Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Kingdom Hearts Orchestra World Tour

After unforgettable premiere concerts in Tokyo, Paris and London last March, KINGDOM HEARTS Orchestra – World Tour – is coming to the U.S. with shows in Los Angeles on June 10, 11, and 14 at the Dolby Theatre and New York on June 23 and 24 at the United Palace Theatre.

Fans and music lovers alike will soon be able to enjoy the first-ever official concert of the KINGDOM HEARTS video game series.  From the music to the HD video and syncing, the show will feature a selection of the saga’s best and most beloved music from the original soundtrack. The concert features more than 100 orchestral musicians and choir singers on stage, with amazing HD video cinematics supervised by director Tetsuya Nomura.   Additionally, the tour celebrates the 15th anniversary of the multi-million selling video game series and the upcoming release of its latest episode.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

"Seoul Station" Tears Into The Korean "Train To Busan" Zombie Mythology

Seoul Station Animated Train to Busan Prequel Official poster
Traditionally, an animated extension of movie mythology tends to come off like a cash grab. Some straight to video, seemingly rushed media meant to appease the fandom of a license and perhaps keep the love alive until the next "serious" project is completed. It's not been long since American audiences were treated to the Korean zombie epic "Train to Busan" (aka Znakes on a Train) and the overwhelmingly positive chatter had just been quieting when we heard an animated prequel was on the way. Of course, we instantly though "cash grab". We'd be wrong.

The "Train to Busan" animated prequel "Seoul Station" is an hour and a half of gut wrenching zombie survival with a completely unprepared populace being overrun by sprinting, enraged, extra bitey zombies who appear to stop at nothing to sink their teeth into living flesh. In "Seoul Station" we are taken very close to the beginning of the zombie outbreak as the homeless are the first to be fed upon, a message not lost on a world audience in these troubling times. Since we've trained ourselves to ignore the homeless, the (zombie) problem is allowed to escalate at an alarming rate until it very literally comes back to bite a large section of the city in the ass.

Monday, May 22, 2017

McFarlane Creating Collectibles from the Star Trek Universe

McFarlane Toys has signed a toy license deal with CBS Consumer Products to create figures, role play weapons and accessories for the new Star Trek: Discovery television series. In addition, McFarlane Toys will also create merchandise from the entire Star Trek universe, ranging from the iconic classic television series Star Trek: The Original Series to the legendary films.

The initial line will highlight two of the most iconic characters in the Star Trek universe with articulated 7-inch figures of U.S.S. Enterprise Captain James T. Kirk from Star Trek: The Original Series and U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D Captain Jean-Luc Picard from Star Trek: The Next Generation. These figures will debut in window box collector packaging and feature iconic accessories such as phasers and communicators. Various characters from the highly-anticipated Star Trek: Discovery television series and other adaptations will follow.

Dark Horse's Game of Thrones: The Hound

We continue our Dark Horse Game of Thrones figure photo series with an extremely complicated man who is first introduced as a remorseless villain, later appears to be a somewhat apathetic lackey and later still, evolves into a warrior with a dark past and more than respectable notions of honor. Sandor Clegane, also known as "The Hound", seemed to make his allegiances as a matter of survival and kept his distaste for those he served to himself. While most would dismiss him as capable of the same monstrous acts his brother (The Mountain) would enact on a whim or by command, it's become clear Sandor is more complex than any mere beast.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Black Lightning Trailer Goes LIVE!

Here's a DC Comics character you could mess up reaaaaally easily. Those of us who read Justice League comics for years growing up may only be familiar with the funky costume changes for one of DC's few stand out black super heroes, so setting up the TV mythology wouldn't be a huge bother...but if the topic isn't treated with the sensitivity and reality a man like this would face today, the project would be doomed to fail. Shows like Supergirl and The Flash tend to fixate on a sunnier DC Universe than their explosive, perpetually gloomy movie counter-Earth, or remain caught up in the drama of love found and lost, never addressing the issues people of color face today. We wondered how the CW might address this very real world in a post Luke Cage climate. This trailer might make you feel a bit better about it all.

Get Ready for a Scooby-Doo / Supernatural Crossover!!

No, this is not the Onion. The Onion would suggest the Supernatural gang is taking over Mystery Incorporated or some such in a bid to boost ratings for the flailing kid's cartoon enterprise and make it grittier for modern audiences... WHICH IS PROBABLY HAPPENING RIGHT NOW IN THE PAGES OF DC COMICS!!! I won't read that comic. You can't make me. What's NOT a joke is that we are getting an animated adventure in an upcoming episode of Supernatural's 13th season.

Netflix Teases The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance

A beloved classic from the 80s marks its return as Netflix, the world’s leading internet entertainment network, will bring The Jim Henson Company’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance exclusively to members around the world. The 10-episode fantasy adventure series is a prequel to the groundbreaking 1982 fan favorite The Dark Crystal, and takes place many years before the events of the film. The series will be shot in the U.K., and will star an ensemble of fantastical, state-of-the-art creatures created by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop™ and Brian Froud, the original feature’s conceptual designer.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Roseanne Returns to ABC TV in 2018

Iconic comedy series “Roseanne” will return to The ABC Television Network, Channing Dungey, president, ABC Entertainment, announced today. The eight-episode reboot, featuring the original cast – Roseanne Barr (Roseanne), John Goodman (Dan), Sara Gilbert (Darlene), Laurie Metcalf (Jackie), Michael Fishman (D.J.) and Lecy Goranson (Becky) – will air in 2018. Sarah Chalke, who played the character Becky in later seasons, will also appear in another role.

FOX's The Gifted X-Verse TV Series Gets a Trailer! think you've got a large pile of GeekTV to watch every week and are somewhat thankful when some of those shows take a break? PREPARE FOR TONS MORE. Teen Titans, Runaways, Cloak and Dagger, Inhumans... the list grows every day. Now FOX adds to their X-Men universe with "The Gifted", premiering on FOX TV (naturally) this FALL...and we've got the first trailer!

Netflix's GLOW Trailer is Everything You Want It To Be

Netflix's GLOW trailer

Oh man. Let me tell you..I was worried. I've seen Orange is the New Black and I like it, but i'm not so in love that I watched into season 2. Learning the masterminds behind that show are behind the wheel of a comedy series based on GLOW (Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling) told me it would be funny and fearless, and that raised my expectations to a level higher than my hopes for the new Spider-Man film!! So yea...that made me worried. Now the first trailer has come and i'm grinning from ear to ear. Dive in and see why.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Five Points Festival Celebrating Designer Toys in New York This Weekend

The Five Points Festival, a designer toy and comic convention, lands on Pier 36 in Manhattan’s Lower East Side this spring, featuring a dynamic lineup of counterculture artists and artisans from around the world. The inaugural event is a celebration of comic artists and writers, toy designers and customizers (with an extensive Neo-Kaiju and Sofubi section), original street art, and gourmet food trucks and craft beer presented by Clutter Magazine and Midtown Comics and sponsored by Playcrafting.

SPAWN #1 Is Reborn with 25th Anniversary Director's Cut Edition

Image Comics SPAWN #1 25th Anniversary Director's Cut Edition
In celebration of the Hellspawn’s silver anniversary, a special Director’s Cut Edition of SPAWN #1 by comics legend and Image Comics President, Todd McFarlane, will hit stores this week. The Director’s Cut includes the original artboards of SPAWN #1, commentary from McFarlane himself on each page, and bonus, never-before-seen art.

The SPAWN #1 25th Anniversary Director’s Cut will feature original art board pages from Spawn issue #1, with three cover variations, showcasing art from McFarlane, Ashley Wood, and Clayton Crain. This special anniversary edition hits comic stores on Wednesday, May 17th, and will have a retail price of $4.99.

“Seeing all that came from Spawn is pretty incredible,” said McFarlane. “I enjoyed going back and working on SPAWN #1 again, and am excited to share the thought process of how Spawn came to be with the fans. They are the ones that really helped us reach 25 years and hopefully continue on for lots more!”

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Dark Horse's Game of Thrones: Daenerys Targaryen

Dark Horse's Game of Thrones: Daenerys Targaryen
Idle Hands continues our photography series for Dark Horse's Game of Thrones figures! Today we profile the Mother of Dragons... which is only fitting on the eve of Mother's Day. Only daughter to the "Mad King", Daenerys has always been burdened with near mythological circumstance dictating her path through life. Named Daenerys Stormborn for the tempestuous weather which raged on the night of her birth. Named Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea when her marriage of convenience to Dothraki warlord Khal Drogo skillfully evolves from political maneuver to undying love and a an acceptance of power which is her birthright. Named The Unburnt when she emerges from her love's funeral pyre, unscathed, and blessed with three powerful "children", earning her the title Mother of Dragons.

Friday, May 12, 2017

FXX Orders Adult Animated Deadpool Comedy

FXX has placed a series order with Marvel Television and FX Productions for the untitled Marvel’s Deadpool series, an animated adult action-comedy TV series adaptation of the hit Marvel character Deadpool, it was announced jointly today by Eric Schrier and Nick Grad, Presidents of Original Programming, FX Networks and FX Productions, and Jeph Loeb, Head of Marvel Television.

Dive Into Scrooge McDuck's Money Bin Once More!!

Fans living out their childhood dreams were once given the opportunity to dive into Scrooge McDuck's money bin, just like in the Disney Afternoon cartoon series Duck Tales, via Capcom, who were promoting their video game release. Now, Disney celebrates the re-boot of the mega popular cartoon series with a return of the experience that is still, most likely, warm and fuzzy in the hearts of thousands of convention goers.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Wicked Cool Get Pokemon Master Toy License

Building on its mission to bring the best Pokémon experiences to fans around the world, The Pokémon Company International announced the appointment of Wicked Cool Toys as master toy licensee for the globally popular Pokémon brand, starting in July 2018. Wicked Cool Toys will have the rights to manufacture and market action figures, play sets, plush, roleplay items, and other toys based on the hit Pokémon animated series in worldwide markets, excluding regions in Asia where the brand is managed by The Pokémon Company International’s parent organization, The Pokémon Company.

“Pokémon is one of the most beloved entertainment properties in the world, and Wicked Cool Toys is thrilled to become part of that legacy,” said Michael Rinzler, co-president of Wicked Cool Toys.
“We can’t wait to deliver innovative and fun toys that embody the joy of Pokémon to kids and the brand’s millions of passionate fans around the world,” said Jeremy Padawer, co-president of Wicked Cool Toys.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

The Damned Return to 40th Anniversary Tour + New Music Coming Soon

Less than a week after Captain Sensible fell offstage at their sold out show in Toronto, resulting in a broken rib, The Damned were forced to postpone three shows this past week, including Montreal, Boston and New York (dates are rescheduled for later this month). On Saturday night, the band made a triumphant return at a sold out Stone Pony in Asbury Park - sitting on a specially built 'throne' created by his band mates and crew, Captain appeared to be feeling no pain as he blasted through the 90 minute set (plus two encores), confirming that the 40th anniversary tour is definitely back on! 

 "As movement is a bit awkward currently, I played last night seated, but it all went swimmingly and this epic 40th Anniversary tour is now firmly back on the road. We've played some great venues on the trip... and Asbury Park's Stone Pony is up there with the best of 'em. But I have to say I wish I'd waited till here before backflipping off the stage, as this one was only 3 feet high. D'oh!”
-Captain Sensible.

The Princess Bride Returns With Another IDW Coloring Book To Celebrate Its 30th Anniversary

Prepare to have fun storming the castle yet again when the follow-up to last year’s breakout fantasy coloring book arrives – The Princess Bride: As You Wish: Memorable Quotes To Color.

Inconceivable as it may be, The Princess Bride is back with even more beautiful illustrations to color. Artist Rachel Curtis once again captures the spirit of one of cinema’s all-time greatest love stories featuring all the fan-favorite characters you love, plus the villains you love to hate. Unleash your creativity onto the pages of unforgettable scenes from the beloved classic.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Udon's Street Fighter and Friends 2017 Swimsuit Special

Udon's Street Fighter and Friends 2017 Swimsuit Special
The lovely ladies of Street Fighter are back for more fun summer pinups, and this time they’ve brought along their fighting game friends from Darkstalkers, Rival Schools, and Final Fight! Chun-li, Cammy, and Laura are joined by Morrigan, Tiffany, Poison and many more fan-favorite fighters!

The Street Fighter and Friends 2017 Swimsuit Special will feature three standard covers by artists Ecchi-Star (CVR A), Aki Li (CVR B) and Ryan Kinnaird (CVR C). The issue will also feature a Blank Sketch cover (CVR D), as well as a retailer incentive cover (CVR E) by artist Joe Vriens. This special incentive cover features the swimsuit-clad Morrigan paying homage to a classic horror image from the 1960s.

Plasmatics - Live! Rod Swenson's Lost Tapes 1978-81

Plasmatics - Live! Rod Swenson's Lost Tapes 1978-81 coming to DVD and VOD on May 19th. The rare Wendy O. Williams / Plasmatics live footage in this DVD has, in the main, never been released before. 

During the early years Plasmatics creator Rod Swenson, who directed and shot all the Wendy O. / Plasmatics conceptual videos (AKA known for his footage of the Ramones, Dead Boys, Blondie and Motorhead among others) shot numerous Plasmatics shows, the footage from which was never edited or released. Except for some short excerpts most of it until the discovery of this footage was thought to be lost or degraded (shot on tape which has been shown as with audio tape to degrade over time).