DC Universe Scraps Original Programming, New Seasons of ‘Titans’ and ‘Harley Quinn’ Head to HBO Max

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“Harley Quinn” renewed for Season 3 as DC Universe transitions into a comic-book subscription service

DC Universe’s first live-action series “Titans” will be migrating over to HBO Max for its upcoming third season as the two-year old streaming service is getting out of the original content business.

In addition, the animated “Harley Quinn” was renewed for a third season that will stream exclusively on HBO Max. “Doom Patrol” had recently been renewed for its own third season that will be exclusive to the WarnerMedia streaming service.

DC Universe will rebrand as DC Universe Infinite and focus exclusively to be a fan community and digital comics hub beginning Jan. 21, 2021.

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Psychological Thriller, “The Swerve”

ai photo imagingWritten and directed by Dean Kapsalis, “The Swerve” will be available on VOD/Digital Tuesday, September 22, 2020. The film stars Azura Skye, Bryce Pinkham, Ashley Bell, and Zach Rand.

Holly seems to have it all: two kids, a nice house, a good job as a teacher, and a husband with his career on the way up. But there are troubling signs that all is not right in her world. The insomnia. The medication for the insomnia. The dreams from the medication for the insomnia. The arrival of her estranged sister and a mouse invading her home don’t help either. Add the weight of a dark secret, and her already delicate balance collapses, sending her spiraling out of control.

With her riveting and acclaimed performance as Holly, Azura Skye effortlessly crafts a portrait of a struggling mother on the edge. Writer/director Dean Kapsalis’s powerfully heart-wrenching feature debut explores a week in the life of a woman on the verge in this haunting meditation on mental illness.

THE SWERVE celebrated its world premiere at the 2019 Cinepocalypse Film Festival, and screened at the 2019 Panic Film Festival; winning both awards for Best Actress for Azura Skye. The film will be releasing on major VOD/Digital platforms beginning Tuesday, September 22, 2020.

“The Swerve is such a mesmerizing film from the perspective of someone we should call more often, Mom. A woman’s happiness is often an afterthought and it’s something so beautifully captured in this film.” – Yulissa Morales, Epic Pictures and Dread’s Director of Distribution

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Vita Ayala And Rod Reis Take The New Mutants On A Wild Ride In The Aftermath Of X Of Swords

Vita Ayala makes their NEW MUTANTS debut this December, launching the book into a thrilling new era as the series’ new writer! Ayala will be joined by artist Rod Reis, a rising superstar who’s already brought his unique and kinetic art style to earlier issues of the hit series.

On the edge of mutant society, the younger generation of X-Men cut loose in the Wild Hunt—going big, blowing things up, and combining powers to see who gets crowned king of the mountain! In the aftermath of X of Swords, a mysterious threat has taken root on Krakoa. This ancient enemy is powerful, hungry, and all too familiar to the New Mutants, and it’ll take X-Men from all generations to stop it. Join Magik, Dani Moonstar, Karma, Warpath, Wolfsbane, Warlock, Scout, and more of your favorites in an unpredictable series that will explore uncharted territory of the new mutant status quo that kicked off in Jonathan Hickman’s groundbreaking House of X.

“The New Mutants (as a group of characters, and as a book) are the center of the Venn diagram of things that I love, and I am honored and stoked as all get out to be able to follow Jonathan [Hickman] and Ed [Brisson] on the title,” Ayala said. “The New Mutants are perfectly situated to start digging into some of the weird and dangerous stuff that lies just under the surface of the new Krakoan nation, to go poking at things that bite back, so expect them to be getting into all sorts of trouble… *ominous laugh*”. Be there for the next great X-Men saga when NEW MUTANTS #14 hits stands this December. For more information, visit marvel.com.

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Horror-Whodunit, BEAST WITHIN

Directed by Chris Green & Steven Morana, and featuring Steven Morana, Holly Deveaux, Ari Millen, and Colm Feore, “Beast Within” is how now been released on VOD and Digital.

August, a lead gaming developer, is looking forward to finally meeting his online girlfriend, Cheyenne, at a launch party for his new gaming app ‘Werewolves Awaken’. They plan to meet at the VIP event, which is being hosted by an eccentric billionaire at his country estate. However, the festivities are interrupted by a priest who condemns the party guests as “marked for the beast.” Convinced it’s a publicity stunt, the party-goers disregard the protest until a dead body is discovered. August and Cheyenne, along with the remaining guests, become players in a deadly version of the game. Tensions and body counts begin to rise as all question who among themselves could be the ferocious killer – as everyone is a suspect.

BEAST WITHIN made its world premiere at the 2019 Lusca Fantastic Film Festival in San Juan, Puerto Rico — winning a Special Recognition Award. The film also screened at the 2019 Spooky Empire Film Festival — winning Best Special Effects and screened at the 2019 ZedFest — winning Outstanding Acting Performances. BEAST WITHIN additionally screened at 2020 Hell’s Kitchen NYC — winning “Best Horror Film,” and Hexploitation Film Festival — winning “Best Monster Award. “

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Antony Starr, Jack Quaid, Erin Moriarty, Karen Fukuhara And More Celebrate The Boys Season 2 Premiere With A 2-Night Event And Drive-In Screening

Last night, Amazon Prime Video hosted a drive-in special screening of “The Boys” Season 2 ahead of today’s premiere. Stars Antony Starr, Jack Quaid, Erin Moriarty, Karen Fukuhara, Shantel VanSanten, Claudia Doumit, Langston Kerman, Abraham Lim and more arrived at Level 8 at The Grove in Los Angeles, California to celebrate the diabolical new season.

Guests arrived in their cars through Lucy the Whale, who makes a special and quite memorable appearance in the third episode of the critically acclaimed and fan favorite series. Ahead of the drive-in special screening, guests were invited to a diabolical and socially distant pre-party in their cars, where they had their pictures taken at the drive-through photo op activation, danced in their cars to the music of DJ Michelle Pesce, enjoyed Umami Burgers, Popcorn and Swedish Fish.

Before the two-episode special screening fans enjoyed a special pre-taped introduction from the cast and Executive Producers Eric Kripke, Seth Rogen and Evan Greenberg.

A special encore drive-in screening for cast and fans is also being held tonight (Friday, September 4th), and is currently at full capacity.

The first three episodes of Season 2 premieres today Friday, September 4, with new episodes available each Friday following, culminating in an epic season finale on October 9. The eight-episode Amazon Original series will be available exclusively on Prime Video in more than 200 territories around the world.

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Get An Adrenaline Rush This January With Non-Stop Spider-Man

The previously announced action-packed series written by Joe Kelly and drawn by artist Chris Bachalo, NON-STOP SPIDER-MAN, will debut this January. Kelly and Bachalo, two industry legends, will be teaming up to give readers the most web-slinging action that can possibly be contained in a comic book. These pulse-pounding adventures of everyone’s favorite web-head will feature his most iconic villains and his most amazing feats ever put to page.

“I get asked who my favorite character is to draw and I reply Spider-Man. I get asked who my favorite writers are to work with and I reply with Joe Kelly. I get asked why I draw comics and I reply that I like telling stories—fast stories,” Bachalo said. “As the name implies, Non-Stop Spider-Man, starting with panel one, is a breakneck, furiously paced Spider-Man story with the purpose to break ankles and knees and then leave you wanting more.”

“Non-Stop Spider-Man is, for me, the best of what Marvel comics can be: relentless action, epic storytelling, mind-melting art, and relevant themes, all grounded by the heart and soul of one of my all-time favorite characters, Spider-Man,” Kelly said. “Chris and I want to redline your adrenaline and shatter your hearts, giggling the whole time. Please sign your waivers and gather your safety gear of choice before issue one comes out. I truly can’t wait for this. Buckle up, Tigers.”
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Chadwick, Marvel’s Black Panther, Dies After Battle With Cancer

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Chadwick Boseman at the MTV Movie nad TV Awards 2018

Actor Chadwick Boseman, who starred in the massively successful Black Panther film, has died, a rep for Boseman said. He was 43. The actor has never made his diagnosis public.

He is survived by his wife and a parent and had no children, Fioravante said. Boseman’s wife, singer Taylor Simone Ledward, and family were by his side at his Los Angeles home.

Boseman’s career also includes his portrayals of Black American icons such as Jackie Robinson (in 2013’s “42”) and James Brown (in 2014’s “Get on Up”).

“It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman,” said a statement posted to his Twitter feed. “It was the honor of his life to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther.”

In addition to “Black Panther,” Boseman also played the character in various Marvel Cinematic Universe installments such as Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.
Most recently, he starred in Spike Lee’s Netflix war movie Da 5 Bloods which was released in June.

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See What The Future Holds For The X-Men In The X Of Swords: Creation Trailer

Kim Jacinto, one of Marvel’s most popular cover artists, delivers an electrifying take on Marvel’s greatest fighter in his cover for SHANG-CHI #1! Known for his eye-catching work on 2018’s Avengers storyline “No Surrender,” the acclaimed Filipino artist celebrates Shang-Chi’s return by depicting the former Avengers in a heated battle. This stunning cover joins more SHANG-CHI #1 variants by top talents like Jen Bartel, Dike Ruan, and more – to be revealed in the coming weeks.

In this exciting new era, Shang-Chi will discover hidden secrets about his family that will rock his world as he goes up against dangerous new enemies, including the deadly Sister Hammer, a figure from Shang-Chi’s past who will stop at nothing to destroy him. Shang-Chi is in for the fight of his life in this action-packed adventure full of startling revelations, shocking betrayals, and pulse-pounding battles. Check out Jacinto’s cover below and don’t miss SHANG-CHI #1 when it hits stands next month.

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Marvel Honors Indigenous History With Native American Heritage Tribute Covers By Jeffrey Veregge

Yesterday, Marvel announced MARVEL’S VOICES: INDIGENOUS VOICES #1, a landmark special written and drawn by some of the industry’s most renowned Indigenous talent including celebrated artist and writer Jeffrey Veregge. Veregge, who just wrapped up his exhibition Jeffrey Veregge: Of Gods and Heroes at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, also lent his talents to produce an extraordinary series of variant covers in November. The NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE TRIBUTE VARIANT COVERS will showcase Dani Moonstar, Black Panther, Spider-Man, Black Widow, Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, and Thor depicted in Veregge’s iconic artistic Formline style.

“The story of the hero is an ancient one. Starting with the very first cave drawings, artists and writers from across the globe have both captured and shared the fateful acts of their people’s heroes. Being from the Pacific Northwest, my own people, the S’Klallam Tribe, have used the art style known as Formline to record and share the stories of our people since time immemorial. The art style I use in my own work today is an extension of the same shapes and forms used for hundreds of years by Native artists from and around the very same region,” Veregge said.

“As a lifelong comic fan, artist and Native American, I am truly honored to work with Marvel Comics today. Not only to create pieces that represent a voice for Indigenous People in honor of Native American Heritage month, but also for the opportunity to share the same storytelling spirit of my ancestors by sharing the tales of some of today’s heroes.”
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“Let Him Go” Official Trailer Released

Academy Award nominee Diane Lane and Academy Award winner Kevin Costner are back in Let Him Go, an upcoming American drama written and directed by Thomas Bezucha (Big Eden, The Family Stone.)

Following the loss of their son, retired sheriff George Blackledge (Costner) and his wife Margaret (Lane) leave their Montana ranch to rescue their young grandson from the clutches of a dangerous family living off the grid in the Dakotas, headed by matriarch Blanche Weboy. When they discover the Weboys have no intention of letting the child go, George and Margaret are left with no choice but to fight for their family.

Let Him Go is set to open in theaters this November.

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