Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Image Comics Rushes Black Magic Comic, "Excellence," Back to Print

EXCELLENCE FANTASY BEWITCHES FANS, RUSHED BACK TO PRINT

PORTLAND, OR. — Image/Skybound's all-new fantasy action series, "Excellence," by Khary Randolph (We Are Robin, Black, Tech Jacket) and Brandon Thomas (Horizon, The Many Adventures of Miranda Mercury, Noble) will be rushed back to print in order to keep up with its growing fanbase.

Excellence #1 introduces Spencer Dales, a young man born into a world of magic. His father belongs to a secret society of magicians ordered by their unseen masters to selflessly better the lives of others—those with greater potential. Now Spencer must follow in his father's footsteps, but all he sees is a broken system in need of someone with the wand and the will to change it. But in this fight for a better future, who will stand beside him? 

Excellence #1, second printing (Diamond Code FEB198894) hits comic shops on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. The final order cutoff deadline for retailers was Monday, May 20, 2019.

Excellence #2 Cover A by Randolph (Diamond Code APR190138) and Excellence #2 Cover B by Sanford Greene (Diamond Code FEB198634) hits comic shops on Wednesday, June 19, 2019. The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, May 27, 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 May 19th to 25th, 2019 - Update #10

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STREAMING - From THR:   Greg Kinnear joins Lisa Kudrow in the pilot for the Amazon comedy, "Good People," from Lee Daniel and Whitney Cummings.

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CANNES - From Deadline:  Quentin Tarantino's "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" screens at Cannes 2019, and gets a seven-minute standing ovation.

From YahooEntertainment:  On the set of "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood," Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio thought of the late Luke Perry as an icon of cool.

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MOVIES - From Deadline:  Fox Searchlights wins an intense bidding war for director Terrence Malick's much-talked about film, " A Hidden Life," which some consider a "return to form" and his best film since 2011's "The Tree of Life."  It is in competition at Cannes 2019.

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BOX OFFICE - From Variety:  The winner of the 5/17 to 5/19/2019 weekend box office is "John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum" with an estimate take of 57 million dollars.

From Variety:  "Pokemon: Detective Pikachu" leads the international box office.

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CELEBRITY - From Deadline:  Arnold Schwarzenegger said that he will not press charges against the man who attacked him on Saturday, May 18th in South Africa at a children's sports event.

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MOVIES - From Deadline:  Just out is a new "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" faux movie poster featuring Leo DeCaprio as "Rick Dalton."

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TELEVISION - From Variety:  Showtime has won the rights to the feature-length documentary, "Hitsville: The Making of Motown."

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MOVIES - From TheWrap:  The worldwide rights to the Chris Hemworth-Tiffany Haddish buddy cop comedy, "Down Under Cover," have been picked up by Paramount Pictures.


TRAILERS AND VIDEO:

From YouTube:  First official trailer (May 21, 2019) for Quentin Tarantino's "Once Upon a Time in... Hollywood."


Marvel Studios Negromancer Link-o-Rama - 2019 - Update #94

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THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER - From Deadline:  Kari Skogland has been set to direct the six-part Disney+ miniseries, "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier," with Anthony Mackie (The Falcon) and Sebastian Stan (The Winter Soldier") set to star.  "Captain America: Civil War's" Daniel Bruhl and Emily Van Camp are also in talks to join the miniseries, which will air in August 2020.

FUTURE - From Newsarama:  Kevin Feige said that the real "Mandarin" will appear in a future Marvel Studios film.  Ben Kingsley played an imposter in "Iron Man 3."

SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME - From Movieweb:  "Far From Home," according to rumor, will have an end-credit scene that will set up Spider-Man's future as a superhero.

SPIDER-MAN/AVENGERS - From Polygon:  Starting Friday, May 10th, "Avengers: Endgame" has a post-credits scenes, but it is the simply the second trailer for "Spider-Man: Far From Home."

AVENGERS: ENDGAME - From Variety:  "Endgame" writers, Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus, answer a bunch of questions.

AVENGERS: ENDGAME - From CBR:  Did Thanos' snap of his fingers in "Avengers: Infinity War" create mutants a.k.a. X-Men?

FUTURE - From Variety:  Marvel will reveal its future film slate some time during the summer, according Disney CEO Bob Iger.

ETERNALS - From Variety:  "Game of Thrones" star Richard Madden in talks to star in "Eternals" film.

AVENGERS: ENDGAME - From Deadline:  "Endgame" is on the way to crossing the $2 billion dollar mark this coming weekend.

AVENGERS: ENDGAME - From Deadline:  Naughty Chris Pratt filmed some "highly illegal" video while on the "Endgame" set, but people are loving it online.

FRANCHISE - From THR:  Marvel Cinematic Universe actors are getting paid, with Robert Downey, Jr. leading the way.

AVENGERS: ENDGAME - From Newsarama:  Why CAPTAIN MARVEL and BLACK PANTHER Didn't Have Bigger Roles in AVENGERS: ENDGAME

AVENGERS: ENDGAME - From Deadline:  "Avenger: Endgame" rips up all the box office records for a film opening.

AVENGERS: ENDGAME - From Variety:  "Endgame" has an opening day (Fri., April 26th) of $156.7 million.

AVENGERS: ENDGAME - From Newsarama:  "Endgame" sets a record for Thursday previews with an estimated 60 million dollar take.

AVENGERS: ENDGAME - From Variety:  "Endgame" surpasses $100 million in China on its opening day.

AVENGERS: ENDGAME - From Newsarama:  Fandango says that 4,000 showings of "Endgame" have sold out.

PHASE THREE - From YahooFatherly:  Kevin Feige makes it official that the end of "Phase Three" of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is "Spider-Man: Far From Home."

From News18:  Marvel boss, Kevin Feige, says that Marvel Studios is going big on diversity and is willing to take risks on films.  For instance, "Shang-chi" will have an Asian-American lead.

From FlickeringMyth:  Robert Downey, Jr. says that the last eight minutes of "Avengers: Endgame" are maybe the best eight minutes in the entire history of the whole run of them, in a way, because everyone’s involved.

SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME - From USAToday:  Nick Fury is the "mean new stepdad" in "Far from Home" says director Jon Watts.

SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME - From Newsarama:  The release date for "Spider-Man: Far from Home" has moved from July 5th to July 2nd.

KEVIN FEIGE - From Variety:  The Marvel Studios boss talks about Disney+ and the X-Men.

DISNEY+ - From Newsarama:  During an investors webcast, Disney confirmed details of its Marvel Cinematic Universe based TV series, including a "What if" animated series and live action "Loki," "Falcon and Winter Soldier," and "WandaVision" series.

BLACK WIDOW - From Deadline:  "Black Widow" adds actor O-T Fagbenle ("The Handmaid's Tale") to its cast.

CAPTAIN MARVEL - From Newsarama:  Updates on "Captain Marvel's" box office.

DISNEY+ - From Variety:  Jeremy Renner will reprise his "Avengers" role as the superhero, "Hawkeye," for a Disney+ series.

FUTURE - From Variety:  Australia has given Marvel Studios a $17.1 million subsidy to film a movie there.

BLACK PANTHER - From YahooEntertainment:  Actor Chadwick Boseman has the perfect response to all the people asking about "Black Panther 2."

THE ETERNALS - From THR:  Oscar-nominee Kumail Nanjiani is reportedly in talks to join Angelina Jolie in Marvel's "The Eternals" film.

AVENGERS ENDGAME - From YahooEntertainment:  Apparently, because of his tendency to leak things, Tom Holand a.k.a. Peter Parker/Spider-Man, did not get a copy of the "Endgame" script.

CAPTAIN MARVEL - From TheWrap:  "Captain Marvel" crosses the $1 billion mark in worldwide box office.

BLACK WIDOW - From Variety:  Oscar-winner Rachel Weisz ("The Constant Gardner") in talks to play a key role in "Black Widow."

BLACK WIDOW - From CNET:  David Harbour is about to star in the "Hellboy" reboot and is a star in Netflix's "Stranger Things" has joined Marvel's standalone "Black Widow" film.

THE ETERNALS - From THR:  Angelina Jolie reportedly in talks to join Marvel Studios' "The Eternals, which is to be directed by Chloe Zhao.

AVENGERS: ENDGAME - From Newsarama:  Marvel releases 32 "Avengers: Endgame" posters that offers some surprising clues/details.

SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME - From Newsarama:  Sony Pictures releases international versions of the "Spider-Man: Far from Home" movie poster.  Spidey is sporting a new costume.

KEVIN FEIGE - From ScreenRant:  Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige talks "Captain Marvel" and a lot of other stuff.

CAPTAIN MARVEL - From Deadline:  "Captain Marvel" now at $910 million in worldwide box office.

AVENGERS ENDGAME - From SlashFilm:  Anthony and Joe Russo admit that the "Avengers: Endgame" trailers are deliberately misleading audiences.

CAPTAIN MARVEL - From Newsarama:  "Captain Marvel" crosses the $800 million dollar mark in worldwide box office.

BLACK WIDOW - From Variety:  Sources say that actress Florence Pugh has joined the "Black Widow" standalone film.

KEVIN FEIGE - From Newsarama:  Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige doubles down on his commitment to diverse representation in the studio's films.

CAPTAIN MARVEL - From Deadline:  "Captain Marvel's" second weekend box office haul, $69.3 million, is the second best second weekend in March box office history.

CAPTAIN MARVEL - From YahooEntertainment:  In the wake of "Captain Marvel's" smashing success, other female-led superhero movies are coming.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY - From Deadline:   Disney has reinstated James Gunn as director of "Guardians of the Galaxy 3."  Gunn was fired after OLD social media posts came to light.

From YahooDigitalSpy:  Directors of Marvel Studios films react to the return of James Gunn to GotG 3.

AVENGERS: ENDGAME - From YouTube:  New "Avengers: Endgame" trailer - released March 14, 2019 

SHANG-CHI - From THR:  Destin Daniel Cretton has reportedly been chosen by Marvel Studios to direct its film, "Shang-Chi," based upon Marvel Comics' "Master of Kung-Fu."  Marvel is also looking for an Asian lead and the film will feature a predominately Asian and Asian-American cast.

CAPTAIN MARVEL - From Variety:  "Captain Marvel" moves past $500 million in worldwide box office as of today.

CAPTAIN MARVEL - From Marvel:  "Captain Marvel" breaks box office records in its opening weekend.  Marvel Studios' latest chapter became the biggest opening for a woman-led movie.

CAPTAIN MARVEL - From THR:  "Captain Marvel" has a $153 million debut at the domestic box office and $455 million in worldwide ticket sales.

CAPTAIN MARVEL - From Newsarama:  "Captain Marvel" off to a 78 million dollar start at the global box office.

CAPTAIN MARVEL - From YahooFinance:  Advanced tickets sales for "Captain Marvel" are reportedly hotter than they were for "Wonder Woman" and only trails "Black Panther" for solo superhero movies.

CAPTAIN MARVEL - From Deadline:  "Captain Marvel's" debut in China is the fourth biggest for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

BLACK WIDOW - From Newsarama:  Andre Holland, Rachel Weisz, and Alec Baldwin are reportedly on the shortlist to join Marvel's "Black Widow" film.

BLACK WIDOW - From Newsarama:  Emma Watson shortlisted to be the co-lead in Marvel's "Black Widow" film.

CAPTAIN MARVEL - From BleedingCool:  On "The Jonathan Ross Show," Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson of "Captain Marvel" met comic book creator Bryan Hitch, the comic book artist who first drew Jackson as Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D.

FUTURE - From Newsarama:  Kevin Feige says that Marvel Studios won't announce additions to its film schedule until after "Avengers: Endgame" and "Spider-Man: Far From Home."

CAPTAIN MARVEL - From YahooDigitalSpy:  Brie Larson reveals her intense training for the lead role in "Captain Marvel."

AVENGERS: ENDGAME - From Newsarama:  "Avengers: Endgame" is tracking to set an opening weekend box office record.  "Infinity War" had an opening weekend of $257 million, which is the current record.

FUTURE - From Newsarama:  Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige talks about the place of the "Eternals" in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

BLACK PANTHER - From io9:  Black Panther wins 3 Oscars at 91st Academy Awards.

CAPTAIN MARVEL - From THR:  Ticket pre-sales for "Captain Marvel" are the third highest for a Marvel Cinematic Universe film, behind "Avengers: Infinity War" and "Black Panther."  Those pre-sale numbers are also ahead of Warner Bros.'s "Aquaman" and "Wonder Woman."

CAPTAIN MARVEL - From BleedingCool:  Marvel has apparently screened "Captain Marvel" and people are tweeting early reactions.

BLACK WIDOW - From Newsarama:  Marvel Studios has reportedly hired writer-director Ned Benson to do rewrites of Jac Schaeffer's script for the "Black Widow" solo film.

AVENGERS: ENDGAME - From Newsarama:  Gwyneth Paltrow, Pepper Potts in the "Iron Man" film, says she is ready to quit the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

BLACK PANTHER - From THR:  Benjamin A Burtt has an Oscar nomination (sound editing) along with Steve Boeddeker for creating the sounds of "Black Panther."  He is the son of Oscar-winning "Star Wars" legend Ben Burtt.

CAPTAIN MARVEL - From Deadline:  Marvel Studios' "Captain Marvel" is projected to have at least a 100 million dollar opening weekend.

BLACK PANTHER - From ComicBook:  Letitia Wright shares heartfelt thank for BAFTA win in a video.

BLACK PANTHER - From ComicBook:  Here is a list of the 8 categories in which "Black Panther" is nominated at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards.

BLACK PANTHER - From ComicBook:  At the 72nd BAFTA Awards, "Black Panther" wins the award for "Best Visual Effects," the only nomination it received.

BLACK PANTHER - From ComicBook:  Letitia Wright, who played "Shuri," Black Panther's sister, has won the BAFTA Rising Star Award at today's BAFTA Awards.

BLACK PANTHER - From ComicBook:  "Black Panther" has won the Grammy Award for "Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media" at today's 61st Annual Grammy Awards.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY - From TheWrap:  Taika Waititi, the director of "Thor: Ragnarok," says that he will not direct the third installment of "Guardians of the Galaxy."  He says "That's James' film," referencing James Gunn, whom Disney fired from the franchise.

AVENGERS ENDGAME - From Variety:  See the Super Bowl teaser trailer for "Avengers: Endgame," which is due in April.

BLACK PANTHER - From TheWrap:  “The Favourite”, “Crazy Rich Asians” and “Black Panther” have been named the best-designed films of 2018 by the Art Directors Guild, which handed out its 23rd annual Excellence in Production Design Awards on Saturday night at the Intercontinental Los Angeles Downtown.

BLACK PANTHER - From BleedingCool:  Chadwick Boseman gives a moving speech while he and cast mates accepted the SAG Award for "Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture."  And he teases "Black Panther 2."

BLACK PANTHER - From Newsarama:  "Black Panther" is returning to theaters in February - for free showings to celebrate Black History Month.

BLACK PANTHER - From YahooEntertainment:  "Black Panther" wins the top award at the 25th Screen Actors Guild Awards - "Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture."

BLACK PANTHER - From Deadline:  At the 2019 / 25th Screen Actors Guild Awards, stunt teams from "Black Panther" and "GLOW" walked away with this year’s SAG Awards for outstanding action performances by film and television stunt ensembles.

BLACK PANTHER - From YahooEntertainment:  "Wonder Woman" director Patty Jenkins, currently working on "Wonder Woman 1984," says that she is happy that Black Panther has been nominated for a "best picture" Oscar.

BLACK PANTHER - From THR:  Among "Black Panther's" seven Oscar nominations at the 91st Academy Awards, one of them is historic.  "Black Panther" is the first comic book movie to be nominated in the "best picture" category.

BLACK PANTHER - From USAToday:  Oscar nominations: Why 'Black Panther' really deserves that best-picture nod

CAPTAIN MARVEL - From Variety:  "Captain Marvel" will open in China on the same day it opens in North America, March 8, 2019.

FUTURE - From ComicBook:  Marvel Comics artist, Stefano Caselli, teases a new project for Marvel Studios.

SPIDER-MAN - From Newsarama:  With his role in "Spider-Man: Far From Home," Zach Barack is the first openly trans actor to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

SPIDER-MAN - From YouTube:  First official trailer for "Spider-Man: Far From Home," which is due July 5, 2019.

CAPTAIN MARVEL - From THR:  How "Captain Marvel" is being positioned as the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

DISNEY+ - From THR:  The streaming service, Disney+, has found a showrunner for its "Vision and Scarlet Witch" series (formerly "Scarlet Witch).  He is "Captain Marvel" co-screenwriter, Jac Schaeffer.

FUTURE - From Newsarama:  Both Kevin Feige and Oscar-winner Adam McKay ready to talk about a "Silver Surfer" movie.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY - From Newsarama:  Kevin Feige says "Guardians of the Galaxy 3" is still happening, although when is yet to be determined.

STREAMING - From WeGotThisCovered:  Disney's upcoming streaming service, "Disney+" will be a major part of the "Marvel Cinematic Universe" going forward, according to Marvel head honcho, Kevin Feige.

BLACK PANTHER - From SlashFilm:  "Black Panther" earns a "best picture" nominations at the 30th Producers Guild Awards.  Winners will be announced Jan.19th.

BLACK PANTHER - From Newsarama:  AARP has released its list of nominees for its annual "Movies For Grownups Awards," which honor films the organization feels appeal to their older demographic. Among the announcements are a pair of nominations for Marvel Studios' 2018 blockbuster Black Panther - "Best Ensemble" category, which honors the entire cast of the winning film, and "Best Supporting Actress" for Angela Bassett's performance as Queen Raimonda.

BLACK PANTHER - From Newsarama: Black Panther's Letitia Wright has been nominated for the EE British Academy Film Awards' (BAFTA) "EE Rising Star Award."


TRAILERS:

SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME - From YouTube:  New trailer (5/6/2019) for "Spider-Man: Far From Home," which is due July 2, 2019.

AVENGERS: ENDGAME - From Marvel:  Here is the first trailer from "Avengers: Endgame," formerly "Avengers 4."

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.

CAPTAIN MARVEL - From YouTube:  Captain Marvel official trailer #2 (released Monday, December 3, 2018).


Monday, May 20, 2019

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"The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess" Creators to Appear in London

THE LEGEND OF ZELDATM MANGA CREATORS TO APPEAR AT 2019 MCM COMIC CON LONDON

VIZ Media And ReedPop Welcome The Creative Duo Akira Himekawa For Special Events And Autograph Sessions At The UK’s Premier Pop Culture Convention

San Francisco, CA – VIZ Media partners with ReedPop, the world's leading producer of pop culture events, to announce the appearance of the creators behind the smash hit THE LEGEND OF ZELDA™ manga series, known jointly as Akira Himekawa, at the 2019 MCM Comic Con London. This marks their first-ever professional appearance in the UK.

Akira Himekawa is the penname of two women, A. Honda and S. Nagano, who have created multiple bestselling manga adventures inspired by the classic Nintendo® puzzle-solving, role-playing video games. Their latest continuing series is THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: TWILIGHT PRINCESS, published by VIZ Media.

Organized and presented by ReedPop, MCM London is the UK’s biggest annual pop culture event. The event will take place May 24th-26th, 2016 at the London ExCel convention center. Additional information is available at: www.mcmcomiccon.com/london/.

Akira Himekawa’s MCM London Panels & Special Events Include:

Friday, May 24th

11:00am – 12:00pm - Official VIZ Media Panel with Special Guests
Center Stage

Join VIZ Media for exciting announcements, exclusive first looks at upcoming new titles, and special prizes! THE LEGEND OF ZELDA manga creators, Akira Himekawa, will also make a special appearance.

Saturday, May 25th

2:00pm – 3:00pm - THE LEGEND OF ZELDA Manga Panel
Main Stage

Join Akira Himekawa for an insightful panel to discuss their groundbreaking work, as well as catch a special live drawing session!

MCM London Comic Con On-Site Akira Himekawa Autograph Sessions:
Friday, May 24th at 2:00pm – limited to 100 people

Saturday, May 25th at 4:30pm – limited to 100 people

Signing session attendees each will receive an exclusive THE LEGEND OF ZELDA shikishi and poster from VIZ Media for Akira Himekawa to autograph (one item per person to be signed). Official signings are ticketed prior to the event, distribution details forthcoming.

Akira Himekawa Off-Site Autograph Sessions:

Forbidden Planet London Megastore
Friday, May 24th at 6:00pm
179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London

Join VIZ Media to welcome Akira Himekawa for a special off-site appearance in London! Wristbands to attend the autograph session will be available on a first-come-first-served basis. Signing session attendees will receive an exclusive VIZ Media-supplied poster and shikishi; attendees select which one will be signed on site by the pair. Please visit the Forbidden Planet website for details at: https://forbiddenplanet.com/.

Akira Himekawa have created multiple THE LEGEND OF ZELDA manga, each published in-print by VIZ Media. These include THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: TWILIGHT PRINCESS as well as beloved earlier works such as THE Ocarina of Time, Oracle of Seasons, FOUR SWORDS and more. Volume 4 of THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: TWILIGHT PRINCESS is available now; Volume 5 releases in August.

Readers are invited to also enjoy VIZ Media’s THE LEGEND OF ZELDA - LEGENDARY EDITION which adapts the original 10-volume manga series into a collectible line of deluxe omnibus 2-in-1 releases that are available exclusively in-print.

For additional information on THE LEGEND OF ZELDA or other anime and manga titles available from VIZ Media, please visit VIZ.com.


ABOUT REEDPOP
ReedPOP is a boutique group within Reed Exhibitions exclusively devoted to organizing events, launching and acquiring new shows, and partnering with premium brands in the pop culture world. ReedPOP is dedicated to celebrations of popular culture throughout the globe that transcend ordinary events by providing unique access and dynamic personal experiences. The ReedPOP portfolio includes: New York Comic Con (NYCC), Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) West, East, South and Australia, Emerald City Comicon (ECCC), BookCon, Oz Comic-Con, Comic Con India, Paris Comic Con, Star Wars Celebration, Star Trek: Mission New York, TwitchCon, ComplexCon and more. The staff at ReedPOP is a fan-based group of professionals uniquely qualified to serve those with whom they share a common passion. ReedPOP is focused on bringing its expertise and knowledge to world communities in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, India, and Australia. (www.reedpop.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 SHONEN JUMP brand 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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Sunday, May 19, 2019

James Earl Jones, Bette Midler Among Disney Legends Class of 2019

Eleven New Disney Legends to Be Honored During D23 Expo 2019 in Anaheim on August 23

Robert Downey Jr., Bette Midler, and Other Remarkable Talents to be Honored at a Special Award Ceremony Hosted by Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger

BURBANK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Robert Downey Jr. and Bette Midler, along with such luminaries as Wing Chao, Jon Favreau, James Earl Jones, Kenny Ortega, Barnette Ricci, Robin Roberts, Diane Sawyer, Ming-Na Wen, and Hans Zimmer, will be honored as Disney Legends during D23 Expo 2019 for their remarkable contributions to the Disney legacy. Hosted by Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger, the Disney Legends Awards ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, August 23, 2013, in Hall D23 of the Anaheim Convention Center.

    “This year’s honorees have earned a place in our hearts and our history for their significant contributions in film, television, and our theme parks around the world.”

“The Disney Legends Award is the highest honor we can bestow; it’s a recognition of talent, a celebration of achievement, and an expression of profound gratitude to the remarkable men and women who have made an indelible mark on our company and our creative legacy,” said Bob Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company. “This year’s honorees have earned a place in our hearts and our history for their significant contributions in film, television, and our theme parks around the world.”

The Disney Legends Awards program is a 32-year tradition of The Walt Disney Company, and the first Disney Legend was Fred MacMurray (The Shaggy Dog, The Absent-Minded Professor, The Happiest Millionaire), who was honored in 1987. The award ceremony is just one of the dozens of spectacular events Disney fans can enjoy during the three-day D23 Expo.

The 2019 Disney Legends Award honorees (listed alphabetically) are:

WING CHAO: For 37 years at Disney, Wing T. Chao played a vital role in designing and developing exceptional and inspirational projects, worth more than $12 billion, at Disney parks and resorts worldwide. Wing served as vice chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts for Asia Pacific Development as well as executive vice president of Walt Disney Imagineering, where he oversaw master planning, architecture, and design. Wing directed development teams consisting of Disney Imagineers and many of the world’s most renowned architects and designers. He also developed and built projects, including resort hotels, parks, cruise ships, entertainment venues, water attractions, convention and exhibition centers, sports stadiums, restaurants, retail spaces, recreational complexes, office spaces, and two new-town communities, at The Walt Disney Company’s properties in California, Florida, Hawai‘i, Tokyo, Paris, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and other locations worldwide.

ROBERT DOWNEY JR.: is a two-time Academy Award® nominee and Golden Globe® winner who has appeared in more than 80 films. Considered one of the industry’s most talented and respected actors, Robert has embraced both dramatic and comedic roles, including his Disney debut in the 2006 remake of The Shaggy Dog. After numerous standout performances, Robert then went on to help launch Marvel Studios with his celebrated performance as Tony Stark as Iron Man. His role has spearheaded the iconic blockbuster franchises Iron Man and Avengers, for which he’s starred in three Iron Man films, The Incredible Hulk (2008), Captain America: Civil War (2016), and Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017); and four Avengers films, including the most recent, Avengers: Endgame (2019), which shattered box office records and became the largest-ever film debut, bringing in $1.2 billion worldwide in its opening weekend. Robert will next star in the title role in 2020’s The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle and is in pre-production on the third installment of the successful Sherlock Holmes franchise.

JON FAVREAU: started his career with appearances in film and television and has since become one of Hollywood’s most successful producers and directors. Jon’s first roles included appearances on TV shows such as Seinfeld and Friends, but his big break came with the Miramax indie film Swingers (1996), for which he wrote the screenplay, starred, and co-produced. His directing credits include Iron Man (2008), Iron Man 2 (2010), the live-action remake of The Jungle Book (2016), and this year’s reimagining of The Lion King. Jon also made appearances in several Marvel Cinematic Universe films as Tony Stark’s loyal bodyguard, Happy Hogan. As an executive producer for Marvel Studios, Jon holds credits on such films as Iron Man (2008), Iron Man 2 (2010), Iron Man 3 (2013), Marvel’s The Avengers (2012), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), and Avengers: Infinity War (2018). He has also voiced characters for Disney television shows and feature films, including Hercules (TV, 1999), Buzz Lightyear of Star Command (TV, 2000), G-Force (2009), Star Wars: The Clone Wars (TV, 2010–13), and Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018). Jon is writing and executive producing the live-action Star Wars series The Mandalorian for Disney+, which will premiere this November.

JAMES EARL JONES: started his acting career with television and film roles, including appearances in As the World Turns (1966) and Dr. Strangelove (1964). But the Oscar®, Emmy®, and Tony® Award-winning actor is well known for his iconic voice acting, beginning with the role of Darth Vader in Star Wars: A New Hope (1977). This villainous vocal performance was reprised in subsequent Star Wars films, including most recently in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) and TV shows like Star Wars Rebels (2014–18). His voice can also be heard in Disney Parks around the globe, including recurring vocal performances as Darth Vader for Star Tours: The Adventures Continue. Other Disney credits include ABC’s Recess in 1998 as the voice of Santa Claus, narrator for the Disneynature film Earth (2009), segment host for Fantasia/2000 (2000), and as the celebrity narrator for the Candlelight Ceremony at Disneyland. Audiences also recognize the actor’s basso profundo as that of Mufasa in The Lion King (1994), a role James Earl would return to in The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride (1998), The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar (2015), and this summer’s reimagining of The Lion King.

BETTE MIDLER: When the Disney studio set out to expand the breadth of its film production with Touchstone Pictures, it was Emmy, Grammy®, Golden Globe, and Tony winner Bette Midler who helped lead the way to box office success for the new division. She appeared in a string of hit comedies, including Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986), Ruthless People (1986), Outrageous Fortune (1987), and Big Business (1988). Touchstone’s 1988 drama Beaches not only proved to be a smash with audiences, but it also included Bette’s platinum-selling rendition of “Wind Beneath My Wings.” Other Disney films followed, including Stella (1990) and Scenes from a Mall (1991), as well as a memorable vocal performance as the spoiled poodle Georgette in Oliver & Company (1988). Bette is well known to Disney audiences for her role as the witchy Winifred in the perennial Halloween classic Hocus Pocus (1993). She also starred in The Lottery (1989), a short film produced for the Disney-MGM Studios Theme Park (now Disney’s Hollywood Studios) in Florida for guests of the park’s Backstage Studio Tour.

KENNY ORTEGA: is a multi-award-winning director, choreographer, and producer. His first work with Disney was choreographing the TV special Disney’s Totally Minnie (1988), followed by Mickey’s 60th Birthday the same year, and he would go on to direct three episodes of Touchstone Television’s Hull High in 1990. In 1992, Kenny directed his first feature film, the beloved Disney musical Newsies, which was followed, in 1993, by the Halloween favorite Hocus Pocus. In 2006, he helmed the Disney Channel smash hit High School Musical, and the success of the first film would bring him back to direct—and choreograph—the sequels High School Musical 2 (2007) and High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008). Kenny also produced and staged the High School Musical: The Concert tour, as well as the Miley Cyrus and Jonas Brothers Best of Both Worlds Tour. His other Disney credits include directing the 2014 short The Making of Frozen, The Cheetah Girls 2 (2006), and, most recently, the international phenomenon Descendants (2015), Descendants 2 (2017), and Descendants 3, which will be released this summer.

BARNETTE RICCI: started her career with The Walt Disney Company as a choreographer at Disneyland. In the late 1960s, Barnette created and directed Kids of the Kingdom before going on to choreograph and direct many parades, including Christmas parades, America on Parade, and the Main Street Electrical Parade. She worked on the grand openings of Walt Disney World, EPCOT Center, and Tokyo Disneyland and directed popular stage shows such as Golden Horseshoe Revue at Disneyland and the Diamond Horseshoe Revue in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort. Perhaps her biggest project to date is the creation of Fantasmic! Debuting at Disneyland in 1992, the production combines state-of-the-art special effects with live performers along the Rivers of America. The show continues a successful run at Disneyland, Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World, and now Tokyo DisneySea. Following Fantasmic!, Barnette moved to The Walt Disney Studios as the vice president/show director of Special Events. After more than 40 years with The Walt Disney Company, Barnette retired in 2013.

ROBIN ROBERTS: In 1990, Robin joined ESPN and would quickly become a frequent contributor to the network’s programming. In her 15 years at ESPN, she contributed to NFL Primetime and hosted SportsCenter and In the Game with Robin Roberts. Robin began making appearances on ABC’s Good Morning America (GMA) in 1995, and in 2005 left ESPN to join the show full-time as co-anchor. Since joining GMA, the show has won four Emmys for Outstanding Morning Program. For ABC, Robin has hosted In the Spotlight with Robin Roberts: All Access Nashville, as well as ABC’s red carpet coverage of the Academy Awards, and has created original broadcast and digital programming for the network through her production company, Rock’n Robin Productions. In 2007, Hyperion publishing released Robin’s first book, From the Heart: Seven Rules to Live By. Among Robin’s many awards are the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism, membership in the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame, and being named one of Glamour's Women of the Year.

DIANE SAWYER: is an ABC News anchor, tackling some of the biggest issues of our time with original reporting, primetime specials, long-form interviews, and in-depth investigations. One of the most respected journalists in the world, she has traveled the globe delivering breaking news reports, and has conducted interviews with almost every major newsmaker of our time. Her primetime documentaries have won critical acclaim for shedding light on difficult and previously under-reported topics, including her reporting on the realities of poverty in America. Diane’s reporting has been recognized with numerous awards, including duPonts; Emmys; Peabodys; the grand prize of the premier Investigative Reporters and Editors Association; an IRTS Lifetime Achievement Award; and the USC Distinguished Achievement in Journalism Award. In 1997 she was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame. After more than a decade in television news, Sawyer joined ABC News in February 1989 as co-anchor of Primetime. She was named co-anchor of Good Morning America in January 1999, and held the post until taking over the World News anchor chair in December 2009.

MING-NA WEN: can currently be found saving the day as Agent Melinda May, aka “The Cavalry,” on the ABC series Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Ming-Na is also known for her seven years playing Jing-Mei Chen on ER. She found success on the big screen when she appeared in the acclaimed Hollywood Pictures adaptation of Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club. Five years later, she would find animation immortality as the title star of the Disney classic Mulan, a role for which she would receive an Annie Award. Ming-Na returned to the role of heroic Fa Mulan in a slew of projects, including an animated sequel, video games Kingdom Hearts II and Disney Infinity, on television’s House of Mouse and Sofia the First, and in the Walt Disney Animation Studios film Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018). Ming-Na has been well known to audiences for her television projects, including her voice work in Disney Channel’s Phineas and Ferb, Disney XD’s Guardians of the Galaxy and Milo Murphy’s Law, the six-part digital short Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors, and a recurring role in ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat.

HANS ZIMMER: has scored more than 160 projects which, combined, have grossed more than $28 billion worldwide. Hans has been honored with an Academy Award®, two Golden Globes, three Grammys, an American Music Award, and a Tony Award. In addition to his long list of credits, including notable projects such as Gladiator and The Dark Knight trilogy, Hans has had a great history with The Walt Disney Company. His early work for them includes additional music for White Fang (1991) and co-writing music for Cool Runnings (1993). His groundbreaking, Academy Award-winning instrumental score for The Lion King (1994) was followed by many memorable projects, including Crimson Tide (1995), Muppet Treasure Island (1996), The Rock (1996), Pearl Harbor (2001), King Arthur (2004), and Iron Man (2008). Hans is the guiding force behind the music of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, serving in various composing, editing, and producing capacities for The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003), Dead Man’s Chest (2006), At World’s End (2007), and On Stranger Tides (2011). Hans composed the music for this summer’s reimagining of The Lion King.

Honorees receive a two-foot-tall bronze Disney Legends sculpture that signifies the imagination, creativity, and magic they have brought to the Company. Disney Legends Award recipients will also participate in a handprint ceremony at the end of the event, and their bronzed prints will be displayed in the Disney Legends Plaza at the Company’s Burbank headquarters.

Admission to the ceremony will be on a first-come, first-served basis and is included in the price of a ticket to D23 Expo 2019.

Including this year’s honorees, a total of 289 Disney Legends have been named. Past Disney Legends include Tim Allen, Julie Andrews, Beatrice Arthur, Howard Ashman, Annette Funicello, Whoopi Goldberg, Peter Jennings, Sir Elton John, Angela Lansbury, George Lucas, Steve Martin, Alan Menken, Hayley Mills, Fess Parker, Regis Philbin, Marty Sklar, Dick Van Dyke, Barbara Walters, Betty White, and Robin Williams. Beginning with the inaugural D23 Expo in 2009, thousands of Disney fans have been able to enjoy the Disney Legends Awards ceremony live.

Tickets for D23 Expo 2019 are available for $89 for one-day adult admission and $69 for children 3–9. Gold Members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club can purchase tickets for $77 for a one-day adult admission and $59 for children 3–9. For more information on tickets and D23 Expo 2019, visit D23Expo.com.


About D23 Expo 2019
D23 Expo—The Ultimate Disney Fan Event—brings together all the worlds of Disney under one roof for three packed days of presentations, pavilions, experiences, concerts, sneak peeks, shopping, and more. The event provides fans with unprecedented access to Disney films, television, games, theme parks, and celebrities. For the latest D23 Expo 2019 news, visit D23expo.com. Presentations, talent, and schedule subject to change. To join the D23 Expo conversation, be sure to follow DisneyD23 on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube, and use the hashtag #D23Expo.

About D23
The name “D23” pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his first studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club for fans in Disney’s 90-plus-year history. It gives its members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middle of the magic through its quarterly publication, Disney twenty-three; a rich website at D23.com with members-only content; member-exclusive discounts; and special events for D23 Members throughout the year.

Fans can join D23 at Gold Membership ($99.99), Gold Family Membership ($129.99), and General Membership (complimentary) levels at D23.com. To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow DisneyD23 on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

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Saturday, May 18, 2019

A "Star Wars" Link-o-Rama 2019 by Negromancer - Update #21

Posted by Leroy Doureseaux - on Patreon.

FANDOM - From YahooEntertainment:  This is an interesting article from writer Ethan Alter: "The Phantom Menace" at 20: How the first episode of the 'Star Wars' saga created toxic fandom.

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FUTURE - From Variety:  “Game of Thrones” creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are working on the “Star Wars” movie that’s due out in 2022, Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed.

FUTURE - From Newsarama:  Disney has announced the schedule for three new Star Wars movies starting on December 16, 2022, with new films arriving December 20, 2024, and Dcember 18, 2026.

A NEW HOPE - From YahooEntertainment:  5 crazy but true fun facts about disco 'Star Wars' — your new May the Fourth soundtrack.  Remembering Meco’s #1 smash hit on the Billboard charts, “Star Wars/Cantina Band.”

LEGACY - From YahooEntertainment:  May the Fourth: How 'Star Wars' has changed fans' lives forever

OBIT - From THR:  Peter Mayhew, the actor who originated the role of Chewbacca, died Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at the age of 74

COMICS - From Newsarama:  The five-issue Marvel Comics' title, "Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge," offers a peek at the new Disney theme park.

FUTURE - From ThePlaylist:  Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy says that there is some kind of development on a project in the fan-favorite "Knights of the Old Republic" series.

THE MANDALORIAN - From CinemaBlend:  What is known so far about the Disney+ series, "The Mandalorian, from writer-director-executive producer, Jon Favreau.

THE FUTURE - From EW:  Rian Johnson and "Game of Thrones" showrunners, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, are "working in tandem" on their respective "Star Wars" film projects.

LEGO - From Newsarama:  LEGO is going classic Star Wars ("A New Hope") and is giving the Alderaanian diplomatic ship, the "Tantiv IV," its own set, which will be available May 3.

THE FUTURE - From Bloomberg:  Disney CEO Bob Iger says that the Star Wars film franchise is going on "hiatus" after the upcoming "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" - Episode IX.

THE RISE OF SKYWALKER - From EW:  The secrets of "Star Wars Episode IX" revealed, including a teaser trailer and a title.

DISNEY+ - From Deadline:  The full "Star Wars" film franchise will be available on Disney's new streaming service within a year of its debut, which is November 12, 2019 ($6.99 a month).

DISNEY+ - From Newsarama:  Alan Tudyk will reprise his role as "Rogue One" role as the droid K-2SO in the "Cassian Andor" prequel series.

COMICS - From BleedingCool:  Big changes are coming for Marvel Comics' "Star Wars" line of comics, including the flagship "Star Wars."

RIAN JOHNSON - From ScreenRant:  Rian Johnson, the writer-director of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," says that he is still working on a new trilogy of "Star Wars" films, despite rumors to the contrary.

COMICS - From Newsarama:  Marvel Comics is reviving its original "Star Wars" comic book for one special issue.

COMICS - From Newsarama:  Dark Horse Comics will publish "The Art of Star Wars Rebels," a book about the late Disney XD series, "Star Wars Rebels."  Dark Horse previously held the license to produce "Star Wars" comic books before Marvel Comics regained the license.

COMICS - From Newsarama:  Marvel Comics is launching a comic book, "Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge," based on the Disneyland Resort and Disney World Resort of the same name.

COMICS - From Newsarama:  Marvel Comics five-issue miniseries, "Star Wars: TIE Fighter," will show the other side of the "Rebellion era" beginning in April 2019.

COMICS - From Newsarama:  Marvel Comics' "Age of Rebellion" line of Star Wars comic books will include Jabba and Moff Tarkin comic books, among others.


Friday, May 17, 2019

Disney and Comcast Agree to Disney's Control of Hulu

The Walt Disney Company and Comcast Announce Agreement on Hulu’s Future Governance and Ownership

BURBANK, Calif. & PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) and Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA) announced that Disney will assume full operational control of Hulu, effective immediately, in return for Disney and Comcast entering into a “put/call” agreement regarding NBCUniversal’s 33% ownership interest in Hulu. Under the put/call agreement, as early as January 2024, Comcast can require Disney to buy NBCUniversal’s interest in Hulu and Disney can require NBCUniversal to sell that interest to Disney for its fair market value at that future time. Hulu’s fair market value will be assessed by independent experts but Disney has guaranteed a sale price for Comcast that represents a minimum total equity value of Hulu at that time of $27.5 billion.

Disney and Comcast have agreed to fund Hulu’s recent purchase of AT&T Inc.’s 9.5% interest in Hulu, pro rata to their current two thirds/one third ownership interests and, going forward, Comcast will have the option but not the obligation to fund its proportionate share of Hulu’s future capital calls and will be diluted if it elects not to fund. Disney has agreed that only $1.5 billion of any year’s capital calls can be funded through further equity investments with any capital in excess of that annual amount being funded by non-diluting debt. Whether Comcast funds its share of those equity capital calls or not, Disney has agreed that Comcast’s ownership interest in Hulu will never be less than 21% such that Comcast is guaranteed to receive at least $5.8 billion under the put/call agreement.

In addition to the put/call agreement, Comcast has agreed with Hulu to extend the Hulu license of NBCUniversal content and the Hulu Live carriage agreement for NBCUniversal channels until late 2024 and to distribute Hulu on its Xfinity X1 platform. NBCUniversal can terminate most of its content license agreements with Hulu in three years’ time, and in one year’s time NBCUniversal will have the right to exhibit on its own OTT service certain content that it currently licenses exclusively to Hulu in return for reducing the license fee payable by Hulu.


About The Walt Disney Company:
Disney, together with its subsidiaries, is a diversified worldwide entertainment company with operations in four business segments: Media Networks; Parks, Experiences and Products; Studio Entertainment; and Direct-to-Consumer and International. Disney is a Dow 30 company and had annual revenues of $59.4 billion in its Fiscal Year 2018. For more information about Disney, please visit www.thewaltdisneycompany.com.

About Comcast Corporation:
Comcast Corporation is a global media and technology company with three primary businesses: Comcast Cable, NBCUniversal, and Sky. Comcast Cable is one of the United States’ largest high-speed internet, video, and phone providers to residential customers under the Xfinity brand, and also provides these services to businesses. It also provides wireless and security and automation services to residential customers under the Xfinity brand. NBCUniversal is global and operates news, entertainment and sports cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, television production operations, television station groups, Universal Pictures, and Universal Parks and Resorts. Sky is one of Europe's leading media and entertainment companies, connecting customers to a broad range of video content through its pay television services. It also provides communications services, including residential high-speed internet, phone, and wireless services. Sky operates the Sky News broadcast network and sports and entertainment networks, produces original content, and has exclusive content rights. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.

About Hulu:
Hulu is the leading premium streaming service offering live and on-demand TV and movies, with and without commercials, both in and outside the home. Launched in 2008, Hulu has grown to more than 28 million customers in the U.S. and is the only service that gives viewers instant access to current shows from every major U.S. broadcast network; libraries of hit TV series and films; and acclaimed Hulu Originals like Emmy® and Golden Globe Award-winning series The Handmaid’s Tale, Emmy® Award-nominated The Looming Tower, Shrill, The Act, Marvel’s Runaways and Castle Rock, and Oscar®-nominated documentary film Minding the Gap, as well as live news, entertainment and sports from 21st Century Fox, The Walt Disney Company, NBCUniversal, CBS Corporation, The CW, Turner Networks, A+E Networks and Discovery Networks – all in one place. Upcoming Hulu Originals include Catch-22 from George Clooney; Four Weddings and a Funeral from Mindy Kaling; Wu-Tang: An American Saga from Brian Grazer and The RZA; and Little Fires Everywhere from Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington.

Forward Looking Statements:
Certain statements in this press release may constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements may include expectations regarding our business plans, products, expectations regarding growth and performance, and other statements. Forward-looking statements herein may contain words such as “will,” “may,” “expect,” “believe,” similar expressions, and variations or negatives of these words. These statements are made on the basis of management’s views and assumptions regarding future events and business performance as of the time the statements are made. Management does not undertake any obligation to update these statements. Actual events may differ materially from those expressed or implied. Such differences may result from actions taken by the Company, as well as from developments beyond the Company’s control, including changes in competitive conditions; consumer preferences; international, political, regulatory, health concern and military developments; and changes in domestic and global economic conditions that may affect our businesses generally. Additional factors are set forth in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 29, 2018 under Item 1A, “Risk Factors,” and subsequent reports.

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Negromancer News Bits and Bites from May 12th to 18th, 2019 - Update #17

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TELEVISION - From Variety:  Oscar-nominated actress, Sharon Stone, and Grammy-nominated recording artist, Marilyn Manson, will appear in HBO's "The New Pope," from director Paolo Sorrentino.

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COMICS-FILM - From Variety:  The site is reporting that Robert Pattison ("Twilight" series) will be the new Batman/Bruce Wayne in director Matt Reeves' upcoming film, "The Batman," which is due June 25, 2021.

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MOVIES - From Deadline:  Chris Rock (yes, that Chris Rock) is joining Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures to reboot the "Saw" film franchise.  The new film is due October 2020.

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MOVIES - From Deadline:  James Gunn talks about being fired from "Guardians of the Galaxy 3" and then, being reinstated.

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MOVIES - From Movieweb:  James Wan ("Aquaman") is rebooting the "Mortal Kombat" film franchise (based on the beloved video game).  Wan will produce the film.

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DISNEY/STREAMING - From Variety:  Disney now has full operational control of the streaming service, Hulu, of which it has at least 60% ownership interest.  Comcast/NBCU retains its 33% ownership interest, which Disney can buy at some point in the future.  Comcast is planning to launch a free, ad-supported streaming service next year.

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MOVIES - From Deadline:  Rami Malek is in talks to join Denzel Washington in the serial killer film, "Little Things" from director John Lee Hancock.

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TELEVISION - From TVLine:  The upcoming sixth season (2019-2020) will be the final season for Fox's soap opera-drama, "Empire."

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BOX OFFICE - From BoxOfficeMojo:  The winner of the 5/10 to 5/12/2019 weekend box office is "Avengers: Endgame" with an estimated take of 63 million dollars.

From Forbes:  "Pokemon: Detective Pikachu" debuted this weekend and grossed 58 million dollars at the box office, the biggest opening weekend ever for a movie based on a video game.

From Patreon:  My review of "Avengers: Endgame."

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TELEVISION - From Deadline:  Broadcast television networks announce series orders and pick-ups.

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STREAMING - From TheVerge:  CBS All Access to give Jordan Peele's rebooted "The Twilight Zone," which is in full-color the black and white treatment, beginning May 30th.

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MOVIES - From Variety:  Russell Crowe to star in road-rage thriller, "Unhinged."

OBITS:

From Deadline:  The Emmy-winning actor and comedian, Tim Conway, has died at the age of 85, May 14, 2019.  Conway was best known for his work on the ABC sitcom, "McHale's Navy" (1962-1966), and the long-running CBS variety program, The Carol Burnett Show" (1967-1978).  Conway won six Emmy Awards out of 13 nominations.

From TheWrap:  The actor Isaac Kappy died at the age of 42, Monday, May 13, 2019.  He had a small role in Marvel Studios' "Thor" (2011) and appeared in films such as "Terminator: Salvation" and "Beerfest."

From Deadline:  Iconic American actress and singer, Doris Day, has died at the age of 97, May 13, 2019.  She was known for such films as "Pillow Talk" (1959), which she made with her longtime friend, Rock Hudson; "That Touch of Mink" (1962), co-starring Cary Grant; and "Move Over, Darling" (1963) with James Garner.  She was also known for her TV series, "The Doris Day Show" (1968-1973) and for a string a hit records from the mid-1940s to the mid-1950s.

From Variety:  The actress and singer, Peggy Lipton, has died at the age of 72, Saturday, May 11, 2019.  Lipton appeared in the TV series, "The Mod Squad" (1968-1973), as the flower child, Julie Barnes, a role for which she received four Emmy nominations and won a Golden Globe.  Lipton also had a main role in the ABC TV series, "Twin Peaks" (1990-91).  Lipton was married to legendary music producer, Quincy Jones, with whom she has two daughters, actress and producer, Rashida Jones, and model and fashion designer, Kidada Jones.