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Between Marvel, sitcoms, and returning favourites, Netflix is producing more and more original content, here's what we can expect in 2015...
Not happy with being the undisputable king of subscription streaming TV and films, Netflix has spent the last few years finding its footing in creating original content. It's enjoyed some big hits with the likes of House Of Cards and Orange Is The New Black, but has also produced some less well-received properties such as Hemlock Grove and Arrested Development’s resurrection.
Marco Polo, the service's big budget drama following Mongolian leader Kublai Khan, was a sizeable risk for the network and one that didn't exactly lit the critical world alight (though a second season may well help with the teething problems).
Looking ahead, it seems that we’ll be seeing a new face of Netflix before the year is out. Netflix has more upcoming projects than ever before and »
While we know very little about Marvel’s upcoming Netflix series Daredevil, we do know that the Man Without Fear will be sporting his black suit in the show, and Charlie Cox spoke with Entertainment Weekly about wearing the tight costume to play the superhero.
“It’s pretty tight, I’m not going to lie, they’ve done such a great job. I can’t wait for fans to really see it. But put it this way, there is no world where you change in a phone box. It takes four people and about 45 minutes.”
Cox then revealed how he would go to the toilet when in costume: “They’re very clever about it, you get three zippers. You zip them all up, but when you have to wee, you just have to zip one down—the wee zipper.”
- Gary Collinson
When Johnny Depp‘s mustache comedy “Mortdecai” brought in less than $5 million on opening weekend, it marked the A-list actor’s fifth straight box office bomb. But he’s far from the only top billed actor to endure a tanker or two.
Also Read: 19 Biggest Box-Office Bombs and Bummers in 2014: From ‘The Giver’ to ‘Winter’s Tale’ (Photos)
- Travis Reilly and Todd Cunningham
From Daredevil to Iron Fist, it’s superheroes galore coming up on the streaming channel
We’ve been treated to a televisual feast of comic book adaptations in recent years, invited to gorge on shows including Gotham, Agents of Shield, Arrow and The Flash. But those looking forward to watching David Tennant play one of the nastiest villains ever to grace a comic book, as announced on Tuesday, will also need to leave room for Marvel’s four Netflix shows.
Admittedly, Daredevil probably gives you terrifying flashbacks to Ben Affleck in red leather, and the other three shows on the Netflix slate – Aka Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage – may not have made a dent in your cultural memory bank. So here’s what to expect from Marvel’s Netflix shows.
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- Abigail Chandler
While some celebs may be dieting and working out to fit into that Oscar gown, Jennifer Garner won't be stressing.
In an interview with Yahoo Beauty, the Dallas Buyers Club star revealed that she doesn't go on hardcore food regimens or restrictive diets to get ready for awards season any more – thanks to years of doing so for Alias. Instead, she buys a dress that already fits.
News: Jennifer Garner Speaks Out Against Sexism in Hollywood
"I don't wear crazy dresses," Garner said. "I mean, believe me, there's always a point in the fitting where I feel like, 'Why didn't I just try to lose four pounds and then I could wear any dress?' I just can’t though."
As it turns out, years of needing to stay fit for grueling roles in action movies and TV shows were enough for Garner.
Let her eat cake! After years of intense workouts and strict dieting for her role as a super spy on the now-defunct series Alias, and then as Marvel Comics assassin Elektra in the Daredevil movies, Jennifer Garner is done depriving herself of the good things in life. Speaking with makeup guru and Yahoo Beauty editor-in-chief Bobbi Brown recently, the Danny Collins actress said she just doesn't have it in her anymore to go crazy trying to lose weight, even when there's a big event coming up. "I mean, [...] »
Welcome To Issue 78!
If This Is Your First Time Here: Welcome! This is my weekly column where I talk about superhero movie news, rumors and speculation.
It seems a lot of you are excited about the possibility of Spider-Man rejoining the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and rightly so. I’ve been tweeted at, e-mailed and asked directly a whole bunch of detailed questions about how/when/if Spider-Man is making the move, and I can’t get more detailed at the moment.
Here’s why: the stuff I’m hearing is not coming from the rumored “Spider-Man” summit, so I don’t know if it occurred or what the subject matter will be. Marvel has plans as to how it is going to use Spider-Man moving forward and »
Back in October the announcement of Marvel Studios’ Phase Three movie slate surprised everyone with the absence of a movie centred on Scarlett Johansson’s superspy Natasha Romanov, a.k.a. Black Widow. Long rumoured since the introduction of Black Widow in Iron Man 2, many fans expected the movie to be announced as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s third slate of films. But was it really that big a surprise that it didn’t happen?
Like Hawkeye, Black Widow was passed over for a spin-off movie in Phase Three, seemingly ruling out the possibility for a solo outing for the foreseeable future. Yet looking at Phase One and Phase Two, the movie’s exclusion was not all that strange. This year the Marvel Cinematic Universe will see the release of its eleventh instalment, Avengers: Age of Ultron, »
- Gary Collinson
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Ant-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, Agent Carter, Daredevil, Avengers: Infinity War, Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four, X-Men: Apocalypse, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Justice League, The Flash, Arrow, The Atom, Vixen, Supergirl, Gotham, Constantine, Batman Vs. Robin, Heroes Reborn and more…
It’s the 200th Week in Spandex and so we’ll start it off with the most-anticipated superhero movie of 2015 as Marvel Studios gave us another look at their first movie offering of the year with the release of a second trailer for Joss Whedon’s hotly-anticipated sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron, which you can watch here if you were living under a rock this week and somehow missed it. Meanwhile, Marvel Entertainment has previewed its April Movie Variant »
- Gary Collinson
With just a few months before Marvel’s first Netflix show Daredevil is ready to stream it’s no surprise that promotion for the show has begun. We got a poster last week [see here], and now the official Daredevil Twitter page has now unveiled an image teasing Nelson and Murdock’s law firm.
No word yet on when we will see a trailer for the show but going by other Netflix shows we will likely get one around a month before the release.
Daredevil sees Charlie Cox (Stardust) leading the cast as Matt Murdoch/Daredevil alongside Deborah Ann Woll (True Blood) as Karen Page, Elden Henson (The Butterfly Effect) as Foggy Nelson, Vincent D’Onofrio (Law & Order: Criminal Intent) as the Kingpin, Scott Glenn (The Silence of the Lambs) as Stick, Peter Shinkoda (Falling Skies) as Hachiro, Rosario Dawson (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For »
- Thomas Roach
Transformers: Age of Extinction is rolling out with the most nominations at this year's Golden Raspberry Awards.
The action sequel starring Mark Wahlberg alongside morphing robots led all films Tuesday with seven nominations, including worst picture, worst sequel, worst screenplay and worst screen combo.
Transformers is also up for worst director for Michael Bay, worst supporting actress for Nicola Peltz, and worst supporting actor for Kelsey Grammer, who was also recognized for his supporting parts in The Expendables 3,Legends of Oz and Think Like a Man Too.
The nominations were released to The Associated Press on Tuesday ahead of an official announcement on Wednesday.
- Cineplex.com and contributors
British-born Bernard Telvin Williams, a producer of films including “A Clockwork Orange,” “Manhunter,” “What About Bob?,” “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” and “Daredevil,” died of cancer in Lake Arrowhead, Calif., on January 4. He was 72.
Williams was associate producer not only on Stanley Kubrick’s “A Clockwork Orange,” but also on the director’s “Barry Lyndon.” Other producing credits include “The Bounty,” a reworking of “Mutiny on the Bounty” starring Anthony Hopkins and Mel Gibson; the epic “Ragtime,” based on the E.L. Doctorow novel and directed by Milos Forman; Michael Mann’s “Manhunter,” the first Hannibel Lecter film; Bill Murray comedy “What About Bob?”; Frank Oz’s Michael Caine-Steve Martin vehicle “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”; the Steve Martin-Eddie Murphy comedy “Bowfinger”; and 2003 Ben Affleck superhero movie “Daredevil.”
His final credit came on the 2006 version of “Charlotte’s Web.”
Williams was also unit production manager on a number of the films that he produced. »
- Carmel Dagan
Last week it was revealed that Netflix’ upcoming and highly anticipated series of Daredevil will land on April 10th. Apart from a few still images and some vague plot details we still don’t really know what to expect.
Now the showrunner for Daredevil, Steven S. DeKnight – who has previously worked on Angel, Smallville, Dollhouse and Spartacus: Gods of the Arena – has been answering fans questions via his official Twitter account and while most of what he said is short and a little ambiguous he does weigh in on certain aspects of the show including how much blood we’ll see, what the music score will be like, the possibility of an Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D crossover and if there’s a connection with The Avengers.
Oh and he also defends Ben Affleck’s version of Matt Murdoch saying: “Ben got a bad rap, in my opinion. »
- Gavin Logan
The Netflix and Marvel team-up has gotten us incredibly excited with a whole slew of shows in the mix, but first to be produced is the Daredevil series. Marvel.s Daredevil has already begun filming, and the showrunner, Steven S. DeKnight has started to give us some clues into what to expect from the series. While answering fans questions via twitter, he also shed light on his opinion of the most recent Daredevil film, starring Ben Affleck. And while the movie had terrible reviews along with its release, DeKnight doesn.t think it.s Ben Affleck.s fault. Steven S. DeKnight is a TV screenwriter, producer, and director, best known for the creation of the Starz series Spartacus. He.s also worked on popular shows such as Smallville, Buffy and Angel, and is no stranger to the world of comic books and heavy action. His previous work has more than »
Donning the cape and tights to play a big screen superhero was often seen as career suicide for actors. This idea is mined to brilliant effect in Alejandro González Iñárritu's Birdman, with a former comic book star looking to relaunch his career with an ambitious Broadway play.
Adding extra spice to Birdman is the casting of Michael Keaton, himself a former Batman whose post-tights career has been somewhat hit and miss. This film, however, is a stunning reminder of just how good an actor Keaton is and proof that careers don't end when on-screen superpowers fade away.
Digital Spy takes a look at 20 ex-superhero stars to see how they fared after leaving an iconic comic book role behind.
20. Billy Zane
Feeling the power of the Nbr
Remember the other day when we linked to that article using old Streep quotes to attack Russell Crowe's ageist comments about actresses? Well, Streep went and ruined it by defending him in public. So Jessica Chastain, inbetween taking super cute photos on the Oscar campaign trail, is on it, she told People:
I think there are some incredible actresses in their 50s and 60s that are not getting opportunities in films. And for someone to say there are plenty of roles for women that age – they're not going to the movies enough."
Preach, Jessica. Preach!
Pajiba fascinating think piece on how ineffective Nielsen ratings are and why it's unacceptable that the media still uses them like a Bible
- NATHANIEL R
If you're on Twitter, @stevendeknight is a must follow, especially when it comes to dropping intriguing new details about Daredevil. As you might expect, there's an awful lot he can't or won't say, but we have a lot here to keep us going following the release of the first teaser trailer and premiere date yesterday. Like a lot of fans, DeKnight agrees that Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner weren't the problem with the 2003 Daredevil movie, and also sheds some light on the tone and action/violence we should expect to see in the upcoming Netflix reboot. Oh, and Stilt-Man in season two?! Check his answers out below and share your thoughts in the usual place! Not like Spartacus. Rt @LuisThirdWorld: @stevendeknight there will be lots of blood on #Daredevil? — Steven DeKnight (@stevendeknight) January 9, 2015 Very different but cool. Rt @dbearak: @stevendeknight awesome fight scenes like Spartacus? Sorry, not sure why that »
Sneak Peek a new motion poster from the Netflix/Marvel, 13-episode TV series "Daredevil", debuting April 10, 2015 starring actor Charlie Cox as blind lawyer 'Matt Murdock' aka costumed superhero crime-fighter 'Daredevil':
"It does take place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe," said Marvel TV's Jeph Loeb . "It’s all connected... within the Marvel universe there are thousands of heroes of all shapes and sizes...
"...but 'The Avengers' are here to save the universe and 'Daredevil' is here to save the neighborhood."
"The way I like to think about it is that he is a man with fear", said Cox, "but he on a daily basis decides to confront that fear and to overcome it. So the title of ‘the man without fear’ is almost a title that the public in his world gives him just because of what he does. But inside himself, he’s very afraid at times. »
- Michael Stevens
Whilst we're still waiting to see any footage whatsoever from Netflix and Marvel's "Daredevil" TV series, several goodies have just arrived.
First up a new shot of the show's star Charlie Cox in the iconic black, Frank Miller-inspired costume USA Today published the shot which is said to come from the first episode and depicts a fight scene that was screened to fans at Comic Con back in July.
Marvel has also released a motion poster, and announced that the series will premiere all thirteen one-hour episodes on the service on April 10th starting at 12:01 a.m. Us-pt.
- Garth Franklin
While we anxiously await the first footage from Marvel's Daredevil Netflix series, USA Today has yet another look at Charlie Cox in his iconic black, Frank Miller-inspired costume. The moment depicted is from the first episode, a fight scene that was revealed at Comic-Con 2014.
It isn't quite yet known when Marvel's Daredevil will premiere on Netflix, but it will be before summer, with Marvel's A.K.A. Jessica Jones to follow later in the year. Both series are just part of Netflix's massive plan for 2015, which will support over 20 original scripted programs in the New Year. The streaming service hopes to launch a new show or new season at least every two to three weeks. Also included in their lineup are Marvel series Luke Cage and Iron Fist, with all four original adventure shows culminating in The Defenders miniseries.
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