The second domestic trailer for Quentin Tarantino's upcoming movie isn't just incongruously fun for a movie all about slavery in the Antebellum South. The new Django Unchained trailer is certainly fun, yeah, but it's also audaciously confident, genuinely funny, and inimitably cool.
Available on Blu-ray and DVD beginning September 25th is the highly anticipated and soon-to-be summer blockbuster The Avengers, which was produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. The film marks the culmination of a promise that began in 2008 with Iron Man and continued in the years to follow with Iron Man 2, Thor, and Captain America: The First Avenger, introducing new Marvel characters that all exist in one unifying cinematic Marvel universe. Marvel Studios has succeeded in the impossible, bridging together several different film franchises to create one world where all of Marvel Studio's on-screen characters can coexist and form the popular superhero-team The Avengers, based on the classic comic book co-created by the legendary Stan "The Man" Lee.
The Avengers was written and directed by fanboy favorite Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Cabin in the Woods) and truly stars an all-star cast that includes Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2) as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Chris Evans (Captain America: The First Avenger) as Steve Rogers/Captain America, Mark Ruffalo (Shutter Island) as Dr. Bruce Banner/Hulk, Chris Hemsworth (Thor) as Thor, Scarlett Johansson (Iron Man 2) as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Jeremy Renner (Thor) as Clint Barton/Hawkeye, Samuel L. Jackson (Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger) as Nick Fury, Tom Hiddleston (Thor) as Loki, Cobie Smulders (TV's How I Met Your Mother) as Maria Hill, Clark Gregg (Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Thor) as Phil Coulson, Stellan Skarsgard (Thor) as Erik Slevig, and Gwyneth Paltrow (Iron Man, Iron Man 2) as Pepper Potts.
IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had a chance to travel to the Industrial Light & Magic offices in San Francisco and sit down with Assoc. Visual Effects Supervisor Jason Smith to talk about his work creating the New York City fight scene in The Avengers. Smith discussed the film, creating a virtual New York, making the ambitious finale look real, the movie's fan-favorite "hero shot," collaborating with director Joss Whedon, and why The Avengers is a truly groundbreaking cinematic experience.
Principal photography on a remake of RoboCop began over the weekend, providing out very first look at Joel Kinnaman as the titular part man, part machine, all cop. The texture of this inexplicable new cybernetic law enforcement official's armor is seen at a much, much closer proximity in a RoboCop teaser banner.
The remake of Paul Verhoeven's 1987 masterpiece that nobody was asking for commenced principal photography over the weekend, and that means our first look at the title character in the new RoboCop.
Since he wrote and directed the third-biggest movie of all time to close out the first phase of Marvel's cinematic universe-building, Marvel Studios is doubling down on Joss Whedon for Phase Two. While promoting a movie that he actually shot in the midst of making The Avengers, Whedon has commented on his involvement in the other upcoming Phase Two features and his thematic plans for The Avengers 2.
Here at IAR, we haven't said too much about the casting of the RoboCop remake, partially because there's been so much of it, but mostly because the notion of a RoboCop is something we're still having trouble getting out heads around. In this case, though, we're making an exception. Why? Because the newest addition to the cast is a proven source of onscreen excellence: Michael Keaton.
And Django Unchained continues looking like more fun than any movie so predicated upon the deplorable practice of slavery has any damn right to be. A new international trailer makes Quentin Tarantino's next feature look like it doubles down on the historical shenanigans and boisterous violence of Inglourious Basterds. But this time, instead of machine-gunning Hitler in the face, Tarantino is letting a master bounty hunter and a freed slave go to town on a happily evil plantation owner.
Last week, the world rejoiced as Disney and Marvel Studios let it ring forth that Joss Whedon will indeed be writing and directing the sequel to this summer's crazy-successful The Avengers. Now, the question of just when we'll be seeing The Avengers 2 has been answered.
Disney has officially announced a May 1, 2015 release date for the sequel.
Joss Whedon ended decades of being criminally underappreciated in spectacular fashion this summer, delivering the biggest superhero movie ever made and, with $1.46 billion earned globally, the third highest-grossing film of all time. And he did it without his signature nimble wit and eye for character. It looks like he'll be doing it again, as Whedon is officially signed on to write and direct a sequel to The Avengers.
So Marvel Studios is moving into Phase Two of its grand plan, having paid off Phase One handsomely with The Avengers this summer. As its slate of sequels moves ahead, Marvel has made unconventional directorial choices, just as the studio did all the way up to and including The Avengers. Perhaps no choice surprised fans more than the hiring of sibling directors Joe Russo and Anthony Russo to helm the next adventure of the star-spangled Avenger, which we recently learned will be titled Captain America: The Winter Soldier.