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A Father’s Legacy Plays For One Night

A Fathers Legacy, the Inspirational Story of Faith, Family & Redemption, Arrives in Cinemas for a One-Night Only Event, Film Releasing Just Before Fathers Day on June 17

After a great reception on the festival circuit, Cinedigm and Fathom Events announced today that the inspirational film A Father’s Legacy will arrive in theaters for a one night event on June 17, just in time for Father’s Day Weekend. After the movie, the event features a conversation with Director/Star Jason Mac and Pastor Brannon Shortt from Bayside Church about the importance of fatherhood, how the choices you make have consequences and additional key takeaways from the film.

A Father’s Legacy is an inspirational story that touches on family, redemption and loyalty as it follows a young man (Jason Mac) on the run after an armed robbery. Hiding from the law, he sets out to find the father he never knew. Venturing further away from the city streets, he finds himself at the secluded home of a stranger (Tobin Bell). As the days pass and the secrets about their past are revealed, they learn that they might not have been looking for each other…but they may have been brought together for a reason. 

This film was born out of one of the most difficult times in my life, says Writer/Director Jason Mac. My father was my protector; a guardian I knew would always be there, and then one day he wasn’t. The loss forced me to look inside and really explore what it was to be a father. Too many young men have no male role model growing up, so I hope that becomes a lesson and learning from this film. 

A Father’s Legacy is a fictionalized story but heavy with the emotions of Mac’s own experiences. The film stars acting legend Tobin Bell (Saw Franchise, The Firm), Jason Mac (The Vampire Diaries, Criminal Minds), Rebeca Robles (Reprisal, Ambitions) and Gregory Alan Williams (Remember the Titans). A Father’s Legacy was produced by Mac and John Lerchen, under his Forever Safe Productions banner.

As we celebrate Father’s Day, Fathom Events is pleased to partner with Cinedigm and bring this powerful story to the big screen, said Ray Nutt, Fathom Events CEO. The timing could not be better to release this film with its strong themes and lessons surrounding fatherhood.

The theater going experience is about community, and the enjoyment that comes from experiencing stories with our friends and family, said Yolanda Macias, Chief Content Officer at Cinedigm. Working with Fathom has given us the opportunity to share ‘A Father’s Legacy’ with audiences all over the country. It is a story of redemption and unlikely kinship, and it challenges us to look at the relationships we have built in our life. We could not think of a better way to honor Father’s Day than by sharing this film with our audiences.

A Father’s Legacy (previously titled The Old Man & The Pond) was the Official Selection of the Heartland International Film Festival and the Official Selection of the Soho International Film Festival.

Fathom Events and Cinedigm will screen A Father’s Legacy in movie theaters nationwide on Thursday, June 17 at 7:00 p.m. local time. For a complete list of theater locations, visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

Official Synopsis

An inspirational story of family, loyalty and redemption. After years of searching for his father, a young man, on the run from the law, finds his way into the life of a secluded old man in the woods. As the days go by and secrets about their past are revealed, they realize they may not have been looking for each other but they were brought together for a reason.

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Tickets are available at Fanthom’s website or at participating theater box offices

Watch the trailer for A Father’s Legacy here!

About Fathom Events

Fathom is a recognized leader in the entertainment industry as one of the top distributors of content to movie theaters in North America. Owned by AMC Entertainment Inc. (NYSE: AMC); Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK); and Regal Cinemas, a subsidiary of the Cineworld Group (LSE: CINE.L)., Fathom operates the largest cinema distribution network, delivering a wide variety of programming and experiences to cinema audiences in all of the top U.S. markets and to more than 45 countries. For more information, visit Fathom’s website

About Cinedigm

For more than twenty years, Cinedigm (NASDAQ: CIDM) has led the digital transformation of the entertainment industry. Today, Cinedigm entertains hundreds of millions of consumers around the globe by providing premium content, streaming channels and technology services to the world’s largest media, technology and retail companies. For more information, visit Cinedigm’s website.

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Cliff Walkers

WATCH CLIFF WALKERS TRAILER ONE AND TRAILER TWO

Here at 360 Magazine, we had the opportunity to screen Cliff Walkers. The film was without a doubt wonderfully written. From the very beginning of the movie, you could see that it would be an action-packed film. The storyline will keep viewers in suspense on what happens next along with questions that do not get answered until the very ending. The acting was impeccable! Each actor played their character perfectly – from the villains to the spies leading towards two very well written plot twists. This film will appeal to anyone wanting to watch an action filled and, at times, emotional movie.  

Based on the script by Quan Yongxian, CLIFF WALKERS, is director Zhang Yimou’s first foray into the spy genre. Set the puppet state of Manchukuo in the 1930s, the film follows four Communist party special agents who return to China after receiving training in the Soviet Union. Together, they embark on a secret mission code-named “Utrennya.” After being sold out by a traitor, the team find themselves surrounded by threats on all sides from the moment they parachute into the mission. Will the agents break the impasse and complete their mission? On the snowy grounds of Manchukuo, the team will be tested to their limit.

  • CLIFF WALKERS is Zhang Yimou’s first spy thriller in his over 40-year career.
  • Zhang Yimou is a master of using cinematography and color to support the themes, emotions and plots of his films, and audiences can easily identify key colors in each of his films. CLIFF WALKERS presents a visual feast of beautiful snow-white scenes, presented in different ways to support the twists and turns of the storyline. For example, snowy moments include an avalanche during a gunfight, falling snow as danger approached, snow on the ground and covering the entire street during a car chase, snow shaking down from the tree during an explosion, etc.
  • CLIFF WALKERS showcases Zhang Yimou’s trademark artistic cinematography and vivid color as well as a stellar cast of actors who are well known and highly acclaimed in China.
  • The film was shot on location in Harbin, in -40 degrees Celsius snowy weather. Historical locations in Harbin were 100% rebuilt just for the film, such as the city’s central street, Asia Cinema and Martyr Hotel which were completely recreated in 1930s style. 
  • Lead actor Zhang Yi grew up in Harbin and in fact lived on a street that was one of the rebuilt filming locations. During filming, he was able to find his parents’ old house there and video chatted them to show them how accurately recreated it was!
  • The film has already had very positive pre-screening responses in China, including strong ticket presales leading into their Labor Day weekend (this weekend – a major holiday when many tentpole titles are released)

Actor/character credits:

Zhang Xianchen played by Zhang Yi

Zhou Yi played by Yu Hewei

Wang Chuliang played by Zhu Yawen

Wang Yu played by Qin Hailu

Gao Bin played by Ni Dahong

Zhang Lan played by Liu Haocun

Lu Ming played by Li Naiwen

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MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN #25 Art by CARMEN CARNERO Cover by TAURIN CLARKE of Marvel Entertainment for use by 360 Magazine

MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN #25

MILES MORALES SEES DOUBLE IN THE NEW MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN “CLONE SAGA” TRAILER

Writer Saladin Ahmed and artist Carmen Carnero bring you the Clone Saga–Miles Style

On April 28, Miles Morales is trapped in a Clone Saga of his own! The highly-anticipated new story arc in Saladin Ahmed’s run on the title will kick off in MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN #25. Ahmed will team up with Marvel’s Stormbreaker Carmen Carnero to bring fans a new take on one of the most talked about comic book storylines of the nineties.

This new storyline promises to mess up Miles’ life even more than Peter Parker’s Clone Saga messed up his! The young hero’s world will be turned upside down when he comes face-to-face with three distinct Miles clones, each expertly designed by Carnero. The result of the Assessor’s sinister meddling, these clone creations will spread havoc throughout Brooklyn, and Miles is the only hero who can shut them down. Get your first look at this all-new trio of deadly doppelgangers in the MILES MORALES “CLONE SAGA” TRAILER, featuring never-before-seen artwork.

“Part of the magic of telling Marvel stories is not just the sense that these characters occupy the same universe, but they exist across generations,” Ahmed told IGN in a recent interview. “Putting a newer superstar character through some of the same paces a superhero legend went through gives us all sorts of insight into what makes Miles ‘Miles,’ as well as what makes him Spider-Man.”

The fight of Miles Morales’ young superhero career has begun! Be there when MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN #25 will hit stands on April 28.

The trailer for can be viewed HERE.

To find a comic shop near you, visit this website.

MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN #25

Written by SALADIN AHMED

Art by CARMEN CARNERO

Cover by TAURIN CLARKE

About Marvel Entertainment

Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media for over eighty years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing, publishing, games, and digital media.

For more information visit their website.

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Twenty Pearls Premiere

COMCAST ANNOUNCES EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE OF
TWENTY PEARLS – A DOCUMENTARY EXAMINING THE STORIED HISTORY OF ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA SORORITY, INCORPORATED – ON ITS NEWLY LAUNCHED BLACK EXPERIENCE ON XFINITY CHANNEL

Comcast NBCUniversal is excited to announce the exclusive premiere of the documentary film “Twenty Pearls: The Story of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated”, arriving Friday, March 26 on its newly launched Black Experience on Xfinity Channel, available on X1, Flex, and on-the-go with the Xfinity Stream app.

From award-winning filmmaker Deborah Riley Draper, produced by Coffee Bluff Pictures, and narrated by Phylicia Rashād, Twenty Pearls closely examines the founding and legacy of the first Black sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, which is now regarded as one of the most significant and influential Black organizations in historyThe documentary tells a powerful story of sisterhood. In 1908, nine Black women enrolled at Howard University made one decision that would change the course of history. These college students created Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. For over 113 years, the sorority has influenced many of the most famous watershed moments in history.

Through narration, interviews, and rarely seen archival materials, the audience will see the sorority’s impact on World War II, NASA, Civil Rights, Women’s Rights, and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) culminating in the historic election of America’s first Black and South Asian woman Vice President. Twenty Pearls features interviews with members of the sorority including Vice President Kamala HarrisMiss Universe Ireland 2019 Fionnghuala O’ReillySmithsonian Secretary Lonnie Bunch III, Anna Eleanor Roosevelt Fierst, great-granddaughter of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, International President and CEO of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated Dr. Glenda Glover and many more.

 
Watch the Twenty Pearls trailer hereTrailer
 

“This is an extraordinary time to look back at our past to serve our future,” added filmmaker Deborah Riley Draper. “A future where Black women are centered. Helming this documentary love letter to the founders of Alpha Kappa Alpha, the generations of women that followed in their footsteps, and to all Black women everywhere is an honor. This is an important history for all of us to know and understand.”

“We’re thrilled to work with award-winning filmmaker, Deborah Riley Draper, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority to bring this exclusive premiere to the Black Experience on Xfinity channel, furthering our company-wide mission of investing in and showcasing authentic Black stories and culture,” said Keesha Boyd, Executive Director, Multicultural Video & Entertainment, Xfinity Consumer Services. “We launched this channel to help facilitate the discovery of stories like Twenty Pearls while providing a platform for emerging Black content creators.”

“Telling our own story is essential to preserving our history and uplifting the culture,” said Alpha Kappa Alpha International President and CEO Dr. Glenda Glover. “Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated’s remarkable 113-year journey which began on the campus of Howard University is punctuated by stories of history makers, ceiling breakers, public servants, and ordinary women who have changed the course of American history.  Through this beautifully written and narrated odyssey, this film highlights in undeniable ways the vision, courage, tenacity, determination, and power of Black women while putting to bed the age-old questions about the relevance of Historically Black Colleges and Universities and the Divine Nine sororities and fraternities.”

Black Experience on Xfinity is a first-of-its-kind destination of Black entertainment, movies, TV shows, news, and more. It features high-quality content from many of Xfinity’s existing network partners, at no additional cost, while investing millions of dollars in fostering and showcasing emerging Black content creators. The channel is the only one of its kind endorsed by the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA), the world’s largest group of Black film critics that gives annual awards for excellence in film and television. Available at home on Xfinity X1 and Flex, and on-the-go with the Xfinity Stream app, the Black Experience on Xfinity will entertain, educate and uplift, featuring Black actors, writers, producers and directors. At home, Xfinity subscribers can visit channel 1622 or simply say “Black Experience” into the Voice Remote to instantly enjoy the ultimate in Black storytelling.

Visit Xfinity to learn more about the Black Experience on Xfinity and other Black programming available on X1, Flex, and the Xfinity Stream app. Visit Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated to learn more about Twenty Pearls, which premieres on March 26 on Xfinity and is free for subscribers, and will be available nationwide, on-demand, starting on March 30, 2021.

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Lady of Guadalupe Feature Film

Lady of Guadalupe Film to Be Released in Spanish and English

First modern-day production of spiritual drama with a fresh take on a revered folklore and genre to be released throughout the US and Canada on April 13, 2021

International award-winning cast includes top film and telenovela stars: 

Guillermo Iván (Telemundo’s, Al Otro Lado del Muro), Eric da Silva (O Atentado, Valor da Vida), Paola Baldión (Portraits in A Sea of Lies), Huitzil Sol, Rudy Miera (Milagros), Norman Patrick Brown (The Thin Red Line), Kimberley Aria Peterson (The Long Short), Jesús Lloveras (Tercer Grado), and Glenn Craley. 

Click here to view the official trailer

VOD and DVD release of the feature-length film, Lady of Guadalupe from Director Pedro Brenner, Producer Robert Hymers and Pinnacle Entertainment on April 6. Following Galaxy Theaters’  December theatrical release across the U.S. and Mexico, Nova Vento Entertainment will be re-releasing the film into theaters across the U.S. beginning in April. Presented in both English and Spanish, the film depicts the revered religious and cultural icons (the Virgin of Guadalupe and Juan Diego) and is the first modern production of Juan Diego’s story. It will be available on all major cable and VOD platforms in the US and Canada and on DVD on April 13. 

Based on true events, Lady of Guadalupe is a moving religious discovery juxtaposing folklore and present day. Historically significant recreations are used to illustrate the origin of her prevalent and powerful symbolism of Mexican identity and faith. When a young and ambitious reporter (Guillermo Iván) is assigned an article on faith, he finds himself enmeshed in the legend of Juan Diego and Our Lady of Guadalupe. Skeptical of miracles and the importance of modern-day Christianity, the reporter’s investigation takes him from cynic to true believer as his personal limits are tested. 

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Spanish language Trailer

The international cast includes popular film and telenovela stars including, Guillermo Iván (Telemundo’s, Al Otro Lado del Muro ), Eric da Silva ( O Atentado, Valor da Vida ), Paola Baldión ( Portraits In A Sea Of Lies ), Huitzil Sol, Rudy Miera ( Milagros ), Norman Patrick Brown ( The Thin Red Line ), Kimberley Aria Peterson ( The Long Short ), Jesús Lloveras ( Tercer Grado ), and Glenn Craley. 

Lise Romanoff, CEO and Managing Director of Vision Films says,“After a successful limited theatrical run, we are thrilled to share this special film with the widest audience possible on premium VOD. The messages of love and hope from Lady of Guadalupe are timeless and relevant to everyone, no matter their religious beliefs.”

Director Pedro Brenner shares, “Although five centuries have come and gone since Juan Diego walked the earth, the legacy of hope created through the miracle story of Our Lady of Guadalupe remains the defining force of Latin culture to this day.”

Executive Producer Robert Hymers says, “The film is timely in that people need quality entertainment that promotes hope, love and peace during these trying times. This culturally significant film celebrates a seminal time in Latinx history. Juan Diego’s experience is more relevant now than ever before.” 

Eden Bryant, Co-Owner of Nova Vento Entertainment adds, ” Lady of Guadalupe is a moving film speaking to the importance of faith throughout history, a wonderful addition to the catalogue we offer here at Nova Vento Entertainment. We feel movie goers will enjoy this blend of history entwined with John’s (Guillermo Iván) personal discovery of faith.” 

About Vision Films

Vision Films is a leading independent sales and VOD aggregator specializing in the licensing, marketing, and distribution of over 800 feature films, documentaries, and series from some of the most prolific independent film producers in the world. Led by Lise Romanoff, Managing Director/CEO Worldwide Distribution, Vision Films releases 2-4 films a month across Theatrical, VOD, DVD, and television platforms. 

About Pinnacle Entertainment

Pinnacle Entertainment is a Los Angeles based production company founded by social entrepreneur Robert Hymers. Pinnacle produces culturally impactful entertainment with socially relevant themes that Educate, Encourage and Entertain people from all walks of life. Pinnacle’s content and social impact focus addresses the rise of today’s “conscious consumer,” representing billions of consumers who are compelled to make impactful content a priority focus. Through its vast network, Pinnacle is positioned uniquely to engage a rapidly growing global audience while bringing awareness and action to today’s most vital issues. The founder comes from an eclectic cultural, religious, and professional background. His unique experiences have helped develop a truly unique frame of reference that he wishes to share with the world through art. To find out more about Pinnacle Entertainment and Robert Hymers, please visit  

About Nova Vento Entertainment

Nova Vento Entertainment is a theatrical distribution company based in the United States focused on US theatrical releases of independent films into independent theaters. Nova Vento currently releases 1-2 movies a month in US theaters.   

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Jonte’ Moaning × Brian Thomas

360 Magazine had the opportunity to collaborate with Jonte’ Moaning and Brian Thomas for an editorial fashion shoot that encompasses the new age of fashion. The incredibly talented duo worked together to produce a photoshoot that displays high fashion and uniqueness. The creative director of the shoot was Franklin Peña and the production was done by Brian Rubiano

This shoot features two exquisite looks which Moaning carries off flawlessly. The chained shirt, paired with leather shorts and unique, gladiator boots creates a modern-day, stylish armor. The second look features a silver overcoat with red and black dripping detail falling from the jacket’s shoulders. When paired with this statement red and grey hat, the look comes together effortlessly. 

Jonte’ Moaning has been a pioneer for the entertainment industry worldwide. He has influenced major pop artists with his unique discography. His work can recently be seen in the Black is King film which was directed, written and executively produced by Beyoncé. Jonte’ has been of major importance for the LGTBQ+ community and has broken down barriers for men to explore their gender expression. 

Jonte’ is best known for taking part in curating the iconic “Sasha Fierce” persona of BeyoncéAlthough, he has also worked closely with a number of other notable artists such as Janet Jackson, Cassie, Tamar Braxton, Blackpink and many more.

Jonte’ released his first solo single, “Bitch You Betta” in 2008 and has continued to release music from there. The artist has stated that he was inspired to work on his solo career while he was working alongside performing artists and felt that he “could do it better.”

As a performer, Jonte’ is known for his androgynous look and trademark high heels which challenge classic gender norms. He has worked into the elite status and continues to produce music that embodies all he represents. His music, along with his style makes waves within the entertainment industry and this editorial shoot is no different. 

You can read more about Jonte’s successful career on his website, HelloJonte.com.

The photographer for the shoot, Brian Thomas, is an astound choreographer and photographer who is best known for working with legend Michael Jackson. Throughout his career, he has gained a great deal of experience and works closely with a variety of performing artists. Thomas also owns Spinkick Pictures in New York City, which produces extraordinary films. 

Thomas has had major success in the directing industry and some of his credits include “Amy’s Victory Dance,” an award-winning documentary as well as, “Follow, Lead, Love” and “P.S. Love Robby,” two documentaries currently in production. He also directed the short film, “Dark Matter” which features dancer Desmond Richardson

Thomas has also won the GLAM award for various music videos including “Higher Love,” which stares Carishma. He has also worked as the Associate Director for the Cirque du Soleil  Flash mob Time Square performance. 

As well as being an accredited director, Thomas has choreographed for many notable stars. He has worked with stars such as Michael Jackson, Mary J. Blige, Pink, Whitney Houston, Usher, Jason Durelo and Alicia Keys, all giant names within the music industry. He has also worked closely with stars like Destiny’s Child, Jamie Foxx, Mya, Brian McKnight, Deborah Cox, India Arie, Liza Minnelli, Gloria Gaynor and Marc Anthony to produce stellar choreography. 

Thomas has also choreographed for companies such as Sesame Street, The Electric Company, New York City Knicks Dancers, Brooklynettes, Optimum triple play, Are We There Yet, and numerous other TV and live stage events.

Thomas explained that his mission is to promote empathy through his work with Visual Art. He wants to further conversations about Equality, Representation, and Diversity which he certainly does with his films.   

Read more about Brian Thomas and his success on his website, http://brianthomasfilms.com/

The creative direction of the shoot was executed by Franklin Peña, a professional dancer and fashion model from New York City. He has always been heavily involved in the entertainment industry and in 2016 decided to make the move from the Bronx to Los Angeles. There, he appeared on E Network’s reality show, What Happens at The Abbey. This series takes a glance inside of The Abbey in West Hollywood, which is known as the “Best Gay Bar in the World.” The show follows the workers of the bar as they interact with celebrities and navigate love and drama. 

Pena was also tapped by 360 Magazine as a red carpet correspondent in 2017. He continues to grow his success working with a variety of other creatives in the industry. 

This shoot was produced by Brian Rubiano. As a first-generation immigrant from the Philippines, Brian Rubiano has gained success as an actor and producer. He also started “Humanize It,” his own Film Production and Brand Strategy consultation company. 

Rubiano has worked closely with Brian Thomas on many similar films for Spinkick Pictures. Rubiano worked as the Post-Production Producer for both the Award-Winning feature documentary “Amy’s Victory Dance” and the short film “Dark Matter,” both of which Thomas also worked on. 

Rubiano has a goal to use his platform, skills & knowledge in order to help artists and the creative community to expand their brand’s purpose. He aspires to be a vessel to the voiceless, marginalized & underrepresented by using film production as his medium.

You can keep up with Moaning, Thomas, Peña and Rubiano on their Instagrams. 

Model: Jonte’ Moaning 

Photographer: Brian Thomas 

Creative Direction: Franklin Peña

Producer: Brian Rubiano

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King in Black: Return of the Valkyries

Jan. 2021 is hitting hard with the return of the Marvel Universe’s finest warriors, the Valkyries, in the brand new King in Black: Return of the Valkyries.

The story is written by Jason Aaron and Torunn Grønbekk with Nina Vakueva providing the art. The stars of the series will be Jane Foster, Dani Moonstar and Hildegarde, and a brand new Valkyrie will be introduced and given an origin story.

The Asgardians will face off against Knull, who seeks to overtake the Nine Realms with his unrelenting darkness. As Knull moves throughout the galaxy, it becomes evident that only the Valkyries and their new secret weapon are equipped to deal with him. What is their weapon, and is it enough to help them fend off Knull and save the universe?

It all comes to a head Jan. 6, but you can see never-before-seen art in the stunning trailer for King in Black: Return of the Valkyries by clicking right here.

Grønbekk called the Valkyries “powerful women who navigate both the spaces of the living and the dead,” adding that they are just inherently interesting to her.

“The role demands a perspective on life and battle that is quite unique; they see the whole picture, always, and when you combine that with the great humanity you find in characters like Jane Foster and Dani Moonstar, you get something really special,” Grønbekk said. “It takes courage to see the world through the eyes of a Valkyrie (especially when that world is under attack by Knull!), and that makes for complex and exciting stories of the kind I want to tell.”

This is the Valkyries greatest era, and it’s available for purchase on comic book shop shelves everywhere Jan. 6.

To find a comic book shop near you, you can click right here.

You can follow Torunn Grønbekk on Twitter and Instagram, Jason Aaron on Twitter and Instagram and Nina Vakueva on Twitter and Instagram

You can learn more about Marvel by clicking right here, and you can follow them on Twitter and Instagram.

DEATHBYROMY × "PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN"

DEATHBYROMY × “PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN”

Capitol Records released DeathbyRomy’s “Come and Play With Me,” a song she wrote and recorded for the Promising Young Woman: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, which will be released on December 4. Listen HERE. In this Refinery29 feature, which accompanied the exclusive premiere of the song, DeathbyRomy talks about collaborating with Emerald Fennell, the film’s writer-director. Fennell also served as Executive Soundtrack Producer, teaming up with music supervisor Sue Jacobs and Capitol Records.

DeathbyRomy recalls, “Upon meeting Emerald we discovered we had a lot of similar music influences. For example, we were both big NIN fans and when I learned her favorite songs of mine were my favorite deep cuts, I knew we were gonna work together beautifully.” 

View the lyric video for “Come and Play With Me” HERE. “Come and Play With Me” is one of two cuts from the soundtrack that Variety highlighted in a recent feature about possible contenders for Best Original Song honors at the Oscars. DeathbyRomy wrote the track with Andy Rosen, who collaborated with her on Love u   to Death, her 2019 Capitol Records debut EP. The 20-year-old singer/songwriter pours both pain and euphoria into her catchy yet dark music, pitting electronic melodies and propulsive beats against hypnotic vocals and deeply personal lyrics. Her take on “It’s Raining Men” the iconic No. 1 dance anthem originally released by The Weather Girls in 1982   also appears on the soundtrack. Listen to “It’s Raining Men” HERE.

Focus Features will release the Sundance hit Promising Young Woman on Christmas Day, Friday, December 25, 2020 in theaters domestically. View the trailer HERE. Vice observed, “[Promising Young Woman] expertly uses femme pop songs to underscore its critically acclaimed twisted tale of trauma and revenge.” Refinery 29 said, “[the] soundtrack is full of daring, empowering and straight-up fun tracks.” Vanyaland praised CYN’s “Uh Oh” as “an infectious riff-cruiser of a tune that should jump off the screen as soon as it hits.”  Noted Idolator, “The ‘Promising Young Woman’ soundtrack is a dose of girl-power. Cyn already landed a breakthrough radio hit with  ‘Drinks.’ Don’t be too surprised if she does it all over again with ‘Uh Oh.'”

Those who pre-order the 16-track collection in digital format will instantly receive “Come and Play With Me” and  “It’s Raining Men” plus CYN’s “Uh Oh” and “Drinks” and Donna Missal’s interpretation of Cigarettes After Sex’s 2012 breakthrough single, “Nothing’s Gonna Hurt You Baby.”

The soundtrack also features previously unreleased tracks from MUNA and BLESSUS plus Carmen DeLeon’s cover of the Gerry Goffin-Carole King penned “He Hit Me (And It Felt Like A Kiss”). Charli XCX’s “Boys,” Paris Hilton’s “Stars Are Blind,” Sky Ferreira’s “Downhill Lullaby” and Juice Newton’s “Angel of the Morning” are among the previously released tracks that Fennell employs to subvert the audience’s expectations over the course of the film. Other featured artists include Maya B and Lily & Madeleine.

“The Tax Collector”

by Justin Lyons

2020 sure has been an interesting year for movies. We’ve missed our fair share of big releases, but here we are in September with a new film from David Ayer, a director who has seemingly taken nothing but criticism over the past half decade. Maybe some of that has been warranted, maybe some of it hasn’t, but here he stands with a new movie available for rent.

Ayer is re-teaming with Shia LaBeouf, whom he directed in one of the best performances of his career in 2014’s “Fury.” LaBeouf is past the point of only being recognized for the “Transformers” series. He’s truly one of the most gifted actors working right now, and this nice, little roll he’s found himself on since exiting Michael Bay’s billion dollar franchise has solidified him as a top tier talent.

He’s coming off a fantastic 2019 with “Honey Boy” and “The Peanut Butter Falcon,” so it was no surprise seeing him marketed as a co-lead in “The Tax Collector.” It was, however, a shock to see him in a supporting role in the film itself, and that’s the movie’s biggest problem.

It might be better said that the movie’s biggest problem is that none of the characters, aside from LaBeouf’s character, called Creeper, are very interesting. Each and every one is built upon a foundation that we’re familiar with, including those in other David Ayer movies. Their principles and motivations never sincerely stand out.

David, the main character played by Bobby Soto, drives around Los Angeles collecting a percentage of gang profits for his boss, a man called Wizard. He does it to protect and provide for his non-gang-affiliated family, who are in fact good. When Wizard’s ex-rival returns to town, dead set on taking over Los Angeles, David’s allegiances and strength are put to the test.

Again, we’ve seen that before, so viewing it again, in a mostly predictable manner that doesn’t make “The Tax Collector” stand out among memories of other gang movies and stories, doesn’t let it resonate. It never pushes for that emotional connection to the characters or story that I was looking for. Possibly the most unfortunate part is that there’s evidence of potential here. There is potential in these characters and in this world that makes me think there’s a decent movie in here somewhere, but it needed more time to give the characters the life and development they deserved.

The story itself also feels disjointed in an effort to develop the relationships with characters, even though those relationships don’t benefit from the sacrificing of story. Most beats, particularly toward the end of the film, seem to just happen without express purpose. There is a guiding narrative pushing David against the rival gang leader, but most events in the story don’t have the build up that I had hoped for. Things just kind of occur without any rhyme or reason. We have a character whom we’re supposed to immediately latch onto and a character whom we’re supposed to immediately hate, and none of the story beats ever allow the characters to breathe and change.

Each scene is also played at the highest possible level. Subtlety isn’t always a synonym for high quality, but constant high octane sequences never helped David’s character. Despite being a lover of action sequences, I found myself more intrigued by David’s moments with his family. He shows the struggle of balancing his roles as a protector and as a “tax collector,” but it’s never enough to round out the character.

It feels like Ayer is going through the motions, which is disappointing from a director who has obvious talent. He didn’t fall into the screenplay for “Training Day,” and he surely didn’t accidentally direct “Fury” and “End of Watch” with the skill and charisma of those films. That filmmaking talent is in there, but in going back to a story reminiscent of his earlier work, it appears he is recycling his own techniques. Even the visual look of the movie, which Ayer typically excels with, feels bland. He does pull a couple of visual tricks from his repertoire in flashbacks and high-intensity action sequences, but the flashbacks feel played out, and one specific moment of slow motion was enough to pull me out of a movie that appeared to go for gritty reality.

There are positives to take away from “The Tax Collector.” Again, Shia LaBeouf is immensely talented, and that shows in this film. Every single time he’s on-screen, it’s tough to look away. He does take a supporting role in the movie, but he steals the show right out of Bobby Soto’s hands. Some of that is due to the writing as Creeper is a far more compellingly written character than David, but LaBeouf commits so hard to every single word, and he’s an absolute blast to watch.

The scenes in which David and Creeper drive around Los Angeles, spewing mostly throwaway dialogue, are easily the most fun in the film. Creeper is the muscle of the duo, but I enjoyed his humanity. I have to credit LaBeouf because when Creeper is thinking, it’s easy to watch the wheels in his brain spin. He has these survival instincts, and he’s skilled with weapons and intimidation tactics, but he’s not a robot. He diets, meditates and wants to be included in David’s personal life.

“The Tax Collector” isn’t memorably bad. It’s just not memorable at all, and that is the most frustrating thing about the film. There is potential in the story, the characters and the story world, but it’s so easy to think of scenes that should have been cut in favor of scenes that should have been added. There’s also so much inspiration behind Creeper, but he’s not the focus of the film, which I think would have made the movie much more engaging.

There comes a certain point in the film where nothing is left to care about, and the story revisits a relationship that doesn’t feel earned. Had it spent more time developing that relationship, I might have been invested in the final act, but one short sequence and one small show of good faith wasn’t enough to make me believe that some of these characters would show the support they’re asked to show. Nevertheless, I’m happy to discuss Shia LaBeouf in a positive way. Maybe with that tattoo on his chest forever he’d be better suited in a similar role as a lead performer.

“The Tax Collector” is streaming now on Amazon.

WATCH: Loafy Official Trailer | New Adult Animated Series Premieres Across Comedy Central

Loafy Series Premiere

Comedy Central today released the official trailer for “Loafy”, the original, improvised animated digital series created, written and voiced by Bobby Moynihan (“Saturday Night Live”, “Mr Mayor”), who also executive produces the series alongside Luke Kelly-Clyne and Kevin Healey’s Big Breakfast, a recent acquisition of Propagate Content. The eight-episode series will roll out across all Comedy Central digital and social platforms beginning August 8.

The animated comedy features a weed-dealing manatee who runs a drug empire from his water tank at the Center Park Zoo and features the voices of an all-star guest cast including Cecily Strong, Taran Killam, Kevin Smith, Jay Pharoah, Nina West, Ron Funches, Tom Green, Jason Mewes, Hannah Simone, Eugene Cordero, Will McGlaughlin, Shannon O’Neill and more.