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The Middle-Earth 6-Film Limited Collector’s Edition

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Fans of Middle-earth will have the opportunity to re-live the entire collection of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings  films, from Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson, when the two epic trilogies are released as a single collection on Blu-ray and DVD on November 1st from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE). From New Line Cinema, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, and WBHE this new collection will be offered as a Limited Collector’s Edition.

The Limited Collector’s Edition includes 30 discs featuring The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, in their extended edition forms housed in six faux leather books and a collectible Hobbit-style wood shelf. In addition, all previously released bonus content from both the theatrical and extended edition releases will be included in the collection. Also included in the collection are premium collectibles including an exclusive 100-page sketch-style book with replica The Red Book of Westmarch,  and two original reproductions of watercolor paintings by acclaimed conceptual artists Alan Lee and John Howe.

The Middle-earth 6-Film Limited Collector’s Edition will be available on November 1 as a 30-disc set for $799.99 SRP . The Limited Collector’s Edition includes all six films on Blu-ray disc in their extended edition forms. Bonus content from The Hobbit trilogy theatrical and extended editions will be included on Blu-ray disc. Bonus content from The Lord of the Rings trilogy theatrical and extended editions will be included on DVD disc. The Lord of the Rings Extended Edition Trilogy features more than 2 hours of extended scenes that were carefully selected under the supervision of director Peter Jackson, and more than 33 hours of theatrical and extended bonus content.  The Hobbit Extended Edition Trilogy features almost one hour of additional footage, also selected by Jackson (The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies extended edition is rated R), and more than 34 hours of theatrical and extended bonus content. Additionally, digital copies of all films in their theatrical and extended edition forms will be included for download on Digital HD.

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Nick Comparone To Release Princess Bride Mini Paintings & Open Up 10 Commission Slots On August 23, 2016

Stencil artist, Nick Comparone will release a set of 4 Princess Bride mini paintings in an edition of 10 for $140 on August 23, 2016 at 5 PM EST.

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This will coincide with Nick opening up 10 coveted slots for pop culture book page commissions. You can pick a favorite musician, movie character or TV star. Let your imagination run wild.

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Here is an example of a commission that Nick did for me a couple of years ago of Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance from the film, The Shining on an actual page from the Stephen King novel. At only $40 this is a bargain!

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Here are the links for The Princess Bride and the commission spots!

Nick is a great guy, a talented artist and super easy to work with so reach out to him and get some super awesome art for your walls!

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Kubo And The Two Strings Is Intricate, Mesmerizing, Culturally Fascinating And A Beauty To Behold

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Travis Knight, an Annie Award-winning animator and the head of LAIKA, is making his feature film directorial debut with the August 19, 2016 release, Kubo and the Two Strings

An epic action-adventure set in a fantastical Japan, clever, kindhearted Kubo (voiced by Art Parkinson of Game of Thrones) ekes out a humble living, telling stories to the people of his seaside town including Hosato (George Takei), Akihiro (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa), and Kameyo (Academy Award nominee Brenda Vaccaro). But his relatively quiet existence is shattered when he accidentally summons a spirit from his past which storms down from the heavens to enforce an age-old vendetta. Now on the run, Kubo joins forces with Monkey (Academy Award winner Charlize Theron) and Beetle (Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey), and sets out on a thrilling quest to save his family and solve the mystery of his fallen father, the greatest samurai warrior the world has ever known. With the help of his shamisen – a magical musical instrument – Kubo must battle gods and monsters, including the vengeful Moon King (Academy Award nominee Ralph Fiennes) and the evil twin Sisters (Academy Award nominee Rooney Mara), to unlock the secret of his legacy, reunite his family, and fulfill his heroic destiny.

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The new movie, from an original screenplay by Marc Haimes and Chris Butler (ParaNorman), is being brought to life at LAIKA’s Oregon studios via the company’s innovative 3D stop-motion and CG hybrid technique. In addition to directing, Knight is producing Kubo and the Two Strings with Arianne Sutner (ParaNorman).

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I watched the film last night and like the origami featured in the film, this movie is intricate, mesmerizing, culturally fascinating and a beauty to behold. Laika has changed the game of stop motion animation! I urge you all to see this film with your family, simply gorgeous!

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Mel Brooks To Sign His New Book, Young Frankenstein: A Mel Brooks Book: The Story of the Making of the Film At Barnes And Noble At The Grove On October 20, 2016

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Comedy legend Mel Brooks will sign copies of his new book, Young Frankenstein: A Mel Brooks Book: The Story of the Making of the Film at Barnes and Noble at The Grove on October 20, 2016 at 7PM.

Mel Brooks’ own words telling all about the players, the filming, and studio antics during the production of this great comedy classic. The book is alive and teeming with hundreds of photos, original interviews, and hilarious commentary.

Young Frankenstein was made with deep respect for the craft and history of cinema-and for the power of a good schwanzstucker joke. This picture-driven book, written by one of the greatest comedy geniuses of all time, takes readers inside the classic film’s marvelous creation story via never-before-seen black and white and color photography from the set and contemporary interviews with the cast and crew, most notably, legendary writer-director Mel Brooks.

With access to more than 225 behind-the-scenes photos and production stills, and with captions written by Brooks, this book will also rely on interviews with gifted director of photography Gerald Hirschfeld, Academy Award-winning actress Cloris Leachman and veteran producer Michael Gruskoff.

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New Dark Tower Image Features Jake Chambers

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Viral marketing for Sony Pictures’ The Dark Tower continues as young actor Tom Taylor has tweeted a new promo image featuring Keystone Earth resident Jake Chambers.

Idris Elba stars in the film as Roland Deschain, The Gunslinger, with Matthew McConaughey appearing as his rival and sworn enemy, Randall Flagg aka The man in black. The pair are joined in The Dark Tower by Tom Taylor as Jake Chambers, Abbey Lee (Mad Max: Fury Road, The Neon Demon) as Tirana, and Fran Kranz (The Cabin in the Woods) as Pimli, the right hand man of Randall Flagg. The film also features Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen, A Nightmare on Elm Street), Katheryn Winnick (Vikings) and Claudia Kiim (Avengers: Age of Ultron).

The Dark Tower series tells the story of Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, who is traveling southeast across Mid-World’s post-apocalyptic landscape, searching for the powerful but elusive magical edifice known as The Dark Tower. Located in the fey region of End-World, amid a sea of singing red roses, the Dark Tower is the nexus point of the time-space continuum.  It is the heart of all worlds, but it is also under threat. Someone, or something, is using the evil technology of the Great Old Ones to destroy it.

It’s also been confirmed that the forthcoming film isn’t a direct adaptation of The Dark Tower book series but actually a continuation and sort of remix of the novels, focusing on Roland’s final cycle in his pursuit of the titular location and using elements of all the books. Nikolaj Arcel, who directed the Academy Award-nominated A Royal Affair, is at the helm the big screen adaptation, set up through Sony Pictures and MRC. Academy Award winner Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind) and Jeff Pinkner (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) wrote the screenplay.

The Dark Tower is scheduled for release on February 17, 2017.

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The Lost Boys Series Heads To The CW

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The CW is making some long-range plans with Veronica Mars and iZombie creator Rob Thomas. The network is developing a Lost Boys series, based on the 1987 feature film directed by Joel Schumacher. Unlike the film, however, the Lost Boys series is planned to span the better part of a century. The first season will take place in San Francisco in 1967 with the plan being for each subsequent season to be set in a different decade, culminating in a final seventh season that will, by the time it airs, theoretically feature the characters in a contemporary 2020s setting.

The Lost Boys series will be executive produced by Thomas through his Spondoolie Productions. Other executive producers include Dan Etheridge and Danielle Stokdyk as well as Gulfstream Television’s Bill Bindley and Mike Karz. Gulfstream’s Juliana Janes will oversee for Warner Bros. Television.

Plans for the Lost Boys series arrive just as The CW prepares to begin the final season of their hit vampire series The Vampire Diaries. The eighth season will premiere on the channel October 21 with the first of 16 final episodes.

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Dark Hall Mansion To Release Ferris Bueller’s Day Off Print By Marq Spusta On August 19, 2016

Dark Hall Mansion is pleased to reveal their latest officially licensed limited edition fine art print release for one of their absolute favorite films, the epic,”Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” by leading contemporary artist Marq Spusta and on sale tomorrow, Friday, August 19th!!

Dark Hall Mansion, under license from Paramount Pictures, is pleased to introduce artist Marq Spusta’s take on a film that not only helped define an era but one that continues to speak to and inspire generations in its singular and inimitable tone. The film that gave us all one of the greatest life lessons ever, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it,” is far from light entertainment but a profound and determined meditation on life’s brevity and the need to prioritize that which truly matters. Best summed by Cameron’s resolution, advice that well serves us all, “I am not going to sit on my ass as the events that affect me unfold to determine the course of my life. I’m going to take a stand. I’m going to defend it. Right or wrong, I’m going to defend it,” the film’s writing as brilliant as it is timeless.

Artist Marq Spusta’s print captures the film’s definitive moment of release as we join Ferris, Cameron and Sloane as they make that turn, one specifically and beautifully photographed, as the establishment is refuted, their outrageous day off in Chicago begins, and the very course of their lives forever altered.  Marq quietly lays this all out, from the toss of the hat, the curve of the road and its ‘no parking,’ to the excitement of the day and his use of the film’s brilliant quotes ethereally laid in throughout sky and clouds.

With a limited run of only three editions, Blue Sky, Opal printed with metallic inks, and a select Super Gold also printed with metallic ink highlights, all “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” limited editions measure 18″ x 24,” are screen printed, hand numbered, and personally signed by artist Marq Spusta.

All editions go on sale tomorrow-Friday, August 19th, on Dark Hall Mansion’s store page HERE at 12:30 PM-PST!

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Ferris Bueller’s Day Off by Marq Spusta
Blue Sky Edition of 350
18″ x  24″
$65

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Ferris Bueller’s Day Off by Marq Spusta
Opal Edition of 150 printed with metallic inks
18″ x  24″
$90

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Ferris Bueller’s Day Off by Marq Spusta
Super Gold Edition of 90
18″ x  24″
$125

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Los Angeles Star Wars Fans, Welcome To The Scum and Villainy Cantina

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The Scum and Villainy Cantina is nestled less than 12 parsecs away, in the wretched hive of Hollywood, CA. This temporary pop-up experience transports you into a fully immersive environment where you drink, eat, and hang out as if you were in a galaxy far away.

If you’ve got the credits, they’ll serve your kind there… just make sure to leave your droids at home. Costumes encouraged.

Nightly Seatings
 
Seated Reservations:
6PM-8pm
8:30PM-10:30PM
3pm – 5pm (Saturday Only)

Included with your reservation is two drinks of your choice, a souvenir pint glass, Scum and Villainy challenge coin, a few extra surprises, and two hours of the most immersive galactic scenery this far into the outer-rim.

Walk-Ins:
11PM-2AM
11PM-2AM

Walk-Ins seated on a first come, first serve basis as space allows.

Reservations for the Scum and Villainy Cantina will open next week on their website. Give Scum and Villainy a like on Facebook to keep up with news, menu details, and more.

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Adam West, Burt Ward & Julie Newmar Return For Animated Batman Movie

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Holy nostalgia, Batman! The caped crusader is returning to his 1960s television roots in a new animated feature film Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders, featuring the voices of Adam West, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar.

The classic Batman television series, which ran from 1966 to 1969, saw West’s Batman and Ward’s Robin face off against such villains as Newmar’s iconic Catwoman.

Here is the synopsis:

“It’s back to the 1960s as Batman and Robin spring into action when Gotham City is threatened by a quartet of Batman’s most fiendish foes – Penguin, The Joker, Riddler and Catwoman. This time, the four Super-Villains have combined their wicked talents to hatch a plot so nefarious that the Dynamic Duo will need to go to outer space (and back) to foil their arch enemies and restore order in Gotham City. It’s a truly fantastic adventure that will pit good against evil, good against good, evil against evil … and feature two words that exponentially raise the stakes for both sides: Replicator Ray. Holy Multiplication Tables!”

Fans can follow the bat signal to their favorite online and retail stores for Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders, from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and DC Entertainment, when it’s released for Digital HD on Oct. 11 and Blu-Ray on Nov. 1.

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First Official Spider-Man Homecoming Poster

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Here is the first poster for Marvel’s Spider-Man: Homecoming. The image of the poster was posted online by actor Tom Holland on his Twitter feed with the following caption:

“First official #SpiderManHomecoming Poster in Better Quality.”

Spider-Man: Homecoming will have a very heavy John Hughes influence, and the story centers on Spidey dealing with the perils of high school while battling supervillains and being a superhero in New York. Joining Holland in the film is Michael Keaton who will most likely be playing the Vulture, Michael Chernus as the Tinkerer, Zendaya, Tony Revolori, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, and Donald Glover. Reprising their roles from Captain America: Civil War will be Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark and Marisa Tomei as Aunt May.

Spider-Man: Homecoming will be released on July 7th, 2017.

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