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One of my all time favourite tv shows is/was “Scrubs”. One episode which has particular resonance as I make this post was one in  which Zach Braff’s Dr. J.D. imagined a tenor appearing and singing “Mistakkkke” when he would do something stupid. This is one of those times I believe. We shall see. REC

Spider-Man Is Only Sony Character in the MCU, Feige Says

18 hours ago by in Movie News CBR

 

When it was announced that Sony was moving forward with its planned Venom movie with Tom Hardy set to star as the titular character, many fans were left confused regarding the status of the planned Sony Spider-Man spin-offs and whether or not they’d connect with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Of course, while it was expected that these films would be their own things, Amy Pascal seemed to suggest that the films are a part of the MCU in a recent interview for Spider-Man: Homecoming. According to Marvel Studios head, Kevin Feige, however, that isn’t the case. As it stands, Spider-Man is currently the only Sony character to exist within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

In a recent interview with Jo Blo for Spider-Man: Homecoming, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige reaffirmed that Spider-Man is the only Sony character that they’ll be bringing into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, although his comment does suggest that could change down the line.

Right now, Spidey is in the MCU and it’s just Spidey.

As for Sony and its planned Spider-Man spinoffs, Feige went on to say that he felt Sony was being smart in trying to make “a great Venom movie,” and even went on to praise the decision to cast Tom Hardy.

They have rights to other characters, and I think they’re being very smart in saying ‘We have to make a great Venom movie.’ They’re off to a good start hiring Tom Hardy.

While the announced spin-offs are sure to frustrate fans, especially after it was recently announced that Sony was looking to make Kraven and Mysterio spinoff films as well, the news shouldn’t be too surprising. After all, prior to the deal between the two studios, Sony had plans for various spin-off films. One can only hope that down the line Marvel Studios and Sony come together for a deal concerning other fan-favorite Spider-Man characters.

Arriving July 7, director Jon Watts’ Spider-Man: Homecoming stars Tom Holland as Spider-Man and Michael Keaton as Vulture, in addition to Zendaya, Donald Glover, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, Tyne Daly, Bokeem Woodbine, Marisa Tomei and Robert Downey Jr. Tickets are on sale now.

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Spider-Man: Homecoming: Gwyneth Paltrow & Jennifer Connelly Confirmed

06.23.2017by in Movie News  (CBR)

It’s official: Gwyneth Paltrow is returning to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Iron Man star will reprise her role as Pepper Potts, Tony Stark’s on-again-off-again love interest, in Spider-Man: Homecoming. An official cast list released by Sony confirms Paltrow’s involvement in the film.

Paltrow’s continued involvement in the MCU has been up in the air for quite some time, as her contract with Marvel Studios was reportedly fulfilled. Her character was notably absent from Avengers: Age of Ultron and Captain America: Civil War, both of which featured the Avengers and their respective ensembles. In Civil War, she was said to have broken up with Tony Stark, leading some to speculate that she wouldn’t appear again in the MCU. However, her part in Spider-Man: Homecoming proves otherwise, though it is unclear how large of a role she’ll have.

Paltrow isn’t the only surprise star in Spider-Man: HomecomingRequiem for a Dream star Jennifer Connelly will also stop by the MCU. The cast list credits Connelly as “Karen/Suit Lady,” which suggests she’ll have a small role in Spider-Man, though that could simply be a ruse or red herring. The actress is no stranger to comic book adaptations, having appeared in Ang Lee’s Hulk; she is also slated to star in James Cameron’s Alita: Battle Angel adaptation and TNT’s Snowpiercer TV series. She is particularly well known for her role in the cult classic film Labyrinth.

The cast list also provides a few additional details about the upcoming movie. For instance, Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee — who has appeared in just about every Marvel film to date — will play a character called “Gary.” Further, two Shockers are listed, with Logan Marshall-Green playing Jackson Brice, or Shocker #1, and Bokeem Woodbine starring as Herman Schultz, aka Shocker #2.

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The Avengers assemble in a new photo shared from the Infinity War set

Jun 21, 2017 (Superherohype.com)

As production continues today on the massive superhero ensemble that is Avengers: Infinity War, star Robert Downey Jr. has taken to social media to share a shot of he and co-stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Mark Ruffalo and Benedict Wong on their lunch break. There doesn’t appear to be any shawarma this time around, but it’s still a fun tease getting to see some new Avengers assemble. Getting Doctor Strange, Iron Man, Hulk and Wong together is just the beginning, however. Earlier this week, Scarlett Johansson promised a scene featuring 32 different Marvel characters!

 

Filming officially started on Monday, January 23, 2017 for the Avengers sequel, which sees Earth’s Mightiest Heroes teaming up with the Guardians of the Galaxy to take on Brolin’s Thanos.

Other confirmed cast members for Avengers: Infinity War include Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Mackie, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Chadwick Boseman, Sebastian Stan, Don Cheadle, Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Pom Klementieff, Sean Gunn, Tom Holland and Josh Brolin.

Directors Anthony and Joe Russo, who return after Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War, are directing both Avengers: Infinity War and the untitled fourth film, which will be filmed back-to-back in Atlanta and are written by screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. Both films will also be shot entirely with IMAX cameras.

Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War is slated for a release in theaters on May 4, 2018. Then, the Avengers assemble again for the still-untitled fourth film, set for May 3, 2019.

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Phil Lord and Chris Miller met with DC about The Flash. Again.

22 hours ago by: Damion Damaske (JoBlo.com)

For such a speedy superhero, THE FLASH‘s dash to a solo feature has been amazingly slow and arduous. First the film was set up with Seth Grahame-Smith as the director, with Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (CLONE HIGH, former directors of HAN SOLO) writing up a treatment. Then when Graham-Smith left, there was a page one rewrite with DOPE director Rick Famuyiwa at the helm. Now, eight months later, there is STILL no FLASH director (I mean, AQUAMAN of all people is having an easier time swimming to screen). Robert Zemeckis is currently the frontrunner (as far as we know), though who knows how reliable/true that is.

However, multiple individual sources told The Wrap:

Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller met with DC Films during the production hiatus of the Star Wars “Han Solo” spinoff…The duo met about the possibility of directing “The Flash” after Rick Famuyiwa left the project over creative differences last year, according to multiple individuals familiar with the project. It was unclear whether they were already considering an exit from the “Han Solo” project.

Which honestly sounds amazing. I mean, when Patty Jenkins jumped from Disney to DC we got WONDER WOMAN, so anything’s possible. And since they’ve already written up a treatment, they know the world (even if it’s a page one re-write, I imagine that draft would still have elements of their earlier one). Not only that, I feel he fits their personality better than STAR WARS, which always seemed a somewhat odd fit (especially if their more goofy characterization of Han Solo was indeed the main sticking point). Also, I just love these guys’ work, and I’m glad to see good directors take on the DC characters I also love. Just, doubling up that love.

Meanwhile, THE FLASH will get here at some point I suppose. Here’s hoping.

Source: The Wrap

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I would like to begin by saying I am a man of faith. While not a regular church goer, I do have my beliefs. With this statement put forth, the party at Ostara’s/Easter’s (Kristin Chenoweth) with multiple personifications of Jesus was just so damn absurd that it merits engagement over any sense of sacrilege. Kristin killed this role. A devout Christian herself, Ms. Chenoweth delved deep into a harder edge, if not an outright darkness, to bring forth a truly captivating character on the season finale of American Gods. “Come to Jesus” was a fitting crescendo to what has already proven a superior, trippy and brilliant series. My florid opening offered, on to my review.

There are no failures with this episode. It was manic, hilarious and profound with huge leanings toward the afore-mentioned absurd. Wednesday (Ian McShane) and Shadow (Ricky Whittle) waiting at Mr. Nancy’s/Anansi’s (Orlando Jones) home as he tailors suits for both men was brilliantly ridiculous. Nancy is not overused so that every moment he has on screen has punch. The tailor and god of stories…and mischief, of course cannot resist giving both men a tale as they wait. As with his last appearance, every bit of it has bombast from the stage lighting effect to the mercurial jazz playing in the background. His tale of The Queen, “Bilquis” (Yetide Badaki) is matched by spectacular hyper sexualized imagery, movement and performances. As with other episodes, the theme of power, and the balking of those who want it for their own, is duly represented. He speaks of kings taking exception with the Queen’s power and court. The manner in which they attempt to take her power is as sexual as the manner in which she keeps it. The denouement of a worship scene presented an outlandish sequence that locks in the notion of the sacrificial expectation of worship.

The conclusion of Nancy’s story explains how men took the Queen’s power from her eventually – after another key visual musical/dance sequence. Bilquis’ current lot though unfortunate is understandable via the performance by Badaki. Even Nancy does not begrudge her for taking on a terrible alliance, nor does the viewer as honestly her options were few. Unlike the novel version, Bilquis is poised for a much grander seat at the table and this arc plays fantastically well. Nancy’s final proclamation when Shadow guesses wrong as to the moral of the story plays for laughs and duly so.

This ep takes such a departure from the book as to qualify as a reinvention. The trip to an “Easter party” featuring both Wednesday and Shadow dressed stylishly, and colorfully, is another key moment in their ongoing road trip adventure. The duo driving to an estate in Kentucky surrounded by bunny rabbits is jarring. Wednesday’s action precipitated by “she might not be happy to see us” features him annihilating her ‘associates’. That her harbingers mirror his own; only furred rather than feathered delivered beautifully. All moments between the two kill. Her dropping a “Jesus Christ” and later “goddammit” and excusing herself for not wanting to offend the true ‘hero’ of the festivities was uproarious. We see in Ostara however a seed of discontentment and Wednesday is very good at helping such seeds of unrest germinate. His playing to her sense of diminishment and rallying her to his cause including a rather epic lie is four star viewing. Her flirting with Shadow ‘southern belle’ style radiated charm and humor.

Laura’s (Emily Browning) moments with Sweeney and then Ostara leads to her discovering the truth behind her death. Her true role as a simple sacrifice galls her and sabotages her attempt at a resurrection. The show runners must be given due props for the depiction of Mrs. Moon as withering/decaying in the Kentucky heat. Her action upon learning how much influence Wednesday has had over her is expected and an equally cool visual as she ‘addresses’ her anger with Sweeney. The meeting between her and Ostara resonated as neither deity nor undead plays around. Each is what each is and they acknowledge one another respectfully. The fact that Laura handles the reality of multiple ‘Jesuses’ with such aplomb is awesome.

Jeremy Davies also presents superior casting with his version of the son of God. His sitting in a pool while drinking cups of water was surreal. His counsel to Shadow was no less so. This is one incredibly trippy show. The subject of belief and worship are topics of regular discussion. Shadow’s confession of his inability to believe obtains some degree of resolution with a later acquiescence.

The arrival of the new gods brings a due sense of menace, even when nicely wrapped in Gillian Anderson’s best Judy Garland personification as she attempts to keep Ostara on her team. Tech Boy’s (Bruce Langley) bizarre faceless chorus line adds to the menace. We know what these things are capable of citing Laura Moon’s earlier encounter with them as she saved Shadow from a lynching. The calm assertion of Wednesday brings forth a reply from Mr. World, the perfectly cast Crispin Glover. The notion of all events coalescing into an inevitable war between the old and new is given form via Wednesday demonstrating his true power. His outing himself by ep’s end was buttressed by a terrific demonstration of Ostara’s power as she executes Wednesday’s plan of rekindling her worship.

Honestly, so much got done in a tight eight episodes. There is so much left to get to and with an incredible reinvention, reinvigoration of the source material, American Gods has legs to do so. American Gods Season I finale easily locks in the belief that it is simply outstanding and well worth your time.

 

Watchmen TV Series Reportedly in the Works From Lindelof, HBO

11 hours ago by  in TV News  (CBR)
Watchmen TV Series Reportedly in the Works From Lindelof, HBO

A television adaptation of Watchmen, the seminal 1986 DC Comics miniseries by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, is reportedly in early development at HBO. Damon Lindelof (Lost, The Leftovers) is in talks to steer the series.

If the project sounds familiar, it’s because in 2015 the cable network confirmed “preliminary discussions” about a potential Watchmen series with Zack Snyder, who directed the 2009 film adaptation. However, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Snyder is no longer involved.

Released as a limited series, Watchmen depicts an alternate history in which costumed heroes first emerged in the 1940s, and altered the course of history over the subsequent decades. Set in 1985, as the United States and the Soviet Union inch ever closer to World War III, the comic centers on the investigation into the murder of the former costumed government agent The Comedian, which uncovers a deadly conspiracy with global consequences.

Long described as “unfilmable,” Watchmen was nevertheless adapted by Snyder as a film that proved polarizing, and ultimately grossed $185.3 million worldwide on an estimated $130 million production budget.

 

DC Comics returned to the world of Watchmen in 2012 with Before Watchmen, a sprawling prequel — eight limited series and a one-shot, totaling 37 issues — by a lineup of creators that included Darwyn Cooke, Amanda Conner, Brian Azzarello, Jae Lee, J.G. Jones, Len Wein and Adam Hughes. Just last year, the publisher introduced elements from Watchmen into its DC Universe, weaving a mystery that’s threaded through much of its Rebirth initiative.

Best known for his work on Lost, the rebooted Star Trek films and Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, Lindelof just wrapped three seasons of The Leftovers on HBO.

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Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman Payday Was Criminally Low

23 hours ago by  in Movie News (CBR)

Since its theatrical release, Wonder Woman has continued to pass one box office milestone after another, including lassoing up over $500 million worldwide in its third weekend. However, despite being the DC Extended Universe’s most well-received film to date and surpassing numerous expectations, one person who surprisingly might not see as much of the film’s riches reflected in her paycheck as she deserves is the star, herself: Gal Gadot.

Back in 2014, when Gadot first signed her three-picture deal with Warner Bros., Variety cited the Israeli entertainment show Good Evening with Gai Pines for confirming that Gadot would earn a mere (by Hollywood standards) $300,000 for each film – Batman v Superman: Dawn of JusticeWonder Woman and this fall’s Justice League, though Gadot will surely earn more than what her contract initially stipulated — likely much more — after she receives any applicable bonuses based on Wonder Woman‘s success.

To be clear, this sort of pay rate isn’t entirely unheard of in the superhero blockbuster genre. Much like Gadot, Chris Evans also earned $300,000 for his first major franchise solo outing, Captain America: The First Avenger. On the other hand, Gadot’s Justice League co-star Henry Cavill managed to wrangle a cool $14 million for Man of Steel, as reported by Forbes in 2016, though that was presumably after a total after back-end bonusing.

Both Cavill and Gadot entered the DCEU with arguably the same level of star power, appearing in just a handful of major American motion pictures prior to being cast as Superman and Wonder Woman respectively. In fact, one could argue that Gadot was perhaps an even bigger name than Cavill at the time of her casting, having played the recurring role of Gisele in the wildly successful Fast &Furious franchise since 2009. While it’s hard to say exactly why these two actors of similar caliber were given such drastically different paydays for their solo films, one can’t help but point to the discrepancy as a symptom of Hollywood’s all too real gender pay gap.

In theaters now, Wonder Woman stars Gal Gadot as Diana, Chris Pine as Steve Trevor, Robin Wright as General Antiope, Danny Huston as General Erich Ludendorff, David Thewlis as Ares, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, Elena Anaya as Doctor Poison and Lucy Davis as Etta Candy.

 

(via The Daily Dot)

Deadpool II Update

Posted: 06/19/2017 in Uncategorized

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Deadpool 2 production officially begins!

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Dropped by the X-Mansion. Big fucking surprise. No one’s home.

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Series star and producer Ryan Reynolds took to Twitter today to confirm the start of production for the upcoming Deadpool 2! Reynolds posted a photo in costume from Hatley Castle in Vancouver, the exterior set for the X-Mansion throughout the series and from the first film. Writer Rhett Reese chimed in as well confirming “We’ve begun!”

John Wick‘s David Leitch is directing Deadpool 2 from a screenplay by the returning “real heroes here,” screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. Reynolds is again serving as a producer on Deadpool 2 alongside X-Men franchise caretakers Simon Kinberg and Lauren Shuler Donner.

Ryan Reynolds leads a cast of newcomers that includes Zazie Beetz (Atlanta) as Domino, a luck-manipulating mutant, and Josh Brolin as Cable, the time-traveling son of the X-Men’s Cyclops. Jack Kesy (The Strain, Baywatch), meanwhile, is attached to play the film’s central villain which, while unconfirmed, is rumored to be Irish mutant Black Tom Cassidy. Japanese actress Shioli Kutsuna has also joined the film in a mystery role.

Other stars returning from the first Deadpool include Leslie Uggams as Blind Al, Morena Baccarin as Vanessa, Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead, and Stefan Kapicic as the voice of Colossus.

Deadpool 2 is set to debut in theaters on June 1, 2018.

 

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‘Preacher’: AMC Releases Season 2 Sneak Peek & Featurette

Preacher’s second season is premiering soon and AMC has released a sneak peek and a featurette. The sneak peek, titled “The Search for God: Day One,” features the a glimpse at a scene of Jesse, Cassidy, and Tulip in the car. Cassidy is going on about circumcisions and how the amount surprises him. The trio is on their way to see a “religious scholar” on their search for God.

You can watch the sneak peek below.

The second is a three-minute long featurette titled “A Look Ahead” and the executive producer calls the second season a “pretty unique stew.” It’s basically a preview of the show’s second season. You can watch the official featurette below.

Preacher stars Dominic Cooper as Jesse Custer, Joseph Gilgun as Cassidy, with Ruth Negga as Tulip, and Graham McTavish as The Cowboy, aka The Saint of Killers. Season 2 has also added Noah Taylor, Pip Torrens, and Julie Ann Emery.

Here’s the official synopsis for the second season:

Preacher follows a West Texas preacher named Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper), who is inhabited by the renegade spawn of an angel and demon and gains the power to control people with just a word. The series’ second season returns this summer and follows Jesse, his badass ex-girlfriend Tulip (Ruth Negga) and an Irish vampire named Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) as they embark on a road trip to find God, dealing with issues both worldly and other-worldly along the way.

Preacher season two will be premiering on Sunday, June 25 at 9/8c on AMC.

Source: AMC

Well Durh….

Posted: 06/17/2017 in Uncategorized

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Exactly how does one of Stan Lee’s greatest creations get mishandled so many times….will be awhile before this one sees the light of day… RIP FF:( REC

Kevin Feige: Still No Plans For Fantastic Four In The MCU