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To be honest, I can't believe this movie even exists. It's not like Deadpool is some impossible to decipher art film, or like the plot is impossible to follow. It's more a case of "Fox has never been this loose or this adventurous with any of their franchise superhero properties, and I'm not sure how anyone convinced them to do this," and if for no other reason, I salute the studio for taking this particular chance. And while superhero films are enormously popular and the X-Men franchise in general has been a steady performer for the studio, make no mistake: Deadpool represents a genuine roll of the dice. Aside from the R-rating, a first for this franchise, it's also just plain weird. Structurally, I can't think of another film quite like it. It's two scenes as well as some flashbacks and connective tissue. That's it. In one scene, Deadpool attacks »
- Drew McWeeny
Back in 1998, comic book legend Stan Lee formed a startup company entitled Stan Lee Media, to manage a growing list of new characters that were being created. Shortly thereafter, Stan Lee himself cut ties with the company, before it went bankrupt in 2000. While that would normally be the end for a company like this, the defunct Stan Lee Media went ahead and sued Disney several times, starting in 2007, claiming they owned the rights to superhero characters created by Stan Lee, such as Spider-Man. Disney won every time, but now, according to Pirated Thoughts, the studio is now suing Slm, over nearly a half million dollars in unpaid legal fees.
Stan Lee Media never claimed that they owned the rights to several characters until the bankrupt company started filing lawsuits against Disney in 2007, at least six of them. The lawsuits claimed that Stan Lee transferred the rights to beloved characters like Spider-Man, »
A diamond heist and a motorcycle gang occupy Di Harry Clayton in this week’s Lucky Man, which is beginning to find its feet…
This review contains spoilers.
1.3 Evil Eye
Neither going full-kitsch nor falling into a mopey addiction hole (what looked like its two viable options at the end of last week’s instalment), episode three of Stan Lee’s Lucky Man instead went right down the middle and delivered an hour of straightforward detective drama. A diverting hour, too.
Evil Eye’s hidden diamond crime-of-the-week provided our first glimpse of what Lucky Man might become were it to continue indefinitely: Harry gets a case, Harry uses his natural intuition and magic bracelet to solve the case, complications ensue. Add to that a bit of ongoing mystery (who really killed Kayleigh? What’s the deal with motorbike woman? Where did the bracelet come from?) and you’ve got yourself a show. »
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- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Kevin Smith’s second movie in his True North trilogy, Yoga Hosers, debuted at Sundance last week and was trashed by virtually every outlet and critic. The movie, which stars his daughter Harley Quinn Smith and Johnny Depp’s daughter Lily-Rose, was described by the director as “the movie I always wanted to see when I was a 12-year old girl”.
“I was at 3 screenings, and it played wonderfully,” he said on his Hollywood Babble-On podcast. “It was a wonderful experience watching the girls ascend and start doing interviews. People ate them up like candy, it was really fucking sweet. The critics on the other hand – holy fuck. Like I get it, the movie’s not for everyone. And based on what I read it’s not for anyone. But, wow. I was ready for it, but I didn’t read much. I just got a sense from everyone around me. »
- Luke Owen
With Captain America: Civil War shaping up to be one of 2016's biggest movies, several merchandisers are preparing to unveil their products from this superhero adventure, ahead of the New York Toy Fair 2016 later this month. In January, we showed you Hasbro's new toys from this epic adventure. Today, Idle Hands has released even more photos of different action figures, masks and weapons that will be available soon. Unfortunately, we don't have any pricing details for any of these items, but you can take a look at our entire merchandise gallery below.
Marvel's Captain America: Civil War finds Steve Rogers leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, »
2016 is looking to be a big year for Paul Gulacy, with the long-awaited reprinting of his groundbreaking Master of Kung Fu series and as a guest of Honor at the San Diego Comic-Con. But in some ways every year is a big year for Paul. He’s a tireless workhorse who is always creating and producing gorgeous artwork. I’ve had the pleasure of working with Paul on a few projects (please don’t ask about the Lady Gaga thing) and it’s always been enjoyable and invigorating. This interview is no exception. As you’ll see, Paul is witty and wistful and, as always, honest and authentic. He’s the real deal.
Ed Catto: Marvel has announced that the trademark and licensing rights to Master of Kung Fu have been resolved and they are finally reprinting the series. How do you feel about that and how do you feel »
- Ed Catto
Your weekend edition of The Week in Star Wars has a look at the costumes for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Harrison Ford presenting Star Wars Land, more movies after Episode IX and writer-director Kevin Smith’s role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens is finally revealed…
We’re kicking things off this week by looking – get this – past Star Wars: Episode IX. When Disney first announced they’d purchased the rights to make more Star Wars movies, they initially announced a new trilogy to take us up to 2019, which was then followed up announcements for spin-off (or Anthology) movies in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Han Solo: A Star Wars Story (with rumours of a Boba Fett one in there too). It was assumed by the fanbase that this new trilogy would then mark the end of Star Wars. No so, says Disney’s Bob Iger. »
- Luke Owen
James Nesbitt stars as down on his luck cop Di Harry Clayton whose chance encounter with a mysterious woman and an ancient bracelet changes everything. Based on an original idea by Stan Lee. Stan Lee's Lucky Man has a 10 episode run on Sky One. Starring: James Nesbitt as Harry, Stephen Hagan as Rich Clayton and Joseph Gatt as Yury Becker. Stan Lee's Lucky Man is currently airing on Sky One (UK) Fridays 9Pm and is a co-production between Sky and Pow! Entertainment. No word yet on when this show will hit the States. »
If only Stan Lee’s Lucky Man would fully commit to its pulp silliness, it could be an invigorating, fun watch…
This review contains spoilers.
1.2 Win Some, Lose Some
The moment a strip club owner (Omid Djalili, playing his character from Black Books) delivers the line “why don’t you put the cuffs on me and we can cha-cha?” is the moment a TV series loses any claim to credibility. Handily for Stan Lee’s Lucky Man, credibility is overrated. If only this show would realise that and fully commit to its pulp leanings.
It clearly wants to, but like a self-conscious toe-tapper on the edge of a dancefloor, it can’t quite bring itself to jump in with both feet and start having any real fun. Until it does, it’s doomed to remain in the uncomfortable no-man’s land between entertaining schlock and serious crime thriller, »
Back in November, Marvel unveiled the first trailer for the highly-anticipated Captain America: Civil War, but we haven't seen too much from this Phase Three adventure since then. There have been rumors that the next trailer will debut during the Super Bowl next weekend, but that hasn't been confirmed quite yet. While we wait for the latest footage to arrive, Iron Studios released a new piece of concept art for this superhero adventure, along with their announcement that new 1/10 Art Scale and 1/4 Legacy Replica statues from this movie will be coming soon.
The artwork features heroes such as Captain America (Chris Evans), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and more. Hopefully we'll get a better look at all of these heroes in action when the second trailer arrives, but until then, this artwork will have to suffice. »
Telly addict Andrew Collins reviews the best of the week’s TV, welcoming the silliness of the phone-hacking spoof Comic Strip Presents ... Red Top on Gold (with its accurate portrayal of life at the Guardian); recommending the snooker biopic The Rack Pack, a BBC iPlayer exclusive; cherishing the Music Moguls in the three-part BBC4 rock doc; admiring the clean streets of London in super-cop caper Stan Lee’s Lucky Man on Sky1; and wondering if Morse prequel Endeavour has jumped the shark with its Jaws in-jokes
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- Andrew Collins and Mona Mahmood
For as long as I can remember, comic book movies have been all about the Easter eggs and homages. In every Marvel movie, you can rest easy knowing that you'll be seeing comics legend Stan Lee in some capacity, and Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy is full of little hints to the source material (including, but not limited to, the whole "Robin" reveal at the end of The Dark Knight Rises). It's a genre of films embedded in the decades of history from the comics, and while for your average viewer it's no big deal, us geeks can't help but smile at the small details.
For the upcoming Wonder Woman flick from DC and Warner Bros, it's been speculated for some time now that Lynda Carter, who some may remember played Wonder Woman in the 1970s TV series, would be making an appearance of sorts. And why not? While many of »
- Joseph Medina
Writer: Neil Biswas
Director: Andy De Emmony
Synopsis: The life of troubled London cop, D.I. Harry Clayton, takes an unexpected turn when a mysterious woman gives him a bracelet that seems to allow him to control luck. Will he use it to bring a killer to justice or win at the casino?
Stan Lee’s Lucky Man is a curious and interesting concept when first faced with its premise and setting. Not only has the mastermind behind Spider-Man, Iron Man and X-Men channeled his creative genius into a new television series, but it also happens to be a British crime drama starring hilarious Irish actor James Nesbitt. However, this beautiful mixture of components actually forms something quite unique and entertaining.
The episode starts off by introducing the audience to Harry Clayton, »
- Ben Read
This week, Neil Calloway looks at the possibility of a combined Star Wars/McU movie…
This week Stan Lee talked about the possibility of a Marvel/Star Wars crossover movie. It’s a tantalising prospect that throws up so many potential plot lines and will excite as many people as it infuriates.
As both Marvel and Lucasfilm are now owned by Disney, it’s a possibility, albeit it a remote one, though you can guarantee that some studio accountant has done a presentation that combined box office figures for Star Wars and McU films (around $7 billion dollars and counting) in an attempt to get the movie green lit. There are of course several hurdles to overcome before it becomes a reality.
First of all, the films in the McU are, more or less, set now, on Earth, whereas quite famously, Star Wars takes place a long time ago in a galaxy far, »
- Neil Calloway
After last week’s bumper edition, The Week in Star Wars is looking ahead to Episode VIII and why its been pushed back. We’ve also got some rumours surrounding Rogue One, a crossover with Marvel, Kylo Ren on Undercover Boss and more…
We’re running a competition to win this set of Star Wars: The Force Awakens Pop! Bobble-Heads containing 11 figures released for the new movie. Competition closes on February 7th – so you’ve got time to enter!
We’re going to kick things off this week with Star Wars: Episode VIII, as it was revealed this week that Disney and Lucasfilm were pushing the movie back from May 26th, 2017 to December 15th, 2017. This means we’re now getting one Star Wars movie every Christmas, rather than spread out through the calendar year as originally planned. The May date was first put in place as it marked the 40th anniversary of the iconic franchise, »
- Luke Owen
Kevin Smith’s latest directorial effort, Yoga Hosers, will soon be premiering at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, so in anticipation of the film’s debut, the Clerks director has unveiled the first official clip from the film. See Harley Quinn Smith and Lily-Rose Depp, daughters of Smith and actor Johnny Depp, in the recently released footage below…
Yoga Hosers is Smith’s second entry in his True North trilogy, a series of horror-comedies that began with 2014’s Tusk and will end with Moose Jaws, which has been described as “Jaws with a moose.” Harley Quinn and Lily-Rose’s characters of Colleen McKenzie and Colleen Collette, in fact, were introduced through cameo appearances in Tusk.
“Yoga Hosers centers on 15-year-old yoga nuts Colleen Collette (Lily-Rose Depp) and Colleen McKenzie (Harley Quinn Smith), who have an after-school job at a Manitoba convenience store called Eh-2-Zed. When an ancient evil rises from »
- Justin Cook
Fortune smiles on James Nesbitt as a flawed superhero, while a timely documentary exposes a pair of prize idiots
Stan Lee’s Lucky Man Sky 1
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What, then, would be your chosen superpower? Breathing underwater? Invisibility? Needn’t be too “super”, even: just being able to refold damp maps in small cars would have worked for me, and I’ve known people who for idiosyncratic reasons have chosen to be unassailably right in any given argument through the superpower of irrationality, and one (hi, Ross!) who, in defiance of all musical laws, repeatedly managed to play the blues in three-four time.
Lucky Man is all swooping aerial shots, primary colours and femmes fatales in biking leathers racing over Camden canals
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- Euan Ferguson
In Harry Clayton, the veteran comic-book creator Stan Lee has created an engaging and unusual detective – even if the show doesn’t lack genre cliche
Detective Inspector Harry Clayton is a London cop with plenty of the usual Di baggage – he’s got a massive gambling habit, he’s separated from his lovely lawyer wife (the gambling habit had something to do with it), he still loves her, though; it’s complicated. So far, so a million other cop shows.
But Stan Lee’s Lucky Man (Sky1), as you might guess from the title, is created by Stan Lee, Marvel legend and co-creator of Spider-Man, the Hulk, Iron Man and dozens of other comic-book heroes. So our Harry gets himself a little superpower, too: the ability to control his own luck.
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- Sam Wollaston
Following its two-part season premiere [read our reviews here and here], ABC has released a new promo for Marvel’s Agent Carter season 2 entitled ‘Blockbuster Adventure’. Check it out here…
See Also: Watch a promo for Agent Carter season 2 episode 3 – ‘Better Angels’
See Also: Follow all of our Marvel Cinematic Universe coverage here
Dedicated to the fight against new Atomic Age threats in the wake of World War II, Agent Peggy Carter journeys from New York City to Los Angeles for her most dangerous – and bizarre – assignment yet. East Coast Ssr Chief Jack Thompson (Chad Michael Murray) sends Peggy to work with newly appointed West Coast Ssr Chief Daniel Sousa (Enver Gjokaj) to explore a strange homicide involving a body that glows and emanates cold. »
- Amie Cranswick
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