CA – Prince Zuko’s Tea Party

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Dante Basco, best known for his roles as Prince Zuko on Avatar: The Last Airbender and as Rufio in Hook, celebrates his birthday at Nirvana Tea & Herbs on Wednesday August 27th starting at 1:00 PM!

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Nirvana Tea & Herbs
1035 Gayley Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 208-7112

Scene and Reviewed: Transformers Cybertron: The Complete Series

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Transformers Cybertron: The Complete Series! Relive the Adventures of This Classic Animated TV Series in One Complete Set! Own This Collectible 7-DVD Set on August 5 2014 from Shout! Factory.

I have to admit, I was eagerly awaiting this series release from Shout! Factory. After reviewing the Armada and Energon series, the completionist in me was actually excited to see the arrival of this Transformers collection. Here is the scoop on Cybertron:

“This summer, relive some of the most astonishing classic action battles of ROBOTS IN DISGUISE and complete your home entertainment collection of the rare UNICRON Trilogy. In 2005, TRANSFORMERS fans were introduced to the animated series TRANSFORMERS CYBERTRON, the third installment of the rare UNICRON Trilogy–consisting of ARMADA, ENERGON and CYBERTRON. UNICRON has been defeated, but his destruction has created a black hole, which is threatening the AUTOBOTS’ home world of CYBERTRON. It’s up to OPTIMUS PRIME, his team of AUTOBOTS and their new human friends–Coby, Lori and Bud–to secure the four mystical Cyber Planet Keys, in order to destroy the black hole. Unfortunately, MEGATRON and the DECEPTICONS are always lurking. And if the Cyber Planet Keys fall into their hands, it could mean the end of life as we know it. The race is on!”

As I said of the Energon series, “None of the Transformers series have ever been perfect. It’s all in what you choose to take away from the experience.” That same philosophy applies when watching the Cybertron series. The CGI was on par with, if not slightly better than, its predecessor. I wish that they had developed the animation a little more, rather than reusing some of the same footage over and over for many of the transformation and fight sequences. But that is easily forgivable. Remember, He-Man was practically the same shots in every episode. If they can get away with it, so can the Transformers. But I digress. The English dubbing was greatly improved over previous efforts. I guess after the harsh criticisms that were received for the shortcomings of Armada and Energon, a little extra care was taken this go round. The noticeable efforts paid off.

As for the plot….meh. I mean, it’s the Transformers. I wasn’t wholly enthralled by the story lines of the previous two series, so why should this one be any different? It takes a few episodes for the story to really pick up. Then mid-series, Cybertron becomes somewhat repetitive with the racing (fans of the show will know what I’m talking about). Eventually, they get back on board with the original plot and the pace of the series really gains momentum. It’s always fun to see fan favorites like Starscream, Galvatron and Wing Saber in action. And, who doesn’t love it when Optimus Prime yells “Roll Out” to the Autobots?

All in all, Transformers Cybertron was exactly what you’d expect from a Transformers series. The show improved with each installment of the trilogy. Cybertron was a fun way to close out the Unicron epoch. Shout! Factory did a wonderful job putting these series together in a DVD collection any fan will enjoy. The Unicron series is a great way to introduce younger children to the wonderment that is the Transformers. All three installments have been reasonably priced and are an affordable way to expand your Transformers collection. Reviewing all three series has indeed been entertaining. Honestly, I would rather watch the Transformers Cybertron series over any of the Michael Bay films.

“On August 5, 2014, Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Hasbro Studios, will release TRANSFORMERS CYBERTRON: THE COMPLETE SERIES, featuring all action-packed episodes collected in one deluxe 7-DVD box set. Whether reliving the childhood memory or discovering this series for the first time, this is an essential home collection for every fan, collectors and entire family to complete their TRANSFORMERS home entertainment library. This complete series 7-DVD set is priced to own at $44.99 SRP.”

About Hasbro Studios:

Hasbro Studios is the Los Angeles-based entertainment division of Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAS). The studio is responsible for entertainment brand-driven storytelling for the company across television, film, commercial productions and short-form. It develops, produces and distributes TV shows based on Hasbro’s world class brands, including TRANSFORMERS, MY LITTLE PONY, LITTLEST PET SHOP, and FAMILY GAME NIGHT. Many of these shows air on the Hub Network, a U.S. television network for kids and their families, that is a joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK). Hasbro Studios shows can also be seen on networks in more than 180 territories globally. Since its formation in 2009, the studio has received seven Daytime Emmy wins and 16 nominations. On the film side, the studio is developing and producing a number of features based on Hasbro’s brands, including TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION (Paramount), G.I. Joe 3 (Paramount) and CANDY LAND (Sony). The studio team also oversees the production of commercials that feature Hasbro’s brands as well as production of short-form content that can be seen on all of the major digital and social media platforms globally.

About Shout! Factory:

Shout! Factory, LLC is a diversified multi-platform entertainment company devoted to producing, uncovering, preserving and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their entire careers sharing their music, television and film favorites with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s DVD and Blue-Ray offerings serve up feature films, classic and contemporary TV series, animation, live music, and comedy specials in lavish packages crammed with extras. Shout’s audio division boasts GRAMMY nominated “best of” compilations. In addition, Shout! Factory maintains a vast digital distribution network which delivers video and audio content to all the leading digital service providers in North America. Shout! Factory also owns and operates Timeless Media Group, Biograph Records, Majordomo Records, HighTone Records and Video Time Machine. These riches are the result of a creative acquisition mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention. Shout! Factory is based in Santa Monica, California.

CA – Nightmares Signing

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Actor/writer/musician Jason Segel (How I Met Your Mother, The Muppets) visits The Grove on Saturday September 20, 2014 at 2:00 PM to discuss and sign his hilariously frightening middle-grade novel, Nightmares!, the first book in a trilogy about a boy named Charlie and a group of kids who must face their fears to save their town.

Special Instructions
This is a wristbanded signing. Please check with the store for complete event guidelines.

Barnes & Noble – The Grove at Farmers Market
189 The Grove Drive Suite K 30, Los Angeles, CA 90036
323-525-0270

MA – How I Met Your Mother Star Signs

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Harvard Book Store welcomes multi-talented actor, writer, and musician JASON SEGEL appears at the First Parish Church on Friday September 12th at 7:00 PM for a reading and signing of his hilariously frightening middle-grade novel Nightmares! Tickets on sale online only at jasonsegel.eventbrite.com.

Nightmares! is the first book in a trilogy about a boy named Charlie and a group of kids who must face their fears to save their town, co-written with New York Times bestselling author Kirsten Miller.

Sleeping has never been so scary. And now waking up is even worse!

Charlie Laird has several problems.

1. His dad married a woman he is sure moonlights as a witch.
2. He had to move into her purple mansion, which is NOT a place you want to find yourself after dark.
3. He can’t remember the last time sleeping wasn’t a nightmarish prospect. Like even a nap.

What Charlie doesn’t know is that his problems are about to get a whole lot more real. Nightmares can ruin a good night’s sleep, but when they start slipping out of your dreams and into the waking world—that’s a line that should never be crossed.

And when your worst nightmares start to come true . . . well, that’s something only Charlie can face. And he’s going to need all the help he can get, or it might just be lights-out for Charlie Laird. For good.

First Parish Church
1446 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 876-7772

NYC – Gratitude and Trust Signing

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Award-winning songwriter Paul Williams and well-known TV and film writer Tracey Jackson team up to discuss their collaboration, Gratitude and Trust: Six Affirmations That Will Change Your Life at Barnes & Noble on Thursday September 18, 2014 at 7:00 PM!

Barnes & Noble
2289 Broadway, New York, NY 10024
212-362-8835

CA – Carl Reiner Signing

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Carl Reiner appears at Book Soup to sign his new memoir on Monday September 15, 2014 at 7:00 PM!

Press Release:

The amazing thing about the human memory is that, just when one thinks one has recalled everything worth recalling, the memory regenerates itself and serves up a whole new eminently worthy batch. At least that’s how it works when you’re dealing with the legendary mind of Carl Reiner. In his 2013 memoir, I Remember Me, Carl treated us to ninety years of professional and personal anecdotes, ranging from witty, weird and heartwarming to insightful, informative, and always funny usually a combination of at least two, sometimes three or four, of the aforementioned. Carl had taken us on a nostalgic trip through every corner, every nook and cranny, of his life. Or so we thought. But over the next two years, new old memories kept coming and coming and coming until, before too long, another book was born. (Random Content)

Event Guidelines:

-The first 60 people to purchase I Just Remembered by Carl Reiner at Book Soup on September 15th will be issued a wristband which will allow them entry into the store for the discussion.
-An overflow crowd will be held outside and will join the line once the book signing starts.
-Photos from the line are okay. No posed photos.
-No memorabilia will be signed.

Book Soup
8818 Sunset Blvd, W. Hollywood, CA 90069
310.659.3110

NYC – Paddle Your Own Canoe Signing

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Nick Offerman (Parks & Recreation’s Ron Swanson) appears at Barnes & Noble in conversation with Sarah Vowell on Friday September 12, 2014 at 7:00 PM!

Special Instructions
Priority seating begins at 5:00 pm; call the store for details on how to obtain priority seating. Event space is located on the 4th floor.

Barnes & Noble – Union Square
33 East 17th Street, New York, NY 10003
212-253-0810

NYC – Nightmares Signing

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Welcome musician, writer and actor Jason Segel (How I Met Your Mother, The Muppets) as he signs his new book Nightmares on Tuesday September 9, 2014 at 4:00 PM. Must purchase book at Barnes & Noble Tribeca for entry. Call store for details.

Barnes & Noble – Tribeca
97 Warren Street, New York, NY 10007
212-587-5389

TARA REID will make her very first Spooky Empire appearance this October in Orlando, FL!

Tara Reid SpookyTARA REID will make her very first Spooky Empire appearance this October in Orlando, FL!

TARA REID’s resume of films includes American Pie, Urban Legend, A Return to Salems Lot, The Crow: Wicked Prayer, The Big Lebowski and of course her most popular appearance of late the Sharknado films, Part 1 and 2 and rumored Sharknado 3!

TARA is ready to party with all of you at Spooky Empire’s Ultimate Horror Weekend,

October 24-26, 2014 at the DoubleTree @ Universal Studios. 

Get your advance tickets today, VIP Packages will be selling out quickly! 

www.spookyempire.com

IL – Ghostbusters Screening

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Ernie Hudson appears at Hollywood Palms on Friday August 29th for the celebration of Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary! We will be showing the movie all week but Ernie will only be here Friday!

Hollywood Palms Cinema
352 S Rt 59, Naperville, IL 60540

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