Imagine a world where everyone is a superhero. Would you like to live there? Do you think it would be better than our own world? Or would it be worse? This is an important question, because judging by the most successful movies made in 2012, our country — and our world — really likes superheroes. We all know that the two highest-grossing films of 2012 were about superheroes – The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises. The third major superhero movie released last summer was, The Amazing Spider-Man, which earned $262 million domestically. It was the sixth-highest-grossing movie of the year in American theaters. We tend to lump these movies together because they are all about costumed codenamed characters who originated in comic books. They are Superhero Movies. READ FULL STORY
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There are good years, and then there are great years, and then there are the kinds of years that Joss Whedon had in 2012. In May, Lionsgate released Cabin In The Woods, the long-delayed, widely acclaimed po-mo horror flick, co-written and produced by the cult pop auteur. (Drew Goddard co-wrote and directed the film.) In July, Whedon attended Comic-Con and celebrated the tenth anniversary of his gone-too-soon TV series Firefly at one of the most emotional panels the annual fan-fest has ever seen. In September, Whedon went to the Toronto International Film Festival and premiered Much Ado About Nothing, a micro-budget, literally homemade adaptation of the Shakespeare comedy. ”That was an incredible experience,” recalls Nathan Fillion, who stars in the film (set for release next summer). “The man got three standing ovations before he got on stage. That’s just indicative of the kind of fandom that Joss creates. I have never seen anything like it.” In October, The CW aired – for the first time on television – Whedon’s 2008 Emmy-winning online opus Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. Shortly before Halloween, the man who created Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel and Dollhouse took to the Web to say a few words about the defining issue of the 2012 presidential campaign – a zombie apocalypse – via a very funny, very personal, very partisan video viewed by over 7 million people.
Oh, and there was Marvel’s The Avengers. Whedon wrote and directed that, too. Grossed $1.5 billion worldwide. Maybe you saw it.
This Thanksgiving, I’m thankful for Downton Abbey‘s imminent return to television in the States. Yes, Jan. 6 is still a few weeks away, but I can’t wait to see whether Matthew (Dan Stevens) and Mary (Michelle Dockery) actually walk down the aisle — they really need to, I couldn’t take another breakup — and what brand of American sass Shirley MacLaine brings with her across the pond. Plus, on a more sappy note, the series spawned a regular Sunday night Masterpiece viewing/wine-drinking party with a group of friends that is priceless to me.
I’ve also polled my EW colleagues to ask what they are most grateful for pop culture wise this turkey day. See what they said below!
Anyone who knows me knows I am a huge Jeremy Renner fan. My obsession with the Avengers star may not rival that I have with Michael Fassbender (I like to watch this clip when I’m feeling blue — completely family friendly, I assure you), but it’s up there. I mean, have you seen Renner’s arms? Just… sa-woon. Oh, and he’s a pretty good actor too (you know, if those Oscar nods are anything to go by). But wow, that was a painful episode of Saturday Night Live, wasn’t it? READ FULL STORY
'Firefly: Browncoats Unite' reunion tonight: Why Joss Whedon's cult classic has endured for a decade
Some television shows blaze bright and fade quickly. Others ignite and burn for years. Joss Whedon’s Firefly did neither. The sci-fi opus barely sparked during its 11-episode run on Fox in 2002, yet produced a uniquely vibrant afterglow, nurtured by stalwart fans, as well as new fans who continue to discover the series on DVD and cable. To celebrate the cult classic’s 10-year anniversary, Science will air a reunion special tonight called Firefly: Browncoats Unite, which brings together Nathan Fillion, Adam Baldwin, Summer Glau, and more for a conversation (moderated by this reporter) about the show’s origins and legacy and where the series might have gone had it continued. READ FULL STORY
At this weekend’s New York Comic-Con, Marvel is showing off one of the most intriguing titles of the companywide “Marvel NOW!” initiative: A relaunched Secret Avengers series coming in February 2013, which focuses on S.H.I.E.L.D., the semi-omniscient government agency. S.H.I.E.L.D. is having a bit of a moment right now: It’s the connective tissue for Marvel’s cinematic universe, and ABC is currently producing a Whedon-powered S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series. And Secret Avengers puts the agency front and center. “S.H.I.E.L.D. has decided that they want their own Avengers team,” says Nick Spencer, who is writing the series, with Luke Ross handling penciling duties. “But Avengers are loose cannons: They’re independent operators, they don’t have security clearance, they have a history of becoming bad guys.” READ FULL STORY
Here at Entertainment Geekly central, we’ve been buzzing over the impending release of Marvel Comics: The Untold Story, an in-depth look at the long and twisted history of the company that created Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, the Avengers, and also Shang-Chi, Master of Kung Fu. Written by former EW staffer Sean Howe, Untold Story features over a hundred original interviews with the people who made Marvel — names you probably know like Stan Lee and names you should know like Steve Gerber. This week on the podcast, Sean joins us in the studio. Suffice it to say that comic books are discussed.
Listen to the complete podcast below, or check us out in the iTunes store. You can also learn more about the book at Sean’s Tumblr page. Tweet arguments and counterarguments at us at @EWDocJensen and @DarrenFranich.
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We still may not be able to tell you exactly how to get to Sesame Street, but the neighborhood’s beloved denizens know their way to the EW offices. Last year, Elmo and Cookie Monster dropped in to give us their versions of some popular TV shows, but this time around Elmo was too busy working on Elmo: The Musical—the show’s new singing-and-dancing segment that will replace the popular Elmo’s World—to make another visit. Luckily for us, Grover and Cookie Monster (a.k.a. the Blue Brothers) had enough wiggle room in their schedules to stop by to sing a few musical numbers of their own, parodying the likes of The Avengers, The Hunger Games, Doctor Who, and even The Newsroom. So if you were one of the many viewers who thought Aaron Sorkin’s biggest mistake was not saddling his newsman protagonist with a crippling cookie addiction, then this video is for you!
Scarlett Johansson is heading back to Broadway.
The movie star received rave reviews — and a Tony award — for her performance in Broadway’s 2010 revival of Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge. Now the Avenger is officially set to star in a new revival of another classic American play: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Tennessee Williams’ 1955 tale of greed, family, and sexual repression in the South. Cat was last seen on Broadway four years ago, in an all-black revival starring Anika Noni Rose as Maggie and Terrence Howard as Brick.
Johansson will be stepping into Rose’s shoes, playing the determined sexpot whose nickname appears in the play’s title. Before casting was official, rumors speculated that she’d be joined by another A-list movie star — possibly even her fellow Avenger Jeremy Renner. Instead, the production has selected Broadway vet Benjamin Walker, best known for playing the title role in 2010′s Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, to play opposite Johansson as Maggie’s depressed husband Brick.
Irish character actor Ciarán Hinds and Tony winner Debra Monk will round out the main cast as Big Daddy and Big Mama, respectively.
The production begins preview performances this December at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. It opens officially on January 17, 2013.
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My fellow Americans, do you feel dissatisfied with the current state of our government? Did you watch the recent political conventions shaking your head, wishing that you could get excited about a presidential candidate, the way people used to in some distant past that never actually existed? Also, do you like publicity stunts? Then, my countrymen, salvation has arrived. According to the Associated Press, superhero Captain America has been elected President of the United States. Captain America (alias Steve Rogers) is the first World War II veteran to hold the office since George H. W. Bush, and is the first President to carry a large blunt-ranged weapon since Teddy Roosevelt and his infamous “Boomerang of Doom.” READ FULL STORY
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