Blade paved the way for the Marvel blockbusters of the new millennium

Stan Lee always wanted to make movies. In the ’60s and ’70s, the comic book writer helped to create dozens of characters, and he also laid the groundwork for hundreds more to come into existence. He’d always had the idea that these characters belonged in movies. By 1981, he’d moved away from Marvel’s New York offices…

Wesley Snipes, Tituss Burgess, and Craig Robinson join Eddie Murphy's Rudy Ray Moore biopic

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the cast of Eddie Murphy’s biopic about comedian Rudy Ray Moore is getting even better (or “muscular,” as THR puts it), with Wesley Snipes, Mike Epps, Craig Robinson, Tituss Burgess, and Da’Vine Joy Randolph all joining the cast. The Hollywood Reporter story says that Snipes will…

Marvel’s dusting off Blade to hunt more vampires, but not the ones from Underworld

According to /Film, Kate Beckinsale was recently asked if there were plans to ever intersect the Underworld franchise with Blade. While that’s exactly the kind of left-field question you’re at risk for being asked when participating in the New York Comic Con panel for Underworld: Blood Wars, her answer was less…

It’s Rumor Time: Wesley Snipes is down for a Blade revival

Despite having already knocked out a trilogy, Wesley Snipes doesn’t seem to think the life’s been sucked out of the Blade mythos. In fact, the Blade originator and erstwhile The Player star has initiated a grassroots social media campaign—which is currently relegated to Twitter, because his verified Facebook page is…

Wesley Snipes’ lively performance is the only safe bet in The Player

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Were there a need-based waiting list for Hollywood career makeovers, Wesley Snipes’ name would be at or near the top of it. He parlayed the critical notices he earned for his flashy, confident performance in 1991’s New Jack City into a robust career as an action star in such blockbusters as Passenger 57 and the Blade…

“You can’t watch everything”: A pragmatic guide to peak TV, part 2

Yesterday, The A.V. Club buried itself in the first avalanche of fall programming tumbling forth from peak TV; today, we consider the second half of the week, along with the fantastical creatures, resurgent sci-fi stars, resilient comics, and (of course) superheroes whose streaming series refuse to bend to the tyranny…

NBC renews Undateable and Mysteries Of Laura, picks up two revenge-based dramas

Unlike its sitcom counterparts Marry Me, One Big Happy, and pretty much every other NBC comedy, Undateable survived last night’s cancellation spree and has been renewed for a third season. It’s going to have to prove itself, though: Based on the strength of the show’s one-hour live special that aired earlier this week,…

The Expendables 3 embraces the franchise’s inner Saturday morning cartoon

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With its third entry, the Sylvester Stallone-led Expendables franchise finally becomes the live-action Saturday morning cartoon it was always destined to be. Constrained by a PG-13 rating (the previous two films were R-rated), the series’ over-the-top violence becomes even more unreal; here, miniguns are emptied into…