Sunday, April 22, 2018

Negromancer News Bits and Bites from April 22nd to 30th, 2018 - Update #2

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BOX OFFICE - From BoxOfficeMojo:  The winner of the 4/20 to 4/22/2018 weekend box office is "A Quiet Place" with an estimated take of $22 million.

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STREAMING - From ShadowandAct:  Casting begins for Ava DuVernay's "Central Park Five" project for Netflix.

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MOVIES - From IndieWire:  James Cameron hopes for "Avengers fatigue," as there are other sci-fi stories to tell.  [Is there "Terminator" fatigue, this editor asks?]


"Ready Player One" Crosses Half-Billion Mark in Box Office

Steven Spielberg’s “Ready Player One” Surpasses $500 Million Worldwide

The action adventure has earned more than $200 million (RMB 1.3b) in China, becoming the 10th-highest U.S. release ever in that market

BURBANK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The widely acclaimed action adventure “Ready Player One,” from Warner Bros. Pictures, Amblin Entertainment and Village Roadshow Pictures, has crossed half a billion dollars at the worldwide box office.

Directed by Steven Spielberg, “Ready Player One” has been a hit in every corner of the globe. Domestically, the movie has taken in more the $120.6 million to date and counting. On the international front, where the box office has been climbing steadily, the film is already at an estimated $379.5 million, including China, where “Ready Player One” has earned more than $200 million (RMB 1.3b). Other markets continue to show strong results, including the UK ($21.1 million), Korea ($17.7 million), France ($16.8 million) and Russia ($12 million).

Completing its worldwide release, “Ready Player One” opened this weekend in Japan, where anticipation has been extremely high.

Spielberg directed “Ready Player One” from a screenplay by Zak Penn and Ernest Cline, based on Cline’s global bestseller of the same name. The film was produced by Donald De Line, Kristie Macosko Krieger, Spielberg and Dan Farah. Adam Somner, Daniel Lupi, Chris deFaria and Bruce Berman served as executive producers.

“Ready Player One” stars Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Lena Waithe, T.J. Miller, Philip Zhao, Win Morisaki, Hannah John-Kamen, with Simon Pegg and Mark Rylance.

Spielberg’s behind-the-scenes creative team was led by director of photography Janusz Kaminski, production designer Adam Stockhausen, editors Michael Kahn and Sarah Broshar, and costume designer Kasia Walicka Maimone. The score is by Alan Silvestri.

Warner Bros. Pictures and Amblin Entertainment present, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, an Amblin Production, a De Line Pictures Production, a Steven Spielberg Film, “Ready Player One.”

Playing in 2D and 3D in select theatres and IMAX, the film is being distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures. This film has been rated PG-13.

www.readyplayeronemovie.com

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Marvel Studios Link-o-Rama 2018 - Update #38

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BLACK PANTHER - From ShadowandAct:  Unsegregated 'Black Panther' Screening Marks New Age Of Entertainment In Saudi Arabia After Decades-Long Cinema Ban

AVENGERS - From ThePlaylist:  More "Avengers: Infinity War" cameos revealed... accidentally?

MARVEL TV - From EW:  Meet the cast of Freeform's "Cloak and Dagger."

BLACK PANTHER - From BleedingCool:  The post-credit scene featuring The Winter Soldier in "Black Panther" was apparently longer than what was scene in theaters.

AVENGERS - From THR:  Carrie Coon will play a villain, "Proxima Midnight," in "Avengers: Infinity War."

AVENGERS - From YahooEntertainment:  Russo Bros. not ready to reveal the title for "Avengers," which is due May 2019.

AVENGERS - From TheWrap:  Co-director Joe Russo is shocked to learn that Indonesia's Film Censorship Institute has cut seven minutes from "Avengers: Infinity War."

AVENGERS - From BleedingCool:  Anthony and Joe Russo says that "Avengers: Infinity War" finishes the story they began in "Captain Marvel: The Winter Soldier" (2014).

PHASE FOUR - From WeGotItCovered:  Rumors say Marvel Studios is set to announce a movie based on the "Eternals" comic book characters created by Jack Kirby.

CAPTAIN MARVEL - From CinemaBlend:  Clark Gregg (Agent Coulson from "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD) arrives on the set of "Captain Marvel" and sends a teasing Instagram.

AVENGERS - From YahooVariety:  Fandango tracker record-setting pace for ticket pre-sales on "Avengers: Infinity War."

BLACK PANTHER - From YahooNewsweek:  "Black Panther" will arrive on DVD, Blu-ray, and "Steel Book" editions May 15th with snazzy extras.

AVENGERS - From CBR:  Even the cast has not seen "Avengers: Infinity War."

BLACK PANTHER - From YahooTheWrap:  There is a "Black Panther" toy shortage.

AVENGERS - From Variety:  Marvel release an intense new teaser trailer for "Avengers: Infinity War," entitled "The Chant."  Yibambe!

BLACK PANTHER - From THR:  Marvel's "Black Panther" is the #3 top-grossing film in North American box office (not adjusted for inflation).

MARVEL STUDIOS - From BleedingCool:  Marvel Studios Production Chief Victoria Alonzo talks social change and #TimesUp.

BLACK PANTHER - From Variety:  When Marvel's "Black Panther" (via Disney's Middle East distribution partner, Italia Film) makes its debut in Saudi Arabia on April 18th, it will be first screening of a film since movie theaters were banned in the kingdom in the early 1980s.

AVENGERS - From Variety:  "Avengers: Infinity War" on Track for Massive $200 Million Opening

AVENGERS - From YahooEntertainment: Marvel unleashes 22 poster images for "Avengers: Infinity War."

BLACK PANTHER - From Mashable:  "Black Panther" has passed "Jurassic World" in all-time U.S. box office.  Next up is "Titanic."

DOCTOR STRANGE - From CinemaBlend:  If "Doctor Strange" writer C. Robert Cargill gets to write a sequel to the film, he wants Nightmare to the be the villain.

BLACK PANTHER - From Forbes:  "Black Panther" just set another box office milestone.

CAPTAIN MARVEL - From WeGotThisCovered:  Brie Larson reports for duty as "Captain Marvel" begins filming.

ANT-MAN AND THE WASP:  From WeGotThisCovered:  Marvel Studios begins promo "100 Days" campaign for its upcoming film, "Ant-Man and the Wasp."

BLACK PANTHER:  From TheFederalist:  What The Success Of ‘Black Panther’ Says About The American People

BLACK PANTHER:  From SlashFilm:  Marvel's "Black Panther" is now the highest grossing superhero movie ever in the United States with a domestic take of $624 million.

AVENGERS - From ThePlaylist:  Chris Evans says that he is done with Marvel Studios after "Avengers 4."

AVENGERS:  From NerdlyUK:  Disney Channels UK and Ireland launch "Marvel Avengers" channel.

BLACK PANTHER - From CNET:  "Black Panther" beats "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" as most-tweeted-about movie of all time.

BLACK PANTHER - From Forbes:  Why "Black Panther" should terrify every Hollywood studio.

AVENGERS - From WeGotThisCovered:  "Avengers: Infinity War" will apparently have a running time of 156 minutes (2 hours, 36 minutes).

AVENGERS - From YahooEntertainment:  Final riveting "Avengers: Infinity War" trailer debuts.

AVENGERS - From YahooTheWrap:  Who is that guy torturing Doctor Strange in new "Avengers: Infinity War" trailer?

BLACK PANTHER - From Truthout:  Wakanda in Schools: The "Black Panther" Curriculum Makes Its Debut

X-MEN - From WeGotThisCovered:  If the X-Men do make it into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (via the Disney's planned acquisition of Fox), British actor, Tom Payne, "Paul 'Jesus' Rovia" of "The Walking Dead," want to play Wolverine.

LUKE CAGE - From Variety:  Marvel/Netflix's "Luke Cage" Season 2 debuts June 22, 2018.

MCU - From WeGotThisCovered:  Beyond Black Panther: 8 Black Marvel Heroes Who Should Join The MCU Next

TRAILERS/VIDEO:

From YouTube:  Watch the recent "Cloak and Dagger" promo trailer, "Powers."  The TV series, based on the Marvel Comics title, debuts on Freeform, June 7th.

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


"Solo: A Star Wars Story" Link-o-Rama by Negromancer - Update #27

Posted by Leroy Doureseaux - on Patreon.

From YouTube:  The official trailer for "Solo:A Star Wars Story."

From YouTube:  The first official teaser from "Solo: A Star Wars Story."

From YahooEntertainment:  The "Solo" Super Bowl LII TV spot

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From YahooEntertainment:  Director Ron Howard offers proof that his brother, Clint Howard, is in "Solo."

From WeGotThisCovered:  Ron Howard says that test audiences love "Solo."

From CinemaBlend:  A Rogue One Character Has Been Spotted In The Latest Solo Trailer

From Variety:  "Solo" will premiere in May at the Cannes Film Festival.

From YahooVulture: An unnamed actor talks to Vulture about the trouble production of "Solo," including the problems the film's original directors, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, had.

From CinemaBlend:  The fired directors of "Solo," Phil Lord and Chris Miller, will be credited as "executive producers.'

From WeGotThisCovered:  Has the villain of "Solo: A Star Wars Story" been revealed?

From BleedingCool:  See the new international poster for "Solo: A Star Wars Story"

From StarWars:  "Solo: A Star Wars Story" Books and Comics Revealed

From EW:  Here's how a galaxy of new books will connect to Solo: A Star Wars Story

From WeGotThisCovered:  A "Solo" news blowout.

From SlashFilm:  Actor and director Jon Favreau will provide the voice for an "important alien" in "Solo."

From Vulture:  Why do some Star Wars fans want "Solo" to flop.

From TheWrap:  George Lucas stopped by the "Solo" set and ended up directing a scene.

From WeGotThisCovered:  Ron Howard speaks about why he took the gig directing the troubled production now known as "Solo: A Star Wars Story."

From WeGotThisCovered:  The "Solo" may make some kind of appearance during the Super Bowl...

From Collider:  The first "Solo" trailer will debut next week during ABC's morning news show, "Good Morning America."

From BleedingCool:  We may get a "Solo" trailer during this Sunday's Super Bowl LII (52).

From THR:  "Solo" seems to be the most under wraps Star Wars movie yet.

From StarWars:  The official synopsis for "Solo" has been posted at the Star Wars webstie.

From WeGotThisCovered:  The first teaser trailer for "Solo" is rumored to arrive Friday, Jan. 12th, 2018 during ABC's "Good Morning America."

From WeGotThisCovered:  "Solo" Lego toy sets revealed.

From EW:  Entertainment Weekly has all the photos director Ron Howard posted from the set of "Solo."

From DigitalSpy:  Christian Bale says he was in talks to appear in "Solo" as a mentor character to Han Solo back when Phil Lord and Chris Miller were still the film's directors.

From io9:  John Williams will compose the theme for "Solo."  Williams has composed the musical score for all eight mainline "Star Wars" films.  John Powell will write the rest the score for "Solo."

From BleedingCool:  There is a rumor that Disney is prepared for its young Han Solo movie, "Solo: A Star Wars Story," to bomb.

NatGeo Announces "Valley of the Boom" Miniseries

Emmy Award Winner Bradley Whitford (“Get Out”), Steve Zahn (“War for the Planet of the Apes”) and Lamorne Morris (“Game Night”) to Star in National Geographic’s Valley of the Boom, Six-Part Limited Series Set in ’90s Tech Bubble from STXtv

John Karna (“Lady Bird,” MTV’s “Scream”), Oliver Cooper (“Red Oaks,” “Project X,” “Californication”) and Dakota Shapiro (“The Affair”) to Round out Ensemble Cast

From Showrunner/Director Matthew Carnahan and Executive Producer Arianna Huffington Valley of the Boom Begins Filming March 26 in Vancouver

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--National Geographic taps two-time Emmy award-winning actor Bradley Whitford (“Get Out,” “The Post,” “The West Wing”), Steve Zahn (“War of the Planet of the Apes,” ABC’s “The Crossing”) and Lamorne Morris (“Game Night,” “New Girl”) to star in six-part limited series, Valley of the Boom. From STXtv, the television division of Robert Simonds’ STX Entertainment, along with creator, showrunner, director and executive producer Matthew Carnahan (Showtime’s “House of Lies”) and executive producer Arianna Huffington, Valley of the Boom began filming March 26, 2018 in Vancouver, Canada.

Silicon Valley spawned some of the world’s most influential people and recognizable brands during the 1990s tech bubble. Valley of the Boom pulls back the curtain and introduces the audience to the real stories of these founders’ friendships, rivalries, victories and failures. Told with unparalleled access to the most groundbreaking and prominent figures in the tech world, the six-part limited series will follow the stories that made the history of the era.

“Silicon Valley was and is a strange place; a Hollywood for geniuses,” said Carnahan. “The dotcom boom of the ’90s opened the floodgates for not just the amazing makers, but also Wall Street, mass media and a collection of fascinating charlatans. I’m thrilled to have Bradley, Steve, Lamorne and this stellar cast lined up, especially because all of them are disruptors in their own way, just like the real people they’re portraying.”

Rounding out the ensemble cast is John Karna (“Lady Bird,” MTV’s “Scream”), who will play Marc Andreesen, a computer engineer who co-created Mosaic, the first internet browser. Dakota Shapiro (“The Affair”) and Oliver Cooper (“Red Oaks, “Project X”) play Ivy League undergraduates who launched theglobe.com, one of the very first social networking sites, out of their dorm room.

“Valley of the Boom tells the surprising, provocative and inspiring stories of Silicon Valley’s early pioneers,” said Carolyn Bernstein, executive vice president global scripted development and production for National Geographic. “Matthew and his team have figured out an organic and dynamic way to interweave interviews with real-life Silicon Valley icons to amplify and enhance the authenticity and unpredictability of this fascinating true story.”

“Matthew has written an original and riveting series with Valley of the Boom, in an incredibly unique format that is sure to keep audiences engaged and on the edge of their seats,” said Jada Miranda, EVP and head of scripted television at STXtv. “We’re honored to bring these powerful stories to screen with National Geographic, and could not have asked for a better cast to help introduce this unbelievable time in American history to audiences across the globe.”

The series will air in early 2019 on National Geographic in 172 countries and 43 languages. STX will distribute the series in China, continuing the company’s strategy to bridge the U.S. and Chinese markets.

Valley of the Boom is produced by STX Entertainment’s TV studio, STXtv, for National Geographic along with creator, showrunner, director and executive producer Carnahan (Showtime’s “House of Lies”) at the helm and executive producer Huffington (founder of The Huffington Post, founder and CEO of Thrive Global and the author of 15 books, including “Thrive” and “The Sleep Revolution”).

Carnahan and Huffington are joined by fellow executive producers Jason Goldberg (E!’s “The Platinum Life,” MTV’s “Punk’d”), Brant Pinvidic (Spike TV’s “Bar Rescue”), David Walpert (“House of Lies,” “New Girl”) and co-executive producers David Newsom, who will lead the nonscripted unit of the production, and Gary Goldman. Joel Ehninger of Matthew Carnahan Circus Products boards as co-executive producer. For National Geographic, Bernstein is executive vice president global scripted development and production, and for STXtv Jada Miranda is EVP and head of scripted television, responsible for development and oversight of all of STXtv’s scripted projects.

For more information, visit www.natgeotvpressroom.com, or follow us on Twitter using @NGC_PR.


About National Geographic Partners LLC
National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 129 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

About STXtv
STXtv is a division of STX Entertainment, a global next-generation media company whose mission is to unlock the value of the direct connection stars have with their fans through the development, financing, production, marketing and distribution of film, television, VR, digital video, music and live entertainment content. It is the industry leader in transforming beyond traditional platform-driven content to creating talent-driven enterprises.

The company is led by accomplished businessman Robert Simonds and was co-founded by Bill McGlashan, managing partner of the leading global private investment firm TPG. Other investors include Hony Capital, a leading private equity firm in China; PCCW, Southeast Asia’s largest Internet and cable services provider; Tencent Holdings, China’s leading provider of online products and services; Liberty Global, the world's largest international television and broadband company; Dominic Ng, chairman of East West Bank; DNS Capital (representing the business interests of Gigi Pritzker and her immediate family); and Beau Wrigley, former chairman and CEO of the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company, among others. With these strategic relationships, the company is uniquely positioned to maximize the impact of content worldwide, with direct passage into the China market.

For more information, please visit https://www.stxentertainment.com/.

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Negromancer News Bits and Bites from April 15th to 21st, 2018 - Update #21

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MOVIES - From BleedingCool:  Universal planning a new movie based on the videogame, "Doom."  There was a 2005 "Doom" film that under performed at the box office.

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SCANDAL - From THR:  The actress Allison Mack in an alleged cult sex trafficking case.  A story that has been roiled for months, Mack is accused of recruiting women for the leader of the NIXVM cult.  The 35-year-old Mack is best known as an actress for her role as "Chloe Sullivan" on The WB's "Smallville."

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MOVIES - From BleedingCool:  Director Ridley Scott talks about "Alien," H.R. Giger, and "Thelma & Louise."

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MUSIC - From CBSNews:  The late music legend Prince may have thought he was taking "Vicodin" when he took the "fentanyl" that killed him.

From TheGuardian:  The secrets of Prince's hit "Nothing Compares 2 U," and no, he did not like Sinead O'Connor's version.

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MOVIES - From THR:  F. Gary Gray (a seriously underrated director) is set to direct a film based on Hasbro's toy line, "M.A.S.K."

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CULTURE - From NYTimes:  Myles E. Johnson drops revelations in this Times op-ed, "Beyonce and the End of Respectability Politics."

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MOVIES - From Variety:  Vin Diesel's One Race Films and H Collective have acquired the rights to the "xXx" film franchise Revolution Studios and plan a fourth film.  Revolution will retain ownership of the first three films in the franchise.

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BOOKS - From CNET:  August 30th, HarperCollins will publish "The Fall of Gondolin," an unpublished book by J.R.R. Tolkien, the later of author "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings."

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AWARDS - From NPR:  The 2018 Pulitzer Prizes in "Journalism" and "Letters, Drama and Music" have been announced.  Kendrick Lamar becomes the first non-classical or jazz artist to win a Pulitzer for music when he received the award for his 2017 LP, "DAMN."

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TELEVISION - From TheWrap:  John Oliver's HBO show bought Russell Crowe's leather jockstrap that was used in the film, "Cinderella Man."

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BOX OFFICE - From BoxOfficeMojo:  The winner of the 4/13 to 4/15/2018 weekend box office is "Rampage" with an estimated take of $34.5 million.

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MUSIC - From YahooEntertainment:  The heirs to the estate of the late musician Prince are still squabbling over his estate and have received no money to date.

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MUSIC - From IndependentUK:  Beyonce makes history as the first Black woman to headline the Coachella music festival.

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TELEVISION - From THR:  Who's who and what's what as Season 4 of "Fear the Walking Dead" begins.

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MOVIES - From YahooEntertainment:  William H. Macy talks about his most memorable roles.

OBITS:

From Variety:  The actor Verne Troyer has died at the age of 49, Saturday, April 21, 2018.  Troyer is best known for playing the character "Mini-Me" in two "Austin Powers" films.  At the height of 2 feet 8 inches, Troyer was one of the shortest men in the world.

From Variety:  Recording artist, DJ, and music producer, Tim Bergling, has died at the age of 28, Friday, April 20, 2018.  Best known as "Avicii," he was one of the most successful electronic dance music (EDM) artists of all times.  His hits included "Levels" and "Wake Me Up."  He produced and remixed music for Daft Punk, Madonna, and Coldplay.

From WWE:  Professional wrestler Bruno Sammartino has died at the age of 82, Wednesday, April 18, 2018.  Born in Italy, he became a professional wrestler in 1959 and was best known for his work with the WWWF, now known as the WWE.

From ABC:  Former First Lady Barbara Bush has died at the age of 92, Tuesday, April 17, 2018.  She was the wife of the 41st President of the United States, George Herbert Walker Bush, and mother of the 43rd President, George Walker Bush.  Mrs. Bush was also the mother of the 43rd Governor of the State of Florida, John Ellis "Jeb" Bush, Sr.

From Deadline:  The actor and magician, Harry Anderson, has died at the age of 65, Monday, April 16, 2018.  Anderson was best known for his starring role in the long-running NBC sitcom, "Night Court" (1984 to 1992 - 9 seasons).  He later starred in the CBS sitcom, "Dave's World" (1993 to 1997 - 4 seasons).

From THR:  U.S. Marine,Vietnam veteran, and actor, R. Lee Ermey, has died at the age of 74, Sunday, April 15, 2018.  Ermey may be best remembered for his role as "Gunnery Sergeant Hartman" in Stanley Kubrick's 1987 film, "Full Metal Jacket."  Kubrick allowed Ermey to improvise his performance, which Kubrick rarely did.  He was also a voice performer in Disney/Pixar's "Toy Story" films.

From Variety:  Italian film director, Vittorio Taviani, has died at the age of 88, Sunday, April 15, 2018.  Vittorio and his brother, Paolo (who is still living), directed their films together.  The brothers won the Cannes Film Festival's "Palme d'Or" in 1977 for the film, "Padre padrone."


A "Star Wars" Link-o-Rama 2018 by Negromancer - Update #23

Posted by Leroy Doureseaux - on Patreon.

CARRIE FISHER - From SideshowToys: Todd Fisher talks about his late sister, Carrie, and late mother, Debbie, in this video interview.

EPISODE IX - From YahooMoviesUK: Lucasfilm has hired Victoria Mahoney as J.J. Abrams' second unit director on "Star Wars Episode 9."  She is the first black woman to work as a director on a Star Wars film.

FRANCHISE - From BleedingCool:  Rian Johnson says the "Star Wars" franchise needs directors who are not white guys.

EPISODE 9 - From EmpireOnline:  At "AwesomeCon 2018 (in Washington DC), John Boyega dropped some info saying that Finn and Rey would be reunited after spending "The Last Jedi" separated for almost the entire film.

FRANCHISE - From YahooDigitalSpy:  Not even Steven Spielberg could get the rights to use 'Star Wars' in 'Ready Player One'

CELEBRITY - From LATimes:  Mark Hamill gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

From Variety:  Harrison Ford remembers Carrie Fisher at the ceremony for Mark Hamill's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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STREAMING - From StarWars.com:  Jon Favreau to Executive Produce and Write Live-Action Star Wars Series

From YahooEntertainment:  Jon Favreau hired for 'Star Wars' series: Why fans have mixed feelings
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COMIC BOOKS - From StarWars:  How Dark Empire Kickstarted Star Wars Comics for a New Generation

TELEVISION - From CinemaBlend:  Could "Star Wars Resistance" be the next "Star Wars" animated or first live-action TV series?

FRANCHISE - From PopSugar:  All the Details We Have on the Upcoming Star Wars Films

EPISODE IX - From BleedingCool:  J.J. Abrams says he has a script for "Star Wars: Episode 9," and a start date for production.

THE FORCE AWAKEN - From DenofGeek:  New tidbits about "The Force Awakens," including an earlier different title for the film.

A NEW HOPE - From Oscars.org:   Myth-making: STAR WARS and the Art of Advertising

NEW FILMS - From Movieweb:  Will there be two "Star Wars" per year?

NEW FILMS - From StarWars:  "Game of Thones" creators, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, write and produce a new series of Star Wars films.  These films will be separate from the episodic Skywalker saga and the recently announced Rian Johnson trilogy.

CHARACTERS - From CinemaBlend:  More "Expanded Universe" characters may soon become canon, as "Grand Admiral Thrawn."

CARRIE FISHER - From USMagazine:  Carrie Fisher posthumously won the Grammy Award for "Best Spoken Word Album" at the 60th Grammy Awards for the audio version of her 2016 memoir, "The Princess Diarist."

OBI-WAN - From YahooEntertainment:  After winning a Golden Globe for his performance in the FX (mini) series, "Fargo," Ewan McGregor was backstage to speak with the press and got grilled about playing Obi-Wan Kenobi.

EPISODE 9 - From YahooEntertainment:  How 'Star Wars: Episode IX' can give Princess Leia the ending she deserves

FRANCHISE - From TheNewYorker:  A Field Guide to the Musical Leitmotifs of “Star Wars”

ORIGINAL TRILOGY - From DenofGeek:  The secrecy of the Star Wars films apparently drove a wedge between Darth Vader actor, David Prowse, and Lucasfilm.

NEW TRILOGY - From TheScotsman:  The new Star Wars trilogy, to be created by Rian Johnson, is set to begin filming Summer 2018 in Scotland... according to this website.

Friday, April 20, 2018

"Sailor Moon SuperS Set 1" Blu-ray/DVD Arrives April 24th

VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES THE HOME MEDIA RELEASE OF SAILOR MOON SUPERS SET 1

Season 4 Of SAILOR MOON Debuts As A Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack And A Standard Edition DVD Set

San Francisco, CA – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), a premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing, adds a new home media edition to its renowned SAILOR MOON anime catalog with the release of SAILOR MOON SUPERS SET 1.

The upcoming set is scheduled for release on April 24th, 2018 and contains the first half of Season 4 (Episodes 128-146) of the classic anime series based on Naoko Takeuchi's original Sailor Moon manga series. SAILOR MOON SUPERS SET 1 will be available as a Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD combo pack, Standard Edition Blu-ray/DVD combo pack, as well as a Standard Edition DVD-only set.

In SAILOR MOON SuperS, a majestic Pegasus with a golden horn has appeared in Chibi-Usa's dreams with a request—to help him and keep his presence a secret. This plea turns out to be more than a childish dream, for the fearsome Dead Moon Circus, led by the villainous Zirconia, arrive in town to draw out Pegasus by targeting people with beautiful dreams! Sailor Moon and the Guardians must unite to fight a new enemy and her deadly henchmen, the Amazon Trio. But without the power to transform into Super Sailor Moon, the Guardians find themselves seriously outmatched! Will Sailor Chibi Moon's strong desire to protect everyone be the key to accessing Pegasus's power?

The SAILOR MOON SUPERS SET 1 Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack will carry an MSRP of $79.99 U.S. / $93.99 CAN; the Standard Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack will carry an MSRP of $69.99 U.S. / $81.99 CAN; the Standard Edition DVD set will carry an MSRP of $39.99 U.S. / $52.99 CAN

The Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack features three Blu-ray discs, three DVDs and bonus content including the U.S. debut of the SAILOR MOON SUPERS TV special, clean opening and closing segments, a digital art gallery, English voice cast interviews, and more. Episodes are presented in full 1080p High Definition. Extras exclusive to the Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack include a 96-page full-color episode guide and a limited edition chipboard box with room for SAILOR MOON SUPERS SET 2.

The Standard Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack contains a deluxe, six-disc collection (three DVDs & three Blu-ray discs) and bonus content including the U.S. debut of the SAILOR MOON SUPERS TV special, clean opening and closing segments, a digital art gallery, English voice cast interviews, and more. Blu-ray episodes are presented in 1080p HD video format.

The Standard Edition DVD Set features three discs, the U.S. debut of the SAILOR MOON SUPERS TV special, clean opening and closing segments, and official series trailers.

For more information on SAILOR MOON or other award-winning anime titles from VIZ Media, please visit viz.com.


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

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

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

"Star Wars The Last Jedi" Link-O-Rama 2018 by Negromancer - Update #16

Posted by Leroy Doureseaux - on Patreon.

From Negromancer:  The 2017 link-o-rama page for "The Last Jedi."

From Patreon:  My review of "The Last Jedi."

From YouTube:  "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" first official teaser trailer.

From YouTube:  "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" second official trailer.

From YouTube:  "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" -- "Awake" teaser.

From YouTube:  The Last Jedi - TV Spot #4

From YouTube:  The Last Jedi - "Tempt" TV spot

From YahooMovies:  A "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" behind-the-scenes reel, presented at D23 Expo 2017.

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NEWS LINKS:

From StarWars:  Artist Dan Mumford on His Incredible Star Wars: The Last Jedi Art

From YahooMoviefone:  Simon Pegg says that J.J. Abrams had bigger plans for Rey's parents, whom Rian Johnson depicted as unimportant in "The Last Jedi."

From CinemaBlend:  According to Mark Hamill, George Lucas wanted Luke Skywalker to die at the end of Episode 9.

From CinemaBlend: Why Frank Oz Was Protective Of Yoda In Star Wars: The Last Jedi

From CinemaBlend:  Mark Hamill improvised a scene with C-3PO.

From io9Gizmodo:  All the New Things We Learned From the Star Wars: The Last Jedi Blu-Ray

From YahooEntertaiment:  'Last Jedi' mystery solved: John Boyega explains why Finn had different haircut, costume in set footage

From FlickeringMyth: Disagreements over the plot of "The Last Jedi" are supposedly the reason Colin Trevorrow was fired as director of "Star Wars Episode 9."

From StarWars:  "The Last Jedi" will arrive on digital March 13, 2018 and on Blu-ray and On-Demand, March 27, 2018.

From Yahoo:  JJ Abrams Slams ‘Star Wars’ Fans Who Didn’t Like ‘Last Jedi’ as ‘Threatened’ by Women

From THR:  Why "The Last Jedi" is not working in China.

From ComicBook:  Rian Johnson Explains Why "Letting The Past Die" Doesn't Work in Star Wars

From YahooAFP:  "The Last Jedi" is now the 10th highest grossing film of all time.

From IndieWire:  ‘The Last Jedi’: Rian Johnson Explains Why Shattering Fan Theories About Rey’s Parents Was Essential

From ScreenRant:  Upcoming comic book will delve into Benecio del Toro's character, "DJ."

From io9:  See the throne room scene from "The Last Jedi" shot as a Lego stop-motion film.

From Mashable:  "The Last Jedi" is now the highest grossing film at the domestic box office for 2017.

From Variety:  "The Last Jedi" tops $1 billion in worldwide box office.

From Variety:  "The Last Jedi" approaches $1 billion in worldwide box office.

From ComicBook:  The Last Jedi's "Force Tree" explained.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Steven Spielberg to Bring "Blackhawk" Comic Book to the Big Screen

Steven Spielberg Set to Take on “Blackhawk”

The revered filmmaker brings his creative powers to his first movie in the DC universe

BURBANK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--On the heels of their successful collaboration on “Ready Player One,” Steven Spielberg and Amblin Entertainment are again teaming with Warner Bros. Pictures to produce the action adventure “Blackhawk,” with an eye to Spielberg directing the film. Based on the classic DC Comics property, the project will mark the filmmaker’s first feature centered around characters from DC. The announcement was made today by Toby Emmerich, Chairman, Warner Bros. Pictures Group.

[Editor's note:  Blackhawk was originally created for Quality Comics in 1941 before being acquired by National Periodical Publications, now DC Comics, in 1957.]

In making the announcement, Emmerich stated, “We are so proud to be the studio behind Steven Spielberg’s latest hit, and are thrilled to be working with him again on this new action adventure. We can’t wait to see what new ground he will break in introducing ‘Blackhawk’ to movie audiences worldwide.”

The screenplay for “Blackhawk” is being written by David Koepp, who has collaborated with Spielberg as a screenwriter on the blockbusters “Jurassic Park,” “The Lost World: Jurassic Park,” “War of the Worlds” and “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.” Spielberg will produce the film together with Kristie Macosko Krieger, under the Amblin Entertainment banner, while Sue Kroll will executive produce, under her Kroll & Co. Entertainment shingle.

Spielberg noted, “It was wonderful working with the team at Warner Bros. to bring ‘Ready Player One’ to the screen. They bring a blend of passion and professionalism to everything they do and have a tremendous history in this genre. I am excited to reunite with them on ‘Blackhawk.’”

Spielberg’s next two films are the fifth installment of the Indiana Jones franchise and “West Side Story.”

“Blackhawk” will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

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Monday, April 16, 2018

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Image Comics Goes "Unnatural" in July 2018

WONDER WOMAN ARTIST MIRKA ANDOLFO EXPLORES THE UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE OF LOVE IN UNNATURAL

Italian hit series “Contro Natura” gets English translation for American market this July

PORTLAND, OR — Writer/artist Mirka Andolfo (Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn, DC Comics Bombshells) will bring her gorgeous sensual fantasy UNNATURAL—originally published in Italian as Contro Natura—to Image Comics this July.

In UNNATURAL, a totalitarian government patrols the personal lives of its citizens, punishing transgressors who engage in “unnatural” relationships. According to this regime, individuals may only enter into relationships with those of the same race, and different gender, as themselves.

Sweet, unassuming pig girl Leslie dreams of something different for herself. But her dreams are becoming dangerous—they’ve begun to involve a mysterious wolf, for starters. And when she wakes, she could swear she’s being watched…

“This is my first time as a creator in the American comic world, and I can't describe how thrilled I am!” said Andolfo. “UNNATURAL is a series I worked on with passion for the last three years, and I'm happy that readers in the U.S., who're used to seeing my art on comics written by other people, will be able to find a book I wrote, illustrated, and colored—because, to me, ‘Mirka the Creator’ is as important as ‘Mirka the Artist.’ And in addition, to improve everything, I'm so excited to have the chance to be published by Image Comics. It could not have been better.”

UNNATURAL #1, Cover A by Andolfo (Diamond code: MAY180023) and Cover B by Milo Manara (Diamond code: MAY180024), hits comic book stores Wednesday, July 4th, 2018. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, June 11th, 2018.


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 six individuals on the Board of Directors: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri, Jim Valentino, and Eric Stephenson. 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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