ACTORS UNION TO INVESTIGATE 'RIVERDALE' SET AFTER STAR'S LATE-NIGHT CAR CRASH09/21/17 @ 8:29 pm EST
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BILL FINGER’S STREET SIGN GOES UP IN THE SPOT WHERE HE CO-CREATED BATMAN12/11/17 @ 12:36 pm EST
The star of Riverdale
was involved in a late-night car crash last week after a grueling 16-hour work day outside Vancouver, Canada, prompting the cast and crew of the hit CW show to demand better safety protections during production.
K.J. Apa, 20, who plays Archie in the Warner Bros.-produced Archie Comics adaptation, apparently fell asleep driving the 45-minute trip home after midnight. He was taken to a local hospital for observation and later discharged without serious injuries. His car, however, didn't fare as well. The passenger side was apparently destroyed after striking a light pole, and the vehicle was rendered inoperable.
The crash has ignited a firestorm of protest on the Riverdale
set, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter
. The show routinely requires shoots that last until the early morning hours, and the cast and crew are not provided transportation to and from the set. Actor Cole Sprouse, who co-stars as Archie's pal Jughead and is one of Apa's close friends, had apparently planned to be in the car as well that night but changed plans at the last minute. Sprouse, a leader of sorts of the actors on the show, has asked that the Greg Berlanti-produced series provide transportation to castmembers working late hours.
A call between representatives for the actors and Warner Bros. executives is being set for Friday to discuss the issue, according to three sources. (WBTV declined to confirm any such meeting.)
SAG-AFTRA announced Thursday afternoon that the union would investigate the set in Vancouver following the dangerous crash. "This is an extremely troubling situation and we are deeply concerned about the safety of performers on the Riverdale
set," the statement read. "We are sending a team to Vancouver to review the circumstances surrounding safety issues affecting performers on this production.
"WBTV's policy is that actors are responsible for their own transportation to and from set, particularly when production is shooting outside the U.S. The studio, which makes several shows in Vancouver, declined to comment, but a source notes that actors are told they can call a taxi or stay in a hotel near a set on the studio's dime if they feel it is unsafe to drive.
The crash is the latest in a string of safety-related incidents that highlight what many claim are unsafe working conditions on Hollywood productions. Stunt professionals and others in the industry have been clamoring for improvements to their working conditions, citing long working hours, stringent transportation requirements and early start times as contributors to an unsafe working environment. Apa was in the middle of a 45-minute commute back to his hotel after 16 hours of shooting when he fell asleep at the wheel, sources say.
Several safety-related issues have made headlines recently. In July, 33-year-old veteran stuntman John Bernecker fell 22 feet to his death on the set of The Walking Dead
, falling off a balcony during a rehearsal. Less than a month later, professional motorcycle racer S.J Harris was involved in a fatal crash during filming for Deadpool 2
, which was filming in Vancouver. Harris' death is still being investigated. Stunt professionals familiar with the details of the crash have said her death was a preventable tragedy, and that the movie's producers placed undue pressure on the stunt coordinators to use Harris.
castmembers are friends as well as colleagues, which may have contributed to an increased sense of unease and anger among them around the crash this week, and the response to it. "They're working these kids from morning until night," says one person familiar with the production and the circumstances of the accident. "Someone’s going to die."
According to a statement from Warner Bros. on Thursday, the studio refutes any claim that Apa worked a 16-hour work day and that it could have caused his accident.
"First and foremost, we are extremely grateful that KJ Apa was uninjured during his recent accident. Secondarily, we want to specifically address the characterization that conditions on the set of Riverdale
are of concern," a Warner Bros. Television spokesperson said in a statement to THR
. "We have a large cast of series regulars, and our actors do not work every day. On the day of the accident, KJ worked 14.2 hours. The previous day he worked 2.5 hours, and the day before that he worked 7.7 hours. KJ has repeatedly been informed about making production aware if he is tired or feels unsafe, and if so, either a ride or hotel room will be provided for him. The accident occurred last Thursday. Additionally, it is untrue that KJ was taken to the hospital. He was treated by first responders on the scene and released by them. We also sent a doctor to his home later that same day for a follow-up to confirm his well-being."Riverdale
became a breakout hit for The CW last season. The younger-skewing network renewed the Twin Peaks
-style drama for a second season after airing only six of its first 13 episodes. The cast, too, became fan favorites, earning a Teen Choice nomination for Apa as "breakout star" as well as wins for Sprouse for drama actor and "breakout" TV show, among others.
Given its strong and vocal fan base, The CW will move Riverdale
to a fall premiere and use it to help launch its remake of Dynasty
. The network and studio see Riverdale
as the start of a franchise, with news breaking Wednesday that The CW and WBTV are developing The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
as a potential companion series. And the key to that: Apa's Archie."The safety of the cast and crew on all of our productions is of paramount importance to the Studio," Warner Bros. Television said in a statement. "Productions adhere to the Screen Actors Guild–mandated turnaround time of 12 hours from wrap time to next day call time for cast members. In accordance with industry standard policy, if any cast or crew member feels tired or unsafe at any time after working, the Studio will provide a taxi, a driver or a hotel room upon request. This is communicated to all cast and crew, both in writing and verbally, at the beginning of production and is reiterated continuously throughout the duration of production."
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COSPLAY FROM TOKYO COMIC CON 201712/11/17 @ 12:27 pm EST
It actually happened. After discussions and expectations, the much-unacclaimed co-creator of Batman has been honored with a street sign. Bill Finger‘s
stepson Steve Simmons and granddaughter Athena Finger did the honors (see below, via Bleeding Cool
The renaming was of a road at the intersection of East 192nd Street and Grand Concourse in the Bronx. The intersection is next to Poe Park, where Finger would work out ideas with Dark Knight co-creator Bob Kane.
The point where Batman was created now bears Finger’s name!
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'WALKING DEAD' BOSS ON FAN FAVE CHARACTER'S FATE12/11/17 @ 12:16 pm EST
While at the Comic Con Experience 2017 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, fans got a chance to see the lineup for the upcoming DCEU films from Warner Bros. With the less-than-hoped-for results of Justice League
last month, a lot of questions have been bouncing around about the future of the current slate of films. But things seem to be moving forward for now. (via Bleeding Cool
The presentation was mainly with title cards. The Wonder Woman
logo was flanked by a pair of Roman columns, maybe symbolizing II. Then there was Aquaman
, then, surprisingly, a card for Justice League Dark
. Then there was Suicide Squad 2
, Green Lantern Corps
and The Batman
Films that have been talked about that didn’t get cards include Cyborg
, Justice League 2
, or any of the Harley Quinn
films. No mention of a Black Adam
film either or any of the other rumored ones like Deadshot
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Spoilers ahoy!CARRIE FISHER REMEMBERED AS ‘THE LAST JEDI’ HAS WORLD PREMIERE12/10/17 @ 11:59 pm EST
Sunday's midseason finale for "The Walking Dead" is expected to take a big bite out of the ratings for AMC, but something else has apparently taken a bite out of a beloved character. (via The Hollywood Reporter
Carl (Chandler Riggs), son of TWD's resident hero Rick (Andrew Lincoln) in the final moments of last night's midseason closer revealed that he had been bitten by a walker a few episodes ago and that he was indeed dying.
Riggs' final episode will be the Feb. 25 season eight midseason premiere in which Carl will take his final breaths.
Showrunner Scott M. Gimple said Sunday on AMC's post-show "Talking Dead": "That is a bite on his side. … It will play out as bites play out on the show. It's very important to Carl's story and the entire story, what happens in the next episode. I'm just focused on the fact that Carl right now is alive and he has some business to attend to. That is a one-way ticket. But I'd like to think that the things we see in the next episode are so important to his life and the other characters' lives."
Some fans were shocked because the storyline move is a huge departure from comic book source material, and fans of the TV series have always seen Carl as Rick's heir and the show's future.
Yeah, about that ...
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TRAILER OUT FOR 'JESSICA JONES' SEASON 212/09/17 @ 10:35 pm EST
Three's the charm.
Disney held a theme park-style world premiere for its third movie in the Star Wars saga, "The Last Jedi," the third year in a row it has done so. The "Last Jedi" premiere pulled in 6,300 attendees, which stands as a record among Disney’s three Star Wars premieres, reports Deadline
Prior to the movie premiere, "Last Jedi" filmmaker Rian Johnson told the packed house, “I want to dedicate tonight to Carrie [Fisher, portrayer of Princess Leia, who passed away earlier this year], who is up there right now flipping me the bird, saying ‘Damn it, Rian, don’t you dare make this night a solemn tribute’.”
"Last Jedi" should be somewhat of a catharsis for Fisher fans during the year-end anniversary of her death. They will also be stoked by the expanded role of Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourd as Lt. Connix in the sequel.
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NEW TRAILER FOR SYFY'S PRE-SUPES 'KRYPTON'12/08/17 @ 11:48 pm EST
At Comic Con Experience CCXP17 in São Paulo, Brazil today, Christopher Miller and Phil Lord presented the official title and teaser trailer for Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation’s "Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse." (via Deadline
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ERIKA LEWIS AND J.K. WOODWARD'S THE 49TH KEY SELLS OUT UPON RELEASE12/08/17 @ 11:16 pm EST
Like any other entry in the popular "Star Wars" saga, fans are talking about "The Last Jedi" before it is even on the big screen. Even moreso now, since that is not far away.
But until The Force arrives anew, it looks as though Disney-Pixar's "Coco" is still reigning champ and will dominate North America with about $18 million at 3,748 sites, early estimates showed Friday. (via Variety
)In its third week at the B.O., "Coco" has headed the primary slot amid a sea of holdovers.
Disney-Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is expected to dominate when it opens on Dec. 15.
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For forty years, Heavy Metal
the leading anthology of science fiction and fantasy, breaking new talent, and providing a platform for legends in comics and genre to push the boundaries of visual storytelling. This tradition continues in The 49TH Key
, an original story from Erika Lewis and artist J.K. Woodward, which premiered in the pages of the historic magazine in 2015. Now, upon today’s release of this anticipated graphic novel in comic shops, the book is sold out at Diamond Comic Distributors!49th Key
is based on the 16th century legend of Enochian magic, which tells of a secret language of angels. The first chapter in an expansive fantasy series tells of a rogue archeologist and a young mute boy on a treacherous journey through England to bring the boy home. The boy turns out to be the key to a gateway between our world and that of Enochia, a magical society that exists below the Earth's surface, filled with fantasy creatures and highly advanced humans.
has always been about unique and imaginative worlds. Erika Lewis and JK Woodward’s vision for Enochia is a perfect continuation of that tradition” said Heavy Metal’s Jeff Krelitz. “I couldn’t be more excited for this story to be the first to be collected in the modern era of the brand, and am thrilled retailers supported it with such strong orders.”
“The script offers a journey of twists, turns and revelations that take the reader through multiple and fantastic settings. It was visually a thrill to paint and challenged me artistically like no other project. I couldn't be prouder to be a part of this” says artist J.K. Woodward
“A simple visit to the British Museum sparked an idea. While living in London, the story started to come together. And with J.K. Woodward's incredible talent, it now comes to life” says writer Erika Lewis.
Erika Lewis and J.K. Woodward’s The 49TH Key
is a beautifully painted 120 page original graphic novel, which was initially serialized in Heavy Metal Magazine from 2015-2016. With 12 never-before-seen pages, signed and limited first printings of this collected edition are ONLY available in your local comic shop, while supplies last. The title will release in limited quantities in finer bookstores everywhere on Decemeber 19. Details on second printing are forthcoming.
Erika Lewis graduated from Vanderbilt University and went on to earn an Advanced Certificate in Creative Writing from Stony Brook University. In addition to a successful career in television, Lewis is the author of the recently released Game of Shadows
from Tor Books, Firebrand
from Legendary Comics. www.erikalewis.com
J.K. Woodward started his professional comics career in 2003 and went on to work on several titles for IDW, BOOM! Studios, Dark Horse, Archaia and Marvel. He’s worked on such titles as X-Men Origins:Beast, Star Trek, Doctor Who
,Peter David’s Fallen Angel
, Mars Attacks
and more. He currently illustrates Peter David's Fallen Angel as a reoccurring miniseries for IDW as well as various cover and sequential work for multiple publications. His most current projects include illustration for the Star Trek/Doctor Who, 8-issue mini series, Assimilation2, Star Trek: City on the Edge of Forever, the Harlan Ellison original Teleplay and the latest Star Trek mini series, Star Trek The Next Generation: Mirror Broken, written by Scott and Dave Tipton.