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The Avengers sequel gets green light from Disney

May 9, 2012

The Avengers

I have not seen the Avengers yet but all reviews give high ratings to the is film. A great cast and marvel comics makes for an exciting  time at the movies…so make plans with family and friends this weekend!

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Dr Anthony

Powered by article titled “The Avengers sequel gets green light from Disney” was written by Ben Child, for on Wednesday 9th May 2012 14.11 UTC

A sequel to superhero blockbuster The Avengers has been officially greenlit after Joss Whedon’s film racked up a staggering $700m at the global box office in just two weeks.

Disney chief executive Bob Iger made the announcement yesterday as the studio admitted that its earnings for the first quarter of 2012 dropped 12% to $1.2bn compared to the same period last year. The film unit’s $84m operating loss for the quarter was blamed largely on the box-office failure of $275m fantasy epic John Carter earlier this year.

Iger also confirmed that Iron Man 3, Thor 2 (both set for 2013) and Captain America 2 (due in 2014) will all be heading to cinemas through Marvel studios, which Disney bought for $4bn in 2009. He did not give a date or other details for the sequel to The Avengers (known as Avengers Assemble in the UK).

Meanwhile it has been revealed that The Avengers helped boost revenues for the $220m film via product placement for at least 18 companies. The luxury car manufacturer Acura was most prominent, having secured a multi-picture deal with Marvel, according to Brand Channel. The company developed a special supercar especially for the movie, Tony Stark’s NX Roadster, and also provided a number of other vehicles for key scenes. Other featured brands included ABC, aussieBum, Bose, CNN, Dr Pepper, Harley-Davidson and Southwest Airlines.

The Hollywood Reporter revealed yesterday that British actor Rebecca Hall is in talks to appear opposite Robert Downey Jr in Iron Man 3, following Jessica Chastain’s decision to pass on the film due to scheduling issues. Shane Black, director of Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, will take the reins on the third instalment. © Guardian News & Media Limited 2010

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Batman to move towards twilight years in The Dark Knight Rises

November 27, 2011

The Dark Knight Rises will feature Christian Bale as a Batman eight years older

Are you ready for another infusion of the Dark Crusader? I am…hope its exciting and full of special effects…I enjoy watching Batman use high tech weapons against the criminals of Gotham City…lets not forget his side-kick Robin! Sure he’s costume looks a little silly…but you can count him when the going gets tough….”To the Bat-Mobile Robin!”………

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Dr Anthony 

Powered by article titled “Batman to move towards twilight years in The Dark Knight Rises” was written by Ben Child, for on Thursday 24th November 2011 17.02 UTC

Seeking information about Christopher Nolan Batman movies is, if not like waiting for buses, perhaps like watching volcanoes. You wait for an age for anything at all, then everything explodes at once.

If you’re aiming to go into The Dark Knight Rises next summer without any preconceptions, the time to turn away is now. That said, Nolan has been known to drop decoys and blatant misinformation in the past, so his comments about the third and final instalment of the caped crusader’s current big-screen iteration this week may be rather more disengenuous than they first appear.

The most startling new snippet, revealed in a bumper Empire magazine special (on sale now), is that The Dark Knight Rises takes place a full eight years after the events of the previous film. “It’s really all about finishing Batman and Bruce Wayne’s story,” Nolan tells the mag. “We left him in a very precarious place. Perhaps surprisingly for some people, our story picks up quite a bit later – eight years after The Dark Knight. So he’s an older Bruce Wayne; he’s not in a great state.”

Such an approach tallies rather well with Christian Bale’s portrayal of Batman/Bruce Wayne over Nolan’s trilogy. If Wayne was in his 20s during the events of Batman Begins, his early 30s in The Dark Knight and will be in his late 30s in this episode, Bale (37) is finally playing him at around the right age. I’d be surprised if the character is intended to be any older in The Dark Knight Rises, despite the apparent time gap since The Dark Knight.

Exactly how badly off is Batman in the new film? Might he be returning after a lengthy lay-off? Or is he injured early on in the movie? Gary Oldman, who plays Commissioner Gordon, described the film this week as “epic”, so it’s possible the movie takes place over a number of years, or utilises flashback sequences to show us what’s been happening since the last time we saw Batman on screen. We know that Liam Neeson has shot scenes for the film as the supposedly dead Ra’s al Ghul from Batman Begins, so such an approach doesn’t sound too far out.

That brings us to Marion Cotillard, ostensibly down to play Wayne Enterprises board member Miranda Tate, though that has long been rumoured to be a decoy. This new snap of the Oscar-winning French actor on set shows her in an outfit that looks pretty unsuitable for a high-powered businesswoman, but eminently fitting for Talia al Ghul, Ra’s’ daughter. Cotillard, of course, has denied that Tate is based on any character from the comics (which would rule out Al Ghul), but might she be telling porkies?

Tom Hardy’s Bane, who seems to be the main villain in TDKR, also spoke to Empire this week about his character. Bane in the comics is best known as a hulking yet intelligent villain most famous for breaking Batman’s back.

“He’s brutal – brutal,” Hardy said. “He’s expedient delivery of brutality. And you know, he’s a big dude. He’s a big dude who’s incredibly clinical, in the fact that he has a result-based and orientated fighting style. It’s just about carnage with Bane. He’s a smashing machine. He’s a wrecking ball. The style is heavy-handed, heavy-footed, it’s nasty. Anything from small joint manipulation to crushing skulls, crushing rib cages, stamping on shins and knees and necks and collarbones and snapping heads off and tearing his fists through chests, ripping out spinal columns. It’s anything he can get away with.”

Hardy says the film will push its hoped-for 12 certificate as far as possible: “I’m not approaching it with a 12-certificate attitude,” he said. “If we’re going to shoot somebody, shoot the pregnant woman or the old lady first. Make sure everybody stands up and listens. He is a terrorist in his mentality as well as brutal action. So he’s horrible. A really horrible piece of work.”

Batman didn’t really have to face a physically superior opponent during the first two films, so Bane was an obvious choice of villain, says Nolan. ‘With Bane, we’re looking to give Batman a challenge he hasn’t had before,” he says. “With our choice of villain and with our choice of story we’re testing Batman both physically as well as mentally.'”

Hardy certainly has the chops to play a big man with a brain. He proved his mettle in Nicolas Winding Refn’s Bronson as the famously dangerous British prisoner Charles Bronson. In fact I can’t remember seeing the British actor in anything where he’s been anything less than incendiary. Apart from the fact that it looks like being a rather crowded landscape in Gotham City this time around – I haven’t even mentioned Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Matthew Modine as the villain Nixon or Joseph Gordon-Levitt as city cop John Blake so far – The Dark Knight Rises seems to have everything going for it. Roll on 20 July. © Guardian News & Media Limited 2010

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Robert Downey Jr eyeing third franchise with Perry Mason film

October 7, 2011

Robert Downey Jr, left, and Raymond Burr as Perry Mason in the 1957-66 TV series.

Sounds like we might get to see an updated version of Perry Mason films…sure would be nice to see a new series…but can Mr. Downey Jr fill the shoes of the late actor Raymond Burr?

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Dr Anthony

Powered by article titled “Robert Downey Jr eyeing third franchise with Perry Mason film” was written by Ben Child, for on Thursday 6th October 2011 11.50 UTC

He’s already flying through the skies on a regular basis as Iron Man, and is due to appear in a second Sherlock Holmes film for director Guy Ritchie next year. But Robert Downey Jr reportedly wants a third high-profile Hollywood franchise and is eyeing a starring turn as the detective Perry Mason in the first big-screen outing for the unflappable Los Angeles defence lawyer since 1937.

Variety reports that Downey Jr and his wife, producer Susan Downey, are putting the project together at their production company, Team Downey, as a potential starring vehicle for the actor. The film looks likely to be a period piece set in 1930s LA, a fertile era and location for Hollywood over the years. Erle Stanley Gardner wrote more than 80 novels featuring Mason between 1933 and his death in 1970, and there have also been two TV series and dozens of TV movies about the lawyer. Many starred Raymond Burr, who played the character between 1957 and 1966 in the series Perry Mason and reprised the role between 1985 and his death in 1993 in 26 feature-length episodes.

Gardner was a mentor to both Raymond Chandler, creator of the noir stalwart Philip Marlowe, and Dashiell Hammett, who wrote the novels upon which both The Maltese Falcon and The Thin Man were based. He was more popular than both writers combined, with more than 425m books sold.

Mason was also the subject of six films between 1934 and 1937. Warren William starred as the lawyer in the first four movies, with Ricardo Cortez and Donald Woods taking over for the final two.

For a film star to appear in three successful movie franchises at the same time is almost unheard of, and Downey Jr’s position is all the more remarkable because it is only just over a decade since his last arrest on drugs charges in April 2001. In the intervening period, the actor has transformed himself from a talented actor who struggled with substance abuse into one of the most high-profile figures in Hollywood, picking up a Golden Globe for his turn in Sherlock Holmes and receiving a second Oscar nomination for his work in the comedy Tropic Thunder. © Guardian News & Media Limited 2010

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