Universal Monsters Action Figures Star in New Animated Short Film
from Rob, October 24th, 2014 11:19 am, Toys

Every year, the spirit of Halloween takes over the world for 31 glorious days, and Diamond Select Toys unleashes a new batch of Monsters! Based on Universal Studios’ iconic horror films of the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s, DST’s 7-inch scale Universal Monsters action figures have become an annual tradition, and now they’re starring in their first-ever stop-motion animated short film!

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Starring some of the toy line’s most famous characters, “Trick or Treat” was animated by Alex Kropinak, the animator behind Marvel.com’s “What The…?!” Using a combination of stop-motion photography and computer graphics, Kropinak brought to life the actual action figures, sculpted by Gabriel Marquez, Rudy Garcia and Jean St. Jean. The film’s cast includes the Mummy, the Wolfman, Dr. Jekyll, Mr. Hyde, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, Frankenstein’s Monster, the Bride of Frankenstein, Dracula and the Metaluna Mutant.

Kropinak even included a cameo appearance by Diamond Select’s first-ever  original concept action figure, Van Helsing. Designed by DST President Chuck Terceira and sculptor Jean St. Jean, the famous monster hunter received his own 7-inch scale figure this year, which was released at the same time as the newest Universal Monsters assortment. The film was co-written by Kropinak and DST Marketing Supervisor Zach Oat, who previously collaborated on ToyFare magazine’s Twisted ToyFare Theatre.

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The newest series of Universal Monsters (and Van Helsing) are available, or available to order, from your local comic shop. Find your nearest comic shop at http//bit.ly/findcomicshop!

Today (10/24) only: get 30% off of previous years’ Universal Monsters figures at DiamondSelectToys.com:
http://www.diamondselecttoys.com/universal-monsters–action-figures

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INHUMANS: ATTILAN RISING #1 – Summer 2015
from Rob, October 23rd, 2014 4:56 pm, Comic Book News

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On Sale This Week: New toys from Clerks, Marvel, Godzilla and PvZ!
from Rob, October 22nd, 2014 5:28 pm, Toys

It’s another big week for comic shops, as Diamond Select Toys has delivered another super-exciting batch of new products! Their Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare action figures continue to roll out to stores, along with their Clerks 20th Anniversary Minimates set, an all-new Best of Marvel Minimates series, and the highly anticipated Mechagodzilla Vinyl Bust Bank! Read on for more details, and reserve yours at your local comic shop!

Clerks Minimates 20th Anniversary B&W Box Set

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A Diamond Select Toys Release! These Minimates aren’t even supposed to be here today! It’s the 20th anniversary of Clerks, the legendary first movie by the godfather of geeks, Kevin Smith, and DST is celebrating with a box set of four Minimates! Dante, Randal, Jay and Silent Bob are each lovingly rendered in black-and-white, standing approximately 2 inches tall with a variety of interchangeable parts and accessories. Packaged on a blister card. Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #MAY142230, SRP: $19.99)
http://diamondselecttoys.com/clerks-minimates-20th-anniversary-box-set

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Best of Marvel Minimates Series 3 Asst.
A Diamond Select Release! The best Marvel Minimates DST has ever made are back for a third series! Four more two-packs of Marvel’s most famous heroes get the ultimate Minimate treatment, including Marvel Now Captain America with Spider-Sense Spider-Man, Transforming Grey Hulk with Mark 29 Armor Iron Man, Classic Hawkeye with Lab Attack Ant-Man and Luke Cage Power Man with Dragon Attack Iron Fist! Each Minimates mini-figure stands 2 inches tall with 14 points of articulation and features a variety of interchangeable parts and accessories. Designed and Sculpted by Art Asylum!  (Item #MAY142222, SRP: $9.99/ea.)
http://www.diamondselecttoys.com/best-of-marvel-minimates-series-3-asst

Godzilla Classic Mechagodzilla Vinyl Bust Bank

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A Diamond Select Release! Godzilla’s greatest foe is launching his attack! A cybernetic copy of Godzilla with superior firepower, this vinyl bust bank of Mechagodzilla is based on how the robotic kaiju appeared in 1974′s Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla. Standing 8 inches tall, the bank features a coin slot in his back, as well as an access door in the base. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios!  (Item #MAY142233, SRP: $22.99)
http://www.diamondselecttoys.com/godzilla-mechagodzilla-vinyl-bust-bank

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare Action Figure Asst.
A Diamond Select Toys Release! Can’t get enough of the acclaimed third-person shooter Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare? Stage your own battles using the brand-new assortment of action figures from Diamond Select Toys! Each two-pack includes a  5″ scale Zombie and an opponent Plant figure, each with multiple points of articulation. Free Garden Warfare bonus content download code in every package!

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Scientist Zombie & Gatling Pea 2-Pack (Item #MAR141940, SRP: $19.99)
http://www.diamondselecttoys.com/plants-vs-zombies-garden-warfare-scientist-zombie-vs-gatling-pea-shooter

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Foot Soldier Zombie (with bonus Commando head) & Camo Cactus 2-Pack (Item #MAR141941,  SRP: $19.99)
http://www.diamondselecttoys.com/plants-vs-zombies-garden-warfare-soldier-zombie-vs-camo-cactus-action-figure

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Engineer Zombie & Chomper 2-Pack (Item #MAR141942, SRP: $19.99)
http://www.diamondselecttoys.com/plants-vs-zombies-garden-warfare-engineer-zombie-vs-chomper

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All-Star Zombie & Shadow Flower 2-Pack (Item #MAR141943, SRP: $19.99)
http://www.diamondselecttoys.com/plants-vs-zombies-garden-warfare-all-star-zombie-vs-shadow-flower

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OLD MAN LOGAN #1 – Summer 2015
from Rob, October 22nd, 2014 5:26 pm, Comic Book News

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INFINITY GAUNTLET #1 – Summer 2015
from Rob, October 22nd, 2014 5:25 pm, Comic Book News

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Video game reviews: Super Smash Bros. For 3DS
from julian, October 22nd, 2014 12:47 pm, Entertainment, Game Reviews, Gaming

Finally, after 6 long years, A new Smash Bros game is here (for the Nintendo 3DS of course). Does this game live up to the hype? Well let’s see as I review Super Smash Bros. for 3DS.

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With 49 characters to choose from, this game has the largest roster to date. With newcomers such as Megaman, Pac-Man, Roslina, Dark Pit, Duckhunt, Bowser JR. And more along with returning characters featuring Mario, fox, Pikachu, Samus and Link and more, this gives you a variety of characters to choose from with many fighting styles they possess.

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First, I would like to talk about the graphics and presentation. Although it is highly recommended to play this on the 3DS XL, I have it for the normal 3DS and the only difference is that you can see what is going on more better when you play and everything else is slightly bigger than the normal 3DS. The graphics are actually great and it looks better in 3D. Super Smash Bros. Brawl had the realistic approach but this game’s approach is colorful and a bit cartoonish but that is not a bad thing at all as I think this game looks better than Brawl. The game also runs at 60 FPS (frames per second) and the speed of this game is much faster than Brawl but not as fast as Melee.

The gameplay on the handheld feels as if you are playing on a normal console but everyone’s perspective will be different or the same as mines depending on how they play. The commands are responsive but however, the functions for the circle control pad can take work but try to not overuse it or else it will break. A few gameplay changes from Brawl include removing the “random tripping” mechanic. Many players were turned away when that was included in Brawl so good thing that was taken out. The grabbing of ledges has been changed to prevent edge hogging. What this means is for example, If player 1 Is hanging on the edge for their life before they are knocked off, player 2 would try to hang on the edge but the player cannot because player 1 is already there and would stay there. This has been fixed so when this happens, the players would be bounced off in favor for the other player. The swimming feature from Brawl is also removed and the neutral attacks that previously ended in an indefinite number of weak hits will now always transition into a finishing move. I always had a problem with players spamming neutral attacks like that since Super Smash Bros. Melee so I was glad that was fixed.

One thing I almost forgot to mention is that larger characters such as Bowser, King Dededee, Donkey Kong and more actually look their size compared to past games.

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There are 34 stages in the game in their normal form and their final destination form. A few of the stages feature a boss character that you would have to defeat or a character that can assist you. My only problem with the stages is that they brought back too much stages from both Melee and Brawl. Two stages to be brought back would have been find but 9 is way too much.

Now there are a lot of modes in this game to keep you busy for a long time. Those are, Classic Mode, a mode Smash Bros. Veterans know but it changed a bit. Now you can choose your path on which opponent you would like to face and there is a slot reel for rewards for you to choose before a match begins. Other modes include All Star Mode, Multi-Man Smash, Target Blast, Trophy Rust and the Home Run Contest. All of these modes you can win trophies, coins and custom parts in which I will get to. The most disappointing mode of the entire game is the Smash Run. You spend 5 minutes on this mode with 3 other players or CPU collecting power ups on the map by defeating enemies and when the time runs out, the final battle begins in either a match or an event to race to the finish. How would you like to collect power ups for strength and defense to then realize that the finial event (if it is an race to the finish), one player is very faster than everyone else and that is unfair. If the final battle is a match, you will not know if it is a team match or a different rule until it happens.

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The customization is new to the series. You can create up to 8 characters using the Mii and their styles you can choose from are gunner, brawler and sword fighter. They all can be customized by appearance and move set and stats. All of the normal characters can be customized too by changing their stats and their special moves. This is great and you can create many possibilities with this. Unlocking the moves and stay power ups take time but it is totally worth it.

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My final take on this game is that it is great for everyone to play. Although the smash run is an upset, it is still good for casual playing other than just VS. Matches. The soundtrack to this game was great too and this game fixed a lot of the issues that was in Brawl. The Wii-U version comes out later this year but this is totally worth spending your money on and at least everyone gets their own screen.

Gameplay – 4.5/5

Music- 5/5

Replay value- 5/5

Presentation and graphics- 4.5/5

Final score – 9.5/10

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Nick Damici Stars in LATE PHASES – Opening November 21st
from Bill, October 21st, 2014 9:38 pm, Entertainment, Movies

 

Presents

LATE PHASES

Directed by Adrian Garcia Bogliano

Starring Nick Damici & Ethan Embry

**OPENING NOVEMBER 21ST**

“A masterpiece of the werewolf genre.” - Patrick Cooper, Bloody-Disgusting

“A howlin’ good time.” - Matt Donato, We Got This Covered

 

 

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Directed by: Adrian Garcia Bogliano

Screenwriter: Eric Stolze

Cast: Nick Damici, Ethan Embry, Lance Guest, Erin Cummings, Rutanya Alda, Tina Louise, Caitlin O’Heaney, Karen Lynn Gorney, Dana Ashbrook, Tom Noonan

 

Synopsis:

Crescent Bay is not the ideal place to spend one’s golden years, especially since the once-idyllic retirement community has been beset by a series of deadly animal attacks from the ominous forest surrounding it. When grizzled war veteran Ambrose McKinley (Nick Damici) is forced into moving there by his yuppie son Will (Ethan Embry), the residents immediately take offense to Ambrose’s abrasive personality.  But that take-no-prisoners attitude may be just what Ambrose needs to survive as it becomes clear that the attacks are being caused by creatures that are neither animal nor man, and that the tight-knit community of Crescent Bay is hiding something truly sinister in its midst…

Following the release of his Here Comes The Devil, as well as his scene-stealing segment “B is For Bigfoot” in the horror anthology The ABCs of Death, Adriån Garcîa Bogliano cements his status as one of the top horror filmmakers coming out of Spain with LATE PHASES.  In a bookend of sorts to his performance in the cult hit Stake Land, Nick Damici commands the screen here, coming on the heels of last year’s Sundance vigilante thriller Cold In July and the critically acclaimed cannibal drama, We Are What We Are.

TRT: 95 minutes
Country: USA
Language: English

Genre: Thriller

 

LATE PHASES WILL BE RELEASED THEATRICALLY @ THE IFC CENTER IN NEW YORK STARTING NOVEMBER 21ST WITH SELECT THEATERS TO FOLLOW

WINNER OF STARZ ORIGINAL FILMMAKING EXPERIMENT ‘THE CHAIR’ TO BE ANNOUNCED DURING NOVEMBER 8TH SEASON FINALE
from Bill, October 21st, 2014 9:30 pm, Entertainment

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Feature Films from the First-Time Directors Documented on the Series

Will Air on STARZ and also be Available on STARZ PLAY & STARZ ON DEMAND Beginning October 25th

Beverly Hills, Calif., October 21, 2014 –Starz announced today that the audience will find out which filmmaker is the winner of the STARZ Original Filmmaking Experiment “The Chair” during the first season finale airing Saturday, November 8 at 10 pm ET/PT on STARZ.

The feature films created by the two first-time directors documented on the network’s first unscripted series – “Hollidaysburg,” directed by Anna Martemucci, and “Not Cool,” directed by Shane Dawson – will be available for viewing exclusively for STARZ subscribers on STARZ PLAY and STARZ ON DEMAND beginning on Saturday, October 25.

Additionally, “Hollidaysburg” will air on STARZ on Monday, October 27 at 10 pm ET/PT and “Not Cool” will air on STARZ on Tuesday, October 28 at 10 pm ET/PT.

Beginning Saturday, October 25, viewers will have the opportunity to vote to determine which of the two directors will be awarded a $250,000 prize, with the winner being announced during the final episode of “The Chair.”

A link containing directions on how to register to vote can be found on STARZ.com beginning Saturday, October 25. Voting will be available from October 25until November 2.

Created by Chris Moore, Executive Producer of Emmy®-nominated “Project Greenlight” and Co-Producer of Oscar®-winning Good Will Hunting, “The Chair” is a 10-part documentary series that follows two first-time directors – who are given the same original screenplay – through the process of bringing their debut feature films to the big screen.

Directors Shane Dawson and Anna Martemucci were provided with an identical screenplay and challenged to craft their own film. The series documents the creation, marketing and theatrical release of the two films. Both directors were given the same budget and the productions used locations in the same city – Pittsburgh, Penn. Through multi platform voting, viewers will ultimately determine which director will be awarded $250,000.

Actor Zachary Quinto (Star Trek,“American Horror Story,” “Heroes”) and his producing partners Corey Moosa and Neal Dodson are featured in “The Chair” as they join Chris Moore and the script’s original producer, Josh Shader, to serve as mentors to Dawson and Martemucci in their quest to develop the winning adaptation.

“The Chair” is a Starz Original Series executive produced by Chris Moore and Anthony B. Sacco in association with The Steel Town Entertainment Project, Point Park University, WQED – Steeltown Incubator, Before the Door Pictures; Tunnel Post, The Brothers Henry, and Shaderville.  The project is also supported by Animal, Inc., Allegheny County, Pennsylvania and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

“The Chair” airs on Saturday nights at 10 pm ET/PT.  

For more information, go to the official The Chair website at www.starz.com/originals/thechair and Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/followthechair and follow @FollowTheChair on Twitter. Join the conversation with #TheChairTV.

 

About Starz

Starz (NASDAQ: STRZA, STRZB) is a leading integrated global media and entertainment company with operating units that provide premium subscription video programming on domestic U.S. pay television channels (Starz Networks), global content distribution (Starz Distribution) and animated television and movie production (Starz Animation), www.starz.com.

 

Starz Networks is a leading provider of premium subscription video programming through the flagship STARZ® and ENCORE® pay TV networks which showcase premium original programming and movies to U.S. multichannel video distributors, including cable operators, satellite television providers, and telecommunications companies.  As of June 30, 2014, STARZ and ENCORE serve a combined 55.9 million subscribers, including 22.0 million at STARZ, and 33.9 million at ENCORE, making them the largest pair of premium flagship channels in the U.S.  STARZ® and ENCORE®, along with Starz Networks’ third network MOVIEPLEX®, air more than 1,000 movies monthly across 17 linear networks, complemented by On Demand and authenticated online offerings through STARZ PLAY, ENCORE PLAY, and MOVIEPLEX PLAY. Starz Distribution develops, produces and acquires entertainment content, distributing it to consumers globally on DVD, digital formats and traditional television.  Starz Distribution’s home video, digital media and worldwide distribution business units distribute original programming content produced by Starz, as well as entertainment content for itself and third parties.  Starz Animation produces animated TV and movie content for studios, networks, distributors and audiences worldwide.

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New From NECA : Predators, Rocky, Misfits, and Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Freddy
from Bill, October 21st, 2014 9:25 pm, Toys

Closer Look: A Nightmare on Elm Street 30th Anniversary Ultimate Freddy Figure!

One, two, Freddy’s coming for you… This Halloween, turn on all the lights, stock up on Red Bull and Vivarin, and be sure to pick up our Ultimate Freddy tribute figure honoring 30 years of dream-stalking terror! Until then, check out this advance look at the Nightmare on Elm Street 30th Anniversary Ultimate Freddy figure

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Shipping: Predators, Rocky, Misfits, and Texas Chainsaw Massacre Action Figures!

Coming soon to a store near you! This week’s retailer shipments are packed with awesome firsts! Get ready for two action figure debuts from the Dark Horse series Predator: Bad Blood, a new NECA-original Predator, and three new retro-style clothed figures. Check out the details below, and be sure to visit the full photo galleries!

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‘Hacktivist’ Team Goes on a ‘Joyride’ with New Archaia Original Series
from Bill, October 21st, 2014 9:20 pm, comic book

‘Hacktivist’ Team Goes on a ‘Joyride’ with New Archaia Original Series

October 21,  2014 (Los Angeles, Calif.) – As first revealed in the AT&T U-Verse documentary “Comic Book Artists: Next Generation,” about the Toronto-based collective artists studio, the Royal Academy of Illustration and Design (also known as RAID Studios), award-winning publisher BOOM! Studios is pleased to announce Joyride,an upcoming original series from its Archaia imprint created by the Hacktivist team of artist Marcus To and writers Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing.

Based on an idea To had when he was in high school, the project was developed jointly by the trio after they enjoyed working with each other on Hacktivist, the Archaia series from earlier this year created by actress and activist Alyssa Milano. In Joyride,when the Earth of the future becomes a totalitarian nightmare, three free-thinking teenagers bust free and discover real freedom in the vast reaches of unexplored space.

“Marcus is an incredibly talented artist we’ve seen evolve by leaps and bounds on Hacktivist and on Cyborg 009 before that, so when he, Collin, and Jackson approached us for a new original series with teenagers rocketing through space, we couldn’t turn it down,” said BOOM! Studios President of Publishing and Marketing Filip Sablik. “Their chemistry was so great on Hacktivist; it’s nice to see the old band back together with Jackson and Collin writing and Marcus on art. It’s going to be a blast, and we can’t wait to take everyone along for the ride.”

Joyride is the culmination of everything I love about comics,” said To. “We’re excited to tell relevant stories that engage our young and boisterous fans.”

“This is the book we’ve been dying to write,” said Kelly and Lanzing. “Joyride is about friendship, anarchy, punk rock, and freedom—about following your heart, even when it leads you into the vast unknown. Working with Marcus on Hacktivist was incredible, but creating a new universe alongside him has given us a whole new appreciation for his talent. We’re insanely excited to be back at Archaia, telling new stories and exploring totally bonkers new worlds.”

Additional details, including a release date, will be revealed at a later time. Watch the video in which To, Kelly, and Lanzing speak about Joyride here: http://uverse.com/uverse/buzz.

ABOUT BOOM! STUDIOS

Founded by Ross Richie in 2005, Diamond Gem Award-winning “Best Publisher” BOOM! Studios (boom-studios.com) generates a constellation of best-selling Eisner and Harvey Award-winning original and licensed comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent. BOOM! Studios is comprised of four distinct imprints. The original Studios imprint is home to Mike Carey’s Suicide Risk; James Tynion IV’s The Woods; Mark Waid’s Irredeemable; Sons of Anarchy; and Big Trouble in Little China. Steven Grant’s graphic novel 2 Guns was released as a feature film from Universal Pictures, starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. BOOM!’s all-ages imprint KaBOOM! publishes Charles Schulz’ Peanuts; Jim Davis’ Garfield; Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time, Regular Show, The Amazing World of Gumball, and Steven Universe; Mike Kunkel’s Herobear and the Kid; and Natasha Allegri’s Bee and PuppyCat. BOOM!’s experimental imprint BOOM! Box publishes The Midas Flesh and Lumberjanes. In June 2013, BOOM! acquired Archaia Entertainment (archaia.com). Archaia is the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning graphic novel publisher of Mouse Guard, Cow Boy, Gunnerkrigg Court, Rust, and Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand. In October 2013, BOOM! Studios entered into a unique first-look relationship with 20th Century Fox, giving the studio access to its library of titles and giving the publisher access to Fox’s vast catalog of films. In August 2014, BOOM! Studios began a similar first-look relationship with 20th Century Fox TV to develop properties for the small screen.

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