- Meriah Doty at Yahoo Movies1 day ago
When it comes to the leading ladies of "Divergent" and "The Hunger Games" everyone agrees: They're not fooling around.
Shailene Woodley makes her fighting, jumping, and shooting debut as Tris in the latest YA book series-to-action film conversion. She doesn't have a bow-and-arrow, but rather a fearlessness verging on suicidal — she leaps off tall buildings and enters the ring with nothing but her bare fists. While clearly following in Katniss's footsteps, Woodley takes her character's physical displays to levels even beyond the heights Jennifer Lawrence has scaled.
But who is the greatest young heroine? Here's how the two compare:
Tris sees more action. Lawrence's "Hunger Games" warrior is savvy and impressive. And yes, like Tris, she goes through the ringer. But if you line up the two for a scene-for-scene comparison, Woodley's Tris gets into far more action.
- Adam Pockross at Yahoo Movies1 day ago
If you only know Ryan Kwanten as Jason Stackhouse in the HBO series "True Blood," you may have some major misconceptions about the man. First and foremost, he's not dim.
In fact, as we found out while discussing the Australian actor's pop culture obsessions, Kwanten is actually quite witty, well-read, and downright thoughtful.
Kwanten phoned us last week while promoting his new film "The Right Kind of Wrong," which opens in select theaters and On Demand and iTunes today. Kwanten plays Leo Palamino, a failed writer and husband who unfortunately falls for the girl of his dreams on the day she's getting married to another man.
- Bryan Enk at Yahoo Movies1 day ago
So is Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, going to get her own movie or what?
While she has yet to get her own character-based spinoff, the sole female member (for now, anyway) of The Avengers is sharing a large portion of the spotlight in the upcoming "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." The beautiful and deadly agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., played by Scarlett Johansson, gets a lot more screen time in the new "Cap" than she did in either "Iron Man 2" (2010) or "Marvel's The Avengers" (2012)... and a lot more character development.
"I was trying to get them to switch the name of this film for so long. I wanted it to be like 'Captain America (But It's Really a Widow Movie)' in parentheses," Johansson told Yahoo Movies on the red carpet of the "Cap 2" premiere Thursday.
- Matt McDaniel at Yahoo Movies1 day ago
Plenty has been said about the incredible 1970s clothes, hairstyles, and designs in "American Hustle." In fact, two of it's 10 Academy Awards nominations were for Costume Design and Production Design. But the other element that rooted the film so firmly in the '70s was the incredible soundtrack.
Elton John's "Goodbye, Yellow Brick Road," the Temptation's "Papa Was a Rolling Stone," and Santana's "Evil Ways" are all classics, and "American Hustle" fits them all into one five-minute sequence. Not only to they fit the changing mood and pace of the scene, but they comment on the characters' shifting states of mind.
- Kara Warner at Yahoo Movies1 day ago
As you might expect for a film called "Need for Speed," there is plenty of testosterone to go around. Male cast members — Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Scott Mescudi, Rami Malek, and Ramon Rodriguez — share the majority of screen time and love flexing their muscle cars.
However, there is one leading lady in the mix who holds her own: Imogen Poots ("That Awkward Moment"), who proves not just an independent and attractive young woman, but one who knows her way around an engine.
In our latest installment of Instant Commentary, director and (veteran stunt coordinator) Scott Waugh, along with his "Speed" stunt coordinator Lance Gilbert, burned through one of the movie's high-octane scenes and shared some of the surprise specifics in the film, one of which is Poots's character, Julia.
Waugh explained how they pulled off the scene in heavy traffic and how Poots holds her own throughout the film.
- Meriah Doty at Yahoo Movies2 days ago
Scarlett Johansson made her first public appearance since word got out about her pregnancy. Her fellow comic-book heroes Chris Evans and Samuel L. Jackson were looking dapper in dark blue. And a bunch of the "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D" players were around to support their Marvel family members.
Here are six things we learned at the Hollywood premiere of "Captain America: The Winter Solider" on Thursday:
- Matt McDaniel at Yahoo Movies2 days ago
"If they're shooting at you, they're bad."
Truer words were never spoken, Cap. In this first-look clip from "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," Steve Rogers (played once again by Chris Evans) and his new partner Sam Wilson, aka the Falcon (Anthony Mackie), come under fire from a S.H.I.E.L.D. strike force — ostensibly their own side.
Captain America has had a lot to deal with since waking up from his seven-decade deep freeze. But while fighting aliens with the Avengers was fairly black-and-white for the WWII vet, becoming part of the spy agency S.H.I.E.L.D. in the sequel isn't so simple.
- Bryan Enk at Yahoo Movies2 days ago
After his star-making turn as Jackie Robinson in last spring's baseball biopic, "42," Chadwick Boseman looks to have hit another home run with his immersive performance as James Brown in "Get on Up."
If the trailer serves as a true sign for what's coming to theaters this summer, Boseman might very well have an Oscar nomination to look forward to as he transforms himself into the Godfather of Soul. Boseman's got it all: the larger-than-life persona both on-stage and off-, the one-of-a-kind voice (both singing and speaking), and astonishing dance moves.
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Oh, and the hair. He definitely nails the hair.
The trailer shows us that "Get on Up" covers quite a bit of the remarkable life story of James Brown. The very first scene shows young James with his Aunt Honey (Octavia Spencer), the relative who raised the future superstar after his "no account fool" mother Susie (Viola Davis) abandoned him and moved to New York.
- Matt McDaniel at Yahoo Movies2 days ago
You might think you know how to train your dragon, but do you really understand what makes them tick?
On Friday, you can get a deep dive into world of DreamWorks' dragons with DRAGONPEDIA, an exhaustive guide to all the flying fire-breathers from the "How to Train Your Dragon" series. Launching March 14 on HowToTrainYourDragon.com, the Dragonpedia will start with comprehensive profiles of nine different types of dragons. Some are species you'll remember from the first film, and some are brand new to the mythology.
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- Kara Warner at Yahoo Movies2 days ago
In addition to its pretty, young cast — which includes "Breaking Bad" alum Aaron Paul, Imogen Poots, and Scott "Kid Cudi" Mescudi — the major selling point to "Need for Speed" is watching a bunch of really fast and extraordinarily expensive cars zip around on the big screen.
Car aficionados will instantly appreciate the aerodynamics on display, but what if you know nada about cars and still want to be a part of the conversation? We can all talk about cars... and we can certainly all make car noises.
When asked to demonstrate their best car noises using a fancy and detailed toy vehicle (read: plastic rig purchased at a drug store), everyone was game save for Paul, who turned the proposal back on us (we made the car noises while he drove the toy car around his lap).