Earlier this week, two new images from The Amazing Spider-Man showcased Andrew Garfield as the title character in Sony's superhero reboot. Though we're about two months out from the film's release and he's been featured fleetingly but effectively in a trailer, The Lizard is still a shadowy figure, and unless you saw lat year's Comic-Con footage or this year's sizzle reel, you haven't gotten a good full-on look at Dr. Curt Connors' alter ego.
Over the last decade and change, the superheroic exploits of neon gods in spandex and armor have become one of our most reliable sources of blockbuster entertainment. Ever since Bryan Singer's X-Men and Sam Raimi's Spider-Man ushered in the modern age of the comic book movie, the Marvel Comics stable of iconic heroes have dominated the popular culture and multiplexes across the country. Now, even with comic book adaptations having saturated our sensibilities, The Avengers is something truly unprecedented.
It's the event movie towards which Marvel Studios and its head honcho Kevin Feige have been building since the studio's first feature, 2008's Iron Man. It's culmination of years of planning and ambitious, never-before-attempted franchise cross-pollination between The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, and both Iron Man films. It's also an outstanding standalone piece of pop entertainment, with Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon ably providing thrills and juggling characters as writer-director.
Those characters Whedon so impressively juggles are played by an all-star cast, each of them capable of carrying their own franchise and many of them having done just that. IAR Managing Editor Jami Philbrick was amongst the global entertainment journalists present at the Los Angeles press day for The Avengers. Held in LA the day after the film's premiere, the press conference included Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Renner, Clark Gregg, and Cobie Smulders, all of whom were happy to discuss making the film together.
This morning we saw a featurette for Dark Shadows, Tim Burton's new film penned by mashup novelist-turned-screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith. Now, let's make it a twofer with a brand new featurette for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, based on Grahame-Smith's second novel. The two-minute promotional piece includes lots of new footage of star Benjamin Walker spinning his ax like a bat out of hell, interspersed with a bull session between Grahame-Smith, producer Burton, and director Timur Bekmambetov.
With a certain superhero team-up about to blow the doors off of summer movie season, the rest of this season's would-be blockbusters are all getting their hype machines in working order. Men in Black III is set for release at the end of this month, so naturally the promotional effort is gearing up to offer all the requisite marketing bits, including clips. Today, the first three clips from the third theatrical adventure of the extraterrestrial policing agency have landed online.
Since Nick Fury first showed up in Tony Stark's living room after the credits of 2008's Iron Man, the post-credits scene has been a ubiquitous presence in the Marvel Studios films, to the point that there have been seemingly endless jokes about Nick Fury recruitment scenes following any and every movie. Well, The Avengers is the ultimate Marvel movie, so it's only appropriate that it should have not one, but two additional scenes during and after the end credits.
Nowadays, little teases for trailers – ads hyping ads – are increasingly common, but perhaps none has more succinctly encapsulated the appeal of the product its hyping than this new The Expendables 2 trailer tease.
The only actual bits from the sequel included are a series of explosions which sort of blend together into one bit generic mega-explosion. Most of the trailer tease, though, is Terry Crews yelling at the audience in a most aggressive manner. Crews, who reprises his role as the amusingly named Hale Caesar, is wearing a tank top and shouting about the imperative importance of watching The Expendables 2 trailer this Thursday. Explosions, muscles, shouting, and zero subtext.
Very early in a new video featurette on Dark Shadows, Michelle Pfeiffer begins, "The Collins family is," before pausing briefly and concluding, "odd." Pfeiffer plays Elizabeth Collins-Stoddard, the matriarch of a highly dysfunctional family inhabiting the ancient, dusty old Collinwood Manor. Every member of the family, and indeed a few characters who aren't official family members, get their moment in this new three-minute featurette.
Three new images from Pixar's next feature, Brave, have arrived online for your viewing pleasure. For quite some time, this film was being made under the working title The Bear and the Bow, and both formerly-eponymous elements are on display in these new stills.
Princess Merida is lining up a shot with her bow in the first image. In the second marvelously-lit still, she's airborne between a friendly-looking bear and a rather intimidating bear claw. Then, in the third, we see a trio of teeny, tiny little bearcubs who suspiciously resemble Merida's mischievous little brothers. They're also so cute you'll want to puke skittles just looking at them.
At times, The Avengers feels like a twelve year-old's fever dream of a comic book movie, pitting heroes against one another in slugfests that give life to years of "Who would win in a fight" discussions. One such knock-down, drag-out action scene was glimpsed two weeks ago in a clip showing Iron Man and Thor slapping each other silly. Just hours away from The Avengers arriving in domestic theaters, director Joss Whedon has provided a bit of running commentary on that clip.
This year's staid and congratulatory awards season is now a distant memory, but there's still one awards show left, one that self-consciously defies the pomp and circumstance of the Oscars and the like. The MTV Movie Awards don't take themselves too seriously, as demonstrated by categories such as "Best Fight," "Best Kiss," and "Best On-Screen Dirtbag." Nominations for the summer's awards have been announced, with The Hunger Games and Bridesmaids racking up eight apiece.