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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Star Wars: The Clone Wars Trailer




Star Wars: The Clone Wars to Return with New Episodes on Disney’s Direct-to-Consumer Streaming Service

Continue, The Clone Wars will.

Some extremely exciting news landed at The Clone Wars anniversary panel at San Diego Comic-Con International today where fans were the first to learn that the beloved Clone Wars animated series, which ran for six seasons between 2008 and 2013, will be returning with twelve all-new episodes on Disney’s direct-to-consumer streaming service.

The news was met by ecstatic cheers and raised lightsabers that reverberated throughout the entire pop culture event.


Since its debut, The Clone Wars has become one of the most critically-acclaimed entries in the Star Wars saga, earning multiple Emmy awards and praise from fans of all ages around the globe. Since 2013, an effort to resurrect the series (#SaveTheCloneWars) was launched by fans, resulting in tens of thousands of emails/letters sent to Disney and Lucasfilm.

Dave Filoni, who helmed the show as Supervising Director during its original run, resumes his role on The Clone Wars continuation, which he can’t wait to share with fans. "I honestly didn't think we would ever have the opportunity to return to The Clone Wars," says Filoni. "Thanks to the relentless fan support and the team behind Disney's direct-to-consumer streaming service, we will now get to tell more of those stories. We feel a tremendous responsibility to make something that lives up to the legacy that George Lucas created with the original series and I think our team, many of whom worked on the show from the beginning, has risen to the challenge."

The new Clone Wars episodes will continue the storylines introduced in the original series, which explored the events leading up to Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. The series will see the return of classic characters Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi as well as fan-favorites Ahsoka Tano and Captain Rex. The new episodes will debut on Disney’s direct-to-consumer streaming service.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

|Podcast| Path of Blood - Jonathan Hacker Interview



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PATH OF BLOOD director and producer, Jonathan Hacker is an acclaimed documentary producer and director with numerous awards under his belt including the prestigious BAFTA and RTS awards. He read Modern History at Oxford University and then studied on a Rotary Scholarship at USC film school in Los Angeles. He started working in television drama before focusing on documentaries. His diverse documentary work ranges from high-profile international history series such as Secret Agent and Timewatch for the BBC, to hard-hitting current affairs programs such as Britain’s First Suicide Bombers which also tackled the subject of Al Qaeda.



JEANBOOKNERD PODCAST 2018: EPISODE THREE
GUEST: JONATHAN HACKER
JOURNALIST: MARK JOHNSON
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KEY CHARACTERS IN PATH OF BLOOD (IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE)
Abdulaziz al-Mudayhish
Born in Riyadh in 1971, Abdulaziz al-Mudayhish, or Ali as he was known within his cell, was an Al Qaeda member affiliated with Muqrin’s cell network in Riyadh. Ali was chosen to carry out the April 2004 Traffic Directorate bombing, using a GMC packed with over a ton of RDX explosives.

Ali was originally chosen for a compound bombing a month earlier, but this was thwarted by the security forces. Al Qaeda saw no purpose for Ali other than a suicide bombing. His first attempt at his suicide video will is well over two hours long, more than ninety minutes longer than his fellow bombers. He later records it, but struggles to read a script he didn’t write, and displays a lack of conviction and religious education. 

Prince Muhammad bin Nayef Al Saud
Born in Jeddah in 1959, Prince Muhammad bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz was appointed Assistant Minister of Interior for Security Affairs in 1999. He was at the forefront of Saudi Arabia’s counter-terrorism programme since the formation of AQAP. Prince Muhammad is noted for establishing the Munasaha programme for the rehabilitation of those arrested for terrorism and extremism. He was appointed Minister of Interior in November 2012 and crown prince in 2015 but retired from public life in 2017.

King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
Born in Riyadh in 1924, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz rose to prominence when he was made commander of the Saudi National Guard in 1963. Upon the death of King Khalid in 1982, he was appointed crown prince under his half-brother King Fahd, while also maintaining his position as head of the National Guard. He became king following the death of Fahd in August 2005. King Abdullah was seen as a moderately progressive ruler, having implemented a series of gradual reforms across many areas of Saudi society including education, the judiciary, the economy, healthcare, welfare and infrastructure. He died in January 2015 and was succeeded by his brother, the current king Salman.

Turki al-Dandani
Born in Sakaka in al-Jawf province in 1974, Turki al-Dandani was the head of the Riyadh cell which carried out the compound bombings in May 2003. From 8th May 2003, four days prior to the Riyadh bombings, until his death on 7th July, Dandani was named Saudi Arabia’s most wanted terrorist.

As a result, Dandani fled north in an attempt in leave the country from his home province of al-Jawf. It was here on 7th July 2003, in the town of Suwayr, that the security forces caught up with him. He and his men barricaded themselves into a mosque before huddling around a grenade and detonating it. 

Abdullah al-Rashoud
Born outside Riyadh in 1973, Abdullah al-Rashoud was a prominent Al Qaeda scholar and firebrand preacher based in and around the capital. In October 2003 Rashoud released an online video lecture entitled ‘Incite the believers’ in which he expounds the call for jihad in Saudi Arabia, particularly encouraging young men to join their cause. Rashoud was added to the MOI’s most-wanted list in December 2003 and went into hiding for a period of two years before moving to the Iraqi city of al-Qa’im where he re-joined Al Qaeda. Abu Musab al-Zarqawi reported Rashoud’s death following a US air strike on 24th June 2005, giving an indication of Rashoud’s importance within the organisation.

Amr al-Shihri
Amr al-Shihri was an Al Qaeda member affiliated with the cell that carried out the Muhaya compound bombing in November 2003. Shihri was wounded in a raid on an Al Qaeda safe house in the Suwaidi neighbourhood of Riyadh on 6th November 2003. Cell leaders decided that taking him to hospital was too risky and he was left to die in a sound-proof room. His funeral prayers were led by Abdullah al-Rashoud before his body was taken into the desert outside of Riyadh and buried. His body was discovered by the security services in February 2004.

Abdulaziz al-Muqrin
Born in Riyadh in 1974, Abdulaziz al-Muqrin was a prominent leader of AQAP until his death in 2004. Muqrin travelled to Afghanistan in 1989 to train with the mujahideen, before heading to Somalia to join a growing force of jihadists in the civil war. Muqrin was arrested by the Somali authorities, deported to Saudi Arabia and imprisoned for just a year and a half, after he was let out early as a reward for memorising the Qur’an. He returned to Afghanistan in 2001 to join Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda, and received further military training. By mid-2002 Muqrin had returned to Riyadh and was effectively in charge of military operations in Saudi Arabia.

Muqrin was number five on the MOI’s list of most-wanted terrorists in May 2003, but following the death of Turki al-Dandani in July 2003 he quickly assumed leadership of Al Qaeda in Saudi Arabia. He planned, orchestrated and recorded the Muhaya Compound bombing in November 2003, consequently rising to public enemy number one, before masterminding the aborted bombings of March 2004. He redistributed the resources for this attack into the bombing of April 2004 against the traffic police headquarters, before directing his right-hand man Turki al-Mutayri to carry out the Khobar Massacre in May 2004. According to Al Qaeda, Muqrin was present at the shooting of Frank Gardener and Simon Cumbers on 6th June 2004, and appeared on the tape announcing the killing of Paul Johnson on the 18th of that month. Hours after the execution of Johnson, Saudi security services spotted Muqrin’s car at a petrol station in central Riyadh. Security forces engaged the group and Muqrin was killed along with three close associates.

Muqrin’s death led to a lasting power vacuum within the leadership of AQAP, while their ability to carry out devastating attacks was also curtailed.

Fahd al-Juwayr
Born in Zulfi in 1971 and raised in Riyadh, Fahd al-Juwayr was a junior AQAP member who went on to proclaim himself leader of the organisation in the latter half of 2005. Juwayr was originally chosen to be a suicide bomber in the aborted compound bombings of March 2004. He played a role in the kidnapping of Paul Johnson in June 2004 and helped prepare the truck bombs for the attack on the Ministry of Interior in December 2004. Following the deaths of many senior AQAP members in the siege of al-Rass in April 2005, Juwayr was promoted to head of the Riyadh and Kharj cells of which he had previously been a member.

In July 2005, AQAP leader Yunus al-Hayari was also killed, and Juwayr proclaimed himself leader. Under his leadership the organisation planned and carried out the February 2006 oil refinery attack in Abqaiq, with Juwayr playing a central role in the raid. After the bombing, Juwayr led the attack’s command team back to a safe house in the Yarmouk neighbourhood of Riyadh. There they were raided by the security forces and all members of the cell, including Juwayr, were killed.

Abdullah al-Asiri
Born in Riyadh in 1986, Abdullah al-Asiri was recruited into Al Qaeda by his elder brother, Ibrahim. Ibrahim al-Asiri (b. 1982) is suspected of being the chief bomb maker of AQAP in recent years, responsible for the 2009 Christmas Day bomb plot (‘Underwear Bomber’) and the 2010 Cargo Planes bomb plot (‘Printer Cartridge Bombs’). Ibrahim and Abdullah joined Al Qaeda in Yemen and were added to the MOI’s list of most-wanted terrorists in February 2009. Abdullah carried out an assassination attempt on Prince Muhammad bin Nayef on 27th August 2009, using an explosive device hidden in his rectum that was developed by his brother—who remains at large.


PATH OF BLOOD ― ABOUT THE PRODUCTION TEAM
Mark Boal
PATH OF BLOOD executive producer, Mark Boal has written the screenplays for and produced the motion pictures The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty, and Detroit, a trilogy of collaborations with director Kathyrn Bigelow. Boal won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay and for producing Best Picture Winner The Hurt Locker, and was again nominated for the Original Screenplay of Zero Dark Thirty. He won the Best Original Screenplay award for both from the Writers Guild of America. Boal heads the writer-focused LA and NY-based film and television development and production company Page 1 in partnership with Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures. Page 1 combines journalism and entertainment in a unique model unifying reportage with the film and television development process. Boal’s upcoming projects include the action feature Triple Frontier set for release via Netflix in 2019.

Abdulrahman Alrashed
PATH OF BLOOD executive producer, Abdulrahman Alrashed was the General Manager of Al Arabiya News Channel. An internationally acclaimed journalist, he was also editor-in-chief of the London-based leading Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat, where he still regularly writes a political column. He has also served as the editor of Asharq al-Awsat’s sister publication, al-Majalla. Throughout his career, Alrashed’s articles have garnered worldwide recognition, and he successfully led Al Arabiya to the highly regarded, thriving and influential position it is in today, working to ‘to cure Arab television of its penchant for radical politics and violence’.
Adel Alabdulkarim

PATH OF BLOOD executive producer Adel Alabdulkarim has been the executive producer of a wide range of documentaries, commercials, advertising campaigns, and news features both in the Middle East and the UK. His clients have included BBC TV, PBS, APTN, the New York Times and the government of Saudi Arabia. He set up and managed the first privately owned news agency in the Kingdom and went on to manage OR Madarat, the country’s leading independent TV production company.

Peter Haddon
PATH OF BLOOD editor, Peter Haddan is an award-winning video editor specialising in feature length documentary. He has a passion for telling extraordinary stories about extraordinary people. He has won RTS awards for his editing on Marathon Boy (also nominated for an Emmy and a Grierson Award) and A State of Mind (also won RTS for Best Feature Documentary) as well as a BAFTA nomination for editing on The Battle for Haiti, which won a BAFTA for director Dan Reed. His work also includes Grierson Award winning feature documentary Fire in Babylon, the BAFTA winning documentary TV series Our War: The Lost Platoon, and Grierson Award nominated Children of the Tsunami.

Chad Hobson
PATH OF BLOOD composer, Chad Hobson is a classically trained composer. He began his career in pop music working with bands as diverse as Snoop Dogg, Massive Attack, Finley Quaye, Take That and Des’ree. In 2008 Chad completed the score for the hit film Adulthood, sequel to the highly acclaimed British independent film Kidulthood, where he merged film music with underground hip hop and grime. Chad’s musical diversity can be heard in films such as Ninja Assassin, Stardust, Hannibal Rising, Strength and Honour and Battle of Haditha. He also composed the music for the BAFTA award winning BBC1 series Fight for Life, along with many documentaries and dramas for Ch4 and the BBC. He also composed the music for Telstar, a play about legendary record producer Joe Meek.

Stevie Haywood
PATH OF BLOOD sound supervisor, Stevie Haywood, (AMPS), has been working with sound for picture since 1995, primarily as a sound recordist, but also in sound for post-production. He has worked on a diverse range of features, dramas, documentaries and commercials for both film and television. He won the 2012 BIFA and an ALFS 2013 nomination for sound on Berberian Sound Studio.


Director & Producer: Jonathan Hacker
Executive Producers: Mark Boal (ZERO DARK THIRTY), Abdulrahman Alrashed, Adel Alabdulkarim
Editor: Peter Haddon
Composer: Chad Hobson
Narrator: Samuel West
Voice of Jihad: Tom Hollander
Length: 91 mins
Language: Arabic, English
Subtitles: English
Country: United Kingdom/ Saudi Arabia
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PATH OF BLOOD SHORT SYNOPSIS
Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Jonathan Hacker and based on his book of the same title, PATH OF BLOOD depicts Islamist terrorism, as it has never been seen before. Drawn from a hoard of jihadi home-movie footage that was captured by Saudi security services, this is the story of Muslim terrorists targeting Muslim civilians and brought to justice by Muslim security agents. It is a stark reminder that all who are touched by terrorism are victimized by it.

A powerful and sometimes shocking cinematic experience, PATH OF BLOOD reveals how brainwashed youths, fuelled by idealism and the misguided pursuit of adventure, can descend into madness and carnage. The raw, unvarnished footage, to which the filmmakers negotiated exclusive access, captures young thrill-seekers at a jihadi “boot camp” deep in the Saudi desert, having signed on to overthrow the Saudi government. They plot to detonate car bombs in downtown Riyadh, become embroiled in a game of cat-and-mouse with government forces and, as their plans unravel, resort to ever more brutal tactics.

Adopting a strictly objective approach, the film doesn’t editorialize and contains no interviews or “talking heads” commentary. The home video footage was shot by the terrorists themselves, allowing viewers to see them in all their complexity, while compelling audiences to draw their own conclusions.
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L.V. Pires Author Interview


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Lisa Veronica Pires is the author of several stories for young readers, including EXTENSION, THE PORTRAIT, and SUMMER OF WINGED CREATURES. She is the recipient of the Eileen Spinelli Award and a graduate of Spalding University’s MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults.

        
  


What advice would you give to someone who wanted to have a life in writing?
A life in writing means something different from everyone based on your goals, time, and interests, but probably the most important advice I can give someone who wants to be a writer is to set aside a certain amount of time each day for writing. I work for at least two hours a day and that works for me. What’s most important is showing up and putting ideas to paper or fingers to keys and MOST importantly don’t judge your work until you’ve got a decent rough draft to work with.

What were your inspirations for the character development?
The characters in PAIN LESS ORDINARY were inspired by people in my life. Like most writers, I take certain characteristics of people around me and add them to my work, the more interesting the better!

Was there a particular event or time that you recognized that writing was not just a hobby.
Probably after I completed my MFA in writing. I knew I had the tools to make writing more than a hobby. Plus, being around other professional writers can me the confidence that I can do this, too.

What was your unforgettable moment while writing A PAIN LESS ORDINARY?
My most unforgettable moment while writing this novel was when I knew I had to read through and revise it for a tenth time! Every rewrite brought a new layer of information to me and the story. When I realized it needed one more read through, I sat at my kitchen table and stayed focused on the whole story until I knew it was exactly how I wanted it to be.

Are there authors that you’re excited to engage/work with?
Of course! My writing group is made up the fabulous Kathy MacMillan, Deborah Schaumberg, Kate Bradley-Ferrall, and Meg Eden. Every time I’m around them, I feel more inspired and excited about writing.

What part of Becca did you enjoy writing the most?
I knew Becca was going to go through some tough times and she did, but the most exciting part of writing about her was when she finally realized she was strong enough to weather her situation. I love to see my characters finally get it!

What book would you recommend for others to read?
If you’re into YA realistic fiction, I would highly recommend anything by Ellen Hopkins. So much of my work was inspired by the hardships her characters face. Some super tough situations but Hopkins handles them perfectly.

What was the most surprising thing you learned in creating Chloe?
I really did not think I could do the things to Chloe that happened to her in the novel. I was surprised by her resilience. I think she reminds me of the most fragile of us and the crap we can go through, or be put through, and still survive. Humanity is strong and it’s represented even in the youngest of us.

What are some of your current and future projects that you can share with us?
Currently, I’m working on a mystery/horror novel, which of course involves characters being put into horrific situations and finding their inner strength to overcome. Hopefully this new novel will be out in mid-August.

If you could introduce one of your characters to any character from another book, who would it be and why?
That’s a great question! I think introducing Zephyr from A PAIN LESS ORDINARY to Oliver Conroy from EXTENSION might be fun. I think they’d end up being good friends and maybe even team up to kick a little a$$.

Last Halloween Costume you wore and when?
I’m ashamed to admit that I dressed up as a pirate for Halloween, actually a wench of some sort, and my dog agreed to be dressed as a pirate, too. So, we did some swashbuckling up and down the street of my neighborhood, tormenting neighbors, small children, and the occasional cat. I’ll be working on something MUCH more creative for next year.

Can you define love in your own way?
Ah, love – amore, what can I say?

It’s the foundation of all the world’s greatest creations.

What did you do for your last birthday?
My last birthday – when was that? Oh, yeah – I think there was champagne and hair dye involved.

If you could live in any period in history, what would it be and why?
Uh, now of course! Sure, I would’ve loved to see a few ancient civilizations, maybe observed Stonehenge, or the French Revolution, but living without indoor plumbing and WiFi? – no thanks!

If you had to go back in time and change one thing, if you HAD to, even if you had “no regrets” what would it be?
Can I change a presidential election? If so, I think you know which one.

Where can readers find you?
Lisavpires.com
See you there!


TEN REASONS TO READ A PAIN LESS ORDINARY
  • 1. It’s realistic fiction, so you know you’re going to cry.
  • 2. Relatable characters that will remind you of someone you know.
  • 3. Families in crisis will never feel so disturbing.
  • 4. Drugs, alcohol, fights – oh, and there’s love, too.
  • 5. Fast-paced, page-turner, edge-of-your seat kind of stuff.
  • 6. What’s up with the youth of today? – You’ll know after reading this book.
  • 7. It’s really well written.
  • 8. Emotions are raw, real, and relatable.
  • 9. It’ll break your heart but leave you with some hope.
  • 10. The author is still alive, so you can tell her what you think.

Becca's life is anything but ordinary.

At fifteen, she's already experienced her share of pain. With a mom who drinks too much, a revolving door of father figures, and struggles at school, Becca wonders if she'll ever have a chance at a normal life. The only thing that keeps her sane is her little sister, Chloe; that is, until her mother's breakdown leads to her sister's disappearance.

A PAIN LESS ORDINARY follows Becca as she figures out life on her own while searching for her family and her new role in the world.

In this powerfully moving novel, L.V. Pires explores Becca's struggle with abandonment, drug abuse, homelessness, relationships, and how pain connects her to others.


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Thank you L.V. PIRES for making this giveaway possible.
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Monday, July 16, 2018

SDCC - Star Trek: Discovery - Beams Into Comic-Con




Series Stars Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Shazad Latif, Mary Wiseman, Anthony Rapp, Mary Chieffo, Wilson Cruz, Anson Mount and Executive Producers Alex Kurtzman and Heather Kadin to Make First Official Season Two Appearance Together at San Diego Comic-Con International on Friday, July 20 in Hall H

Panel to Be Moderated by Series Guest Star Tig Notaro
Who Will Appear as Chief Engineer Reno


The JBN Media Team will covering The Star Trek: Discovery Event. Stay tuned for our upcoming coverage!

“Star Trek: Discovery” to Also Host Its Second Annual Gallery Takeover Featuring Exclusive Props and Costumes Directly from the Set of the Mirror Universe;
Fans Have the Chance to Receive Limited Edition
“Star Trek: Discovery” Starfleet Pins


SONEQUA MARTIN-GREEN ― First Officer Michael Burnham
Sonequa Martin-Green is best known for her portrayal of Sasha on the AMC series The Walking Dead. In addition to The Walking Dead, Martin-Green is recognizable from her numerous recurring television roles across both comedy and drama. Most notably as the prankster Rhonda on FOX's comedy New Girl, Tamara on ABC's Once Upon A Time, and Courtney Wells on CBS' Emmy-winning drama The Good Wife. Also, she left her mark on television with recurring roles on the CBS drama NYC 22 and Lifetime's Army Wives. Her other television credits include Gossip Girl and Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

In regards to film, Martin-Green received rave reviews for her starring turn in Emily Abt's Sundance hit Toe To Toe in which she played Tosha Spinner, a highly driven inner-city high school teenager. She followed up Toe To Toe with Victoria Mahoney's film Yelling to the Sky alongside Gabourey Sidibe and Zoe Kravitz.

On stage, Martin-Green is best known for her critically acclaimed performances in Des McAnuff's Fetch Clay, Make Man, in which she starred as Muhammad Ali's first wife, Sonji Clay, and Outside People at the Vineyard Theater in New York City.

Currently, Martin-Green resides in Los Angeles, California, with her husband, Kenric Green, and their son.

DOUG JONES ― Lieutenant Commander Saru
While famous for working under prosthetics in iconic feature film roles, Doug Jones is also a versatile character actor who has performed as "himself" in guest star roles on shows like Arrow, The Flash, Teen Wolf, Z-Nation, The Neighbors, Criminal Minds, CSI, and NBC's horror anthology Fear Itself. A veteran of over 100 commercials, Jones was Mac Tonight, the moon-headed piano player in the long-running 1990's McDonald's campaign. Also, he starred as the lead villain in "Hush," an Emmy-winning episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, long considered a fan favorite. Additionally, Jones is a semi-regular guest judge on the hit SyFy reality series, Face Off.

In 2005, he played the title role of Pan, as well as the nightmare character known as The Pale Man, in Guillermo del Toro's Oscar-winning Spanish language fantasy/horror feature Pan's Labyrinth. However, it was his sensitive and elegant performance as Abe Sapien in del Toro's 2004 box office hit Hellboy that brought Jones unique work to a wider audience. He went on to voice that same character for the Emmy-nominated Cartoon Network animations Hellboy: Sword of Storms and Hellboy: Blood and Iron. In 2007, Jones title role performance in Fantastic Four: The Rise of the Silver Surfer was hailed by fans and critics alike. In 2008, Jones reprised his starring role, as well as two other characters, in Hellboy II: The Golden Army, once more under the direction of del Toro. Also, he starred in Gainsbourg, a stylized biopic of the famous French poet/singer/composer Serge Gainsbourg, in which he played Gainsbourg's dark alter ego. The film won three Cesar Awards, the French equivalent of the Oscars. Also, Jones has had prominent creature roles in Crimson Peak, The Watch, The Bye Bye Man, Always Watching: A Marble Hornets Story, Legion, and many others.

Jones was a series regular on three seasons of TNT's Spielberg-produced sci-fi series Falling Skies and recurred on Guillermo del Toro's FX series The Strain. Upcoming, Jones will star opposite Sally Hawkins in del Toro's The Shape of Water.



JASON ISAACS ― Captain Gabriel Lorca
The Golden Globe, BAFTA, International Emmy Award, and Critic's Circle Award-nominated actor Jason Isaacs began his acting career at Bristol University, where he studied Law, but found himself acting, producing, writing, and directing most of the time. After graduation, he trained for three years at London's prestigious Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

In 2000, his breakout role as Colonel William Tavington in Roland Emmerich's feature film The Patriot garnered him numerous nominations, including one from the British Film Critics' Circle.

Two years later, Isaacs began his role as Lucius Malfoy in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. He went on to reprise the role and garner global recognition in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, and in the last two films, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Parts I and II. Most recently, he was seen in the genre-bending breakout Netflix series The OA and is set to return for the second season of the hit show early 2018.

Isaacs' extensive film credits include the war films Fury, Black Hawk Down, Green Zone, Windtalkers, and Field of Lost Shoes; the fantasy films Armageddon, Event Horizon, Dragonheart, Peter Pan (2003), and The Tuxedo; and the indie hits and festival award winners Friends with Money, Skeletons, Stockholm PA, The End of the Affair, Sweetwater, Passionada, The Infiltrator, Rio I Love You, Nine Lives, Good—which he also produced—as well as Sweet November, Abduction, and Soldier.

Isaacs has multiple awards and nominations for his television roles in both America and Britain, including the BAFTA "Best Actor" nomination for The Curse of Steptoe and a Golden Globe nomination for "Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television" for the BBC's The State Within. Critics raved over his performances in C4's Scars and Lynda LaPlante's Civvies for the BBC and as Michael Caffee in three seasons of Showtime's Peabody Award-winning series Brotherhood, for which he was nominated for a Satellite Award as "Best Leading Actor." He later won that award for starring as Jackson Brodie in series one and two of the BBC's Case Histories, which he also executive produced. The role also garnered him various other nominations including an International Emmy Award for "Best Leading Actor." Case Histories also won the BAFTA Scotland Award for "Best Drama Series."

Isaacs produced and starred as Detective Michael Britten in the NBC drama Awake and starred as an FBI agent trying to prevent the end of the world in contemporary Jerusalem in the event series Dig, from the creators of Homeland and Heroes. He also appeared in The West Wing and Entourage and, in Britain, in The Fix for Paul Greengrass, Inspector Morse directed by Danny Boyle and as identical twins in Taggart.

On stage, Isaacs created the role of Louis in the award-winning Royal National Theatre production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Angels in America and has performed to packed houses at London's Royal Court, Almeida Theatre, and Trafalgar theatre, where he also starred in a sell-out run of Pinter's The Dumb Waiter with comedian Lee Evans.

Isaacs' recent film roles include the thriller A Cure for Wellness, directed by Gore Verbinski, and Red Dog: True Blue, a sequel to the phenomenally successful Australian film. Also, Isaacs voiced The Inquisitor in Star Wars Rebels, Admiral Zhao in Avatar: The Last Airbender, and Siddeley in Cars 2.

Soon, Isaacs will be seen in the animated comedy Happy Family, which features the voices of Nick Frost, Catherine Tate, and Emily Watson; political satire The Death of Stalin from Veep creator Armando Iannucci; YA thriller Behind the Glass from award-winning Israeli filmmaker Assaf Bernstein; and Hotel Mumbai, the story of the terrorist siege of the Taj Hotel in 2008.


SHAZAF LATIF ― Lieutenant Ash Tyler
Shazad Latif has made a name for himself in the UK for the characters he has created on screen. In the U.S., 2016 was a breakout year for Latif as he co-starred in Showtime's hit gothic thriller Penny Dreadful as renowned character Dr. Henry Jekyll.

On the film front, Latif most recently played Chandra Mahalanobis in The Man Who Knew Infinity (IFC Films) alongside Jeremy Irons, Dev Patel, Toby Jones, and Stephen Fry.

Also, Latif is well known for his role as Kushal in The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Fox Searchlight Pictures), which was released worldwide in spring 2015. He appeared alongside Maggie Smith, Dev Patel, Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, and Richard Gere.

Up next, Latif will be seen opposite Liam Neeson and Vera Farmiga in The Commuter for Lionsgate. The film will be released worldwide in 2018.

Born and raised in London, Latif, who is English, Scottish, and Pakistani, attended the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and, after just one year, secured his first television role as Tariq Masood in BBC One's Spooks. Subsequent television roles include Salting the Battlefield and the BAFTA-nominated series My Mad Fat Diary. In 2012, he landed the regular role of Clem Fandango in multi-award winning comedy Toast of London, as well as receiving critical acclaim for his appearance in BBC One's Ordinary Lies.


ANTHONY RAPP ― Lieutenant Paul Stamets
Anthony Rapp has been acting and singing professionally since he was nine years old. With an extensive list of achievements, Rapp is best known for originating the role of Mark Cohen in Jonathan Larson's Tony Award-winning rock opera, Rent, for which he shared an OBIE Award with the rest of the cast. He reprised his role in Chris Columbus' film version opposite other members of the original cast.

Recently, Rapp appeared on CBS All Access new hit spin-off series The Good Fight. Also, he recently starred in three independent features: Do You Take This Man opposite Alyson Hannigan, Opening Night with fellow Broadway-favorite Cheyenne Jackson, and the LGBT thriller BWOY, which he also produced.

Rapp starred in the Broadway production and national tour of If/Then from the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning creators of Next to Normal. He joined former Rent cast member Idina Menzel in this romantic and original musical about how choice and chance collide and how we learn to love the fallout.

Additional Broadway credits include the revival of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown and John Guare's Six Degrees of Separation. His Broadway debut was in Precious Sons with Judith Ivey and Ed Harris, for which he received an Outer Critics Circle award and a Drama Desk nomination. Other theater credits include Raised In Captivity (Vineyard Theatre), Trafficking in Broken Hearts (Atlantic), Some Americans Abroad (Second Stage), Dedalus Lounge (Interart Theatre Annex), and the national tour of Little Shop of Horrors.

Rapp's television credits include The Knick, Psych, Law & Order: SVU, Kidnapped, The Beach Boys: An American Family, and The X-Files.

Rapp has been featured in a number of iconic feature films ranging from dramas like the Oscar Award-winning A Beautiful Mind, Six Degrees of Separation, and The Other Woman opposite Natalie Portman, to comedies like Dazed and Confused with Matthew McConaughey and Road Trip, directed by Todd Phillips. Additional film credits include Opening Night, Junction, Adventures in Babysitting, School Ties, Man of the Century, and David Searching. Also, he appeared in Winter Passing, a film written and directed by his brother, Adam Rapp.

A writer as well, Rapp penned Without You: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and the Musical Rent (Simon & Schuster) about his struggle to balance the demands of life in the theatre with his responsibility to his family during his mother's battle with cancer. He adapted the book into a one-man show entitled Without You which he has performed on stages both nationally and internationally.

In 2000, Rapp released his debut album Look Around. He has performed his music in clubs and colleges throughout the country.

Rapp is proud to support and continue to help raise funds for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

MICHELLE YEOH ― Captain Philippa Georgiou
Michelle Yeoh is considered one of Asia's greatest and most successful actresses. Yeoh can be seen in season 2 of the Netflix series Marco Polo as well as the film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2, which premiered on Netflix and in IMAX theaters in 2016. Next, she will be seen starring in in the Warner Bros. film Crazy Rich Asians directed by Jon Chu.

Yeoh starred in Luc Besson's critically acclaimed The Lady and voiced a role in the DreamWorks animated hit Kung Fu Panda 2. A former Bond girl, Yeoh is best known for her roles in Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Rob Marshall's Memoirs of a Geisha, Roger Spotiswoode's Tomorrow Never Dies, and Danny Boyle's Sunshine.

Additionally, Yeoh was honored by People Magazine as one of the "35 All-Time Screen Beauties."


MARY WISEMAN ― Cadet Sylvia Tilly
After graduating from Juilliard in 2015, Mary Wiseman quickly went on to star opposite Keira Knightley in the Broadway production of Therese Raquin. Recently, Wiseman starred in the world premiere of Romance Novels for Dummies at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Prior to that, she starred in the Williamstown Theatre Festival's production of Off the Main Road opposite Kyra Sedgwick as well as in the Off-Broadway, Obie Award-winning production of An Octoroon, in which her performance was described as "delicious" and "comically inspired."

For television, Wiseman appeared in the Netflix series Longmire and The Characters and in Hulu's Difficult People.

Currently, Wiseman can be seen opposite Zach Galifianakis in the second season of the FX series Baskets. Recently, she wrapped a starring role in the new Off-Broadway production of The Skin of Our Teeth at the Theatre for a New Audience in Brooklyn, New York.


CHRIS OBI ― T'Kuvma
Chris Obi is an English actor, most recently known for Snow White and the Huntsman where he worked with director Rupert Sanders. Obi reunites once again with Sanders in the DreamWorks/Paramount Pictures release Ghost in the Shell. As well as being a successful TV and film actor, Obi has also graced the stages of many theatres across the UK playing a variety of roles and has also lent his voice to numerous radio plays. Additional film credits include The Counselor, Burke & Hare, and The Call Up.

 

MARY CHIEFFO ― L'Rell
Mary Chieffo received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Juilliard in 2015, winning the Elizabeth Smith Voice and Speech Prize and the Saint-Denis Prize for "Outstanding Achievement and Leadership in Drama." In her fourth year, Chieffo took on the title character in award-winning director Erica Schmidt's all-female Macbeth, reprising the role with Schmidt in 2016 for Seattle Repertory Theatre's The Other Season. After portraying Iago in October 2015 for Harlem Shakespeare Festival's all-female Othello, Chieffo began developing a Virtual Reality miniseries, Operation Othello—set in the modern world of U.S. Navy SEALs—with Viola Davis and Julius Tennon's JuVee Productions. For the miniseries, Eugene O'Neill Directing Fellow Jeff Liu (Yellow Face) will direct Chieffo's female Ensign Iago to Tennon's Captain Othello.

JAMES FRAIN ― Sarek
James Frain is one of Hollywood's most versatile and respected actors. He has a reputation for bold, intelligent performances in a diverse body of work in which he has collaborated with some of the finest actors and directors working today.
Frain's film work includes Disney's The Lone Ranger from director Gore Verbinski opposite Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer, Tron: Legacy opposite Jeff Bridges, 20th Century Fox's Water for Elephants opposite Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson, and Transit opposite James Caviezel for producer Joel Silver.

On television, he most recently starred as Theo Galavan in FOX's Gotham, as well as in seasons three, four, and five of Orphan Black, the BBC/Starz series The White Queen, and the BBC miniseries Bert & Dickie. He portrayed the much-talked about character of Franklin Mott in HBO's True Blood. Previously, he played Thomas Cromwell for three seasons in Showtime's critically acclaimed drama The Tudors.

Frain's past film credits include Elizabeth with Cate Blanchett, Hilary and Jackie opposite Emily Watson, The Count of Monte Cristo with Jim Caviezel and Guy Pearce, Where the Heart Is opposite Natalie Portman, Reindeer Games with Ben Affleck and Charlize Theron, and Into the Blue with Paul Walker.

Frain has an extensive theatre background having performed with The Royal Shakespeare Company, Almeida, and Royal Court. In 2007, Frain co-starred with Ian McShane on Broadway in The Homecoming for which the cast won The Drama Critics Circle "Best Ensemble" Award.

Born in the north of England, Frain earned his degree in Drama and Film at the University of East Anglia and studied acting at London's Central School of Speech and Drama. While studying in London, Frain was spotted by Sir Richard Attenborough who immediately cast him in his first feature Shadowlands opposite Sir Anthony Hopkins and Debra Winger.

              

RAINN WILSON ― Harry Mudd
Rainn Wilson is an Emmy-nominated and Screen Actors Guild Award-winning actor who has found himself in a variety of comedic and theatrical roles throughout his career. His first breakthrough role came when he played assistant mortician Arthur Martin in HBO's Six Feet Under, winning him and the cast a Screen Actors Guild Award for "Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series." Wilson is best known for playing the inimitable Dwight Schrute for nine seasons on NBC's Emmy Award-winning comedy The Office.

Wilson's film credits include Hesher, opposite Natalie Portman and Joseph Gordon-Levitt; Super, with Kevin Bacon, Liv Tyler, and Ellen Page; Cooties opposite Elijah Wood; and the acclaimed comedies Juno and Almost Famous. Most recently, he starred in The Boy, which premiered at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival, and Permanent, opposite Patricia Arquette. Next up, he is co-starring in Warner Bros. horror-adventure feature Meg, opposite Jason Statham. Currently, Wilson can be seen in the Netflix feature Shimmer Lake, directed by Oren Uziel.

On television, Wilson portrayed the irascible but brilliant Detective Everett Backstrom in FOX's subversive, comic crime procedural Backstrom and recently appeared as a special guest star in Cameron Crowe's Showtime series Roadies.

Wilson has a Master of Fine Arts from New York University's Graduate Acting Program at the Tisch School of the Arts, and spent ten years doing theatre in New York before moving to Los Angeles. On Broadway, he was in The Tempest with Patrick Stewart and the Tony-nominated London Assurance. Off-Broadway, Wilson worked at The Public Theater and Playwrights Horizons and performed regularly at The Arena Stage and The Guthrie and with the touring repertory theater The Acting Company. The comedy show he created, The New Bonanza, had a successful off-Broadway run at The Cherry Lane and later played in Los Angeles at The Hudson Guild and The Tiffany. Most recently, Wilson performed the critically acclaimed one-person monologue Thom Pain (based on nothing) at The Geffen.

Wilson founded the YouTube channel Soul Pancake, which has over 1.7 million subscribers. In 2015, he published his memoir, The Bassoon King: My Life in Art, Faith, and Idiocy.

KENNETH MIYCHELL― KolKenneth Mitchell's talents have been utilized in some of television's most premiere dramas, including a starring role as Eric Green in the iconic series Jericho on CBS. Also, Mitchell portrayed the Mercury Seven astronaut Deke Slayton on the ABC series The Astronaut Wives Club. His many recurring roles include playing Deacon Joe Hurley on The CW's Frequency, Detective Matthews on ABC's Notorious, and Wes Gable on the ABC Family drama Switched at Birth. Mitchell has made distinctive guest appearances on shows including Code Black, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Cyber, CSI: Miami, Without a Trace, Major Crimes, Grey's Anatomy, Criminal Minds, Private Practice, Castle, The Mentalist, Grimm, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, Bones, Hawaii 5-0, and Ghost Whisperer.

Born in Toronto, Canada, Mitchell landed his first major role in the Showtime movie Charms for the Easy Life, co-starring alongside Gena Rowlands. This led to two leading roles in the Showtime series Odyssey 5 and Leap Years.

In 2004, Mitchell received strong recognition for his starring role as Ralph Cox in the classic Disney sports film, Miracle, opposite Kurt Russell and directed by Gavin O'Connor. Also, Mitchell has lent his leading talents to films such as Touchstone Pictures' The Recruit, with Al Pacino and directed by Roger Donaldson, the independent features Blood Honey and Tennis, Anyone?, as well as the television features Iron Road, Tasmanian Devil, and Home of the Giants.

Currently, Mitchell resides in Studio City, California, with his wife, Susan May Pratt, and two children, Lilah and Kallum.


WILSON CRUZ ― Dr. Hugh Culber
Wilson Cruz, originally from New York, stars at Dr. Hugh Culber in the upcoming CBS All Access series Star Trek: Discovery. His career has spanned TV, film, and theater, including his role as Angel in the Broadway production of Rent. In addition to Star Trek: Discovery, Cruz will also be returning to the highly acclaimed Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why, playing the Baker family's attorney, Dennis Vasquez. Recently, Cruz starred alongside Alan Cumming in the drama feature After Louie.

Early in his career, Cruz won the hearts of audiences playing Rickie Vasquez on ABC's My So-Called Life. It was the first openly gay teen role to air on network primetime television. On the frontlines of LGBT advocacy, Cruz recently served as the Director of Entertainment Industry Partnerships and as National Spokesperson for GLAAD, the nation’s leading LGBT media advocacy organization.


LOS ANGELES – July 2, 2018 – CBS Television Studios and CBS All Access invite “Star Trek” fans from around the world to join them in a celebration of over 50 years of “Star Trek” and the upcoming second season of STAR TREK: DISCOVERY with a lineup of events, activations, merchandise exclusives and a panel, all taking placeJuly 19-22 at Comic-Con International in San Diego, Calif.

“STAR TREK: DISCOVERY” PANEL, FRIDAY, JULY 20, 1:30 PM, HALL H
Over 50 years ago, the world was first introduced to what would quickly become a cultural phenomenon. “Star Trek” inspired developments in science and technology, broke social barriers, and transported viewers around the globe to new adventures and uncharted frontiers. Last fall, STAR TREK: DISCOVERY continued that tradition and followed the voyages of Starfleet aboard the U.S.S. Discovery. Join the cast and producers of this CBS All Access series to look back on season one and find out where the crew is headed as it transports into its second season.

Cast members scheduled to appear include Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Shazad Latif, Mary Wiseman, Anthony Rapp, Wilson Cruz, Mary Chieffo and Anson Mount, alongside executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Heather Kadin. The panel will be moderated by series guest star Tig Notaro, who will appear as Chief Engineer Reno. Friday, July 20, 1:30 PM; Hall H.



“STAR TREK: DISCOVERY” MIRROR UNIVERSE GALLERY TAKEOVER
CBS is creating a fully immersive STAR TREK: DISCOVERY Mirror Universe experience at the Michael J. Wolf Fine Arts Gallery (363 Fifth Avenue, San Diego); Comic-Con badges are not required for entry. The exhibit, scheduled to run fromThursday, July 19 through Sunday, July 22, features a photo opportunity with Emperor Georgiou’s Throne and showcases props and costumes from the series’ Terran Empire. The gallery will also house an official “Star Trek” shop with Comic-Con exclusives.

EXHIBIT HOURS
Thursday 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Friday 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Saturday 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Sunday 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM


Fans Invited to Take a Ride in a Pedicab
Inspired by the Captain’s Chair on the U.S.S. Discovery

PEDICAB PROMOTION

From Thursday, July 19 through Sunday, July 22, CBS will offer free “intergalactic” rides throughout San Diego’s Gaslamp District in pedicabs inspired by the design of the U.S.S. Discovery’s captain’s chair. The pedicabs will feature the chair’s distinctive stitched black seats as well as video monitors built into its armrests, which will screen trailers for the highly anticipated second season. As an added touch, each vehicle will display an illuminated U.S.S. Discovery delta shield on the back.

ABOUTSTAR TREK: DISCOVERY
STAR TREK: DISCOVERY follows the voyages of Starfleet on their missions to discover new worlds and new life forms, and one Starfleet officer who must learn that to truly understand all things alien, you must first understand yourself. The series features a new ship and new characters while embracing the same ideology and hope for the future that inspired a generation of dreamers and doers. The first season is now available on CBS All Access, CBS Network’s digital subscription video on demand and live streaming service, and is distributed concurrently by CBS Studios International on Netflix in 188 countries and in Canada on Bell Media’s Space channel and OTT service CraveTV.

ABOUT CBS ALL ACCESS
CBS All Access is CBS’ digital subscription video on-demand and live streaming service. In addition to its original series, which include STAR TREK: DISCOVERY, THE GOOD FIGHT, STRANGE ANGEL and NO ACTIVITY, CBS All Access gives CBS fans the ability to watch more than 10,000 episodes on demand – spanning current shows from primetime, daytime and late night, as well as past seasons of select series and classic TV hits – and stream their local CBS station live. CBS All Accessis currently available online at CBS.com, on mobile devices via the CBS App for iOS, Android and Windows 10, and on Roku Players, Apple TV, Chromecast, Android TV, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Fire TV, Samsung Smart TVs and Amazon Channels. For more details on CBS All Access, please visit:
https://www.cbs.com/all-access/
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Laurie Forest Author Interview


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Laurie Forest lives deep in the backwoods of Vermont where she sits in front of a wood stove drinking strong tea and dreaming up tales full of dryads, dragons and wands. The Black Witch (Book 1.0, The Black Witch Chronicles – OUT NOW) & Wandfasted (Book 0.5, The Black Witch Chronicles Prequel) are her first published novels. Coming in 2018 are Light Mage (Book 1.5, The Black Witch Chronicles) & The Iron Flower(Book 2.0, The Black Witch Chronicles). She is currently ensconced in the woods, hard at work on The Shadow Dryad (Book 3.0, The Black Witch Chronicles).

        
  


What advice would you give to someone who wanted to have a life in writing?
Write every day. Even if you aren’t inspired. One of my favorite quotes is “The muse can’t resist a working writer.” – Ray Bradbury - And I think that’s true. The other advice would be to find a great writing space. Like being surrounded by spooky Vermont woods in November. Or in a Scottish castle by a stormy sea. Preferably with a sea monster in the distance.

What were your inspirations for the character development?
Movies! And other fantasy books. Mostly books.

Was there a particular event or time that you recognized that writing was not just a hobby.
A few days ago, I think, lol. When signing over 250Black Witch Chronicles books at Book Expo America in NYC. I had a moment where I thought to myself – “omg, I’m an author”. Actually, I don’t think it’s fully hit me yet that I’m an author person.

What was your unforgettable moment while writing THE BLACK WITCH?
Getting the initial idea for the series. Which is the ending of the second book in the series, The Iron Flower. That’s what got the whole story going – and I just couldn’t stop writing it. It’s like the story took hold of me and wouldn’t let go.

Are there authors that you’re excited to engage/work with?
VERY excited to be getting to know Julie Kagawa, an fantasy author in my imprint. Her upcoming SHADOW OF THE FOX is one of my new favorite fantasy novels (about a teenaged girl who is a fox shapeshifter!). It’s also been pure magic to have been in contact with favorite authors Tamora Pierce and Robin Hobb (who both blurbed my book) – a real dream come true.

What part of Elloren did you enjoy writing the most?
The love triangle!

What book would you recommend for others to read?
SHADOW OF THE FOX by Julie Kagawa – I love it so much!

What was the most surprising thing you learned in creating Carnissa?
The writing the evil villainess is incredibly fun, lol. I got to write a scene with Carnissa in Wandfasted (prequel to The Black Witch) astride a dragon, leading a dragon army, and that was over-the-top enjoyable.

What are some of your current and future projects that you can share with us?
I’m currently immersed in Book 3.0 of my series – with the working title The Shadow Dryad (probably subject to change). I’m going for a lot more action in this one (and battles) so it’s a new challenge and something completely different (lots of monstrous creatures too). And I have a goal to double the amount of kissing/romance in each book ;) We’ll see if I can meet that goal…

If you could introduce one of your characters to any character from another book, who would it be and why?
Dragons into Pride & Prejudice. To eat Wickham. Because dragons really need to eat Wickham.

Have you ever been really really freaked out by something on the internet? If so, what?
Hmm. The internet. What could possibly ever be there that would freak anyone out? No, not particularly ;)

If you could be born into history as any famous person who would it be and why?
A British royal – for the corgis and the tea and the gardens and the awesome hats.

What would I find in your refrigerator right now?
Ingredients for dryad potions (and way too much hummus, to the point of being ridiculous).

What were you doing at midnight last night?
Witchy stuff ;)

If you had to go back in time and change one thing, if you HAD to, even if you had “no regrets” what would it be?
I’d start reading and writing fantasy a whole lot sooner. Because this has been the most magical, interesting thing I’ve ever done – and I have met some pretty epic people as a result of jumping in and writing a book.

Last Halloween Costume you wore and when?It wasn’t for Halloween, but this past weekend I dressed like my books for Book Expo America and Book Con. For two days I went as The Iron Flower with a blue Ironflower dress, earrings, tattoos and blue streaks in my hair. For one day I went as The Black Witch, all in black, with black dragon earrings and clothing. So fun.

TEN REASON TO READ THE BLACK WITCH
  • Dragons (every book should have a dragon with no exceptions)
  • Epic Love Triangle! (no, really ;)
  • There is progressively more kissing as the series goes on
  • A magical university based on Oxford (which begs to be made into a magical university)
  • Dryad tree magic
  • Did I mention the epic love triangle? And about a million side love stories, lol.
  • People with wings (which is always cool)
  • Werewolves (called “Lupines” in my world) 
  • A pretty evil shadow lord (he even scares me)
  • You will never guess where I am going with this series (or if you do, you’ll be the first ;)

A new Black Witch will rise…her powers vast beyond imagining.

Elloren Gardner is the granddaughter of the last prophesied Black Witch, Carnissa Gardner, who drove back the enemy forces and saved the Gardnerian people during the Realm War. But while she is the absolute spitting image of her famous grandmother, Elloren is utterly devoid of power in a society that prizes magical ability above all else.

When she is granted the opportunity to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming an apothecary, Elloren joins her brothers at the prestigious Verpax University to embrace a destiny of her own, free from the shadow of her grandmother’s legacy. But she soon realizes that the university, which admits all manner of people—including the fire-wielding, winged Icarals, the sworn enemies of all Gardnerians—is a treacherous place for the granddaughter of the Black Witch.

As evil looms on the horizon and the pressure to live up to her heritage builds, everything Elloren thought she knew will be challenged and torn away. Her best hope of survival may be among the most unlikely band of misfits…if only she can find the courage to trust those she’s been taught to hate and fear.

Praise for THE BLACK WITCH

ABA Indiebound – Summer 2017 Kids' Indie Next List Pick

"This briskly paced, tightly plotted novel enacts the transformative power of education, creating engaging characters set in a rich alternative universe with a complicated history that can help us better understand our own. A massive page-turner that leaves readers longing for more." 
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Forest uses a richly imagined magical world to offer an uncompromising condemnation of prejudice and injustice." Booklist, starred review

"Exquisite character work, an elaborate mythology, and a spectacularly rendered universe make this a noteworthy debut, which argues passionately against fascism and xenophobia. Publishers Weekly, starred review

"I absolutely loved The Black Witch and will have a very hard time waiting for the second book! Maximum suspense, unusual magic--a whole new, thrilling approach to fantasy!" Tamora Pierce, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"The Black Witch is a refreshing, powerful young adult fantasy. This strong debut offers an uncompromising glimpse of world-altering politics amplified by a magical setting in which prejudice and discrimination cut both ways." Robin Hobb, New York Times bestselling author

"We fell under the spell of this rich, diverse, Potter-worthy university world!<Br>Characters that come alive off the page, tangled relationships, swoonworthy romance!<Br>Love the fresh way this also tackles prejudice. Prepare to fangirl!" Justine magazine

"A powerful start to a new series, and a very impressive first novel." Locus

You can purchase The Black Witch at the following Retailers:
        

And now, The Giveaways.
Thank you LAURIE FOREST for making this giveaway possible.
1 Winner will receive a Copy of The Black Witch (The Black Witch Chronicles #1) by Laurie Forest. 

*JBN is not responsible for Lost or Damaged Books in your Nerdy Mail Box*
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SDCC - Legendary Comics - Lost in Space: Countdown to Danger



LEGENDARY COMICS ANNOUNCES NEW GRAPHIC NOVEL SERIES
LOST IN SPACE: COUNTDOWN TO DANGER

The Official Four-Part Comic Book Expansion of the Hit Netflix Original Series to Hit Stores in October 2018

Legendary Comics & Television Crash Land at SDCC with

Special Comics Panel, as well as “Lost in Space” Free Fan Installation,

Saturday Night Intergalactic Dance Party, and more

LOS ANGELES, July 16, 2018 – The smash-hit rebirth of the beloved sci-fi classic “Lost in Space,” recently Emmy®-nominated for Outstanding Special Visual Effects, is set to continue in a thrilling four-part graphic novel expansion by Legendary Comics. The new comic series will invite fans to dive deeper into the backstories of their favorite heroic characters and will take the Jupiter 2 where it has never been before. Penned by writer Richard Dinnick (Doctor Who; Thunderbirds) and Brian Buccellato (Detective Comics; The Flash) with stunning artwork by Zid (Skull Island: Birth of Kong; Trick ‘r Treat: Days of the Dead), LOST IN SPACE: COUNTDOWN TO DANGER will feature all-new, untold adventures of the full crew of the hit Netflix Original show—including the Robinsons, Robot, Doctor Smith and Don West.

“At Legendary Comics, we love the new television series, so we couldn’t be more excited to expand the world of show with previously untold comic book adventures,” said Robert Napton, Senior Vice President of Legendary Comics. “There are some surprises in store we think fans will love.”


"What is exciting about comic books is that they are not limited by budget—only by the imagination,” said Executive Producers Kevin Burns and Jon Jashni. “This ‘Lost in Space’ comic is no exception. Legendary Comics has outdone themselves this time."



Thirty years in the future, en route to a distant colony, the Robinson family finds itself thrown off-course when their ship crash-lands on a mysterious and dangerous planet. On this strange new world, they encounter a hostile environment and an enigmatic alien robot. In order to survive, the Robinson family must rely on their training, and they’ll discover that no matter how lost they are, their family is their home. The new graphic series offers readers the chance to explore new missions, not aired on television, as our heroes struggle to survive in an unknown world full of new creatures, unexpected visitors, and new danger.

The first volume of the four-part series will be available in October 2018 online and in retail stores, with the subsequent volumes throughout 2019. 
A preview of Volume One recounting a mission featuring Penny.


Fans attending Comic-Con International: San Diego are invited to get a sneak peek at LOST IN SPACE: COUNTDOWN TO DANGER at the Legendary Comics panel on Friday night featuring “Lost in Space” comic scribe Richard Dinnick, as well as participate in other “Lost in Space” activities happening throughout the weekend.

JOIN LEGENDARY COMICS & LEGENDARY TELEVISION AT COMIC-CON
Legendary Comics, 2018 and Beyond Panel
Friday, July 20 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Location: 29AB
Legendary Comics’ Robert Napton will be joined by a cast of special guests, who will share secrets about their upcoming comic releases, including the just-announced LOST IN SPACE: COUNTDOWN TO DANGER, the comic continuation of the hit television series; John Barrowman, Carole Barrowman and Erika Lewis’ original series ACURSIAN; Richard Dinnick’s new series ROB; Jessica Chabot and Erika Lewis’ FIREBRAND season two; the latest on MONSTERVERSE; and a few more surprises!

Legendary Television’s “Robo Romance”
Thursday, July 19 – Sunday, July 22 from 10:00am – 6:00pm daily
Location: Nerdist House at Sparks Gallery, 530 Sixth Ave.
Legendary Television, in partnership with Legendary Digital Network’s Nerdist, will present “Robo Romance,” a free-to-fans interactive photo installation with ROBOT—who, following season one, found itself at the center of a collective internet crush by series viewers. Participants can customize the setting of their photo meet up with “Robot,” including a special romantic background for enamored fans. Free “Lost in Space” giveaways will also be offered daily. Free and open to public.

Nerdist House: Ignacio Serricchio (“Don West”) Signing
Friday, July 20 at 5:00pm
Location: Nerdist House at Sparks Gallery, 530 Sixth Ave. Free and open to public.

Legendary Television’s “Robo Rhythm” Intergalactic Dance Party (Invite-only)
Friday, July 20 from 10:00pm – 1:00am
Location: Oxford Social Club, 435 Fifth Ave.
Legendary Television hosts “Robo Rhythm,” an invite-only intergalactic dance party at the Oxford Social Club. Guests are invited to enjoy cocktails at the open bar featuring Don West smuggled booze, while dancing to a one-night-only special guest DJ set by “Robot.”

Nerdist House: Live Interview with Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless (Writers/Executive Producers)
Saturday, July 21 at 2:15pm
Location: Nerdist House at Sparks Gallery, 530 Sixth Ave. Free and open to public.
Legendary Television is currently in pre-production on the second season of “Lost in Space,” the Netflix Original series based on Irwin Allen’s classic 1960’s science fiction series starring Molly Parker (“House of Cards”), Toby Stephens (“Black Sails”) and Parker Posey (CafĂ© Society). In this modern update, the science fiction show follows the Robinson family as they fight against all odds to survive after crash landing on an alien planet and finding themselves surrounded by hidden dangers.

ABOUT LEGENDARY ENTERTAINMENT
Legendary Entertainment is a leading media company with film (Legendary Pictures), television and digital (Legendary Television and Digital Media) and comics (Legendary Comics) divisions dedicated to owning, producing and delivering content to worldwide audiences. Legendary has built a library of marquee media properties and has established itself as a trusted brand which consistently delivers high-quality, commercial entertainment including some of the world's most popular intellectual property. In aggregate, Legendary Pictures-associated productions have realized grosses of more than $15 billion worldwide at the box office. To learn more visit:www.legendary.com
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