Watchmen: The Annotated Edition

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The best-selling graphic novel of all time is back in an annotated hardcover edition! In-depth, informative and entertaining, The Annotated Watchmen is a new and fascinating look at Alan Moore’s masterpiece.

It all begins with the paranoid delusions of a half-insane hero called Rorschach. But is Rorschach really insane–or has he in fact uncovered a plot to murder superheroes and, even worse, millions of innocent civilians? On the run from the law, Rorschach reunites with his former teammates in a desperate attempt to save the world and their lives, but what they uncover will shock them to their very core and change the face of the planet!

Now, DC Comics is proud to present this literary classic in an all-new Annotated Edition format. Edited with page-by-page and panel-by-panel notes, The Annotated Watchmen is a  journey through every issue of Alan Moore’s classic. Complete with commentary, references and hidden meanings, this new hardcover will deepen and enrich our understanding of the acclaimed series.

The 416 page hardcover can be pre-ordered HERE and will be released on November 21, 2017.

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LEGO Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales The Silent Mary

LEGO has officially revealed the LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales The Silent Mary (71042) at the 2017 New York Toy Fair . It will be available March 17 for VIP members according to the store calendar and to the general public on April 1. It has over 2200 pieces and will retail for $199.99.

Here is the product description:

This highly detailed Lego model with over 2,200 pieces features a hinged bow section, opening skeleton hull with decay and destruction detailing, movable rudder, collapsible main mast and two further masts, long bowsprit with crow’s nest and mast, tattered sails, detailed quarterdeck, plus a rowboat with two oars and an array of weapons and accessory elements. This model provides a rewarding build and play experience, and the integrated stand makes it suitable for display… Includes eight minifigures: Captain Jack Sparrow, Henry, Carina, Lieutenant Lesaro, Captain Salazar, Officer Magda, Officer Santos and the Silent Mary Masthead.

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DC Collectibles Toy Fair 2017 Reveals

DC Collectibles has revealed new preview images of new lines coming in 2017, including 12’’ statues inspired by the upcoming Justice League film, new Batman: The Animated Series and DC Bombshells action figures and statues and more.

The Justice League statues measure 12″ tall, with the upcoming first wave to include Ben Affleck’s Batman, Henry Cavill’s Superman, Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa’s Aquaman, Ezra Miller’s The Flash and Ray Fisher’s Cyborg.

“Our new Justice League statue line was produced with unmatched craftsmanship and precise attention to detail and I think fans of these characters are going to be thrilled with the result,” said Kevin Kiniry, DC Collectibles’ Vice President.

The newest edition to DC Collectibles’ Batman: The Animated Series line is a massive Batcave vignette which measures 15.5″x17″x21″. The unit has room to showcase the 6″ Batman: TAS figures sold seperately, but will come with a new, exclusive Alfred Pennyworth figure possesses new accessories. The Batcave’s Bat-Computer will have a light-up LED display, and interchangeable computer screen graphics.

“The Batcave Vignette is a great example of how we’re constantly looking for new ways to capture the most iconic and authentic moments from the DC Universe and reimagine them in three-dimensional form,” said Jim Fletcher, DC Collectible’s Executive Director of Creative.. “Now Batman: The Animated Series action figure collectors have an entirely new way to display and enhance their collections.”

New additions to the DC Bombshells line are DC Designer 6.75″ figures for Supergirl, Batgirl, Mera, Katana, Hawkgirl, and Bumblebee. Two new statues will be added as well – a Starfire, and a new, second Harley Quinn, both measuring 12″ tall.

The “DC Universe Rebirth” line is expanding with figures for Super Sons’ Robin and Superboy; Doomsday and Superman from “Death of Superman”; “Hush” era Nightwing; and Supergirl from “Rebirth.”

Other new products for 2017 include a Joker and Harley Quinn set of bookends, a working Bat-Signal prop replicate, a replica set of Wonder Woman’s lasso and tiara, and new statues for Vertigo’s Death, and several new Batman: Black & White statues: Batman (Amanda Conner), Batman (John Romita Jr.), Batman (Jonathan Matthews), and Harley Quinn (Amanda Conner).

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Chris McKay To Direct Nightwing Movie

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The LEGO Batman Movie director Chris McKay will be at the helm for a live-action Nightwing movie! The Judge and The Accountant screenwriter Bill Dubuque is set to pen the script.

In the pages of DC Comics, Dick Grayson spent many years as Batman’s protege and sidekick, Robin, but eventually went off on his own and assumed the mantle of the hero Nightwing. The character spent some time in the streets of Gotham City but primarily called the neighboring town of Bludhaven his base of operations.

This isn’t the first time that McKay has toyed with the character either, as Dick Grayson appeared in The LEGO Batman Movie. Dick was also previously played by Chris O’Donnell in Batman Forever and Batman & Robin.

The Nightwing movie joins a growing roster of films in the DCEU, including this year’s Wonder Woman and Justice League, the soon-to-be-in-production Aquaman, and the in-development Suicide Squad sequel, Gotham City Sirens, Cyborg, Green Lantern Corps., The Flash, and Shazam.

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Matt Reeves Will Direct The Batman

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Warner Bros. has now officially announced Matt Reeves will direct and produce The Batman.

“We are thrilled to have Matt Reeves taking the helm of Batman, the crown jewel of our DC slate,” said Toby Emmerich, President and Chief Content Officer, Warner Bros. Pictures Group. “Matt’s deep roots in genre films and his evolution into an emotional world-building director make him the perfect filmmaker to guide the Dark Knight through this next journey.”

Reeves added, “I have loved the Batman story since I was a child. He is such an iconic and compelling character, and one that resonates with me deeply. I am incredibly honored and excited to be working with Warner Bros. to bring an epic and emotional new take on the Caped Crusader to the big screen.”

In The Batman, Ben Affleck will face off as the title hero against Joe Manganiello, who will play Slade Wilson, aka Deathstroke, in the film. Additional appearances by Jeremy Irons as Alfred and J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon are expected to happen as well.

An official release date for The Batman, written by Affleck and Geoff Johns, hasn’t been set. Affleck will next appear as Batman in Justice League, opening in theaters on November 17.

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Mondo x Acme Archives Present: SWxMM, A Mike Mitchell Star Wars Gallery Show

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Mondo Gallery is thrilled to announce its first show of 2017, “Mondo x Acme Archives Present: SWxMM,” featuring celebrated artist Mike Mitchell’s brand new character portraits of some of the most beloved heroes and villains in the Star Wars universe. Rebel scum, scruffy nerf herders, Sith Lords, golden rods, laser brains, and more will be on display with Mitchell’s dignified and iconic portrait treatment. In addition to new prints, all of Mitchell’s previously released Star Wars character portraits will be on display with a very limited number of each available for purchase, including the very first portrait released in the series with Acme Archives, “Red 5.”  The show will kick off with an opening reception, open to the public, on Friday, March 10 from 7pm to 10pm and will run during regular hours until Monday, March 13. Mondo Gallery is located at 4115 Guadalupe Street in Austin, TX.

After first partnering with Acme Archives in 2016 to debut Star Wars character portraits, from the classic Luke Skywalker in X-Wing flight gear to new heroic favorites like The Force Awakens’ Rey, Mondo and Acme Archives are excited to once again invite fans to journey to a galaxy far, far away.

“I have a particular and unyielding love for the designs in Star Wars, and I’m so stoked that I got to spend a year picking out my favorite characters and bringing them to life in my own way,” said Mike Mitchell.

“Over the past year, Mike’s Star Wars art print series has become something really special. As with all of Mike’s work, the pieces are even more powerful when shown together. We are excited to show the entire collection in one space, plus a handful of new surprises. If you’re a fan of the Star Wars universe, you don’t want to miss this one,” said Mondo Co-Founder/Creative Director Mitch Putnam.

To coincide with their first gallery event of the year, the full Mondo team will participate in its very first Reddit AMA on Tuesday, March 7 to discuss the show, additional plans for 2017, and well… anything! Follow Mondo’s social media channels for more details on timing.

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John Williams & Steven Spielberg: The Ultimate Collection Three-Disc Retrospective Will Be Released On March 17, 2017

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John Williams & Steven Spielberg: The Ultimate Collection is a three-disc retrospective that will be out March 17 and includes new recording of Williams’ scores.

It’s an update of a previous collection, which over two disks included music for Spielberg films Williams recorded with the Boston Pops Orchestra for 1991’s Sony Classical: The Spielberg/Williams Collaboration and 1995’s Williams on Williams: The Classic Spielberg Scores. Those collections featured music spanning 1974’s Sugarland Express through Jurassic Park and Schindler’s List (1993).

The update was recorded in 2016 with Recording Arts Orchestra of Los Angeles and includes work from Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Amistad, The BFG, Lincoln, The Adventures of Tintin, Minority Report, Catch Me If You Can, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Saving Private Ryan, War Horse, The Terminal, Munich and the 1999 documentary The Unfinished Journey.

“I was very happy with the fact that when I was music director of Boston Pops, we were able to record a lot of the music that I’d written for Steven’s films,” Williams said in a statement. “So I said to him, ‘ Steven, wouldn’t it be great if we could complete the Sony collection and put in all the things that we didn’t have when the last disc was recorded this time with our great orchestra here in Los Angeles?’ To which Steven responded, ‘This is a great idea. Let’s do it!’ “

The new collection also features the documentary Steven Spielberg & John Williams: The Adventure Continues about their collaboration and friendship. Williams has scored all of Spielberg’s films, with the exception of two, and he’s earned three Oscars for his work on Spielberg’s films (and five Oscars in total).

Track Listing:

Disc: 1

1. Raiders March from “Raiders of the Lost Ark”
2. Theme from “Always”
3. Adventures on Earth from “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial”
4. Theme from “Sugarland Express”
5. Title Theme from “Jaws”
6. Out to Sea / The Shark Cage Fugue from “Jaws”
7. Exsultate Justi from “Empire of the Sun”
8. Parade of the Slave Children from “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom”
9. Over the Moon from “E.T. The Extra Terrestrial”
10. March from “1941”
11. Cadillac of the Skies from “Empire of the Sun”
12. Scherzo for Motorcycle and Orchestra from “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”
13. Close Encounters of the Third Kind/When You Wish Upon a Star Medley

Disc: 2

1. Flying from “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial”
2. Theme From “Jurassic Park”
3. Remembrances from “Schindler’s List”
4. Flight to Neverland from “Hook”
5. The Battle Of Hollywood From “1941” (includes the Irish folksong “The Rakes of Mallow”)
6. Smee’s Plan From “Hook”
7. The Barrel Chase From “Jaws”
8. My Friend,The Brachiosaurus from “Jurassic Park”
9. Jim’s New Life From “Empire Of The Sun”
10. The Dialogue From “Close Encounters Of The Third Kind”
11. The Lost Boys Ballet From “Hook”
12. Theme from “Schindler’s List”
13. The Basket Chase from “Raiders Of The Lost Ark”
14. The Face Of Pan from “Hook”
15. The Banquet Scene from “Hook”

Disc: 3

1. The Adventures of Mutt from “Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”
2. Dry Your Tears, Afrika from “Amistad”
3. The BFG from “The BFG”
4. With Malice Toward None from “Lincoln”
5. The Duel from “The Adventures of Tintin”
6. A New Beginning from “Minority Report”
7. Movement 1: Closing In
8. Movement 2: Reflections
9. Movement 3: Joy Ride
10. Marion’s Theme from “Raiders of the Lost Ark”
11. Hymn to the Fallen from “Saving Private Ryan”
12. Dartmoor, 1912 from “War Horse”
13. Viktor’s Tale from “The Terminal”
14. Prayer for Peace from “Munich”
15. Immigration and Building from “The Unfinished Journey”
16. With Malice Toward None from “Lincoln”

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Watch The Official Alien: Covenant Prologue Film

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Following its debut on FX’s Legion, 20th Century Fox has released the Alien: Covenant prologue! The prologue introduces the crew of the mission as they gather for a final meal before entering cryosleep. Set aboard the Covenant, a colonization ship on its way to a remote planet to form a new human settlement, the main crew (all couples) and their android, Walter, enjoy their final meal together before cryosleep.

The Alien: Covenant prologues was conceived by Ridley Scott and 3AM, directed by Luke Scott, and produced by RSA Films.

Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created with Alien: Covenant, a new chapter in his groundbreaking Alien franchise. The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world. When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape.

Alien: Covenant stars Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Amy Seimetz, Jussie Smollett, Callie Hernandez, Nathaniel Dean, Alexander England, Benjamin Rigby, and James Franco.

Jack Paglen (Transcendence) and Michael Green (Green Lantern) provided the Alien: Covenant screenplay. Alien: Covenant will open in theaters on May 19.

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Get Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Early On March 24th On Digital HD & On Blu-ray April 4th

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Announced today on The Star Wars Show and StarWars.com, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” will be coming home on Digital HD on March 24th and Blu-ray on April 4th.

This news comes on the heels of the start of production announcement of the untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story.  “Rogue One” has established its place within the Star Wars universe and the hearts of moviegoers, becoming the seventh highest-grossing film of all time in the U.S.

Arriving early on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere on March 24, and on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On-Demand on April 4, the release includes never-before-seen “Rogue One” bonus material that will take fans behind the scenes with the movie’s diverse, dynamic cast and inspired team of filmmakers. An intimate collection of stories reveals how the film came to life, as well as hidden Easter Eggs and film facts that audiences may have missed in the theater.

Bonus features include:

-A Rogue Idea – Hear how ILM’s John Knoll came up with the movie’s concept – and why it’s the right film to launch the Star Wars stand-alone films.

-Jyn: The Rebel – Get to know Rogue One’s defiant, resourceful survivor, and hear what it was like for Felicity Jones to bring her to life onscreen. 

-Cassian: The Spy – Diego Luna shares insights into his complex, driven character, who becomes a hero through selflessness, perseverance and passion.

-K-2SO: The Droid – Explore the development of this reprogrammed Imperial droid, from initial pitch and character design through Alan Tudyk’s performance.

-Baze & Chirrut: Guardians of the Whills – Go deeper into the relationship between these two very different characters, with Chinese superstars Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen.

-Bodhi & Saw: The Pilot & The Revolutionary – Forest Whitaker and Riz Ahmed reflect on Saw Gerrera, the broken Rebel leader, and Bodhi Rook, the Imperial pilot who defects.  

-The Empire – Meet a dangerous new Imperial adversary…and cross paths once more with the most iconic villain of all time.

-Visions of Hope: The Look of “Rogue One” – The filmmakers describe the challenges and thrills of developing a bold new look for the movie that can fit within the world of the original trilogy.

-The Princess & The Governor – See what it took to bring the vibrant young princess of “Star Wars: A New Hope” – as well as one of her most memorable foes­ – back to the screen.

-Epilogue: The Story Continues – Filmmakers and cast celebrate Rogue One’s premiere and look forward into the future, to the Star Wars stories yet to be told.

-Rogue Connections – Uncover Easter eggs and film facts hidden throughout the movie that connect “Rogue One” to the Star Wars universe.

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Star Wars Celebration Orlando Kicks Off With Epic Tribute To Saga’s 40th Anniversary

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A very special tribute to the 40th anniversary of Star Wars will kick start Celebration Orlando in grand fashion.

The Star Wars 40th anniversary panel, hosted by Warwick Davis and set for Thursday, April 13, will feature Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and discussions with some of the saga’s brightest stars. It promises to highlight the impact of the galaxy far, far away and the fandom that has propelled it for the last four decades; this marquee Celebration event will undoubtedly include many not-to-be-missed surprises. So set hyperspace coordinates accordingly…

Star Wars Celebration Orlando will take place April 13-16 at the Orange County Convention Center. Visit starwarscelebration.com for tickets and more info!

The official key art for Star Wars Celebration Orlando was created by artist Paul Shipper.

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