Saturday, March 30, 2024

Steve Aoki & Jim Krueger Unleash the First Book in Graphic Novel Collaboration: HiROQUEST: Genesis & Double Helix series


Steve Aoki & Jim Krueger Unleash the First Book in  
Graphic Novel Collaboration: 
HiROQUEST: Genesis & Double Helix series

[Los Angeles, March 13, 2024] – On April 9th, 2024, GUNGNIR launches the eagerly awaited HiROQUEST: Genesis & Double Helix series, a dynamic collaboration between music icon Steve Aoki and acclaimed writer Jim KruegerHiROQUEST: THE GRAPHIC NOVEL is not just a story; it's an epic journey into the multiverse, transcending time and space. HiRO, the genetically augmented Meta-Human, embarks on a quest of unparalleled proportions, facing mutants, robots, zombies, aliens, witches, and more. This heroic tale explores themes of heroism, wonder, betrayal, and revelation, showcasing the undeniable impact of Steve Aoki and Jim Krueger's collaboration.
The series follows HiRO, a genetically augmented Meta-Human, on an extraordinary journey across ten different worlds. HiRO's mission is to secure ten rings of incredible power, each from a distinct realm inhabited by mutants, goblins, zombies, giants, and even death itself. This narrative unfolds as HiRO faces formidable challenges, exploring the multiverse and grappling with the moral complexities of sacrificing personal happiness for the greater good.
The series, written by Steve Aoki & Jim Krueger, promises a compelling hero's journey filled with heroism, wonder, betrayal, and ultimate revelation. The collaboration adds a unique dimension to the narrative, blending the creative brilliance of a visionary music producer with the storytelling prowess of an experienced writer.

HiROQUEST is an official sponsor of Collect-A-Con.
MORE ABOUT STEVE AOKI: Counting nearly 3 billion music streams to his name, Steve Aoki is a true visionary in the entertainment industry. Described by Billboard as "one of the most in-demand entertainers in the world," Aoki is a 2x-GRAMMY-nominated music producer, artist, fashion designer, entrepreneur, and founder of Dim Mak Records. Holder of a Guinness World Record for the "Most Traveled Musician in a Single Calendar Year," Aoki has graced the covers of prestigious magazines like Entrepreneur, Success, Electronic Musician, and Adweek, solidifying his status as a groundbreaking artist. He is the initiator and founding creator of the entire HiROQUEST series.

MORE ABOUT JIM KRUEGER Jim Krueger, the former Creative Director at Marvel Comics and best-selling author, has played a pivotal role in shaping the comic book industry. Known for intricate storytelling and collaborations with industry giants, Krueger's influence extends beyond traditional superhero narratives. His work at Marvel has left an indelible mark on iconic characters, showcasing his ability to infuse depth and complexity into storytelling. As a best-selling author, Krueger's versatility shines through, transcending genres and captivating audiences with compelling narratives. His legacy underscores his significant contributions to the evolution of comic book storytelling, making him a respected and multifaceted creative force in the world of comics.
Prepare for the release of "HiROQUEST: Genesis & Double Helix" and join HiRO on a quest that challenges the essence of heroism. 
This is the hero's journey. This is HiRO's quest.
Gungnir Entertainment (April 9, 2024)
ISBN-13: ‎978-1962594189
Ages 13 and up 

Happy Easter Everyone!


Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Cool DGA Interview link featuring Steven Spielberg talking to Denis Villeneuve about Dune Part Two.


Click on the photo above or the link below to see the video.

This is not my video. It was shot in the DGA theater presumably in Hollywood, but as a person who grew up in the 1970s and 1980s, certain filmmakers stuck out to me because their films captured my imagination. One was George Lucas because Star Wars hit me at the perfect age of 8 years old and then of course there was Steven Spielberg. These guys made my childhood in many ways so with the big success of Dune Part Two, here is an interview with Steven Spielberg talking about the film and asking questions with Dune Part Two’s Director. I hope you enjoy.

Saturday, March 23, 2024

Wednesday Season One Blu-ray Disc Review

The first season of Wednesday places the eponymous character front and center in her comedy and mystery as well as a teenager coming into her own story while not giving up on her peculiarities that are what endeared The Adam’s Family creator Charles Adam’s characters for generations. Played to perfection by Actress Jenna Ortega, the streaming series grew exponentially not just because of Director and Series Executive Producer Tim Burton’s distinct visual stile combined by the signature soundtrack by long time collaborator Danny Elfman, but Wednesday’s dance scene became a pop culture phenomenon.

In fact one can argue that in their own way, the collaborations between Burton and Elfman are not unlike the collaborations of Steven Spielberg and John Williams in that they have worked with each other on so many mutually successful projects that it is hard not to associate one name with the other because when we see a Spielberg film we expect to hear John Williams’ music and so it is the same that when we watch or even become aware of a new Tim Burton project, we immediately think of and expect Danny Elfman’s unique musical crafts. 

In many ways the first season of Wednesday feels like a Tim Burton feature film for television, but sadly he only directed the first four of the eight episodes. Please note than in television the Executive Producer wields creative control over a television series and Burton served as Executive Producer for the entire first season. 

Had he directed all eight it would have been even more of an event much like David Lynch created a feature for television when he directed all 18 episodes of Twin Peaks: The Return aka Twin Peaks: A Limited Event Series. Outside of Burton and Lynch, the only filmmaker with a comparable visual style from their generation is Terry Gilliam. I wish he would make a film with Netflix.

Season one presents all eight episodes splits across two discs packed within a blue BD case with a cardboard slipcase over it.  All four of the first season episodes on disc one were directed by Tim Burton with the episode titles and run times delineated as “Wednesday’s Child Is Full Of Woe” (55:51), “Woe Is The Loneliest Number” (46:45), “Friend Or Woe” (46:10) and “Woe What A Night” (47:32), which features Jenna Ortega’s mesmerizing Wednesday Dance for those who can’t wait to watch that scene again.

On disc two Ganja Mondteiro directed episode seven “You Reap What You Woe” (49:52) while James Marshall directed the final three, which are “Quid Pro Woe” (48:08), “If You Don’t Woe By Now” (45:33) and “A Murder Of Woes” (50:04).

The picture quality is excellent on both discs for every episode. I mean amazingly so and the English DTS-MA 5.1 Surround Soundtrack is enveloping and engaging. Though there appears to be other language and subtitle options on the discs than what is listed on the packaging, I can confirm French and Spanish Dubbed Language Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Soundtracks along with English Subtitles for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired and French and Spanish Language Subtitles are encoded on to both Blu-ray Discs.

Sadly no extra value features are included. No featurettes and audio commentary track, nothing. The main menu is static though easy to navigate. Excellent picture and sound presentation still make this a good purchase for fans who demand the best that only physical media brings home to the viewer, but Warner Brothers Discovery Home Entertainment has you covered regardless when Wednesday: Season One debuts on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and Digital Copy, but sold separately on Tuesday, March 26, 2024.

(C) Copyright 2024 By Mark Rivera

All Rights Reserved.

Friday, March 22, 2024

What’s New On Max In April


What’s New On Max This April
Stream The Debut Of HBO Original Limited Series “The Sympathizer,” Max Original Unscripted Series “Conan O’Brien Must Go,” HBO Original Comedy Special “Alex Edelman: Just For Us,” HBO Original Documentary Series “The Jinx – Part Two” And “The Synanon Fix,” HBO Original Documentaries “Brandy Hellville & The Cult Of Fast Fashion” And “An American Bombing: The Road To April 19th,” Season Four of HBO Original “We’re Here,” And A24’s “The Zone of Interest”

2024 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship Live Games And Studio Coverage Airing On TBS, TNT, and truTV — Including The 2024 NCAA Men's Final Four® National Semifinals And The 2024 Men’s National Championship 

Plus, Laugh Out Loud Comedies on Max in April

HBO Original Documentary Series
Debuts April 1 at 9pm ET, 4 Episodes
Rollout: Episodes debut weekly
Logline: Did a controversial cure become a cult? This four-part documentary series explores the rise and fall of a groundbreaking drug rehabilitation program that over the decades transformed into a cult-like movement.
Credits: HBO Documentary Films presents THE SYNANON FIX, A Moxie Films Production, a series by Rory Kennedy and Mark Bailey. Directed by Rory Kennedy; written by Mark Bailey, Jeff Swimmer, and Keven McAlester; executive produced by Rory Kennedy and Mark Bailey; produced by Alexandra Korba and Keven McAlester; co-produced by Jeff Swimmer.
HBO Original Comedy Special
Debuts April 6 at 10pm ET
Logline: After an acclaimed, extended run onBroadway, comedian Alex Edelman brings his solo show JUST FOR US to HBO and Max in an all-new comedy special. In the wake of a string of anti-Semitic threats pointed in his direction online, Edelman decides to go straight to the source – specifically, Queens, where he covertly attends a meeting of White Nationalists and comes face-to-face with the people behind the keyboards. What happens next forms the backbone of the shockingly relevant, utterly hilarious, timely, and only moderately perspirant stories that comprise JUST FOR US.
Credits: Performed and executive produced by Alex Edelman; directed and executive produced by Alex Timbers; executive produced by Mike Birbiglia; and executive produced by Above Average’s Marc Lieberman and Ally Engelberg.
HBO Original Documentary
Debuts April 9 at 9pm ET
Logline: Fashion is identity for teenage girls and one brand, Brandy Melville, has developed a cult-like following despite its controversial “one size fits most” tagline and some unsavory practices. Hiding behind a shiny Instagram façade is a shockingly toxic world, and a broader reflection of the global fast fashion industry.  Fast fashion isn’t all glitz and glamor – it’s an exploitative business that pollutes the planet for the sake of profit.
Credits: Directed by Eva Orner. Produced by Jonathan Chinn, Simon Chinn and Eva Orner.
HBO Original Limited Series
Debuts April 14 at 9pm ET, 7 Episodes
Rollout: Episodes debut weekly
Logline: Based on Viet Thanh Nguyen’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name, the series is an espionage thriller and cross-culture satire about the struggles of a half-French, half-Vietnamese communist spy during the final days of the Vietnam War and his new life as a refugee in Los Angeles, where he learns that his spying days aren't over.
Cast: Stars Hoa Xuande, Fred Nguyen Khan, Toan Le, Phanxine, Vy Le, Ky Duyen, Kieu Chinh, Duy Nguyen, Alan Trong, Emmy® winner Sandra Oh and Academy Award® winner Robert Downey Jr., who plays multiple roles.
Credits: Co-showrunner, executive producer, writer, and director (Ep.1-3), Park Chan-wook; co-showrunner, executive producer, and writer, Don McKellar. Executive produced by A24; Robert Downey Jr., Susan Downey, and Amanda Burrell for Team Downey; Niv Fichman for Rhombus Media; Kim Ly; Ron Schmidt; Viet Thanh Nguyen; Jisun Back for Moho Film. Directed by Fernando Meirelles (Ep. 4), Marc Munden (Ep. 5-7). Written by Mark Richard, Naomi Iizuka, Maegan Houang, Anchuli Felicia King, and Tea Ho. A co-production between HBO, A24, and Rhombus Media, produced in association with Moho Film and Cinetic Media.
HBO Original Documentary
Debuts April 16 at 9pm ET
Logline: The film looks at the surge in political violence through the story of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, showing the roots of anti-government sentiment and its reverberations today, along with the emotionally charged warnings of those who suffered tragic losses in the deadliest homegrown attack in U.S. history. 
Credits: Directed by Marc Levin, Produced by Daphne Pinkerson and Marc Levin. Executive Producer Katie Couric.
Max Original Unscripted Series
Debuts April 18, 4 Episodes
Rollout: All four episodes debut April 18
Logline: The series features the Emmy®-winning host visiting new friends he’s met through his podcast, “Conan O’Brien Needs a Fan,” where he dives deep with listeners from around the world. Making stops in Norway, Thailand, Argentina, and Ireland, O’Brien surprises some of his most memorable fans while also taking in local culture, cuisine, and sights.
Credits: Produced by Conaco; executive producers are Conan O’Brien and Jeff Ross.
HBO Original Documentary Series
Debuts April 21, 6 Episodes
Rollout: Episodes debut weekly
Logline: THE JINX - PART TWO, a new six-episode continuation of the groundbreaking Emmy-winning documentary series "The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst," from Andrew Jarecki, premieres April 21.  In Part Two, the filmmakers continue their investigation for the next eight years, uncovering hidden material, Durst's prison calls, and interviews with witnesses who had not come forward until now.
Credits: HBO Documentary Films presents THE JINX - PART TWO, A Hit The Ground Running Production. Directed by Andrew Jarecki; executive produced by Zac Stuart-Pontier, Andrew Jarecki, Kyle Martin; produced by Charlotte Kaufman and Sam Neave; co-produced by Richard Hankin and Susan Lazarus.
HBO Original Unscripted Series
Debuts April 26 at 9pm ET, 6 Episodes
Rollout: New episodes debut weekly
Logline: This season follows renowned drag queens, Sasha Velour, Priyanka, Jaida Essence Hall, and Latrice Royale, as they continue the show’s mission of spreading love and connection through the art of drag across small-town America. The queens work with participants in Murfreesboro, Tennessee and Tulsa, Oklahoma, as well as in surrounding towns, and take an in-depth, immersive look at recent anti-LGBTQ+ legislation, and the effect it has had on the community.
Credits: Created and executive produced by Stephen Warren and Johnnie Ingram; directed and executive produced by Peter LoGreco; executive produced by Eli Holzman, Aaron Saidman, and Erin Gamble for The Intellectual Property Corporation (IPC), a part of Sony Pictures Television.
On March 19, Max launched its @HumorMeInstagram handle, which will highlight the best, brightest, and funniest content Max has to offer. From hit titles like “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Hacks,” to stand-up specials from Ramy Youssef and Alex Edelman, and legendary HBO shows such as “Veep” and “Insecure,” @HumorMe is the one to follow for all things comedy on Max.  To celebrate the launch, this month’s genre curation showcases comedies across series, films, and stand-up specials on Max.
Sitcom Gold
Abbott Elementary, 2 Seasons
The Big Bang Theory, 12 Seasons
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, 6 Seasons
Friends, 10 Seasons
Full House, 8 Seasons
Young Sheldon, 6 Seasons
Cult Favorites
The Comeback, 2 Seasons (HBO Original)
Flight of the Concords, 2 Seasons (HBO Original)
High Maintenance, 4 Seasons (HBO Original)
The Naked Gun (1988)
Office Space (1999)
The Pee-Wee Herman Show (1981)
Road Trip (2000)
Definitely NSFW
The Boondocks, 4 Seasons
Eastbound & Down, 4 Seasons (HBO Original)
Entourage, 8 Seasons (HBO Original)
Girls, 6 Seasons (HBO Original)
Hacks, 2 Seasons (Max Original)
Harley Quinn, 5 Seasons (Max Original)
The Righteous Gemstones, 3 Seasons (HBO Original)
Sex and the City, 6 Seasons (HBO Original)
The Sex Lives of College Girls, 2 Seasons (Max Original)
South Park, 26 Seasons
For the Whole Family
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (2009)
Daddy Day Care (2003)
Family Matters, 9 Seasons
The LEGO Batman Movie (2017)
Space Jam: A New Legacy (2021)Scoob! (2020)
Tom & Jerry (2021)
Wonka (2023)
Zookeeper (2011)
On-Stage: Legendary Stand Up on HBO
Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo
Atsuko Okatsuka: The Intruder
Chris Rock: Kill the Messenger
Dave Attell: Captain Miserable
Dave Chappelle: Killin’ them Softly
Jerrod Carmichael: Rothaniel
Marc Maron: From Bleak to Dark
Nikki Glaser: Good Clean Filth
Sarah Silverman: Someone You Love
Funny, But Make It Scary
The Baby, 1 Season (HBO Original)
Los Espookys, 2 Seasons (HBO Original)
Scary Movie (2000)
Scary Movie 2 (2001)
Scary Movie 3 (2003)
Scream 4 (2011)
The Visit (2015)
Please note this list may not be comprehensive and is subject to change. All times are in ET.
Pre- and post-game programming will also be available to stream live, along with condensed replay highlights available after each game.
Max has launched an in-app sports schedule, providing a destination for users to browse and filter all live and upcoming sports events on Max in the U.S. A March Madness specific schedule is accessible via the March Madness collection page and an All-Sports schedule is accessible via the sports lens on supported devices.
NCAA Men’s Basketball
April 6
2024 NCAA Men’s Final Four National Semifinals, 6 p.m. ET and 8:30 p.m. ET
April 8
2024 NCAA Men’s National Championship, 9:00 p.m. ET
April 2
Oklahoma City Thunder at Philadelphia 76ers, 7:30 p.m. ET
Dallas Mavericks at Golden State Warriors*, 10:00 p.m. ET
April 4
Atlanta Hawks at Dallas Mavericks, 7:30 p.m. ET
Denver Nuggets at Los Angeles Clippers, 10:00pm ET
April 9
Boston Celtics at Milwaukee Bucks, 7:30 p.m. ET
Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Lakers, 10:00 p.m. ET
April 11
New York Knicks at Boston Celtics, 7:30 p.m. ET
New Orleans Pelicans at Sacramento Kings, 10:00 p.m. ET
April 16 & 19
2024 NBA Play-In Tournament (teams and times TBA)
April 21
TNT Sports’ Coverage of 2024 NBA Playoffs Begins (teams and times TBA)
April 3
New Jersey Devils at New York Rangers, 7:00 p.m. ET
Seattle Kraken at Los Angeles Kings, 9:30 p.m. ET
April 7
Buffalo Sabres at Detroit Red Wings, 1:00 p.m. ET
April 10
Vegas Golden Knights* at Edmonton Oilers, 8:30 p.m. ET
April 14
Seattle Kraken at St. Louis Blues, 1:00 p.m. ET
Colorado Avalanche at Vegas Golden Knights, 3:30 p.m. ET
April 17
Pittsburgh Penguins* at New York Islanders, 7:00 p.m. ET
St. Louis Blues at Dallas Stars, 9:30 p.m. ET
April 20
TNT Sports’ Coverage of 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs Begins (Teams & Times, TBA)
April 2
Cincinnati Reds at Philadelphia Phillies*, 6:30 p.m. ET
San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers*, 10:00 p.m. ET
April 9
Chicago Cubs* at San Diego Padres*, 10 p.m. ET
April 16
Atlanta Braves* at Houston Astros*, 8 p.m. ET
April 23
Houston Astros* at Chicago Cubs*, 7:30 p.m. ET
U.S. Soccer (2024 SheBelieves Cup)
April 6
U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Japan, 12:30 p.m. ET
Canada vs. Brazil, 3:30 p.m. ET
April 9
Japan vs. Canada/Brazil, 4 p.m. ET
U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Canada/Brazil, 7:00 p.m. ET
April 12-14
 Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas (Various)
April 26-28
Spanish Grand Prix (Various)
April 1
Ronde of Mouscron
April 1-6
2024 Itzulia Basque Country
April 9-12
Giro d'Abruzzo (Men’s)
April 12
Classic Grand Besançon
April 13
Tour du Jura
April 13-14 & April 20-21
2024 UCI Mountain Bike World Series (Brazil)
*Telecast will not be available in the local indicated market
*This list may not be comprehensive and is subject to change
April 1
American Renegades (2018)
Basquiat (1996)
Black Swan (2010)
Body of Lies (2008)
Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004)
Bridget Jones's Baby (2016)
Bruce Lee: The Man and the Legend (1973)
Cane Toads: The Conquest (2010)
Ceddo (1977)
Conviction (2010)
Deepwater Horizon (2016)
Demonlover (2002)
Don't Let Go (2019)
Elizabethtown (2005)
Emitaï (1971)
Eo (2022)
The Fluffy Movie (2014)
Frozen in Design (Special) (HGTV)
Gulliver's Travels (2010)
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: Magical Movie Mode (2001)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)
The Heroic Trio (1993)
Hotel Artemis (2018)
Infernal Affairs (2002)
Infernal Affairs II (2003)
Infernal Affairs III (2003)
Inland Empire (2006)
Internal Affairs (1990)
Joy (2015)
Juliet, Naked (2018)
Kingpin (1996)
Leap of Faith (1992)
Lonesome Luke, Messenger (1917)
Lost In Translation (2003)
Love Affair (1939)
Lucky (2017)
McQueen (2018)
Miracles (1989)
National Security (2003)
The New World (2006)
Next Aisle Over (1919)
Once Upon a Time in China (1991)
Once Upon a Time in China (1992)
Once Upon a Time in China III (1993)
The Pink Panther (2006)
The Pink Panther 2 (2009)
The Power of Film (2024)
Pride and Glory (2008)
Ronin (1998)
Safe Haven (2013)
A Sammy in Siberia (1919)
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010)
The Sea of Trees (2016)
A Serious Man (2009)
The Social Network (2010)
Source Code (2011)
The Spongebob Squarepants Movie (2004)
Spring Fever (1919)
The Square (2017)
The Strangers (2008)
The Synanon Fix (HBO Original)
A Tale of Springtime (1990)
A Tale of Winter (1992)
A Tale of Summer (1996)
A Tale of Autumn (1998)
Terminator Salvation (2009)
This is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection (2019)
The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)
The Trial (1962)
The Unknown (1927)
Victor Frankenstein (2015)
The Watermelon Woman (1996)
Wes Craven Presents: They (2002)
Whiteout (2009)
Winter's Tale (2014)
Wipeout, Season 2A
Youth (2015)
Zero Days (2016)
Zola (2021)
April 2
Moonshiners, Season 13 (Discovery Channel)
April 3
Ghost Adventures: House Calls, Season 2 (Discovery Channel)
Take My Tumor (TLC)
April 4
Divided Youth (Da Ponte Pra La) (Max Original International)
HOP, Season 1A (Max Original)
April 5
The Zone of Interest (A24)
April 6
Alex Edelman: Just For Us (HBO Original)
Homegrown, Season 4 (Magnolia)
Metalocalypse: Army of the Doomstar (2023)
April 7
Best Bite in Town, Season 1 (Food Network)
April 9
Brandy Hellville & The Cult of Fast Fashion (HBO Original)
Mud Madness (Discovery Channel)
Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (2018) (Cartoon Network)
April 10
Bail Jumpers (ID)
April 11
Massacre of the Mormons (Max Original International)
April 13
Jessica's Big Little World, Season 1C (Cartoon Network)
Ready To Love, Season 9 (OWN)
April 14
24 In 24: Last Chef Standing (Food Network)
The Sympathizer (HBO Original)
April 16
90 Day Pillow Talk: The Single Life, Season 4 (TLC)
An American Bombing: The Road to April 19th (HBO Original)
April 18
Conan O’Brien Must Go (Max Original)
Homefront (2013)
Men (2022)
April 19
HGTV Smart Home 2024 (HGTV)
April 21
Be My Guest with Ina Garten, Season 4 (Food Network)
The Jinx – Part Two (HBO Original)
April 22
90 Day Fiancé: Love in Paradise, Season 4 (TLC)
The Green Planet (BBC)
Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths - Part One (2024)
Restoration Road with Clint Harp, Season 5 (Magnolia)
Ugliest House in America, Season 5 (HGTV)
April 23
Farmhouse Fixer, Season 3 (HGTV)
The Losers (2010)
Roadkill Garage, Season 9 (MotorTrend)
April 24
Vegas: The Story of Sin City (CNN)
April 26
Caught! (Discovery Channel)
United States of Scandal with Jake Tapper (CNN)
We're Here, Season 4 (HBO Original)
April 28
Love & Marriage: D.C. (OWN)