gadgets while Simmons is into science. And during the show, Agent Simmons and Agent Fitz will apparently be given the nickname ‘Fitz-Simmons.'”

“S.H.I.E.L.D.” will chronicle the day-to-day activities of the Strategic Hazard Intervention Espionage Logistic Directorate, which was introduced to the Marvel cinematic universe through “Iron Man” and “Thor,” and then played a key role in “The Avengers.” The TV series will be helmed by Joss Whedon and his “Dr. Horrible” and “Dollhouse” cohorts Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen.

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‘The Hunger Games’ and ‘The Twilight Saga’ help boost Lionsgate profits to $1 billion


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‘The Hunger Games’ and ‘The Twilight Saga’ help boost Lionsgate profits to $1 billion

Two hugely popular franchises have helped boost Lionsgate‘s profits past the $1 billion mark in domestic box office earnings.

Earlier this year, The Hunger Games jump-started Lionsgate’s earnings with well over $400 million in the U.S. box office alone. This weekend, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 debuted with a massive $141.3 million in domestic box office earnings.

Lionsgate said Monday that it expects to gross more than $1 billion internationally, and more than $2 billion in both domestic and international box office sales thanks to the final Twilight Saga movie.

And while The Twilight Saga franchise is coming to an end with this film, Lionsgate (which purchased Twilight studio Summit Entertainment earlier this year) has three more years of The Hunger Games to look forward to. The sequel, Catching Fire, comes out next year — and the two-part Mockingjay finale will follow in 2014 and 2015.

Meanwhile, Lionsgate is looking ahead to continue being a leader in the popular young adult franchises, with more YA movie adaptations in various stages of development, including the Hunger Games worthy dystopian series Divergent and the science fiction classic Ender’s Game.

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Trailer: X-Men Legacy


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Trailer: X-Men Legacy

Marvel NOW! is in full swing at the House of Ideas and books are either debuting, renumbered or going in a new direction.

X-Men Legacy is a perfect example. Legacy was most recently a book about a mostly Rogue-led team at the Jean Grey School but is now seeing a new character spotlighted…Legion.

Legion is the son of the now deceased Professor Xavier (who died during Avengers vs. X-Men) and is the most powerful mutant in the world. However, he has a problem…he’s crazy.

X-Men Legacy by Simon Spurrier and artist Tan Eng Huat seek to explore the mind of this all-powerful being while he tries to find his place in the world at the same time keeping his father’s legacy.

Check out the cool trailer Marvel made for the book and check out issue #1 in stores now.

The Future of X-MEN LEGACY Is Marvel NOW!

Superstars Simon Spurrier & Tan Eng Huat Introduce The Future Of Mutantkind!

This November, prepare for an all new chapter of the X-Men mythos in X-Men Legacy #1, kicking off the all-new ongoing series from acclaimed writer Simon Spurrier and Eisner Award Winning artist Tan Eng Huat! Legion, the most powerful and unstable mutant in the world and son to Professor Charles Xavier, has killed gods and reshaped the face of the universe. NOW! in the aftermath of Avengers vs. X-Men, Legion will finally attempt to conquer his demons and establish his place among mutantkind!

An all-new direction! All-new threats! All-new vision! This is X-Men Legacy NOW!

This November, Simon Spurrier and Tan Eng Huat redefine what it means to be an X-Man in X-Men Legacy #1!

For more on Marvel NOW!, please visit now.marvel.com and join the conversation on Twitter using #MarvelNOW





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Preview of ‘The Walking Dead’ episode 3.7, ‘When the Dead Come Knocking’


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Preview of ‘The Walking Dead’ episode 3.7, ‘When the Dead Come Knocking’

On the next episode of “The Walking Dead” the series will live up to its tagline: “Fight the dead, fear the living.”

Watch a preview of “The Walking Dead” episode 3.7.

After Michonne shows up at the prison with a basket full of baby formula and news of Maggie and Glenn’s capture, it’s up to Rick and the group to invade Woodbury to take their people back. Judging from the preview, that’s exactly what they’re going to do, but not until Maggie and Glenn suffer torture at the hands of Merle and the Governor.

How will the group survive the trip to Woodbury? And what will they find when they get there? It certainly looks like an action-packed episode, with plenty of walker violence and living-on-living fighting.

On top of that, it looks like there might be trouble in paradise for Andrea and the Governor, for which the fandom breathes a collective sigh of relief. Will Andrea finally see the truth and join in the rescue of her old friends? And what will Daryl think of the news that his brother is not only alive, but literally the left hand of darkness?

Check out the preview for the next episode of “The Walking Dead.”

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Marvel’s Phase One ensemble film collection hits an April release


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Marvel’s Phase One ensemble film collection hits an April release

July threw movie credits down one segue of After Shawarma Party, and now it comes to April ”And Then Shawarma After” party.

Tesseract crowning it all.

Marvel announces a complete pack collecting all Phase One films, including “The Avengers”. Before you get all geek-ynamite, here’s a chance to refuse that igniting expectation over the hump of ‘got and watched (times over) it’. This means the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase one Collection steps up to offer Blu Ray discs of “Iron Man”, “Iron Man 2” and “The Incredible Hulk”. “Captain America: First Avenger”, “Thor” and the latest knock out box office hit “The Avengers” join the 10-disc set with Blu Ray 3D editions.

With Phase Two already underway in various sequel productions, the combo pack arriving Spring 2013 hails sneak peak footage for “Iron Man 3”. Marvel Studios will deck out its “Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One Collection” with a prop reproduction that isn’t the only prop replica.

The case has paraphernalia from the Phase One movies as collectibles for comic book and likewise movie enthusiasts alike.

The set in entirety will be released on April 2 upcoming.

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