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- Audio commentaries- From series creators, cast and crew for all 14 episodes
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The “Morning Joe” co-host warned “we have to report on what we know” and slammed speculating on any unsubstantiated theories about the missing Malaysian plane
Mika Brzezinski put the kibosh on MSNBC reporting on Malaysian plane conspiracy theories ala CNN on Monday's “Morning Joe.”
“Right now, we have to report on what we know!” Brzezinski insisted as Joe Scarborough speculated the plane could be somewhere other than the Indian Ocean.
CNN's “New Day” has beaten “Morning Joe” in the ratings for the past six consecutive days with its wall-to-wall coverage of the missing Malaysian plane. “New Day” co-host Chris Cuomo earlier defended his network's coverage by saying it's their job to “have more questions than there are answers, because simply not enough is known. So if it seems like we're nibbling around the edges, it's because we are.”
“Can we go to news school for a second please?” Brzezinski said. “That's last week's question and the theories are for later in the show and I'll tell you why…”
Scarborough interrupted Brzezinski and told her to bring it down and relax but she ignored him and continued her media criticism.
“Because — everyone stop for a second — here's what we've got at this point,” Brzezinski explained. “It's 17 minutes past the hour. We shouldn't be talking about theories. If you want to go to a network that has theories about Pakistan just blared across for hours and hours and hours, you've got many choices out there!”
“I love Pakistan, I went there for spring break,” Scarborough riffed.
“But that's actually capitalizing on a non-story for the sake of ratings because people's imaginations are pricked by this, and that's not responsible,” Brzezinski shot back. “We did the plane, we will do the plane, it will be done again. We will do the facts. Just stop! We've got to go to Ukraine!
Jennifer Lopez will receive the Vanguard Award at the GLAAD Media Awards.
The singer and actress will be presented with the honour, which is given to "artists and media professionals who, through their work, have increased the visibility and understanding of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community" at a ceremony in Los Angeles next month. One of the reasons Lopez was chosen for the accolade by the gay rights organisation is for her role as a producer on "The Fosters," a TV series about a lesbian couple raising a family of biological, adopted and foster children.
Sarah Kate Ellis, president of GLAAD, said: "Through her work to bring 'The Fosters' to life and by consistently speaking out as a powerful ally, Jennifer Lopez has not only sent a message of acceptance to LGBT adults and young people, but inspired new support for our community among her many fans around the globe."
"Family is about love, and that's a message Jennifer has shared with millions through her groundbreaking work on 'The Fosters'."
Jennifer -- who has six-year-old twins Max and Emme with third husband Marc Anthony -- is a big supporter of marriage equality.
She said: "When it comes to gay marriage, I just believe in love," she said. "I believe that when two people find each other and love each other, they should be able to spend their lives together with all the same benefits and privileges as everyone."
Previous recipients of the Vanguard Award include Josh Hutcherson, Janet Jackson, Drew Barrymoore, Antonio Banderas, Kristin Chenoweth, Whoopi Goldberg, Eric McCormack, Liza Minnelli, Sharon Stone and Elizabeth Taylor.
The 25th annual GLAAD Media Awards take place April 12 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
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Her poor assistant.
In the not-too-distant future (next Sunday A.D.), there was a guy named Joel, not too different from you or me. He worked at Gizmonic Institute, just another face in a red jumpsuit. He did a good job cleaning up the place, but his bosses didn’t like him so they shot him into space.
entaries for both old movies and recent blockbusters like The Avengers and Twilight. After being off TV screens for almost 15 years, however, the Mystery Science Theater 3000 crew are making a three-episode comeback… on National Geographic.
According to Zap2It the MST3K revival will actually air under the RiffTrax name, but Murphy will be reprising his role as Tom Servo and Corbett will be playing Crow T. Robot. Whether this means that the full show format will return – complete with their silhouettes projected onto the screen and the comedy skits in between – remains to be seen, but the riffing subject will apparently be some kind of TV programming.
Anyone who is the proud owner of a copy of the latest issue of Hunger magazine, our Mighty Blighty issue, will have already seen actor Colin Morgan doubling up as a very worthy model in our Hackett fashion special, along with a host of his peers. But as promised, there’s more where that came from and each day this week we’ll be posting an interview with one of the actors, starting with Colin, giving in to his many insatiable Twitter followers.
Starting out at the tender age of five in a stage production in his native Northern Ireland, Colin seemed destined to for bigger things, and, following a host of further stints on the stage, snagged the lead role in the BBC’s Merlin in 2008. With further film roles on the horizon we catch up with Colin to find out why British film is so strong, but equally what can be done to overcome the ills of the industry.
OUR LATEST ISSUE CELEBRATES BRITISH TALENT, WHAT MAKES BRITISH FILM AND TELEVISION SO EXCITING RIGHT NOW?
British TV and film is really at such an exciting and vibrant place right now and, for me, it always comes down to the quality of the writing first and foremost, and we have some of the best writers in the world right here who are making their mark in significant and inspiring ways. As actors, we’re so lucky to get to read these works, even if we don’t ultimately get to work on them, we’re getting the chance to read exceptional work by exceptional British and Irish writers. We’re also lucky enough to have some of the very best directors here too, whose passion brings these stories to life, we’re currently seeing some of the best drama on out TVs and cinema screens than we’ve ever seen before and it shows what a passion there is from writers, directors, producers, actors et al to tell these stories and, equally, what a passion there is from the British people to have these stories told to them. It’s always growing and it’s always demanding and as long as the passion grows along with these demands then the quality of British and Irish drama is just going to get better and better and I’m so excited for that future.
YOU FEATURED IN OUR HACKETT SPECIAL, TALK US THROUGH THE LOOK YOU’RE WEARING?
During the photo shoot we were very lucky to be dressed in suits designed by Hackett. The suits chosen very much evoked a Rat Pack era, a time when there’s almost a feel of “the clothes maketh the man.” The focus on the suit, the cut of it, the individuality of it speaks volumes about its’ wearer, it’s about making a statement but in a casual way because as much as the image is important so is comfort (physically and mentally). And that’s how these clothes make you feel – stamping your individuality on the observer but being “cool” about it. You never saw Sinatra being self-conscious about his image, at least on the surface, and the suits in the shoot definitely gave us that nostalgic confidence.
YOU’VE STARRED IN NUMEROUS THEATRE PRODUCTIONS AS WELL AS TV. HOW DOES THE EXPERIENCE ON STAGE DIFFER TO FILMING TELEVISION? AND DO YOU PREFER ONE OR THE OTHER?
Telling stories and portraying characters is my passion and my drive and I’m so lucky to have the variety of working both on screen and on stage to bring these worlds to life. They are two very different mediums that require different skills for their execution but the process and the approach to both, for me, are exactly the same. It’s about creating the connection with your character as deeply and as truthfully as possible and working closely with inspiring directors and the whole creative team and not letting the ball drop, anything that is close to your heart is worthy of your time and commitment. I love the process and detail of the theatrical rehearsal process and the unexpected journey your embark on. Equally, I love the detail that can be achieved with the intimacy of the camera as it eavesdrops on the drama. There are just so many talented people working in theatre, film and TV today and I want to work with so many of them, I find that my passion gets stronger the more projects I work on and whether that’s on stage or on screen I always bring away such amazing memories and hopefully we leave memories behind for our audience too.
YOU’VE SO FAR STARRED IN MOSTLY TV PRODUCTIONS, ANY PLANS TO DO MORE FILM? AND WHAT DRAWS YOU TO A CHARACTER?
I’ve done two very different theatrical roles back to back recently, The Tempest at The Globe Theatre and currently coming towards the end of a West End run of Jez Butterworth’s Mojo, so I’m really looking forward to getting back to some screen work next and shooting on a film in March. What draws me to a character is always something I find quite impossible to communicate, the character has to do something to you, impose some form of transformation on you that you must adhere to and honour and feeling a duty to that character to tell their story. When I feel that “need” to play a character then I fight for it, sometimes I lose that fight but I’ll always fight for what I believe in, it has to feel vital and I’ve been so fortunate so far to have been given the opportunities I’ve been given.
YOU’RE BEST KNOWN FOR YOUR ROLE IN MERLIN – WHAT’S SO APPEALING ABOUT THE FANTASY GENRE?
The fantasy genre’s key element for it’s wide appeal is all down to escapism, if we can visit a world so different and so disconnected from our own world then we can disconnect ourselves for that episode-length of time and not have to feel what we feel or deal with what we have to deal with and the world is crying out for escapism all the time. Reality is important too of course, we can’t lose touch, but those moments of escape can special and sometimes necessary.
IF YOU COULD CHANGE ONE THING ABOUT THE ENTIRE INDUSTRY, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
If I could change anything about the entertainment industry it would be the ‘celebrity culture.’ Something has been lost somewhere along the way with the craft of story-telling and I agree with Paul Newman when he said something along the lines of “people don’t shoot movies now, they shoot schedules, they shoot budgets.” There are of course exceptions but when the creativity is overshadowed by ‘the business’ I often feeling disappointed by that. We have some amazing film makers who are keeping the spirit of the craft alive and that’s a hub of excitement I want to be in.
WHO’S YOUR BIGGEST CRITIC?
Biggest critic? It’s usually yourself isn’t it? Well, criticism is healthy as long as it doesn’t become obsessive or domineering, it’s all too serious too be taken seriously. If my biggest critic exists outside my own head then I’m not sure I ever want to meet them.
Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson get to work on their highly anticipated new movie The Avengers: Age of Ultron on Monday (March 24) in Aosta, Italy.
The actors are playing the brother-sister duo of the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver and were seen on set alongside their co-star Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye.
It has just been confirmed that Brian Tyler will be composing the score for The Avengers: Age of Ultron. He has previously worked on the Marvel films Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World.
WHAT DO YOU THINK of Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson in costume?
US president Barack Obama has paid a lightning visit to Amsterdam ahead of the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague.
The president arrived in the Dutch capital by helicopter at 09.30 and was given a tour of the Rijksmuseum, accompanied by prime minister Mark Rutte and the city's mayor Eberhard van der Laan.
The president was also shown the Act of Abjuration or Plakkaat van Verlatinghe, signed on 26 July 1581, which, according to the Parool, may have influenced the American Declaration of Independence of 1776.
The Act is kept in the national archives in The Hague but was brought to Amsterdam for the president's visit, the paper says.
The president and prime minister spoke to reporters in front of Rembrandt's Night Watch masterpiece. It was the most impressive backdrop to a press conference he had had, Obama said.
The president went on to outline some of the issues he had discussed with Rutte, in particular the situation in Ukraine. 'Europe and America are united in our support of the Ukrainian government and the Ukrainian people,' he said. Talks will continue with other G7 members later on Monday, he said.
I'm so happy he's here and I don't know why.
Ugh at Rutte..
Hannah Montana premiered on Disney Channel on March 24, 2006 and concluded on January 16, 2011 after airing four seasons and ninety-eight episodes. The series premiere debuted with 5.4 million views, giving the Disney Channel the highest ratings in its history. The series' most-viewed episode, "Me and Mr. Jonas and Mr. Jonas and Mr. Jonas" aired on August 17, 2007, to an audience of 10.7 million, making it the most-viewed episode on basic cable. The Disney Channel show's series finale attracted 6.2 million total viewers. It was cable's No. 1 telecast in the hour among kids 6-11 and tweens 9-14, posting Disney Channel's highest ratings ever in the hour in total viewers and kids 6-11.
Favorite HM moment/song?
Downton Abbey meets Game of Thrones meets Skins meets Hollyoaks...
In fact, when it comes to new British talent, this is a pretty star-studded film.
Plastic, which follows a group of university students who become credit card thieves to supplement their income, features Bafta rising star winner Will Poulter alongside Ed Speleers, Alfie Allen, Sebastian de Souza and Emma Rigby.
The film follows a gang, lead by Sam, aka Downton's dashing footman, whose illegal activities become increasingly daring. That is, until they accidentally rob a notorious gangster and must repay him 10 times the amount they stole. The only way to do that? Head to Miami for the ultimate heist. Of course.
Leaving her apartment in NYC today:
Praying this means she'll be more willing to collaborate with others on editing herself in future. She needs a Tim Gunn-tervention.
ONTD, do you like to give up or take control? / TMI post?
Nick Cannon went in white face to promote his upcoming album, White People Party Music.
On Monday, Mariah Carey’s husband posted a photo and videos on Instagram showing him disguised with body makeup, a wig, and surfer guy accent to take on the made-up persona “Connor Smallnut.”
One clip shows Cannon mockingly interviewing a bystander who seemingly has no idea about the performer’s true identity.
Asked on Twitter how it “feels to be white,” he replied, “Great, I’m no longer afraid of the Police!! LOL.”
But when Vanity Fair tweeted that Cannon’s stunt makes the world “cringe,” he snapped back, “Not really the World, just you guys! LOL.”
“Don’t get your fancy panties in a bunch!” he wrote, adding, “It’s funny how people take themselves so seriously. People love drama! We feed off of it. Just relax and have fun!!”
Cannon went on to post a photo of Robert Downey Jr. in black face for Tropic Thunder, with the caption, “This is one of my favorite characters of all time! Hilarious!!! There is a big difference between Humor and Hatred.”
White People Party Music, Cannon’s second studio album and his first in more than 10 years, will be released on April 1.
Logan Lerman made his name playing teenagers in films such as The Perks Of Being A Wallflower and the Percy Jackson franchise. Now, though, the actor is growing up fast…
“That’s all yours,” says Logan Lerman, pointing his chopsticks at some salmon caviar on a sushi platter. “I’ve never really been an egg guy. I remember having dinner with Michael Shannon, while he was playing Zod in Man Of Steel, and he ordered that. He said, ‘Do you know what I love about this? It’s like, I’m eating a hundred salmon in one bite.’ I was like, ‘Alright dude, you’re obviously in a zone or some sh*t.’”
Lerman, as the reaction suggests, is very Californian. He’s the archetypal laidback, good-looking guy – strikingly similiar to a young Christian Slater – and seems slightly out of place among the snow-covered streets of New York outside this restaurant. He’s into music, into films and, unlike so many who flock to his hometown of Los Angeles, actually in films.(the shade)
His most notable roles to date have been ‘teen’, in the Oscar-nominated Western 3:10 To Yuma, the excellent Perks Of Being A Wallflower and as a demigod in two less-excellent but extremely popular Percy Jackson films.
Now, though, Lerman’s decided it’s time to grow up, to go toe-to-toe with the caviar-eating big boys, with two heavyweight films in 2014.
“It’s a conscious move,” he says. “It’s something I want to break out of, diversify my characters, not let it get boring doing the same thing. It’s also about working with the filmmakers I like – and great filmmakers aren’t doing teen movies."
He couldn’t be doing all this in finer style. In November, he’ll be sharing a tank with Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf in David Ayer’s unnamed Second World War film (working title: Fury), but first up he’s battling worse weather than even New York can throw up, in Darren Aronofsky’s Noah.
Lerman plays Ham, son of Russell Crowe’s titular hero, alongside Ray Winstone, Anthony Hopkins and Emma Watson. It wasn’t a hard sell.
“I’ll do anything for a role with a filmmaker that I really love,” he says. “I’d entertain their kids, nanny, whatever. I’d literally fight for a role. I found out that Darren was doing a movie and I just wanted to do it, regardless. I’m not really religious, but I was excited by this idea, this Aronofsky-esque approach to the Bible. I initially went up for Shem, the older brother, but then Aronofsky asked whether I’d mind going for Ham. I was like, 'F*ck yeah, I’ll do it. Anything you want. I’ll suck your d*ck!’”
It should be made very clear that Lerman’s laughing when he says this; keen as he is, the 22-year-old is not a man who needs to sleep his way to the top. The rightful acclaim he received for his role as a mentally ill high-school student in The Perks of Being A Wallflower, also with Watson, got him noticed by, and working with, the best – including some personal idols.
“Ray Winstone is a hero of mine,” he says. “He’s one of the greatest – a beast. A sexy beast. I had a good time working with him. You go into a scene and there are so many options. And you just play. The better the actor, the more options and the more unexpected choices you make. Like a tennis match, the better the player you’re playing against, the better your game is. Ray’s character in Noah, Tubal Cain, was so rich and violent – a lot of fun to work off. It’s always interesting to see a tough guy on screen. It’s always interesting when they’re crazy, too. There is a certain level of badass which guys respond to, but it depends what the director does with the character, because it can always go south. A lot of tough guys have failed and haven’t been comfortable to watch.”
Lerman’s MODE shoot earlier in the day didn’t fail; the military look even hinted at his own inner tough guy, with the urban, dark florals providing just enough ‘California’. He admits, though, that it’s not something he’d normally opt for.
“I respect fashion,” he says, “but I wouldn’t say I’ve got a sense of style or a wide taste in clothing. I’m always in dark colours if I dress myself – black, dark blue or grey. I never dress myself for events or anything. It’s always weird, like I’m lying in a way. I’m not really being me. But at the same time I appreciate the help, otherwise I would just be wearing the same sh*t every day."
Back in his self-selected dark blue jeans and black T-shirt, still chewing on sushi, he describes doing the shoot as “a walk in the park”. It’s a phrase he repeats when comparing Noah to the last time he wore military clothing: making Fury. This he describes as “nuts” and “painful”.
If Lerman is growing up, he’s not doing it by halves. Fury is the name of the tank that contains Lerman’s character, Norman Ellison – a rookie called up as the Second World War is playing out its final, messy scenes on the German borderlands – along with four other men: Pitt, LaBeouf, Jon Bernthal and Michael Peña. Shot mostly in England, preparation included the five actors taking part in a month-long army-style boot camp, during which they shared a single tent, while filming itself had other discomforts in store for Lerman. Ellison, fresh-faced and positively virginal when it comes to the horrors of conflict, is thrown in at the deep end; if art and life ever reflected each other for Lerman, this was it.
“I didn’t watch Perks until it was released,” he says. “I really liked it, but felt uncomfortable watching it. I know it’s a character and everything, but it’s still uncomfortable to watch that sh*t. That’s kind of how I feel about Fury right now. I just got hazed throughout the whole film; the actors and director really pushed me out of my comfort zone. I hated being out there, but towards the end of it, it felt like I got Stockholm syndrome – I quite liked it. And they brought sh*t out of me that I didn’t even know was there. I’ve got to thank them for that.”
“You want to talk about tough guys? I think Brad Pitt is one of the coolest tough guys in movie history. Fight Club is one of my favourite films and Tyler Durden is one of the most badass characters ever. Every morning at 5am, David Ayer had us put on UFC-style padded clothes and fight each other for a few hours. I forgot Brad is f*cking 50, you know? He’s in killer shape and f*cking fought with the young dudes. He still looks like Tyler Durden.”
If scrapping with your heroes is one benefit of mixing it with the big boys, it clearly wasn’t all a bed of roses. It certainly didn’t smell like one, either. In an effort to recreate accurately the conditions a Second World War tank crew would’ve faced, LaBeouf went beyond camping out and having a wrestle.
“He didn’t really shower,” says Lerman, laughing. “The guy smelt like shit. Not like actual shit, but of BO. When we were fighting, I didn’t want to get his arm around my neck because of that stench. But the dude was just f*cking dedicated, you know? More than any other actor I’ve ever worked with. I love that guy.”
And therein lies a warning for Lerman: evidence that, now he’s no longer a juvenile fish in a small pond, his working life isn’t always going to be a walk in a park. In fact, sometimes it will really stink.
An ancient woman. A haunted bed. An angry teen. A sexy ghost. Political turmoil. Will Puerto Rico really become the 51st state or will it fight for its freedom? And all the coquis are dying. What?
Adoration of the Old Woman: it's a play.
What's the cast of Looking doing while season 2 is being written? Well, Raul Castillo is doing a stage show off-Broadway, and the others are coming to see it.
This is Castillo's third time headlining a play by oscar-nominated playwright Jose Rivera ("The Motorcycle Diaries") -- he first got his equity card for a production of Rivera's School of the Americas and starred in References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot in 2009.
This production is by INTAR, which "exists to promote and support Latino voices in the American theater." Shows continue through April 6th only.
Also, the file won't embed, but here's a video interview with the cast. Castillo's section starts seven minutes in (yeah, it's long)
Chris Evans does not take umbrage when I tell him he has movie-star anonymity. By which I mean, he may be a leading man in a superhero franchise that generates vast mountain ranges of cash, but whatever innate charisma is beloved by the camera seems less obvious in person, where he comes across as a regular, affable guy – albeit one who spends an inordinate amount of time in the gym. "Good," he says. "That's the goal. You want to strike that happy medium: the balance of being able to find creative satisfaction in your profession, be able to afford a roof over your head but still have the freedom to live a relatively normal life." But when the prospect of playing Captain America in Marvel's huge interlocking movie universe became a possibility, Evans, 32, had qualms."There was big apprehension on my part whether or not to do the movie. It was a six-picture deal and the problem is, if one of these pictures is a big success and it changes your life, you may not cope with it as well as you expected. There certainly was some fear involved initially. But then you just think, 'If that's what I'm scared of, maybe that's exactly what I should do', and, in retrospect, God, I'd be kicking myself if I hadn't done it."
Although Boston-born Evans has played Captain America in both the character's own film (retitled The First Avenger in some territories) and The Avengers (confusingly, called Avengers Assemble in the UK), as well having a cameo in Thor: The Dark World, there was a sense that the earnest unfrozen super-soldier was portrayed as the butt of the joke. All that changes with Captain America: The Winter Solider. This is the most perfectly executed and purely entertaining Marvel production since the first Iron Man. A big chunk of credit goes to the movie's sibling director team, Joe and Anthony Russo, who seem like they've compiled a list of all the genres they ever wanted to tackle – conspiracy, martial arts, political thriller, buddy movie – and thrown them into one film. But Evans is up to every challenge hurled at him.Shrugging off the burden of being the confused do-gooder of the previous films, he trades blows with real-life UFC killing machine George St-Pierre in a bone-crunchingly convincing fight. He goes toe-to-toe with Robert Redford who – no spoilers, obviously – may have something to do with SHIELD becoming a little too overzealous in the methods they employ to protect the world. And he trades barbs and disapproving glares with Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow, who you will want to see in her own movie after this.
Marvel's sense of continuity, and the way each movie acts as a building block to set up the next, is a model that is becoming both an inspiration and a headache to rival studios with similar ambitions. But that sort of success is not easily mimicked. It the takes patience to establish a distinct series of franchises that can ultimately commingle. It takes the pragmatism to abort a character that isn't working: Mark Ruffalo was the third attempt at getting The Hulk right. And it takes time to establish a unifying tone. Marvel specialises in high-stakes action movies that are grounded in a recognisable reality; they're jokey but never camp. The entity most desperate to emulate that blueprint is long-time comic-book rival DC, which is reportedly trying to jump-start a Justice League movie by cramming loads of familiar faces into Superman Vs Batman. Which is to say, it's doing the exact opposite of what Marvel did. I invite Evans to mock this doomed effort. He laughs but chooses the diplomatic route. "Obviously, it's an easy parallel to draw. It's not that I'm glad to see a movie not succeed. I'm just honoured when ours do."
So what's it like working for Marvel? Is the company more than just another bunch of executive overlords? "Oh, it's a cool corporation," he says, eagerly. "It's got the Midas touch. It would be one thing if they were kicking out crap but they're just consistently making good movies that are consistent successes. And they're people who really care about movies. I saw this great documentary about indie movies and they made this analogy to restaurants. You want to eat at a restaurant where the people who own it really enjoy good food, where they're not just doing it for the money. You don't want to go to the [US restaurant chain] Olive Garden where the model is low cost/high income. Marvel, even though they're these massive movies that should just be a money-making machine pumping out product, at their heart they're comic-book fans."
I bring up the blockbuster di tutti blockbusters, The Avengers, the billion-dollar-grossing amalgamation of all the previous movies. What kind of ego adjustment does an actor have to make when he transitions from his own vehicle to a set full of superheroes? "It's so nice," he says, sighing almost wistfully. "I love getting to be in The Avengers. You just breathe a little bit. It's not all about you. It's so nice to have other people bearing the burden of responsibility." There's no fighting over who gets the cool entrances or the big action set-pieces or the most hilarious one-liners? Evans regards with me derision. "That's not coming from me. Anyone who knows me knows I'm perfectly happy with less is more. Whatever you want me to do. I'm happy to be here. I'm not trying to steal the show. I tend to shy away from – I don't want to say the spotlight – how about responsibility? It's just very daunting. These movies are very intimidating. Captain America. This is the stuff I struggle with."
Months before The Winter Soldier's release, a third movie, also directed by the Russos, was announced. That means Evans will have played Captain America in three of his own movies plus two Avengers films. He has also played the Human Torch in two Fantastic Four films and his filmography includes Edgar Wright's Scott Pilgrim Vs The World and The Losers, both graphic-novel adaptations, as well as the teens-with-mutant-powers film Push. That's a lot of comic-book roles for one career. Is that by design or just what's out there?"I think it's more the latter. There just happens to be a big influx of comic-book movies, but the truth is, it's much like making a movie based on a book. There's great stories, there's developed characters, there's structured arcs, there's a built-in audience. It makes sense that a studio would want to make films out of those pieces of work. It just worked out coincidentally that I was in a string of them."
Does he foresee the onset of superhero fatigue? "Possibly. But I would also say that a lot of people who see superhero movies for the first time don't have much prior knowledge of the characters. So in a lot of ways, if a superhero movie is done well, it's not just about the fact that they have powers. There's a human element there as well. There's a connection to the character. You liked the first Iron Man movie not just because Tony Stark flies around; you like Tony Stark. You might as well ask me whether there's going to be movie fatigue."
Before the interview ends, I am unable to stop myself asking Chris Evans if he is aware of the British Chris Evans. He struggles for a moment before coming up with, "He's… a talkshow guy?" You're the better Chris Evans, I reassure him. He shrugs in bemusement at what is, to him, a meaningless compliment. So here's a better one: with Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Chris Evans has just vaulted to the top of the superhero food chain.
Cap >>>>>>>>>>>>>> haters have never tasted fondue, tbh~
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Looks like maybe Marcel took a page from Celeste and set off a bomb in the bayou to turn Klaus & Elijah against each other. Elijah seems very bi-polar to me. First he wants Klaus to reclaim the city and be a father to his child and now he's changed his mind? It almost sounds like Elijah is now planning on kidnapping the child.
Some Jets fans who are also dog lovers and animal advocates were not happy to hear the news that quarterback Michael Vick has been signed to the team.
As 1010 WINS’ Gary Baumgarten reported Saturday afternoon, the controversy when the Jets sign a quarterback usually revolves around questions such as whether he is ready, or whether he might be washed up as a player.
But now with Vick, all of that is overshadowed by his dog fighting conviction – something not lost by longtime Jets fan Victor “Buddy” Amato.
Amato is the police chief of the Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
“As an animal advocate, which I am, I personally have no use for him,” Amato said.
A woman named Sue was spotted walking her Chihuahua, Pearl, on Ninth Avenue in Chelsea. She agreed that Vick’s actions cannot be forgotten.
“It just is like a slap in the face, the fact that he could do such terrible things and then – but that’s life; that’s money, right?” Sue said.
A man named Frank was spotted walking his dog, Rocky, on 23rd Street. He said there was no way he could now root for the Jets at all.
He said the team has failed to stop and think about what kind of a message it is sending to the young people of New York.
“It’s completely not a role model,” Frank said. “And I know we shouldn’t be making people role models that don’t want to be, but if you’re a quarterback, you know, there’s a lot of little kids who look up to you.”
On Friday evening, the Jets announced that they had released quarterback Mark Sanchez and signed Vick, who is expected to compete with Geno Smith for the starting job.
“I love competition and I love football,” Vick said during a conference call Friday night. “And, I feel I have a lot of football left to play. It’s evident with what I was able to do last year.”
The move drew mixed reviews by Jets fans on Twitter and message boards right off the bat, but that didn’t concern Vick, who will be paid $5 million for the 2014 season, according to the Daily News.
“I appreciate all the Jets fans who appreciate me and accept me for who I am and what I’ve become, not for what I’ve done,” Vick said. “Right now, my past is irrelevant.”
Vick is a four-time Pro Bowler. He was the highest paid player and the league and pulled in tens of millions of dollars in endorsements with the Atlanta Falcons, when he was caught up in criminal charges in 2007.
Police raided a farm Vick owned in Virginia and uncovered an illegal dog fighting operation, CBS News recalled He eventually pleaded guilty to bankrolling the enterprise and participating in every aspect of it, including killing dogs that refused to fight.
Vick was sentenced to two years in prison, and eventually declared bankruptcy, CBS News recalled.
Speaking to CBS Sports’ James Brown on “60 Minutes” in 2009, Vick expressed remorse for his actions.
“The first day I walked into prison, and he slammed that door, I knew the magnitude of the decision that I made, and the poor judgment, and what I allowed to happen to the animals. And, you know, it’s no way of explaining the hurt and the guilt that I felt. And that was the reason I cried so many nights. And that put it all into perspective,” Vick said in 2009.
When Brown asked in the 2009 interview whom Vick blamed for the ordeal, Vick replied, “I blame me.”
Vick has since led a fight against dog fighting, — visiting local schools, appearing in public service announcements for the U.S Humane Society, and lobbying for legislation to tighten penalties in dog fighting cases.
Vick also went on to return to football, and spent the past five seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles. But he only played in seven games during an injury-plagued 2013 season.
I hope he rots in hell <3