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Colleen Wing Character to Appear in The Defenders

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Marvel Cinematic Universe/Netflix fans are really looking forward to the upcoming Defenders series. The 8-part adventure brings all the characters from the Netflix canon together. This means Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist are all going to join together to battle some devious threat to the streets of New York.


There’s another reason why so many are looking forward to the new Defenders series. Lots of folks simply want to put the Iron Fist fiasco behind them. Ironically, the return of Jessica Henwick’s character Colleen Wing is something fans are looking forward to. Henwick absolutely stole the show right out from under the lead hero and was the one bright spot in an otherwise lame Iron Fist mini-series.


A lot has been written about what went wrong with Iron Fist. A combination of weak casting and very poor episodic writing led to a very rushed project. Iron Fist was a total critical dud. The idea of a second season is very much in doubt.


Would a spinoff be possible, though? Honestly, there is no reason why Colleen Wing cannot have her own series. The character has her own Marvel Comics series. A Netflix series based on her adventures would be a nice addition to the roster.


In a way, the popularity of Henwick and the Colleen Wing character is reminiscent of the success of The Punisher in Daredevil season two. Fans took to The Punisher immensely. The violent anti-hero’s tale seemed far more compelling than the main action of the story. As a result, The Punisher was approved for a full Netflix series even though this never was the original plan.


And what is the deal on Daredevil season three? Did The Punisher bump the third season?


Likely, there is going to be a Daredevil season three. Hopefully, a first season of a Colleen Wing series is in the works, too.


Val Kilmer Wants To Be Batman Again

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Val Kilmer would welcome a return to the cape and cowl. Yes, Val Kilmer has publicly stated he would be interested in playing Batman once again. Kilmer appeared as The Dark Knight in the 1990’s endeavor Batman Forever.


Batman Forever is hardly considered a classic of the Batman mythos. Kilmer’s performance was not bad, but it was hardly a performance that is remembered with awe by fans. Kilmer’s comments about want to play Batman again does have some marketing benefits associated with it.


Kilmer is 57 years old, which could allow him to play the role of an older Batman ala The Dark Knight Returns. He is absolutely not going to play Batman on the big screen. Ben Affleck has that locked up. Kilmer’s star has long faded and he is not going to draw in audiences to a big screen Dark Knight Returns project. Besides, there are no plans to make a Dark Knight Returns film.


Could Kilmer appear as Batman in a video game? This is possible, but not very likely. The drawing power of Kilmer would be too minuscule. Likely, Kilmer made an off-the-cuff comment that some are taking seriously. Whether or not Kilmer takes the comment seriously or really meant it is anyone’s guess.


Kilmer was thought to be the perfect replacement for Michael Keaton. The problem was no one knew what direction to take the Batman franchise after Keaton and director Tim Burton left the series. While Batman Forever was a disappointment, Batman and Robin was a notorious franchise-ruining fiasco.


Yes, all this sounds a little bleak but the bleakness is based on the truth about the failures of the original Batman franchise. Kilmer may be able to celebrate his role as Batman by appearing at conventions. A return to the costume, however, is not likely at all.


‘Tremors 6’ Set for January 2018 Release

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The storied horror franchise known as “Tremors” will see a sixth installment hit the small screen on January 30th of next year. After his run on the classic NBC sitcom “Family Ties,” few saw that Michael Gross would better establish himself as an the recurring character of a horror franchise dedicated to subterranean creatures. The comparisons between Gross’ two characters could be more opposed: Steven Keaton is a liberal ex-hippie while Burt Gummer is a gun-carrying survivalist.


Initially considered nothing more than a comedic supporting role in 1990’s “Tremors,” Gummer went on to become the only character to appear in every Tremors film as well as its 2003 television series on the SyFy Channel. After more than a decade of quiet, Gross returned to the Tremors franchise with 2015’s Tremors 5. Fall of 2016 saw Universal Studios announcing that the Tremors franchise would continue in a sixth film. Both Gross and his on-screen sidekick, Jamie Kennedy, will be returning to the project, as will the director and writer for Tremors 5. Filming for the project began this year and Gross recently commented on social media to inform fans that the newest film would be distributed among home media at the end of January. January 30th may be farther than many fans expect, especially when direct-to-video films entail less of a time gap between filming and the final product.


Filming for Tremors 6 occurred within South Africa, just like Tremors 5. The basic story of Tremors 6 is that Gummer and Welker will be heading up north to a Canadian research lab in order to hunt the latest generation of iconic Graboid monsters. Before the duo can make their discoveries known, Gummer becomes envenomed by Graboids and forced to learn how to milk one for antivenin or die within 48 hours.


Supergirl Success Helps Wonder Woman Demand

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When it comes to movies, the importance of marketing cannot be stressed enough, since getting the word out can often mean the difference between a film’s success or failure. In the case of the upcoming “Wonder Woman” movie, the marketing question is one to come up now.


“Wonder Woman” is due to be released in about a month and yet fans have noticed that there hasn’t been nearly as much promotion of the film, if any at all. Odd because the previous Batman and Superman movies saw a ton of promotion and DC fans noticed, but the question is how come Wonder Woman is taking a hit? The answer might be because the movie doesn’t really need that much help.


Because of the success of “Supergirl,” one of DC’s many shows to air on the CW, it appears that the demand for a female superhero franchise may have been met and is already present. Kristen O’Hara, the chief marketing officer for Time Warner spoke in Las Vegas this week and said that being able to market to the right audience in this age is much different than in the past because while flooding the marketing makes sense, it might not be the best strategy.


Naturally, the lack of marketing would worry a ton of DC fans that the DC Universe is going to take another hit due to the reception of past movies. According to O’Hara, the marketing campaign for Supergirl’s second season showed that they could have a modest campaign and use that to record data for the fanbase, which started with having five million female superhero fans in one week, a number that increased steadily over the course of fifteen months.


New Twin Peaks Trailer Gives Sneak Peek

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Fans of the show Twin Peaks have been stockpiling their coffee, donuts, and cherry pie in preparation for the new season, which will air on Showtime May 21st, 2017. Recently, fans were treated to a split-second sneak peek at a scene from the new season, and it has the Internet in an uproar.


A trailer (entitled “The Darkness of Future Past,” which is a direct reference to the beautifully crafted monologue lines spoken by Mike/”The One-Armed Man”) for the new season showing almost exclusively footage from the first two seasons and from the prequel movie Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me features a tracking scene of the woods which appears to be new.


There has been a lot of secrecy behind the new season since it was announced that showrunners David Lynch and Mark Frost were reviving this long-loved show. There are no known on-set images floating around the Internet, and the cast and crew aren’t giving away too many details. In fact, we only really know who is back, who did not return for this new season, and that it is taking place 25 years after the events of the Season Two finale that aired on June 10th, 1991.


This new split-second footage has fans wondering if it was shot specifically for the trailer or if it will actually be featured in an episode from the new season. But one thing is for sure – there is still something very strange in those old woods. Fans will have to tune in on May 21st to see just what the new season of Twin Peaks has in store.


The Blade Runner 2049 Trailer Soon Arrives

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The new trailer for Blade Runner 2049 will soon be upon us. The trailer is slated to precede the film Alien: Covenant. Movie fans know Ridley Scott created both Blade Runner and Alien. Likely, Alien: Covenant is going to be a big hit. A great many eyes are going to see the trailer. Blade Runner 2049 really does need an impressive trailer in order to be successful. Not everyone has long memories nor has a number of younger audience members even seen the first Blade Runner movie.


A good trailer and accompanying television spots could do a lot to stimulate interest in Blade Runner 2049. And questions marks do exist regarding how much of an audience is out there for this film. Science-fiction is popular, but the dark nature of the original Blade Runner is likely to reappear in the sequel. Most successful sci-fi these days is escapist and fun fare.


Yet, a solid trailer could do a lot to intrigue significant numbers of Alien: Covenant audience members to check the film out. That could lead to a solid opening weekend at the box office. From there, good word of mouth may help ticket sales remain solid for some time.


Blade Runner 2049 is a unique film and it could end up becoming a cult classic just like the original. If so, then the sequel will continue to generate money for years and years. A special edition DVD or Blu-ray set probably would sell exceptionally among fans. Yes, this is a different type of film with an equally different business model.


In order to be a true success, the sequel cannot disappoint. A poorly written or weakly directed sequel would be met with scorn from long-time Blade Runner fans. Hopefully, the creative talent behind Blade Runner 2049 are going to deliver a very special and excellent film.


Nine9 the “Unagency” Helps the Other 99% Get into Acting or Modeling

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Many may want to start a modeling or acting career but have no idea how to take the first step. Other than being miraculously discovered by a talent scout, there is generally no clear path forward for regular folks to get in front of casting directors and more information click here.

Anthony Tomas said he founded Nine9 the “Unagency” in order to aid the “99 percent” of aspiring actors and models who don’t have industry connections. Tomas says, as a school-age child he was a small kid who was part of the nerdy set, dictated to by the popular 1 percent. Tomas wants to tip the balance in the favor of the majority. Nine9, Tomas says, provides a proven system to help get talent their big break. Of course, hard work is always involved, but for those who want to get a foot in the door, Nine9 can be the first step and learn more about Nine9.

Nine9 offers professional photo shoots for all clients. Clients are advised on how to prepare for their photo shoots as well as what to expect. Nine9 also offers coaching, by trained professionals, on how to perform on camera. The Nine9 website contains testimonials from many casting directors who look to Nine9 to find talent for a variety of projects. There are also many happy accounts from satisfied Nine9 clients who have found work. One client, Bobby L, writes: “Like many others, I am sure I was skeptical about signing with Nine9 … However, the personnel that I have interacted with at Nine9 have all been very respectful and I personally have had more call backs than I can get to!” and Nine9 of lacrosse camp.

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Robert Zemeckis to Possibly Helm The Flash Movie?

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Robert Zemeckis, the legendary director behind Back to the Future and other classic 1980’s films, is reportedly in talks to helm the new Flash movie for the DC Comics Cinematic Universe.


Zemeckis has not signed onto the project and discussions are solely in the “meeting” stage. If the iconic director could be brought on to helm the project, this would be an enormous benefit to DC and Warner Bros. The Flash is a hero whose tales mix high adventure with lighthearted humor. Zemeckis fits the role of a director capable of delivering such thematic and narrative results.


The Flash really does need someone to take over the project and steer the film on the right course. The original script has been scrapped and two directors attached to the movie have left. Zemeckis might be able to steer the ship in the direction it needs to go. Sometimes, a very experienced hand is required.


Overall, the behind the scenes situation with the DC Comics film projects is a total disaster. Justice League is not exactly shaping up as planned, The Batman is on hold, the Cyborg film is also not moving ahead as planned, and more.


Damage and blame can be placed at the feet of many people. Playing the proverbial “blame game”, however, does nothing to move the current DC Comics slate of films into production. Nor would continual moaning over the situation lead to any positive results. Instead, it would be a wise idea to get the best talent possible attached to the films. The studio is hardly going to benefit from the series of motion pictures bleeding money due to being stuck in perennial development limbo.


All these holdups positively must be costing DC Comics and Warner a fortune. Hopefully, at least The Flash project will get on track.


Doctor Dolittle Film Release Upped A Month

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Universal has recently stated that their as-yet-untitled “Doctor Dolittle” film will release in April of 2019 rather than the initial placement within May of the same year. The film will feature Robert Downey Jr. in the feature role. This project marks yet another feather in Downey Jr.’s cap since the re-ignition of his acting career from appearing as Tony Stark in 2008’s “Iron Man.”


While Downey Jr. will be reprising his iconic role in “Avengers: Infinity War,” things beyond that seem a bit less certain. Plans are still on board for a third installment in the Sherlock Holmes series Downey was able to begin with his Iron Man success. Downey Jr. has also been striving to make an adaptation of Pinocchio, but that project has been stymied for years. While those two films have unknown release dates, Universal seems to have great faith in the film, not only for confirming its release date but also to shift it closer; Universal’s new announcement that Doctor Dolittle will release on April 12th of 2019 negates the original date of May 24th.


Judging from the staff briefing of the film, Universal will likely tackle the project in a manner similar to the ’67 musical instead of the Eddie Murphy comedies. For movie fans interested in keeping their fix for Robert Downey Jr. continuing after Infinity War has come and gone, it seems like there will be no stop to the projects the man will attach himself to. The fact that this Doctor Dolittle is primed for a late spring release means that it can thrive at the box office rather than become buried in the summer blockbuster season. Regardless of the film’s commercial or critical success, it will give Robert Downey Jr. the chance to flex his impressive acting talent in new ways.


Kevin Feige Promotes Coherency In Marvel Movies

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Kevin Feige and the creative teams behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe have instituted a change in the second phase of the franchise, a change that will carry over into the third phase. Marvel films are no longer designed to overlap. Overlapping narratives “bleed” into other films. While not too overtly connected, an overlap of narratives seeks to connect the various films to establish the different entries as being part of a single universe. Now that the mission has been properly accomplished, the usage of overlapping narratives can be dropped.


The idea of canceling the structural approach of overlapping narratives probably draws inspiration from the various muddled comic books that overused this concept. In time, it becomes difficult to tell where one story ends and another begins. Subplots and other elements of different films start to creep into each project. Narratives become muddled when this happens.


One reason for the decline of comic book sales is due to the constant overlapping of “mega stories” among different books. The idea of creating a multi-book super event does affect sales. Comic book buyers absolutely enjoy rushing out to buy the titles associated with a special maxi-series event. Unfortunately, once the main storyline runs its course, the universe is left with a lot of overwritten plots and books with no clear or coherent narrative structure. Readers stop buying as a result.


Nothing this severe has occurred in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Kevin Feige is taking steps to make sure it never happens. Each movie is going to remain a standalone project with the various plots being self-contained.


Coherency is another way of saying “Make the audience happy”. No audience is going to be thrilled with a deeply muddled plot or one that requires following too many different subplots associated with movies they might not even have seen.