Tuesday, June 30, 2020

‘Cursed’ Trailer: Katherine Langford is Sent on a Magical Quest


Based on the book by Frank Miller and Tom Wheeler, Cursed reimagines Nimue (played by 13 Reasons Why star Katherine Langford), the fabled Lady of the Lake, as the one who is chosen to wield the sword of legend.

‘Cursed’ Trailer: Katherine Langford is Sent on a Magical Quest


Based on the book by Frank Miller and Tom Wheeler, Cursed reimagines Nimue (played by 13 Reasons Why star Katherine Langford), the fabled Lady of the Lake, as the one who is chosen to wield the sword of legend.

Carl Reiner, Comedy Legend and ‘Dick Van Dyke Show’ Creator, Dies at 98


Carl Reiner, the writer, producer, director and actor who was part of Sid Caesar’s legendary team and went on to create “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and direct several hit films, has died. 

Carl Reiner, Comedy Legend and ‘Dick Van Dyke Show’ Creator, Dies at 98


Carl Reiner, the writer, producer, director and actor who was part of Sid Caesar’s legendary team and went on to create “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and direct several hit films, has died. 

‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Getting CG Movie Reboot From Nickelodeon & Seth Rogen’s Point Grey Pictures


Deadline has learned that Nickelodeon is rebooting Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for the big screen with Point Grey Pictures’ Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver producing, and Jeff Rowe (Gravity Falls, Connected) directing.

‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Getting CG Movie Reboot From Nickelodeon & Seth Rogen’s Point Grey Pictures


Deadline has learned that Nickelodeon is rebooting Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for the big screen with Point Grey Pictures’ Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver producing, and Jeff Rowe (Gravity Falls, Connected) directing.

Explore DC's Metalverse in an ornate map illustrated by a professional cartographer


Professional cartographer Jared Blando has illustrated an ornate map of the remade world of DC's Dark Nights: Death Metal event.

Explore DC's Metalverse in an ornate map illustrated by a professional cartographer


Professional cartographer Jared Blando has illustrated an ornate map of the remade world of DC's Dark Nights: Death Metal event.

THE MANDALORIAN PUBLISHING PROGRAM REVEALED


StarWars.com announced a new publishing program dedicated to The Mandalorian, featuring books, comics, and titles for fans of all ages.

THE MANDALORIAN PUBLISHING PROGRAM REVEALED


StarWars.com announced a new publishing program dedicated to The Mandalorian, featuring books, comics, and titles for fans of all ages.

Long-time Red Hood and the Outlaws writer Scott Lobdell leaving the title



Writer Scott Lobdell has announced that he's leaving his long-running Red Hood and the Outlaws title for DC with the upcoming issue #50, which he says will be released in October.

Long-time Red Hood and the Outlaws writer Scott Lobdell leaving the title



Writer Scott Lobdell has announced that he's leaving his long-running Red Hood and the Outlaws title for DC with the upcoming issue #50, which he says will be released in October.

Nate Parrish - Mind Monopoly (Official Music Video)


Nate Parrish premiered his new music video for the song “Mind Monopoly." The song is off of the album “I’m A Wreck,” which is now available wherever you stream or buy digital music.

Nate Parrish - Mind Monopoly (Official Music Video)


Nate Parrish premiered his new music video for the song “Mind Monopoly." The song is off of the album “I’m A Wreck,” which is now available wherever you stream or buy digital music.

Max Schaaf, Noraa, and Andrew Castro Vert Session


This week’s YODferd file is with Max Schaaf, Noraa, and Andrew Castro in a little vert jammer sesh.

Max Schaaf, Noraa, and Andrew Castro Vert Session


This week’s YODferd file is with Max Schaaf, Noraa, and Andrew Castro in a little vert jammer sesh.

Monday, June 29, 2020

DC's Supergirl creative team reflect on series as digital-first finale nears

The recent 'Year of the Villain' crossover event had far-reaching effects, one of which was Supergirl being 'infected' and transformed into a villainous persona - and becoming a target of the U.S. military.

DC's Supergirl creative team reflect on series as digital-first finale nears

The recent 'Year of the Villain' crossover event had far-reaching effects, one of which was Supergirl being 'infected' and transformed into a villainous persona - and becoming a target of the U.S. military.

Blumhouse Television and Quibi Are on the Case for a New Murder Mystery Series


Blumhouse TV and Quibi are teaming up to produce a new scripted murder mystery series from prolific U.K. writer Anthony Horowitz(Midsomer Murders, Foyle’s War).

Blumhouse Television and Quibi Are on the Case for a New Murder Mystery Series


Blumhouse TV and Quibi are teaming up to produce a new scripted murder mystery series from prolific U.K. writer Anthony Horowitz(Midsomer Murders, Foyle’s War).

Cyclops witnesses the birth of the Marvel Age of Heroes in Marvels Snapshots: X-Men


Kurt Busiek's whirlwind revisiting of classic Marvel continuity in Marvels Snapshot continues with a one-shot about the perennial X-Men leader Cyclops - written by one of the biggest Cyclops experts we know.

Cyclops witnesses the birth of the Marvel Age of Heroes in Marvels Snapshots: X-Men


Kurt Busiek's whirlwind revisiting of classic Marvel continuity in Marvels Snapshot continues with a one-shot about the perennial X-Men leader Cyclops - written by one of the biggest Cyclops experts we know.

New ‘Candyman’ Teaser Puts the Social Commentary Behind This Horror Icon at the Forefront


The new Candyman teaser re-introduces the Candyman origin story by embedding it in the stories of Black persecution and pain. 

New ‘Candyman’ Teaser Puts the Social Commentary Behind This Horror Icon at the Forefront


The new Candyman teaser re-introduces the Candyman origin story by embedding it in the stories of Black persecution and pain. 

21 planned Empyre tie-in issues no longer part of event per new Marvel checklist


Eight tie-in limited series/one-shots and one tie-in issue of an ongoing — 21 individual issues altogether — are not included on the checklist: Empyre: Thor, Empyre: Ghost Rider, Empyre: Spider-Man, Empyre: Squadron Supreme, Empyre: Stormranger, Empyre: Invasion of Wakanda, The Union, and Strikeforce #10.

21 planned Empyre tie-in issues no longer part of event per new Marvel checklist


Eight tie-in limited series/one-shots and one tie-in issue of an ongoing — 21 individual issues altogether — are not included on the checklist: Empyre: Thor, Empyre: Ghost Rider, Empyre: Spider-Man, Empyre: Squadron Supreme, Empyre: Stormranger, Empyre: Invasion of Wakanda, The Union, and Strikeforce #10.

‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ is Like a Six-Hour Marvel Movie, Says Anthony Mackie


Although that speaks to the quality of the production matching what is usually seen on the big screen, Mackie also thinks Marvel productions could use some improvement when it comes to diversity behind the scenes.

‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ is Like a Six-Hour Marvel Movie, Says Anthony Mackie


Although that speaks to the quality of the production matching what is usually seen on the big screen, Mackie also thinks Marvel productions could use some improvement when it comes to diversity behind the scenes.

Listen: Chris Simpson (Mineral, The Gloria Record) Gets More Personal with Mountain Time's "Music for Looking Animals"


Mountain Time is the new project from Chris Simpson of Mineral and The Gloria Record. He just released his first album, "Music for Looking Animals." First off, I'll say that the quality you find here in every song is far beyond what we've come to expect from Simpson. 

I'm not a big singer / songwriter fan, but I know perfection when I hear it. "Music for Looking Animals" is a shining example, from the musicianship to the vocals. Simpson's quiet reflections will no doubt touch an emotional cord even in the coldest of human beings.


If I may say so, Mountain Song's "Music for Looking Animals" is Chris Simpson's "Pet Sounds" or "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band." I  make the comparisons to those two groundbreaking albums because they're musical moments in time where the artists took several steps outside of their comfort zones and started incorporating more than just the standard guitar, bass, drums, and keyboards.

Mountain Time's "Music for Looking Animals" is Chris Simpson stepping out of the shadow of Mineral and The Gloria Record and staking his claim as an individual. You can't really call what he's doing here lo-fi because of all the arrangements and instruments he utilizes. What you can call it is the soundtrack to a pleasantly breathtaking and meditative journey through the ups and downs of your own personal mountain in life.   

You can find Mountain Time's "Music for Looking Animals" anywhere you stream or buy music. 

Listen: Chris Simpson (Mineral, The Gloria Record) Gets More Personal with Mountain Time's "Music for Looking Animals"


Mountain Time is the new project from Chris Simpson of Mineral and The Gloria Record. He just released his first album, "Music for Looking Animals." First off, I'll say that the quality you find here in every song is far beyond what we've come to expect from Simpson. 

Sunday, June 28, 2020

DC reveals six Batman: Three Jokers Jason Fabok variants


DC Black Label's upcoming three-issue limited series Batman: Three Jokers may focus on the Clown Prince of Crime's three most recognizable incarnations, but its just-announced variant covers will expand that roster significantly.

DC reveals six Batman: Three Jokers Jason Fabok variants


DC Black Label's upcoming three-issue limited series Batman: Three Jokers may focus on the Clown Prince of Crime's three most recognizable incarnations, but its just-announced variant covers will expand that roster significantly.

DC's Event Leviathan: Checkmate by Bendis and Maleev postponed indefinitely


DC has indefinitely postponed Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev's upcoming Event Leviathan: Checkmate six-issue limited series, promising in its most recent retailer mailer that it will be "rescheduled to align with upcoming DC Universe storylines."

DC's Event Leviathan: Checkmate by Bendis and Maleev postponed indefinitely


DC has indefinitely postponed Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev's upcoming Event Leviathan: Checkmate six-issue limited series, promising in its most recent retailer mailer that it will be "rescheduled to align with upcoming DC Universe storylines."

New ‘Soul’ Teaser Shows Off Stunning Animation and a Wonderful Soundtrack


A new Soul teaser was revealed during a virtual panel at the Essence Festival of Culture, and not only does it have plenty of new footage from the movie with some truly stunning animation, but it also features the original song “Parting Ways” written, produced and performed by American R&B and neo soul musician Cody ChesnuTT.

New ‘Soul’ Teaser Shows Off Stunning Animation and a Wonderful Soundtrack


A new Soul teaser was revealed during a virtual panel at the Essence Festival of Culture, and not only does it have plenty of new footage from the movie with some truly stunning animation, but it also features the original song “Parting Ways” written, produced and performed by American R&B and neo soul musician Cody ChesnuTT.

DC slyly references Batman history in 'Joker War' preview


As you can see by preview pages DC has released, they're slipping in a reference to Mark of Zorro, established in Frank Miller's Batman: The Dark Knight Returns #1 as the movie a young Bruce Wayne attended with his parents the night they were murdered in Crime Alley, after decades of retellings of his origin simply referencing an unidentified movie.

DC slyly references Batman history in 'Joker War' preview


As you can see by preview pages DC has released, they're slipping in a reference to Mark of Zorro, established in Frank Miller's Batman: The Dark Knight Returns #1 as the movie a young Bruce Wayne attended with his parents the night they were murdered in Crime Alley, after decades of retellings of his origin simply referencing an unidentified movie.

Outlawed: Everything we know so far about Marvel's teen-centric sequel


Marvel's teen heroes are under a new mandate - or they will be, when the comics arrive.

Outlawed: Everything we know so far about Marvel's teen-centric sequel


Marvel's teen heroes are under a new mandate - or they will be, when the comics arrive.

Saturday, June 27, 2020

‘D.A.R.Y.L.’ Sequel TV Series Starring Tony Hale in the Works For Some Inexplicable Reason


It’s one of several titles in development over at TNT and TBS, and Tony Hale is set to star as the robot boy, who is now all grown-up…and obsolete.

‘D.A.R.Y.L.’ Sequel TV Series Starring Tony Hale in the Works For Some Inexplicable Reason


It’s one of several titles in development over at TNT and TBS, and Tony Hale is set to star as the robot boy, who is now all grown-up…and obsolete.

My Two Cents: "Artemis Fowl," "The Call of the Wild," New Stryper, Circle of Dust Remix, Fresh Man ov God, Isolation Park, More


It's been an interesting week for me as far as entertainment goes. I finally had a chance to see a few movies I've been wanting to check out. I did my first Zoom interview for the site and it did relatively well. Some great new music hit streaming platforms as well. Finally, I worked on some vocals for a track I've been recording for an industrial metal project dubbed Isolation Park.

Let's discuss the movies I took in first. Disney dumped "Artemis Fowl" onto their new streaming platform, and it was probably a good idea not to wait for a theatrical release. It's not the worst film I've ever seen, but it's not the best either. It throws you into the world of the YA character, but doesn't give much explanation as to what is happening and who these protagonists and antagonists are. Being dropped into another universe can work sometimes if it's done right ("Star Wars") or flop miserably for most viewers ("The Dark Tower"). The whole movie is a bit of a mess and I can't imagine it will get the sequel it hints at.


Next up is "The Call of the Wild," which stars Harrison Ford and a rather impressive CGI dog. Ford pours his everything into his role, delivering on an emotional level and interacting with what was a man acting like a dog in a motion capture outfit. The movie looks great and definitely keeps you interested from start to finish. I watched the movie twice in two days and bought it - that's saying a lot for me.

Ridiculously enough, I hadn't seen "Bumblebee" yet. It came out right around the time my daughter was born and I just never got around to seeing it. I love most of the "Transformers" movies apologetically and find them wonderfully noisy and chaotic in the way I prefer a great sci-fi action film. "Bumblebee" was surprisingly quiet and more personal than any of the previous Michael Bay-helmed films. It totally works and left me with the sort of warm nostalgic feeling you get when watching "E.T." or "The Iron Giant." 


After that, my daughter wanted more Bumblebee, so I started watching "Transformers: The Last Knight." While nowhere near as bad as I remembered it, it sure is a weird mashup of a film. It seems like the writers were trying to do their own version of "Excalibur" blended with "Suicide Squad" and a bit of "Stranger Things" thrown in. I don't like how they handled Merlin being a dunce, but I did enjoy Anthony Hopkins in his wacky role. 

As far as music is concerned, I've been all over the map this week. There's been a lot of cool stuff released in many different genres. Circle of Dust released a new 25th anniversary mix of their song "Self Inflict." Lots of interesting new sounds and layers added and taken away from the original. I definitely suggest giving it a listen if you like the harder side of industrial music. 

Along those same lines is the new single from Brook Reeves' solo project Man ov God. It's just as heavy as his Impending Doom band, but in a different way. The new song, "Black Sheep," is so dark and sonically heavy without being metal. I'm always impressed by his output and think his brand of death-hop is so unique.


You know what really hits the spot sometimes? A good dose of something new from Stryper, and they delivered it this week in the form of "Blood From Above." Apparently, it's the first single off their upcoming album "Even the Devil Believes." The artwork for the album is incredible and fits the image of the band so well. The song jams in that awesome way classic Stryper always has.

I've been slowly recording vocals for a song that was written and recorded by a rather impressive lineup of musicians during the Covid-19 quarantine. It's the first time I've really done anything musically in over 20 years and it's nerve-wracking, but fun to challenge myself again. The industrial metal project is being called Isolation Park and the track is entitled "Pan-Dem-ic." 


"Pan-Dem-ic" features Jason Wisdom (Death Therapy, Becoming the Archetype) on bass and electronics; Rick Roman Jr. (New Society) on keyboards and programming; Abraham Barberi (My Place Was Taken) recorded rhythm guitar; Rocky Gray (Living Sacrifice, Evanescence) is recording lead guitar; and Matt Wright is arranging, producing, and providing keyboards and programming. I'm doing vocals, and I can't wait for folks to hear it.

I think I've been long-winded enough this time around. Be sure to check out what I plan to be my daily rants about movies, music, and more. I'll just yammer on and on about stuff I like and don't like. You'll either read it or you won't. If you got this far, thanks. 

My Two Cents: "Artemis Fowl," "The Call of the Wild," New Stryper, Circle of Dust Remix, Fresh Man ov God, Isolation Park, More


It's been an interesting week for me as far as entertainment goes. I finally had a chance to see a few movies I've been wanting to check out. I did my first Zoom interview for the site and it did relatively well. Some great new music hit streaming platforms as well. Finally, I worked on some vocals for a track I've been recording for an industrial metal project dubbed Isolation Park.

Friday, June 26, 2020

Listen: "Soft Lies" by The Lost Chorus - Members of Stavesacre, Project 86, Plankeye, and Focused


The Lost Chorus is made up of a group of guys who will no doubt be familiar to those of us who grew up in the alternative rock scene of the mid-1990s. Singer-songwriter Andy Zipf fronts the band. He made a name for himself with songs that got airplay on MTV and VH1 and received critical acclaim from such outlets as Paste Magazine, Performing Songwriter Magazine, and XM Radio Satellite. Ryan Dennee from Stavesacre and Plankeye plays guitar. Bass guitar is handled by Dirk Lemmenes, who is well-known from his tenure in Stavesacre and Focused. Alex Albert, formerly of Project 86, Focused, and Crash Rickshaw, plays the drums.

They just released their latest single, "Soft Lies," was just released via streaming platforms like Spotify and YouTube. It's the bands first new music since thier self-titled 2011 EP. Fans of atmospheric rock that hearkens back to the serene and bombastic sounds of bands like Mineral, Elliott, and early Jimmy Eat World will love this new song. 

I really can't say enough positive things about The Lost Chorus. They're that type of group that is both musically unique and comfortably familiar at the same time. Longtime music fans know exactly what I mean.

Check out the lyric video for "Soft Lies" below. After that, go seek out their first EP on your favorite music outlet.