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Joss Whedon promises “The Avengers 2″ will be “smaller” and “more personal”

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Sure, we’re still two months away from “The Avengers” hitting theaters, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to start talking about the movie’s sequel. Or at least it’s not to early for director Joss Whedon to start talking about the sequel, at least in our opinion.

British magazine SFX has a great article in which they catch up with Whedon and star Tom Hiddleston. The entirety of the story isn’t online, but DigitalSpy and ComicBookMovie.com both have some snippets of the Whedon and Hiddleston interviews that are interesting reads.

When SFX asked Whedon how he plans on topping the upcoming ensemble Marvel superhero film in “The Avengers 2,” he answered, “By not trying to. By being smaller. More personal, more painful. By being the next thing that should happen to these characters, and not just a rehash of what seemed to work the first time. By having a theme that is completely fresh and organic to itself.”

That’s certainly helps strengthen our excitement for Whedon’s vision for “The Avengers.” Most directors go the other direction in sequels and think bigger is better. But Whedon said he set the stage in this movie, out May 4, so that “The Avengers 2″ could be a more intimate affair.

“I want to know what makes them tick, what makes them flawed, what makes them fight – and ultimately, what makes them awesome,” he said, adding that he made sure each Avenger had enough screen time in the movie to show “what makes them awesome. “I go to these movies for those moments when the heroes define themselves, either through action or deliciously overwritten speeches.”

Hiddleston also had some noteworthy comments on how his villainous character Loki would respond to the array of Avengers he’ll face. It’s something we never really thought about in anticipation of the film, but is a component of the movie should make for some interesting onscreen drama.

“With each Avenger, [Loki] faces a different threat, a different strategy and methodology,” Hiddleston explained. “Some pose more of a threat than others in his mind, but they all have their own unique superpowers. I say it’s like tennis. You’ll never play the same game of tennis with a new and different opponent. The magic happens in the space between you, not just with the characters but the actors too.”

It’s also worth noting that “Cabin in the Woods” director Drew Goddard, who helped write that film’s script with Whedon, has already seen an early cut of the movie. Collider asked him what he thought of the film, to which Goddard answered, “as a life-long ‘Avengers’ fan and as a Joss fan, I couldn’t be happier.” That was just the vote of confidence we needed.

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Under Your Spell

10 Otherworldly Romances That’ll Melt Your Heart

Spend Valentine's Day weekend with IFC's Underworld movie marathon.

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Romance takes many forms, and that is especially true when you have a thirst for blood or laser beams coming out of your eyes.  It doesn’t matter if you’re a werewolf, a superhero, a clone, a time-traveler, or a vampire, love is the one thing that infects us all.  Read on to find out why Romeo and Juliet have nothing on these supernatural star-crossed lovers, and be sure to catch IFC’s Underworld movie marathon this Valentine’s Day weekend.

1. Cyclops/Jean Grey/Wolverine, X-Men series

The X-Men franchise is rife with romance, but the steamiest “ménage à mutant” may just be the one between Jean Grey (Famke Janssen), Cyclops (James Marsden), and Wolverine (Hugh Jackman). Their triangle is a complicated one as Jean finds herself torn between the two very different men while also trying to control her darker side, the Phoenix. This leads to Jean killing Cyclops and eventually getting stabbed through her heart by Wolverine in X-Men: The Last Stand. Yikes!  Maybe they should change the name to Ex-Men instead?


2. Willow/Tara, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Joss Whedon gave audiences some great romances on Buffy the Vampire Slayer — including the central triangle of Buffy, Angel, and Spike — but it was the love between witches Willow (Alyson Hannigan) and Tara (Amber Benson) that broke new ground for its sensitive and nuanced portrayal of a LGBT relationship.

Willow is smart and confident and isn’t even sure of her sexuality when she first meets Tara at college in a Wiccan campus group. As the two begin experimenting with spells, they realize they’re also falling for one another and become the show’s most enduring, happy couple. At least until Tara’s death in season six, a moment that still brings on the feels.


3. Selene/Michael, Underworld series

The Twilight gang pales in comparison (both literally and metaphorically) to the Lycans and Vampires of the stylish Underworld franchise. If you’re looking for an epic vampire/werewolf romance set amidst an epic vampire/werewolf war, Underworld handily delivers in the form of leather catsuited Selene (Kate Beckinsale) and shaggy blonde hunk Michael (a post-Felicity Scott Speedman). As they work together to stop the Vampire/Lycan war, they give into their passions while also kicking butt in skintight leather. Love at first bite indeed.


4. Spider-man/Mary Jane Watson, Spider-man

After rushing to the aid of beautiful girl-next-door Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst), the Amazing Spider-man is rewarded with an upside-down kiss that is still one of the most romantic moments in comic book movie history. For Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire), the shy, lovable dork beneath the mask, his rain-soaked makeout session is the culmination of years of unrequited love and one very powerful spider bite. As the films progress, Peter tries pushing MJ away in an attempt to protect her from his enemies, but their web of love is just too powerful. And you know, with great power, comes great responsibility.


5. Molly/Sam, Ghost

When it comes to supernatural romance, you really can’t beat Molly and Sam from the 1990 hit film Ghost. Demi Moore goes crazy for Swayze like the rest of us, and the pair make pottery sexier than it’s ever been.

When Sam is murdered, he’s forced to communicate through con artist turned real psychic, Oda Mae Brown (Whoopi Goldberg in her Academy Award-winning role) to warn Molly she is still in danger from his co-worker, Carl (a pre-Scandal Tony Goldwyn). Molly doesn’t believe Oda is telling the truth, so Sam proves it by sliding a penny up the wall and then possessing Oda so he and Molly can share one last romantic dance together (but not the dirty kind). We’d pay a penny for a dance with Patrick Swayze ANY day.


6. Cosima/Delphine, Orphan Black

It stands to reason there would be at least one complicated romance on a show about clones, and none more complicated than the one between clone Cosima (Tatiana Maslany) and Dr. Delphine Cormier (Evelyne Brochu) on BBC America’s hit drama Orphan Black.

Cosima is a PhD student focusing on evolutionary developmental biology at the University of Minnesota when she meets Delphine, a research associate from the nefarious Dyad Institute, posing as a fellow immunology student. The two fall in love, but their happiness is brief once Dyad and the other members of Clone Club get involved. Here’s hoping Cosima finds love in season four of Orphan Black. Girlfriend could use a break.


7. Aragorn/Arwen, Lord of the Rings

On a picturesque bridge in Rivendell amidst some stellar mood-lighting and dreamy Elvish language with English subtitles for us non-Middle Earthlings, Arwen (Liv Tyler) and Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) bind their souls to one another, pledging to love each other no matter what befalls them.

Their courtship is a matter of contention with Arwen’s father, Elrond (Hugo Weaving), who doesn’t wish to see his daughter suffer over Aragorn’s future death. The two marry after the conclusion of the War of the Ring, with Aragorn assuming his throne as King of Gondor, and Arwen forgoing her immortality to become his Queen. Is it too much to assume they asked Frodo to be their wedding ring-bearer?


8. Lafayette/Jesus, True Blood

True Blood quickly became the go-to show for supernatural sex scenes featuring future Magic Mike strippers (Joe Manganiello) and pale Nordic men with washboard abs (Hi Alexander Skarsgård!), but honestly, there was a little something for everyone, including fan favorite Bon Temps medium, Lafayette Reynolds (Nelsan Ellis).

In season three, Lafayette met his mother’s nurse, Jesus, and the two began a relationship. As they spend more time together and start doing V (short for Vampire Blood), they learn Jesus is descended from a long line of witches and that Lafayette himself has magical abilities. However, supernatural love is anything but simple, and after the pair join a coven, Lafayette becomes possessed by the dead spirit of its former leader. This relationship certainly puts a whole new spin on possessive love.


9. Nymphadora Tonks/Remus Lupin, Harry Potter series

There are lots of sad characters in the Harry Potter series, but Remus Lupin ranks among the saddest. He was bitten by a werewolf as a child, his best friend was murdered and his other best friend was wrongly imprisoned in Azkaban for it, then THAT best friend was killed by a Death Eater at the Ministry of Magic as Remus looked on. So when Lupin unexpectedly found himself in love with badass Auror and Metamorphmagus Nymphadora Tonks (she prefers to be called by her surname ONLY, thank you very much), pretty much everyone, including Lupin himself, was both elated and cautiously hopeful about their romance and eventual marriage.

Sadly, the pair met a tragic ending when both were killed by Death Eaters during the Battle of Hogwarts, leaving their son, Teddy, orphaned much like his godfather Harry Potter. Accio hankies!


10. The Doctor/Rose Tyler, Doctor Who

Speaking of wolves, Rose “Bad Wolf” Tyler (Billie Piper) captured the Doctor’s hearts from the moment he told her to “Run!” in the very first episode of the re-booted Doctor Who series. Their affection for one another grew steadily deeper during their travels in the TARDIS, whether they were stuck in 1950s London, facing down pure evil in the Satan Pit, or battling Cybermen.

But their relationship took a tragic turn during the season two finale episode, “Doomsday,” when the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) and Rose found themselves separated in parallel universes with no way of being reunited (lest two universes collapse as a result of a paradox). A sobbing Rose told a holographic transmission of the Doctor she loved him, but before he could reply, the transmission cut out, leaving our beloved Time Lord (and most of the audience) with a tear-stained face and two broken hearts all alone in the TARDIS.

“The Avengers” meets “Friends” in hilarious new mash-up

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When thinking of other pop culture staples to mash up with “The Avengers,” “Friends” isn’t necessarily the first thing that comes to mind. But boy does it work.

One clever YouTuber has grabbed scenes of all our favorite Marvel superhero actors from a variety of their films, and edited them together in the “Friends” opening sequence style. Sure, we’re excited for the May 4 release of “The Avengers,” but now we sort of wish an “Avengers: The Sitcom” was in the works as well. Hey, if anyone would be able to pull that off, it would be Joss Whedon.

“The Avengers” — both actual film and fake sitcom — stars Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Chris Evans as Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as Hulk, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Tom Hiddleston as Loki. The film its theaters in 57 days, but who’s counting?

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“The Cabin in the Woods” new trailer delivers more horror and mystery

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For a horror movie directed by the “Cloverfield” guy, co-written by the “Avengers”/”Firefly”/”Serenity” guy and starring f’ing Thor, “The Cabin in the Woods” has had a hell of a time actually making it to theaters. But now, courtesy of a short one-minute trailer that raises far more questions than it answers, you can get an early peek at the film ahead of its April 13 release date.

The film, co-written by Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon, and directed by Goddard solo, was completed way back in 2009, well before anyone thought to put a winged helmet on Chris Hemsworth, who stars in both “Cabin in the Woods” and “Thor.” But the movie got delayed in order to give it the 3D treatment, and later fell into limbo about the same time studio MGM fell into bankruptcy.

Now, finally, after years of waiting, the movie will hit theaters only months before a small indie film that Whedon and Hemsworth have collaborated on called “The Avengers.” Back in December, a full-length theatrical trailer for the film hit the web, and there were some complaints that it gave too much away. That isn’t the case with this new one-minute spot, however, as it is more-or-less an abbreviated version of the full trailer – one that clearly illustrates this isn’t a typical “spooky house in the forest” movie, but also doesn’t exactly say what it is.

Check it out below.

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