“15 Years Ago: Gorillaz Unleash Their Animated Debut”

“When Gorillaz rampaged onto the scene in 2001, it was perfect timing. The ’70s animated band Josie and the Pussycats had just starred in a full-length live-action feature, with a soundtrack helmed by some of alternative rock’s best (Kay Hanley of Letters to Cleo; Bif Naked; and Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne, to name a few). The bubblegum flick, with origins in the Archie Comics universe, was the litmus test for Damon Albarn’s rock and hip-hop hybrid.

Gorillaz were undeniably cool. By pairing the Blur mastermind with underground graphic novelist Jamie Hewlett (Tank Girl), the project opened up a realm of possibility for both auteurs. Albarn demonstrated his affinity for experimentation throughout Blur’s career, infusing house, trip-hop, Francophile pop, African choruses and more, sometimes within a single song. But even with a delightfully scattershot record like 1994’s Parklife, which ranged from the giddy disco of “Girls & Boys” to the calliope dream “The Debt Collector”, on his resume, Albarn wanted to break free of rock’s shackles.

Finally, someone let me out of my cage,” rapped Del tha Funky Homosapien on the first Gorillaz single, “Clint Eastwood.” Amid spaghetti western strings and plodding refrains, Del and Albarn made a modern-day “Walk This Way.” It was more cynical than the Run-DMCAerosmith collaboration, but it was just as significant in its shifting of cultures. New millennium, new rules: Hip-hop fans, rockers, rave kids and everyone in between could get down to this jam…”

http://diffuser.fm/gorillaz-debut/

Advertisements

“Wonder Woman:75th Birthday Celebrations to Include Numerous Merchandise Collaborations”

““Wonder Woman” is turning 75 this year and a host of events are lined up to mark the celebrations. One of the celebrations being of course “Wonder Woman” movie going solo in 2017. The iconic figure stole the show in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”.

DC Entertainment is leaving no stone unturned to celebrate 75 years of DC Comic “Wonder Woman” which was conceptualized in 1941. The official celebrations start on June 15. The unveiling of the celebrations would be with a new memorial “Wonder Woman” logo. There will also be a life-size model of the heroine’s invisible plane at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July, reported People.

DC Entertainment president Diane Nelson said that it is the perfect time for “Wonder Woman” to be celebrated. Nelson adds that it is important to have stronger gender equality representation in media and in government, and in education. DC Entertainment will also release a new “Wonder Woman” comic series in June as part of its title-wide “Rebirth” launch. The comic will don a new Wonder Woman look that echoes Gal Gadot’s warrior-themed costume that was seen in “Batman v Superman.”

The celebrations don’t stop there- DC and Mattel will be releasing a special-edition Barbie with gold-lamé-festooned cape. DC is going all out to make sure that the birthday celebrations are legendary. The company has collaborated with various clothing and accessories brands for a line of Wonder Woman-inspired goodies…”

http://www.movienewsguide.com/wonder-woman-75th-birthday-celebrations-include-numerous-merchandise-collaborations/232220

“We May Know Which Villain Will Be On The Defenders”

“Netflix has done an impressive job with bringing popular Marvel characters to the small screen. While we still have to wait for Luke Cage and Iron Fist to be released, fans are already drooling with anticipation over the Defenders miniseries. A TV version of The Avengers, Netflix and Marvel with assemble each of the four NYC heroes in order to fight for the greater good. One of the biggest questions surrounding The Defenders is which villain the heroes will be attempting to thwart. It’s unlikely that any of the villains we’ve seen thus far will be formidable enough; it has to be someone seriously tough in order to be a match. Now we may know who that villain is.

ScreenGeek is reporting that the villain on the Defenders miniseries is none other that Marvel powerhouse Mephisto. Mephisto is essentially the devil of the Marvel Universe, who ruled over Hell or Hades with an iron fist. He resembles a typical devil character with red skin, pointed ears, horns, and a scary looking cape. Mephisto has a ton of superpowers at his disposal which include force blasts, astral projection, interdimensional portals, shape shifting, illusions, and can capture the souls of recently deceased people. He also doesn’t need to sleep, eat, or age. Basically, he’s a total badass that would give the ragtag scrappy Defenders a serious run for their money.

Of course, at this point the Mephisto rumors are just that, a rumor. Still, Mephisto does make sense for a few reasons…”

http://www.cinemablend.com/television/1525950/we-may-know-which-villain-will-be-on-the-defenders

“Meet Mosaic, Marvel’s New Body-Jumping Antihero”

“In April, Marvel Comics began teasing readers with a question: “Who is Mosaic?” The phrase appeared in a set of cryptic images featuring puzzle pieces and human faces, the final one of which mentioned the upcoming 11th issue of the publisher’s Uncanny Inhumans series. Now, we have an answer: Mosaic is Marvel’s latest antihero, who will be debuting in that issue. Then, come October, he’s going to star in his own ongoing series, written by Geoffrey Thorne and drawn by Khary Randolph.

That book, Mosaic, will follow the exploits of a man named Morris Sackett. He starts out as a beautiful and successful professional basketball player, a selfish jerk, and — unbeknownst to him — a latent Inhuman. For those not up on their Marvel lore, Inhumans are people with unrealized superpowers who only manifest their special abilities after being exposed to something called the Terrigen Mist. Once that happens to Morris, he finds he no longer has his handsome body. Instead, he’s become a free-floating entity that needs to occupy other people’s bodies in order to survive…

What was attractive about this project?
Geoffrey Thorne: I grew up on Marvel comics. They’re a large part of the reason I became a writer. To be asked to create a new character for Marvel and for that character to be this character and for him to be realized in this way? My inner 12-year-old hasn’t stopped screaming and dancing. And, not to put too fine a point on it, he’s black. I’m getting to add another black character to the Marvel universe that gave us the Black Panther, Cage, Falcon, Blade, Miles Morales, and Storm…”

http://www.vulture.com/2016/06/mosaic-marvel-randolph-thorne.html

“‘Star Trek’ Cast and Crew Mourn Loss of Anton Yelchin”

“Following news of the death of actor Anton Yelchin, the stars and producers of “Star Trek” have begun releasing statements of shock, grief and sympathy.

“Anton — You were brilliant. You were kind,” director J.J. Abrams said in a handwritten note posted on Twitter. “You were funny as hell, and supremely talented. And you weren’t here nearly long enough.”

Yelchin, 27, was reportedly discovered at 1:30 a.m. pinned between his car and a brick mailbox attached to the security gate of his San Fernando Valley home.

Paramount Pictures, which will release “Star Trek Beyond” next month, released the following statement to The Hollywood Reporter: “All of us at Paramount join the world in morning the untimely passing of Antony Yelchin. As a member of the ‘Star Trek’ family, he was beloved by so many and he will missed by all. We share our deepest condolences with his mother, father and family.”

Tributes also came from his “Star Trek” co-star Zachary Quinto, who described Yelchin as “enormously talented and generous of heart,” and John Cho, who tweeted, “I loved Anton Yelchin so much. He was a true artist — curious, beautiful, courageous. He was a great pal and a great son. I’m in ruins.”

Karl Urban wrote simply, “I can’t believe it, I m fckn hurting bad!”

And “Star Trek Beyond” director Justin Lin tweeted, “Still in shock. Rest in peace, Anton. Your passion and enthusiasm will live on with everyone that had the pleasure of knowing you.”

http://spinoff.comicbookresources.com/2016/06/19/star-trek-cast-and-crew-mourn-loss-of-anton-yelchin/

“There’s Never Been a Better Time to Start Reading Wonder Woman”

“Superman’s Rebirth storyline requires some pretty in-depth knowledge of Superman stories spanning decades. Batman’s rests at least somewhat on a scattering of events in the New 52. But in this week’s Wonder Woman: Rebirth one shot, the Amazon warrior appears to be blowing up her continuity entirely. And that makes it the perfect time for new readers to jump aboard.

Mild spoilers for Wonder Woman: Rebirth #1 will follow.

The key fact established in Greg Rucka, Matthew Clark and Liam Sharp’s Wonder Woman: Rebirth #1 is that nobody knows exactly how Wonder Woman came to be. Not even — as she realizes in a stunning two-page spread depicting a myriad of Wonder Woman stories — Wonder Woman herself.

There’s a supreme metatextual irony here, for a character whose unsuitability for mainstream adaptation has often been chalked up to her perceived lack of an iconic origin story. Wonder Woman’s origin story is absurdly simple, when you compare it to some recent additions to Hollywood’s comic book community.

The reason why Wonder Woman’s origin isn’t thought of as iconic lies not in its complexity — which is no greater than that of her fellow members of DC’s “Trinity,” Superman and Batman — but rather in how, compared to Superman and Batman, her story has been introduced to a mainstream audience vanishingly less often. Superman first appeared in theaters in 1941, Batman in 1943, and there hasn’t been a decade without at least one Batman or Superman-based film since. Despite an incredibly popular television show that still holds a significant place in the cultural consciousness, Wonder Woman has, in the year 2016, appeared in a mere two movies, as a brief cameo and a secondary character…”

http://www.polygon.com/2016/6/8/11877944/wonder-woman-rebirth

“New ‘MadTV’ Cast Unveiled for CW Revival”

“The CW’s MadTV reboot has lined up its new cast.

The news comes two months after the network announced that it was bringing back the former late-night sketch show, which aired on Fox from 1995 to 2009 and helped propel several of its original castmembers (Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Ike Barinholtz, Alex Borstein and Orlando Jones, among others) to stardom.

In addition to the eight new castmembers announced Wednesday, familiar faces from the original series are set to guest-star in various episodes to reprise their beloved MadTV characters.

MadTV is all about the cast and their characters,” executive producer and showrunner David E. Salzman said. “We have double-barreled strength — an amazing new cast of eight, plus fan favorites from our original 14 seasons who will also appear on our new series for The CW.”

Salzman exec produces with Mark Teitelbaum and John Montgomery, with Telepictures producing. The MadTV revival premieres Tuesday, July 26, at 9 p.m. on The CW — the first time the sketch show will air in primetime. The CW previously hosted a 20th anniversary reunion special for the series last year, and old episodes of the series are available on The CW Seed.

Meet the eight new castmembers below:

Carlie Craig is an actress, comic, singer, improviser and impressionist whose impressive credits include producer/performer on YouTube star Todrick Hall’s MTV docuseries as well as USA Network’s First Impressions with Dana Carvey…”

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/madtv-cast-cw-revival-unveiled-903088