13 items from 2017
The Defenders Season 1 hits Netflix on Friday, and I think we can safely say that there will be a Season 2, particularly since the next seasons of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist have already been announced. Early reviews of The Defenders are hitting Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic, and the word is very positive overall. So, since it's never too early to speculate, let's talk about who should join the team going forward.
Marvel's The Defenders comic book debuted in 1971 by creator Roy Thomas.The team was initially made up of Dr. Strange, Namor, and The Hulk (who were soon joined by Valkyrie and Silver Surfer), and their early focus was very much in the Cosmic realm. In the team's first comic book arc, Dr. Strange teams with Sub-Mariner and the Hulk to protect the Earth from invasion by Lovecraftian interplanar beings known as the Undying Ones and their leader, »
- David Kozlowski
Revenge films have been around for a very long time; one can look to The Virgin Spring (1960), Straw Dogs (1971), or Death Wish (1974) for their rise from serious drama to movies of a more exploitive nature. Psychic Killer (1975) adds a unique twist to the tale by having astral projection as a means to the violent ends. Quirky and laden with creative deaths, it very much embraces its weirdness, providing a fun carpet ride for the whole family (at least according to its mind-boggling PG rating).
Released stateside in December by Avco Embassy Pictures, Psychic Killer, aka The Kirlian Force, only cost $250,000 and came and went like a phantom in the night. Critics paid it no mind either, and it was relegated to video store shelves and gas station rentals. On the surface, that’s understandable; a B cast with a former actor turned fairly unproven B director (Ray Danton – Deathmaster), and »
- Scott Drebit
Author: Cai Ross
The original Planet of The Apes movies occupied a curious netherworld of critical opinion. With each film, the budget was sawn in half, leading to a successive pattern of diminishing returns that led to a cheapening of its esteem. The spin-off TV show was quickly cancelled, further dulling the lustre and few people even remember the animated series that finally put the Apes to bed until a rude awakening in 2001.
However, for all their child-pleasing capers (the family-friendly G rating was a mandatory stipulation from the studios), the Apes movies deftly juggled important themes and arguments about slavery, free-will, nuclear war, vivisection, racism and oppression, and man’s innate capacity for cruelty. In pure storytelling terms, the circuitous plot links the first five movies (and the new post-Rise cycle) into a pleasing, if relentlessly pessimistic, self-perpetuating full-circle.
Enormous box office successes in their early stages, they spawned »
- Cai Ross
The Society of Composers, Authors & Music Publishers of Canada (Socan) and the Society of Composers and Lyricists hosted a panel discussion Wednesday night celebrating Canadian composers with tunesmiths Amin Bhatia (“Anne with an E”), Darren Fung (“Nova: Great Human Odyssey”), Alexis Marsh (“Animal Kingdom”) and Jeff Toyne (“Rogue”). Gold Derby moderated the Emmy event, titled “From Canada to La: Socan All Star […] »
- Zach Laws
Even though Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was only released a little over a month ago, director James Gunn is already at work for the third volume feauturing Marvel’s rag-tag team of space adventurers. He’s already begun writing the script, but since the film isn’t due for release until 2020, there’s plenty of time for things to change and Gunn has already been struck by a new idea.
At E3’s World Building panel, Gunn opened up about how much of the writing he’s accomplished so far for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. He also revealed that he’s considering breaking the canon he’s established in these films for story purposes because of this new idea. Specifically, Gunn is thinking of retconning something from the very first film.
“I’m writing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and I finished the first draft of the treatment yesterday, »
- Ricky Church
Earlier today at the E3 convention in Los Angeles, Guardians of the Galaxy 3 director James Gunn took a break from his writing schedule to appear on the World Building Panel, which also featured Neil DeGrasse Tyson and was moderated by Chris Hardwick. During this panel, the filmmaker gave a bit of a status update on his Guardians 3 writing progress, teasing that he has already finished the first draft of the treatment. However, he has hit a storytelling snag, and while he didn't divulge any exact details, it seems this issue is still bothering him. Here's what the filmmaker had to say during this panel.
"I'm writing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and I finished the first draft of the treatment yesterday. I'm excited about it. I feel really great about it. But there's one little thing that I had in the first movie. Now, Marvel Canon, McU, is crazy. There's »
One of the most surprising games of E3 2016, Hideo Kojima's Death Stranding, will not be on stage this year when Sony presents their wares. Read Kojima's tweet below and see if you can decipher it. Plus, find out when you can see the man, himself, live and in person at E3!
When we began on the long, winding road to E3 2017, one of the games we were most excited to get an update on was Hideo Kojima's first game since Konami, Death Stranding. Alas, we aren't so lucky this year as Kojima has tweeted out that his team has decided to forego E3 2017 in favor of spending that time developing. That didn't mean Kojima, himself, wouldn't still be in attendance, though.
Apologies to our fans, Death Stranding will not be @ E3 as we are fully focused on development. Pls see me with @geoffkeighley on 6/14! pic.twitter.com/w »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Matt Malliaros)
Jane Goodall with Motambo, an orphan at the Jgi Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center.
Only if we care can all be saved.
In our interview with screenwriters of Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, now producers, Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver, about the use of real chimpanzees in the 2011 movie, Silver said, “it’s all about animal rights. Man’s hubris for testing on animals – they’re sentient beings! So using real animals goes against our theme.”
20th Century Fox has just released “Compassion” – a special video created in conjunction with the Jane Goodall Institute.
In honor of the upcoming release of War For The Planet Of The Apes, 20th Century Fox has partnered with the Jane Goodall Institute to provide care for rescued chimpanzees, many of whom are victims of the »
- Michelle Hannett
Let’s teach Marvel about spoilers.
Does Marvel know what spoilers are? We’re skeptical. On the subject of the title of the follow-up movie of Avengers: Infinity War, a yet untitled sequel, they appear to be confused. Yesterday, Cinema Blend published an interview with Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, who answered the direct question of “I’m curious if the reason [they’re not going to announce the title] is because it’s a spoiler” with “Yeah, for sure.”
This led to all sorts of speculation as to what kind of spoiler would be so hot that Marvel wouldn’t want to release the title of the Infinity War sequel until after we’ve seen the first movie. For a time, it was fun. Then later in the day, a BBC News reporter talked to Zoe Saldana on the red carpet for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, who said that after Infinity War, they had to go back for Gauntlet. This »
- Film School Rejects
Wizard World Comic Con visited Portland, Oregon last weekend and they provided me an opportunity to attend. The experience had it’s good points and it’s bad which I will get into.
To start, it was much smaller an affair than I anticipated. I think back to Rose City Comic Con back in September, which utilized the entire Oregon Convention Center with the main hall and numerous meeting rooms for the various panels. Wizard World used the main hall as well as two sets of meeting rooms which made the event feel smaller. That’s not a bad thing in and of itself, just an observation.
The line to get into the convention hall was long. The biggest problem I had with it was that the Wizard World staff utilized only one set of doors for the entrance. Everyone had to be scanned with a »
- Tim Jousma
In the McU (Marvel Cinematic Universe), The Infinity Stones (aka Infinity Gems or Soul Gems) are items of absolute power created by Cosmic Entities before the universe exploded into existence. But what are they, and where are they now?
To help answer this question, we've put together this primer to help you sort through the dozen-plus films that have hit so far, and even go on to speculate in which film we'll be seeing the mysterious Soul Stone, which has yet to make its official McU appearance.
Infininity Stone Rundown
written by Drew Carlton
Yes, as stated above, we already know they're cosmic items created by certain entities, but the stones are much more than that. They are the ultimate plot device, and have basically powered all of the McU movies in some way or another. Each stone utilizes a containment device, as even touching a stone could destroy a mortal, »
- Drew Carlton
Comic Book Reviews: Marvel Comic Book Round Up New Comic Series!
With 2016 starting off strong for Marvel, the company soon seemed to lose its way as it headed into the summer season with company wide crossover, Civil War II. Suddenly books which had previously been doing well, started to dip as they were roped into the major event that was not getting the best of reviews. Characters were suddenly being written completely different from how they were previously acting with little to no explanation; story content was dropped or pushed to the side to make way for the Civil War II connections. All of this, and DC had just launched its Rebirth line up. While DC was learning from their New 52 mistakes, and attempting to bring their characters back to a more recognizable state, Marvel was putting all their eggs into Brian Michael Bendis Civil War II basket. The result? »
- Jeremy Scully
Digital Subscription Library Continues to Grow with Latest Updates
Marvel Unlimited, Marvel’s digital comics subscription service, offers members unlimited access to over 19,000 issues of Marvel's classic and newer titles, delivered digitally through your desktop web browser and the Marvel Unlimited mobile app. With classic and newer issues added every week here are some of the amazing Marvel titles coming to Marvel Unlimited this January:
Week of 1/2
All-new, All-different Avengers #11
Black Panther #3
Captain Marvel #6
Darth Vader #22
Extraordinary X-men #11
Spider-gwen Annual #1
Star-lord #8 (Final Issue!)
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #9
Uncanny Inhumans #11
Uncanny X-men #9
Venom: Space Knight #9
A Year Of Marvels: July Infinite Comic #1
Week of 1/9
Amazing Spider-man #15
Civil War II: Kingpin #1
An Inhuman with the ability to predict the future has helped the heroes of the Marvel Universe clamp down on crime before it can even happen. »
- Michael Connally
13 items from 2017
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