interview

ghostbusters

The progress of getting a new Ghostbusters film has been glacial in pace, but with Paul Feig on board to direct, and a new cast of all-female supernatural investigators and eliminators including Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones being hired, it seems that a third Ghostbusters movie might finally be a thing. But what of poor Dan Aykroyd? The star and co-writer of the original film has been the biggest cheerleader for a third film, but with the new direction under Feig it seems he’s been kind of shut out of the process. You think Aykroyd’s going to take that lying down? Nuh-uh. Despite the seeming inevitability of the Feig Ghostbusters, Aykroyd is saying that yes – *sigh* – he’s still looking to make his third Ghostbusters adventure. (more…)

cumberbatch-khan

After finally and officially being named Doctor Strange by Marvel Studios, Benedict Cumberbatch is now doing is part to pump up the hype for the film. Although there have been numerous tests for how much the audience will invest themselves in the Marvel Cinematic Universe – from Iron Man to Thor to The Avengers to Guardians of the Galaxy to the upcoming Ant-ManDoctor Strange still represents another one of those trials: will the audience believe in magic, Marvel style? Of course, the answer, you’re thinking, is yes, but the magical worlds of Marvel are a little bit funkier than what you might find at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and Cumberbatch wants to put you on notice that there’s a huge new element coming in Strange. (more…)

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And by the way, don’t point out the irony of hating franchises after completing two movie trilogies because Peter Jackson‘s already aware of that! Yeah, this is something that Jackson said in a recent interview while promoting the third film in The Hobbit trilogy, and the sixth Middle Earth film overall, The Battle of the Five Armies. Considering that Jackson owns a pretty big share of the credit for the Hollywood obsession with huge franchise pictures with big budgets and bigger box office, his comments are either bold self-examination, or hypocritical B.S. from someone who’s sold out and has too many regrets to allow himself to be able to live with them, so he’s spreading the guilt around. Either way, yes, The Hobbit director now says that franchises are ruining the business. Deal with it. (more…)

avengers3

Avengers: Age of Ultron is about all we’ve been able to talk about the last couple of weeks thanks to that awesome new trailer, with the exception of that brief break where Marvel Studios announced Phase 3. Avengers writer/director Joss Whedon‘s probably been pretty busy at the moment getting the movie ready for its release next summer, but even he’s not unaffected by current events, and he has some thoughts on all the recent leaks, news and considerations about all the latest Age of Ultron and Marvel Cinematic Universe news. In a new interview, Whedon discuss the sudden revelation that a couple Thor actors are appearing in AoU, his thoughts on the announcement of the Phase 3 slate, and other Marvel issues that have come up in the news. (more…)

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Iron Man 3 ended on a somewhat definitive note, which was necessary given real life predicaments where in Marvel Studios was unsure if it might lure Robert Downey Jr. back for further, and future, adventures. It marked an important change for Downey’s character Tony Stark as he underwent surgery to have the shrapnel in his chest removed, thus making it no longer necessary for Stark to have an Arc reactor in his chest. It suggested that maybe, Stark was no longer in a place where he needed his Iron Man alterego and is moving on to new things. But since Downey is back for Avengers: Age of Ultron, so is Stark and Iron Man, and in a new interview, Donwey suggests that Stark will be as affected by the events of Iron Man 3 in Age of Ultron, as he was in Iron Man 3 after events in The Avengers(more…)

HAWKEYE

For a guy who was considered as getting short-changed in ‘The Avengers,’ Jeremy Renner gets to be as talkative as his costars. Mark Ruffalo wants an “environmentally themed” Hulk film, Chris Evans might/might not quit acting, Robert Downey Jr. hasn’t signed on for ‘Iron Man 4,’ Chris Hemsworth will hang up his hammer after the contract, and everyone but Scarlett Johansson is gunning for a ‘Black Widow’ movie. With less screen time than his pals, Renner’s Hawkeye played the quiet assassin on both teams. And he’s been vocal about his character ever since. From rumors of leaving the franchise, to being disenchanted with his initial role, Renner’s been a Chatty Cathy from jump. And today we hear that he’s gunning for even less screen time for Hawkeye. So to speak. (more…)

vb-interview

In addition to interviewing the creators and a couple cast members from Rick and Morty while at San Deigo Comic-Con, I also had the opportunity to sit down with Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer of The Venture Bros. The always dapper pair were there promoting the upcoming season of their Adult Swim show, which can be succinctly described as Johnny Quest all grown up, but in reality is so, so much more. (more…)

batman aoa interview

Earlier this week the latest DC Universe animated feature – Batman: Assault on Arkham – released digitally and on DVD/Blu-ray. This one, however, isn’t tied to The New 52 continuity DC Entertainment and Warner Bros.’ Animation are building with films like Justice League: War and the upcoming Throne of Atlantis, but is instead linked with the Batman: Arkham video game universe. While at San Diego Comic-Con I participated in roundtable interviews with many of Assault on Arkham‘s creators and cast: director Jay Oliva, producer James Tucker, writer Heath Corson, voice director Andrea Romano, and voice talent Kevin Conroy, Matthew Gray Gubler, and John DiMaggio. Hit the jump for their input on making Batman: Assault on Arkham! (more…)

rick and morty interview

While most are familiar with Dan Harmon as the creator of the oft-cancelled and resurrected Community, the writer/producer/podcaster has other interests outside of Greendale Community College. During his forced vacation from Community (a.k.a. the second time NBC fired him), Harmon teamed with fellow Channel 101 alum, Justin Roiland and began developing an animated program based off of Roiland’s shorts, The Real Animated Adventures of Doc and Mharti. (more…)

VISION 3

The shippers for Vin Diesel playing the Vision in Marvel‘s future blockbuster Avengers 2: Age Of Ultron can now relax because Paul Bettany has been cast in the role. Formerly the voice of Iron Man’s automated sidiekick J.A.R.V.I.S., Bettany will get a chance to flex his muscles (or lack thereof) in green and yellow spandex. The true details of Tony Stark’s ace becoming too self-aware are sparse, but in the comics, the Vision was created by the psychotic Ultron. But with no Hank Pym around to invent the crazy robot, we’re all blaming Stark, which leads to Ultron creating Vision anyway. This really sounds confusing. Good thing our friends at Super Hero Hype sat down with Mr. Bettany to make some sense of all this! (more…)