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Joss Whedon: 'The Avengers' is seen through one superhero's eyes -- EXCLUSIVE

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While The Avengers is clearly a group effort uniting some of Marvel’s most iconic superheroes, one crusader in particular will serve as the perspective for the movie, according to writer-director Joss Whedon.

Longtime fans of the comic series will probably be pleased to hear which character he thinks provides the grounding focus.

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'The Dark Knight Rises' trailer: Explosive. Scary. Political?

Does Christopher Nolan’s final Bat-flick have more on its mind than just thrilling fanboys and filmgoers with sensational summertime escapism? You might wonder after taking a look at the latest official trailer for The Dark Knight Rises, which made its debut in theaters this past weekend with Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows and hit the Web today.

The preview sketches the film’s themes and conflict without ever spelling out the plot. SPOILER ALERT! The trailer begins with a boy launching into the national anthem at a football game. It’s a flourish that signals the beginning of a high-stakes game — and a drama about the current state of the union. As “The Star Spangled Banner” plays, we hear some dialogue about replacing Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman) — he’s a “war hero” in a time of peace. And in perhaps the trailer’s most loaded moment (not counting the various beats of gunplay), we see Anne Hathaway’s Selina Kyle — a.k.a. Catwoman — hissing a line into the ear of fat-cat playboy Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) that suggests she’s been spending time with the unhappy campers at Occupy: Gotham City. “You think this is going to last. There’s a storm coming, Mr. Wayne. You and your friends better batten down the hatches because when it hits, you’re all going to wonder how you ever thought how you could live so large and leave so little for the rest of us.” As we hear this line, we see the sacking of an opulent home, and we get a lot of ominous imagery involving Thomas Hardy’s fearsome Bane and a small army of goons laying siege to Batman’s hometown. “When Gotham is in ashes,” Bane growls to an incapacitated Bruce, “you have my permission to die.” READ FULL STORY

'Thor 2' loses 'Monster' director Patty Jenkins

It was a surprising but compelling choice when Marvel Studios hired Patty Jenkins, best known for the 2004 Charlize Theron drama, Monster, to take over the next installment in the Thor franchise.

Now it looks like she won’t be joining forces with the superhero after all. Sources close to the production say the filmmaker, who also made the acclaimed pilot for AMC’s The Killing, has parted ways with the production over unspecified creative differences. READ FULL STORY

'Iron Man 3' heads to North Carolina

The next installment in the Iron Man superhero film franchise will shoot in North Carolina. Marvel Studios will film Iron Man 3 starring Robert Downey Jr. in Wilmington, with pre-production starting soon and work in the state lasting about 10 months. State film office head Aaron Syrett said Thursday it will be the largest production to shoot in North Carolina. The production is expected to create 550 jobs for tradesmen, technicians and other crew members and more than 1,000 spots for actors and other talent.

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'Monster' director Patty Jenkins considered for 'Thor 2'

Marvel Studios may be sending Patty Jenkins, who directed Charlize Theron to an Oscar win with 2003’s harrowing Monster, to the celestial realm of Asgard. READ FULL STORY

Disney's D23: 'The Avengers' footage reveals angry Iron Man and Nick Fury

Disney fans have been Avenged.

It was a shock to many comics fans that The Avengers didn’t have a presence at Comic-Con last month, but Disney (which now owns Marvel) was saving its debut of footage from that movie for its own geek-gathering: D23.

Named for the year Uncle Walt founded his upstart animation company, the convention – held in Anaheim, Calif., of course – brought thousands of the mouse-faithful to its showcase of upcoming movies. The grand finale: that little movie uniting Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Black Widow, Hawkeye, The Hulk, and Nick Fury.

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Image Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/WireImage.com

A partial line-up of stars came to wave to the crowd, but didn’t say much: (from left) Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, who plays the villainous Loki, Cobie Smulders (playing a new S.H.I.E.L.D. agent), Robert Downey Jr., and Chris Hemsworth. “We’re happy to be down here visiting our parents in Anaheim,” Downey joked.

The news was the footage they showed … READ FULL STORY

'Man of Steel' flies to 2013

2012: The Year of the Superhero Movie just lost one of its biggest stars. Long assumed to be targeted for late 2012, Warner Bros. announced today that its new Superman film, Man of Steel will instead bow on June 14, 2013. The shift benefits ginormous December tentpoles, such as The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Lone Ranger, but sets Man of Steel up in a more appropriate summer-movie slot. The Avengers, The Amazing Spider-man, and The Dark Knight Rises will battle for summer 2012 supremacy, while Superman will now likely compete with Iron Man and Thor sequels in 2013.

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Marvel unveils 'Avengers' poster

The new website for next summer’s Avengers is up, wrapped in the film’s slick new poster. Have you been waiting to see which Marvel superhero will play the Alpha male in this blockbuster all-star collaboration? Well, guess which hero wasn’t included on the poster… READ FULL STORY

Avenge me! Post-'Captain America' teaser for 'The Avengers' copied, pasted, deleted

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The geek hive was abuzz. A teaser for next year’s The Avengers had leaked online. And leak is the right word: There was nothing official about it.

But the footage was shaky, fuzzy, flickering, and obviously filmed on a cell phone. (Note the screengrab from Youtube, now defunct.) The most likely culprit was some cowering dude waiting for the red dot from an anti-piracy security ninja’s sniper rifle to appear on his forehead, presaging the hollow-point that will scatter fragments of his skull like so many Skittles clicking down onto a movie theater floor.

I exaggerate, but only slightly. Marvel is maniacal about piracy, and though stifling the release of pirated video footage can be like playing Whack-A-Mole, Marvel (and its parent company Disney) are stomping around wearing a pair of these bad boys.

Later on, they’ll be kicking back in mole loafers, and can give the rest away as presents for the cast and crew. The point is, most sites carrying The Avengers leak overnight are now boasting only “Content Removed” notices.

See below for how the footage most likely got out… READ FULL STORY

James Mangold is Fox's first choice to direct 'The Wolverine'

After Darren Aronofsky dropped out of The Wolverine in March, 20th Century Fox was left in the lurch. Immediately following the announcement, there was no short list of directors who might be able to replace the man who made Black Swan. Now, though, the studio seems to have found someone to helm the sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Deadline reports that Fox is about to start negotiations with James Mangold, whose credits include Knight and Day, 3:10 to Yuma, and Walk the Line.

Star Hugh Jackman is reportedly on board with Mangold. When EW spoke to the actor in late March, he said that the Wolverine team was looking for a prestige filmmaker on par with Aronofsky. “We’re not going to settle. We’re going to find a director as good as Darren, if not better. Well, as good,” Jackman declared.

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