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Marvel And Netflix Announce Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist & Luke Cage Serialized Programs & A Defenders Miniseries

The Walt Disney Co. and Netflix Inc. today announced an unprecedented deal for Marvel TV to bring multiple original series of live-action adventures of four of Marvel’s most popular characters exclusively to the world’s leading Internet TV Network beginning in 2015. This pioneering agreement calls for Marvel to develop four serialized programs leading to a miniseries programming event.

Led by a series focused on “Daredevil,” followed by “Jessica Jones,” “Iron Fist” and “Luke Cage,” the epic will unfold over multiple years of original programming, taking Netflix members deep into the gritty world of heroes and villains of Hell’s Kitchen, New York. Netflix has committed to a minimum of four, thirteen episodes series and a culminating Marvel’s “The Defenders” mini-series event that reimagines a dream team of self-sacrificing, heroic characters.

Produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Television Studios, this groundbreaking deal is Marvel’s most ambitious foray yet into live-action TV storytelling.

Here is a breakdown of the characters:

Daredevil

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Daredevil was created by writer-editor Stan Lee and artist Bill Everett, with an unspecified amount of input from Jack Kirby and first appeared in Daredevil #1 in April 1964.

Living in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of New York City, Matt Murdock is blinded by a radioactive substance that falls from an oncoming vehicle. While he no longer can see, the radioactive exposure heightens his remaining senses beyond normal human ability. His father, a boxer named Jack Murdock, supports him as he grows up, though Jack is later killed by gangsters after refusing to throw a fight. After donning a yellow and black, and later a dark red, costume, Matt seeks out revenge against his father’s killers as the superhero Daredevil, fighting against his many enemies including Bullseye and the Kingpin. Daredevil’s nickname is “The Man Without Fear”.

Jessica Jones

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Jessica Jones was created by writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Michael Gaydos. Jones debuted in the series Alias as an embittered former superheroine who had used the aliases Jewel, Knightress, and currently Power Woman. After hanging up her costume, she became the owner and sole employee of Alias Private InvestigationsJones, no longer a superhero, opened a private detective agency. Given her background, she was sought out by clients with superhero connections. Despite her wishes to leave the superhero life, she finds herself repeatedly drawn back into it. She has had an off-and-on affair with Luke Cage.

Luke Cage

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Luke Cage (born Carl Lucas and also called Power Man) was created by writer Archie Goodwin and artists George Tuska and John Romita, Sr.. He first appeared in Luke Cage, Hero for Hire #1 in June 1972. He obtained his powers in an accident that left him with near-impervious skin and superhuman strength.

A streetwise youth, the man called “Lucas” was sent to prison for a crime he did not commit. In exchange for parole, Lucas clandestinely underwent an experimental procedure, originally intended to generate immunity to all illness; instead, it inadvertently granted him steel-hard skin and heavier, enhanced muscle. After escaping Seagate Prison, he forged the identity of “Luke Cage” becoming a “hero for hire,” a sort of super-enhanced private detective—although Cage commonly refused money, or simply received none, for cases gone awry (a fair portion, for the unlucky Cage). Later, he formed a business partnership with the martial arts hero known as Iron Fist in the series Power Man & Iron Fist.

Iron Fist

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Iron Fist (Daniel “Danny” Rand-K’ai) was created by Roy Thomas and Gil Kane and first appeared in Marvel Premiere #15 in May 1974.

The practitioner of martial arts starred in his own solo series in the 1970s, and shared the title Power Man and Iron Fist for several years. At age nineteen Rand was given the opportunity to gain the power of the Iron Fist. He was sent to battle the enormous fire-breathing serpent called Shou-Lao the Undying which lived in a cave outside the city and which ferociously guarded a brazier containing its heart, which had mystically been removed from its body. In their battle Rand grabbed the serpent’s body, which bore a scar which imprinted itself upon Rand’s chest. Killing the serpent, Rand plunged his hands into the now unguarded brazier containing Shou-Lao’s molten heart when his hands shone with a quasi-mystical force and he earned the title “Iron Fist,” for he could now summon superhuman energy to reinforce the power of blows struck by his hands.

The Defenders

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This is the street equivalent of The Avengers. Its original incarnation was led by Doctor Strange and included the Hulk, Namor, and, eventually, the Silver Surfer. They first appeared as The Defenders in Marvel Feature #1 in December 1971.

The group has had a rotating line-up with Dr. Strange and the Hulk being more or less constant members along with a number of other mainstays such as Valkyrie, Nighthawk, Hellcat, the Gargoyle, Beast, the Son of Satan and Luke Cage, and a large number of temporary members.

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The CW Developing Series Based On DC Character Hourman

The CW is developing a TV series based on a DC comics character Hourman. Michael Caleo of “The Sopranos” will pen the pilot which will be produced by Dan Lin and Lin Pictures’ head of television Jennifer Gwartz.

The character is described as follows: “A brilliant-yet-troubled pharmaceutical analyst who discovers that the visions that have plagued him since childhood are actually glimpses of tragic events occurring one hour in the future. Determined to win back his ex-wife and son, he heroically prevents these tragedies from unfolding, finding both purpose and redemption along the way.”

Originally created in 1940 by Ken Fitch and Bernard Bailey, Hourman has not had a very prolific life in the comics having been reimagined as different characters multiple times.

This announcement continues The CW’s trend of DC comic and superhero based shows. One of their current hits is the Green Arrow-based Arrow, which has a spin-off based on “The Flash” in the works, along with a Wonder Woman series under the title “Amazon,” and an adaptation of the ’40s pulp character The Avenger.

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Funko Will Release Pop! Television: Big Bang Theory Star Trek Figures On December 3, 2013

Your favorites from The Big Bang Theory Sheldon Cooper, Howard Wolowitz, Raj Koothrappali and Leonard Leonard Hofstadter are getting the Funko Pop! treatment dressed as Star Trek characters. Look for them on shelves on December 3, 2013.

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Hilarious Early Training Footage of ‘Walking Dead’ Star Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon) Struggling With A Crossbow

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On a recent episode of Conan, late-night host Conan O’Brien showed the audience hilarious early training footage of Walking Dead star Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon) struggling with a crossbow.

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Mad Men Christmas CD Available Exclusively At Target Stores Nationwide

Settle around the fireplace this holiday season with Mad Men Christmas: Music from and Inspired by the Hit TV Series on AMC. Produced by Lionsgate Television, the multiple Emmy Award-winning drama Mad Men has captivated audiences worldwide since its 2007 debut with its vivid depiction of the world of Madison Avenue advertising in 1960s America. With fans eagerly awaiting the highly anticipated seventh season of the series, there is no better time to celebrate the wonderful holiday music of this era.

Concord Records, a division of Concord Music Group, has partnered with Lionsgate to release Mad Men Christmas: Music from and Inspired by the Hit TV Series on AMC. This 12-track release, available on CD exclusively at Target stores nationwide, will feature several iconic 1960s Christmas tracks and one previously unreleased remix of the celebrated “Zou Bisou Bisou” as performed by character Megan Draper (played by Jessica Paré) in the season five premiere.

Mad Men Christmas opens with the familiar Mad Men theme song “A Beautiful Mine” by RJD2, which has accompanied the opening credits since the show’s beginning, followed by the sultry and hypnotic voice of Paré in an exclusive remix of the French pop tune “Zou Bisou Bisou (Scotch + Sofa remix)” by IAMX. The album continues with many of the era’s best-loved Christmas songs, including Dean Martin’s “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” Rosemary Clooney’s “White Christmas,” Tony Bennett’s “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” Otis Redding’s “Merry Christmas Baby” and Vince Guaraldi’s “Christmas Time Is Here,” to name a few.

Track Listing:

1.  A Beautiful Mine (The Mad Men Theme) – RJD2
2.  Zou Bisou Bisou Remix (Scotch + Sofa Remix by IAMX) – Jessica Paré
3.  Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – Darlene Love
4.  Baby It’s Cold Outside – Dean Martin
5.  The Christmas Song – Mel Tormé
6.  Christmas Waltz – Nellie McKay
7.  Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Tony Bennett
8.  White Christmas – Rosemary Clooney
9.  I’ll Be Home for Christmas – Johnny Mathis
10. Merry Christmas Baby (Take 1) – Otis Redding
11. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus – Teresa Brewer
12. Christmas Time Is Here – Vince Guaraldi

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Under The Dome Renewed For Summer 2014, Stephen King to Write the Premiere Episode for Season 2

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Under The Dome, television’s #1 summer series in viewers and key demographics, will return in summer 2014 with 13 new episodes, it was announced today by Nina Tassler, President, CBS Entertainment.

Stephen King, whose bestselling novel is the basis for the series, will write the premiere episode of the second season.

“We’re excited to tell more stories about the mystery of the dome and the secrets in Chester’s Mill, and are thrilled to have the master storyteller himself, Stephen King, tell the first one of next season,” said CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler.

Under The Dome is a serialized drama from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel of the same name. It tells the story of a small town that is suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an enormous transparent dome. The town’s inhabitants must deal with surviving the post-apocalyptic conditions while searching for answers to what this barrier is, where it came from, and if and when it will go away.

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Acme Archives To Release The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror Poster By Dave Perillo On November 13, 2013

Acme Archives and artist Dave Perillo have collaborated on a Simpsons Treehouse of Horror poster. The 12 x 36 inch print is an edition of 250 and it will be released on November 13, 2013 on www.darkinkart.com.

Please follow @AcmeArchives for more information.

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Plans Thor: The Dark World Crossover

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is planning another major connection with the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s big screen releases as ABC today reveals that the November 19 episode, “The Well,” is slated to crossover with events depicted in the upcoming Thor: The Dark World. The episode’s official description reads as follows:

In the aftermath of the events chronicled in the feature film Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World,” Coulson and the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. pick up the pieces–one of which threatens to destroy a member of the team.

“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” stars Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson, Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May, Brett Dalton as Agent Grant Ward, Chloe Bennet as Skye, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz and Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons.

“The Well” is written by Monica Owusu-Breen and directed by Jonathan Frakes and guest stars for “The Well” include Peter MacNicol as Professor Elliot Randolph, Michael Graziadei as Jakob Nystrom, Erin Way as Petra Larsen, Toby Wilson as Neils, Alex Neustaedter as Maynard and Sylvia Brindis as Elena.

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AMC Renews The Walking Dead For A Fifth Season

AMC announced today that it has renewed The Walking Dead for a fifth season. The number one show on television among adults 18-49, The Walking Dead returned for a fourth season earlier this month and the premiere episode set a new record for the series, delivering 20.2 million viewers, live+3, and 13.2 million adults 18-49, a new record for any non-sports cable telecast.

“We are very happy to make what has to be one of the most anti-climactic renewal announcements ever: The Walking Dead is renewed for a fifth season,” said Charlie Collier, AMC president. “This is a show that has erased traditional distinctions between cable and broadcast. Its expanding base of passionate fans has grown every season, most recently – and most notably – with the season four premiere earlier this month, which broke viewership records for the series and became the biggest non-sports telecast in cable history. On behalf of the incredible team on both sides of the camera, thank you to the fans and here’s to more Dead.”

For season five, Scott Gimple will return as the series’ showrunner along with executive producers Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, Greg Nicotero and Tom Luse. AMC also recently announced that it is developing a companion series to The Walking Dead, based on a new story and new characters from Robert Kirkman.

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David Blaine: Real or Magic To Air On ABC On November 19, 2013

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David Blaine returns to primetime television in a groundbreaking new special David Blaine: Real or Magic, this November on the ABC Network.

David Blaine’s signature brand of street magic mystifies the most recognizable celebrities in the world, including Jamie Foxx, Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Ricky Gervais, Katy Perry, Woody Allen, and Robert DeNiro, to name a few.

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He goes into the homes of Kanye West and Harrison Ford, Will Smith and Olivia Wilde. He visits Stephen Hawking at his office in Cambridge University. Blaine also travels the world, astonishing people from all walks of life with never-before seen, inconceivable magic.

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Blaine has been captivating the world with death-defying feats for nearly two decades. He’s been buried alive in New York City for a week, encased inside a six-ton block of ice for three days and nights, he stood atop a 100-foot-tall pillar in Bryant Park for 36 hours without a safety net, survived on nothing but water inside a transparent box in London for 44 days, and spent one week submerged in a sphere-shaped aquarium at Lincoln Center, at the end of which he attempted to break the world record for breath holding. A year later, he succeeded in breaking that record live on The Oprah Winfrey Show, holding his breath for 17 minutes and 4 seconds. In 2008, Blaine hung upside down for over 60 hours in New York’s Central Park. Most recently, in October of 2012, he stood in the middle of a million volts of electricity for 73 consecutive hours.

With Real or Magic, Blaine redefines magic once again, eliciting reactions that both shock and defy all expectations.

 

The 90 minute special will air on November 19, 2013 from 9:30 PM-11PM EST on ABC.

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