After years in the both the Joss Whedon and Marvel universes, Clark Gregg has some perspective on this whole business we call show. The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Trust Me star got real during a recent Twitter Q&A, revealing that the best ice cream flavor to accurately describe Hollywood life is none other than rocky road. Sorry, but life is sadly not always filled with rainbow sprinkles.
After watching Spider-Man: The Animated Series in 1997, we decided Venom and Mary Jane Watson were actually a better couple than Mary Jane and Spider-Man, and we haven’t looked back since. In case you’re new to the Internet, pretty much every TV show, movie or otherwise fictional couple has a huge fan base swooning over their relationship. It might be a well-established couple or the characters might have met once to sign for a UPS package, it doesn’t matter. Someone is obsessed with them declaring their eternal love. This is a phenomenon known as shipping, and it is 75% of the reason anyone even knows about Twilight.
Maybe we just spent too much time on Tumblr over the last twelve months (we really, really did!), but 2012 seemed like a year where shipping was front and center. From New Girl to Sherlock, everywhere we looked shippers were building onto the fictional universes they loved, mostly with smooching. So we decided to pay homage to the most passionately shipped relationships of this year as part of our Best of 2012. Don’t see your favorite couple? We probably just didn’t know about them yet, so inform us in the comments! 2013 is almost upon us and we want to feel that Venom/Mary Jane feeling again!
It’s time to get your fandom on! The 2012 People’s Choice Awards nominations were announced a little earlier today, and fortunately, most of our favorites were included. As always though, we have certain “packs” if you will, and you’re going to have choose who to pick. It’s tough, we know. Look at the full list here.
The Hunters: The Hunger Games, Snow White and the Huntsman, Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Hemsworth, Kristen Stewart, Josh Hutcherson
The Strippers: Channing Tatum, Magic Mike — no others necessary
The Superheroes: Andrew Garfield, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Christian Bale, Robert Downey, Jr., Arrow, The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises, The Amazing Spider-man
The Vampires: Kristen Stewart, The Vampire Diaries, Nina Dobrev, True Blood, Ian Somerhalder, Paul Wesley
The Hot Girls: Mila Kunis, Anne Hathaway, Cameron Diaz, Stana Katic, Emma Stone, Scarlett Johansson, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, Charlize Theron, everyone mentioned above
The Hot Dudes: Johnny Depp, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Will Smith, Bradley Cooper, Zac Efron, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, everyone mentioned above
You know the drill. Whether you’re a Vampire Diaries fan, The Hunger Games fanatic, The Amazing Spider-Man champion, a Supernatural junkie, A Dark Knight Rises champion, or a fool for The Avengers … your vote counts!
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Chris Hemsworth has been traipsing the globe, promoting his one-two punch of summer blockbusters, The Avengers (which had its second week at #1 at the box office and is breaking records all over the place) and Snow White and the Huntsman, which had a weekend-long press junket in London (we were there! more soon!) and premieres there today before its June 1 release. We wonder how his wife, Spanish model Elsa Pataky, feels about that, since she just gave birth to their first child, daughter India Rose, last week. Actually, Chris must feel a little guilty about having to work this weekend, since he wouldn’t even confirm whether India was born on Friday, as Us Weekly reports.
“It’s amazing, it’s really, really exciting,” he told E! News over the weekend. “It’s tough being here and not back with her.” Luckily, it sounds like Elsa had the baby in London, so he didn’t have to go too far to be with her.
As for the name, Hemsworth didn’t have much in the way of explanation for E!’s Giuliana Rancic: “It was just a name we liked, I always kind of liked Indie or Indiana for a boy and she liked India.” So, either they’re big Harrison Ford fans, or they fell in love with my dog India.
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Seeing as how The Avengers raked in over $200.5 million dollars this weekend, we’re not surprised to hear that Disney already has Avengers 2 in development, according to Disney CEO Bob Iger. That got us thinking…sure, maybe the first Avengers was over two hours long, but what plot points or characters we want in the sequel that they couldn’t cram into the first one? Without trying to give too many spoilers, here are some things we want desperately to see in an Avengers sequel. That being said, if you want to see the movie with absolutely no knowledge of the plot…why didn’t you see it on opening weekend? Get out of here! Get!
- A Natalie Portman cameo: Guys, you cannot dangle a Chris Hemsworth/Portman romance in front of our panting faces, then not have his lady love actually appear on screen. The first Avengers film clocked in at 2 hours and 22 minutes long; Avengers 2 should be the same length, with 22 of those minutes being a passionate love-making scene.
- More female characters: We’re glad Cobie Smulders was on screen, holding it down S.H.I.E.L.D.-style while uppoing the lady quotient, but how about introducing some other Avengers women besides Scarlett Johansson‘s Black Widow? How about Mockingbird? Or Sharon Carter? We would also kill for a She-Hulk. Dare to dream, ya’ll!
- An explanation for how Thor got back to Earth: Spoiler Alert! Remember at the end of Thor when the bifrost, the passageway between Earth and Asgard, was irreparably damaged? And we thought Thor might never see Natalie Portman again and we had the hide the fact we were emotionally devastated by Thor? Well, apparently that wasn’t such a big deal, seeing as how Avengers just brushed off the whole problem with one line from Loki. You demigods have some ‘splainin’ to do!
Are there any other loose ends or inter-dimensional love affairs you want cleared up in the sequel? Or are you just glad you’ll be seeing more intergalactic butt-kicking sooner rather than later?
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The Avengers is raking it in at the box office this weekend — it already has the highest midnight opening of a comic-book movie — and even though it’s probably not going to break that many records, we’re pretty sure Robert Downey Jr. and company are at the top of Marvel’s list of real-life heroes. At the red-carpet premiere of the movie last week, we decided to let the stars get a little sappy and share who their heroes are. Get ready to “awwww.”
“My mum and my dad,” Tom Hiddleston, who plays villain Loki, told VH1 News without hesitation. “Just because they’ve taught me everything I know really about life. They haven’t consciously taught it to me, they, they’ve just, uh, lead by example. They’re intensely good people, with a great deal of kindness and humility. It’s only now that I’m older that I can appreciate it.”
Clark Gregg also praised his Stanford professor father, “who’s dedicated his life to exploring different religions in a way that breaks down the imagined barriers,” along with President Obama. “I’m gonna come out and say that I’m a big fan of Barack Obama,” he said. “I don’t think he had a perfect first term but I believe, I like the things he believes in.”
Scarlett Johansson is hoping that if you loved The Avengers (which you already did because you saw it last night at midnight), you’d also love to see her super spy character Black Widow kicking malevolent butt in a spin-off of her very own. “I love her origin story. I think it’s just such a riveting one. It’s just steeped in history and the richness to shoot in Russia, perhaps,” ScarJo told HuffPo. I hope that the fans’ voice is loud enough and they want to see a Widow origin story, I know Marvel would be happy to entertain that. We’ve spoken a lot about it.”
Seeing as how ScarJo is currently the only Avenger not to get her own movie, we think a Black Widow film should be made on the basis of justice alone. On the other hand, we also love seeing her beat people up with a chair. The only problem? Some of the most recent female superhero movies have been, well, big, gigantic flops. In case you’re wondering what ScarJo might have to fight through to take her Earth-saving skills to the big screen:
- Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) Rocking a 19% on Rotten Tomatoes, Angelina Jolie channeled the sexy British video game archeologist for two films. It helped make Angie a superstar, but it would be awesome if we could get a female superhero who wasn’t obligated to pad her bra while fighting the forces of evil.
- Catwoman (2004): Halle Berry accepted the 2005 Worst Actress Razzie for her take on the feline superwoman in person, four years after snagging an Oscar for Monster’s Ball. While we appreciate Halle’s killer sense of humor, this is why we need a brave A-lister to go back in and wrestle the genre to the ground!
- Elektra (2005): Jennifer Garner starred in this movie, which you probably don’t even remember happening. Sadly, it was a box-office bust and currently has a 10% on Rotten Tomatoes. The film was also a spin-off of Daredevil…starring Ben Affleck. You need to wash all these bad memories out of our mouths with some sweet karate-chops, Scarlett! Do it now!
So what do you think? Would you get in line for a Black Widow flick? At least so you’re totally up to speed for The Avengers 2?
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The cast of The Avengers reads like our dream dinner party guest list. From Robert Downey Jr. and Jeremy Renner to Scarlett Johansson and Chris Hemsworth, the whole crew seems like the coolest (and sexiest!) gang that a person could ask for. And according to costar Cobie Smulders, they’re super fun, too! The lovely Ms. Smulders caught up with VH1 News at The Avengers premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, and she insisted that the cast got along together great both onscreen and off.
“It was really cool. It could have been a disastrous movie,” she admitted. “It was huge actors, huge characters, and I think it all comes back to Joss Whedon who wrote such an amazing script and it gave everybody their moment, you know.” But although they worked hard, Cobie says that they definitely made time to party hard as well. “I mean, we were in Albuquerque for awhile. There were a few nights, wild nights. Which I can’t really remember. But um, but it was a lot of fun. Everyone was super cool.” Damn, it makes us wish we’d been cast!
While comic book fans the world over are totally freaking out over The Avengers this weekend (or last weekend, if they’re those lucky folks overseas), we kind of wonder what the stars of the movie geek out about themselves. VH1 News asked Tom Hiddleston at the New York premiere of the movie, and the answer makes him seem the very opposite of his super evil character Loki. In fact, we won’t be surprised if it clenches him the victory in our Summer Movie Villains poll.
“I’m quite a geeky runner; I love running,” he admitted. “I’m also a geek about tennis. I love watching tennis, I get obsessed by it, I don’t know why. I think I find it so dramatic, like, because after, at a certain level, it doesn’t matter how good you are and how much training you’ve done, it’s like up here [in your head] and in [your heart]. So when you see people like Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal and [Novak] Djokovic go at it, it’s just like a battle of wits and heart. I’m getting geeky about it right now!”
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Sorry, Snow White. Nothing personal, Thor. Of course we still love you, the Batman. We always will. It’s just that when it comes to summer movies, we love a glowering villain as much as we love a virtuous hero. Maybe a little more. Maybe … a lot more.
Luckily for us (and you!), this summer’s films are jam-packed with some of the most malevolent evil characters imaginable, ready to face off against the hottest heroes and heroines from May to August. Tom Hiddleston reprises his Thor role as power-hungry extraterrestrial Loki in this week’s The Avengers, while Flight of the Concords’ Jemaine Clement breaks Will Smith‘s stride as an easy-riding alien by the name of Boris in Men in Black III. Closer to home (and to your childhood nightmares), Queen Charlize Theron goes after Kristen Stewart‘s heart (not in the romantic way) in Snow White and the Huntsman, while Eva Green does the same to Johnny Depp (in both the romantic and evil way?) as smitten witch Angelique Bouchard in Dark Shadows.
Of course, not every memorable villain has to be from another planet or or the fairy-tale realm. Some of them can be regular ol’ criminal masterminds, like Salma Hayek‘s drug kingpin Elena in Savages, Faran Tahir‘s Cobra Commander in G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Bryan Cranston‘s Vilos Cohaagen in the Total Recall remake and Edward Norton‘s Byer in The Bourne Legacy. We are especially psyched to see Tom Hardy‘s Bane grapple the Caped Crusader in The Dark Knight Rises while Rhys Ifans takes on Andrew Garfield in The Amazing Spider-Man. Because what’s an epic battle scene with out an epic villain? A 15-second slap fight?
Not that every villain has to be locked in life-or-death combat, mind you. Some of them are just maniacally vain. Sacha Baron Cohen‘s General Aladeen in The Dictator, anyone? Catherine Zeta-Jones‘ high-strung Patricia Whitmore will also be inflicting all the damage she can against the demon that is rock in Rock of Ages, while Adam Sandler only accidentally ruins his son Andy Samberg‘s wedding/marriage/life. That being said, if you somehow get your only child to throw up on his fiance’s wedding dress … yeah, you’re the bad guy.
Finally, we have to give props to those villains who don’t even come in a humanoid package. We are dying to see what the surprisingly awesome-looking Battleship aliens look like under their masks (Weird eyes? Check! Four-fingered hand? Check!), and we’re all ready to take our hats off to the Piranhas 3DD piranhas. Not only are they blood-thirsty, they are also responsible for Ving Rhames‘ character having machine gun legs. What aren’t villains good for? Which big bad has your ticket-buying hands shaking with anticipation this summer? Check out our gallery of villainy, and cast your vote. Just remember: When it comes to picking a favorite archnemesis, there is no wrong choice.