Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Rumor confirmed: Paul Bettany will play the Vision in Avengers Age of Ultron

There has been a lot of speculation as to who Paul Bettany will be playing in Avengers: Age of Ultron.  The main theory was that he would play Vision and last night Bettany confirmed the rumours to Jimmy Kimmel.  

Bettany has been in the MCU since the beginning as Tony Starks virtual assistant JARVIS but this will be the first time we see him in a physical role.

He said about the character casting:

“He (The Vision) can do all sorts of things, but I'm not allowed to really talk about them and what we're going to do, because there might be a Marvel agent in the room who will actually wrestle me to the ground and fire me.   Everything's a double-edged sword, because I was playing JARVIS for years, my job was I would turn up at a recording studio for 45 minutes, do all my stuff, they would give me a huge bag of cash and then I'd go home.  Now, it turns out they've found me out and they want me to actually, you know, do something!"

So what does this mean for Age of Ultron and the future of the MCU?  (Look away now if you don’t want any potential spoilers).

Vision is essentially an android that is created by Ultron to use against his creator Henry Pym aka Ant Man and the Avengers.  (In Age of Ultron I would imagine that it will be Iron Man who creates Ultron not Pym but with an Ant Man movie coming soon you never know).  He starts out as a baddie who eventually turns against his programming and Ultron to aid the Avengers and defeat his master.  He later goes on to join the Avengers and marry Scarlett Witch.  Maybe a romance will not be so apparent in Age of Ultron but it could feature in other MCU movies, especially if Scarlett Witch or Vision got their own movie.  There is also a possibility that Hawkeye could play in to it.  The guy is fairly unlucky in love and at one point in the comic books held quite a torch for Scarlett Witch which caused some tension between him and Vision.
Of course it could all go in a different direction.  Either way Vision is a great addition to the MCU. 
What do you think? Surprised or saw it coming?
 Let me know in the comments.

Friday, 11 April 2014

New Guardians of The Galaxy stills.

Anticipation for Marvel's second MCU movie of the year, Guardians of the Galaxy, is growing.  Like many others I seriously cannot wait for this movie but I feel like it is a bit of a gamble for Marvel. Guardians of the Galaxy is on the crazier end of the Marvel spectrum and if it isn’t done exactly right then I don’t think a lot of people will get.  This is an even riskier movie when you consider that it will directly affect Avengers 3.  

James Gunn has let it be known that  Thanos (big baddie) will feature in GOTG and that he will be the villain in Avengers 3 so it is clear that the build up to phase 3 firmly starts in August with Guardians.  

Today we got a couple more stills to look at.  They don’t tell us too much but they are still pretty cool.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

New TMHT Posters and some general feels

Out of all the big blockbuster movies coming out soon the one I am least looking forward to is Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles.   This is not because I have a problem with heroes in a half shell.  Growing up TMHT was my absolute obsession.  It was the first movie I went to see at the cinema and I was the only girl in my school carrying around a blue TMHT lunch box.  I am also not against a new adaption, I welcome one, I want kids to have the some love for it I did when I was little.  What I have a problem with is Michael Bay being involved.  Don't get me wrong the guy makes fab looking movies that are heavy on the action and fun but they lack depth and depth is something I really want a little of in TMHT.  I tried to remain optimistic but after seeing the first trailer my optimism has fallen out from under me.  I was extremely underwhelmed.

I just need Michael Bay to step away from my childhood.  First Transformers now Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles.  If he turns his eyes to Sharky and George next then, well, I will just have to leave the planet.

Here are the new and moody posters:

Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles will be released in the UK on 17th October.  Will you be going to see it?

Godzilla extended trailer

Godzilla promotion is coming think and fast and the latest peek we have at the monster movie is this extended trailer.  The message in this is pretty simply.  Godzilla arrives, destroys everything.  The trailer is pretty good and is a nice combination of some bits we have already seen and a few new bits.  I Found the part with the dog a little tense, it was like Independence Day all over again.  I will have to fight the urge to hysterically scream 'Run, run!' when watching this when it is released in cinemas.

Will you be rushing to see this when it is released in May or giving it a miss? Let me know in the comments.

Book Review: House of Ivy & Sorrow by Natalie Whipple

Josephine Hemlock has spent the last 10 years hiding from the Curse that killed her mother. But when a mysterious man arrives at her ivy-covered, magic-fortified home, it’s clear her mother’s killer has finally come to destroy the rest of the Hemlock bloodline. Before Jo can even think about fighting back, she must figure out who she’s fighting in the first place. The more truth Jo uncovers, the deeper she falls into witchcraft darker than she ever imagined. Trapped and running out of time, she begins to wonder if the very Curse that killed her mother is the only way to save everyone she loves.

If I am honest I wasn’t all the bothered about reading House of Ivy & Sorrow.  It looked alright but I wasn’t dying to get my hands on it.  I went into reading this with not very high expectations which actually really worked for me because I ended up liking this a lot more than I thought I would. I am not going to lie, this book is not perfect and there were times where it did annoy me a little bit but generally speaking I found this a fast and entertaining read.

House of Ivy & Sorrow does nothing new in the genre but it does go back to basics a little bit.  It was about old school witches with magic potions and bubbling caldrons.  This was the side of the book I loved, it was interesting and grim.  The other side unfortunately was not so great.  When it wasn’t about witch craft it got a little too girly and became more about ‘boys’ than anything else. 

The writing and world building was well executed.  Natalie Whipple does a great job with the more paranormal aspects of the book, it all made sense and was easy to fall into.  Despite it all getting a little too girly for my taste she also does a good job of the characters.

Jo is a fairly strong lead.  Sure she has a crush on a boy that can get a little out of hand but when push comes to shove her priorities are pretty straight.  I thought she was easy to get to know and fairly likeable.  The problem was that other characters could barely utter a sentence without mentioning how cool/beautiful/amazing Jo is.  I don’t need to know that she is ‘oh my god’ stunning and I don’t need to know that everyone thinks she is the nicest girl ever I can make up my own mind about her, having it slammed in my face all the time actually makes me dislike her a little more than I should.

The romance was alright it moved a little quickly for my taste.  Two dates in and they are ripping each other’s clothes off and thinking about doing it which is maybe a little hasty.  There is a touch of a love triangle here but it isn’t all that important.  As usual I would have gone with the other guy (this always happens to me in love triangles!) but she probably made the right choice in the end.

House of Ivy & Sorrow does have some problems, it isn’t perfect and it isn’t massively important but it IS a very entertaining a little read.  I would recommend it to someone who is looking for some unheavy fun.

3 stars

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Expected publication: April 15th 2014 by HarperTeen, ebook ARC, 352 pages.

A free copy of this book was provided for review.

Review by Kate Phillips 

Thursday, 3 April 2014

New TV Spot for Godzilla & New footage from The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Clips for two of this year’s biggest movies were released today.  

First up Godzilla with this new TV Spot:

Everything I have seen of Godzilla so far is amazing and this TV spot is no exception.  It focuses on the carnage caused by Godzilla and although it doesn’t show us anything that new and still doesn’t reveal the big bad it has me very excited.  I can’t wait for this one.  

Godzilla is released in the UK on 15th May

Also released today was a clip from The Amazing Spider-Man 2:

The clip shows Harry Osborne offering to make a deal with Electro.  I still don’t really like the look of Electro and all the clips I have seen give me the impression that Jamie Foxx might be over egging it slighting.  But Dane DeHaan could make washing dishes interesting so I am really hopeful for this sequel.  

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens on 18th April in the UK.

What do you think?