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– Twentieth Century Fox Film’s has decided to cancel the New York premiere of Kingsman: The Golden Circle to avoid overlap with a live telethon for hurricane Harvey relief. The statement from FOX also announced that the funds which had been budgeted for the premiere would be donated to several non-profit groups associated with the telethon. The telethon will be broadcast across all the major networks on Thursday, September 22 at 8 pm EST. If you can’t wait to donate, here is a list of organizations accepting donations for Harvey relief.
– Warner Brothers has cast Alan Ritchson (Blue Mountain State, Blood Drive) and Minka Kelly (Friday Night Lights, Parenthood) as the superhero duo Hawk and Dove, respectively, for the upcoming digital first show Titans. The pair of romantically entangled heroes have been slated as recurring roles for the first season, unlike the other members of the show, like Brenton Thwaites (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Maleficent)’s Robin who will be a season regular. Titans will be debuting sometime in 2018 as part of the inaugural lineup on the unnamed DC-branded digital streaming service.
– In related streaming news: Disney has announced Marvel and Star Wars movies will indeed be leaving Netflix, but not for awhile. During a Q&A at a fundraiser Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed rumors that Star Wars and MCU movies would be moving over to Disney’s exclusive streaming service, which will debut sometime late 2019. There was no mention of any of the Netflix original Marvel shows like Daredevil or Jessica Jones leaving.
– Chinese comic publishing giant Tencent has announced plans to enter the English comics market. The publisher will be partnering with Tapas Media to digitally publish their comics on the Tapas App. Tencent is Chinas largest digital comics publisher and the worlds largest video game company, Tapas on the other hand is one of the fastest-growing digital comics services in North America.
– In a example of life imitating art, the Amazon Original television show The Tick has announced it has decided the winner of its “Tick Save My City” contest: Caleb Von Voorhis of Charlotte, NC submitted the winning video which featured the nonprofit ourBRIDGE, which serves refugees and immigrants of all cultures. As the winner ourBRIDGE will be receive a makeover for their main facility in addition to new furniture and school supplies for all of the children they service.
– According to director James Gunn the next Guardians of the Galaxy film will be coming out in 2020. Gunn also denied rumors that he could potentially take over directing duties for Star Wars Episode IX, saying his “plate is full for three years.” During that time Gunn said he will be writing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, producing a new untitled film with David Yarovesky (The Hive, Team Unicorn) and developing a Starsky and Hutch reboot for Amazon Studios.
– Director Drew Goddard (Cabin in the Woods, The Good Place) will be writing and directing FOX’s X-Force film. The film will center on Ryan Reynolds ‘s Deadpool and Josh Brolin’s Cable leading a team of militant mutants who are a far cry from the heroic X-Men we’ve all been accustomed too. This won’t be Goddard’s first forayinto the superhero genre, he previously wrote the now cancelled Sony villain spinoff Sinister Six and help develop the Daredevil for Netflix.
– Lion Forge Comics announced that they will be a donating $25,000 to assist comic book retailers affected by hurricane Harvey. Lion Forge, who has partnered with the Comic Book Charitable Foundation to facilitate this donation, called on other publishers in their statement to give what they are able to help retailers affected by the hurricane. A statement from the company reads “As a publisher, we have a responsibility to the comic book community from our fans to our retail partners. A healthy retailer community means a healthy industry, and when a specific area of the industry is struggling, it affects all of us.”Continued below
– As publishers, studios and everyday people continue to raise money to help those affected by Harvey others like Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, writer of “La Borinqueña,” are beginning to organize aid for Hurricane Irma. Miranda-Rodriguez is organizing a charity art exhibit set to debut October 4 at the Casita Maria Center For Arts & Education ahead of New York Comic Con. The exhibit will run through January 6, 2018 with special prints available for purchase at the exhibit, all the proceeds will be going towards helping Irma victims, specifically those in Puerto Rico which already in the midst of a massive debt crisis. MOre information on the event can be found here.
– Marvel has stated plans to launch a new multi-platform program centered on the fans of the future: pre-schoolers. “Super Hero Adventures” aims to introduce youngsters to all our favorite Marvel heroes and villains via team ups with everyones favorite wall-crawler Spider-Man. “Deck the Malls,” the first of the lines young reader chapter books which debuted this week, features Spidey teaming up with his alternate earth counterpart Spider-Gwen to defeat the dastardly Venom and save Christmas… shopping.
– The CW has cast Liam Hall (Lucifer, Camp) to play Joe Wilson, son of Slade Wilson aka Deathstroke in Season 6 of Arrow. The announcement describes Hall’s character as a member of the secret Australian military agency A.S.I.S., for which Slade was at one point a part of, who is trapped in a Kasnian prison hiding under the alias of Kane Wolfman. Season 6 of Arrow debuts October 12 at 9 pm ET on the CW.
– In other CW-verse news it was revealed yesterday that season 4 of The Flash would finally see the marriage of Barry Allen and Iris West. Executive Producer Andrew Krisberg (Warehouse 13, Supergirl), who confirmed the rumor, also made clear that their marriage will be getting off to a rocky start, what with secret identities, talking gorillas and countless homicidal speedsters and maniacs gunning for Barry. Season 4 of The Flash debuts October 10 at 8 pm ET on the CW.