Big congrats, boys and girls — you’ve survived another work week and earned yourself the sweet, sweet weekend. Since you’re looking for a way to kill these few remaining work hours before you go out and enjoy the burgeoning spring, we’ve got a handful of Movie Morsels for you, including two behind-the-scenes video interviews with director Joss Whedon straight from the Avengers: Age of Ultron editing room, along with our best look yet at the uniforms of the new Fantastic Four, word on the next Stephen King adaptation, and much more!
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Marvel has released a new behind-the-scenes video, in which director Joss Whedon, still in the editing suite, discusses James Spader’s performance as the title villain in Avengers: Age of Ultron. The geek god has a few words to say about Spader’s ability to emote in a mo-cap suit and helmet, and he does a pretty bang-up job of impersonating the actor.
And here’s another new video with Whedon in which he talks about building the film’s world and contributing to the mythology of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and crafting an original story inspired by the comics.
After debuting four images — one for each of the stars — of Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot last month via Empire, Fox has released another four to its fellow UK movie magazine Total Film. Below are Miles Teller’s Reed Richards, Kate Mara’s Sue Storm, and Michael B. Jordan’s Johnny Story — all of them this time in their team uniforms. Conspicuously absent is Jamie Bell, the full appearance of whose Ben Grimm — in his rock-encrusted Thing form — is still being kept under wraps.
Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment has already demonstrated an affinity for genre fare with films like World War Z and Kick-Ass. Now the company looks to further that trend with The Jaunt, an adaptation of the classic Stephen King short story (found in the author’s Skeleton Crew collection) about a family in the twenty-fourth century planning to relocate to Mars via teleportation. Naturally, problems arise… Plan B plans for Mama helmer Andy Muschietti to direct.
Few films on the horizon boast a cast of comic actors as eclectic as that of Adult Beginners, featuring Nick Kroll, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, Joel McHale, Bobby Moynihan, Mike Birbiglia, Jane Krakowski and Josh Charles. Directed by Ross Katz, the film follows the Kroll’s character, a failed entrepreneur, who moves in which his sister and her brother-in-law (Byrne and Cannavale). Here’s the trailer for the film, which arrives in theaters and on VOD April 24th…
Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World
Finally, we leave you this week with something that can’t help but make us smile… The heartwarming documentary about lymphoblastic leukemia survivor Miles “Batkid” Scott, for whom the Make-a-Wish Foundation and the citizens of San Francisco turned the City by the Bay into Gotham City for a day, has just been picked up for distribution by New Line Cinema. The studio will release Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World in the coming year. In addition, the studio grabbed the rights to adapt the doc into a feature film, and Julia Roberts is already on board to star and produce. Good for Roberts. Few tales of fan altruism in recent years have proved as inspiring as this one, and the more souls it continues to touch the better.
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