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In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Deadpool, X-Men: Apocaypse, The Fantastic Four, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Avengers: Infinity War, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Daredevil, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Shazam, Arrow, The Flash, Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts, Heroes Reborn and more…
We’ll kick things off this week with the Merc with the Mouth, and with production getting underway on 20th Century Fox’s X-Men spin-off Deadpool, the studio has given us our first look at Ryan Reynolds’ Wade Wilson fully suited up, along with an official logo for the film and a synopsis which reads: “Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, Deadpool tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed »
- Gary Collinson
‘He’s that rare thing in Hollywood, a man who seems to want to address the desperate gender imbalance’
If dictionaries had photographs to go with their definitions, next to the entry for “cult viewing” would be a tiny thumbnail shot of Paul Feig. He has directed episodes of high-school drama Freaks And Geeks (which he created and co-wrote), Arrested Development, Nurse Jackie, The Office and Weeds. On the big screen, he helmed the hugely successful 2011 comedy Bridesmaids and is directing an all-female reboot of Ghostbusters, due out next year. Inevitably, this has ruffled some feathers: Feig has been accused of “ruining people’s childhoods”. “Honestly,” he replied, “the only way I could ruin your childhood is if I got into a time machine and went back and made you an orphan.”
Related: Paul Feig: Hollywood's accidental feminist
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- Bim Adewunmi
Nickelodeon is ready for some headbanging.
* Breanna Yde (The »
With the news that Spider-Man will appear in some capacity in Captain America: Civil War, Marvel now need to get their skates on when it comes to getting suited up for the role of the web slinger. Captain America; Civil War is just weeks away from shooting, and even though we suspect Spidey will only cameo in the film, the role still needs to be filled Asap so they have an idea of where they're going with the character. Well, it seems where they're going may be back to school, with the possibility of Peter Parker still very much a young teen when he gets his powers. This all stems from the news that Marvel have auditioned Mateus Ward, a young actor best known for his role on tv's Weeds. Ward is only 16, and is very much the face of a young Peter Parker, if that's what Marvel are aiming for. »
- email@example.com (Dave Higgins)
It’s no secret that Marvel and Sony reached an agreement wherein the former would be able to reinstate Spider-Man into its cinematic universe. Since that announcement, speculation has swirled across the vast plains of the Internet with fans discussing how that reintegration should happen and who should play the rebranded webhead.
Popular opinion has turned to Donald Glover, whose Miles Morales version has been championed by many as the next best choice for the new Spidey. While we know that Marvel has been toying with the possibility of anchoring this new iteration of the character in high school, it seems they have cast their eye over an actual high school-age actor, Mateus Ward.
Ward is best known for his stint on drug dramedy Weeds, which successfully ran for eight seasons over at Showtime. Based on this initial rumor from Badass Digest, who point out that the intel originates from a new inside source, »
- Gem Seddon
Despite all of the talk and speculation to the contrary, it appears that when we get our next big screen Spider-Man, it will in fact be Peter Parker. And as the web slinger prepares to make his first appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it sounds as though we.ll also be looking at a younger version of the character, as the studio has reportedly auditioned 16-year-old actor Mateus Ward for the role. According to Badass Digest, Ward, a teenage actor whose resume includes shows like Hostages, Murder in the First, and Weeds, has secretly read for the part of Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As you may have noticed, he.s actually a few years younger than the likes of Dylan O.Brien, Sam Strike, and Freddie Highmore, all of whom have been mentioned in regards to the role, and are all in their early 20s. »
After Marvel and Sony announced in February that Spider-Man is joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a report surfaced that both studios were eyeing much younger actors to play the new Spider-Man. It has been confirmed that Spidey will appear in one Marvel movie first, presumably Captain America: Civil War, before the new stand alone Spider-Man adventure hits theaters in the summer of 2017. With production about to start in just a few weeks on Captain America 3, Badass Digest reports that 16-year-old actor Mateus Ward is the first known actor to auditioned to play the new Peter Parker.
The audition was reportedly so secretive that it was held at a house, not a production office, but it isn't clear if he has won the part, or how many other actors both Sony and Marvel are looking at. Even if Spider-Man only has a cameo role in Captain America: Civil War, the »
With Spider-Man thought to be set to make his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in next year’s Captain America: Civil War and shooting on the threequel set to get underway in just two weeks, Marvel and Sony will need to move fast to secure an actor to taking on the role of the wall-crawler.
Well, according to BadAssDigest, the audition process is already underway, as the site is reporting that 16-year-old Weeds star Mateus Ward has tested for the hotly-sought after role. Given that BadAssDigest cites a “new source”, this should probably be taken with a pinch of salt and filed firmly away in the rumour cabinet, but if Spidey is going to make an appearance in Civil War then we should probably expect an official casting announcement in the not-too-distant future.
- Gary Collinson
According to Badass Digest, Weeds actor Mateus Ward auditioned for the role of Peter Parker aka Spider-Man for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The auditon was reportedly so secret, Ward had to audition at someone's house, not at a casting office. Despite numerous rumous surrounding other young actors, Ward is the first to actually have his name mentioned for auditions. Badass Digest further reports that Marvel is potentially looking to lockdown the next Spider-Man very quickly in order to film a cameo for Captain America: Civil War. If this report is true, it would appear that Marvel may be looking to cast a relatively unkown for the role and someone young enough to continue playing Spider-Man for at least a decade. »
Weeds alum Kevin Nealon and Malcolm In the Middle‘s Jane Kaczmarek are set to co-star opposite comedian Tommy Johnagin and JoAnna Garcia Swisher in CBS' untitled CBS comedy pilot inspired by Johnagin's life. The pilot, from writers Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumacker, Wbtv and Bill Lawrence's studio-based Doozer, stars Johnagin as Tommy, a stand-up comic raising a family in a small Midwestern town. Nealon plays Tommy’s dad Jack, a charming but manipulative loose cannon… »
Addled children of the entertainment industry — a teenage boy in the midst of his movie-making parents’ divorce and the daughter of a deceased, drug-addicted singer — forge a friendship that escalates into a deeper affection in “Babysitter.” This feature directorial debut from actor Morgan Krantz (who also wrote and edited) has fine turns from Max Burkholder (TV’s “Parenthood”) and Daniele Watts (“Weeds”) to recommend it, but it also plays like it’s been strung together from several underdeveloped ideas, few of them satisfying. It’s a minor-key effort that will have trouble holding its own in a market glutted with wispy coming-of-age indies.
“Babysitter” opens with Ray (Burkholder) taking about the experience of seeing his mother, actress Hailey (Valerie Azlynn), in a werewolf movie — an overbearing metaphor that resurfaces at film’s end. Hailey is embroiled in a custody battle over Ray and his younger sister, Stella (Gracie Loveland). For her, »
- Ben Kenigsberg
Among one of the critical successes in original programming for streaming service Netflix has been the show Orange Is The New Black. Created by former Weeds showrunner Jenji Kohan and based on the memoir by Piper Kerman, the show has garnered praise in numerous circles, with Primetime Emmy and Screen Actors Guild Award wins to its name.
With the show, which is set in a women’s prison, set to return for a third season, the cast has now released a video where they sing Stop, Don’t Talk to Me. The song, which was released in 2014 and sung by Tre Coast and Lycia Faith, was itself inspired by a Season two episode of Orange Is The New Black, in which Emma Myles’ Leanne taught the opening lyrics to a fellow inmate, complete with accompanying hand gestures. The video can be seen below, with the original clip at the end, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Mark-Paul Gosselaar is in the best shape of his life! Two weeks ago, the Franklin & Bash actor and animator Ben Ceccarelli announced they are teaming up for CrossFit's "#pairpower competition." The best buds posed completely nude—and upside down!—to let their Twitter and Instagram followers know. "Some would say we've already won," Gosselaar joked. The actor has shown his bare butt on Franklin & Bash and Weeds, so his latest display of nudity isn't all that shocking. Gosselaar and Ceccarelli named themselves, appropriately, "Team Cocky." Since then, they've been making the most of their workouts at CrossFit Horsepower in Studio City, »
This review is based on the first two episodes of season three, which were provided to us for review purposes prior to broadcast.
“It’s happening again, isn’t it?” asks a character of Kevin Bacon’s Ryan Hardy towards the end of The Following‘s third season premiere. The “Well, duh” isn’t explicitly stated within the show, but no doubt you’ll provide your own. Taking place a full year after the events of season two, the show picks up at Agent Mendez’s wedding, where we discover Mike and Max have separated and Ryan has a new girlfriend. Then someone mentions Joe Carroll’s imminent execution, a mysteriously ominous caterer makes a move, and The Following is back to its darkly cynical slice of confusingly watchable schlock TV. Those expecting a massive reset this season will be in for a torture warehouse-size disappointment, but anyone totally game »
- Mitchel Broussard
The new season has clones Sarah, Helena, Cosima and Alison (all of whom are played by Tatiana Maslany) delving deeper into their past as new details about Helena’s kidnapping come to light — along with the discovery of a pack of dangerous male clones. The identical men have sprung from Project Castor, with Ari Millen playing Mark, Rudy, Seth and Miller.
Season three will also welcome new guest stars, including Justin Chatwin (“Shameless,” “Weeds”) as a dealer, James Frain (“True Blood,” “Intruders”) as an charming but intimidating “cleaner” known as Ferdinand and Ksenia Solo (“Black Swan,” Syfy’s “Lost Girl”) as a possible love interest for Cosima.
“Orphan Black” returns to »
- Marianne Zumberge
“You won’t be seeing me anymore,” Ryan Hardy promised the murderer, whose capture he’d personally supervised (and whose life he’d very nearly taken).
But “anymore” — like nevermore — is a really long time. And though Kevin Bacon‘s Ryan may not actually see James Purefoy‘s Joe as the Fox drama kicks off a third season, Carroll’s influence is as palpable as an ice pick through the eye. »
You wouldn’t think a show like “Supernatural” would have anything in common with “Grey’s Anatomy” or “Weeds”. After all, they’re wildly different genres on different networks. Each of these shows did do one thing the same. Every single one of them killed a character played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan.
He’s the dad they love to kill, or, at least that’s what happened to both John Winchester and Judah Botwin. Even as a single guy with a thing for Scrabble, he didn’t fare so well, just ask Denny Duquette. Oh, wait. You can’t. They killed him, too. He became, for all intents and purposes, the best and most memorable Red Shirt on TV.
Foolishly, I thought maybe movies would make a difference. “Watchmen” and “Jonah Hex” both proved me wrong. He did stay alive through “Peace, Love, and Misunderstanding”, “Taking Woodstock,” “The Losers,” “P.S. I Love You »
[Editor's Note: This post is presented in partnership with Directv and the suspenseful thriller, Cut Bank, which is available exclusively on Directv.] Longtime television director Matt Shakman makes his big screen debut with "Cut Bank," a Coenesque thriller that, oddly enough, is actually premiering on the small screen via Video On Demand. Before directing Liam Hemsworth, Billy Bob Thornton, John Malkovich, Michael Stuhlbarg and Bruce Dern in this nail-biter about a man who witnesses a small town murder, Shakman directed dozens of TV episodes for series including "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," "Revenge," "The Good Wife," "Mad Men," "Six Feet Under," "Psych," "House," "New Girl," "Ugly betty," "Weeds" and "Childrens Hospital," to name a few. In spirit, here are seven other strong debuts from directors who cut their teeth in television. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Some big names will be walking the beat with Jennifer Lopez next fall on NBC.
Shades of Blue follows a tight-knit crew of police officers who are effective at keeping the streets safe but also corrupt when it comes to lining their pockets and protecting their own. When one of the officers (Lopez’ Harlee McCord) is »
Patrick Stewart‘s upcoming Starz comedy “Blunt Talk” has added a number of guest stars and recurring cast members, including “St. Elsewhere” alum Ed Begley Jr., “Weeds” veteran Romany Malco and musician Moby. Sharon Lawrence (“Rizzoli & Isles,” “NYPD Blue”) will also appear on the series, which is executive produced by “Family Guy” boss Seth MacFarlane, Jonathan Ames, Tristram Shapeero and Stephanie Davis. Also Read: Patrick Stewart Suits Up in First Look Still From Seth MacFarlane’s ‘Blunt Talk’ (Photos) The series, which is slated for a summer premiere, stars Stewart as Walter Blunt, a Brit intent on conquering the world of American cable. »
- Tim Kenneally
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