Marvel wants Google to help unmask ‘Avengers’ leaker | New York Post


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Do you remember when the new Avengers trailer was released a week before  the scheduled airdate on Agents of SHIELD? Do you remember when fanboys and fangirls had non stop nerdgasms from the constant watching and rewatching of the trailer on the Internet? Do you remember the perfect response from Marvel?

Well, the fun is now over for “John Gazelle”; who ever leaker is? Let’s look at the upside to this leaked Avengers trailer. First, the amount of interest or buzz around the early release only helped Marvel/Disney’s bottom line. Granted, this movie will not be out until next year but as reported yesterday, Disney’s financial report for 2013-2014 came out as the year increased 8% to a record $48.8 billion in revenue. So really, Disney is not hurting financially but how does this damage Disney in the long run? I really can’t see this how hurts them except in the way of ratings for Agents of SHIELD as this was to be broadcast during the show. Granted, Disney was smart to have this to help this struggling show but this would not be the case if the show was any good.

As for the matter of Marvel/Disney looking to Google for help in finding the alleged leaker is a dangerous move. I’m not going to give a slippery slope statement that this one move by Marvel/Disney means that Mickey Mouse and Iron Man will come knocking on your door if you say something inappropriate about this corporation or how Minnie is fucking Goofy (old joke). But where do you draw the line? As Princess Leia would say, “The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers.” The more Marvel/Disney flex their muscle to combat this the more these problems will become even more persistent.

I think the tweet from Marvel Entertainment was done very tongue in cheek but a perfect response. However, if there are leaks in the House of Mouse, perhaps this is where they need to start. Besides, Marvel/Disney need to make this problem work to their advantage.

The Avengers are fighting a new masked villain and his name is “John Gazelle.”Disney-owned Marvel claims that’s the name used by the online culprit who leaked the trailer of its upcoming superhero opus, “Avengers: Age of Ultron” almost a week early. The studio wants to force Google to help it track down the “alleged leaker,” claiming that a user who by the name “John Gazelle” uploaded content from the trailer to his Google Drive account, according to court papers.

via Marvel wants Google to help unmask ‘Avengers’ leaker | New York Post.

Stephen Amell on ‘Arrow,’ His Charity to Fight Cancer and ‘The Flash’ – Speakeasy – WSJ


From the onset of reading the title of this article he sounded to me that Amell was going to fight cancer and The Flash. Maybe, it’s just me. Now, on with the show with this topic on hand, should DC continue to keep their shows on TV separate from their movie counterparts?

About a week ago, I came across this article from Cinema Blend which talk about this very point.

Geoff Johns goes on to tell Buzzfeed that DC has no desire to just recreate what Marvel has already been doing for several years. Instead, the company wants to forge its own path and do something a little different.

via http://www.cinemablend.com/television/What-DC-Calling-Its-Split-Universe-Why-Everything-Being-Kept-Separate-67994.html

I’m okay with DC calling it a multiverse provided this leads to more and greater things. I’m all for DC to go something different since Marvel is literally blowing them out of the water. With being said, Marvel is not the all around comic book company juggernaut. A perfect example would be Agents of SHIELD which I was so looking forward to last year but after a few episodes, the quality became poor. Yes, I know that the show picks up after the event from Captain America The Winter Soldier but I don’t have the will to keeping watching. Besides, Arrow, The Flash, Gotham, and Constantine (which I have to finish the pilot) are DC strongest efforts to combat Marvel’s dominance. With that said, Marvel does have that deal with Netflix coming in 2015 with Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist with a possible Defenders mini series. Let’s not forget, Agent Carter on ABC will becoming sometime early January. Marvel has a lot to prove on the small screen. However, if they can tie this all together with the MCU, then Marvel will have an unprecedented capacity to entertain us that is beyond any comic book fan boys wet dream. As for DC, not so much except for this – Infinity Crisis.

Before I delve into the Infinity Crisis, Amell said something in the article below which I agreed with.

I’d put making 23 hours of interesting content in a TV season up against anything on the film side.

The reason why I agreed with this statement is how rewarding it is to have a show a payoff towards the season finale for those who spent the time over the course of the season. Whereas watching Thor The Dark World movie bored me. The build up between Thor and the Dark Elf Malekith failed to be compelling nor interesting because there was no history, though there was a quick backstory, but with Loki we do. Imagine if Loki was not in the Avengers movie leading the Chitauri attack. We would have a very simple and a non compelling nemesis in the Chitauri for The Avengers to fight. Moving from Loki to Thanos, here we are getting seeds planted from the Avengers movie and Guardians of the Galaxy which leads us for seeing him in the third Avengers film. If we are just given Thanos in Avengers 3, the movie would have to spend a great time to giving him a quick backstory, then goes off to fight, he loses and the end. Who cares? With Arrow, we have two amazing years in which storylines of Oliver’s time on the island was mixed in with the current day storylines. Deathstroke build up would not have been pulled off masterfully if there was no investment of a long story arc. You can’t get that in just two hours and have to wait for a couple years for the next chapter.

Now, let’s get back to the heart of the matter. DC has made their movie lineup known for the next several years. Within those films, we will have crossovers. Right off the bat, no pun intended, we get Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice and within that movie we will also get Wonder Woman. As DC does their thing on the big screen, we could ultimately have a true DC multiverse. There’s good discussion of Supergirl being brought to the small screen which makes me want to believe The Infinity Crisis could happen. There was another show the CW was looking to do was Amazon which could have been Wonder Woman’s return to tv. If all this goes, we could and will have two actors playing the same role like the Flash, Green Arrow, Batman, Superman, or Wonder Woman? Having the multiple universe would be compelling and freeing as storylines don’t have to be restricted by comic book canon.  This would incredible venture for DC to take but I know this is just wishing thinking.

Stephen Amell’s TV show, “Arrow” is in its third season, while the comic book spinoff from “Arrow,” “The Flash” is setting ratings records for The CW. Amell’s fans have also lobbied for him to play Green Arrow in DC’s upcoming Justice League film.

The actor talked with Speakeasy about life as a comic book icon.

Congrats on season three of “Arrow.”

I would say that it is everything that we expected but that wouldn’t really be true because there hasn’t been a recent history of successful comic book shows on television, with the exception of “Smallville.” Aside from the success of our show, the appearance and relative abundance of comic book properties on TV is really gratifying.

Aside from “Smallville,” comic books had a pretty spotty history on TV until “Arrow” came along. Now “Flash” is doing well and so is “Gotham.” Last season saw “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” score big ratings.

Yeah. A lot of reviews of “Arrow” at first said “This is an interesting concept but we know that comic book shows don’t work long-term on TV.” Well, that has now been proven wrong. I think the success of “Flash” and the other comic book properties is because of the quality of the material in those shows. But if we had been a bust, I don’t think any of those shows would exist. They stand on their own two feet, but I think we led the way.

via Stephen Amell on ‘Arrow,’ His Charity to Fight Cancer and ‘The Flash’ – Speakeasy – WSJ.

‘Twin Peaks’ To Return As Showtime Limited Series | Deadline


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Ladies and gentleman, it is time to have some cherry pie and some damn fine coffee. Twin Peaks will rise once more to continue its storyline from season two in  2016. So, should I spoil this series by revealing who killed Laura Palmer or how Agent Cooper is now…? No, I know the general time rule about spoilers and yes, we’re running close to 25 years since it aired but frankly, I don’t want to spoil it for those who haven’t seen it by now. To me, this show was truly remarkable for its time from the cast, to its direction, haunting images and music from Angelo Badalamenti and Julie Cruise. I want that magic once more.

If you were a fan like me you will remember this great SNL parody sketch which includes the late and great Jan Hooks.

Yesterday, I came across this piece from Vanity Fair and I almost plotz in my pants. I have not seen Twin Peaks in ages but I do remember this scene and this shot above. This was one of those OMG moments that is making fall in love with this series all over again. I am also thrilled to know that there will be a new publication, “The Secret Lives of Twin Peaks” by co-creator Mark Frost. The only 3 produced media outside the show were the Agent Cooper Tapes (audio), The Diary of Laura Palmer (book) and my favorite Wrapped in Plastic (magazine). I am beyond eager to delve back to this great series.

 via http://www.vanityfair.com/vf-hollywood/2014/10/twin-peaks-book-being-released

UPDATED: Twin Peaks fans’ quarter-century wait is over. One of the top cult series of all time is coming back with a new limited series on Showtime from its original creators, David Lynch and Mark Frost. The nine-episode series will go into production in 2015 for a premiere in 2016 to mark the 25th anniversary of when the series finished its run on ABC. In a fact that will delight Twin Peaks devotees, Lynch and Frost will write and produce all nine episodes, with Lynch set to direct every episode.

via [VIDEO] ‘Twin Peaks’ To Return As Showtime Limited Series | Deadline.

This Is the First Weekend in America With No Saturday Morning Cartoons


End of an era? For myself, this will be an end of an era. Being an only child, how many times did I build forts/tents in my room while watching Saturday morning cartoons plus I had my Star Wars figures to keep me company. Sad? No. These were happy times that I relished and something my own kids will never get to experience. What was even more exciting was the fFridaynight preview specials. I remember the 3 major channels: ABC, CBS, and NBC had their own show to promote what was coming the next day. Even worse, this was back before vcr so, choosing which shows you were going to watch was even more important because you had to watch it live and no switching channels because the damn plastic knob would make a loud CLACK, CLACK, CLACK noise that would have waken my parents. (This was a no-no in my house.)

Nothing pleased me more when it came to watching superheroes on tv. As a comic book kid, watching The Superfriends come to live was a very big deal for me. There was nothing else like it. Though CBS did have Shazam and The Mighty Isis (hmmmm, still have a crush on her) as a live action show they did some cool things but nothing could match The Superfriends even though many of the storylines watered down the comic book action. On the opposite of the spectrum, there was the BLANK and son series that every cartoon had to have. This drove me nuts as perfectly good series like Fang Face, Popeye and Plastic Man each had mini version paired alongside them during each adventure. I blame it on Scrappy Doo. Thanks the make for the Internet as my memories are still preserved to relive once more.

‘Nuff said.

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Saturday morning American broadcast TV was once animation’s home field. Filling a cereal bowl with artificially colored sugar pebbles and staring at the tube was every kid’s weekend plan. Not any more: For the first time in 50-plus years, you won’t find any animation on broadcast this morning. It’s the end of an era.

Yes, The CW, the final holdout in Saturday morning animation, ran its last batch of Vortexx cartoons last weekend. This week, where you once saw shows like Cubix, Sonic X, Dragon Ball Z and Kai, Digimon Fusion, and Yu-Gi-Oh!, you’ll instead find “One Magnificent Morning,” a block of live-action educational programming.

via This Is the First Weekend in America With No Saturday Morning Cartoons.

Gotham Pilot Review


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Can a tv series about Batman’s famous home city make it without a Batman? Before I can answer this question, Gotham City has been portrayed as dark and seedy place where even the more wretched hive of scum and villainy of Mos Eisley dare not tread. Yet, the city is the backdrop and rarely do we see it as a city on its own. Burton’s gothic take and Schumacher’s living comic book colors of Gotham were passable but I for one never felt it as a real city.  Nolan’s Batman gave us a better glimpse as we could see the city in night and day but Gotham gives us an even better perspective on a city street level. You could feel the corruption of this city oozing through the screen watching the pilot. Gotham has surprised this die-hard Batman fan to say, yes, this series can survive without a Batman. The same can not be said of Superman’s Metropolis and not Fritz Lang’s Metropolis; just to be clear.

As for the details about this episode, I will have to wait before I chime in and maybe be able to do a podcast on this show. So far, I loved what I saw.