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20 Hollywood's Celebrities Who Drive Teslas

2020.10.27 03:10 ahmadrdk 20 Hollywood's Celebrities Who Drive Teslas

20 Hollywood's Celebrities Who Drive Teslas

20 Hollywood's Celebrities Who Drive Teslas

Hollywood's celebrities who drive teslas, people love Tesla cars, but not everyone can afford them. Tesla's two highest-end cars, the Model S and Model X, cost around $70,000 and $80,000, respectively. But in return, you're getting one of the safest, fastest, cleanest, and most high-tech cars in the world. Having test-driven a Model S, I can tell you the experience is second to none.

20 Hollywood's Celebrities Who Drive Teslas
And so, as you'd expect, many wealthy people, especially celebrities, love Tesla cars. Here we've rounded up most of the notable celebrities that drive Teslas.
When you make it in Hollywood, the one thing you won’t lack is financial firepower. That gives you a certain freedom when it comes to buying the latest and coolest tech, and in the car world, you needn’t look further than Tesla.
Elon Musk’s all-electric creations have been embraced by celebrities like no other car brand, possessing the same levels of desirability as a new iPhone or MacBook. And get this: you could win a Tesla Model 3 Performance of your own. Enter here – then read on to see the stars you could be joining
Which is why it’s no surprise that celebrities are also fans. I mean, Tesla can’t produce their cars fast enough, so it isn’t shocking that celebrities have to get their hands on one of the most sought after electric vehicles. However, I am curious if they get put on the same waiting list as everyone else. Here is a list of some celebrities who own Tesla cars.

This is a list of hollywood celebrities who use tesla cars

1. Zoey Deschanel drives a Tesla Model S
Zoey Deschanel goes everywhere with Tesla S. Actress "New Girl" has Model S. Remember when Katy Perry first appeared on the scene ?, people would say that they both look very similar. Dark hair with bangs, and bright blue eyes. Zoey won the Critics Choice Television Award for Best Actor in the Comedy Series.
2. Jaden Smith drives a Tesla Model X Will Smith drives a Tesla Model S
Jaden & Will Smith have their own choice of Tesla cars. Jaden owns Model X, while Will owns Model S. Jaden, who starred in the 2006 film The Pursuit of Happiness with his father, has done his own work, from modeling to making his own music.
He was inspired by Elon Musk which is one of the reasons Jaden started his new bottled water channel called "Just Water".
3. Leonardo DiCaprio drives a Tesla Roadster
The man best known for painting a portrait of Rose’s love interest on the Titanic and nominated for an Oscar six times before finally winning was also the owner of OG Tesla; he owns a Roadster, one of the first Tesla on the highway.
As a big supporter of green power, he started his own foundation to help protect ecosystems around the world. He is an example of an idol that you can get rich, care about the planet, and drive an environmentally friendly Tesla.
Leo is also the co-owner of the Venturi Formula E team, which shows he appreciates performance and speed while keeping releases as a thing of the past.
4. Joe Rogan drives a Tesla Model S
He made a name for himself, Joe Rogan is a struggle commentator, standing comedian, and has had a very successful podcast for many years now.
Surprisingly, Joe Rogan is not a fan of Tesla or electric cars, and is very vocal with him. However, all that changed after Elon Musk agreed to be a guest on the show and Joe bought the Model S. Now, he also admits he wants Cybertruck.
Looking at his collection, it is clear he loves raw, analog and great cars - such as the stunning Corvette Stingray restaurant and the incredible Sharkwerks 911 GT3 RS.
5. Cameron Diaz drives a Tesla Model S
From Something About Mary to The Sweetest Things to a Bad Teacher, Cameron Diaz is known for his comedic style. Yet, since then he has taken a back seat and kept his life a secret, or at least as a celebrity personal.
Who does not want privacy, especially since Cameron and her husband Benji Madden welcomed their first child in January 2020. Baby seats have a special place in Model S. Tesla.
6. Jennifer Garner drives a Tesla Model S
Actress The 13 Going on 30 rides Model S. Jennifer Garner once married Ben Affleck, who is also rumored to be driving a Tesla. What I love about Jennifer Garner is how healthy her Instagram is.
You can clearly see that she is the same person as all of us, and a mother; he just has a little more money than most! And driving Model S.
7. Casey Neistat drives a Tesla Model X
Becoming famous through the era of daily vlogs on YouTube, Neistat is known for its iconic film style that steps one step above other content creators on the platform. After using his Tesla Model X to crawl around Manhattan, he is now preparing to move to L.A. to join the Musk craze on the west coast.
Casey got exclusive access to the Model 3 when it first came out, as well as information about the Musk's Hyperloop tunnel. In addition, Casey has partnered with Omaze to give you a chance to meet him, and won a Tesla Model 3 Show with a $ 20,000 prize. Read the bottom of the article to learn more.
8. Matt Damon drives a Tesla Roadster
Damon was a very early adopter, signing a check for the original Tesla Roadster in 2008. This was an inspired move, given that at that time Tesla was not a household name as it is now and electric cars were not popular at all.
We hope he keeps his Roadster as it may be worth a few dollars in the future given how rare they are. Or maybe he is already on the 250mph + 2020 Roadster list, a big change from the original sports car that made Tesla the operating company.
9. Steve Wozniak drives a Tesla Model X
Few people have done more work for personal computing than Apple’s founder, Mr Wozniak, so it’s no surprise that he is someone who wants all of his equipment to be at the forefront of technology.
The Model X he was driving was a bit of a surprise, given that he had spoken out against Elon Musk and the way he ran Tesla. I think the eagle door is too attractive to pass.
10. Ben Affleck drives a Tesla Model S
11. Steven Spielberg drives a Tesla Model S
12. Morgan J.Freeman drives a Tesla Model S
13. Jay Leno drives a Tesla Model S
14. James Cameron drives a Tesla Model S 15. Seth Green drives a Tesla Model S 16. Mark Ruffalo drives a Tesla Model S 17. Chef Anthony Bourdain drives a Tesla Model S 18. Jeremy Renner drives a Tesla Model S 19. Tony Hawk drives a Tesla Model S 20. Stephen Colbert drives a Tesla Model S

Electric cars are a thing of the future

I love seeing Hollywood celebrities driving Tesla because of cars that can be bought by us who are not famous. And it must be one of the top dream cars on my list!
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2020.06.19 21:53 1000100001 Speculative fiction is recognising the power of disability by Brianna Albers

Speculative fiction is recognising the power of disability

Published June 18, 2020 by Brianna Albers
In 2016, the internet was rife with divisive opinions over Jojo Moyes’ Me Before You. The novel, published in 2012, chronicled the relationship between a recently-paralyzed man, Will, and his caregiver, Louisa. The 2016 film, starring Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin, faced significant backlash over its ending. Despite his burgeoning relationship with Louisa, Will commits rational, assisted suicide.
Traditional storytelling is rife with similar narratives. In Emily St. John Mandel’s 2014 novel, Station Eleven, a disabled man commits suicide to relieve his brother of the burden of his care. Steven Knight’s The Last Words of Will Wolfkin boasts a disabled protagonist, only to cure that protagonist in the first chapter, allowing him to set forth on several marvelous adventures.
Even positive examples of disability representation are often twisted by the ableism of the industry. Bran Stark, of George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire fame, is lauded for embracing his identity as a cripple. However, in the final season of HBO’s Game of Thrones, the character was given the title of “Bran the Broken”—a far cry from GRRM’s wise young man with magic powers. Hawkeye, the archer turned superhero played by Jeremy Renner in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is blind in the comics, but shows no inkling of disability on the big screen.
We have, over the years, made progress. Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows duology features a compelling character by the name of Kaz Brekker. A con man and a thief, Brekker also uses a cane, and is impacted—but not hindered—by his disability. In 2018, the disability community celebrated the publication of Unbroken: 13 Stories Starring Disabled Teens, an anthology of short stories featuring disabled characters. Last but not least, the popularity of Corinne Duyvis’ #OwnVoices and Beth Phelan’s #DVpit point to greater diversity in the industry.
But there is still work to be done. Disabled characters are villainized (see Benicio del Toro’s codebreaker with a speech impediment in Star Wars: The Last Jedi). Either they’re celibate and homebound or chasing normalcy. They are objects of pity. And they’re certainly not capable of having adventures of their own. Little by little, disability representation is making strides. But disabled characters, and the authors who write them, are still “typecasted,” relegated to tragic love stories and coming-of-age narratives.
I grew up with a deep love of speculative fiction. I desperately wanted to discover a floating city in a far-off galaxy, with monsters and ancient secrets and, most importantly, the stars. But I quickly realized that disabled people were barred from the magic of speculative fiction. Girls in wheelchairs didn’t belong in space; they were stuck on Earth. To see the stars, they either have to fix themselves or prove their worth. The alternative was, of course, a tragic death.
The industry, and the fairy tales it sells, would have us spurn our disabled—celibate, homebound—lives in favor of a mythical future. This is ableism at its most insidious. Like Will Wolfkin, we can pin our dreams on magical cures, or we can step outside the narrative of traditional storytelling and embrace the life-giving creativity of speculative fiction.
More than fantastical locales or optimistic visions of the future, speculative fiction calls for imagination. Playfulness. Idealism grounded in concrete action. Speculative fiction retains the hopefulness of the fairy tale but places the nexus of responsibility on us, the readers. Instead of waiting for the advent of magical cures, we are to engage in and court creation. We are to bring about the utopian vision of the fairy tale by speculating and experimenting.
The industry would have us believe that disability and adventure cannot coexist; to see the stars, disabled girls must die to what makes them unique, to the physical and mental barriers that shape their lives. Speculative fiction, on the other hand, argues that disability is a source of power. Disability encourages invention, adaptation, forward momentum. Disability questions our understanding of “normalcy” and pushes us to expand our ideas of value and worth.
We see this in Going Further, an anthology of short stories that imagine the future of mobility. In “Skye Finds Her Magic,” the titular character discovers a future of clean energy and adaptive mobility devices. In “Let Me Show You Something,” a disabled man reclaims a lifelong passion alongside his partner. In “The Velocity of Freefall,” barriers to accessible flights are dismantled, allowing the protagonists to serve in the Peace Corps.
Each story grapples with disability. Skye is frustrated with the ableism and inaccessibility of her world. Carter, the narrator of “Let Me Show You Something,” grieves his leg paralysis and the hobby it stole from him. In “The Velocity of Freefall,” mobility challenges prevented Blaire from traveling the world for years.
The industry would have us stop there, closing the book on Skye, Carter, and Blaire. But speculative fiction recognizes the power of disability. Speculative fiction allows disabled characters, and the disabled authors who write them, to imagine a new world. Speculative fiction encourages us, the readers, to dream alongside them—and then, once we’re heady with possibility, make those visions a reality.
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2020.04.21 21:17 PlagueKnight97 Where Would Hawkeye Go?

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a fantastic movie. A phenomenal one, even – I’d call it one of the best in the MCU, if not THE best. I consider it the best version of itself it could have been. But one particular piece of trivia struck me as interesting: Clint Barton was supposed to be in this movie.
He was supposed to get the call from S.H.I.E.L.D to go track down Steve, exploring his loyalties to organisations versus loyalties to individuals (a key theme of the Cap trilogy) and, while there, he would clue Steve in to the fact that they’re tracking him, showing that Clint trusts him. Supposedly there was a scheduling conflict with Jeremy Renner, and it wasn’t included, but if it had been, I think this movie could have been very interesting, and I’m going to explore where this scene could have been placed and what consequences it would have going forward.
So let’s start with the placement.
After Rumlow and the other HYDRA goons fail to find Steve and Natasha at the mall, Rumlow will pull out his phone and dial a number. Obviously, you all know who he’s calling, but we won’t see Clint’s face – just his hands and the shadows he creates in the dimly-lit room he's in, building a bit of mystery about who this is. The conversation would go something like this:
RUMLOW: The time’s come. You know her best, and you can keep up with him in a fight.
CLINT: I think you’re asking too much of me.
RUMLOW: Agent, your refusal means nothing. If you can’t do it, somebody else will, and if you spill the blood, at least you can ensure their deaths are quick and painless.
CLINT: Understood.
The actual encounter will take place after Steve and Natasha have had their talk in Steve’s “borrowed” car. The car will immediately stop dead, with both of them getting out to see what the problem is. Natasha sees the tyres have been punctuated by arrows, and looks ahead to see her best friend standing in the middle of the road. She urgently mutters “Rogers, look,” and he tells her to get inside of the car, and if necessary go on to Camp Lehigh.
Steve will obviously be pulling his punches throughout the entire fight, but Clint seems dedicated to beat Steve, or at least get him on the ground so, as Steve assumes, he can knock him out and turn him in to S.H.I.E.L.D. But when this happens, Clint instead quickly mutters to his fellow Avenger (while pretending to struggle with him): “there’s a tracker on your suit, punch me in the face and drag me over to that hut,” and Steve does just that.
Natasha is already in the hut – she knows her partner well enough to know when he’s playing a role – and Clint’s dog from the comics, Lucky, is also there. She quips, “I can’t believe you got a new partner without telling me,” and Clint shoots back, “couldn’t find a decent sitter in time”.
He tells the pair of them about how crazy it is in S.H.I.E.L.D right now, and Steve bitterly says that everyone thinks they’re guilty. Clint corrects him, saying that there are just as many people that still believe in Steve Rogers as there are that don’t.
Now, this is here for an important reason: namely, to develop Steve from simply seeing organisations as a hivemind (a very ‘40s mindset, where loyalty to your country was seen as the most important thing) to seeing organisations as a collection of individuals. Steve’s call to action, where he talks about the price of freedom and whatnot, is a great moment, but can come off as a little illogical – apart from Natasha, Steve has no reason to believe that these relatively normal people won’t follow the organisation they’re a part of and the man that leads it. And he definitely has no reason to assume that they’ll turn their back on it in favour of him, a man that most of them don’t really know (and the ones that do know him have already turned on him). So this scene should be yet another mental turning point for Captain America.
Anyway, this leads into Clint asking Steve to knock him out for S.H.I.E.L.D to find him, with Steve removing the tracker on his suit and him and Natasha progressing to Camp Lehigh like normal, though on foot this time.
We see a few shots of Clint during the Battle at the Triskelion, monitoring the people that are leaving the battle, and discreetly shooting tracking devices onto each of them. That way, when Nick Fury wants to disappear and go looking for “the rats that escaped the sinking ship”, Clint can provide a few starting points for him – so even if there were a few HYDRA bases that Pierce kept off their files just in case, they’ll be given away by the few HYDRA agents going there.
In the closing scenes, when Natasha goes off to develop a new cover, Clint can go with her, remarking that “I have no home to go to”.
So, what “consequences” does this scene add going forward, as I said?
It gives a defining personality for Clint Barton. It’s difficult to spot initially, since Jeremy Renner plays him the same way every appearance, but Hawkeye is a different character in every movie.
· In The Avengers: 2012, he’s an extremely skilled assassin, but plays Loki’s personal flying monkey for most of the movie, meaning we only see his true self shortly before and afterwards – and we don’t get much personality in the meantime.
· In Avengers: Age of Ultron, he’s a devoted family man and a red herring for the big third-act casualty, making him, once again, more of a plot device. As outlined by Nando, he does have a bit of an arc in this film about being "the normie", so at least that’s something.
· In Captain America: Civil War, he’s closest to his comic-book characterisation – rebellious but loyal to Captain America – and farthest from his MCU characterisation, fighting against the Accords when there’s no reason for this incarnation of him to do that.
· In Avengers: Endgame, his family is straight-up killed in the beginning, and he becomes a mass-murderer for most of the film (something that Endgame quite clearly wants to move on from as soon as possible), only for this to apparently have no lasting consequences.
Basically, Hawkeye didn’t really have an identity after Avengers. Sure, they gave him battle traits and a history with Black Widow, but he’s still quite malleable in the way of personality. It’s kind of a shame Whedon got to him first and portrayed him the way he did, because I’m convinced that if the Russos had a chance to define him in Cap’s second solo outing, they would’ve played him closer to his 616!counterpart. In this version, we’ve set him up to be highly critical of authority, close to both Steve and Natasha, and independent stemming from childhood that can be explored in Ultron.
Clint’s arc can be about finding a family of his own (no, that wasn’t Natasha’s, her’s was about her redemption and the lengths she’d go to get it) and the following movies would change accordingly. Maybe Clint would be Natasha’s love interest in Ultron, rather than the OOC Banner pairing. Maybe his brother could be introduced, and their abusive childhoods brought to attention. Or maybe he could find a young girl, Kate Bishop, and begin to train her. Who knows?
Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this little “what if” scenario, in a parallel world where Jeremy Renner didn’t have a scheduling conflict. I might actually do more of this – I have a couple of ideas for “what if Maya Hansen was the main villain of Iron Man 3” and “what if the survivors of the Decimation got snapped instead?” a.k.a things that would never have happened, but are interesting to think about.
If you agree with my idea (or don’t) let me know!
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2019.11.05 02:11 OldmanRevived i saw three movies (Arctic Dogs, Harriet, Motherless Brooklyn)

sorry for the delay.
first up was Arctic Dogs
“Arctic Dogs” is clearly a movie that was made-by-committee. it’s a novelty act that promotes greed as some type of synergy, and waters down the concept of global warming to make the message thoroughly sanitized for tender sensibilities. these duties are fulfilled on the most mundane level possible, making the whole experience strangely flat and unmoving for all audiences. i’m only guessing here, but the appeal might be limited to only the most patient among younger children. if it weren’t for the A-listers that were hired to do voice work, this would have been a throwaway project.
it wants to belong even more desperately than its main character, who yearns for being a sled dog almost as much as Pinocchio wanted to be human. problem is: he’s a fox, not a dog. Swifty (Jeremy Renner) works in the mailroom of Arctic Blast Delivery Service, which kinda tells you all you need to know about these animals. not only do rabbits live in the Arctic, but they get their supply of carrots delivered in crates. hypercarnivores don’t have any role in this polar region, and maybe that’s for the better, seeing how these husky couriers only bring back rations. at least, that’s what i can assume.
to prove that he’s up to the test, Swifty commandeers one of the sleds and delivers a mysterious package to a discreet location. he stumbles on a hidden fortress overseen by the nefarious Otto Von Walrus (John Cleese). the blubbery evil genius commands an army of puffins, and uses them to help complete a villainous plan to drill beneath the snow-packed surface and unleash masses of ancient gas, melting the Arctic. to stop this sinister scheme, Swifty enlists the help of his friends: PB (Alec Baldwin), a neurotic polar bear, Lemmy (James Franco), a scatterbrained albatross, Jade Fox (Heidi Klum), a brainy engineer, and Magda (Anjelica Huston), his curmudgeonly boss. there are also two conspiracy theorist otters (again, living in the Arctic for some reason), complete with tinfoil hats and a not-so-secret hideout. The design of these two alone is stripped right out of Disney’s “The Rescuers,” which only tells me that they don’t have any copyright claim.
Jeremy Renner slums through his part, but such is the case when it could really be played by anyone, top-notch or otherwise. the side cast is completely uninterested, and you can tell, because most of the time, their lines are off-sync with the animation. would it have killed anyone for a little bit of extra pay to actually look at the footage and record at the same time? i suppose it brings back a certain axiom of the movie industry; time is money. i don't normally look into or discuss the specifics of how much a film cost to make, but the budget for "Arctic Dogs" was approximately $50 million. man, they must have had some great lunches.
these small tangents are only taking up space because there's nothing much to talk about with the actual movie. it brings the main flaw right back home to base: "Arctic Dogs" as a whole never approaches the wit, cleverness, and storytelling brio of some higher ranked animated films. it never gets going, and is just too slow and plodding for kids, maybe even too obvious. the backgrounds and characters, though ambitiously executed, aren't particularly compatible. add that to the unmemorable protagonists, annoying sidekicks, and awkwardly episodic plot. all together, it makes for a worthy skip, even if you just happen to be scanning the movies available on streaming.

next up was Harriet
Harriet Tubman didn't always go by that name. she was formally known as Minty (Cynthia Erivo), a slave on a Southern plantation. since a head injury from a beating by her slave-owners, she has had visions, flashes of the future, which she believes are messages from God. her husband, John Tubman (Zackary Momoh), a free man, arrives to tell her good news: they have secured a letter from a lawyer proving that Harriet's mother was supposed to be freed, and that therefore her children are free as well. when they approach Mr. Brodess (Michael Marunde), the owner of the plantation, he tears the letter up and cruelly denies the request. his son, Gideon (Joe Alwyn) decides he's going to sell Minty downriver, where she will never see her family or husband again.
she decides to flee to the north, and John insists on going with her. knowing if he is caught aiding her he will lose his freedom, Harriet leaves without him, managing only a silent goodbye to her mother, Rit (Vanessa Bell Calloway), from a distance. she then goes to her father, Ben (Clarke Peters) who directs her to the beginning of the Underground Railroad, a network of antislavery activists and safe houses. Tubman escaped, and subsequently made some 13 missions to rescue approximately 70 enslaved people, including family and friends slowly, one group at a time, she brought relatives with her out of the state, and eventually guided dozens of other slaves to freedom. Traveling by night and in extreme secrecy, Tubman (or "Moses," as she was later nicknamed) never lost a passenger.
once she arrives, she meets with William Still (Leslie Odom Jr.), of the Pennsylvania Anti-Slavery society, who helps organize the Underground Railroad. he helps Minty get settled in her life as a free woman, and has her pick out a new name: Harriet, her mother's middle name, and Tubman, her husband's last name. he then introduces her to Marie Buchanon (Janelle Monae), who owns and runs an living space for the freed. with all good faith by her side, Tubman made an escape from slavery and transformation into one of America's greatest heroes. her courage, ingenuity, and tenacity reminded us all that we, as humans, are capable of the most extraordinary and wonderful achievements.
director Kasi Lemmons' approach in "Harriet" is a very immediate and intimate one. despite some characteristic simplifications, she's generally scrupulous about both her source and the historical record. she restages these events with an existential vividness, evincing the artistic rigor and unsentimental intelligence into an act of remembrance. by sticking resolutely to the facts, the movie builds tremendous expense and confident spirit. Cynthia Erivo possesses a massively majestic heroine, and helps add to the spiritually enriching testament to the human capacity for change. it treats Harriet not as a rallying point, but as a fully rounded individual whose life defied reduction to symbolic status.
"Harriet" is the kind of movie that can easily be considered great, which is a well deserved gesture considering some of the stronger points to its message. but it comes up short in some departments. there is some repetitiveness to the scenes of Harriet discussing her motive behind transferring the slaves to freedom. it almost happens to a fault, as if they didn't have enough to build from a history book that was undoubtedly available during production. i also found it curious how Walter, a young man who helps Harriet with transportation, has somehow looked into the future and been able to quote "Jaws." once they rescue some of her family members and find some others that want to tag along, he coyly says, "we're gonna need a bigger cart."
i'm afraid it's also one of those historical movies that decides to end once the adventure comes to a close. it does little to expand on Tubman's later conquests, such as her involvement in the women's suffrage movement. oh, but don't worry, the filmmakers choose to stay respectful. we get told about it in a brief piece of text before the credits roll.
these imperfections do very little to stop "Harriet" from succeeding as a hard-hitting historical drama. Erivo brings a magnetizing force in the title role, and helps keep the pace up and running. Lemmons also brings a good eye for directing this material; ferocious brutality is presented without commentary or judgement, yet with unmistakable moral understanding. polished, elegant, and completely cinematic, it is also a bit distant. a film that doesn't wear its feelings on its own sleeve. but, in Harriet's vision, that's probably how it ought to be.

and the last one was Motherless Brooklyn
Edward Norton's directorial debut, "Motherless Brooklyn," is not only a fine example of a gumshoe movie, but a fine example of a vanity project. it's not a perfect film: it plods along aimlessly and is laden with clichés so hoary that they seem to have been excavated from a museum. but it never gets boring, and you can tell Norton is always putting contradictions on both sides of the camera. he makes a bold move in his performance that, in any other movie, would turn it from being something serious into a downright farcical comedy. yet, with enough fire and range, he locks it into a narrow fixture, and hardly makes it feel ironic.
the story is set in 1950s Brooklyn, and follows detective Lionel Essrog (Edward Norton). Lionel is kind and smart, but also plagued by Tourette's syndrome, which marks him with involuntary tics, makes him seem strange and as such causes him to lead a fairly isolated life. but alongside his condition, he also has perfect recall and memory, which make him good at detective work. Essrog works for Frank Minna (Bruce Willis), a small-time neighborhood owner of a seedy and makeshift detective agency, who is shot to death. together, Essrog and three other characters; Tony (Bobby Cannavale), Danny (Dallas Roberts), and Gilbert (Ethan Suplee), call themselves the Minna Men, and work their way around every corner to solve the mystery of Minna's demise.
Frank's widow, Julia (Leslie Mann), leaves Tony in charge of the office. Lionel, determined to find out what Frank was working on and who killed him, starts investigating. he finds a matchbox in Frank's coat pocket and goes to check out an African-American bar. piecing together a few of the words he heard on the phone call, he realizes that whatever Frank found, it involved Laura Rose (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), a young woman working for Gabby Horwitz (Cherry Jones). Gabby and Laura are fighting gentrification in the city, as poor and minority neighborhoods are being bought out and demolished, with their inhabitants forced out of town. later on, Lionel enters a council meeting and sees Moses Randolph (Alec Baldwin), who the city folk blame for this problem. he's the one in charge of development, and is responsible for over half the parks in New York City.
Lionel continues researching under the guise of reporting on the gentrification story, and discovers that Paul is Moses's brother, and also that Lieberman is getting kickbacks on so many of the housing deals. He also realizes that the housing relocation programs are scams. meanwhile, Paul (Willem Dafoe), an engineer who is desperately trying to help the city and has been nearly cut off by his unethical brother, presents Moses with a huge renovation plan that will help the city greatly. on and on and on, the film shatters its narrative into little pieces about as far into incoherence as it can go, yet it is also full of odd, hypnotic menace. if nothing else, Norton is giving the audience a savvy puzzle that is actually worth the time and effort to solve.
"Motherless Brooklyn" is on all fronts a lurid homage to the seductiveness of pulp, with a rather intriguing transference. it's simultaneously enervating and empty, supplanted by information from a tumult of spin-controlled, unreliable characters. like any film-noir, it's full of cigarette smokers, whose exhales express as much as their moods or personalities ever will. in the leading performance, Norton provides a semblance of cohesiveness, and employs the well kept, old-fashioned spareness that is normally found in hard-boiled movie detectives. behind the camera, he also pulls enough strings to make the movie stylistically visceral. with a lesser crew, this would have been a game of dress-up on a studio lot.
the connection between Lionel and Laura contains genuine chemistry, which adds an intriguing layer to the proceedings that follow. the romance is drawn silently by Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who is undeniably captivating as a screen presence. she revels in and transcends her social underpinnings in ways that are alternately perplexing and endearing. insinuating himself further into her personal life, Lionel wracks his brain to make sure all of these lines connect. as usual, he comes by unexpected, unnamed men who only work in the business of standing in dark shadows and jumping out before pinning someone they don't trust. if you go against them, they'll travel even farther to go against you.
yes, there are the kind of clumsily staged and oddly paced scenes that are the hallmarks of most first-time filmmakers, but "Motherless Brooklyn" as a whole is so ambitious that it represents itself as a deliberate evocation of old-time Hollywood glamour, and an ideal demonstration of the eternal glories belonging to film noir. Lionel is no Bogart, but he doesn't try to be. Bogart always led his enduring film persona by playing the wounded, vulnerable, self-mocking loner with a code of honor. Lionel's qualities make him an ideal partner who has been around, knows the ropes and is less likely to fall for schemes than a regular guy.
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2019.09.17 15:59 Joe-Lollo A few predictions for Season 2

Egg: "Weird Al" Yankovic (this is the one I'm most confident about)
Flamingo: Adrienne Bailon-Houghton
Mr. Fox: Josh Brolin
Ice Cream: Freddie Highmore
Leopard: Omarsoa
Rose: Mayim Bialik
Penguin: Vanilla Ice
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2019.07.24 11:37 Mommyneedsanapnow My theory on what will happen in the Black Widow movie after looking over all the Comic Con interviews. Spoilers for that scene at Comic Con and a certain set photo

Possible spoilers but mostly conjecture here.
1) In the group interview, the cast was asked when the film took place. Scarlett didn't want to answer, but David immediately said post Civil War. Scarlett gave him a look (warning shot) to which he replied, "It was in the press release. I know what I can say." This gives us our time frame.
2) Scarlett told one interviewer the film takes place at a time when she was completely alone and had no one to turn to and this completely fits the immediate post-Civil War timeline. When Tony told Natasha T'Challa had told Ross about her actions at the airport, he said Ross was coming for her. We know Natasha took off. These lines were spoken just as the footage from the movie began to play for Comic Con guests. Her alliance with Tony is broken. Thor and Bruce are off world and out of the loop. Clint is on the raft (with Wanda and Sam, who she's worked with the last few years), and Steve is in Wakanda settling in Bucky for deprogramming. Since she just shot T'Challa with widow's bites, it probably doesn't seem like a safe option to go there.
  1. Where does she go? Budapest! The title card for the footage said Budapest, and I think it is safe to assume this portion of the story takes place in the primary timeline of the movie itself and is in Act 1. We all know something big went down in Budapest years ago-something that rattled Clint to the core but didn't do quite as big a number on Natasha. In the first Avengers movie, he said they remembered Budapest very differently. What would rattle a season Shield agent? Something he couldn't explain and couldn't figure out how to defeat, right? Why wouldn't it rattle his partner the same way? I think we are going to find out about the first trip to Budapest through flashbacks, and this movie will complete the mission she and Clint took on years earlier. Jeremy Renner will likely be the Avenger cameo in this movie, and that's all it will be-a cameo. This is a Widows story. (Plural!)
  2. We'll get back to what may have happened in Budapest in a moment, but let's talk Widows. We know Yelena Belova is another Black Widow, sometimes called Scarlet Widow in the comics. She is played by Florence Pugh (confirmed), and the opening fight scene shows the complexity in the relationship between Natasha and Yelena. It also shows they are completely evenly matched. We've seen a tied to a chair Natasha take out a group of armed men while on the phone. She's the strongest hand to hand fighter on the original Avengers team, yet these two fight until both are exhausted and unable to stand. They have a drink. Natasha refers to Yelena as sister (likely what Madam B insisted they call their fellow Red room trainees). She says, "you shouldn't have come to Budapest." From one of Rachel's interviews and Fiege's own introduction, we know Rachel plays Melena. Rachel said she was one of many Black Widows in this movie, and she's been put through the Black Widow program 5 times by this point. (We will hit on this in a moment, too.) Melena is ripped right from the comics, and she is a major enemy of our beloved Black Widow who goes by the moniker The Iron Maiden. According to Rachel, she is doing some scientific work. Read dangerous unethical human experimentation, likely in an attempt to somehow create the perfect army of soldiers. I know that sounds familiar. Hydra wanted to recreate the super serum. The Russians wanted to recreate it, too, and back in the Cold War, it looks like they were successful.
  3. The successful Russian super soldier attempt will be in this movie-confirmed officially by David in multiple interviews. (I have a feeling we are going to love him during the press tour.) Fiege confirmed David will be playing Alexi. David wore a Captain America shirt and hinted (in a thick Russian accent) at his complicated relationship with Captain America. He also said his character was created in the Cold War as an answer to the American's Captain. Is he a hero, anti-hero, or downright villain? With Fiege, you never know how he is going to spin the story. Just ask Scarlett. In one of her interviews, she expressed Fiege's desire to anticipate what fans are expecting and ho completely in the opposite direction to "give them everything they never knew they wanted". The obvious route for Alexi is to make him Natasha's ex-husband, as in the comics. Natasha was ordered to seduce and marry scientist Alexi. She fell in love with him, but her superiors had other plans. He was taken from her and turned into the Russian Guardian. My guess, since MCU Natasha was young when the Iron Curtain fell, is that they will play fast and loose with this portion of her backstory. I also believe Cate Shortland's version of the Red Guardian will be much to complicated to be a true villain. David implied it himself in his words about the director and how she made him understand his character more fully. The Red Guardian is likely an antihero, good guy turned bad by the serum only to be won over by the end of the movie, wiping a bit of red from Natasha's ledger.
  4. Speaking of Natasha's love life, it looks like she's going to have one, at least sort of, in this movie. A few years have past since Natasha's ill-fated attempt at romance with Bruce. I do hope the powers that be don't completely wash away the romantic involvement with the Russian Guardian, because this movie could serve to explain Natasha's feelings for scientist turned Hulk Bruce Banner. It doesn't look like there will be any love between Natasha and the Russian soldier in post Civil War Budapest though, because O.T. made it super clear he and Natasha have something romantic simmering. As is Natasha's MO, expect this romance not to go completely as planned. O.T. said it was hard to have a relationship with a super spy. Natasha has repeatedly proven herself to be someone who always puts the mission and the common good above herself. It's why we love her, and why we had to watch her tragic death in Endgame. O.T. plays Mason. At first, I thought it was possible he would be playing Tony Masters, a.k.a Taskmaster. He would be the perfect cast for the role, but Mason is another character ripped from the comics. Marvel.com says this: A highly covert operative only accessible online under the codename "The Agent," Rick Mason was a free-lance agent specializing in data on non-lethal handling of superhumans. Hmmm, interesting. We know from O.T.'s interviews that he's a former associate of Natasha's from their S.H.I.E.L.D. days. Mavel.com puts a possible connection here, as well. Here's what we know: Son of the criminal machinesmith Tinker, Rick grew up exposed to the latest technologies and their criminal users. He immersed himself in covert activities, working beside or studying under operatives including Nick Fury. And, who did Natasha work closely under at S.H.I.E.L.D? Fury. He trusted her, at least as much as Fury of 2010 trusted anyone, enough to help put together his Avengers Initiative. She definitely knew and, likely, had some chemistry with Mason, and it will be explored. Expect the romance to be more of a side note to the movie verses a major plot point, but there will be genuine feelings and plenty of angst.
  5. Let's talk real theories about the movie's premise. Natasha didn't want to Avengers to stop doing their job. She pushed harder for reconciliation than anyone, because she believed the world needed protection. Without her team, Natasha is still determined to wipe away some red and keep doing good. This very broken and vulnerable (Scarlett's words) Natasha is the one we see sneaking into the safehouse in the clip. After the fight with her "sister", she reveals she is going to wipe some red from her ledger. That starts, in her mind, with stopping the Red Room once and for all. I believe the Iron Maiden has set up her secret lab in Budapest and is continuing to perfect her soldier, and Natasha knows it. She realizes she and Clint did not fully put a stop to Melena's plans in their original mission (cue flashback). She's seen what can happen when the right people have those special abilities (Steve), she's seen what can happen when something goes wrong (Bruce), and she's seen what can happen with the wrong people (Alexi). Knowing the Avengers are fragmented, she won't risk Melena succeeding. Yelena will decide to help (likely reluctantly and for the sake of her own skin), and the adventure will begin. They'll track down other Widows. Scarlett says there is more hand to hand in this movie than any other Marvel movie, and the fight scene has been called a mix of Winter Soldier and John Wick. This cat and mouse will continue throughout the movie with Melena unleashing Taskmaster* to stop Natasha. Part of her anger will be at always coming in second to Natasha (5 times through the program), but most of it will come from her desire to succeed and elevate the Red Room. Expect a big reveal where Taskmaster is concerned, potentially a la Iron Man 3's the Mandarin. I think the MCU version of Taskmaster will shock us. (No hating on this point please. Even if it isn't Tony, it doesn't mean we won't see him in a later movie.) By movie's end, the Red Room will be completely dismantled and the project thwarted.
  6. The movie is the first of phase 4 and will set up the entire phase, so there will be a B plot or post-credit scene connecting to the bigger picture. I think this is where the freezing water scene with the glowing orb will come in to play. Whatever it is, Natasha will find it and protect it. If I had to guess, I would say it relates to the seven rings and was created by the Eternals.
Those are my theories. What are yours?
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2019.07.23 19:44 Mommyneedsanapnow Black Widow Movie theories that really could be true. No real spoilers unless I'm right, but here's what I've gleaned from Comic Con interviews, that little sneak peek, and a certain set photo.

Possible spoilers but mostly conjecture here.
1) In the group interview, the cast was asked when the film took place. Scarlett didn't want to answer, but David immediately said post Civil War. Scarlett gave him a look (warning shot) to which he replied, "It was in the press release. I know what I can say." This gives us our time frame.
2) Scarlett told one interviewer the film takes place at a time when she was completely alone and had no one to turn to and this completely fits the immediate post-Civil War timeline. When Tony told Natasha T'Challa had told Ross about her actions at the airport, he said Ross was coming for her. We know Natasha took off. These lines were spoken just as the footage from the movie began to play for Comic Con guests. Her alliance with Tony is broken. Thor and Bruce are off world and out of the loop. Clint is on the raft (with Wanda and Sam, who she's worked with the last few years), and Steve is in Wakanda settling in Bucky for deprogramming. Since she just shot T'Challa with widow's bites, it probably doesn't seem like a safe option to go there.
  1. Where does she go? Budapest! The title card for the footage said Budapest, and I think it is safe to assume this portion of the story takes place in the primary timeline of the movie itself and is in Act 1. We all know something big went down in Budapest years ago-something that rattled Clint to the core but didn't do quite as big a number on Natasha. In the first Avengers movie, he said they remembered Budapest very differently. What would rattle a season Shield agent? Something he couldn't explain and couldn't figure out how to defeat, right? Why wouldn't it rattle his partner the same way? I think we are going to find out about the first trip to Budapest through flashbacks, and this movie will complete the mission she and Clint took on years earlier. Jeremy Renner will likely be the Avenger cameo in this movie, and that's all it will be-a cameo. This is a Widows story. (Plural!)
  2. We'll get back to what may have happened in Budapest in a moment, but let's talk Widows. We know Yelena Belova is another Black Widow, sometimes called Scarlet Widow in the comics. She is played by Florence Pugh (confirmed), and the opening fight scene shows the complexity in the relationship between Natasha and Yelena. It also shows they are completely evenly matched. We've seen a tied to a chair Natasha take out a group of armed men while on the phone. She's the strongest hand to hand fighter on the original Avengers team, yet these two fight until both are exhausted and unable to stand. They have a drink. Natasha refers to Yelena as sister (likely what Madam B insisted they call their fellow Red room trainees). She says, "you shouldn't have come to Budapest." From one of Rachel's interviews and Fiege's own introduction, we know Rachel plays Melena. Rachel said she was one of many Black Widows in this movie, and she's been put through the Black Widow program 5 times by this point. (We will hit on this in a moment, too.) Melena is ripped right from the comics, and she is a major enemy of our beloved Black Widow who goes by the moniker The Iron Maiden. According to Rachel, she is doing some scientific work. Read dangerous unethical human experimentation, likely in an attempt to somehow create the perfect army of soldiers. I know that sounds familiar. Hydra wanted to recreate the super serum. The Russians wanted to recreate it, too, and back in the Cold War, it looks like they were successful.
  3. The successful Russian super soldier attempt will be in this movie-confirmed officially by David in multiple interviews. (I have a feeling we are going to love him during the press tour.) Fiege confirmed David will be playing Alexi. David wore a Captain America shirt and hinted (in a thick Russian accent) at his complicated relationship with Captain America. He also said his character was created in the Cold War as an answer to the American's Captain. Is he a hero, anti-hero, or downright villain? With Fiege, you never know how he is going to spin the story. Just ask Scarlett. In one of her interviews, she expressed Fiege's desire to anticipate what fans are expecting and ho completely in the opposite direction to "give them everything they never knew they wanted". The obvious route for Alexi is to make him Natasha's ex-husband, as in the comics. Natasha was ordered to seduce and marry scientist Alexi. She fell in love with him, but her superiors had other plans. He was taken from her and turned into the Russian Guardian. My guess, since MCU Natasha was young when the Iron Curtain fell, is that they will play fast and loose with this portion of her backstory. I also believe Cate Shortland's version of the Red Guardian will be much to complicated to be a true villain. David implied it himself in his words about the director and how she made him understand his character more fully. The Red Guardian is likely an antihero, good guy turned bad by the serum only to be won over by the end of the movie, wiping a bit of red from Natasha's ledger.
  4. Speaking of Natasha's love life, it looks like she's going to have one, at least sort of, in this movie. A few years have past since Natasha's ill-fated attempt at romance with Bruce. I do hope the powers that be don't completely wash away the romantic involvement with the Russian Guardian, because this movie could serve to explain Natasha's feelings for scientist turned Hulk Bruce Banner. It doesn't look like there will be any love between Natasha and the Russian soldier in post Civil War Budapest though, because O.T. made it super clear he and Natasha have something romantic simmering. As is Natasha's MO, expect this romance not to go completely as planned. O.T. said it was hard to have a relationship with a super spy. Natasha has repeatedly proven herself to be someone who always puts the mission and the common good above herself. It's why we love her, and why we had to watch her tragic death in Endgame. O.T. plays Mason. At first, I thought it was possible he would be playing Tony Masters, a.k.a Taskmaster. He would be the perfect cast for the role, but Mason is another character ripped from the comics. Marvel.com says this: A highly covert operative only accessible online under the codename "The Agent," Rick Mason was a free-lance agent specializing in data on non-lethal handling of superhumans. Hmmm, interesting. We know from O.T.'s interviews that he's a former associate of Natasha's from their S.H.I.E.L.D. days. Mavel.com puts a possible connection here, as well. Here's what we know: Son of the criminal machinesmith Tinker, Rick grew up exposed to the latest technologies and their criminal users. He immersed himself in covert activities, working beside or studying under operatives including Nick Fury. And, who did Natasha work closely under at S.H.I.E.L.D? Fury. He trusted her, at least as much as Fury of 2010 trusted anyone, enough to help put together his Avengers Initiative. She definitely knew and, likely, had some chemistry with Mason, and it will be explored. Expect the romance to be more of a side note to the movie verses a major plot point, but there will be genuine feelings and plenty of angst.
  5. Let's talk real theories about the movie's premise. Natasha didn't want to Avengers to stop doing their job. She pushed harder for reconciliation than anyone, because she believed the world needed protection. Without her team, Natasha is still determined to wipe away some red and keep doing good. This very broken and vulnerable (Scarlett's words) Natasha is the one we see sneaking into the safehouse in the clip. After the fight with her "sister", she reveals she is going to wipe some red from her ledger. That starts, in her mind, with stopping the Red Room once and for all. I believe the Iron Maiden has set up her secret lab in Budapest and is continuing to perfect her soldier, and Natasha knows it. She realizes she and Clint did not fully put a stop to Melena's plans in their original mission (cue flashback). She's seen what can happen when the right people have those special abilities (Steve), she's seen what can happen when something goes wrong (Bruce), and she's seen what can happen with the wrong people (Alexi). Knowing the Avengers are fragmented, she won't risk Melena succeeding. Yelena will decide to help (likely reluctantly and for the sake of her own skin), and the adventure will begin. They'll track down other Widows. Scarlett says there is more hand to hand in this movie than any other Marvel movie, and the fight scene has been called a mix of Winter Soldier and John Wick. This cat and mouse will continue throughout the movie with Melena unleashing Taskmaster* to stop Natasha. Part of her anger will be at always coming in second to Natasha (5 times through the program), but most of it will come from her desire to succeed and elevate the Red Room. Expect a big reveal where Taskmaster is concerned, potentially a la Iron Man 3's the Mandarin. I think the MCU version of Taskmaster will shock us. (No hating on this point please. Even if it isn't Tony, it doesn't mean we won't see him in a later movie.) By movie's end, the Red Room will be completely dismantled and the project thwarted.
  6. The movie is the first of phase 4 and will set up the entire phase, so there will be a B plot or post-credit scene connecting to the bigger picture. I think this is where the freezing water scene with the glowing orb will come in to play. Whatever it is, Natasha will find it and protect it. If I had to guess, I would say it relates to the seven rings and was created by the Eternals.
Those are my theories. What are yours?
*Edited to correct the most massive typo I possibly could have made. Taskmaster is confirmed. I meant to mention that I think the similarities between Crossbones from Civil War and Taskmaster (those skulls) will really be interesting to see. I think we will be more impressed with Taskmaster's costume will be fixed in post. Likely, intentionally blurred and skull free since they were filming on an open street.
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2019.06.04 04:54 AnAsset2 “Luck Don’t Live Out Here” a Roleplay in Wind River

This is a long shot, but as the title implies, I’m looking for anyone who would be interested in doing a Roleplay inspired/based on the indie film Wind River with Elizabeth Olsen and Jeremy Renner.
I’m mostly interested in finding someone to play Cory against my portrayal of Agent Jane Banner, either playing out the events after the movie or maybe a few years down the line? If that’s not something that interests you, but you still have an idea set in this world or with these characters, feel free to PM me or comment!! I really just want to try my hand at playing Jane Banner to get more practice playing more realistic characters. Plus, I love Elizabeth Olsen so I’m always excited to try out her characters.
Info about me: - I am 22 years old and would prefer to have partners who are 18+ - I am very active, but I don’t expect you to be. However, if you’re going to ditch, just tell me so I’m not waiting around for a reply - I definitely prefer OOC chatting so we can plan things out - I stick to third person past tense and usually write 1-3 paragraphs or whatever my partner does - I would prefer literate partners
Please PM or comment if you’re at all interested!
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2019.05.30 04:43 AnAsset2 “Luck Don’t Live Out Here” a Roleplay in Wind River

This is a long shot, but as the title implies, I’m looking for anyone who would be interested in doing a Roleplay inspired/based on the indie film Wind River with Elizabeth Olsen and Jeremy Renner.
I’m mostly interested in finding someone to play Cory against my portrayal of Agent Jane Banner, either playing out the events after the movie or maybe a few years down the line? If that’s not something that interests you, but you still have an idea set in this world or with these characters, feel free to PM me or comment!! I really just want to try my hand at playing Jane Banner to get more practice playing more realistic characters. Plus, I love Elizabeth Olsen so I’m always excited to try out her characters.
Info about me: - I am 23 years old and would prefer to have partners who are 18+ - I am very active, but I don’t expect you to be. However, if you’re going to ditch, just tell me so I’m not waiting around for a reply - I definitely prefer OOC chatting so we can plan things out - I stick to third person past tense and usually write 1-3 paragraphs or whatever my partner does - I would prefer literate partners
Please PM or comment if you’re at all interested!
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2019.05.26 02:56 AnAsset2 “Luck Don’t Live Out Here” a Roleplay in Wind River

This is a long shot, but as the title implies, I’m looking for anyone who would be interested in doing a Roleplay inspired/based on the indie film Wind River with Elizabeth Olsen and Jeremy Renner.
I’m mostly interested in finding someone to play Cory against my portrayal of Agent Jane Banner, either playing out the events after the movie or maybe a few years down the line? If that’s not something that interests you, but you still have an idea set in this world or with these characters, feel free to PM me or comment!! I really just want to try my hand at playing Jane Banner to get more practice playing more realistic characters. Plus, I love Elizabeth Olsen so I’m always excited to try out her characters.
Info about me: - I am 23 years old and would prefer to have partners who are 18+ - I am very active, but I don’t expect you to be. However, if you’re going to ditch, just tell me so I’m not waiting around for a reply - I definitely prefer OOC chatting so we can plan things out - I stick to third person past tense and usually write 1-3 paragraphs or whatever my partner does - I would prefer literate partners
Please PM or comment if you’re at all interested!
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2019.05.23 23:49 AnAsset2 “Luck Don’t Live Out Here” a Roleplay in Wind River

This is a long shot, but as the title implies, I’m looking for anyone who would be interested in doing a Roleplay inspired/based on the indie film Wind River with Elizabeth Olsen and Jeremy Renner.
I’m mostly interested in finding someone to play Cory against my portrayal of Agent Jane Banner, either playing out the events after the movie or maybe a few years down the line? If that’s not something that interests you, but you still have an idea set in this world or with these characters, feel free to PM me or comment!! I really just want to try my hand at playing Jane Banner to get more practice playing more realistic characters. Plus, I love Elizabeth Olsen so I’m always excited to try out her characters.
Info about me: - I am 23 years old and would prefer to have partners who are 18+ - I am very active, but I don’t expect you to be. However, if you’re going to ditch, just tell me so I’m not waiting around for a reply - I definitely prefer OOC chatting so we can plan things out - I stick to third person past tense and usually write 1-3 paragraphs or whatever my partner does - I would prefer literate partners
Please PM or comment if you’re at all interested!
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2019.05.20 03:57 AnAsset2 “Luck Don’t Live Out Here”: a Roleplay in Wind River

This is a long shot, but as the title implies, I’m looking for anyone who would be interested in doing a Roleplay inspired/based on the indie film Wind River with Elizabeth Olsen and Jeremy Renner.
I’m mostly interested in finding someone to play Cory against my portrayal of Agent Jane Banner, either playing out the events after the movie or maybe a few years down the line? If that’s not something that interests you, but you still have an idea set in this world or with these characters, feel free to PM me or comment!! I really just want to try my hand at playing Jane Banner to get more practice playing more realistic characters. Plus, I love Elizabeth Olsen so I’m always excited to try out her characters.
Info about me: - I am 23 years old and would prefer to have partners who are 18+ - I am very active, but I don’t expect you to be. However, if you’re going to ditch, just tell me so I’m not waiting around for a reply - I definitely prefer OOC chatting so we can plan things out - I stick to third person past tense and usually write 1-3 paragraphs or whatever my partner does - I would prefer literate partners
Please PM or comment if you’re at all interested!
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2019.04.28 14:12 Paperchampion23 My Movie/Series Predictions for Phase 4.

Disney +
Rumored Disney +:
Confirmed Movies:
Rumored Movies:
Wishlist Movies:
Bonus: Netflix Marvel gets revived in a few years, all the stories are, for the most part, Post Endgame (Daredevil and Punisher) while they finish some of the others from 2018 (Luke Cage/IF) first. Id love for their revivals to be more integrated in the MCU. We arent going to get better versions of Matt Murdock or Frank Castle any time soon, and they were just starting to embrace their roles. I personally loved Coltier as Cage, but I know some people disliked Iron Fist. Recasts are possible, I just would prefer the same actors if possible.
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2019.02.14 03:20 NealKenneth What if the MCU had started a few years earlier?

The year is 1998.
Marvel, having sold film rights to many of their characters in the early 90s, were frustrated that no films had yet arrived. Most of these deals were 7 years old, and were going to expire soon.
FOX was approaching them for renewal of the deal. Meanwhile, SONY was about to sue, claiming that they still had rights to Spider-Man - despite the rights having expired already. Not seeing any other way to bring their characters to screen...Marvel renewed these deals.
Marvel didn't know it at the time, but it would be over 20 years until they had the rights to all of their characters again.
The purpose of this post is to explore an alternative history - a history where Marvel realized that they were on the edge of greatness, and got off to an earlier (and better) start.
The point of divergence is 1998 or 1999. In our timeline, this is when Marvel delayed greatness - renewing their contracts with FOX, and settling their lawsuit with SONY. I will be trying to keep things as realistic as possible. I will be considering the history of CGI/special effects, so no, there won't magically be a convincing Thanos in 2002. I will be considering the budgets of studios and their release schedules - every single release on this timeline will replace a different one. The money to make the film won't magically appear, and the studio won't suddenly have new releases on the schedule. I will be considering the histories of key actors - Tom Holland won't be Spider-Man in 2005, when Holland was 9 years old.
All of this will propagate from a single, seemingly simple change: Marvel has more confidence at the negotiation table. Starting in 1998, when Marvel renewed deals, they reduced the expiration date to 4 years (down from 7 years.)
Having been frustrated by studios for decades, their hope was that the reduced time limit would help a studio to finally get a film out there, rather than letting it languish in development for years on end. As we will see, this tactic paid off.
Let's get started.
For the first few years, things are about the same. The year 2000 sees the release of X-Men, followed in 2002 by X2, Blade 2 and the big one: Spider-Man.
But the success of Spider-Man triggers another success.
Since 1998, Avi Arad and Kevin Feige had been attempting to secure funding to produce their own films under a new entity named Marvel Studios. But it wasn't until Spider-Man broke box office records that the banks caught on. So it was in the summer of 2002 that Marvel Studios is granted a loan of about $525 million to produce 10 films, about four years earlier than they were able to do so in reality.
This is a more assertive Marvel.
Noticing that Universal's deal had expired, Marvel demands production cease on the wayward Hulk film, bringing the character home. Ang Lee's Hulk (2003) is never released. Daredevil, however, hits its deadline and sees release. But Marvel, having already secured independent funding, is not as helpful during it's difficult reception and therefore Elektra (2005) is never filmed. The same happens to other smaller budget films like The Punisher (2004) and Ghost Rider (2007) - with Marvel busy working on their own films, and without Avi Arad executive producing - they simply don't happen.
Hulk is now the most popular character in Marvel's roster.
Due to the timing of their latest round of renewals, Marvel still does not have access to Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, or X-Men. So their strategy is exactly the same as in real life - to build a series of solo films before a massive crossover with The Avengers. Here is the rough outline for their release schedule:
  • May 2004 - Hulk
  • July 2004 - Captain America
  • Nov 2005 - Thor
  • May 2006 - Iron Man
  • May 2007 - Hulk 2
  • July 2007 - Ant-Man
  • May 2008 - The Avengers
  • Nov 2008 - Thor 2
Without the damage done by the 2003 film, Hulk is now by far the safest character to premiere the series - not Iron Man. So the character is fast-tracked for a solo film for release in May 2004. Marvel, very happy with his work on Blade 2, hires Guillermo del Toro to direct. Instead of Hellboy (2004), del Toro directs Hulk for the MCU - with Mark Ruffalo as the lead instead of Edward Norton.
Unfortunately, despite this film being a great success, Marvel is unable to work through their distribution problems with Universal (just like real life.) They make the controversial decision to cancel Hulk 2, tentatively moving Thor 2 up a year earlier instead.
For Captain America, Marvel approaches Paul Greengrass. Known mostly for his period pieces and war films, Greengrass sees potential for the series and accepts Marvel's offer.
These two films (Hulk and Captain America) are able to start the MCU off with a much tighter one-two punch than Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk were able to in reality (2008.)
For the first Thor, Marvel hire director Andrew Adamson, who takes on the project instead of The Chronicles of Narnia films. As with the Narnia films, these are co-produced with Disney. Unlike Prince Caspian however, there is no release schedule conflict with Walden Media, and Thor 2 is therefore able to release on time for Christmas 2007.
Meanwhile, despite Hulk 2 being cancelled, del Toro is not left on the bench. With the mediocre profits from Peter Jackson's King Kong (2005), the producers and distributors are looking at possible sequel options, with Jackson suggesting del Toro may be able to help. Rather than attempting a direct sequel, however, the studio decides that art and set assets can be re-purposed for a project with Marvel. Mid budget ($60 to 90 million) with eyes on one of the less competitive release windows like October or January.
After reading an early script for Captain America 2, del Toro concepts an expedition to Wakanda by Peggy Carter and Howard Stark at the start of WW2, prior to recruiting Steve Rogers and creating the super-soldier serum. In this concept, Wakanda has dinosaurs and Welsey Snipes stars as a WW2-era Black Panther. The release ends up roughly replacing the budget and release date of Ghost Rider (2007.)
Due to issues with Edgar Wright, Ant-Man is delayed until Phase 2. Captain America 2 takes its release date, with Paul Greengrass returning to direct. His Captain America duology ends up taking the place of his award-winning work on Bourne Supremacy (2004) and The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) - the first film set in The Pacific Theatre of WW2, and the second split between The European Theatre and modern times.
So, with all the changes to the schedule, here is what Phase 1 actually ends up looking like:
  • May 2004 - Hulk
  • July 2004 - Captain America
  • Nov 2005 - Thor
  • May 2006 - Iron Man
  • Jan 2007 - Agent Carter
  • July 2007 - Captain America 2
  • Nov 2007 - Thor 2
  • May 2008 - The Avengers
The riskiest release ends up being Iron Man. Just like in real life, director Jon Favreau had met with Avi Arad on the set of Daredevil (2003) and had gained clout for his huge hit Elf...but still, the pick is out of left field. Paramount is not sold on the project until production on Mission Impossible 3 becomes too problematic. Paramount decides to delay it and release Iron Man instead. Favreau convinces the studio to hire Don Cheadle instead of Terrence Howard.
As for The Avengers, Joss Whedon is hired to direct, alongside his common collaborator Drew Goddard. Both are hired partly because Marvel is also interested in developing property for television.
But unlike in our timeline, Whedon's being hired to direct The Avengers does not cause very much controversy within Marvel. This is because Favreau was not the one who debuted the MCU this time around, and he wasn't rushed to pump out Iron Man 2 in just two years...so when Phase 2 comes around, Favreau is still happy to direct for Marvel. Iron Man 2 is scheduled for May 2009.
Around this time, two things have happened already that cause significant change moving forward.
First, the Thor series has been a surprise hit with teen girls. In this timeline, Hemsworth and Hiddleston were both in their early 20s when they debuted their roles and, working on a budget, the relatively unknown (but much younger) Kristen Stewart was cast instead of Natalie Portman. So unexpectedly the god/teen girl relationship has triggered the otherwise Twilight fans, and the sequel had used this to their advantage - hinting at a love triangle possibility between Thor, Jane and Loki in the future.
Deciding to maximize on this idea, the Thor films get put on an annual release schedule. For distribution, Marvel partners with Summit Entertainment, targeting November and February (Valentine's Day) release dates. This has the butterfly effect of delaying the Twilight films by just long enough that they miss their window...Thor mostly takes their billion-dollar box office earnings instead.
The second major change is that the rights to Daredevil have reverted to Marvel much earlier. With four years passing since the 2003 film, no sequel was made.
Drew Goddard is now at Marvel pitching a Daredevil film in 2007, at least five years earlier than he did in our timeline. Back then, Netflix was still in your mailbox, and there's not really anything at all like a streaming studio. But Marvel doesn't want to just sit on the property when Goddard has such a good pitch. So Marvel makes a call...to HBO.
Daredevil premieres on HBO in September 2008, replacing True Blood on their release schedule.
Moving forward into Phase 2 gets trickier to predict. The MCU has been a lot more successful so far, so they have more options in this timeline than in ours.
But, here's my best guess:
  • Feb 2009 - Thor 3
  • May 2009 - Iron Man 2
  • Aug 2009 - Ant-Man
  • May 2010 - Avengers 2
  • Jul 2010 - Captain America 3
  • Nov 2010 - Thor 4
  • May 2011 - Iron Man 3
  • Aug 2011 - Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Nov 2011 - Thor 5
  • Jan 2012 - Black Widow
  • May 2012 - Avengers 3
  • Aug 2012 - Ant-Man and The Wasp
  • Nov 2012 - Thor 6
By 2012, the MCU has expanded to four films a year. Besides coasting on sequels, three new series have debuted.

Ant-Man

Edgar Wright's first draft for the Ant-Man movie is from 2003. As noted earlier...Marvel is much more assertive in this timeline. By 2009, they had waited long enough and decided to film it without Wright.

Guardians of The Galaxy

The release date for Guardians is changed a few times. After Rise of The Silver Surfer, FOX continued to attempt a third Fantastic Four film, but Marvel would counter-respond by moving Guardians to the same weekend.
After this happened three or four times, FOX surrendered, giving up on their shaky sequel. But by this point Guardians was already filming so, by a happy accident, the Guardians enter the MCU in 2011, at just about the exact same time the rights to Fantastic Four revert to Marvel.

Black Widow

This one wasn't originally announced with the rest of Phase 2. Instead, once Marvel heard about Steven Soderbergh's desire to make a female action flick, they convinced him out to adapt it into a Black Widow movie (for a huge director's fee.)
On television, Marvel is just as busy.
Following the huge success of season 1, Daredevil is renewed for season 2, and Marvel pushes forward with other offers - teasing a mini-series each for Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and The Punisher. The only major re-casting needed here is Elektra. Elodie Yung was way too far under-the-radar until 2013 or so...I recommend Tania Raymonde.
Using their partnership with HBO, Marvel also explore other options.
Agents of SHIELD is deemed too similar to Fringe, so that idea is shelved. Instead, noticing that Jeremy Renner is also thinking about network television, he is approached about a possible Hawkeye series.
At first, Marvel is unable to convince HBO to help them expand in time for the fall 2009 schedule, but after the success of Daredevil season 2 and the lukewarm reception to FlashForward, ABC orders 8 to 13 episodes of Hawkeye from HBO/Marvel to round out their Spring 2010 schedule.
One final possibility is Captain Britain. HBO and BBC have partnered together several times, it's not out of the question that they might pursue a comedy series starring someone like Simon Pegg. Think of a show like Chuck, but with a much higher budget. With the super-soldier, espionage, and medieval elements, a Captain Britain series would be a fun way to parody the MCU as a whole.
I'm skipping ahead a few years at this point, because I am now building guesses on top of guesses. Here are some general assumptions for Phase 3 and beyond:

Infinity War is a true two-parter

Unlike with our timeline, Marvel put the team front and center, with a film every two years allowing them to quickly outpace all solo series. Because of this, Civil War is the fourth Avengers film (instead of Captain America 3) and Thanos debuts two years early (2016) with the fifth Avengers film.
But rather than releasing a year apart, Infinity War part 1 and 2 are released more traditionally - May and November of 2016 - only six months apart. This is similar to how many major franchises have done it before, like The Matrix, Twilight, and Harry Potter.

Spider-Man is a series

SONY misfires with their follow-up to Spider-Man 3. Just as with our timeline, they keep going back and forth with Raimi on Spider-Man 4, debating whether or not to reboot. The difference is, in this timeline, this ends up causing them to wait too long to make a decision.
After 3 years of production, SONY realizes they will miss the 4-year deadline and ask Marvel for an extension. Marvel declines and the rights revert in 2011.
By 2013, Marvel has Holland on set filming scenes for a potential series. He also films his scenes for Civil War. The schedule is a serious problem by now, with five or six films a year...it's hard to find room for all of them. Unsure of what to do, Marvel gets their answer the next year when ABC officially orders 22 episodes of Spider-Man for the fall 2014 season.
It is the most expensive television show of all time, only possible because of toy sales and profits from the films.

Daredevil continues to dominate

By 2015, when in reality Daredevil debuted his first season, Daredevil is on his seventh season. The rest of the HBO shows are much more interconnected with the overall MCU. Captain America crosses over with a season of Luke Cage to fight The Serpent Society, War Machine vs The Punisher, Black Widow and Daredevil have a romance etc.
Each of the other street heroes besides Daredevil have had 2 to 4 mini-seasons (6 to 12 episodes.) As the first to debut, and the most popular, Daredevil is the only one who maintains an annual release of a full season (10 to 13 episodes.)
And with that, I'm going to wrap it up. This has gone on a long time, and I do have more thoughts if anyone has questions...it's just that past this point we are getting so far away from what's really happened that it's basically fan-fiction.
Let me know your thoughts. I hope you enjoyed reading!
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2019.02.10 00:56 AnAsset2 An Out-of-this-World Orville Roleplay!!

Hello all! As the title of this thread suggests, I am looking for Roleplay partners who are interested in the fandom of The Orville!
This is the first sci-fi show that I’ve really gotten into, with the exception of later seasons of Agents of SHIELD, and I really really love it. The characters are great, and the humor isn’t forced or too shticky.
Now, let’s get on to the main part...the characters! I’m looking to play as Commander Kelly Grayson, and I’m looking for someone to play as her sarcastic ex-husband Captain Ed Mercer. I love this pairing because they’re both so snarky and kind of ridiculous human beings, especially when they’re together.
I don’t have any plots figured out just yet, but that’s something we can talk about. Since it is set in the future and in space, there’s plenty we can work with.
Some info about me: * I am 22 years old and would prefer to have partners who are 18+. * I am very active, but I don’t expect you to be. However, if you’re going to ditch, just tell me so I’m not waiting around for a reply. * I definitely prefer OOC chatting so we can plan things out. * I stick to third person past tense and usually write 1-3 paragraphs or whatever my partner does. * I would prefer literate partners.
Interested? Excellent! Feel free to comment here or shoot me a message! I look forward to plotting with you!
This is a long shot, but as the title implies, I’m looking for anyone who would be interested in doing a Roleplay inspired/based on the indie film Wind River with Elizabeth Olsen and Jeremy Renner.
I’m mostly interested in finding someone to play Cory against my portrayal of Agent Jane Banner, either playing out the events after the movie or maybe a few years down the line? If that’s not something that interests you, but you still have an idea set in this world or with these characters, feel free to PM me or comment!! I really just want to try my hand at playing Jane Banner to get more practice playing more realistic characters. Plus, I love Elizabeth Olsen so I’m always excited to try out her characters.
Info about me: - I am 22 years old and would prefer to have partners who are 18+ - I am very active, but I don’t expect you to be. However, if you’re going to ditch, just tell me so I’m not waiting around for a reply - I definitely prefer OOC chatting so we can plan things out - I stick to third person past tense and usually write 1-3 paragraphs or whatever my partner does - I would prefer literate partners
Please PM or comment if you’re at all interested!
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2018.09.22 14:53 Anonymous_1-2-3-4-5 MCU Movies Behind the Scenes Facts *Wanted to do this for fun* Day 11: Avengers: Age of Ultron

So i'm going to go on IMDB and look at each MCU movies behind the scenes facts and POST THE MOST INTERESTING ONES here, I will post each movie a day instead of what I did before where I did 10 posts, I will start with the first Iron Man and each day will be the next MCU movie after it, ending with Guardians 3, I will also do the Netflix Shows, Agents of Shield and Agent Carter

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

1. Scarlett Johansson was pregnant during filming, so many of her scenes were scheduled early in filming before she began to show. To help hide her pregnancy later in filming, three stunt doubles were hired. This caused a lot of confusion amongst the other actors since, according to them, all of the stunt women looked very similar to Johansson. Chris Evans stated that it got to the point where he would say hello and start a conversation with one of them only to realize midway that the person he was talking to wasn't Johansson. Ultimately, some scenes used CGI to hide Johansson's belly.

2. James Spader was Joss Whedon's only choice for the role of Ultron, because of his "hypnotic voice that can be eerily calm and compelling, while also being very human and humorous."

3. Because Ultron was eight to nine feet tall, the five-foot ten-inch James Spader had to wear an antenna-like contraption made out of a thick piece of wire, with two red balls attached to the top that went up his entire back and three feet above his head. This was done so that the cast members that shared scenes with him would have a reference point for where his eyes would be. The two red balls represented the placement of Ultron's eyes. Elizabeth Olsen stated that this was actually distracting, because Spader would be giving an intense performance and out of instinct, she would look at him rather than the balls representing his eyes. Much to everyone's amusement, whenever this happened, Aaron Taylor-Johnson would yell "Red balls! Look at his balls, Lizzie!" at her in order to get her to look in the right direction.

4. On James Spader's first day on-set, the cast was so impressed by his performance that they applauded and cheered for him after his first take.

5. Thanos was considered to be the next villain, but Joss Whedon decided against him in favor of Ultron: "We have to stay grounded. It's part of what makes the Marvel Universe click, their relationship to the real world. Thanos is not out of the mix, but Thanos was never meant to be the next villain. He's always been the overlord of villainy and darkness."

6. Aaron Taylor-Johnson was asked to lose weight (muscle mass in particular) because he looked too strong to portray a runner, who is usually trim.

7. Joss Whedon has said that he wanted Spider-Man and Captain Marvel to appear in the final sequence, but they were unable to due to timing issues.

8. It took Joss Whedon a year to convince Aaron Taylor-Johnson to accept the role of Quicksilver. Johnson was concerned over the intensity of the Marvel contracts, the time constraints, and the fact that it was going to be such a large cast. Even after he accepted the role, he was still nervous, but was comforted after he learned that his friend, and Godzilla (2014) co-star, Elizabeth Olsen, would be playing his sister, and would be his filming partner throughout most of the movie.

9. Joss Whedon claimed that juggling all the characters in the film was "a nightmare": "They're very disparate characters. The joy of The Avengers is they really don't belong in the same room. It's not like the X-Men, who are all tortured by the same thing, and have similar costumes. These guys are just all over the place, and so it's tough." He was so exhausted with working on this film, that he decided not to direct Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and Avengers: Endgame (2019).

10. James Spader uses his natural speaking voice for Ultron, with no accent or alteration of his voice.

11. In the comics, Ultron was created by Dr. Hank Pym (Ant-Man). In this film, Ultron is a dormant project developed by Tony Stark, while Pym gets his own separate story in Ant-Man (2015).

12. Quicksilver's role in the film sparked wide discussion over his place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The character had been discussed previously as a potential character in both X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) and The Avengers (2012), but legal complexities resulted in his absence from both. But in May 2013, Marvel Studios and Twentieth Century Fox announced a resolution to such issues, and that Quicksilver would appear in this movie, but only under specific parameters: no reference to his relations to the X-Men or Magneto (the character's father), and no reference to Quicksilver's membership in The Avengers could be made vice-versa. This went so far that the character couldn't be referred to as a "mutant" in any Marvel movie. Additionally, other debates between Fox and Marvel led to two different versions of the same character, both of which are presented in two separate franchises.

13. The trailer was viewed thirty-four million times on YouTube in the first twenty-four hours after it was released. This broke the record that was previously held by Iron Man 3 (2013).

14. Joss Whedon cast Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch because he thought their powers would be cool to use in a film: "Their powers are very visually interesting. One of the problems I had on the first one was everybody basically had punchy powers. Quicksilver's got super-speed, Scarlet Witch can weave spells, and a little telekinesis, get inside your head. That's good stuff they can do, that will help keep it fresh."

15. Industrial Light & Magic developed a new motion-capture system for the film, called "Muse", to better capture the actors' facial and body movements, and combine different takes of the same performance, with regards to Ultron and the Hulk. Andy Serkis (who also has the on-screen role of Ulysses Klaue) was brought on-board to contribute towards Muse's design and improvement. One major benefit of this work for the actor was that in this film, Mark Ruffalo was able to do some of his Mo-Cap performance alongside his fellow cast members on-set and on-location as opposed to, in the first films, where he was working separately from the others. It furthermore reduced the amount of specific facial Mo-Cap sections, as they now were able to do both body and face simultaneously. (Source: The Graham Norton Show (2007) interview).

16. James Spader described Ultron as self-absorbed and immature: "He sees the world from a very strange, Biblical point of view, because he's brand new, he's very young. He's immature, and yet has knowledge of comprehensive, broad history and precedent, and he has created in a very short period of time a rather skewed worldview."

17. "Marvel Ultimates" comic is famous for featuring a controversial incestuous storyline between Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. According to Elizabeth Olsen, while this particular aspect would not be overtly present in the film, she and Aaron Taylor-Johnson "played around" with certain parts of it: "Every time you see an image of them, they're always holding each other's hand and looking over each other's shoulder. They're always so close, it's almost uncomfortable. Aaron and I have been playing a little bit with those kinds of images just for ourselves."

18. James Spader was originally just going to be Ultron's voice, but he told the filmmakers that for a main character, he deserved to do more than provide a voice, and so he took on performing Ultron through motion-capture.

19. According to Mark Ruffalo, his portrayal of The Incredible Hulk is inspired by Peter David's Hulk comics, where The Incredible Hulk and Bruce Banner were a split personality case: "There's a very cool thing happening in the film: Hulk is as afraid of Banner, as Banner is afraid of Hulk. Both of these guys are obviously the same guy, and they have to come to peace somehow with each other, and this confrontation is building across this film."

20. The first trailer was intended to be released after the October 28, 2014 episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013) . A low-quality version of the trailer leaked online on October 22, 2014. In response, Marvel published the high-definition version of the first trailer on its official YouTube channel the same day. Marvel's official Twitter account announced the official trailer with a tongue-in cheek statement blaming Marvel's villainous organization H.Y.D.R.A. for the leak.

21. Character screentimes:
Captain America = 50:25
Iron Man = 45:34
Black Widow = 33:07
Quicksilver = 26:43
Bruce BanneThe Incredible Hulk = 23:55
Scarlet Witch = 20:59
Hawkeye = 19:56
Thor = 14:18
The Vision = 8:41

22. Lou Ferrigno contributed to the voice of The Incredible Hulk in this movie. He has played The Incredible Hulk in almost every live-action version since 1978. He played The Incredible Hulk in The Incredible Hulk (1978), and its subsequent three television movies, and he voiced The Incredible Hulk in The Incredible Hulk (2008), in which he also played a security guard. He also played a security guard in Hulk (2003). He has also voiced The Incredible Hulk in various animated productions.

23. Stan Lee's cameo as a War Veteran, at the farewell party for Thor, is a sly inside joke, since Lee did actually join the Army, but never went into battle. Lee's experience writing for Timely Comics (before it became Marvel) was put to use instead, for the Army's medical division, thinking up slogans for posters about preventing the spread of venereal diseases that were drawn by Theodore Geisel a.k.a. Dr. Seuss.

24. Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson consulted each other before accepting the roles of Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. The two became friends while filming Godzilla (2014), and as soon as they found out that both had offers, they called each other to check if the other was doing it before signing on.

25. Aaron Taylor-Johnson described his approach to Quicksilver as inspired by the "Marvel Ultimates" comic: "He and his sister have been abandoned by their parents, and they grew up in Eastern Europe defending, and looking out for themselves, and each other. His sister really is his guidance, emotionally she's the one who looks after him, and vice-versa. He's very overprotective physically, he doesn't want anyone touching her."

26. When Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson learned that their roles Wanda and Pietro Maximoff would be based on their "Marvel Ultimates" version, they both read and studied every single issue in order to prepare for the role.

27. In Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013) Season Two, Episode Nineteen, "The Dirty Half Dozen", it is Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) who breaks into a H.Y.D.R.A. base and locates Loki's (Tom Hiddleston's) scepter. He then contacts Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), so she can let The Avengers know to go to Sokovia and retrieve it, as they do in the beginning of this movie.

28. Paul Bettany (The Vision) is good friends with Stellan Skarsgård (Dr. Erik Selvig). In fact, Bettany and his wife Jennifer Connelly named their firstborn child "Stellan", after Skarsgård.

29. The film was named after a 2013 Marvel comic series "Age of Ultron". However, Producer Kevin Feige explained that that particular comic would not be used as a storyline: "We came up with a few titles, but every month a new comic book appears, and 'Age Of Ultron' is a great title. We had a few other 'Of Ultrons', but that was the best one. So we're borrowing that title, but taking storylines from decades of Avengers storylines."

30. Aaron Taylor-Johnson's favorite superhero amongst The Avengers is Chris Hemsworth. Taylor-Johnson was impressed by Hemsworth, saying "The only one who has an otherworldly superhero physique is Hemsworth. The size of his arms is like the size of my thighs. Just to be an actor and transform your physique and body to that level, he's essentially a god. Everyone in the cast is charming and brilliant, but you look around the room and you go 'that guy is definitely the superhero.'"

31. In the comics, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver are born mutants. In this movie, they got their powers due to experimentation of H.Y.D.R.A. on them. This change has to do with the fact that Twentieth Century Fox holds the rights to the X-Men film franchise and the whole mutant concept. Therefore, this change was intended to disassociate the film from the X-Men film franchise to avoid legal issues.

32. Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth have stated in separate interviews that Joss Whedon initially hadn't told them the arc of the plot, with Evans claiming that he didn't even know the title of the film until the official announcement at Comic-Con. Additionally, Hemsworth and Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill) have both admitted to not knowing who Ultron is.

33. According to Aaron Taylor-Johnson, no one realized that no plans for a wrap-party had been made until the last day of filming. As a result, Joss Whedon gathered the cast at the end of the day and made them walk around the small Italian town in which they were filming, while it snowed heavily, until he found an appropriate place for a party. They finally found a small club and the cast, along with Whedon, danced until four in the morning.

34. At some point, The Abomination (the villain from The Incredible Hulk (2008)) was going to be an antagonist in the film, or secondary villain, and Tim Roth would have reprised his role from that film. However, The Abomination was written out of the film.

35. Elizabeth Olsen worked with a dance choreographer to make her movements more graceful for action sequences.

36. Quicksilver's running visual effects were created by first filming with an ultra-high-speed camera, and then filming Aaron Taylor-Johnson running in the same scene at regular speed, and then digitally splicing the two scenes together.

37. In an interview with Empire Magazine, Writer and Director Joss Whedon said that he wanted to lengthen the scenes with Thor at the pool, and his vision, but executives issued an ultimatum, stating that it could be lengthened, but it would be in place of Hawkeye's farm scenes. Whedon chose to keep the farm scenes.

38. The Hulkbuster armor has three arc reactors on the front: one on the chest and one on each knee. Six on the back: four on the back and one on each calf. Excluding the arc reactor of the suit worn underneath the Hulkbuster, it's safe to say that it takes nine arc reactors just to power the gargantuan suit.

39. In the comic books, Black Widow was a former ballerina subjected to mental conditioning and experimentation. Scarlett Johansson describes this part of her history as critical to her role in this movie: "She's realizing she never made an active choice, she's a product of other people's imposition. That's going to catch up with her. That's bound to have a huge effect. There's got to be a result of that realization. You'll see her actively making some choices in her life, for better or worse."

40. This is the first (and so far only) time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that Thor appears in a movie without Loki. Tom Hiddleston did film a scene, reprising Loki, but it was ultimately cut from the final version, as Joss Whedon felt it "didn't play" well with the film as a whole.

41. Elizabeth Olsen described the Scarlet Witch as unstable: "She has such a vast amount of knowledge, that she's unable to learn how to control it. No one taught her how to control it properly, so it gets the best of her. It's not that she's mentally insane, it's just that she's just overly-stimulated, and she can connect to this world, and parallel worlds, at the same time."

42. Hawkeye's new uniform combines elements of his original Marvel Comic outfit, his Ultimate Marvel outfit, and his Ronin identity.

43. This film has the most visual effects shots for any Marvel movie to date, with over three thousand. Previously, Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) held the record with two thousand seven hundred fifty shots.

44. The movie set up future Marvel movies. The presence of Ulysses Klaue and the fictional country of Wakanda set up Black Panther (2018). Thor's visions of an apocalyptic event on Asgard and the Infinity Stones set up Thor: Ragnarök (2017). The assemblance of the New Avengers and departures of Tony Stark and Hawkeye set up Captain America: Civil War (2016). Thanos taking the Infinity Gauntlet set up Avengers: Infinity War (2018).

45. This film marks the first Marvel Cinematic Universe appearance of Tony Stark without Pepper Potts, with the exception of his cameo role in The Incredible Hulk (2008).

46. Elizabeth Olsen stated in an interview that she is happy that her character's outfit is not accurate to the comic book, as it would be inappropriate for combat.

47. Despite Ultron and The Vision having two seemingly different personalities, they share the same origins. They both came from the Mind Stone. Ultron was born from a dormant intelligence within the Mind Stone, whereas The Vision was born from the remainder of the Stone's contents. So in a way, they are the "good" and "bad" of the Mind Stone, which suggests that the other Infinity Stones may possess their own sorts of intelligence and personality.

48. Approximately two hundred German small-town movie theaters boycotted the film upon its release, after Disney announced that they demanded fifty-three percent of ticket sales as movie rent, without taking into account the smaller sizes of small-town venues.

49. (At around twenty-five minutes) In his cameo, after getting drunk, Stan Lee says "Excelsior", the same phrase with which he ended his weekly "Stan's Soapbox", which appeared in every Marvel comic book.

50. (At around one hour and seventeen minutes) In Thor's vision, a brief shot of the four currently revealed Infinity Stones are seen coming together to form sixty-six percent of an ethereal image of the Infinity Gauntlet (this includes the Orb, the Scepter, the Aether, and the Tesseract). In this shot, it is revealed that the Aether and the Tesseract are actually containers, of sorts, for the Infinity Stones within. The Tesseract is shown to be shattered, revealing a more ovular blue gem, and the Aether disperses to reveal an ovular red gem.

51. In The Avengers (2012), Banner is shown becoming The Incredible Hulk, but is never shown reverting back to Banner. In this movie, Banner is never shown becoming The Incredible Hulk, but is shown reverting back to Banner.

52. Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen worked back-to-back with each other, first playing husband and wife in Godzilla (2014), and now brother and sister in this film.

53. The first word spoken in the film by an Avenger is "shit".

54. Although name checked for the first time, and playing a significant part in the plot, this actually marks the second time the fictional kingdom of Wakanda appears in a Marvel movie. Wakanda was referred to in Iron Man 2 (2010), where it can be seen as one of the hot spots on Nick Fury's map. In the comics, Wakanda is ruled by T'Challa, better known as Black Panther, who made his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in Captain America: Civil War (2016).

55. Paul Bettany described The Vision as a nascent newborn: "He's both omnipotent and totally naive, the sort of danger of that and complex nature of a thing being born that is that powerful. The choices he makes morally are really complex and interesting."

56. Before the release of this movie, Loki's scepter was confirmed to house, and be powered by, an Infinity Stone. Many speculated that the Stone in question was the Mind Stone, given how it was used by Loki in The Avengers (2012). Here, it is revealed by Thor that Loki's scepter was the Mind Stone, except it wasn't the blue gem visible to everyone. The blue gem seen in the previous movie, featuring the scepter, is actually a container for the Mind Stone, while the Stone is yellow. In the comic books, however, the Mind Stone is blue.

57. (At around forty-nine minutes) When Scarlet Witch tries to mind control Hawkeye, he neutralizes her and quips "I tried the mind control thing. Not a fan!" This is a reference to Jeremy Renner being openly displeased with his character being mind controlled by Loki during most of The Avengers (2012).

58. Neither Quicksilver, nor Scarlet Witch, are called by their superhero names in this movie. They are referred to as "the Enhanced", "the Twins", or their full names Pietro and Wanda Maximoff. However, Tony Stark calls Wanda a "witch" during his fight with The Incredible Hulk.

59. There are two posters for this movie, one has Captain America in front of Iron Man, and another that has Iron Man in front of Captain America. This hints at Captain America: Civil War (2016), where Iron Man and Captain America clash over their superhero beliefs, and lead superhero armies against each other.

60. Joss Whedon wanted to get a "number of different looks and textures and moods" to give the film a different and fresh aesthetic from its predecessor, so he shot in different locations around the world, including South Africa, England, Italy, and South Korea.

61. Robert Downey, Jr. described Ultron's creation as a process of recognizing limitations: "The downside of self-sacrifice, is that if you make it back, you've been out there on the spit, and you've been turned a couple of times, and you feel a little burned and traumatized. Tony Stark wants a break from saving the world, having done so at least nine times now. So his focus is more on how can we make it, so that there's no problem to begin with. That, you know, there's a bouncer at our planet's rope. That's the big idea."

62. (At around forty-eight minutes) When Tony Stark tries to lift Thor's hammer, he jokes saying "I'm re-instituting Primae Noctis". Primae Noctis was, allegedly, a law in late Medieval Europe by which a feudal Lord could claim the "first night" (implying the night subsequent to her wedding) with any bride in his dominion in order to have sexual relations with her. This practice was depicted in Braveheart (1995).

63. (At around twenty-eight minutes) During the party in which people are attempting to lift Mjölnir, everyone fails except Steve Rogers, who is able to move it slightly (you can see Thor's smile quickly disappear when he does). This is a reference to the fact that Rogers is one of the only humans who are considered worthy to wield Thor's Hammer, and does so in one of the comic books.

64. In the trailer presented at Comic-Con 2013, the dialogue for Iron Man, Captain America, Bruce Banner, Nick Fury, and Maria Hill was taken from The Avengers (2012), except Thor's, which came from a deleted scene of Thor: The Dark World (2013).

65. (At around two hours) When The Vision rescues Scarlet Witch, and carries her away, they have a "moment". In the comic books, the two end up married.

66. Cobie Smulders described Maria Hill as being shell-shocked from Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014): "We're coming into this movie where we don't really know who's a good guy and who's a bad guy, and she's trying to figure out that throughout this film. She's not getting any sleep, she's doing all the work. She doesn't have the kind of manpower that she had in S.H.I.E.L.D."

67. Klaue is seen wearing a necklace with a claw. The comics state he got that from murdering T'Chaka, the King of Wakanda.

68. Robert Downey, Jr., Jeremy Renner, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, and Scarlett Johansson were called in three months before the release of the film to do several re-shoots.

69. In the comics, Lieutenant Colonel James Rhodes (War Machine) has been in three different teams of Avengers: the main Avengers, the West Coast Avengers (led by Hawkeye), and the Secret Avengers (led by Captain America). Here, all three Avengers members appear on the same team.

70. The opening sequence of all of The Avengers fighting and supporting each other in Sokovia, was the last scene to be completed for the film.

71. (At around two hours and five minutes) Hawkeye's newborn son has the middle name "Pietro". This is in honor of Pietro Maximoff (Quicksilver), who saved Hawkeye's life.

72. (At around one hour and thirty-five minutes) When Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) is picking a new A.I., one of the chips says "Tadashi", in reference to the chip that's in Baymax, from Big Hero 6 (2014), another Marvel property.

73. (At around one hour and three minutes) Clint Barton is called "Hawkeye" just one time in the entire movie by his wife, Laura.

74. In the comic books, The Wasp was the one who gave The Vision his name, shocked upon seeing him for the first time. In this movie, he's named by Thor and Ultron. Thor refers to him as the "vision" he received in the form of a prophecy, and Ultron refers to him as the object of his "vision" for the future.

75. In the comic books, the supervillain Ulysses Klaue was manipulated into battling The Avengers by the Crimson Cowl, who was Ultron operating under an alias. This event appeared in this movie, but leads into Black Panther (2018), where Klaue becomes an antagonist of the hero.

76. Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and Avengers: Endgame (2019) were announced before the release of this film.

77. Ultron takes various Iron Man armors for his body. This is a reference to Tony Stark designing a sentient armor in the comic books, which lost its morality and tried to kill Stark. Incidentally, that was Ultron's doing. He'd developed an android, named J.O.C.A.S.T.A., who eventually rebelled against her master, and became an Avenger, and Tony Stark's mechanical aide, but suffered from being programmed to rebuild Ultron.

78. Paul Bettany was Writer and Director Joss Whedon's only choice for the role of The Vision.

79. In an early script, Ultron was created by the government to eliminate the need for The Avengers, but Ultron turns on its creators and The Avengers again team up to stop him. However, this draft was changed.

80. Joss Whedon describes Ultron as having a mission: "Ultron sees the big picture, and he decides to implement radical change, violent and appalling, in order to make everything better. He wants to save us."

81. In this movie, QuicksilvePietro Maximoff was played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson. In X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), X-Men: Apocalypse (2016), and X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019), QuicksilvePeter Maximoff was played by Evan Peters. The two actors were in Kick-Ass (2010).

82. The general attire of Pietro and Wanda Maximoff in this film is a tribute to their appearance in X-Men: Evolution (2000), where Pietro had on blue jeans and sports shirts, and Wanda had on a black dress and red coat.

83. (At around one hour and twenty-seven minutes) Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) wears a Bruce Lee t-shirt. Downey has a black belt in Wing-Chun.

84. In Iron Man 3 (2013), if you look closely during the scene where Maya, Tony, and Pepper are discussing the huge stuffed bunny in the living room, you can see Tony has hung a stocking for J.A.R.V.I.S. The stocking just so happens to be the same colors (red, green, and yellow) as The Vision, the android, into which Tony and Bruce put J.A.R.V.I.S., in this movie.

85. Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) wears a new costume at the end of this movie, which was based on her "Uncanny Avengers" uniform (a low-cut blouse and pants, with a coat on top).

86. On this movie, Production Designer Charles Wood and his team built an enormous, new Avengers Tower set that is the largest set ever built for a Marvel movie. Much of the movie takes place there, on its many different levels. A large expanse of glass opens the view to New York City, and one can also see a hangar for the Quinjet. The multiple environments are all connected, with the ability to move from downstairs to upstairs and vice-versa.

87. (At around thirty-six minutes) During his first meeting with the Maximoffs, Ultron is seen wearing a crimson cloth like a cloak with a hood. In his first appearance (Avengers #54 1968), he wore one throughout the comic, and had the alias of the Crimson Cowl.

88. Joss Whedon had said that while directing this movie was exhausting, he would still be interested in directing other superhero films in the future, even discussing Spider-Man and Batman as interesting projects to take on.

89. According to Visual Effects Supervisor Ben Snow, The Incredible Hulk was remodelled to bear a closer resemblance to Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner). This was accomplished by programming a system of muscles over Ruffalo's existing muscles: "I don't want to come in and see a Hulk without muscles, properly deforming. When you flex a muscle, it retains volume, it can get firmer, its shape will change. We were able to leverage the research so that, in an action, like a bending arm, the muscle doesn't just squash, it actually changes shape. We ended up moving up towards a lot more physical, and correct thing, where you had a three-dimensional mesh, driving a skin mesh, that would slide in two dimensions, and then there was a soft spring mechanism attaching those."

90. In the mid credits scene, Thanos (Josh Brolin) retrieves an Infinity Gauntlet from a vault, and puts it onto his left hand. In Odin's vault in Thor (2011), an Infinity Gauntlet can be briefly seen, but it is right-handed. This gauntlet is declared a fake by Hela (Cate Blanchett) in Thor: Ragnarök (2017).

91. This film has additional music composed by Danny Elfman. This was Elfman's fifth superhero venture after Tim Burton's Batman movies, The Flash (1990), Sam Raimi's Spider-Man movies, and Ang Lee's Hulk (2003).

92. The Incredible Hulk doesn't speak a single word in this movie, unlike his other appearances in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

93. In the comics, Ultron was an android with glowing eyes and mouth. His final body possesses these features as an homage to his comic appearance.

94. According to Visual Effects Supervisor Christopher Townsend, whenever Scarlet Witch uses her power, either a star or a circle can be seen. This is an homage to the Hex bolts that she has in the Marvel comics, which were in the form of geometric shapes.

95. As the Vision, Paul Bettany wore a scalp and head prosthetic that was attached from his forehead around the ears, down to his neck and shoulders, along with a small chin piece, and then had his face and neck airbrushed in cranberry-purple.

96. Andy Serkis considers his role a cameo rather than an actual part in the movie.

97. Ultron starts out as as a peacekeeping force. This is an homage to The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes (2010), where he had a similar origin.

98. (At around one hour and seven minutes) Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) says she was sterilized as part of the final lesson of her training as a spy. Johansson was pregnant at the time of filming.

99. The fictional country Sokovia, Eastern Europe, is Fort Bard and Aosta Valley, Italy (bordering France and Switzerland) with Cyrillic lettering covering local storefronts.

100. All of the main, original Avengers in this movie are manipulated in some way by Scarlet Witch, with the exception of Hawkeye. Incidentally, Hawkeye was the only member of The Avengers to be under the mind control of Loki in The Avengers (2012).

101. (At around fifty-four minutes) This is the first live-action appearance of Tony Stark's Hulkbuster armor. It had previously appeared in various Marvel animated series and movies.

102. (At around two hours and five minutes) At the end of this movie, Natasha is sent a video of Barton's son wearing a "Nathaniel Pietro Barton" onesie. This shows he is named after Natasha (Black Widow) and Pietro Maximoff (Quicksilver), the two people who saved his life.

103. Saoirse Ronan was considered to play Wanda Maximoff (Scarlet Witch).

104. One of the highest grossing opening days ever for any film, hitting around eighty-five million dollars in its first day.

105. The title card doesn't appear until twelve minutes into the movie.

106. Stuntman Rob de Groot (who worked on Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)) served as a motion capture reference for The Incredible Hulk.

107. (At around twenty-five minutes) Stan Lee, who co-created The Avengers, plays the World War II Veteran, who insists on trying Thor's drink, countering Thor's protest that it isn't safe with: "Nor was Omaha Beach!", referencing the D-Day landings in France on June 6, 1944. Born in 1922, Lee did in fact serve in the Army during World War II, though only in America. Jack Kirby, who co-created The Avengers and Captain America, served in Europe during World War II, and landed on Omaha Beach, though over two months after D-Day. He served as an infantry scout for the Allied Forces, drawing reconnaissance maps and pictures. When the war ended, they both returned to their jobs creating comics. Kirby died in 1994.

108. While containing numerous Oscar-nominated actors (Robert Downey, Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Samuel L. Jackson, and Josh Brolin) this film is the first in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that has no Oscar winners in its cast.

109. This is Chapter Five of Phase Two in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

110. This film is set directly after season two, episode nineteen of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013).

111. In the comics, Helen Cho is the mother of Amadeus Cho (Mastermind Excello), the seventh smartest man in the world. Marvel recently announced that Amadeus Cho will be the new Hulk (Totally Awesome Hulk) starting in December 2015.

112. During the Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk fight, The Incredible Hulk was originally going to turn gray, an homage to the original color chosen for The Incredible Hulk, when he debuted in Marvel Comics.

113. In the comic books, The Vision was created by Ultron, to kill The Avengers. In this movie, he's created by Ultron, given a mind, and base set of ideals by Bruce Banner and Tony Stark, and later given life by Thor to aid The Avengers.

114. The expression, "The sun's getting real low", which was used to calm The Incredible Hulk, references the original comic where Banner would transform every night, but here it is used to make The Incredible Hulk revert back to Banner.

115. In the mid credits scene, Thanos (Josh Brolin) takes an Infinity Gauntlet in his left hand, and it says "Fine, I'll do it myself". This glove is the true Infinity Gauntlet. In the comic book published in 1990, Thanos used the Gauntlet to reunite the six Gems of Infinity, in order to increase his powers, after receiving the mission to annihilate half of the population of the entire universe, which was ordered by Mistress Death (the personification of death in the Marvel Universe). While this is the Gauntlet that Thanos will be using, two Gauntlets exist in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including the one shown in the vault in Thor (2011). Therefore, in Thor: Ragnarök (2017), Hela (Cate Blanchett) claims Asgard's Gauntlet is a fake when she visits the vault.

116. The first two Avengers movies have a mid credits scenes about Thanos, in some way expressing his anger towards Earth and the human race. This sets up Avengers: Infinity War (2018).

117. Long before the release of this movie, Joss Whedon said that Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch would not be immediate allies of The Avengers.

118. As of May 17, 2015, it is the third Marvel Cinematic Universe movie to pass one billion dollars worldwide, taking only twenty-four days to do so.

119. Joss Whedon had originally intended for Loki to appear in Thor's visions, but was told that Tom Hiddleston wasn't available, so the scene was re-written to feature Heimdall instead. Hiddleston was subsequently able to film a cameo during re-shoots, but it was removed from the final version.

120. This is Andy Serkis' second comic-book movie, after working on The Adventures of Tintin (2011).

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2018.08.29 20:11 autotldr ‘Walking Dead’ Effects Specialist Greg Nicotero Joins ‘Spawn’ Movie

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Greg Nicotero, director and effects specialist for "The Walking Dead," has come on board to create the design for Todd McFarlane's "Spawn" horror-fantasy movie.
McFarlane, Nicotero, and KNB EFX Group worked together on the 1997 "Spawn" movie.
Jamie Foxx has been cast as Spawn and Jeremy Renner will play Twitch in the new film, which marks McFarlane's film directorial debut.
McFarlane announced last year that he was partnering with Jason Blum and Blumhouse Productions, best known for "Get Out," "Split" and "The Purge" franchise, to develop a feature film about the Spawn comic character created by McFarlane.
McFarlane's Spawn first appeared in print in 1992.
Nicotero is the executive producer, special make-up effects supervisor, and primary director on AMC's "The Walking Dead" and "Fear the Walking Dead." Nicotero has directed 25 episodes of "The Walking Dead.".
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2018.05.10 15:02 Interceptor88LH Marvel TV needs deep changes.

Howdy! I was remembering Marvel's Inhumans (why would anyone do something like that, right?) and I ended thinking about how Marvel TV's success has been, let's say, more mixed than Marvel Studios'. In my opinion Marvel TV seems to have three essential problems:
1- They lack a Kevin Feige. Jeph Loeb is the head of Marvel TV. He's the guy who goes to the comic cons, etc, as the boss or representative of the brand.
But, in the end, it seems like he doesn't actually give a damn. He was defending Inhumans one month before it aired, and even being angered by the crits. Didn't he know Inhumans was crap? They signed the same showrunner from their -at the time- worst show. They signed a director-Roel Reiné- not because he was good but because he was cheap and fast.
When compared with Marvel Studios, Marvel TV has been highly irregular. Yes, Marvel Studios has a couple of average movies, but Marvel TV has been entirely hit or miss. The quality of the series lies entirely over the shoulders of each showrunner. There is no plan or bigger picture.
Marvel TV needs someone in charge that knows what they want to do with the characters. It's that simple.
2- Budget. We all know Perlmutter is stingy as hell. SHIELD's budget has been cut. Inhumans was a Z movie and most of its characters rarely used their powers because of the the low budget, not to talk about the cheap sets and costumes. This is less evident in the Netflix series as they don't need to use as much CGI and stuff, but it's obvious Marvel TV needs more money to feel like an actual part of the MCU.
3- Lack of cohesiveness and crossovers. How to put this? Marvel series try to fit into the MCU. But they never actually crossover with the MCU. Not even Marvel series seem to be part of the same universe, except the Netflix ones.
Yeah, I know this is very difficult and asking for the Runaways to show up in the next Spider-man movie is not very realistic. But there are a lot of things they can do to create more sinergies and give us little but fun easter eggs.
While the films have created a solid and cohesive world, most of the series look like they are isolated. SHIELD does the better it can to reference movies events and Daredevil or others would eventually mention "the incident". But that's all. Don't get me wrong, it's a good thing each series has its yard. But take SHIELD as an example. Despite being the most solid Marvel tv series and considered the flagship, it looks like it doesn't have any impact. Talbot being one of the militaries in one of the reunions at Civil War or May or Fitz being in the background when the helicarrier shows up would have been great easter eggs without altering anything. Just that would have made people think "woah, so these characters are actually part of the MCU after all".
And, connecting with point 2, how much sense would've been watching Hawkeye or Black Widow appearing in a couple of episodes of SHIELD to help their former partners? Even Jeremy Renner said he'd like to appear in Agents of SHIELD.
Well, I could write about this forever but I don't want to bore you even more. The best thing would be if Marvel TV becomes a Marvel Studios subdivision, led by some Feige's trustworthy person so Feige can still focus on the movies but there is someone that loves the comics and is actually willing to do the effort to taskmaster every season of every series, with the money they deserve while coordinating with the movies-and still, I know the series would have the short stick anyway, I am not saying I want Luke Cage and Quake in every film or anything like that.
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2018.03.18 03:22 Kalse1229 [Idea] I had an idea for an adult animated Hawkeye series

So, I was thinking about how the oft-forgotten sixth Avenger, Hawkeye, usually gets shafted when compared to the other OG members of the team. The big four have their own movies, and Black Widow has had significant roles in pretty much every film she's appeared in. But what about everyone's favorite archer that isn't green and currently starring in his own show with its own multitude of problems?
Well, I was thinking maybe on ABC or Netflix Marvel ought to make a Hawkeye prequel series showcasing his early days as a superhero before SHIELD. The idea is that this series is based on the Matt Fraction run of the character, and shows his transformation into the badass archer we know him as from the living disaster he was at the beginning. The show ideally would also include other characters from Hawkeye's past as well as the MCU. For example, it shows how he met Laura and the two of them falling in love. Other characters that would feature would include Kate Bishop, a college student and Clint's partner and fellow Hawkeye, who acts as his voice of reason. Clint's brother Barney also appears regularly as an antagonist, often trying to screw over Clint and his friends. And before anyone says it, yes, this idea also includes Lucky the Pizza Dog. I say it ought to be animated because it allows Jeremy Renner and Linda Cardellini to reprise their roles but as twenty-somethings, plus it would probably cost less to do it animated than to do some of the crazy stunts live-action. Plus, this is Disney we're talking about. Freaking Disney, the king of animation. And I say adult animation since there'd obviously be a fair amount of sex and violence. Not a whole lot, but enough to warrant a TV-14 rating. But yeah, it's just something I think would be a fun idea. What do you think? Would you like to see some sort of portrayal of Hawkeye based on the Fraction run?
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2017.08.04 22:32 seismocity We all know who Jeremy Renner's house flipping partner is...

Right?
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2017.03.28 14:28 xaviertobin This year is shaping up to be a huge one for film. Here's a list of 45+ promising movies to watch out for this year, including basic descriptions, early reviews and trailers. Organised between original and franchise films.

Every year I feel like I miss a heap of movies that I know exist or have been recommended that fly under my radar when they’re in cinemas. This year I starting making a list in Google Keep to keep track of films to watch, and it started getting so big that I figured it’d be worth sharing. There are definitely some really promising sequels and franchise movies coming out this year, but I’ve gone into more detail for the original films given that they don’t tend to have the same marketing presence, and because so many look like they’ll be excellent. Let me know if there’s anything promising that I’ve missed, I’ll come back and keep this last updated so you can refer to it in the future!

First, 28 non-sequel, non-reboot, non-remake films to watch out for (will be updated with 10 more suggestions from the comments):

There’s a huge number of promising original movies here. There’s not a single one here that looks bad on paper (IMO), whether it be because of the director, cast or because of a unique plot.

Battle of the Sexes

A sports drama-comedy starring Emma Stone and Steve Carrell. Directed by the directors of Little Miss Sunshine, written by the writers of Slumdog Millionaire, cinematographer of La La Land and the composer of Moonlight. Plot loosely based on the 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs.

The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara

An upcoming historical period drama film starring Mark Rylance as Pope Pius IX, Oscar Isaac and Isaac Eshete. Directed by Steven Spielberg and composed by John Williams.

A Ghost Story

“A ghost (Casey Affleck) silently observes his grieving widow (Rooney Mara) in his beloved home.“ Really solid reviews so far, and a great cast. Definitely one to look forward to.

Baby Driver

“Talented getaway driver Baby (Ansel Elgort) relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. After meeting the woman (Lily James) of his dreams, he sees a chance to ditch his shady lifestyle and make a clean break.” A new Edgar Wright original. If that isn't enough to sell you, the movie is so far on 100% with an average rating of 8.5/10 on Rotten Tomatoes. Trailer here.

Gemini

“A heinous crime tests the complex relationship between a tenacious personal assistant and her Hollywood starlet boss.” Directed by Aaron Kratz, extremely positive reviews from critics out of SXSW. Looks like a great mystery-thriller.

Molly’s Game

“The true story of Molly Bloom, a young skier and former Olympic hopeful becomes a successful entrepreneur (and a target of an FBI investigation) when she establishes a high-stakes, international poker game.” Screenplay adapted by Aaron Sorkin and directed by him in his directorial debut. Starring Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Brian d'Arcy James and Chris O'Dowd. Can’t wait for this one, amazing writer, great cast, and a possibly great director (hopefully a bit of David Fincher has rubbed onto Sorkin).

The Death of Stalin

A political satire chronicling the events that transpired after the death of Joseph Stalin in 1953. Directed and written by the creator of Veep and The Thick of It, Armando Iannucci.

Dunkirk

“Follows the true story of the Dunkirk evacuation in WW2.” The next film by Christopher Nolan, starring Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance and others. Can’t wait for this one, obviously. Trailer here.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

“After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter’s murder case, Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand) makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby (Woody Harrelson), the town’s revered chief of police.” This one looks great. Written and directed by Martin McDonagh, the creator of In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths. This guy doesn’t make movies often, but when he does they don’t disappoint. Trailer here.

The Snowman

“Detective Harry Hole (Michael Fassbender) investigates the disappearance of a woman whose pink scarf is found wrapped around an ominous-looking snowman." Directed by Tomas Alfredson (Let The Right One In, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) and starring Michael Fassbender, this is looking to be a pretty great British crime drama. Based on the novel of the same name.

Coco

“Coco follows a 12-year-old boy named Miguel who sets off a chain of events relating to a century-old mystery, leading to an extraordinary family reunion.” An original Pixar film! I’m keen, especially after Inside Out. Trailer here.

Colossal

“A bizarre sci-fi comedy starring Anne Hathaway who discovers that she is strangely connected to a monster attacking Seoul, South Korea. When she moves, the monster moves.” Looks bizarre and creative, with positive (but also divisive) reviews. Seems like the kind of movie that could become a quiet cult classic. Trailer here.

Wind River

“An FBI agent teams up with a veteran game tracker to investigate a murder that occurred on a Native American reservation.” Written and directed by Taylor Sheridan, the writer of Hell or High Water. Starring Elizabeth Olsen and Jeremy Renner. Really solid reviews so far.

The Disaster Artist

Based on the book of the same name, “The Disaster Artist is a 2017 American biographical comedy film directed, produced by, and starring James Franco. Based on Greg Sestero's non-fiction book of the same name, the film chronicles the making of the 2003 cult film The Room.” Early reviews are fantastic, supposedly Franco’s best work. I’m so excited for this.

Mother

"Centers on a couple whose relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence." Written and directed by Darren Aronofsky, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem and Domnhall Gleeson. What an amazing team, another one I'm very keen for.

The Book of Henry

“When a boy who is being raised by his single mother develops feelings for the girl next door, he plots a murder to protect the girl from the ongoing harm of her father. “ A Colin Treverrow (Jurassic World, Safety not Guaranteed) film starring Naomi Watts, Maddie Ziegler and Jacob Tremblay.

The Big Sick

“The Big Sick is based on the real courtship of Kumail Nanjiani and his now-wife, Emily Gordon. Kumail's traditional Muslim family are unhappy with his relationship with Emily, an American. When Emily is waylaid by a mysterious illness, Kumail must take charge of the crisis with her parents, Beth and Terry“. Written by and starring Kumail Nanjiani. If the extremely positive reviews from SXSW are anything to go by, this is worth a watch.

Free Fire

“Set in Boston in 1978, a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two gangs turns into a shootout and a game of survival.” A fun, intense, “bottle-episode” kind of movie starring Brie Larson, Armie Hammer, Sharlto Copley and Cillian Murphy. Coming in April, and early reviews are very solid. Unlikely to be a game-changer, but apparently a really enjoyable watch. Trailer here.

Lucky

“Lucky follows the spiritual journey of a 90-year-old atheist — played by Harry Dean Stanton — and the quirky characters that inhabit his off-the-map desert town. He finds himself at the precipice of life, thrust into a journey of self-exploration.” Directed by John Carroll Lynch and starring Harry Dean Stanton. Another film with great reviews out of SXSW.

Raw

“Stringent vegetarian Justine (Garance Marillier) encounters a decadent, merciless and dangerously seductive world during her first week at veterinary school.” A directorial debut from Julia Ducournau, Raw is apparently hard to watch, but also hard to look away from. Trailer here (NSFW).

Small Town Crime

“An alcoholic ex-cop finds the body of a young woman and, through an act of self-redemption, becomes hell-bent on finding the killer.” Directed by Eshom and Ian Nelms, starring John Hawkes and Octavia Spencer. Early reviews and first thoughts are quite promising.

Wonder

“Auggie Pullman (Jacob Tremblay) is a young boy born with a facial deformity who moves into a new school and tries to fit in.“ Directed by Stephen Chbosky (writer and director of Perks of Being a Wallflower), also starring Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson.

American Made

“American Made tells the story of Barry Seal (Tom Cruise), a pilot who is recruited by the CIA to help counter the emerging communist threat in Central America. Seal's role in this major CIA covert operation led in turn to his involvement with the Medellin carte”. A biographical drama crime-thriller, directed by Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity, Edge of Tomorrow).

Personal Shopper

“A young American in Paris works as a personal shopper for a celebrity. She seems to have the ability to communicate with spirits, like her recently deceased twin brother. Soon, she starts to receive ambiguous messages from an unknown source.” Directed by Olivier Assayas and featuring an apparently excellent performance by Kristen Stewart. Good to great reviews so far.

Logan Lucky

“Trying to reverse a family curse, brothers Jimmy (Channing Tatum) and Clyde Logan (Adam Driver) set out to execute an elaborate robbery during the legendary Coca-Cola 600 race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina during Memorial Day weekend.” Directed by Steven Soderbergh (Ocean’s 11, Out of Sight, Contagion), starring Channing Tatum, Daniel Craig, Adam Driver, Hilary Swank and more. Absolutely stacked cast, and a great director. Can’t wait for this.

The Dark Tower

Based on the book series by Stephen King, I expect the IMDB plot will not do the story justice: “The Gunslinger, Roland Deschain, roams an Old West-like landscape where "the world has moved on" in pursuit of the man in black. Also searching for the fabled Dark Tower, in the hopes that reaching it will preserve his dying world.”. Directed by Nikolaj Arcel and starring Idris Elba, Kathryn Winnick and Matthew McConaughey.

The Circle

“A young tech worker takes a job at a powerful Internet corporation, quickly rises up the company's ranks, and soon finds herself in a perilous situation concerning privacy, surveillance and freedom.” Directed by James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now, End of the Tour), and starring Emma Watson and Tom Hanks. Trailer here.

Get Out

“A young African-American man visits his Caucasian girlfriend's mysterious family estate.” This has been out for a while in the US (unfortunately will have to wait til May in Australia!), but I’ve included it just in case. Sitting at 99% on Rotten Tomatoes with only a single rotten review. Apparently excellent.

Additions from comments:

[Wonder Wheel]

"Plot unknown. Described as a period drama set in New York in the 1950s." Written and Directed by Woody Allen, starring Kate Winslet, Juno Temple and Justin Timberlake.

[Annihilation]

"A biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition where the laws of nature don't apply." Based on the book of the same name.** Directed and adapted by Alex Garland, the writer of Ex Machina. Starring Natalie Portman, Oscar Isaac and Jennifer Jason Leigh.**

[Mute]

"A mute bartender goes up against his city's gangsters in an effort to find out what happened to his missing partner." Directed by Duncan Jones, written by Michael Robert Johnson and Duncan Jones. Starring Alexander Skarsgård, Justin Theroux and Sam Rockwell.

[Submergence]

I feel like the IMDB description of this gives a bit too much away, so I've found a more generic description: "An upcoming American-French-Spanish romantic thriller film, based on the novel of same name." Directed by Wim Wenders, starring Alicia Vikander, James McAvoy and Charlotte Rampling.

[Suburbicon]

There aren't many plot details for this, but it's been in the making for decades. Apparently the Coen brothers wrote the script in 1986. Directed by George Clooney, starring Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Josh Brolin and Oscar Isaac. Definitely promising on paper.

[Hostiles]

[Wonderstruck]

[Darkest Hour]

[The Current War]

[Downsizing]

[The Shape of Water]

[The Beguiled]

[The Killing of a Sacred Deer]

[It Comes at Night]

[Under the Silver Lake]

[Okja]

[Call Me by Your Name]

[You Were Never Really Here]

[Last Flag Flying]

[Stronger]

And the sequels, reboots and big franchises:

I’m excited for a ton of these movies (kind of in order actually!). Here’s hoping they all turn out to be as good as I thought Logan was.
All together that comes to 50 movies, about 30 of which I wanna see in cinemas. I'm going to go broke, yay.
Hope you found a few you hadn't heard of and are interested in, and let me know if I've missed anything!
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