The United States of Movies — 51 Iconic Films

Movies have touched almost every aspect of the American experience — and just about every square inch of land. Entertainment Weekly picks the one film that best captures the spirit and story of each state.

Check out the list HERE.

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Justice League: The New Frontier Commemorative Edition Blu-ray Arrives On October 3

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment returns to the roots of DC’s greatest Super Heroes – and their unifying moment – with the celebratory release of Justice League: The New Frontier – Commemorative Edition on Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray Steelbook, and DVD on October 3, 2017.

For the new Commemorative Edition of the popular 2008 PG-13 animated film, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has produced an all-new featurette spotlighting the late Darwyn Cooke. The comic book author and artist’s seminal work, DC: The New Frontier, received an Eisner, Harvey and Shuster Award, and that six-issue comic book limited series served as the key source material from which the film was adapted. Justice League: The New Frontier – Commemorative Edition also features box art from Cooke’s canon of dazzling New Frontier imagery.

Justice League: The New Frontier – Commemorative Edition is the epic tale of the founding of the Justice League. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, the animated film is directed by David Bullock from a script by Stan Berkowitz. Sander Schwartz and Bruce Timm are Executive Producers.  Michael Goguen is Supervising Producer

The action-packed adventure features iconic DC Super Heroes Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman alongside Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter and The Flash as they band together to form the legendary team. Strangers at first, these very different heroes must overcome fear and suspicion to forge an alliance against a monster so formidable, even the mighty Superman cannot stop it alone. If they fail, the entire planet will be “cleansed” of humanity.

Justice League: The New Frontier – Commemorative Edition features an impressive roll call of celebrity voice performances, including Golden Globe Award winner Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks) as Superman, Jeremy Sisto (Law & Order) as Batman, Lucy Lawless (Xena: Warrior Princess) as Wonder Woman, Emmy and Tony Award winner Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother) as Barry Allen/The Flash, David Boreanaz (Bones) as Hal Jordan/Green Lantern, Brooke Shields (Suddenly Susan) as Carol Ferris, Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer) as Lois Lane, Phil Morris (Seinfeld) as King Faraday, and the late Miguel Ferrer (NCIS: Los Angeles) as Martian Manhunter. The cast also boasts the voices of Joe Mantegna (Criminal Minds), Keith David (Platoon), Vicki Lewis (NewsRadio) and the late John Heard (Big).

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Dark Hall Mansion To Release The Year Without A Santa Claus Prints By Dave Perillo On August 17, 2017

Dark Hall Mansion, is dropping a little snowy Christmas fun into your Summer along with bringing the heat with our latest limited edition officially licensed fine art print created by leading contemporary artist Dave Perillo in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, The Year Without A Santa Claus, and available Thursday August 17th!

Dave Perillo brings a memory and smile to everyone courtesy of the simply inimitable and classic Heat Miser and Snow Miser! 1974’s Rankin-Bass masterpiece finds Santa, elves and children racing to rescue a stranded reindeer as Santa’s faith is tested and well restored as the children of the world bestow their priceless gift of love on him. Not to be missed is the amazing and unforgettable singing stand off between the Miser Bros that artist Dave Perillo has so charmingly captured via a pair of vintage LP album inspired prints that reminds us just how cool (er, and hot!) this timeless special really is! Be sure to also check out Dave’s single 12″ x 24″ Banner edition print that incorporates holiday decorations and has both Miser Bros on the piece. We hope they’ll become a mainstay of many a fan and family’s holiday traditions.

DHM’s limited edition The Year Without A Santa Claus fine art prints are hand numbered giclee prints with (2) separate Snow Miser and Heat Miser prints measuring 12″ x 12″ sold as a paired set or the select single print 12″ x 24″ Banner edition.

All prints will be available Thursday, August 17th, at 12:30 PM PST exclusively via DHM’s dedicated store page here: www.darkhallmansionstore.com

The Year Without A Santa Claus 
12″ x 12″ set of both: Snow Miser + Heat Miser prints
Standard Edition Set of 280  $65 (for both prints shipped together)

The Year Without A Santa Claus 
12″ x 12″ set of both: Snow Miser + Heat Miser prints
Variant colorway Edition Set of 50 $85 (for both prints shipped together)

The Year Without A Santa Claus 
12″ x 24″ Banner Edition of 50  $75

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Suntup Editions Covers Edition Salem’s Lot: Now Available for Pre-Order

Suntup Editions is pleased to present Salem’s Lot by Dave Christensen. This artwork appeared on the 1st edition of Salem’s Lot, published in 1975. On the cover, the painting was very small. It measured just over 1 1/2″ wide and about 2 1/2″ tall. Now for the first time, you can experience this iconic painting at a size you have never seen before.

Suntup was fortunate to have obtained a scan of the original painting, and in this one-of-a-kind reproduction, you can see the smallest of details, down to the brush strokes!

A must-have for King fans, especially if you’re a fan of ‘Salem’s Lot. These prints are hand-signed by Dave Christensen, and the first 20 include an original Remarque, most of which are already pre-sold to print subscribers.

Exclusively available through Suntup Editions for your private collection, and limited to just 50 signed copies per size, worldwide.

Large Size: 18″ x 24″

Small Size: 11″ x 17

Available for pre-order HERE. Publication Date: September 1, 2017.

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Seven Most Tragic On-Set Accidents In Hollywood

Hollywood is known for its glamorous escapism, taking the audience away from the mundane routine of everyday living into a world of adventure and imagination. At the same time, there is a real side to Hollywood, depicted by the toil and sweat put into it by people laboring for hours both behind and in front of the camera. Injuries and accidents are a natural part of this process. Unfortunately, many a times, these accidents can be fatal, and can even involve serious litigation. Here are seven tragic accidents that occurred during the filming of some of the most memorable Hollywood movies.

1. Midnight Rider (Unreleased)

Based on the eventful life of rock and roll star Gregg Allman, Midnight Rider was all set to become a major hit. What was to be a seriously bad omen for the film, a tragic accident took place when shooting began on the first day. The director was shooting a scene on a railroad track on location with several actors and technicians. When a CSX train appeared on the tracks, the lookout issued a warning to the crew to get away from the tracks. Sarah Jones, one of the camera assistants, was unable to move in time and was hit by the incoming train. She lost her life in the accident. Fortunately, the executive producer and assistant director were charged with criminal trespass. The attorneys for the Jones family and Allan eventually reached an out of court settlement. This was a surprising settlement since in most cases involving railway crossing accidents, the railway firm is found guilty. In a railway crossing accident that occurred in 2008, railway law firm Pottroff & Karlin were able to secure a verdict against BNSF due to whose negligence four people were killed while crossing a railroad track in Anoka, Minnesota.

2. Gone in 60 Seconds 2 (Unreleased)

This is an extremely tragic accident that resulted in the untimely death of a promising Hollywood action director. A sequel to the 1974 hit Gone in 60 Seconds was under production in 1989 and director H.B. Halicki was at the top of his game at the time. Known for his jaw-dropping way of filming car stunts, Halicki had planned a number of thrilling car crashes for the sequel. While shooting one such scene, a cable snapped causing the tower it was holding up to crash onto a telephone pole. The said pole then fell on the director causing his death.

3. The Maze Runner (Unreleased)

While shooting for the third instalment in the Maze Runner franchise, an unfortunate accident put at risk the career of its promising lead Dylan O’Brien. The young lad showed immense promise as a future Hollywood lead when he won hearts in Teen Wolf. However, while performing a stunt involving a jump from the roof of a car to another, the young actor suffered an injury, causing the shoot and release to be postponed for some weeks. On discovering that the injury was more severe than initially thought, the release was pushed back by a year. The movie is expected to release in January 2018.

4. The Twilight Zone (1983)

The Twilight Zone is a landmark 1983 movie that became more famous for a morbid and fatal accident that occurred while filming. While executing an action sequence that required an explosion setting off under a helicopter in flight. As the helicopter was flying too low, it was heavily impacted by the shock of the explosion and veered off course. Its blades hit two actors resulting in decapitation of their heads. A third actor died after being crushed under the landing gear of the helicopter. As a result of this accident, several Hollywood producers avoided using helicopters for stunts in their movies.

5. Top Gun (1986)

The 1986 classic Top Gun is widely known for putting Tom Cruise on the map as one of Hollywood’s best leading men. However, little is known about a fatal accident during the shooting of the movie that took the life of a promising stunt artist, Art Scholl. On the day of the accident, Scholl was aboard a Pitts S-2 plane to capture aerial shots from an altitude. After executing a successful flat spin with his craft, he became unable to return to a safe altitude. Eventually, Scholl plunged with his plane into the sea, resulting in his death. His body was never found.

6. The Dark Knight (2008)

This accident relates to the unfortunate loss of an able stunt artist named Conway Wickliffe. Wickliffe was an upcoming and well-known stunt artist in Hollywood having worked on numerous successful films such as Die Another Day and Batman Begins. While preparing for a stunt scene in the 2008 release The Dark Knight, the one where The Joker destroys the Batmobile with a rocket launcher, Wickliffe was riding in a car going at 20 miles to the hour when the driver missed a 90-degree turn, slamming the car into a tree. Wickliffe suffered extreme trauma to the head and died instantly.

7. The Expendables 2 (2012)

The successful 2012 revenge drama The Expendables 2 had a lot riding on it thanks to the immensely successful prequel. Sylvester Stallone had roped in famed director Simon West who had previously directed Con Air among other successful movies. While shooting a scene involving an explosion, two stunt artists named Kun Liu and Nuo Sun were badly injured. While Sun survived his injuries and recovered completely, Liu succumbed to his injuries and passed away.

Tragedies like these simply go to show that life can be very unpredictable, even on a Hollywood film set. The make-believe world of Hollywood can be equally gritty and real as real life itself. Loss of human life is tragic and people working in Hollywood have witnessed such incidents at close range. At times these incidents are hidden from media glare, but at others they become fodder for relentless media scrutiny, especially when these incidents become legal cases. Thus, it is important to be aware of the sacrifices and loss that goes into completing a grand feature film.

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Wonder Woman Arrives On Blu-ray On August 29 & Digital On September 19

Celebrate the wonder when “Wonder Woman” arrives onto Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital. Gal Gadot returns as the DC Super Hero in the epic action adventure from director Patty Jenkins (“Monster,” AMC’s “The Killing”).

The Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, and Blu-ray Combo Pack will include an all-new bonus scene never before seen in theaters.

Wonder Woman will be available on Ultra HD Blu-ray for $44.95, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack for $44.95, Blu-ray Combo Pack for $35.99 and DVD for $28.98. The Ultra HD Blu-ray features an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc with the theatrical version in 4K with HDR and a Blu-ray disc also featuring the theatrical version. The Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in 3D hi-definition and hi-definition; the Blu-ray Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in hi-definition on Blu-ray; and the DVD features the theatrical version in standard definition. The Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack will include a digital version of the movie with UltraViolet.  Fans can also own “Wonder Woman” via purchase from digital retailers beginning August 29.

Additionally, all of the special features, including an all-new bonus scene, interviews with filmmakers, featurettes, and extended scenes, can be experienced in an entirely new, dynamic and immersive manner on tablets and mobile phones using the Warner Bros. Movies All Access App, available for both iOS and Android devices. When purchased digitally and redeemed on UltraViolet, the Warner Bros. Movies All Access App allows users to watch the movie and simultaneously experience synchronized content related to any scene, simply by rotating their device. Synchronized content is presented on the same screen while the movie is playing, thus enabling users to quickly learn more about any scene, such as actor biographies, scene locations, fun trivia, or image galleries. Also, users can share movie clips with friends on social media and experience other immersive content. The Movies All Access app is available for download on the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store.

The Blu-ray discs of Wonder Woman will feature a Dolby Atmos soundtrack remixed specifically for the home theater environment to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead. To experience Dolby Atmos at home, a Dolby Atmos enabled AV receiver and additional speakers are required, or a Dolby Atmos enabled sound bar; however, Dolby Atmos soundtracks are also fully backward compatible with traditional audio configurations and legacy home entertainment equipment.

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Female Roles In TV & Movies

Let’s hear it for the girls!

For so many years, the realm of the action hero, both on film and on TV, has been almost exclusively made up of males. Yet the last couple of years have seen a significant shift, with female superheroes and leading ladies coming at us from all directions.

The unexpected trail-blazers of the new wave of girl power were led by Melissa McCarthy in the all-female Ghostbusters reboot in the summer of 2016. Taking on the classic supernatural men’s “buddy movie”, many expected the gender switch remake to fall flat. As it turned out, it did well both critically and at the box office, with McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and the irrepressible Kate McKinnon busting every bit as hard as Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray and company.

And if Ghostbusters blazed a trail, then Wonder Woman burned that trail to the ground. DC’s first female led superhero movie starred Gal Gadot as the legendary Diana, Princess of the Amazons. It was also the first Marvel blockbuster to be directed by a woman, Patty Jenkins, with a largely female crew. Made for just $149m, it has so far grossed almost $800m, with the DVD and BluRay releases still to come in time for Christmas.

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Even the bastion of the male ego, the James Bond-style super spy, has been cracked by the recent release of Atomic Blonde, starring Charlize Theron as MI6’s top agent. Hard as nails and taking on all comers, she is a stark contrast to the typical tuxedo-clad James Bond in Diamonds are Forever, who was constantly hanging out in the casino surrounded by beautiful women who barely got a line, let alone any sort of character to work with.

Perhaps the best thing about this new wave of female heroes is that they are not trying to fill the same shoes as the men, but instead doing things in entirely their own way. Wonder Woman was a significant departure from the ego driven, macho, tough guys who had typically lead Marvel films; Charlize Theron’s character very much challenged the male characters on her own terms, giving every bit as good as she got, and then some — all while retaining her own uniquely female style.

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There is plenty more to come, too, with Marvel announcing last year that Captain Marvel will be played by Oscar winning “Room” actress, Brie Larson. The announcement was made long before the huge box office success of Wonder Woman, and it shows a real commitment to strong female roles from one of the biggest movie franchises there is. Add in strong roles for Zoe Saldana and Karen Gillan in Guardians of the Galaxy, and things are really starting to shift away from the days where all superheroes were “something-man”.

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Perhaps the biggest leap forward for women on screen was the recent announcement of Jodie Whittaker as the new Doctor Who in the long-running British TV sci-fi series. After twelve straight male Time Lords, Whittaker will break the mold in spectacular fashion when she arrives in the Christmas special to replace Peter Capaldi.

The series has been building up to this for some time, with the only other remaining Time Lord regenerating from The Master to Missy, played by Michelle Gomez. This clearly set the precedent for female Time Lords and opened the door for the groundbreaking announcement, made dramatically (and somewhat ironically) by the BBC at the end of the Men’s Final at Wimbledon.

It is still far from a level playing field, especially with so many movies based on comic book characters from another, less enlightened era. Nonetheless, it is refreshing to not only see studios and TV channels taking these risks, but also to be rewarded by the kind of critical and commercial success that will encourage them to keep doing it.

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The IT Experience, A Pop-Up Haunted House In Hollywood Based On The Stephen King Novel

The IT Experience,” a new pop-up haunted house at Hollywood and Vine, offers fans of Stephen King’s classic 1986 novel IT a chance to step into the world of Pennywise the clown. The haunted house is for fans 18 and over, and comes ahead of the film adaptation, which opens September 8.

Walking into the Niebolt House, named for the abandoned house where the Loser’s Club first encounters Pennywise in the novel, guests will be able to experience “where IT lives” as they are guided by Georgie, whose wayward paper sailboat sets the story in motion in the book and film, through the 5,000-square-foot house as they venture from room to room through immersive sets inspired by scenes from the film with authentic props.

In groups of seven, visitors will form their own Loser’s Club as they traverse the haunted lair of the murderous entity known as It for a 20-minute experience encountering pneumatic surprises, live actors, holographic images and animatronic beings.

The IT Experience will be open daily from Aug. 14 through Sept. 10 at Hollywood Blvd. and Vine St. in Hollywood.

More info HERE.

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Batman x Kidrobot Dunnys

Holy Dunny, Batman!  Kidrobot and DC are ready to defend Gotham City with this all new Batman x Kidrobot Dunny Mini Series and collection of 5″ Dunny’s.

The mini series features the most iconic versions of Batman as well a span of villains ranging from the movies, TV shows and comics molded to fit the classic Dunny platform.

The four 5″ Dunny’s feature Suicide Squad Joker, Classic Joker, Dark Knight Batman and Classic Batman.

Grab your utility belt, collect all of them and complete your Bat Cave collection! Order them HERE.

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Legacy Recordings To Release First-Ever Picture Disc Edition of ELO’s Out Of The Blue

Celebrating the 40th anniversary of ELO’s top-selling double album, Out of the Blue, Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release the first-time-ever picture disc edition of the ELO classic available everywhere on Friday, September 29, 2017,

This 2LP collector’s picture disc edition of Out of the Blue was remastered from the original master tapes and includes a digital download of the album.

One of the indisputable masterpieces–and most commercially successful titles–in the ELO canon, Out of the Blue, the group’s seventh studio album, was originally released in October 1977. The musical and conceptual brainchild of Jeff Lynne, who wrote and produced the entire album, Out of the Blue is among the most ambitious double albums in classic rock history, a complex and visionary work that included, as the album’s complete Side 3, Lynne’s “Concerto for a Rainy Day,” a coherent song suite comprised of four movements and authentic ambient weather effects recorded by Lynne and incorporated into the soundscape of the record.

Out of the Blue was the first ELO album to feature the group’s logo as a three-dimensional flying saucer/space station, a visual motif central to ELO’s live shows. The album, which peaked at #4 on the Billboard 200 has gone on to sell upwards of 10 million copies worldwide. Out of the Blue is the first double album in UK chart history to spawn four Top 20 singles.

You can pre-order the album HERE.

Track Listing

Side A

1. Turn to Stone
2. It’s Over
3. Sweet Talkin’ Woman
4. Across the Border

Side B

5. Night in the City
6. Starlight
7. Jungle
8. Believe Me Now
9. Steppin’ Out

Side C (Concerto for a Rainy Day)

10. Standin’ in the Rain
11. Big Wheels
12. Summer and Lightning
13. Mr. Blue Sky

Side D

14. Sweet Is the Night
15. The Whale
16. Birmingham Blues
17. Wild West Hero

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