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Month: June 2019

THE SANDMAN Comes to TV via an Unexpected, Expensive Warner Bros, DC Entertainment, Netflix Team-Up

The Hollywood Reporter:

Neil Gaiman’s beloved Vertigo comic Sandman is finally coming to the screen.

More than three years after New Line’s failed attempt to turn the graphic novel into a feature film, Netflix has signed what sources describe as a massive financial deal with Warner Bros. Television to adapt the best-seller into a live-action TV series. Sources familiar with the pact note it is the most expensive TV series that DC Entertainment has ever done. 

Allan Heinberg (Wonder Woman, ABC’s The Catch, Grey’s Anatomy) is set to write and serve as showrunner on the straight-to-series drama. Gaiman, who created the ongoing monthly comic, will executive produce alongside David Goyer. Gaiman and Goyer were both attached to New Line’s most recent attempts to adapt Sandman for the big screen. 

Wow. Very cool news! I’m amazed this isn’t heading to WarnerMedia’s unnamed streaming service.

The Appleseed Cast – The Fleeting Light of Impermanence

The album cover to The Appleseed Cast's 2019 album 'The Fleeting Light of Impermanence'. It's a mostly stark, black cover with "The Fleeting Light of Impermanence by The Appleseed Cast" in small white script in the center.

In the wee hours of the morning this morning, my favorite band, Lawrence, Kansas’s own The Appleseed Cast released their 9th album, The Fleeting Light of Impermanence.

I’ve only given the album one listen so far today, but I’m already ready to herald it as my favorite album of the year so far – and their best since 2006’s Peregrine.1 Even this many albums on, the band continues to expand their sound (perhaps because there’s only one original member remaining, singer/songwriter/lead guitarist Chris Crisci), with this album in particular focusing much on synths and other assorted electronics.

If you’re looking just for one track to sample, I recommend the track “Collision”. The album starts with some deep and moody synths, but quickly builds into some incredible, Wilco-esq guitars2. It’s this loud-quiet-loud, build-and-release feel matched with vocals “lost in the waves” which has always endeared me to the band, and this track is a brilliant example of what I adore about them.

Check it out, I hope you enjoy it!

  1. To be fair, I like pretty much all of their albums, with the only one that I didn’t totally fall in love with being 2009’s Sagarmatha.
  2. I’ve really been on a Wilco kick, lately. My life is becoming a Hard Times story.

Millie Bobby Brown to Star as Sherlock Holmes’ Sister ENOLA HOLMES

EW.com:

DC’s titular Man of Steel, Henry Cavill, will now star as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s iconic character in Enola Holmes, which stars Stranger Things‘ Millie Bobby Brown as the titular character, EW has learned.

The film, a production from Legendary, is an adaptation of author Nancy Springer’s book series The Enola Holmes Mysteries, about the adventures of budding detective Enola, Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes’ much younger sister. The first book, The Case of the Missing Marquess, came out in 2006.

Interesting to me that Legendary has their fingers in the pies of both this film and the Robert Downey Jr. Sherlock Holmes series, which they keep threatening will have a third installment.

‘Jony Ive to Form Independent Design Company With Apple as Client’

Apple PR:

Apple today announced that Sir Jony Ive, Apple’s chief design officer, will depart the company as an employee later this year to form an independent design company which will count Apple among its primary clients. While he pursues personal projects, Ive in his new company will continue to work closely and on a range of projects with Apple.

Massive shakeup for Apple here.

They have to have him on an exclusive deal for hardware design, right?