Monthly Archives: May 2012

The X-Men: First Class Sequel Set for July 18, 2014

20th Century Fox has announced a July 18, 2014 release date for their untitled X-Men: First Class sequel.

The project is likely to shoot in January of 2013 to avoid scheduling conflicts with star Jennifer Lawrence, who will soon be shooting The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. She’s expected to reprise her role of Mystique alongside James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, January Jones, Nicholas Hoult, Caleb Landry Jones and Lucas Till.

The first film, released last year, grossed over $350 million worldwide. Director Matthew Vaughn will return to direct the sequel.The X-Men: First Class Sequel Set for July 18, 2014.

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The Full New Trailer for The Bourne Legacy

Universal Studios has released the official trailer for The Bourne Legacy. Set in the same world that Matt Damon’s popular Bourne Trilogy occupied, this thriller stars Jeremy Renner (The Town) as Aaron Cross, a troubled young man who becomes a covert CIA assassin.

After Bourne’s Manhattan exploits – documented in The Bourne Ultimatum – put the CIA’s “asset” development program in the media limelight, the program’s head executive (Edward Norton, Fight Club) begins violently eliminating all traces of its existence, including the highly skilled Cross. However, Cross eludes his initial pursuers, and along with a frightened scientist (Rachel Weisz, The Fountain) also targeted by the cover-up, sets off on a globe-spanning mission to expose the truth.

Filmmaker Tony Gilroy (Michael Clayton) handles the screenwriting and directing duties for this entry, which boasts an impressive supporting cast that includes Bourne veterans Scott Glenn (Training Day), David Strathairn (Good Night, and Good Luck), and Joan Allen (Pleasantville), as well as franchise newcomers Corey Stoll (Midnight in Paris), Donna Murphy (Spider-Man 2), Oscar Isaac (Drive), and Stacy Keach (Escape from L.A.).

The Bourne Legacy’s U.S. release date is scheduled for August 3rd, 2012.

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The Newly Released Frankenweenie One Sheet Poster

From creative genius Tim Burton comes “Frankenweenie,” a heartwarming tale about a boy and his dog. After unexpectedly losing his beloved dog Sparky, young Victor harnesses the power of science to bring his best friend back to life—with just a few minor adjustments. He tries to hide his home-sewn creation, but when Sparky gets out, Victor’s fellow students, teachers and the entire town all learn that getting a new “leash on life” can be monstrous.

A stop-motion animated film due on October 5, 2012, “Frankenweenie” was filmed in black and white and rendered in 3D, which elevates the classic style to a whole new experience.

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A Tribute To Steve Jobs From His D: All Things Digital Appearances Over The Years

Between 2003 and 2010, Apple CEO Steve Jobs appeared six times on the D stage. Here’s the brief video retrospective of those appearances that was shown prior to a panel discussion of Jobs’s legacy.

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AMC Announces The Walking Dead Season 3 Preview Weekend July 7 & 8

AMC announced today The Walking Dead Season 3 Preview Weekend on Sat., Jul. 7 and Sun., Jul. 8 beginning at 11:30AM/10:30c each day. Airing just one week before Comic-Con, the two-day programming event will feature a marathon of all 19 episodes from the series’ critically acclaimed first two seasons, culminating with a Talking Dead live primetime special on Sun., Jul. 8 at 9/8c. The one-time-only airing of Talking Dead, hosted by Chris Hardwick (Nerdist), will be followed by a never-before-seen black and white version of The Walking Dead pilot episode at 10/9c. The special version of the series’ first episode was created specifically for fans of The Walking Dead, as it holds true to the original black and white comic book, written by Robert Kirkman.

Throughout The Walking Dead Marathon, Hardwick will introduce each episode from the set of season three in Atlanta, giving viewers a glimpse of the new sets. Along with several cast members and producers, he will set up the storyline from each episode, and discuss the classic moments and unique characters featured. In addition, every episode with be wrapped with exclusive character and scene-specific content from the first two seasons, including behind-the-scenes footage and sit-down interviews with the cast.

In the hour-long Talking Dead event, shot live in Los Angeles, Hardwick will give fans a first look at The Walking Dead Season 3, including a scene from the new season, and brand new video interviews with the cast, a tour of the new set and a sneak peek at the props and wardrobes featured in Season 3. Hardwick will also sit down with in-studio guests including the show’s executive producers and other celebrity fans. Viewers will get information on the show’s presence at this year’s Comic-Con, including a look at the construction of The Walking Dead booth, updates on AMC’s The Walking Dead Social Game, and other show-related news and topics.

At one point during the live show, Hardwick will also provide a special code to viewers, which they can use to enter The Walking Dead Watch to Win Sweepstakes. The winner will receive a trip to Atlanta and a “stagger on” role as a zombie on the hit show.

The on-air event will be complemented by activities online at amctv.com, where fans can find more exclusive behind-the-scenes videos and participate in Fan Favorite polls, which cover such topics as Fan Favorite Weapon, Fan Favorite Walker, Fan Favorite Walker Kill and Fan Favorite Survivor. The Poll winners will be announced by Hardwick during the Talking Dead live event Sunday night.

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Warner Home Entertainment To Release The 30th Anniversary Edition of Blade Runner On Blu-ray On October 2, 2012

Warner Home Entertainment will bring the 30th Anniversary Edition of Blade Runner to Blu-ray on October 2, 2012. Director Ridley Scott’s iconic reimagining of the Philip K. Dick novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep stars Harrison Ford (The Complete Indiana Jones Collection) as Rick Deckard, a disenchanted Blade Runner who hunts replicants – genetically engineered organic robots – in Los Angeles, circa 2019.

As the science-fiction-thriller begins, Deckard receives the assignment to kill four rogue replicants who have returned to Earth after organizing a bloody off-world rebellion. Deckard’s search takes him from the bowels of Los Angeles’ synthetic community to Dr. Eldon Tyrell (Joe Turkel, The Shining), the creator of the replicants; however, the weary Blade Runner finds his resolve tested by both his romantic feelings towards Tyrell’s android secretary Rachel (Sean Young, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective) as well as the savagery of head replicant fugitive Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer, Hobo with a Shotgun).

Written by Hampton Fancher (The Minus Man) and David Webb Peoples (Unforgiven), the film co-stars Edward James Olmos (Battlestar Galactica), M. Emmet Walsh (Blood Simple), Daryl Hannah (Kill Bill), James Hong (Big Trouble in Little China), William Sanderson (Deadwood), Brion James (The Player), and Joanna Cassidy (Ghosts of Mars).

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The Walking Dead Season 2 DVD & Blu-ray Due On August 28, 2012

Anchor Bay Home Entertainment has announced DVD ($59.98) and Blu-ray ($69.99) releases of The Walking Dead: The Complete Second Season for August 28th. Extras will include audio commentaries, 9 never-before-seen bonus features, easter eggs and more.

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Jason Mraz To Appear On VH1 Storytellers On Friday June 1st

In a preview clip of this Friday’s episode of VH1 Storytellers, Jason Mraz gets emotional as he shares with the audience the songwriting process behind “I Won’t Give Up,” the lead single off his recent album Love Is a Four Letter Word.

Watch the video HERE.

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Disney Cruise Line Announces Pixar-Inspired California Coastal Cruises

If you‘re a fan of Pixar Animation Studios’ award-winning films, you are going to love the new offerings announced today for Disney Cruise Line’s seven-night California Coastal voyages this fall.

During these voyages, Disney Cruise Line guests will be able to interact with and explore the world of Pixar and their beloved characters while the Disney Wonder sails to popular port cities along the coast of California. Special entertainment and offerings designed for both children and adults include:

- Artists and filmmakers from Pixar Animation Studios will provide an inside look at the creative process used to develop an animated feature which includes a look at the making of Pixar’s newest release “Brave” and a sneak peek at footage of future Pixar films.

- Storyboards, character sketches, environment paintings, maquettes and other inspiring concept art used to design Pixar films will be on display in a special art exhibition at sea. This collection of art has only been seen outside of Pixar Animation Studios when displayed at leading art museums around the world.

- Guests will be able to enjoy the entire Pixar library of films while onboard, including a selection of delightful animated shorts. The voyages coincide with the theatrical premiere of “Finding Nemo 3D,” which guests can enjoy at either of the two theatres equipped with state-of-the-art Dolby 3D projection systems.

- For the first time, more than a dozen Pixar characters will meet with and greet guests throughout the cruise including Mr. Incredible, Remy, Woody, Jessie and Buzz Lightyear. There will be a special Pixar-themed dance parties in the Atrium Lobby and a host of other opportunities for guests to reconnect with their favorite Pixar pals.

Guests sailing on the Pixar-themed voyages will also receive a commemorative lithograph created by Pixar artist and “Brave” co-director/screenwriter, Steve Purcell.

These Pixar-inspired California Coastal cruises set sail Sept. 16, Sept. 23, Sept. 30 and Oct. 7 from the Port of Los Angeles.

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All Twelve Issues of DC Comics The Original Watchmen Series Are Available On ComiXology Today

Long time fans and new readers alike can now experience Watchmen, the groundbreaking classic in comiXology’s patent pending Guided View technology and CMX-HD— the high definition comic book format for those using the new iPad. The original graphic novel masterpiece has never looked better!

Fans can download 12 issues of Watchmen from Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons through the DC Comics app and DC online store and across the comiXology platform or your favorite comiXology digital storefront. With CMX-HD and comiXology’s Guided View the gritty world of Rorschach, Silk Spectre, Night Owl and all the rest is given new life for the digital age.

Available digitally today for the first time in its original single issue form, Watchmen comes to comiXology just in time for the highly anticipated release of this year’s Before Watchmen prequel event. No digital library is complete without all twelve of the original Watchmen single issues and it’s never been easier to read this classic piece of comic history than today!

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Secret Kentucky Fried Chicken Recipes Revealed – KFC To Release Col. Sanders’ Lost Autobiography For Free Via Facebook On June 4th

KFC is making Col. Sanders’ autobiography, which includes his life story as well as 33 of his recipes, available through Facebook. The free e-book is called “Col. Harland Sanders: The Autobiography of the Original Celebrity Chef” and will be made available for download to those who “like” the fried chicken purveyor’s Facebook page. 

The entire book will be released on June 4, though the first chapter (“The Rising: Baking Bread and Beyond”) is already available up on KFC’s Facebook page, along with recipes for potato pancakes and upside-down peach cobbler.

The book was discovered in KFC’s corporate archives in the fall of 2011. It was written in 1966 by the man whose Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise (later shortened to KFC), which today has more than 15,000 stores in more than 100 countries, started with Sanders selling fried chicken from his gas station in Corbin, Ky., in 1930.

Sanders was made an honorary colonel by Kentucky’s governor in 1935. He sold his chicken business in 1964 for $2 million.

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Apple CEO Talks About Steve Jobs, Apple TV and Facebook: The D10 Conference Highlights

Apple CEO, Tim Cook made his first appearance on the D10 stage Wednesday night at the Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA.

Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher interviewed Cook on topics ranging from his old relationship with Steve Jobs to his current relationship with Facebook and Apple TV.

Only a select few (an audience of 500) were invited to view the opening keynote.

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New Stephen King Novel Joyland To be Published In Paperback By Hard Case Crime In June 2013

Hard Case Crime, the award-winning line of pulp-styled crime novels published by Titan Books, today announced it will publish Joyland, a new novel by Stephen King, in June 2013.  Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever.

Joyland is a brand-new book and has never previously been published.

Called “the best new American publisher to appear in the last decade” by Neal Pollack in The Stranger, Hard Case Crime revives the storytelling and visual style of the pulp paperbacks of the 1940s, 50s, and 60s.

Stephen King commented, “I love crime, I love mysteries, and I love ghosts. That combo made Hard Case Crime the perfect venue for this book, which is one of my favorites. I also loved the paperbacks I grew up with as a kid, and for that reason, we’re going to hold off on e-publishing this one for the time being. Joyland will be coming out in paperback, and folks who want to read it will have to buy the actual book.”

King’s previous Hard Case Crime novel, The Colorado Kid, became a national bestseller and inspired the television series “Haven,” now going into its third season on SyFy.

“Joyland is a breathtaking, beautiful, heartbreaking book,” said Charles Ardai, Edgar- and Shamus Award-winning editor of Hard Case Crime.  “It’s a whodunit, it’s a carny novel, it’s a story about growing up and growing old, and about those who don’t get to do either because death comes for them before their time.  Even the most hardboiled readers will find themselves moved. When I finished it, I sent a note saying, ‘Goddamn it, Steve, you made me cry.’ ”

Joyland will feature new painted cover art by the legendary Robert McGinnis, the artist behind the posters for the original Sean Connery James Bond movies and “Breakfast At Tiffany’s,” and by Glen Orbik, the painter of more than a dozen of Hard Case Crime’s most popular covers, including the cover for The Colorado Kid.

 
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Comic Book Club Podcast Featuring Joe Hill

Joe Hill stops by Comic Book Club’s new venue in NYC to chat about the genesis of Locke & Key, where it’s going next, and some teases about its TV future.

Listen to the podcast HERE.

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Pixar’s Finding Nemo Coming To Blu-ray & Blu-ray 3D On December 4, 2012

In an early alert to retailers Pixar has made public their plans to bring the 2003 Andrew Stanton & Lee Unkrich directed film Finding Nemo featuring the voices of Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander Gould and Willem Dafoe to both Blu-ray Disc (in 2D) and Blu-ray 3D on December 4th.

Tech specs and bonus materials for the release(s) have not yet been detailed but stay tuned. It is known that the Blu-ray will be a “combo pack” with a DVD of the film included and the Blu-ray 3D will also be a “combo pack” with a Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Copy of the film included.

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2012 San Diego Comic-Con Mattel Voucher Pre-Sale

If you’re going to SDCC, this sale allows you to pre-order your most-wanted Mattel toys and pick them up at the show. There’s a limited amount of each product available for pre-order. It’s first-come, first-served and there are no promises you’ll be able to purchase a voucher for every product – but once you’ve got your voucher, you’re guaranteed to get your product. Click HERE for more info and check out some of the cool exclusive Con items below.

Bruce Wayne to Batman The Dark Knight Rises Movie Masters Figure

When evil arises, so the Batman must return! This film-accurate version of our hero arrives in a special “lights and sounds” package featuring the Wayne Manor exterior and opens to reveal the Bat Cave stocked with protective battle armor and essential crime-fighting accessories. ($30)

Tiny Titans

They may be miniscule, but they’re mighty! The core team of Tiny Titans is rendered in 1-1/2” scale in this 5-pack of collectible figures including Robin, Raven, Starfire, Cyborg, and Beast Boy. Sidekick City Elementary is just a quick bus ride away with packaging featuring specially commissioned artwork from Tiny Titans’ series creator Art Balthazar. The display base has both the official Tiny Titans logo and a “flight” stand just for Raven. ($20)

DC Comics Vertigo Death

Some envision Death as a grim reaper or dark angel to be feared. But as created by Neil Gaiman for DC Comics’ line of Vertigo comics, the Sandman`s older sister is pretty, perky and always gets the job done. She`s been around since the beginning of time and is exactly the kind of girl you`ll want to follow into the unknown. Our 8” figure of Death wears her trademark ankh necklace and comes with a skull-themed display base. The dioramic window box packaging and separate shipper box are dressed with artwork commissioned by Vertigo artist Jill Thompson. ($30)

Polly Pocket DC Comics Villains Set

It’s a guaranteed adventure with this trio of comic-book character costumes for Polly and her friends! Polly, Lilia and Lea dolls arrive in a themed 3-pack dressed as their favorite DC Comics villains: Catwoman, Poison Ivy, and Harley Quinn. ($20)

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Second Trailer For True Blood Season Five

This weekend, HBO premiered the second trailer for “True Blood” Season 5 and it’s another action-packed preview. Is Sookie the angel of death? And, who exhumed vampire Russell Edgington? Answers to those questions to come on June 10th.

“True Blood” takes place in the not-too-distant future, when vampires have come out of the coffin, thanks to the invention of mass-produced synthetic blood that means they no longer need humans as a nutritional source. Alan Ball created and executive produces the show, based on the best-selling Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris.

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Top 10 Vintage Batman Toys

Put down the remote and check your attic and basement because you may have hidden away one of these 10 cool vintage Batman toys.

A mint in box utility belt could fetch you $16,000!

Check out the full list HERE.

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Another Thomas Harris Series Is On The Way With Clarice

While NBC is planning a full season of “Hannibal,” based on Thomas Harris’ famous fictional serial killer Hannibal Lecter, Lifetime is now said to be moving forward with their own series based on one of the author’s creations.

The network is developing “Clarice,” based on the central protagonist of The Silence of the Lambs, FBI Agent Clarice Starling.

“Clarice,” which is wholly separate production from “Hannibal,” will focus on a young Starling and her adventures fresh of out the FBI Academy.

Clarice Starling is best known through the portrayal that Jodie Foster gave in 1991′s feature adaptation of The Silence of the Lambs. The role was later played by Julianne Moore in Ridley Scott’s cinematic followup, Hannibal in 2001.

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Great Father’s Day Gift Suggestion: The Stake All-In-One BBQ Tool

This summer, show off more than your cooking! Stake ($30) is an all-in-one BBQ tool which transforms from spatula to fork to tongs. Now you can flip burgers, grip chicken legs, and spike hot dogs without breaking a sweat.

Features

-Functions as tongs, a spatula, or a fork
-Smooth leaf spring mechanism makes tongs easy to use
-Fork slides out for use and tucks safely into spatula for storage
-Handles can be locked together or opened with one quick motion
-Brushed stainless steel
-Sturdy wooden handles

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Serendipity 3 Creates The World’s Most Expensive Burger

New York’s Serendipity 3 restaurant has created the world’s most expensive burger according the Guinness Book of World Records.

The $295 burger, invented in honor of National Hamburger Month features a patty of Japanese Waygu beef infused with 10-herb white truffle butter and seasoned with Salish Alderwood smoked Pacific sea salt. It’s topped with cheddar cheese, hand-made and cave-aged for 18 months by famed cheesemaker James Montgomery of Somerset, England. There are also shaved black truffles, a fried quail egg, a blini, creme fraiche, Kaluga caviar and a white truffle-buttered Campagna roll. Lastly, a solid gold “Fleur de Lis” toothpick, encrusted with diamonds, designed by world-renowned jeweler Euphoria New York.

All profits from the pricey patties will go to the Bowery Mission, which serves homeless and hungry New Yorkers.

The burger joins the ranks of other seriously expensive fare at Serendipity, which includes a $1,000 ice cream sundae and a $69 hot dog.

 

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E.T. Blu-ray Promo Trailer

Universal Studios has released a new trailer for the highly anticipated Blu-ray release of Steven Spielberg’s E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982), starring Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore and Peter Coyote. A preliminary release date is yet to be revealed, but the promo trailer indicates that the release will be out in Fall 2012.

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A Secret Poster For The Dark Knight Rises Has Been Revealed

A brand new poster for The Dark Knight Rises has been revealed, thanks to Batman-News. By following the QR code at the bottom of the recently-released poster (the code is only found on the actual theater versions), a link was found for the design below.

Opening in theaters and IMAX on July 20, the final chapter in Christopher Nolan’s trilogy stars Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Morgan Freeman.

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The Web’s Best Hot Dog Recipes

To celebrate Memorial Day, why not fire up the grill and cook up some frankfurters. There’s nothing better than a cold beer and a hot dog with some spicy mustard to begin the summer with!

If you’re tending the grill today and looking to impress those waiting behind you with paper plates, Cool Material suggests something off this list.

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