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Louis Leterrier Talks ‘Hulk,’ ‘Clash of the Titans’ Failures

Louis LeterrierMaking the press rounds for the release of his latest picture, magician heist thriller Now You See Me, director Louis Leterrier has opened up about his past Hollywood blockbusters The Incredible Hulk and Clash of the Titans - including what he feels went wrong with them.

Though Leterrier was quick to dispel rumors that he didn't get along with The Incredible Hulk star Edward Norton (who is said to have offered substantial revisions to the screenplay), but he did reveal that the largest problem he faced was beginning to direct a film without a script! "[Marvel/producers] were like, 'Oh, welcome, welcome. Great news, Louis. We just got a release date. It's a year from now.' I'm like, 'Fantastic, we have to go. Where's the script?' They said, 'Actually, that's the problem, we don't have a script.' ...I've started movies without screenplays both on Clash and on Hulk and that is tremendously stressful, because you have a tendency to overcompensate with effects," Leterrier explained.

Leterrier also admitted that Joss Whedon was not alone in picturing Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk: "I actually wanted to cast Mark Ruffalo as Hulk and Marvel was like "No, you should get Edward Norton because he's more famous."

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Mark Ruffalo Felt Pressure Playing The Hulk

Mark Ruffalo as Bruce BannerMark Ruffalo felt "pressure" portraying The Hulk in The Avengers.

The 44-year-old actor took on the role of the green monster for the first time in the superhero movie, but he was nervous about following in the footsteps of "great artists" Edward Norton and Eric Bana, who previously played the part in 2008's The Incredible Hulk and 2003 movie Hulk respectively.

"Yeah there was pressure, I was definitely aware of the great artists who came before and did it and I knew I had a responsibility to get the part right and do it justice," he said.

Despite feeling anxious about portraying The Hulk, Mark believes he was "born to play the part" because he thinks the green monster was the "coolest" comic book character. Speaking at the European Premiere of The Avengers at Westfield London's Vue Cinema Thursday night, he added, "I was born to play the part. When I was a kid I most identified with The Hulk and I was a big fan of his and out of any of the comic book characters he was the one I thought was the coolest."

The Avengers hits theaters on May 4.


Mark Ruffalo’s Superhero Costume Problems

Mark Ruffalo as Bruce BannerMark Ruffalo felt like an "a******" wearing a leotard while shooting The Avengers.

The Kids Are All Right actor plays Bruce Banner/The Hulk in the forthcoming Marvel movie, and while he didn't mind losing weight for the role he was embarrassed wearing a small body suit.

"I did a cleanse that was like hell. I lost 21 pounds and I've kept about 15 off. I quite like it - it's good to be a little trimmer. I felt like such an a****** wearing The Hulk's little leotard though. When they were designing it, I was like, 'How about adding a codpiece?', 'Some ass pads?' It's not very flattering."

However, he is excited he is now playing the opposite to his usual nice guy roles: "They say you always play the opposite of yourself the best, so I must be b*****d! I'm interested in the people you might write off immediately, but can then be surprised by. I get that a lot about myself."


Video: The Avengers trailer

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Get a look at the first trailer for Marvel's The Avengers - the movie hits theaters May 4, 2012, which can't come fast enough for us!


Isla Fisher Replaces Amanda Seyfried in ‘Now You See Me’

Isla FisherIsla Fisher is set to replace Amanda Seyfried in Now You See Me.

The Wedding Crashers actress - who is currently filming Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby - will reportedly soon begin talks with director Louis Leterrier to appear in the thriller after Jennifer's Body star Amanda dropped out of contention, Variety reports.

The film sees Mark Ruffalo play the leader of an FBI team assigned to track down a gang of magicians known as the Four Horsemen who pull off bank raids during their performances and distribute the proceeds through their audiences. Isla is in line to play Henley, an illusion builder who helps the criminals pull off their tricks. Also starring in the film are Social Network actor Jesse Eisenberg as leader of the gang, Morgan Freeman, who plays a former illusionist who has been shunned by other magicians for revealing how their tricks work, and Melanie Laurent, who stars as a federal agent.

Edward Rucourt and Boaz Yakin have written the script for the movie, while Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci will produce. Filming on Now You See Me is scheduled to begin in January.


2011 Academy Award Nominations

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Academy Award winner Mo'Nique (Precious) and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' President Tom Sherak had the honor of announcing the nominees for the 2011 Annual Academy Awards early Tuesday morning.

The King's Speech lead all films this morning with 12 nominations total. True Grit came in second with 10 nods. Meanwhile, The Social Network and Inception both tied with 8 nominations.

Here are some of the noteworthy omissions and inclusions from today’s press conference:

  • Best Director: No Christopher Nolan (Inception). Seriously?? (Even James Cameron has to say something about that!)
  • Best Movie: No for Blue Valentine, yes for Winter's Bone and Toy Story 3 (also nominated in Animation category)
  • Best Actor: No Ryan Gosling (Blue Valentine)!!! Also, no Mark Wahlberg (Fighter), no Leo DiCaprio (Inception), no Aaron Eckhart (Rabbit Hole), no Paul Giamatti (recent Golden Globe winner for Barney's Version). Javier Bardem, though, gets a yes for Biutiful.
  • Best Actress: No Julianne Moore (The Kids are All Right), no Halle Berry (Frankie & Alice)
  • Best Supp. Actor: No Andrew Garfield or Justin Timberlake (The Social Network), but a big YES for Jeremy Renner (The Town) and John Hawkes (Winter's Bone)

You can find a list of the nominees from the major Oscar categories after the jump.

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Actor Mark Ruffalo: Terror Threat?

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Mark RuffaloUPDATE: A spokesperson for the Pennsylvania Office of Homeland Security denies the story.

The people at Pennsylvania's Office of Homeland Security probably shouldn't make Mark Ruffalo angry. They might not like him when he's angry.

It's been revealed that Ruffalo, the actor scheduled to play the Incredible Hulk in The Avengers, has been placed on a terror advisory watch list by the U.S. government.

His inclusion was reportedly a result of his support of the documentary Gasland and his vocal opposition of natural gas drilling.

Despite being deemed a possible security threat, Ruffalo isn't phased.

"(It's) pretty f**kin' funny," he told GQ.

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: November 16, 2010

Here are some of the options available this week:

The Last Airbender Blu-ray

  • Avatar: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Best Worst Movie: DVD
  • Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Disney's A Christmas Carol: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Extra Man: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Kids are All Right: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Last Airbender: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Lightkeepers: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Lottery Ticket: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Metropolis: DVD
  • Open Season: Blu-ray 3D
  • The Polar Express: Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray combo
  • The Shawshank Redemption: Blu-ray

Make sure to also check out the options for this week.

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Box Office Breakdown: Victory for The Other Guys

The Other Guys

Will Ferrell is no longer stuck in the Land of the Lost.

After stinking up the theaters last summer with his science fiction remake, Ferrell has rebounded nicely with . Sony’s buddy-cop flick opened to $35.5 million over the weekend, giving the funnyman his second highest debut ever. (Talledega Nights rang in $47 million in August 2006.) The comedy also performed well for Mark Wahlberg. It was his best outing since Planet of the Apes’ $68.5 million kickoff in 2001.

Unfortunately, 3-D screens and So You Think You Can Dance plugs couldn’t push further up the charts. The $40 million film only grossed $15.8 million in ticket sales while coming in lower than the first two installments. (Step Up premiered to $20.7 million in 2006 while Step Up 2 the Streets opened to $18.9 million in 2008.)

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Comic-Con News: Mark Ruffalo is The Hulk

Jackson, Renner and Ruffalo at Comic-Con 2010

Robert Downey, Jr., also known as Iron Man, gave news-hungry Comic-Con fans exactly what they wanted during his appearance at the convention: he announced the next Hulk.

Mark Ruffalo, primarily known for roles in the romantic comedy and dramatic film genres, will officially step into The Hulk’s sizable shoes to take on the role of self-effacing scientist Bruce Banner, the green hero’s alter ego. (Edward Norton, who played the green superhero in the 2008 film, was dropped from the upcoming Avengers movie project, leaving a huge casting hole in the Marvel movie franchise.)

Meanwhile, Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker) has been confirmed for the role of Hawkeye.

is scheduled for release in 2012. Comic book fans won’t have to wait that long to see more live-action heroes, however: Captain America and Thor are both getting their own movies, which will release in the summer of 2011.

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