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Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Marvel Studios Negromancer Link-o-Rama 2024 - Update #12

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

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NEWS:

FRANCHISE - From THRMarvel Studios is "retooling," according to "The Hollywood Reporter."  For instance, the fifth Avengers film is no longer entitled, "Avengers: The Kang Chronicles."

IRON MAN - From Variety:  Actor Robert Downy, Jr., who played Tony Stark/Iron Man in several films for Marvel Studios, has won the "Best Supporting Actor" award at the 2024 BAFTA Film Awards.  He won for portraying "Lewis Strauss" in director Christopher Nolan's "Oppenheimer."

FANTASTIC FOUR - From Deadline:  Marvel Studios has announced the cast of its reboot of the "Fantastic Four" franchise.  The planned 2025 will star Pedro Pascal as Reed Richards (aka Mr. Fantastic), Vanessa Kirby as Sue Storm (aka the Invisible Woman), Joseph Quinn as Johnny Storm (aka the Human Torch), and Ebon Moss-Bachrach as Ben Grimm (aka the Thing). 

DEADPOOL 3 - From YouTube:  "Deadpool 3" is now officially "Deadpool & Wolverine," and it has a trailer.  The film is due July 26th, 2024.

From Polygon:  There are cameos a-plenty in the first "Deadpool & Wolverine" trailer.

THUNDERBOLTS - From THR:  According to "The Hollywood Reporter," actor Lewis Pullman (Apple TV+'s "Lessons in Chemistry," Top Gun: Maverick) will play whatever role actor Steven Yeun was supposed to play in the upcoming Marvel film, "Thunderbolts."  Yuen exited the film in early January (2024).

DEADPOOL 3 - From VarietyRyan Reynolds announced via Instagram today (Wed., Jan. 24th) that "Deadpool 3" has wrapped up filming.

GUARDIANS - From ComicBook:  "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3" earned a "Best Visual Effects" Oscar nomination at the 2024 / 96th Academy Awards.  The winners will be announced Sunday, March 10th, 2024.

DEADPOOL 3 - From DeadlineHugh Jackman has shared a video on Instagram of the workout he is using to get his "Wolverine body" back for his role in "Deadpool 3."

ECHO - From Time:  What to know before watching the Disney+ Marvel Studios series, "Echo."

THUNDERBOLTS - From Variety:  "Variety.com" says that it can confirm that actor Steven Yeun is no longer involved in Marvel Studios' "Thunderbolts" film.  Marvel never officially confirmed that Yeun was in the film, so it is unknown if Yeun's character was dropped or is being rethought.

DEADPOOL 3 - From Deadline:  Actor Ryan Reynolds finished 2023 by posting of photo of himself wearing the "Deadpool" costume on Instagram.

AWARDS - From AwardsWatchThe Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild (MUAHS, IATSE Local 706) has announced nominations for the 11th MUAHS Guild Awards. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 received four nominations.  The winners will be announced Sunday, February 18, 2024.

KANG - From THRMarvel Studios has dropped actor Jonathan Majors from its roster of stars after the actor was convicted by a New York City jury of reckless assault in the third degree and also of harassment.  Majors had played "Kang the Conqueror" in two seasons of the Disney+ series, "Loki," and in the movie, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.

BLACK PANTHER - From ComicBookDisney+ has announced a new animated series, "Eyes of Wakanda," set in the world of his film, Black Panther.  It is scheduled to debut sometime in 2024.

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MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE (MCU):

Review: Iron Man (2008)

Review: The Incredible Hulk (2008)

Review: Iron Man 2 (2010)

Review: Thor (2011)

Review:  Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

Review:  Marvel's The Avengers (2012)

Review: Iron Man 3 (2013)

Review: Thor: The Dark World (2013)

Review: Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

Review: Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

Review:  Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

Review: Ant-Man (2015)

Review: Captain America: Civil War (2016)

Review: Doctor Strange (2016)

Review: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

Review:  Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

Review: Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

Review:  Black Panther (2018)

Review:  Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

Review: Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)

Review:  Captain Marvel (2019)

Review: Avengers: Endgame (2019)

Review:  Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)

Review: Black Widow (2021)

Review: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021)

Review: Eternals (2021)

Review: Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)

Review: Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)

Review: Thor: Love and Thunder (2022)

Review: Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022)

Review: Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023)

Review: Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3 (2023)

Review: The Marvels (2023)

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Monday, December 18, 2023

Marvel Studios Negromancer Link-o-Rama 2023 - Update #60

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

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NEWS:

KANG - From THR:  Marvel Studios has dropped actor Jonathan Majors from its roster of stars after the actor was convicted by a New York City jury of reckless assault in the third degree and also of harassment.  Majors had played "Kang the Conqueror" in two seasons of the Disney+ series, "Loki," and in the movie, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.

BLACK PANTHER - From ComicBookDisney+ has announced a new animated series, "Eyes of Wakanda," set in the world of his film, Black Panther.  It is scheduled to debut sometime in 2024.

THOR - From Variety:  Oscar-winner Taika Waititi said that he had not interest in directing "Thor: Ragnarok," but did so because he was poor and had a second child to feed.

AVENGERS - From Deadline:  According to the site, Michael Waldron, who created the Disney+ "Loki" series and served as its showrunner for Season 1, has been tapped to write the upcoming film, "Avengers: The Kang Dynasty." Waldron is already penning the sequel, '"Avengers: Secret Wars."

FANTASTIC FOUR - From Deadline:  Word is that actor Pedro Pascal will portray Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic in Marvel Studios' planned "Fantastic Four" film.

AVENGERS - From DeadlineShang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings director, Destin Daniel Cretton, is stepping away from the directors chair of "Avengers: The Kang Chronicles."  He will continue to oversee the Disney+/Marvel Studios series, "Wonder Man," and will also continue to develop a "Shang-Chi" sequel.

THOR 5 - From Variety:  If there is really going to be a "Thor 5," Taika Waititi, who directed the previous two "Thor" films (Thor: Ragnarok and Thor: Love and Thunder), says that he won't be the film's director. He says he is working on other non-Marvel films and is still developing his "Star Wars" films.

THE MARVELS - From BoxOfficePro:  "The Marvels" tops the 11/10 to 11/12/2023 weekend box office.

From Here:  A review of "The Marvels" by Leroy Douresseaux.

RELEASE DATES - From Deadline:  Disney is changing the release dates for Marvel Studios films again.  "Deadpool 3" moves to July 26, 2024.  "Captain America: Brave New World" moves to February 14, 2025.  "Blade" is not scheduled for November 7, 2025.

BLADE - From Deadline:  In an interview about his short film, "Dammi," director Yann Demange says that his Marvel Studios' film, "Blade" (starring Mahershala Ali) will be rated "R."

OBIT - From Variety:  Movie stuntman, Taraja Ramsess, has died at the age of 41, Tuesday, October 31, 2023.  Ramsess and two of his daughters were killed in a car crash on Halloween night.  Among his 94 screen credits was stunt work on Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame, and Black Panther.

FRANCHISE - From Variety:  Crisis at Marvel Studios? Inside the Jonathan Majors/"Kang" scandal and other things exciting the gossipy press.

DAREDEVIL BORN AGAIN - From THR:  Screenwriter Dario Scardapane will be the showrunner for Disney+.Marvel Studios' "Daredevil: Born Again."  Scardapane will write the remainder of the episodes that will comprise Season One of the series, as well as commit any other writing.  "Loki" Season 2 helmers, Justin Benson and Aaron Moorehead, will direct the remaining episodes.

From THR:  Marvel Studios is "retooling" its Disney+ series, "Daredevil: Born Again."  It is looking for new directors and writers after firing the current staff.

X-MEN - From Deadline:  In an exclusive story, "Deadline" is reporting that Marvel Studios will start meeting with writers later this Fall 2023 to hear pitches for the X-Men movie.

DAREDEVIL BORN AGAIN - From VarietySteven DeKnight, the showrunner for the first season of Netflix/Marvel's "Daredevil" says that Disney is running a scam by renaming the series "Daredevil: Born Again."  The scam is that Disney is slightly renaming the series to set contract terms back to the first season." Read to hear his explanation and complaints.

DISNEY+ - From VarietyDisney+ has shifted the release dates of some of its upcoming series due to the ongoing WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes.  Season 2 of "What If?..." has been delayed.  "Echo" and the animated "X-Men '97" have been moved from Nov. 29th to Jan. 2024.  The "WandaVision" spinoff, "Agatha," has been moved over year away to Fall 2024.

LABOR - From Variety:  A super-majority of Marvel Studios' more than 50-worker visual effects (VFX) crew has voted to unionize, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) announced on Mon., Aug. 7th.

IRON MAN - From CBR:   In an interview, "Oppenheimer" director Christopher Nolan calls the casting of Robert Downey, Jr. (who stars in "Oppenheimer") one of the greatest casting decisions ever made.

THE MARVELS - From EW:  Marvel Studios' upcoming film, "The Marvels," is the "cover feature" at EW ("Entertainment Weekly), feature an exclusive behind-the-scenes look and new images from the film.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY - From Deadline:  "Guardians of the Galaxy 3" will make its Disney+ debut on August 2nd, 2023.

MS MARVEL - From CBR:  The Disney+/Marvel Studios series, "Ms. Marvel," will be the first Marvel Studios series to make it to broadcast television.  The series will debut on ABC, Saturday, August 5th, 2023 with three episodes, and the remaining three will debut the following week, Sat. August 12th.

DEADPOOL - From THR:  The site is reporting that Jennifer Garner will once again play the role of anti-hero and Marvel Comics assassin, "Elektra," in the upcoming Marvel Studios' film, "Deadpool 3."  Garner originally played the role in 20th Century Fox's "Daredevil" (2003) and "Elektra" (2005).

SECRET INVASION - From Polygon:  The opening credits scenes for the new Marvel Studios' Disney+ series, "Secret Invasion," used art generated by an artificial intelligence.  Yes, AI art is here to stay, but Marvel's move has generated some ill will.

HULK - From Deadline:  The rights issues have cleared.  The second film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), 2008's "The Incredible Hulk," is now streaming on Disney+.

CAPTAIN AMERICA 4 - From Variety:  "Captain America: New World Order" is now "Captain America: Brave New World."  Plus, the film has dropped a first-look photo of Harrison Ford and Anthony Mackie ("Captain America") sharing a laugh on the set of the film.

THOR - From Deadline:  Irish actor Ray Stevenson, has died at the age of 58, May 22, 2023.  He played the character "Volstagg," in Marvel Studios' "Thor" (2011), "Thor: The Dark World" (2013), and "Thor: Ragnarok" (2017).  He also played "Frank Castle/The Punisher" in Lionsgate's 2008 Marvel Comics' film, "Punisher: War Zone."

DEADPOOL 3 - From Deadline:  Actresses Brianna Hildebrand will return as the character "Negasonic Teenage Warhead" and Shioli Kutsuna will return as Negasonic's girlfriend, Yukio, in Marvel Studios' "Deadpool 3."

LOKI - From Deadline:  Marvel Studios' Disney+ series, Loki Season 2, will arrive October 6th.  New episodes will arrive weekly.

ECHO - From Deadline:  Every episode of Marvel Studios' Disney+ series, "Echo," will drop on November 29th.  The series focuses on "Maya Lopez," a deaf Native American superhero.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY - From Variety:  "Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3" opens with a domestic box office gross estimated at 114 million dollars.  It added 168 million dollars in 52 international markets for an estimated worldwide total of 282 million dollars.

From GamesRadar:  Vin Diesel breaks his silence on his character, Groot's final line in the film. The reason why we (the audience) and new Gamorra could understand that line is that after spending so much time alongside Groot, we can understand him.

From THR:  This is an article about, among other things, how Chris Pratt and his "Guardians of the Galaxy" rescued their director James Gunn after his (unjust) firing by Disney.

From Deadline:  "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3" does 14 million dollars in Thursday night's preview shows.

From The AVClub:  What does "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3" mean for the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

DAREDEVIL - From CBR:  Actor Vincent D'Onofrio says that the Disney+/Marvel Studios series, "Daredevil: Born Again," will not be like Netflix's "Daredevil" series.  He says that all he can say is "we are not bored."

VICTORIA ALONSO - From Deadline:  Disney has settled with former Marvel Studios VFX chief Victoria Alonso after abruptly firing her in March.  The terms are confidential, but the settlement is said to be a multimillion dollar compensation package.

JEREMY RENNER - From People:  Actor Jeremy Renner said that during his recovery from serious injuries he sustained due to a Jan 1st snowplow accident, fellow actor Anthony Mackie was at his bedside.  Renner and Mackie both starred in the Oscar-winning "The Hurt Locker" (2009) and both are among the Marvel Cinematic Universes biggest stars.

ANT-MAN - From Forbes:  Disney reveals that its spent 193.2 million dollars on pre-production and filming of "Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania."

CAPTAIN AMERICA - From THRLiv Tyler, who played "Betty Ross" in Universal Pictures and Marvel Studios' "The Incredible Hulk" (2008), will return as the character in "Captain America: New World Order." Anthony Mackie will headline the film as Sam Wilson/Captain America.

From TheAVClub: Actor Carl Lumbly, who played the super-soldier, "Isaiah Bradley" in the Disney+ series "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier" will reprise the role in "Captain America 4," which is currently titled "Captain America: New World Order."

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY - From Deadline:  Director James Gunn talks about the runtime of "Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 3" (about two and a half hours) and says that not a second of the film is wasted.

EXECUTIVE SUITE - From THRVictoria Alonso, the president of physical and postproduction, visual effects and animation production at Marvel Studios, has reportedly left the company.

IRONHEART - From GameRant:  Iconic voice performer, Cree Summer, who has performed voice roles in numerous animated films and television series, has joined the Disney+/Marvel Studios' series, "Ironheart," in an undisclosed role.

WOLVERINE - From VarietyHugh Jackman is bulking up to play "Wolverine" again, this time, in the upcoming "Deadpool 3."  He is eating 8000 calories a day.

DAREDEVIL - From THR:  Actor John Bernthal will return to play Frank Castle/The Punisher in Disney+/Marvel Studios' "Daredevil: Born Again."  Bernthal played the character in Season 2 of Marvel/Netflix's "Daredevil" and in his own series, "The Punisher," for two seasons (2017-19).

WAKANDA FOREVER - From Deadline:  "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever" topped the U.S. streaming charts the week of its debut, 1/30 to 2/5/2023, with 2.3 billion viewing minutes.  That is also the third highest debut ever, behind Netflix "Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery" and Disney+'s "Hocus Pocus 2."

ANT-MAN/WASP - From Variety:  Actor Jonathan Majors, who played "Kang," and screenwriter Jeff Loveness confront the bad reviews that "Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania" in different ways.

From Deadline:  "Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania" star Evangeline Lilly says she once turned down Hugh Jackman's request that she appear in an "X-Men" film."

THE MARVELS - From THR:  "The Marvels" release date has been moved July 28th to Nov. 10th.  Disney's "Haunted Mansion" will take the July 28th release date.

KEVIN FEIGE - From EW:  Marvel Studios boss, Kevin Feige, gives a wide-ranging interview to "Entertainment Weekly" about Marvel's movies, including discussions on Phase 5, "Kang," and the future of the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe).

OSCARS - From Marvel:  "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever" has received 5 nominations at the 2023 / 95th Academy Awards.  The nominations came in the following categories: "Best Supporting Actress," "Best Costume Design," "Best Original Song," "Best Visual Effects," and "Best Makeup and Hairstyling."  The winners will be announced Sunday, March 12, 2023.

DAREDEVIL: BORN AGAIN - From DeadlineNikki M. James has joined the cast of the Disney+/Marvel Studios series, "Daredevil: Born Again."  Her role is unknown.

ANGELA BASSETT - From Variety:  “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” star Angela Bassett made superhero cinema history on Tuesday as the first woman, the first person of color, and the first Marvel Studios actor to be nominated for an Academy Award for their performance in a comic book adaptation

From Variety:  With her "Best Supporting Actress" win for her performance in "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever" (as "Queen Ramonda") at the 80th Golden Globes, Angela Bassett becomes the first actor in a Marvel Studios film to win a major acting award.  She was part of the cast that won "Best Ensemble" for "Black Panther" at the 2019 SAG Awards.

AGATHA - From DeadlineKathryn Hahn, the star of the Disney+ "WandaVision" spinoff, "Agatha: Coven of Chaos," hints that there may a song or two in the new series.  The series is apparently due this year.

BLACK PANTHER - From Deadline:  "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever" is among the ten nominees in the category of "Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures" at the 2023 / 34th Annual Producers Guild of America Awards.  Winners will be announced Sat., Feb. 25th, 2023.

DON CHEADLE - From Variety:  Oscar-nominated actor, Don Cheadle, says in an interview that Marvel Studios gave him two hours to decide if he wanted to join "Iron Man 2" and sign a six-movie contract with them.  Cheadle would go on to play James "Rhodey" Rhodes/War Machine in six films.

WAKANDA FOREVER - From THR:  "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever" cinematographer, Durald Arkapaw, reflects on “one of the most beautiful endings”

TEASERS & TRAILERS:

From Deadline:  This is second trailer for "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3," which made it debut during Super Bowl LVII (Feb. 12th).  The film debuts May 5th, 2023.

From YouTube:  This is the second trailer for "Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania," which was released Jan. 9th.  The film is due in theaters February 17, 2023.

From YouTube: This is the first trailer for "Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania," which is due in theaters February 17, 2023.

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MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE (MCU):

Review: Iron Man (2008)

Review: The Incredible Hulk (2008)

Review: Iron Man 2 (2010)

Review: Thor (2011)

Review:  Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

Review:  Marvel's The Avengers (2012)

Review: Iron Man 3 (2013)

Review: Thor: The Dark World (2013)

Review: Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

Review: Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

Review:  Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

Review: Ant-Man (2015)

Review: Captain America: Civil War (2016)

Review: Doctor Strange (2016)

Review: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

Review:  Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

Review: Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

Review:  Black Panther (2018)

Review:  Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

Review: Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)

Review:  Captain Marvel (2019)

Review: Avengers: Endgame (2019)

Review:  Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)

Review: Black Widow (2021)

Review: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021)

Review: Eternals (2021)

Review: Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)

Review: Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)

Review: Thor: Love and Thunder (2022)

Review: Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022)

Review: Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023)

Review: Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3 (2023)

Review: The Marvels (2023)

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Saturday, December 16, 2017

Negromancer News Bits and Bites from December 10th to 16th, 2017- Update #22

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SCANDAL - From RSN:  Salma Hayek talks about how both Harvey Weinstein and Donald Trump retaliated against her.

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TELEVISION - From TheWrap:  ABC's "Roseanne" revival/reboot to debut March 2018 with an hour-long episode.

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BUSINESS - From Variety:  Disney to buy 21st Century Fox in a $52.4 all-stock merger.

From BleedingCool:  More on the Disney-Fox deal.

From TheWrap:  Hollywood celebrities have fun with Marvel-Fox merger.

From BleedingCool:  Disney CEO Bob Iger is not against an R-rated Marvel movie, as Fox has done.

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MOVIES - From YahooHuffPost:  Even Will Smith is commenting on dopey Roy Moore's election loss in Alabama on Tuesday, Dec. 12th.

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MUSIC - From YahooMusic:  Supremely rare vinyl copies of Prince's "Black Album" have been find.

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MOVIES - From THR:  Hotter-than-hot Tiffany Haddish and John Cho join Ike Barinholtz in the satirical thriller, "The Oath."

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MOVIE-TV-AWARDS - From Variety:  A full list of 2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations.

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TELEVISION - From Variety:  PBS suspends late-night talk show host, Tavis Smiley over sexual misconduct allegations.  [Sigh. - Leroy]

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MOVIES - From Variety:  Jennifer Lawrence joins the film, "Burial Rites," from director Luca Guadagnino, who is out off his film "Call Me By Your Name."

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COMICS-FILM - From THR:  Woody Harrelson joins Tom Hardy in Spider-Man spinoff film, "Venom."

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TELEVISION - From ShadowandAct:  Michael Che and Colin Jost have been named co-head writers for venerable variety show, "Saturday Night Live."  Che is the first person of color to hold that title on the show.

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MOVIES - From Variety:  Jim Broadbent to join Robert Downey, Jr. in "Voyage of Doctor Doolittle."

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COMICS-STREAMING - From TheWrap:  Marvel-Netflix's "The Punisher" gets a second season.

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MOVIES - From Variety:  Guillermo del Toro has set up at Fox Searchlight to write and direct a remake of 20th Century Fox's 1947 Tyrone Power flick, "Nightmare Alley."

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CULTURE - From HuffPost:  " Inside The Voucher Schools That Teach L. Ron Hubbard, But Say They’re Not Scientologist"

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MOVIES - From ThePlaylist:  Seth Rogen to play Walter Cronkite in David Gordon Green's film, "Newsflash."

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MOVIES - From Collider:  Steven Caple, Jr. will direct "Creed 2" instead of Sylvester Stallone.  Stallone will return for the sequel along with stars Michael B. Jordan and Tessa Thompson.

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MOVIE AWARDS - From TheWrap:  The 2018 Golden Globe nominations are in...

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COMICS-FILM - From BleedingCool:  Even if the Disney-Fox merger happens, it may be too late for us to see Hugh Jackman playing Wolverine in a Marvel Studios movie.

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BOX OFFICE - From BoxOfficeMojo:  The winner of the 12/8 to 12/10/2017 weekend box office is Pixar's "Coco" with an estimated take of $18.6 million.

From Variety:  "Coco"wins weekend box office while "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" waits in the wings for next weekend.

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MOVIES AWARDS - From Variety:  "God's Own Country" wins big at 2017 British Independent Film Awards.

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POLITICS - From RSN:  Late night talk show host, Jimmy Kimmel, speaks on Alabama U.S. Senate candidate, Roy Moore, and his "Christian values."

TRAILERS:

From USAToday:  The first trailer for the animated film, "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse," featuring the Miles Morales Spider-Man, once known as the "Ultimate Spider-Man."

OBIT:

From ESPN:  Tommy Nobis, NFL and college football great, has died at the age of 74, Thursday, December 14, 2017.  Playing for the University of Texas Longhorns, Nobis appeared on the covers of "Sports Illustrated" and "Life."  He was the first player drafted by the then expansion NFL team, the Atlanta Falcons, in the 1966 NFL draft.  After professional football, Nobis co-founded the Tommy Nobis Center to help people with disabilities gets job training.


Saturday, August 5, 2017

Review: "X-Men: Apocalypse" is Garbage

TRASH IN MY EYE No. 13 (of 2017) by Leroy Douresseaux

[This review was originally posted on Patreon.]

X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
Running time:  144 minutes (2 hours, 24 minutes)
MPAA – PG-13 for sequences of violence, action and destruction, brief strong language and some suggestive images
DIRECTOR:  Bryan Singer
WRITERS:  Simon Kinberg; from a story by Simon Kinberg, Bryan Singer, Michael Dougherty, and Dan Harris
PRODUCERS:  Hutch Parker, Simon Kinberg, Lauren Shuler Donner, and Bryan Singer
CINEMATOGRAPHER:  Newton Thomas Sigel
EDITORS:  Michael Louis Hill and John Ottman
COMPOSER:  John Ottman

SUPERHERO/SCI-FI/ACTION/DRAMA

Starring:  James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Oscar Isaac, Rose Byrne, Evan Peters, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Lucas Till, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Ben Hardy, Alexandra Shipp, Lana Condor, Olivia Munn, Josh Helman, and Stan Lee with Hugh Jackman

X-Men: Apocalypse is a 2016 superhero movie from director Bryan Singer.  It is 20th Century Fox’s eighth film based on Marvel Comics’ X-Men comic book franchise.  This new movie is a sequel to X-Men: Days of Future Past.  In X-Men Apocalypse, the world's first mutant, a world-destroyer, reemerges and begins a plan for human extinction that the X-Men must stop.

X-Men: Apocalypse opens in Ancient Egypt, 3600BC and introduces En Sabah Nur/Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac), the ruler of that land and a supremely powerful mutant believed to be the very first of his kind.  He is betrayed by some of his worshipers and is buried alive for centuries.  Apocalypse arises in 1983 and is upset to discover what he considers “false gods” to have arisen in his absence.  He gathers “four horsemen” and Erik Lensherr/Magneto (Michael Fassbender) is one of the quartet.  Apocalypse begins to unleash an extinction level plan to clean the Earth of everything and everyone, so that only the strong survive.

Meanwhile, Charles Xavier/Professor X (James McAvoy) continues to build his educational institute in Westchester County, New York.  He is also adding new students, when a former friend, Raven/Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), returns to warn him of Magneto's new activities.  When they learn the extent of Apocalypse's threat, the X-Men are forced to come together to save the world.

Some believe that Superman: The Movie, originally released in 1978, is the beginning of the modern superhero film.  Other believe that the current age of superhero movies was spearheaded by Tim Burton's 1989 film, Batman.  [Those are good choices, but I believe the current superhero movie rage was born of the surprise (even shocking) success of the 1998 film, Blade.  Its success spurred Fox into producing X-Men (2000), which was a hit and which really pushed superhero movie production into overdrive.]

I am starting to believe that the most influential film in the current onslaught of superhero movies is 2012's Marvel's The Avengers.  Why?  The Avengers' immediate and massive success at the box office was practically unprecedented.  It's opening weekend dollar gross set what was at the time a record for North American box office.  It's worldwide box office exceeded a billion dollars, and while that was not the first time a superhero movie crossed the billion-dollar mark (which 2008's The Dark Knight did first), I don't think anyone, not Disney, Marvel, box office watchers, or movie fans, expected The Avengers to be so successful in terms of box office – not before its release.

Such surprising success breeds copycats.  Superhero movies that are big, even massive, and filled with destruction followed The Avengers.  See Warner Bros. The Man of Steel (2013) and Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (2015).  In fact, the latter is Warner Bros. desperate attempt to make an Avengers-like movie featuring characters from DC Comics, which is, like Warner Bros., part of Time Warner.

To me, X-Men: Days of Future Past was trapped between being 2011's X-Men: First Class and Marvel's The Avengers.  X-Men: Apocalypse reeks of the desperation to be like The Avengers.  20th Century Fox owns the film rights to Marvel Comics X-Men franchise, and as Fox makes one mediocre and/or financial failure X-Men movie after another, they cannot help but look at Marvel Studios' unprecedented success with the Marvel Comics characters to which it still has film rights.  Hell, Fox isn't the only Hollywood studio that wants to be like Marvel.

But the X-Men are not the Avengers.  The Avengers are a gathering of loosely connected superheroes who come together to defend Earth – or avenge it.  The X-Men can be superheroes, but their story has largely been about a racial minority, known as “Mutants,” that bands together for protection.  Their acts of heroism are essentially a defense of the race or species.  It is as if the X-Men's heroic actions declare that they can peacefully coexist on this planet with humans, which gives them reason to want to defend it.

X-Men: Apocalypse is just a big action movie.  Familiar X-Men themes:  fear, racism, bigotry, tribalism, unity, extended families, familial and friendship bonds, etc. are just window dressing for big special effects driven and created set pieces.  X-Men: Apocalypse does not take from the wheelhouse of the best X-Men films (such as the first two films in the franchise); instead, it steals from Marvel's The Avengers and even Michael Bay's Transformers movies.

You know what, dear reader?  I've taken enough of your time.  I hate this movie.

3 of 10
D+

Friday, December 16, 2016


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Friday, June 30, 2017

Negromancer News Bits and Bites from June 25th to 30th, 2017 - Update #30

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 COMICS-FILM - From TheWrap:  Rosario Dawson out and Alice Braga as "Dr. Cecilia Reyes" in Fox's "New Mutants."

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MOVIES - From ShadowandAct:  Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are developing an HBO biopic about pioneering African-American filmmaker, Oscar Micheaux.  Tyler Perry is attached to star as Micheaux.

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POLITICS - From RSN:  Pediatrician Mai-Khanh Tran will attempt to unseat a 12-term, U.S. House Republican (and a powerful one at that) next year.

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MOVIES - From Variety:  Michelle Rodriguez is ready to leave "The Fast and the Furious" franchise.  The actress, who plays Letty Ortiz, wants more opportunities for women in the film series.

From YahooFinance:  "The Fate of the Furious" director F. Gary Gray responds to Michelle Rodriguez.

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MOVIES - From YahooMovies:  Halle Berry said that her 2002 best actress Oscar win (for 2001's "Monsters Ball") meant nothing for diversity.

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OBIT - From Deadline:  The children's author Michael Bond has died at the age of 91, Tuesday, June 27, 2017.  Bond was best known as the creator of Paddington Bear.  The character first appeared in the 1958 book, "A Bear Called Paddington."

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COMICS-FILM - From ShadowandAct:  The return of Marvel Comics character, Blade, to the big or small screen?  Someday... says Marvel chief.

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MOVIES - From Variety:  Gwendoline Christie (Star Wars' "Captain Phasma") will join Steve Carell in director Robert Zemeckis' still untitled drama.

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OBIT - From Variety:  The Swedish actor Michael Nyqvist has died at the age 56, Tuesday, June 27, 2017.  He played a rapist in "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" and the villain "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol."

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MOVIES - From ThePlaylist:  Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner, her writing partner from the HBO series, "Girls," are in talks to write the American remake on the hit foreign film, "Toni Erdmann."

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MOVIES - From YahooMovies:  Marvel Studios boss, Kevin Feige, empathizes with Lucasfilm over the "young Han Solo" film director shakeup.

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COMICS-FILM - From LATimes:  Inside the deal the brought Spider-Man to the Marvel cinematic universe.

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TELEVISION - From ShadowandAct:  HBO is developing a TV series from Ray Bradbury's seminal novel, "Fahrenheit 451," with Michael B. Jordan in the lead.  Actress Laura Harrier will play the wife of Jordan's character ("Guy Montag").

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CULTURE - From BuzzFlash:  How to reverse the demise of the United States.

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TELEVISION - From ScreenDaily:  Kevin Bacon says that he is working on a reboot of his cult film, "Tremors," as a TV series for Syfy.

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MOVIES - From TheWrap:  Sissy Spacek came to fame and earned an Oscar nomination for her starring role in the film, "Carrie" (1976), adapted from a Stephen King novel.  Spacek is returning to the world of Stephen King in Hulu's upcoming series, "Castle Rock."

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MOVIES - From THR:  Warner Bros. is developing a sequel to Ben Affleck's hit film, "The Accountant" (2016).

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COMICS-FILM - From YahooMovies:  Highlights from the "Spider-Man: Homecoming" press conference.

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COMICS-FILM - From YahooTV:  ABC has announced Friday, September 29, 2017 as the premiere date for "Marvel's Inhumans."

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STAR TREK - From Esquire:  One of the changes that "Star Trek Discovery" will make to rules established by Star Trek creator, Gene Roddenberry, is that Starfleet members will be in direct conflict with one another.  The first episode of this new series will air in October 2017.

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BLM - From WashPost:  A Black off-duty police officer tried to help stop a crime, and a White cop shot him.  Once again, the controversy is in the St. Louis area.

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BOX OFFICE - From BoxOfficeMojo:  The winner of the 6/23 to 6/25/2017 weekend box office is "Transformers: The Last Knight" with an estimated take of $45.3 million.

From TheWrap:  "The Big Sick" and "The Beguiled" open big at indie box office.

From GoldDerby:  "Wonder Woman" is now the highest grossing live-action film by a woman director.  It's global box office total is at just over $635 million dollars (and counting), which surpasses the the previous record holder, Mamma Mia! (2008), which grossed just under $610 million globally and was directed by Phyllida Lloyd.

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COMICS-FILM - From TheWrap:  The upcoming "Spider-Man: Homecoming" is receiving glowing reviews.  The film will open nationwide on July 7th, 2017.

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TELEVISION - From Variety:  There is another project being adapted for TV from George R.R. Martin, whose fantasy novel series, "A Song of Fire and Ice," became the Emmy-winning, HBO television series, "Game of Thrones."  Now, Syfy is developing Martin's novella, "Nightflyers," as a pilot for a TV series.

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POLITICS - From RSN:  President Trump and the Congressional Republicans are trying to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA) or BCRA (Better Care Restoration Act) to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) also known as "Obamacare."  President Obama says the AHCA/BCRA will do us harm.

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ECO - From TheNewYorker:  The race to solar-power Africa.

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CULTURE - From Newsweek:  Most U.S. terrorists are of the right-wing variety, not Muslim.

TRAILERS:

From YouTube:  This is the debut trailer for "The Greatest Showman," which stars Hugh Jackman as P.T. Barnum and also features Michelle Williams, Zendaya, and Zac Efron, among others.


Friday, April 7, 2017

Negromancer News Bits and Bites from April 1st to 8th, 2017 - Update #20

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TELEVISION - From ScreenDaily:  John Ridley gets emotional talking about his series, "Guerilla," for the British broadcaster, Sky."

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SPORTS - From YahooSports:  LaVar Ball blames UCLA's NCAA men's basketball tournament loss on 3 slow of foot white guys.  His son, Lonzo, plays on that team.

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MOVIE - From SlashFilm:  The long talked about "The Legend of Conan" is not happening... maybe someone will consider it again in the future.

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MOVIES - From Variety:  Adam McKay is developing a Dick Cheney biopic.  Christian Bale, Steve Carell, and Amy Adams are in talks to appear.

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OBIT - From TMZ:  Legendary stand-up comic, Don Rickles, has died at the age of 90, Thursday, April 6, 2017.  Rickles, an "insult comic," was known as the "king of the zing."  Rickles was also an actor with numerous film and TV appearances.  R.I.P. Mr. Rickles, I'll always love your humor.

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MOVIES - From Variety:  Jeremy Renner and Hannibal Buress are joining Ed Helms in the comedy, "Tag."

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MOVIES - From Variety:  Eric Roth, who wrote the screenplay for "Forrest Gump," will write director Denis Villeneuve's "Dune" reboot.

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MOVIES - From Variety:  Demian Bichir will headline "The Nun," a spinoff from "The Conjuring 2."

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CELEBRITY - YahooCelebrity:  Heath Ledger documentary, "I Am Heath Ledger" says that Ledger wanted fame, but didn't want it when he got it.

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MOVIES - From Variety:  Colin Farrell is considering joining Viola Davis in Steve McQueen's "Widows."

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DISNEY - From Variety:  There is a live-action remake of Walt Disney's animated classic, "Dumbo," to be directed by Tim Burton.  Michael Keaton, who has starred in three films directed by Burton, is in talks to play the villain.

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STAR TREK - From YahooNews:  Sonequa Martin-Green ("Sasha" from "The Walking Dead") will play a character on CBS's upcoming "Star Trek: Discovery."  The character has finally been revealed as "First Officer Michael Burnham."

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MOVIES - From JoBlo:  Arnold Schwarzenegger says he is not finished with "Terminator" franchise.

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MOVIES - From Variety:  Steve Carell's Amazon drama, "Beautiful Boys," casts the youngest son.

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POLITICS - From YahooTV:  George Takei, LGBTQ activist and "Sulu" on the original "Star Trek," is not running for office.  It was a joke.

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BOX OFFICE - From BoxOfficeMojo:  The winner of the 3/31 to 4/2/2017 weekend box office is DreamWorks Animation's "The Boss Baby" with an estimated take of $49 million.

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COMICS - From THR:  Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, who had a hit run on the comic book, "Batman," beginning in 2011, are creating a DC Comics event story line for late summer, "Dark Night: Metal."  This will be "bigger than Batman."

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COMICS-FILM - From RollingStone:  Joss Whedon is directing a "Batgirl" movie.

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CULTURE - From Jacobin:  An alternative obituary of plutocrat, David Rockefeller (who recently died at the age of 101) by Erik Wallenberg

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LGBTQ - From Variety:  Best Picture Oscar winner, "Moonlight" wins top film honor at GLAAD Media Awards.

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MOVIES - From THR:  Zac Efron says that Hugh Jackman saved him from a fire on the set of the upcoming "The Greatest Showman," which is about P.T. Barnum.


Saturday, January 21, 2017

Negromancer News Bits and Bites from January 15th to 21st, 2017 - Update #36

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POLITICS - From YahooNews:  Watch "Women's March" live on Yahoo.

From YahooNews:  The #WomensMarch has pioneers from generations ago.

From YahooNews:  Journey of 12 women to #WomensMarch.

From YahooCelebrity:  Celebs join #WomensMarch.

From TheWrap:  The women of the film industry take time out from the 2017 film festival to protest strump for #WomensMarch

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BLM - From DemocracyNow:  Another Democratic presidential administration has come to an end, and Leonard Peltier still denied clemency.

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INAUGURATION:

POLITICS - From Esquire:  A visual comparison of attendance at Obama's first inaugural concert and Trump's - not even close.

From YahooNews:  Watch the inauguration of Donald Trump as President of the Confederate State of America and wannabe CSA state live on Yahoo.

From Vox:  The site's staff annotates Trump's inauguration speech 

From BET:  Spike Lee was going to use a Chrisette Michlele song on his new Amazon series, but he dropped it when he learned that she will perform at the Trump inauguration.

From USAToday:  Thousands arrived in Washington D.C. yesterday in defiance of President of the Confederate States of America Trump's inauguration.

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POLITICS - From NBC:  President Obama commutes Chelsea Manning's (formerly Bradley Manning) sentence.

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COMICS-FILM - From THR:  "Black Adam," the Shazam villain that Dwayne Johnson will play in a DC Comics movie for Warner Bros. will get his own film.

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TELEVISION - From TheWrap:  Author Neil Gaiman will adapt the novel he wrote with Terry Prathett, "Good Omens," into a TV series for Amazon.

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OBIT - From Deadline:  The actor, Miguel Ferrer, has died at the age of 61, Thursday, January 19, 2017.  He was the son of Oscar-winning actor, Jose Ferrer and Rosemary Clooney (and was therefore a cousin of George Clooney). Of late, he was known for his role on NCIS: Los Angeles.  Many probably remember Miguel for his role in the original "Robocop."

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TELEVISION - From TheWrap:  It's official - NBC is bringing back "Will & Grace" for a 10-episode run in the 2017-18 season.

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TELEVISION - From EW:  "Saturday Night Live" cut a Donald Trump-Rick James sketch that was part of Dave Chappelle's SNL hosting gig.

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MOVIE - From THR:  The Tupac Shakur biopic, "All Eyez on Me," lands at Lionsgate and gets a release date of June 46, 2017, which would have been Tupac's 46th birthday.

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MOVIES - From TheWrap:  Kenya Barris, the creator of the ABC TV series, "Black-ish," is joining NBA superstar Blake Griffin to remake the 1991 Wesley Snipes-Woody Harrelson film, "White Men's Can't Jump" (written and directed by Ron Shelton).

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MUSIC - From YahooMusic:  Country music legend Garth Brooks explains why he is not performing at President-elect Trump's inauguration.

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MOVIES - From YahooMovies:  The delectable Tom Hardy says that gaining 30 pounds to play "Bane" in 2012's "The Dark Knight Rises" continues to take a toll on him as he ages.

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MOVIES - From YahooMovies:  A photographer captured Margot Robbie's stunning transformation into infamous ice skater Tonya Harding for the biographic film.

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TELEVISION - From FlickeringMyth:  The episode count for the final season of "Game of Thrones" is not set, and HBO plots spinoffs.

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MOVIES - From SlashFilm:  The website offers news on sequels, including "10 Cloverfield Lane" and "Fantastic Beasts."

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BLM - From YahooNews:  Young Black activists relate to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who shifted from dreamer to radical.

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BOX OFFICE - From BoxOfficeMojo:  The winner of the 1/13 to 1/15/2017 weekend box office is "Hidden Figures," with an estimated take of $20.4 million.

From YahooMovies:  3 new release are box office flops, misses, or bombs (you choose):  Ben Affleck's Live by Night, "Sleepless" (starring Jamie Foxx), and Paramount's "Monster Trucks."

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POLITICS - From RSN:  Civil Rights legend, Congressman John Lewis told NBC's Chuck Todd of "Meet the Press" that he does not see President-elect Donald Trump as legitimate.

From RSN:  The "Women's March on Washington" (Saturday, Jan. 21st) is looking to be one America's biggest protest marches ever.

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TELEVISION - From TVLine:  Breaking Bad's baddest adversary, Gus Fring, is back.  Giancarlo Espisito reprises the role in "Better Call Saul."  Although Fring was killed in "Breaking Bad," "Saul" is a prequel to the Emmy-winning series.

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CELEBRITY - From YahooMovies:  Mark Hamill records Donald Trump's anti-Meryl Streep tweets as "The Joker," a character he brought to life in the classic animated series, "Batman: The Animated Series."

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CELEBRITY - From NYTimes:  Did you know FOX News has settled another sexual harassment complaint brought against Bill O'Reilly?

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COMICS - From ScreenRant:  DC Comics reveals another costume redesign for Superman.

From ScreenRant:  The narrative of Netflix's "The Defenders" starts a few months after Netflix's "Daredevil" Season 2.

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COMICS-TV - From YahooNews: How Marvel's "The Defenders" landed on Netflix.

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COMICS - From BleedingCool:  Donald Trump attacks Congressman John Lewis and turns the biographical graphic novel series that Lewis co-created, March, into Amazon's bestselling book.

TRAILER:

From YouTube:  This is supposedly the last official trailer (#2) for the latest Wolverine movie, "Logan."


Saturday, October 22, 2016

Negromancer News Bits and Bites from October 16th to 22th, 2016 - Update #24

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MEDIA - From TheWrap:  AT&T has bought Time Warner for 85 billion dollars.

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OBIT - From BleedingCool:  The comic book artist, Steve Dillon, has died at the age of 54, Saturday, October 22, 2016.  A Brit, his best known work to American fans includes Preacher (co-created with Garth Ennis) and The Punisher.

From BleedingCool:  The comic book community remembers Steve Dillon, acclaimed comic book artist and creator.

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STAR WARS - From YahooMovies:  Donald Glover will be Lando Calrissian in "Young Han Solo" movie.

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COMICS-FILM - From Variety:  "Deadpool" director Tim Miller has left the "Deadpool 2" sequel over creative differences with star Ryan Reynolds.

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OBIT - From YahooTV:  The actor and comedian, Kevin Meaney, has died at the age of 60, Friday, October 21, 2016.

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ANIMATION - From THR:  Tom Hiddleston joins Aardman's animated film, "Early Man," which is to be directed by multiple Oscar winner, Nick Park.

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SPORTS - From YahooSports:  The Los Angeles Sparks win the 2016 WNBA (Women's National Basketball Association) championship title.

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MOVIES - From Variety:  Gugu Mbatha-Raw joins Avu DuVernay's "A Wrinkle in Time."

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COMICS-FILM - From CinemaBlend:  Early reviews for Marvel Studio's "Doctor Strange" are in.

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MOVIES - From Variety:   Colin Firth in talks to star in Disney's "Mary Poppins Returns."

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MOVIES - From TheGuardian:  Leonardo DiCaprio looking to star in real-life tale of Jim Crow and Black children used as circus freak.

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MUSIC - From YahooMusic:  Eminem releases an 8-minute diss track of Donald Trump.

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MOVIES - From YahooMovies:  Warner Bros. is working on a new Willy Wonka movie.  Even with all the praising of Gene Wilder following his recent passing, I knew someone was plotting to revive Wilder's signature role (according to some) in a new movie.

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MOVIES - From THR:  Michael Moore has apparently revealed a surprise Donald Trump film.

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MOVIES - From Deadline:  Disney is producing a live-action version of its 1998 animated film, Mulan.  Sony is producing a competing live-action version of the tale of Mulan, and they have hired, Alex Graves, who has directed episodes of "Games of Thrones."

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BOX OFFICE - From Variety:  Thanks to billion dollar hits like "Captain America: Civil War" and "Finding Dory," Disney sets a record for international box office, which they already held from 2015.

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BOX OFFICE - From BoxOfficeMojo:  The #1 movie at the 10/14 to 10/16/2016 weekend box office is "The Accountant" (starring Ben Affleck) with an estimated take of $24.7 million.

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OBIT - From ESPN:  The former NFL player, Dennis Byrd, has died at the age of 50, Saturday, October 15, 2016.  Byrd broke his neck in a 1992 game and despite odds learned to walk again.

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MOVIES - From BleedingCool:  "Jurassic World 2" will be "scarier and darker." Better would be good, too.

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COMICS-FILM - From Variety:  The new Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Tom Holland, dishes on "Spider-Man: Homecoming."

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MOVIES - From EW:  There will be a "Ride Along 3" with Kevin Hart and Ice Cube, says director.

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ECO - From RSN:  Actor Mark Ruffalo and rocker Neil Young were arrested  during protests to free a journalist.

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MOVIES - From TheGuardian:  Oliver Stone says the U.S. government lies all the time.

TRAILERS:

From YouTube:  The first official trailer for the third Wolverine movies, "Logan," which is due March 3rd.

From YouTube:  First trailer for "The Boss Baby," from DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century Fox.


Saturday, August 13, 2016

Negromancer News Bits and Bites from August 7th to 13th, 2016 - Update #51

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OBIT - From Deadline:  The actor Kenny Baker has died at the age of 81 (although some reports are listing him at 82 or 83).  The 3-foot, 8-inch actor is best known for playing R2-D2 in six Star Wars movies.  Baker also appeared in "The Elephant Man," "Time Bandits," and "The Goonies."

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ANIME-FILM - From TheTrackingBoard:  One of my favorite anime, "Tiger & Bunny, is being developed as a live-action American film.  "Tiger & Bunny" follows a veteran hero and his partner, the hot new thing.

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TELEVISION - From TheTrackingBoard:  The creators of the long-running CBS TV series, "How I Met Your Mother," is developing a family comedy for the network.

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MOVIES - From YahooNews:  On the set of "Fast 8," Vin Diesel and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson are greatly at odds with one another.

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SPORTS - From CTVNews:  Brazil receives its first gold medal of the Rio Olympics.  Brazilian Rafaela Silva won gold in judo (57 kiogram division).  Born in a favela (slum), Silva had been the target of horrible racists taunts.  She has also come out as gay.

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BOX OFFICE - From Variety:  "Suicide Squad" looks to hold onto first place at the weekend box office, despite a seeming big debut from the animated "Sausage Party."

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MOVIES - From Variety:  Patty Jenkins, who is directing 2017's "Wonder Woman" movie, does not like this open letter that calls her film a mess.

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SPORTS - From YahooSports:  The United States' unlikeliest gold medal is a comeback story about swimmer, Anthony Ervin.

MOVIES - From Polygon:  "Suicide Squad" has a problem that may also be a problem for other films based on DC Comics characters.

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SPORTS - From YahooSports:  Michelle Carter becomes the first U.S. woman to win gold in the Olympic shot put.

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TELEVISION - From DeadlineTV:  Long-time "Criminal Minds" cast member, Thomas Gibson, is no longer with the series, following a suspension for an on-set confrontation.

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MOVIES - From Vulture:  Former employee sends an open letter to top Warner Bros. executives and is highly critical to say the least.

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SPORTS - From YahooSports:  Simone Manuel becomes the first African-American woman to win an Olympic gold medal for an individual swimming event (100 meter freestyle).  She tied for the gold with Canadian Penny Oleksiak - the first tie for a gold medal since 2000.  In fact, the last time an American woman won gold in the 100 meter freestyle, it was a tie involving 2 Americans.

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COMICS - From EntertainmentWeekly:  In celebration of the birthday of Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Chris Evans (Captain America) posts a gag video featuring Hemsworth having trouble with a hammer.

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MOVIES - From EntertainmentWeekly:  Hugh Jackman posts a photo on social media that has fans talking about how old he looks.  "Old Man Logan" anyone?

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TELEVISION - From TheWrap:  Classic Nickelodeon cartoon, "Rocko's Modern Life" will return in a special.

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MOVIES - From WeGotThisCovered:  "Bad Boys 3" is now called "Bad Boys for Life."  The release date has also been removed from 2017 to 2018.

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STAR WARS - From BleedingCool:  Lando Calrissian reportedly to appear in the Han Solo spinoff movie in which Alden Ehrenreich.

From TheWrap:  7 actors who would be great as young Lando Calrissian.

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TELEVISION - From IGN:  Gabriel Luna is the new "Ghost Rider," who will appear on the fourth season on ABC's "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD.  Nicolas Cage played the character in two films.

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TELEVISION - From YahooTV:  Ousted "Saturday Night Live" cast members, Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah, have new gigs at Showtime.

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CELEBRITY - From YahooCelebrity:  Mel Gibson escapes settlement payments with is baby mama, Oksana Grigorieva.

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MOVIES - From Variety:  Dammit.  Angelina Jolie has decided not to appear in Kenneth Branagh's remake of "Murder on the Orient Express."

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MOVIES - From Variety:  Brad Pitt is courting David Fincher to direct the "World War Z" sequel.  Fincher and Pitt worked together on "Se7ev," "Fight Club," and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button."

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STAR TREK - From Variety:  CBS' new "Star Trek" series, "Star Trek: Discovery" will have a female lead, who will not be the captain.

From IndieWire:  More details on "Discovery" including the show having a larger contingent of aliens and a gay character.

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MOVIES - From Variety:  Speaking of all-girl reboots, there is "Ocean's 8," an all-female reboot of "Oceans Eleven."  Rihanna and Anne Hathaway are in talks to join a cast that already includes Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett.

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MOVIES - From YahooMovies:  So the all-female "Ghostbusters" reboot looks to be a box office flop.

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OBITS - From YahooSports:  John Saunders, longtime ESPN anchor, died today, Wednesday, August 10, 2016.  He was 61.

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TELEVISION - From Variety:  Three cast members, including Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah, are leaving "Saturday Night Live" (SNL) or were fired.  One of them, Killam, is not sure why.

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MOVIES - From HitFix:  There is a planned remake of the classic horror film, "Suspiria."  The director of the original, Dario Argento, isn't impressed by those plans, although he is not against the film.

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POLITICS - From BostonGlobe:  Louisiana's new Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards has saved lives since he accepted the Medicaid expansion under "Obamacare."

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OLYMPICS - From YahooSports:  U.S. women make history in capturing Rio Olympic gymnastics team gold, the remarkable Simone Biles.

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BLACK LIVES MATTER - From YahooNews:  In Ferguson, Michael Brown's parents are still waiting for secret files in their lawsuit against his killer, former police officer Darren Wilson, the city, and it former police chief.

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MOVIES - From Deadline:  Tri-Star is leading the revival of "The Chronicles of Narnia" film series.  The new will film be based on "The Silver Chair."

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MOVIES - From YahooCelebrity:  Dwayne Johnson calls some of his "Fast 8" male co-stars "candyasses."

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MOVIES - From BleedingCool:  Breck Eisner is in talks to direct a new Friday the 13th film.

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BLACK LIVES MATTER - From TheRoot:  High fives and orders to make sure the body camera are off after Chicago pigs... I mean... cops shot an unarmed Black teen.

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MOVIES - From Variety:  The Tom Cruise-Doug Liman film previously known as "Mena" is now entitled "American Made."  It also moves from Jan. 2017 to a Sept. 2017 release date.

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TELEVISION - From DeadlineTV:  Director David O. Russell ("Silver Linings Playbook," "American Hustle") is prepping a TV series starring Robert De Niro and Julianne Moore.

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COMICS-FILM - From  WeGotThisCovered:  Set photos from "Spider-Man: Homecoming" shows off Spider-Man's web-shooters.

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TELEVISION - From TheWrap:  Woody Allen's series for Amazon has a name, "Crisis in Six Scenes."  The series debut on Amazon Prime Video on September 30th and will be comprised of six episodes.

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MOVIES - From Variety:  Joseph David-Jones has been cast in Kathryn Bigelow's untitled 1967 Detroit Riots film.  David-Jones plays "Connor Hawke" in "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" for The CW.

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CULTURE - From RSN:  Renee Zellwegger on against her: "We can do better."

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POLITICS - From NYMag:  Former Fox News boss, Roger Ailes, used Fox's budget to finance a "Black Room" campaign against his personal enemies.  He may have used the network's budget and profits to pay off sexual harassment claims against him.

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BOX OFFICE - From BoxOfficeMojo:  The winner of the 8/5 to 8/7/2016 weekend box office is "Suicide Squad" with an estimated take of $135.1 million.

From YahooMovies:  "Suicide Squad" sets three August box office records - largest opening weekend ($135.1 million) and largest single day ($65.2 million) and largest Thursday preview ($20.5 million), which is part of the Friday haul

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BOOKS-FILM - From RollingStone:  George R.R. Martin's books are the source material for HBO's Emmy-winning hit, "Game of Thrones."  Now, his anthology series, "Wild Cards," which he shares with other writers, is being developed for television.

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CELEBRITY - From PopSugar:  Angelina Jolie will be a visiting professor at the London School of Economics next year.

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OBIT - From YahooCelebrity:  Ricci Martin, the youngest son of legendary actor and singer, Dean Martin, has died at the age of 62, Wednesday, August 3, 2016.  Ricci was a musician and also a singer, and he toured a tribute show to his late father (who died in 1995).

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BLACK LIVES MATTER - From IBT:  I have heard it said that America is driving Black people crazy.  Here, is some proof or at least an article about it.

TRAILERS-VIDEO CLIPS:

From YouTube:  First teaser trailer for "Allied," a new film from Robert Zemeckis, starring Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard.

From YouTube:  Marvel's Captain America: Civil War - Black Panther Featurette

From YouTube:  From the "Ben-Hur" remake, "You Should Have Killed Me."

From YouTube:  "Office Christmas Party" trailer.