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Jamie Foxx Electro

Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan cast in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Jamie Foxx and Dane DeHaan’s casting in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) answers the questions of who will play Electro (Jamie Foxx) and Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan) in the Mark Webb directed

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Venom

Venom, Marvel Formula, Eddie Brock. According to film producers Avi Arad and Matthew Tolmach, the Venom movie or spin-off will utilize the Marvel movie formula and feature Eddie Brock. The Marvel movie formula is what was used to make The Avengers such a success: origin and

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Ben Kingsley

Ben Kingsley cast in Iron Man 3. Ben Kingsley is currently in final negotiations for the lead villain in Shane Black‘s Iron Man 3 (2013). Ben Kingsley was originally suspected of playing the Mandarin, “a wealthy Chinese scientist and martial arts expert who, by backing the warlord who imprisoned

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Andrew Garfield has been named as the new Spider-Man/Peter Parker. Sony made the announcement on their Twitter account and through an official press release. Production of the Spider-Man reboot begins in December 2010 and will be directed by Marc Webb, based on script by James Vanderbilt.

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Louis Leterrier’s The Incredible Hulk is a more focused and action packed film adaptation of the Marvel comic book involving Dr. Bruce Banner (Edward Norton) and his gamma eradiated, anger induced monster than Ang Lee’s Hulk (2003) and is almost as good as recently released Iron Man. While in Brazil at the beginning of The Incredible Hulk, the film might have even been as good as Batman Begins and was for a few sequences but then it backed away from that greatness during its CGI heavy climax, leaving realism and the human element behind.

The Incredible Hulk begins beautifully with a homage to the television show of the same name from the late 70’s that starred the late Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno (who makes a cameo in this film as he did in Hulk but this time he is given dialog). Something happens during this sequence that could have earned The Incredible Hulk an R-rating but the images were cut just right by Kyle Cooper to avoid it. It would benefit the viewer if they saw Iron Man first because there are many nods and winks to companies, organizations and characters from that film during the beginning and throughout the remainder of the film that will go unnoticed or seem insignificant otherwise.

While hiding out in Brazil, a mishap occurs at a soda bottling plant and General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross, a former associate of Banner who is now hunting him, is alerted of Banner’s presence there. General Ross leaves to capture Banner with the aid of Emil Blonsky (Tim Roth), who is on loan from Great Britain’s Special Forces.

While in Brazil, Banner studies the Martial Art of Aikido to control his anger and works at a factory where Martina (Debora Nascimento), a striking Brazilian day-laborer, has a crush on him. The crush is never spoken of; it’s all in Martina’s eyes. Would a woman of Martina’s facial quality actually be a day-laborer in a factory? I found it to be remote and extremely questionable but not outside the realm of plausibility. Banner doesn’t even notice Martina’s looks but that is understandable (for the sake of The Incredible Hulk’s eventual romantic sub-plot). Banner is in love with someone else by the name of Dr. Elizabeth “Betty” Ross (Liv Tyler).

After General Ross and Blonsky catch up with Banner in Brazil and Banner is subsequently chased across roof tops, we find out that Martina lives directly below Banner. I found this very curious. Banner works with a woman that has eyes for him, is easy on the eyes and lives directly below him and nothing has happened between them. The plausibility of this scenario gets stretched rather thin but thankfully there are bigger and more entertaining issues within The Incredible Hulk to keep the viewer’s mind occupied.

Emil Blonsky is the surprise of The Incredible Hulk. He is the eventual main antagonist to Banner, his foil. Blonsky is a soldier almost past his prime, who has denied promotion up to this point because he wants to remain in the field; he’s a fighter and will remain one for as long as he is able. Before long though, that ability will come to an end and Blonsky and General Ross are both aware that its onset has already begun. This is where the Super-Soldier serum comes into play. Comic book aficionados will recognize this concoction all to well for giving scrawny Steve Rogers aka Captain America his physique and physical abilities. When Hulk and Blonsky meet after Blonsky has “taken” the serum, the contents of that special sauce are responsible for one of the most entertaining hand-to-hand combat battle scenes I have witnessed in a film.

When Blonsky becomes the Abomination in the third act of The Incredible Hulk out of a growing power lust and desire to be the man he used to be, The Incredible Hulk loses part of its edge. Watching two CGI creatures duke it out is not as fun, breathless or as entertaining as watching a real human fight a CGI creature. Think Éowyn versus the Witch King’s Dragon at the end of the second act in The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King. Both scenes are extremely cool and well done. Notwithstanding this hiccup, there are those special moments in The Incredible Hulk that enable it to stand at the upper epsilon of the films based on comic books. One involves Banner fixing a machine in a factory; another is when Betty Ross screams “DAD!”, while the remainders are those segments of The Incredible Hulk that I have previously alluded to.

Louis Leterrier’s The Incredible Hulk pays homage to its roots much like Rob Zombie did with his remake of Halloween, only with better results. Except for the title sequence and the montage imagery, all of The Incredible Hulk is a construct of screenwriters Zak Penn and Edward Norton’s mind. The Incredible Hulk is original and stands on its own two legs, a newborn that learned to run before it walked, unlike Ang Lee’s more metaphoric Hulk. The Incredible Hulk is a crowd pleaser, was designed to be so and delivers to both the purest and the novice.

Rating: 9/10

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Jun 3, 2008

Film Review: Iron Man

Iron Man is one of the few superhero films of late to take its source material seriously. The film also boasts an impressive roster of note-worthy A-listers. All of these elements, combined with great direction by Jon Favreau, make Iron Man one of the best superhero movies ever made. Iron Man exceeds Superman Returns (and the Donnor original), Fantastic Four, Daredevil, Ghost Rider, Hulk, all three Spiderman movies, X-Men, most of X-Men 2, X-Men 3, both Punisher films and all of the Batman films except Batman Begins. Batman Begins takes its source material just as serious, if not more so. There are few jokes during Begins and as a consequence, the tone is kept somber, less commercial and less popcorn than Iron Man. The elements just mentioned (jokes, being commercial and easy digestibility) are so intertwined in Iron Man, they are Iron Man. They do not stick out or become omnipresent to the viewer, though you will feel their presence. There are hilarious moments of levity in Iron Man that are as well executed as the ones found in the Spiderman films (especially Spiderman 3). The creation of the first and second Mark suits; and the hi-jinks that go into their development and testing lighten the mood of the Iron Man and in many instances, serve as the film’s comic relief.

The story of Iron Man revolves around an arms maker and manufacturer, Anthony “Tony” Edward Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), a flamboyant ladies man and billionaire. Stark inherited and runs Stark Industries, a company that was handed down to him when he was old enough, through decree of his father’s will. Stark’s father, Howard Stark, was one of the prestigious scientists that worked on The Manhattan Project from 1941-1946 and created Stark Industries in his later years. While Tony was growing up (after Howard ’s death and before he was given Stark Industries to run), Stark Industries was managed and overseen by its founder’s best friend and partner Obadiah Stane (Jeff Bridges). During Iron Man, Stane is the partner of the grown up Tony Stark in Stark Industries. When Stark is captured by a terrorist group called Ten Rings during a demonstration of Stark Industries latest weapon, the “Jericho” missile, he is given an ultimatum. Build them the cluster missile that was just demonstrated or die. This life or death situation is the beginning of the character and personality change for Tony Stark. Being forced to arm terrorists, terrorists that idealize the weapons he has created, helps Stark realize the error of his arms-making ways. During the death of a certain character, that character asks Stark to “do better.” Stark’s personality change is rooted in this three month long ordeal but even more so in anger, sadness and remorse. The person in question was shot down by hand weapons he designed and manufactured.

This event is also what separates Iron Man from most comic book superhero movies. Stark goes through a real change right in front of the viewer’s eyes, something the audience can easily understand and empathize with. For all of his bravado, jokes and immature behavior, Stark is human and when he escapes and returns home, he makes a conscience decision about the direction of Stark Industries. This is much to the dismay of certain members of Stark Industries and unbeknownst to Tony Stark (for a portion of the film anyway), brings a hidden enemy out into the open. It is when the true enemy is revealed, a realistic enemy that isn’t bent on world domination or other megalomaniacal schemes, that Iron Man becomes an even better film.

Jon Favreau’s Iron Man was an unexpectedly solid superhero film. There are harbingers to future Iron Man installments (the silver Mark II suit) and other superhero movies (Captain America) in the works within Iron Man that the diehard, observant comic book fan will surely notice. There is also an appearance by another superhero at the end of the credits in Iron Man. I was very surprised and intrigued by the choice of who to play this particular superhero was. Before the credits rolled, the acting in Iron Man was good, the special effects were great and both the protagonist and antagonist were interesting to watch and entertaining. The same can be said for the remainder of the supporting cast: Stark’s personal assistant Virginia “Pepper” Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), his military liaison Lt. Colonel James “Rhodey” Rhodes (Terrence Howard) and all the others that helped make Iron Man something special.

Rating: 9.5/10

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Apr 8, 2008

Iron Man Clip

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I was skeptical about the upcoming Iron Man film but the full trailer and the new clip ensure that I will be seeing this film on opening weekend. Iron Man stars Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeff Bridges, Shaun Toub, Leslie Bibb, Bill Smitrovich, Nazanin Boniadi, Micah Hauptman and opens May 2, 2008.

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As promised, the first Incredible Hulk trailer is up and online. Tim Roth is the only thing that really interested me in this trailer. I hope the subsequent trailers for this film change that opinion. With out further a due, here’s the trailer.

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For an HD presentation of the trailer, go here. Or at iFilm.

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I can not wait to see the full Incredible Hulk trailer this Wednesday at 9:56pm EST on television. The trailer will make its world premiere on network channels, including notables Spike TV and three MTV Channels. MTV.com will then have the trailer available for viewing after that. With the cast pedigree this film has (Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth, William Hurt, Tim Blake Nelson, Christina Cabot, Lou Ferrigno), it should be good.

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Source: EmpireMovies

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Feb 29, 2008

Iron Man Trailer

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The newest Tony Stark, excuse me, the newest Iron Man trailer is now online and looking fine (crap that was lame). Out the two previous trailers this is by far the coolest and most comprehensive. You get a sense of the story arch in this trailer and that Jon Favreau can direct sci-fi action flicks. The new Iron Man trailer aired tonight during the Lost TV program.

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