Saturday, May 19, 2018

Negromancer News Bits and Bites from May 13th to 19th, 2018 - Update #17

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SCANDAL - From Variety:  A young actress is accusing famed French film director, Luc Besson, of rape.

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CULTURE - From StamfordAdvocate:  If that is your thing - the best royal wedding photos from today's marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

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BOX OFFICE - From YahooEntertainment:  "Deadpool 2" sets opening day box office record for an R-rated film.

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MOVIES - From GeekTyrant:  Steven Spielberg and Leonardo DiCaprio will reunite for a film about Civil War General and President Ulysses S. Grant.  The two last worked on 2002's "Catch Me If You Can."

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CANNES - From Deadline:  Gaspar Noé’s ‘Climax’ Dances Off With Directors’ Fortnight Top Prize – Cannes

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MOVIES - From Nerdist:  The site reviews "Deadpool 2."

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STREAMING - From DeadlineTV:  Amazon picks up Jordan Peele's Nazi hunters drama with a series order.

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STREAMING - From GeekTyrant:  Daredevil's arch-nemesis, Bullseye, will appear in Season 3 of Marvel/Netflix's "Daredevil."  The actor Wilson Bethel will play Bullseye.

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SCANDAL - From THR:  Her Darkest Role: Actress Allison Mack's Descent From 'Smallville' to Sex Cult.

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CANNES - From TheWrap:  Spike Lee's "BlacKkKlansman" gets a standing ovation at Cannes 2018 film festival.

From YahooNews:  In Cannes, Spike Lee lambasts Trump over white supremacists

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SCIENCE - From TheAtlantic:  The Jaguar Is Made for the Age of Humans

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BOX OFFICE - From BoxOfficeMojo:  The winner of the 5/11 to 5/13/2018 Mother's Day weekend box office is "Avengers: Infinity War" with an estimated take of $61.8 million.

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MOVIES - From FlickeringMyth:  Timothy Olyphant joins Tarantino's "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood," his "Manson murders" film which is due August 2019.

From USAToday:  Margot Robbie joins Tarantino's "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" as Sharon Tate.

OBITS:

From Deadline:  Writer, novelist, and journalist, Tom Wolfe, has died at the age of 87, Monday, May 14, 2018.  Wolfe was a pioneer of "New Journalism."  Among his best known novels include "The Right Stuff" and "Bonfire of the Vanities," both of which were adapted into film.

From DeadlineTV:  The actress Margot Kidder has died at the age of 69, Sunday, May 13, 2018.  Kidder was best known for playing reporter "Lois Lane" opposite Christopher Reeve as Superman/Clark Kent in the 1970s and 1980s "Superman" films.  The Canadian-born actress also appeared in such classic horror films as "Black Christmas" (1974) and "The Amityville Horror" (1979).  R.I.P. Ms. Kidder.

From YahooSports:  Former National Football League (NFL) coach, Chuck Knox, died at the age of 86, Saturday, May 12, 2018.  Knox coached the NFL's Seattle Seahawks from 1983 to 1991 and compiled a record of 80 wins and 69 losses.  He guided the team to the 1984 AFC Championship Game (1983 season).  Knox also coached the Buffalo Bills (1978-1982) and coached the Los Angeles Rams for two separate tenures.


VIZ Media Has Master License for "One-Punch Man" Anime Season 2

VIZ MEDIA SECURES THE MASTER LICENSE FOR SEASON 2 OF ONE-PUNCH MAN

Hard-Hitting Anime Superhero Action Series Licensed For North America, Latin America And Oceania

VIZ Media proudly announces that it has secured the master license for the second season of the smash hit anime action series, ONE-PUNCH MAN. The master license covers digital streaming, TV broadcast, EST, home media and merchandising rights for the property for the territories of North America, Latin America and Oceania. Additional details on Season 2 of ONE-PUNCH MAN will be announced as it becomes available.

VIZ Media is also the exclusive North American English language publisher of the ONE-PUNCH MAN manga series, which is widely available in print and digitally from leading retailers and online outlets.

ONE-PUNCH MAN will be among the extensive catalog of brands VIZ Media will showcase at Licensing Expo 2018. Licensing Expo, the world’s largest and most influential annual licensing industry event, takes place May 22nd – 24th at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV. Details on the event are available at: www.licensingexpo.com. VIZ Media will be located in Booth # R202.

Based on the best-selling manga series created by ONE and illustrated by Yusuke Murata, ONE-PUNCH MAN depicts the adventures of Saitama, a young man who only became a hero for fun. But after three years of “special” training, he finds that he can beat even the mightiest opponents with a single punch. Though he faces new enemies every day, it turns out being devastatingly powerful is actually kind of a bore. Can a hero be too strong? Additional information on ONE-PUNCH MAN is available at: https://www.viz.com/one-punch-man.

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

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Marvel Studios Link-o-Rama 2018 - Update #62

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Leroy Douresseaux's "Avengers: Infinity War" review is here.

CAPTAIN MARVEL - From Nerdist:  Here are new "Captain Marvel" rumors.

BLACK PANTHER - From ComicBook: Marvel Stunt Drivers Describe 'Black Panther' On-Set Experience

THE FUTURE - From TheWrap:  Marvel Studios boss, Kevin Feige, says that the studio will develop a film starring Muslim female superhero, Ms. Marvel, who is 16-year-old Pakistani-American, Kamala Kahn.

AVENGERS - From ComicBook:  "Avengers: Infinity War" is now the highest grossing superhero movie of all time.

THE FUTURE - From CinemaBlend:  Simon Pegg wants to bring "Captain Britain" to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

IRON MAN - From Yahoo: Robert Downey, Jr.'s original "Iron Man" suit was stolen from a prop facility in Pacoima, California.

CAPTAIN MARVEL - From SlashFilm:  Annette Bening has a secret role in 2019's Captain Marvel.

THOR - From THR:  "The Boundless Potential of Thor"

AVENGERS - From CNNMoney:  "Infinity War" makes its to $1 billion in worldwide box office in record time, 11 days.

AVENGERS - From Variety:  Box Office: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ to Hit $1 Billion in Record Time

ANT MAN AND THE WASP - From ScreenRant:  There is a new "Ant Man and the Wasp" trailer.

BLACK PANTHER - From BleedingCool:  Black Panther Star Chadwick Boseman Gets Honorary Doctorate, Will Deliver Howard University Commencement Address

SPIDER-MAN - From BritishGQ:  Rising star, Tom Holland (Spider-Man: Homecoming") is the future of the Marvel franchise.

AVENGERS - From Deadline:  "Avengers: Infinity War" may have an opening weekend box office gross ($245 million) that will be second only to the record set by "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."

AVENGERS - From TheVillageVoice:  Yes, “Infinity War” Goes on Forever, but Thanos Makes It Worth the Time

AVENGERS - From TheNewYorker:  Complete List of Characters in “Avengers: Infinity War”

AVENGERS - From Variety:  $39 million in Thursday night shows for "Infinity War," the fourth highest total in box office history.

AVENGERS - From Variety:  "Avengers: Infinity War" opens in 21 overseas markets for a total $39 million.

AVENGERS - From Variety:  "Avengers: Infinity War" Heads to Monster $225+ Million Opening Weekend

AVENGERS - From Variety:  First reactions on "Infinity War" are in.  Full reviews are embargoed until 3 pm, Tuesday, April 27, 2018.

PHASE FOUR - From BleedingCool:  Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige confirms that "Eternals" is one of the projects in development.

SPIDER-MAN - From SlashFilm:  Spider-Man will travel the globe in "Spider-Man: Homecoming" sequel.

AVENGERS - From YahooGMA:  Chris Evans says "this could be it" for him and a few Marvel stars whose contracts are expiring soon.

BLACK PANTHER - From ShadowandAct:  Unsegregated 'Black Panther' Screening Marks New Age Of Entertainment In Saudi Arabia After Decades-Long Cinema Ban

AVENGERS - From ThePlaylist:  More "Avengers: Infinity War" cameos revealed... accidentally?

MARVEL TV - From EW:  Meet the cast of Freeform's "Cloak and Dagger."

BLACK PANTHER - From BleedingCool:  The post-credit scene featuring The Winter Soldier in "Black Panther" was apparently longer than what was scene in theaters.

AVENGERS - From THR:  Carrie Coon will play a villain, "Proxima Midnight," in "Avengers: Infinity War."

AVENGERS - From YahooEntertainment:  Russo Bros. not ready to reveal the title for "Avengers," which is due May 2019.

AVENGERS - From TheWrap:  Co-director Joe Russo is shocked to learn that Indonesia's Film Censorship Institute has cut seven minutes from "Avengers: Infinity War."

AVENGERS - From BleedingCool:  Anthony and Joe Russo says that "Avengers: Infinity War" finishes the story they began in "Captain Marvel: The Winter Soldier" (2014).

PHASE FOUR - From WeGotItCovered:  Rumors say Marvel Studios is set to announce a movie based on the "Eternals" comic book characters created by Jack Kirby.

CAPTAIN MARVEL - From CinemaBlend:  Clark Gregg (Agent Coulson from "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD) arrives on the set of "Captain Marvel" and sends a teasing Instagram.

AVENGERS - From YahooVariety:  Fandango tracker record-setting pace for ticket pre-sales on "Avengers: Infinity War."

BLACK PANTHER - From YahooNewsweek:  "Black Panther" will arrive on DVD, Blu-ray, and "Steel Book" editions May 15th with snazzy extras.

AVENGERS - From CBR:  Even the cast has not seen "Avengers: Infinity War."

BLACK PANTHER - From YahooTheWrap:  There is a "Black Panther" toy shortage.

AVENGERS - From Variety:  Marvel release an intense new teaser trailer for "Avengers: Infinity War," entitled "The Chant."  Yibambe!

BLACK PANTHER - From THR:  Marvel's "Black Panther" is the #3 top-grossing film in North American box office (not adjusted for inflation).

MARVEL STUDIOS - From BleedingCool:  Marvel Studios Production Chief Victoria Alonzo talks social change and #TimesUp.

BLACK PANTHER - From Variety:  When Marvel's "Black Panther" (via Disney's Middle East distribution partner, Italia Film) makes its debut in Saudi Arabia on April 18th, it will be first screening of a film since movie theaters were banned in the kingdom in the early 1980s.

AVENGERS - From Variety:  "Avengers: Infinity War" on Track for Massive $200 Million Opening

AVENGERS - From YahooEntertainment: Marvel unleashes 22 poster images for "Avengers: Infinity War."

BLACK PANTHER - From Mashable:  "Black Panther" has passed "Jurassic World" in all-time U.S. box office.  Next up is "Titanic."

DOCTOR STRANGE - From CinemaBlend:  If "Doctor Strange" writer C. Robert Cargill gets to write a sequel to the film, he wants Nightmare to the be the villain.

BLACK PANTHER - From Forbes:  "Black Panther" just set another box office milestone.

CAPTAIN MARVEL - From WeGotThisCovered:  Brie Larson reports for duty as "Captain Marvel" begins filming.

ANT-MAN AND THE WASP:  From WeGotThisCovered:  Marvel Studios begins promo "100 Days" campaign for its upcoming film, "Ant-Man and the Wasp."

BLACK PANTHER:  From TheFederalist:  What The Success Of ‘Black Panther’ Says About The American People

BLACK PANTHER:  From SlashFilm:  Marvel's "Black Panther" is now the highest grossing superhero movie ever in the United States with a domestic take of $624 million.

AVENGERS - From ThePlaylist:  Chris Evans says that he is done with Marvel Studios after "Avengers 4."

AVENGERS:  From NerdlyUK:  Disney Channels UK and Ireland launch "Marvel Avengers" channel.

BLACK PANTHER - From CNET:  "Black Panther" beats "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" as most-tweeted-about movie of all time.

BLACK PANTHER - From Forbes:  Why "Black Panther" should terrify every Hollywood studio.

AVENGERS - From WeGotThisCovered:  "Avengers: Infinity War" will apparently have a running time of 156 minutes (2 hours, 36 minutes).

AVENGERS - From YahooEntertainment:  Final riveting "Avengers: Infinity War" trailer debuts.

AVENGERS - From YahooTheWrap:  Who is that guy torturing Doctor Strange in new "Avengers: Infinity War" trailer?

BLACK PANTHER - From Truthout:  Wakanda in Schools: The "Black Panther" Curriculum Makes Its Debut

THE FUTURE - From WeGotThisCovered:  If the X-Men do make it into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (via the Disney's planned acquisition of Fox), British actor, Tom Payne, "Paul 'Jesus' Rovia" of "The Walking Dead," want to play Wolverine.

LUKE CAGE - From Variety:  Marvel/Netflix's "Luke Cage" Season 2 debuts June 22, 2018.

MCU - From WeGotThisCovered:  Beyond Black Panther: 8 Black Marvel Heroes Who Should Join The MCU Next

TRAILERS/VIDEO:

From YouTube:  Watch the recent "Cloak and Dagger" promo trailer, "Powers."  The TV series, based on the Marvel Comics title, debuts on Freeform, June 7th.

From TheVerge:  Watch the first trailer for season 2 of Marvel’s Luke Cage


"Solo: A Star Wars Story" Link-o-Rama by Negromancer - Update #40

Posted by Leroy Doureseaux - on Patreon.

From YouTube:  The official trailer for "Solo:A Star Wars Story."

From YouTube:  The first official teaser from "Solo: A Star Wars Story."

From YahooEntertainment:  The "Solo" Super Bowl LII TV spot

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From YahooEntertainment:  Yahoo has "Entertainment Tonight's" full video interview with director "Solo" director Ron Howard.

REVIEW - From LATimes: "Solo: A Star Wars Story" never gets off the ground, but don't blame Alden Ehrenreich

REVIEW - From Vulture: "Solo: A Star Wars Story Hits All Its Marks — Except for the Most Important One"

From TMZ:  Original Han chats up new Han Solo and director Ron Hward.

From YahooEntertainment:  After it's premiere, strong buzz for "Solo."

From Vulture:  Donald Glover Talks About When He Told His Dad He Was Lando

From YahooHuffPost:  Mark Hamill may have let slip that C-3PO will appear in "Solo."

From EW:  Ron Howards says George Lucas changed a scene in "Solo."

From YahooEntertainment:  Donald Glover, Lando Calrissian in "Solo," gives fans a tour of his Millennium Falcon in this video clip.

From Variety:  "Solo" tracking for a $170 Memorial Day weekend opening.

From YahooSports:  Ron Howard participates in Day 3 of the 2018 NFL Draft.

From MovieWeb:  Alden Ehrenreich, Han Solo in "Solo," has a three-movie deal to appear as Solo.

From BleedingCool:   A new set of "Solo" character posters have arrived - 9 in all.

From YahooEntertainment:  Director Ron Howard offers proof that his brother, Clint Howard, is in "Solo."

From WeGotThisCovered:  Ron Howard says that test audiences love "Solo."

From CinemaBlend:  A Rogue One Character Has Been Spotted In The Latest Solo Trailer

From Variety:  "Solo" will premiere in May at the Cannes Film Festival.

From YahooVulture: An unnamed actor talks to Vulture about the trouble production of "Solo," including the problems the film's original directors, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, had.

From CinemaBlend:  The fired directors of "Solo," Phil Lord and Chris Miller, will be credited as "executive producers.'

From WeGotThisCovered:  Has the villain of "Solo: A Star Wars Story" been revealed?

From BleedingCool:  See the new international poster for "Solo: A Star Wars Story"

From StarWars:  "Solo: A Star Wars Story" Books and Comics Revealed

From EW:  Here's how a galaxy of new books will connect to Solo: A Star Wars Story

From WeGotThisCovered:  A "Solo" news blowout.

From SlashFilm:  Actor and director Jon Favreau will provide the voice for an "important alien" in "Solo."

From Vulture:  Why do some Star Wars fans want "Solo" to flop.

From TheWrap:  George Lucas stopped by the "Solo" set and ended up directing a scene.

From WeGotThisCovered:  Ron Howard speaks about why he took the gig directing the troubled production now known as "Solo: A Star Wars Story."

From WeGotThisCovered:  The "Solo" may make some kind of appearance during the Super Bowl...

From Collider:  The first "Solo" trailer will debut next week during ABC's morning news show, "Good Morning America."

From BleedingCool:  We may get a "Solo" trailer during this Sunday's Super Bowl LII (52).

From THR:  "Solo" seems to be the most under wraps Star Wars movie yet.

From StarWars:  The official synopsis for "Solo" has been posted at the Star Wars webstie.

From WeGotThisCovered:  The first teaser trailer for "Solo" is rumored to arrive Friday, Jan. 12th, 2018 during ABC's "Good Morning America."

From WeGotThisCovered:  "Solo" Lego toy sets revealed.

From EW:  Entertainment Weekly has all the photos director Ron Howard posted from the set of "Solo."

From DigitalSpy:  Christian Bale says he was in talks to appear in "Solo" as a mentor character to Han Solo back when Phil Lord and Chris Miller were still the film's directors.

From io9:  John Williams will compose the theme for "Solo."  Williams has composed the musical score for all eight mainline "Star Wars" films.  John Powell will write the rest the score for "Solo."

From BleedingCool:  There is a rumor that Disney is prepared for its young Han Solo movie, "Solo: A Star Wars Story," to bomb.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Writer-Director Tony Gilroy to Be Honored at 2018 Austin Film Festival

Tony Gilroy to Receive “Distinguished Screenwriter” Award at 2018 Austin Film Festival and Writers Conference

“The Writers Festival” Announces “Heart of Film” Award Recipient Daniel Petrie, Jr.

AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Austin Film Festival (AFF), the premier festival that champions the writers’ contributions to film, television, and new media, announced today screenwriter Tony Gilroy as the 2018 recipient of the “Distinguished Screenwriter” Award. Previous honorees of this award have included Lawrence Kasdan, Kenneth Lonergan, Nancy Meyers, and Caroline Thompson.

Tony Gilroy’s credits include the 2007 thriller Michael Clayton, which he wrote and directed. The film earned seven Academy Award® nominations including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. Additionally, Gilroy worked on the first three Bourne films and co-wrote and directed the fourth film in the franchise. Most recently, he co-wrote the screenplay for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and produced and wrote the political thriller Beirut, starring Jon Hamm and Rosamund Pike.

The Festival also announced that Beverly Hills Cop writer, Daniel Petrie, Jr., will receive the Festival’s second “Heart of Film” Award for his many contributions to film and television and his service to the screenwriting community.

Petrie’s screenplay credits include Beverly Hills Cop and The Big Easy. In 2006 he co-founded Enderby Entertainment with producer Rick Dugdale. Petrie has an extensive history of volunteer service to the entertainment industry, including two terms as the president of the Writers Guild of America West. Petrie has been participating as a panelist at Austin Film Festival for over 20 years and serves on the organization’s Board of Advisors.

Gilroy and Petrie join already announced “Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking” recipient Roger Corman.

The 25th annual Austin Film Festival and Writers Conference runs October 25 – November 2, 2018. Confirmed panelists include Megan Amram (writer The Good Place), William Broyles Jr. (co-writer Apollo 13), Lee Eisenberg (writer The Office), and many more. Panelists continue to be confirmed; the list can be found at www.austinfilmfestival.com.


ABOUT AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL:
Austin Film Festival (AFF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the art, craft and business of writers and filmmakers and recognizing their contributions to film, television and new media. This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department and the Texas Commission on the Arts. www.austinfilmfestival.com

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A "Star Wars" Link-o-Rama 2018 by Negromancer - Update #29

Posted by Leroy Doureseaux - on Patreon.

OBI-WAN - From JoBlo:  The rumored "Obi-Wan Kenobi" movie would be a prequel to "Star Wars: A New Hope" (Episode IV).

EPISODE IX - From FlickeringMyth:  Rumoured plot breakdown for Star Wars: Episode IX surfaces online

EPISODE IX - From WeGotItCovered:  Bizarre Star Wars: Episode IX Leak Points To Time Jumps And More

FRANCHISE - From EveningStandard:  The British newspaper site ranks the Star Wars films from best to worst - according to the writers.

EPISODE IX - From WeGotThisCovered:  Rumors have it that J.J. Abrams is looking for a new female lead for "Star Wars Episode 9."

ANIMATION - From Variety:  Disney Channel ordered the anime-inspired series, "Star Wars Resistance," which will debut this fall on Disney XD.

CARRIE FISHER - From SideshowToys: Todd Fisher talks about his late sister, Carrie, and late mother, Debbie, in this video interview.

EPISODE IX - From YahooMoviesUK: Lucasfilm has hired Victoria Mahoney as J.J. Abrams' second unit director on "Star Wars Episode 9."  She is the first black woman to work as a director on a Star Wars film.

FRANCHISE - From BleedingCool:  Rian Johnson says the "Star Wars" franchise needs directors who are not white guys.

EPISODE 9 - From EmpireOnline:  At "AwesomeCon 2018 (in Washington DC), John Boyega dropped some info saying that Finn and Rey would be reunited after spending "The Last Jedi" separated for almost the entire film.

FRANCHISE - From YahooDigitalSpy:  Not even Steven Spielberg could get the rights to use 'Star Wars' in 'Ready Player One'

CELEBRITY - From LATimes:  Mark Hamill gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

From Variety:  Harrison Ford remembers Carrie Fisher at the ceremony for Mark Hamill's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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STREAMING - From StarWars.com:  Jon Favreau to Executive Produce and Write Live-Action Star Wars Series

From YahooEntertainment:  Jon Favreau hired for 'Star Wars' series: Why fans have mixed feelings
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COMIC BOOKS - From StarWars:  How Dark Empire Kickstarted Star Wars Comics for a New Generation

TELEVISION - From CinemaBlend:  Could "Star Wars Resistance" be the next "Star Wars" animated or first live-action TV series?

FRANCHISE - From PopSugar:  All the Details We Have on the Upcoming Star Wars Films

EPISODE IX - From BleedingCool:  J.J. Abrams says he has a script for "Star Wars: Episode 9," and a start date for production.

THE FORCE AWAKEN - From DenofGeek:  New tidbits about "The Force Awakens," including an earlier different title for the film.

A NEW HOPE - From Oscars.org:   Myth-making: STAR WARS and the Art of Advertising

NEW FILMS - From Movieweb:  Will there be two "Star Wars" per year?

NEW FILMS - From StarWars:  "Game of Thones" creators, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, write and produce a new series of Star Wars films.  These films will be separate from the episodic Skywalker saga and the recently announced Rian Johnson trilogy.

CHARACTERS - From CinemaBlend:  More "Expanded Universe" characters may soon become canon, as "Grand Admiral Thrawn."

CARRIE FISHER - From USMagazine:  Carrie Fisher posthumously won the Grammy Award for "Best Spoken Word Album" at the 60th Grammy Awards for the audio version of her 2016 memoir, "The Princess Diarist."

OBI-WAN - From YahooEntertainment:  After winning a Golden Globe for his performance in the FX (mini) series, "Fargo," Ewan McGregor was backstage to speak with the press and got grilled about playing Obi-Wan Kenobi.

EPISODE 9 - From YahooEntertainment:  How 'Star Wars: Episode IX' can give Princess Leia the ending she deserves

FRANCHISE - From TheNewYorker:  A Field Guide to the Musical Leitmotifs of “Star Wars”

ORIGINAL TRILOGY - From DenofGeek:  The secrecy of the Star Wars films apparently drove a wedge between Darth Vader actor, David Prowse, and Lucasfilm.

NEW TRILOGY - From TheScotsman:  The new Star Wars trilogy, to be created by Rian Johnson, is set to begin filming Summer 2018 in Scotland... according to this website.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

VIZ Media Announces its Schedule of Activities for Anime Central 2018

Visit VIZ Media During Anime Central 2018 At Booth #IND 5

VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES SPECIAL GUESTS, CONVENTION ACTIVITIES, AND RETAIL EXCLUSIVES FOR ANIME CENTRAL

San Francisco, CA – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), a premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing, announces activities, special guests, official panel events, and a variety of retail exclusives for Anime Central 2018 (ACen).

Anime Central (ACen) is the mid-west’s largest anime fan convention and will take place from May 18th to 20th, 2018 in Rosemont, IL, at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare and the adjacent Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. VIZ Media is located in Booth #IND 5 on the show floor. Complete details on Anime Central 2018 are available at: ACen.org.

This year, VIZ Media and ACen proudly welcome Jinsei Kataoka and Kazuma Kondou, the creators of the DEADMAN WONDERLAND manga series, as official Guests of Honor. Join them for a variety of activities including panel discussions and autograph sessions. ACen attendees are also invited to learn the latest news during VIZ Media’s official panel and celebrate the Guardians of Love and Justice at the official SAILOR MOON panel with an autograph session to follow.

VIZ Media Anime Central Panels & Special Events Include:

Saturday, May 19th

1:30pm – 3pm - SAILOR MOON Panel
(Panel Room 1)

Everyone's favorite Guardian of Love and Justice returns to the Windy City with a fabulous panel filled with sparkle and fun! Join the SAILOR MOON cast for a delightful time filled with news, updates and, more!

3:30pm – 5pm - DEADMAN WONDERLAND Panel
(Panel Room 1)

Revisit Tokyo’s most macabre theme park with the creators of DEADMAN WONDERLAND, Jinsei Kataoka and Kazuma Kondou, in their first US appearance! Learn about the birth of the hit series, get a chance to win some limited-edition prizes, and watch a live character drawing!

Sunday, May 20th

12pm – 1:30pm - VIZ MEDIA Panel
(Panel Room 1)

Celebrate some of your favorite titles like BORUTO, SAILOR MOON, JOJO'S BIZARRE ADVENTURE and more! We'll also be revisiting the world of one of Tokyo's most insane prisons with the creators of DEADMAN WONDERLAND. We've got a full lineup of news, sneak peeks and exclusive insights from our special guests!

On-Site Autograph Sessions Include:

DEADMAN WONDERLAND Creators Jinsei Kataoka and Kazuma Kondou

    Saturday, May 19th at 5:30pm (Signings 2) – limited to 80 people
    Sunday, May 20th at 3pm (Signings 1) – limited to 80 people

SAILOR MOON English Voice Cast (Cherami Leigh, Lauren Landa, and Erica Mendez)

    Saturday, May 19th at 4:30pm (Signings 3) – limited to 100 people

Signing session attendees will each receive an exclusive poster from VIZ Media for guests to autograph. Official signings are ticketed before the event. Please visit ACen’s Autograph Policy page for more information, at https://www.acen.org/guests-performers/autograph-policy/.

JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE Pose Off

Located on the show floor by VIZ Media Booth #IND 5

It’s more fun than you can… STAND! Strike a pose with one of our JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE cosplayers and epic, life-sized Jotaro statue, and get a free art card set featuring favorite characters from STARDUST CRUSADERS and a JOJO’S-themed tattoo! While supplies last.

VIZ Media’s retail area in its booth will offer a variety of must-have convention exclusives. Each purchase comes with a special VIZ Media exclusive tote bag available in three distinct designs. Select from SAILOR MOON, BORUTO, and POKÉMON.

Notable VIZ Media ACen exclusives include:

    Deadman Wonderland Vols. 1-2 Manga Bundle ($15)
Includes exclusive gift with purchase pin set

    My Hero Academia Vols. 1-3 Manga Bundle ($20)
Includes exclusive MY HERO ACADEMIA gift with purchase poster

    RWBY: Official Manga Anthology Vol. 1 ($13)
Includes exclusive RWBY gift with purchase poster

    Preorder Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders Limited Edition DVD/Blu-ray Combo Pack ($65)
Includes exclusive Jojo's Bizarre Adventure gift with purchase bandana

    Exclusive SAILOR MOON SUPERS T‐Shirt ($15)
Unisex & Ladies' sizes available!

    Premium WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP Annual Digital Subscription ($30)
Includes exclusive WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP hat and two YU-GI-OH! Promo cards

For additional information on these titles and other anime and manga properties distributed 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 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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