Saturday, June 15, 2019

Negromancer News Bits and Bites from June 9th to 15th, 2019 - Update #21

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MOVIES - From Variety:  Bradley Cooper is in early talks to appear in Guillermo del Toro's next film, "Nightmare Alley."

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SCANDAL - From YahooEntertainment:  Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding, Jr. was booked for misdemeanor forcible touching and sexual abuse in the third degree by the NYPD and he was arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court and released without bail on Thursday night.  TMZ claims to have video of Gooding groping a woman at a New York bar.

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STREAMING-ANIMATION - From Newsarama:  DreamWorksTV has released a teaser trailer for Netflix's "Fast & Furious: Spy Racer" animated series.

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SPORTS - From YahooSports:  The Toronto Raptors are the 2019 NBA Champions, their first.  Kawhi Leonard is named MVP of the Championship Series.

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SCANDAL - From TheDailyBeast:  So bestselling author Nicholas Sparks may be a racist, homophobic, Christian bigot.  This article reprints damning emails from Sparks.

From TheGuardian:  This is an article from four and a half years ago about a lawsuit against Nicholas Sparks, who has had many of his bestselling novels turned into films.  The lawsuit is scheduled to go to trial in August of this year.

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SPORTS - From YahooSports:  The St. Louis Blues are the National Hockey League champions, winning the 2019 Stanley Cup, 4 games to 3 games against the Boston Bruins.  This Blues won their first Stanley Cup championship by beating the Bruins 4 to 1 in Game 7 in Boston.

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ANIMATION - From Newsarama:  There is a new "Looney Tunes Cartoons" short with Bugs Bunny, "Dynamite Dance."  See it here.

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MUSIC - From GetPocket:  The story of Prince Nico Mbarga, the man who recorded the most popular son in African history, "Sweet Mother."

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STAR TREK - From ThePlaylist:  Regarding the "Star Trek" movie in which Quentin Tarantino is supposed to be involved, Tarantino says that a script has been written and it is awaiting his notes.  He says the film will definitely be rated "R."

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ANIMATION - From Variety:  Classic animated Disney characters, "Chip 'n Dale" are getting a reboot for the streaming service, Disney+.

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STREAMING - From Deadline:  Sandra Bullock, Akiva Goldsman, and John Legend are executive producing a dance-flavored, 1980s, drama-comedy inspired by Bullock's college years.  This project is headed to Amazon.

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AWARDS - From USWeekly:  A complete list of winners and nominees at the 2019 Tony Awards.

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BOX OFFICE - From BoxOfficeMojo:  The winner of the 6/7 to 6/9/2019 weekend box office is "The Secret Life of Pets 2" with an estimated haul of 47.1 million dollars.

From Deadline:  "Dark Phoenix" has the worst opening weekend at the domestic box office of any "X-Men" film at 33 million dollars.  It may well lose over 100 million dollars.  This article also talks about the film's troubles.

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STREAMING - From Deadline:  Steven Spielberg is writing a "creepy" and "super scary" series for the "Quibi" digital platform overseen by Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman.

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LGBTQ - From Slate:  "Before Stonewall, if You Were Attacked for Being Gay, You Were the Criminal" by James Polchin

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CULTURE - From Politico:  "How Legal Weed Is Killing America’s Most Famous Marijuana Farmers" by Natalie Fertig

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MOVIES - From FlickeringMyth:  Pro wrestler turned actor John Cena is either close to joining the "Fast & Furious 9" or has officially joined, according to Vin Diesel.

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MOVIES - From Variety:  Kevin Hart is developing a remake of the 1988 Bill Murray, Christmas dark comedy film, "Scrooged."

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MUSIC - From YahooEntertainment:  Madonna is quite upset about a "New York Times" profile of her.


OBITS:

From NFL:  Longtime NFL owner of the Denver Broncos, Pat Bowlen, has died at the age of 75, Thursday, June 13, 2019.  Bowlen and his siblings bought the Broncos in 1984.  The Broncos won three Super Bowl titles during his ownership.

From NOLA:  Noted Louisiana blues and Zydeco musician, Paul "Lil Buck" Sinegal, has died at the age of 75, Monday, June 10, 2019.  The Lafayette, Louisiana-born guitarist recorded with Lil Bob, and Rockin' Dopsie, to name a few, and he was a member of the late Clifton Chenier's Band.

From RollingStone:  Rock musician and songwriter, Roky Erickson, died at the age of 71, Friday, May 31, 2019.  Erickson was a pioneer of psychedelic rock and a cult figure.  He spent several years in a Texas mental institution and battled mental illness for most of his life.  He is best known for his association with the band, "The 13th Floor Elevators."  The 2000s saw a revival of his career and also him gaining control of his health.


Thursday, June 13, 2019

Bluefin Announces "I Am Your Father's Day 2019" Star Wars Sale


BLUEFIN CELEBRATES STARS WARS FANDOM AND DADS EVERYWHERE WITH A SPECIAL STAR WARS FATHER’S DAY SALE

Online Promotion Offers A Comprehensive Collection Of High Detail Action Figures And Model Kits From Tamashii Nations And Bandai Spirits Hobby

Leading collectibles distributor Bluefin, a Bandai Namco group company and the leading North American distributor of toys, collectibles, and hobby merchandise from Japan and Asia, celebrates Star Wars and extends appreciation to dads everywhere with a special Star Wars Father’s Day Sale.

The sale is running online now for a limited time exclusively at: www.bluefinbrands.com/star-wars-day.html.

The Bluefin Star Wars Father’s Day Sale features special pricing on scores of highly detailed Star Wars Scale Character Model Kits and Vehicle Model kits from Bandai Spirits Hobby and a special Star Wars Meisho Movie Realization action figure “Father & Son” bundle from Tamashii Nations that features interstellar bounty hunter Boba Fett and his father, Jango Fett.

Tamashii Nation’s Meisho Movie Realization Star Wars line pays homage to the Samurai aesthetic and artfully reimagines iconic Empire characters from the legendary films with feudal-style Japanese armor and weaponry.

Notable Tamashii Nations bundle for the Star Wars Father’s Day Sale includes:

Star Wars Father's Day Mandalorian Bundle – Price: $125.00

Boba Fett continues the Family Business of Ronin Bounty Hunter. He is so much like his dad, Jango, you think he was his Clone! The 2-figure set includes Tamashii Nation’s Ronin Jango Fett "Star Wars", Bandai Meisho Movie Realization figure and the Boba Fett "Star Wars,” Bandai Meisho Movie Realization figure.

Bandai Spirits Hobby Star Wars Father’s Day Bundles:

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

Star Wars Father's Day Stormtrooper Bundle – Price $68.00

“It’s Take Your Kid to Work” day in the Empire, and this little Trooper is going help their Dad on the Death Star! Bundle contains 1/6 Scale Bandai Hobby Star Wars Character Stormtrooper and a smaller 1/12 Scale Bandai Hobby Star Wars Character Stormtrooper.

Star Wars Father's Day Shadowtrooper Bundle – Price $68.00

“Take Your Kid to Work” continues across the Empire with a special pair of Shadowtroopers. Bundle includes 1/6 Scale Bandai Hobby Shadow Stormtrooper and 1/12 Scale Bandai Hobby Shadow Stormtrooper from the Star Wars Character Line.

Additional notable bundled kits and other items include:

Star Wars Father's Day Tie Fighter & X-Wing Vehicle Bundle – Price $36.00

The perfect vehicles for a Father Son Race down the Death Star Trench. Bundle contains Tie Fighter Advanced 1/72 Scale Plastic Model and 1/72 Scale Star Wars X-Wing model kits.

Star Wars Father's Day AT-AT, AT-ST Bundle – Price $50.00

AT-AT out for a hike with his little Scout and they are going to cover All Terrains! Bundle includes 1/144 Scale Star Wars AT-AT and 1/148 Scale Star Wars AT-ST model kits.

Bandai Chogokin x12 R2-D2 Star Wars: A New Hope Diecast Figure – Price $200.00

A dream collaboration between Star Wars and Bandai Chogokin. This accurately detailed diecast rendering of the famed Astromech R2-D2 droid stands 7 inches tall and weighs over 2 pounds! Hatches open to reveal manipulator arms and the droid can transform between bipedal and tri-pedal modes, and features 8 LEDs to capture R2-D2's trademark expressions.

A wide array of additional Star Wars Character and Vehicle scale model kits are available for the Star Wars Father’s Day Sale. These include 1/6 and 1/12 scale kits for scores of iconic characters as well as a variety of beloved vehicles and space ships.

Visit www.bluefinbrands.com/star-wars-day.html for the complete selection of Star Wars products.


About Bluefin
Bluefin is a leading master and channel distributor of Japanese toys, collectibles, novelty and hobby products. The company’s extensive product line features a diverse and continually expanding catalog of high quality and popular collectibles from Asia. As a Bandai Namco group company, Bluefin distributes products in the U.S. for Bandai Tamashii Nations, Hobby and Shokugan. The company’s array of brand offerings also includes products from Storm Collectibles, Mr. Hobby/GSI, SEN-TI-NEL and Flame Toys, for which the company is the North American exclusive distributor. Bluefin is also the official North American consumer products and retail development partner for Studio Ghibli. Additional company information is available at: https://bluefinbrands.com/

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Nickelodeon's "All That" Returns Sat., June 15th

Vital Information! Nickelodeon Sets All That Premiere Date--Saturday, June 15, at 8:30 P.M. (ET/PT), Featuring Performance by Grammy® Nominated Multiplatinum Powerhouse Trio Jonas Brothers!

Original Cast Members Kel Mitchell, Lori Beth Denberg and Josh Server Guest Star in Weekly Sketch Comedy Series Return

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BURBANK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nickelodeon’s brand-new version of its legendary sketch comedy series, All That, returns on Saturday, June 15, 2019, at 8:30 p.m. (ET/PT), with an all new cast and performance by Grammy® nominated multiplatinum powerhouse Jonas Brothers. The premiere also features appearances from legacy cast members Kel Mitchell, Lori Beth Denberg and Josh Server, who helped make the original series a 90s icon for an entire generation of kids. Executive produced by original cast member Kenan Thompson, All That will air weekly on Saturdays at 8:30 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon.

As the countdown to the premiere begins, the show opens with Mitchell, Denberg and Server imparting advice and words of wisdom to the new cast of All That sharpens their comedic skills. Coming this season, classic roles are reprised in some of the series’ most memorable sketches including: Mitchell as fast-food slacker “Ed” in “Good Burger”, Denberg dropping some hilarious new advice in “Vital Information” and appearing as “Ms. Hushbaum,” the hypocritical “Loud Librarian”. The new cast and additional guest stars will be announced at a later date.

The Jonas Brothers will close the show with a performance of their smash hit “Sucker,” which debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and the US Hot Digital Songs chart.

Shot in front of a live studio audience, this season All That will introduce an all-new cast of kids to a new generation of fans, along with original comedic sketches, beloved ones, new characters and impersonations of today’s popular celebrities. Each new episode will also feature a musical performance from today’s top artists, and guest stars from the worlds of TV, film, comedy and more.

All That was Nickelodeon’s longest running live-action series with 171 episodes across 10 seasons from 1994 to 2005. The franchise paved the way for a number of successful spinoffs including Kenan & Kel, The Amanda Show and The Nick Cannon Show, the feature-length film Good Burger, as well as audio recordings, books, festival tours, and numerous reunions celebrating the show’s impact on pop culture.

All That helped launch the careers of comedy stars including Kenan Thompson, Amanda Bynes and Nick Cannon, and has featured musical guests and guest stars including Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Usher, Ray Romano and Brittany Snow. All That was created by Brian Robbins and Mike Tollin.

All That is executive produced by Kenan Thompson (Saturday Night Live), Kel Mitchell (Game Shakers) and Kevin Kay (All That, SpongeBob SquarePants, Lip Sync Battle, Lip Sync Battle Shorties, Yellowstone). Jermaine Fowler (Superior Donuts, Sorry to Bother You) serves as a consulting producer. Production of All That for Nickelodeon is overseen by Shauna Phelan, Senior Vice President, Live-Action Scripted Content.


About Nickelodeon:
Nickelodeon, now in its 40th 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 brand includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, digital, location based experiences, publishing and feature films. 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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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Review: CAPTAIN MARVEL Earns Her Name

TRASH IN MY EYE No. 4 (of 2019) by Leroy Douresseaux

[This review was originally posted on Patreon.]

Captain Marvel (2019)
Running time:  124 minutes (2 hours, 4 minutes)
MPAA – PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and brief suggestive language
DIRECTORS:  Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck
WRITERS:  Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck, and Geneva Robertson-Dworet; from a story by Nicole Perlman, Meg LeFauve, Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck, and Geneva Robertson-Dworet
PRODUCER:  Kevin Feige
CINEMATOGRAPHER:  Ben Davis
EDITORS:  Debbie Berman and Elliot Graham
COMPOSER:  Pinar Toprak

SUPERHERO/SCI-FI/ACTION/THRILLER

Starring:  Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Jude Law, Annette Bening, Lashana Lynch, Clark Gregg, Rune Temte, Gemma Chan, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Akira Akbar, Algenis Perez Soto, and Stan Lee

Captain Marvel is a 2019 superhero film directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck and produced by Marvel Studios.  The film is based on Marvel Comics characters that first appeared in the comic books Marvel Super-Heroes issues #12 and #13 (Marvel Comics).  Captain Marvel the movie focuses on a young woman with extraordinary powers who is plagued by memory problems even as she serves one side in a galactic war between two alien races.

Captain Marvel opens in 1995 on Hala, the capital planet of the Kree Empire.  The focus is on a young woman named “Vers” (Brie Larson), a member of “Starforce,” a Kree special ops unit.  Starforce leader, Yon-Rogg (Jude Law), leads Vers and the rest of his unit on a rescue mission into the territory of the Skrulls, alien shape-shifters who are the Kree Empire's mortal enemies.

During the mission, Vers is captured, but upon escaping, she finds herself near the planet Earth.  She crash lands in Los Angeles where she finds herself immediately confronted by Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., and also by a Skrull unit led by a commander named Talos (Ben Mendelsohn).  Vers, however, has more than S.H.I.E.L.D. and Skrulls to worry her.  Vers is plagued by fragments of memories and by the visions of a woman named Carol Danvers.

Captain Marvel will face inevitable comparisons to 2017's Wonder Woman, the first major film featuring a female comic book superhero in the solo and lead role.  Like Wonder Woman the character, Captain Marvel/Carol Danvers, is not a woman willing to allow a man to take the lead or have control over her.  Captain Marvel is an origin story of sorts, but it is not a coming-of-age story, nor does it offer the heroic arc.  Carol Danvers/Vers is a powerful woman striving to “be her best self,” because she is already an able and capable woman, even before she gained great power.

Oscar-winning actress, Brie Larson, captures the woman that is Carol Danvers/Vers with a level of self-confidence that I found off-putting.  Even after years of reading comic book featuring female superheroes, I am still getting used to women who are every bit as confident and self-possessed as the ultra-powerful male superheroes.  Carol Danvers does not need an Obi-Wan, an Alfred Pennyworth, or a Ben Parker.  In Captain Marvel, Larson is helping me get over my male-centric notions of the hero.

Samuel L. Jackson also gives a good performance as Nick Fury.  Since Captain Marvel's story is set a decade before the story in Marvel Studio's first film, Iron Man (2008), we get a younger Fury.  Jackson was digitally “de-aged” to play the younger Fury, but his sarcasm and edgy personality remains.  This film also gives Jackson a chance to show a softer, playful side (thanks to “Goose” the cat).  [Clark Gregg reprises his character, Phil Coulson, and is also de-aged.]  Jackson makes excellent use of his opportunities to be humorous, after all, he does not need to be the bad-ass, because (as I just said) Danvers does not need a sidekick or male helper, even if she does have one or two...

Ben Mendelsohn gives a nuanced turn in two roles, as Talos (a Skrull) and Keller (a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent).  There is something about Mendelsohn that reminds me of Martin Freeman (Black Panther; The Hobbit film series), and I'm always down to be reminded of Martin Freeman.  Also, here, Jude Law makes an art of being shifty and slippery as the Kree, Yon-Rogg.

Captain Marvel is delightfully off-beat and odd.  Perhaps, some of the critics and fans (trolls) who claim that Marvel Studios' films are too alike will be satisfied with a film that is as different as its title character is (but probably not).  I cannot quite put to words why I like Captain Marvel so much, but I can say that I did not want it to end.  I wanted more, much more of Captain Marvel.

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Saturday, March 9, 2019


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Monday, June 10, 2019

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