ABC’s 2013-2014 TV schedule will feature eight new shows including “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” from Joss Whedon. Other shows joining the ABC lineup in the fall include “Back in the Game,” “Betrayal,” “The Goldbergs,” “Lucky 7,” “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland,” “Super Fun Night” and “Trophy Wife.”
Returning to the scedule are “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” “The Bachelor,” “Castle,” “Dancing with the Stars,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Last Man Standing,” “The Middle,” “Modern Family,” “Nashville,” “The Neighbors,” “Once Upon a Time,” “Revenge,” “Scandal,” “Shark Tank,” “Suburgatory,” “The Taste” and “20/20.”
The five winners of “Iron Man 3” T-shifrts have been randomly selected and include: Erick, Lita, Dan, Kalli and El Guapo.
Thank you to all who entered and keep watching for more giveaways.
ORIGINAL POST: “Iron Man 3” has opened and you can read my review and interview with Ben Kingsley at fresnobee.com.
I would like to know what you think about the latest film in the franchise. I have five (5) “Iron Man 3” T-shirts that I will randomly give away to those who post their short (and I mean short) review of the movie as a comment. There will be five (5) winners who each get one (1) shirt.
I’ll give you until 11:59 p.m. May 9 to post your reviews. Winners will be notified on May 10. You will have to pick up the shirt at the Fresno Bee during regular business hours. They will not be mailed.
The rules and regulations are below.
“Iron Man 3” had a very impressive opening weekend taking in more than $175 million across the United States. That’s a huge number but pales compared to what the latest offering in the comic book genre made around the globe. It’s already pulled in more than a $500 million in foreign ticket sales.
There was a time when American movies would open here and then move overseas. That thinking has changed and now big blockbuster movies will have their openings abroad weeks before moviegoers can see them here. “Star Trek Into Darkness” is just under two weeks away but it will be available to overseas fans before domestic Trekkies. “Star Trek: Into the Darkness” opens in Germany on May 9.
“Iron Man 3” is in 3D but that visual gimmick doesn’t draw you into the world of the comic books like a new display at Disneyland. The Innoventions attraction in Disneyland Park features a Hall of Armor from Tony Stark’s Malibu mansion. The suits on display are authentic movie armors including the Mark I-VII featured in “Iron Man 3.”
Here’s the kicker. Through some camera trickery, you’ll be able to virtually “suit up” and operate the latest pieces of Mark 42 armor – and even test it out.
Included in the Hall of Armor display are:
Later this week, you’ll be able to read my interview with Sir Ben Kingsley as part of my coverage of “Iron Man 3.” I’m often asked why I will do stories on actors in movies other than those who are the main star. In this case, it was a no brainer. Any chance to chat with an Oscar-winning actor should never be missed.
Kingsley could not talk a lot about playing the villainous Mandarin in the movie but we did chat about how he selects roles and his process for bringing a character to life. Kingsley also talked about how being knighted was the greatest honor in his life.
The problem with Robert Downey Jr. — the man behind the Iron Man armor — is that he will either answer a question with a funny remark or won’t answer the question he’s been asked. A simple question about whether this would be the last “Iron Man” movie for him got an odd response.
The remake of the 1984 film “Red Dawn” hits theaters next week. I can’t tell you at this time whether or not I like the movie but I can tell you that the story of how the film got made and finally found its way into theaters would make a very interesting documentary.
While not giving away my reaction to the movie, it should be pointed out the long delay for the release of “Red Dawn” was not based on the quality of the production. It was mainly caused by financial problems with MGM.
When the new “Red Dawn” was shot three years ago, no one had seen star Chris Hemsworth in either “Thor” or “The Avengers.” Josh Hutcherson hadn’t even started work on “The Hunger Games.” Isabel Lucas hadn’t been seen in “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” And, there hadn’t been all of the talk about Adrianne Palicki as TV’s new “Wonder Woman.”
“Red Dawn” producer Tripp Vinson points out that the original “Red Dawn” is remembered for helping launch the careers of actors like Charlie Sheen, Lea Thompson and Jennifer Grey. This update version would have had the same bragging rights had there not been such a long release delay.
One major change was made to the movie during the delay. In the original remake version, it was an invading Chinese army that forces a group of teens to become rebels. When you see the film, that army — through computer wizadry — is now from North Korea. It makes more sense that a country as large as China would consider attacking the United States. But, with the way the economy has been going in recent years, such a move by the Chinese wouldn’t make good financial sense.
UPDATE: The 10 winners have been randomly selected to see the early screening of “Thor” Tuesday night. The winners are Luis, Julio, Gabriel, Alex, cj1, Precious, bradley, Miguel, Patrick and Danielle.
Thank you to everyone who sent the very funny comments. Keep an eye on the Beehive for more movie screenings.
ORIGINAL POST: The summer movie season starts with thunder and lightning through the release of “Thor” on May 6.
The film, directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman, is based on the Marvel Comics series. Thor’s a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions rekindle an ancient war. That earns him banishment to Earth.
We want to give you a chance to get a jump on the summer season by giving away tickets to the 7:30 p.m. May 3 advance screening of the action movie.
Ten winners will get two reserved seats to see the early screening. These are reserved tickets, so you won’t be herded like cattle into that long line, but are guaranteed great, premium seats.
All you have to do to is leave a comment telling us what you would do if you had Thor’s hammer for one day. Knock down a wall? Drive one million nails? Hammer all over this land?
The ten winners will be randomly selected from all of the commenters. You have until 1 p.m. Friday to enter.
Check out the pesky rules and regulations below.