Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Udon Street Fighter Swimsuit Special #1

Udon's Capcom Street Fighter Swimsuit Special Edition Comic Book
I fondly remember the days when Marvel Comics didn't take itself quite so seriously and had Swimsuit Special editions featuring teeny tiny outfits cosplayers re-create even today (bless them.) Gamora completely rocked her Death's Head bikini. She Hulk was awe inspiring. (no, I don't have a thing for green girls, but thanks for asking.) Even the dudes got in on it. These days, with Cinematic Universes to cultivate, the mighty Marvel Comic universe most likely takes its lead from folks preserving the marketing potential...and scantily clad super folks. Capcom....has no such mandate. Begin your hnnnng mantra...

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Adult Swim Emojis are HERE

Prepare to take 50% longer to end any sentence as you choose the perfect tiny faces to convey your mood, since you want to be understood but meeting face to face is a major fucking hassle. Will it be tiny drunken Rick from Rick and Morty to express your desire to be blind, stinking drunk rather than sit through another useless meeting? Maybe it's 2 Ton 21 from Venture Bros to hammer home your excitement over a moment in Game of Thrones where 100 people are burned alive. THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS!!! Well...not endless...but still fun.

Capstone's Bedtime for Batman Children's Book

Children's books. Are they for children....or US??!! The lines are getting a bit blurry and i'm seeing an opportunity to jump in there! While Capstone is insisting their Bedtime for Batman book is for the wee ones, i'm positive more than a couple of you will be snapping it up for your own collections. 

Since the introduction of the character in Detective Comics #27 in 1939, generations of readers have  followed Batman and his adventures.  Now Bedtime for Batman is here to introduce a new generation of fans to the Caped Crusader!  Written by award-winning author Michael Dahl (Goodnight Baseball, Goodnight Football, and Goodnight Hockey) and illustrated by Ethen Beavers (DC Super Friends), this bedtime tale will have parents and kids riveted every evening.

Funko Labyrinth Pop Figures Have Come!

We don't cover Funko a whole lot these days after they yelled at us for posting news about them and didn't take it down as quickly as they wanted because we wanted to replace it with NEWS and not leave an empty hole behind....BUT... that doesn't mean we hate their guts. OH NO. We like their guts just fine...especially when they announce Labyrinth Pop! figures! Oh man. Lucky thing these pieces are usually cheap. I may need them all...and that's a first for me.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Moviegoers Become Ghostbusters During BET Awards

This Sunday, June 26, beginning at 8PM / 7PM central on BET, during the BET Awards (check local listings), movie fans watching the show will have the chance to become Ghostbusters themselves.

When the specially tagged Ghostbusters TV spot airs during the broadcast, anyone watching the show can Shazam the spot using their Shazam app and bust Slimer, as the famous ghost is captured from the TV onto users' smart phones.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

New Ghostbusters 2016 Theme Song Drops ...Thousands Injured ...6 Believed Dead

If there is one thing the previews, clips and trailers for the Ghostbusters 2016 remake have done well, it's to assure us this movie is NOT for fans of the classic film. If you guys like it too, that's great, but this is a Paul Feig movie through and through, complete with jokes about lady cracks, slapstick violence and people yelling whenever possible. It stands to reason the new theme song would be produced in the spirit of this beat-for-beat re-imagining, containing all the originality and excitement of Crystal Pepsi. The true crime of it all is the song "features" Missy Elliot, who, in my opinion and without glossing over the vernacular, would have torn that shit up. They did not put it in her able hands. Instead... we get Fall Out Boy. ...yea. It's like announcing Shakira is redoing the Flash Gordon theme song. It's like announcing the Singles soundtrack will be re-imagined by country music's biggest stars. It's like announcing Mad Max is such a sexy film, only the Pussycat Dolls can score the soundtrack. It's like proclaiming The Hobbit was a flop because it failed to connect with Millennials, so the Silmarillion will include a score by Cobra Starship of Snakes on a Plane fame. I've got loads more jokes but fuck's the song...

E3 2016: Sony Delivers A Mighty Backhand with Zombies, Giant Monsters, Rampaging Robots & More

By Justin DePaul

Just as E3 remains ever the premiere convention for showing off the latest and most innovative video games the world will eagerly await, it is also the prime location for the titans of hardware to step up and prove to the gaming community why we should sink our heard earned dollars into their platform. This year, Sony took the stage and practically dared anyone to challenge them.

Sony's conference at E3 2016 was a well paced and console/exclusive-heavy showing. Starting the show off with a full orchestral overture lead by Bear McCready, they lead right into the first demo which surprised us with an older, bearded and much less screamy Kratos teaching his son to hunt and de-horn the occasional flaming rock carrying creature that crosses their path. This new installment of the God of War series will take on the original PS2 game's name, simply being called God of War, but appears to offer an open world setting that flows more fluidly then its predecessors and will allow the player to explore and discover different regions of the map as you progress. A release is set for December of 2017.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Eye Candy: Mondo's Iron Giant Deluxe Action Figure

In the world of high end collectibles with your Hot Toys 12 inch figures and their freaky, posable eyeballs and your quarter scale Sideshow statues that look like they might come after you nightly between the hours of 2am and 4am... Mondo is proving you can bestow plastic with the magic power..of love. It's only with extreme love for the source material that we got a 16 inch tall Iron Giant action figure with 30 points of articulation (his freakin fingers are jointed!!), a light up head, alternate "war mode" head and gun arm and a button to push which makes the little guy bellow quotes from the movie. "Hooogarth...youuu stay...I goooo" ..oh man...crushed. Here's the promo...

Dynamite Entertainment's The Art of Atari Deluxe Edition

Art books seem to be on the rise again as publishers cash in on a geeky public's frenzied nostalgia with weighty tomes and equally weighty price tags. Subjects have run the gamete, hitting all corners of our pop culture universe...which makes it doubly odd we've not had a show stopping tribute to Atari before! Dynamite Entertainment (most known for comics conveying the adventures of Red Sonja and Ash of the Evil Dead) seeks to rectify that great injustice with the Art of Atari.

ART OF ATARI represents the most comprehensive retrospective to date, a whopping 350+ pages that provides insightful history and high-resolution scanned artwork culled from hundreds of production/concept illustrations, photographs, video game packaging, and groundbreaking advertisements from the height of Atari's innovation and popularity.

Monday, June 20, 2016

HBO's Westworld Teaser Trailer

Scared, automatons huddled together in the dark. Forget them. The self aware computer system that decides humanity is the only enemy. Leave it behind. In HBO's Westworld, you reach out to grasp an alternate reality where you are hero, conqueror, lover... but dreams don't always end happily. Chaos yearns to be born. Blood will flow.

Westworld looks to be a TV series with a cast that won't be ignored and a story that will linger in the back of your mind for weeks after watching. Those who like their scifi with a healthy splash of creeping dread...this one's for you!

Friday, June 17, 2016

E3 2016: Dishonored 2 Promises To Chill The Soul

by Justin DePaul

In what seemed to be one of the few actual gameplay demos shown at Bethesda's E3 presentation, Arkane Studios' Dishonored 2 was showcased, said to be arriving in stores on November 11th of this year. The sequel to the 2012 stealth/action game Dishonored puts us back with Royal Protector Corvo Attano in the city of Dunwall, but branches out with a new character Emperess Emily Kaldwin in the city of Karnaca, allowing for expanded and varied gameplay styles and a much larger world.

SDCC 2016 Exclusives: Mattel's 2nd Round with Suicide Squad, Thundercats, Hot Wheels & More

In one month, we'll be neck deep in the biggest gathering of geeks the world has to offer at San Diego Comic-Con 2016! In the lead up to the show, many a company will be taunting you with exclusive items threatening to tear your bank account asunder. Mattel is one such company who was not satisfied with one helping of exclusives. OH NO! Today we take a look at a second round of exclusive collectibles from the worlds of DC and Marvel Comics, Thundercats, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Masters of the Universe Minecraft, Star Trek and HALO! Grasp your wallet tightly and dive in...

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Pete's Dragon: Elliot the Dragon Revealed

Make sure your heart strings are firmly attached....they are about to get tugged like nobody's business...

For years, old wood carver Mr. Meacham (Robert Redford) has delighted local children with his tales of the fierce dragon that resides deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. To his daughter, Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard), who works as a forest ranger, these stories are little more than tall tales…until she meets Pete (Oakes Fegley). Pete is a mysterious 10-year-old with no family and no home who claims to live in the woods with a giant, green dragon named Elliot. And from Pete’s descriptions, Elliot seems remarkably similar to the dragon from Mr. Meacham’s stories. With the help of Natalie (Oona Laurence), an 11-year-old girl whose father Jack (Wes Bentley) owns the local lumber mill, Grace sets out to determine where Pete came from, where he belongs, and the truth about this dragon. Disney’s “Pete’s Dragon” opens in U.S. theaters on August 12, 2016.

Rob Zombie's 31 Gets a Trailer

Rob Zombie's films are gritty, stark, often comical amid the chaos and above all else, they are MEAN. We've been hearing about many projects cooking in his camp for some time now, but it seems "31" is just about ready to be born on screens across the planet. Get ready for a wild wide...

From the visionary mind of Rob Zombie comes the horrific story of five carnival workers who are kidnapped the night before Halloween and held hostage in a large compound.  At the mercy of their captors, they are forced to play a twisted game or life or death called 31.  For the next 12 hours they must fight for their lives against an endless parade of homicidal maniacs.

E3 2016: Capcom Announces Resident Evil 7 biohazard

At the Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) E3 press conference today, Capcom, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of video games, announced Resident Evil® 7 biohazard, the next major entry in the renowned Resident Evil® series. Resident Evil 7 sets a new course for the Resident Evil series as it leverages its roots and opens the door to a truly terrifying horror experience. A dramatic new shift for the series to first person view in a photorealistic style powered by Capcom’s new RE Engine, Resident Evil 7 delivers an unprecedented level of immersion that brings the thrilling horror up close and personal. Resident Evil 7 is scheduled for release on PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system (the full gameplay experience will also be available via the included PlayStation®VR Mode), Xbox One and Windows PC (Steam and Windows 10 Store) across North America and Europe on January 24, 2017.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Warner Bros Rolls Out Merchandise for Suicide Squad Movie

The August 5th release of the highly anticipated Suicide Squad movie is creeping up fast, so Warner Bros thinks it's time you get a look at all the fun stuff you'll be able to buy featuring the super powered villains of the DC Comics Universe! Is your wallet ready for an ocean of Joker and Harley Quinn merch??!! Here it comes...

In celebration of the August 5th release of Warner Bros. Pictures’ action-adventure Suicide Squad, the most iconic Super-Villains of the DC Universe take over! The Official Shop of DC is now packing a criminal lineup of collectibles for every type of villain. Armed to the teeth with Warner Bros. Consumer Products licensed hoodies, phone cases, figures, statues, Funko Vinyl Pop! figures, mugs, pillows, and over 60 shirts featuring The Joker, Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Katana and more—this store is your first stop for all DC mayhem!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Dark Horse's Game of Thrones: Arya Stark

Back into our photography series for Dark Horse's Game of Thrones figures! Today we visit with a girl who sometimes has a name and sometimes...does not. She's gone through an incredible transformation as the series marched on, always seemingly just out of reach of the comforts and safety of her old life. From the little girl swinging her sword Needle about the grounds of Winterfell to the defiant young woman who stood her ground with The Hound and earned his respect. Arya Stark has survived largely by the strength of her reserve, and sometimes, her hate, which lead her to the steps of the Many Faced God. There, she would endure humiliation, beatings and blindness to acquire the deadly skills needed to bring about the deaths of the enemies of House Stark... delivered by small, unassuming hands. It is unknown what, exactly, drives Arya these days, but it is suspected that her plans are far reaching and fairly genius. One thing is for sure, when it comes to Arya, not everything is what it seems.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

SDCC 2016 Exclusives: Kidrobot's Lineup with Adventure Time, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Capcom & More

We are in full on alert mode now! The companies attending San Diego Comic-Con 2016 will be pouring their mind bending exclusives onto the internets, complete with pre-order information, suggesting what essentials from your life you will have to cut to embrace your favorite plastics. Kidrobot in particular has a couple of items that will have you going Hrrrmmmmmmm in a low tone as you side eye the computer screen. LOOK AT THAT LICH!!!

Kidrobot has six convention exclusives that will be available for pre-order on starting Monday, June 13th! A limited amount of each exclusive will be available to pre-order at a special pre-order price for San Diego Comic Con pick-up only. Quantities of each exclusive will be reserved for purchase at San Diego Comic Con.

SDCC 2016: Batman: The Killing Joke World Premiere set for Comic-Con International

Continuing a decade-long tradition, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) will host the World Premiere of its latest DC Universe Original Movie – this time, the highly anticipated Batman: The Killing Joke – on the Friday night (July 22, 2016) of Comic-Con International in San Diego.

The premiere will spotlight the first public exhibition of the eagerly awaited film and a post-screening panel discussion among available members of the core cast and filmmaking team. The celebrity-laden cast is led by Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series, Justice League) and Mark Hamill (Batman: The Animated Series, Star Wars franchise) as they reprise their seminal roles as the voices of Batman/Bruce Wayne and The Joker, respectively, as well as Tara Strong (Teen Titans; Batman: Arkham games) as Barbara Gordon and Ray Wise (Twin Peaks, RoboCop) as Commissioner Gordon. Batman: The Killing Joke is directed by Sam Liu (Justice League vs. Teen Titans) from a script by Eisner Award-winning writer Brian Azzarello. Bruce Timm and Sam Register are executive producers. Benjamin Melniker & Michael Uslan are executive producers. Alan Burnett is co-producer.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Rick & Morty: The Complete Second Season Reviewed... and CONTEST!!

Good Lord. Adult Swim has always swung wildly between "this show is insane, I can't stop laughing" to "this show is eyes are, everything is bleeding." Rick and Morty is one of those shows where, after you are done laughing a hysterical person.. you sit there and ponder what level genius you need to be to come up with the situations, dialogue and visuals they create. If you're like me, this process involves shaking your fist at the sky in envy. Where the first season was noteworthy and certainly talked about far and wide, the second season was transcendent of its often overlooked medium. An episode goes from odd to wildly amusing to heart rippingly dramatic in seconds...AND THAT WAS THE FIRST EPISODE!! Point of fact, the first episode of season two entitled "A Rickle in Time" is so brilliant, it nearly challenges the viewer to watch it over and over just to take it all in. Could I gush any further? I think not.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

SDCC 2016 Exclusives: Entertainment Earth's Crisis on Infinite Sheldons

The great San Diego Comic-Con exclusives machine is rolling along now. It's not at full steam yet, but soon...SOOON...we will be buried under all those insane collectibles, comics and items of pop culture interest. Today Entertainment Earth sends word on THREE of their fantastical exclusive offerings from an alternate universe where nerds get the hot chicks and all worship DC Comics...a universe called...the Big Bang Theory!

Fans of THE BIG BANG THEORY, get ready for some theoretical physics fun with three brand-new, unique 3 3/4-inch scale action figures of Sheldon Cooper - all 2016 Entertainment Earth Convention Exclusives from Bif Bang Pow!

Supergirl: The Complete First Season on Blu-ray & DVD August 9

A new Super Hero will soon be flying into homes as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases Supergirl: The Complete First Season on Blu-rayTM and DVD on August 9, 2016. Fans can purchase the set which, in addition to all 20 exhilarating episodes, contains over an hour of extra content, including the 2015 Comic-Con panel, featurettes, deleted scenes and a gag reel. Supergirl: The Complete First Season is priced to own at $49.99 SRP for the DVD and $54.97 SRP for the Blu-ray including Digital HD. Supergirl: The Complete First Season is also available to own on Digital HD via purchase from digital retailers.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

IDW's REVOLUTION Crossover Event Sees Hasbro Icons Clash

IDW Publishing has unveiled its most ambitious comic book publishing venture in its history revolving around its fan-favorite titles based on Hasbro properties.

The “Revolution” event marks the birth of a comic book crossover that will be comprised of not only the TRANSFORMERS and G.I. JOE properties, but also all-new properties MICRONAUTS, ROM, and ACTION MAN, as well as the launch of a long-awaited M.A.S.K.: Mobile Armored Strike Kommand series.

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory Returns to Theaters

Hold your breath, make a wish, count to three and visit a world of pure imagination on the silver screen this June as WILLY WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY returns to cinemas for two special days, 45 years after it first astonished audiences as part of the Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies yearlong TCM Big Screen Classics series.

Starring Gene Wilder as famed candy man Willy Wonka, the film transformed Roald Dahl’s novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory into a motion-picture classic with dreamy landscapes, cleverly choreographed musical numbers and indelible performances.
This delicious cinematic confection includes all-new commentary from TCM host Ben Mankiewicz both before and after the feature. As the Golden Ticket itself says, “do not be late,” because there will be four screenings only -- two each day, on June 26 and June 29.

Pop Culture Shock's Conan the Barbarian 1:3 Scale Statue

Between the years when the oceans drank Atlantis and the gleaming cities, and the years of the rise of the Sons of Aryas was the Hyborian Age. The Vanished Age. The Age of Conan.
Pop Culture Shock Collectibles is proud to present their first piece of Robert E. Howard’s battleborn Barbarian, the greatest of the Cimmerians, Conan, as depicted by Arnold Schwarzenegger in the role that launched his career.

New York Asian Film Festival 2016 Lineup!

Looking for KUNG FU MADNESS!!??!! I'm not talking your average Kung Fu madness...i'm talking the kind where a guy gets cut and bleeds for 3 hours as the credits roll at the end. THIS IS THE SORT OF THING I HAVE WITNESSED AT THE NEW YORK ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL!! Granted, the lineup is not always so blood soaked, with plenty of offerings to be seen involving drama, comedy, lust and female assassins with machine guns for arms...and sometimes butts. The thing to focus on here is that there is NO better place to watch amazing current Asian releases as well as a classic or two that may make your head explode. No promises....but I do see Stephen Chow's name down there...

The Film Society of Lincoln Center and Subway Cinema announced today the complete lineup for the 15th New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF), which will take place from June 22 to July 5 at the Film Society and July 6 to 9 at the SVA Theatre (333 West 23rd Street). North America’s leading festival of popular Asian cinema will showcase 51 feature films, including one World Premiere, one International Premiere, 16 North American premieres, 2 U.S. Premieres, and 14 films making their New York City debuts. Featuring in-person appearances by more than 30 international filmmakers and celebrity guests from Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and Southeast Asia.