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Marvel Studios prepares for "Thor," "Captain
America" and "The Avengers," the successful
comic book movie studio is undoubtedly exploring future
films starring some of their other popular superheroes.
Black Panther be one of them? That's certainly the
hope, according to "Gladiator" actor Djimon
Hounsou. The Oscar-nominated actor previously lent
his voice to an animated "Black Panther"
series, and in a recent interview with io9, Hounsou
said that his work on that show was an attempt to
generate interest in a big screen "Black Panther"
was the idea: using it as a leverage to tell a feature
story," he said and his hopes for a "Black
Panther" movie are far from over.
a king, he's a man of the people, and he's very powerful
he challenges himself throughout his kingdom,
and I think that's rare when the king puts his own
life [on the line] and challenges [people] to beat
him, in order to see [who's] the best out there,"
the actor enthused. "He's really cool. He comes
from a world in Africa that is cool, and has all those
minerals and it's very exciting. It's just a matter
of time for that to be realized."
agree that it's just a matter of time before a "Black
Panther" movie gets off the ground, but will
Hounsou be in the title role? He's certainly got competition,
as "Lost" actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
previously told MTV News that he was working with
Marvel on bringing the character to theaters. (Credit:
Quesada Won't Confirm 'Hulk' TV Series, Says Marvel
TV 'Has To Kick Major Ass' - 29th November 2010
Guillermo Del Toro and David Eick have both confirmed
their work on a new "Hulk" television project,
the series isn't officially official yet at
least not according to Joe Quesada.
Marvel Entertainment chief creative officer spoke
with Comic Book Resources about the company's upcoming
plans for Marvel TV. When asked about rumors of the
new "Hulk" show and a possible "Cloak
and Dagger" series on ABC Family, Quesada declined
to comment on "anything that we haven't formally
announced or on anything in the rumor mill."
said, Quesada did have plenty of thoughts to share
on the overall goals of Marvel TV, including the thought
processes that go into deciding which Marvel characters
are best suited for a television series.
you look at Marvel and its characters we have
a huge catalog with tons of characters and concepts
that can adapt beautifully to TV," said Quesada.
"The fun part for our ABC family and us is going
through these characters and concepts while figuring
out which would be the very best at this exact time."
one thing thats critical is that whatever that
first show turns out be, it has to hit the ground
running and it has to kick major ass," he continued.
"We have to make a huge statement about what
Marvel TV is and what the future is going to hold
for us, so were taking great care with what
we consider for development and how we develop it.
This will also take into account the creative people
that we choose to get involve with on each of our
shows, and in the Merry Marvel tradition, well
only be working with the very best."
addressed the numerous rumors currently surrounding
Marvel TV, saying: "We are working on a significant
number of ideas with some brilliantly talented TV
folk, but thats all I can say about it for now.
As much as the world of comics is filled with rumor
and innuendo, the world of movies and TV is fueled
by it. Its a cottage industry. Theres
a lot of stuff out there about what we supposedly
have planned, but Im not going to add any wood
to the fire just yet, at least not until there are
concrete things to report."
said, Im out of my head with excitement at some
of the things Ive read and heard pitched for
the small screen," he concluded. "When I
think back to just where we were last year as a company
and I look at us today, its pretty miraculous.
When people use to ask me years ago where I saw Marvel
ten years in the future, I would always say, 'Complete
worldwide domination!' Looks like were on our
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year it was bad-boy rapper Snoop Dogg, banned by the
immigration authorities. This year MTV Australia has
resorted to trawling Hollywood's bars and rehabilitation
facilities talent for their Australian award-show
and repeat traffic offender Lindsay Lohan is reported
to be on the music network's wish list for its video
music awards on April 27, but the list doesn't end
is confirmed," a network spokeswoman told SiT
yesterday. "But we are looking at a number of
other girls in Lohan's league."
Lohan reportedly also in talks with MTV Russia, MTV
Australia have sent proposals to at least five other
party-hearty gals of La
calibre including jail-cell heiress Paris Hilton and
drink-driving brat-packer, Mischa Barton.
rumoured to grace our shores for the awards include
Rehab singer Amy Winehouse and train wreck Britney
Spears - if she is given the go ahead from her psychiatric
year the awards garnered headlines when its headline-act,
rapper Snoop Dogg, was refused a visa due to criminal
convictions. Previous Hollywood it-girl guests have
included Anna Nicole-Smith and Nicole Richie.
we are holding out for an announcement in March -
when organisers expect to have names signed and sealed
- that all five of the aforementioned trash-stars
will be heading our way for the award show. That would
be a party to remember.
(Music Television) is an American cable television
network based in New York City. Launched on August
1, 1981, the original purpose of the channel was to
show music videos. Today, MTV broadcasts a variety
of pop culture, youth culture, music videos and reality
television shows aimed at older adolescents and young
its premiere, MTV has revolutionized the music industry.
Slogans such as "I want my MTV" became embedded
in public thought, the concept of the VJ (video jockey)
was popularized, the idea of a dedicated video-based
outlet for music was introduced, and both artists
and fans found a central location for music events,
news, and promotion. MTV has also been referenced
countless times by musicians, other TV channels and
shows, films and books.
has spawned a handful of sister channels in the U.S.
and dozens of affiliated international channels around
the world. MTV's moral influence on young people,
including examples of censorship and social activism
on the channel, has been the subject of debate for
years. MTV's choice to focus on non-music programming
has also been contested relentlessly, demonstrating
the channel's continued impact on popular culture.
Australia Wikipedia Profile
Australia is the Australian version of MTV Music Television,
a channel specialising in music and youth culture
programming. It is owned by MTV Networks and primarily
features imported shows as well as locally produced
"MTV" brand was launched in Australia during
April 1987 as a music program on the free-to-air Nine
Network . The program was hosted by Richard Wilkins
and aired late on Friday and Saturday nights. The
program presented a mixture of music videos, artist
interviews and music segments and relied heavily on
imported American content. Unlike its Australian counterparts
such as ABC TV's Rage and Network Ten's Video Hits,
its focus was predominantly hard rock music and the
program rarely played dance, rap or Rhythm and blues
music. The program was discontinued in 1993 when Nine
chose not to renew the licence with Viacom. Nine said
the axing was due to high production and licensing
Music Channel", owned by Austereo, was later
launched, and in 1996 it affiliated with MTV Networks,
with joint ownership including Village Roadshow and
Optus Television, and was rebranded as the MTV channel
in 1997. Later the channel broke away to become
a wholly owned subsidiary of MTV Networks.
2000 and onwards
2004 MTV was launched on the Foxtel and Austar cable
services and in the same year the channel set up MTV
Networks Australia, which began work on launching
its own original programming with the launch of the
Australian Version of the hit American show TRL on
September 10, 2004 with host Kyle Sandilands from
2day fm. In 2005 MTV premiered more original programming
with MTV Full Tank and on March 3 MTV launched the
first inaugural MTV Australia Video Music Awards at
Luna Park's Big Top with hosts The Osbournes. At the
end of 2006 it was announced that MTV would premiere
its latest original show, MTV The Lair which premiered
on January 26, 2007 which is aired live every Thursday
at the Metro Theatre. MTV Networks Australia also
operates VH1 Australia and in 2007 launched TMF Australia.
The Network is owned by Viacom International (Australia),
Australia was originally only available through the
Optus Television service (previously Optus Vision).
This exclusivity deal was dropped in late 2002 and
in 2003 MTV became available in a premium package
on the FOXTEL subscription TV platform. Around this
time the channel also became available on the Austar
MTV is carried by all pay TV providers. It is available
as a basic channel on Optus Television (cable) and
SelecTV but remains a premium extra on FOXTEL (cable
and satellite) and Austar (regional satellite only).
Select areas of New South Wales & Victoria can
receive MTV Australia via Neighbourhood Cable.
Programming and Schedule
of the channel's programming is sourced from MTV USA,
MTV Europe and from other content providers within
the Viacom/MTV Networks family. This includes entertainment
programs popular in the US such as Pimp My Ride, Laguna
Beach and Room Raiders. Frequently the channel features
themed programme blocks and "marathons"
on weekends, featuring an entire season of a particular
show played over several hours.
Australia's flagship programme is a locally produced,
original format, called The Lair - which attracts
the very best music talent to perform live. Stadium
acts such as Evanescence rock out next to unsigned
breaking bands from around the Australian music scene.
based programming makes up 50% of the overall channel
content, with entertainment/reality shows making up
the remaining 50%. Back to back music videos are still
available throughout the day at various times, plus
overnight and during breakfast. Exclusive specialised
music shows that still frequent the channel are 'Making
the Video', 'MTV Live' concerts and 'Kickin' It',
where specific bands or artists host their own half
an hour on the channel.
Locally Produced Programming
List of Locally Produced Programmes on MTV Australia
versions of MTV Australia received criticism for playing
too much rap and R'n'B music. This was blamed on the
fact that MTV was originally an American station.
large number of ringtone advertisements, particularly
for the Jamster! service, carried by the station has
been the source of much frustration among viewers.
MTV Australia Video Music Awards
2005 MTV Australia launched the first ever MTV Australia
Video Music Awards, based on the VMA awards format
used in Europe and the US. It was held at Luna Park
in Sydney. Following suit with the location, the AVMAs
had a circus theme and was hosted by various members
of the Osbourne family. The awards ceremony included
many international and local guests.
a joint venture with Sony Ericsson and Optus, MTV
launched the Optus ONE80PROJECT which was a competition
for young writers, directors and producers to create
a three minute pilot and script to be aired on TV,
mobile phone and internet. The prize was an opportunity
to work with the MTV production team to create full-length
dramas to air on the MTV Network. The entries opened
on September 11, 2006 and closed on 24 November 2006
and the voting then commenced on 1 December 2006 and
closed on 26 January 2007. The voting consisted of
Viewers Choice and Judges Choice. The winners were
announced on 7 February 2007 with The Viewers Choice
going to Ben Briand for Hammer Bay and the Judges
Choice going to Karl Mather and Zenon Kohler for Takoyaki
* Jason Dundas, 23. Was hired through the 2003 VJ
* Lyndsey Rodrigues, 24. Joined MTV Australia in 2005.
* Maz Compton, 25. Joined MTV Australia in 2005, a
dedicated host of TRL Australia.
* Darren McMullen, 24. The bad boy of rock who hosts
the live music show The Lair.
* Nathan Sapsford, 28. Also joined MTV in 2005, host
of TRL Australia.
* Ruby Rose, 21. Was hired through the 2007 VJ search.
* Verushka Darling. Hosted Verushka's Closet from
1999 to late 2004. Verushka made history by not only
being the first Drag Queen VJ in Australia, but also
the first to have their own national show. Verushka
now works behind the camera as promo producer for
VH1, copywriter for MTV, VH1 and Overdrive, as well
as script writer for the AVMAs and other longform
* Yvette Duncan. The original MTV Australia VJ. Started
in 1996 hosting MTV Most Wanted. Left MTV when Most
Wanted was replaced with TRL Australia.
* Mike Fitzpatrick. Radio host of the Triple M breakfast
show The Cage. In 1999 he hosted the Australian version
of Video Clichés. Was also the host of Pepsi
Taste of Summer in 2000 and fill in host of MTV Most
* Natalie Michaels. Host of Super Sylin’. Left
for Sky News Australia in 2005.
* Caleb Packham. Presenter of the Oz Countdown and
later host of weekend breakfast show Mad 4 Hits. Left
for Channel Nine.
* Kyle Sandilands. Radio host for the Austereo network.
Originally joined in 2005 for TRL Australia. Later
left the channel when he became a judge for Australian
* Christine and Sharon Muscat. Hosted Australia Top
* Natasha Zuvela. Hosted Australian Top 30 Show prior
Links with Terrestrial Television
Australian terrestrial (free to air) television stations
look at the success of shows on MTV before purchasing
them for broadcast. In particular, Network Ten who
purchased broadcast rights to The Osbournes from MTV
Networks. Ten was required to wait until the show
had aired on MTV Australia before broadcasting on
their own channel. Later Ten purchased rights to Jackass,
Pimp My Ride and Laguna Beach.
broadcaster ABC also purchased the rights to animation
Daria, which airs during its children's programming
MTV Australia website has had a turbulent past. It
was originally hosted without a domain name by Village
Roadshow. It gained a domain name in 1998 as mtv.com.au.
The website was very basic and only included information
about MTV Unplugged and the American VMAs. In 1999
the website seemed to have been abandoned completely.
In 2000 the website simply redirected to the American
MTV site before the domain expired and was locked
by a holding company. With MTV's expansion in 2003
the site was revived but pointed towards the MTV Asia
Awards. A proper MTV Australia website was launched
in 2004 and has since gone through several redesigns.
Mini sites for TRL Australia and the AVMAs were also
site was redesigned in 2007 and free broadband video
channel MTV Overdrive launched on April 19, 2007 to
coincide with the MTV Australia Video Music Awards
2007, which the Overdrive Channel is only available
throughout the territory. (Credit:
Man is delighted to have covered the 2006 MTV Music
Video Awards in Sydney.
thank yous to Peter Garrett
MP, Kyle Sandilands,
Jeff Fenech, Dan Deltondo,
Brendon Moo (Foxtel PR),
Flo and Alana (Nicci Andrews Consulting), Lou
Lou Whelan (photographer), Pierre
Smithdorf (photo journalist) and everyone else
who helped make it a fantastic event.