Questions are abound regarding the upcoming potential series, “Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D.” especially in regards to casting. However, actress Cobie Smulders revealed she may be joining the highly anticipated series. Smulders, who played Agent Maria Hill in Marvel’s The Avengers is currently set to reprise the role in the soon-to-shoot Captain America: The Winter Soldier though she recently told IAmRogue that she’s in talks to join the cast of the upcoming television project should the pilot go to series.
There was initial worries that Smulders commitments to the hit series, “How I Met Your Mother” would cause her to be unavailable for another series. She says that is frankly not the case.
The commitments to [‘How I Met Your Mother’] don’t affect it,”Smulders told the site. “and I can’t really say but there are definite talks about it… I will do Maria Hill until they fire me and hire someone else to do it.”
“Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D.” has already revealed that Clark Gregg has signed on to return as Agent Coulson though the details of how and why his character will return has not been released. The series pilot is about to begin production and so far only has orders for the one episode. However, as highly as the show is anticipated by fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it shouldn’t have any issue signing a full season order.
Nicholas Sparks fans can mark their calendars for the February 8, 2013, debut of Safe Haven.
Coastal Town? CHECK!
Man who is too good to be true? CHECK!
Steamy love scene? CHECK!
Secret kept by main character? CHECK!
Romantic boat ride? CHECK!
Impending natural disaster? CHECK!
Yep, this is definitely a Sparks story. His other film adaptations of course include The Notebook, Message in a Bottle, Dear John and The Lucky One. Hey, as formulaic as it was, I actually enjoyed The Lucky One! Part of that is probably due to the fact that I’m too old to really have watched Zac Efron in his child acting days. I don’t have kids either, so High School Musical isn’t something I’ve ever watched.
For Safe Haven, beautiful people, Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough are at the center of some romantic drama. SHE is Katie Feldman, a woman running away from a past full of what appears to be domestic violence and has forgotten how to trust. HE is Alex Wheatley, a single father who has lost his wife. Cobie Smulders of HIMYM and The Avengers is Jo, the side kick/ confident, who shows Hough’s character the ropes when she arrives in a small North Carolina town to escape her past. The film is being called a “deeply moving romantic thriller.”
Check out the trailer now! It has great music, too, I promise!
Directing Safe Haven is Lasse Hallström, Oscar nominated for his work on the phenomenal picture, The Cider House Rules.
Here’s the book synopsis from Amazon. You’ve got some time to read it before the film premiers!
When a mysterious young woman named Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet self-effacing, Katie seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships: one with Alex, a widowed store owner with a kind heart and two young children; and another with her plainspoken single neighbor, Jo. Despite her reservations, Katie slowly begins to let down her guard, putting down roots in the close-knit community and becoming increasingly attached to Alex and his family.
But even as Katie begins to fall in love, she struggles with the dark secret that still haunts and terrifies her . . . a past that set her on a fearful, shattering journey across the country, to the sheltered oasis of Southport. With Jo’s empathic and stubborn support, Katie eventually realizes that she must choose between a life of transient safety and one of riskier rewards . . . and that in the darkest hour, love is the only true safe haven.
Marvel Studios has released another “new” TV spot for the highly-anticipated movie, Marvel’s The Avengers. I really like how they’re really stressing the “Marvel” portion. It really gets away from the trademark issues that were happening in the UK over the use of the name, “The Avengers.”
As this is the 6th television spot that has been recently released, it too has its own focus, this time being Captain America, titled “Back in Action”. Yes, some of the footage has already been seen, but there are a few snippets and text that make this spot original.
The film will hit screens in 3D, 2D and IMAX 3D on May 4. Directed by Joss Whedon, the film stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård and Samuel L. Jackson.
Continuing the epic big-screen adventures started in Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger, Marvel’s The Avengers is the superhero team up of a lifetime. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as SHIELD, finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins.”
The new film sports an all star cast. It includes:
Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark / Iron Man:
A self-described genius, billionaire, playboy and philanthropist with a mechanical suit of armor of his own invention. Becoming a superhero is obviously the best way to make people forget one’s a drunk and a reformed arms dealer. Honestly, Stark needs to run for President now.
Chris Evans as Steve Rogers / Captain America:
A World War II veteran who’s convinced his only way to help in the war effort is to do drugs. As the poster boy for steroid use, Steve Rogers is enhanced to the peak of human physicality by an experimental serum. While the spot focuses on the Captain as the team leader, maybe they should have gone with someone more… PC. In the Ultimate series, the Captain doesn’t buy that he’s in the future. How does he arrive to this conclusion? He bases it on the premise that there aren’t any African-American soldiers who’ve made the rank of Colonel. “Must be a Nazi trick!” Next thing you know, women will be able to vote.
Mark Ruffalo as Dr. Bruce Banner / Hulk:
A genius scientist who somehow gets caught in the blast of his own science experiment. Forget fail safes and controlled environments. Due to the exposure to gamma radiation, Banner is transformed into a monster when enraged or excited. Ruffalo was cast after negotiations between Marvel and Edward Norton broke down.
Lou Ferrigno; the man behind the monster in the 1977 television series of the Hulk, will voice “The Hulk.” Lots of screaming and maybe some monosyllabic words. “Hulk… Smash!”
Chris Hemsworth as Thor:
The god of thunder and disco era armor. Thor which is based on the Norse deity of the same name is more a space alien than; thus saving religious issues being brought up in the movie. Hemsworth stated that he was able to maintain the strength he built up for Thor by increasing his food intake, consisting of a number of chicken breasts, fish, steak and eggs a day. Fine and dandy really, but does an actor ever have to pig out and get obese for their role? Probably, but not to be made of eye candy for those that like their men made of abs. Now excuse me while I go back to eating this tub of ice cream.
Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow:
A highly trained spy working for the international peacekeeping organization, S.H.I.E.L.D. “Her superpower set is using a gun and launching a luchador wrestling technique that disables men with her swinging crotch.”
Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton / Hawkeye:
A S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and master archer known in the comics as the “World’s Greatest Marksman”. While originally a superhero with a crippling obsession with bows and arrows, Hawkeye has had some proper reconstruction of his superhero background. Now his abilities are due to his specials eyes. Better than lasik, operations have allowed Hawkeye to squint his way into seeing his targets; his eyes utilize more muscles to constantly change the way he sees over long distance.
Tom Hiddleston as Loki:
Thor’s adoptive brother and nemesis based on the deity of the same name. Man, how did Odin the All Father not see any of this coming? I thought he had a plan for everything.
Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury:
The baddest director to ever walk the street for S.H.I.E.L.D. The Colonel was revealed in previous films to be coordinating the “Avenger Initiative” which I thought was the training program for potential Avengers. While he forgot to recruit Spider-Man and the Wolverine, Jackson was brought to the project with a deal containing an option to play the character in up to nine Marvel films.
Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill:
A S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who works closely with Jackson’s Nick Fury. While in the comic she is pretty much a control freak and a raging bitch, I just don’t buy Smulders in the role. This is not “How I Met Your Mother”.