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'Thor' Sequel Casts Christopher Eccleston As Villain Malekith

August 2nd, 2012 12:37pm EDT
Christopher Eccleston
The villain the Thor sequel has finally been announced. Christopher Eccleston will play Malekith, the lord of the Dark Elves, in 2013's Thor: The Dark World.

The comic version of Malekith has connections with the Casket of Ancient Winters, an artifact the frost giants from the first film were very interested in.

Christopher Eccleston is known for his turn as Dr. Who in 2005. He left after a single season, claiming he didn't want to be typecast as the famous character.

Alan Taylor will be directing the film. If that name sounds familair, he's directed six episodes of HBO's Game of Thrones...
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This Summer's Hottest Male Movie Stars

July 8th, 2012 8:00am EDT
Christian Bale the Dark Knight Rises
Superhero flicks "The Amazing Spider-Man" and "The Dark Knight Rises" are two of the biggest releases this month, and they star some of Hollywood's hottest celebrities.

On July 20, Christian Bale returns as the caped crusader, which picks up following the events in the previous film. He battles the deadly bane (Tom Hardy) and Catwoman (Anne Hathaway).

Oh, but there's more. Much more.

Escape the outside heat and get hot inside by seeing your favorite male stars on the big screen this summer. Watch the cast of the stripper flick "Magic Mike" and Colin Farrell and Jeremy Renner from the Aug...
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5 Awesome Upcoming Superhero-free Movies

June 21st, 2012 1:07pm EDT
The Avengers' Cast
Thanks to Marvel Studios and the brilliance of Stan Lee, this is definitely the summer of the superhero. “The Avengers” kicked both alien invader and box office booty, and Spider-Man and Batman will soon join the fray with “The Amazing Spider-Man” and “The Dark Knight Rises” respectively. Fanboys and fangirls may be whipped up in a geeky frenzy, but if you prefer your summer films cape-free, here are five movies that are sure to provide summer box office thrills, no super powers needed.

“Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”

Four score and seven years ago, Abraham Lincoln (Benjamin Walke...
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'The Avengers' Tops 2012 Movie Mistakes List

June 20th, 2012 11:45pm EDT
The Avengers
Superhero blockbuster The Avengers has topped a list of the most mistake-ridden movies so far this year.

Diligent fans of the hit movie spotted 15 blunders, placing it ahead of The Hunger Games, which contained 13 on-camera slip-ups, and Underworld: Awakening with 10.

Rihanna's Battleship is the mid-year's fourth blunder-ful movie, and Will Smith's hit Men in Black III rounds out the top five.

Among the errors moviegoers spotted and passed on to website MovieMistakes.com, were an out of date Spanish flag in Men In Black III and a location gaffe concerning a billboard in Battleship - bill...
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Whedonites Assemble For 'Joss Whedon: The Complete Companion'

June 5th, 2012 1:12pm EDT
Whedon Companion Cover
Joss Whedon is finally receiving the widespread recognition he deserves as a writer, director, and producer. We have his hit 2012 flicks The Avengers and The Cabin in the Woods to thank for that. Before Whedon achieved mainstream success though, he already had a rabid cult following. His admirers endlessly analyze the television shows, comics, and films that he creates. Heck, my alma mater even has a class exclusively on his show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Leveraging Whedon’s devotees, Titan Books and the magazine Pop Matters have distilled fan commentary into a single book entitled Joss Whe...
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'Men In Black III' Beats 'Avengers' At Box Office

May 28th, 2012 9:51am EDT
Men In Black III
We knew it had to happen eventually. "The Avengers" was dethroned by "Men In Black III" at the weekend box office. Will Smith's alien comedy finally put an end to the reign of the superhero smash hit film.

The "Men in Black" sequel, which marks Smith's return to the big screen for the first time in four years, took in $55 million, while "The Avengers" - which had held onto the top spot for three weeks running - grossed $37 million. It has totaled $514 million in America. The record-breaking film has become only the fourth movie ever to top half a billion dollars domestically in the U.S.

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'Battleship' Posts Disappointing Weekend, 'Avengers' Jumps To 4th Highest Gross Of All-Time

May 21st, 2012 2:03pm EDT
The Avengers
On Friday we forecasted that Battleship had no chance beating The Avengers over the weekend, but we had no idea the board game-turned-movie would debut so low.

Expected to make around $40 million its first three days, Battleship could only muster $25 million. A $209 million production budget and sizeable market spend means the film has some work to do if it doesn't want to be a total loss.

Meanwhile, Avengers continues to dominate the box office here in the United States and across the world. Domestically the film took in another $55 million, just over estimates. That puts its US total at...
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'Battleship' Can't Sink 'Avengers' From Top Spot This Weekend

May 18th, 2012 12:37pm EDT
The Avengers
Don't expect Battleship to knock The Avengers off the top spot this weekend. While the movie based on the board game ought to rake in over $30 million the next three days, it might have to double that amount to top Marvel's greatest heroes.

Going by the rule that weekend grosses lessen by 50% every week, The Avengers is set to make another $50 million-plus. That would put the film at $450 million domestic. The superhero film has already broken into the top ten list for worldwide grosses, beating Star Wars: The Phantom Menace and The Dark Knight.

Even if numbers slack for The Avengers, it...
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'The Avengers' Earns Staggering $103 Million In Second Weekend At Box Office

May 14th, 2012 8:17am EDT
The Avengers
"The Avengers" strikes again. The superhero flick made box office history again by earning over $100 million in its second weekend at the box office.

The action film anihliated records after making a massive $200.3 million in its first three days of release. It knocked down "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2," which grossed $169 million when it hit theatres in July 2011.

In its second weekend, "The Avengers" continued to impress with earnings of $103.2 million. Marvel Studios delivers the ultimate comic-book film, which ties together such characters as Iron Man (Robert Downey ...
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'The Avengers' Dwarfs A Strong Opening From 'Dark Shadows' & Passes the $1 Billion Mark Globally

May 13th, 2012 10:35pm EDT
The Avengers
The Avengers has again made U.S. box office history after becoming the first film to rake in $100 million during its second weekend.

The Marvel action epic, which boasts an all-star cast of Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, and Scarlett Johansson, smashed records after hauling in a massive $200.3 million in its first three days of release, besting Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, which grossed $169 million when it hit theaters in July.

And the superhero blockbuster continued to impress for the second week in a row with earnings of $103.2 million, fending off competition from Joh...
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Elsa Patacky And Her 'Avengers' Star Husband Chris Hemsworth Welcome First Child, Daughter India

May 13th, 2012 1:05pm EDT
Chris Hemsworth & Elsa Patacky
Snakes on a Plane star Elsa Pataky and her husband, Chris Hemsworth - star of The Avengers, have welcomed their first child.

Patacky gave birth to daughter India in London on Friday, where Hemsworth is currently promoting his next summer blockbuster, Snow White and the Huntsman (June 1); which he stars in alongside Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron.

"We love the country and love the name," he tells USA Today about the couple's choice of their baby's name.

The couple announced the pregnancy back in January; and they were married in Australia in December 2010 after meeting earlier that y...
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Box Office: 'The Avengers' Should Break 'Avatar' Record, 'Dark Shadows' Set For Distant Second

May 11th, 2012 10:33am EDT
The Hulk in The Avengers
The Avengers should have little trouble breaking Avatar's second weekend record, thanks in part to great reviews and word of mouth. Avatar took in just above $75 million its second weekend and pundits suggest The Avengers may break the $100 million mark.

The Avengers face no contenders for the top spot; while Johnny Depp's Dark Shadows should bring in a good haul, Box Office Mojo suggests it will "only" make $33 million.

If The Avengers beats Avatar's second weekend mark, it could be a sign that Disney's film might contend for the top domestic spot of all-time. James C...
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Joss Whedon Pens Thank You Letter To 'Peeps' After 'Avengers' Triumph

May 10th, 2012 3:47pm EDT
Joss Whedon
Writer/director Joss Whedon has written an emotional open letter of thanks to his fans after The Avengers movie smashed a series of box office records.

The superhero film, written and directed by Whedon, became the first ever movie in America to break the $200 million mark in its opening weekend and the moviemaker admits he is struggling to come to terms with the blockbuster's phenomenal success.

He has now reached out to his fans to thank them for standing by him throughout his career.

In the open letter, he writes, "Well, it's been quite a weekend. Someday, long from now, I will eve...
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Miley Cyrus Comedy 'LOL' Opens To Measly $46,500 While 'Avengers' Rakes In $207.1 Million

May 8th, 2012 11:32pm EDT
Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus has brushed off criticism of her new comedy LOL after it flopped at the U.S. box office, grossing just $46,500 in its opening weekend.

The singer/actress stars in the coming-of-age film alongside Demi Moore as her onscreen mom, but the movie, which is based on a popular French release of the same name, was only shown in 105 theaters in just eight states - excluding New York.

The Lionsgate-produced LOL failed to attract fans and the studio didn't even release official box office figures for the picture, although it is estimated to have only made a total of $46,500, according to...
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'The Avengers' Makes Box Office History & Scarlett Johansson Hopes For Black Widow Spin-Off

May 8th, 2012 9:24am EDT
The Avengers
Following the enormous box office success of "The Avengers," Scarlett Johansson is asking fans to voice their support for a Black Widow spin-off film.

The actress reprises her Russian "Iron Man 2" character Natasha Romanoff, a.k.a. Black Widow, in the blockbuster movie, which is the first film ever to gross over $200 million during in its opening weekend. "The Avengers" bumped "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2," into second place in the record books. It earned $169 million when it hit theaters in July 2011.

"The Avengers," which also stars superhero characters played by Robert...
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Mark Ruffalo's Twitter Account Hacked

May 7th, 2012 11:09am EDT
Mark Ruffalo
An imposter hacked into "The Avengers" star Mark Ruffalo's twitter account on Sunday night, posting messages about about credit card debt and sex tips. The hacker also linked to images of Sportswear Illustrated model Kate Upton and "the best booties" in Hollywood.

The taunted the actor, writing, "I hope you will resolve your passwords. Your account hacked because passwords set very stupid LOL."

In response, Ruffalo was considering hanging up his old handle, @Mruff221, and creating a new one.

In several posts, he wrote, "It's kind of hilarious me getting hacked today. I got to hand it to ...
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Bollywood Actors Express Dismay Over India Slum Scene In 'The Avengers'

May 7th, 2012 10:19am EDT
The Avengers
Joss Whedon's The Avengers has drawn criticism from several Bollywood stars disappointed over the depiction of India in the superhero blockbuster.

The star-studded Marvel epic opens with scenes in which Hulk's alter ego Dr. Bruce Banner, played by Mark Ruffalo, hides in the slums of Kolkata curing lepers.

The film has opened well in the country but some members of India's film industry have expressed disappointment that the scenes, which were actually shot in New Mexico, zeroed in on squalor.

Actor Rituparna Sengupta tells The Hindustan Times, "Kolkata has a rich culture and heritage, an...
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Fan Slipped Into Mark Ruffalo's Car So He Could Give Artwork To 'Avengers' Co-Star

May 7th, 2012 10:01am EDT
Mark Ruffalo the Avengers
Mark Ruffalo had a surprising fan encounter following the Russian premiere of "The Avengers" when a woman jumped into his car and begged him to deliver her drawing to his co-star Tom Hiddleston.

Ruffalo gathered with his fellow castmates Hiddleston, Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner and Scarlett Johansson to launch the superhero epic in Russia last month, but he found himself cornered after one overzealous admirer hopped into his car as he was making his exit.

The star, who portrays Dr. Bruce Banner and his alter ego The Hulk in the film, assumed the female devotee's affe...
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Hulk Smash! 'The Avengers' Crushes Box Office Records With Biggest Opening Of All Time

May 7th, 2012 8:41am EDT
The Avengers
"The Avengers" shattered box office records by becoming the first film ever to break the $200 million mark in its opening weekend. The film is projected to have made $200.3 million since its midnight release on Friday, May 4.

The movie ties together such characters as Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) for a big-screen franchise team-up like no other.

"The Avengers" slides "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2," into second place in the record books. It earned $169 millio...
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Sexy Men Steaming Up The Silver Screen - 2012 Summer Edition

May 6th, 2012 10:03am EDT
Magic Mike
Ok ladies, now it's your turn! Yesterday we ran the sexy women version and today we give you the sexy men steaming up the silver screen for the summer of 2012. With the block-buster season now underway we've got a list of sexy men raging from superheroes to space explorers and even a few male strippers thrown in for good measure. So come on it and meet some of the sexiest men hitting the movie screen this summer.

Robert Downey, Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man)
The Avengers (May 4)

Chris Evans (Steve Rogers/Captain America)
The Avengers (May 4)

Mark Ruffalo - (Bruce Banner/The Hulk)
T...
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'The Avengers' Surpasses Four Years Of Hype!

May 5th, 2012 2:57pm EDT
Avengers 2
The answer to your burning question about “The Avengers” is a resounding “Yes.” If you’re into movies or comics, you’ve anxiously awaited its arrival since 2008’s “Iron Man,” which first hinted that an Avengers film was in the works. After four years and four more Marvel movies, you’ve been wondering “Will it live up to the hype?” Rest assured, not only does director/writer Joss Whedon’s flick live up to the hoopla, “The Avengers” surpasses it.

Whedon’s 3D beauty captivates you from the opening scene, where Thor’s angry step-brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) makes a deal with some mysterious ...
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Sexy Women Heating Up The Silver Screen - 2012 Summer Edition

May 5th, 2012 11:00am EDT
Rock Of Ages
The summer block buster movie season is upon us and looks to be the most promising one in quite some time. 'The Avengers,' opened last night to much rave review, as it looks to possibly break a box office record this weekend. Soon to follow will be 'The Dark Knight Rises,' 'The Amazing Spider-man' and 'Battleship' just to name a few of the most anticipated movies of the 2012 summer.

In honor of this summer movie season, we wanted to showcase the sexy female stars that will be heating up the silver screen. Check out the list and ladies, don't forget to come back tomorrow for the men. Enjoy!...
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'Avengers' Makes $18.7 Million From Midnight Screenings, $1M Less Than 'Hunger Games'

May 4th, 2012 2:32pm EDT
The Avengers
Superhero fans excitedly filled seats at midnight showings of "The Avengers" on Thursday night, but not as many who went to see "The Hunger Games" in March.

"The Avengers" took in $18.7 million, one million less than the teen post-apocalyptic film based on the the book by Suzanne Collins.

Still, the Marvel feature earned enough to put it at number eight on the list of the top all-time midnight debuts. At number one? "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2," which raked in an astonishing $43.5 million last year.

"The Avengers" is expected to earn more than $150 million during its o...
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'Avengers' Star Samuel L. Jackson Unleashes His Fury On New York Times Movie Critic

May 4th, 2012 9:22am EDT
Samuel L. Jackson
Want to push Samuel L. Jackson's buttons? Criticize his films. "The Avengers" star called out a movie reviewer who slammed the summer blockbuster in the New York Times.

Writer A.O. Scott upset Jackson by writing that the film is "hardly worth raging about." He added, "The light, amusing bits cannot overcome the grinding, hectic emptiness, the bloated cynicism that is less a shortcoming of this particular film than a feature of the genre."

Ouch!

In response to the scathing review, Jackson (who plays Nick Fury in the film) took to Twitter and wrote, "#Avengers fans, NY Times critic AO Scot...
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Scarlett Johansson 'Terrified' To Return To Broadway In 'Cat On A Hot Tin Roof'

May 3rd, 2012 9:25am EDT
Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson is close to signing a deal to return to Broadway in a revival of Tennessee Williams' Cat On A Hot Tin Roof.

The actress, who made her New York stage bow in A View From The Bridge in 2010 - and picked up a Tony Award for her performance, is slated to take on the role made famous by the late Elizabeth Taylor in the 1958 movie adaptation of the play.

She tells Variety, "I'm close to making a deal on it. I cannot wait absolutely to get to it. I'm exhilarated, I'm terrified, but I think in a good way."

The actress' The Avengers co-star, Jeremy Renner, has also been linke...
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For The 'The Avengers' Assembly – Our Top Ten Superhero Movies Of All Time

May 3rd, 2012 9:00am EDT
The Avengers
As the Avengers finally assemble, bringing the biggest superhero movie yet to the big screen, we have to ask: Of all these darn superhero movies, which ones are the best? Luckily, we can also answer that question we just asked ourselves. Let the debate commence!

10) THE SHADOW (1994)

A lot of movies could’ve taken this spot on the list, but for the sake of mixing things up, I’m going with this oft-dismissed adaptation of the classic radio / pulp / comics hero (many will argue he’s not a superhero, but he fits the criteria). Director Russell Mulcahy crafted a moody, stylish art-deco peri...
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Can 'Avengers,' 'Dark Knight Rises,' And 'Amazing Spider-Man' Make 2012 The Best Movie Summer Ever?

May 2nd, 2012 2:07pm EDT
The Avengers
The movie industry earned $4.3 billion last summer at the U.S. box office to make it the best summer ever (I thought piracy was killing the industry?) but don't expect the mark to last for long. There's a team of superhero movies coming along, and each one could break records.

The Dark Knight Rises and The Avengers look to score over $400 million each and should be boosted with IMAX and 3D premiums. Thus far, The Avengers have already made $218 million overseas. There's also PIXAR's Brave and The Amazing Spider-Man - Pixar is always good for a cash infusion, but we'll have to wait and see ...
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Expect More 'Avengers' For Mark Ruffalo As Star Signs Hulking Six-Film Deal

May 1st, 2012 7:00pm EDT
Mark Ruffalo
The Avengers star Mark Ruffalo has landed a six-film deal to reprise his role as The Hulk following the huge international box office success of the new superhero movie.

The blockbuster, which also features Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Renner, Chris Evans, and Scarlett Johansson, has already grossed $180 million worldwide and it will be released in the U.S. on Friday.

The bumper figures have prompted Marvel movie bosses to sign Ruffalo up for a series of sequels and other projects, which is likely to include a new solo outing as the green monster - and the actor admits sig...
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Robert Downey, Jr. Honors 9/11 Heroes At Tribeca 'Avengers' Screening

May 1st, 2012 8:55am EDT
Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey, Jr. honored the "real heroes" of New York City by dedicating the Tribeca Film Festival screening of The Avengers to the emergency workers of 9/11.

The cast of the superhero blockbuster turned out in Manhattan on Saturday to close the Big Apple's famous film festival and around 200 of New York's police officers and firefighters were invited to the event.

Stars of the new film, including Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston, took to the stage with a group of the servicemen and women as Downey, Jr. honored New York's "real heroes."

Referring to his decision to ...
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'The Avengers' Assembled For After Hours Pub Crawls And Dance Parties

May 1st, 2012 7:42am EDT
The Avengers
Saving the world is a hard day’s work, so the cast of The Avengers made sure to relax while they were filming the epic comic book superhero team up. The film unites Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) to fight Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and his alien army.

Reunited again for a press conference supporting the film, the cast shared party stories from The Avengers.

“Chris sent us a text and said ‘Avengers assemble at such and such bar’ at nine o’clock on a Saturday night,” Hemsworth revealed. “That was good group effort....
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