Sunday, September 15, 2019

Negromancer News Bits and Bites from September 15th to 21st, 2019 - Update #5

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BOX OFFICE - From BoxOfficeMojo:   The winner of the 9/13 to 9/15/2019 weekend box office is "It: Chapter Two" with an estimated take of 40.7 million dollars.

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MOVIES - From TheGuardian:  In its "100 best films of the 21st century" list, the site goes with Paul Thomas Anderson's "There Will Be Blood" (2007) as the top film.  And they stupidly start with the year 2000.

From TheGuardian:  Paul Thomas Anderson talks about his film being #1.

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EMMYS - From Variety:  Last night, Saturday, September 14, 2019 was "Night 1" of the 2019 Creative Arts Emmy Awards."  This article has a full list of winners.

From TheWrap:  Last night at the 2019 Creative Arts Emmys, legendary TV producer, Norman Lear, became the oldest Emmy Award winner at the age of 97 years and 49 days old.  He beat a record that had been set half and hour earlier when David Attenborough won an Emmy at the age of 93 years old.

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CULTURE - From THR:  "Who decides who is allowed to say the "N-word?" Kareem Abdul-Jabbar supports writer Walter Mosley's decision to quit the writing staff of "Star Trek: Discovery" after Mosley was admonished for telling a story that involved him using the word "nigger."

From TheNewYorkTimes:  Novelist and screenwriter Walter Mosley explains why he quit "Star Trek: Discover."


Saturday, September 14, 2019

Negromancer News Bits and Bites from September 8th to 14th, 2019 - Update #24

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COMICS-FILM - From ShadowandAct:  Rihanna addresses rumors that she is being considered to play Poison Ivy in Matt Reeves "The Batman."  Still in development, the film would star Robert Pattison as Batman.

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DISNEY - From Variety:  Walt Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger has stepped down from Apple's board of directors as Disney and Apple launch competing streaming services.

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MOVIES - From THR:  Why J.J. Abrams and his wife Katie McGrath said yes to WarnerMedia and no to Apple, although Apple offered them $500 million for an exclusive deal, where WarnerMedia offered $250 million.

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ANIMATION - From YahooEntertainment:  Longtime voice actor, Frank Welker, talks about being the voice of Fred Jones for 50 years on today, September 13th, the 50th anniversary of "Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!"

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SCANDAL - From Deadline:  Emmy-winning actress Felicity Huffman has been sentenced to two weeks/14 days in jail for in the infamous college admissions scandal.  She will have to self-report to Bureau of Prisons officials on October 25 to begin serving her time in a California facility.

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TELEVISION - From TheWrap:  This season on an episode of her hit ABC series, "Black-ish," Tracee Ellis Ross will reunite with Jill Marie Jones, Persia White and Golden Brooks, her three co-stars from the UPN/The CW series, "Girlfriends" (2000-2008).

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MOVIES - From Newsarama:  A brand new "Jurassic World" short film will debut Sunday, September 15, 2019 on cable network, FX.

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MOVIES - From THR:   J.J. Abrams and his wife, Katie McGrath, through their company, Bad Robot, have signed an overall film, TV, game, and digital production deal with WarnerMedia.

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AVATAR - From Deadline:   What does James Cameron feel now that "Avengers: Endgame" has passed his 2009 film, "Avatar," as the all-time box office champ?  He feels "relief" and he explains why.

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MOVIES - From Deadline:  Viacom is in the lead to obtain the the portion of the Miramax film library that is up for sale.  beIN Media Group owns the 700-title library and wants to sell 30 percent to 50 percent, while maintaining a controlling stake.  Lionsgate has withdrawn its bid.

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STREAMING - From ShadowandAct:  Whoopi Goldberg will join CBS All Access' new adaptation of Stephen King's classic novel, "The Stand."  A miniseries for the streaming service, it will run for 10 episodes.  Stephen King will write the final episode of the series, which will take the story beyond what was in the original novel.

From BleedingCool:  This article includes lots of information on "The Stand," and its includes the video of Whoopi announcing her casting on "The View," Wednesday morning, Sept. 11, 2019.  Stephen King was a guest on that episode.

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TELEVISION - From Variety:  Two-time Emmy Award winner, Uzo Aduba, will join FX's "Fargo" Season 4, which will feature Chris Rock.

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TELEVISION - From TheWrap:  Jennifer Lopez is reportedly in talks to headline 2020 Super Bowl halftime show.

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TELEVISION - From Deadline:  Actor John C. Reilly will play owner Jerry Buss in HBO's pilot about the 1980s Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA.  He replaces Michael Shannon.

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TELEVISION - From Deadline:  TV super-producer David E. Kelley and Jack Bender are developing Stephen King's new novel, "The Institute" as a limited series.

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TELEVISION - From BleedingCool: Dan Curtis TV series, "Dark Shadows" (1966-71), is being revived a fourth time.  "Dark Shadows: Reincarnation" is being developed for The CW.  Previously, there was a 12-episode run in 1991 for NBC, an unaired 2004 pilot, and a 2012 film from director Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp.

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MOVIES - From Deadline:  The John Travolta-Nicolas Cage film, Face/Off, (directed by John Woo), is being remade...

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MOVIES - From YahooPeople:  "Crazy Rich Asians" director John M. Chu says he supports the film's co-writer, Adele Lim, who quit the sequel over a pay disparity dispute.

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BOX OFFICE - From BoxOfficeMojo:  The winner of the 9/6 to 9/8/2019 weekend box office is "It: Chapter Two" with an estimated box office take of 91 million.

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MOVIES-STREAMING - From YahooAP:  Eddie Murphy is getting some of the best reviews of his career in "Dolemite is My Name."

From YahooMovies:  Thirty-three years after his movie, "The Golden Child," Eddie Murphy has reunited with Jasmine L. Reate.  She played the boy ("the Golden Child") that Murphy's character, Chandler Jarrell) had to save.

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STREAMING - From Variety:   Netflix has officially announced that Gillian Anderson ("The X-Files") is joining the fourth season of Netflix's "The Crown" as Margaret Thatcher.  This news had been circulating since early in the year, but Netflix would not confirm it until now.

OBITS:

From YahooMusic:   The rock 'n' roll singer, songwriter, and musician, Eddie Money, has died at the age of 70, Friday, September 13, 2019.  From 1978 to 1991, he had several Top 40 hits, including such hooky rock standards as "Two Tickets to Paradise" and "Baby Hold On."

From Deadline:  The stage, film, and television actor John Wesley has died at the age of 72, Sunday, September 8, 2019.  He has over 100 TV and film credits, including appearances on TV series like "In the Heat of the Night," "Martin," and "Superhuman Samurai Syber Squad."  Wesley was a Vietnam veteran having served in the United States Army.


Friday, September 13, 2019

Marvel Studios Negromancer Link-o-Rama - 2019 - Update #175

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X-MEN - From WeGotThisCovered:  The hot rumor is that Denzel Washington is among the actor being considered to be Magneto in Marvel's eventual reboot of the X-Men film franchise.

HAWKEYE - From Variety:  Marvel Studios has reportedly offered Hailee Steinfeld a role in its Disney+ series, "Hawkeye."  She would supposedly play Kate Bishop, a young woman who eventually assumes the "Hawkeye" mantle.

HAWKEYE - From THR:  The site is reporting that Jonathan Igla, who wrote for AMC's "Mad Men," will write the Disney+ series, "Hawkeye," from Marvel Studios.

SPIDER-MAN - From YahooMovies:  Directors Anthony and Joe Russo ("Avengers") say they are not surprised by the Disney/Sony Spider-Man split.  They say that Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige had to work to make a Disney/Sony union work the first time.

SPIDER-MAN - From Variety:  Sony Pictures chief Tony Vinciquerra says that, for the moment, the door is closed on Spider-Man returning to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

BLACK WIDOW - From THR:  Scarlett Johansson finds executive producing her "Black Widow" film "liberating in a way."

BLACK WIDOW - From Newsarama:  The D23 "Black Widow" poster includes an image of David Harbour "Red Guardian" and of "Taskmaster."

WANDAVISION - From YahooEntertainment:  Apparently, "WandaVision" is going to be Marvel's first sitcom.

THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLIDER - From CinemaBlend:  A poster for "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier" reveals that The Winter Soldier now has short hair.

WANDAVISION - From Newsarama:  A key and traditional part of Scarlet Witch's costume makes an appearance in a poster for "WandaVision" released at the D23 Expo.

BLACK KNIGHT - From Newsarama:  Marvel Studios boos, Kevin Feige, see potential for the character, "Black Knight" (played by Kit Harington), beyond his appearance in 2020's "Eternals."

ETERNALS - From Newsarama:  Marvel Studios boss, Kevin Feige, says that the "Eternals" film will feature an openly gay family man.

WANDAVISION - From Newsarama:  Paul Bettany ("Vision") explains the comic book roots of the Disney+ "WandaVision" series.

BLACK PANTHER 2 - From Variety:  "Black Panther 2" has a release date - May 6, 2022.

MARVEL'S WHAT IF...? - From EW:   Actors from the majority of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will reprise their characters in voice roles for the Disney+ animated series, "Marvel's What If...?"  Like the comics the show is based on, "Marvel’s What If…?" explores what might have happened if important moments in Marvel history went down differently.

ETERNALS - From Deadline:  Actor Kit Harington (Jon Snow of "Game of Thones") will play the "Black Knight" in Marvel's "Eternals" film.

MS. MARVEL - From YahooEntertainment:  At D23 2019, one of the Marvel Cinematic Universe TV series announced for Disney+ streaming is based on Marvel Comics' first Muslim superhero, Ms. Marvel.

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SPIDER-MAN - From Deadline:  It looks as if Spider-Man's time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is over and Kevin Feige won't be producing any more Spider-Man films.  The reason is because Disney and Sony Pictures, which holds the film rights to Spider-Man and his universe, can't agree on a new co-financing deal.

From Variety:  Sony Pictures issues a statement on its Spider-Man divorce from Disney.

From YahooNews:  Sony thinks it doesn't need Marvel.

From THR:  Disney/Sony divorce or not, Tom Holland, Peter Parker/Spider-Man, made an appearance at D23 Expo.
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SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME - From THR:  "Spider-Man: Far From Home" is getting a Labor Day rerelease with four minutes of new footage.  The film is also Sony Pictures' all-time global box office leader.

BLACK WIDOW - From Newsarama:  Bodybuilder Olivier Richters, a.k.a. "The Dutch Giant," who is the "world's tallest bodybuilder," claims he's taken an undisclosed role in Marvel Studios' upcoming Black Widow film.

ETERNALS - From Newsarama:  Marvel Studios concept artist Rodney Fuentebella has shared a poster he created for Marvel's Eternals which features none other than the cosmic, godlike Celestials.

THOR: LOVE & WAR - From CheatSheet:  Natalie Portman has homework to do for her role in the recently announced "Thor: Love & Thunder."

BOX OFFICE - From Newsarama:  The Marvel Cinematic Universe sets a box office mark that may never be duplicated, and so does Samuel L. Jackson.

MISC - From Newsarama:  Actor Amanda Seyfried told MTV that she turned down a major Marvel Cinematic Universe role (which she didn't specifiy) because she didn't want to be tied to a specific role for a large portion of her career.  This article has the video interview.

MISC - From Newsarama:  Joe and Anthony Russo, director of "Infinity War" and "Endgame" said that they would like a shot at making a Wolverine movie.  Marvel has recovered the film rights to the X-Men characters.

ETERNALS - From Collider:  Irish actor Barry Keoghan ("Chernobyl") is in talks to join Marvel's "Eternals" film.

ETERNALS - From TheWrap:  Gemma Chan in talks to join "Eternals."  Chan has already appeared in a Marvel film, in "Captain Marvel" as "Minn-Erva."

FUTURE - From Complex:  Writer-director M. Night Shyamalan says that he has met several times with Marvel Studios about making an MCU film.

BLACK WIDOW - From Inverse:  "Black Widow" screenwriter Jac Schaeffer says she isn't scared to make the fanboys mad and will remove anything she finds offensive in Black Widow's comic book origins from her cinematic story.

BLADE - From ScreenRant:  David Leitch, the director of "John Wick," "Deadpool 2," and "Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw," want to direct Marvel's "Blade" reboot.  

AVENGERS: ENDGAME - From YahooMovies: Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige reckons that Wanda Maximoff/Scarlett Witch could have taken down Thanos.

AVENGERS - From Newsarama:  Apparently, Kevin Feige said that there will be a fifth Avengers film, but the roster will be entirely different and will feature characters that we have seen and some that we have not seen yet in a Marvel Cinematic Universe film.

PHASE 4 - From YahooFinance:  With it's "Phase 4" announcement, Marvel Studios has left Warner Bros./DC Comics in the dust.

WANDAVISION - From ScreenRant:  The character, "Monica Rambeau," appeared as a child (played by Akira Akbar) in the recent smash hit, "Captain Marvel."  She will be an adult in the upcoming Disney+ "WandaVision" series, played by actress Teyonah Parris.

FUTURE - From Variety:  Australia is giving Marvel Studios some $55 million in U.S. dollars in tax credits to get Marvel to film "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" and "Thor: Love & Thunder" filmed there.

SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME - From Deadline:  Today (7/25/19), "Spider-Man: Far From Home" will cross the $1 billion mark in global box office.

THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER - From YahooNews:  Actor Daniel Bruhl shares an image of his notorious character, Baron Zemo, returning for Disney+'s "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier."

BLADE - From EW:  Original "Blade" star Wesley Snipes said that he is "all good" with Marvel Studios' "Blade" reboot starring Mahershala Ali.  He also said the news came as a surprise.

THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER - From YahooLifestyle:  Fans are celebrating first "out" character in Marvel Studios' films, Tessa Thompson's Valkyrie from the "Thor" films.

ETERNALS - From HuffPost:  Newly minted Marvel star, Kumail Nanjiani, celebrated by sharing a "throwback" photo of he and the late Marvel legend, Stan Lee, on Twitter.

COMIC-CON - From Newsarama:  Here is video featuring highlights from Marvel Studios' "Hall H" Phase 4 presentation at Comic-Con International 2019.

BLACK WIDOW - From YahooNews:  Scarlett Johansson tells "Good Morning America" that she is glad that she can finally talk about her "Black Widow" standalone film.

AVENGERS: ENDGAME - From Variety:  "Avengers: Endgame" passes James Cameron's "Avatar" (2009) to become the king of global box office with an haul of $2.7902 billion versus Avatar's 2.7897 billion.

BLADE - From THR:  At Comic-Con 2019, Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige announced that two time Oscar-winning actor Marheshala Ali will portray Blade (previously played by Wesley Snipes for three films from 1998 to 2004).  Ali apparently asked for the role.

ETERNALS - From THR: Angelina Jolie makes her Marvel Studios' debut at Comic-Con.  She will play the immortal "Thena" in Eternals.

SHANGI-CHI - From THR:  Chinese-Canadian actor, Simu Liu, will play the lead in Marvel Studios' "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings."

PHASE FOUR - From THR:  Marvel Studios unveils "Phase Four," it's post-"Endgame" film slate.

From BleedingCool:  The site is live-blogging Marvel Studios' "Hall H" #MarvelSDCC presentation of "Phase 4."

PHASE FOUR - From BleedingCool:  At the "Women of Marvel" panel at San Diego Comic-Con International 2019, Marvel Studios executive vice president of production did some teasing.  She hinted that tonight's (Sat., July 20th) Marvel Studios "Hall H" event at SDCC will be a huge night for the "Women of Marvel."

THOR 4 - From Deadline:  The site has confirmed that Taika Waititi will write and direct a fourth "Thor" film, and that Chris Hemsworth will return as Thor.  Waititi directed the third film, "Thor: Ragnarok" (2017).

FUTURE - From Newsarama:  Newsarama contributor George Marston revisits Oscar-nominated actress Sharon Stone's claim that she was going to be in a Marvel Studios film.

FUTURE - From Variety:  What to expect of Marvel Studios' Comic-Con 2019 presentation next week.

FUTURE - From Fandango:  Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige talks about the future of Spider-Man, the multiverse (yes, there is such a thing), and "the Snap" and "the Blip."

SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME - From THR:  After its first six days in release, "Spider-Man: Far From Home," opens to $185 million in the U.S.  It nears $600 million in global box office.

From CBR:  Kevin Feige on why he picked Mysterio as the villain for "Spider-Man: Far From Home."

From TheWrap: "Spider-Man: Far From Home" continues its strong box office opening with an estimated $32.6 million grossed on Friday, July 5th.

From Variety:  "Spider-Man: Far from Home" grossed $25.2 million on Thursday, July 4th, 2019 - the second largest Independence Day box office total ever.

From YahooEntertainment:  A guide to the Easter eggs and end-credit scenes in "Far From Home."

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY - From IndieWire:  Zoe Saldana wants her GotG character, Gamora, to turn bad in the planned "Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3."

SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME - From CBR:  See every Spider-Man costume Peter Parker wears in "Far From Home."

FUTURE - From Newsarama:  Does "Spider-Man: Far From Home" tease a "Fantastic Four" future.

SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME - From Variety:  "Spider-Man: Far From Home" has netted $39.2 million dollars at the domestic box office.  That is a record for a film opening on a Tuesday.

From Deadline:  "Spider-Man: Far From Home" looking to set a North American box office record for a film debuting on a Tuesday.  The current record holder is 2012's "The Amazing Spider-Man" which debuted at $35 million.

BLACK PANTHER 2 - From IndieWire:  "Black Panther 2" rumors about Michael B. Jordan's return are just that - rumors say Marvel Studios' boss, Kevin Feige.

FUTURE - From YahooMoviesUK:  Samuel L. Jackson speculates that Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will have an Avengers team.

BLACK WIDOW - From MensHealth:  Could "The Taskmaster" be a villain in the Black Widow film.

BLACK WIDOW - From Yahoo:  Digital Spy believes it has learned the identity of the character actress Florence Pugh will play in the "Black Widow" film.  Is it "Yelena Belova?"

BLACK WIDOW - From Variety: Actor Ray Winstone has reportedly joined Marvel's "Black Widow" film.

SPIDER-MAN - From CinemaBlend:  Kevin Feige says that it is up to Sony whether or not Tom Holland's Spider-Man meets Tom Hardy's Venom.

FUTURE - From ComicBook:  Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige confirms that he has been talking to Keanu Reeves about ways to bring him into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME - From Newsarama:  Will Zendaya's "MJ" character have red hair as a nod to the Spider-Man comic books' "Mary-Jane Watson?"

SHANG-CHI - From ThatHashtagShow:  Actors Ludi Lin ("Power Rangers") and Disney TV actor, Ross Butler ("K.C. Undercover") have the lead in landing the title role in Marvel's "Shangi-Chi" film, with Lin being the rumored favorite.

BLACK WIDOW - From FlickeringMyth:  These are supposed to be the first set photos from Norway for upcoming "Black Widow" film.

FUTURE - From MovieWeb:  New rumors say classic Marvel Comics' property, "Fantastic Four" will make its Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in 2022.

ETERNALS - From YahooEntertainment:  Word is that Keanu Reeves is "in talks" to appear in Marvel Studios' planned "Eternals" film.

CAPTAIN MARVEL - From Newsarama:  Here are two video extras from the "Captain Marvel" Blu-ray:  one featuring comic book writer Kelly Sue DeConnick.

AVENGERS: ENDGAME - From Truthout:  “Avengers: Endgame” Is a Liberal War Cry by Nicholas Powers.

AVENGERS: ENDGAME - From Newsarama:  "Endgame" is within $110 million of surpassing "Avatar's" global box office record.

DIRECTORS - From Polygon:  What movies did Marvel Studios film directors make after their "Marvel Cinematic Universe" films.

THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER - From Deadline:  Kari Skogland has been set to direct the six-part Disney+ miniseries, "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier," with Anthony Mackie (The Falcon) and Sebastian Stan (The Winter Soldier") set to star.  "Captain America: Civil War's" Daniel Bruhl and Emily Van Camp are also in talks to join the miniseries, which will air in August 2020.

FUTURE - From Newsarama:  Kevin Feige said that the real "Mandarin" will appear in a future Marvel Studios film.  Ben Kingsley played an imposter in "Iron Man 3."

SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME - From Movieweb:  "Far From Home," according to rumor, will have an end-credit scene that will set up Spider-Man's future as a superhero.

SPIDER-MAN/AVENGERS - From Polygon:  Starting Friday, May 10th, "Avengers: Endgame" has a post-credits scenes, but it is the simply the second trailer for "Spider-Man: Far From Home."

AVENGERS: ENDGAME - From Variety:  "Endgame" writers, Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus, answer a bunch of questions.

AVENGERS: ENDGAME - From CBR:  Did Thanos' snap of his fingers in "Avengers: Infinity War" create mutants a.k.a. X-Men?

FUTURE - From Variety:  Marvel will reveal its future film slate some time during the summer, according Disney CEO Bob Iger.

ETERNALS - From Variety:  "Game of Thrones" star Richard Madden in talks to star in "Eternals" film.

AVENGERS: ENDGAME - From Deadline:  "Endgame" is on the way to crossing the $2 billion dollar mark this coming weekend.

AVENGERS: ENDGAME - From Deadline:  Naughty Chris Pratt filmed some "highly illegal" video while on the "Endgame" set, but people are loving it online.

FRANCHISE - From THR:  Marvel Cinematic Universe actors are getting paid, with Robert Downey, Jr. leading the way.

AVENGERS: ENDGAME - From Newsarama:  Why CAPTAIN MARVEL and BLACK PANTHER Didn't Have Bigger Roles in AVENGERS: ENDGAME

AVENGERS: ENDGAME - From Deadline:  "Avenger: Endgame" rips up all the box office records for a film opening.

AVENGERS: ENDGAME - From Variety:  "Endgame" has an opening day (Fri., April 26th) of $156.7 million.

AVENGERS: ENDGAME - From Newsarama:  "Endgame" sets a record for Thursday previews with an estimated 60 million dollar take.

AVENGERS: ENDGAME - From Variety:  "Endgame" surpasses $100 million in China on its opening day.

AVENGERS: ENDGAME - From Newsarama:  Fandango says that 4,000 showings of "Endgame" have sold out.

PHASE THREE - From YahooFatherly:  Kevin Feige makes it official that the end of "Phase Three" of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is "Spider-Man: Far From Home."

From News18:  Marvel boss, Kevin Feige, says that Marvel Studios is going big on diversity and is willing to take risks on films.  For instance, "Shang-chi" will have an Asian-American lead.

From FlickeringMyth:  Robert Downey, Jr. says that the last eight minutes of "Avengers: Endgame" are maybe the best eight minutes in the entire history of the whole run of them, in a way, because everyone’s involved.

SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME - From USAToday:  Nick Fury is the "mean new stepdad" in "Far from Home" says director Jon Watts.

SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME - From Newsarama:  The release date for "Spider-Man: Far from Home" has moved from July 5th to July 2nd.

KEVIN FEIGE - From Variety:  The Marvel Studios boss talks about Disney+ and the X-Men.

DISNEY+ - From Newsarama:  During an investors webcast, Disney confirmed details of its Marvel Cinematic Universe based TV series, including a "What if" animated series and live action "Loki," "Falcon and Winter Soldier," and "WandaVision" series.

BLACK WIDOW - From Deadline:  "Black Widow" adds actor O-T Fagbenle ("The Handmaid's Tale") to its cast.

CAPTAIN MARVEL - From Newsarama:  Updates on "Captain Marvel's" box office.

DISNEY+ - From Variety:  Jeremy Renner will reprise his "Avengers" role as the superhero, "Hawkeye," for a Disney+ series.

FUTURE - From Variety:  Australia has given Marvel Studios a $17.1 million subsidy to film a movie there.

BLACK PANTHER - From YahooEntertainment:  Actor Chadwick Boseman has the perfect response to all the people asking about "Black Panther 2."

THE ETERNALS - From THR:  Oscar-nominee Kumail Nanjiani is reportedly in talks to join Angelina Jolie in Marvel's "The Eternals" film.

AVENGERS ENDGAME - From YahooEntertainment:  Apparently, because of his tendency to leak things, Tom Holand a.k.a. Peter Parker/Spider-Man, did not get a copy of the "Endgame" script.

CAPTAIN MARVEL - From TheWrap:  "Captain Marvel" crosses the $1 billion mark in worldwide box office.

BLACK WIDOW - From Variety:  Oscar-winner Rachel Weisz ("The Constant Gardner") in talks to play a key role in "Black Widow."

BLACK WIDOW - From CNET:  David Harbour is about to star in the "Hellboy" reboot and is a star in Netflix's "Stranger Things" has joined Marvel's standalone "Black Widow" film.

THE ETERNALS - From THR:  Angelina Jolie reportedly in talks to join Marvel Studios' "The Eternals, which is to be directed by Chloe Zhao.

AVENGERS: ENDGAME - From Newsarama:  Marvel releases 32 "Avengers: Endgame" posters that offers some surprising clues/details.

SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME - From Newsarama:  Sony Pictures releases international versions of the "Spider-Man: Far from Home" movie poster.  Spidey is sporting a new costume.

KEVIN FEIGE - From ScreenRant:  Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige talks "Captain Marvel" and a lot of other stuff.

CAPTAIN MARVEL - From Deadline:  "Captain Marvel" now at $910 million in worldwide box office.

AVENGERS ENDGAME - From SlashFilm:  Anthony and Joe Russo admit that the "Avengers: Endgame" trailers are deliberately misleading audiences.

CAPTAIN MARVEL - From Newsarama:  "Captain Marvel" crosses the $800 million dollar mark in worldwide box office.

BLACK WIDOW - From Variety:  Sources say that actress Florence Pugh has joined the "Black Widow" standalone film.

KEVIN FEIGE - From Newsarama:  Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige doubles down on his commitment to diverse representation in the studio's films.

CAPTAIN MARVEL - From Deadline:  "Captain Marvel's" second weekend box office haul, $69.3 million, is the second best second weekend in March box office history.

CAPTAIN MARVEL - From YahooEntertainment:  In the wake of "Captain Marvel's" smashing success, other female-led superhero movies are coming.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY - From Deadline:   Disney has reinstated James Gunn as director of "Guardians of the Galaxy 3."  Gunn was fired after OLD social media posts came to light.

From YahooDigitalSpy:  Directors of Marvel Studios films react to the return of James Gunn to GotG 3.

AVENGERS: ENDGAME - From YouTube:  New "Avengers: Endgame" trailer - released March 14, 2019 

SHANG-CHI - From THR:  Destin Daniel Cretton has reportedly been chosen by Marvel Studios to direct its film, "Shang-Chi," based upon Marvel Comics' "Master of Kung-Fu."  Marvel is also looking for an Asian lead and the film will feature a predominately Asian and Asian-American cast.

CAPTAIN MARVEL - From Variety:  "Captain Marvel" moves past $500 million in worldwide box office as of today.

CAPTAIN MARVEL - From Marvel:  "Captain Marvel" breaks box office records in its opening weekend.  Marvel Studios' latest chapter became the biggest opening for a woman-led movie.

CAPTAIN MARVEL - From THR:  "Captain Marvel" has a $153 million debut at the domestic box office and $455 million in worldwide ticket sales.

CAPTAIN MARVEL - From Newsarama:  "Captain Marvel" off to a 78 million dollar start at the global box office.

CAPTAIN MARVEL - From YahooFinance:  Advanced tickets sales for "Captain Marvel" are reportedly hotter than they were for "Wonder Woman" and only trails "Black Panther" for solo superhero movies.

CAPTAIN MARVEL - From Deadline:  "Captain Marvel's" debut in China is the fourth biggest for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

BLACK WIDOW - From Newsarama:  Andre Holland, Rachel Weisz, and Alec Baldwin are reportedly on the shortlist to join Marvel's "Black Widow" film.

BLACK WIDOW - From Newsarama:  Emma Watson shortlisted to be the co-lead in Marvel's "Black Widow" film.

CAPTAIN MARVEL - From BleedingCool:  On "The Jonathan Ross Show," Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson of "Captain Marvel" met comic book creator Bryan Hitch, the comic book artist who first drew Jackson as Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D.

FUTURE - From Newsarama:  Kevin Feige says that Marvel Studios won't announce additions to its film schedule until after "Avengers: Endgame" and "Spider-Man: Far From Home."

CAPTAIN MARVEL - From YahooDigitalSpy:  Brie Larson reveals her intense training for the lead role in "Captain Marvel."

AVENGERS: ENDGAME - From Newsarama:  "Avengers: Endgame" is tracking to set an opening weekend box office record.  "Infinity War" had an opening weekend of $257 million, which is the current record.

FUTURE - From Newsarama:  Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige talks about the place of the "Eternals" in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

BLACK PANTHER - From io9:  Black Panther wins 3 Oscars at 91st Academy Awards.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


TRAILERS:

SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME - From YouTube:  New trailer (5/6/2019) for "Spider-Man: Far From Home," which is due July 2, 2019.

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

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

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


"The Addams Family" Soundtrack to Feature New Music from Top Recording Artists

MGM’S ANIMATED COMEDY ‘THE ADDAMS FAMILY’ WILL FEATURE ORIGINAL MUSIC FROM CHRISTINA AGUILERA, MIGOS, KAROL G, ROCK MAFIA & SNOOP DOGG

The Addams Family Will Be Released in Theaters on October 11, 2019

LOS ANGELES – Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM) announced its upcoming animated comedy, The Addams Family, will feature original songs from global music superstars Christina Aguilera, Migos, Karol G, Rock Mafia and Snoop Dogg, among others. Based on the famous New Yorker creations of Charles Addams, the kookiest family on the block is back on the big screen with an all-star voice cast led by Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz, Finn Wolfhard, Nick Kroll, Bette Midler, Allison Janney, Elsie Fisher and Snoop Dogg playing IT. Directed by Conrad Vernon (Shrek 2, Monsters vs. Aliens) and Greg Tiernan (Thomas & Friends, Day of the Diesels), The Addams Family will be released in theaters on October 11, 2019.

“Christina Aguilera, Migos, Karol G, Rock Mafia and Snoop Dogg are all powerhouse talents. We could not have asked for a better lineup of global superstars to help audiences embrace the weird and celebrate the absurd with two brand-new songs that perfectly compliment this fresh fun take on MGM’s beloved franchise, just in time for Halloween,” said MGM’s Motion Picture Group President, Jonathan Glickman.

The first Addams Family track to be released "My Family," is performed by Migos, Karol G, Rock Mafia and Snoop Dogg and will drop this Friday, September 13,2019. The song was written by Antonina Armato, Quavious Keyate Marshall, Carolina Giraldo, Danny Parra, Tim James, Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr. and Vic Mizzy and was produced by Rock Mafia. The track is being released by MGM Records and distributed by 12 Tone Music. "Haunted Heart," performed by Christina Aguilera, was written by Antonina Armato, Aguilera and Tim James and was also produced by Rock Mafia. “Haunted Heart” will be released later this month by RCA Records ahead of the film’s debut. Both songs will be available for streaming and \or download at all major music retail digital platforms.


About Metro Goldwyn Mayer
Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM) is a leading entertainment company focused on the production and global distribution of film and television content across all platforms. The company owns one of the world’s deepest libraries of premium film and television content as well as the premium pay television network EPIX, which is available throughout the U.S. via cable, satellite, telco and digital distributors.  In addition, MGM has investments in numerous other television channels, digital platforms and interactive ventures and is producing premium short-form content for distribution. For more information, visit www.mgm.com.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Sony Pictures Classics to Distribute "French Exit" in the United States

Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Azazel Jacobs’ “French Exit” Starring Oscar® Nominee Michelle Pfeiffer And Oscar® Nominee Lucas Hedges

Film To Start Production In Montreal & Paris In October

NEW YORK – Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all rights in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Japan, China and worldwide airlines to Azazel JacobsFRENCH EXIT. The film stars Oscar® nominee Michelle Pfeiffer and Oscar® nominee Lucas Hedges, and is set to start production this October in Montreal and Paris

Written by award-winning Canadian novelist Patrick deWitt, FRENCH EXIT is based on deWitt’sinternational bestselling book of the same title, which was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize.

“My plan was to die before the money ran out,” says 60-year-old penniless Manhattan socialite Frances Price (Michelle Pfeiffer), but things didn’t go as planned. Her husband Franklin has been dead for 20 years and with his vast inheritance gone, she cashes in the last of her possessions and resolves to live out her twilight days anonymously in a modest apartment in Paris, accompanied by her directionless son Malcolm (Hedges) and the embodiment of Franklin in the form of 'Small Frank', the family cat.

“To work with Sony Pictures Classics is a dream come true for me. They have given us so many beautiful, inspiring films over the years, and the incredible care and expertise with which they release them has always impressed me. As I prepare to embark on production, I am happy and relieved to know that French Exit will ultimately be in their hands,” said Azazel Jacobs.

"When I wrote the novel and screenplay I couldn't have imagined a more exciting cast to embody these characters. Sony Classics is a dream distributor consistently delivering smart, quality work. I'm honored to be working with this incredibly talented team.," said Patrick deWitt.

"French Exit is the fresh, distinctive screenplay we've been looking for all year. Based on the spectacular best selling novel by Patrick DeWitt with settings in the New York and Paris we've grown to love, DeWitt’s screenplay has dialogue, witty and strong and rich characters in the mold of the best Hollywood comedies. This promises goldmine performances from Michelle Pfeiffer and Lucas Hedges. We couldn't be more pleased to be working with director Azazel Jacobs, a formidable voice in independent film," added Sony Pictures Classics.

The Canadian/ Irish international co-production is produced by Rocket Science, Elevation Pictures, Screen Siren Pictures and Blinder Films.

CAA Media Finance and Rocket Science brokered the deal with Sony Pictures Classics.

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions previously picked up all other international territories excluding Canada and Switzerland.

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VIZ Media Announces "Garden Story" Video Game for Spring 2020

VIZ MEDIA PROUDLY ANNOUNCES GARDEN STORY THE VIDEO GAME

A Cute Pixel Graphic Adventure For All Ages Sprouting In Spring 2020

San Francisco, CA – VIZ Media announces GARDEN STORY, a new single-player social simulator and adventure RPG scheduled to launch in Spring 2020. GARDEN STORY is developed by Picogram, and co-published by Rose City Games, developers of VIZ Media's THE WORLD NEXT DOOR and CAT LADY games.

In GARDEN STORY, players take on the role of Concord, the newly appointed village guardian. There’s lots to keep this helpful adventurer busy; not only do your neighbors need assistance, but a mysterious Rot has also seeped into the foundations of the once flourishing island. Fortunately, Concord won’t be working at this alone. Help your friends with their struggles, and they’ll help you through yours. Balance caring for the environment, exploring new regions, and fostering new friendships as you solve puzzles and help restore the Grove to glory!

GARDEN STORY will be available for PC and MacOS X platforms. Catch the official teaser trailer at: https://youtu.be/sRBECAVAxpo.

“GARDEN STORY is an exciting addition to VIZ’s growing game catalog,” says Brad Woods, Chief Marketing Officer, VIZ Media. “The game’s development furthers our position in the indie game space and builds upon our relationships with the talented indie studios and developers at Picogram and Rose City Games. No gardening experience is required!”

Developer and artist Picogram says, "I've always loved working with the talented people at Rose City Games, and I've been a big fan of VIZ Media's work since I was a kid. To say the least, the journey to this point has been nothing short of wild! Believe it!"

“We met Picogram a couple years back at one of our community events with Portland Indie Game Squad, and we love what they do,” says Corey Warning, co-founder of Rose City Games. “I’m so excited that we get to be a part of making GARDEN STORY happen - it’s really something special!”

Follow the development of the GARDEN STORY game on Twitter at @gardenstorygame. For more information, please visit GardenStoryGame.com, and wishlist the game on Steam.

For information on anime, manga, video game and other multimedia titles published by VIZ Media, please visit viz.com.


About Picogram
Picogram grew up in Hawaii, where they developed their first games in their Grandmother’s living room. After relocating to Portland, OR, they’ve worked on projects like ‘P.E. Noire’ and ‘Goodbye, Doggy’ with composer Grahm Nesbitt during local Portland Indie Game Squad game jams. Picogram loves great stories, and they strive to tell unique narratives in their works. Garden Story is the personal culmination of many other titles they’ve worked on, and teaming up with Rose City Games and VIZ Media to bring GARDEN STORY to life is undeniably a dream-come-true!

About Rose City Games
Rose City Games is an independent game studio based out of Portland, OR. Founded by indie game community organizers Will Lewis and Corey Warning in 2015, the studio recently released the award winning narrative puzzler, THE WORLD NEXT DOOR. Before shifting their focus on original games, they produced a game jam event for Cartoon Network, helped launch Headmaster for PlayStation VR, and activated the local development scene by organizing the Portland Indie Game Squad.

Learn more about Rose City Games at rosecitygames.com.

Follow Rose City Games on Twitter for updates: twitter.com/rosecitygames

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

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

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Monday, September 9, 2019

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