Thursday, April 30, 2020

Celebrating Star Wars: May the 4th, 2020 with Hallmark

Hallmark Star Wars May the 4th Releases
May 1st comes tomorrow! As we wait to be clear of all this rain on the east coast and witness the blooming of May promised in the rhyme, we remember another very important event is looming. May the 4th!! This fairly new Star Wars holiday allows for jedi and sith geeks alike to celebrate their love for the holy trinity, the sequels, the prequels and everything in between, and the good folks at Hallmark would not let a celebration like that pass without jumping on board, themselves. Let's take a look at what those masters of holiday cheer are bringing to the Dejarik table next week...

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

The SCOOB! Has Come! Scooby-Doo Movie Toys Hit Stores

Basic Fun Scoob! Movie Toys
Scooby-Doo fans are truly blessed. I can't recall a time in the last 10 years when there weren't a constant stream of interesting and show-accurate toys on store shelves and, to the delight of all collectors, they were cheap too! Basic Fun continues the party train of Scooby merch with their lines based on the new animated movie, due to hit next month, if all goes to plan.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

"Daughters of Darkness" Celebrates The Faces of Metal

Jeremy Saffer's Daughters of Darkness Art Book
Noted celebrity and music photographer Jeremy Saffer has joined forces with Rare Bird Books for the release of the coffee table book Daughters of Darkness, a photographic love letter to the iconography of Black Metal and Doom.

“‘Daughters of Darkness’ has been a project that’s been in the works for a third of my lifetime,” Saffer says. “I knew that I wanted to make the most of this project and, most importantly, have it done the right way. Rare Bird not only shared my vision for what the physical collection of all this work should look like, but also are as excited for this project to come to fruition as I am. It’s really important that an artist’s vision is shared by the people bringing that vision into physical visual form.”

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

I Watched INMATE ZERO So You Don't Have To

Patients of a Saint Movie Poster
***Please note this will be the beginning of a series of reviews where I have already subjected myself to a fairly bad movie and to purge, I tell you all about it. That said, the entire piece is one big spoiler. You were warned!**

So I watched this movie called "Patients of a Saint". Very clever play on words as it's supposed to have something to do with experiments that go wrong..get it..Patients...only it takes place in a prison, making the title a moot point. Also when I was given the screener it was called Inmate So, I jump in thinking it might be at least a sub-par zombie movie. The makeup was pretty damn good, the entire film is shot very high quality, the acting was pretty terrible and the writing was abysmal. The lead character is named "Stone", a super lanky woman with a shaved head that we are supposed to buy as ex special forces, a point they drive home several times as they mention it...several times..and then we see her kick some redneck's ass. It seems her special forces skills are abandoned for the rest of the movie as she spends most of it crying and not much else.

Friday, April 17, 2020

For the Safety of Geeks Everywhere, Comic-Con 2020 is Cancelled

This was coming. We all knew it was coming. You can't possibly plan an international gathering of like-minded geeks with vendors shipping product across the globe and guests making plans that are concrete-like for airlines and hotels, when the world is practically on fire. To think it would be all clear by July was overly optimistic. We at Idle Hands tip our hats to the producers of Comic-Con for making the hard decisions, and to the readers out there, we hope you'll support your favorite artists, comic creators and vendors, as without the massive income they would bring in from SDCC, they'll need you more than ever.

For the first time in its 50-year history San Diego Comic Convention (SDCC), the organizers behind the annual pop culture celebration, announced today with deep regret that there will be no Comic-Con in 2020. The event will instead return to the San Diego Convention Center from July 22-25, 2021.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Pre-Orders Up For Diamond Select's Lord of the Rings Figures!

Diamond Select Lord of the Rings Action Figures Not sure if anyone else saw it coming at this year's New York International Toy Fair...but I sure didn't. Greeting me on a shelf were a set of brilliant new Lord of the Rings action figures, alongside a build-a-figure Sauron in armor that would just about make your eyeballs explode from your head. Toy Biz's LOTR action figure line set an extremely high bar in all categories across the board. Paints, sculpting, likenesses, accessories, scale, army name it, Toy Biz exceeded all expectations. For a company like Diamond Select, who know full well they have large, pointy shoes to fill, to tackle such a legacy means they are all geared up and ready for battle. From the looks of the initial lineup, we'll soon be very happy geeks!

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

BookExpo, UnBound & BookCon Moved to 2021

BookCon, BookExpo and Unbound moved to 2021 dates
Today, ReedPop announced that due to the escalation of COVID-19 globally, the next edition of BookExpo, UnBound and BookCon will now take place in the spring of 2021.

The events were previously postponed from their original May dates to late July, however, as the pandemic has continued to escalate in the United States and we see the challenges it has brought for the book industry, it is clear that 2020 is no longer a viable option for this community.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Contest of Champions Benefit D&D Stream April 4th

Contest of Champions Benefit Stream April 4thA time of great chaos gripped the land. Citizens of the realm are forced to stare at each other for days on end with only the binge watching of Tiger King to pass their monotonous hours. WHO WOULD COME TO SAVE THEM??!! Enter The Contest of Champions, a Twitch tabletop gaming benefit streaming April 4th on
GameStop's TWITCH Channel ( beginning 11am, PST, produced by Lost Odyssey Events.

Connecting You To Your World **UPDATING DAILY**

For the first time in most of our lives, we are living through an event that everyone across the globe is touched by. This great shift in the way we've been forced to live has jarred many, and for those of us who were already in a precarious place with our mental health, it's a struggle every day. It is with that in mind that we are posting this page that will be both outreach for those in need and refuge for those who need a break from their four walls. Below you'll find links to people banning together for worthwhile causes you can contribute to and places online where you can take in historical sites, appreciate art or just spend some time smiling. We hope you'll find some peace of mind here.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpions Revenge Launches First Official Clip

One of the most popular video game franchises in history comes to animated life in "Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge," an all-new, feature-length film produced by Warner Bros. Animation in coordination with NeatherRealm Studios and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. The film arrives from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital starting April 12, 2020, and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD on April 28, 2020.

Ray Harryhausen: Titan of Cinema Paperback Coming This Summer

Ray Harryhausen: Titan of Cinema Paperback coming summer 2020This new book accompanies the greatly anticipated Ray Harryhausen: Titan of Cinema exhibition, on display at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (SNGMA) (dates TBA).

A landmark exhibition book that examines 100 objects selected from an incredible archive by the animator Ray Harryhausen’s daughter. The book is packed with Vanessa’s personal stories that have never previously been heard or published from a life watching her father make world-famous films that changed the course of cinema.

This book is a fascinating examination of the work of the pioneer of the special effects that we see in modern cinema, with contributions from experts in the field and written in conjunction with the Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation.