Hot Toys have took to their official Facebook account to reveal a number of new looks at their 1/4th scale collectible busts for Marvel’s eagerly awaited ‘Iron Man’ threequel, ‘Iron Man 3.’ The two busts center on James “Rhodey” Rhodes’ (Don Cheadle) “Iron Patriot” armour and Tony Stark’s (Robert Downey Jr) Mark VII Iron Man suit. The description provided for the Iron Patriot bust is as follows: “The upcoming Iron Man 3 movie will present a brand-new character Iron Patriot which is well fortified of military strength and technological superiority by transforming of War Machine Armor. Hot Toys is proud to present the 1/4th scale Iron Patriot Limited Edition Collectible Bust, which is specially produced based on the image of the Iron Patriot character in the movie in fine sculpture, highlighting the light-up functions and rotatable shoulder weapon.”
The official description for the 1/4th scale Mark VII collectible bust is: “Hot Toys is proud to present the 1/4th scale Mark VII Limited Edition Collectible Bust from the upcoming most anticipating blockbuster Iron Man 3 movie. It is specially produced based on the image of the iconic character Mark VII in the movie, which is presented in fine sculpture, highlighting the light-up functions and metallic colored painting on armor.”
Out and about on the promotional campaign for ‘Welcome to the Punch,’ James McAvoy gave some brief updates to Getty Images about a number of projects he’s got lined up in the future and other projects he’s been recently linked to. On the topic of ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past,’ McAvoy said “The X-Men script? It’s in my inbox… I’ve still got to read it. I’m very excited about it, but I’ve just been doing so much of this (interviews) and working at night (in Macbeth in London’s West End) so I’m starting work at 9 and don’t finish until midnight so I’m not being flippant…I honestly can’t wait to read it and find out what I’m doing, but I’ve just got no time right now.”
James McAvoy also spoke on the recent rumours that he’s set to take the lead in the reboot of ‘The Crow,’“It’s not for real. I don’t think it’s materialized into anything truthful yet… it’s just been rumor mill stuff.” Finally, the actor also gave an update on the status of ‘Wanted 2,’ “They’re doing the right thing. They won’t go ahead with it unless they get a story that feel totally and utterly 100% passionate about. If they don’t have that, then frankly they shouldn’t go ahead. But if they get a story together that they feel that way about then great, yeah.”
George Lucas Says Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher & Harrison Ford Are Pretty Much Signed For ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’
Unless you’ve been living under a substantially sized
rock boulder this past few months, you would know that J.J. Abrams has been set to direct ‘Star Wars: Episode VII,’ taking stewardship of one of Hollywood’s most iconic and lucrative film franchises. Late last year the Walt Disney Company announced that they acquired Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion, and that they’re eyeing a 2015 release for ‘Star Wars: Episode VII.’ With that in mind, Bloomberg Businessweek has posted a new feature on Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm, which includes some interesting quotes from George Lucas.
In the piece George Lucas tells Bloomberg Businessweek that Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford were pretty much signed on for reprising their roles of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo for ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ before the Disney deal was even made. “We had already signed Mark and Carrie and Harrison—or we were pretty much in final stages of negotiation,” Lucas said. “So I called them to say, ‘Look, this is what’s going on.'” He pauses. “Maybe I’m not supposed to say that. I think they want to announce that with some big whoop-de-do, but we were negotiating with them.” Then he adds: “I won’t say whether the negotiations were successful or not.”
Open Road Films has unleashed this new poster for Robert Rodriguez’s ‘Machete Kills,’ showcasing Sofia Vergara breaking out the big guns! In the sequel, Danny Trejo returns as the titular Machete, joined by Michelle Rodriguez and Jessica Alba reprising their roles from the first film. The story finds Machete recruited by the U.S. government to take down a cartel leader and stop an arms dealer from launching a deadly missile. ‘Machete Kills’ arrives in cinemas on September 13th.
‘Machete Kills’ has Mel Gibson on-board as the villainous arms dealer, while Amber Heard, Sofia Vergara, Charlie Sheen, Lady Gaga, Antonio Banderas, Jessica Alba, Demian Bichir, Vanessa Hudgens, Cuba Gooding Jr., William Sadler, Marko Zaror and Alexa Vega round out the newcomers. The sequel will reportedly feature a Grindhouse-style trailer for a third entry in the ‘Machete’ franchise, ‘Machete Kills Again… In Space!’ The official synopsis for ‘Machete Kills’ is as follows: “Danny Trejo returns as ex-Federale agent MACHETE, who is recruited by the President of the United States for a mission which would be impossible for any mortal man – he must take down a madman revolutionary and an eccentric billionaire arms dealer who has hatched a plan to spread war and anarchy across the planet.” Source: IMP.
Sam Raimi’s ‘Oz The Great and Powerful’ imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum’s beloved character, the Wizard of Oz. When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot – fame and fortune are his for the taking – that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity – and even a bit of wizardry – Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and powerful Wizard of Oz but into a better man as well. ‘Oz The Great and Powerful’ is pencilled in for a March 8th release. My other interviews for the film can be found through the followings links (more to come): Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams and Zach Braff.
I read that you grew up a fan of L. Frank Baum’s Oz novels, how was it jumping into this world he created? Also, what was it about this character of Oscar Diggs/Oz that appealed to you?
James Franco: Yeah, I’ve been a fan of the world of Oz since I was about 11, maybe younger. So I thought it was a really great opportunity to jump into the world of my childhood imagination. The character was written in a certain way – part goofball, part con man, part seducer, part vaudeville guy, all of which appealed to me. In some ways, he touches on many aspects of Americana, while being a cross between Charlie Chaplin and Clark Gable. A goofball and a dashing kind of guy, but a guy maybe not equipped in traditional ways to be a hero. He has unconventional ways of tackling his problems and fumbling through them (laughs). I love the character because of all that.
Mark Ruffalo Speaks On A Stand-Alone Hulk Movie: “The Next Time You See My Hulk It Will Be In ‘The Avengers 2′”
In the next three years, Marvel Studios has a lot in store for fans with their wave of “Phase two” films: ‘Iron Man 3′ and ‘Thor: The Dark World’ in 2013, ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ in 2014, and the tentatively titled ’The Avengers 2′ in 2015. With rumours circulating that Marvel are planning a stand-alone Hulk movie, Mark Ruffalo has took to Twitter account to say there are no plans right now. “A lot of folks have been asking about the Next Hulk. The next time you see my Hulk it will be in the Avengers2. No plans for stand alone,” Ruffalo said. “I am not giving up on another stand alone HULK. But it’s not in the works right now. One never knows what the future will bring.”
The official line-up for Marvel’s “Phase Two” includes ‘Iron Man 3′ this summer, ‘Thor: The Dark World’ on November 8th, ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ on April 4th, 2014, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ on August 1st, 2014 and, finally, ‘The Avengers 2′ on May 1st, 2015. I personally would love to see a Hulk movie, especially given that, for me, Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner/Hulk was the stand-out character in ‘The Avengers.’ Also, remember Ruffalo is contractually obligated for six Marvel films; a Ruffalo Hulk movie is happening – it’s just a matter of when. Marvel kicks off its “Phase Three” of movies with Edgar Wright’s long awaited ‘Ant-Man.’ While details on ‘Ant-Man’ are currently under lock and key, the script for the film is co-written by Wright and Joe Cornish. ‘Ant-Man’ is set for November, 2015.