Monthly Archives: January 2012

Mondo Drive Poster By Ken Taylor To Be Sold On Thursday February 2nd

Below is the limited edition Mondo Drive poster created by Ken Taylor which will be  sold online starting this Thursday at a random time. Follow @MondoNews on twitter for more info.

Poster by Ken Taylor. 24″x36″ screen print. Hand Numbered. Edition of 445. Printed by D&L Screenprinting. $45

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Stan Lee’s First Official Website To Launch On February 7

Stan Lee, creator of Spider-Man, Hulk, Thor, The Avengers and The Fantastic Four is on the cusp of launching his own official website – TheRealStanLee.com on Tuesday February 7th 2012

A sneak preview of what’s in-store on the site will include: exclusive scoops on Stan’s latest projects, behind-the-scenes looks at the worldwide events that Stan attends, games, contests and lots more!

For fans signing up onto the site in time for launch day, they will be in with a chance to win some cool signed Stan Lee items.

Finally, TheRealStanLee.com will launch with a surprise – an online event presented by a special secret host who will interview Stan – those signed up will be invited to tune into the Q&A.

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Adele Officially Confirmed for Grammys Performance

After weeks of speculation, it has finally been announced that Adele will be performing at the 54th annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 12, marking her first live performance since undergoing vocal surgery last year.

“I’m immensely proud to have been asked to perform at this year’s Grammy Awards,” said Adele in a statement. “It’s an absolute honor to be included in such a night, and for it to be my first performance in months is very exciting and of course nerve-racking, but what a way to get back into it all.”

The “Rolling In The Deep” songstress joins previously-announced performers Jason Aldean, Kelly Clarkson, Glen Campbell, The Band Perry, Blake Shelton, Coldplay, Rihanna, Foo Fighters, Bruno Mars, Paul McCartney, Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift. LL Cool J is signed on to host.

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Download Seven Stories By Brian James Freeman For Free This Week

Seven Stories by acclaimed author Brian James Freeman is only available on Amazon.com and is now FREE for everyone this week only at this special link: http://amzn.to/SevenStories

About the Stories:

Walking With the Ghosts of Pier 13: 

A grueling summer of horror is finally winding down, and Jeremy is one of the wandering survivors who can’t come to grips with the acts of terror that have been ripping his nation apart. His destination today is Pier 13, the ocean front amusement park his family visited every summer when he was a child, and his purpose for coming here is simple: he wants to understand why so many people have been dying in such violent acts… but that might not be the only answer he finds at the old docks.

Running Rain:

In the year since their son was the first victim of a serial killer known as the The Riverside Strangler, a devastated husband and wife have tried to pretend life can somehow be normal again… but the secrets they’re keeping from each other are pushing their relationship to the brink. To make matters worse, The Riverside Strangler was never caught, and now the husband is obsessed with running along the river at night, searching for the truth about why his son died: a truth he may not really want to know…

Answering the Call:

A young man’s very unusual job is taking a heavy toll on him. He stays in homes during the owner’s funeral. Someone needs to be there to answer the phone, receive deliveries, and deter thieves who might have seen the obituary in the newspaper and decided this would be a good time for a break-in. The young man has seen a lot of strange things over the years in the homes of the dead, and sometimes his job is truly a matter of life and death…

The Punishment Room:

Assuming Michael manages to escape the Punishment Room with his sanity and his life, he isn’t sure if he’ll be able to go on living with the knowledge of what he did to survive… but then again, that’s a dilemma he wouldn’t mind confronting, given the finality of the alternative.

What They Left Behind:

There’s something lurking in the basement of the old Timlico office building. This thing is evil, the result of the tragic fire that killed dozens of Timlico employees and sent that business spiraling into bankruptcy — or maybe the thing was the cause of the fire. Scott and a few friends will learn more about this thing before the day is over, including some very bad news for everyone: the thing in the basement is still hungry.

A Dreamlike State:

Daniel is driving back to his hometown for the first time in six years because his father is dying, but he knows there’s more than a sick patriarch waiting for him in the house where he grew up. He has a heart full of questions, and all of his childhood ghosts are patiently waiting for him… and they have a few questions of their own.

Where Sunlight Sleeps:

A grieving father and his young son, both dealing with their loss in their own ways. A Saturday ritual, retracing the last steps of the woman they loved more than any other. A search for the place where the sunlight sleeps, where bad feelings can be released. And a trip down a memory lane lined with jagged edges and vicious traps that just won’t let them go.

If you have a Kindle, or the Kindle App, or even if you just want to try out the free Kindle Cloud for the first time, now is a great time to grab a copy of the collection before it goes back up to the regular retail price on Friday!

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Remote Control People Flying Over New York City To Promote Chronicle

Three remote control people-shaped flying devices were released over New York City recently as a marketing stunt to promote Chronicle, an upcoming film that follows three teenage boys who can fly. The stunt was conceived by viral marketing company, Thinkmodo. The film opens in theaters on February 3, 2012.

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Know Your Dino Print By Dave Perillo Goes On Sale Tuesday, February 6th

Acid Free Gallery will release this whimsical and educational art print by Dave Perillo next week. “Know Your Dino” is a 16″ x 20″ giclee, has an edition of 50, and will cost $45. There is also an edition of 5 stretched-canvas versions for $125 each. Prints go on sale Tuesday, February 6th at a random time (follow them on Twitter for an exact time). Visit Acid Free Gallery.

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First Look At Lego Gollum & The Rest of The Lord of The Rings Minifigs

Lego has releasedl the official images of all the Lego Lord of the Rings minifigs. That includes the first look of the awesome Gollum, the Ringwraiths, the Uruk-hais, Moria Orcs and the Mordor Orcs. It also has a clear shot of Frodo, Gandalf and more.

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Matthew Vaughn Will Direct X-Men First Class Sequel

Fox has closed the deal for Matthew Vaughn to return to direct the unnamed X-Men: First Class sequel, working from a script being written by Simon Kinberg (X-Men: The Last Stand, Jumper, Sherlock Holmes) and with Bryan Singer once again producing.

It’s a given that all the original cast from the first movie signed a multiple picture deal in their contract so you can expect James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender returning as Professor X and Magneto, respectively.

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John Mellencamp & Stephen King’s Ghost Brothers of Darkland County CD Due On May 22, 2012 Featuring: Elvis Costello, Rosanne Cash, Kris Kristofferson & Sheryl Crow

John Mellencamp and Stephen King’s dramatic musical, Ghost Brothers of Darkland County will debut as a theatrical presentation beginning April 4 in Atlanta; a guest star-packed studio concept album will follow on May 22, via Hear Music, in both a single disc and 3-CD deluxe edition.

Elvis Costello, Rosanne Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Sheryl Crow, Taj Mahal and Neko Case are set to sing on the project, with Matthew McConaughey, Meg Ryan, former boxer Joe Frazier and Costello doing readings, as well. Both projects are produced with the input of producer T-Bone Burnett — who described the sound as “dark, foggy … and scary.”

The novelist King authored the narrative, while veteran singer-songwriter Mellencamp added music and lyrics. “It sounds like the Sgt. Pepper of Americana to me,” Mellencamp said in pre-release materials, adding that the goal was to make the recording sound something like “an old radio play” complete with dialogue and sound effects.

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Relativity Media Will Adapt Hasbro’s Stretch Armstrong For A 2014 Live-Action Film

Relativity Media has partnered with global branded play company Hasbro, Inc. to develop and produce a live-action tent-pole film based on Stretch Armstrong, the iconic action hero figure launched in the 1970s, it was announced today by Relativity’s Co-President, Tucker Tooley and Hasbro’s President and CEO, Brian Goldner.

Relativity will be the domestic distributor and will release the film internationally through its network of foreign output partners. The film is targeted for an April 11, 2014 release date.

The film will be produced by Relativity’s CEO, Ryan Kavanaugh (The Fighter), Hasbro’s Goldner (Transformers) and Bennett Schneir, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Motion Pictures (Battleship). Tooley (Immortals) will serve as executive producer.

Hasbro has become an entertainment powerhouse by creating hit movies and television shows from its rich portfolio of world class brands. Since 2007, Hasbro’s Transformers and G.I. Joe franchises have grossed nearly $3 billion at the worldwide box office. 2012 is shaping up to be another stellar year for Hasbro with its partners Universal Pictures releasing Battleship in April and Paramount Pictures releasing G.I. Joe: Retaliation in June. In television, Hasbro Studios produces shows like Transformers Prime and My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic that can be seen on the HUB television network in the U.S. and in more than 140 countries globally.

“We are absolutely thrilled to partner with Hasbro, a company whose global reach and ability to innovate has made them immensely successful in the arena of brand re-imagination– as evidenced by their legacy of creating such franchises as Transformers and G.I. Joe,” said Tooley, “We look forward to bringing Stretch Armstrong to audiences worldwide.”

“Stretch Armstrong is a great example of Hasbro’s rich portfolio of intellectual properties that we are continuing to develop globally,” said Goldner, “We are excited to partner with Relativity on this movie as they are a growing and innovative studio.”

Stretch Armstrong is the classic action hero figure first launched by Hasbro in 1976 and re-launched in the 90’s, sold successfully throughout North America and in markets across the world. The original Stretch’s unique design broke free of traditional action figures, as he could be stretched over and over and always returned back to his original size. The nostalgic toy is considered to be rare and collectible to this day.

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Jerry Seinfeld’s Acura NSX Super Bowl Ad

Jerry Seinfeld is so excited about the new Acura NSX that he will stop at nothing to acquire the very first one. Check out the extended version of Acura’s big game commercial. See what else Jerry would do for the first new NSX.

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Official 2012 Honda CR-V Game Day Commercial – “Matthew’s Day Off” Extended Version

To celebrate the launch of the all-new 2012 CR-V, Honda brought Ferris Bueller’s Day Off back in a big game commercial.  Honda cast Matthew Broderick as himself, skipping out on a day of acting work and living it up in his all-new CR-V. Relive movie history with Honda’s fresh twist and wonderful homage to this ’80s classic.

Think you’re a true fan of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off? They hid over two dozen references to the movie throughout the commercial. Some are obvious, some are VERY subtle. See how many you can find.

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The 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Winners

Click HERE to see the nominees and recipients of the 18th Annual SAG Awards.

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Please Help My Brother & Sister-In-Law Raise Money For The St. Baldrick’s Foundation And Shave The Way To Conquer Kids’ Cancer

My Brother George and his wife, Jennifer  are going to do something pretty amazing and extreme. They are asking for your support. George and Jennifer are going to have their heads shaved at a St. Baldrick’s Foundation event on March 16th, 2012. With their bald heads, they’ll stand in solidarity with kids being treated for cancer while raising money for life-saving research.

Please make a donation on their behalf to help them reach their goal of $1,500 and watch them and others “Shaving the Way to Conquer Kids’ Cancer!” This is a fun way to do something very important.

You can give directly online (search for Palaziol at www.StBaldricks.org) or by phone at 888-899-BALD. Credit cards are the most efficient way to give, or you can write a check payable to “St. Baldrick’s Foundation.”

George and Jennifer will be collecting pledges! To see a list of their donors, fundraising progress, and “before” and “after” photos, visit their page on the St. Baldrick’s website.

St. Baldrick’s funds more in grants for childhood cancer research than any other organization except the U.S. government. Last year, the Foundation has funded nearly $22 million in new grants – all because over 45,000 people shaved their heads!

You can count on this donation being used responsibly. To see all the research being funded – by disease type, location and more – visit www.StBaldricks.org and click on “Where the Money Goes,” then “View Grants.” On behalf of some very special kids, thank you for your support!

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Kevin Smith Discusses His New AMC Reality Series ‘Comic Book Men’

Comic Book Men is set to launch Feb. 12 in a slot after “The Walking Dead,” AMC’s ratings blockbuster. While promoting the show at the recent Television Critics Assn. press tour in Pasadena, Smith offered lengthy proclamations about how “super stoked” he was for the show’s upcoming premiere. Read more HERE.

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Step Into The Creative Mind of Locke & Key Writer Joe Hill

The folks at Acmecast spent an entire hour with Locke & Key writer Joe Hill discussing his history with comics, the genesis of the series and the future of the TV series pilot. Listen to the fascinating interview HERE.

Some fun places to peruse on the internet while you listen to the interview:

- Visit Joe Hill Fiction.com

- Follow Joe Hill on Twitter

- Joe’s first published comics work, Spider-man Unlimited #8, featuring the story “Fanboyz” drawn by the late, great Seth Fisher

- Discover the world of Locke & Key

- Keyhouse‘s Design and 3D Model

- Limited Edition Convention Exclusive Keys

- The Locke & Key pilot page at IMDB.com

- Road Rage IDW Comics

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John Romita’s The Amazing Spider-Man: Artist’s Edition Due On February 1st

John Romita’s The Amazing Spider-Man: Artist’s Edition ($100) is the next book in the ongoing Artist’s Edition series from IDW Publishing. Collecting six classic issues from Romita’s stellar run on The Amazing Spider-Man, each and every page scanned from the original art and presented at full size, the same as it looked on Romita’s drawing table.

Artist’s Editions are printed the same size as the original art. While appearing to be in black & white, each page has been scanned in color to mimic as closely as possible the experience of viewing the actual original art—for example, you are able to clearly see paste-overs, blue pencils in the art, editorial notes, art corrections. Each page is printed the same size as drawn, and the paper selected is as close as possible to the original art board.

The 152 page hardcover will be available in stores on February 1st.

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M Ward To Release New CD, A Wasteland Companion On April 10

In the three years since M Ward released his last solo album, Hold Time, he’s toured the globe, released two albums as one half of Grammy-nominated duo She & Him as well as one with the talented group of friends collectively known as Monsters Of Folk.

A Wasteland Companion, Ward’s sixth solo album, will be released in the US & Canada on April 10 via Merge Records, April 9 in the UK on Bella Union and April 6th in Australia & New Zealand through Spunk Records.

Inspired by his increasingly itinerant lifestyle Ward set forth to create something of a musical travelogue. He explains, “Between now and when I made Hold Time there has been a lot of traveling which requires a lot of reckoning with what to leave behind and what to carry – material and otherwise – and thinking about what I want versus what I need, creatively and otherwise. I wanted to get a reflection of that on the album. It was a process of stripping away my security blanket, which is the same four walls I always record in.”

The album was made with 18 musicians and recorded in eight different studios in Portland, Omaha, New York City, Los Angeles, Austin and Bristol (UK). A Wasteland Companion features the talents of M Ward (piano, guitars, voice, production), Mike Coykendall (percussion, bass), Giant Sand’s Howe Gelb (piano), John Parish (percussion, marimba), Bright Eyes’ Mike Mogis (organ), Susan Sanchez (vocals), She & Him’s Zooey Deschanel (vocals), Jordan Hudson (percussion), Adam Selzer (bass), Nathan “JR” Andersen (piano), Scott McPherson (percussion), Sonic Youth’s Steve Shelley (percussion), Dr. Dog’s Tobey Leaman (bass), Devotchka’s Tom Hagerman (strings), Oakely Hall’s Rachel Cox (vocals), Amanda Lawrence (violin), John Graboff (pedal steel) and Tyler Tornfelt (bass). The recording utilized eight engineers, including Tom Schick (Rufus Wainwright) and John Parish (PJ Harvey)

Track listing:

1. Clean Slate (for Alex & El Goodo)

2. Primitive Girl

3. Me And My Shadow

4. Sweetheart

5. I Get Ideas

6. The First Time I Ran Away

7. A Wasteland Companion

8. Watch The Show

9. There’s A Key

10. Crawl After You

11. Wild Goose

12. Pure Joy

The album is available for pre-order now at www.mwardmusic.com

Here is a list of upcoming shows:

Feb 2 Los Angeles, CA Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Apr 11 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore

Apr 12 Santa Cruz, CA The Cocoanut Grove Ballroom

Apr 13 Indio, CA Coachella **SOLD OUT**

Apr 14 Santa Barbara, CA SoHO

Apr 16 San Diego, CA Belly Up

Apr 17 Phoenix, AZ Crescent Ballroom

Apr 18 Flagstaff, AZ The Orpheum

Apr 20 Indio, CA Coachella **SOLD OUT**

May 5  Portland, ME State Theatre

May 6  Burlington, VT Higher Ground

May 7  New Haven, CT Toads Place

May 8  Boston, MA House of Blues

May 11 New York, NY Webster Hall

May 12 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer

May 13 Washington, DC 9:30 Club

May 15 Durham, NC Duke Performances at Page Auditorium

May 16 Athens, GA Georgia Theatre

May 17 Atlanta, GA Buckhead Theatre

May 22 Chicago, IL Vic Theatre

May 24 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue

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Sony To Hold Sneak Peek Events For The Amazing Spider-Man In Multiple Cities On Monday, February 6th

Sony Pictures will be hold sneak peek events for The Amazing Spider-Man in multiple cities on Monday, February 6th. Displays promoting the events are going up tonight in London, Rio, New York and Los Angeles.

The London URL to sign up for the event is at TheUntoldStoryBegins.co.uk and the U.S. one will be available soon at TheUntoldStoryBegins.com.

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Celebrate Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace As It Returns to Theaters In 3D With Exclusive Activities and Giveaways

Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace opens in 3-D on Feb. 10 and some theaters are offering special giveaways on opening weekend.

- At all RealD theaters, Darth Maul glasses will be handed out (while supplies last) to fans who buy tickets on the movie’s opening day.

- At all AMC Theaters, fans will get the all-new Hasbro “Star Wars” Fighter Pod with the purchase of each RealD 3-D ticket for “Episode I,” all weekend long, Feb. 10-12.  The limit is one per ticket and the offer is good only while supplies last.

- At 10 select AMC theaters in the U.S., starting at 11 a.m. Feb. 11, there will be special events, interactive fun and giveaways. At those sites, fans can expect a Lego feature area, Darth Maul face painting, character appearances, special pod-racer 3-D glasses, a demonstration of the upcoming Xbox Kinnect “Star Wars” game and a Hasbro collectible toy giveaway.

The sites: Atlanta: AMC Southlake 24; Boston: AMC Loews Liberty Tree Mall 20; Chicago: AMC South Barrington 30; Denver: AMC Highlands Ranch 24; Los Angeles: AMC Tustin 14 at The District; AMC Ontario Mills 30; New York: AMC Empire 25; New Jersey: AMC Garden State 16; Phoenix: AMC Mesa Grand 24; San Francisco: AMC Emeryville Bay Street 16.

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Angry Birds Is Coming To Facebook On February 14th

Everyone’s favorite furious fowl, Angry Birds, is coming to Facebook on February 14! Join in on the fun and mark this date on your calendar. Help make this the biggest Facebook event ever!

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Life’s Too Short: Ricky Gervais, Warwick Davis HBO Comedy Releases Official Poster

Ricky Gervais is returning to HBO in the faux documentary “Life’s Too Short,” starring “Star Wars” actor Warwick Davis and guest starring Gervais and a few of his famous friends.

“Life’s Too Short,” from Gervais and Stephen Merchant, is a fictional documentary about Davis’ life as a little person who’s down on his luck, struggling to get back into the spotlight. Davis plays a fictionalized version of himself and runs a talent agency for little people in show business, called “Dwarves for Hire,” though he often takes the roles for himself. He also serves as a vice chairman of a society for little people.

Each episode will also feature cameos from some big names, including Johnny Depp, Liam Neeson, Sting, Helena Bonham Carter, Steve Carell and “So You Think You Can Dance” host Cat Deeley. Gervais and Merchant will also play themselves in supporting roles.

The show premieres on HBO on February 19th.

 

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Six New Planet of The Apes Mondo Prints, On Sale Tomorrow

Mondo, the collectible art boutique arm of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, announces a spectacular set of prints for the Planet of the Apes films. In May 2011, the Alamo Drafthouse hosted “Day of the Apes,” an epic 8-hour marathon of all five Planet of the Apes films.

The poster set, created to commemorate the event, is finally unveiled to the public with each film tackled by a different artist.

The posters, created in partnership with Sideshow Collectibles and Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products, will be sold as a set on Thursday, January 26th for $230. This will also include a bonus print “Alamo Drafthouse Wants You To Go Ape!” which is a variation of the famous Twentieth Century Fox poster created for the 1973 re-release of all five films in theaters.

The prints will be sold as a set on Thursday, January 26th for $230. Any remaining individual prints will go on sale on Friday, January 27th.  Follow @MondoNews for on sale announcements.

Planet of The Apes
Artist: Martin Ansin
Size: 24” x 36”
Edition: 415

Beneath The Planet of The Apes
Artist: Ken Taylor
Size: 24” x 36”
Edition: 390

Escape From The Planet of The Apes
Artist: Rich Kelly
Size: 24” x 36”
Edition: 320

Conquest of The Planet of The Apes
Artist: Phantom City Creative
Size: 24” x 36”
Edition: 370

Battle For The Planet of The Apes
Artist: Florian Bertmer
Size: 24” x 36”
Edition of 345

Bonus Print: Go Ape*
Limited Edition Lithograph
Artist: Jason Edmiston
Size: 24” x 36”
Edition: 295
*Only available with purchase of the full poster set.

Variants of the five Planet of the Apes film prints will be available via the Sideshow Collectibles website at a future date.

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Cool Music Video of The Week: Dawned On Me By Wilco

The new Wilco video for Dawned On Me from the band’s Grammy-nominated new record The Whole Love is a collaboration with King Features that presents the first hand-drawn Popeye cartoon in more than 30 years. The music video was directed by Darren Romanelli.

In this new video, Popeye vies for Olive Oyl’s affections with his usual nemesis, Bluto, and with a new challenger, Wilco front man Jeff Tweedy.

As one of the earliest animated characters, introduced in 1933 by Fleischer Studios, Popeye has become one of the most enduring and iconic cartoon characters of all time and is forever entwined in the evolution of animation.

Above is this week’s Popeye Sunday comic strip, created by Frank Caruso and Ned Sonntag that pays tribute to Popeye and the alternative rock band, Wilco.  The artwork features caricatures of Wilco band members: lead singer Jeff Tweedy, bassist John Stirratt, guitarist Nels Cline, multi-instrumentalists Pat Sansone and Mikael Jorgensen, and drummer Glenn Kotche. The art prominently features the S.S.Wilco sailing into port to deliver Wilco Brand Spinach. Hoards of people are lining up on the dock as Popeye, Olive Oyl, Bluto and the entire gang assist Wilco in handing out cans of Wilco Spinach to the crowds.

Also please check out the site here www.wilcospinach.com.

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Read The Final Chapter of Stephen King’s 11/22/63 Here

StephenKing.com has published the original final chapter from 11/22/63. It was replaced with Citizen of the Century but you can now read it HERE.

Originally King had a different ending to his latest book but after a suggestion from his son, Joe Hill, he changed it.

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