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X-Men #1 Launch Trailer Drops

X-Men #1 Launch Trailer Drops

New York, NY— July 10, 2024 — Today is a day that will go down in comic book history as Marvel’s merry mutants enter a new age in Jed MacKay and Ryan Stegman’s X-MEN #1! The first launch in the X-Men’s new From the Ashes era, X-MEN #1 is a thrilling entry into the mutant mythos that’s perfect for longtime X-Men readers as well as returning and new fans.

X-MEN #1 introduces a new team of X-Men operating out of a former sentinel factory in Alaska. Led by Cyclops, the lineup includes both classic mainstays, fan-favorite icons, and rising stars: Beast, Psylocke, Magik, Kid Omega, Temper, Juggernaut, and Magneto. In the wake of Krakoa’s fall, these X-Men raise a flag of defiance! Deadly times call for radical action, and as they battle for the destiny of the mutant species, Cyclops’ team will confront new forces, including the mysterious final remnant of the anti-mutant group Orchis!

“This is very much a series about rebuilding,” MacKay told IGN in a recent interview. “It’s a series about finding your place in a world that you thought you’d left behind, and essentially taking the wreckage of something and trying to build something new from it, which we see sort of thematically and also quite literally. I mean, the X-Men are flying around in the Marauder, too. They’re living in a Sentinel factory that they have salvaged – a former Orchis facility that they now live in. So this sort of scavenging and repurposing of what came before in order to construct a place for oneself in the world is very much a part of what our X-Men book is about.”

Run Lola Run gets 25th Anniversary 4K Edition

Run Lola Run gets 25th Anniversary 4K Edition

A thrilling post-MTV roller-coaster ride, RUN LOLA RUN is the internationally acclaimed sensation
about two star-crossed lovers who have only minutes to change the course of their lives. Time is running out for Lola (Franka Potente). She’s just received a frantic phone call from her boyfriend Manni (Moritz Bleibtreu), who’s lost a small fortune belonging to his mobster boss. Manni will suffer severe consequences if Lola doesn’t replace the money in twenty minutes. Written and directed by Tom Tykwer.

• Feature presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision
• German 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
• Special Features:
o Audio Commentary with Director Tom Tykwer and Actor Franka Potente
o Audio Commentary with Director Tom Tykwer and Editor Mathilde Bonnefoy
o Making-Of Featurette
o Still Running Featurette
o “Believe” Music Video
o Theatrical Trailer

Written and Directed By: Tom Tykwer
Produced By: Stefan Arndt
Cast: Franka Potente and Moritz Bleibtreu, Herbert Knaup, Nina Petri, Joachim Krol, Armin Rohde, Heino Ferch, Suzanne Von Borsody, Sebastian Schipper

Run Time: Approx. 80 minutes
Rating: R for some violence and language.
4K UHD Feature Picture: 2160p Ultra High Definition, 1.85:1
4K UHD Feature Audio: German 5.1 DTS-HD MA

Shout! TV Unveils Aquatic Cult Classics Streaming Schedule

Shout! TV Unveils Aquatic Cult Classics Streaming Schedule

LOS ANGELES – Plunge into the ocean’s murky depths to find shark hybrids, deadly piranhas, fishmen, and more with Shout! TV’s Killer Fish Weekend, a binge-worthy marathon of cult classics streaming on Shout! TV and Scream Factory TV on July 12-14.

Sink your teeth into a delicious array of titles on Shout! TV and Scream Factory TV, including Piranha (1978 and 1995), Sharktopus Vs. Pteracuda (featuring a cameo from Conan O’Brien), Sharkansas Women’s Prison Massacre (have you ever seen a shark walk on land?), and Lords Of The Deep (co-produced by Roger Corman). See the full marathon schedule below.

The Killer Fish Weekend marathon can be viewed on Shout! TV and Scream Factory TV; as well as the Shout! TV app on Roku, Android, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire TV; and the following digital streaming platforms – Samsung TV Plus, Amazon Freevee, Local Now, Plex, Sling Freestream, LG Channels, available on LG Smart TVs, Fubo, XUMO and LiveTVx, available on Google devices. Scream Factory TV is available to stream on The CW.


  • Friday 7/12
    • 2:30 PM PT / 5:30 PM ET: Sharknado: Feeding Frenzy
    • 4 PM PT / 7 PM ET: MST3K: Devil Fish
    • 6 PM PT / 9 PM ET: Piranha (1978)
    • 8 PM PT / 11 PM ET: Killer Fish: Deadly Treasure Of The Piranha
    • 10 PM PT / 1 AM ET: Sharkansas: Women’s Prison Massacre
  • Saturday 7/13
    • 12 AM PT / 3 AM ET: Slithis 
    • 2 AM PT / 5 AM ET: Piranha
    • 4 AM PT / 7 AM ET: September Storm
    • 6 AM PT / 9 AM ET: MST3K: Blood Waters of Dr. Z
    • 8 AM PT / 11 AM ET: Piranhaconda
    • 9:30 AM PT / 12:30 PM ET: Sharktopus vs. Pteracuda
    • 11:30 PM PT / 2:30 PM ET: Sharktopus vs. Whalewolf
    • 1:30 PM PT / 4:30 PM ET: Elvira’s Movie Macabre: Monstroid
    • 3:30 PM PT / 6:30 PM ET: Piranha (1995)
    • 5 PM PT / 8 PM ET: Piranha (1978)
    • 7 PM PT / 10 PM PT: Sharkansas Women’s Prison Massacre
    • 9 PM PT / 12 AM ET: Sharknado: Feeding Frenzy
    • 10:30 PM / 1:30 AM ET: Lords of the Deep
  • Sunday 7/14
    • 12 AM PT / 3 AM ET: Piranhaconda
    • 1:30 AM PT / 4:30 AM ET: Piranha (1995)
    • 3 AM PT/ 6 AM ET: MST3K: Devil Fish 
    • 5 AM PT / 8 AM ET: Slithis
    • 7 AM PT / 10 AM ET: Elvira’s Movie Macabre: Monstroid
    • 9 AM PT / 12 PM ET: Demon Of Paradise
    • 11 AM PT / 2 PM ET: September Storm
    • 1 PM PT / 4 PM ET: Killer Fish: Deadly Treasure Of The Piranha
    • 3 PM PT / 6 PM ET: Sharktopus vs. Pteracuda
    • 5 PM PT / 8 PM ET: Sharktopus vs. Whalewolf 
    • 7 PM PT / 10 PM PT: Piranha (1978) 
    • 9 PM PT / 12 AM ET: Piranha (1995) 
    • 10:30 PM PT / 1:30 AM ET: Terror Beneath The Sea 
Hedra by Jesse Lonergan

Hedra by Jesse Lonergan

My skills as a reviewer don’t line up well with this book’s strengths, so this may be a mess. I apologize up front.

Hedra  is an Eisner Award-winning short wordless graphic novel by Jesse Lonergan from 2020, and I’m mostly a words person. It uses grids in a really interesting way, breaking up pages – especially at the beginning – into escalating arrays of little boxes, and masterfully leading the eye through complex layouts throughout its length. I usually write about what comics mean, but I don’t think I can do that here – I’ll have to instead just say what I see.

We open with a limited nuclear apocalypse – I say “limited” because we immediately see things rebuilding afterward. Some government builds a starship, and picks an astronaut to fly it. That is our main character: I assume her name is Hedra. (The title could mean something else, I suppose: maybe the name of the ship, of the other major character who shows up later, of the planet they investigate, or something even less likely. But let’s assume it’s our main character.)

She explores various worlds, presumably sending data back home. She’s clearly diligent and good at her work. And then she sees a giant robot (this is my assumption – it’s huge and humanoid and made of metal) flying through space, and follows it or coincidentally lands on the same planet next.

We see her exploring this world in more detail, and the giant robot doing the same, somewhere not too far away. We also see the planet’s inhabitants, who are hostile to the giant robot. (I guess we’re supposed to think of them as evil or enemies, but if a giant robot landed and started stomping around my planet, I don’t think my response would be all that happy.) Hedra finds the robot, and helps him escape the locals. Both flee this planet.

Now, here’s something I might have gotten wrong, or misunderstood. I thought the giant robot was roughly the same size as Hedra’s ship – i.e., substantially larger than she is. But when they flee, they’re the same size. Did one or the other of them change size through some skiffy mechanism? Or did I just misunderstand their initial encounter? (Is it just the locals who were tiny?)

Anyway, they fly off together, without Hedra’s ship, off to the robot’s home planet, where Hedra has a minor transformation of her own, and a substantial change in her mission going forward. We end with a very science-fictional iris-out.

Hedra is interesting and eye-catching and full of things to think about, told brilliantly through pure comics. I haven’t seen Lonergan’s comics since the very different (but also very good) All-Star  a decade ago, but I’m glad to see he’s still out there working, making great (and, I should mention, very Moebius-inspired) works like this one.

Reposted from The Antick Musings of G.B.H. Hornswoggler, Gent.

Mystique gets First Solo Series

Mystique gets First Solo Series

New York, NY— She’s the mutant murderess you never see coming! This October, Mystique headlines an all-new solo series set in the X-Men’s upcoming From the Ashes era! Written and drawn by award-winning creator Declan Shalvey (Moon Knight, Dead Man Logan), MYSTIQUE will sift through the dark underbelly of the Marvel Universe for an unpredictable tale of action and espionage starring the world’s most mysterious mutant.

On Krakoa, Mystique reunited with her wife Destiny and forged new relationships with her children Rogue and Nightcrawler. Now that the mutant nation has fallen, Mystique’s vicious methods are required once more to protect mutants everywhere! With a hit list as long as her rap sheet, Mystique’s actions catch the attention of Nick Fury, erupting in a deadly game of cat and mouse as the elusive shapeshifter infiltrates her way across the Marvel Universe. Complete with a new costume, Mystique’s new saga harkens back to her beloved early ‘00s spy series as she takes on a new and pivotal role in the current mutant landscape.

How do you track a subject with a history that contradicts itself? How do you stop a force whose motives change like quicksilver? How do you stop a target that can be anyone? That’s the question that confronts Nick Fury as he stumbles upon a web of lies and espionage leading back to Mystique. From the ashes of Krakoa, the shape-shifting mutant terrorist returns to remind the world exactly why it hates and fears her.

“Mystique is hands down one of the most compelling characters to come from the Marvel Universe,” Shalvey shared. “To have an opportunity to put my own stamp on such an iconic character and showcase her in a series of her own is a unique privilege.”

“As a rabid X-fan since childhood,  I’m having a blast channeling all my X-enthusiasm into writing and drawing this project,” he continued. “In this series, Mystique is reeling from the fall of Krakoa. She’s a rogue element with no accountability putting a mysterious plan into action, ruthlessly destroying anything and anyone in her way.”

REVIEW: Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire

REVIEW: Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire

The surprise success of Ghostbusters: Afterlife breathed new life into a moribund franchise, giving us a new generation of supernatural sleuths to cheer for. It was very touching to see the original quartet (Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson, and the late Harold Ramis) suit up one more time and kick ghostly ass. But, it was clear the torch was being passed to Egon Spengler’s daughter, Callie) Carrie Coon, and her children Trevor (Finn Wolfhard) and Phoebe (Mckenna Grace), along with their science teacher Gary Gooberson (Paul Rudd). With her inheritance of the original Ghostbusters HQ, the stage was set.

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire is the result, and the film, out now on streaming and disc, is a hodge-podge of characters, concepts, and conundrums that are so filled with characters the emotional undercurrents are given the shortest of shrift.

Phoebe is clearly the genius, the true heir to Egon, but her youthfulness gets her sidelined by Mayor Walter Peck (William Atherton), who has harbored a grudge against the team, regardless of lineup, since the 1980s. She is also struggling and uncertain of Gary’s role in their family since he and Callie appear romantically involved, but little is said.

Her thread has the most interesting possibilities, especially as she begins playing chess with Melody (Emily Alyn Lind), a ghost. Unfortunately, it is ignored for large stretches as the film tries to service everyone else, including the original team.

Instead, Stantz acquires an ancient artifact from Nadeem Razmaadi (Kumail Nanjiani), who has ignored his family’s history in favor of being a slacker. This artifact contains the trapped spirit of Garraka, an ancient being who wanted to destroy life on Earth. Conveniently, he has started to assert his control just as the containment unit has reached capacity and a new home for the trapped ghostly spirits is located.

Here’s where the story starts to fall apart. We have no idea how Garraka began to assert his control over people or how he knew to target Melody, using her as a pawn. Some new pseudo-science is introduced at  Dr. Winston Zeddemore’s upgraded facility in New Jersey, which also brought back Lucky Domingo (Celeste O’Connor) and introduced us to Dr. Lars Pinfield (James Acaster). See? It’s pretty packed. And that’s before we mention the return of Janine Melitz (Annie Potts) and Podcast (Logan Kim) or the unnecessary addition of Dr. Hubert Wartzki (Patton Oswalt).

The film looks great and is stuffed with callbacks to the first two films in the franchise, along with the reappearance of Slimer and Ghostly Librarian. But no one really gets a satisfying story arc; everything is done with shorthand, and believe it or not, some expected moments never come to pass.

It’s entertaining enough, but it lacks the charm and originality that set these films apart. Some of that can be blamed on Jason Reitman, whose father created the series. He and incoming director Gil Kenna share the script credit, so the blame falls to them for a lack of storytelling discipline, which is in favor of more and more spectacle. The $201.7 million worldwide box office may be the scariest part of the film, likely dooming the franchise from moving forward for some time.

Thankfully, the 4K Ultra HD transfer looks spectacular. Every icicle, proton beam, and ghostly reflection looks amazing on the home screen. The 2160p is sharp and amazing with an equally impressive 1080p Blu-ray, part of the Combo Pack, along with the Digital HD code.

The Dolby Atmos audio is up to the task of matching the superb visuals.

The Blu-ray offers all the Special Features and, while plentiful, feels more perfunctory than celebratory. We have  Audio Commentary – With director/co-writer Gil Kenan (also on the 4K); Return to the Firehouse (21:00)  Busting: Capturing the Ghosts of Frozen Empire (11:00) ; Easter Eggs Unleashed (7 minutes); Manifesting Garraka (3:00); New York, New Gear (7:00); Welcome to the Paranormal Discovery Center (4:00); Knowing the Score (7:00); and Deleted & Extended Scenes (9:00).

Vikings: Valhalla: The Complete First Season Comes to Disc in Aug.

Vikings: Valhalla: The Complete First Season Comes to Disc in Aug.

BURBANK, CA (June 25, 2024) – From Creator/Showrunner/Executive Producer Jeb Stuart (The Fugitive, Die Hard), Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment brings you the next chapter in the Vikings franchise, with the release of Vikings: Valhalla: The Complete First Season on Blu-ray and DVD on August 27, 2024. One hundred years have passed, and a new generation of legendary heroes has arrived to create their destiny and make history! On August 27, all 8 gripping episodes from the first season will be available for purchase online and in-store at major retailers. Pre-order your copy today.

Vikings: Valhalla chronicles the heroic adventures of some of the most famous Vikings who ever lived — the legendary explorer Leif Eriksson, his fiery and headstrong sister Freydis Eriksdotter, and the ambitious Nordic prince Harald Sigurdsson. As tensions between the Vikings and the English royals reach a bloody breaking point and as the Vikings themselves clash over their conflicting Christian and pagan beliefs, these three Vikings begin an epic journey that will take them across oceans and through battlefields, from Kattegat to England and beyond, as they fight for survival and glory.

Vikings: Valhalla stars Sam Corlett as Leif Eriksson, Frida Gustavsson as Freydis Eriksdotter, Leo Suter as Harald Sigurdsson, and Bradley Freegard as King Canute. Other cast members include Jóhannes Jóhannesson as Olaf Haraldson, Laura Berlin as Emma of Normandy, David Oakes as Earl Godwin, Caroline Henderson as Jarl Haakon, Pollyanna McIntosh as Queen Ælfgifu, and Asbjørn Krogh Nissen as Jarl Kåre. Jeb Stuart, Michael Hirst, Morgan O’Sullivan, James Flynn, Sherry Marsh, Alan Gasmer, Sheila Hockin, and John Weber served as executive producers. The series was produced by MGM Television and originally debuted on Netflix on February 25, 2022, with the third and final season set to premiere on July 11, 2024.

Series information:

Vikings: Valhalla: The Complete First Season

Includes all 8 episodes from Season One


Blu-ray & DVD
Audio: English SDH
Subtitles: English
Running Time: 410 Minutes
Rated: TV-MA

Cyborg Senitnels Arrive on Earth in New Series

Cyborg Senitnels Arrive on Earth in New Series

New York, NY— June 27, 2024 — A new breed of mutant-hunting machines comes with a new era of mutantkind! This October, a squad of soldiers, each one scarred from Earth-shattering superhero conflicts and upgraded with nanotechnology, are tasked with apprehending dangerous mutants that threaten coexistence in SENTINELS. The five-issue limited series will be written by Alex Paknadel (Red Goblin) and drawn by Justin Mason (Spider-Punk).

While the X-Men regroup in the wake of Krakoa’s fall, the government revives its infamous Sentinel program under the guidance of Lawrence Trask. A mutant himself, Lawrence is cursed with visions of an apocalyptic species war and knows exactly which evil mutants will ignite it. On the surface, his new line of Sentinels appears to be technology-enhanced superhumans, but the truth behind their creation is darker than you can imagine. As Graymalkin Prison becomes home to the villains they capture, the pieces fall into place for the birth of a major new enemy that will define the first year of the X-Men’s From the Ashes era.  

WHO ARE THE NEW SENTINELS? The original Sentinel Program was human supremacy and fear coded into the circuitry. But now their legacy falls into the hands of mutantkind! Powered by cutting-edge nanotech, this new generation of Sentinels protects a fragile peace between mutants and humans. But when being a Sentinel is your job – your life – is it possible to stay human? Meet Sawtooth, Lockstep, Drumfire, and Voivod, a brand-new team of heroes that will take on the most heinous mutants! Their first mission: capture Omega Red!

“As an X-fan going back to my first set of teeth, I couldn’t be prouder or more excited to share SENTINELS with the fans,” Paknadel shared. “This book is about flawed human beings doing a dirty job for a dirty cause, and Justin Mason and I are determined to make you care about each and every one of them. Whatever your expectations are going in, I promise this book will surprise you.”

Cultural Phenomenon Succession gets Complete Series Blu-ray in Aug.

Cultural Phenomenon Succession gets Complete Series Blu-ray in Aug.

BURBANK, CA (June 27, 2023) – Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment will be newly releasing Succession: The Complete Series on Blu-ray. Get ready to binge on all 39 episodes from HBO’s Emmy® award-winning original series, along with all the previously released special features. The brilliant high-stakes drama following the Roy Family and their quest for power will be available to purchase online on August 13. Pre-order your copy today.

Succession stars Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong, Sarah Snook, Kieran Culkin, Alan Ruck, Matthew Macfadyen, Nicholas Braun, J. Smith-Cameron, Peter Friedman, David Rasche, and Fisher Stevens.

The series was created by Jesse Armstrong; executive produced by Jesse Armstrong, Adam McKay, Frank Rich, Kevin Messick, Jane Tranter, Mark Mylod, Tony Roche, Scott Ferguson, Jon Brown, Lucy Prebble, Will Tracy, and Will Ferrell. Jesse Armstrong served as showrunner.

Succession earned an impressive 75 Emmy® nominations, and 19 wins over its four-season run. The series achieved a remarkable streak, being nominated for Outstanding Drama Series throughout all four seasons and securing the Emmy® win three times (2020, 2022, 2023). In its fourth and final season, Succession dominated the Emmy® field with 27 nominations and secured six wins, including Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Lead Actor, and Outstanding Lead Actress. The season also set a new record for Golden Globe TV award nominations with nine total and winning four, including Best Television Series (Drama) — its third win in that category. Further adding to its accolades, Succession was honored at the 2023 Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.


In this provocative, satirical series about a highly dysfunctional dynasty, power, politics, money…it’s all in the family. When the aging patriarch of one of the world’s largest media conglomerates considers retirement, his family members position themselves for a takeover. But tensions rise as corporate battles threaten to turn into a family civil war in this sharp, scathing, binge-worthy series.

Pricing and series information:

Succession: The Complete Series

Includes all 39 episodes from all four seasons, plus over 20 bonus features, including Inside the Episode featurettes, Character Recaps, Cast and Crew Interviews, and more!



Audio: English SDH

Subtitles: English

Running Time: 2,340 minutes

Rated: TV-MARRated: TV-MAated: TV-MA

What If…Donald Duck Became Wolverine?

What If…Donald Duck Became Wolverine?

New York, NY— June 27, 2024 — This year marks the 90th anniversary of Donald Duck’s as well as the 50th anniversary of Wolverine, and in July, fans will be able to see both their sagas collide in a special comic book one-shot, MARVEL & DISNEY: WHAT IF…? DONALD DUCK BECAME WOLVERINE #1! Today, fans can see all the covers for this highly-anticipated issue and check out a sneak peek!

This first-of-its-kind mashup adventure will celebrate everything the world loves about these pop culture legends, from their heart and humor to their epic rage! Crafted by two acclaimed Disney comic creators, writer Luca Barbieri and artist Giada Perissinotto, MARVEL & DISNEY: WHAT IF…? DONALD DUCK BECAME WOLVERINE #1 is the latest comic book collaboration between Marvel and Disney following the What If…? Disney Variant Covers of the last few years and the blockbuster hit Uncle Scrooge and the Infinity Dime #1 comic that hit stands earlier this month. Fans can look forward to even more exciting crossovers between Marvel heroes and Disney icons throughout this year and next, including Marvel & Disney: What If…? Donald Duck Became Thor #1 this August!

The comic will introduce Donald-Wolverine along with all sorts of reimagined Disney and Marvel mashups in a wild adventure inspired by one of Wolverine’s most memorable story arcs, Old Man Logan. In addition, the saga will revisit some of the greatest moments in Donald-Wolverine’s history, including his time spent with Weapon X and the Uncanny X-Men!  

Travel to the near future, where chaos rules as Pete-Skull transforms Duckburg into a super-hero-less wasteland. Only Old Donald Duck can turn the tide, but he’s given up his battling days and prefers naps and his grandma’s apple pie over fighting villains. But when Mickey-Hawkeye comes knocking at the door with Goofy-Hulk at his side, Donald-Wolverine has to make a choice! Will a trip down memory lane change his mind to save the world? Or will the lure of the backyard hammock and a long nap keep him from popping his claws one last time?

On merging these two icons, Barbieri said, “Donald Duck and Wolverine are two characters that seem almost impossible to make coexist, but in fact, they possess very similar personalities: they are both hot-tempered and unlucky, but in adversity, they do not lose heart and always show that they have a big heart! Once this point was focused, writing the story turned out to be easy and fun!”

“I always thought Wolverine’s sideburns only looked good on Uncle Scrooge, but when I drew them on Donald Duck, I realized they fit him perfectly too!” Perissinotto added. “Those pointy head tufts and thick sideburns go well with his shaggy being. I had so much fun adapting Wolverine’s hair to Donald Duck that I would do him like this all the time now!”