“New Marvel’s Jessica Jones Trailer”

“After an intriguing premiere date announcement teaser debuted a couple weeks back, we now have the first actual live-action footage from Marvel’s Jessica Jones.

While there is no dialogue, the single shot still has some notable info to tell audiences about the life Krysten Ritter’s Jessica Jones is living – and what she’s capable of doing.

The second of the Marvel Netflix series, after Daredevil, all 13 episodes of Jessica Jones will debut November 20th in all territories Netflix is available.

Jessica Jones will have a big presence at New York Comic Con next month, where much more footage is likely to debut.”


“Flashback Feature: Bionic Six”

Bionic Six is an American-Japanese animated television series that aired from 1987 to 1989. It was produced by TMS Entertainment (which had previously worked on Dokonjō Gaeru and Hasbro‘s Visionaries: Knights of the Magical Light) and distributed, through first-run syndication, by MCA TV, years before the latter company becameNBCUniversal Television Distribution.[1] Renowned Japanese animation director Osamu Dezaki was involved as chief supervising director, and his distinctive style (as seen in Golgo 13 and Cobra) is evident throughout all its episodes.

The title characters of the series are a family of machine-enhanced human beings possessing unique powers after being augmented with bionic technology. Each family member is given specific bionic powers, and thus they form a superhero team called the Bionic Six.

In the near future (some unspecified decades after 1999[2]), Professor Dr. Amadeus Sharp Ph.D., head of the Special Projects Labs (SPL), creates a new form of technology to augment humans through bionics. His first subject was Jack Bennett, a test pilot who secretly acted as Sharp’s field agent, Bionic-1.

On a family ski vacation in the Himalayas, an alien spacecraft triggers an avalanche that buries the entire family, exposing them to the unusual radiation of a mysterious buried object. Jack frees himself but discovers his family in a comatose state. Theorizing that Jack’s bionics protected him from the radiation, Professor Sharp implants bionic technology in the others, awakening them. Afterward, the family operates incognito as a publicly lauded team of adventuring superheroes, the Bionic Six.

The primary antagonist of the series is a mad scientist known as Doctor Scarab, along with his gang of henchmen – Glove, Madam-O, Chopper, Mechanic, and Klunk – accompanied by Scarab’s legion of drone robots called Cyphrons. Ironically, Scarab is Professor Sharp’s brother. Obsessed with obtaining immortality and ruling the world, Scarab believes that the key to both goals lies in the secret bionic technology invented by his brother, ever plotting to possess it…”


“‘Furious 7’ Breaks Home Entertainment Records”

Furious 7” is burning rubber at the home entertainment market.

The latest, adrenalized installment in the fast cars and hard driving criminals series is the highest-grossing live action film of 2015 when it comes to DVD, Blu-ray and digital sales. Since debuting on Sept. 15, the film has generated $52.5 million in consumer spending across both physical and digital formats. It sold roughly 2.5 million units on Blu-ray and DVD in its first week of release.

It ranks as the franchise’s biggest-selling release to date and is on pace to be Universal’s highest-grossing live-action home entertainment release in studio history. The picture, which was nearly derailed when the death of star Paul Walker necessitated production delays and the use of body doubles and digital trickery, was a box office phenomenon. It ranks as the fifth highest-grossing film of all time, with $1.5 billion in receipts.The success of “Furious 7” is also good news for the movie business. The growth of digital sales and rentals has only partially filled the hole left by the collapse of the DVD market, but the strong reception for “Furious 7” demonstrates that it’s still possible to have a home entertainment hit.

The success of “Furious 7” is also good news for the movie business. The growth of digital sales and rentals has only partially filled the holeleft by the collapse of the DVD market, but the strong reception for “Furious 7” demonstrates that it’s still possible to have a home entertainment hit.

In addition to Walker, “Furious 7” stars Vin Diesel, Jason Statham and Dwayne Johnson. An eighth film in the series is scheduled to hit theaters on April 14, 2017.”


“Ratings: ‘Empire’ Still Massive, Tops Premiere Week in Near-Record Return”

“Last season’s record-breaking hit drama returns atop the premiere week heap, topping everything but the NFL with a 6.5 rating in the key demo.

All hail the king. While premiere week is generally about seeing which new broadcast series fly (or fizzle), no new show is courting as much interest from ratings-watchers as Empire. Fox’s golden goose, the top-rated series last season, returned on Wednesday night. And it delivered.

The one-hour episode easily outperformed everything else on TV last night — and this week, if you exclude football — with an average 6.7 rating among adults 18-49 and 16 million viewers. Compared to previous episodes, that’s only eclipsed by the March finale as the highest-rated ever. It’s a much-needed dose of good news for Fox. The No. 4 network followed Sunday’s all-time low Emmy ratings with a soft premiere forMinority Report and a disappointing start for Scream Queens.

Advertisers are betting big on Empire’s new season. In The Hollywood Reporter’s recent cover story on the drama, the asking price for a 30-second spot in the Sept. 23 premiere was revealed to be a staggering $750,000. And the rest of the season will see the same amount of time going for as much as $600,000. (That’s in the range of peak American Idol.)

Empire’s first-season performance was basically without precedent in the modern TV landscape. Growing its audience every week for 12 weeks, the show broke record after record. Its January opener fetched an impressive 3.8 rating in the key demo and 9.9 million viewers, trouncing its American Idol lead-in, and its finale raked in jaw-dropping 6.9 rating with adults 18-49 and 17.6 million viewers.

And all of that was before time-shifting. A bigger draw for live audiences, Empire closed out the TV season averaging a 7.1 rating among adults 18-49 and 17.3 million viewers in live-plus-seven data. Multiplatform data is more difficult to account for, but Fox brass have been vocal about the show’s continued traction among streamers over the summer…”


“Ta-Nehisi Coates to Write Black Panther Comic for Marvel”

“Ta-Nehisi Coates can be identified in many ways: as a national correspondent for The Atlantic, as an author and, as of this month, as a nominee for the National Book Award’s nonfiction prize. But Mr. Coates also has a not-so-secret identity, as evidenced by some of his Atlantic blog posts and his Twitter feed: Marvel Comics superfan.

So it seems only natural that Marvel has asked Mr. Coates to take on a new Black Panther series set to begin next spring. Writing for that comics publisher is a childhood dream that, despite the seeming incongruity, came about thanks to his day job. “The Atlantic is a pretty diverse place in terms of interest, but there are no comics nerds,” besides himself, Mr. Coates said in an interview.

His passions intersected in May, during the magazine’s New York Ideas seminar, when he interviewed Sana Amanat, a Marvel editor, about diversity and inclusion in comic books. Ms. Amanat ledthe creation of the new Ms. Marvel, a teenage Muslim girl living in Jersey City, based on some of her own childhood experiences.

“It was a fruitful discussion,” he recalled.

After that event, Marvel reached out, paired Mr. Coates with an editor, and discussions about the comic began. The renewed focus on Black Panther is no surprise. Created in 1966, he is the first black superhero and hails from Wakanda, a fictional African country.

“He has the baddest costume in comics and is a dude who is smarter and better than everyone,” said Axel Alonso, the editor in chief of Marvel. The character not only adds to the diversity of Marvel’s comics; he will do it for their films too: Black Panther is set to make his big-screen debut next year in “Captain America: Civil War,” followed by a solo feature in 2018…”


“Fresh Off the Boat boss on TV diversity and ‘writing women who don’t apologize'”

“Following the misfire that was Margaret Cho’s 1994 sitcom All-American Girl, it took 20 years before ABC — or any other network — would take a chance on a series led by an Asian-American cast. As Viola Davis noted in her history-making Emmys speech on Sunday, “The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity.” Finally, women of color are being afforded some space — and even making space for themselves — in network television, and this more diverse landscape has made for undeniably richer, more informative storytelling.

When EW spoke to Fresh Off the Boat showrunner Nahnatchka Khanin advance of the ABC comedy’s first season, she said that a focus-test of the original pilot left white people in the audience feeling “persecuted.” Now, as season 2 goes into full-swing — Fresh returned Tuesday — we caught up with Khan and star Constance Wu to talk representation, stereotyping, strong women, and what’s next for the Huang family.

After years of being relegated to token and supporting roles, Fresh Off the Boat can boast the largest Asian-American-led cast on television, which exerts a unique and not insignificant amount of pressure. “We sort of have the burden of an entire group’s representation,” says Khan of having to answer to criticisms from the Asian-American community. “You can’t please everybody.” Indeed, even Eddie Huang — the author of the memoir that inspired the show — has openly derided the series for being too safe and not adequately representative of his experiences. He narrated the series for season 1, but was absent from the season 2 premiere and seems unlikely to return.

Khan’s priority, however, is to the characters. “It’s like, ‘Would Jessica do this? Would Louis do this?’ That’s what we try to stay true to, just making sure the characters behave in ways that feel authentic to them and their story,” she explains. “In doing so, I think people see themselves or their families or their growing-up experience in [Fresh Off the Boat] and that makes us happy. But if people don’t see that, that’s okay too. Not everybody can see every moment of their life displayed by one set of people. It’s just not going to happen…”


“‘Loving’ Starts Production And Rounds Out Cast”

“Principal photography has begun in Virginia on Big Beach and Raindog Film’s historical drama Loving, and the full cast has been announced. The film follows the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple from Virginia who married in 1958 when interracial relationships were illegal. The pair were arrested, jailed, and then forced to move from their home state, but then waged a long legal battle that ultimately saw the Supreme Court declare such laws unconstitutional in the landmark Loving v. Virgina decision of 1967.

Joining the production are Nick Kroll as Bernie Cohen, Jon Bass as Phil Hirschkop, Marton Csokas as Sheriff Brooks, and Bill Camp as Frank Beazley. In addition, Michael Shannon will play Grey Villet, the LIFE Magazine photographer who shot the now-iconic images of the Lovings in 1965. Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga star as Richard and Mildred Loving. Inspired by the documentary The Loving Story, Loving is written and directed by Jeff Nichols…”