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It's not uncommon for movie and TV stars to make the jump from the screen to the printed page; many well-known actors have capitalized on their name recognition to help boost their profiles as emerging authors. Notable examples include Viggo Mortensen (Lord of the Rings), who found success with his self-published poetry; James Franco (This is the End) recently rolled out a well-received short story collection entitled Palo Alto; and Ethan Hawke (Sinister, The Purge) has won acclaim for the novels The Hottest State and Ash Wednesday. While we don't hear nearly enough about actors from the world of horror and sci-fi making a successful transition to those same genres in print, it's not as rare a phenomenon as you might think. Let's examine the literary legacies of three notable horror stars who carved out thrilling new careers as horror writers... Thomas Tryon Genre Role: I Married a Monster from Outer Space »
- Gregory Burkart
Have you ever dreamed about what it might be like to relive the same day over and over again in an endless search for the perfect 24 hour period of existence? Of course you haven't, for that is the plot of much-loved Bill Murray/Harold Ramis comedy classic Groundhog Day, and each and every possible hilarious scenario has already been played out for you via one of the sharpest and most intuitive scripts of all time.
Edge of Tomorrow, 20 minutes of which was screened for bloggers and film journalists at an event in London earlier this week, is like Groundhog Day with stringy aliens and Tom Cruise. Admittedly, there are a few other minuscule differences between Doug Liman's upcoming sci-fi piece and its forebear: Cruise is using his unusual predicament »
- Ben Child
"End of the Beginning" - Agents Garrett (Bill Paxton) and Triplett are back to help Coulson's team track down S.H.I.E.L.D.'S nefarious enemy--the Clairvoyant. But will Deathlok destroy them all to protect his master's identity? "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." stars Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson, Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May, Brett Dalton as Agent Grant Ward, Chloe Bennet as Skye, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz and Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons. Guest starring are Bill Paxton as Agent John Garrett, J. August Richards as Deathlok, Saffron Burrows as Agent Victoria Hand, Maximiliano Hernandez as Agent Jasper Sitwell, Titus Welliver as Agent Felix Blake, B.J. Britt as Agent Antoine Triplett and Brad Dourif as Thomas Nash. "End of the Beginning" was written by Paul Zbyszewski and directed by Bobby Roth. As you can see from the cast list, Agents Hand, Sitwell, »
Anghus Houvouras reviews the fourteenth episode of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D...
They should have called this episode 'Course Correction'. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has suffered something of an identity crisis. Since the shows big premiere, fans have become disenfranchised with the show citing its lack of big thrills and a bland, grating cast as reasons they've started jumping ship. The latest episode 'Family Matters' is another attempt to realign the flight path of the struggling series.
I've been one of the most staunch defenders of the show, though even I'm not daft enough to deny some of the more valid criticisms. Marvel has taken the mid-season break to try and inject the show with some new life. The reveal of Deathlok in the last episode was a big robotic step for the series, finally showing fans that there are some comic book thrills in store for the show. »
- Gary Collinson
Bill Cage (Tom Cruise) wakes up in Heathrow airport, which is now a military base on the frontline in the war against alien invaders known as Mimics. He’s about to be shipped off to France in one final push against the ever-growing extra-terrestrial threat. He feels like he’s been here before though, and that’s because he has. An encounter with the “Omega” Mimic has left Cage in a time loop, waking him up back at the base a day earlier every time he dies.
That’s the pitch for Edge of Tomorrow, a bonkers mix of Starship Troopers and Groundhog Day that’s based on a Japanese novel fantastically titled All You Need is Kill. Earlier this week, we had the chance to preview about 20 minutes of the film and we’re happy to report that there’s a lot to be excited about.
We’re first »
- Dominic Mill
Story follows a man who plans and sells heists to the highest bidder, but when his latest job goes horribly wrong he finds himself hunted by everyone he knows — mob bosses, contract killers and dirty cops. With no way out, Nick does the only thing he can think of to help his estranged daughter Cate — he takes out a life insurance policy on himself with her as the beneficiary.
It’s a great plan until he finds out the policy doesn’t take effect for 21 days. Now Nick is forced to take Cate on the »
- Justin Kroll
Welcome to The Marvelous Da7e, issue #36!
This week: Spoilers up to the current point (and maybe beyond) of Marvel’s ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’
Sorry, ABC. With ‘Gotham’ rounding out its main cast and ‘Arrow’ managing to expand it’s universe without f*cking it all up (or so I’m told by my friend Julian, who is in the process of forcing me to watch ‘Arrow’), with Netflix ready to make 60 episodes and a mini-series and photos of a new live-action Flash making the rounds, it’s ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ that has the title of the worst live-action superhero show at the moment. It may not seem fair to harp on ABC more the same week as the Oscars telecast, but when ‘Heroes Reborn’ comes around, we can all enjoy what I’m sure will be a minor rage explosion from me directed at NBC.
For an »
"Marvel's Agents of Shield" is getting the crossover treatment again in one of its upcoming "Uprising" episodes. To tie into the release of "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," at least one episode of the ABC series will be related to the plot of the film.
"If anyone sees a trailer for 'Captain America,' you'll notice that Shield is a huge part of what is happening in the movie, just by all the talk of Shield and all the Shield logos everywhere, so definitely there's a crossover of things happening," series star Chloe Bennet tells Zap2it. "I can't tell you how much, but I can tell you that it is insane."
She continues, "It will heavily affect our characters, I think. Everyone, definitely go see 'Captain America 2' and then you're going to definitely want to watch our show before and after."
Beyond the big "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" crossover, »
The team fights to save Skye’s life. Coulson learns more of the secret of his return. And Asgardians are back to cause trouble.
When last we looked in on Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., our scrappy band of disparate heroes had declared war on bad guy billionaire and arms dealer, Ian Quinn. They hunted him to his lair where Skye foolishly tried to face off with him one to one. Ian, being a booger-face, just stone cold shot her. And, for good measure, he shot her again.
Agent Phil Coulson did not take finding her body well. Through a minor plot contrivance, they managed to keep her just this side of death. But things don’t look good for our hacker-turned-hero.
And that’s where we pick up, with the team wheeling Skye into S.H.I.E.L.D.’s trauma unit and handing her off to the doctors. »
- Chris O'Guinn
Agents of Shield, Season 1, Episode 14, “T.A.H.I.T.I.”
Written by Jeffrey Bell
Directed by Bobby Roth
Episode 13, “T.R.A.C.K.S.”, ended on a cliffhanger with Skye, shot twice in the abdomen by Quinn, getting rushed to Shield for medical attention. “T.A.H.I.T.I.” picks up right where “T.R.A.C.K.S.” left off, and Coulson’s team is faced with a moral dilemma. They can try to save Skye with the same techniques Director Fury’s team used to bring Coulson back to life, but by saving her life, they could cause her immense pain and make her wish she had died instead.
As the team dives deeper into the secrets of Shield, their plan to save Skye is further complicated by Quinn and Shield Agent John Garrett, played by Bill Paxton. Garrett wants revenge on Quinn and demands Coulson turn him over, »
- Rachel Kolb
The people over at Total Film were lucky enough to catch an exclusive preview of the upcoming sci-fi film Edge Of Tomorrow, directed by Doug Liman and starring Tom Cruise. Below we have a bunch of descriptions with their reaction to the footage, plus some spoilers. Check it out.
According to the article, the footage is “surprisingly funny.” There’s some “Swingers-level wit at times (that is, if Swingers had featured a scene in which Heather Graham dismissively shot Jon Favreau in the face after a bad chat-up line) and some /insanely/ cool action beats.”
The first scene showed Cruise waking up in the middle of a military base, with Bill Paxton’s Master Sergeant Farrell approaching and revealing that Cruise is being processed with the other new recruits ahead of a big battle tomorrow. Total Film called the footage “beautiful and incredibly intense, with explosions all around and missiles spiraling through the sky, »
- Laura Frances
“Oh, dear. I’m a mess.” Those words, said with all the English delicacy that Jemma Simmons can muster, pretty much sums up what I believe should be fans’ emotional state after this episode. Returning after a month-long break, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. came back in a big way. From the beginning (poor Skye!) to the end (Lorelei!) to all the action in between, the hour was an intense ride that really showed the ways in which the series is finally starting to find its feet and take advantage of its storytelling.
We pick up almost exactly where we left off in the previous episode, »
- Andrea Towers
The "Marvel's Agents of Shield" gang managed to save Skye, but at what cost?
In episode 14, "Tahiti," Coulson had to dig back into his old file about how he was brought back to life to save his young team member, and in doing so discovered a miracle drug that saved his life. By heading to the secret lab facility where Nick Fury had doctors use everything imaginable to bring him back, he and Ward, Fitz, Agent Garrett and Agent Triplett found a secret drug -- GH324 -- and Coulson's hidden secret.
What the heck was that body that was in the container Coulson found? Was it an 0-8-4? An alien (some speculation is it's a kree)? Or the worst possible option: A mutated version of Coulson himself?
Whatever it was, finding the body that was producing GH324 was enough to send Coulson from a daze to a frenzy to »
Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. returned on Tuesday night after a month-long hiatus with an episode entitled “T.A.H.I.T.I.” that picked up with Skye getting rushed to treatment after suffering two shots to the chest.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Recap
All of the members of the S.H.I.E.L.D. team are racking their brains for what they could have done differently that would’ve prevented Skye’s (Chloe Bennet) possibly fatal wound. They’re all overwhelmed by guilt and trying to delay succumbing to full-on grief. In a moment of brutal pragmatism, Ward (Brett Dalton) asks May (Ming-Na Wen) if they might be expending too many resources to fly Skye all the way to the nearest S.H.I.E.L.D. facility when it’s more than likely that she’s not going to make it.
And we’re back! After a month long hiatus, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns with an episode that promises some big guest stars entitled “T.A.H.I.T.I.” When last we left off, Skye had been shot and the team began scrambling to find a way to save her as she clung desperately to life. Along with this predicament, Marvel’s Deathlok has been introduced through the character of Mike Peterson who continues to work for the nefarious Centipede and the mysterious Clairvoyant. This week, the team meets Agent Garrett, a grizzled super spy who shares a past with Agent Coulson, played by Bill Paxton. Will his arrival be game over for the agents? Hit the jump for our recap. Our episode begins with the team bringing Skye to the closest S.H.I.E.L.D. facility as a waiting prep team does their darndest to make sure she sees another day. »
- Evan Valentine
Note: Join us every Wednesday as we review the latest episode... Episode 14: "T.A.H.I.T.I." Synopsis: Coulson goes on the attack to save Skye—enlisting the aid of Ward's former S.O. John Garrett (Bill Paxton)—and uncovers shocking truths about his own life and S.H.I.E.L.D. Breakdown: (The following column contains Major Spoilers, so I don't recommend reading this if you haven't watched this episode). After »
- Alex Maidy
The plot centers on a criminal (Vince Vaughn) who designs and plans heists that he sells to the highest bidder. A contract is put out on his life after a job goes awry, leading him to take out a $1 million life insurance policy, with his estranged daughter (Hailee Steinfeld) listed as the sole benefactor. When he learns that it takes 21 days for the policy to kick in, this father goes on the run with his daughter, as they both try to stay alive for at least the next three weeks.
Sneak Peek footage from the new "Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D." trailer "Uprising", previewing upcoming episodes of the series that will develop more into a costumed superhero extravaganza along the lines of "The Avengers", linking storylines with Marvel Cinematic Universe feature films including "Thor: The Dark World" and "Captain America: The Winter Soldier":
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Uprising"...
- Michael Stevens
(Cbr) Following a month-long hiatus coinciding with the Winter Olympics, "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." is back with a new episode on ABC tonight, titled "T.A.H.I.T.I." That's not all that's new: The episode also sees the debut of veteran actor Bill Paxton as John Garrett, a S.H.I.E.L.D. field agent who has a long history with Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg). One week later, Jaimie Alexander will guest star in her "Thor" and "Thor: The Dark World" role of Asgardian warrior Sif, representing one of the strongest unions yet between "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." and the Marvel Studios film franchise (beyond Marvel movie mainstay Gregg starring in the show, of course). Paxton and Sif's appearances follow the recent revelation that Mike Peterson (J. August Richards) -- part of the show since the pilot -- is now the show's version of Deathlok, the most famous »
- Albert Ching, Comic Book Resources
When "Marvel's Agents of Shield" returns to ABC on Tuesday (March 4), expect episode 14, "Tahiti," to start the series going full throttle towards Season 1's conclusion.
"It gets crazy," star Chloe Bennet admits to Zap2it during a recent interview. "People are going to be really, really excited to see what comes up next. It's absolute nonstop from here on out."
"Agents of Shield" last left Bennet's character Skye in some pretty dire straights as she was rescued near death after a run-in with Ian Quinn and Mike Peterson-turned-Deathlok. In "Tahiti," she will hopefully be brought back to full health, but having her character be in stasis allowed Bennet to relax at least a little bit.
"I don't want to ruin anything, but definitely had an easy time filming the upcoming episode. There were a couple things that were a little tricky -- I don't want to get into it »
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