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'Spider-Man: Homecoming': 5 Things We Just Learned About Hugely Anticipated Marvel Movie
Iron Man and Spider-Man soar into action in Spider-Man: Homecoming (Photo: Marvel Studios)

Spider-Man: Homecoming represents your friendly neighborhood webhead’s inaugural feature length adventure in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And the MCU gang was front and center for the Homecoming press conference held in Spidey’s hometown of New York City on Saturday. Franchise architect Kevin Feige and Marvel’s main (Iron) man, Robert Downey Jr., flanked newly anointed wall-crawler Tom Holland for a 30-minute “meet the press” Q&A. Here are the five choicest highlights from this close encounter with Iron Man and Spider-Man, as well as fellow cast members Michael Keaton, Zendaya, and Jacob Batalon.

Holland’s real-life wall-crawling skills are limited
Tom Holland’s Rihanna moment from Lip Sync Battle highlighted the unique set of skills he brought to Spider-Man as a trained dancer and gymnast. “We were able to do things as Peter Parker that they probably hadn’t been able to do in the past,” he pointed out. At the same time, director Jon Watts occasionally overestimated what his star was capable of stunt-wise. “Jon would be like, ‘Can you just backflip off that wall and land on that beam?’ And I’d go, ‘No Jon, I can’t do that. I’m not that good, dude!‘” Still, Holland has high hopes that his version of Spider-Man will serve as an inspiration to young audiences. “I had to keep reminding myself when taking on this character is that Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man had such a huge impact on me as a kid,” said the 21-year-old actor, who was only 6 when Sam Raimi’s original Spider-Man film swung into theaters in 2002. “He was my role model. I had to keep reminding myself that I’m going to hopefully have that same impact on kids of a younger generation. I wanted to do them proud.”

Downey will be Iron Man as long as Marvel lets him
After joking that he’s been in “semi-retirement” since the original Iron Man kicked off the MCU as we know it nine summers ago, Downey got serious when expressing his appreciation at being kept around. “The great thing about life is good things happen and you get inflated,” he said. “You think, ‘Oh my god, I’ve created everything that’s going my way. And then things happen where you realize, ‘Oh, there’s a little evidence to the contrary.’ At this point, you go back to, ‘It’s just nice to be on this call sheet.'” The actor was particularly happy to be on the call sheet for Spider-Man’s big introduction to the MCU. “They should really do a breakdown of all the miracles that had to happen for us to be sitting here today. This turned out so well; I saw it, and honestly loved it.”

Keaton enjoyed being bad
Having already done the hero thing as the Dark Knight in Tim Burton’s two Batman adventures, the Oscar-nominated Birdman star enjoyed taking flight as Homecoming‘s heavy, Adrian Toomes, a.k.a the Vulture. “I think actors tend to be drawn towards villainous characters. It’s clichéd, but tends to be true that if you delve into the dark side, it gets interesting.” Keaton particularly appreciated the fact that Toomes was written as a grounded bad guy, despite his winged alter ego. “I thought that was a really interesting way to go,” mused Keaton. “Making this person approachable is timely; he has a legitimate gripe and legitimate arguments.”

Here’s one to grow on
With all due respect to Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield, this is the first time that Spider-Man actually looks and acts like a high school teenager. So how does the cast hope that regular teenagers respond to seeing a super-teen onscreen? “Our message is that you don’t have to be the jock or the cool person in high school to be yourself,” said scene-stealer Jacob Batalon, who plays Peter’s best friend and fellow science nerd, Ned. “The coolest version of yourself is yourself.” Added Laura Harrier, who stars as Peter’s love interest, Lize: “You don’t have to apologize for who you are. Everyone in this movie is different, but genuinely themselves.” Perhaps the character who keeps it the real-ist in the film is Zendaya’s Michelle, a dryly hilarious wallflower that the singer said is modeled in part after Ally Sheedy’s proto-Goth girl from The Breakfast Club. “It’s OK to be weird,” Zendaya emphasized. “If you make things awkward and uncomfortable, that’s cool. I love that Michelle’s outspoken and says what everyone’s thinking, but she just doesn’t care.”

Diversity doesn’t have to be hard
Without making a big deal of it, Homecoming is arguably the most diverse superhero film made to date, with the population of Peter’s Queens-based high school reflecting the complexion of real-world New York. “I would say the inspiration was reality,” producer Amy Pascal said of the movie’s richly diverse cast of young actors, ranging from the Filipino-American Batalon to the new Flash Thompson, Tony Revolori, whose family hails from Guatemala. “It’s wonderful,” remarked Revolori, who earned accolades for his breakout performance in Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel. “The fact that there’s not a single line of exposition to explain why I look the way I look. I’m just in the movie. It’s not about being a certain race, and I thin that’s the kind of diversity we need in Hollywood right now.”

Watch: Tom Holland’s Wants His Peter Parker to Be This Generation’s Marty McFly:

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Man, I’ve been waiting to announce this for forever now! Some of you may have seen some of my re-designs of a few characters a while back like Eon and Armodrillo, and that’s because I’ve been spending a lot of time working with a really talented guy, Rob Orpilla.

My job as character designer and story supervisor has been put forward to helping Rob get his dream comic titled “5 Years Later” become a reality. He’s worked super hard on it, and his dedication and work has been incredible to witness. Rob has definitely made this a comic for fans, by fans, so I think you’ll all really enjoy it!

You can find out what it’s all about in this video by Rob himself, featuring some work from your truly! I highly recommend liking Rob’s Facebook page for amazing stuff from him! (www.facebook.com/KuroTheArtist…)

COMING THIS APRIL

5 Years Later is a non-profit, fan-made comic book.
“Danny Phantom” was created by Butch Hartman and is owned by Nickelodeon Studios.
“Ben 10” was created by Man of Action and is owned by The Cartoon Network.

You know what we’re not talking about?  Upcoming cartoons.  You know what looks really exciting?

THIS.

“Ghostforce” is an upcoming cartoon by Zagtoon Inc.  This studio is also working on other up-and-coming cartoons you may have heard of, such as “Ladybug”, a CGI TV show about a crime-fighting teenage girl, and “7Cs”, an action-adventure cartoon produced in conjunction with Man of Action Studios (Ben10, Generator Rex).

Ladybug looks sick. Check it out if you haven’t already.

But back to Ghostforce.  Here’s the show’s description from the PGS entertainment website:

As a boy, Professor Richenbach was haunted by many evil ghosts. He swore to one day find a way to defeat them. Many years later, he is a science teacher at Central High School. He has finally developed a technology that enables humans to fight and capture ghosts! He secretly recruits three students Andy, Sam, and Nathalie. They form a team tasked with hunting down and capturing the ghosts that terrorize the city. Operating from the secret underground laboratory built by the Professor, they are the city’s only line of paranormal defense. 
They are GHOSTFORCE!

The description isn’t much to go off of, but these conceptual images from the show reveal a lot more.

This show

looks

freaking

amazing

I mean

look

at

this.

It kinda looks like a really sick blend of Ghostbusters, Danny Phantom and The Powerpuff Girls I mean look at these colors and their capes. 

Here’s the bottom line:

Ghosts?  Check.  Teenage protagonists?  Check.  Sick artwork?  Check. I’M SOLD.

There’s a New Mega Man Animated Series in the Works

A 26 series collaboration between Dentsu Entertainment and Man of Action Entertainment studios. Don’t get too excited: the show won’t be seeing the light of day until 2017, to coincide with the 30th Anniversary. 

Looks like we can get Mega Man in Smash, Mega Man on T.V. but still no new Mega Man games. If I sound salty, it’s because I am. Saltier than a bag of Lays Original. But I am super excited to see Mega Man in an animated series again. Just wish we didn’t have to wait so long.

Buy: Mega Man Games, Mega Man Toys
An Open Letter to People Who Hate Modest Management

I’m getting really sick of people saying management is keeping Harry and Louis (or any of the guys for that matter) from coming out when they have no clue how the music industry works.

First I’d like to start off by saying my good friend Tyler is a drummer for a punk band named ‘A Man of Action’ they’re currently in the studio trying to record an album. I’ve gone a few times with them, I’ve also done extensive research into the music business over the past two weeks, mostly for him, just to make sure he knows what to expect when it comes to signing contracts with record labels, as well as having talked with potentional recording labels on the phone and through scheduled appointments.

I’ve talked with enough people in the industry, either currently or in the past, I’ve done enough to sift through articles, I think it’s safe to say I know what I’m talking about. 

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robertozampari  asked:

What do you think about the new Megaman made by Man of Action? Tell us why.

I think there’s something to be said for messing with a good thing. Mega Man has had many designs over the years, and I feel like they usually keep certain core tenants of Mega Man’s character. I never looked at Volnutt, or Mega Man.exe, or Mega Man X, and recoiled like “Ugh, what did they do to Mega Man?”

The new one, though…

Beyond the super cheapo looking “this looks like a newgrounds cartoon from 2006” look, I’m not really a fan of the darker color scheme. You kind of get the feeling they’re trying to evoke a sense of “futurism” through looking vaguely Tron-like. Mega Man uses very “night time” blues with lots of glowing detail work, which is a really bland way to make something look technologically advanced.

The tone of his skin kind of grosses me out if I look at it too long. I get that Mega Man’s supposed to be a robot, but I don’t know if that’s an excuse for the pallid, zombie-like quality his skin tone takes on.

And that face. It’s like it came out of a Scholastic “How to Draw Manga” book. It’s only vaguely anime, in the kind of way that you imagine an experienced adult who learned traditional western cartooning would then try to draw anime. Except they’d be the kind of person to call it “Japanimation.”

The vents on the side of his arm cannon remind me of the kind of “accents” I added to Mega Man’s armor in fan art I was drawing when I was 12. Capcom’s never really done vents like that in an arm cannon, it’s always come from bad box art or whatever.

That being said, other artists have pointed out that the base-level design itself isn’t actually so bad. It may end up looking better in the actual show itself. But, uh, given other shows produced by that studio, maybe not?