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Jeremy Renner In 'Bourne Legacy' And 10 Other Franchise Recasts

August 9th, 2012 12:07pm EDT
The Bourne Legacy
Jeremy Renner isn't playing Jason Bourne, but he's taking over the Bourne franchise for Matt Damon in The Bourne Legacy. Renner's also not the first actor or actress to become the new face of a franchise. Here are 10 other franchise recasts:

Bruce Banner - Eric Bana/Edward Norton/Mark Ruffalo: Bana signed for three Hulk films, but was replaced by super fan Norton when Marvel re-acquired the rights. Norton re-wrote The Incredible Hulk and starred in a hit, but was unable to come to a deal when a role in The Avengers was available. Ruffalo filled in, and was given positive reviews.

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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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New 'The Avengers' Footage Is Finally Unmasked

August 22nd, 2011 10:27am EDT
'The Avengers' Are Prepared For Next Years Domination
At last month's San Diego Comic Con it came as a surprise that one of the biggest superhero movies to be released next year was more or less absent. However, at this weekend's Disney’s D23 Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center a preview was displayed showing what will be in store for 'The Avengers.'

Kevin Feige, the head of Marvel Studios, took to the stage to highlight footage of the previous Marvel films, anticipating for the unveiling of the new clip and he confessed that there was only two weeks left of filming.

Some of the A-list cast were present at the panel, including Robert Downe...
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Director Joss Whedon Rents Out NASA Facility For 'Avengers'

July 20th, 2011 8:38am EDT
Joss Whedon
Moviemaker Joss Whedon has rented out space at NASA's Plum Brook Station in Ohio for the new Avengers movie.

Publicists for the film tell the Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper that Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey, Jr. and Chris Evans will be among the stars filming at the facility, which boasts a unique vacuum chamber that can replicate the "airlessness of outer space."

The Avengers film will bring together a host of superhero characters from recent Marvel films, including Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Hulk.
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'Avengers' Stuntman Injured On Set

June 27th, 2011 10:54pm EDT
The Avengers
A stuntman was severely injured while filming new action film The Avengers in Arizona on Friday.

Jeremy Fitzgerald was shooting scene, which required him to fall from building, when he caught his foot on the way down, slammed his head against a brick wall and cut open his scalp, according to TMZ.com.

The brave daredevil decided not to halt filming and head to hospital for stitches - he went straight back to work after a large bandage was applied to his bloodied head.

An on-set spokesperson tells TMZ.com, "He was fine. He slid briefly along the side of the building. He got right back up a...
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No 'Avengers' For Gwyneth Paltrow

December 14th, 2010 8:10am EST
Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwyneth Paltrow has confirmed she's been left out of The Avengers movie, insisting studio bosses "would have asked by now" if they wanted her to take part.

The upcoming superhero blockbuster, written and directed by Joss Whedon, will feature a star-studded cast with Robert Downey, Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk and Chris Hemsworth as Thor, while Samuel L. Jackson will reprise his role as Nick Fury.

Paltrow has played Iron Man's assistant and love interest Pepper Potts in two installments of the hit franchise, and she had been expected to make a...
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Mark Ruffalo Has Big Green Feet To Fill In 'The Avengers'

July 30th, 2010 6:30pm EDT
Mark Ruffalo
Mark Ruffalo hopes there are no hard feelings with his Hulk predecessor Edward Norton, insisting his pal's public exclusion from "The Avengers" wasn't "a great way" to kick off the project.

Fans were left stunned when Marvel Studios bosses announced last month that Norton, who played Dr. Bruce Banner and his monstrous alter-ego in 2008's 'The Incredible Hulk," would not star in the upcoming superhero movie.

A statement declared he would be replaced by an actor who "embodies the creativity and collaborative spirit of our other talented cast members."

Ruffalo was confirmed as the new Hulk ...
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Joss Whedon To Direct 'The Avengers'?

April 14th, 2010 9:01am EDT
Joss Whedon
Buffy The Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon is close to signing a deal to direct The Avengers film, according to reports.

Bosses at Marvel have been hunting for a moviemaker to oversee the highly-anticipated superhero outing, which will see Iron Man, The Hulk, Thor and Captain America team up on the big screen.

Iron Man director Jon Favreau disappointed fans last year by confirming he would only be acting as executive producer and not taking full control of the film's direction.

However, Whedon - who also created hit shows Angel and Dollhouse - is ready to sign on to head up the bloc...
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The Rising Stars Of Star Trek

May 6th, 2009 3:25pm EDT
Star Trek
Star Trek, which explores the origins of icons Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock, opens this weekend, and while the characters aboard the USS Enterprise might be familiar, some of the faces might not. Here's a look at some of the past and future performances from the main cast:

CHRIS PINE

Plays: Captain James T. Kirk, eventual commander of the Starship Enterprise.

First On-Screen Role: A 2003 E.R. episode titled "A Thousand Cranes."

Where You've Seen Him Before: As Anne Hathaway's blue-blooded, bad-boy love interest in The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement.

Role He Probably Wishes ...
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Point/Counterpoint: Should They Make 'Jurassic Park IV?'

July 31st, 2008 9:24am EDT
Jurassic Park
"Jurassic Park IV" is currently "in production" with producers and writers working on the script. Many question whether a fourth film is necessary, particularly following what many call a disastrous third installment in the franchise. Two Starpulse writers have strong opinions on whether making a fourth film is really what the public needs or wants:

Point

Anyone who is familiar with my opinions on sequels and my general distaste for the work of Steven Spielberg are going to be surprised to learn that I love Jurassic Park and both of its sequels. Now don't get me wrong, the act...
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Spotlight On Australian Entertainers

July 21st, 2008 9:00am EDT
Russell Crowe
What is it about Aussies that Americans find so fascinating? Is it the cute accents? The laid-back attitudes? The "party animal" reputations? It could be a mix of all of these traits. It could also be because, although we speak the same language and our cultures have many similarities, many of us know very little about Australia. That strange yet familiar vibe makes those down under denizens appear exciting and mysterious - an irresistible combo!

Since Americans are also fascinated with celebrities, it's no surprise that so many awesome Aussie entertainers have found fame in the U.S. ...
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DC Movies vs Marvel Movies: Which Are Better?

June 12th, 2008 10:00am EDT
Dark Knight
After months of anticipation the two candidates are finally ready to square of against one another. There has quite possibly never been such a sharp contrast the American public has to choose between. One candidate possesses the mind of an intellectual while the other uses gut instincts. One maintains a trim and chiseled physique and the other uses brute strength to get his point across. One is a relative newcomer that was born in the early 1960's while one has a long and storied history having been born in the late 1930's. Are we talking about Barack Obama and John McCain? Well… I suppose ...
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Movie Season Is Just Heating Up: 10 More Flicks To Watch This Summer

May 27th, 2008 9:58am EDT
Wanted
Iron Man has already grossed over $400 million worlwide. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull became the second biggest Memorial Day movie opening ever. With both of these films already in the books, what are the top 10 remaining summer movies to see? This list picks 10 films out of all the remaining movies from now until the end of August. Judging by this list, July looks like it could be one of the biggest months in years.

10. The Incredible Hulk

Release Date: June 13th

Director: Louis Leterrier (Transporter 1 & 2)

It is never a good sign when a franchise n...
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'The Incredible Hulk': Will It Suck Or Satisfy?

April 24th, 2008 9:00am EDT
The Incredible Hulk
Way back in 2003 Ang Lee, who would go on to helm the critically acclaimed Brokeback Mountain, lent his vision of sprawling epically long filmmaking to Marvel Comic's not-so-jolly green giant, The Hulk.

Before its release it seemed as if everything was coming together. A stellar cast that included Eric Bana and Academy Award winner Jennifer Connelly made up the leads, while a realistic-enough CG Hulk proved to gain support from the fan community. So where did things go wrong? Well, if you saw the film's opening weekend you probably spent the first 45 minutes wondering if you had stumb...
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Upcoming Comic Book Films Worth Checking Out, Part 1

January 10th, 2008 11:56am EST
Iron Man
"Iron Man" (May 2)

"Iron Man" is a good story, and with the film's decent cast it could be one of the best Marvel movies yet. With Tony Stark being one of the main protagonist/antagonist's in "Civil War," it's no surprise that his time has come.

Tony Stark is a fascinating character. He's not altogether different from Batman, at least on paper. He's a billionaire industrialist who uses his wealth and intelligence to become a superhero, standing among some of the strongest heroes in the world as an equal although he is but a man. Iron Man relies on technology, his wits, and a dark...
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Celebrity Birthdays, October 23

October 23rd, 2007 3:00am EDT
Weird Al Yankovic
Happy Birthday to actor Ryan Reynolds (1976), pitcher Al Leiter (1965), NFL quarterback Doug Flutie (1962), Spider-Man director Sam Raimi (1959), song-parodying accordian player Weird Al Yankovic (1959), "honky tonk" Country music artist Dwight Yoakam (1956), director Ang Lee (1954), Jurassic Park author Michael Crichton (1942), Brazilian soccer legend Pele(1940), pitcher Jim Bunning, and late-night talk show great Johnny Carson (1925; d. 2005).
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Celebrity Birthdays, October 23

October 23rd, 2006 3:00am EDT
Weird Al Yankovic
Happy Birthday to actor Ryan Reynolds (1976), pitcher Al Leiter (1965), NFL quarterback Doug Flutie (1962), Spider-Man director Sam Raimi (1959), song-parodying accordian player Weird Al Yankovic (1959), "honky tonk" Country music artist Dwight Yoakam (1956), director Ang Lee (1954), Jurassic Park author Michael Crichton (1942), Brazilian soccer legend Pele(1940), pitcher Jim Bunning, and late-night talk show great Johnny Carson (1925; d. 2005).
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Celebrity Birthdays, October 23

October 23rd, 2005 1:00am EDT
Weird Al Yankovic
Happy Birthday to actor Ryan Reynolds (1976), pitcher Al Leiter (1965), NFL quarterback Doug Flutie (1962), Spider-Man director Sam Raimi (1959), song-parodying accordian player Weird Al Yankovic (1959), "honky tonk" Country music artist Dwight Yoakam (1956), director Ang Lee (1954), Jurassic Park author Michael Crichton (1942), Brazilian soccer legend Pele(1940), pitcher Jim Bunning, and late-night talk show great Johnny Carson (1925; d. 2005).
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