Hot on the heels of the announcement that Fox have delayed their Fantastic Four reboot, we have some good news for fans of Marvel's Merc with a Mouth. It seems the positive reaction to that leaked test footage didn't go unnoticed by the studio, as they're now moving ahead with the long-gestating X-Men spin-off, Deadpool, which will hit theaters Feb. 12, 2016. Tim Miller is still on board to direct, and though Ryan Reynolds is mentioned as being rumoured to star, the site say no deal has been set. Wade Wilson actually made his first live-action appearance in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and though most fans were happy enough with Reynolds' performance early on, what became of the character at the end of the movie was universally panned. So, Fox have a chance to atone for "Barakapool"..let's just hope they do the right thing and make this the bonkers, R-rated spectacle it needs to be.
Deadpool fans rejoice! The 'Merc with a Mouth' is coming to movie theaters: http://t.co/WPLHy4o31P— 20th Century Fox (@20thcenturyfox) September 18, 2014
It's not a major delay, but the wait for Josh Trank's The Fantastic Four has now got a little longer as Fox have shifted its release date from June 19th, 2015 to August 7th, 2015. The reason for the change isn't quite clear, though as filming has already come to an end, it's likely more of a strategic choice than for reshoots or post-production issues. A six week delay is a shame, but nowhere near as disappointing as the fact that Assassin's Creed is now undated. Michael Fassbender is attached to star in the ambitious project which will bring the popular video game series to the big screen. Ubisoft are also hoping to turn Splinter Cell into a movie starring Tom Hardy, and while that all seems fine (it's at a different studio anyway), this isn't particularly good news for Assassin's Creed.
ryan reynolds or someone new?
David Gordon Green is directing the political dramedy based on the 2005 documentary of the same name
“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” star Anthony Mackie is joining Sandra Bullock in political dramedy “Our Brand Is Crisis,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.
Directed by David Gordon Green, the film is based on the 2005 documentary of the same name about a U.S. political strategy firm hired by a controversial South American politician in a presidential election. Peter Straughan wrote the script.
George Clooney and Grant Heslov are producing through their Smokehouse Pictures banner, while Bullock will also serve as an executive producer. Production is slated to begin this fall.
Mackie most recently played Sam Wilson, aka the Marvel superhero known as the Falcon, in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” He re-teams with Chris Evans again for romantic comedy “Playing It Cool.” He is represented by by UTA and Inspire Entertainment.
Keep getting them roles Mackie.
Scores of Scottish celebrities, including Hugh Grant, Susan Boyle and David Beckham, have weighed in on the historic referendum that Scots will vote upon on Thursday to answer the question, "Should Scotland be an independent country?"
The area has been part of the United Kingdom for 307 years. For centuries, scores of supporters have lobbied and even fought for Scotland's independence, as depicted in the Oscar-winning Mel Gibson movie Braveheart and the new Starz series Outlander.
More than 4.28 million people are registered to vote and if most of them choose to break away from the country, the U.K., which also includes England, Wales and Northern Ireland, will lose about 5.2 million citizens. The most recent polls suggest that 51 percent of Scots oppose the proposal. The polls close at 9 p.m. GMT (5 p.m. ET).
Stars who favor Scottish independence:
Scotland. Prove that there is a point by voting... pic.twitter.com/xDlYLTBoDu— Russell Brand (@rustyrockets) September 18, 2014
Just going to work in my YES campaign tartan kilt! I've cried twice today already. pic.twitter.com/d9TduNXQAj— Alan Cumming (@Alancumming) September 18, 2014
Celebrities who oppose Scottish independence and want the United Kingdom to remain united:
"We want to let you know how very much we value our relationship and friendship," David wrote in an open letter distributed by the pro-U.K. unity "Let's Stay Together" campaign, as reported by the U.K. Press Association. "Of course regardless of your decision that will never change, however, my sincere hope is that you will vote to renew our historic bond which has been such a success over the centuries and the envy of the entire world. "What unites us is much greater than what divides us. Let's stay together.
"I'm very proud of my Scottish heritage," he said this summer, according to The Daily Mail. "My firm belief is Scotland should remain part of Great Britain."
"Thursday will be the biggest day in Scotland's history," she wrote in the U.K. newspaper The Mirror this week. "For what it's worth, I will be voting 'No.' I strongly believe Scotland should stay in the U.K."
"I am a proud, patriotic Scot, passionate about my heritage and my country but I am not a nationalist," she added. "We have still been able to retain our proud identity while being a part of Britain."
"Before Beyoncé and before Rihanna, self-proclaimed “street but sweet” Aaliyah was poised to become a global icon with top-selling albums, a hot movie career and an adoring fan base.
I know many of you had your doubts about Alexandra Shipp playing the role of Aaliyah. And while some of you will never be happy with this casting, considering the family is not behind the Lifetime biopic, perhaps a picture of Shipp in the role might convince you that this movie will be worthwhile.
Today, Wendy Williams tweeted the first image of Alexandra playing the late R&B; singer.
And then Lifetime sent out a press release with even more details.
“Before Beyoncé and before Rihanna, self-proclaimed “street but sweet” Aaliyah was poised to become a global icon with top-selling albums, a hot movie career and an adoring fan base. The film follows the beautiful and talented performer’s inspirational journey, from her debut on Star Search at the age of ten to the challenges she faced during her rise to become the Princess of R&B.; On August 25, 2001, at the height of her popularity, her life was tragically cut short when a plane carrying the singer and some of her video crew crashed after takeoff from a Bahamian runway. Although just 22-years-old at the time of her death, Aaliyah continues to lead a legacy as Billboard’s tenth most famous R&B; artist of the past 25 years and one of the recording industry’s most successful artists in history.
Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B; also stars:
Rachael Crawford and Sterling Jarvis as Aaliyah’s parents Diane and Mike Haughton;
A.J. Saudin (Degrassi: The Next Generation) as Aaliyah’s brother Rashad Haughton;
Lyriq Bent (Saw IV) as her uncle and music manager Barry Hankerson.
The film also stars Anthony Grant as Damon Dash,
Izaak Smith (Mirror, Mirror) as Timbaland,
Elise Neal (The Soul Man) as Gladys Knight and
Chattrisse Dolabaille (Home Away) as Missy Elliot.
I think this dude above here has got to be Damon Dash.
Interestingly, I did noticed that R. Kelly’s name was missing from the list of characters, which is interesting because original reports claimed they were going to touch on this relationship. But either someone’s lawyer got to the network or Lifetime had some type of moral awakening.
So, after seeing the pictures, are you more or less convinced?
“Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B;” airs on Saturday, November 15.
Lena Dunham has a book out very, very soon, and you know what that means: it’s time for cover stories and blog posts and an entire cultural conversation about the auteur of an HBO comedy series, so let’s strap in. First out of the gate is the New York Times, with a cover story entitled “Lena Dunham Is Not Done Confessing,” which has prompted a bit of hand-wringing around the ol’ Twittersphere — not because of its generally Dunham-positive tone, or for any particularly reward-worthy photos, but because profile writer Meghan Daum had the audacity to (frequently!) compare Ms. Dunham to Woody Allen, and how dare she.
Daum writes: “She is perhaps to the millennials what J. D. Salinger was to the post-World War II generation and Woody Allen was to the baby boomers: a singular voice who spoke as an outsider and, in so doing, became the ultimate insider.” With the kind of predictability you can set your watch by, Jezebel leaped upon analysis in its five-minutes-tops roundup of “notable lines” from the piece, snorting sarcastically, “Girls is Catcher In The Rye.” And the ever-reliable anti-Dunham brigade on Twitter went into overdrive, with even the Times’ own political reporter Michael Barbaro snidely tweeting that the comparison to Allen “[s]eems… slightly premature.”
Is it? Taken out of the context of the piece — as it’s necessary to do in 140 characters or less — Daum’s thesis actually sounds like the kind of thing Dunham herself has joyfully sent up, from the first episode of Girls on (“I think I may be the voice of my generation. Or at least, a voice of a generation”). But two paragraphs later, Daum makes the case, and it’s a good one:
With her awkward screen presence, her preoccupation with sex, her frank exploration of her own neuroses and, above all, her willingness to play the part of herself almost to the point of caricature, Dunham has ensured that her work be guided by her own persona, which in turn has been shaped by the twin forces of profound anxiety and exhaustive (though, again like Allen, somewhat roving and undisciplined) intellectual engagement. Plus, of course, extensive therapy.
Woody Allen As someone who spent the last year exhaustively studying pretty much everything Allen’s ever done (plug!), I gotta say this: Daum’s comparison holds water. Frankly, it’s not just the surface, positive attributes (New Yorker, chatty style, unassuming aesthetic, intellectual references) that match up, but even the criticisms. Both have been accused — though Dunham far more frequently — of wish fulfillment in their onscreen match-ups, of pairing themselves with partners whose attractiveness is far more conventional than their own. Both have been accused of self-indulgence in their work, of crafting personae that, in time, critical viewers blanch at the mere sight or mention of. And most strikingly, both have been accused of an insularity in their worldview; the criticisms of Girls’ lack of diversity are of the same sort that have circled Allen’s filmography for decades, both speaking to a homogeneity of their creators’ experiences in even a melting pot like New York.
At the heart of the resistance to the Dunham-as-Allen (or Salinger) idea seems to be Daum’s framing of them as contemporaries — she does not use the phrase “the next Woody Allen,” but constructs the claim as generationally analogous. It seems a knee-jerk reaction to the contention that, as Jezebel snarks, Girls could possibly be the equivalent of The Catcher in the Rye. But Dunham is at the distinctive disadvantage of creating works that are (particularly compared to Catcher or Annie Hall) new, without the decades of contextualization and canonization an older artist benefits from. And, as A.O. Scott points out, it’s easy to forget the kind of breathless praise Allen and Salinger’s earliest works were greeted with (without, he notes, the complaints of “unearned” success that this young woman has encountered from word one, mostly based on the “nepotism” of being born to visual artists that 99 percent of HBO’s audience had never heard of). Hell, in Allen’s very first film as a director (1966’s What’s Up, Tiger Lily?), his short, redheaded, glasses-wearing persona was already being immortalized in a Pink Panther-style opening-credit cartoon.
Will Dunham’s subsequent output prove the comparison apt? It’s hard to say. Other filmmakers have been dubbed the new Woody Allen; some have prospered (Steven Soderbergh, Spike Lee, Whit Stillman), some have not (Edward Burns). When it comes to Dunham’s prose — the ostensible reason for the NYT profile — the comparison is actually more of a stretch; Allen’s prose is all literary parody and absurdist wordplay, with none of the autobiographical tension of either his best films or what we’ve seen thus far (and heard about) of Dunham’s written work. That voice seems much closer to the oft-stated influence of Nora Ephron (though that thread leads back to Allen anyway). Wherever you fall, this much is certain: as long as Dunham keeps working, people will continue to have capital-O opinions about her. And who’re we kidding — if she suddenly stops working, they’ll probably complain about that too.
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“Tyrant” will continue its reign on FX.
FX has renewed the drama for a second season, the channel said Thursday. Production on the 13-episode second season is scheduled to begin next spring, for a summer 2015 premiere.
The series, from executive producer Howard Gordon, stars Adam Rayner as Bassam “Barry” Al-Fayeed, the son of a Middle East dictator whose life as a doctor living in America is turned upside-down when he returns to his homeland to attend a relative's wedding and is drawn into a political crisis.
“Tyrant” premiered in June to 2.1 million total viewers, with 775,000 viewers in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic. With linear, time-shifted and non-linear viewing taken into account, the first season of “Tyrant” averaged 5.1 million total viewers weekly, with 2.3 million of them in the demo.
“We're so proud of ‘Tyrant's’ performance throughout its first season,” said Nick Grad, president of original programming for FX Networks and FX Productions. “Howard Gordon is one of the best and most successful producers in this business. His ability to combine intelligent, edge-of-your-seat storytelling with events from the current geopolitical climate is truly groundbreaking. We look forward to seeing how ‘Tyrant’ grows in season two.”
The “Tyrant” renewal follows the August renewal of FX's other big freshman drama, the Guillermo del Toro vampire offering “The Strain.”
Michelle Phan, who runs one of the top fashion and beauty channels on YouTube, countersued electronic-dance music company Ultra Records, which had accused the digital star of illegally using songs of its artists in her videos.
According to Phan’s counterclaim, filed Thursday, she had indeed received authorization from one of Ultra’s managers to use the songs in question — dating back to 2009 — and that the label granted the permission in order to promote digital sales of the music on Apple’s iTunes. Phan’s primary YouTube channel currently has nearly 7 million subscribers.
Phan’s suit seeks declaratory judgment that Ultra had issued a non-revocable license to the recordings and that her videos do not infringe on any Ultra copyright. In addition, she’s demanding unspecified monetary damages, accusing the record company of taking actions “with fraud, oppression and malice.”
In July, Ultra Records and Ultra International Music Publishing sued Phan for copyright infringement, alleging she used songs from several of its artists, including Kaskade, in videos without permission.
A rep for New York-based Ultra Records did not respond to a request for comment on Phan’s countersuit.
According to Phan’s suit, like other record labels, Ultra wanted her to use the music of artists on its label as background music in her YouTube videos along with an iTunes link.
Phan, who was featured this spring in a YouTube-sponsored ad campaign, claims she originally contacted Ultra in July 2009 requesting permission to use the songs, in return for crediting the musician and include an iTunes purchase link in the video. The Ultra manager responded that he was “more than happy to let [Phan] use this content,” per her counterclaim. That agreement between Ultra and Phan covered not only Kaskade, but all Ultra artists, according to her lawsuit.
It was not until March 2014 that Ultra’s attorneys sent a cease-and-desist notice to Phan claiming her use of the songs was unauthorized, according to the suit. This summer, the label also sent YouTube Digital Millennium Copyright Act takedown notices for 12 of Phan’s videos, claiming copyright infringement “even though Ultra had previously agreed that Phan could use music by Ultra artists in those videos,” according to her lawsuit.
Phan’s law firm, Grodsky & Olecki LLP, filed the counterclaim in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
In May, Phan inked a development deal with Endemol Beyond USA, the digital arm of global TV production firm Endemol, which encompasses original content for both digital and broadcast. She also has a contract with L’Oreal Cosmetics, one of the world’s largest cosmetics manufacturers, for her own line of Em-Cosmetics makeup.
We love blooper reels - those rare opportunities to see how our favorite actors and actresses behave out of character.
And we've got our exclusive paws on a great one.
If you've seen Two Faces Of January, you'll know it's a pretty serious drama. But if you were to judge on the below four minutes - which features Viggo Mortensen grabbing groins and gurning - you'd assume it was a comedy.
Click the video below to see Star Wars star Oscar Isaac, Kirsten Dunst and Viggo having a right old laugh.
Then keep scrolling for another silly video, in which we ask Isaac a series of probing questions about Episode VII
Interview video @ source
The victory of The Imitation Game at the Toronto film festival, from which I’ve just returned, seals the deal for the biopic of Alan Turing to dominate the Oscars, just as previous winners 12 Years a Slave, The King’s Speech and Slumdog Millionaire have in years gone by. The Brits are coming! Again! So why my sinking heart? Partly it’s because – unlike 12 Years a Slave – The Imitation Game simply isn’t very stirring. It’s neither turkey nor lion, a solid three-star job. Benedict Cumberbatch is as clever as ever; Keira Knightley is cute as the brainbox to whom Turing is briefly engaged. It pushes buttons with routine ease, decodes a complex bit of cryptography into something even the groggiest of us could follow. It does nothing to rock the boat, nothing you wouldn’t predict. In fact, it’s a film that must manufacture tension from foregone conclusions. Will Turing’s Enigma-busting machine work? It might. Will we win the war? It’s possible.
Where this gets sticky is when it comes to the fate of Turing himself, who was gay when it was still illegal and convicted for gross indecency, opted for chemical castration rather than imprisonment, and died a year later, probably by his own hand, while suffering this indignity. Did you know that already? I’d figured most people would, or at least know the gist. And yet protest they did about reviewers like me spoiling the surprise. The Imitation Game marks the return of spoiler-gate, that endless argy-bargy between critics and readers about how much information is too much.
My other problem with The Imitation Game is that it tries to have its gay martyr cake and eat it. We never see Turing romantically or sexually involved with a man. A chaste note to a schoolboy crush is as steamy as it gets. And yet it does make cinematic capital from the prejudice that led to its hero’s dreadful fate. The end credits hammer home, alongside Turing’s achievements, his terrible persecution, finishing with the balm of the royal pardon granted him by the Queen two years ago. Somehow this serves to add insult to injury. Not just because – as Peter Tatchell wrote – there is no pardon for the not-so-famous thousands of men in the same boat. But because it presents the pardon as the closing chapter in the story of a man whose sexuality cost him his life, yet about which the film is as squeamish as Mrs Grundy.
Sarah Paulson has described her role in American Horror Story: Freak Show as her "most challenging so far".
The actress will appear in the new season in a dual role as conjoined twins Bette and Dot, which has made things "doubly difficult" for the actress.
In the previous three seasons of American Horror Story, Paulson has played a medium, a reporter hunted by a serial killer, and a witch blinded by acid.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly about her new role, she said: "It is the most challenging so far. There's the inherent reality that everyone knows that I do not have two heads. So we're asking the audience to go with us on this journey.
"We're asking everybody that's a fan of the show, like people who are with the show, so I have anxiety because I just want so much for everything about it to work that people forget that they're watching something that they know isn't real and that they buy it and they believe it.
"I think that's why these two girls seem like two different creatures. It's hard to find all the colour and variation and nuances. It's hard to play one person with all of those things going on. It's obviously doubly difficult to do it when you are trying to give shading and characterisation to two people. And I have a southern accent also."
Paulson also said that she believes Freak Show to be the best season of Ryan Murphy's horror series to date.
"I do know from an artistic standpoint... as a reader when I read the scripts, the stories are so rich and complicated and it's just so fascinating. I can't imagine it not being something that people embrace.
"I think from a creative standpoint it's got that feeling of Asylum, in that it's really about something: this idea of being a forgotten soul in the world that's just been cast aside. Everybody feels like that at some point in their lives. It's something that I think has a tremendous amount of currency. It feels very honest about what it means to be a person."
American Horror Story: Freak Show will premiere in the US on October 8 on FX, and return to UK screens on October 21 on FOX.
No role will be as iconic as Lana Banana
Since being romantically linked earlier this year, they've been going to great lengths to keep their relationship under wraps.
And things were no different on Wednesday night, when Jennifer Lawrence, 24, was seen leaving a concert by Coldplay, the popular band fronted by her rumoured beau Chris Martin, 37.
Jennifer was first seen with Martin at one of his New York concerts in August and she apparently was in the mood for some more of his balladry.
'Just before the show was supposed to start, Jennifer Lawrence walked toward the stage, surrounded by a couple girlfriends, trying to find their seat,' a source told US.
Once the 37-year-old musician hit the stage he immediately scanned the crowd before spotting Lawrence up on a balcony seat, the insider claimed.
Adding: 'He pointed and said "Aha! I see you!" and then smiled and waved. He kept looking up in the direction during the show and smiling, pointing, singing to her.'
The singer performed many of his standards, including his latest song for Hunger Games: Catching Fire titled Atlas.
Another source told US that Martin's estranged wife Gwyneth Paltrow is positive about the new romance: 'Her take is, "Hey, he could do worse." She just wants him to be happy.'
Outtakes from Miss Dior F/W 14.15
1 + 2
i mean as long as she's happy......
Lil’ Kim may hate Nicki Minaj more than Ms. Wallace and Foxy Brown combined, but one fellow emcee that she doesn’t have beef with is Iggy Azalea. The pair have been mutually supportive of each other since Iggy first hit the scene, so it was only a matter of time before they got into the studio together to record a collaboration.
In a new interview with Revolt TV to promote her Hard Core 2k14 mixtape, Kim confirmed that she’s set to do a track with both Iggy and T.I., but is still unsure just what to do with it.
“Iggy is my girl,” said Kim. “Her and I and T.I. are doing a track together. I don’t know if it’s gonna be for my album… We have other plans for it as well. I think we’re gonna do a double package type thing.”
Fingers crossed that the collaboration pops up on Iggy’s upcoming The New Classic re-release. If not, then we could be waiting forever to hear it considering how long Lil’ Kim usually takes to release new music.
the queen's back bitches, regurgitate
I'm so READY for the iconic visuals too!!!
Get that comeback Queen Bee.
Lady Gaga has touched down in the birthplace of the Aphrodite Lady/seashell bikini, Athens, Greece! Gaga is due to perform at the Olympic Stadium tomorrow.
Pics from her elaborate airport entrance
Arriving at her hotel
Gags also shared some pictures from her hotel room where she continued the one woman photoshoot from above
I see Gaga has saved her best look of the year for my country of course, bless! I will be at her concert tomorrow so I'm gonna keep y'all updated
According to a report from Fusion’s Mexico City correspondent Manuel Rueda, the incident has been “widely covered” by local press and may have actually violated a law that protects “national emblems, the flag and the national anthem.”
The 35-page law protecting national symbols regulates the proper use of Mexico’s flag in schools, public buildings, and during government ceremonies, but does not exactly include any clause specific to butt-flogging.
Article 52 does, however, say that acts which show “disrespect for the flag and national symbols, will be punished according to their seriousness and the condition of the person who commits them.”
According to the law, disrespecting the flag can be punishable with fines up to 250 minimum wages, or 36 hours in jail. And if the infraction is committed for commercial purposes, the crime can be punished with a fine of up to 1,000 minimum [daily] wages — or roughly $5,200.
Previously, Rueda reports, Mexican pop star Paulina Rubio was “fined $4,000 for appearing in a Spanish magazine with a Mexican flag draped around her naked body.”
At least one Mexican lawmaker has spoken out against Cyrus’ act.
“They are hitting her with the flag, or cleaning her backside. It’s a lack of respect,” Francisco Trevino Cabello, of the conservative National Action Party, said of the incident. “The interior ministry must sanction the singer Miley Cyrus for desecrating the flag.”
You can see it happening at 2:20 in this video:
posting this for y'all who were mocking readmymiind... smdh
Marvel.com interviews with both Ming-Na and Nick Blood:
Marvel.com sat down with Nick Blood for this exclusive first interview to learn more about Lance Hunter before he debuts next week, so keep reading to learn more about the new team member’s reasons for joining up, what it’s like to join the established cast in its second season and much more!
Marvel.com: We don’t really know much about Lance Hunter at this point aside from the fact that when he comes in, he’s a mercenary. He’s not really in it for the cause, he’s in it for the money. What can you say about his role?
Nick Blood: Well, I’m not going to tell you much, because I want you to watch it. [laughs] He’s based on a Marvel character, Lance Hunter, who in the comics was the head of S.T.R.I.K.E., which was kind of like the British equivalent of S.H.I.E.L.D. But that’s not necessarily [the direction we’re going in] “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” He’s British, he’s got military background, as did Lance [in the comics]. He kind of comes across the S.H.I.E.L.D. gang and ends up joining them. You’ll have to tune in to find out.
Marvel.com: When we’re introduced to Lance, he has a very strong relationship already with Lucy Lawless’ character, Isabelle Hartley, and her team. What is it about her the he respects so much?
Nick Blood: Yeah, they’re a real tight crew. There’s a couple of characters, Izzy and Idaho, and these guys have been through everything together. They’ve been together for a while, trust in each other explicitly, and they know each other inside out. They know what each other’s going to do before they do it. I think with that, with the experiences that they’ve gone through, comes a huge amount of love and respect for each other and a sort of deep caring for one another. So with Izzy, they’re thick as thieves. It was nice because my first few [scenes] were with [Lucy Lawless] and that was really nice to have somebody who is kind of new as well, but she knows the city really well and she’s done lots of work over here so she kind of [had that on me].
Marvel.com: Building on that, what’s it like to toy with some of the pre-existing dynamics? Because obviously, so many of these characters from the first season had so many dynamics with each other. Now you’re a new character changing things around.
Nick Blood: It’s really nice because each different character, the original characters, has a different kind of response to [Hunter]. Generally I think they’re slightly wary, a little bit suspicious, [but also] a little bit amused by him. Because the nice thing about him coming into this group is that Lance doesn’t really care that much of what people think of him. So he’s very much himself and very comfortable in it. He doesn’t bow down to the etiquette of the S.H.I.E.L.D. hierarchy. He’s quite fun to be able to play with that. He treats Director Coulson just how he would treat Skye or Fitz.
Before the season premiere of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” next Tuesday, September 23 at its new time, 9:00 p.m. ET, we talked with Ming-Na Wen about what the future holds for May as Coulson and his team embark on a new journey through uncharted territory to rebuild S.H.I.E.L.D.
Marvel.com: Towards the end of last season, May and Coulson’s relationship in particular got a little rocky before it became a lot better. Going into Season 2, how would you define the dynamic between the two of them?
Ming-Na Wen: I think they’ve patched things up, and they respect and understand each other enough and have a strong enough friendship where both understand why she had to follow orders. So they’re in a good place. I don’t know how much of this I can give away. What’s really great is [now] that Coulson has new duties as Director in rebuilding S.H.I.E.L.D., he’s got his hands full in coordinating and recruiting S.H.I.E.L.D. members that he feels he can trust. So May is now his right hand man, or I guess, his right hand woman, I should say, in dealing with the ragtag gang of S.H.I.E.L.D. members we have left and in conducting missions. I love the fact that May now has a lot more duties and she really, truly, is in the field, which is a thing that she didn’t want in the beginning. She’s completely immersed in it and she understands why she has to be.
Marvel.com: Another thing that’s coming up is I know that beginning in the new season, May has sort of taken Skye under her wing as well.
Ming-Na Wen: Yeah, very much.
Marvel.com: I was curious what it was that May sees in Skye. At the beginning Coulson obviously saw something in her from the get-go, but some of the other characters, it took a little bit more for them to really accept her. At this point, what does May see in Skye that leads her to become her new supervising officer?
Ming-Na Wen: May does see the potential in Skye. She’s proven herself many times over the course of the last year in certain missions, [especially with] how [Skye] had to handle Ward when she found out he was Hydra. She’s really proven herself under stress. However, I think the other layer is that both Coulson and Skye share this mysterious blue formula that’s in their system. Being her S.O., I think, is something that serves several purposes. One is that she can keep an eye on Skye, she can get to know her better, and if there are any changes that happen in her she’ll be able to pick up on it much quicker. At the same time, she’s a real asset to the team as far as being able to go into the field, and we need every single member that we can get and Skye is someone that she can trust. It’s just a matter of also keeping an eye on her.
Marvel.com: That vigilance and watching over others, is that one of the key things that you feel keeps May around with S.H.I.E.L.D., or is there also that belief in the bigger idea of what S.H.I.E.L.D. is and can be?
Ming-Na Wen: I think so, because May’s friendship and loyalty to Coulson runs so deep. I find that relationship so fascinating and so fun to play between the two of them. But it’s basically her loyalty and her love for Coulson. Maybe not romantic [love], it’s just really--it’s hard to describe--it’s a bond, it’s unbreakable, and she will watch over Coulson and take care of him and help him through whatever he needs to at this point in his life because he has a lot to deal with on many levels: Physically, mentally, and emotionally. She wants to be there for him, and if it serves S.H.I.E.L.D., that’s just more or less a side effect, really.
"Making Friends and Influencing People" - Coulson and his team race against HYDRA to get to Donnie Gill--a dangerous gifted with the ability to freeze objects--while Simmons is caught in the crossfire on Tuesday, October 7 (9:00-10:00 p.m.ET) on the ABC Television Network.
"Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." stars Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson, Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May, Brett Dalton as Grant Ward, Chloe Bennet as Skye, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz, Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons and Nick Blood as Lance Hunter.
Guest starring are Henry Simmons as Alphonso "Mack" Mackenzie, Reed Diamond as Daniel Whitehall, Dylan Minnette as Donnie Gill, Simon Kassiandes as Sunil Bakshi, Adam Kulbersh, as Kenneth Turgeon, Maya Stojan as Agent 33, David Diaan as Elias, Jarrod Crawford as Lead Hydra Agent, Nicholas Roth as Second Hydra Agent, Mo Darwiche as Ship's Captain, and Jesse D Goins as Theo.
"Making Friends and Influencing People" was written by Monica Owusu-Breen and directed by Bobby Roth.
Actor Brett Dalton at the MEN'S FITNESS 2014 GAME CHANGERS event at Palihouse on September 17, 2014 in West Hollywood, California.
The day has come! At approximately 12:46 p.m. EST something magical happened on the Prada runway: Gemma Ward.
The Australian model (who quit the business in 2008) strutted out onto Prada's sandy runway in a long coat and literally shocked the entire Fashionista office (and probably everyone else watching the livestream or at the show). Since leaving the business, Ward has appeared in films like "The Black Balloon" and "The Great Gatsby" and also had a child. From the look of things, she wasn't coming back to modeling any time soon... but if anyone could persuade her to take to the runway again it's Miuccia Prada and casting director Ashley Brokaw.
Not only does Ward's appearance solidify the fact that models are making their return to the spotlight (look no further than Vogue's September cover or the major models who walked in other SS15 shows, like Abbey Lee Kershaw, Kristen Owen, Maggie Rizer or Lara Stone, who closed the Prada show, for proof), but it's also probably about to put an end to the stunt casting that dominated New York runways. I mean, who really cares which runways celebrity spawn models walked when Gemma Ward is back in the game?
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ABC is looking to Korean format My Love From Another Star for its next breakout hit.
The network has handed out a script commitment with a penalty attached to a remake of the Korean hit, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Based on the Korean format, My Love explores why a superhero has to save the world and asks why he can't save just one girl. ABC's take is described as epic supernatural love story about a world-famous pop star, Lark, and her anti-social neighbor, James, who happens to be from another planet. Disillusioned by the pettiness of human nature, and a resident of Earth for the past several hundred years, James has a centuries-old rule that he will never use his abilities to intervene in the lives of the people around him. But when he gets a premonition that the infuriatingly self-centered but compelling Lark is going to be murdered, James finds himself drawn into her chaotic life and falling deeply in love — just as he finally has the chance to return to his home in the stars.
Watch a clip from My Love, below.