Taking Names: Whedon to write, direct sequel for ‘The Avengers’
The news came Tuesday from Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Officer Robert Iger, who said during a company earnings call that the filmmaker is returning to write and direct the sequel adapted from the Marvel Comics tales.
No details were provided on a start of production or release date for the sequel to Mr. Whedon’s “The Avengers,” the year’s biggest hit with nearly $1.5 billion in worldwide box office sales. But the film will have to get in line behind a busy schedule of solo sequels featuring “Avengers” co-stars.
Robert Downey Jr. is filming “Iron Man 3” for release in May, while “Thor” star Chris Hemsworth will have his own sequel out in November 2013. Chris Evans‘ “Captain America” sequel will follow in April 2014.
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The Monkees announce first tour since Jones‘ death
The Monkees will perform their first live shows since star Davy Jones died in February.
Jones died of a heart attack on Feb. 29 at age 66.
The group starred in its own NBC television show in 1966 as a made-for-TV band seeking to capitalize on Beatlemania sweeping the world. Jones rocketed to the top of the music charts with the Monkees, captivating audiences with hits including “Daydream Believer” and “I’m a Believer.”
The tour kicks off Nov. 8 in Escondido, Calif. It wraps on Dec. 2 in New York. It will highlight Jones “in the show’s multimedia content.”
‘Expendables’ cast giving grieving Stallone some space
The cast of “The Expendables 2” say they’re giving co-star and writer Sylvester Stallone space after the death of his son last month.
“Something like that is so severe. You can’t really do anything. I sent him a handwritten note. I contributed to a charity for his kid,” said Dolph Lundgren, one of a number of aging action stars featured in the film, which opens Aug. 17.