Death Note, Who Lives and Who Dies

This is an live action version of the Japanese Death Note  manga series written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata. The story follows Light Yagami, a high school student who discovers a supernatural notebook from a Shinigami named Ryuk that grants its user the ability to kill anyone whose name and face he knows. The series centers around Light’s attempts to create and rule a world “cleansed of evil” as “God” using the notebook, and the efforts of a detective known as L to stop him.

I know very little of this series except that my son was a big fan of it. The clip below does peak my interest. But the real credit of this film will be him.

This Netflix original  version is directed by Adam Wingard (Blair Witch, You’re Next) and stars Nat Wolff (Paper Towns), Margaret Qualley (The Leftovers), Lakeith Stanfield (Get Out), Paul Nakauchi (Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End), Shea Whigham (American Hustle) and Willem Dafoe (Spider-Man).

Source: Netflix, Environics Communications, Wikipedia

The Return Of Kimmy Schmidt

Season 3 of the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt will be returning to Netflix Friday, May 19.  Kimmy, Tituss, Jacqueline and Lillian are all back new guest stars to Kimmy’s world, including Laura Dern, Daveed Diggs, Rachel Dratch, Ray Liotta, Andrea Martin and Maya Rudolph, with returning guest stars Fred Armisen, Anna Camp, Mike Carlsen, Josh Charles, David Cross, Tina Fey, Jon Hamm and Amy Sedaris.

In the Season 3 premiere, Kimmy finds herself in an unfamiliar position with the Reverend back in her life.  Titus returns from his cruise and auditions for an exciting new role.  Lillian has to break up with her boyfriend Robert Durst.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt was created by Tina Fey (30 Rock) and Robert Carlock (30 Rock), who serve as executive producers with Jeff Richmond (30 Rock) and David Miner (30 Rock, Brooklyn Nine-Nine). Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is a production of Universal Television, Little Stranger Inc., 3 Arts Entertainment and Bevel Gears for Netflix.

Source: Netflix, Environics Communications

FROM THE DESK OF SANDY WEXLER: CONTEST ANNOUNCEMENT

FROM THE DESK OF SANDY WEXLER

Attention Future Hollywood Superstars,

So you think you got some chops, kid? You give ‘em the giggles down at the 4-H club, you make ‘em clap till their hands hurt at the local-yokel talent show. But do you have what it takes to crack the most exclusive client list in Tinseltown? That’s right; I am holding an open casting call for one amazing performer to join my all-star team at Wexler Management, which I humbly consider to be the world’s premiere collection of entertainment talent. The winner will be personally represented by me, show business legend Sandy Wexler, at a reduced commission rate (zippo). And how about this – we haven’t even started working together yet, but I’ve already gotten you a gig: a walk-on role in a new movie starring Adam Sandler that will appear on the Netflix streaming internet data programming service.

Auditions are now open to the general public at large through www.wexlermanagement.com.  My people tell me this is a world wide website where you can “upload” a video of yourself which showcases your dazzling talent. Now listen to me; by talent, I’m not just talking about acting – it can be anything you do that is spectacularly entertaining as long as it’s not dangerous, life threatening to others, or xxx-rated. You can also enter the contest by uploading your video on the Twitter or the Instagram using #SandyWexlerContest.

Quite frankly, this is the chance of a lifetime. As your manager, I’m not happy unless you’re happy. So what do you say we get happy together?

Thank You,

Sandy Wexler

President, Wexler Management

 

The official contest launches on March 27 and the deadline to upload your video audition is April 7.  The public will have the opportunity to vote on the Top 20 videos starting April 10 and on April 14 we will announce the winner. The grand prize is a walk on role in Adam Sandler’s next film!

 

All details of the contest can be found at www.wexlermanagement.com

#SandyWexlerContest

Source: Netflix, Environics Communications, YouTube

Grimm Series Finale

 

 

GRIMM — Pictured: “Grimm” Key Art — (Photo by: NBCUniversal)

For those of you who watched last week……hoo boy, did not see THAT coming. This is a bittersweet finale for me for a show that never truly reached its full potential. It did a great job of building this amazing universe over the seasons, but never really did as much as they could have with it.

It wasn’t a perfect show by any means. The villain of the week format did get tiresome after a while, but they did develop an undercurrent of a main storyline each week so I was okay with it. One of the most important by products of this format is that the viewers got introduced to dozens of difference races in the Vessen world. Some of these episodes were  one offs, but many of them made appearances in the show as it continued and some of them because semi featured characters.

I think this is one those shows that could have a life on Netflix or another network, if they could provide a bit more room for the darker edge the show should have had from the beginning, but just seemed to show up in the last season.

If you have any interest in perhaps reading a few of their adventures, there are two series(One in 2013 and another in 2016) that DYNAMITE released that might be off interest to you.

Final Episode airs This Friday Mar.31rst.Trailer below

SAVAGE THINGS – DC Comics(Vertigo imprint) #1

 

This is a pretty dark book. Think a cross between Dexter and the Bourne franchise, and you get a good feel for the pulse of this series. Studies have shown that approximately 1% per cent of the population are born psychopaths. If you had a chance to channel them…would you? Put their talents to better use then the uses they’d find for their talents themselves….?

Writer Justin Jordan tells a pretty good first chapter of exactly what can happen when you lose control of something you never really understood in the first place. The most scary and realistic part of this story is that there is probably a good chance aspects of it has already happened here in the real world. The dialogue is really well written and the pace of the book is eerily calm for the situations that are presented panel to panel.

I’ve always liked books that teach me something also, along with telling a good story. I had no idea what a homicidal triad was until I read this first chapter. Now I question myself why I had such a fascination with lighting matches when I was younger. Thank god that’s only one prong. I have 4 dogs and love them like children so I’m safe on that count. You learn things in this book though:)

There are forty of you in here now. This door doesn’t open again until there are twenty“……..brutally effective writing. Add that with the art of Ibrahim Moustafa and those panels just run ice cold. A good artist can tell a lot with facial expressions. A great artist can tell a lot with SUPRESSED facial expressions.

I’m still not sure where this story is going. Is it a story of redemption? of unfinished business? or just a trip into the warped minds of a serial killer nation? I should state now that this book is definitely for mature readers. There are some pretty disturbing panels of art in here but there pretty much needed to be.

Chapter 2 is out April 5th.I’m going to be reading it.

Writer: Justin Jordan

Artist: Ibrahim Moustafa

Colored by Jordan Boyd

Lettered by Josh Reed

Justice League Trailer #1

 

 

I’m afraid to be really excited about this. Damn it though, it looks good. It seems like a much better vibe between the team then in any of the other trailers. Aquaman looks completely bad ass and I suspect if they keep Jason Momoa to one liners he’ll do okay on this outing. Cyborg’s CGI looked a bit off, but 10 times better than the other footage that I saw. The CGI in general had a “300” vibe to it which I’m okay with.

I’m 90% sure I know who the villain is, but they never really gave much away in this trailer which I think was the best route to take. I pretty knew knew the whole story to B vs S before I ever saw the film. No mention of Superman here, although he was alluded to via Amy Adams. Dialogue was a bit campy, but remains to be seen how that plays out.

Movie is out Nov.17th

Image Comics – God Country #3- Review – A few thoughts

 

Hi Folks, just a few thoughts on the latest issue of “God Country” that I just completed. Chapter 3 was very much a lull before the storm chapter……. and then that storm showed up. The pacing for this book has been very well done. Hats off to Donnie Cates for able to tell what is becoming an epic tale with just the right amount of hills and valleys.

These are not perfect characters. Which makes them even more endearing and relatable to the reader. Valofax, which is basically a talking sword, has a social awkwardness you might find in a 12 year old boy, instead of a living weapon that has seen the lives and deaths of millions across the Cosmos. That age old awkward, generational  relationship that some fathers and sons have is on full display here also .It just happens  to be playing out during a time of gods and demons. Donnie Cates nails this back and forth dialogue so wonderfully that I can’t help but wonder if it is coming from life experience.

We had a new member of the cast show up this issue in the evil of Balegrim. His show of force was just enough of an introduction  to sow the seeds of curiosity on how he plays into all of this bigger picture. At this point in time I have no idea where the story is going next and I am looking forward to that aspect each month now. Minor spoiler for this story. It’s going straight to hell……..I think. Either way…….As a grandfather, I too can relate to the one thought that was blazing through Emmett’s head “You do not F*ck with the grandkids”….

Geoff Shaw’s  art continues to help set the tone for a great look for this book. When I see his work the terms “Rustic”, “Grainy” and “windswept” comes to mind and his characters sharp features help convey the story panel to panel. He’s got a solid future ahead of him. Jason Wordie also has kept the colors of a darker nature . The darker black inks have been plentiful  to help convey the almost somber feel that the tale has sometimes.

If EBAY is any indicator people are beginning to show a lot of interest in this series. If you find a copy in your local store I would scoop it up as I suspect it may not be there much longer. Numbers were hitting $50.00….. sold for the 1rst issue on line.

Issue #4 is slated out April 19th.This is a good story. Please check it out if you have a chance. Cheers.

Writer: Donnie Cates

Artist: Geoff Shaw

Colorist: Jason Wordie.