DC Celebrates Robin’s 80th Anniversary in 100-Page One Shot

Since the character’s introduction in Detective Comics #38 on March 6, 1940, Robin has become an icon to millions of comic book fans, establishing the “sidekick” as a permanent part of comic book lore. Since a young Dick Grayson donned the distinctive yellow cape and domino mask, many have taken on the mantle of Robin, joining The Batman in his war on crime, while also growing into their own and taking on new adventures, both solo and as part of other super-teams like the Teen Titans, the Justice League and others. 

On March 11, 2020, DC celebrates Robin’s 80th anniversary with a landmark one-shot, Robin 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular. This instant collectible includes stories from comics’ greatest Robin writers, paying tribute to the character in various guises, including Dick Grayson, Jason Todd, Tim Drake, Stephanie Brown and Damian Wayne. The Talent list for these stories reads like a whos-who list of comic luminaries, such as Marv Wolfman, Tom Grummett, Chuck Dixon, Scott McDaniel, Devin Grayson, Dan Jurgens, Norm Rapmund, Tim Seeley, Tom King and Mikel Janin, James Tynion IV, Peter J. Tomasi, Judd Winick and others. 

In addition to a dynamic cover by Lee Weeks, hardcore fans and collectors can also look forward to eight variant covers spotlighting Robin throughout the decades, drawn by some of comics’ premier artists:

– 1940’s variant cover by Jim Lee and Scott Williams
– 1950’s variant cover by Julian Totino Tedesco
– 1960’s variant cover by Dustin Nguyen
– 1970’s variant cover by Kaare Andrews
– 1980’s variant cover by Frank Miller
– 1990’s variant cover by Jim Cheung
– 2000’s variant cover by Derrick Chew
– 2010’s variant cover by Yasmine Putri

An equally impressive collection of artistic talent will honor Robin in a series of tribute images celebrating different incarnations of the character such as Kenneth Rocafort, Nicola Scott, Andy Kubert and Frank Miller. 

The Robin 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1 is a prestige format comic book retailing for $9.99 and available at local comic retailers and digital retailers on March 11, 2020.

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DC Designer Series: Batman By Alex Ross Deluxe Statue

This faithfully designed deluxe statue features the celebrated art style of Alex Ross in an extremely detailed 1:6 scale statue. Based on the highly popular splash page from the graphic novel Batman: War On Crime, Batman keeps a watchful eye on Gotham City.

The statue measures approximately 13.86″ tall and will be limited to 5,000 pieces and individually numbered. On sale August 2020 for $200.

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Watch John Mulaney Hold Auditions For His Netflix Musical Comedy Special, John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch 

Emmy Award Winning Comedian John Mulaney aims to recapture the magic of that bygone television era when children sang songs about their feelings with celebrity guests on funky outdoor sets. The result: John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch. 

He describes the project:

“I’m John Mulaney and I am a 37 year old man. The Sack Lunch Bunch is a group of children ages 8-13 who are more talented than me.  In this special, we are joined by celebrity guests like David Byrne, Tony Award Winner Andre De Shields, Natasha Lyonne, Annaleigh Ashford, Shereen Pimentel, Richard Kind, and Jake Gyllenhaal from the movie Zodiac. The result is a collage of Broadway caliber showstoppers, comedy sketches for all ages, meditations on the unknown from children and adults, and a papier mache volcano. It’s funny, musical, joyous, anxious, and surprisingly profound.”

John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch is directed by Rhys Thomas (Documentary Now, SNL, John Mulaney: The Comeback Kid). The special  launches on Netflix on December 24, 2019.

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Hasbro Unveils Line of Baby Yoda Toys

Hasbro, which holds the master toy license for Star Wars-branded toys, has finally revealed its first collection of figures based on everyone’s favorite character from “The Mandalorian” — Baby Yoda.

While the cute creature has been dubbed Baby Yoda, because of his resemblance to the iconic “Star Wars” character, retailers, manufacturers and Disney itself call the character “The Child.”

Starting Thursday, fans will be able to preorder four new Baby Yoda toys. The toys are expected to arrive in spring 2020. The Child has become a social media sensation since debuting on Disney+ a month ago.

Keeping “Baby Yoda” a secret has meant that toys, plush and other items haven’t been available to purchase right away, disappointing eager holiday shoppers. It’s why most of the products currently available are from apparel companies or are made with the same, simplistic photo from the show.

As part of Hasbro’s Black Series collection, high-quality collectibles, there will be a 1.12-inch figure of The Child with multiple points of articulation. It will come with a small bone broth cup, ball toy and Sorgan frog.

There is a series of 2.2-inch collectible figures that have The Child in a variety of poses, including eating a Sorgan frog, sleeping and playing with the silver knob from the Mandalorian’s ship.

A 6.5-inch figure will also be available.

Hasbro has also created a talking plush toy that can be squeezed to activate several cooing sounds.

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Watch The In The Heights Trailer

Warner Bros. has debuted the official full trailer for the upcoming film adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda (His Dark Material)’s hit Broadway play In the Heights teasing a neighborhood full of music and close-knit communities.

Warner Bros.’ upcoming In the Heights film adaptation is based on Lin-Manuel Miranda‘s award-winning Broadway musical of the same name. The film stars Anthony Ramos (Hamilton, A Star is Born), Corey Hawkins (Straight Outta Compton) and Golden Globe winner Jimmy Smits (NYPD Blue), who will be playing the roles of Usnavi de la Vega, Benny and Kevin, respectively. Olga Merediz (The Place Beyond the Pines), Gregory Diaz (Broadway’s Matilda), Leslie Grace, and Melissa Barrera (Vida) also star alongside Marc Anthony.

In the Heights is set in Washington Heights in New York City and focuses on a bodega owner who is closing his store and retiring to the Dominican Republic after inheriting his grandmother’s fortune. The musical won the 2008 Tony Award for Best Musical.

Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians) will direct from a script written by Quiara Alegría Hudes (Hamilton). Miranda, Anthony Bregman, Mara Jacobs, and Scott Sanders will serve as producers on the project. Miranda portrayed the lead role of Usnavi in the Broadway musical, and also wrote the music and lyrics.

In the Heights will debut in theaters June 26, 2020.

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Gauntlet Press To Publish Hope And Miracles: The Shawshank Redemption & The Green Mile – Two Screenplays By Frank Darabont In 2020

Three years in the making, Gauntlet Press announces their highest profile book of 2020.

In commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of Frank Darabont’s classic film, “The Shawshank Redemption”, as well as the 20th Anniversary of Darabont’s next film, “The Green Mile,” Gauntlet Press is proud to announce the publication of Hope and Miracles: “The Shawshank Redemption” and “The Green Mile” Two Screenplays by Frank Darabont. 

The book is edited by noted Stephen King authority Tyson Blue.

Available in both signed limited and traycased lettered editions, Hope and Miracles will include:

— Frank Darabont’s screenplays for both films
— A new Introduction by Richard Christian Matheson
— Introductions to each film by Darabont and Stephen King
— Behind-the-scenes photographs and storyboards
— Cast and Crew listings for both films
— A profile of the late Michael Clarke Duncan
— Essays on both films by Darabont and Tyson Blue
— Reflective essays and interviews by noted directors Josh Boone, Mick Garris, Gregory Nicotero and James Cole

Added to this, Frank Darabont has gone through his personal archives, allowing the publisher to include photographs never before released.

All editions are signed by Frank Darabont and Tyson Blue. The traycased lettered edition is signed by Frank Darabont, Tyson Blue, Richard Christian Matheson, Josh Boone, Mick Garris, Gregory Nicotero, and James Cole.

Gauntlet Press is shooting for a summer 2020 release.

More info HERE.

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McDonald’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Happy Meal Toys

McDonald’s is inviting families to celebrate Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker with an out-of-this-world Happy Meal experience. Each Happy Meal will include 1 of 16 exclusive, stylized Star Wars collectible characters. Plus, there’s an exciting surprise with each toy: when opened and lit up, each one reveals one of four Star Wars hologram images with a unique connection to that character. 

The characters are:

1. Kylo Ren
2. Sith Trooper
3. Rey
4. BB-8 and D-O
5. Zorii Bliss
6. R2-D2 and BB-8
7. Finn
8. Poe Dameron
9. Chewbacca
10. Princess Leia
11. Han Solo
12. C-3PO
13. Luke Skywalker
14. Imperial Stormtrooper
15. Darth Vader
16. Yoda

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Pringles Pickle Rick Flavor

For the 2020 Super Bowl, Pringles is returning for the third year in a row, but this time in partnership with the biggest pop culture hit around, Adult Swim’s award-winning series Rick and Morty.

Known for its bold flavors, playful nature and endless stacking possibilities, Pringles will this year test the limits with Rick and Morty, in a humorous, mind-bending animated spot. And because of the intense fandom around Rick and Morty, the partnership will feature a  flavor of their very own. 

To pay homage to the viral hit episode “Pickle Rick”—in which mad scientist Rick Sanchez turns himself into a pickle to avoid family therapy—Pringles is launching a special edition, collectable Pickle Rick flavor inspired from the award-winning series. These crisps hit shelves coast to coast timed around the Big Game, but only in our universe. Pick up Pringles Pickle Rick crisps in the snack aisle of grocery stores nationwide beginning in early February and don’t miss the Pringles Big Game ad in the second quarter.

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Watch The Curb Your Enthusiasm Season 10 Trailer 

Larry David is back – as Larry David – stumbling through one faux-pas after another in an all-new season of the award-winning, hit comedy series.

As candid, unsparing and outrageous as ever, Curb Your Enthusiasm revolves around a fictionalized, gleefully misanthropic version of David as a ubiquitous camera chronicles the private, often banal world of this (relatively) public man. The series continues to prove how seemingly trivial details of one’s day-to-day life – a cold cup of coffee, a stained shirt, a missing toothbrush – can precipitate a chain of misfortune to hilarious effect. To keep the narrative spontaneous, the series is shot without a script and cast members are given scene outlines and often improvise lines as they go.

Returning series regulars include Emmy nominee Larry David (“Seinfeld”), Susie Essman (“Broad City”), Jeff Garlin (“The Goldbergs”), Emmy nominee Cheryl Hines (“Suburgatory”), Richard Lewis (“Anything But Love”) and JB Smoove (“The Millers”).

Curb Your Enthusiasm returns for its tenth season Sunday, January 19 at 10:30PM. 

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Banksy Installs Two Stenciled Reindeer Next To Bench To Raise Homelessness Awareness

In the spirit of the holiday season, the mysterious Banksy stenciled a couple of white reindeer directly next to a bench in Birmingham, England, so it appeared like they were attached. The reindeer look like they’re ready to take flight and bring both the bench and the sleeping man along for the ride.

The artist stated that this installation was to bring awareness to the homelessness issue that has been growing around the area.

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