LEGO Speed Champions

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Beginning from March 2015, builders of all ages, with fuel in their veins, can now create the speeding-bullet cars at home. The LEGO Group has now announced its partnership with the three automobile manufacturers Ferrari, McLaren and Porsche resulting in a new, high-speed product line for building the most favorite cars from LEGO bricks: the LEGO Speed Champions.

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An adrenaline kick and the thrill of speed are included.

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Seven different LEGO sets will be available from spring 2015, ensuring lots of racing action and squealing tyres in the children’s room. A large red Ferrari truck drives up – together with the Ferrari F14 T Racing car. What’s more, a McLaren Mercedes pit stop set will also be available, featuring the McLaren Mercedes MP4-29 as well as the home stretch with lights function and two Porsche cars – the 911 RSR and 911 GT3 R Hybrid. Also four sets of stand-alone vehicles wait to hit the track. Whether it is a racing car or road car – the new brick built car models will get the hearts of five- to eleven-year old as well as grown up engine fans beating faster.

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In addition to typical LEGO building fun, the LEGO Speed Champions series of vehicles is particularly amazing thanks to its many authentic details: the LEGO minifigures are wearing racing car overalls, there is a winner’s cup, flags and detailed tools.

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Get Your First Look At The 2015 Comic Con Souvenir Book With Cover Art By Michael Cho

Comic-Con International revealed the art for this year’s Souvenir Book at a special event co-sponsored with the CBLDF. The event, part of Will Eisner Week, was held at the Society of Illustrators in New York City on Wednesday, March 4. The CCI/CBLDF event was part of an ongoing series of education programs offered by the two organizations.

This year’s book features an incredible cover by illustrator Michael Cho (whose book, Shoplifter, was one of the best reviewed graphic novels of 2014), celebrating the legacy of Will Eisner’s The Spirit. Eisner’s character debuted in 1940 as a Sunday newspaper supplement and in its heyday reached over 5 million readers each week. Eisner ended the strip in 1952, but it went on to have an amazing afterlife in both reprints and new stories, starting in the 1960s and continuing through today. It’s a testament to Eisner’s work that The Spirit has stood the test of time and continues to entertain and inspire fans, readers, comic creators, and filmmakers. Eisner’s vivid and cinematic storytelling, rich with characterization, wit, and just plain great drawing, is as enjoyable today as when it was first published.

In addition to cover artist Michael Cho, the event featured artists John Cassaday (Star Wars), Paul Pope (Battling Boy), and editor Charles Kochman (Abrams ComicArts, editor of the upcoming book, Will Eisner: Champion of the Graphic Novel by Paul Levitz), in conversation with CBLDF executive director Charles Brownstein (whose book Eisner/Miller featured a long interview between Will and Frank Miller). The panelists discussed Eisner’s ongoing influence and inspiration for creators and why he is considered one of the masters of comic art. Eisner would have been 98 years old on March 6. He died in 2005, creating new graphic novels up until the very end. Will Eisner Week is an annual celebration in March promoting graphic novel literacy, sequential art, free speech awareness, and the legacy of Will Eisner.

The Comic-Con International Souvenir Book is a full-color, keepsake trade paperback that is published each year and given free to all attendees at the event (while supplies last). Comic-Con International 2015 will be held July 9-12 at the San Diego Convention Center.

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The Peanuts Movie Debuts Four New Character Posters

20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios have debuted four new character posters for the upcoming The Peanuts Movie! Check out new designs featuring Linus, Lucy, Charlie Brown and Snoopy!

In the film, Snoopy, the world’s most lovable beagle – and flying ace – embarks upon his greatest mission as he takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis The Red Baron, while his best pal, Charlie Brown, begins his own epic quest. The Peanuts Movie comes from the imagination of Charles M. Schulz and the creators of the Ice Age films.

The most popular and influential comic strip of all time, “Peanuts” was read every day by 355 million people in 75 countries. In addition to the famous strip, “Peanuts” holiday television specials such as “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” have won Emmy’s and continue to be among the highest rated prime time TV specials.

Featuring the voices of Noah Schnapp, Hadley Belle Miller, AJ Tecce, Noah Johnston, Venus Schultheis, Alexander Garfin, Francesca Capaldi, Mar Mar, Mariel Sheets, Rebecca Bloom, William Alexander Wunsch, Anastasia Bredikhina and Madisyn Shipman, The Peanuts Movie is directed by Steve Martino from a script by Craig Schulz, Bryan Schulz, and Cornelius Uliano. Look for it to hit the big screen on November 6, 2015.

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Bruce Willis to Make Broadway Debut In Adaptation of Stephen King’s Misery

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Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures is bringing an adaptation of Stephen King’s novel Misery to Broadway and has enlisted Bruce Willis to star.

Willis will make his Broadway debut opposite stage veteran Elizabeth Marvel (Other Desert Cities, House of Cards) in the play written by two-time Academy Award winner William Goldman (The Princess Bride, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid), who also wrote the screenplay for the 1990 Rob Reiner film that starred Kathy Bates in her Oscar-winning turn as Annie Wilkes.

Willis will play the housebound romance novelist Paul Sheldon, who becomes a prisoner of his unhinged “Number One Fan” Wilkes (Marvel) after she rescues him from a car accident and learns that he plans to kill off her favorite fictional character.

Will Frears (Omnium Gatherum) has signed on to direct the play, which is scheduled for a limited run in the fall at a theater to be announced.

Misery will be produced by Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures’ Mark Kaufman and Castle Rock Entertainment’s Martin Shafer and Liz Glotzer. Raymond Wu also is producing.

Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures has become an increasingly active producer in recent years. The division is currently behind the musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in London’s West End, with Sam Mendes directing, scheduled to bow on Broadway during the 2016-17 season. The division also is co-producing the 2013 Olivier Award best play winner The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time on Broadway. Warners’ other recent Broadway credits include the Tony-winning original musical The Bridges of Madison County and the holiday hit Elf.

Willis was last on a New York stage when he understudied Ed Harris in the lead role of the 1983 off-Broadway production of Sam Shepard’s Fool for Love. Marvel’s last Broadway appearance was in the 2013 revival of Picnic.

Misery had its world premiere at Bucks County Playhouse in fall 2012.

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MONDO To Release House On Haunted Hill Prints By Jonathan Burton On March 5, 2015

Tomorrow MONDO will release House On Haunted Hill Prints by Jonathan Burton.

House On Haunted Hill featured stars both on screen and off. Ever reliant Vincent Price stars in one of his most memorable rolls, but the real star of the show is director William Castle and his promotional stunt “Emergo,” in which a plastic skeleton was flown over the audience in the theater during key moments of the film. His creativity and inventiveness took sometimes mediocre movies and made them genuine experiences. This film is said to have inspired Alfred Hitchcock to make his own low budget horror film…. Psycho!

Here’s what Jonathan had to say about the poster:

“I found House on Haunted Hill creepy and camp in equal measure and I wanted the poster to get into the spirit of the film in a fun ‘haunted house’ atmosphere. There are some hidden details in the poster that I won’t reveal but will hopefully jump out to fans of the film. I drew Frederick Loren as a manipulative figure controlling the proceedings, and while at first we’re unsure about his motivations, Vincent Price plays the character as a deliciously dark puppet master.”

You can check out detail shots of the prints on the MONDO blog.

Please follow MONDO on Twitter for the on sale announcement. These posters will be available online at a random time on Thursday, March 5th.

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House on Haunted Hill regular print by Jonathan Burton. 24″x36″ screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 200. $45

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House on Haunted Hill variant print by Jonathan Burton. 24″x36″ screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 110. $65

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Watch The New Trailer For Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron

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Marvel Studios has released the brand-new trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Avengers: Age of Ultron is the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.

Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Don Cheadle as James Rhodes/War Machine, Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill and Stellan Skarsgård as Erik Selvig, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision.

Written and directed by Joss Whedon and produced by Kevin Feige, Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963. Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Jeremy Latcham, Patricia Whitcher, Stan Lee and Jon Favreau serve as executive producers. Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron opens in theaters on May 1, 2015.

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Check Out The New Poster For Pixar’s Inside Out

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Meet the little voices inside your head with this brand new Inside Out poster!

The animated adventure comedy is directed by Pete Docter (Monsters, Inc., Up) and stars Amy Poehler (“Parks and Recreation,” They Came Together), Bill Hader (“Saturday Night Live,” Superbad), Lewis Black (“The Daily Show,” “Root of All Evil”), Mindy Kaling (“The Office,” “The Mindy Project”), Phyllis (“The Office,” Bad Teacher), Diane Lane (Secretariat, Man of Steel) and Kyle MacLachlan (“Twin Peaks,” “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”)

Set inside the mind of an 11-year-old named Riley, Inside Out knows that growing up can be a bumpy road. It’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco.

Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy (Poehler), Fear (Hader), Anger (Black), Disgust (Kaling) and Sadness (Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.

Inside Out opens in theaters on June 19, 2015.

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Walt Disney Animation Studios Reveals New Zootopia Concept Art

Walt Disney Animation Studios has revealed new concept art from Zootopia.

In the film, the modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it’s a melting pot where animals from every environment live together—a place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything. But when optimistic Officer Judy Hopps arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn’t so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde, to solve the mystery.

The comedy-adventure is directed by Byron Howard (Tangled, Bolt) and Rich Moore (Wreck-It Ralph, “The Simpsons”) and co-directed by Jared Bush (“Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero”). Zootopia opens in theaters on March 4, 2016.

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10 Cool Movie Easter Eggs, Hey I Missed That

An easter egg is an intentional hidden message, inside joke or feature in a work such as a video game, television program, movie or book. The term draws a parallel between the custom of the Easter egg hunt observed in many Western nations and the last Russian imperial family’s tradition of giving elaborately jeweled egg-shaped creations by Carl Fabergé which contained hidden surprises.

Here are some cool movie easter eggs that you may have missed at the cinema, in the poster, on the soundtrack or DVD.

Both R2-D2 and his companion C-3PO appear amongst the hieroglyphics in the Well of Souls scene in Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark.

R2D2 is included in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek prequel.

R2-D2 also has a cameo in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.

Pac-Man appeared in Tron.

Near the beginning of Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones meets up with crime lord Lao Che to trade ashes for a diamond, and where better to make an illicit, double-crossing trade than internationally renowned Club Obi Wan.

In Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace politicians from the E.T. home planet show up in the galactic senate.

Put Fight Club into your DVD player. There will be an FBI warning followed by an Attention warning. The next screen contains a message from Tyler Durden that you probably fast forwarded through.

The Silence of the Lambs poster prominently features Death’s Head moths but look a little closer and you will see…

seven nude women are arranged to look like a skull…creepy!

In the movie Inception, whenever DiCaprio and his gang are about to wake up, they hear the song Non, Je Ne Regrette Nien by Edith Piaf. What you might not have realized is that you’re hearing it even when you think you aren’t.

The ultra-dramatic instrumental theme you hear over and over for the last 45 minutes of the movie? is actually the same Edith Piaf song, slowed down almost beyond recognition.

The really cool part is that it makes perfect sense. The Edith Piaf song is a way for the characters to know they’re about to wake up — but since time passes more slowly inside dreams, what seems like two minutes and 23 seconds in reality can last a lot longer for them. While the song is playing at normal speed in the waking world, the characters should hear it all slowed down.


Iron Man had a blink and you’ll miss it Captain America shield cameo.

Even though it didn’t make the final cut of the film, The Incredible Hulk tried to include Captain America’s backstory. Here he is frozen in the ice, just waiting to be thawed out.

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Clever Popeye Tattoo

Here’s a clever Popeye tattoo inked by Alina Fokina, an artist in Ufa, Russia.

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