Fiona Staples commemorates Black Sails’ return on 1/23!

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To celebrate the return of the STARZ hit show, Black Sails, here are some images drawn by Saga artist Fiona Staples capturing key moments from season 1 and 2, as well as the newest image from season 3!

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Bridge of Spies Arrives on Blu-Ray Combo Pack and Digital HD on February 2

January 8, 2016 by  
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Disney and Dreamworks invite you to take a step back into an era of espionage and Cold War. Steven Spielberg directs a dramatic thriller set against the backdrop of a series of historic events, Bridge of Spies tells the story of James Donovan (Tom Hanks), a Brooklyn lawyer who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on a near impossible mission to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot.

Press Release:

Steven Spielberg’s Critically Acclaimed Spy Thriller Starring Tom Hanks Arrives on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and Digital HD February 2, 2016

SYNOPSIS:   A dramatic thriller set against the backdrop of a series of historic events, “Bridge of Spies” tells the story of James Donovan (Tom Hanks), a Brooklyn lawyer who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on a near impossible mission to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot. High stakes and suspense power a story inspired by true events that capture the essence of a man who risked everything and vividly brings his personal journey to life.

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CAST: Tom Hanks (Saving Mr. Banks, Philadelphia and Forrest Gump) as James Donovan, Mark Rylance (Wolf Hall, The Other Boleyn Girl) as Rudolf Abel, Amy Ryan (Birdman, Goosebumps) as Mary Donovan, Sebastian Koch (TV’s “Homeland,” The Danish Girl) as Wolfgang Vogel, Alan Alda as Thomas Watters (The Aviator, Crimes and Misdemeanors), Austin Stowell (Whiplash, TNT’s “Public Morals”), Mikhail Gorevoy (Die Another Day, BBC’s “Space Race”) as Ivan Schischkin and Will Rogers (A Good Marriage, The Bay) as Frederic Pryor.

DIRECTOR:                          Steven Spielberg (Academy Award© winner for Best Director on Saving Private Ryan and Schindler’s List)

PRODUCERS:                      Steven Spielberg, Marc Platt (Into The Woods) & Kristie Macosko Krieger (Lincoln)

WRITERS:                             Matt Charman (Suite Francaise), Ethan Coen & Joel Coen (Academy Award© winners for No Country for Old Men and Fargo)

RELEASE DATE:                  February 2, 2016

PRODUCTS:                         Digital HD/SD, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On-Demand

BONUS:                                   A CASE OF THE COLD WAR: BRIDGE OF SPIES  – The story of James Donovan, Francis Gary Powers and Rudolf Abel encapsulates the Cold War era—a tense political climate shrouded in propaganda, espionage and the threat of nuclear war.  This piece explores the characters and the real-life people they’re based on, ordinary men in extraordinary circumstances. Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks share personal stories of the Cold War, describing how experiences from their youth were part of the attraction to the script, how this influenced the way they approached the film and why the history behind Bride Of Spies resonates across generations and is relevant in today’s political climate.

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U-2 SPY PLANE: BEALE AIR FORCE BASE – Showcases spectacular footage shot at the Beale Air Force Base of the U-2 plane and the scene where Powers and other pilots are instructed about their spying mission, including a cameo appearance in the film by Francis Gary Powers son, Gary Powers Jr. and discussion with the Air Force liaison about the significance of the scene and why they got behind the film.

SPY SWAP: LOOKING BACK ON THE FINAL ACT – Steven Spielberg and his team stage the pivotal scene of the film at Glienicke Bridge, the very same location where the historic exchange of Soviet spy Rudolf Abel and U-2 spy plane pilot Francis Gary Powers took place. Gary Powers Jr. shares his memories of his father’s experience with voiceover recordings from Francis Gary Powers, as filmmakers and the cast recreate a page of Cold War history while filming in the presence of Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel 

BERLIN 1961: RECREATING THE DIVIDE – A mix of behind-the-scenes footage with iconic archival imagery transports viewers to another place and time as the filmmakers construct the Berlin Wall, envision what it was like to cross through Checkpoint Charlie, and recreate the divide. On set in Berlin just days after the 25th anniversary celebration of the fall of the Berlin Wall, a historian who lived through the experience describes what being there means to her. In Poland, where the Wall was recreated for the film, tanks, hundreds of extras and powerful sequences make the setting feel epic and surreal.

* Digital bonus offerings may vary by retailer

FEATURE RUN TIME:    Approximately 141 min.

RATING:  PG-13 in U.S.

ASPECT RATIO: Blu-ray Feature Film = 1080p High Definition / 2.40:1 | DVD Feature Film = 2.40:1

AUDIO: Blu-ray = 7.1 DTS | DVD = 5.1 Dolby

LANGUAGES: English, French & Spanish

SUBTITLES: English SDH, French & Spanish

SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook: facebook.com/BridgeOfSpies

Twitter: @BridgeOfSpies

Website:  www.bridgeofspies.com

Choice Collectibles Print Review

December 23, 2015 by  
Filed under Collectibles, Comic Books, Everything Else

The folks at Choice Collectibles were kind enough to offer me a print to review, and I took them up on their generous offer. They dispatched to me a Limited Edition Lithograph Print called “Enforcers.” Although I could not find an artist credit on the print, I recognized the work of David Finch, and a quick Google search revealed that it was originally a cover variant for Avengers/Invaders #1 back in 2008.

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As a graphic artist and someone who has worked in printing in one shape or another for the past 16 years or so, I can say that the printing looks impeccable. The colors are sharp and clear (my photos do not do it justice). This matted print is going to look great hanging on the wall!

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Choice Collectibles did a great job of shipping the print to me. My only peeve was that the print (covered in a plastic sleeve) was actually taped to the cardboard insert that protected it. I ended up ripping the protective plastic sleeve a little bit getting the tape off.

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Choice Collectibles has been in business for over 18 years and have developed a close partnership with Marvel. They have prints from a lot of other fantastic brands, too, including DC, Disney, Hanna-Barbera, Warner Bros., etc. They also have some very cool Star Wars prints including some for The Force Awakens! Be sure to check them out.

Scene and Reviewed: Marvel’s Ant-Man

December 23, 2015 by  
Filed under Everything Else, Movies

Marvel really produced a winner with Ant-Man with great characters and great visuals. I enjoyed it a great deal. I was expecting more of a comedic caper movie, but it surprised me with how serious and dramatic it was at times.

Paul Rudd stars as the Scott Lang version of the character. After pulling off a Robin Hood-style heist and ending up in prison, he’s trying to put his life back together and stay connected with his daughter. I’ve always liked Paul Rudd as an actor, and I think he does a great job in this.

I wasn’t very enthusiastic about the decision to make Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) an older character, but I can see how it really works in this movie. The heart of this film involves two fathers and two daughters. Lang is trying to be the hero his daughter deserves while Hank is trying to reconnect with his daughter Hope (Evangeline Lilly). It all has a great deal of emotional resonance. It also manages to address the age-old comic book conundrum as to why some inventors in the Marvel Universe don’t make their technological creations more readily available.

The first half of the movie might seem to drag a bit as Scott goes through quite a lot of preparation and training, but the movie really picks up when Scott and crew go into action for the task for which Hank recruited him. The end sequence manages to bring all the supporting characters together in a cool way. Along the way we also get a fun fight with a guest-starring member of the Avengers (which, of course, builds up to Ant-Man’s inclusion in the upcoming Captain America: Civil War)!

Although this was a troubled production with original director Edgar Wright dropping out while the movie was in pre-production, Marvel really pulled it together and made it one of their best films. Since Marvel has been very genre-oriented of late and this movie was described as a heist movie, I’m really curious to see where they go with the already announced sequel Ant-Man and the Wasp. At any rate, we are sure to see more of Evangeline Lilly which is never a bad thing in my book.

Minor Caution for Parents: This movie does have some blatant profanity in it (as did Guardians of the Galaxy). As the parent of young kids myself, I really wish Marvel wouldn’t go this route and would instead keep it family-friendly.

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SYNOPSIS:   The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe introduces the newest member of the Avengers: Marvel’s Ant-Man. Armed with the amazing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang joins forces with his new mentor Dr. Hank Pym to protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from ruthless villains! With humanity’s fate in the balance, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a daring heist against insurmountable odds. Filled with humor, awesome special effects and exclusive bonus features, this action-packed adventure takes you to new levels of pulse-pounding excitement!

CAST:    Paul Rudd (This is 40, Role Models) as Ant-Man/Scott Lang, Evangeline Lilly (The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Lost) as Hope van Dyne, Corey Stoll (This Is Where I Leave You, The Bourne Legacy) as Yellowjacket/Darren Cross, Bobby Cannavale (Spy, Chef) Michael Peña (Cesar Chavez, The Martian) Tip “T.I.” Harris (Identity Thief, Entourage),Wood Harris (Justified, The Wire), Judy Greer (Tomorrowland, 13 Going on 30), David Dastmalchian (The Dark Knight, Prisoners), as Paxton, and Michael Douglas (Last Vegas, The Game) as Dr. Hank Pym

BONUS:Digital HD*, Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA), 3D Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray

  • Making Of An Ant-Sized Heist: A How-To Guide –

Set your watch and count down the action in this fast-paced behind-the-scenes look at how to pull off a heist movie, including Scott Lang’s hilarious heist “family,” Ant-Man’s costume, plus amazing stunts and effects.

 

  • Let’s Go To The Macroverse –

Shrink down to size in this fascinating look at creating the world from Ant-Man’s perspective, from macro photography through the subatomic.

 

  • WHIH NewsFront –

A hard-hitting collection of content, including a glimpse at the future of Pym Technologies with Darren Cross, anchor Christine Everhart’s interview with soon-to-be-released prisoner Scott Lang on his notorious VistaCorp heist, and more.

 

  • Deleted & Extended Scenes

 

  • Gag Reel

 

  • Audio Commentary By Peyton Reed And Paul Rudd

 

*Digital bonus offerings may vary by retailer

 

DVD:

  • Deleted Scene

 

FEATURE RUN TIME:Approximately 117 min.

 

RATINGS:PG-13 in U.S.; PG in CE; G in CF

 

ASPECT RATIO:Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray & DVD = 1080p High Definition / 1.85:1

 

AUDIO:Blu-ray 3D & Blu-ray 2D = English 7.1 DTS-HDMA, French-Canadian 5.1 Dolby Digital, Latin Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, English DVS 2.0 Dolby Digital

DVD = English/Latin Spanish/French Canadian 5.1 Dolby Digital, English DVS 2.0 Dolby Digital

 

LANGUAGES:English

 

SUBTITLES:English, French, and Spanish

 

SOCIAL MEDIA:

Facebook

Ant-Man:https://www.facebook.com/antman

Marvel: https://www.facebook.com/Marvel

Disney Movies Anywhere:https://www.facebook.com/DisneyMoviesAnywhere

 

Twitter

@Ant-Man: https://twitter.com/AntMan

@Avengers: https://twitter.com/Avengers

@Marvel: https://twitter.com/Marvel

@DisneyAnywhere: https://twitter.com/DisneyAnywhere

 

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Marvel:http://marvelentertainment.tumblr.com

DMA: http://disneymoviesanywhere.tumblr.com

 

Instagram

 https://instagram.com/marvel/

 https://instagram.com/therealagentm

 

YouTube

 https://www.youtube.com/user/MARVEL

 

ABOUT DISNEY MOVIES ANYWHERE (DMA):

Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA) is an engaging and family-friendly cloud-based digital movie service that makes it simple to buy your favorite Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars movies once and watch them anywhere.  With DMA you can explore Disney’s library of over 450 eligible digital movies, discover hours of new and exclusive short-form content, and watch your digital movies from the comfort of the living room or across multiple mobile devices.  Using the free DMA apps and website, you can connect your DMA account with participating providers including iTunes, Amazon Video, VUDU, Microsoft Movies and TV and Google Play and unlock access your eligible movie collections across platforms and devices –  iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Apple TV/Airplay, Amazon’s Fire tablets, Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Microsoft Movies and TV service on Windows and Microsoft Xbox devices, Android mobile and tablet devices and Android TV, Chromecast and the Roku® platform.  In addition, you can redeem Digital Copy codes found in Disney, Pixar and Marvel Blu-rays and DVDs, as well as earn Disney Movie Rewards points with every digital purchase.

About Marvel Entertainment

Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy-five years.  Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing.  For more information visit marvel.com.  © 2015 MARVEL

ABOUT THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS:

For over 90 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company was built. Today, the Studio brings quality movies, music and stage plays to consumers throughout the world. Feature films are released under the following banners: Disney, including Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios; Disneynature; Marvel Studios; Lucasfilm; and Touchstone Pictures, the banner under which live-action films from DreamWorks Studios are distributed. The Disney Music Group encompasses the Walt Disney Records and Hollywood Records labels, as well as Disney Music Publishing. The Disney Theatrical Group produces and licenses live events, including Disney on Broadway, Disney On Ice and Disney Live!.

VIDEO: Neil Gaiman Celebrates Sandman

November 11, 2015 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Everything Else

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Superstar writer Neil Gaiman celebrated the legacy of his creation The Sandman in a conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Diaz on Monday, November 9, 2015 in Brooklyn. Thanks to DC Entertainment, the entire talk can be watched in the video above (via YouTube) with a special introduction by DC Co-Publisher Jim Lee.

Star Wars: Art Awakens Contest Announced

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Press Release:

In celebration of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Lucasfilm and HP proudly present “Art Awakens.”

“Art Awakens” is an exciting new program for Star Wars fans old and new, across the country to revitalize creativity by “Bending the Rules” of the Force, themed around a galaxy far, far away.

“Art Awakens” kicks off August 11th with the launch of a two-month-long nationwide fan art competition across the US. Amateur artists can submit theirStar Wars: The Force Awakens inspired art on ArtAwakens.com for a chance to be featured in an upcoming professional art exhibit later in the year.

Additionally, coming this November to Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles is a three-day Star Wars: The Force Awakens art exhibit featuring top professional and emerging contemporary artists. All new original pieces will be auctioned off in the name of Star Wars: Force for Change to benefit UNICEF Kid Power, which gives kids the power to save lives. By getting active with the UNICEF Kid Power band, kids earn points which unlock food packets for malnourished children around the world.

Five lucky winners of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Fan Art Contest, chosen by a judging committee that includes members from Disney, Lucasfilm and the legendary visual effects house Industrial Light & Magic, will have their art featured in the professional gallery exhibit. The winners will also have the opportunity to be flown out to Los Angeles to attend the VIP opening night, among other prizes from HP.

Additionally, an HP “Bend the Rules” Award will be granted to one of the five grand prize winners upon completion of a questionnaire with the highest score in the Innovative Use of Technology category. The HP “Bend the Rules” Award winner will receive an HP Notebook Computer to help them push the boundaries of art and creativity. Get more details at the link…

Scene on Video: WBTV Stars Describe SDCC in 3 Words

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Press Release:

“BEST. WEEKEND. EVER.”

WARNER BROS. TELEVISION TALENT DESCRIBE COMIC-CON IN THREE WORDS

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It’s finally Comic-Con week and Warner Bros. Television talent are just as excited as the fans! They’ll have lots to say at their panels at SDCC, but for now…they’re expressing their excitement in just three words.

Left to their own devices with little instruction and only a cell phone for filming, some of TV’s biggest stars embraced the challenge: Share your Comic-Con experience in three words.The team at WBTV assembled the fun challenge in one super video.

Stars that participated in the rogue camera challenge include:

  • Supernatural’s Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles
  • The Vampire Diaries’ Ian Somerhalder, Paul Wesley, Candice Accola and Michael Malarkey
  • Mike Tyson Mysteries’ Mike Tyson
  • The Flash’s Candice Patton, Carlos Valdes and Danielle Panabaker
  • Arrow’s Katie Cassidy and Paul Blackthorne
  • The 100’s Eliza Taylor
  • The Originals’ Charles Michael Davis
  • Person of Interest’s Kevin Chapman
  • Gotham’s Ben McKenzie, David Mazouz and Camren Bicondova
  • Blindspot’s Jaimie Alexander
  • and the entire cast of iZOMBIE: Rose McIver, Malcolm Goodwin, Rahul Kohli, Robert Buckley and David Anders.

And feel free to share YOUR three words for Comic-Con on social media! Use #WBSDCC so we won’t miss it.

Stand with the Mockingjay

July 9, 2015 by  
Filed under Everything Else, Movies, Top Stories

The marketing for the final Hunger Games ramps up.

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New Star Wars Trailer is Here!

 

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Anime Boston 2015 Con Report

ab2015_gojiraAs geek culture continues to expand the market sees new conventions cropping up regularly. In New England one of the largest, and longest running, is Anime Boston which has been going since 2003 and growing each year. With a dedicated volunteer staff, they fill the Hynes Convention Center year after year with fans of anime, manga, cosplay, and virtually any other stripes of geek. While their guests and programming stick closely to the New England Anime Society’s mandate of concentrating on Japanese pop culture, attendees still represent their individual tastes. Guests such as voice over artists bridge this gap well. This year Anime Boston hosted Cherami Leigh, Mona Marshall, Richard Epcar, Michael Sinterniklaas, and more who have worked dubbing anime television shows and movies into English such as Sword Art Online, Naruto, Robotech, Ghost in the Shell, Mobile Suit Gundam but are equally as well known for their American projects like South Park, Venture Brothers, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Several guest were direct from Japan including Godzilla actors Akira Takarada and Haruo Nakajima (see photo at left) who graciously signed for fans and posed for photos on the convention floor all weekend long. Mr. Takarada also offered hand written calligraphy of Godzilla’s name in kanji as a memento. Furthermore, J-Pop star LiSA played to a sold out audience on Friday night.

The annual charity auction, the proceeds from which benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, saw some records broken when an original watercolor painting of Aang and Appa by Avatar: The Last Airbender co-creator Bryan Konietzko sold for $2,500. Ultimately, the auction raised $23,485.84, its highest amount ever.

Next year’s Anime Boston has been scheduled for March 25-27, 2016!

 

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