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SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY X NISSAN COLLABORATION

This blerd is counting down the days to see the Solo origin story that will show how Han, Chewie and the game with Lando that had them winning the Millennium Falcon! So imagine my excitement when Lucasfilm saying that Denny’s, Esurance, General Mills, Nissan, SOLO Cup and Symantec are working on a worldwide promotional campaign to support “Solo: A Star Wars Story,”opening on May 25.

I’m not sure what the other brands will do but I KNOW Nissan will have this fangirl carchick squealing like a piglet! Nissan’s collaboration from the last two films had me oohing at the LA Auto show with all the cars I’d want if I had a million dollars and a twenty car garage! Heck that Titan Truck At-At had me thinking I might switch sides for the Empire (they have ALL the best toys and the most stylish uniforms).

Really when the Nissan design team collaborates with a film they don’t come to play because the Nissan Leaf car’s designed for ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ impressed me with the spirit of the three guiding women.

“Our six promotional partners for ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ have done a fantastic job developing first-class, innovative campaigns in support of the film,” says Lylle Breier, Sr. Vice President, Global Marketing Partnerships, Walt Disney Studios. “We are excited to share the compelling experiences and relevant activations that our partners have created for our fans.”

 

Nissan
In North America, Nissan’s operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. In calendar year 2017, the Nissan Group sold 1.59 million vehicles in the U.S., setting an all-time record. Nissan has more than 22,000 employees (including 17,000 manufacturing jobs) and four manufacturing plants in the U.S. capable of producing nearly one million vehicles annually. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized annually by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year since 2010. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan vehicles can be found online at www.nissanusa.com , or visit the U.S. media sites www.nissannews.com.

About Lucasfilm Ltd.
Lucasfilm Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is a global leader in film, television and digital entertainment production. In addition to its motion-picture and television production, the company’s activities include visual effects and audio post-production, cutting-edge digital animation, interactive entertainment software, and the management of the global merchandising activities for its entertainment properties including the legendary “Star Wars” and “Indiana Jones franchises. Lucasfilm Ltd. is headquartered in Northern California.

Lucasfilm, the Lucasfilm logo, “Star Wars” and related properties are trademarks and/or copyrights, in the United States and other countries, of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its affiliates. ©2018 & TM Lucasfilm Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

About “Solo: A Star Wars Story”
Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo befriends his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and meets the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the “Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes.

The film stars Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Paul Bettany.

“Solo: A Star Wars Story” opens in U.S. theaters on May 25, 2018.

‘A Wrinkle in Time’ Review – Cherry the Geek

Wrinkle in Time is one of the most visually beautiful films I’ve ever seen in my life and I have to say it was a film I was desperate for as a child. A girl being the hero! A girl of color with hair that looked like mine! A mother that looked like the women in my family! I have to say from the moment that Disney announced Ava DuVernay was directing her first major tentpole fantasy film I felt as if women directors especially black women directors were taking a few steps up the ladder. I must admit to some trepidation since I’d read the book as an angst ridden black teenager growing up in Iowa so had high expectations. It was one of the books I enjoyed as a shy kid in the back of the room with her head down often too quiet to make a ripple in my small town.

Ava has done a wonderful job translating the novel into a modern film that touched on bullying, not conforming, dealing with a ‘picture perfect’ life aka closed doors and just being a girl with all of those expectations all packed into a film that lasts 109 minutes.

Image result for a wrinkle in time reviewThis film is made for kids, is about kids and will excite them very much as they take the helm and save the universe. As an adult watching I didn’t have the connection I wanted until the kids ‘took charge’. Mrs. Which (Oprah Winfrey) is the all knowing celestial being with two sidekicks Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon) and Mrs. Who (Mindy Kaling) who were the ‘adult interpreters’ that were the glue to explain the ‘why’ of ‘It’ aka the evil force called “the Black Thing” out to steal the positive life force of the universe and a little kidnapping.

Happily the film’s teen hero Meg Murry (Storm Reid) grew as the film progressed as she worked through her issues with the help of her little brother Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe) and Calvin (Levi Miller) are the trio stepping stones that allows Meg to finally accept herself and truly travel using the tesseract. They kept the action moving as they searched for Meg & Charles’ father (Chris Pine) while her long suffering mother (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) is at home in the dark (classic teen hero movies rule).

I enjoyed the film because (unlike some) I am not comparing it to Black Panther but instead it comes to mind a classic Disney film that has a deliberate pace as if it’s a tree with numerous branches welcoming the viewer to climb. It had little moments that sparks imagination from the sentient flowers, to Meg standing out by wearing her hair in natural curls, my heart broke when she was in the principals office and soared when she became the warrior the trio of mysterious women kept telling her was within. Really all the kids learned about themselves and their strengths/weaknesses in every world and it wasn’t shouted instead it was whispered in your ear.

I enjoyed the film and hope every parent who brings a child uses it as a jumping point to talk about respecting people who are different, to not be a bully and take your anger/misery out on others, that being smart is cool and really to embrace whatever you are good at.

It’s a film of empathy, imagination and the magic of science …. Ava made a film that makes you feel immersed in another world of magic and what makes a family. BTW it’s love ….

 

Film Review: ‘A Wrinkle in Time’

Reviewed at El Capitan theater, Los Angeles, March 7, 2018. MPAA Rating: PG. Running time: 109 MIN.

Release Date:
Mar 9, 2018

PRODUCTION: A Walt Disney Pictures release of a Disney presentation of a Whitaker Entertainment production. Producers: Jim Whitaker, Catherine Hand. Executive producers: Doug Merrifield, Adam Borba.

CREW: Director: Ava DuVernay. Screenplay: Jennifer Lee, based on the novel by Madeleine L’Engle. Camera (color, widescreen): Tobias Schliessler. Editor: Spencer Averick. Music: Ramin Djawadi.

WITH: A.

Buy Static Shock Season 3 NOW

Get ready to be ‘Static Shock’ with the release of the complete third season of the beloved animated series. The two-disc package is available on wb.com/warnerarchive and online retailers. It’s a great series that I watched back in the 2000’s and perfect to revisit or introduce to new fans aka kids or new to the geek world before seeing Black Panther <grrr>

 

“In the third season, everything sort of got spruced up,” recalls LaMarr, known far and wide for his voice performances in Samurai Jack, Futurama and Family Guy, and his live-action roles for MADtv and Pulp Fiction. “The writing was just as good as ever, but they really raised the stakes. Static’s costume went from homemade to a legitimate super hero costume, Richie became his own super hero in Gear, and that meant there was less sitting back at headquarters – we started going on a lot more duo-action adventures.”

Static Shock – Toys in the Hood (S3 E9)

“Moreover, it was so great to finally have a black super hero who didn’t have ‘black’ in his name. I could relate to him. Here’s a kid who is smart, who’s trying to do the right thing, dealing with relatable problems whether it was family or school or friendships. Despite that fact that it was a cartoon that revolved around super heroes, it felt real to me.”

Phil LaMarr starred as Virgil Hawkins/Static for the entire series run and the release of the third season saw a major shift in the show with important guest appearances, upgrade to his tech and integration in the overall universe. Static got a new costume, Richie his BFF/partner-in-crime-fighting became the super hero Gear and the duo fought crime with some major baddies. All of this feels like a direct line to the upcoming Black Panther since Static ‘returned to Africa’ to find his roots, teamed up with the Justice League and Superman. LaMarr & Marsden worked together on the Disney animated series ‘The Weekenders’ which really made enriched their chemistry as friends IRL and animation!

Static Shock & Gear

“Static Shock provided a second opportunity to play partners and best friends – which was great because we were already good friends,” LaMarr says. “Our friendship on the show was authentic. And there’s nothing better than getting paid every week to work with your friend.”

LaMarr’s connection to Static appealed to him in so many ways as a fan and as someone who was once a black teenage boy. “As a comic book guy, Static was a dream come true – a character who really felt real to me,” LaMarr says. “I always thought Static would be what I would be if I got powers as a teenager. I loved Spidey and Bats, but I never wanted to be them. There are tortured souls, and everything they do is informed by that guilt. For Static, the worst problem was having to do his homework.

Static Shock: The Complete Third Season featured numerous guest performances from actors as acclaimed and diverse as four-time Emmy Award winner Alfre Woodard (Miss Evers’ Boys, Desperate Housewives, Hill Street Blues), Emmy Award winner Roscoe Lee Browne (Logan’s Run, The Cowboys), Brock Peters (To Kill A Mockingbird, Soylent Green), Golden Globe winner Terence Stamp (Billy Budd, Superman), three-time Emmy Award winner Jean Smart (24, Garden State), Bud Court (Harold & Maude, M*A*S*H), Dennis Haysbert (24, Major League), Golden Globe winner Ron Perlman (Hellboy), Michael Jai White (Black Dynamite, The Dark Knight), T’Keyah Crystal Keymah (In Living Color, That’s So Raven), Danica McKeller (The Wonder Years), Phil Morris (Smallville), Charles Rocket (Moonlighting), Sean Patrick Thomas (The District), Kimberly Brooks (Mass Effect), Bumper Robinson (The Game), David Faustino (Married With Children), Nicolette Sheridan (Desperate Housewives), David Arquette (Cougar Town), Tia Texada (Third Watch) and rapper Romeo Miller.

Also performing guest roles during Static Shock: The Complete Third Season are the voices of Warner Bros. Animation’s core group of DC Super Heroes, including actors from Batman: The Animated Series (Kevin Conroy, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Arleen Sorkin, Robert Hastings) and Justice League/Justice League Unlimited (George Newbern, Carl Lumbly, Maria Canals Barrera, Michael Rosenbaum), as well as Phil LaMarr himself as the voice of Green Lantern/John Stewart.

Static Shock, Gear & the Justice League

“The crossover episodes with the Justice League were so much fun for me – it was great to feel like Static Shock was part of the legacy of the super hero entertainment that I grew up watching and reading,” LaMarr says. “Associating Static with the Justice League sort of legitimized our little show, putting Static on the same level as supers like Batman, Green Lantern and all the rest. Plus getting to act again alongside my Justice League acting pals – Maria Canals Barrera, Susan Eisenberg, Carl Lumbly, Michael Rosenbaum, George Newbern, Kevin Conroy – was a blast, especially because now they were coming to MY house. It was actually a little weird because we were sitting in the same chairs as we always did when recording Justice League – but now I had more lines. Of course, I had two different characters – Static and Green Lantern John Stewart.”

Image result for static shock green lantern season 3 LaMarr said the dual role – which put him in the unusual position of recording two characters talking to each other – was the first time he encountered that situation in his career.

 “I thought the writers wrote those scenes as a challenge for me,” LaMarr recalls. “At least they didn’t have them singing harmony or something crazy like that!”

 Static Shock: The Complete Third Season features an all-star lineup of writers behind the scripts: Paul Dini, Dwayne McDuffie, Len Uhley, Ernie Altbacker, John Semper, Courtney Lilly and Adam Beechen. For the Static-Superman team-up episode entitled “Toys in the Hood,” Semper crafted a story that was written by Academy Award winner John Ridley (12 Years a Slave).

 An episode entitled “Static in Africa” saw the Hawkins family on vacation in Ghana, where Static teams with a legendary African folk hero to combat a group of bandits. The episode was particularly important to LaMarr.

 

Static in Africa

“Static in Africa was a blast for so many reasons,” LaMarr recalls. “It was a thrill to work for the first time with Michael Jai White and Roscoe Lee Browne, as well as my Justice League castmate Carl Lumbly. Carl and Roscoe are guys whose work I’d seen growing up, and to share a studio with them was fantastic.

 

 “Moreover, it was really cool to be able to explore our roots in a Saturday morning cartoon. I had never seen contemporary Africa on Saturday morning – an Africa that was not unlike our own world. We have super heroes, they have super heroes. Africa wasn’t showed as exotica – it was a world where people like us live. And to me, that was a great part of Static Shock. It wasn’t about that Static was black; but he was black. His life, his world – those were real. And that kind of normalization is what’s key to true diversity.”

 

The Static Shock: The Complete Third Season two-disc set includes the following animated episodes:

 

Disc One

Hard As Nails

Gear

Static in Africa

Shebang

The Usual Suspect

A League Of Their Own, Part 1

A League Of Their Own, Part 2

Showtime

Romeo in the Mix

 

Disc Two

Toys In The Hood

The Parent Trap

Flashback

Blast From The Past

 

Disc Two also includes the Superman: The Animated Series episode entitled “Obsession” (Season 3, Episode 4), which ultimately served as a prequel to the Static Shock episode, “Toys in the Hood” and spotlighted the first meeting of Superman and Static, featuring the voices of Tim Daly (Superman), Nancy Travis (Darci Mason), Bud Cort (The Toyman) and Joely Fisher (Lana Lang).

 

Warner Archive Collection (WAC) continues to serve as host to some of the most beloved films, television series and animated entertainment in history – and many are now available on Blu-ray. WAC’s canon runs the gamut from restored and remastered Blu-ray classics such as The Americanization of Emily, The Big Sleep, The Great Race, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, Victor/Victoria and Yankee Doodle Dandy to adored TV offerings such as Longmire (on Blu-ray), Alice and Family Matters (on DVD) to feature-length animated films, including the recent Blu-ray release of Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, to animated TV series headed by recent Blu-ray releases such as Justice League Unlimited, Teen Titans, Batman: The Brave and the Bold and Young Justice, as well as a wealth of classic animated series on DVD including dozens of Hanna-Barbera classics. WAC offerings can be found via wb.com/warnerarchive and your favorite online retailer.

 

I was a HUGE fan of this series and am so happy it will now be available for me to fangirl as well as introduce to my young relatives. Leave a comment below on your favorite episode and whom you plan to introduce to Static!

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Her Universe x Kinokuniya USA Studio Ghibli pop-up shop in San Francisco

Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of My Neighbor Totoro at the Studio Ghibli official pop-up shop in San Francisco. The shop that is a collaboration between Kinokuniya USA and Her Universe will open be open from 12-6PM starting February 24 – March 18th at TOTO Concept 190 (near AT&T Park) and will feature exclusive items. 

The pop-up interior design has been inspired by the forest where friendly spirt ‘Totoro’ lives in the animated film ‘My Neighbor Totoro’ from Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki (My Neighbor Totoro – the story of two sisters, Satsuki and Mel and their whimsical interactions with the friendly forest spirit Totoro). The interior of the store will be forest green and have eco-friendly merchandise fixtures made of recycled cardboard and wall graphics of magical creators and critters from the film. Customers who purchase $100 or more at the pop-up will receive a free souvenir tote bag while supplies last. Admission to the shop will be free but large crowds are expected so online registration will be required please follow their twitter accounts and the KinokuniyaUSA site for details.

 

Keep up on the details of this magical wonderland celebrating ‘My Neighbor Toto’ by following @KinokuniyaUSA and @HerUniverse to learn of merchandise sneak peeks, announcements and other information.

 

 

 

 

 

About Studio Ghibli

Studio Ghibli was founded in 1985 by animation directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata and is one of the most successful and well-respected animation studios in the world. Cultivating a creative force of talented directors, animators, and storytellers under the revered brilliance of Miyazaki and Takahata, Studio Ghibli’s films have been praised for their originality, dazzling animation, and epic storytelling. The films have become a beloved part of Japanese popular culture, and have garnered worldwide acclaim from audiences and critics alike. Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away won the Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature of 2002 and in 2005 Miyazaki was named one of “the most influential people” by TIME Magazine.

About Kinokuniya USA

Kinokuniya Bookstore was founded in 1927 in the Shinjuku district of Tokyo, Japan. In 1969, Kinokuniya opened its first overseas bookstore in San Francisco, California.
Our goal was to provide the Japanese community with books and magazines,
and introduce Japanese culture to the local community. Today, we have 11 stores in the U.S.. We honor our initial goal by offering a wide assortment of titles in Japanese and English in all our U.S. bookstores.

About Her Universe

Her Universe, the groundbreaking fangirl fashion company and lifestyle brand, is the vision of Ashley Eckstein, actress, entrepreneur and voice of Ahsoka Tano in Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels.  Ashley has been widely recognized as a business woman, Fangirl trendsetter and leading voice for female fandom. Founded in 2010, Ashley launched Her Universe with the mission to create stylish, fashion-forward merchandise for female sci-fi fans. Her Universe is a place for fangirls to step into the spotlight and be heard, recognized and rewarded.  Ashley’s goal, from the beginning, was to build the company into a stand-alone entertainment and merchandise brand and, today, Her Universe is leading the way. Hoping to change the perception that science fiction and fantasy is just for boys, Her Universe has joined forces with some of the biggest names in the sci-fi/fantasy world to create fangirl apparel and accessories for such well-known names as Star Wars, Doctor Who, Star Trek and Marvel.

Today, Her Universe, a stand-alone subsidiary of Hot Topic, Inc., has expanded into entertainment and is also known as a lifestyle brand. Her Universe produces a “geek couture” fashion show every year at San Diego Comic-Con called The Her Universe Fashion Show, as well as a docu-series based about the fashion show for Comic-Con HQ. Recently, Her Universe announced it’s own publishing imprint called Her Universe Press with books to follow in 2017-2018.

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It’s Nichelle Nichols 85th Birthday so celebrate with Uhura

You can celebrate with Nichelle Nichol’s 85th Birthday on December 28th with family and friends. The celebration will be at La Piazza Restaurant at the Grove in West Hollywood. The VIP Fan Packages include Birthday Dinner, Photo-Ops, Autographs and a Meet & Greet.  

Image result for star trek uhuraWhat can you give the woman who’s meant so much to fans all over the world? Where you can wish her a ‘happy birthday’ in person! Ms. Nichol is a trailblazer who played ‘Uhura‘ a role beloved to millions all around the world on Star Trek. Her role was the first to be on network TV where a woman of color wasn’t a housewife, maid or secretary instead she played an officer exploring the universe. Normally her birthday celebration is just with family and close friends tub this year she’s giving 35 fans an opportunity to attend this milestone birthday celebration in the hear of West Hollywood. VIP packages which include dinner, birthday cake, and a champagne toast, plus a Meet & Greet, autographs, and photos with the birthday girl, are available to ultimate fans.  The birthday dinner party will be held at La Piazza Restaurant at The Grove in Los Angeles, announced Gilbert Bell, of GB Entertainment, Ms. Nichols’ manager.
“Nichelle Nichols has a special relationship with her fans, one of mutual admiration and respect.  Many of them stop by every year to say hi when she’s in their town at an event or convention.  I knew that for her 85th Birthday, we wanted to do something fun and special for Nichelle and her fans, and the idea for the VIP Fan Meet & Greet packages, which includes dinner at her birthday party, sounded like a unique way to include some lucky fans in the celebration,” said Bell.
Special guests and entertainment to be announced. To stay up to date, and for details and tickets: http://www.nichellenichols.com/store/nichelle-nichols-85th-birthday-celebration
What:
Nichelle Nichols’ 85th Birthday Party & Dinner
Where:
At La Piazza in The Grove Los Angeles, CA
When:
Thursday, December 28, 2017, 7PM -10PM
TRUE FAN PACKAGE INCLUDES:
*Meet & Greet and Photo w/Nichelle *No Dinner / Seating Provided $100 per person
(TAKES PLACE BEFORE DINNER @7PM)
TRAILBLAZER FAN PACKAGE INCLUDES:
*Dinner, Meet & Greet, and Photo w/Nichelle $150 per person
ULTIMATE FAN PACKAGE INCLUDES:
*Meet & Greet, and Photo w/ Nichelle *Dinner *Sit Next to Nichelle at Dinner $500 per couple
GO TO NICHELLENICHOLS.COM TO PURCHASE TICKETS:
LIMITED TICKETS AVAILABLE, GET YOURS SOON!!!
*PACKAGES DO NOT INCLUDE ALCOHOL. ALCOHOL IS AVAILABLE UPON PERSONAL PURCHASE. *HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE *ENTERTAINMENT & SPECIAL GUESTS TO BE ANNOUNCED *HELD BY GB ENTERTAINMENT, ARCHANGEL FILMS LA & NV THE FAWCETTE’S, PR BY DAVID ROBERSON, SOCIAL MEDIA BY STARPOWER
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About Nichelle Nichols
Nichelle Nichols is an American actress and singer. As Lieutenant Uhura on the legendary television series Star Trek, Nichols played, in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, “the first non-stereotypical role portrayed by a black woman in television history.” Nichols also began volunteering her time with NASA, in a highly effective campaign to recruit minority and female personnel for the space agency. She has continued to appear in various television and film roles, and continued her charitable missions.

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