Thursday, July 31, 2014

Thanos Will Not Appear in Age of Ultron

Speaking to Comic Book Resources at Comic Con, MCU producer Kevin Feige revealed that Thanos will not be making an appearance in the second Avengers film.
Are we going to get any Thanos in "Avengers 2?" There was some of him in "Guardians in the Galaxy," and it was clear that when he gets a movie, it's going to be a big deal.

Right. I'm glad it feels that way. That's the idea. He's not a part of "Avengers 2."

Is that going to be part of the "Avengers 3" game plan?

I think Thanos kind of does what he wants, shows up where he wants to. And I'm not going to tell him otherwise, so you don't know exactly. Smirking at the end of the first "Avengers." But you know, we're still making "Avengers 2," so nothing's definitive one way or the other, actually.

Lorde to Curate Mockingjay, Part 1 Soundtrack

Lionsgate has announced that Lorde will be performing the first single and picking the other artists for the Mockingjay, Part 1 soundtrack.
SANTA MONICA, CA, July 31, 2014 – Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), a premier next generation global content leader, announced today that multiplatinum GRAMMY® Award-winning recording star Lorde will curate the soundtrack album for the upcoming third installment of the global blockbuster The Hunger Games franchise, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1. In addition to hand-picking the artists for The Mockingjay – Part 1 soundtrack, Lorde will provide the first single for the highly anticipated film and album. The soundtrack will be available via Republic Records this fall.

The 17-year-old New Zealand native –who will embark on her third national North American tour this fall– exploded onto the scene with her Number One global hit ‘Royals,’ and has taken the music world by storm since the release of her critically acclaimed platinum debut album “PURE HEROINE” [LAVA/Republic Records].

Her quadruple platinum selling single ‘Royals’ helped earn two Billboard Music Awards for ‘Best New Artist’ and ‘Best Rock Song,’ and two GRAMMY® Awards for ‘Song of the Year’ and ‘Best Pop Solo Performance.’ She currently holds the record for ‘Longest #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 by a Female Artist in 2013′ and longest standing #1 for any female artist in the Billboard Alternative Chart history

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, directed by Francis Lawrence and starring Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth and Woody Harrelson, is the latest installment in Lionsgate’s global box office phenomenon based on Suzanne Collins’ bestselling “Hunger Games” trilogy and will be released in theaters worldwide on November 21, 2014.

“I sat down with Lorde on the set of ‘Mockingjay’ this spring and I was immediately struck by how she so innately understood what we, as both fans and filmmakers, were trying to accomplish with the film. Her immense talent and keen understanding of Mockingjay’s characters and themes not only have enabled her to create a song of her own that completely captures the film’s essence, but her insight and passion for our project make her the perfect creative force to assemble the other songs on our soundtrack. I can’t wait to share what she’s done with the fans — it is truly remarkable,” said Francis Lawrence.

Lorde’s unique position as both a songwriter/performer and the curator of the Mockingjay – Part 1soundtrack album came about via her unique relationship with her music publisher, SONGS Music Publishing who was a key architect of the deal.

“Curating the soundtrack for such a hotly-anticipated film was a challenge, but I jumped at the chance,” said Lorde. “The cast and story are an inspiration for all musicians participating and, as someone with cinematic leanings, being privy to a different creative process has been a unique experience. I think the soundtrack is definitely going to surprise people.”

Doctor Who Takeover Week

BBC America has announced some special programming in the days leading up to the premiere of Deep Breath on August 23. Before and after the premiere on Saturday they will be showing Doctor Who: Live Pre-Show and Doctor Who: After Who Live. These will air at 7:30 and 11pm and feature guests and behind-the-scenes footage. Earlier in the week, the channel will be airing specials entitled The Ultimate Companion, The Ultimate Time Lord, and The Real History of Science Fiction on the 16th and 18th. Finally, fans will be given a chance to vote for what episodes will air in a marathon on the 24th.

More Info on UK & Ireland Screenings of Deep Breath

DoctorWho.tv has published additional information on the screenings of the series 8 opener in the UK and Ireland
As part of BBC Worldwide’s global event celebrations to mark Peter Capaldi’s debut series of Doctor Who, UK fans will have the opportunity to see the first episode of series 8 in cinemas in the UK and Ireland, as well as on BBC One, on 23 August 2014.

To celebrate the launch of series 8, an exclusive cinema event will take place at London's Odeon Leicester Square on August 23 with some very special guests in attendance.

This one-off event will feature a ‘never seen before’ five minute video from an upcoming Doctor Who DVD release and a special ten minute behind-the-scenes of episode 1 feature*, followed by a Q&A with the guest stars that will be streamed live into participating cinemas across the UK and Ireland.

A limited number of tickets for the Leicester Square Cinema Event will be available to the public and can be purchased via Odeon.com, on Friday 1 August at 10am.

Cinema tickets for other participating cinemas will go on sale Friday 1 August from 11am.

More information regarding cinemas screening the episode and showing the live stream of the Q&A from the Leicester Square Cinema Event will be made available on doctorwho.tv soon.

This year’s screenings follow the huge success of the global cinema screenings for the show’s record-breaking 50th anniversary episode – The Day of the Doctor – in November 2013. In addition to the episode being simulcast on TV in 98 territories, fans were also able to enjoy the episode on the big screen in over 1500 cinemas around the world.

Stephen Davies, Director for Live Events, said “Following the tremendous success of the 50th anniversary screenings, this is another wonderful opportunities for fans to get together to celebrate another major milestone and enjoy the amazing opening episode of the Peter Capaldi era on the big screen”.

*The behind-the-scenes content will also available on BBC Red Button and BBC iPlayer.

12th Doctor eShort Confirmed

Following in the wake of last year's short stories featuring each Doctor, Puffin Books has hired Holly Black to pen one featuring the 12th Doctor. The story is titled Lights Out and will be released digitally on October 23, priced US$3.38


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Simon Kassianides Cast in Agents of SHIELD

Simon Kassianides (Quantum of Solace) has been cast in Agents of SHIELD as Bakshi. His character is described as a "confident right-hand man who’s not afraid to do the dirty work."

New Guardians of the Galaxy Pic

Marvel's Instagram account has posted a new picture from Guardians of the Galaxy.