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'Avengers: Age of Ultron' surprises 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' viewers with new footage
By Anthony Breznican
It was supposed to be a trailer, but that leaked last week. Nonetheless, Marvel Studios decided to keep its promise and give viewers of ABC's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. a new look at the upcoming sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Instead of a trailer, it was footage from a party scene early in the movie - which EW wrote about during our First Look cover in July.
Marvel later played this clip at San Diego Comic-Con - Earth's mightiest heroes engaged in a battle of ego: Who can lift Thor’s hammer?
Then the footage dovetails into the trailer we've already watched 70 million times since last Wednesday.
The best things about this clip? It's a toss-up between Black Widow not feeling the need to play the boys' reindeer games, and the look of brief panic on Thor's face when Captain America manages to make it budge.
It's all fun and games until a horrifying robot zombie named Ultron crashes the party.
Last ever Robin Williams film Boulevard might not reach cinemas
The late Robin Williams' final film may not make it to the big screens (image courtesy AP)
by Jess Denham
Late actor Robin Williams' final ever film might be in danger of never reaching screens, recent reports suggest.
The Oscar winner's suicide in August sparked widespread tributes just weeks after an early cut of his latest movie Boulevard received positive reviews at New York's Tribeca Film Festival.
Williams plays middle-aged married man Nolan Mack, who struggles to come to turns with his sexuality after falling in love with a gay prostitute.
But despite anticipated demand for the Good Will Hunting star's last film, producers have so far failed to find a distributor to bring Boulevard to cinemas. It was scheduled for release a few months ago but a lack of financial backing put an end to plans.
"It's really sad but it is looking impossible that Boulevard will ever see the light of day now," a source told The Mirror.
"It has proved to be a struggle for it to find the support it needs to be released. The cast have tried, as have the crew, but for many reasons it is looking very unlikely.
'Doctor Strange': Benedict Cumberbatch in talks for Marvel's Sorcerer Supreme
Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange? (image courtesy Los Angeles Times)
Marvel has identified Benedict Cumberbatch as the leading candidate to star in "Doctor Strange."
The actor behind genre greats Khan, Smaug and Sherlock is in final talks for the role, sources confirmed Monday.
The upcoming Marvel project, rumored for a July 2016 release, is part of the studio's phase three roster of comic book blockbusters, which will be directed by Scott Derrickson ("Deliver Us From Evil," "Sinister"). The film will bring to the screen Stephen Vincent Strange, the former neurosurgeon turned Sorcerer Supreme who is the Marvel Universe's greatest protector against magical peril – and one of his fellow superheroes' most sought-after advisors.
Just in time for Halloween! Ouija rakes in $8.3m for U.S. box office win over Keanu Reeves revenge tale John Wick
By Bobbie Whiteman
With Halloween coming up next weekend, film fans are clearly ready to start the fright fest a bit early.
Audiences flocked to Universal's spooky, low-budget chiller Ouija, which rolled out Thursday night, raking in an estimated $8.3 million, according to Variety.
It scared Keanu Reeves revenge drama John Wick into second place, with $5.45 million.
Studio estimates put director Stiles White's Ouija in the frame for a $20 million weekend, a good take for a film starring a crop of newcomers, including Daren Kagasoff and Olivia Cooke.
Ouija centers on a group of teens who accidentally summon dark powers when attempting to make contact with a recently deceased friend using a Ouija board.
The PG13 movie cost less than $5 million to make, making it a hit already for production houses Blumhouse and Platinum Dunes who worked in tandem with Hasbro, which sells the spooky boards.
Lionsgate and Summit's John Wick is on course to net around $14 million by the weekend's close, beating the $7 million to $8 million that prerelease tracking had suggested, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Reeves plays an ex-hitman drawn out of retirement when his dog, a final gift from his dying wife, is killed during a break-in. It also stars Willem Dafoe, Bridget Moynahan, Ian McShane and Adrianne Palicki.
The the R-rated action flick has received strong critical support, earning an 86% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, according to Variety.
Kristen Stewart to take break from acting after Camp X-Ray
Kristen Stewart planning to take a break from films (image courtesy Getty)
Twilight star Kristen Stewarthas revealed that she has decided to take a break from acting for a while.
Stewart, 24, has been promoting her latest movie Camp X-Ray, which has been playing successfully on the festival circuit all year. The actor says that she has made this decision in recent weeks after working constantly for the last two years, reported USA Today.
"I'm taking some time off because I've been working for two years. I'm an actor and that's my art form, and because I started that so young, I've always felt intimidated and insufficient when I think about other forms of art I want to create. I'm going to take so much time off," she said.
"I'm going to buy a live-work space in downtown LA and I'm going to make some stuff with my hands. Literally, I made that decision a few weeks ago.
Christian Bale to play Steve Jobs in biopic, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin confirms: 'He's just going to crush it'
Christian Bale, left, has signed on to play late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, right, in an upcoming biopic (images courtesy Getty)
BY Ethan Sacks
Filmmakers behind an upcoming biopic have landed their dream Jobs.
Christian Bale has officially signed on to play late Apple founder Steve Jobs in the upcoming Danny Boyle-directed biopic, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin confirmed to Bloomberg Television.
And he's confident that Bale will "crush" the role.
"We needed the best actor on the board in a certain range and that's Christian Bale," said Sorkin. "I couldn't be more excited."
Bale, 40, had also reportedly been at the top of David Fincher's wish-list for the project, back when the "Gone Girl" director was attached to helm the movie - which is not to be confused with indie drama "Jobs," in which Ashton Kutcher played the computing icon.
The Academy Award winner will definitely earn his paycheck on Boyle and Sorkin's film.
Based on Walter Isaac's authoritative biography of Jobs, the movie is going to have plenty of Sorkin's patented worldplay. The screenwriter, after all, won his own Oscar for cramming extra-cerebal dialogue into "The Social Network."
'Avengers: Age of Ultron' trailer leaks, but Marvel celebrates first look at James Spader's villainous robot
BY Ethan Sacks
Not even Thanos could have been so dastardly.
The first teaser trailer for "Avengers: Age of Ultron" hit the web unexpectedly Wednesday – six days before the planned release during the next episode of ABC's "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." – the product of a nefarious leak.
As long as the Hulk was out of the bag, however, Marvel Studios decided to officially release the first-look at the upcoming sequel to 2012's "The Avengers," the third highest-grossing film of all time.
And. It. Looks. Awesome.
"I’m going to show you something beautiful," says the titular villain in "Age of Ultron," an indestructible robot voiced by James Spader.
Cost of 'Hobbit' movie trilogy reaches $745 million (so far)
Ian McKellan as Gandalf in a scene from 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' (image courtesy AP / Warner Bros.)
By The Associated Press
The movie trilogy "The Hobbit" has so far cost nearly three-quarters of a billion dollars to make as the epic continues to set new benchmarks for studio spending.
Financial documents filed this month in New Zealand, where the three movies are being made, show production costs through March had reached 934 million New Zealand dollars ($745 million).
The figures include filming and digital effects completed over several years but not the final eight months of production costs leading up to the scheduled December release of the final movie. It's not clear from the documents whether worldwide marketing and distribution costs are included.
Warner Bros., which is making the movies, on Tuesday declined to answer questions about the costs: "We don't comment on production budgets," wrote Candice McDonough, a senior vice president at New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. Entertainment, in an email.
The cost eclipses previous records for film productions. On a per-film basis, however, the movies are not the most expensive ever made. At least not yet.
Box Office Mojo and Guinness World Records estimate that record goes to "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" which cost about $300 million to make.
Box Office Mojo estimates the first two Hobbit movies took in a combined $1.98 billion at the box office.
'Fury' starring Brad Pitt wins the box office weekend race
Brad Pitt, right, and director David Ayer pose for photographers during the photocall of "Fury" in Paris (image courtesy AP)
Brad Pitt and a squadron of up-and-coming actors held off "Gone Girl" at the multiplexes this weekend as "Fury" topped box office charts with a $23.5 million debut reports Variety.
Despite surrendering first place after two weeks wearing the crown, "Gone Girl" had impressive stamina. David Fincher's adaptation of Gillian Flynn's best-selling mystery dropped just 32 percent to $17.8 million. Its total now stands at $107.1 million.
In third place, 20th Century Fox and Reel FX's Day of the Dead themed animated fantasy, "The Book of Life" took in $17 million across 3,071 theaters. The weekend's other wide release, Relativity's "The Best of Me," racked up $10.2 million from 2,936 theaters, good enough for fifth place, but below such previous Nicholas Sparks' pictures as "The Notebook" ($13.5 million debut) and "Dear John" ($30.5 million).
The animated picture cost $50 million to produce, while romantic drama carries a $26 million price tag. Relativity says that foreign and ancillary pre-sales and tax credits limit its exposure on the film to $5 million.
"Fury" relied on Pitt's star power and strong critical notices to attract crowds to a story that deals with dark subject matter. The bloody action film is set in the waning days of World War II and follows a gruff Sherman tank commander (Pitt), an idealistic newbie (Logan Lerman) and his crew (Michael Pena, Jon Bernthal, Shia LaBeouf) on an impossible mission. Sony Pictures released the $68 million production which was backed by QED and LStar Capital, It was written and directed by David Ayer ("End of Watch").
'The Terminator' 30th anniversary: How a throwaway film became a sci-fi classic
Arnold Schwarzenegger in a scene from 1984's 'Terminator' (image courtesy Orion Pictures)
By Bruce Kirkland
In 2008, the U.S. Library of Congress designated The Terminator as worthy of preservation in the National Film Registry. Only those films held to be "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" are deemed worthy. Both for itself and for its potent legacy, James Cameron's sci-fi thriller scores on all three criteria.
God, if I had only known that in advance in 1984. Stressed and overworked at The Toronto Sun, collaborating then with the founding entertainment editor, George Anthony, the two of us decided in our infinite "wisdom" to dismiss The Terminator and not even bother to see and review it when it opened on Oct. 26 that year. Big mistake!
Few people then had ever heard of Cameron, the Canadian-born, Los Angeles-based writer-director who created The Terminator franchise and made his official feature film directorial debut on the first one. Prior to The Terminator, Cameron had apprenticed in filmmaking by making miniature models and doing special effects, art direction and production design on B-movies. He finally got to direct on Piranha II: The Spawning in 1981, but only after the original director bailed out in a "creative differences" conflict. Not an auspicious beginning.
Most people, of course, had heard of Arnold Schwarzenegger, who plays the humanoid cyborg who time travels on a murder mission from 2029 to 1984 in the first movie. But few people really cared much for the Austrian bodybuilder. His Hollywood claim to fame was invested in his brawn, his awkward accent and two Conan the Barbarian movies. In short, The Terminator looked like a throwaway genre flick best left to video viewing at home.
Then it suddenly became a sensation in Canada and the U.S., leading the domestic box office race for two weeks running. Audiences knew something that most film critics did not and the cheapo (but great-looking) movie eventually grossed $78 million worldwide, a bloody fortune in that era. Especially given its modest $6.4 million production budget. And, yes, The Sun eventually reviewed The Terminator more than a week after it opened, sheepishly perhaps and with too much restraint even then.
Actor Warwick Davis is all smiles since he is now going to be in Star Wars Episode VII (image courtesy Getty)
Warwick Davis, who played Wicket the Ewok in 1983's Return of the Jedi, will have a role in the forthcoming Star Wars: Episode VII.
Davis, who also played the dual roles of Weazel and Wald in 1999 prequel The Phantom Menace, broke the news via video on YouTube.
It is unknown whether Davis will return as Wicket. The actor reprised the role in two TV spin-offs in 1984 and 1985.
Star Wars: Episode VII is released in December 2015.
Last year, Davis said - if asked to take part in the new franchise - he would like to play "someone from the Dark Side... [and] perhaps wield a lightsaber".
"I usually have to drop loads of hints. It's what I had to do for 'Episode One'," he joked in March 2013. "I used to have to send lots of faxes to George Lucas just to remind him that I was still around."
Neil Patrick Harris announces he'll host the Academy Awards in 2015
Neil Patrick Harris to host the Oscars in 2015 (image courtesy Reuters)
by Associated Press
Neil Patrick Harris is going for an awards-show trifecta, set to host the 2015 Oscars after four hosting stints at Broadway's Tony Awards and two at TV's Primetime Emmy Awards.
"To be asked to follow in the footsteps of Johnny Carson, Billy Crystal, Ellen DeGeneres, and everyone else who had the great fortune of hosting is a bucket list dream come true," Harris said in a statement Wednesday released by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
The 41-year-old entertainer announced his Oscar gig online Wednesday. He posted a video on Twitter of him on the phone saying, "I'm in," then showing a close-up of his bucket list and circling "Host the Oscars."
Academy Awards co-producer Neil Meron confirmed the casting on Twitter. He and co-producer Craig Zadan said they've known Harris "his entire adult life."
"We have watched him explode as a great performer in feature films, television and stage," the producing pair said in the academy statement. "To work with him on the Oscars is the perfect storm, all of his resources and talent coming together on a global stage."
'Aquaman,' 'Wonder Woman,' 'The Flash' & More DC Movies Announced
Jason Momoa arrives to a screening of 'Road to Paloma' in April (image courtesy Getty)
The big screen superhero world just got a lot more crowded!
On Wednesday, Warner Bros. announced plans to expand its DC Entertainment-branded content with a whopping 10 movies planned through 2020.
After months of rumors that "Game of Thrones" alum Jason Momoa would carry a trident and possibly communicate with sea creatures, the studio confirmed he will be playing Aquaman.
"The Flash" only just debuted last week on the small screen, with Grant Gustin playing the title character on The CW, but in 2018 "Perks of Being a Wallflower" star Ezra Miller will suit up as the world's fastest man.
No word if these actors will make cameos in the upcoming "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," but it's a possibility.
Warner Bros. is also rebooting "Green Lantern" in 2020, and we're guessing the film will not include Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively, who starred in a version of the superhero movie in 2011.
Click the Continue Reading at link to go to the story at Access Hollywood to see the list of upcoming DC movies.