Daily Recap: Joss Whedon Talks Smaller 'Avengers 2,' John Travolta in 'Toxic Avenger' Remake?

Derrick Deane

News and Notes

Joss Whedon gave an interview to Gizmodo Japan in which he talked about his role in the Avengers universe going forward. Most of the interview is spent talking about the first film, post-conversion 3D and its global success. Whedon adds that various characters (he doesn't say who specifically, just points to the poster) from the first film will occasionally appear in the planned Marvel TV show, and that the show will focus on the various conflict between Marvel characters in a fresh, realistic manner.

As far as the sequel is concerned, Whedon reiterates his hopes of making it a smaller film. "Normally, a sequel is supposed to be bigger than the first film, but I actually think it should be smaller. In saying that though, people might ask 'Is the volume of the film going to decrease?' but that's not the case."

He adds, "Of course, new characters will be added but presently we're still trying to figure out how they'll encounter our wonderful cast (referring to the actors from the first film). They all have tremendous respect for each other and how you work the new characters into that synergy is something I'm still trying to figure out. I think instead of how big of a scale the movie/story is, the most important thing is, how much devotion you can put forth. Films have an ability to be large in scale but also be personal. It's a godsend that makes the issue of adding characters irrelevant. The real question is how deep we can dig down into the story." [Gizmodo Japan]

via Geek Tyrant

Ever the charismatic salesman, Bruce Campbell says that he has seen a rough cut of the Evil Dead remake and thinks it's "fabulous." He adds, "We're really excited and really behind it, [but] it's going to take a bit to get the Evil Dead fans behind it. We know we've pissed a lot of them off. We appreciate that and we appreciate their anger and zeal, but the only thing we want to impress upon them is that we didn't screw it up. This is going to be just as memorable as the original Evil Dead, without being the same movie. [Digital Spy]

- Here's your silly rumor of the day. John Travolta's name has been attached to The Toxic Avenger reboot, but not as the hero. The Wrap's It's On The Grid database lists Travolta as the only actor involved with the project thus far. Hot Tub Time Machine director Steve Pink is already attached to direct this re-hash of the Troma B-movie classic. While it might be interesting to see Travolta in this remake, the tracking board site occasionally lists actors way early before they've even agreed on portraying a role.

- Jaws recently got a spiffy DVD/BluRay release and now the classic film is set to swim back into theaters. The Steven Spielberg classic will kick off Cinemark Theaters' Fall Classics Series in 150 locations across the country on August 23 at two separate showtimes, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. You can get your tickets here.

- The 70th Golden Globe Awards have been confirmed for January 13, 2013 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

- South Korean researchers have come up with new 3D technology that will allow theater owners to keep their traditional projectors behind the audience and, with a few simple optics on the screen and in front of the projector, give us a glasses-free 3D experience. [Wired]

- Dredd 3D has launched an extremely detailed promo site which you can check out here.

- David Mamet is set to reboot the 1957 CBS western drama Have Gun – Will Travel. The series originally ran on CBS from 1957-63 and spawned a successful radio version. Mamet will executive produce the project. [Deadline]

- The New York Film Festival has added a few more films to their roster. The Paperboy, Room 237 along with special screenings of The Princess Bride and Lawrence of Arabia will take place when the festival gets underway next month. [NYFF Official Site]

- Future RoboCop Joel Kinnaman is the latest name added to Terrance Malick's Kinght of Cups. Kinnaman will play a "rich playboy" in the film which includes *deep breath* Christian Bale, Natalie Portman, Freida Pinto, Cate Blanchett, Wes Bentley, Imogen Poots, Teresa Palmer and Isabel Lucas as part of its growing cast list. Of course, this is a Malick film, so that's all the information that was divulged. [The Playlist]

- What are the ten worst rap songs written for movies? Scott Weinberg shares his list on Movies.com.

 

Videos, Clips and Trailers

If you watched Stacey Peralta's previous documentaries Riding Giants and Dogtown and Z-Boys, you know how thorough and engrossing his films can be. Now comes the trailer for his latest film Bones Brigade, which takes a look at the icons of skateboarding. The film premiered at Sundance earlier this year and is awaiting a release date.

Lawless hits theaters on August 29 and the promo team have put out three new clips and a red-band trailer to entice you. The red-band clip contains quick flashes of violence and nudity making it barely NSFW.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Dania Ramirez star in the crime thriller Premium Rush, in theaters this weekend. The two sat down to talk about the film and the injuries they amassed while on set.

In the mood for something spooky? The Apparition might fill that void until the Halloween rush in a couple months. Ashley Greene, Sebastian Stan and Tom Felton star in the film. Three new TV spots have hit the 'net.

If you ever wondered what an Australian model singing in a Japanese ice tea commercial sounds like, here's Miranda Kerr doing just that.

Actors... they're all the same. At least, that's what this Inside the Actor's Studio Remix video would like you to think.

Jason Alexander and Brooke Burns star in Nickelback's latest music video. Yes, you'll have to endure a Nickelback song, but the story is quite charming.

 

Pics and Posters

Those Fast and Furious 6 set pics are hitting social media at a furious pace. Here's yet another one featuring Gal Gadot and Dwayne Johnson. Fast Six will be in theaters May 24, 2013.

Who wore it better – Rihanna or the can of Arizona Green Tea?

Lynda Carter is not impressed.

Film Twins poster. It's missing Schwarzenegger and DeVito as the Benedict Twins from Twins. Any others?

Gangsta Smurfs.

Finding Nemo sand sculpture.

Finally, this dish features a heavy dose of innuendo.

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