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It seemed almost every great bassist in L.A. turned out for the Sunday night premiere of “Jaco,” the documentary about the late bass virtuoso Jaco Pastorius, including Robert Trujillo of Metallica, the film’s producer, Verdine White, Lee Sklar, Bootsy Collins, Hadrien Ferraud, Bunny Brunel and Darryl “The Munch” Jones, who holds up the bottom end for the Rolling Stones.
Not since Anaheim’s immense National Association of Music Merchant’s convention in January had so many professional bass players assembled under one roof.
The capacity event, which took place at downtown’s Theatre at the Ace Hotel, stood as a fitting tribute to a musical force of nature whose career took a tragic turn at the pinnacle of his creative powers. On-screen testimonials from such musicians as Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers — who introduced the film, along with Trujillo and the film’s co-director Paul Marchand — as well as Wayne Shorter, »
- Chris Hoard
“Drake & Josh” will reunite, as Drake Bell is set to guest star on Josh Peck’s show “Grandfathered,” plus Marvel’s upcoming Netflix series “Luke Cage” has cast Rosario Dawson’s mother in today’s TV news roundup . . .
Sonia Braga has been cast as Soledad Temple on “Marvel’s Luke Cage,” Variety has learned. Braga will play Rosario Dawson’s on-screen mother in the Netflix series. Dawson’s character Claire was introduced to fans in “Daredevil.”
Drake Bell will guest star on the John Stamos Fox comedy “Grandfathered,” the network announced Tuesday. Though Stamos leads the show, Bell’s guest gig will reunite him with co-star Josh Peck, with whom he starred in Nickelodeon’s hit show “Drake & Josh” in the earlier 2000’s.
Bell will play a flashy tech investor to whom Gerald (Peck) and Vanessa (Christina Milian) are desperate to pitch their app idea. His episode is »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
In addition to being really into comics, I’m also really into history. I like to know where things came from and how they were made. This fact about myself has resulted in my reading of quite a few comics from the Golden and Silver Ages. Nearly all were reprints, but comics of those ages none the less. Although some of the comics then may not offer us the kinds of lessons in diversity and inclusion I’m normally advocating for, they actually do give us a valuable lesson in diversity that is lacking in mainstream comics today.
The norm for decades in comics was an anthology format. Marvel Mystery, Adventure, Action, Detective, Showcase, Journey Into Mystery, Police, Crime Does Not Pay, Eerie, Creepy, My Greatest Adventure, all of these and more would offer us up multiple stories featuring different characters in each. The first issue of Marvel Comics featured the Human Torch, »
- Joe Corallo
Abigail Breslin will lead the cast in Trudie Styler‘s Freak Show. The planned movie is based on the book by James St. James, which Styler, wife of legendary rock star Sting, will make her feature directing debut with.
Here’s the official description of the plot of the source material from Amazon.
Meet Billy Bloom, new student at the ultra-white, ultra-rich, ultra-conservative Dwight D. Eisenhower Academy and drag queen extraordinaire. Actually, ‘drag queen’ does not begin to describe Billy and his fabulousness. Any way you slice it, Billy is not a typical seventeen-year-old, and the Bible Belles, Aberzombies, and Football Heroes at the academy have never seen anyone quite like him before. But thanks to the help and support of one good friend, Billy’s able to take a stand for outcasts and underdogs everywhere in his own outrageous, over-thetop, sad, funny, brilliant, and unique way.
Breslin will play »
- Paul Heath
Part of the fun of being a spy is using nifty spy gadgets to accomplish your mission. As perhaps the most famous spy in cinema, James Bond gets to use all sorts of these crazy gadgets, courtesy of Q branch. But what about the rest of us? When do we get to play with all of these cool gizmos?
This is a collection of James Bond gadgets that I think would best translate into real-world use. Granted, most of James Bond’s gadgets are usually some sort of covert explosive or fancy way to kill somebody, but there are a select few that are not lethal. These are gadgets that, if technologically possible, would help make our lives easier. If only we had a Q in real life...
Gadget: Miniature Rebreather
As Seen In: Thunderball, and Die Another Day
Is It Possible? No
The idea behind the rebreather is that »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
The Weinstein Company has just released a brand new poster for their highly anticipated film, The Hateful Eight , written and directed by Quentin Tarantino! And in true Tarantino form, this latest theatrical one-sheet pays homage to the 70s thrillers and disaster films that the director loves. The top half of the poster shows us a scene from the climactic ending, with Samuel L. Jackson walking into a gun fight, weapons drawn. While the bottom half shows us images of each actor in this all-star cast. This was the typical style utilized in the 70s for any epic that held multiple marquee names. It's a fun throwback that everyone, including the Police, might enjoy!
Set six or eight or twelve years after the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. The passengers, bounty hunter John Ruth (Kurt Russell) and his fugitive Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh), race towards »
Written by Chip Zdarsky
Letters by Jack Morelli
Published by Archie Comics
Jughead #2 is yet another silly, sarcastic entry in writer Chip Zdarsky and artist Erica Henderson’s surreal, slice of life series starring the Riverdale’s most non-conforming conforming teenager. This issue shows Jughead’s basically superpower of being able to skirt by the rules without breaking from getting free milkshakes from Pop’s to even avoiding detention for the most part under the draconian rule of Principal Stanger. He even has a purely metaphorical cheat code that hacks P.E. class, but Zdarsky and Henderson bring an end to his good luck with a dark and compelling cliffhanger.
One of the highlights of Jughead has been Erica Henderson’s cartoonish, yet with normal body proportions take on the Archie characters as she puts her own imprint on classic characters, like Betty, Archie, Kevin Keller »
- Logan Dalton
Forget snooty Yelpers. Really bad things are finally starting to happen in South Park: Last night, the progressive, p.c. town exploded with an outbreak of drug-addicted vagrants, scary-or-gay ninja Isis warriors, and an utterly useless (if corruptly aggressive) police force. At the center of the episode was Officer Barbrady and excessive violence against unarmed minorities, the show’s absurd vehicle for critiquing both the offenders and critics of very real police brutality. And what better way to start their dialogue than with N.W.A’s "Fuck Tha Police"? Well:As officers began practicing hula dances and the mayhem only continued, that became the point: There has to be a more productive way to have these conversations and hold people accountable in real life. (Also, what a cliff-hanger!) Watch the whole episode here. »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
Perhaps the most subjective genre in cinema, the same comedy can cause one viewer to have tears of laughter and another to not crack a smile. So, while knowing there can be no definitive list of the finest in the genre, the Writers Guild of America attempted to narrow down the 101 funniest screenplays. Noting the distinction from the best in the genre, these 101 films should simply produce the most laughs.
Topping the list is Woody Allen‘s Best Picture-winning Annie Hall, a choice difficult to argue with. Rounding out the top five were Some Like it Hot, Groundhog Day, Airplane! and Tootsie, while films from the Coens, Stanley Kubrick, Wes Anderson, and Edgar Wright were also mentioned. There are also some genuine head-scratching inclusions, including The Hangover at 30, and, as much as I enjoy the film, Bridesmaids nearly making the top 15, but overall, if one is looking to brighten their mood, »
- Jordan Raup
Villordsutch reviews Doctor Who Series 9 Episode 8 – ‘The Zygon Inversion’…
Doctor- Don’t look at my browser history.
Doctor- Yeah, I said don’t.
In last week’s “The Zygon Invasion” [read our review here] we were left with Unit all but gone with Bonnie (nee Zygon Clara) disabling the UK branch of Unit and Kate Stewart being eliminated in New Mexico, and we also witnessed the Doctor’s Presidential Jet being blown out of the sky by Bonnie. Our concluding episode “The Zygon Inversion” will either see an all-out Earth / Zygon war or peace will live on – it all depends on the outcome of the Osgood Box.
Clara awakens in a what is first thought to be a dream state, discovering via the television set that she is currently the sub-conscious of Bonnie. She is able to initially manoeuvre the first rocket fired at the Doctor’s plane away giving Osgood and »
The tourist-friendly holiday tableau at New York’s Rockefeller Center was overtaken Saturday by roughly 500 people protesting Donald Trump’s hosting of “Saturday Night Live.” Police barricades surrounded the perimeter of NBC Studios’ famous address, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, as crowds shouted “Shut it down!” Colorful signs were waved, include some cartoon depictions of the Republican presidential candidate as a pile of excrement, and drums rang out just hours before Trump is slated to open the live broadcast. Also Read: 5 Times 'SNL' Bashed Donald Trump: From Personal Life and 'Apprentice' to Presidential Run (Video) “What do we want? Justice! When do we want it? »
- Matt Donnelly
It shouldn’t be a surprise to any of our readers that we here at PopOptiq love horror movies. All month long we’ve been counting down the 200 greatest horror films ever made alongside our 31 Days of Horror marathon. And every year just before Halloween, our staff bands together to decide what our favourite horror films of the past year are. It’s never an easy feat since we don’t always agree but as with every list, nobody will. That said, here are the 17 best horror films of 2015 according to our writers.
Note: We didn’t bother to list them in any order but we recommend them all!
A Christmas Horror Story offers five interwoven tales of terror set on Christmas Eve, as executed by three Canadian filmmakers, Grant Harvey, Bret Sullivan and veteran genre producer Steven Hoban making his feature directorial debut. Much like Trick ‘r Treat, »
- Ricky Fernandes
The Mark Gordon Company is developing a terrorism crime drama for ABC, hailing from scribe Michael Finch and “Hostages” co-creator Jeffrey Nachmanoff who will direct the pilot, Variety has learned exclusively.
The project is loosely inspired by the achievements and expertise of Ray Kelly, the longest serving Police Commissioner in New York City’s history. It follows two Joint Terrorism Task Force Agents, a FBI Special Agent and a NYPD detective, both very different people with secrets who are thrown together to solve the terror crime of the century before it happens. Their target is a man who knows everything about terror because he was designed to sow it. Two of these people know each other intimately — but not the ones you think, or in the way you think.
Kelly, who served nearly 50 years in the NYPD, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Walt Disney Animation Studios revealed the roster of voice talent tapped to help bring a voice, snort and a roar to the animal residents of the modern-day mammal metropolis of Zootopia, which opens in theaters March 4, 2016.
“We had so much fun casting this film,” said director Byron Howard. “‘Zootopia’ features such a large and diverse range of characters – one of our biggest casts ever for a Disney Animation film. We needed talented actors who could help bring these animals to life.”
Adds director Rich Moore, “Everyone in this incredible cast is bringing something special, something unexpected to their characters, which really takes our story to a whole new level.”
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Joining Ginnifer Goodwin, who provides the voice of Zootopia’s first bunny officer Judy Hopps; Jason Bateman, who lends his voice to con-artist fox Nick Wilde; and Shakira, who voices international superstar Gazelle, are the following members of the “Zootopia” voice cast. »
- Michelle McCue
Walt Disney Animation Studios has rounded out the voice cast of its animated feature “Zootopia,” with Idris Elba, J.K. Simmons, Octavia Spencer, Jenny Slate and Tommy Chong among the stars joining the film.
“Zootopia” is set in a civilization led by animals devoid of human interference, complete with habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown. Disney opens the film on March 4.
Previously announced voice cast members include Ginnifer Goodwin as Officer Judy Hopps, who partners with scam-artist fox Nick Wilde (voiced by Jason Bateman) to crack a case. Shakira will voice superstar singer Gazelle.
Elba provides the voice of Chief Bogo, head of the Zootopia Police Department and tough cape buffalo with 2,000 lbs of attitude. He’s also lending his pipes to Disney’s upcoming live-action adaptation of “The Jungle Book,” in »
- Dave McNary
Disney’s modern mammal metropolis just got a lot more crowded, now that USA Today have revealed a starry list of new recruits joining the voice cast of Zootopia, the latest animation coming out of the House of Mouse that imagines a world devoid of humans.
In our steed, the animal kingdom has constructed their own concrete jungle; a modern-day hive of activity that hosts just about every creature “from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew.” It’ll feature Jason Bateman and Ginnifer Goodwin in primary roles – the fox Nick Wilde and Officer Judy Hopps – and USA Today has confirmed a whole host of new additions to Disney’s animal kingdom.
Among them is Beasts of No Nation star Idris Elba, who is on board to voice Chief Bogo (pictured above), head of the Zootopian Police Department. There are also roles for Octavia Spencer and J.K. Simmons as Mrs. »
- Michael Briers
Police and medical dramas abound on our screens. But no one’s yet delved into the fascinating and harrowing work of child protection social workers – until now
We’ve seen Z Cars, Morse, Casualty and Holby City but I’ve often heard social workers wonder why there was no TV series about them, and in particular about child protection. So after retirement I took scriptwriting courses. I felt optimistic; technical or legal aspects of my scripts would be accurate, reflecting my experience of more than 40 years as a social worker in child protection, Guardian Ad Litem, chair of child protection conferences and an adoption/fostering manager. I knew about attachments, Section 8 orders and fostering disruptions and now I understand about subtexts, five-point structure and voiceovers. I hoped that I had a distinctive, authentic voice.
I aim to present the public with a series of complex dilemmas about children needing protection and, »
- Alex Crone
“Dancing With the Stars” contestant Alek Skarlatos offered his support for fellow Paris train attack hero Spencer Stone while his friend recovered from a stabbing early Thursday morning at a bar in Northern California. “Spencer is one tough guy. And only he could have done something like that and lived, yet again,” the Army National Guardsman tweeted, after asking: “Everybody send prayers out to the Stone family today.” Details of the incident remain unclear, but Stone was transported to Uc Davis Medical Center and is reportedly in stable condition with non-life-threatening stab wounds to the chest. The Sacramento Police Department »
- Debbie Emery
Outside of its Oscar buzz and its status as the first original feature film to be distributed by Netflix, Cary Fukanaga’s "Beasts of No Nation" is drawing attention as a gruesome and realistic portrayal of the plight of child soldiers. The film is adapted from a novel of the same name by Uzodinma Iweala and follows young Agu, played by Abraham Attah, who is caught in the middle of his country’s civil war and forced to fight. Over the course of the film, Agu has to witness and carry out unspeakable acts to stay alive. Read More: Telluride: With Its Adventurous Netflix Deal, Can 'Beasts of No Nation' Work on the Small Screen? A preview screening of "Beasts of No Nation" was held at MoMA on Tuesday, October 6 and hosted by Trudie Styler, Sting and James Schamus, who all have a history of social activism, with »
- Wil Barlow
John Pollono has adapted the script for the film which follows bombing survivor Jeff Bauman, an aimless deli counter worker who lost both legs in the 2013 attack. Bauman was at the finishing line cheering for his girlfriend (Maslany) when it happened and found new ambition and a sense of love in the wake of what happened. [Source: Variety]
Untitled Police Shooting Series
Sanaa Lathan ("The Perfect Guy," "Alien vs. Predator") will star in "Love and Basketball writer/director Gina Prince-Bythewood's new and currently untitled event TV series for Fox. Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo will executive produce.
The story examines the dangerous aftermath of a police shooting when an African-American cop kills a white teenager in Tennessee. Lathan plays an expert investigator who digs »
- Garth Franklin
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