Marvel superhero overload continues unabated as Disney promotes The Avengers with all due hugeness. There are mere weeks between now and the films domestic release, but if you're still looking to whet your appetite and have not yet been saturated by spoily bits, Marvel Studios has unveiled yet another official clip from The Avengers, the fifth so far.
Opening in theaters on March 23rd is a new British drama from director Terence Davies (The House of Mirth) called The Deep Blue Sea. The film stars Academy Award-winner Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardner), Tom Hiddleston (Thor), and Simon Russell Beale (Hamlet).
IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently sat down with director Terence Davies to discuss his work on The Deep Blue Sea. The director talked about the new movie, adapting the play into a screenplay, the period, the lighting and look of the film, cinematical influences, casting Weisz and Hiddleston, the relationship between their two characters, finding important moments in the rehearsal process, and the film's implied hope.
So the Oscars are over and with them, awards season has finally come to a close. The Artist dominated those high-falutin' Academy Awards, but with months of stuffiness and pomp out of the way, a different academy, the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films is looking to acknowledge excellence in genre films with the 38th Annual Saturn Awards. The official list of nominations in film and television were announced today, so take a look.
Apparently, when filming last summer's Thor, star Chris Hemsworth kept putting on so much muscle that his costumes had to be modified to accommodate his rippedness. In this summer's The Avengers, one of the thunder god's new outfits features no sleeves, allowing us all to bask more fully in the sight of Hemsworth's physicality.
A new image from Marvel's big team-up shows Thor and Agent Coulson, once again played by Clark Gregg, chilling at SHIELD headquarters, with two elements most prominent: Thor's right arm and Thor's left arm.
The awards given out by professional guilds certainly add to the undeniable and ongoing hoopla of awards season, but they don't necessarily have that teleprompter-reading, what-are-you-wearing public spectacle of the Oscars or the Golden Globes. Instead, they often provide an opportunity for the sort of work that doesn't get recognized at the big ceremonies to feel special.
The freshly-announced nominees for excellence in wardrobe as chosen by the Costume Designers Guild are good examples. The nominations are divided into three categories separating period, fantasy, and contemporary films. While the nominees include movies that are sure to be on the list for Best Picture, such as The Artist and The Descendants, there's also room for the outstanding work of Sammy Sheldon on X-Men: First Class, Jany Temime on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and Erin Benach on Drive.
Back in May, when the summer movie season was about to get feverish, Eric Roth, the executive director of the Visual Effects Society, made waves with an open letter decrying increasingly burdensome post-production schedules that put the burden on visual effects artists. It's awards season now, though, so now it's time to put politics aside in favor of straight-up accolades. The Visual Effects Society, also known conveniently as VES, has announced the nominees for the 10th annual VES Awards.
Since we're all about stills from hyped 2012 blockbusters today, we'd be remiss if we didn't include a morsel or two from The Avengers, the first superhero movie to combine disparate franchises into one mega-crossover. First up we have yet another image of Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans as Thor and Captain America, respectively. This is the third official The Avengers image to feature these two particular heroes striking poses on the battle-ravaged streets of Manhattan (shot on location in Cleveland, Ohio, doubling for New York). Since that's sort of familiar, there's also another bit of eye-Brawndo to visually get your eye-electrolytes going: concept art for the Quinjet, the all-purpose flying SHIELD people mover.
We're now in 2012, and the last several weeks have, as always, included a plethora of movie-related lists summing up the year. There are, of course, many a critical list, such as IAR's Top Ten of 2011, and there is also the year-end roundup of the top-ten movies at the domestic box office. But what of the online black market? Aren't we curious to see which films amassed the most illegal downloads over the course of the year we just left behind? This is not be misconstrued as an endorsement of illegal movie torrenting, as it is instead a point of curiosity, a brief look at the most popular titles in this ubiquitous practice.
Obviously, The Avengers brings together Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, and the Incredible Hulk, but what malevolent force could possibly prompt the familiar heroes to venture from their disparate franchises for an ensemble superhero throwdown? Marvel Studios has played it cool regarding the villains in writer-director Joss Whedon's big team-up, with only Tom Hiddleston confirmed as Thor's brother Loki. Mischievous though he may be, Loki can't be the only baddie, and in the absence of official word from Marvel, rumors as to additional villains have run rampant. Now, there may be some support for one such rumor, but be warned, if its true, this is most definitely a SPOILER. I repeat, if this rumor ends up being valid, then from here on out, we're going deep into SPOILER country.
After the ambitious undertaking that is The Avengers, Marvel Studios and Disney have an ambitious plan to release two Marvel movies a year. The second scheduled post-Avengers release, Thor 2, has experienced some very public growing pains, what with not being able to find or maintain a director for very long. It looks as though Marvel's directorial troubles are over, though, as previously-reported candidate Alan Taylor has been hired to cross the Rainbow Bridge to Asgard with the sequel to this year's surprisingly proficient Thor.