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The next segment of “2014 Year in Review” is here: The Franchise, Marvel Studios, and The Celebrity Creative, Sarah Jessica Parker. Both had great years— in drastically different ways—but successful and well received none the less. Interested in hearing your feedback and thoughts.
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THE FRANCHISE- MARVEL STUDIOS: “GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY.” “CAPTAIN AMERICAN: THE WINTER SOLDIER”
No secret to anyone that knows me: I love me some Superheroes. I am very partial to my Marvel heroes and lucky for us, Marvel Studios keeps cranking out incredible adaptations of our favorite comic book characters. Whats even better is that they’re the furthest thing from cheesy cliched Superhero movies of the past. With gorgeous visuals, insanely great costume, and unique (dead on) casting choices Marvel easily won 2014.
First on the roster, was “Captain America: The Winter Solider.” Who knew Marvel was secretly giving us a political thriller with Superheroes? Captivating, sexy, well acted, and action packed, the second installment of Captain America was a fantastic film. Not to mention we got to see Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow front and center, representing the Girl Power and even more Chris Evens great take on Steve Rogers.
Next up was the band of misfits known as the “Guardians of The Galaxy,” a hysterical and heartwarming fun space odyssey. With a killer soundtrack and left field casting— Chris Pratt as an action hero? Bradley Cooper as a gun wielding talking Raccoon?— the end result was outstanding. We also got even more killer female Superheroes by way of Zoe Saldana’s Gamora. A hit space flick just proves something we already knew: Marvel can do it all.
The unique way Kevin Feige, President of Marvel Studios, is having the whole Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) connected is really something else. From Film to TV, everything is connected and everything is incredibly well executed. On the TV front we already have ABC’s “Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D” and limited series “Agent Carter” (which is great, if you’re not watching), but also an upcoming deal with Netflix to look forward to. First up we have “Daredevil” come May— to binge, wasting gorgeous Spring days inside— and after that “Alias: Jessica Jones” starring Krysten Ritter.
Announced at a special event in October at the El Capital Theater in Hollywood, the full Phase Three MCU film slate was revealed. Revealed was Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange, “The Inhumans,” and the first female led Superhero movie in “Captain Marvel.” It’s a big deal. Not to mention 2015 will bring us the additions of “Ant-Man” and “Avengers: Age of Ultron” to the MCU. In short: Marvel won 2014 and will continually win the next decade and beyond.
Images courtesy of Marvel Studios
THE CELEBRITY CREATIVE: SARAH JESSICA PARKER, SJP COLLECTION
While it absolutely makes sense Sarah Jessica Parker have a shoe line (SJP and shoes= needing air to breath), it is a very bold move to make. Shoes are not an easy fete, ask anyone who has studied the craft of shoemaking. Collaborating with Manolo Blahnik US President George Malkemus was the right way to go about this; Ms.Parker is producing quality pieces in gorgeous classic shapes and shades.
Exclusive to Nordstrom, SJP Collection won the Footwear News Achievement Awards Launch of the Year title and has been recognized immensely for it’s Social Media presence. While Ms. Parker has had previous ventures into the Fashion world (Bitten, Halston Heritage), this seems the most natural and a great fit— pardon the pun. Her natural sense of style and influence also has made the line a success. Having seen the shoes in person, those single soled heels are divine. Ms.Parker should be very proud of what her and her team have accomplished.
In addition to her shoe line, Ms.Parker is using her fashion skills in a philanthropical way collaborating with Fendi on a new concept for their classic Baguette handbag, which she helped make famous during her “Sex and The City” years. Proceeds from her bag will go towards The Brain Trauma Foundation. In addition to Ms.Parker, Rihanna is also collaborating with the Italian brand with proceeds going to The Clara Lionel Foundation.
2014 was also a successful year for Ms. Parker in her field of acting. While only filming one movie (“All Roads Lead to Rome”) she was well received for her Broadway play “The Commons of Pensacola,” getting back to her roots on stage. This seemed to be a conscious effort to mix it up and take on different kinds of projects, which is exciting and a welcomed change for her. Reports are also swirling that she will return to our homes weekly in the limited series “Busted” as well as a new HBO series (!!!) “Divorced.”
All signs are pointing to a promising and exciting 2015 for our favorite city gal.
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