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20th Anniversary Screening of The Shawshank Redemption

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Screenwriter Frank Darabont made his feature directing debut with an Oscar-nominated adaptation of Stephen King’s novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, and over the last twenty years, this gripping story of hope and courage has become one of the most beloved films of its time.

Tim Robbins stars as Andy Dufresne, a young banker falsely convicted of the murder of his wife and her lover, who faces unthinkable brutality as an inmate of Shawshank State Prison. Andy’s accounting skills and his friendship with a more experienced prisoner, Ellis Boyd ‘Red’ Redding played by Morgan Freeman help keep him alive in the hostile setting. However, an unforgivable betrayal leads him to plot an impossible escape.

For his directing debut, Darabont assembled a top-notch supporting cast with a memorable performance by the great James Whitmore as a longtime convict. Darabont was also aided by Roger Deakins’ stark cinematography, Richard Francis-Bruce’s tense editing and Thomas Newman’s emotional score, which all earned Oscar nominations.

Stars Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman and writer-director Frank Darabont will appear in person at the screening at the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre in Beverly Hills on November 18, 2014 to help celebrate this contemporary classic’s 20th anniversary. More information HERE.

Samuel Goldwyn Theatre 
8949 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

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Official Star Wars Celebration Anaheim Poster

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Star Wars Celebration comes from a galaxy far, far away to the Anaheim Convention Center from April 16-19. Here is the first look at the official poster by Craig Drake for the event which features Han Solo, Princess Leia, Darth Vader and a Stormtrooper.

More information about the convention is HERE.

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Hero Complex Gallery Presents Kung Fu Theater Opening On November 14, 2014

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Hero Complex Gallery presents Kung Fu Theater co-curated by Craig Drake & Adam Smasher with an opening reception on Friday, November 14, 2014 from 7-10PM. The pop culture art show inspired by Asian Influences of all types features 60+ international artists. Kung Fu Theater will run three weekends from November 14th – 30th.

Please RSVP on the HCG Facebook Event page HERE. Online sales will commence on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at approximately 1PM HERE.

Hero Complex Gallery
2020 South Robertson Blvd., Studio D
Los Angeles, CA 90034
Gallery Hours – Wed-Sun, 11am-6pm

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Get Free Comic Books During Halloween ComicFest On October 25, 2014

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On Saturday, October 25, 2014 participating comic shops across the US, Canada and internationally will hand out free comics to anyone who comes into their shop to celebrate the second biggest free comic book event of the year- Halloween ComicFest!

Anyone who goes into a participating comic shop can choose from 19 free comics and participate in fun activities comic shops host for their customers to enjoy while discovering new types of comics and the treasures found in store.

During Halloween ComicFest (HCF), adults and kids can get free Halloween and horror themed comics and mini-comics published specifically for the occasion. There are 19 titles available to choose from that are great for kids and adults, with twelve full-sized comics and seven mini-comics making it easy for everyone to find a story they will enjoy.  Titles for this year include: DC’s Scooby Doo Team-Up with Batman #1 , Marvel’s Secret Wars #1, Afterlife with Archie #1, My Little Pony, Plants vs. Zombies, Angry Birds, and other haunting and fun tales.

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This year anyone can celebrate Halloween ComicFest in their homes with the HCF Mini-Comic packs, which are available to purchase solely from comic shops. Each pack contains 20 HCF mini-comics that are great to pass out on Halloween to trick-or-treaters, providing a healthy alternative to candy and great stories that keep kids reading and visiting comic shops for more.

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Currently taking place and running until November 9th  is “The Greatest Halloween Costume Contest Ever” presented by Halloween ComicFest.  The contest takes place on the Halloween ComicFest website, where anyone can enter one of five categories just by uploading a picture of themselves in costume holding one of the free Halloween ComicFest 2014 comics and submitting it into the appropriate category. Prizes include $500 and $100 shopping sprees to the winner’s comic shop of choice in addition to category prizes for the participants who receive the most votes for their costume from website visitors.  Voting will take place November 2-9 and it is crucial to remember that only photos with a Halloween ComicFest 2014 comic in the picture will be accepted.

For more information about Halloween ComicFest, more details about the free comics, more information about the costume contest, and to find a participating comic shop, go to www.halloweencomicfest.com.

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Hero Complex Gallery Announces Imagined Worlds Art Show Opening On October 17, 2014

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Join Hero Complex Gallery on October 17, 2014 at 7PM for the opening of Imagine Worlds, an art show celebrating the layered tapestries and characters of the preeminent world-building action directors, James Cameron, John Carpenter, Peter Jackson, Christopher Nolan and Steven Spielberg!

Please RSVP HERE.

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Star Wars Reads Day Strikes Back On October 11, 2014

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Bookstores and libraries will once again feel the power of the Force.

Disney Publishing Worldwide and its publishing partners announced the third annual Star Wars Reads Day, to be held October 11, 2014. Last year, Star Wars authors and costumed volunteers participated in over 2,000 Star Wars Reads Day events across North America and, for the first time, around the world. On October 11 of this year, Star Wars fans, authors, and artists will again come together in this multi-publisher initiative that celebrates reading and Star Wars. Participating publishing partners include Abrams, Chronicle Books, Dark Horse, Del Rey, Disney Book Group, DK, Klutz, Quirk Books, Random House Audio, Scholastic, and Workman Publishing.

“With the debut of our new animated series Star Wars Rebels launching on Disney XD this Fall, and the upcoming theatrical release of Episode VII in 2015, our third Star Wars Reads Day comes at an exciting time,” says Carol Roeder, Director of Lucasfilm Franchise Publishing, Disney Publishing Worldwide.

The following authors are confirmed to participate in official Star Wars Reads Day events: Chris Alexander (Star Wars Origami), Tom Angleberger (Origami Yoda series), Jeffrey Brown (Goodnight Darth Vader, Star Wars: Jedi Academy), Troy Denning (Star Wars: Crucible), Ian Doescher (William Shakespeare’s Star Wars, William Shakespeare’s Empire Striketh Back, William Shakespeare’s The Jedi Doth Return), Jason Fry (LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary: Updated and Expanded, Star Wars in 100 Scenes), Daniel Lipkowitz (LEGO Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles), John Jackson Miller (Star Wars: Kenobi), Chris Reiff and Chris Trevas (Star Wars: Death Star Owner’s Technical Manual), Daniel Wallace (The Bounty Hunter Code, The Jedi Path), and Ryder Windham (Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide, Star Wars Rebels Junior Novel).

For updates and more information, follow Star Wars Reads Day on Facebook.

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Apple Sends Out Invites For October 16, 2014 Event

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Apple has sent out invitations to its upcoming event on Thursday, October 16, 2014.  “It’s been way too long,” says the invitation. As usual, the event will begin at 10 a.m. Pacific time. The company is expected to introduce its new iPads at the event, in addition to new iMacs.

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TravelChannel.com Names The Top 10 ‘Travel’s Best: Halloween Attractions’ Of 2014

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TravelChannel.com names the “Travel’s Best: Halloween Attractions” of 2014. This year, these top 10 attractions are pulling out all the stops – heightening the fear factor and frightening visitors with new haunted houses, thrilling rides and amazing special effects produced by the best in the business.

TravelChannel.com editors enlisted a panel of experts to help determine the 10 best Halloween attractions for 2014, including: Zak Bagans (Lead Investigator, “Ghost Adventures”), Jeff Belanger (Author, TV Personality and Paranormal Expert), Larry Kirchner (Owner, HauntWorld.com, Hauntworld Magazine and Halloween Productions) and Aaron Sagers (Geek Culture and Paranormal Pop-Culture Expert).

The 2014 “Travel’s Best: Halloween Attractions” (in alphabetical order by state):

Queen Mary (Long Beach, CA)

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The Queen Mary was built in the early 1930s as a luxury trans-Atlantic ocean liner, but was pressed into military service to carry troops during World War II where hundreds died in and around the ship. This Halloween, the haunted ship is offering its Dark Harbor tours with four new attractions – the Soulmate maze, the B340 maze, Voodoo Village and Monster Midway, which features a freak show, a mechanical monster and a new ride, the Sinister Swings. Travel Channel’s “Ghost Adventures” recently did a lockdown investigation aboard the Queen Mary for the show’s season 10 premiere, uncovering chilling paranormal evidence. So keep your eyes open, because those ghostly apparitions you see may not just be another special effect.

13th Floor Haunted House (Denver, CO)

13th Floor Haunted House – Denver, Colo.

Guests taking a frightful visit to the 13th Floor Haunted House in Denver – the largest and longest indoor haunted attraction in Colorado – will understand why most buildings don’t have a 13th floor. Renovated this year with two new attractions, watch evil take control of unwilling bodies in Undead: The Possession or run for your life as terrifying ghouls and monsters come alive as you walk through Dwellings of the Dead. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology such as Microsoft Kinect, the robotic monsters are more than capable of frightening the victims who dare to venture into the 13th Floor.

Halloween Horror Nights (Orlando, FL)

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Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando should be at the top of anyone’s Halloween bucket list, especially fans looking for big-budget scares. Movie industry experts craft haunted houses so loaded with detail that visitors walk through and feel like they’ve been dropped into an episode of “The Walking Dead” or the movie “From Dusk Till Dawn.” Other popular attractions featured at the theme park include Bayou of Blood, Dollhouse of the Damned and Roanoke – Cannibal Colony. Those willing to face their fears can also enter, at their own risk, the “Halloween” house for a face-to-face meeting with Michael Myers, the iconic masked slasher from the movies.

Netherworld

Netherworld – Atlanta, Ga.

With over 200 animated monsters and 100 live actors, Netherworld is one of the nation’s most famous attractions. Having been featured on TV and in movies such as “Zombieland,” this spooky attraction has amazingly detailed sets. And unlike other Halloween attractions, Netherworld’s creepy characters greet patrons in the parking lot before they purchase tickets, scaring them off before they even enter.

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13th Gate – Baton Rouge, La.

The 13th Gate is one of the most, if not the most, elaborately detailed haunted houses in America thanks to a construction crew that includes award-winning set designers, lighting and sound technicians and special-effects artists. Sets are over-the-top and feature live animals, including snakes and gators. In each of the 13 themed indoor and outdoor areas,more than 100 professional actors and 12 special makeup artists help bring the horror to life.

Festival of the Dead (Salem, MA)

Festival of the Dead – Salem, Mass.

Salem, Mass. is historically known for the 1692 Witch trials that left 20 people executed. This year’s Festival of the Dead includes two weeks of events and parties designed to bring out your inner-Witch. Attend a séance to speak with the dead, share your stories with others at the Mourning Tea, pick up new ghost-hunting techniques or learn about death’s macabre customs and strange rituals. Finish the festival with the Official Salem Witches’ Ball on Oct. 31 and you’ll leave this town spellbound.

Bennett’s Curse (Jessup, MD)

Bennett’s Curse – Jessup, Md.

This haunted spectacle outside of Baltimore is one of the top Halloween attractions in the Mid-Atlantic region. It features three terrifying haunted houses – Medieval Underworld, Inferno 3D and Sanctuary of Insanity – and the owners of this popular haunt continue to add monsters and twists to keep the attractions exciting for new and returning visitors. Not only has Bennett’s Curse been featured on Travel Channel’s “America’s Scariest Halloween Attractions 3,” but it has consistently been ranked by several sources as one of the best Halloween attractions in the U.S. This spooky spot is also among the first to frighten its victims with the latest cutting-edge technology.

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Fright Dome – Las Vegas, Nev.

Located in Circus Circus’ Adventuredome, the Fright Dome is one of Las Vegas’ largest and longest-running Halloween attractions. With six new haunted houses, the theme park is transformed into a pitch-black, lights-out, haunted spectacle – easily making it the scariest on the Strip. Scary creatures lurk in every dark, fog-filled corner, making guests feel as though they’re walking through their worst nightmare. The five-acre theme park also includes 25 rides and attractions, multiple live shows at night and four new scare zones, including the Clown Overload Zone. “My personal nightmare of clowns with glowing eyes surrounding me came to life,” says Zak Bagans, lead investigator of “Ghost Adventures,” “I had the worst panic attack. Needless to say, I’ll go back again because it was badass!”

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ScareHouse – Pittsburgh, Pa.

ScareHouse is the place to be this year, especially with an exclusive partnership with Legendary Entertainment to help create the scariest Halloween to date. The partnership even sparked a visit from filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, who said, “With the sound design and the atmospherics, it is beautiful. I could live here!” Featured attractions include The Summoning, Pittsburgh Zombies: Black Out and The Basement. This Halloween haunt offers a big-budget sensibility without losing its hometown appeal.

Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum Haunted House

Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum Haunted House – Weston, W.V.

The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum is one of the most memorable haunted locations for “Ghost Adventures” lead investigator Zak Bagans, who completed a live 7-hour investigation with the Ghost Adventures crew. The spirits that roam the asylum’s halls are extremely active and tours are offered to see how the mentally insane lived and died within these walls. “It is undeniably the scariest overall haunted attraction that I’ve been to in the U.S.,” says Bagans. Additionally, visitors can participate in zombie paintball, a fall festival and the Asylum Ball, which includes a costume contest.

For more details on the “Travel’s Best: Halloween Attractions” of 2014, go to: http://www.travelchannel.com/interests/travels-best/articles/best-halloween-attractions-2014

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Gallery 1988 Announces Bust’d, A Tom Whalen Art Show Opening On October 3, 2014

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Gallery 1988 has announced a new Tom Whalen art show, Bust’d opening on October 3, 2014 at 7PM.

Here is how Tom describes the show:

“Back in 2004, as a time-killer between day-job projects, I created a series of notecard-sized pop culture busts. taking inspiration from comics, films, and TV, I took them to Cons and sat them beside the ‘zine my buddies and I were dutifully publishing. The busts quickly became my calling card and over the years, folks would visit my table to see what new characters I had illustrated.

Flash forward to 2013. when Gallery 1988 offered me a solo show, I realized that it had been almost ten years since I started to create those original pieces. I saw the opportunity to create a fresh new series of busts that reflect my current style and serve as a throwback to my early work.

All pieces will be 8″x8″ screenprints with low editions. there will be 1/1 metal editions available for some of the characters as well as the original sketches I used to create the prints. I’ll also be bringing a few original pieces that I’m finishing as I speak.

So proud to finally start showing these guys off. Hope to see you at the opening Friday night.”

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Comic Con Experience In Brazil Reveals Batman Poster By Raphael Grampá & Ivan Reis

Comic Con Experience reveals the artwork for the official event poster created by internationally renowned Brazilian comic book artists, Ivan Reis and Rafael Grampá, both confirmed guests at CCXP, with colors by Marcelo Costa. The poster was created in an exclusive agreement between CCXP and DC Comics, the publisher owned by Time Warner which owns the rights to classic characters, such as Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Flash, and Batman.

 The poster will be seen in promotional items for CCXP, including t-shirts sold exclusively at the event, on the cover of the CCXP program guide, and on promotional posters to be handed out to visitors who have acquired Fan or Full Experience packages.

“Batman is a pop icon and by celebrating its 75th anniversary CCXP is also celebrating pop culture as a whole”, explains Ivan Costa, business partner in CCXP.

The character that first appeared in Detective Comics# 27, in 1939, turns 75 in top form and in every medium: the film Batman v. Superman is one of the most eagerly anticipated in the years to come, the Fox TV series Gotham premiered successfully in the USA last week, and the games Batman: Arkham are a commercial and critical success, while he is a constant presence in comics, and in a multitude of products.

The poster features several innovations: it presents, in a single image, the artwork by two top artists with very different styles. Additionally, the poster refers back to the classic DC covers from the beginning of the Silver Age, in the 1960s, when the editor Julius Schwartz would often have the covers produced before the issue itself, challenging his writers to come up with stories based on the covers. This technique was responsible for a lot of classic covers and for one of the most creative periods – and a certain nonsense that was typical of the time – in the history of DC Comics.

About the artists:

Ivan Reis

With 20 years in comics, Ivan Reis has worked on magazines in various genres and for various publishers, besides giants Marvel and DC Comics. At Marvel, he drew for titles such as Avengers, Iron Man and Hulk, while at DC he drew for Superman, Green Lantern and Aquaman magazines, as well as important events, such as Infinite Crisis, Blackest Night and Brightest Day. He has won several awards in his career and was the official designer of the Justice League, the main title at DC Comics. His most recent work is The Multiversity, written by Grant Morrison.

Rafael Grampá

A former designer, former director of animation, current comic book artist, and future who-knows-what, Rafael has done covers for DC, Marvel, IDW, Valiant, and Dark Horse Comics, he has done comic books with Batman, Wolverine and Hellblazer, and is the author of the graphic novel Mesmo Delivery. He has won the Eisner Award (for the anthology 5) and HQ Mix award (for Mesmo Delivery). He recently took part in a global campaign for Absolut Vodka and is currently involved in creating and directing films.

Marcelo Costa

Marcelo Costa, an illustrator and comic book artist, launched – with his twin brother Magno Costa – the comic books Oeste Vermelho and Matinê, winning the HQ Mix Trophy for new artists. He has taken part in the Gazzara project run by Rafael Coutinho and QQ por Amigos, by Marcelo Campos, among other projects.

The first edition of CCXP – Comic Con Experience is scheduled for December 4-7 taking 39 thousand square meters at Immigrantes Exhibition & Convention Center in São Paulo, Brazil. This is the first event in Brazil in the format of comic cons held in various parts of the world, bringing together fans and professionals from comics, movies, TV shows, games, anime, RPG, memorabilia, cosplay, and collectibles to learn about the latest developments in these areas in a great celebration of geek and pop culture. The first batch of tickets sold out quickly and a second batch is already on sale at: www.ccxp.com.br where you can also get information about upcoming attractions and guest artists at the event.

CCXP – Comic Con Experience

Date: December 4 – 7, 2014

Venue: Immigrantes Exhibition & Convention Center – Immigrantes highway, Km 1.5 – São Paulo / SP

Time:

12/04 (Thursday): 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM

12/05 (Friday) and 12/06 (Saturday): 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM

12/07 (Sunday): 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM

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