The Post reviews a Saul Steinberg reprint

Think you don't understand art? This is the one book you'll need. [Saul Steinberg; in print as An exercise manual to train your eyes to look at art]. By Philip Kennicott Art and architecture critic Washington Post December 23 2018, p. E15 online at https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/think-you-dont-understand-art-this-is-the-one-book-youll-need/2018/12/14/42650392-f80d-11e8-8c9a-860ce2a8148f_story.html [Author: Mike Rhode]
Tags: Post, Comics, Washington Post, Saul Steinberg, Mike Rhode, Philip Kennicott Art

Tony Stark: Iron Man Volume 1: Self-Made Man

I know why many comic publishers aren’t very good at selling books to movie fans. There are a whole variety of reasons, ranging from selfishness (“I want comics like I read when I was a kid!”) to idiocy (“why would we want more women and other people reading comics?”) to simple inertia (“the way we’ve always done things is good enough”) and fanboyishness (“we’ve already told that story so let’s do something unusual!”) and greed (“why have one comic title [...]
Tags: Comics, Marvel, Tony Stark

‘The Office’ Producer Mike Schur Explains How the Series Survived a Doomed First Season

You’d be hard-pressed to find a more beloved comedy series than The Office. Fans are endlessly watching reruns now that they’re playing on Comedy Central all the time, and they’ve also watched the series over and over again as one of the most popular library titles on Netflix. But The Office wasn’t always a hit. In fact, the first season of the series was mostly seen as a failure, and the show was nearly doomed from the beginning. So how did the show survive seemingly insurmountable odds? The O...
Tags: Comedy, Television, Movies, Nbc, Office, US, Netflix, United States, United Kingdom, The Office, Ricky Gervais, Steve Carell, Ron Burgundy, Vox, Stephen, Parks

Is Netflix killing the movie theater? Not so fast.

It's been a record-breaking year at the box office, upending the conventional wisdom that movie theaters' relevance is fading. But that boffo result conceals some disturbing trends for the industry and its audience: only a couple of genres and one big studio brought most of the growth.
Tags: Business, Movies, News, Netflix

Daily Podcast: Barry Jenkins on ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’, ‘Dear White People’, and More

On the December 21, 2018 episode of /Film Daily, senior writer Ben Pearson interviews director Barry Jenkins about life after Moonlight, directing If Beale Street Could Talk, Brian Tyree Henry‘s big show-stopping scene, and much more. You can subscribe to /Film Daily on iTunes , Google Play , Overcast , Spotify and all the popular podcast apps (here is the RSS URL if you need it). In Our Feature Presentation: ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Director Barry Jenkins on Col...
Tags: Movies, Ben Pearson, Barry Jenkins, Brian Tyree Henry, Film Daily Podcast, Sam Hume

Use these apps to check your fist

I often get asked by amateurs learning the code, “How do I check my sending?” Well, there are now a couple of programs that can help you do this: fldigi fldigi by W1HKJ has been around a long time. Many amateurs think of it as simply an RTTY program or maybe a PSK31 program. Now, however, it can both send and receive Morse Code, and it does a pretty good job of decoding over-the-air Morse Code. To use it to check your fist, you could configure it to use a cmputer’s built-in microphone as the ...
Tags: Radio, Cw, Fistcheck, Morse Keyer

Of Course ‘Mandy’ Director Panos Cosmatos Will Work With Nicolas Cage Again

Mandy was the acid-trip surprise of 2018, featuring eye-popping visuals and one of Nicolas Cage‘s best performances in years. So will Mandy director Panos Cosmatos reunite with Nic Cage for another movie? You better believe it. Cosmatos says he and Cage have already begun talking about working together again, and while it may or may not be a Mandy sequel, that’s still exciting. Panos Cosmatos has only directed two films in the last eight years, but both have made quite an impact. The first w...
Tags: Movies, Horror, Sequels, Nicolas-Cage, Cage, Miller, Indiewire, Mandy, Cosmatos, Nicolas Cage Cage, Panos Cosmatos, THR Cosmatos

‘Medici: The Magnificent’ Trailer: Sean Bean Navigates Another Conspiring Medieval Family

Sean Bean in a medieval drama series? What will they think of next! The Game of Thrones actor has found a new scheming medieval family to navigate, except the twist is not that he’s going to die (though that may very well happen) but that Bean is playing the descendent of a character played by his Game of Thrones son, Richard Madden. Madden had starred in the first season of the Netflix historical anthology series, Medici: Masters of Florence, which followed the titular wealthy family in 15th c...
Tags: Television, Movies, Netflix, Italy, Florence, True Story, Sean Bean, Lorenzo, Medici, Sharman, Action/Adventure, Medici: Masters of Florence, Daniel Sharman, Medici: The Magnificent, Julian Sands Gotham, Richard Madden Madden

Wakako Zake

Wakako Zake is a digital-only food manga that concentrates on just that. There’s little characterization or extended storytelling, only descriptions of tasty dishes and the alcohol that goes with them in short (4-8 page) chapters. Wakako likes to eat alone and drink a lot. She resembles a grown-up Yotsuba, with big, black dot eyes and a similar level of focus. Her plans revolve around such activities as a pig-out feast of barbecued skewers or having potstickers with garlic before a [...]
Tags: Comics, Wakako Zake, Wakako, Yotsuba, Other Manga Publishers

Theme Park Bits: Harry Potter Has a New Store, Margaritaville is Finally Real, and More!

In this edition of Theme Park Bits: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter has a stylish new store. Disneyland’s new restaurant may offer clues to the park’s future. Margaritaville is more than just a song and a restaurant, starting early next year. Watch an aerial view of the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge area at Disneyland. And more! The Wizarding World of Harry Potter remains the best part of either of the continental Universal Studios theme parks, and the Orlando version has just gotten a lit...
Tags: Florida, Movies, Disney, Harry Potter, Tokyo, Theme Parks, Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Jack, Orlando, Universal Studios, Diwali, Animal Kingdom, Margaritaville, Don, Jimmy Buffett

‘Norm of the North: The Keys to the Kingdom’ Trailer: Yes, This is a Sequel

Do you remember the polar bear movie starring Rob Schneider? With a talking bear that decides to visit New York City? Neither do many people, but for some reason, we’re getting a sequel. Norm of the North: The Keys to the Kingdom is the follow-up to the 2016 Trevor Wall movie Norm of the North, which follows up on the titular bear, now voiced by Andrew Toth, as he gets the keys to the city because people love talking bears, I don’t know. And in a direct rip-off of the far superior talking bear ...
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Vampire Notes Sucking More Than Just Blood

RPG aficionados specifically lusting for an RPG involving a cute vampire girl can expect “Vampire Notes” to properly address their needs; the title also providing an investing turn-based adventure for those not interested solely in the erotica. Vampire Notes follows the story of lazy vampire girl Alicia (who was born with natural talent for both […]
Tags: Games, Anime, Fetish, RPG, ALICIA, H, Image Gallery, DLSite, Doujin Soft, Eroge

Tokyo Alice Volume 6

When Tokyo Alice began, it was about a shopaholic and her friends looking for love. As the series by Toriko Chiya continued, the romantic ups-and-downs have taken more focus, but Tokyo Alice volume 6 gets back a bit to shopping as the four women decide to go to Hawaii together. As the book opens, Fu is on a hot spring weekend with her boyfriend, psyching herself up for the first time they’ll be intimate and goofing things up by being [...]
Tags: Comics, Hawaii, Tokyo, Kodansha Manga Reviews, Tokyo Alice, Toriko Chiya

Heroic Comics #75 - Frank Frazetta art

Heroic Comics v1 #75, 1952 - A man falls unconscious in shallow water, prompting others to perform CPR and save his life. The artwork by Frank Frazetta is fluid and hurried, yet appropriate to the story. The pencils look suspiciously like Al Williamson, but not enough to convince me of a non-attribution. Frazetta also does a public service ad promoting church attendance (see Buster Crabbe #7).  [Author: Ted F]
Tags: Comics, Frank Frazetta, Al Williamson, Frazetta, Ted F, Heroic Comics, Buster Crabbe

New Blu-ray Releases: ‘Venom’, ‘2001’, ‘The Predator’, ‘Starman’, ‘True Stories’

(Welcome to Not Dead Yet, a feature dedicated to new Blu-ray releases and what special features you should be excited about. Because yes, some of us still like to own physical copies of our movies.) Welcome to the last Blu-ray review round-up of 2018. We did it, everyone! Congratulations! As we close out this hell-year, some new Blu-ray releases await you – some good, some not so good, but all worth checking out in some capacity. This is an usually sci-fi heavy Blu-ray round-up – all but one fi...
Tags: Facebook, Elon Musk, Christopher Nolan, Comedy, Hollywood, Movies, Sci-fi, Sequels, John Goodman, Eminem, Stanley Kubrick, Nashville, True Stories, Woody Harrelson, Kubrick, Annie

‘On the Basis of Sex’ Screenwriter On Making Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Story Like a ‘Rocky’ Movie [Interview]

The life and career of Ruth Bader Ginsburg is worth several movies, and in fact there was already a documentary about her out this year. But for her narrative biography, it took family to truly capture the heart of Ginsburg the person as well as the lawyer and ultimate Supreme Court Justice. Daniel Stiepleman is Ginsburg’s nephew and On the Basis of Sex is his first produced screenplay. It focuses on Ginsbyrg’s early life and marriage to Martin Ginsburg. After graduating Harvard, in one of t...
Tags: Movies, Supreme Court, Drama, Interviews, Features, Harvard, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Saddam Hussein, Appeals Court, Ruth, Reed, Martin, Ginsburg, Peace Corps, Corps, Moritz

The Creepy Trailer for Jordan Peele’s New Film Us Is Here

The spooky trailer for Jordan Peele’s newest work, Us, is out, showing a family vacation that turns terrifying when a group of shadowy figures goes on the attack. The trailer shows the Wilson family heading to a beach vacation in Northern California. While things are peaceful at first, they go awry after the Wilsons come…
Tags: Movies, News, Uncategorized, Wilsons, Wilson, Northern California, Jordan Peele, Onetime

Microsoft Renews Lost Odyssey Brand & Licenses

Spanish video game publication “Generación Xbox” has found out publisher Microsoft has renewed the Lost Odyssey brand and all the licenses related to it. Mistwalker’s Lost Odyssey was first released at the end of 2007 in Japan exclusively for the Xbox 360 and received a Western version a few months later in February of 2008. Upon release, […]
Tags: Games, Japan, Microsoft, Xbox 360, Anime, Announcements, Lost Odyssey, Microsoft Renews Lost Odyssey Brand, Generación Xbox

‘Holmes & Watson’ Review: Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly and the Dull Routine of Bromance

The distributor deep-sixed this chapter in Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly’s partnership, yet there are intermittent laughs to be found in the film.
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Is Kichijoji the Only Place to Live? Volume 2

When I wrote about Is Kichijoji the Only Place to Live? volume 1 — the digital-only manga series by MAKIHIROCHI about finding single women the right neighborhood and place in which to live — I found it “formulaic but effective.” However, I had a slight concern that the series might become repetitive as a result. Volume 2 avoids that problem by expanding what we know about the continuing characters. The first chapter follows the pattern, with the sister real estate [...]
Tags: Comics, Kodansha Manga Reviews, MAKIHIROCHI

How Hirokazu Kore-eda Made Two of 2018’s Best Films With ‘Shoplifters’ and ‘The Third Murder’

Hirokazu Kore-eda’s 2018 legal drama The Third Murder is shot mostly through panes of prison glass. In tackling the weighty subject of Japan’s death penalty, the director imbues his meditative mystery with a distinctly icy chill, which makes for a fascinating contrast with his follow-up (and Cannes Palme d’Or winner) Shoplifters, a personal NYFF favourite . The latter is a warm, tender film about family, taking place mostly inside a lively and crowded home. It could not look or feel more diff...
Tags: Amazon, Japan, Hollywood, Movies, Features, Hirokazu Kore eda, Hirokazu Kore, Yuri, Cannes Palme, Kirin Kiki, Barry Jenkins, Featured Stories Sidebar, Sakura Ando, The Third Murder, Shigemori Masaharu Fukuyama, Lily Franky

IdolMaster Rika Jougasaki Christmas Cosplay A Festive Reindeer

Cosplayer Kurasaka Kururu has gotten into the festive spirit as Idolmaster’s Rika Jougasaki by dressing up as a cute festive reindeer just in time for Christmas. The warm and enthusiastic cosplay to enjoy with a warm glass of eggnog:
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Chicano author, illustrator collaborate on animal adventure

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The 81-year-old author is often called a dean of Chicano literature. The illustrator is a younger muralist steeped in the visual traditions of Mexican-American pop culture and low-rider cars. Together, novelist Rudolfo Anaya and painter Moises Salcedo — who goes by El Moises — have created a bilingual children’s book with […]
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The 5 Merriest Animated Christmas Movies

(Welcome to Let’s Get Animated!, a column that spotlights the best of film animation. In this edition: the best animated Christmas movies.) It’s the most wonderful time of the year: the time when we rank the holiday movies that were staples of our childhoods as if some sort of numerical value can be applied to joy. Well, I’m no Grinch, so I’m not ranking them. But I am picking out the best animated Christmas movies because this is my column and I can do what I want. And what I want in this case...
Tags: Movies, Animation, Tokyo, Anime, Grinch, Sandman, Frank Capra, Town, Rudolph, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Chris Pine, Charlie, Seuss, Hana, Herald Angels, Jack Frost

‘Below Deck’ reality series cast member arrested in Florida

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A cast member on the reality television series “Below Deck” has been arrested in Florida. According to a West Palm Beach police report, 30-year-old Ross Inia was arrested early Saturday on charges of disorderly conduct and battery on a police officer or firefighter. The report says Inia punched an […]
Tags: Florida, Television, News, Entertainment, Nation, West Palm Beach, West Palm Beach Fla, Ross Inia, Inia

Secret Santa 2018 Project Reveal

 It is once again time to learn the identity of your Anime Secret Santa. Where they a kindly Befana who left you an undiscovered anime gem or a wicked Frau Perchta made you watch My Sister, My Writer. Hopefully, either way, everyone involved had a good time and hopefully learns a little about their fellow … Continue reading Secret Santa 2018 Project Reveal
Tags: Cartoons, Projects, Anime, Secret Santa, Frau Perchta, Casshern Sins

Western Otaku Christmas Shrines Warm & Merry

Western anime fans and otaku have welcomed the arrival of Christmas with their traditional shrines, which have been adorned with not only scrumptious food and decorations but also illustrations and other paraphernalia of their beloved anime wives. A modicum of the countless photographs depicting the shrines of western fans:
Tags: Cake, Christmas, International, Anniversaries, Anime, Otaku, Image Gallery, Ronery, Waifu

Merry Christmas (Darling)

This is my favorite Christmas Song.  And if you check out my podcast this week there's a great story behind the song. (Just scroll up and click on the gold arrow.) It of course is Merry... [Author: Ken Levine]
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