Film Feature: “Earwig And The Witch”

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GKIDS, the acclaimed distributor of multiple Academy Award®-nominated animated features, will release Studio Ghibli’s highly-anticipated new feature EARWIG AND THE WITCH in both theaters and on streaming in early February, followed by a home entertainment release in the spring. Tickets are on sale now for the film’s theatrical debut on February 3, 2021, in both Japanese subtitled and English dub versions. The film will appear in select theaters nationwide with longtime partner, Fathom Events, as well as independent theater circuits. At Fathom Events screenings, in addition to the full feature, audiences can look forward to a special interview with director Goro Miyazaki, and producer Toshio Suzuki. For fans looking forward to viewing Earwig and the Witch at home, starting February 5, Earwig and the Witch will also be available to stream in the US on HBO Max.

Tickets for Earwig and the Witch are available now at EarwigMovie.com and participating box offices. Ticketing setup is at the discretion of local theaters. Audiences unable to purchase tickets at their local theater are advised to continue to check back for updated ticket availability, especially closer to the event date.

The latest film from Japan’s legendary Studio Ghibli (Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke and more) is directed by Goro Miyazaki (From Up on Poppy Hill, Tales from Earthsea) and produced by studio co-founder Toshio Suzuki, with planning from Academy Award®-winner Hayao Miyazaki. An official selection for the 2020 Cannes Film Festival, the film aired on NHK in Japan December 30, 2020. Based on the children’s novel by Diana Wynne Jones (Howl’s Moving Castle), the film marks Studio Ghibli’s first CGI animated feature and first feature film production in four years.

The English language cast features the voices of Richard E. Grant (Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Gosford Park), Kacey Musgraves (“Golden Hour” “Same Trailer Different Park”) and Dan Stevens (Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, FX’s Legion), as well as Taylor Paige Henderson as “Earwig”. In addition to her debut voice acting role as “Earwig’s Mother,” six-time Grammy Award winner Kacey Musgraves sings the English language version of the film’s theme song, “Don’t Disturb Me.”

SYNOPSIS
Growing up in an orphanage in the British countryside, Earwig has no idea that her mother had magical powers. Her life changes dramatically when a strange couple takes her in, and she is forced to live with a selfish witch. As the headstrong young girl sets out to uncover the secrets of her new guardians, she discovers a world of spells and potions, and a mysterious song that may be the key to finding the family she has always wanted.

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Star Trek Lives On The Ultimate Weekly TV Series Inglorious Treksperts Now On Electric Now

Inglorious TrekspertsThe hit podcast, Inglorious Treksperts, featuring cast and creatives from across the Star Trek Universe, can now be watched anytime on the free Electric Now streaming app on demand or weekly on the Electric Now streaming channel.

Inglorious Treksperts is part of the Electric Surge Video Podcast Network from Executive Producers, DEAN DEVLIN (Independence Day, The Librarians) and MARK A. ALTMAN (Castle, Pandora).

Hosted by the best-selling author of The Fifty-Year Mission, MARK A. ALTMAN (writer/producer, Free Enterprise) and DAREN DOCHTERMAN (visual effects supervisor, Star Trek: The Motion Picture – Director’s Edition), every week Inglorious Treksperts takes a deep dive into the history of the Star Trek franchise, with special guests like Michael Dorn, Walter Koenig, Nana Visitor, Anson Mount, Bryan Fuller, Alan Dean Foster, Brannon Braga, Nicholas Meyer, David A. Goodman, and many more.

Says Altman, “Not unlike V’ger our mission is clear: learn all that is learnable, know all that is knowable about this beloved franchise and explore Star Trek in a fun and fresh new way with interviews, commentary and analysis that is positive and upbeat and not cynical, but informative.”

Fans of modern Star Trek can enjoy Inglorious Treksperts sister podcast, Disco Nights, featuring co-hosts actress/activist CHASE MASTERSON (Deep Space Nine) and author/journalist RYAN C. BRITT (Phasers On Stun) as they explore the worlds of contemporary Star Trek with special guests.

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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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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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The Boys Unveils Final Trailer For Season 2 And New Key Art

theboysSeason 2 Premieres on Amazon Prime Video Friday, September 4th

Amazon Prime Video has debuted the official trailer and key art for the second season of THE BOYS. The first three episodes of season two premiere 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, and is produced by Amazon Studios and Sony Pictures Television Studios with Point Grey Pictures, Kripke Enterprises and Original Film.

The even more intense, more insane Season 2 finds The Boys on the run from the law, hunted by the Supes, and desperately trying to regroup and fight back against Vought. In hiding, Hughie (Jack Quaid), Mother’s Milk (Laz Alonso), Frenchie (Tomer Capon) and Kimiko (Karen Fukuhara) try to adjust to a new normal, with Butcher (Karl Urban) nowhere to be found. Meanwhile, Starlight (Erin Moriarty) must navigate her place in The Seven as Homelander (Antony Starr) sets his sights on taking complete control. His power is threatened with the addition of Stormfront (Aya Cash), a social media-savvy new Supe, who has an agenda of her own. On top of that, the Supervillain threat takes center stage and makes waves as Vought seeks to capitalize on the nation’s paranoia.

The Supes of The Seven also include Queen Maeve (Dominique McElligott), A-Train (Jessie T. Usher), The Deep (Chace Crawford) and Black Noir (Nathan Mitchell). Recurring stars in season two include Claudia Doumit, Goran Visnijc, Malcolm Barrett, Colby Minifie, Shantel VanSanten, Cameron Crovetti, PJ Byrne, Laila Robbins and Giancarlo Esposito returning as Vought boss Stan Edgar, among others.

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Bill & Ted Face The Music Panel At Comic-Con@Home

Orion Pictures’ BILL & TED FACE THE MUSIC just gave the most excellent panel discussion at this year’s Comic-Con@Home.

Moderated by Kevin Smith, the panel included cast members Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, Samara Weaving, Brigette Lundy-Paine and William Sadler, as well as director Dean Parisot and screenwriters Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon.

Here’s the film’s synopsis:

The stakes are higher than ever for the time-traveling exploits of William “Bill” S. Preston Esq. (Alex Winter) and Theodore “Ted” Logan (Keanu Reeves). The now middle aged best friends set out on a new adventure to seek the song that will set their world right and bring harmony in the universe, with the helped by their daughters (played by Samara Weaving and Brigette Lundy-Paine), a new batch of historical figures and a few music legends. The film also stars Kid Cudi, Kristen Schaal, Anthony Carrigan, Erinn Hayes, Jayma Mays, Jillian Bell, Holland Taylor, Beck Bennett, William Sadler, Hal Landon Jr. and Amy Stoch.

Directed by Dean Parisot from the screenplay by Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon, BILL & TED FACE THE MUSIC will be released on demand and in theaters on September 1, 2020.

You can watch the panel on the link below:

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HBO Releases Sneak Peek Of LOVECRAFT COUNTRY At Comic-Con@Home

During today’s Comic-Con@Home panel for HBO’s genre-bending LOVECRAFT COUNTRY, fans were presented an exclusive sneak peek from the first season.

View the sneak peek below:

In the scene, Atticus Freeman (Jonathan Majors), his friend Leti (Jurnee Smollett) and his father Montrose (Michael Kenneth Williams) raid a museum after hours in the pursuit of the clues they’re desperately seeking.

From showrunner and executive producer Misha Green, drama series LOVECRAFT COUNTRY debuts SUNDAY, AUGUST 16 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT) on HBO and will be available to stream on HBO Max. Based on the novel of the same name by Matt Ruff, the ten-episode series follows Atticus Freeman as he journeys with his childhood friend Letitia and his uncle George (Courtney B. Vance) on a road trip from Chicago across 1950s Jim Crow America in search of his missing father Montrose. Their search-and-rescue turns into a struggle to survive and overcome both the racist terrors of white America and monstrous creatures that could be ripped from an H.P. Lovecraft paperback.

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Amazon Original Series The Boys Captures Season Three Renewal And Adds Aisha Tyler-Hosted Aftershow To Its Arsenal For Season Two

Prime Rewind: Inside The Boys Will Debut On August 28 With A Diabolical Look Back On Season One And Continue With Each New Episode Starting September 4.

Amazon Studios today announced it has officially ordered a third season of its hit series The Boys, co-produced with Sony Pictures Television, ahead of its highly anticipated second season debut on September 4. The announcement was made today during The Boys Comic-Con@Home Panel. Additionally, it was revealed that Emmy Award-winning host Aisha Tyler will serve as host and executive producer of the official The Boys aftershow Prime Rewind: Inside The Boys. In each episode of Prime Rewind: Inside The Boys, members of the cast, creative team and other special guests will join Tyler as they dissect the events that unfold in each episode.

“Amazon, in a bold and historic push to expand their ‘weirdo’ demographic, has greenlit Season 3 of The Boys! The writers and I are hard at work in the (virtual) writer’s room and we’re sad to say, the world has given us way too much material. We hope to be shooting in early 2021, but that’s up to a microscopic virus,” said showrunner and executive producer Eric Kripke. “As if that wasn’t enough, we’re bringing you a Season 2 after show, Prime Rewind: Inside The Boys. Double entendre intended. Hosted by the incomparable Aisha Tyler and guest starring the cast and crew, it’s a deep dive into how we make this insane thing. Seriously, thanks to Sony, Amazon and the fans. We love making this show so much, and we’re thrilled we get to make more.”

“Eric Kripke and the incredible cast of The Boys continue to deliver a wild and action-packed series full of surprises and can’t-miss moments that have made the series a global hit,” said Vernon Sanders, Co-Head of Television, Amazon Studios. “We couldn’t be more excited to see where Eric takes The Boys and The Supes in Season 3, and to have Aisha Tyler join The Boys family as the host of Prime Rewind: Inside The Boys.”
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HBO Releases Official Season 2 Trailer For “His Dark Materials” At Comic-Con@Home

During today’s exciting Comic-Con@Home panel for HBO and BBC’s HIS DARK MATERIALS, fans were treated to the first official trailer for the upcoming second season of the drama series.

Included in the trailer is the very first glimpse at the mysterious city of Cittàgaze as well as footage of new season 2 cast members Andrew Scott (“John Parry”), Jade Anouka (“Ruta Skadi”), and Simone Kirby (“Dr. Mary Malone”), who join returning cast Dafne Keen (“Lyra”), Ruth Wilson (“Mrs Coulter”), Ariyon Bakare (“Lord Boreal”), Amir Wilson (“Will”) and Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Lee Scoresby”).

In the second season of HIS DARK MATERIALS, Lord Asriel (James McAvoy) has opened a bridge to a new world, and, distraught over the death of her best friend, Lyra (Dafne Keen) follows Asriel into the unknown. In a strange and mysterious abandoned city she meets Will (Amir Wilson), a boy from our world who is also running from a troubled past. Lyra and Will learn their destinies are tied to reuniting Will with his father but find their path is constantly thwarted as a war begins to brew around them. Meanwhile, Mrs. Coulter (Ruth Wilson) searches for Lyra, determined to bring her home by any means necessary. HIS DARK MATERIALS is available on HBO and to stream on HBO Max.

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Disney+ Debuts A Sneak Peek For New Original Docuseries “Marvel’s 616”

Streaming on Disney+ this Fall

Today, Disney+ shared two exclusive sneak peek clips from the upcoming new original anthology docuseries, “Marvel’s 616.” The first clip is from the episode “Higher, Further, Faster” directed by actor/director Gillian Jacobs, which shines a light on the trailblazing women of Marvel Comics and how they found ways to tell stories of representation and inclusion.

The second clip is from the Paul Scheer-directed episode “Lost and Found,” following the actor and comedian’s eye-opening and hilarious journey to discover the “forgotten” characters of Marvel Comics. Individually, each documentary in this series tells a compelling story that brings its filmmaker’s vision to life.

Join Gillian, Paul and executive producers Sarah Amos and Jason Sterman with moderator Angélique Roché (host of Marvel’s Voices and The Women of Marvel Podcasts), tomorrow, Thursday, July 23, 1:00 p.m. PT for the virtual Comic-Con@Home panel; “A Look Inside ‘Marvel’s 616’”, where they will discuss the making of this new Disney+ original docuseries.

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