Sunday, September 22, 2019

Marvel Studios Negromancer Link-o-Rama - 2019 - Update #181

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ETERNALS - From ETOnline:   Salma Hayek shares a photo of her and "Eternals" co-star, Kit Harrington.

SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME - From Newsarama:  Sony releases a faux-trailer for "The Night Monkey" ahead of the DVD release of "Far From Home."

THOR: LOVE & WAR - From CBR:  Director Taika Waititi confirms that Chris Hemsworth will be in the 2021 film, "Thor: Love & War," and that he will be Thor.

NICK FURY - From Newsarama:  There is apparently an alternate version of Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury post credits scene from 2008's "Iron Man."  It references the X-Men and Spider-Man.

BLACK WIDOW - From IndieWire:  Robert Downey, Jr. will reportedly return as Iron Man for a cameo in next year's "Black Widow."

X-MEN - From WeGotThisCovered:  The hot rumor is that Denzel Washington is among the actor being considered to be Magneto in Marvel's eventual reboot of the X-Men film franchise.

HAWKEYE - From Variety:  Marvel Studios has reportedly offered Hailee Steinfeld a role in its Disney+ series, "Hawkeye."  She would supposedly play Kate Bishop, a young woman who eventually assumes the "Hawkeye" mantle.

HAWKEYE - From THR:  The site is reporting that Jonathan Igla, who wrote for AMC's "Mad Men," will write the Disney+ series, "Hawkeye," from Marvel Studios.

SPIDER-MAN - From YahooMovies:  Directors Anthony and Joe Russo ("Avengers") say they are not surprised by the Disney/Sony Spider-Man split.  They say that Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige had to work to make a Disney/Sony union work the first time.

SPIDER-MAN - From Variety:  Sony Pictures chief Tony Vinciquerra says that, for the moment, the door is closed on Spider-Man returning to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

BLACK WIDOW - From THR:  Scarlett Johansson finds executive producing her "Black Widow" film "liberating in a way."

BLACK WIDOW - From Newsarama:  The D23 "Black Widow" poster includes an image of David Harbour "Red Guardian" and of "Taskmaster."

WANDAVISION - From YahooEntertainment:  Apparently, "WandaVision" is going to be Marvel's first sitcom.

THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLIDER - From CinemaBlend:  A poster for "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier" reveals that The Winter Soldier now has short hair.

WANDAVISION - From Newsarama:  A key and traditional part of Scarlet Witch's costume makes an appearance in a poster for "WandaVision" released at the D23 Expo.

BLACK KNIGHT - From Newsarama:  Marvel Studios boos, Kevin Feige, see potential for the character, "Black Knight" (played by Kit Harington), beyond his appearance in 2020's "Eternals."

ETERNALS - From Newsarama:  Marvel Studios boss, Kevin Feige, says that the "Eternals" film will feature an openly gay family man.

WANDAVISION - From Newsarama:  Paul Bettany ("Vision") explains the comic book roots of the Disney+ "WandaVision" series.

BLACK PANTHER 2 - From Variety:  "Black Panther 2" has a release date - May 6, 2022.

MARVEL'S WHAT IF...? - From EW:   Actors from the majority of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will reprise their characters in voice roles for the Disney+ animated series, "Marvel's What If...?"  Like the comics the show is based on, "Marvel’s What If…?" explores what might have happened if important moments in Marvel history went down differently.

ETERNALS - From Deadline:  Actor Kit Harington (Jon Snow of "Game of Thones") will play the "Black Knight" in Marvel's "Eternals" film.

MS. MARVEL - From YahooEntertainment:  At D23 2019, one of the Marvel Cinematic Universe TV series announced for Disney+ streaming is based on Marvel Comics' first Muslim superhero, Ms. Marvel.

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SPIDER-MAN - From Deadline:  It looks as if Spider-Man's time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is over and Kevin Feige won't be producing any more Spider-Man films.  The reason is because Disney and Sony Pictures, which holds the film rights to Spider-Man and his universe, can't agree on a new co-financing deal.

From Variety:  Sony Pictures issues a statement on its Spider-Man divorce from Disney.

From YahooNews:  Sony thinks it doesn't need Marvel.

From THR:  Disney/Sony divorce or not, Tom Holland, Peter Parker/Spider-Man, made an appearance at D23 Expo.
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SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME - From THR:  "Spider-Man: Far From Home" is getting a Labor Day rerelease with four minutes of new footage.  The film is also Sony Pictures' all-time global box office leader.

BLACK WIDOW - From Newsarama:  Bodybuilder Olivier Richters, a.k.a. "The Dutch Giant," who is the "world's tallest bodybuilder," claims he's taken an undisclosed role in Marvel Studios' upcoming Black Widow film.

ETERNALS - From Newsarama:  Marvel Studios concept artist Rodney Fuentebella has shared a poster he created for Marvel's Eternals which features none other than the cosmic, godlike Celestials.

THOR: LOVE & WAR - From CheatSheet:  Natalie Portman has homework to do for her role in the recently announced "Thor: Love & Thunder."

BOX OFFICE - From Newsarama:  The Marvel Cinematic Universe sets a box office mark that may never be duplicated, and so does Samuel L. Jackson.

MISC - From Newsarama:  Actor Amanda Seyfried told MTV that she turned down a major Marvel Cinematic Universe role (which she didn't specifiy) because she didn't want to be tied to a specific role for a large portion of her career.  This article has the video interview.

MISC - From Newsarama:  Joe and Anthony Russo, director of "Infinity War" and "Endgame" said that they would like a shot at making a Wolverine movie.  Marvel has recovered the film rights to the X-Men characters.

ETERNALS - From Collider:  Irish actor Barry Keoghan ("Chernobyl") is in talks to join Marvel's "Eternals" film.

ETERNALS - From TheWrap:  Gemma Chan in talks to join "Eternals."  Chan has already appeared in a Marvel film, in "Captain Marvel" as "Minn-Erva."

FUTURE - From Complex:  Writer-director M. Night Shyamalan says that he has met several times with Marvel Studios about making an MCU film.

BLACK WIDOW - From Inverse:  "Black Widow" screenwriter Jac Schaeffer says she isn't scared to make the fanboys mad and will remove anything she finds offensive in Black Widow's comic book origins from her cinematic story.

BLADE - From ScreenRant:  David Leitch, the director of "John Wick," "Deadpool 2," and "Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw," want to direct Marvel's "Blade" reboot.  

AVENGERS: ENDGAME - From YahooMovies: Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige reckons that Wanda Maximoff/Scarlett Witch could have taken down Thanos.

AVENGERS - From Newsarama:  Apparently, Kevin Feige said that there will be a fifth Avengers film, but the roster will be entirely different and will feature characters that we have seen and some that we have not seen yet in a Marvel Cinematic Universe film.

PHASE 4 - From YahooFinance:  With it's "Phase 4" announcement, Marvel Studios has left Warner Bros./DC Comics in the dust.

WANDAVISION - From ScreenRant:  The character, "Monica Rambeau," appeared as a child (played by Akira Akbar) in the recent smash hit, "Captain Marvel."  She will be an adult in the upcoming Disney+ "WandaVision" series, played by actress Teyonah Parris.

FUTURE - From Variety:  Australia is giving Marvel Studios some $55 million in U.S. dollars in tax credits to get Marvel to film "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" and "Thor: Love & Thunder" filmed there.

SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME - From Deadline:  Today (7/25/19), "Spider-Man: Far From Home" will cross the $1 billion mark in global box office.

THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER - From YahooNews:  Actor Daniel Bruhl shares an image of his notorious character, Baron Zemo, returning for Disney+'s "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier."

BLADE - From EW:  Original "Blade" star Wesley Snipes said that he is "all good" with Marvel Studios' "Blade" reboot starring Mahershala Ali.  He also said the news came as a surprise.

THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER - From YahooLifestyle:  Fans are celebrating first "out" character in Marvel Studios' films, Tessa Thompson's Valkyrie from the "Thor" films.

ETERNALS - From HuffPost:  Newly minted Marvel star, Kumail Nanjiani, celebrated by sharing a "throwback" photo of he and the late Marvel legend, Stan Lee, on Twitter.

COMIC-CON - From Newsarama:  Here is video featuring highlights from Marvel Studios' "Hall H" Phase 4 presentation at Comic-Con International 2019.

BLACK WIDOW - From YahooNews:  Scarlett Johansson tells "Good Morning America" that she is glad that she can finally talk about her "Black Widow" standalone film.

AVENGERS: ENDGAME - From Variety:  "Avengers: Endgame" passes James Cameron's "Avatar" (2009) to become the king of global box office with an haul of $2.7902 billion versus Avatar's 2.7897 billion.

BLADE - From THR:  At Comic-Con 2019, Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige announced that two time Oscar-winning actor Marheshala Ali will portray Blade (previously played by Wesley Snipes for three films from 1998 to 2004).  Ali apparently asked for the role.

ETERNALS - From THR: Angelina Jolie makes her Marvel Studios' debut at Comic-Con.  She will play the immortal "Thena" in Eternals.

SHANGI-CHI - From THR:  Chinese-Canadian actor, Simu Liu, will play the lead in Marvel Studios' "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings."

PHASE FOUR - From THR:  Marvel Studios unveils "Phase Four," it's post-"Endgame" film slate.

From BleedingCool:  The site is live-blogging Marvel Studios' "Hall H" #MarvelSDCC presentation of "Phase 4."

PHASE FOUR - From BleedingCool:  At the "Women of Marvel" panel at San Diego Comic-Con International 2019, Marvel Studios executive vice president of production did some teasing.  She hinted that tonight's (Sat., July 20th) Marvel Studios "Hall H" event at SDCC will be a huge night for the "Women of Marvel."

THOR 4 - From Deadline:  The site has confirmed that Taika Waititi will write and direct a fourth "Thor" film, and that Chris Hemsworth will return as Thor.  Waititi directed the third film, "Thor: Ragnarok" (2017).

FUTURE - From Newsarama:  Newsarama contributor George Marston revisits Oscar-nominated actress Sharon Stone's claim that she was going to be in a Marvel Studios film.

FUTURE - From Variety:  What to expect of Marvel Studios' Comic-Con 2019 presentation next week.

FUTURE - From Fandango:  Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige talks about the future of Spider-Man, the multiverse (yes, there is such a thing), and "the Snap" and "the Blip."

SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME - From THR:  After its first six days in release, "Spider-Man: Far From Home," opens to $185 million in the U.S.  It nears $600 million in global box office.

From CBR:  Kevin Feige on why he picked Mysterio as the villain for "Spider-Man: Far From Home."

From TheWrap: "Spider-Man: Far From Home" continues its strong box office opening with an estimated $32.6 million grossed on Friday, July 5th.

From Variety:  "Spider-Man: Far from Home" grossed $25.2 million on Thursday, July 4th, 2019 - the second largest Independence Day box office total ever.

From YahooEntertainment:  A guide to the Easter eggs and end-credit scenes in "Far From Home."

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY - From IndieWire:  Zoe Saldana wants her GotG character, Gamora, to turn bad in the planned "Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3."

SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME - From CBR:  See every Spider-Man costume Peter Parker wears in "Far From Home."

FUTURE - From Newsarama:  Does "Spider-Man: Far From Home" tease a "Fantastic Four" future.

SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME - From Variety:  "Spider-Man: Far From Home" has netted $39.2 million dollars at the domestic box office.  That is a record for a film opening on a Tuesday.

From Deadline:  "Spider-Man: Far From Home" looking to set a North American box office record for a film debuting on a Tuesday.  The current record holder is 2012's "The Amazing Spider-Man" which debuted at $35 million.

BLACK PANTHER 2 - From IndieWire:  "Black Panther 2" rumors about Michael B. Jordan's return are just that - rumors say Marvel Studios' boss, Kevin Feige.

FUTURE - From YahooMoviesUK:  Samuel L. Jackson speculates that Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will have an Avengers team.

BLACK WIDOW - From MensHealth:  Could "The Taskmaster" be a villain in the Black Widow film.

BLACK WIDOW - From Yahoo:  Digital Spy believes it has learned the identity of the character actress Florence Pugh will play in the "Black Widow" film.  Is it "Yelena Belova?"

BLACK WIDOW - From Variety: Actor Ray Winstone has reportedly joined Marvel's "Black Widow" film.

SPIDER-MAN - From CinemaBlend:  Kevin Feige says that it is up to Sony whether or not Tom Holland's Spider-Man meets Tom Hardy's Venom.

FUTURE - From ComicBook:  Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige confirms that he has been talking to Keanu Reeves about ways to bring him into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME - From Newsarama:  Will Zendaya's "MJ" character have red hair as a nod to the Spider-Man comic books' "Mary-Jane Watson?"

SHANG-CHI - From ThatHashtagShow:  Actors Ludi Lin ("Power Rangers") and Disney TV actor, Ross Butler ("K.C. Undercover") have the lead in landing the title role in Marvel's "Shangi-Chi" film, with Lin being the rumored favorite.

BLACK WIDOW - From FlickeringMyth:  These are supposed to be the first set photos from Norway for upcoming "Black Widow" film.

FUTURE - From MovieWeb:  New rumors say classic Marvel Comics' property, "Fantastic Four" will make its Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in 2022.

ETERNALS - From YahooEntertainment:  Word is that Keanu Reeves is "in talks" to appear in Marvel Studios' planned "Eternals" film.

CAPTAIN MARVEL - From Newsarama:  Here are two video extras from the "Captain Marvel" Blu-ray:  one featuring comic book writer Kelly Sue DeConnick.

AVENGERS: ENDGAME - From Truthout:  “Avengers: Endgame” Is a Liberal War Cry by Nicholas Powers.

AVENGERS: ENDGAME - From Newsarama:  "Endgame" is within $110 million of surpassing "Avatar's" global box office record.

DIRECTORS - From Polygon:  What movies did Marvel Studios film directors make after their "Marvel Cinematic Universe" films.

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:

From EW:  Here is the "Infinity Saga" trailer which is connected to the forthcoming release of the "Infinity Saga" box set.

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).


News Bits and Bites from September 22nd to 30th, 2019 - Update #6

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BOX OFFICE - From BoxOfficeMojo:  The winner of the 9/20 to 9/22/2019 weekend box office is "Downton Abbey" with an estimated take of 31 million dollars.

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EMMYS - From TheWrap:  Tonight, Sun., Sept. 22nd is the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards.  "The Wrap" offers this complete list of the categories and nominees in each category that are in play tonight.

From FanSided:  Here is a printable list of the nominees in the major categories at tonight's 71st Primetime Emmy Awards.

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DISNEY - From THR:  Disney CEO Bob Iger explains why Disney walked away from acquiring Twitter in 2017.

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MOVIES - From THR:  The late actor R. Lee Emery played the drill sergeant in Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket."  "The Hollywood Reporter" offers the story of actor Tim Colceri, who was originally slated to play the role.

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MOVIES - From Variety:  Director Ang Lee talks about his latest film, "Gemini Man," including de-aging the film's star, Will Smith.

OBIT:

From StarTrek:  The actor Aron Eisenberg has died at the age of 50, Saturday, September 21, 2019.  He was best known for playing the character, "Nog," on "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" for 47 episodes (according to IMDb).

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Negromancer News Bits and Bites from September 15th to 21st, 2019 - Update #24

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TELEVISION - From Deadline:  Jim Parsons and Mayim Bialik, who played nerd couple, "Sheldon & Amy" on CBS' recently ended "The Big Bang Theory," are reportedly reunited for a new sitcom on Fox.  "Entitled "Carla," it is a based on the BBC series, "Miranda."

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SPORTS - From Deadline:  "The Immaculate Reception" has been named the greatest play in the history of the National Football League (NFL) by a nationwide panel of 68 media members.  This article has video of the deflected pass that Pittsburgh Steelers running back, Franco Harris, caught ran for a touchdown in the Steelers first playoff win.

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BOX OFFICE - From Deadline:  The "Downton Abbey" movie looks like it will squash "Rambo Last Blood" and Brad Pitt's "Ad Astra" to win the weekend box office.

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MOVIES - From YahooMoviesUK:  Samara Weaving, who is starring in "Bill & Ted 3," says that Keanu Reeves is unaware of his huge online fanbase.

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ECO - From Time:  Angelina Jolie writes for "Time Magazine": Climate Change Is Already Displacing Millions of People. It's Our Responsibility to Help Them

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MOVIES - From Deadline:  Joe and Anthony Russo ("Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame") will receive will receive the 2019 Publicists Motion Picture Showman of the Year Award from the International Cinematographers Guild.

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STREAMING - From USAToday:  Amazon's "Lord of the Rings" TV series will film in New Zealand (and it already is) as Peter Jackson's film trilogy did.

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DISNEY - From Deadline:  "Vanity Fair" has an advanced excerpt from Disney CEO Bob Iger's memoir, "The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company."  Iger says that if Apple CEO Steve Jobs had lived, Disney and Apple would have merged.

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TELEVISION - From Deadline:  "Hogan's Heroes" is coming back.  Albert Ruddy, co-creator of the original 1960s comedy TV series, is joining Village Roadshow and Rough Pictures, to produce a sequel that focuses on the descendants of the original TV show who are now treasure hunters.

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STREAMING - From Deadline: NBCUniversal has named its new streaming service "Peacock."  A number of Peacock's series will be reboots of old NBC and Universal properties, like "Saved by the Bell."

From TVLine:  One of the series that NBCUniversal is reviving for its streaming service, "Peacock," is "Saved by the Bell."  Is anyone from the original cast coming back?

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STREAMING - From Deadline:  There will be a second reboot of the old ABC TV series, "Battlestar Galactica."  Fans remember Syfy's 2003-09 series.  Now, NBCUniversal, which owns the property, has ordered a reboot from "Mr. Robot" creator, Sam Esmail.  The new series will debut on NBCU's new streaming service, which was recently named, "Peacock."

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MOVIES - From CBR:  Original "Ghostbusters" star, Dan Aykroyd, will return for the upcoming "Ghostbusters 2020."

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BOX OFFICE - From BoxOfficeMojo:   The winner of the 9/13 to 9/15/2019 weekend box office is "It: Chapter Two" with an estimated take of 40.7 million dollars.

TELEVISION - From Variety:  Emmy-winning actress Jane Lynch has revealed that she has joined Grammy and Tony Award-winning singer-songwriter, Cyndi Lauper, and former "Seinfeld" writer, Carol Leifer, in developing a new comedy similar to NBC's long-running hit, "The Golden Girls."  They hope to sell the series to Netflix.

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MOVIES - From TheGuardian:  In its "100 best films of the 21st century" list, the site goes with Paul Thomas Anderson's "There Will Be Blood" (2007) as the top film.  And they stupidly start with the year 2000.

From TheGuardian:  Paul Thomas Anderson talks about his film being #1.

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EMMYS - From IndieWire: Here is the winners' list from the second night of the 2019 Creative Arts Emmy Awards.

From Variety:  Last night, Saturday, September 14, 2019 was "Night 1" of the 2019 Creative Arts Emmy Awards."  This article has a full list of winners.

From TheWrap:  Last night at the 2019 Creative Arts Emmys, legendary TV producer, Norman Lear, became the oldest Emmy Award winner at the age of 97 years and 49 days old.  He beat a record that had been set half and hour earlier when David Attenborough won an Emmy at the age of 93 years old.

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CULTURE - From THR:  "Who decides who is allowed to say the "N-word?" Kareem Abdul-Jabbar supports writer Walter Mosley's decision to quit the writing staff of "Star Trek: Discovery" after Mosley was admonished for telling a story that involved him using the word "nigger."

From TheNewYorkTimes:  Novelist and screenwriter Walter Mosley explains why he quit "Star Trek: Discover."

OBITS:

From ABC:  Groundbreaking female journalist and political commentator, Cokie Roberts, has died at the age of 75, Tuesday, September 17, 2019.  A three-time Emmy winner, Roberts may be best known for her association with National Public Radio (NPR) and ABC News.  Roberts was a longtime panelist on ABC's Sunday morning news show, "The Week" and ABC's evening news show, "World News Tonight."

From YahooEntertainment:  Actor Brian Turk died at the age of 49, Friday, September 13, 2019.  He was best known for his role as "Gabriel" in HBO's "Carnivale" (2003-2005).  He was a football player at the University of Southern Califonia, and began his acting career in 1993.

From RollingStone:  Singer-songwriter, producer, and recording artist, Ric Ocasek, has died at the age of 75, Sunday, September 15, 2019.  Ocasek is best remembered as the lead singer, primary songwriter, and rhythm guitarist of "the Cars," a band known for fusing pop and new wave music.  Ocasek was also a prolific music producer for other acts including Weezer, No Doubt, and Bad Brains, to name a few.

From YahooEntertainmentRic Ocasek, lead singer of the 1970s-80s New Wave rock band, died of cardiovascular disease according to an autopsy report released today, Monday, September 16, 2019, by the New York City medical examiner’s office.  Ocasek passed away Sunday.

Sony Acquires All Rights to the Film, "The Burnt Orange Heresy"

Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Guiseppe Capotondi's The Burnt Orange Heresy

NEW YORK – Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all rights in all media, excluding airlines, in North America, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Latin America, Germany, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Thailand to Guiseppe Capotondi’s THE BURNT ORANGE HERESY.  Based on the novel by Charles Willeford, the film stars Claes Bang, Elizabeth Debicki, Mick Jagger and Donald Sutherland.  It premiered as the closing night film at the Venice Film Festival, where Capotondi, Jagger and Sutherland won the Fondazione Mimmo Rotella Award.  The film also screened at the Toronto International Film Festival

Charming and ambitious art critic James Figueras (Claes Bang) has fallen from grace. He spends his days in Milan lecturing witless tourists about art history. His only glimmer of hope is a new-found love interest, the enigmatic American, Berenice (Elizabeth Debicki). An opportunity strikes when he is contacted by wealthy art dealer Joseph Cassidy (Mick Jagger), who summons James to his villa on Lake Como and asks him to steal a painting from the legendary reclusive artist Jerome Debney (Donald Sutherland). Soon, James’ greed and ambition get the better of him, and he finds himself caught in a web of his own making.

Written by Scott B. Smith, the film is produced by David Zander, William Horberg, David Lancaster and and executive produced by Sienna Aquilini, Aeysha Walsh, Dante Ariola, August Zander, Charlie Dombek, Sherborne Media, Rumble Films, Indiana Production Company, The Ingenious Group, and Hanway Films.  

The deal was co-repped by CAA Media Finance and UTA.

This acquisition rounds out the successful showing Sony Pictures Classics had at the Toronto International Film Festival this year where they also acquired the previously announced LYREBIRD and had strong showings of their titles THE CLIMB, FRANKIE, THE SONG OF NAMES, THE TRAITOR, WHERE'S MY ROY COHN, GREED, and PAIN AND GLORY.   


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Thursday, September 19, 2019

"The Lord of the Rings" Returns to New Zealand for Amazon Series

Amazon Studios Announces New Zealand as Location for Its Upcoming Series Based on The Lord of the Rings

CULVER CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--(NASDAQ: AMZN)—Amazon Studios announced that its series based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s iconic fantasy novels The Lord of the Rings will shoot in New Zealand. Pre-production has started, and production on the series will begin in Auckland in the coming months.

“As we searched for the location in which we could bring to life the primordial beauty of the Second Age of Middle-earth, we knew we needed to find somewhere majestic, with pristine coasts, forests, and mountains, that also is a home to world-class sets, studios, and highly skilled and experienced craftspeople and other staff. And we’re happy that we are now able to officially confirm New Zealand as our home for our series based on stories from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings,” said showrunners and executive producers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay. “We are grateful to the people and the government of New Zealand and especially Auckland for supporting us during this pre-production phase. The abundant measure of Kiwi hospitality with which they have welcomed us has already made us feel right at home, and we are looking forward to deepening our partnership in the years to come.”

Set in Middle-earth, the television adaptation will explore new storylines preceding J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring. A world-renowned literary work, and winner of the International Fantasy Award and Prometheus Hall of Fame Award, The Lord of the Rings novels were named Amazon customers’ favorite book of the millennium in 1999 and Britain’s best-loved novel of all time in BBC’s The Big Read in 2003. Its theatrical adaptations, from New Line Cinema and Director Peter Jackson, earned a combined gross of nearly $6 billion worldwide and garnered a combined 17 Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

The executive producers and showrunners for the series are J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay. J.A. Bayona (The Orphanage, Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom) will direct the first two episodes and also serve as executive producer, alongside his partner Belén Atienza. Executive Producers are Lindsey Weber (10 Cloverfield Lane), Bruce Richmond (Game of Thrones), Gene Kelly (Boardwalk Empire), Sharon Tal Yguado, Gennifer Hutchison (Breaking Bad), Jason Cahill (The Sopranos), and Justin Doble (Stranger Things).


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A "Star Wars" Link-o-Rama 2019 by Negromancer - Update #47

Posted by Leroy Doureseaux - on Patreon.

COMICS - From StarWars:  Marvel Comics' ongoing "Star Wars" comic book will come to an end with "Star Wars #75 (November 2019) and the epilogue, "Star Wars: Empire Ascendant #1" (December 2019) .

JON FAVREAU - From Newsarama:  Jon Favreau, executive producer of "The Mandalorian," would like to do a new "Star Wars" holiday special for Disney+.  Many Star Wars fans remember the notorious "Star Wars Holiday Special" from 1978.

THE MANDALORIAN - From Deadline:  "Twilight" actress Julia Jones ("Leah Clearwater") is joining the cast of "The Mandalorian."  No other information is currently available.

THE MANDALORIAN - From YahooEntertainment:   Members of the cast of "The Mandalorian" get emotional when talking about being cast for the Disney+ "Star Wars" series.

FILM-TV - From EW:  A list of all the "Star Wars" TV shows and movies that are in the works.

THE MANDALORIAN - From Deadline:  Disney+ series, "The Mandalorian," has a trailer.

OBI-WAN - From Deadline:  It is official.  There will be an Obi-Wan Kenobi TV series on Disney+ with Ewan McGregor reprising the title role.  According to Lucasfilm boss, Kathleen Kennedy, all the scripts are written and the series will shot next year.

COMICS - From Newsarama:  Marvel Comics' current ongoing "Star Wars" comic book series will end in November with issue #75.

THE MANDALORIAN - From THR:  The first trailer for Jon Favreau's Star Wars TV series, "The Mandalorian," will debut at Disney's D23 Expo, Friday, Aug. 23rd.  The series is scheduled to debut Nov. 12th on the streaming service, Disney+.

THE FORCE AWAKENS - From YahooLifestyle:  See an early design of Kylo Ren that is positively scary.

RIAN JOHNSON TRILOGY - From TheObserver:  Rian Johnson talks about the freedom of creating his new "Star Wars" trilogy without saying anything else about it.

OBI-WAN - From Deadline:  Ewan McGregor is in talks to reprise his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi in a series for Disney's streaming service, "Disney+.

BOOKS - From ComicBook:  A new book, "Star Wars: The Secrets of the Jedi" will explore the history of the Jedi as told by Luke Skywalker.  The book is due Nov. 19th, 2019.

COMICS - From CBR:  At Comic-Con 2019, Lucasfilm announces a new four-issue comic book that looks into the backstory of Kylo Ren.  Entitled "Star Wars: The Rise of Kylo Ren," it will launch in December (via Marvel Comics) and will be written by Charles Soule.  No artist has been named.

COMICS - From Newsarama:  Beginning with its Star Wars Adventures #27, IDW Publishing will offer an untold story set between "Return of the Jedi" and "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."

CASSIAN ANDOR - From Syfy:  Diego Luna, who played "Cassian Andor" in "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," says that the film left a very deep mark on him.  He also talks about the character's prequel series for Disney+

THE MANDALORIAN - From IndieWire:  Executive Producer Jon Favreau announces that a second season of "The Mandalorian" is already being written - ahead of the series' November 2019 debut on Disney+.

JAR JAR BINKS - From TampaBayTimes:  Why is Jar Jar Binks, the hero/goat of "The Phantom Menace," trending on Twitter?

MARK HAMILL - From ComicBook:  Mark Hamill has been parodied by MAD Magazine over the years for playing Luke Skywalker.  MAD will no longer contain new content in just a few months, so Hamill sends his salute.

FANS - From MosEisleySpaceport:  The site names the "50 best Star Wars blogs."

ROGUE ONE - From YahooNews:  Riz Ahmed talks about how an incident of airline profiling of Muslims forced him to cancel his appearance at Star Wars Celebration.

COMICS - From Newsarama:  Writer Robbie Thompson talks to "Newsarama" about the upcoming miniseries, "Star Wars: Target Vader."

COMICS - From Newsarama:  Darth Vader to appear in Marvel Comics #1000.

MARK HAMILL - From TheRinger:  A look at Mark Hamill's (Luke Skywalker) career as a voice actor.

BILLY DEE WILLIAMS - From BleedingCool:  Billy Dee Willaims (Lando, of course) shares photos he took with some old Star Wars friends at the opening of the "Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge" theme park.

THEME PARKS - From Newsarama:   Harrison Ford made a surprise appearance at the opening ceremony of Disneyland's Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge theme park area to activate the Millennium Falcon on display in the park with a dedication to late Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew. Ford joined Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams, George Lucas, and Disney CEO Bob Iger.

FUTURE - From BuzzFeed:  There is apparently development on a movie based on "Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic" (the video game first released in 2003).  The current screenwriter is Laeta Kalogridis ("Avatar," "Shutter Island").

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.


Sony Pictures Obtains WWII Drama, "Lyrebird"

Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Dan Friedkin’s Lyrebird

NEW YORK – Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all rights in all media in North America, Latin America, Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, the Middle East and Asia to Dan Friedkin’s LYREBIRD.  The film stars Vicky Krieps, Guy Pearce, Roland Moller and Claes Bang.  It premiered at the Telluride Film Festival and will screen this evening at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Claes Bang (The Square) stars as Joseph Piller in this captivating dramatic thriller set just after WWII - an all but forgotten true story - about a soldier investigating renowned Dutch artist Han van Meegeren, played by Guy Pearce (LA Confidential), who is accused of conspiring with the Nazis. Despite mounting evidence, Piller becomes increasingly convinced of Han's innocence and finds himself in the unlikely position of fighting to save the life of the colorful man with a mysterious past. The film also features Vicky Krieps (Phantom Thread).

Written by James McGee and Mark Fergus & Hawk Ostby, LYREBIRD marks Friedkin’s directorial debut.  Ryan Friedkin, Danny Friedkin, and Bradley Thomas are producing and Gino Falsetto, Peter Heslop and Ridley Scott are executive producing.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Review: "Spider-Man: Far From Home" Right at Home

TRASH IN MY EYE No. 12 (of 2019) by Leroy Douresseaux

[This review was originally posted on Patreon.]

Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)
Running time: 134 minutes (2 hours, 14 minutes)
MPAA – PG-13 for sci-fi action violence, some language and brief suggestive comments
DIRECTOR: Jon Watts
WRITERS: Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers (based upon the Marvel comic book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko)
PRODUCERS: Amy Pascal and Kevin Feige
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Matthew J. Lloyd
EDITORS: Dan Lebental and Leigh Folsom Boyd
COMPOSER: Michael Giacchino

SUPERHERO/DRAMA/ACTION/ROMANCE

Starring:  Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson, Jake Gyllenhaal, Marisa Tomei, Jon Favreau, Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, Tony Revolori, Angourie Rice, Martin Starr, J.B. Smoove, Cobie Smulders, Numan Acar, J.K. Simmons, Peter Billingsley, and Dawn Michelle King (voice)

Spider-Man: Far From Home is a 2019 superhero film and drama from director Jon Watts.  It is the seventh film in Columbia Picture's Spider-Man film franchise, but it is the second in a new film trilogy that began with 2017's Spider-Man: Homecoming.  Like Homecoming, Spider-Man: Far From Home is also a co-production between Columbia and Marvel Studios, making it the 23rd film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  Far From Home finds Spider-Man forced to take on new responsibilities and threats in a world that has changed forever.

Spider-Man: Far From Home opens after the events depicted in Avengers: Endgame.  In Mexico, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), the former director of S.H.I.E.L.D., and Maria Hill (Colbie Smulders), a former high-ranking S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who works closely with Fury, arrive to investigate an unnatural storm caused by a creature called an “Elemental.”  There, they meet a super-powered man, Quentin Beck (Jake Gyllenhaal), who arrives to fight the creature.

In New York City, Peter Parker, who is also the Avenger known as Spider-Man (Tom Holland), is about to take a two-week summer trip to Europe with fellow students from Midtown High (the Midtown School of Science and Technology).  Peter Parker, who is still distraught over the death of fellow Avenger, Tony Stark/Iron Man, plans to use the trip to confess to his classmate MJ (Zendaya) his growing romantic feelings for her.  Peter also plans to avoid heroics and leaves his Spider-Man suits at his home in Queens.  However, Fury forcefully interrupts Peter's vacation and tells him that he is the heir to Iron Man's legacy.  Fury also demands that he help Quentin Beck, now known as “Mysterio,” fight an invasion of alien Elemental monsters.  But not all is as it appears.

I really enjoyed 2017's Spider-Man: Homecoming, but I thought this reboot/restart of the Spider-Man film franchise was a fluke.  Thus, as much as I wanted to see the new film, Spider-Man: Far From Home, I thought that it would probably be mediocre.  I am happy to report, dear readers, that it is not only not mediocre, but that it is also as good as Homecoming.

Sam Jackson is almost in top-form as Nick Fury (almost because there is a catch here).  J.B. Smoove and Martin Starr make the most of their scenes as the two teachers chaperoning Midtown High's European vacation.  Marisa Tomei as May Parker, and Jon Favreau as “Happy” Hogan are strong in their respective roles.  Jake Gyllenhaal does a good crazy turn as Mysterio, good because that character is one of the few aspects of the screenplay that is not well done.

Zendaya, who was quite good as MJ in the first film, does even better work in Far From Home.  Every time the film moved away from her, I wanted her back.  Jacob Batalon does scene-stealing in his supporting role as Peter Parker's friend, Ned Leeds, much as he did in the prior film.

But the star here is Tom Holland, now my favorite actor to play Spider-Man.  Holland makes Peter's grief over Tony Stark's death (in Avengers: Endgame) seem real and poignant.  At the same time, he plays the lovelorn and lovesick puppy pursuing MJ with a flair that rivals the best male romantic leads in classic teen movies.  I guess that Tom Holland's ability to play a lovesick boy finally gives Sony Pictures the YA (young adult) angle it wanted when The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) was the reboot of the franchise.

What Holland does best is portray the heroic arc and the heroic journey.  Holland's Peter Parker/Spider-Man believes that he is both not ready and not the right person to take Iron Man's place as the key Earth superhero.  As Peter Parks strives to become the hero he wants to be and is meant to be, Holland performance yield superb drama.

Spider-Man: Far From Home has a strong screenplay and expert directing.  The visual effects are fantastic, especially as seen in the final battle scene which finds Spider-Man spinning, swinging, ducking, dodging, bobbing, weaving, and being the hero, all with death-defying grace and cinematic magical prowess.

In my review of Spider-Man: Homecoming two years ago, I said that the film captured the magic, the sense of wonder, the imagination, and the freshness of Spider-Man's first appearance, which was a 12-page story included in the comic book, Amazing Fantasy #15 (1962).  Spider-Man: Far From Home stays true to the spirit of fun, adventure, mystery, and thrills that the comic book, The Amazing Spider-Man #1 (1963), promised readers over five and a half decades ago.

9 of 10
A+

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

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