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 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.

35 New Images from the Pilot for Marvel’s AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.

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A couple weeks ago, Marvel showed off their pilot for the highly-anticipated new series, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  Today, they’ve released plenty of new images, and some that could be considered slight spoilers for fans who would enjoy a pleasant surprise when they see the pilot.  But for the most part, these are images of lead actors Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, and Elizabeth Henstridge.

Hit the jump to check out the images (I’ve put the ones that could be considered spoilers near the end).  Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premieres Tuesday, September 24th at 8:00pm EST on ABC.

Clark Gregg and Connie Britton Talk THE TO-DO LIST, What They Love About the Film, Whether They Collect Anything, and More

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With writer/director Maggie Carey‘s comedy The To-Do List opening tomorrow, I recently did a video interview with Clark Gregg and Connie Britton.   The film stars Aubrey Plaza as a sexually inexperienced teenager with a type-A personality who decides to engage in numerous sex acts before she goes to college.  Loaded with an amazing cast (Alia Shawkat, Donald GloverRachel BilsonAndy Samberg, Mae Whitman, Johnny Simmons, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Bill Hader and Scott Porter), The To Do List is extremely funny and a welcome addition to the sex comedy genre.

During my interview with Gregg and Britton we talked about how this movie allows reporters to ask questions you normally never get to ask (about sex), what they collect, how the film was a true indie, what they love about the movie, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Joss Whedon Says Agent Coulson Probably Won’t Be in THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

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It’s a testament to Clark Gregg’s performance and Joss Whedon’s writing that one of the most beloved characters in The Avengers isn’t even a superhero at all, but Agent Coulson.  The S.H.I.E.L.D. agent returns in grand fashion this fall with his own ABC series Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but with movement building on the Avengers sequel, fans have been wondering whether Coulson will be involved in the feature film follow-up.  Whedon essentially blew the roof off of Comic-Con this weekend when he stepped out at the very end of Marvel’s panel to announce the title of The Avengers 2, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, and during a recent interview he admitted that Coulson might not be a part of the film.  Hit the jump for more.

Comic-Con: Joss Whedon and Clark Gregg Talk MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D., the Marvel Universe on TV, and Reviving Agent Coulson

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One of the most highly anticipated shows of the upcoming fall TV season is Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.DClark Gregg reprises his role as Agent Phil Coulson from Marvel’s feature films, as he assembles a small, highly select group of Agents, who together will investigate the new, the strange and the unknown, across the globe, in order to protect the ordinary from the extraordinary.  The show also stars Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge and Chloe Bennet.

While at Comic-Con to debut the show’s pilot for fans, executive producer Joss Whedon and actor Clark Gregg talked about constructing the television version of the Marvel universe, the guidelines for the series, getting to have Agent Coulson be a part of the story, getting to explore new facets of Coulson, and just how far in advance the story arc has been plotted.  Whedon also talked about how important it is to him to remain involved with the show, even with everything else he has going on.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Comic-Con: MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Panel Recap Featuring Cast and Crew and a Rundown of the Pilot

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Joss Whedon’s sure-to-be smash hit, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., took the Comic-Con stage surrounded by a lot of mystery.  Would the cast be present?  Would they show a clip from the highly-anticipated action-drama?  Those questions were quickly answered when executive producer, Jeph Loeb, greeted a jam-packed Ballroom 20 and introduced the panel, consisting of: Writers Jed Whedon and Maurissa Trancharoen, executive producer Jeffrey Bell, stars Elizabeth Henstridge, Ian De Caestecker, Chloe Bennet, Brett Dalton, Ming-Na Wen, fan-favorite Clark Gregg, and creator Joss Whedon. The surprises didn’t end there, as the audience was also treated to the world-premiere of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  Hit the jump to read the highlights from the panel.

Clark Gregg Talks MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D., the Show’s Focus on Humans, and Chuck Palahniuk; Says He’s Reading an INVISIBLE MONSTERS Script on His Vacation

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At Thursday night’s Saturn Awards, we landed an exclusive video interview with Clark Gregg on the red carpet before the show.  During the interview, Gregg talked about how his life has changed since Choke, how if he could turn another Chuck Palahniuk book into a movie it would be Invisible Monsters (and he reveals he just got sent a script which he’s going to read on his vacation), what kind of show Marvel’s Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. will be, how we’ll learn more of Agent Coulson’s backstory, and how the show will focus on the humans who don’t have any powers.  Hit the jump to watch the interview and look for more Saturn Award interviews all weekend.

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