Monday, October 23, 2017

Negromancer News Bits and Bites from October 22nd to 31st, 2017 - Update #10

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MOVIES - From THR:  Oscar-winning actress Renee Zellweger will portray the legendary actress, Judy Garland, who is most famous for role in "The Wizard of Oz."  The film will be set in the final years of Garland's life.

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STAR TREK - From TheWrap:  "Star Trek: Discovery" gets a second season from CBS All Access, the streaming service.

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BOX OFFICE - From BoxOfficeMojo:  The winner of the 10/20 to 10/22/2017 weekend box office is "Tyler Perry's Boo 2! A Madea Halloween" with an estimated take of $21.65 million.

From Variety:  Tyler Perry's "Boo 2!" keeps the weekend box office from being a complete disaster.

From Variety:  With its big debut in China, "Kingsman: The Golden Circle" wins the recent international box office.

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SCANDAL - From TheWrap:  James Gunn, director of Marvel's "Guardian of the Galaxy" films, says that he has been trying to warn people about writer-director James Toback, who has been accused by over 30 women of sexual harassment.

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MOVIES - From YahooEntertainment:  Frank Oz talks about the Muppets and his career directing films.

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MOVIES - From SlashFilm:  There is a synopsis and the promise of a trailer for Paul Thomas Anderson's upcoming film, "Phantom Thread."

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POLITICS - From NYTimes:  President Trump isn't Adolf Hitler, but...

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SCANDAL - From LATimes:  "Stranger Things" and "IT" star, "Finn Wolfhard," has led the LA-based talent agency, APA, after his agent, Tyler Grasham, was accused of sexually assaulting a teenager (who is not a director) a decade ago.

From LATimes:  Over 30 women have made sexual harassment claims against director and Oscar-nominated screenwriter ("Bugsy"), James Toback.

From MadameNoire:  Director Michael Canton-Jones days that Harvey Weinstein would not let him cast actress Sophie Okonedo in his 1998 flick, "B. Monkey," because Weinstein did not find her "f***able."  Okonedo would go onto star in "Hotel Rwanda," for which she received a best supporting actress Oscar nomination.  She has won a Tony Award.


General Organa's General Star Wars Link-O-Rama 2017 - Update #94

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THE FORCE AWAKENS - From BleedingCool:  Acclaimed director David Fincher says he turned down directing "The Force Awakens" because he was afraid of Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher.

EPISODE IX - From CinemaBlend:  Star Wars 9 may tie into the prequel trilogy.

SOLO - From YahooEntertainment:  Ron Howard announces that the young Han Solo movie will is entitled, "Solo: A Star Wars Story."

EPISODE IX - From ScreenRant:  John Boyega expresses happiness that J.J. Abrams is returning to direct Star Wars 9.

EPISODE IX - From YahooEntertainment:  Domhnall Gleason (General Hux) is glad that J.J. Abrams is back to direct Episode 9.

HAN SOLO - From BleedingCool:  Paul Bettany has wrapped up filming his part in "young Han Solo" movie.

EPISODE IX - From Variety:  The release date for "Star Wars Episode 9" has moved from May 24, 2019 to December 20, 2019.

EPISODE IX - From THR:  J.J. Abrams is the new director of Star Wars 9.  He will co-write the film with Chris Terrio, an Oscar-winning screenwriter for "Argo."

EPISODE IX - From Entertainment.ie:  Lucasfilm boss, Kathleen Kennedy, sack Colin Trevorrow as director of Episode 9 because he was unbearable and difficult.

EPISODE IX - From TheWrap:  "The Last Jedi" director Rian Johnson says that he is not directing "Star Wars Episode 9," in the wake of announced director Colin Treverrow's firing... at least for now.

EPISODE IX - From YahooEntertainment:  Colin Trevorrow supposedly chased off Star Wars 9 because he was "difficult."

HAN SOLO - From ScreenRant:  For the "young Han Solo" film, Han Solo will have a new version of the Millennium Falcon.

EPISODE IX - From Deadline:  Not that Colin Trevorrow is no longer directing IX, could VIII's director, Rian Johnson, become IX's new director.

EPISODE IX - From Deadline:  Colin Trevorrow out as director of Star Wars Episode 9.

HAN SOLO - From Variety:  Ron Howard announce that Paul Bettany has joined the "young Han Solo" movie.  Bettany previously worked with Howard on "A Beautiful Mind (2001)."

HAN SOLO - From Vulture:  Ron Howard shared a photo of Donald Glover with his Lando Calrissian mustache.

HAN SOLO - From TheWrap:  Because he was not available for reshoots, Michael K. Williams' character had to be cut from the "young Han Solo" film.

FILMS - From Variety:  Disney in early development of a stand-alone Obi-Wan Kenobi film, with Stephen Daldry ("Billy Elliot") in early talks to direct.

GEORGE LUCAS - From YahooNews:  George Lucas still offers advice on the new films.

HAN SOLO - From ScreenRant: Ron Howard shares a new set photo from "young Han Solo" movie.

A NEW HOPE - From YahooNews:  George Lucas says that Princess Leia received her Ph.D. at age 19.

HAN SOLO - From CBR:  Ron Howard hints that his brother, actor Clint Howard, will have a part in the "young  Han Solo" movie.

EPISODE IX/9 - From THR:  Star Wars Episode 9 is getting a new writer, Jack Thorne, who will work on the script written by Colin Trevorrow and his writing partner, Derek Connolly.

HAN SOLO - From YahooNews:  Emilia Clarke, whose role in the young Han Solo movie remains a mystery, teases the new Chewbacca.

DARTH VADER - From CinemaBlend:  Spencer Wilding, who currently wears the Darth Vader costume, is apparently currently filming another Star Wars film.

HAN SOLO - From YahooTV:  Warwick Davis will appear in the "young Han Solo" film, according to a tweet from director Ron Howard.

HAN SOLO - From ShadowandAct:  Ron Howard reveals glimpse of Donald Glover at young Lando.

HAN SOLO - From USAToday:  No one from the "young Han Solo" movie was at D23 Expo 2017.  Should we be worried about this film?

HAN SOLO - From Mashable:  Ron Howard teases Lando Calrissian's costumes.

HAN SOLO - From CinemaBlend:  Woody Harrelson thinks the "young Han Solo" movie is in good hands with Ron Howard directing.

HAN SOLO - From TMZ:  A set photo from the "young Han Solo" movie reveals a scene with Woody Harrelson.

From FlickeringMyth:  Will the "young Han Solo" debacle with its original directors teach Disney not to tread on Star Wars sacred ground?

CARRIE FISHER - From YahooMovies:  Carrie Fisher's only child, her daughter Billie Lourd, will inherit her late mother's estate.

ANIMATION - From USAToday:  Rey turns in animated shorts, "Star Wars: "Forces of Destiny."

CULTURE - From YahooMovies:  An R2-D2 droid that was using in several Star Wars movies was sold at auction for $2.76 million.

HAN SOLO - From WeGotThisCovered:  Disney CEO Bob Iger is confident that Han Solo movie will be alright.  Yes, because Ron Howard is directing it.

HAN SOLO - From Mashable:  With every new Han Solo revelation, Phil Lord and Chris Miller look like the problems and got themselves fired.

HAN SOLO - From Gizmodo:  Lucasfilm was so concerned about Alden Ehrenreich's performance as Han Solo that they hired an acting coach for him.

HAN SOLO - From THR:  In an exclusive breaking story, "The Hollywood Reporter" is reporting that Oscar-winning filmmaker, Ron Howard, will take over as director of the "young Han Solo" movie after the original directors, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, were fired.

HAN SOLO - From THR:  Golden boys, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, have quit as the directors of the "Young Han Solo" movie over creative differences.

From THR:  Why were Lord and Miller fired?  It seems the comedic tone they used in making the film clashed with what Lucasfilm and the "Han Solo" movie screenwriter, Lawrence Kasdan, wanted.

From TheUKIndependent:  Maybe, the firing of Lord and Miller indicates that Disney and Lucasfilm are afraid of the future for Star Wars.

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VIDEO GAMES - From YahooNews:  The upcoming video game, "Star Wars Battlefront 2" will give the "first official on-screen look" at the years between "Return of the Jedi" and "The Force Awakens."

CARRIE FISHER - From USMagazine:  Los Angeles County coroner's office says Fisher dies of combination of factors, including sleep apnea.

COMICS - From BusinessInsider:  Marvel Comics will tell the story of Captain Phasma in a new four-issue comic book series.

EPISODE 9 - From YahooNews:  Director Colin Trevorrow wants Star Wars Episode 9 to be kid-friendly...

RUMOR - From CNET:  Could director Edgar Wright ("Baby Drive," "Shaun of the Dead") be involved with Star Wars.

FRANCHISE - From NME:  The identity of the third stand alone anthology film will be revealed in June.  The first film was "Rogue One" and the second will be a "Young Han Solo" film due May 2018.

CARRIE FISHER:  From SideshowToys:  A look at Carrie Fisher/Princess Leia - then and now - on the 40th anniversary of the theatrical debut of Star Wars (May 25th 1977).

CARRIE FISHER - From Vulture:  Princess Leia would have been center stage in Episode 9.

DISNEY - From MiceChat:  The blog has updates on "Temporary Star Wars Land."

A NEW HOPE - From ComicBook:  To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the original theatrical release of the original Star Wars films, New Zealand Mint will release a commemorative silver coin.

CULTURE - From YahooMovies:  Kid wears Darth Vader costume to school on "Star Wars Celebration Day" (May 4th - as in May the Fourth/Force Be With You) and causes a panic, started by a "concerned parent."

CULTURE - From CNNHealth:  There is a hospital tech in Tennessee whose real name is "Darth Vader."

STAR WARS REBELS - From ScreenRant:  The Disney XD animated series, "Star Wars Rebels" is heading into its fourth and final season.  It may also tie into the recent live-action, "Rogue One."

CARRIE FISHER:  From THR:  George Lucas and Billie Lourd, daughter of Carrie Fisher, offer tributes to the late actress and Star Wars icon.

From YouTube:  A Tribute to Carrie Fisher video.

From YouTube:  Carrie Fisher tribute at Star Wars Celebration 2017.

From YahooMovies:  A touching photo of Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Billie Lourd (Carrie's daughter) - "It was almost as if we were cuddling our princess again."

From YahooMovies:  Lucasfilm boss says no Carrie in Episode IX.

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A NEW HOPE - From Movieweb:  A big 40th anniversary announcement is coming tomorrow morning, Tues., April 11th, on "Good Morning America."

EPISODE IX - From NYDailyNews:  Carrie Fisher will appear in Star Wars Episode 9 (due for 2019), according to her brother, Todd Fisher.

HAN SOLO SPINOFF - From Variety:  "Sing Street" breakout star Ian Kenny joins "Young Han Solo" film.

FRANCHISE - From YahooMovies:   Disney CEO Bob Iger talks (vaguely) about the future of the franchise, including "The Last Jedi" and the "Han Solo" spinoff.

FRANCHISE - From CinemaBlend:  Future Star Wars films will move away from legacy characters and story elements.

A NEW HOPE - From Deadline:  This may be the very first photographic image of Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker.

COMIC BOOKS - From YahooNews:  Marvel Comics is launching a new "Darth Vader" comic book series, which will be set immediately after the events depicted in "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith."

HAN SOLO - From Variety:  Michael K. Williams in final talks to join "Young Han Solo" film.

ORIGINAL TRILOGY - From SlashFilm:  The original cuts of the original Star Wars films may get a re-release or release for the 40th anniversary of the original theatrical release of Stars Wars, which is this year.

THEME PARKS - From FlickeringMyth:  Disney announces "Star Wars Land."

THE FORCE AWAKENS - From YahooNews:  Fans freak out over database saying that there is a connection between Kylo Ren and Rey.

HAN SOLO SPINOFF - From Variety:  Thandie Newton in talks to join the "Young Han Solo" spinoff movie.

HAN SOLO SPINOFF - From Variety:  Pheobe Waller-Bridge, hot off the Amazon series, "Fleabag," is being considered for a role in the Han Solo spinoff movie (which would be set before the event depicted in "Star Wars: A New Hope."  Reportedly, the role would be CGI-driven.

HAN SOLO SPINOFF - From THR:  Billy Dee Williams, the original Lando Calrissian, had lunch with Donald Glover, who will play the character in the "Young Han Solo" movie.

A NEW HOPE - From Forbes:  20 years ago, "Star Wars: Special Edition" arrived.

OBIT - From Variety: Sound engineer Richard Portman has died at the age of 82, Saturday, February 28, 2017.  He won an Oscar for his work on "The Deer Hunter."  He mixed the sound on "Star Wars."

EPISODES 8 AND 9- From CinemaBlend:  Should Lucasfilm reconsider its decision about a CGI Leia for Episode 9.

RETURN OF THE JEDI - From YahooMovies:  Mark Hamill reunited with the lightsaber prop he used in "Return of the Jedi."

HAN SOLO SPINOFF - From Deadline:  Donald Glover wants to live up to the expectations of playing Lando.

THE FORCE AWAKENS - From YahooNews:  Chewbacca yanks off an arm in deleted scene.

HAN SOLO SPINOFF - From StarWars:  It's official.  Woody Harrelson has signed on for the "Young Han Solo" movie due late 2018.

HAN SOLO SPINOFF - From Variety:  Oscar-nominated actor, Woody Harrelson, is being considered to play the mentor of the title character in the "Young Han Solo" movie.  Alden Ehrenreich has been cast as young Han Solo.

FRANCHISE - From Wired:  You won't live to see the final Star Wars movie.

ROGUE ONE - From Deadline:  "Rogue One" at $775 million in worldwide box office.

ROGUE ONE - From Deadline:  "Rogue One" is now the second highest grossing film at the domestic box office of 2016, behind "Finding Dory."


CARRIE FISHER:

From THR:  Carrie Fisher and her mother, Debbie Reynolds, were celebrated at a jubilant memorial.

From YahooNews:  Carrie Fisher wanted Harrison Ford to sing at her Oscars' tribute.

From YahooCelebrity:  Dan Akroyd speaks about Carrie Fisher, whom he once considered marrying.

From YahooCelebrity:  Debbie Reynolds was buried with some of her daughter Carrie's ashes.

From YahooCelebrity:  Carrie Fisher's urn is a giant Prozac pill.

From YahooMovies:  There is a fan petition to make Princess Leia a "Disney Princess."

From YahooNews:  Disney could receive a $50 million dollar insurance payoff because of Carrie Fisher's death.

From YahooNews:  Mark Hamill talks about the first time he met Carrie Fisher.

From YahooNews:  Billie Lourd, the only child of actress Carrie Fisher, breaks her silence about the deaths of her mother and her grandmother, Debbie Reynolds.

From BleedingCool:  Carrie Fisher dies at the age of 60, Tuesday morning, December 27, 2016.  Carrie was, of course, best known as Princess/General Organa in the "Star Wars" film franchise.

From THR:  Debbie Reynolds, the mother of Carrie Fisher, has died at the age of 84, Wednesday, December 28, 2016, one day after the death of her daughter.

From YahooNews:  Carrie Fisher's autopsy was completed Friday morning, December 30, 2016 and her body was released to her family.

From ET:  Carrie and her mother, Debbie Reynolds, will be buried together at Forest Lawn Memorial Park after a joint funeral.

From BleedingCool:  "Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds" is a documentary about the Star Wars daughter and her Hollywood legend mother.  It's release date has been moved up to January 2017 on HBO.

From People:  "I want to be with Carrie" were Debbie Reynold's last words according to her son, Todd Fisher.

From YahooStyle:  Why she really hated the gold metal bikini in "Return of the Jedi."

From YahooNews:  Debbie Reynolds speaks about the death of her daughter, Carrie Fisher - our Princess Leia.

From Variety:  Fisher reportedly finished her work on Star Wars Episode 8 before she died.

From TheWrap:  Posted a little over an hour ago, Debbie Fisher, mother of Carrie Fisher, who suffered a heart attack about a day and a half ago, says that Carrie is in "stable condition."
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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Image Comics Sends Maestros Back to Press

MAESTROS LAUNCHES ON A HIGH NOTE: DEBUT ISSUE SENT BACK TO PRINT

PORTLAND, OR — Image Comics is very pleased to announce that the first issue of MAESTROS, the new irreverent fantasy series from The Matrix storyboard artist Steve Skroce (We Stand on Guard), will be rushed back to print in order to keep up with customer demand.

The Maestro and his entire royal family have been murdered, and his banished son from Earth suddenly inherits the Wizard King's throne along with a spell that turns its user into GOD. With enemies everywhere, will this Orlando-born millennial be able to keep his new magic kingdom?

“Thanks to everyone who tried and/or recommended MAESTROS,” said Steve Skroce. “I can't wait for people to see where this crazy story goes!”

MAESTROS #1 will remain available for purchase across all digital platforms, including the Image Comics website (imagecomics.com), the official Image Comics iOS app, Comixology’s website (comixology.com), iOS, Android, and Google Play.

MAESTROS #1, 2nd printing (Diamond code: SEP178184) and MAESTROS #2 (Diamond code: SEP170750) arrive in comic book shops Wednesday, November 15th, 2017. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, October 23rd, 2017.

Select praise for MAESTROS:

This acerbic book promises to be a nice balance to all the more serious fantasy stories in comics right now, and that it looks good while doing it is icing on the cake.” —Uproxx

MAESTROS is manic magic! We've waited too damn long for Steve to have his own book but this was worth the wait. MAESTROS is a Skroce Hadron Collider where panel-packed action slams into his wicked sense of humor releasing some of the most original and gleeful fun comics has seen in some time.” —Lana Wachowski, creator of The Matrix and Sense8

Skroce’s expert sequential storytelling and detailed style are a rare treat, and the opportunity to see him drawing exactly what he pleases is the kind of comics serendipity that only the creator-owned realm can offer.” —Paste Magazine

"MAESTROS is a masterpiece, with one of the best first issues I've ever read. Steve is somehow an even greater writer than he is an artist. Get ready for your new favorite comic." —Brian K. Vaughan

A beautifully drawn book pulsing with details you can't imagine, featuring wizardry cloaked in a sheen of sarcastic sleaze.” —The Oregonian

With MAESTROS, Skroce demonstrates his true expert level conducting skills at weaving together a story and artwork that leave the mind yearning for more.
—Comicosity


ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of bestselling 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 Comics, Skybound Entertainment, 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 www.imagecomics.com.

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Negromancer News Bits and Bites from October 15th to 21st, 2017 - Update #38

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MOVIES - From Variety:  Documentary filmmaker Tony Zierra plans a documentary about legendary filmmaker, the late Stanley Kubrick.

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SCANDAL - From Vulture:  In breaking a non-disclosure agreement (NDA), Rose McGowan claimes that Harvey Weinstein raped her.

From YahooGMA:  Director Rob Reiner says that there are more "Harvey Weinsteins."

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MUSIC - From BET:  Grammy-winning recording artist, Frank Ocean, has won his a libel suit brought by his father.

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BOX OFFICE - From BoxOfficeMojo:  Tyler Perry's "Boo 2!" headed to be #1 at weekend box office.

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CELEBRITY - From Variety:  PartyCasino claims to name the most and least profitable actors and actresses in Hollywood.

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CELEBRITY - From YahooEntertainment:  Jackie Chan remembers impromptu game of bowling with Bruce Lee just days before Lee died.

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SCANDAL - From ShadowandAct:  Lupita N'yongo documents her awful encounter with Harvey Weinstein.

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MOVIES - From Variety:  The writers behind FX's "Feud: Betty and Joan" miniseries are writing a biopic of actress Vivien Leigh, who won two best actress Oscars, the most famous for her role as Scarlett O'Hara in "Gone with the Wind."

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MOVIES - From THR:  Channing Tatum haults development on a sexual abuse movie he was working on with The Weinstein Company.

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TELEVISION - From TheWrap:  Fox orders a pilot from "Carmichael Show" creator, Jerrod Carmichael.

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CULTURE - From InformedComment:  Some Vikings were Muslin?!

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MANGA-FILM - From Gizmodo:  "Fast & Furious" franchise director, Justin Lin, wants to turn legendary manga, "Lone Wolf and Cub" into a manga.

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CULTURE - From Truthout:  How the Nazis used Jim Crow laws as models for their race laws.

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COMICS-FILM - From TheWrap:  Ryan Potter has been cast as "Beast Boy" in the TV series, "Titans" (based on the DC Comics series).  Titans is slated to bow in 2018 on an unnamed DC Comics streaming service.

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POLITICS - From RawStory:  President Trump tells widow of fallen soldier "he knew what he signed up for."

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STAR WARS - From CNN:  Ron Howard announces the title of his Star Wars movie, "Solo: A Star Wars Story."

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BOOK NEWS - From BBC:  American George Saunders won the UK's highest literary award, the Man Booker Prize, for his novel, "Lincoln in the Bardo."  Saunders is the only the second American to win the award.  The award has only been open to American authors since 2014.

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CELEBRITY - From YahooLifestyle:  Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence once had to do a nude lineup.

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MUSIC - From Billboard:  The "Selena Quintanilla Google Doodle" celebrates the anniversary of the October 17, 1989 release of the first album from the late Mexican-American singer, Selena.  Billboard has the exclusive story behind the development and creation of the Selena Google Doodle.

From Google:  To read more about the "Selena Quintanilla Google Doodle."

From Google:  There is an interactive museum exhibit featuring Selena.

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SPORTS - From YahooSports:  Gregg Popovich, coach of the NBA's San Antonio Spurs, calls President Trump a "soulless coward."

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MUSIC - From YahooMusic:  The original members of Bananarama reunite.

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CELEBRITY - From EOnline:  Oscar-winning actress Alicia Vikander has married Oscar-nominated actor Michael Fassbender.

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COMICS-FILM - From YahooEntertainment:  Marvel's "Black Panther" trailer is a game changer.

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BOX OFFICE - From BoxOfficeMojo:  The winner of the 10/13 to 10/15/2017 weekend box office is "Happy Death Day" with an estimated take of $26.5 million.

From FilmSchoolRejects:  A list of movies that are similar to "Happy Death Day" to varying degress.

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MOVIES - From ThinkProgress:  Woody Allen, who has been accused of sexual transgressions, does not want the accusations against Harvey Weinstein to turn into "a witch hunt."

From TheNewYorkTimes:  In an opinion piece for the times, Academy Award-nominated filmmaker, Sarah Polley, talks about the lecherous men she meets making films, including Harvey Weinstein.

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CELEBRITY - From TheGuardian:  Tom Hanks has written his first book of short stories.

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DISNEY - From FinancialTimes:  The site applauds Disney's thus-far successful "Movies Anywhere" service, but wonders if it is seven years too late.

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MOVIES - From NOW:  Are social media posts about movies more important than film critic reviews?

TRAILERS and VIDEOS:

From YouTube:  New Black Panther trailer (10/16).

From YouTube:   Here is a trailer for "Roman J. Israel, ESQ." from writer/director Dan Gilroy ("Nightcrawler") and starring Denzel Washington.

From YouTube:  Here is a trailer for the Amazon Prime Video exclusive, "Jean Claude Van Johnson."  Jean Claude Van Damme plays Van Johnson a spy who moonlights as an actor named "Jean Claude Van Damme."

From ShadowandAct:  Tyler Perry appeared on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" Madea, President Donald Trump's new press secretary.


"Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie" to Simulcast Nov. 24th, 2017

Arnold and Crew Are Back in Nickelodeon’s Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie Premiering Friday, Nov. 24, at 7:00 P.M. (ET/PT)

Two-Hour TV Movie Solves Unanswered Questions, Taking Arnold and Friends on the Field Trip of a Lifetime

Share it: @Nickelodeon @officialheyarnold #HeyArnold #TheJungleMovie

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nickelodeon fans of all ages are getting a Thanksgiving treat this year, as the highly anticipated, brand-new Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie bows Friday, Nov. 24, 2017 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. (ET/PT). Featuring a storyline picking up where the original TV series ended in 2004, Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie follows the kids on the field trip of a lifetime, where Arnold and his friends embark on a quest to achieve his dream of finding his missing parents. Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie will premiere as a simulcast on Nickelodeon, TeenNick and Nicktoons.

Co-written and executive produced by the TV series’ original creator Craig Bartlett, Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie features original voice cast members:  Francesca Marie Smith (The Prince of Egypt) as Helga and Anndi McAfee (Tom and Jerry: The Movie) as Phoebe, alongside dynamic new voice talent Mason Vale Cotton (Mad Men) as Arnold and Benjamin “Lil’ P-Nut” Flores, Jr. (Game Shakers) as Gerald.

Lane Toran (original voice of Arnold) and Jamil Walker Smith (original voice of Gerald) will supplement the returning cast by lending their voices as Che and Paulo, two members of the boat crew in San Lorenzo, and Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2) stars as resident villain, Lasombra.

Additional voice actors reprising their famed roles include: Justin Shenkarow (Recess) as Harold; Olivia Hack (Family Guy) as Rhonda; Nika Futterman (The Boxtrolls) as Olga; Dan Butler (Frasier) as Mr. Simmons; Dan Castellaneta (The Simpsons) as Grandpa; Tress MacNeille (The Simpsons) as Grandma; Antoinette Stella (Melrose Place, writer) as Stella; Carlos Alazraqui (Happy Feet) as Eduardo; Dom Irrera (Back at the Barnyard) as Ernie; Maurice LaMarche (Futurama) as Bob Pataki; Kath Soucie (Rugrats) as Miriam; Danielle Judovits (Toy Story) as Big Patty; Danny Cooksey (The Lorax) as Stoop Kid; Jim Belushi (According to Jim) as Coach Wittenberg; and Craig Bartlett as Miles.

New voices include: Gavin Lewis (Real Boy) as Eugene; Jet Jurgensmeyer (Shimmer and Shine) as Stinky; Aiden Lewandowski (Comedy Bang! Bang!) as Sid; Laya Hayes (Santa Hunters) as Nadine; Nicolas Cantu (The Impossible Joy) as Curly; Wally Wingert (Sonic Boom) as Oskar; and Stephen Stanton (Star Wars Rebels) as Pigeon Man.

Viewers can visit the Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie page on Nick.com and the Nick App, along with the Hey Arnold! Facebook page and Instagram, to get a look at the TV movie. For more information, visit nickpress.com.

NickSplat, TeenNick’s programming block dedicated to Nickelodeon’s legendary library of hits from the ‘90s and 2000s, will celebrate Hey Arnold! throughout the month of November with fan-favorite episodes every night from 12:00 a.m.-1:00 a.m. (ET/PT). In addition, NickSplat will treat fans to a marathon of every single Hey Arnold! episode beginning Friday, Nov. 17, through Friday, Nov. 24, from 11:00 p.m.–6:00 a.m. (ET/PT). Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie encores Saturday, Nov. 25, and Friday, Dec. 1, at 12:00 a.m. (ET/PT) on TeenNick.

Debuting in 1996, Hey Arnold! helped usher in a new era of groundbreaking animation on TV, joining the ranks of landmark Nickelodeon hits, including Doug, Rugrats, The Ren & Stimpy Show, Rocko’s Modern Life, SpongeBob SquarePants and more. Hey Arnold!:The Jungle Movie is one of Nickelodeon’s three animated properties from its rich library reimagined for today’s audience, including the upcoming TV special Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling and Invader Zim.


About Nickelodeon
Nickelodeon, now in its 38th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, digital, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in more than 90 million households and has been the number-one-rated kids’ basic cable network for 22 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB).

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BET Annouces Cast for Its Drama Series, "Hit the Floor"

BET Networks Reveals New and Returning Cast of Its Fan-Magnet Original Series HIT THE FLOOR

Singer, Dancer and Actress Teyana Taylor to Join Cast

Kimberly Elise, Dean Cain, McKinley Freeman, Katherine Bailess, Jodi Lyn O’Keefe and Brent Antonello Return to Reprise Their Beloved Roles

James LaRosa to Executive Produce Series with Principal Photography Starting in Los Angeles in November 2017

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--BET Networks announces the cast of the much-anticipated sexy drama series, HIT THE FLOOR. Singer, dancer and actress Teyana Taylor heats things up as she joins the cast of the much-anticipated original scripted series.

Kimberly Elise, Dean Cain, McKinley Freeman, Katherine Bailess, Jodi Lyn O’Keefe and Brent Antonello will reprise their beloved roles. Acclaimed producer and creator of the series James LaRosa will Executive Produce the one-hour series scheduled to premiere on BET in 2018 with principal photography starting in Los Angeles in November 2017.

Just when you thought TV couldn’t get any more sultry, sizzling new episodes of original series, HIT THE FLOOR, are back to steam up TV screens for a brand new season on BET Networks. The premier professional dance squad for the Los Angeles Devils basketball team, the Devil Girls, returns with more scandal, sex, secrets, intrigue and jaw-dropping dance routines, which captured audience’s hearts.

“HIT THE FLOOR” was created by James LaRosa who also serves as Executive Producer of the series.

For more information on HIT THE FLOOR log on to BET.com and join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #HitTheFloor.


About BET Networks
BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIA.B ), is the nation's leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel is in nearly 85 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, sub-Saharan Africa and France. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions including BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; BET HER (formerly CENTRIC), a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the African-American woman; BET Music Networks - BET Jams, BET Soul and BET Gospel; BET Home Entertainment; BET Live, BET’s growing festival business; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET Networks around the globe.

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Friday, October 20, 2017

"Teen Titans GO! To the Movies" Announces New Voice Cast Members

Will Arnett and Kristen Bell Join Voice Cast of Warner Bros. Pictures’ New Animated Feature “Teen Titans GO! To the Movies”

Stellar series stars Greg Cipes, Scott Menville, Khary Payton, Tara Strong and Hynden Walch are joined by Arnett and Bell to bring “Teen Titans GO!” to the big screen

BURBANK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Warner Bros. Pictures announced that Will Arnett (“The LEGO® Batman Movie”) and Kristen Bell (“Frozen”) will lend their voices to the first-ever big-screen version of DC Entertainment’s animated TV series “Teen Titans GO!”—the aptly titled “Teen Titans GO! to the Movies.”

The animated feature will also star Greg Cipes (TV’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”) as Beast Boy, Scott Menville (TV’s “Spider-Man”) as Robin, Khary Payton (“The Walking Dead”) as Cyborg, Tara Strong (the “My Little Pony” franchise) as Raven, and Hynden Walch (TV’s “Adventure Time with Finn & Jake”) as Starfire. In the film, they reprise their roles from the Cartoon Network series, which follows the crimefighting adventures and antics of the young Super Hero roommates.

The film will be directed by Aaron Horvath and Peter Rida Michail, from a screenplay by Michael Jelenic and Horvath, based on characters from DC. Michail, Will Arnett and Peggy Regan are producing, with Sam Register, Jelenic and Horvath serving as executive producers. Apart from Arnett, all are “Teen Titans GO!” series contributors.

No stranger to voice acting or superheroes, Arnett played the title role in this year’s hit animated Super Hero feature “The LEGO Batman Movie,” after creating the character in the wildly popular “The LEGO Movie.” He also voices the lead in the fan favorite Netflix series “BoJack Horseman.”

Bell starred as the voice of Anna in one of the most successful animated films of all time, “Frozen,” and has since lent her voice to the hit “Zootopia.” She can also be heard alongside Arnett in an episode of “BoJack Horseman.”

Set to release on July 27, 2018, “Teen Titans GO! to the Movies” will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

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