“Age of Ultron”: Trailer kicks off speculation about Avengers sequel

By Ashley Bergner
Box Office Buzz

avengers-age-of-ultron-concept-posterWell, let the speculation begin.

The first trailer for Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” arrived earlier than expected, thanks to a leak (Marvel proved to be a good sport, claiming — tongue-in-cheek — the work of pesky “Hydra” agents). At any rate, the trailer is here, and fans have quickly begun dissecting the two and a half minute video.

And there’s certainly a lot going on in those two and a half minutes. We catch a glimpse of the team of superheroes, looking weary and war-torn. We witness streets covered with ashes and rubble. The tone is grimmer, darker than the first Avengers movie, veering closer to Christopher Nolan’s “Dark Knight” trilogy. We get a sense that this battle is going to cost the Avengers — as a team and as individuals. And unlike its predecessor, this movie may not have a happy ending.

Marvel tends to not give away the best bits of their movies in their trailers, a fact I’ve always appreciated. The trailer for “Age of Ultron” teases far more than it reveals, but it’s given us plenty to speculate about. Continue reading ““Age of Ultron”: Trailer kicks off speculation about Avengers sequel” »

The Oncoming Storm Ep 127: NA #30 – Attack of the Reasonably Nice Blonde Aliens!

TOS logo ep 127September 1994 was an interesting time for Doctor Who fans in the Wilderness Years. It had been 5 years since Doctor Who had left the air waves and it was beginning to look like it was never coming back. And though no one knew it at the time, this month would mark the halfway point in the New Adventures and Virgin’s license. But with no indication of new television, and the New Adventures having hit a reasonable level of acceptance in fandom, maybe it was time for Virgin to start making some more definite changes to what we had seen on television…

Ah, the 1950’s in America. The witch hunts, the chauvinism, the paranoia… it really was a simpler, better time. This week, The Oncoming Storm is heading back to those wonder years in episode 127. First Frontier by David A McIntee see the Doctor, Ace, and Benny heading to this joyful time to witness the beginnings of the space race. Little do they know that in humankind’s attempts to reach out to space, space has reached out to them! And what about that mysterious Major Kreer, with his pointy beard all of his chuckling? There’s something familiar about him, but we can’t quite put our finger on it… Eh, I’m sure it’s nothing. The Oncoming Storm… this time, we’ve got those cute little gray aliens! You know, the probe-y kind!

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Ink Break 03: Super Women


A tantalizing proposition is wending its way out of the barren desert of female-led superhero films … Ghostbusters … with women! Yes you read that correctly, director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat) and writing partner Katie Dippold (The Heat) are penning a script for a reboot of the Ghostbusters franchise featuring an all female cast of demon fighters. In a genre where women are woefully under-represented this could be a very good thing. Or is it? Could the casting of four women in the lead roles be a cynical gimmick initiated in a studio pr office desperate for press to boost a failing franchise?

Perhaps so but the involvement of Feig and Dippold is a promising development. Both are capable of writing well-rounded female characters and there is a wealth of expert comedic actresses to choose from for the lead roles. One thing missing in movies that feature groups of women is a core of underlying respect and friendship. Female characters are too often forged out of the thinnest cardboard. They are sainted mothers or petty harpies or desperate sluts. They aren’t allowed to interact with each other in natural ways. One of the reasons Ghostbusters is so popular is not the supernatural premise or heroics but the strong bond between the lead characters. A female cast that is allowed this same freedom would be most welcome.

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Respawn Episode 030: Walker Stalker Jammy Jam

On this episode this of the whiskey hour we talk to the voice of Clementine from Telltale Games The Walking Dead, Melissa Hutchison.  We talk a little more about the PS TV, a bit about Nintendo’s Amiibos, PS4 and Xbone Update talks, Project Cars news, someone gets a Shield, and lots more news and nonsense on this weeks Respawn Radio.

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Earth Station Who Episode 84 – Flatline

Earth Station Who Ep 84
The writing is on the wall and Mike, Mike, Jen, the Phantom Troublemaker, and artist Kelly Yates must think outside the box to review the ninth episode of the eighth series. With a little bit of role reversal, these pudding brains just might be the right choice.
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The Ratchet RetroCast Episode 39 – John Carpenter’s Escape From RetroCast

Ratchet RetroCast Ep 39
Fitting for the Halloween season, John Carpenter has created some of the most thrilling sci-fi and horror and sci-fi horror movies of our time. Tune in as we discuss what truly made his films classics in our hearts with special guest host Isabella Bunny Bennett of Steam Powered Giraffe!
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Kings of Oblivion Review by Ron Fortier

Kings of Oblivion by Van Allen Plexico

By Van Allen Plexico
White Rocket Books
335 pages

For those of you who haven’t been keeping up, this is the third and final volume of Van Plexico’s THE SHATTERING trilogy. It is a mind-blowing, action packed finale far greater than anything we could have imagined. Which is no small feat as we’ve been fans of Plexico’s writing since he burst on the scene with his superhero series, SENTINELS.
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Earth Station One Episode 237 – The Creature, The Mummy & Other Universal Monsters

Earth Station One Ep 237
The Countdown to Halloween continues with this monster-size episode of the Earth Station One podcast! Mike, Mike, the award-winning artist Mark Maddox, Nick Ahlhelm, and Shiksa Ravelli form their own Monster Squad to review the “Home of the Monsters” Universal Pictures from 1923 to today. Plus, the usual Rants, Raves, Shout Outs and a special appearance by Mario Russo in the Khan Report.

Join us for yet another episode of The Earth Station One Podcast we like to call: The Creature, The Mummy & Other Universal Monsters
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Seriously, Dan Podcast 2.2: Scene Missing Magazine, Rocky Horror, And Other Things!

This episode host Dan Carroll, along with Co-host Mary Lou Who, interview James and Nancy of the Rome Little Theater and Jason Pierce Mallory of Scene Missing Magazine.  We also talk about small conventions, pay tribute to our lost friends Eugie Foster and Holly B, and discuss marathoning Veronica Mars.

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The Ratchet Retrocast Episode 38 – O Captain, My Captain

Ratchet Retrocast Ep 38
From the first time he stepped into our lives as Mork on Happy Days we knew Robin Williams had a gift. Share with the cast the life and times of Robin Williams as we have a special look back on his career and how it changed and affected our lives for the better. Carpe Diem, listeners, carpe diem.
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