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Trailer for Captain America Winter Soldier gives us the Cap we missed from The Avengers

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I enjoyed the first Captain America movie, so I wasn’t really looking forward to or lamented, the return of Captain America, but I was bummed he had such a shitty showing in The Avengers. His slow build could be a good thing, down the road, but slow doesn’t always mean careful, but they do seem to be taking their time with his storyline, but enough of this this babbling. I thoroughly enjoyed this new trailer for Captain America: Winter Soldier, not because I could name off all the new characters being introduced to this franchise cause I can’t, but because it just looked good and seemingly better than the THOR sequel and I am sick of Samuel L. always being the good guy. I think he does asshole much better.

The film stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johanssen, Cobie Smulders, Georges St-Pierre, Frank Grillo, Hayley Atwell, Toby Jones, Emily VanCamp, Maximiliano Hernández, Robert Redford, and Samuel L. Jackson. Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens April 4, 2014.

After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” finds Steve Rogers, a.k.a. Captain America, living quietly in Washington, D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with the Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off professional assassins sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally, the Falcon. However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy—the Winter Soldier.

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Jurassic World is coming in 2015

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I guess I should report on this since, everyone else is. I lost the fire for this franchise years ago, in fact everything after Spielberg’s Jurassic Park is a fucking blur to me. But on June 12, 2015 Universal “says” they are releasing the fourth installment…has it really been three films already? Fourth installment to the Jurassic Park Quadfecta (that’s not related to any Michael Crichton novel whatsoever) and it’ll be called Jurassic World.

Can you taste the sarcasm? Mmmmmmmmmm!

According to Collider.com the films release date comes after Disney pushed back the release of the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean film “Dead Man Tell No Tales” ( a title that  should’ve been used for the first damn film…duh). Btw, the two are not related at all, but the date is important considering the slew of films being released that year.

via Collider.net

The film currently has that release date all to itself, though Assassin’s Creed and Pixar’s Inside Out are scheduled for release the following weekend.

Director Colin Trevorrow is credited with penning the screenplay alongside Derek Connolly, which appears to suggest that his rewrites to Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver’s draft were significant.

2015 is going to be quite a fucking year for films if these proposed releases do indeed take place. Also slated that year (supposedly) are Avatar 2, Star Wars Episode VII, Man of Steel sequel [Superman-Batman], Avengers: Age of Ultron, The Adventures of Tintin 2, Independence Day sequel,Terminator sequel, Ant-Man, Warcraft and Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Pt. 2 !

Yeah…I know right?

Image Comic’s “Pretty Deadly” gets a release date

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IMAGE COMIC’S rolled out a press release today for a new comic we thought you guys might want to know about called Pretty Deadly. The story is written by Kelly Sue DeConnick (Captain Marvel, Ghost, Osborn) and illustrated by Emma Ríos (The Amazing Spider-Man, Osborn). The story centers on Ginny, Death’s daughter, who rides on a horse made of smoke dispensing her gift on those unfortunate enough to cross her path.

Via Image Comics.
Simultaneously beautiful and savage, PRETTY DEADLY will unfold over the course of an ongoing story that DeConnick and Ríos developed together, creating a world and characters that are entirely their own. At the same time, DeConnick and Ríos say, it’s almost as if PRETTY DEADLY has a will of its own that guides the action.

Having worked together on Marvel’s Osborn, DeConnick and Ríos found common ground in their love of Westerns and Japanese cinema for PRETTY DEADLY. DeConnick was inspired by spaghetti westerns, Japanese “pinky violence” films, and Grimm’s fairy tales, while Ríos found her visual language for the series by absorbing both Westerns and samurai films. Colorist Jordie Bellaire (THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS, NOWHERE MEN) maintains the earthy, dusty atmosphere of the art, as well as the magical tone of the story, thanks to a subdued palette punctuated with bursts of vivid color.

“We wanted a very Leone feel to it. As we worked, I felt we were straying from that original notion and though I came to love the direction the book insisted on going, I felt a twinge of grief at the loss of the Leone connection. I don’t know why, but I did,” said DeConnick. “Then a friend of mine quoted this Leone line to me: ‘The important thing is to make a different world, to make a world that is not now. A real world, a genuine world, but one that allows myth to live. The myth is everything.’ So in the end, it seems we haven’t strayed at all.“

Death, guns, the wild west and two talented women at the helm, I’m all in.  PRETTY DEADLY #1 will be in stores on October 23 and can be pre-ordered from the August issue of Previews (AUG130504).IMAGE COMICS

 

Is Iron Man 3 the end of the road?

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Picking up where The Avengers left off, Iron Man 3 finds Tony Stark in the clutches of post-traumatic stress from which he is often physically, emotionally debilitated.  Pepper Potts has moved into Tony’s Malibu mansion and it’s clear Tony is struggling in the aftermath of the events that took place in New York.  But, when a new threat arises in the shape of The Mandarin, everything Tony holds dear will be put in the balance.  Will he be up to the Mandarin’s challenge or is this the end for Iron Man?

Iron-Man-3-Mandarin1Iron Man 3 is directed by Shane Black and stars Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Pots, Don Cheadle as War Machine/Rhodes, Guy Pearce as Killian, Jon Favreau as Happy, and Ben Kingsley as The Mandarin.

After the first two installments of the Iron Man franchise, it’s clear that everyone attached is going to bring a high caliber energy and polish to future projects.  So, when the Iron Man 3 begins to roll, everyone in the audience has a set of standards and expectations.

I’m no different.

After Iron Man was released, I saw it several times in the theater.  I was so intoxicated by the origin story and just completely blown away by the look and spectacle of it.

This was a super hero film unlike any other up to that time.  The protagonist was a real man, flawed by his arrogance, laziness, and privilege.  Forced to fight for his life, Stark faces some serious demons and comes out the other side of it a changed man.

As Tony struggles with PTSD in Iron Man 3, there is a sense of returning to some of the original themes of internal struggle and the examination of personal responsibility.ironMan_tonyStark

I doubt anyone will argue that Robert Downey Jr. hasn’t come a million miles from his Less Than Zero days.  But, as Tony Stark it’s clear that Downey Jr. has found a home.  Everything the man does exudes a sort of eccentricity and softness that is well-suited to the man behind the iron mask.

With the introduction of Killian (Pearce) and the Mandarin (Kingsley), the terrorism vein of the Iron Man milieu is renewed or solidified.  My gripe here is that Guy Pearce, whose overacting has marred several of his more recent projects including PrometheusLockout, and The King’s Speech, is immediately recognizable.  There are actors that disappear into their roles and completely embody the character they’re playing.  Then, there’s Guy Pearce.  He doesn’t really shine until the last ten minutes of the film when he’s getting a beat down.  Until then, if you’re like me, you’ll just have to grit your teeth and bare it when he’s onscreen.

ironMan_killianBen Kingsley, on the other hand, proves again that he is a consummate performer.  As the Mandarin, he is simultaneously terrifying and hilarious.  As the plot’s central threat, you’d think he’d have more screen time but his absence is equally as important in an effort to create fear and dread, the imminent sense of danger from which Tony Stark cannot escape.

It’s true that Iron Man 3 meanders a bit, but I don’t think fans of the franchise are going to mind being in a theater with Stark, Pepper Pots, and the rest of their favorite characters for 130 minutes.  I didn’t, and I have a low tolerance for films that run long without good cause.  There are, in my opinion, several scenes that could have been excised with little to no need to rework the remainder of the film for clarity or continuity’s sake.  I digress.  Consider it getting your money’s worth – after all, it’s not as if you’re going to be bored.  Iron Man 3 is jam packed with the Marvel-requisite amount of action.

The real surprise of Iron Man 3 is Pepper Pots.  What the filmmakers have done this time around in developing her role really gives the film, and the franchise as a result, a place to go.  Pepper-Potts-Suiting-UpWithout running the risk of giving away too many spoilers, it’s true that Pepper’s role is to save Tony – metaphorically and literally.  For the first time, you will get to see a woman wear the suit of Iron Man – repeatedly – and it’s freaking awesome.

As Pepper, Gwyneth Paltrow (this year’s ‘most beautiful‘) turns in a performance that is brutally strong and fiercely willed without sacrificing her femininity.  The filmmaker’s have helped create a character that is intelligent, beautiful, resourceful, and willing to fight for what she loves.  I think it’s true that Pots emerges as the true heroine of Iron Man 3, which is a delight.

Iron Man 3 feels like an ending, despite the words “Tony Stark will return” being displayed in grand James Bond fashion at the very end of the title credits.  Be sure to stick around for it, and for the short scene between Stark and Bruce Banner that will roll after the credits.

Official site: Iron Man 3

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Listen to the Iron Man Trilogy Remix by Mike Relm

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Marvel’s “Guardian’s of the Galaxy” needs you. Free comic books anyone?…their free!

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It’s sad when you think you’ve missed out on a bit of your childhood because you didn’t know about certain Marvel comic book character’s, but when Vertigo comics entered my world, I gave up superheroes for some real story telling. I’m not dissing the efforts of Marvel comics, just saying that I’ve never gone back. So it makes sense why they are releasing  free digital comics for their latest adapted movie Guardian’s of the Galaxy. Don’t know who they are? Neither do I, but Marvel is about to spend tons on making sure you do before the movie arrives August 1, 2014. At least now I know how my wife felt when she saw The Watchmen for the first time, but she did wind up liking it, so here’s to new experiences. Why the “GOTG” you might ask? Because they tie into The Avengers universe somehow…silly. This is all about branding every damn toon Marvel has got and with Disney holding the checkbook now, you can guarantee they are going to do just that. Back to the story, I tried to find a definition of who “GOTG” are and I must say, even after the explanations on Wiki and Marvel Wiki, I still have no fucking clue. Here’s what I have so far, bear with me…it’s lengthy.

Via Wiki:

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In the aftermath of the Phalanx invasion of the Kree, Star-Lord decides to form a team of interstellar heroes that will be proactive in protecting the galaxy, rather than reacting to crises as they happen. To this end, he recruits Adam Warlock, Drax the Destroyer, Gamora,Phyla-Vell (the new Quasar), Rocket Raccoon,and Groot, with Mantis as support staff. On the recommendation of their ally, Nova, the group establishes a base of operations on the space station Knowhere, which possesses a teleportation system with near-universal range. An intelligent, telepathic dog named Cosmo is Knowhere’s chief of security and works closely with the new team. After a confrontation with the Universal Church of Truth, the team meets a semi-amnesiac man who identifies himself as Vance Astro – Major Victory of the original Guardians of the Galaxy. Astro’s declaration inspires the as-yet-unnamed team to adopt the “Guardians of the Galaxy” name for their own.When the team learns Star-Lord directed Mantis to telepathically coerce the heroes into joining the team, they disband.

Rocket Raccoon decided to continue Star-Lord’s mission and started a search for the missing members. He asked Bug to join the team, as well Groot’s return to full size and the addition of Mantis and Major Victory as field members.

Meanwhile Star-Lord was banished to the Negative Zone by Ronan the Accuser for his actions during the Phanlanx’s attempted conquest of the Kree Empire. There, he finds himself in the middle of King Blastaar’s fight to break into 42 and use its portal to invade Earth. Star-Lord allies with Jack Flag to defend the prison and contact the other Guardians for rescue. Rocket’s new team successfully brings both of them back, and Flag becomes a Guardian.

Elsewhere, Drax and Phylla begin looking for Cammi, but on their search they talk to a seer who tells them about an oncoming war. Phylla was able to wake Moondragon from the dead, but lost her Quantum Bands in the process. The consequence for Phyla is that she is now the new avatar of death. They went back to Knowhere and did not follow up on the search for Cammi.

Got it! Good! I’m sure the effects will be amazing, but what’s really going to bother me are all these punk ass thirty something’s who will swear to being true Guardian’s…fans, just so when the trailer hits, they can turn to whomever their seated next to and say “Gawd… I’ve waited all my life for this movie.”, perhaps you have,but not me…so shut the fuck up! Okay…I’m a little jaded, you wanna know why? It’s because the comic books I enjoyed growing up haven’t been adapted yet. I’m still waiting on my Sandman movie! Too risky Hollywood? Well risk has been what has kept you guys on the top for so long. Anyway, Entertainment Weekly  published some of the artwork being used in Marvel’s stand alone issues for GOTG, in order to get us caught up on some of the lesser known characters. Wait…there are well known character’s?

The following comes Via@ Collider who we owe a dept of thanks for posting EW’s article…let’s pay it fucking forward shall we?

Starting with Drax the Destroyer (available now), Marvel’s four free issues centering on the Guardians of the Galaxy are available through the Marvel Comics app.  Written by Brian Michael Bendis, the first story in the series gives a good introduction to Drax and shows that he’s quite the badass as he defends himself against some substantial threats.  (There’s also a nice teaser appearance at the end by another Guardian.) guardians-of-the-galaxy-infinite-comics

The presentation on your smartphone or tablet keeps the iconic panel feel of classic comics with a high-tech method of swiping to advance the story.  As Bendis says:

“An Infinite comic book is exploring the new world of digital publication but still maintaining the essential elements that makes a comic book a comic book.  Most digital comic books are essentially scanned pages that the reader has limited ability to manipulate, but an Infinite comic makes the reader part of the sequential storytelling. Each one is sort of a prologue to the very first issue that lets the readers know who these characters are and what their individual goals are outside of the team. What makes Gamora tick? What secret is rocket raccoon hiding? What cost comes from being one of the galaxies most famous warriors like Drax the Destroyer?”

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Finally, Bendis commented on the heroes themselves and how well they’ll fit into Marvel’s slate of feature films:

“They are very unique individuals but there’s something very classical about them as a group, like Robin Hood and his Merry Men, like Firefly, like Han Solo and Chewbacca. The Guardians are characters that have risen above their terrible upbringing and have chosen to do something worthwhile in this lifetime. That makes them heroes. The fact that they are so unique, the fact that most of them are one-of-a-kind, makes them all the more heroic.”

Still nothing…I know right? Did I need to be 15 again to really spring a leak about this film, or am I just that old? Maybe I need to pick up a few of these free comic books just so I know who theses toons…Dow! Damn you Marvel, you did it again! You did it again!

Guardian’s of the Galaxy is directed by James Gunn (Slither, Scooby Doo) and stars Chris Pratt and James Momoa. No one else is confirmed yet. The film releases August 1, 2014.

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