Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Image Comics Announces the Return of Brubaker & Phillips' "Criminal"

POWERHOUSE CREATORS ED BRUBAKER AND SEAN PHILLIPS RETURN TO MULTIPLE EISNER AWARD-WINNING SERIES CRIMINAL WITH NEW MONTHLY ISSUES

PORTLAND, OR — Hot off the critically acclaimed, bestselling series Kill or Be Killed and breakout hit original graphic novel My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies, crime comic masters Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips return to their beloved, iconic CRIMINAL series. The multiple Eisner award-winning CRIMINAL will return as an all-new monthly from Image Comics in January 2019.

"CRIMINAL was where Sean and I really established our brand as a team, and while writing MY HEROES HAVE ALWAYS BEEN JUNKIES (which takes place in the CRIMINAL world), it just suddenly felt like the perfect time to bring it back to the monthly comic shelves. But this time I wanted it to be different—not just serialized graphic novels, but also single-issue stories and even the odd two-issue story sometimes," said Brubaker. "I love the elasticity that CRIMINAL allows me—because this world we've created gives me a place to tell any kind of crime story and to focus on different characters, both old and new—and I want to really embrace the monthly comics format, and try to create a series where readers will never know what's coming next from issue to issue."

CRIMINAL #1 will debut as a double-sized issue, featuring the return of Teeg Lawless, whose teenage son is causing him trouble that he may not be able to fight his way out of, for the first time in his violence-fueled life.

Phillips added: "It's a pleasure to return to the world of CRIMINAL with new stories of familiar characters and new characters too. I'm back to drawing on paper after a few years drawing THE FADE OUT and KILL OR BE KILLED digitally, so it's also a welcome return to inky fingers and white-out."

A perfect introduction for readers to the dark and exciting world of CRIMINAL, this new series will also include back-page articles and illustrations to bring readers more fully into the noir experience.

CRIMINAL #1 (Diamond Code NOV180021) will be available on Wednesday, January 9th, 2019. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, December 10th, 2018.

CRIMINAL #1 will also be available for purchase across many digital platforms, including the official Image Comics iOS app, Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play.

MY HEROES HAVE ALWAYS BEEN JUNKIES hardcover (ISBN: 978-1534308466, Diamond Code: JUL180133) is available now and can be found at a local comic shop, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, IndieBound, and Indigo.


About Ed Brubaker:
Ed Brubaker is one of the most acclaimed writers in comics, winning five best writer Eisner and Harvey Awards in the last 10 years. His bestselling work with Sean Phillips on CRIMINAL, INCOGNITO, FATALE, and THE FADE OUT has been translated around the world to great acclaim, and Marvel's movies featuring his co-creation, The Winter Soldier, have all been international blockbusters. He works in comics, film, and television, most recently as a writer on HBO's hit series Westworld, co-creator of Too Old to Die Young with Nicolas Winding Refn for Amazon Studios, and co-creator with Sean Phillips on MY HEROES HAVE ALWAYS BEEN JUNKIES. Brubaker will reteam with Sean Phillips and return to the multiple Eisner Award-winning series, CRIMINAL with all new monthly issues from Image Comics in January 2019.

About Sean Phillips:
Drawing comics professionally since the age of 15, Eisner Award-winning Sean Phillips has worked for all the major comics publishers. Since drawing Sleeper, Hellblazer, Batman, X-Men, Marvel Zombies, and Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, Sean has concentrated on creator-owned books including CRIMINAL, INCOGNITO, Seven Psychopaths, FATALE, THE FADE OUT, and most recently co-created with Ed Brubaker: MY HEROES HAVE ALWAYS BEEN JUNKIES. Phillips will reteam with Ed Brubaker and return to the multiple Eisner Award-winning series, CRIMINAL with all-new monthly issues from Image Comics in January 2019.

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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Negromancer News Bits and Bites from October 14th to 20th, 2018 - Update #14

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MOVIES - From Variety:  Michael B. Jordan will star in and produce the assassin story, "The Silver Bear," for Lionsgate.

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MOVIES - From Variety:  Idris Elba joins Taylor Swift in the film adaptation of the classic Broadway musical, "Cats."

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MOVIES - From YahooEntertainment:  Robert Englund says he fought for Freddie Krueger to wear a fedora.

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MOVIES - From TheVerge:  An article about Gareth Evan's ("The Raid") latest film, the Netflix drama-thriller, "Apostle," and it how it extends the legacy of Robin Hardy's "The Wicker Man."

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ANIMATION - From SlashFilm:  New "Tom & Jerry," "The Flintstones," and "Scooby-Doo" films are in the works.  Some will be animated; some will be live-action/animation hybrids.

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BOX OFFICE - BoxOfficeMojo:  The winner of the 10/12 to 10/14/2018 weekend box office is "Venom" with an estimated take of $35.7 million.

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COMICS-FILM - From Thrillist:  How Venom's crazy tongue comes to life in "Venom."

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MOVIES-POLITICS - From Truthout:  Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 11/9” Shows Democrats' Complicity in Electing Trump

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CELEBRITY - From Deadline:  Bryan Singer slams an upcoming "Esquire" magazine profile of him is a rehash of false accusations about him.

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COMICS-TV - From TheWrap:  Jack Bannon will star as "Alfred Pennyworth" in "Pennyworth," a 10-episode Batman prequel TV series to premier on Epix.

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MUSIC-POLITICS - From TheRoot:  The estate of the late music legend, Prince, asks President Trump to stop playing Prince's song, "Purple Rain," at his political rallies.

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RELIGION - From YahooNews:  Pope Francis has canonzied Oscar Romero, the late archbishop of San Salvador, El Salvador.  On March 24, 1980, Archbishop Romero was murdered by a right-wing assassination while performing Mass in the chapel of the Hospital of Divine Providence.  Pope Francis also canonized Pope Paul VI (1963 to 1978).

OBITS:

From ESPN:  NFL Hall of Famer (Class of 1976), Jim Taylor, died Saturday, October 13, 2018 at the age of 83.  Taylor played for the Green Bay Packers from 1958 to 1966.  He was the NFL MVP in 1962, and was on the Packers 1961, 1962, and 1965 NFL Championship teams, as well as being a member of the team that won Super Bowl I.  A native of Louisiana, he played football at Louisiana State University (LSU).

From CNN:  Billionaire Paul Allen has died at the age of 65, Monday, October 15, 2018.  Allen was the co-founder of Microsoft.  He also owned two professional sports franchises, the NBA's Portland Trailblazers and the NFL's Seattle Seahawks.

From YahooHuffPost:  Brothel owner and celebrity pimp, Dennis Hof, has died at the age of 72, Tuesday, October 16, 2018.  Porn movie acting legend, Ron Jeremy, reportedly found Hof's body.  At one time, Hof owned as many as four brothels, including the "Moonlite BunnyRanch" in Nevada.  He had an HBO series, "Cathouse" (2002 to 2014) and a bestselling autobiography.  Hof was running for Nevada state office.


Marvel Studios Link-o-Rama 2018 - Update #122

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Leroy Douresseaux's "Avengers: Infinity War" review is here.
Leroy Douresseaux's "Ant-Man and the Wasp" review is here.

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

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SPIDER-MAN - From YahooUK:  Tom Holland shares Instagram post as "Spider-Man: Far From Home" wraps production.

AVENGERS - From ComicBook:  Jim Starlin, who created the Marvel Comics' character, Thanos, wanted Arnold Schwarzenegger or Idris Elba to play the character.  In the Marvel Studios films, Josh Brolin plays Thanos.

BLACK PANTHER - From THR:  Ryan Coogler has signed on to write and direct "Black Panther 2."

CAPTAIN MARVEL - From BleedingCool:  Brie Larson apparently has a 7-picture deal to play Captain Marvel for Marvel Studios.

BLACK WIDOW - From THR:  According to this article, Scarlett Johansson, will get a $15 million payday for a "Black Widow" stand alone film.

AVENGERS - From GeekTyrant:  Chris Evans ("Captain America") has announced that he has officially wrapped production on "Avengers 4."  He leaves a heartfelt message for fans... that sounds like a goodbye.

AVENGERS - From GoldDerby:  The site writes "5 reasons why ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ deserves a Best Picture Oscar nomination"

AVENGERS 4 - From TheWrap:  Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson head to Atlanta to the set of "Avengers 4"...

THE ETERNALS - From Variety:  Chloe Zhao is reportedly the director of Marvel Studio's in development film, "The Eternals," based on the comic book created by Jack Kirby.

MARVEL TV - From Variety:  "Wonder Woman" screenwriter developing a Marvel female superhero series for ABC.

STREAMING - From Variety:  Marvel Comics characters like Loki and Scarlet Witch will get their own series on Disney's new streaming TV service.  The actors who portrayed them in film are expected to portray them on the new television series.

AVENGERS - From Deadline:  Mark Ruffalo says that "Avengers 4" reshoots are about finishing the film.

AVENGERS - From DarkHorizons:  Jeremy Renner teases his return to the next "Avengers" films as Hawkeye.

BLACK PANTHER - From TheNewYorker:  Contributor Awol Erizku takes a look at the career of costume designer Ruth E. Carter, who designed stunning costumes for "Black Panther."

CAPTAIN MARVEL - From EW:  Entertainment has an exclusive "first look" at Marvel Studios' next film, "Captain Marvel," with 10 images from the film.

BLACK PANTHER - From YahooGQ:  Marvel Studios' smash hit film, "Black Panther," is now on Netflix.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY - From Deadline:  Dave Bautista says that he may not return for "Guardians of the Galaxy 3" in the wake of Disney firing Guardians franchise director, James Gunn.

BLACK PANTHER - From YahooEntertainment:  Yahoo has a first look at the "Black Panther" animated series, "Marvel's Avengers: Black Panther's Quest," which is the fifth season of Disney XD's "Avengers Assemble" series.

KEVIN FEIGE - From BleedingCool:  The Producers Guild of America will honor Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige with the "David O. Selznick Achievement Award."

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY - From THR:  Disney and Marvel Studios has put production on "Guardians of the Galaxy 3" on hold, in the wake of the firing of director James Gunn.

FUTURE - From WeGotThisCovered:  "Ironheart" rising?  Is it evident?

CAPTAIN MARVEL - From WeGotThisCovered:  New promotional art reveals a fuller look at Brie Larson in Captain Marvel suit.

AVENGERS 4 - From ExpressUK:  Leaked photos from the "Avengers 4" set may be validating fan theories that Captain America, Iron Man, and Thor travel through time to stop Thanos.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY - From Variety:  Disney AND Marvel are reportedly standing firm on the firing of "Guardians" director James Gunn from the third installment of the franchise.

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.
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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


Tuesday, October 16, 2018

VIZ Media Drops "Frankenstein: Junji Ito Story Collection"

VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES THE RELEASE OF FRANKENSTEIN: JUNJI ITO STORY COLLECTION

Beautiful Hardcover Edition Reimagines Mary Shelley’s Classic Monster Story And Includes Six Short Stories And More From Junji Ito

San Francisco, CA — VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), a premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing, proudly announces the release of FRANKENSTEIN: JUNJI ITO STORY COLLECTION on October 16th, 2018.

The latest release from the famed horror manga creator will receive a hardcover print release under the VIZ Signature imprint and will carry an MSRP of $22.99 U.S. / $32.00 CAN. Digital editions of FRANKENSTEIN will also be available for $15.99 via viz.com and the VIZ Manga App, as well as from the Nook, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks, comiXology, and Google Play stores.

Junji Ito meets Mary Shelley! The master of horror manga bends all his skill into bringing the anguished and solitary monster—and the fouler beast who created him—to life with the brilliantly detailed chiaroscuro he is known for. Also included are six tales of Oshikiri—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. Bonus: The Ito family dog! Thrill to the adventures of Non-non Ito, an adorable Maltese!

“Junji Ito’s bold graphics blend with prose from Shelley’s original novel to present the Frankenstein story in a way that has never been done before,” says Masumi Washington, Sr. Director, Publishing Production. “Junji Ito also displays his humorous and whimsical side with the inclusion of a variety of bonus stories. We look forward to fans discovering the latest from the master of horror, just in time for the 200th anniversary of the publication of Frankenstein!”

Manga creator Junji Ito made his professional manga debut in 1987 and has since gone on to be recognized as one of the greatest contemporary artists working in the horror genre. His titles include Tomie and Uzumaki, which have been adapted into live-action films; GYO, which was adapted into an animated film; and his short story collections Fragments of Horror and Shiver, all of which are available from VIZ Media. Ito’s influences include classic horror manga artists Kazuo Umezu and Hideshi Hino, as well as authors Yasutaka Tsutsui and H.P. Lovecraft.

For additional information on FRANKENSTEIN: JUNJI ITO STORY COLLECTION and other anime and manga 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, Shogakukan Inc., Shueisha Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media is dedicated to bringing the best titles for English-speaking audiences worldwide.

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

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Monday, October 15, 2018

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Kevin Hart Enters First-Look Development Deal with Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon and Kevin Hart Enter into Exclusive First-Look Deal to Develop and Produce Content for Kids

BURBANK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nickelodeon has entered into an exclusive first-look deal with comedian, actor and television personality Kevin Hart (Night School, Jumanji, The Secret Life of Pets) and his production entity, HartBeat Productions. Hugely popular among Nickelodeon’s audience, Hart will develop and produce live-action, scripted kids’ content for the network through HartBeat.

Kevin Hart noted, “For me, Nick has always represented everything fun about being a kid, and it’s still at the forefront today of kids’ and family entertainment. I’ve been slimed at Kids’ Choice, won a lot of Orange Blimps and my kids are my very own built-in focus group, so I’m ready to dive in and make some next-level shows with Brian and everyone at Nickelodeon.”

Added Brian Robbins, Nickelodeon’s newly named President: “I’m excited to inherit this terrific content deal with Kevin Hart just as I step into my new role at Nickelodeon. Kevin is an incredible talent whose appeal cuts across practically every age group and every member of the family. He knows how to create unforgettable characters, and I can’t wait for him and HartBeat Productions to focus their creativity on making great new content with us.”

Hart is no stranger to Nickelodeon and its audience, having garnered numerous Kids’ Choice Awards nominations and Orange Blimp wins. In 2014, Hart won for “Favorite Funny Star.” In 2017, he took home two awards in the categories of “Favorite Villain” and “Most Wanted Pet” (Snowball, The Secret Life of Pets), and one for “BFFs” (Central Intelligence).


About HartBeat Productions
Founded by Kevin Hart, HartBeat Productions is a multi-platform production company creating unique content for worldwide audiences. With a focus in Feature Films, Television and Digital Content, HartBeat aims to provide content from culturally diverse storytellers that resonate on a global scale. HartBeat currently has a First-Look deal with Universal Studios to produce Feature Films. Their first production together, Night School, had the highest grossing opening weekend for a comedy in 2018. Other projects include "The Next Level" and "Hart of the City" on Comedy Central, and "Cold as Balls" and "What the Fit" on LOL Network. HartBeat currently has numerous Film, and Television projects in various stages of development.

About Nickelodeon
Nickelodeon, now in its 39th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, digital, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in more than 90 million households and has been the number-one-rated kids’ basic cable network for 22 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB).

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VIZ Media Drops "Tokyo Ghoul Complete Box Set" Oct. 16th

VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES THE RELEASE OF THE TOKYO GHOUL COMPLETE BOX SET

The Complete Collection Of The Acclaimed Manga Series Includes All 14 Volumes of TOKYO GHOUL And An Exclusive Double-Sided Poster

San Francisco, CA — VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), a premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing, delivers the grotesque horror/action story about a reluctant monster with the release of the TOKYO GHOUL COMPLETE BOX SET on October 16th, 2018.

The definitive collection of Sui Ishida’s bestselling manga, which has since spawned spin-off novels and the sequel series TOKYO GHOUL: RE, features all 14 volumes of the original series and includes an exclusive double-sided poster. The TOKYO GHOUL COMPLETE BOX SET is rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens and will carry an MSRP of $149.99 U.S. / $199.99 CAN.

Ken Kaneki is an ordinary college student until a violent encounter turns him into the first half-human, half-Ghoul hybrid. Trapped between two worlds, he must survive Ghoul turf wars, learn more about Ghoul society and master his new powers.

“Since the 2015 U.S. release of volume 1, Kaneki’s journey has haunted and resonated with the TOKYO GHOUL readers,” says Joel Enos, Senior Editor. “The TOKYO GHOUL COMPLETE BOX SET vividly showcases Sui Ishida’s artwork on the box itself and is a nice way to get the full original series in one package—whether you’re starting the series as a new reader or a looking for a collector’s item for a series you already love.”

Sui Ishida was born in Fukuoka, Japan. He is the author of TOKYO GHOUL and several TOKYO GHOUL one-shots, including one that won him second place in the Weekly Young Jump 113th Grand Prix award in 2010. TOKYO GHOUL began serialization in Weekly Young Jump in 2011 and was adapted into an anime series in 2014.

VIZ Media is the official North American publisher of the English edition of TOKYO GHOUL as well as the series sequel, TOKYO GHOUL: RE and also publishes an artbook, TOKYO GHOUL ILLUSTRATIONS: ZAKKI, and a variety of original novels inspired by the smash hit manga series.

For additional information on TOKYO GHOUL and other anime and manga 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, Shogakukan Inc., Shueisha Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media is dedicated to bringing the best titles for English-speaking audiences worldwide.

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

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Friday, October 12, 2018

Negromancer News Bits and Bites from October 7th to 13th, 2018 - Update #19

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MOVIES - From Variety:  James Emswiller, an Emmy-winning sound mixer, died after a fall on the set on Tom Hank's Mr. Rogers' biopic, "You Are My Friend."  Emswiller was 61 years old, and won his Emmy for his work on Queen Latifah's "Bessie."

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MOVIES - From Variety:  HBO has acquired the Jeffrey Wright prison drama, "O.G."

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TELEVISION - From TVGuide:  Jennifer Garner confirms that a reboot of her early 2000s ABC series, "Alias," is happening, but that it is still in the early stages.

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DISNEY - From Variety:  Fox will be ready to close the Disney deal January 1, 2019.

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COMICS-FILM - From YahooET:  Maggie Gyllenhaal remembers her "The Dark Knight" co-star, the late Heath Ledger, for being "on a whole other level" on the set of Chris Nolan's 2008 film.

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AWARDS-MUSIC - From PopSugar:  Here is a list winners from the 2018 American Movie Awards.

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STAR TREK - From Deadline:  First look at Rebecca Romijn as "Number One" on CBS All Access' "Star Trek: Discovery" Season 2.

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COMICS-TV - From YahooEntertainment:  First look at actress Ruby Red as "Batwoman" has been released.  Batwoman will appear in The CW's "Arrowverse" event that crossover through episodes of "Arrow," "The Flash," and "Supergirl."

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COMICS-FILM - From TheWrap:  James Gunn is in talks to writer "Suicide Squad 2" for Warner Bros./DC Comics, with the possibility of directing the film also.

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MUSIC - From RockHall:  Janet Jackson, LL Cool J, Radiohead among 15 nominees for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2019. The acts that win induction for the Class of 2019 will be announced in December (2018).

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TELEVISION - From ShadowandAct:  Fox is developing a late-night talk show featuring Nick Cannon.

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MOVIES - From TheWrap:  Michael Pena of Marvel's "Ant-Man" franchise, is to play "Mr. Roarke" in a film based on the classic TV series, "Fantasy Island."  The late Ricardo Montalban originated the role on the ABC series.

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MUSIC - From RollingStone:  Foo Fighters stage Nirvana reunion.

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BOX OFFICE - From BoxOfficeMojo:  The winner of the 10/5 to 10/7/2018 weekend box office is "Venom" with an estimated take of $80 million.  That is the largest box office opening weekend for October.

From TheWrap:  "The Hate U Give" and "Free Solo" lead indie box office.

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MOVIES - From Deadline:  Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker, Alex Gibney, talks about how his film, "No Stone Unturned" could cause him to be arrested.

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JAMES BOND - From IndieWire:  Don't expect a female James Bond, says Bond producer Barbara Broccoli.

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BUSINESS - From QZ:  Did you know that Amazon has its own private brands?

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From ESPN:  Basketball coach and innovator, Fred "Tex" Winter, has died at the age of 96, Wednesday, October 10, 2018.  Winter pioneered the "triangle offense," which helped propel the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls to multiple NBA championships.

From Variety:  Movie producer, Arnold Kopelson, has died at the age of 83, Monday, October 8, 2018.  Kopelson won a "Best Picture" Oscar for producing Oliver Stone's film, "Platoon."   He earned a "Best Picture" Oscar nomination for producing "The Fugitive."

From Variety:   The actor, Scott Wilson, has died at the age of 76; it was announced Saturday, October 6, 2018.  Wilson was best known for playing the farmer, "Hershel Green," on AMC's "The Walking Dead" from 2011 to 2014.

From Deadline:  The actress, Celeste Yarnell, has died at the age of 74, Sunday, October 7, 2018.  "Star Trek" fans remember her for playing "Yeomen Martha London" in the "Star Trek: The Original Series" second season episode, "The Apple."  She appeared in a number of episodes of TV series in the 1960s and 1970s and in the 1968 Elvis Presley film, "Live a Little, Love a Little."


Fantagraphics Books to Publish "BTTM FDRS" Summer 2019


Next Door Horror!

Fantagraphics to publish BTTM FDRS by Ezra Claytan Daniels & Ben Passmore

SEATTLE, WA: Fantagraphics is proud to announce the acquisition of BTTM FDRS by writer Ezra Claytan Daniels (Upgrade Soul) and artist Ben Passmore (Your Black Friend). Out in Summer 2019, this shocking satire explores a world where gentrification and body horror collide in a rapidly changing Chicago.

Once a thriving working-class neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side, The “Bottomyards” is now the definition of urban blight. When an aspiring fashion designer, Darla, and her image-obsessed BFF, Cynthia, descend upon the neighborhood in search of cheap rent, they discover something far more seductive… and deadly.

“Writing BTTM FDRS was a very therapeutic way to work through my feelings about issues like cultural appropriation, gentrification, and representation. By reinterpreting these ideas through a candy-coated lens of body horror and snarky dialogue, they became, for me at least, a little less intimidating,” explains writer Erza Claytan Daniels.

“BTTM FDRS combines my love for David Cronenberg style monsters and anti-gentrification,” artist Ben Passmore adds.

Claytan Daniels continues, “I first met Ben at the Chicago Alternative Comics Festival in 2014. He was peddling his comic Daygloayhole, and it was one of those moments I knew I was in the presence of a guy destined to become a household name.”

“I’ve been a fan of both Ezra’s and Ben’s work for awhile and am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with them both on BTTM FDRS,” says Associate Publisher Eric Reynolds. “It’s a great book by two great creators who I feel are just entering their storytelling prime.”

“It’s pretty much every underground cartoonist’s dream to have a book published by Fantagraphics,” says Claytan Daniels. “There’s no better place for a book like BTTM FDRS.”

At its core, BTTM FDRS is an allegory for cultural appropriation, which first fears, then desires, then takes, then nullifies the object of appropriation without suffering personal consequence. Diverse, dynamic, and thought-provoking, BTTM FDRS aims to appeal to an audience that encompasses anyone who enjoys smart writing with thrilling visuals.

BTTM FDRS
By: Ezra Claytan Daniels & Ben Passmore
Release Date: Summer 2019
Hardcover • 300 Pages • Full Color
ISBN: 978-1-68396-206-9
Link: http://www.fantagraphics.com/bttmfdrs

Bios:
EZRA CLAYTAN DANIELS is a writer and illustrator based in Los Angeles, CA. His work has been featured at the Fantoche International Animation Festival in Baden, Switzerland, the Fumetto International Comics Festival in Lucerne, Haarlem Stripdagen in the Netherlands, and the Whitney Museum. His recent graphic novel, Upgrade Soul, was the recipient of the 2017 Dwayne McDuffe Award for Diversity in Comics.

BEN PASSMORE is a Philadelphia-based cartoonist. He self-publishes Daygloahole, a comic series in equal parts about the apocalypse and anxiety. Ben’s work has appeared in Vice, The Nib, As You Were, Irene, and Felony. His critically acclaimed minicomic, Your Black Friend, was recently reviewed in The New York Times, won the 2017 Dinky Award winner for Best Minicomic, an Eisner Award nominee for Best One-Shot, and winner of the Ignatz Award for Outstanding Comic.


About Fantagraphics Books:
Fantagraphics Books has been a leading proponent of comics as a legitimate form of art and literature for more than 40 years, since it began publishing the critical trade magazine The Comics Journal in 1976. By the early 1980s, Fantagraphics was at the forefront of the burgeoning movement to establish comics as a medium as eloquent and expressive as the more established popular arts of film, literature, poetry, et al. Fantagraphics quickly established a reputation as an advocacy publisher that specialized in seeking out and publishing the kind of innovative work that traditional comics corporations who dealt almost exclusively in super-heroes and fantasy either didn’t know existed or wouldn’t touch: serious, dramatic, historical, journalistic, political, and satirical work by a new generation of alternative cartoonists (including now-legends like Peter Bagge, Daniel Clowes, Emil Ferris, Carol Tyler, Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez, Joe Sacco and Jim Woodring) as well as many artists who gained prominence as part of the seminal underground comix movement of the ’60s, such as R. Crumb and Kim Deitch. Fantagraphics has since gained an international reputation for its literate and audacious editorial standards in publishing the best cartooning from all eras and regions with exacting production values.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Ansel Elgort Joins Steven Spielberg's "West Side Story"

Ansel Elgort to Star as “Tony” in Steven Spielberg’s New Version of “West Side Story”

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Ansel Elgort has been cast in the lead role of “Tony” in the new film version of the Broadway musical, “West Side Story,” to be directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Steven Spielberg. Oscar-nominated screenwriter and Pulitzer Prize-winner Tony Kushner has written the adaptation of the 1957 musical originally written by Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim with music by Leonard Bernstein, and concept, direction, and choreography by Jerome Robbins. Spielberg, Kevin McCollum and Kristie Macosko Krieger will produce the film musical.

    @AnselElgort joins Steven Spielberg's "West Side Story" as Tony.

Elgort will be taking on the role of “Tony,” which was first played by Larry Kert in the original 1957 Broadway musical. Inspired by William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” “West Side Story” explores forbidden love, and the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds.

The Twentieth Century Fox Film production has seen thousands of potential cast members during casting calls for actors and dancers in New York, Los Angeles, Miami and Puerto Rico over the last few months.

Elgort has starred in “Baby Driver” for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe as Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy and “The Fault in Our Stars.” The actor can next be seen as the lead in the upcoming film adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, “The Goldfinch,” which will be released in October 2019.

Spielberg’s most recent projects include “The Post,” a political drama inspired by the Washington Post’s first female publisher, Katharine Graham (Meryl Streep), and its driven editor, Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks), and “Ready Player One” based on the popular science-fiction novel by Ernest Cline.

Filming is set to begin in the summer of 2019.

Elgort is repped by manager Emily Gerson Saines and CAA.

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Justin Peck Joins Steven Spielberg's "West Side Story"

Tony-Winning Choreographer Justin Peck Joins Steven Spielberg’s New Version of “West Side Story”

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Choreographer Justin Peck has joined the production team on the new film version of the Broadway musical “West Side Story,” to be directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Steven Spielberg. Peck is the Resident Choreographer and soloist dancer with the New York City Ballet and won a Tony Award in 2018 for his choreography in the Broadway revival of “Carousel.” Oscar nominated screenwriter and Pulitzer Prize-winner Tony Kushner has written the adaptation of the 1957 musical originally written by Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim with music by Leonard Bernstein, and concept, direction, and choreography by Jerome Robbins.

    “This is a total dream-come-true. Getting a chance to work alongside such an illustrious and inspiring team to present a ‘West Side Story’ for today's audience is something I never imagined I would experience”

“This is a total dream-come-true. Getting a chance to work alongside such an illustrious and inspiring team to present a ‘West Side Story’ for today's audience is something I never imagined I would experience,” said Justin Peck. “The original ‘West Side Story’ was one of the guiding forces that led me to dance in the first place, so I feel very honored on a deeply personal level.”

Justin Peck began choreographing in 2009 at the New York Choreographic Institute. In 2014, after the creation of his acclaimed ballet “Everywhere We Go,” he was appointed as Resident Choreographer of New York City Ballet. He is the second person in the institution’s history to hold this title.

He joined New York City Ballet as a dancer in 2006. As a performer, Peck has danced a vast repertoire of works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Peter Martins, Alexei Ratmansky, Benjamin Millepied, Christopher Wheeldon, and many others. In 2013, he was promoted to the rank of Soloist.

Peck has created over 30 ballets – 17 of those for New York City Ballet. His works have been performed by Paris Opera Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, LA Dance Project, Dutch National Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Houston Ballet, and Pennsylvania Ballet, to name a few. His collaborators include composers Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner (The National), Dan Deacon, Caroline Shaw, M83; visual artists Shepard Fairey, Marcel Dzama, John Baldessari, and Jules de Balincourt; and fashion designers Mary Katrantzou, Humberto Leon (Kenzo, Opening Ceremony), Tumori Chisato, and Dries Van Noten.

Peck choreographed the 2018 Broadway revival of “Carousel.” The production was directed by Jack O'Brien and stars Jesse Meuller, Joshua Henry & Renée Fleming. That same year, Peck received the Tony Award for best choreography, the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Choreography, and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Choreography for his work on the production. Additionally, Peck has danced the role of Bernardo in Robbins’ ballet “West Side Story Suite” and this past spring he choreographed a Leonard Bernstein piece, “Prelude, Fugue and Riffs,” for the New York City Ballet.

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