Guardians of the Galaxy: Creating Marvel’s Spacefaring Super Heroes

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The Guardians of the Galaxy made their first appearance in the pages of Marvel Super-Heroes back in 1969, and while the team’s lineup has changed significantly over the years, their popularity with fans only continues to grow.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Creating Marvel’s Spacefaring Super Heroes ($45) delves into the creation and evolution of the Guardians through exclusive interviews with the writers and artists who have brought them to life. Filled with incredible art from nearly fifty years of comics, this deluxe art book reveals the secrets behind the genesis of fan-favorite characters like Star-Lord, Drax the Destroyer, Gamora, Rocket Raccoon, and Groot.

Complete with a specially commissioned cover illustration by artist Dale Keown, this comprehensive collection takes fans on a dynamic journey into the creation of the greatest art from five decades of Guardians of the Galaxy comics.

You can pre-order the 184 page book HERE and it will be released on April 4, 2017.

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Black Magic Rose, A New Magic Club Is Opening In Hollywood

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A new magic-themed nightclub called Black Rabbit Rose is officially opening next Tuesday on Hollywood Boulevard. The latest enterprise by the Houston Brothers includes a 40-seat theater, a Thai-Chinese dinner menu, and a cocktail lounge featuring roaming magicians, exotic variety acts, and burlesque dancers. The club was custom built with rooms that might suddenly come to life during performances.

The rooms are filled with tributes to 19th century magicians and tucked into a century-old apartment house. The club secured the services of longtime Magic Castle favorite Rob Zabrecky as entertainment director and occasional performer.

Black Rabbit Rose will be open Tuesday through Saturday with ticketed shows ($25-$40) on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights.

Black Rabbit Rose
1719 N. Hudson Ave.
Hollywood, CA 90028
Tel: 323-461-1464
Open from 6pm to 2am

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Reprinted from Los Angeles Magazine

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A New Novella Is Coming Soon From Richard Chizmar & Stephen King

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Richard Chizmar of Cemetery Dance just announced via Facebook that he has spent the past few weeks writing a novella with Stephen King.

He described the experience as amazing and so much fun!

According to Chizmar, the standalone hardcover will be published soon. Follow Rich on Twitter as I’m sure he will be making more announcements about this exciting project.

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Marvel Reveals First Look Video For Avengers: Infinity War

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Filming for the Marvel blockbuster Avengers: Infinity War is officially underway, and Robert Downey Jr, who plays Iron Man in the series, premiered a first look video Friday at the epic production.

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The preview also confirmed that Chris Pratt’s Star Lord and Tom Holland’s Spider-Man will appear in the films.

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New Museum of The Shenandoah Valley Exhibition To Feature Original Works By Renowned Comic Book Artist Alex Ross

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Superheroes and Superstars: The Works of Alex Ross—a new exhibition featuring the work of one of the world’s greatest comic book artists—will be on view in the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (MSV) from February 11 through May 14, 2017.

The MSV is the first venue to host this traveling exhibition, which has been organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. The exhibition’s MSV display is sponsored by Shenandoah Country Q102.

According to Superheroes and Superstars curator Jesse Kowalski, Alex Ross has revitalized classic superheroes into works of fine art with his unique, painted photo-realistic style.

“The MSV is thrilled to be the first venue to present Superheroes and Superstars,” notes MSV Executive Director Dana Hand Evans, who adds that the Museum jumped at the chance to bring the exhibition to the region. “Alex Ross is one of the premier illustrators of our time,” says Evans. Along with offering comic book fans a rare opportunity to see Ross’s original artwork of classic superheroes, such as Wonder Woman, Superman, and Spider-Man, Evans says the exhibition illustrates the Museum’s commitment to present contemporary art in the Shenandoah Valley.

Superheroes and Superstars includes more than 100 original works created by Alex Ross, all on public display for the first time. Most of the works in the exhibition are on loan from Ross’s personal collection.

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The new exhibition features Alex Ross’s well-known images of superheroes, villains, and his recent paintings of popular culture icons, such as The Beatles and Monty Python. Paintings, sketches, and models from his childhood and college years will also be on view, including “Spidey” booklets that Ross created at the age of four, action figures he made when he was 11 years old, and a self-portrait for a high school art class. Some of Ross’s more recent works in Superheroes and Superstars include A Tale of Two Reeves, a 2016 painting illustrating the two actors audiences most identify with Superman; the 2016 Hulk Marvelmania poster painting; Flash Gordon, a 2015 painting marking the 35th anniversary of the Flash Gordon film; and Ross’s variant cover for Star Wars #1, an homage to the original 1977 issue for Marvel’s relaunch of the classic Star Wars comic book series.

The MSV will host an opening reception for the exhibition from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 11. Those interested in attending should register in advance at www.theMSV.org/AlexRoss or by calling 540-662-1473, ext. 240. The fee to attend the reception—which is sponsored by the Bank of Clarke County and includes admission to the exhibition and coffee and pastries—is free to MSV Members and $20 for all others.

From 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 1, the MSV will host Alex Ross for a rare signing event. Prints and Alex Ross merchandise will be available for purchase in the Museum Store. Those interested in attending the signing may bring up to three items per person (no sketches and/or portfolio reviews). While a fee is not required to attend the signing event, MSV admission will apply to view Superheroes and Superstars.

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LEGO Batman Movie Ultimate Batmobile

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Anticipation is high for The LEGO Batman Movie, opening Feb. 10. LEGO is releasing 18 toy sets tied to the movie, including The Ultimate Batmobile.

The Ultimate Batmobile set will be released on June 1, 2017 with a retail price of $129.99. The set includes eight minifigures of LEGO Batman characters — Batman, Robin, Batgirl, Polka-Dot Man on a flying disc, Alfred Pennyworth (in Batsuit), Wicked Witch of the West and two Flying Monkeys.

The Batmobile divides into four different vehicles — the Batmobile, Batwing, Bat-Tank and Batcycle — and there is a rotating Bat-Signal with a LEGO light brick. The Batmobile measures 4 inches high, 14 inches long and 6 inches wide.

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Billy Joel: New York State of Mind, A New Documentary Film Begins Airing February 11, On MSGN

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Prospect Productions, Maritime Pictures and MSG Networks present a new documentary film Billy Joel: New York State of Mind. The half-hour film explores Joel’s unprecedented franchise at Madison Square Garden, now in its 42nd consecutive show! Described by Billboard magazine as “the greatest arena engagement of all time.”

Billy Joel: New York State of Mind features new interviews with the legendary musician, behind-the-scenes footage of Billy, his band and crew, plus interviews with Joel’s “Super-Fans” including actor and comedian Kevin James.

Directed by Jeff Siegel and produced by Jeff Siegel, Nick Barnicle, Colin Barnicle, and Executive Produced by Steve Cohen and Marc Forrest. Billy Joel: New York State Of Mind begins airing this Saturday night, February 11, on MSGN and can also be seen throughout the month of February.

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Watch The Trailer For Teen Titans: The Judas Contract

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Warner Bros. Animation, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment have released the trailer for the upcoming Teen Titans: The Judas Contract.

The feature is set to include actress Christina Ricci as hero Terra with character actor Miguel Ferrer set to voice villlain Deathstroke. The cast also includes returning DC animation voice actors Sean Maher as Dick Grayson / Nightwing, Kari Wahlgren as Koriand’r / Starfire, Jake T. Austin as Jaime Reyes / Blue Beetle, Taissa Farmiga as Raven, Brandon Soo Hoo as Garfield Logan / Beast Boy, and Stuart Allan as Damian Wayne / Robin.

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Directed by Sam Liu (Justice League vs. Teen Titans) from a screenplay by Ernie Altbacker, the film adapts the classic comic from fan favorite combo Marv Wolfman and George Perez

Sam Register will executive producer the film, with James Tucker as supervising producer and Alan Burnett as co-producer. A spring release date is being targeted for the feature which joins an extensive animated DCU that also includes Justice League: War, Son of Batman, Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, Batman vs. Robin, Batman: Bad Blood, Justice League vs. Teen Titans, and the upcoming Justice League Dark.

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This Week’s Entertainment Weekly Cover: Your First Look At Stranger Things 2

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It was the series to watch. It was the topic to tweet. And it was the Halloween costume to wear. Netflix’s Stranger Things dominated the globe in 2016. “It’s really permeated the culture,” says David Harbour, who plays tortured town sheriff Hopper. “People love the characters so much, and they have such an emotional response.” A hodgepodge homage of ’80s classics like The Goonies, E.T., and It, Things, created by twin brothers Ross and Matt Duffer, won over fans with its tale of a small Indiana town rocked by the opening of an interdimensional portal and the arrival of a mysterious super-powered girl named Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown).

Things garnered critical acclaim — including a SAG Award for Best Ensemble in a Drama Series — generated massive internet conversation (dispatched supporting character Barb landed her own hashtag, #JusticeForBarb), and launched its young, unknown cast into worldwide stardom. Says Brown, “I went to Manila last year; there were people camping outside the hotel, crying, and literally hyperventilating. I was like, ‘Why do you like me so much? I’m just boring old Millie.’ ” Quips Gaten Matarazzo, who plays Dustin, “I always joke around with the Duffers, ‘Why couldn’t you make the first season just okay?’ It’s like how they never expected Barb to be a hit — they never expected the show to be as successful.”

Now the Things cast and crew need to live up to all the hype when they return in October. “That is the new challenge of season 2: quieting the cultural noise that surrounds our show,” admits executive producer Shawn Levy (Arrival). Still, the Duffers are confident that they’ve crafted a worthy successor to the first season. “It’s a balance of the comfort you’re familiar with but then trying to take it in new directions,” says Ross Duffer. “That’s what we’re trying to strike with season 2.” They’re also working hard to keep the majority of these Stranger developments under wraps. Despite having security tighter than Hawkins National Laboratory, this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly has your exclusive first look at the top secret Stranger Things 2.

To read more on Stranger Things 2, pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly on stands Friday.

Reprinted from Entertainment Weekly

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Own A Tiny Replica of Jerry Seinfeld’s Apartment

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Now you too can be master of Jerry Seinfeld’s domain.

Warner Bros. Consumer Products has teamed with Artuitive LLC to create a tiny replica of the New York apartment made famous on Seinfeld. Measuring just 16.5 inches wide by 11.5 inches deep by 6.5 inches high, this recreation of Jerry’s digs includes everything an eagle-eyed Seinfeld fan could want, from the bicycle hanging in the hallway to that clunky old Mac computer in the corner.

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The limited-edition miniature set, which can be purchased at seinfeldsetreplica.com,  goes for $399 — and the price goes up to $499 for any orders placed after March 1.

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