DAREDEVIL Showrunners to Develop Marvel’s THE DEFENDERS

Marvel announced the showrunners for the upcoming Netflix series Marvel’s The Defenders. Thankfully, they have put the series in good hands. They have hired Daredevil showrunners Douglas Petrie and Marco Ramirez to take on the challenge of bringing The Defenders to life. Here is the official press release from Marvel with all of the details:

Douglas Petrie ("Marvel’s Daredevil," "Buffy the Vampire Slayer") and Marco Ramirez ("Marvel’s Daredevil," "Orange is the New Black") are set to return as showrunners to the Marvel Universe for the Netflix Original Series "Marvel’s The Defenders"!
Another alum from “Marvel’s Daredevil,” Oscar-nominee Drew Goddard (“The Martian,” “Lost,” “Alias”), will also join the team as an Executive Producer.
The Executive Producers and showrunners of “Marvel’s Daredevil” Season 2 will unite the Man Without Fear with Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist for the mini-series event bringing our heroes together to face their biggest threat yet.
Netflix is excited about it. Executive Producer/Head of Marvel Television Jeph Loeb is excited about it. Frankly, I am excited too because I love what these guys have done with Daredevil. You can tell that they love the stories that they tell and they have the fans in mind with every decision they make. Here is what they had to say about it:
This is the big one. Four amazing casts, four amazing series, now all in one amazing story,” said showrunners and Executive Producers Douglas Petrie and Marco Ramirez. “We are thrilled at the opportunity to deliver the show that both we and the fans have been waiting for.”

No word on an actual release date yet, but it's coming sometime in 2017.

Watch This Beautifully Made Montage Shows 100 Years of Film History in 100 Shots

100 years of film history seems like a really long time, but what happens when it’s squeezed in a 6-minute timeframe? Well, the answer to this question is provided by Baltimore-based filmmaker Jacob T. Swinney. He managed to create a beautiful montage that includes 100 iconic movies and some of their most captivating scenes. Some of the titles are: Frankenstein, Casablanca, Sherlock Junior, Broken Blossoms, Psycho, A Nightmare in Elm Street, The Breakfast Club, Jurassic Park, The Shawshank Redemption, Gladiator, and so on. 

Jacob T. Swinney is also famous for his other movie supercuts, such as First and Final Frames and Iconic Shots by Steven Spielberg.

Here’s what he has to say about his latest piece of creativity:

A journey through the past 100 years of cinema–the most memorable shot from each year (in my opinion). While many of these shots are the most recognizable in film history, others are equally iconic in their own right. For example, some shots pioneered a style or defined a genre, while others tested the boundaries of censorship and filmgoer expectations. If anything, I want this video to be a reminder as to why we all love cinema so much.

Enjoy the montage below and see how many of the famous productions you can guess.

Marvel Makes all the Creative Decisions for Sony’s SPIDER-MAN Movie Reboot

After seeing Spider-Man join the Avengers in Captain America: Civil War, I couldn’t be more excited for the Jon Watts-directed solo film from Sony Pictures. I have no doubt that movie is going to turn out awesome, and that’s because Marvel is the creative producer on it. 

Marvel and Sony had to make one hell of a a deal to make this crossover happen, but they are both dedicated to the character, and they are working very closely with each other to make sure fans get the best big screen version of Spider-man possible. 

During an interview with Collider, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige explained Marvel’s role in the co-development of these Spider-Man films:

“We’re working very much [together]. It is a — I don’t know exactly what the credits will be, but it is a Sony Pictures production of a Marvel Studios film. The agreement was that it is very much a Sony Pictures movie. Amy Pascal is co-producing it with us and [Sony Chairman] Tom Rothman is leading the charge for Sony and that we are the creative producers. We are the ones hiring the actor, introducing him in this film, and then working right now on the script and soon to be shooting the actual Spidey film.”

So it seems like Marvel is handling all of the important creative things that matter to the movie and character. That’s good to know! Feige also reiterated that the new Spider-Man movie will not be an origin story.

“We spend a lot of time as we work on these movies saying ‘Don’t take it for granted that the audience saw the other movies or that the audience is as versed in the comic books as we are.’ We take great pains to give you everything you need to know within the context of whatever movie you’re actually watching. However, we did say, if it’s safe to assume anything, it’s safe to assume that everybody knows how Spider-Man became Spider-Man and what that backstory was. We’ve seen it a number of times now, it’s its own well-known mythology. So we said, let’s reveal that there’s been a Spider-Man in the MCU and we meet him, as you see, in [Civil War].”

The is something that is actually briefly and brilliantly glossed over in Civil War. It was also recently revealed that we will see other Marvel characters crossover into the Spider-Man films, which is fantastic! I bet Sony is happy they struck this deal with Marvel. 

San Diego Comic-Con Confirmed to Stream Hall H Panels This Year

Last month it was announced that Comic-Con International had teamed up Lionsgate to created a new streaming video service for Comic-Con called Comic-Con HQ. When I went to WonderCon, I talked to one of the people at the Comic-Con HQ booth about the service, and I asked if they would be steaming Hall H panels. The guy told me no because they wanted to keep that experience for the hardcore Comic-Con fans. Well, it looks like they changed their minds. 

In an interview with /Film, General Manager of the Comic-Con HQ app Seth Laderman said that fans would in fact be able to watch the big panels that take place in Hall H. That's where you get the biggest and most exciting announcements from the event. But, there's a catch — the panels won't be streamed live. Laderman explained:

"The short answer is yes. We’re going to be working with every single studio, every single panel host to be able to take the content and put it on our platform. We’re not going to be live streaming anything because we really don’t want to take away that experience of people who are the first to see and be there for it, but we can put things up shortly after."

I guess this was bound to happen. There are a few conventions that already do this, except they do it live, like New York Comic Con and E3. It makes me wonder if some people would rather just stay at home now and watch all the panels they want to see without the headaches of trying to get a pass, a hotel room, and waiting in line. It would definitely save people money. But it's Comic-Con! The hardcore fans want to be there in person to see it all unfold live, right before their eyes!

There's also another catch, and that's that the studios don't want their exclusive footage to be shown on the streaming service. That will be removed from the footage screened. 

"That is one of the options as well and we’re going to be working with all the studios and the panel hosts to figure out what would be the best way to handle that, because a lot of these studios have their marketing plans and how they want to control their assets. We’re really just here as a conduit to be able to help promote everyone, similar to what Comic-Con is, so whatever’s best for them will be good for us."

With that bit of information coming into the light, I don't see the point. One of the main reasons people fight to get into Hall H is to see that exclusive footage. What do you all think? Would you rather stream the panels with no footage from the upcoming films, or would you rather be there and witness it all in person? I guess in the end, it's for the fans who weren't able to get in to the event. 

New Images from PETE’S DRAGON, STAR TREK BEYOND, GHOSTBUSTERS, and THE BFG

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Entertainment Weekly has shared some new photos from a few high-profile upcoming films. The images include our first good look at the Dragon in Disney's Pete's Dragon; Spock getting his ass kicked in Star Trek: Beyond; a good look at the giant in Steven Spielberg's The BFG; and a new view of the Ghostbusters battling ghosts with their proton packs. 

While attending CinemaCon this week, I got to see some new footage from several of these films. Most of them look great, the one I'm least excited about it Ghostbusters, and I'll tell you why below the image at the bottom of the post.

Pete's Dragon:

For years, old wood carver Mr. Meacham (Robert Redford) has delighted local children with his tales of the fierce dragon that resides deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. To his daughter, Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard), who works as a forest ranger, these stories are little more than tall tales…until she meets Pete (Oakes Fegley). Pete is a mysterious 10-year-old with no family and no home who claims to live in the woods with a giant, green dragon named Elliott. And from Pete’s descriptions, Elliott seems remarkably similar to the dragon from Mr. Meacham’s stories. With the help of Natalie (Oona Laurence), an 11-year-old girl whose father Jack (Wes Bentley) owns the local lumber mill, Grace sets out to determine where Pete came from, where he belongs, and the truth about this dragon. Disney’s “Pete’s Dragon” opens in U.S. theaters on August 12, 2016.
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Star Trek: Beyond:

The further adventures of James T. Kirk, Spock and the rest of the Enterprise crew. The movie was directed by Justin Lin (Fast and Furious movies), and it starsChris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, John ChoAnton Yelchin, Idris Elba, and Sofia BoutellaStar Trek Beyond opens in theaters on July 22nd, 2016.
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The BFG:

The talents of three of the world’s greatest storytellers – Roald Dahl, Walt Disney and Steven Spielberg – finally unite to bring Dahl’s beloved classic “The BFG” to life. Directed by Spielberg, Disney’s “The BFG” tells the imaginative story of a young girl and the Giant who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country. The BFG (Mark Rylance), while a giant himself, is a Big Friendly Giant and nothing like the other inhabitants of Giant Country. Standing 24-feet tall with enormous ears and a keen sense of smell, he is endearingly dim-witted and keeps to himself for the most part.
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Ghostbusters:

When I saw the first trailer for this movie, I didn't think it looked that bad. It had some really funny moments. Yeah, it didn't really have that Ghostbusters flavor too it, but it still looked like it would entertain. Well, Sony Pictures showed an extended clip at CinemaCon that really turned me off. It was a scene in which the team has their first encounter with a ghost, and I couldn't believe what I was seeing. It was just so damn annoying to watch them as they were jumping around a screaming like 8-year-old girls after they had their first paranormal experience. I really want to like this movie, but that footage was incredibly disappointing. I have no idea why that scene played out the way it did, but it wasn't funny at all. 

Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig) and Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy) are a pair of unheralded authors who write a book positing that ghosts are real. A few years later Gilbert lands a prestigious teaching position at Columbia University, but her book resurfaces and she is laughed out of academia. Gilbert reunites with Yates and others when ghosts invade Manhattan and she and her team have to save the world.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

ROBOTECH Skull-One Costume Hoodie!

I need this Robotech inspired Skull-One hoodie! So I actually bought one. I’m a huge fan of this classic anime series, and I can’t believe I haven’t seen a hoodie like this before today. But here it is in all its badass glory! If you want to pre-order one, click here. It’ll cost you around $70. If you’re a fan of Robotech, this is something that you don’t want to miss out on. It's only available for pre-order for a limited time.

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CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR Scarlet Witch Featurette, Clip, TV Spots, and More

A new clip from Captain America: Civil War has been released. It is called “The Right To Choose,” and it focuses on Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, and other members of the Avengers debating the pros and cons of the United Nations plan to install a system of accountability for the Avengers. This scene takes place early on in the film, and you can see that Cap isn’t having any of it. It’s a moment when the team starts to divide. As a bonus, you get to see Vision wearing a sweater. The movie comes out on May 6th. Prepare yourselves for awesomeness. I also included a couple of new TV spots, one of which teases a spoiler that I will point out under the last video embed. Then there's a featurette that puts the focus on Scarlet Witch.

SPOILER Spot:

In case you missed it the big spoiler was the part where Hawkeye is standing by Ant-Man’s giant leg when he sized up to Giant-Man.