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Jason Momoa is in the midst of a big summer.  The Hawaiian-born actor and former model is a veteran of television series like Baywatch and Stargate: Atlantis , but he just made his biggest impression as the fearsome warlord Khal Drogo on HBO's hit series Game of Thrones.  While the much-discussed first season just wrapped and Momoa won't be returning for the already-announced second season, Momoa is taking over the iconic role of Conan the Cimmerian in this August's 3D action epic Conan the BarbarianIAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick caught up with Jason Momoa on the red carpet for the premiere of The Devil's Double at the L.A. Film Fest last night, where Momoa discussed Game of Thrones, Conan, and future adventures as the 20th Century's most famous barbarian.

With less than a month to go before the release of Marvel Studios’ second superhero summer blockbuster Captain America: The First Avenger, anticipation is already high for the movie based on Marvel’s mightiest hero. In the film, actor Chris Evans (Fantastic Four) plays Steve Rogers, a physically unfit U.S. Army soldier in World War II, who volunteers for a secret military operation that transforms him into a super-soldier in order to defeat the Red Skull (Hugo Weaving), a mad man working with Hitler. The film will act as a jumping off point for The Avengers, which is currently shooting and promises to bridge elements together from all of the Marvel universe films including Iron Man, Iron Man 2, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, and Captain America.

You could never accuse David Cronenberg of being prudish.  The director has always been happy to explore the complex and often strange psychology of human sexuality, so A Dangerous Method is ideally suited to his predilections.  The film stars Cronenberg muse Viggo Mortensen as Sigmund Freud and Michael Fassbender as Carl Jung, with the Austrian and Swiss intellectuals going from friends to rivals and at the dawn of the psychoanalytic movement.  Also on hand is the excellent Vincent Cassel, along with Keira Knightley as the woman who comes between them.  Even if you're not a fan of Cronenberg, this is a trailer in which Knightley is copiously spanked.  So there you go.

So far, the blockbuster Cowboys & Aliens has effectively convinced film fans and comic enthusiasts that the movie starring Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford will be a serious summer actioner.  Now, the marketing bonanza is getting even more ambitious, bringing the Old West to the racetrack.  Cowboys & Aliens is the first film in NASCAR history to serve as the primary sponsor for a car over multiple racers.  Not only that, but you – that's right, you right there – can freely upload a picture that will appear on the racer driven by Mike Wallace

Transformers: Dark of the Moon is only a week away from wreaking cinematic havoc all over this great nation of ours, so billboards, bus ads, merchandising tie-ins, and TV spots are legion.  Nonetheless, two new TV spots are worth a second look, as they both include a lot of heretofore unseen imagery and provide a very brief summation of the Transformers franchise as a whole.  There's lots and lots of giant robots in full-on action mode, Peter Cullen's awesome Optimus Prime voice, token concessions to plot, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley as Sam Witwicky's beautiful love interest, and even a little bit of humor from Shia Labeouf and Bumblebee.

In Thor, Chris Hemsworth's title character wields a godly hammer that not only brings the thunder, but also returns to him like an obedient dog even after being hurled into the face of a frost giant or two.  In the upcoming fellow Marvel movie Captain America: The First Avenger, Chris Evans plays the eponymous avenger, whose shield not only deflects bullets, but also returns to him after being slung at a Nazi or HYDRA baddie.  A new behind the scenes featurette is all about Cap's shield, and it includes plenty of new footage, while going bck to the shield's cameos in Tony Stark's garage circa Iron Man and Iron Man 2.

When last we saw Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana as ten foot tall blue cat people on Pandora at the end of Avatar, they had successfully revolted against greedy human colonists and their futuristic conveniences.  Still, the human thirst for unobtanium remains unquenchable, and our tenacious species will no doubt return to get our grubby meathooks all over that sweet space-ore in the two Avatar sequels that writer-director James Cameron is developing.  Cameron himself talked about the progress of the sequels, which will be filmed back-to-back for releases tentatively set at December 2014 and December 2015.

By the time Puss in Boots made doe-eyes in Shrek 2, the kitty swashbuckler voiced by Antonio Banderas had already enjoyed many an adventure of his own.  The new DreamWorks animated spin-off/prequel appropriately titled Puss in Boots depicts the early exploits and derring-do of everybody's favorite sword-fighting feline, out to prove his mettle.  Both a new poster and trailer dropped today, with the trailer in particular suggesting that the character could very well support his own fairy tale-inflected adventure.

Sherlock Holmes may be one of the greatest fictional detectives ever created but the mystery surrounding who would play his archenemy Professor Moriarty in Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows, the sequel to the 2009 hit film Sherlock Holmes, appeared to be a bigger puzzle than even the great sleuth could solve. While the character was featured in the first film, it was only briefly, and mostly all we got was a body double’s hands and an unknown actor’s voice over. Director Guy Ritchie declined to say just exactly who voiced the role, and while actor Ed Tolputt was credited in the movie as “Anonymous Man,” it is unclear if that referred to Moriarty. Rumors soon began to spread that the role was actually performed by Brad Pitt who chose to take no credit for the film, although those rumors were eventually debunked. But when casting began on the sequel, and it was determined that the famous villain would have a larger role in this movie, rumors began to fly once again that Ritchie and his producers were trying to woo The Curious Case of Benjamin Button actor to take on the part. Ultimately Pitt did not except the role and rather than casting another major movie star like Daniel Day-Lewis, Sean Penn, or Gary Oldman (who were all up for the part), Ritchie decided to go with the lesser known yet equally exceptional veteran actor Jared Harris (Mad Men, Fringe).

While comic book adaptations have been inescapably prevalent at multiplexes everywhere for the last decade, they haven't had the same cachet on television.  With The Walking Dead proving successful for AMC, though, televised comic book takes could very well get their chance to shine.  FX is currently prepping a pilot of Powers, the superheroic riff on police procedurals from writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Michael Avon Oeming.  According to Deadline, British actress Lucy Punch has signed on to play female lead Detective Deena Pilgrim.

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