|11:00 AM, Monday, May 13th, 2013 - Posted by John Wilson|
Officially set to go to series this fall, "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." has debuted a brief-but-jam-packed six-second teaser. Check it out in the player below!
Clark Gregg reprises his role of Agent Phil Coulson from Marvel's feature films as he assembles a small, highly select group of Agents from the worldwide law-enforcement organization known as S.H.I.E.L.D. Together they investigate the new, the strange, and the unknown across the globe, protecting the ordinary from the extraordinary.
Coulson's team consists of Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), highly trained in combat and espionage, Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen) expert pilot and martial artist, Agent Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker); brilliant engineer and Agent Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) genius bio-chemist. Joining them on their journey into mystery is new recruit and computer hacker Skye (Chloe Bennet).
From Executive Producers Joss Whedon (Marvel's The Avengers, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"); Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen, "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." pilot co-writers ("Dollhouse," "Dr.Horrible's Sing-Along Blog"); Jeffrey Bell ("Angel," "Alias"); and Jeph Loeb ("Smallville") comes Marvel's first TV series. "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." is produced by ABC Studios and Marvel Television.
Source: Superhero Hype
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|12:00 PM, Sunday, May 12th, 2013 - Posted by John Wilson|
Good news, folks. Joss Whedon is officially coming back to television, and he's bringing the Marvel universe with him.
It's taken long enough, but ABC just made it official: The small-screen Avengers spinoff Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will be on the schedule this fall. Welcome back, Joss (Avengers, Buffy, FIrefly), we've missed you.
The network confirmed the show has received a series order, meaning they apparently liked the pilot Whedon put together a while back. The series will be set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and follow a team of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents looking into all kinds of crazy cases.
Considering how well the Marvel films have fared at the box office, and the built-in audience of geeks/Whedon fans, this could be the biggest hit of the fall.
Clark Gregg will reprise his film role as Agent Coulson, who will be joined by Ming-Na (Stargate Universe) as former soldier Melinda May; Chloe Bennet as superhero-obsessed hacker Skye; Elizabeth Henstridge as science expert Gemma Simmons; Iain De Caestecker as tech guru Leo Fitz; and Brett Dalton as hotshot Agent Grant.
Oh, and behind the camera? Only a who's who of Whedon alums (plus Whedon himself, of course, as executive producer). The list includes Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen (Dollhouse, Dr.Horrible's Sing-Along Blog), Jeffrey Bell (Angel, Alias) and Jeph Loeb (Smallville).
The network has released the promo shot above, giving us a look at the team (note the obvious absence of a spear in Coulson's chest), but they plan to air the first teaser for the show Sunday during the season finale of Once Upon A Time. So, yeah, watch and/or DVR that sucker.
Here's the official synopsis:
Clark Gregg reprises his role of Agent Phil Coulson from Marvel's feature films as he assembles a small, highly select group of Agents from the worldwide law-enforcement organization known as S.H.I.E.L.D. Together they investigate the new, the strange, and the unknown across the globe, protecting the ordinary from the extraordinary. Coulson's team consists of Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), highly trained in combat and espionage, Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen) expert pilot and martial artist, Agent Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker); brilliant engineer and Agent Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) genius bio-chemist. Joining them on their journey into mystery is new recruit and computer hacker Skye (Chloe Bennet).
From Executive Producers Joss Whedon ("Marvel's The Avengers," "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"); Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen, "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." pilot co-writers ("Dollhouse," "Dr.Horrible's Sing-Along Blog"); Jeffrey Bell ("Angel," "Alias"); and Jeph Loeb ("Smallville") comes Marvel's first TV series. "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." is produced by ABC Studios and Marvel Television.
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|8:00 AM, Sunday, May 12th, 2013 - Posted by John Wilson|
Lucasfilm announced Friday that the next Star Wars movie will be filmed in the U.K.
All six previous Star Wars movies have filmed in the U.K., including Elstree, Shepperton, Leavesden, Ealing and Pinewood Studios.
"We've devoted serious time and attention to revisiting the origins of Star Wars as inspiration for our process on the new movie, and I'm thrilled that returning to the U.K. for production and utilizing the incredible talent there can be a part of that," said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, in a statement. "Speaking from my own longstanding connection to the U.K. with films like Raiders of the Lost Ark, Empire of the Sun and recently War Horse, it's very exciting to be heading back."
Representatives from Lucasfilm had a London meeting with George Osborne, chancellor of the exchequer, in establishing a pact to produce Star Wars in the U.K.
"I am delighted that Star Wars is coming back to Britain. Today's announcement that the next Star Wars film will be shot and produced in the U.K. is great news for fans and our creative industries," Osborne said in a statement.
Star Wars: Episode VII, scheduled for a 2015 release, will be directed by J.J. Abrams. Michael Arndt will write the screenplay. Further Star Wars installments are expected to hit theaters in 2016 and 2017.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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|6:00 PM, Saturday, May 11th, 2013 - Posted by John Wilson|
Captain Action Enterprises, in conjunction with Gang of Seven Animation (which worked on Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, Wolverine and the X-Men, and others), is developing an animated Captain Action series that will include Lady Action, a new female character. The series is currently being pitched to networks. The Lady Action character has begun to appear at conventions, and could eventually be used for merch as well.
Captain Action has also announced the acquisition of a DC license for costumes, which includes all the DC characters including the New 52, plus the Batman Classic characters from the 60s TV show. The first DC costumes, Batman, Joker, and Superman, will be released in late January 2014. Each of the three characters will include a portion of Aquaman's costume, which can be assembled by buying all three DC costumes.
In the meantime, the company continues to release new Marvel retro costumes, with Iron Man and Wolverine due in September. The price point on new costumes is being brought down to around $20 retail.
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|10:15 AM, Thursday, May 9th, 2013 - Posted by Brant Fowler|
If you don't want to be SPOILED, stop reading this post now!
If you are still reading, then you don't mind a little SPOILER, so we shall continue. Robert Redford was recently interviewed about his career and happened to spoil a little of the 2014 Captain America sequel, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, reports Ain't It Cool News.
Last chance to turn away as it's a big spoiler after the jump.
While talking about his career Redford said that he took the Captain America gig because it offered him a chance to break from his normal role and play a villain. Seeing as how he's playing the head of SHIELD that's most likely something that will be a big twist later in the movie.
Quint from AICN had a theory on that as well:
"That turn also sets up Avengers 2. When you have a team of brilliant scientists, monsters, soldiers and gods backed by an all powerful intelligence agency with an unlimited bank account there doesn't seem to be much that could pose a real threat, but if SHIELD becomes corrupt then the Avengers might just have a real challenge on their hands."
So there you have it, a major spoiler and plot twist for next year's Cap sequel... if it's not a swerve. Let us know what you think in the comments below.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is directed by Joe and Anthony Russo and will once again star Chris Evans as the patriotic hero. The film hits theaters April 4, 2014.
Thanks to Ron Fortier for pointing us to the story.
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|9:00 AM, Thursday, May 9th, 2013 - Posted by John Wilson|
Disney XD has a special one-hour preview of Marvel's Avengers Assemble, airing Sunday, May 26 at 11 a.m. ET. The show officially premieres Sunday, July 7 at 11 a.m. ET as part of the "Marvel Universe" block on the channel.
In the first part of the special preview, Captain America is apparently destroyed by Red Skull, so Iron Man re-unites the team to try and avenge his friend and stop Red Skull's army. In the second part, Red Skull steals Tony Stark's armor, and the Avengers must galvanize the team to stop him and M.O.D.O.K. from destroying New York City. Marvel's Avengers Assemble stars Adrian Pasdar (Heroes) as Iron Man, Fred Tatasciore (Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness) reprising his role as Hulk, Roger Craig Smith (Wreck-It Ralph) as Captain America, Travis Willingham (Shelf Life) as Thor, Troy Baker (Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man) as Hawkeye, Laura Bailey (The Super Hero Squad Show) as Black Widow and Bumper Robinson (The Game) as Falcon.
Source: Entertainment Weekly
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|6:00 PM, Wednesday, May 8th, 2013 - Posted by Brant Fowler|
Are we going to see the death of Gwen Stacy sooner rather than later in the films? Certain newly released images from The Daily Mail seem to suggest so. Though it could be just a nod to the comics or a ploy to swerve fans.
In these photos from the filming of Amazing Spider-Man 2, Gwen Stacy (played by Emma Stone) is dressed in a short purple outfit, knee high boots and a mint green coat. A very similar outfit to the one she wore in the famous issue of Amazing Spider-Man, #121 titled "The Night Gwen Stacy Died."
Obviously, the story is different in the film. The comic featured the Green Goblin, but we know Electro is the main villain in the film (or so we're led to believe). But that's nothing unusual. Comic films always pull from the source material but tell their own story.
Many have voiced that perhaps this sequel will build towards Stacy's death in the third film as Mary Jane Watson is introduced in this one. But could they pull that trigger sooner than fans expect?
Only time will tell, but for now you can take a look at the photos to the right and below (click to enlarge) and ponder, discuss and speculate.
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|2:00 PM, Wednesday, May 8th, 2013 - Posted by John Wilson|
David Elliot and Paul Lovett, two of the credited screenwriters on the 2009 film G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, have filed a massive lawsuit against Paramount, MGM, Hasbro and producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura.
At issue is the sequel, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, which came out in March and grossed nearly $120 million in domestic box office.
According to a complaint filed in California federal court late last week and obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, Elliot and Lovett had a contractual "first opportunity" to write the first sequel to the Joe Cobra movie if they were the sole writers. But they weren't. Stuart Beattie was also given a co-screenwriting credit.
Nevertheless, the two writers say that shortly after the premiere of the 2009 film, the defendant film companies asked them to present plotlines, themes, characters and more for a potential sequel "with the stated intent that the PDH Defendants would hire Plaintiffs to write the screenplay if they liked Plaintiffs' proposed Sequel."
Elliot and Lovett said that they did just that, and now after seeing their work allegedly taken without credit, they are seeking more than $23 million in damages for copyright infringement and breach of implied contract.
"These original inventions, which make Plaintiffs' Proposed Sequel a compelling piece of story-telling, have been stolen by the (defendants) in the hopes of infusing the Joe Retailiation Movie with the blockbuster power of Plaintiffs' Work."
The lawsuit says that when Elliot and Lovett saw the results of the 2009 movie, they were "shocked to see how completely the Joe Cobra Movie had departed from" their script.
As a result, when it came time to work on the sequel, the writers said they got more granular in their pitch, "presenting not just suggestions for possible storylines and character arcs but a comprehensive vision to completely reimagine the G.I. Joe franchise from the live-action films to the toy line."
Included in the enhanced pitch, says the complaint, were an "exhaustive array of documents, verbal presentations, original conceptual art, photo collages, video clips, mock movie posters with suggested subtitles, marketing images and mock marketing trailers."
The writers also say that more than 100 phone calls as well as emails detail the extent of their pitch over a two-month period.
On December 3, 2009, Elliot and Lovett say they were notified that the film companies had decided to engage a different writing team. Retaliation is credited to writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.
But the plaintiffs see their pitched ideas in the final film.
"Even the most cursory review of the Joe Retaliation Movie and the Plaintiffs' Work reveals that they are substantially similar in every material way," says the complaint. "While Plaintiffs make no claims to the elements of the Joe Retailiation Movie that are subject to Hasbro's pre-existing copyrights in the G.I. Joe characters, Plaintiffs take great issue with those elements of the Joe Retailiation Movie that are the expression of Plaintiffs' personal creativity and Plaintiffs' unique creation of Plaintiffs' Proposed Sequel that were not part of the Joe Cobra Movie and that were not scenes a faire of the genre."
The lawsuit goes into detail about how "nearly every aspect of the Joe Retailiation Movie, from the beginning to the end" incorporates their work and includes a side-by-side comparison of the similarities. The writers say it was their idea, among other things, to take the franchise "back to a simpler time, where the focus is less about high-tech wizardry and gadgetry and more about nostalgic, grounded characters."
The plaintiffs are represented by attorney Henry Gradstein. The lawsuit seeks at least $20 million in actual damages and at least $3 million in compensatory damages.
Paramount declined to comment on the suit.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
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|1:00 PM, Monday, May 6th, 2013 - Posted by John Wilson|
Warner Bros has reportedly blocked plans for Kickstarter campaigns to revive Young Justice and Green Lantern: The Animated Series.
SMGO.tv, which met the studio to discuss plans for funding the canceled DC Nation series, said that it has met with resistance.
"Hey all, I've been trying (all day) to come up with a slightly better way to say this, but I'm just going to give it to you straight," wrote an SMGO.tv representative on the company's Tumblr.
"Warner said no - they don't think we can reach our goals - do you believe that?"
Beware the Batman and Teen Titans Go! have replaced the two series on the Cartoon Network block.
The defunct Veronica Mars series recently funded a new film spinoff with Kickstarter's most successful campaign to date.
Source: Digital Spy
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|7:00 PM, Sunday, May 5th, 2013 - Posted by John Wilson|
The much discussed Ant Man movie, which is to be done by Edgar Wright has hit a bit of a snag.
Apparently, the film, which features the only original Avenger not to feature in last years Avengers movie requires a bit of re-writing in order to bring it into line with the other planned movies at Marvel Studios.
The news was broke by Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige during his recent interview for EW.
"Frankly, now we have to rewrite it to put it a little bit more into the [Marvel Cinematic Universe] because it was written before it existed," he said.
"We've talked about various names [to play the lead] over the past eight years but as you can imagine they keep changing as time goes by. But towards the end of this year, we'll buckle down and start casting and start refining the script, which is great and which is very Edgar.
"He has done a great job being incredibly true to the comics but is putting his own spin on it, so we'll be drawing on multiple mythologies for this one."
Ant-Man is due alongside Doctor Strange as one of Marvel's Phase Three Movies following the 2015 release of Avengers 2.
It is scheduled for release on November 6, 2015.
Source: SciFi Pulse
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