Sunday, July 31, 2011
The film sees Johnny Blaze, aka Ghost Rider (Cage), hiding out in remote Eastern Europe and struggling to repress his curse. Blaze is recruited by a sect to take on the devil (Ciaran Hinds), who wants to take over his mortal son’s body on the kid’s birthday.
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance opens on February 17, 2012.
Friday, July 29, 2011
Sideshow Collectibles is proud to bring you this fantastic new addition to Pop Culture Shock Collectibles' offerings - Lion-O from the Thundercats animated series. The Lion-O Statue - Sideshow Exclusive Edition features light-up eyes and sword detail. This mixed media statue stands an imposing 32 inches high and is expertly cast in high-quality polystone, then dressed in real fabric clothing. Each figure includes a signed certificate of authenticity.
Notes on Photography: The objective wasn't to just show off Lion-O, as you've seen plenty of pics of him at this point. We wanted to really reveal all the sculptural details. Lion-O was shot in fairly direct sunlight, which washes the color a bit but provides for a little drama with shadows and light fall. Still, the colors are very true to what you would see with the naked eye in sunlight. Also note this was the piece closest to finished on hand, as Lion-O hasn't actually shipped yet, so very minor details will be tighter on the finished pieces (like the symbol on the sword.)
For a whole pile of Lion-O pics, click HERE to hit the Flickr!
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Day 1: Preview Night - For me this is preview afternoon into evening. My plane touched down at 11:30 and by 12:30 I was in the show ready to run through it like a psychopath with an R2-D2 Droid camera phone at the ready. The objective is to give you at home an overview of the show, reveal new movie posters, booth displays and then hunt down the coolest toys as a sneak preview of what's to come, coverage wise. Responses to my flurry of tweets ranged from Brian of Horror Movie A Day telling me he is unfollowing me til after the show is done with to requests for pics of Minimates and Marvel figures. I was working my typing thumbs and hunting down things to shoot so fast I was covered in sweat. KW of Dread Central said he was waiting for my little (twitter) bird to off himself to avoid further torture. As it was, I had to reload several posts as there would always be two birds loading and two birds who died in transit, represented by upside down birds as if they'd keeled over from the stress. All this tweeting and picture taking is done in a sort of video game setting with fork lifts going forward and back, whipping around corners and beeping frantically at those walking by in a daze. Its a wonder that no one gets knocked on their ass at the very least. Highlights of my shooting include the giant alien device of "Men in Black 3", the "Ghostrider 2" bike, hunting down evidence of Conan's new project "The Flaming C", NECA's Evil Dead 2 figures, Diamond Select's "Alice: The Madness Returns" video game action figure line and an excellent Mohawk Storm statue at Sideshow! The day of shooting ends abruptly around 6, shortly after the throng of exclusives hunters hit the show floor. I'm off to an Activision preview event to meet up with the Dread Central crew, Joe Lynch of the new movie "Knights of Badassdom" (which seems to be about larping and demons!!) and a little console time with Prototype 2 and Spider-Man: Edge of Time which look mind blowing, as you would expect!
Day 2: I was going to run over to the show before it opened to get in some quality time with the little plastic people, but not having slept the night before had taken its toll and at the very least, I needed a full 6 hours rest and some time to post the awesome things I shot the day before. This meant my day would begin off-site at the Pacific Gasslamp to meet up with the actors and creator of the indie film hit "Bellflower", a story of bromance, failed romance and a car called Medusa, built to survive the oncoming apocalypse. It seemed I was the first to arrive as all the doors were locked and two of the actors were waiting outside. When we finally entered we were greeted with a 2 flight walk up; a special torture first thing in the morning. As I caught my breathe and looked out over the balcony I was joined by Jessie Wiseman who plays Millie in the film. We shared a moment of mutual revulsion at the creepiness of the ultra realistic Smurfs in the film to come. It was the texture of their skin that bothered her the most. I suspected they would be sticky to the touch and maybe secrete an enzyme that puts the victim in a hallucinatory state so they can eat him while still alive. I'd definitely watch that movie. I do hope Neil Patrick Harris doesn't get eaten though. The interview itself flew by with topics ranging from the drama of Shakespeare to the question of whose actor hair would win in a fight and then the obvious conversation closer...Robocop. Look for that vid as soon as I'm not hopped up on Dayquil to fight off my post SDCC plague!
I had a bit of time between gigs and running back to the show seemed futile, so I decided to hunt down some food when amid a crowd of fans came the beating of drums and from their center, a unicorn head popped up! This was revealed to be Lady Rainicorn from Cartoon Network's "Adventure Time", whom I followed to a pizza place decked out with AT trappings. I was given a coin for a free piece of pizza and soda and joined the fans on line to enter. Even in the heat and intense sun, this group never hesitated to sing their favorite songs from the show and express their undying love for Beemo (the sentient video game console). When we finally got in..a little scorched by the sun..we all got the foods promised and a little stuffed Jake with an SDCC 2011 stamped on his butt. Oh yea..and the pizza was goooood. Oddly my young line partners were adverse to sitting directly on the pavement across the street, opting for hovering above it in a sort of "cat ready to pounce pose" or maybe "monkeys grooming each other". I asked what germs they feared they might pick up from over touching of their butts, which launched into a conversation of causes for touching one's own but. Sometimes, you are just too damn sexy for your own good.
After some toy interviewing and more pictures where ever I could squeeze in on the show floor, I had to head out to a "Final Destination 5" happy hour and 3D film preview. When I asked a security person where petco park was, they pointed waaaaay off into the distance. With a sigh, I was off. This would be a re-occurring theme of the show, having to run from one end to another in 10 minute's time. After the third time, you don't care that you look like a sweaty mess when you arrive. The "Final Destination 5" footage was beautiful and gut wrenching all at once; like a series of Wile E Coyote calamities taking place as a suspension bridge crumbles, sending its living contents to their doom. This is the most excellent use of 3D in a horror movie that I've seen in a very long time. You may find yourself ducking to avoid the flying guts! I met up with Arlen Escarpeta (who enjoys a particularly juicy demise in this scene) to shoot the shit and had to bum him out by saying there were no new Ninja Turtles things to check out on the floor of the show. Major downer when we don't have any TMNT to look forward to. I'd also promised producer Craig Perry that I would catch up with him after seeing the fottage but my time was short so this one is for you Craig. HOLY SHIT!! I think that says it all. I was also briefly interviewed by Spike TV so let me know if you see me on there! The hostess seemed convinced I would relish the idea of being bathed in blood so we had a bit of a debate on the topic.
Next stop was the FEARnet party and sneak preview of their newest shows "Psychovlle" and "Todd and the Book of Pure Evil". "Psychoville" looks exceptionally fun with the sensibilities of UK hit Little Brittain and a story that seems to revolve around a sadistic party clown who seems confused that the parents who hire him don't want him to use the hooks and saws as part of his act. Go figure. After agreeing that we need to book an interview with Rob Lowe, the new master of horror, we were off to our own Dread Central/Magnet party! We did a quick red carpet with the creators and actors of "Tucker and Dale VS Evil" which stars Tyler Labine and Alan Tudyk (Wash from Firefly!) in a tale of two friends trying to decompress at their woodland vacation home when they are set upon by over-privileged teens who think T&D are the a-typical horror movie rednecks and proceed to off themselves while trying to battle them. It's hysterical and wrong in all the right ways. There were several celebs hitting the carpet that night including the boys from the "Falling Skies" TV series and Stephen Lunsford of "Private Practice" and the upcoming film "Beneath the Darkness". In the spirit of SDCC, Stephen showed up dressed as Nathan Drake from Uncharted! We also caught up with Rob Hall, creator of "Chrome Skull: Laid to Rest 2". The sequel looks to be more viscious and blood soaked than the first instalment! My apologies to Rob that I couldn't see it AT SDCC, but watching movies while at the show just assures me a place to nod off half way through. At SDCC, If I'm not running or drinking, I'm sleeping. I can't help it. Lights go off, my brain says sleep mode.
I'm going to split this into 2 parts so it's not too incredibly long...and so I can get back to posting all the coverage I shot and recorded at the show! Stay tuned for more.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Pop Culture Shock has made a name for themselves with their Darkstalkers™ and ThunderCats statue lines, distributed through Sideshow Collectibles and Diamond Distribution. The Mortal Kombat fighters are the perfect addition to this ever-growing collectibles universe offering highly detailed sculpting and meticulous painting which captures every determined scowl and evil grin to perfection.
“Having spent many years bringing the world warriors of Street Fighter to sculptural life, I'm extremely excited to add the unstoppable Mortal Kombat fighters to the Pop Culture Shock Collectibles lineup,” stated Jerry Macaluso, President and Founder of Pop Culture Shock Collectibles. “The Mortal Kombat video game series presents the player with a diverse collection of complex warriors each as unique as they are deadly. It is every artist's dream to tackle a license like this and create sculptures so real you think they might attack!"
Pop Culture Shock Collectibles' first sculpture for their Mortal Kombat line will be SCORPION, a collectible so jam-packed with detail, a true fan's only response will be "GET OVER HERE!" SCORPION makes his debut wearing his costume from the latest Mortal Kombat video game, developed by NetherRealm Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, and is posed mid-action with his spear atop a glow-in-the-dark base riddled with the remains of fallen enemies. The Sideshow Collectibles exclusive version will come packed with a bonus piece - Scorpion's true skeletal head!
Scorpion will make his first appearance in the Sideshow Collectibles Booth (#1929) at San Diego Comic-Con this July 20-24 and will be available for pre-order at Sideshowtoy.com , Tuesday July 19th !
Keep watching for more info as it develops at http://www.
Exactly 1 day away from the biggest geek show on the planet. San Diego Comic Con draws people of all ages, from all walks of life and varying degrees of body stink all under one roof to partake of free swag, meet celebs, watch movies before anyone else, buy exclusive collectibles....OOH YEA..AND THERE ARE SOME COMIC BOOKS THERE TOO!! Since this show is such a beast, this year Emilie Noetzel (all pro photographer) and myself (Paul Nomad) are teaming up with the crew of the SS. Mighty Mighty Cool Toy Review! Now you know how ADD prone I am, so while you will be getting updates here and especially on the Flickr, the bulk of the images and info will be hitting Cool Toy Review first...mainly because they are flesh eating pirate robots that don't need sleep..or free drinks.. like I do...so check their site as often as you need your SDCC fix throughout the show. Also, make sure you are following me on TWITTER for live updates from the show floor whenever I see something awesome or meet a celeb who feels like flipping me the bird. I'm also on FACEBOOK if you are not twitterfied yet.
Monday, July 18, 2011
BIG Chief Studios are proud to preview the final approved 1:6 scale portrait of the Eleventh Doctor, played by Matt Smith, from the flagship BBC TV series Doctor Who.
The highly authentic sculpt captures the Doctor in a pensive moment in the most minute detail. Each hand-painted head features subtle skin tones, highly realistic eyes and life-like hair.
I think I speak for everyone when I say.....wow. For those worried they will find it hard to find these excellent UK created plastics, I mentioned previously it is very likely Sideshow will pick up the ball here and run with it. In fact, I'd be shocked all to hell if they didn't! Keep watching for more news as it drops.
Fans of Cartoon Network's Adventure Time heading to San Diego Comic-Con this weekend will be able to pick up the first items from the upcoming toyline from Jazwares before they launch at Toys"R"Us next month! The ADVENTURE TIME COLLECTOR PACK FINN AND JAKE two-figure set will be available for sale for a crisp $10 bill at the Entertainment Earth booth (#2343) at this year's annual fanfest. Annnnnnnndddddddd, to sweeten the deal even more, series creator Pendleton Ward will be on hand at the booth for a two hour signing on Saturday from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm.
Cartoon Network Enterprises (CNE) announced a partnership with Jazwares (some weeks back if u were paying attention) to create a full line of toys based on the quirky and loveable characters from the series including Jake the dog, Finn the human, Princess Bubblegum, The Ice King and many others. Available at Toys“R”Us retailers in the U.S. and Canada starting this fall, the Adventure Time toy line will be comprised of a wide range of characters and SKUs sure to satisfy the needs of even the most discerning fans.
As master toy partner for Adventure Time, Jazwares has worked closely with show creators and CNE’s internal design team to capture the unique look and feel of the series and will introduce a line of highly-inspired product in to the toy category later this year. Highlights from the toy line include: 2” collectible figure packs featuring some of the show’s most popular characters, 5” pose-able action figures of Finn, Jake and the Ice King, assorted basic and signature plush – even some that talk, grow-able Finns and Jakes and a 24” role play sword. Put them all together and you have the most outrageous line up of Adventure Time toys that you could ask for.
"Cartoon Network is redefining the animated comedy genre led by shows like Adventure Time that fuse great stories told by characters with heart and an endearing voice," said Pete Yoder, vice president, consumer products North America for CNE. "Partnering with the talented team at Jazwares, we have captured the unique humor that has made Adventure Time so successful and translated it into a toy line that will amuse and engage fans of all ages."
“Jazwares is thrilled to partner with Cartoon Network on the Adventure Time toy line,” said Laura Zebersky, executive vice president of sales for Jazwares. “It has been a great experience working closely with the creators of the show to launch a line that brings the unique and quirky characters of Adventure Time to life.”
In addition to the full toy line launching this fall, fans should stay tuned for a Comic-con exclusive item that will help promote the toy line to the legions of fan boys who descend on San Diego each July.
Adventure Time is produced in partnership with Frederator Studios with Fred Seibert serving as an executive producer. Teeming with imposing mountains, lush green plains, accessible forests, ubiquitous prairies and winding rivers, the Land of Ooo is filled with bizarre characters in need of unique assistance. Whether it’s saving Princess Bubblegum, defeating zombie candy, mocking the “oxy-moronic” Ice King, or rocking out with undead music wiz Marceline the Vampire Queen, with Finn & Jake it’s always Adventure Time.
Since its debut on Cartoon Network in April 2010, the Adventure Time animated series has emerged as a a Cartoon Network fan favorite across both adults and kids. The series’ first season was watched by more than 37 million people according to Nielsen Media Research, and new fans have continued to join on as new episodes from the second season currently air on Cartoon Network on Monday nights at 8:00 p.m. (ET, PT).
Dale Dabone and his awesome 70’s hair plays the frustrated scientist Banner, seeking to tap into the heights of human potential. He has lost his lady love in a car accident and blames himself for not having the strength to save her. Now he spends his days examining people who have exhibited super human strength to overcome their own potential tragedy. Of course, these examinations are highly scientific and involve video interviews with a young woman and a jive talkin’ character I believe is named “Mr. Jacks” (as he calls himself in the 3rd person) as they reminisce about how they were double or triple teamed right before the incident. Stand out moments in these scenes include the woman’s boyfriend who turns the tables on the conventions of porn and leaves HIS dress shoes on while fucking (just like the ladies) and Mr. Jacks giving his explanations of his sexcapades, tho it doesn’t seem like he’s keeping in character while the actual scene is playing out. The director should have screamed “Make it FUNKIER”…but I suppose you then run the risk of your porn actors taking that too literally and then you’ve got Mr.Jackson, 3 girls and a cup.
This exploration of the depths of the human body (see what I did there?) goes on for TWO HOURS. Lovely scientist Dr Elaina Marks (Lily LaBeau) assists the good doctor with his search for the elusive elements while secretly pining away for the doctor’s mighty test tube. Meanwhile, Jack McGee (played by excellent character/porn actor Randy Spears) sneaks around the lab demanding to know what diabolical experiments are going on in there. Mind you, save for that bit of hamming by Mr. Jacks, this is all played DEADLY SERIOUS. It seems the film makers wanted to mirror the drama from the show exactly. Well, congrats. Mischief managed. This is very one note and sort of a debby downer (cept for the uber sex, of course) for TWO HOURS…and no Hulk yet.
Now we figure out why this is a 2 disk set. Popping in the second disk reveals this wasn’t a cliff hanger! Yaaay. Banner gets into the radiation pod, juices himself and before long, we’ve got HULK!! To their credit, the film makers put in bits with the mid-transformation look where ever they could. After rampaging through lesbian camp grounds, Dr. Banner reveals his new alter ego to Elaina. Bowm Chica. She likes him when he’s angry. Lee Stone steps in complete with hulk wig, giant eyebrows, full body green spray and shredded pants he wont’ be needing for long. He’s fucking hysterical and never drops character. NEVER. Only Elaina knows how to calm the savage beast and suffice to say, her lipstick will be green in a moment. As I watched, I couldn’t help thinking that they could have dipped his wee wee in green food coloring so it would keep the color. THAT’S AUTHENTICITY RGHT THERE!! I suppose there’s no way of telling how long the green junk would remain though, and they crank out porn movies every 3 hours out there, so all is forgiven. At any rate, without giving up the rest of the plot (snicker), Hulk is born, McGee is determined to demonize him and Dr. Elaina is caught in the middle of it all. As is often my complaint of main stream movies, this one lacks a central bad guy to add another dimension to the story, but again, it seems they were making a carbon copy of the original TV series which only had human thug baddies, so there you go. Mr. McGee and his camera is all we get.
If you can find hilarity in Dale Dabone’s dead on, straight faced mimic of Bill Bixby, Randy Spears hardcore determined sneer of Jack McGee, and of course, Lee Stone growling his way through his hulkified sex scenes, then with a drink or two, you’ve got a party. (Unintentional hilarity note: When Hulk does Elaina from behind, her butt gets green. HA!) Of course if you’re partying with drinks, 4 hours of porn won’t hurt either. Beyond that, it’s FOUR HOURS of PORN, and for someone watching the scenes in between more intently than the ins n outs, it can get a bit old. Honorable mention for Katie St Ives who made the most of one funny as all hell sex scene involving an exploration of the extents of frustration. She’s adorable.
EXTRAS! First off, scene selection takes on a whole new meaning on this dvd. You can select a specific scene and pinpoint the exact sex act you’d like to play over and over. In the behind the scenes bits, we spend time with Dale talking about his love of character acting, Lily cracking the extras camera guy up and the pitfalls of what seemed to actually be a food colored penis. THEY DID DO IT! Newfound respect. Unfortunately for Lily, the food coloring is no fun on the hands, teeth, lips or tongue. So… good idea…bad idea. There’s everything here from spray painting a naked dude to tossing a truck off a road. It’s super long. There’s a behind the scenes photo gallery and a photo gallery of in scene stills presented in slideshow fashion, made unintentionally funny when set to the beautiful strains of the Hulk theme knock off. It’s like..aww..they are 69’ing. So dramatic. Disk two contains a bonus scene of Superman and Lois Lane getting it on in Superman XXX. More bang for your buck is an understatement.
All in all, this latest hero spoof is a mixed bag. On one hand, the tone of the movie is extremely dramatic, which I suppose is not what the common geek is looking for in spoof porn. On the other hand, there are still moments of hilarity to be had when everyone is the straight man in situations that are beyond ridiculous. Add to that the ability for most actors to remain uber-in character during their sex scenes and you’ve got plenty to smile about…and not in that Chester the Molester way. Hulk XXX is an epic film at 4 hours running time, but if you already get the joke going in, you’ll brag that you own it to everyone you know.
Friday, July 15, 2011
To sum up, this was the perfect way to end a fantastic series of films. A packed theater with enthusiastic, cheering fans is the best way to reinvigorate a grouchy mother fucker like me who dreads watching a movie with a normal evening crowd. Thanks to team Harry for creating years of beautiful movie magic, and to the fans at the Hazlet Multiplex for making me laugh for an entire night.