Meet The Ares Crew in New Promo Video for ‘The Martian’

The Martian is still a few months away, but the ad campaign is starting to ramp up. Earlier in the summer we got the one-two punch of promo video and trailer for The Martian; now we get a second promo video, introducing us to the entire crew of the Ares undergoing psychiatric evaluation. What is so wonderful about this promo video is the humor, which was a major player in Andy Weir’s novel.

Here is the new promo video:

Mark Watney’s trouble understanding Aquaman’s ability to control whales is a throwaway line from the novel, and played here it is absolute perfection. The rest of the Ares crew in The Martian includes Michael Peña, Kate Mara, Jessica Chastain, Sebastian Stan, and Aksel Hennie.

Here is the synopsis, courtesy of 20th Century Fox:

During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney’s safe return. Based on a best-selling novel, and helmed by master director Ridley Scott, THE MARTIAN features a star studded cast that includes Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Pena, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Donald Glover.

The Martian hits theaters October 2nd.

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Spider-Man To Drop The Gloves in ‘Captain America: Civil War’

A report came out yesterday that Tom Holland has finished his scenes in Captain America: Civil War, according to Birth.Death.Movies. The report continues to say that while Holland may be done filming, the special effects crew is working hard creating Spider-Man’s first fight in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

“His fight scene might be the one that really gets fandom excited – not because of how top tier the face-off will be, but because of how profoundly dorky and unlike any other big screen superhero fight it will be,” said sources at Birth.Death.Movies.

Captain America: Civil War will be in theaters on May 6, 2016.

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Paramount Set to Adapt Ronda Rousey Autobiography

Ronda Rousey is set to make a big leap in her acting career. Variety is reporting that Paramount Pictures has secured the rights to Rousey’s bestselling autobiography “My Fight Your Fight” with Rousey playing herself. Mark Bomback is adapting the book while Mary Parent is producing the picture along with Rousey. No date has been set yet on when the production will commence.

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5 Classic Anime You Should Watch: Anime 101

Welcome to Anime 101! I’m sure there are many new or casual Anime fans wondering, “What anime should I be watching?” In this lesson, there are 5 classic anime you should watch. Since these are well-known by vets of the art form, watching them will help you understand what those fans grew up watching, and subsequently give you more to talk about with them.

Anime 101 Criteria

Anime recommended in Anime 101 lessons will be:

  • Available to stream legally, making them easy to access.
  • Either be classics well-known by veteran anime fans, or recent shows that are popular.
  • 1-2 seasons long, of not more than 26 episodes per season (or, alternatively, a movie)

Do you have ideas for future Anime 101 lessons? Let me know!

Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro

Lupin III - The Castle of Cagliostro

Where to stream it: Hulu (dubbed)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki (Princess Mononoke, Howl’s Moving Castle, Spirited away – you know the deal, just about every Studio Ghibli movie)
Animation Production: Not listed; this movie was made before Studio Ghibli existed.
Vintage: 1979 (not dubbed until 1991)
Rating: G

After Arsène Lupin III successfully robs a casino along with his partner, Jigen, he finds that all of the money is counterfeit. He decides to track down the producer of these “Goat Bills” and steal every other treasure in the Castle of Cagliostro once he does so. This includes the resident damsel in distress, Clarisse.

Lupin III - The Castle of Cagliostro

The Castle of Cagliostro is the first movie that Hayao Miyazaki directed. Although it is not as smooth and pretty as many of his other works, it still has that same attention to detail and unexpected camera angles that Miyazaki is famous for. It is the most “friendly” of the Lupin III properties because Miyazaki made alterations to the characters. Usually, the characters are portrayed as much more dark and villainous. Because of this, the movie was criticized by fans when it released, but it gained popularity each time it was re-released. It has influenced scenes in movies such as The Great Mouse Detective, Atlantis: The Lost Empire, and The Simpsons Movie.

Although this film isn’t true to its source material, it is still a great heist flick, which is a genre not particularly plentiful in anime. It’s also a decent family film so you can watch it with your kids (provided you’re alright with gunfights – but there isn’t any gore). Plus, it gives you another Miyazaki film under your belt. There aren’t many available to stream, so you have to take the greatness where you can get it.

Ghost in the Shell

Ghost in the Shell

Where to stream it: Hulu (dubbed)
Director: Mamoro Oshii (Patlabor: The Movie, Urusai Yatsura)
Animation Production: Production I.G (Attack on Titan, Kuroko’s Basketball)
Vintage: 1995
Rated: NR (Mature Audiences Only, for nudity, gore, language)

The story takes place on a futuristic, cyberpunk earth. Technology is highly advanced and many people are cybernetically enhanced – some even to the point of having only their organic brain left. Such a cybernetic body is called a “shell”. Enter Major Makoto Kusanagi, a cyborg who works for Public Security Section 9. She and her team are attempting to track down a hacker known as “The Puppetmaster”, who has been illegally hacking into and erasing peoples’ memories (“ghost-hacking”).

Ghost in the Shell

This movie was animated with what was, at the time, cutting edge digital technology. It does slip into a very-blatant CG mode every so often, but since it’s usually through terminals it isn’t so bad. The rest of it is clean, detailed, and easy on the eyes. The music fits with the tone of the movie perfectly, though perhaps it isn’t the best choice for your everyday playlist. The movie explores some complex themes, such as sexuality and gender identity, which come into play because fully cybernetic bodies cannot reproduce.

Ghost in the Shell has heavily influenced movies such as The Matrix and A.I. Artificial Intelligence. There are even some similarities in Avatar. It is usually found in “top anime movies of all time” lists, and sometimes even “top animated movies of all time” lists. The movie is hard-core science fiction with a lot of technology to wrap your head around, which can be difficult for some to get through. It’s worth the watch, however!

FLCL

FLCL

Where to stream it: FUNimation (dubbed or subbed), Hulu (dubbed or subbed)
Director: Kazuya Tsurmaki (Evangelion 1.0, 2.0, and 3.0, Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion)
Animation Production: GAINAX (Gurren Lagann, Neon Genesis Evangelion), Production I.G (Attack on Titan, Kuroko’s Basketball)
AKA: Fooly Cooly or Furi Kuri
Vintage: 2000-2001

Naota is an elementary school student determined to be mature and act like an adult. Then Haruko, an alien woman on a Vespa, runs him over and smashes his head with a bass guitar. Haruko decides his head is “the right sort of head” to make portals that pull robots from the nearby Medical Mechanica plant. She therefore moves into his house, upheaving his life.

This is the most recent of the classic anime in this lesson, and it is only 6 episodes long so it’s quick to get through. It can be a bit of a difficult watch just because it’s so crazy and the story needs to be pieced together like a puzzle. The soundtrack is amazing. A rock band called The Pillows did all the music for the series, and if you can get a hold of the OST, it is a great addition to your playlist. The animation isn’t great – it is wild and rough, and frequently changes style. However, it’s fun, which is what this show is all about, really.

FLCL: the animation constantly changes style.

It doesn’t surprise me to know that one of the key animators for FLCL worked on Kill la Kill as the animation director. The action animation is similar, and many people from GAINAX left to form Studio Trigger (which produced Kill la Kill). I’m willing to bet the rest of the animation staff between both shows is similar despite the studio change.

Most fans remember FLCL fondly, and it has been on American television as recently as 2014. It’s worth a watch even if you’re just interested in seeing where animators from Studio Trigger came from.

Cowboy Bebop

Cowboy Bebop

Where to stream it: FUNimation (dubbed or subbed), Hulu (dubbed or subbed)
Director: Shinichiro Watanabe (Space Dandy, Samurai Champloo, Zankyō no Terror)
Animation Production: Sunrise (Tiger & Bunny, Accel World, Mai-HiME)
Vintage: 1998

Spike Spiegel, Faye Valentine, Edward Wong, and Ein the corgi are  a team of bounty hunters – referred to as “cowboys” – aboard a spaceship called Bebop. The main storyline is about Spike and his rivalry with Vicious over a woman named Julia. However, the show can be considered fairly episodic and explores a large number of topics such as drugs, homosexuality, existential ennui, and loneliness while documenting the misadventures of the crew.

Cowboy Bebop

Many veteran fans will name Cowboy Bebop as their first anime. It did a lot better in the U.S. than it did initially in Japan, perhaps because of the heavy western and pulp fiction influences that many in Japan wouldn’t identify with. It is hard to place a genre on the series because it crosses so many (also including science fiction, comedy, film noir, detective capers, and more). The animation is consistent – not amazing, but decent enough.

Cowboy Bebop is frequently found in top anime lists, and sometimes even in top sci-fi tv show lists.  The music, composed by Yoko Kanno and performed by The Seatbelts, ranges from wild and funky jazz to soulful blues, is often mentioned as a top anime OST.  The series is often noted for its character development and backstory. It has gunfights, space battles, gambling, and hacking. And if you like the TV series Firefly at all, you should especially check out this show.

Akira

Akira

Where to stream it: FUNimation (dubbed or subbed)
Director: Katsuhiro Otomo (also the creator of the Akira manga)
Animation Production: Tokyo Movie Shinsha (various Lupin III and Detective Conan movies, among others)
Vintage: 1988
Rating: R (language, gore, nudity)

Akira takes place in a post-WWIII, dystopian, cyberpunk Tokyo. It follows Tetsuo, a member of a gang led by his best friend, Kaneda. During a motorcycle chase with a rival gang, Tetsuo almost hits an esper released from a government laboratory by a guerrilla revolutionary group. When Tetsuo is taken into custody, it is found that he has psychic powers similar to those of Akira, the esper who destroyed Tokyo. Tetsuo is to be killed if his abilities go out of control.

Akira

Everything about this movie holds up today (except maybe the year in which it takes place, which is 2019). The story is gripping. The animation is fantastic and detailed. Not just backgrounds, either – character movement was meticulously animated. The music is unique and beautiful, and sometimes haunting. You will never see another movie like this one. I remember watching it as a teenager (my third anime, after Sailor Moon and Ranma 1/2) and being enthralled.

Akira consistently makes it into top science fiction movies lists, and if you ever see a top anime movie list that doesn’t have it listed, that source is bad and you might want to consider ditching it. It continues to influence works even today – one recent example is the movie Looper. It is also continuously referenced and spoofed (go ahead and watch the South Park episode about Cartman’s Trapper Keeper).

In short, if you are at all serious about watching influential classic anime, you need to watch Akira.

Honorable Mentions

Neon Genesis Evangelion: Unfortunately, this is not available to stream online at this time. But everyone knows about it, and many anime series spoof or reference it in some way, even in newer shows. If someone you know can lend you the original TV series, I highly recommend you take the plunge.

Ninja Scroll: I decided this was too graphically gross for a recommendation to new fans, but veteran fans do generally know about it. You can find it on Hulu (along with the worst synopsis ever) if you’re into gore and questionable sexual content.

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‘Game of Thrones’ Casts Legendary Max Von Sydow

“Entertainment Weekly” is reporting that Game of Thrones has just cast another big name veteran actor. Max Von Sydow has signed on to join the cast for season 6 that is already in production. The legendary actor, who rose to fame for his role in The Exorcist, is also set to be in Star Wars: The Force Awakens this fall.

Max Von Sydow will reportedly play the Three-Eyed Raven, the mystical tutor of Bran Stark, who was briefly seen in the season 4 finale.

What do you think of this casting?

Max Von Sydow

 

 

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‘X-Men Apocalypse’ See 1983 Storm In Action

X-Men: Apocalypse director Bryan Singer continues to teases his with Instagram photos while filming. The latest photo shows Alexandra Shipp (Storm) looking over Cairo in 1983. Singer is using Simulcam to watch the effects blend with the actors in realtime. This process was invented for Avatar.

Ancient mutant Apocalypse is unearthed after 5,000 years and recruits his four horsemen; Magneto (Michael Fassbender), Psylocke (Olivia Munn), Storm (Alexandra Shipp) and Angel (Ben Hardy). The Four Horsemen of Apocalypse try to reboot the world through destruction.

X-Men: Apocalypse is directed by Bryan Singer and stars Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy and Nicholas Hoult, Oscar Isaac (Apocalypse), Sophie Turner (Jean Grey), Tye Sheridan (Cyclops), Alexandra Shipp (Storm), Lana Condor (Jubilee), Olivia Munn, and Kodi Smit-McPhee.

The film is set in 1980s and we will see younger versions of previously-seen characters.

X-Men: Apocalypse opens in theaters on May 27, 2016.

#Storm watches over #1983 #Cairo via the magic of real time #simulcam @alexandrashipppp

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Watch out for ‘Freeheld’

Listen, I hate to be doing this so early, but you would have to say that Peter Sollett’s Freeheld can’t help but trigger Oscar discussions. As early as last October, I was on the airwaves in Dallas boldly proclaiming that Julianne Moore was going to take home the Oscar for Still Alice and if she hadn’t won last year she would almost be a lock to win this year. It will take a massive upset for her not to be nominated for Freeheld. If ever a movie was timely, and we all know how the Academy loves timely films, then this it.

Freeheld is based on a documentary that already has won an Oscar. It reveals the story of Laurel Hester, a New York cop diagnosed with lung cancer, who was trying to pass on her pension benefits to her female partner. Moore plays the lead role of Hester and Page is the younger woman who is facing an uncertain future. So Moore is dealing with a terminal illness, but she is also dealing a very timely cause in a film based on true events. I can actually see the Academy voters doing a happy dance in an anticipation of this picture. Just check out the trailer!

No, I’m not sobbing. I just have really bad allergies. I need to have a second. AGH! Okay!? I think that it’s safe to say that Freeheld will be a major factor during the awards season. I think it will be tough for Julianne Moore to win once again this year because the last time that was done was by Katherine Hepburn in 1967/68.

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Review: “X-Men: Days of Future Past” (Disappointing is the word I’m looking for.)

The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-Men: Days of Future Past. The characters from the original X-Men film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from X-Men: First Class in an epic battle that must change the past – to save our future. The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants.

This article first appeared on News Talk Florida.

Let’s put Wolverine in X-Men: Days of Future Past and then  get rid of all the witty banter of X-Men: First Class and not spend any money on makeup and special effects. What could have been an epic film turned out to be a snoozefest. There have been several great time travel films, Terminator is the first come to mind. Yet, X-Men: Days of Future Past fails to take the leap for greatness. Director Bryan Singer had a solid plot to work with but didn’t add the small details to make it a special film. Then there is Beast, the makeup department will get no awards for his look.

The best part of the film was the 20-minutes with Quicksliver played by Evan Peters. For a brief moment the fun was put back in the film. Then Professor X, Beast and Wolverine get a plane and leave Quicksliver in Washington D.C. Peters deserved a bigger part.

X-Men: Days of Future Past

The biggest problem with X-Men: Days of Future Past is you know they’re going to win. That takes all the “sense of urgency” out of the film. Also, very early in the film when explaining time travel the film also trivializes death. So, even when Colossus and Iceman get ripped apart the audience isn’t shocked and or impressed.

Comic book nerds finally get their vengeance, this time travel film erases all memory of X-Men: The Last Stand (2006). Brett Ratner made a very bad film and it took almost two and half hours to fix his hot-mess. What X-Men: Days of Future Past does well is position the X-Men film to expand the universe and hopefully telling better stories.

Story: 8/10 • Cinematography: 7/10 • Acting: 8/10 • Overall 7.7/10 mutants

Free Comic Book Day Adventures In Florida

Free Comic Book Day in Florida is quite different from my experiences in Chicago. There are no decent stores in St. Petersburg, FL where I live so I traveled to north Tampa to Heroes Haven for my first stop on my FCBD tour.

At 9:45 in the morning there were about 400 people lined up to get into Heroes Haven at 10am. I was all the way at the back of the line. The wait was worth it as the store had a packed lineup of creators, well-known and up and coming, like Marvel Comics’ Mike Perkins and freelancer Jamie Jones.

My goal was to check out as many stores as possible Saturday but after meeting Heroes Haven’s marketing director Ivan, I end up talking about the industry and spent most of my day there. Around 2:30pm I took a 30-minute drive to Coliseum of Comics in New Tampa. They have several locations in Central Florida and this was their grand opening. Not going to lie, it was rather boring. There were three people in costume hiding in the back of the shop. After that I hopped in the car for 60-minute drive to New Port Richey’s Yancy Street Comics. They also had a huge lineup of creators headlined by Greg Land. This store was inside a mall which gave it a sterile feel. At Yancy I did run into a Chicago guy and a great artist in Angel Medina. He’s worked on Spider-Man and Spawn, his style is very Todd McFarlane.

Through all my travels it was a good day, saw some friends, met some new creators and got some free comic books.

Review: ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2’

Amazing Spider-Man 2 makes grown men remember why they love the character.

This article first apeared in the Pop Culture section of News Talk Florida.

AMS2 is in theaters now, and could possibly be the best big budget comic book film to date. Yes, The Dark Knight is The Godfather of comic book films, but unlike Batman, Spider-Man inspires people and that’s exactly what AMS2 does. Director Marc Webb takes some core source material from the comics and does his best to make the film flow smoothly and respect the material at the same time.

The special and visual effects crew list below deserve 90% of the credit for why this AMS2 works. They recreated so many iconic scenes from the illustrated version of Spider-Man that to a common person, seems impossible to turn into a live action film. Not to mention, the perfected visual form of Spider-Man is balanced out by the witty delivery of Andrew Garfield.

The scene from AMS2 that encompasses everything that Spider-Man is, happens in the first encounter with Electro, played by Jamie Foxx. Your friendly neighborhood web-slinger dons a fire fighter helmet and hoses down Electro. The interaction with the fire fighters is priceless. The film’s attention to detail on all the little things that make Peter Parker and Spider-Man is what makes ASM2 the best Spider-Man film ever.

Emma Stone is solid as Gwen Stacey and for most comic book fans, this is the first time we get to see the emotional bond between Peter and Gwen. Jamie Foxx has a difficult time playing the nerdy Max Dillon but he owns Electro in the final battle. Dane DeHaan lucks out with a pleasant, non-forced reunion of Peter and Harry Osborn, but Harry’s transformation from good to evil does feel rushed. With all the characters running in and out of the film there was disappointment that Flash Thompson did not make a brief cameo.

Story: 8/10 • Cinematography: 10/10 • Acting: 8/10 • Overall 9/10 web-heads.

Special Effects by
H. Barclay Aaris … special effects technician
Cris Alex … finishing: Iron Head Studios
Roland Blancaflor … special effects technician: specialty costumes
Lindsay Boffoli … special effects
Brian Clawson … finishing: Iron Head Studios
Joe Digaetano … special effects coordinator: second unit
Randy Fitzgerald … second unit coordinator / special effects foreman
Eric Frazier … special effects foreman
John Frazier … special effects supervisor
Will Furneaux … 3d modeller: Weta Workshop
Bruce D. Hayes … special effects foreman
Brent Heyning … effects engineering: Electro’s Costume
Pete Kelley … special effects technician: Ironhead Studio
John Kelso … special effects
James S. Little … senior effects technical director: Sony Pictures Imageworks
Joaquin Loyzaga … special effects technician: weta workshop
Ken Mieding … special effects assistant
Tim Phoenix … special effects
Jamie Rencen … special effects technician: weta workshop
Saphir Vendroux … matte paintings: MPC

Visual Effects by
Beverly Abbott … visual effects data coordinator
Aileen Acayan … stereoscopic compositor: Legend 3D
Rohit Agarwal … digital artist
Matt Akey … executive producer: Legend 3D
Troy Alexiadis … stereo artist: Legend 3 D
Maria Asim Ali … stereoscopic compositor: visual effects
Michael Alkan … senior technical director and look development
Ryan Andersen … visual effects editorial coordinator: Shade vfx
Valeria Andino … stereo conversion producer
Pat Antonelli … data wrangler
Kamran Arian … senior stereo compositor: Legend 3 D
Arsen Arzumanyan … previs artist
Neil Atkins … senior cloth/hair technical director: SPI
Priya Ayengar … lead stereoscopic paint: Prime Focus
Thai Bach … lighting and compositing artist
Richard Baker … stereo supervisor
Carlo Balassu … digital matte painter
Patrick Ballin … visual effects editor: SPI
Anthony Barcelo … senior compositor: MPC
Suzette Barnett … compositor
Tricia Barrett … digital compositor
Hernan Barros … stereo compositor
Peter Bartfay … stereo generalist
Geeta Basantani … senior compositor: Sony Imageworks
Lynn Basas … senior technical director: lighting: SPI
Gavin Baxter … maya fx dev lead
D.J. Becerral … stereo compositor: Legend3D
Ashley Beck … visual effects supervisor: Nerve
Paula Bell … roto prep supervisor
Richard A.M. Bell … senior technical director: lighting: Sony Pictures Imageworks
Jeff Benjamin … effects technical director
Prabir Bera … lead stereoscopic compositor
Andres Berkstein … fx td
Theodore Bialek … senior cg supervisor
Kunal Biswas … stereoscopic compositor: Prime Focus World
Brian Blasiak … senior lighting and compositing technical director
Michelle Blok … previs lead: The Third Floor
Lucian Boicu … compositor
Luke Botteron … vfx editor: mpc
Nathan Boyd … texture painter
Amelia Braekke-Dyer … stereoscopic conversion artist
Ian Brauner … previz animator
Dan Breckwoldt … lead compositor: MPC
Andrew Brittain … senior stereo artist
Steven Browning … cg modeler
Tom Bruno Jr. … senior layout artist: SPI
John Bunt … stereo artist
Thomas Calandrillo … louma crane operator: model unit
Sean Callahan … lead stereo artist: Legend 3D
Sarah Canale … stereo compositor: Legend 3D
Pete Capelluto … senior visual effects pipeline technical director
Francesco Capone … stereo technical director
Curtis Carlson … digital compositor: Sony Pictures Imageworks
Dan Carpenter … stereo compositor: Legend 3D
Taide Carpenter … associate production manager
Lashay Carr … production assistant: SPI
Owen Cartagena … stereo compositor: Legend 3D
Charles-Felix Chabert … effects animation lead
Nardeep Chander … effects technical director: SPI
Chandrasekhar … digital artist
Kee Chang … character pipeline technical director
Vikki Chapman … stereo production coordinator: prime focus film
John Abraham Chempil … visual effects artist
Jason Chen … on-set data wrangler
Jerome Chen … visual effects supervisor
Tiffany Cheung … stereoscopic compositor: Legend 3D
Tiffany Cheung … stereoscopic compositor: Legend 3D
Kristy Chrobak … stereo production coordinator
Benjamin Cinelli … senior character animator
Suzanne Cipolletti … post-visualization artist: The Third Floor Inc
Alex Clarke … environment lead: Moving Picture Company, Vancouver
John Clinton … visual effects producer
Seth Cobb … post vis artist
Miodrag Colombo … senior compositor (Sony Pictures Imageworks)
Stephanie Cooper … stereoscopic compositor
Bertrand Cordier … senior lighting TD: SPI
Tyler Cordova … visual effects coordinator
Dan Cortez … visual effects coordinator
Thomas Cosolito … senior production services technician
Jadrien Cousens … digital matte artist: MPC
Stuart Cripps … compositing lead & look development
Ryan Cummins … stereo compositor: Legend 3D
Andrew Cunningham … digital matte painter: The Moving Picture Company, Vancouver
Will Cunningham … crowd simulation consultant
Lisa Curtis … senior production services technician
Ryan Cushman … pipeline technical director
Anthony D’Agostino … digital compositor: The Moving Picture Company
Jayson Davis … stereo compositor: Legend 3D
Matthew DeJohn … stereo vfx supervisor: Legend 3D
Stanley A. Dellimore … global head of layout: MPC
Sarah Delucchi … post-visualization artist
Nigel Denton-Howes … sequence supervisor: Sony Pictures Imageworks
Julien Depredurand … senior technical director: Sony Pictures Imageworks
Christopher DeVito … previs artist
Mike Diltz … compositor: Sony Pictures Imageworks
Pete Dionne … DFX supervisor: MPC
Linda Drake … visual effects editor
Tom Duckett … stereo conversion artist – prime focus
Margaux Durand-Rival … previs artist: The Third Floor
Scott Eade … head of layout: MPC Vancouver
Noel Eaton … lead production services technician
Matthew Eberle … visual effects data wrangler
James Eggleston … senior stereo compositor
Brandon Endy … data wrangler
Joe Engelke … digital compositor
Scott Englert … software engineer
Derek Esparza … senior character animator
Edwin Fabros … texture painter
Lawrence Fagan … spydercam flight control
Andrew Farris … compositor: Legend 3D
Dan Feinstein … digital compositor: Sony Imageworks
Juan Carlos Ferrá … stereo compositor
John Fielding … postvis artist
Brian Fisher … lead compositor
Marilyne Fleury … lead matte painter: MPC
Kristy Lynn Fortier … associate production manager
Max Frankston … VTR effects: action unit
Simon Fraser … stereoscopic production coordinator
Josh Fritchie … visual effects coordinator
Shu Fujita … visual effects coordinator
Martin Furness … senior simulation technical director: Sony Pictures Imageworks
Robin Garcia … visual effects coordinator
James Gardiner … stereoscopic compositing td: prime pocus
Jesus Garrido … digital compositor: MPC
Alec Geldart … matte painter
Kevin George … environment artist: MPC
Adam Ghering … compositing supervisor: Legend3D
Pooya Ghobadpour … visual effects artist
Bryan Godwin … visual effects supervisor: Shade VFX
Michael Gomes … technical animator
Claudio Gonzalez … cloth technical director
Erik Gonzalez … Lighting/compositing TD: SPI
Hanna Goodman … stereoscopic compositor
Marcus Goodwin … lighting department manager: MPC
Dylan Gottlieb … senior lighting and compositing technical director: SPI
Dhruv Govil … layout and pipeline
Oded Granot … digital compositor: Sony Pictures Imageworks
Luke Gray … technical director
Pasquale Anthony Greco … lead data wrangler
Rhonda C. Gunner … visual effects producer
John Haley … senior cg supervisor: SPI
Rose Hancock … previs production coordinator
Pascal Hang … previz character technical director
Patrick Harboun … modeling and texturing lead
Ben Harrison … assistant production manager: stereo conversion
T.C. Harrison … digital compositor: Sony Pictures Imageworks
Joseph Hayden … lighting & compositing technical director
Jason Hayes … stereoscopic compositor
Luke Heathcock … lighting artist: SPI
Chris Hebert … visual effects photographer
Benjamin Hendricks … stereographic supervisor: SPI
Mark Herman … visual effects editor
Suzanne Hillner … data wrangler
David Hipp … visual effects artist
Andrew Hofman … digital effects artist
Kim Hong Kyoung … stereoscopic painter: digital painter
David Horsley … effects animation / visual effects artist
Yuka Hosomi … compositor
Jeffrey John Howard … visual effects coordinator
Amanda Hui … visual effects coordinator
Chris Hung … lead lighting artist
Danny Huynh … stereo artist: Legend 3D
Amanda Hyland … stereo artist: Legend 3D
Albena Ivanova … stereoscopic compositor
Jason Ivimey … previs shot creator: The Third Floor Inc
Francesc Izquierdo … lead crowd technical director
Laura Jackloski … production coordinator
Phillip James … stereoscopic depth artist: Legend 3d
Quan Jiang … senior stereo compositor: Legend 3D
Michael Jimenez … stereo compositor: Legend 3D
Jake Jones … stereo compositor: Legend 3D
Dinesh K. Bishnoi … matchmove artist: The Moving Picture Company
Kareem K.H. … digital fx
Veronica Kablan … visual effects coordinator
Joey Kadin … resource specialist / systems administrator
Georg Kaltenbrunner … fx td: Sony Pictures Imageworks
Alihusen Kapadia … effects artist
Ranajoy Kar … lead digital artist: MPC
Henrik Karlsson … senior technical director: Sony Pictures Imageworks
Manickam Kathirvel … machmove artist
Tadaomi Kawasaki … Senior Digital Matte Painter: MPC
Miku Kayama … senior lighting and compositing artist
Chris Kazmier … senior effects technical director
Mark Keetch … modeller
Stéphane Keller … matte painter: mpc
Harimander Singh Khalsa … compositing supervisor: Shade VFX
Louis Kim … senior compositor (Sony Pictures Imageworks)
Marvin Kim … modeling supervisor
Seunghyuk Kim … senior effects technical director: Sony Pictures Imageworks
Taeyoung Kim … lighting technical director: MPC
Andrea Kistler … stereo conversion coordinator
Ranjith Kizakkey … matchmove and rotomation supervisor
Brian Kloc … lighting artist
Jamal Knight … digital compositor: Sony Pictures Imageworks
Alana Kochno … stereoscopic compositor
Rohit Korgaonkar … stereoscopic compositor
Anthony Kramer … compositing lead: Sony Imageworks
John Kreidman … digital producer: Sony Pictures Imageworks
Ross Krothe … senior look and lighting technical director
Sujay Kumar G. … matchmove artist: MPC
Ashwin Kumar … rotoscoping artist
Praveen Kumar … digital artist
Puneeth Kunnatha … stereoscopic paint artist
Aaron Kupferman … senior compositor: SPI
Amit George Kuruvilla … senior effects technical director: Sony Pictures Imageworks
Wing Kwok … digital compositor: SPI
Davide La Sala … senior character td
Charles Lai … digital compositor
Alison Lake … digital artist
Billy-Vu Lam … character animator
Pat Lun Lam … senior lighting technical director: Imageworks
Ganesh Lamkhade … digital artist
Annie-Claude Lapierre … visual effects coordinator
Kurt Lawson … digital compositor: Sony Pictures Imageworks
Cory Lee … lead digital compositor: Pixel Playground
Don Lee … visual effects supervisor: Pixel Playground
Jooyong Lee … senior compositor: MPC
Kim Lee … visual effects producer: Pixel Playground
Shun Sing Edward Lee … senior lighting technical director
Stephanie C. Lee … associate production manager
Suki Lee … digital matte painter
Pier Lefebvre … concept artist: MPC
Taylor Lenton … lighting td
Samuel Leung … lighting technical director: MPC
Letia Lewis … rough layout artist
Claudia Li … visual effects coordinator: MPC
Dominique Libungan … production assistant: Legend3D
Fernando Lie … stereoscopic paint artist: prime focus
Alexander Limpin … stereo compositor: Legend 3D
Kimberley Liptrap … senior lighting technical director: Imageworks
Bryan Litson … lighting lead
Marc Llorin … senior stereo artist
Troy Lochner … visual effects data coordinator
Jason Lodas … stereo artist: Legend 3D
Gary L. Lopez … stereo compositor
Justin Louis … visual effects
Melanie Lowe … environment technical director: Moving Picture Company Vancouver
Viktor Lundqvist … effects technical director: SPI
Angela Magrath … techanim head of department
Suraj Makhija … digital artist: MPC
Supreeti Mann … stereoscopic paint artist: prime focus
Mitchell Marciales … visual effects artist
Tyler Marino … stereo artist: Legend 3D
Sam Marks … visual effects coordinator
Dexter Matias … stereo artist: Legend3D
Sean W. Matthews … visual effects assistant
Christopher Lucas Maw … stereoscopic compositor
Brooke McGowan … stereo compositor
Raymond McLendon … senior production services technician
Gregory L. McMurry … visual effects supervisor
Kiran Medhekar … stereo depth compositor
Jesse Meler … stereo compositor: Legend 3D
Chris Messineo … visual effects
Brandon A. Miles … stereoscopic conversion
James Michael Miller … assistant production manager / visual effects coordinator
Alejandro Miranda Palombo … digital compositor
Jambunatha Mn … matchmove artist: The Moving Picture Company
Farhad Mohasseb … compositor
Jonathan Molcan … stereoscopic paint artist: prime focus
Alberto Montañés … digital compositor: Sony Imageworks
Sarah Moore … lighting & compositing: SPI
William Moore … interactive lighting designer
Frank Mueller … character setup lead
Michael Muir … digital artist
Thierry Muller … digital compositor
Frances Muthaiah … matchmove artist
Dileep Nadesan … digital effects
Hee-Chel Nam … digital texture artist: SPI
Hiroaki Narita … effects technical director
Salima Needham … digital compositor
Brian Neil … stereo compositor: Legend 3D
Avadhut Nerurkar … render wrangler/render support
Jarrod Nesbit … digital production manager
Adele Ng … visual effects lighter
Vinh Nguyen … digital compositor
Stephen Nixon … effects department manager: MPC
James P. Noon … tracking
Erik Nordby … visual effects supervisor: MPC
Barry O’Brien … stereoscopic supervisor
Meghan O’Brien … visual effects coordinator
Doug Oddy … visual effects producer (MPC)
Chris Olsen … pre-visualization artist
Hayri Safak Oner … software engineer
Kurian Os … pipeline technical director
Siegfried Ostertag … senior visual effects technical director: Sony Pictures Imageworks
Molly Pabian … digital production manager: Shade VFX
Gurpreet Singh Pannu … matchmove lead: MPC
Puja Parikh … head of department matchmove: MPC
Stephane Paris … CG supervisor: MPC
Taehyun Park … modeler
Ian Parra … digital compositor
Saurabh Patel … senior matchmove artist
Jason Pauls … stereoscopic production coordinator
Joseph Pepper … fx supervisor: Sony Pictures Imageworks
Angelica Perez … digital compositor
Eddie Perez … compositor
Scott C. Peterson … stereoscopic department manager: Legend3D
Sandy Phetchamphone … lead stereo artist: Legend 3 D
Brittany Piacente … stereo artist: Legend 3 D
Mairin Platt … animation coordinator
Stephanie Pocklington … digital modeler
Andrew Poole … visual effects production manager
Chris Preston-Barnes … stereo conversion coordinator
Dale Pretorius … environment technical director
Eren Ramadan … assets coordinator: MPC
Vinoth Ramalingam … matchmove artist
Sandesh Ramdev … digital compositor
Austin Ramsey … stereoscopic compositor: Legend 3D
Jason Ramsey … visual effects assistant
Ryan Ramsey … stereo compositor: Legend 3 D
Ambrish Rangan … senior matchmove artist: MPC
Thomas Ravi … visual effects artist
J. Robert Ray … software development
Robert Reategui … stereo compositor
John Rhoads … senior production services technician
Sam Rickles … visual effects artist
John Riddle … technical director: Shade VFX
Frank Ritlop … lighting technical director
Terrence Robertson-Fall … senior character technical director: SPI
Samantha Rocca … senior visual effects coordinator
Taylor W. Rockwell … senior visual effects coordinator
Rebecca Rose … previsualisation artist
Toby Rosen … effects animation technical director
Alejandro Rubio … stereo compositor: Legend 3D
Jason Ruitenbach … digital restoration
Katya Ruslanova … compositor: Sony Imageworks (as Ruslanova Katya)
Johnathan Sagris … stereoscopic paint artist
Matthew Sakata … stereo coordinator
Sean Samuels … digital artist
V. Samundeswari … Lead Roto/Prep: Moving Picture Company
Theodore M. Sandifer … compositor artist
Richard Sandoval … lighting & compositing: SPI
David Schaub … animation supervisor
Jacopo Sebastiani … previs artist: The Third Floor
Swati Shamsundar Malu … matchmove artist: The Moving Picture Company
Jeff Shapiro … visual effects accountant
Cameron Shepler … visual effects artist
Rick Shine … visual effects
Swain Shiv … visual effects artist
Mads Simonsen … previs artist: The Third Floor Inc.
Brian Smallwood … senior compositor: SPI
David A. Smith … digital effects supervisor
Jason Patrick Smith … previsualization supervisor (as Patrick Smith)
Ryan T. Smolarek … senior digital compositor: SPI
Sharmishtha Sohoni … senior ligthing and compositing technical director
Janani Sridhar … stereoscopic paint artist
Jason Stellwag … cloth & hair technical director: SPI
Jeff Stern … lookdev and lighting artist
Orde Stevanoski … compositing pipeline lead
Aaron Strasbourg … stereoscopic paint artist: Prime Focus
Joe Strasser … look development and lighting lead: SPI
Frederick George Stuhrberg … 3d scanning
Russ Sueyoshi … senior lighting and compositing technical director
Prapanch Swamy … senior technical director: lighting: Sony Pictures Imageworks
Albert Szostkiewicz … senior effects technical director: Sony Pictures Imageworks
Kaz Tanaka … color scientist
Ronen Tanchum … senior effects technical director
Taisuke Tanimura … senior software engineer
Marcus Taormina … digital production manager
Martin Tardif … senior lighting technical director: Sony Pictures Imageworks
Sunny Thipsidakhom … stereo artist: Legend 3D
Cameron Thomas … compositor: Sony Pictures Imageworks
Brian Thomason … stereo compositor: Legend 3D
Neil Thompsett … paint team lead
Will Towle … digital compositor
Ted Trabucco … lead stereo artist: Legend 3D
Jean Tsai … production services technician
Chris W. Tucker … stereo production coordinator
Marco Tudini … visual effects artist
Ryan Tulloch … lighting technical director: Sony Pictures Imageworks
Cosku Turhan … senior look development/lighting lead
Andrew Turner … visual effects coordinator
Simon Twine … compositor
Max Tyrie … animation lead
Mauricio Valderrama … compositor
Jelle Van de Weghe … previsualization artist
Leigh van der Byl … texture painter: The Moving Picture Company
David Van Dyke … visual effects executive producer: Shade VFX
Pieter Van Houte … senior compositor
Olivier Van Zeveren … digital artist
Mohit Varde … stereo compositor/elements QC artist
Amy Vatanakul … pre-visualization artist
Sreejith Venugopalan … compositor: MPC
Chris Waegner … CG supervisor
John B. Wallace … texture painter
Ryan Walton … previsualization artist
Jay Warren … visual effects producer: Colorworks
Bob Wiatr … senior digital compositor: SPI
Shane Christopher Wicklund … digital compositor: The Moving Picture Company
Wade Wilson … lead creature effects technical director: MPC
Jann Wimmer … digital resource manager
Sam Winkler … visual effects artist
Robert Winter … CG supervisor
Eddy Wolfson … stereo compositor
Megan Wong … visual effects coordinator: MPC
Gavin Wright … previs supervisor
Tyquane Wright … lighting and compositing: SPI
Elbert Yen … texture paint supervisor: SPI
Daniel Zamora … previs artist
Alyssa Zarate … digital matte painter: The Moving Picture Company
Joffrey Zeitouni … previsualization artist
David Zeng … visual effects artist
Yi Zhao … color & lighting technical director
Marteinn Örn Óskarsson … pipeline technical director
Nicolás Casanova … digital compositor: Legend 3D (uncredited)
Jonathan Harden … software developer (uncredited)
Anish Holla … senior production coordinator (uncredited)
Julie Liu … environment coordinator (uncredited)
Andrea Lackey Pace … executive director of production services and resources (uncredited)
Jeremie Passerin … rigger: Blur Studio (uncredited)
Lesley Rooney … texture artist (uncredited)
Daniel Tiesling … development specialist (uncredited)
Chris Tost … animator: SPI (uncredited)

Source: IMDB, just in case I missed anyone.

News Talk Florida Questions Amazing Spider-Man #1

Peter Parker is Peter Parker again, and Amazing Spider-Man #1 hits your local comic book store one-day before Amazing Spider-Man 2 launches in theaters. Everyone should rejoice because everything is back to normal…. right? That’s a big huge wrong! On page two Dan Slott embarks down another giant wormhole by re-writing the origin of Spider-Man. Allegedly another person was bitten by the radioactive spider as well! And guess what? It’s a female character, how conventionally original. Welcome back to the 90’s the land of frighteningly bad written comics and 101 symbiotes.

This review is from the Pop Culture section of News Talk Florida.

As far as judgement by a single issue, Slott does a good job recapping the Doc Ock chaos that is now Parker’s life. The jokes and free spirit are back, which are core character traits of Spider-Man and anyone that has read Amazing Spider-Man knows it’s just a matter of time before it all comes crashing down. There was a nod to Amazing Spider-Man 2 with a quick reference to Electro, he was without his traditional mask and blue.

Humberto Ramos is where he should be drawing Spider-Man even if Parker destroys his red and blue costume and ends up running around in web underwear for most of the issue. Ramos’s style works well conveying Slott’s jokes and action. The detail and emotions in a character’s face is what puts Ramos in the upper echelon of artists.

It’s mind-boggling the need to rewrite the past in comic books. Superior Spider-Man for all its faults was an attempt to create a new future. Marvel and DC need to do more of this and less of rebooting the past.

Story: 7.5/10 • Artwork: 8.5/10 • Overall 8/10

Review: ‘Southern Bastards’ #1

Aaron And Latour Knock ‘Southern Bastards’ #1 Out Of The Park

If you’re looking for a replacement for ‘True Detective’ stop what you’re doing and pick up ‘Southern Bastards.’

This review is from the Pop Culture section of News Talk Florida.

Jason Aaron does what all great writers do, create awesome gritty characters. In one issue Aaron brings to life Earl Tubbs and sets Tubbs up for an epic battle against Craw County, Alabama. Old Bruce Willis, Clint Eastwood and Charlton Heston have nothing on Tubbs.

Jason Latour brings the book to life but what works best for Latour is his color palette choices to convey action and emotion. The colors used for day, night and flashbacks work perfectly. Latour succeeds as a creator because Tubbs looks original. You can tell that one of Latour’s influences in Frank Miller from body styles to action scenes.

The book does have a certain Dark Knight Returns feel in story as well. What separates Aaron from Miller is Southern Bastards is written from personal history. Aaron and Latour take the reader on an emotional action-packed journey and their letters at the end of the first issue really drive home why this book will succeed.

Story: 9/10 • Artwork: 9/10 • Overall 9/10

Comic Creators Vs Hollywood

As Hollywood continues to create box office gold out of comic book characters, the creators seem to be left in the cold. Bob Kane created Batman 75 years ago but Christopher Nolan and Warner Bros. are the names associated with the common fan. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is dominating the box office but does anyone know who Joe Simon and Jack Kirby are? Simon and Kirby created Captain America in March of 1941.

Warner Bros., DC Comics and previous copyrights holders have been in legal battles with the creators of Superman Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster and their estates since 1947.

Comic book creator and industry veteran Jimmy Palmiotti voiced his opinion on the subject to small crowd at a discussion panel at the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, Florida last week.

“Hollywood has a disconnect between the people that create the material,” Palmiotti said.

Palmiotti then described what happened to the film “Jonah Hex” and how the film was just an amalgam of the original character.

“Captain America is a fine example. If you notice halfway down the credits, after the guys who park the cars, if you look in a small type face it says Captain America created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby. Those are the guys that created captain America from scratch,” Palmiotti said.

For most comic book creators they understand the history and of the industry and hold the founding fathers like Kane, Siegel, Shuster, Simon and Kirby in high regard.

“This is the disconnect that happens and why the face comics is changing right now,” Palmiotti said.

Palmiotti, who by then had taken over the discussion panel ended his train of thought on a positive note.

“These are the voices of the artists. For first time in a while we are able to own the characters that we work on, This is really an exciting time,” Palmiotti conclude.

News Talk Florida Interview: Tim Seeley Gives More Details On ‘Grayson’

GRAyson #1 2014 BatmanLast week in USA Today, DC Comics announced a new series ‘Grayson’ coming out of the aftermath of ‘Forever Evil.’

‘Grayson’ finds Nightwing, Dick Grayson embarking on a new life as an undercover agent. DC Comics has put together an interesting creative team with writers Tim Seeley (Revival, Hack/Slash, Witchblade, Batman: Eternal) and Tom King, former CIA operation officer in the Counterterrorism Center, with art by Mikel Janin.

Grayson’s secret identity was exposed in Nightwing #29 and as a result DC Comics has taken the character in a bold new direction.

News Talk Florida was able to get more details on ‘Grayson’ from the series writer Tim Seeley.

NTF – What about writing ‘Grayson’ are you most excited about?
Seeley – “It’s what I’m excited AND terrified about…the fact that Dick Grayson has such a long and storied history in superhero comics. He’s a household name. And, he’s one of the best characters ever created in superhero comics…the first real sidekick with an identity all his own!”

NTF – Is there anything that scares you about taking the character (Dick Grayson) in this new direction?
Seeley – “Yeah. Most everything. Because, by definition it relies on the personality and character of Dick over a costume. It’s up to me, Tom, Mikel and the rest of the team to convince readers that the man is more important than the suit and the genre.”

NTF – You talked about creating Grayson’s “Joker or Lex Luthor” – Is this an established character or someone new? What emotion would encompass this new nemesis?
Seeley – “It’s a new character. We realized he had to be someone who defined an aspect of Dick Grayson…a perfect foil in the way that Joker is the Chaos to Batman’s order. He has to be the mistrust to Dick’s faith.”

NTF – In the USA Today article there is mention of ‘Breaking Bad and ‘The Americans’ – Will ‘Grayson’ be a darker character/book than before and if so how?
Seeley – “I don’t think it’s darker, per se…at least not in the way people tend to think of darker. There’s not more gore or murder or whatever. In that way it’s almost lighter actually. But, I think it’s a bit more darker in its thematic issues, and its treatment of authority and trust.”

The finale issue of Nightwing comes out on May 28th and GRAYSON #1 hits your local comic book store on July 2nd.

Review: AMC’s The Walking Dead “Internment”

Pop Culture Recess: AMC’s The Walking Dead: S04E05 “Internment”
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The fourth season of AMC’s Walking Dead takes shape after Sunday night’s episode “Internment.” The Pop Culture Recess duo of Matthew Sardo and Gerardo Gonzalez look to the future of the season and how the return of the Governor will affect those left standing.

Why you should listen: We put our two cents in on the best way to get killed off on the Walking Dead.

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#PopCultureRecess podcast – ‘Thor: The Dark World’ after-credits scenes explained

Pop Culture Recess: ‘Thor: The Dark World’

‘Thor: The Dark World’ is out and the Pop Culture Recess duo of Matthew Sardo and Gerardo Gonzalez argue about the use of magic in the film.

Why you should listen: We explain the ‘Thor: The Dark World’ after-credits scenes, or do our best not to laugh at our nerdness.

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Kill Me Three Times
A blackmail and revenge thriller tale involving a young singer (Alice Braga), a mercurial assassin (Simon Pegg), a gambling addict (Sullivan Stapleton), and a small town Lady Macbeth (Teresa Palmer).

Luke Hemsworth, Bryan Brown and Callan Mulvey also star in the film which is currently shooting in Australia.

Source: Garth Franklin, Dark Horizons

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Reaction To Marvel Netflix Deal

Pop Culture Recess: Reaction To Marvel Netflix Deal

Marvel Television and Netflix announced their partnership Thursday morning and the Pop Culture Recess duo of Matthew Sardo and Gerardo Gonzalez discuss the possibilities.

Why you should listen: Nerds around the world rejoice at the hope and excitement of a “Daredevil,” “Jessica Jones,” “Iron Fist” and “Luke Cage” television series. Which will all culminate in Marvel’s mini-series event “The Defenders” which reimagines a dream team of self-sacrificing, heroic characters around New York’s Hell’s Kitchen.

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New Robocop Trailer Demands That You Stop Being So Robophobic

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Disney’s Marvel and Netflix Join Forces to Develop Historic Four Series Epic plus a Mini-Series Event Based on Renowned Marvel Characters

Landmark Deal Brings Marvel’s Flawed Heroes of Hell’s Kitchen, led by “Daredevil,” to the World’s Leading Internet TV Network in 2015

Burbank, Calif. – Nov 7, 2013—The Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS) and Netflix Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) today announced an unprecedented deal for Marvel TV to bring multiple original series of live-action adventures of four of Marvel’s most popular characters exclusively to the world’s leading Internet TV Network beginning in 2015. This pioneering agreement calls for Marvel to develop four serialized programs leading to a mini-series programming event.

Led by a series focused on “Daredevil,” followed by “Jessica Jones,” “Iron Fist” and “Luke Cage,” the epic will unfold over multiple years of original programming, taking Netflix members deep into the gritty world of heroes and villains of Hell’s Kitchen, New York. Netflix has committed to a minimum of four, thirteen episodes series and a culminating Marvel’s “The Defenders” mini-series event that reimagines a dream team of self-sacrificing, heroic characters.

Produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Television Studios, this groundbreaking deal is Marvel’s most ambitious foray yet into live-action TV storytelling.

“This deal is unparalleled in its scope and size, and reinforces our commitment to deliver Marvel’s brand, content and characters across all platforms of storytelling. Netflix offers an incredible platform for the kind of rich storytelling that is Marvel’s specialty,” said Alan Fine, President of Marvel Entertainment. “This serialized epic expands the narrative possibilities of on-demand television and gives fans the flexibility to immerse themselves how and when they want in what’s sure to be a thrilling and engaging adventure.”

“Marvel’s movies, such as ‘Iron Man’ and ‘Marvel’s The Avengers,’ are huge favorites on our service around the world. Like Disney, Marvel is a known and loved brand that travels,” said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos. “With ‘House of Cards’ and our other original series, we have pioneered new approaches to storytelling and to global distribution and we’re thrilled to be working with Disney and Marvel to take our brand of television to new levels with a creative project of this magnitude.”

This new original TV deal follows last year’s landmark movie distribution deal through which, beginning with 2016 theatrically released feature films, Netflix will be the exclusive U.S. subscription television service for first-run, live-action and animated movies from the Walt Disney Studios, including titles from Disney, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios, Disneynature and Lucasfilm. Netflix members can currently enjoy a wide range of Disney, ABC TV and Disney Channel films and shows across the 41 countries where Netflix operates.

About The Walt Disney Company
The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international entertainment and media enterprise with five business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. Disney is a Dow 30 company and had annual revenues of $42.3 billion in its Fiscal Year 2012.

About Netflix
Netflix is the world’s leading Internet television network with over 40 million members in more than 40 countries enjoying more than one billion hours of TV shows and movies per month, including original series. For one low monthly price, Netflix members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on nearly any Internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.

Source: Marvel.com

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “FZZT” Review

Pop Culture Recess: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 1, Episode 6 “FZZT” aired Tuesday night and the Pop Culture Recess duo of Matthew Sardo and Gerardo Gonzalez argue about what it means to be a hero.

Why you should listen: This is and origin story as two nerds step up to the mic and press record.

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