Remember high school, when we had to read several “classics” of literature? The Scarlet Letter, Moby-Dick, A Tale of Two Cities—you know the ones. These books were classics because they broke new ground, doing things that had not been done before.
God, were they boring! They were books only a professor could love. I was reminded of such books when I watched The Witch, Robert Eggers’s tale of an unlucky girl suspected of witchcraft. Critics have loved the film, giving it 91%, 83 out of 100, 3½ stars, etc. Stephen King tweeted the movie “scared the hell out of” him. It did well at the box office, grossing nearly $40 million on a $1 million budget, but that may be because audiences were expecting The Blair Witch Project redux. I suspect that DVD and Blu-ray sales will be more modest. Film students may study this movie for years to come—it is visually gorgeous and technically advanced—but I doubt it will maintain a larger following.
The movie starts promisingly. Set in New England in 1630, it is the story of a farming family, William and Katherine and their five children. (Other reviews of The Witch call them Puritans, an assumption that may not be true. They are clearly pious, but piety was not limited to any one religious group. Besides, the Great Migration, as it is called, of Puritans to New England began in earnest in 1630, the year this movie was set.) After a tiff with other settlers, William moves his family to the edge of forbidding-looking woods. Immediately, the youngest child, an infant, disappears. The family’s search for the missing boy, and its descent into anger, finger-pointing, and suspicion of demonic involvement, forms the plot for the rest of the film.
So who is the witch of the movie’s title? That would be the oldest daughter, Thomasin. We are never told her age, though she is clearly a teenager. The family first thinks a wolf took the child, but as tensions mount, this becomes a polite fiction. Thomasin was looking after her brother when he vanished, so naturally, she is doing the work of the devil. It isn’t clear what prompted the family to think Thomasin a witch, or why. We tend to imagine people of this era attributing every odd occurrence to dark magic, but surely they had a deeper cosmology than that. Not once does anyone lash out at God for allowing such tragedy, a reaction that seems at least as normal as “because witches.”
Robert Eggers, a former production and costume designer who somehow leapfrogged all other roles to direct The Witch, has been praised for the historical accuracy of the film. A note at the end states that many of the details, including dialogue, come “directly from period journals, diaries, and court records.” No doubt the scenes and wardrobes are spot-on. I wonder also whether Eggers consulted a little book called The New England Primer. Published in 1727, but no doubt circulating in oral form long before, it includes a section called “A Dialogue between Christ, a Youth, and the Devil” whose lines are similar to a prayer uttered several times in the movie: “Oh God my Lord I now begin. Oh help me and I’ll leave my sin,” etc. Whether inspired or made up, it is an excellent detail (you can hear Thomasin reciting it around the 1:55 mark of this trailer).
One thing I could have done without is the decision to have the actors speak in the archaic tongue of the early 1600s. The film is full of “thee” and “thou,” with the occasional “prithee.” One character says, “Speak, if this be pretense,” and other announces, “I’ll to the wood.” Early Modern English, which is what linguists call this time period, can feel like a different language. I had to turn on subtitles to make sure I didn’t miss stuff, a practice I hate. (Diction wasn’t the only reason. Despite setting the volume on my TV at 50, I strained to hear anything softer than a shout.) Many period pieces have not suffered from contemporary speech—Shakespeare in Love won seven Oscars without a single “thou”—so I don’t understand Eggers’s compulsion here.
Another thing I struggled to grasp was what constitutes a “witch” in Eggers’s world. Toward the end of the film, Thomasin talks to Black Phillip, the family goat. Goats have long been associated with Satan, so does that mean a witch is someone who can talk to possessed animals? No, because two of the other children claim they’ve heard the goat talk. Thomasin kills her mother, so does that mean a witch is someone who commits murder? No, it was self-defense: her mother attacked her. Thomasin seems uninterested in magic and incurious about dark forces, so it must be that she is a witch because weird things are happening. There is that limited cosmology again. Black Phillip asks Thomasin if she wants to live “deliciously,” and as far as I can tell, this vague invocation is the crux of Eggers’s witchery. What does it mean to live deliciously? Kidnap babies, I guess.
The best horror films rely on suspense, not gore, and in that way, The Witch scores big. As I watched Katherine go insane with grief, Thomasin struggle with guilt, and William become Job-like (in addition to the baby, his crops died, his wife didn’t trust him, and he watched another son die), I thought, all this plus witchcraft? But for a horror story, the evil force needs more definition. Michael Myers, Jason Voorhees, Fred Krueger—these are great horror villains because we can see them, and we know what they’re about. The Blair Witch never appears in person, but we see her stalking the three filmmakers. We hear locals talk about kids being abducted and killed. Then Josh disappears. Problems are clearly supernatural in origin. In The Witch, I never felt that William’s struggles couldn’t be explained by his living arrangements: the American wilderness in the 17th century.
In terms of extras, this Blu-ray is not packed, but it does have a few nice elements. The audio commentary features Eggers alone. I am used to commentaries featuring several cast members in an improvised dialogue, but these quickly wear thin. A director-only commentary can be more focused and insightful, which this one certainly is. There is a short (eight minutes) making-of featurette, The Witch: A Primal Folklore, that should be a bit more in-depth. Much better is the Q&A mixing cast members with a pair of experts, novelist Brunonia Barry (The Lace Reader, The Map of True Places) and historian Richard Trask. The group discusses witchcraft in American history, especially the Salem witch trials, on which Trask has a unique perspective: two of his ancestors were hanged as witches.
Interesting as these features are, I will suggest one that should have been added: digital images of the “period journals, diaries, and court records” that Eggers drew on to make the film. I would have enjoyed seeing how those print sources were transformed into a cinematic narrative.
The Witch is an entertaining and though-provoking film. It works as a historical drama as well as a thriller. I wouldn’t call it scary, and the filmmakers outsmarted themselves in a few places, making an intellectual choice when something simpler would have worked better. Still, it is an important film, one that makes an original and significant contribution to the horror genre.
Year of Production: 2015
Type: Theatrical Release
Rating: R for Disturbing Violent Content and Graphic Nudity
Genre: Horror, Suspense
Closed Captioned: N/A
Subtitles: Spanish, English SDH
Feature Run Time: 92 minutes
BD Format: 1080p High Definition 16×9 Widescreen (1.66:1)
DVD Format: 16×9 Widescreen (1:66:1)
BD Audio: English 5.1 DTS HD-MA
DVD Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio
Lionsgate is a premier next generation global content leader with a strong and diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, digital distribution, new channel platforms, video game sand international distribution and sales. The company has nearly 80 television shows on 40 different networks spanning its primetime production, distribution and syndication businesses. These include the critically-acclaimed hit series Orange in the New Black, the multiple Emmy Award-winning drama Mad Men, the hit broadcast network series Nashville, the syndication successes The Wendy Williams Show and Celebrity Name Game (with FremantleMedia), the breakout series The Royals and the Golden Globe-nominated dramedy Casual.
Its feature film business has been fueled by such successes as the blockbuster Hunger Games franchise, the first two installments of the Divergent franchise, Sicario, The Age of Adaline, CBS/Lionsgate’s The DUFF, John Wick, Now You See Me, Roadside Attractions’ Love & Mercy and Mr. Holmes, Lionsgate/Codeblack Films’ Addicted and Pantelion Films’ Instructions Not Included, the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the U.S.
Lionsgate’s home entertainment business is an industry leader in box office-to-DVD and box office-to-VOD revenue conversion rates. Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 16,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as the foundation for the growth of the company’s core businesses. The Lionsgate and Summit brands remain synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world. See www.lionsgate.com.
OFFICER JUDY HOPPS SEEKS YOUR HELP TO SOLVE THE ZOOTOPIA POLICE DEPARTMENT’S NEWEST MYSTERY
Rookie Rabbit Officer Judy Hopps Takes Over Facebook Messenger, June 1-8, to Crack the ZPD’s Latest Case, and “Zootopia” Arrives Home with A Robust Line-up of New Bonus Features on June 7
The innovative creators behind Walt Disney Animation Studios’ wildly witty, comedy-adventure “Zootopia” are offering fans of all ages an exciting opportunity to rediscover the stunning animal metropolis and its comedic creatures via a Judy Hopps Facebook Messenger takeover and a robust line-up of extended bonus features included in the in-home release.
Judy Takes Over Facebook Messenger And Seeks Your Help to Crack Her Next Case, June 1-8, 2016
Rookie Rabbit Officer Judy Hopps is commandeering Facebook Messenger and seeking your help to solve the Zootopia Police Department’s hottest new case. Volunteers are invited to visit the Zootopia Facebook page and click on the Message icon, where they can chat with Judy directly and follow a series of clues to help solve the mystery. This live chat was built through a partnership with imperson, which creates premium conversational bots called Chat Personas that converse in natural language and can be tailored with distinct yet authentic personalities—in this case, the eternally optimistic and determined Judy Hopps.
“Zootopia” Arrives Home with A Robust Line-up of In-Depth Bonus Features, June 7, 2016
“Zootopia” arrives home on Digital HD, Blu-ray™, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand* platforms on June 7, 2016 with thrilling new bonus offerings including candid conversations with filmmakers and artists behind “Zootopia,” an alternate opening, never-before-seen characters and deleted scenes, and a sneak peek at some of the hidden Easter Eggs that reference Disney Animation’s most beloved films and characters. The record-breaking animated film for all ages is a must-add to your movie collection!
DC Entertainment announced a new identity and logo for its iconic DC brand. The new DC logo is a mark that leverages over 80 years of heritage with an eye toward the future.
“While comics continue to be the heart and soul of DC, the brand has evolved to now stand for powerful storytelling across so many different forms of media. DC is home to the greatest Super Heroes and Super-Villains, and the new logo has the character and strength to stand proudly alongside DC’s iconic symbols,” stated Amit Desai, DC Entertainment Senior Vice President of Marketing and Global Franchise Management.
“The launch of the new logo is the perfect tribute to DC’s legacy, exciting future and most importantly, our fans.”
The new logo will debut on the cover of the highly-anticipated DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH SPECIAL #1 comic book written by Geoff Johns releasing May 25 and available in comic book shops and digitally. REBIRTH represents the next chapter in the ongoing saga of the DC Universe, mixing traditional values and a modern aesthetic.
“I’m very proud that REBIRTH will be the first comic book published with the new DC logo.” stated Geoff Johns, DC Entertainment’s Chief Creative Officer. “To me, REBIRTH and the new DC logo are built on what’s come before while looking to what will come tomorrow. I can’t wait for people to see it on the cover.”
The new DC branding will be introduced immediately on various digital platforms, including DC websites, social media channels, DC All Access webseries, and DC All Access app and will continue to rollout worldwide across all DC content and products. One of the many benefits of the new logo design is its versatility to showcase DC’s iconic and timeless characters and stories across all media. Look for the new logo to come to life at key events in the coming months.
The new identity and logo were developed in partnership with Pentagram, the world’s largest independent design consultancy.
“Downright Incredible! A bloody and brilliant backwoods standoff.” – Collider
Patrick Stewart Terrifies Audiences in the Gritty and Shocking Nail Biter on Blu-rayTM & DVD July 12 from Lionsgate
SANTA MONICA, CA (May 3, 2016) – Spike your hair, throw on your combat boots, and get ready to dive into the mosh pit when the brilliantly crafted thriller Green Room hits Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD (plus Digital) July 12 from Lionsgate. Theatrically released by A24, and written and directed by Jeremy Saulnier (who achieved critical success with Blue Ruin), Green Room is a film that critics are calling “the best screw-tightening siege movie of the year” (Rolling Stone). Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh, the award-winning film stars Golden Globe® nominee Patrick Stewart (X-Men: Days of Future Past) in a role ”that’s as cool as it is evil” (Bloody Disgusting) and will haunt audiences well past the closing credits. The “delightfully nasty horror chiller” (Chicago Sun-Times) also stars Anton Yelchin (Star Trek Beyond), Imogen Poots (Fright Night), Alia Shawkat (The Final Girls), Joe Cole (Secret in Their Eyes), and Callum Turner (Queen& Country).
After witnessing a shocking crime, a young rock band is unexpectedly thrust into a life-or-death battle to escape the clutches of a diabolical club owner (Stewart) and his ruthless henchmen in this white-knuckle thriller.
The home entertainment release of Green Room contains audio commentary with Director Jeremy Saulnier and a behind-the-scenes featurette. The Green Room Blu-ray and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $24.99 and $19.98, respectively.
BLU-RAY/DVD SPECIAL FEATURES*
- Audio Commentary with Director Jeremy Saulnier
- “Into the Pit: Making Green Room” Featurette
*Subject to Change
Year of Production: 2015
Title Copyright: Green Room © 2015 Green Room Production, LLC. All Rights Reserved. Artwork & Supplementary Materials © 2016 Lions Gate Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Type: Theatrical Release
Rating: R for Strong Brutal Graphic Violence, Gory Images, Language and Some Drug Content.
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish
Feature Run Time: 95 minutes
Blu-ray Format: 1080p High Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)
DVD Format: 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)
Blu-ray Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HD Master AudioTM
DVD Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital
Lionsgate is a premier next generation global content leader with a diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, international distribution and sales, branded channel platforms, interactive ventures and games, and location-based entertainment. The Company has nearly 80 television shows on 40 different networks spanning its primetime production, distribution and syndication businesses. These include the critically-acclaimed hit series Orange is the New Black, the hit broadcast network series Nashville, the syndication successes The Wendy Williams Show and Celebrity Name Game (with FremantleMedia), the breakout series The Royals and the Golden Globe-nominated dramedy Casual.
The Company’s feature film business spans eight labels and includes the blockbuster Hunger Games franchise, the Now You See Me, Divergent and John Wick series, Sicario, The Age of Adaline, Roadside Attractions’ Love & Mercy and Mr. Holmes, Codeblack Films’ Addicted and breakout concert film Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain and Pantelion Films’ Instructions Not Included, the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the U.S.
Lionsgate’s home entertainment business is an industry leader in box office-to-DVD and box office-to-VOD revenue conversion rates. Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 16,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as a foundation for the growth of the Company’s core businesses. The Lionsgate and Summit brands remain synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world. www.lionsgate.com
SPOILERS: I do get into spoiler-territory here, so if you haven’t seen it yet, you might want to skip this part.
I have to say… I have very mixed feelings about Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I go way back with Star Wars… all the way back to 1977. Because my cousin wanted to see it, our whole family went to our local theater and saw the original. I was hooked. Naturally, I’ve seen every Star Wars movie since. But… like a lot of fans, I found the prequels a little wanting and felt that they tarnished Star Wars’s reputation. I was eager to see what Director J.J. Abrams and the folks at Disney had cooked up to take the bad taste of the prequels out of our mouths. For months as the trailers rolled out, I crossed my fingers and said, “Let it be good… let it be good… let it be good.” Having seen it, though, I came away disappointed. While I loved the new characters, especially Daisy Ridley’s Rey, I felt like the original characters really got the short end of the stick. All these years later, and either everything is the same or changed for the negative. Han and Leia broken up? Say it ain’t so! Stormtroopers running around…still?! Han back to being a smuggler…. really?! After becoming a military leader? And the movie robs us of the chance to see Han, Leia, and Luke all sharing the screen again.
So as far as the older characters go, I almost wish they had just set it farther into the future and just said the originals died happy deaths. Despite all my misgivings, I am still looking forward to Episode VIII. Hopefully, the next movie will be more about charging forward and less about looking back. I want to see the next chapter of Rey, Finn, Poe, and Kylo Ren, and I want to see Luke Skywalker kick some butt!
Although I did not love the new movie, I still jumped at the chance to receive a copy of the Blu-ray Combo Pack to review. Deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes stuff, it’s packed with goodies!
Arriving early on Digital HD April 1, 2016
Bring it home on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD on April 5, 2016
Including new in-depth bonus offering fans the chance to experience more
BURBANK, Calif. (March 3, 2016)—Star Wars: The Force Awakens shattered box office records upon its debut to become the cinematic event of a generation with over $926 million domestic and $2.05 billion worldwide. As announced this morning by Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Robert A. Iger at The Walt Disney Company’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders, the epic movie will be available to own early on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere on April 1. It comes home on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD on April 5.
Discover the complete story behind the making of Star Wars: The Force Awakens with in-depth documentary and bonus material that will take fans on an exciting journey behind the scenes. Secrets will be revealed through extensive footage, never-before-seen deleted scenes, and exclusive interviews with the actors and filmmakers. Bonus features include*:
- Secrets of The Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey – For the first time, discover the complete story behind the making of The Force Awakens, revealed through in-depth footage and exclusive interviews with the actors and filmmakers in this feature documentary.
- The Story Awakens: The Table Read – Cast members familiar and new reflect on the memorable day they all first came together to read the movie’s script.
- Building BB-8 – See how the filmmakers brought the newest droid to the screen, creating an instant fan favorite in the Star Wars universe.
- Crafting Creatures – Watch movie magic as the filmmakers bring a cast of new creatures to life.
- Blueprint of a Battle: The Snow Fight – Go deeper into the epic, climactic lightsaber battle between Rey and Kylo Ren.
- John Williams: The Seventh Symphony – The legendary composer shares personal insights of his work on Star Wars and The Force Awakens.
- ILM: The Visual Magic of The Force – An insider’s look into the remarkable digital artistry of the movie’s visual effects.
- Force For Change – Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. See how the Star Wars: Force for Change initiative has united Star Wars fans all over the globe to help others.
- Plus Deleted Scenes
* Digital bonus offerings may vary by retailer
Star Wars: The Force Awakens saw the eagerly anticipated reteaming of original Star Wars stars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill, along with Anthony Daniels, the only actor to have been in all seven Star Wars films, and Peter Mayhew. The returning cast was joined by newcomer Daisy Ridley, who beat out fierce competition to take the principal role of Rey; BAFTA Rising Star Award winner John Boyega (Attack the Block, Imperial Dreams) as reluctant stormtrooper Finn; Emmy® nominee Adam Driver (Lincoln, Girls) as the villainous Kylo Ren, and Golden Globe® winner Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis, The Bourne Legacy) as Resistance pilot Poe Dameron.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens was directed by J.J. Abrams and written by Lawrence Kasdan & J.J. Abrams and Michael Arndt. Lucasfilm president and eight-time Academy Award® nominee Kathleen Kennedy and J.J. Abrams, along with his longtime producing partner Bryan Burk, are the film’s producers.
Having established a musical legacy with his iconic scores for the previous six films in the Star Wars Saga, acclaimed composer John Williams returned to score Star Wars: The Force Awakens, ultimately garnering his 50th Oscar® nomination for it.
FEATURE RUN TIME: Approximately 136 min.
RATING: PG-13 in U.S.; PG in CE; G in CF
ASPECT RATIO: Blu-ray Feature Film = 2.40:1
DVD Feature Film = 2.40:1
AUDIO: Blu-ray = English 7.1 DTS-HDMA, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio, French and Spanish 5.1
Dolby Digital Language Tracks
DVD = English, French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio Language Tracks
LANGUAGES: English, French & Spanish
SUBTITLES: English SDH, French & Spanish
ABOUT STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS:
Lucasfilm and visionary director J.J. Abrams join forces to take you back again to a galaxy far, far away as Star Wars returns to the big screen with Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The film stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Max Von Sydow. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk are producing with Tommy Harper and Jason McGatlin serving as executive producers. The screenplay is written by Lawrence Kasdan & J.J. Abrams and Michael Arndt.
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Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA) is an engaging and family-friendly cloud-based digital movie service that makes it simple to buy your favorite Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars movies once and watch them anywhere. With DMA you can explore Disney’s library of over 450 eligible digital movies, discover hours of new and exclusive short-form content, and watch your digital movies from the comfort of the living room or across multiple mobile devices. Using the free DMA apps and website, you can connect your DMA account with participating providers including iTunes, Amazon Video, VUDU, Microsoft Movies and TV and Google Play and unlock access to your eligible movie collections across platforms and devices – iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Apple TV/Airplay, Amazon’s Fire tablets, Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Microsoft Movies and TV service on Windows and Microsoft Xbox devices, Android mobile and tablet devices and Android TV, Chromecast and the Roku®platform. In addition, you can redeem Digital Copy codes found in Disney, Pixar and Marvel Blu-rays and DVDs, as well as earn Disney Movie Rewards points with every digital purchase.
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Hub Comics in Somerville’s Union Square is hosting a Wonder Woman-themed art show this June and is currently soliciting submissions from artists! See below for further details.
With the strength of Demeter, the wisdom of Athena, and the beauty of Aphrodite, she is WONDER WOMAN–and HUB COMICS wants YOU to help celebrate her past, present, and future by contributing to PRINCESS, AMAZON, ICON: A WONDER WOMAN Art Show! We want local artists’ interpretations of DC Comics’ fiercest fighting female: 2-D and 3-D art is eligible; as are all the mash-ups, variations, and reinterpretations you can think of.
The opening reception will be on SATURDAY, JUNE 25th, with the show running through July. If you’re an interested local artist, please send us an email at hubcomics [at] gmail [dot] com with “Wonder Woman art” in the subject line. Please attach a jpeg of your submission, required no later than WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15th. (You will be notified if your piece has been accepted by MONDAY, JUNE 20th. Because of space limitations, we may not be able to accept all submissions.) In your submission email please include your name, title, medium, and size of the piece, as well as pricing information if applicable. All accepted pieces must be ready for hanging/installation and must have that same information (name, title, medium, size, price) on the back.
As we near Wonder Woman’s 75th anniversary, help us promote peace, truth, and sisterhood throughout Man’s World with your best homages to comics’ most timeless heroine!
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In an effort to find new and aspiring comic book talent, DC Entertainment has launched Talent Development Workshops for both writers and artists, led by bestselling and acclaimed comic talent including Jim Lee, Geoff Johns, Scott Snyder, Klaus Janson, and Andy Kubert. The series of workshops are designed to give access and a voice to new and prospective talent, providing an opportunity to showcase their work following intensive DC workshop sessions.
Online applications for DC’s Artists Workshop will be accepted April 1-30, 2016 while applications for the Writers Workshop will be accepted May 1-31, 2016. DC’s new Talent Development website offers extensive tips, advice and recommended reading to help potential applicants navigate the submission process. Both workshops will take place in fall 2016.
“Our goal is to identify and foster fresh, new voices,” stated DC Entertainment Co-Publisher and bestselling artist, Jim Lee. “The new DC Talent Development Workshops will play a vital role in discovering and developing the next generation of comic talent.”
“I’ve brought in a lot of new writers to DC, both from within and outside of comics, for Rebirth, working with them closely as we rebuild our universe,” stated DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer, Geoff Johns. “The creative growth of DC comes from new voices joining the mix, both writers and artists, and it’s been an absolute highlight to work with them.”
Bestselling Batman writer Scott Snyder added, “I’m so proud and honored to be heading up DC’s Writers Workshop. Teaching has always been a passion of mine, and getting to help welcome and coach new voices at a company that’s given me so many creative opportunities is a tremendous thrill.”
About the Artists Workshop
The 2016 Artists Workshop was developed by DC with world-renowned artists Jim Lee, Klaus Janson and Andy Kubert and follows a successful pilot program that took place in fall 2015. Visit DCComicsTalentWorkshop.com to view artwork completed by pilot program students.
Competitive candidates will have an established portfolio of sequential art and illustrations. For the artists selected via the online submission process, the Workshop will provide the knowledge and exposure required to cross the threshold into the competitive world of comic book publishing. Chosen artists will be asked to complete art assignments that will be critiqued by several top DC Artists. If the artists achieve the level of work required for the course they will then be invited to a two-week, intensive workshop at DCE’s Burbank offices.
About the Writers Workshop
The 2016 Writers Workshop was developed by DC with bestselling writer Scott Snyder and follows a successful three-month pilot program. For selected candidates, the first part of the 2016–2017 DC Comics Writers Workshop will run October 2016–January 2017 as an online real-time, weekly interactive seminar, for thirteen consecutive weeks. Each seminar will teach a new skill essential for surviving and excelling in this highly competitive field. Following the initial Workshop, a smaller hand-selected group of those participants will be invited to DCE offices in Burbank for an intensive writing experience, featuring guest speakers currently working in comic books, including a mix of editors, writers, artists and the Talent Development staff.
Upon completion of the Master Class program, DCE’s Talent Development group will ensure successful participants are considered for positions on current DC titles.
AMC released today a teaser image of “The Walking Dead” character Negan, played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan, along with his weapon of choice, “Lucille,” a baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire. The iconic villain from Robert Kirkman’s graphic novel is set to make his debut in the show’s highly-anticipated season six finale this Sunday at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on AMC.
Indy is coming back!
Disney just announced that Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford will return to one of their most famous franchises as Indiana Jones 5 opens on July 19, 2019.
“Indiana Jones is one of the greatest heroes in cinematic history, and we can’t wait to bring him back to the screen in 2019,” said Alan Horn, Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios, in a news release. “It’s rare to have such a perfect combination of director, producers, actor and role, and we couldn’t be more excited to embark on this adventure with Harrison and Steven.”
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