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New images from ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’

- March 19th, 2014

Not to be outdone by the fresh new concept art it released for Avengers: Age of Ultron, Marvel has dropped several brand-new images from next week’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The photos give us fresh looks at MMA star Georges St-Pierre as the villain Batroc the Leaper, as well as Sebastian Stan’s Winter Soldier and Chris Evans’ star-spangled hero.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens April 4.

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First pic of GSP in ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’

- January 30th, 2014

New posters from Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier have been released that show off Chris Evans’ Star-Spangled hero, Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow and Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury. Marvel also released a production still showing MMA star Georges St-Pierre as the villain Batroc the Leaper. A digital comic prequel is available now.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens April 4.

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Samuel L. Jackson: Mark Hamill, Ewan McGregor not contacted about ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’

- November 19th, 2013

Is it possible that Star Wars: Episode VII might actually happen without Mark Hamill returning?

Up until now, it’s been a foregone conclusion that Hamill, along with Harrison Ford (Han Solo) and Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), will be back as Luke Skywalker in director J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars sequel.

But during a recent appearance on David Letterman, Samuel L. Jackson (who played Jedi master Mace Windu in George Lucas’ prequel trilogy) let slip that Hamill hasn’t heard about the new film. Ewan McGregor, who was rumoured to return as Obi-Wan Kenobi, also hasn’t been contacted.

And Jackson is itching to return as Windu in Episode VII.

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“I asked Mark if he’d heard from J.J. Abrams and he said, ‘No,’ and then all of a sudden, Ewan was there (in London) and I spoke to him on the phone, asked him if he was there doing Star Wars. He said, ‘No, they haven’t called me.’”

Jackson was filming Matthew Vaughn’s The Secret Service in London with Hamill, so you’d have to think that Star Wars would be a hot topic of discussion (though, if he had news to share, I doubt he’d do it on Letterman, without Disney and Abrams’ approval).

Jackson continued by making a joke: “I was thinking, maybe all three of us could just get together and go over to the Star Wars set and just stand around and see if maybe they could use some old Jedi! And then I heard on television they were auditioning people for Star Wars and I said, ‘Well, maybe we should just go through the auditions and see if we can get a job!’”

Open casting calls for the new film are going on right now – you can submit an audition online – and I would expect an official announcement soon.

And while I don’t think Jackson would reveal Star Wars details on a talk show, I do find it curious that we haven’t had any firm announcement on the return of castmembers from the original.

Abrams is no stranger to ruffling feathers when it comes to retooling beloved sci-fi favourites. While he used Leonard Nimoy’s Spock in 2009′s Star Trek and this year’s Into Darkness, he left William Shatner’s Captain Kirk out of the reboots.

Would you have a problem if Luke, Han and Leia were written out of Episode VII? Sound off in the comments.

RoboCop trailer hits the web

- September 6th, 2013

We’re getting our first look at the trailer for the remake of RoboCop. And upon first viewing, I’m not convinced the movie needed a remade, but when it hits theatres February 7th, 2014, I’m sure I’ll be one of the first in line.

Joel Kinnaman (The Killing) stars as police officer Alex James Murphy, who is transformed into a crime-fighting machine after suffering a critical injury in a car bombing. “We’re going to put a man inside a machine,” OMNICORP’s Raymond Sellars (played by Michael Keaton) tells us.

Director Jose Padilha departs from the 1987 original by having Murphy’s transformation happen while he is still alive (in the original, Murphy is murdered).

The technology that transforms Murphy is supposed to give our crime fighter the “illusion of free will,” but it isn’t long before he figures out how to override the system.

“Dead or alive,” he says echoing a line from the 1987 original, “you’re coming with me.”

What do you think of the trailer? Are you excited RoboCop is being remade or is this a giant disaster? Let us know in the comments.

Robert Redford drops possible ‘Captain America 2′ spoiler

- May 10th, 2013

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Up until now, all we knew about Robert Redford’s role in Captain America: The Winter Soldier was that he was playing Alexander Pierce, a senior agent within S.H.I.E.L.D. Presumably it would be a small supporting role in what Marvel studio boss Kevin Feige said will be a “’70s political thriller masquerading as a big superhero movie.”

But if you assumed he was going to be playing one of the good guys, you might be wrong.

During an interview with The Straits Times (via Here Be Geeks), Redford clarified the role and his comments, if true, revealed a huge potential spoiler.

He said: “I like the idea of playing a villain. … I did that just because it’s a different thing for me to do.”

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Currently, Cap is set to battle three villains – Crossbones (Frank Grillo), Batroc the Leaper (Georges St-Pierre) and Arnim Zola (Toby Jones) – with a present-day storyline that finds best friend Bucky turned into a brainwashed assassin. If Redford turns about to be evil, that’s a whole lotta bad guys.

Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow and Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury will appear alongside Chris Evans’ Star-Spangled Avenger, with Anthony Mackie joining the superhero team as the high-flying Falcon.

If the news about Redford is true, he could be playing Red Skull and his “supporting role” could mean he’s the main bad dude around which all the other bad dudes revolve.

Of course, nothing is confirmed until Marvel says it is. But it’s fun to speculate.

In the meantime, Marvel has released two new pieces of concept art that show the Winter Assassin which look rather cool.

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens in theaters on April 4, 2014.