Movie Review: THE AVENGERS

THE AVENGERS movie poster | (c) 2012 Marvel

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Clark Gregg, Cobie Smulders, Stellan Skarsgard, Samuel L. Jackson, Gwyneth Paltrow Writer: Joss Whedon, story by Zak Penn and Joss Whedon Director: Joss Whedon Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures Release Date (U.S.): May 4, 2012 THE AVENGERS is spectacular in several senses of the word. It is literally a spectacle, with people flying up into the sky, monsters plummeting out of it, airships flying through it and so on. However, the real dynamism here is in the character interactions, not something one expects […]Read On »

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Interview: THE AVENGERS’ Mark Ruffalo Hulks Up over Joss Whedon

Mark Ruffalo star as the Hulk in THE AVENGERS | (c) 2012 Zade Rosenthal/Marvel

At the risk of printing a big spoiler, Mark Ruffalo would like to make known what his most memorable moment was during the filming of THE AVENGERS. In playing Dr. Bruce Banner, who when angry turns into the formidable huge green Hulk, it would seem that Ruffalo has plenty of moments to choose from. At a press conference to promote the film, Ruffalo’s cohorts Robert Downey Jr., who plays Tony Stark/Iron Man, and Chris Hemsworth, who portrays Thor, both cite the scene when all the superheroes are together for the first time. Ruffalo, however, has a different moment. “Mine was […]Read On »

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Interview: THE AVENGERS’ Chris Evans Talks Being Captain America once again

THE AVENGERS Chris Evans Captain America | (c) 2012 Walt Disney/Zade Rosenthal

THE AVENGERS isn’t Chris Evans first time out as Steve Rogers, aka, Captain America – he donned the red, white and blue outfit for the 2011 CAPTAIN AMERICA movie, set during WWII. For that matter, Cap isn’t even Evans’ first Marvel superhero character – he previously played Johnny Storm, aka the Human Torch, in 2005’s FANTASTIC FOUR and its 2007 sequel, FANTASTIC FOUR: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER. However, a few elements set Steve Rogers/Cap apart from other characters Evans has portrayed. For one thing, Rogers got frozen in the Forties and woke up in the present. The modern world […]Read On »

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Interview: THE AVENGERS star Chris Hemsworth hammers down on Thor

Chris Hemsworth is Thor in THE AVENGERS | ©2012 Marvel Studios

In person, Australian actor Chris Hemsworth looks almost as imposing as he does onscreen as his Agardian superhero Thor. Having starred as the character once already in THOR, Hemsworth is now reprising the character in THE AVENGERS, written and directed by Joss Whedon. Hemsworth’s cohorts onscreen Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/The Hulk, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, with Tom Hiddleston reprising his THOR role as Thor’s adopted brother/nemesis Loki. With his mane of hair […]Read On »

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Interview: Robert Downey Jr. assembles for THE AVENGERS

Robert Downey Jr. is Iron Man in THE AVENGERS | ©2012 Marvel

Of all the actors in THE AVENGERS, Robert Downey, Jr. has the most experience with his character Tony Stark, aka Iron Man. Downey previously played the billionaire genius inventor smartass in IRON MAN and IRON MAN 2, plus an uncredited cameo at the end of THE HULK. However, this is his first time sharing the screen with Chris Evans’ Captain America, Chris Hemsworth’s Thor, Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow, Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye and even Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk (Edward Norton had the role when Tony Stark last visited him). It’s also Downey’s first time working with AVENGERS writer/director Joss Whedon. In person, […]Read On »

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News: Will THE AVENGERS shoot one more scene before its release on May 4? Robert Downey Jr. says so

THE AVENGERS poster featuring Iron Man aka Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) and the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) | ©2012 Marvel Studios

There may or may not be one more scene added to THE AVENGERS before its release. At a press conference on Thursday, AVENGERS star Robert Downey, Jr. announced, “We are shooting one more scene tonight. Not kidding.” At a second press conference immediately following this, AVENGERS writer/director Joss Whedon was asked about this. His response: “It’s Robert. Of course he’s kidding.” Who’s the real kidder here? Tell us what you think! Our guess, is it might be a new coda that will appear after the end credits like all the Marvel movies tend to drop in at the last minute. […]Read On »

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Check out the brand new THE AVENGERS character posters

THE AVENGERS poster featuring Captain America (Chris Evans) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner)| ©2012 Marvel Studios

With THE AVENGERS set to hit theaters on May 4 featuring Marvel’s greatest heroes together in one movie, the marketing machine is kicking into high gear with six brand new posters from the film. Each one displays two heroes per poster, giving us some major action with established players Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), Iron Man aka Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.), Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), while Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and even S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) gets some extra face time. Josh Whedon writes and directs […]Read On »

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CD Review: SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS soundtrack

SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS soundtrack | ©2011 Water Tower Music

Sherlock Holmes was always a bit of a stuffed British shirt before Guy Ritchie gave him a rock and roll, martial arts attitude that re-invigorated the character with his SHERLOCK HOLMES franchise and its latest installment SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS. Part and pipe of Ritchie’s in-your-face makeover was Hans Zimmer’s audacious score, whose crashing player pianos, scratchy strings and bombastic orchestra gave a terrifically fun, steampunk attitude to Holmes, in much the same way as his defiantly anti-historical music brought unexpected juice to the PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN soundtracks. Now Holmes and his ever reluctant partner Watson are […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from the SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS Los Angeles Premiere

Robert Downey Jr. at the Los Angeles Premiere of SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS | ©2011 Sue Schneider

Warner Bros. Pictures presented in association with Village Roadshow Pictures the Los Angeles Premiere of SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS on December 6th at the Village Theater in Westwood. Closing the streets around the theater so fans could watch the premiere and, of course, screaming as the stars arrived. Seen walking the carpet, which was in a circle, photographers on one side and electronic press on the other behind a huge display in the center of the carpet were the stars of the film, which included: Robert Downey Jr., Noomi Rapace, Jared Harris, Rachel McAdams, Producers – Joel Silver, […]Read On »

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Movie Review: SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS

SHERLOCK HOLMES - A GAME OF SHADOWS poster | ©2011 Warner Bros.

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Noomi Rapace, Jared Harris, Kelly Reilly, Rachel McAdams, Stephen Fry Writers: Michele Mulroney & Kieran Mulroney, based on the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Director: Guy Ritchie Distributor: Warner Bros. Let’s get the big question out of the way at the top – yes, SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS is an improvement on its 2009 predecessor. The new film brings back Robert Downey Jr. as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s beloved creation, nineteenth-century London sleuth Sherlock Holmes, with Jude Law reprising his role as Holmes’ sidekick/chronicler Dr. John Watson and Guy […]Read On »

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