Monday, July 28, 2014

SDCC 2014: Diamond Select Toys & Kevin Smith on New View Askew Merchandise

With his library of cult-favorite films and regular geek-centric podcasts released through his company SModCo, director and author Kevin Smith is geek royalty, holding court each year in the legendary Hall H at Comic-Con International in San Diego. At this past weekend's Comic-Con, Diamond Select Toys unveiled a number of new products based on Smith's creations, in two new product categories!

SDCC 2014: Star Wars, Darth Vader & Princess Leia Head to Marvel in 2015

Lucasfilm Ltd. and Marvel Entertainment are extremely proud to announce the iconic Star Wars franchise will return to Marvel in 2015 with a line-up of three comic book titles chronicling the adventures of a galaxy far, far away.  Beginning in January 2015, prepare for STAR WARS by writer Jason Aaron (Thor, Original Sin), artist John Cassaday (Astonishing X-Men) and colorist Laura Martin, DARTH VADER by writer Kieron Gillen and artist Salvador Larroca and PRINCESS LEIA by writer Mark Waid and artist Terry Dodson.

Taking place immediately after the events of Star Wars: A New Hope, the Force returns to Marvel in January with three new series spotlighting beloved characters from the iconic trilogy! Created in close partnership with Lucasfilm, the three new Star Wars series will exist as part of the canon for the Star Wars universe!

SDCC 2014: Dark Horse To Make HALO Replica Ships & Vehicles

It was announced during Dark Horse’s “The Art of Video Games” panel at this year’s Comic Con International that Dark Horse would develop and manufacture a line of replicas based on the ships and vehicles which have appeared in the multi-million selling video game franchise, “Halo®!”

Furthering the arrangement between 343 Industries and Dark Horse, which has to date, produced two blockbuster comics series with canonical storylines written by writers from the video game franchise, this news is sure to excite gamers and collectors alike!

Deadpool Movie Test Footage?



Looks videogamey, but maybe it was a "proof of concept" sort of thing where they whipped this up to show how much fun the actual movie could be? Also, that sure does sound like Ryan Reynolds!  DISCUSS!

UPDATE: This is the real deal! ..well as real as a piece of test footage gets. Now in beautiful HD, we can catch all the little subtle nuances...like Deadpool drawing the picture with a crayon at the start on the bridge, which is what he shows to the motorcycle thug right before he takes his head. Extra awesome for an already amazing piece! We also didn't get that final line in the low res version...which brings it all home. Perfection. A whole movie of this would leave audiences in tears, begging for the pain in their splitting sides to go away. So what is FOX waiting for? Maybe the success of formerly perceived "longshot", ie; Guardians of the Galaxy, this weekend will seal the deal, though it's fairly obvious Deadpool is one of the most popular characters in the Marvel Universe. Shouldn't that spell no-brainer? Maybe they think the tone of the film, which would HAVE to be rated R, mixed with non-stop comedy is the risky proposition? Whatever the case may be, I think the release of this "leaked" footage, and then the mysterious second leak of better footage is their way of saying...we are listening. Word of mouth is strong. Deadpool movie...imminent...

SDCC 2014: Hasbro's Marvel Comics Legends, 3.75 inch & Mashers Action Figures

Our San Diego Comic-Con 2014 coverage marches on with a run down of one of my favorite topics..MARVEL COMICS! Hasbro continues to be the uber licensor for Marvel super posable action figures in a 6 and 3.75 inch scale, with Marvel Universe morphing into Marvel Infinite Series figures and Legends returning in a big way, rebranded as Marvel Legends Infinite Series. Yea..it's a little confusing when you go to talk to someone not so experienced with the line, so collectors are still just calling them Legends and Universe. Ah...for a simpler time. Also added this past year was a wildly popular line called Mashers which ignite the creative instincts of children as they build their favorite heroes and villains and are able to mix and match parts...and delight hardcore collectors as they put Tony Stark's snarky head on The Hulk's body. We are easily amused. Let's check out what was announced at SDCC 2014...

SDCC 2014: Del Toro, Tatum, Perlman And Co. Talk The Book Of Life

The cast and crew of The Book of Life sat down to discuss the upcoming movie at San Diego Comic-Con International this past weekend. On hand were actors: Christina Applegate, Channing Tatum and Ron Perlman alongside producer Guillermo Del Toro and director Jorge Gutierrez to talk about what makes this new animated feature something you can'tmiss. The production team wanted to make something different than the big films of this year and celebrate a rich culture. Director Jorge Gutierrez described the film as, "Really unique and different. Growing up I wanted to see a Mexican story and now I was able to put in all these things I never saw but wanted to, into this film. We really wanted this to look true to its Mexican roots."

Guillermo Del Toro, whose imagery has always remained infused with the richness of his heritage,  elaborated, "In order to be universal, we tried to be very specific to our culture and who we are and what we love. None of us are trying to cash in on a generic animated film about talking animals with quippy one-liners."

Sunday, July 27, 2014

SDCC 2014: Cosplay Day 1

I don't think I need to tell you how cosplay has blown up in a HUGE way since last San Diego Comic-Con! The heightened popularity of this passionate pastime has been a mixed blessing for folks already in the community for years. For a website like Idle Hands, we like to take everyone at face value...and that means TONS of cosplayer pictures. We know you love them..and we love to photograph them, so this year, almost more so than any show before, we've been on the hunt for cosplayers around every corner..big or small, mega advanced or duct tape and cardboard newb. Here's a look at my favorites photographed by Nicole Marrokal, Hailey Mordah and Kristelle Villa...

SDCC 2014: Mad Max: Fury Road Trailer

As San Diego Comic-Con roars into its last day, those of us at the computer keys are scouring our email boxes and beyond to make sure you (and I) are seeing all the best stuff announced over these past chaotic days of geek fury. Today we got a tip from our buds at Collider that the new Mad Max trailer is LIVE and kicking ass across a new fictional wasteland!

SDCC 2014: Opening Title Sequence from "Outlander"

STARZ releases a first look at the opening title song and sequence of its highly anticipated original series “Outlander.” The opening showcases never-before-seen footage from the series, along with an arrangement of the “Skye Boat Song” by Emmy-award winning composer Bear McCreary featuring the vocals of songstress Raya Yarbrough. The network first shared the main sequence upon over 1,500 enthusiastic fans at the Comic-Con world premiere screening of “Outlander” at San Diego’s historic Spreckels Theatre on Friday night. “Outlander” premieres on Saturday, August 9th at 9pm ET/PT on STARZ. Dive in below for the goods...

SDCC 2014: Guardians of the Galaxy Sequel Announced

Yep. It's already happening. After weeks of journos and lucky fans filling up my Twitter feed gushing over the new Guardians of the Galaxy movie using words like "Perfection" and "Amazeballs" and "OMG my eyes are melting out of my skull!!!" ...it appears this advance word of mouth was enough to green light a sequel! Or maybe there was already a sequel planned, as such are the ways of the uber-minds shaping the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We can't hope to understand.

Marvel reports "During Marvel Studios’ Hall H presentation at Comic-Con International 2014 Saturday night, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” star Chris Pratt and director James Gunn announced that a sequel to the film will hit theaters July 28, 2017."