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Posted: 05/14/2018 in Uncategorized

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Agents of SHIELD Renewed for Sixth Season – With a Caveat

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Hey, I’ll take it:) REC

ABC has renewed Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for a sixth season.

According to TVLine, Season 6 will air during the 2018-19 season with 13 episodes, down from its usual 22 episode count. At the time of writing, it is unclear if this will be the final season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

This week, the show heads into its Season 5 finale, which pits Phil Coulson and his team against insurmountable odds. They will face off with the powerful Graviton, who is destined to tear the Earth apart in his quest for more gravitoniumIn February, executive producer Jed Whedon revealed the episode had been written as a series ender, in the event the show wasn’t renewed: “Yeah, we’re ready for if this is the end. We’re definitely going to make it rewarding either way.”

Just last week, ABC cancelled Inhumans, the network’s other Marvel series. Like InhumansS.H.I.E.L.D. hasn’t been a hit in the ratings. In fact, after debuting to nearly twelve million viewers, S.H.I.E.L.D. has since found itself struggling to maintain 3 million live viewers over its past few seasons. However, while it isn’t a great performer in the live ratings, the show tends to do well in delayed viewership.

During S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s panel at WonderCon, Whedon also teased that Marvel’s latest film Avengers: Infinity War would “open up a whole new playground” for the show. “The thing that we love about what our show has become is, the movies sort of blaze a path. Doctor Strange introduced magic, all of a sudden we could have Ghost Rider on our show. We’re just waiting for that movie to come out, so it can open up a whole new playground for us.” Now, it seems the series will have the opportunity to explore Infinity War‘s fallout in Season 6.

Airing Fridays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 5 stars Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet, Henry Simmons, Ian De Caestecker, Natalia Cordova-Buckley and Elizabeth Henstridge.

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Agents_of_SHIELD_521-4.pngAdrian Pasdar’s Glen Talbot/Graviton kicks so much a$$. A later reference from May (Ming-Na Wen) to Coulson (Clark Gregg), “remember when we first met  him, did you ever think he’d be a threat?” has deep resonance. Talbot was the most non-pc, hard-assed, ornery, occasionally inappropriate character at his introduction. He was at heart an honorable character, one Coulson would eventually call both an ally and friend. Talbot played mostly for comic relief. His banter with Coulson using such terms as “fart pebbles” and countless other gems made him a foil but little else. Now, he is  a world level threat and that is just awesome. The reason for this transition – superior writing. My delighted review continues below.

Graviton is easily one of Marvel’s best small screen successes. The look pulled straight from the source material is damn near perfect. Pasdar absolutely sells it with his deluded performance. He calls himself a superhero to his son and genuinely believes it despite murdering a growing number of people he deems enemies. The moment he shares with his wife, Carla (Raquel Gardner) and son George (Jack Fischer) was genuinely unsettling considering his former family dynamic. You cannot help but feel for Talbot though as ultimately he is a victim. The dialogue is punctuated by an earnest attempt by the father to impress his son:

George Talbot: Why are you dressed so funny?

Glenn Talbot: Well… this is my new uniform, son. Your dad’s a superhero now, just like those Avengers. And guess what. I even have my own superpowers.

[levitates George’s space toy]

Glenn Talbot: And that’s just a taste. I can move buildings and cars. And you want to know something else? I can even fly. And I don’t need a hammer or an iron suit to do it.

George Talbot: Can I fly with you?

Glenn Talbot: Absolutely. Things are gonna be different from now. Your daddy’s all better. And I’m not gonna let anything bad happen to you or anyone else. I’m gonna chase those invaders out of town. Now, you ready to go for that flight?

His possessing world leveling abilities however pushes past his victimization and makes him an enemy in need of a “terminal” solution. That his character is juxtaposed with the destruction brought about by Thanos in Avengers Infinity War, currently broadcast on world media,  plays exceedingly well. The adage of everyone being the hero in his/her own story is uttered and exceedingly germane to the plot line. Marvel’s effortlessly linking the big and small screen worlds I can only hope will eventually lead to a continuation of S.H.I.E.L.D. characters continuing beyond the tv series as numerous if not all team members could easily lend themselves to the big screen.

This is a show about delivery. Coulson and May have been working toward their moment for some time, some would argue since season 1, others would cite last season where the notion of a relationship beyond their working one was heavily shipped. The two working together to escape their current cell via Qovus (Peter Mensah) and his warriors was a superior arc in every respect. The duo’s efforts were big screen level, including their all out battle with Qovas’ forces and an absolutely perfect sequence involving Coulson using tech to protect him and May while he allows for fan wish fulfillment. Daisy’s (Chloe Bennett) reaction is our own. May’s smile simply smashes the scene home. This is the only network show sci-fi or otherwise, that I both watch and review, that has met and exceeded my expectations routinely. Such lines as the following state matters succinctly:

Qovas: You are now prisoners of war. I suggest you use your time to consider the disrespect you’ve shown.

Phil Coulson: Suggest all you want. You’re just the villain of the month, and you’re going down, just like all the rest

The Taryan Kasius (Craig Parker)/Daisy arc did not linger long and her reconnecting with Coulson and May was smoothly depicted. In fact, all reconnections were seamless as the team endeavors to both hold off the confederacy while figuring out how to deal with Talbot. Deke’s (Jeff Ward) working with May, including her adapting to his questionable numeric/linguistic interpretation was more comedic than not but the results were again…perfect. The banter that informs this show is in top form as usual:

Phil Coulson: That was the same writing that was at the Lighthouse in the future. What’s it say, Deke?

Deke Shaw: How would I know?

Phil Coulson: Because you lived there.

Deke Shaw: Well, they don’t teach you the language. I can count to five.

Phil Coulson: You lived there for decades, and you know five numbers?

Deke Shaw: I also know zero, so, no, I know *six* numbers.

Melinda May: I’m amazed you were able to survive.

Talbot’s success in getting Carl Creel (Brian Patrick Wade) to ‘join’ him, and his near success in getting his wife to do the same, kick away the notion of redemption and take him toward full blown villainy. Ultimately, the prophecy offered in the season’s beginning is revisited at it’s end. The choice of saving a life is balanced against stopping a world ending threat. The season finale will be one for the ages. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is simply outstanding and well worth your time.

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Marvel’s Inhumans Officially Cancelled by ABC; Agents of SHIELD Fate Uncertain

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AOS renewal isn’t really an issue if they end on a good note. This season has been incandescent. Inhumans sputtered to its end…but on the bright side, the best aspect of the show, Anson Mount, will get another Sci-Fi run as Captain Christopher Pike on Enterprise Season II. It’s all good. REC

After months of speculation, ABC has finally canceled Inhumans. Interestingly enough, the only show the network has yet to make a renewal decision on is Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. which will wrap up its fifth season in the coming weeks.

If the ratings weren’t enough of a sign that Inhumans wouldn’t be returning, especially after costing IMAX a fair amount of money, the fact that ABC temporarily deleted the show from its press website seemed to seal its fate. And after month of speculation, the network finally axed the freshman drama. It was a move many had expected, unfortunately, what Marvel fans didn’t expect was that they’d have to continue to wait for the network to make a decision on its predecessor, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. — however, while a decision has yet to be made, the series is said to still be in contention for renewal.

Like Inhumans, S.H.I.E.L.D. hasn’t been a hit in the ratings. In fact, after debuting to nearly twelve million viewers, S.H.I.E.L.D. has since found itself struggling to maintain 3 million live viewers over its past few seasons. Luckily for the show, though, while it isn’t a great performer in the live ratings, it does well in delayed viewership. More importantly, however, is that the series is in a different boat than most shows. Despite its continual decline of ratings, the series has been an important aspect to Disney as it has allowed for crossover between the films and the small screen. Perhaps not always in the ways fan hope, but it does serve a purpose, which is why a sixth season is still possible.

Of course, there’s also always the possibility that the series will shift to Disney’s forthcoming streaming service. Interestingly enough, while the company has already announced a live-action Star Wars series, it has yet to announce a Marvel series, despite teasing the inclusion of such.

With ABC set to take the stage for Upfronts on Tuesday, a decision should come regarding S.H.I.E.L.D’s fate by then. For now, fans can enjoy part one of the Season 5 finale when it airs tonight.

Airing Fridays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 5 stars Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet, Henry Simmons, Ian De Caestecker, Natalia Cordova-Buckley and Elizabeth Henstridge.

(via Deadline)

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Morena Baccarin Wants to Play a DC Movie Villain Like Catwoman & Poison Ivy

Morena Baccarin is interested in playing a few different Batman villains in the DC movie universe. There’s no shortage of DC-related projects in the works at Warner Bros right now. While not all of them will see the light of day – if even a fraction of them do make it into production – the studio will need to cast a bunch of roles. Just over the next few years, characters in Birds of PreyThe FlashThe Batman, and others will be up for grabs.

The official plans of the unofficially titled DCEU (and WB’s Elseworlds-type films) are not yet confirmed, but they continue to look towards Batman’s supporting characters – both friends and foes – to really fill out the universe. That corner of the comics brings plenty of prominent female characters as well, and someone well-versed in superhero content is interested in getting involved.

In an interview with Cinepop, Morena Baccarin was asked if she wants to play a superhero on the big screen. After a role in Deadpool and continuing to appear on Gotham, she’s very familiar with comic book properties. However, she says she’s not too interested in being the hero but rather has her eyes on a few classic Batman foes. Translated from Portuguese, Baccarin says, “I identify more with the villains, Poison Ivy and Catwoman.”

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If Baccarin is seriously interested in playing Catwoman or Poison Ivy, then she may just be in luck. WB is working on several Harley Quinn-related projects in the works that will see Margot Robbie reprise her role as the Batman villain. While it appears Birds of Prey has become a priority, there’s still a great chance that either Catwoman or Poison Ivy (if not both) will be included in the film. If they don’t join the DCEU in that movie, then it could happen in Gotham City SirensSuicide Squad 2, or even The Batman.

Should Warner Bros. introduce either of these characters, then Baccarin will surely have competition for either role. Mad Max: Fury Road‘s Riley Keough previously expressed interest in Poison Ivy, and Aubrey Plaza has long wanted to play Catwoman. And they are just two of many actresses that could be considered for these roles. Baccarin’s previous comic book movie role shouldn’t take her out of the race either. Whether or not she winds up securing one of these gigs, there are plenty of other parts out there for her. If she does really want to play a villain in a superhero movie, there’s also always the chance the MCU could pick her up in the future. The superhero movie genre is only getting bigger from here on out, anyway.

Source: Cinepop

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The Punisher Season 2 Casts Annette O’Toole & Corbin Bernsen


Season 2 of Marvel and Netflix’s The Punisher has added Corbin Bernsen and Annette O’Toole as a wealthy and powerful couple that may run afoul of Frank Castle. When it comes to Marvel’s upcoming slate of Netflix shows, The Punisher is the farthest out. The Luke Cage season 2 trailer just dropped, teasing the Hero of Harlem versus Bushmaster when the show returns next month. Beyond that, Daredevil will be back for its third season sometime later this year, likely in the November slot that The Punisher filled last year.

As Netflix hasn’t begun releasing four Marvel shows a year, fans of the rest of the street-level universe will have to wait until 2019. Iron Fist season 2 wrapped filming this week, meaning the show is primed for an early 2019 release. It should be followed a few months later by The Punisher and its second season – though no one quite knows if a third series will arrive next year. So while there’s still a few more shows to come before The Punisher returns, information about the new season is starting to come in at a steady pace.

Marvel announced today that Corbin Bernsen and Annette O’Toole have both joined the second season of The Punisher, playing a husband and wife who seem destined to butt heads with Frank Castle in the new batch of episodes.

• Corbin Bernsen (American Gods, Psych) will play the role of ‘Anderson Schultz,’ an extremely wealthy man who’s grown accustomed to getting his way. His power and legacy are of prime importance, and he’ll implement less-than legal means to further those ends.

• Annette O’Toole (Cat People, Smallville) has been cast as ‘Eliza Schultz,’ a conniving, wealthy woman, cut from the same manipulative cloth as her husband, Anderson.

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Corbin Bersen in Psych and Annette O’Toole in Smallville

Bernsen and O’Toole both have a long career, so Marvel have once again added some prestige to one of their projects. Bernsen is perhaps best known to modern audiences as Henry Spencer, the father to the main character on USA’s Psych. He also recently played an updated take on Vulcan for American Gods, though he won’t be returning to that series after what happened to him. O’Toole, meanwhile, is perhaps best known to comic fans as Martha Kent on DC’s long-running Smallville.

The description of the Schultzs seems to hint they’ll be at odds with Castle and may represent a new threat for him and his crime-busting agenda. If that’s the case, they’ll join returning cast member Ben Barnes (Westworld) who transformed into Jigsaw at the end of last season. Amber Rose Revah (Dinah Madani) and Jason R. Moore (Curtis ‘Micro’ Hoyle) will also be back, along with some new cast members.

Supergirl‘s Floriana Lima joined The Punisher recently alongside two other actors. Though it’s not yet clear how everyone will fit into the plot, the addition of Giorgia Whigham as Amy Bendix hints that The Punisher will adapt the ‘Suicide Run’ arc from the comics. That saw Castle presumed dead in New York and heading out to a rural town where he encounters a new batch of characters. With more info coming in regarding the series, hopefully we’ll know more about the plot soon.

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Robert Downey Jr. set to reprise role in ‘Sherlock Holmes 3’

In this June 25, 2017 file photo, actor Robert Downey, Jr. attends the “Spider-Man: Homecoming” cast photo call in New York. Brent N. Clarke / Brent N. Clarke/Invision/AP

 

LOS ANGELES — Nearly seven years after “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” hit theatres, Warner Bros. Pictures says a third installment of the “Sherlock Holmes” franchise is coming in 2020.

The studio said Monday that Robert Downey Jr. will reprise his role as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famed detective alongside Jude Law as his counterpart Watson.

“Sherlock Homes” was a box office hit for the studio when it was released in 2009, just one year after Downey Jr. also made his debut as Iron Man. A sequel quickly followed in 2011. Combined, the first two films grossed north of $1 billion. Both were directed by Guy Ritchie.

A director has yet to be announced for “Sherlock Holmes 3,” however. The film is dated for a Christmas 2020 release.

Deadpooly Goodness

Posted: 05/10/2018 in Uncategorized

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Watch Deadpool Apologize to David Beckham For That Joke in First Movie

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David Beckham became the butt of a joke in 2016’s Deadpool, where the soccer star’s voice was described as sounding as if he “mouth-sexed a can of helium.” In a new promo for Deadpool 2Beckham comes face to face with Ryan Reynolds’ Merc with a Mouth, who presents him with apology after apology.

Of course, none of those particularly work for Beckham, at least not until Wade goes for the heart and gives him what he really wants: tickets to the World Cup. And then, because it’s Ryan eynolds, Beckham throws shade at the actor’s checkered filmography.

With Deadpool 2 a little more than a week away, the marketing for the Fox sequel has become more meta than ever. In addition to the music video with Celine Dion, Wade has shown his Canadian pride, while continuing to lobby for a team-up with Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine.

Directed by David Leitch, Deadpool 2 features Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool, Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead, Leslie Uggams as Blind Al, Stefan Kapičić as the voice of Colossus, and Karan Soni as Dopinder, with newcomers Zazie Beetz as Domino, Josh Brolin as Cable, Julian Dennison as Russell, and Jack Kesy as Black Tom Cassidy. The film hits theaters on May 18.

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Posted: 05/10/2018 in Uncategorized

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Rumor: ‘Flashpoint’ is dead, ‘The Flash’ likely to become a solo movie again

This was to be the DCU’s salvation and JDM would have killed  the role…meanwhile Marvel plans films to 2025 and DC will offer us Aquamamoan in December…yeeesh. REC

The Flash was announced all the way back in October of 2014, but it’s been through a lot of changes since then. Multiple directors have come and gone, and then last year at Comic-Con Warner Bros. announced that the movie would be Flashpoint. If it was anything like the comic with the same name, it would have included many Justice League characters as well. But after that movie bombed last year, it seems like Warner Bros. isn’t in a rush to make a big team up movie again.

Last month The Hollywood Reporter hinted that Flashpoint was going in a different direction, and over the last couple of weeks The Wrap reporter Umberto Gonzalez has tweeted emojis in response to the movie, strongly hinting that it was dead. But today Umberto posted another tweet, practically saying “Flashpoint is dead” with an Avengers: Infinity War meme of Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Flashpoint Batman (See above)

 

Flashpoint being dead and The Flash getting a proper solo movie makes a lot of sense after Justice League. With Game Night directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein officially signed on for The Flash, they probably have their own ideas they want to bring to the table.

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Barry Allen/The Flash (Grant Gustin) is right to look concerned. He might just be realizing that this is the worst episode of his series  thus far. As I struggle to not channel my inner “Comic Book Guy”, I managed to fight off the instinct to title my review “FFS” with the Lord’s name as my sole commentary. Instead I will endeavor to mine what was an exceptionally poor run and wonder if the season finale can possibly save this ping pong  season.

The team via Caitlin endeavors to work with Amunet Black (Katie Sachoff) in an effort to obtain an organic weapon (her arm shards) that could potentially knock out the satellite(s)  Devoe (Neil Sandilands) plans to use in his “dumbening” plan. The notion of intelligence, emotional versus intellectual, was offered garishly throughout the run. The thought of a ray that could reboot everyone’s brain and remove all intelligence is a unique concept. It is not a good concept as long time viewers like myself must be starting to question their own intelligence as the plot arcs grow more and more ludicrous.

Harry Wells (Tom Cavanaugh) reaches out to his “Council of Wells” and is called a ‘dum dum” repeatedly by Herr Wells who refuses to help. My wife found this sequence funny and her point that Cavanaugh is a versatile actor is not lost on me. The scene followed by the Council of Harrisons was astoundingly silly….Stereotypical French Harry, Italian Gangster “Sonny” Wells and Mathew McConaughey-esque variant were just goddamn silly. The fact that the takeaway from the meeting is Harry’s gleaning that Devoe’s vulnerability is his love for his wife Marlize (Kim Engelbrecht) might have earned some profanity from me. It did bring to light that the former evil power couple’s absence from the episode made it pale by comparison to those in which they appear. The show’s supposed to be about the Flash, isn’t it?

Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) makes some fairly selfish decisions regarding her desire/need to bring back Killer Frost. The reveal from Amunet about the true means in which Caitlin can bring Frost back was as predictable as it was puerile. The moments between Caitlin and Amunet however weren’t awful and Sackhoff is clearly having a gleeful time playing  her scenery chewing character.

The character who comes off the poorest in this run is of course… the fastest man alive. He gets his ass kicked by a D-level villain Norvock (Mark Sweatman) and needs Iris (Candice Patton) to remind him how to use his powers to escape a nearly fatal situation. Iris’ plan of outing Devoe’s evil masterstroke via media to the entirety of Central City pushes forth the notion that Devoe might have already implemented his plan. The “now he can’t hide” mindset – because everyone is tracking Devoe’s whereabouts to help out Team Flash- is meant to be a Eureka moment. Considering the current body Devoe inhabits, and as such is able to modify at the speed of thought, this is again…silly.

Ultimately, this episode was neither outstanding nor worth your time. I hold little hope for the show’s finale and fear my four year investment might not pay off.

 

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Move Over, Thanos, Now Deadpool Demands Your Silence, Too

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As if calling out Josh Brolin’s Marvel Cinematic Universe role in the trailer wasn’t enough, now Wade Wilson is ripping off Thanos’ style with a letter requesting that “the greatest fans in the whole universe” not to spoil Deadpool 2.

Borrowing a page, and a photo, and a hashtag, from Avengers: Infinity War directors Joe and Anthony Russo, the Merc With a Mouth makes his plea while possibly (OK, not really) spoiling the plot in the process.

 

To the greatest fans in the whole universe.

We have embarked on the “Deadpool 2: This Is Kind of Your Guys’ Fault” World Tour. Almost everyone involved in the film has given Maximum Effort the past two years, maintaining the highest level of super secrets, like how David Blaine catches bullets in his mouth. And the secret blend of 11 herbs and spices in Colonel Sanders’ delicious moustache.

Only a handful of people know the film’s true plot. One of them is not Ryan Reynolds. We’re asking that when you see Deadpool 2, you don’t say a fucking word about the fun shit in the movie. Cause it’d be super lame to spoil the fact that Deadpool dies in this one. Kidding. Not kidding. Kidding?

Godspeed.

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Of course, the photo itself contains a few gems, with the 20th Century Fox letterhead crossed out and replaced with the scrawled letters “TBD,” a reference to the financial wranglings of both Comcast and Disney for the key assets of the studio’s parent company, 21st Century Fox. In place of the Infinity Gauntlet is Deadpool’s own blood-specked hand, joined by that of a baby, presumably signing “I love you,” and the paws of a dog and a cat. Also, Wade signs his name with a red X, because, of course he does.

 

In theaters May 18, director David Leitch’s Deadpool 2 stars Ryan Reynolds as the titular Deadpool, Morena Baccarin as Vanessa, T.J. Miller as Weasel, Leslie Uggams as Blind Al, Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead, Stefan Kapičić as Colossus, Zazie Beetz as Domino, Julian Dennison as Russell and Josh Brolin as Cable.