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If you recall, in a Tweet posted a few weeks ago (see below) a contest was teased to get a signed poster by a member of the DRAGONBALL Z: RESURRECTION F cast.  Now, that moment has finally arrived!  Starting today, until the film’s release on August 4th (that’s next Tuesday),  DRAGONBALL Z fans will have the chance to win a poster signed by Vegeta himself, Mr. Chris Sabat!
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The miniature model of the “Blockade Runner” from STARS WARS: A NEW HOPE

A long time ago in a galaxy, far, far away… It all started with a ship.  While most may likely recall the ship simply as Princess Leia, C3PO, and R2D2’s getaway ship in the opening scene of A NEW HOPE, to avid STAR WARS fans, it is known as the “Blockade Runner.”  Built under the direction of late Oscar-winning chief model maker, Grant McCune, it was made available by leading Hollywood Memorabilia dealer, Profiles In History, to be viewed by  Comic Con attendees this year!  Some of you might ask, “Ok…So, why was this event so unique?” Well, aside being a historic piece of movie history, it’s appearance at Comic Con marked the first time it had been seen or displayed publicly for nearly 40 years!  (more…)

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As mentioned before, one of the major highlights of Preview Night for me was checking out Uncle Milton’s THE FORCE TRAINER II.  Following in the footsteps of its widely popular 2009 predecessor, the new product again utilized brain waves to move objects; however, this time it allowed one to move holographic images!  Though the product won’t be available until this fall, I was fortunate enough to test my “Force” abilities  firsthand at the Uncle Milton booth on the Exhibit Hall floor.  Check it out below… (more…)

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Preview Night. While it’s unofficially considered the 1st Con day to some, to others, it’s essentially a “bonus day” that provides attendees an early opportunity to check out the Exhibit Hall as well as the pilots of some the Fall Season’s most anticipated TV shows. For instance, in the past, pilot screenings have included the likes of Arrow, The Following, The 100, The Flash, iZombie, and many others. This year was no different, as the Exhibit Hall was once again the draw, along with a few TV pilot screenings (i.e. Supergirl, Blindspot, etc.) (more…)

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It’s Christmas Eve in Los Angeles and Sin-dee Rella (Kiki Kitana Rodriguez) is coming home. Fresh off a month-long jail sentence for drug possession; her freedom is bittersweet as Alexandra (Mya Taylor), Sin-Dee’s best friend is the only one to greet her. But what of her boyfriend Chester (James Ransone)? While gossiping, Alexandra accidentally reveals that Chester has cheated on the incarcerated Sin-Dee with a ‘Fish’, vulgar slang for a cisgendered woman. For the transgendered Sin-Dee, Chester is more than a boyfriend, but also her pimp. Now, the hunt is on for the homewrecker that’s destroying Sin-Dee and Chester’s loving relationship. 
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From a young age, Amy (Amy Schumer) and Kim (Brie Larson) have told by their father Gordon (Colin Quinn) that monogamy is unrealistic. After a hilarious euphemism for Amy and Kim’s parent’s divorce, we fast forward 20 years to a hard drinking, promiscuous, writer for a sleazy mens magazine.  Happy to shun commitment, especially with in the form of her sisters happy marriage to Tom (Mike Burbiglia); Amy is secretly in a rut. Her primary boyfriend Steven (current WWE U.S. Champion John Cena) seems nice, but their relationship is unfulfilling. Work isn’t that much better. Working for S’Nuff magazine has its perks but writing articles ranking the ugliest celebrity babies is beneath her. Amy’s boss Dianna (Tilda Swinton) has a proposition. If Amy, who knows nothing about sports can write a fluff piece on a top surgeon to elite athletes, she’ll get promoted to executive editor. 

Unexpectedly, Amy falls for the likable Dr. Connors (Bill Hader), in a way that’s more significant than her usual one night stand. Could this be what adults call love? Was her cantankerous father wrong so many years ago?  (more…)

Movie Review – Ant Man

July 16, 2015

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The latest entrant into the billion dollar juggernaut, Marvel Cinematic Universe is…Ant-Man? To the unfamiliar, the idea of a superhero that can harness the powers of an ant, maybe a tough sell. Even if it’s apart of the MCU that will eventually lead to the Civil War and Infinity War saga; there are many questions surrounding the 2 inch hero. After the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron, more questions arise. By the end of Ant-Man, all questions will be answered and a glimpse into the future of the MCU will be revealed in the second post credit scene. (more…)

Movie Review – Minions

July 11, 2015

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Since the beginning of time, there have been Minions (all voiced by Pierre Coffin). Evolving from single-celled organisms, floating throughout the oceans; Minions have latched on to the biggest and baddest at the top of the food chain. From the T-Rex to Napoleon, the Minions are constantly on the hunt for their Boss. Fast forwarding to more modern times, the Minions, now in the 1960s are on the run from a previous employer. Hiding in a cave from murderous Yetti is safer than the alternative, but the Minions need a boss. Lacking a Boss, caused a deep depression among the group; until Kevin hatches a plan to find their natural Boss. Stuart and Bob reluctantly volunteer to join the expedition, which leads them to sunny Orlando, Florida and Villain-Con ’68. Headlining the convention is Scarlet Overkill (Sandra Bullock), one of the world’s premier super villain, who is on the hunt for henchmen. In order to pass the test and join her gang, one must steal the Crown Jewels of England.

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If the trend in articles lately haven’t provided any kind of clue, today marks the first day (technically…Thursday, is sometimes designated as the official 1st day) of San Diego Comic Con!  For the uninitiated, the pop culture event takes place at the San Diego Convention Center for five days in July.  Promising loads of content for its attendees (i.e. comic books, videogames, movies, television shows, etc.), the event attracts over 140,000 people from around the world each July. (more…)

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Starting tomorrow, the hottest original, extraordinary new series will be drawing crowds at San Diego Comic Con.  What series do I speak of?  Why, Nobility, of course!  (more…)

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In advance of Cartoon Network’s ultimate fan experience at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, the Network announced today that Cartoon Network Studios’ original series; Adventure Time, Regular Show, Steven Universe, Uncle Grandpa and Clarence, will return for additional seasons. Coming on the heels of worldwide ratings and critical acclaim are orders for Season 8 of the Peabody Award-winning Adventure Time, Season 8 of the Emmy®-winning Regular Show, Season 3 of the Emmy®-winning Uncle Grandpa, Season 3 of Steven Universe and Season 2 of Clarence. Regular Show, Uncle Grandpa, Steven Universe and Clarence all originated from the prolific artist-driven Shorts Program at Cartoon Network Studios. (more…)

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On Thursday, the cast of new scripted series “Other Space” on Yahoo will be participating in an autograph signing at San Diego Comic-Con.  Produced by Paul Feig, the comedy series follows Captain Stewart Lipinski (Karan Soni) and his astronaut crew when they’re transported into a different universe with space clouds, robot rebellions, and the occasional alien attack!  Below you can find the details… (more…)

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Announced today, Universal Cable Productions will be working to create new programming adapted from Dark Horse comic book properties.  Check out the press release below… (more…)

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Today Rocket League makes its way to the PS4 & PC.  Check out the press release released by Psyonix, the game’s developer/publisher, below…. (more…)

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Telltale Games is preparing to head out to San Diego Comic Con… and together with the folks over at Skybound, they’ve arranged a very special event for fans of their episodic Walking Dead series: The Walking Dead Live Performance (more…)

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NeocoreGames has announced that it has sold more than 1 million copies of The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing action-RPG series to date. Because of this milestone, it  has been provided with a great opportunity to give back to its loyal community… (more…)

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Today Entertainment One has announced a third season for the Syfy series, Bitten.  In the press release (featured below), there is not only info regarding the length of upcoming season, but also info about the full 3-disc Season 2 DVD Set.  Last, but not least, also included is info about the show’s presence at Comic Con (set to commence in a few days).  Check it out…  (more…)

 

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Ben Barnes as Ryan Brenner in JACKIE & RYAN © Gusmano Cesaretti

In addition to having an opportunity to speak to writer/director, Ami Canaan Mann, about her film, JACKIE & RYAN, I also spoke with one of the film’s stars, Ben Barnes.  As an actor who, in fact, has a bit of a musical background, I was interested in knowing from Ben how those skills came into play in making this film.  Therefore aside from touching on what attracted him to the project, in our interview together, he also commented on the training he underwent to bring his character, Ryan Brenner, to life.  Check it out below…

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In love, there is a saying, “That opposites attract.”  In the film, JACKIE & RYAN, out this weekend, that saying is put to the test.  Written and directed by Ami Canaan Mann, the film introduces us to two strangers from different walks of life: Ryan Brenner (Ben Barnes), a traveling musician, and Jackie Laurel (Katherine Heigl), a former singer at a crossroads in her marriage.  After an incident propels them together, each must discover if their individual challenges-despite their disparate paths-lead to one another.  Recently, I spoke briefly with the writer/director, Ami Canaan Mann, to discuss what inspired the story as well as what future plans she has for the film.  Check out the interview below… (more…)

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It’s been three years since we saw the Kings of Tampa in action, and a lot has changed. “Magic” Mike Lane (Channing Tatum) is struggling to make ends meet with his small construction company, but when ‘Pony’ by Ginuwine comes on the radio; the impromptu routine in Mike’s workshop proves that there’s still some magic left. After being lured by Tarzan (former wrestler Kevin Nash) to join the rest of the Kings on their trip to the annual stripper convention in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The road trip begins. But what of the boys? Can they still wow the masses after a three-year hiatus. Can they do it without Dallas (Matthew McConaughey from the first film) and The Kid (Alex Prettyfer from the first film)? 

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Evie (KATE MULVANY) and Dan (DAMON HERRIMAN) in THE LITTLE DEATH. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures

Sex. It is a enjoyable activity that all of us mammals engage in not only for fun, but also to reproduce.  However, as with anything that is enjoyable, it can potentially become stale and/or boring if one has too much of it.  It is from this “staleness,” (many would agree) that we now have what we know as fetishes.  (more…)

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To cap off my coverage of this year’s Awesome Con, I thought I’d come full circle by speaking with the Con’s other co-founder, Mr. Steve Anderson. Perhaps known to many as the founder and CEO of Third Eye Comics, Mr. Anderson has been apart of the Con’s conception from the beginning.  Always enthusiastic and energetic, Steve and I touched on quite a few topics in our interview together. (more…)

Spooky Movie 2015 To those movie fans that reside in the metropolitan area (DC, MD, & VA) of the nation’s capitol, its no secret that the city plays host to a few unique, niche film festivals, each year.  For me, one of the most enjoyable of these festivals is undoubtedly the Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival.  Founded by director C.W. Prather, the festival, as the name suggests, caters to movie fans of the horror variety. (more…)

Movie Review – Ted 2

June 25, 2015

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Where we last left Ted (Voiced by Seth MacFarlane), he and Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth) were going to live happily every after. Now married, the couple wants have a baby. There’s an obvious problem as Ted doesn’t have means to procreate. Remember, he’s a teddy bear. So, without being able to naturally have kids, the couple could adopt, or use a surrogate. But, when Ted’s legal status as a person is challenged; Ted, best friend John (Mark Wahlberg) and newly retained lawyer Samantha (Amanda Seyfried) will go to court and argue the civil rights case of the century. 

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As it has been mentioned before, many of the Special Guests at Awesome Con this year have a following that crosses over many forms of media-thanks largely to their many talents.  One such guest who fell into that category was Billy Martin.  Though many likely know him as the guitarist for the band Good Charlotte; Martin, in addition, is also an accomplished illustrator.  (more…)

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Next week, movie audiences will be reintroduced to the iconic TERMINATOR franchise with its newest installment called TERMINATOR: GENISYS.  Acting as both a sequel and quasi-reboot to the franchise, the new film will revisit the events of the first film with new actors taking on the iconic roles of both Sarah Connor and Kyle Reese, respectively.  While some may be excited by this new prospect, no one can overlook the impact that the original actors had in those roles.  Thankfully, at this year’s Awesome Con, I was afforded the opportunity to speak with the original Kyle Reese himself, Michael Biehn.   (more…)

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These days the horror genre has been inundated with the found footage element, and while I have come to enjoy this device with some horror films, I’m sure many would agree that the style has been overused quite a bit.  Therefore it was refreshing to come across the more traditional horror film, PERNICIOUS.  Directed and co-written by James Cullen Bressack, the film follows three young girls, holidaying in Thailand, who unleash the spirit of a murdered child with only one thing on her mind-revenge. (more…)

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Though some audiences these days may know George Newbern from his portrayal as the operative, Charlie, on ABC‘s Scandal; in geek circles, he is also known for his voice work on television, movies, and videogames.  More specifically, he has provided notable voice work as Kent/Superman on television (Justice League, Justice League Unlimited), in film (the DC UNIVERSE ANIMATED ORIGINAL MOVIES), and in gaming (Injustice: Gods Among Us); therefore at Awesome Con I took the opportunity to chat with him about what approach he has used in bringing “The Man of Steel’s” voice to life.  In addition, he also shared some info on what its like to be a cast member of Scandal.  (more…)

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Ben taking a pic with the promotional poster for Awesome Con on the DC subway

These days when thinking about the major Cons of the calendar year, probably a handful of events come to mind: C2E2, San Diego Comic Con, Dragon Con, and New York Comic Con.  However, thanks to its ever expanding scope year by year, one convention has quickly joined the conversation among these major annual geek events, and that’s Awesome Con!  Since its inception back in 2013, the DC event has since grown from a minor room (in the DC Convention Center) in its first year, to multiple spaces (in the same facility) in its sophomore year.  Now, in its third year, the Con had more than double its space usage and nearly quadrupled its attendee attendance (it was poised to accommodate about 40,000 attendees). (more…)

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Few can deny the impact that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have had on pop culture.  The four brothers, over the past 30+years, have weaved their way into nearly every facet of media, whether on the small screen, the big screen, or in music (here is looking at you Mr. Vanilla Ice).  With that said, in my time at Awesome Con, I caught up with the characters’ co-creator, Mr. Kevin Eastman, who was on hand at the show.  (more…)

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