Idris Elba Squashes Fans ‘Luke Cage’ Casting Hopes

- 09-20-14Comics, Film, TV Posted by Mark Poynter

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Fans and quite a few actors themselves have been pitching who they think should play Luke Cage in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and later the Netflix Luke Cage series with Idris Elba, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Terry CrewsMichael Jai White, and The Walking Dead‘s Chad Coleman. Elba recently, last night really, did an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit and was asked once again about playing Luke Cage. What he had to say might disappoint many of you. (more…)

What Marvel is Presenting At New York Comic Con Is a Painful Reminder That You Should Have Bought Tickets

- 09-11-14Comics, Film Posted by Luke Gallagher

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Going to New York Comic Con this year? Feel good and smug about it? Well, just so you know, I hate you. I’m super jealous and totally regret not getting tickets. Especially after hearing what Marvel Studios is presenting. They’ll be coming to town showing off some spiffy footage (or more) for two highly anticipated properties, leaving us non attendees to scour the net for leaked butt cam footage or second hand footage descriptions from people who suck at telling stories (they’re the worst!). What could Marvel be showing off that’s got me all hot and bothered? Here, I’ll let Marvel’s head of Television Jeph Loeb explain (or you can simply figure it out from looking at the header graphic, duh!): (more…)

Netflix Snags Exclusive Streaming Rights to ‘Gotham’ Before The First Episode Airs

- 09-03-14Comics, TV Posted by Mark Poynter

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Netflix is flexing its financial muscles once again. This time around Netflix has procured the multi-territorial rights to Warner Bros. Gotham even before a the first episode has aired. What else makes this deal special? Usually those rights are worked out on a country by county basis and not packaged together. How much did Netflix shell out per episode? (more…)

Marvel’s New Netflix Series’ Will Likely Be Dark And Gritty

- 09-02-14Comics, TV Posted by Rush Urbalejo

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After Marvel dropped their big announcement that they would be unleashing a slate of characters who would each be grabbing their own series on Netflix, they basically let the public mine any information it could from the on-set photos that people have been able to snag during the production of those series.  As is often the case with Marvel, the studio has decided to remain pretty tight lipped about what fans can expect from Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and the mashup of these characters that audiences can expect in The Defenders.  Thanks to an interview in the latest Empire with Netflix’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos, fans may finally get an idea of which direction the various series’ will go. (more…)

Netflix Boss Talks ‘Defenders’ and the Next Marvel Series Up, ‘Jessica Jones’

- 08-25-14Comics, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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With shooting on Daredevil well underway, all eyes turn to the rest of the proposed line-up of Netflix series based on Marvel characters. When will Luke Cage start shooting? Iron Fist? And who will be taking point behind the scenes on the epic team-up mini-series The Defenders? Good questions, and a high level executive at Netflix is offering some answers. Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos, in a recent interview, shared some info about going darker, who’s being cast right now, and in what way The Defenders will be following The Avengers model. (more…)

Vincent D’Onofrio Talks in Broad Strokes About Kingpin and ‘Daredevil’

- 08-22-14Comics, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Marvel’s ambitious plan to turn four street level heroes into Netflix series before combining them into a team-like mega-series is, to say the least, ambitious. No less ambitious was the casting on the first series to reach the production phase, Daredevil, which includes a cast made up of Charlie Cox (Stardust) as Matt Murdock/Daredevil, Deborah Ann Woll (True Blood) as Karen Page, Rosario Dawson (Sin City) in a mysterious role, and this man, Vincent D’Onofrio (Law & Order: Criminal Intent), as Wilson Fisk, the Kingpin or Crime – or Kingpin for short. Shooting on Daredevil is currently underway, and D’Onofrio took a minute to talk, however nebulously, about his new, important place in the Marvel Universe. (more…)

Marvel’s New Thing: No More Origin Stories – Beginning With ‘Doctor Strange’

- 08-18-14Comics, Film Posted by Aspry Jones

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Doctor Stephen Strange was an egotistical but brilliant surgeon. He didn’t give a damn about anything but himself and furthering his career. One day his luck ran out and a devastating car crash lost him the precision use of his hands and taking on a regular job was beneath him. He found himself homeless, surviving on “back alley” doctor jobs. I think that means taking bullets out of gangsters after failed shoot-outs and stuff like that. Anyway, after exhausting all remedies, he meets the mystical Ancient One, who makes Strange his apprentice. Like Bill Murray’s character in ‘Groundhog Day,’ Strange-the-Jerk learns the true meaning of Christmas or something and becomes Strange-the-Good-Guy. Now a champion sorcerer, D.S. uses his magic powers for good. That’s his origin story and I hope you read it clearly because you won’t be seeing it in the upcoming movie. Did somebody mention Christmas? (more…)

Terry Crews Still Angling For Marvel’s ‘Luke Cage’

- 08-12-14Comics, TV Posted by Mark Poynter

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Terry Crews is nothing if not persistent. He’s been throwing his hat into the Luke Cage ring for a while now. There was a lot of speculation about a Luke Cage movie when Marvel was just setting up its Cinematic Universe. Now that Marvel has committed to a Luke Cage series on Netflix, many of those same actors that expressed a desire to wrap chains around their waist and knock criminal heads as one of Marvel’s greatest black superheros are vying for attention from the Marvel casting crew. (more…)

Good News For Arrested Development Fans! Maybe

- 08-06-14TV Posted by Rush Urbalejo

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The power of the internet can be completely amazing.  It can destroy the millions of dollars’ worth of publicity that a studio puts into a movie or television series in a blink of an eye, it can get movies made (such as the case with the recent Veronica Mars movie), hell, it can even bring back the dead.  Such was the case for Arrested Development, the 2003-2006 FOX sitcom from Mitchell Hurwitz.  Seven years after its initial cancellation on FOX, fan outcry brought the series back from the dead for a fourth season, which premiered on its new home, Netflix.  The question of when or if the series would return for a fifth season has been the subject of debate but it looks like fans of the Bluth family finally have a definitive answer. Kind of. (more…)

Charlie Cox Spotted In Character As Matt Murdock

- 08-05-14Comics, Film, TV Posted by Aspry Jones

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Charlie Cox might be best known as Tristan Thorne from a few years back in the movie ‘Stardust.’Though I’ve never seen it, I also understand the he’s done a few seasons of ‘Boardwalk Empire.’ Google pics of him carousing around Hollywood with long hair and a goofy grin don’t really put me in the mind of Matt Murdock, and I’ve seen lots of comments on various sites that don’t like Marvel choosing him for the role. I don’t know much about the guy, but I’m still on board with the upcoming NetflixDaredevil’ series because of all the reasons. But I still depend on photos like these to help me feel comfortable with this actor playing one of my comic book faves. I’m still thinking about it. How about you? Wanna see this guy with a cane, wearing dark shades? (more…)