CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER Trailer Debuts!

It’s been touted as the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s answer to the 1970s political thriller. Robert Redford was cast for good measure. Now, debuting exclusively on iTunes, here is the very first trailer for CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER. Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo (COMMUNITY), this film marks star Chris Evans’ third turn as the shield-slinging Avenger. Check out the full trailer below and let us know what you think in the comments section!

 

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER arrives in theaters on April 4, 2014.

MMM TV: AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Ep. 105 ‘Girl In The Flower Dress’

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With apologies for a slight delay, MMM TV is back with another dose of AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. analysis. Last week, many thought Marvel’s rookie television series had its best episode yet, but we were not so sure. We went into the fifth episode looking to learn more about the teased backgrounds for the principal cast and to start seeing some advancement in a season-long story arc. Listen now to see if “Girl in the Flower Dress” answered the call.

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MMM TV: ARROW Ep. 203 ‘Broken Dolls’

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It was the best of episodes, it was the worst episodes according to the panelists on this edition of MMM TV. The latest episode of ARROW, “Broken Dolls,” was full of DC easter eggs and one huge super-villain name drop. The story told, however, inspired some very different reactions. Let the debate commence!

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REVOLUTION: Season Two Review- “One Riot, One Ranger”

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While it wasn’t a bad episode by any means and was still head and shoulders above most of the first season, the fifth episode of REVOLUTION’s second season, “One Riot, One Ranger”, left me feeling a bit underwhelmed. There was a lot about it to like, but ultimately the episode never became more than the sum of its parts the way the other episodes have so far this season.

I gotta give credit to the writers, they wasted absolutely no time in dealing with Aaron’s newfound abilities. I said last week that we needed answers or at least the beginnings of answers sooner rather than later, and I was very happy that the episode began to explore this development immediately after returning from the opening teaser.

How they chose to handle it made me even happier. Rather than explain it with technobabble or an overly complicated monologue that reeks of overselling, they simply had Miles and Rachel acknowledge its incredibleness. They then wisely stepped back and allowed Aaron to deal with the ramifications of what is happening to him in exactly the way he would.

The genius of this decision lies in the character experiencing this change. Aaron is REVOLUTION’s man of science. He’s agnostic, he’s academically brilliant, and he is the person on the show least likely to believe in the kinds of things that are happening to him. To put it another way, if Aaron watched REVOLUTION he’d be the first person to cry foul at a character exhibiting these kinds of abilities.

The show’s resident non believer has been suddenly thrust into the show’s most fantastical storyline. But because of Aaron’s everyman qualities it grounds this departure from the show’s typically science fiction based storytelling in someone the audience loves and sympathizes with. Tying the fate of this plot point to the fate of Aaron produces greater audience investment in both.

And it’s working. If you had told me last season that I’d be interested in a story arc involving Aaron being able to control the nanobots and possessing the ability to spontaneously combust his enemies I’d have laughed at you. But here I am, waiting to see what will happen next week because I’m enjoying it.

Something else I’ve been enjoying this season is the dynamic between Monroe and Charlie, which was elevated even more in this episode when the two were reunited with Miles. This led to some great scenes featuring these three figuring out how to live and work together.

While nothing new was revealed during Miles and Monroe’s initial conversation, the scene was an efficient and effective reminder of the two men’s shared history. Monroe’s line, “They nuked our city”, followed by the look on Miles’ face underscored this. Furthermore, Monroe calling out Miles on his inability to follow through when it comes to killing him spoke to the shared affection these two former friends still have for each other.

While watching Miles and Monroe struggle to put their differences on hold for the greater good was a well scripted and well acted scene, it was nowhere near as exciting as watching their expert take down of a group of Patriots. As I watched the two quickly dispatch a larger force I was reminded of Monroe’s line to Charlie from earlier in the season, “I’m good at killing. I’m very good at it, even better when I’m with your uncle.” He wasn’t lying.

Back on the east coast another character very good at killing, Neville, found himself forced to kill again when Justine Allenford’s caravan to Washington, D.C. was ambushed by another group of Patriots. Apparently Allenford protested Patriot “reeducation camps” and her superiors weren’t too happy about that.

They’re not the only ones. This development seems unlikely. Allenford appeared to be a highly placed Patriot operative fully aware of who she worked for. Her protest of their methods seems a little too naïve for someone with such authority. Consistent characterization has been a strength so far this season and I’d hate for it to fall off now, after establishing such a powerful character. We’ll see.

We’ll also see what this does for Neville’s story going forward. His being a fugitive from the Patriots could limit the amount of new information we learn about the inner workings of the group. I guess it all depends on where the story is going.

Which at this point, is anybody’s guess. We’re about 23% of the way through the 22 episodes that will make up REVOLUTION’s second season. Now that most of the main cast has been reunited I’m looking for the show to pick up the pace from this episode and continue that steady burn/build that characterized the first four. That said, when the “worst” episode of the season is this entertaining, you’re in luck.

Random Observations

I like that flashbacks to the last six months have replaced flashbacks to “Before the Blackout”. Who these people were before the Blackout doesn’t matter nearly as much as what happened to them in the aftermath of a nuclear attack they failed to prevent.

While I appreciated Aaron’s relationship with Cynthia a lot more after this episode’s flashback, Cynthia’s husband was way too “Lifetime Movie of the Week Bad Guy”. You half expected him to pants Aaron when he met him for the first time in the school.

I was really disappointed Allenford’s D.C. trip turned out to be a set up. Getting a look at post-apocalyptic Washington, D.C. under Patriot control would have been very cool. Here’s hoping we get there before the season’s over.

Jason being placed in a reeducation camp places Neville in the position of having to rescue his son from a corrupt government. This is a nice juxtaposition to Neville being the operative of the corrupt government that took Danny away in season one, which placed Charlie in the position of having to rescue her brother.

Best Lines

“Gotta love Texas.” –Miles, as guns were being drawn and townsfolk were getting out of the way.

“Monroe… that’s quite a twist.” –Aaron, as Miles hurried him upstairs before the arrival of the Ranger.

Click here for our review of REVOLUTION’s previous episode, “Patriot Games”.

Comikaze Headed To LA Next Friday!

Stan Lee’s Comikaze returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center next Friday November, 1 at 1:00pm. Modern Myth Media will be there to cover the entire weekend’s worth of festivities and we hope you can meet us there. Check out latest press release below, or just hurry up and get your tickets here.

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STAN LEE’S COMIKAZE EXPO PRESENTED BY POW! ENTERTAINMENT RETURNS TO LOS ANGELES THIS NOVEMBER 1 – 3

LA’s Ultimate Pop Culture Experience to Host Celebrities, Exclusives, Reunions, Gaming, Shopping and More

Santa Monica, CA – October 22, 2013 – Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo presented by POW! Entertainment, and co-owned by the largest producer of trade shows and events in the nation, Advanstar Communications, Inc., returns to Los Angeles next month. Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo kicks off this November 1-3, 2013 at the Los Angeles Convention Center and promises an incredible experience for fans of comics, gaming, horror, sci-fi, fantasy and anime. This year’s event will feature an amazing line-up of attractions from vendors and exhibitors, interactive contests, celebrity autograph signings, screenings, renowned panel sessions and gaming tournaments.

“I’m beyond excited for this year’s Comikaze Expo,” stated Stan Lee, Chairman and Founder of POW! Entertainment. “Comikaze continues to grow bigger and better every year and the offerings this year are going to be immensely enjoyable for all of our attendees. It’s great to have such a fun-filled expo that attracts the Hollywood crowd just as much as the geek, comic and gaming crowd and it’s all right here in our backyard – Los Angeles!”

This year fans can experience NERD Black Friday and also have access to geeky shopping, see all the new toys, games and movies as well as meet all of their favorite actors and celebrities. Fans can shop from retailers like Hot Topic, Toynamii, Mattel, Tokidoki as well as from new emerging artists and creators. These retailers have created exclusive items available only at Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo.

“My partners and I are committed to creating a unique, one-of-a-kind fan experience that will be enjoyed by all. I am proud to bring Stan Lee’s Comikaze back to your great city. Comikaze is a show for fans by fans…it embodies everything that is LA,” said Regina Carpinelli, founder and CEO, Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo. “Part of fulfilling that goal is to partner with industry giants like Diamond Comics, Hot Topic, SyFy Channel and many others! Together we can create amazing and unique fan experiences to make Comikaze one of the world’s largest and most diverse pop culture conventions.”

Additionally, Stan Lee will be on hand to meet his fans, and share with them the largest collection of Marvel movie props and memorabilia ever assembled in one place. On site will also be amazing movie props that Stan Winston Legacy Studios created for hits like Iron Man, Captain America and Thor. Additionally, Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment will play a big role with several panels at Comikaze, including a special Slam 7 announcement, an unveiling from Mattel, and an introduction of a new app game, along with others. As always, Stan Lee may drop in on other panels as a special guest.

“Comikaze is part of the fan community. Our experience in events, licensing and entertainment will help them exponentially expand their reach and concept globally. We couldn’t be more excited to be part of the Comikaze team!” said Chris DeMoulin, Executive Vice President of Customer Development and President of Licensing for Advanstar.

Celebrities making an appearance at Comikaze include Stan Lee, Elvira, Bruce Campbell, Weird Al, LeVar Burton, Tara Strong, John Romita Jr, Marc Silvestri he entire cast of AMC’s Comic Book Men, and many more. Panel discussions run the gamut, with topics regarding new movie and television show premiers to in-depth comic discussions and workshops on how to become a voice actor to break into the comics industry. The full listing of panels will be available soon at www.comikazeexpo.com.

“POW! Entertainment will have a significant presence at this year’s Comikaze Expo,” stated Gill Champion, President and CEO of POW! Entertainment. “We are excited to host our own pop culture expo in our backyard to share with the fans and Hollywood crowd alike, and showcase Los Angeles as the center of pop culture.”

Take a look behind the scenes at Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo by watching the SyFy Network’s new hit show “Fangasm,” which features seven super-nerd fan boys and fan girls who move into the same house in LA, and work as interns for Stan Lee’s Comikaze. New episodes of “Fangasm” air every Tuesday night at 10pm on SyFy.

Buy tickets at Comikazeexpo.com or at the door!

The Expo Basics:

WHEN:​Friday, November 1, from 1p.m. to 8 p.m.
​Saturday, November 2, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
​Sunday, November 3, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

COST:​$25 per day, or $60 for 3-day pass
FREE for children under 12

WHERE:​Los Angeles Convention Center
​1201 South Figueroa Street, South Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90015

For additional info: www.comikazeexpo.com, Twitter @StanLeeComikaze, Facebook- www.facebook.com/comikazeexpo

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About Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo
Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo, held November 1-3 , 2013 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, is the largest multimedia pop culture convention in Los Angeles. Partnering with comic legend Stan Lee and Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, Comikaze brings together the best in comics, gaming, horror, sci-fi, fantasy, anime and all other pop culture programming.

About Advanstar Communications, Inc.
Advanstar Communications Inc., the largest producers of trade shows and events in the U.S., is a leading worldwide media company providing integrated marketing solutions for the Fashion, Licensing, Life Sciences and Powersports Industries. Advanstar serves business professionals and consumers in these industries with its portfolio of 147 events, 68 publications and directories, 267 electronic products and Web sites, as well as educational and direct marketing products and services. Market leading brands and a commitment to delivering innovative, quality products and services enables Advanstar to “Connect Our Customers with Theirs.”

About POW! Entertainment, Inc.
POW! Entertainment, Inc. (OTCQB: POWN), a multi-media entertainment company, was founded by noted comic book writer Stan Lee, together with award-winning producer Gill Champion and the late intellectual property specialist Arthur Lieberman. POW!’s principals have extensive backgrounds in the creation and production of original intellectual properties, including some of the most successful entertainment franchises of all time. POW! is utilizing Stan Lee’s historical background by perpetuating his legacy while creating and developing all new live-action films, television, digital games, merchandising, licensing and related ancillary markets, all of which contribute to global expansion. POW! partners with third parties and strategic alliances, including studios and networks, in the production and distribution of new POW! character franchises.

Ben Kingsley Teases A Secret Marvel Project

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Sir Ben Kingsley will return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The IRON MAN 3 star told the Belfast Telegram that he’s back in the Marvel fold for a secret project.

It’s a secret Marvel project. I’m not allowed to say any more, you’re going to have to wait and see. I was with many members of the crew that were involved in IRON MAN 3. It was lovely to see them again. It was great to be with this wonderful family.

It all sounds very much like Kingsley has reprised his role from the third IRON MAN film and already completed whatever work needed to be done. Most likely, this secret project is a Marvel One-Shot to be included with the home release of an upcoming Marvel Studios film. Perhaps this one-shot will be ready in time for the Blu-ray and digital download release of THOR: THE DARK WORLD in the first quarter of 2014.

In any event, it will be great and probably hilarious to see Kingsley back as the key component in one of the biggest twists in the history of the genre.

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!

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