Official Peek at ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’

ultron coverMarvel Studios have decided to put us out of our misery make it even tougher to wait until next summer with a passel of intriguing photos from Avengers: Age of Ultron that reveal the true look of the mean machine and his henchbots for the first time — as well as show off the redesigned costumes of the returning heroes.

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Iron Man 3 International Trailer Rules!

Wow, just when I thought Iron Man 3 could not look any more promising, along comes the international trailer — which makes it looks twice again as good as I am anticipating. In fact, right now, I think this could become the best superhero movie ever made (supplanting The Avengers, which was essentially perfect).

Think I’m overreacting? Check out the clip (with Chinese subtitles):


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Showtime’s Winter Premieres: Californication, House of Lies, Shameless

Showtime premiered a night of new and returning original series on Jan. 8, and while the results were mixed, all of the series — SHAMELESS, HOUSE OF LIES ]and CALIFORNICATION — made use of the freedom that comes with being on a premium cable channel to pack their premieres with nudity, sex, “mature” language, self-indulgence, poor decision-making and all-around bad behavior. Ain’t it great to live in America?

SHAMELESS: Why did nobody tell me how… off-kilter this series is? I didn’t have Showtime last year, but I probably would have signed up if I had known what SHAMELESS was like.
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Review: Iron Man 2 (non-spoiler)

They don’t build ‘em like they used to, and they don’t make Iron Man movies like they used to, either. Iron Man 2 is basically more of the same — but slightly less entertaining. And that’s the movie’s only real flaw: It’s just not as fresh and original as the first film. If you loved the first one, you will be very happy with this one.

Robert Downey Jr. is still the center of the film, and he still plays playboy inventor Tony Stark as light a mixture between a petulant child, a nerd, Hugh Hefner — and Capt. Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean. The self-indulgent Stark is (sort of) reined in by his coolly-efficient assistant Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) — until he realizes that she really is better at doing his job than he is.

Stark’s job in this movie is to fend off rival industrialist Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell), who could be Stark’s less-competent twin. Hammer teams up with Russian madman Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke), who feels that his father was cheated by Stark’s father, Howard, and creates a supersuit of his own that employs energy whips to incapacitate his foes. Rourke certainly looks and sounds like a survivor of a corrupt Russian prison system, but Vanko’s motives are only barely hinted at — a weakness of the script, not Rourke, who gives it his all. He makes Vanko mad in the sense of being both angry and crazy.
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