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Die Hard Board Game Slated For Spring 2019 Release

USAopoly, a leading board game and puzzle publisher, and FOX Consumer Products announced plans to release Die Hard: The Nakatomi Heist Board Game this spring. This is the first time the suspenseful action classic, which made its theatrical debut in 1988, has been officially licensed for a board game.

“Die Hard’s influence over the action-thriller genre is staggering, so we were beyond excited for the opportunity to harness the movie’s expert blend of action, intelligence and drama into a unique tabletop experience,” said Pat Marino, Lead Game Designer, USAopoly. “We are developing a game that will deeply resonate with Die Hard enthusiasts, incorporating even the slightest details to create a rich and entertaining experience that properly pays tribute to arguably the greatest action movie of all time.”

Die Hard: The Nakatomi Heist Board Game will leverage one-versus-many, asymmetric gameplay to pit protagonist John McClane against others acting as thieves, cooperating to foil the hero’s plan, which is to save the hostages in the iconic Nakatomi Plaza high-rise. Movie buffs and hobby game enthusiasts will appreciate the forthcoming release’s distinct homage to the 1988 film, which packs rules and gameplay to the air vents with callbacks to Die Hard’s most memorable scenes, characters, and events. 

Federico San Martin, Vice President of Global Toys and Hardlines, 20th Century Fox Consumer Products added: “The Die Hard board game from USAopoly provides an engaging touch point for fans seeking a nostalgic trip back to Nakatomi Tower and, three decades after the film’s release, allows a new generation of fans to play a unique game experience showcasing this incredible property.”

The OP, the award-winning publisher behind hit party games Telestrations® and Blank Slate™, as well as popular hobby games Thanos Rising: Avengers Infinity War and Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle, has worked with FOX Consumer Products for 13 years. The company has created compelling board game experiences for a variety of their licenses, including Bob’s Burgers, The Simpsons, Family Guy, Futurama and Planet of the Apes. 

Die Hard: The Nakatomi Heist Board Game will be available Spring 2019 in select retailers, encouraging friends to come out to the table, get together, have a few laughs. Debates over whether the title will be considered a Christmas game or an action game to play year-round are expected to surface among fans waiting to relive the pop-culture hit on the table top. 

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Check Out These Images of Tom Hanks As Mister Rogers

In honor of Fred Rogers’ birthday today, Sony Pictures has released new A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood photos featuring Oscar winner Tom Hanks starring as the beloved Mister Rogers.

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood tells the story of the real-life friendship that blossomed between the beloved Fred Rogers and cynical journalist Tom Junod (Matthew Rhys, The Americans). The film will see the cynical journalist begrudgingly accepting an assignment to write a profile piece on the beloved icon and finds his perspective on life transformed, carrying the potential for a heart-warming story that could rival 2013’s drama Saving Mr. Banks, also starring Hanks.

The screenplay was written by Micah Fitzerman-Blue & Noah Harpster (Transparent, Beautiful Ruins) and is directed by Marielle Heller (Can You Ever Forgive Me?). The movie also stars Chris Cooper (The Town) as Junod’s father. Marc Turtletaub and Peter Saraf of Big Beach will produce alongside Youree Henley (The Beguiled, 20th Century Woman).

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood will open in theaters nationwide on November 22.

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Keanu Reeves & Alex Winters Announce Bill & Ted 3 For August 2020

Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves gathered outside the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, CA to send a special video to fans of Bill & Ted about the long in-development Bill & Ted 3.

After they introduced themselves as “Wyld Stallyns,” the two tag-teamed a message where they say thank you to the fans, because it looks like the long-awaited third installment, Bill & Ted Face the Music, will actually go into production this summer.

“It is all because of you guys, so we owe you a huge debt of gratitude,” said Winter, who ended the message with their rallying cry, “Be excellent to each other.”

Here’s the official synopsis:

Following 1989’s “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” and 1991’s “Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey,” the stakes are higher than ever for William “Bill” S. Preston Esq. (Winter) and Theodore “Ted” Logan (Reeves).  Yet to fulfill their rock and roll destiny, the now middle-aged best friends set out on a new adventure, when a visitor from the future warns them that only their song can save life as we know it and bring harmony to the universe.  Along the way, they will be helped by their families, old friends and a few music legends.

News of a third Bill & Ted film has been floating around for years. After Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, original creators Chris Matheson (Imagine That) and Ed Solomon (Men in Black, Now You See Me) have penned the script, with Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest, Fun with Dick and Jane) confirmed to direct. Scott Kroopf (Limitless) will produce together with Alex Lebovici and Steve Ponce of Hammerstone Studios, with Steven Soderbergh serving as an executive producer alongside Scott Fischer, John Ryan Jr., and John Santilli.

Orion Pictures has set an August 21, 2020 release date for the film.

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Disney’s Acquisition of 21st Century Fox Is Finalized

At 12:02 a.m. Eastern Time today, March 20, 2019, The Walt Disney Company’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox will become effective. With 21st Century Fox’s iconic collection of businesses and franchises, Disney will be able to provide more appealing high-quality content and entertainment options to meet growing consumer demand; increase its international footprint; and expand its direct-to-consumer offerings, which include ESPN+ for sports fans, the highly-anticipated Disney+ streaming video-on-demand service launching in late 2019; and Disney and 21st Century Fox’s combined ownership stake in Hulu.

“This is an extraordinary and historic moment for us—one that will create significant long-term value for our company and our shareholders,” said Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company. “Combining Disney’s and 21st Century Fox’s wealth of creative content and proven talent creates the preeminent global entertainment company, well positioned to lead in an incredibly dynamic and transformative era.”

The acquisition includes 21st Century Fox’s renowned film production businesses, including Twentieth Century Fox, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Fox 2000 Pictures, Fox Family and Fox Animation; Fox’s television creative units, Twentieth Century Fox Television, FX Productions and Fox21; FX Networks; National Geographic Partners; Fox Networks Group International; Star India; and Fox’s interests in Hulu, Tata Sky and Endemol Shine Group. Disney and 21st Century Fox entered into a consent decree with the U.S. Department of Justice last year under which Disney will divest 21st Century Fox’s Regional Sports Networks.

Earlier today, 21st Century Fox completed the spin-off of a portfolio of 21st Century Fox’s news, sports and broadcast businesses, including the FOX News Channel, FOX Business Network, FOX Broadcasting Company, FOX Sports, FOX Television Stations Group, and sports cable networks FS1, FS2, Fox Deportes and Big Ten Network, and certain other assets and liabilities, into Fox Corporation.

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Watch The Once Upon A Time In Hollywood Trailer

Sony Pictures has released the first trailer for director Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming ninth cinematic epic, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

The film is lead by A-List stars Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio along with a massive ensemble cast that includes Margot Robbie (I, Tonya), Timothy Olyphant (Santa Clarita Diet), Michael Madsen (Sin City), Tim Roth (Selma), Damian Lewis (Billions), Luke Perry (The Fifth Element), Emile Hirsch (Speed Racer), Dakota Fanning (The Alienist), Clifton Collins (Pacific Rim), Keith Jefferson (The Hateful Eight), Nicholas Hammond (The Sound of Music), James Marsden (Westworld), Julia Butters (Transparent), Scoot McNairy (Halt and Catch Fire), Damon Herriman (Mindhunter), Austin Butler (Switch at Birth), Lena Dunham (Girls), Maya Hawke (Stranger Things), Mike Moh (Street Fighter), Rafal Zawierucha, Rumer Willis, Dream Walker (The Good Wife), Costa Ronin (The Americans), Margaret Qualley (The Leftovers), Victoria Pedretti (The Haunting of Hill House), and Zoe Bell (Kill Bill).

Veteran actor Burt Reynolds (Smokey and the Bandit) was originally supposed to play the role of George Spahn. However last September, Reynolds passed away  before he could film his part for the movie. His longtime friend and fellow veteran actor Bruce Dern (The Hateful Eight) signed on to take over his role.

Set in Los Angeles in the summer of 1969, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood focuses on a male TV actor named Rick Dalton (DiCaprio) who’s had one hit western series and is looking for a way to get into the film business. His sidekick Cliff Booth (Pitt) — who’s also his stunt double — is looking for the same thing. The horrific murder of Sharon Tate (Rick’s neighbor in the film, portrayed by Robbie) and four of her friends by Charles Manson’s cult of followers serves as a backdrop to the main story. The movie is said to be similar to a “Pulp Fiction-like tapestry” that covers a group of characters during that summer.

Sony Pictures will release the film on August 9.

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Bottleneck Gallery & ISH Announce Robocop Print Release

Bottleneck Gallery has been working on an exciting project for months, and today, alongside with Justin Ishmael of ISH, they’re ecstatic to announce our officially licensed screen print of Mike Bryan’s original painting for the sci-fi classic, RoboCop!

Paul Verhoeven’s RoboCop is a late 80s genre gem which depicts a future, dystopian Detroit and tells the story of everybody’s favorite part human, part robot, all cop hero: RoboCop! The movie’s original poster, created by Mike Bryan, was based off of a painting that Bryan created using several advanced and nuanced techniques at the time to truly get the piece to be photorealistic.

Bottleneck spent months working closely with Justin Ishmael and our printers to create the highest quality screen prints based off of Mike Bryan’s original RoboCop painting, and the results are outstanding! 

The RoboCop print, alongside a limited variant and limited art prints, will be available as a timed-edition release from today at 12PM ET through Wednesday (3/20) @ 12PM ET HERE.

RoboCop Timed Edition by Mike Bryan
Metallic screen print
24 x 36 inches
Hand-numbered timed edition
Edition size will be determined by the number of prints sold
through Wednesday, March 20th @ 12PM ET
$50
Estimated to ship in 4 – 6 weeks

RoboCop Foil Variant by Mike Bryan
Metallic screen print on foil paper
24 x 36 inches
Hand-numbered edition of 150
$75
Estimated to ship in 4 – 6 weeks

RoboCop Art Print by Mike Bryan
Metallic screen print
24 x 36 inches
Hand-numbered edition of 150
$75
Estimated to ship in 4 – 6 weeks

RoboCop Art Print Foil Variant by Mike Bryan
Metallic screen print on foil paper
24 x 36 inches
Hand-numbered edition of 75
$85
Estimated to ship in 4 – 6 weeks

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Watch The Full Toy Story 4 Trailer

Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar have released the full trailer for Toy Story 4!

Woody (voice of Tom Hanks) has always been confident about his place in the world, and that his priority is taking care of his kid, whether that’s Andy or Bonnie. So when Bonnie’s beloved new craft-project-turned-toy, Forky (voice of Tony Hale), declares himself as “trash” and not a toy, Woody takes it upon himself to show Forky why he should embrace being a toy. But when Bonnie takes the whole gang on her family’s road trip excursion, Woody ends up on an unexpected detour that includes a reunion with his long-lost friend Bo Peep (voice of Annie Potts). After years of being on her own, Bo’s adventurous spirit and life on the road belie her delicate porcelain exterior. As Woody and Bo realize they’re worlds apart when it comes to life as a toy, they soon come to find that’s the least of their worries.

Keanu Reeves, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele join newcomer Tony Hale in the voice cast alongside returning cast members Tim Allen, Tom Hanks, Annie Potts, Patricia Arquette and Joan Cusack.

Toy Story 4 will be released on June 21.

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Disney Rehires James Gunn To Direct Guardians of The Galaxy 3

Disney has rehired James Gunn to write and direct Guardians of the Galaxy 3.

Gunn was hired by Warner Bros. in October to write and possibly direct a sequel to “Suicide Squad.” Gunn will finish the Suicide Squad sequel before Marvel Studios begins production on Guardians of the Galaxy 3. The movie is scheduled to hit theaters on August 6, 2021.

Disney fired Gunn in July from directing the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s third Guardians movie after offensive tweets resurfaced from years ago in which Gunn made jokes about child abuse.

Gunn took to social media to post a heartfelt thank you message:

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Watch The New Avengers: Endgame Trailer 

The new Avengers: Endgame trailer is here!

This year’s Avengers: Infinity War saw the titular superhero team take the fight to Thanos in order to stop his quest of exterminating half of the universe’s population with the Infinity stones, but it was to no avail, as he was able to successfully collect them all and snap his fingers, wiping out half of everyone from existence in a cloud of ash, including Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), King T’Challa/Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), Groot (Vin Diesel), Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Sam Wilson/Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Mantis (Pom Klementief), Drax (Dave Bautista), Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), and Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), as well as Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), Hope van Dyne/Wasp (Evangeline Lily), Janet van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), though Fury was able to send a signal to Captain Marvel (Brie Larson).

Confirmed cast members for the untitled fourth Avengers film so far include Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Mackie, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olson, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Sebastian Stan, Don Cheadle, Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Pom Klementieff, Benedict Cumberbatch, Benedict Wong, Sean Gunn, Tom Holland, Paul Rudd, Jon Favreau, Brie Larson, Karen Gillan, Gwyneth Paltrow, Evangeline Lilly, Katherine Langford and Josh Brolin.

Avengers: Endgame will open on April 26.

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Destin Daniel Cretton to Direct Marvel Studios’ Shang-Chi

Marvel Studios is bringing Destin Daniel Cretton (Just Mercy) on board to direct Shang-Chi, Marvel’s first superhero movie franchise starring an Asian protagonist.

Dave Callaham (Wonder Woman 1984, Zombieland 2, Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse 2) wrote the script. Marvel’s goal with the new project is to introduce a hero who blends Asian and Asian American themes, crafted by Asian and Asian American filmmakers.

Shang-Chi, also known as The Master of Kung Fu, was first introduced in the pages of Special Marvel Edition #15 back in 1973 after they’d failed to obtain the rights to the then-popular TV series Kung Fu, which starred David Carradine. A master of fighting, he eventually gains the ability to create an infinite amount of replicas of himself. After Special Marvel Edition changed its name to The Hands of Shang-Chi: Master of Kung Fu, the character went on to appear in issues of Marvel Team-Up and Marvel Two-in-One. He’s also been a member of The Avengers and Heroes for Hire, the latter alongside fellow kung fu masters Daughters of the Dragon.

As the MCU moves into Phase 4 and beyond, the studio has started to branch out, working with more filmmakers who come from diverse backgrounds. Included in this roster are Captain Marvel co-directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, Ryan Coogler, who helmed Black Panther as well as its upcoming sequel, and Taika Waititi, who directed the acclaimed Thor: Ragnarok. Also in the pipeline is The Eternals, which is being helmed by The Rider’s Chloé Zhao and Australian filmmaker Cate Shortland, who will direct Scarlett Johansson’s long-awaited stand-alone film following Black Widow.

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