Movie Review: Avengers – Age of Ultron

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You may have already noticed that I’m a huge Marvel/Superhero fan. What you might not know is that I wasn’t always like this. In fact, just a few years ago, I used to say that I hated superhero movies.

The thing is that they used to sit me down to watch Batman or Superman, both heroes that, today, I know I hate. Honestly, my problem wasn’t with superheroes in general, it was with the ones I knew. (Disclaimer: I’ve always loved Spider-Man)

So, when my friends dragged me to watch the first Avengers, I thought I’d hate it. The problem is: I loved it. The first movie is funny and witty and smart. And it has just the right amount of action.

That being said, when I got the chance to watch the second movie for free on Monday, I was thrilled. But I was also scared because I thought there was no way it’d be as good as number one. Movies never are. It’s better.

Age of Ultron is a superhero movie, yes. It’s an action movie, yes. But it’s also a humane movie. It talks about it’s characters, about their life stories, about their feelings. It mixes the “Look how cool Iron Man is” to what they’re thinking deep down. It’s the perfect mix.

This movie also does the marvelous thing not to focus on the more well known heroes. Everyone already knows how cool Thor and Iron Man are, but non-comic readers rarely know about Hawkeye’s life story. This movie tells them all about it.

It’s not about an archer, a super spy, an Asgardian God, a green monster, a billionaire in a super suit, a super soldier and the two very powerful newcomers. It’s about Clint, Natasha, Thor, Bruce, Tony, Steve, Wanda and Pietro. It’s not just about superheroes, it’s about people. And that’s what make it wonderful.

Be prepared for life stories, tears, witty jokes, romance and, of course, the famous hero action scenes. Be prepared for Marvel at it’s best.

Movies & TV Shows: How Superhero Comics Are Taking Over Hollywood.

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As promised in our recent “Suicide Squad” post, we will be doing a master post of movies and TV shows inspired by comic books. The list is ordered by release date.

Movies:

  • May 1st 2015 – Avengers: Age of Ultron (Marvel)
  • July 17th 2015 – Ant-Man (Marvel)
  • August 7th 2015 – Fantastic Four (Marvel) *
  • 2015 – Bananaman
  • Febuary 12th 2016 – Deadpool (Marvel) *
  • March 25th 2016 – Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (DC)
  • May 6th 2016 – Captain America: Civil War (Marvel)
  • May 27th 2016 – X-Men: Apocalypse (Marvel) *
  • June 3rd 2016 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2
  • August 5th 2016 – Suicide Squad (DC)
  • October 7th 2016 – Gambit (Marvel) *
  • November 4th 2016 – Doctor Strange (Marvel)
  • March 3rd 2017 – Untitled Wolverine Film (Marvel) *
  • May 5th 2017 – Guardians of The Galaxy 2 (Marvel)
  • June 9th 2017 – Untitled Fantastic Four Sequel (Marvel) *
  • June 23rd 2017 – Wonder Woman (DC)
  • July 28th 2017 – Untitled Spider-Man Film (Marvel) *
  • November 3rd 2017 – Thor: Ragnarok (Marvel)
  • November 17th 2017 – Justice League Part One (DC)
  • March 23rd 2018 – The Flash (DC)
  • May 4th 2018 – Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 (Marvel)
  • July 6th 2018 – Black Panther (Marvel)
  • July 27th 2018 – Aquaman (DC)
  • November 2nd 2018 – Captain Marvel (Marvel)
  • April 5th 2019 – Shazam (DC)
  • May 3rd 2019 – Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 (Marvel)
  • June 14th 2019 – Justice League Part Two (DC)
  • July 12th 2019 – Inhumans (Marvel)
  • April 3rd 2020 – Cyborg (DC)
  • June 19th 2020 – Green Lantern (DC)
  • No Date – X-Force (Marvel) *
  • No Date – Justice League Dark (DC)
  • No Date – Sandman
  • No Date – Untitled Batman Movie (DC)
  • No Date – Untitled Superman Movie (DC)

Current TV Shows:

  • Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Marvel)
  • Marvel’s Agent Carter (Marvel)
  • Arrow (DC)
  • Flash (DC)
  • Marvel’s Daredevil (Marvel)

Future TV Shows:

  • 2015 – Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones (Marvel)
  • 2016 – Marvel’s Luke Cage (Marvel)
  • No Date – Marvel’s Iron Fist (Marvel)
  • No Date – Marvel’s The Defenders (Marvel)

– Items with * in the end are movies/tv shows based on comic books but not part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe or of the DC Comics’ shared universe films –

Movies: Know All About “Suicide Squad”

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As the first actual full cast picture was releasen, we thought it was about time we talked about DC’s new movie “Suicide Squad”, which is set to premiere on August 5th 2016.

Comic Book fans have been saying that Marvel has left DC behind when it comes to movies and this seems like DC’s attempt to make a very strong “comeback”. Yet, we should also note that Marvel has a ton of movies and series coming up as well. (We will make a post about the upcoming comic inspired movies/shows so don’t worry).

Suicide Squad is a comic book series that’s set on a government agency that recruits imprisioned supervillain to perform black ops  missions in exchange for clemency. For most non-super fans, though, it means that you get to see The Joker and Harley Quinn.

When it comes to casting, it’s definetly star-studded. Firstly, Amanda Waller, who is the Nick Fury of this agency (for the non-Marvel fans: she controls the agency and everything. She’s the director) is going to be played by no one other than Oscar Nominee Viola Davis, who is best known for her role in “The Help” and currently plays lead role Annalise Keating in hit ABC TV show “How To Get Away with Murder”.

Next, comes DC’s most famous supervillain of all time: The Joker. Through the years, he has been played by household names such as Jack Nicholson (The Shining, As Good As It Gets), Michael Emerson (Lost, Person of Interest), Mark Hamill (Star Wars) and Heath Ledger (10 Things I Hate About You). Now, The Joker is about to be played by no one other than Jared Leto! Leto, who is also the lead singer/songwritter for 30 Seconds of Mars, won an Oscar for his role in “Dallas Buyers Club”, his biggest role so far.

Harley Quinn, Joker’s famous girlfriend (who the female part of couples love to portray in costume parties), is gonna be no one other than Margot Robbie, the girl who went from upcoming to all-star very fast. Margot is best known for her role in “The Wolf of Wall Street”, but has recently been in movie “Focus”, alongside Will Smith and is set to play Jane Porter in 2016 movie “Tarzan”.

Talking about Will Smith, he is set to play Deadshot in the 2016 movie! Smith, who is known not only for his very good roles – such as in “Men in Black” and “I am Legend” – but for his lack of good movies in the recent years, will be tackling something slightly different than what he became famous for. If you are an “Arrow” fan you will recognize the character, but I won’t give any spoilers.

Jai Courtney, who you might recognize as Eric from the “Divergent” series, Jack McClane from “A Good Day to Die Hard” or Cup from “Unbroken”, will play Captain Boomerang.

Scott Eastwood, who you can currently see on theathers alongside Britt Robertson on the Nicholas Sparks movie “The Longest Ride”, has also confirmed his being in the movie, but hasn’t said which role he is set to play.

Joe Kinnaman, who played Stephen Holder on TV series “The Killing” is set to play Rick Flagg.

And last (but definetly not least), is Mrs. Cara Delevigne, who is playing Enchantress. Delevigne, who started her career as “only” a model, has been taken the movie world by storm. Even the skeptics are now convinced that Cara has the potential to be a full on Hollywood star. Delevigne, who for now has only played Princess Sorokina in “Anna Karenina” and Melanie in “The Face of an Angel”, is set to be in 5 movies in 2015, including leading role of Margot Roth Spigelman in the movie adaptation of John Green novel “Paper Towns”.

If you are wondering about writing and directing, they are both set to be done by David Ayer. Ayer wrote 2014 film “Fury”, 2001 film “The Fast and The Furious” and others, having directed many of them as well.

Below, you can see the first cast picture and the first picture of Leto with green hair, which was tweeted by director David Ayer.

Are you excited for “Suicide Squad”?

TV Shows: Watch Four “Scream Queens” Trailers!

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The new Ryan Murphy TV show, which is set to premiere this fall, has already been featured on the blog and, right now, you can watch four trailers!

The first one features an unknown girl pupping bubblegum and is the original one, which was followed by two “versions”, featuring both Emma Roberts and Keke Palmer.

American Horror Story star Emma, as the trailer’s title leads on, will be portraying a character named Channel and Keke, who is best known for her role in “True Jackson VP”, will be the face of Zayday.

Lastly, they recently released another Emma Roberts teaser, this time entitled “Channel Knife”.

Watch the clips here and let us know: are you excited about “Scream Queens”? What shows would you like us to talk about here?

Others: Learn all about Fox’s live version of “Grease”!

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Fox has decided to do a live musical version of “Grease”. That means they will be remaking the classical teen movie into a three hour long live musical, which will air January 31st 2016 (I know, it’s too far away). The best part of the news? It will star Julianne Hough as Sandy and Vanessa Hudgens as Rizzo!

Hough is currently a judge on Dancing With the Stars and is an actress, a singer and a dancer! Her acting credit list is not that long, but it’s filled with musicals. She’s been in Burlesque, Footlose and Rock of Ages, so there’s no doubt she will rock Grease. And what did she have to say about it? Well, in a recent statement, Hough said that “Grease is one of the movies that made me want to be an entertainer, and I have literally been waiting my whole life to play Sandy. My siblings and I watched it and played it out over and over when we were kids. This is my dream role and performing it live on television will be one of the most thrilling opportunities I’ve had in my career so far.”

Hudgens is best known as Gabriella Montez in the High School Musical movies, but she’s also been in things such as Spring Breakers, Sucker Punch, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island and Bandslam. Yet, it will be her first big mean girl role, so it should be fun to see her play Rizzo! What did she have to say about it? “Being Rizzo is something I’ve never imagined, and I love that because it will be a new challenge,” she said “She is such an iconic character that continues to transcend generations. I cannot wait to bring her to life on live television. I’m going to be a Pink Lady!”

Do you think Fox made the right decision by casting Hough and Hudgens? Are you excited? And who do you think should play Danny?

TV Shows: Learn all about Fox’s “Scream Queens”

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“Scream Queens” is going to be about a college campus that is rocked by a series of murders and is set to begin production in the Spring and premiere in the Fall. The show is going to be made up by 15 hour-long episodes.

It’s executive producer is no one other than Ryan Murphy, who is very well known for Glee and American Horror Story, which are both Fox shows as well. And, according to IMDB, it is being written by Ian Brennan (Glee) and Brad Falchuk (Glee, American Horror Story, Nip/Tuck).

When it comes to stars, we’re talking about no one other than Emma Roberts and Jamie Lee Curtis. Roberts was a part of two seasons of American Horror Story, but is also known for roles in movies such as Wild Child, We’re The Millers, Scream 4, Wild Child, 4.3.2.1 and many others and TV shows such as Nickelodeon’s Unfabulous. Curtis is, for me, always going to be Lindsay Lohan’s mom in Freaky Friday, but she is also well known for roles in the Halloween Movies, True Lies, A Fish Called Wanda and many others.

Ariana Grande, Lea Michele, Abigail Breslin and Keke Palmer are set to have recurring roles in the show as well.

Grande is now a pop queen and it came as a surprise to fans that she will be returning to the small screen. When it comes to acting credit, she’s best known as Cat Valentine in both Victorious and Sam & Cat, a Nickelodeon show and it’s spin-off. She’s also been in the 2013 Nickelodeon movie Swindle, alongside Sam & Cat co-star Jennette McCurdy, Big Time Rush’s Ciara Bravo, ICarly’s Noah Munck and more.

Michele is very well known for her role in Glee and, with the show coming to a close, it’s no surprise Murphy chose her for one of his other projects. She’s also been in New Year’s Eve (with Scream Queens co-star Abigail Breslin) and has done voice-overs in movies such as Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return.

Breslin will forever be known as Little Miss Sunshine, but, as she’s now 18, she’s so much more. Besides having been in movies such as Zombieland and New Year’s Eve, done voice work for Rango (and others), she’s also released her own music.

Lastly, comes Palmer, whom I know as True Jackson from the Nickelodeon series True Jackson VP. Palmer has also done voice work for things such as Winx Club, has been in movies such as Joyful Noise (with Queen Latifah) and has been in shows such as Masters of Sex and 90210.

We will keep you updated on any news about “Scream Queens”. Are you excited? Will you be watching?

TV Shows: Learn all about “CSI: Cyber”

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We all know CSI (and all the spin-offs it has already given birth to), but you might not know CSI: Cyber yet. That’s because it still hasn’t premiered: CBS is set to air the first episode on March 4th.

The show follows a CSI division that deals with online crimes, such as hacking, cyberbullying, blackmail and web related murders. A backdoor pilot aired as an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation back in the beginning of 2014 and, due to a positive response of the public, the series was picked up.

The special-agent in charge is cyber-psychologist Dr. Avery Ryan, who will be played by Patricia Arquette. Arquette is currently nominated for an Oscar for best supporting actress for her role in Boyhood! She’s also very well known for her leading role in Medium, besides all the movies and TV appearances she’s done.

Next up is Elijah Mundo, a senior special agent, who will be played by James Van Der Beek. He’s best known as Dawson from Dawson’s Creek, but you might recognize him from several movies and TV shows, including Friends with Better Lives and Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23.

Stavros Sifter, the assistant director, will be played by Bean’s Peter MacNicol. He also played Dr. Larry Fleinhardt in Numb3rs, Dr. Robert Stark in 7 episodes of Grey’s Anatomy and Tom Lennox in 24.

Charley Koontz will be playing technical specialist Daniel Grummitz. You might remember Koontz as Neil from Community, Zain from Contracted or Colleague Richard from Wrong, among others.

Brody Nelson, a Cyber-Hacker, will be played by rapper Bow Wow. When it comes to acting credits, Bow Wow is best known for Like Mike, Roll Bounce and Lottery Ticket.

Lastly, Hayley Kiyoko will be playing Raven Ramirez, a technician specializing in social media. Kiyoko, who’s my personal favorite in the cast, has been in roles such as Disney Channel Original Movie Lemonade Mouth, Wizards of Waverly Place, the recent Scooby-Doo movies and more. Kiyoko is also set to be on Jem and The Holograms as Aja.

Are you a CSI fan? Are you going to be watching CSI:Cyber or are you done with CSI spin-offs?