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The Venture Bros. Podcast: Season 7 Ep 3: Arrears In Science

Love The Venture Bros cartoon but afraid of missing the plethora of historical references and layers of meaning behind each episode? Join pop culture and history experts Elana Levin and Steven Attewell (whose secret identity is that he’s an actual historian) for our Podcast examining each episode of this hit Adult Swim show.

This podcast is about Season 7 Episode 3: Arrears in Science

It’s got everything from Frankenstein metaphors to the Gershwin Brothers’ Synagogue. 60s songwriter/producers including a real life supervillian, mad scientist/ sorry, I mean filmmaker, Werner Herzog and even a famous Manhattan diner. And more resolved plot threads than we’ve ever seen. This episode goes deep: it’s the conclusion to season 7’s Morphic Trillogy but also the conclusion to Season 1’s Careers in Science and so much of what the show has to say about fathers and sons.

Listen to Season 7 episode 1 here. Season 7 episode 2 here. And our Season 6 episodes are here(and everything is on Graphic Policy’s itunes).

Constantine: City of Demons Arrives October 9th. Catch the Trailer

From executive producers David S. Gover and Greg Berlanti, The Hellblazer is back in an all-new twisted tale of mystery, intrigue and the occult with Constantine: City of Demons, a full-length, R-rated feature film based on the acclaimed DC animated series from CW Seed. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, Blue Ribbon Content and DC Entertainment, the action-packed movie will be distributed by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment starting October 9, 2018 on Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and Digital.

Constantine: City of Demons will be available on Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack ($39.99 SRP) and Blu-ray Combo Pack ($24.98 SRP) as well as on Digital ($19.99 HD, $14.99 SD). The Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack features an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc in 4K with HDR and a Blu-ray disc featuring the film; the Blu-ray Combo Pack features the Blu-ray and DVD. The Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Combo Pack include a digital version of the film.

Constantine: City of Demons is rated R for bloody violence/gore, disturbing images, and some sexual content.

A decade after a tragic mistake, family man Chas and occult detective John Constantine set out to cure Chas’s daughter Trish from a mysterious supernatural coma. With the help of the mysterious Nightmare Nurse, the influential Queen of Angels, and brutal Aztec God Mictlantecuhtli, the pair just might have a chance at outsmarting the demon Beroul to save Trish’s soul. In a world of shadows and dark magic, not everything is what it seems, and there’s always a price to pay. The path to redemption is never easy, and if Constantine is to succeed, he must navigate through the dark urban underbelly of Los Angeles, outwit the most cunning spawns of hell, and come face to face with arch-nemesis Nergal – all while battling his own inner demons!

Constantine: City of Demons has been produced in a dual format – initially as animated shorts, the first five of which appeared on CW Seed. With a runtime of 90 minutes, the feature-length Constantine: City of Demons film has over an hour of never-before-seen content including the film’s thrilling climax.  

Doug Murphy (Scooby-Doo and the Gourmet Ghost) directs the film from a script by J.M. DeMatteis (Batman: Bad Blood). Art Direction is courtesy of Phil Bourassa (Young Justice). Butch Lukic (Justice League Action, Batman Unlimited) is the film’s producer. Sam Register and Sarah Schechter also serve as executive producers.

Matt Ryan, who set the standard for the role of Constantine on the NBC live-action television series, returns to the famed trenchcoat in animated form – after reprising the role in both live-action (Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow) series and an animated film (Justice League Dark).

The cast surrounding Ryan includes Damian O’Hare (Hell on Wheels) as Chas Chandler, Laura Bailey (Critical Role) as Trish & Asa The Healer, Emily O’Brien (The Young and the Restless) as Rene Chandler, Kevin Michael Richardson (Family Guy) as Mahonin, Jim Meskimen (Parks and Recreation) as Beroul, Robin Atkin Downes (The Strain) as Nergal, Rachel Kimsey (Justice League Action) as Angela, and Rick Wasserman (Batman: The Killing Joke) as Mictlantecuhtli.

 

Constantine: City of Demons

Enhanced Content

The Sorcerer’s Occultist – Understanding John Constantine – An exciting examination of the powers and abilities used by DC’s working-class occult detective, John Constantine.

Constantine: City of Demons WonderCon Panel – 2018 – Storytellers join City of Demons’ star Matt Ryan at this year’s WonderCon for an inside look at Constantine’s latest adventure.

 

DIGITAL

Constantine: City of Demons will be available to own on Digital October 9, 2018. Digital purchase allows consumers to instantly stream and download all episodes to watch anywhere and anytime on their favorite devices.  Digital movies and TV shows are available from various digital retailers including Amazon Video, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu, and others. A Digital Copy is also included with the purchase of specially marked Blu-ray & 4K Ultra HD discs for redemption and cloud storage.

YouNeek Studios’ Malika Gets Animated with a Teaser and Kickstarter

Malika is here! STOP EVERYTHING you’re doing and watch this amazing, 2-minute animated teaser trailer! YouNeek Studios is bringing their hit comic book series to animation and needs your help on Kickstarter. They’re hoping to make this into a full animated series.

The animated was 100% done in Nigeria and part of the goal is to raise awareness of the growing animation and comic book idustries in Africa and the talent that call the continent home.

Movie Review: Teen Titans Go! To The Movies

teen titans go to the movies posterTeen Titans Go! is bright, anarchic, silly and written for little kids. The film perfectly captures the spirit of the source material and simultaneously delivers some of the funniest of easter eggs and deep cuts into comics in recent memory.

Unfortunately, it also keeps the ADHD pacing of cartoon show, making for a disjointed and uneven film overall that ends with a somewhat letdown of a climax. Compared to its peers of The Incredibles 2 and both The Lego Movie / The Lego Batman Movie, this just doesn’t hold up. But, what it lacks in cohesiveness and theme, it more than makes up for with mountains and mountains of jokes.

It does, however, satirize our over-saturation of superhero movies, with specific barbs at competitors at Marvel, a hilarious Deadpool/Deathstroke discussion, and even at Warner Bros problems in bringing many of its heroes to screen. It’s basically Deadpool for children, with all its meta satire, with fart humor instead of sex jokes. But as the most salient part of all of this, our main plot revolves around Robin being upset that no one has made a movie about him yet.

And, of course, because every great hero or team needs an iconic villain, they try to recruit “Slade” (nee Deathstroke) to be their arch-nemesis. Will Arnett, who also produced this film, really relishes playing the villain here, almost as much as he did playing Batman in the Lego movies.

One of the fun and lesser recognized aspects of Teen Titans Go! is its use of music. The movie is also a musical, which is a fun for the most part. However, sometimes they are full-on cringeworthy, including a Titans theme song rap, which is hands down the worst part of the movie. To make it worse, they decide to repeat the entire thing during the film’s climax.  “The Night Begins To Shine,” this is not.

But they’re not all bad. At one point they sing a song called “Upbeat” and the lyrics (and on-screen action) specifically mimic 1980s pop tropes. Yes, a lot of the jokes in this movie will go over kids’ heads. And a lot of the jokes will be too juvenile for adults. Spoiler alert/Parental warning: upset at being cut off during his inspirational speech so they can cut to the credits, Robin tells kids to ask their parents where babies come from. Walking out of the theater, it was clear that many kids were asking their parents just that. Good joke.

However, if you’re a fan of the more mature Teen Titans show, make sure you stick around into the credits, as there is a tease you don’t want to miss.

So, is this film great or terrible. Allow me to pull a page out of Beast Boy’s and Cyborg’s playbook and “waffle” a little bit.

Many will dislike the childish approach to the material– in which case it appears the upcoming Titans live-action show may bring plenty of darkness and edge– but if you’d like to just laugh for 90 minutes in a dark air conditioned space with lots of children laughing around you, this is fun. If that sounds like torture invented by Brother Blood’s Pain-Bot, then stay away. But certainly, compared to the artistry of other recent animated movies about superheroes, this doesn’t quite measure up.

3.5 out of 5 stars

PS – an animated short from DC’s Superhero Girls precedes the film and is quite fun, too.

A First Look at Disney’s New Rocketeer

In February Disney announced The Rocketeer, a new animated adventure for young kids debuting in 2019 and inspired by the popular comic book series by Dave Stevens.

The new animated series focuses on Kit, a young girl who receives a surprise package on her birthday revealing she’s next in line to become the Rocketeer, a legendary superhero who has the ability to fly with the help of a rocket-powered jet pack. Armed with her cool new gear and secret identity, Kit is ready to take flight and save the day with her gadget-minded best friend, Tesh, and airplane mechanic uncle, Ambrose, who join her on her epic adventures.

Now, we’ve got our first look at what we can expect from the animated series.

Teen Titans GO! To The Movies Gets a New Trailer

Everything is on the table to be made fun of in the new Teen Titans GO! To The Movies trailer.

When the Teen Titans go to the big screen, they go big! Teen Titans GO! to the Movies finds our egocentric, wildly satirical Super Heroes in their first feature film extravaganza—a fresh, gleefully clever, kid-appropriately crass and tongue-in-cheek play on the super hero genre, complete with musical numbers. It seems to the Teens that all the major super heroes out there are starring in their own movies—everyone but the Teen Titans, that is! But de facto leader Robin is determined to remedy the situation, and be seen as a star instead of a sidekick. If only they could get the hottest Hollywood film director to notice them. With a few madcap ideas and a song in their heart, the Teen Titans head to Tinsel Town, certain to pull off their dream. But when the group is radically misdirected by a seriously Super-Villain and his maniacal plan to take over the Earth, things really go awry. The team finds their friendship and their fighting spirit failing, putting the very fate of the Teen Titans themselves on the line!

Only in theaters July 27!

Batman Ninja Clip – Batman Greets his Team and Learns of a Bat-Ninja Clan

Batman Ninja takes a journey across the ages as Gorilla Grodd’s time displacement machine transports many of Batman’s worst enemies to feudal Japan – along with the Dark Knight and a few of his allies. The villains take over the forms of the feudal lords that rule the divided land, with the Joker taking the lead among the warring factions. As his traditional high-tech weaponry is exhausted almost immediately, Batman must rely on his intellect and his allies – including Catwoman and the extended Bat-family – to restore order to the land, and return to present-day Gotham City.

Produced by Warner Bros. Japan and DC Entertainment, Batman Ninja will be distributed May 8, 2018 by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Blu-ray™ Steelbook, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD. The film will be available to own on Digital HD starting April 24, 2018.

Star Wars Resistance, an Anime-Inspired Series Debuts this Fall

With the end of Star Wars Rebels, many wondered what would be next when it comes to Star Wars related animated shows on television. We’ve got that answered with Star Wars Resistance. The anime-inspired series focuses on Kazuda Xiono, a young Resistance pilot. Xiono is tasked with the mission to spy on the growing First Order threat.

The series is set before Star Wars: The Force Awakens and will feature familiar characters from the film such as BB-8, Poe Dameron, and Captain Phasma. Oscar Isaac will voice Dameron and Gwendoline Christie will voice Phasma.

In addition to Isaac and Christie, the voice cast includes actors Christopher Sean (Days of Our Lives), Suzie McGrath (East Enders), Scott Lawrence (Legion), Myrna Velasco (Elena of Avalor), Josh Brener (Silicon Valley), Donald Faison (Scrubs), Bobby Moynihan (DuckTales), Jim Rash (Community), and Rachel Butera (Tammy’s Tiny Tea Time).

The series was created by renowned Lucasfilm Animation veteran Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels); executive-produced by Athena Portillo (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels), Justin Ridge (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels) and Brandon Auman (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles); and art-directed by Amy Beth Christenson (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels).

The series will debut this fall on the Disney Channel in the U.S. and thereafter, on Disney XS and around the world.

(via Star Wars)

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