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Movie Review: CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER

CAPTAIN AMERICA THE WINTER SOLDIER | © 2014 Walt Disney Studios

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, Robert Redford, Samuel L. Jackson, Sebastian Stan, Cobie Smulders Writers: Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, story by Ed Brubaker, based on the comics by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby Directors: Anthony Russo & Joe Russo Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures Release Date: April 4, 2014 Whether you’re tracking the Marvel universe in all its interwoven facets – IRON MAN, THOR, THE AVENGERS, AGENTS OF SHIELD on TV – or just enjoying (or not) the individual projects as they appear, some of the story developments in CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER are surprising. […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Neal McDonough cleans up MOB CITY

Neal McDonough and Jon Bernthal in MOB CITY - Season 1 - "Red Light" | ©2013 TNT/Doug Hyun

In MOB CITY, airing in three two-hour blocks on TNT on successive Wednesdays beginning tonightat 9 PM, some of the characters are fictional, like Jon Bernthal’s protagonist, LAPD Detective Joe Teague. However, some of the characters on both sides of the law in the Forties L.A./mobster noir drama, created by Frank Darabont based on John Buntin’s book, are taken from history. Ben “Bugsy” Siegel (Ed Burns) and Mickey Cohen (Jeremy Luke) made their mark in the annals of organized crime, while soon-to-be-LAPD Chief William Parker would someday have Parker Center named for him. Neal McDonough portrays Parker as the man’s […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD producers Jeffrey Bell and Jeph Loeb speak

Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson in AGENTS OF SHIELD | (c) 2013 ABC/Justin Lubin

MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD, ABC Tuesday nights at 8 PM, deals with the team of non-superpowered folks who assist, investigate and otherwise deal with things pertaining to superheroes in the universe of THE AVENGERS. The series, created by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen, brings back Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg), somehow resurrected – we don’t know quite how yet, but it’s clear Coulson himself has been misled – after his death in AVENGERS as the team leader. Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen) is the most experienced agent after Coulson, Ward (Brett Dalton) is muscle, Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and […]Read On »

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Interview: Todd McFarlane on SUPERHEROES: A NEVER-ENDING BATTLE

SUPERHEROES A NEVER-ENDING BATTLE | (c) 2013 PBS

SUPERHEROES: A NEVER-ENDING BATTLE is a three-hour documentary on comic books and the culture they’ve created that airs Tuesday October 15 on PBS. Documentarian Michael Kantor says, “We made this series so that no parent would ever throw out their kids’ comic books again. This series is not just for comic book geeks – it’s funded both by the National Endowment of the Arts and the National Endowment of Humanities, and it contextualizes the stories of comic book superheroes within the greater history, that of the Great Depression, World War II, the congressional witch hunts of the 1950s, the Watergate […]Read On »

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Interview: Joss Whedon chats about THE AVENGERS, S.H.I.E.L.D. and BUFFY at a special event screening Q&A

Joss Whedon on the set of THE AVENGERS | (c) 2012 Marvel

Last night, a special screening of MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS was held at the Director’s Guild in Hollywood which featured a special Q&A hosted by moderator Jeff Goldsmith. During the nearly 45-minute conversation Whedon spoke about BUFFY, THE AVENGERS and FIREFLY and the fact that the Wasp was originally included in an original draft of the screenplay. He also talked briefly about S.H.I.E.L.D., the new ABC TV series that is a spin-off from THE AVENGERS. Here are some highlights. On what Marvel wanted from an AVENGERS movie … “Marvel was very clear what they wanted to do and they knew it […]Read On »

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Interview: THE GIRL actor Toby Jones on playing Alfred Hitchcock

Toby Jones in THE GIRL | ©2012 HBO

In THE GIRL, which re-airs on HBO this week, Toby Jones plays filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock. It’s not an especially flattering view of the director/producer, as it deals with his unwanted fascination with actress Tippi Hedren (played in THE GIRL by Sienna Miller), who starred in THE BIRDS and MARNIE for Hitchcock. The London-born Jones is almost always working. A few recent credits include TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY, CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER, MY WEEK WITH MARILYN, THE HUNGER GAMES and the voice of Dobby in HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, PT. 1. Speaking briefly about THE GIRL, Jones says […]Read On »

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Five Classic AVENGERS Stories We Want to See in AVENGERS 2 or 3

Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet | ©2012 Marvel Comics

One of the great things about the Marvel movies that led up to the first AVENGERS film is how well they built a consistent universe with seeds planted all along the way leading up to the big epic battle for New York City and the world. The appearance of – SPOILERS! – Thanos during the closing credits suggests they know full well where they’re going next in AVENGERS 2 or 3, but let’s take a look at some past Avengers storylines in the comics that might make for good movie fodder. 1. The Infinity Gauntlet This one is probably a […]Read On »

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Five New Avengers Heroes We Want to See in AVENGERS 2 and 3

THE AVENGERS trade paperback | ©Marvel Comics

When you look at the history of Marvel Comics, just about everyone – even members of other long-standing teams and dedicated loners – have called themselves Avengers at one time or another. So the field is wide open for AVENGERS 2 and 3, but there is the ‘critical mass’ element; some of the team from the first film might have to sit one out to give others their screen time. After all, how many Avengers can you cram into one movie? But given the heroes we’ve already seen assemble, there are some obvious core members that really should turn up […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE AVENGERS

THE AVENGERS movie poster | (c) 2012 Marvel

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Clark Gregg, Cobie Smulders, Stellan Skarsgard, Samuel L. Jackson, Gwyneth Paltrow Writer: Joss Whedon, story by Zak Penn and Joss Whedon Director: Joss Whedon Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures Release Date (U.S.): May 4, 2012 THE AVENGERS is spectacular in several senses of the word. It is literally a spectacle, with people flying up into the sky, monsters plummeting out of it, airships flying through it and so on. However, the real dynamism here is in the character interactions, not something one expects […]Read On »

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Interview: THE AVENGERS’ Samuel L. Jackson on the fun of a big budget action epic

Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury in THE AVENGERS | (c) 2012 Fox/Marvel

If you want audiences to know immediately that a character is to be respected, can handle just about anything, will put up with no b.s. and is absolutely cool without having to explain all of the above, your best bet is to just cast Samuel L. Jackson. This isn’t to say that the Washington, D.C.-born actor can’t play tender, confused, vulnerable or pretty much anything else –Jackson has proven his extraordinary versatility many times over on film and on stage – but he’s become big-budget movie shorthand for badass authority. No wonder then that when S.H.I.E.L.D. Initiative Director Nick Fury […]Read On »

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