Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Negromancer News Bits and Bites from August 12th to 18th, 2018 - Update #11

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MOVIES - From ThePlaylist:  Neill Blomkamp wants original "Robocop" star, Peter Weller, to appear in his "Robocop" reboot/sequel.

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STREAMING - From Variety:  CBS All Access' "Star Trek" has cast is "Spock."  He is actor Ethan Peck, grandson of legendary actor, Gregory Peck (well, at least I remember him - Ed.).  Peck will appear as the beloved Vulcan in Season 2 of the series.

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MOVIES - From ThePlaylist:  Director Wes Anderson's next film will be set in post-WWII France, according to a French publication.

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BOX OFFICE - From BoxOfficeMojo:  The winner of the 8/10 to 8/12/2018 weekend box office is "The Meg" with an box office total of $45.4 million.

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MOVIE - From Variety:  Oscar-winner Benicio del Toro joins Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone's film, "White Lies."

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LGBTQ - From YahooEntertainment:  Disney's pick to play its first openly gay character, in the film, "Jungle Cruise" with Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt, actor Jack Whitehall (who is not a gay man), has caused some controversy.

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BOX OFFICE - From THR:  "The Meg" leads the 8/10 to 8/12/2018 weekend box office with an estimated $44.5 million in domestic box office.

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MOVIES - From YesMagazine:  In this interview with Zenobia Jeffries, Danny Glover talks about the new film, "Sorry to Bother You," in which he appears, and the myth of the "postracial" United States of America.

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TECH - From TheRinger:  Was Oscar-winning screenwriter and Emmy-winning television producer, Aaron Sorkin, right in his critiques of the Internet?  [Mostly, he was. - Ed.]

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SPORTS - From YahooFinance:  LeBron James is building a new blueprint for athletes in business

From YahooHuffPost:  NBA superstar, Steph Curry, of the world champion Golden State Warriors, helped raise more than $21,000 for the family of Nia Wilson, the young African-American woman who was killed by racist-terrorist in Oakland.

OBIT:

From People:  Jazz singer and actress, Morgana King, died at the age of 87, back on March 22, 2018.  News of her passing is just breaking this week.  King played Marlon Brando's wife in "The Godfather."  Although she did not attain mainstream success, King pursued jazz as a passion and recorded 20 albums and was admired by greats including Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra, among others.


Review: "Avengers: Infinity Wars" is the Marvel Movie Maximized

TRASH IN MY EYE No. 6 (of 2018) by Leroy Douresseaux

[This review was originally posted on Patreon.]

Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
Running time:  149 minutes (2 hours, 29 minutes)
MPAA – PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action throughout, language and some crude references
DIRECTORS:  Anthony Russo and Joe Russo
WRITERS:  Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely (based upon the comic book created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby)
PRODUCER: Kevin Feige
CINEMATOGRAPHER:  Trent Opaloch
EDITORS:  Jeffrey Ford and Matthew Schmidt
COMPOSER:  Alan Silvestri

SUPERHERO/ACTION/DRAMA/FANTASY/SCI-FI

Starring:  Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Josh Brolin, Don Cheadle, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Idris Elba, Danai Gurira, Dave Bautista, Benecio del Toro, Stan Lee, Bradley Cooper (voice), Vin Diesel (voice), Kerry Condon (voice), and Letitia Wright ( with Samuel L. Jackson and Cobie Smulders)

Avengers: Infinity War is a 2018 superhero movie written and directed by Anthony and Joe Russo and produced by Marvel Studios. The film is based on the Avengers comic book created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.  This is also the 19th film in Marvel Studios' “Marvel Cinematic Universe.”  Avengers: Infinity War finds “Earth's Mightest Heroes” and their allies attempting to defeat the powerful Thanos before he puts an end to the universe.

Avengers: Infinity War opens after the destruction of Asgard, the home of the Avenger, Thor (Chris Hemsworth), who is also the King of Asgard.  Thor is powerless to stop the destroyer of his home, Thanos (Josh Brolin), an intergalactic despot from the planet, Titan

Thanos is on a quest to collect all of six Infinity Stones and attach them to a gauntlet (glove) on his left hand.  When he has all six of the stones, he can use their combined power to impose his will on all of reality, and Thanos plans on “re-balancing” the universe by killing half the beings in the universe.  Thanos now has the “Space Stone” and the “Power Stone.”

Thanos sends his forces to Earth to find the “Time Stone,” which is in the possession of Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and the “Mind Stone,” which is connected to the Avenger known as “The Vision” (Paul Bettany).  Thanos travels through space to collect the other two stones, the “Reality Stone,” which is in the possession of The Collector (Benecio del Toro) and the “Soul Stone,” the whereabouts of which is known by someone close to Thanos.

In space, Thor finds allies in The Guardians of the Galaxy: Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Rocket (Bradley Cooper), Drax (Dave Bautista), Teen Groot (voice of Vin Diesel), and Mantis (Pom Klementieff) to battle Thanos.  They are joined by Gamora's sister, Nebula (Karen Gillan), and a small band of heroes from Earth:  Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), Spider-Man (Tom Holland), Doctor Strange, but are they enough to stop Thanos who becomes more powerful with each stone he is able to obtain?

On Earth, Captain America (Chris Evans), Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) fight the forces of Thanos to protect The Vision's “Mind Stone.”  It is a battle that will take them deep into Africa to the mysterious country of Wakanda.  There, that nation's king, Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), and his countrymen will join the Avengers in a battle that will bring a mad Titan to Earth.

I love Avengers: Infinity War, and there is so much to love.  I find myself describing it as “Awesome!”  That is a word I do not use very often; in fact, I don't like it.  However, I saw Avengers: Infinity War, and it made me wanna holler, and I hollered “Awesome!”

I think the element that makes this film so good is that directors, the Russo Bros., and the screenwriters, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, make Thanos a well-rounded character, one of pathos and depth that makes him more than a cartoonish intergalactic despot and world-beater slash world-destroyer.  I think the directors and writers succeed in making Thanos matter because they give him more than motivation; they give him something to lose.  Josh Brolin, an underrated actor, performs Thanos via motion-capture because Thanos is a computer-generated character, but Brolin turns Thanos into a fully realized character makes the computer-rendering used to create him easy to ignore.

Another surprise is Spider-Man and the rising star playing him, Tom Holland.  To me, the best version of Spider-Man is the high school version of him and the boy who wears the Spider-Man mask, Peter Parker.  Holland conveys such freshness and youth; even when he is performing Spider-Man as a voice actor, when the character is computer-generated, the newness comes through.  Like Brolin does with Thanos, Holland makes Spider-Man a fully-realized character, but in this case, Holland creates a lovable, endearing character that might be the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

For me, Avengers: Infinity War is the best Marvel Studios movie after Black Panther.  This movie is brand maximization, of course, the height of what Marvel Studios offers movie audiences, and that is just fine.  The Infinity War filmmakers worked hard, as have previous Marvel filmmakers, to deliver hugely entertaining films.  Besides, Infinity War is its own thing, without having to serve the stories of previous Marvel Studios films.  For movie audience who have come to expect the very best out of Marvel, I can simply say that Avengers: Infinity War is the very best of Marvel Studios.

9 of 10
A+

Sunday, April 29, 2018


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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

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Monday, August 13, 2018

A "Star Wars" Link-o-Rama 2018 by Negromancer - Update #54

Posted by Leroy Doureseaux - on Patreon.

EPISODE IX - From CinemaBlend:  New photo from the set of "Episode 9."

From WeGotThisCovered:  Could there be a Hutt connection from "Return of the Jedi" in Star Wars Episode 9.

From WeGotThisCovered:  There is a rumor that "Star Wars 9" could be the longest film in the series, so long that it might be split into 2 films.

From WeGotThisCovered:  John Boyega teases a new hairdo for Finn.
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STREAMING - From BleedingCool:  According to an article in "The New York Times," the "Star Wars" series that Jon Favreau is developing for "The Disney Streaming Service" will have a budget of $100 million for a 10-episode season.

RETURN OF THE JEDI - From WeGotThisCovered:  James Marquand, the son of "Return of the Jedi" director, the late Richard Marquand, defends his father's work on the final installment of the original Star Wars trilogy.

STREAMING - From IndieWire:  The "Star Wars" films (the three main trilogies and the stand alone films) won't be on Disney's upcoming streaming service until 2024.

EPISODE IX - From Deadline:  J.J. Abrams tweets first photo from the set of "Star Wars Episode IX."

EPISODE IX - From WeGotThisCovered:  George Lucas to be working with Disney on the script for "Star Wars IX."

EPISODE IX - From StarWars:  The cast for Star Wars Episode IX was officially announced today.  Returning cast members include Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, and Billie Lourd. Joining the cast of Episode IX are Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, and Keri Russell, who will be joined by veteran Star Wars actors Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, and Billy Dee Williams, who will reprise his role as Lando Calrissian.

From BleedingCool:  Carrie Fisher will return in Star Wars IX via unused footage from Episode VII.
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THE CLONE WARS - From StarWars:  Beloved CGI animated series, "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" will return for a new season of 12 episodes... which will be available on Disney's "direct-to-consumer" streaming service.  This article also includes an interview with supervising director and "shepherd of the series," Dave Filoni.

EPISODE IX - From THR:  Sources confirm that Billy Dee Williams will return as "Lando Calrissian" for Star Wars Episode 9.

EPISODE IX - From THR:   Keri Russell is in talks to join Star Wars 9.  Russell previously appeared in Episode 9 director, J.J. Abrams' breakout TV series, "Felicity."

FRANCHISE - From Collider:  Sources say that Lucasfilm is putting the development of future "anthology films" or spinoff films (like "Rogue One," and "Solo") on hold.

EPISODE IX - From ScreenRant:  Rumors heat up that Billy Dee Williams will appear in Star Wars 9.

FRANCHISE - From WeGotThisCovered:  Lucasfilm Reportedly Has 9 Star Wars Movies In Development Right Now

GEORGE LUCAS - From DenofGeek:  Via an interview for James Cameron's TV series, "James Cameron's 's Story of Science Fiction," George Lucas reveals a few details about his unused plans for the Star Wars "sequel trilogy" (Episodes 7 to 9).

FRANCHISE - From ScreenRant:  "Star Wars" is taking a break.

LUCASFILM - From ScreenRant:  Star Wars Rumor: Kathleen Kennedy Stepping Down From Lucasfilm?

EPISODE IX - From FanthaTracks:  "Star Wars 9" changes working title from ""Black Diamond" to "trIXie"

EPISODE IX - From WeGotThisCovered:  Is Lando Calrissian returning for "Star Wars 9."

FUTURE - From SlashFilm:  Emilia Clarke is currently starring in "Solo: A Star Wars Story" and is the lead in HBO's "Game of Thrones."  She says that "Game of Thrones" TV series creators, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, will make their announced Star Wars TV series "Star Wars on acid."

FUTURE - From TheWrap:  There is a report that Oscar-nominated James Mangold has been hired to write and direct a "Boba Fett" movie.

EPISODE IX - From WeGotThisCovered:  Rumors are that "Legends" characters turned "Rebels" star, Grand Admiral Thrawn, will appear in Star Wars 9.

OBI-WAN - From JoBlo:  The rumored "Obi-Wan Kenobi" movie would be a prequel to "Star Wars: A New Hope" (Episode IV).

EPISODE IX - From FlickeringMyth:  Rumoured plot breakdown for Star Wars: Episode IX surfaces online

EPISODE IX - From WeGotItCovered:  Bizarre Star Wars: Episode IX Leak Points To Time Jumps And More

FRANCHISE - From EveningStandard:  The British newspaper site ranks the Star Wars films from best to worst - according to the writers.

EPISODE IX - From WeGotThisCovered:  Rumors have it that J.J. Abrams is looking for a new female lead for "Star Wars Episode 9."

ANIMATION - From Variety:  Disney Channel ordered the anime-inspired series, "Star Wars Resistance," which will debut this fall on Disney XD.

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.

LGBTQ Manga, "That Blue Sky Feeling," Arrives in Bookstores

VIZ MEDIA LAUNCHES THE COMIMG-OF-AGE LGBT MANGA THAT BLUE SKY FEELING

Tender Portrayal Of A Relationship Between A Pair Of High School Students Debuts This Summer

San Francisco, CA – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), a premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing, releases a poignant coming-of-age series that explores a budding relationship between a pair of high school boys with THAT BLUE SKY FEELING on August 14th, 2018.

The new series, which is written by Okura and features artwork by Coma Hashii, is rated ‘T’ for Teens and will be published in-print with an MSRP of $10.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN. THAT BLUE SKY FEELING also launches digitally on August 14th via viz.com and the VIZ Manga App, as well as from the Nook, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks, comiXology, and Google Play stores. Future volumes of the series will be published in 2019.

Outgoing high school student Noshiro finds himself drawn to Sanada, the school outcast, who is rumored to be gay. Rather than deter Noshiro, the rumor makes him even more determined to get close to Sanada, setting in motion a surprising tale of first love.

“THAT BLUE SKY FEELING is an honest teen drama that depicts that special kind of confusion that all kids, straight and LGBT alike, experience as they start to fall for friends and classmates in school,” says Joel Enos, Editor. “You can’t always foresee who you’re going to be attracted to. It should appeal to fans of YA and readers looking for a substantial story that addresses high school life and issues without embellishing or holding back.”

For additional information on THAT BLUE SKY FEELING and other manga titles 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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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Negromancer News Bits and Bites from August 1st to 11th, 2018 - Update #30

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STAR TREK - From THR:  Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth have walked away from contract negotiations for the fourth installment of Paramount's "Star Trek" reboot series.

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STREAMING - From TheWrap:  Ava DuVernay has completed casting for his Netflix limited series, "Central Park Five."

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STAR TREK - From YahooEntertainment:  Nichelle Nichols, who played "Uhura" on the original "Star Trek" series, is reportedly suffering from dementia.

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COMICS-FILM - From WeGotThisCovered:  Sony owns the films rights to "roughly 900 characters" of Marvel Comics' characters, including Spider-Man and characters associated with him.  Sony is creating their own cinematic universe of Marvel Comics characters.  They are calling it the "SUMC."

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MOVIES - From People:  In this first photographic image of Tom Hardy as real-life gangster, Al Capone, Hardy is non-recognizable.  Hardy will play Capone in the director Josh Trank's film, "Fonzo."

STAR TREK - From  WeGotThisCovered:  A few more details leak about Patrick Stewart's return to "Star Trek" as Jean-Luc Picard.

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OSCARS - From THR:  The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have announced sweeping changes to the Academy Awards/Oscars, including announcing a new category, "Outstanding Achievement in Popular Film."

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TELEVISION - From Deadline:  Showtime boss and CEO David Nevins says that this upcoming eighth season of its hit show, "Homeland," will be its last.

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STAR TREK - From BleedingCool:   The CBS All Access series, "Star Trek: Discovery," is coming to Blu-ray and DVD, with all 15 episodes from the first season and bonus content.  Release date is set for November 13th, 2018.

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STREAMING - From BleedingCool:  "The Disney Streaming Service" will offer original movies and remakes of older Disney films.

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BOX OFFICE - From BoxOfficeMojo:  "Mission: Impossible - Fallout" is the winner of the 8/3 to 8/5/2018 weekend box office with an estimated take of $35 million.

From ShadowandAct:  It is official.  "Black Panther" is just the third film to gross $700 million in the United States.

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STREAMING - From ShadowandAct:  Storm Reid ("A Wrinkle in Time") and Niecy Nash (TNT's "Claws") are among five actresses taking supporting roles in Ava DuVernay's Netflix series, "Central Park Five."

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MOVIES - From TheGuardian:  In an interview about his new film, "BlacKkKlansman," director Spike Lee says, "This guy in the White House has given the green light for the Klan."

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MOVIES - From Movieweb:  "Halloween" franchise producer, Malek Akkad, wants William Shatner to make a cameo in a future "Halloween" film.  Find out why... if you don't already know.

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STREAMING-STAR TREK - From TheWrap:  Actor Patrick Stewart will reprise his role as "Captain Jean-Luc Picard" in a new "Star Trek" series for CBS All Access, the CBS streaming service.  Stewart played Picard in "Star Trek: The Next Generations (1987 to 1994) and in "Next Generation" spinoff films.

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COMICS-ANIMATION - From IndieWire:  FX CEO John Landgraf says "we would have done that show" about Donald Glover and his brother Stephen Glover's proposed "Deadpool" animated series, which Marvel, the rights holder of the Deadpool character, nixed

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MOVIES - From YahooNews:  The Foreign Ministry of Russia has appointed action movie star, Steven Seagal, a "special envoy for humanitarian ties" with the United States.

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TELEVISION - From TVLine:  FX has approved a tenth season of "American Horror Story."

From Variety:  Oscar-winner, Emmy-winner, and Tony Award-winner Jessica Lange will appear in "American Horror Story" Season 8.

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TELEVISION - From Variety:  Chris Rock to star in FX's "Fargo" Season 4.

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MOVIES - From JoBlo:  Len Wiseman ("Underworld") says "Die Hard: Year One," the franchise reboot is happening "fairly soon."

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MOVIES - From BleedingCool:  The "Metal Gear Sold" movie will keep the weird stuff from the games.

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OSCARS - From IndieWire:  Oscars 2019: The 31 Movies You Need to Keep an Eye On During Fall Film Festival Season.

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COMICS-FILM - From Deadline:  Writer-director Matt Reeves provides a few updates on his "Batman" stand-alone film.

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TELEVISION - From Variety:  "Spin the Wheel," a game show from executive producer Justin Timberlake, ordered by FOX.

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TELEVISION - From CBR:  After his abuse accusations nearly derailed his career, Chris Hardwick has been reinstated as host of NBC's primetime game show, "The Wall," and will return this fall.  Hardwick was also reinstated as host of AMC's "Talking Dead."

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MOVIES - From BleedingCool:  Carl Lumbly and Alex Essoe join Warner Bros. "Doctor Sleep" film.  Based on the 2013 Stephen King novel, "Doctor Sleep" is a sequel to "The Shining."

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COMICS-STREAMING - From Variety:  Diane Guerrero ("Orange in the New Black") joins "Doom Patrol," based on the DC Comics series.  The "Doom Patrol" series is headed for the "DC  Universe" streaming service.

OBITS:

From Variety:  The actress Charlotte Rae died at the age of 92, Sunday, August 5, 2018.  Rae was best known as the housemother, Mrs. (Edna) Garrett, on the long-running NBC sitcom, "The Facts of Life" (1979-1988).  She also appeared on the short-lived, 1960s sitcom, "Car 54 Where Are You?" (which is one of my favorite TV shows - Ed.)

From THR:  The actress Mary Carlisle has died at the age of 104, died at the age of Wednesday, August 1, 2018.  She was Bing Crosby's co-star in three delightful musicals of the 1930s, including 1937's "Double or Nothing."  She co-starred with several big names of the "Golden Age" of Hollywood films, including Jack Benny in "It's in the Air" and John Barrymore in "Should Ladies Behave."  Carlisle retired from acting after appearing in the 1943 horror film, "Dead Men Walk."


VIZ Media Announces New Publications for Early 2019

VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES NEW PUBLISHING TITLES SET TO DEBUT IN EARLY 2019

VIZ Media Expands Publishing Roster With MY HERO ACADEMIA: SCHOOL BRIEFS, URUSEI YATSURA, FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST Four-Panel Comics, And More

San Francisco, CA – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), a premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing, expands its publishing catalog with a variety of new acquisitions announced during its official panel events at Comic-Con International 2018.

The new titles are scheduled for release beginning early next year and include MY HERO ACADEMIA: SCHOOL BRIEFS, the first of three prose short story collections based on the hit superhero action series created by Kohei Horikoshi. Rumiko Takahashi’s beloved manga series URUSEI YATSURA receives a new large trim edition, and Hiromu Arakawa brings us hilarious four-panel comics from the world of FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST. Two new NAUSICCAÄ books, THE ART OF NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND and NAUSICCAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND PICTURE BOOK were also announced. Each book features vivid Studio Ghibli art from the legendary director Hayao Miyazaki.

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

MY HERO ACADEMIA: SCHOOL BRIEFS, By Kohei Horikoshi and Anri Yoshi - Debuts Spring 2019

The U.A. High School hero course teaches young hopefuls everything they need to become heroes. Between killer events like the sports festival and internships, there’s even a Parents’ Day! Life is never dull for the students of U.A. High!

URUSEI YATSURA, By Rumiko Takahashi - Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens · Debuts Winter 2019

Revisit the acclaimed romantic comedy about an unlucky human boy who meets a beautiful space alien princess in this large trim size edition with all-new translations and new cover designs. In the series, Ataru Moroboshi’s supernatural encounters with the feminine kind all start when he’s chosen to play tag with an alien princess named Lum who invades the earth on her UFO. Ataru has ten days to touch Lum’s horns or aliens will take over the earth! As it turns out, the game of tag is only the beginning of Ataru's troubles, as he continues to attract strange encounters with otherworldly beings like beautiful snow spirit Oyuki and the sexy crow goblin Princess Kurama!

FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST: THE COMPLETE FOUR-PANEL COMICS, By Hiromu Arakawa · Rated ‘T’ for Teens · Debuts Spring 2019

Collects all of author Hiromu Arakawa’s beloved four-panel comic strips from the graphic novel series, her bonus strips from the anime DVDs of Fullmetal Alchemist and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood and rare strips from Japan! No joke is too cheesy and there are no sacred cows when Arakawa takes up her pen to spoof her own characters in this delightfully zany take on FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST!

THE ART OF NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND, By Hayao Miyazaki Debuts Spring 2019

Hayao Miyazaki’s Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, based on his own manga, was released in 1984 and has been a cult classic ever since. In a long-ago war, humankind set off a devastating ecological disaster. The earth is slowly submerging beneath the expanding Sea of Corruption, an enormous toxic forest that creates mutant insects and poisonous spores. Beyond the sea lies the Valley of the Wind, a kingdom of barely 500 citizens and home to Nausicaä, who risks everything to save her people and bring peace and health to the valley. Includes sketches, developmental water colors, cel animation, and more.

NAUSICCAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND PICTURE BOOK, By Hayao Miyazaki · Debuts Spring 2019

In a long-ago war, humankind set off a devastating ecological disaster. The earth is slowly submerging beneath the expanding Sea of Corruption, an enormous toxic forest that creates mutant insects and releases a miasma of poisonous spores into the air. At the periphery of the sea, lies the Valley of the Wind, a kingdom of barely 500 citizens; a nation given fragile protection from the decaying sea's poisons by the ocean breezes; and home to Nausicaä, who risks everything to save her people and bring peace and health to the valley. Includes scene-by-scene illustrations and character dialogue from the film in a double-length picture book.

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Marvel Studios Link-o-Rama 2018 - Update #97

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GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY - From ThePlaylist:  Marvel Studios is apparently trying to convince their Disney bosses to reverse the firing of "Guardians 1 & 2" director James Gunn as director of the franchise's third film.

CAPTAIN MARVEL - From WeGotThisCovered:  Actor Ben Mendelsohn is assumed to be playing the villain in Marvel Studio's 2019 film, "Captain Marvel."  Some believe he will play a Skrull (a classic Marvel Comics alien race) general.

BLACK PANTHER - From THR:  "Black Panther" finally crosses the $700 million mark in domestic box office, becoming the third film to do so, without adjusting for inflation.  [Several films from the distant past would cross that mark if their tickets sales were converted to today's prices.]

SPIDER-MAN - From BleedingCool:  Marvel and Sony release the official logo for next summer's "Spider-Man: Far From Home," the sequel to "Spider-Man: Homecoming."

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY - From CinemaBlend:  The primary cast of Marvel Studios' "Guardians of the Galaxy" films release a statement in support of the "Guardians" franchise director, James Gunn, who Disney recently fired.  Read the full statement at the link.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY - From Deadline:   James Gunn responds to Disney firing him from the third "Guardians of the Galaxy" film.

ANT-MAN AND THE WASP - From THR:  David Dastmalchian plays Russian ex-con, Kurt, part of Scott Lang/Ant-Man's crew.  "The Hollywood Reporter" has a feature on Dastmalchian, who got a big break in Chris Nolan's "The Dark Knight."

RUMORS - From WeGotThisCovered: Marvel Studios commissioned a script in which Iron Man go from being Tony Stark to Riri Williams, a character in the comic books who is mentored by Stark.  Oh, and Riri is an African-American girl.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY - From Deadline:  Disney has fired James Gunn, the director of Marvel Studios' "Guardians of the Galaxy Franchise, over old social media posts.

FRANCHISE - From Deadline:  "Iron Man" At 10: How One Film Set A Dominant Path For Marvel, Kevin Feige, Robert Downey Jr. & Jon Favreau

BLACK PANTHER - From Forbes:  "Black Panther" still stalking the $700 million mark in domestic box office.

BLACK WIDOW - From Collider:  Cate Shortland will direct the "Black Widow" stand-alone movie... according to sources.

BLACK PANTHER - From Variety:  Sean "Diddy" Combs calls "Black Panther" film a "cruel experiment."

SPIDER-MAN - From ShadowandAct:  Actor, comedian, pitchman, JB Smoove, joins "Spider-Man: Far From Home."

ANT-MAN AND THE WASP - From Variety:  "Ant-Man and the Wasp" leads the global box office with an estimated haul of $161 million.

From Variety:  "Ant-Man and the Wasp" leads the 7/6 to 7/8/2018 weekend box office with an estimated haul of $76 million.
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THE FUTURE - From Polygon:  Here’s who could direct the Black Widow movie that’s finally happening

ANT-MAN AND THE WASP - From BRAdvocate:  Michelle Pfieffer threated to quit "Ant-Man and the Wasp," in which she portrays "Janet Van Dyne"

AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR - From DenofGeek:  Details and release date for the "Infinity War" DVD/Blu-ray.

ANT MAN & THE WASP - From CinemaBlend:  8 Things to Remember Before Seeing Ant-Man and the Wasp

AVENERS 4 - Esquire:  Is "Avengers 4" really entitled "Avengers: End Game."

THE FUTURE - From WinonaDailyNews:  Marvel Studios president, Kevin Feige, says that will Marvel will continue to introduce new characters.

ANT-MAN AND THE WASP - From THR:  The Hollywood Reporter reviews the new film and says, "An enjoyably goofy respite from Marvel's A-list musclemen."

THE FUTURE - From EW:  Marvel Studios chief says that Marvel Cinematic Universe will soon include two openly LGBTQ characters.

SPIDER-MAN - From TechnoBuffalo:  "Spider-Man: Homecoming" sequel has a title.  It is "Spider-Man: Far From Home"

ANT-MAN AND THE WASP - From Yahoo:  Marvel screens "Ant-Man and the Wasp" for entertainment writers, who seem to like the film.  The film opens in North America July 6th.

From YahooView:  "Ant-Man and the Wasp" star Evangeline Lilly was on ABC daytime talk show, "The View," to talk about the fim.

BLACK WIDOW - From ThePlaylist: Australian director, Cate Shortland, is reportedly on a shortlist to helm Marvel's possible "Black Widow" film.

CAPTAIN MARVEL - From WeGotThisCovered:  Samuel L. Jackson says that Captain Marvel is the most powerful hero in the Marvel Universe.

AVENGERS - From JoBlo:  "Avengers: Infinity War" has crossed the $2 billion dollar mark.

THE BOSS:  From Deadline:  Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige talks about Marvel's success, female directors, and "Infinity War 2."

THE FUTURE - From ComicBook:  Writer-director Jay Chandrasekhar (the "Super Troopers" films) says Marvel Studios has reached out to him to gauge his interest in a future project.

BLACK PANTHER - From QZ:  There is a lawsuit over a music video from Kendrick Lamar related to the Black Panther soundtrack.

SPIDER-MAN - From PopSugar:  Jake Gyllenhaal is in talks to play Spider-Man supervillain, Mysterio, in the follow-up film to "Spider-Man Homecoming."

From WeGotThisCovered:  Tom Holland Tips His Hat To Marvel Legend Stan Lee Following Spidey Praise

CAPTAIN MARVEL - From Nerdist:  Here are new "Captain Marvel" rumors.

BLACK PANTHER - From ComicBook: Marvel Stunt Drivers Describe 'Black Panther' On-Set Experience

THE FUTURE - From TheWrap:  Marvel Studios boss, Kevin Feige, says that the studio will develop a film starring Muslim female superhero, Ms. Marvel, who is 16-year-old Pakistani-American, Kamala Kahn.

AVENGERS - From ComicBook:  "Avengers: Infinity War" is now the highest grossing superhero movie of all time.

THE FUTURE - From CinemaBlend:  Simon Pegg wants to bring "Captain Britain" to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

IRON MAN - From Yahoo: Robert Downey, Jr.'s original "Iron Man" suit was stolen from a prop facility in Pacoima, California.

CAPTAIN MARVEL - From SlashFilm:  Annette Bening has a secret role in 2019's Captain Marvel.

THOR - From THR:  "The Boundless Potential of Thor"

AVENGERS - From CNNMoney:  "Infinity War" makes its to $1 billion in worldwide box office in record time, 11 days.

AVENGERS - From Variety:  Box Office: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ to Hit $1 Billion in Record Time

ANT MAN AND THE WASP - From ScreenRant:  There is a new "Ant Man and the Wasp" trailer.

BLACK PANTHER - From BleedingCool:  Black Panther Star Chadwick Boseman Gets Honorary Doctorate, Will Deliver Howard University Commencement Address

SPIDER-MAN - From BritishGQ:  Rising star, Tom Holland (Spider-Man: Homecoming") is the future of the Marvel franchise.

AVENGERS - From Deadline:  "Avengers: Infinity War" may have an opening weekend box office gross ($245 million) that will be second only to the record set by "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."

AVENGERS - From TheVillageVoice:  Yes, “Infinity War” Goes on Forever, but Thanos Makes It Worth the Time

AVENGERS - From TheNewYorker:  Complete List of Characters in “Avengers: Infinity War”

AVENGERS - From Variety:  $39 million in Thursday night shows for "Infinity War," the fourth highest total in box office history.

AVENGERS - From Variety:  "Avengers: Infinity War" opens in 21 overseas markets for a total $39 million.

AVENGERS - From Variety:  "Avengers: Infinity War" Heads to Monster $225+ Million Opening Weekend

AVENGERS - From Variety:  First reactions on "Infinity War" are in.  Full reviews are embargoed until 3 pm, Tuesday, April 27, 2018.

PHASE FOUR - From BleedingCool:  Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige confirms that "Eternals" is one of the projects in development.

SPIDER-MAN - From SlashFilm:  Spider-Man will travel the globe in "Spider-Man: Homecoming" sequel.

AVENGERS - From YahooGMA:  Chris Evans says "this could be it" for him and a few Marvel stars whose contracts are expiring soon.

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

THE FUTURE - 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