Comic-Con: Marvel’s AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Clark Gregg, Cast and Producers Talk Season 2, Existing within the MCU, AGENT CARTER Connections, and More

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Shortly after the Marvel TV panel at Comic-Con on Friday, I was able to participate in a roundtable interview with cast members Clark Gregg, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain de Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge, and executive producers Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen, Jeph Loeb, and Jeffrey Bell. If you watch Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., you know there was a huge revelation about Brett Dalton’s character, Grant Ward. Many had wondered if Dalton would be returning for season two, but with his appearance at Comic-Con and having participated in interviews for the show, it’s safe to assume that he will be back. Also, with the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, S.H.I.E.L.D. has all but been completely obliterated.

During the roundtable interviews, the actors and producers talked about how The Winter Soldier will affect the show going forward, when the rest of the Avengers will discover that Agent Coulson is still alive, the show’s relationship to the new ABC series Marvel’s Agent Carter, and so much more.  Hit the jump to read the full interviews.

Oscars: Lupita Nyong’o, Josh Hutcherson, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Clark Gregg, and More Added to Academy Voting Body

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced its list of actors, filmmakers, and others involved in the moviemaking industry that have been invited to join the Academy’s membership.  271 artists made the cut this year, ranging from recent winners and nominees like Lupita Nyong’o and Michael Fassbender to more eclectic choices like Rob Riggle, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Josh Hutcherson, and even Jason StathamChris Rock also finally gets a ballot years after hosting the ceremony, and Clark Gregg will bring some Marvel pedigree into the fold.  On the filmmaking side, brothers Mark and Jay Duplass, David Gordon Green, Denis Villeneuve, and Gina Prince-Bythewood (The Secret Life of Bees) join the directors branch, while DP Sean Bobbitt (12 Years a Slave) has been added to the cinematographers group.  Eddie Vedder and Pharrell Williams (sans hat) are also now Academy members should they accept their invitations.  The full list is still disappointingly short on females, however.

Hit the jump to check out the complete list of 2014 invitees to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  The 2015 race will be here before you know it, folks.

TRUST ME Review

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If a child actor becomes a star, they usually go one of two ways: either they become super-successful or utter trainwrecks.  We’re more familiar with the latter than the former.  Hollywood is a brutal machine to everyone, and throwing in a child almost seems cruel since growing up is hard enough without your self-esteem being tied to fame and fortune.  Clark Gregg‘s Trust Me dips into this cruel, unforgiving world of child acting, and while he has no problem displaying its soul-twisting innards, his greatest sympathy seems to be more for an exploiter than the exploited.

VERY GOOD GIRLS Trailer: Elizabeth Olsen and Dakota Fanning Want to Lose Their Virginity

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The first Very Good Girls trailer for first-time writer/director Naomi Foner’s upcoming drama has been released online.  The film stars Elizabeth Olsen and Dakota Fanning as two best friends who, while home for one last New York summer, make a pact to lose their virginity before leaving for college.  Complications arise when they both start seeing the same man (Boyd Holbrook), which begins to test their lifelong friendship.  The film looks like a fairly run-of-the-mill coming-of-age drama with two talented actresses in the lead roles, but reviews from its Sundance debut last year were underwhelming to say the least.  That said, there is a silver lining in that Jenny Lewis wrote the original music.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer, click here to read Matt’s review, and click here to watch Steve’s video interview with Olsen and Fanning.  The film also stars Demi Moore, Ellen Barkin, Richard Dreyfuss, Peter Sarsgaard, and Clark GreggVery Good Girls will be available on iTunes June 24th and opens in theaters July 25th.

Clark Gregg Talks TRUST ME, Where the Idea Came From, VOD, the Challenges of Making Independent Movies, AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1 and 2, More

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Now available on VOD and opening in select theaters this weekend is Clark Gregg’s latest directorial effort, Trust Me.  Gregg wrote, directed, and stars in the pic as a down-on-his-luck agent for child actors who discovers a 13-year-old acting prodigy (Saxon Sharbino) and must subsequently deal with her overprotective father (Paul Sparks), an untrustworthy producer (Felicity Huffman), and his nemesis (Sam Rockwell) in order to get himself back on top.  It’s been six years since Gregg’s directorial debut Choke and it’s great to see him again behind the camera.  Trust Me also stars Amanda Peet, Allison Janney, William H. Macy, Molly Shannon, and Niecy Nash.

Last week I landed an extended video interview with Gregg.  He talked about where the idea came from, how life imitated art with one of the actors, his first cut, deleted scenes, who he looked to for feedback on the film, how it’s even more difficult to make an independent movie since Choke, and more.  In addition, Gregg also talked about the first season of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., how the show came together, expanding Coulson’s character, how he’s excited for season two where they won’t have as many repeats, the global popularity of the show, and more.  It’s a great interview so hit the jump to watch.

First Trailer for Clark Gregg’s TRUST ME Starring Sam Rockwell, Amanda Peet, and Allison Janney

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Continuing on with today’s unofficial “Trailer Thursday” theme, the first Trust Me trailer for Clark Gregg’s latest directorial effort has now landed online.  Gregg wrote, directed, and stars in the pic as a down-on-his-luck agent for child actors who discovers a 13-year-old acting prodigy (Saxon Sharbino) and must subsequently deal with her overprotective father (Paul Sparks), an untrustworthy producer (Felicity Huffman), and his nemesis (Sam Rockwell) in order to get himself back on top.  It’s been six years since Gregg’s solid directorial debut Choke, and he appears to be delving into a bit lighter territory with this feature.  The trailer highlights a swell mix of comedy and drama and showcases the stacked ensemble cast, and Gregg is charming as ever in the lead role.  The world of child actor agents is ripe with material, and I’m looking forward to seeing what Gregg has put together with the full feature.

Hit the jump to watch the Trust Me trailer.  The film also stars Amanda Peet, Allison Janney, William H. Macy, Molly Shannon, and Niecy NashTrust Me will be available VOD on May 6th and opens in theaters on June 6th.

PaleyFest 2014: Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Jeph Loeb, Jeffrey Bell, Jed Whedon, and Maurissa Tancharoen Talk AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.

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For more than 30 years, PaleyFest has held panel sessions and screenings that connect the worldwide community of television fans with the casts and creators of their favorite TV shows.  One of the panels was to celebrate the ABC television series Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. with its cast and creative team.  Collider was there to attend the panel, and we’ve compiled some of the highlights.

During the presentation, executive producers Jeph Loeb, Jeffrey Bell, Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen, along with actors Clark Gregg and Ming-Na Wen, talked about how this show originally evolved, how they conceived the characters that make up this team, already knowing how Season 2 and Season 3 will end, how Agent Coulson on the TV show is different from Agent Coulson in the movies, the show’s jaw-dropping surprises, that there are seven episodes left, that the events in Captain America: The Winter Solider will affect things in the April 8th episode, that Rocket Racoon and Scarlett Witch are welcome on the plane, that Bill Paxton’s Agent Garrett will return this season, whether some of the S.H.I.E.L.D. cast could appear in the upcoming Netflix series, and how there’s still no official pick-up yet for Season 2.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Two Trailers for Jason Reitman’s LABOR DAY Starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin

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Paramount Pictures has released the first trailer for writer/director Jason Reitman’s new film Labor Day.  Based on the Joyce Maynard novel of the same name, the film takes place over the course of a Labor Day weekend and tells the story of a fugitive (Josh Brolin) who takes a 13-year-old boy  (Gattlin Griffith) and his reclusive mother (Kate Winslet) hostage, but the relationship between the three becomes more complicated in the following days.  The trailer does a good job of selling the dreamy, idyllic quality while maintaining the undercurrent of danger running throughout the story.  I thought the movie was great when I saw it at TIFF earlier this year, but I’m eager to see if it holds up on a second viewing.

Hit the jump to watch the Labor Day trailer.  The film also stars J.K. SimmonsClark Gregg, James Van Der Beek, and Tobey Maguire.  Labor Day opens in limited release on December 25th before expanding wide on January 31st.  [Update: Paramount has released a second trailer, which we've added after the jump.  However, I strongly recommend not watching it because it gives away a lot of the film.]

MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Gets Full Season Pick-Up from ABC

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In a surprise to no one, ABC has ordered a full season of the new drama series Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  Though the show has shed a considerable amount of its audience since its record-breaking debut, S.H.I.E.L.D. still manages to pull in decent numbers and generates a fair amount of buzz for each episode.  In a moviegoing climate where comic book adaptations are king and Marvel is the overlord, ABC would be crazy to not at least see how a full season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. pans out.

Critics have not exactly been kind to the series for its first three episodes, and its supporting cast has thus far failed to be anything close to compelling, but hopefully the show overcomes these growing pains in the weeks to come.  The full season pick-up ensures that audiences will be treated to at least 22 episodes of Coulson and Co. (or Clone Coulson and Co.), assuming some catastrophic ratings drop doesn’t arise.  Catch up on Evan’s recap of the show’s first three episodes here and hit the jump for the full press release.

Is the Agent Coulson on AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. a Clone or Life Model Decoy?

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Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) became a much beloved character over the course of Marvel’s Phase One, and that’s why his death in The Avengers was such a gut punch.  Joss Whedon has never shied away from killing fan favorite characters, but he also makes sure those deaths mean something.  When it was revealed that Coulson would lead Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., it built in the mystery of how he came back.  It’s a mystery that’s supposed to be teased out over the course of the show (I assume they’ll explain it at the end of the first season because any longer and it will become tiresome), but I already have a theory about his resurrection.

The Phil Coulson we’re seeing on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. isn’t exactly the same Phil Coulson from Phase One.  Hit the jump for more.

Marvel’s AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Series Premiere Review

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Here we go.  With Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Marvel Studios takes their first step from dominating the silver screen to the small screen.  The anticipation for this one has been building for quite some time, tail ending off the most recent Marvel box office juggernauts, Iron Man 3 and The Avengers. Joss Whedon and co. hope to put on display the excitement of the Marvel Universe through the eyes of the non-superpowered ranks of S.H.I.E.L.D (Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division).  Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) and Agent Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) are the two major mainstays from the Marvel movie-verse who appear in the pilot and they’ve got a big cast to back them up.

Hit the jump for a recap of the premiere episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

TIFF 2013: LABOR DAY Review

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Earlier this year, Deadspin writer Barry Petchesky reported on the uplifting story of Braves catcher Evan Gattis, and said, “It probably won’t last.  It’s too beautiful.”  That line has stuck with me all summer.  Beautiful things are temporary, but pain seemingly lasts forever.  The worst memories are at best an ugly scar and usually an open wound that stings every time you touch it or even look at it.  Jason Reitman’s earnest, moving drama Labor Day examines the desperation to heal and how fate can conspire to tear away what’s beautiful.  It’s a snapshot of total happiness with storm clouds on the horizon.  Labor Day is Reitman’s most mature film to date, and it powerfully shows how the most modest of hopes can be the ones that almost break us completely.

Cobie Smulders Introduces MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Premise in New Promo

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ABC has released a new promo for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.Cobie Smulders makes an appearance to bridge from The Avengers to the new show: “The Battle of New York was the end of the world.  This is the new world.”  That launches into new footage of the S.H.I.E.L.D. team in action, scored by “Soldier’s Angel.”  Guns and helicopters are nice, but since I was always going to check out S.H.I.E.L.D., I am ready to see how Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, and Maurissa Tancharoen arc out the series in the long form—not to mention episodes full of the pepper dialogue I expect from a Whedon show.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premieres Tuesday, September 24 at 8pm on ABC.  Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, and Elizabeth Henstridge star.  Watch the new spot after the break.

New Promos for Marvel’s AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.

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Networks are preparing to unleash their fall shows, and ABC has one of the most-anticipated with Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  The network has released two new, vastly different promos.  The first is Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) briefly and dryly describing the other main characters.  You can almost hear Gregg groaning at the terrible copy.  The other promo is a standard TV spot that does a much better job of quickly explaining the premise and showing off a bit of the action.  It’s the one that makes September feel much further away.

Hit the jump to check out the promos.  The series also stars Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, and Elizabeth HenstridgeAgents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premieres on Tuesday, September 24th at 8pm (EST).

New Poster for Marvel’s AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.; Joss Whedon Provides More Details about the Series

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The fall TV season will fast be upon us, and superhero geeks will likely be turning their attention to ABC’s new series, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  The expectations will be high, but I also assume there will be more patience with the show as it has to go through the standard motions of introducing the characters, the world, and trying to draw in an audience beyond genre fans.  This is network television, and being niche isn’t good enough.  That means an emphasis on case-of-the-week storytelling with little bits of character arcs and perhaps a larger story sprinkled throughout.

Hit the jump for what executive producer and pilot director Joss Whedon had to say about the show at the recent Television Critics Association press tour, and also see a poster featuring the eponymous Agents standing in front of a giant door.  Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premieres Tuesday, September 24th at 8pm on ABC.

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