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Back To The Future Almanac: 1985-2015 Official Collector’s Guide

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Back to the Future Almanac 1985-2015 is the official Back to the Future collector’s guide, which includes merchandise supporting the trilogy, BTTF: The Ride, the Animated Series, the comics and beyond.

Back to the Future Almanac 1985-2015 represents a 30 year devotion to archiving materials from the BTTF franchise, through the promotional materials and products created to support the BTTF films to the fantastic comics, theme park attractions and games that followed. The BTTF Almanac invites fans to time travel through decades of memorabilia, artwork, time machines and toys created for the greatest film trilogy of all time.

Working closely with Co-creator and Producer Bob Gale, authors Rob Klein and Jennifer Smith have assembled the ultimate BTTF collectors guide. Fans of the BTTF films from all over the world will no doubt revel in BTTF artifacts that they have, they once had, wished they had or never even knew about in this impressive 250 page full-color tribute to the BTTF franchise.

The front cover of the Back to the Future Almanac is an homage to the prop Grays Sports Almanac cover, as seen in Back to the Future Part II. There are over 600 full-color photos of BTTF history, including images never before published from the trilogy are included in this exciting book.

You can order the guide HERE for $59.95.

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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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J.K. Rowling To Release 3 New Harry Potter Books

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J.K. Rowling has written three collections of short stories that take readers deeper into the “dark side” of the Harry Potter wizarding world, publishers confirmed Wednesday.

Rowling reveals surprises and intricate details about several characters’ lives in the three new ebooks, which are available next month, Pottermore CEO Susan Jurevics said in a statement to TIME. The collections are presented by Pottermore, the interactive website Rowling created for Harry Potter fanatics, and cost about $3 each and will be released Sept. 6.

“Pottermore Presents is intended to supplement the Harry Potter book series with short-form content that is entertaining and thematically curated by the Pottermore editorial team,” Jurevics said.

Each book is about 10,000 words long and is being sold on Pottermore and other online book retailers.

Power, Politics And Pesky Poltergeists gives readers a glimpse into the “ruthless roots” of Professor Dolores Umbridge and the relationship between Professor Horace Slughorn and Voldemort when the Dark Lord was a young student at Hogwarts. The book also provides the history behind the Azkaban prison.

Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies profiles Minerva McGonagall and Remus Lupin, while Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide focuses on secrets behind the walls of the wizarding school.

The stories, which are available Wednesday for preorder, come after Rowling said the eighth installment in the beloved book series, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, will be the last story about Potter in the saga.

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Behold Pennywise The Clown’s Eerie Costume From Stephen King’s It

Imagine this staring at you from inside the concrete chamber of a storm drain.

We’ve already gotten a close-up of Pennywise the Clown from the new film version of Stephen King’s It (out Sept. 8, 2017), but here we step back for a fuller view of the creature that likes to take the form of a leering, sinister clown.

Bill Skarsgård is playing the ageless, supernatural beast who feeds on the fears of children, and it’s clear director Andy Muschietti (Mama) is steering away from the modern, baggy-suited, rainbow-hued clown for something a bit more… archaic.

For that, the filmmaker relied on Emmy-winning costume designer Janie Bryant (Deadwood, Mad Men) who crafted a form-fitting suit that draws upon a number of bygone times – among them Medieval, Renaissance, Elizabethan, and Victorian eras.

There’s a classic Harlequin quality to the elegant red lines, drawing up his cheeks like fangs to bisect his eyes. In this new image, we can more clearly see the fissures in the caked-on makeup atop his domed brow, resembling the sutures in the plates of a skull.

We even get a hint of his yellow, buck-toothed smile – or might those  be something sharper?

His neck is frilled by a thick, puffy collar, like a ruff from the late 16th century, and here’s where we zoom in and venture into geek-out territory for costume enthusiasts. Every part of the costume is meant to suggest something both ancient and disturbed.

Read more from Entertainment Wekly HERE.

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Storytime – A Little Art Book By Joey Spiotto

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In 2014, Joey Spiotto had his first solo art exhibit at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles, CA. The concept was simple, he took some of his favorite Movies, Music, TV Shows, and Video Games and turned them into covers of children’s books. The show was a huge success and the response to the work was overwhelming. “Storytime” reached the front page of Reddit, was featured on sites such as Buzzfeed, Nerdist, Slashfilm, io9, FunnyOrDie, and was even covered by Reading Rainbow. It has been pinned, reblogged, tumblr’d, tweeted, and liked hundreds of thousands of times over.

In 2015 Spiotto followed up the successful first show with “Storytime 2”. Once again, the response was overwhelmingly positive. The artist has continued the art series beyond the gallery, debuting new prints at various conventions across the United States. One of the things Joey continually heard from fans at conventions is that they wished that a book collecting the entire series was available.

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Wait no longer and behold Joey’s KickStarter project to create Storytime – A Little Art Book!

This project is to fund a full-color 136 page book collecting every print from the “Storytime” series that was first started in 2013. Joey needs our help to make this happen. Each page will feature full color artwork, and bring all of the artwork from this series together for the first time in one collection.

Check out the different pledge and reward opportunites HERE.

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Short Story Cookie Jar Included In Paperback Edition of Stephen King’s Bazaar of Bad Dreams Due On October 18, 2016

On October 18, 2016 the paperback edition of Stephen King’s collection, The Bazaar of Bad Dreams will be released. That edition will contain the additional short story Cookie Jar which initially appeared in the Spring issue of VQR magazine.

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Codex Silenda – The Book of Puzzles

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Industrial designer Brady Whitney has created the Codex Silenda, a gorgeous, handcrafted, laser-cut five-page puzzle book, each page with a different puzzle that the reader must unlock before progressing onto the next page.

Codex Silenda is a five page book that features five intricate puzzles. Each page features a unique puzzle that requires the user/reader to unlock the corresponding bolts in order to progress to the next page. As the puzzler moves through the book, a story begins to unfold, depicting the story of an apprentice in Da Vinci’s Workshop who encounters the same Codex. However in the story the Codex acts as a trap set by Da Vinci to capture any would be spies/snoopy apprentices in order to protect his work. The only way to escape is to solve each of the puzzles before the master returns from his trip.

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Whitney is currently raising funds through Kickstarter, although all of the tiers are currently sold out but a waiting list available online.

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Michael Chabon’s New Novel, Moonglow To Arrive On November 22, 2016

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Following on the heels of his New York Times bestselling novel Telegraph Avenue, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon delivers another literary masterpiece: a novel of truth and lies, family legends, and existential adventure—and the forces that work to destroy us

In 1989, fresh from the publication of his first novel, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, Michael Chabon traveled to his mother’s home in Oakland, California to visit his terminally ill grandfather. Tongue loosened by powerful painkillers, memory stirred by the imminence of death, Chabon’s grandfather shared recollections and told stories the younger man had never heard before, uncovering bits and pieces of a history long buried and forgotten. That dreamlike week of revelations forms the basis for the novel Moonglow, the latest feat of legerdemain in the ongoing magic act that is the art of Michael Chabon.

Moonglow unfolds as the deathbed confession, made to his grandson, of a man the narrator refers to only as “my grandfather.” It is a tale of madness, of war and adventure, of sex and desire and ordinary love, of existential doubt and model rocketry, of the shining aspirations and demonic underpinnings of American technological accomplishment at mid-century and, above all, of the destructive impact—and the creative power—of the keeping of secrets and the telling of lies. A gripping, poignant, tragicomic, scrupulously researched and wholly imaginary transcript of a life that spanned the dark heart of the twentieth century, Moonglow is also a tour de force of speculative history in which Chabon attempts to reconstruct the mysterious origins and fate of Chabon Scientific, Co., an authentic mail-order novelty company whose ads for scale models of human skeletons, combustion engines and space rockets were once a fixture in the back pages of Esquire, Popular Mechanics, and Boy’s Life. Along the way Chabon devises and reveals, in bits and pieces whose hallucinatory intensity is matched only by their comic vigor and the radiant moonglow of his prose, a secret history of his own imagination.

From the Jewish slums of prewar South Philadelphia to the invasion of Germany, from a Florida retirement village to the penal utopia of New York’s Wallkill Prison, from the heyday of the space program to the twilight of “the American Century,” Moonglow collapses an era into a single life and a lifetime into a single week. A lie that tells the truth, a work of fictional non-fiction, an autobiography wrapped in a novel disguised as a memoir, Moonglow is Chabon at his most daring, his most moving, his most Chabonesque.

Moonglow will be available on November 22, 2016.

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The Walt Disney Film Archives: The Animated Movies 1921-1968

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With unlimited access to the Disney archives and extensive research, the book’s authors have gathered some 1,500 images, including concept art, story sketches, backgrounds, and animation drawings as well as many behind-the-scenes photos to trace the origins and evolution of such favorites as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Fantasia, Dumbo, 101 Dalmatians, and The Jungle Book. Transcripts from Walt’s story development meetings, published here for the first time, reveal his imaginative genius in action and immerse the reader at the very heart of Disney’s remarkable creative hub.

This fascinating archival material covers not only the early Disney classics, but also the experimental short films of the Silly Symphonies and the lesser-known war and propaganda films of the 1940s. Widely neglected musical features such as Make Mine Music and Melody Time are also given extensive coverage. Along the way, we encounter the work of all major Disney illustrators and stylists of the era, including such greats as Ub Iwerks, Albert Hurter, Ferdinand Horvath, Gustaf Tenggren, Kay Nielsen, Carl Barks, Mary Blair, Sylvia Holland, Bianca Marjorie, Tyrus Wong, Ken Anderson, Eyvind Earle, and Walt Peregoy. Special archival finds also bear witness to Disney’s collaboration with leading visual artists of the age, Salvador Dalí and Thomas Hart Benton.

The Walt Disney Film Archives: The Animated Movies 1921-1968 will be available from Taschen on November 15, 2016 and retail for $200.

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