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Robert Downey Jr. Makes Iron Boy An Honorary Avenger

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The U.S. has Batkid, and now Australia has Iron Boy!

The Make-A-Wish Foundation granted nine-year-old Domenic’s wish to become Iron Man and battle Ultron.

Domenic, a Sydney native living with cystic fibrosis, suited up as Iron Boy and took on the bad guys.

Iron Man himself, Robert Downey Jr., who is in disguise because of Captain America: Civil War, even cheered young Domenic on and made him an honorary Avenger.

Brother to Thor and Australian native Liam Hemsworth cheered Domenic on as well.

Check out video of Robert Downey Jr. and images (via EW):

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Independence Day 2 Extended Synopsis & Cast Revealed

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An extended synopsis for Independence Day 2 has been released offering details about the movie as well as the names of the cast.

Coming Soon reports Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch, Vivica A. Fox, Brent Spiner, Angelababy, Maika Monroe, Sela Ward, Jessie Usher and Liam Hemsworth will be a part of a livestream promotion later today along with director Roland Emmerich.

Per the synopsis below, it also appears as if the movie will feature the “Earth Space Defense” as media credentials feature the logo.

Update: The Independence Day 2 live stream will take place Monday, June 22nd at 9pm ET. Watch it live.

Update #2: Official title, title teaser and images revealed for Independent Day: Resurgence.

Independence Day 2 has a June 24, 2016 release.

Synopsis:

It was an ordinary summer day. But then, without warning, something very extraordinary happened: Enormous shadows fell across the land. Strange atmospheric phenomena, ominous and mesmerizing, surfaced around the globe. All eyes turned upward.

The question of whether we’re alone in the universe was finally answered. And, in a matter of minutes, the lives of every person across the globe were forever changed.

With the fate of our planet at stake, the Fourth of July took on an entirely new meaning. No longer was it solely an American holiday. It would be known as the day the entire world fought back. The day we did not go gentle into the good night … The day all of us on planet Earth celebrated ourIndependence Day.

From director Roland Emmerich and producer Dean Devlin, 1996’s Independence Day shattered opening weekend and total box office records, becoming the year’s top-grossing film. It also became the first movie in history to gross over $500m internationally.

But Independence Day was just the beginning. We always knew they were coming back. After that film redefined the event movie genre, the next epic chapter in the Independence Day universe delivers a global spectacle on an unimaginable scale. Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare us for the aliens’ advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction.

 

We’ve joined the ESD! Stay tuned for #IndependenceDayLive!

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First Look At Jennifer Lawrence & Liam Hemsworth In The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2

Check out a first look at Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2.

Lawrence released the image on Facebook adding the following, which may be the trailer reveal for next Tuesday.

6.9.15 #MockingjayPart2 #Unite

The next installment of the record-breaking franchise, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay– Part 2,” will be released on November 20, 2015, directed by Francis Lawrence and starring Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, LiamHemsworth and Woody Harrelson.

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Jeff Goldblum, Liam Hemsworth & Jesse Usher Cast In Independence Day 2

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Independence Day 2 has cast Jeff Goldblum, Liam Hemsworth and Jesse Usher in roles for the sequel that follows the original from twenty years ago.

Goldblum will return as David Levinson; Usher will be playing Dylan Hiller, the son of Will Smith’s Captain Steven Hiller; Hemsworth is rumored to be playing the son-in-law of Bill Pullman’s President Whitmore.

Director Roland Emmerich shared the news on Facebook.

First you strategically position your pieces, and when the time is right, you strike.” Excited to officially announce Liam Hemsworth and Jeff Goldblum as the next two pieces of the Independence Day sequel!

Excited to officially announce that Jessie Usher will be joining the cast for the sequel of Independence Day!

Trivia: My producing partner Harald Kloser noticed Jessie in between sets of pushups at the gym and gave him an audition. As they say, the rest is history!

Independence Day 2 has a June 24, 2016 release, which will not see Will Smith return, but Pullman is expected back.

Potential plot details that Emmerich previously talked about mentioned the aliens returning, but Earth better prepared as they have used the alien technology to their advantage.

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Movie Review: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

Too Hot To Handle
A Film Review of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
By: Lawrence Napoli
 

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You know what’s highly desirable in Hollywood?  To own an insanely popular license, adapt it into a series of very lucrative blockbuster films and continue to draw interest in current and future installments from every audience outside the fanboy/girl core thanks to a contractual alliance with (arguably) the most popular individual in Hollywood today.  Oh yes, Lionsgate snagged itself two gems in The Hunger Games and Jennifer Lawrence and both continue to pay dividends thanks to Catching Fire’s global take of about $678 million dollars over a budget of $130 as of December 11, 2013.  Unfortunately, “bigness” and popularity alone do not always translate into quality and often allows the consumers of particular media to be very apologetic thanks to those two important elements that compose “true value” in contemporary Hollywood productions.  
 
That is not an admission that I personally didn’t care for this movie; quite the contrary.  Catching Fire is a superior “Hunger Games” experience from a visual perspective thanks to a much larger production budget than the original.  For a story that takes place in the somewhat, not-so-distant future, I never felt that The Hunger Games showcased the kind of world where superior technology permits the aristocratic minority to dominate the impoverished majority.  Catching Fire addresses this early and often throughout its run time by displaying more pyro, larger digital set pieces and more CG visuals.  This film also demonstrates more accomplished combat and action sequences such as its version of “storm troopers” actually being physically imposing, more energetic training montages than throwing heavy things at stationary targets and much more danger during the actual games than a bunch of teens/tweens stalking each other with swords and spears.  As far as contemporary action/adventure films go, Catching Fire looks, sounds and feels like a more proficient blockbuster.
 
Where I’m beginning to lose a little interest is in the presentation of this story within the confines of a two and a half hour film.  Adaptation is an exercise in tough decision making for the screenwriters(s) so there’s always going to be a number of details, subplots and characters that simply do not come to fruition.  Unfortunately, the screenwriting trend in Hollywood’s adaptation movement is to include “as much as possible,” which puts a priority on Easter Eggs and sacrifices screen time better used on cinematic exposition and character development for an audience not already familiar with the story.  There are too many moments where references are being made (such as the makeup of this society, the importance of the games, the significance of the districts, the tributes, etc.) that simply has not been well established in the ongoing film or its predecessor, and I can’t appreciate any of these new details.  Catching Fire’s story is one that communicates a comprehensive plot and a continuation of the trials of Katniss Everdeen, but it’s also one that is devoid of any interesting subplot for any character not played by Jennifer Lawrence.  Katniss is involved in every meaningful moment on the screen.  No supporting characters outside of the villains have any meat to them and this takes away from the other thing that makes Katniss interesting outside of kicking ass with a bow and arrow: her love triangle.  Yes, the audience gets chapter 2 in the pseudo affair of Katniss, Peeta and Gale, but neither boy has a dramatic identity onscreen that isn’t fully dependent on Katniss’s presence.  This may not be the case in the books, but this is the best example of an interesting movie conflict that merely gets paid lip service due to time limitations and priorities placed elsewhere.  
 
Performances by the cast are fairly adequate all around, but I was somewhat surprised to find an actor such as Philip Seymour Hoffman involved with this kind of big budget, mainstream extravaganza.  I suppose every major actor needs a fat paycheck every once in a while (just kidding, Philip), but his role in Catching Fire, like every other adult’s over the age of 20, doesn’t require any deep emotional exploration and isn’t afforded any real opportunity to do so even if the actor was interested.  It’s not exactly the kind opportunity a king of the indy scene salivates over, but he brings veteran charisma and composure to Plutarch Heavensbee as does Donald Sutherland for President Snow as the primary antagonists of this film.  Lenny Kravitz once again produces a regal and heart-warming performance as Cinna and Woody Harrelson thankfully steps into more of a leadership role than the loveably drunk, Haymitch has been thus far.  Unfortunately, these adults do not elevate beyond the status of window dressing for the featured young adults in almost the exact same manner the veterans that composed the Harry Potter films were utilized.
 
Liam Hemsworth is given a few more minutes of screen time in this film to prove that his character, Gale, has some romantic feelings for Katniss and he manages to deliver a revered stillness to his performance that would make anyone raise an eyebrow over the fact that he appeared in an Expendables film.  I wouldn’t necessarily say that the chemistry he shares with Jennifer Lawrence remotely approaches “sultry,” but there’s a reason for that I’ll discuss later.  Josh Hutcherson continues to refine his keen ability to switch between the natural state of Peeta (somewhat unsure of himself and his feelings) and Peeta’s on air personality for reality TV (brave, confidant and charismatic).  Josh has to contend with more characters requiring screen time in this film, but the fact that he shows that his character knows how to play the political game of these Hunger Games is satisfying to the audience even if he isn’t exactly the most accomplished combatant.  
 
As expected, Catching Fire is a showcase for Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen for all the obvious reasons.  She continues to portray an empowered, young woman in a harsh reality that is on equal (if not superior) footing as all the guys.  Her best moment of this film is when she gives a speech at the district that her friend Rue (who dies in the first film) was from that shows the audience the exact kind of personality that makes Ms. Lawrence endearing in real life: raw emotion with a matter-of-fact, no BS delivery.  Unfortunately, Katniss is not called upon to be her true self too often in this film as the constant surveillance of Capitol TV requires her to act the façade of her “fake” romance with Peeta and her shift from sincerity to “talking head personality” in front of the fictional cameras is evident to the audience.  All things being equal, this role equates to fishing with dynamite for Jennifer Lawrence.  She’s attractive, trendy and sassy and that’s more than enough to portray a character like Katniss, but I really could have used more moments of her patented blend of sincerity in Catching Fire because Lawrence is just plain good at it.
 
Catching Fire is an entertaining adventure for anyone interested in checking out some neat special and visual effects.  It features an upgraded production value that becomes quite evident when our tributes are put to the test in a much more dynamic arena than previously shown in the original Hunger Games.  This fictional world is not fleshed out particularly well as much of its references and the overall state of the setting are glazed over as quickly as possible which is unfortunate seeing how Katniss and Peeta begin this film by visiting every district on their victory tour.  Sure, we get how every district outside of the Capitol is poor and subject to armies of thugs, but there’s no real distinction among any of them that they could all be District 12.  If you can look past the light details and a number of flat characters, this can be a fun film to watch.  The violence continues to be neutered in favor maintaining that PG-13 rating despite the subject matter revolving around making entertainment out of watching people slaughtering each other on TV.  Risking harsher imagery to deliver a more poignant story might lose the film’s money demographic and if it’s one thing that Hollywood won’t do, is mess around with the prescribed money formula for its various adaptations.
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Paranoia (2013) Trailer Now Online With Harrison Ford, Liam Hemsworth & Gary Oldman

A trailer for Paranoia, a new movie starring Liam Hemsworth, Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman has been released.

Synopsis:

The high stakes thriller Paranoia takes us deep behind the scenes of global success to a deadly world of greed and deception. The two most powerful tech billionaires in the world (Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman) are bitter rivals with a complicated past who will stop at nothing to destroy each other. A young superstar (Liam Hemsworth), seduced by unlimited wealth and power falls between them, and becomes trapped in the middle of the twists and turns of their life-and-death game of corporate espionage. By the time he realizes his life is in danger, he is in far too deep and knows far too much for them to let him walk away.
 
Paranoia hits theaters August 16th, 2013 directed by Robert Luketic and also starring Amber Heard and Josh Haloway.
 

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Superman Henry Cavill Presenting At MTV Movie Awards & List Of Other Guests

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MTV updated their list of guests and presenters for their Movie Awards and Henry Cavill is among them.

It’s not known which award Henry Cavill will be presenting, but maybe he will be bringing something super from the Man of Steel along with him.

A new viral marketing campaign for the Man of Steel just began yesterday, most likely related to trailer #3.

Maybe we’ll see it at the MTV Movie Awards?

In addition to Henry Cavill, below is a list of the other presenters.

Judging from the list, we could get further looks at World War Z, Kick-Ass 2 and/or Carrie, Star Trek, Fast and Furious 6 and/or Riddick, possibly Game of Thrones, and we also know a trailer for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will debut with Liam Hemsworth showing that off.

 

PRESENTERS

Adam Sandler

Amanda Seyfried

Brad Pitt

Chloe Grace Moretz

Chris Pine

Chris Rock

Danny McBride

Eddie Redmayne

Jonah Hill

Jordana Brewster

Kerry Washington

Ke$ha

Kim Kardashian

Liam Hemsworth

Logan Lerman

Melissa McCarthy

Michelle Rodriguez

Paul Walker

Peter Dinklage

Seth Rogen

Steve Carell

Vin Diesel

Zac Efron

Zachary Quinto

Zoe Saldana

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The Hunger Games: Catching New Fire Liam Hemsworth Image; Trailer To Debut At MTV Movie Awards

We get a third image for The Hunger Game: Catching Fire with Liam Hemsworth.

The previous two featured Jennifer Lawrence and Willow Shields.

In addition, it’s become known that the first The Hunger Games: Catching Fire trailer will air this Sunday during the MTV Movie Awards.

Liam is also the brother of Chris Hemsworth, known as Thor in the Marvel Studios movies.

Synopsis:

THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) – a competition that could change Panem forever.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has a November 22nd release directed by Francis Lawrence and also starring Sam Claflin, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jena Malone, Jeffrey Wright and Amanda Plummer.

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The Avengers (2012): Men’s Health Magazine Cover With Thor’s Brother

The Avengers grace the cover of Men’s Health Magazine (UK) along with Thor’s brother.

No. Not, the diabolical villain Loki, but Chris Hemsworth’s brother, Liam.

Liam plays Gale Hawthorne in the hugely popular The Hunger Games that was just released, and he had to drop some weight for the role.

His brother Chris, told him it’s called “hunger games” not “eating games,” and Liam also worked with an Ex-Navy Seal to get in shape for the role.

In addition, the issue also has a Captain America cover and a “Life Lessons With Super Heroes” feature with Spider-Man, Wolverine, Hawkeye and more.

The Avengers collector’s May 2012 edition of Men’s Health is available now.

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The Avengers assembles May 4th, 2012 and is directed by Joss Whedon, starring Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Chris Evans as Captain America, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk, Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye.

Head on over to the Cosmic Book News The Avengers Movie Hub for more news, images and trailers.

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