Thursday, February 21, 2019

Negromancer News Bits and Bites from February 17th to 23rd, 2019 - Update #21

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STREAMING - From Buzzfeed:  CBS All Access debuts the first trailer for the rebooted "The Twilight Zone," with Jordan Peele standing in for Rod Serling.

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WHITE SUPREMACY - From NPR:  No, the Jussie Smollet is not the most important story today. A 49-year-old Coast Guard lieutenant, Christopher Paul Hasson, has been charged with stockpiling weapons and drugs and is being described as a "domestic terrorist" who was planning "to murder innocent civilians on a scale rarely seen in this country," according to court documents filed in U.S. District Court in Maryland on Tuesday.

From CBS:  By the way, there is a Department of Homeland Security report on domestic terrorism that is a must-read.  Ten years ago, the GOP and conservative media successfully hamstrung its release.

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MOVIES - From Variety:  Michael B. Jordan will star in Denzel Washington's next directorial effort, "Journal for Jordan" for Sony Pictures.

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TELEVISION - From TheWrap:  The ratings for "The Walking Dead" are at an all-time low, and the series is still the #1 show on cable.

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CELEBRITY - From YahooNews:  Jussie Smollet, a star of Fox's "Empire" TV series, has been arrested in Chicago, after turning himself in.  He faces charges and accusations that he filed a false police report in relation to an alleged attack against him three weeks ago.

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MOVIES - From People:  Chris Hemsworth to play wrestler Hulk Hogan in a biopic of the WWE star.

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MOVIES - From BleedingCool:  The third "Bill and Ted" movies, "Bill and Ted: Face the Music" reportedly will begin production this summer.

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TELEVISION - From BleedingCool:  In The CW's "The Lost Reboot," the "Frog Brothers" will be replaced by the "Frog Sisters."

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ANIMATION - From Variety:  Oscar-winner, Emma Thompson, has apparently left the Skydance Animation film, "Luck," over Skydance's hiring of former Pixar Animation Studio boss, John Lasseter.  Lasseter left Pixar over misconduct allegations.

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MONEY - From TwoCents:  All the Ways You Can Get Your Student Loans Forgiven

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TELEVISION - From Newsarama:  Neil Gaiman ("American Gods") has been hired to develop a new version of the late Jim Henson's 1980s anthology TV series, "Storyteller."

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MOVIES - From Deadline:  Ryan Coogler, director of Marvel's "Black Panther," will produce the film, "Jesus Was My Homeboy," about murdered real-life Black Panther member, Fred Hampton, and the man who betrayed him to the pigs, William O'Neal.

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BOX OFFICE - From BoxOfficeMojo:  The winner of the 2/15 to 2/17/2019 (President's Day) weekend box office is "Alita: Battle Angel" with an estimated take of 27.8 million dollars.

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STREAMING - From Variety:  Amazon Studios chief Jennifer Salke says Amazon is still in the movie game.

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STREAMING - From Deadline:  Netflix cancels "Jessica Jones" and "The Punisher," which likely marks the end of its relationship with Marvel TV than began in 2013.

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AWARDS - From Variety:  The 2019 Writers Guild Awards winners have been announced.  "Eighth Grade" (original screenplay) and "Can You Ever Forgive Me?" (adapted screenplay) lead the winners.

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AWARDS - From teleSUR:  A white Mexican actor, Sergio Goyri, uses a racial slur to criticize Oscar-nominated actress, Yalitza Apaicio ("Roma"), the first Indigenous actress to be nominated for an Oscar.

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SPORTS - From Slate:  How Colin Kaepernick beat the NFL. [Whoop that trick!]

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BOND - From Deadline:  The release date for BOND 25 has been moved back to April 8, 2020.  Daniel Craig will return as James Bond-007.

OBITS:

From ESPN:  Former Major League Baseball pitcher, Don Newcombe, has died at the age of 92, Tuesday, February 19, 2019.  A Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers legend, Newcombe was the first pitcher to win "Rookie of the Year," "Most Valuable Player," and the "Cy Young Award" during his career.  In fact, Newcombe was the first pitcher to win the Cy Young Award, as he won the award in its inaugural year, 1956.  Newcombe, the first African-American pitcher to win 20 games in the MLB, was also a bridge player between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

From THR:  Swiss actor, Bruno Ganz, has died at the age of 77, Friday, February 15, 2019.  Ganz was nominated for playing Adolf Hitler in the film, "Downfall" (2004).  He also appeared in the film "Wings of Desire" and "The Reader."


Marvel Studios Negromancer Link-o-Rama - 2019 - Update #30

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CAPTAIN MARVEL - From THR:  Ticket pre-sales for "Captain Marvel" are the third highest for a Marvel Cinematic Universe film, behind "Avengers: Infinity War" and "Black Panther."  Those pre-sale numbers are also ahead of Warner Bros.'s "Aquaman" and "Wonder Woman."

CAPTAIN MARVEL - From BleedingCool:  Marvel has apparently screened "Captain Marvel" and people are tweeting early reactions.

BLACK WIDOW - From Newsarama:  Marvel Studios has reportedly hired writer-director Ned Benson to do rewrites of Jac Schaeffer's script for the "Black Widow" solo film.

AVENGERS: ENDGAME - From Newsarama:  Gwyneth Paltrow, Pepper Potts in the "Iron Man" film, says she is ready to quit the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

BLACK PANTHER - From THR:  Benjamin A Burtt has an Oscar nomination (sound editing) along with Steve Boeddeker for creating the sounds of "Black Panther."  He is the son of Oscar-winning "Star Wars" legend Ben Burtt.

CAPTAIN MARVEL - From Deadline:  Marvel Studios' "Captain Marvel" is projected to have at least a 100 million dollar opening weekend.

BLACK PANTHER - From ComicBook:  Letitia Wright shares heartfelt thank for BAFTA win in a video.

BLACK PANTHER - From ComicBook:  Here is a list of the 8 categories in which "Black Panther" is nominated at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards.

BLACK PANTHER - From ComicBook:  At the 72nd BAFTA Awards, "Black Panther" wins the award for "Best Visual Effects," the only nomination it received.

BLACK PANTHER - From ComicBook:  Letitia Wright, who played "Shuri," Black Panther's sister, has won the BAFTA Rising Star Award at today's BAFTA Awards.

BLACK PANTHER - From ComicBook:  "Black Panther" has won the Grammy Award for "Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media" at today's 61st Annual Grammy Awards.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY - From TheWrap:  Taika Waititi, the director of "Thor: Ragnarok," says that he will not direct the third installment of "Guardians of the Galaxy."  He says "That's James' film," referencing James Gunn, whom Disney fired from the franchise.

AVENGERS ENDGAME - From Variety:  See the Super Bowl teaser trailer for "Avengers: Endgame," which is due in April.

BLACK PANTHER - From TheWrap:  “The Favourite”, “Crazy Rich Asians” and “Black Panther” have been named the best-designed films of 2018 by the Art Directors Guild, which handed out its 23rd annual Excellence in Production Design Awards on Saturday night at the Intercontinental Los Angeles Downtown.

BLACK PANTHER - From BleedingCool:  Chadwick Boseman gives a moving speech while he and cast mates accepted the SAG Award for "Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture."  And he teases "Black Panther 2."

BLACK PANTHER - From Newsarama:  "Black Panther" is returning to theaters in February - for free showings to celebrate Black History Month.

BLACK PANTHER - From YahooEntertainment:  "Black Panther" wins the top award at the 25th Screen Actors Guild Awards - "Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture."

BLACK PANTHER - From Deadline:  At the 2019 / 25th Screen Actors Guild Awards, stunt teams from "Black Panther" and "GLOW" walked away with this year’s SAG Awards for outstanding action performances by film and television stunt ensembles.

BLACK PANTHER - From YahooEntertainment:  "Wonder Woman" director Patty Jenkins, currently working on "Wonder Woman 1984," says that she is happy that Black Panther has been nominated for a "best picture" Oscar.

BLACK PANTHER - From THR:  Among "Black Panther's" seven Oscar nominations at the 91st Academy Awards, one of them is historic.  "Black Panther" is the first comic book movie to be nominated in the "best picture" category.

BLACK PANTHER - From USAToday:  Oscar nominations: Why 'Black Panther' really deserves that best-picture nod

CAPTAIN MARVEL - From Variety:  "Captain Marvel" will open in China on the same day it opens in North America, March 8, 2019.

FUTURE - From ComicBook:  Marvel Comics artist, Stefano Caselli, teases a new project for Marvel Studios.

SPIDER-MAN - From Newsarama:  With his role in "Spider-Man: Far From Home," Zach Barack is the first openly trans actor to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

SPIDER-MAN - From YouTube:  First official trailer for "Spider-Man: Far From Home," which is due July 5, 2019.

CAPTAIN MARVEL - From THR:  How "Captain Marvel" is being positioned as the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

DISNEY+ - From THR:  The streaming service, Disney+, has found a showrunner for its "Vision and Scarlet Witch" series (formerly "Scarlet Witch).  He is "Captain Marvel" co-screenwriter, Jac Schaeffer.

FUTURE - From Newsarama:  Both Kevin Feige and Oscar-winner Adam McKay ready to talk about a "Silver Surfer" movie.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY - From Newsarama:  Kevin Feige says "Guardians of the Galaxy 3" is still happening, although when is yet to be determined.

STREAMING - From WeGotThisCovered:  Disney's upcoming streaming service, "Disney+" will be a major part of the "Marvel Cinematic Universe" going forward, according to Marvel head honcho, Kevin Feige.

BLACK PANTHER - From SlashFilm:  "Black Panther" earns a "best picture" nominations at the 30th Producers Guild Awards.  Winners will be announced Jan.19th.

BLACK PANTHER - From Newsarama:  AARP has released its list of nominees for its annual "Movies For Grownups Awards," which honor films the organization feels appeal to their older demographic. Among the announcements are a pair of nominations for Marvel Studios' 2018 blockbuster Black Panther - "Best Ensemble" category, which honors the entire cast of the winning film, and "Best Supporting Actress" for Angela Bassett's performance as Queen Raimonda.

BLACK PANTHER - From Newsarama: Black Panther's Letitia Wright has been nominated for the EE British Academy Film Awards' (BAFTA) "EE Rising Star Award."


TRAILERS:

AVENGERS: ENDGAME - From Marvel:  Here is the first trailer from "Avengers: Endgame," formerly "Avengers 4."

CAPTAIN MARVEL - From Marvel:  Here is the first official trailer for Marvel Studios next film, "Captain Marvel," starring Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson.  The film arrives in theaters March 8, 2019.

CAPTAIN MARVEL - From YouTube:  Captain Marvel official trailer #2 (released Monday, December 3, 2018).


Wednesday, February 20, 2019

VIZ Media Reveals its Fall 2019 Debuts

VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES NEW MANGA ACQUISITIONS SET TO DEBUT THIS FALL

New Titles From VIZ Media Include CATS OF THE LOUVRE, NO LONGER HUMAN, LEVIUS, The ASSASSINATION CLASSROOM COMPLETE BOX SET, And More

San Francisco, CA – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), a premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing, announces new manga publishing acquisitions set for release this coming fall.

New fall titles joining the VIZ Signature imprint include CATS OF THE LOUVRE, the latest masterpiece from Eisner Award-winning creator Taiyo Matsumoto. Acclaimed author Osamu Dazai’s NO LONGER HUMAN is adapted into chilling graphic novel form by the famed horror manga creator Junji Ito.

Additional acquisitions include LEVIUS, a hardcover deluxe edition of the science fiction battle manga and its ongoing sequel series, LEVIUS/EST. THE WAY OF THE HOUSEHUSBAND is an action-packed comedy about a former yakuza legend trying to lead a law-abiding, domestic life as a househusband. And in NO GUNS LIFE, a gritty new action series, a former soldier with a cyborg body finds the war never ends for people with bodies like his. Finally, the ASSASSINATION CLASSROOM COMPLETE BOX SET rounds out the new releases, collecting all 21 volumes of the hit high school action-adventure-comedy from SHONEN JUMP.

Additional information on each of these titles will be announced in the near future.

CATS OF THE LOUVRE
A surreal tale of the secret world of the cats of the Louvre by Eisner-Award winning creator Taiyo Matsumoto. The world-renowned Louvre museum in Paris contains more than just the most famous works of art in history. At night, within the darkened galleries, an unseen and surreal world comes alive – a world only witnessed by the small family of cats that live in the attic. Until now…

NO LONGER HUMAN
Plagued by a maddening anxiety, the terrible disconnect between his own concept of happiness and the joy of the rest of the world, Yozo Oba plays the clown in his dissolute life, holding up a mask for those around him as he spirals ever downward, locked arm-in-arm with death. Osamu Dazai’s immortal—and supposedly autobiographical—work of Japanese literature, is perfectly adapted here into a manga by Junji Ito. The imagery wrenches open the text of the novel one line at a time to sublimate Yozo’s mental landscape into something even more delicate and grotesque. This is the ultimate in art by Ito, proof that nothing can surpass the terror of the human psyche.

LEVIUS
It’s the 19th Century and the world has entered the Era of Rebirth, recovering from the devastating flames of war. The sport of Mechanical Martial Arts has galvanized many nations. Cybernetically augmented fighters turn their blood into steam and their bodies into brutal fighting—and killing—machines. Young Levius is one of those arena battlers, hellbent on winning so he can simply survive.

LEVIUS/EST
In this ongoing series that picks up where LEVIUS ended, things look bleak in the aftermath of the Mechanical Arts arena battle. A new arrival inspires a sense of hope – but she might also signal the end of everything!

THE WAY OF THE HOUSEHUSBAND
It’s a day in the life of your average househusband – if your average househusband is the legendary yakuza the “Immortal Dragon”! Yes, this former yakuza legend has left it all behind to become your everyday househusband. But it’s not easy to walk away from the gangster life, and what should be mundane household tasks are anything but!

NO GUNS LIFE
After the war, cyborg soldiers known as the Extended were discharged. Juzo Inui is one of them, a man whose body was transformed, his head replaced with a giant gun! With no memory of his previous life—or who replaced his head and why—Inui now scratches out a living in the dark streets of the city as a Resolver, taking on cases involving the Extended.

ASSASSINATION CLASSROOM COMPLETE BOX SET
The complete box set collection includes all 21 volumes of ASSASSINATION CLASSROOM along with a premium two-sided color poster and a 32-page full-color mini artbook.

Ever caught yourself screaming, “I could just kill that teacher”? What would it take to justify such antisocial behavior and weeks of detention? Especially if he’s the best teacher you’ve ever had? How about blowing up the moon and threatening to do the same to Mother Earth—unless you take him out first?! Plus a reward of a cool 100 million from the Ministry of Defense!

For additional information on anime and manga titles distributed and published by VIZ Media, please visit viz.com.


About VIZ Media, LLC
Established in 1986, VIZ Media is the premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing. Along with its popular SHONEN JUMP brand and blockbuster properties like NARUTO, DRAGON BALL, SAILOR MOON, and POKÉMON, VIZ Media offers an extensive library of titles and original content in a wide variety of book and video formats, as well as through official licensed merchandise. Owned by three of Japan's largest publishing and entertainment companies, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media is dedicated to bringing the best titles for English-speaking audiences worldwide.

Learn more about VIZ Media and its properties at viz.com.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

VIZ Media Delivers "Mazinger Z: Infinity" on Blu-ray and DVD

VIZ Media Announces the Home Media Release of Mazinger Z: Infinity

Feature Film Based On The Legendary Mazinger Z Series Debuts On Blu-ray And DVD

San Francisco, CA — VIZ Media, LLC (Viz Media), a premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing, announces the home media release of MAZINGER Z: INFINITY on February 19th, 2019.

MAZINGER Z is one of Japan's most revered sci-fi properties. The anime film, which was produced by Toei Animation, takes place ten years after the conclusion of the famed Mazinger Z TV series. Viz Media will release MAZINGER Z: INFINITY on Blu-ray and as a Standard Edition DVD. The MAZINGER Z: INFINITY Blu-ray's MSRP will be $24.98 U.S. / $29.99 CAN; the Standard Edition DVD's MSRP will be $19.98 U.S. / $24.99 CAN. Audio featuring English and Japanese dialogue options along with English subtitles are available on both formats.

The Mazinger Z: Infinity movie is based on the classic manga series by Go Nagai. It follows our hero, Koji Kabuto, in an action-packed adventure where only he can choose his ultimate path! Ten years ago, the villainous scientist Dr. Hell led his wicked followers, known as the Underground Empire, in a struggle to destroy all of humanity. It was against these forces that the young hero Koji Kabuto fought, piloting the legendary super robot “Mazinger Z.” Koji's victory stopped Dr. Hell's evil plan and returned peace to the Earth. Now Koji has left the pilot seat behind and become a scientist in his own right, following in his father's and grandfather's footsteps. Yet an unexpected encounter deep under Mt. Fuji triggers an even greater threat to mankind than ever before and alters Koji's destiny forever. With humanity's fate in their hands, Koji and Mazinger Z face a choice between good…and evil.

“Fans have eagerly awaited this home media release ever since Viz Media presented MAZINGER Z: INFINITY in theaters last year,” says Brian Ige, Viz Media's Vice President of Animation. “MAZINGER Z is a revered icon of the super robot anime genre and we invite audiences to add this adventure to their personal home media collections.”

The MAZINGER Z: INFINITY Blu-ray set's bonus features include the original Japanese theatrical trailers and a special music video of the MAZINGER Z theme song performed by Ichiro Mizuki. Blu-ray exclusive content includes a special Behind-the-Scenes featurette with interviews of the Japanese production staff and English dub cast as well as a digital art gallery. Bonus content for the DVD set includes the Japanese theatrical trailers and the Ichiro Mizuki music video.

The English voice cast for the film features Wayne Grayson in the lead role of Koji Kabuto, Mike Pollock as Dr. Hell and Dan Green as Tetsuya Tsurugi.

Go Nagai was Born in 1945 in Wajima City, Ishikawa. After making his debut with Meakashi Polikichi in 1967, this renowned manga artist created numerous beloved series across Japan, namely Mazinger Z, DEVILMAN, and Harenchi Gakuen. He is the one and only manga artist with experience to simultaneously write for five weekly magazines: Shonen Jump, Shonen Magazine, Shonen Sunday, Shōnen Champion, and Shonen King. He has many fans not only in Japan but all around the world.

For more information on MAZINGER Z: INFINITY and other award-winning anime titles from Viz Media, please visit viz.com.


About VIZ Media, LLC
Established in 1986, Viz Media is the premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing. Along with its popular digital magazine WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP and blockbuster properties like NARUTO, DRAGON BALL, SAILOR MOON, and POKÉMON, Viz Media offers an extensive library of titles and original content in a wide variety of book and video formats, as well as through official licensed merchandise. Owned by three of Japan's largest publishing and entertainment companies, Shogakukan, Inc., Shueisha, Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., Viz Media is dedicated to bringing the best titles for English-speaking audiences worldwide.

Learn more about Viz Media and its properties at viz.com.



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Monday, February 18, 2019

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