New Poster For CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER

Marvel has just released a gorgeous new poster for CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER. The studio also announced that the first trailer for the film will debut on iTunes this Thursday, October 24. Having seen the footage from this film shown at SDCC and D23, this could be one of Marvel’s best films to date, so expect an awesome trailer in two days.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER will be in theaters starting April 4, 2014.

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The Fight for SNOWPIERCER

There’s a terrific action movie based on a graphic novel named SNOWPIERCER with an all star cast and directed by an internationally acclaimed director poised for release. And English language audiences may not get to see it in its intended form apparently to the displeasure of its acclaimed director.

In one corner we have director Bong Joon-ho, director of MEMORIES OF MURDER, THE HOST, and MOTHER, stepping out of his South Korean cinema roots to direct a movie with an international cast featuring Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Ed Harris, John Hurt, Octavia Spencer, and Song Kang-ho. He’s adapted the French graphic novel LE TRANSPERCENEIGE, about the fight for a train in a post-apocalyptic world with class warfare themes, into a 2 hour and 5 minute film which has received terrific reviews and is already a big box office hit in South Korea. The film is reportedly even 80% in English.

In the other corner, we have Harvey Weinstein whose self named company has bought the English rights to the film. Weinstein is certainly an important figure in American independent and art house cinema, including a strong supporter of Quinton Tarantino, and has brought many Asian films to US shores. Unfortunately, those Asian films are where Weinstein’s less than flattering nickname of Harvey Scissorhands comes in as he’s been heavy-handed in his edits, much to the chagrin of many of the fans of the films and directors. He’s been reportedly heavy-handed with directors like Martin Scorsese as well, so he’s an equal opportunity film editor and he reportedly thinks very little of the intelligence of middle America, so he’s always looking to trim and simplify. In this case, he reportedly wants to trim 20 minutes out of a 2 hour film.

In this case, it looks like there’s been push back. Bong Joon-ho is more hinting at his displeasure than going full on, but it just might be warning shots. Still, Bong Joon-ho can make South Korean films for the rest of his life and with the box office success of SNOWPIERCER he has leverage. But, Harvey Weinstein is a successful film mogul with a healthy self-esteem and public relations has never been a concern. At least if it doesn’t effect the box office. He’s not one to back down from a fight.

Right now, it’s a behind the scenes struggle, but you can see it starting to become public in bits and pieces. It’s probably more dramatic than much of the Oscar bait that will see the screens in the next three months. But, it’s an important fight to see if a true auteur can break through into American cinemas in a pure form or if the “smart” will be eliminated from a “smart action film”.

It’s also an important movie for Chris Evans to see if he can break out beyond Captain America. And perhaps he’ll use the platform that Marvel is giving him to weigh in.

I expect that there are some twists to come and its worth following this story.

The DAY OF THE DOCTOR Grows Near

Dr Who- LogoYou ever been left gasping for air after just one minute? Serious Who fans will be once they lay their eyeballs on the latest trailer for THE DAY OF THE DOCTOR.

Thick, dense, and chock-full of images from the history of the programme, this trailer had me clenching my fist and pounding on the table in a mixture of joy and anticipation.

Packed with Whovian goodness, I’m so glad they featured Sarah Jane Smith and K-9. Enjoy!

NECESSARY EVIL Clip Released

DC Entertainment has released the first clip from its upcoming documentary, NECESSARY EVIL: SUPER-VILLAINS OF DC COMICS. The documentary, set to be released this Friday, October 25, profiles the history of DC Comics’ most notorious villains and analyzes how they are defined by the heroes who fight them. Check out the clip and full press release below.

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NEW FEATURE-LENGTH DOCUMENTARY FROM              WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT DEBUTS                  ON BLU-RAY™ THIS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25

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Burbank, CA (October 16, 2013) – The ultimate rogue’s gallery takes center stage when Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) releases the new full-length documentary Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics on October 25, 2013 as a Blu-ray Combo Pack.

Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics kicked off Opening Night festivities of New York Comic Con with a standing-room-only World Premiere of the documentary on Thursday, October 10, the crowd enthusiastically applauding the film’s first public screening.

Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics explores the thin line between right and wrong, the nature of evil and how super-villains can reflect society’s dark side as well as our own personal fears.  It also offers insight as to the reasons comic book fans are so fascinated by the very characters they hope to see defeated.

The film focuses on DC Comics’ most terrifying villains, including The Joker, Lex Luthor, Bane, Black Adam, Black Manta, Catwoman, Darkseid, Deathstroke, Doomsday, General Zod, Sinestro, the Suicide Squad, and more.

Christopher Lee, who has played the villain more times than almost any other actor, will provide his unique voice as narrator. The villains’ infamous tales will be told by directors Richard Donner (Superman), Guillermo del Toro (Pacific Rim) and Zack Snyder (Man of Steel) as well as Geoff Johns (best-selling author and DCE’s Chief Creative Officer) and other storytellers, creators and those who have crafted the personalities and profiles of the most nefarious baddies in DC Comics history.

Also included are interviews from over forty subjects, including: DC comic book writers, artists, executives, filmmakers, comic experts, critics, historians and celebrities.

Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics contains footage from DC Entertainment’s animated series, TV shows, video games and live action films, as well as spotlighting hundreds of covers, pages and panels created by DC Comic’s legendary artists.

About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Inc.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment’s home video, digital distribution, interactive entertainment, technical operations and anti-piracy businesses in order to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios. An industry leader since its inception, WBHE oversees the global distribution of content through packaged goods (Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD) and digital media in the form of electronic sell-through and video-on-demand via cable, satellite, online and mobile channels, and is a significant developer and publisher for console and online video game titles worldwide. WBHE distributes its product through third party retail partners and licensees, as well as directly to consumers through WBShop.com.

About DC Entertainment

DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC Comics (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash), Vertigo (Sandman, Fables) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating its content across Warner Bros. Entertainment and Time Warner. DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its stories and characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment and interactive games. Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world. In January 2012, DC Entertainment, in collaboration with Warner Bros. and Time Warner divisions, launched We Can Be Heroes—a giving campaign featuring the iconic Justice League super heroes—to raise awareness and funds to fight the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa.

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MMM Podcast #147: Making Netflix Marvel

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The Gentlemen have returned to weigh in on a rather heavy dose of Marvel Cinematic Universe news from the past week. Two favorites, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Paul Rudd, have emerged for the title role in director Edgar Wright’s ANT-MAN. Perhaps even bigger than that story, however, is word of a 60-episode television package Marvel may be putting together in hopes of striking a deal with cable or VOD providers like Netflix. We spend some time pondering what the contents of those 60 episodes might be (Daredevil, Punisher, Inhumans). We also check in briefly on GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, as the film recently wrapped principal photography and could be the key to the MCU’s cosmic future.

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GOTG: Chris Pratt Talks Rocket Raccoon

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At last night’s celebration of the 100th episode of PARKS AND RECREATION, Access Hollywood spoke with Chris Pratt about his digital costar in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, Rocket Raccoon. Pratt, who plays GUARDIANS leader Star-Lord, echoed director James Gunn’s previous comments on how important Rocket is in the film.

You think it’s a cartoon character, but it’s not, it’s a very real creature. [Rocket Raccoon has been] tortured his whole life and no one else likes him, so he’s lonely and he’s angry and it’s like, [there are] all these elements [to the character]. You sort of forget about that, you wouldn’t think about, [and] hopefully will come to life. I think it will and that’s why they hired a really good actor to do the role. I could not be more excited that Bradley Cooper is voicing Rocket Raccoon, it’s a great character. It’s probably the best character in the movie, just because it’s not what you would expect.

The choice to make Rocket a multi-dimensional character instead of cartoonish comedic relief is smart. Sure, the character will be funny, but there has to be more to it in order to have the audience actually care about a talking raccoon. Pratt’s comments illustrate why it was so important to cast a great actor with broad range instead of a voice acting veteran from the world of animation.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY will be released on August 1, 2014.

REVOLUTION: Season Two Review- “Patriot Games”

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REVOLUTION is getting a lot right in its second season. The combination of better writing and actors who’ve had time to grow into their roles has really led the way in a noticeable improvement in the show since its return. “Patriot Games” was another great example of how far REVOLUTION has come. The acting, writing, and story were all top notch, combining to produce the most well constructed episode of perhaps the entire series thus far.

The best illustration of the show’s progress is Charlie. She’s been REVOLUTION’s weak link since the beginning. An infuriating pendulum of naiveté and an undeserved overconfidence, the show’s writers have had trouble finding a balance for the character. This was a huge problem throughout most of the first season, when Charlie’s story was anchoring the rest of the show.

Charlie has (wisely) been given less screen time so far this season, and in her case less has proven to be more. By focusing on her driving forces, hatred of Monroe and disillusionment with Rachel, the show has made her a lot more tolerable. She’s no longer the Katniss Everdeen wannabe of the first season and is now a fully realized character in her own right whose actions are a natural progression of her journey over the course of the series up to this point.

Charlie’s also been given a perfect foil over these first few episodes in the form of Monroe. This unlikely and unexpected pairing was a brilliant move on the part of the show’s writers, who have used scenes between the two to get the audience to accept the changes in both their characters. Charlie’s self righteous, emotional tendencies and Monroe’s cold, ruthless pragmatism counterbalance each other very well. I’m looking forward to seeing if the writers can continue these characters’ progression next week when they reunite with the larger group.

Another member of that larger group whose character shows improvement is Rachel. The episode’s revelation of a suicide attempt during the six months between the season one finale and the beginning of this season makes it even clearer that events have had a major impact on her. This gives the character a poignant pathos that solidifies our understanding of who she is and further informs why her desire to fight against the Patriots is so strong.

She feels responsible. This responsibility drove her to attempt to atone for her role in the blackout by reversing its effects. When her quest resulted in another unimaginable loss of life, including her son’s along the way, it destroyed her. This was all conveyed superbly in the scene between her and her father this week. Rachel’s not a character who can just let things go, especially with the enormous sense of guilt she carries. Being confronted with the forces that sabotaged her chances for redemption offers her yet another opportunity for atonement, and it’s clear she intends to take it.

In typical Rachel fashion however, she jumped in with both feet and nearly drowned because of it. She tried to recruit long time friend Ken’s help in fighting the Patriots only to discover that he was actually a member of the group himself. While his turn was handled hastily and suddenly pushed him into creeper territory when he admitted his feelings for her before stroking her face (we don’t need over the top villainy to sell a bad guy turn, folks), it was successful in adding another facet to the overall growing menace of the Patriots.

Ken’s admission of being a Patriot for seven years was a great way to further reveal the extent of what is turning out to be an awesomely insidious plot. They’re literally everywhere, and their plan is being written with enough care and attention to detail to make it plausible. But after four episodes, I think it’s time to start asking, what exactly do the Patriots want?

A plan as detailed and far reaching as theirs has to be for more than just control over the ashes of the former United States, right? So what’s their bigger, long term goal? They’re clearly after something and have a very specific plan to get it, so what is it they want?

I get the feeling that we’re about to get the answers to some of those questions through the show’s MVP, Tom Neville. In another reliably excellent performance by Giancarlo Esposito, Neville continued to move up through the Patriots’ ranks by finding a weakness and exploiting it as only Neville can.

It was obvious from the moment Cook threatened to kill Neville at the earliest opportunity that Cook wasn’t going to make it through the episode. Watching Neville give Cook that sly smile (the same one he gave him as he administered the overdose that killed Cook) was a pleasure because you could already see the wheels turning. When Neville was shown to have assumed Cook’s place and later received the go ahead from Justine Allenford to carry on, you had to smile along with him.

I’m not sure yet whether or not to smile at Aaron’s newfound “abilities”, I guess it depends on the purpose for which they’re being introduced. The show is venturing into some heavy fantasy elements with this plot thread, which could be dangerous as the show is finally hitting its stride.

We need a logical explanation for this firefly situation, or at least the beginnings of one, sooner rather than later. When the rest of the story is playing out so well, it’s crucial that the most drastic departure from what the story has been is seen to fit in with the rest of it. It has me interested though, and that’s a wonderful thing.

It’s wonderful because for the first time in its history, REVOLUTION has me asking genuinely curious questions about the plot! I truly am invested in this show and where it’s going. Congratulations, REVOLUTION, you’ve officially got me (and a lot of people judging by the online reaction) back. Please don’t mess this up.

Random Observations

Loved Rachel’s, “That was Randall’s exit line.” A snappy piece of dialogue delivered effortlessly.

Also loved the editing of the sequence where Rachel and Neville were cleaning the scenes of their crimes. The music, lighting, and quick cuts worked beautifully there and drew parallels between the two I hadn’t previously considered.

Neville’s single mindedness in demanding to know his son’s whereabouts was refreshing to see. It served as a great reminder of what set this man on the path to becoming who he now is, concern for his family. The best villains are always heroes in their own mind.

I’m really enjoying Stephen Collins’ performance as Rachel’s father, Dr. Gene Porter. He brings a calming influence into the equation, and he has great chemistry with everyone else on the show. With such a warm character, I worry he’s not long for this world…

I was VERY glad to see Titus Andover return for a curtain call in a performance by Matt Ross that once again showed how wonderfully frakked up the character truly was. His twisted, but no less genuine caring for the people around him was a great way to ground what could have been a villain of the week. Seeing Titus driven to such despondency over losing everything that mattered to him, and blaming the Patriots for it, was a fantastic way of using a strong, lesser villain to make the stronger, more formidable villains look even worse.

Click here for our review of REVOLUTION’s previous episode, “Love Story”.

New THOR: THE DARK WORLD Clips

With just over three weeks left until THOR: THE DARK WORLD lands in theaters (less than two weeks in many international markets), Marvel is putting its marketing hammer down. Three new clips from the film have been released this week, each showcasing a different facet of the story to be told onscreen. The first displays the kind of inter-realm warfare we’ve not seen since Thor, Loki, Lady Sif, and The Warriors Three battled the Frost Giants in the origin film. The second is the apparent awakening of Malekith and the Dark Elves. The third clip features the rocky, but perfectly excusable reunion of Thor and Jane Foster.

MMM TV: ARROW Ep. 202 ‘Identity’

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Another airing of superhero television means another episode of MMM TV will soon follow. ARROW has delivered the second episode of its sophomore season, “Identity,” with Oliver Queen exploring a newly non-lethal form of heroism. Meanwhile, Roy Harper continues his own unique campaign to make a difference in Starling City. Our thoughts and analysis on the entire episode are just a click away.

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