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“Avengers” star Cobie Smulders talks about playing S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Maria Hill

“Avengers” star Cobie Smulders talks about playing S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Maria Hill (photo)

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Spoiler’s alert: we here at IFC News are pretty freaking pumped for “The Avengers” to hit theaters in May. Everything from the trailer to the posters to the latest interviews with the crew has gotten us duly excited for the upcoming ensemble Marvel superhero movie. And that’s why any small tidbit of news regarding Cobie Smulders in the flick gets us all in a tizzy.

So far the “How I Met Your Mother” star hasn’t been featured very prominently in the marketing for the film. She plays Maria Hill, an agent of Marvel’s secret law enforcement agency S.H.I.E.L.D. Since she has no superpowers and Samuel L. Jackson‘s Nick Fury is her superior, it makes sense why she hasn’t figured into the promotion for “The Avengers” other than in one Comic-Con poster and a behind-the-scenes photo. But that hasn’t prevented her from being thrilled to be a part of the movie. Based on her comments to Vulture, it seems like “The Avengers” is one of the best experiences Smulders has ever had on a film.

“We had so much fun shooting [‘The Avengers’]. We had days when it was just us working — and, oh, 200 extras — but, you know, in the inner circle, it was nice to sit by the monitor with [director Joss Whedon] and watch him take on this ginormous project with great ease,” she said.

This isn’t the first time Whedon has eyed Smulders for a project. Back when he was still developing “Wonder Woman,” he was considering having her as the title character. Vulture asked Smulders if Whedon ever brought that potential casting decision up during the “Avengers” shoot.

“No! If he did, I would throw up in my mouth,” she said. “I mean, the ‘Wonder Woman thing was a very kind comment, I think. I was never in touch with studios about it or anything like that.”

Still, Maria Hill might be winning some fans to her favor once they see her on the big screen. Smulders described her costume as being “very sleek, and very leather” and said that coupled with her superpowers and hyperintelligence, Hill is a “fine woman who has all the answers.” It sounds to us like Smulders might be shaping up to have a career as a “sexy-brunette-vixen,” to steal Vulture’s words.

“You know, fingers crossed! If I can be seen as somewhat sexual, if only to my fiancé, after having a child and turning 30, I will be happy for us,” Smulders responded.

Are you excited to see what Smulders brings to the table in “The Avengers”? Tell us what you think in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

Carol Cate Blanchett

Spirit Guide

Check Out the Spirit Awards Nominees for Best Male and Female Leads

Catch the 2016 Spirit Awards live Feb. 27th at 5P ET/2P PT on IFC.

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From Jason Segel’s somber character study of author David Foster Wallace, to Brie Larson’s devastating portrayal of a mother in captivity, the 2016 Spirit Awards nominees for Best Male and Female Leads represent the finest in the year of film acting. Take a look at the Best Male and Female Leads in action, presented by Jaguar.

Best Male Lead 

Christopher Abbott, James White
Abraham Attah, Beasts of No Nation
Ben Mendelsohn, Mississippi Grind
Jason Segel, The End of the Tour
Koudous Seihon, Mediterranea

Watch more Male Lead nominee videos here.

Best Female Lead 

Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Rooney Mara, Carol
Bel Powley, The Diary of A Teenage Girl
Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Tangerine

Watch more Female Lead nominee videos here.

Joss Whedon’s “Cabin in the Woods” gets a trippy new poster

Joss Whedon’s “Cabin in the Woods” gets a trippy new poster (photo)

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New studio, new promotional strategy. Joss Whedon‘s horror flick “The Cabin in the Woods” was filmed several years ago to be released by MGM in early 2010, but got put on the back burner as that company went through hell and back. But since Lionsgate rescued the project and pegged it for an April 13, 2012 release date, publicity for the flick is gearing back up.

It’s interesting to see the different approaches each distributor is taking to the film, though. I personally was obsessed with the campaign ads MGM released for the flick back at Comic-Con 2009. With taglines like “if you hear a strange sound outside… have sex” and “if something is chasing you… split up” making fun of horror movie tropes, “The Cabin in the Woods” seemed like a refreshingly comic and self-aware horror movie, maybe along the lines of “Tucker and Dale vs. Evil.”

But Lionsgate wants fans to know that this is a full-blown scary movie. Their new poster emphasizes the fact that the flick has a lot of twists and turns, and is unlike anything its viewers will expect. “You think you know the story” certainly isn’t as clever as the previous taglines used, but it likely will appeal to a larger audience.

Whedon and “Alias,” “Lost” and “Cloverfield” scribe Drew Goddard wrote the movie, which is largely what the flick is selling itself on. But it’s interesting that neither MGM nor Lionsgate have opted to use the fact that the film stars “Thor’s” Chris Hemsworth as a marketing tool. Maybe it’s the fact that he shot the movie before he became a well-known star or maybe Lionsgate is just waiting until closer to the release date. Either way, this new poster is still pretty badass.

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What do you think of Lionsgate’s new marketing for “The Cabin in the Woods”? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

New “Avengers” banners show off the main eight characters

New “Avengers” banners show off the main eight characters (photo)

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It’s been more than a month since “The Avengers” trailer first hit the web, but Marvel doesn’t want fans to forget the excitement that is in store for them on May 4 when the ensemble superhero flick hits theaters. To help appease the almost six month wait, the studio has released two new character banners for the film to showcase its eight most significant characters.

The first banner comes at us from Yahoo! Movies and features the four main Avengers in the film. Audiences have already been introduced to Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Captain America (Chris Evans), but Mark Ruffalo‘s Bruce Banner is still new. He did make his triumphant debut in the theatrical trailer, but we’re greedy people and always want more. I like the hint of green on Ruffalo’s face to imply the transformation into the Hulk, even though he’s shown here in human form.

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But it’s the rest of the cast of characters that really add some color to “The Avengers.” The second banner was posted on Moviefone and features Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), Loki (Tom Hiddleston), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson). Again, these are all characters that fans have met before in the previous Marvel movies, but the prospect of having them all in the same place is still just as exciting. There’s just something about that “Avengers” “A” superimposed over their images that gets us pumped up.

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“The Avengers” follows the creation of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Avengers initiative against the backdrop of Thor’s evil brother Loki trying to destroy Earth. The film is written and directed by Joss Whedon.

Are you ready to “assemble” for this summer blockbuster?? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook or Twitter.

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