Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. recap: ‘Past Life’

Well, we’ve come to the end of this stage of this season’s journey. I can’t say I’m entirely sure what happened! But let’s talk anyway. Coming right off last week’s ending, this episode starts with the Zephyr docking at the Lighthouse. But when Kasius’ soldiers storm the ship, they find it empty — or at least, devoid of the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents they’re seeking. Our team did make it onto the Lighthouse, sneaking out of the ship in a smaller compartment and onto the station. But when they meet up with Tess, she points out that they’re not done saving everybody yet. They still need to recover the dead Inhumans, so Kasius can’t keep resurrecting and torturing them like he did with her. So the mission is three-fold: Save the Inhumans, get the pieces of the monolith to Flint for geokinetic assembly, and kill Kasius. Sounds easy, right? Of course, it won’t be. With Sinara dead and his enemies swarming the Lighthouse, Kasius reveals his final trump card, a special potion his family likes to take when their back’s against the wall. Much like the chrome spray from Mad Max: Fury Road, it kills the person who drinks it, but also turns them into a berserker as they die, so that they can lash out with rage-fueled power. That’s not even the most horrifying revelation. Last week, Kasius teased that he had a “seer” of his own, someone who was feeding him enough tidbits about the future and past to contend with Robin Hinton’s prophetic advice to S.H.I.E.L.D. When Yo-Yo infiltrates Kasius’ laboratory seeking the final imprisoned Inhuman, she finds out the identity of his seer: Herself. Yep that’s right, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s descent into timey-wimey madness has now brought a character face-to-face with her older self. The older Yo-Yo confirms the nature of the time loop S.H.I.E.L.D. seems to be stuck in. She remembers meeting her older self, but then they went Continue Reading

Colin Kaepernick donates $10,000 to Lithonia non-profit H.O.M.E.

Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick has completed his pledge to donate $1 million to community organizations by giving the final $10,000 to Lithonia-based non-profit Helping Oppressed Mothers Endure. That donation will be matched with another $10,000 from Grammy Award-winning singer Usher Raymond. Kaepernick asked his celebrity friends to match the final $100,000 in pledges as part of what he called a #10for10 challenge. Kaepernick and Usher announced their donations in a video posted on Twitter Wednesday. “He did it again! May God be glorified!” H.O.M.E. posted to its Instagram account in response. The organization specializes in providing resources to single mothers. I am happy to announce I have completed my #MillionDollarPledge. For the final #10for10 joining me is my brother @usher! He is donating $10k to match my $10k for $20k for H.O.M.E from Lithonia, GA. Head to for a complete list of my Million Dollar Pledge!— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) January 31, 2018 Continue Reading

S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Nick Blood Teases His Big Return to the Show

Get ready to welcome back a familiar face, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. fans!In tonight's new episode of ABC's Marvel series, an hour that will finally shed some light on what poor Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) has been up to since the rest of the team was sent some 70 years into the future without him, former series regular Nick Blood makes his triumphant return as the burned S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Lance Hunter. Blood hasn't been seen on the series since season three, when he and co-star Adrianne Palicki were written out of the show and into a spinoff of their own that failed to land a series order from the network. Continue Reading

‘Marvel’s Agents of ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ star Clark Gregg speculates on show’s ties to ‘Captain America: Civil War’ and ‘Inhumans’ movie

Even with "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." star Clark Gregg's security clearance at Marvel Studios, good luck trying to get much intel out the actor ahead of Tuesday night's Season 3 premiere. "What can I tease without the drones descending on my trailer and vaporizing it?," the actor who plays fan-favorite Agent Coulson on the television series and in the Marvel movies mused to the Daily News. Fortunately, Gregg eventually cracks under interrogation. He rattles off the set up for the third season, which picks up from the end of last season, when the discovery of a super-powered beings called the Inhumans has upended the status quo. Of particular importance is a team that Coulson is putting together led by Chloe Bennett's earthquake-controlling Agent Daisy Johnson. Comic fans know the team as the Secret Warriors and will likely play a big part in the upcoming wave of Marvel movies. "A lot of people want to arrest them or eradicate them," Gregg teases. "And there are others who feel that those people represent something new about us that could be exciting. That's a war that happens on and off Coulson's team in the world of 'Agents of SHIELD' and I suspect will lead us to the front door of 'Captain America: Civil War' next year. Considering Marvel has greenlit a movie called "Inhumans" for a July 12, 2019 release, it seems Agent Coulson will be have a lot of missions in his inbox for the next few years. "I was pleasantly surprised that they let us break open the story of Inhumans on our show,” says Gregg. "I don't know that they even have a script for that movie yet honestly. I'm sure that Master Jedi Feige has the whole thing in his head already. " But feel like they're introducing that world because it probably suggests what they're going to do with that movie will benefit from having a lot of this track laid down on our show." Running S.H.I.E.L.D. is a huge promotion since the role was supposed to be a bit part in 2008's Continue Reading

Clark Gregg’s Agent Coulson has accepted his mission on ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ – and all that comes with it

At least Captain America gets to wear a mask. "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." star Clark Gregg , though, is never out of costume -- since he doesn't wear one -- and as the face behind Marvel's first foray into live action television, the actor who plays Agent Coulson is never off duty. "You're so focused on the work," Gregg told the News. “And then every once in a while I'll go to the mall with my daughter and some little boys their faces will just drop and I get to go and take a picture with them. "It's the greatest gift." In Season Two (Tuesdays at 9 p.m.), Coulson now oversees the once monolithic super-secret agency that deals with oversized and occasionally supernatural threats to the world. It's a huge promotion since the role was supposed to be a bit part in 2008's "Iron Man." But the life-long comic book nerd kept getting hired back, reprising the role in three more superhero epics, with increasingly longer screen time. And even the character's grisly death in 2012's "The Avengers," didn't deter "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." creators Joss and Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen from building a TV show around him. "There was so much hype around the opening of the show that I was thinking, 'Wait a minute, wait a minute!," says Gregg. "I'm the guy who was in five or six scenes who gets stabbed, that's it, now they're building a whole show around me? It felt like such a spotlight was on it that I was afraid that would just kill us cause the glare was so intense. " That glare seemed particularly intense when some critics panned the first half of the show's debut season. But the show had a creative and critical rebirth with a tie-in to "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" that saw S.H.I.E.L.D. implode after being infiltrated by evil Hydra agents -- including (shocker!) Brett Dalton's seemingly heroic Agent Ward. "If they're (viewers) staying with Continue Reading

Marvel Studios’ ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ may not have Avengers, but it’s powered by Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen

Maybe all that time spent hanging around superheroes helped him develop a sixth sense. Or perhaps it was just the paranoia of being put in charge of a supersecret team of feds called he Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but actor Clark Gregg felt like he was being watched as he sat in his car at a red light in Los Angeles a few weeks back. It turns out he was. “I had a day off and I was driving to a doctor’s appointment and I literally felt a pair of eyes on me. I looked up and saw my own face on an ad on the side of the bus next to me,” he told the Daily News. There will be a whole lot more eyeballs fixated on Gregg starting Tuesday on ABC, when Marvel Studios’ first foray into live-action television debuts with Hulk-sized expectations. This is an action series set against the backdrop of the Marvel superhero movies, developed by Joss Whedon, director of “The Avengers,” the 2012 blockbuster that grossed $1.6 billion worldwide. Tuesday night’s pilot, for example, has some references to the events of last spring’s “Iron Man 3.” This time around, however, there’s no Robert Downey Jr. in CGI Iron Man armor to fly to the rescue. Instead, “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is built around Gregg’s Agent Coulson — one of the few superpowerless characters from “The Avengers.” “We are looking at that same universe, but just through a different lens,” says Maurissa Tancharoen, who shares show-running duties with her husband, Jed Whedon, Joss’ brother. “Our team of humans are surrounded by superhumans and aliens and gods and monsters, and we just want to show what that human experience is like when you’re constantly up against these things that are greater than you,” she says. “You mean how are we going to produce a television show without 30 Iron Men showing up at the end?” Continue Reading

ABC reveals 2013-14 fall season schedule, featuring plum slots for ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ and ‘Once Upon a Time in Wonderland’

"Dancing With the Stars" will shrink back to one night on ABC next fall, giving room for the first-ever Marvel Studios-produced live-action TV series, another twisted fairy tale and, yes, more sexy soaps. "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." will take the 8 p.m. Tuesday spot being vacated by "Dancing." It stars Clark Gregg, reprising his role as agent Phil Coulson from the "Avengers" movies. ABC Entertainment President Paul Lee said he hopes the "Avengers" connection, in an age when many of the biggest movies are comic book adaptations, "will bring in a whole new audience." The show will be executive-produced by Joss Whedon, who did the "Avengers" on film, and Lee said the potential of the new show was one reason the network will consolidate all of "Dancing With the Stars" into one Monday show, 8-10 p.m. He also admitted that the network will look for ways to "age down" the audience for "Dancing," which is sizeable, but older than TV networks prefer. ABC will try to build on the success of its Sunday hit "Once Upon a Time" with "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland," a reimagined version of "Alice in Wonderland." "Wonderland" will air Thursdays at 8 p.m., kicking off what Lee calls "a night of women's empowerment," followed by returning hits "Grey's Anatomy" at 9 p.m. and "Scandal" at 10. Lest anyone miss ABC's interest in serial dramas with a strong appeal to women, it is leaving "Revenge" at 9 p.m. on Sunday and following it at 10 with the new "Betrayal," with Hanna Ware, Stuart Townsend and James Cromwell. "Betrayal" features a forbidden romance set against the backdrop of a sensational murder. In addition, one of ABC's midseason dramas will be "Killer Women," built around a female Texas Ranger played by Tricia Helfer. ABC is dropping two new sitcoms into its Wednesday bloc that is still anchored by "The Middle" at 8 p.m. and "Modern Family" at 9. The first is "Back in the Game," 8:30 p.m., with Maggie Lawson as a former softball star who ends up Continue Reading

Tidal apologizes after Madonna’s ‘B—h I’m Madonna’ video glitch

Tidal is causing yet another disturbance. Jay Z's music streaming premiered Madonna's exclusive new video for "B---h I'm Madonna" Wednesday, but with a few glitches and crashes. Subscribers anxious to watch the new star-studded video, featuring Nicki Minaj and cameos from Beyoncé, Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry, reported on Twitter that the video kept freezing at about three minutes in. Other users said they couldn't watch it due to an error message. A few hours after the premiere, Tidal apologized for a glitch on Twitter. "We apologize to all the fans excited to watch the #BitchImMadonna video, we're working on a fix. We'll have it up and running soon," Tidal wrote. This is not the first time music fans are disappointed with Tidal. The pay-to-stream service also caused quite the uproar last month when it released Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé's video "Feeling Myself," which was only available on its service. The video later made its way onto other websites. Tidal prides itself in exclusive content and quality sound, but it has received a lot of criticism from music lovers and other artists such as Mumford and Sons. Jay Z has defended his streaming service on Twitter various times, trying to prove that it's doing well. Continue Reading

Madonna debuts ‘B—h I’m Madonna’ music video, featuring Beyoncé, Miley Cyrus, Kanye West cameos

Madonna’s new music video features a ton of A-listers — if you can spot them. The pop superstar debuted her new music video “B---h I’m Madonna” on Wednesday, and the candy-colored clip includes blink-and-you’ll-miss it appearances from Beyoncé, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry and Kanye West. The foursome briefly appear to sing along to the song’s defiant chorus, as the Material Girl is shown partying with pals at the famed New York hotel The Standard. Beyoncé pays homage to Madonna by striking a "Vogue" pose, while Cyrus flips the bird at the camera. But West's appearance is a surprise, since he wasn't included in Madonna's initial teaser, nor was Chris Rock, who also makes a surprise cameo beside Rita Ora. The clip concludes with a dance party that leads into Nicki Minaj’s guest rap on the track. Madonna first teased the video on social media Tuesday, in which she showed a promo poster featuring many of the famous ladies in the clip. “Video coming soon!" she tweeted. "Just tryin to make it perfect for all of you. We are hard werking b--ches! #b--chimmadonna." “B---h I’m Madonna” was first released on Tidal, the subscription-based music streaming service co-founded by Beyoncé’s husband Jay Z. The Tidal debut was marred by a technical glitch, which led the service to issue an apology to users. The video is also available to view on VEVO. ON A MOBILE DEVICE? WATCH THE VIDEO HERE. Continue Reading

Madonna sings ‘Holiday’ with classroom instruments on ‘Tonight Show,’ then brings the house down with ‘B—h I’m Madonna’

Madonna is obviously a talented singer, but the "Material Girl" went one step further Thursday night. During her appearinace on "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon," the singer performed "Holiday" with the show's host and house band, The Roots, while all played on classroom instruments. Everyone wore island-themed button-ups while Madonna donned fishnets and a top with a gold chain print. Following her act with The Roots, the singer performed possibly the most epic show of all time alongside DJ Diplo. In the style of a music video, the star ran around the studio, ending her performance with her single “B---h I’m Madonna” on stage. Madonna's new album, "Rebel Heart," is now available on iTunes. ON A MOBILE DEVICE? WATCH THE VIDEO HERE. Continue Reading