With the big budget spectacle that has been a staple in the past decade of Marvel films, it’s easy to take shots at how these projects has squeezed out the competition at one’s local theater. That being said, comic book driven material, if done well, only furthers the artistry of cinema, and thanks to first rate storytelling the Marvel Universe is simply at the top of their game.
Though the idea of Thanos (Josh Brolin) obliterating Earth is at the forefront of Avengers: Infinity War, the respective journeys of each of the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, and Spider-Man will also receive its share of attention. War Machine (Don Cheadle), who was seriously injured in Captain America: Civil War by Vision (Paul Bettany) also comes in to play in “an important way” with Avengers: Infinity War. Click on the media bar to hear Cheadle talk about War Machine’s journey in Avengers: Infinity War:
Ever since the first Iron Man movie, Paul Bettany’s role in the Avengers film series has gotten bigger and bigger, a trend that should continue in Avengers: Infinity War. He’s very happy with the way his character has grown over the course of the movies, and he told us there’s only one thing that could make him happier. (Click on the media bar below to hear Paul Bettany)
While Bettany’s agent gets to work on that, we’ll wait for Avengers: Infinity War, which opens on May 4, 2018
The trailer for Blood find Paul Bettany playing an obsessed detective who possibly crosses the line in attempting to catch a school girl’s killer. Stephen Graham, aka Al Capone from Boardwalk Empire, is a fellow cop and the aforementioned detective’s brother, with Brian Cox playing their police chief dad.
Since I haven’t seen director Nick Murphy’s flick The Awakening, I’ll be watching Blood with an unbiased eye towards Murphy’s aesthetic, and hopefully with a stellar cast (which includes the always dependable Mark Strong as a cop who becomes suspicious of the brothers’ actions) the film will be a cut above your garden variety police drama.
Blood comes out August 9th, but movie enthusiasts who love scooping up movies on VOD can start checking the film out on Friday, July 11th. The film is only 92 minutes, and at least the story will have a pretty lean (and hopefully mean) narrative.
Check out the trailer and tell us if Blood draws your interest!!
Hot on the heels of the massive success of THE AVENGERS, Marvel Studios used its time at San Diego ComicCon 2012 to confirm two new films and sneak preview footage from the currently shooting IRON MAN 3. Sequels to last year’s THOR and CAPTAIN AMERICA will be titled THE DARK WORLD and THE WINTER SOLDIER, respectively, and new films will focus on ANT-MAN and the GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY.
The IRON MAN panel consisted of JON FAVREAU, SHANE BLACK, DON CHEADLE, ROBERT DOWNEY JR. and KEVIN FEIGE. During the audience Q & A, DOWNEY responded to a question about finding the IRON MAN character by giving props to BLACK and their film KISS KISS BANG BANG for landing the superhero role. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
Now playing in theaters, MARGIN CALL is set in a high-profile investment banking firm on the eve of the catastrophic Wall Street crash of 2008. Written and directed by J.C. CHANDOR, the all-star cast includes ZACHARY QUINTO (who also produced), KEVIN SPACEY, PAUL BETTANY, JEREMY IRONS, PENN BADGLEY, SIMON BAKER, DEMI MOORE, MARY McDONNELL and STANLEY TUCCI.
Speaking with entertainment reporters last week in Manhattan, BETTANY talked about the timely release of the film and its coinciding with the “occupy” movement taking place in financial districts all over the world. According to him, people have been “taking it in the seat” for way too long. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)