Movie Review: SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING

Spiderman Homecoming | © 2017 Marvel

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei, Jon Favreau, Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, Donald Glover, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, Bokeem Woodbine Writers: Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley and Jon Watts & Christopher Ford and Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers, story by Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley, based on the comic books created by Stan Lee & Steve Ditko Director: Jon Watts Distributor: Sony/Columbia Release Date: July 7, 2017 SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING is, it can be argued, the most fun Spider-Man movie so far. This is the third retelling in the past fifteen years, after the […]Read On »

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POP SHOW – Episode 46: THE WALKING DEAD Finale and BUFFY’s 20th Anniversary

POP SHOW PODCAST | © 2016 AssignmentX

Episode 46 of the POP SHOW starring Anthony C. Ferrante is here and once again without Anthony as he was off doing some promotion for his Lifetime thriller FORGOTTEN EVIL. So instead it was left to Ryan Mitchelle (@walkawayENT), Sonia Mansfield (@TheSoniaShow) and myself (@PeterbrownAX) to helm the ship. And helm it we did as we discussed a variety of topics including the season finale of THE WALKING DEAD, which only I watch so it was a quick conversation. Also we profess our love of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER and how it is 20 years old this year. That leads […]Read On »

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MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD: Clark Gregg talks Season 4 – interview

Clark Gregg as Coulson in AGENTS OF SHIELD | © 2015 ABC/Kelsey McNeal

Clark Gregg is having a busy fourth season on MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD, Tuesday nights on ABC. As S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Phil Coulson, formerly the director of the organization, he’s back to running things behind the scenes, even though Jeffrey Mace (Jason O’Mara) is still technically in charge of the agency that monitors – and sometimes rescues – super-inhumans. However, this year, Coulson is out in the field a lot more, tangling with alien-powered ghosts and currently dealing with Life Model Decoys (LMDs), also known as very lifelike androids. ASSIGNMENT X: As Coulson, are you enjoying getting to be out in […]Read On »

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POP SHOW PODCAST – Episode 22: CIVIL WAR Review

POP SHOW PODCAST | © 2016 AssignmentX

Welcome back to the POP SHOW PODCAST starring Anthony C. Ferrante. Once again, Anthony is missing because he is off doing stuff involving sharks and tornadoes, maybe you’ve heard of it SHARKNADO: THE 4TH AWAKENS? Once again the podcast joins Ryan Mitchelle, Sonia Mansfield (@TheSoniaShow), Chris Smith (@JettJergens) and myself (@peterbrownAX) for an in-depth discussion into CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR. Warning: There be spoilers here. So if you want to save yourself from being ruined for the movie, watch it first, then have a listen. Or get spoiled and enjoy it anyway. We also chat about the recent television shows […]Read On »

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Movie Review: CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR

CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR | © 2016 Walt Disney/Marvel

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr.,Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Emily VanCamp, Tom Holland, Frank Grillo, William Hurt, Martin Freeman Writers: Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, based on the comic book by Mark Millar, based on characters created by Joe Simon & Jack Kirby Directors: Anthony Russo & Joe Russo Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures/Marvel Release Date: May 6, 2016 Awhile back, HIGHLANDER: THE SERIES show runner David Abramowitz described that enterprise as “a Talmudic discussion with ass-kicking.” That assessment frequently springs to mind while watching […]Read On »

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THE EXPANSE: Showrunner Naren Shankar chats about Season 1 – exclusive interview

Thomas Jane stars as Detective Josephus Miller in THE EXPANSE | © 2016 Steve Wilkie/Syfy

In Syfy’s THE EXPANSE, in its first season Tuesdays at 10 PM, humanity has spread across the solar system without getting any more humane. A distress call from a missing young woman entangles the crew of the ice-hauling spacecraft Canterbury in both a murder mystery and political intrigue that could lead to interplanetary war. Show runner Naren Shankar, one of THE EXPANSE’s executive producers, has lots of experience in the science-fiction genre, with writing/producing credits that include STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION, THE OUTER LIMITS, FARSCAPE and GRIMM. He also spent nearly ten years as a writer/executive producer on CSI. […]Read On »

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Movie Review: AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

AVENGERS AGE OF ULTRON | © 2015 Marvel/Disney

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, James Spader (voice), Samuel L. Jackson, Don Cheadle, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Cobie Smulders, Paul Bettany, Anthony Mackie, Linda Cardellini Writer: Joss Whedon, based on characters created by Stan Lee & Jack Kirby Director: Joss Whedon Distributor: Disney/Marvel Release Date: May 1, 2015 AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON is mostly what’s it should be and what’s expected – a superhero movie with slam-bang action, engaging characters, snappy dialogue and the fate of the world in the balance. Joss Whedon, who wrote and directed the first […]Read On »

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Edward James Olmos on his guest stint on MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD – exclusive interview

Brett Dalton and Chloe Bennet star in MARVEL'S AGENTS OF SHIELD with upcoming co-star Edward James Olmos | © 2015 ABC/Florian Schneider

In ABC’s MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD, which comes back for the second half of its second season Tuesday, March 3, at 9 PM, our heroes have their hands full. Director Coulson (Clark Gregg) may or may not have exorcised the alien obsession in his head, but he and the team have learned that tech whiz Skye (Chloe Bennet) is inhuman. Moreover, her alien father, Calvin Zabo (Kyle MacLachlan), is extremely angry at Coulson for killing the murderer of Skye’s mother before Calvin got a chance to do it himself. Adding to the complications is the arrival of Robert Gonzalez. Not […]Read On »

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MARVEL’S AGENT CARTER star James D’Arcy on the Finale – interview

James D'Arcy as Jarvis in AGENT CARTER | © 2015 ABC/Kelsey McNeal

On ABC’s MARVEL’S AGENT CARTER, which has its first-season finale Tuesday, February 24 at 9 PM, Hayley Atwell’s titular character is the reluctant ally of billionaire inventor Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper) just after WWII. While Carter can’t trust Stark all of the time, the two of them both rely greatly on Stark’s butler Edwin Jarvis, played by James D’Arcy. D’Arcy, born in London, recently appeared in the feature films JUPITER ASCENDING and LET’S BE COPS. Last year, he starred opposite Chloe Sevigny in the series THOSE WHO KILL as a troubled American forensic psychologist. Jarvis is already known to Marvel […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Clark Gregg on AGENTS OF SHIELD and AVENGERS 2

Clark Gregg in MARVEL'S AGENTS OF SHIELD | ©2013 ABC/Bob D'Amico

Clark Gregg’s character S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Phil Coulson was first introduced to audiences in the original IRON MAN film. Coulson has subsequently helped superheroes and director Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) in IRON MAN 2, THOR and in the animated ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN series. Coulson was tragically killed by Loki (Tom Hiddleston) in writer/director Joss Whedon’s THE AVENGERS, but he’s back as the team leader on ABC’s AGENTS OF SHIELD, Tuesdays at 8 PM. As viewers of the TV show, created by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen, learned in the episode “The Magical Place,” Coulson’s resurrection was agonizing, with consequences […]Read On »

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