Monday, September 26, 2016

Negromancer News Bits and Bites from September 25th to 30th, 2016 - Update #12

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OBIT - From NYTimes:  Musician Stanley Dural, Jr., better known as "Buckwheat Zydeco" (also the name of his band), has died at the age of 68, Saturday, September 24, 2016. He was one of the few zydeco (a musical genre born in Louisiana) musicians to achieve mainstream success.  He won a Grammy Award in 2010.  In 2002, he shared an Emmy Award with Brian Keene.

CELEBRITY - From YahooCelebrity:  Goldie Hawn explains why she has not married her partner of 33 years, Kurt Russell.

COMICS - From IGN:  DC Comics has announced that its Batman event comic book miniseries, Dark Knight III: The Master Race, will be 9 issues long instead of 8 as originally planned.  Frank Miller and Brian Azzarello are writing.

MOVIES - From Variety:  Daisy Ridley and Elizabeth Debicki have joined the animation/live-action hybrid "Peter Rabbit."

SPORTS - From YahooSports:  How LSU football coach, Les Miles, went from champ to fired.

BOX OFFICE - BoxOfficeMojo:  The winner of the 9/23 to 9/25/2016 weekend box office is "The Magnificent Seven" with an estimated take of $35 million.

BOOKS - From BleedingCool:  James Patterson was actually publishing a work of fiction that centered on the murder of Stephen King!  He has cancelled it.

CELEBRITY - From SFGate:  Who is the A-lister who raped Corey Haim.

MOVIES - From FlickeringMyth:  John Carpenter has some harsh words for Rob Zombie and his 2007 remake of Carpenter's classic film.  I like quite a few things about both of Zombie's Halloween films, although I think Carpenter's 1978 original is far better than the remake and remake/sequel/re-imagining of "Halloween 2."

OBIT - From YahooSports:  Golf legend Arnold Palmer has died at the age of 87, Sunday, September 25, 2016.

OBIT - From YahooSports:  Major League Baseball pitcher, Jose Fernandez (Miami Marlins), has died at the age of 24, Sunday, September 25, 2016.  He died in a boating accident.

TELEVISION - From Variety:  Jim Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory") tops list of highest paid TV actors.

From Variety:  Sofia Vergara ("Modern Family") tops list of highest paid TV actresses.

TECH-POLITICS - From Variety:  California OKs law requiring removal of actor ages by database sites.

Sony Pictures Classics Completes Its Acquisition of Pedro Almodovar's Films


NEW YORK - Sony Pictures Classics announced they have acquired the rest of Pedro Almodóvar’s full library of films including Pepi, Luci, BOM; Labyrinth of Passion; Dark Habits; What Have I Done to Deserve This?; High Heels and Kika. Additionally, Almodóvar’s 20th film, JULIETA, will be released in theaters on December 21, 2016.


JULIETA, based on short stories by Nobel laureate Alice Munro, is about a mother’s struggle to survive uncertainty. It is also about fate, guilt complexes and that unfathomable mystery that leads us to abandon the people we love, erasing them from our lives as if they had never meant anything, as if they had never existed. JULIETA has received acclaim for its rich storytelling and supreme design as well as great performances led by Adriana Ugarte, Emma Suárez and Rossy de Palma. It debuted at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.

Michael Barker and Tom Bernard serve as co-presidents of Sony Pictures Classics—an autonomous division of Sony Pictures Entertainment they founded with Marcie Bloom in January 1992, which distributes, produces, and acquires independent films from around the world. Barker and Bernard have released prestigious films that have won 32 Academy Awards® (28 of those at Sony Pictures Classics) and have garnered 159 Academy Award® nominations (133 at Sony Pictures Classics) including Best Picture nominations for WHIPLASH, AMOUR, MIDNIGHT IN PARIS, AN EDUCATION, CAPOTE, HOWARDS END, AND CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON.


NC Comicon 2016 to Be a New Talent Showase


Many of the comic industry’s top publishers – including DC Comics, Valiant Comics, Action Lab Entertainment, and Insight Comics – will be on the hunt for new talent and emerging creators at this November’s NC Comicon in Durham, North Carolina. Artists are encouraged to bring their best work to show to editors at official portfolio reviews for feedback and a shot at drawing some of today’s best-selling books.

Illustrator and NCC co-owner Tommy Lee Edwards offers a helpful hint for artists hoping to make the most out of their review: “Edit your portfolio down to only your best work. The more storytelling skills you can show off, the better, so bring sequential pages, not a bunch of pinups.”

“New and aspiring creators are what the NC Comicon is all about,” says the show’s Creative Director, comics author Brockton McKinney. “At NCC not only do you have the chance to meet your favorite artists and writers, you have a chance to become your favorite artists and writers. We invite creators of all ages and experience levels to come out, have a blast, and learn alongside a great community of fans and professionals.”

It all takes place in the heart of the Bull City, November 11-13, 2016. Each review is limited to twelve slots per day, so plan to come to early. For the full review schedule, tickets, VIP info, and more, go to:


"Star Wars: Rogue One" - A Negromancer Link-O-Rama - Update #148

Posted by Leroy Doureseaux - on Patreon.

From YouTube:  New official trailer - released for the Olympics.

From YouTube:  "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" - Celebration Reel.

From ThePlaylist:   New "Rogue One" poster.

From ScreenRant:  "Rogue One" gets an official synopsis.

From YahooMovies:  Jimmy Smits confirms that he will play "Bail Organa" in a cameo in "Rogue One."  He originated the performance in "Attack of the Clones" and "Revenge of the Sith."

SPOILER - From Vulture:  Jiang Wen spoils the fate of a character... maybe.

From YahooTech:  Darth Vader is rumored to have a cameo in "Rogue One."

From YahooMovies:  First "Rogue One" trailer is here!!!

From Moviesdotcom:  A new trailer for "Rogue One" to drop next week.

From ShadowandAct:  James Earl Jones to voice Darth Vader in "Rogue One."

From Collider:  16 early images from "Rogue One."

From ScreenRant:  More details about Darth Vader's appearance in "Rogue One."

From TheWrap:  Forest Whitaker's character in "Rogue One" is Saw Gerrera, a character that first appeared in the CGI-animated TV series, "Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

From ScreenRant:  Dave Filoni, showrunner for "Star Wars: The Clone Wars," expresses pride at the fact that Saw Gerrera will appear in Rogue One.

From YahooNews:   Darth Vader looms large over "Rogue One."

From EntertainmentWeekly:  The true and false concerning "Rogue One" reshoots rumors.

From ScreenRant:  The "Rogue One" reshoots rumor breakdowns.

From WeGotThisCovered:  Rumors say the reshoots will feature a watered-down version of Darth Vader whoopin' a Rebel squad.  Rumors also suggest that director Gareth Edwards is livid about the reshoots on "Rogue One."

From Wired:  A week of Star Wars news, including "Rogue One" reshoots.

From YahooMovies:  "Rogue One" reshoots will involve veteran stunt coordinator and second unit director, Simon Crane, and also, screenwriter, Tony Gilroy, who wrote three "Jason Bourne" movies.

From BleedingCool:  The Rogue One reshoots are apparently to address character moments rather than the tone of the film.

From YahooNews:  Disney orders reshoots for "Rogue One."  I thought they wanted it to look like a war movie...

From YahooNews:  Rumors say that Disney is not happy with "Rogue One."

From YahooMovies:  A book preview allows details about characters to emerge.

From Collider:  Mads Mikkelson reveals who is playing in "Rogue One."

From YahooNews:  Boba Fett might be in Rogue One?

From MakingStarWars:  The rumors about Forest Whitaker's character in "Rogue One" include that he might be a bounty hunter.

From Esquire:  Union issues could further delay Episode 8.

From THR:  Star Wars 8 moves from May 2017 to December 2017, which gives Rogue One more box office breathing room.

From YahooTech:  Rumors of Darth Vader's return for "Rogue One," and even a CGI Tarkin.

From TMZ:  Possible classic X-wings.

From StarWarsTime:  Rogue One trailer to debut on "Captain America: Civil War."

From StarWarsSite:  "Rogue One" page.

From SlashFilm:  Rumors about specific Rogue One characters and more.

From Variety:  "Rogue One" is the most anticipated movie of 2016, according to survey.

From ScreenRant:  Ben Mendelsohn talks about being in this film.

From HitFix:  What we know about Rogue One so far... not much really.

From Wikipedia:  Rogue One page.

Apparently, the title is actually, "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story."


Still talking about "The Force Awakens," Episode VIII and more:

From EW:  TNT and TBS will have exclusive cable broadcast rights to "Star Wars" films for some time.

From Vulture:  Disney CEO Bob Iger confirms a Star Wars anthology film for 2020.

From CinemaBlend:  Lupita Nyong'o says that her character, Maz Kanata, will be in Episode 8.

From YahooNews:  Adam Driver (Kylo Ren) praises director Rian Johnson on Episode 8.

From FlickeringMyth:  Katee Sackhoff reprising her role on "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" for "Star Wars Rebels" Season 3.

From YouTube:  Lucasfilm gifts this four-minute-plus VFX reel from "The Force Awakens."

From YahooNews:  Mark Hamill lets a spoiler slip... Luke will be back for Episode 9.

From IndieWire:  John Williams says that he will begin composing the score for Episode 8 in a few weeks.

From TheWrap:  There is apparently a casting search for a young Lando Calrissian who will appear in the Han Solo spinoff movie.

From YahooMovies:  The original Darth Vader - David Prowse - is not happy.

From CBR:  From 2016 San Diego Comic-Con comes news that Episode VIII has officially wrapped production.

From YahooMovies:  What we've learned about Episode VIII and Han Solo at "Star Wars Celebration" London.

From ThePlaylist:  Rian Johnson talks Episode 8 at the "Star Wars Celebration" in London.

From BleedingCool:  "Star Wars Rebels" Season 3 expands the universe.

From ScreenRant:  Episode 8 almost finish production.

From VanityFair:  Samuel L. Jackson talks about Mace Windu fan theories.

From DenofGeek:  Mark Hamill hints at his future with Star Wars.

From ChicagoTribune:  The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art is not happening in Chicago.

From YahooTech:  Script lead for Episode 8 teases who Rey might be...

From ScreenRant:  That Star Wars live-action series that never came to be was to be Emperor Palpatine's origin story.

From YahooMovies:  Candace Payne a.k.a. "Chewbacca Mom" has her own custom made action figure.

From iDigitalTimes:  Rian Johnson posts a picture of Luke's robe to Instagram.

From Collider:  After six months, TFA has finished its domestic theatrical run, with a total box office of $936,662,225 million. That's good for #1 all-time (not adjusted for inflation, of course).

From YahooNews:  "Chewbacca Mom" (Candace Payne) meets the real Chewbacca, actor Peter Mayhew.

From YahooNews:  3D-printed replicas of props from "The Force Awakens" to go on sale.

From CinemaBlend:  A theory about the classic character who may have hurt the narrative of TFA.

From DenofGeek:  The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (the Oscars people) have released on the web what may be the first trailer for "Return of the Jedi," then known as "Revenge of the Jedi."

From HitFix:  39 years ago, Star Wars landed in movie theatres.

From YahooTV:  Viral star, "Chewbacca Mom" (Candace Payne) joins J.J. Abrams on "The Late, Late Show" with James Corden.

From CNBC:  This Chewbacca mask is selling out, perhaps because of a viral video.

From ScreenRant:  Rumors about a confrontation between Luke and Rey against Kylo and the Knights of Ren.

From DenOfGeek:  Episode 8 will be bigger and darker... according to cast members who are talking.

From YahooMovies:  Jack O'Connell, one of the young actors interviewed for the role of young Han Solo, frustrated by the audition process.

From TheWrap:  Young Han Solo is 26-year-old Aiden Ehrenreich ("Hail, Ceasar").

From YahooMovies:  Harrison Ford says "wookie cookies" in new Star Wars Lego game.

From CinemaBlend:  Boba Fett was originally going to have a much larger Star Wars role.

From YahooNews:  President and Mrs. Obama shake their money-makers for Star Wars Day.

From TIME:  A history of May the Fourth.

From YahooMovies:  J.J. Abrams and "Hamilton's" Lin-Manuel Miranda sing "Jabba Flow" for May the Fourth.

From YahooMovie:   Jeremy Bulloch, the original Boba Fett, has given an interview.

From YahooTech:  More set photos from Episode VIII - of the Millennium Falcon!

From Variety:  GLAAD wants an openly gay character in the "Star Wars" film franchise.

From TheDailyBeast:  Darth Vader is persona non grata at Star Wars event.

From ScreenRant:  Episode VIII halfway through shooting.

From CNET:  Director Rian Johnson posts two pics from the set of Episode VIII.

From YahooMovies:  Daisy Ridley posts some of "Jedi training" for Episode 8 on Facebook.

From YahooMovies:  In a Blu-ray extra for "The Force Awakens," see Ridley and Boyega in training.

From HelloGiggles:  George Lucas has a theory that R2-D2 is the narrator of the entire Star Wars saga.

From iDigitalTimes:  In Episode 8, Luke may be ditching the Jedi robes.

From EW:  Dave Franco describes auditioning for young Han Solo.

From Deadline:  Disney's search for an actor to play a young Han Solo may be down to one candidate, Alden Ehrenreich.

From: ScreenDaily:  J.J. Abrams offers vague stuff on Rey's parents.

From HitFix:  Obi-Wan wasn't supposed to do... originally.

From HitFix:  Dinsey breaks ground on Star Wars theme parks.

From TheVerge:  Mark Hamill was Daisy Ridley's "Yoda" during the filming of Episode 8.

From CBR:  The Force Awakens was screen for about two dozen terminally ill fans.

From YahooNews:  Adam Driver reveals why Kylo Ren went to the Dark Side.

From EW:  J.J. Abrams explain's Kylo's table of ashes.

From Esquire:  Everything that is known about Episode 8 so far.

From YahooNews:  Oscar Isaac photo bombs Mark Hamill and Lupita Nyong'o.

From BuzzFeed:  Star Wars baby names on the rise.

From HitFix:  Did John Boyega drop a spoiler about Kelly Marie Tran in Episode 8.

From CBRSpinoff:  In this clip from "The Force Awakens" blu-ray, John Boyega enters the Millennium Falcon for the first time.

From BusinessInsider:  Here are descriptions of the scenes during Rey's strange vision with a transcription of the dialogue.

From YahooMovies:  The documentary "Elstree 1976" interviews 10 "unsung heroes" who were there at the beginning of the original "Star Wars."

From EntertainmentWeekly:  Darth Maul returns in "Star Wars Rebels."

From Variety:  Harrison Fords says, "Don't do it!"

From Facebook:  See Maz Kanata Blu-ray bonus clip.

From IndieWire:  TFA is big at the Jameson Empire Awards.

From FTWCulture:  Mark Hamill's birthday wishes to John Boyega causes freak-out.

From Movieweb:  The search for "young Han Solo" is down to a handful of actors.

From SlashFilm:  John Boyega visits a children's hospital in London in character as Finn.

From YahooMovies:  Teaser for Blu-ray release reveals first table-read of script.

From Esquire:  J.J. Abrams says this scene was a mistake.  I thought it was odd at the time I saw it, but I didn't think of it as a mistake.

From Newsweek:  Disney is planning many new Star Wars films - including Obi-Wan and Mace Windu films.

From BleedingCool:  BB-8 will have his own comic strip, that will fun as a back-up feature in Marvel's Star Wars: Poe Dameron.

From TheWrap:  Tony Dyson, one of the creators of R2-D2, dies at 68.

From CinemaBlend:  Daisy Ridley talks filming with Mark Hamill.

From YahooMovies:  New Han Solo and Maz Kanata details.

From Variety:  Benecio del Toro and Laura Dern added to the cast of Episode VIII.

From USMagazine:  The possible first scene of Episode 8 is teased.

From YahooMovies:  John Boyega wins "Rising Star Award" at the 69th EE British Academy Film Awards.

From YahooNews:  A Finn-Poe bromance?

From FlickeringMyth:  Episode VIII begins filming; more Obi-Wan rumors.

From BoxOfficeMojo:  "The Force Awakens" crosses $900 million domestically, the first film to do so.

From Variety:  "The Force Awakens" passed $2 billion in total global box office.

From CinemaBlend:  Yoda almost made a cameo in "The Force Awakens."

From TheGuardian:  Gwendoline Christie says Capt. Phasma is coming back.

From YahooMovies:  "The Force Awakens" arrives on Blu-ray April 5th, 2016.

From RollingStone:  Rock musician/actor Rick Springfield has one of the largest Star Wars action figure collections in the world.

From SideshowToys:  In case you haven't seen it, here is Adam Driver as Kylo Ren on "Saturday Night Live."

From TOH:  Daisy Ridley has signed on to executive produce the documentary, "The Eagle Huntress."

From YahooMovies:  TFA crosses $1 billion internationally.

From Polygon:  See some of "The Force Awakens" without visual effects.

From YahooMovies:  The director of Star Wars Episode 9 (Colin Trevorrow) drops hints about Rey's parentage.

From CinemaBlend:  John Boyega is hitting the gym for Episode VIII.

From Variety:  "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" sets a few records as it opens in China.

From Collider:  Controversy ensues when "The Force Awakens" gets a best film nomination.

From CinemaBlend:  A Poe/Finn romance?

From THR:  J.J. Abrams responds to critics (kind of) who claim that TFA is a rip-off of the original Star Wars.

From YahooMovies:  Lucasfilm confirms the identity of the First Order stormtrooper who yelled "Traitor" at Finn.

From MoviesdotCom:  "The Force Awakens" has passed "Avatar" as the domestic box office champ.

From YahooNews:  Samuel L. Jackson seems only mildly entertained by TFA.

From YahooMovies:  It will happen today. "The Force Awakens" earned an estimated $8 million at the box office on Tues., Jan. 5th, giving it a North American haul of $758.2 million.  The domestic box office record-holder is Avatar with $760 million.  So being behind Avatar by less than $2 million means that TFA should become the record holder today, Wed., Jan. 6th, 2016.

From YahooNews:  Because of Peter Mayhew's age (71), Lucasfilm had to cast a younger actor to play Chewbacca in more physically demanding scenes.  Meet 29-year old basketball player, Joonas Suotamo.

From Variety:  "The Force Awakens" moves past "Furious 7" and "Marvel's The Avengers."

From HitFix:  See "The Force Awakens" free this Wednesday, Jan. 6th.

From YahooMovies:   Rare Instagram photos from Dan Mindel, the cinematographer of "The Force Awakens."

From ThePlaylist:  More script reveals - a Jedi temple on fire.

From Polygon:  "Ahch-To" is the name of the planet upon which Rey finds Luke.

From YahooMovies:  TFA is within a day or so of passing "Avatar" as the highest grossing movie in domestic box office history (not adjusting for inflation).

From EntertainmentWeekly:  New images of Kanata and Snope.

From YahooMovies:  TFA sets a New Year's Day box office record with an estimated haul of $34.5 million.  That beats the previous record holder, Avatar, which had $25.3 million on a New Year's Day that also happened to fall on a Friday.

From CinemaBlend:  What Rey saw in her "vision."

From Variety:  Lucas backpedals on "white slavers" comments.

From SlashFilm:  See the full Charlie Rose interview with George Lucas that includes "white slavers" and "retro movie" comments.

I Reads You Review: SPIDER-MAN #1

SPIDER-MAN No. 1 (2016)

[This review was originally posted on Patreon.]

WRITER: Brian Michael Bendis
PENCILS: Sara Pichelli
INKS: Sara Pichelli with Gaetano Carlucci
COLORS: Justin Ponsor
LETTERS: VC’s Cory Petit
COVER: Sara Pichelli and Justin Ponsor
VARIANT COVERS: Mark Bagley and Dexter Vines with Andrew Crossley; Michael Cho; Skottie Young; Adi Granov (Hip-Hop variant)
28pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (2016)

Rated T

In 2011, Marvel Comics and writer Brian Michael Bendis introduced a Black, Brooklyn teenager as the new Spider-Man.  Specifically, Miles Morales, of African-American and Latino heritage, was the new Ultimate Spider-Man, the friendly neighborhood wall-crawler and web-slinger of Marvel’s Ultimate line of comics (or universe).

Miles has starred in two comic books series, Ultimate Spider-Man (or Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man) and Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man.  As part of the All-New, All-Different Marvel, Miles gets a new comic book series, simply entitled Spider-Man.  It is written by Brian Michael Bendis; drawn by Sara Pichelli; colored by Justin Ponsor; and lettered by Cory Petit.

Spider-Man #1 opens with Spider-Man facing Blackheart – “Son of Mephisto” and “Prince of the Underworlds.”  Let's go back a bit.  At Brooklyn Visions Academy, Miles has failed with Julie, the gorgeous girl he wants to date.  He is also failing in school, which angers his mother (!), but does not really concern his father.  Back to Blackheart, who has killed several Avengers, so what's going on?

I really missed Sara Pichelli when she was not the artist on Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man, although David Marquez, the artist on that series, was quite good.  Still, only three pages into Spider-Man #1, and I was reminded of why Pichelli and colorist Justin Ponsor are such a damn good art team.

As for Brian Michael Bendis: the teen Spidey drama is as good as always; there aren't many pages of it, but Bendis does character drama in superhero comics better than it has ever been done – ever.  The action around Blackheart is hugely intriguing, so I have no complaints, just the need for more.

Of course, I am recommending this...


Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"

The text is copyright © 2016 Leroy Douresseaux. All Rights Reserved. Contact this blog for information on reprint or syndication rights and fees.


Sunday, September 25, 2016

Image Comics Announces "Switch" Collection


Volume one will collect issues #1-7 of the series

For those who have enjoyed Brian Michael Bendis' Ultimate Spider-Man or G. Willow Wilson's Ms. Marvel, I'd strongly recommend.” —Newsarama

From the #1 bestselling creator of SUNSTONE, Stjepan Sejic returns with SWITCH, the paranormal teen series that garnered millions of views on Deviant Art before hitting print. SWITCH, VOL. 1 will collect issues #1-7.

In SWITCH, VOL. 1, a teen girl with enough normal problems just trying to fit in (stand out?) in high school stumbles upon an medieval and transformative power. This haunted artifact possesses mysterious, immense powers. High school just got a lot more complicated…

A witty reimagining of the classic WITCHBLADE, but skewed for a teen audience, SWITCH is the heartfelt, deadpan-humored story of a girl who must navigate the usual high school dramas with the added burden of possessing an ancient power. Readers won’t need to be a WITCHBLADE fan to appreciate it, but those who are will enjoy some clever nods to the series and cameos of other characters from the universe.

SWITCH, VOL. 1 trade paperback (Diamond Code: AUG160704, ISBN: 978-1-63215-712-6) will hit comic book stores on Wednesday, December 21st and bookstores on Tuesday, December 27th. The final order cutoff for comics retailers is Monday, November 7th. It is also available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Indiebound.

Select praise for SWITCH:

Gorgeous art, an interesting plot, and woman-empowering message.” —PopOptiq

If you're even remotely a fan of Witchblade you should check Switch out. Now the big question is, ‘what if you're not a fan of Witchblade?’ That's easy, you should definitely check it out.” —Comic Bastards

An ambitious, energetic approach to the worlds of the Darkness and Witchblade.” —Comic Book Resources

Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, fantasy, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit


"Star Trek Beyond" Arrives on Blu-ray November 1st

From Director Justin Lin and Producer J.J. Abrams Comes One of the Best-Reviewed Action Movies of the Year, Star Trek Beyond

The All-New Star Trek Adventure Takes Off on 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™ and Blu-ray 3D™ Combo Packs November 1, 2016 and on Digital HD October 4, 2016

HOLLYWOOD, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The intrepid crew of the USS Enterprise returns in “the best action movie of the year” (Scott Mantz, “Access Hollywood”). The “highly entertaining” (David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter) new installment in the iconic franchise, STAR TREK BEYOND sets a course on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray Combo Packs, DVD and On Demand November 1, 2016 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. The sci-fi adventure will also be available as part of the STAR TREK TRILOGY Blu-ray Collection. The film warp speeds to Digital HD four weeks early on October 4, 2016.

    STAR TREK BEYOND on 4K Ultra HD & Blu-ray 11.1 & Digital HD 10.4 #StarTrekMovie @trailingjohnson @bad_robot

Director Justin Lin (Fast & Furious) delivers “a fun and thrilling adventure” (Eric Eisenberg, Cinemablend) with an incredible all-star cast including Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto, as well as newcomers to the STAR TREK universe Sofia Boutella (Kingsman: The Secret Service) and Idris Elba (Pacific Rim). In STAR TREK BEYOND, the Enterprise crew explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a mysterious new enemy who puts them and everything the Federation stands for to the test.

The STAR TREK BEYOND 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray Combo Packs are loaded with over an hour of action-packed bonus content, with featurettes from filmmakers and cast, including J.J. Abrams, Justin Lin, Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto. Go beyond the movie’s incredible edge-of-your-seat action and see how an unprecedented 50 new alien species were created, including STAR TREK’s newest villain Krall and the rebellious warrior Jaylah. Journey through the iconic franchise in celebration of STAR TREK’s 50th Anniversary, enjoy a hilarious gag reel and explore deleted scenes you didn’t see in theaters. In addition, the sets include tributes to actors Leonard Nimoy and Anton Yelchin. The film also boasts a Dolby Atmos® soundtrack* remixed specifically for the home theater environment to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead.

Star Trek Beyond Blu-ray Combo Pack
The STAR TREK BEYOND Blu-ray is presented in 1080p high definition with English Dolby Atmos, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles. The DVD in the combo pack is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 TVs with English 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles. The combo pack includes access to a Digital HD copy of the film as well as the following:

    Feature film in high definition
    Bonus Content:
  •         Deleted Scenes - Go Beyond the final cut of the movie with scenes you didn’t see in theaters.
  •         Beyond the Darkness - Meet visionary producer J.J. Abrams, director Justin Lin and co-writers Simon Pegg and Doug Jung as they discuss the inspiration for the Star Trek Beyond storyline and how it came to life.
  •         Enterprise Takedown - Experience edge-of-your-seat action and see how a shocking attack destroys the USS Enterprise.
  •         Divided and Conquered - Learn how filmmakers pushed the boundaries in Star Trek Beyond by forcing the Enterprise crew into their most challenging situations yet.
  •         A Warped Sense of Revenge - Meet Star Trek’s newest villain, Krall, as actor Idris Elba reveals the backstory behind his character’s terrifying ambitions.
  •         Trekking in the Desert - Go on set to Dubai and discover how its futuristic architecture became the foundation for the most innovative Starbase yet.
  •         Exploring Strange New Worlds - Tour the incredible production sets of Star Trek Beyond with director Justin Lin.
  •         New Life, New Civilizations - See how special effects designers met the challenge to create an unprecedented 50 new alien species for the film to celebrate Star Trek’s 50th Anniversary.
  •         To Live Long and Prosper - Journey through the past 50 years of Star Trek with J.J. Abrams and the cast as they reflect on the evolution of this iconic sci-fi series.
  •         For Leonard and Anton - Watch a touching tribute to the legendary Leonard Nimoy and beloved crew member Anton Yelchin.
  •         Gag Reel - Join in on the fun with this hilarious gag reel of on-set bloopers.

    Feature film in standard definition

Star Trek Beyond Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack
The Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack includes all of the above, as well as a Blu-ray 3D presented in 1080p high definition with English Dolby Atmos, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles. The Blu-ray 3D disc includes the feature film in high definition and 3D. The Combo Pack also includes access to a Digital HD copy of the film.

Star Trek Beyond 4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack
Fans can enjoy the ultimate viewing experience with the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, which includes the Blu-ray detailed above, as well as an Ultra HD Disc presented in 4K Ultra HD with English Dolby Atmos, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description with English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles. The Combo Pack also includes access to a Digital HD copy of the film.

Star Trek Trilogy Blu-ray Collection
The STAR TREK TRILOGY Blu-ray Collection includes Blu-ray Discs™ of STAR TREK (2009), STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS and STAR TREK BEYOND with access to a Digital HD copy of each film.

The Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack and 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack available for purchase include a Digital Version of the film that can be accessed through UltraViolet™, a way to collect, access and enjoy movies. With UltraViolet, consumers can add movies to their digital collection in the cloud, and then stream or download them—reliably and securely—to a variety of devices.

Star Trek Beyond Single-Disc DVD
The single-disc DVD is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 TVs with English 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles. The disc includes the feature film in standard definition.

Paramount Pictures and Skydance present a Bad Robot/Sneaky Shark/Perfect Storm Entertainment production of a Justin Lin film: “Star Trek Beyond.” Starring John Cho, Simon Pegg, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoë Saldana, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin and Idris Elba. Music by Michael Giacchino. Costume designer Sanja Hays. Edited by Kelly Matsumoto, Dylan Highsmith, Greg D’Auria and Steven Sprung, A.C.E. Production designer Thomas Sanders. Director of photography Stephen F. Windon, ACS, ASC. Executive producers Jeffrey Chernov, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Tommy Harper. Produced by J.J. Abrams, p.g.a., Roberto Orci, Lindsey Weber, p.g.a. and Justin Lin, p.g.a. Based upon “Star Trek” created by Gene Roddenberry. Written by Simon Pegg & Doug Jung. Directed by Justin Lin.

About Paramount Home Media Distribution
Paramount Home Media Distribution (PHMD) is part of Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment. PPC is a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB) (NASDAQ: VIA), home to premier media brands that create television programs, motion pictures, consumer products, and digital content for audiences in 180 countries and territories. The PHMD division oversees PPC’s home entertainment and transactional digital distribution activities worldwide. The division is responsible for the sales, marketing and distribution of home entertainment content on behalf of Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and CBS and applicable licensing and servicing of certain DreamWorks Animation titles. PHMD additionally manages global licensing of studio content and transactional distribution across worldwide digital distribution platforms including online, mobile and portable devices and emerging technologies.

Street Date:
  • October 4, 2016 (Digital HD)
  • November 1, 2016 (Blu-ray, DVD, 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray 3D, Trilogy Blu-ray Collection and VOD)
U.S. Rating:             PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi action and violence
Canadian Rating:             PG for violence, coarse language

* To experience Dolby Atmos at home, a Dolby Atmos enabled AV receiver and additional speakers are required, or a Dolby Atmos enabled sound bar; however, Dolby Atmos soundtracks are also fully backward compatible with traditional audio configurations and legacy home entertainment equipment.