Thursday, October 31, 2013
Joining Chris Pratt in the voice cast for The LEGO Movie are Will Ferrell (The Campaign, Anchorman: The Legend Continues), Morgan Freeman (The Dark Knight Rises, Oblivion), Liam Neeson (Battleship, Taken 2), Will Arnett (Arrested Development, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Elizabeth Banks (30 Rock, The Hunger Games), Nick Offerman (21 Jump Street, Parks and Recreation), Charlie Day (Monsters University, Pacific Rim) and Alison Brie (Community, Mad Men). Hit the jump for the new trailer!
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
To celebrate the launch of this epic sequel of Thor, Hot Toys is proud to present the new 1/6th scale Thor Collectible Figure. The movie-accurate collectible is specially crafted based on the image of Chris Hemsworth as Thor in the movie, featuring the newly developed head sculpt, muscular body, highly detailed costume, weapon and accessories.
Hot Toys – MMS224 – Thor: The Dark World: 1/6th scale Thor Collectible Figure Specification
~ Movie Masterpiece Series ~
By Andrew O’Brien
Some say the spy thriller is a thing of the past, or at least it’s slowly dying as time goes on. Some of that is right. The “spy” has become somewhat irrelevant after the Cold War because the world’s standard on “bad guys” has lost a nation behind them, so there’s no established structure to infiltrate and spy on. Also, they are not as well funded as the spies of the Cold War era and can’t afford fancy gadgets and gizmos. For the last 20 years, the spy thriller genre has done two things to prevent its own demise. They’ve either kept their stories contained in the 40+ years where their genre thrived or (for the ones that couldn’t do that) have created fictional groups with more established structures for their spies to infiltrate. (Or just turned Russia into North Korea.) These methods have worked, but only to a point since the further we get away from the Cold War the less Russian villains even matter. They just don’t have the staying power of the dreaded Nazi, but soon the Nazi’s standard as the overall bad guy will probably fade too. The second method just doesn’t hold the same real-world gravitas since there really is no Hydra or AIM, so the threat is not as large as the Soviets. So, after saying all that, does Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting’s Velvet embrace the first or second method to try and bring back the spy thriller? And does it work?
Monday, October 28, 2013
Welcome to Call of Duty: Ghosts, an extraordinary step forward for one of the largest entertainment franchises of all-time. This new chapter in the Call of Duty franchise features a fresh dynamic where players are on the side of a crippled nation fighting not for freedom, or liberty, but simply to survive.
Since 2009, Slender Man’s internet debut, the mythos and canon around the persona has grown exponentially, spiraling off into fan fiction (creepypasta), video series and countless still images. Now, the ultimate immersive experience is available through the only official Slender Man game, with new content to discover and a new servant of Slender Man – Charlie – a young boy, now a lost soul, who exists solely for the sadistic pleasure of The Operator. As players explore, they can find new clues and information about Charlie’s past and how he came to be under the control of this ominous force. In addition, Blue Isle Studios has revamped the ending to provide a more robust experience for players who will have access to a suite of new Steam features. Online leaderboards, stat tracking, achievements, cloud saves, trading cards and full controller support for gamepads are all built into the game.
Poser 2014 is the latest software release of the infamous 3D modeling and animation program most elusive to freelance designers. Everyone in animation has revered Poser as one of the top animation programs for its great ability to create the best computer generated looking people, and yet barely any of us have the finances to use it (I did say “freelance”, right?). Now that I’ve used the program, I can see why. Its layout is similar to most other open source animation platforms with a customizable main screen, but with tools that are different than most programs I am familiar with. Given its ability to manipulate the Z-Axis, they create more options for altering different spaces. As opposed to memorizing a lot of key shortcuts (and there are a lot), they have it as part of their tools on the left hand side. They’ve put a lot of attention and care into creating very recognizable shapes for each tool, making it incredibly easy to pick up.
Friday, October 25, 2013
If I had a nickel for every time I've heard "What Does The Fox Say" and wished Morgan Freeman would read the lyrics to me before bed...well...I'd have a shit load of nickels. I'm just going to leave this right here...
Thursday, October 24, 2013
BBC AMERICA announced today two special theatrical screening events of Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary special, Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor, in RealD™ 3D on November 23 and 25, 2013.
In association with AMC Entertainment Inc., Cinemark Holdings, Inc., and Regal Entertainment Group, BBC AMERICA makes history by honoring eleven Doctors on Saturday, November 23 with a global simulcast 3D screening event in eleven cities at the same time the 75-minute Anniversary special premieres on BBC AMERICA and across the globe. Tickets for the Saturday, November 23 screenings will go on sale October 25, 2013 at 9:00am EST for theater locations* in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Seattle, Washington DC, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta and Minneapolis. Tickets may be purchased at Cinemark.com and Fandango.com.
Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers will be produced by Nerima-ku, Tokyo-based Toei Animation Co., Ltd., which has produced multiple successful animated series for kids in Japan. Taito-ku, Tokyo-based Bandai Co., Ltd., which has a highly successful track record with major titles, will be responsible for character merchandising. The three companies will collaborate in creating a fully localized Japanese series as well as providing a lineup of attractive products and merchandise targeting the boys market.
On Saturday October 12th, 2013, my trusted friend and co-photographer Nicole Marrokal and I made the drive to Burbank for 2 days of monster fun at Son of Monsterpalooza. Having a 6 hours class (yes a single class for 6 hours) on the Friday, we could not come up from San Diego for all 3 days of the show. Google mapping lead us to discover the way to Malibu and how much we are in need of a beach vacation, but that would have to wait. After some recalculating, we made it to Burbank with a short detour and delay to join the rest of freaks and geeks at the Burbank Marriott.
Friday, October 18, 2013
Jedi News gets the scoop on Disney's lineup of multi media projects for Star Wars for the next two years, as found in a brochure handed out at the European Brand Licensing Show. Alongside the hotly anticipated, anxiety making, geek madening Star Wars Episode VII, you'll find some new LEGO video game bits, mentions of the new Rebels animated series premiere and the Phineas and Ferb Star Wars special...and my favorite...DARTH VADER THEMED TV SPECIALS!!! I hope they turn Vader into a Martha Stewart-like character who entertains Jedi younglings with scientific experiments aided by the force and..you know..a holiday crafting special. He's a natural.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
For those of you who get angry at the characters who go skinny dipping in the supposedly cursed lake where 25 campers were beheaded...who scream at the screen when folks think it's a good idea to run off in opposite directions from the single supernatural slasher...who beat their head against the closest wooden surface when the overly brainy girl starts reading Latin passages out of a book with eyes, teeth and fresh, dripping blood...FROM A BOOK....this one's for you.
This year’s celebrity guests include Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger of Nightmare on Elm Street), Robert Patrick (Terminator 2, X-Files), Gunnar Hansen (Texas Chainsaw Massacre), Michael Rooker, Scott Wilson, Lew Temple and IronE Singleton (of The Walking Dead), cast and crew from Sharknado, the cast of Holliston and many more!
From the creative minds of Zack Snyder (Man of Steel) and Bruce Timm (Superman: The Animated Series) and produced by Warner Bros. Animation, this short follows Superman through the years, from his first appearance on the cover of Action Comics #1 to Henry Cavill in this year's Man of Steel...all in two minutes! Believe it or not, it's all in there...old school animated Supes, the Super Pets, a giant rampaging Jimmy Olsen, silly looking classic Brainiac, an animated classic Christopher Reeves Superman, a quick nod to the Timm animated series and a quicker toe to toe with Doomsday, Superman's black interpretive dance costume complete with 90's hair, splitting into Superman Blue and Red and on into the new 52 where his lil red shorts disappear. There's so much to love here, I can see die hard fans watching this video over and over. Enjoy!!
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
By Andrew O’Brien
October 12th- No sleep issues today. Just got up and got out, ready to hit the Con on its busiest day. Saturday is a great day for NYCC, but I warn you.. don’t make it your only day. Saturday is usually the day with the most essential panels and the dealers seem to have the most swag, but it comes with a price. No.. not one of money, but one of room. On Friday and Sunday one could travel from one end of the show floor to the other in... I’d say about 20 minutes if you don’t mind bumping into a couple people and squeezing through some tight spaces. On Saturday, though, it could take you 45 minutes to an hour to make it across the floor because you don’t actually do much walking. It's more like shuffling. If you don’t mind large crowds and tight spaces by all means just go Saturday; the best cosplayers usually come out (and boy did Idle Hands get some great pictures of them), and did I mention the panels? The comics world came in full force with panels ranging from Inhumanity to Vertigo to the New 52, but only one panel shined as the most essential panel for me this year.
Saturday, October 12, 2013
“In Buffy, Season 10 is going to be about bringing friendships back together, while in Angel and Faith, relationships are shattered. Magic is starting to come back into the world, but in some surprising ways, like that vampire we saw standing in the sunlight at the end of Season 9,” says Editor in Chief Scott Allie.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 is slated for 30 issues, written by Christos Gage and illustrated by Rebekah Issacs, with covers by long time series artist, Steve Morris.
“The Buffyverse community has been wonderfully welcoming to Rebekah and me. It's a tremendous honor for Joss and Dark Horse to trust us with their flagship book, and we are going to do all we can to be worthy of that trust. It's a new season, with new rules...but hopefully the same blend of love, action, horror, humor and creativity that's made Buffy and her Scoobies part of all our families. We hope you'll join us for the ride,” states Christos Gage.
NYCC ‘13 Floor Journal Part 1
By Andrew O’Brien
Friday October 11th- I awoke for my first day of New York Comic Con after only three hours of sleep, alert and ready for…well.. actually grumpy and wanting to go back to bed. But the clock was ticking and I had to make that (for no good reason) 11 o’clock in the morning Amazing X-Men panel. By the time I arrived in Penn Station, nerds had fully infested the city like a zombie plague, and yes, there were even some zombies. So I did what I always do (and if it’s your first time this is a helpful hint), I followed the nerds to the Javitz Center. It’s a short walk and if the weather is bearable, there’s no reason to pay for a cab or wait for the shuttle. I arrived at the Javitz Center, spent probably around 10 minutes looking for the panel room (since they like to shuffle the landscape around randomly) and was ready to..wait in line for like ...45 minutes. But then it was panel time.
Friday, October 11, 2013
When we hit New York Comic Con..or any other con, we put together an awesome team and hit it hard...and then at night...we find an awesome party and hit it hard...so please excuse the lack of hourly updates. WE CRAVE FUN. If you're a regular, you know this is not the place for up to the minute coverage, but I think we deliver the goods. We did manage to work a fan favorite property into our shoots yesterday and thought we might throw all that eye candy at you this morning. It seems Dark Horse knows your love for Game of Thrones has not diminished and is sending out more excellent collectibles for your medieval-y shelf space into 2014.
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
With one week til the opening of the Carrie remake, super pranksters Thinkmodo took to the streets of New York City...and rigged a coffee shop for destruction. MIND EXPLODEY DESTRUCTION!! I don't know about you but if this had happened in Brooklyn when I was growing up, someone would have decked the poor girl. We all knew about mutants...and you gotta knock those suckers out fast. I'll also add, if friends of mine had rigged this, the dude's head would have went kaplooey and those coffee shop patrons would be scarred for life right now. Hit play and prepare to laugh your ass off. Suffice to say, if you are supposed to be working, you'll have to do this all ninja like...or just call everyone over and disrupt business for 5 minutes. Your call.
Carrie opens October 18th!
Carrie opens October 18th!
Activision Publishing, Inc., brings the world of Skylands to life for one special day in Times Square to celebrate the upcoming launch of Skylanders SWAP Force. The makers of the Skylanders® franchise -- one of the world’s most successful video game franchises1 -- is inviting fans to experience the world of Skylands during the “SWAPtoberfest” event.
Kids who visit Times Square on SWAPtober 10th can participate in the “SWAPtoberfest” themed activities. Select Skylanders costumed characters will attend and Skylanders-branded prizes will be given away (while supplies last) at the event to fans. Portal Masters will also have the opportunity to win a Skylanders SWAP Force Starter Pack, as well as play the game in advance of its official launch.
Mezco's 1st series of Axe Cop action figures doesn't hit stores until 2014, but you can get a special Axe Cop early, only at New York Comic Con (booth 1855) and MezcoToyz.com.
This is the first time a test shot has ever been released from the Mezco Axe Cop line of figures.
This 4inch scale Axe Cop figure is a limited edition of 500. He is comes packaged in a poly bag with an information card. As a test shot, he is unpainted and presented in his glorious raw plastic form.
PANELS, SCREENINGS & AUTOGRAPH SIGNING SCHEDULE (by day)
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10
Screening: 6:15 PM – Empire Stage 1-E
Step into the future with a special screening of the highly anticipated action drama from J.J. Abrams and J.H. Wyman. ALMOST HUMAN, premiering Monday, Nov. 4 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX, takes place approximately 30 years in the future – when being a cop has only become a more dangerous job than it is today. Following an unprecedented increase in the crime rate, every police officer must partner with an android. The series will follow the week-to-week missions of John Kennex (Karl Urban), a detective and sole survivor of a devastating police ambush, and his robot partner, Dorian (Michael Ealy), as this buddy-cop duo solve cases and fight to keep the lid on dangerously evolved criminals in this futuristic landscape.
As you can tell by the Halloween Comicfest logo, DST plans to have the set in comic shops in time to celebrate Comicfest 2013, which will happen at participating stores on October 31st. Along with the packaging shots, you can also check out a tray shot, which shows off the sets various accessories, including flight stands, a rock base, a Goblin Glider, Magnetos hair, various weapons, removable guts and an alternate Zombie Norman Osborn head. Visit halloweencomicfest.com to find a participating retailer near you, and reserve your set today!
Monday, October 7, 2013
Smithsonian Channel is the exclusive U.S. television home to chronicle the behind-the-scenes story of the worlds first real Bionic Man; a 6-foot-tall robot built entirely from bionic body parts and implantable synthetic organs complete with a functioning circulatory system. The result of billions of dollars of research and featuring components borrowed from some of the world's leading laboratories, THE INCREDIBLE BIONIC MAN shows how far we have come in efforts to simulate the human body. A new one-hour documentary about the ambitious project premieres on Smithsonian Channel on Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
Blu-ray™ and Blu-ray 3D™ Combo Packs, DVD and Digital HD including UltraViolet™ on December 10, 2013, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. The film will also be available on Digital HD November 26, 2013, just in time for families to watch on the go as they gear up for holiday travel. In addition to more than 45 minutes of hilarious and insightful bonus features, Blu-ray Combo Packs will include, from the makers of Despicable Me, three all-new mini-movies starring the film series’ breakout stars, the mischievous but lovable Minions. For a sneak peek of these mini-movies, and other great weekly offers from Despicable Me 2, call Gru at **DM2 (**362) from your mobile phone.*
Tommy Yune – Robotech Creative Director
Bob Koplar – Vice President, World Events Productions
Kevin McKeever – Vice President of Marketing for Robotech
Joseph Rybandt – Senior Editor, Dynamite Comics
Dr. Who takes over in the October issue of PREVIEWS featuring the exclusive plush version of the Doctor’s favorite companion, K-9. The dogbot from Underground Toys, can be pre-ordered now at your local comic book specialty shop, and is scheduled to release in early November, 2013.
The PREVIEWS Exclusive Doctor Who K9 Medium Talking Plush (Item Code: OCT132032, SRP: $29.99) is a “retro futuristic” robotic canine from the year 5,000 in a perfectly huggable size. The gray plush embodies the look and feel of the famous canine friend of the Fourth Doctor, offering phrases such as, "Affirmative," "Affirmative master," and "Maximum defense mode!"
“Since K-9 is both a classic and current Doctor Who character, it made sense for us to look at making product focusing on him,” said Robyn Cowling, Licensing Director for Underground Toys. “With his quick wit and iconic phrases, he’s the perfect choice for our talking plush range. The feedback online has been great so far so it looks like we made the right decision and he’s sure to be a hit with Doctor Who fans young and old.”
The Doctor Who K9 plush is featured in the October PREVIEWS catalog on page 452, and can be pre-ordered at your local comic book shop. Find a comic shop at www.comicshoplocator.com and add this exclusive pooch to your Doctor Who collection.
…and now for something completely different...
Expect the unexpected at NYCC this week, like these two new KOZIK limited edition exclusive t-shirts...that's right, original designs by the one and only Frank Kozik.
Outsmart Originals is grabbing on to this opportunity to release some unique and different designs by the Smorkin' Artist that are a must for Kozik collectors. From the Dead Cosmonaut (who will be joined by fellow explorers in the future) to the Day of the Dead Animal series starting with Los Gatos. Each shirt is screen printed on ultra cotton tees for both men and women and includes a sleeve screen as well - two great October themes from one great artist - these limited t-shirts are now available now and can be ordered online or picked up at the outsmart originals Booth #208 during NYCC.
Here is a list of items that will be for sale:
Rocket Raccoon Plush by Just Play with Limited Edition Skottie Young Lithograph – Take home your very own cuddly, plush Guardian of the Galaxy. Just don’t call him cuddly to his face. Each awesome plush also includes a limited edition lithograph illustrated by Skottie Young! (Limited to 1000 pieces): $34.99
Saturday, October 5, 2013
WHO: “The Walking Dead: A Decade of Dead;” a full schedule of events and entertainment celebrating the 10 year anniversary of “The Walking Dead” property created by Robert Kirkman, during the 2013 New York Comic Con.
WHAT: An art showcase, curated by Sina Grace, former Editorial Director at Skybound Comics, featuring rare artwork, famed illustrations and a signing by Artist Charlie Adlard. Limited edition prints exclusive to the gallery will be distributed to gallery guests daily.