This week Adult Swim and DC Entertainment release the Robot Chicken DC Comics Special on Blu-ray and DVD! Like a medieval jester speaking truth to power, Robot Chicken’s spoofs and irreverent humor allow them to point out the inconsistencies and flaws of the DC Universe. For instance, they bring Superman’s power to erase memories with a kiss to it’s obvious conclusion and what real nerds would do with the power of a Green Lantern ring. The show also makes several deep pulls from the DC mythology citing characters like B’dg and Mister Banjo (I had to look them up too).
While everybody gets lampooned at some point, the overarching theme of the special would be how much of a tool is Aquaman. All the hard work writer and Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns has done in the comics to establish Aquaman as a cool character is wiped away within the first ten seconds of the show. Which is especially perplexing since Johns is also a writer and executive producer of Robot Chicken.
The Blu-ray/DVD contains over two hours of bonus features including commentaries by the cast and crew, footage of the Robot Chicken team cosplaying for the special’s premiere, and a tour of DC Entertainment’s west coast office. Fun fact: Robot Chicken co-creator has an Arashikage ninja clan tattoo on the inside of his right arm.
This July, the Robot Chicken television series heads back to Blu-ray™ and DVD – and this time, the DC Comics universe is at the center of its Emmy® Award-winning stop-motion lampooning. Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, in partnership with DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, continues to build its repertoire of dishing out hilarious sketch comedy parodies in the all-new Adult Swim Blu-ray and DVD release, Robot Chicken DC Comics Special. The special, which boasts an all-star cast as well as characters Robot Chicken fans have grown to love, provides a unique take on some of the most iconic superheroes from the DC Comics universe – along with others whose powers can’t really be called “super.” It will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on July 9, 2013 for the suggested retail price of $19.98 and $14.98, respectively.
With more than two hours of bonus content created by the special’s producers, including deleted scenes, commentaries, outtakes and more, the Robot Chicken DC Comics Special Blu-ray and DVD is a must-own addition for fans of Robot Chicken and DC Comics alike. The special’s all-star cast includes series co-creator and executive producer Seth Green as Batman, Robin and the put-upon Aquaman; Neil Patrick Harris as Two-Face; Alfred Molina as Lex Luthor; Nathan Fillion as the Green Lantern; Megan Fox as Lois Lane; series and special writer/voice talent Breckin Meyer as Superman, plus Abe Benrubi, Alex Borstein, Clare Grant, Tara Strong, series co-creator and executive producer Matthew Senreich, series co-head writer/co-executive producer Tom Root, series director Zeb Wells and Kevin Shinick as co-producer, writer and narrator.
The list of special features included on the Robot Chicken DC Comics Special Blu-ray and DVD include:
· The Making of Robot Chicken DC Comics Special
· Robot Chicken DC Comics Special’s Aquaman Origin Story
· Chicken Nuggets
· Writers’ Commentary
· Actors’ Commentary
· DC Entertainment Tour
· Stoopid Alter Egos
· Deleted Sketches
· 5.2 Questions
Executive producers for the Robot Chicken DC Comics Special include Green, Senreich, DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns, Warner Bros. Animation’s Executive Vice President, Creative Affairs Sam Register, and Stoopid Buddies Stoodios’ John Harvatine IV and Eric Towner. Green directs the 23-minute special with a script by co-head writers/co-executive producers Douglas Goldstein and Root along with Robot Chicken series writers Green, Senreich, Mike Fasolo, Zeb Wells, Matthew Beans, DC Entertainment’s Johns, Men at Work and Franklin & Bash’s Meyer and MAD’s Shinick. Janet Dimon is supervising producer and Ethan Marak is co-producer.
Disney Acquires Distribution Rights to Four Marvel Films from Paramount
Deal covers Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Thor, and Captain America: The First Avenger
BURBANK, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Walt Disney Studios, Paramount Pictures and Marvel Studios announced they have reached an agreement under which Disney has acquired all of the distribution rights previously held by Paramount for Marvel Studios’ Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Thor, and Captain America: The First Avenger. Under terms of the deal effective June 30, 2013, Paramount was paid for the transfer of the distribution rights. Paramount will continue to honor and service existing distribution commitments. All other distribution activities will be transitioned to Disney over the next several months.
The Walt Disney Company acquired Marvel Entertainment in 2009, purchasing the worldwide marketing and distribution rights for Marvel’s The Avengers and Marvel’s Iron Man 3 from Paramount the following year.
About The Walt Disney Studios
For nearly 90 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) was built. Today, the Studio brings quality movies, music and stage plays to consumers throughout the world. The Walt Disney Studios encompasses the creation, production, promotion, sales, acquisition and domestic and international distribution of live-action and animated motion pictures, home entertainment releases, music and soundtrack recordings, and live stage plays. Feature films are released under the following banners: Disney; Walt Disney Animation Studios; 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!. For more information, please visit www.disney.com.
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 over 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in licensing, entertainment (via Marvel Studios and Marvel Animation) and publishing (via Marvel Comics). Marvel’s strategy is to leverage its franchises in a growing array of opportunities around the world, including feature films, consumer products, toys, video games, animated television, direct-to-DVD and online. For more information, visit www.marvel.com.
About Paramount Pictures Corporation
Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment, is a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. Paramount controls a collection of some of the most powerful brands in filmed entertainment, including Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Insurge Pictures, MTV Films, and Nickelodeon Movies. PPC operations also include Paramount Home Media Distribution, Paramount Pictures International, Paramount Licensing Inc., and Paramount Studio Group.
From Marvel, the Studio That Brought You the Biggest Super Hero Movie of All Time, Marvel’s The Avengers, Comes the Next Chapter in the Powerful World of Tony Stark
MARVEL’S IRON MAN 3
Early Debut of the HD Digital and HD Digital 3D on September 3, 2013
Followed by 3D Super Set, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, Digital Copy & On Demand September 24, 2013
Synopsis: Marvel Studios’ Iron Man 3 pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: Does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?
Cast: Robert Downey Jr. (The Avengers, Iron Man, Sherlock Holmes) as Tony Stark/Iron Man,Gwyneth Paltrow (Se7en, Iron Man 2, Iron Man) as Pepper Potts, Don Cheadle (Crash, Iron Man 2, Hotel Rwanda) as Lt. Col. James “Rhodey” Rhodes/ War Machine, Guy Pearce (Memento, L.A. Confidential, The Hurt Locker) as Aldrich Killian, Rebecca Hall (The Prestige, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, The Town) as Maya Hansen, Stephanie Szostak (The Devil Wears Prada, Dinner for Schmucks) as Ellen Brandt, James Badge Dale (The Departed, Shame) as Eric Savin, with Jon Favreau (Iron Manfranchise) as Happy Hogan, and Ben Kingsley (Schindler’s List, Hugo, Shutter Island ) as The Mandarin
Producer: Kevin Feige (Marvel’s The Avengers, Marvel’s Iron Man, Marvel’s Thor)
Release Date: HD Digital and HD Digital 3D: September 3, 2013
3D BD, BD, DVD, Digital Copy, On Demand: September 24, 2013
(Direct Pre-book: 7/30/13; Distributor Pre-book: 8/13/13)
Deconstructing The Scene: Attack On Air Force One: Jump into action with the stunt-team
(3D, BD, DVD & skydivers in this close-up look at creating one of the movie’s most memorable scenes.
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Exclusive Behind-The-Scenes Look – Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World—Experience the spectacular new worlds, unforgettable characters, and pulse-pounding thrills of the upcoming blockbuster movie.
Marvel’s Iron Man 3 Unmasked—Join cast and crew for a crash course in epic movie-making, Marvel style.
Deleted & Extended Scenes
Audio Commentary—With Drew Pearce & Shane Black
Feature Run Time: 130 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.
Subtitles: English, French & Spanish
By Brandon Thompson.
Hollywood’s latest winning formula for making money is the comic book movie. According to boxofficemojo.com, the top five comic book-based films released since 2008 have together grossed nearly $2.5 billion—in order of receipts, those movies are “The Avengers,” “The Dark Knight,” “The Dark Knight Rises,” “Spider-Man” (2002), and “Iron Man 3.”
Why Are These Films So Hot?
Why all this interest in costumed do-gooders? This question is being asked not just by fans and movie producers but also by psychologists, sociologists and lots of other academic types. Plenty of theories have been advanced, ranging from the public’s desire to escape the realities of the struggling economy to the extreme devotion of fanboys to their heroes.
None of these holds water under close examination, however. For one thing, the world inside many of these films is even grimmer than the one portrayed on CNN. “The Dark Knight Rises,” for example, shows a bleak existence in which criminals and terrorists drive a major city to near destruction. Nothing from that vision of Gotham City would make it to funny picture galleries. And, while the fanboy theory has some merit, studies of moviegoers show that many of those who watch these films have never bought a comic book in their lives. So, what’s the explanation for the public’s embrace of these onscreen adventures?
Superheros Have Always Been With Us
In one sense, there’s no need to explain anything. Stories of characters with special powers have been around since human civilization began. The ancient Greeks told tales of demigods like Hercules, who possessed massive physical strength and battled the forces of evil both on earth and in supernatural realms. The Scandinavians celebrated the deeds of Beowulf, a mighty warrior who rid the earth of horrific monsters.
Some try to attribute these legends to the mindsets of people living in superstitious times. But the phenomena has shown no sign of abating since the dawn of the scientific age. Nineteenth-century loggers swapped stories about Paul Bunyan, a giant who used his size and physical prowess to cut down whole forests. Even real-life characters like Wyatt Earp have had their life stories blown completely out of proportion to their actual accomplishments. There’s something in the human psyche that’s drawn to the idea of larger-than-life figures who battle evil with special abilities only they possess.
CGI on the Scene
This is all well and good, but none of this explains why superhero films in particular have proven so popular in recent years. One answer is quite simple: The reason they’re around now is that these movies could not have been made in earlier times. For example, most of them depend quite heavily on computer-generated images (CGI) to portray world-shaking battles and other action scenes. But CGI only became useful on a large scale since the 2000s began.
There were attempts to make superhero-oriented movies in earlier years, of course. But they tended to be awful, as anyone who remembers “The Incredible Hulk” TV series can attest to. Covering a bodybuilder in green paint falls far short of portraying the character from Marvel Comics, who could toss tanks around like they were toys.
Why Do They Do It? Because They Can
So the answer to the question of why people are flocking to see these films is simple. For the first time in history, moviegoers can actually see the events shown in the comic books come to life in a realistic-looking way. The magic of modern special effects has merged with our ancient yearning for superheroes. This has produced a spectacular new genre in which our fantasies finally come true, to the delight of all. That in itself is a tale worth telling on the big screen.
This new infographic compares the best known actors for Superman, Batman, The Hulk, and Spider-Man.
It’s a bird…It’s a plane…It’s Superman! Well, not Superman himself, but it IS a super awesome Superman infographic.
2013 is THE year for everyone’s favorite Man of Steel. Between it being the hero’s 75th anniversary, and Man of Steel hitting the silver screen on June 14th, we’re bursting with red and blue excitement! Thankfully, we were able to use our energy for good rather than evil, and create a visual guide to the evolution of Superman’s iconic emblem.
We cover the logo’s various incarnations in both comics and popular culture, starting with its first appearance in 1938 and culminating with what the famed “S” will look like when Henry Cavill reveals it on on his Clark Kent-ee chest in theaters.
On behalf of Relativity Media, we are pleased to share the first look images from their upcoming animated film, FREE BIRDS. Woody Harrelson and Owen Wilson star as a pair of feathered friends who travel back in time to change the course of history – in hopes of getting turkey off the holiday menu for good.
The film also stars Amy Poehler, and the just announced Eddie ‘Piolin’ Sotelo (Ice Age: Continental Drift), Danny Carey (drummer for the world-renowned rock band Tool) and Josh Lawson (The Campaign). FREE BIRDS will be released in 2D and 3D formats on November 1st – just in time for Thanksgiving!
June 3, 2013 by Brian Pate
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LUCASFILM LTD., DISNEY PUBLISHING WORLDWIDE AND PUBLISHING PARTNERS ANNOUNCE SECOND ANNUAL STAR WARS READS DAY
Bookstore and library events to be held October 5, 2013
New York, NY – Lucasfilm, Disney Publishing Worldwide, and its publishing partners announced today the second annual Star Wars Reads Day to be held this October 5, 2013. Last year, 30 authors and 1,500 costumed volunteers participated in over 1,200 Star Wars Reads Day events across North America. On October 5 of this year, Star Wars fans, authors, and artists will again come together in this multi-publisher initiative that celebrates reading and Star Wars. Participating publishing partners include Abrams, Chronicle Books, Dark Horse, Del Rey, DK, Quirk Books, Random House Audio, Scholastic, Titan Magazines, and Workman.
“Star Wars Reads Day is the kind of initiative that we at Lucasfilm love to support” says Carol Roeder, Director of Publishing at Lucasfilm. “Reading and Star Wars have gone hand-in-hand since 1976, when the novelization of the original Star Wars movie was released. Over the years, many fans have discovered the joy in reading through Star Wars books, and we hope to continue encouraging more people to read.”
Official Star Wars Reads Day author events are already confirmed at the following locations:
Ann Arbor, MI – Barnes & Noble
Austin, TX – Barnes & Noble
Carle Place, NY – Barnes & Noble
Cincinnati, OH – Joseph-Beth Booksellers
Denver, CO – Tattered Cover
Madison, WI – Barnes & Noble
New York, NY – The Scholastic Store
Portland, OR – Wordstock Festival
Redondo Beach, CA – Mysterious Galaxy
Richmond, VA – bbgb
Roseville, MN – Barnes & Noble
San Francisco, CA – Books Inc.
Seattle, WA – University Bookstore
Warwick, RI – Barnes & Noble
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An official Star Wars event kit (free of charge), including reproducible activity sheets and trivia, will be available for download at: http://starwars.com/reads/
Lucasfilm, STAR WARS™ and related properties are trademarks and/or copyrights, in the United States and other countries, of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its affiliates. TM & © Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. All other trademarks and trade names are properties of their respective owners.
The Force is back at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park as Star Wars Weekends returns May 17th through June 9th. Fans from all over the world come to share their love of all things Star Wars and Disney during this special event. Returning for the fifth year in a row is actress Ashley Eckstein, the voice of Ahsoka Tano from Star Wars: The Clone Wars and founder of the popular sci-fi merchandise line for fangirls, Her Universe™. As with previous years, Eckstein will be bringing an all-new, unique range of Star Wars by Her Universe designs to the month-long event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios including fashion tops, tunics, tanks and dresses located in Darth’s Mall. Eckstein will be meeting fans and signing autographs every day during the event and she will also be returning as host for Behind the Force: Star Wars Voices each weekend.
“As a lifelong Disney fan, it’s a dream come true for me to return to Disney’s Star Wars Weekends and debut my new Her Universe merchandise,” said Eckstein. “It’s been an honor to work with Disney to create designs for this event. We have an assortment of new items for female fans of all ages, including our new exclusive Return of the Jedi necklace in honor of the 30th Anniversary!”
Her Universe has only made 1,250 necklaces to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of this beloved movie. This extremely limited edition piece will come with an autographed certificate by Eckstein and will only be sold at select Her Universe events debuting at Star Wars Weekends. Only 500 necklaces will be available for sale at Disney starting on May 17th. They are available on a first-come-first-serve basis. Also debuting at the event will be will the highly anticipated Rogue Squadron dress and X-Wing Pilot tank top. Other items premiering will be matching youth and adult R2-D2 tunic tops, an adorable youth Princess Leia tunic top, retro women’s fashion tops and a limited edition Asajj Ventress costume top.
Photo credit: – Kelsey Edwards Photography
About Her Universe
Her Universe was launched in 2009 by actress and entrepreneur Ashley Eckstein, and her partner, The Araca Group, known as one of the most innovative theatrical production and merchandise companies in the world. Her Universe was created to directly address the expanding market of female fans by entering into its first agreement with Lucas Licensing to develop and produce a line of female-centered Star Wars apparel and accessories. The success of that line was followed up with a collection for the Syfy network including such shows as Battlestar Galactica and with BBC America for Doctor Who and with CBS Consumer Products for Star Trek. You can learn more about Her Universe and purchase the current line of fangirl apparel and accessories by going to www.heruniverse.com and by following Eckstein on Facebook (facebook.com/HerUniverse) and Twitter (twitter.com/HerUniverse).
About Disney’s Star Wars Weekends
Running every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from May 17th through June 9th, Disney’s Star Wars Weekends is an annual event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park celebrating all things Star Wars. In addition to offering fans a unique opportunity to join Jedi Masters, Sith Lords and Star Wars celebrities for special shows, presentations, memorabilia and the all-new Star Tours attraction: Star Tours –The Adventures Continue. For more information on Star Wars Weekends, click here.
STAR WARS™ and related properties are trademarks and/or copyrights, in the United States and other countries, of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its affiliates. TM & © Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. All other trademarks and trade names are properties of their respective owners.
Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA introduces a comic book immersive course as part of their summer programming. “Introduction to Comics I and II” is a two week workshop and will be taught by comic book professionals Adam Miller and Jason Mathis. Course description follows. For more information or to sign up please click the link.
Introduction to Comics I
Instructors: Jason Mathis (primary) and Adam Miller
June 24 – 28, 2013; M – F, 9 am – 4 pm
This workshop will explore the first steps towards creating and producing your own comic. We will begin by deconstructing the medium and highlighting the importance of each part as it contributes to the whole, from pencils and inks, to plotting and dialogue, bringing them all together in a way that takes advantage of this unique, visual, storytelling art form. Historical examples, active discussions, and critical feedback will take place alongside practical studio work.The course will culminate in a mini-expose of our work throughout the week.
**This course is designed as part one of a two week comics immersive, though each week may be taken individually; second part held during the week of July 8-12. Minimum age is 16 years.
(non-credit course only)
Introduction to Comics II
Instructors: Adam Miller (primary) & Jason Mathis
July 8 – 12, 2013; M – F, 9 am – 4 pm
You made a comic book, so now what? Developing a story and making art for a comic is only half the battle. What you do with your creation after it’s made is what sets apart the pretenders from the contenders. This course will give you and your book a chance to get noticed in a crowd. We will discuss effective cover design, production, promotion, distribution and networking. Learn how to take your project from art desk to convention floor, from your head to their hands. Through first-hand accounts, contemporary examples, studio work and group discussion we’ll brainstorm the best plan of action to bring you goals closer to comic book reality. The course will culminate in a mini-expose of our work throughout the week.
**This course is designed as part two of a two week comics immersive, though each week may be taken individually; first part held during the week of June 24-28. Minimum age for the course is 16 years.
(non-credit course only)
Adam Miller graduated from Montserrat in 2000 with a BFA in Illustration. He is best known for his work as creative director for publisher Terminal Press, where he co-created the ZombieBomb! comic anthology. Adam has shown art from coast to coast, most recently exhibiting at the Halcyon and Genuine Artikle galleries, both in NYC. His work has received recognition from G4TV, The New York Times, Fangoria and MSNBC.
Jason Mathis is a Canadian artist who currently lives and works in Scotland. He is an active member of the Hope Street Studios – a prominent community of graphic and comic artists in Glasgow – and also teaches comics and life drawing for the Glasgow School of Art. Jason’s work has been shown in the UK, Germany, Canada and the US, and his self published ‘zine All You Can Eat has managed to find itself in pockets all across the globe. He holds an MFA from Glasgow School of Art. jammdiggity.blogspot.co.uk