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TV RECAP: ‘Arrow’ – S4E01 – “Green Arrow”

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Welcome to the new and improved Arrow season four! Where as with last night’s The Flash, you could chill out and get right back into the Central City adventures like a warm bath, there’s a lot of hesitation about getting back into the waters of Starling City. Oh, sorry, I meant Star City. That little detail was only one of a myriad of changes for Team Arrow’s fourth year in business that also included new costumes, new villains and new flashbacks, as well as some strange new alliances, and a flash-forward that portends the shiny happy Oliver Queen that we see throughout the hour won’t be so shiny happy for long. Six months tops. (more…)

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There’s a great weight of expectation on the upcoming fourth season of Arrow. First of all, there was the disappointing return of the third season, which didn’t always seem to know what it was doing, so Arrow has to bounce back from that. Then there’s new costumes, new characters, a supposedly lighter tone, at least one major crossover (with Matt Ryan as TV’s Constantine) and Arrow doing its part to help set up the next spin-off Legends of Tomorrow. The odds are stacked against Team Arrow, and that’s hardly a new position for them, but dare I say that the below photo gallery offers something to get excited about? (more…)

Feels Like Old Times in New ‘Arrow’ Season 4 Promo

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The new TV season will kick off in just a couple of weeks, but Arrow fans will have to wait a couple of weeks longer then that for the premiere of the new adventures of the vigilante from Starling City and his super friends to debut. In the mean time, let’s tide you over with a brand new look at the new season. A full trailer was posted online after being shown at Dragon Con last weekend, and even though this new one is a scant 30 second long it does offer one intriguing new thing, and that’s the first time a character from the show is called by his proper comic book name. (more…)

Neal McDonough is one of those actors, one of those “where do I know him from?” actors. He was one of the Band of Brothers, he was M.Bison in the ill-advised Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li, he was Lt. Hawke in Star Trek: First Contact but like all Enterprise helsmen not named ‘Wesley Crusher’ he was doomed from the outset. More recently, and perhaps more famously, McDonough has taken up the role of “Dum Dum” Dugan, one of the Howling Commandos from Captain America: The First Avenger and Agent Carter. Well now it seems like McDonough is going from hero to villain. He will be playing the mysterious part of Damien Darhk, the big bad of Arrow‘s fourth season. (more…)

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We’re only a couple of weeks away from the September 23rd return of Marvel‘s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. While many fans felt the series wallowed a bit in those middle episodes, the series last couple of episodes and finale ended on a high note last season. All indications so far point toward that action packed fun continuing in season two. One factor that may help the series continue to bring fans quality television is the upcoming guest stars already announced for season two. (more…)

Marvel's "Ant-Man" Booth Signing During Comic-Con International 2014

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…)

Because Marvel Studios refuses take a breather from churning out super hero movies, production on Captain America 2 will begin later this year, which will be followed by a Nick Fury/SHIELD movie. This news comes from Neal McDonough, who played Cap’s bowler-hatted, mighty-mustachioed comrade Dum Dum Dugan in last year’s Captain America: The First Avenger.

In a recent interview with IMDB Television Blog about his role on Season 3 of Justified, McDonough revealed a few details about his future with Marvel. Here’s what he had to say:

Q: I understand you’re going to reprise your CAPTAIN AMERICA role.

McDonough: Yeah, they’re planning (to go into production for) for the end of this year, because Marvel does one film at a time. So they’re going to do THOR 2 and as soon as THOR has wrapped, they’ll do CAP 2. Hopefully right after that, we’ll jump into NICK FURY because that’s the one I’m looking forward to more than anything.

Q: Why is that?

McDonough: Because it’ll be me and Sam Jackson. In the real Marvel universe, Dum Dum Dugan is Nick Fury’s right hand man…And I just pray that they have a 1970s setting, because I want to see Sam Jackson with lambchops kicking people’s asses for Marvel universe. It would just be awesome. And to work with Sam would be a treat. We’ve become friendly over the years.

Q: It sounds like you were a fan of the comic beforehand.

McDonough: Absolutely. I’m very well aware of the Marvel universe, and to be part of it is such a blessing. To go back to London and shoot there for four months, that was just a great year.

Captain America: The First Avenger was an alright comic-book movie. It offered adequate patriotic fanfare and what not. Here’s hoping the sequel will be much better executed. Now, do we REALLY need a Nick Fury movie? Well, WILL it be a Nick Fury movie? Or just 90 minutes of Sam Jackson being all Sam Jacksony?

Source: IMDB Television Blog

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With our first look at Captain America: The First Avenger provided by last night’s Super Bowl teaser trailer, my excitement for this movie officially jumped up to 11.

The trailer, while short, displayed everything I could have wanted from this first look – Steve Rogers (played by Chris Evans) are a thin and scrawny boy, the Super Soldier project, the reveal of Captain America, lots of battle scenes, the friggin SHIELD and more.

In case you missed it, there were a few goodies revealed in the trailer that I bet you didn’t see, such as the reveal of the bad guy known as The Red Skull, played by Hugo Weaving, and some shots of Cap’s unit called the Howling Commandos (including Dum Dum Dugan played by the always great Neal McDonough.) Click below the jump for some ner high resolution screen caps of the trailer, as well as glimpses from the inside of recent issue of Empire magazine.

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