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Cool Concept Art From 'Captain America,' 'Thor 2,' And 'Guardians of the Galaxy'


During Marvel's Comic-Con panel they revealed a sneak peek at the next "Avengers" and Tom Hiddleston showed up to premiere new footage of the next "Thor" movie.

Marvel also released concept art for its next three films, "Thor: The Dark World,""Captain America: The Winter Soldier," and "Guardians of the Galaxy." 

Check them out below.

This character poster for "Thor" is electrifying.

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Here's "Captain America":

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And "Guardians of the Galaxy" which will come to theaters next August:

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More From The Marvel Panel: Tom Hiddleston surprised fans by showing up as Loki

AND: The name for the next "Avengers" film

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Katniss Goes To War In A New 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Trailer


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The girl on fire is back.

The new "Hunger Games: Catching Fire" trailer debuted at Comic-Con and it offers a mouthwatering look at the Quarter Quell and its arena.

Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth,Lenny Kravitz, among other cast members debuted the trailer during the film's panel.

Since the end of the last film, Katniss has become a symbol of hope to the people living throughout the various districts.

President Snow (Donald Sutherland) shows that he will do anything to take her down. 

"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" hits theaters on November 22.

First, check out the trailer:

Now, here are some of the best moments.

Lawrence looks like she stepped out of earlier film "Winter Bones" in this scene.

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Scandal! Inside President Snow's office, Katniss watches a tape of her locking lips with best friend Gale (Hemsworth).

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Gale getting whipped. This is one of the toughest scenes in the book to read.

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Effie (Elizabeth Banks) debuts an elaborate butterfly costume.hunger games catching fire trailer

Peeta (Hutcherson) and Katniss heading to the Quarter Quell via train.

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Katniss' mockingjay pin becomes a symbol of hope for a rebellion ...

hunger games catching fire mockingjay... something of which President Snow isn't a fan.

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Our first look at the arena.

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Here's Katniss (Lawrence) in that gorgeous dress again.

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And here are some GIFs of it going up in flames, transforming:

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SEE ALSO: The Best Costume Cosplay At San Diego Comic-Con

More Hunger Games: Watch the first trailer for the film

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Huge 'Justice League' Superhero Movie May Be Coming In 2017


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It's DC vs. Marvel at the movies.

As Warner Bros. prepares to go to battle with Disney at theaters in 2015 with the newly announced Batman/Superman movie, The Hollywood Reporter says WB is also planning a "Flash" film and "Justice League" movie.

THR reports sources revealed plans for a "Flash" adaptation set for 2016 and a "Justice League" film for 2017.

Throughout DC history, there have been a few different members of the Justice League at any given time. 

The original members include Superman, Batman, the Martian Manhunter, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and the Flash.

Other versions have included Hawkgirl/man, Black Canary, Green Arrow, Atom, and Zatanna.

The popular WB animated series included seven members with Flash and Wonder Woman.

At Comic-Con CW "Arrow" actor Stephen Arnell has said he'd love to be in a "Justice League" adaptation.

"I think that Green Arrow has an opportunity to mature in much the same way Iron Man did in the Marvel universe," Arnell told SciFiNow.

"It's always up to what's popular at the moment," he added. "Right now archery seems to be having a mini renaissance, so hopefully he can settle into a firm rotating member of the DC Justice League of America."

SEE ALSO: A Batman/Superman movie is coming in 2015!

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Fans Went Absolutely Crazy, Screaming At The Announcement Of A Batman/Superman Movie


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Warner Bros. announced its big Batman / Superman movie coming out in 2015.

For fans who couldn't be at Comic-Con, here's a video capturing the intensity of the crowd during the big reveal. 

"Man of Steel" actor Harry Lennix took the stage to read a classic line from "The Dark Knight Returns" comic by Frank Miller from Batman addressed to Clark Kent. 

There were some cheers from diehard fans who knew the line. When the Superman logo appeared on screen, many people began yelling out. However, it wasn't until the unveiling of the Bat symbol that the entire room went absolutely haywire.

If you're not already excited for the film, then the video will get you pumped. 

Check out the video:

Panel host Chris Hardwick summed up the atmosphere:

An even bigger movie may be coming to the big screen Flash and the Justice League are rumored to come to theaters 2016 and 2017

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Ryan Reynolds Has Two Huge Movie Flops — Here's Your Box-Office Roundup


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It wasn't a good weekend to be Ryan Reynolds. 

Both of his new movies, "Men in Black" look alike, "R.I.P.D." and animated snail flick "Turbo" bombed opening weekend. 

Universal won't feel a big sting from "R.I.P.D.""Fast & Furious 6" and "Despicable Me 2" have been massively huge hits for them this year. 

We can't say the same for DreamWorks Animation with "Turbo." The film debuted lower than last year's "Rise of the Guardians" bomb. 

That's not good news for DreamWorks Animation, who shortly after laid off 350 employees. That flop lost DWA $87 million. In a recent 10K SEC filing, DreamWorks Animation admitted that the failure of any singular film could be a disaster. 

Company stock fell Wednesday when predictions for the film were poor. 

Instead, it was Warner Bros. low-budget horror flick "The Conjuring" that soared at theaters, earning more money than last week's "Pacific Rim" opening weekend. 

That follows the latest trend of small horror flicks doing impressively well upon debut.  

At the indie film circuit Michael B. Jordan's "Fruitvale Station" may be playing in only 34 theaters, but it earned a big $742,000 over the weekend. It's wide release comes this weekend. That's more than the debut of Kristen Wiig's flick "Girl Most Likely" that appeared in 353 theaters. 

Out of the top ten this weekend included Kevin Hart's successful comedy "Let Me Explain" which has earned $30 million.  

"The Lone Ranger" bomb dropped a huge six spots at theaters. The Disney Western has earned $147.8 million at theaters. Channing Tatum's "White House Down" was also knocked out of the top ten after a month. The film, which cost Sony $150 million, has earned $92.4 million worldwide. 

Here are this week's winners and losers in Hollywood: 

10. "Monsters University" holds onto a top ten spot adding another $5 million to its $533 million haul at the box office.  

9. Brad Pitt's "World War Z" edges out the monsters with $5.2 million. Paramount's zombie flick has now earned more than $456 million worldwide at theaters. 

8. After a month, Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy's "The Heat" is still packing a punch with $9.3 million. The comedy has earned $145 million worldwide. 

7. Ryan Reynold's big-budget "R.I.P.D." bombed with $12.7 million. The Universal film cost an estimated $130 million to make. Thankfully, the studio has the success of "Fast & Furious 6" and "Despicable Me 2" to fall back on. 

6. Guillermo del Toro's monster movie "Pacific Rim" drops three spots with $16 million. Despite its underwhelming opening in the states ($37.8 million), the film is catching on overseas earning $110 million. 

5. Bruce Willis' "Red 2" sequel earned a slightly disappointing $18.5 million opening weekend. That's a bit short of the $21.8 million opening of the 2010 original. 

4. Adam Sandler's "Grown Ups 2" manages to earn $20 million in week two. The sequel to the 2010 film is performing slightly better than the original at theaters. 

3. "Turbo" came in third with a sluggish $21.5 million. The animated snail flick opened lower than DreamWorks' Animation's last bomb "Rise of the Guardians." Since its Wednesday opening (a smart move), the film has earned $31.2 million. The film cost an estimated $135 million to make. 

2. "Despicable Me 2" is still leading the pack with $25 million. The little yellow minions are closing in on $600 million worldwide for Universal. Overseas, the film came in first with an added $35.4 million. 

1. "The Conjuring" becomes the latest in a trend of low-budget horror films to perform exceedingly well opening weekend with a big $41.5 million. The Warner Bros. film cost an estimated $20 million to make.

SEE ALSO: A new trailer for "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire"

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Kristen Bell Premieres First Footage From The Kickstarter-Funded 'Veronica Mars' Movie


kristen bell veronica marsThe cast and crew of "Veronica Mars" unveiled a five-minute first look at the upcoming film at Comic-Con.

Back in April, the cancelled CW show raised an unheard of $2 million in ten hours on crowdsource site Kickstarter to revive the series on the big screen.

It was announced at Comic-Con that Jamie Lee Curtis will be joining the film.

The Veronica Mars movie comes to theaters next year.

Check it out below:

Bonus points if you spotted this Easter Egg. The numbers on top of the limo read the total amount fund-raised on Kickstarter for the film.

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Here's a look at Jamie Lee Curtis in the film:

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More Comic-Con: 'Game of Thrones' Cast Member Crashes Panel, Surprises Emilia Clarke With Kiss

AND:  Bryan Cranston Walked Around Comic-Con Wearing A 'Breaking Bad' Mask And No One Knew

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Tom Cruise Rocks Out In Epic Sing-off With Comic-Con Panel Host Chris Hardwick


Tom Cruise broke out in song at Comic-Con with comedian Chris Hardwick and it was awesome. 

During Warner Bros. panel for Cruise's upcoming film "Edge of Tomorrow," the actor surprised panel host Hardwick when he said he knew they both played Stacee Jaxx in different versions of "Rock of Ages."

From there, it was a full-out '80s duet session between the two belting out Foreigner.

This is the stuff fans live for.

Here are Hardwick and Cruise afterward.

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Hardwick had quite the reaction on Twitter to the event.

(By the way, Booker Dewitt is the main protagonist from popular game BioShock: Infinite.)

More Comic-Con: 'Game of Thrones' Cast Member Crashes Panel, Surprises Emilia Clarke With Kiss

AND: There's a Batman/Superman movie coming in 2015!

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Hugh Jackman Says He Dressed Up As Wolverine At Comic-Con And No One Recognized Him


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Bryan Cranston isn't the only celebrity to dress up at Comic-Con and go unnoticed by fans.

Hugh Jackman said he did the same.

During the "X-Men: Days of Future Past" panel, the actor said he walked around Comic-Con in his Wolverine outfit only to get ridiculed by fans.

"I got dressed up in my full Wolverine costume. Not one person stopped me," said Jackman. "One guy goes, ‘Eh, not bad.' And another one said, 'Whoa. Way too tall buddy.'"

Watch the excerpt from the panel below:

We can't find any photos of Jackman in cosplay. If you saw the actor wandering around Comic-Con as Wolverine and have a photo, send it our way.

Email me at kacuna[at]businessinsider.com.

More Comic-Con: Tom Cruise Rocks Out In Epic Sing-off With Comic-Con Panel Host Chris Hardwick

SEE ALSO: Bryan Cranston dressed up as his 'Breaking Bad' character and no one knew

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'Amazing' New Photos From The 'Spider-Man' Sequel


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Sony released a bunch of new photos from next summer's "Amazing Spider-Man" sequel.

The photos feature a look at Spidey's new-and-improved costume, new characters, and Jamie Foxx as villain Electro.

However, the best part may be the many photos of Gwen Stacey (Emma Stone) — more than 20 — hanging on Spider-Man's bedroom walls.

Peter Parker comes across as a bit of a stalker.

"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" comes to theaters May 2, 2014.

Andrew Garfield returns as web slinger Peter Parker along with real-life girlfriend Emma Stone who plays love interest Gwen Stacy.

More photos of the two filming this scene in New York City.

Dane DeHaan ("Lincoln,""Chronicle") will join the cast as Garfield's friend Harry Osborn.

Spidey's costume will get a dramatic redesign from the last film.

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

Don't Expect Christian Bale In The Big Batman / Superman Movie


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Warner Bros. rocked San Diego Comic-Con over the weekend when it announced a Batman / Superman film was in the works

According to the press release, Bats' big return to the big screen alongside the Man of Steel will release summer 2015. That will position it to go head-to-head with Marvel's highly-anticipated "Avengers" sequel due out May that year.

We don't know much about the film — other than two suspected titles— but we do know that if you're hoping for Christian Bale to reprise his role as the Caped Crusader, you should hang any thoughts back up on the "Dark Knight Trilogy" mantle.

Bale in the Batsuit is just not happening guys.

We know, we know.

This is the ultimate Batman / Superman geekasm fans have been waiting for since a logo hinting at a showdown between the two was featured in 2007's "I Am Legend."

And the big reveal from the Warner Bros. panel consisted of a popular Batman line from 1989 graphic novel "The Dark Knight Returns," hinting that a Bale Bruce Wayne may return.   

So why wouldn't Warner Bros. bring back the man who brought in more than $2 billion at the box office worldwide.

For one thing, before fans could get carried away, "Man of Steel" director Zack Snyder preemptively pointed out the project will NOT revolve around plot of the graphic novel. 

"We're not adapting this thing," said Snyder. "But it is the thing that will help tell that story." 

Still not convinced?

There are a few simple reasons to make this a pretty closed case.

bruce wayne batman the dark knight rises1. Christian Bale has said he's done with Batman.

Bale told Entertainment Weekly he won't be the Dark Knight in a "Justice League" film. Though, technically this isn't a "Justice League" film, this film will undoubtedly set the scene for an impending rumored DC team film in 2017.

The slightest of slight slivers of hope: Speaking of "The Dark Knight Rises" to E! back in 2010, Bale has said the only way he would sign on for another movie is if Nolan asks him.

"The thing is that this will be, I believe, unless Chris says different, this will be the last time I'm playing Batman," said Bale.

Nolan will be working on this next film, but as an executive producer. Snyder is set to direct.

2.Look no further than the Superman / Batman logo.

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The Bat logo premiered looks entirely different than that of Nolan's Batman.

The Dark Knight Rises poster

Unlike the sleek, futuristic look of Nolan's Bat symbol, the latest, clunkier logo mirrors the 1989 logo with a small bat head.

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It also looks reminiscent of Warner Bros. most recent computer-animated incarnation of the Caped Crusader in "Beware the Batman."

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3. The press release.

The biggest theory-killer about any Bale return is a single line from the press release about the movie:

"The new Batman has yet to be cast."

Bottom Line: We pointed out a few weeks ago that it would be disastrous for Warner Bros. to ever replace Bat-Bale. The actor's name has become as synonymous with Batman and Bruce Wayne as Robert Downey Jr. is with Tony Stark and Iron Man.

Since it looks like Warner Bros. wants to cast a new man in the suit, the only chance of Bale in a Batman / Superman movie is in a slight cameo as Bruce Wayne.

Fans of the Caped Crusader know Wayne isn't the only man to wear the Bat suit.  

More Batman/Superman: The two potential titles for the film are pretty lame

AND: Watch the announcement for the Batman/Superman film

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New 'Gravity' Trailer Gives A Terrifying Look At The Worst-Case Scenario For Any Astronaut


Warner Bros. has released a new trailer for lost-in-space film "Gravity." 

The new trailer gives an in-depth look at any astronaut's worst nightmare — having something go terribly wrong on a routine space trip.

Sandra Bullock's character, Dr. Ryan Stone,  is literally getting thrown around in space, and there's nothing she can do as she's getting pulled farther and farther out into the unknown.

George Clooney also stars in the film directed by Alfonso Cuarón ("Children of Men").

"Gravity" opens in theaters October 4.

More "Gravity": The first teaser for the film

SEE ALSO: Don't expect Christian Bale in the big Batman / Superman movie

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'Spider-Man' Actor Andrew Garfield Says Spidey Won't Be Gay, Despite His Wishes


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Earlier this month, "Amazing Spider-Man" actor Andrew Garfield philosophized with Entertainment Weekly about what it would be like to have a gay Spider-Man. 

"‘What if MJ is a dude?’ Why can’t we discover that Peter is exploring his sexuality? It’s hardly even groundbreaking!"

His comments about the web slinger's love interest Mary Jane becoming a guy — preferably Michael B. Jordan if Garfield was to have his way — sparked a lot of buzz.

During the "Amazing Spider-Man 2" panel at San Diego Comic-Con, Garfield reassured the crowd Spidey won't start playing for the other team any time soon.

"It would be illogical for me in the third movie to be kind of like, 'You know what, I'm kind of attracted to guys.'""That's just not going to work. It's clear."

Garfield said his comments were nothing more than pure conjecture.

"It was just a simple philosophical question about sexual orientation, prejudice," said Garfield. "I obviously long for the time where sexual orientation and skin color is a small thread in the fabric of a human being." 

"To speak to the idea of me and Michael B. Jordan gay together, it's not ... it was tongue and cheek," he added.

Watch the video of Garfield during the Comic-Con panel below:

More Spider-Man: 'Amazing' new photos from "The Amazing Spider-Man 2"

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The Two Potential Titles For The Batman/Superman Movie Are Lame


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It looks like there are two movie title options for the big Batman / Superman movie.

"Batman Vs. Superman" or "Superman Vs. Batman."


During the Superman 75th Anniversary panel at Comic-Con Comicbook.com reports "Man of Steel" screenwriter David S. Goyer revealed the two names.

"So over in Hall H at the Warner Bros., I guess most people know now, at the end of the Warner Bros. panel Zack came out and he brought Harry Lennix, who plays General Swanwick in Man of Steel and we –- actually, Harry read a bit from [The Dark Knight Returns] and so the next film we’re making, we’re already in pre-production, comes out in summer of 2015. We’re actually not sure whether the title is Superman vs. Batman or Batman vs. Superman but yes, it’s –- that rematch, that combination, the two guys onscreen and that’s happening."

A lot of people missed out on the news because the "X-Men: Days of Future Past" panel was taking place simultaneously.

If you head to film sites for both potential names, you'll find Warner Bros. already has registered web domains.

SupermanVsBatman.com will take you to DC's Superman page. 

BatmanVsSuperman.com will take you here. 

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It looks like Warner Bros. may be leaning toward the latter. The studio hasn't made any comment.

The title's pretty uninspiring. 

Part of the creative process behind first Christopher Nolan's "Dark Knight" trilogy and then Zack Snyder's "Man of Steel" was that they didn't use the generic names for the superheroes like "Iron Man" and "Hulk." 

That's what set the DC universe apart at the box office from Marvel.

When Warner Bros. first considered a Batman / Superman movie — teased in 2007 — it was also aimed to be called "Batman vs. Superman." 

According to David Hughes book "Tales from Development Hell," the failed "Batman Vs. Superman" project paved the way for the Nolan's trilogy.

Warner Bros. has always had a difficult time putting the right label on any project between its two biggest superheroes. 

batman superman animated movie Previous 1997 animated feature film was titled "The Batman / Superman Movie," featuring the Joker and Lex Luthor as villains. Sometimes, the movie is referred to as "World's Finest"— a comic series featuring the two heroes. In 2002, comic series Superman/Batman was released. The more recent 2009 animated picture was called "Superman / Batman: Public Enemies."

Of course, we understand why Warner Bros. would lean toward such a title. 

Pitting superheroes against each other sounds like box-office gold to a general audience.

You can't use the "Dark Knight" title since that's reserved to Nolan's trilogy.

And Warner Bros. can't exactly call the film "Caped Crusader Meets Son of Krypton."

The easiest way for people to identify with the film is to have the names of the two superheroes in the title. How do you do that without getting clunky?

Perhaps something like: "Batman & Superman: Gotham City Crisis" (or Metropolis) or "Batman & Superman: Blackest Night." Even "Batman & Superman: No Man's Land" makes sense.

These titles of course are presuming there's a Lex Luthor connection in the "Man of Steel" sequel — which was hinted in the film

What do you think of the potential titles?

More Batman/Superman:  Don't expect Christian Bale back as the Caped Crusader

AND: Watch the announcement for the Batman/Superman film

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Keanu Reeves' Long-Awaited Big-Budget, Samurai Movie '47 Ronin' Finally Gets A Trailer


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After numerous push backs, we finally get to see a trailer for Keanu Reeves samurai movie "47 Ronin" and it doesn't look half bad.  

The film follows Kai (Reeves) as he leads a small army of 47 warriors to avenge the death of their master. 

Universal needs this film to be a big hit. 

Like Disney's "The Lone Ranger," this movie has been in the works for seemingly forever. As a result, its budget swirled massively out of control. 

"47 Ronin" was originally set for a November 2012 release before being pushed back to February of this year.

The Wrap reported back in September that the production for the film was a "nightmare" with the budget inflating to $225 million.

This is Reeves second film he has out this year.

After a long hiatus from the film circuit he'll also be seen in "Man of Tai Chi."(His last big blockbusters were 2003's "Something's Gotta Give" and "The Matrix: Revolutions."

"47 Ronin" comes to theaters December 25.

One takeaway.

When seeing this image in the above trailer ... 

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We can't help but think of the Silver Samurai from "The Wolverine." 

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SEE ALSO: The potential titles for the Batman/Superman movie are awful

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Ashton Kutcher Passed Up A Chance To Meet Steve Jobs


Ashton Kutcher was on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno yesterday promoting his upcoming Steve Jobs film, "Jobs."

While on the program, Kutcher revealed that he passed up an opportunity to meet the co-founder of Apple, who he called "The Leonardo da Vinci of our generation." Kutcher had a work conflict, he explains, and six months later Jobs died.

We first heard about it over at 9To5Mac:

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Joss Whedon Reveals 'Avengers' Sequel Will Be Much Darker


age of ultronAt San Diego Comic-Con, fans received a taste of what to expect in the anticipated "Avengers" sequel when director Joss Whedon presented the name of the next film: "Avengers: Age of Ultron."

Fans initially thought the film would follow the "Age of Ultron" comic series that came out earlier this year.

The comic is pretty dark. 


Tony Stark becomes part cyborg, Captain America loses an eye, and near the end most of the Avengers perish to a menacing, homicidal robot named Ultron.

Shortly after the announcement, Whedon spoke with Marvel to drive home that "Avengers: Age of Ultron" won't be a direct adaptation of the comic.

"A lot of people, because we called it 'Age of Ultron,' and there was a book 'Age of Ultron' just recently, assumed that was the storyline we're doing, which is not the case," says Whedon. "We're doing our own version of the origin story of Ultron."

ant man marvelWhedon also confirmed that one fan favorite Hank Pym the creator of the Avengers' main foe won't be in the sequel. Instead, Pym will have his own role in "Ant-Man," the film following the next Avengers movie.

"We're sort of crafting our own version of it where his origin comes more directly from the Avengers we already know about."

Whedon adds that the sequel will also be a bit darker, though we're sure it won't be Ultron comics dark.

In addition, Whedon says "Age of Ultron" will be globally-spanning with shooting taking place in London early of next year.

This isn't a surprise considering the added boost that the foreign box office can have on a film

Since Pym won't be in the film, speculation has been that Tony Stark will be the creator of Ultron.

Could be possible. 

Whedon revealed in the video interview that when the sequel title appeared on screen at Comic-Con it showed Tony Stark's "Iron Man" mask clash with that of Ultron's. 

"Avengers: Age of Ultron" opens in theaters May 1, 2015.

Watch the interview below:

More Avengers 2: Check out the logo for the film that debuted at Comic-Con

Read about the DC film that will go up against the Avengers sequel: A Batman / Superman film is coming in 2015

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'Wolverine' Reviews: The Best Superhero Film Of The Summer


the wolverine hugh jackman"The Wolverine" claws into theaters Friday with Hugh Jackman reprising his role as Logan for the sixth time.

In a summer that felt so overloaded with one big-budget movie after another week in and week out, it would be easy for James Mangold's ("3:10 to Yuma,""Walk the Line") Wolverine film to get lost among the bigger superheroes.

It also felt easy to write off after 2009's "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" film. (The movie did well at the box-office, but it's no secret it didn't sit well with fans.)

However, don't count this one out. It sounds like Jackman's return to theaters is a must-see.

IGN is calling it "The Wolverine movie we've always wanted," while Salon goes even bolder saying it's the superhero film of the summer. 

What's all the fuss over?  

Here's what the critics are saying about the film.

First and foremost, this is not a sequel to 2009's "X-Men Origins: Wolverine."  


“'The Wolverine' comes close to being a low-key character reboot, and along the way delivers a solid, popcorn-flavored action-adventure that should delight genre fans, as well as admirers of Jackman’s alarmingly muscled physique."

The Hollywood Reporter (THR):

"Not only does it distance itself from the critically mauled X-Men Origins: Wolverine, dropping the "X-Men" from the title frees Mangold from many of the constraints of sequel-making and prevents the scattered focus that would accompany a multimutant world."

Jackman is amazing. 


"Jackman once again goes full in, embracing the Logan that fans first fell in love with in the pages of the X-Men. The result is, finally, the Wolverine movie we've always wanted."

Associated Press (AP):

"Whether hoofing it in a Broadway musical or crooning as Jean Valjean in ‘‘Les Miserables,’’ that charisma makes him always worth watching."

viper the wolverineDon't expect much from the rest of the cast.


"Svetlana Khodchenkova, as Viper, is supposed to be villainous but comes across as only vampy; she recalls Uma Thurman as Poison Ivy in ‘‘Batman & Robin,’’ only less interesting."

The film has a train fight scene to end all train-fight scenes. 


"Mangold uses the occasion to give a distinctly Japanese twist to the tried-and-true battle-atop-a-speeding-train -- in this case, a bullet train -- hurtling along at 300 miles per hour. It’s a bravura heart-in-mouth sequence, expertly staged, and there’s plenty more goring and slashing where that came from." 

Entertainment Weekly (EW):

"By now, we've all seen so many beat-downs atop locomotives that they've become numbingly similar. But the one in The Wolverine is so frantic and adrenalized (not to mention the only part of the film that takes advantage of 3-D) that the familiar becomes new again." 


"James Mangold sets one terrific action scene — the film’s best — on a speeding bullet train, making great use of those claws."

Like all superhero films, this one has its problems, but they're mostly near the film's end:


"A perhaps too cartoonish villain emerges during the finale, as does some CGI action that is more over the top than the rest of the film that precedes it."

NY Daily News:

"The rest of the film becomes standard slice-and-dice, all the way to the ridiculous ending involving a baddie in adamantium armor." 


"It’s still full of corny dialogue (you know, those punchy one-liners conceived to fit in tiny talk bubbles above the characters’ heads)."

USA Today:

"Director James Mangold has fashioned a fairly engrossing, if occasionally convoluted, tale based on the  Marvel Comics figure. But an extended battle meant as a climactic clash grows tedious."

Overall, everyone says it's good. 


"Thirteen years after his mutant debut in Bryan Singer’s terrific X-Men, Jackman, also a producer here, owns the Wolverine character. The charismatic Aussie has added some martial arts moves to his character’s slice-and-dice repertoire, is buffer than ever and shows no sign of flagging."


"In this age when superhero movies are increasingly concerned with universe-building, it's refreshing to get a film like The Wolverine that mostly stands alone." 


"'The Wolverine' is the cleanest, least pretentious and most satisfying superhero movie of the summer." 


"While it's definitely a more entertaining and far deeper film than the last Wolverine outing, it still falls short of the top tier of Marvel tentpoles like the fizzy Iron Man and Sam Raimi's Spider-Man."

Check out a trailer for the film:

Get pumped for the next "Avengers": Here's what the film will be about

SEE ALSO: Why Christian Bale won't be in the Batman / Superman movie

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VH1 Made A Biopic About The Lives And Times Of 'TLC'


tlc vh1 biopicThere's new reason to get "Don't go chasing waterfalls," stuck in your head.

VH1 released a trailer for its biopic on the 90s girl group TLC. It's crazy, sexy, cool, and super nostalgic.

"Crazy Sexy Cool: The TLC Story" follows the humble beginnings of Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, and Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, and their rocket to hip-hop fame.

The Grammy Award-winning musical trio formed in 1990 and produced top-selling tracks including, "Waterfalls,""No Scrubs," and "Creep." Their second studio album, "CrazySexyCool," sold more than 23 million copies, making TLC the first girl group in history to be awarded diamond status.

The trailer shows stars Lil Mama (Left Eye), Keke Palmer (Chilli), and Drew Sidora (T-Boz) sporting the group's iconic scrunchies, condom eye patches, and oversized neon clothes, while reenacting their most memorable music videos. 

The movie marks the network's first foray into scripted film.

"TLC are truly music pioneers and this movie is a fantastic way to expand our scripted push by combining our audience’s passion for music with their love of story," Jeff Olde, executive vice president of original programming and production, said in a statement.

 "Crazy Sexy Cool: The TLC Story" premieres on VH1 on October 21.

 Watch the trailer:

SEE ALSO: The 9 Most Influential Hip Hop Artists In Tech

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Here's How The 'Star Wars' 'Return Of The Jedi' Cast Looks Today


The original "Star Wars" cast from "Return of the Jedi" gathered 30 years after the film hit theaters in 1983.

Actors Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), Warwick Davis (Wicket the Ewok), Ian McDiarmid (Emperor Palpatine), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), and Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) all posed together Thursday at annual fan event Star Wars Celebration in Essen, Germany.

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Missing from the photo were Harrison Ford (Han Solo) and Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian). Here they are below commemorating the 30th anniversary of "Star Wars: Episode V — The Empire Strikes Back" in May 2010.

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Compare them with how they looked more than 30 years ago.

Here are Ford, Daniels (C3P0), Fisher, and Mayhew (Chewbacca) in a photo from October 5, 1978 ...

star wars original cast harrison ford carrie fisher anthony daniels peter mayhew... and Fisher and Hamill. 

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Here's Williams:

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And here's the poster for "Return of the Jedi":

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"Star Wars Episode VII" is currently set for a 2015 release.

Lucas all but confirmed many of the original cast will be returning to the film in a Bloomberg Businessweek article back in March.

More "Star Wars": Photos of the original set in ruins

SEE ALSO: Harrison Ford has complete faith in J.J. Abrams reviving the franchise

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'The Sandlot' Is 20 Years Old: Where Is The Cast Now [PHOTOS]


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The cast and director of "The Sandlot" reunited on the Utah baseball field where the movie was filmed last week.

The group is currently touring the country— making 21 stops — to promote the 20th anniversary edition of "The Sandlot." The classic, coming-of-age baseball movie premiered in 1993.

Director David Mickey Evans and stars Patrick Renna ("Ham"), Chauncey Leopardi ("Squints"), Shane Obedzinski (Tommy "Repeat" Timmons), Victor DiMattia (Timmy Timmons), Marty York ("Yeah-Yeah"), and Daniel Zacapa (Police Chief) attended.

Cast and crew tweeted about getting the team back together:

The Salt Lake City Tribune has tons more photos from the event.

THEN: Patrick Renna played the Ham, who delivers the iconic line, "You're killing me, Smalls."

NOW: Renna had a returning role on "Boston Legal," appeared in a Funny Or Die short with Matthew Morrison, and provided "additional voices" on a "Spider-Man 3" video game.

THEN: Mike Vitar led the team as the oldest and best player, "Benny the Jet" Rodriguez.

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