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Being part of a comic franchise isn't for everyone. While some might be comfortable with a contract that spans several pictures, as well as crosses media boundaries into other tie-ins, others aren't so thrilled about being part of the comic world. For every Hugo Weaving, there's a Samuel L. Jackson, and Cobie Smulders definitely falls into the Jackson camp, as she's a fan of being a part of the Marvel Universe. While promoting her new film, Unexpected, Smulders sat down with The Daily Beast to discuss everything from how her recent pregnancy helped with her role as a pregnant teacher to her life after the end of the smash hit show How I Met Your Mother. But, as always, if you're in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you're going to be asked about what life is like inside of the frames inspired by the page. More specifically, the question of job »
Chicago – Providing human life to this planet is the dominion of women, given that they gestate new existence through to birth. It was refreshing to see that gender point of view carried to expressive terms in “Unexpected,” the latest film by Chicagoan Kris Swanberg, and featuring Cobie Smulders.
The story is played out in contrast – a white middle class teacher in Chicago and her achieving African American student both find themselves unexpectedly pregnant. There are obvious different issues on the reflective sides of this coin, and the film does an exceptional job bringing them to light without being stereotypical or preachy. The tight screenplay – by director Kris Swanberg – and the achingly organic performances by the two expectant woman plays like a real scenario, allowing the events to unfold with a satisfying natural rhythm.
Samantha (Cobie Smulders) is a teacher and counselor at a mid-level Chicago high school. Her world »
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“So, you want to talk about the weather, or what’s happening with this humidity? Just kidding.” Cobie Smulders knows that the topic of conversation isn’t quotidian chitchat for an interview—though she’s great at it—when she's here to talk about one of the numerous movies she’s been in this year. 2015 has seen Smulders appear in two Sundance breakouts: Andrew Bujalski’s “Results,” and Kris Swanberg’s “Unexpected,” the latter of which is today's topic of conversation. Smulders is also in a little film you might have heard of called “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” so, there's plenty to discuss. “Unexpected,” based on some of Swanberg's personal experiences, tells the story of a friendship between two expectant mothers, Chicago teacher Samantha (Smulders) and her student, Jasmine (Gail Bean). In my review from Sundance, I noted, “Smulders embodies the anxieties of women who want to retain their identities »
- Katie Walsh
Marvel Studios concept artist Phil Saunders has shared some of his alternate designs for both Ultron and the Hulkbuster armour in Avengers: Age of Ultron. As you can see, these are very different to what ended up on the big screen, but it would have been pretty hard to complain too much about any of these ultimately being used in the sequel. The Hulkbuster in particular looks a lot more similar to its comic book counterpart too which would have been cool. What do you think? Better or worse than the final versions? As always, let us know your thoughts in the usual place! Avengers: Age of Ultron stars Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Cobie Smulders, Don Cheadle, Paul Bettany, James Spader, and Samuel L. Jackson and hits DVD and Blu-ray this year. »
On the surface, Unexpected might seem like a pregnancy drama that you’d find playing on the Lifetime Network, but it actually proves to be a lot more than that.
Cobie Smulders stars in the film as Samantha Abbott, a dedicated and passionate teacher who works at an inner city Chicago high school which is on the verge of closing down. Just as she finds herself coming to terms with that, life throws a curve ball at her that she didn’t see coming: she’s pregnant.
Not long after discovering her pregnancy, Samantha learns that one of her best students, Jasmine (Gail Bean), is also pregnant, and the two end up forming an equally unexpected friendship as they tackle the challenges of pregnancy, applying for college and envisioning a future beyond motherhood.
Last week at the film’s press day in Los Angeles, we had the chance to speak with Smulders, »
- Ben Kenber
When Cobie Smulders sat down with The Daily Beast to promote her new indie film Unexpected, the actress also discussed her role as Maria Hill in the ever-growing Marvel Cinematic Universe. "It’s very secretive," she said when asked about having a sense of job security with Marvel Studios. "They like to keep the surprises for the audience so they don’t reveal a lot of information—even to the inner circle. But it is nice! It’s very cool to be a part of the world, and a part of this ongoing story that’s happening. Normally, you walk into a movie, have a script, and then you’re done with it, or at the most you’ll do a sequel—maybe. But with the Marvel world, they’re doing television, they have merchandise like crazy, and Lego video games. It’s cool to be a part of all of it. »
The Marvel Cinematic Universe does have a habit of using its smaller supporting characters across multiple projects. One of the first was Cobie Smulders, whose role as Maria Hill in the first "The Avengers" film was followed up by several appearances in "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." along with "Avengers: Age of Ultron" and "Captain America: The Winter Soldier".
So when will she next be returning to screens? Speaking with The Daily Beast to promote her new indie film "Unexpected," she says:
"It's very secretive. They like to keep the surprises for the audience so they don't reveal a lot of information - even to the inner circle. But it is nice. It's very cool to be a part of the world, and a part of this ongoing story that's happening. Normally, you walk into a movie, have a script, and then you're done with it, or at the most you'll do a sequel - maybe. »
- Garth Franklin
'Jurassic World' velociraptor kicks Iron Man ass at worldwide box office. 'Jurassic World' officially surpasses 'The Avengers' at worldwide box office Directed by Colin Trevorrow; starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Vincent D'Onofrio; and co-executive-produced by Steven Spielberg, Jurassic World has officially become the third biggest worldwide box office hit in history. The Jurassic Park sequel – or reboot, as it's basically the same story with a slightly different twist – has surpassed Marvel's Joss Whedon-directed all-star superhero flick The Avengers, which broke box office records back in 2012. Of course, "officially" just ain't what it used to be – like, in the days before The Fall. So you wisely ask, "But which movie has actually sold the most tickets?" After all, that's the true measure of a film's popularity. Well, that's a tough one to answer without the studios providing accurate, precise numbers. And that's not about to happen. It always »
- Zac Gille
In Unexpected, Cobie Smulders plays Samantha Abbott, an inner-city high-school teacher who finds out she’s pregnant at the worst possible time: Her school is about to shut down, she’s about to become unemployed, and the dream job she wants to apply for will probably start right around her due date. Samantha’s challenges, however, pale next to that of one of her smarter students, Jasmine (Gail Bean), who also turns out to be pregnant. Jasmine, whose family is on welfare, would be starting college right around her due date — the promise of an education and a better life tempered, and possibly ruined, by the demands and costs of teen single-motherhood.That’s an intriguing setup, but the film can’t quite deliver on it. Samantha decides to help Jasmine get into college, in part because she herself has become aware of how much our notions of career and »
- Bilge Ebiri
Cobie Smulders's Sundance hit Unexpected is out for the Summer, and I had a chance to chat with Smulders about the indie, which follows her character, Samantha, through a surprise pregnancy. Coincidentally, Smulders was pregnant for the shoot, which had its benefits and its drawbacks, so we talked about the "belly dance," how this movie portrays an issue not often seen on the big screen, and what it was like to work with Workaholics' Anders Holm and newcomer Gail Bean as the student of her character who also gets pregnant at the same time. Popsugar: In Unexpected, your character, Samantha, is going through a pregnancy for the first time, but you yourself have already been through it. Were there elements that you pulled from your experience? Cobie Smulders: Yeah, in fact Kris and I - Kris is the writer and director, Kris Swanberg - she and I »
Cobie Smulders is finally revealing how she broke her leg! On last night's episode of The Late Late Show, the 33-year-old actress shared the embarrassing story with host James Corden and guests Judd Apatow and Mark Duplass. "Why are you on crutches? Tell us everything," Corden asked the gorgeous Unexpected star. "I just really like the attention!" Smulders joked. "It's so silly. I'll burn 10 seconds talking about it," she continued. "I just fell in my apartment and it was so silly. I broke my leg. It's broken." The audience then let out a collective "aw," to which Smulders responded to the attention, "See! I love it!" Duplass »
- From The Inside Out – Making Of The Avengers: Age Of Ultron
– The Infinite Six
– Global Adventure
– Deleted & Extended Scenes [With Audio Commentary By Joss Whedon]
– Gag Reel
– Audio Commentary With Director Joss Whedon
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Avengers: Age of Ultron sees Joss Whedon directing a cast that includes Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Mark Ruffalo (The Incredible Hulk), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Don Cheadle (War Machine), Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Paul Bettany (Jarvis / The Vision), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Quicksilver), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), Hayley Atwell (Peggy Carter), Idris Elba (Heimdall), Anthony Mackie (Falcon), James Spader (Ultron), Stellen Skarsgard (Erik Selvig), Thomas Kretschmann (Baron Strucker), Josh Brolin (Thanos), Claudia Kim (Dr. »
- Gary Collinson
Directed by Kris Swanberg
You keep waiting and waiting for Unexpected to arrive at its point. It never does. But a funny thing happens while you’re waiting… you come to love and respect these characters a great deal. It’s hard to be mad at director Kris Swanberg’s leisurely stroll towards motherhood, but it’s also hard to recommend to those outside the target demographic. Observant, low-key, and, ultimately, benign, Unexpected coasts by on goodwill and charm, when it could have tackled so much more.
Women have been struggling to balance family and career for decades now. Largely ignored by Hollywood screenwriters, the few stories tackling the lives of career women are heavy on family melodrama and light on workplace minutiae. Rest assured, Unexpected is all minutiae. We see everything in this film; from ultrasounds and baby showers to job interviews and poster presentations. »
- J.R. Kinnard
Marvel still hasn't officially announced when Avengers: Age of Ultron will arrive on Blu-ray and DVD yet, but a new Blu-ray trailer has surfaced from Jw Trailers, which reveals that the blockbuster will debut on Digital HD September 8, and on Blu-ray and DVD October 8. The trailer also reveals that there will be "45 minutes of exclusive content" such as deleted scenes, a gag reel and a teaser for Avengers: Infinity War Part 1. We also get a look at some of the behind-the-scenes footage, featuring a glimpse of the makeup process that Paul Bettany went through for his Vision costume.
Marvel Studios presents Avengers: Age of Ultron, the epic follow-up to the biggest superhero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth's Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the »
Pregnancy and motherhood may be experiences most women share, but you probably don’t need a fractious mommy blog to tell you that these states of being also emphasize differences of race, class, sexuality, education, life phase, personal history and relationship status among females of childbearing age. Kris Swanberg’s “Unexpected” dives into that cleave between women who might otherwise appear to be two pregnant peas in a pod. A white high-school teacher (Cobie Smulders) at a predominantly black school in inner-city Chicago finds herself with child at the same time as one of her best students (Gail Bean). Science instructor Samantha. »
- Inkoo Kang
This is a reprint of our review from the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Sundance 2015 features many, many films regarding women trying to get pregnant or dealing with being pregnant (notably, there are no women trying not to be pregnant, unlike last year’s breakout hit, “Obvious Child"). Kris Swanberg’s latest feature, “Unexpected," tells the story of two unexpected pregnancies and the ways in which these women navigate their choices and futures with a baby on the way. Cobie Smulders plays Sam, a science teacher at an inner city Chicago high school. Almost instantly she discovers that she’s pregnant, and although she’s got everything she needs — a loving live-in boyfriend, John (Anders Holm), and easy maternity leave because the school’s closing down — she’s still incredibly anxious and doesn’t know what to do about the pregnancy. At the same time, she discovers that her best student, Jasmine (Gail Bean), is also pregnant. »
- Katie Walsh
Cobie Smulders is not accustomed to being singled out. The How I Met Your Mother star and Marvel universe apparatchik tends to operate in the company of others, which is why she found herself somewhat stricken with panic earlier this year at the Sundance premiere of her latest film, Unexpected, which opens in theaters and on demand this Friday. "Oh shit," she recalls thinking. "I'm in every scene."
It's true, she is — though it's about time. Fans of her CBS sitcom, which concluded its nine-season run last year, might agree »
Baby Boom: Swanberg’s Pregnancy Drama Plays it Safe
For a glaring portrait of the subtle audacity of subconscious privilege unawares, look no further than Kris Swanberg’s latest feature, Unexpected, an indie Sundance premiered drama treading the expected tropes of unplanned pregnancy. Its set-up initially poses a provocative juxtaposition, a tale of two surprise pregnancies dealt to two very different women in one of the Midwest’s most progressive cities, Chicago. Told from the perspective of its white, high functioning and hopelessly granola lead, whose life intersects with a black, socioeconomically compromised student in a similar situation promises to be an invigorating examination of taken-for-grantedness. Except, at every possible opportunity, Swanberg’s screenplay (co-written by actress Megan Mercier) backs away from controversial points, instead reinforcing the frustrating obliviousness of its lead character. And that’s not even addressing the narrative’s conservative reinforcement of teen mothers giving birth »
- Nicholas Bell
Cobie Smulders stars in director Kris Swanberg‘s latest film, Unexpected, as an inner-city high school teacher who unexpectedly finds herself pregnant. Cobie Smulders, Kris Swanberg On ‘Unexpected’ Smulders’ character Samantha Abbott and her boyfriend John (Anders Holm) weren’t looking to start a family when they find out they have a baby on the way. Similarly, […]
- Chelsea Regan
Read More: Watch: Cobie Smulders Tries to 'Have it All' in 'Unexpected' Trailer Charles Shyer's 1987 dramedy "Baby Boom" could have easily been titled "Unexpected." The Diane Keaton-starring feature tracks Keaton's career-minded J.C. Wiatt (she's known in some circles as "the tiger lady," she's just that vicious when it comes to business) as she, well, unexpectedly finds herself thrust into motherhood. J.C. doesn't even get to enjoy a pregnancy and all the bonding and preparation that goes with it, as her baby -- or, in the beginning at least, the baby in question -- all but shows up on her doorstep, a somewhat strange inheritance left to her by a distant relative (one she had not seen in decades and did not even realize was a mother). J.C.'s struggle is multi-faceted, as she attempts to marry a hard-won (and, of course, unexpected) affection for baby »
- Kate Erbland
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