Monday, December 11, 2017

Monday's Headlines - San Diego Comic-Con 2018 Has Sold Out

San Diego Comic-Con is an annual tradition for many fans, and it looks like 2018 will be just as packed.

San Diego Comic-Con just announced that they've completely sold out for next year's show. "Comic-Con 2018 badges have sold out! We thank you all for your patronage and support! #OpenReg2018 #SDCC2018 #SDCC."

Comic-Con has become a huge event that expands way past just comics these days Major studios from the realm of movies, television, and video games all converge at the popular convention as superhero-related projects continue to expand into new genres.

While that's great for those who got a badge, many weren't afforded the opportunity to even purchase one. That's because SDCC uses a random selection process to dole out badges, meaning that even if you're in a cue from the very beginning you might not get a chance to actually buy a badge.

Comic-Con's 2018 announcement was met with plenty of fans lamenting that they didn't have a chance to buy, with some even in the selection screens as the badges sold out. As others point out though, this might be the fairest way to get badges out at the moment, keeping them from all being bought up and scalped at outrageous prices later on.

For fans who do get the chance to attend, they'll have plenty of geek related goodness to experience. On tap for 2018 are films like Venom (October 5), Dark Phoenix (November 2), Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (November 16), Bumblebee (December 21), Aquaman (December 21), Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse (December 21), Batman Ninja, Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors, and more.

That's just the stuff slated for 2018. Studios will assuredly tease 2019's projects as well, which include Hellboy (January 11), Glass (January 18), Nightwing (February 1), Silver & Black (February 8), The Lego Movie Sequel (February 8), Gambit (February 14), Captain Marvel (March 8), Godzilla: King of the Monsters (March 22), and Shazam! (April 5), among others.

San Diego Comic-Con will take place at the San Diego Convention Center from July 19th to the 22nd

Monday's Headlines - Star Wars News

The last months of the year are often considered the "Awards Season," as they see a high concentration of film releases that go on to vie for Academy Awards. Big-budget blockbusters aren't often considered alongside a variety of dramas, but apparently Disney is so confident in the performances of Mark Hamill and Daisy Ridley in The Last Jedi that they've begun campaigning for the two performers to be considered by awards organizations.

Clayton Davis of shared the above tweet that revealed the variety of nominations The Last Jedi hopes to be considered for. The film also hopes to be considered for a variety of technical achievements, a realm in which the original film won multiple awards.

Most of the awards Disney hopes the film could snag are to be expected, but one of the surprising details of the campaign is that Mark Hamill's role is apparently large enough that they think he should be considered the lead actor. Many would think Adam Driver's Kylo Ren is the lead male character, given how his role mirrors Rey's, but Disney apparently thinks otherwise.

In fact, studios have oftentimes taken a performer with a major role and pushed for them to earn a nomination in a supporting role, as there is a better chance of them earning a spot.

Ridley has been one of her own biggest critics, so it's unclear if she also believes her performance is deserving of an award. At the very least, she feels her performance in this film is stronger than in The Force Awakens.

"I didn't think I was good in the first film, and I was struggling with that," the actress shared with Elle. "It's not this big adventure that I'm on with John [Boyega]. I was thinking I did the first one because I didn't really know what I was getting myself into and I was having loads of fun, and suddenly I'm realizing what this actually is, and I can't f**king do this. I'm highly dramatic – so it's all, 'Oh my God'…finally, I was like, 'Oh yeah, this is working.'"

The Last Jedi hits theaters on December 15.

Monday's Headlines - Weekend Box Office

The animated family film Coco has topped the box office for a third time on a quiet, pre-Star Wars: The Last Jedi weekend in theaters.

Disney estimated Sunday that Pixar's Day of the Dead-themed hit added $18.3 million, bringing its domestic total to $135.5 million.

The weekend's sole new wide release was the Morgan Freeman film Just Getting Started, which launched to a meager $3.2 million and barely made the top 10.

Most studios have chosen to avoid competing against The Last Jedi, which is expected to dominate theaters and moviegoer attention when it opens Friday (theaters will start showing it Thursday night).
Thus, most of the charts have looked quite similar for the past few weeks. DC Films' superhero ensemble movie Justice League took second place with $9.6 million. The sleeper hit Wonder, starring Julia Roberts and Jacob Tremblay, passed $100 million, placing third with $8.5 million.

This quiet period before Star Wars has allowed some of the indie and prestige titles to thrive in limited releases and expansions, like James Franco's The Disaster Artist. The film, about the making of one of the worst films of all time, The Room, expanded to 840 locations in its second weekend in theaters. It managed to bring in $6.4 million, landing it in fourth place.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Weekend Headlines - SUPERHERO Movie Release Schedule

Movies! Who doesn't love movies. Well, here's any updated list of comic book superhero movies coming soon.

February 16: Black Panther
April 13: The New Mutants (Fox)
May 4: Avengers: Infinity War
June 1: Deadpool 2 (Fox)
July 6: Ant-Man and the Wasp
July 20: Alita: Battle Angel (Fox) (New)
July 27: Teen Titans Go! To The Movies (Warner Bros. Animation)
October 5: Venom (Sony)
November 2: X-Men: Dark Phoenix (Fox)
December 14: Spider-Man animated feature starring Miles Morales (Sony)
December 21: Aquaman

January 11: Hellboy (Lionsgate)
February 8: Silver & Black (Sony)
February 14: Gambit (Fox) (new)
March 8: Captain Marvel
April 5: Shazam (New Line Cinema)
May 3: Untitled Avengers film
June 7: Untitled Fox Marvel film (Fox)
July 5:  Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel (Sony)
November 1: Wonder Woman sequel
November 22: Untitled Fox Marvel film (Fox)

February 14: Untitled DC Film
March 13: Untitled Fox Marvel film (Fox)
April 3: Cyborg
May 1: Untitled Marvel Studios film
June 5: Untitled DC film
June 20: Untitled Fox Marvel film (Fox)
August 7: Untitled Marvel Studios film
July 24: Untitled DC film (presumed to be Green Lantern Corps)
October 2: Untitled Fox Marvel film (Fox)
November 6: Untitled Marvel Studios film

March 5: Untitled Fox Marvel film (Fox)
Previously Scheduled (But Now Removed):
- Justice League, Part 2 - reportedly pushed back on schedule in favor of the Ben Affleck-directed The Batman solo film. We're keeping the date of June 14, 2019 off the schedule until official confirmation from Warner Bros. The Batman is taking that slot.
By various reports, Warner Bros. is reportedly also developing a Man of Steel sequel, Gotham City Sirens film starring Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn and directed by David Ayer, Deadshot, Nightwing, Harley Quinn and Joker solo films, a Suicide Squad sequel, Justice League Dark, Black Adam starring Dwayne Johnson, a Batgirl film by Joss Whedon, and the delayed The Flash: Flashpoint (new title) - last scheduled for March 16, 2018.

- Fantastic Four 2 (Fox): While there hasn't been any official confirmation by Fox, this seems like a very unlikely bet with the future of the current incarnation of the franchise very much in doubt. 

Weekend Headlines - DC Employee Loses Home

DC Entertainment staffer Kate Durre and her family have lost their home as a result of the Creek Canyon fires currently running through South California. The fire struck the home on early Tuesday morning, with Durre's family escaping just as the fire came into their backyard. Durre and her family (including their pets) are safe. Following this tragedy, Durre's colleagues at DC have begun pulling together to raise funds for Kate and her family to get back on their feet and attempt to restore their dwelling.

"We, her friends and colleagues at DC Entertainment, are reaching out for support to help them stay safe and warm, get back on their feet, and help restore what can be of their dream home," wrote Lalida Chirasheve, DC's Director of Administration. "All monies raised will be given directly to Kate and Jonathan to buy whatever necessities they need to rebuild their home/life since they have nothing but the clothes on their backs."

Chirasheve has organized a GoFundMe for this cause, which has raised over $21,000 to date.

Weekend Headlines - Jessica Jones Season 2

The first official still from Jessica Jones season 2 reveals that her old nemesis, Kilgrave, may be back from the dead after Jessica killed him at the end of season 1. Of course, given his mind control powers, it could be just an illusion.

"Having David back on set was amazing," star Krysten Ritter told Entertainment Weekly of Tennant's return. "We had such a great run the first season, and it felt like a celebration, having him back. The content is maybe not much of a celebration [laughs], but having him be present and spending time with him on a personal level kind of felt like one."

"As always, our show is very much about Jessica and her internal life and her struggle, and he’s such a part of her construction and her dilemma," added showrunner Melissa Rosenberg. "I think just having him come back and be that mirror again is really important."

"In season 1, we focused on Jessica’s trauma, on Jessica facing her abuser, but in season 2, we wanted to go even deeper than that," added Rosenberg. "As you’ve seen in season 1, she was somewhat of a mess even before Kilgrave came into her life, so it was really just about digging deeper into this chaos and peeling back those layers, just going to the core of her being. That was our objective."
Though Jessica Jones found herself teaming up with the Defenders recently - something Ritter describes as "a blip" in Jessica's life - Rosenberg makes it clear that Jessica won't be finding her way to the big screen any time soon.
"None whatsoever," Rosenberg said of Jessica Jones' connection to Avengers: Infnity War. "Our partners are Marvel, and if we’re doing something that’s counter to [their continuity], they would pull us back or orient us on the right path, so clearly we’re [okay]. But we’re very much in our own world."
Jessica Jones season 2 will premiere on Netflix in 2018.

Comics, Comics, Comics!

Comic Book Fans,

The weekend is here and if you need some comics to read, how about these books!

Klaus and the Crisis in Xmasville #1 $7.99 Boom! Studios
Eisner Award-winning creator Grant Morrison (All-Star Superman) and Russ Manning Award winner Dan Mora (Saban's Go Go Power Rangers) reunite for a brand-new Klaus Special! An evil Santa from an alternate dimension has founded an evil soda corporation that uses Christmas and Santa as a marketing tactic to build their fortunes. Only Klaus can defeat the Pola Cola Corp and the zombie-like Santas that are in the evil Santa's thrall. 'It's the beautiful art and the unusual blend of grim medieval setting and whimsical fairy tale elements that truly distinguish this tale.' - IGN

Deathstroke #26 $3.99 DC Comics
'The Fall of Slade' part one! Finally convinced that their leader is missing, Team Defiance begins the search for Deathstroke only to discover his situation is even more dire than expected. Meanwhile, Deathstroke-after being kidnapped by the Secret Society of Super-Villains-finds his past catching up with him when his former friend and ally Dr. Ikon confronts the repentant killer while repressing his own uncontrollable rage.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ongoing #77 $3.99 IDW Publishing
'Invasion of the Triceratons' Part 2 of 5. The Invasion begins in earnest and an unspeakable alliance forms to counter it!

Guardians of Galaxy #148 $3.99 Marvel Comics
The Guardians are officially Nova Corpsmen! How is Drax going to deal with being overrun by Ultron-ized aliens when he still refuses to throw a punch? And are we really trusting Rocket to clean up the Corps?

Usagi Yojimbo #164 $3.99 Dark Horse Comics
Usagi is captured by the Black Goblin Gang as an investigation into corruption at the silver mint begins. As if things couldn't get messier, the head of the mint is also discovered--dead! With Nezumi the thief barely staying one step ahead of the law, will he be able to outlast them and their false accusations?