Monthly Archives: January 2013

It’s Official: J.J. Abrams to Direct Star Wars: Episode VII

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J.J. Abrams will direct Star Wars: Episode VII, the first of a new series of Star Wars films to come from Lucasfilm under the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy. Abrams will be directing and Academy Award-winning writer Michael Arndt will write the screenplay.

“It’s very exciting to have J.J. aboard leading the charge as we set off to make a new Star Wars movie,” said Kennedy. “J.J. is the perfect director to helm this. Beyond having such great instincts as a filmmaker, he has an intuitive understanding of this franchise. He understands the essence of the Star Wars experience, and will bring that talent to create an unforgettable motion picture.”

George Lucas went on to say “I’ve consistently been impressed with J.J. as a filmmaker and storyteller.  He’s an ideal choice to direct the new Star Wars film and the legacy couldn’t be in better hands.”

“To be a part of the next chapter of the Star Wars saga, to collaborate with Kathy Kennedy and this remarkable group of people, is an absolute honor,” J.J. Abrams said. “I may be even more grateful to George Lucas now than I was as a kid.”

J.J., his longtime producing partner Bryan Burk, and Bad Robot are on board to produce along with Kathleen Kennedy under the Disney | Lucasfilm banner.

Also consulting on the project are Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg.  Kasdan has a long history with Lucasfilm, as screenwriter on The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Return of the Jedi. Kinberg was writer on Sherlock Holmes and Mr. and Mrs. Smith.

Abrams and his production company Bad Robot have a proven track record of blockbuster movies that feature complex action, heartfelt drama, iconic heroes and fantastic production values with such credits as Star Trek, Super 8, Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol, and this year’s Star Trek Into Darkness. Abrams has worked with Lucasfilm’s preeminent postproduction facilities, Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound, on all of the feature films he has directed, beginning with Mission: Impossible III. He also created or co-created such acclaimed television series as Felicity, Alias, Lost and Fringe.

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Marvel President of Production, Kevin Feige Talks About Ant Man & Doctor Strange Films

Today, President of Production Kevin Feige shared plans for future big screen Marvel projects. Ant-Man, he says, will officially launch “Phase Three” and early plans also call for the long-rumored Doctor Strange to be included.

“‘Ant-Man’ is definitely part of Phase Three,” Feige explains. “Like ‘Iron Man 3,’ it’s certainly set in the Marvel Universe, but it’s also through the lens of Edgar Wright — which is the only reason we’re making the movie… It’s very much an ‘Ant-Man’ origin movie from the perspective of Edgar Wright and his co-writer Joe Cornish. It will of course be firmly planted in the MCU, but a different corner than we’ve seen before.

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The official line-up for “Phase Two”, then, includes Iron Man 3 in May, Thor: The Dark World on November 8, Captain America: The Winter Solider on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014 and, finally, The Avengers 2 on May 1, 2015. That’s all in addition to the upcoming Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D. television series, now filming its pilot episode. After that, there are several new characters being considered for features.

“‘Doctor Strange,’ which I’ve been talking about for years, is definitely one of them,” Feige continues. “He’s a great, original character, and he checks the box off this criteria that I have: he’s totally different from anything else we have, just like ‘Guardians of the Galaxy.’ He’s totally different from anything we’ve done before, as is ‘Ant-Man,’ which keeps us excited.

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Star Wars Silhouette Alphabet Poster by Patrick Concepcion

San Jose graphic designer Patrick Concepcion of Concepción Studios created a fantastic poster that alphabetically displays Star Wars character silhouettes. 18 x 24 Prints are available to purchase on Etsy for $40.

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New Non-Fiction Essay By Stephen Titled Guns Available In The Kindle Singles Store

Stephen King has written an essay discussing his thoughts on the gun control/gun rights issue facing the U.S., available now as a Kindle Single through Amazon.com.

“I think the issue of an America awash in guns is one every citizen has to think about,” said King. “If this helps provoke constructive debate, I’ve done my job. Once I finished writing ‘Guns’ I wanted it published quickly, and Kindle Singles provided an excellent fit.”

In a pulls-no-punches essay intended to provoke rational discussion, King sets down his thoughts about gun violence in America. Anger and grief in the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School are palpable in this urgent piece of writing, but no less remarkable are King’s keen thoughtfulness and composure as he explores the contours of the gun-control issue and constructs his argument for what can and should be done.

Guns is available now, and exclusively to Kindle customers in the Kindle Singles Store. You can download the essay HERE for $0.99. The profits from Guns will benefit the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

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Mondo Announces “In Progress: A Collection of Original Sketches, Concepts and Line Art Before They Were Posters” Gallery Show Opening On January 25, 2013

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This Friday, January 25th, is the opening of MONDO’s new gallery show, “In Progress.” This exhibit will feature the original artwork, concepts and line art for many of their posters.

Here’s what Laurent Durieux had to say about his Iron Giant piece:

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“Iron Giant is a great movie, so moving and funny at the same time. The friendship between Hogarth and the Iron Giant is epic and reminds me in many ways of one of my favorite movies, E.T. 

I am especially sensitive to how Brad Bird has used CGI in such a subtle way. The mix between the conventional “hand drawn” animation and the CGI is very coherent and smooth. That’s what I always try to achieve my posters, you know, finding the right mix between technology and art.

Re-interpreting another graphic style, like a cartoon for example, is very tricky, as I think there is always a risk of distorting the original intentions and aesthetics of the authors. In my opinion, very few artists succeed in doing so, that’s the reason why, in this case, I’ve tried to keep actual elements and characters of the film to a minimum.

I dig the color scheme of the film, the indian summer feel to it, the vibrancy of autumn leaves, etc… That’s what I’ve tried to depict in my poster. I love how the colors interact with each other and the overall naturalistic feel with the flock of birds flying by, the sea on the horizon, the sun setting, the light house, etc. I’m also very pleased with the typography as well. My brother Jack nailed it in my opinion!

I think “Iron Giant” is a true family classic and I hope my poster did it justice. I will always be proud of this poster and it remains, to this day, one of my favorites. But the best of it all is that fans out there seem to love it as much as I do, which is, at the end of the day, my true reward!”

Here is the original pencil art for Jason Edmiston’s Go Ape! poster from last year.

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The artist writes:

My “Go Ape” poster for Mondo and The Alamo Drafthouse is a direct homage to the original poster from 1974 distributed by 20th Century fox that advertised a movie marathon showing all five Planet of the Apes movies. My goal was to recreate the vibe and composition of the classic, while switching up a photo of a soldier ape for a tight illustration of General Ursus. I gathered reference of Ursus from internet searches, screen grabs, and toy photos, and drew a sketch in pencil at about a quarter of the size of the final painting. After I was happy with the composition, I scanned it in, and enlarged it in Photoshop, printed it out, and traced it on primed, stretched watercolor paper. then I painted it traditionally in acrylic, like all my other paintings. I painted a full value sepia underpainting, then followed with color washes, building up from medium values to darks, then finishing with lights and highlights. The text was done in Photoshop by Mondo’s Rob Jones.

Here is Aaron Horkey’s beautiful Lord of The Rings poster from Mondo  Mystery Movie X last year. Getting to see Horkey’s original art in person is nothing short of breathtaking.

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Mitch Putnam describes the artist’s process:

“Aaron Horkey works almost entirely without the aid of computers. He starts with small pencil sketches, moves up to larger ink drawings, then traces out each color separation by hand. It’s a painstaking process (and one that takes seemingly forever), but the hand-rendered precision really shows in the final product. He’s part of a dying breed, and this exhibition showcases his process perfectly.”

Mitch Putnam discusses Jock’s work on the West of Memphis poster below.

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“Jock is primarily a comic book artist, so he’s used to working in traditional mediums. He does a lot of physical sketching (mostly in ink) for almost every poster he works on. I really like his work in the show, as it not only shows his process, but also some of his alternate ideas, since he draws out even his early ideas on paper.”

Here is a look at an alternate design for Laurent Durieux’s Creature From The Black Lagoon.

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Durieux Writes:

“I actually had never seen any of the Universal Monsters movies before as, in Belgium, they are not so much engrained in our movie culture as it is in the U.S., so I came to  work on these 5 movie posters with a totally fresh eye. I found them truly moving and beautiful! 

When I have to come up with a new illustration for a movie poster, as it was the case for the UM show, I always try to take the movie from an angle as different and new as possible, which is not so easy as there is sometimes up to 70 years of iconography behind these classics! 

I am an illustrator and as such, I’d like to think of myself as a “story teller”. My aim is to be true to the film but also true to my emotions.

It’s very hard for me to come up with something I’m happy with if I didn’t feel anything for a movie, I guess it’s like that for most artists right? For instance, I think the reason why my “Creature of the Black Lagoon” poster wasn’t as popular as the 4 other ones is that, there is no emotion or pathos involved, it’s a 2D “graphic concept”…I’m not saying I don’t like the movie or the poster I did, but it somehow touched me less than the other 4 films and I suspect the collectors sensed it and prefer when I try to tell a story instead? Also I don’t think my style suits “witty concept” or “graphic ideas” posters so well the way Olly Moss’s or Jason Munn’s would for instance. I wish It did, sometimes, well c’est la vie…

Here are the different stages of elaboration of an image:

1. Quick sketch(es) of idea(s)

2. More refined drawing with addition of colors

3. Preparation of the layout with a collage of all sorts of documentation, screen grabs and drawings. (Zita Johann’s arm comes from a vintage window display mannequin)

4. Inking of the final collage mainly on computer (I work with a Wacom palette) and also the old fashion way (on paper), I scan all the bits and pieces I have and paste them into a coherent whole, hence I rarely have a complete original.

5. Getting the volumes, shadows and light, colors in place with my hatching/counter hatching technique.

6. Finding the right typography and placement although I kind of know from the start where I will place it. My twin brother Jack, also graphic designer, usually handles that part for me.

7. Fine tuning of colors.”

In Progress opens this Friday, January 25th, at 7PM at the Mondo Gallery in Austin, TX and will be on display through February 23rd.

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Stamp Prices Going Up On Sunday January 27, 2013

Now would be a good time to stock up on Forever Stamps as the price for a first-class stamp and other U.S. Postal Service products is about to increase.

On Sunday, January 27th the cost to mail a letter will increase to 46 cents from 45 with domestic postcards also increasing one cent to 33 from 32.

Click HERE to see the updated postage pricing.

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Tyler Stout 4up – Z series 24 Hour Print Pre-Sale

Today Tyler Stout announced a presale of four 8″x8″ handbill sized prints, each 4 color screenprinted on cream paper.

One set per person ($40) will be available for preorder until 5PM PST Friday, Jan 25th. The edition size will be determined by how many people order.

You can place your order HERE. The set should take 4 weeks to arrive.

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Listen To Prince’s New Song “Screwdriver”

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A new song called “Screwdriver” was released this week on Prince’s website. The flashy lyric video includes fuzzy guitars and scratchy vocals in this rock infused tune.

Minnesota Public Radio’s The Current has the details on the 54 year old musician’s new band which features guitarist Donna Grantis, drummer Hannah Ford, and bassist Ida Nielsen.

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Prince’s new band: Donna Grantis, Hannah Ford, and Ida Nielsen

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jOBS Movie Clip

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Open Road Films has released the first clip from jOBS, opening in theaters on April 19th and starring Ashton Kutcher, Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad, Lukas Haas, J.K. Simmons and Matthew Modine.

jOBS details the major moments and defining characters that influenced Steve Jobs on a daily basis from 1971 through 2001. The film plunges into the depths of his character, creating an intense dialogue-driven story that is as much a sweeping epic as it is an immensely personal portrait of Steve Jobs’ life.

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Skyfall, The Highest-Grossing James Bond Film of All-Time Comes Home In February

Box-office smash, Skyfall will release on Digital HD February 5th across all digital stores including Amazon, CinemaNow, iTunes, PlayStation, VUDU and Xbox Live. The Skyfall Blu-ray and DVD will follow on February 12th in North America and February 18th in the United Kingdom with additional international markets to follow through March.

Directed by Oscar winner Sam Mendes and starring Daniel Craig as James Bond, Skyfall’s high definition home entertainment release follows the phenomenal theatrical success of the 23rd installment of the longest-running franchise in film history. Taking in more than $1 billion, the British secret-service agent dominated the worldwide box-office and has become the highest grossing film ever in the United Kingdom – Bond’s home country.

In Skyfall Bond’s loyalty to M (Judi Dench) is tested as her past returns to haunt her. With MI6 now compromised from both inside and out, M is left with one ally she can trust: Bond. 007 takes to the shadows – aided only by field agent, Eve (Naomie Harris) – following a trail to the mysterious Silva (Javier Bardem), whose lethal and hidden motives have yet to reveal themselves.

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Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen Cover Art Heading to Auction

The iconic blood-splattered smiley face cover for Watchmen #1 is among a handful of original artwork from the seminal 1986 miniseries by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons up for sale next month as part of a Heritage Auctions signature auction in New York City.

Described by the auction house as “historic” and a “DC masterwork,” the 10-inch by 15-inch image is joined by Gibbons’ covers for Watchmen #2 and #3, John Higgins’ color guide for the cover of Issue 1, a page from Issue 7, and a page and color guide from Issue 8.

The pieces are part of the $1.4 million Shamus Modern Masterworks, accumulated in the 1980s and ’90s by retailer Martin Shamus, father of Wizard magazine founder Gareb Shamus. Consigned last year to Heritage, the collection already has produced one remarkable sale: Todd McFarlane’s original cover art for The Amazing Spider-Man #328 fetched $657,250 in July, shattering the record for a single piece of American comics art set in 2011 by a splash page from The Dark Knight Returns #3 ($448,125).

Online bidding for the Watchmen art begins Feb. 2. The auction will be held Feb. 21-22 at the Ukrainian Institute of America at The Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion in New York City.

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Apple Offers Free iPad, iPod Engraving For Valentine’s Day

Apple has announced a promo on its online store for free engraving and gift-wrapping on iPads and iPods bought as Valentine’s Day gifts. The company is also offering free shipping on orders over $50. To make sure you get your gifts in time for Valentine’s Day Apple has also created a special page that lists the last day you need to order your device in order to receive it by V-day.

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New Trailer for The Walking Dead Season 3.5

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The Walking Dead returns from hiatus in a few weeks with the remaining eight episodes of Season 3. Below is a new trailer for the upcoming back-half with all new footage from the remainder of the season.

With his group in tatters, his sanity in question, and his own son questioning his every move, Rick must somehow pull everyone together to face their greatest challenge — the Governor.  In order to survive, he must risk everything, including the group’s very humanity.

Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics, The Walking Dead stars Andrew Lincoln, Laurie Holden, Steven Yeun, Norman Reedus, Chandler Riggs, Lauren Cohan, Scott Wilson, Melissa McBride, Chad Coleman, David Morrissey and Danai Gurira.

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Die Hard Marathon Scheduled For Theaters On February 13, 2013

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The Die Hard Marathon will take place in theaters on February 13th leading up to the release of A Good Day to Die Hard. The marathon will include the 1988′s Die Hard, 1990′s Die Hard 2: Die Harder, 1995′s Die Hard with a Vengeance, 2007′s Live Free or Die Hard and the new film.

For tickets visit: http://bit.ly/Fandango_DHMarathon or http://bit.ly/Movietickets_DHMarathon


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What Is The Django Unchained–Pulp Fiction Connection?

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Most Quentin Tarantino’s fans are aware of the links between his films that form what I like to call the “Tarantinoverse”.

As an example Lee Donowitz (Saul Rubinek) from True Romance is the son of Inglourious Basterds’ Donny “the Bear Jew” Donowitz (Eli Roth).

Vic Vega (Michael Madsen) in Reservoir Dogs is the brother of Vincent Vega (John Travolta) in Pulp Fiction.

One of the main characters in True Romance is a woman called Alabama — the same Alabama Mr. White from Pulp Fiction mentions as a former partner in Reservoir Dogs.

Now there is another connection in Tarantino’s latest film, Django Unchained.

It’s so small that Tarantino himself forgot about it in the below interview. We’re lucky we have Reddit for these things, because one person found the connection. Pulp Fiction’s Captain Koons (Christopher Walken) is apparently a descendant of Crazy Craig Koons, a member of the Smitty Bacall gang.

 

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MONDO To Release Two Lord of The Rings Posters On Thursday, January 24th; Precious Cargo By Paolo Rivera & Servants of Sauron By Mike Sutfin

MONDO will release two Lord of The Rings posters tomorrow. Precious Cargo was created by comic book artist Paolo Rivera. Servants of Sauron was designed by Mike Sutfin. You can take a look at all of the detail HERE.

Please follow MONDO on Twitter for the on sale announcement. These posters will be available online at a random time on Thursday, January 24th.

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Precious Cargo Poster by Paolo Rivera. 24″x36″ screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 330. $50

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Regular Servants of Sauron Poster by Mike Sutfin. 24″x36″ screen print. Signed by Mike Sutfin. Hand numbered. Edition of 285. $50

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Variant Servants of Sauron Poster by Mike Sutfin. 24″x36″ screen print. Signed by Mike Sutfin. Hand numbered. Edition of 155. $75

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New Annie Leibovitz Disney Dream Portrait Featuring Taylor Swift As Rapunzel

Created by legendary photographer Annie Leibovitz and featuring six-time Grammy winner Taylor Swift as Rapunzel, Disney Parks latest portrait is captioned “Where adventure awaits.”

This beautiful image can be seen in upcoming issues of Vanity Fair, InStyle and People.

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They Might Be Giants Launch Free iOS App

Today They Might Be Giants launched their free iOS app (simply titled “They Might Be Giants”), available on iTunes for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

It’s They Might Be Giants official and totally free song app. Like TMBGs original Dial-A-Song, the app has a different song every day. The app holds five of the freshest posted tracks at all times, and all are directly linked to iTunes.

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Twelve South Unveils PlugBug World

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Today Twelve South unveiled PlugBug World, an all-in-one USB iPad/iPhone charger that converts any MacBook Power Adapter into a dual charger that can be used globally. The powerful PlugBug World piggybacks onto your MacBook power adapter, allowing you to simultaneously charge your MacBook and iPad or iPhone from one electrical outlet. This world version of the PlugBug charger includes five international snap-on plugs for use in the UK, Europe, Australia, China, and North America. PlugBug World is compatible with all Apple MacBook Power Adapters and is available now at twelvesouth.com for $44.99. More info and images can be found at www.twelvesouth.com.

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PlugBug uses the clever trick of attaching to any Apple MacBook Power Adapter by replacing its attached plug or extended power cord. When snapped into place, PlugBug not only allows for worldwide charging of MacBook, but also provides a separate 2.1-Amp USB charger for iPad/iPhone. Once attached, simply select your local plug, or use your extended cable, to power both your MacBook and iPad or iPhone from a single outlet. This powerful accessory is a lifesaver in locations where finding multiple wall outlets can be a challenge, and where charging your MacBook and iPad quickly is mission-critical to your next meeting or presentation.

PlugBug World works as a stand-alone international wall charger, too. Rather than pulling out a MacBook to charge your iPhone or iPad, simply use PlugBug World. PlugBug World can charge your iPad up to four times faster than a MacBook and your iPad mini up to twice as fast as its included charger.

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The Subterranean Press Limited Edition of Stephen King’s The Shining Is Now Available To Pre-Order

Important Ordering Notes:

- Only one Limited and Lettered Edition per customer or household.

- There is no limit on the number of Gift editions you may order.

- Subterranean Press cannot accept phone orders for this title.

- No coupons, specials, or savings certificates may be applied to the purchase of this title.

- Subterranean Press accepts Visa, MasterCard, and PayPal.

- Subterranean Press will honor requests for specific numbers of The Shining, on a first come, first served basis. There may be a few exceptions to this rule. You will be notified if this is the case for your request. Please note that copy #217, which we expect to be a popular request, is already spoken for. Please put your request in the comments section of the order form.

- Subterranean Press charges at the time an order is placed; that said, we expect so many orders that it may take us a couple of weeks to process them all. Please be patient and wait two weeks before querying if your order has gone through.

- Subterranean Press is not able to offer free US shipping on preorders of The Shining.

Special Offer:

For a limited time, those who preorder any edition of The Shining direct from Subterranean Press will also receive a bonus chapbook of Gabriel Rodriguez’s rough sketches.

The Subterranean Press edition of The Shining will be printed in two colors throughout, with a projected 40+ interior illustrations by Gabriel Rodriguez, best known for his work on the acclaimed comic series, Locke & Key.

- Lettered: 52 signed, specially bound copies, housed in a custom traycase, with an original remarque by Gabriel Rodriguez: $2500

- Limited: 750 signed numbered copies, housed in a custom traycase: $450

Gift: 1500 unsigned cloth bound copies, housed in a custom slipcase: $95

You can pre-order the Limited Edition of Stephen King’s The Shining HERE, which is scheduled for publication in November 2013.

UPDATE: As of the evening of January 23rd, the Lettered and Linited Edition both have sold out and only the Gift edition is currently available.

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Inferno By Dan Brown To Be Published On May 14, 2013

In his international blockbusters The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, and The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown masterfully fused history, art, codes, and symbols. In this riveting new thriller, Brown returns to his element and has crafted his highest-stakes novel to date.

In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces . . . Dante’s Inferno.

Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust . . . before the world is irrevocably altered.

Inferno will be released on May 14, 2013.

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Django Unchained Action Figures: Boycotted, Bagged & Now Selling For Thousands

Action figures promoting an action movie are fairly common, particularly when you’re Quentin Tarantino. The director has had collectible tie-ins made for each of his films. But there recently has been uproar over Tarantino’s Django Unchained toys.

It’s not hard to see why somebody might be offended that eight-inch versions of the movie’s enslaved characters are available for purchase for $39.99. (Non-slave characters are also available as action figures.) Those offended people included Rev. Al Sharpton, who called for a boycott of the set of character dolls, according to the New York Daily News.

So, on January 18th, The Weinstein Company, the studio behind the film, changed course and told the public that the toys would no longer be distributed. “In light of the reaction to the Django Unchained action figures we are removing them from distribution. We have tremendous respect for the audience and it was never our intent to offend anyone,” said the studio in a statement.

The move, unsurprisingly, has only served to boost the value of the now-rare items. As of the afternoon of January 22nd, a collectible 10-piece set of the figures was available on eBay with an asking price of $8,000.

Read more HERE.

UPDATE: All of the Django toy listings were pulled from ebay on the evening of Wednesday January 23rd. eBay explained this decision to sellers via email:

“Since the manufacturer of this product has discontinued the item’s sale due to its potentially offensive nature, we are not allowing it to be sold on eBay.”

eBay also cautioned the sellers not to re-list the items.

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Cemetery Dance Publications Announces 2 New Limited Edition Signed Books By Max Brooks, World War Z & The Zombie Survival Guide: The Deluxe Special Edition

You’re probably already familiar with Max Brooks’ books and how they’ve contributed to the zombie resurgence in popular culture, how they became New York Times bestsellers and how Brad Pitt is starring in the movie version of World War Z.

Today Cemetery Dance Publications announced 2 new special signed limited edition of World War Z and The Zombie Survival Guide.

World War Z: The Deluxe Special Edition

The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of thirty million souls to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet. He recorded the testimony of men, women, and sometimes children who came face-to-face with the living, or at least the undead, hell of that dreadful time. World War Z is the result. Never before have we had access to a document that so powerfully conveys the depth of fear and horror, and also the ineradicable spirit of resistance, that gripped human society through the plague years.

Ranging from the now infamous village of New Dachang in the United Federation of China, where the epidemiological trail began with the twelve-year-old Patient Zero, to the unnamed northern forests where untold numbers sought a terrible and temporary refuge in the cold, to the United States of Southern Africa, where the Redeker Plan provided hope for humanity at an unspeakable price, to the west-of-the-Rockies redoubt where the North American tide finally started to turn, this invaluable chronicle reflects the full scope and duration of the Zombie War.

Most of all, the book captures with haunting immediacy the human dimension of this epochal event. Facing the often raw and vivid nature of these personal accounts requires a degree of courage on the part of the reader, but the effort is invaluable because, as Mr. Brooks says in his introduction, “By excluding the human factor, aren’t we risking the kind of personal detachment from history that may, heaven forbid, lead us one day to repeat it? And in the end, isn’t the human factor the only true difference between us and the enemy we now refer to as ‘the living dead’?”

Special Features Exclusive to this Collector’s Edition:

- Epic cover artwork by Caniglia
- Extremely collectible print run that is a tiny fraction of the hundreds of thousands of copies of the edition you’ll see in bookstores — and you will NOT see this edition in chain bookstores!

Signed Limited Edition Hardcover ($50.00)

Deluxe Signed & Traycased Lettered Edition ($300)

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The Zombie Survival Guide: The Deluxe Special Edition

The Zombie Survival Guide is your key to survival against the hordes of undead who may be stalking you right now. Fully illustrated and exhaustively comprehensive, this book covers everything you need to know, including how to understand zombie physiology and behavior, the most effective defense tactics and weaponry, ways to outfit your home for a long siege, and how to survive and adapt in any territory or terrain.

Top 10 Lessons for Surviving a Zombie Attack

1. Organize before they rise!

2. They feel no fear, why should you?

3. Use your head: cut off theirs.

4. Blades don’t need reloading.

5. Ideal protection = tight clothes, short hair.

6. Get up the staircase, then destroy it.

7. Get out of the car, get onto the bike.

8. Keep moving, keep low, keep quiet, keep alert!

9. No place is safe, only safer.

10. The zombie may be gone, but the threat lives on.

Don’t be carefree and foolish with your most precious asset—life. This book is your key to survival against the hordes of undead who may be stalking you right now without your even knowing it. The Zombie Survival Guide offers complete protection through trusted, proven tips for safeguarding yourself and your loved ones against the living dead. It is a book that can save your life.

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Drew Struzan Approached To Create Art For Star Wars: Episode VII

Drew Struzan has revealed that he’s already been contacted by Walt Disney Pictures to design new art for Star Wars: Episode VII and beyond.

“Oh my god, I’m trying to be retired!” Struzan laughs. ” You know, I spent 35 years painting ‘Star Wars’. I painted ‘Star Wars’ before most of you were born! But I guess there is always a chance. There’s no intention. But I would love to have a day off every now and again, and I have to work a weekend and all through the night. If the opportunity arises, it will be a real temptation. But it’s going to have to be a real temptation to get me away from my wife and my little grandkids and my family. Away from the green trees and the blue skies for a change instead of just locked in the studio. But, you know, never say never. All things are possible.”

In addition to his work with past Star Wars films, Struzan is responsible for posters for The Thing, Back to the Future, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter and many, many more.

Star Wars: Episode VII, meanwhile, is still without an officially announced director but will feature a screenplay by Michael Arndt and a planned release date of 2015.

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Beatles U.S. Albums Box Set Released Today (January 21, 2014)

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A new Beatles box is available today! The set contains reissues all 13 of the band’s American albums, including five that have never been available on CD before. The collection arrives on January 21st as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Beatles’ first trip to the United States.

Capitol Records has compiled the set, titled The U.S. Albums, beginning with Meet the Beatles from 1964 and ending with 1970′s Hey Jude. The U.S versions of Beatles LPs often have different track lists, mixes, titles and art from the U.K. versions of the same records. The American versions of A Hard Day’s Night, Yesterday and Today and Revolver, the U.S.-only compilation Hey Jude and the 1964 audio commentary album The Beatles’ Story had never been issued on CD before.

Each CD will be packaged in a replica of the original LP art and inner sleeves. The box set will also include a 64-page booklet, and all of the albums aside from Hey Jude and The Beatles’ Story will come in mono and stereo. Each of the CDs (aside from The Beatles’ Story) will also be available for individual purchase for a limited time.

The Recording Academy announced today that the Beatles will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award during a special ceremony the night before the 56th Annual Grammys in January. Not long after that, CBS will be airing a two-hour special called The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles on February 9th, exactly 50 years after the Fab Four made their legendary debut on the Ed Sullivan Show.

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The Beatles: The U.S. Albums include:

- Meet The Beatles! – 1964
– The Beatles’ Second Album – 1964
– A Hard Day’s Night (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) – 1964
– Something New – 1964
– The Beatles’ Story – 1964
– Beatles ’65 – 1964
– The Early Beatles – 1965
– Beatles VI – 1965
– Help! (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) – 1965
– Rubber Soul – 1965
– Yesterday And Today – 1966
– Revolver – 1966
– Hey Jude – 1970

 

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