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At 10 Years Old, ‘Ghost Rider’ Is a Portal to a Stranger Sort of Marvel Universe

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by Charles Bramesco 7 days ago
Columbia
The Marvel Cinematic Universe had its Big Bang in 2008, with Iron Man and Robert Downey Jr.’s debut as the incorrigible Tony Stark. In casting a charismatic leading man, feeding him some genuinely fresh one-liners, and stitching them together with a few impressive action setpieces, producer and MCU mastermind Kevin Feige had struck gold. He then went to work methodically stripping the mine clean, roping Chrises Evans and Hemsworth into multi-film contracts and watching as the billions rolled in. He devised a winning formula of easy screen-idol mass appeal and an eminently palatable house visual style to go along with it, a method still yielding massive success to this day. (Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Thor 3, and Spider-Man Who Even Knows What Number, coming to theaters in 2017!) And it all began with R.D.J. as an irresistible new breed of defender, the sort of guy you either want to be or be with. One year earlier, Marvel’s idea of a blockbuster superhero was Nicolas Cage as a flaming CGI skeleton clad in S&M biker gear.

What’s It Like to Play a Superhero? An Interview With ‘Captain America’s Skinny Steve Rogers, Chris Sarris

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by Jacob Oller February 15, 2017 @ 11:39 AM
Marvel
Chris Sarris is a normal dude from Cleveland, Ohio. Co-workers describe him as “the guy in the office that says ‘This is what we did’ when giving a presentation to the boss, even though he did all the work.” Chris also has a bit of a secret: He played Steve Rogers in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

The 25 Best Sex Scenes of the Last 25 Years (NSFW)

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by ScreenCrush Staff February 13, 2017 @ 11:54 AM
Maybe it’s Valentine’s Day. Maybe it’s the recent release of the kinky romance Fifty Shades Darker. Or maybe, if we’re being totally honest, it’s just something that’s always on our minds. Whatever the reason, the staff at ScreenCrush is obsessed with sex this week. So in the tradition of our lists on the best comedies, superheroes, sci-fi, horror, and romances of the past quarter century, let’s rank the 25 best sex scenes of the last 25 years.

Worst to First: Every Batman Movie Ranked

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by Matt Singer February 9, 2017 @ 9:04 AM
Warner Bros. / ScreenCrush
Darkness. No parents. Continued darkness. The opposite of light. Black hole. Curtains drawn. In the basement. Middle of the night. Blacked-out windows. Other places that are dark.

Ranking Every Episode of ‘Law and Order: SVU’ (Part 1)

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by Erin Whitney February 7, 2017 @ 10:00 AM
NBC
18 years, 18 seasons, roughly 16,800 minutes, and more cameos, crimes, and criminals than you could imagine. This week Law and Order: Special Victims Unit airs its 400th episode, and as a dedicated SVU fan I’ve decided to celebrate by ranking every single episode ever. Crazy? Yes. Possibly damaging to my mental and emotional health? Likely. Worth it? God, I hope so.

Marvel’s Kevin Feige on ‘Guardians Vol. 2’s New Heroes and Villains, and the MCU’s Cosmic Future

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by ScreenCrush Staff February 6, 2017 @ 11:41 AM
Getty Images for Disney
If you’ve read our full Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 set visit, and you still want more details from behind the scenes of Marvel’s next big blockbuster, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s the nearly full conversation (which we’ve lightly edited for length and clarity) that Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige had with the assembled press on the set of Guardians 2. Below you’ll get more details on the film’s story (if you’re really worried about spoilers, you might want to skim that part), particularly how Yondu and Mantis fits into the new roster of the Guardians, along with some concrete details about the movie’s place in the wider Marvel Cinematic Universe. (No Thanos! No Infinity Stones!)

‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Set Visit: All the Surprises and Secrets of Marvel’s Latest Blockbuster

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by Mike Sampson February 6, 2017 @ 10:59 AM
Marvel Studios
Movie sets. If you’ve watched La La Land or even Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, you know they’re supposed to be glamorous. Bright lights, brighter stars, exotic locales ... So, what am I doing here in an abandoned convention center outside Atlanta?

2017 GLAAD Media Awards Has the Fewest LGBTQ Film Nominees Since 2004

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by Erin Whitney January 31, 2017 @ 1:11 PM
A24/Paramount
Today GLAAD announced their 2017 Media Awards nominees, which included plenty of exciting milestones and achievements, but also some disappointing news about the current state of Hollywood. It seems that in our post-Election world, there’s no such thing as good news without a side of bad (or lately, more like a four-course meal of bad with a side of good).