Netflix Daredevil Review: Episode One

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(PCM) Dormant Netflix accounts reactivated for Daredevil on April 10th 2015. If you’ve been holding out to join up out of curiosity if Daredevil is worth it, wait no more.

Here is your spoiler free review.

Daredevil is a web based TV show featuring the Marvel comic book universe’s blind New York vigilante supehero Matt Murdock as Daredevil. Unlike any other TV show to date, Daredevil is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Everything that has taken place in the current MCU is part of the Daredevil storyline from Netflix.

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Shows need to capture your interest in minutes. Daredevil meets that goal for producers right away. The first 20 minutes of pacing outmatch the end of the episode but that doesn’t matter. The fight scenes are real to life, gritty, even painful to experience. They alone are enough to suck you in. The imagery alone is borderline rated R which may be necessary to offset the grander superhero special effects other heroes require.

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In episode one, references to New York city being torn apart in its attack during the 2012 Avengers movie are part of the plot line. That tease alone is enough to make you want to know how far Daredevil will go into the current MCU. What you do know is that Daredevil is making his start after the Avengers defended in NYC in 2012.

Like most super hero stories, it starts with some action and drops us into the life of a criminal defense lawyer who is just beginning his career. Literally. And his first client s a character that is known in the comic books.

Sticking to Matt Murdock’s lore, we begin as he’s a prodigy criminal defense lawyer who only wants to defend true innocents. Like in the canon of Marvel’s print universe Matt Murdock is Irish, has ties to the Catholic church and is setting up shop in Hell’s Kitchen where he grew up.

Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock is Daredevil by night. Cox is a convincing Matt Murdock who is both blind and without fear. Murdock/Daredevil is a paradoxical character in that by day he is squeaky clean and by night as Daredevil his moral compass is changed.maxresdefault

The show’s pacing in episode one starts out strong but settles in after 20 minutes of the 1 hour show. Respecting back-story it uses many flashbacks at precisely perfect editing points to Matt Murdock’s childhood to set your expectations into accepting how plausible Daredevils skill set is   from superhuman abilities to methods.

The fight sequences are raw and real time. Some would say  slow, unlike in MCU films with Captain America and Hulk or Iron Man, every punch is felt and carries great meaning.

You are at all times aware Daredevil is a vigilante, not a superhero – at least not yet. If you expect a Spider-Man and Batman style combination with Daredevil soaring between buildings, that is not implied.

Also absent is the trademark blood red suit. Everyone knows it’s coming but at this point you are comfortable with how the character originates.

Charlie Cox as Daredevil does indeed lack the tall imposing stature you’d expect in Daredevil yet his very defined features or his stunt double make for a striking and acceptable Daredevil.

Daredevil is not your over-the-top superhero. There is a great deal of grounded reality that a character such as himself can’t rise above. Marvel intends over time to launch other shows side-by-side similar to CW’s Arrow and Flash, where Daredevil will one day team up with the likes of Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Jessica Jones in a Defenders team up. Think of it as a class D version of the Avengers, a good solid few rungs down the ladder in terms of super hero abilities. Black Widow and Hawkeye would fit right in with them.  In this way, Daredevil will possibly depart eventually from canon and become something similar to the Arrow and less like Flash on CW.  For now the show is staying true to the roots of the character in the print universe and true believers are always behind staying with canon when lifting characters from print.

 

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“Winning Is Everything” At This Year’s MTV Movie Awards

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(PCM) The new promo video for the upcoming MTV Movie Awards features Amy Schumer and Bill Hadar and marks the start of the “Winning Is Everything” campaign that pokes fun at Award season in a true Movie Awards/MTV way.

The plan is to bring a little honesty (and a whole lot of competition) back to the Movie Awards and try to break into the Oscar buzz with MTV’s very own take on Award’s season.

The idea behind “Winning is Everything”, is despite what your parents or Little League coaches told you, winning is way better than losing. Everyone wants to be first place, get a shiny trophy and be recognized as the best. And you know who really loves winning? Actors.

The MTV Movie Awards isn’t just a polite industry awards shows. It’s our chance to officially decide who looks best without a shirt, who punches best and who can make out better than every other maker outer.

Amy Schumer and Bill Hader are totally cool with not taking home a trophy…or are they? When it comes down to it, winning is everything. Don’t miss the 2015 MTV Movie Awards on Sunday, April 12 at 8/7c.

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Paul Reubens Reveals A New Pee-Wee Herman Movie Is On The Way

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(PCM) There has been a ton of speculation about whether or not fans would ever see another Pee-Wee Herman film, however now it seems those rumors can finally be put to rest.

Actor Paul Reubens, who portrays the lovable Pee-Wee Herman, revealed that at new film is “imminent” and fans will not have to wait much longer for an official announcement.

Reubens recently spoke with Rolling Stone in support of the new box set released by Shout Factory that is made up of all five seasons of the cult hit Saturday morning show “Pee-Wee’s Playhouse” that aired from 1986 to 1991.

Reubens claims that an announcement has been on the way for months and months and that the new film will be “amazing”. Reubens who is now 62- years old, is still best known for his role as the grey-suited, red bow-tie Pee-Wee Herman and the show featured a cast of adorable claymation animals, a quirky house, odd neighbors and of course that famous chair.

Ruebens also personally supervised all work that was done on the newly released box set which hit stores on Oct.21st. We can’t wait to hear about this “imminent” movie announcement and wonder if Judd Apatow is still currently on-board to direct. Be sure to stay tuned!

 

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Neil Patrick Harris Set To Host The 2015 Academy Awards

20141015(PCM) It was just revealed that Award-winning star of stage and screen Neil Patrick Harris will host the 87th Oscars. The occasion will mark Harris’ first time hosting the awards ceremony.

The 87th Oscars is set to air on February 22nd, 2015 on ABC.

“We are thrilled to have Neil host the Oscars,” said Zadan and Meron. “We have known him his entire adult life, and we have watched him explode as a great performer in feature films, television and stage. To work with him on the Oscars is the perfect storm, all of his resources and talent coming together on a global stage.”

“It is truly an honor and a thrill to be asked to host this year’s Academy Awards. I grew up watching the Oscars and was always in such awe of some of the greats who hosted the show,” said Harris. “To be asked to follow in the footsteps of Johnny Carson, Billy Crystal, Ellen DeGeneres, and everyone else who had the great fortune of hosting is a bucket list dream come true.”

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At Last WKRP In Cincinnati: The Complete Series Is Being Released On DVD

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The series faced several battles over the years with music rights restrictions and at last Shout Factory has done its’ very best to make this DVD release possible. They have made sure that majority of the scenes are uncut and have licensed as much original music as possible.

Pairing an impeccable ensemble cast with hilarious wit and popular tunes, WKRP In Cincinnati celebrated four amazing seasons, making it the quintessential situation comedy for any music lover! Join everyone’s favorite radio DJs—the rockin’ Dr. Johnny Fever (Howard Hesseman) and the soulful Venus Flytrap (Tim Reid)—as they weave through the inner-office antics of the crazy WKRP staff; including the station’s program director Andy (Gary Sandy), indecisive manager Arthur (Gordon Jump), advertising executive Herb (Frank Bonner), quirky news man Les Nessman (Richard Sanders), young ingénue Bailey (Jan Smithers) and, of course, the station’s lovely receptionist, Jennifer (Loni Anderson). So sit back and enjoy the sound of uproarious laughter as you watch every episode of this iconic series.

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Beloved Comedian And Actor Robin Williams Dead At Age 63

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(PCM) We are deeply saddened to learn that Oscar winning comedian and actor Robin Williams has tragically passed away at the age of 63. Early reports are claiming that Williams’ death is the result of an apparent suicide, however his longtime publicist has not yet made a final confirmation.

In a statement the publicist confirmed that Williams had passed away and that he had been dealing with severe depression as of late. The publicist went on to say that the death of Williams was both sudden and very tragic and asks that the public respect the family’s privacy to grieve during this difficult time.

Earlier this afternoon the Marin County coroners office issued a press release that stated that the cause of death was suicide due to asphyxia.  The call made to 911 came in just before noon today when it was reported that a man was found unresponsive in his Tiburon and Williams was pronounced dead at the scene by responding officers. Authorities are still currently investigating and a forensic examination is scheduled for Tuesday morning.

Williams won an Oscar for his role in the film “Good Will Hunting” and had just recently completed filming on “Night At The Museum 3″ where he reprised his role as Theodore Roosevelt, which is set for release this December.  It had also been recently announced that Williams would once again team up with Christopher Columbus for a sequel to his hit film “Mrs. Doubtfire” as well.

His sitcom “The Crazy Ones” premiered on CBS last fall, but was unfortunately not picked up for a second season. Williams is best known for his iconic comedy roles in the beloved series “Mork and Mindy” and films such as “Good Morning Vietnam”, “Dead Poet’s Society”, “What Dreams May Come”, “Hook” and many many others.

Hollywood has truly lost another one of the greats and Williams’ presence in both film and television will be great missed. Our sincere condolences go out to his family and friends during this incredibly difficult time.

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