The Avengers may be feeling like they are capable of anything after saving New York City from Loki's rampage and returning the deadly Tesseract to its rightful place in Asgard, but the group have a new threat to overcome. As the group; Tony Stark (Iron Man), Steve Rogers (Captain America), Bruce Banner (Hulk), Thor, Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow) and Clint Barton (Hawkeye); attempt to enjoy an usually civilised evening together, they are interrupted by Ultron - a backfired project of Stark who is dead set on destroying the human race and branding them puppets in his game. With S.H.I.EL.D. destroyed, their chances of saving the world once again are looking dangerously slim. Now beginning to question just how much power they have, they are forced to regroup for a mission that could finally see their end.
The sequel to 'The Avengers' and final film in the second phase of Marvel's cinematic universe will see the release of its first trailer during an episode of Marvel's television show, 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'
Marvel's 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' is currently flying through it second season, amassing between 4 and 5 million viewers per episode. That number is about to explode, however, with the recent announcement that the sixth episode, 'A Fractured House', will contain the first trailer for 'The Avengers: Age of Ultron'. If that news wasn't enough, the announcement came via Marvel's official Twitter page, with an accompanying picture of some of the cast.
In lieu of an actual trailer, "Avengers" fans, who missed SDCC get to read about it for now.
Marvel kicked off promotion for Avengers: Age of Ultron early at SDCC and, as with everything else related to the franchise, they made a massive production of it. The usual suspects were there – all of the primary cast, except for Scarlett Johansson, who is close to giving birth. Director/nerd king Joss Whedon also skipped the convention, since he couldn’t fly out from London after his knee surgery.
The stars of The Avengers are basically Comic-Con royalty at this point.
The panel included a short Q&A, Robert Downey Jr. throwing roses to the audience and Josh Brolin walking in as Thanos, as well as heaps of Guardians news, but the main event had to have been the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer – the first of several, if the studio follows its usual model.
Lucky Brits...you're getting The Avengers 2 before the U.S.
Marvel have confirmed that the sequel to their astronomically successful Avengers film, ‘Age of Ultron’, will hit UK shores before The US gets its hands on it.
Joss Whedon's The Avengers: Age of Ultron will be out in the U.K on April 25, 2015
“Avengers #AgeOfUltron UK & IRE release moves forward to April 24 2015 - #ONEYEAR to go!,” read the Tweet, exactly one year before Brits will be able to catch the ensemble superhero performance.
Marvel loves to reinvent characters, but is this one for the better?
The Scarlet Witch of the Marvel cinematic universe doesn’t look too faithful to her comic book counterpart, but fans should probably still be glad that she and brother/co-conspiritor Quicksilver are making it into the movie franchise. Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver make regular appearances in the comics and it will be interesting to see how Joss Whedon and co. bring them into the Age of Ultron plot.
For now, those interested will have to settle for the concept art for the two characters, which was recently revealed in the ABC special Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe. The designs for the two characters might have some hardcore fans up in arms, but generally, they look appropriate for the Avengers movie going crowd.
Elizabeth Olsen has been chosen for the role of Quicksilver.
Quicksilver’s look doesn’t seem to have undergone too many changes, but then it’s hard to make a more basic version of a blue bodycon outfit and windswept hair. So the cinematic Quicksilver will resemble a Fantastic Four team member, without any of the uniform details. Disappointingly, it looks like the design team has also done away with his trademark white lightning across the chest (as well as the white hair,) but other than that, there hasn’t been much tweaking here.
We roundup the critics thoughts on the new drama.
As we enter the fall season of TV, it’s time to assess the new school of drama. With HBO lining up a January trailblazer in the form of True Detective, the smaller networks are staking their claims for ‘most downloaded’ now.
With a plot akin to Silence of The Lambs, but with the procedural elements that make your everyday crime drama a comforting affair, The Blacklist has been taken in as a promising project by the critics.
IGN say: “Entirely conscious of the exact kind of show he's in, Spader chews up every bit of the scenery he comes into contact with, as the rest of the cast races to keep up with him; which, ultimately, feels just as it should be. Though we can't promise that it will deliver, the potential for a fun and engaging bit of weekly intrigue is there.”
Continue reading: 'The Blacklist' Shows Promise - 'Good But Not Great'
James Spader will play Ultron. Avengers fans rejoice.
James Spader acting in a Joss Whedon-directed superhero movie – few things could delight a nerdy comic book/film fan more than this. The actor has just signed on to play the villain in Avengers: Age of Ultron, Entertainment Weekly reports. Three-time Emmy winner James Spader playing a killer psycho robot? That sounds pretty excellent.
Spader as Ultron - what do you think?
According to an EW interview with Joss Whedon, the character is going to be a sort of moving, rather aggressive HAL – that is, an artificial intelligence with a god complex, who is angry at his creators and ultimately bent on destroying the world. In classic Joss Whedon fashion, if we might add. Longtime fans of Whedon’s work would know that the director/screenwriter does leans towards the complicated troubled types quite heavily in his work.
Continue reading: James Spader To Be The Voice, And Possibly Body, Of Ultron
Spader's in as Ultron, the film's out in May 2015.
Avengers: Age of Ultron has one of its titular characters in the form of James Spader. He will play the evil super-robot Ultron, who wants to use his powerful abilities to destroy all of humanity. Not a cool guy.
James Spader is Ultron
Spader, who has won three Emmy awards for his role as attorney Alan Shore in both Boston Legal and The Practice, recently appeared on the big screen in Steven Spielberg's Lincoln and will star in upcoming NBC crime thriller The Blacklist as a mastermind criminal. The character of Ultron will be stripped down somewhat to make him a viable movie villain.
The 'Lincoln' actor has been chosen to portray the titular baddie in the upcoming sequel to the superhero ensemble film
After weeks of speculation, James Spader has emerged as the man to take on the part of Ultron in the upcoming sequel to 2012's massively successful The Avengers. The star of the NBC series The Blacklist and Steven Spielberg's Lincoln was chosen ahead of a host of other potential candidates to portray the super-powered, armoured, robotic super villain.
James Spader will portray the super-villain Ultron
Marvel announced Spader's casting on Thursday (29 August), thus completing the list of main stars for the feature length film. Already, the film's two new additions have been cast, with Elizabeth Olsen signed on to portray the X Men hero Scarlet Witch, with Kick-Ass star Aaron Taylor-Johnson due to portray her brother, Quicksilver. Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow are all due to return, and even The Avengers villain Loki (Tom Hiddleston) could appear in the film too.
Continue reading: James Spader Confirmed As Main Villain In 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron'
James Spader has joined the cast of Marvel's Avengers. Spader will be playing the villain in the upcoming 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'.
James Spader has been cast as the villain in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Marvel announced Spader will be playing the evil robot set against the Avengers team in the upcoming sequel of the superhero film. Spader is best known for his roles in such television series as Boston Legal, The Office and The Practice.
James Spader has been cast as Ultron the robot.
In Marvel lore, according to Entertainment Weekly, Ultron is a robot intent on acquiring power. His qualities include super-strength, mind control, genius intellect and a coma ray. Considering he has these qualities and happens to be a robot may make this a difficult role to play for Spader. It has not been announced if Spader will be providing the voice or playing the role with the help of motion capture.
Continue reading: James Spader Joins Avengers Cast As Villain Ultron
A historic epic from Steven Spielberg carries a lot of baggage, but he surprises us with a remarkably contained approach to an iconic figure. What's most unexpected is that this is a political drama, not a biopic. It's a long, talky movie about back-room deal-making on a very big issue: ending slavery in America. It also has one of the most intelligent, artful scripts of the past year, plus a remarkably wry central performance.
Daniel Day-Lewis constantly grounds Abraham Lincoln in his earthy humanity, good humour and tenacious desire to do the right thing, no matter what it takes. The film essentially covers just one month in which Lincoln works to outlaw slavery before ending four years of civil war. Secretary of State Seward (Strathairn) reluctantly supports this plan, enlisting three shady negotiators (Spader, Nelson and Hawkes) to convince wavering members of Congress to vote in favour of a constitutional amendment. Meanwhile at home, Lincoln is under pressure from his wife Mary (Field) to keep their oldest son Robert (Gordon-Levitt) off the battlefield.
All of this political wrangling makes the film feel like a 19th century version of The West Wing, and Kushner's script crackles with wit, nuance and passion, clearly echoing today's political debates about issues like gun control and human rights. We find ourselves wishing that our own politicians were this creative about getting the votes they need on important issues. This meaty approach gives the cast terrific dialog to bite into, although Spielberg never lets anyone run riot with scenery-chomping antics. The closest is probably Jones, as the fiery anti-slavery supporter Thaddeus Stevens. He's terrific in this role. And Field shines too in as the spiky Mary. Even if she's about a decade too old for the character, she brings intelligence and emotion to every scene.
Continue reading: Lincoln Review
In the run-up to the Oscars, the movie industry pays special attention to the smaller awards nominations, for indicators as to what to expect at the big event. So far, it’s looking good for Lincoln, the new Steven Spielberg biopic about President Abraham Lincoln. With the title role played by Daniel Day Lewis and a supporting cast featuring Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, Joseph Gordon Levitt and James Spader, there has been an ‘Oscars-buzz’ around this movie for some time now. And that buzz just got a little more deafening with the release of the Screen Actors’ Guild Awards nominations.
Unsurprisingly, Daniel Day Lewis is up for best actor, reports Los Angeles Times, with Sally Field getting the nod for best supporting actress and best supporting actor for Tommy Lee Jones. Lincoln is joined by Silver Linings Playbook (starring Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro and Jennifer Lawrence) and Les Miserables, which gets a tips for best ensemble, with Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman leading the cast, there.
Dame Maggie Smith is the real star of this year’s announcement, though, landing more nominations than any other actor. She’s been acknowledged not only for her cinematic appearance in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel but also for her small screen work on Downton Abbey, the British series that has really made waves in the USA.
'Lincoln' will show the last four months of President Abraham Lincoln's life as he campaigned for freedom before he was tragically assassinated in 1865. It will reveal in detail the extent of his conflict with various members of the cabinet over his decision to abolish the slave trade towards the end of the American Civil War. His very close success in the House of Representatives over the proposition of the Thirteenth Amendment which outlawed slavery is portrayed as one of the most crucial steps in his work against the trade. The last months of his life also saw him fail to negotiate an end to the War and saw the Union's ultimate victory.
This drama-fuelled biopic is the important story of one of the most influential and inspiring presidents of the United States that have ever been in office. It has been based on some of the biography 'Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln' by Doris Kearns Goodwin with an adapted screenplay by Oscar nominee Tony Kushner ('Munich') and the directing genius of the legendary Steven Spielberg ('Jaws', 'E.T.', 'Jurassic Park', 'Schindler's List', 'War of the Worlds') who wanted to show Lincoln 'at work' and not just 'posing for the history books'. Spielberg has described the former president as 'arguably the greatest working President in American history'. The movie is set for release in the UK on January 25th 2013.
Starring: Daniel Day Lewis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tommy Lee Jones , Michael Stuhlbarg, Jackie Earle Haley, Jared Harris, Lee Pace, Sally Field, James Spader, Julie White, John Hawkes, David Strathairn, Bruce McGill, Hal Holbrook and Adam Driver.
James Spader and Victoria Spader - James Spader and Victoria Spader Los Angeles, USA - Arrivals Saturday 9th February 2008
Secretary explodes with juicy innuendo, even from its opening moments. An extending establishing shot plays against mischievously sensual music as a woman seductively strolls through a business office performing secretarial duties. She approaches a desk, staples a few papers, pours fresh coffee into a mug, and then returns to her employer. Sounds ordinary, except that she does these things while locked inside a weird S&M device.
Continue reading: Secretary Review
Supernova is the story about a rescue vessel sent into deep space to pick someone up from a rogue moon. To make a short story shorter, they find both the person (who is, of course, accompanied with creepy music) and an alien artifact capable of creating new matter. Every person who touches the stuff becomes endowed with superhuman strength.
Continue reading: Supernova Review
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