|As an Actor||Supporting||17||$1,847,379,947||$2,061,016,760||$3,908,396,707|
|Lead Ensemble Member||1||$0||$0||$0|
|In Technical Roles||Screenwriter||2||$155,370,362||$133,229,638||$288,600,000|
|Best known as a Supporting Actor based on credits in that role in 17 films, with $3,908,396,707 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #106)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Agent Phil Coulson (The Avengers), Agent Coulson (Iron Man 2), Agent Coulson (Iron Man), Agent Coulson (Thor), (Mr. Poppers's Penguins)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: What Lies Beneath (Screenwriter), What Lies Beneath (Story Creator)|
|Most productive collaborators: Robert Downey, Jr., Stan Lee, Kevin Feige, Chris Hemsworth, Joss Whedon|
December 7th, 2014
This week on the Holiday Gift Guide, we tackle TV on DVD releases. As usual, I will only talk about first season and complete series updates, because you don't need me to tell you if Modern Family: Season Five on DVD would be a good gift or not. Do you know someone who owns and likes the first four seasons but doesn't have season five on DVD yet? Buy it. Or maybe not. Maybe they are waiting for it to come out on Blu-ray. Okay, bad example. But you get were I'm coming from. Unfortunately, this year's collection seems rather weak. There were only three new TV shows from last year that I really liked and there are not as many Full-Season Megasets to compensate. Worst still, some of these Megasets that are coming out are like True Blood or How I Met Your Mother and ended on a really weak note.
October 26th, 2014
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was a risky show to make, for a couple of reasons. Mostly it was risky because of the public's perception of what a super hero show should be like. When the public's expectations are not met, they tend to react negatively, even if the movie / TV show is good. For example, Drive was sold as an high-octane action film, but it was a slow burning drama. The critics loved it, but a lot of people attacked the movie for not living up to expectations. A little closer to home, The Tick was a live action TV series that could be described as, "Seinfeld, but the four main characters are super heroes." This is a great idea and I loved the show. However, a lot of people were disappointed as it wasn't a super hero action movie. Of course it's not a super hero action movie. You can't make a super hero action movie on a TV budget. Even today, you can't make a super hero action movie on a TV budget. Unfortunately, a lot of people were expecting Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to be just that, so while the ratings were huge the first night, they quickly dropped off. Were those who stuck with the show rewarded? Should those who stopped watching start again?
August 26th, 2014
This is not a good week for new releases on the home market. For one thing, the biggest first-run release is Blended (DVD or Blu-ray ComboPack) which is also one of the worst movies of the summer. There are many TV on DVD releases that helped pick up the slack somewhat, but it still feels like a shallow week. As for Pick of the Week contenders, there are not many. The Normal Heart (DVD or Blu-ray) and Belle (Blu-ray) are the two most likely candidates, but I kind of want to give it to Gravity Falls: Even Stranger (DVD). In the end, I went with The Normal Heart.
June 6th, 2014
It's a pretty good week for limited releases with a few films that are earning good reviews and strong buzz. This includes The Case Against 8 (Reviews), but documentaries are rarely break-out hits. Borgman is earning very strong reviews and the buzz is good, but it is too bizarre for mainstream audiences. This leaves Obvious Child (Reviews) as the most likely break-out hit on this week's list. On the other hand, I really want to see Trust Me (Reviews), but I'm a Fanboy of a particularly strong type and Clark Gregg is part of my preferred Fandom.
|7/25/2014||Very Good Girls||Edward Berger||$0||$0||$0|
|1/31/2014||Brightest Star||Mr. Markovic||$0||$0||$0|
|7/26/2013||The To Do List||Judge Clark||$3,491,669||$637,159||$4,128,828|
|6/7/2013||Much Ado About Nothing||Leonato||$4,328,850||$0||$4,328,850|
|5/4/2012||The Avengers||Agent Phil Coulson||$623,279,547||$896,200,000||$1,519,479,547|
|6/17/2011||Mr. Poppers's Penguins||$68,224,452||$121,400,000||$189,624,452|
|5/7/2010||Iron Man 2||Agent Coulson||$312,128,345||$311,128,000||$623,256,345|
|7/17/2009||(500) Days of Summer||$32,391,374||$26,710,268||$59,101,642|
|5/2/2008||Iron Man||Agent Coulson||$318,604,126||$263,839,000||$582,443,126|
|4/20/2007||In the Land of Women||Nelson||$11,052,958||$3,087,444||$14,140,402|
|12/29/2004||In Good Company||Steckle||$45,489,752||$18,000,000||$63,489,752|
|6/28/2002||Lovely and Amazing||Bill||$4,210,379||$403,103||$4,613,482|
|3/1/2002||We Were Soldiers||Capt. Tom Metsker||$78,120,196||$36,538,066||$114,658,262|
|12/22/2000||State and Main||$6,920,692||$2,261,808||$9,182,500|
|12/17/1999||Magnolia||WDKK Floor Director||$22,450,975||$25,995,827||$48,446,802|
|4/3/1998||The Spanish Prisoner||FBI Sniper||$10,162,034||$3,673,096||$13,835,130|
|8/3/1994||Clear and Present Danger||Sergeant||$121,832,939||$85,487,344||$207,320,283|
|7/21/2000||What Lies Beneath||Story Creator,|