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Friday, September 30, 2011

Dragon's Lair: The Complete Series DVD Review

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Dragon's Lair: The Complete Series DVD Review


Synopsis: The legendary videogame Dragon’s Lair was a blockbuster (and quarter guzzling) sensation when it first debuted, spawning sequels, imitators, and a beloved Saturday morning cartoon series. Developed by the powerhouse animation crew put together by Joe Ruby and Ken Spears, the Dragon’s Lair cartoon made many contributions to the Dragon’s Lair saga, from naming the Dragon “Singe” to rounding out the cast with such memorable supporting players as Bertram the horse (voiced by animation legend Peter Cullen) and Timothy the squire (voiced by Michael Mish). Mimicking the action of a videogame, Dragon’s Lair pauses the action and asks the audience which action Dirk should take next in his never-ending quest to protect the kingdom of King Ethelred and his beloved Princess Daphne. But enough talk! Dirk the Daring faces doom throughout this 13 episode, 2-disc set and he needs YOU to help him decide what to do next!

Review: Dragon's Lair was a very popular video game back in the 1980s.  I used to play this on the original Nintendo back in the day and it was a fantastic game.  The cartoon spawned from the game and sported a nearly identical animation.  The show even played out like the game, which was an absolute blast.  Although it was short lived, only 13 episodes in all, it was a really well done and fun show.  This Ruby-Spears classic is available for the first time on DVD through the Warner Archive on wbshop.com only.  This cannot be found in-stores!  This one was overshadowed by other video game cartoons like Captain N and Mario Bros./Zelda, but it was a great show and definately deserves some due attention!

Interest Range: Vintage Animation

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY’S FIRST LOOK AT THE AVENGERS

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ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY’S FIRST LOOK AT THE AVENGERS

ON THE SET OF THE ULTIMATE SUPERHERO MOVIENEW YORK – What do you get when you put Marvel’s biggest superheroes in a room together? In this week’s cover story, Entertainment Weekly went to the set of The Avengers to find out.  

For Avengers aficionados, there will be plenty of details to debate and drool over between now and May 4, 2012, when the film launches next summer’s movie season. But the lure of the film, particularly for casual fans, is simply seeing the buff and (mostly) brainy all-star team—Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson)— standing united at the law-enforcement agency S.H.I.E.L.D., which dispatches them in a giant flying helicarrier to danger zones around the world.  

The stakes are obviously high for the film, which just wrapped filming. At risk is not only the movie’s estimated $220 million budget, but also one of the most promising tent pole franchises in Hollywood. The Avengers comprises half a dozen iconic Marvel Comics characters, many of whom could spawn a stand-alone franchise. Iron Man 3 and Thor 2, each aiming for theaters in 2013, could be either dramatically helped or hurt based on how The Avengers is received. Legions of devoted fans worldwide are just praying The Avengers doesn’t get screwed up on its way to the screen. The movie’s writer-director, Joss Whedon, is one of them.  The creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the cowboy/space saga Firefly is a pop culture demigod—and no stranger to ensembles or superheroes, having helped with the script for this summer’s Captain America and having written some of the acclaimed Astonishing X-Men comic-book series. Still, The Avengers has him feeling like what The Hulk might call a ‘puny human.’ “Every day I make some boneheaded mistake,” he confides. “And I go, ‘Really? Wow. So no learning curve, huh?’ ” Whedon says he’s occasionally gone home after a long night of shooting and detoured straight to the local Starbucks to spend the dawn hours hammering out much more detailed new scenes. He laughs nervously. “There is a weird element of: They handed me one of the biggest movies of all time, and I’m making it up as I go.” 

Some fixes have been easy. Others have been more taxing. Before filming began, Ruffalo had to take over the role of The Hulk from Edward Norton, who was dropped from The Avengers after clashing with Marvel over the final cut of 2008’s The Incredible Hulk. In the spirit of camaraderie, Ruffalo called his predecessor before accepting the role: “Norton and I are friends, and he was like, ‘You’ve gotta do it, buddy.’ He basically bequeathed it to me. It was very cool and very generous of him.”  

On the Iron Man movies, Downey became infamous for improvising and pushing for heat-of-the-moment script revisions. Or, as he colorfully puts it, “I dominated like a rabid, horny gorilla.” But that impulse had to be tempered on The Avengers, which requires more sharing than he’s used to—something Downey learned after pushing too hard for Tony Stark to take center stage in Whedon’s early drafts. “I said, ‘I don’t know what you’re thinking, but Tony needs to drive this thing,’ ” Downey recalls. “He was like, ‘Okay, let’s try that.’ We tried it and it didn’t work. Because this is a different sort of thing. Everybody is just an arm of the octopus.” 

In the end, the actors are so glad to be sharing the burden that the cast and crew joke that the code name for the movie— used to avoid unnecessary attention during the shoot—is Group Hug. “Joss describes it as the definition of family,” says Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige. “These are people who have no business being together, but they are thrust together and need to make the best of it.” To that end, he says Marvel is keeping the focus on these core characters, and not introducing a slate of new heroes through cameos. “We didn’t want to make a big mess,” Feige says. “They don’t walk through the S.H.I.E.L.D.  commissary and see another 20 superheroes.”

One thing that did help the actors bond was shooting in New Mexico, where they all were out of their element. “Any time you film somewhere where nobody is from, you’re forced to hang out together off set,” Evans says. “No one knows anybody, no one has any prior obligations out here, no one has any dinner plans because we’re all alone.” Johansson, Ruffalo, and Renner caught a Mötley Crüe concert, and Whedon (when he’s not rewriting) has been known to take his team dancing. Wait…dancing? “It’s my favorite thing in the world. I know every dance club in Albuquerque,” Whedon says, drop-dead earnest. “It’s not like I’m deliberately saying, ‘Oh, we must foster a sense of unity,’ but it’s fun when you see everybody cutting loose together.” Renner says they got even closer when the production moved to Cleveland later in the summer: “We were all in the same hotel, huddled together. It was like being at camp.”  

Could they be getting along too well? Whedon shrugs. “I was like, well, if they hate each other, I guess we can use that,” he jokes. “But they don’t.”  

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The Star Wars Super Collector's Wish Book Review

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The Star Wars Super Collector's Wish Book Review

About the Book: Over 24,000 items with checklist-style listings, over 12,000 color photos, and accurate estimated values make this collector s guide a must-have for everybody who has ever owned merchandise produced for the Star Wars saga or who is selling or buying it now. Items have been collected from over 50 countries and compiled together into this impressive tome, the latest version of the longest running Star Wars identification guide series ever in print. This new edition covers the range from Advertising and Dart Boards to Squeaky Toys and Window Clings, everything, that is, except toys a category so large it will now comprise its own book. From the 1976 pre-release movie paperback through the latest Clone Wars kitchenware, thirty-five years of exciting and obscure Star Wars collectibles are archived here for you to discover, marvel over, and enjoy.

Our Take: Star Wars is one of the most collected franchises in history.  Its without a doubt the most popular film franchise, as well.  Thousands of fans have amassed gigantic collections of product from comics to toys, keychains, statues and dozens of other collectibles.  This particular collectible guide, published by Shiffer books, is a new frontier in record keeping.  Any serious collector knows that after awhile you begin to lose sight of not only what you have in your collection, but also what all is out there.  When you have product like Star Wars that has been licensed for decades internationally its nearly impossible to keep track of it, unless you're completely obsessive!  The Star Wars Super Collector's Wish Book gives you insight on thousands of products with a TON of great full color images.  I learned SO much about what is out there that I had no idea.  This book features everything you can imagine from the original trilogy up to the prequels...from books, keychains, cups, pins, electronics and patches to dozens of other items.   This one is absolutely priceless to anyone looking to get into collecting or even the most seasoned of collectors!  We absolutely love it.

How to Buy: Amazon.com

Happy Halloween From The Power Rangers

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POWER RANGERS PROMOTE HALLOWEEN SAFETY TO MILLIONS OF KIDS AND PARENTS
 
In Addition To Halloween Safety, Power Rangers emPOWER To Also Implement New Initiatives And Partnerships For Health And Fitness This Fall
 
LOS ANGELES (September 28, 2011) – Saban Brands announced today a forthcoming multi-platform national Halloween safety campaign featuring the Samurai Power Rangers, along with additional activities for their Power Rangers emPOWER initiative for fall 2011. Beginning next month, Saban Brands will launch a multi-platform campaign focused on Halloween safety featuring the Power Rangers, designed to reach parents and children at schools, in theaters, online, and at home.
 
Videos about Halloween safety featuring the cast of the #1 kids action series Power Rangers Samurai will air in movie theaters nationwide before PG and G-rated films. Some of the many important tips that the Power Rangers will share include:
·      Do not eat unwrapped candy.
·      When trick-or-treating, make sure to also take a glow stick or flashlight, or add reflective tape to your costume so that cars may more easily see you.
·      Never go trick-or-treating alone. Use teamwork and stay in groups or with a parent.
 
Special bulletin board posters reinforcing safe trick-or-treating guidelines will be distributed to 5,000+ elementary schools across the country. Also, online, kids can visit powerrangers.com/Halloween for more Halloween Halloween safety tips, videos, activities, games and resources throughout the month of October. The Power Rangers will also be reaching parents and kids through some of the most popular parenting blogs, entertainment websites, and gaming portals.
 
“Saban Brands is committed to sharing the message of Halloween safety with young Power Rangers fans and parents worldwide,” said Saban Brands president Elie Dekel. “In addition, we’re also continuing to encourage families to live a more active and healthier lifestyle with the Power Rangers emPOWER program.”
 
As part of Saban Brands and Power Rangers’ commitment to promote the health and well being of millions of young Power Rangers fans nationwide, additional initiatives tied to the Power Rangers emPOWER program are also scheduled for this fall, including Nickelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play, a partnership with Every Body Walk!, where the Rangers will participate in Walk To School Day, and the newest cycle of the Power Rangers emPOWER Sweepstakes.
 
Power Rangers emPOWER was developed in conjunction with the hit television series Power Rangers Samurai to inspire kids and families to put the Power Rangers values of teamwork, confidence, health and physical activity into action. The initiative shows kids and parents how to make healthy choices through programs at schools, online, and at live events in local communities.
 
Nickelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play
On September 24, the Power Rangers participated in Nickelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play, which was the biggest celebration of active play in the eight-year history of the initiative. Nickelodeon and its partners hosted an entire day of activities and games for kids and families on the Ellipse in Washington, D.C. to encourage active and healthy lifestyles. Additionally, Nickelodeon’s networks and websites went dark from 12 to 3 p.m. (ET/PT) as a signal to kids and families to get up and get active. Leading up to the D.C. event, the cast of Nickelodeon’s hit series Power Rangers Samurai starred in a special PSA promoting Worldwide Day of Play that is airing exclusively on Nickelodeon and online at Nick.com.
 
 
Every Body Walk! And Walk To School Day
Beginning this month, Power Rangers emPOWER is partnering with Every Body Walk!, an online educational campaign aimed at getting Americans up and moving. Every Body Walk! and Power Rangers emPOWER are launching a new program focused on encouraging kids to walk to school for health and fitness. As part of this new initiative, Every Body Walk! included the Power Rangers in their upcoming “Walking School Bus” event at the Center for Total Health in Washington, DC on September 23. This event brought together educators, kids, parents, and health professionals to encourage kids nationwide to walk to school. This event also raised awareness of “Walk To School Day” on October 5. The Power Rangers will celebrate this year’s “Walk To School Day” by accompanying students in Los Angeles as they walk to school, taking part in a national campaign that is activated at more than 5,000 schools nationwide.
 
Power Rangers emPOWER Activities Kit Sweepstakes
Once again, the Power Rangers emPOWER Activities Kit Sweepstakes is offering schools and youth organizations the chance to win a $10,000 donation and a visit from the Power Rangers by activating “Ranger Training” within their organizations. Schools and local non-profit community groups can enter now through November 11, 2011. For more information on how to enter, along with parenting tips, healthy recipes, and news about upcoming live Power Rangers emPOWER events, please visit PowerRangers.com.
 
About Power Rangers Samurai
Combining comedy with action-filled storylines, the all-new half-hour series Power Rangers Samurai features a new cast of Rangers and never-before-seen villains, as well as high-octane action, martial arts and advanced special effects. From SCG Power Rangers LLC, an affiliate of Saban Brands, the long-running hit kids’ TV phenomenon, now heading into its 19th season, is helmed by Haim Saban, who created and produced the original “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” series in 1993. New episodes premiere Saturdays at noon (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon.
 
 
Following its introduction in 1993, Power Rangers quickly became the most watched children’s television program in the United States. Emphasizing the importance of teamwork, responsibility and helping others by following the adventures of a group of ordinary young people who “morphed” into superheroes, the series was seen in more than 60 countries, translated into numerous languages, and was a mainstay in the most prominent international children’s programming blocks.
 
About Power Rangers emPOWER
Since the debut of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers in 1993, the Power Rangers have been role models for generations of children. Through Power Rangers emPOWER, the Rangers from the #1 kids’ action series Power Rangers Samurai are teaching kids and families how to put the Power Rangers values of teamwork, confidence, health and physical activity into action. Developed in partnership with leaders in children’s services, this initiative has successfully been activated in more than 5,000 school programs nationwide as well as online and at live events. Just as the Power Rangers use teamwork to solve a different challenge in every episode, Power Rangers emPOWER provides parents and community leaders the tools they need to work together to grow healthy kids. This initiative is positive and fun, emphasizing kids’ strengths and potential by providing children and parents with accessible resources to reinforce healthy choices.
 
About Saban Brands
Formed in 2010 as a subsidiary of Saban Capital, Saban Brands (SB) was established to acquire and develop a world-class portfolio of properties and capitalize on the company’s experience, track record and capabilities in growing and monetizing consumer brands.  SB applies a strategic transmedia management approach to enhancing and extending its brands in markets worldwide and to consumers of all ages.  The company provides full service management, marketing, promotion and strategic business development for its intellectual properties including comprehensive strategies unique to each brand, trademark and copyright management and enforcement, creative design, retail development, direct-to-consumer initiatives and specialized property extensions.  SB is led by a superior management team with decades of experience in licensing, marketing and finance. Visit www.sabanbrands.com
 
About Every Body Walk!
Every Body Walk! is an online educational campaign aimed at getting Americans up and moving. Through the help of its partners, Every Body Walk! is working to spread the message that walking 30 minutes a day, five days a week really can improve overall health and prevent disease. Every Body Walk! provides news and resources on walking, health information, walking maps, how to find walking groups, a personal pledge form to start walking, as well as a place to share stories about individual experiences with walking.

Product Spotlight: Hallmark Star Wars Slave 1 Ornament!

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The newest Star Wars ship to be offered by Hallmark is Boba Fett's famous Slave 1 from the original trilogy.  The ship has a tremendous level of detail, as you can see by the pics.  The price tag is a bit higher, but its well worth the cost!  This is a must for any Star Wars fan or collector.

Catch The Earth-Shattering Fallout From FEAR ITSELF!

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Catch The Earth-Shattering Fallout From FEAR ITSELF!
 
Following the catastrophic events of Fear Itself, Captain America (Fear Itself #7.1), Thor (Fear Itself #7.2) and Iron Man (Fear Itself #7.3) must come face to face with their tragic losses. Leading into the next big story arc for each member of Earth’s Mightiest, no fan can miss these emotionally charged issues that will change these heroes forever. Shattered Heroes starts here!
 
FEAR ITSELF #7.1 (SEP110497)
Written by ED BRUBAKER
Pencils & Cover by BUTCH GUICE
FOC – 10/10/11, ON SALE – 11/2/11

FEAR ITSELF #7.2 (SEP110499)
Written by MATT FRACTION
Pencils & Cover by ADAM KUBERT
FOC – 10/17/11, ON SALE – 11/9/11

FEAR ITSELF #7.3 (SEP110501)
Written by MATT FRACTION
Pencils & Cover by SALVADOR LARROCA
FOC – 10/24/11, ON SALE – 11/16/11

General Mills Monster Cereal BLOX!

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BLOX: Urban Art with distinctive cut-out styling and sculpted details, which are displayed in a mostly flat way. 

These stand freely at 7" tall and they measure 1.5" in depth.  

...coming this January

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Win A Copy of the League: Season 2 on DVD!

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Meet the Cast

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Score Your Own Copy of The Complete Second Season DVD, Available Oct. 4 

Fantasy football provides an outlet for good-natured competition and camaraderie between friends and colleagues, but that’s not always the case. Deception, one-upmanship, and win-at-all-costs mentality rule the day on the virtual gridiron and then extend into personal relationships, marriages and the workplace, in THE LEAGUE: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON, arriving on Blu-ray and DVD October 4. To get you ready for the release, we’ve compiled an overview of the cast and their “League” characters. 

Mark Duplass (Pete Eckhart)

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Mark Duplass portrays Pete Eckhart, and originally hails from New Orleans, LA. Mark is an accomplished actor, director, producer and screenwriter. Mark has written, directed and produced numerous films with his brother, Jay, including The Puffy Chair and Cyrus. Mark is married to his co-star, Katie Aselton. Mark’s character, Pete, is the three-time champion of the league. Currently single, he has tried meeting women on several occasions, and has a small reputation in the league for tricking his friends into making bad player trades. 

Stephen Rannazzisi (Kevin MacArthur)

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Stephen Rannazzisi, who plays Kevin MacArthur, is originally from Smithtown, NY, and has previously appeared in Paul Blart: Mall Cop and “Samantha Who?,” and is currently on the NBC show “Love Bites.” Stephen’s character, Kevin, is a district attorney and the league commissioner. He has used his influence in the DA's office to garner good trades and draft positions from Ruxin, in return for reduced sentences for Ruxin's clients. Kevin often takes his football knowledge from his wife, Jenny.  

Nick Kroll (Rodney Ruxin)

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Nick Kroll hails from Rye, NY and is an actor and comedian. Nick is probably best known for appearing in the shows “Best Week Ever,” “Cavemen,”  and “Sit Down, Shut Up.” Nick was also a contributing writer to “Chappelle’s Show” and “Human Giant.” Nick’s character, Rodney (thought he prefers to be called Ruxin), is a Jewish product-liability attorney who will go to great lengths to do well in the league, but has shown an eagerness to please his wife that surpasses his love for the league. Ruxin won the league championship at the end of season 2. 
Paul Scheer (Andre Nowzik)


 Paul Scheer is from Huntington, NY, and plays Andre Nowzik. Paul is a comedian, actor, writer and producer, and has appeared in many projects including, “Best Week Ever,” “30 Rock,” “Parks and Recreation,” “Yo Gabba Gabba,” Year One, and “Human Giant” (which he also co-created). Paul’s character, Andre, is a rich plastic surgeon whose naïveté makes him the brunt of many jokes. He won the league championship at the end of season 1. Andre has hosted the last two drafts; the first season he hosted at his house and the second season in Las Vegas.

Jon Lajoie (Taco MacArthur)

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Jon Lajoie is a man of many talents, one of which is portraying Taco MacArthur. Hailing from Montreal, Quebec, Jon has gained fame as an actor, comedian, rapper, singer, musician and Internet celebrity. Jon’s character, Taco, is Kevin's younger brother. Taco is perpetually stoned, and an unemployed musician; He doesn't care or know much about football, but has won the League Championship at least once. Taco takes martial arts, and is studying the art of naginatajutsu. He means well, but his acts of kindness usually have disastrous results.  

Katie Aselton (Jenny MacArthur)


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Kate Aselton, who plays Jenny MacArthur, was born in Milbridge, ME. During her teen years, she competed in pageants, eventually becoming the first runner-up at Miss Teen USA 1995. Currently, Kate is a triple threat, directing, producing and acting in a number of different projects. Kate is married to co-star Mark Duplass. Kate’s character, Jenny, is Kevin's wife. Kate helps Kevin run his team with great zeal, though she was not an actual league member until the end of season 2 (not for lack of trying!).

For your chance of winning a copy of The League Season 2 on DVD, simply answer the following question and send it to dvdlegion.com @ gmail.com.

Stephen Rannazzisi portrays which League member?
  • Andre
  • Taco
  • Kevin

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Win a copy of Lie To Me Season 3 on DVD!

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THE FACE NEVER LIES 
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The Complete Third and Final Season
Comes To DVD October 4
 

Complete your collection and experience the final adventure of this thought-provoking and highly addictive series when “LIE TO ME” The Complete Third and Final Season comes to DVD October 4th from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. 

Inspired by the scientific discoveries of a real life psychologist who can interpret clues embedded in the human face, body and voice, this enthralling drama series exposes the truth and deception in compelling mysteries. Follow Cal and The Lightman Group one last time as they tackle new investigations, detect deception, and take a closer look at their suspects and each other. Featuring an all-star cast, Dr. Cal Lightman (Tim Roth) heads a team of experts at The Lightman Group who assists federal law enforcement, government agencies, local police and private individuals with their most difficult cases by focusing on the details everyone miss.   

To win your own copy of the final season of Lie To Me on DVD, simply answer the following question and email your answer to dvdlegion.com @ gmail.com

What does Dr. Lightman use to detect lies?
  • Recorded testimony
  • DNA
  • Facial expressions
  • Fingerprints

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Batman BLOX coming in December from Funko!


BLOX: Urban Art with distinctive cut-out styling and sculpted details, which are displayed in a mostly flat way.  

These stand freely at 7" tall and they measure 1.5" in depth.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Nathan Fillion, Tim Daly join heroic alums in voice cast of "Justice League: Doom"


Primetime Television Stars Nathan Fillion & Tim Daly join heroic cast of Justice League: Doom

Warner Home Video to distribute DC Universe Animated Original Movie in early 2012; Eight Justice League TV series alums featured in voice cast

Primetime television stars Nathan Fillion and Tim Daly, the reigning voices of Green Lantern and Superman, respectively, join an exciting group of actors reprising their famed cartoon roles in Justice League: Doom, an all-new entry in the popular series of DC Universe Animated Original Movies due in early 2012 from Warner Home Video.

Justice League: Doom finds Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter, Cyborg and Batman on their heels when a team of super villains discover and implement the Dark Knight’s “contingency plans” for stopping any rogue Justice League member. The story is inspired by Mark Waid’s much-heralded “JLA: Tower of Babel.”

Fillion, the star of ABC’s hit TV drama Castle, made his debut as Green Lantern/Hal Jordan in the recent Green Lantern: Emerald Knights. Fillion made his initial DCU bow as the voice of Steve Trevor in the 2008 hit Wonder Woman.

Currently headlining the cast of ABC’s popular Private Practice, Daly originated the title character’s voice in the landmark cartoon, Superman: The Animated Series. He has reprised the role in two DCU films: the 2009 extravaganza Superman/Batman: Public Enemies and the 2010 thriller Superman/Batman: Apocalypse.

In addition to current primetime stars Fillion and Daly, the cast is a grand reunion of the original group of actors who provided the voices of the Justice League for the cartoon of the same name and its follow-up, Justice League Unlimited. Reprising their roles are Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series) as Batman, Michael Rosenbaum (Smallville, Breaking In) as Flash, Susan Eisenberg (Superman/Batman: Apocalypse) as Wonder Woman and Carl Lumbly (Alias) as J’onn J’onzz/Martian Manhunter. Bumper Robinson (A Different World, Transformers: Animated) joins the cast as Cyborg.

The Justice League faces two sets of villainous teams in the film – The Royal Flush Gang and a sextet of notable evildoers. The latter group includes three voice acting alumni of the Justice League animated series: Phil Morris (Smallville, Seinfeld) as Vandal Savage, Olivia d’Abo (The Wonder Years) as Star Sapphire, and Alexis Denisof (Angel) as Mirror Master. Also opposing our heroes are Carlos Alazraqui (Reno 911) as Bane, Paul Blackthorne (The Dresden Files) as Metallo, and Claudia Black (Farscape, Stargate SG-1) as Cheetah.

David Kaufman (Danny Phantom) also reprises his Justice League role of Jimmy Olsen.

The film is executive produced by Bruce Timm (Batman: Year One), and directed by Lauren Montgomery (Batman: Year One), who is also credited as producer alongside Alan Burnett (Batman: The Animated Series). Justice League: Doom is the final script from the late Dwayne McDuffie (All-Star Superman, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths). Casting and dialogue direction is once again in the capable hands of Andrea Romano (Batman: Year One, SpongeBob SquarePants).

Warner Home Video will premiere the Justice League: Doom trailer during its presentation at New York Comic Con on Friday, October 14 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. in the IGN Theater. Also premiering during that session will be the Catwoman animated short that is attached to Batman: Year One, the next DC Universe Animated Movie (streeting October 18).

Chrysanthemum DVD Review

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Chrysanthemum DVD Review



Synopsis: Great for both toddlers and kids, CHRYSANTHEMUM…AND OTHER STORIES ABOUT MISCHIEVOUS MICE AND ADORABLE ANIMALS features over three hours of fanciful content starring a memorable collection of critters from all walks.  Across three loaded DVDs, families can enjoy watching animated adaptations of such award-winning classics as “Chrysanthemum”, “Owen”, “A Weekend with Wendell”, “Make Way for Ducklings”, Is Your Mama a Llama?” and “Noisy Nora”, listening and reading along With celebrity narration by Meryl Streep, Sarah Jessica Parker, Danny Glover, and others! Encouraging a love for reading for the pre- and early reader and supporting self-esteem , growth and change, the individual DVDs – CHRYSANTHEMUM…AND MORE MOUSE MAYHEM, RAPUNZEL…AND MORE CLASSIC FAIRY TALES and IS YOUR MAMA A LLAMA?...AND MORE CLASSIC CHILDREN’S STORIES – feature 17 whimsical stories which, together, have captures more than 25 prestigious awards, including the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Children’s Video and the Caldecott Honor.

Review: Chrysanthemum is the second Scholastic Storybook DVD release that we're reviewing this week.  As we said in our other review, these are amazing DVD sets that are safe, educational and fun.  The perfect trifecta!  This one has a bunch of diferent stories..in fact 17 to be exact.   They are all read and enacted from fantastic books that are still read in schools.  In fact, more often than not my daughter tells me she has read each book we see..and loves them all already! 

Other beloved stories in the collection include “The Caterpillar and the Polliwog”, “Hondo and Fabian”, “The Three Billy Goats Gruff”, “Lon Po Po, “Princess Furball” “The Little Red Hen”, “Reading to Your Bunny” and more.  Bonuses include Spanish versions of “Is You Mama a Llama?”, “Noisy Nora”, “Owen” and “The Caterpillar and the Polliwog”, as well as the featurette “A Visit with Rosemary Wells”

Interest Range: Scholastic, Kids Programming

Monday, September 26, 2011

The First FULL Look at the Dark Knight Rises Catwoman Suit!


The pics are courtesy of 'Just Jared'.  Our thoughts...it looks...okay.  I guess its just hard to top the fetish-fest that was Batman Returns, especially with Nolan's 'down to earth' style.

Nathan Fillion, Tim Daly and Michael Rosenbaum Join an All-Star Cast for Justice League: Doom

Nathan Fillion, Tim Daly and Michael Rosenbaum Join an All-Star Cast for Justice League: Doom

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Here comes the Justice League! An all-star cast has been assembled to provide voices for the iconic team of superheroes in Justice League: Doom, the latest animated DVD-movie in Warner Home Video's series of DC Comics adaptations. Castle star Nathan Fillion will reprise the role of Green Lantern, which he first played in Green Lantern: Emerald Knights. He'll be joined by Tim Daly and Kevin Conroy, the longtime voices for Superman and Batman, respectively. Rounding out the cast are several of Conroy's old costars from Cartoon Network's 2001-06 Justice League series (known as Justice League Unlimited in later seasons): Smallville's Michael Rosenbaum as the Flash, Alias alum Carl Lumbly as Martian Manhunter and veteran voice actress Susan Eisenberg as Wonder Woman. Cyborg, a character not seen on Justice League, joins the group for this movie and will be played by Bumper Robinson (The Game).

The movie, due to be released in early 2012 on DVD, Blu-ray, digital download and on-demand, is based on the popular DC storyline JLA: Tower of Babel, written by Mark Waid. The plot: Batman's secret contingency plans to defeat his own teammates (should any of them go rogue) are stolen and put into action by a group of super villains.

Once again running the show behind the scenes is executive producer Bruce Timm, the man responsible for dozens of beloved animated superhero projects, including the original Justice League. Lauren Montgomery, a veteran of several animated movies in this series, including the upcoming Batman: Year One, is the director. The script was written by acclaimed animation/comic book writer Dwayne McDuffie, who passed away earlier this year.

A trailer for Justice League: Doom will premiere at New York Comic Con on Friday, Oct. 14, and is featured on the Batman: Year One DVD, which goes on sale Tuesday, Oct. 18.

Castle: Deadly Storm Appears on Tonight’s All-New Episode of ABC’s CASTLE!

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Castle: Deadly Storm Appears on Tonight’s All-New Episode of ABC’s CASTLE!
 
Do super heroes roam the streets of New York City? That’s the question everyone’s asking on an all-new episode of the hit series Castle, airing 10:01-11:00 p.m., ET on the ABC Television Network, which also features an on-air appearance the hotly anticipated Castle: Richard Castle’s Deadly Storm original graphic novel! When an ex-con is mysteriously slain in an alley, Castle and Beckett believe a vigilante is behind the murder. But efforts to identify their suspect are thwarted when they discover that he roams the city dressed as a super hero -- and may just be one! It’s a race against time to stop this killer before he strikes again!
 
Check out an exclusive clip from the episode right now at: http://marvel.com/news/story/16712/castle_deadly_storm_appears_on_tonights_all-new_episode
 
And don’t miss the release of Castle: Richard Castle’s Deadly Storm on September 28th, everywhere books and comics are sold, as well as on the Marvel Comics app for iOS devices.
 
For more about Castle: Richard Castle’s Deadly Storm please visit ABC.com and Marvel.com.
 
CASTLE: RICHARD CASTLE’S DEADLY STORM (JUL110726)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS & KELLY SUE DECONNICK
Art by LAN MEDINA
Cover by CARLO PAGULAYAN
Rated T+…$19.99
ON SALE SEPTEMBER 28, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-7851-5327-6
 
“Castle” stars Nathan Fillion as Richard Castle, Stana Katic as NYPD Detective Kate Beckett, Susan Sullivan as Martha Rodgers, Molly Quinn as Alexis Castle, Ruben Santiago-Hudson as NYPD Captain Roy Montgomery, Tamala Jones as Medical Examiner Lanie Parish, Jon Huertas as NYPD Detective Javier Esposito, and Seamus Dever as NYPD Detective Kevin Ryan.
 
“Castle” is produced by ABC Studios. Andrew Marlowe is the show’s creator/executive producer, along with executive producers Rob Bowman, David Amann, Laurie Zaks and Armyan Bernstein.
 
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ABOUT ABC STUDIOS
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New Batman & Dc Themed Reeses and Kit Kat Candy


New Batman & Dc Themed Reeses and Kit Kat Candy.  Just in time for Halloween.

Ghost Hunters: Season 6: Part 1 Blu-Ray Review

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Ghost Hunters: Season 6: Part 1 Blu-Ray Review



Synopsis: All-real supernatural adventures. The TAPS gang is back in action. Celebrate a milestone as America’s favorite paranormal investigators, the Ghost Hunters, kick off their triumphant sixth season with their live 100th episode. For this epic investigation, Jason, Grant and the rest of The Atlantic Paranormal Society take on their biggest case yet: Alcatraz, the former military prison known worldwide for the countless claims of paranormal activity witnessed within its walls. Other spine-tingling investigations this season feature some of the team’s most thrilling locales, including cases at the famous Philadelphia Zoo, the historic Otesaga Resort Hotel in Cooperstown and the home of abolitionist and author Harriet Beecher Stowe. Prepare to be scared with some of the most unforgettable episodes of the series. And don’t forget to leave the lights on.

Review: The Ghost Hunters were the first group to air their paranormal exploits on television for all to see.   A few other shows followed-suit, like Ghost Adventures, but the format isn't the same.  Ghost Adventures is more about the personalities, while Ghost Hunters really is about the hunt!    TAPS goes into some great historic sites this season..my favorite was definately Alcatraz!  These shows really make even the most skeptical question what they know about life after death!  This blu-ray is the first part of the season, the second is coming in October.

The episodes on this blu-ray set include: Ghost Hunters Alcatraz Live, Fort Ticonderoga, Shamrock Spirits, Phantoms of Jersey, Touched by Evil, Haunted Reform School, Ghosts in the Attic, Inn of the Dead, Spirits of the Night, Norwich State, Haunted Hotel, America's First Zoo

Interest Range: Supernatural, Ghosts

The Tempest Blu-Ray Review

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The Tempest Blu-Ray Review



Synopsis: This modern retelling of William Shakespeare's final masterpiece is an exciting, mystical and magical fantasy with Academy Award(R)-winner Helen Mirren (Best Actress, The Queen, 2006) leading a star-studded cast including Russell Brand (Get Him to the Greek) and Alfred Molina (The Sorcerer s Apprentice). Exiled to a magical island, the sorceress Prospera (Mirren) conjures up a storm that shipwrecks her enemies, and then unleashes her powers for revenge. Directed by the visionary Julie Taymor -- and complete with exclusive bonus features and an Academy Award nomination for Best Costume Design (Sandy Powell, 2010) -- The Tempest, with its innovative twist, is a supernatural dramedy filled with Shakespearian villains, lovers and fools that will leave you spellbound.

Review: The Tempest is the latest in modern re-imagining and re-tellings of Shakespeare's works.  Based on the play of the same name, this film was directed by the revolutionary director of the film "Titus".   Starring Helen Mirren...well, thats all I needed to know before I picked this one up!  I knew she'd knock it out of the park, and she exceeded even our expectations!  Her performance as Prospera is so well-played it'll blow you away.  The film is a good follow of the play, with some great new attitude and visual effects.  Its definately worth the watch.

The special features on this blu-ray include: Los Angeles Rehearsal -- Features Julie Taymor, Dijmon Hounsou, Russell Brand & Alfred Molina, Raising The Tempest -- Julie Taymor Documentary About The Making Of The Movie, Julie Taymor Audio Commentary, Annotated Shakespeare -- View The Tempest With Audio Commentary By Renowned Shakespeare Experts Virginia Vaughan & Jonathan Bate, "O Mistress Mine" Music Video and Russell Brand Rehearsal Riff.

Interest Range: Drama