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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Universal Pictures To Adapt Joe Hill’s Snapshot 1988

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A new Joe Hill adaptation is headed to the big screen. Universal Pictures is developing a feature film based on the author’s new novella, Snapshot 1988. Mike Flanagan and Jeff Howard (who have previously teamed to script Oculus, Before I Wake and the upcoming Ouija: Origin of Evil) are in talks to provide the screenplay.

Set in the titular year, Snapshot 1988 follows a 13-year-old boy who begins taking care of an elderly woman that he thinks is suffering from dementia. In reality, the woman’s memories are actually being stolen by a supernatural foe called The Phoenician.

Snapshot 1988 is set to be published in next month’s issue of Cemetery Dance. The adaptation will be produced by Akiva Goldsman through his Weed Road banner with Jason Blum producing through Blumhouse. Greg Lessans is attached to executive produce.

Joe Hill, who has made a name for himself as an author of short stories, novels and comic books, is also the son of Stephen King. Hill’s work previously made it to the big screen with Alexandre Aja’s loose adaptation of Hill’s novel Horns. Hill’s comic book series Locke and Key nearly made it to television a few years back. A pilot was filmed for a FOX series with Mark Romanek directing. The pilot even had an official screening at Comic-Con International in 2011, but the show did not end up moving forward.

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The BFG Comes To Digital HD, Blu-ray & Disney Movies Anywhere December 6, 2016

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This month, the world celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of Roald Dahl, beloved children’s author of family favorites like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda and Dahl’s personal favorite, The BFG, as well as World Dream Day, an annual event honoring “the dreamer, visionary and innovator in all of us.” It seems a fitting time to announce the in-home release of The BFG, Disney’s fantasy adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, on December 6, 2016 on Digital HD, Blu-ray, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand.

The BFG unites the talents of three of the world’s greatest storytellers – Roald Dahl, Walt Disney and Steven Spielberg – to bring to life the classic tale of a courageous little girl named Sophie (newcomer Ruby Barnhill) and a gentle and charming Big Friendly Giant (Oscar-winner Mark Rylance) who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country. Spielberg employs a new, hybrid style of filmmaking blending live-action and performance-capture techniques, resulting in genuine, heartfelt performances and super-photorealistic animation.

Families and fans will be swept away by this spectacular adventure and delight in extensive bonus features, including a behind-the-scenes look at the making of The BFG hosted by Ruby Barnhill and featuring Steven Spielberg; a charming, all-new short; a fun and whimsical tutorial on the Big Friendly Giant’s unique language of Gobblefunk; a touching tribute to screenwriter Melissa Mathison (E.T. the Extraterrestrial, The Black Stallion); and more.

Spielberg’s directorial debut with The Walt Disney Studios was a labor of love, as he’s been a fan of Dahl’s for years. In fact, he read The BFG to his own children when they were younger. According to Spielberg, “It’s a story about friendship; it’s a story about loyalty and protecting your friends; and it’s a story that shows that even a little girl can help a big giant solve his biggest problems.” The BFG is a Golden Phizzwizard come true for Spielberg, Dahl fans and audiences around the world.

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Locke & Key Returns In December With Small World

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Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez are returning to their Eisner Award-winning comic book series Locke & Key, the ingenious horror/thriller saga set in an ancient New England house full of enchanted keys that unlock different doors and activate different supernatural powers, for a one-shot comic that is due from IDW in December of 2016.  Locke & Key: Small World tells a new story about one of the many keepers-of-the-keys in the Locke family, Mary Locke, and is set in the early 20th Century.

In stores on December 21, 2016.

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Batman and Robin ARTFX 2-Pack from Kotobukiya

Kotobukiya’s groundbreaking 1/10th scale DC Comics collection has brought you New 52 heroes and villains, Classic Costume retro-inspired figures, Batman: The Animated Series, and more, and now it adds another important chapter in the history of the Dark Knight with the Batman and Robin 2-Pack! This dynamic duo comes straight from the pages of Frank Miller and Jim Lee’s All Star Batman & Robin, the Boy Wonder, specifically replicating the artist’s work on the cover to issue #9. From that depiction Kotobukiya has crafted a menacing Batman in an aggressive stance and a more light-hearted Robin kneeling while preparing to throw a batarang. The Caped Crusader is all business with a scowl on his face as he settles into a crouch, leaning forward for balance with his fists balled and ready. Batman’s dark, nearly gray on gray, costume contrasts nicely with the bright red, green, and yellow of Robin’s; the diminutive sidekick wears a big smile on his face along with his original duds including the short-sleeved shirt and vest, gloves, cape, mask, scalloped trunks, and spritely shoes. Both figures are captured with a fantastic attention to detail that highlights clothing elements, facial expressions, and more.

Sculpted by Naoya Muto, Batman stands just over 6 inches tall and Robin under 4 inches (1/10th scale), and of course both figures have magnets in their feet for perfect stability on their included display base. Make this duo a centerpiece in your collection or display alongside your favorite Gotham City ARTFX+ Statues from Kotobukiya like Joker, Red Robin, Nightwing, and more!

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Stephen King’s Hearts in Atlantis Coming To The Big Screen

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A new take on Stephen King‘s Hearts in Atlantis is in the works. The Other Side of the Door‘s Johannes Roberts will direct an adaptation simply titled Hearts. Although Hearts in Atlantis was brought to the screen in 2001, that adaptation was focused primarily on two of the book’s stories, “Low Men in Yellow Coats” and “Heavenly Shades of Night Are Falling.” Hearts will adapt the book’s title story, officially described as follows:

Stephen King, whose first novel, Carrie, was published in 1974, the year before the last U.S. troops withdrew from Vietnam, is the first hugely popular writer of the TV generation. Images from that war–and the protests against it–had flooded America’s living rooms for a decade. Hearts in Atlantis, King’s newest fiction, is composed of five interconnected, sequential narratives, set in the years from 1960 to 1999. Each story is deeply rooted in the sixties, and each is haunted by the Vietnam War.

In the title story, a bunch of college kids get hooked on a card game, discover the possibility of protest…and confront their own collective heart of darkness, where laughter may be no more than the thinly disguised cry of the beast.

Hearts joins a number of Stephen King adaptations on the way to the big screen. The Dark Tower arrives from Sony Pictures on February 17, 2017 with a tie-in television series planned that will adapt King’s Wizard and Glass. IT is also now in production at Warner Bros. and planned for a September 8, 2017 release.

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AT-AT Multi Stand Desk Organizer

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The AT-AT Multi Stand from Premium Bandai is a 1/72-scale replica of the AT-ATs from The Empire Strikes Back‘s Hoth battle scene, and it features plenty of hidden compartments (like a pen holder, coin slot, and a few different drawers) that are ideal for holding all of the odds and ends that clutter up your desk.

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The included Snow Speeder is equipped with a cable hook so Star Wars fans can use it to wind their charging cables around the legs of the AT-AT to recreate one of the film series’ most iconic scenes.

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The AT-AT Multi Stand Organizer goes on sale in December for 9,720 yen (approx. $95.00). More info HERE.

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Dark Hall Mansion To Release Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory Prints By Laurent Durieux

Dark Hall Mansion in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, is most pleased to release Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory limited edition prints by leading contemporary artist, Laurent Durieux, and available Friday, September 23rd, 2016 at 12:30 PM (PST).

DHM welcomes back artist Laurent Durieux as he grants us his golden ticket view of the original 1971 Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory film based on the Roald Dahl children’s classic. In his distinctive visual and pathos driven style Laurent takes us into Willy Wonka’s factory for a quiet, contemplative moment that is as beautiful as it is hyper detailed via his renowned nuancing.

Laurent Durieux Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory editions measure 24″ x 36,” are 14-color screen prints, but for the select canvas edition of only 30 editions worldwide which is giclee printed, and are all strictly limited and hand numbered.

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Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory Standard Edition of 345 $70

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Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory Variant Edition of 145 $100

Additional editions inlcude:

Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory Foil Edition of 25 $150 (based on Standard edition colorway) 
Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory Foil Edition of 25 $150 (based on Variant edition colorway) 
Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory Select Canvas edition $250 (15 based on Standard colorway and 15 based on Variant colorway)

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The 100 Greatest TV Shows of All Time

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There’s never been a creative boom for TV like the one we are living through right now. Ever since The Sopranos changed the game at the turn of the century, we’ve been in a gold rush that gives no signs of slowing down. What better moment to look back and celebrate the greatest shows in the history of the art form?

So Rolling Stone Magazine undertook a major poll – actors, writers, producers, critics, showrunners. Legends like Carl Reiner and Garry Marshall, who sent us his ballot shortly before his death this summer. All shows from all eras were eligible; anybody could vote for whatever they felt passionate about, from the black-and-white rabbit-ears years to the binge-watching peak-TV era. The ratings didn’t matter – only quality. The voters have spoken – and, damn, did they have some fierce opinions. On this list you’ll find vintage classics and new favorites, ambitious psychodramas and stoner comedies, underrated cult gems ripe for rediscovery, cops and cartoons and vampire slayers. You’ll find the groundbreaking creations of yesteryear as well as today’s innovators. (There was nothing like Transparent or Orange Is the New Black or Game of Thrones a few years ago, but who could imagine this list without them?) The list is guaranteed to start plenty of loud arguments – but the beauty of TV is how it keeps giving us so much to argue about.

Check out the list HERE.

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