A Carnival of Snackery: Diaries (2003-2020) By David Sedaris To Be Released On October 5, 2021

Picking up where his previous volume of diaries, Theft by Finding, left off, David Sedaris chronicles the years 2003–2020 in his upcoming book, A Carnival of Snackery: Diaries (2003-2020).

The 560 page book will be released on October 5, 2021 and it can be pre-ordered HERE.

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A Striking Collection: Matchbox Label Art Playing Cards By Chet Phillips

A Striking Collection: Matchbox Label Art Playing Cards includes 58 individual matchbox label playing cards illustrated by Chet Phillips. 

The high quality, plastic coated standard poker sized deck of cards includes 2 Jokers and 4 Wild Cards. 

Suits represent a variety of characters and objects from pop culture, books, TV and movies emulating vintage matchbox label ephemera. 

    

Each deck is sealed in cellophane wrapping and presented in a colorful heavy card stock custom box.

Order HERE for $15.

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The Coming 2 America Cast Then And Now

In 1988, at the height of Eddie Murphy’s movie career, the comedian released Coming to America, in which he played Prince Akeem Joffer from the African nation Zamunda. 

The movie followed Prince Akeem on his journey to America in search of a wife. The film was a massive success, bringing in more than $288 million at the box office against a budget of $36 million. 

Now, 33 years after the original movie’s release, the long-awaited sequel Coming 2 America is streaming on Amazon Prime. In honor of the movie’s release here is a look at the Coming 2 America cast, in 1988 and 2021.

Eddie Murphy as Prince Akeem and King Akeem

Arsenio Hall as Semmi

Eddie Murphy as Randy Watson

Arsenio Hall as Morris

Eddie Murphy as Clarence

Arsenio Hall as Reverend Brown

Eddie Murphy as Saul

James Earl Jones as King Jaffe Joffer

Shari Headley as Queen Lisa

Paul Bates as Oha

John Amos as Cleo McDowell

Louie Anderson as Maurice

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Spider-Man Linocut On Lokta Paper By Peter Santa-Maria

Sideshow presents the Spider-Man Linocut on Lokta Paper, a handcrafted Marvel art collectible created by artist Peter Santa-Maria.

Spidey sense above the city skyline! Your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man gets the linocut art treatment courtesy of Peter Santa-Maria, whose signature woodblock style transforms Peter Parker’s webbing into bold, black ink lines and unique interplay of light and shadow. Crouched on a gargoyle overlooking New York City, the ol’ webhead keeps watch over the streets below, ready to swing down and stop crime at a moment’s notice. In his shadow, an itsy-bitsy spider crawls down the wall of the brick building behind, keeping Spidey on his toes.

Each Spider-Man Linocut on Lokta Paper is handcrafted and one of a kind, created using certified archival printmaking ink on handmade Nepalese Lokta paper. Each unique print in the Sideshow exclusive edition of 120 pieces is hand-signed and numbered by Peter Santa-Maria, making this a must-have collector item for Marvel fans.

Is your sense of style tingling? Bring home the Spider-Man Linocut on Lokta Paper by Peter Santa-Maria for your web of Marvel collectibles today!

Order HERE for $100.

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Steven Spielberg & The Duffer Brothers Team To Tackle Stephen King & Peter Straub’s The Talisman

In 1982, Steven Spielberg was so enamored by The Talisman, the fantasy horror book by Stephen King and Peter Straub, that two years before the book was published, he acquired the screen rights outright and in perpetuity.

He then spent the next 35-plus years developing it as a movie, trying in vain to find a way into the story.

Stephen King & Peter Straub

Now, The Talisman may finally be ready to reach screens but, as befits the times, as a series.

And, as it sometimes takes a village to raise a project, Spielberg has assembled some mighty collaborators to help him make the adaptation a reality.

The Duffer Brothers, whose own Stranger Things owes more than a few debts to King’s work, will executive produce a series adapting the book, that will be produced by Netflix in association with Spielberg’s Amblin Television and Paramount Television Studios.

The Duffer Brothers

Curtis Gwinn, who worked as a writer-exec producer on Duffers’ Stranger Things, will act as writer and showrunner of the project, which is in development. With deals still being sewn up and in negotiations, Netflix and the production parties involved had no comment.

Talisman tells of a 12-year old boy named Jack Sawyer who sets off on an epic road-trip quest in order to save his dying mother’s life. He is in search of the Talisman, a powerful relic that can not only heal his mother but, as he learns, save the world. Sawyer’s journey criss-crosses two realities: the America we know and its dangerous, fantasy-world twin, The Territories.

The book was an instant best-seller when it hit stories in 1984 and King and Straub reunited for a sequel in 2001. On the adaptation front, the most recent developments occurred inn 2019 when Mike Barker, who directed several episodes of The Handmaid’s Tale, was involved in what was then being envisioned as a feature.

For the new take on Talisman, Matt and Ross Duffer will exec produce via their Monkey Massacre Productions while Spielberg exec produces via Amblin Television along with partners Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey. King will also exec produce as will Paramount Television.

Todd Cohen will oversee day-to-day development on the project for Amblin, along with Spielberg, Frank, and Falvey.

After close to 50 years, King’s work remains incredibly popular in Hollywood thanks to his deep bench of best-sellers and recent success such as the recent It adaptations. The Running Man and a Pet Sematary prequel are among his works in development. King is repped by Paradigm and Gang Tyre.

A self-described geek, Gwinn first started out in comedy before becoming a writer-producer on the fourth season of AMC’s The Walking Dead. That darker genre path led to him working with Damon Lindelof on HBO’s The Leftovers, Kurt Sutter’s gritty Medieval drama The Bastard Executioner and Netflix’s Narcos. He is repped by 3 Arts Entertainment and attorney Lev Ginsburg of Ginsburg Daniels.

The Duffers are currently readying season four of Stranger Things which is expected to bow later this year. The series remains one of Netflix’s signature and most popular shows.

Reprinted from The Hollywood Reporter

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Watch The Thunder Force Trailer

In a world where supervillains are commonplace, two estranged childhood best friends reunite after one devises a treatment that gives them powers to protect their city.

The cast includes Melissa McCarthy, Octavia Spencer, Bobby Cannavale, Pom Klementieff, Kevin Dunn, Melissa Leo, and Jason Bateman.

Thunder Force will arrive on Netflix April 9, 2021.

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LeBron James Joins The Tune Squad In Space Jam: A New Legacy First Look

After initially passing 15 years ago, LeBron James is finally ready to take the Space Jam mantle from Michael Jordan in Space Jam: A New Legacy (out July 16 in theaters and on HBO Max), which graces the new cover of Entertainment Weekly. “It’s something Mike created and is his,” James says of the beloved franchise. “I held that with a lot of responsibility.” As does EW in premiering this highly-anticipated first look.

Read more HERE.

To read more on Space Jam: A New Legacy, the April issue of Entertainment Weekly will be on newsstands beginning March 19.

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Return To The Hundred Acre Wood With The New Lego Ideas Winnie The Pooh Set

LEGO is inviting Winnie the Pooh fans to embrace nostalgia and return to the picturesque Hundred Acre Wood with its new LEGO Ideas Winnie the Pooh set – based on original designs by LEGO builder and superfan Ben Alder. Beneath a large oak tree, complete with beehives and bees, Pooh’s house takes centre stage. The house can be opened up to unveil a whole host of furniture and unique items, such as the “Pooh-coo” Clock, box of “Pooh sticks”, Tigger’s locket, and of course, plenty of honey pots – both full and empty!

A. A. Milne’s wonderful tales of Christopher Robin’s adventures have amazed readers of all ages for almost a century and have become even more memorable thanks to the television and film adaptations that have truly brought the characters’ world to life.

LEGO superfan Ben Alder originally submitted the concept to LEGO Ideas; a LEGO initiative that takes new ideas that have been imagined and voted for by fans and turns them into reality.  Based on Ben’s original designs, the set is the perfect project for adult builders to take time to relax and return to the halcyon days of youth, recalling the adventures of their favourite bear and his friends.

Discussing the design, Ben Alder commented “I love Winnie the Pooh and remember my parents reading it to me as a child. I now read the same Winnie the Pooh stories to my children, so it is certainly something dear to my heart. I decided to make the set so that my children could bring to life our bedtime stories but never quite expected the positive reaction it has received.”

The new set also includes five new moulded characters, each with their own accessories. Pooh himself has his red balloon to collect honey from the bees in the branches above, Piglet is wrapped up in his scarf, and Tigger has just moved to the woods with his sack on a stick. Meanwhile, Rabbit has carrots ready for snacking, and Eeyore comes complete with his tail and a removable ribbon.

Other notable inclusions to the set include; a campfire and log for Pooh to think about the things that he discovers, his front door complete with “Mr. Sanders” sign above it, his adorable blue bell to ring the front door, and finally, a signpost to the Hundred Acre Wood to make sure Pooh finds his way home.

Federico Begher, VP of Global Marketing at The LEGO Group commented, “Winnie the Pooh is a 95-year-old story that is loved globally, so seeing Ben’s design sparked a lot of nostalgia for us all.  Plus, his personal story about how he created the set for his family to play out the lovely Winnie the Pooh stories using LEGO bricks felt like a beautiful combination of family, LEGO bricks, and Winnie the Pooh that we wanted to share with others. 

We also had the rare treat of being able to create all new characters for this LEGO Ideas set. We simply had to see how the line-up of Pooh, Tigger, Rabbit and Piglet would look like in mini figure shape. As well as creating a brand-new Eeyore figure! 

The stories of the Hundred Acre Wood come to life with this set and there are plenty of intricate details for fans of both Disney and LEGO to discover.”

The LEGO Ideas platform is a LEGO initiative that takes new ideas that have been imagined and voted for by fans and turns them into reality. The LEGO Ideas Winnie the Pooh set is available directly from LEGO Stores and LEGO.com from March 18, 2021 for LEGO VIP members, and April 1, 2021 for all. The 1,265 piece set will retail for $99.99. 

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DC Through the 80s: The End of Eras

Newsstands died! Spinner racks vanished! Would comics even survive?

The early 1980s saw a tectonic shift rumble through the world of comic books. The newsstands and mom-and-pop stores that had been comics’ primary distribution points were vanishing, taking with them the familiar “Hey Kids! Comics!” displays. In their place, new world of comic book specialty shops was opening up, changing the medium’s audience–and everything else about the art form.

In the first of three comprehensive volumes exploring this revolutionary decade, former DC Comics president and veteran comics writer Paul Levitz revisits the stories that exemplified this vanishing world: once dominant genres like war and mystery that were fading from prominence; veteran creative talents doing some of their last–and best–work; and the final stories of the world’s greatest superheroes to be done in the styles typical of the era, before Crisis on Infinite Earths changed everything.

Presented here are milestones in graphic storytelling from a host of comics’ legendary figures, including: Jim Aparo, Mike W. Barr, Cary Bates, Stephen R. Bissette, E. Nelson Bridwell, Rich Buckler, Gerry Conway, Denys Cowan, Johnny Craig, J.M. DeMatteis, Tony DeZunija, Lee Elias, Mark Evanier, Michael Fleisher, Ramona Fradon, Dave Gibbons, Dick Giordano, Sam Glanzman, Mike Grell, Irwin Hasen, Don Heck, Carmine Infantino, Michael Wm. Kaluta, Gil Kane, Bob Kanigher, Joe Kubert, Paul Kupperberg, David Michelinie, Alan Moore, Dennis O’Neil, Nestor Redondo, Kurt Schaeffenberger, Walter Simonson, Tom Sutton, Curt Swan, Rick Veitch, Len Wein, Marv Wolfman, and many more!

They are accompanied by a wealth of never-before-reprinted rarities, including excerpts from DC’s first printed style guide by José Luis García-López, the long-unseen Masters of the Universe Preview, and Alan Moore’s complete proposal for his unpublished Twilight maxiseries–all framed by new essays recounting these amazing events from hands-on participants Elliot S! Maggin, J.M. DeMatteis, Andy Kubert, Jack C. Harris, and Paul Kupperberg.

Look back on a vanished time and smile again at its magic with DC Through the ’80s: The End of Eras–where the modern era of comics was born!

The 520 page hardcover can be ordered HERE.

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Patented: 1,000 Design Patents Book By Thomas Rinaldi

An unprecedented, essential field guide to more than a century of fascinating product and industrial design

From legendary classics to anonymous objects that are indispensable in homes and offices, this one-of-a-kind collection of original patent documents celebrates the creative genius of designers, inventors, creators, innovators, and dreamers the world over. The range is phenomenal: patents by Eero Saarinen, Charles Eames, Isamu Noguchi, Ettore Sottsass, Raymond Loewy, and George Nelson sit alongside everyday designs for tape dispensers, pencil sharpeners, food processors, desk fans, and drink bottles to create an valuable reference that’s also an irresistible browse.

The book will be released on  April 21, 2021  and you can pre-order it HERE.

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