Saturday, November 10, 2018

Review- October Funko/Amazon Star Wars Smuggler’s Bounty


Recently, Funko made the decision to end their subscription boxes and offer them through various retailers. Hot Topic is the destination for fans of the Disney Treasures box. Marvel Collector Corps and Star Wars Smuggler’s Bounty subscribers have to head over to Amazon to get their fix. And as far as DC’s Legion of Collectors, we still don’t know which retailer that box is going to be offered up at.

The Smuggler’s Bounty Boxes have been largely hit or miss for me, so I canceled my subscription long before it went to Amazon. But when Funko started advertising the Cloud City box my interest was piqued. Then, when they sent out an email with a spoiler pic of Harrison Ford in carbonite I HAD to order it. I was hoping we’d get a movie moment with Chewie, Leia, and Han in carbonite. What we got was equally as cool.

I had a couple of issues with this month’s box. To start, the boxes have been a bit disappointing since they hit Amazon. I ordered the first two MCC boxes and they seemed...chintzier. The shipping boxes weren’t as nice as the older ones and the items inside seemed less thoughtful than they used to be. The item selection just feels...lazy. Not only that, but the POP! in this box fit so tightly in the box that I had to literally tear it apart to get it out. We got three items; a POP! Movie Moment, a keychain, and a Mystery Mini figure. I’m definitely missing the patch and pin and wearable that used to come in the box.

The first item in the box was an Billy Dee Williams Lando Calrissian key chain. I love the character of Lando, but the keychain wasn’t very exciting. Second was the Mystery Mini figure, which is Chewbacca carrying C-3P0. I have to admit, this one is pretty cool even though I’d have preferred a patch and pin.

The last item in the box was the ‘Boba gets his Bounty’ Movie Moment. I’m a huge Boba Fett fan, so this one was awesome. I wasn’t initially a fan of the Movie Moment line, but since I got a couple as gifts, they’ve grown on me. It’s awesome finally getting a Han in carbonite POP! I’ve been waiting for this one for a long time. This is, unfortunately, the only item that made this box worth getting. I am definitely going to be suspending my Smuggler’s Bounty subscription and renewing on a theme by theme basis.

The POP! Movie Moment is what made the box for me. Unfortunately, the box overall was a bit disappointing. It feels like Funko has gotten a little lazy in putting them together. I ended up cancelling my subscription until I learn the next boxes' theme and decide whether or not to re-up. 


Inside this month's box:

-POP! Movie Moment: 'Boba Gets His Bounty'
-Lando Keychain
-Chewbacca/C-3P0 Mystery Mini








Sunday, November 4, 2018

American Gothic Press and Echo Lake Entertainment Present "Nice"


The increasingly direct link from comic book to film property has prompted at least one studio to go straight to comic books with their best new story. Echo Lake Entertainment has partnered with American Gothic Press for its new assassin mystery NICE.

Welcome to NICE. We’ve got assassins, bored hipsters, deranged detectives, and the electric glow of an LA smog sunset. The transport is a ’69 GTO and the drinks are upright Manhattans, with a cherry. Blood and death are just part of a normal day, man.

Jose and Kevin, a couple of bar-hopping hipster dudes, are running errands for a massive crime organization in Los Angeles, and they’re a little bit in over their heads. It’s clear they’re not quite at the top of their game when they drive a masked man to his hit point and take off for drinks after five minutes of waiting.

Meanwhile, said masked man’s attempt at a quick break in and snuff job has gone to hell because the target, Detective Hanin, is a slightly psychopathic, drug-addicted ball-buster who’s set a trap. Much blood later, the masked man is a pulpy corpse, and Hanin has one more clue to unlocking the mystery of NICE. 


Jose and Kevin are a kind of unlikely assassin-aiding odd couple. Kevin is an obsessive, bizarre, socially awkward sociopath who tries to pick up Grace, one of NICE’s top assassins, at a bar before understanding that she’s basically his boss. Jose is a down to earth musician wannabe who thinks Kevin’s methods are a bit too unconventional when he botches a clean up job by blowing the victim’s head off. But something about the way Kevin works is attractive to NICE, because Grace keeps meeting him for coffee, giving him new assignments. 

Precinct blood worker Phil catches on to Hanin when he realizes the crime scene with the masked man doesn’t fit her claim of self-defense. After leaking a piece of information that has Hanin slamming him against a bathroom wall in rage, Phil decides to join her in an off-duty crusade to try to find the guys who sent the masked man and what organization they work for. 

Hanin is hiding some serious secrets, and not even witnessing people get their heads blown off point blank is going to set her off course. She’s a bit of a beast, hardly human anymore, would rather pass out in an impounded car than do anything the old fashioned way. But nobody escapes NICE – not cops, not innocent old men who lose their heads for talking too much, and certainly not Jose and Kevin, who are not going to make it through their initiation unscathed.


In Shops: Dec 05, 2018 
SRP: $3.99

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

BOOM! Studios’ OLD CITY BLUES in Development as a Hulu Original Series


Hulu announced that OLD CITY BLUES, based on the hit graphic novel series created by Giannis Milonogiannis (Prophet, G.I. Joe) for BOOM! Studios’ Archaia imprint, is in development as a Hulu Original Series in partnership with Brad Weston’s Makeready TV Studio. Kerry Washington (Scandal) is attached to star and executive produce the series, and Gore Verbinski (Pirates of The Caribbean, Rango) is attached to direct and executive produce the series. Arash Amel (The Titan, creator of the Archaia graphic novel Butterfly) wrote the pilot and is attached to EP the series. Brad Weston and Scott Nemes are attached to EP for Makeready. Ross Richie (Founder & CEO) and Stephen Christy (President, Development) will serve as executive producers on the series for BOOM! Studios.  

Set in the near future, the graphic novel series follows the men and women of the New Athens police force. Built in the aftermath of a disastrous flood on the ruins of the country once known as Greece, New Athens is a new independent city created and wholly owned by technology giant Hayashi Corporation. When the cybernetically augmented founder of Hayashi is found murdered, it seems to be just another case of cyborg persecution. But Hayashi Corporation's strange response to the incident raises the suspicions of lead detective and the Special Police. The mystery they unravel will leads them straight into the wasteland of the Old City.  

OLD CITY BLUES joins BOOM! Studios’ diverse array of projects in development for film, including Mouse Guard at Fox with Wes Ball (The Maze Runner trilogy) set to direct with Matt Reeves (The Batman) producing; Goldie Vance at Fox with Rashida Jones (Angie Tribeca) to adapt and direct with Kerry Washington (Scandal) producing; Imagine Agents at Fox with Richie Keen directing and Shawn Levy (Stranger Things) producing; Irredeemable at Fox with Adam McKay (The Big Short) producing and directing, the 2018 Eisner Award-nominated Bolivar at Fox with Shawn Levy producing; and groundbreaking worldwide YA phenomenon Lumberjanes at Fox. For television, BOOM! Studios has multiple series in development including the GLAAD Media Award-winning The Woods at Syfy with Brad Peyton (San Andreas) set to direct and executive produce the pilot.

Friday, October 26, 2018

"The Walking Dead" Director, Greg Nicotero tapped for Todd McFarlane's New "Spawn" Movie


Nicotero, an award-winning executive producer, director, and make-up special effects creator on THE WALKING DEAD has come on board, with his company KNB EFX, to create the new Spawn design for the upcoming McFarlane/ Blumhouse Spawn feature film.   

McFarlane, Nicotero and KNB EFX Group,  worked together on the 1997 Spawn movie. "I'm a long-time fan of Greg's work and the projects his company, KNB have done throughout the years," said McFarlane. "Working with him once again, to re-invent the Spawn 'look' so it will match the supernatural theme in the movie, is going to be a fun process." 

This year, McFarlane has announced an ensemble of award-winning talent that has signed on to the Spawn Movie Cast. Academy Award and Golden Globe winner Jamie Foxx (Ray, Django Unchained, The Amazing Spider-man) has been cast as Spawn and Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner (Hurt Locker, Wind River, The Avengers) has been tapped to play Twitch.    

This newest adaptation, a gritty, R-rated reimagining marks McFarlane's film directorial debut. McFarlane is partnering with Jason Blum and Blumhouse Productions, the producing force behind recent hits Get Out and Split and The Purge franchise, to develop a feature film around the Spawn comic character created by McFarlane.

Friday, October 19, 2018

COMET & CHARGE! October Giveaway! Hushaween! Midnight Movies! Babylon 5! And More!


It's the sound of silence! 

This Halloween tune in to COMET TV as they bring you the horror classics that will send shivers down your spine. Before Buffy, before Edward, and before a certain Count, there was Nosferatu. The classic Vampire film, which is followed by The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and The original Phantom of the Opera.

Sure to send you to another world, COMET TV brings Space: 1999 and Babylon 5 back for classic spacey adventures! Everyday you can see Babylon 5 and Space: 1999 has back-to-back episodes on Saturday and Sunday evenings! Talk about out of this world!

So you can't sleep? COMET TV has the solution with cult classic midnight movies airing Mon - Fri! You can pencil in Night of the Creeps, get sucked into Vampires on Bikini Beach and do your best to escape The House on Haunted Hill!

And CHARGE! has the classic series CHiPs! Join Ponch and Jon as they cruse the freeways of Los Angeles solving crime! Back when you could cruse the freeways of Los Angeles!

Airing on COMET in October  YOU DON'T NEED A SUBSCRIPTION TO WATCH THESE GREAT MOVIES!  THEY'RE AIRING FOR FREE ON COMET!

Babylon 5 (series)
New on COMET in October! Creator J. Michael Straczynski's ambitious and complex futuristic space opera charts five years in the lives of those aboard the titular 5-mile-long space station, where personal drama plays out against a tense political backdrop of looming war between bitter enemies the Centauri and the Narn.

In October, Babylon 5 airs every day at Noon/11 C and every night at 9/8 C

Hushaween (Halloween Marathon)
This Halloween tune in to COMET as they bring you the silent horror classics that will send shivers down your spine. Before Buffy, before Edward, and before a certain Count, there was Nosferatu. Catch the classic Vampire film, followed by The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and The Phantom of the Opera.

Halloween night October 31 starting at 10/9 C

Nosferatu
at 10/9 C

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
at MIDNIGHT/11 C

The Phantom of the Opera
at 2:30a/1:30 C

MIDNIGHT MOVIES 

So you can't sleep? COMET TV has the solution with cult classic midnight movies airing Mon - Fri! You can pencil in Night of the Creeps, get sucked into Vampires on Bikini Beach and do your best to escape The House on Haunted Hill!

Weeknights at MIDNIGHT/11 C

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD
COCKNEY VS. ZOMBIES
THE FALLING
AFTER MIDNIGHT
VAMPIRES ON BIKINI BEACH
WOLF
WITCHBOARD
BATS
GHOST TOWN
SCARECROWS
NIGHT OF THE CREEPS
UNSPEAKABLE
PALE BLOOD
SUGAR HILL
HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL
THE RAGE: CARRIE 2
AND MORE...



House of the Long Shadows (1984)
Four horror masters team up for chills, thrills and comedy! Join Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing and John Carradine as they head to a seemingly deserted manor. One by one the visitors are picked off, and trapped in the giant estate! But who could be the killer?

Friday, October 26 at MIDNIGHT/11 C

Rage: Carrie 2 (1999)
You've heard of Carrie White, haven't you? Well, don't worry because she's not here in the sequel to the classic, instead we get Rachel who inconceivably is Carrie White's half sister. And She's also telekinetic! Say wha? It's up to Sue Snell to try and save her from succumbing to Carrie White's fate!

Wednesday, October 24 at MIDNIGHT/11 C

Airing on CHARGE! in October  CHiPs (Series)  California Highway Patrol motorcycle officers Jon Baker and Frank "Ponch" Poncherello cruise the freeways of Los Angeles, solve crimes and help people in trouble in this cop show. The stakes usually weren't very high -- the better to highlight the personal lives of Ponch and Jon.

Weekdays at 11a/10 C
Weeknights at 6/5 C

Warrior (2011)
An estranged family finds redemption in the unlikeliest of places: the MMA ring. Tommy (Tom Hardy), an ex-Marine with a tragic past, returns home and enlists his father (Nick Nolte), a recovering alcoholic and former wrestling coach, to train him for "Sparta," the biggest MMA tournament ever held. But when Tommy's underdog brother, Brendan (Joel Edgerton), fights his way into the tournament, the two brothers must finally confront each other and the forces that pulled them apart.

Saturday, October 13 at 5/6 C

To usher in the spooky happenings of October we want to give readers the chance to win the COMET TV and CHARGE! October Prize Pack!

The Comet TV and CHARGE! October Prize Pack has:

1 - Limited Edition Nosferatu Shirt: Only available via this promotion, this creepy T-Shirt is sure to make your neighbors and friends shriek with envy! AHHHHHHHHH!

1 - COMET TV Blood Bag Water Bottle: I would like some Type-A Negative please. No matter what your flavor, this novelty water bottle is the perfect thing to fill up for an on the go refreshment.

1- COMET TV Babylon 5 Magnets: Show off your spacey side with these super fresh Babylon 5 magnets. Perfect for any new recruit looking to sign up for new spacey adventures!

1 - COMET TV Midnight Movies Blood Splattered Candy: Do you have a bit of a sweet tooth? This candy assortment will give you that sugar rush you're craving! There's Ghost Poofs, suckers, bugs, lizards and more!

1 - Exclusive CHARGE! CHiPs Ticket Memo Pad: Do you see someone breaking the law and you just have to sound off and tell them? Is someone's parking THAT bad you want to be like, Dude come on? Now's your chance! Write them a little note, and maybe mention that CHiPs is heading to CHARGE! as well!

There are three ways to enter:

-Follow us here, on Instagram (@popgeekery), or Twitter (@monkeyjedi), and let us know when you do!

-Let us know what your favorite film to watch on Halloween is via Twitter, Instagram, e-mail (geekhashblog@gmail.com), or in the comment section below!

-Let us know what your favorite CHiPs episode is via Twitter, Instagram, e-mail, or in the comment section below!

Contest starts October 19th and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, October 31st.

Winner will be contacted and will then have 24 hours to respond with a mailing address (no P.O. boxes) or an alternate winner will be chosen.

*Each household is eligible to win one prize pack via blog reviews and giveaways. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

**COMET TV + Charge! are sponsoring this contest and will be shipping prize to the winner. Giveaway open to U.S. residents only.



Thursday, October 18, 2018

C is for Chanukah with the RUGRATS in November 2018


BOOM! Studios today announced RUGRATS: C IS FOR CHANUKAH #1, an oversized one-shot comic in November about a Rugrats family vacation to the mountains, complete with the annual argument between Grandpa Lou and Boris arguing over which holiday is better: Chanukah or Christmas.  

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert writing duo of Daniel Kibblesmith (Quantum & Woody) & Cullen Crawford and artist Kate Sherron (The Amazing World of Gumball) bring this all-new story to life, as Boris is determined to prove his holiday is the best and starts giving Tommy and the babies a history lesson on the Golem which sets imaginations ablaze. Tommy, Chuckie, Phil and Lil now all feel that they have to save Chanukah from the Golem before it steals the holiday away for good!   

“The Rugrats return to comic book form with a brand new take on a Rugrats classic...the story of Chanukah,” said Matthew Levine, Editor, BOOM! Studios. “Daniel, Cullen, Kate and the whole team have created a hilarious, heartwarming story about family, belief, and the unique power of storytelling, outfitted with all the hijinks you’d expect from your favorite babies.”  

RUGRATS: C IS FOR CHANUKAH #1, featuring a cover by Chrystin Garland (Steven Universe), is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ award-winning KaBOOM! imprint, home to comics for middle grade and younger readers including licensed series such as Rocko’s Modern Life, Peanuts, and Garfield, along with original series like Mega Princess by Kelly Thompson and  Brianne Drouhard, Bodie Troll by Jay Fosgitt, RuinWorld by Derek Laufman, and The Deep by Tom Taylor and James Brouwer.  

Print copies of RUGRATS: C IS FOR CHANUKAH #1 will be available in November 2018 at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the one nearest you), or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers like comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and the BOOM! Studios app.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Alita: Battle Angel Trailer


From visionary filmmakers James Cameron (AVATAR) and Robert Rodriguez (SIN CITY), comes ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL, an epic adventure of hope and empowerment. When Alita (Rosa Salazar) awakens with no memory of who she is in a future world she does not recognize, she is taken in by Ido (Christoph Waltz), a compassionate doctor who realizes that somewhere in this abandoned cyborg shell is the heart and soul of a young woman with an extraordinary past. As Alita learns to navigate her new life and the treacherous streets of Iron City, Ido tries to shield her from her mysterious history while her street-smart new friend Hugo (KeeanJohnson) offers instead to help trigger her memories. But it is only when the deadly and corrupt forces that run the city come after Alita that she discovers a clue to her past - she has unique fighting abilities that those in power will stop at nothing to control. If she can stay out of their grasp, she could be the key to saving her friends, her family and the world she's grown to love.