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Preview of Marvel’s Spider-Man: Homecoming Prelude #1

Marvel is gearing up for this year’s big screen reboot of the wall-crawler with a comic book adaptation of Captain America: Civil War, and you can take a look at a preview of Spider-Man: Homecoming Prelude #1 right here ahead of its release on Wednesday…

Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-man Swings Into The McU! Peter Parker is just your average, nerdy, tech-loving teenager…until an unexpected turn of events lands him with the power to cling to walls and the proportionate strength of a spider! Spider-man’s foray into the Marvel Cinematic Universe begins here, with part one of an adaptation of the blockbuster Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War, which sees a rift between Captain America and Iron Man rend a schism between the Avengers…with Spider-Man in the middle of it all!

Spider-Man: Homecoming Prelude #1 is out on March 1st, priced $3.99.
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Review: ‘Mr. Robot’ Season 2 Finale Unleashes Its Patient Predators

Review: ‘Mr. Robot’ Season 2 Finale Unleashes Its Patient Predators
Last Week’S Review: ‘Mr. Robot’ Season 2 Goes Full David Lynch As We Prepare for the End

In Elliot’s Head, Two’s A Crowd

We begin with another view of a scene from last season, with Mr. Robot talking to Tyrell. Except now we see Elliott delivering the same words, and planting the idea in Tyrell’s head that “you’re only seeing what’s in front of you. You’re not seeing what’s above you.” Then Tyrell tells us the significance of the “Red Wheelbarrow” — a reminder of a father he doesn’t want to resemble — which highlights Elliott’s decision to give that name to the notebook he used to distance himself from his own unacceptable father figure.

And we finally learn the details of Stage Two, a Wisdom-esque attempt to wipe out all of E-Corp’s backup paper records and prevent them from rebuilding their
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Guy Hamilton, James Bond Director, Passes Away at 93

Guy Hamilton, James Bond Director, Passes Away at 93
Guy Hamilton, who directed four James Bond movies including the 1964 classic Goldfinger, passed away earlier today at the age of 93. The filmmaker died on the Spanish island of Majorca where he lived. No details about the cause of death were given at this time, but we'll be sure to keep you posted with more updates as soon as they come in.

Guy Hamilton was born September 16, 1922 in Paris, France, and he got his start in the film business in the late 1940s. He served as director Carol Reed's assistant for five years, before becoming an assistant director on his 1949 classic film The Third Man. He also served as an assistant director on The Angel With the Trumpet, The Great Manhunt, Outcast of the Islands and the John Huston classic The African Queen, before making his directorial debut in 1951 with The Ringer.

He went on to direct An Inspector Calls,
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The Many Lives Of "Zulu"

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Some of the international movie posters presented in Cinema Retro issue #28, which features in-depth coverage of the making of Zulu.

By Brian Hannan

The 50th anniversary showing of Zulu in Britain next month is unlikely to be repeated in the U.S. where the film flopped. But even the poorest box-office performer has an afterlife. So in 1965 Zulu was pushed out again anywhere that would have it. That meant it supported some odd, not to say ugly, bedfellows – exploitationer Taboos of the World in Kansas City, The Three Stooges in The Outlaws Is Coming in Phoenix, B western Stage To Thunder Rock in Long Beach, How to Stuff a Wild Bikini in Des Moines and Rhino in Abilene. They liked it in Long Beach where it supported both Circus World and That Man from Rio. It was the second feature to None But the Brave in Provo, Utah, and to two more successful Joe E.
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Robert Watts on producing Star Wars, Indiana Jones and more

Interview Ryan Lambie 8 Oct 2013 - 06:19

We talk to producer Robert Watts about his remarkable career in movies, which includes the Star Wars trilogy, Roger Rabbit and more...

With a career stretching back to the 1960s, British film producer Robert Watts played a key role in making some of the most influential films of the 1970s. Just a quick glance over his credits as a producer reveals an extraordinary career, which includes Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope and its sequels, the first three Indiana Jones films, and the groundbreaking Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

Those films are but the tip of the iceberg; before Star Wars, he worked on two James Bond films - Thunderball and You Only Live Twice - collaborated with Stanley Kubrick on 2001: A Space Odyssey, and, in films such as Man In The Middle, Darling and Papillon, worked with such legendary actors as Robert Mitchum,
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Check Out the Great Zero Hour Series Premiere Right Now

We very much approve of the new-ish network practice of posting a series premiere online before the premiere, especially for good intrigue/supernatural/serial/DaVinci Code-like shows like Zero Hour. Plus Nazis, Anthony Edwards, and old clocks! I was able to check it out last summer and loved it, and hope you’ll love it too. Watch it, make sure to watch it through the very end (trust me), and talk it up with your friends. We need good shows like this to do well.

First, a very cool poster and a reminder of what the show’s about:

Anthony Edwards Returns To Series Television As Hank Galliston, The Man In The Middle Of A Conspiracy For The Ages, As He Races Around The World To Find His Wife And Save Humanity, On The Premiere Of “Zero Hour,” February 14 On ABC Three-Time Emmy Award-Winner Charles S. Dutton Guest Stars as
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Docs Due To Break Through: Top 5 American Latino Docs To Watch Out For in 2013

Last week I offered up my top 5 fiction films to look out for in 2013, and as promised, here is my non-fiction list of films coming through the pipeline bound to make an impression and impact this year. Two are profiles of influential iconic American activists whose work and spirit have left indelible marks on their generation and reintroduction through the docs will serve to celebrate and carry on their positive influence as Latinos. The other films deal with redefining our perception of American identity, gender and human rights while wielding cinematic ingenuity and power. As these films prove, docs can be just as striking in their characterization and cinematic form as their fiction counterparts, in addition to their intrinsic educational value. Take note, all of these are seeking opportunities to engage with their audiences so again click on the links to follow and show your interest in their work so we can bring awareness and demand their exhibition.

1. Las Marthas by Cristina Ibarra, produced by Erin Ploss-Campoamor

In Laredo Texas, there exists a debutante ball held by the exclusive Society of Martha Washington that takes place every year celebrating George Washington's birthday. A 114 year-old tradition, the lavish affair presents members' daughters- all of aristocratic pedigree and lineage dating back to the foundation of Texas, who dress up in grand, colonial gowns representing characters from the American Revolution. Las Marthas follows a couple of high achieving, bi-literate and conscious young Mexican Americans going through the lengthy preparations as they enter this rite of passage that ends with a parade that draws huge crowds. What's especially remarkable about the whole patriotic event is that we are talking about a city that is 94% Latino. Laredo became part of Texas in 1848, when everything north of the Rio Grande became the United States. Many families who stayed, benefited off the oil boom and settled into an upper class aristocracy. Many generations later these are still the most prominent Laredo citizens and proud bearers of this historic tradition.

I'm so proud of this chicana sister for revealing this world. She has intuitively seized on and explored this unique legacy, which clearly demonstrates the vibrant bi-culture of Texas and shows how aptly the founding father narrative belongs to Mexican Americans. She is also working on a fiction feature titled Love and Monster Trucks about an 18-year-old Chicana artist named Impala Mata who can't wait to escape her 4x4 truck-obsessed, Texas bordertown family. Sounds so cool. Need to track that one too. Filmmakers website here

2. Cesar'S Last Fast by Richard Ray Perez, produced by Molly O'Brien

Back in the Spring on Chavez's anniversary I wrote about this documentary in progress here on the site. Cut to today and I’m happy to share it is just about ripe and ready for its premiere. Wisely and effectively entering the vast legacy by angling on Chavez's 1988 Fast for Life, the film focuses on conveying the private sacrifice and spiritual conviction behind Chavez's struggle for the humane treatment of American farm workers. With each and every day adding up that he refused to eat in protest of the rampant use and ill effects of growers spraying pesticides on farm workers, Chavez seriously risked his health and life and in turn inspired a nation. It boasts never-before-seen footage in which artists and activists came to see him, endeared in solidarity by his fortitude, including the likes of Rev. Jesse Jackson, the Kennedy family, interviews with his son Paul Chavez, Chicano filmmaker Luis Valdez, activist veteran, Dolores Huerta and Martin Sheen, along with showing the press hoopla this man was able to attract back then It’s taken years for the family to trust someone with his story so it’s telling that Rick has managed to gain their support.

Film contact <CesarsLastFast@earthlink.net>

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3. Ruben Salazar: Man In The Middle by Phillip Rodriguez, produced by City Projects

On August 29 1970, just as the Chicano Moratorium March, a protest denouncing the extremely high number of Chicano soldier casualties in Vietnam (front of the line browns), was winding down, a tear gas canister was suddenly thrown by La County police into the old Silver Platter Cafe on Whittier Blvd, killing the pioneering civil rights journalist Ruben Salazar. Set to broadcast on PBS in the Fall, this documentary is the first thorough investigation into the life and mysterious death of Salazar who was raised in El Paso and went on to become a brilliant reporter covering Vietnam, the Olympics and the Chicano movement for the La Times and Kmex TV 34 television, making him the first Mexican American to cover news for mainstream outlets. In that critical and turbulent moment in the Chicano rights movement, Salazar gave voice, rationale and dignity to Chicanos’ fight to demand equality. An inquest was later regarding his untimely death made but murder charges were never brought. Instead Los Angeles County paid $700,000 to the Salazar family to settle a wrongful-death lawsuit.

Just last month, after two years of requests, Philip Rodriguez finally won the battle to uncover case details when Maldefsued Sheriff Lee Baca for withholding unredacted records regarding the 42 year old case. This new unearthed footage, photos and documents will appear in the film along with interviews with Salazar’s family, friends, colleagues as well as the deputy who threw the fatal tear gas missile, Tom Wilson. So the story goes, there had been allegedly a tip that an armed man entered the bar (hence blindly throwing tear gas while folks were in there?). For the first time we might get answers and insight surrounding the mysterious and suspicious circumstances of this leading Latino voice. As quoted on Kpcc, Phillip Rodriguez says, “I think this is one of the most important stories that has remained on the margins and that has been characterized as a regional or an ethnic story and it’s a fantastic American story”.

4. The Wildness by Wu Tsang produced by Kathy Rivkin

Although this premiered at a few noteworthy film festivals in 2012 including Austin's SXSW, Outfest in Los Angeles and Moma in NYC last December, I’m thrilled to know there is still a long life ahead towards sharing this beautiful experience with the public so it definitely deserves to be on the Watch Out For list. A dazzling requiem to the 7th & Alvarado corner bar joint, Silver Platter, specifically the transformation and haven as a Latin/Lgbt/immigrant community spurred on by the introduction of performance parties known as Wildness, produced by a fiercely talented collective including Wu Tsang, the director of the film. The intersection of stories and people borne out of that multi cultural, trans and cross-generational magic potion is fascinating and poignant to behold in this cinematic and audiovisual piece. The cinematography captures the wonderful and tragic beauty, and by personifying the bar as a majestic hostess welcoming all wayward transients, the film pulses with heart. Currently looking for distribution opportunities (repped by Cinetic). Check out the trailer below and go to the Facebook for more info.

5. Who Is Dayani Crystal? by Marc Silver, produced by Canana and Pulse

I highlighted this unique docu-drama about the discovery of a migrant found dead in the border desert and the unfolding mystery of his identity with the parallel of retracing his journey, as part of my Wtf is Latino at Sundance post. The film will open the World Cinema Documentary Competition at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival this Thursday and I will be onsite to cover the audience's reaction (Don't forget to follow me on twitter for my sporadic Sff coverage). Not only is it a feat of ingenuity in the way the narrative is structured, it's an extremely urgent topic deserving a larger audience to provoke more humanity and thought into the pressing immigration reform debate. I guarantee this one will travel to many festivals in 2012 and get theatrical distribution, in no small part helped by the compassionate and driven producer and narrator, Gael Garcia Bernal. Last year, Searching for Sugarman screened in the same Day One screening slot, was subsequently snapped up by Sony Pictures and as of last week officially nominated for an Academy Award. Hmmmm. Get updates by following their twitter @DayaniCristal

Film Contact: lucas@pulsefilms.co.uk
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Covert Affairs Review: Like a Fiddle

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This is not the same road Annie Walker took with Simon Fisher. Not because she doesn't have feelings for Eyal, but because by the end of "Man in the Middle" it was revealed that Eyal played Annie for a fool.

Whether that turns out to be true or not - Mossad could have been behind the doctoring of the photos against Eyal's wishes - thankfully Covert Affairs isn't simply rehashing a story it told less than a season ago.

Other than the one fight in the rafters, this was a more subdued hour than what we had been given since the return from hiatus, but as always, that didn't necessarily make it any less interesting.

Annie's attempts to work with Khalid's girlfriend were fun, Joan and Arthur's difficult situation was hard not to worry about and Parker coming back into Auggie's life for a favor had break the heart of many a Chris Gorham fan.
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'Covert Affairs' post-mortem: Chris Gorham on what's next for Annie, Auggie, and Eyal

'Covert Affairs' post-mortem: Chris Gorham on what's next for Annie, Auggie, and Eyal
Spoiler alert! If you haven’t watched this week’s Covert Affairs episode, “Man in the Middle,” stop reading now! Christopher Gorham, who directed the episode, teases what’s to come.

Entertainment Weekly: At the end of last week’s episode, we saw that Eyal (Oded Fehr) didn’t tell his boss that Annie was staying at his place. But this week, she got intel delivered there and assumed it was from him. When will we know if he did, in fact, set her up?

Christopher Gorham: We all find out whose side Eyal is on at the end
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'Covert Affairs' Interview: Chris Gorham Talks Directing, Plus Exclusive Preview Clip

'Covert Affairs' Interview: Chris Gorham Talks Directing, Plus Exclusive Preview Clip
Tonight's episode of "Covert Affairs" (Tuesdays, 10 p.m. Et on USA), titled "Man in the Middle," is a big episode for the USA drama -- not only does it mark star Christopher Gorham's first foray behind the camera, it also serves as the catalyst to propel the spy show into its final arc of the season.

Annie (Piper Perabo) is forced to make some tough decisions regarding her relationship with Eyal (Oded Fehr); Joan (Kari Matchett) and Arthur's (Peter Gallagher) marriage faces its biggest challenge yet; and Auggie (Gorham) comes face to face with ex-fiancee Parker (Devin Kelley), who needs a huge favor from him.

In addition to debuting an exclusive preview clip from the episode, above, we caught up with Gorham to discuss some of the challenges of directing, what's ahead for Annie and Auggie and how the show became involved with Operation Proper Exit. Warning: Light spoilers ahead.
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'Covert Affairs' Interview: Chris Gorham Talks Directing, Plus Exclusive Preview Clip

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'Covert Affairs' Interview: Chris Gorham Talks Directing, Plus Exclusive Preview Clip
Tonight's episode of "Covert Affairs" (Tuesdays, 10 p.m. Et on USA), titled "Man in the Middle," is a big episode for the USA drama -- not only does it mark star Christopher Gorham's first foray behind the camera, it also serves as the catalyst to propel the spy show into its final arc of the season.

Annie (Piper Perabo) is forced to make some tough decisions regarding her relationship with Eyal (Oded Fehr); Joan (Kari Matchett) and Arthur's (Peter Gallagher) marriage faces its biggest challenge yet; and Auggie (Gorham) comes face to face with ex-fiancee Parker (Devin Kelley), who needs a huge favor from him.

In addition to debuting an exclusive preview clip from the episode, above, we caught up with Gorham to discuss some of the challenges of directing, what's ahead for Annie and Auggie and how the show became involved with Operation Proper Exit. Warning: Light spoilers ahead.
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DVD Review: Some True Classics in ‘The Robert Mitchum Film Collection’

Chicago – They don’t make ‘em like Robert Mitchum any more. Every few years, there’s a DVD collection of classic movies that rises above the others for the holiday season. One of this year’s most star-packed entries includes not only Mitchum but John Wayne, Deborah Kerr, Kirk Douglas, Shirley MacLaine, Richard Widmark, Gene Kelly, Paul Newman, Shelley Winters, Marilyn Monroe, and many more. Mitchum may be the face on the cover but the set is a trip through the golden era of Hollywood through more than just one star.

Rating: 3.5/5.0

With a 10-dvd set, it can be difficult to sum up in one review. The quality of the films, the transfers, and the special features are wildly variable. “River of No Return” looks surprisingly good. “Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison” needs a better remastering (some of the darker scenes look horrendous). The Criterion Blu-ray edition of “Night of the
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Awgies shortlist revealed

The finalists have been announced for the Australian Writers’ Guild awards – or Awgies.

Wish You Were Here is up for best feature film, along with Last Dance and Not Suitable For Children.

The Slap and Underbelly: Razor are up for best TV mini-series.

The short list in full:

Telemovie Original

BeaconsfieldJudi McCrossin

MaboSusan Smith

Television Mini-series – Adaptation

The SlapEmily Ballou, Alice Bell, Brendan Cowell, Kris Mrksa with Cate Shortland

Underbelly: RazorPeter Gawler, Michaeley O’Brien, Felicity Packard and Jeffrey Truman

Television Mini-series – Original

Only one nomination and the winner will be announced on the night.

Television – Series

Spirited: If You See Her Say Hello – Alice Bell

Offspring: Episode 206 – Michael Lucas

Spirited: Living In OblivionIan Meadows

Spirited: I’ll Close My EyesJacquelin Perske

Television – Serial

Home & Away 5437- Louise Bowes

Home & Away 5391 – Fiona Bozic

Neighbours 6231 (Jim’s Death) – Pete McTighe

Comedy
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Australian Writers’ Guild announces Awgie nominations

The Australian Writers’ Guild has announced the nominations for the 45th annual Awgie Awards. Among the nominated is Michael Lucas for his feature film Not Suitable For Children, Kieran Darcy-Smith for Wish You Were Here, the writing teams behind The Slap and Underbelly: Razor and in the comedy division, the teams behind Laid 2, Agony Uncles and At Home With Julia.

The announcement:

The nominees this year reflect the abundance of high quality screenwriters Australia has produced.

“The Awgies are a unique opportunity to celebrate the writers whose stories have shaped our national culture including feature films, theatre, TV series and serials, mini-series, radio, interactive, animation and children’s programs,” says Awg’s President and Academy Award nominee Jan Sardi. “This rich crop of writers is a sure sign Australia can match it with the best from anywhere in the world when it comes to performance writing, and that’s something to celebrate in this,
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Awg unveils 2012 Awgie Award nominees

The nominees for this year's Awgie awards include the scribes behind local films such as The Sapphires, The Eye of the Storm, Wish You Were Here and TV programs such as Mabo, Beaconsfield, and Underbelly.

Battling in the feature film adaptation category will be Judy Morris. The Eye of the Storm, starring Geoffrey Rush and Judy Davies, and The Sapphires from Keith Thompson and Tony Briggs. Michael Lucas has also been nominated for his first original feature, Not Suitable for Children while Last Dance by Terence Hammond and David Pulbrook and drama Wish You Were Here, written by Kieran Darcy-Smith and Felicity Price, have also been nominated.

Among television nominees, the team of writers behind The Slap and Underbelly: Razor have been nominated as well as Susan Smith for indigenous telemovie Mabo, and Judi McCrossin for Beaconsfield. Michael Lucas was also nominated for the television series Offspring while three scripts
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Free Comic Book Day 2012 Spotlight: Archaia Entertainment

It’s the first week of May and you know what that means, The Avengers in theaters kicking off the summer movie season on May 4, which is also Star Wars Day, and Free Comic Book Day, Saturday May 5. Fcbd has capitalized on the first weekend of May because of what seems like an annual release of a Marvel movie and hopefully there will be plenty of interest in stories starring Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, but we would be irresponsible to pass up the opportunity to showcase all of the other comic book publishers and diverse selection of comics to choose from that will be made to sample in the form of free comics, as well as hopefully well-stocked selections of their catalog at your local comic book shop, which you can find by dialing 1-888-comic-shop or visiting the Comic Shop Locator website.

Archaia Entertainment

In this spotlight, I wanted
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Constellations; Travelling Light; Man in the Middle – review

Royal Court; Lyttelton; Theatre503, London

Every now and then the Royal Court does this. It throws up a small-cast, depth-charge production that makes bigger dramas look over-stuffed and under-nourished. It did so metaphysically with Caryl Churchill's A Number and emotionally with Mike Bartlett's Cock. It has done so again with Nick Payne's wiry new play.

Constellations is a love story that investigates ideas about time. Or it's a look at theories about time that takes the form of a love story. It tells us that we may have no such thing as free will, but leaves its audience to make up its own mind. Following the lead given 14 years ago by Michael Frayn's Copenhagen, in which a scientific theory is demonstrated in the structure of the play that discusses it, Constellations embodies its doubts and questions. It quizzes the notion of destiny by giving alternative versions
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Britain’s Got Talent 2011: Tkd Remix split the judging panel

Tkd Remix made their TV debut on tonight’s Britain’s Got Talent and the judges just couldn’t make up their minds about them.

The martial arts trio from East London consists of Harwinder,25, Rajveer, 14, and Thangaes, 13, and gave an extreme Taekwondo demonstration ‘with a slight contrast’ for their audition piece.

It consisted of lots of kicks, punches and chopping of wood blocks. We’re sure the boys are very talented and all, but the whole thing failed to hold our interest until they started to dance. Then the whole thing got a bit Stavros Flatley….

Afterwards, a slightly irritated looking Michael McIntyre commented:

Listen you’ve made a mess of the stage, you have no respect for chopping boards, your outfits don’t quite match, you were sort of all over the place, then you were dancing…..

But X factor judge Louis Walsh, who was filling in for
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