SPAWN SERIES ARTIST JASON SHAWN ALEXANDER TEAMS WITH STARZ’SAMERICAN GODS WRITER RODNEY BARNES FOR NEW VAMPIRE HORROR SERIES, KILLADELPHIA

SPAWN SERIES ARTIST JASON SHAWN ALEXANDER TEAMS WITH STARZ’SAMERICAN GODS WRITER RODNEY BARNES FOR NEW VAMPIRE HORROR SERIES, KILLADELPHIA

“The stunning and fresh horror fable I’ve been craving.” —Jordan Peele
PORTLAND, Ore. 08/15/2019 — Image Comics is pleased to announce an all-new, skin-crawling series by writer Rodney Barnes (Wu-tang: An American Saga, Marvel’s Runaways, Starz’s American Gods) and artist Jason Shawn Alexander (Spawn)—Killadelphia—which will launch this November.
“I wanted to tell a story about people who have fallen through the cracks of society. Those who dream the American dream but do so from the back of the line. That is until now,” said Barnes. “Can they who have been shown little mercy themselves be merciful? We shall soon see. I can’t say enough about Jason Shawn Alexander’s art, which beautifully captures the mood and tone of an American city under siege. And I’m excited for all to experience the horrors which lurk in the alleys and low places of a town we call Killadelphia.”
When a small-town beat cop comes home to bury his murdered father—the revered Philadelphia detective James Sangster Sr.—he begins to unravel a mystery that leads him down a path of horrors that will shake his beliefs to their core. The city that was once the symbol of liberty and freedom has fallen prey to corruption, poverty, unemployment, brutality… and vampires. Welcome to KILLADELPHIA.
Alexander added: “Killadelphia has a human element that I don’t often get to see in the horror genre, and rarely get a chance to portray. The story, at times, has me at the edge of my seat and at others, leaves me with a lump in my throat. One gets the feeling you’re reading about real people with real lives in an extraordinarily frightening situation. Luis NCT and my part, at this point, is to bring the art to the level of Rodney Barnes’ emotive words. I think the audience, and myself, have an amazing ride ahead of us.”
Series editor Greg Tumbarello touched on the tone and aesthetic of the comic. “Killadelphia is an enthralling horror story that claws into the most terrifying elements of humanity and a society in chaos, while being balanced against an incredibly personal story of a son searching to break beyond his father’s shadow by solving his murder,” said Tumbarello. “Not only do Rodney Barnes and Jason Shawn Alexander perfectly complement each other, but the entire creative team has seamlessly come together to make some of the most exciting comics you’ll ever read. This is a series you cannot miss.” 
Killadelphia #1 Cover A by Jason Shawn Alexander (Diamond Code SEP190042) and Killadelphia #1 Cover B “Black Friday Variant” by Francesco Mattina (Diamond Code SEP190043) will hit stores on Wednesday, November 27. It can be pre-ordered with your local comic shop or purchased across many digital platforms, including the official Image Comics iOS app, Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play. 
Advance praise for Killadelphia:
“It’s the best graphic novel I’ve ever read. Five times more graphic and eight times more novel.” —Chris Rock
Killadelphia is the stunning and fresh horror fable I’ve been craving. This one feels like a classic.” —Jordan Peele
“Jason Shawn Alexander is one of my favorite artists working today, and writer Rodney Barnes is the perfect collaborator for this atmospheric horror story with a terrifyingly real sense of place.” —Brian K. Vaughan
"Sparely written, beautifully rendered and topical, Killadelphia is a genuinely frightening horror graphic. Can’t wait to read the next issue!” —Steven Barnes & Tananarive Due
ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
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Cover Reveal: The Falling of Stars by Traci Finlay

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The Falling of Stars, an all-new intriguing psychological thriller from Traci Finlay, is coming September 3rd and we have the stunning cover!

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When a high school freshman commits suicide, everyone at Liberty School of Excellence is shocked—especially Eve Hunter, who is not only the English teacher at Liberty, but also a friend of the victim’s family. Although devastated, Eve is prepared to offer her love and support.
But when the grieving mother discloses her theory that her son was secretly bullied to death at school, Eve is conflicted. Not at a prestigious school like Liberty, Eve is certain. Regardless, she agrees to do some underground (and possibly illegal) investigating—even if that means risking her career. After all, the pain of losing a child trumps that of losing a job.
Eve isn’t the only one delving into secrets. Her son, Malik Hunter, is a sophomore at Liberty whose perfect life is a perfect lie. Behind his good looks, straight A’s, and the facemask of his football helmet, Malik battles a crippling depression. But someone sees through it all. Someone who reaches out to him on LibertyNet, the school’s online intranet. Someone who seems to know Malik better than he knows himself. Someone evil.
Eve believes a cyberbully may be lurking in the dark realms of LibertyNet.
Malik knows there is.
Unless anybody in this household is willing to reveal their secrets, someone could end up falling over the edge … literally.
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About Traci
Traci Finlay grew up in the Midwest and transplanted to Florida for college. She received a bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts with a minor in English, met and married the love of her life and moved to Miami, where she currently lives with her husband, two sons, and two smart-mouthed dogs.
Growing up, she loved reading books, but had a particular passion for mysteries. Throughout her adulthood, she’s taken many writing courses and written three psychological thrillers she plans to publish soon.
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Movie Review: The Art of Racing in the Rain







THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN
Release: August 9, 2019
MPAA Rating: PG
Director: Simon Curtis
Screenplay by: Mark Bomback
Based on the novel by Garth Stein
Producers: Neal H. Moritz, Patrick Dempsey, Tania Landau
Cast: Milo Ventimiglia, Amanda Seyfried, Gary Cole, Kathy Baker, Ryan Kiera Armstrong, Martin Donovan and the voice of Kevin Costner

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Based on the best-selling novel by Garth Stein, THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN is a heartfelt tale narrated by a witty and philosophical dog named Enzo (voiced by Kevin Costner). Through his bond with his owner, Denny Swift (Milo Ventimiglia), an aspiring Formula One race car driver, Enzo has gained tremendous insight into the human condition and understands that the techniques needed on the racetrack can also be used to successfully navigate the journey of life. The film follows Denny and the loves of his life - his wife, Eve (Amanda Seyfried), their young daughter Zoe (Ryan Kiera Armstrong), and ultimately, his true best friend, Enzo.


The Art of Racing in the Rain is the latest dog movie to hit theaters.  It is unabashedly a pet lover’s film. Any pet will do; dog, cat, chinchilla.  Racing invites those audiences who read the best-selling book by the same title, as well as everyone who has ever seen any incarnation of a pet movie (Marely & Me, Hachi, etc.) and adds to that anyone who enjoys films about human compassion.  Racing is for everyone.   

You don’t have to have a personal investment in pet to appreciate the adorable Enzo’s (the dog) philosophies about personal interactions. Even as a puppy, Enzo (voiced by Kevin Costner) provides an insightful, almost sage, view of the world around him. Enzo’s perceptions of the world, brilliantly told in Costner’s voice, drives the movie like a one of Denny Swift’s (played by Milo Ventimiglia) cars.

The plot points weren’t groundbreaking.  There were complications and obstacles that have been done, especially in dog movies, but just when one started to piece together the predictable plot on one’s own, there was an extended close-up shot of Enzo’s furry face to make people stop caring that they knew how the rest of the story was going to go.  It went in cycles; complication, predictability, and cute dog close-up... awwwww.

Still, it is worth the price of admission. The cast sold the story. They appeared to actually enjoy their story and that made the audience want to like it, too. Every bit of Racing felt genuine and sincere.  It’s lighter fare, a PG movie in a rated R world. It was a pleasant escape. 

The Art of Racing in the Rain is playing everywhere now. Give it a look... and bring tissues. 


Trailer Thursday: Frankly in Love by David Yoon



FRANKLY in LOVE

Author: David Yoon
Release Date: September 10th 2019
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Frank Li has two names. There's Frank Li, his American name. Then there's Sung-Min Li, his Korean name. No one uses his Korean name, not even his parents. Frank barely speaks any Korean. He was born and raised in Southern California.

Even so, his parents still expect him to end up with a nice Korean girl--which is a problem, since Frank is finally dating the girl of his dreams: Brit Means. Brit, who is funny and nerdy just like him. Brit, who makes him laugh like no one else. Brit . . . who is white.

As Frank falls in love for the very first time, he's forced to confront the fact that while his parents sacrificed everything to raise him in the land of opportunity, their traditional expectations don't leave a lot of room for him to be a regular American teen. Desperate to be with Brit without his parents finding out, Frank turns to family friend Joy Song, who is in a similar bind. Together, they come up with a plan to help each other and keep their parents off their backs. Frank thinks he's found the solution to all his problems, but when life throws him a curveball, he's left wondering whether he ever really knew anything about love—or himself—at all.

In this moving novel, debut author David Yoon takes on the question of who am I? with a result that is humorous, heartfelt, and ultimately unforgettable.

The Hustle Blu-Ray Combo Pack Giveaway! - #HustleMovie

ANNE HATHAWAY AND REBEL WILSON SHINE
AS ODD-COUPLE CON ARTISTS IN THE HILARIOUS NEW COMEDY

THE HUSTLE

AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL AUGUST 6, 2019

AND ON BLU-RAYAND DVD AUGUST 20, 2019


Universal City, California, June 19, 2019 – Two women put the “art” in con-artist in the outrageously fun comedy, THE HUSTLE, arriving on Digital August 6, 2019 and on Blu-rayTM, DVD and On Demand August 20, 2019 from Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures (MGM) and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.  The film stars Academy Award® winner Anne Hathaway (Ocean’s 8, The Devil Wears Prada) and Rebel Wilson (Isn’t It Romantic, Pitch Perfect) who show off their electric chemistry playing scam artists from different worlds who join forces to take down the dirty rotten men who have wronged them. Filled with wildly entertaining and empowering moments from beginning to end, THE HUSTLE whisks audiences away to a world of luxury and glamour set in a stunning seaside town in the south of France. 
From director Chris Addison (“Veep”) and producers Roger Birnbaum (The Magnificent Seven) and  Rebel Wilson, THE HUSTLE on Blu-rayTM and DVD showcases bonus features taking viewers further into the world of scamming with special featurettes including behind-the-scenes footage, commentary from the cast and filmmakers, and more!
Josephine Chesterfield (Hathaway) is a glamorous, seductive Brit who defrauds gullible wealthy men. Penny (Wilson) amasses wads of cash by ripping off her marks in neighborhood bars. Despite their different methods, both are masters of the art of the fleece so they con the men that have wronged them. Wilson’s talent for physicality and Hathaway’s withering wit are a combustible combination as the pair of scammers pull out of the stops to swindle a naïve tech billionaire, played by Alex Sharp (How to Talk to Girls at Parties), in this hilarious comedy. 

BONUS FEATURES on BLU-RAYTM AND DVD
  • Hitting the Mark – We’ll reveal the plans behind the film: from Anne Hathaway’s initial discussions with Jac Schaeffer and Rebel Wilson about updating the story for a modern era to Chris Addison’s collaboration with the cast to craft the comedy on set. 
  • Comedy Class – Every actor in the film brings a very different comedic style to their roles. This comic clash helps sell the conflict between Josephine, Penny, and the other characters in the film. 
  • Con Artists – The artists behind the camera help bring the story to life…in this case costume designer Emmer Fryer and production designer Alice Normington show off their skills. 
  • Feature Commentary Director Chris Addison  
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FILMMAKERS: 
Cast: Anne Hathaway, Rebel Wilson, Alex Sharp, Dean Norris
Costume Designer: Emma Fryer 
Music Supervisor: Becca Gatrell
Music By: Anne Dudley
Film Editor: Ant Boys, ACE 
Production Designer: Alice Normington
Director of Photography: Michael Coulter, BSC
Executive Producers: Ilona Herzberg, Dale Launer, Charles Hirschhorn, Alison Owen
Produced By: Roger Birnbaum, p.g.a., Rebel Wilson, p.g.a. 
Story By: Stanley Shapiro & Paul Henning and Dale Launer
Screenplay By: Stanley Shapiro & Paul Henning and Dale Launer and Jac Schaeffer
Directed By: Chris Addison

TECHNICAL INFORMATION BLU-RAY:
Street Date: August 20, 2019
Selection Number: 61202303 / 61207032 (CDN)
Layers: BD 50
Aspect Ratio: 16:9; 2.39:1 Widescreen
Rating: PG-13 for crude sexual content and language 
Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish
Sound: English and French DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1, Spanish DTS Digital Surround 5.1
Run Time: 1 hour and 34 minutes

TECHNICAL INFORMATION DVD:
Street Date: August 20, 2019 
Selection Number: 61202304 / 61207033 (CDN)
Layers: DVD 9
Aspect Ratio: 16:9; 2.39:1 Anamorphic Widescreen 
Rating: PG-13 for crude sexual content and language 
Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish 
Sound: English, French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Run Time: 1 hour and 34 minutes 

About Metro Goldwyn Mayer
Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM) is a leading entertainment company focused on the production and global distribution of film and television content across all platforms. The company owns one of the world’s deepest libraries of premium film and television content as well as the premium pay television network EPIX, which is available throughout the U.S. via cable, satellite, telco and digital distributors.  In addition, MGM has investments in numerous other television channels and digital platforms. For more information, visit www.mgm.com.

About Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (UPHE – www.uphe.com) is a unit of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group (UFEG). UFEG produces, acquires, markets and distributes filmed entertainment worldwide in various media formats for theatrical, home entertainment, television and other distribution platforms, as well as consumer products, interactive gaming and live entertainment. The global division includes Universal Pictures, Focus Features, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, Universal Brand Development, Fandango and DreamWorks Animation Film and Television.  UFEG is part of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience.  NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.


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Bookish Horoscope for August Provided by @EpicReads



Check out the Epic Reads' August Horoscopes! 

Click Here to read full Epic Reads article on their page. 

Leo
7/23-8/22

A Dress for the Wicked by Autumn Krause

Virgo
8/23-9/22

House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

Libra
9/23-10/22

The Arrival of Someday by Jen Malone

Scorpio 
10/23-11/21

The Thousandth Floor by Katherine McGee

Sagittarius 
11/22-12/21

Hello Girls by Brittany Cavallaro

Capricorn
12/22-1/19

All the Bad Apples by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

Aquarius
1/20-2/18

Hamilton and Peggy! by L.M. Elliot

Pisces
2/19-3/20

Let's Call It a Doomsday by Katie Henry

Aries 
3/21-4/19

I See London, I see France by Sarah Mlynowski

Taurus 
4/20-5/20

Start Here by Trish Doller

Gemini 
5/21-6/20

The Luxe by Anna Godbersen

Cancer
6/21-7/22

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee


Review for #MegaConOrlando2019



I know I am very late with this article, so I apologize in advance to our readers, but especially to the lovely people at MegaCon. I was studying for my licensing exam and then dealing with a few health issues that were not fun at all. But, as promised, here it is, even if it is late. Better late than never ;)

In case I haven’t said this enough times before, MegaCon Orlando is definitely one of my favorite cons ever. It’s just so much fun! Not to mention it keeps growing and growing every year, to the point that it is now one of the largest of the country. It is no secret I am a geek and a fangirl, and at MegaCon I get to unleash those two sides of me completely and it’s considered absolutely normal there. Every year they bring amazing guests, there are spectacular cosplays, and incredible contests and parties. This con has nothing to envy any of the bigger and more famous cons because it has definitely got it all!

So, without further ado, here is my summary for MegaCon 2019 (that took place May 16-19, 2019 in the Orange County Convention Center).

Cosplays
I love walking towards and into any con because you see your favorite characters from different fandoms come to life and walking around everywhere, interacting with each other like you can only see at cons. In the real world, this is called cosplay. The dedication and love and time these fellow geeks put into their cosplay is nothing short of admirable (I say it because a- I have no patience or time to do this and b- no talent, so you guys have my biggest respect!). To be honest, if I were to post here every single amazing cosplay I see at MegaCon, it would be the never-ending article. So, unfortunately, I have to hand pick a few that really stood out and share them with you all.

This guy went ALL out with his cosplay of the T-1000 from Terminator 2: Judgement Day. How cool is this?!

As a big Potterhead, I had to include this incredible cosplay of the Malfoys with Bellatrix Lestrange (also, this will totally be me when I get older too!)

I couldn’t stop laughing when I saw this cosplay of Odin holding a baby Loki. I love it when they get creative

Seeing as Zachary Levi was present at this con (I will get to that in a bit), there were plenty of Shazams walking around. Here are some of the best ones we found

Shazam vs Superman (can we please have this happen in one of the movies? Mkthanks)

And Shazam Mary posing in front of a poster of her foster brother Shazam himself

Star Wars is always big at cons:

 This Disney Princess/Star Wars mashup was so dope!


As well as Disney cosplays:
I call this picture "Badass Princesses"

How amazing was this Maleficent one? Look at those wings!

Gender Bender Cuzco from “The Emperor’s New Groove”, one of my most favorite Disney movies that was so underrated (it’s hysterical, so I don’t know why it was so underrated!)

Maui!



Doctor Who cosplays are always present too, especially when David Tennant is also in attendance:


And finally, superheroes (Marvel and DC alike) can never be amiss:






The Panels
If you’ve read my covers for previous cons before, you’ll know the panels are my all-time favorite part of the cons! It brings out the fangirl in me and I love, love, love seeing my favorite celebrities just be themselves, answering fan questions, and just letting us bask in their glory. I didn’t attend to too many panels this year, but the few that I did, here are the pics I have:

David Tennant
I’ve seen David before and he was as amazing, gracious, funny, and sweet as always. He’s just so humble and shines his own glorious light on us all.



John Barrowman
I have lost count how many times I’ve seen John Barrowman in a con, but I can never ever tire of him. He is absolutely amazing, the best! He’s funny, he’s raw, he’s glittery and high-heeled fun!


Mike Colter
Ever since he came out in the first season of Jessica Jones, I developed a crush on this guy. I was so excited to meet him and go to his panel. He’s so sweet and his voice so soothing. He was also funnier than you’d expect. The last picture is of my photo-op with him. I asked him to please carry me (he IS Luke Cage after all) and he very graciously agreed to do it. Thank you again, Mike for making my dream come true!




The Goonies!
For any of us who grew up in the 80s, getting to see a Goonies panel was a dream come true! I am so happy to have been able to get to see them in person!



Last, but certainly NOT least. The highlight of my weekend and the main reason for me to have gone to the con:

Zachary Levi
Many people are just getting to know him now, him playing the titular character of his latest movie: Shazam and all, but I’ve been a big Zach fan for a while. When I went to San Diego Comic Con in 2014, one of my goals was to get into one of his panels or parties and, hopefully, get to see him in person. So this is a dream that has been 5 years in the making and, boy, was it worth the wait. Yes, he is as charming, and charismatic, and beautiful, and sweet, and goofy as you’ve seen him be in interviews. He only made me fall even more in love with him after he not only said he loved my shirt (which I specifically bought to take that pic with him!), but complied with my very silly picture request. I had never left a photo op feeling flushed and with my heart racing so hard and fast like I did that day. Ok, enough of my fangirling, enjoy the few good pictures I was able to get (he moves so much it is very hard to get a good picture of him!) and then of my picture with him at the photo-op booth.



Thank you for reading if you’ve made it this far!! 

Stay tuned for more coverage and some great con news coming up soon!



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