Director and co-writer James Gunn visits Amoeba Hollywood to sign copies of MARVEL’s “Guardians Of The Galaxy” release on Friday, December 12 at 5:00 pm.
Signing will be limited to the first 200 people to purchase it at Amoeba Hollywood on Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray or DVD beginning on December 9th at 10:30am.
Limit of 2 copies per person for the signing. Must have receipt and attached signing ticket to attend signing on 12/12.
From Marvel, the studio that launched the epic franchises of “Iron Man,” “Thor,” “Captain America” and “Marvel’s The Avengers,” comes an unlikely new team—the “Guardians of the Galaxy.” The Marvel Cinematic Universe expands into the cosmos when brash space adventurer Peter Quill steals a coveted orb and becomes the object of a relentless bounty hunt. To evade his enemies, Quill forges an uneasy truce with Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon; Groot, a tree-like humanoid; the deadly assassin Gamora; and the revenge-driven Drax. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb, he must rally his ragtag band of misfits for a desperate battle that will decide the fate of the galaxy. Featuring amazing new characters and exclusive bonus features, this must-own blockbuster will have you hooked on a feeling… of pure adrenaline!
James Gunn Biography:
James Gunn was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri in a large Irish Catholic family. At the age of twelve he began his filmmaking career making a zombie movie with an eight-millimeter camera and an actor, his brother Sean.
Thirty years later, Gunn went on to write and direct the record-breaking Marvel blockbuster film Guardians of the Galaxy, which had the biggest August opening weekend of all-time, earning $94 million at the domestic box office. Having grossed over $700 million at the worldwide box office to date, the Marvel feature is the second highest grossing film of 2014 and has spent five weekends atop the box office, more than any other Marvel film. Guardians has not only been a massive financial success, it also garnered impressive reviews from top film critics around the world, cemented with stellar performances from Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Glenn Close, and Benicio Del Toro. Also featured in the film is his brother Sean, who played Kraglin, and was the on-set Rocket Raccoon. Knowing what an important part music plays in a movie, Gunn personally chose every song on the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack. The album, which featured pop songs from the 1960’s & 70’s, was highly praised by critics as being a secondary character in the film and is the first soundtrack comprised entirely of previously released songs to ever reach the No. 1 spot on the Billboard charts. Even prior to its release, the film garnered so much positive buzz and faith among Marvel executives that a sequel was greenlit weeks before it’s opening. The Guardians of the Galaxy sequel is slated for summer 2017 with Gunn attached to write and direct.
Gunn also wrote and directed the independent feature film, SUPER, starring Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler, and Kevin Bacon. It is the dark, comedic tale of a disturbed man who dresses up as a superhero to save his ex-wife from her drug-dealing new boyfriend. SUPER was an official selection at the Toronto Film Festival, was picked up by IFC Films, and is IFC’s top selling film ever on On Demand.
Gunn’s love for the comedy and horror genres coalesced in the humorous horror film Slither, released by Universal in 2006. Gunn wrote the film, which was his feature-film directorial debut, and stars Nathan Fillion and Elizabeth Banks. The film is currently featured on Rotten Tomatoes as one of the “Top Ten All–Time Best Reviewed Horror Films.” It was named “The Best Horror film of 2006” by Rue Morgue Magazine, and Gunn won a Saturn Award and a Fangoria Chainsaw Award for his work on the film.
Gunn also wrote the live action Scooby-Doo movie which grossed over $300 million worldwide and in March of 2004, he became the first screenwriter in history to write back-to-back #1-for-the-weekend box office hits, with the critically-acclaimed, re-imagined Dawn of the Dead on March 19, 2004 and Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed on March 26, 2004.
Gunn got his start in the industry while attending Columbia University. He applied for a part-time job filing papers at famed B-movie studios Troma Entertainment, and was paid $150 to write the screenplay for the feature Tromeo & Juliet instead. In 1997, Tromeo became a cult hit, playing in theaters around the world, including over a year of midnight screenings in Los Angeles.
Gunn left Troma to write and star (along with Rob Lowe, Thomas Haden-Church, and Jamie Kennedy) in the 2000 feature film, The Specials, about a group of superheroes on their day off. In the same year, Bloomsbury Press released Gunn’s critically acclaimed novel The Toy Collector, the story of a hospital orderly who sells drugs to finance his escalating toy collecting addiction. He also wrote, with Lloyd Kaufman, the non-fiction book All I Need to Know About Filmmaking I Learned from the Toxic Avenger, currently in its fifth printing.
In 2012 Gunn released his fist video game, Lollipop Chainsaw, with Suda 51 and Warner Bros, on Xbox and Playstation 3. In 2008 he created Xbox Live’s first original content, producing seven comedy shows by horror directors, and creating his own, Sparky & Mikaela. Also in 2008, Gunn hosted the reality show Scream Queens for VH1, and began writing and directing the web series James Gunn’s PG Porn for Spike.com. James Gunn’s PG Porn pairs mainstream actors and porn stars in comedy shorts. It has received over 70 million hits online, has been remade by Canal+ in France, and is one of the most profitable web series of all time.
Gunn lives in Los Angeles with his dog, Dr. Wesely Von Spears and his cat, Emily Monster. He can be found on Twitter and Instagram at @JamesGunn and on Facebook at Facebook.com/jgunn.
6400 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
December 11, 2014 by Joe Fauvel
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Jason Mewes, star of Clerks, Clerks II, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, and Clerks: The Animated Series, is coming to FLORIDA SUPERCON in Miami on June 25-28, 2015 at The Miami Beach Convention Center
The LARGEST Comic Con in South Florida is Florida Supercon! South Florida’s Comic Book, Anime, Animation, Video Game, Fantasy, Sci-Fi and PopCulture Convention is JUNE 25-28, 2015 at THE MIAMI BEACH CONVENTION CENTER! It’s 4 days of fun featuring celebrity guests, comic book creators, voice actors, industry guests, cosplayers, artists, writers, panels, Q&A’s, films & shorts, costume & cosplay contests, vendors, parties, anime, workshops, video gaming and more!
Check out the Florida Supercon event page athttps://www.facebook.com/
December 11, 2014 by Joe Fauvel
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Ron Marz, Dave Rodriguez, and Jeff Bellio appear at Sound Go Round on Saturday, December 13th, 2014 at 2:00 PM to sign the new SKYLANDERS comic. Plus there will be facepainting and a “Design-a-Skylander” art contest.
Sound Go Round
305 Vestal Pkwy E, Vestal, NY 13850
Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith appear at the Tempe Improv on Monday, December 29, 2014 at 10:00 PM for a live recording of their podcast Jay & Silent Bob Get Old! Get tickets ($40) at the link!
The hilarious duo of Jay & Silent Bob are finally back together. Film icons Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes made history and accumulated fans all over the world with the characters Jay & Silent Bob from the movies Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay and Silent BobStrike Back and Clerks 2. And now you can see them live in your hometown recording their comedy podcast Jay & Silent Bob Get Old.
Ranked #1 on iTunes Comedy podcasts, this is a sometimes touching, and always hilarious look at what happens when two people grow up in Hollywood’s gaze. These limited engagements will be recorded as the stories evolve live in front of the audience, and released for free on www.smodcast.com.
This is what fans everywhere have been waiting for – an opportunity to see their heroes on stage doing what they love, telling stories. Get your tickets now before it’s too late! Jay & Silent Bob are dying, watch it as it happens!
930 E. University Drive, Tempe, AZ
Scott Adsit (30 Rock, Moral Orel), the voice of Baymax from Disney’s hit animated movie Big Hero 6, appears on Thursday December 11, 2014 from 6:00 till 8:00 PM at The Lair! There will be an exclusive limited art print by Emil Cabaltierra available for purchase and signing at the event.
1808 Colden Avenue Bronx, NY 10462
The Cartoon Art Museum hosts legendary manga artist Katsuya Terada on Saturday, December 6, 2014 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. This special event takes place in the Cartoon Art Museum’s galleries and is included with general museum admission. Terada will be demonstrating his drawing technique, sketching for fans, signing books, and discussing his art with museum patrons.
In addition to his manga and illustration artwork, Terada is a prolific character designer, and his art has appeared in American publications ranging from Iron Man and Hellboy to Nintendo Power and the animated film Blood: The Last Vampire.
About Katsuya Terada
Katsuya Terada is probably best known in the US as the character-designer for the animated film Blood: The Last Vampire. He has also done work related to American comics, such as Iron Man and Hellboy. He also made contributed to several issues of Nintendo Power, including a special edition Strategy Guide for Dragon Warrior. In Japan, he has done the promotional illustrations for Detective Saburo Jinguji mystery-adventure video game series.
Terada was in charge of the book cover and illustrations for the Kimaira series written by Baku Yumemakura, and was in charge of cover design and illustrations for Garouden, Shin Majugari, and Yamigarishi as well.
Terada has defined himself as a “rakugaki” artist, more of a philosophy than a style of drawing, in which one draws a little everywhere, all the time, without thinking too much, on notebooks etc. He is a very prolific artist; one of his collections of sketches numbers more than 1000 pages, appropriately called Rakuga King.
He has done very little group-drawn work (an exception being the manga Saiyukiden Daienou (Monkey King), his principal activities being illustration and character design. His use of CG tools is integrated very well in his illustrations, giving his work a vivid and rich appearance. He has admitted various influences on his work, particularly European ones, like Jean Giraud (a.k.a. Moebius) and the magazine Métal Hurlant. The author lives in Tokyo, Japan.
Cartoon Art Museum
655 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
The Cartoon Art Museum goes behind the scenes of The Boxtrolls with co-directors Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 from 6:00-7:00 pm in a special event presented by Focus Features. Annable and Stacchi will share art and stories behind the making of The Boxtrolls, produced by LAIKA, the Portland-based animation studio owned by Nike co-founder and Chairman Philip H. Knight, and was released nationwide by Focus Features on September 26, 2014. The exhibition features concept art and puppets from the upcoming film, LAIKA’s third stop-motion animated film to be shot in 3D.
About The Boxtrolls:
The Boxtrolls is the all-new family event movie from LAIKA, the creators of Coraline and ParaNorman, that introduces audiences to a new breed of family – The Boxtrolls, a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised a human boy named Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead Wright of Game of Thrones) in the amazing cavernous home they’ve built beneath the streets of Cheesebridge. When the town’s villain, Archibald Snatcher (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley), comes up with a plot to get rid of the Boxtrolls, Eggs decides to venture above ground, “into the light,” where he meets and teams up with fabulously feisty Winnie (Elle Fanning of Maleficent). Together, they devise a daring plan to save Eggs’ family. Based upon the book Here Be Monsters, by Alan Snow, The Boxtrolls is directed by Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable and is MPAA-rated PG.
Fueled by the vision of its owner, Nike co-founder and Chairman Philip H. Knight, and its President & CEO Travis Knight, LAIKA is a feature film animation company located in Portland, Oregon. LAIKA’s first two films, Coraline (2009) and ParaNorman (2012) were nominated for Academy Awards® and BAFTA® Awards.
Cartoon Art Museum
655 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
November 28, 2014 by Colin Solan
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Stan Lee and Roy Thomas will sign copies of 75 Years of Marvel at Taschen Books in Beverly Hills on December 5, 2014 from 6:00 till 7:00 PM. Pre-order is encouraged to guarantee your signed copy. First-come, first served, with limited availability.
Then on Saturday December 6th at 2:00 PM, Stan and Roy will be at the Hammer Museum for a Q&A with writer/filmmaker Kevin Smith! Details at the link…
A Hulk-sized tome spanning eight decades of the heroic rise of Marvel as it magically mutated from 1939’s four-color upstart to a 1960s pop-culture dynamo to current Hollywood heavy hitter. With essays by comics historian Roy Thomas and a huge fold-out timeline that chronicles the entire Marvel history.
The XL-format book includes:
– More than 700 pages of near 2,000 images including vintage comic books, one-of-a-kind original art, behind-the-scenes photographs and film stills, as well as rare toys and collectibles
– A four-foot accordion-fold timeline
– Biographies of more than 300 artists, writers, editors, and famous fans who helped shape Marvel’s history
RSVP to (310) 274-4300 or firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve.
354 N Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
November 28, 2014 by Joe Fauvel
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