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How cartoonists are mocking Trump, Putin and the claims of ‘fake news’

PRESIDENT-ELECT Donald Trump says he has “nothing to do with Russia” and concedes that Russia hacked the Democratic National Committee, all while tossing out the tainted label of “fake news” when referring to rumors of his being compromised by Russian President Vladimir Putin. It’s been a wild week already in American politics, and the inauguration is still […]

Why George Lucas’s new museum has a crucial mission that goes way beyond Star Wars

IT IS welcome news that George Lucas and his team have finally settled upon a museum home for the Star Wars creator’s collection, after a years-long saga among three cities. Because the $1 billion Lucas Museum for Narrative Art has a vital mission to achieve. In an American culture that clings to its bubbles and walls […]

The Black Widow movie you’ve always wanted is happening right now in her comic book

A Black Widow movie may not be on the horizon from Marvel Studios, but that isn’t for lack of inspirational comic book material. Marvel Comics’ current ongoing “Black Widow” series from writer Mark Waid and artist Chris Samnee, which debuted last March, is the latest and best example yet that perhaps a solo movie starring […]

Oculus Touch gaming: Welcome to the future

The Climb Developer and publisher: Crytek Superhot Developer: Superhot Publisher: Superhot Team I began 2017 reeling about my office, bumping into my desk, toppling over books, and scraping paint off the wall with a controller. Though I wouldn’t have had a problem passing a breathalyzer test, I was, without question, intoxicated by room-scale, virtual reality […]

All kinds of adult fiction books decreased in sales last year — except for this one

TO GRASP the big picture in publishing in 2016, it’s illuminating to look at all the smaller pictures. Because last year, the only area within adult fiction that rose from 2015 was graphic novels. So reports Publishers Weekly, which in citing Nielsen BookScan numbers, writes: “The lone bright spot in fiction was comics and graphic novels, which […]

As the next Lando Calrissian, Donald Glover gets why the character is so vital to Star Wars

DONALD GLOVER’s first toy was Lando Calrissian, the Cloud City leader played by Billy Dee Williams in the original Star Wars trilogy. Now, Glover, having inherited the role of young Lando in the next year’s standalone Han Solo film, is talking more about the role that could see him soon cast in plastic as a […]

What the new image of the ‘Justice League’ movie reveals

Slowly but surely, Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment are getting closer to an eventual new trailer release for “Justice League.” Until then, fans will have to enjoy updates via “Justice League’s” social media accounts. On Sunday, the official “Justice League” Twitter account tweeted a new image of the superhero team (after it debuted at USA […]

‘Rogue One’ is about to become the top movie of 2016 at the domestic box office

“ROGUE ONE” is now on the brink of becoming North America’s biggest film of 2016. And if there were any question as to the financial incentives for years (and years) of spinoff “anthology” Star Wars films, all doubt has been removed by what will go down as Disney’s biggest domestic release of a year in […]

‘Zootopia’s’ Golden Globe win just made it the official animation Oscar favorite

“ZOOTOPIA” has everything working in its favor ahead of the Jan. 24 announcement of the Oscar nominations. The Disney hit blends engaging art with one of the year’s best animated stories. Its theme of overcoming differences in politically divisive and fearmongering times feels of-the-moment. And on Sunday night, the CGI smash won the Golden Globe […]

Can ‘Deadpool’ win a Golden Globe? It depends on the showdown between two Canadian Ryans.

SO DOES a superhero film really have a chance in “Hell or High Water” of winning at this weekend’s Golden Globe Awards? That depends on the duel between the nice-guy Canadian Ryans. Some industry watchers were surprised when Ryan Reynolds was nominated for best musical/comedy performance, and even more so that his “Deadpool” was nominated […]

Princess Leia as a Disney Princess is just one possibility for the character’s future

ON THE same day that scores of celebrity mourners were gathering at the neighboring L.A. homes of Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher after their deaths last month, fans and filmmakers were weighing the fate of Fisher’s most iconic character, Princess Leia. Cody Christensen, a fan from Cedar City, Utah, has his wish: The father of five […]

Can ‘Deadpool 2’ give birth to an R-rated X-Force franchise?

“Deadpool 2,” due in theaters in early 2018, could give 20th Century Fox another “X-Men” movie franchise if the studio plays its cards right. Lost in all the recent drama of changing directors (“Deadpool” director Tim Miller has been replaced by “John Wick’s” David Leitch) and possible differences of opinion on what the sequel’s budget should be […]

After 80 years of tragic deaths, parents are actually staying alive in animated films

Fair warning: Thar be spoilers ahead. FOR ONE YEAR, at least, we got a reprieve. In reversing a trope’s troubling body count, 2016’s major awards-contending animated films managed to stop icing our parents. Yes, kids, in some ways, these weren’t your father’s CG-animated films, because in the past year, your cartoon daddies actually got to […]

Disney’s ‘Zootopia’ and ‘Moana’ will battle it out for Golden Globes’ best animated film

THE SMASH “Sing” and the acclaimed “Kubo and the Two Strings” have their work cut out for them at this weekend’s 74th Golden Globe Awards ceremony, because here’s the thing: Disney rarely surrenders the animation crown. The Golden Globes (airing Sunday at 8 p.m. Eastern on NBC) began honoring best animated feature film a decade […]

How the studio behind ‘Sing’ and ‘Secret Life of Pets’ had a breakthrough year

WHAT CAN you buy for a half-billion dollars in Hollywood? Well, if you’re Chris Meledandri, founder of Illumination Entertainment, you can make seven films on that production tab, including three current or strong potential franchises, that gross more than a whopping $4.3 billion. Now, with the new animated smash “Sing” — which had a winning […]

‘Thor: Ragnarok’ is 2017’s biggest superhero movie mystery

Marvel Studios’ God of Thunder has yet to send us a new theatrical bolt from the blue. Of all the cinematic superhero offerings this year will bring — including “The Lego Batman Movie” (Feb. 10), “Logan” (March 3), “Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2” (May 5), “Wonder Woman” (June 2), “Spider-Man: Homecoming” (July 7) and “Justice […]

‘Rogue One’ wins New Year’s weekend as it becomes the second-biggest film of 2016

THANKS TO “Rogue One,” Disney rang in 2017 just as it began 2016: dominating the box office with a Star Wars story. “Rogue One” grossed $64.3 million domestically over the four-day holiday weekend, according to studio estimates (final numbers are due this afternoon), edging the $56.4 million take of Illumination’s “Sing.” “Rogue One” now stands […]

With viral ‘celebrity death’ art, social media has finally gone full Warhol

THROUGH HIS many poses and professions, Andy Warhol had two overriding preoccupations in his work: The great Pop Artist was endlessly fascinated with elements that orbited the nature of celebrity. And he had kind of a thing about death. Now, at the convergence of those two themes, social media has finally done it, several decades […]

How cartoonists are rendering judgment on Syrian crisis, as a new year’s resolution arrives

IN RECENT DAYS, as 2016 neared its end, cartoonists the world over looked toward Aleppo with a heavy pen. Now, with a new year nearly here, and the U.N.’s fresh support Saturday of a Syrian cease-fire, editorial artists wait to see whether they can cease drawing in violent crimson tones. In 2017, may significant steps […]

As iconic Princess Leia, Carrie Fisher was a life-force to be reckoned with

FROM THE very beginning, George Lucas knew he had a life-force of a young actress on his hands. When first casting his Star Wars films, creator-director Lucas seriously considered such other budding teenage talents as Jodie Foster and Terri Nunn. Yet Carrie Fisher, still barely an adult at the time, had a silly, fun-loving presence […]

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