It’s been raining Avengers: Age of Ultron news this week! Following up on the release of it’s Avengers cover, including the first ever look at Ultron himself, earlier today, Entertainment Weekly has released a further eight photographs featuring stills from the film and behind the scenes glimpses at the production. Below you will see nothing terribly spoilery, just some Avengers in action, a couple of new frenemies and a surprise guest. Let’s take a look at your first official set of production photos from the Avengers sequel. (more…)
2014 is halfway over.
For many film fans, this realization will be met with the usual impatient reaction of “can’t we just get to Fall and the good stuff already?” However, if I’m being completely honest, it’s somewhat surprising that it isn’t September by now. My year has been a blur; a frightening reminder that, though it may have moments of interminability, existence is ultimately finite and perpetually chugging toward oblivion, no matter how much I might’ve been entertained along the way.
But you didn’t click on this article to read my existential ramblings. What you really want to know is: what made up the best of the best of the first six months of 2014? Like every year, there was gold to be mined at the local cineplex, art house, on TV, VOD and via the numerous repertory lines established by studios to release their respective back catalogues. Sometimes the gifts are so great that an EOY list just will not suffice. You need a guide to the riches you might’ve missed during the first part of the calendar year as well. Thankfully, I’m looking out for your interests and have compiled the Bastards Guide to Entertainment – a fifteen slot list that details the superlative pieces of cinematic and televised entertainment this year has offered thus far. (more…)
I don’t need to remind you but Scarlett Johansson is one tough lady. I know it, you know it, we all know it. And this new international trailer for Luc Besson‘s upcoming Lucy proves it, italicizes it and underlines it.
Yes, Scarlett Johansson is awesome and, yes, she can kick your ass.
The best thing about Captain America is that he’s a human being, protected by nothing more than a thin layer of spandex. Where Bruce Banner turns into the impenetrable beast that is the Incredible Hulk, Tony Stark is shielded by his iron suit and Thor is an otherworldly god here on Earth, Steve Rogers is just a man, driven by a relentless need to serve and protect his country. This simple fact is what ultimately helps The Winter Soldier work so well, both as a part of The Avengers series and as a stand-alone piece of cinema. Joe & Anthony Russo’s first foray into the Marvel Universe never loses sight of the fact that beneath the red, white and blue exterior is bona fide flesh and blood, with a pulsing heart that can be wounded. In many ways, The Winter Soldier is a catalogue of the lacerations that Rogers has endured, both as a solider and as a man completely out of his own time.
If there’s one thing super hero movie sequels can guarantee, it’s that the heroes costumes will always change. It’s certainly not for the means of appeasing fans, but rather selling/marketing newness. That’s just the way it is.
Aside from Iron Man, the only other on-screen character to have a vast wardrobe is Captain America. His costume changes have certainly ranged in appeal as he’s gone from movie to movie. One can only wonder what variation of the costume is in store for Joss Whedon’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Well, actually, you don’t have to wonder. Thanks to some set photos and video from the production currently shooting in South Korea, we have our first look solid at Steve Rogers (played by Chris Evans). Oh, and if you care about Black Widow, we got some shots for her too (well sorta). (more…)
So that might be an exaggeration (as I’m sure your Black Widow fan films are PER-VER-TED!), but I’ve got to hook you somehow, right?
Luc Besson is the king of creating badass, female action leads, and his latest, Lucy, seems to be no different, pitting Scarlett Johansson as a “merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic” (the press release’s words, not mine) against what seems to be the entirety of China’s organized crime syndicate. There’s a rocket launcher wielded against her at one point, so I’m probably going to watch it.
It’s no new thing that super hero viewing audiences are eager to see one of the industry camps finally break down and put a female hero in control of her own solo flick. And while the obvious choice for this to many is the almighty Wonder Woman, another name has been rotating through the press circles as a likely potential – The Black Widow. She has more screen time than any other female character and would make a great choice, but the powers-that-be have been hedging back and forth on this one. Now, the actress that plays Widow in the Marvel/Disney franchise universe, Scarlett Johansson, has stepped up and said that she wants to see it happen. (more…)
Scarlett Johansson will be appearing on screen for the third time as Marvel‘s Natasha Romanoff, AKA Black Widow in the upcoming Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Last month we began to hear talk that Black Widow, the standalone film, was finally in the works over at Marvel Studios. Hit the jump to see what studio prez Kevin Feige had to say about the project today: (more…)
This isn’t the beginning of the end, just because Nerd Bastards is talking about a star’s pregnancy doesn’t mean we’re devolving into a gossipy star-f#@%ing website, but what we propose here is a completely legit question: How might Scarlett Johansson‘s recently revealed pregnancy affect the shooting of Avengers: Age of Ultron? I mean, it’s not like Ultron‘s the sequel to the third biggest movie of all time, and it’s not like director Joss Whedon previously said that Johansson’s character, Black Widow, plays a very big/important role in the film. Actually, it’s a lot like that, so what will happen? (more…)
The Avengers is, without question, the best superhero movie. (In my opinion, anyway.) It had heart, sentiment, flashy set pieces, humor, a sense of danger and suspense, characters who grew and evolved; basically, everything fans love from comics thrown up on the big, silver screen. The Avengers is the bar all superhero movies since have been measured against. So… how will its sequel, The Avengers: Age of Ultron stack up? (more…)