Marvel’s Mightiest Heroes Show Off The Power Of Pink With Hello Kitty Makeovers…

Unknown…yep, we said “Hello Kitty” makeovers and “Marvel’s mightiest heroes” in the same statement.  Since 1974, Hello Kitty has been putting smiles on people’s faces.  At the same time, they have grown into a $7 BILLION a YEAR brand.

Another brand that knows a thing or two about putting smiles on folks faces AND earning billions each year is marvellogoMarvel.  The comic book company started back in 1939 and has been graced by legends of pop culture like Stan Lee, The X-Men, Jack Kirby, The Avengers, Steve Ditko and the Fantastic Four, to name only a few. It only seems fitting that these two powerhouse brands would eventually collide in perfect, pink paradise.

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Now it’s not an OFFICIAL collaboration of sorts but bloggers, DREAMSTORE, Leeeeeeeeeegooooooooolaaaaaaaaas and Nerdwegian have taken some of Marvel’s most beloved characters and “Kitty-fied” them.

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Cap, Iron Man, Spidey, Thor, Bucky, Hawkeye, Falcon and even Agent Coulson get the full treatment complete with lovely pink bows, the Hello Kitty logo and tons of sparkles.

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We are keeping our fingers crossed that these guys tackle Dr. Strange, Wolverine,  Ronan The Accuser, Galactus and even the mad titan Thanos!  With the amount of hype these images are getting across the internet, we would guess that it is only a matter of time before they tackle these and others.  We’d also imagine it is only a matter of time before they delve into the DC UNIVERSE as well.  We are eagerly awaiting it all…

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From Studio Ghibli Comes “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya” On Blu-Ray & DVD

The Tale of The Princess Kaguya is a critically praised film that features the best of Japanese folklore and artful animation. Legendary Studio Ghibli cofounder Isao Takahata revisits Japan’s most famous folktale in this gorgeous, hand-drawn masterwork featuring an all-star cast including Chloë Grace Moretz, James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Darren Criss, and Lucy Liu.

The 3-disc Blu-ray™ includes the film on Blu-ray™ and DVD as well as a separate DVD with a feature length documentary on the making of the film, titled Isao Takahata and His Tale of The Princess Kaguya. Certified 100% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes and called “Gorgeous and magical!” by The Washington Post, The Tale of The Princess Kaguya, is available to own on DVD and Blu-ray™ with DVD as well as On Demand from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, in partnership with GKIDS.

Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter (James Caan) and his wife (Mary Steenburgen), a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady (Chloë Grace Moretz). The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her – but ultimately she must confront her fate, the punishment for her crime. From Studio Ghibli, the studio that brought you Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, and The Wind Rises comes a powerful and sweeping epic that redefines the limits of animated storytelling and marks a triumphant highpoint within an extraordinary career in filmmaking for director Isao Takahata.

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The Tale of The Princess Kaguya will be available on DVD and Blu-ray™ with DVD.
• Blu-ray™ unleashes the power of your HDTV and is the best way to watch movies at home, featuring 6X the picture resolution of DVD, exclusive extras and theater-quality surround sound.
• DVD offers the flexibility and convenience of playing movies in more places, both at home and away.

Bonus Features on DVD and Blu-ray™
• “Isao Takahata and His Tale of The Princess Kaguya” – 86-minute documentary on the making of The Tale of The Princess Kaguya
• Announcement of the Completion of the Film
• Japanese Trailers and TV Spots
• US Trailers

AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE HERE

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R.I.P. Leonard Nimoy

Today, at the age of 83, actor, icon, Leonard Nimoy passed away.  Like many, I grew up watching Nimoy on the television series, Star Trek.  His portrayal of the Vulcan science officer Mr. Spock made him a household name.  His signature raised eyebrow, catch phases of “Live Long and Prosper” and “Fascinating” and Vulcan salute, “pinch” and “mind meld” are all synonymous with the character.

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Image by David Moscati

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Aside from acting in TV and films, he was a busy voice actor and author.  He was extremely passionate about photography and his work has been exhibited at galleries in his home state of Massachusetts.

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I have never heard anyone utter a bad word about the man, in fact, everyone who ever spoke of him did so with reverence and appreciation. When some of his fellow actors would shy away from talking about Star Trek, he was always gracious with fans and eager to speak about it.  There is no doubt that his legacy in pop culture will last long into the future.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and fans.

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Syfy will honor the extraordinary legacy of Leonard Nimoy with a special five hour programming salute this Sunday, March 1 from 9AM-2PM (ET/PT), kicking off with his role in an episode of the original Twilight Zone series; his guest star arc on Star Trek: The Next Generation, and the final Star Trek original cast movie, Star Trek 6: The Undiscovered Country.

Following is the schedule for the Leonard Nimoy Tribute

9:00AM           The Twilight Zone/”A Quality of Mercy”

9:30AM           Star Trek: The Next Generation/”Unification: Part I”

10:30AM         Star Trek: The Next Generation/”Unification: Part 2”

11:30AM         Star Trek 6: The Undiscovered Country

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EPIX Pays Tribute To The Life of Leonard Nimoy All Weekend Long By Airing:
A CONVERSATION
WITH LEONARD NIMOY
&
STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS

Airing on EPIX Friday, February 27th – Sunday, March 1st

A Conversation with Leonard Nimoy
AIRING:
Friday 2/27 – 11:00PM ET
Saturday 2/28 – 5:40PM ET & 10:00PM ET
Sunday 3/1 – 8:00PM ET

DESCRIPTION | Leonard Nimoy shares insights and personal anecdotes from his nearly 50-year involvement with the phenomenon that is Star Trek.

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AIRING:
Saturday 2/28 – 10:15PM ET
Sunday 3/1 – 8:15PM ET

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Fringe Focus Give Us A Close Up Look At “The Desk Of Mr. Stark”

Robert Downey Jr. basically launched the Marvel Cinematic Universe with his brilliant portrayal of billionaire, philanthropist, and scientist, Tony Stark in the Iron Man franchise.

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Fringe Focus has just released an AWESOME new Iron Man themed print and as the title describes, it gives us a detailed look at “The Desk of Mr. Stark.”  Artist Rob Loukotka watched all 3 iron man films to glean as many references and details as possible.

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After hours and hours upon hours of intensive labor, Rob has unveiled his vision and we love it.  Here is what Rob had to say about the project over on his WEBSITE.

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This 36″ screen printed poster is FULL of easter eggs and fun details from Iron Man 1,  2, and 3. As such, it’s a bit anachronistic (or timeless). There’s some legacy items like the Mark 3 suit and faceplate, Tony’s original arc reactor from the cave, etc.

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There’s also nods to improved tech (the clear screens), and even a glimpse into the future (one of the screens indicates he is researching Vibranium, which supposedly is what Ultron is after in the upcoming Avengers 2).

The print is available FRAMED or UNFRAMED and is signed and numbered by Rob.  There are only 250 of these and more than half have already sold so CLICK HERE to order yours before they are gone.  Rob has teased that he is currently working on his next “The Desk Of” print so stay tuned.

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“The Desk of Tony Stark” by Rob Loukotka

36″ X 12″

2 Color Screen Print on Cream Paper

Limited Edition of 250

Signed and Numbered

$45

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Gabz & Grey Matter Art Draw “First Blood”

“They drew First Blood, …not me”

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Based on David Morrell’s book of the same name, the 1982, action-thriller, “First Blood” was another notch in Sylvester Stallone’s belt of hit movies.  On March 4th, Grey Matter Art is releasing an AMAZING print by Grzegorz Domaradzki (Gabz) that brilliantly pays tribute to the film.

“John Rambo….a drifter just passing through their town…”

Gabz’s image will be available in three fantastic editions and we think this is Grey Matter Arts best release to date.  Here is the official press release along with some words from Grey Matter Art as well as Gabz.

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Grey Matter Art under license from StudioCanal is pleased to announce a new officially licensed, limited edition screen print for the iconic 80’s film, “First Blood.” The artist for this project is Grzegorz Domaradzki (Gabz) and he captured the mood of the film just perfectly. Below are details for the release:

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Artist: Grzegorz Domaradzki (Gabz)
Size: 24×36
Regular Edition: 300/$50.00
Variant Edition: 150/$75.00
Wood Variant Edition: 50/$250.00
Printed by: D & L Screen Printing 

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“Are you telling me that 200 men against your boy is a no win situation for us?  You send that many don’t forget one thing…..a good supply of body bags.”

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(Variant Edition)

This poster will be released on Wednesday, March 04th on our website shop page at a random time between 1:00-2:00 PM est.

Follow Grey Matter Art on Twitter to get a jump on the drop. Also, follow us on Facebook and Instagram, and sign up for our website newsletter for all future news & information.

“They knew he was innocent and they didn’t give a damn…”

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I love working on titles that had an impact on me back when I was growing up. First Blood (and Rambo character in general) are definitely among them. I still remember how this great piece of cinema moved me back when I saw it for the first time.  No doubt it was and remains one of the saddest movies from the 80’s. Both me and GMA guys wanted to capture some of that sadness on this image while at the same time keeping it very iconic… almost monumental.  Personally I’m very happy with the outcome. Consider this my final take on one of my biggest “old time heroes”: Sylvester Stallone. Hope I gave you justice John J…   Gabz-

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“Don’t push it, don’t push it or I’ll give you a war you won’t believe”

“First Blood” was one of my favorite movies growing up. I loved all of those 80’s films, but there were always certain ones that always stood out to me that I would watch over and over again, and this was one of them. Yes, the movie had some great action scenes, but I always thought it was such a sad film. Sylvester played this role of an outcast and an unwanted man when he came back form the war so well. You rooted for him until the last minute.

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And you can’t forget about the music for this movie too. The film’s score was composed and conducted by Jerry Goldsmith, and played so well to the film. This poster by Gabz depicts Rambo as that lonely man, and I am glad he chose to take it this way, instead of the “epic” action movie poster feel that most people think of when they envision the movie. I couldn’t have asked for a better turn out from Gabz than this one”. Mike Gregory – Grey Matter Art

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Famp Art And Godmachine Partner Up On A Fantastic “La Haine” Print

If you are like me, you are asking, “What is La Haine?”  I hadn’t heard of it until I received the press release from Famp Art but after reading about it and seeing Godmachine’s print, I’m definitely going to check it out.

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Today, Famp Art is releasing Godmachine’s print for this socially relevant film.  Here is the official word about the print and the project.

With an interesting year ahead, FAMP Art is going through an evolution we didn’t see coming and we’re really excited about it. We wanted to start 2015 off with a small, yet highly relevant print as we worked our way up to a mainstream title and other fun projects.

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Mathieu Kassovitz’s 1995 crime drama, La Haine, is one of the most highly regarded French films of the past 20 years and with all the political unrest that exists here in the States and France, it felt fitting to release a print for this now rather than wait.

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If you haven’t seen the film, La Haine depicts the lives of few young inner-city Frenchmen after their friend is unjustifiably beaten by the police. A riot ensues and one of the guys finds a cop’s gun, ultimately deciding that if his friend dies, he’s going to kill a cop with it.

As you can see, it’s very relevant and something we felt made sense to release at this point in time. For this print, we teamed up with Le Pacte and popular Welsh artist Godmachine to create a gritty and anarchic poster that reflects the style and passion that the film exudes.

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Fun fact: It just so happens that this is one of Godmachine’s all-time favorite films so we were thrilled at the idea of working with him on it.

The print will go on sale February 25th at 1pm EST on the FAMP Art website. It measures 18”x24”, will have a run of 50 prints and will cost $45. This print ships worldwide.

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