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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. adds Secret Warriors for Season 3

agents of shield secret warriors 1I hinted at it in my review of the second season finale, but Marvel has confirmed we should expect to see a version of the Secret Warriors in the third season of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. In the third season the team will introduce “new friends and foes inspired by” the Secret Warriors comic series.

In the comics the Secret Warriors was a team of superpowered individuals who were the sons and daughters of classic Marvel characters. The team was assembled by Nick Fury who had figured out that there was something up with S.H.I.E.L.D. and a connection to Hydra.

The series ran for 28 issues and ran from 2009 to 2011. The team was introduced in the Secret Invasion and their own series was plotted by Brian Michael Bendis with Jonathan Hickman on writing duties.

In the aftermath of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s battle with Jiaying and the Inhumans, Director Coulson will search the world for more powered people and assemble an extraordinary new team to deal with threats unlike the world has ever seen. However, the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will soon find out they’re not the only ones tracking down these new Inhumans.

Marvel will be promoting the team at San Diego Comic-Con. From Thursday, July 9 through Saturday, July 11, S.H.I.E.L.D. ambassadors will be searching the convention for the most dedicated fans and rewarding them with limited edition “Secret Warriors” pins. Follow @AgentsofSHIELD on Twitter to see what the S.H.I.E.L.D. ambassadors are up to.

Those lucky enough to be recruited to the “Secret Warriors at Comic-Con will complete their first mission by posting a photo of themselves wearing the pin to social media using #SHIELDSecretWarriors. Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” cast members will select some of their favorite photos, which could get posted to the show’s official Twitter page, @AgentsOfSHIELD.

Marvel will reveal more at the “Marvel Television Presents” panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Friday, July 10 from 3:00 PM – 4:15PM in Ballroom 20.

The new season premieres on Tuesday, September 29 at 9/8c on ABC.

Movie Review: A Deadly Adoption

This TV movie is a drama thriller starring Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig, two of the best comedians of the industry, wait what?! Right from the first scene of this TV movie, I knew I was in for some horrendous entertainment, which also pays tribute to Lifetime channel for the completing 25 years. Don’t let the serious tone fool you. As if the inclusion of Ferrell and Wiig weren’t enough to tip it off, this is a spoof through and through. Melodrama, silly plot points, and gratuitous use of slow motion takes abound in this take on typical Lifetime movies. However, if you are into so-bad-they-are-good movies such as The Room, or can generally appreciate good parody, this can be a lot of fun if you just let it do what it sets out to do.

For non-lifetime viewers this will be a new and enjoyable experience which they could find funny in some scenes given the 2 comedy experts involved in it, but you need to have seen at least one Lifetime movie (which I unfortunately have) to understand the replicated elements that are included in this anniversary. It’s not a parody per-se because they didn’t have to exaggerate the already overly dramatized bits which are usually found in Lifetime movies and which some of their casual viewers find hilarious, it’s simply a replication of those but bunched together in a single movie.

a_deadly_adoptionThe story follows Robert Benson (Will Ferrell), a successful financial author and Sarah Benson (Kristen Wiig), an organic farmer who after five years of the tragic loss of their second child, an unborn boy decide to adopt from a college drop out Bridget (Jessica Lowdnes). In order to help her out in her last stages, they ask her to move in with them, & as expected she has an exterior motive. What can that be? Now here is something you don’t see everyday, or at least in a long while: a deadpan, totally serious, almost (sometimes) dramatic take on Lifetime movies-of-the-week on Lifetime. But what a strange, entertaining beast this is. At first I wasn’t sure what to make of it – is this really trying to be serious? How much of this is supposed to be a joke or a comedy? One may go into watching this with Ferrell and Wiig at the top of the cast and wonder what’s up, if this is going to lampoon Lifetime movies. I should say it does, but not as much as I thought it would, or rather it’s in small doses. There are lines and scenarios that are very funny, such as referring to the main couple’s daughter’s condition: “You know the dangers of diabetic ketoacidosis!” Or the fact that Ferrell’s character, Robert Benson, is now a reformed alcoholic who used to go on benders during his book tours for books on financial advice.

I thought about other made-for-TV cable movies that come out, like the Sharknado movies and the like on the SyFy channel, which probably have about the same self-awareness as this one. But I never see the actors in those movies – many of them are all but winking at the camera as they go to collect their quick paychecks to get eaten by CGI sharknados or Megapythons or whatever. Ferrell, Wiig and company aren’t out to make anything cheap or silly here (though maybe the last scene is goofy, perhaps just like a Lifetime movie). The funny thing is, because Ferrell and Wiig and co-star Jessica Lowdnes play everything completely straight – and Ferrell and Wiig are better actors than a Lifetime movie should ever deserve – and it’s all believable, sometimes verging on maybe, kinda, sorta being dramatic in a *good* way, until one realizes what they’re saying, more often than not, is absurd, as are the situations they get themselves in.

5586d78dca2dc24e4d26e775_a-deadly-adoptionThe tropes are all recognizable if one is into Lifetime movies, and that’s also the idea, from the happy white family and the “bad” girl that comes in to make things chaotic. It’s not something that can be easily parsed into ‘Oh, it’s just a parody’ or ‘Oh, it’s actually just another Lifetime movie with these actors’. I found myself laughing many times while watching, if not during every scene. There are some obvious jokes here, for example: So many SLO-MO dramatic scenes. Including zooming in on high heels at the end, A conservative financial author having young groupies, the family pictures (look at Ferrell‘s face), the cop “So there is a possibility Bridgette Jones hasn’t been living here?” stating the obvious right after Ferrell and Wiig just identified the picture, the dock after 6 years later, is left as a pile of broken wood, the speech on the bench between Robert and Bridgette, the way Wiig and Ferrell both lay motionless after being knocked out was exactly the same way (perfectly flat, like a dummy), cliche’ quotes “I’m your new MOMMY now!” “Look what you did to our FAMILY!” and “Let’s keep this our little SECRET!”, Ferrell emerges from a smoke-filled garage (after being shot twice in the arm) and carrying Wiig out as if he forgot he just got shot, Boyfriend gets shot in the gut, then runs around the cabin packing as if he forgot he just got shot, Will Ferrell overcoming his ridiculous fears of boating to save his daughter. & of course the over the top dance sequence at the end! Will Ferell and Kristen Wiig actually did a pretty good job in their serious roles, Will Ferrell especially i thought for the most part got me to see him as a serious character rather than the funny guy, so i wouldn’t mind seeing him do more of this. Jessica Lowndes was downright entertaining throughout. Whether it was her gorgeous looks or how her acting progressed through her character’s development.

On the whole, A Deadly Adoption, is a true tongue in cheek Lifetime movie, which can be enjoyed mainly due to its failing serious tone. Do watch this if you enjoys spoofs, bad (in a good way) movies! According to me watching Will Ferrell and beautiful women in a purposely bad script isn’t a bad way to spend a couple of hours. Weird but hilarious!

Overall Rating: 7.9

Director – Rachel Goldenberg
Starring – Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, Jessica Lowndes
Rated – PG13
Run Time – 90 minutes
Network – Lifetime

Fear The Walking Dead Teases Missing Posters

Fear the Walking Dead premieres August 2015. Only on AMC.

Fear the Walking Dead’s Latest Trailer Shows us the Start of the Outbreak

Don’t miss the premiere of Fear the Walking Dead. August 2015, only on AMC.

A First Look at Fear the Walking Dead

Fear the Walking Dead premieres August 2015. Only on AMC.

TV Review: iZombie S1E13 Blaine’s World

normal_izombietv_s01promo_001-1~0Liv and Clive discover new evidence in the Max Rager case and go see Vaughn Du Clark.

iZombie ends its first season with a bang. Not only did it somewhat tie-up some plot points, it also moved ahead to the second season. As many questions that have been answered, so many more have been opened up. We also seem to have a clue as to who our second season villain is.

Major is still in Blaine’s clutches, but goes all Rambo to escape. It’s fun. It’s cathartic. It’s also pretty graphic and violent. I was giddy, I’ll be honest.

There’s some down moments, like when you can see Liv being duped from a mile away. But, for the most part I found myself either cheering or yelling at the television. For a show to get you whipped up like that. That’s a pretty good thing.

The first season has wrapped up, but its set up what should be one hell of a second season. A fantastic finale, for a fantastic first season.

Overall Rating: 9

Jon Bernthal is the Punisher

jon bernthalAfter week’s a speculation and rumors that Frank Castle aka the Punisher would be coming to the Marvel Cinematic world, Marvel has announced on their website that actor Jon Bernthal is going to be taking on the role. The actor is known for his role in another comic turned television series, The Walking Dead as well as the movies Wolf of Wall Street and Fury.

The character will premiere in the second season of Dardevil which airs on Netflix. That will premiere in 2016 and the first season can be streamed now.

Marvel’s Head of Television Jeph Loeb said that “Castle’s appearance will bring dramatic changes to the world of Matt Murdock and nothing will be the same.”

From the Marvel announcement:

Bernthal will portray The Punisher, one of Marvel’s most popular characters. He is a vigilante who aims to clean up New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen by any means necessary, no matter how lethal the results.

The character has been on the big screen a few times already, and Marvel obtained the rights again recently. The character was portrayed by Dolph Lundgren in a 1989 movie, Thomas Jane in a 2004 film, and Ray Stevenson in a 2008 film.

The character is a former cop, and member of the military, who turns vigilante after his family is gunned down by the mob. His origin has varied at times.

Gotham: The Complete First Season out this September

1000543313BRDLEFO_9392df82With an average of 9.6 million viewers per week, Gotham has captured and held the attention of audiences since the premiere episode which delivered FOX’s highest-rated fall drama debut in 14 years with Adults 18–49. Before the series returns to FOX for a second season this fall, fans can now enjoy all 22 episodes – plus nearly 2 hours of extras including new featurettes, unaired scenes and a gag reel – when Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases Gotham: The Complete First Season on September 8, 2015. This season’s #2 broadcast drama among men 18-34 will be available on Blu-ray and DVD for $60.10/$59.98 SRP.

Before there was Batman, there was Gotham City. Everyone knows the name of Commissioner Gordon, but what of his rise from rookie detective to Police Commissioner? What did it take to navigate the layers of corruption in Gotham City, the spawning ground of the world’s most iconic villains? Gotham tells the story of the world’s most iconic DC Comics Super-Villains and vigilantes from the very beginning, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told. From executive producer Bruno Heller (The Mentalist, Rome), this crime drama follows GCPD Detective James Gordon’s rise through a dangerously corrupt city, while also chronicling the genesis of one of the most popular DC Comics Super Heroes of our time. Although the crime drama follows Gordon’s turbulent and singular career, it also focuses on his unlikely friendship with the young Bruce Wayne – with his mentorship a crucial element in developing the mythology of Gotham City.

Gotham: The Complete First Season features a star-studded cast including Ben McKenzie (Southland, The O.C.) as Jim Gordon, Donal Logue (Vikings, Sons of Anarchy) as Detective Harvey Bullock, David Mazouz (Touch) as the young Bruce Wayne, Sean Pertwee (Elementary, Event Horizon) as Alfred Pennyworth, Robin Lord Taylor (The Walking Dead, Another Earth) as Oswald Cobblepot/Penguin and Jada Pinkett Smith (HawthoRNe, The Matrix Revolutions) as Fish Mooney, Also starring Zabryna Guevara, Erin Richards, Camren Bicondova, Cory Michael Smith, Victoria Cartagena, Andrew Stewart-Jones and John Doman, the drama series is produced by Warner Bros. Television. Based on the characters from DC Comics, Gotham is executive produced by Bruno Heller, Danny Cannon (Nikita, CSI series) and John Stephens (Gossip Girl).

Below are the full details of what you get in the release.

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Seth Rogen Teases More Preacher

Seth Rogen has been teasing regularly photos from the production of the Vertigo comic turned television series Preacher. Today we have the latest tease. The show will air on AMC.

TV Review: iZombie S1E12 Dead Rat, Live Rat, Brown Rat, White Rat

normal_izombietv_s01promo_001-1~0After a group of drunken teenage girls cover up an accident, one of them is murdered.

iZombie goes a bit I Know What You Did Last Summer in this episode which is another fantastic episode for many reasons. With one episode left, there’s lot to still do, but Liv is focused on killing Blaine, and Major is preparing for the zombie apocalypse.

The episode focuses a lot on the consequences of what’s happened, and how zombies are creating zombies, and well, there’s a lot of zombies now.There’s tons as far as plot that’s pushed forward in this episode, and I don’t want to spoil any of it, but it’s pretty fantastic and really has me excited for the first season finale.But, again the episode is all about Rose McIver’s acting as Liv. She’s forced to eat the brains of stoners and valley-ish girls, and with each she knocks it out of the park bringing tons of humor in a rather dark at times episode.The second last episode of the season mixes it up with humor, action, and more, and does it all in a smooth entertaining way. iZombie is showing it’s a solid addition to the numerous comic adaptations on tv, and one of the best of the bunch.

Overall Rating: 9.5

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