Friday, April 20, 2018

Negromancer News Bits and Bites from April 15th to 21st, 2018 - Update #20

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BOOKS - From CNET:  August 30th, HarperCollins will publish "The Fall of Gondolin," an unpublished book by J.R.R. Tolkien, the later of author "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings."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


Marvel Studios Link-o-Rama 2018 - Update #37

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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


"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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A "Star Wars" Link-o-Rama 2018 by Negromancer - Update #22

Posted by Leroy Doureseaux - on Patreon.

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.

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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Saturday, April 14, 2018

Negromancer News Bits and Bites from April 8th to 14th, 2018 - Update #14

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MOVIES - From Deadline: Gabriel Luna is the new Terminator in "Terminator 6."  Natalia Reyes and Diego Boneta also join the film.

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TELEVISION - From THR:  A guide for the beginning of Season 4 of "Fear the Walking Dead."

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CELEBRITY - From THR:  Will Ferrell has been injured in a serious car accident.

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TELEVISION - From TVLine:  There is trailer for Ryan Murphy's LGBTQ-themed musical-dance drama, "Pose."

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DISNEY - From THR:  Donnie Yen has joined the cast of Disney's live-action remake of its animated film "Mulan."

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MOVIES - From Variety:  Warner Bros. cuts final ties with Brett Ratner and RatPac-Dune Entertainment.

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BOND - From Variety:  Daniel Craig says that his next project is "Bond 25," the next James Bond film.

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MOVIE - From Collider:  Joaquin Phoenix kinda talks about being in a comic book movie, specifically Todd Phillips's proposed "Joker" solo movie.

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STAR TREK - From IndieWire:  Trekkers know who Captain Pike is.  Well, CBS All Acess' "Star Trek: Discovery" has cast its Pike, actor Anson Mount.

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SCANDAL - From THR:  Attorney claims that Oscar-winning actor Geoffrey Rush barely eats and has become housebound since accusations that he was inappropriate with a female co-star were leveled against him in December 2017.

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POLITICS - From NYTimes:  Charles M. Blow writes "Horror of Being Governed by 'Fox & Friends'."

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BOX OFFICE - From BoxOfficeMojo:  The winner of the 4/6 to 4/8/2018 weekend box office is "A Quiet Place" with an estimated take of $50 million.

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MOVIES - From Variety:  Halle Berry has been signed on for a remake of the 1985 film "Jagged Edge."  The courtroom thriller starred Glenn Close, Jeff Bridges, Peter Coyote, and Robert Loggia (who earned an supporting Oscar nomination for his role).

TELEVISION - From Variety:  National Geographic is developing a TV series based on the Oscar-nominated, hit film, "Hidden Figures."

OBITS:

From Variety:  Czech-born film director Milos Forman has died at the age of 86, Friday, April 13, 2018.  Forman won the "Best Director" Oscar twice, for directing "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" (1975) and "Amadeus" (1984).  He also directed one of my favorite film, "Valmont" (1989).

From TheColumbian:  Japanese filmmaker, Isao Takahata, died at the age of 82, Thursday, April 5, 2018.  Takahata founded the legendary animation company, Studio Ghibli, with Hayao Miyazaki in 1985.  He received an Oscar nomination for his 2013 animated film, "A Tale of Princess Kaguya."

From THR:  Actress from the "Golden Age" of Hollywood, Mary Hatcher, died at the age of 88, Tuesday, April 3, 2018.  Hatcher was a co-star of Hollywood luminaries Mickey Rooney (in the film, "The Big Wheel") and Desi Arnaz (in "Holiday in Havana").


VIZ Media Announces New Junji Ito Manga Collection at C2E2

VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES NEW MANGA AND NOVEL ACQUISITIONS AT C2E2 2018

New Titles Announced For Publication Include Junji Ito’s FRANKENSTEIN, The JUNI TAISEN Manga, And A Pair Of Sci-Fi Novels Based On The Video Game NIER: AUTOMATA

San Francisco, CA – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), a premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing, announced its latest publishing acquisitions this past weekend at Chicago’s premier pop culture and comics convention, C2E2.

During its official panel discussion held at C2E2, VIZ Media announced the upcoming fall release of FRANKENSTEIN: Junji Ito Story Collection, a retelling of Mary Shelley’s classic monster tale, reimagined by Japan’s master of horror manga. The manga adaptation of the popular Juni Taisen battle royale anime, JUNI TAISEN: ZODIAC WAR, will be available to fans this fall. Also announced were two sci-fi novels based on the bestselling NieR: Automata video game. NieR: Automata: Long Story Short (Vol. 1) and NieR: Automata: Short Story Long (Vol. 2), created by NieR: Automata’s director Yoko Taro and writer Jun Eishima.

Additional information on each of these titles will be announced in the near future.

FRANKENSTEIN: Junji Ito Story Collection
Story and Art by Junji Ito
Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens · Debuts Fall 2018

The master of horror manga bends all his skill into bringing the anguished and solitary monster, and the more loathsome beast who created him, to life with the brilliantly detailed chiaroscuro he is known for. Also included is the Oshikiri story cycle – a high school student who lives in a decaying mansion connected to a haunted parallel world. Uncanny doppelgangers, unfortunately murdered friends, and a whole lot more are in store for him.

JUNI TAISEN: ZODIAC WAR
Original Story by Nisioisin, Story and Art by Akira Akatsuki, Character
Design by Hikaru Nakamura
Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens · Debuts Fall 2018

Every 12 years, 12 fighters take the form of the Chinese zodiac and engage in a battle royale. With their strength and mysterious powers, they fight to the death and the sole survivor is granted the ultimate prize—any wish.

NieR: Automata: Long Story Short (Vol. 1) · Debuts Fall 2018

NieR: Automata: SHORT Story LONG (Vol. 2) · Debuts Spring 2019

Written by Jun Eishima

When alien forces invade with an army of Machines, the remnants of humanity must depend on Androids of their own design – the placid 2B and the excitable 9S – to survive.

For additional information on these and other anime, manga and literary titles distributed and published by 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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Friday, April 13, 2018

Amazon Announces Lorena Bobbitt Docuseries, "Lorena"

Amazon Prime Video Greenlights Lorena, a Docuseries from Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw

The Prime Original series will take a new look at Lorena Bobbitt’s infamous story from her perspective, timed to the 25th anniversary of the case

SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--(NASDAQ: AMZN)—Amazon announced it has greenlit Lorena, a Prime Original series executive produced by Jordan Peele and produced by Monkeypaw and Sonar Entertainment. Directed by acclaimed documentary filmmaker Joshua Rofé (Lost for Life), Lorena is a four-part documentary series that reveals the hidden truths in the notorious case of John Wayne and Lorena Bobbitt and challenges the long-held narrative that surrounded this event. Lorena provides a fresh perspective on the story of Lorena Bobbitt and how one event laid the groundwork for the modern 24-hour news cycle and increasing sensationalistic media coverage.

    “Our hope for this series is to give viewers pause when the next scandal of the moment is presented to us as macabre entertainment. Often, there’s profound pain and trauma just beneath the surface of stories like Lorena’s”

25 years later, Lorena is a groundbreaking re-investigation of the deep moral issues and painful human tragedies buried at the heart of this infamous American scandal. Lost in the tabloid coverage and jokes was the opportunity for a national discussion on domestic and sexual assault in America.

“Jordan has proven himself as a captivating voice of social critique and we are excited to work with him on this project. Lorena reframes Lorena Bobbitt’s story around issues of sexism and domestic abuse and offers Prime members an exclusive new view into how America got her story wrong and maybe continues to get it wrong,” said Heather Schuster, Head of Unscripted, Amazon Originals.

“Our hope for this series is to give viewers pause when the next scandal of the moment is presented to us as macabre entertainment. Often, there’s profound pain and trauma just beneath the surface of stories like Lorena’s,” said Rofé.

“When we hear the name ‘Bobbitt’ we think of one of the most sensational incidents to ever be catapulted into a full blown media spectacle. With this project, Lorena has a platform to tell her truth as well as engage in a critical conversation about gender dynamics, abuse, and her demand for justice. This is Lorena’s story and we’re honored to help her tell it,” said Monkeypaw’s Peele.

Lorena is executive produced by Peele and Win Rosenfeld for Monkeypaw, Rofé and Steven J. Berger for Number 19, Jenna Santoianni and Tom Lesinski for Sonar and produced by Monkeypaw, Sonar Entertainment and Number 19.

Prime members will be able to stream the series exclusively via the Amazon Prime Video app for TVs, connected devices including Fire TV, mobile devices and online. Members can also download the series to mobile devices for offline viewing at no additional cost to their membership. The series will be a global release and available on PrimeVideo.com for Prime Video members in more than 200 countries and territories.

Customers who are not already Prime members can sign up for a free trial at www.amazon.com/prime. For a list of all Prime Video compatible devices, visit www.amazon.com/howtostream.


About Prime Video
Prime Video is a premium on-demand entertainment service that offers customers the greatest choice in what to watch, and how to watch it. Prime Video is the only service that provides all of the following:

  •     Prime Video: Thousands of movies and TV shows, including popular licensed and self-published content plus critically-acclaimed and award-winning Prime Original series like The Grand Tour, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Sneaky Pete, and kids series, Tumble Leaf, and Amazon Original movies such as Academy Award-winning Manchester by the Sea and The Salesman, and Academy Award-nominated The Big Sick, available for unlimited streaming as part of an Amazon Prime membership. Prime Video is also now available to customers in more than 200 countries and territories around the globe at www.primevideo.com.
  •     Live Sports: Sporting events, including AVP volleyball and ATP tennis, are available to watch live on Prime Video in more than 200 countries and territories around the globe
  •     Amazon Channels: Over 140 channel subscriptions that Prime members can add to their membership, including HBO, SHOWTIME, STARZ, Cinemax, PBS KIDS, Acorn TV and more. To view the full list of channels available, visit www.amazon.com/channels
  •     Rent or Own: Hundreds of thousands of titles, including new-release movies and current TV shows available for on-demand rental or purchase for all Amazon customers
  •     Instant Access: Instantly watch anytime, anywhere through the Prime Video app on TVs, mobile devices, Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, Fire tablets and Apple TV or online. For a list of all compatible devices visit www.amazon.com/howtostream
  •     Premium Features: Top features like 4K Ultra HD, High Dynamic Range (HDR), X-Ray and mobile downloads for offline viewing of select content

In addition to Prime Video, the Prime membership includes unlimited fast free shipping options across all categories available on Amazon, more than two million songs and thousands of playlists and stations with Prime Music, secure photo storage with Prime Photos, unlimited reading with Prime Reading, unlimited access to a digital audiobook catalogue with Audible Channels for Prime, a rotating selection of free digital games and in-game loot with Twitch Prime, early access to select Lightning Deals, exclusive access and discounts to select items, and more. To sign-up for Prime or to find out more visit: www.amazon.com/prime.

About Amazon
Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about and follow @AmazonNews.

Source: Amazon.com, Inc.

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VIZ Media Adds "K: Seven Stories" to Its Catalog


VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES THE ACQUISITION OF K: SEVEN STORIES

New K Acquisitions Include Six Action Driven Original Animated Stories And Spinoff Shorts Based On The Hit Anime Series

San Francisco, CA – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), a premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing, expands its catalog for the K anime franchise with the acquisition of K: SEVEN STORIES.

The agreement forged with Japan-based King Records covers the digital streaming, EST, home video and merchandising rights to K: SEVEN STORIES. Based on the hit anime property from Studio GoHands and GoRA Project, K: SEVEN STORIES is a collection of six original animated stories and spinoff shorts featuring both new and returning characters from the visually stunning k-project universe. More details on the home media release for K: SEVEN STORIES is forthcoming.

The original K anime series followed the story of Yashiro “Shiro” Isana, a teen wanted for a crime he has no recollection of committing. He finds himself being hunted by the group HOMRA, led by Mikoto Suoh, the Red King. With help from a young man named Kuroh Yatogami and a mysterious girl who only refers to herself as Neko, Shiro tries to prove his innocence, only to discover a shocking truth that would change his life forever. The series later spawned a feature-length movie K: MISSING KINGS, followed by a second season, K: RETURN OF KINGS.

VIZ Media holds the North American digital streaming, EST, home video and merchandising rights to Seasons 1 and 2 of the K anime series as well as the K: MISSING KINGS feature film. These home media releases are available now in DVD and Blu-ray formats.

For additional information on K or other award-winning anime titles distributed by 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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