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Lucy Liu on Set

Miklos has had the opportunity to work with Lucy Liu a few times from his days on Southland to now meeting up again on Luke Cage.  We know what she is doing on set of Luke Cage Season 2, but we will not reveal any secrets here!  Thank you for the call though and great voicemail.  Gonna save that one!  To fun.  shhhhhh

 

Lucy Liu has suddenly popped up on the set of Marvel’s Luke Cage. Filming for the second season of the acclaimed Marvel Cinematic Universe Netflix series is underway, promising another gritty, socially conscious take on the Marvel Comics hero.

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Miklos Signs on to Luke Cage Season 2

Proud to announce Luke Cage Season 2 is a go and Miklos Wright of Media 66 is signed on for Post!

Write up on Luke Cage Season 2 announcement on ScreenRant.com

 Luke Cage himself, Mike Colter is hopeful that the show’s second season will premiere as soon as a year (or less) from now. Marvel TV is on its way to successfully replicating what Avengers did on the big screen with The Defenders on Netflix. The titular characters from the four television series of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, andIron Fist will come together in August for Defenders, completing the promise that Marvel and Netflix made when these series were announced four and a half years ago.

The Defenders may be the culmination of the Netflix corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but that isn’t slowing down production on Marvel TV’s other Netflix properties. 

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New Trailer for Marvels Defenders released

Finally the release of the new Defenders trailer for Marvel Netflix original series The Defenders.  Miklos Wright co-founder of Media 66 edited episodes 2, 5 and the Season Finale of this much anticipated new series.  Cant wait! art from defenders Facebook page

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Arctic Assembly for Annenberg Space for Photography

Miklos and Annie Wright have had the great fortune of getting to work with Charlie Annenberg Weingarten Founder of explore.org. Recently we completed an inspiring edit of Polar Bear footage from the Arctic that is currently playing at the Annenberg Space for Photography Skylight Studios. We have also begun reviewing Brown Bear footage from Alaska’s Katmai National Park. Something that has been coming up for me while logging all of this information is that wild animals have learned to be habituated to our behavior and that this trait is learned. Baby animals learn from their mothers how to coexist with us humans and get along for their survival. I truly feel that we as humans have lost touch with this basic knowledge of how to coexist with Nature and that once we begin to tap into this we can begin to Nurture Nature and coexist with our planet. It is like Charlie says “The mission is to allow people to observe nature,  up close and personal,  with the hope of falling in love with the world again.”

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Iron Fist Release Date

Miklos Wright co-founder of Media 66 working on post-production of Iron Fist:

Iron Fist is the latest series in the Netflix/Marvel universe, alongside Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage.

The series follows Danny Rand, a martial arts expert who can call upon the power of the iron fist.

The character is the final addition for the planned mini-series The Defenders, which will feature all four of the Marvel heroes working together.

When is Iron Fist available to watch on Netflix?

Iron Fist will be available to watch from 17th March on Netflix.

Like the other Netflix marvel series all of the episodes will be made available at once, allowing you to binge the show from beginning to end.

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Southland reviewed on The Daily Beast

Why aren’t more of you watching Southland?

Created by Ann Biderman (NYPD Blue) and executive-produced by John Wells (ER), TNT’s uncompromising cop drama returned for a fifth season last week to only 1.16 million viewers, down 34 percent from last year. In a television season that has given us dreck like Zero HourMob Doctor, and Do No HarmSouthland should be a hit.

That it’s not is a shame, as Southland remains one of the most morally complex and insightful dramas on television today. It deftly juggles multiple crimes and incidents, as well as the private lives of these LAPD officers and detectives, played by an extraordinary cast that includes Ben McKenzie, Regina King, Shawn Hatosy, and Michael Cudlitz.

Southland shines at showing these officers as both heroes and flawed individuals whose psychological issues are often magnified by carrying a badge and gun. The battles they face—pregnancy, drug addiction, custody, the death of a loved one, a fallen comrade—are often just as dangerous as gunfire in the line of duty.

Season 5 of Southland continues the slow moral erosion of Ben Sherman (McKenzie), who began the series as a naïve rookie officer and who slowly has been transformed into a decorated, hardened cop whose motivations are often now less than altruistic. McKenzie, best known for his role as Ryan Atwood on Fox’s The O.C., carries himself completely differently than he did when Southland began back in 2009, the weight of what Officer Sherman has seen and experienced etched on his forehead in visible lines. As an actor, the maturity does McKenzie good; he’s cast off the “pretty” label that plagues many former teen drama actors, exchanging his adolescence for a tempered adulthood.

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Roger and Ebert review Open Range

One of the many ways in which the Western has become old-fashioned is that the characters have values, and act on them. Modern action movies have replaced values with team loyalty; the characters do what they do because they want to win and they want the other side to lose. The underlying text of most classic Westerns is from the Bible: "What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world, but loses his soul?" The underlying text of most modern action movies is from Vince Lombardi: "Winning isn't everything; it's the only thing." Kevin Costner's "Open Range," an imperfect but deeply involving and beautifully made Western, works primarily because it expresses the personal values of a cowboy named Boss (Robert Duvall) and his employee of 10 years, Charley (Costner). Boss does not believe in unnecessary violence, and is willing to put his own life to risk rather than kill someone just to be on the safe side. Charley was an expert killer during the Civil War, and has spent 10 years under Boss trying to tame that side of his character. Boss is not only his friend but his mentor and, in a sense, his spiritual leader. Charley doesn't merely work with him, but follows him as a sort of disciple.

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Marvel's Luke Cage -Rotten Tomatoes

SERIES INFO

After a sabotaged experiment leaves him with super strength and unbreakable skin, Luke Cage (Mike Colter) becomes a fugitive trying to rebuild his life in modern day Harlem, New York City. But he is soon pulled out of the shadows and must fight a battle for the heart of his city--forcing him to confront a past he had tried to bury.

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Defenders on Entertainment Weekly

Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb thought of The Defenders while watching The Avengers for the fifth time, on DVD, back in 2013.

“Iron Man is falling out of the sky, and the Hulk is catching him, and my storytelling brain starts to think, ‘If you went over to 10th Avenue and down a few blocks, you’d be in Hell’s Kitchen where there’s a group of heroes who are not really interested in saving the universe,'” he remembers. “That’s a really interesting place to start a television series.”

And not just one television series, but five, based on Marvel’s lesser-known heroes who have long populated the streets of New York. Loeb and his team dreamed up a plan that would involve producing 60 episodes of gritty, street-level comic-book drama — 13 for each of the four (anti)heroes’ individual series, and eight for the show that combined their forces. The plan mimicked the blueprint for Marvel’s big-screen approach, in which stand-alone films starring Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, and Captain America hit theaters before they teamed up in The Avengers.

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Marvel's The Defenders Netflix Series

Marvel’s The Defenders follows Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist. A quartet of singular heroes with one common goal - to save New York City. This is the story of four solitary figures, burdened with their own personal challenges, who realize they just might be stronger when teamed together.

“Every one of them is following their own trail of bread crumbs, trying to unpack a mystery in New York,” showrunner Marco Ramirez told Entertainment Weekly. “We wanted them all caught off guard. Once they’re in that room together, it’s kind of like, ‘Oh, s—, who are you?'”

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