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One of the upcoming summer films expected to reach blockbuster status is The Avengers, based on the popular Marvel Comics series and populated by the most popular superheroes of the Marvel canon, including Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk, Captain America, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Thor and Nick Fury.

In preparation for the film’s national release on May 4, ACME Comics and the Mixed Tape Film Series have developed a special screening series, Mighty Marvel Mondays, which will be presented at the Carolina Theatre (310 S. Greene St., Greensboro) and is designed to get viewers in the mood for more Marvel mayhem this summer.

The series kicks off April 16 with the original Iron Man (2008), starring Robert Downey Jr. in the title role. Directed by Jon Favreau (who also appears as Hogan), the film also features Jeff Bridges, Gwyneth Paltrow, Terrence Howard and Samuel L. Jackson, in a cameo appearance as Nick Fury. The film, which earned Academy Award nominations for Best Visual Effects and Best Sound Editing, is rated PG-13.

On April 23, Kenneth Branagh’s 2011 screen version of Thor will be screened. Chris Hemsworth plays the title role, with Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman, Stellan Skarsgard, Kat Dennings, Rene Russo and Samuel L. Jackson (reprising his Nick Fury cameo) in support. The film is rated PG-13.

The series concludes April 30 with director Joe Johnston’s adaptation of Captain America: The First Avenger, starring Chris Evans in the title role, along with Tommy Lee Jones, Stanley Tucci, Hugo Weaving, Toby Jones, Dominic Cooper, Hayley Atwell and, yes, Samuel L. Jackson back again as Nick Fury. This film is rated PG-13.

Audience members will be eligible for prize giveaways from ACME Comics, and some lucky attendees will also receive free passes to the midnight premiere screening of The Avengers on May 3 at the Carmike 18 (4822 Koger Blvd., Greensboro).

Directed by Joss Whedon, The Avengers will unite the mighty Marvel heroes on the screen for the first time: Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as the Incredible Hulk, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Chris Evans as Captain America, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and, you guessed it, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury. Clark Gregg will also reprise his role as agent Coulson in the film.

The “Mighty Marvel Mondays” screenings will be held 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Admission is $6, $5 for students with valid ID. Advance tickets can also be purchased through the Carolina Theatre’s official website: www.carolinatheatre.com. For more information, check out www.acmecomics.com, e-mail movieshowjoe@gmail.com, or call 336.662.5961.

A press conference was held last week in Trinity to announce the commencement of production of The Confession, a made for-television, faith-based drama starring Katie Leclerc, Adrian Paul, Bill Oberst Jr. and Sherry Stringfield (three-time Emmy nominee and two-time Golden Globe nominee for the hit NBC series “ER”).

The film is directed by award-winning actor-turned-filmmaker Michael Landon Jr. (son of the late TV star), whose credits include such popular cable dramas as Love’s Enduring Promise (2004), Love’s Long Journey (2005) and Love’s Abiding Joy (2006), all based on the bestselling novels by Janette Oke.

The event was held at Linbrook Hall on Snyder Country Road, the mansion owned by Jerry and Linda Neal, where much of The Confession will be shot. Landon is also an executive producer of the film, and also adapted the teleplay from Beverly Lewis with fellow writer Brian Bird, who along with David Kappes is one of the film’s producers.

This is not Landon’s first adaptation of a Lewis novel, as he previously directed the film versions of Saving Sarah Cain (2007) based on Lewis’ novel The Redemption of Sarah Cain and The Shunning (2001), which also starred Stringfield and Oberst and which The Confession is a follow-up to.

The Confession is being produced by Believe Pictures and Odyssey Networks, and is scheduled to premiere on the Hallmark Channel in 2013. This production was just the latest one recruited by the Piedmont Triad Film Commission. For more information about the commission, visit the official website: www.piedmontfilm.com.

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