Doomsday Clock #2 Review

By Aiyonna White, Contributor

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The two covers for Issue #2 Source

       The second issue of the Doomsday Clock series is an exciting continuation that will shock and entertain readers.

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Scooby-Doo! and Batman: The Brave and the Bold World Premier January 6, 2018

If it wasn’t for those meddling kids with the help of Batman & Robin I’d have gotten away with it! 

Enjoy a family fun day with the new Warner Bros. Home Entertainment World Premier of Scooby-Doo! and Batman: The Brave and the Bold on Saturday, January 6, 2018. The new animated movie is at noon (12:00 PM) at the TCL Chinese Theater #1 (6925 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA). The event will include a post-screening interactive panel discussion, an autograph signing on collectible posters, and a few other special surprises in the heart of Hollywood.

Scheduled to attend:
Diedrich Bader (batman)
John DiMaggio (Aquaman)
Kate Micucci (Velma Dinkley)
Jake Castorena (director)
James Tucker (supervising producer)
Michael Jelenic ( producer)
Paul Giacoppo (screenwriter)

You can attend the premier event but MUST RSVP via email to BraveBoldScooby@gmail.com and include in the body of the email: first & last name of the entrant (adult), a valid email address, and how many tickets are being requested. (SAMPLE: Mary Smith, MarySmithFanxxx@gmail.com 3 tickets)

 

Scooby-Doo! and Batman: The Brave and the Bold – Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Fred, Daphne and Velma join forces with the world’s greatest detective, Batman, when they discover that villains from both of their respective rogues’ galleries have also combined efforts to terrorize the city. With Scooby snacks in tow, the crime-fighting teams encounter classic Batman foes (Joker, Catwoman, Riddler, Penguin, Scarecrow, Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn) and allies (The Question, Aquaman, Plastic Man, Martian Manhunter) along with a bevy of fiends from Scooby-Doo lore (Spooky Space Kook, Gentleman Ghost, Miner 49er, Ghost Clown). As always, you won’t know who the ultimate villain is until those “meddling kids” pull off the mask!

The new animated films voice cast includes Diedrich Bader as Batman, Frank Welker as Scooby-Doo and Fred, Grey Griffin as Daphne and Black Canary, Matthew Lillard as Shaggy, and Kate Micucci as Velma. The guest cast is comprised of Jeff Bennett as Joker, Jeffrey Combs as The Question, John DiMaggio as Aquaman, Nika Futterman as Catwoman, Nicholas Guest as Martian Manhunter, John Michael Higgins as The Riddler, Tom Kenny as Penguin and Plastic Man, Kevin Michael Richardson as Detective Chimp, Tara Strong as Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy, and Fred Tatasciore as Harvey Bullock. The director is Jake Castorena, Paul Giacoppo wrote the the screenplay from a story by supervising producer James Tucker. Rounding out the team behind the scenes are Michael Jelenic the producer,  Sam Register, Benjamin Melniker, and Michael Uslan are executive producers. Scooby-Doo fans know that the Capet Crusader has been teaming up with our Mystery Van friends since 1972 in the hour-long TV movies ‘The Dynamic Scooby-Doo Affair’ and ‘The Caped Crusader Caper’.

Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment, Scooby-Doo! & Batman: The Brave and the Bold will be distributed January 9, 2018 by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on DVD and Digital.

A limited number of free tickets are now available to the general public, and families are encouraged to come enjoy the film and festivities. Fans wishing to receive free tickets to the Los Angeles event on January 6 must RSVP via email to BraveBoldScooby@gmail.com. The body of all fan RSVP emails MUST include the first & last name of the entrant, a valid email address, and how many tickets are being requested. Submissions should be simply stated as follows:

(example)

Velma Dinkley

ScoobyGirl1@gmail.com

Four tickets

Tickets to the event will be distributed on a “first come, first served” basis, and fans will be notified via email promptly.

Nichelle Nichols celebrated her 85th birthday

I had the pleasure to cover the legendary icon Nichelle Nichols celebrating her 85th birthday with family, friends and fans!

Ms. Nichols normally celebrates with friends and families but this year gave 35 lucky fans the opportunity to attend this special milestone birthday.

The celebration kicked off with a red carpet where I was able to ask Ms. Nichols a few questions. The festivities included Carmen Carter and Robert Davi serenading Ms. Nichols in the private dining area at La Piazza (The Grove LA), a special video and everyone sang ‘Happy Birthday’ with a toast of champagne and Sprinkles cupcakes. 

It was a delightful evening to see the woman who’s inspirational portrayal of Uhura on Star Trek was an inspiration for children and adults across the world. It was a role she considered not accepting until Martin Luther King reached out to ask her to reconsiders her decision. The non-stereotypical role as an officer exploring space would be the first one for 

black women on television that wasn’t a wife, domestic or secretary. Her role blazed a path to the stars for future NASA Astronaut Mae Carol Jemison and so many others to go into STEM. In real life Ms. Nichols began volunteering with NASA and other charitable missions as well as continued acting and appearing at conventions across the world.

Teenage Mutant Turtle has a new Nickelodeon series

You can’t keep a good turtle down! Nickelodeon has a new animated series premiering sometime in 2018. The new series is Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with an all new voice cast starring Kat Graham (April O’Neil), Josh Brener (Donatello), Omar Miller (Raphael), Brandon Mychal Smith (Michelangelo), Ben Schwartz (Leonardo) and a returning favorite Eric ‘Tiger Claw’ Bauza (Splinter). The 26 episode 2D-animated series  will be voice directed by Rob Paulsen (Donatello 1987 TMNT series) who has over 2,000 half-hours of animation voice-over experience that he will use steering the new cast. Rounding out the team is co-executive produced by Andy Suriano (character designer, Samurai Jack) and Ant Ward (supervising producer, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) at Nickelodeon in Burbank, Calif.

“I used to sing the TMNT theme song daily on the bus on my way to elementary school and Raphael was my favorite Turtle. To get to voice this fictional character who had such a giant positive impact on my childhood is an honor.  And to boot, I’m being directed by the man who voiced Raphael in my childhood.”, Omar Miller (Raphael)

The new cast have major comedic chops so will bring a new energy and direction to the characters personalities and sound! In the new series Raphael will be the big bro leader; Leonardo is the rebel with a heart of gold; Donatello a skilled ninja that knows his way around a motherboard; Michelangelo the renaissance baby brother of many talents; April O’Neil the BFF who always has their back and Splinter the daddy and sensei of the bunch bestowing wisdom and dropping knowledge.

“I’ve watched TMNT since I was a little girl. I’m so proud to be playing the first African-American April O’Neil. What an incredible honor for me and milestone for this iconic cartoon. I’m excited for all the adventures the Turtles and I will have!”, Kat Graham (April O’Neil)

 

Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles follows Raphael, Leonardo, Donatello and Michelangelo on all-new adventures as they seek to unlock the mystical secrets of New York City. From the tallest skyscraper to the dankest sewer drain, the Turtles will encounter absurd new mutants and battle bizarre creatures all while enjoying their favorite slice of pizza. Tapping into mystic, ninja powers they never knew existed, the four brothers must learn to work together and navigate the perils of the modern age and hidden realms in order to fulfill their destiny to become a team of heroes.

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“This incredible roster of voice actors provides a fresh take on these globally recognized characters, and they are going to bring this version of the Turtles to life in a whole new way,” said Chris Viscardi, Senior Vice President, Production and Development, Animation. “We have reimagined the series to be filled with humor, loads of action and a dynamic look, and it’s packed with all new heroes, villains and cityscapes for the Turtles to explore.”

Andy Suriano is an artist, illustrator and performer, and an Emmy and Annie Award-winning character designer and storyboard artist. His past credits include: Star Wars: Clone Wars, The Fairly OddParents, Duck Dodgers, Fosters Home for Imaginary Friends, Disney’s Mickey Mouse shorts, Samurai Jack, and The Powerpuff Girls, among others.

Ant Ward is an animator, writer and producer best known for his work as supervising producer on Penguins of Madagascar and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  The Emmy Award-winner was integral to developing Nickelodeon’s CG-animation pipeline.

Considered one of the most popular kids’ television programs of the 1980s, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a classic, global property created in 1984 by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird.  It first debuted as a successful comic book series and then became a hit animated TV show, a live-action television series and later spawned numerous blockbuster theatrical releases. The property is a global consumer products powerhouse, winning in every category that has hit shelves to date—with toys, apparel, video games, DVDs and more—and generating billions of dollars at retail.  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has been the number-one action figure for the past three years and the franchise is a previous recipient of the Toy Industry Association’s top honor for Property of the Year at the TOTY Awards.

Follow @TMNT for more Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reveals and Turtle Power updates.

About Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon, now in its 38th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, digital, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in more than 90 million households and has been the number-one-rated kids’ basic cable network for 22 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visithttp://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB).

Paleyfest 2018 Stranger Things, The Good Doctor AND Will & Grace

It’s a PALEYFEST LA party celebrating the 35th Year of the Television Festival!

TV fans will be heading to the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood from March 16 0 25, 2018 with the announcement of the first three series selected for the 2018 festival. PALEYFEST LA has announced Stranger Things, The Good Doctor, and Will & Grace will be in the house. Citi Presale Tickets Available Starting January 9 coinciding with the announcement of the full slate of festival.

The Paley Center has been celebrating TV with the PALEYFEST since 1984 that started out as screenings celebrating iconic stars from Lucille Ball, Rod Sterling, and Sic Caesar and now has the biggest stars from network tv and streaming services.

 

Become a Paley Member NOW for Presale Access & Ticket Discounts and Citi returns as the Official Card of PaleyFest that offers Citi cardmembers special resale access to tickets that can be purchased through www.citiprivatepass.com beginning January 9, 2018 at noon PT. Paley Center Supporting, Fellow, and Patron Members can also purchase tickets at this time. Tickets go on sale for Paley Center Individual Members on January 11 at 9:00 am PT, and to the general public on January 12 at 9:00 am PT. To purchase tickets, please visit paleyfest.org or download the Paley App at paley.me/app.

“For thirty-five years PaleyFest LA has set the standard for what a television festival should be,” said Maureen J. Reidy, the Paley Center’s President & CEO. “We’re so proud to announce the first three selections for this special anniversary, each of which represents the best of what television has to offer, and epitomize the stellar programming featured at PaleyFest LA year after year.”

The Paley Center is inviting fans who’ve attended the PaleyFest LA for the past 35 years to post their own memories to twitter and/or instagram using @PaleyCenter #PaleyFestStory with photos, videos and stories on the Paley Center’s pages and accounts.

 

PaleyFest LA benefits the Paley Center’s preservation and archival digitization efforts, and its ongoing mission to explore the significant impact of media on our culture and society. The Paley Center is home to the nation’s foremost publically accessible archives of television and radio content, over 160,000 programs spanning the history of media, including collections that feature achievements in television from African-American, Hispanics, the LGBTQ community, and most recently the achievements of women.

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About The Paley Center for Media

The Paley Center for Media, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with locations in New York and Los Angeles, leads the discussion about the cultural, creative, and social significance of television, radio, and emerging platforms. Drawing upon its curatorial expertise, an international collection, and close relationships with the leaders of the media community, the Paley Center examines the intersections between media and society. The general public can access the Paley Center’s permanent media collection which contains over 160,000 television and radio programs and advertisements, and participate in programs that explore and celebrate the creativity, the innovations, the personalities, and the leaders who are shaping media. Through the global programs of its Media Council and International Council, the Paley Center also serves as a neutral setting where media professionals can engage in discussion and debate about the evolving media landscape. Previously known as The Museum of Television & Radio, the Paley Center was founded in 1975 by William S. Paley, a pioneering innovator in the industry. For more information, please visit paleycenter.org