Thursday, March 23, 2017

Fantastic Alien Covenant Poster.

This is one of the best theatrical one sheets I have ever seen. It is art and would make a terrific sculpture.

Rest In Peace Chuck Barris

He was most noted for his role as the host of The Gong Show and he was the Author of Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind, which made into a feature film directed by George Clooney. While it may seem quaint by modern standards, The Gong Show could be seen as a hybrid reality/talent game show with a comedic edge long before programs like Star Search, Showtime At The Apollo and Dance Fever and even longer before contemporary shows like America's Got Talent and The Voice. Mr. Barris was 87 years old.

DC All Access - FLASH & SUPERGIRL: Musical Crossover and Teen Titans

FLASH & SUPERGIRL: Musical Crossover + POWERLESS w/ Danny Pudi & Ron Funches
If your heart is filled with laughter and song, then this is YOUR week of #DCTV! First, Mon-El's parents come to Earth in a Supergirl that kicks off a musical crossover event with The Flash. Then Glee's Darren Criss traps Kara and Barry in a dreamworld full of singing, dancing and some of your favorite actors from all of #DCTV on The Flash. Finally, Powerless's Danny Pudi and Ron Funches drop by to talk about this week's episode, which features a major decision and a very mysterious pile, poop. Also, Hector reads your answers to last week's question!

Titans...with a twist? If you've read The Judas Contract, you know what we're talking about, and if you haven't you're about to! In today's all new episode of DC All Access, we preview an exclusive clip from this spring's Teen Titans: The Judas Contract and speak with the voice of Starfire, Kari Wahlgren. Plus, we look ahead to tonight's musical episode of The Flash, pick a panel of the week and respond to some of your comments!

TEEN TITANS: Aqualad Returns!
The Teen Titans are getting a new member, and it appears it's just in time as a savage new threat emerges from the ocean depths. In this DC All Access comics clip, we talk to Teen Titans writer Ben Percy about Aqualad's return to Titans Tower and what it'll mean for the dynamic of the group. Will Aqualad joining the team mean we'll soon be saying sayonarato one of the other young heroes?

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Danny Rand is the Anakin Skywalker of the MCU. #IronFist

Yes it is true. While superheroes owe their lineage to the archetypal storytelling that has been handed down from one generation to the next going all the way back to Mesopotamia, some of the problems inherent within the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe Neflix series, Ironfist seem to be very similar to the problems that defined Anakin Skywalker in the Star Wars prequels.They both have issues regarding loss, which corrupts their energy with anger and they are also both chosen ones who are vulnerable as a result of this. To a certain extent they also are naive and have father figure problems as well as brother figure problems too. They both are sworn enemies of practitioners of a similar art form, but their ideologies are polar opposites. Just with these broad strokes alone, I hope one can see the similarities. There were other unexplained problems with the storytelling such as how did a barefoot man dressed in sweats make it from the Hymilaya mountains to New York City? Just getting down a mountain barefoot would most likely yield extreme frostbite and the real possibility of his feet becoming so frozen that he would lose all sensation, fall into the snow if not off the mountain and his feet even if he were rescued would probably have to undergo surgical amputation at the toes, which would hinder his special abilities let alone his ability to walk. Another big question is how did he get to New York without any money? Later they make the act of reaching the top of such mountains seem like it is no big deal when training and the ability to adjust to the thinner oxygen would be something not anyone can do period.

Then the problem of characterization takes hold. In a story this muddled, one would think the writers would work hard on their characterizations, but the story arc is unfocused with no clear villain and no sense of closure. When Madam Lau becomes the best character in an entire series, there are problems. I think I would be more interested in seeing a miniseries just about her character and since ultimately she is the "kingpin" of this series, the story should have focused more on the dichotomy between Danny Rand and Madam Lau rather than adding extra villains that are flat and offer little payoff to the storyarc. I think they should have spent more time developing the first series so that it flowed more like Luke Cage, Daredevil and even Jessica Jones

While Rosario Dawson is easy on the eyes, her character seems shoehorned into this series too and since she got fired from her hospital job, how the Hell is she supporting herself?  The answer, "Well this is supposed to be a comic book series" doesn't cut it either because there have been many comic inspired shows that do not suffer from the same problems that Ironfist has. Hopefully having the character in The Defenders with other stronger established characters to work with will help develop Danny Rand more. 

The series producers have stated that it was never their intention to have Danny Rand become Ironfist in the first season so I have no problem with that we're it not for the fact that there are about five other Netflix series coming and by the time we meet Ironfist again, we may not care. 

Let's hope when we reach that point it will be a more straight forward and entertaining series with more fleshed out characters that make the viewer really care about them and a story that is not as convoluted as the first season. Ironfist is streaming now on Netflix.

(C) Copyright 2017 By Mark A. Rivera
All Rights Reserved.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

xXx: RETURN OF XANDER CAGE High-Octane Thrill Ride Debuts May 16, 2017 on 4K Ultra HD™ and Blu-ray™Combo Packs

The best xXx yet.

–Scott Mendelson, Forbes


“One hell of a ride!”

–Joey Nolfi, Entertainment Weekly





High-Octane Thrill Ride Debuts May 16, 2017 on 4K Ultra HD™ and Blu-rayCombo Packs


The Action Starts on Digital HD Two Weeks Early on May 2


              HOLLYWOOD, Calif.  – Hailed as “a crazy, stunt-filled action spectacular” (Scott Mendelson, Forbes) and “a shot of pure adrenaline” (Joey Nolfi, Entertainment Weekly), xXx: RETURN OF XANDER CAGEx-plodes on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand May 16, 2017 from Paramount Home Media Distribution.  X-cited fans can be the first to get it two weeks early on Digital HD May 2.

            When a group of lethal mercenaries steal a hi-tech weapon that poses a global threat, the world needs superspy Xander Cage (Vin Diesel).  Recruited back into action, Xander leads a team of death-defying adrenaline junkies on a mission to kick some ass, save the day, and look dope while doing it.  Packed with some of the most mind-blowing stunts ever caught on film, xXx: RETURN OF XANDER CAGE features a powerhouse international cast including Donnie Yen (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), Deepika Padukone, Kris Wu, Ruby Rose (John Wick: Chapter 2), Tony Jaa (Furious 7), Nina Dobrev (TV’s “The Vampire Diaries”), and Samuel L. Jackson (Kong: Skull Island).

            The xXx: RETURN OF XANDER CAGE 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Combo Packs are loaded with over an hour of action-packed special features, including in-depth  interviews with the all-star cast, plus a behind-the-scenes look at the film’s incredible stunts, locations and much more.  The film also boasts a Dolby Atmos® soundtrack* remixed specifically for the home theater environment to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead.



xXx: Return of Xander Cage Blu-ray Combo Pack

The xXx: RETURN OF XANDER CAGE Blu-ray is presented in 1080p high definition with English Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD compatible), French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.  The DVD in the combo pack is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 TVs with English 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.  The combo pack includes access to a Digital HD copy of the film as well as the following: 


·       Feature film in high definition

·       Bonus Content:

o   Third Time’s the Charm: Xander Returns

o   Rebels, Tyrants & Ghosts: The Cast

o   Opening Pandora’s Box: On Location

o   I Live for This Sh#t!: Stunts

o   Gag Reel


  • Feature film in standard definition



xXx: Return of Xander Cage 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack

            Fans can enjoy the ultimate viewing experience with the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, which includes the Blu-ray detailed above, as well as an Ultra HD Disc presented in 4K Ultra HD with English Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD compatible), French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description with English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles. The Combo Pack also includes access to a Digital HD copy of the film.



xXx: Return of Xander Cage Single-Disc DVD

The single-disc DVD is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 TVs with English 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.  The disc includes the feature film in standard definition.







Solace Blu-ray Disc Review

A psychic doctor, John Clancy, works with an FBI special agent in search of serial killer Charles Ambrose. After having lived in isolation for two years, since the death of his daughter, Clancy is asked by his friend Joe, an FBI special agent to help him solve several murders committed by a serial killer. The problem is that Ambrose is also psychic, and far ahead of Clancy. Solace stars Sir Anthony Hopkins, Colin Farrell, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. As far as mystery thrillers go, Solace is a bit underwhelming, despite the acting talent screen direction involved.

Solace is presented on Blu-ray Disc with a clear 1080p full HD (2.40:1) aspect ratio and features an effective English DTS HA MA 5.1 Soundtrack that makes good use of the surround channels. English Subtitles for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired along with English and Spanish Language Subtitles are encoded onto the disc as options.

Extra value features include a Feature Length Audio Commentary with Director Afonso Poyart, a promotional featurette entitled Visions and Voices: The Making of Solace (8:40) with a mix of interviews and snippets from the film. There is also the Solace theatrical trailer (1:54). A limited time redeemable code for an Ultraviolet Digital Copy on an insert is included within by the Blue BD case.

Solace is available now on Blu-ray Disc at retailers on and offline courtesy of Lionsgate Home Entertainment.

(C) Copyright 2017 By Mark A. Rivera
All Rights Reaerved.

Monday, March 20, 2017


IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday March 20th 2017



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Vanessa Ives’ “Glorious Horrors” evening gown and Ethan Chandler’s guns and belt are set to go under the hammer in the upcoming Penny Dreadful Prop and Costume Auction. Prop Store, one of the world’s leading film and TV memorabilia companies, and SHOWTIME will produce an online auction event of original props, costumes, scripts and other memorabilia used in the making of the hit show.

Close to 80 lots will be offered in the auction, beginning TODAYMonday, March 20th at 9:00am PDT at Bidding on all lots will be open through Friday, March 31st.All bidding takes place online and lots can be shipped anywhere in the world.

All lots are being sold without reserve, allowing the fans to determine the final bid prices.  

Some of the notable items collectors and fans can bid for include:

  • Vanessa Ives' Evening Gown
  • Sir Malcolm Murray's Walking Stick and Blade
  • Ethan Chandler's Costume
  • Dr. Jekyll's Prototype Light-Up Serum Gun
  • Sir Malcolm's Stunt Mauser and Holster Belt
  • Ethan Chandler's Stunt Revolvers and Holster Belt
  • Victor Frankenstein's Notebook


Brandon Alinger, Prop Store COO, commented on the upcoming auction: “Prop Store is very pleased to be working with SHOWTIME again to present this exclusive online auction to the fans of Penny Dreadful. The series is captivating in its scope and attention to detail, which is proven by the props and costumes in the auction. For fans of the series, this auction offers an amazing opportunity to connect with the series in a new way, by owning a part of what brought the story to life.”

The auction, under license by CBS Consumer Products, begins at 9:00am PDT on Monday, March 20th. Lots can be viewed and bidders can register to participate at:

L-R Vanessa Ives' Evening Gown, Dr. Jeckyll's Prototype Light-Up Serum Gun, Victor Frankenstein's Notebook