Netflix’s THE DEFENDERS on Entertainment Weekly


Netflix’s THE DEFENDERS do not go on air until mid-2017, but promotional campaign continues on, with the latest being the cover-shoot for Entertainment Weekly magazine (Image above), as well as press release stills to gawk at the members of the fictional NYC crew - including Carlie Cox as “Matt Murdock” AKA “Daredevil” (but not in superhero suit), Krysten Ritter as “Jessica Jones” (arguably the best Marvel superheroine on television now), Mike Colter as “Luke Cage” (in signature yellow, but no tiara or chains), and Finn Jones as “Danny Rand / Iron Fist” (you’ve got to see the animated gif attached at the bottom of this post :p).

Also “revealed” is actress Sigourney Weaver as “Alexandra” - the “villain” of this series.

The Defenders Entertainment Weekly

(Source: ew.com)

Set a few months after the events of the second season of Daredevil (actor Charlie Cox confirms this with a soundbite posted below), the superheroes Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist team-up in New York City. The Defenders will consist of eight episodes, and is scheduled to be released in mid-2017.
"Well, it’s been a few months since the end of season 2. I think it’s been quite a challenging few months for him. He took the death of Elektra very badly —I think he feels responsible for that. One of Matt’s big things is trying to protect the people he loves, which is why he keeps his identity hidden, and he’s failed. He’s left holding the dead body of a loved one, and so I think he’s tried to turn a corner.

It’s almost like quitting an addiction in the hope that it will get easier. He’s perhaps a little bit lost, and the best he can do for now is to not engage in his vigilante activities. When we meet him at the beginning of The Defenders, I’m not sure he’s completely found peace with that idea. I think he’s doing the best with what he can at the time. He finds himself between a rock and a hard place, which is the crux of his issue really from the beginning of season 1. 'Should I or shouldn’t I? What is more beneficial to society?'"
(reported on comicbookmovie.com)

Here are some BTS / behind-the-scenes stills of said shoot for EW (Source: ew.com), along with a personal “watch-wish” = Can’t wait to see if ever the “Daughters of the Dragon”; Simone Missick as “Misty Knight” (from Luke Cage) and Jessica Henwick as “Colleen Wing” (from Iron Fist) will EVER team-up tho LOL

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#watched #EmeraldCity Ep1-3 + Ep4 Promo

I’ve since watched Eps 1-3 of NBC’s EMERALD CITY, and have enjoyed it enough to want to see a few more episodes, before I decide to continue with it or wait to binge when the series is over LOL

The pace is exceedingly not as fast paced as you might expect, which is somewhat refreshing, if not gnawing at my impatience. Blame modern contemporary police procedurals, I suspect LOL

Dorothy with back history - Check.
Dorothy is pulled into tornado - Check.
Lands in Oz with a dog (NOT her dog at first) - Check.
Dog is named “Toto”, because that is the word for “son” in Oz - Check.
Meets the man who would be “Scarecrow” and names him Lucious - Check.
Walking to Emerald City along yellow-poppy laden brick road, to meet the Wizard - Check.
Kills a witch twice - Check.

Not even going into the boy-turned-girl-who-was-originally-a-girl subplot (whom I have since named “Tips’ Tits”…).

I would understand that more of both the scenario and characters will be revealed and explained in due time, with Tarsem Singh’s earlier (much earlier) “The Cell” and “Fallen”, even “Immortal”, “patience” will be rewarded - if not be for “story” - which with the case with Singh’s films - I could easily forgo but for the beauty visuals, which as of Ep.3, has not disappointed, especially in a television landscape devoid of an overt design language beyond “memory” and “nostalgia”, IMHO.

No spoilers for now, except for what the promo videos have us see :)

Featured above is Ep.3’s "Mistress-New-Mistress”, while the following piece is for next week’s episode, titled "Science and Magic”!

"Dorothy (Adria Arjona) and Lucas (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) are approached by a mysterious young girl who has lost her way. Following a tragic accident, Tip (Jordan Loughran) finds herself caught between two powerful forces - Glinda (Joely Richardson) and West (Ana Ularu). Elsewhere, the Wizard (Vincent D'Onofrio) pays a visit to a village and exacts his authority over its citizens. Meanwhile, Jack (Gerran Howell) has a life-changing experience that leads him on a surprising new path with a unique woman (guest star Stefanie Martini). Joely Richardson and Mido Hamada also star."

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NBC’s #Powerless Profile Promos: Vanessa Hudgens & Alan Tudyk

Since “Meeting The Team”, individual character profile promos for NBC’s “Powerless” has presented Vanessa Hudgens’ "Emily Locke”, and Alan Tudyk as “Del Heller Van Wayne” - Bruce Wayne’s “cousin”? LOL

"Emily Locke lands her dream job as Director of Research and Development for Wayne Security in Charm City, home to super heroes and villains and citizens fed up with the collateral damage of their constant fighting. Full of confidence and big ideas, Emily quickly learns that her aspirations far exceed those of her new boss and officemates, so it will be up to her to lead the team toward their full potential and the realization that you don’t need superpowers to be a hero."

Kyle MacLachlan Returns as FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper in SHOWTIME’s 2017

"Kyle MacLachlan reprises his role as FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper. TWIN PEAKS, the 18-part limited event series will debut with a two-part premiere on Sunday, May 21 at 9PM ET/PT. Immediately following the premiere, SHOWTIME subscribers will have access to the third and fourth parts, exclusively across the SHOWTIME streaming service, SHOWTIME ANYTIME® and SHOWTIME ON DEMAND®. In its second week, TWIN PEAKS will air the third and fourth parts back-to-back on the linear network, starting at 9 p.m. ET/PT, followed by one-hour parts in subsequent weeks."
Kyle (and cherry pie and black coffee) was/were one of the iconic aspects of Twin Peaks for me, including the “red Room” … funny how a couple of months ago, I revisited a cafe where I had previously seen a baked cheery pie, to want to recreate the “cherry pie and lack coffee”, but alas they had not baked cherry pie that day! Has “fate” run out after all these years? LOL


Pop! TV: Silicon Valley Coming in February!

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FUNKO PRESS: ”The dedicated staff at Pied Piper are getting their moment in the Funko Pop! Vinyl spotlight! This series will include some of the most popular characters from the Emmy®-winning and Golden Globe®-nominated show Silicon Valley!

Collect Richard, founder of the buzzy start-up Pied Piper; Erlich, owner of Hacker Hostel that serves as Pied Piper HQ; Dinesh, the company’s code writer; Gilfoyle, the systems architect; and Jared, head of business development! Collect them all this winter!”

"Silicon Valley is an American comedy television series created by Mike Judge, John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky. The series focuses on six young men who found a startup company in Silicon Valley. The series premiered on April 6, 2014, on HBO. The first season consisted of eight episodes. HBO renewed the series for a second season, which premiered on April 12, 2015. On April 13, 2015, HBO renewed Silicon Valley for a third season, which premiered on April 24, 2016. On April 21, 2016, HBO announced it had renewed the series for a fourth season to air in 2017." (Wiki)

Mamoru Oshii's SAND WHALE AND ME on Toonami

STORY: "Sand Whale and Me” is the story of a female paratrooper in the distant future who is stranded in a vast desert. With limited supply of food and water, her only hope is to catch a Sand Whale from a pack. If she can't, her life may just hang in the balance.“

“Sand Whale and Me” is a 25 minute, 5 part short film from director Mamoru Oshii (Ghost in the Shell, Patlabor) and Production I.G. premiering in Toonami on March 18th ((in celebration of Toonami's 20th anniversary).

Presented in a “hybrid” live action X CG style, folks who’d watched Oshii’s 2009 “Assault Girls“ would instantaneously recognise the style (I have a “thing” for that film quite a bit actually), and visually it doesn’t seemed to have changed as much LOL … hey, in fact, is the story now a “continuation” of the previous feature film?

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In “Assault Girls”, there is also an entirely red-clad Female warrior known as “COLONEL” (played by Hinako Saeki). This is her character description from the film’s official website:
"Female warrior riding on a horse racing through the desolate desert. Her weapon is a customized automatic-rifle, a FAL. She grasps situations in a calm and reassuring manner and brings down herds of monsters in rapid-fire succession. She definitely deserves to be called "Colonel". She has a giant descending remote-control hunting soldier Temjin (Sky Man) on standby on an assault landing ship (Ryujo II) in the sky for crucial moments. In the real world, she is the mother of two children and earns a living by hunting monsters instead of relying on her junkie husband."
Would be very interesting if the new incarnation is in some way connected to “Assault Girls” (story-wise), as frankly it would be too much a stretch to say these are “unrelated”, or if you want to throw in the “reboot”-angle?

Regardless, it’s not for me to say, but to enjoy the films presented before us. Here are some snaps off the web (for “Colonel”), for visual reference:


Besides the overt soft-focus throughout most of “Assault Girls” (at the very less intrusive than Oshii’s earlier “Avalon” - and NO, I don’t need my visuals crisp clear like hi-def-digital), I adored the design aspect of the film’s characters - very much like a post-Apocalyptical “Mad Max” (for lack of a better frame of visual reference), manifest in hyper-manga! What awesome 1/6th-action figures they’ll make too! LOL

Check out the FULL FILM for “Assault Grils” since posted on POPCORNX and/or I NOT OTAKU! … alas the film is dubbed in French, with NO English subtitles … Hey! It’s free to watch on YouTube, okay? Heh.