Marvel Ready to Move Forward on CAPTAIN AMERICA 3

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We all know that Avengers: Age of Ultron won’t be the last time we see Captain America, or any of the other characters for that matter! But according to Variety, Marvel is already prepping for Captain America 3, and they want directors Anthony and Joe Russo back on board to bring it to life.

According to the report, “Negotiations wouldn’t begin till after Winter Soldier bows but sources say Marvel has been so impressed with the production of Winter Soldier, as well as with strong results from recent test screenings, that the studio has moved fast to attach the brothers to the next installment.”

Their source also says that the Russos are already working with Marvel to put together an outline of what the third film’s story arc could be.

Marvel is obviously confident in what this directing team is capable of. I love everything that I’ve seen from the film, and I’m already convinced that it will be one of the best Marvel movies to date. Captain America: the Winter Soldier is set to be released on April 4th.

Marvel Hires Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost to Write THOR 3

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We’ve recently reported that Marvel is looking to move forward on Captain America 3, and they want The Winter Soldier directors Anthony and Joe Russo to come back to develop it. Now Variety is reporting that Marvel is starting to put together a team of people to bring Thor 3 to life. The studio has hired Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost to write the next installment of the franchise.

Kyle has been a producer on the Thor movies, but has also worked on the story development for some of the Marvel animated films such as Planet Hulk, Hulk Vs., Doctor Strange, and The Invincible Iron Man. He worked on several of the Marvel animated TV series as well. Yost isn’t new to the world of Marvel either. He was one of the writers on Thor: The Dark World, and also worked with Kyle on Marvel animated series such as Iron Man: Armored Adventures, Wolverine and the X-Men, Hulk Vs., and he also worked on The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.

There’s obviously no information on what the third Thor film will be about, but I’m sure Thor, Loki and the rest of the gang will be back for another adventure. I seriously hope that this time around they finally bring in Enchantress. That’s a character I’m really excited about eventually seeing on the big screen.

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige had this to say in a statement,

“I am proud of Craig and have enjoyed working with him over these past years. His creative instincts have helped shape Thor and Thor: The Dark World at every level of the filmmaking process. The entire team at Marvel is very happy to continue collaborating with Craig as he continues as a screenwriter working with Christopher on the forthcoming chapter of Thor’s adventure.”

Ben Affleck Addresses Batman Casting Backlash

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Love him or hate him, Ben Affleck is going to be Batman in Zack Snyder‘s Batman Vs. Superman. It seems that over time people have been warming up to the idea of Affleck playing Batman, but there are still some fans out there that aren’t sold on it. I predict that they will be as soon as they see him in the awesome suit that we’ve been hearing about. In a recent interview with Playboy, the actor talks about understanding the backlash of the fans, as well as the parts of Snyder’s vision that made him want to take the role.

“I understand I’m at a disadvantage with the internet. If I thought the result would be another Daredevil, I’d be out there picketing myself. [laughs] Why would I make the movie if I didn’t think it was going to be good and that I could be good in it?… [But] I’ve learned it doesn’t matter what people think before a movie comes out; what matters is what people think when they see the movie. There’s a lot of noise in the world, and the internet magnifies that energy. My focus is on the actual execution of the movie. Would I have had that perspective 10 years ago? I don’t know. The world was different then.

“It seems odd to me to criticize casting if you haven’t read the script and don’t know the tone or the take. But the casting of high-profile projects seems to generate negative attention; it’s fun to give your thumbs-up or thumbs-down. I’ve had the luxury recently of doing ArgoThe Town and The Company Men, films that didn’t have a high profile. You have the luxury of waiting until the movie is released before being judged. I’ve learned to think, I may succeed or fail, but I’m going to do so on the merit of my own instincts. It’s a great business in that way. You do a movie that’s successful, you get a little victory lap, and then you start at the beginning; you have to prove yourself all over again. I like that because it motivates you to work harder.”

Affleck then admits that he passed on the role initially, but was eventually swayed by Snyder’s approach to the character.

“The stuff was incredible. … It was a unique take on Batman that was still consistent with the mythology. It made me excited. All of a sudden I had a reading of the character. When people see it, it will make more sense than it does now or even than it did to me initially.”

Affleck goes on to say that that his one true regret in his acting career is Daredevil, because he does love the character and just wishes his attempt at playing Matt Murdoch turned out better. You know what though, Daredevil wasn’t his fault, it was the writing and directing that made that movie suck. I think Affleck would have been fine in the role had he been surrounded by better talent.

I just can’t wait to see what Snyder has in store for fans with this Man of Steal sequel! I’m thinking the first time we see Affleck in his costume will be at San Diego Comic-Con in July.

Will Marvel Launch Phase 4 with a NEW AVENGERS Movie?

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It’s no secret that Marvel plans way in advance for the movies that they make. They are looking at least three or more years into the future for what they want to give their fans. They are constantly in discussion, so there’s always a chance that little bits of info on those discussions are going to leak out. We’ve seen it happen before, so why wouldn’t it happen again?

The studio is currently heavily focused on completing Phase 2 with Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Avengers: Age of Ultron. They will then move into Phase 3, starting with Ant-Man, which is the only officially announced film at this point, but Doctor Strange will most likely be a part of it as well. I’m excited to see what else they end up announcing, but according to a report from Unleash the Fanboy, Phase 4 of Marvel’s plan might kick off with a New Avengers movie.

The site claims to have a source at Disney who had this to say,

“It’s so incredibly early in the process, but unless Robert [Downey Jr.] makes an insane deal with these guys, they’re going with New Avengers.”

Downey Jr. is currently signed up to do two more Avengers films, but after that he may not return to reprise his role as Tony Stark. It will be interesting to see what they do with the character when Downey Jr. calls it quits. I’ve heard they would replace him to keep Stark in the films, but we’ll see.

The site goes on to ask their source if the New Avengers story arc will follow the comic book series Avengers: Disassembled which left the superhero team in a Diaspora until they re-assembled as the New Avengers. I know that the comic arc includes Spider-Man and Wolverine, but don’t expect them to show up in any Marvel-produced film.

So when [they] asked if the movie would feature that comic arc or if they will just include a new team of heroes, the source said,

“Well, you’ve heard the recent casting announcements. They’ve got a ton of great guys. Paul Rudd. Michael Douglas. Aaron Taylor-Johnson. Whoever they choose for Doctor Strange and the other new guys in Phase 3. They’ve got a lot of great guys to lead the new phase of the team. But that’s all I say.  It’s really early.”

As of right now this is all just a rumor so treat it as such. The site does have a track record of getting solid intel, though. It will be interesting to see what Marvel does end up doing with Phase 4, but it makes sense that at some point they would bring us a New Avengers film.

J.J. Abrams Talks about STAR WARS Secrecy

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As you might imagine, there is a ton of secrecy surrounding Disney and Lucasfilm’s Star Wars films. They are so intense with the security that director J.J. Abrams doesn’t even get to see sunlight when working on the script for the film.

During an interview with the Daily Telegraph Abrams explained that,

“My office… I’m working on the Star Wars script today and the people in my office have covered up all my windows with black paper. I guess they wanted to make sure no one could see what I was doing. it seems rather extreme.”

But it’s an extreme to which they are willing to go to protect what they are working on. What they don’t seem to get is that no matter how many windows they black out, leaks can come from within the orginization itself. He went on to talk about the digital age, saying,

“I do think there’s something about the digital age that is increasingly dehumanising us. We’re in this very weird place where we’re being pulled into experiences that aren’t really experiences at all. When you’re printing something on a Chandler & Price letterpress, even though it might take a long time and it’s imperfect, isn’t that the point?”

He then went on to say,

“We’re living in a moment of instant information and a sense of entitlement to that information. But I think it’s nice to remember that there’s nothing wrong with a sense of anticipation.”

One day everything we will want to know about the new Star Wars films will be revealed. In the mean time, it’s incredibly fun to talk about the rumors and what we want to see from the return of the classic sci-fi franchise. I have to say that blacking out the windows seems pretty ridiculous though.

STAR WARS REBELS – New Details and Character Revea

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There’s still so much we have to learn about the new Star Wars Rebels animated series, but so far everything that has been revealed looks and sounds awesome! Thanks to executive producer Dave Filoni, we now have some new details on the series, including the reveal of a new character.

While talking to MoviePilot.de, Filoni says the series will see the return of classic Star Wars ships and that the tone of the series will be different from The Clone Wars.

“We will see many things that are famous to Star Wars, but have not appeared on screen in a while. Star Destroyers, TIE Fighters, and Stormtroopers – basically the Empire is back and that is a big change, since, for many years, we have only seen the Republic in action. The tone of the series is also different. The Clone Wars got very dark as we headed towards the end of the war and the downfall of the Jedi. Star Wars Rebels brings back the banter and faster pace that the original films were famous for.”

I kind of liked the dark tone of The Clone Wars, but I’m sure there will still be some dark elements amongst the banter. The villain they have seems like he could be a pretty terrifying dude. Filoni went on to talk about the setting for the series and the new planet Lothal.

“Rebels takes place in the Outer Rim. The audience typically thinks of Tatooine as the place where Luke Skywalker grew up, when the Outer Rim is mentioned. We are on a more civilized planet, and one that profited from the Empire’s existence in the beginning. Most of the stories take place on the planet Lothal, which is a grass planet with large monolithic stones on the surface. The look comes from some Ralph McQuarrie concept paintings that were done for the original Star Wars films. We tried to make Lothal look and feel like a planet that would have been in the original film trilogy. It’s alien, but you feel like it’s someplace that you could visit on Earth geographically. Hoth, Tatooine, and Endor are all like this, so we think it fits in well.”

The only confirmed character of the series until today has been the villain The Inquisitor, but Filoni has new revealed a character named Chopper, who happens to be a droid.

The highly anticipated series is set between the events of Episode III and IV — “an era spanning almost two decades never-before explored on-screen. It takes place in a time where the Empire is securing its grip on the galaxy and hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights as a fledgling rebellion against the Empire is taking shape.”

GOTHAM: The Penguin Will Be First Batman Villain

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This Batman-inspired TV series Gotham is sounding like it’s going to be a hell of a series. It’s shaping up nicely, and the rumors that are circulating have been exciting. It was recently revealed that Sons of Anarchy‘s Donal Logue has been offered the role of detective Harvey Bullock. Today, thanks to El Mayimbe from Latino Review, we’ve learned that the first villain that will be introduced from Batman’s rogues gallery will be Oswald Cobblepot, a.k.a. The Penguin! Apparently, they are currently on the hunt for an actor in his twenties to take on the role.

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This is just one of several villains that will be introduced in the series. It will be cool to see who they end up casting in these villainous roles. The series will focus on James Gordon, a young Bruce Wayne, and the villains that he will grow up to fight.

“The show won’t have a bunch of characters you’ve never heard of. We see Detective Gordon, before he’s a commissioner, all the characters you know, Bruce Wayne, the Penguin, all of them. It’s Gotham teetering on the edge, and we see what makes these characters become who they are, [like] Catwoman. It’s an operatic soap that has a slightly larger-than-life quality to it.”

GODFATHER 2 Is Joss Whedon’s Model for AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

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In a recent interview, Joss Whedon explains that The Godfather Part 2 is his ‘guiding star’ for Avengers: Age of Ultron. He also explains that Captain America: The Winter Solider will affect the events of his Avengers sequel, but also says that you wouldn’t have to see Captain America to get what’s going on in the Avengers storyline. Here’s what he had to say to AlloCiné.fr,

“The events of Captain America [The Winter Soldier] will definitely affect the world of Avengers 2. But at the end of the day, I have to make my movie assuming that people will only have seen the first one, or possibly not even seen the first one. I can’t assume that everybody went to see Thor [The Dark World], Captain America, and Iron Man 3 in-between. I have to go from one movie to the next and be true to what’s happened [in the previous movies], but not be slavish to it. […] The model I’m always trying to build from, or my guiding star, is The Godfather: Part II where a ton has happened in-between and it’s a very different movie [from Part I], but you don’t need any information. It’s there in the film about what’s happened since, what’s different, and why is this a different film; why is it a different kind of structure, and why is it darker. It’s all there, you’re in the vernacular of the first movie and you’re just ready to pick up in this new place, and hopefully that’s what will happen with my movie. Obviously I’m talking about one of the greatest films ever made (The Godfather: Part II)… I hope mine will be good, but that is my guiding star.”

The Godfather Part 2 is one of my favorite movies of all time, and the fact that that Whedon is using it as his inspiration for his next film is encouraging. I’m sure Age of Ultron is going to turn out incredibly well and will make fans incredibly happy. It’s set to be released on May 1st, 2014!

An analysis of “Paradise by the Dashboard Light, Part 2″

There really isn’t much wiggle room when it comes to interpreting the Meat Loaf classic rock opus, “Paradise by the Dashboard Light.” It is a cautionary tale about a seventeen-year-old boy who makes a rueful, life-altering decision in order to satisfy his virginal libido. The song, like many 70′s classic rock songs, is divided into three parts. Part one describes the beginning of the date night, as the singer is all happy-go-lucky. But in part three, the singer is regretful and miserable and prays for the end of time. The transition between these polar opposite emotions occurs in part two, where the girl (sung by Ellen Foley) issues an ultimatum, “Before we going any further… will you love me forever? … Will you make me your wife?” The boy tries to stall and dodge the question, “Let me sleep on it,” but the girl will have none of that and presses for an answer.

The real reason why the song is so beloved is the spoken word bridge at the start of part 2. It is a fictional baseball play-by-play account announced by famed New York Yankees announcer Phil Rizzuto. In the background, we hear the couple engaged in some heavy foreplay. There is no mistaking that Rizzuto’s words are 100% euphemism for sex. The songwriter, Jim Steinman uses the common (in America) baseball euphemism to describe the progression of the couple’s make-out session. For his part, Rizzuto always claimed that he had no idea what his role was really about in this song until he heard the finished product.

As a metaphor, the bridge makes perfect sense. But no one has ever taken this at face value. Let’s do a thought experiment and imagine that Phil was broadcasting a real-life major league baseball game. If we do, we would conclude that the song is even more brilliant that it’s given credit for; since the baseball events are so absurd and full of so many errors by everyone involved – from the players, to the coaches and managers, that the baseball sequence is also a metaphor for the monumental errors in judgement that the boy is going to commit all for the sake of sexual pleasure. Continue reading