Friday, March 16, 2018

Negromancer News Bits and Bites from March 11th to 17th, 2018 - Update #11

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CELEBRITY - From TheDailyBeast:  A gun-note, NRA toadie, and bitch hates rock legend Neil Young.

COMICS-FILM - From Deadline:  Apparently, it is a done deal.  Ava DuVernay will direct "New Gods" for Warner Bros./DC Entertainment.

From BleedingCool:  Ava DuVernay in talks to direct a film based on DC Comics' "New Gods" comic books, which were created by the late, great Jack Kirby.

MUSIC - From RollingStone:  #FreeMeekMill - Rolling Stone has an interview with troubled, jailed rapper.

COMICS-FILM - From TheWrap:  Spike Lee is eyeing "Nightwatch," part of Sony Picture's "Spider-Man" film universe as a directing gig.  Nightwatch is an African-American character and first appeared in 1993.

COMICS-FILM - From SlashFilm:  Once upon a time, Oscar-winning actor Nicolas Cage almost played the role of Superman.  Now, Cage will provide the voice of Superman in the animated "Teen Titans Go!" movie, "Teen Titans GO! to the Movies."  Rapper Lil Yachty will provide the voice of Green Lantern.

BOX OFFICE - From BoxOfficeMojo:  The winner of the 3/9 to 3/11/2018 weekend box office is "Black Panther" with an estimated take of $41.1 million - the film's fourth straight weekend at #1 and the first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to do so.

From Variety:  "Black Panther" wins the weekend at the box office in China with a take of $66 million.

From Deadline:  "The Death of Stalin" has the best specialty theater (art house theaters) debut of 2018.

OSCARS - From THR:  Kareem Abdul-Jabbar says activism failed at last Sunday's 90th Academy awards ceremony.

POLITICS - From teleSUR:  Actor-activist Danny Glover and Noam Chomsky condemn recent U.S. and Canadian sanctions against Venezuela.

From NYT:  Actress-activist Angelina Jolie and Senator John McCain unite for a "New York Times" editorial saying that the U.S. should lead in saving Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar (formerly Burma).


From ESPN:  Businessman and professional sports franchise owner, Tom Benson, died at the age of 90, Thursday, March 15, 2018.  Benson owned the NFL's New Orleans Saints pro football team and the NBA's New Orleans Pelicans professional basketball team.  Benson was owner of the Saints when the team won Super Bowl XLIV.

From TheWrap:  British author, cosmologist, and physicist Stephen Hawking has died at the age of 76, Wednesday, March 14, 2018.  A global cultural icon, Hawking was a science communicator who connected with laypersons.  His life was dramatized in the Oscar-winning film, "The Theory of Everything."

From CNN:  Rapper Craig Mack has died at the age of 46, Monday, March 12, 2018.  His 1994 hit, "Flava in Ya Ear" is considered one of the defining rap songs of the 1990s and was the first release and first breakout hit for Sean "Puffy" Combs' Bad Boys Records.  Mack earned a Grammy nomination for "Best Rap Solo Performance" at the 37th Grammy Awards (1995).

Marvel Studios Link-o-Rama 2018 - Update #5

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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

X-MEN - 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


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

A "Star Wars" Link-o-Rama 2018 by Negromancer - Update #19

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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.

STREAMING - From  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

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   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.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Amazon Studios Announces Animated Series, "Undone"

Amazon Studios Greenlights First Half-Hour Animated Series Undone from Michael Eisner’s Tornante Company and Acclaimed Creators Raphael Bob-Waksberg and Kate Purdy

Direct-to-Series show slated to star Rosa Salazar (Alita: Battle Angel) and is expected to premiere in 2019 exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in over 200 countries and territories, exclusively for Prime Members

SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--(NASDAQ: AMZN)—Amazon Studios announced it has greenlit Undone—a direct-to-series animated show co-created by Raphael Bob-Waksberg (BoJack Horseman) and recent Writers Guild Award winner Kate Purdy (BoJack Horseman). The series is in pre-production and expected to premiere in 2019 on Prime Video in over 200 countries and territories exclusively for Prime Members.

    “We are grateful to Amazon Studios for the opportunity to tell Alma’s story and follow her as she seeks to find a deeper meaning to her existence”

Undone is a half-hour animated dramedy that explores the elastic nature of reality through its central character, Alma, slated to be played by Rosa Salazar (Alita: Battle Angel). After getting into a near fatal car accident, Alma discovers she has a new relationship with time and uses this ability to find out the truth about her father’s death. Also slated to join the cast is Angelique Cabral (Life in Pieces) as Alma’s younger sister.

Undone will be produced by Michael Eisner’s Tornante Company with Noel Bright (BoJack Horseman), Steven A. Cohen (BoJack Horseman), and Tommy Pallotta (A Scanner Darkly) executive producing along with Bob-Waksberg and Purdy. Critically-acclaimed Dutch artist Hisko Hulsing (Montage of Heck) will oversee the production design and direct a team of animators working in the Netherlands. The animation will be done with Dutch co-producer and Amsterdam-based studio Submarine, and Austin-based studio Minnow Mountain.

“We’re delighted to greenlight our first animated half-hour series,” said Sharon Yguado, Head of Scripted Series, Amazon Studios. “Kate and Raphael are dynamic and creative forces, and I know they will create an amazing series for us. I can’t wait for our customers to see it in 2019.”

“We are grateful to Amazon Studios for the opportunity to tell Alma’s story and follow her as she seeks to find a deeper meaning to her existence,” said Purdy. Bob-Waksberg added, “Hisko’s beautiful artwork and masterful use of light and color will create a look never seen before on a television show that will make audiences lose their minds.”

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Prime Video is a premium on-demand entertainment service that offers customers the greatest choice in what to watch, and how to watch it. Prime Video is the only service that provides all of the following:

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  •     Live Sports: Sporting events, including AVP volleyball and ATP tennis, are available to watch live on Prime Video in more than 200 countries and territories around the globe.
  •     Amazon Channels: Over 140 channel subscriptions that Prime members can add to their membership, including HBO, SHOWTIME, STARZ, Cinemax, PBS KIDS, Acorn TV and more. To view the full list of channels available, visit
  •     Rent or Own: Hundreds of thousands of titles, including new-release movies and current TV shows available for on-demand rental or purchase for all Amazon customers.
  •     Instant Access: Instantly watch anytime, anywhere through the Prime Video app on TVs, mobile devices, Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, Fire tablets and Apple TV or online. For a list of all compatible devices visit
  •     Premium Features: Top features like 4K Ultra HD, High Dynamic Range (HDR), X-Ray and mobile downloads for offline viewing of select content.

In addition to Prime Video, the Prime membership includes unlimited fast free shipping options across all categories available on Amazon, more than two million songs and thousands of playlists and stations with Prime Music, secure photo storage with Prime Photos, unlimited reading with Prime Reading, unlimited access to a digital audiobook catalogue with Audible Channels for Prime, a rotating selection of free digital games and in-game loot with Twitch Prime, early access to select Lightning Deals, exclusive access and discounts to select items, and more. To sign-up for Prime or to find out more visit:

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About The Tornante Company
Founded in 2005 by Michael Eisner, the Tornante Company is a privately held company that invests in, acquires and operates companies in media and entertainment.


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

"BLAME!" Anime Film Arrives on Blu-ray and DVD


Dystopian Sci-fi Adventure BLAME! Debuts With Blu-ray And DVD Editions

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 the anime film BLAME! on March 27th, 2018.

The film was directed by Hiroyuki Seshita, who also helmed fan-favorite series Knights of Sidonia and Ajin: Demi-Human. BLAME! was produced by Polygon Pictures, the Japanese 3DCG animation studio widely renowned for its award-winning work on shows like "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" and "Transformers: Prime," as well as the acclaimed Knights of Sidonia series.

The BLAME! Blu-ray edition will carry an MSRP of $24.98 U.S. / $29.99 CAN. A standard DVD-only edition will also be available with an MSRP of $19.98 U.S. / $24.99 CAN. Audio featuring English, Japanese, and Spanish dialogue options are available along with English and Spanish subtitles. Notable bonus features for the home media editions include a "Making of BLAME!" documentary and a Blu-ray exclusive art gallery.

In BLAME!, an “infection” in the past has caused automated systems to spiral out of order, resulting in a multi-leveled city structure that replicates itself infinitely in all directions. Now humanity has lost access to the city’s controls and is being hunted down and purged by the defense system known as the Safeguard. In a tiny corner of the city, a little enclave known as the Electro-Fishers is facing eventual extinction, trapped between the threat of the Safeguard and dwindling food supplies. A girl named Zuru goes on a journey to find food for her village, only to inadvertently cause doom when an observation tower senses her and summons a Safeguard pack to eliminate the threat. With her companions dead and all escape routes blocked, the only thing that can save her now is the sudden arrival of Killy the Wanderer, on his quest for the Net Terminal Genes, the key to restoring order to the world.

BLAME! was originally serialized as a manga series in Kodansha’s Afternoon magazine from 1997 to 2003. It was the debut work of creator Tsutomu Nihei, who went on to win the 39th Kodansha Manga Award for his series, Knights of Sidonia. Nihei is also known for his work on the sci-fi manga series, BIOMEGA (which is published in English by VIZ Media).

For additional information on BLAME! or other anime titles distributed by VIZ Media, please visit

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, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media is dedicated to bringing the best titles for English-speaking audiences worldwide.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Bandai Hobby's Character Line of Star Wars Model Kits Arrives


Snap-Together Kits Are Set For Retail Debut In Late Spring And Include Fully Articulated And Highly Detailed Characters From Classic As Well As The Latest Star Wars Films

Anaheim, CA – Bluefin, the leading North American distributor of toys, collectibles, and hobby merchandise from Japan, Asia and more, brings the force to Star Wars fans and retailers as it announces the Star Wars Character Line of model kits from Bandai Hobby.

The news of these highly anticipated new products follows Bluefin’s previous North American release of the Star Wars Scale Vehicle Model kit line that encompassed notable crafts and space ships from the earlier classic Star Wars films as well as from Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Bandai Hobby is renowned for its high-quality model kits that blend complex detail and innovative construction that fans of all skill levels can enjoy. The kits in the Star Wars Character Line require no glue and color injection molding reduces or even eliminates the need for paint.

Some kits, such as the Han Solo and Luke Skywalker releases, feature new technology that allows a digitally printed likeness to be rendered onto the facial components in the kit. Once completed, each Character Line model is fully articulated and capable of replicating numerous iconic poses.

Pre-orders are available now from authorized Bluefin retailers nationwide and also from a variety of leading online outlets.

Manufactured in Japan, the Star Wars Plastic Model Character Line includes classic characters such as Darth Vader, the Storm Trooper, C-3PO and R2D2 as well as others like Kylo Ren and BB-8 from the latest Star Wars movies. Originally available only for the Asian market, these official U.S. releases will include English instructions and will also have product support from Bluefin.

The Bandai Hobby Star Wars Character Line features kits in 1/12, 1/6, and 1/2 scales. Initial characters to be released will be in the 1/12 scale and will have an MSRP range of $28.00 - $50.00:

Initial Bandai Hobby Star Wars Plastic Model Character Releases for North America will include:

    Darth Vader
    Boba Fett
    R2-D2 & R4-D5
    Han Solo Stormtrooper
    Luke Skywalker Stormtrooper
    Clone Trooper
    General Grievous
    Kylo Ren
    First Order Stormtrooper

Additional character releases will be announced throughout 2018.

About Bluefin
Based in Anaheim, CA, Bluefin built its reputation as a leading distributor of Japanese toys, collectibles, novelty and hobby products. In recent years, Bluefin has grown to include a range of high quality collectible lines from the United States, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore and established itself as the official North American consumer products and retail development partner for Studio Ghibli. Selling to thousands of specialty, chain and independent stores, Bluefin is an official North American distributor for Bandai Hobby, Bandai Shokugan, Storm Collectibles, Blitzway, and is the sole provider of Bandai Tamashii Nations products, and is also the exclusive and official distributor for Mr. Hobby, SEN-TI-NEL and Flame Toys. Additional information is available at:


Monday, March 12, 2018

DC Comics from Diamond Distributors for March 14, 2018


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