Friday, April 27, 2012
On Saturday May 5th, fan-favorite scribes Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning bring their cosmic brand of superheroes to BOOM! Studios with an all-new, all-original 16-page story featuring their new series THE HYPERNATURALS. This original story serves as a prelude that leads directly into the first issue of THE HYPERNATURALS #1, which goes on-sale in July.
Featuring a cover by Francesco Mattina (NOVA) and interior art by Brad Walker (GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY) and Tom Derenick (JLA, NEW X-MEN), the FREE COMIC BOOK DAY EDITION of THE HYPERNATURALS includes a brand new 16-page story that will not be reprinted in the first issue of the series.
A universe trembles. It is the far future; the human race has finally colonized the galaxy, preserving an era of prosperity that's only possible because of The Hypernaturals. They're a celebrated, galaxy-wide superhero task force that keeps the peace. That is, until they all mysteriously vanish. Now, as the galaxy teeters on the brink of chaos, it's up to a group of retired and long forgotten Hypernaturals - and their novice recruits - to save the galaxy from complete destruction. Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, the superstar writing duo behind Annihilation and The Legion, launch an all-new original series that takes cosmic super-heroes to a new frontier. Experience the special preview issue of The Hypernaturals this May and pick up the #1 issue this July!
Thursday, April 26, 2012
UK fans get double feature when Roddenberry Entertainment films land in England .
Roddenberry Entertainment, the successor of the science fiction pioneer that brought television and film audiences Star Trek, announced today that its Saturn Award-nominated film Trek Nation will make its much anticipated international debut on May 7 at the 11th Annual Festival of Science Fiction and Fantastic Film in London's Apollo Piccadilly Circus at 4:55 p.m. local time. The film will appear as part of a Roddenberry Entertainment double feature along with the company's groundbreaking 360-degree film White Room: 02B3.
Trek Nation made its US debut in November 2011 on SCIENCE Channel to acclaimed reviews of Rod Roddenberry's tribute to his father, Gene Roddenberry, including a nomination from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films for a 2012 Saturn Award in the "Best Television Presentation (10 Episodes or Less)" category. Through exclusive footage and interviews with devoted fans, including George Lucas, J.J. Abrams, Seth MacFarlane and many notable Star Trek alumni, Trek Nation chronicled a son's journey to discover his father and the creation that helped define modern-day science fiction.
"By exploring my father through a variety of untapped touchstones, we were able to introduce the world to a Gene Roddenberry it's never met before. Through this process of humanization, Trek Nation reminds us that none of us are perfect but that within our imperfections lays the potential for greatness," said Executive Producer Rod Roddenberry.
While it will be the first time a European audience is given the opportunity to view the documentary in its entirety, Sci-Fi-London will also play host to the world premier of Roddenberry Entertainment's new film White Room: 02B3. Shot with the world's most advanced high-definition 360-degree camera, White Room:02B3 stars Breckin Meyer, Tamlyn Tomita, David Blue and Rachel True, as well as Internet icons Tony Janning and Milynn Sarley. The film will debut during the Blink of an Eye program on Saturday, May 5 at 4:55 p.m. local time before it's screened with Trek Nation on May 7.
Boldly going where no camera has gone before, Roddenberry Entertainment used cutting edge 360-degree SA9 camera technology to create an engaging, interactive audience experience. Sitting in the middle of the room, the camera captures 360-degrees outward in high-definition panoramic video with no gaps or distortion during filming.
While White Room: 02B3 is premiering at film festivals, Roddenberry will also launch it as an immersive cinematic trailblazer in 360-degree dome theaters around the country and as an interactive experience online. A click-and-drag function will simulate the dome experience.
"In addition to quality science fiction, Roddenberry is known for taking strides into new technologies and pushing entertainment boundaries. With White Room: 02B3 we are certainly at the birth of a new kind of filmmaking," said Trevor Roth, chief operating officer and head of development at Roddenberry Entertainment.
For more information visit www.Roddenberry.com or www.WhiteRoom02b3.com.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Daniel Johnston will make a live appearance on Saturday night, April 28th, to play a short acoustic set at the official MoCCA Fest afterparty. Daniel will be returning from his European tour that same day to make this appearance, and will be at the BOOM! Town table at MoCCA Fest the following day (tables D4, D5, D6) to sign copies of his new graphic novel, SPACE DUCKS: AN INFINITE COMIC BOOK OF MUSICAL GREATNESS. Johnston will also have a special one-on-one interview conducted by Brian Heater as part of MoCCA’s official programming, at 3:15 on Sunday in panel room A. Attendees of MoCCA are invited to the Village Pourhouse, 3rd Ave & East 11th Street from 7-10pm on Saturday the 28th for the official MoCCA Fest afterparty and launch party for Harvey Pekar’s posthumous “Cleveland” graphic novel. Pekar previously interviewed Johnston and wrote the introduction for a 2009 collection of Daniel’s artwork.
SPACE DUCKS: AN INFINITE COMIC BOOK OF MUSICAL GREATNESS is Johnston’s debut graphic novel from BOOM! Town and Wieden+Kennedy Entertainment. Johnston, a long-time and dedicated fan of comic books, realizes his life-long dream of being a comic book artist with this release. In addition to the graphic novel, a Space Ducks app available through iTunes allows users to play their way through the comic narrative, game by game, chapter by chapter, unlocking animated films and Daniel’s new album as they go.
The MoCCA Festival 2012 will be Saturday April 28th and Sunday April 29th at the 69th Regiment Armory (68 Lexington Ave New York, NY) and will feature a stellar lineup of BOOM! Town and KaBOOM! creators.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
“The next best thing to being a sci-fi or action hero has to be shooting a sci-fi or action hero with a gun. Or maybe being shot by one,” says John Simons, founder and Chairman of Comicpalooza, the Texas International Comic Con. At least that’s the premise that led to the Badass Celebrity Smackdown, in which fans attending Comicpalooza May 25 - 27 will get their chance to pit themselves against stars of some of the biggest sci-fi and action franchises in Hollywood while helping US veterans at the same time.
Kevin Sorbo (Hercules, Andromeda)
In the heroes event, fans will have the chance to shoot or be shot by their favorite heroes in a once-in-a-lifetime game of laser tag. There will be two heroes games of laser tag. To qualify for one of the fan teams, a fan may either make a $300 donation to Impact a Hero to reserve one of the fixed spots, or win one of several open spots that will be raffled off at the Impact a Hero booth from among all the fans making donations over the convention weekend.
Richard LeParmentier will be featured in the villains event where he will lead a team of the 501st Stormtroopers against fans. There will be one villain game on Friday and one on Saturday, while the heroes games will both take place on Sunday, May 27. Fans will be able to register for the villain game on site immediately before it takes place. Registration for the Heroes event will be on the Comicpalooza website.
For information about registering for Comicpalooza, go to www.comicpalooza.com. For more information on Impact a Hero go to impactahero.org.
Monday, April 23, 2012
This June, BOOM! Studios launches EXTERMINATION, an all-new ongoing super-hero thriller written by Simon Spurrier (X-CLUB, FEAR ITSELF: THE HOME FRONT, CROSSED, WOLVERINE: DANGEROUS GAMES) and drawn by rising star Jeffrey Edwards, with a full 22-page first issue for only $1!
WE LOST. THEY WON. In the wake of an apocalyptic alien invasion, the world’s greatest super-heroes and deadliest super-villains must form an alliance to prevent their own extermination. Two arch-enemies, Nox, a driven hero, and Red Reaper, a ruthless villain, form a volatile partnership for the greater good. The enemy of your enemy is your friend -- but will they be able to ultimately put aside their bitter past to prevent global genocide? What happens when all the battle lines are redrawn and foes become unlikely allies in a desperate war for the fate of the very planet -- and the outcome of a species?
Title ships in June with main covers by John Cassaday, Trevor Hairsine, Michael Gaydos, James Harren, and Frazer Irving, as well as James Harren and Trevor Hairsine sketch covers. There will also be a special 1:100, CGC certified 9.8 Near Mint sketch variant by legendary artist John Cassaday.
“Si Spurrier is a massive talent,” says BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “With EXTERMINATION, he's boldly exploring the dark crevices of the entire superhero genre. Not to be missed!”
“I love the premise of this post-apocalyptic series,“ says BOOM! Studios Founder and Chief Executive Officer Ross Richie. “At $1 for the first full issue and with this exciting cover line-up and a killer creative team, this book is ready to catch on fire."
Saturday, April 21, 2012
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Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Disney Interactive today announced the development of “Disney Princess: My Fairytale Adventure,” a new interactive journey from the globally successful Disney Princess franchise. Slated for release this fall, the video game will be available for the Wii™ system from Nintendo, Nintendo 3DS™ hand-held system and Windows PC/Mac. In the game, players will find that a spell has been cast over the beloved Princess worlds and will need to use their magic wand to help Cinderella, Rapunzel, Ariel, Belle and Tiana restore peace and bring “happily ever after” back to each kingdom.
“The collection of Disney Princesses featured in ‘Disney Princess: My Fairytale Adventure’ have continued to timelessly captivate and charm audiences,” said Javier Ferreira, senior vice president of publishing, Disney Interactive Media Group. “This new game will allow fans of all ages to enter the worlds of favorite princesses while experiencing iconic locations such as Beast’s castle, Rapunzel’s tower and Cinderella’s ball.”
In “Disney Princess: My Fairytale Adventure,” players will take on the role of an apprentice to the Fairy Godmother and will accidentally set off a series of events that cause friendly Sprites to transform into mischievous Imps. The evil Imps make their way into the worlds of Cinderella, Rapunzel, Ariel, Belle and Tiana, and players must pursue the Imps into each Princess kingdom to prevent them from causing any harm. With the use of their magic wand, they’ll need to turn the Imps back into their original Sprite form, and return them to their rightful home in the Magical Kingdom.
Each of the Princess worlds will allow players to explore and interact with familiar Disney characters such as Lumiere, Pascal, Flounder, Gus and other fan favorites who will help guide them through missions and progress though the game. Quests and mini-games, including platforming, hide and seek, and puzzles, are designed to test the skills of the youngest players and challenge older players alike.
“Disney Princess: My Fairytale Adventure” will be available this fall for Wii, Nintendo 3DS and Windows PC/Mac. Please visit www.Disney.com/PrincessVideoGames.com for more information.
Monday, April 16, 2012
Sunday, April 15, 2012
The series has yet to make its official debut here in the U.S. but should be dropping sometime this year as it already has a distributor. It has been a huge success and hopefully as soon as it's released here its popularity will grow so I can stop spending ridiculous amounts of money importing its merchandise.
To coincide with the release of The Avengers film, Target has set up some pretty spiffy-looking displays. As you can see here, they are heavily promoting the upcoming film with some awesome looking signing. Not pictured are Thor and Captain America signs that are on an endcap and down the aisle. They also have some cool looking Hulk tracks leading down the aisle. Check out your local Target where you can pick up the full line of Avengers movie tie-in merchandise and also DVD's and Blu-ray's of your favorite Marvel characters.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Universal City, California, April 10, 2012: JAWS – the landmark motion picture that still makes audiences afraid to go in the water – comes to Blu-rayTM for the first time ever on August 14th, 2012. Featuring an all-new, digitally remastered and fully restored picture, as well as 7.1 surround sound, the JAWS Blu-rayTM Combo Pack with DVD, Digital Copy and UltraVioletTM gives fans the ultimate way to watch the breathtaking and terrifying action-thriller.
One of the most influential motion pictures of all time and nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award®, JAWS stars Oscar® winner Richard Dreyfuss and Oscar® nominees Roy Scheider and Robert Shaw. Produced by legendary filmmakers Richard D. Zanuck and David Brown, the film earned an Oscar® for composer John Williams’ instantly recognizable minimalist score, as well as Oscars® for Best Editing and Best Sound. When it was first released in 1975, JAWS smashed box-office records and became the highest-grossing film of its era, earning Spielberg a reputation as a Hollywood visionary. Today, it remains one of the highest-grossing films in motion-picture history and is largely considered the film that launched the summer blockbuster.
JAWS is one of 13 classic Universal films to be digitally remastered and fully restored from 35mm original film elements as part of Universal’s ongoing 100th Anniversary celebration. The JAWS restoration began with researching and evaluating the existing film elements to determine the best means to restore the film. Over the course of several months, skilled technicians at Universal Studios Digital Services meticulously balanced color, removed dirt and scratches, and repaired any damage to the film elements shot by shot and frame by frame. Following the picture restoration, Universal Studios Sound team up-mixed the iconic JAWS soundtrack to DTS-HD Master 7.1, optimizing the sound on the Blu-rayTM for the latest home theater technology. The entire restoration process was conducted in conjunction with Steven Spielberg and Amblin Entertainment’s post-production team to ensure the integrity of Spielberg’s original vision remained intact.
“JAWS holds a unique place, not just in Universal Pictures’ history, but in global pop culture,” said Craig Kornblau, President of Universal Studios Home Entertainment. “It is only fitting that this phenomenal film should be given the extensive restoration needed to ensure that long-time fans as well as newcomers can enjoy this unforgettable cinematic achievement for generations to come.”
Disney Interactive Media Group has announced the development of “Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion,” the first Nintendo 3DS title in the “Disney Epic Mickey” franchise. The title features an interactive combination of painting, dual screen integration and 3D transformation capabilities designed to give players the unique ability to create objects and even characters they can place in the world of Wasteland.
In “Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion,” Reality is What You Paint of It. The game offers a special drawing and painting function that allows players to create rough versions of objects that magically transform into classic Disney-style 2D illustrations. Utilizing the game’s unparalleled dual screen integration, players then move their creations to the top screen where they are further transformed into full-color, fully-rendered 3D visuals.
Paying tribute to the classic Sega Genesis title “Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse,” “Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion” focuses on the fabled Castle of Illusion, which has fallen into Wasteland, an alternate world filled with 80 years of forgotten Disney characters and theme park attractions – and now forgotten video games. The evil witch Mizrabel, villainess from the classic “Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse,” finds herself an unwilling inhabitant of Wasteland, and unleashes a plot to escape using the Castle of Illusion to imprison and drain the cartoon essence from currently famous Toons. Players will take on the role of Mickey Mouse as he utilizes his magical brush to wield paint and thinner to confront Mizrabel and save the Toons.
“The original ‘Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse’ changed the face of video gaming by allowing players to play as Mickey Mouse in a side-scrolling adventure full of dynamic environments,” said Warren Spector, vice president and creative director, Junction Point. “We’re honored to be able to pay tribute to this classic video game by creating a title that truly takes advantage of the unique capabilities of the Nintendo 3DS, putting the magic of Disney and the historic Castle of Illusion in the palm of your hands.”
“Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion” is being created by critically acclaimed DS developer DreamRift, in collaboration with Disney Interactive’s Junction Point. The game is slated for a fall 2012 release on the Nintendo 3DS. For more information, go to www.disney.com/disneyepicmickey, or check out this month’s issue of “Nintendo Power” magazine which features an exclusive cover story on the upcoming game.
Cartoon Art Museum
655 Mission Street
Cost: 2-20 dollar sliding scale
Friday, April 6, 2012
It was summer 1999 when four small-town Michigan boys began a quest to lose their virginity. In the years that have passed, Jim and Michelle married while Kevin and Vicky said goodbye. Oz and Heather grew apart, but Finch still longs for Stifler’s mom. Now these lifelong friends have come home as adults to reminisce about—and get inspired by—the hormonal teens who launched a comedy legend.
American Reunion is in theaters today!
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
So many of today’s creative, technical, and cultural talent are, in one way or another, indebted to the little machine that plugged into the living room telly. We’re celebrating the Spectrum’s anniversary in HORIZONS, at the BFI: a rich blend of fun, memories, and future-gazing. Play some of your favourite games (you’re welcome to bring your Kempston interface and Quickshot II). We’ll have a variety of speakers and performers over the two days, practical experiments in programming and an extra special look to the future, with the new RASPBERRY PI on-hand... will this create a new generation of programmers?
· GENRE FILMMAKING IN THE UK at BAFTA
Is there a market for science fiction filmmaking in the UK?
A day of talks at BAFTA HQ on the state of Sci-fi filmmaking in the UK.
For UK based filmmakers the average production spend in Britain is £1.2m and falling. With that in mind, it’s no wonder UK science fiction is relatively scarce. Yet, where there is a will, there is certainly a way. Digital tools have really brought costs down, and films like MOON, MONSTERS, EXAM and the recent 2012 SXSW low budget hit EXTRACTED (UK Premiere on 2 May at SFL), have shown us that good story and clever use of resources determine the success of a film, not necessarily budgets. In this event we’ll quiz key writers, directors, designers, producers and distributors on the essential creative and business questions around getting a good mid-to-low budget sci-fi film off the ground.
The screen legend Boris Karloff was born 125 years ago and to celebrate one of cinema’s most iconic actors, we present a collection of his finest performances, talks and a documentary charting his unique career. Supported by the Boris Karloff Charitable Foundation.
- 48 HOUR FILM CHALLENGE
With Joe Dante and Alison Owen on the jury, our 2012 challenge has a first prize of a feature development deal with Vertigo Films. Teams receive a title, a line of dialogue to include, and a list of props to feature. Participants then have 2 days to complete a 5min short film. Easy! Registration at www.sci-fi-london.com. The challenge takes place 14–16 April, 2012 and is free to enter. #sfl48hr
From Victoria Embankment Gardens, across the Thames and on to the BFI on Sunday 29 April 2012, featuring Stormtroopers, zombies, superheroes and more.
All genres, all costumes, all-comers welcome to this free event! We even have our own Olympic torch-carrying Zombie pacesetters!
Monday, April 2, 2012