Marvel’s Isaac Perlmutter is a very generous guy

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…when it comes to charity. Perlmutter and his wife Laura have donated another $9 million to the NYU Langone Medical Center and the Technion Israel Institute of Technology. This follows a previous $50 million donation to the NYU Cancer Institute which was renamed Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center in their honor. Mrs. Perlmutter has been involved with NYU as a volunteer and president of the Tisch Hospital Auxiliary.

The first three Daredevil episode titles and directors are revealed

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Some exciting TV directors have signed aboard Marvel and Netflix’s first series

Will Whoopi Goldberg announce a Star Wars/Marvel Secret Wars tie in tomorrow?

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Oh no, I have to watch the View again! Tomorrow Friday, February 6th, at 11AM EST, the latest SECRET WARS news will be announced on The View, ABC’s highly rated yenta-fest. The announcement is billed as a “Forceful one” so COULD IT BEStar Wars related? STAR WARS SECRET WARS???? Or just knowing we’d all think […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 2/4/15: newsy notes from the mailbag

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I went through the old mailbag and found some newsy bits I had previously missed. Toys, books, shorts, variants, and the Cackler.

Felicity Jones to play lead in Star Wars spin-off

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Gareth Edwards‘ Star Wars spin-off that will see release on December 16, 2016 now has its star, as Oscar nominee Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) has signed on for the lead role. We know nothing about the picture at this point other than reports that it will deal with a “heist-like plot” surrounding the theft […]

Report: Disney have their hearts set on Chris Pratt as the next Indiana Jones

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Between Guardians of the Galaxy and The Lego Movie, Chris Pratt was probably THE action/adventure star of 2014. With Jurassic World coming up in June and The Magnificent Seven about to begin shooting, that momentum doesn’t look like it’s slowing down anytime soon. If Disney has their way, we may very well see Pratt attached […]

Gareth Edwards’ Star Wars spin-off gets a new writer

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The amount of pressure on JJ Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens is starting to reach a fever pitch. One of the factors that Disney is counting upon is its ability to launch a number of spin-off films that will fill the year-long gaps between this newest installment, the upcoming Rian Johnson helmed Episode VIII, and the eventual Episode IX. Gareth […]

IDW starts publishing Disney Comics

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IDW sort of hinted at this back at NYCC, when they announced an Artists Editions of the Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck by Don Rosa. At the retailer meeting, Dirk Wood said, in that special way of his, something along the lines of “There will be more coming from IDW and Disney.” which at the time was a pretty clear indication there would be…more.

And so there is, and they mentioned it again in the fall but no one noticed. And now they just slyly let it out in the April Solicitations.

Don Rosa’s Life and Time of Scrooge McDuck gets Artist’s Edition from IDW

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An oversize artist’s edition of Don Rosa’s devoutly worshipped The Life and Time of Scrooge McDuck? You’ll have to wait until April, true believers. Rosa’s epic biography of heroic skinflint McDuck is considered a modern classic, and in Scandinavia, it is mandatory for homes to have a small shrine to it.* This volume will take […]

Reminder: Walt Disney was a sexist Jerk

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Yeah yeah, Walt Disney was a genius and a trailblazer and a visionary…but he was also a racist and a horrible sexist. The letter informing a woman applying for a job at the studio informing her that “Women do not do any of the creative work in connection with preparing the cartoons for the screen, as that work is performed entirely by young men. For this reason girls are not considered for the training school.” has been floating around for years, but recently a newspaper story by Disney biographer Bob Thomas laying out his ideas of women’s capabilities has been unearthed and it’s even worse.

Let’s get dangerous: Darkwing Duck writing credit kerfuffle

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This thing is going on with a new publisher called Joe Books, and the credits on Boom! Studio’s long ago (2010) Darkwing Duck series. Yes. The Outhouse has a succinct round-up but as best as I can make out, here’s what happened:

Disney to release Studio Ghibli titles on Blu-Ray: Pom Poko, Porco Rosso and Tales from Earthsea

February 3rd will see the release of three Studio Ghibli films on BluRay for the first time. Porco Rosso, the tale of a World War I flying ace, is a beloved Hayao Miyazaki classic. The other two are by other Studio Ghibli directors—Isao Takahata’s environmental saga PomPoko, and Tales from Earthsea, Goro Myazakis take on […]

How to say I Am Groot in 15 languages

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In case you had forgotten that Groot and Rocket Raccoon were Disney’s huge breakout stars in 2014, they released a trailer of the gentle giant of a man-tree saying his signature phrase in 15 different languages,. And in case you had forgotten, Guardians of the Galaxy is out on Digital HD today, and available via […]

And finally…here is the dancing Baby Groot you have been clamoring for

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Disney has released a clip of Dancing Baby Groot even though (spoilers) it spoils the end of the movie. I guess good social media is worth more than spoiling movies in the era of downloads and….social media. Anyway…..it’s sweet.

Analysis: ‘Guardians’ rule the galaxy with biggest ever August opening, and Marvel keeps mining the head

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Whoa, Guardians of the Galaxy…where to start. In a summer of unexceptional sequels and remakes, Marvel and Disney triumphed with a new creation that had a fresh take on the space opera genre, while introducing such comics elements as Thanos, Infinity Gems, and Rocket Raccoon. I never thought I would type that sentence outside of a fever dream.

The Beat Podcasts! – SDCC ’14 Day 2: Don Rosa, Eleanor Davis, Lucy Knisley & Archie Comics

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Live from San Diego Comic Con, it’s More To Come! Publishers Weekly’s podcast of comics news, interviews and discussion with Calvin Reid, Kate Fitzsimons and The Beat’s own Heidi MacDonald. In part two of More To Come’s San Diego Comic-Con special, Calvin Reid talks to Don Rosa about Scrooge McDuck, European fans and Carl Barks; […]