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Heavy Metal Taps Chris Columbus’ Son Brendan with

Heavy Metal

Brendan Columbus, the son of director Chris Columbus, is making his comics debut courtesy of Heavy Metal. Along with artist Al Barrionuevo, Savage Circus is a story of a small mining town in Ohio descended upon by the most dangerous animals in the world after a train overturns and sets them loose.

The comic will debut in Heavy Metal #300 which is out this summer and continues through issues #309. It will then be collected into a graphic novel that will be out for San Diego Comic-Con 2021.

The debut marks a shift for the publisher Heavy Metal as they will increase the frequency of their magazine to a monthly release schedule from its current six times a year.

The change is part of an even bigger picture as it’s a “proof of concept” with the ultimate goal of turning Savage Circus into a film.

Columbus is the second name from Hollywood to join the Heavy Metal family recently. Actor and writer Dan Fogler will now be releasing his series through the publisher.

(via SyFy)

Guy Ritchie’s The Gentlemen is on Demand, 4K, Blu-ray, and DVD in April

The Gentlemen

Get lit in the stylish ensemble caper, The Gentlemen, a star-studded, sophisticated action-comedy written and directed by Guy Ritchie (Sherlock HolmesSnatch). This engaging and unpredictable film is available now on Digital, lighting up on On Demand April 14, 2020 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on April 21, 2020, from STXfilms and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Set in the underworld cannabis industry in London, Ritchie makes a grand return to his signature, kinetic style, enthralling and surprising audiences with every scene, made even more dynamic by the performances of its star-powered ensemble cast. The home release includes exclusive bonus content bringing audiences deeper into the provocative world of the film.

The Gentlemen follows American expat Mickey Pearson (Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club), who built a highly profitable marijuana empire in London. When word gets out that he’s looking to cash out of the business forever, it triggers plots, schemes, bribery and blackmail in an attempt to steal his lucrative domain out from under him.

Featuring an all-star cast, The Gentlemen stars Oscar winner McConaughey, alongside Charlie Hunnam (Pacific Rim, “Sons of Anarchy”), Golden Globe® nominee Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey, “Good Behavior”), Golden Globe® winner Colin Farrell (The Lobster, In Bruges), Henry Golding (A Simple Favor, Crazy Rich Asians), Golden Globe winner Hugh Grant (The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Love Actually), Jeremy Strong (“Succession,” Molly’s Game) and Eddie Marsan (Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & ShawAtomic Blonde).

BONUS FEATURES EXCLUSIVE TO 4K ULTRA HD, BLU-RAY™️, DVD & DIGITAL:

  • Behind-the-Scenes of THE GENTLEMEN – Get up close with the talented cast of THE GENTLEMEN as they give an inside look at the making of the film and share their experiences working with legendary director Guy Ritchie.
  • Best Gentlemanly Quips – A selection of some of the funniest lines from THE GENTLEMEN that spotlights the witty writing behind the film.
  • Glossary of Cannabis – Viewers are given a fun educational montage highlighting the numerous nicknames of Marijuana shown throughout the film.
  • Photo Gallery

The Gentlemen will be available on 4K Ultra HD in a combo pack which includes 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray™️ , Blu-ray™️  and Digital. The 4K Ultra HD will include all bonus features on the Blu-ray™️ disc.

  • 4K Ultra HD is the ultimate movie watching experience. 4K Ultra HD features the combination of 4K resolution for four times sharper picture than HD, the color brilliance of High Dynamic Range (HDR) with immersive audio delivering a multidimensional sound experience.
  • Blu-ray™️ unleashes the power of your HDTV and is the best way to watch movies at home, featuring 6X the picture resolution of DVD, exclusive extras and theater-quality surround sound.
  • Digital lets fans watch movies anywhere on their favorite devices. Users can instantly stream or download.

The Invisible Man is Out to Own in May

The Invisible Man

The Invisible Man, an intense, modern-day psychological thriller, becomes available to own for the first time on Digital May 12, 2020 and on 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD on May 26, 2020 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. From iconic producer Jason Blum (Halloween, Split, Get Out, Us) and director Leigh Whannel (Saw, Insidious, Upgrade), this psychological thriller modernizes Universal’s shapeshifting, classic monster against a backdrop of an empowered woman facing her tormentor. “A cutting, contemporary work of socially conscious horror” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone), The Invisible Man comes home with never-before-seen bonus content.

The Invisible Man follows a modern tale of obsession inspired by Universal’s classic monster character. Cecilia Kass (Elisabeth Moss) slowly begins to rebuild her life after the death of her abusive ex-boyfriend (Oliver Jackson-Cohen). But before long, she begins to question whether or not he is truly gone. In addition to the feature, The Invisible Man delivers up twenty minutes of exclusive bonus content, including a chance to better get acquainted with the film’s leading actress: Elisabeth Moss, feature commentary with the writer/director and deleted scenes you won’t want to miss.

Accompanying Moss is SAG-winner Aldris Hodge (“Black Mirror”, Straight Outta Compton), Oliver Jackson-Cohen (“The Haunting of Hill House”), Storm Reid (Don’t Let Go, “Euphoria”). The theatrical version of the film is currently available for early viewing on a wide variety of popular on-demand services as a premium rental offering.

BONUS FEATURES on BLU-RAYTM, 4K ULTRA HD and DVD:

  • DELETED SCENES
  • MOSS MANIFESTED – Elisabeth Moss describes the physical and emotional challenges she faced while portraying Cecilia, a woman whose truth is constantly questioned by those around her.
  • DIRECTOR’S JOURNEY WITH LEIGH WHANNELL – Director Leigh Whannell acts as tour guide through principal photography, from day 1 to day 40.
  • THE PLAYERS – Filmmakers and cast provide an in-depth analysis of each character and how they interact with the unseen terror of THE INVISIBLE MAN.
  • TIMELESS TERROR – A behind the scenes look at how writer/director Leigh Whannell re-imagined this iconic character through the lens of modern technology and socially relatable themes.
  • FEATURE COMMENTARY WITH WRITER/DIRECTOR LEIGH WHANNELL

The Invisible Man will be available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-rayTM, DVD and Digital.

  • 4K Ultra HD is the ultimate movie watching experience. 4K Ultra HD features the combination of 4K resolution for four times sharper picture than HD, the color brilliance of High Dynamic Range (HDR) with immersive audio delivering a multidimensional sound experience.
  • Blu-rayTM unleashes the power of your HDTV and is the best way to watch movies at home, featuring 6X the picture resolution of DVD, exclusive extras and theater-quality surround sound.
  • Digital lets fans watch movies anywhere on their favorite devices. Users can instantly stream or download.
  • MOVIES ANYWHERE is the digital app that simplifies and enhances the digital movie collection and viewing experience by allowing consumers to access their favorite digital movies in one place when purchased or redeemed through participating digital retailers. Consumers can also redeem digital copy codes found in eligible Blu-rayTM and DVD disc packages from participating studios and stream or download them through Movies Anywhere. MOVIES ANYWHERE is only available in the United States. For more information, visit https://moviesanywhere.com.

LEGO DC: Shazam! Magic and Monsters is coming 4/28 to Digital, 6/16 to Blu-ray/DVD

Youth, truth and trust are central to the latest brick-tastic adventure when DC’s Justice League welcomes its newest – and youngest – member in LEGO DC: Shazam! Magic and Monsters, an all-new, full-length animated feature film in the LEGO DC series. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, DC and the LEGO Group, the film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital starting April 28, 2020, and on Blu-ray Combo Pack ($24.98 SRP) and DVD ($19.98 SRP) on June 16, 2020.

LEGO DC: Shazam! Magic and Monsters

LEGO DC: Shazam! Magic and Monsters will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack (USA $24.98 SRP; Canada $29.98 SRP) and DVD (USA $19.98 SRP: Canada $24.98 SRP) as well as on Digital. The Blu-ray Combo Pack features a Blu-ray disc with the film in hi-definition, a DVD with the film in standard definition, and a digital version of the movie. The Blu-rayTM Combo Pack and DVD releases of LEGO DC: Shazam! Magic and Monsters feature an exclusive LEGO Minifigure of Shazam (while supplies last).

In LEGO DC: Shazam! Magic and Monsters, 10-year-old Billy Batson shouts a single word and, with lightning bolts flashing, he transforms into Shazam!, a full-fledged adult Super Hero. It doesn’t take long for Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman and the rest of the Justice League to take notice and invite the earnest do-gooder to join the team. But to become a member, Billy must reveal his true identity. While fighting off the evil Mr. Mind and Black Adam, Billy learns that he must trust others – and that nothing creates trust like helping those in need. Join the good fight with this giant-sized LEGO DC adventure!

Sean Astin (The Lord of the Rings franchise, The Goonies) leads a stellar cast as the voice of title character Shazam. Astin is joined by Troy Baker (Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Batman: Arkham Origins) as Batman/Bruce Wayne, Nolan North (Young Justice, Pretty Little Liars) as Superman/Clark Kent & Alfred, Grey Griffin (Scooby-Doo franchise, DC Super Hero Girls) as Wonder Woman & Lois Lane, Christina Milizia (Bunsen is a Beast) as Green Lantern Jessica Cruz, James Arnold Taylor (Star Wars: The Close Wars) as The Flash & Dummy, Imari Williams (Transformers: Rescue Bots) as Black Adam & Teth Adam, Fred Tatasciore (Batman Ninja) as Lobo & Oom, Ralph Garman (Family Guy) as the Wizard, Zach Callison (Steven Universe) as Billy Batson & Jimmy Olsen, Dee Bradley Baker (American Dad) as Jeepers, Dr. Sivana & Crocodile Man, Jennifer Hale (Mass Effect franchise) as Mary Batson & L.N. Ambassador, Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants) as The Penguin & Perry White, Jonny Rees (The Lion Guard) as Mr. Mind, Erica Lindbeck (DC Super Hero Girls) as Greeter & Farmer, and Josh Keaton (The Spectacular Spider-Man) as Executive & Terrance.

LEGO DC: Shazam! Magic and Monsters is produced by Rick Morales (LEGO Scooby-Doo!: Haunted Hollywood) and directed by Matt Peters (LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Aquaman – Rage of Atlantis) from a script by Jeremy Adams (Teen Titans Go! Vs. Teen Titans). Liz Marshall (Unikitty!) is producer and Jim Krieg (Batman: Gotham By Gaslight) is co-producer. Sam Register and Jason Cosler & Jill Wilfert are executive producers.

LEGO DC: Shazam! Magic and Monsters brings another beloved Super Hero into the Justice League fold, perfectly spotlighting his magical abilities and strength with his kid-empowering attitude to create a terrific match for action-packed LEGO fun,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Senior Vice President, Originals, Animation and Family Marketing.

LEGO DC: Shazam! Magic and Monsters Special Features (Previously Released)

Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD

From the Warner Bros. Animation vault:

  • Teen Titans Go! episode: “Little Elvis”
  • Unikitty! episode: “Spoooooky Game”
  • Unikitty! episode: “Pool Duel”

LEGO DC: Shazam! Magic and Monsters will also be available on Movies Anywhere. Using the free Movies Anywhere app and website, consumers can access all their eligible movies by connecting their Movies Anywhere account with their participating digital retailer accounts.

DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION ELEMENTS

On April 28, 2020, LEGO DC: Shazam! Magic and Monsters will be available to own in high definition and standard definition from select digital retailers including Amazon, the Apple TV app, FandangoNOW, PlayStation, Vudu, Xbox and others. On April 28, LEGO DC: Shazam! Magic and Monsters will be made available digitally on Video On Demand services from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming consoles.

Is it Curtains for AMC?

AMC Theaters is the largest movie theater chain in the U.S. with 600 locations nationwide. With the spread of COVID-19, the chain has closed its locations going dark with the escapist reality that’s now being consumed in people’s homes.

AMC Theaters

While AMC CEO Adam Aron is optimistic that the chain will open its doors in mid-June others aren’t as positive about that reality.

S&P has downgraded AMC’s credit rating expecting the movie theater chain to not recover.

We do not believe AMC has sufficient sources of liquidity to cover its expected negative cash flows past mid-summer.

-S&P analysts

The change in credit rating moves the company into “default imminent” due to “little prospect for recovery.”

While some have projected that the COVID-19 pandemic will peak between June and August S&P expects it to continue well beyond leaving the company without the needed summer blockbusters and closure for 6 months or more. That will make the company unable to pay its debt. The company reported a $5 billion-plus deficit at the end of 2019 and losses of $149 million for the year. They had a $110 million profit in 2018.

The company has cut executive pay and bonuses for three years in exchange for stock and furloughed 600 corporate employees.

The closure of so many theaters and the loss of screens will be a massive blow to the industry, not just in its recovery but the future as a whole as consolidation has lead to stricter screening deals that have resulted in further market dominance by a few. A shift to digital releases during the crisis has also created a murkier future. While that sort of release has been attempted in the past, it’s never been done on such a large scale. High profile films are skipping theatrical runs altogether while others have compressed the time of release from the theater to digital release. It’s unknown how much that will continue once the crisis has abated.

Those Two Geeks Episode Fifty Nine: Diamond’s Aren’t A Nerd’s Best Friend

Alex and Joe talk about Diamond no longer shipping to comic stores, and what that means for publishers and comic shops.

As always, Alex and Joe can be found on twitter respectively @karcossa and @jcb_smark if you feel the need to tell them they’re wrong individually, or @those2geeks if you want to yell at them together on twitter, or by email at ItsThose2Geeks@gmail.com.

Disney Announces New Movie Releases Dates Shifting Marvel’s Plans

With COVID-19 closing down theaters, Disney has been forced to shift the release dates of numerous films, impacting the future of Marvel Studios as well.

The movie studio has announced that Black Widow will now arrive on November 6, 2020, while The Eternals will be released on February 12, 2021.

What’s interesting is this signals Disney’s expectations that things will be somewhat back to normal in November. The earliest film on their new release schedule is in June 2020 and many areas haven’t predicted issues into May.

It is also pulling the film Artemis Fowl from theaters and it will debut exclusively on Disney+ in the future.

More “comic” films under the Disney umbrella have been pushed. The King’s Man which is a 20th Century Studios film will release in September 2020. That film is a spin-off of Kingsman based on the comic series. Empty Man, another 20th Century Studios film based on the BOOM! Studios‘ series, will be released on August 7, 2020.

Below are all of the named comic related releases below:

  • Empty Man (20th Century Studios)—August 7, 2020
  • The King’s Man (20th Century Studios)—September 18, 2020
  • Black Widow (Marvel Studios)—November 6, 2020
  • The Eternals (Marvel Studios)—February 12, 2021
  • Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (Marvel Studios)—May 7, 2021
  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (Marvel Studios)—November 5, 2021
  • Nimona (20th Century Studios)—January 14, 2022
  • Thor: Love and Thunder (Marvel Studios)—February 18, 2022
  • Black Panther 2 (Marvel Studios)—May 6, 2022
  • Captain Marvel 2 (Marvel Studios)—July 8, 2022
  • Untitled Marvel—October 7, 2022

Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpions Revenge Gets a New Clip and New Images

One of the most popular videogame franchises in history comes to animated life in Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge, an all-new, feature-length film produced by Warner Bros. Animation in coordination with NeatherRealm Studios and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. The film arrives from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital starting April 12, 2020, and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD on April 28, 2020.

Check out the first official Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge clip. The clip finds Hollywood star-turned-fighter Johnny Cage trying to get a handle on his new project, not yet realizing it’s a war, not a film, chatting with his new “teammates Liu Kang and Sonya Blade, and leader Raiden. Joel McHale (Community, The CW’s upcoming Stargirl) gives voice to Johnny Cage, Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter, Batman: Gotham by Gaslight) voices all-business warrior Sonya Blade, Jordan Rodrigues (Lady Bird, The Fosters) is Liu Kang, and David B. Mitchell (Mortal Kombat 11, World of Warcraft franchise) is Raiden.

Based on the worldwide hit game created by Ed Boon and John Tobias, Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge spotlights the once-in-a-generation tournament between the champions of Outworld and Earthrealm – a competition that will ultimately determine the fate of Earth and all its citizens. Lord Raiden, protector of Earthrealm, must gather the greatest fighters of his realm to defend it from the evil Shang Tsung in the battle to end all battles – Mortal Kombat!

Morbius Moved to 2021 While an Unannounced Marvel Film is in Limbo

Jared Leto in Morbius

Sony has shifted the release dates for some of its upcoming movies. They Jared Leto starring Morbius, based on the Marvel Comics’ character, is being pushed to 2021. All of Sony’s changes are due to the spread of the coronavirus/COVID-19.

The film was to be released on July 31, 2020 and will now be released March 19, 2021. The movie is the second expansion of Sony’s Spider-Man film universe.

An untitled Sony/Marvel film was also to be released on October 8, 2021 but now has no release date.

Virtually all of Sony’s movies were moved out of 2020.

(via Variety)

Movie Review: Bloodshot

The very first feature-length film based on a Valiant property was released on digital this weekend after spending a short time in theaters; Sony PicturesBloodshot starring Vin Diesel as the title character. I was able to get to the cinema a few days ago to check out the film, and have been thinking about it on and off for a few days. I wanted the film to sit with me so that I could really mull my thoughts about the movie.

Before we get anywhere, there won’t be any plot specific spoilers in the below review assuming you’ve watched the trailers released.

The character originated in the 90’s, created by Kevin Van Hook, Don Perlin and Bob Layton, is a recently deceased man brought back by a shady weapons tech corporation for their own use by the use of billions of tiny robots in his bloodstream. it’s these little machines that give him an ability to heal from pretty much anything, enhanced physical attributes, the ability to “talk” to other machines and ghost-white skin with a never healing open wound on his chest.

Bloodshot takes the core concept of the character and throws in an equal blend of Vin Diesel, an A to B plot with a twist that’s revealed in the international trailers (or, you know, is in the comics), of well-paced action. And humor – most intentional, some not. But that’s as far as the movie uses its comic book inspiration. For the most part, this is a straight action movie that just happens to be based on a comic book. It’s a break from the MCU movies we’ve seen over the last few years and their somewhat formulaic (but no less enjoyable) superhero stories. Bloodshot is more Terminator and Pitch Black that it is Iron Man.

Bloodshot movie poster

It’s refreshing in its simplicity, and while I saw the twist coming long before my arse was in the chair, there’s a chance that those who aren’t readers will be taken by surprise. It’s a very well-orchestrated film.

It feels disingenuous to say that this movie is a pretty straight forward action film, but it really is. Despite the potential to really explore the themes of a man being manipulated by technology and corporations to do things he’s barely aware of, the film requires less of your grey matter than it could have. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it does mean that Bloodshot needs to stand on its own as a competent action movie, and it does just that. There’s no real Easter Eggs in the movie that’ll alienate moviegoers, and there’s absolutely nothing here other than Bloodshot. The film doesn’t try to introduce characters for the next movie in a potential Valiant Cinematic Universe. I get the sense that if that happens, then this was a good starting point. If it doesn’t, then we still get a solid action flick.

The only issue I had with the comic book adaptation part of the movie was honestly an aesthetic choice. Bloodshot’s two most defining aspects are his white skin and the bloody circle on his chest. Neither of which are present for any great length of time in the movie and certainly not long enough to make a lasting impression. Other than that, though, I’ve no real complaints about the movie. It took a comic book I enjoyed, honored the core concept of the character and touched on a couple of themes that could have been explored further. Which brings me to this; letting go of the past to embrace the future and the manipulation of humanity by technology and corporations are great backdrops to this film and fit the source material very well.

Bloodshot isn’t on par with Endgame, but then to compare the two is like comparing a tomato with Stonehenge. They’re just two totally different things. What Bloodshot does incredibly well is telling a story that translates very well as a comic book adaptation to the big screen (or to a streaming service near you now that the movie has been released digitally already). It never strays too far from an action movie formula, which isn’t a bad thing. I enjoyed the hell out of this movie as a fan of the comics and the character when I saw it in theaters, and I’m enjoying it again now.

Bloodshot isn’t a perfect movie, but it’s damn fun. And that’s what matters.

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