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James Spader to Play Ultron in The Avengers: Age of Ultron

Last week there was some fairly big news regarding a casting decision in the world of superhero movies.  This one is not quite as big, but for fans of The Avengers (And there are a lot of them), this bit of news is probably just as exciting.

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Marvel announced this week that James Spader has been cast as Ultron, the main villain in the upcoming sequel, The Avengers: Age of Ultron.  The character is apparently a humanoid robot, so it’s unclear whether or not Spader will do motion-capture work for the performance or just provide the voice.

It was thought that Thanos would be the primary villain in the highly-anticipated sequel since he had an after-credits scene, but the fact that Ultron is literally in the title of the sequel probably infers that he will be the main villain.  Marvel is known for thinking outside-the-box when it comes to casting their characters (Robert Downey Jr., Mickey Rourke, Robert Redford), so the decision to go with Spader is not entirely surprising.  

The three-time Emmy Award Winner has had a diverse career both in film and television and he’s worked with some of the great filmmakers of our time including David Cronenberg, Sidney Lumet, Steven Soderbergh, Oliver Stone and most recently Steven Spielberg in Lincoln.  No doubt writer/director Joss Whedon has crafted a dark and complex character that Spader will nail.

Matt Damon Joins Christopher Nolan’s ‘Interstellar’

In other casting news, Matt Damon has joined the already loaded cast for Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi epic Interstellar.  According to The Playlist, Damon will be playing a minor role as the actor is reportedly only going to be filming for two weeks in Iceland.

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The actor joins Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, John Lithgow, Casey Affleck, Topher Grace, Ellen Burstyn and Michael Caine in the film which centers around a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.

Who Damon will be playing (Or anyone else for that matter) is of course a secret, but news of the actor working with Nolan for the first time is exciting.  Despite being a major movie star, Damon doesn’t mind having small roles in films as he has had memorable minor roles, even cameos, in movies like Chasing Amy, Finding Forester, Jersey Girl and my personal favorite, EuroTrip.

Interstellar will be released on November 7, 2014.

Sweet Fake Batman vs. Superman Trailer Released

Well that didn’t take long.  It’s only been a week since news broke that Ben Affleck would be playing Batman in the Man of Steel sequel, but that didn’t deter a fanboy from making an awesome fake trailer for the film.

Splicing together footage from Man of Steel, The Dark Knight Trilogy, Affleck in Daredevil and State of Play, Amy Adams in Trouble With the Curve and random scenes from Elysium and The Prestige, the trailer is well made.  There’s even a shot of Jeremy Irons which I guess means this person wants him to play Alfred.

Of course the other presence in the trailer is Bryan Cranston who is already being talked about as the leading candidate for the Lex Luthor role.  The trailer features scenes from his performance on Breaking Bad, as well as the movie Total Recall, which is really all that movie should be good for at this point.

This will probably be the first of many fake trailers made for this and the next Star Wars film, but hey, us movie buffs need something to tide us over until 2015.  God I love the Internet.

‘Getaway’ Earning Worst Reviews of the Year According to Rotten Tomatoes

A couple of weeks ago, Paranoia, starring Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman and Liam Hemsworth had the distinction of being not only the worst performing studio film of the year at the box office (It made $3.5 million in its opening weekend), but it was also the worst-reviewed film of the year with a demoralizing 3 percent (Two likes, 62 dislikes) on Rotten Tomatoes.

But the crown of worst film of the year was short lived as we now have a new contender.  Getaway, starring Ethan Hawke and Selena Gomez, has as of this writing, earned a one percent on the critic-tracking website.  That’s one like and 81 dislikes.  For a while the film was well on its way to having the dubious distinction of scoring zero precent and joining the illustrious zero club which includes the Sarah Palin documentary The Undefeated, Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star and Ballistic – Ecks vs. Sever, aka the worst film I’ve ever seen.

‘Getaway’ | (TheWrap)

But then someone had to go and like Getaway.  Norman Wilner of Now Toronto, praised the film’s quick pace and simple story saying, “At a fleet 90 minutes, Getaway feels like the opposite of the increasingly over-complicated Fast & Furious features.”

Anyone accusing the Fast & Furious franchise of being “over-complicated” needs to watch those movies again, but I digress.  While I don’t root for a film to be terrible, there’s a certain symmetry to seeing one with a big fat donut score on Rotten Tomatoes.  The same goes for the other end of the spectrum as well.  Someone had the nerve to dislike The Godfather: Part II and that movie sits at 98 percent with 59 likes and one dislike.

Of course all films are subjective, but when a group of people overwhelmingly dislike a film, there’s a good chance it’s pretty terrible.  Having watched the trailer, Getaway looks that bad.  What a weird year for Ethan Hawke.  He starred in a film with a 98 percent ranking (Before Midnight) and another at one percent.  Would that be considered versatile acting or is Hawke about to go down a Nic Cage path of erratic acting choices?  Let’s hope for the former.





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