02:43 AM EDT 12/22/2014
Originally posted 09/19/2014 01:00PM
What a difference a year makes.
When Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premiered last fall, the Marvel Universe had yet to be rocked by the fact that the secret agency had been infiltrated by spies – a shocker not revealed until the blockbuster movie Captain America: The Winter Soldier in April. But the ramifications of that infiltration have altered the course of the Joss Whedon-created ABC drama.
And now, new art heralding the show's second season provides fans with some fresh insight into the new reality facing the agents now that their world has been turned upside down.
Originally posted 07/17/2014 12:45PM
Scarlett Johansson may be pregnant, but moviegoers will be hard-pressed to find any indication of her burgeoning belly when Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters next summer – thanks to a little strategic planning by director Joss Whedon and company.
Originally posted 05/15/2013 10:10AM
ABC’s upfront Tuesday afternoon was an upbeat affair – not all upfronts are – with shoutouts to breakout hit Scandal and its star, Kerry Washington; to late-night host Jimmy Kimmel; and to now destined-to-retire Barbara Walters.
Kimmel, as is traditional, did a few minutes' worth of jokes at the expense of the other networks (he referred to CBS as "smug @#%&!!!!s") and his own: He suggested that Splash, the diving-celeb reality show, should be replaced by one with an empty pool. To be called Splat.
The clips introducing new shows were, on balance, pretty promising. These are the ones that struck my television tuning fork and filled me with anticipatory vibrations:
Originally posted 05/05/2012 09:45AM
Superheroes have it easy: We only expect them to save the planet every now and again. Superhero movies, though, have the daunting task of illuminating our souls.
Dazzling effects, strong stories and bold heroes mean bubkes unless they inspire us. Thank the gods, The Avengers is just what it ought to be – inspired.
After five recent films about the solo exploits of Marvel heroes Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans) and the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo, outclassing Edward Norton), The Avengers weaves its narrative threads into a vibrant display of effects wizardry with characters to love and wit to spare.
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