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Star Wars Lightsaber Thumb Wrestling

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Star Wars Lightsaber Thumb Wrestling ($14) published by Chronicle Books is a Star Wars game in a book that provides hours of fun for thumb-wrestling masters or their apprentices.

Opponents Velcro on the lightsabers included (one blue, one red); open the book to one of seven durable “game board” pages depicting classic Star Wars battles; stick their thumbs through the holes; and use the Force (of thumb and imagination) to wrestle to victory!

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Paramount Pictures Announces World War Z Licensing Program Including Exclusive Limited-Edition Fan Art From Blurppy’s Poster Posse

PARAMOUNT PICTURES CORPORATION WORLD WAR Z

My good friend Don Thompson, his website Blurppy and his Poster Posse project for World War Z were mentioned today in a press release from Paramount Pictures.

Congratulations to Don and the members of the Poster Posse for a job well done! Don was able to gather amazing artists from around the world to collaborate on imagined posters for the World War Z film. These virtual posters were showcased on Blurppy.com and went viral finally catching the attention of Paramount Studios. The studio has committed to creating limited-edition collector’s prints and releasing them on Amazon, Think Geek and in theaters on opening day!

Here is the press release:

“Paramount Licensing today announced its slate of worldwide licensing partners in support of the highly anticipated film “World War Z,” which opens in theaters nationwide on June 21st. To extend the excitement of the summer film event, Paramount is rolling out a robust in-theatre merchandise program highlighted by mobile pop up stores in select theaters, creating a limited line of products to celebrate fan generated art, and strategically aligning with a select group of toy, game, apparel and accessory, collectible, costume, publishing, and online licensees.

Paramount will bring “World War Z” to consumers via Hot Topic, the film’s exclusive retail promotional partner. As the official “World War Z” movie headquarters, Hot Topic is rolling out the “World War Z” merchandise program across all 660 of its stores. Highlighting the promotion will be movie-themed storefront window displays and a series of online initiatives including a sweepstakes, social media support through Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, and email blasts to all of its members.

In addition, Paramount has partnered with leading apparel and accessories company Bioworld to launch an in-theatre merchandise program in Regal Cinemas, Cinemark, Muvico Theaters, Starplex Cinemas, and ShowBiz Cinemas theaters in its top markets. The program will be highlighted by mobile pop up kiosks featuring apparel and accessories in select Regal Cinemas and Muvico theaters.

Paramount Licensing will also launch exclusive limited-edition fan art by artists Chris Garofalo, Matt Ferguson, Marie Bergeron, David Moscati and Marko Manev, who were selected from a group of artists nicknamed “Poster Posse.” The group participated in a challenge issued by Don Thompson’s Blurppy.com to create a images based on the “World War Z” film. The results of the challenge caught the eye of the studio and filmmakers and now this unique artwork will be available in a limited-edition run of graphic t-shirts at HotTopic.com, high quality posters at Amazon.com and ThinkGeek.com, and as limited-edition collector’s prints to be given away to fans on opening day at Regal Cinemas, Cinemark, AMC Theatres, Arclight Cinemas, and other leading theaters.

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Additionally, Paramount has created a targeted licensing program in key categories to launch in advance of the film’s release that will tap into the excitement of “World War Z” and allow fans to take home a piece of the experience. Partners include:

- Jazwares: Articulated zombie and hero action figures as well as plush  
- University Games: A World War Z-themed survival board game and card game
- Bioworld Merchandise: Apparel and accessories
- Ghoulish Productions: Costumes and dress up accessories
- Pyramid America: Posters, prints, magnets and buttons
- Trends: Posters, calendars and bookmarks
- Silver Buffalo: Drinkware, blankets and wall art
- Quantum Mechanix: Collectibles, including statues, limited-edition lithographs and key chains
- Crown Publishing Group: Movie tie-in edition of Max Brooks’ novel in
paperback, audio book, and eBook formats
- Titan Books Ltd.: Art of “World War Z” book
- Duckworth Publishing Ltd.: Movie tie-in edition of Max Brooks’ novel in paperback
- Café Press: Branded “World War Z” store at http://www.paramountstore.com featuring apparel, gift, and novelty

World War Z revolves around an ex-United Nations investigator Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt), who traverses the world in a race against time to stop a pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself. The film stars Pitt, Mireille Enos and James Badge Dale.

World War Z was directed by Marc Forster from a screenplay by Matthew Michael Carnahan and Drew Goddard & Damon Lindelof, and screen story by Matthew Michael Carnahan and J. Michael Straczynski. Based on the novel by Max Brooks. 

World War Z opens in theaters everywhere June 21, 2013.”

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Entertainment Weekly Launches CapeTown for Comic-Con Culture Enthusiasts

Entertainment Weekly’s website has launched CapeTown, a new site dedicated to Hollywood and “Comic-Con culture” — a place for all things superhero, sci-fi, fantasy and horror on film, TV, gaming, comic and novel platforms. Geoff Boucher, who joined EW after twenty years at the LA Times, will head CapeTown.

This week the site will showcase interviews with Robert Downey Jr. (“Iron Man 3″), Brad Pitt (“World War Z”) and DC Comics writer Scott Snyder (on the Joker).

Also in the works for CapeTown is a film and TV festival in collaboration with the American Cinematheque and the Egyptian Theater.

Check out CapeTown here.

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Author & Illustrator Ralph Cosentino Launches “Jumbee” Online-Shop

Known for his popular children’s picture books including; Batman the Story of the Dark Knight, Wonder Woman the Story of the Amazon Princess,

Honk-Honk-Ashoo, Fun-boy and Kaiju Kidz toys, Ralph Cosentino and his wife have created a “hub” showcasing Ralph’s work thru exclusive products such as letterpress prints, t-shirts, original art and “Fun-Boy Brand Chocolate Bars from Uranus!”

 

Jumbee features free online children’s books which can be also viewed on mobile & tablet devices.

 The site also debuts Ralph’s first desktop game “Asteroid Armageddon” featuring his characters Fun-boy & Elwood.

Ralph’s first free iPhone App “MyMoji” is also available which allows users to text with Zombie and Fun-boy emoticons!

 

Jumbee will also host a “Monthly-Freebee” drawing for newsletter subscribers in which one randomly chosen winner gets a prize ranging from original artwork to t-shirts!  Jumbee will also collaborate with friends and favorite artists to offer exclusive items.

 

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Rovio Releases Amazing Alex For Apple Devices

Rovio Entertainment has released Amazing Alex a new physics puzzler representing the company’s first departure from its venerable Angry Birds franchise. The new game puts players in the role of a whiz kid with a boundless imagination and a houseful of toys where they are challenged to build creative, chain reaction solutions to accomplish various tasks ranging from battling cardboard robots to cleaning up Alex’s room. Players build elaborate Rube Goldberg devices from a collection of toys that bounce, pop, ricochet, bash and crash into each other; most puzzles can be solved in more than one way and users can share their most creative solutions with their friends and see what their friends have come up with as well.

Amazing Alex includes 100 built-in levels and users can also design their own levels and share them with friends or worldwide using 35 different interactive objects set in four different locations. A gallery of user-contributed levels is expected to add to the replayability and Rovio also promises regular free updates with its own new level packs. Amazing Alex is a universal app requiring iOS 4.2 or later and is available from the App Store for $1.

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San Diego Comic-Con Bingo

Mike Yamada and Victoria Ying of Extracurricular Activities created a San Diego Comic-Con Bingo card that you can print out and play along with at the con. Look for them at Small Press Table N-02.

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Disney FilmPulse App For iPhone

Enhance your in-theater experience with Disney FilmPulse, an all-new free app for your iPhone. Just “check-in” to the theater and showtime for the Disney movie you’re about to see, and begin the FilmPulse experience. Unlock surprises and enjoy interactive games and bonus content before the movie, then take advantage of special offers after the credits roll.

The FilmPulse app is currently only available for use at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, CA.

 

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Monopoly: The Godfather Edition

“I wanna’ be the horse head token, you can be the cannoli.”

It’s not personal, it’s business as you systematically eliminate your opponents to reign supreme in this classic Monopoly game with a Godfather twist. Produced by USAopoly, under license from Hasbro and Paramount Licensing, Monopoly: The Godfather Edition ($40) celebrates the 40th anniversary of the release of one of the most seminal films of our time.

Reminisce and relive The Godfather story anew as you play America’s favorite game with a killer instinct the Don would respect. Expand your family’s interests by amassing property and influence as you seek to bankrupt those around you. Buy, sell and trade the likes of Woltz International Pictures, Moe Green’s Casino, Joe’s Diner and Hyman Roth’s Home as you muscle your way to an empire. Make them an offer they can’t refuse as you vie for the Corleone Long Island Home and Corleone Lake Tahoe Estate (the prime properties traditionally occupied by Boardwalk and Park Place).

Travel the board with one of six game tokens: the horse head, cannoli, Genco Olive Oil tin, the Don’s limo, a dead fish or the tommy gun. Familiar “Chance” and “Community Chest” cards have been replaced with “Friends” and “Enemies” cards and bear in mind that the friendly game of Monopoly is the best place to “keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.”

The Monopoly game’s traditional houses and hotels have been turned into Hideouts and Compounds, and the game features new “Don” cards allowing each player to align with a particular family and employ a potentially lethal strike. The Corleone card, for instance, entitles the bearer to a kidnapping of an opponent while the Tattaglia card affords its owner a single money laundering opportunity. Since there is no consigliere to offer advice, players must take care of their family at all costs.

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Where’s My Perry! Coming To The AppStore At The End of June

Help Agent P get to his mission briefing in the new game, Where’s My Perry! available on the AppStore and Google Play at the end of June.

Announced this week at E3 in Los Angeles, the game combines characters from the popular Disney Channel animated series Phineas and Ferb with the wildly successful gameplay of Where’s My Water?

Where’s My Perry? uses the same mechanics as the physics-based puzzler Where’s My Water? but adds musical themes, character voices and animated scenes from Phineas and Ferb.

In Perry’s attempts to reach the Organization Without a Cool Acronym’s headquarters, he manages to get stuck. So, in order to help him out, you have to guide water through the game’s various levels.

Agent P’s arch-nemesis Dr Doofenshmirtz also features in Where’s My Perry? and he will use his endless supply of gadgets to complicate the rescue operation by turning water into ice or steam – adding a fun challenge to the game.

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Scrabble Typography Edition

Upscale gaming vendor Winning Solutions will release Andrew Capener’s stylish take on the classic board game Scrabble August of 2012.

The limited edition game ($200) will come encased in a beautiful solid birch cover, along with a solid walnut storage case with drawers, a magnetized game board, and solid walnut tiles featuring a variety of designer fonts.

Each edition will also come signed and numbered by the designer. Only 1,200 boards will be created.

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