Ever since Samuel L. Jackson popped up in a post-credits scene in Marvel Studios' first venture Iron Man, the Marvel braintrust has peppered each release with universe building cameos and shout-outs, all in preparation for next summer's team-up The Avengers, directed by Buffy the Vampire Slayer mastermind Joss Whedon. One of the characters set to appear in The Avengers who we've yet to see is Hawkeye, played by two-time Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner. It's long been more or less an open secret that Hawkeye would debut with a short cameo in this summer's Thor, and his cameo was confirmed yesterday. Not only will we see Hawkeye in Thor, but we'll also see him in action, using his signature bow and arrow.
Have you noticed that not a week goes by without a new Marvel super hero trailer? After a couple of weeks with dubbed international variations on previews for Thor and X-Men: First Class, this week brought out best look so far at Chris Evans in Captain America: The First Avenger. The Imperialist Avenger may have been the biggest, most hyped trailer, it certainly wasn't the only one, with eleven other debuts. We've got new peeks at Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Hop, and Your Highness, as well as first looks at The Big Bang, Mr. Popper's Penguins, and The Three Musketeers. View all these and more in our roundup of the week's notable trailers.
Since The Social Network's made for such a striking image, there have been plenty of posters featuring a character's face with a catchy identifying phrase laid over it, and eventually, a super hero movie was bound to get in on that text-on-face action. IMDb (via Collider) has debuted six new character posters from Marvel's upcoming Thor, featuring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Idris Elba, Tom Hiddleston, and Jaime Alexander. Of the five characters represented, only Portman's is an earth-bound human; the others are all Norse deities who reside in the godly realm of Asgard. Take a look at all the pretty faces and their handy signifiers.
Marvel Studios and Paramount Pictures have been teasing out glimpses of their first full length Captain America: The First Avenger trailer over several days, usually with obnoxious voice overs from Entertainment Tonight personalities. Since we're morally opposed to trailers for trailers, we've held off, but now, the full length, jingoistically delicious trailer is available online. Listen to Tommy Lee Jones giving a proper WWII speech and see Chris Evans go from scrawny washout to Imperialist Avenger right here (courtesy Slashfilm):
A certain enthusiasm should be afforded to anything involving Danny McBride, on account of HBO's Eastbound & Down, if nothing else. But when he and James Franco reunite with their Pineapple Express director David Gordon Green for a stoner comedy inspired by cheesy fantasy films like Krull, then enthusiasm becomes the only appropriate response. Throw in Natalie Portman, Zooey Deschanel, and Justin Theroux, and you're probably psyched for Your Highness. The film's first red band trailer is the stuff of legend, and now there's a whole new red band trailer full of bad language and assorted naughty bits. If you can count yourself as a mature viewer, go ahead and view the age-restricted trailer.
So you want to be a thunder god? The Norse God of Thunder and subject of the latest Marvel movie, Thor, is putting on a tutorial in two new international posters, which originated at Empire (via Coming Soon). First, you're going to need a few props: velvety red cape, long blond hair, ginormous hammer, and a silver helmet with wings on it. Second, and this is the most important thing, you've got to glower like you've never glowered before. Chris Hemsworth, the Australian actor bringing Thor to life, has the godlike glower down pat, so take a look at the posters to learn all you need to know.
So this week didn't see the same kind of crazy trailer action that we had last week, but there is some straight up perfection in the latest Trailer Hitch, folks. Obviously, there's the first full length trailer for Super 8, from writer-director J.J. Abrams and producer Steven Spielberg. Watch it and let the giddy anticipation wash over you. The high-octane, even-higher-testosterone Fast Five trailer seems to have a lot of folks excited, but my second favorite trailer this week is definitely for Aargh, for an French upcoming short film.
So MGM is going ahead with their hopeful franchise reboot, a remake of Paul Verhoeven's 1987 action satire RoboCop, which starred Peter Weller as the titular cybernetic law enforcer. The studio hired Jose Padilha, a director whose Elite Squad films were massively popular in his native Brazil, to direct the remake, and now they've coupled him with a writer by the name of Josh Zetumer.
By now, the whole world is probably well aware that last night's Oscars went down pretty much precisely as anticipated, with The King's Speech taking home the award for Best Picture. You're now feeling like you used to on Christmas afternoon, when all the presents are unwrapped and the anticipation is kaput. Because we care, we've helpfully provided a full list of the 2011 Academy Award winners in order to console you.
While the Academy Awards are held in the comfort of the Kodak Theater on Hollywood Blvd, the Independent Spirit Awards are a bit more appropriately rough and tumble. The Spirit Awards ceremony is held not in an ostentatious, climate controlled venue, but in a massive complex of tents just a few hundred yards from the Pacific Ocean in Santa Monica.