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I know that a lot of you are like me and have extended cable/subscription TV, and may also be like me in that you’re not familiar with every single channel on your converter. If so, please allow me to introduce you to new channel Pivot, whose target market is reportedly Millenials, the 18-34-year-olds. Target markets always crack me up, especially in this case, because one of the shows they have picked up was broadcast when some Millenials were toddlers.
Anyway, the good news for us is that Pivot has picked up Buffy the Vampire Slayer and will be showing episodes Monday through Friday late night, starting January 13. It’s being paired with Veronica Mars, and together they are billed as a “Buffy and Veronica Power Hours Block” at 10/9c and 11/10c. Presumably the Buffy episodes will go at 10, but Veronica, though not a show we cover here, »
- Erin Willard
Back in May of this year, a rumour started doing the round suggesting that Marvel Studios could be looking to replace Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye in The Avengers sequel owing to some perceived negative comments from the actor over his role in last year's mega-blockbuster.
Since then, it's become pretty clear that the original story was just speculation passed off as "insider info", but for anyone still wondering, Renner has now confirmed himself that he's set to line up with the rest of Earth's Mightiest Heroes once again in 2015's The Avengers: Age of Ultron, stating "Yes! Of course! when asked by Latino Review (via Cbm) if he'll be back for the sequel.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron is set for release on May 1st, 2015 with Joss Whedon directing a cast that also includes Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Chris Evans (Captain America), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow »
- Gary Collinson
Wonder Woman has been a notoriously hard character to bring to life on screen. Lynda Carter's run as the DC Comics icon in the 1970s lasted three seasons, but since then a number of attempts -- from a would-be Joss Whedon movie to a CW pilot last season -- have failed to get off the ground.
Now Gal Gadot has been tapped for the role in the upcoming "Man of Steel" sequel, "Batman vs. Superman." Those are some big red boots to fill, and ones that Palicki admits she is sad she never got to spend more time in.
"I got to play Wonder Woman, which was, by the way, maybe one of the coolest things ever," Palicki gushes »
Writer: Grant Morrison
Penciller: Howard Porter
Inker: John Dell
Colorist: Pat Barrahy
Publisher: DC Comics
Even though Howard Porter’s figures take creative license with human anatomy and have horribly dated hairstyles, Jla #1-#4 (“New World Order”) is an important comic arc and a very entertaining superhero story. It was the first comic done in the “widescreen” format which used splash pages and big panels to tell a sequentiall story on a cinematic scale. Later comics, such as Marvel’s Ultimates and Wildstorm’s Authority, perfected this form which became an huge part of superhero comics in the 2000s showing up in books ranging from Joss Whedon and John Cassaday’s Astonishing X-Men to Morrison and Frank Quitely’s All-Star Superman . Grant Morrison’s run on Jla also had a huge influence on Bruce Timm’s Justice League cartoon. The show’s pilot even used the same villain »
- Logan Dalton
Beyonce did it. Is it now time for Hollywood’s stars to step up and prove the value of their own bold-faced brands?
By surprising fans — and the industry — with a massively successful album release that had no advanced promotion or pre-buzz backing it, Beyonce has shaken up the music biz in a single weekend. Now that the album shattered records on iTunes with 828,773 copies sold in three days, it’s a given that other artists will now seriously consider their own options without the expense of a lavish marketing campaign, allowing social media to do much of the heavy lifting.
But studios — and actors that consider themselves multi-hyphenates — should also take notes and consider whether the sneak-attack release strategy could ever work for them.
The question is whether, in a matter of days, websites and social media could send as many fans flocking to theaters as a traditional marketing campaign that typically lasts months, »
- Marc Graser
Chiwetel Ejiofor has finally arrived. And the proof comes when he doesn’t — at least not immediately.
He is now 15 minutes late for his breakfast interview. The owner of the Beverly Hills cafe is anxiously awaiting the appearance of the actor, whose reservation was made in his name. “We’re trying really hard not to freak out,” she quietly confides to a journalist.
Ejiofor laughs good-naturedly when the story is relayed to him. He’s still not quite used to all the attention, but feels fortunate that people have responded so positively to his new film “12 Years a Slave,” for which he has collected top actor awards from several critics groups and nominations from SAG and the Golden Globes. His standout performance as the film’s lead character, Solomon Northup, a free man kidnapped and sold into slavery, is considered a surefire bet for an Oscar nom.
See Also: Chiwetel Ejiofor »
- Jenelle Riley
Participant Media-owned Pivot – the TV network targeting the millenial (age 18-34) generation – has acquired all episodes of Fox’s Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Warner Bros’ Veronica Mars. The series will be joining the programming roster as a Buffy and Veronica Power Hours block, Pivot said today, featuring back-to-back episodes Mondays through Fridays at 10 Pm and 11 Pm beginning January 13. Buffy The Vampire Slayer, which ran for seven seasons from 1997-2003, stars Sarah Michelle Gellar as Buffy. The series was created by Joss Whedon, under Mutant Enemy Productions, and later with co-executive producers Jane Espenson, David Fury, David Greenwalt, Doug Petrie, Marti Noxon and David Solomon. Veronica Mars, which aired from 2004-2007, stars Kristen Bell as a student who progresses from high school to college while moonlighting as a private investigator under the tutelage of her detective father. The Kickstarter campaign for the Veronica Mars movie raised $5.5 million from more than 90,000 contributors. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Now playing in limited release and expanding nationwide December 20th is director David O. Russell’s comedic drama American Hustle. The story is based on the Abscam sting operation that uncovered widespread political corruption in the late 1970s, and Russell’s fantastic ensemble cast is led by Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, and Jeremy Renner. The film is definitely an awards contender, landing a Best Picture award from the New York Critics Circle and many nominations from a number of other groups, including the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild. While the holidays are filled with a lot of choices, American Hustle should definitely be on your list. For more on the film, here’s all our previous coverage. At the recent New York City press junket I landed an exclusive video interview with Renner. He talked about how quickly he signed on to the project, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
CBS Films’ “Inside Llewyn Davis” topped Film Comment’s annual survey of 120 critics, journalists, film-section editors and the magazine’s staff and contributors, followed by Fox Searchlight’s “12 Years a Slave” and Sony Pictures Classics’ “Before Midnight.”
The group’s list, in order: Joel & Ethan Coen’s “Inside Llewyn Davis”; Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave”; Richard Linklater’s “Before Midnight”; Joshua Oppenheimer’s docu “The Act of Killing”; Jia Zhang-ke’s “A Touch of Sin”; Lucien Castaing-Taylor & Verena Paravel’s “Leviathan”; Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity”; Andrew Bujalski’s “Computer Chess”; Noah Baumbach’s “Frances Ha”; and Shane Carruth’s “Upstream Color.”
In making the announcement, the org also mentioned such titles and rankings as Spike Jonze’s “Her” (#17), Alexander Payne’s “Nebraska” (#18), David O. Russell’s “American Hustle” (#19) and “The Wolf of Wall Street” (#37).
The poll also scored films seen at festivals or special screenings that don’t yet have a U. »
- Tim Gray
Every new season on Buffy the Vampire Slayer brought the promise of a fresh Big Bad, a major enemy that would crop up to make life Hell, literally and figuratively, for our heroes. Usually, Big Bads were mythical sorts — sadistic vampires, demonic government officials, omnipotent gods. But for the sixth season, which brought the show to Upn in 2001 after a nearly perfect run on the WB, Joss Whedon and his team of writers encountered a different challenge. Since Buffy had died in the season-five finale and was therefore being brought back from the dead — from heaven, no less — the show was beginning from a dark spot and therefore needed a lighter Bad, as it were. So the show’s writers hit on the idea to have three social misfits from Buffy’s high-school days — previously-seen characters Jonathan Levinson and Warren Mears, along with Andrew Wells, the younger »
- Jennifer Vineyard
We recently heard of a rumor that Don Cheadle will reprise his role as James Rhodes, aka War Machine, in "Avengers: Age of Ultron." And now, USA Today has confirmed the rumor. In addition, Bleeding Cool is reporting that British actor Simon McBurney is in talks to play the "new Jarvis," who isn't another computer system built by Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr), but an actual butler named Jarvis. "Avengers: Age of Ultron" will once again be directed by Joss Whedon and will hit theaters on May 1st, 2015. »
Our weekly round up of the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Venom, The Sinister Six, Batman vs. Superman, Superman Lives, Arrow, X-Men: Apocalypse, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Ant-Man, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and more....
After an absolutely crazy week for superhero news last time around, things have slowed down a little over the past seven days, although there's still plenty to get through in this edition of The Week in Spandex, starting with Sony's big announcement that it's given the green light to two villain-centred spin-offs from its Amazing Spider-Man franchise in Venom and The Sinister Six. Venom didn't come as much as a surprise, seeing as Sony has been keen to get it off the ground for some time now, having attached Chronicle director Josh Trank before he jumped ship to another Marvel project in »
- Gary Collinson
“Wanted” and “Kick-Ass” creator Mark Millar (left) just sold his latest comic book, the Flash Rogers-esque sounding “Starlight” to 20th Century Fox, continuing the prolific Scottish writer’s partnership with the studio. As you’ll recall, the studio previously set Millar as their comic book movie universe “consultant” (whatever that means). According to THR, Millar’s “Starlight”, which includes artwork by Goran Parlov, “centers on a space hero who saved the universe 35 years ago but came back to Earth, where no one believed his fantastic stories. He settled down, got married, had kids and got old, but then is called back for one last adventure when his old rocket shows up.” Simon Kinberg, who was recently tapped by Fox as their version of Joss Whedon, by overseeing their comic book properties including the “X-Men” line of movies, will produce “Starlight” — if and when it eventually gets made. Being that a »
Special Mention: Sightseers
Directed by Ben Wheatley
This bloody, satirical road trip comedy is by no means as great as Terrence Mallick’s Badlands, but it is truly unique, strange, disquieting, and uncomfortably funny. Ben Wheatley is one of the most exciting genre filmmakers working in the industry today and has a talent for coaxing naturalistic, improvisational performances from his actors. Here, Wheatley is working for the first time from someone else’s script. Sightseers was written by TV acting and writing duo Alice Lowe and Steve Oram, with input from Wheatley’s longtime collaborator Amy Jump. In Sightseers, they achieve the relatively rare feat of striking the right balance between sharply observed characterization and jet-black humour. Sightseers was pitched as an unsold TV pilot, which was rejected by every UK broadcaster for being too dark. It isn’t quite horror, but »
We know that Joss Whedon is expanding the roster of Earth's Mightiest Heroes for The Avengers: Age of Ultron with the addition of Godzilla duo Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen as Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, but it seems that Colonel James Rhodes will also be providing back-up, with reports suggesting that the Iron Man 2 and Iron Man 3 star is set to appear in the hotly-anticipated 2015 sequel.
Word of Cheadle's casting originally stems from USA Today, while Bleeding Cool has seemingly confirmed the story, as well as suggesting that British actor Simon McBurney (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Borgias) is being lined up as "the new Jarvis - not a computer voice Jarvis, mind you, but an actual Butler called Jarvis - or at least called Jarvis by Tony Stark." As always, it's probably worth holding off for official confirmation from Marvel on both of these, but considering how »
- Gary Collinson
In issue 214 of Total Film magazine, Avengers star Cobie Smulders chats to us about voicing Wonder Woman in The Lego Movie. Inside the issue - which is available for just £1.99 on your iPad, Smulders talks about voicing a character that she's long been linked to - she was Joss Whedon's number one choice for Wonder Woman when he was attached to bring the super-heroine to the big screen. "Wonder Woman is such an amazing character," Smulders says. "But she's very iconic, so it's scary stuff. It's scary stuff with big shoes." As for heading...
- Total Film
Looks like I may have to interview Don Cheadle like I did Halle Berry, when it was rumored that she was coming back as Storm in X Men: Days of Future Past (Here).But it’s being reported that War Machine, who was played by Don Cheadle in Iron Man 2 and 3, will be in the next Avengers film entitled The Avengers: Age of Ultron, to be directed by Joss Whedon, and which will be released in 2015.Of course what War Machine’s involvement with the film will be is not known, whether it’ll be just a cameo or a more extended supporting role, and Whedon is being all very hush-hush in regards to the plot of the movie, except that the new film will include new characters Ultron »
Are you guys going to see Batman vs. Hawkeye vs. Mystique vs. Lois Lane vs. Faceman this weekend? Also known as American Hustle? Don't tell us you failed to notice that everyone in that cast has played a superhero or has been in a superhero movie of some kind? Our nerd alarms went crazy when we first saw a pic of Christian Bale, Jennifer Lawrence, Jeremy Renner & Co. all together, so much so we had to come up with a new name for the level of geekiness. ("Threat Level Joss Whedon" is what we decided on). In case you managed to miss Man of Steel, The A-Team reboot, all three Batman movies that starred Christian Bale and Whedon's masterpiece that is The Avengers (what, »
Bleeding Cool has posted a brief report where it claims that Don Cheadle’s Colonel Rhodes, who happens to moonlight as War Machine, is going to appear in The Avengers: Age of Ultron. While the outlet doesn’t know much about the nature or size of the role, it would mean that the roster for this film continues to grow. Director Joss Whedon has been tightlipped about the plot of the next big team-up film, but we do know that there are a host of new characters added into the mix- not counting the all ready massive cast of the first film- including Ultron (James Spader), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), and now War Machine (if the rumor is true).
Speculation about War Machine’s role in the story has, naturally, started to run rampant. One theory that could lead somewhere is that he’d, at least temporarily, »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
As The Avengers: Age Of Ultron nears its February/March start date for filming over here in the UK, we are beginning to get a few details on the films roster of superheroes. Last month Marvel Studios officially confirmed that Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen had joined the rest of Earths mightiest heroes as Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. Then, just yesterday, it was revealed that Don Cheadle will reprise his role as Colonel James Rhodes from Iron Man 2 and Iron Man 3 in the super-sized sequel.
Now a few more intriguing plot details have been uncovered for when the Avengers re-assemble in theatres for 2015. It is rumoured that English thespian Simon McBurney (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) is in line to play the new ‘J.A.R.V.I.S.’ for Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark, although he will be a real butler as opposed to an artificial intelligence »
- Ben Read
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