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April 16th, 2017 by Cherry

laapff banner.pngI’m so excited about the upcoming Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival this April 27th with films that represent diversity from across the world. I’ve attended over the years and have always been impressed by the selection of films form comedy to documentary to drama that truly represent the diversity that often is overlooked in entertainment. I also recommend attendance of the C3 Conference that will focus on Future Forward a full day of panels with creatives from behind the camera talking issues that are important to those starting out in the business as well as established creatives. 

 

On my list to see:

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Colored Hearts

ROBIN JOHNSON, SOMLIT INTHALANGSY / USA / 2017 / 15 MINS

A modern day couple is forced to end their interracial relationship. This is a love story about an Asian American/African American couple inspired by a true story.

Plays In:
FilAm Creations: A Filmmaker Movement

Art Share L.A.
May 3, 2017 6:00 pm Buy Tickets

Bronzeville, Little Tokyo

EVENTSSPECIAL PRESENTATIONTRANSMEDIA

FREE PROGRAM. “Bronzeville, Little Tokyo” sheds light on an overlooked moment in history when Japanese and Japanese-Americans were displaced and African-Americans moved into Little Tokyo. To honor this period, there will be a special two-day program featuring an interactive media installation, a 360° virtual reality presentation, and a live Jazz performance on Historic First Street North.

Bronzeville, Little Tokyo

Historic Nishi Building
April 29, 2017 3:00 pmFREE

Bronzeville, Little Tokyo

Historic Nishi Building
April 30, 2017 3:00 pmFREE

Bronzeville, Little Tokyo

Union Center for the Arts Courtyard
April 30, 2017 6:00 pmFREE

 

Occasionally, I Saw Glimpses of Hawai‘i

CHRISTOPHER MAKOTO YOGI / SHORTS COMPETITION / USA / 2016 / 15 MINS

A film essay looking at 100 years of Hawai‘i in film, explores issues of representation and gender. This filmic deconstruction is a lively, often infuriating examination of Hollywood’s portrayal of the islands, highlighting the essential necessity of homegrown filmmaking.

Three Sassy Sisters

NIA DINATA / SPECIAL PRESENTATION / INDONESIA / 2016 / 124 MINS

Three sassy sisters: Gendis (32), Ella (28), and Bebe (19), are very passionate about running their family boutique hotel by the beach in the eastern part of Indonesia’s archipelago. Their grandmother, however, is frustrated because she is unable to find the ideal matches for her granddaughters. Grandma doesn’t give up. Her ultimate goal in life is to find suitable men for her granddaughters.

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Welcome To My Life

ELIZABETH ITO / USA / 2015 / 8 MINS

In this mockumentary short, a family of monsters tries to lead a normal American life.

Plays In:
Itsy Bitsy Shorts

Tateuchi Democracy Forum
April 29, 2017 10:00 am

 

Wexford Plaza

JOYCE WONG / NARRATIVE COMPETITION / CANADA / 2017 / 82 MINS

A slice-of-life dark comedy about a lonely female security guard, and the misunderstood sexual encounter that unravels her life.

WEXFORD PLAZA

Downtown Independent
May 1, 2017 7:00 pm

Who Is Arthur Chu?

YU GU, SCOTT DRUCKER / DOCUMENTARY COMPETITIONLAAPFF BEST OF THE FEST IN OC / USA / 2017 / 90 MINS

WHO IS ARTHUR CHU? follows the controversial 11-time Jeopardy! winner turned Internet iconoclast, Arthur Chu, as he struggles to reform society and himself in a seminal year.

WHO IS ARTHUR CHU?

Downtown Independent
May 1, 2017 9:30 pm Buy Tickets

WHO IS ARTHUR CHU? (ENCORE)

CGV Buena Park
May 6, 2017 9:30 pm

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C3: Saturday – Motion Picture Editors Guild: “Editing for Animation and Stop Motion”

C3 CONFERENCE / PANEL / 75 MINS

A contemplative dialogue with the editors from some of the biggest box office animated/stop motion films in history – discussing the industry, their processes and their look into the future of animation. *Panels are not individually sold. The admission fee for one day will include all the panels on that day. The admission fee for both days will include all the panels of the C3 Conference.

C3: Saturday – Motion Picture Editors Guild: “Editing for Animation and Stop Motion”

Aratani Central Hall at JANM
April 29, 2017 1:45 pm

 

2017 LAAPF GALA PRESENTATIONS

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OPENING NIGHT FILM | BETTER LUCK TOMORROW | DIRECTED BY JUSTIN LIN

 APRIL 27 | 7:00  PM | EGYPTIAN THEATER

Come celebrate the 15th anniversary of BETTER LUCK TOMORROW (co-presented by YOMYOMF)! The film premiered at Sundance amid controversy and is a benchmark for APA cinema. The Festival is screening the original Sundance cut, in glorious 35mm film. Director Justin Lin will present the film and joined by his cast for this anniversary celebration.

 

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CENTERPIECE FILM | GOOK | DIRECTED BY JUSTIN CHON

APRIL 29 | 8:00 PM | ARATANI THEATER

 Eli and Daniel are two Korean-American brothers who own a struggling shoe store. They have a unique and unlikely friendship with a young 11-year-old African American girl, Kamilla. The film is set during the first day of the LA riots, forcing them to defend their store while contemplating the future of their own personal dreams and the meaning of family.

Director/Writer and Actor Justin Chon and his cast and crew will be in attendance to present this film.

 

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CLOSING NIGHT FILM | COLUMBUS | DIRECTED BY KOGONADA

MAY 4 | 7:00 PM | DIRECTOR’S GUILD OF AMERICA

Casey lives with her mother in a little-known Midwestern town haunted by the promise of modernism. Jin, a visitor from the other side of the world, attends to his dying father. Burdened by the future, they find respite in one another and the architecture that surrounds them.

Cast and crew of COLOMBUS including JOHN CHO will be in attendance.

 

ADDITIONAL FEATURE FILMS HIGHLIGHTS AT LAAPFF 2017:

COMPETITION NARRATIVES

  • CARDINAL X Dir.: Angie Wang

  • CHEE AND T Dir.: Tanuj Chopra

  • COLUMBUS Dir.: Kogonada

  • GOOK Dir.: Justin Chon

  • I CAN I WILL I DID Dir.: Nadine Truong

  • THE LOCKPICKER Dir.: Randall Okita

  • NORMAN JONES Dir.: Mike Sakamoto

  • WEXFORD PLAZA Dir.: Joyce Wong

  • WINDOW HORSES Dir.: Ann Marie Fleming

COMPETITION DOCUMENTARIES 

  • 95 AND 6 TO GO Dir.: Kimi Takesue

  • A TIME TO SWIM Dir.: Ashley Duong

  • FINDING KUKAN Dir.: Robin Lung

  • GHOST MAGNET ROACH MOTEL Dir.: Shinpei Takeda

  • MELE MURALS Dir.: Tadashi Nakamura

  • MIXED MATCH Dir.: Jeff Chiba Stearns

  • RESISTANCE AT TULE LAKE Dir.: Konrad Aderer

  • SAVE MY SEOUL Dir.: Jason Y. Lee

  • UNBROKEN GLASS Dir.: Dinesh Sabu

  • WHO IS ARTHUR CHU? Dirs.: Yu Gu and Scott Drucker

     

INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FEATURES

  • MOTHERLAND Dir.: Ramona S. Diaz

  • PLASTIC CHINA Dir.: Wang Jiu-liang

  • SMALL TALK Dir.: Huang Hui-Chen

  • TOKYO IDOLS Dir.: Kyoko Miyake

 

INTERNATIONAL NARRATIVE FEATURES

  • BY THE TIME IT GETS DARK Dir.: Anocha Suwichakornpong

  • DIAMOND ISLAND Dir: Davy Chou

  • KING OF PEKING Dir.: Sam Voutas

  • POP AYE Dir.: Kristen Tan

  • RESEBA – THE DARK WIND Dir.: Hussein Hassan

  • THE ROAD TO MANDALAY Dir.: Midi Z

  • SAVING SALLY Dir.: Avid Liongoren

  • THE SOUL OF THE TIGER Dir.: François Yang

  • THE SOWER Dir.: Yosuke Takeuchi

  • TAXI STORIES Dir.: Doris Yeung

  • TURN LEFT TURN RIGHT Dir.: Douglas Seok

SPECIAL FILM PRESENTATIONS

  • ABACUS: SMALL ENOUGH TO JAIL – Dir.: Steve James
  • JOSHUA: TEENAGER VS. SUPERPOWER – Dir.:  Joe Piscatella
  • YELLOW (20th Anniversary Screening) Dir.: Chris Chan Lee

 

For complete program information please visit  festival.vconline.org.

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April 16th, 2017 by Cherry

IndieCade Festival 2017 is accepting submissions for festival and showcases for East and Europe

 

IndieCade is a great platform for independent game makers from across the world that has a competition to showcase indie games and interactive media with innovative games unlike anything you might see anywhere else.

Who:               Independent Game Developers, Designers, and Artists

 

What:                         Games and Interactive creative. Finished games as well as work-                            in-progress projects can be entered.

 

When:             Regular Submissions are due by April 30, 2017

Late Submissions are due by June 15, 2017

 

Where:            www.IndieCade.com/Submissions

 

Details:           For complete details, submission criteria and how to submit your                              game, visit www.IndieCade.com/Submissions.

IndieCade recommends these multiplayer games from past festivals! Our CM *still* plays Ultimate Chicken Horse & Who Lurks 

ABOUT INDIECADE

Applauded as the “Sundance of the videogame industry,” IndieCade supports independent game development globally through a series of international events highlighting the rich, diverse, artistic and culturally significant contributions of indie game developers. IndieCade’s programs are designed to bring visibility to and facilitate the production of new works within the emerging independent game community. Annual events include IndieCade East, IndieCade Europe, IndieCade’s Showcase @ E3, and IndieCade Festival, the largest gathering of independent game creators in the nation.

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March 28th, 2017 by Cherry

I’m so excited to attend the 2017 Wondercon with the premier of the Teen Titans: The Judas Contract! I fell in love with the Teen Titans as a comic book buying kid and have missed my team SOO bad since they canceled DC Nation on CN (I love Teen Titans GO! but it’s not the same). I want to hug Warner Bros. Home Entertainment for answering fanlove with this new movie. If you have tickets you can head to out on Friday night to watch a screening with the rest of the fans at 6PM in the Arena!

 

 

Afterwards a panel with Sean Maher (Firefly/Serenity, Batman: Bad Blood), Jake T. Austin (Wizards of Waverly Place, The Fosters), Brandon Soo Hoo (Tropic Thunder, From Dusk Til Dawn: The Series), Kari Wahlgren (Phineas and Ferb, Legion of Superheroes), Stuart Allan (Batman vs. Robin, Batman: Bad Blood), director Sam Liu (Batman: The Killing Joke), supervising producer James Tucker (Batman Bad Blood, Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders) and character designer Phil Bourassa (Justice League Dark, Young Justice) will talk about the new movie and answer questions from the audience. If you miss the Teen Titans: The Judas Contract on Friday catch it on Sunday, April 2 at 3:15pm in the Arena (no panel).

Teen Titans fan can have the opportunity to meet the cast at the DC Entertainment Booth where they will sign limited edition WonderCon Anaheim exclusive mini-posters in Hall D on Friday and Sunday mornings (go to booth for details).

Here are the full panel descriptions for the  World Premiere:

Friday, March 31

6:00-8:00 World Premiere – Teen Titans: The Judas Contract – A WonderCon tradition continues as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation invite you to attend the World Premiere of Teen Titans: The Judas Contract, the latest entry in the ongoing series of DC Universe Original Movies. Inspired by the 1984 DC story arc from Marv Wolfman and George Pérez, Teen Titans: The Judas Contract finds the Teen Titans – Starfire, Beast Boy, Raven, Blue Beetle, Robin and the just-returned Nightwing – working as a cohesive team in their never-ending battle against evil. But their newest teammate, the mysterious and powerful Terra, may be altering that dynamic. Meanwhile, an ancient evil, Brother Blood, has awakened, and familiar foe Deathstroke is lurking in the shadows – both waiting to pounce. Ultimately, the Teen Titans will need to battle their enemies and their own doubts to unite and overcome the malicious forces around them in this twisting tale of intrigue, adventure and deception. Be among the first to see this landmark story come to animated life, then enjoy an entertaining panel discussion amongst cast members Sean Maher (Firefly/Serenity, Batman: Bad Blood) as Nightwing, Jake T. Austin (Wizards of Waverly Place, The Fosters) as Blue Beetle, Brandon Soo Hoo (Tropic Thunder, From Dusk Til Dawn: The Series) as Beast Boy, Kari Wahlgren (Phineas and Ferb, Legion of Superheroes) as Starfire, and Stuart Allan (Batman vs. Robin, Batman: Bad Blood) as Robin/Damian, plus director Sam Liu (Batman: The Killing Joke), supervising producer James Tucker (Batman Bad Blood, Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders) and character designer Phil Bourassa (Justice League Dark, Young Justice). As always, moderator Gary Miereanu will offer exclusive prizes for best audience questions, and might even introduce some surprise guests. Teen Titans: The Judas Contract will be distributed by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital HD (4/4/17) and Blu-ray & DVD (4/18/17). Arena

 

 

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January 19th, 2017 by Cherry

I’m geek fangirling with the newest DC Comics Justice League moving premiering on DVD/BluRay/Digital HD on February 7th but if you are in Los Angeles or NYC you can enjoy a special viewing and Q&A with cast and producers. I grew up loving Justice League and have been very happy with the DC series. They can be a little dark and violent but since they are geared towards an older fan based the stories have some adult themes. I have also been incredibly impressed with the writing and direction of the films. They have taken classic characters we grew up with and have enriched the story as well as given them a more contemporary look and attitude to appeal to casual fans as well. Now that they have decided to ‘reboot’ Constantine and begin to bring him into the TV/Animation family it will give new fans of the character an opportunity to get to know him as well as old fans some major nerd love. I’m hoping to chat with Matt Ryan again since I interviewed him (and the cast) at SDCC for Constantine (NBC) a series that I feel did not get the time to find an audience that it deserved. 

I’m so excited about the Justice League Dark that is the latest  DC Universe Original Movie that is premiering at The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills on January 23, 2017  and at the Director’s Guild of America in New York on February 2, 2017. Fans are able to attend the screening and stay for the filmmakers and members of the voice cast  post-screening panel discussion. Matt Ryan (Constantine, The Halcyon), the voice of Constantine, and Nicholas Turturro (NYPD Blue, Blue Bloods), the voice of Deadman, will attend both the Los Angeles and New York premieres and take part in the panel discussions along with supervising producer James Tucker, director Jay Oliva and character designer Phil Bourassa. Ray Chase (Final Fantasy XV videogame), the voice of Jason Blood/Etrigan, joins the World Premiere festivities in Los Angeles. Additional talent participating at the two premieres will be announced as confirmed.

Justice League Dark …

When innocent civilians begin committing unthinkable crimes across Metropolis, Gotham City and beyond, Batman must call upon mystical counterparts to eradicate this demonic threat to the planet. Enter Justice League Dark, reluctantly led by the Hellblazer himself, John Constantine. Like Batman, Constantine is a cunning, often cynical loner who is the best at his chosen profession – but quickly realizes the sinister forces plaguing the planet will require help from other supernatural alliances. Forming a new “league” with sorceress Zatanna, otherworldly Deadman, and Jason Blood and his powerful alter ego Etrigan the Demon, this team of Dark Arts specialists must unravel the mystery of Earth’s supernatural plague and contend with the rising, powerful villainous forces behind the siege – before it’s too late for all of mankind.

Latest DC Universe Original Movie to Debut in LA (1/23/17) and NYC (2/2/17);

Limited Free Tickets Available to Fans on First Come, First Served Basis 

 

Both screenings will begin at 7:00 pm. The Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles is located at 465 North Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills. The Director’s Guild of America is located at 110 West 57th Street in New York City.

A limited number of free tickets are available to the general public. Please note that Justice League Dark is Rated R for “some disturbing violence.” Anyone under 17 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian.

 

Fans wishing to receive free tickets to the Los Angeles event on January 23 must RSVP via email to JLDarkLA@gmail.com.

 

Fans wishing to receive free tickets to the New York event on February 2 must RSVP via email to JLDarkNY@gmail.com.

 

The body of all fan RSVP emails need ONLY include the (1) name of the entrant, (2) valid email address, and (3) name of the media outlet/website by which the entrant learned of the screening, and the number of tickets being requested (limit four per entry). Fans should keep their entry simple – here’s an example of exactly how the body of the RSVP email should appear:

 

Bruce Wayne

2 tickets

DarkKnight@gmail.com

www.cherrydavis.org

 

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

 

About Justice League Dark …

When innocent civilians begin committing unthinkable crimes across Metropolis, Gotham City and beyond, Batman must call upon mystical counterparts to eradicate this demonic threat to the planet. Enter Justice League Dark, reluctantly led by the Hellblazer himself, John Constantine. Like Batman, Constantine is a cunning, often cynical loner who is the best at his chosen profession – but quickly realizes the sinister forces plaguing the planet will require help from other supernatural alliances. Forming a new “league” with sorceress Zatanna, otherworldly Deadman, and Jason Blood and his powerful alter ego Etrigan the Demon, this team of Dark Arts specialists must unravel the mystery of Earth’s supernatural plague and contend with the rising, powerful villainous forces behind the siege – before it’s too late for all of mankind.

Actor Matt Ryan, who set the standard for the role of Constantine on the Warner Bros. live-action television series, returns to the role in animated form alongside Jason O’Mara (Terra Nova, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) as Batman, Camilla Luddington (Grey’s Anatomy) as Zatanna, Nicholas Turturro (NYPD Blue, Blue Bloods) as Deadman, Ray Chase (Final Fantasy XV videogame) as Jason Blood/Etrigan, Roger R. Cross (24, Arrow) as John Stewart/Swamp Thing, Jeremy Davies (Justified, Constantine) as Ritchie Simpson, Rosario Dawson (Daredevil, Luke Cage, Sin City) as Wonder Woman, Jerry O’Connell (Stand By Me, Crossing Jordan) as Superman, Enrico Colantoni (Flashpoint, Veronica Mars) as Felix Faust, and Alfred Molina (The Da Vinci Code, Spider-Man 2) as Destiny.

 

Justice League Dark is directed by Jay Oliva (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns). Story by J.M. DeMatteis and Ernie Altbacker (Green Lantern: The Animated Series) and teleplay by Ernie Altbacker. Sam Register is Executive Producer. Benjamin Melniker & Michael Uslan (The Dark Knight trilogy) are co-executive producers. James Tucker (Batman Bad Blood, Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders) is Supervising Producer.

 

Produced by Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, Justice League Dark will be distributed February 7, 2017 by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Blu-ray™ Deluxe Giftset (featuring an exclusive Constantine figurine), Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD. The film will be available to own on Digital HD starting January 24, 2017.

 

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December 30th, 2016 by Cherry

What time is it??? It’s adventure Time: Islands a 8 part all new mini series premiering Monday, January 30, 2017 on Cartoon Network 

Fans Can Catch up on Adventure Time: Islands Early with DVD and Digital Release

Tuesday, Jan. 24 but you can see a peep of the opening credits a little early <I got you>

In Adventure Time: Islands, Finn (voiced by Jeremy Shada), Jake (John DiMaggio), BMO (Niki Yang) and Susan Strong (Jackie Buscarino) leave the Land of Ooo to embark on a quest of epic proportions across the ocean and into new lands—encountering new creatures, discovering new islands and using teamwork along the way. 

Wow my boys, Susan Strong AND BMO who else would I like for an island adventure??? Am so looking forward to the Emmy and Peabody Award Winning Adventure Time returning this January with an eight part journey into Finn the Human’s mysterious past. The mini series premiers Monday, January 30th and concludes Thursday, February 2nd at 7:30PM (ET/PT) on CN.

I’ve watched Finn for years and was always curious about the human boy and his best friend Jake for years. I’ve always loved how the series has revealed the past of various character (was I the only one who cried about Ice King & Marcaline???) <ugly tears> but it looks like we’ll finally learn ‘what happened to the humans‘???

 

If you can’t wait for the premier on CN you can see  Islands on DVD, iTunes, Amazon Video and Google Play ahead of its linear premiere. All eight episodes plus exclusive new content including animatics, an art gallery and song demos will be available on Tuesday, Jan. 24 for the suggested retail price of $14.97.

 

 

Adventure Time: Islands comes on the heels of Adventure Time: Stakes, the series’ first eight-part miniseries following Marceline the Vampire Queen.Stakes debuted on Cartoon Network in November 2015 to phenomenal success, ranking as the #1 program in its time period with all key kids and boys audiences. Adventure Time storyboard artist Tom Herpich was also awarded an Emmy in 2016 for Stakes’ conclusion, “The Dark Cloud.”
Cartoon Network’s original animated series, Adventure Time, has received numerous entertainment award citations, including six Emmys (12 nominations), the prestigious Peabody Award and BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) Award. In 2015, Adventure Time won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Short-format Animated Program and won for the episode “Jake The Brick.” Adventure Time is created by Pendleton Ward and produced at Cartoon Network Studios.
About Cartoon Network
Cartoon Network is Turner’s #1 U.S. ad-supported cable network with kids 6-11. Seen in 192 countries and over 370 million homes, it is an industry leader with a global offering of the best in award-winning animated entertainment for kids and families, known for putting its fans at the center of everything by applying creative thinking and innovation across multiple platforms. Home to the original hit series Adventure TimeSteven UniverseWe Bare Bears andThe Amazing World of Gumball, Cartoon Network also takes its responsibilities to its audience seriously by addressing issues affecting families with theStop Bullying: Speak Up campaign and by promoting education and creative development through its commitment to STEAM enterprises and an integral involvement in Computer Science for All, the White House initiative empowering young people to generate skills to thrive in our digital world.
Cartoon Network is part of Turner, a Time Warner company that creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult multi-platform content for consumers around the world. Turner brands and businesses include CNN/U.S., HLN, CNN International and CNN.com, TBS, TNT, TCM, truTV, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Adult Swim, Turner Sports, Bleacher Report, iStreamPlanet and ELEAGUE.

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December 29th, 2016 by Cherry

Black Panther writer Ta-Nehisi Coates blend of hip-hop, commentary and animated comics is the re-introduction of an iconic character. The monthly animated comic series which enriches the story Ta-Nehisi is writing has a new track by Kipp stone called ‘100 Black Panthers’.

 

MARVEL COMICS PROUDLY PRESENTS
“BLACK PANTHER: A NATION UNDER OUR FEET – PART EIGHT”
FEATURING THE WORLD DEBUT OF
“100 BLACK PANTHERS” BY KIPP STONE

 

 

 

“It feels really good having the opportunity to work Marvel,” said Stone.  “I have always rocked with Marvel characters when it comes to superheroes, so doing a song that reps Black Panther wasn’t that hard. He stands for what I stand for, solidarity, strength and loyalty.” 

 

Innovative Marvel Video Series Bridges Marvel Comics with Top Music Talent that has stories propelling the mythology of the African hero. Will Ramonda, his surrogate mother recover from the bomb injuries or will her broken body succumb? His sister Shuri has returned from Djalia but is she still herself or something more? A legend or a danger to Black Panther and his people? Marvel’s hero T’Challa, the Black Panther is an exciting series that will keep new and old fans excited and hungry for more after the introduction in the last Avengers film. This series play homage to the classic series I’d read as a kid but with a modern sensibility that shows a an independent African nation with a hero that will defend his people. It’s especially exciting that Marvel has reached out to artists to create original music tied to the video comic book that fans can watch on youtube. I especially like when the artists discuss how the feel about the character and how it fed into the creative process. The image of the Black Panther is so important to many fans of the genre and the Marvel universe is enriched because of the contribution of the writer, artists and musicians. I hope the fans love T’Challa and that the popularity of this series is a catalyst of more comic books and video series representing new diverse characters.

Black Panther #9 is available digitally through the Marvel Digital Comic Shop and at all local comic book retailers. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook.

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December 27th, 2016 by Cherry

I saw Rogue One and was intrigued by the Rebel Freedom Fighter Saw Gerrera played by Academy Award Winner Forest Whitaker. I am very excited to get to know Saw better when he joins the Ghost Rebels Kanan, Hera, Sabine, Zeb and Ezra to fight the Empire. 

“It’s an incredible honor to have Forest Whitaker play Saw in ‘Rebels,'” says series executive producer Dave Filoni. “Forest did a great job at capturing Saw in a way that is a bit mad, a bit crazed, a bit afraid, but also a bit sympathetic. He sees something coming, but no one will take action before it’s too late.”

Photo credit: ©Lucasfilm Ltd.*

If you are getting confused about what time period the Disney XD series fits in the Star Wars film history it’s a prequel to the new film Rogue One. Forest will be voicing Saw Gerrera (from the film) in the debut episode “Star Wars Rebels: Ghosts of Genesis, Parts One & Two” that premiers Saturday, January 7th (8:30-9:30 PM EST).

It’s very exciting to hear from Dave and the team behind the animated series that is enriching the Star Wars mythology! Dave’s work on Clone Wars and Rebels is such a labor of love from a fanboy who grew up to work with George Lucas. Dave’s work on the series is a bridge for not only the films but also to fans young and old. What I love about the series is that they give us an opportunity to delve into characters and stories that can unfold as only a weekly series can as opposed to a film with a finite amount of time.

The character of Saw Gerrera was first introduced in the TV series “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” (2008-2015) as a guerrilla fighter for his home planet. Created by George Lucas, Saw received training from the Jedi – Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Ahsoka Tano – and served as an early harbinger of the Rebel Alliance, an assortment of disparate groups coming together to fight for a common cause.

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December 26th, 2016 by Cherry

Wes Anderson the Academy Award nominee is working on a new animated film with Indian Paintbrush called ‘Isle of Dogs’ currently filming in London.

This will be Wes Anderson’s second animated film after the Academy Award Nominated ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’. 

The film will be set in Japan and follows a boy’s search for his dog. The voice cast includes F. Murray Abraham, Bob Balaban, Bud Cort, Bryan Cranston, Greta Gerwig, Jeff Goldblum, Akira Ito, Scarlett Johansson, Harvey Keitel, Bill Murray, Kunichi Nomura, Edward Norton, Yoko Ono, Koyu Rankin, Liev Schreiber, Tilda Swinton, Akira Takayama and Frank Wood and will be released in 2018 by Fox Searchlight Pictures.

“Wes Anderson is one of the most talented filmmakers of his, or any other, generation. His ability to write smart and unconventional screenplays and then translate them into unique experiences on screen makes him not only a unique voice in film, but one who can truly bridge the gap between independent films and cross-over hits,” say Nancy Utley and Steve Gilula, Fox Searchlight Pictures Presidents.  “We are thrilled to be going on a journey into the newest world from the distinctive imagination of Wes Anderson.”

You can learn how to enter special contest on Crowdrise where some lucky fan will get ‘animated’ in the new film!

www.crowdrise.com/wesanderson 

 

ONE LUCKY WINNER will win a trip for 2 to London for two nights to…
• Meet Wes
• Get a tour of the Isle of Dogs sets and production to see how the film is being made
• Record the ‘voice’ of a dog in the film, directed by Wes (barking, howling & whimpering may be required)
• Receive one of the puppet miniatures of a dog from the film, after production has wrapped

50 LUCKY WINNERS will receive a Criterion collection DVD signed by Wes
and 25 LUCKY WINNERS will receive a signed DVD and signed copy of “The Wes Anderson Collection” book

Every $10 is an entry to win.

 

The Cause:

 

Proceeds from Wes’s raffle will go to the Film Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by Martin Scorsese dedicated to protecting and preserving motion picture history. By working in partnership with archives and studios, the foundation has helped to restore nearly 700 films, which are made accessible to the public through programming at festivals, museums, and educational institutions around the world. The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project has restored 25 films from 19 different countries representing the rich diversity of world cinema. The foundation’s free educational curriculum, The Story of Movies, teaches young people – over 10 million to date – about film language and history.
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September 5th, 2016 by Cherry

Rebels are facing a new threat with Grand Admiral Thrawn when season 3 premiers Saturday, September 24th on Disney XD.

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Photo credit: Lucasfilm

Ezra’s growing up as is his ability to use the force with the guidance of Kanan. But with great ability comes temptation and the siren call of the dark side is waging a war within Ezra’s soul as the third season has the team embarking on new responsibilities and danger. The rebels new base of operations on Atollon has given them some safety but they have a bullseye on their back with Grand Admiral Thrawn working to bring the crew of the Ghost and all the ‘rebel scum’ down. Unlike past enemies who used force and sheer numbers to try to eradicate the rebels they Grand Admiral instead plans to use his intellect to outthink the empire’s enemies.

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Star Wars Rebels premier ‘Steps into Shadow’ will be an hour event introducing new enemies and (hopefully) friends to the universe. Ezra and Sabine are given more responsibility and challenges that will put them in grave danger. The entire rebel forces will have difficult choices aith an all out assault on the Empire! The crew of the Ghost will be challenged this season and (I for one) am hoping they’ll all stay safe and give the empire heck!

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Photo credit: Lucasfilm

 

 

 

You can buy season 1 and 2 on DVD/Blu Ray to relive favorite episodes and catch up.

“Star Wars Rebels” is created by Dave Filoni (“Star Wars: The Clone Wars”), Simon Kinberg (“X-Men: Days of Future Past”), and Carrie Beck. The Lucasfilm Animation production is executive produced by Filoni and Kinberg, and co-executive produced by Henry Gilroy.

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Photo credit: Lucasfilm

The talented returning voice cast includes: Freddie Prinze Jr. as Kanan, Vanessa Marshall as Hera, Steve Blum as Zeb, Tiya Sircar as Sabine, Taylor Gray as Ezra, Dee Bradley Baker as Captain Rex, Captain Gregor and Commander Wolffe, Sam Witwer as Darth Maul and David Oyelowo as Agent Kallus. New to this season are Tom Baker (“Dr. Who”) as the intriguing Force-wise Bendu and Lars Mikkelsen (“House of Cards”) as the Star Wars Legends fan-favorite Grand Admiral Thrawn.

 

Photo credit: Lucasfilm

Photo credit: Lucasfilm

In this preview of Star Wars Rebels Season Three, master Imperial strategist Grand Admiral Thrawn plots the destruction of the Ghost crew and the growing rebellion.

Watch the season premiere of Star Wars Rebels on Saturday, September 24, at 8:30 p.m. PT/ET on Disney XD!

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August 17th, 2016 by Cherry

The Paley Center for Media is celebrating 20 years of South Park with a special exhibition for fans of the long running Comedy Central series. South Park Fans mark your calendars to celebrate 20 years of killing Kenny and meeting those rapscallions who led a new kind of toons with the Comedy Central series.

Comedy Central’s South Park 20 Experience
Wednesday, August 24 to Sunday, September 25, 2016  Paley Center in Los Angeles
Open Wednesdays to Sundays; noon to 5:00 pm
Free admission 
Comedy Central is bringing the South Park 20 Experience to the Paley Center! This life-size 2-D/3-D experience features twenty memorable moments from South Park‘s history and allows fans to explore and insert themselves into the iconic moments for a once-in-a-lifetime photo op!  #SOUTHPARK20

In addition to the twenty iconic life-size moments, the experience also includes an art exhibit featuring twenty unique artists who were chosen to honor and celebrate South Park‘s landmark season with original art pieces curated by world-renowned pop-culture artist Ron English. Fans can also visit a retrospective gallery featuring original animation cells from the pilot episode.

Visitors can watch free daily screenings of select episodes from the first nineteen seasons of the series, specially chosen for this exhibit, free on the big screen. All twenty seasons of the series will be added to the Paley Center‘s already extensive public Archive.
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