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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

SDCC brings Young Justice preview plus Brave and the Bold!

 
 WARNER BROS. TELEVISION GROUP
CONFIRMED COMIC-CON 2010
PANEL DESCRIPTIONS
Update 2010-06-29


WEDNESDAY, JULY 21, 2010

6:00–9:00 p.m.  Special Sneak Peek Pilot Screenings – Comic-Con and Warner Bros. Television are proud to continue the tradition of presenting exclusive screenings of some of the most buzzed-about new television series of the upcoming season. For Comic-Con 2010, WBTV will offer multiple screenings of the premiere episode of the highly anticipated action hour Nikita, along with additional special video presentations. Ballroom 20

In the sexy and suspenseful series starring international action star Maggie Q (Mission: Impossible III) in the title role, Nikita has gone rogue. Division is an ultra-secret government agency whose operatives are recruited young people with severed ties to family, friends and society and who are trained to be invisible assassins. No one ever leaves Division – except the charming and deadly Nikita, who has managed to escape, making it her mission to undermine the now-corrupt organization. A force to be reckoned with, the rogue Nikita taunts Division, staying on their radar, but always one step ahead.  Yet as determined as Nikita is to bring down her former agency, there are those just as determined to stop her, including Division's newest recruit Alex, a beautiful young woman who seems destined to replace Nikita as their next top operative.

In addition to Maggie Q, Nikita stars Lyndsy Fonseca (Kick-Ass), Shane West (ER), Aaron Stanford (X2: X-Men United), with Melinda Clarke (The O.C.) and Xander Berkeley (24). The executive producers are Craig Silverstein (Bones), Danny Cannon (the CSI series), McG (Supernatural) and Peter Johnson (Supernatural). From Wonderland Sound and Vision in association with Warner Bros. Television, Nikita will air Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW. Become a fan of the show on Facebook at www.facebook.com/nikita.


THURSDAY, JULY 22, 2010

5:00–6:00 p.m. Childrens Hospital Screening and Q&A – Check out the Childrens Hospital panel and hear from the show’s creative team led by Rob Corddry (Hot Tub Time Machine, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart) and Jon Stern (producer of The Ten and Scotland, PA). They will be joined by members of their ensemble cast of comedic heavyweights, including Lake Bell (How to Make It in America, It’s Complicated), Erinn Hayes (Parenthood, Worst Week) and Rob Huebel (I Love You Man, Human Giant). Childrens Hospital explores the emotional struggles and sexual politics of a group of doctors charged with healthy libidos. Their dedication to their personal lives is relentless, interrupted only by the occasional need to treat sick children. Room 25ABC

FRIDAY, JULY 23, 2010

10:30–11:30 a.m.  Batman: The Brave and the Bold Screening and Q&A – The Caped Crusader swings back into San Diego as Batman: The Brave and the Bold returns to Comic-Con for its third consecutive year with an advance screening of an upcoming episode, as well as a lively discussion with voice of Batman Diedrich Bader (Surf's Up), executive producer Sam Register (Teen Titans), producers James Tucker (Justice League Unlimited) and Michael Jelenic (The Batman), and voice director Andrea Romano (Superman Doomsday). As a special bonus for fans, the panel will also screen the world-premiere trailer for the upcoming and highly anticipated Cartoon Network/Warner Bros. Animation series Young Justice. Don’t miss this Comic-Con exclusive. From Warner Bros. Animation, Batman: The Brave and the Bold airs Fridays at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT on Cartoon Network, and Batman: The Brave and the Bold – Season 1, Part 1 will be released on DVD August 17. Become a fan of the show on Facebook at www.facebook.com/batmanbraveandbold. Room 6A


12:45–1:45 p.m.  The Big Bang Theory Screening and Q&A – It’s “Anything Can Happen Friday” at Comic-Con as The Big Bang Theory – which kicks off a new night of comedy on Thursdays for CBS this fall – returns to San Diego with a special screening and a Q&A featuring the show’s creators and stars. Resident Big Bang alum Wil Wheaton (Star Trek: The Next Generation) will moderate a lively discussion featuring executive producers Chuck Lorre (Two and a Half Men) and Bill Prady (Dharma & Greg), as well as series stars Johnny Galecki (Roseanne), Jim Parsons (Garden State), Kaley Cuoco (Charmed), Simon Helberg (Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story) and Kunal Nayyar (NCIS). From Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television, The Big Bang Theory will air Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT this fall on the CBS Television Network, and The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Third Season will be released on Blu-ray™ and DVD on September 14. Become a fan of the show on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheBigBangTheory and follow The Big Bang Theory on Twitter at www.twitter.com/BigBang_CBS. Ballroom 20

SATURDAY, JULY 24, 2010

10:00–10:45 a.m. Chuck Screening and Q&A – Chuck returns to Comic-Con! Join executive producers and co-creators Josh Schwartz (Gossip Girl) and Chris Fedak, along with series stars Zachary Levi (Alvin and the Chipmunks), Yvonne Strahovski (upcoming The Killer Elite), Joshua Gomez (Without a Trace), Ryan McPartlin, Mark Christopher Lawrence (The Pursuit of Happyness), Vik Sahay (Good Will Hunting), Scott Krinsky (The O.C.) with Sarah Lancaster (upcoming The Good Doctor) and Adam Baldwin (Serenity) for their usual hijinks – a Q&A to discuss the upcoming season four (made possible by the devoted fanbase) and a special video presentation. Produced by Fake Empire, Wonderland Sound and Vision in association with Warner Bros. Television, Chuck airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC, and Chuck: The Complete Third Season will be released on Blu-ray™ and DVD on September 7. Become a fan of Chuck on Facebook at www.facebook.com/chuck and follow the show on Twitter at www.twitter.com/nbcchuck. Ballroom 20

10:00–11:00 a.m. Mad About MAD! – MAD Magazine has established itself as the original and most imitated and influential satirical publication across generations. This fall, MAD returns to TV screens with MAD, a new show for the next generation! Come join MAD Magazine editor John Ficarra, MAD art director Sam Viviano, legendary MAD artist Sergio Aragones, contemporary MAD artist Tom Richmond, MAD story editor/producer Kevin Shinick and the panel’s host, Peter Girardi (Senior Vice President, Series & Alternative Animation, at Warner Bros. Animation, the producers of the upcoming MAD animated television program), for a light-hearted look at the future of an American institution. Room 7AB

2:30–3:15 p.m. V Screening and Q&A – The cast and creative team behind this thrilling drama series about the world’s first alien encounter make their return to Comic-Con. V series stars Elizabeth Mitchell (Lost), Morris Chestnut (Boyz n the Hood), Joel Gretsch (The 4400), Logan Huffman (America), Laura Vandervoort (Smallville), Charles Mesure (Xena: Warrior Princess) with Morena Baccarin (Firefly) and Scott Wolf (Go) will join executive producers Scott Rosenbaum (Chuck, The Shield) and Steve Pearlman (Related) for a Q&A session with fans and to screen a special highlight reel from the show’s first season. From HDFilms in association with Warner Bros. Television, V will return midseason on ABC, and V: The Complete First Season will be released on Blu-ray™ and DVD this fall. Become a fan of V on Facebook at www.facebook.com/V and follow the show on Twitter at www.twitter.com/VonABC. Ballroom 20

3:15–4:00 p.m. Fringe Screening and Q&A – Fringe returns to Comic-Con as Lance Reddick and Blair Brown make their first appearance at the convention, joining fellow series stars Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble and Jasika Nicole, and executive producers Jeff Pinkner and J.H. Wyman for a Q&A with fans and an exclusive video presentation. Join the discussion of this critically acclaimed thriller, which explores the ever-blurring line between science fiction and reality, where hybrid monsters tear through sewers, thieves walk through walls and portals open to worlds unknown. From Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, Fringe airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on FOX, and Fringe: The Complete Second Season will be released on Blu-ray™ and DVD on September 14. Become a fan of Fringe on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Fringe and follow the show on Twitter at www.twitter.com/FRINGEonFOX. Ballroom 20

4:15–5:00 p.m. The Vampire Diaries Screening and Q&A – The cast and creative team behind The Vampire Diaries return to take a bite out of Comic-Con! Series stars Nina Dobrev (Degrassi: The Next Generation), Paul Wesley (Roll Bounce), Ian Somerhalder (Lost), Michael Trevino (Cane) and Matt Davis (Blue Crush) join executive producers/writers Kevin Williamson (Scream) and Julie Plec (Kyle XY) to show fans a fang-tastic season one highlight reel, followed by a Q&A session. This edgy, romantic drama quickly became the number one series on The CW in its first season. The Vampire Diaries director/co-executive producer Marcos Siega (Dexter) will moderate the panel. From Bonanza Productions Inc., Outerbanks Entertainment and Alloy Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios, The Vampire Diaries will return for its second season this fall, airing Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW, and The Vampire Diaries: The Complete First Season will be released on Blu-ray™ and DVD August 31. Become a fan of The Vampire Diaries on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thevampirediaries and follow the show on Twitter at www.twitter.com/CW_VampDiaries. Ballroom 20

5:15–6:15 p.m. Nikita Pilot Screening and Q&A – Comic-Con has gone rogue! International action star Maggie Q (Mission: Impossible III) stars in this sexy and suspenseful series as an agent who has escaped from the ultra-secretive and corrupt government agency that trained her to be an assassin … and then betrayed her. Come catch a sneak peek screening of this action-packed thriller, and join Maggie, series stars Shane West (ER) and Lyndsy Fonseca (Kick-Ass), and executive producer Craig Silverstein (Bones) for an inside look at one of the most anticipated new shows of the fall season. From Wonderland Sound and Vision in association with Warner Bros. Television, Nikita will air Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW. Become a fan of the show on Facebook at www.facebook.com/nikita. Room 6BCF

6:15–7 p.m. Human Target Screening and Q&A – Based upon the popular DC Comics title, Human Target is an action-packed thrill ride about a mysterious private contractor who will stop at nothing to keep his clients alive – even if it means literally becoming a “human target.” The series moves to a new night – Fridays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FOX – this fall, and executive producer Matthew Miller (Chuck) will join series stars Mark Valley (Fringe), Chi McBride (Pushing Daisies) and Jackie Earle Haley (A Nightmare on Elm Street) for a Q&A with fans and to screen a special video presentation. Human Target is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Wonderland Sound and Vision, DC Comics and Warner Bros. Television. Human Target: The Complete First Season will be released on Blu-ray™ and DVD September 21. Become a fan of Human Target on Facebook at www.facebook.com/humantarget and follow the show on Twitter at www.twitter.com/HumanTargetFOX. Room 6BCF

SUNDAY, JULY 25, 2010

10:00–11:00 a.m. Smallville Screening and Q&A – Comic-Con favorite Smallville returns for its last visit to Comic-Con in advance of the show’s 10th and final season. Series stars to be announced join executive producers Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson to talk about the year ahead, answer fan questions and give an exclusive sneak peek at clips from the final season. From Tollin/Robbins Productions, Millar/Gough Ink in association with Warner Bros. Television, Smallville airs Fridays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW. Smallville: The Complete Ninth Season will be released on Blu-ray™ and DVD on September 7. Become a fan of the show on Facebook at www.facebook.com/smallville. Ballroom 20

11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Supernatural Screening and Q&A – Join Supernatural cast members to be announced, executive producers Sera Gamble (Eyes) and Ben Edlund (Angel), and creator/executive producer Eric Kripke (Boogeyman) for an exclusive sneak peek at footage from the highly anticipated sixth season of this thrill-ride series, which moves to a new day – Fridays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW – this fall. The panel will answer questions from the audience and also show a portion of the special features from the upcoming Supernatural: The Complete Fifth Season DVD and Blu-ray™ release, in stores September 7. Supernatural is produced by Wonderland Sound and Vision in association with Warner Bros. Television. Become a fan of the show on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Supernatural and follow Supernatural on Twitter at www.twitter.com/CW_Supernatural. Ballroom 20

1:00–2:00 p.m.  Unnatural History Episode Screening and Q&A – Join the adventure!  Cartoon Network’s first live-action mystery series, Unnatural History, journeys to San Diego for its Comic-Con debut. Unnatural History chronicles the adventures of Henry Griffin, a teenager with extraordinary skills acquired while traveling the world with his anthropologist parents. His unique abilities come in handy when he moves to Washington D.C. – and begins exploring the mysteries of a charter high school within the National Museum Complex. Fans will be treated to a premiere screening of a never-before-seen episode, as well as a Q&A with series stars Kevin G. Schmidt (Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel), Jordan Gavaris (Degrassi: The Next Generation), Italia Ricci (Greek) and Martin Donovan (Weeds) as well as creator/executive producer Mike Werb (The Mask, Face/Off). From Warner Horizon Television, Unnatural History airs Sunday nights at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Cartoon Network. Become a fan of the show at www.facebook.com/UnnaturalHistory. Room 6BCF

2:15–3:15 p.m. Scooby-Doo Screening and Q&A – Those meddling teens are at it again!  Find out what Shaggy, Fred, Daphne, Velma and, of course, Scooby-Doo are up to with a sneak peek at upcoming titles from this beloved family franchise. Join supervising producers Spike Brandt and Tony Cervone (both Duck Dodgers), producer Mitch Watson (Ben 10: Race Against Time) and art director Dan Krall (Coraline) as they screen a never-before-seen episode of the new Cartoon Network/Warner Bros. Animation series Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated (airing Mondays at 7 p.m. ET/PT on Cartoon Network) and take fan questions. Additionally, they will unveil the trailer to Warner Home Video’s upcoming all-new original animated movie Scooby-Doo! Camp Scare (release date: September 14) and will provide fans with a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s forthcoming Scooby-Doo! and the Spooky Swamp videogame, coming September 14. Panel attendees will be served a full course of all things Scooby-Doo, as they will also hear about additional upcoming Scooby-related projects from Warner Premiere and Warner Bros. Consumer Products. Room 6BCF

The Next Dc Universe Movie: Superman/Batman: Apocalypse


THE END IS NEAR



WORLD’S FINEST WAGE WAR WITH DARKSEID IN ALL-NEW DC UNIVERSE ANIMATED ORIGNAL MOVIE SUPERMAN/BATMAN: APOCALYPSE AVAILABLE FROM WARNER HOME VIDEO



SEPTEMBER 28, 2010!

Andre Braugher, Summer Glau, Ed Asner join popular voices Kevin Conroy & Tim Daly;New DC Showcase GREEN ARROW on Special Edition Blu-ray & 2-Disc Special Edition DVD.


BURBANK, CA, (June 29, 2010) – To save an earthbound Kryptonian, the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight unite once again – this time to battle the powerful forces of Darkseid – in Superman/Batman: Apocalypse, the ninth entry in the popular, ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original PG-13 Movies coming September 28, 2010 from Warner Premiere, DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation. The highly anticipated, full-length film will be distributed by Warner Home Video as a Special Edition Blu-Ray™ and 2-Disc Special Edition DVD as well as single disc DVD. The film will also be available On Demand and for Download.

Fan favorites Tim Daly (Private Practice) and Kevin Conroy (China Beach) return to their seminal roles as Superman and Batman, respectively. The celebrity-laden guest cast is headed by Andre Braugher (Men of a Certain Age) as the daunting Darkseid. Sci-Fi heroine Summer Glau (Serenity/Firefly, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) provides the voice of Supergirl, and seven-time Emmy Award winner Ed Asner (Up) reprises his Superman: The Animated Series/Justice League role as Granny Goodness.

Based on the DC Comics series/graphic novel “Superman/Batman: Supergirl” by Jeph Loeb, Michael Turner & Peter Steigerwald, Superman/Batman: Apocalypse is produced by animation legend Bruce Timm and directed by Lauren Montgomery (Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths) from a script by Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Tab Murphy (Gorillas in the Mist).

After a spaceship splashes down in Gotham City Harbor, Batman and Superman encounter a mysterious Kryptonian with powers as great as those of the Man of Steel. The Kryptonian is soon revealed to be Kara, cousin of Superman, who takes her under his wing to educate her about the ways of Earth. However, the villainous Darkseid has other plans. Seeing an opportunity to finally defeat Superman, Darkseid abducts and gains control of Kara, utilizing the powerful Kryptonian to do his bidding. It’s up to Batman and Superman to save Kara, but they’ll have to take the fight to Darkseid within his hostile world – where unknown, deadly threats lurk around every corner, including a brainwashed Kryptonian able to match Superman blow-for-blow.

In addition to the feature film, the Superman/Batman: Apocalypse Special Edition Blu-Ray™ and 2-Disc Special Edition DVD include the third DC Showcase animated short, Green Arrow. Screenwriter Greg Weisman’s story finds Oliver Queen at the Star City International Airport to pick up his girlfriend, only to be forced into action as Green Arrow to protect the 10-year-old Princess of Vlatava from his old nemesis Merlyn the Magnificent and the League of Assassins. The short features the voices of Neal McDonough (Desperate Housewives) and Malcolm McDowell (Entourage). Bruce Timm is executive producer.

Superman/Batman: Apocalypse 2-Disc Special Edition DVD features more than 1 1/2 hours of exciting extra content, including:

• Feature film (est. 75 min)

• DC Showcase: Green Arrow (10 min)

• Sneak Peak at the Next DC Universe Animated Original Movie (10 min)

• Featurette: Supergirl: The Last Daughter of Krypton - A

comprehensive look at The Maiden of Might from her introduction in the

classic age of comics to her death in the “Crisis on Infinite Earths”

crossover event to her appearance on Smallville and beyond.

• 2 bonus episodes from animated television series handpicked by Bruce Timm

Superman/Batman: Apocalypse Special Edition Blu-Ray™ will include more than 2 1/2 hours of intriguing bonus features, starting with all of the content available on the 2-Disc Special Edition DVD and adding:

• All-New Featurette: The New Gods - This documentary covers Darkseid’s story, particularly in reference to the adaptation of Superman/Batman: Apocalypse. A primer on the wealth of material and stories contained in the New Gods series, along with a deeper understanding of why these characters – and especially Darkseid – are so memorable and important to the DC pantheon.

• All-New Featurette Pods

• Orion - The mightiest warrior on either New Genesis or Apokolips, Orion follows an almost Shakespearean arc culminating in the slaying of his father, Darkseid. This mini-featurette shines a light on this classically tragic character.

Mister Miracle - This mini-featurette focuses on the greatest escape artist the universe has ever known and how he was traded in a peace effort to be raised by Darkseid, the enemy of all New Genesis.

• 2 additional bonus TV series episodes handpicked by Bruce Timm

• Digital copy on disc of the feature film

“Great things happen when powerful entities come together, and the partnership of Warner Premiere, DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation is proud to continue this popular film series by once again uniting the two most popular characters in the DC Universe in a story that truly tests their strength, trust, loyalty, ingenuity and heroism,” said Matt Bierman, Senior Vice President Production, Warner Premiere.
"It is a testament to the larger-than-life nature of Jeph Loeb’s blockbuster storylines that two of the first nine DC Universe movies are based on his work," said Geoff Johns, Chief Creative Officer of DC Entertainment. "Superman/Batman: Apocalypse lets us see Superman and Batman in action side-by-side again, but this time along with Supergirl and one of DC's greatest villains, Darkseid."
“Just as Superman and Batman stand atop the DC canon of characters, so o the respective seminal voices of Tim Daly and Kevin Conroy in the earts and minds of fans. Superman/Batman: Apocalypse will no doubt

please comic-centric and mainstream audiences alike – particularly in

the performances of Daly and Conroy opposite dynamic actors like Andre

Braugher and Ed Asner, and fanboy favorite Summer Glau,” said Amit

Desai, WHV Vice President of Family, Animation & Partner Brands.





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focused on the development, production and marketing of

feature-length-DVD and short-form digital content for this growing

space. Warner Premiere is committed to being at the creative forefront

in the evolution of quality product in the direct-to-consumer

business, creating material that exemplifies the commitment to story,

production and brand equity for which Warner Bros. is known.



About Warner Home Video

With operations in 90 international territories, Warner Home Video, a

Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, a division of the Warner Bros.

Home Entertainment Group, commands the largest distribution

infrastructure in the global video marketplace. Warner Home Video's

film library is the largest of any studio, offering top quality new

and vintage titles from the repertoires of Warner Bros. Pictures,

Turner Entertainment, Castle Rock Entertainment, HBO Video and New

Line Home Entertainment.



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Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group brings together Warner Bros.

Entertainment's home video, digital distribution, interactive

entertainment/videogames, direct-to-DVD production, technical

operations and anti-piracy businesses in order to maximize current and

next-generation distribution scenarios. WBHEG is responsible for the

global distribution of content through DVD, electronic sell-through

and VOD, and delivery of theatrical content to wireless and online

channels, and is also a significant worldwide publisher for both

internal and third party videogame titles.



About DC Comics:

DC Comics, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is the largest

English-language publisher of comics in the world and home to such

iconic characters as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and the Sandman.

These DC Super Heroes and others have starred in comic books, movies,

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thrilling audiences of all ages for generations. DC Comics’ Web site

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About Warner Bros. Animation:

Warner Bros. Animation (WBA) has been producing award-winning original

animation since 1930, when it released its first cartoon, “Sinkin' in

the Bathtub.” Since then, WBA’s characters have set the standard for

innovative, quality animation. Producing for network and cable

television, online, home entertainment and feature films both

domestically and internationally, WBA is highly respected for its

creative and technical excellence, as well as for maintaining the

studio’s rich cartoon heritage. WBA also oversees the creative use and

production of animated programming based on classic cartoon characters

from the Hanna-Barbera and DC Comics libraries. WBA is one of the

most-honored animation studios in history, including six Academy

Awards® and 35 Emmy® Awards.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Product Spotlight: Toy Story 3 Yahtzee Jr. Game!

For the full story click the title above!

 Product Spotlight: Toy Story 3 Yahtzee Jr. Game!

The last Hasbro game we're going to spotlight for now is the Toy Story 3 Yahtzee Jr.  This isn't just a simple box re-branding of the Toy Story Yahtzee Jr. that was already released, this one includes Toy Story 3 characters in it, such as Lotso!
  • Join Buzz, Woody, Mr. Potato Head, and more for game night fun!
  • Includes a shaker, dice, and everything you'll need!
Be a winner with Buzz and Woody! This great new version of Yahtzee Jr. includes images from Toy Story 3 and all your favorite characters. Make a match, roll the dice, and win! Ages 4 and up. 2-4 players.


Buy it online: Entertainment Earth

Tom & Jerry Deluxe Anniversary Collection DVD Review

Tom & Jerry Deluxe Anniversary Collection DVD Review


Synopsis: Celebrate the most enduring team in animation history with a collection fans will want to chase and catch! Stars of their own theatrical shorts, movies and TV series, Tom and Jerry make the pursuit of pursuit eternal fun. This 2-Disc, 30-Short Collection samples many of their best (including 7 Academy Award winners) over the years, put through their paces and evolving their look and personalities through the talents of great directors (William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, Chuck Jones and Maurice Noble). Whatever the medium, their encounters are always fast, frisky and delightful.

Review: Tom and Jerry is without a doubt one of the best shows that has ever existed.  It began as theatrical shorts and has been aired, re-aired and re-imagined countless times, because its a formula that just works.

This new anniversary collection DVD set includes 30 of the animated shorts.  They are in no particular order, but are rather a collection of some of their 'greatest hits'.   This is classic Tom and Jerry doing what they do best.

A lot of the shorts in this collection are included in the previously released Chuck Jones Collection and the Tom & Jerry Spotlight Collections, so serious collectors may want to avoid the set, but casual fans and parents will definately want to pick this one up!  Its a fantastic sampling of what is out there.


Interest Range: Tom & Jerry, Cartoons, Classic Cartoons

Entourage: The Complete Sixth Season Blu-Ray Review


Entourage: The Complete Sixth Season Blu-Ray Review


Synopsis: For Vince, Eric, Drama, and Turtle, life in Hollywood's fast lane can be an intoxicating ride.

Review: It isn't all that common for a cable show to run for several season.  Entourage is now releasing their sixth on blu-ray and its still going strong.  The show is on top of it's game and going stronger than ever!

We finally see the gang start to come into their own.  Each character is starting to branch off and create a real life for themselves.  Its nice to see them not content to live in the shadow of Vince anymore.  Of course, nonsense and drama ensue!  Season six is one of the best yet and is a definate must to own.  The blu-ray gives you the high-def experience, so there really isn't any other option!

Special features on the blu-ray include: "Life at the Top": An exclusive look at the making of season 6 featuring interviews with the cast and crew, "A Day at the Speedway": Behind the scenes with the Entourage cast and crew as they race Ferraris at the Auto Club Speedway, ONEXONE PSA (directed by Matt Damon), Three audio commentaries by creator-executive producer Doug Ellin, executive producer Ally Musika, Jeremy Piven, Kevin Connolly, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara, Adrian Grenier, and Bob Saget

Interest Range: Entourage, HBO shows, Hollywood, Celebrities, Drama

25th Anniversary Back to the Future Trilogy on DVD and Blu-Ray!


 
ONE OF THE BIGGEST MOTION PICTURE TRILOGIES COMES TO BLU-RAY FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER

BACK TO THE FUTURE 25TH ANNIVERSARY TRILOGY

NEWLY RESTORED, EXPERIENCE BACK TO THE FUTURE LIKE NEVER BEFORE WITH MORE THAN TWO HOURS OF NEW BONUS FEATURES

AVAILABLE WORLDWIDE ON BLU-RAY & DVD OCTOBER 26, 2010 FROM UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOME ENTERTAINMENT

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA. – At 88 miles per hour, Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd took millions of spellbound viewers on a high-flying voyage across the space-time continuum in a trio of wildly inventive tales that broke box-office records around the world.  To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Academy Award®-winning cinematic franchise that generated nearly one billion dollars worldwide, the Back to the Future 25th Anniversary Trilogy will debut on Blu-rayTM on October 26, 2010 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.  The 25th Anniversary Trilogy will also be available on DVD.
 
Now, for the first time ever, the past, present and future collide in eye-popping high definition for a time-traveling celebration featuring new 25th Anniversary restorations for perfect picture and the purest digital sound.  More than two hours of all new bonus features have been added, including an all-new, six-part retrospective documentary featuring never-before-seen interviews with the cast, crew and filmmakers, including Michael J. Fox, for the definitive Back to the Future experience.  
 
On October 26, 1985, Marty McFly took the driver’s seat in Dr. Emmet Brown’s DeLorean and introduced audiences to Back to the Future, a journey that launched a new era of moviemaking magic and reinvented the adventure-comedy genre.  The film, which spent 11 weeks at #1 at the U.S. box office, boasts a legendary Hollywood pedigree that includes director Robert Zemeckis, executive producers Steven Spielberg, Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy, producer and screenwriter Bob Gale and producer Neil Canton.  Accompanying Fox and Lloyd on their warp-speed tour of McFly family history are an array of stars including Lea Thompson (“Caroline in the City”), Crispin Glover (Hot Tub Time Machine), Thomas F. Wilson (“Big Love”), Elisabeth Shue (Leaving Las Vegas), Billy Zane (Titanic), Elijah Wood (Lord of the Rings trilogy) and Mary Steenburgen (The Proposal) as well as 1980s musical icons Huey Lewis and ZZ Top.

BONUS FEATURES EXCLUSIVE TO Blu-rayTM:  Unleash the power of your HDTV with perfect picture and the purest digital sound available.  

U-CONTROL: Universal’s exclusive signature feature allows viewers to learn more about their favorite film without ever leaving the movie.
Setups & Payoffs:  As you watch each of the three films, each “set up” showcases items in the scene that prepare you for a future plot point.  When you get to that moment in the film, the “payoff” is shown to complete the correlation.
 
Storyboard Comparison: Compare key scenes in the movie with the original storyboards.
Trivia Track:  Get inside trivia and facts while you watch the movies.
 
BD-LIVETM:  Access the BD-LiveTM Center through your Internet-connected player to get even more content, watch the latest trailers and more!My Scenes:  Bookmark your favorite scenes from the movies.pocket BLU™:  USHE’s groundbreaking pocket BLU app uses iPhone®, iPod® touch, iPad®, Blackberry®, Android™, Windows and Macintosh computers and more to work seamlessly with a network-connected Blu-rayTM  player and offers advanced features such as:Advanced Remote Control:  A sleek, elegant new way to operate your Blu-ray™ player. Users can navigate through menus, playback and BD-Live™ functions with ease.
 
Video Timeline:  Users can easily bring up the video timeline, allowing them to instantly access any point in their favorite episode.
 
Mobile-To-Go:  Users can unlock a selection of bonus content with their Blu-ray™ discs to save to their device or to stream from anywhere there’s a Wi-Fi network, enabling them to enjoy exclusive content on the go, anytime, anywhere.
 
Browse Titles:  Users will have access to a complete list of pocket BLU™-enabled titles available and coming to Blu-ray™.  They can view free previews and see what additional content is available to unlock on their device.Keyboard:  Enter data into a Blu-ray™ player with your device’s easy and intuitive keyboard.  
 
Archival Featurette Back to the Future Night:  Hosted by Leslie Nielson, this original 30-minute special aired on NBC prior to the first television screening of the Back to the Future.
BLU-RAYTM and DVD BONUS FEATURES
 
Tales from the Future:  New six-part retrospective documentary featuring interviews with Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Director Robert Zemeckis, Producers Bob Gale and Neil Canton, plus Executive Producer Steven Spielberg.

-In the Beginning . . .:  Delve into the genesis of the project, casting, re-casting, the DeLorean, sets and overall pre-production.

-Time to Go:  Production stories through the release of the first film.

-Keeping Time:  The score and the songs of the Back to the Future Trilogy.  

-Time Flies:  Learn more about how the sequel came about, the futuristic look, the special and visual effects, recreating 1955 and more.

-Third Time’s the Charm:  Learn about building a western town, Doc Brown’s love story, the casting of Mary Steenburgen, the train sequence and completing the Trilogy.  

-The Test of Time:  Back to the Future becomes a phenomenon!  President Reagan quotes the film, the Back to the Future ride opens at Universal Studios theme park and fans rebuild the iconic DeLorean.  The film’s cast and crew take a look back and discuss why these beloved movies live on.

-The Physics of Back To The Future:  A discussion with celebrity best-selling author and physicist Dr. Michio Kaku about the overall appreciation of the science in the Back to the Future Trilogy

-Nuclear Test Site Ending Storyboard Sequence: Storyboard sequence of the original proposed ending of the film.

-16 Deleted Scenes
-Michael J. Fox Q&A
-Q&A Commentaries with Director Robert Zemeckis and Producer Bob Gale
-Feature Commentaries with Producers Bob Gale and Neil Canton
-Archival Featurettes
-Making the Trilogy: Chapters One, Two & Three:  Original 2002 DVD documentary that takes a look back in time.The Making Of Back to the Future Part I, II & III:  Provides a vintage and historic first look at the making of all three films.
 
The Secrets of the Back to the Future Trilogy:  a televised special hosted by Kirk Cameron addressing fans unanswered Back to the Future questions.  Behind-the-Scenes
Outtakes
Original Makeup Tests
Production Design
Storyboarding
Designing the DeLorean
Designing Time Travel
Hoverboard Test
Designing Hill Valley
Designing the CampaignBack to the Future:  The RideMusic Videos:
Huey Lewis and the News “Power of Love”
ZZ Top “DoubleBack”Photo Galleries, Including Production Art, Additional Storyboards, Photographs, Marketing Materials and Character Portraits
Theatrical Trailers
 
* Denotes new footage debuting on the 25th Anniversary Trilogy


SYNOPSES
 
Back to the Future
From the Academy Award®-winning filmmakers Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis comes Back to the Future, the original, groundbreaking adventure that sparked one of the most successful trilogies in Hollywood history. When teenager Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) is blasted to 1955 in the DeLorean time machine created by the eccentric Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd), he finds himself mixed up in a time-shattering chain reaction that could vaporize his future—and leave him trapped in the past. Powered by innovative special effects, unforgettable songs and non-stop action, Back to the Future is an unrivaled adventure that stands the test of time.
 
Back to the Future Part II
Getting back was only the beginning as the most spectacular time-travel adventure ever continues in Back to the Future Part II—the sequel that proves that lightning can strike twice! Picking up precisely where they left off, Marty and Doc (Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd) launch themselves to the year 2015 to fine-tune the future and inadvertently disrupt the space-time continuum. Now, their only chance to fix the present is by going back to 1955 again before it’s too late. From Academy Award®-winning filmmakers Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis, Back to the Future Part II provides more of the timeless excitement that made Back to the Future an unforgettable adventure.
 
Back to the Future Part III
They've saved the biggest trip for last as the most popular time-traveling movie trilogy ever comes to a rousing conclusion in Back to the Future Part III. Stranded in 1955 after a freak accident, Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) discovers he must travel back to 1885 to rescue Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) before he becomes smitten with schoolteacher Clara Clayton (Mary Steenburgen). Now, it's up to Marty to keep Doc out of trouble, get the DeLorean running, and put the past, present and future on track so they can all get back to where—and when—they belong. From the Academy Award®-winning filmmakers Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis, Back to the Future Part III is a spectacular grand finale to the unforgettable blockbuster series.
 
About Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Universal Studios Home Entertainment is a unit of Universal Pictures, a division of Universal Studios (www.universalstudios.com). Universal Studios is a part of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Formed in May 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80%-owned by General Electric, with 20% owned by Vivendi.
TECHNICAL INFORMATION BLU-RAY™:
Street Date: October 26, 2010
Copyright:  2010 Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Selection Number:  61112394
Layers: BD-50
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen, 1.85:1
Rating: PGLanguages/Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish and French Subtitles
Sound:  English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Spanish DTS Surround 5.1, French DTS Surround 5.1
Run Time:  Back To The Future – 1 hour, 56 minutes
      Back To The Future II – 1 hour, 48 minutes
                  Back To The Future III – 1 hour, 58 minutes

TECHNICAL INFORMATION DVDStreet Date: October 26, 2010
Copyright:  2010 Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Selection Number: 61114696
Layers: Dual
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen, 1.85:1
Rating: PGLanguages/Subtitles:  English SDH, Spanish and French Subtitles
Sound:  English Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1Run Time:  Back To The Future – 1 hour, 56 minutes
                  Back To The Future II – 1 hour, 48 minutes
                  Back To The Future III – 1 hour, 58 minutes


Back to the Future Website:
www.BTTFMOVIE.COM

Friday, June 25, 2010

Product Spotlight: Toy Story 3 Space Shooter Target Game!

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Toy Story 3 Space Shooter Target Game!


This game is a TON of fun.  We got it out and the kids went nuts!  Its very active game play and lots of action.  The game is also great for collectors with the nice window packaging and that cool Buzz Lightyear blaster!
Toy Story 3 Space Shooter Target Game lets kids role play as Buzz Lightyear! Players fire the blaster across the board and free the toys. It is a fast-paced target game with rapid motorized firing action! Grab your blaster and swing into action to save Woody and the gang. Activate your shooter and target enemy toys. You can see how it feels to be Buzz Lightyear as he helps save the good toys from the Evil Lotso at the Sunny Side Day Care.
Toy Story 3 Space Shooter Target Game includes:

  • Targets




  • Game board




  • 10 foam discs




  • Batteries not included 



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    You can buy it online: Walmart.com

    Product Spotlight: Toy Story 3 Connect 4 Game!

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    Product Spotlight: Toy Story 3 Connect 4 Game!

    Hasbro has really outdone themselves with this one!  This is the classic Connect 4 model with Toy Story 3-themed game pieces.  It also includes a pop-out feature and power checkers!   This one is an absolute blast!

    Check out the fun with five games in one. Drop in your checkers and be the first to get 4-in-a-row to win. PopOut feature helps you get 4-in-a-row by popping a checker out instead of dropping one in. Start with the grid full of checkers and pop them out. If it's part of a 4-in-a-row, you get to keep it. First to keep 10 wins. Use the Power Checkers to pop out one of your opponent's checkers or an entire row. Use the "Go Again" checker to give yourself another turn. For an added challenge, use the wings to be the first player to get 5-in-a-row!


    Toy Story 3 Connect 4 Game:
    • For 2 players
    • The original checker-stacking game with more challenge
    • Five ways to play: Original, Pop-Out, Pop 10, Power Up, 5-in-a-Row
    • Simple to store and carry!
    • Includes lockable grid, top locking mechanism,
    • game base (doubles as a carrying handle)
    • 21 yellow checkers
    • 21 red checkers
    • 2 scoring slides
    • 2 cardboard sliders and instructions 
    You can buy it online: Walmart.com

      Larry Kenney busy recording for Thundercats - Cancels Appearance

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      This is from Larry's official Facebook: 
      "To all my Friends in Jackson, Mississippi: I am terribly, terribly sorry to say I won't be able to visit y'all this weekend at the Southern Fried Supercon. I've been held over in Los Angeles to record more episodes of the new THUNDERCATS series.  If you'll still have me next year, I'll see you then!"

      Thursday, June 24, 2010

      Win a copy of Hot Tub Time Machine on DVD!

      Hot Tub Time Machine
      Win a copy of this hilarious DVD!

      John Cusack, Rob Corddry And Cr
      On Blu-ray And DVD June 29

      June 29th is HOT TUB DAY! So, get your swimwear on, a few drinks in the cooler and the hot
      tub heating and sit back and enjoy Hot Tub Time Machine.

      Three friends with less-than-fulfilling lives get the chance to go back and do it all again in the
      uproarious comedy Hot Tub Time Machine, heating up as an UNRATED, two-disc Blu-ray with
      Digital Copy and DVD.

      Delivering “non-stop political incorrectness” and “about a billion laughs”, the film stars John
      Cusack (High Fidelity), Craig Robinson (“The Office”) and Rob Corddry (“The Daily Show with
      Jon Stewart”) as buddies looking to recapture a little of their youthful glory by returning to the
      ski resort where they used to party. After a crazy night of drinking in the hot tub, they realize
      that they’ve been transported back to the 80s and into the bodies of their younger selves. Now
      they have to decide whether they should change their futures while wading through a sea of
      spandex, blue eye shadow and heavy metal hair bands.

      Hot Tub Time Machine also features a hilarious supporting cast including comedy legend
      Chevy Chase (Caddyshack), Crispin Glover (Back to the Future) and Clark Duke (Kick-Ass).
      For your chance of winning your own copy of Hot Tub Time Machine, simply answer the
      following question:

      Which other film starring Crispin Glover features a time machine?
       
      •Back to the Future
      •Back to the present
      •Back to the past

      Email your answers to dvdlegion.com @ gmail.com.  Good luck!

      Follow the Hot Tub Time Machine bear on Twitter as he gets into crazy amounts of trouble
      around the streets of Los Angeles: http://twitter.com/hottubbear

      Warner Home Video releases first official clip from "Batman: Under the Red Hood"


      Below you will find a link to the first official clip to be released from "Batman: Under the Red Hood." The eighth entry in the ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original PG-13 Movies will be distributed on July 27, 2010 by Warner Home Video.

      Click HERE to view the clip!
       
      The 54-second clip features an encounter between Batman and Red Hood. In the film, Batman faces his ultimate challenge as the mysterious Red Hood takes Gotham City by firestorm. One part vigilante, one part criminal kingpin, Red Hood begins cleaning up Gotham with the efficiency of Batman, but without following the same ethical code. And when The Joker falls in the balance between the two forces of justice, hard truths are revealed and old wounds are reopened.

      Produced by Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros.
      Animation, "Batman: Under the Red Hood" will be distributed by Warner
      Home Video as a Special Edition version on Blu-Ray™ and 2-disc DVD, as
      well as being available on single disc DVD, On Demand and for
      Download.

      Wednesday, June 23, 2010

      Batman Magic Towels!


      These are showing up at Dollar Tree stores.  There are three styles.  Can't beat Bat-Collectibles for $1, right?!  Plus, you can actually buy them and use 'em if you want.


      Batman: Under The Red Hood Bruce Timm Q & A

      Executive Producer Bruce Timm sets the record straight on DC Universe Animated Original Movies and Batman: Under the Red Hood

      Who’s under the Red Hood? Bruce Timm knows, but he’s not telling. However, he answers a bevy of other questions in an interesting Q&A focused on the upcoming release of Batman: Under the Red Hood, the latest entry in the ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original PG-13 Movies.

      Batman: Under the Red Hood is just the latest finished product to come from Timm’s canon of super hero vehicles at Warner Bros. Animation. A veritable legend among the creative forces in animation today, Timm has spearheaded the elevation of DC Comics’ characters to new heights of animated popularity and introduced generations of new fans to the characters via landmark television series and made-for-DVD films. The latter task includes the creation of the current series of DC Universe Animated Original Movies, which now number eight in total and each has been greeted with critical acclaim and nifty sales. Batman: Under the Red Hood will no doubt send more fans to the comic book stores clamoring for caped entertainment.
      From the producing triumvirate of Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, Batman: Under the Red Hood will be distributed by Warner Home Video as a Special Edition version on Blu-Ray™ and 2-disc DVD, as well as being available on single disc DVD, On Demand and for Download. 

      Timm paused long enough in his unthinkably busy schedule for a few cigarettes and a battery of questions, responding in true Timm form – whether it be discussing the casting and art direction, revealing his across-the-board love for all versions of Batman, or setting the record straight on quotes attributed to him from a certain widely reported interview-that-never-was. This is vintage Bruce Timm – read what the man has to say …


      QUESTION: What made Brandon Vietti the right director for Batman: Under the Red Hood?
      BRUCE TIMM: Brandon is one of our up-and-coming director/producer types who has been with (Warner Bros. Animation) for a while. I’ve known him for years – he actually worked for me back on the Superman/Batman series – and I’ve watched him work his way up from being a top storyboard guy to a director. His work on the first third of Superman Doomsday was very powerful. When we were looking around for a director for this film, Brandon was very anxious to do something completely on his own, and I knew he was ready.
      The thing about Brandon is that, besides just being talented, he’s super, super thorough. He’s very detail oriented. So it was a relief to me to have someone like Brandon in charge, because I could pretty much leave it up to him to run the show and I knew he wasn’t going to make any missteps. The end result is a very good film across the board in terms of action, emotion and design.

      QUESTION: How did Judd Winick convince you that his comic series/graphic novel would translate well to an animated film?
      BRUCE TIMM: When we first heard that Judd wanted to pitch Red Hood as an adaptation for our DC Universe film line, Alan Burnett and I quickly got copies of the book and read through it. My first impression was that it was an entertaining comic, but it was quite a long mini-series and it had all these tangents of supporting characters who came and went through the course of the story. Quite frankly, it was confusing to me and I kept thinking to myself that I didn’t see how a lot of those things would work. The big thing about the story is that it’s a sequel to a big event in the history of DC comics – the death of Robin that happened back in the 1980s – and I didn’t see how we could set that up, because it all hinges on being a sequel to that story. Furthermore, the way the pitch was arranged, we were in a room in Burbank and Judd was in San Francisco and had to pitch over the speakerphone. But amazingly, every single problem I thought we’d have trouble making into a movie, Judd had fixed in the pitch. Judd had already clearly put a lot of thought into the entire film – how to stay focused on the main story, how to clean up the death of Robin thing, and how to eliminate all the extra baggage. He pitched for about 45 minutes and when he was done, Alan and I looked at each other and said, “Yeah, that’s a movie. Let’s do it.” And away we meant.

      QUESTION: Batman Gotham Knight was a collection of short stories loosely tied together and produced in anime. What made Batman: Under the Red Hood the right story to be the first true Batman movie in the DC Universe animated franchise?
      BRUCE TIMM: Seeing that this was going to be our first full-length Batman movie in the DC Universe line, we thought we really needed to have a strong story that wasn’t just another adventure story or a caper that Batman foils. We wanted it to be something that truly needed to be told in a PG-13 venue that had a fair amount of, for lack of a better term, adult content that you couldn’t normally do on television. And this story is loaded with it. It’s also a personal story to Batman – it does have an adventure plot and a crime plot, but the emotional arc of the story is rooted in Batman’s messed up history with family relations. And especially in our animated universe, Batman always had a kind of dysfunctional family dynamic going on. He’s famously an orphan, he’s got Alfred as his surrogate mother/father, he’s always bringing in surrogate sons to mentor, and it always kind of goes badly. And this is, once again, one of the big expressions of that. So it makes for compelling drama as well as an exciting adventure.

      QUESTION: A few casting questions. Why Bruce Greenwood as Batman?
      BRUCE TIMM: It’s always a challenge to cast Batman because we invariably have to ask ourselves, “Who can we find out there who can hold their own against the legend of Kevin Conroy?” I’ve been following the career of Bruce Greenwood for a long time – I’ve seen him in a zillion movies and TV shows, and he’s always struck me as an actor who has this excellent, interesting voice and impeccable acting chops. And around the same time we were casting this film, I saw the trailer for the J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek – and there was Bruce Greenwood. So we tracked him down, he was agreeable, a great guy to work with, and he totally knocked it out of the park.

      QUESTION: John DiMaggio has played many comical villains. How did you know he’d be best as a villain who is also comical?
      BRUCE TIMM: The Joker is a very iconic part memorably voiced by Mark Hamill, and played in films by Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger. Those are really big shoes to fill. John is a guy we’ve worked with for years playing tons of different kinds of parts, and every time we use him I think, “God, we’ve got to give this guy a bigger part.” He shouldn’t just be Thug #2 or the monster that Wonder Woman fights. We needed to give him a part that he could sink his teeth into. This Joker came up and it really required somebody who has comedic chops but also is a really good actor, and DiMaggio has got that in spades. He was definitely the right guy for the part. He came in and did something that didn’t sound anything like Mark Hamill or Jack Nicholson or Heath Ledger or Cesar Romero, and yet he sounds exactly like the Joker. He’s funny, and he’s scary as hell, and that’s just what you want.

      QUESTION: What did Jensen Ackles bring to the table as Red Hood?
      BRUCE TIMM: Red Hood is such a pivotal role in that he needed to be somebody who was forceful, threatening, weirdly sympathetic, and also had to be of a certain age. Not too young, not too old, just right. Andrea and I both knew of Jensen’s work, and he was one of those guys we had in our “Gotta work with that guy some day” file. And he fit the bill perfectly. He’s got an intensity in the booth that really matched the material.

      QUESTION: Were there any surprises along the way?
      BRUCE TIMM: One of the things I like the most about this movie is that, in the best possible ways, it kind of reminds me of a weird mesh of the Batman Beyond movie, Return of the Joker, and our first Batman: The Animated Series feature film, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm. It has a lot of the same kinds of themes, it has the same level of serious drama in it, and the same level of really good character development. I think it’s actually fully the equal of those two movies. It’s dynamite.
      Another interesting takeaway I got from this movie is that Brandon and I agreed that we really wanted to work to give this movie a unique visual feel. We deliberately tried to not make it look like Batman: The Animated Series. We tried a number of things in the art direction to stay away from that. But no matter what we did, it still kind of looks like Batman: The Animated Series. It’s weird. So when you watch the movie, there will be about four or five minutes in a row where you’ll forget about the different cast and slightly different character designs and it actually kind of feels like the series. On another level, there is a certain influence from the Christopher Nolan movies. It’s kind of in the tone of the film and the way Batman himself is treated and the feel of Gotham City. It’s not quite as realistic – our Gotham City is a little more stylized than the Gotham of the Nolan movies – but there is similarity in tone, which makes for a very interesting Batman salad.

      QUESTION: Judd Winick said his first introduction to Batman was the Adam West TV series, but that he knew even as a kid that it wasn’t the Batman he wanted to see. You’ve said that was your same entry point to the character – did you ever have the same sense of Batman’s positioning?

      BRUCE TIMM: Yes, my first exposure to Batman as a character was Batman the TV series. But honestly, I didn’t know it was supposed to be a parody or campy. I thought it was the coolest thing I’d ever seen. Of course, I was 5 at the time. But all in one fell swoop, I became an instant super hero fan. Later on, as I got older and started reading more comics and getting into the super hero scene, I realized that the Batman show was kind of a comedy. I was reading Neal Adams comics and thinking, “Batman is kind of cooler than that show – he’s kind of scary and mysterious.” So my perception of Batman changed over time, and then I went through the periods with Frank Miller and the Tim Burton movies. So now I’ve got these warring Batmans in my head. I still love the Adam West/Batman show. I still love the Neal Adams take on Batman comics. I still love The Dark Knight. All of these things totally contradict each other, and yet it’s fine to me. I’ve said it over and over again – Batman as a character is such a strong concept, he’s the kind of character that you can take him in any number of ways and it still feels right. Batman: The Animated Series is a really good version of Batman. Batman: The Brave and the Bold – that’s a really good version of Batman. They have equal value.

      QUESTION: There’s been a lot of internet banter regarding the discontinuation of the DCU series based on quotes attributed to an interview in Calgary with you. True or false?

      BRUCE TIMM: Kinda false. First of all, it wasn't an actual one-on-one interview -- quotes were taken out of context from longer answers I gave on a panel at the Expo. Bottom line: the DCU films are definitely continuing. We've got projects lined up for the next two years at the very least – lots of films in different stages of development and production. I know there are a lot of rumors circulating about future films. Some are true, some are not. I'll tell you this much – anyone at our DCU/Batman: Under the Red Hood panel at Comic-Con will walk away with a very clear picture of the direction we're taking the DCU animated movies in the coming year.

      For more information, images and updates, please visit the film’s official website at www.BatmanRedHood.com.

      Family Guy Volume 8 DVD Review

      Family Guy Volume 8 DVD Review 


      Synopsis: Marijuana! Religion! Evil monkeys! Older women! “Family Guy” Volume 8 tackles all this and more. Don’t miss these 15 hilarious “Family Guy” episodes as the lovable Griffins face each uproarious misadventure with no fears and no shame. Featuring the voice talents of creator Seth MacFarlane and comedic actors Alex Borstein (“MADtv”), Seth Green (“Robot Chicken”), Mila Kunis (“That ‘70s Show”) and Mike Henry (“The Cleveland Show”), nearly every episode in the “Family Guy” Volume 8 DVD collection features uncensored audio so that viewers can experience the Griffin family as they never have before.

      Review: Family Guy hasn't always been a break-out success.  It was cancelled years ago and brought back by sheer fan furvor.  That was a ground-breaking move by Fox, and a smart one, because the show remains one of the most popular on television.  If you've never seen Family Guy its a lot like the Simpsons, if the Simpsons were riddled with funny pop culture references, more insults and inappropriate situations.  Its like a potty-humor version.  Thats not meant to impune the comedy of the show, because it's dead-on and it brings the laughs.

      This Volume 8 DVD release gives us 15 more episodes of the show on DVD!  Its almost impossible to find something that you can always put in the DVD player and it will always deliver and put you in a good mood.  Family Guy is most definately it!  You'll want to pick this up and own this show for a good long-while!

      Right now you can play a really cool BBQ Wars game online at www.familyguydvd.com

      Interest Range: Family Guy, Seth MacFarlane, Animation

      American Dad: Volume 5 DVD Review

      American Dad: Volume 5 DVD Review

      Synopsis: God bless “American Dad!” Volume 5 – the hilariously over-the-top adventures of CIA Agent Stan Smith, a red, white and blue-blooded, one-man war on terror, and his delightfully dysfunctional family. Volume 5 celebrates that great American pastime: revenge. Favorite son Steve sets out to ruin Coach Stan’s perfect football season, Roger the alcoholic E.T. takes over the local homeowners association, and Steve’s friend, Toshi, unleashes hotdog havoc all over Langley Falls. Getting even is the American way, so don’t get mad, get “American Dad!”

      Review: American Dad is another animated show by Seth MacFarlane, the creator of Family Guy.  American Dad focuses on a character that is all macho and all-american.  Or, so he thinks.  The show started out pretty good and fizzled for awhile.  It has started to find it's own voice now, though and continues to become funnier and funnier.

      The bonus features include deleted scenes and a pretty cool game.  There is one other feature that I really enjoyed, and thats this Bar Mitzvah Hustle function.  Do you remember the old VH1 show Pop-Up Video?  It basically would show a video and constantly pop up bubbles with factoids about the band and the shoot, etc.  This does the same thing for American Dad, its a blast and really adds more dimension to the show.

      American Dad Volume 5 offers 13 episodes on 3 discs.  The packaging is very on-target with the previous releases.   Furthermore, you can go and play this cool online game, BBQ Wars, here: www.familyguydvd.com .  Enjoy!

      Interest Range: American Dad, Animation, Family Guy

      SDCC Ghostbusters 2 Minimates!

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      What: 2010 San Diego Comic-Con International
      When: July 21-25, 2010
      Where: San Diego Convention Center, Booth #4045

      Action Figure Xpress will have an exclusive Ghostbusters 2 Minimates box set available in our booth!  This boxed set will serve to fill the last of the incomplete holes in Minimate fans' collections! Featuring Ghostbusters II versions of Peter Venkman and Egon Spengler with proton packs, this set also includes "Slime Blower" equipped versions of Ray Stanz and Winston Zeddemore!

      Also the West Coast Busters (http://westcoastbusters.com/index.htm) will be appearing in our booth (dates and times to be determined) so make sure to stop by and get your pictures taken with these Ghostbusters!

      SDCC Exclusive GB2 Minimates!

      click the above title for the full story...
      What: 2010 San Diego Comic-Con International
      When: July 21-25, 2010
      Where: San Diego Convention Center, Booth #4045

      Action Figure Xpress will have an exclusive Ghostbusters 2 Minimates box set available in our booth!  This boxed set will serve to fill the last of the incomplete holes in Minimate fans' collections! Featuring Ghostbusters II versions of Peter Venkman and Egon Spengler with proton packs, this set also includes "Slime Blower" equipped versions of Ray Stanz and Winston Zeddemore!

      Also the West Coast Busters (http://westcoastbusters.com/index.htm) will be appearing in our booth (dates and times to be determined) so make sure to stop by and get your pictures taken with these Ghostbusters!

      Tuesday, June 22, 2010

      Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder Book Review

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      Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder Book Review

      About the Book: When a person loves someone with bipolar disorder, life can be very stressful. From medication troubles to a partner's mood swings the demands on a partner can be intense. Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder takes a unique and practical approach to these issues. 

      Written by an author who has bipolar disorder (and who lived with a partner who also has bipolar disorder) and a coauthor with over ten books on the topic of mental illness, the book offers specific, practical and realistic tips on how a couple can work together as a team to create a treatment plan that teaches them to live with the illness while still maintaining a loving and joyful relationship. (Though this book is written for couples, friends and family members can use the techniques in the book as well.).
      Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder provides hope and encourages couples to work together to create a plan they can use to help stabilize bipolar disorder so that their relationship can focus on love and companionship instead of the illness. Chapters include ideas on how to create a comprehensive treatment plan that incorporates medications and supplements, diet, exercise and behavior and lifestyle changes into one practical approach to this very serious illness. The partner of a person with bipolar disorder learns about communicating with their partner when they're ill, getting real about the situation and how to take on other roles in healing besides caretaking. Other specific topics include work and money, emotions, sexual issues and much more. The goal of the book is to help couples create a relationship that is based on support and prevention instead of constant crisis control.

      Our Take: The purpose of this book is to help someone that is partnered or married to someone with bipolar disorder learn to manage and relate to their significant other, not to mention assist them in their times of need.  I am married to someone with bi-polar disorder, so who better to review this title, right? 

      Overall this book is good.  Its helpful and understanding, although at times a bit unrealistic.  It tells the reader to advise your loved one that you won't deal with/talk to their bi-polar disorder when they are acting up.  I have to say from personal experience that won't go over well, lol.  If you have someone in a delusional state, then a statement like that isn't going to be useful.  Beyond that, the book is full of nice scenarios and solutions to help you assist in caring for your loved one.  Its certainly a helpful tool and a good read.

      How to Buy: Amazon.com