I’ve reported on Hayley Atwell’s upcoming series ‘Agent Carter’ a few times, always with glowing expectations. I figure if I say enough nice things about her show, she’ll be my girlfriend. I’m not saying I’m dumping Sanaa Lathan, but maybe they’ll be open to a kind of 3-way thing. I’d better handle it delicately. Which seems to be the modus operandi these days when dealing with a sensitive situation. Take this Howard Stark deal, for instance. No actor was ever confirmed to co-star alongside Atwell, but the series was always touted as a Carter/Stark partnership. That means, no matter who was playing him, Stark was going to be in this project. Whether it was John Slattery, Dominic Cooper, or someone from out of left field, Carter would get her man. And she did, too. (more…)
Everyone knows that in the Marvel Cinematic Universe Tony Stark’s AI butler is named J.A.R.V.I.S. (Just Another Very Intelligent System), is voiced by Paul Bettany, and will be transformed into the Vision by James Spader‘s Ultron in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Fans of The Avengers comic book know Edwin Jarvis as the Avengers mansion butler. Now word is out that Marvel’s Agent Carter (Hayley Atwell) has cast James D’Arcy (Cloud Atlas, Master and Commander) as Edwin Jarvis, butler to Howard Stark, Tony Stark’s father. (more…)
Marvel‘s Ant-Man has certainly been through a lot of changes since that initial announcement years ago that Edgar Wright would be bringing Marvel’s smallest hero to the big screen. Now its got a new director in Peyton Reed, and changes to the script which brought about Wright’s sudden departure. What those script changes might be is still unclear, but when three writers (Adam McKay, Andrew Barrer, and Gabrial Ferrari) were brought on board after Wright left to work out script issues during filming, one has to imagine more than just a few tweaks. The earlier draft was rumored to include some flashback scenes with the Micheal Douglas Hank Pym characters. Will that scene remain and what Marvel characters might it include? (more…)
There have been whisperings that Marvel character Agent Peggy Carter, as portrayed by Hayley Atwell, would be getting her own TV series since January (at least). Now, according to Deadline, ABC appears ready to throw their total support behind the project, and dive straight in–no pilot necessary. (That’s what a “Straight To Series” order means. Don’t be embarrassed–I had to look it up myself.) (more…)
Though we may not know too much about what the upcoming World of Warcraft movie entails as far as plot goes, rest assured that the powers-that-be are busy behind the scenes making sure all the puzzle pieces fit. This week’s news on the big screen WoW involves a bit of casting. (more…)
“Dude, what do you mean all the product has gone bad? LA Looks is supposed to last FOREVER!”
Aaron Paul has given up on crank and developed a need… a Need for Speed (Val Kilmer high five!).
He also seems to have developed a penchant for over-grand voiceovers in the first trailer for the upcoming vroom vroom epic, which also stars Dakota Johnson, beetlejuice… Beetlejuice… MICHAEL KEATON, the guy who played Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper), Imogen Poots, and the equally well named quadrumvirate of Sir Maejor, Kid Cudi, Han Soto, and Chillie Mo.
So… take this next one with a big helping of skepticism. It seems, if the rumors are true, that the new Doctor will be announced by the BBC sometime soon. They will, in fact, be telling us who to expect to see in the T.A.R.D.I.S. within the next two days. Along with this rumor of the imminent arrival of the 12th comes a short-list of folks who may be top of the heap in securing the role. Again, it’s all hearsay at this point, but check out the list below (after the jump) and see what you think.
Well, folks, it looks like the new installment of Captain America will be taking a little trip into the past to tell its story. As it turns out, actor Dominic Cooper is all set to reprise his role as Iron Man Senior, Howard Stark in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. But what will he be doing there, you ask?
Cooper apparently has no idea (or just won’t say). It’s pretty obvious that they’ll be using some flashbacks to explain the story of the Winter Soldier, but no word on how much time that will take. It’s already been rumored that Bucky, Peggy Carter and Arnim Zola will be making their own appearances, so we could get a nice chunk of story there. Until then, just expect to see Cooper’s smiling face staring back at you from the screen.
Check out Captain America: The Winter Soldier when it hits screens next year on April 4th.
Thanks to CinemaBlend for the heads-up.
Just because the world needs yet another vampire film and fast, Universal Pictures has decided to put together one more adaptation of Bram Stoker’s classic tale of Dracula. Currently the show has cast Luke Evans and Sarah Gadon and today it looks like they’ve added someone new to the list – Dominic Cooper.
For those of you that don’t recognize the name (i.e.: most of you), Cooper is the guy that played the in-the-past version of Howard Stark in the first Captain America flick. No word yet on who he’ll be playing in this one, though I do wonder if maybe his involvement in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter may have gotten him typecast.
Given the mediocre talent level that this film is collecting and the predictably recycled subject matter, I’m guessing the new Dracula is going to be one hell of a turkey.
If you feel the need to mark your calendar, it’s scheduled to release on August 8th of 2014.
Thanks to ComicBookMovie for the heads-up.
Reading some of the reviews of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, you get the sneaking suspicion that a lot of my fellow critics believed they were walking into some camp ground of historical meta-fiction where the 16th President of the United States would dispatch bloodsuckers with some Schwarzeneggerian one-liners. But that’s not the case, and this is where being of the nerdy persuasion has advantages over other critics.
I’m only about 100 pages into Seth Grahame-Smith’s original novel and can say easily that there isn’t an ounce of camp between the pages. It’s no sketch either, as it’s also been compared to a Saturday Night Live skit. The book is a surprisingly thoughtful, well-researched alterna-biography of Lincoln. As if there really was a vampire named Henry carrying around “Honest” Abe’s secret diaries all this time and showed them to Grahame-Smith.
As for the movie, it carries none of the book’s subtlety, but being from the director of Wanted, Timur Bekmambetov, I didn’t expect there to be much. Although clearly more horror flavoured than recent vampire films like Twilight or Priest, the potential for straight-up horror is replaced with absurdest, nearly over the top action sequences complete with CG blood spurts. I think we wanted something closer to Bram Stoker’s Dracula rather than something that feels cut from the cloth of Van Helsing.
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