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The Avengers teaser trailer

Marvel has just released the teaser trailer for Joss Whedon’s The Avengers starring Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Samuel L. Jackson.

Marvel Studios presents in association with Paramount Pictures “Marvel’s The Avengers”–the Super Hero team up of a lifetime, featuring iconic Marvel Super Heroes Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins. Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Samuel L. Jackson, and directed by Joss Whedon, “Marvel’s The Avengers” is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963 and a comics institution ever since. Prepare yourself for an exciting event movie, packed with action and spectacular special effects, when “Marvel’s The Avengers” assemble in summer 2012. In “Marvel’s The Avengers,” superheroes team up to pull the world back from the brink of disaster when an unexpected enemy threatens global security.

The Avengers set photos

Set photos from Joss Whedon’s The Avengers movie featuring Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner). Hawkeye is looking pretty hot, but I’m not sure about Captain America’s modern suit. I prefer the leather one from Captain America: The First Avenger. The helmet, looks makes his head look odd (heh heh helmet, head)… Click onto the gallery below to see the full-res images.

The Avengers is directed by Joss When and stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Mark Ruffalo. Also starring are Tom Hiddleston, Gwyneth Paltrow, Stellan Skarsgard, Paul Bettany, Cobie Smulders, Amanda Righetti and Clark Gregg.

The Avengers is set to be released 4th May 2012.

The Road to The Avengers video featurette

Taken/leaked from the Thor Blu-ray/DVD special features, The Road to the Avengers has Joss Whedon talking about the ultimate comic book movie. The feature recaps all of the characters that will feature in The Avengers, though without featuring actual footage.

Thor is available to pre-order now.

Brilliant fan made teaser trailer for The Avengers

Yoko Higuchi has stitched together a bunch of trailers and the result is a brilliant taster for Joss Whedon’s The Avengers movie.

Higuchi took the footage from Captain America: The First Avenger, Thor, the Iron Man movies, The Incredible Hulk and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer along with the music from the X-Men: First Class trailer.

Review – Dollhouse season 2

Dollhouse was always going to have a rough ride. Despite Fox messing with Firefly and cancelling the series after only eleven of the fourteen episodes aired, Joss Whedon returned to the studio. Again, Fox seemed intent on interfering with Whedon’s work which was evident in the first half of season one. For some inane reason, Fox executive’s seemed to push for a pseudo Quantum Leap TV show where we would see the main protagonist in various guises and situations, some good, some bad. Unlike the lost in time Dr Sam Beckett (played by Scott Bakula) who retained his memory and personality, Eliza Dushku’s Dollhouse “Active” Echo was a constant blank slate. With no opportunity to bond with the heroine, Dollhouse started its run as a form of glamorous prostitution, where these Actives where sold to the highest bidder and programmed to perform any function or mission required. Thankfully after these early episodes, Joss Whedon was able to start exploring the mythology he always intended, culminating with the unaired episode Epitaph One. Which brings us to Dollhouse season 2.

First of all, I think I can say that the whole world and his dog was very surprised that Fox ordered a second run of thirteen episodes. Fox’s president of entertainment stated that “if we’d cancelled Joss’s show I’d probably have 110 million e-mails this morning from the fans”. Fox’s other sci-fi show Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles wasn’t so lucky.

Regardless of seemingly returning to the same formula as the first season, Dollhouse season 2 had given us a taste of things to come. With the first few episodes showing Echo remembering her previous engagements and skills I was finally able to connect with the character. Rather than hoping that Paul Ballard (Tahmoh Penikett) would save Echo’s original personality Caroline Farrell, I didn’t want the evolving multilayered multiple personality to be wiped clean.

Season two delved deeper into the characters’ story. We found out about Caroline’s connection to the Rossum Corporation. We see a consequence of her actions against them, in the form of Bennett Halverson (Summer Glau). Halverson also provides light relief when Topher Brink (Fran Kranz) and her find themselves attracted to each other. Ballard and Echo’s , and Sierra (Dichen Lachman) and Victor’s (Enver Gjokaj) relationships grow, while  Adelle DeWitt, played brilliantly by Olivia Williams, shows her lonely, vulnerable side. Not withstanding DeWitt also becomes increasingly cynicial, unhinged and downright tyrannical.

When the fifth episode, The Public Eye aired, we started to see how manipulative and evil the Rossum Corporation really was. In fact, the intrigue and the relationships between the different Dollhouses alongside the Rossum Corporation was a much stronger storyline than Echo’s development. Also the offering of “full body upgrades” into Actives with the prospect of immortality for hundreds of millions, added to insidious nature of the Rossum Corporation. If that wasn’t bad enough, add to that Topher’s remote wipe technology and the future for the employees and Actives of the LA Dollhouse, and indeed the world became very bleak.

With viewing figures remaining low in the US, it was inevitable that Fox was going to cancel Dollhouse. It was however good to see a show that was given an opportunity to end properly, albeit crammed into the final few episodes. Joss Whedon’s tale of science gone bad and mind control almost feels like a warning and it’s a shame Dollhouse ended when it did. Even flawed as it was, there were some rather brilliant pieces in that tale.

Dollhouse season 2 is available now on Blu-ray and DVD.
Legendary Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly) reunites with fellow Buffy alumna Eliza Dushku for the thrilling finale of the sexy sci-fi drama, Dollhouse. Dollhouse Season 2 and the Complete Collection are available to own on Blu-ray & DVD from 11 October 2010 courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

In Season 2 of Dollhouse, ex-FBI agent Paul Ballard is desperate to free missing girl Caroline from the clutches of the Dollhouse; a secret organisation that preys on vulnerable men and women, and ‘buys’ their bodies for a period of three years. During this time their minds are wiped blank by the resident programming expert and they are imprinted with an infinite number of different personas; one to suit every new elite client that visits the ‘house’….

After coming too close to uncovering the truth in Season 1, however, Ballard has been convinced (or coerced?) to work inside the house, and has become Caroline (Eliza Dushku, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Tru Calling) – codename Echo’s – ‘handler’ and guardian. He soon realises that Echo’s mind has not been wiped as cleanly as everyone thinks, and as she starts to remember the truth, they work together to uncover the real reason for the Dollhouse’s power and influence…

Other cast favourites returning for the electrifying season finale include Olivia Williams (Broken Lines, The Sixth Sense), Dichen Lachman (Neighbours) and Harry Lennix (State of Play, The Matrix Reloaded).

Unlock the secrets of the Dollhouse with the highly anticipated season finale and Complete Collection of this captivating series from cult creator Joss Whedon. Go deeper behind the scenes with exclusive bonus features and unseen footage – only available on Blu-ray & DVD from 11 October.

Dollhouse Season 2 Special Features:

  • Trailer
  • Stills
  • Syndicated cast interviews

Buy Dollhouse from Amazon UK

Buy Dollhouse from Amazon US

Dollhouse season 2 deleted scene – starring Dichen Lachman (as Sierra) and Fran Kranz (as Topher)