Con News: Arthur Darvill comes to Intervention7!

intervention 7 imageLove Doctor Who? Legends of Tomorrow? Of course you do. Well, Intervention 7 is bringing actor Arthur Darvill to Maryland! Huzzah!

Darvill joins Juliet Landau, Rene Auberjonois, Dwight Schultz and more!

Read on for the full info! Intervention 7 hits Rockville, MD, September 16th-18th.

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TrailerWatch: “The Great Wall” film stars two white dudes. Because of course.

The Great Wall onesheetHere we go again y’all. A film about something in Asia gets white leads. Oh honestly. Okay here’s the synopsis:

Set in the Northern Song Dynasty, the story is about mysteries revolving around the Great Wall of China. [Hint: IT’S MONSTERS Y’ALL.]

At around $150 million dollars,  The Great Wall is being called “the largest film ever shot entirely in China.”  And while I get that China wants to increase revenue by making sure this film breaks out of the art house grind here in the states, the trailer looks like the typical “white guy saves the world” kinda story.  And guess what?  His sidekick ain’t asian; it’s Pedro Pascal.  Third billed on IMDb?  Willem Dafoe.  As much as I love me some monsters, I’m sick of whitewashing in general, and putting white leads front and center on films that are otherwise set in/focused on areas where whites are a minority or just didn’t exist at the time/persons of color.

I’m guessing Matt Damon took this foreign film gig because cash money?  Because this Last Samurai BS is getting old.  To quote John Oliver, how is this still a thing?  Right now I’m filing this in the Eyeroll File, next to ScaJo’s whitewashed Ghost in the Shell.  You’re gonna have to give me more to root for, Legendary Pictures. If this is a film about China, maybe give us some Chinese actors up front? With love, your hapa friend.

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Con News: “Mad” magazine’s Al Jaffee to receive Hall of Fame award at the Harvey Awards

BaltimoreComicCon_logo_nodateI loved Mad magazine when I was a kid. Loved it as an adult. So it’s great that Al Jaffee is getting the Harvey Kurtzman Hall of Fame Award at this year’s Harvey Awards! The Harveys are held during Baltimore Comic-Con weekend, and this year the ceremony will be on Saturday, September 2nd.

Jaffee will also be at the con on Saturday, September 2nd.  Kismet!  Read on for the full 411, and see you at the con!
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In Horror: John Leonetti to direct “Wish Upon”

broad green logoOoh – magic box horror! I do love me some Hellraiser. But this sounds like a different riff, which is just and right.  Director John Leonetti helmed the so-so Annabelle, but also worked on The Conjuring, Tales from the Crypt and Sleepy Hollow.  Nice.  And it’ll be produced by the company that brought us Cloverfield?  Okay, you’ve got my interest piqued. Synopsis!

When 16-year-old misfit Claire finds a magic box that promises a chance at the life she’s always wanted, she never could have guessed that each wish would demand a deadly payment.

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Blu-ray Giveaway: Mother’s Day!

Mother's Day blurayIt’s hot outside.  And when it’s not hot, it’s raining.  And then it’s humid.  So why go outside – you’ve caught a bunch of Pokémon, how many Rattata do you need?  Why not stay in and watch a Blu-ray?  In fact, I can help you with that; I’ve got 10 copies of Mother’s Day, and I’m itching to give ’em to you!

I thought the film was sweet, fluffy and had a fairy-tale quality that’s perfect for couch-sitting.  Can’t remember the deal?  Synopsis!

From Garry Marshall, the director of Pretty Woman and Valentine’s Day, comes Mother’s Day, an all-star comedy that celebrates parenthood and family. Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts, Kate Hudson and Jason Sudeikis lead an incredible cast in a film that intersects the lives of a group of people maneuvering their way through a crazy week of difficult relationships and family dysfunction in the week leading up to Mother’s Day. It’s a comedy that will make you laugh, cry and cheer!

So, interested?  YEAH YOU ARE.  This is Garry Marshall’s last joint (#RIP), and as with Pretty Woman, The Princess Diaries, and Valentine’s Day, it’s a nice way to take yourself out of reality for a couple of hours.  With me? Continue reading

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Baltimore Screening Pass-palooza: Suicide Squad!

suicide squad posterIt’s time y’all.  Grab your bestie because it’s ON.  Time for Suicide Squad!  I’ve got 20 Admit-Two passes for readers!  Synopsis!

It feels good to be bad… Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity.  U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do.  However, once they realize they weren’t picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it’s every man for himself?

Love the comics, loved the trailers.  And, of course, I love Harley Quinn.  (Though TBH, I’m really digging on Katana.  Future cosplay, FTW!)  Let’s do this!

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#SDCC News: “Doctor Strange” trailer gets strange

doctor strange poster 2“There is a strength to him.  But is he ready?”

I dunno about Hugo Strange, but I sure am ready.  The official trailer for Marvel’s Doctor Strange hit San Diego Comic-Con this past weekend, and it’s all sortsa badass.

First, there’s a more in-depth discussion of exactly what type of power Strange is training for/harnessing, by the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton).  Then there’s more of a look at Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Baron Mordo, who seems like a good guy in this trailer…but who’s to say, right comic book readers?  And then there’s Mads Mikkelsen’s Kaecilius, complete with supercool eeeee-vil eye makeup FX.

But I’m really curious about Rachel McAdams here, who IMDb says will be playing Christine Palmer.  Though this trailer makes her seem as though she’s a love interest, fans know Christine Palmer as Night Nurse, the badass medical professional who helps heal up a host of superheroes.  Folks who have seen Netflix’s Daredevil know her as Rosario Dawson, even though her name is slightly different. I’m wondering if that’ll change in some way now that the MCU is having a go at the Nurse, though with Dawson’s character being the tie-in for all of the Netflix Marvel Universe shows, I can’t see that happening.  Looks like it’ll be similar to the Flash being different actors on TV than in film…

Doctor Strange steps into our reality November 4th, 2016.

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