The Countdown To Star Wars Force Friday II Begins NOW!

Today, Disney and Lucasfilm kicked off the countdown to Force Friday II, the global event celebrating the launch of the products from Star Wars: The Last Jedi with an AR surprise for Star Wars fans everywhere.

 

 

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Fans within a mile of 20 global landmarks simply open the Star Wars App, select Find The Force and point their phone to the sky to see a short augmented reality scene unfold before their eyes.  The 10-second animation shows a Star Destroyer loom over key landmarks as two TIE Fighters shoot past into the distance.

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“This Force Friday II weekend, we’re inviting fans and families to join the Resistance and help ‘Find the Force’ in our global augmented reality treasure hunt taking place across more than 20,000 retail locations.  We’re kicking the event off with an extra AR surprise for anyone near 20 of the world’s most iconic destinations,” comments Paul Southern, Senior Vice President, Global Licensing at Lucasfilm.

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Fans with the Star Wars App near one of the 20 landmarks can take pictures of the AR scene and join the social conversation using #FindTheForce and #ForceFriday.  Others can check out the videos and photos of the scenes at starwars.com.

 

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Today through September 3, fans can view the AR scene within a mile of the following geographical coordinates (there are apps and other means to convert geographic coordinates to a point on a map)”

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The augmented reality adventure will continue through the weekend as Star Wars fans across the planet unite for Find The Force, the pop-up AR treasure hunt rolling out at 20,000 retail locations around the world for Force Friday II from September 1-3.  It will feature new and favorite Star Wars characters from the upcoming film via the Find The Force feature in the Star Wars App.  More information and an early look at the new Porg characters in the AR is available at:  www.starwars.com/findtheforce

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“Zarjaz! An Art Tribute To 40 Years of 2000 AD”

40 YEARS!?  Damn we’re getting old!  One thing that ISN’T getting old is the brilliance 2000AD-Logo-350x350that continues to pour our of 2000 AD.  Since 1977 they have been giving fans “stunning cocktail of explosive sci-fi and fantasy, infused with a mean streak of irony and wry black humor, has won countless awards and inspired everything from music to movies, art to politics.”

To celebrate their pure awesomeness, Vice Press and Thought Bubble Festival are throwing a shindig and you won’t want to miss it.  Here is the official announcement.

Vice Press have teamed with 2000 AD and Thought Bubble Festival to celebrate 40 Years of the Galaxy¹s Greatest comic with Zarjaz! An Art Tribute To 40 Years of 2000 AD; a Thrill-Powered gallery exhibition in Leeds featuring work by Earth¹s mightiest artists and designers from comics and pop culture.

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Curated by artist and Vice Press co-founder Matt Ferguson, Zarjaz! An Art Tribute To 40 Years of 2000 AD includes a wide range of art featuring characters and titles from 2000 AD¹s rich history and will include over 40 new release created especially for the gallery. The gallery runs from September 1st through to September 30th at the Gallery at 164, Munro House, Leeds. We will also be hosting a special event held on the evening of Friday the 22nd of September from 7pm to celebrate the opening of the Thought Bubble convention. The gallery is free to attend!

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Art by Jock

Along with many other prints and originals still to be revealed, originals and prints will available to purchase in person from the opening night of Zarjaz! An Art Tribute To 40 Years of 2000 AD on September 1st at The Gallery at Munro House, Leeds. We will also be releasing several exclusive pieces on Friday the 22nd of September at the Thought Bubble event. Any remaining work will go up for sale on line at a later date at www.Vice-Press.com.

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Art by David Aja

Zarjaz! An Art Tribute To 40 Years of 2000 AD is free to attend and will feature a truly staggering display of original tribute art and limited edition prints from the finest art droids to grace the pages of 2000 AD and the rare opportunity to witness some of contemporary comics¹ biggest names deliver their own takes on classic 2000 AD characters. The show will feature new and exclusive work by Carlos Ezquerra, Mick McMahon, Charlie Adlard, Chris Weston, Jock, Jason Edmiston, Michael Cho, Nick Derington, Tula Lotay, Tom Foster, Brett Ewins, Jake Lynch and many, many more. A must for posters and graphic art collectors as all of the unique work on display will be available to add to your collection. You can keep up to date with all the latest news at the Official Facebook Event Page.

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Disney Nature’s “Born In China” Coming To Homes Everywhere August 29th

If you love animals and faraway lands, then Disney Nature’s latest documentary is just what your family is looking for.  The precious pandas, mischievous monkeys and sleek snow leopards of “Born In China,” shown in their natural habitats in the extreme environments of China will captivate you and warm your hearts.

1aNarrated by John Krasinski, Disneynature’s newest true-life adventure film “Born in China,” journeys into homes on Digital, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack (Blu-ray+DVD+Digital) and On-Demand on August 29.  And in continued efforts to help protect the wild animals featured in the film, Disneynature through the Conservation Fund has made a contribution to World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to focus efforts that benefit wild pandas and snow leopards.

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Born In China” transports audiences to some of the world’s most extreme environments of China where few people have ever ventured to witness wildly intimate and adorable moments in the lives of three animal families – a doting panda bear mother, a 2-year-old golden snub-nosed monkey, and a mother snow leopard. It is the seventh theatrical release from Disneynature, which brings the world’s top nature filmmakers together to share wildlife stories that engage, inspire and educate. The breathtaking footage and high-definition quality picture is captivating for audiences of all ages and is a must-add to the in-home collection.

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Furthermore, the in-home release comes packaged with all-new bonus features that take viewers deeper into the making of a true-life adventure film, showcasing the extreme measures it took to travel, film, observe and encounter these amazing animals in their natural habitats in the far northeast China; Showcases how Disneynature and the Disney Conservation efforts behind these films have helped make a difference around the globe; and features the full music video by “American Authors” end-credit song “Everything Everything.”

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The film is directed by accomplished Chinese filmmaker Lu Chuan and produced by Disney’s Roy Conli and renowned nature filmmakers Brian Leith and Phil Chapman. The film features an orchestral score composed by Emmy®-winner Barnaby Taylor that incorporates authentic Chinese flavors.

BONUS FEATURES (Blu-ray & Digital)*: 

Panda Suits & Bamboo Shoots – Join the team as they struggle through an almost impenetrable bamboo forest in an effort to capture footage of pandas in the wild.

Walking with Monkeys– The shivering crew bundles up to film the adorable golden snub-nosed monkeys engaged in a surprisingly human activity.

Masters of Camouflage – Go behind the scenes as the filmmakers set out on a quest never before achieved: to find and film a snow leopard family in the wild.

Wading Through Wetlands – A crew travels to far northeast China to catch the first moments of a red-crowned crane chick’s life.

“Everything Everything” Music Video Performed by American Authors check out the full music video of American Authors end-credit song “Everything Everything.”

Disneynature: Get Inspired, Get Involved –Join Disneynature and the Disney Conservation as they thank our audiences and the animals who star in the films for helping to make Disneynature and its conservation efforts a success.

*Bonus features may vary by retailer

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Viz Media Announces “Death Note: All In One Edition”

If Japanese manga is your thing then you are probably a fan of “Death Note” written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata.  Fans of the series are eagerly awaiting the Netflix adaptation that premiers on August 25th.

Now those same fans have something ELSE to look forward to.  This September, the “Death Note All In One Edition” will come out.  Here’s the official blurb about it:

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This hefty omnibus combines all 2,400 pages of the megahit thriller into a single massive tome, presented in a beautiful silver slipcase. A perfect collectible conversation piece and a must-have for Death Note fans. Also contains an epilogue chapter never before seen in English!

 

CLICK HERE TO ORDER

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Kidrobot’s New Batman Dunny Collection Is Our New Obsession

Let’s face it, we’ve made it pretty clear how much we love Batman, I mean just look at our wallpaper and header.  So you can imagine how we gasped with awe when we found out that Kidrobot has just released a new Dunny collection surrounding The Caped Crusader!

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There are 15 mini-figures in the series and four 5″ figures… and we NEED THEM ALL!  Here is the announcement from Kidrobot talking about Batman, Robin and their featured foes.

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Holy Dunny, Batman!  Kidrobot and DC are ready to defend Gotham City with this all new Batman x Kidrobot Dunny Mini Series and collection of 5″ Dunny’s. The mini series features the most iconic versions of Batman as well a span of villains ranging from the movies, TV shows and comics molded to fit the classic Dunny platform. The four 5″ Dunny’s feature Suicide Squad Joker, Classic Joker, Dark Knight Batman and Classic Batman.  Grab your utility belt, collect all of them and complete your Bat Cave collection!

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My ONLY issue is that these are available in blind boxes which means…. I will have six of one character that EVERYONE else has and most likely have to complete my collection at the mercy of ebay marauders who will prey on my passion for all things Batman with elevated prices and unreasonable shipping terms.

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ORDER YOURS HERE!

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From The Mind Of Neil Gaiman, Season 1 Of Starz “American Gods” Is Coming To Homes This October

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The critically acclaimed Starz fantasy series “American Gods” Season One, produced by FremantleMedia North America, arrives on Digital HD October 6 and Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD October 17 from Lionsgate. From writer-producers Bryan Fuller (“Hannibal”) and Michael Green (“Heroes”) and based on Neil Gaiman’s international best-selling novel, “American Gods” Season One is a visual feast focusing on an ex-convict named Shadow Moon, and his sudden introduction into a power struggle between the Old and New Gods.

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“American Gods” Season One stars Ricky Whittle (“The 100”), Ian McShane (John Wick: Chapter 2, “Game of Thrones”), Emily Browning (Sucker Punch, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events), Pablo Schreiber (13 Hours, “Orange Is the New Black”), Peter Stormare (John Wick: Chapter 2, Fargo), and pop culture icon Gillian Anderson (“The X-Files,” “Hannibal”).

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When Shadow Moon is released from prison, he meets the mysterious Mr. Wednesday and a storm begins to brew. Little does Shadow know, this storm will change the course of his entire life. Left adrift by the recent, tragic death of his wife, and suddenly hired as Mr. Wednesday’s bodyguard, Shadow finds himself in the center of a world that he struggles to understand. It’s a hidden world where magic is real, where the Old Gods fear both irrelevance and the growing power of the New Gods, like Technology and Media. Mr. Wednesday seeks to build a coalition of Old Gods to defend their existence in this new America, and reclaim some of the influence that they’ve lost. As Shadow travels across the country with Mr. Wednesday, he struggles to accept this new reality, and his place in it.

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The home entertainment release of “American Gods” Season One features over two hours of exclusive extras including “The Road to ‘American Gods’” documentary, six behind-the-scenes featurettes, audio commentary on the premiere and season finale episodes, God Squad Video Commentary, and an opportunity to explore the Crocodile Bar in 360 degrees. “American Gods” Season One will be available on Blu-ray and DVD for the suggested retail price of $39.99 and $34.98, respectively.

BLU-RAY / DVD SPECIAL FEATURES

  • “The Road to ‘American Gods’” Documentary
  • “Title Gods” Featurette
  • “‘American Gods’ Origins” Featurette
  • “Old Gods” Featurette
  • “New Gods” Featurette
  • “What Is ‘American Gods?’” Featurette
  • “Book vs. Show” Featurette
  • God Squad Video Documentary
  • Explore the Crocodile Bar in 360 Degrees with Commentary by Cast and Crew
  • Audio Commentary with Cast and Crew on the Premiere and Finale Episodes

o   Episode 101 with Creators-Writers Bryan Fuller and Michael Green and Director David Slade

o   Episode 101 with Actors Ian McShane and Ricky Whittle

o   Episode 108 God Squad Video with Actors Ricky Whittle, Emily Browning, Yetide Badaki, Bruce Langley, and Orlando Jones

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