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Watch The Opening Act Trailer

RLJE Films has debuted the first trailer for the star-studded indie comedy The Opening Act led by Jimmy O. Yang (Fantasy Island) and Cedric the Entertainer (First Reformed) that shows in the stand-up comedy game, you have to start at the bottom to reach the top.

Written and directed by Steve Byrne (Sullivan & Son), the film focuses on Will Chu, who has it all – the job, the girl – but what’s missing is his true passion in life, to become a stand-up comedian. When he gets the opportunity he’s been waiting for, the emcee slot on the road opening for his hero Billy G., the realities of life on the stage come crashing in. Between relentless hecklers, drunk comedy groupies and hard-to-impress morning radio DJs, things get off to a rough start. Even if he can take the opportunity to learn from his idols and overcome the challenges, Will still needs to decide if he should continue with the life he has, or pursue the one he has always dreamt of – the life of a comedian.

Alongside Yang and Cedric, the cast for the film includes Alex Moffat (F is for Family), Neal Brennan (Capone), Debby Ryan (Insatiable), Ken Jeong (Crazy Rich Asians), Bill Burr (The King of Staten Island), Jermaine Fowler (Sorry to Bother You), Whitney Cummings (The Female Brain), Russell Peters (Supercon), Tom Segura (Countdown), Iliza Shlesinger (Spenser Confidential) and Roy Wood Jr. (Space Force).

The Opening Act, which is also produced by Vince Vaughn (Freaky) and Peter Billingsley (Spider-Man: Far From Home), is set to hit select theaters, digital platforms and VOD on October 16.

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Watch The WandaVision Trailer

Marvel Studios’ captivating new series WandaVision, which premieres in late 2020 on Disney+, just unveiled its first trailer on ABC’s broadcast of the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards. 

Starring Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany, “WandaVision” marks the first series from Marvel Studios streaming exclusively on Disney+. The series is a blend of classic television and the Marvel Cinematic Universe in which Wanda Maximoff and Vision—two super-powered beings living idealized suburban lives—begin to suspect that everything is not as it seems. 

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Business As Unusual: Collector’s Set of Calling Cards – Cult Classics Edition

A set of cold calling cards for 30 badass characters from our favorite cult movies, from Coppola classics to Tarantino blood baths.

The set contains cards for hard-nosed and hapless heroes, vindictive villains and down-right psychopaths including Vito Corleone (The Godfather), Travis Bickle (Taxi Driver), Winston Wolfe (Pulp Fiction), Daniel Plainview (There Will be Blood), Andrew Dufresne (The Shawshank Redemption), Renton (Trainspotting), Marge Gunderson (Fargo), Jackie Brown (Jackie Brown), Walter Sobchak (The Big Lobowski), Amélie (Amélie),  and The Care Agency (Parasite).

The 30 calling cards are presented in a bespoke presentation box in Mandarin with a foil blocked lid and an Ebony lining. 

Films featured include: The Godfather, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Taxi Driver, Marathon Man, The Deer Hunter, Basic Instinct, Glengarry Glen Ross , Léon: The Professional, The Shawshank Redemption, Pulp Fiction, Seven, Trainspotting, Fargo, Boogie Nights, Jackie Brown, The Big Lebowski, Fight Club, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Memento, Amélie, Mulholland Drive, Kill Bill, The Devil Wears Prada, No Country for Old Men, There Will Be Blood, Shutter Island, Drive, The Wolf of Wall Street, Whiplash, Parasite.

Order HERE for £50.00.

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Where Does He Get Those Wonderful Toys? LEGO Announces Show-Stopping DC Batman 1989 Batwing

For Batman Day 2020, LEGO has officially announced the 1989 Batwing (76161). The set has 2,363 pieces and will retail for $199.99.

It may not soar to Gotham City, but the LEGO Group’s latest release with Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC, the LEGO DC Batman 1989 Batwing, is sure to transport fans to their most memorable DC Super Hero moments this Batman Day. Fans of Batman and avid builders are in for some serious fun as they embark on their journey to construct the ultimate Super Hero vehicle in the LEGO DC Batman collection.

The new LEGO 1989 Batwing draws upon the design seen in Tim Burton’s iconic 1989 Batman film, using the smooth lines and features from the original model to bring an impressive gothic elegance to any LEGO collection. DC and LEGO fans alike can indulge in their passion for the Caped Crusader as they explore all the delightful features of this new set, including a full interior, removable canopy and posable aerodynamic flaps. To add to the excitement, the construction kit is also dotted with Easter eggs to surprise builders, such as a screen featuring The Joker’s gas balloons and a ‘Bat Engine’ label on the vehicle’s engine – helping to truly transport builders back to 1989 and into the Batman universe.

Recreate the authentic detail and gothic elegance of BATMAN’s iconic aircraft, the Batwing, with this LEGO brick build-and-display model.

The impressive reproduction features a new special brick that will allow you to mount and display your model on your wall. There’s also a stand, nameplate and 3 minifigures – Batman, The Joker and a Lawrence the Boombox Goon – to create an impressive setting for your model.

Once completed, the set is measures over 4” (11cm) high, 20” (52cm) long and 22” (58cm) wide. The LEGO DC Batman 1989 set will be a wonderful addition to a Batman lover’s LEGO collection, joining the previously released LEGO DC Batman 1989 Batmobile to make a dark and dramatic display in any home.

LEGO 1989 Batwing will be available for LEGO VIP members on October 21st and for remaining LEGO fans on November 1st, directly via LEGO.com and LEGO Stores.

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Stephen King’s Maine

Stephen King is synonymous with the Pine Tree State. The best-selling author, 73, has lived in the land of lobsters and lighthouses nearly his entire life, using the chilly surroundings as inspiration to build a literary universe. Several small towns in central Maine serve as the real-life backdrops for such famously inhospitable fictional settings as Castle Rock and Derry, which feature in his most famous novels—from It to Pet Sematary—and their onscreen adaptations. So come, take a tour of Uncle Stevie’s famous New England haunts—if you dare.

1. Banngor

King moved with his family to Bangor in 1979—and, giving it the fictional name Derry, he’s used the setting for many of his tales, including It (1986) and the 1994 novel Insomnia. The two locales share many landmarks, such as the giant Paul Bunyan statue possessed by the supernatural clown Pennywise. King still owns a home (pictured) in Bangor—and in 2019 he began converting the neighboring house into a writers’ retreat.

2. Durham

The author spent much of his childhood here, fueling his obsession with small-town America. Durham is located in the same geographical area as Castle Rock, the fictional backdrop of the Hulu show of the same name, as well as the books The Dead Zone, Cujo, Needful Things, and The Body, later adapted into the movie Stand by Me—which, ironically, was filmed mostly in Oregon.

3. Thomaston

In the Stephen King universe, the Shawshank State Prison is Maine’s largest penitentiary, seen in all its brutal glory in the short story Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption. The real-life building (pictured) was demolished in 2002, but fans can visit the nearby Maine State Prison Showroom, which sells souvenirs produced by inmates—including Shawshank-themed hoodies.

4. Orrington

Before moving to Bangor, the King family lived next to this town’s pet cemetery—King was inspired to write the terrifying 1983 book Pet Sematary after the death of his daughter’s cat Smucky. “That night, after we buried [Smucky], we heard [my daughter] out in the garage…shouting, ‘God can’t have my cat, that cat is my cat!’” King told EW in 2019. “And I put all that in the book. Everything in the book, up to the point of the supernatural stuff, is true.”

5. Orono

Orono is home to the picturesque University of Maine, where King studied English in the late ’60s and served as writer in residence in 1978. (He also wrote a weekly column for the school newspaper and even met his future wife, Tabitha, in the library.) In Sematary, doctor Louis Creed (played by Jason Clarke in the 2019 film) is appointed director of the university’s campus health service, but moves his doomed family from Chicago to a house near Ludlow, a tiny town 100 miles north.

Reprinted from Entertainment Weekly

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The Hosts of The Kingcast Name Their Top 10 Favorite Stephen King Films

On each episode of The Kingcast podcast, pop culture writers Scott Wampler and Eric Vespe discuss a different adaptation of Stephen King’s work with help from a guest.

“Scott said, ‘We should have it be not just about the books but about the adaptations,'” explains Vespe. “We hoped that we could get a lot of these people that we’ve met and become friendly with over the years to join up and luckily some of them have.”

Since the podcast premiered this spring, the pair’s guests have included actors Kumail Nanjiani, Thomas Jane, and Elijah Wood; directors Karyn Kusama, Mike Flanagan, and Scott Derrickson; and writer Seth Grahame-Smith, among others.

“The key is, we’re allowing the guest to decide what adaptation they want to talk about,” says Wampler. “It’s revealed all these personal connections that people have with the material. Elijah Wood came on and did Misery, and he hadn’t actually read Misery, but he’d seen the movie. He was able to talk about his experience with fandom through the prism of Misery. That was a fascinating thing to hear. We have a guest [this week] who is a person who had a very personal connection with ‘Salem’s Lot. They grew up in a small town where it turned out their cub scout leader was a serial killer. I was like, ‘Well, f— yeah, we want to hear about that!'”

A new episode of Kingcast is released on Wednesday. Wampler and Vespe lead us through their own ten favorite Stephen King adaptations, HERE.

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Funko NYCC 2020 Fezzik (Super-Sized) Pop!

Today, Funko revealed another Pop! that will be available online for New York Comic Con. 

This very well might be one of my favorite Funko figures within the past few years. Meet the Super Sized Fezzik (Andre The Giant) complete with his trusty boulder ready to battle Wesley, the Man in Black from the wonderful 1987 film, The Princess Bride.

No word on pricing or ordering info yet but I imagine it will be similar to how Funko handled San Diego Comic Con orders via their website.

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The Nightmare Before Christmas: Advent Calendar & Pop-Up Book

Bored with the same old scare-and-scream routine, Pumpkin King Jack Skellington longs to spread the joy of Christmas. But his merry mission puts Santa in jeopardy and creates a nightmare for good little boys and girls everywhere.

With Disney’s The Nightmare Before Christmas: Advent Calendar and Pop-Up Book), fans of Tim Burton’s iconic film can countdown to Christmas with this pop-up advent calendar. Inside, readers will find a perfectly ghastly pop-up tree. Hidden in compartments beneath it are twenty-five removable and displayable ornaments—from skeletal reindeer to a man-eating wreath—to hang on the tree. 

Also inside is a 28-page softcover guidebook containing fascinating facts about Halloween Town and its residents. 

The book is available for pre-order now on Amazon, and will be available wherever books are sold on September 29th! 

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Watch The Trial of The Chicago 7 Trailer

Netflix has released the teaser trailer for Oscar-winning filmmaker Aaron Sorkin’s upcoming timely drama film The Trial of the Chicago 7, offering us our first preview of the star-studded cast including Eddie Redmayne, Sacha Baron Cohen and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as their characters fight for their rights. The film is scheduled to be released in select theaters this September, and will be available for streaming on Friday, October 16, exclusively on Netflix.

Based on a true story, The Trial of the Chicago 7  follows protesters who disrupted the 1968 Democrat party convention with an anti-Vietnam war “carnival” that turned nasty. Demonstrators threw bricks, police responded with tear gas and the center of Chicago was engulfed in flames. Curfews only escalated the violence.

After the clashes, independent investigators blamed eight police officers and eight protesters including Abbie Hoffman, who had already disrupted the New York Stock Exchange with showers of fake money. The police were not charged but the protesters were accused of inciting a riot. One was jailed for contempt, leaving the seven to fight the charges.

Sorkin’s second directorial effort will feature Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne (Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindewald) as Tom Hayden, Oscar-nominee Sacha Baron Cohen (Who is America?) as Abbie Hoffman, Jeremy Strong (Succession) as as Jerry Rubin, Golden Globe-nominee Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Snowden) as Richard Schultz, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Watchmen) as Bobby Seale, Alex Sharp (The Hustle) as Rennie Davis and Kelvin Harrison Jr. (Luce, Waves) as Fred Hamptom. It will also star Michael Keaton, William Hurt, Thomas Middleditch, John Carroll Lynch, Daniel Flaherty, Noah Robbins, Mark Rylance, J.C. MacKenzie and Max Adler, who also serves as an executive producer.

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Woodworker Carves An Intricate ‘Terminator’ Pipe To Give To Arnold Schwarzenegger For His Birthday

Arnold Schwarzenegger received a pipe in the shape of his Terminator character from a woodworking fan on Reddit.

Schwarzenegger tweeted screenshots of the Reddit exchange on Twitter, writing, “It is a fantastic gift.”

In the exchange, the fan, known as RadonLab on Instagram, shared a photo of the pipe, writing, “I Carved this pipe specially for Arnold’s birthday.”

Schwarzenegger commented on the photo, writing, “Wow. This is fantastic. It is beautiful. Would you sell this to me?”

When RadonLab and the Terminator star exchanged comments, the actor wrote back, “If you insist on giving it to me, I insist on sending you back a signed photo of me using it (Now that it’s 2020 I just sign things on my machine and send in email if that works for you).”

“You can send me a message and I’ll give you the details,” Schwarzenegger added.

In a follow-up post, the fan shared a photo of Schwarzenegger sitting at home and smoking from the pipe with the words, “To Radon, Thank you for the great pipe. Arnold Schwarzenegger.”

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