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Tim Burton’s Batman To Have Free, Surprise Screening Saturday In San Diego

DC and partner AT&T are holding a surprise screening of Tim Burton’s Batman Saturday evening inside the Batman Experience at the pop-up Comic-Con Museum in San Diego’s Balboa Park, following the Dark Knight’s induction into the Comic-Con Museum Character Hall of Fame Wednesday night. 

The screening takes place at 7:30 local time, will have a “special introduction” by producer Michael E. Uslan and is free to the public, not just Comic-Con badge holders.

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DC Collectibles To Unveil The 100th Statue In The Batman Black And White Collection At San Diego Comic Con

In celebration of the 80th anniversary, Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC Collectibles announced today that the 100th Batman Black and White statue in the popular ongoing DC Collectibles line will be unveiled at the forthcoming San Diego Comic-Con Museum on July 17.

A special over 6-foot life-size version of the Todd McFarlane-designed statue will be revealed during a special ceremony recognizing DC’s iconic Super Hero, Batman, the inaugural inductee into the Comic-Con Museum Hall of Fame. 

The milestone #100 statue is based off McFarlane’s own cover of Batman issue #423. As with the previous 99 in the series, McFarlane’s design, reinforces the core value of DC Collectibles to represent the printed page in 3D form and pays homage to Batman’s rich legacy. 

Guests of the Museum will also have the rare opportunity to see the current 100-statue series throughout the week as part of The Batman Experience Powered by AT&T at the Comic-Con Museum in Balboa Park. Not only will #100 be revealed with its special life-size version, but #99 by Doug Mahnke will be making its first public appearance.

Following the Comic-Con Museum launch event titled, “The Gathering” which will feature a “black carpet reception,” the life-size #100 Black & White statue will be auctioned off with proceeds benefiting the Comic-Con Museum.

“To simply be a part of the 80th anniversary of a character that has always held such a special place in my heart is an honor,” McFarlane said. “But in designing this statue I truly feel like I’m adding to Batman’s legacy and in the process benefitting a hall of fame that will become an institution both for comic fans and the San Diego community.” 

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The Comic Bug Is Hosting A Free Live Reading of Kevin Smith’s Superman Lives Screenplay On July 13

What happens when Kevin Smith, Tim Burton and Nicolas Cage walk into a Hollywood Production office in the mid-90’s?

Well, eventually nothing, but not for lack of trying and one of the most off-beat superhero screenplays ever written!

Superman Lives is based loosely on the Death and Return of Superman storyline in which Brainiac employs the services of Doomsday to bring about the Man of Steel’s demise.  Featuring the witty banter we’ve come to expect from Kevin Smith, this table read promises to be more entertaining than Man of Steel, Batman V. Superman and Justice League combined!

Cast and Crew

Adam Marcus – Director/Narrator
Gib Gerard – Superman/Clark Kent
Tracy Drolet – Lois Lane
Curtis Fortier – Jimmy Olsen
Scott Koblish – Brainiac
Bob Arce – L-Ron
Nigel Lawes – Lex Luthor
Sassan Safari – The Eradicator
Will Dixon – Batman, Jor-El, Perry White
Debra Sullivan – Cat Grant, Governor Caitlin Bree, Alien #1, Misty, Woman
Rafael Navarro – Host, Shuster, Council Voice, Delegate #1, Engineer, Police #1
Dan Wickline – Alien #2, V.O., Boy (Brodie — Governor’s son), Deadshot, General Darris, Chief (Fire Chief)
Chris Saunders – Music and Sound effects
Mike Wellman – banished to the Phantom Zone

Brought to you by the fine folks at Skeleton Crew Productions (Secret Santa) and Cattywampus Productions (12 Sided Die) and featuring a spectacular cast of actors and amazing sound design by Thirsty Crowes Chris Saunders.  This event is free for everyone and the first 100 people will get an exclusive Superman Lives! poster by artist Ralph Miranda. 

The Comic Bug Manhattan Beach is located at 1807 Manhattan Beach Blvd. in Manhattan Beach, California. Call 310-372-6704 for further information.

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Stranger Things 3: The Starcourt Mall Experience

Netflix converted the abandoned Tower Records on Sunset Strip in Hollywood into a retro 80’s mall to promote season 3 of Stranger Things.

Fans of the binge worthy show had an opportunity to make a free reservation for the Stranger Things 3: The Starcourt Mall Experience on Facebook and the 3 day event filled up within minutes.

From July 5th to July 7th, Stranger Things’ enthusiasts were encouraged to put on their finest 80’s gear before they visited the “finest shopping facility in Hawkins, Indiana.”

Netflix was kind enough to invite my family to check out the experience as we are huge fans of Stranger Things, especially my 10 year old daughter, Elli. (Check out our pics below.)

We have been to many of these pop-up events before and sometimes they can be disappointing lacking imagination but this particular one really paid attention to detail and provided some great photo-ops for the lucky entrants. Before entering the mall we refreshed ourselves with complimentary “New Coke” and then made some Stranger Things smashed pennies. A DJ spun totally tubular 80’s hits in the parking lot to get everyone in the spirit.

We entered the mall and first stopped at Flash Studio for a high end 80’s photo shoot, then took a quick dip in the Hawkins Pool, spent some time in Eleven’s room and in her mind, had some interesting conversations with some Russian scientists, got lost in a mirror maze and finally ended up with a great view of Hawkins on the 4th of July! 

We had a great time which complimented our visit to Scoops Ahoy earlier this week. 

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Stranger Things 3 Fun Fair Is Coming To The Santa Monica Pier

The upcoming third season of Stranger Things finds the Hawkins, IN crew out of school and hanging out at the fictional town’s new mall, and Netflix is transporting those throwback summer vibes to the Santa Monica Pier with a Stranger Things-themed carnival takeover. 

On June 29 and 30, you’ll enter the pier’s parking deck to find games, a slime-filled dunking booth and dessert from Scoops Ahoy, the ice cream parlor slated to feature in the third season. Other pop-ups include the Demogorgon-filled Curiosity House, the win-a-BMX Hawkins Bike Shop and a bunch of live entertainment: a performance from the Hawkins High School Cheerleaders, ‘80s cover bands, food eating contests, magicians and more.

In addition, you’ll find Stranger Things-inspired takeovers of some of Pacific Park’s existing amusements: The landmark Pacific Wheel Ferris Wheel will dress up as the Hawkins Wheel and the Playland Arcade will become Hawkins’ Palace Arcade.

The Santa Monica Pier is located at 200 Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica. The Stranger Things 3 Fun Fair is free and open to all-ages from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. both days.

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Celebrate 50 Years of The Haunted Mansion ‘Retirement Unliving’ At Disneyland Park

One of our most beloved Disneyland Resort attractions, Haunted Mansion, is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year. To celebrate, Disneyland is  throwing an “under the hill” soiree.

In August, choose to attend one of the “The Haunted Mansion: Celebrating 50 Years of Retirement Unliving” events. These after-hours events at Disneyland park are filled with chills, thrills and frightful fun. Unearth commemorative anniversary merchandise items, delight in spirited sips and bites, enjoy special entertainment, character encounters, photo ops, and access to several west-side park attractions, plus a few supernatural surprises. 

Event Ticket Tip: When purchasing the event ticket, you will be allowed to purchase one (1) ticket per person, per event date, per transaction. You might wonder why, and it is due to the merchandise offerings that will be released in conjunction with the event which requires each ticketed event guest to have a unique registration ID. 

A limited quantity of tickets for both event nights will be available beginning Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 10 a.m. PT.  Learn more about the event, details and pricing, including how to purchase tickets HERE.

Here are the event highlights:

– Gather for a 13th Hour Celebration Kick-off moment along the Rivers of America. Madame Leota will make a special appearance to conjure up the ensuing party festivities, lovingly referred to as a “Swinging Wake.” Other supernatural surprises include a lively cavalcade of musicians, dancers and performers from beyond the grave.
– Re-create hauntingly fun moments and scenes from the attraction against themed backdrops. You’ll also receive unlimited digital downloads of Disney PhotoPass photos taken during the event.
– Enjoy event-themed food and beverages, in addition to other unique menu items available for purchase at select park locations.
– Mix and mingle with some of our dearly departed souls and otherworldly characters from the Haunted Mansion.
– Pay homage to 50 phenomenal years through themed décor as 999 tenants anxiously await their newest arrivals.
– Enjoy after-hours access to select attractions in New Orleans Square, Critter Country, Frontierland and Adventureland. Note: Select attractions will close early during the event.
– See and be seen while wearing attire inspired by your favorite happy haunts! Plus, limited-time Snapchat filters and event hashtags are great for pics posted on your social media feeds.
– Get your first look at all of the Estate Merchandise that has been conjured up for the event. You won’t believe your eyes. Here’s a sneak peek at a few of the items we were able to dig up:

Event Ticket Tip: When purchasing the event ticket, you will be allowed to purchase one (1) ticket per person, per event date, per transaction. You might wonder why, and it is due to the merchandise offerings that will be released in conjunction with the event which requires each ticketed event guest to have a unique registration ID. 

A limited quantity of tickets for both event nights will be available beginning Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 10 a.m. PT.  Learn more about the event, details and pricing, including how to purchase tickets HERE.

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Eleven New Disney Legends To Be Honored During D23 Expo In Anaheim On August 23

Robert Downey Jr. and Bette Midler, along with such luminaries as Wing Chao, Jon Favreau, James Earl Jones, Kenny Ortega, Barnette Ricci, Robin Roberts, Diane Sawyer, Ming-Na Wen, and Hans Zimmer, will be honored as Disney Legends during D23 Expo 2019 for their extraordinary contributions to the Disney legacy. Hosted by Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger, the Disney Legends Awards ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, August 23, in Hall D23 of the Anaheim Convention Center.

“The Disney Legends Award is the highest honor we can bestow; it’s a recognition of talent, a celebration of achievement, and an expression of profound gratitude to the remarkable men and women who have made an indelible mark on our company and our creative legacy,” said Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company. “This year’s honorees have earned a place in our hearts and our history for their significant contributions in film, television, and our theme parks around the world.”

The Disney Legends Awards program is a 32-year tradition of The Walt Disney Company, and the first Disney Legend was Fred MacMurray (The Shaggy Dog, The Absent-Minded Professor, The Happiest Millionaire), who was honored in 1987. The award ceremony is just one of the dozens of spectacular events Disney fans can enjoy during the three-day D23 Expo.

Click HERE to see the 2019 Disney Legends Award honorees.

Honorees receive a two-foot-tall bronze Disney Legends sculpture that signifies the imagination, creativity, and magic they have brought to the Company. Disney Legends Award recipients will also participate in a handprint ceremony at the end of the event, and their bronzed prints will be displayed in the Disney Legends Plaza at the Company’s Burbank headquarters.

Admission to the ceremony will be on a first-come, first-served basis and is included in the price of a ticket to D23 Expo 2019.

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Amaluna By Cirque du Soleil 

Let night  we were invited to experience Amaluna By Cirque du Soleil on the LA Waterfront in San Pedro, our hometown.

The show was a breathtaking spectacle of color, costumes, music, acrobatics, and theater. 

Amaluna invites the audience to a mysterious island governed by Goddesses and guided by the cycles of the moon. Their queen, Prospera, directs her daughter’s coming-of-age ceremony in a rite that honors femininity, renewal, rebirth and balance which marks the passing of these insights and values from one generation to the next.

In the wake of a storm caused by Prospera, a group of young men lands on the island, triggering an epic, emotional story of love between Prospera’s daughter and a brave young suitor. But theirs is a love that will  be put to the test. The couple must face numerous demanding trials and overcome daunting setbacks before they can achieve mutual trust, faith and harmony.

Amaluna will run in Los Angeles until June 9, 2019 and tickets to this must-see event can be purchased HERE. The entire family will love it!

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Free Comic Book Day Is On Saturday May 4, 2019

Free Comic Book Day 2019 features an amazing selection of comic book titles for the industry’s most anticipated annual event which happens Saturday, May 4, 2019 at participating comic book shops worldwide.

Comic shop retailers chose fifty-one titles overall to be available on Free Comic Book Day: twelve Gold Sponsor comics and thirty-nine Silver Sponsor comics that give fans a great opportunity to discover new titles and genres. This year’s announcement of Silver Sponsor comics includes such great titles as Minecraft & Disney’s The Incredibles, Little Lulu, Bob’s Burgers, The Amazing Spider-Man, My Hero Academia, Star Wars Adventures, and more.

“Each year, we continue to push ourselves to bring fans the very best Free Comic Book Day experience,” said Joe Field, originator of FCBD, and owner of Flying Colors Comics in Concord, CA. “The caliber, strength and depth of this year’s comic book titles is fantastic and independent comic book shop retailers all over the world can’t wait to treat fans and customers to an incredible day of fun, discovery, and learning about comic books and comic book shops.”

A complete listing of all fifty-one FCBD titles, including the twelve Gold Sponsor and thirty-nine Silver Sponsor comic books, can be found HERE.

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Lineup Announced For Woodstock 50

Woodstock 50 Music and Arts Fair announced the official lineup of its three-day 50th anniversary celebration today, with more than 80 musical acts. Taking place on its 50th anniversary weekend, Aug. 16-18, in Watkins Glen, N.Y. The most iconic music festival in American history is bringing peace, love and music back for a new generation of fans. Woodstock 50’s lineup reflects its mission –uniting people in a shared experience with great artists and encouraging active support of equality, inclusion and a shared sustainable future

Legacy acts, in addition to original Woodstock ’69 icons Santana and Dead & Company, include Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters, David Crosby and Friends, John Fogerty, Canned Heat, Country Joe McDonald, John Sebastian and Melanie. 

Scheduled on Aug. 16, Friday: The Killers, Miley Cyrus, The Lumineers, The Raconteurs, Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats, Run The Jewels, The Head and The Heart, Maggie Rogers, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Bishop Briggs, Anderson East, Akon, Princess Nokia, Grandson, Fever 333, Larkin Poe, Dorothy, Flora Cash, Brian Cadd, Ninet Tayeb and more. 

Scheduled on Aug. 17, Saturday: Chance The Rapper, The Black Keys, Sturgill Simpson, Greta Van Fleet, Portugal. The Man, Leon Bridges, Gary Clark Jr., Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Dawes, Margo Price, Nahko And Medicine For The People, India.Arie, Jade Bird, Rival Sons, Emily King, Soccer Mommy, SiR, Taylor Bennett, Amy Helm, Courtney Hadwin, Pearl, John-Robert, IAMDDB. and more. 

Scheduled on Aug. 18, Sunday: Jay-Z, Imagine Dragons, Halsey, Cage the Elephant, Brandi Carlile, Janelle Monáe, Young the Giant, Courtney Barnett, Common, Vince Staples, Judah and The Lion, Earl Sweatshirt, Boygenius, Reignwolf, The Zombies, Pussy Riot, Cherry Glazerr, Leven Kali, The Marcus King Band, Victory, Hollis Brown, John Craigie, Amigo The Devil, Liz Brasher and more.

The entire lineup can be viewed here.

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