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Saturday, February 13, 2021

Negromancer News Bits and Bites from February 7th to 13th, 2021- Update #23

by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"

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SCANDAL - From Deadline:   Jose Melina, a writer on Joss Whedon's late Fox series, "Firefly," joins the chorus of people criticizing Whedon's behavior towards the people with whom he worked.

MOVIES - From Variety:   If the big-tent summer movies have to be moved again because of COVID-19, who will blink first:  Disney with "Black Widow" or Universal with "F9?"

STREAMING - From Variety:   The 2005 hit Brad Pitt-Angelina Jolie film, "Mr. and Mrs. Smith," will be transformed into an Amazon streaming TV series.  Emmy winners, Donald Glover and Phoebe Waller-Bridge, will play the leads and executive produce the series.

TELEVISION - From Deadline:  "CSI: Vegas," the sequel to the long-running, "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," has added three new members to its cast.  The series is close to a formal straight-to-series order from CBS.  William Petersen and Jorja Fox are finalizing their deals to join the new series.

STREAMING - From BleedingCool:   The "Chappelle Show" is streaming on Netflix again, and Dave Chappelle says that he has settled his dispute with ViacomCBS and paid him "millions of dollars."

SCANDAL - From Variety:    Charisma Carpenter alleges Joss Whedon “abused his power on numerous occasions” while she performed on Whedon’s series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel.”

POLITICS - From Nada:   Sunday, February 7, 2021 was the end of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse’s term, according to the constitution. He refuses to step down...

ANIMATION - From Variety:   HBO Max has ordered an animated series starring classic "Scooby-Doo" character, Velma Dinkley.

ACADEMY AWARDS - From Variety:   More details about the 2021 Academy Awards are emerging, including that it will broadcast live from multiple locations.

MOVIES - From WeGotThisCovered:   Neil Marshall, who directed the "Hellboy" reboot, says his next film will mix elements of "Alien," "Predator," and "Dog Soldiers."

STREAMING - From Deadline: Universal’s hit The Best Man movie franchise is getting a new installment as a streaming series. Peacock has ordered a 10-episode limited dramedy series The Best Man: The Final Chapters from the movies’ writer and director Malcolm D. Lee and former Insecure executive producer Dayna Lynne North.  The core original cast will return.

ANIMATION - From Deadline:  The Walt Disney Company is shutting down "Blue Sky Studios," the animation unit it acquired when Disney acquired 20th Century Studios and its assets.  Blue Sky is best known for the "Ice Age" computer-animated film franchise. 

MOVIES - From Deadline:   Michelle Rodriguez and Justice Smith join Chris Pine in Hasbro/eOne and Paramount's "Dungeons & Dragons" film.

MOVIES - From BleedingCool:   Director Tate Taylor says that he has an idea for a sequel to his hit horror film, "MA," and that star Octavia Spencer is on board.

ANIMATION - From Deadline:  Fox Entertainment has given a formal series order to a new animated series from Dan Harmon ("Rick & Morty") and the Fox-owned animation studio, Bento Box.

STREAMING - From Deadline:  Michael B. Jordan and his Outlier Society production company has signed a TV deal with Amazon.  Part of that deal is a Muhammad Ali TV series.

BOX OFFICE - From Deadline:  The winner of the 2/5 to 2/7/2021 weekend box office is "The Little Things" with a estimated take of 2.1 million dollars.

MOVIES - From VanityFair:   Cathy Yan, who directed last year's "Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)," has announced that her next film is "The Freshening."  The film "will ponder a medically-induced post-racial world."

SPORTS-CELEBRITY - From YahooSports:  During his acceptance speech after winning the 2020-21 NFL MVP award, Green Bay Packers quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, announces that he is engaged to marry acclaimed film actress, Shailene Woodley.

MOVIES - From TheBeat:   On February 9th, 2021 at 7:00 PM Eastern Standard Time, an online event being held on Zoom by the University of Pittsburgh Libraries will give fans of George A. Romero a chance to peek inside the George A. Romero Archival Collection!


From YahooEntertainment:   American businessman, magazine publisher and adult entertainment media mogul, Larry Flynt, has died at the age of 78, Wednesday, February 10, 2021.  Flynt was best known for creating the monthly pornographic magazine, "Hustler," which began publication in 1974 after being expanded from the "Hustler Newsletter," which promoted Flynt's clubs.

From RollingStone:   African-American singer, Mary Wilson, has died at the age of 76, Monday, February 8, 2021.  Wilson was a co-founder of the legendary girl group, "The Supremes."  She appeared on all 12 of the group's Billboard #1 hits.

From ExtraTV:   Former college and NFL football player and actor, Mike Henry, died at the age of 84, January 8, 2021.  Henry played football at USC, before being drafted into the NFL by the Pittsburgh Steelers.  After playing 3 seasons with the Steelers, Henry played three seasons for the Los Angeles Rams.  Henry's big break in acting came when he starred in a trilogy of mid-1960s "Tarzan" films, but he declined to continue the role in a subsequent television series.  Henry may be best known for playing the role of "Junior Justice" in the "Smokey and the Bandit" films.

From CNN:  Former American professional boxer, Leon Spinks, has died at the age of 67, Friday, February 5, 2021.  Spinks was best known for defeating Muhammad Ali in February 1978 in a 15-round split decision match to become the undisputed heavyweight boxing champion.  In the September 1978 rematch, Ali would defeat Spinks.  Spinks won the light heavyweight gold medal at the 1976 Summer Olympics.  He was also a U.S. Marine from 1973 to 1976.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Review: " The Lion King" Still Rules the Pride Lands

TRASH IN MY EYE No. 14 (of 2019) by Leroy Douresseaux

[This review was originally posted on Patreon.]

The Lion King (2019)
Running time: 118 minutes (1 hour, 58 minutes)
MPAA – PG for sequences of violence and peril, and some thematic elements
DIRECTOR: Jon Favreau
WRITER: Jeff Nathanson (based on the 1994 story written by Brenda Chapman and characters created by Irene Mecchi, Jonathan Roberts, and Linda Woolverton)
PRODUCERS: Jon Favreau, Karen Gilchrist, and Jeffrey Silver
EDITORS: Adam Gerstel and Mark Livolsi
COMPOSER: Hans Zimmer
SONGS: Elton John and Tim Rice and Beyoncé

FANTASY/DRAMA/FAMILY with elements of comedy

Starring:  (voices) Donald Glover, Beyoncé, Chiwetel Ejiofor, James Earl Jones, John Oliver, John Kani, Alfre Woodard, JD McCary, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Keegan Michael-Key, Eric André, Florence Kasumba, Seth Rogen, Billy Eichner, Amy Sedaris, Chance Bennett (Chance the Rapper), Phil LeMarr, J. Lee, and Josh McCrary

The Lion King is a 2019 musical, fantasy-drama film directed by Jon Favreau and released by Walt Disney Pictures.  It is a live-action remake of the 1994, Oscar-winning, animated film, The Lion King.  The Lion King 2019 focuses on a young lion prince who flees his kingdom after the death of his father, which he blames on himself.

The Lion King opens in the Pride Lands of Africa.  From his perch on Pride Rock, King Mufasa (James Earl Jones) leads a pride of lions and rules over the animal kingdom.  As the story begins, Queen Sarabi (Alfre Woodard) has given birth to a cub, Simba, who will one day succeed his father as king.  Simba (JD McCary) is a playful cub and enjoys romping with his best friend and future love interest, a lioness named Nala (Shahadi Wright Joseph).  Simba, however, is also a willful cub, so Mufasa must guide and prepare Simba for the day when he will rule.

Meanwhile, Mufasa’s younger brother, Scar (Chiwetel Ejiofor), lurks in the shadows, bitter that he is not king, and he plots with a pack of hyenas to murder Mufasa.  After tragedy strikes, Simba leaves the Pride Lands, intending never to return.  Years later, an adult Simba (Donald Glover) lives in exile, and his constant companions are a meerkat, Timon (Billy Eichner), and a warthog, Pumbaa (Seth Rogen).  However, Simba’s past returns in the form of an old friend,  Now, Simba must learn the true meaning of responsibility and bravery as he is forced to make important decisions about both his future and that of the Pride Lands.

The Lion King works better as an animated feature film than it does as a live-action film.  Still, The Lion King the live-action film is quite entertaining.  I think that many of Walt Disney's classic animated films need a retelling every two or three generations, and it was time for The Lion King to be retold for a new generation or two.  [No, I have never seen The Lion King the musical that was first staged in 1997 and won the Tony Award for “Best Musical.”]

The Lion King 2019 may be an inferior (but not especially inferior) work to The Lion King 1994, but director Jon Favreau and his visual effects collaborators present a visual spectacular.  When the story lags, which it does a few times, the bounding animals and the Pride Lands, with its seemingly infinite variety of environments, will grab your wandering imagination and pull you back into the story.

The animals, which, I am assuming, are mostly computer-generated and rendered, are dazzling in their photo-realism.  I find Scar to be the most impressive, looking not to lean, not to dirty, but clearly a bit raggedy, which goes great with his conniving ways and with his feelings of bitterness and envy.

The voice performances are good.  JD McCary and Shahadi Wright Joseph, who voice the young Simba and Nala respectively, are exceptionally good.  If The Lion King 2019 has star performers, they are McCary and Ms. Joseph; they give this film the energy it needs to carry it to the rousing finale.  These young performers assure that The Lion King 2019 keeps the heart of its story – learning the meaning of being responsible, accountable, and brave.

7 of 10

Sunday, July 21, 2019

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

"The Lion King" Races to a Billion at Global Box Office

"The Lion King" Crosses $1 Billion Worldwide

With an estimated $999 million worldwide through yesterday, Disney’s The Lion King will cross the $1 billion mark today in its 19th day of release. Along with Aladdin, it’s the second Disney-branded live-action release to reach the $1 billion threshold this year and the sixth ever to do so, following Alice in Wonderland, Beauty and the Beast, and the second and fourth Pirates of the Caribbean films. It is also The Walt Disney Studios’ fourth billion dollar release this year.

Preceded by a strong debut in China where it earned nearly $100 million in its first week, The Lion King debuted day-and-date globally July 19, 2019, with $446.1 million. Bolstered by an A CinemaScore, the Jon Favreau-directed film opened with $191.8 million domestically, the eighth biggest debut of all time, and continues to be No. 1 at the daily box office earning an estimated $361 million to date. Internationally, The Lion King has earned $638 million, with major markets Japan (August 9) and Italy (August 21) still to open. The film is the second highest release of 2019 in EMEA and is the highest grossing release from Disney Live Action in Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Central America, Trinidad, Uruguay, and Paraguay.


Saturday, April 13, 2019

Negromancer News Bits and Bites from April 7th to 13th, 2019 - Updated #20

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MOVIES - From Deadline:  Apparently, there is going to be a sequel to the 2018 "Tomb Raider" reboot film, which now has a writer.

SCANDAL - From Deadline:  Australian actor Geoffrey Rush, who has been besieged by accusations of inappropriate behavior, has won his defamation lawsuit in Australia against publisher, Nationwide News, which is owned by the deplorable Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. The Sydney, Australia newspaper, "Daily Telegraph," (owned by Nationwide) first published an article accusing Rush of inappropriate behavior towards a former co-star in 2017.

MUSIC - From Yahoo:  Courtney Love and her band Hole's album, "Live Through This," is 25 years old.

TELEVISION - From Variety:  Maestro Ryan Murphy has unveiled the titles of "American Horror Story" Season 9.  it is "AHS 1984."

MOVIES - From Deadline:  "Avengers: Endgame" directors, brothers Anthony & Joe Russo, have signed a deal to oversee the refurbishment ("spiritual creative architects") of properties in the MGM library.

COMICS-FILM - From TheRinger:  This article offers a profile of actor David Harbour, who is the new "Hellboy" and is currently starring in Netflix's "Stranger Things."

CELEBRITY - From YahooEntertainment:  The death certificate for the slain rapper, Nipsey Hussle (March 31, 2019), has been released.  Details for the public memorial service, Thurs., April 11th, 2019, have also been released.

TELEVISION - From Deadline:  AMC is ending its TV series, "Preacher," after the upcoming fourth season.

MANGA-FILM - From ComicBook:  Apparently, the film "Akira" have major changes from its source material, the legendary manga, "Akira."

COMICS-FILM - From TheWrap:  Warner Bros. starts working on a sequel to its new hit film, "Shazam."

TELEVISION - From Variety:  AMC gives up more details on its third "Walking Dead" TV series.

STREAMING - From TheWrap:  Netflix has announced that the Beyonce documentary, "Homecoming," will be released April 17th.  "Homecoming" is the documentary about Beyonce's "Coachella 2018" performance.

BOX OFFICE - From BoxOfficeMojo:  The winner of the 4/5 to 4/7/2019 weekend box office is Warner Bros./DC Comics' superhero flick, "Shazam!," with an estimated take of 53.4 million dollars.

From Patreon:  A review of "Shazam!"

MUSIC - From YahooFinance:  Beyonce's deal with Adidas could be really big for the German sportswear giant.

MOVIES-MUSIC - From ShadowandAct:  April 13th is the date attached to Donald Glover, Rihanna, and Letitia Wright's "Guava Island."

MOVIES - From TheWrap:  The site offers a review of director Rashid Johnson's "Native Son," an update on Richard Wright's seminal novel of the same title.

BUSINESS - From Deadline:  The WGA (Writers Guild of America) and ATA (Association of Talent Agencies) have reached an extension so that both parties can keep working on a new franchise agreement.


From YouTube:  First teaser trailer for "Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker."


From ESPN:  Former NFL player and coach, Forrest Gregg, has died at the age of 85, Friday, April 12, 2019.  Known as the "Iron Man" for his then-record consecutive games played streak, Gregg was a part of six NFL championships, including two Super Bowl wins with the Green Bay Packers and one with the Dallas Cowboys.  As a coach, Gregg led the Cincinnati Bengals to Super Bowl XVI, where they lost to the San Francisco 49ers.

From NFL:  Forrest Gregg (Hall of Fame Class of 1977) through the years in this photo essay.

From THR:  The actor, Seymour Cassel, has died at the age of 84, Sunday, April 7, 2019.  Cassel was a favorite of the late director, John Cassavetes, appearing in at least six of his films.  Cassel earned a best supporting actor nomination for his role in Cassavetes' "Faces."  He also appeared in three of director Wes Anderson's films.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Negromancer News Bits and Bites from February 10th to 16th, 2019 - Update #19

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MOVIES - From Variety:  Denis Villeneuve's "Dune" gets a November 2020 release date.

TELEVISION - From Deadline:  Chris Rock wild direct comedy pilot, "Saving Kenan," the NBC is developing for Kenan Thompson.

STREAMING - From TheWrap:  Amazon teases its much-anticipated TV series, "The Lord of the Rings," with a map.

MUSIC - From PhillyMag:  Meet the lawyer who sued Led Zeppelin.

AVATAR - From ScreenRant:  James Cameron's "Avatar" sequels to start filming live-action sequences this spring.

STAR TREK - From Newsarama:  Nickelodeon is developing an animated "Star Trek" TV series for children.

STREAMING - From Variety:  Spike Lee's next project is a Vietnam veteran drama film for Netflix.  Chadewick Boseman eyed for a lead role.

MOVIES - From Variety:  Octavia Spencer is joining Anna Hathaway in a new adaption of "The Witches" (from the Roald Dahl book) for Robert Zemeckis.

COMICS-FILM - From Deadline:  Millennium Film has put its "Red Sonja" film project on hold.  It was to be directed by Bryan Singer, who has been hit with multiple child sex-abuse allegations over the last few years.

MOVIES - From Deadline:  Actor Chris Evans, director Antoine Fuqua, and super-producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura and producer Mark Vahradian team for "Infinite."

MOVIES - From BleedingCool:  Fox Searchlight releases the first teaser trailer for "Tokien," it biopic of "Lord of the Rings" creator, J.R.R. Tolkien.

COMICS-FILM - From THR:  Warner Bros. has hired David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick to start writing "Aquaman 2."  He co-wrote the first film.

GRAMMYS - From Deadline:  Here is a complete winners list.  Kacey Musgraves wins "Album of the Year" for her album, "Golden Hour."  Childish Gambino (Donald Glover) becomes the first rapper to win "Record of the Year" and "Song of the Year" for his acclaimed song, "This is America."

BOX OFFICE - From BoxOfficeMojo:   The winner of the 2/8 to 2/10/2019 weekend box office is "The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part" with an estimated take of $34.4 million.

AWARDS - From TheWrap:  The 2019 BAFTA Award winners have been announced.  "Roma" wins best film and best film not in the English language as well as best director for Alfonso Cuaron (one of four trophies for Cuaron tonight).  "The Favourite" was named best British film.

2019 / 72nd British Academy Awards (BAFTAs) winners list:

“Roma” *WINNER

“The Favourite” *WINNER

“Beast,” Michael Pearce (Writer/Director), Lauren Dark (Producer) *WINNER

“Roma” *WINNER

“Free Solo” *WINNER

“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” *WINNER

“Roma,” Alfonso Cuarón *WINNER

“The Favourite,” Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara *WINNER

“BlacKkKlansman,” Spike Lee, David Rabinowitz, Charlie Wachtel, Kevin Willmott *WINNER

Olivia Colman, “The Favourite” *WINNER

Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody” *WINNER

Rachel Weisz, “The Favourite” *WINNER

Mahershala Ali, “Green Book” *WINNER

“A Star Is Born,” Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, Lukas Nelson *WINNER

“Roma,” Alfonso Cuarón *WINNER

“Vice” *WINNER

“The Favourite” *WINNER

“The Favourite” *WINNER

“The Favourite” *WINNER

“Bohemian Rhapsody” *WINNER

“Black Panther” *WINNER

“Roughhouse” *WINNER

“73 Cows” *WINNER

EE RISING STAR AWARD (voted for by the public)
Letitia Wright *WINNER

Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema: Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley


GRAMMYS - From CNN:  Top nominees Kendrick Lamar and Drake and also Childish Gambino decline invitations to perform at tonight's 61st Annual Grammy Awards.

STREAMING - From DreadCentral:  Shudder begins production on a "Creepshow" TV series with "The Walking Dead's" Greg Nicotero.

TELEVISION - From Variety:  AMC has announced the cancellations of its TV series, "Into the Badlands" and "The Son."

COMICS-FILM - From HeyUGuys:  The third film in the "Kingsman," series will be a prequel, "Kingsman: The Great Game."  Aaron Taylor-Johnson ("Kick-Ass) and Gemma Arterton ("Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time") are joining the film.


From TheWrap:  Former President and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, Ron W. Miller, has died at the age of 85, Saturday, February 9, 2019.  Miller was president from 1978 to 1983 and was CEO in from 1983 to 1984.  Miller was married to Walt Disney's daughter, the late Diane Marie Disney, with whom he had seven children.  Miller also served in the U.S. Army and played one season in the NFL for the Los Angeles Rams.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

"2019 GRAMMY Nominees" Album Track Listing Revealed

Recording Academy™ and Republic Records Reveal 2019 GRAMMY® Nominees Album Track Listing

Latest Installment of the Best-Selling Series Features 22 Hits from the World's Biggest Superstars and Emerging Artists

2019 GRAMMY® Nominees Album Hits Stores and Digital Retailers Jan. 25, 2019

SANTA MONICA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Recording Academy™'s GRAMMY Recordings® and Republic Records have revealed the track listing for the 2019 GRAMMY® Nominees album. Set for release on Jan. 25, 2019 in stores and via digital retailers, the latest installment of the best-selling series—now in its 25th year—features a collection of top-charting hits from many of this year's illustrious GRAMMY-nominated artists. A portion of album proceeds will benefit the year-round work of the GRAMMY Museum® and MusiCares®—two charitable organizations founded by the Recording Academy that focus on music education programs and critical assistance for music people in need.

    “The artists highlighted on this year's album represent the overall diversity of the artists being recognized as 2019 GRAMMY nominees”

The 2019 GRAMMY Nominees album features 22 hits from the world's top recording artists and emerging talent, including Record Of The Year nominees Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin; Brandi Carlile; Childish Gambino; Drake; Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper; Kendrick Lamar & SZA; Post Malone featuring 21 Savage; and Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey.

"The artists highlighted on this year's album represent the overall diversity of the artists being recognized as 2019 GRAMMY nominees," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy. "We are very grateful to partner with Republic Records to release this impressive collection of songs, and to raise funds and awareness for the GRAMMY Museum and MusiCares—the two philanthropic organizations of the Recording Academy dedicated to supporting our musical culture and music creators."

"This year's 2019 GRAMMY Nominees album is a testament to an incredible year in music," said Monte Lipman, founder and CEO of Republic Records. "It’s an honor to work alongside the Recording Academy and support these two important charities in the artist community."

Music fans can log on to 2019 to pre-order the album and enter for a chance to win a trip for two to the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards® on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles.

The 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards telecast will be broadcast live on the CBS Television Network at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

*No purchase necessary to enter or win. Visit 2019 for details and eligibility requirements.

2019 GRAMMY Nominees Album Track List:

    "Make Me Feel"
    Album Of The Year

    "I Like It"
    Record Of The Year
    Album Of The Year

    "All The Stars"
    Record Of The Year
    Album Of The Year

    "God's Plan"
    Record Of The Year
    Album Of The Year

    "The Middle"
    Record Of The Year
    Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

    "Slow Burn"
    Album Of The Year

    Record Of The Year
    Album Of The Year

    "Best Part"
    Album Of The Year

    "This Is America"
    Record Of The Year

    "The Joke"
    Record Of The Year
    Album Of The Year

    Record Of The Year
    Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

    "God Is A Woman"
    Best Pop Vocal Album

    Best Pop Vocal Album

    "Look What You Made Me Do"
    Best Pop Vocal Album

    "In My Blood"
    Best Pop Vocal Album

    "I Don't Think About You"
    Best Pop Vocal Album

    "Beautiful Trauma"
    Best Pop Vocal Album

    "Say Something"
    Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

    "Girls Like You"
    Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

    "Fall In Line"
    Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

    "Don't Go Breaking My Heart"
    Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

    "'S Wonderful"
    Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

The Recording Academy represents the voices of performers, songwriters, producers, engineers, and all music professionals. Dedicated to ensuring the recording arts remain a thriving part of our shared cultural heritage, the Academy honors music's history while investing in its future through the GRAMMY Museum, advocates on behalf of music creators, supports music people in times of need through MusiCares, and celebrates artistic excellence through the GRAMMY Awards—music's only peer-recognized accolade and highest achievement. As the world's leading society of music professionals, we work year-round to foster a more inspiring world for creators.

For more information about the Academy, please visit For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @RecordingAcad on Twitter, "like" Recording Academy on Facebook, and join the Recording Academy's social communities on Instagram, Tumblr, and YouTube.

A division of Universal Music Group, the world's leading music company, Republic Records is home to an all-star roster of multi-platinum, award-winning legends and superstar artists such as Ariana Grande, Black Sabbath, Florence + the Machine, Hailee Steinfeld, James Blake, James Bay, John Mellencamp, Julia Michaels, Kid Cudi, Liam Payne, Of Monsters and Men, Post Malone, Seth MacFarlane, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift and more. Founded by brothers and chief executives Monte and Avery Lipman, it is also comprised of innovative business ventures, including American Recordings (The Avett Brothers), Boominati Worldwide (Metro Boomin), Brushfire (Jack Johnson), Casablanca Records (Tïesto), Cash Money (Drake, Jacquees, Nicki Minaj), Hollywood Records (Sofia Carson, Zendaya), Lava Records (Greta Van Fleet, Jessie J, Lorde), Monkeywrench (Pearl Jam), XO (The Weeknd, Belly, NAV), Young Money (Drake, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj), Roc Nation (Jaden Smith, Justine Skye, The Dream), among others. Republic also maintains a long-standing strategic alliance with country powerhouse Big Machine Records, and Universal Music Latin Entertainment. In addition, Republic has expanded to release high-profile soundtracks for Universal Pictures (Fifty Shades of Grey, SING), Fox TV (Lee Daniels' STAR, The Four), and NBC TV (The Voice), as well as other notable film and television franchises.


Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Review: "Solo: A Star Wars Story" is Pure Classic Era

TRASH IN MY EYE No. 7 (of 2018) by Leroy Douresseaux

[This review was originally posted on Patreon.]

Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
Running time:  135 minutes (2 hours, 15 minutes)
MPAA – PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi action/violence
DIRECTOR:  Ron Howard
WRITERS:  Jonathan Kasdan and Lawrence Kasdan; based on the characters created by George Lucas)
PRODUCERS:  Simon Emanuel (p.g.a.) and Kathleen Kennedy (p.g.a.)
CINEMATOGRAPHER:  Bradford Young (D.o.P.)
EDITOR:  Pietro Scalia
COMPOSER:  John Powell (and adaptation)


Starring:  Alden Ehrenreich, Joonas Suotamo, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Paul Bettany, Clint Howard, Erin Kellyman, Anthony Daniels, and Warwick Davis and the voices of Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Jon Favreau, and Linda Hunt

Solo: A Star Wars Story is a 2018 science fiction and fantasy film from director Ron Howard.  It is the tenth live-action film in the Star Wars film franchise, and it is the second anthology or “stand-alone” film (meaning that it is not part of the “Skywalkers saga”), following 2016's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.  The film focuses on a younger version of classic Star Wars character, Han Solo, and tells the story of how he got his start as a space pirate and smuggler.

Solo: A Star Wars Story opens on the shipbuilding world of Corellia.  There we meet a young "scrumrat" and aspiring pilot named Han (Alden Ehrenreich) and his lover, Qi'ra (Emilia Clarke), who both long to escape the clutches of the local criminal gangs and to leave the planet for new lives.  However, only Han manages to escape, and he joins the Imperial Navy of the Galactic Empire as a flight cadet.

Three years later, Han is serving as an infantryman during a battle on the planet Mimban.  There, he encounters a gang of criminals posing as Imperial officers, led by Tobias Beckett (Woody Harrelson).  Han and his new friend, Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo), a Wookie with whom he just became acquainted, bribe their way onto Beckett's crew.  Han and Chewbacca's first heist with Beckett, however, leads him into dangerous places.  Han meets a murderous crime lord, Dryden Vos (Paul Bettany); discovers a smooth-talking and rising young smuggler, Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover); enters a new heist that could make or break his future; and reunites with a figure from his past.

Much about Solo: A Star Wars Story feels contrived and shoved in, as if the filmmakers and storytellers are trying to reveal the origins of everything Star Wars fans know about the Han Solo.  From his name to his personality, very little if anything is not covered.  Still, one can make an argument that much about the original Star Wars (1977) is contrived.

What is important is that Solo: A Star Wars Story feels like classic era Star Wars films (1977 to 1983).  Like the other anthology film, Rogue One, Solo: A Star Wars Story is infused with the spirit of adventure of the original films.  Solo is partly a Western, like the original Stars Wars.  Solo is a far-flung space opera and interstellar fantasy like the original trilogy.  Part of the reason that Solo feels so classic Star Wars is that one of the film's two screenwriters, Lawrence Kasdan, wrote two of the original trilogy films, and his son, Jonathan, is the co-screenwriter here.  Solo director Ron Howard should have directed a Star Wars film a long time ago, as far as I am concerned.  He has previously worked with Star Wars creator, George Lucas, on the fantasy film, Willow (1988).  So Howard was fated for a Star Wars film, and I am glad it is Solo.

As for the characters, Alden Ehrenreich is good as young Han Solo.  Ehrenreich tries to capture the spirit of the performance of the original Han Solo actor, Harrison Ford, but Ehrenreich plays young Han, not as a fully grown man, but as someone still evolving.  Donald Glover is excellent, superb, and great as young Lando Calrissian (who was originally played by Billy Dee Williams).  Solo is not a big enough movie for two personalities like young Han and young Lando, so Lando needs his own movie.  And new Chewbacca actor, Joonas Suotama, is good, but it is hard to mess up playing Chewbacca.

If this review makes it seem that I am much more pleased with Solo: A Star Wars Story than I am about the most recent other Star Wars film, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, I unequivocally am.  Solo is a real movie all on its own – beginning, middle, and end.  While it may not add much to the fictional mythology of the Star Wars franchise, Solo: A Star Wars Story gets it right by looking, feeling, and acting like classic Star Wars.

8 of 10

Friday, May 25, 2018

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Friday, August 24, 2018

"Solo: A Star Wars Story" Link-o-Rama by Negromancer - Update #52

Posted by Leroy Doureseaux - on Patreon.

From Patreon:  Leroy's "Solo" review is here.

From YouTube:  The official trailer for "Solo:A Star Wars Story."

From YouTube:  The first official teaser from "Solo: A Star Wars Story."

From YahooEntertainment:  The "Solo" Super Bowl LII TV spot


From BleedingCool:  Marvel Comics will publish an adaptation of "Solo," and a new five-issue miniseries that examines Han's time as a... Stormtrooper? It is entitled "Star Wars: Han Solo - Imperial Cadet."

From CinemaBlend:  Solo's Timeline Has Been Revealed, Here's What That Means For Darth Maul

From TheWrap:  ‘Solo’ Is Failing Because Disney Has No Vision for the ‘Star Wars’ Franchise (Commentary)

From WeGotThisCovered:  Disney responds to disappointing opening for "Solo."

From WeGotThisCovered:  Director Ron Howard talks about the soft box office opening for "Solo."

From Variety:  Box Office: ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Headed for Underwhelming Holiday Weekend Debut

From YahooEntertainment: A list of "Solo" "Easter Eggs."

From ComicBookMovie:  Meet Erin Kellyman who plays "Enfys Nest" in "Solo"

From YahooLifestyle:  Donald Glover, Alden Ehrenreich Talk ‘Star Wars’ Fans and Critics

From YahooEntertainment:  How Donald Glover's son plays with his 'Star Wars' action figure will make you laugh

REVIEW - From NYTimes: ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Answers Questions You May Not Have Asked

From YahooEntertainment:  Yahoo has "Entertainment Tonight's" full video interview with director "Solo" director Ron Howard.

REVIEW - From LATimes: "Solo: A Star Wars Story" never gets off the ground, but don't blame Alden Ehrenreich

REVIEW - From Vulture: "Solo: A Star Wars Story Hits All Its Marks — Except for the Most Important One"

From TMZ:  Original Han chats up new Han Solo and director Ron Hward.

From YahooEntertainment:  After it's premiere, strong buzz for "Solo."

From Vulture:  Donald Glover Talks About When He Told His Dad He Was Lando

From YahooHuffPost:  Mark Hamill may have let slip that C-3PO will appear in "Solo."

From EW:  Ron Howards says George Lucas changed a scene in "Solo."

From YahooEntertainment:  Donald Glover, Lando Calrissian in "Solo," gives fans a tour of his Millennium Falcon in this video clip.

From Variety:  "Solo" tracking for a $170 Memorial Day weekend opening.

From YahooSports:  Ron Howard participates in Day 3 of the 2018 NFL Draft.

From MovieWeb:  Alden Ehrenreich, Han Solo in "Solo," has a three-movie deal to appear as Solo.

From BleedingCool:   A new set of "Solo" character posters have arrived - 9 in all.

From YahooEntertainment:  Director Ron Howard offers proof that his brother, Clint Howard, is in "Solo."

From WeGotThisCovered:  Ron Howard says that test audiences love "Solo."

From CinemaBlend:  A Rogue One Character Has Been Spotted In The Latest Solo Trailer

From Variety:  "Solo" will premiere in May at the Cannes Film Festival.

From YahooVulture: An unnamed actor talks to Vulture about the trouble production of "Solo," including the problems the film's original directors, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, had.

From CinemaBlend:  The fired directors of "Solo," Phil Lord and Chris Miller, will be credited as "executive producers.'

From WeGotThisCovered:  Has the villain of "Solo: A Star Wars Story" been revealed?

From BleedingCool:  See the new international poster for "Solo: A Star Wars Story"

From StarWars:  "Solo: A Star Wars Story" Books and Comics Revealed

From EW:  Here's how a galaxy of new books will connect to Solo: A Star Wars Story

From WeGotThisCovered:  A "Solo" news blowout.

From SlashFilm:  Actor and director Jon Favreau will provide the voice for an "important alien" in "Solo."

From Vulture:  Why do some Star Wars fans want "Solo" to flop.

From TheWrap:  George Lucas stopped by the "Solo" set and ended up directing a scene.

From WeGotThisCovered:  Ron Howard speaks about why he took the gig directing the troubled production now known as "Solo: A Star Wars Story."

From WeGotThisCovered:  The "Solo" may make some kind of appearance during the Super Bowl...

From Collider:  The first "Solo" trailer will debut next week during ABC's morning news show, "Good Morning America."

From BleedingCool:  We may get a "Solo" trailer during this Sunday's Super Bowl LII (52).

From THR:  "Solo" seems to be the most under wraps Star Wars movie yet.

From StarWars:  The official synopsis for "Solo" has been posted at the Star Wars webstie.

From WeGotThisCovered:  The first teaser trailer for "Solo" is rumored to arrive Friday, Jan. 12th, 2018 during ABC's "Good Morning America."

From WeGotThisCovered:  "Solo" Lego toy sets revealed.

From EW:  Entertainment Weekly has all the photos director Ron Howard posted from the set of "Solo."

From DigitalSpy:  Christian Bale says he was in talks to appear in "Solo" as a mentor character to Han Solo back when Phil Lord and Chris Miller were still the film's directors.

From io9:  John Williams will compose the theme for "Solo."  Williams has composed the musical score for all eight mainline "Star Wars" films.  John Powell will write the rest the score for "Solo."

From BleedingCool:  There is a rumor that Disney is prepared for its young Han Solo movie, "Solo: A Star Wars Story," to bomb.