Stalking: 48 Hours Investigates!

Stalking is not something that only happens to celebrities – though it may have taken the murder of singer Christina Grimmie to call attention to how serious it can be.

NCIS star Pauley Perrette has been stalked for more than a decade but police have been less than helpful, ‘I was told by a police officer once that I should have stayed and let my stalker break my arms so then they would have something to prosecute,’ Perrette tells 48 Hours’ Erin Moriarty.

That’s why she has been working to change stalking laws that she says are ‘are outdated or ineffective,’ in Stalked, a two-hour 48 Hours special to be broadcast Saturday, Feb. 25 (9:00-11:00 PM ET/PT) on CBS.

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“Moonlight” co-editor Joi McMillon: the first African-American woman to be recognized by the Academy for editing

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When the 89th Oscars® nominations were announced, there was more than a few “firsts” for “Moonlight” which received eight nods including Film Editing for Joi McMillon and Nat Sanders.

This makes “Moonlight” co-editor Joi McMillon the first African-American woman to be recognized by the Academy for editing and director Barry Jenkins only the fourth African-American to be nominated for Best Director (John Singleton, Lee Daniels and Steve McQueen were prior nominees).

McMillon began her career working on Frankie Shaw’s breakout short film “SMILF,” which garnered Sundance’s 2015 US Short Jury Prize and is being adapted into a television pilot for Showtime. Her recent editing credits include season five of Lena Dunham’s HBO series “Girls,” Carson Mell’s “Another Evil” (SXSW 2016), and Janicza Bravo’s upcoming feature film “Lemon.”

“Moonlight” marks McMillon’s second collaboration with Jenkins; they first worked together in 2011 on the short film “Chlorophyl.”

Oscar® nominated film editor Joi McMillion has a deep, earthy and infectious laugh — and she laughs a lot. Which means that I laughed, a lot during the interview. Here’s what the jovial nominee had to say about style and what makes her beautiful.

Q: When did you know what you really wanted to do for a living?

Joi McMillon: During High School, I went on a career day field trip to NBC-Universal and during the tour, we watched an editor for “Animal Planet,” who was working on an Avid. In the tutorial, he showed a clip of a person throwing a Frisbee and a dog, catching it…. Then he changed [the frisbee] into a ball. I thought that was one of the coolest thing that I had ever seen. I went home and begin looking up [information] on film schools because I knew, then, that I wanted to be an editor.

Q: What is the best advice that you received and what was the worst advice that you received?

JM: That is really hard ([aughing.] My best advice is to never give up on your dreams even though there are obstacles and challenges in your life because that’s exactly what I did and how I ended up here. The worst advice, is that a friend [once] advised that I tell a guy exactly what I feel about him. That did not go very well [laughing hard.] That was the worse advice. Keep it to yourself, that’s the lesson that I learned.

Q: What is the core of good storytelling?

JM: Truthfulness because it does not matter what world we are entering or what type of story that you are trying to tell if it’s grounded in honesty and truth. I feel that the audience will be on board with you go wherever you want to take them.

Q: Whose work has influenced you and why?

JM: I feel that I’ve been [creatively] influenced by a lot of people. Growing up in a very Christian family, a lot of the movies we grew up watching were Disney [films]. When I got to film school was I was exposed to all of these other films that I had not seen which my parents had protected me from. But when I got to film school, I experienced films like “Three Colors Blue” directed by Krzysztof Kie?lowski; “Requiem for a Dream” by Darren Aronofsky and “Amélie” directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Obviously these films were, to me, so unique in the way they decided to tell these stories; they weren’t your typical story telling format.

They definitely caught my eye and I loved how there are multiple ways to tell a story, you don’t have to stick to just a traditional narrative. And those are usually the type of stories that I gravitate to like “Moonlight.” I just worked on a film called “Lemon” and these films are so refreshing because these directors are offering me new approaches to filmmaking and I think a lot of the audiences are exited by these films because they are asking you to think “outside the box” and experience this world in a whole new perspective.

Q: Who are your style icons?

JM: I love [the look of] Jackie O., Barbara Gilbert in “Funny Girl” and of course there is Iman. Can I be all three?

Q: What would people be surprised to find in your closet; and hat makes you beautiful?

JM: I would say what makes me beautiful is my spirit [laughter]. The energy that shines because, I feel that a lot of times people think that outward appearances are going to save you but if you have a good personality, a good spirit people are going to gravitate toward you, no matter what.

Q: Finish this sentence….”What I love about being an African-American woman is…?”

JM: Sometimes to be noticed you have to be extraordinary.

UK’s 2000 AD Celebrates 40th Anniversary!

Cover art for 2000 AD: 40th Anniversary Special – courtesy of 2000 Ad

2000 Ad is 40 today – that’s forty years of continuous weekly publication!

The UK’s most popular comic, 2000 AD has introduced such legendary characters as Judge Dredd, Strontium Dog and Halo Jones – and such legendary creators as Alan Moore, Brian Bolland, Dave Gibbons, Grant Morrison, Mark Millar, and Simon Bisley.

It has inspired the likes of filmmakers  Duncan Jones, Edgar Wright, Christopher Nolan, Joe Cornish, and Alex Garland; actors Simon Pegg and Karl Urban, and writers from Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett to Alistair Reynolds an Lauren Beukes.

To mark the occasion, a special 40th anniversary issue has been released that features work by many of the all-star talents the comic has introduced to the world.

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Riggs and Murtaugh Rock On! Lethal Weapon Renewed!

LETHAL WEAPON: Pictured L-R: Johnathan Fernandez, Clayne Crawford and Damon Wayans  CR: Richard Foreman/FOX

One of the most delightful surprises of the 2016-17 season has been the development of the TV adaptation of Lethal Weapon. Clayne Crawford’s Riggs and Damon Wayans’ Murtaugh have captured the spirit of their big screen counterparts and the show’s writing has given them a solid platform to work from.

That’s paid off in solid ratings and a second season for the rookie cop show – as FOX announced its renewal today.

Plus, there’s a new episode tonight (blurb follows…).

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Killing Themselves To Get In Trailer: The Discovery!

A recent discovery has proven the existence of an afterlife. Now people are killing themselves to get in.

The new trailer for The Discovery highlights the ethical problems caused by the discovery and shows its impact on the world.

The Discovery stars Robert Redford, Rooney Mara, Jason Segel, Riley Keough and Jesse Plemons. It premieres on Netflix on March 31st.

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Final 89th Academy Awards Predictions, Suicide Squad 2, The Great Wall Reviewed

On this week’s episode of GeekScholars Movie News, the hosts reveal their picks to win the biggest categories at the 89th Annual Academy Awards! Before that, however, the team plays a round of Never Tell Me the Odds with the rumors that Mel Gibson may direct Suicide Squad 2, Ridley Scott may direct The Batman, and if Arnold Schwarzenegger will pop up in the sequel The Predator.

After all of that, GeekScholars Fox and Chris review The Great Wall with surprising positivity!


Meet the Man with the Iron Fist!

Marvel’s Iron Fist — Finn Jones as Danny Rand — Photo courtesy of Netflix

Most non-comics fans have no idea who Danny Rand/Iron Fist, but Netflix has taken a few moments to introduce everyone to the character in a new video, quaintly entitled, I Am Danny Rand. It’s a pretty good overview.

Marvel’s Iron Fist premieres on March 17th.

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The Expendables In a 4K Combo Pack

I have a nice 4K Oled TV and just purchased the new Sony UHD Player so I’m always on the lookout for new 4K content. The problem is most 4K UHD Movies are outrageously expensive at $30.00. Prices are slowly dropping. The Expendables 1 and 2 UHD Combo Pack will be on 4K, March 2nd for a more reasonable $22.00.

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Will Eisner Celebrated with Month-Long Exhibition at the Society of Illustrators!

Will Eisner The Centennial Celebration exhibition catalogue. Courtesy of Dark Horse/Kitchen Sink Press

The work of Will Eisner – whose newspaper series The Spirit has influenced and inspired generations of artists – will be celebrated in a month-long exhibition at New York City’s Society of Illustrators from March 1st to June 3rd, 2017.

The exhibition will be curated by Denis Kitchen and John Lind and will feature over 150 pieces by Eisner.

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Beauty and the Beast Worldwide Press Tour Begins in Paris!

Beauty and the Beast: Special Shoot on the terrace of Belle Étoile, in Paris Alan Menken (composer), Bill Codon (director) and the film’s stars Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Josh Gad, Luke Evans & Alexis Loizon . Photo courtesy of Disney.

The press tour for Walt Disney Studios’ live-action adaptation its animated classic, Beauty and the Beast, gets underway today in Paris – fitting, as France is where the story originated.

To mark the occasion, Disney has released a clip from film, introducing Emma Watson’s Belle.

Beauty and the Beast premieres on March 17th.

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Visit the Real La La Land Cafe!

I love a bit of innovative marketing and corporate synergy as much as the next person. In celebration of this year’s award season, Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood will spotlight Lionsgate’s Oscar nominated film, La La Land, as a limited addition to the tour. From Feb. 18 to March 6, 2017, guests can find themselves in a scene from the film as they step onto the ‘Café Sur Le Lot,’ coffee shop set, which has been carefully reconstructed. I’m actually going to be in LA next month for Wondercon and can’t wait to see this in person.

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