Stephen King’s Charlie The Choo Choo To Be Released In November

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Fans of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower will definitely want this picture book about a train engine and his devoted engineer. Charlie The Choo Choo was written by Stephen King (with the pen name Beryl Evans) featuring illustrations by Ned Dameron (artist of The Waste Lands).

Engineer Bob has a secret: His train engine, Charlie the Choo-Choo, is alive…and also his best friend. From celebrated author Beryl Evans and illustrator Ned Dameron comes a story about friendship, loyalty, and hard work.

Originally released at San Diego Comic Con as a very limited edition of 150 copies, this new edition features a slightly different cover adding Stephen King’s name.

The 24 page hardcover children’s book will retail for $14.99 and be available on November 22, 2016.

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Stan Lee Renames His Comic Convention

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With its fifth annual event coming in late October, Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo has been renamed as Stan Lee’s L.A. Comic Con.

Originally launched as Comikaze Expo in 2011, the event was re-branded in 2012 as Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo in a deal made between Comikaze Entertainment and Lee. Since its launch, the convention has grown from an estimated 35,000 attendees to 70,000 with its last event.

The 2016 Stan Lee’s L.A. Comic Con is scheduled for October 28 – 30 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

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Jon Favreau To Direct Live-Action Lion King Movie

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After a surprising tweet from the director earlier this morning, Walt Disney Studios has confirmed that director Jon Favreau is putting a new reimagining of The Lion King on the fast track to production. The Lion King movie follows the technologically-groundbreaking smash hit The Jungle Book, directed by Favreau, which debuted in April and has earned $965.8 million worldwide.

The Lion King builds on Disney’s success of reimagining its classics for a contemporary audience with films like Maleficent, Cinderella, and The Jungle Book. The upcoming Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson as Belle, is already one of the most anticipated movies of 2017. Like Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King will include songs from the animated film. Disney and Favreau are also in development on a sequel to The Jungle Book. No release date has been announced for either film.

The Lion King (1994) is one of the biggest animated films of all time with a lifetime global box office gross of $968.8 million, including $422.8 million domestically. It won Academy Awards for the original song “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” (Elton John, Tim Rice) and original score (Hans Zimmer), plus two Grammy Awards, with the soundtrack selling over 14 million copies. In 1997, the stage production “The Lion King” made its Broadway debut, winning six Tony Awards; 19 years later, it remains one of Broadway’s biggest hits alongside several other productions running around the world, including London, Hamburg, Tokyo, Madrid, Mexico City, Shanghai, and North America. Translated into eight different languages, its 23 global productions have been seen by more than 85 million people across every continent except Antarctica.

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Dark Knight III: The Master Race Extends To 9 Issues

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Originally slated for eight issues, the Dark Knight III: The Master Race limited series from DC Comics will extend to a ninth issue because co-writers Frank Miller and Brian Azzarello requested another chapter to tell their full story.

“Once you dive into the Dark Knight mythology, it’s hard to pull yourself out. Those characters cannot be contained and neither can we,” Miller said in a statement.

“This story turned out to be bigger than the both of us,” Azzarello added.

The third entry in the saga that started with 1986’s The Dark Knight Returns and 2001’s The Dark Knight Strikes Again, both written and drawn by Miller, DK3 #1 launched in November 2015 with Azzarello sharing writing duties and Andy Kubert and Klaus Janson on art. The story features Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman teaming up to stop Quar, a renegade Kryptonian priest set free from the bottled city of Kandor along with an army of super-powered followers. Quar also persuades Lara, the daughter of Superman and Wonder Woman, to join his side, so now Batman must find a way to stop them from conquering the world.

DK3 was originally scheduled to end in March 2017 with issue #8, but now DC is promoting a Spring 2017 release for issue #9.

“When Frank Miller and Brian Azzarello come to you and tell you, ‘we need another issue to tell this story right,’ you find a way to make it work,” DC Editor-in-Chief Bob Harras said. “Once they shared with me, the Publishers and the Editorial team how they plan to end the story, extending the series to nine issues was an easy call to make.”

Issue #9 issue will also include the final installment of Dark Knight Universe Presents, a series of companion stories featuring characters such as Green Lantern and the Atom.

The next chapter to release will be issue #6 on October 19.

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Marvel Studios & IMAX Offers Fans A Sneak Peek At Doctor Strange

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Marvel Studios announces Marvel Studios’ Expand Your Mind: An IMAX 3D Exclusive First Look, featuring approximately 15 minutes of exclusive footage from the highly anticipated, action-packed Doctor Strange. The sneak peek will be showcased in over 115 theater locations across North America on October 10, 2016, at 7p.m.

Select IMAX 3D theaters nationwide and 3D & IMAX 3D theaters internationally will offer the special screening of thrilling, never-before-seen 3D footage of the Scott Derrickson-directed movie, which opens in U.S. theaters on November 4, 2016.

Commenting on the exclusive footage, director Scott Derrickson says, “As a movie fan, I am thrilled to take audiences along on the visual journey of ‘Doctor Strange’ and give them an early peek at what we’ve been working on.  The completed film will feature more than an hour of specially formatted IMAX sequences that will provide audiences with a totally immersive—and mind-blowing—film-going experience and I’m excited to share a taste of that with our fans on 10/10.”

Tickets to the October 10th Marvel Studios Expand Your Mind: An IMAX 3D Exclusive First Look are free and will be distributed for U.S. and Canadian screenings on a first-come, first-serve basis starting today at noon/PDT. For more information and to download tickets, go to: http://www.seeitfirst.net/pin/131383

Fans who attend this exclusive sneak peek will also receive a limited-edition, collectible Doctor Strange IMAX poster.

From Marvel Studios comes Doctor Strange, the story of world-famous neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange whose life changes forever after a horrific car accident robs him of the use of his hands. When traditional medicine fails him, he is forced to look for healing, and hope, in an unlikely place—a mysterious enclave known as Kamar-Taj. He quickly learns that this is not just a center for healing but also the front line of a battle against unseen dark forces bent on destroying our reality. Before long Strange—armed with newly acquired magical powers—is forced to choose whether to return to his life of fortune and status or leave it all behind to defend the world as the most powerful sorcerer in existence.

Doctor Strange stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Michael Stuhlbarg, Benjamin Bratt and Scott Adkins, with Mads Mikkelsen and Tilda Swinton. Scott Derrickson is directing with Kevin Feige producing. Louis D’Esposito, Stephen Broussard, Victoria Alonso, Charles Newirth and Stan Lee serve as executive producers. Jon Spaihts and Scott Derrickson & C. Robert Cargill wrote the screenplay. Join Strange on his dangerous, mystifying and totally mind-bending journey when Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange opens in U.S. theaters on November 4, 2016.

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The Art of The Iron Giant

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This beautifully illustrated book, The Art of The Iron Giant revisits the classic Warner Bros. film with unprecedented access to rarely seen development art and storyboards from the Warner Bros. archives.

When the film arrived in theaters, it was hailed as an instant classic.  The Iron Giant is the tale of an unlikely friendship between a rebellious boy named Hogarth and a giant robot.

Featuring the voices of Jennifer Aniston, Harry Connick Jr., Vin Diesel, James Gammon, Cloris Leachman, Christopher McDonald, John Mahoney, Eli Marienthal, and M. Emmet Walsh, The Iron Giant is considered one of the classic animated gems of the era, offering a beautiful mix of hand-drawn and CG animation.

The Art of The Iron Giant takes an in-depth look at the making of this modern classic, featuring interviews with the director and talented members of the creative team who worked tirelessly to bring their vision to the big screen. Including never-before-seen images, concept art, backgrounds, and storyboards, this deluxe volume provides fascinating insight into the creative process in addition to offering a sneak peek at some of the alternative images and plotlines the filmmakers considered throughout the process. The book also highlights the development of the two new scenes that were remastered and finished for inclusion into the Signature Edition released by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on September 6, 2016.

The book showcases the brilliant work of Brad Bird and his expert team of masterful artists, The Art of The Iron Giant is a must-have companion to the movie and a wonderful testament to the enduring magic of this animated classic.

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Carolina Reaper Madness Chip

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Think you can handle the heat? The Paqui Carolina Reaper chip is made with the hottest chile pepper on the planet, the “Carolina Reaper.” This chip is very hot and not for the faint of heart. It’s so hot, in fact, that Paqui only includes one chip in each box (coffin).

Order HERE for $4.99. Think you can handle the heat? Take a video or send a picture of your attempt to eat the “hot as hell” chip and enter to win a year’s supply of tasty chips and a GoPro camera. Enter the one chip challenge HERE.

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Batman Black & White Statue By Kim Jung Gi

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South Korean artist Kim Jung Gi’s unique interpretation of the Dark Knight is beautifully rendered in this statue from the Batman Black & White line! With a massive social media following, Gi’s designs are famous the world over, which he brings to Batman in stunning detail.

Limited Edition of 5,000, the statue measures 6.42″ tall and will retail for $80. Look for it to arrive in April 2017.

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Snapchat Renames To Snap & Announces Spectacles

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Communications app Snapchat has a new name, Snap Inc., and is getting into the hardware business.

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Early Saturday, Snapchat, one of the most popular smartphone apps, reaching 100 million visitors daily, announced its first physical product, available later this year: Spectacles, $129.99 glasses that can record up to 10 seconds of video, similar to the ill-fated expensive Google Glass.

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In a news release, Snapchat described the new product as “the best way to make memories … hands-free, with the simple tap of a button.” It put up a bare-bones website to announce the product, Spectacles.com, and says the new video glasses will be “landing soon.”

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Operation Avalanche Trailer

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Here is the first official trailer for Operation Avalanche, the upcoming faux-documentary comedy thriller movie directed by Matt Johnson.

In 1967, during the height of the Cold War, two young CIA agents (Matt Johnson and Owen Williams) go undercover at NASA to investigate a possible Russian mole. In disguise as documentary filmmakers, they tap phones and break into offices while purporting to learn more about the Apollo project. But when they end up uncovering a shocking NASA secret — and a major government cover-up — they decide to embark on a new mission that may put their own lives at risk.

The release date is September 16, 2016.

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