Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Star Trek: Discovery - First Look Trailer

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CBS is going all-in on Star Trek. At the network’s Upfront today, it announced that it has expanded its order for its CBS All Access series Star Trek: Discovery up to 15 episodes and ordered a post-show series called Talking Trek. Oh, and they also released a trailer — which focuses on First Officer Michael Burnham (The Walking Dead’s Sonequa Martin-Green) and Captain Philippa Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh), who start off on a desert plain and later get into a confrontation with some very expensive-looking aliens. Star Trek: Discovery will premiere this fall. -Vulture

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Thor: Ragnarok Teaser Trailer [HD]

This new Thor trailer looks... good. Whoa. Not Superwoman level cool, but pretty dang good.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

#28DaysOfBlackCosplay is the intersection of Black History Month, nerdiness, and high fashion

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When some people think of cosplayers—the enthusiastic fans of comics, movies, and TV shows who show up at conventions decked out in incredibly detailed recreations of their favorite characters’ looks—they tend to think of nerdy white guys in haphazardly put together ensembles.

As anyone who’s ever spent any time at a large con will tell you, though, the reality of the cosplaying community is much different. There are plenty of black and brown cosplayers out there proving, thread by thread, that nerdiness and fantasy-inspired fashion is, in fact, rated E for everyone.

For the past few years, in celebration of Black History Month, black cosplayers have gathered around the hashtag #28DaysOfBlackCosplay to show off their looks. Speaking to Black Girl Nerds, the members of Chocolate Covered Cosplay, an LA-based cosplaying group, explained what cosplay means to them artistically and how cosplaying as women of color in particular was a powerful form of personal expression in spaces that are traditionally thought of as belonging to white people.

“The bullying and the gate-keeping is what I hate most,” C3 member Angel Tenshi said. “We are all nerds; we should just enjoy our fandoms. I have Captain America’s symbol tattooed on my body, and people still come up to me and to try to quiz me on my knowledge of Captain America.”

Ashi_Chan, another C3 cosplayer added that oftentimes, she’s forced to deal with other fans referring to her cosplay as the “black” version of a character in a way that challenges the authenticity of her costumes. Conversely, she said, there are rarely critiques of non-black cosplayers who decide to color their skin to more closely look like a particular character.

“I have to explain why Blackface is wrong,” Ashi_Chan said. “There is very little intersectionality of race and culture. And that sucks.”

Looking at the 2017 class of #28DaysOfBlackCosplay shows that the members of C3 aren’t the only people out there fighting to make cosplaying more inclusive:

Image and text from Fusion

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Escape to the Future With Missy Elliott and Jamiroquai

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A little something to boost your mood, follow the link below to check out the video for "I'm Better":

Two icons of the music-video format have returned this Friday with light-up headpieces and underground post-apocalypse vibes and pretty catchy music. Do not call Missy Elliott and Jamiroquai nostalgia acts—they’re offering colorful and imaginative escape to the future.

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Marvel's 'Cloak & Dagger' Will Break Down Barriers With Director Gina Prince-Bythewood At The Helm

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The Marvel stronghold on film and television just got a bit stronger. Variety is reporting that Freeform will adapt Marvel's Cloak and Dagger for television. And even better, the pilot episode may be directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, who seemingly confirmed the news in a recent tweet. If that name sounds familiar but you can't quite place it, Prince-Bythewood is the director par excellence of amazing films and television shows like Love & Basketball, Girlfriends, and the highly anticipated series Shots Fired.

From Cloak & Dagger's reported description, it sounds like the show will be the perfect blend of superhero action, romance, and an extremely timely exploration of contemporary interracial relationships. Variety reported,

"The live-action interracial romance follows the duo, two teenagers from very different backgrounds, who find themselves burdened and awakened to newly acquired superpowers while falling in love — Tandy can emit light daggers and Tyrone has the ability to engulf others in darkness. They quickly learn they are better together than apart, but their feelings for each other make their already complicated world even more challenging."

It's not often that you see a woman of color charge with directing, setting the tone, and guiding a story to success in this arena. Prince-Bythewood's potential hiring also means she is one of the few women brought on to direct a Marvel franchise in recent years; last year, it was announced Jessica Jones Season 2 would be female directed in its entirety. This is a continued move in the right direction for Marvel.

Image and text from Bustle

Monday, December 19, 2016

‘Walking Dead’ Star Lands ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Lead

The Walking Dead Season 6
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“The Walking Dead” actress Sonequa Martin-Green has landed the lead role on CBS All Access’ “Star Trek: Discovery.”

Sources confirmed to Variety that the actress will continue as a series regular on the AMC zombie drama while tackling the lead role on CBS’ relaunch of the science-fiction television franchise.

The casting of Martin-Green brings to a close a lengthy search for a lead on “Discovery,” which has struggled with delays since being given a greenlight by CBS last year. Original showrunner Bryan Fuller had at Comic-Con this summer indicated that he wanted to cast a woman of color in the lead role, citing inspiration from Mae Jamison, the first African-American female astronaut and Nichelle Nichols, the lone African-American and lone female cast member on the original “Star Trek” series. In August, speaking at the Television Critics Association press tour, Fuller confirmed that the lead character would be a woman and that she would not hold the rank of captain, as “Star Trek” leads traditionally have.

Fuller exited the showrunner role in October, after CBS was forced to push back the series premiere from February to May, and was replaced by fellow executive producers Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts. The casting search continued to drag on, with CBS Television Studios, which is producing the series, focusing its efforts on casting an African-American or Latino actress.

Martin-Green’s character will hold the rank of lieutenant-commander, though the character’s name is still unknown. The actress has played Sasha Williams on “The Walking Dead” since the show’s third season. 

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Sunday, November 13, 2016

The Expanse Is Coming Back on February 8

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It took me a while to warm up to this show, but it ended up being really good. Excited to see the new season.

The Expanse is one of the very best science fiction shows on television, with a diverse cast, a thoroughly compelling story, and beautiful production values. Even a trailer as short as the one Syfy just released makes us desperate to see more of this show.

The Expanse takes place in a future where Earth, Mars, and the asteroid belt have all been colonized by humans. In that time, all three have developed different interests and massive distrust of the other two. Season one started out as three different mysteries—the destruction of an ice hauler, a missing girl, and an investigation into corruption on Earth—which all culminated in the discovery of a weapon that was hidden by the manipulation of the tensions between the three factions.

Season two, which starts February 8, is clearly going to deal with the large scale fallout of that discovery and the smaller scale question of what the ordinary people who got caught up in this will do.

Image and text from io9