The Avengers and Agents of S.M.A.S.H. Assemble!

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When last we left the “Agents of S.M.A.S.H.” and the “Avengers Assemble” teams, they were confronted by a Kree Supreme Intelligence who had absorbed the mind of the Hulk. Can the heroes stop a Kree invasion and save their friend too? Find out after the gamma-irradiated jump.

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It’s Gotta Be We Stand On Guard #1 For Thee On The Wednesday Run

WeStandOnGuard1There’s nothing quite like sharing a little bit of patriotism on a comic book Wednesday.

If you’re seeing all things maple leaf red or the word “eh?” keeps coming up in your Facebook or your Twitter stream today, it’s because today, July 1, is Canada Day!

Canada Day! The national holiday of this columnist’s nation, celebrating the 1867 birth of the greatest hockey-playing, maple-syrup loving, beaver adoring, arctic-solidifying, rainbow-coloured monied, Mountied, health-cared country in the world!

Of course, some of those might not be real words, but any British, Russian, Brazilian or Korean citizen – or any other citizen from any other country – can easily get the drift: today, July the 1st is our day.

Why not spend it protecting our nations’ borders from our southern neighbours?

Wait. What?

You heard me right. Follow me after the jump for the eagerly anticipated scoop on We Stand On Guard #1.

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Twisted Sister Proves You Can’t Stop Rock and Roll

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I’ve seen Twisted Sister twice, once at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia in 2005, and again for their Christmas show, A Twisted Christmas, at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside, Pennsylvania in 2009. I’ve also caught Dee Snider’s Van Helsing’s Curse in 2005. So how did I enjoy their most recent concert? Read the rest of this entry

Biff Bam Pop’s It’s All Connected: Cinematic Universes All The Way Down

NickFury-IMTen years ago, we didn’t have cinematic universes. We had franchises, and every studio dreamt of them, even though what they dreamt of would usually peter out after a trilogy.

But then 2008 happened. Iron Man came out and walloped audiences at the end with an appearance by Samuel Jackson as Nick Fury and the introduction of the Avengers initiative. Rapid announcements of a series of Marvel movies came, and the concept of the Marvel Cinematic Universe began to take shape.

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Actor Trading Cards: Emilia Clarke

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EMILIA CLARKE

Born: October 26, 1986 in London, England, UK
Height: 5’2

Personal Quote:

“When I told my dad I wanted to be an actress, he replied that there was only one line I needed to learn: Do you want fries with that?”

Did You Know?

Auditioned for Sharon Carter/Agent 13 in Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), but lost to Emily VanCamp.

 

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Penny Dreadful S02 E09: And Hell Itself My Only Foe

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Madame Kali is holding all the aces in her deck of cards. She need only wait for the little scorpion to arrive. On last week’s episode of “Penny Dreadful,” Sir Malcolm was captured by the witches, and now, Vanessa must save him, but can she? Read the rest of this entry

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell S01 E03: The Education of a Magician

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When we last left the two English magicians, Mr. Norrell’s student, Jonathan Strange, was the new popular spell-caster in town. Jonathan sets off to have adventures with the army in Portugal, leaving a sulking Mr. Norrell at home.  Lady Pole is not well and is descending further into madness; her unfortunate servant, Stephen Black, is not far behind.

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True Detective S02 E02: Night Finds You

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A somewhat uneven “True Detective” tries to find some traction.  Three sets of teams begin the investigation into Casper’s murder, we hear about some pretty messed up childhoods, and (SPOILER ALERT) “True Detective” appears to go all “Game of Thrones”-y as a major character may not make it passed the second episode. Find out why after the break!

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Jurassic World chomps down on Ted

Bear sees dinosaur. Dinosaur sees bear. Bear approaches dinosaur. Dinosaur eats bear. Emotions run wild.

That, my friends, is pretty much what happened at movie theatres this weekend, as a new release took a run at the top spots at the box office and failed miserably. Here’s what went down:

Amidst lousy reviews and audience apathy, Ted 2 debut in third place with an anemic $32.9, significantly down from the $50 + the first film arrived with with back in 2012. While awareness was high, the interest just wasn’t there, and I doubt we’ll see another one in this franchise. Ted 2 may make it past $100 million, but I’m doubtful of even that.  Read the rest of this entry

In memory of Chris Squire of Yes

Andy with Yes1997, outside Massey Hall, upon meeting Chris Squire of Yes for the first time:

Me: You’re the whole reason I play bass guitar.
Chris: Well, that’s a bloody good reason, isn’t it?

Chris Squire has passed away. If you know me at all, you know Yes has been one of my favourite bands for nearly a quarter century. My first bass was an imitation Rickenbacker like Chris’. When I played bass in bands, I did my best to emulate his sound, the way he’d play sliding up the neck.

The first time I saw Yes was in 1994, on the Talk tour with my best pal Perry. I wasn’t supposed to be at the gig. I had developed a horrible case of tinnitus that had left me looking at a bottle of pills, thinking that I couldn’t live with it. But thankfully, I got over that. We went to the gig at Kingswood Music Theater, maybe six rows back, and when Chris played the amazing bass intro on Heart of the Sunrise, I did the whole “we’re not worthy” thing. He saw and laughed. But it was true. We weren’t.

In 2004, thanks to kindness of Bruce Henne of hennemusic.com, I had the chance to interview Chris and his bandmate Alan White for Corus Radio Canada. It was pretty fantastic. I’d meet Chris over the ensuing years and what amazed me most was his gigantic hands – one of the world’s top five bassists simply was born to play the instrument. One of the last gigs I saw with Yes, I took my Uncle David to. We went backstage afterwards and my uncle had a chance to chat for just a brief moment with Chris. It was a memorable moment for both of us.

Along with being a master musician, Chris was also father to a young daughter. It’s such a shame she won’t have more time with her dad, but hopefully she’ll grow up knowing what a groundbreaking, influential man he was, and that those of us that loved his music loved the man as well.

Thank you, Chris Squire, for the inspiration and influence. Like the greatest of my heroes, I wouldn’t be whom I am today without your guiding light to help put me on a path.

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