News: The scoop on AVENGERS TV series S.H.I.E.L.D.

S.H.I.E.L.D. comic book | ©2013 Marvel Comics

Interest in keen in the ABC pilot for S.H.I.E.L.D., the ABC/Marvel show from executive producer and co-creator Joss Whedon about the organization featured prominently in Marvel Comics and in Whedon’s summer blockbuster THE AVENGERS. Speaking to the press on Thursday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour, ABC Entertainment Group president Paul Lee had this to say on the subject. “I talk about the emotion of the network, that it’s smart with heart,” says Lee. “There is something which I talk less about that’s very, very real about this network, and it’s real for. ONCE [UPON A TIME], which […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Clark Gregg chats about THE AVENGERS and his future with the franchise

Clark Gregg and Jennifer Grey at the World Premiere of MARVEL'S THE AVENGERS | ©2012 Sue Schneider

In THE AVENGERS, most of the title characters – Robert Downey, Jr’s Tony Stark/Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth’s Thor, Chris Evans’ Steve Rogers/Captain America and Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner/Hulk – have superpowers, while Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow and Jeremy Renner’s Clint Barton/Hawkeye have extraordinary fighting skills. S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury has Samuel Jackson’s awesome glower to keep the Avengers in line, but anyone watching THE AVENGERS or most of its predecessors – the two IRON MAN films and THOR – knows that the glue holding everything together is loyal, tenacious and calm Agent Phil Coulson, played by Clark Gregg. Gregg, […]Read On »

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Interview: THE AVENGERS star Jeremy Renner targets Hawkeye

Jeremy Renner in THE AVENGERS | ©2012 Marvel Studios

Jeremy Renner is no stranger to playing men caught up in violent activity on the streets or in war. He got a Best Actor Oscar nomination for his work as a military bomb-defusing expert in THE HURT LOCKER and he’s had key roles in SWAT – alongside THE AVENGERS colleague Samuel L. Jackson – THE TOWN, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: GHOST PROTOCOL and 28 WEEKS LATER. Renner also gave a mesmerizing performance as the title character in the fact-based film DAHMER and has even played a vampire in an episode of THE AVENGERS writer/director Joss Whedon’s TV series ANGEL back in 2000. […]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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