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Mark Ruffalo Isn’t Sure Which New Marvel Films He’ll Be Making

Earlier this week, Marvel Studios announced a slew of new films — including third and fourth installments of the Avengers franchise — that are scheduled for release from now through 2019. Still, without a stand-alone Hulk movie on the slate, fans wondered how much Bruce Banner they had to look forward to ... and as it happens, his portrayer is wondering the same thing. "We haven't really gotten into the deals of that; I'm still waiting to hear how many they want me for!" Ruffalo told Vulture on Thursday at the BAFTA Britannia Awards in Los Angeles. The actor, who received the Britannia Humanitarian Award for his nonprofit Water Defense, likened the wait-and-see contract-negotiation element to waiting to find out if your TV show gets picked up for another season. "It's like doing a TV show, but in a movie," he said. According to Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige, though, fans needn't worry if they'll see Ruffalo — only when. "I wouldn't say Hulk is absent from the timeline," Feige told reporters Tuesday. "I'd say Hulk is going to appear in many of those movies, particularly all the Avengers movies," and the newest of those, the Hulk-heavy Avengers: Age of Ultron, arrives next May.

The Horror of The Innocents, and the Forgotten Career of Director Jack Clayton

Earlier this month, Criterion released a gorgeous new edition of Jack Clayton's The Innocents, a 1961 adaptation of Henry James's The Turn of the Screw that to this day still ranks among the greatest of horror films. Such an accomplishment cannot be overstated: Horror is one of the most subjective of genres, and thus also among the most susceptible to the vagaries of time and passing fashions. Why The Innocents still retains its ability to terrify us, more than 50 years after its release, is worth exploring, particularly within the context of the tremendously underrated Clayton’s broader career. Indeed, what makes The Innocents so powerful is the very thing that made Clayton's films so distinctive.

The film sticks to the broad outlines of Henry James's novella. »

Career Advice for Shia LaBeouf and 4 Other Falling Stars

Vulture's 2014 list of the 100 Most Valuable Stars in Hollywood brought plenty of good news for surging stars like Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, but several of the actors from last year's list were missing in action, having dropped so many places that they landed outside the top 100 entirely. Whose relinquished hold left room for newcomers like Shailene Woodley, Kevin Hart, and Chris Pratt to jump on the list, and what can those faded veterans do to get back in Hollywood's good graces? Here are five stars who could use a bit more shine.

Whither Jennifer Garner and Owen Wilson? »

How Do You Make a Scary-Movie Doll?

It's Halloween, and with Annabelle still in theaters (and memories of The Conjuring forever haunting our dreams), we spoke with the creator of the titular doll, designer Tony Rosen, who crafted Annabelle and asked him: What makes a good scary doll?

Go for old. »

The Only Surprise in Nightcrawler Is Its Grotesqueness

When Lon Chaney played the Phantom of the Opera in 1925, he used thin wires to pull back his lids and make his eyes bulge like a shrunken head’s. Jake Gyllenhaal in the dark, chilly, quasi-comedy Nightcrawler achieves the same effect with no apparent prosthetic help. As the psychotic go-getter antihero, Louis Bloom, he drives around Los Angeles listening intently to a police scanner, waiting for word of an accident or violent crime that he can capture on digital video and sell to an eager local TV station, where “if it bleeds, it leads.” If Gyllenhaal blinks in the movie, I missed it. Super-size peepers fixed on his prey, he creeps towards wrecked cars and dead bodies like a ghoul on the verge of drooling and dropping to all fours; with the yellow moon rising in back of him, he looks ready to howl.

Writer-director Dan Gilroy seems to think that Louis is a fascinating specimen — a symbol of conscienceless capitalism in an economically desperate society — and that the movie also functions as a macabre media satire. »

  • Posted 10/31/14 at 3:15 PM
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Here Are Some More Interesting Facts About Christopher Nolan and Tea

Our all the 15 new details about Interstellar in Entertainment Weekly's recent cover story, it was the smallest revelation that inspired the most curiosity: Christopher Nolan apparently keeps a small flask of Earl Grey tea (no milk) in his pocket. This wonderfully weird little detail had the internet clamoring for additional information about the director's tea habit. Fortunately, this week's New York Times Magazine has delivered four more mildly interesting facts about Christopher Nolan and tea:

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For All Its Mysteries, Godard’s 3-D Goodbye to Language Has Real Power

I’ve now seen Jean-Luc Godard’s latest film twice, and I think I might be one more viewing away from finally being able to say what the hell it’s about. That sounds like a condemnation, but a film you need to see again should be a film you want to see again, and the oblique beauty of Goodbye to Language, shot in 3-D, has a tractor-beam-like pull. It’s certainly not for everybody: This is Late Godard we’re talking about, the type of film built around playful, confounding, seemingly random images and on-screen aphorisms. But it also shows him exploring some new territory, experimenting in new ways with 3-D and with what it can do to us. (More on that in a bit.) And so, for all its mysteries, Goodbye to Language has real power. It’s also brisk, clocking in around 70 minutes; you could catch back-to-back screenings before your friends even got out of Gone Girl.

The film has a structure — or at least it pretends to. »

26 Things You Might Not Have Known About the Terminator Movies

It’s been 30 years this week since a naked Arnold Schwarzenegger first brought us the nearly wordless Cyberdyne Systems T-800 Model 101 in the James Cameron–directed The Terminator. Launching a multi-movie (four so far, with the tragically spelled Terminator: Genisys scheduled for release next summer) franchise, with a TV series and video-game spinoffs as well, The Terminator had everything you’d expect from an action movie of its time — nudity, gratuitous violence, a synthesizer-heavy score that chills the blood, and early-'80s fashions that verge on parody. Honestly, it’s unclear why Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) needed future-freedom-fighter Kyle Reese (Michael Biehn) for protection, as her hair probably contained enough product to deflect bullets better than Kevlar.

We dug deep into the Vulture DVD cabinet to rewatch the films and their commentary tracks (we listened to McG compare Terminator: Salvation characters to 9/11 first responders — and parts of his film to Schindler’s List — so you don’t have to; you can thank us later), reviewed archival interviews, and reconsidered the whole franchise for its 30th anniversary. And we learned that some things hold up (“Hasta la vista, baby”) while others don’t (Edward Furlong’s delivery of “Hasta la vista, baby”).

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  • Posted 10/31/14 at 11:55 AM
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The Watcher in the Woods Is a Generation’s Halloween Nightmare

Some movies come along and define the entire concept of terror for a whole generation of children, usually because elementary-school teachers decide that these films make for appropriate classroom distraction during the Halloween season. After all, what is more enticing to a group of rambunctious tykes than being handed plastic pumpkin-heads full of candy while being directed towards a TV screen? This was how, during the late '80s, a number of my peers and I became privy to the particular nightmares of The Watcher in the Woods.

It's technically a Disney movie. »

Oscar Futures: Interstellar Has a Rough Landing

Every week between now and January 15, when the nominations are announced, Vulture will consult its crystal ball to determine the changing fortunes in this year's Oscar race. Check back every Friday for our Oscar Futures column, when we'll let you in on insider gossip, confer with other awards-season pundits, and track industry buzz to figure out who's up, who's down, and who's currently leading the race for a coveted Oscar nomination.

  • Posted 10/31/14 at 11:30 AM
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Meet the Cutest Cat of Awards Season: Felix From St. Vincent

All the promotion for St. Vincent has centered around Bill Murray. It makes sense: He's the star of the movie; and he's Bill Murray, the internet's favorite uncle. However, those who've seen St. Vincent know Murray isn't the breakout. And, no, it's not the little kid. It's the cat. Murray's character Vincent has a cat named Felix, and it's the best cat, full stop. He's just a wonderful, fluffy, lush Persian with a face so grumpy, it makes Bill Murray at the beginning of Groundhog Day look like Bill Murray at the end of Groundhog Day. Vulture has exclusive high-definition screenshots of the cat and an interview with Steve McAuliff, the man tasked with the surely wonderful job of training this angel with fur.  

"There are two cats." »

Keira Knightley Makes Like the Rest of Us and Tries to Escape the Adult World in Laggies

In Lynn Shelton’s Laggies, Keira Knightley plays a twentysomething woman who, still unable to deal with the onset of life’s responsibilities, starts hanging out with a group of high-schoolers; this seems like an ideal role for Keira Knightley, who appears to be forever hovering on the edge of adulthood herself, her alabaster features a strange mix of fresh-faced wonder and regal reserve. Other characters point out a couple of times that she seems too old to be consorting with teenagers, but in reality, the 29-year-old Knightley doesn’t seem so far removed from them. She could probably still play a teenager if she put her mind to it. (Just three years ago, she was Sabina Spielrein in A Dangerous Method, who, according to the historical record, was 19 when the events of that film began.)

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It’s Hard for Horror to Feel New, But the Daniel Radcliffe–Starring Horns Comes Close

There aren’t too many ingenious new concepts in today’s horror and fantasy films, but I’ll be damned if Horns doesn’t come close, at least at first. It opens on two young lovers, Ig (Daniel Radcliffe) and Merrin (Juno Temple), declaring their undying love for each other. “I’m gonna love you for the rest of my life,” he tells her. “Just love me for the rest of mine,” she replies. Then, as if to illustrate the point, we jump forward some months, maybe even years. She’s dead, and he’s drunk and miserable. Strongly suspected of her murder, he is hounded every step of the way by protesters and media, refused service at bars, and otherwise given the full Gone Girl treatment. Ig is so ostracized from society that when their small Canadian lumber town has a vigil in the woods where his girlfriend’s body was found, he hides in a nearby tree house (their tree house), secretly lighting his own candle while her father decries him to the crowd below. Even his parents clearly think he’s guilty. “When they looked at me, they saw a devil,” he says. “And maybe I did, too. Now I had to look the part.” With nothing left to lose, all goodness having seemingly departed him, he smashes a statue of the Virgin Mary, pisses on it, and then has sex with a local bartender. The next thing he knows, he’s sprouted a pair of horns.

The horns are more than just signs of Ig’s debasement, however. »

  • Posted 10/30/14 at 5:01 PM
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Seth Rogen Will Play Steve Wozniak in Jobs

Everything's coming up Steves for Danny Boyle's Jobs: Last week the Steve Jobs biopic got its Jobs and now it has its Wozniak, as Seth Rogen has signed on to play the affable Apple co-founder in the film. Rogen is following in the footsteps of Josh Gad, who played Wozniak in 2013's Jobs (that was the Ashton Kutcher one); that year, Gad told Vulture he saw the role as "Steve Jobs's conscience." Jobs will likely pay Rogen in hope and cash.

The Best (and Worst and Weirdest) Horror Movies on Netflix

Netflix Streaming can be overwhelming — so many options, yet so hard to actually find — and we here at Vulture have tried to make it easier for you with our weekly and monthly streaming video roundups. Now that Halloween is nigh, it seemed appropriate to weed through every single horror movie currently available to stream on Netflix and point out the good ones, the bad ones, the disturbing ones, and the just plain silly ones. Read on:

Your guide to horror movies on Netflix: »

The Opposite Trajectories of Bradley Cooper and Ryan Reynolds

A few years ago, if you wanted to hire a good-looking, up-and-coming movie star who could handle comedy, drama, and action (all while inspiring MASH notes from female fans), you'd likely consider Bradley Cooper or Ryan Reynolds, two actors who'd managed a successful jump from the small screen and were even friends in real life. A lot can change in a few years, though: This year, on Vulture's 100 Most Valuable Stars list, the 39-year-old Cooper finally cracked the top ten even as 38-year-old Reynolds continued his recent career slide into the list's bottom ten slots. How could things be going so right for Cooper when the superficially similar Reynolds is having such a tough time of it? To figure it out, we parsed all their recent choices in a year-by-year breakdown that reveals just why they ended up on such different Most Valuable Star trajectories.

Let's start in 2009. »

Here Is Gone Girl Reenacted by Kittens

What’s better than Gone Girl? Well, Gone Girl reenacted entirely by kittens, for one thing (inexplicably, there are also a few Barbie dolls). The video from the Pet Collective is an impressive 137 seconds long and hits all the major beats of the film, from the diary entries to the shower scene, and features plenty of delightful cat puns, from "My wife hiss-appeared” to "They said furrage would be hard” and, of course, “Gone Purrl.” Suspected wife-killing has never been so adorable!

Michael Bay in Talks to Direct Benghazi Film

Well, this should be interesting: Variety reports that Michael Bay is in talks to direct 13 Hours, a film about the Benghazi embassy attack based on Mitchell Zuckoff’s book Thirteen Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi. Our guess? Decepticons.

Jennifer Lawrence and What It Means to Be Hollywood’s Top Female Star

As we revealed on Monday, Jennifer Lawrence topped Vulture’s Most Valuable Stars List this year, and although we only started compiling these lists in 2012, the fact that a woman has topped it for the first time this year seems like cause for rejoicing. How often has an actress been perceived as the biggest star in Hollywood? Not that often. Look to a more established metric: The Quigley Publishing Co. has been publishing its Motion Picture Exhibitors’ Poll of the Top 10 Box-Office Draws since the early 1930s. Since 1967, a woman has topped it only three times — Lawrence in its most recent poll, Sandra Bullock in 2009, and Julia Roberts in 1999. That’s a lot of dudes.

Of course, once upon a time, actresses were typically bigger ticket-sellers than men. »