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Sherlock_figureYou know you’ve made it if you have a doll (excuse me, figurine) made of your character.

If you’re such a big fan of BBC’s Sherlock that you want to create your own vignettes, you’re in luck.  Big Chief Studios has created figurines of Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock and Martin Freeman as John Watson, available for pre-order here.  Sherlock comes with interchangeable hands, a violin, and a skull, among other things; Watson also has interchangeable hands, as well as his trusty firearm, his laptop and a cup of tea.  The figures are 1:6 scale, so they’re pretty big, which is good, because they’re also not cheap!

Metro has an article and more pics here.

There hasn’t been a lot of news in the past couple of days, so I’ll report a big, fat rumor that I really hope comes to fruition, and that is Tom Hiddleston coming to the fourth series of Sherlock as the third Holmes brother.  Would that not be just too much fun?  Cumberbatch and Hiddleston have, of course, worked together before (Steven Spielberg’s War Horse) and they’re good mates.  Not to mention that Sherlock co-creator Mark Gatiss just starred on stage with Hiddles in Coriolanus, so it’s not that far-fetched that Tom might show up.  Gatiss has said he would love for it to happen, but cautioned that it’s just a rumor… for now.  Universe, Make.It.So.

The Blacklist Promo

A promo for next Monday’s episode of The Blacklist has been released and is below.

The episode is titled The Pavlovich Brothers.  It looks like Tom and Liz really get physical, and I ain’t talkin’ the horizontal tango!  I’m still hoping the Tom character isn’t written off this show early, but I’m a little worried.  I have also heard (spoiler, if you don’t want to know, look away now!) that one of the major characters buys the farm on Monday’s episode.

A new promo video for Guardians of the Galaxy premiered last night on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  It contains some new snippets, as well as commentary from Marvel’s Kevin Feige and several of the film’s stars.

Still no Ronan.  **Sigh**.  We continue to wait! We know these Guardians have to be fighting somebody…  right??

The U.S. has the Tonys; the U.K. has the Olivier Awards, and the winners were recently presented with their statues.

Tom Hiddleston was nominated for Best Actor for his role in Coriolanus.  His co-star (and Sherlock co-creator) Mark Gatiss was nominated for Supporting Actor for that play.  Sadly neither one won.  Rory Kinnear won Best Actor for Othello and Supporting Actor went to Jack Lowden for Ghosts.

The full list of winners is here on the official Olivier Awards website.

The FX series Fargo, starring Martin Freeman (The Hobbit, Sherlock) and Billy Bob Thornton, premieres tonight at 10 p.m. Eastern.  It is only very loosely based on the 1996 Coen brothers film, and has all new characters.  Here’s a trailer:

 

2014-mtv-movie-award-statueThe MTV Movie Awards were given out last night, and The Hunger Games was the big winner, pulling in the coveted popcorn statue for Movie of the Year, Best Female Performance (Jennifer Lawrence) and Best Male Performance (Josh Hutcherson).

Vin Diesel and the late Paul Walker won the Best Duo award for Fast & Furious 6.

Orlando Bloom and Evangeline Lilly won Best Fight for their Hobbit scenes vs. the Orcs.  Orlando accepted the award and thanked the Orc actors, then challenged Ron Burgundy to fight Legolas anytime.

Chris Pratt showed up on the red carpet to put in a plug for Guardians of the Galaxy.

The list of all the winners can be found on the MTV website here.

Rocket_Groot_teeNext Tuesday’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will include a behind-the-scenes clip from Guardians of the Galaxy.  Thanks to GuardTheGalaxy.com (this is a fansite, not official) for the heads-up.  Right now there’s no other indication what will be shown.  Marvel has certainly been stingy with information and images so far.  Maybe now that Captain America: The Winter Soldier is out things will start to ramp up more for GoTG.  CA: TWS, btw, was the #1 movie again this weekend, beating out family favorite Rio 2.

That website also has some info on upcoming GoTG merchandise, including a Rocket Raccoon mug and some Upper Deck cards.  The mug is now available in the official Marvel store here.  This is the mug that had been exclusively available at certain cons, so if you missed out here’s you chance to score one.  What I found really cute, though, is the T-shirt (pictured) with Rocket and Groot.  This is available in both men’s and women’s sizes.

 

total-film-magazine-jun2014The January issue of Total Film has, among other things: an article on Avengers: Age of Ultron’s twins Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch; a one-pager on 12 Years a Slave’s Chiwetel Ejiofor, who has a new film out called Half of a Yellow Sun; and a short spread on how Weta made The Hobbit’s Smaug – haven’t we seen this before?  Well, there’s one more movie to go before we leave Middle Earth for good (or until the extended edition comes out).

There’s a large spread on cover girl Angelina Jolie’s Maleficent, another one on Godzilla, one on Andy Serkis’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, as well as a 4 out of 5 stars review and small spread for Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

I really loved Rio, but that could be because I was being held hostage in a coach seat on an airplane at the time.  Anything would have seemed like fun.  But seriously, it was adorable, and so of course we get a sequel, Rio 2, which TF only gives 3 out of 5 stars.  That’s a little strange considering the actual review was pretty good.  If you have kids or you just like a laugh and music that makes you want to dance in your seat (or if you’ve been action movie’d out), try this one.  Andy Garcia and Bruno Mars do some of the voice work.

And just for someone I know *wink* an article on Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki, who has said his final film will be The Wind Rises, a biography of sorts of Jiro Horikoshi, designer of WWII fighter planes.

Benedict Cumberbatch has confirmed that he will (sadly) not have a role in Star Wars VII.

This despite doing a credible Chewbacca impression for Harrison Ford on Graham Norton’s show:

However, at the other end of the spectrum, Benny is signed up to do a Richard III television film for the BBC.

Maybe Star Wars VIII?

ComicBookMovie.com has here three new stills from Guardians of the Galaxy.  The original source is Entertainment Weekly, which has an interview with GoTG director James Gunn.  Gunn spilled the beans about how the movie will link up with Avengers 3.

As I’m sure you remember, big bad Thanos showed up in Avengers 2.  Although Ronan the Avenger (Lee Pace) will be the big villain in GoTG, Thanos will appear in the film, but Gunn wouldn’t be drawn out as to who will be voicing him.

And we have a new trailer, sort of.  The bulk of this one has the same scenes as in the previous one, except Ronan has been completely removed (come on, guys… when are going to get a good look at him)??  This one has a better look at the orb that Ronan is so hot to have, and some more scenes of Peter Quill/Star-Lord.

And yes, Nathan Fillion did tease that he might have a part in GoTG, but how do you ever know when Nathan Fillion is being serious?  His Twitter feed is one of the more entertaining out there.  Still…

Here’s the trailer – enjoy!

Guardians_poster_via_marvelHere’s the clip from Guardians of the Galaxy that was introduced by star Chris Pratt on MTV.  Unfortunately WordPress won’t let me embed it.

There are more details about the orb, but other than that I don’t think there’s a lot in the clip that’s new.

If you saw tonight’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. there were some real OMG moments in there.  If you haven’t seen it, it picks up where the events in Captain America: The Winter Soldier leave off.

Nothing like shaking things up.

CATWS_posterThe release date for Captain America 3 is set for May 6, 2016.  Meanwhile, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which made over $96 million this past weekend as mentioned in my previous post, has also been storming the international box office.  Including overseas sales, the film has made over $207 million.

Next up, Guardians of the Galaxy.  I don’t know that it will meet those kinds of numbers, but Marvel needs to get a move on and promote this movie now that CA: TWS is out.

As we know, the events in The Winter Soldier have major impacts to the TV series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., so ABC is going to run two episodes back-to-back next Tuesday, April 15th.  The first hour will be a repeat of Turn, Turn, Turn and the second will be Providence.  Bill Paxton will be back as Agent Garrett.

 

cap_and_widowMarvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier broke April box office records with an estimated $96.2 million haul, beating Fast Five, the previous record holder, by $10 million.  Looks like Cap, Black Widow and The Falcon make a pretty good team.

If you’re a fan of the TV version, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., be prepared for some changes post-CA: TWS.  If you’ve seen the film, you know what I mean.  Things will not be the same for Coulson and Co. in coming episodes.  From what I hear, even the actors on the TV show were shocked when they learned what happens in CA: TWS.  ComicBookMovie.com has here the new logo for Agents, which right there tells you there’s stuff goin’ down.  Beware of spoilers if you have not seen the film!!

IGN has more here, and again I’ll warn you this assumes you have seen the movie and doesn’t hold back any spoilers.

HorseWhisp_Johannson_RedfordBTW, Robert Redford, who plays S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Alexander Pierce, was in a movie with Scarlett Johannson (Black Widow) back in 1998 when Scarlett was 14 years old.  The movie was The Horse Whisperer.  Here’s a pic of the two of them.

 

ComicBookMovie.com has images of the Guardians of the Galaxy LEGO sets.

And MTV has here an article on the new Guardians comic prequels that are now out, and whether they give any insight into whether Thanos will be showing up in the film (not-so-big spoiler: yes.  The only question is how much.)  Speaking of Thanos, MoviePilot.com has a pic of his helmet.

Here’s a video showing the LEGO goodies:

Marvel’s latest entry is the second Captain America film, The Winter Soldier.  It stars Chris Evans as Cap, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Sebastian Stan as The Winter Soldier, Anthony Mackie as The Falcon, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Robert Redford as S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Alexander Pierce.

The synopsis from Marvel.com is as follows:

After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, in theaters April 4, finds Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, living quietly in Washington, D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with the Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off professional assassins sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally, the Falcon. However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy–the Winter Soldier.

Outside of what’s in the synopsis, it’s hard to do a review without giving too much away, so I will give you an overall feel for the film instead of getting into specifics about the plot.  Cap connects with some people who were important to him in his past, while he tries to acclimate himself to the present.  There are a lot of action sequences, which are very well done, and some tension-relieving humor.  Some things (and people) are not what they seem, making it hard for Cap and Black Widow to know what or whom to trust.

I really liked this film, more than I thought I would, actually, and if I have a critique at all it’s that at a little over 2 1/2 hours it was a tad long, especially since you know you’ll have to sit through the credits as well.

Film previews included the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot, Spiderman, Maleficent, X-Men, and finished up with the Guardians of the Galaxy trailer we’ve seen.  Unfortunately, no new Guardians trailer, which I was really hoping for.  Bummer.

And yes, it’s a Marvel film so there are two extra scenes in the credits, one of which concerns events to come in The Avengers: The Age of Ultron and the other is probably setting up the third Captain America.  There are no other scenes in the credits, so unless you just dig watching all the names roll by you can exit after those two.  If you’re not averse to spoilers, or you’ve already seen the film, Hypable.com has here a list of 16 Easter eggs/mentions of past or future Marvel films and characters.  CinemaBlend has an explanation here of what’s going on in the two mid-credit scenes.  Beware of spoilers in both of those!

This film has been said to be part action film and part political thriller, which is echoed in the black-and-white very James Bond-ish end credit art.  I was half-expecting 007 to show up.

I have to say that Chris Evans, who looks like he was perfectly sculpted and then zapped into life to play Cap, took mixed martial arts lessons for the role, and it has paid off.  The first fight scene in the film is my favorite, but there are many, with Scarlett Johannson and Anthony Mackie getting in some good ass-kicking as well.  Evans has apparently backed off some from the report that he is planning a retirement from acting; but in any case he has some more Marvel appearances to go before his contract ends.

Here’s the bottom line: if you liked the first Captain America (or virtually any other Marvel film) you’ll like this one.  Worth a full-price ticket if you’re already a Marvel fan or if you just like a good action flick.  If you’re on the fence I’d say go even if you’re only willing to fork over enough for a matinee.  I saw this in 2D, but it also comes in 3D and IMAX 3D flavors.

The second CA: TWS trailer is below:

 

Orlando_starGet ready for cute overload!

The Hobbit’s Orlando Bloom got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame yesterday.  His adorable three-year old son Flynn accompanied him for the ceremony.

The Daily Mail has several pics here.

Congratulations, Orlando!

 

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