Nick Furi’s ODDS and ENDS™- This Week’s Pop Culture News Round-Up!

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Film – Here’s a cool little Easter Egg from Captain America The Winter Soldier. Don’t worry– there are ZERO SPOILERS in it. [Sploid]

Television – Giancarlo Volpe, producer of the short-lived Green Lantern The Animated Series, has created a great web comic about his experience with kid focus groups– and the studio grunts that run them. What a fantastic, fun way to expose these absolutely pointless exercises in misinformation and futility. [Giancarlo Volpe Tumblr]

Comics – Remember DC’s Multiversity… Grant Morrison’s supposed end all/be all comic book classic? It finally hits shops later this year. It should also be the best thing ever– especially since the master comic book scribe’s been working on it for EIGHT YEARS. I was excited about this series a few years ago… But DC’s New 52 has drained me of most of my will to read their comics. File this news in the “Too Little, Too Late” folder. [CBR]

Collectibles – Jean Grey was one of my favourite X-Men in the 90s cartoon… So you could imagine how excited I was to see this Jim Lee 90s style Sideshow Collectibles statue. Would love to own one too, but the high price tag for these things strictly limits my ability to purchase them. (I own only one Sideshow statue… It’s Nick Fury, of course.) [Tomopop]

JG Sideshow

Film – Marvel Studios has planned their movie releases all the way through… Wait for it… 2028! This willingness to preplan is why Marvel’s destroying it at the box office– and why their movies are far superior to the products produced by copycats like FOX and Sony. Meanwhile, Warner Bros/DC is quickly becoming the lonely little boy in the corner… Stuck in an endless loop of standalone films and trilogies, which fail to build a cohesive universe for audiences to fall in love with. [Business Insider]

Television – Great News! Jason Aaron’s critically acclaimed DC/Vertigo series Scalped is being developed for TV. Weird News! It’s NOT going to be on HBO or Cinemax– despite being balls-to-the-wall full of Mature Content. What’s up with these Warner Bros divisions passing on some of their BEST in-house projects? It’s almost like every day is April Fools over there. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Comics – Comic Book Awards Season is upon us! The Eisner nominations have been announced– and there’s some stiff competition in several categories. Extremely happy to see such great independent series as Sex Criminals, Saga, Lazarus and Rat Queens get nominations for Best Continuing Series and Best New Comic Book Series. Click the link to check out all the nominees. [Comic Con]

Expensive Comic Art – Holy Shit Snacks! I don’t care if this really is the original Jack Kirby art that eventually became the cover to Fantastic Four #1. There’s no way I would spend $1 MILLION (on eBay of all places!) for any piece of comic book art– especially since it doesn’t actually depict Marvel’s First Family in uniform or likeness. Talk about a sucker being born every minute… [eBay]

Collectibles – If I didn’t know this new Hot Toys Spidey was really Andrew Garfield underneath, I would probably be very interested in picking up this figure. That said, what’s up with all the clothing add-ons? [Hot Toys]

SM Hot Toys

Film – Channing Tatum might play the X-Man called Gambit. Ummm… Hmpft… I have absolutely nothing to add here… Especially since I’ve only seen the actor in 21 Jump Street (which was way better than I expected). I’ll wait for Jupiter Ascending to pass any judgment… If Tatum can pull off an original sci-fi character, maybe he can play a mutant Cajun Thief too. I just wish Matthew McConaughey were twenty years younger. Alright, alright! [/Film]

Television – Come on, TV Producers… Alternate endings just piss me off! Can’t you people make ONE artistic decision, stick to it, and live with the consequences? After fans ripped on the way How I Met Your Mother ended, creators Craig Thomas and Carter Bays took to Twitter to announce there will now be an alternate ending for the full series Blu Ray collection. If this new ending is so good, why wasn’t it used in the first place? Can you say, “This is only bait to buy the Blu Ray!” ten times fast? [CBS]

Comics – If I wasn’t already angry because someone spoiled Game of Thrones for me last Sunday, the following news would still upset me! The fate of Dick Grayson has already been revealed… Way before the comic Forever Evil #7 sees publication. Why the fuck can’t anything stay hidden anymore? Why can’t people employ patience? Why am I surprised DC spilt the beans? Why does having the internet mean we need to know everything before it happens? How many times can I ask questions without providing any answers? [IGN]

Hardy-har-har – This fan site compiles the jokes Bob Dylan makes on stage during live performances. They’re all pretty bad… And right up my alley. [Expecting Rain]

Film – SPOILER! If anyone stays after the credits for Amazing Spider-Man 2, word’s out they’ll get a “surprise” bonus scene featuring X-Men’s Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence). Now, don’t get all pissy and say I’ve ruined some cool artistic moment for you. The movies are not crossing over… As this is strictly a business deal between two studios. Move along– there’s truly nothing creative to see here. Like everything, this quick crossover is all about the moolah. [Variety]

Netflix – The Orange is the New Black Season 2 trailer is here! Haha!


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