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There Will Be Cameos Galore In “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”. How Will They Compare To These Brief Turns By Actors? (VIDEO)

Marvel has confirmed that there will be numerous cameos from our favorite Avengers’ stars in 2014′s Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Which of course shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone.

It’s believed that Black Widow, Nick Fury and Maria Hill will turn up but let’s hope it doesn’t stop there and the likes of Tony Stark and Bruce Banner also pop in to say hello. Either way, it should a hoot! But how will they compare to these infamous cameos from cinema’s past? Which one’s your favorite? And no, Stan Lee isn’t involved at all.

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Is Idris Elba Going To Be The First Black Bond? Here Are 5 Other 007 Incarnations That Nearly Made It To The Big Screen

Idris Elba, who is mostly known for scaring the living hell out of us as Stringer Bell in HBO’s astounding drama The Wire, has been rumoured to have held discussions over starring as James Bond in a future 007 movie.

Of course, this would make Idris the first black Bond to ever grace the screen, which for some reason people seem to be making a big deal about. But did you know that Wesley Snipes was at one point considered for the role? Which would have made him not only the first black Bond, but also the first American one.

For the time being though we’ll just have to make do with Daniel Craig but it’s fun to think about how Elba might play the classy British spy. Here are 5 other actors who you probably didn’t realise almost played J.B.

If Sam Mendes Thinks Filming “Skyfall” Was Exhausting He Should Look At These Other Traumatic Film Shoots

Sam Mendes might have been fulfilling a childhood fantasy by directing his own James Bond movie over the last few months, but that doesn’t mean he can’t have a moan about it too!

“It’s been a fantastic experience, but it’s been completely exhausting”, stated the American Beauty director when talking about filming Skyfall. 

But was it really that bad Mr. Mendes? Maybe he should have been on one of these 5 sets instead? Then he’d really know what it was like to work under pressure. Film directors, they’re just babies at heart.

Matthew Vaughn Out, Bryan Singer In For ‘X-Men’! What Other Directors Have Stormed Off Set?

The news that Matthew Vaughn has decided to leave the shoot of X-Men:Days Of Future Past is a pretty big bummer. Of course, Bryan Singer is a pretty talented dude and his work on the earlier films of the series were pretty top-notch so all is not lost.

Why did Vaughn leave? Who knows? He’s still in line to work as the movie’s producer but let’s hope there was at least a huge bust up. Anyway, to help the Kick Ass director through this tumultuous time, here are 5 other directors who ditched their projects half way through filming.

The Only Fight Not in CGI in ‘The Transformers’ Was Between Michael Bay & Hugo Weaving. The Best On-Set Quarrels Actually Worth Your Time

So, it turns out that Michael Bay and Hugo Weaving don’t really see eye-to-eye over the latter’s work in the Transformers saga. Weaving has stated that he’s never even met Bay and that his work on the blockbusters was meaningless as he had no idea what his lines meant.

In retort, Bay has called Weaving a whiner and than launched into a long tirade about greedy actors who moan about working for an hour whilst earning hundreds of thousands of dollars in the process.

All in all, it’s a pretty weak argument, and pale in significance to these huge on-set battles!

Sam Mendes Knows that If You’re Going to Rip Off a Batman Movie, You Use ‘Dark Knight’ and Not ‘Batman & Robin’

Long before he took the reigns of directing Skyfall, Sam Mendes inspired a generation of emo kids to film plastic bags drifting in the wind with his influential film of suburban depravity American Beauty. And as Mendes now points out, he is just as good as taking inspiration as he is in giving it. It doesn’t take a genius to work out that The Dark Knight has been pretty influential across cinema over the last half a decade. So it’s no surprise to hear the former Mr. Kate Winslet to discuss how Christopher Nolan’s epic helped to shape his first Bond film.

“What Nolan proved was that you can make a huge movie that is thrilling and entertaining and has a lot to say about the world we live in, even if, in the case with The Dark Knight, it’s not even set in our world,” chimed Mendes. ” That did help give me the confidence to take this movie in directions that, without The Dark Knight, might not have been possible.”

Skyfall is out in the UK at the moment and will be with us early in November. You can check out these movies which were definitely inspired by The Dark Knight now though!

A Teaser Trailer for the Teaser Trailer of ‘Iron Man 3′ Was About as Unnecessary As Most of ‘Iron Man 2′

Iron Man 3 does look totally incredible. Shane Black will hopefully work his magic to create a masterpiece akin to the likes of Lethal Weapon and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, (also possibly Monster Squad for those purists out there), whilst Robert Downey Jr can’t help but be cool inside his iron suit.

But I was already a tad peeved that Marvel released a trailer of a trailer for the third instalment to the franchise! Surely it wasn’t needed? Here are 5 other cinematic innovations which have either managed to integrate themselves into mainstream media, or vanished without a sniff.