THE AVENGERS 2
Enetertainment Weekly spoke with “The Avengers 2” director Joss Whedon for its Entertainers of the Year issue, and noted they spoke to the icon days after he submitted his outline for “The Avengers” sequel. Whedon spoke briefly about his experience and emotional reaction to a watershed year for his career.
“I’ve had a wonderful career, and I’m grateful for it. But like every writer in Hollywood, there have been many times where I’ve said, ‘I swear to God, if you just me do this the way I’m thinking of doing it, it’ll work out!’ and I’ve been thwarted,” Whedon told EW “Once you get to this place, where people will listen to you, give you the benefit of the doubt, and will get out of your way, all of the stuff you’ve learned to live with and tamped down, you don’t need to live with it anymore [changes to a spooky voice] and so the basement door opens … and you go down into there … and read from the diary that raises the dead. [Laughs] It’s a weird little counter-intuitive thing.”
Opens May 1, 2015
IRON MAN 3
Wired spoke with Shane Black and Don Cheadle about the overall feel of next year’s “Iron Man 3.”
“I owe sort of a debt to [Jon] Favreau I have to carry on what he started without violating it — at the same time bringing sort of my own enhancement if I can,” Black told Wired. “We had kind of a conundrum in that ‘The Avengers’ opens up this huge skyhole full of inter-dimensional aliens, and you kind of look back and [think], ‘Well, what do you do after that?’ Except go back to a sort of more gritty, intense kind of techno-thriller root.”
Opens May 3, 2013
X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST
Entertainment Weekly spoke with Patrick Stewart, who mentioned he hasn’t actually signed any contracts to appear in “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” despite the fact that Bryan Singer revealed both he and Sir Ian McKellen would be reprising their roles as Professor X and Magneto respectively.
“It’s a kind of awkward position, because lovely Bryan Singer just blurted it all out there,” Stewart told EW. “For me the big thrill is knowing that Bryan Singer is attached to this movie, because not only is he a brilliant director, but also I adore him and hope that it might be true and that we do work together at some point in the future. But I’m not being coy. I know nothing about this project. And I’m hoping that might change in the future. … I don’t know that we’re doing it. I have not signed a contract yet. I know there is a project in development, but we have no dates. No detailed casting. Thrilled to hear that my dear friend and colleague Ian McKellen is on board, but I’m sorry, you know, you need to understand, I’m not being cute. I know nothing.”
Opens July 18, 2014
MAN OF STEEL
While speaking with The Playlist, Christopher Nolan teased what to expect from Zack Snyder’s upcoming “Man of Steel” film
“I wouldn’t want people to think we’re doing for Superman what we did for Batman. It’s very much Zack’s film and I think people are going to love what he’s done,” Nolan told the Playlist. “I think it’s really remarkable to take on that character. Superman is a completely different character than Batman. So you can’t in anyway use the same template. But David Goyer had this, I thought, brilliant way to make Superman relatable and relevant for his audience. Zack has built on that and I think it’s incredible what he’s putting together. He’s got a lot of finishing to do on that. Superman is the biggest comic book character of them all and he needs the biggest possible movie version which is what Zack’s doing. It’s really something.”
During press for “Les Miserables,” MTV spoke with Russell Crowe about his role as Jor-El in the film.
Opens June 14, 2013
Here’s a new image of Harrison Ford as Colonel Graff and Asa Butterfield as Ender in the film adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s “Ender’s Game.”
Opens November 1, 2013
PACIFIC RIM 2
Following what seems to be a trend of sequels getting announced before the film actually releases, The Hollywood Reporter reports “Pacific Rim” already has a sequel in the works courtesy of screenwriter Travis Beacham, co-written by director Guillermo Del Toro.
STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS
TrekMovie.com has posted a summary of reports from the “Star Trek Into Darkness” press event in Tokyo, Japan, including comments from J.J. Abrams on the villain of the piece played by Benedict Cumberbatch.
“The character is a villain and scary, but I was looking for an actor with humanity who audiences can sympathies with,” said Abrams. “When I saw Benedict in ‘Sherlock,’ I wanted to convince him whatever it took. I expected a lot from him, but Benedict responded by acting beyond my expectations.”
Opens May 17, 2013
Collider has posted a 20-minute video of behind-the-scenes footage from “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” which is scheduled for release December 14.
Opens December 14
THE SPOILING TREE
Want to get spoiled for “The Dark Knight Rises” and “Game of Thrones” season one? Leave it to the Spoiling Tree — the best part is, this hilarious video stars former CBR Staffer Josh Wigler!