AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON
IGN spoke with Marvel Studios’ Louis D’Esposito during the press junket for “Agent Carter” about the possible Tony Stark/Ultron connection for “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”
“Obviously, we’re big into connectivity,” D’Esposito told IGN. “You can see it in all our films. We try to keep that going — it’s one big Marvel Cinematic Universe. There will be some connectivity. … [Tony Stark] is leading the team with Captain America and I don’t know 100% where he’s at. We’re still developing the screenplay and Joss Whedon is writing furiously to get that finished. Obviously, I’ve seen a couple of drafts. It’s hard for me to say what he’s doing and what his emotional mindset is, but you can see where it was when we left him at the end of ‘Iron Man 3.’ He’s in love with Pepper, he’s made a grand gesture to blow up the suits, but at the end, he couldn’t help himself — I think he will go back to tinkering. That’s what he does.”
Opens May 1, 2015
The L.A. Times spoke with “RoboCop” director Jose Padilha about the recent first trailer for the reboot and how the film compares to other “superhero” movies.
“It’s very interesting because once you have a ‘superhero movie’ that is not based on the fact that kids want to be that superhero, then the movie has to rely on other things, and what ‘RoboCop’ did, the original one, was to rely on politics, social and ethical, and very, very interesting aesthetic decisions about violence and how violence is portrayed in the movie,” Padilha told The L.A. Times. “And we kind of did the same thing, because actually you cannot do something different with it because it’s the nature of the character. Not even Alex Murphy wants to be RoboCop in the first movie. So once you have a character like that, it’s not the same thing as ‘Iron Man.’ It’s a different approach altogether.”
Opens February 7, 2014
ComingSoon.net has posted an interview with Louis D’Esposito about the possible tentative plan to have a female-led Marvel Studios film.
“There’s obviously a drumbeat that is banging louder and louder that we want a female lead superhero,” D’Esposito told ComingSoon.net. “[W]e have strong female characters in our films from Black Widow to Pepper Potts to Peggy Carter and you never know. Maybe there’s an offshoot film with one of them. Or Captain Marvel, you know?”
However, it may take a little bit of time, according to D’Esposito, if only because of how crowded the production slate is for Marvel at the moment.
“It’s hard because we have a small group at Marvel,” said D’Esposito. “We do two films a year. To get those two films done and to do them right takes a lot of work and manpower. And female-power, obviously. To add a third film and to just put it in the slate right now is difficult. We have these next three, four, five films coming out and that’s what we’re really concentrating on.”
TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION
Kelsey Grammer spoke with Empire Online about his upcoming role as the “malevolent” Harold Attinger in the upcoming “Transformers: Age of Extinction.”
“He’s a no-nonsense guy,” Grammer told Empire. “He’s lived his life in the shadows for 30 years in the service of his country, and he likes to be unremarkable yet very efficient.”
Opens June 27, 2014
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
Vin Diesel spoke with Maria Menounos on her YouTube show about how he ended up becoming the voice of Groot in “Guardians of the Galaxy.” The story is actually pretty fantastic and well worth watching.
Opens August 1, 2014
THE WALKING DEAD
A new deleted scene from “The Walking Dead” season three featuring Beth and Carl.
Returns October 13 on AMC
According to Variety, “Thor: The Dark World” and “Game of Thrones” director Alan Taylor is in talks to direct the upcoming “Terminator” reboot. So far, the only other information known about the film is that Arnold Schwarzenegger will return for a role.
THE SECRET SERVICE
Sophie Cookson has been cast as the female lead in Matthew Vaughn’s “The Secret Service,” Variety reports. Cookson, much like co-star Taron Edgerton, is a relative unknown and “The Secret Service” will be her first major feature. Cookson joins the already-cast Edgerton, Colin Firth and Samuel L. Jackson.
Opens November 14, 2014