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‘Captain Marvel’ Brings On the Girl Power

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It only seems right that Captain Marvel is being released on 2019’s International Women's Day. Since 2008’s Iron-Man, Marvel has presented a good chain, albeit a bit short, of strong women characters starting with Pepper Potts. Black Widow became the first Marvel female superhero to grace the screens in Iron-Man 2 followed by Scarlet Witch, Gamora, Mantis, The Wasp, Okoye and Shuri. But today, Brie Larson heads the first female-driven superhero movie for Marvel Studios.

Let’s just get this out of the way – this movie packs a “girl power” punch without putting men down in the process. While their intentions are good, too many films try to present a message of female empowerment while emasculating men in the process. Sure, the opposite has been true for many years, but this is no way to move on with injustice and certainly isn’t a message that today’s girls need to here.

Marvel Studios has toyed with an “anything you can do, I can do better” attitude between its men and…

New Photos Released for Netflix’s ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’

A Series of Unfortunate Events come to Netflix in January 2017
Violet (Malina Weissman), Klaus (Louis Hynes) and Count Olaf (Neil Patrick Harris) in A Series of Unfortunate Events (Netflix)
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Another book series, A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket were written and available the same time that kids started going crazy for Harry Potter, but the books quickly became overshadowed when Warner Brothers began making the Harry Potter movies. Even with the 2004 movie adaptation with Jim Carrey didn't garner enough attention to create the two additional sequels that were planned and today, there are many who are unaware of this gem of storytelling.

A Series of Unfortunate Events come to Netflix in January 2017
Left: Joan Cusack as Justice Strauss / Right: Count Olaf and the Bauderlaire orphans.
Fortunately, the good folks at Netflix have taken the project on with an all-star cast with Neil Patrick Harris in the role of the story’s biggest baddie, Count Olaf.

Snicket, also known as writer Daniel Handler, found a way of telling terribly sad stories with incredible humor and just a little light to keep readers reading even though we always knew that the fates of the main protagonists would only go from one dark situation to another.



A Series of Unfortunate Events come to Netflix in January 2017
Left: Catherine O'Hara and Neil Patrick Harris / Right: Catherine O'Hara
Today, Netflix has released a new trailer for the eight-episode series that is narrated by “Snicket” himself (Patrick Warburton). The tale begins with three Baudelaire orphans, Violet (Malina Weissman), Klaus (Louis Hynes) and baby Sunny (Presley Smith) who are placed in the “care” of their evil uncle, Count Olaf, who will stop at nothing to get his filthy hands on the children’s inheritance.

A Series of Unfortunate Events come to Netflix in January 2017
Left: Don Johnson as Sir / Right: Alfre Woodard (Aunt Josephine) and Count Olaf in disguise.
Throughout the series, the Baudelaire children will bounce back and forth from one grim tale to another on their quest to find their parents who they believe might still be alive even though it is well-known that they had perished in a fire. Along the way, the kids meet up many people with better intentions fighting for them, but Olaf has a way of getting adults to fall for tricks and incredible disguises, but the children are never fooled.

A Series of Unfortunate Events come to Netflix in January 2017
Left: Count Olaf / Right: Aasif Maandvi (Uncle Monty) and Count Olaf in disguise.
A Series of Unfortunate Events also stars Joan Cusack (Justice Strauss), Alfre Woodard (Aunt Josephine), Catherine O’Hara (Dr. Orwell), K. Todd Freeman (Mr. Poe), Aasif Maandvi (Uncle Monty) and Don Johnson (Sir).

A Series of Unfortunate Events come to Netflix in January 2017
Left: Patrick Warbuton as Lemony Snicket / Center and Right: Count Olaf in disguise.
The show is executive produced by Barry Sonnenfeld and Daniel Handler and will air in January 13.



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