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John Boyega Dishes on the Next ‘Star Wars,’ Carrie Fisher and Why He Doesn’t Watch ‘Game of Thrones’ – Variety

Posted: Wednesday, August 09, 2017

John Boyega may have starred in one of the biggest hits in history, but the “Star Wars” actor is still able to walk the supermarket aisles without being swarmed by paparazzi. SEE MORE: From the August 8, 2017, issue of Variety “One movie can’t change your life to the point where you can’t walk the streets,” he tells Variety. “I go to the supermarket. I do my own shopping. I…

Mark Millar’s superhero rise from comic book nerd to Netflix winner – The Guardian

Posted: Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Like many comic book writers and artists, Mark Millar’s love of comics began as a young child when his older brother would take him to comic book shops. But now the Scottish author has become the latest beneficiary of the global obsession with bringing the stories to life on the screen, after his publisher Millarworld – whose titles include Kick Ass, Kingsman and Wanted – was bought by Netflix this…

Game of Thrones Sets New Ratings Record—Hacks be Damned – Vanity Fair

Posted: Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Hacks? What hacks? On Sunday night, HBO set a new ratings record with the fourth episode of Game of Thrones’s seventh season. “Spoils of War” drew 10.2 million viewers—breaking the record set just a few weeks ago by the same show’s season premiere. The triumph comes amid a chaotic time for the premium cabler, which sustained a hack last week—and despite the fact that Sunday’s episode had already been posted…

Mark Millar’s superhero rise from comic book nerd to Netflix winner – The Guardian

Posted: Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Like many comic book writers and artists, Mark Millar’s love of comics began as a young child when his older brother would take him to comic book shops. But now the Scottish author has become the latest beneficiary of the global obsession with bringing the stories to life on the screen, after his publisher Millarworld – whose titles include Kick Ass, Kingsman and Wanted – was bought by Netflix this…

How Netflix can spawn a Marvel-style Millarworld superhero universe – The Guardian

Posted: Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Netflix has grand ambitions for Millarworld, the Scottish comic book company it acquired this week. The aim is to repeat Disney’s success with Marvel, where the creator of the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy has become a launchpad for multibillion-dollar film franchises. Here are four ways in which Netflix can make a global success of Millarworld properties, a job made tougher as the deal does not include founder…

Why Trump Is Wasting His Energy on Blumenthal – Vanity Fair

Posted: Tuesday, August 08, 2017

President Donald Trump’s new era of Twitter moderation took a predictable U-turn on his first day of vacation as he bashed Sen. Richard Blumenthal as a “phony Vietnam con artist” who lied about a military past. Blumenthal’s real transgression was the same as the “failing” media Trump harps on, namely bringing up all that sticky Russian stuff. As for regurgitating Blumenthal’s own personal deceit of long ago, the great self-image…

Is MAGA Nation Abandoning Trump? – Vanity Fair

Posted: Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Despite Donald Trump’s frenzied tweets proclaiming the “Trump base” to be “far bigger & stronger than ever before,” a series of very real polls show that the president is in very real danger. Republicans in the Senate are largely ignoring the executive branch, when they’re not defying the White House entirely. Speculation is building that Vice President Mike Pence is positioning himself to take over the presidency if Trump doesn’t…

Google Fires Employee Who Wrote 10-Page Anti-Diversity Manifesto – Vanity Fair

Posted: Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Google has fired James Damore, the engineer who wrote and shared a 10-page internal memo criticizing the company’s efforts to increase diversity and decrying a “politically correct monoculture” that he blamed for a misguided effort to achieve proportional representation in the workplace. The memo, entitled “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber,” has created an uproar in Silicon Valley after initially going “internally viral” at Google. In it, Damore argues that Google is…

John Boyega Dishes on the Next ‘Star Wars,’ Carrie Fisher and Why He Doesn’t Watch ‘Game of Thrones’ – Variety

Posted: Tuesday, August 08, 2017

John Boyega may have starred in one of the biggest hits in history, but the “Star Wars” actor is still able to walk the supermarket aisles without being swarmed by paparazzi. SEE MORE: From the August 8, 2017, issue of Variety “One movie can’t change your life to the point where you can’t walk the streets,” he tells Variety. “I go to the supermarket. I do my own shopping. I…

Eyes-only inspection didn’t see Ohio fair ride’s corrosion – USA TODAY

Posted: Tuesday, August 08, 2017

x Embed x Share CLOSE Ride manufacturer KMG said “excessive corrosion” of one of the Fire Ball’s support beams dangerously reduced its thickness, causing it to break apart. Video provided by Newsy Newslook A trooper with the Ohio Highway Patrol removes a ground spike in front of the Fire Ball ride July 27, 2017, at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus, Ohio, the day after it broke apart, killing…

Netflix buys comics publisher behind Kick-Ass and Kingsman – CNNMoney

Posted: Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Netflix just made a deal with the creative mind behind blockbuster movies including Captain America: Civil War and Logan. On Monday, the streaming service announced its first-ever acquisition: Comic book publisher Millarworld. You may not be familiar with Millarworld, but you’ve likely heard of founder Mark Millar’s work. Before he created Millarworld, Millar wrote a number of comic books for Marvel including Old Man Logan and Civil War, which were…

Marvel needs to stop the bad buzz surrounding ABC’s ‘Inhumans’ – Washington Post

Posted: Tuesday, August 08, 2017

MARVEL’S “INHUMANS” is going to need awfully positive word of mouth when the ABC series’s expanded pilot hits theaters next month. Because its word of marketing so far is positively awful. And the harder the show’s sales force tries to scrub the early stench, the more the entire enterprise stinks to some Marvel fans. “Inhumans,” of course, is showrunner Scott Buck’s new series based on the superpowered royal-family race created…

Mattel Is Not Safe To Play – Seeking Alpha

Posted: Monday, August 07, 2017

Every year parents are spending more on toys for their kids. The latest report from the NPD Group shows that toys sales in global markets recorded 3% growth during first six months of 2017. The market research firm estimates that the release of family-friendly movies will accelerate toys sales in the second-half – pushing full year growth to 4%. Hasbro Inc. (HAS) is one of the biggest winners of continued…

Netflix acquires comic-book publisher Millarworld in effort to bolster superhero programming – Los Angeles Times

Posted: Monday, August 07, 2017

In a bid to expand its superhero credentials, Netflix has made its first acquisition — comic-book company Millarworld, with the intention of adapting characters from the publisher’s titles into movies, series and kids’ shows that will be available only to Netflix subscribers. The Los Gatos, Calif.-based Netflix didn’t disclose Monday how much it paid for Millarworld, which was launched in 2004 by the Scottish comic-book author Mark Millar. Some of…

Marvel needs to stop the bad buzz surrounding ABC’s ‘Inhumans’ – Washington Post

Posted: Monday, August 07, 2017

MARVEL’S “INHUMANS” is going to need awfully positive word of mouth when the ABC series’s expanded pilot hits theaters next month. Because its word of marketing so far is positively awful. And the harder the show’s sales force tries to scrub the early stench, the more the entire enterprise stinks to some Marvel fans. “Inhumans,” of course, is showrunner Scott Buck’s new series based on the superpowered royal-family race created…

Fantastic Four writer admits that Marvel sidelined the comic because of bad movies – A.V. Club

Posted: Monday, August 07, 2017

In the comic book community, it’s commonly assumed that Marvel has spent the last few years quietly deemphasizing a lot of the characters that it doesn’t own the movie rights to. For example, Fox controls the X-Men movies, so the comic book X-Men were gradually sidelined in favor of the Inhumans. The exception to this was Spider-Man, who is so popular that Marvel won’t touch him, but the biggest casualty…

‘Annabelle: Creation’: The ‘true’ story of the evil doll star – USA TODAY

Posted: Monday, August 07, 2017

x Embed x Share CLOSE ‘Annabelle: Creation’ is the prequel to ‘Annabelle,’ and it’s genuinely terrifying. USA TODAY Annabelle the doll in 2014′s ‘Annabelle.’(Photo: Gregory Smith, Warner Bros. Pictures) Even by horror-movie standards, the wooden doll star of Annabelle (2014) and Annabelle: Creation (in theaters Friday) is one creepy lead actress. The eerie, forced smile, garish makeup and unblinking eyes made Annabelle a clear breakout villain even before her first memorable but…

‘Inhumans’ seeks to add TV power to Marvel, ABC – CNN

Posted: Monday, August 07, 2017

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Netflix’s first ever acquisition is indie comic book publisher Millarworld – TechCrunch

Posted: Monday, August 07, 2017

Netflix has acquired Millarworld, the streaming media company announced on Monday. Millarworld is the independent comic publishing company founded by Mark Millar, a storied comic book creator who is behind a host of iconic characters and series, including Kick-Ass and Kingsman, as well as the creative force behind some of Marvel’s best story arcs, including The Ultimates and Old Man Logan. Millar and wife Lucy Millar, also a celebrated comic…

The Future Of The Marvel Cinematic Universe – Seeking Alpha

Posted: Monday, August 07, 2017

Introduction In 2009, Disney (DIS) bought Marvel. Disney investors weren’t happy with that 4 billion USD expenditure. On the same day, the stock price plunged, and many analysts criticized the bloated price that Disney agreed to pay for Marvel. Eight years later, we all know that it turned out to be a highly profitable deal for both sides. Marvel boosted Disney’s sales in almost every category. It created new action…