Monday, April 19, 2021

Adam B. Vary

‘Falcon and Winter Soldier’ Episode 5: Can a Black Man Be Captain America and Can You Believe That New Villain?

SPOILER WARNING: Do not read if you haven’t seen Season 1, Episode 5 of Disney Plus’ “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.” In the best scene in 2011’s “Captain America: The First Avenger,” Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) asks Abraham...

The Closure of Arclight Cinemas Has L.A. Movie Lovers in Mourning — and Asking, Can It Be Saved?

The news that the Arclight Cinemas are closing permanently — part of the larger closure that includes Pacific Theaters in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic — hit the film industry, and the greater Los Angeles community, like a...

Regé-Jean Page Responds to Allegations That He Lost ‘Krypton’ Role Due to Race

Regé-Jean Page appears to have posted his first reaction to a report alleging he was not cast as Superman’s grandfather on the Syfy series “Krypton” because he is Black. “Hearing about these conversations hurts no less now than it...

How ‘Bosch’ Helped Amy Aquino Prepare for ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’

In Marvel Studios’ “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” Amy Aquino plays Dr. Christina Raynor, a no-nonsense military therapist tasked with the unenviable job of rehabilitating Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) from spending roughly 70 years as the Winter Soldier, a...

DC Films Shelving ‘New Gods’ With Ava DuVernay, ‘The Trench’ With James Wan

The DC movie-verse is getting a little bit smaller. Long gestating DC Comics adaptations “New Gods” with director Ava DuVernay and screenwriter Tom King, and “The Trench” with director James Wan and producer Peter Safran are not moving forward...

Lil Nas X’s Sexed-Up ‘Montero’ Video Has Changed Everything for Queer Music Artists

Last night, I saw something I didn’t quite believe I ever would get to see: An openly gay music superstar indulging in a sex-and-drugs-and-sin video fantasy. In his instantly viral music video for his latest single, “Montero (Call Me...

‘Transformers’ Standalone Movie in Development With ‘Charm City Kings’ Director Angel Manuel Soto

Paramount is expanding its “Transformers” business. Marco Ramirez (showrunner for Netflix’s Marvel series “The Defenders”) has signed to write a script for a new, standalone “Transformers” movie based on the Hasbro toy brand, with “Charm City Kings” director Angel...

Why ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ Is So Pointed About Race, Nationalism and the World Today

SPOILER WARNING: This story discusses major storylines in the first episode of Disney Plus’ “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.” After “WandaVision” debuted in January, many commented that Marvel Studios’ first TV series for Disney Plus felt eerily prescient...

How the ‘Justice League’ Snyder Cut Reverses Joss Whedon’s Version

SPOILER WARNING: This story discusses major plot points in both 2017’s “Justice League” and 2021’s “Zack Snyder’s Justice League.” For years, Zack Snyder fans have been left to wonder what exactly had changed from his original vision for “Justice...

San Diego Comic-Con Goes Virtual in July 2021, Plans November In-Person Event

San Diego Comic-Con, the largest fan convention in North America, will not be held in person in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers announced on Monday. Instead, the event will be held virtually over three days, from July...

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