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 on: October 10, 2019, 01:11:53 pm 
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Agents of SHIELD’s Dove Cameron Wants to Play Gwen Stacy in the MCU

Agents of SHIELD’s Dove Cameron Wants to Play Gwen Stacy in the MCU
Sooner or later, someone will have to take Emma Stone’s legacy as Gwen Stacy into a live-action movie. And it seems like we have found a contender, as Agents of SHIELD Season 5’s Dove Cameron is now campaigning to portray the character on the big screen in live-action. Speaking with Yahoo, Cameron revealed that she would love to make an appearance in the MCU as Spider-Man‘s love interest.

“I would love to play Gwen Stacy,” Cameron said. “I would love to play Spider-Gwen, or Ghost Spider, or whatever kind of incarnation they’re going to make her into.”

Cameron has recently voiced the character in the Disney XD animated series Marvel Rising, confessing that she also loves how Emma Stone portrayed Gwen Stacy in 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man and 2014’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

“I was really honoured when they asked me to voice her and I would love a chance to audition,” she added. “I think any kind of action girl – that’s my type of girl!

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Then the Disney star disclosed her own hopes on the take on the character and on opposing Tom Holland’s web-slinger.

“I would love it if she was an equal match,” she said. “I would love it if she was a physical threat… if she was quite a force. I just love playing characters for women that are not so thin – and I mean thin, like emotionally – that are not so narrowly defined.”

Recently we saw Hailee Steinfeld voicing Gwen Stacy on-screen in Into the Spider-Verse, specifically doing the version Cameron would like to do. Cameron previously played General Hale’s daughter Ruby in Season 5 of Agents of SHIELD, but it’s not unprecedented for Marvel TV actors to return as different movie characters. (Just ask Mahershala Ali.) Her return to the MCU would be a great addition to the Spider-Man franchise. Who knows, maybe we are not that far from seeing Spider-Gwen’s debut in live-action.

How do you think Dove Cameron would fare as Gwen Stacy? Let us know your guess in the comments section below


 on: October 10, 2019, 07:10:40 am 
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I am Alia Diaz from the United States and i am a marketer by profession.

 on: October 09, 2019, 10:15:26 am 
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Joker Review: A Masterful Performance From Joaquin Phoenix

Joker Review: A Masterful Performance From Joaquin Phoenix
Leading up to its release, Joker has been mired in controversy. For a movie that most people hadn’t seen, there was a lot of chit-chat about what the film itself symbolizes. While much is left to interpretation, Joker is the type of manic experience that would please the Clown Prince of Crime himself. It’s the film equivalent of an Elseworlds book: although the story is set within the guise of Batman mythology, it’s also mostly a standalone affair told from a specific perspective. Most of the cinematic interpretations of the character in the past displayed shades of ambiguity concerning Joker’s origin. This film, on the other hand, instead focuses on specificity.

At the same time, Joker is also a complete abstraction. It takes the dichotomy of the character and filters it through a societal lens. Arthur Fleck is a mentally ill sociopath who is eventually molded by society into a stone-cold psychopath. He’s a man who has been abandoned by the very culture that beat him down in the first place. There’s something sinister growing inside of Arthur, and the film does a beautiful job of pacing out his transformation. This is both a detriment and blessing, but is anchored by a masterful leading performance.

Revisiting the Problematic Man-Child

As the brains behind this weird DC offshoot, co-writer/director Todd Phillips is trying to make a statement with his latest directorial effort. It’s hard to say precisely what statement, though there’s something to be said about how hard Phillips is trying to be a serious filmmaker. He mostly succeeds. It’s a brilliant change of pace for a filmmaker who has primarily made silly comedies featuring man-child characters as his leads. Yet Joker is also representative of this trait. It features the dramatic version of what Phillips has staked his career on – a problematic man-child. Just one who happens to be far more disturbed and mentally ill than any of his other characters.

While this is troublesome in its own right, Phillips captures a precise tone in Joker. The film feels hugely reminiscent of gritty crime thrillers from the late seventies and early eighties. In essence, this is Phillips’ homage to Scorsese classics like Taxi Driver and The King of Comedy. Even though the correlations are undeniable, he’s also wearing his heart on his sleeve as a filmmaker. There’s a pure level of craftsmanship on display – however shallow it may be.

Phoenix Fire

Joker Todd Phillips

It’s no secret that Joaquin Phoenix is one of the greatest working actors of our era. He’s chalked up countless incredible performances in the past, from  Gladiator to modern classics like The Master and Her. Joker is only further affirmation of Phoenix’s greatness as pure performer. Raw, unhinged, and completely uncompromising, he’s an absolute tour-de-force in the film. He also manages to forge a stable path amongst the pantheon of incredible actors to take on this role. His only real interest in the film is to capture something real, which may seem paradoxical because of how the movie ends. However, it’s also why his performance is so mesmerizing. It frees Phoenix to dig into the psychology of playing the Joker, while also allowing a more flawed, human approach to an absolutely abhorrent character.

While Phoenix is unequivocally the star of the show, the film also adds some intriguing supporting players including Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy, and Brett Cullen. Despite the wealth of talent surrounding him, all these players have minimal screen time, so their impact is limited. As a result, there’s not much for them to do other than stand in awe of Phoenix in his element. In other words, this movie wouldn’t be anywhere near as effective if it weren’t for the presence of its magnetic leading performer.

Appealing To the Lowest Common Denominator

It’s honestly a wonder as to how Phoenix was even courted for the role to begin with. While the masterful actor certainly aids the direction from Phillips, the screenplay for Joker does not. Co-written by Phillips and Scott Silver, the story presents the illusion of dramatic heft. It’s trying to be about so many different things that it forgets to be about anything at all. It does a great job of stripping Arthur to his core, but what’s inside is ultimately hollow. For a movie that’s trying to be realistic, the writing is often dumbed down with character motivations that never quite make sense.

Situations in Joker are slightly exaggerated, and dialogue is on the nose, which makes the film feel surface level at best. In essence, it creates the illusion of being about something far grander than it’s own designs. Unfortunately, it never actually commits to a specific thematic path. Except for Arthur, the rest of the characters become caricatures in their own right. There are a few exciting moments, but the film primarily appeals to the lowest common denominator. Simply put, the film thinks it’s about something when, in reality, it’s about nothing at all.

A Shocking and Visceral Experience

Aside from these glaring drawbacks with the writing, Joker is a shocking and visceral experience. The production design and cinematography are outstanding, both working to create flawless world-building. Much like Phillips, DP Lawrence Sher has successfully graduated from shooting irreverent comedies to creating a dramatic visual presence – one that might even be Oscar-worthy. In the same vein, Mark Friedberg’s immersive production design could very well be a dark horse. Similarly, the score by Hildur Guònadóttir is both haunting mesmerizing at the same time. It adds a level of tension and atmosphere that perfectly captures Arthur’s increasingly dire headspace.

Despite the impressive craftsmanship on display from the production team, Joker is the type of film that is meant to provoke a reaction. It’s intended to get people talking, and whether this is for better or worse remains to be seen. At least on the surface, it’s an exciting character exploration, but not much else. It’s not necessarily a transcendent experience, even though it’s clear that’s what it hopes to be. More than anything, the film is trying to start a discourse – for better or worse. It’s safe to say that this movie is unique, though maybe not in the way that it hopes to be. But much like the titular character, it sure is going to try.

Rating: 4/5

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 on: October 09, 2019, 10:14:57 am 
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Joker Sets a New October Record With $93.5 Million Opening

Joker Sets a New October Record With $93.5 Million Opening
The Clown Prince of Crime easily dominated the box office this weekend. Via Deadline, director Todd Phillips’ Joker solo film set a new October record with a $93.5 million opening. Last year, Venom set the previous record with an $80 million opening weekend. While this opening is impressive, it may actually go higher. The final numbers will be released later today, but industry estimates suggest Joker may rise above $95 million or more. Needless to say, Joker came in well above Warner Bros.’ expectations.

Domestically, Joker almost matched Justice League‘s opening $93.8 million, and has a shot at exceeding it when Warner Bros. announces the final tally. Among DC adaptations, Joker and Justice League‘s opening weekends came in behind Man of Steel, Suicide Squad, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Wonder Woman, The Dark Knight Rises, and The Dark Knight.

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Worldwide, Joker was also a huge success. Variety places Joker‘s international take as $140.5 million. South Korea had the biggest Joker opening with $16.3 million, while the United Kingdom came in second with $14.8 million for the film. Combined with Joker‘s domestic take, its current worldwide total is $234 million. However,  this total was accomplished without China, which has yet to approve Joker for a release.

What do you think about Joker‘s new October record? How high do you think it will go at the box office? Let us know in the comment section below!

Recommended Reading: The Joker: A Visual History of the Clown Prince of Crime



 on: October 08, 2019, 10:11:33 am 
Started by Final Dread, the Unquiet Earth, Ghostland, Armageddon - Last post by Final Dread, the Unquiet Earth, Ghostland, Armageddon
Incredible Hulk Star Edward Norton Reflects on His Split With Marvel
Incredible Hulk Star Edward Norton Reflects on His Split With Marvel
When The Avengers hit theaters in 2012, audiences immediately took to Mark Ruffalo’s portrayal of Bruce Banner. However, there were still a few fans who would have preferred to see Edward Norton reprise his Incredible Hulk role in Marvel’s first big team-up film, if only for continuity’s sake. After nearly a decade, Ruffalo has certainly made the character his own. But in a new interview with The New York Times, Norton recalled his falling out with the studio and explained his original intentions for the Jade Giant.

Norton agreed to join The Incredible Hulk on the condition that he could rewrite Zak Penn’s screenplay. Apparently, he had enough story ideas for two separate installments and Marvel initially seemed enthusiastic about his vision. But in the end, the studio decided to go in a different direction.

“I laid out a two-film thing: The origin and then the idea of Hulk as the conscious dreamer, the guy who can handle the trip,” said Norton. “And they were like, ‘That’s what we want!’ As it turned out, that wasn’t what they wanted.”

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Of course, the creative differences didn’t stop there. The Incredible Hulk’s release in the summer of 2008 was memorably overshadowed by reports of a dispute between Norton and the producers over the film’s final cut. Norton and director Louis Leterrier fought for a 135-minute runtime, while the studio wanted to keep it under two hours. Ultimately, the producers won, and this allegedly compelled Norton to shy away from making public appearances to promote the film.

Norton insisted that he had a “great time” making the movie. But when production started on The Avengers in 2010, Marvel effectively ended their relationship with Norton when they announced that his character would be recast with “an actor who embodies the creativity and collaborative spirit of our other talented cast members.”

“Yeah, [it] was cheap,” noted Norton. “It was brand defensiveness or something. Ultimately they weren’t going for long, dark and serious. But it doesn’t matter. We had positive discussions about going on with the films, and we looked at the amount of time that would’ve taken, and I wasn’t going to do that. I honestly would’ve wanted more money than they’d have wanted to pay me. But that’s not why I would’ve wanted to do another Hulk movie anyway.”

Should Marvel have given Edward Norton more creative freedom when making The Incredible Hulk? Tell us what you think in the comment section below!


 on: October 07, 2019, 12:54:53 am 
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'Legally haunted' house is on sale for $1.9M
Posted on Saturday, 5 October, 2019 |

This house has seen its fair share of paranormal occurrences. Image Credit: Google Street View
A mansion in Nyack, New York is considered legally haunted due to the infamous 'Ghostbusters ruling.'
There is no shortage of haunted houses up for sale these days, with homeowners offering up stories of unexplained phenomena as a selling point to potential buyers with a penchant for the paranormal.
In this case however, the haunted nature of the building has actually been established in court.

Built in 1890, the house was pretty unremarkable until the 1960s when a woman named Helen Ackley moved in with her family. Before long, tales of ghosts from the Revolutionary War began to emerge.

Ackley claimed that her grandchildren would receive mysterious 'gifts' such as rings that would appear and disappear on their own accord. She also maintained that her daughter, Cynthia, would be regularly awoken by an entity shaking her bed every morning.

The family lived there until 1989, however when the house was eventually sold, its new owners did not take kindly to the fact that they had not been informed of its haunted status beforehand.

When the matter was taken to court, it was ruled that because the Ackley family had widely publicized their belief that the building was haunted, it should be legally considered such.

Known as the 'Ghostbusters ruling', the case has since been widely taught in US law school classes.

As for the house itself - it is now available to buy for the princely sum of $1.9 million.

 on: October 06, 2019, 07:11:46 pm 
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 on: October 06, 2019, 07:11:27 pm 
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US Navy confirms that UFO footage is genuine
Posted on Wednesday, 18 September, 2019 |

Video footage showing US Navy pilots pursuing exotic unidentified flying objects has been confirmed as real.
Back in 2017 and 2018, three videos were published by the New York Times showing US Navy pilots attempting to chase down unidentified, high-altitude objects traveling at hypersonic speeds.

The objects exhibited no apparent wings, markings or even any visible means of propulsion.

Now Joseph Gradisher, a spokesperson for the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare, has come forward to confirm to The Black Vault that these videos are in fact authentic.

The US Navy, he maintains, considers these objects "unidentified aerial phenomena." The videos were never cleared for release and were distributed by accident by a former Pentagon employee.

They had originally been intended for addition to an internal government database.

While it's important to remember that this revelation does not mean that the objects were necessarily extraterrestrial in nature, it does suggest that even the US Navy doesn't know what they are.

It is also likely that incidents of this nature occur a lot more often than is generally realized.

 on: October 06, 2019, 07:08:51 pm 
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Photo of alleged Bigfoot released by group
Posted on Sunday, 6 October, 2019 |

There's something in the picture, but is it really Bigfoot ? Image Credit: Facebook / Bigfoot 911
A Bigfoot investigation group has revealed a grainy black-and-white image taken in North Carolina.
The photograph, which was snapped on the banks of Lake James, was taken during a sighting of a strange hominid skulking in the trees at around 2 a.m. last Saturday.

The group - Bigfoot 911 - has long been involved in the investigation of the Bigfoot phenomenon.

"I locked right onto this creature and knew immediately it was a Bigfoot," said member John Bruner.

"He was standing there watching us, swaying back and forth. I guess he felt safe because the four of us were in a boat and he was on shore."

The sighting lasted for approximately five minutes before the creature disappeared into the trees.

"I didn't feel we were in any danger," said Bruner. "Bigfoot are curious. They want to watch us, but also want to get away from us. They don't want to engage us at all."

 on: October 05, 2019, 09:20:33 pm 
Woman arrested over 1990 'killer clown' case
Posted on Wednesday, 27 September, 2017 |

Authorities in the US have arrested a woman on suspicion of murdering her future husband's former wife.
On May 26, 1990, Marlene Warren had answered the door of her home in Wellington, Florida, to accept a bouquet of flowers from an individual dressed as a clown when, without warning, the perpetrator pulled out a gun and shot her in the face before casually walking away.

Sadly Warren died in hospital two days later and her murderer was never caught.

Now though, almost 30 years on from the incident, new DNA evidence has implicated Sheila Keen Warren - the current wife of Ms Warren's former husband - as the person responsible.

"Witnesses were re-contacted and additional DNA analysis was conducted," the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office said. "It was also learned that Sheila Keen had married Michael Warren, Marlene Warren's husband, in 2002. Both had been living in Tennessee operating a restaurant together."

"As a result of the investigation, probable cause was established linking Sheila Keen Warren to the murder of Marlene Warren."

The suspect has since been remanded in custody and is now awaiting extradition to Florida.

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