Watch The Daddy’s Home 2 Trailer

The Daddy’s Home 2 trailer has arrived. Will Ferrell and his two-time co-star Mark Wahlberg (The Other Guys) reunite as Brad and Dusty in Daddy’s Home 2, and are joined by John Lithgow and Mel Gibson as their characters’ respective fathers.

Released toward the end of 2015, the original Daddy’s Home became one of Will Ferrell’s biggest global hits ever with over $242 million worldwide and $150 million domestic. It follows a mild-mannered radio executive, Brad (Ferrell), who strives to become the best stepdad to his wife’s two children, but complications ensue when their freewheeling and freeloading real father, Dusty (Wahlberg), arrives, forcing him to compete for the affection of the kids.

Sean Anders and John Morris have returned to pen Daddy’s Home 2 with Anders again directing. The film also starred Linda Cardellini, Thomas Haden Church, Hannibal Buress and John Cena.

Daddy’s Home 2 will hit theaters on November 10, 2017.

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Suntup Editions Announces The Covers Collection: IT

Show your love for Stephen King’s classic novel, IT, with this never-before-seen artwork.

Bob Giusti, the artist who created this iconic cover was asked by the publisher to make certain changes to the artwork he had originally turned in. The altered version is what was published on the cover of the 1st edition, and the general public never saw the original painting, until now!

Suntup Editions has uncovered the original design and is offering it to collectors for the very first time. Enhance your Stephen King collection with the power to showcase the original, previously unpublished version of the cover art, signed by the original cover artist.

The original version is the artist’s personal favorite, and has never before been released to the public. Exclusively available through Suntup Editions for your private collection, and limited to just 100 signed copies per size, worldwide.

– Museum Quality Giclée prints.
– Signed and authorized by the original cover artist.
– Limited to only 100 copies of each size worldwide, plus 10 Artist Proofs and 5 Publisher Proofs for private distribution.
– Shipped with a Certificate of Limitation and Authenticity from the publisher.
– Printed on 300 GSM, 100% cotton paper that is Acid-Free, Lignin-Free,
Chlorine-Free and with No Optical Brighteners.
– Prints are embossed with the publisher’s mark.

Release Date: July 1, 2017

Order HERE.

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The Good Citizens of Los Angeles To Pay Tribute To Adam West On June 15, 2017

Holy Bat-signal, Batman! In a fitting tribute to pop culture icon Adam West, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Police Department Chief Charlie Beck will join surprise Bat-guests for a ceremonial lighting of the Bat-signal at City Hall this Thursday evening, June 15.

The legendary star of the classic Batman TV series, which aired from 1966-68, passed away on Friday, June 9 at the age of 88. In rememberance of West’s unforgettable portrayal of the celebrated “Bright Knight,” Mayor Garcetti and Chief Beck will light the iconic Bat-signal, which will be projected onto the tower of Los Angeles City Hall at Spring Street. Attending Bat-fans are invited to don their Bat-suits and trusty utility belts in honor of West’s signature role as the true crimefighter.

Here are the details of the ceremony:

When: Thursday, June 15

Time: 9:00 PM PST

Location: Los Angeles City Hall, Spring Street Steps: 200 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

If fans are not able to join in the tribute Thursday night, the West family encourages Adam’s “old chums” to make a donation to the Adam West Memorial Fund for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Idaho-based charity for children diagnosed with cancer and their families, Camp Rainbow Gold.

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Watch The New DuckTales Opening Title Sequence

Based on the Emmy Award-winning series treasured by a generation of viewers, Disney XD’s animated comedy-adventure series DuckTales chronicles the high-flying adventures of Duckburg’s most famous trillionaire Scrooge McDuck, his mischief-making triplet grandnephews, Huey, Dewey and Louie, temperamental nephew Donald Duck and the trusted McDuck Manor team: big-hearted, fearless chauffer/pilot Launchpad McQuack, no-nonsense housekeeper Mrs. Beakley and Mrs. Beakley’s granddaughter, Webby Vanderquack, resident adventurer and the triplet’s newfound fierce friend.

DuckTales will premiere in a one-hour television movie to be presented for 24 consecutive hours, Saturday August 12th (beginning at midnight, EDT/PDT) on Disney XD. Then, the series will debut with two new episodes Saturday September 23rd (7:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m., 10:30 p.m., EDT/PDT).

Each will also be available on the Disney XD app and Disney XD VOD on these same dates.

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Billy Joel: America’s Piano Man Book To Be Released June 16, 2017

Despite his tremendous success, Billy Joel’s gifts as a composer and commentator on American life are long overdue for a thorough investigation. In Billy Joel: America’s Piano Man, music historian Joshua S. Duchan looks at the career and music of this remarkable singer-songwriter, exploring the unique ways Joel channels and transforms the cultural life of a changing America over four decades into bestselling song after song and album after album.

Billy Joel has not always enjoyed the acclaim of music critics, who have characterized his music as inauthentic and lacking a uniqueness of style. Duchan corrects this misunderstanding by exploring the depth and degree to which Joel’s songs engage with social, cultural, political, and economic issues. Organized by major themes and including original interviews with Joel himself, Duchan’s book delves into Joel’s endeavors as a musician, lyricist, and commentator on questions of geography and regionalism, politics, working- and middle-class culture, human relationships, and the history of music itself. Duchan draws on key songs from Joel’s career to explore each theme, from his folk-like lament for Long Island’s changing industry and lifestyle in “The Downeaster ‘Alexa’” to his emotional ode to Vietnam veterans in “Goodnight Saigon.”

Original interviews with Billy Joel blend with Duchan’s engaging analysis to provide readers of all backgrounds and ages a new look at these unforgettable songs. Music lovers and historians of both the academic and armchair variety will find this exploration of Joel’s work a rewarding adventure into America’s social, cultural, political, economic, and—above all—musical history.

Pre-order the 216 page hardcover book HERE, it will be released on June 16, 2017.

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Is Pitting Characters Against Each Other The New Black?

Last year has seen beloved characters from both of the major comic book universes get involved in fierce fights within their ranks. Captain America: Civil War pitted half of the Avengers against the other half, while DC made viewers choose sides in Batman v Superman – who will you be backing

Similar plot lines are set to be used in upcoming movies, too: as the “Thor: Ragnarok” trailer has shown us, Thor will be up against his Earth-based brother-in-arms, The Incredible Hulk, and there are many “versus” movies coming up later on. “Heroes vs. heroes” and “monsters vs. monsters” is not a new concept. The first one has been repeatedly used in comic books, yet it may prove to be unusual for many moviegoers outside the US, who are used to knowing clearly who the hero and the villain are on the silver screen. The “monster vs. monster” part is also well-known for Gojira fans – the Japanese radioactive lizard-creature-thing has fought monsters like Mothra, Ghidorah, Ebirah, Varan, Manda, Baragon, even its own mechanical replica repeatedly in the three “Gojira VS Mekagojira” films.

Moviegoers are used to having a clear distinction between a hero and a villain. Even if the villain is a bit shady at times – the methods of Batman, especially in his last appearance, are unusually brutal for a positive character – he IS the positive character in the movie. This clash between good and evil is the basis of most plots, and most of the times of the related materials spun off of it. It might be a bit of an unusual example but here it is: one of the main plot points the 7Sultans’ “The Dark Knight Rises” slot machine, inspired by Christopher Nolan’s take on the masked vigilante of Gotham City, was the duel between Batman and Bane, fought “mano a mano” in front of the game’s spinning reels. While the fight was not as dramatic as the silver screen version – after all, the game was meant to be fun (and possibly even profitable) for 7Sultans players of all ages and genres. And not everyone appreciates gratuitous brutality.

Pitting monsters against each other is not something new in Western filmmaking either. Back in the golden age of horror film, some of the most famous movie monsters would often fight each other on the silver screen. Think “Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man” (1943), “Dracula vs. Frankenstein” (1971), and more recently “Freddy vs. Jason” in 2003 and “Frankenstein vs. The Mummy” in 2015. The latter two were both miserable excuses for a monster movie, but they followed – or even revived – a trend of setting up perfect popcorn-munching monster brawls. Luckily for us, today’s “hero vs. hero” movies are a far deeper and more meaningful than anything ever to be released on the silver screen, so we won’t have to descend into the B-territory while seeing them.

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Watch Olaf’s Frozen Adventure Trailer 

Walt Disney Animation Studios has released the trailer for Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, an all-new featurette that will open in US theaters ahead of Disney Pixar’s Coco this November.

Featuring four new original songs, the 21-minute featurette welcomes the original cast and characters back to the big screen, including Olaf (Josh Gad), who is on a mission to harness the best holiday traditions for Anna (Kristen Bell), Elsa (Idina Menzel) and Kristoff (Jonathan Groff). Directed by Emmy-winning filmmakers Kevin Deters and Stevie Wermers-Skelton (Prep & Landing), produced by Oscar winner Roy Conli (Big Hero 6), with original songs by Elyssa Samsel and Kate Anderson (“Between the Lines”), Olaf’s Frozen Adventure will be in theaters for a limited time beginning Nov. 22.

The upcoming short will seemingly set up the forthcoming Frozen sequel, which is slated for November 2019 release. Walt Disney Animation Studios’ untitled feature-length follow-up to the hit film reunites filmmakers Jennifer Lee, Chris Buck and Peter Del Vecho with the Grammy- and Oscar-winning songwriting duo Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez.

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Stranger Things Soundtracks Get Cassette Release

The Stranger Things original soundtrack is getting a cassette release. Both volumes of the Season 1 soundtrack will be released on red cassette, with cases that looks like VHS tapes and cardboard sleeves with Stranger Things artwork.

In honor of the Netflix series’ one year anniversary, they’ll be available July 14th via Lakeshore, and you can only buy them at Urban Outfitters. The tapes feature the show’s memorable music score from Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein of S U R V I V E.

Earlier this year, the Stranger Things OST received a vinyl box set release, complete with character cards. The second season of Stranger Things is set to premiere on Halloween.

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ART On 5th Announces The Muppet Show Art Exhibition Opening On June 24, 2017

ART on 5th in Austin, Texas is thrilled to announce The Muppet Show – an exhibition of never-before-seen artwork by 10 officially licensed Disney Fine Artists. Visitors who have frequented the gallery will recognize the signature style of artists such as Rodel Gonzalez and Rob Kaz, whose artwork has been available at ART on 5th since our extraordinary Star Wars exhibition in 2015. These familiar artists are joined by fresh talent, Neysa Bove, who was a lead concept design artist on the film Moana.

These pieces will be available exclusively through ART on 5th until July 23rd before Disney Fine Art releases them to the rest of the world. Don’t miss this chance to be the first fan to collect a piece of Muppet history!

The exhibition runs through Sunday, July 23rd. Register and get more information HERE.

 

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Microsoft Announces Xbox One X

Sunday marked a milestone Xbox E3 Briefing as Microsoft Corp. unveiled the world’s most powerful console, Xbox One X (formerly code-named “Project Scorpio”) and its largest and most diverse games lineup in E3 history. Broadcast for the first time in 4K UHD on Mixer, Xbox showcased a record 42 games in its briefing including 22 with console exclusivity from creators large and small. Coming to all Xbox One markets starting Nov. 7, Xbox One X will retail for $499.

Xbox One X was designed to be the best console to create and play games on, putting the greatest graphic fidelity in the hands of the world’s best game creators to create true 4K games. Head of Xbox Phil Spencer underscored that every game will play great across the Xbox One family, and Xbox One X also makes your existing library even better, with better textures, smoother frame rates and faster load times.

Xbox One is the only console system designed to play the best games of the past, present and future. The Xbox One games and accessories you already own are compatible with Xbox One X, so if you’re an Xbox gamer, chances are you already have a library of games that will look and play better on Xbox One X.

Spencer announced that Xbox will expand the Xbox One backward-compatibility library of nearly 400 popular Xbox 360 games to include original Xbox classics, starting with fan favorite “Crimson Skies.” Xbox also revealed that “Gears of War 4,” “Forza Horizon 3,” “Minecraft,” “Resident Evil 7,” “Final Fantasy 15,” “Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands,” “Rocket League” and dozens of other popular Xbox One games will receive free updates to take full advantage of the power of Xbox One X. A host of these titles will be enhanced to run in true 4K, and many will be available at Xbox One X launch.

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