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DC Comics Preview: Icon vs. Hardware #1

David Brooke | AIPT Comics

Icon vs. Hardware – ‘Worlds Collide’ When two of the Dakotaverse’s core superheroes clash in a new five-issue limited series.

Two titans of the Milestone Universe clash — and in the process, set in motion a chain of events leading to a story bigger than you could ever imagine! When Hardware discovers a long-suppressed time machine hidden in a government warehouse, his obsession with righting the wrongs of the past — those of both American history and his own tragic family — will unravel the fabric of time for the Milestone Universe. But while there are many problems with Hardware’s plan, there’s one big one: wherever he goes in America’s last two centuries, Icon is there, having lived through it! And a man as powerful as Icon knows the profound danger of the forces Curtis Metcalf is unleashing…and he’ll do whatever it takes to put the genie back in the bottle!

Icon Vs Hardware is the official kickoff of Act One of Milestone’s WORLDS COLLIDE event—and if you think you know what that phrase means, you’d better not get overconfident! This is the ideal jumping-on point for those who’ve sat out the story of Dakota so far, because this ride is headed somewhere unexpected!

Icon vs. Hardware #1

Writers: Leon Chills and Reggie Hudlin
Artist: Denys Cowan
Cover: Canaan White and Chris Sotomayor
Homage Cover: Denys Cowan
Release Date: February 14, 2023

For more on Icon vs. Hardware, read the press release below:

Eagle-eyed DC fans that picked up Icon & Rocket: Season One and Milestones In History got the first hint that a clash between two of the Dakotaverse’s heavyweights was just a matter of time. Round one of that showdown begins on Tuesday, February 14 with Icon vs. Hardware #1, and DC’s got your first look at final covers and some great interior artwork!

To learn more about the world outside of Dakota and prepare her for her role in running the world when he returns to Terminus, Augustus Freeman, a.k.a. Icon, sends Rocket (Raquel Ervin) to an exclusive boarding school, where she meets new friends and has her “mean girls” suspicions quickly confirmed. Meanwhile, Hardware, armed with a time machine created by inventor Benjamin Banneker, plans to go back in time to prevent The Big Bang from ever happening, with absolutely no concerns about how his actions will impact the time stream. Along the way, Hardware uncovers secrets about himself and the Metcalf family, and his actions will undoubtedly put him on a collision course with Icon in the present day. 

Icon Vs Hardware is the official kickoff of Act One of Milestone’s WORLDS COLLIDE event—and if you think you know what that phrase means, think again! This is the ideal jumping-on point for those who’ve sat out the story of Dakota thus far, because this ride is headed somewhere completely unexpected! 

This five issue series reunites icon & Rocket: Season One co-writers Leon Chills and Reggie Hudlin, and artist and Milestone co-founder Denys Cowan, and the debut issue also features the DC debut of artist Yasmin Flores Montanez from The Milestone Initiative. Issue #1 features a main cover by Rahzzah, with the main variant cover by Canaan White and Chris Sotomayor, plus a 1 in 25 ratio variant “homage” cover by Denys Cowan.

For the latest details on DC and Milestone, visit the DC website at www.dc.com, and follow @DCComics and @thedcnation on social media. The DC UNIVERSE INFINITE digital subscription platform includes an incredible selection of DC and Milestone titles, including the original runs of Static, Static Shock, Icon, Hardware, and Blood Syndicate, plus the complete runs of Static: Season One, Icon & Rocket: Season One, and Blood Syndicate: Season One. For more information and a free trial, check out the website at www.dcuniverseinfinite.com. DC UNIVERSE INFINITE is not available in all countries and not intended for children.

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Tracee Ellis Ross To Star Opposite Eddie Murphy In ‘Candy Cane Lane’ Holiday Comedy For Prime Video

Jordan Simon | Shadow & Act

Tracee Ellis Ross has been tapped to star opposite Eddie Murphy in the upcoming Prime Video holiday comedy film, Candy Cane Lane.

The film is written by Kelly Younger, inspired by his own childhood holiday experiences. The film is directed by Reginald Hudlin.

The project marks a reunion for Hudlin and Murphy, as the former directed the latter in the 90s cult classic, Boomerang. 

Plot details are being kept under wraps for the holiday comedy, which is filming in Los Angeles and a part of the California Film & Television Tax Credit Program. Candy Cane Lane first film falling under Murphy’s three-picture and first-look film deal with Amazon Studios.

“The holiday season is my favorite time of year—just ask my family about my nine-hour Christmas playlist!” said Hudlin in a statement in a previous statement. “I‘m excited to be working again with Eddie Murphy, Brian Grazer, and Amazon.”

Candy Cane Lane will be produced by  Murphy and Charisse Hewitt-Webster under Eddie Murphy Productions and Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer and Karen Lunder.

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Robin Thede, Nick Offerman and Chris Redd Join Eddie Murphy’s ‘Candy Cane Lane’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Genneya Walton, Madison Thomas and Thaddeus J. Mixson have also signed on for the Prime Video holiday comedy
Angelique Jackson | Variety

An all-star ensemble is quickly taking shape for Eddie Murphy’s “Candy Cane Lane,” with six more players joining the cast.

Comedy veterans Robin Thede (“A Black Lady Sketch Show”), Nick Offerman (“Parks & Recreation,” “The Last of Us”) and Chris Redd (“Saturday Night Live,” “Bust Down”), plus rising talents Genneya Walton (“#BlackAF,” “The Resident”), Madison Thomas (“9-1-1”) and Thaddeus J. Mixson (“Reasonable Doubt,” “Creed III”) have signed onto the holiday movie alongside Murphy, Tracee Ellis Ross and Jillian Bell.

Candy Cane Lane” is directed by Reginald Hudlin, who reunites with Murphy and producer Brian Grazer following their 1992 hit rom-com “Boomerang.”

While the movie boasts an impressive comedic pedigree, few details have been revealed about its plot. The screenplay comes from Kelly Younger, inspired by his own childhood holiday experiences. The movie is set to stream on Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide as the first in Murphy’s three-picture, first-look deal with Amazon Studios.

Thede is best known for creating HBO’s Emmy-winning sketch comedy series “A Black Lady Sketch Show,” for which she also serves as showrunner, executive producer, writer and star. In 2022, the critically acclaimed series was renewed for a fourth season and Thede inked a multi-year overall deal with HBO, HBO Max and Warner Bros. The five-time Emmy nominee also has ties to Amazon Studios, where her upcoming horror-comedy “Killing It” is in development.

After seven seasons on NBC’s “Parks & Recreation,” Offerman has most recently starred in Hulu’s “Pam & Tommy,” Fox’s “The Great North,” FX’s “Devs,” Prime Video’s “A League of Their Own” and NBC’s “Making It,” where he serves as both co-host and executive producer. He’ll next be seen in HBO’s “The Last of Us.” Also a humorist, woodworker and five-time New York Times bestselling author, Offerman’s latest book “Where the Deer and the Antelope Play” was published in 2021.

Redd is the co-creator, writer and star of Peacock’s “Bust Down,” following a five-season stint on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” where he won an Emmy for outstanding original music and lyrics. Redd’s first one-hour comedy special “Why am I Like This?” debuted on HBO Max in November.

Walton’s budding television career includes credits as a series regular on Netflix’s “#BlackAF” and “Project MC2,” as well as Fox’s “The Resident,” plus a role in “Darby and the Dead” on Hulu. She’ll next be seen on the final season of Netflix’s “Never Have I Ever” as well as in the upcoming indie film “Flycatcher.”

Meanwhile, Thomas is best known for her work on the FOX series “9-1-1” and “LA to Vegas,” as well as the Peacock television special “Would It Kill You to Laugh?” from John Early and Kate Berlant.

Mixson most recently appeared on Hulu’s “Reasonable Doubt,” as well as the Disney+ movie “Safety.” For 2021’s “South of Heaven,” Mixson was awarded the best young artist prize at the AFIN International Film Festival. He’ll next be seen in MGM’s “Creed III.”

Thede is represented by WME, ID and Johnson Shapiro Slewett & Kole; Offerman is repped by UTA; and Redd by Artists First, CAA, WME, Schreck Rose Dapello Adams Berlin & Dunham and imPRint.

Walton is represented by Artistic Endeavors, A3 Artists Agency and Del Shaw Moonves Tanaka Finkelstein Lezcano Bobb & Dang; Thomas is repped by Coast to Coast Talent Group, Brilliant Talent Management and attorney Carolyn Conrad; and Mixson by Bill Perlman and Darci Price of Foundation Media Partners and Paradigm Talent.

“Candy Cane Lane” is produced by Murphy and Charisse Hewitt-Webster for Eddie Murphy Productions’ alongside Imagine Entertainment’s Grazer and Karen Lunder. The project is currently filming in Los Angeles and a part of the California Film and Television Tax Credit Program.

In December, Amazon revealed that the movie would be the first to shoot on Stage 15, the studio’s new virtual production stage, which combines two former stages to accommodate an LED volume wall that is 80 feet in diameter and 26 feet tall and is composed of over 3,000 LED panels and 100 motion capture cameras. The company also announced the formation of the new Amazon Studios Virtual Production (ASVP) department.

“The ASVP team are terrific collaborators and I am delighted to utilize this new technology for ‘Candy Cane Lane,’” Hudlin stated in a press release. “Advances in production and our industry continue to astound me and the volume wall is an impressive innovation for our business. For a production like this, with such a large scope, it’s an invaluable storytelling tool.”

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Jillian Bell Joins Eddie Murphy, Tracee Ellis Ross In Prime Video’s Holiday Comedy ‘Candy Cane Lane’

By Matt Grobar | Deadline

EXCLUSIVEJillian Bell (Brittany Runs a Marathon) has been tapped to star alongside Eddie Murphy and Tracee Ellis Ross in the holiday comedy Candy Cane Lane, which Reginald Hudlin is directing for Amazon.

The plot of the film shooting in Los Angeles, as part of the California Film & Television Tax Credit Program, is under wraps. But its writer, Kelly Younger, based the script on his own childhood holiday experiences. Producers include Murphy and Charisse Hewitt-Webster for Eddie Murphy Productions, and Brian Grazer and Karen Lunder for Imagine Entertainment.

Candy Cane Lane is the first film being made under a three-picture and first-look film deal between Murphy and Amazon Studios and will ultimately stream on Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide. 

Bell is an Emmy-nominated actress, writer and producer who was previously in business with Prime Video as the exec producer and star of the acclaimed indie Brittany Runs a Marathon, which claimed the U.S. Dramatic Audience Award at Sundance before going on to earn Bell the Fairbanks Award at the San Diego Film Festival. Other notable film credits for her include Sword of TrustRough Night, Fist FightOffice Christmas PartyThe Night Before22 Jump Street and Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice and The Master, to name a few.

Bell co-created, wrote, produced and starred in Comedy Central’s Idiotsitter and has also been seen on such series as WorkaholicsEastbound & Down, PortlandiaPartners and Curb Your Enthusiasm, along with a wide assortment in the animated space. She most recently appeared alongside Parker Posey in the AMC anthology series Tales of the Walking Dead and starred opposite Natalie Morales in the Brandon Dermer-directed sci-fi dramedy I’m Totally Fine for Decal.

Other upcoming projects for Bell include Charlie Day’s directorial debut El Tonto, Netflix’s Murder Mystery 2, and the comedy Reunion with Billy Magnussen and Lil Rel Howery. She is represented by CAA, 3 Arts Entertainment, and Goodman, Genow, Schenkman.

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‘Ghosts’ Star Danielle Pinnock Latest To Board Prime Video Holiday Comedy ‘Candy Cane Lane’ With Eddie Murphy

By Matt Grobar | Deadline

EXCLUSIVEGhosts standout Danielle Pinnock has landed a supporting role alongside Eddie Murphy and Tracee Ellis Ross in the holiday comedy Candy Cane Lane from Prime Video.

Details as to the plot of the film, currently filming in Los Angeles as part of the California Film & Television Tax Credit Program, remain under wraps. But Reginald Hudlin is directing from a script by Kelly Younger, which the scribe based on his own childhood holiday experiences. Jillian Bell, Genneya Walton, Madison Thomas, Thaddeus J. Mixson, Nick Offerman, Robin Thede and Chris Redd will also star, as previously announced.

Murphy and Charisse Hewitt-Webster are producing for Eddie Murphy Productions, along with Brian Grazer and Karen Lunder for Imagine Entertainment. The first film to go into production under a three-picture and first-look film deal between Murphy and Amazon Studios, Candy Cane Lane will stream on Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide. 

Pinnock is best known for starring alongside Rose McIver, Utkarsh Ambudkar and more in the hit CBS sitcom Ghosts, one of broadcast TV’s top-rated comedies, which just yesterday was renewed for a third season. In the show from Joe Port and Joe Wiseman, based on the same-name 2019 BBC One series, the actress plays Alberta, a Prohibition-era lounge singer turned ghost who is trapped in a modern-day country estate recently inherited by two unexpecting new tenants. She earned a Hollywood Critics Association Award nom for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on the show earlier this year. 

Pinnock has also been seen on such series as Young Sheldon (CBS), A Black Lady Sketch Show (HBO), Get Shorty (Epix), Scandal (ABC) and This Is Us (NBC), along with a wide assortment in the animated arena. She teamed with Punam Patel to create an adult animated project titled Unmentionables, which is in development with Anthony Hemingway and Taraji P. Henson, and is also developing a pilot of her viral sketch series, Hastag Booked, co-created with LaNisa Renee Frederick (A Black Lady Sketch Show).

Pinnock is represented by CAA, Aligned Entertainment and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller.

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REGINALD HUDLIN’S 2022 TOP TEN LIST

Every year I make a list of the top ten things that happened to me. This isn’t just a brag list; it makes me access how many good things happened in a year.  It’s easy for all of us to forget, or discount, the blessings we have, whether they be personal or professional or just a wonderful moment worth remembering.  Every year I’ve done it, I realized the year was a lot better than I remembered. But this year was a real revelation to me. This may be one of my best years ever.    

1. MILESTONE GENERATIONS ON HBO MAX

I grew up loving comic books, they have shaped my life in many ways.  They helped build up my childhood vocabulary, they expanded my imagination and political awareness. I wanted to make comic books since I was a kid…I still have my rejection letter from Marvel from when I was in elementary school.

We are developing live action feature film version of STATIC as well as animated features and television series.  The process is slow, but we remain optimistic.  

But the most surprising event was the production of a feature documentary of the history of the company.  It’s an amazing story about a group of young Black men who started a business, made it, had it all fall apart, then got a second chance.  It’s on HBOMAX and a great watch! 

I’ve made documentaries, I’ve appeared as a talking head in documentaries, but this is the first time I’ve played one of the starring roles in one.  It felt good to tell the story of our efforts to restore this crucial Black institution to its former glory and continue its mission 

2. BLACK MOVIE SOUNDTRACK AT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL

After several years off because of Covid, and now working with a new team at The Hollywood Bowl, my celebration of Black Music and Black Movies is back with one of our best shows yet.  So many great performances, from Bebe Winans to Johnny Gill to Kid and Play…but Jennifer Holiday brought the house DOWN!  

3. THE DEBUT OF SIDNEY AT THE TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

I haven’t had a film of mine debut at a major film festival in a while so it felt very good to be in Toronto, ending a day of press interviews side by side with my producer Oprah Winfrey, then walk the Red Carpet, sign autographs, then enter a packed house to show SIDNEY.  There was applause, laughs, tears, then more applause when the film ended.

Now the film has gone on to win Best Biographical Documentary at the Critic’s Choice Awards and named one of the top five films of the year by the African American Film Critics Association and was given a special tribute at the Gotham Awards. 

4. PHAT TUESDAY

This is how crazy my year has been.  I had to look up to confirm that this three-part docuseries on the rise of Black comedy into the mainstream came out this year.  But when the New York Times said it was one of the best comedy events of 2022…man, that really felt great

5. HOUSE PARTY ADDED TO THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS FILM REGISTRY

This is one of the highest honors a filmmaker can receive. Look at the other films on the list – THE GODFATHER, GOODFELLAS, STAR WARS, CITIZEN KANE, CASABLANCA, HIGH NOON, NIGHT OF THE HUNTER, SPARTACUS, SINGING IN THE RAIN, THE SHINING, THE MATRIX…the list is long and awesome.  To be counted as a member of that list makes me so proud, and truly a part of this business, of this art form, that I have dedicated my life to.

6. THE 74TH EMMYS

It was a hard show to do.  We (the production team) try to never repeat ourselves with the Emmys, but this third time was tricky.  But we ended up making a show we liked and got a lot of love for.  Ratings not there, but last year we had a football lead-in, this year we went against football.  I keep getting emails from respected people in the biz who loved it.

7. THE START OF PRODUCTION FOR CANDY CANE LANE

30 years ago, Eddie Murphy and I teamed up to make BOOMERANG, which a lot of people think is one of the all-time great romantic comedies and is especially beloved in the Black community.  Now we team up again to make a new movie, CANDY CANE LANE.

CANDY CANE LANE is the kind of big fantasy movie I’ve been wanting to make my whole career.  The production design, the costumes, the music…I’m truly built for this.  And it shoots in Los Angeles, so I get to be home with my family every night!  What a blessing!

It’s also my second project for Amazon, following PHAT TUESDAY.  They have been great to work with.  They even asked me to cut the ribbon on their new volume soundstage, which we will be using for the film.

8. MY FAMILY

Reggie’s with his wife and kids

Finding the right college for your child is a nerve-wracking experience. But spending quality time with my daughter makes it all worthwhile.  It’s so great to see her learn and grow through the process.  I’ve learned a lot too, especially since I never toured schools when I was applying for college.  I don’t know what school she will attend, but I can promise whichever school she attends will be lucky to have her. 

My son Alexander is very private, which makes it hard for me to talk about his achievements.  But this year he built a computer, became a very good tennis player, and made some strong art.  He’s also a sensitive, empathetic person who is also great at expressing himself. 15 is a great year for him. 

Reggie’s Mother

At 92 my mother is still active on the internet, she’s beloved by all my friends.  I’m so grateful to have her.

9. MY WIFE THE MVP

Reggie’s wife Chrisette

People often ask me how I can be so productive.   That’s because my wife is an amazing partner who works as hard as I do.  Words cannot convey how amazing my wife is.  She is there for me personally and professionally, is an amazing mother to our children, is a loyal supporter to her friends and cares about making this country a better place.  Plus she is so very beautiful.  Thank God for her.

10. NEXT

Next year is already very full for me.  I’ll be shooting a major motion picture for release on Christmas of 2023.  I have a new documentary in the works.  There’s a series of books in the works to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Milestone Media. I have new deals for comic books, documentaries, and television shows.  

I want to thank my friends and family for their love and support. I want to thank all the talented people I collaborate with for their contributions.  I want to thank everyone who appreciates my work for their enthusiasm!

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