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Jessica Jones season 2

Netflix’s little corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is about to expand in a big way, with Luke CageIron Fist, and The Defenders all coming in the next year or so. But today, we have some updates on what we won’t be seeing from them in the near future. The company has revealed that they’re holding off on Jessica Jones season 2, Daredevil season 3, and Punisher until after The Defenders, which means we likely won’t see them until 2018 or so. Oh, and they’ve also explained why they opted not to pick up Agent Carter, which became the MCU’s first cancelled series earlier this summer.  Read More »

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Sharknado The 4th Awakens review

When I reviewed Sharknado: The 4th Awakens I tried to keep it spoiler-free. When I interviewed director Anthony C. Ferrante, who has helmed all four Sharknado movies to date, there were a few specific things I wanted to discuss. He said it was okay, because if you’ve watched the trailers, most of it is in there. So spoiler warning for anyone who is still avoiding the Sharknado 4 trailers.

As the subtitle suggests, there is a parodic Star Wars reference or two, and the trailer even gives away that there’s an opening crawl. Hey, Sharknado 3 opened like a James Bond movie. Twitter voted on #AprilLives or #AprilDies after Sharknado 3, and it’s no secret that Tara Reid is back. However, the film picks up five years after the cliffhanger scene on the beach at the end of Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! Now Aston Reynolds (Tommy Davidson) has devised a way to eliminate tornados, but the sharks find their way into other weather phenomena. Fin Shepard (Ian Ziering) is still the only man who can stop them.

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the shadow - a Russell Mulcahy interview

Although you might not recognize the name Russell Mulcahy, you almost definitely would recognize his work. Especially if, like me, you grew up in the 80s. Because Mulcahy directed over 400 music videos during the decade. I spoke with Mulcahy about how that journey began. From directing the first ever music video that appeared on MTV to regularly working with the likes of Duran Duran, Billy Joel and Elton Joel. And then, of course, we chatted about what it was like to make Alec Baldwin a superhero.

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Suicide Squad cameo

Suicide Squad may star a killer line-up of DC comic book villains, but as we’ve seen in the trailers, the film will feature at least one sequence where Ben Affleck‘s Batman pops in to give the baddies a hard time. After all, Warner Bros. is chasing the Marvel Studios model here – everything is connected, with characters and events in one movie having a direct impact on another. Their cinematic universe is still young, the foundation still being established, and all of those connections are being forged.

And now we know that another character from the larger DC universe has a cameo role in Suicide Squad. The film is opening in a week and most folks have gone this far without knowing about this one, so consider this your spoiler warning. If you want to be pleasantly surprised in the theater, feel free to stop reading.

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MATT DAMON returns to his most iconic role in "Jason Bourne." Paul Greengrass, the director of The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, once again joins Damon for the next chapter of Universal Pictures’ Bourne franchise, which finds the CIA’s most lethal former operative drawn out of the shadows.

It’s been almost a decade since the saga of Matt Damon‘s amnesiac super-spy Jason Bourne came to an apparent end. In fact, the door was so firmly closed on this story that Universal tried to spin off another character to keep the series going with The Bourne Legacy. That didn’t work as planned and now the original Bourne is back, with director Paul Greengrass back at the helm.

And let’s face it: there’s a whole lot going on in these movies, it’s been a long time since they were in theaters, and you may be a little rusty with the details as you prepare to settle in for Jason Bourne this weekend. We’ve got you covered. Here’s everything you need to remember from the original Bourne movies.

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Luke Cage footage 2

Netflix presented a panel on Marvel’s Luke Cage to the Television Critics Association. Luke Cage is the third Marvel TV series for Netflix, to be followed by Iron Fist and the team-up The Defenders. Showrunner Cheo Coker spoke about the show’s influences and tone, but first Alfre Woodard deflected a question about her role in both Captain America: Civil War and Luke Cage. In Civil War, she played a mother who confronts Tony Stark after her son dies in an Avengers battle. She is a lead character on Luke Cage.

“My name is Mariah Dillard,” Woodard said. “I was born and bred in Harlem and I don’t know what you’re talking about Captain America.”  Read More »

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Pop culture art gallery I Am 8Bit is doing a show with artist Jason Brockert called “Figures Of Action”, featuring would-be toys inspired by iconoclasts & pop culture characters ranging from filmmakers like JJ Abrams (Star Trek, Star Wars) to show runners like Vince Gilligan (Breaking Bad) to authors like George RR Martin (Game Of Thrones) to composers like John Williams (every great movie from your childhood) to comedians like Louie CK to video game designers like Shigeru Minamoto (Super Mario Bros).

The show had its opening night reception last night and now all the available original paintings and select limited edition prints are now online for anyone to purchase starting at just $20 (with worldwide shipping). After the jump, you can see a selection of the artwork on display at this exhibition and find out how you can purchase some of the paintings and prints online.
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Luke Cage footage 1

Jeph Loeb, president of Marvel Television, was on a Netflix panel for Luke Cage before the Television Critics Association. Loeb is in charge of all live-action and animated Marvel shows, including the Netflix titles and ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter. When asked if we could see any of the television characters, be it Luke Cage or Daredevil, in any of the Marvel movies, Loeb explained why it would be prohibitive to the television schedules.  Read More »

Jason Bourne

I’m a die-hard Bourne film fan. I’ve watched Matt Damon’s Bourne films more than 15 times collectively. I’ve listened to John Powell‘s scores for each more than 100 times. I was disappointed when the Damon / Paul Greengrass combo didn’t return for Legacy, but I always held out hope that if they did ever come back, it would be because they had a compelling adventure in store for us.

This weekend, nine years after the release of The Bourne Ultimatum, Jason Bourne hits theaters and it is, by far, the weakest of Damon’s Bourne films. Not only does it bring nothing new to the table for the franchise, but the film just feels like a shambling corpse of its former self. Continue after the jump to read my Jason Bourne review.
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