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Captain Marvel And Other Strong Female Superhero Role Models

Marvel’s long awaited first female-led superhero film is finally here and ready to make a splash at the box office. While reviews have been mixed, and not as strong as other additions to the superhero genre, it still marks a first for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and by all means it means a lot in the long run. Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel isn’t the only female superhero to hit the big screen though. Here are our favourites.

Wonder Woman: The Wonder Woman series that aired on TV by in the 1970s is more than a little dated, but for a lot of people it was still the image that came to their head when the character was mentioned. That all changed in 2016 though when Gal Gadot took over the role and made a slightly bigger than a cameo appearance in the Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice film. Her 2017 solo film was a huge hit, and showed the world that a female superhero can indeed make a lot of money at the cinema. A sequel is now on its way, and it looks to be an even bigger hit.

Black Widow: Let’s be honest here, you are wondering too why Scarlett Johansson hasn’t gotten a solo Black Widow film yet too aren’t you? Ever since she appeared in Iron Man 2 and started kicking ass, demand for a solo Black Widow film has skyrocketed. Yet, it still hasn’t happened. There are plenty of rumours that a movie is on the plate, and will be coming soon, but when that will be is still to be determined.

Gamora: Guardians of the Galaxy did what no one really expected it to do. It took a group of heroes that really only comic books geeks knew of, and turned them into mainstream icons. While a lot of people talked about the talking, walking tree, the raccoon, and Chris Pratt’s shocking muscular build, Zoe Saldana managed to hold her own as the green skinned assassin. She stole several of the scenes she was in by fighting with the best of them, and by becoming the love interest of the leading character. Sure she made have been sacrificed in the latest Avengers film, but this is a comic book film, and characters don’t really stay dead do they?

The Wasp: When Ant-Man was released in 2015, the Wasp was hinted at, but never really saw any screen time. That changed for the 2018 sequel though, with Evangeline Lilly’s character sharing top billing. And on top of that, Michelle Pfeiffer played an older version of the character as well. That’s two Wasps for the price of one. And of course, Lilly’s Wasp managed to outdo Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man whenever she had the chance.

Shuri: Black Panther broke all sorts of boundaries when it came to the superhero genre, but the title character wasn’t the only one people were talking about when the movie ended. The brains behind the tech wasn’t some old dude (ala Q in the James Bond series), but Black Panther’s little sister Shuri. She stole scenes with her quick wit, and in the latest Avengers movie she even managed to get a few kick-ass moments in. We’re looking forward to seeing more of her in future films.

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Schitt’s Creek To End After Season 6

One of CBC’s biggest hits in recent years is Schitt’s Creek, and now it’s been announced that it will be coming to an end. Father-and-son co-creators Eugene Levy and Daniel Levy have released a statement today stating the series will be ending after season 6 airs next year.

In the letter appearing on Daniel Levy’s social media accounts, the Levy’s stated they had made the decision to end the show after season six. They went on to say “We are so grateful to have been given the time and creative freedom to tell this story in its totality, concluding with a final chapter that we had envisioned from the very beginning. It’s not lost on us what a rare privilege it is in this industry to get to decide when your show should take its final bow.” 

The Levy’s also took time to thank their fans, and that they are looking forward to shooting the final episodes.  The 14 final episodes are due to begin airing in January 2020 on CBC in Canada and Pop TV in the U.S.

Schitt’s Creek stars both of the Levy’s, along with Catherine O’Hara and Annie Murphy. They play a family who lost all their money, and are forced to relocate to a small town they’d bought as a joke years before. The show has won several Canadian Screen Awards, and was even up for a Critics’ Choice award last January. There is a sold-out live tour as well, which has been highly successful.

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Watch The Teaser Trailer For Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

After spending his last two films in the wild west, Quentin Tarantino has moved forward to the 1960s for his latest film, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.  The film has been many years in the making, and finally a trailer has arrived. 

Tarantino’s ninth film has an all-star cast that includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie. It tells the story of a former TV Western star and his stunt double, who try to give their careers a rebirth in the late 1960’s, but discover that Hollywood has changed. While the main story is fiction, there are some real-life characters in the film, including Charles Manson, Sharon Tate and Steve McQueen, who interact with the story.  

Luke Perry, Damian Lewis, Dakota Fanning, Bruce Dern, Emile Hirsch, Timothy Olyphant and Kurt Russell also star in the film. 

Tarantino wrote, directed and produced the film, and is planning on debuting it at the Cannes Film Festival in May. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood gets its wide release on July 26.

 

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Two New Characters Exiting Star Trek: Discovery At The End Of Season 2

Star Trek: Discovery has turned into quite the hit for CBS All Access, and for the second season several new additions were made to the cast. Among those added were Anson Mount and Rebecca Romijn, who played classic Trek characters Captain Christopher Pike of the USS Enterprise and the member of his crew Number One. While it wasn’t known going in what the plans were for the characters for later seasons, it’s now been let out that neither will be moving beyond season two. 

Deadline is reporting that their sources told them that both Mount and Romijn has one year deals, and were only signed to be part of the season 2 story arc. The plans were to sync up Discovery with the original Star Trek by the end of the season. Of course if plans are to keep with the original Trek cannon, that means Mount’s character Pike may be heading towards a tragic ending. In the original series Pike was only captain of the Enterprise for the pilot episode, and eventually ends up paralyzed, disfigured and mute. In the recent movies Pike was killed in the second film by Kahn, although that film series takes place in a different universe and doesn’t match up to any of the previous films or TV shows that came before it. This could also mean that Captain Kirk may make an appearance in season 3. 

Mount’s time on the show hasn’t been the easiest, considering he was involved in a physical altercation with one of the directors in August of last year during the filming of an episode. At the time the incident was reviewed by CBS HR and they determined that the incident was just an accident as the actor was preparing for an upcoming scene and made contact with the director before cameras started rolling.

 

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