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‘Avengers: Infinity War’ trailer: Josh Brolin’s Thanos finally arrives

The long road to infinity has finally arrived. Marvel Studios debuted the first trailer for “Avengers: Infinity War” on Good Morning America this morning. (Note that Disney owns both Marvel and ABC.) The film, which arrives in theaters May 4, will mark the beginning of the end of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as we know it, […]

A note to Eric Trump: Many found Disney’s ‘Pocohontas’ offensive, but not for its title

SINCE ITS release 22 summers ago, Disney’s animated hit “Pocahontas” has sparked divisive opinions. On one hand, the G-rated film took extreme narrative liberties, painting the 17th-century teenage icon’s brutal story as romantic, kid-friendly fare. On the other hand, the studio received praise for finally — after six decades of fictional, uniformly pale princesses — […]

Will Seth MacFarlane finally win his first Grammy Award?

ONE OF these years, Seth MacFarlane, as a cartooning crooner, is going to bag a Grammy Award that can rest next to his row of Emmys. And on Tuesday, MacFarlane again showed that his best shot at landing a Grammy might come from interpreting midcentury standards from the American songbook. The “Family Guy” creator received […]

‘Mutts,’ ‘Doonesbury’ and ‘Calvin and Hobbes’ art leads auction bids for hurricane relief

PATRICK McDONNELL’S comic “Mutts” often offers poignant moments for a good cause, such as the “Shelter Stories” strips that benefit the Humane Society. So the cartoonist told Comic Riffs that it was quite organic for him to draw in support of hurricane relief. Now, comics fans are agreeing as they vote with their wallets. Last Thursday, […]

How ‘Coco’s’ success helped Pixar avoid a five-year streak of no acclaimed original movies

PIXAR RAISED the bar so high a decade ago with a spectacular three-year streak of original films that the studio is forever measured against its own success. Yet even allowing that the Oscar-plated run of “Ratatouille,” “WALLE” and “Up” found rarefied air from 2007 to 2009, the viewer expectation persisted that the great minds of […]

How Pixar’s ‘Coco’ became a huge box-office hit

OVER THE holiday weekend, audiences in the rest of North America flocked to what Mexican moviegoers had affirmed more than a month ago: Disney/Pixar’s “Coco” is an authentically appealing winner. The animated smash soared to a $71.2 million domestic debut to win the five-day holiday frame, topping such superhero behemoths as “Justice League” and “Thor: […]

How ‘Teen Titans Go!’ became a 200-episode Cartoon Network hit

On the way to developing one of DC Entertainment’s biggest hits, animated or otherwise, the makers of “Teen Titans Go!” frequently heard the voices of doubters. That’s because the doubts were coming from the mouths of the voice actors they’d cast. “Teen Titans Go!,” which debuted on Cartoon Network in 2013, was a lighter, funnier reboot of the original […]

Frida Kahlo empowered an actress to fight harassment. Now she voices Frida in ‘Coco.’

NATALIA CORDOVA-BUCKLEY is a voice actor in the new Disney/Pixar movie “Coco,” but it was her voice that led her to first experience the trauma of sexist taunts. She was bullied because she spoke with a low tone — deeper than her father’s by age 6, she says — that was judged to be less than feminine. “Machismo harmed […]

Cartoonists’ Thursday strips will be auctioned off to benefit hurricane relief

IF YOUR comics pages look a little different to you Thursday, it’s for a good cause. More than 125 cartoonists are donating their original art to benefit the victims of recent hurricanes and other U.S. disasters, including in Puerto Rico. The auction campaign, called Thanks + Giving, includes such syndicates as King Features, The Washington […]

Do ‘Justice League’s’ post-credits scenes actually mean anything for the future of the franchise?

Note: Spoilers ahead for “Justice League.” There was one question lingering in audiences’ minds after watching “Justice League”: Do the two very cool and surprising post-credits scenes mean anything for the future of DC on the big screen,...Show More Summary

How ‘Justice League’s’ Ray Fisher took on fan-favorite Cyborg as his first major movie role

The role of Cyborg in “Justice League” is Ray Fisher’s first performance in a major motion picture, but he does have experience playing legendary characters. Before filming his first movie, Fisher was a theater actor, performing as the Duke of Burgundy in an Oregon Shakespeare Festival production of “King Lear,” and as Muhammad Ali in […]

Johns and Frank’s ‘Doomsday Clock’ marks first big gamble by DC Comics in the ‘rebirth’ era

It has been almost a year to the day since Geoff Johns helped lead DC Comics to one of its most successful relaunches with the new “rebirth” era. Johns is again asking for fans to believe in him while he takes care of some of their most sacred characters. The first issue of “Doomsday Clock,” a 12-issue […]

How a Star Wars video game faced charges that it was promoting gambling

Imagine buying a new chess set. Chess is your favorite game. Also you love “Star Wars.” It’s a Star Wars chess set! Now imagine playing your friend who spent $200 for the random chance that his pawns obtain the board-clearing powers of a queen. Plus his king looks like Darth Vader and yours still looks like […]

Meet the ‘Justice League’ villain that does the most damage: Mr. CGI

THE HAIRIEST PROBLEM with “Justice League,” which opens today, is cleanly represented by the great and disturbing case of the missing whiskers. Because Superman, who died at the end of last year’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” inevitably appears in flashback in the new film, it is no plot spoiler to comment on Henry […]

Could ‘Justice League’ signal Ben Affleck’s departure from his Batman role?

THERE IS a moment in the new “Justice League” when the Caped Crusader urges Wonder Woman in the ways of team leadership — Batmansplaining, if you will, but with a well-intentioned purpose. And in that scene, it is easy to wonder: Is the Dark Knight simply grooming the Amazon to be his replacement boss — or […]

A classic title featuring Wonder Woman and Batman returns to DC Comics

“The Brave and the Bold” is returning to DC Comics in a new miniseries that will feature Batman and Wonder Woman. The classic DC team-up title — which debuted in the 1950s, was most recently published by DC in 2009 and appeared as an animated show in 2008 — will be written and illustrated by Liam Sharp. […]

‘Justice League’ reviews are in, and they’re as all over the place as the DC movie itself

THE EARLY critical response to Warner Bros.’s big DC superhero team-up “Justice League,” which opens Friday, is as all over the place as the film itself. “Justice League” was directed by Zack Snyder, but Joss Whedon (veteran of Marvel’s “Avengers” team-up films) was brought in this past spring to complete the picture (for which he […]

‘Justice League’ isn’t exactly ‘Wonder Woman.’ But it doesn’t have to be.

The greatest feat of “Justice League” may be avoiding the disaster that it could have been. This movie was never going to be a masterpiece. Not in the same light as “Wonder Woman” despite the fact that Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) is in it. A director change (to Joss Whedon) in postproduction and a probable […]

‘Coco’ forced Pixar to dive deep into a real-world culture — and add some diversity

PIXAR STUDIOS, for all its renown for creating highly detailed worlds, has rarely had to worry too much about cultural authenticity. Even after all their fabled research for movies such as “Brave” and “Ratatouille,” the filmmakers have been free to use their imaginations, without real fear of offending toymakers, automakers or entomologists. Show More Summary

As Jimmy Kimmel turns 50, his boyhood superheroes come to life thanks to J.J. Abrams, Ben Affleck

IT TOOK only four decades for host Jimmy Kimmel to see his boyhood art come to dazzling, star-studded life. On Monday’s episode of his ABC late-night show, Kimmel celebrated turning 50 with bells, whistles and Ben Affleck. The actor was there to promote his film “Justice League” (opening Friday), but that also provided the perfect […]

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