AVENGERS ASSEMBLE AT RHODE ISLAND COMIC CON

Organizers of the Biggest Show in the Smallest State announced today their next major headlining guest—Elizabeth Olsen.

Olsen is most widely known as the Scarlet Witch/Wanda Maximoff in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. She debuted her character in Captain America: Winter Soldier, and continued on to Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War, and will be appearing in the 2018 film Avengers: Infinity War.

Olsen is also known for her roles in Silent House, Liberal Arts, and Godzilla.

Olsen will appear at Rhode Island Comic Con Saturday, November 11 only. She will be signing autographs and offering professional photo ops, both of which are currently on sale through the convention’s website, www.ricomiccon.com.

Tickets are currently on sale through the Rhode Island Comic Con website, and the Dunkin Donuts Center Arena box office. The 6th Annual Rhode Island Comic Con arrives November 10 to 12 at the Rhode Island Convention Center, and the Dunkin Donuts Center arena.

Live Q and A with the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

 

GOTG_Payoff_1-Sht_v4b_LgThe cast of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy will be conducting a live Q & A on Monday, May 19 at 10 a.m. (PT) on Facebook. Cast members involved in this event are Chris Pratt (Peter Quill/ Star-Lord), Dave Bautista (Drax the Destroyer), Karen Gillan (Nebula) and director James Gunn (Super, Slither).

Along with the Q&A happening on May 19, the world premiere f the movie’s trailer will also take place. Click here for the Facebook link to the Q&A and trailer.

STORY SYNOPSIS:

From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team—the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits—Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand—with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.

The newest ‘Bourne’ tarnishes the legacy of the series

The newest ‘Bourne’ tarnishes the legacy of the series

by Jason Harris

Since Matt Damon didn’t want to come back to the series without director Paul Greengrass, who directed the last two Bourne movies, Universal went ahead with continuing this lucrative series with a new character, Aaron Cross.

The “legacy” part of The Bourne Legacy title does work since the character of Cross, portrayed by Jeremy Renner (The Avengers), is in a similar program like Bourne was and the government is trying to kill him. And since Bourne is mentioned by people and news casts, along with his name carved into a piece of wood, Universal feels justified using the Bourne name in the title.

Cross is introduced at a training site in Alaska. It turns out he’s being punished for asking too many questions. Cross is more talkative than Damon’s Jason Bourne. This is shown when he is speaking to another agent who is more like Bourne in the talking department.

Cross is an Outcome agent. Outcome is a different training program then the one Bourne went through. The Outcome program uses blue and green pills to sustain its agents’ mental and physical capabilities. This is what drives the story since Cross needs to get his hands on these “chems” so he can outwit the government and survive.

Director Tony Gilroy has a feel for this series, since he had a hand in writing the screenplays for the entire series. He even added layers to the Treadstone and Blackbriar programs and created new ones.

The movie is peppered with action, but it doesn’t live up to the previous movies. With that said, it would be interesting to see Bourne and Cross team up in a future movie. That would be a legacy worth seeing.

Two and a half stars out of four.

‘Safe House’ Screenwriter Talks about His Heroes and His Movie

‘Safe House’ Screenwriter Talks about His Heroes and His Movie

by Jason Harris

What do actors Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, and Nicolas Cage and directors Simon West and Antoine Fuqua all have in common? They all have worked on projects written by David Guggenheim.

Safe HouseGuggenheim’s first screenplay, Safe House, was just released on DVD this past Tuesday. This was his first spec script sold.

“I got spoiled with this one.”

According to Guggenheim, a spec script is a screenplay written by someone who is not getting paid for it.

“You can spend a year of your own time and still not get paid. But the good news is that you have a fully completed script as opposed to a pitch where you go in with a sort of broad idea. This is a good way of packaging your whole story.”

The screenplay was sold in February of 2010, which was two years and a day before it was released in theaters, Guggenheim said. It took him about three months to write it.

“I was running out of time. I had a kid literally coming around the corner. If I didn’t sell something I wasn’t sure if I would be able to sustain a full-time job and full-time family and a writing career.”

If a screenwriter is living in New York, a spec script is the way to break into Hollywood and get people excited, he said. He had been writing them for 10 to 12 years before selling his first one.

“I couldn’t even process what was happening,” Guggenheim said about the sale of his first screenplay.

According to Wikipedia, Safe House was Washington’s second highest grossing movie to date. Guggenheim is “really proud of [his movie].”

“I didn’t think it would make $40 million opening weekend. I’m happy people liked it.”

He believes Washington was the first one cast in the movie and Reynolds was cast second.

“I can’t imagine anyone else doing it,” Guggenheim said about Reynolds portraying Matt Weston. “I think you see a totally different side of Ryan that you don’t usually get to see.”

Guggenheim has been inspired by a number of Hollywood writers such as Robert Goldman, Robert Towne, Lawrence Kasdan, Shane Black, and Joss Whedon. He considers all these writers, “character driven writers who have written huge action movies.”

“All these guys are amazing teachers.”

He considers Shane to be living the writer’s life, whom he considers a person who went off to write his own movies, which started with Lethal Weapon.

“I like that his scripts are his voice,” he said about Black, who is “generating new original material.”

Whedon’s name came up because Guggenheim had recently seen The Avengers, which he considers “incredible writing.”

“This is writing you try to achieve.”

The advice to would-be writers is always “write what you know,” he said. He claims he “doesn’t really know that much.” He does have five movies from the 1970s that have inspired him. Those movies are Three Days of the Condor, The Parallax View, Marathon Man, All the Presidents’ Men, and The Conversation, which Guggenheim considers “incredible.”

His advice to writers is to “keep writing.”

“If one script doesn’t work for you, it doesn’t mean you are not a good writer. That script had issues. Learn from that and keep writing. Just don’t give up.”

Guggenheim has worked with Tony Scott and Ron Howard and is working with McG right now, but would love to work with Stephen Spielberg, he said. He loves working with other writers too.

“Those are my idols,” he said, referring to other writers. “I get much more nervous about meeting writers that I have been following then, like, the biggest director in Hollywood.”

This screenwriter doesn’t have any other aspirations other than to write.

“I would prefer just sitting in a room writing …”

Along with his next movie Stolen, which is in post-production, directed by West and starring Cage, he is co-writing a novel, Exile, with his friend, Nick Mennuti, which will be published by Little Brown.

This article appears on the DVD Snapshot website.