‘The Avengers’ spinoff television series gains a ‘Eureka’: actress Ming-Na

“Vanished” star Ming-Na as Special Agent Lin Mei
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‘The Avengers’ spinoff television series gains a ‘Eureka’: actress Ming-Na

From FBI agent Lin Mei on Fox network’s “Vanished” to a former government psychic level Sniff in “Push”, well-known “ER” alumni Ming-Na burgeons a key second casting for the in-development Marvel pilot series as an agent of “S.H.I.E.L.D.”. Access Hollywood reported the ensemble announcement.

Agent Melinda May is the character Ming-Na signs to bring on to live-action.

Within a film and television acting repertoire, the Macau-born actress currencies a present day primetime recognition with recurrent or regular roles appearing on “Two and a Half Men” plus two of SyFy channel’s original series “SGU Stargate Universe” and “Eureka”.

Boston-native Clark Gregg hails twin counts for the Joss Whedon produced “S.H.I.E.L.D.” pilot season. First due to his silver screen part of  Marvel’s Phase One for the Cinematic Shared Universe held Gregg’s cameos as Agent Phil Coulson, a role that led all the way up to the Helicarrier headquarters in 2012s “The Avengers”.

That involvement leads to Gregg being the inaugural cast member kick starting this much fan-anticipation touting series. Like his new co-star, Gregg owns latter day recognition playing a Washington D.C. special agent in his TV career. On “West Wing” he had the familiar reprisal of FBI liaison Michael Casper.

Ming-Na has been a part of superhero drama prior to the upcoming “S.H.I.E.L.D.”, only as a voice-actress. After she took part in making the lead animation namesake role in “Mulan” a blockbuster for Disney, critics’ begrudging acclaim for HBO’s “Spawn: The Animated Series” credits Ming-Na voice-acting Lisa Wu.

It will be the first time Ming-Na has been a part of a Joss Whedon project.

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Jurgens brings his experience to ‘Firestorm’

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Jurgens brings his experience to ‘Firestorm’

The Fury of Firestorm: The Nuclear Man #13 is the first issue by the new creative team of writer/artist Dan Jurgens and finished inks by Ray McCarthy. In the issue, Ronnie Raymond and Jason Rusch, who together form Firestorm, struggle to balance their responsibilities as high school students with that of being a super-hero, as they are targeted by a mysterious organization.

New creative teams often make great jumping on points for interested readers and Jurgens drives that point home, delivering what essentially reads as a first issue. Jurgens introduces the core characteristics of Ronnie and Jason completely through naturally flowing dialogue. No heavy narration here. Readers also meet the book’s supporting cast and are introduced to a number of new villains.

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‘The Hunger Games’ up for pre-nominations for the People’s Choice Awards

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‘The Hunger Games’ up for pre-nominations for the People’s Choice Awards

Voting for pre-nominations in the 2013 People’s Choice Awards is now open, and The Hunger Games is in the running in several categories.

At this stage in the process, fans can vote for movies, actors, etc. already listed, or write-in their picks. Later, the list will be narrowed to five choices, in which fans can then vote for their top pick to be honored with a People’s Choice Award.

The Hunger Games is listed in the following categories:

  • Favorite Movie
  • Favorite Movie Actress (Jennifer Lawrence)
  • Favorite Action Movie
  • Favorite Face of Heroism (Jennifer Lawrence)
  • Favorite Movie Franchise
  • Favorite On-Screen Chemistry (Jennifer Lawrence/Josh Hutcherson/Liam Hemsworth)
  • Favorite Movie Fan Following (“Tributes”)

Josh Hutcherson, Elizabeth Banks, and Philip Seymour Hoffman are also listed in non-Hunger Games related categories.

Fans can vote once per day through November 2nd.

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‘Being Human’ season three to return to SyFy on January 14

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‘Being Human’ season three to return to SyFy on January 14

Syfy’s just announced today on their Facebook that “Being Human” season three will return on January 14 at 9 p.m.

When the season ended there were a lot of unanswered questions in regards to the fate of the characters. Aidan returns to Mother’s coven and finds Henry beaten and possibly dead. He then gets caught and brought before Mother, when she stakes Suren. He then attacks, is caught and buried alive in a coffin in the ground.

Josh then talks Sally into possessing Ray’s wife and getting him out into the woods to where Josh could kill him. He is then overpowered and Nora jumps in to defend Josh. When the camera pans out there is a single shot and no one knows who was shot if anyone.

In the final scene you can hear Sally over the radio say that she has found a way out of limbo and the scene pans out and leaves the brownstone alone.

Being Human” will begin it’s third season after fan apprehension about a show that was copied from the British show with the same name. The idea that a television show about vampires, werewolves, and ghosts could live together and try to become human.

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So you want to be a zombie: 5 steps to a flawless Halloween costume

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So you want to be a zombie: 5 steps to a flawless Halloween costume

So you want to be a zombie for Halloween. Not that we blame you. It really is the undead mother of all awesome Halloween costumes. But you don’t want to be just one more face among the horde. No, you want to be confused for an extra from the set of “The Walking Dead.” You want your zombie costume to make people worry for their safety.

We’re here to help. Here are some tips to help you get your zombie costume just right this Halloween.

  1. Don’t miss a spot: There’s nothing worse than a great zombie costume… that ends at the neck. Make sure to put makeup on all exposed skin, including your hands and arms. Zombies are messy eaters, and they have no problem getting blood and gore up to their elbows. Dig in!
  2. Recycle an old Halloween costume: Anyone, anywhere, at any time can become a zombie. So it follows that whoever you were for Halloween last year could easily join the ranks of the undead. This way you’re reusing instead of wasting, and zombifying a costume instead of your own clothes. A little strategic ripping, a few blood stains, and voila! That sexy Chewbacca costume from last year is now a sexy zombie Chewbacca.
  3. Skip the personal hygiene: Zombies aren’t the most cleanly individuals. What with the decomposition, the wandering around in all kinds of weather, and the eating of raw human flesh, they tend to look a little worse for wear. Tease your hair and rub dead leaves in it for that wandering-through-the-woods-in-search-of-human-flesh look, and use black and yellow crayon on your teeth as fake rot. Or just don’t bathe for a month. That works too.
  4. Do your research: The key to a perfect zombie costume is staying in character. But how to act like a zombie? Well, you can start by studying the motions and sounds of people who act a bit like zombies on a regular basis: the elderly, the drunk, and the pre-caffeinated.
  5. You can never have too much blood: No seriously. Zombies spend most of their time neck-deep in someone else’s abdominal cavity. There’s really no way to overdo it where the fake blood is concerned. Use the whole bottle.

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‘The Hunger Games’ nominated for BAFTA Children’s Awards

 

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‘The Hunger Games’ nominated for BAFTA Children’s Awards

The Hunger Games has been nominated for best feature film in the BAFTA Children’s Awards, which honors all aspects of children’s entertainment.

Besides competing against Hugo, Arthur Christmas, and The Muppets in the film category, The Hunger Games is also on the shortlist of best films in the BAFTA Kids’ Vote, which opens today. Kids in the UK ages 7-14 can vote on their favorites in a variety of categories.

British Academy of Film and Television Arts is considered the UK equivalent of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences — and the annual BAFTA awards are compared to the British equivalent of the Academy Awards here in the U.S.

The BAFTA Children’s Awards are separate, and will be announced on November 23rd. The Hunger Games previously did very well in both the MTV Movie Awards and the Teen Choice Awards, which were voted on by young fans in the U.S.

Hollywood analysts have predicted that The Hunger Games could be nominated in a variety of categories for the upcoming Academy Awards — however, popular franchises often face a lot of stigma by Academy voters and are rarely nominated and even more rarely do they win. (The Lord of the Rings trilogy was a rare exception.)

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New comic book releases 10/24/12

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New comic book releases 10/24/12

New comic book releases 10/24/12. After a whirlwind, rainy week here in the Bay Area with the World Series in town,  the weekend promises to be a great time to slow down a bit with a great comic. Marvel Comics hits the ground running with the return of Steve Epting to the wrap up of Ed Brubaker‘s run on Captain America with issue #19. Check this title out for some of the sharpest writing and story crafting on the flag drapped hero to date. Meanwhile over at Dark Horse Comics, the popular series Ghost makes a return with issue #1 and the red hot talent of Kelly Sue DeConnick (Marvel Comics Captain Marvel) and Phil Noto (Dark Horse Comics Angel & Faith) is on display (check out the stellar 6 page preview in the slideshow). In the realm of the indie comic scene raptoonist Adrian “Age” Scott ( creator of SLG Publishings Won & Phil: Raising Heck.) offers up the humourous and heartfelt Age 4 Prez as we near election time here in our great nation. Fresh from the Bay Area event APE, Mr. Scott comes to the table with this comic coloring book for all ages, be sure to check out the associated video with this article. Comic fans, don’t stop there, this week’s list is chock full of some really great reads! Be sure to head down to your local comic shop and stock up on your favorite titles (consider it your rainy day emergency entertainment). Until next week, Enjoy!

DC/VERTIGO ALL STAR WESTERN #13  $3.99 BATMAN INCORPORATED #4    $2.99 BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT #13        $2.99 FABLES #122       $2.99 FLASH #13 $2.99 FURY OF FIRESTORM THE NUCLEAR MEN #13     $2.99 HUNTRESS CROSSBOW AT THE CROSSROADS TP    $14.99 I VAMPIRE #13    $2.99 JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #13   $2.99 LEGION SECRET ORIGIN TP   $14.99 MAD MAGAZINE #518        $5.99 NATIONAL COMICS MADAME X #1       $3.99 RED LANTERNS #13  $2.99 SAVAGE HAWKMAN #13        $2.99 SAVAGE HAWKMAN TP VOL 01 DARKNESS RISING (N52)    $16.99 SHOWCASE PRESENTS THE FLASH TP VOL 04    $19.99 SUPERMAN #13     $2.99 SUPERMAN #13 VAR ED       $2.99 TALON #1  $2.99 TEEN TITANS #13   $2.99 UNWRITTEN #42     $2.99

MARVEL/ICON A-BABIES VS X-BABIES #1        $2.99 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #696   $3.99 ASTONISHING X-MEN #55     $3.99 ASTONISHING X-MEN TP VOL 09 EXALTED       $16.99 AVENGERS #32 AXFO        $3.99 AVX CONSEQUENCES #3 (OF 5)        $3.99 CAPTAIN AMERICA #19       $3.99 CAPTAIN AMERICA AND BLACK WIDOW #638      $2.99 DEADPOOL #63      $2.99 FEAR ITSELF TP YOUTH IN REVOLT    $16.99 FF #23   $2.99 GAMBIT #4 $2.99 INCREDIBLE HULK #15       $3.99 INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #527  $3.99 JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #645 BURNS   $2.99 KICK-ASS 2 #1 5TH PTG JRJR VAR (OF 7)     $2.99 KICK-ASS 2 #2 2ND PTG JRJR VAR (OF 7)     $2.99 MARVEL TALES BY ALAN DAVIS TP     $16.99 MARVEL UNIVERSE ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #7   $2.99 MMW CAPTAIN AMERICA TP VOL 02     $24.99 MMW CAPTAIN AMERICA TP VOL 02 DM VAR ED 46       $24.99 PUNISHER WAR ZONE #1 (OF 5)      $2.99 SECRET AVENGERS #33       $3.99 SPIDER-MAN COMPLETE BEN REILLY EPIC TP BOOK 06 $39.99 SPIDER-MAN FLYING BLIND TP       $16.99 SUPERCROOKS PREM HC      $19.99 ULTIMATE COMICS ULTIMATES #15 2ND PTG KOMARCK VAR        $3.99 ULTIMATE COMICS ULTIMATES #17 UWS $3.99 WOLVERINE #315    $3.99 WOLVERINE AND X-MEN BY JASON AARON TP VOL 01      $14.99 WOLVERINE MAX #1 $3.99 WOLVERINE MAX #1 VAR      $3.99 X-FACTOR TP VOL 16 TOGETHER AGAIN FOR FIRST TIME  $16.99 X-TREME X-MEN #5 $2.99

DARK HORSE BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER SPIKE #3 (OF 5)        $2.99 DARK HORSE PRESENTS #17   $7.99 GHOST #1  $2.99 SHAOLIN COWBOY ADVENTURE MAGAZINE TP      $15.99 STAR WARS AGENT O/T EMPIRE TP VOL 01 IRON ECLIPSE $18.99 STAR WARS DARK TIMES TP VOL 05 OUT WILDERNESS    $17.99 STAR WARS KNIGHTS O/T OLD REPUBLIC TP VOL 10 WAR $19.99

IMAGE ARTIFACTS #22       $3.99 DANCER TP $16.99 DEBRIS #4 (OF 4) $3.50 HACK SLASH #19    $3.50 INVINCIBLE #96    $2.99 MIND MGMT #6      $3.99 PROPHET #30       $3.99 REVIVAL #2 3RD PTG        $2.99 REVIVAL #4        $2.99 SPAWN #224        $2.99 THIEF OF THIEVES #8 2ND PTG       $2.99 WALKING DEAD #102 2ND PTG $2.99

MISCELLANEOUS PUBLISHERS ADVENTURE TIME #9 $3.99 ALAN ROBERT KILLOGY #1 (OF 4)     $3.99 ALTER EGO #113    $8.95 ARCHER & ARMSTRONG (NEW) #1 3RD PTG       $3.99 BART SIMPSON COMICS #76   $2.99 BRAVEST WARRIORS #1 (OF 6)        $3.99 CHOSEN #1 (OF 3)  $3.99 CROSSED BADLANDS #16      $3.99 DOCTOR WHO DALEK PROJECT GN       $23.99 DOCTOR WHO HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSE IN 100 OBJECTS HC     $31.99 FATHER GAETANOS PUPPET CATECHISM ILL NOVELLA HC  $19.99 HARBINGER (ONGOING) #1 2ND PTG   $3.99 HARBINGER (ONGOING) #2 2ND PTG    $3.99 HELLRAISER #19 MAIN CVRS  $3.99 HERO WORSHIP #4 (OF 6)    $3.99 HYPERNATURALS #3 (2ND PTG)        $3.99 LETS PLAY GOD #1 (OF 4)   $3.99 LORD OF THE JUNGLE #8     $3.99 LOST ART OF AH POOK HERE HC IMAGES FROM THE GN    $39.99 MAD GREATEST ARTISTS MORT DRUCKER HC     $30.00 MAGGIE #1        $2.99 MULTIPLE WARHEADS ALPHABET TO INFINITY #1 (OF 4)  $3.99

NEW CRUSADERS RISE OF THE HEROES #2 BATES REG CVR       $2.99 OBSERVED WHILE FALLING HC BURROUGHS POOK AND ME   $29.99 PANTHA #4        $3.99 RALPH AZHAM HC VOL 01 WHY LIE SOMEONE LOVE        $14.99 RED SONJA #70    $3.99 SHADOW #6 $3.99 STAR TREK TNG DOCTOR WHO ASSIMILATION #6  $3.99 STAR WARS INSIDER #137 NEWSSTAND ED       $7.99 STAR WARS OLD REPUBLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA HC    $40.00 UNTOLD TALES OF DOG MENDONCA & PIZZABOY ONE SHOT $2.99 VALIANT MASTERS BLOODSHOT HC VOL 01       $24.99 WALKING DEAD MAGAZINE #1 NEWSSTAND ED    $9.99 WALKING DEAD MAGAZINE #1 PX ED    $9.99 WALKING DEAD NOVEL HC VOL 02 ROAD TO WOODBURY     $24.99 WARRIORS OF MARS #5      $3.99 YOULL NEVER KNOW HC VOL 03 SOLDIERS HEART $24.99

KIDS COMICS ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #234     $3.99 ARCHIES GIANT KIDS JOKEBOOK TP    $6.99

MANGA BLACK BUTLER TP VOL 11       $11.99 BLOODY MONDAY GN VOL 08  $10.99 BRIDE OF THE WATER GOD TP VOL 12 $9.99 DISAPPEARANCE OF NAGATO YUKI CLAN GN VOL 02       $11.99 DURARARA GN VOL 04       $11.99 GANTZ TP VOL 25  $12.99 PANDORA HEARTS GN VOL 12 $11.99 TRIAGE X GN VOL 01       $13.99 TWILIGHT MANGA COLLECTORS ED GN  $24.99

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Preview of ‘The Walking Dead’ episode 3.3, ‘Walk with Me’

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Preview of ‘The Walking Dead’ episode 3.3, ‘Walk with Me’

The next episode of “The Walking Dead” is our long-awaited introduction to the Governor, the town of Woodbury, and the return of Merle Dixon. Try to contain your excitement, TWD fans.

Watch a preview of “Walk With Me,” the third episode of “The Walking Dead” season three.

While the last episode, “Sick,” focused on Rick’s group and the prisoners inside the reclaimed penitentiary, this new episode seems to stay entirely focused on Andrea and Michonne. Through this dynamic duo (quartet if you count their undead pets) we are introduced to Woodbury, a fortified post-zombiepocalyptic town where something isn’t quite right.

From the preview, it looks like Andrea and Michonne are captured by Woodbury’s forces when they go to get a closer look at a helicopter crash in the woods. Could this be the same helicopter that Rick saw flying through Atlanta way back in season one?

Besides the sinister return of Michael Rooker as Merle Dixon, this episode will also be the debut of David Morrissey as the Governor, Rick’s fiercest enemy in “The Walking Dead” comic books.

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‘Iron Man 3’ trailer released

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‘Iron Man 3’ trailer released

After the teaser for the trailer on Sunday, Marvel Studios released their first full trailer for the much anticipated third installment to the Iron Man franchise.

Iron Man 3“, set to hit theaters in May of 2013, will showcase Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) dealing with the fallout of the first Avengers film.

The trailer shows the villainous Mandarin played by Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley as well as Stark’s main squeeze Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltro).

The movie will feature some brand new armor, including the Mark VIII…but enough of my recap, check out the trailer.

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‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ new set photos show Cornucopia tribute parade

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‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ new set photos show Cornucopia tribute parade

New aerial photos of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire set in Atlanta reveal a closer look at the Tribute parade and the new Cornucopia.

Fans, of course, know all about both of these key scenes — but for the uninitiated, the Tribute parade features the twenty-four Tribute characters riding in horse-drawn chariots in front of a large crowd while wearing elaborate costumes. The Cornucopia is the central hub of each Hunger Games arena, where the fight-to-the-death begins and in which Tributes can find weapons and supplies.

The photos of the Tribute parade were taken at the Atlanta Speedway, where filming took place on Tuesday. Meanwhile, the Cornucopia set was constructed at Clayton County International Park’s “The Beach,” a filming location that was previously confirmed.

A flurry of set photos showed many of the cast members in the first week or two of filming, but most of the recent set photos have shown primarily extras, crew members, or sets alone. However, one recent batch of photos revealed the District 6 Reaping scene being filmed, and another set of photos showed Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson in costume.

Read More by Sara Gundell