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Marvel releases new concept art for 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'

Fans who attended Preview Night  at San Diego Comic-Con and stopped by Marvel’s booth last night got a first look at two new concept art posters for Avengers: Age of Ultron, which arrives in theaters on May 1, 2015.

The first poster, drawn by Ryan Meinerding, features Iron Man blasting away one of Ultron’s robots. Things don’t look too good for Ultron’s robots in the second poster, which shows Scarlet Witch—played by Marvel film franchise newcomer Elizabeth Olsen—using her powers to fend off her attackers.

See Andy Park’s Scarlet Witch poster below. READ FULL STORY

Marvel Studios reveals 'Ant-Man' Comic-Con poster -- EXCLUSIVE

Feast your compound eyes on this: an exclusive look at an Ant-Man image that Marvel Studios will be sharing this weekend at Comic-Con.

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New photo of Norman Reedus in 'AIR' (with intel from Robert Kirkman)

Last week we brought you the first exclusive image of Norman Reedus and Djimon Hounsou from the upcoming film AIR (which is directed by Christian Cantamessa and produced by The Walking Dead’s Robert Kirkman). And then we told you how Norman Reedus broke his toe during filming with an “unmanly move.” Now Reedus Nation will once again be in a frenzy as we present another exclusive image from the upcoming film featuring The Walking Dead favorite. In the photo, we see Reedus as Bauer, one of the two workers (along with Hounsou’s Cartwright) whose job is to maintain an underground bunker filled with sleep tanks set up to preserve the human race after the air outside has been rendered toxic. Naturally, complications arise. Reedus shared his thoughts on the film with us already, and now Robert Kirkman tells us how the movie came together and what to expect when it hits the big screen in the spring of 2015. (Also, make sure to click on the Full Size magnifying glass tab to see a larger high-res version of the photo.)

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So, you’ve conquered TV, comics, and now movies…
ROBERT KIRKMAN: I don’t know if conquered is the right word. I like all forms of entertainment, I hope to get into musical theater later. READ FULL STORY

'Home': Jim Parsons and Rihanna are the world's last hope for survival in animated alien film

About seven years ago, director Tim Johnson was looking for a good book to read his two sons, aged 5 and 7 at the time. After a recommendation from The New York Times, he stumbled upon Adam Rex’s The True Meaning of Smekday and couldn’t put it down—literally. “The first night I read them two chapters, but I think I ended up reading the whole thing alone in one night,” Johnson tells EW. Now Johnson has compiled an all-star voice cast, including Jim Parsons, Rihanna and Steve Martin to adapt the quirky book into Home, what he calls a “postapocalyptic alien invasion buddy comedy road trip animated movie.”

Animation technology has grown “leaps and bounds” since Johnson directed the cartoon hit Antz back in 1998, and he wanted to show that change. Home is only the second film to be made with the help of an advance animation system created by Dreamworks after How to Train Your Dragon 2. “I feel like I’m working with actors and not technically animation,” Johnson says. “I can talk about intention, motivation and emotion, and the amazing animators are able to do the rest.” An alien species called the Boov with the power to turn off the world’s gravity arrive on Earth and force all humans to evacuate. The story follows a human girl (Rihanna) teaming up with one of the purple aliens, named Oh (Parsons), to try and stop them. That’s right: The world is about to end, and Jim Parsons and Rihanna are our only hope. “Never  a stranger combo has the world depended on for survival,” Johnson jokes.

Besides the title, other changes had to be made to adapt the futuristic and colorful tale. For example: The alien protagonist’s adopted name is J. Lo in the book. But since Jennifer Lopez herself voices Rihanna’s character’s mother in the film, the filmmakers decided to switch things up. “We thought for marketing purposes it might get a little confusing,” Johnson says, adding that the new name Oh makes a little more sense for the character.

“The sci-fi genre can be very narrow and self-imitating and can get stuck in a rut,” Johnson continues. “I wanted to design an alien technology that was really unexpected.” His first rule: absolutely no lasers. So Home’s extraterrestrials not only have the ability to completely turn off the Earth’s gravity—but their weapon of choice also launches bubbles instead of beams. A true sci-fi fan and self-described geek, Johnson hopes that these modern, funny touches can get whole families to see the film together when it opens in March.

Adam Sandler, Josh Gad, and Peter Dinklage battle Pac-Man in 'Pixels'

In the high-concept sci-fi action comedy Pixels, aliens misinterpret satellite feeds of classic arcade video games such as Space Invaders and Centipede as a declaration of war and launch an attack on earth using the same eight-bit characters and strategies.

In the Chris Columbus-directed film, the U.S. president (Kevin James) recruits his childhood friends to help save the country. Back in 1982, his three buddies were arcade prodigies, but cut to the present day: “They’re really three losers,” laughs Columbus. They’ve ended up a TV mechanic (Adam Sandler), a felon (Peter Dinklage), and a conspiracy theorist (Frozen‘s Josh Gad). But, they’re still the best guys for the job, and after teaming up with a more up-to-date weapons expert (True Detective‘s Michelle Monaghan), they have no choice but to be ready for battle.

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Ouch: Norman Reedus explains how he broke his toe filming 'AIR'

While on break from The Walking Dead this past spring, Norman Reedus did a little moonlighting on a new movie being produced by his TWD buddy Robert Kirkman. That movie is called AIR, costars Djimon Hounsou, and will be released in the spring of 2015. But while telling Entertainment Weekly about the project, Reedus revealed that he got a bit more than he bargained for during filming. “I’m excited about the movie,” says Reedus. “The director, Christian Cantamessa, is going to be a huge director. And it was such a cool script and such a cool working environment. And Djimon is just awesome in the film. I’m excited for people to see it. It’s completely different from The Walking Dead, and we worked truly hard on that film. Actually, I broke my toe.”

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'Avengers: Age of Ultron': Why Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch and The Vision will fight the bad fight

An unforgiving artificial intelligence program gets top billing in Avengers: Age of Ultron, but there will be plenty of pain caused by a pair of twins and a being known as a “synthezoid,” too.

Among the new characters in next May’s superhero team-up are Quicksilver, the Scarlet Witch and the synthetic humanoid creation known as The Vision. The trio has been a long part of Avengers comic-book history, though their allegiance is always questionable.

This time around, there’s no doubt: they’re troublemakers—although you can’t rule out salvation for them.

“They’re on Team Ultron, which makes things really hard for the Avengers because all of sudden they’re dealing with powers that they’re not used to,” says director Joss Whedon. READ FULL STORY

Who is Marvel's angry, metal 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' madman -- and why does he hate you?

“Who’s Ultron?” This was what Captain America himself, Chris Evans, said at Comic-Con last year after finishing his Hall H Winter Soldier presentation and heading backstage to do some press.

He had missed the finale of the Marvel Studios showcase, which revealed the Avengers sequel would be subtitled “Age of Ultron,” with a plot centered on that fearsome artificial-intelligence whose robotic face looks like a grinning metallic vampire skull.

Given the studio’s intense devotion to secrecy, both he and Scarlett Johansson had no idea who they’d be battling the next time the Avengers reunited.

It’s okay to forgive them a moment of uncertainty. There are plenty of fans out there who have come to this fantasy universe through the movies, and not the comic books.

So here, finally, is the movie’s answer to that question: Who IS Ultron?

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First photo of Norman Reedus and Djimon Hounsou in Robert Kirkman's 'AIR'

They’re at it again. Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman and star Norman Reedus are joining forces again for the movie AIR, which tells the story of two workers (played by Reedus and Djimon Hounsou) who are tasked with maintaining one of the underground bunkers set up to preserve the human race after the air outside has been rendered toxic. The bunkers are filled with sleeping tanks housing individuals seen as providing the best chance for rebuilding civilization.

AIR will be directed Christian Cantamessa and released in the spring of 2015, but we’ve got your exclusive first image from the film right here. In it, we see Hounsou (as Cartwright) and Reedus (as Bauer), who have been awoken from their sleeping tanks for their two hour shift—which occurs every six months—in the decommissioned missile silo. We commissioned Norman Reedus to tell us more about the movie, so he called in from the set this past spring and did just that. (Click on the Full Size magnifying tab to see a bigger high-res version on the photo.)  READ FULL STORY

'X-Men: Days of Future Past': New image of Wolverine and Beast, plus details from Bryan Singer -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTO

The casts of the original X-Men trilogy and 2011’s X-Men: First Class team up for May’s highly anticipated X-Men: Days of Future Past. “It’s not a reboot because there’s some of the same characters and same actors,” says Bryan Singer, who previously directed the 2000 original and 2003’s X2. “But it’s also not a conventional sequel—I call it an inbetweequel.” READ FULL STORY

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