'Guardians of the Galaxy' from Marvel

In late November director James Gunn took to his Facebook account to make a point about shared movie universes. And he made a great one.

As you all know (or maybe don’t), Marvel stepped out and took a risk when they produced the 2008 film, Iron Man. They were expecting something of a success, but had no clue exactly how much of a success the film would bring to the studio.

But it seems that as they were plotting and planning on the creation of the movie they also had an idea of a plan. A plan that if nothing came of it, it would have just faded into obscurity and we would still be stuck with more vampire and classic monster movies, or botched and rebotched relaunches of Spider-Man, Fantastic Four and the like.

But instead, Iron Man made around $585M worldwide. And that set things in motion. They took the risk, ignored all the writers and directors that declined to accept an active part in creating the movie and moved forward, making Robert Downey Jr. and Jon Favreau household names.

You have to wonder how many people are kicking themselves for declining the opportunity. But then again, had they not, maybe the film would not have been quite the same and Marvel’s entire film shared universe premise might have slid back into obscurity! (Kind of like, would Joss Whedon had landed the biggest gig ever had Fox actually not “foxed” with Firefly?)

But Marvel had this idea for their Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), and it looked like they wanted to treat their movies much like they handled their comic titles, connecting one with the other, crossing titles and characters left and right through different realms. As movies were released and popular characters they still retained the rights to tested, other characters were introduced in one way or another via story lines or little micro-teases with the ever popular snippets in the credits scenes. Hence, the movie comic cross-over.

Yep, Marvel had a good idea that the movie-going audience was more than willing to accept. And then they took someone familiar to them, who was known for being able to handle character ensembles with great comedic timing in his writing and hired him to helm The Avengers and as the overlord of their cinematic universe. That “overlord” being Joss Whedon.

I loved how the naysayers stepped up about that move, hiring Joss, but then a billion dollars later… silence.

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Sons of Anarchy cast where are they now

Now that Sons of Anarchy is done with, I started wondering just where everyone will be headed after this epic curtain call? Let’s take a peek and find out. To be honest, it is a bit hard to image these guys without their “cuts” on. But I’ve seen Kim Coates in a Syfy channel movie, but for all of five, maybe ten minutes screen time. And we saw Ron Perlman and Charlie Hunnam in Pacific Rim.  And they delivered. But still…

So looking around on IMDb and other resources…

Kurt Sutter (Show runner, Otto) is working on a screenplay for something that is already in post-production, called Southpaw and he’s working on a TV movie titled The Bastard Executioner.

Southpaw is about “A boxer fights his way to the top, only to find his life falling apart around him.” and stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Rachel McAdams.

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Charlie Hunnam (Jax) has one film in post-production titled Crimson Peak, a film from Guillermo del Toro, due out in October of 2015.

The Mountain Between Us and Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur are in pre-production.

I guess Hunnam liked working with del Toro on Pacific Rim, so that should be a good match up, plus his playing King Arthur should not be much more of a stretch from SOA, except without the “cuts!”

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Mark Boone Junior (Bobby) is BUSY!

Six Gun Dead (pre-production) where Boone works with Lindsay Lohan, Eric Roberts and others. This is a horror film, but you might have gueessed that just with Lohan in the cast!

Other Boone projects include…

Django Lives! (filming)
The Fencestitute (Short) (post-production)
By the Rivers of Babylon (post-production)
American Romance (post-production)
Casual Encounters (post-production)

White Widow (post-production)

Wow… If rumors are true all around the board, Boone hooks back up with Tommy Flanagan for this one.

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Katey Sagal (Gemma) is the voice on A to Z, and we’ve heard on on TV commercial voice overs.  She is also working on

The Bastard Executioner (TV Movie) (pre-production)
Bleed for This (filming)
Pitch Perfect 2 (post-production)

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Kim Coates (Tig) At the moment I do not see anything lined up for him.

What I WOULD LOVE TO SEE is a cameo from Coates on Justified where he and Walton Groggins would run into each other in a quick happenstance scene and one of them says, “Have we met somewhere before?,” then move on!

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New DVD & BD Releases 12-16-14: Turtles and Mazes and Cowboys and Cats

December 16, 2014

This week we have some fascinating new releases come at you from the digital halls of home entertainment distribution. Or, um, new DVD and Blu-rays. (Images are links to Amazon) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles First up is the reboot of turtles from Jonathan Liebesman. This was one of the first movies in a long time […]

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The official movie summary for About Time says,”At the age of 21, Tim discovers he can travel in time and change what happens and has happened in his own life. His decision to make his world a better place by getting a girlfriend turns out not to be as easy as you might think.” But […]

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Bay Area Full-Time Christmas Music Station

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Bay Area Full-Time Christmas Music Station

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SONS OF ANARCHY Series Finale Retrospective, “I Got This”

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RIZZOLI & ISLES Renewed

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A Disney and Pixar Secret Movie Easter Egg

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Depending on who or what, many movies have some kind of inside cool thing attached to it. Knowing about it depends on who you know and how much coverage it might get on the web.  For instance, production staff names on plaques in some of the Star Trek movies, or the names of an artist’s […]

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New DVD/BD Tues, 12-9-14 (Guardians & Dolphins)

December 8, 2014

New DVD and Blu-ray releases coming out this Tuesday, 12-9-14, include Guardians of the Galaxy and Dolphin Tale 2 on DVD and BD

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Syfy 2014 Holiday Season Programming Alert (Twilight Zone!)

December 8, 2014

Every holiday is a great excuse for the Syfy channel to bring forth some kind of entertaining TV marathon for their viewers. This year is no different. This year we have weather themed disaster movies and a fan favorite, Syfy‘s Twilight Zone marathon. An event they’ve been hosting since 1995. – via press release Syfy […]

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A Review of TNTs The Librarians

December 7, 2014

If you like Disney light-hearted fun, Syfy Saturday night movies, and Warehouse 13, then you will love TNT’s The Librarians.

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CBS Is Back On Dish At the Cost of The Hopper

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CBS is finally back on Dish Network, but at what cost to Dish customers?

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CBS Disses on DISH, Pulls Programming

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Movies That Will Be Out During Christmas 2014

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For those of you who might be wondering what to do during the Christmas holidays, one option you have is hitting up the movie theaters. It may only be a few hours but sometimes the right movie will keep your imagination engaged for much longer than that. For those few hours acting talent such as […]

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AMC TV 2014 Holiday TV Movie Marathon

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Many networks are cranking out holiday fare themed TV marathons this year, like most, and AMC TV is no different. They’re looking to ring in 2015 with marathons of The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad, plus they started their holiday movie deluge on December 1st. Check it out… via AMC TV press release: – AMC […]

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