Marvel’s Behind The Mask Documentary Coming To Disney+

Marvel Entertainment announced a brand-new documentary special, Marvel’s Behind the Mask, will debut February 12 exclusively on Disney+! 

Marvel’s Behind the Mask will explore the power of identity behind the world’s most iconic super heroes we know and love today.

From the very inception of comic books, secret identities have been an integral part of both super heroes and villains leading “normal” lives. But it’s the characters beneath that resonate within us across generations of fans. Since the advent of the Marvel Age of Comics in the early 1960s, Marvel’s writers and artists have used the notion of identities to examine the evolving concept of equal rights. These legendary Marvel creations and stories have not only reflected the world outside our window – they have become a reflection of our own identities and who we truly are.

Marvel’s Behind the Mask will feature guests from across Marvel’s 80-year legacy, including the writers and artists behind the rise of characters like Black Panther, Miles Morales, Ms. Marvel, Luke Cage, the X-Men, Captain Marvel, and many other characters in the Marvel Universe, highlighting Marvel’s impact on pop culture and media.

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Mondo To Release 2 Marvel Prints – Captain America By Phantom City Creative & The Fantastic Four By Michael Cho

Face front, True Believers! This week Mondo has two new Marvel posters focused on characters celebrating major birthday milestones in 2021.

First is a powerful Captain America poster from Phantom City Creative. The good Captain turns 80 years old this year, but you’d never know it since the First Avenger can still wield Mjolnir with the mightiest of them all. Next up is the new poster by Michael Cho for the Fantastic Four who are celebrating 60 years of being Marvel’s first family and the world’s greatest comic magazine.

Both posters on sale Friday 1/22 at 11am Central on The Drop.

Avengers: Endgame – Captain America Screenprinted Poster
Art by Phantom City Creative
24″x36″
Edition of 300
$55

Fantastic Four Screenprinted Poster
Art by Michael Cho
24″x36″
Edition of 250
$60.

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Change The Whirled: Ben & Jerry’s And Colin Kaepernick Created A New Flavor

Ben & Jerry’s was inspired by Colin Kaepernick’s bold activism for racial justice that they did what they do best: The Vermont based ice cream company whipped up a euphoric flavor to honor his work.

Ben & Jerry’s Colin Kaepernick’s Change The Whirled Non-Dairy is made with sunflower butter and is 100% certified vegan, just like Kaepernick himself. And Kaepernick’s portion of the proceeds go to Know Your Rights Camp, an organization he founded to empower Black and Brown youth and elevate the voices of the next generation of racial justice leaders. Know Your Rights Camp hosts free camps across America and internationally, engaging Black and Brown youth around social justice issues through education and self-empowerment. 

Ben & Jerry’s is proud to be working with a dedicated activist like Colin Kaepernick, whose work helped spark the international conversation around racial justice. Follow the graham cracker and chocolate cookie swirls as you dig into this cara-melt-in-your-mouth vegan dessert masterpiece and consider how you, too, can help change the whirled. 

The new flavor will hit store shelves in early 2021.

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DC Launches DC Universe Infinite, The Premier Destination For DC Fans

The ultimate DC fan destination has arrived! This Thursday, January 21, DC will launch DC Universe Infinite, a premium digital comic book service and community. With the largest collection of DC Comics found anywhere, fans can now dive into over 25,000 comic books and graphic novels on DC Universe Infinite. Starting at launch, the platform will continuously add selections from DC’s iconic labels, Vertigo, DC Black Label and Milestone Media, the platform will also feature new comic releases six months after their in-store releases, as well as, Digital First titles available three months after launch, and brand new comic titles exclusive to DC Universe Infinite. Additionally, fans will soon have exclusive access to DC fan events to connect with other DC enthusiasts. Following Thursday’s U.S. launch, DC Universe Infinite will begin expanding globally later this year. 

DC Universe Infinite is presented in a sleek, newly designed app with updated personalization features and an enhanced comic reading experience. Current DC Universe subscribers will not need to create a new account, as their DC Universe login will transfer to DC Universe Infinite. Fans can download comics, graphic novels and originals for unlimited offline reading on their favorite devices from a smartphone or tablet. 

DC Universe Infinite will be available online at DCUniverseInfinite.com, iOS and Android devices for $7.99 a month or $74.99 a year ($6.25 a month). 

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Expert Tips And Tricks For Learning A New Instrument

Playing an instrument is such a challenging but fun hobby. It gives you an opportunity to learn something new, to be super creative, and to improve your hand-eye coordination skills. People who regularly play a musical instrument have been proven to perform better mentally, score higher in IQ tests, and to be less anxious and stressed out.

There are so many musical instruments around the world which can make choosing which instrument to learn a little difficult. While all instruments are wonderful and should never be dismissed, different people love playing different instruments. It is really exciting choosing an instrument to learn, and you will probably end up playing more than one once you really get into playing music.

To help everyone who is starting out on a musical journey, here are our expert tips and tricks for learning a new instrument.

1. Choose Your New Musical Instrument

There is such a huge variety of instruments from all around the world, and all of them are so much fun to play. It can be very hard to decide what to play as there are so many choices, so try to think about the kind of music which you usually like to listen to. If you are into rock, for example, then the drums or electric guitar may be the best choice of instrument for you. On the other hand, if you are a lover of Beethoven, Mozart, and all the other classical composers, you may want to choose an orchestral instrument. There are so many sections in the orchestra from strings to woodwind, so you will be sure to find an instrument that you love.

2. Pick a Learning Method Which Suits Your Learning Style

Learning a new musical instrument can be very difficult, and we all have different learning styles that benefit us the most. Picking the right learning method to suit your style will ensure that you make the best possible progress. Everyone has seen the amazing videos of child prodigies on YouTube who have become musical masters after just a few months of playing, but for the majority of people, becoming a great instrumentalist takes time and dedication. The experts at the instrumentalglobal.com explain that some people learn best by teaching themselves a new instrument while others progress better with formal lessons. There is no wrong way and for many people, a combination of both is usually the most beneficial. 

3. Practice Whenever You Can

In order to become proficient at anything, the single most important thing you need to do is practice. First, spend some time getting to know your instrument and experiment with the different sounds you can create. For great musicians, their instrument becomes like a part of their body, so try to really accustom yourself to holding and playing your instrument when you first start out. It is so important that you develop solid practice habits as these will be the foundations on which to build your skills. When you first begin learning a new instrument, you should aim to practice whenever you can. Make time every day for planned practice during which you focus on a specific skill or piece of music, and also make sure you give yourself time to have a little freestyle. Learning an instrument can be mentally and emotionally tiring, so this play time is vital to ensure that you enjoy the learning process and that it doesn’t become a chore.

4. Play With Other People

There is nothing quite like a group lesson or a jam session to really take the enjoyment of playing an instrument to another level. If you are learning the drums or electric guitar, reach out to other people and try to make a band or a more informal jam group. This is a great way to pick up tips and tricks from more experienced players and to bring a whole new twist to your playing. If you are learning a traditional orchestral instrument, see if there are any local orchestras that are looking for musicians. Most local orchestras are always on the lookout for new players, and as long as you know the basics, they will be happy to bring you onboard and help you to develop.

Learning a new musical instrument is so enjoyable and can also enable you to gain new skills that are transferable to other parts of your life. Every instrument has so many fantastic qualities so whatever you choose is sure to be a lot of fun. It is so important that you choose the right learning method and that you are dedicated to your practice if you really want to make progress. Follow the tips in this guide, and you will see a big difference in your playing in no time at all.

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Bottleneck Gallery To Release King Kong Print By Drew Struzan On January 22

Bottleneck Gallery has been working with Drew Struzan for a few years, and they’re excited to present a print of an image that was never released for the king of oversized animals, King Kong! Drew’s King Kong print features a classic composition, with Kong looming large over the mesmerizing beauty he falls hard for, and typography reminiscent of older movie posters from the film’s release era. 

The print will be released HERE on Friday, January 22nd at 12PM ET. 

King Kong by Drew Struzan
10-color screen print
18 x 36 inches
Signed and hand-numbered edition of 275
$125

King Kong – Art Print by Drew Struzan
10-color screen print
18 x 36 inches
Signed and hand-numbered edition of 50
$200

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The Muppet Show Streams February 19 On Disney+

The long wait for Muppet fans is almost over! “The Muppet Show,” Jim Henson’s iconic variety series that started it all, will begin streaming Friday, February 19 exclusively on Disney+. In addition to the first three seasons, fans will be able to enjoy seasons 4 and 5, which have never previously been released on home entertainment. 

“The Muppet Show” stars Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, the Swedish Chef, and more in a groundbreaking twist on the classic variety show, blending original songs, sketch comedy, and guest stars into a prime-time hit for all ages.

“It’s going to be great to welcome back longtime fans, and to give a new generation of fans a chance to see how we got our start, how Miss Piggy became a star and so much more,” said Kermit the Frog. “Today, I’m proud to say: ‘It’s time to play the music, light the lights and meet the Muppets on Disney Plus tonight!’  And as for Statler and Waldorf, the two old guys in the balcony,  I can only add: ‘Sorry, guys, but….here we go again. 

Originally premiering in 1976, some of Hollywood’s brightest stars stopped by “The Muppet Show” for unforgettable comedy and chaos including Steve Martin, Elton John, Liza Minnelli, Alice Cooper, Julie Andrews, Bernadette Peters, Diana Ross, Gladys Knight, Gene Kelly, and Mark Hamill.

With all five seasons of “The Muppet Show,” Muppet favorites like “Muppet Treasure Island” celebrating its 25th anniversary next month, and new hits like “Muppets Now,” Disney+ is now the most sensational, inspirational, celebrational, Muppetational streaming service on Earth. 

To stream The Muppets Collection, visit www.disneyplus.com/franchise/the-muppets.

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Borderlands Press Announces A Little Silver Book By Richard Chizmar – Black House: A Screenplay Based On The Stephen King & Peter Straub Novel

For the 14th title in Series III of Little Books, Borderlands Press gives you a fantastic offering from publishing Living Legend, feature film producer, and bestselling writer, Richard Chizmar.

Black House: A Screenplay written by Richard Chizmar (with Johnathon Schaech) based on the bestselling novel by Stephen King and Peter Straub. Commissioned by Akiva Goldsman, Academy Award winning writer and producer of A Beautiful Mind, Cinderella Man, and The Dark Tower. Never produced because of complications with The Talisman rights.

Plot:

A series of murders has begun to plague the town of French Landing, Wisconsin. The murderer is dubbed “The Fisherman”, due to a conscious effort by the killer to emulate the methods of serial killer Albert Fish. Like Fish, French Landing’s killer targets children and indulges in cannibalism of the bodies. Two victims have already been discovered as the story opens, with a third awaiting discovery. The nature of the crimes, and the local police’s inability to capture the killer, have led people all over the region to become more anxious with each passing day, and certain elements of the local media exacerbate the situation with inflammatory and provocative coverage.

After the events of The Talisman, Jack Sawyer has repressed the memories of his adventures in The Territories and his hunt for the Talisman as a twelve-year-old boy, though the residue of these events has served to subtly affect his life even after he has forgotten them. Jack grew up to become a lieutenant in the Los Angeles Police Department, where his professionalism and uncanny talent have helped him establish a nearly legendary reputation. After retiring from LAPD, her re-settles in French Landing, Wisconsin.

When the Fisherman begins to terrorize French Landing, the police all but beg “Hollywood” Jack Sawyer for his assistance and are surprised when he flatly refuses—fearing that involving himself in the investigation may break his sanity. When a fourth child is taken by the Fisherman, events no longer allow Jack to remain aloof. It quickly becomes apparent to him that the Fisherman is much more than a serial killer. In fact, he is an agent of the Crimson King, and his task is to find children with the potential to serve as Breakers. The fourth victim, Tyler Marshall, is one of the most powerful Breakers there has ever been, and he may be all the Crimson King needs to break the remaining beams of the Dark Tower and bring an end to all worlds. As the Fisherman also proves capable of “flipping” into The Territories, Jack Sawyer is the only hope of not just French Landing, but all existence.

This screenplay has never been published or even seen by anyone for ten years. It is a vital piece of the King/Straub tapestry that deserves to be shared and read.

Limited to 750 copies numbered and signed by the screenwriters. Pre-order HERE for $30. The book will be released on March 6, 2021.

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Pixar Popcorn Premieres On Disney+ January 22

In honor of National Popcorn Day, Disney+ shared the trailer for “Pixar Popcorn,” which premieres Friday, January 22 exclusively on Disney+. 

The collection of 10 mini shorts features characters from Pixar favorites like “Toy Story,” “Finding Nemo,” “Cars” and “The Incredibles” in all-new, bite-size stories created by Pixar Animation Studios’ talented animators.

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What Does Michael Everest Demarco Hope To Accomplish In 2021?

Like everyone else, chances are you have made specific resolutions for the new year. Michael Everest DeMarco, a renowned thespian, actor, and philanthropist, has not been left out of this generally accepted norm of making decisions whenever a new year sets in. When asked about what he intends to do in 2021, Michael Everest Demarco says his list is helplessly long, but he confidently says certain critical resolutions he wishes to accomplish this year. 

As a son of New Orleans, his attachment to the city cannot go unnoticed. He says that the love he has for his city of birth caused him to forfeit a lucrative career opportunity in Hollywood to keep engaged in enhancing theater and talent in New Orleans. On this note, he says that his vision for New Orleans is to ensure that he brings on board as many new talents as possible. He contends that nothing gives him as much pleasure and happiness than working closely with new and talented youth. He loves helping them hone their skills and grow their careers.

Aside from theater, what exactly makes Michael Everest DeMarco so intimately linked to his city of birth? When he was asked in one of the recent interviews about it, he didn’t hesitate to say that he’s so passionate about the city’s history that spans over 300 years. As predictable as it would be, Michael says he looks forward to visiting the French Quarter. He remarks that the place has changed dramatically since his teen years and he revealed that he’s still keen on making visits to the quarter whenever he can find time in his already tight schedule. 

While he appreciates that the French Quarter has seen significant changes over the last decades, he’s still confident that the place still embodies the true NOLA spirit. He continues to enjoy the experience every time he visits and moves down Bourbon Street or when he grabs a meal at one of the old restaurants in the city that still stands tall.

He also looks at the possibilities of taking a stroll down Frenchmen Street at Marigny. However, he notes that he has not been so keen on new live music clubs on the streets of Marigny, but he still has affection for the lively, funky spirit that comes with being in Marigny.

He plans to visit two key places several times this year, namely the New Orleans Museum of Art- commonly known as the NOMA to the locals- and the New Orleans Jazz Museum. He says that although he has made numerous visits to these two places, he still has the urge to visit them once again in 2021. But this might not sound surprising, especially coming from a man who is a celebrated, true connoisseur of art and music. “The whole idea behind visiting these places quite often is it gives me a sense of calm, relaxation, and inspiration for my theater work,” Michael Everest Demarco noted in one of the recent interviews.

“Whenever I’m in these places and unite with some of the city’s great minds in art, theater, and music, I am humbled a great deal knowing how far I have come to see all this happen.” It reminds him of the great minds and artists who worked so hard and tirelessly, sacrificing so much to leave their marks. 

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