Batman: Hush

(This movie came out a year ago, and I just realized that although I made notes, I never actually posted my writeup. The studio provided a review copy.) Batman: Hush didn’t interest me at first, but it became the first of the original DCU animated movies in a long time that didn’t feel like an obligation to watch, something to grind through. That was due to two reasons: the prominent role for Catwoman (although you couldn’t tell that from the […]

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Pay Video-on-Demand Gaining Greater Acceptance, New Audience

Is this movie news or TV news? More and more, it is difficult to distinguish the two. I’ve been using the site JustWatch.com to find out where items are available to stream. It’ll tell you where you can watch or rent movies and TV shows. It’s a help, particularly when it comes to obscure movies (turned out one was available for me to watch for free, easily, through Hoopla, the library service). They put out this infographic, looking at attitudes […]

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Valiant Offers Portfolio Reviews for Comic Writers

It’s rare enough any established comic publisher is willing to look at portfolios these days, let alone for writers! That work is harder to judge quickly, and it’s seen as easier to be a writer than an artist, so more fans tend to give it a go, which means a smaller percentage of good stuff to find. With a stated aim “to assist aspiring comic book creators and discover new voices for future projects”, Valiant is offering portfolio reviews for […]

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Lucifer, Stargirl Soundtracks Now Available

WaterTower Music, the in-house label for WarnerMedia companies, has digitally released two soundtrack albums. The one I’m eager for, as readers know, is Lucifer: Seasons 1-5 (Original Television Soundtrack). It contains 13 songs from across the show’s run, “featuring performances by series stars Tom Ellis, Lauren German, and Lesley Ann-Brandt, as well as guest star Lindsey Gort and performer Skye Townsend.” You can hear samples of the tracks and select your favorite service from that link above. I have a […]

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Comic Publisher Requires Adherence to Minimum Pricing

Do you know what a MAP policy is? A “minimum advertised price” policy requires retailers to avoid advertising a price lower than the producer dictates. They can sell the product for whatever they want, but they can’t tell people about it. Trying to control sale prices can lead to antitrust complaints, but MAP policies are legal because they are seen as trying to protect brand value. Online shopping has led to price erosion, and brick-and-mortar retailers complain they can’t compete […]

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Leverage to Return

I had no idea they were doing a Leverage reboot/ spin-off/ sequel/ followup… whatever you call it, it’s got four of the five original stars (Beth Riesgraf, Gina Bellman, Christian Kane, and Aldis Hodge) and, according to Deadline, a “fresh update of the original concept, about reformed crooks using their unique skills to right corporate and governmental injustices inflicted on common citizens.” Timothy Hutton won’t return; the new lead is Noah Wyle, who previously worked with some of the same […]

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Getting Ready for Enola Holmes

Given I know a number of Sherlock Holmes fans, there’s been a lot of chatter lately about the upcoming Enola Holmes movie, which debuts on Netflix on September 23. This is the one where Henry Cavill plays Sherlock, and the title character is played by Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things). It’s based on the book series by Nancy Springer (six books, 2006-2010) in which the young Holmes sister is on her own when their mother Eudoria (Helena Bonham Carter) goes […]

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Lucifer Season 5 Debuts Friday

With so few new productions — TV shows and movies can’t be made during lockdowns, obviously — I’m reconsidering the value of the various streaming services I subscribe to. There just isn’t enough there to keep my attention, and I have stacks of DVDs to watch. Unfortunately, each has at least one must-watch that keeps me hooked. The latest, the reason I haven’t canceled Netflix yet, drops this Friday, which is when Lucifer season 5 will be available. Here’s the […]

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