Thursday, August 25, 2016

So Many Planets, But It’s No Man’s Sky

by Spencer Camarda

It was probably safe to say that when you were little, you wanted to grow up to be an astronaut. I mean, what other job seems cooler than being an astronaut? You get to fly around in a spaceship, meet aliens, discover new planets, and become an ultimate adventurer. The allure of these offworld adventures tantalizes you until you realize that you’ll never become that astronaut. You won’t be flying around in an X-wing from Star Wars, you won’t be like Sandra Bullock or George Clooney in an international space station, and you’ll never get to find all of those amazing planets you dreamed of. That was the case... until Hello Games released its highly anticipated release, “No Man’s Sky.” Finally, your dreams as a young, aspiring space explorer have come to life as you jump from planet to planet, quenching your thirst for adventure at every new and unknown sight. I take a closer look into the game to see just what magic lies within all 18,446,744,073,709,551,616 of these planets.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Bandai S.H.Figuarts Captain America: Civil War Ant-Man Reviewed

by Darian S. Kovach

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Comedic gold. Send that home to your parents, compliments of the ol’ Darianster.
Today we’re taking a look at the brand spanking new S.H.Figuarts Ant-Man. This isn’t my first Figuarts figure. I’m pretty much a sucker for any super hero/Star Wars license they release. The figure is a 1:12 replication of Scott Lang in his second Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) uniform. As expected, it’s a great figure. How great is it?

Al Yankovic's Milo Murphy’s Law on Disney XD

Disney XD Milo Murphy's Law Cartoon Series with Al Yankovic
Legendary satirist and Grammy Award-winning recording artist Al Yankovic (professionally known as "Weird Al") voices the title role in "Milo Murphy's Law," a new animated adventure comedy series debuting MONDAY, OCTOBER 3 (8:00 p.m. EDT), on Disney XD. From creators and executive producers Dan Povenmire and Jeff "Swampy" Marsh of the Emmy Award-winning animated series "Phineas and Ferb," the series follows 13-year-old Milo Murphy, the fictional great-great-great-great grandson of the Murphy's Law namesake. Milo is the personification of Murphy's Law, where anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.

DC Animation Goes Old School with Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders

Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment take Batman fans on a journey into the iconic past with the full-length animated Batman feature film – Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders. The film features the vocal performances of Adam West (Batman), Burt Ward (Robin) and Julie Newmar (Catwoman). Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders will be available November 1, 2016 on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack ($24.98 SRP) and DVD ($19.98 SRP). Order due date is September 27, 2016.

Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders will be available to own on Digital HD starting October 11, 2016.

It’s back to the 1960s as Batman and Robin spring into action when Gotham City is threatened by a quartet of Batman’s most fiendish foes – Penguin, The Joker, Riddler and Catwoman. The four Super-Villains have combined their wicked talents to hatch a plot so nefarious that the Dynamic Duo will need to go to outer space (and back) to foil their arch enemies and restore order in Gotham City. It’s a truly fantastic adventure that will pit good against evil, good against good, evil against evil … and feature two words that exponentially raise the stakes for both sides: Replicator Ray. Holy Multiplication Tables!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Is the Future of Conventions ONLINE?

There are now a staggering number of comic, anime and various, specific pop culture conventions across the GLOBE on a weekly basis. I'd say New Jersey has at least 10 to speak of! Now, one company is raising some important questions... Do fans really want to stand in sweaty spaces with strangers, waiting in long lines for hours to get their favorite celeb's autograph? Is it important to see new collectibles in person? Is it worth it to get a hotel room, fight for a ticket and travel to conventions just to see preview footage from new films that will be leaked online within minutes?

Star Wars: Rogue One Toys Surfacing

December 16th is still a bit of a ways off. Usually, toys for a giant blockbuster movie hit 1-2 months prior to the film's premiere, but during that lead up to the dreaded on-shelf date, ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN!! Today, it happened across the water and came from an anonymous source we love and now call brother. Today...we get a look at some new vehicles from Hasbro's Star Wars: Rogue One toy line!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Get Ready for Halloween Comic Fest October 29th

Free Comics for Halloween Comic Fest 2016
In its fifth year, Halloween ComicFest 2016 is set to be the largest fall event yet for comic book shops. Comic book and Halloween fans of all ages can go to over 1,900 participating locations, which will give away more than 2 million free Halloween-themed full-size and mini-comics during the annual Halloween event taking place Saturday, October 29th.

“We’re ecstatic about the 33% increase in total comics ordered from last year, which signals to us that Halloween ComicFest continues to grow as one the industry’s major annual events,” said Halloween ComicFest spokesperson Michael Moccio. “What’s especially exciting is that the mini-comics increased almost 50% from last year. As an industry, turning the next generation into comic book fans is paramount and we’re happy we can contribute to that initiative by distributing the all-ages mini-comics that are perfect to give to trick-or-treaters. No doubt, this year’s increase in mini-comics orders is due to all the great properties featured, such as Archie Comics, Dynamite’s Grumpy Cat, VIZ Media’s Pokémon X&Y Pocket Comics and more.”

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

New Line's IT Remake: Pennywise Revealed!

No matter what your thoughts are on the TV adaptation of Stephen King's IT, we all have pseudo fond memories of the movie as if it was a slice of our childhood. For some, it was! Now New Line Cinema hope to rekindle those childhood creeps and take it all one step further, creating a nightmare fueled amusement park ride the "safe for primetime" TV movie could never be. Today, we get our first full look at Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise the clown...and that image alone is enough to have people marking their calendars and counting down the days til this movie's release...

16th Tribeca Film Festival Announces Call for Submissions & 2017 Dates

The Tribeca Film Festival, presented by AT&T, announced the sixteenth edition will be held April 19– April 30, 2017 in New York City. The Festival will expand its areas of submissions from feature films, short films, and experiential storytelling (Storyscapes) program, to include submissions across all of the programming areas of the Festival. Creators can submit work to debut at the Festival’s industry leading Virtual Arcade (virtual reality, 360 films, and augmented reality), the highly successful television section (episodic storytelling, anticipated premieres, and independent pilots), and N.O.W. program (new online work, stories created specifically for the online space).

Monday, August 15, 2016

SDCC 2016: The Nintendo Update

By Spencer Camarda

Aside from the plethora of Ash Ketchums, Starbucks Coffee stands, and never-ending lines that zig and zag every way known to man, the number of gaming developers is, inexplicably, ever-expanding within Comic Con’s corridors. While spending a majority of my time inside of the Nintendo Lounge located adjacent to the Convention Center inside of the Marriot, I found a number of spectacles that left me begging for more. Everything from new 3DS releases, to Wii U, and to the first reveal of Nintendo’s NES: Classic Edition. Let’s dive in!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Rocko’s Modern Life RETURNS!!

Marking its 25th anniversary of original creator-driven animation to the day and date, Nickelodeon today announces another reinvention of its library content: the greenlight of an original one-hour TV special based on its classic ‘90s hit, Rocko’s Modern Life. With Rocko’s original creator Joe Murray on board as executive producer, the animated Rocko's Modern Life TV special will bring back all the show’s classic characters and offer some surprising new takes on life in O-Town. Additional news of Rocko’s airdate and casting will be announced in the coming months.

"I'm very happy to be rejoining Rocko and my friends from O-Town again,” said creator and executive producer Joe Murray. “What I have found by bringing these characters back is that it's not so much about nostalgia, but a sense that they still feel relevant and fresh to me, and after twenty years, they can't wait to comment on modern life in the 21st century. They still have a lot to say."

Celebrate the Women of DC Comics in DC COMICS COVERGIRLS

From the trailblazing Wonder Woman of the 1940’s to the edgy power-driven comics series like Birds of Prey, DC COMICS COVERGIRLS by Louise Simonson takes a look at the female characters of DC Comics throughout the company’s history, and features many of DC’s iconic covers.

This beautiful, 209-page hardcover book comprehensively explores and examines the evolution of the women of DC Comics. Starting with the 1942 introduction of DC Comics’ most famous heroine, Wonder Woman, the book traces her various incarnations up to the present day all-female super hero team, Birds of Prey as well as the likes of Lois Lane, Supergirl, Promethea, Catwoman, Batgirl, other heroines and of course, villains.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Star Wars: The Force Awakens 3D Collector's Edition Arriving Nov 15th

This fall, Star Wars fans around the world, will experience a galaxy far, far away—up close and in eye-popping 3D—through the highly anticipated “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” 3D Collector’s Edition, rolling out beginning Oct. 31 and arriving in the United States and Canada on Nov 15.

For the first time—and just in time for the holidays—viewers can bring home Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” in 3D, encased in stunning, collectible packaging. The exclusive four-disc 3D Collector’s Edition contains the original theatrical release on Blu-ray 3D™, Blu-ray™, Digital HD and DVD, along with originally released bonus features and brand-new bonus material, including additional deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes conversations with cast and crew and revealing, never-before released audio commentary by director J.J. Abrams*.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Fathom Events Brings Dungeons & Dragons: Live to Local Theaters

Set to be a critical hit (I see what u did there), “Dungeons & Dragons: Live From PAX West” comes to U.S. cinemas live on Sunday, September 4 at 9:00 p.m. ET / 8:00 p.m. CT / 7:00 p.m. MT / 6:00 p.m. PT, presented by Fathom Events, Dungeons & Dragons and Wizards of the Coast. The PAX West convention sells out quickly year after year and the D&D Live Game is a big draw, with fans sometimes waiting in line for hours to watch it. This year, fans will have a chance to see the legendary group of D&D adventurers called Acquisitions Incorporated, led by acclaimed Dungeon Master Chris Perkins, on the big screen. This one-night live event includes a behind-the-scenes look at building the Dungeons & Dragons adventure and creating the set pieces, starting 30 minutes before stated show time, plus commentary from Perkins, as well as an exclusive adventure booklet for attendees.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Meet “BAAL” The Demon of Ash vs Evil Dead S2

Demon Baal of Ash vs Evil Dead Season 2 on Starz
You ready for another round of gore filled, blood soaked insanity the likes of which horror fanatics only thought they could see in straight to DVD movies??!! YEA! US TOO!! Unfortunately, we have to wait til October...cuz not everything can be binged like the Netflix flavor of the month. Starz writes in with a little tease for Season 2 of Ash vs Evil Dead, introducing us to a new big bad ready to swallow some souls...

Harley & Me: A Superfan Fights Through the Bitching

Idle Hands introduces our newest writer, Lily Stitches!! Lily has a particular love for a certain female maniac in red and black making her big screen debut this weekend and we thought it was a perfect opportunity for her to express that love and deliver a special message to the haters. 

My name is Lily Stitches. I'm a burlesque performer, cosplayer, and GIANT fan of Harley Quinn. I have multiple cosplays of her, issues of her comics, collectibles, and even her trademark diamonds tattooed on my leg.

While everyone fell in love with her on Batman: the Animated Series in the 90's, it wasn't until her makeover in Batman: Arkham Asylum that she called to me. From the second I saw that trailer of her in her "new uniform", that was it. I was in love. From that day on I held her on a pedestal. She was such a badass. I started identifying with her, and she helped me find the strength to get out of some darkness of my own. She helped me learn you can knock anything out if you fight hard enough and still be silly and adorable doing it!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Lionsgate's Vestron Video Collector’s Series

Lionsgate is exhuming classic horror films with a red carpet rollout this fall for the limited edition Vestron Video Collector’s Series. Hours of materials have been assembled for the Vestron Video Collector’s Series Blu-ray™ releases, starting with six horror cult classics! Taste the fear and the flesh, in shocking high definition for the first time, as teenagers meet their untimely demise at the hands of cannibals, killer robots, horror icons, sewer-dwelling monsters, and an army of the undead!

Vestron Video has been a leader in providing the most unique and wide-ranging selection of films. Lionsgate honors the spirit of Vestron Video by presenting the Vestron Video Collector’s Series — a line of classic genre films newly remastered and with a wealth of supplementary features. Starting with Chopping Mall and Blood Diner, and continuing with Waxwork and Waxwork II: Lost in Time Double Feature, Return of the Living Dead 3, and C.H.U.D. II: Bud the CHUD, these re-releases are for the collector and horror fan alike and will be available for a limited amount of time.

Next Film in the "Fantastic Beasts" Series In The Works for 2018

As anticipation builds for the November 18th release of Warner Bros. Pictures’ adventure “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” the Studio has announced plans to return to J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World for the next film in the series, slated for worldwide release on November 16, 2018.  The announcement was made today by Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, and Sue Kroll, President, Worldwide Marketing and Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.

Wizarding world creator J.K. Rowling, who made her screenwriting debut on the first film, is scripting the sequel.

The second “Fantastic Beasts” movie moves deeper into an increasingly dark time for the wizarding world, where Newt and our other heroes have to decide on their allegiances.

Lois Lane: Triple Threat

Switch Press, the Young Adult imprint of Capstone, announced today that iconic DC character Lois Lane will return in Lois Lane: Triple Threat, the third book in the series by Gwenda Bond. On the heels of Lois Lane: Fallout and Lois Lane: Double Down, Bond will return in 2017 with a new story of the adventures of a teenage Lois Lane.

“The critical and fan response to Lois Lane: Fallout and Lois Lane: Double Down has exceeded our expectations and we are excited to continue the series with Triple Threat,” said Beth Brezenoff, Editorial Director of Capstone/Switch Press. “Book three will further Lois’s relationship with SmallvilleGuy and bring her deeper into the crime filled underbelly of Metropolis – readers will love what Gwenda Bond has come up with.”