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Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year Bat-Fans!


2013 marks our 10th anniversary serving the Batman fan community.  We will be celebrating all year with great promotions and giveaways to say thanks for making Legions of Gotham a top Batman website.  Have a great New Year bat-fans!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Retro: The Real Ghostbusters Firehouse Playset

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This playset was one of the finest ever produced by Kenner.  What did you think of it?  Did you own it back in the day?  Do you own it now?  Share your memories!

Friday, December 28, 2012

New Batman Product at Michael's

Michael's Craft stores have the following Batman product ranging from $1 to $5. 

Early Review: Batman: Fowl Play Book

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Legions of Gotham was given an advanced copy of the new HarperFestival softcover storybook Batman: Fowl Play, which hits shelves next Tuesday.   The book is a great Batman vs. Penguin tale with amazing artwork by animation legend Steven E. Gordon (Batman: Asylum, X-Men Evolution).  This is a great book for any kid and a nice addition to any collection! 

Early Review: Batman: Fowl Play Book

Legions of Gotham was given an advanced copy of the new HarperFestival softcover storybook Batman: Fowl Play, which hits shelves next Tuesday.   The book is a great Batman vs. Penguin tale with amazing artwork by animation legend Steven E. Gordon (Batman: Asylum, X-Men Evolution).  This is a great book for any kid and a nice addition to any collection! 







Thursday, December 27, 2012

Monsters Inc. Toys at Toys 'R Us!

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Here is a sampling of some of the great Monsters Inc. product at Toys 'R Us stores right now!  How many of these did YOU get for Xmas?!


Monsters Inc. 3D doing well in theaters!

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Monsters Inc. 3D was released on December 19th in theaters across the USA and has already pulled in a whopping $8,542,888, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com!  Any real Pixar fan needs to head out to theaters to experience the film in 3D!  Have you seen it yet??

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

The Words DVD Review

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The Words DVD Review



Synopsis: "There's more than one way to take a life..." and THE WORDS couldn't be truer. Rory Jansen (Bradley Cooper) has achieved his every goal: a loving wife critical success and a best-selling novel. The only problem is he didn't write it. Now as his conscience starts to haunt him and his past wrongs are revealed it's difficult to tell fact from fiction. Jeremy Irons Dennis Quaid Olivia Wilde Ben Barnes and Zoe Saldana star in this romantic thriller that keeps you guessing until the very end.

Review: What happens when you take credit for something you didn't do?  A talented, but going nowhere writer stumbles upon some manuscripts and publishes them as his own.  He finds wild success, but then is being shadowed by someone else claiming to have ties to the scripts and he unravels as his conscience takes over.  Bradley Cooper shows another dimension in this one and Zoe Saldana gives mainstream audiences a taste of her great acting.  This one is a very solid and enjoyable film, we highly recommend.

Interest Range: Drama

Friday, December 21, 2012

Premium Rush Blu-Ray Review

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Premium Rush Blu-Ray Review



Synopsis: When a New York City bicycle messenger picks up an envelope at Columbia University, a dirty cop becomes desperate to get his hands on it and chases the messenger throughout the city.

Review: This action flick is a great showcase piece for Joseph Gordon-Levitt.   On the surface the film is pretty simple..high-octane thriller about a messenger being chased through NYC, fearing for his life.  What makes this one so great is Levitt's screen presence.  He is the next big star and we'll be seeing a lot of him.  This film is a really fun watch, a great popcorn flick.

Interest Range: Drama

Resident Evil: Retribution 3D (Two-Disc Combo: Blu-ray + UltraViolet Digital Copy) Review

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Resident Evil: Retribution 3D (Two-Disc Combo: Blu-ray + UltraViolet Digital Copy) Review



Synopsis: The Umbrella Corporation’s deadly T-virus is spreading across the globe, transforming ordinary people into legions of undead. Headed for extinction, the human race has just one hope: Alice (Milla Jovovich). She’s on a mission, fighting her way through cities and across continents, all inside Umbrella's prime research facility. Old friends become new enemies as she battles to escape and discovers that everything that she believes may not even be true.

Review: I love zombie flicks..and I loved the Resident Evil video games on Playstation back in the 90s.  I wasn't impressed with the first two Resident Evil films, but I really dug 3 and 4, so I figured I'd really be into this one, as well.   There were aspects of this film that were fun, but overall I was rather disappointed on every level.  The story just fell flat, the action wasn't that great and the film just kinda drug along.   If you're hardcore into Resident Evil, I'm certain that you'll dig it and the 3D aspect is wonderful.

The special features on this blu-ray include: Project Alice: The Interactive Database, Commentary with Writer/Director Paul W.S. Anderson, Milla Jovovich and Boris Kodjoe, Commentary with Writer/Director Paul W.S. Anderson and Producer Jeremy Bolt, Outtakes (2D), Maestro of Evil: Directing Resident Evil: Retribution, Evolving Alice, Resident Evil: Reunion, Into the Lion's Den, Featurettes Drop (Un) Dead: The Creatures of Retribution, Resident Stuntman, Code: Mika and Resident Evil: Retribution - Face of the Fan.

Interest Range: Sci-Fi, Horror

Total Recall Blu-Ray / DVD Review

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Total Recall Blu-Ray / DVD Review



Synopsis: Welcome to Rekall, the company that can turn your dreams into real memories. For a factory worker named Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell), even though he's got a beautiful wife (Kate Beckinsale) who he loves, the mind-trip sounds like the perfect vacation from his frustrating life - real memories of life as a super-spy might be just what he needs. But when the procedure goes horribly wrong, Quaid becomes a hunted man. Finding himself on the run from the police - controlled by Chancellor Cohaagen (Bryan Cranston), the leader of the free world - Quaid teams up with a rebel fighter (Jessica Biel) to find the head of the underground resistance (Bill Nighy) and stop Cohaagen. The line between fantasy and reality gets blurred and the fate of his world hangs in the balance as Quaid discovers his true identity, his true love, and his true fate.

Review: I was a fan of the original Total Recall back in the day, mostly because I loved Arnold movies.  That was back when my standards for movies were much lower!  Now, its painful to watch the old film, so I didn't have much hope for a remake..I just didn't see it.  I'm glad to say that I was wrong.  Colin Farrell is such a strong leading man that he carries this film into the modern age with honors!  They weave a fantastic take on the story and create an all new mythos in a world that has such fantastic special effects, amazing action and an all-star cast.  This is not just a great sci-fi film..its a great film.  We highly recommend it.

Interest Range: Action, Sci-Fi

Tolkien's World: A Guide to the Peoples and Places of Middle-Earth Book Review

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Tolkien's World: A Guide to the Peoples and Places of Middle-Earth Book Review

About the Book: Tolkien’s World takes readers on an incredible journey through the realms of Middle-earth and back to a time when elves, dwarves, wizards, and a small, courageous people known as hobbits battled the forces of evil. This lavishly illustrated guide brings you the people and places from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Explore Middle-Earth, from the rolling hills of the Shire to the desolate ash plains of Mordor. Discover the secrets of a world where the elves roamed through enchanted forests and dragons slept in dark caverns under the mountains. With stunning artwork that re-imagines the places and people of Middle-Earth, Tolkien’s World is ideal for hobbit fans, big and small.

Open the pages of Tolkien’s World and meet Bilbo Baggins, the hero of The Hobbit. Then find out about Gandalf the wizard and his incredible magic powers, uncover the story of the unfortunate Gollum or learn about magical weapons, such as Gandalf’s sword Glamdring. This meticulously researched guide lets you discover the amazing peoples and creatures that inhabit Middle-earth, from friendly elves and stout-hearted dwarves to the deadly dragon Smaug and the evil Sauron. Packed with adventure and lore, Tolkien’s World is a must for all Hobbit

Our Take:The Hobbit is one of the most anticipated films of the year. I know I've been yearning for it ever since I saw Peter Jackson's brilliant take on the LOTR trilogy! This is one of many great book releases that we're going to feature this week that tie-into the new Hobbit trilogy!   This lastest release is brought to us by the folks at Insight books.  This one strays from the mainstream films and provides us with beautiful artwork based on Tolkien's world.  The hardcover book takes us through the various characters, places and races in Middle-Earth accompanied by fantastical and impressive fantasy artwork.  This one is a great book for any Tolkien fan and would make a great Xmas gift!

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The Art and Making of Hotel Transylvania Book Review

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The Art and Making of Hotel Transylvania Book Review

About the Book: The Art and Making of Hotel Transylvania brings to (undead) life a fresh new spin on the classic horror monsters like Dracula, Frankenstein, the Mummy, Werewolf, and the Invisible Man from Sony Pictures Animation and director Genndy Tartakovsky - creator of Samurai Jack and executive producer and director of Star Wars: Clone Wars animated series.

The story features Dracula, owner of a lavish five-stake resort hotel for monsters, away from the human world. On one special weekend, he invites some of the world's most famous monsters to celebrate his daughter's 118th birthday. For Drac, catering to all these monsters is no problem, but his world could come crashing down when one ordinary guy stumbles into the hotel and takes a shine to his daughter, Mavis.

Featuring over 400 pieces of concept art, character sketches, storyboards and digital art, along with interviews with key filmmakers and crew, this full-color book is truly a spooky but fun treat for the eyes!

Our Take:We're big animation collectors here at the Legion and we also collect Halloween.  Finally, a new era animated film that combines the two!  Hotel Transylvania was a phenominal film and this hardcover art book is the perfect take-home companion to the movie.   It includes TONS of great behind the scenes sketches, artwork and designs that went into the making of the film.  The book is chock full of text and facts about the movie and the designs that went into it.   This one is a must-have for any fan of the film.

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Dark Shadows: The Visual Companion Book Review

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Dark Shadows: The Visual Companion Book Review

About the Book: The cult television series Dark Shadows is fondly remembered by its fans — not least Tim Burton and Johnny Depp, who reunited to bring a stunning reimagining of the show to the big screen.

Produced in close cooperation with Tim Burton and the production team, this lavish official companion to the film includes a Foreword by Depp, an Introduction by Burton and an Afterword by producer Richard D. Zanuck, alongside scores of photos, concept drawings, production designs, and interviews with the cast and crew.

Our Take:I'm too young to remember Dark Shadows very well, but I tell you what, I NEVER miss a Tim Burton film.  They're like Xmas to us here at the Legion.  Anything he touches entertains us so vastly and so completely that we're Burton junkies.  I will admit that before I saw Dark Shadows I was a little skeptical about whether this would be my first disappointment as a fan, but thankfully the film was quirky, funny and dark...it was fantastic.  Now, Titan books gives us a great hardcover visual companion to the film.  This one focuses on the characters, the sets, the costumes and even the cinematography and editing.   This one is the perfect companion piece to the film and is sure to delight any fan.  We highly recommend it.

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Harry Potter Film Wizardry (Revised and Expanded) Review

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Harry Potter Film Wizardry (Revised and Expanded) Review

About the Book: Immerse yourself in the world of the spectacular Harry Potter film series, and learn why Yule Ball ice sculptures never melt, where Galleons, Sickles, and Knuts are really "minted," how to get a Hippogriff to work with actors, the inspiration behind Hogwarts castle, and why Dementors move the way they do. 

Written and designed in collaboration with the case and crew that brought J. K. Rowling's celebrated novels to the silver screen, Harry Potter: Film Wizardry delivers an enchanting interactive experience, transporting readers to the wizarding world by sharing film-making secrets, unpublished photography and artwork, and exclusive stories from the stars. Full of removable facsimile reproductions of props and paper the Harry Potter films and the talented group of Muggles that has made true movie magic.

Our Take:We're taking a break from our Hobbit week to check out another fantastical and magical franchise...Harry Potter!  We already miss the Potter books and films, but thankfully this one was re-released with more features!   The book was given info on the final two films, along with some new interactive features.  This one has tons of great pack-in interactive items like an invite to the Yule Ball...stickers for potions and a lot more.   This one is essential for any serious fan and really does help to take the fan experience a step further. 

If you're a Potter fan, this book is a no-brainer.  We highly recommend this one for Xmas!

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey--The World of Hobbits Review

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey--The World of Hobbits Review

About the Book: Enter the amazing World of Hobbits. Packed with photos from the new film, this book will tell you all you need to know about these amazing creatures – their appearance, appetites, homes, friends, deadly foes and much more.

Our Take: The Hobbit is one of the most anticipated films of the year. I know I've been yearning for it ever since I saw Peter Jackson's brilliant take on the LOTR trilogy! This is one of many great book releases that we're going to feature this week that tie-into the new Hobbit trilogy! There are so many of us, including myself, that have had children since the original LOTR trilogy was in theaters. In fact, my wife was pregnant with our first child when we saw Fellowship of the Ring in theaters! Now, my son is 10 and VERY much into the Hobbit, since dad has read the story to them before bed. This is a fantastic book to give to your kids to get them excited for the new film and to keep interested and learn a bit about the fantastical world that Tolkien gave us all. This softcover book is full of great images and tons of info about Hobbits. We highly recommend this one for Xmas.

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey--The Movie Storybook Review

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey--The Movie Storybook Review

About the Book: Relive the story of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in this fantastic photo-filled book. Battling against Goblins, Wargs and other forces of evil, will Bilbo Baggins and the Company of Dwarves find the strength to help recapture the lost Kingdom of Erebor? With this amazing retelling of the movie, you too can visit Middle-earth.

Our Take:The Hobbit is one of the most anticipated films of the year. I know I've been yearning for it ever since I saw Peter Jackson's brilliant take on the LOTR trilogy! This is one of many great book releases that we're going to feature this week that tie-into the new Hobbit trilogy!  There are so many of us, including myself, that have had children since the original LOTR trilogy was in theaters.  In fact, my wife was pregnant with our first child when we saw Fellowship of the Ring in theaters!  Now, my son is 10 and VERY much into the Hobbit, since dad has read the story to them before bed.  This is a fantastic book to give to your kids to get them excited for the new film and to keep interested and learn a bit about the fantastical world that Tolkien gave us all.  This softcover book is full of great images and tons of info from the new film.  We highly recommend this one for Xmas. 

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Official Movie Guide Review

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Official Movie Guide Review

About the Book: Enter Bilbo Baggins’ world through exclusive interviews with director Peter Jackson, Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen and all the principal cast and filmmakers, who share film-making secrets and tales of what it was actually like making movie magic in Middle-earth.

Lavishly illustrated with hundreds of behind-the-scenes photos of the actors, locations, sets, creatures and costumes, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Official Movie Guide has been produced in collaboration with the filmmakers who have brought J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic novel into breathtaking three-dimensional life.

Our Take: The Hobbit is one of the most anticipated films of the year. I know I've been yearning for it ever since I saw Peter Jackson's brilliant take on the LOTR trilogy! This is one of many great book releases that we're going to feature this week that tie-into the new Hobbit trilogy!  This one is a softcover book with over 160 pages of in-depth and behind the scenes looks at the making of the film is THE book for the Hobbit film.  If you buy one book, make it this one (although who can buy only ONE Tolkien book?! lol).  We get looks at the making of the sets, costumes and even the great make-up on characters like the troop of Dwarves and the Orcs!  I was very impressed with this one and the softcover status brings it in at only around $15...a steal in our opinion. 

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Visual Companion Review

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Visual Companion Review

About the Book: Join the hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf the wizard and the Company of Dwarves on their Quest to recover treasure stolen by the Dragon, Smaug the Magnificent. Leaving the comfort of Bilbo’s home they must face many perils before they can claim their long-lost gold -- Trolls, Elves, Goblins, Wargs, and worse…
Richly illustrated with more than 100 color photos from the film, and featuring a brand new fold-out map charting the journey from Bag End to Wilderland, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Visual Companion begins the Quest for the Lonely Mountain in spectacular style.

Our Take: The Hobbit is one of the most anticipated films of the year. I know I've been yearning for it ever since I saw Peter Jackson's brilliant take on the LOTR trilogy! This is one of many great book releases that we're going to feature this week that tie-into the new Hobbit trilogy!  This wonderful hardcover book offers a nice quality dust jacket and great design.  It gives you overviews of the story, characters and even the various types of races/creatures that you'll encounter in Middle-Earth.  This is a very visual book with tons of full color images from the film, not just studio promotional pics.  This one truly is a great visual guide to the film and it falls in at a great price with an MSRP of only $19.99.  This one would make a great Xmas gift.

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Activity Book Review

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Activity Book Review

About the Book: Packed with stunning photos, facts, and activities from the brilliant new movie. Join Bilbo Baggins on his unexpected journey across the wilds of Middle-earth with Gandalf the wizard and a company of thirteen Dwarves.

Our Take: The Hobbit is one of the most anticipated films of the year.  I know I've been yearning for it ever since I saw Peter Jackson's brilliant take on the LOTR trilogy!   This is one of many great book releases that we're going to feature this week that tie-into the new Hobbit trilogy!  We don't often feature activity books here at the Legion, but this hardcover book is an exception!  This one does a great job of mixing story info and character bios with various puzzles and games that will entertain all ages.  That really keeps the feel of a real book with high quality pages and great full-color all over design on each page.  This one is great for a kid or collector!

How to Buy: Amazon.com

Thursday, December 20, 2012

RING IN THE NEW YEAR WITH SPECIAL EVENT PROGRAMMING MARATHONS ON THE HUB TV NETWORK

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RING IN THE NEW YEAR WITH SPECIAL EVENT PROGRAMMING MARATHONS ON THE HUB TV NETWORK Holiday Schedule Includes Marathons of Action-Packed“Hercules: The Legendary Journeys” and Pop Culture Phenomenon “My Little Pony Friendship is Magic”  

LOS ANGELES – The Hub TV Network, one of the fastest growing basic cable networks, celebrates the New Year’s holiday with a special ten-episode marathon of “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys” that kicks off Monday, December 31 (8 p.m.-6 a.m. ET) with back-to-back favorite episodes of the internationally renowned fantasy-action series featuring the mythical hero Hercules (Kevin Sorbo, “Andromeda”).  The series is distributed by NBC Universal Cable and New Media Distribution. 

New Year’s Day programming on the network will include a festival of family fare including a ten-episode block of the Hasbro Studios-produced “My Little Pony Friendship is Magic” Tuesday, January 1 (11 a.m.-4 p.m. ET) featuring the studious young unicorn Twilight Sparkle who lives in the village of Ponyville, where she and her five pony friends teach one another about the most powerful magic of all, the magic of friendship! 

Over the two-day holiday, the network also offers up a feast of other family favorites during a New Year’s Day “Hub Family Movie” marathon Tuesday, January 1 (4 p.m.-4 a.m. ET) featuring the network’s premiere airings of beloved family feature films Open Season (4-6 p.m. ET; encore 10 p.m. -12 a.m.), Ice Age (6-8 p.m. ET; encore 12-2 a.m.), and The Nightmare Before Christmas (8-10 p.m. ET; encore 2-4 a.m.).


Marvel Comics: Your First Look At WINTER SOLDIER #15!

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 Your First Look At WINTER SOLDIER #15!

Marvel is pleased to present your first look at Winter Soldier #15, from the creative team of writer Jason Latour & artist Nic Klein. In the wake of the hunt for the Black Widow, a broken and beaten Winter Soldier begins a quest for atonement. But just as Bucky makes peace with his deadly past – a new villain from his future is out for his head! This February, Latour and Klein send Captain America’s former partner on a road to redemption like no other in Winter Soldier #15! 

WINTER SOLDIER #15 (DEC120695)WINTER SOLDIER #15 KLEIN VARIANT (DEC120696)Written by JASON LATOURArt by NIC KLEINCover by DECLAN SHALVEYVariant Cover by NIC KLEINFOC – 1/14/13, ON SALE – 2/6/13

Nat Geo Ch & WILD: Celebrate the Holiday Season with Four Marathon Specials Beginning Christmas Day

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THIS HOLIDAY SEASON, JOIN NGC AND NAT GEO WILD BY THE FIRE AS WE RETELL STORIES FROM SEASONS PAST…
AND OFFER A FEW NEW SURPRISES FOR THE NEW YEAR
 
In a Season of Plenty, National Geographic Channels
Unwrap Four Holiday Marathons
 
(WASHINGTON, D.C. — December 18, 2012)  Prepare for a silent night or two as National Geographic Channels ring in the New Year with four marathon specials. Prevent your brain from softening over the long weekend with mind-bending trickeries from last year’s three-part special event Brain Games. Allow the smell of pine and charred firewood to scent your home this holiday as you toast long-standing friendships while watching Unlikely Animal Friends. Wise men will pray for good luck this New Year’s Eve after watching a full day of Locked Up Abroad beginning at midnight. And, it’s the most wonderful time of the year to be inspired by The Incredible Dr. Pol as he tends to ailing animals.
 
National Geographic Channel Marathons Include:
 
Four episodes of Unlikely Animal Friends beginning Tuesday, December 25, at 12 p.m. ET/PT
Three episodes of Brain Games beginning Tuesday, December 25, at 8 p.m. ET/PT
Ten episodes of Locked Up Abroad beginning Monday, December 31, at 9 a.m. ET/PT
 
 Nat Geo WILD Marathons Include:
 
Nine episodes of The Incredible Dr. Pol beginning Tuesday, December 25, at 12 p.m. ET/PT, with a new episode at 8 p.m. ET/PT
 
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Beginning at 12 noon ET/PT on Christmas Day, learn to put past quarrels aside after watching four episodes of the heart-melting series Unlikely Animal Friends. Watch guest hosts Cesar Millan and Casey Anderson as they make some sense out of the world’s wackiest wingmen and explore the unlikely emotional bonds among species. (The marathon encores two days later, Thursday, December 27, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Nat Geo WILD.)
 
After playing on your emotions, National Geographic Channel will encore last year’s three-part special event Brain Games, starring your favorite mind-bending manipulators, on Tuesday, December 25, at 8 p.m. ET/PT. They may not be able to solve why the lamp burned bright for eight days, but our brainiacs are known to pull off an impressive trick or two.
 
You’ll need to catch the red-eye to tune in for a 10-episode marathon of the NGC original, Locked Up Abroad. Jet-setters exercise caution this New Year’s Eve with a full day of episodes starting Monday, December 31, at 9 a.m. ET/PT. Invite former captives into your home as they finally open up and recount the daunting details of their travel.
 
WILD
A Christmas Day marathon event beginning at 12 p.m leads up to the premiere of The Incredible Dr. Pol: Jingle Pols at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Christmas time is finally here, and Nat Geo WILD joins the Pols in central Michigan as they get into the holiday spirit. The whole family pitches in to get the house ready for the holidays; Dr. Pol and Charles take the time to reflect back on some of the most exciting experiences in the clinic and on farm calls over the past year. From twin calves to dogs that have had some close calls, and even a new veterinarian in the clinic, this year has certainly been an eventful one, and one for which the Pols as well as the clinic staff can be thankful.


Discovery Channel's 'Frozen Planet: Edge of the Earth' special to premiere 12/22

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 Discovery Channel’s hour-long special FROZEN PLANET: EDGE OF THE EARTH, a BBC/Discovery Channel co-production premiering Saturday, December 22 at 9:00PM ET/PT, revisits the award-winning FROZEN PLANET series with an hour-long special featuring some of the best sequences from the 2012 Emmy-winning documentary miniseries.  The special is a co-production between Discovery Channel and the BBC and is narrated by David Attenborough. The refresher includes several memorable sequences including scenes featuring polar bears, penguins, narwhals, wolf clubs, the great gray owl and more. 

HISTORY's New Scripted Series VIKINGS Premieres March 3 at 10 p.m

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They Were the Fiercest Warriors of All Time…Now The Untold Legendary World of the Mighty Norsemen Comes Alive in HISTORY®’s New Scripted Series VIKINGSPremiering Sunday, March 3 at 10 p.m.

Travis Fimmel, Gabriel Byrne, Jessalyn Gilsig, Gustaf Skarsgard, Clive Standen,
Katheryn Winnick and George Blagden to Star Created and Written by Michael Hirst  

The word “Viking” has been synonymous with brutality, terror, and mystery ever since the first Norse warriors appeared along the coasts of England and France at the end of the eighth century. Their notoriety for barbarianism without pity was an important part of the mythology that grew up around them. And while Vikings are still characterized as such in popular culture, the reality is much more complex, visceral, and powerful than their reputation suggests. 

The extraordinary tales of the lives and epic adventures of these warriors are told in VIKINGS, a new nine-part scripted series premiering Sunday, March 3 at 10 p.m. (ET) on HISTORY®. The drama portrays the world of these Dark Age raiders, traders, explorers – not from an outsider’s view, but, through the eyes of Viking society.  

While VIKINGS is filled with conflict, warfare and bloodshed – for these were extreme times – it is a family saga at heart. It follows the adventures of Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel, The Beast, Baytown Outlaws), a curious, compelling  man who is always looking to break through barriers and discover new worlds to conquer. A young farmer and family man, Ragnar is deeply frustrated by the unadventurous policies of his local chieftain, Earl Haraldson (Gabriel Byrne, In Treatment, Usual Suspects, Millers Crossing), who continues to send his Vikings raiders east every summer, to the Baltic states and Russia, whose populations are as materially poor as themselves. 

VIKINGS will chart Ragnar’s ambitions to discover civilizations across the great ocean to the west as well as his inevitable conflicts along the way. With the help of his jester friend Floki, (Gustaf Skarsgard, The Way Back), they build a new generation of boats – faster, sleeker and more beautifully crafted than anything else on the sea.  

The series will also delve into how the Vikings – the last pagans – worshipped ancient gods like Odin, Thor, Freya and Loki. Ragnar claims to be a direct descendant of the Norse god Odin, who, as well as being the god of warriors slain in battle, is also the god of curiosity.  

Joining Fimmel, Byrne and Skarsgard are Katheryn Winnick (Bones, Love and Other Drugs, The Black Marks) as Lagertha, a fierce shield maiden and Ragnar’s wife; Jessalyn Gilsig (Glee, Heroes, Nip/Tuck, Friday Night Lights) as Siggy, Earl Haraldson’s beautiful wife; George Blagden (Les Miserables, Wrath of the Titans) as Athelstan, a young, innocent Christian monk captured by Ragnar on his first raid on England and Clive Standen (Camelot, Robin Hood) as Rollo, Ragnar’s impulsive, wild, care-free brother. 

Created and written by Michael Hirst – one of the premier historical story-tellers in the industry (Academy-Award winning film Elizabeth; and the Emmy and Golden Globe nominated series The Tudors), Michael serves as Executive Producer along with Morgan O’Sullivan of World 2000 (The Count of Monte Cristo; The Tudors), John Weber of Take 5 Productions (The Tudors; The Borgias), Sherry Marsh, Alan Gasmer, James Flynn (The Tudors; The Borgias) and Sheila Hockin (The Tudors; The Borgias). Dirk Hoogstra and Julian P. Hobbs are the Executives in Charge of Production for HISTORY. 

VIKINGS is an international Irish/Canadian co-production being co-produced by World 2000 and Take 5 Productions. HISTORY will broadcast domestically in the U.S.  MGM Television will bring VIKINGS to the global audience, serving as the international distributor outside of Ireland, Canada and the U.S. VIKINGS is produced in association with Shaw Media, and the series will air on HISTORY in Canada.  

About HISTORY®

HISTORY® is the leading destination for factual entertainment, including award-winning original series and specials that connect viewers with history in an informative, immersive and entertaining manner across multiple platforms. The network’s all-original programming slate, including scripted event programming,  features a roster of hits including American Pickers®, American Restoration™, Ax Men™, Ice Road Truckers®, Pawn Stars®, Swamp People® and Top Shot® as well as epic mini-series and specials such as the Emmy® Award-winning Hatfields & McCoys, Gettysburg, Vietnam in HD, America The Story of Us, and 102 Minutes That Changed America. The HISTORY website is the leading online resource for all things history, and in 2011, the United States Library of Congress selected HISTORY’s Civil War 150 site for inclusion in the historic collection of Internet materials related to the American Civil War sesquicentennial.  www.history.com