We all know how special the love/hate relationship between Thor and Hulk is – it’s one that’s captured the hearts of ‘Avengers’ fans the world over and left us asking the question, ‘when will Hulk get his own solo film?’.
Well the Gods seem to have heard because sources close to Marvel HQ have let-slip that Mark Ruffalo is set to team up with his ‘best bud’ Chris Hemsworth in the third solo film in the Thor series, aptly entitled Thor: Ragnarok.
It’s probably a good job that Thor will have a bit of help from is ‘temper prone’ fellow Avenger considering the colossal storyline that will take place.
Most of the fine details are still unknown but seeing as Marvel as staying true to the comic universe, Thor: Ragnarok will involve a Norse apocalypse – considering the end of the universe can be quite a pivotal subject matter for any film, it’s clear that Thor and Hulk will play a key role in Marvel’s ‘Phase 3’ story arch and could set up the potential and long awaited ‘Planet HULK’ storyline.
So here’s what we known so far… Mark Ruffalo’s HULK is in and playing a key role, Tom Hiddlestone is also back as Loki (obviously), and the film itself will play a crucial part in setting up the next phase of Marvels cunning and ingenious plan to take all our money (not exactly a bad thing I might add). We do however have have to wait another two years until we see this third installment, but fear not, Captain America and his epic Civil War against Iron Man (and pretty much the entire Avengers cast) will keep us well and truly entertained in the mean time.
He’s one of the biggest names in Hollywood – we all know that considering Robert Downey Jr’s superstar status thanks to his Tony Stark/Iron Man character. But now it seems the Oscar-nominated actor is about to take a-list pay-checks to a whole new level when filming of Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 and 2 start filming next year.
If sources are to be believed, and most likely they are considering RDJ’s last payday for Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), the Marvel godfather is set to bank an astonishing $200 million for the super-blockbusters that are set for release in 2017 and 2019.
The mouth-watering sum will make Downey Jr. the highest paid actor in history for a single film (or a two-part film in this case), shattering the pay days of previous stars including Tom Cruise, Jack Nichelson and Leonardo DiCaprio.
Avengers: Infinity War will certainly be setting records even before it’s part 1 release, with the two films reportedly costing a combined total of $1 billion to produce, $400 million of that going towards salaries for it’s stellar cast including the likes of Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth and Jeremy Renner to name just a few.
RDJ has been an advocate for equal pay in the past, often holding Marvel executives to ransom, threatening to pull out of the films if his fellow cast members didn’t receive adequate pay increases in return for their epic box office success.
Marvel has to-date earned an Earth-shattering $5 billion worldwide and is set to double that when a whole host of new films hit cinemas starting next year with Captain America: Civil War, which in itself looks more like an ‘Avengers’ film than a solo outing.
Check out the list of highest earning actors and actresses in history here »
Buddy cop action-comedies have always been popular at the box office, and none more so than Michael Bay’s highly successful Bad Boys films – though for the last 12 years we’ve been left without a complete trilogy for one reason or another.
Hope did surface briefly a couple of months back during Sony Pictures annual upcoming release announcement, when not one but two ‘Bad Boys‘ sequels were announced for release – though the studio did remain coy on confirming Will Smith and Martin Lawrence’s involvement in the projects.
More developments have recently come to light during a Beats 1 interview with megastar Will Smith, who seemed to majorly hint to interviewer Zane Lowe that Bad Boys 3 could in fact hit cinemas within the next 12-18 months, bringing it inline with its original intended release date.
Of course Smith and Lawrence have yet to confirm their involvement in the sequels, though surely they must be returning otherwise there would surely be no logical reason in carrying the franchise on – both stars have frequently hinted at their interest in reprising the characters of Detectives Mike Lowrey (Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Lawrence).
There could however be a new direction in store for the franchise after Michael Bay handed over the directors seat to Smokin’ Aces and A-Team helmsman Joe Carnahan.
Let’s just hope this isn’t the end of the road for Will Smith and Martin Lawrence’s characters, especially considering they’re “…bad boys for life”.
British screen legend Jeremy Irons has recently joined the cast of the high profile film adaption of the hit video game Assassin’s Creed. The Michael Fassbender led blockbuster recently confirmed that the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice star had joined it’s ranks alongside fellow cast newcomer Brendan Gleeson.
Irons will assume the role of Marion Cotillard’s father, while Gleeson plays father to Michael Fassbender’s character Callum Lynch.
Assassin’s Creed is based on the popular video game by the same name and follows the story of Callum Lynch (Fassbender), an unsuspecting hero who’s able to unlock the memories of his ancestors, an ancient brotherhood of assassins, who’s DNA holds the answers to a more pressing modern day threat.
Michael Fassbender will team up again with Macbeth (2015) director Justin Kurzel and fellow star Marion Cotillard for Assassin’s Creed, which hits cinemas worldwide from December 30, 2016.
Kingsman: The Secret Service was no doubt one the biggest box-office hits of the last year, breathing new life into the spy-genre and making an unexpected action-star out of Academy Award-winning actor Colin Firth overnight.
Much to everyone’s dismay however…
***WARNING SPOILERS AHEAD***
…Colin Firth’s bad-ass character met an untimely demise towards the end of the film, leaving audiences wondering exactly how they could ever make a successful sequel without the superstar.
Alas, it appears hope is on the horizon for fans of the British spy franchise – Kingsman creator Mark Miller, the man behind the original comic, recently hinted that the resurrection of Firth’s character was their primary concern when penning the sequels script. Speaking to IGN, Miller spoke of the work going on behind the scenes with director Matthew Vaughn:
“That’s the conversation everyone’s having right now, because part of what made that movie work is Colin. Colin’s fantastic, it was a two-hander, that film. You also want to have the integrity of the story, so if you are bringing him back, it has to make sense. That’s where it is at the moment. Beats of the story have been done. Screenplay co-writers Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman are working on it at the moment. Some things have to be worked out, some decisions have still to be made and everything, so it’s all fairly amorphous, but all going well.”
Though the exact details of how Firth’s character will return are yet to be cemented, there are numerous options for the writers to play around with, and they promise that whatever is decided, it will make sense.
Most top filmmakers in Hollywood are not shy about pushing the boundaries of acceptability nowadays, especially in a film climate that leans heavily towards the big-budget blockbusters – but ‘Sin City‘ visionary Robert Rodriguez seems to going to extreme lengths with his latest film.
‘100 Years‘, a new short film starring John Malkovich, is set to make film history in some form or another when it is locked away for one hundred years to coincide with the intended release of Louis XIII Cognac, a luxury and prestigious brand that’s known for maturing its product for a century at a time.
Hollywood it’s certainly no stranger to product endorsements, with current James Bond release ‘SPECTRE‘ currently advertising over 50 different brands during its two and half hour running time – but this odd partnership has got to the most ambitious to date.
Rodriguez, known for action-thrillers such as From Dusk Till Dawn and Once Upon a Time in Mexico, will lock away the film in a time capsule volt for one hundred years, where it will then be released in conjunction with the next batch of Louis XIII Cognac, who’s current bottle has just hit shelves after being locked away since 1915.
It’s certainly bad news for any Robert Rodriguez or John Malkovich fans out there who will most likely never see the mysterious film – though your grandchildren certainly will one day, as the intended release is November 18, 2115.
For now all we can see of the project are three teaser trailers starring John Malkovic, and depicting three different versions of what the world may look like in ‘100 Years‘.
Who knows, maybe it will claim the Christmas top spot that year.
View the teases trailers below:
It’s still not even been released yet, but Star Wars: The Force Awakens continues to rack up the box office takings, having now surpassed the $50 million mark in pre-ticket sales for the December 17 release.
J.J. Abrams new installment is being tipped as one of the movie events of the century and has proven rightly so as fans continue to flock in their masses to snap up whatever tickets may be left for the first couple of weeks of release.
The newly acquired Disney franchise has already smashed the pre-ticket sales record, previously held by 2011’s The Hunger Games, and is now looking to overtake Jurassic World‘s monster opening weekend haul of $210 million – something that looks increasingly likely as the week’s go by.
It’s worth pointing out that most of the pre-ticket sales revenue to-date consists of IMAX screening’s, with UK based cinemas such as the BFI at Waterloo seeing sell-outs for the first couple of week’s into the new year. However it’s almost guaranteed that normal 3D and 2D screening’s will start to sell-out as Star Wars fever-pitch continues to escalate.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens will continue on almost 30+ years after the events in ‘Return of the Jedi‘ and sees original stars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill, who’s character Luke Skywalker remains M.I.A. until the films release, return to their famous roles.
Talk about a crisis of indentity – choosing the title of your next film is an important step in the movie making process, but it seems Ridley Scott is having somewhat of an issue when settling on a title for the upcoming sequel to Prometheus, and now we’re seeing yet another change.
People did tend to agree that the last choice of title for Prometheus 2 was ‘out there’ somewhat – I mean ‘Alien: Paradice Lost‘ is downright bizarre and makes absolutely no sense to most, perhaps that’s why Scott recently announced a change to the title, which now reads ‘Alien: Covenant‘. With the sequel set to begin shooting in February next year, the new title gives a hint to the direction the film will be taking, as ‘Covenant’ in simpler terms literally refers to ‘an agreement’, like one between humanity (us) and God, or in this case Gods.
Details for the plot are still sketchy, but there’s set to be a great deal of hidden meaning in the sequel that will answer a lot of lingering questions left by Prometheus three years ago – at least that’s what the new title would lead us to believe. One thing that’s already been confirmed is that Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender will be reprising their roles with Ridley Scott taking to then helm again.
Then again I could be completely wrong and the title could change a dozen times between now and when production begins next year – here’s hoping it doesn’t though as we’ll end up with a serious identity crisis when the film finally hits cinemas on May 30, 2017.
For more information on hidden meanings for Alien: Covenant, head over to cinemablend.com.
A couple of days after an international trailer released in Japan sent everyone into meltdown over never before seen footage, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has started releasing 30 second TV spots with new scene teasers.
Millennium Falcon, Harrison Ford and some unexpected ass-kicking make up the US TV spot, which you can watch below (courtesy of Joblo.com:
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which sees Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill return to the timeless franchise, is on track to become the highest grossing film of all time when it hits cinemas worldwide on December 17.
Just when you think J.J. Abrams can’t surprise us any more, he goes and releases a brand-new, exclusive trailer containing unseen footage of next months gargantuan release Star Wars: The Force Awakens – just a week after telling fans not to expect any other trailers I might add.
Never before seen Star Wars footage is like a drug to many fans around the world – so when a new trailer hit the Japanese market, the internet went into meltdown once again as people rushed to view the new trailer, and were left in a state of shock to watch yet more unseen footage. This time however I don’t think anyone seemed to surprised that the illusive Luke Skywalker was nowhere to be seen…again, as Abrams and Disney had made it perfectly clear that the Jedi hero would not be seen until the film’s release on December 17.
The new trailer did however pack a punch, delivering yet more action, dialogue and the first real introduction of the new droid we’ve seen so much of over the last couple of months – and did you notice something different about this yet, unnamed droid? Many fans seemed quick to highlight the droids feminine sounding voice that could spell a first for the Star Wars universe, as all droids up until now have been referred to as “he”.
Considering the randomness surrounding the release of Star Wars trailers, and the fact that we never seem to know when or if one may be released, we might yet see more unseen trailers hitting the airwaves between now and December 17, as Disney continue to ramp up the frenzied buzz that surrounds what’s sure to be the biggest cinematic release so far this century.
Check out the new trailer below:
It was mentioned last week that more records were certain to follow the impressive opening day return that ‘Spectre‘ took in compared to its 2012 predecessor ‘Skyfall‘, and now having reigned at the domestic (UK) box office for the past week, Daniel Craig’s fourth outing as 007 has smashed UK box office records with a cool $80 million ($64 million from the UK alone).
It’s was on the cards considering the hype that surrounded its release in the months building up to it – and with the biggest budget to date, which saw the MGM picture shut down Mexico City for a week, it had to deliver big for the studios behind the 24th installment in the hit British franchise.
Considering Bond is still to open in North American and Asia territories, where it’s proven to be an unformed able force of late, it looks promising that we’ll once again see 007 hit the billion dollar mark worldwide.
‘Spectre‘ sees a cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind codename: SPECTRE.
Daniel Craig and Sam Mendes have already confirmed their involvement in the yet untitled ‘Bond 25‘, though the long term futures of this record breaking duo remain unclear – certainly a worrying sign for studio execs who are already planning to open big-money negotiations with the pair, but have already started to tout potential replacements should Craig step down from the role he’s held for over a decade.
He’s one of the biggest actors on the planet and one that frequently been associated with superhero roles in the past, but it seems Matthew McConaughey in happy to pass on the villain role in the upcoming ‘Guardians of the Galaxy‘ sequel.
The reasons as to why he would pass on the opportunity to join one of the most anticipated sequels of 2017 is a mystery, especially considering some of the most loved and critically celebrated superhero characters are in fact evil – Loki, Heath Ledger’s Joker… You get the point.
One reason could perhaps stem from McConaughey’s desire to one day play a superhero in either a Marvel or DC Comics franchise – the Academy Award-winning actor has previously come close, having entered into negotiations for the role of Captain America before Chris Evans was eventually cast in the now record-breaking Marvel film franchise.
Despite McConaughey turning the yet undisclosed villain role down in the upcoming ‘GOTG 2‘, director James Gunn has confirmed that the role will be cast within the next two weeks, with surely a big star name set to the join the Marvel sequel.
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 sees Chris Pratt, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Zoe Saldana and Dave Bautista all returns to their starring roles as they also prepare to enter the expansive Avengers universe for the soon-to-be epic blockbusters Avengers: Infinity War – parts 1 and 2.