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Frank Grillo Plays Down Crossbones’ Possible MCU Return

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Recent remarks from Crossbones actor Frank Grillo led fans to wonder if the character could return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but now Grillo is saying that he’s “not waiting for the phone to ring” which suggests that the character’s return isn’t currently in the works.

Crossbones made his MCU debut in Captain America: Winter Soldier as S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Brock Rumlow, the leader of Captain America’s S.T.R.I.K.E. team. Rumlow was eventually revealed to be a HYDRA plant, along with his entire team. In the final battle, a crashing helicarrier caused Rumlow’s face to be badly scarred, though he returned in Captain America: Civil War to finally assume the role of his comic book counterpart, Crossbones. After rigging his body with explosives, he tried to kill Captain America but his plans were thwarted by the Scarlet Witch. Innocent lives were lost in the explosion that killed Crossbones. The incident is what sparked the signing of the Sokovia Accords.

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In an interview with Metro about his new Netflix film Wheelman, Grillo was asked about comments he had made about the character’s potential return. According to Grillo, the actor is unaware of any plans to revive the villain.

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“Look, Marvel’s awesome. I have a long-term contract with them and it’s a superhero movie, you never know.

I don’t have any idea. I said that once before about two weeks ago and people jumped on that and thought I said Crossbones is back. No. That’s ridiculous. But we’ll see what happens. I’m not waiting for the phone to ring.”

Though clarification that a character who was blown up in an explosion isn’t coming back may seem unnecessary, it was past remarks from Grillo that started the rumors of his return. After telling Collider there was “nowhere for it to go” in January, he told Forbes in September that he was excited about “news that nobody knows yet” about Crossbones. Now that Grillo has downplayed the possibility of Crossbones of somehow appearing in a future Marvel movie, it’s hard to say to what news the actor could have been referring.

As Grillo points out, characters can be easily brought back in superhero movies, but Crossbones is one character that Marvel will most likely leave dead, unless the studio can find a good reason as well as the right story to bring him back.

Source: Metro

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Peter Baldwin, Emmy Award-winning director, passes away aged 86

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Los Angeles: TV director and actor Peter Baldwin is no more. He was 86. Baldwin died on November 19 in Pebble Beach, California, reports variety.com. 

He won a Primetime Emmy Award for directing The Wonder Years and a Cable ACE Award for Dream On.

His death was announced on the Facebook pages of his daughter Eleonora Baldwin and his son Drew Baldwin.

Peter Baldwin. Image via Facebook

Peter Baldwin. Image via Facebook

Born in Winnetka, Illinois, Baldwin was discovered by a Hollywood talent scout in his senior year at Stanford. He became one of Paramount’s “Golden Circle of Newcomers” and appeared in films including Stalag 17, Little Boy Lost and Cecil B DeMille’s The Ten Commandments.

He served three years in the Navy and returned to Paramount, where he appeared in The Tin Star and Teacher’s Pet with Clark Gable and Doris Day. After touring with Julie Harris in The Warm Peninsula play, Baldwin moved to Italy.

In 1964, he won first prize at the Venice Film Festival for Some Sort of Cage, a docudrama about Synanon House, which he wrote, produced and directed.

He went on to direct hundreds of episodes of popular shows including The Andy Griffith Show, The Partridge Family, Mary Tyler Moore, The Brady Bunch, Sanford and Son, The Bob Newhart Show, Happy Days, Chico and the Man, The Love Boat, Family Ties, ALF, Full House, WKRP In Cincinnati, Sabrina, The Teenage Witch and Even Stevens.

He also directed comedy feature film Meet Wally Sparks starring Rodney Dangerfield and produced the HBO movie As Summers Die starring Bette Davis, Jamie Leigh Curtis, and Scott Glenn.

After retiring to Pebble Beach, he served on the board of the Pacific Repertory Theater in Carmel-By-The-Sea.

He is survived by his wife, Terry, son, daughters Amy Anderson and Eleonora, five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.


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Tik Tik Tik trailer: Jayam Ravi, Nivetha Pethuraj in Kollywood’s version of Armageddon

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Directed by Shakti Soundar Rajan, Tik Tik Tik, an upcoming Tamil film starring Jayam Ravi and Nivetha Pethuraj, calls itself India’s first space film.

The Tamil flick’s trailer, launched last evening on 24 November, has created much hype thanks to this new genre. This film too is a thriller except looks like it’s majorly set in space.

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Jayam Ravi in the Tik Tik Tik trailer.

Tik Tik Tik starts as a story about an asteroid that strikes a town in Tamil Nadu and how officials are now nervously awaiting another disaster to strike and destroy the livelihoods of many. For the same, Jayaprakash who is seen leading the squad, employs Jayam Ravi who happens to be a magician and an escape artist. The upcoming space flick is all about how Jayam Ravi risks his life to capture the missile that will save planet earth.

The actor is shown as this macho guy, trained in almost every survival tactic, except this time he doesn’t play the cop like in his highly acclaimed Thani Oruvan.

Through this rather interesting premise, we see glimpses of sleek action sequences, but only this time they are set in space and not earth. We also see little of Nivetha Pethuraj who is on the same mission along with Jayam Ravi. However, we are yet to feel the seriousness of this plot said to be dealing with the future of 4 crore people.

D.Immam’s background score for this space thriller increases our interest and is quite a throwback to few Hollywood space flicks.

So, can a con man actually save the country with his schemes? We need to wait and watch.

Produced by Nemichand Jhabak Tik Tik Tik, this one of a kind space drama is set to release in December.

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The Stage 3: Shaurya receives season’s third Power Pin; Raghu Dixit visits as guest judge

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The Stage 3 returned for yet another magical night filled with the rhythm highs and lows as the theme of this week was ‘Mixtape’.

The artists sang a mash-up of two songs as they tried to get the highest praises (and votes) from judges and audience alike. There was also a live band that accompanied all the artists’ performances this week.

Judges Debraj Sanyal, Ehsaan Noorani, Monica Dogra and Vishal Dadlani on The Stage 3.

Judges Debraj Sanyal, Ehsaan Noorani, Monica Dogra and Vishal Dadlani on The Stage 3.

Siddhant was voted the number one artist of the week after audience votes were tallied — swiftly taking him away from the dreaded Battle of the Bench, straight into the safety of the Artist Hangout.

Once again the audience votes turned everything on its head as Shaurya, one of the five artists that was safely sitting in the Artist Hangout, was thrown into an unexpected Battle of the Bench against Diyatom. This was the first time that Shaurya found himself in the bottom two. Incidentally, it was the pairing of Shaurya and Diyatom during the showdown week that got them through to the Top 12. In a heated battle where Diyatom sang ‘Take It To The Limit’ by The Eagles and Shaurya sang ‘Love Me Tender’ by Elvis Presley; the judges took the hard call of eliminating Diyatom and sending him home, reducing the Top 9 to the Top 8.

The special guest for this week was Raghu Dixit. The host Shibani Dandekar also announced that the coming week would witness a double elimination. Siddhant was the first artist to take the stage as he sang a mash up of ‘Celebration’ by Kool And The Gang and ‘Highway To Hell’ by AC/DC. He headed back to safety after receiving 4 green lights from all four of the judges (Vishal Dadlani, Monica Dogra, Ehsaan Noorani, Devraj Sanyal). Next up was Zoe as she melodiously crooned Adele’s ‘Someone Like You’ and One Republic’s ‘Secrets’. She made her way to the bench with two reds from Dadlani and Sanyal.

Nisa took to the stage next as she performed a mash up between ‘Earned It’ by The Weeknd and ‘If I Ain’t Got You’ by Alicia Keys. Nisa headed back to the Artist Hangout having received four greens from all four of the judges. Urgen was next up on The Stage as he belted out Bruno Mars’ ‘Uptown Funk’ and Michael Jackson’s ‘Wanna Be Starting Something’. Urgen received four red lights from the judges. However he got the chance to perform with Dogra and Dadlani as both of them made their way to the stage and performed with Urgen in an unforgettable moment. Arish came on to perform next as he sang a mash up between ‘Am I Wrong’ by Nico & Vinz and ‘Shut Up And Dance’ by Walk The Moon. Dogra and Noorani were seen rocking out and felt compelled to give Arish two gold mid-performance. The close of his performance saw standing ovations by three of the judges. Sanyal added to Arish’s kitty of golds. Dadlani rounded it off with a green light for Arish as he headed back to safety.

Raghu Dixit gave a beautiful performance next as he sang his original composition ‘I Still Love You’ and wowed everyone with the Indian classical fusion that he is famous for.

Shaurya came on next as he performed ‘Believer’ and ‘Human’. Receiving a standing ovation from all the judges, swiftly followed by a gold from both Dadlani and Sanyal. Soon thereafter, Noorani and Dogra followed suit with two more golds and thus, we found the third winner of the Power Pin in Shaurya. Next up came Chochung as she sang Katy Perry’s ‘Teenage Dream’ mashed up with Landy Antebellum’s ‘Need You Now’. Dogra and Dadlani gave Chochung a green, however Noorani and Sanyal’s red sent her to the bench. Jalandhar Massive were up next and they too headed to the safety of the bench having received four greens.

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