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REVIEW: A Wrinkle in Time

Much has been made of the budget allotted to the big screen adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s classic novel A Wrinkle in Time and how Director Ava DuVernay was a woman tackling something so massive. That’s a lot of press and pressure on a risky venture considering the novel may be beloved but not in the public consciousness. Thankfully, there have been other hits and misses to take attention away from the fact that this entertaining effectively flopped.

The movie, out today on Blu-ray from Walt Disney Home Entertainment, is a solid if flawed adaptation, that somehow missed the magical touch to enthrall younger viewers. As a result, the film is hovering near the $100 million domestic gross with prognosticators estimating it will lose the studio at least that much.

And that’s a shame because it deserves to be seen. The movie is colorful, visual treat that fully realizes L’Engle’s worlds, from typical suburban America to otherworldly Camazotz. The color saturation works with the look and feel, especially when the fairy tale trio of Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon), Mrs. Who (Mindy Kaling), and Mrs. Which (Oprah Winfrey) respond to Meg Murry’s (Storm Reid) plea for help in finding her father, Dr. Alexander Murry (Chris Pine), who disappeared four years earlier.

Meg is very much an idiosyncratic adolescent, unfashionably iconoclastic with unruly curly hair making her the object of derision by the cool kids led by her next-door neighbor Veronica (Rowan Blanchard). All she has is her sad mother Dr. Kate Murry (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) and younger brother Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe), who just happens to be an undersized genius. (The movie leaves out his ability to read her mind as well as their twin siblings Sandy and Dennys.)

The Wallaces are portrayed as capable physicists, working in tandem, but Alexander has been most vocal about his theories on folding space, traveling from point to point through a tesseract (which has nothing to do with Marvel’s Cosmic Cube). One night, his theory becomes reality but he vanishes without a trace.

Now, four years have passed and Meg continues to sulk and act out until she’s visited by Mrs. Whatsit (who in the novel is a new neighbor, here she’s effectively Glinda the Good Witch). She’s come to help and the others arrive soon after because apparently Alexander is in the clutches of the It, an elemental force of evil that is spreading its tendrils across the universe, threatening Earth. We see a nice montage of the seven deadly sins visiting the supporting cast, adding some complexity to their cliché roles.

Meg and Charles Wallace, accompanied by Meg’s friend Calvin (Levi Miller), have to go save dad and we’re off across the galaxy that will forever change the children in the eternal struggle between good and evil.

It’s an engrossing story that sands down the novel’s details and hones in on the action. We see the power of not only love, but the need for self-confidence, and perseverance. If anything, the film suffers from big ideals and not a lot of character development so everyone, even the trio of supernatural beings, feel like models of archetypes than fully realized characters. The screenplay by Jennifer Lee and Jeff Stockwell fails the stellar assortment of performers, notably Kaling. Storm Reid is a welcome new performer as Meg.

The high def transfer, thankfully, captures all the color and spectacle making for pleasant home viewing. The DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 lossless soundtrack is adequate but pales compared with the visuals.

Perhaps because the film failed to explode into a hit, the extras are more perfunctory than magical. We have A Journey Through Time (30:28), the behind-the-scenes story; Deleted Scenes (9:36 ), totaling four moments with optional DuVernay commentary; Audio Commentary: DuVernay, First Assistant Director Michael Moore, Visual Effects Supervisor Richard McBride, Screenwriter Jennifer Lee, Producer Jim Whitaker, Film Editor Spencer Averick, and Production Designer Naomi Shohan, offering interesting insights but little new; Music Videos: “I Believe” by DJ Khaled and Demi Lovato (3:46) and “Warrior” by Chloe X Halle (4:02); and finally, a handful of Bloopers (1:36). (Bellamy Young has one scene and I kept expecting to see more from the actor, making me wonder why she took the part.)

Matt Miner and Eric Palicki Bring “All We Ever Wanted” to Kickstarter

Earlier today A Wave Blue World, a graphic novel, anthology, and art book publisher run and operated by Tyler and Wendy Chin-Tanner, launched their latest Kickstarter. Organized and edited by Matt Miner and Eric Palicki who both previously published This Nightmare Kills Fascists through AWBW, this comics anthology moves away from horror and into optimistic speculative fiction; more Star Trek than Mad Max. This latest anthology, All We Ever Wanted: Stories of a Better World, has nearly reached 20% of it’s goal in just a few hours.

I got the chance to chat with Matt and Eric about this exciting new anthology, which you can read below as well as seeing an exclusive preview page from Maria Frohlich’s story “It Looked Like Our Dreams.”

After the success of This Nightmare Kills Fascists, what made you both decide to tell such a different kind of story with your new anthology?

Matt: Eric and I felt that we’re already living in the beginning stages of the nightmare dystopian future promised to us by movies and books, and we wanted to do something uplifting, inspiring.  The stories are all filled with conflict and problems, but told against the backdrop of a better future. So, think more “San Junipero” Black Mirror and less “Shut up and Dance” Black Mirror.

Eric: While there are some positive, cathartic moments in TNKF, most of the stories –often without subtlety — hone in on what has become a depressing reality. It has gotten difficult to outdo the horror on the nightly news, so it felt appropriate to redirect our attention away from grounding ourselves in the moment and toward a better future.

It’s also nice to undermine readers’ expectations. Matt is primarily known as a horror writer, thanks to Toe Tag Riot, Critical Hit, Poser, and GWAR, and my last book, No Angel, also had a strong horror element. It’s nice to step out of our respective comfort zones.    

Matt: It’s nice I’m known as a horror writer now instead of the guy who writes political stuff.  You start your career with a series about animal liberationists and you’re branded that way for a long time.

Outside a few people including yourselves there are no repeat contributors in this volume. Why is that?

Matt: We simply have too many friends and colleagues we wanted to ask to be part of these anthology projects so we wanted to give more people a chance to contribute.  Our next anthology, presumably in 2019, might have some repeating creators.

Eric: The number of creators who approached me about joining TNKF during the campaign or, later, about appearing in the follow-up has been heartening. After filling two books with people whose work I admire, I still haven’t managed to fit everyone in. As with This Nightmare Kills Fascists, a few of the spaces are going to brand new voices, which is one of the most rewarding parts of this gig, and most of the TNKF creators I’ve spoken to have been really cool about ceding their place in the new book to give unsung or underappreciated talent a platform.

Is there anything you learned from doing This Nightmare Kills Fascists that you’ll be repeating or not repeating here?

Matt: I learned to keep a better eye on organization.  Putting together a huge book with dozens of creators is a massive undertaking and my spreadsheets tracking contacts, deadlines, money, etc are much more detailed this time around.  

This book has also helped Eric and I further hone our editorial skills and better do what it takes to help people tell their best story.

Eric: Editing TNKF opened my eyes to those moments when it’s good to provide firm editorial guidance and when it’s better to step out of the way and let the creators do their own thing. I’d like to think I’ve developed a more targeted approach to editing the stories in this new book.

I also think the division of labor between us is better this time around, or at least more logical. Matt is much better at the organizational aspects of planning and tracking, for example, so I’m happy to leave that to him rather than stepping in and ultimately making a mess.

Check out the Kickstarter campaign here to learn more. Backing at the $20 level gets you the physical copy of the anthology. Ends .

Carmen Carnero takes over X-Men Red

Marvel announced that this July, artist Carmen Carnero will join X-Men Red as the series’ regular artist alongside writer Tom Taylor. Carnero’s work for Marvel includes Superior Foes of Spider-Man, Cyclops, and The Punisher (where she holds the distinction of being the first female artist to ever draw the character’s ongoing series.)

She replaces Mahmud Asrar who was the series’ original artist and had been announced for issue #6, which will now be Carnero’s first. X-Men Red was the third color-coded mutant title, joining X-Men Blue and X-Men Gold earlier this year.

“It’s always special to return to where I was given my first opportunity in American comic books, especially a book so successful as X-Men Red is,” Carnero said. “It’s a lot of responsibility, but a welcome one! I’ve been really lucky, because the team’s lineup, all of it, it’s SO amazing and a dream for me. Jean Grey leading a super group formed by the best female and male mutant heroes? I can’t ask for more, especially having my favorite female characters as part of the group. And I already adore Gabby. It’s impossible not to!”

Carmen is bringing so much to X-Men: Red and we feel very lucky to have her join our team. While she can dazzle with big moments under the sea or Sentinels dropping out of the sky, it’s the way her characters all act so uniquely that’s blowing us away,” added Taylor. “Carmen has a rare ability to capture both complex expressions and subtle body language. Her characters breathe.”

Carnero made her American debut with illustrations in Crazy 8 Press’ ReDeus: Divine Tales and has been providing fill-in work for Marvel, DC Comics, and others ever since.

REVIEW: The Cardboard Kingdom

The Cardboard Kingdom
By Chad Sell
282 pages, $12/99/$20.99, Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

All too often the Young Adult graphic novels crossing my desk live in worlds of fantasy and science fiction, borrowing heavily from what has come before, resulting in a colorful sameness to so many. As a result, The Cardboard Kingdom is a breath of fresh air.

Cartoonist Chad Sell has assembled a team of writers — Jay Fuller, David DeMeo, Katie Schenkel, Kris Moore, Molly Muldoon, Vid Alliger, Manuel Betancourt, Michael Cole, Cloud Jacobs, and Barbara Perez Marquez – to visit a multicultural neighborhood filled with imagination. The boys and girls like to play make-believe games but do so taking ordinary cardboard boxes and turning them into costumes, props, weapons, and the like to aid in their games. Consider it early cosplay training.

This vividly illustrated series of vignettes and short stories has a nice blend of Caucasian, African-American, Indian, and Latin American playing together and as with all friendships; there are strains, fights, and tentative steps at making up. Also unlike so many other YA works, the parents are not all supportive or all clueless, there’s a similar mixture of types, which adds an important dimension to the stories.

Sell’s artwork is clear, his storytelling strong and we see the children as they truly are and as they imagine themselves. Often, there are several silent pages where the writers let the visuals do the heavy lifting. While these are all short works, easily read in batches, there is a continuity throughout the long summer so you can follow a progression.

We watch the children experiment with being heroes, villains, and monsters along with rivalries and unexpected alliances. There’s Jack who wants to be a sorceress and while mom is okay with her son in a gown, but disapproves of his character’s meanness. Miguel and Nate seem to really like one another but struggle with those feelings while playing their traditional male roles. Amanda’s dad speaks little English and represents his Latin home’s conservative values setting up some at-home conflict. Then there’s Sikha, the oldest in the group, is left looking after her brother Vijay, because their single mom works long hours.

Everything builds up to the last all-out campaign before school begins, leaving the readers satisfied with their summer vacation to this imaginative and worthy neighborhood. This is aimed at 9-12 year olds and is highly recommended.

ComiXology Originals Launches

ComiXology announced on Friday it is releasing creator-owned comic books and graphic novels for the first time as part of its comiXology Originals program. The premiere digital comics service announced four new comiXology Originals titles – spanning fantasy, sci-fi, horror, and superhero genres via a livestreaming event on Twitch.  Readers can dive into the debut titles through a variety of ways: they are free to read for members of Amazon Prime, Kindle Unlimited, and comiXology Unlimited and are also available for purchase on Kindle and comiXology.

The new comiXology Original releases include: Savage Game created by NFL player Ryan Kalil, written by Shawn Kittelsen, and art by Chris B. Murray; Superfreaks fromwritersElsa Charretier and Pierrick Colinet, with newcomer artist Margaux Saltel; Elephantmen 2261: The Death of Shorty from writer Richard Starkings, and artists Axel Medellin and Boo Cook; Ask For Mercy from writer Starkings and newcomer artist Abigail Jill Harding.

The debuts feature a host of industry firsts, including:

  • All issues of the Superfreaks series are available to read now – perfect for binge reading
  • In addition to digital, Savage Game is available in print exclusively through via Print-on-Demand
  • Collections of Elephantmen and Ask for Mercy will also be available in print via Print-on-Demand, with future comiXology Originals trade collections and graphic novels also available in print
  • Savage Game sees noted cover and fine artist Chris B. Murray’s interior art debut
  • Superfreaks artist Margaux Saltel also makes her series debut
  • Ask For Mercy artist Abigail Jill Harding makes her series debut

“We’re proud to offer these creator-owned titles where creators keep their IP rights and are motivated to bring their A-game to the benefit of readers everywhere,” said Chip Mosher, comiXology’s Head of Content. “Helping bring these incredible titles to fans lets us experiment with different release strategies like a binge-style drop of a whole series, high quality print-on-demand, and day-and-date inclusion in Prime Reading, Kindle Unlimited and comiXology Unlimited.”

The new comiXology Originals titles were announced in tandem with a livestream event on Twitch, hosted by noted esports personality Marcus “djWHEAT” Graham. During the livestream, which was screened at viewing parties at Amazon Books retail locations and Amazon Pop-Up kiosks across the United States, comiXology unveiled its “Always Original” ad campaign that spotlights the characters featured in today’s new releases. Customers attending the viewing parties were offered free print copies of the Savage Game graphic novel on a first come, first served basis.

The company also teased the next wave of comiXology Original titles to be released in the coming months, announcing an impressive list of creators, including: Tyler Crook, Kristian Donaldson, Alti Firmansyah, Sam Humphries, Megan Kearney, Kel McDonald, Hope Nicholson, Mike Norton, MK Reed, Mark Sable, Tim Seeley, C. Spike Trotman, Jen Vaughn, and Magdalene Visaggio.  More details on upcoming releases will be unveiled during Comic-Con International San Diego 2018.

Customers can enjoy today’s releases on a variety of Amazon’s membership services. Prime Reading offers Amazon Prime members a rotating selection of over a thousand top Kindle books, magazines, short works, comic books, children’s books, and more – all at no additional cost. Kindle Unlimited offers over 1 million titles, thousands of audiobooks, and select current issues of popular magazines for just $9.99 a month with a 30-day free trial at ComiXology Unlimited now offers over 15,000 comics, graphic novels and manga for just $5.99 a month with a 30-day free trial at All titles are also available as individual purchases on Kindle and comiXology.

Book-A-Day 2018 #153: Dungeon: The Early Years, Vol. 2: Innocence Lost by Joann Sfar, Lewis Trondheim, & Christophe Blain

Dungeon Fortnight #2

Hyacinthe was still basically an innocent at the end of the two albums collected in The Night Shirt, but the back half of the Early Years sub-series, collected in the English-language book Innocence Lost , definitively turns him into the older, cynical Keeper that we see in Dungeon Zenith. He starts off still as the somewhat deluded and not-particularly-effective nocturnal vigilante The Night Shirt, but keeps learning the world has greater and greater depths of suffering and venality and nastiness than he ever expected.

Even what he thought would be his triumphant moment — saving his love, the assassin Alexandra, and falling into bed with her — is sordid and twisted. This is the point in the long Dungeon series when that Gallic fatalistic philosophy really starts to kick in: that the world is horrible and will never be right, and that random events toss us around, no matter what we want.

That’s the story of the first book collected here — Une Jeunesse Qui S’Enfuit, as it was in French — which follows immediately on the stories in The Night Shirt. Hyacinthe is getting somewhat better at his vigilante activities, but he’s continually stymied at the difference between how he expects the world to be and how it actually is. The first few pages show that brutally: he can find and defeat criminals, but can’t return the money they stole to the random people it was stolen from, or even give it to an orphanage successfully. And then he goes to woo Alexandra again, becoming fully a part of her world in ways he never expected.

By the end of that story, Hyacinthe has become the man who will be the Keeper eventually: he’s finally had it beaten into him how Terra Amata really works, and he can make that world work for him. We see him get more and more confident as the story goes on, as more and more of his illusions are broken and he finally learns to take the cynical, horrible world as it comes.

It’s a tragedy, if you like. Hyacinthe is the only major character in all of the Dungeon books who ever tried to do good altruistically. And he only succeeds in any of his aims once he gives up on that forever.

The second book here is After the Rain (Apres La Pluie in French; it actually has an inter-title to give it an English title, which not all of the Dungeon books do), which takes place several years later. It’s set in the immediate aftermath of the Monstres story Heartbreaker, but, if we’re reading in this order, we don’t know that yet. We begin with Hyacinthe at the grave service of his wife, Elise, who was just assassinated.

The roles have switched: Alexandra is now chasing Hyacinthe, and she’s trying to stop the construction of the subway under the city for Hyacinthe’s old professor, Philip Cormor, as a way to get back Hyacinthe. That subway will make a lot of money for Hyacinthe and his partners, but it’s also likely to completely undermine Antipolis and destroy the city. But since when does anyone in Terra Amata think about problems tomorrow when they can get something they want today?

It’s not as simple as convincing Hyacinthe. It’s not even as simple as getting him, as the Night Shirt, to threaten all of the government officials. And Hyacinthe both wants Alexandra — or his idea of Alexandra — and isn’t ready to actually be with the real woman she is. So it all goes wrong: Hyacinthe is seriously injured and becomes suicidal. Work on the subway begins again. It all goes to hell.

In the end, Hyacinthe is in the Dungeon, surrounded by his monsters. It’s a happy ending, I suppose: his wife is dead, his city is destroyed, the Assassin’s Guild he ran shattered, but he’s back home and in a stronger position than ever.

Like the first volume, this is written by the creators of Dungeon, Joann Sfar and Lewis Trondheim, with art by Christophe Blain. These are dark stories, taking place on rainy rooftops and dark rooms and caverns far beneath Antipolis, and Blain is very good at darkness and sudden violent action. He has the knack of drawing enough to show a whole world without drawing every last detail — some of the Dungeon artists to come will be more detailed, or less. Blain was a good choice for the stories set in crowded, noisy, messy Antipolis; others will do equally good work for different places and times.

I see I’m not talking about the humor much yet: these books are funny, and some sections even comic — but Early Years has a humor more sardonic than joking, and a tone like whistling past the graveyard.

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

New Villains, Horror Arrive in Gotham The Complete Fourth Season

BURBANK, CA (May 30, 2018) – The latest season of Gotham, the hit FOX drama, shows the first signs of the emergence of Gotham City’s iconic Super Hero along with other DC characters that fans have come to know today. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) is set to release Gotham: The Complete Fourth Season on August 21, 2018 featuring every episode that drew an average of 4.4 million Total Viewers weekly along with brand-new extras exploring the DC characters that fans have come to know, love and love to loathe. The set will be available on Blu-rayTM (including Digital Copy) and DVD for $44.98 / $49.99 SRP.

Horror fills the streets as season four of Gotham witnesses the emergence of the criminal landscape for which Gotham City is best known while Bruce Wayne begins the path to vigilantism, showing signs of the caped crusader to come. Gotham City Police Department Captain Jim Gordon and Detective Harvey Bullock remain at the forefront of the fight against the most depraved and unhinged villains from Penguin to The Riddler and numerous others in between. Detective Gordon also finds himself fighting personal demons like never before.

Gotham: The Complete Fourth Season features an all-star cast lead by Ben McKenzie (The O.C., Southland), Donal Logue (Grounded for Life, Vikings), David Mazouz (Touch), Morena Baccarin (Homeland, V), Sean Pertwee (Elementary), Robin Lord Taylor (The Walking Dead), Erin Richards (The Quiet Ones), Camren Bicondova (Gotham Stories), Cory Michael Smith (Carol), Jessica Lucas (Cloverfield), Chris Chalk (Rent), and Drew Powell (The Mentalist). Crystal Reed (Teen Wolf) and Alexander Siddig (Game of Thrones) join the cast this season as Sofia Falcone and Ra’s al Ghul respectively. Developed by Bruno Heller, the series is executive produced by Heller, Danny Cannon and John Stephens.  Based on the DC characters, Gotham is produced by Warner Bros. Television and returns for a fifth and final season.

“Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is excited to release the next chapter of FOX’s hit drama series Gotham,” said Rosemary Markson, WBHE Senior Vice President, Television Marketing. “Veteran fans and newcomers alike will be drawn to the villainous allure of Gotham: The Complete Fourth Season.”

With Blu-ray’s unsurpassed picture and sound, Gotham: The Complete Fourth Season Blu-ray release will include 1080p Full HD Video with DTS-HD Master Audio for English 5.1. The 4-disc Blu-ray will feature a high-definition Blu-ray and Digital Copy of all 22 episodes from season four.


  • The Best of DC TV’s Comic-Con Panels San Diego 2017
  • Solomon Grundy: Born on a Monday
  • The Sirens Take Gotham
  • Deleted Scenes


  1. Pax Penguina
  2. The Fear Reaper
  3. They Who Hide Behind Masks
  4. The Demon’s Head
  5. The Blade’s Path
  6. Hog Day Afternoon
  7. A Day in the Narrows
  8. Stop Hitting Yourself
  9. Let Them Eat Pie
  10. Things That Go Boom
  11. Queen Takes Knight
  12. Pieces of a Broken Mirror
  13. A Beautiful Darkness
  14. Reunion
  15. The Sinking Ship The Grand Applause
  16. One of My Three Soups
  17. Mandatory Brunch Meeting
  18. That’s Entertainment
  19. To Our Deaths and Beyond
  20. That Old Corpse
  21. One Bad Day
  22. No Man’s Land


The fourth season of Gotham is also currently available to own on Digital. Digital allows consumers to instantly stream and download all episodes to watch anywhere and anytime on their favorite devices.  Digital is available from various retailers including Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, PlayStation, Vudu, Xbox and others. A Digital Copy is also included with the purchase of specially marked Blu-ray discs for redemption and cloud storage.


Street Date: August 21 2018
Running Time: Feature: Approx. 1,320 minutes / Enhanced Content: 83 minutes
DVD: Presented in 16×9 widescreen format

Price: $49.99 SRP
4 BDs
DVD Audio: English (5.1)
DVD Subtitles: ESDH, Spanish, French

Price: $44.98 SRP
5 DVD-9s
DVD Audio: English (5.1)
DVD Subtitles: ESDH, Spanish, French

Enjoy Lucifer: The Complete Third Season during the Eternal Wait

BURBANK, CA (May 30, 2018) – The eternal wait is over as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment brings you Lucifer: The Complete Third Season on DVD on August 28, 2018. A Top 10 program on FOX, Lucifer delivered over 5.2 million Total Viewers weekly.* Put on your devilish grin as you indulge on all 26 hell-raising episodes from the third season, and fulfill your deepest desires with extra features including the 2017 Comic-Con Panel and a new featurette. Lucifer: The Complete Third Season will be available at all major retailers and is priced to own at $39.99 SRP. Lucifer: The Complete Third Season is also available to own on Digital via purchase from digital retailers.

*Source: Nielsen National TV View, 2017-18 broadcast season to date (09/18/2017 – 03/18/2018), Live + 7 Day ratings; excluding movies, sports, repeats, specials, less than 3 telecasts.

Lucifer: The Complete Third Season will be available on Blu-ray courtesy of Warner Archive Collection. The Blu-ray release includes all bonus features on the DVD, and is also arriving August 28, 2018. Warner Archive Blu-ray releases are easily found at and your favorite online retailer.

Entering its third season, the story of the original fallen angel continues.  As Season Two came to a close, Lucifer (Tom Ellis) took care of a little problem called Mom, aka Charlotte (Tricia Helfer). But now he’s facing an even greater challenge – finding out who kidnapped him, and why his angel wings are back.  In addition, Tom Welling (Smallville) joins the cast as Marcus Pierce, an accomplished police lieutenant who is everything Lucifer is not – strategic, reserved and well-respected. But perhaps even more annoying are all the things they have in common. Both men are charming, charismatic and handsome as hell. So, when Pierce starts developing a connection with Chloe (Lauren German), Lucifer’s devilish traits are inflamed.

“From powerhouse producers Jerry Bruckheimer Television, we are excited to heat up your home entertainment centers with the next installment of the critically acclaimed series,” said Rosemary Markson, WBHE Senior Vice President, Television Marketing. “Catch up on all 26 episodes from Season 3 with hours of frighteningly fun entertainment and frivolous adventures.”

The series stars Tom Ellis (Rush, EastEnders), Lauren German (Chicago Fire), Kevin Alejandro (Southland, True Blood), Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica), DB Woodside (Suits, 24), Lesley-Ann Brandt (The Librarians), Aimee Garcia (The George Lopez Show, Dexter), and Scarlett Estevez (Daddy’s Home), with Tom Welling (Smallville) and Rachael Harris (The Hangover, Diary Of A Wimpy Kid). Based upon the characters created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg for Vertigo from DC Entertainment, Lucifer is produced by Jerry Bruckheimer Television in association with Warner Bros. Television. Developed by Tom Kapinos (Californication),, the series is executive produced by Jerry Bruckheimer (CSI franchise, Pirates of the Caribbean films), Jonathan Littman (The Amazing Race, CSI franchise), Joe Henderson (White Collar, Almost Human), Ildy Modrovich (CSI: Miami, Californication), Kristianne Reed (CSI: Cyber) and Sheri Elwood (Call Me Fitz).


  • Lucifer: 2017 Comic-Con Panel
  • Lucifer Returns! Bringing the Hit Show to L.A.
  • Off Script with Tom & Tom – Actors Tom Ellis (Lucifer) and Tom Welling (Lieutenant Marcus Pierce) interview one another on their roles and life on the set of Lucifer.


  1. They’re Back, Aren’t They?
  2. The One With the Baby Carrot
  3. Mr. & Mrs. Mazikeen Smith
  4. What Would Lucifer Do?
  5. Welcome Back, Charlotte Richards
  6. Vegas with Some Radish
  7. Off the Record
  8. Chloe Does Lucifer
  9. The Sinnerman
  10. The Sin Bin
  11. City of Angels?
  12. All About Her
  13. ’Til Death Do Us Part
  14. My Brother’s Keeper
  15. High School Poppycock
  16. Infernal Guinea Pig
  17. Let Pinhead Sing!
  18. The Last Heartbreak
  19. Orange Is the New Maze
  20. The Angel of San Bernardino
  21. Anything Pierce Can Do I Can Do Better
  22. All Hands on Decker
  23. Quintessential Deckerstar
  24. A Devil of My Word
  25. Boo Normal
  26. Once Upon a Time


The third season of Lucifer is also currently available to own on Digital. Digital allows consumers to instantly stream and download all episodes to watch anywhere and anytime on their favorite devices.  Digital is available from various retailers including Amazon Video, iTunes, GooglePlay, Vudu, Xbox and others.


Street Date: August 28, 2018
Price: $39.99 SRP
Presented in
widescreen format
Running Time: Feature: Approx. 1,560 min
Enhanced Content: Approx. 60 min
5 DVD-9s
Audio – English (5.1)
Subtitles – ESDH and French

The Rock Caught Between Gorilla & a hard place in Rampage

Burbank, CA, May 29 – Watch an unshakeable bond form between an extraordinarily intelligent gorilla and noteworthy primatologist when Rampage arrives on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-Ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital.

Global icon Dwayne Johnson headlines the action adventure “Rampage,” directed by Brad Peyton.

Rampage also stars Oscar nominee Naomie Harris (Moonlight), Malin Akerman (Billions), Jake Lacy (Girls), Joe Manganiello (True Blood), and Jeffrey Dean Morgan (The Walking Dead), P.J. Byrne (The Wolf of Wall Street), Marley Shelton (Rise), Breanne Hill (Frontier), Jack Quaid (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), Matt Gerald (Daredevil), Jason Liles (Death Note), Demetrius Grosse (The Brave) and Will Yun Lee (Hawaii Five-O)

Peyton directed from a screenplay by Ryan Engle, Carlton Cuse, Ryan J. Condal and Adam Sztykiel. The film’s story was written by Ryan Engle.

Rampage was produced by Beau Flynn, John Rickard, Brad Peyton and Hiram Garcia. It marks the third collaboration between Johnson, Peyton, Flynn and Garcia, following the international blockbuster hit “San Andreas,” Warner Bros.’ highest grossing film of 2015, as well as 2012’s global smash “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.” Executive producers were Marcus Viscidi, Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia, Jeff Fierson, Toby Emmerich, Richard Brener and Michael Disco.

The creative team includes director of photography Jaron Presant, production designer Barry Chusid, editors Jim May and Bob Ducsay, and costume designer Melissa Bruning. The music is composed by Andrew Lockington, who created the scores for “San Andreas” and “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.” Serving as co-producers were Wendy Jacobson, Josh Mack and Dana Robin.

The Rampage creatures were brought to life by acclaimed VFX supervisor Colin Strause, with five-time Academy Award-winning visual effects company Weta Digital.

Rampage will be available on 4K Ultra HD for $44.95, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack for $44.95, Blu-ray Combo Pack for $35.99 and DVD for $28.98. The Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in 3D high definition and high definition; the Blu-ray Combo Pack features a Blu-ray disc with the film in high definition, a Blu-ray disc with the special features in high definition, a DVD with the film in standard definition and a Digital version of the movie.

The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc of Rampage will feature Dolby VisionTM HDR that dramatically expands the color palette and contrast range and uses dynamic metadata to automatically optimize the picture for every screen, frame by frame.

Also, the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D discs of Rampage will feature a Dolby Atmos® soundtrack remixed specifically for the home theater environment to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead. To experience Dolby Atmos at home, a Dolby Atmos enabled AV receiver and additional speakers are required, or a Dolby Atmos enabled sound bar. Dolby Atmos soundtracks are also fully backward compatible with traditional audio configurations and legacy home entertainment equipment.

Rampage will also be available on Movies Anywhere. Using the free Movies Anywhere app and website, consumers can access all their eligible movies by connecting their Movies Anywhere account with their participating digital retailer accounts.

Fans can also own Rampage via purchase from digital retailers beginning June 26.


In 1993, a breakthrough new technology gave scientists a path to treat incurable diseases through genetic editing. In 2016, due to its potential for misuse, the U.S. Intelligence Community designated genetic editing a “Weapon of Mass Destruction and Proliferation.”

Johnson stars as primatologist Davis Okoye, a man who keeps people at a distance but shares an unshakable bond with George, the extraordinarily intelligent, incredibly rare albino silverback gorilla who has been in his care since he rescued the young orphan from poachers. But a rogue genetic experiment gone awry mutates this gentle ape into a raging creature of enormous size.

To make matters worse, it’s soon discovered there are other similarly altered animals. As these newly created super creatures tear across North America, destroying everything in their path, Okoye teams with discredited geneticist Kate Caldwell (Naomie Harris) to secure an antidote, fighting his way through an ever-changing battlefield, not only to halt a global catastrophe but to save the fearsome creature that was once his friend.


Rampage 4K Ultra HD, 3D Blu-Ray, Blu-ray Combo Pack contains the following special features:

  • Not A Game Anymore – From arcade sensation to movie monster epic, we explore how the Midway video game inspired the filmmakers to create the ultimate disaster film.
  • Gag Reel – Hilarious outtakes and mishaps captured during production.
  • Deleted Scenes – Deleted scenes that barely missed the final theatrical cut.
  • Rampage – Actors in Action: Strap in for a wild ride as Dwayne Johnson, Joe Manganiello and the cast prepare for the film’s demanding stunts and explosive set pieces.
  • Trio of Destruction – Follow the innovative design team and the artists at Weta Digital as they bring to life the biggest and baddest monsters for the film’s climactic battle royal.
  • Attack on Chicago – Director Brad Peyton reveals the challenges of filming on-location in Chicago and turning digital destruction into a cinematic reality.
  • Bringing George to Life – Discover the wonder of what it’s like to be a gorilla, as movement coordinator Terry Notary teaches actor Jason Liles how to move, behave and become “George.”

Rampage DVD contains:

  • Not A Game Anymore – From arcade sensation to movie monster epic, we explore how the Midway video game inspired the filmmakers to create the ultimate disaster film.


On June 26, Rampage will be available to own in high definition and standard definition from select digital retailers including Amazon, FandangoNow, iTunes, PlayStation, Vudu, Xbox and others. On July 17, Rampage will be made available digitally on Video On Demand services from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming consoles.


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PRODUCT                                                                     SRP
4K Ultra HD Combo Pack                                                      $44.95
Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack                                                       $44.95
Blu-ray Combo Pack                                                          $35.99
DVD Amaray (WS)                                                             $28.98
Standard Street Date: July 17
EST Street Date: June 26
DVD Languages: English, Canadian French
BD Languages: English, Canadian French, Brazilian Portuguese
DVD Subtitles: English SDH, Latin Spanish, Parisian French, Canadian French
BD Subtitles: English, Latin Spanish, Parisian French, Canadian French
Running Time: 107 minutes
Rating: Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence, action and destruction, brief language, and crude gestures.
Blu-ray: DTS HD-MA

Book-A-Day 2018 #150: Chew: The Omnivore Edition, Vol. 4

So, there’s a world where all of the superheroes get their powers from food. It’s not actually weirder than any other superhero universe, to my mind, but it’s definitely weird in a different direction. I like that, since superheroes tend to be all too much of the same thing all the time, but I know mine is a minority taste in the vast land of ComicShopia.

(Oh, and I’m sure a lot of people — maybe even the creators — would object vociferously to my characterizing bizarre and impossible food-related abilities as “superpowers.” Those people are wrong, and probably too uptight, as well.)

Anyway, there are “food weirdos,” as one character calls them. They have long, silly, Latinate terms to explain what it is they can do, which are often dangerous or violent and are also, of course, silly. John Layman and Rob Guillory told a long, funny comics story in that world, and called it Chew. That comic ended a couple of years back, but I’m still catching up.

(If you are also catching up, I started off by reading the smaller paperback collections: see my posts on volumes one and two and three-through-five and six . I’ve now switched to the medium-sized hardcovers, which each collect what would otherwise be two paperbacks, and have discovered there are now jumbo-sized hardcovers, making the just medium-sized ones difficult to find.)

So this one is Chew: The Omnivore Edition, Vol. 4 , at the roughly two-thirds point in the overall story. If you’re new to Chew, don’t start here.

A very sad thing happened to our central hero, Tony Chu, at the end of the previous volume — I’m not going to say what it is, because many of you reading this might actually want to read Chew yourselves. I will instead be vague. The aftermath of the very sad thing permeates this entire volume — all ten issues reprinted here. The overall plot — the search for the evil “vampire” who has been hunting other food weirdos and killing them to harvest their powers, the secret behind the bird flue epidemic that is this world’s immediate divergence point from our own, and various interpersonal and inter-departmental squabbles involving Tony and his friends and the various government organizations they work for — is also charging forward, in its own weird and quirky way.

So, frankly, there’s not much I can say about this volume. Lots of stuff happens, and it is generally silly and/or goofy stuff — though it can all be taken seriously within the deeply quirky world of this story — but it’s all stuff that follows on from stuff that happened earlier.

Don’t start here. But do read Chew, if you haven’t before. You can probably get the first collection cheaply, in print or electrons, and this is a book that definitely continued as it began. It is weird from top to bottom, in a lovely, fun way.

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