Getting cast in a Marvel movie is basically a rite of passage for young Hollywood at this point, and few Hollywood castings have been covered as thoroughly as the hunt for Captain Marvel, who will be the lead of Marvel’s first female-led superhero movie in 2019 (only eleven years after Iron Man!). A lot of rumors have been thrown around for who will land the role, but one name appears to be leading the pack: Oscar winner Brie Larson.
There’s not much to go on, but Variety has confirmed that Larsen “is in early talks….It is unknown where things stand in negotiations, but sources have told Variety that Larson is the first choice, and that she’s leaning toward playing the part.”
If true, it’s a good move. Larson’s star is on the rise. She got her start in supporting roles like 21 Jump Street and Scott Pilgrim VS. the World and then started really turning heads in Short Term 12 and winning an Oscar for the excellent Room. At this point, she’s more of a formidable talent than a major star, but Marvel has tended to gravitate towards lesser-known actors (Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen were all flying under the radar before Marvel scooped them up, and Robert Downey Jr. was largely considered to be past his expiration date). Larson fits their M.O.
In the comics, Captain Marvel is Carol Danvers, an Army security chief who gets exposed to some alien technology that turns her into a superhero. If Larson’s cast, she’ll be a superhero in her own right — finally bringing a woman out of the supporting role and into the spotlight of a Marvel film. High time.
Jason is the cofounder of the iconic non-profit Invisible Children which was founded to increase awareness of the horrendous activities of the LRA in Central Africa. Jason was also the director of the iconic Kony 2012 film that took the world by storm. In this two-part interview Jason and Branden talk about what it means to create a movement, what Jason experienced during his breakdown and subsequent recovery, and Jason’s experience in the world of theater.
Aharon Rabinowitz is the head of marketing for Red Giant based in New York City. During our conversation, we discussed the importance of work life balance, his start as a production intern at Sesame Street and why artist’s feel personally offended when you reject their work.
United gets their cheap on, fake news, and Trump hired who?
Welcome to Episode IV. This week, Dan spends some time with his favorite singer/songwriter, Matthew Perryman Jones. Matthew and Dan talk about panic attacks, growing up in Atlanta, the way music is informed by pain and suffering and the way music gives freedom.
If you have spent any time watching television in the last decade you have most likely heard one of Mattew’s songs on shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, One Tree Hill and many others. His insightful writing and voice have drawn comparisons to Leonard Cohen and Jeff Buckley, and he is on the short list of songwriters who skillfully weave the deeply philosophical and the vivid utterly human without ever losing sight of either.
To get his new album Cold Answer, (which features the three songs from him you heard on this episode), visit MPJmusic.com.
Branden sits down with writer and speaker Tyler Huckabee days after Donald Trump was elected President of the United States to talk about empathy, justice, listening, and where we go from here.
Special Election Edition, President Trump to legalized weed and everything in between.
This week we reflect on the election and discuss our strategies for staying sane.
Luca and Ilenia are the founders of Illo, a studio based in Turin, Italy. During our conversation, we discussed their self-driving video bot named Algo, how Illo was formed and how they’ve crafted a unique office culture.
This week we discuss Beyonce’s night at the CMAs, last minute election plans and how SNL might save us all.
We appreciate everyone sticking with us through this long hiatus but are planning our return even as we speak, with a bunch of new goodies and an updated format. In the meantime, here’s a brief primer on Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange — just so you can go into the movie knowing what you’re getting yourself into.