Let’s Help Author Brad Meltzer Get This Amelia Earhart LEGO Set Made!

The LEGO Ideas platform has made wonderful LEGO sets from franchises such as Ghostbusters, Back to the Future, WALL-E and The Bing Bang Theory come to life. The site accepts submissions from fans, and if a concept projects get enough supporters—10,000 to be exact—it moves onto a review from LEGO. Set designers and marketing representatives from LEGO evaluate the idea, and after that, the project could become a set on shelves. Author Brad Meltzer’s “I Am Amelia Earhart” set hopes to earn that honor.

Amelia Earhart was a girl who loved adventure, and never let anybody stop her from trying new things. Even things that girls had never done before—like flying all the way across the Atlantic Ocean. Eventually she broke flying records and proved to the world that women can soar just as high as men.

Based on the bestselling book series by Brad Meltzer and Chris Eliopoulos, this set consists of the bright yellow biplane that Amelia Earhart bought for herself. She named it Canary (which is a cool name for a plane, right?).

Plus, you get an Amelia Earhart minifigure!

This set has a wonderful educational value, but it’s also downright fun. Fly! Zoom! And of course, soar! The presented set consists of 186 parts. The true goal is to then give fans the rest of the heroes in the book series: I am Abraham Lincoln, I am Rosa Parks, I am Albert Einstein, and so many more…

Like the book says: I am Amelia Earhart. I know no bounds. And I hope you’ll remember that the greatest flight you’ll ever take is the one no one has tried before.

This project is a collaboration between Ellen Kooijman (Alatariel) and Brad Meltzer.

Please support the project HERE if you’d like to see it as a real product and let’s shoot for 10,000+ supporters! Help give your kids real heroes!

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Bose AR Prototype Glasses

The first Bose AR wearable— a prototype pair of glasses— was engineered and manufactured by Bose. They’re Bluetooth compatible with microphones for calls, Siri or Google Assistant. And they debut a new proprietary technology that keeps audio private.

With an ultra-slim, ultra-light, ultra-miniaturized acoustic package embedded discreetly in each arm, they can fit, function and look like standard eyewear, but sound and function more like Bose headphones— delivering amazing, lifelike performance that no one can hear but you.

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Apple Announces WWDC 2018

Apple has officially announced details for its 29th Annual Worldwide Developers Conference, which will be held from June 4 – 8, 2018, once again at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California. 

Registration has already opened today and the opportunity to purchase tickets will once again be offered by random selection, and only those who are members of the Apple Developer Program as of today will be eligible to register for the conference, and registration will close on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. PDT.

Apple will hold a keynote event on Monday, June 4, where we will get our first glimpse at new software products and perhaps some new hardware. Rumors suggest Apple could use the event to introduce new lower-cost MacBook Air models and refreshed iPad Pro models equipped with Face ID. 

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Watch The Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Teaser Trailer

Warner Bros. Pictures has released the first Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald trailer.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is the second of five all new adventures in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World. The film stars Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamandar alognside returning stars Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, and Ezra Miller. They’re joined by Claudia Kim, Zoe Kravitz, Callum Turner,  with Jude Law as Dumbledore and Johnny Depp as the titular Grindelwald.

At the end of the first film, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Depp) was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Newt Scamander (Redmayne). But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escaped custody and has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings.

In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore (Law) enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is being directed by David Yates, from a screenplay by J.K. Rowling, and produced by David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram. The film will debut in theaters November 16, 2018.

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The LEGO Batman Movie The Mini Ultimate Batmobile

The LEGO Batman Movie The Mini Ultimate Batmobile (30526) should be available at your nearest Toys R Us store. The instructions show you how to build the regular Batmobile but there are additional instructions for the Bat-Tank and Batwing. 

Please note that you will only get enough parts in one polybag for one of the vehicles so you’ll have to purchase three polybags to create the 3 separate models.

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Zooey Deschanel, Kelsey Grammer, Taye Diggs, Rebel Wilson & Jane Krakowski Lead All-Star Cast In Disney’s Beauty And The Beast In Concert At The Hollywood Bowl Performed With Orchestra Live-To-Film Friday May 25 & Saturday May 26

The animated classic Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” will be given new life for two special evenings at the Hollywood Bowl on Friday, May 25 and Saturday, May 26, where Zooey Deschanel, Kelsey Grammer, Taye Diggs, Rebel Wilson, Jane Krakowski, and Anthony Evans headline an all-star cast of performers singing the songs from the Oscar and Grammy-winning score as the film plays on the Bowl’s movie screen accompanied by a full live orchestra. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 16 at 10:00AM Pacific HERE.

The singing cast includes Zooey Deschanel as Belle, Kelsey Grammer performing “Be Our Guest” as Lumiere, Taye Diggs singing as Gaston, Rebel Wilson singing the role of LeFou, Jane Krakowski performing the title song as Mrs. Potts, and Anthony Evans as Beast singing “Evermore” written for the live-action version of the film.

Enhancing the evening will be breathtaking living scenery projected onto the façade of the iconic Hollywood Bowl, making the event more immersive. This special family event will also include a costume contest, unique photo opportunities, and other surprises.

“Performing ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ one of my favorite movies growing up, in a special concert at the legendary Hollywood Bowl is a dream come true,” said Zooey Deschanel.  “I am looking forward to what I’m sure will be a magical event.”

“I love this film, I love Alan Menken and I loved Jerry Orbach—the title song, as sung by Angela Lansbury, makes me cry to this day,” said Kelsey Grammer. “Walking in the footsteps of such a brilliant cast is an honor; and as for singing the music of the incomparable Alan Menken—it goes without saying.”

“I’ve been a fan of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ both as a parent as well as a Disney animation supporter,” said Taye Diggs. “I’ve seen the Broadway production more than once and have harbored jealousy of every actor who has ever played Gaston every time I’ve been in that theater. I’m giddy with excitement at the opportunity to finally sing the role. To be able to do this while staying in LA and at the famed Hollywood Bowl only sweetens the pot. I’m hyped and oh so grateful.”

“I’m so stoked to be playing the role of LeFou for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast in Concert at the Hollywood Bowl this May,” said Rebel Wilson. “I’m hugely looking forward to meeting Taye and the rest of the cast and to meeting all you lucky folks who get to come to this special live event! Anywhere where you can bring a picnic AND be incredibly entertained is a superb night out. Until then I will be mentally preparing for the role in France by eating croissants.”

“This cast is nothing less than enchanting,” said concert director Richard Kraft, who previously helmed live-to-film events at the Hollywood Bowl such as Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” “La La Land,” and “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.”

Kraft explains, “Like our celebration of Disney’s The Little Mermaid in Concert at the Hollywood Bowl, we are mixing film, live music, singers, dancers, digital projections, effects, and special guest artists to create an event that pays homage to the original movie but also delivers something that can only be experienced live. Our creative mantra for this show has been: ‘We want our audience to be our guests. We have filled up the event course by course, one by one, ’til they shout, enough I’m done!’ “

“The Little Mermaid at the Hollywood Bowl was an amazing and unforgettable event,” said Alan Menken. “Now ‘Beauty and the Beast’ at the Bowl is coming, with an extraordinary cast and a world class orchestra. I am beyond excited to be a part of what will be another fantastic evening.”

Conductor Michael Kosarin will be leading the full orchestra and choir performing the film’s classic score and songs live to picture, including beloved musical numbers “Be Our Guest,” “Gaston,” and “Belle.” 

The show will also feature several special guest artists, including 16-year old pianist Emily Bear performing the 1948 Disney short “Bumble Boogie” live-to-film, and a featured performance by violin soloist Sandy Cameron and cello sensation Tina Guo.

Music supervisors for the show are Julia Michels & Julianne Jordan. Choreography is by Mark “Swany” Swanhart. Robert J. Ulrich, Carol Kritzer, and Alex Newman are the casting directors. Scenic design is by DeAnne Millais, with wardrobe by Linda Muggeridge.

The concert is produced by Laura Engel & Richard Kraft, Tim Fox & Alison Ahart Williams, and Live Nation/Andrew Hewitt & Bill Silva Presents, in association with Disney Concerts, the team that presented the 2016 highly-acclaimed Disney’s The Little Mermaid in Concert at the Hollywood Bowl,  starring Sara Bareilles and Rebel Wilson, as well as Disney’s The Nightmare Before Christmas in Concert at the Hollywood Bowl, starring Danny Elfman and Catherine O’Hara. Eight-time Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken is executive producing the event.

Doors will open at 6:45 PM with a costume contest to follow and the concert beginning at 8:15 PM.

Disney’s classic “Beauty and the Beast” captures the magical journey of Belle (voice of Paige O’Hara), an independent and intelligent, modern-day heroine who’s taken prisoner by a hideous beast (voice of Robby Benson) in his castle. Despite her precarious situation, Belle befriends the castle’s enchanted staff—a teapot, a candelabra and a mantel clock, among others—and ultimately learns to see beneath the Beast’s exterior to discover the heart and soul of a prince. 

“Beauty and the Beast” was nominated for six Academy Awards® and was the first animated feature to receive an Academy Award nomination for best picture. It went on to win two Oscars, including best song, by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, and best original score (Menken), as well as a Golden Globe Award® for best comedy/musical.

“Beauty and the Beast” was Disney’s first animated film adapted into a Broadway musical, which ran for 5,464 performances from 1994-2007 and has delighted more than 35 million people worldwide. On March 17, 2017, audiences experienced the retelling of the original tale through Disney’s live-action film, “Beauty and the Beast,” starring Emma Watson as Belle and eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken’s music score. “Beauty and the Beast” was one of the top grossing films of 2017 earning over $1.26 billion worldwide.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast in Concert at the Hollywood Bowl is produced under license by Disney Concerts. Disney Concerts produces concerts and tours, and licenses Disney music and visual content to symphony orchestras and presenters on a worldwide basis. Disney Concerts’ concert packages include a variety of formats, such as “live to picture” film concerts and themed instrumental and vocal compilation concerts, and range from instrumental-only symphonic performances to multimedia productions featuring live vocalists and choir.  Current titles include the Star Wars Film Concert Series (Episodes IV-VII), Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Fantasia, Pixar In Concert, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Alice In Wonderland, Frozen, Ratatouille, The Pirates of the Caribbean series (Episodes I-IV), and Silly Symphonies, which last year collectively accounted for over 400 performances in many of the world’s top concert venues, including Lincoln Center, Royal Albert Hall, Sydney Opera House, Tokyo Forum, and the Hollywood Bowl. Numerous new concert packages and touring productions from Disney’s portfolio of studios, including Disney’s feature animation and live action studios, Pixar, Lucasfilm, and Marvel, are currently in development.  

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Cemetery Dance Announces Flight or Fright, A Horror Anthology Edited By Stephen King & Bev Vincent

Fasten your seatbelts for an anthology of turbulent tales curated by Stephen King and Bev Vincent. This exciting new anthology published by Cemetery Dance, perfect for airport or airplane reading, includes an original introduction and story notes for each story by Stephen King, along with brand new stories from Stephen King and Joe Hill.

About the Book:

Stephen King hates to fly. Now he and co-editor Bev Vincent would like to share this fear of flying with you.

Welcome to Flight or Fright, an anthology about all the things that can go horribly wrong when you’re suspended six miles in the air, hurtling through space at more than 500 mph and sealed up in a metal tube (like—gulp!—a coffin) with hundreds of strangers. All the ways your trip into the friendly skies can turn into a nightmare, including some we’ll bet you’ve never thought of before… but now you will the next time you walk down the jetway and place your fate in the hands of a total stranger.

Featuring brand new stories by Joe Hill and Stephen King, as well as fourteen classic tales and one poem from the likes of Richard Matheson, Ray Bradbury, Roald Dahl, Dan Simmons, and many others, Flight or Fright is, as King says, “ideal airplane reading, especially on stormy descents… Even if you are safe on the ground, you might want to buckle up nice and tight.”

Book a flight with Cemetery Dance Publications for this terrifying new anthology that will have you thinking twice about how you want to reach your final destination.

Table of Contents:

Introduction by Stephen King
Cargo by E. Michael Lewis
The Horror of the Heights by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Nightmare at 20,000 Feet by Richard Matheson
The Flying Machine by Ambrose Bierce
Lucifer! by E.C. Tubb
The Fifth Category by Tom Bissell
Two Minutes Forty-Five Seconds by Dan Simmons
Diablitos by Cody Goodfellow
Air Raid by John Varley
You Are Released by Joe Hill
Warbirds by David J. Schow
The Flying Machine by Ray Bradbury
Zombies on a Plane by Bev Vincent
They Shall Not Grow Old by Roald Dahl
Murder in the Air by Peter Tremayne
The Turbulence Expert by Stephen King
Falling by James L. Dickey
Afterword by Bev Vincent

A Note from Stephen King on the origins of Flight or Fright:

Well, we were sitting around at dinner before a screening of The Dark Tower in Bangor, and there were a lot of people who’d flown in for the big night. I mentioned that I hated flying, and the conversation turned to various airplane stories, some scary and some funny. I said there had never been a collection of flight-based horror stories, although I could think of several (including the Matheson and the Conan Doyle, which are in the book) about the terrors of flight. I said someone ought to do the book. Rich Chizmar said, “I would, in a heartbeat.” It took more than one heartbeat, but Flight or Fright is now a book. Bev Vincent, that incredible polymath, agreed to team with me as co-editor, and now the book—including several new stories, one by me and one by my son, Joe Hill—is an actual fact. Bev and I think it would make ideal airplane reading, especially on stormy descents.

A Note from Bev Vincent on the origins of Flight or Fright:

I was sitting next to Rich Chizmar in a Bangor restaurant when Steve came up to us with this idea for an anthology of horror stories involving flying. The fact that we were across the street from Bangor International Airport was especially apropos. Steve and I dug deep to come up with this collection of stories—some of them I’d read before but many of them I hadn’t. It was a delight to find tales by some of my favorite authors that fit the loose theme and also to be introduced to several new-to-me writers who had published some chilling tales. Then there’s the new stories by Steve and Joe Hill, both of which are terrific and disturbing contributions to this sub-genre. I spent 24 hours total on two flights to and from Japan while working on this project and I spent a lot of time…a LOT of time…thinking about all the things that might go wrong when I was 35,000 feet up hurtling through space at 500 mph in a torpedo with wings. Is it a little twisted that we hope this anthology makes a lot of other people equally nervous the next time they board a flight?

To be published as a trade hardcover edition:

-Printed on 60# acid-free paper
-Bound in full-cloth with colored head and tail bands
-Featuring hot foil stamping on the front boards and spine
-Printed and bound with full-color endpapers
-Smyth sewn to create a more durable binding
-Wrapped in a full-color dust jacket
-Retail price just $27.95

To be published as a Slipcased Hardcover Artist Edition:

-Each book hand-numbered and housed in a custom-made slipcase
-Personally signed by Bev Vincent and Cortney Skinner on a unique signature page
-Includes exclusive interior artwork by Cortney Skinner that does not appear in the trade edition
-Printed on 60# acid-free paper
-Bound in a fine material with colored head and tail bands
-Featuring hot foil stamping on the front boards and spine
-Printed and bound with full-color endpapers
-Smyth sewn to create a more durable binding
-Wrapped in a different full-color dust jacket featuring artwork by Cortney Skinner
-Limited one time printing of this special edition
-Retail price: $85

To be published as a Signed & Traycased Hardcover Lettered Edition:

-This will be one of the most unique editions Cemetery Dance Publications has ever created
-Limited to just 52 signed and lettered copies personally signed by Stephen King, Bev Vincent, and Cortney Skinner
-Housed in a custom-made box unlike anything we’ve ever produced before
-Printed on the same 80# acid-free archival quality paper we use for our high-end Stephen King Limited Editions
-Bound in leather with colored head and tail bands
-Featuring hot foil stamping on the front boards and spine
-Printed and bound with deluxe marbled endpapers created exclusively for this edition
-Smyth sewn to create a more durable binding
-Limited one time printing of this special edition
-Retail price: $1500

The book is slated to be published on September 4, 2018 and can be ordered HERE.

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3 Advantages of Pop Culture Tourism

Popular culture or pop culture has a big impact on everything, especially in tourism. Nowadays. traveling to locations that are featured in music, books, movies, or other forms of media is trendy. With so much promotion about a certain country or city, travelers can easily find a way to explore these places on their own.

One of the best travel destinations these days is Australia. Undoubtedly, plenty of tourist spots and thrilling activities are found here. You can try out numerous things while here with your loved ones and have the best time of your lives. Not to mention, a lot of international movies were also shot in The Land Down Under, including The Matrix, Wolverine, Babe, Mission Impossible 2, and The Great Gatsby. Pop culture tourism has been truly influential to people from across the globe.

Here are some good effects of pop culture tourism:

Popularity becomes profit

It is extremely evident that when a hit movie or TV series was shot in a certain location and took the world by storm, fans would want to visit these places. Just like the American series, Game of Thrones, its locations have been visited by its strong following and fan base all over the world. With this, these destinations have gained more profit through marketability, and that’s definitely a great deal for tourism.

Publicized by influencers 

With the use of social media in today’s world, it has been easy for everyone to stay connected and be up-to-date about everything. Numerous books have been turned into movies, events to festivals, and movies to theatre productions. Everything seems to be changing, but with a good effect as it is in pop culture. Since there are bloggers and influencers out there who tell the world how a specific location is worth seeing and traveling because they have experienced it firsthand, people are engaged to do the same. They simply post interesting pictures on their social media accounts or write creative content on their personal blogs and a number of people would see it and probably be influenced in traveling there, too.

Actual travel by tourists

Experiencing a place and portraying what has been done on a particular scene in a movie you have seen by a celebrated actor creates nostalgia among fans. If you are actually a fan of someone, you will surely want to recreate a memory that has been made by your favorite actor. A movie, book, or series of your favorite characters will have a big impact on you and even make you travel to see and experience such a place.

Many travelers have been prompted to visit some locations because of pop culture. And it doesn’t just stop there. People are actually travelling places to witness what the hype is all about. It draws them curiosity and eventually boosting awareness and learning once they have been to such destination. Pop culture tourism will stay as long as there are influencers, social media platforms, and other forms of entertainment.

To make sure you’ll have a wonderful Australian adventure, visit DriveNow here and book a car that will take you to all the lovely travel destinations around the country.


Batman #44 Celebrates The Wedding of Batman & Catwoman

DC celebrates the upcoming wedding of Batman and Catwoman in Batman # 44 on sale April 4, 2018.

Each of the main covers reveal the happy couple in their wedding attire. One cover features Batman with art by Mikel Janín; the other spotlights Catwoman with art by Joëlle Jones.

This issue follows Batman and Catwoman on two separate but parallel paths as their wedding planning kicks into high gear. Selina picks out her dress, and Bruce starts to make arrangements for their new life together-but this being Gotham City, and they being Batman and Catwoman, you can bet that nothing will go as expected! 

The story is written by Tom King with art by Mikel Janín and Joëlle Jones.

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LEGO BrickHeadz Go Brick Me

Announced at the New York Toy Fair, the LEGO BrickHeadz Go Brick Me (41597) starter kit will be released in April.

The 708 piece set allows you to customize your own BrickHeadz figure and will retail for $29.99.

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