Friday, February 24, 2012

Could Benedict Cumberbatch Be The Star Trek 2 Villain?

Photos from the much anticipated sequel to J. J. Abrams' Star Trek have been released!

Lexington Comic & Toy Convention Debuts in One Month!

I began my adventure in convention-land last summer when I attended Derby City Comic-Con and Fandom Fest in Louisville. Last fall, I found out that Lexington was going to be getting its own signature comic-con! Lexington Comic & Toy Convention will make its debut in the Lexington Center (adjacent to Rupp Arena) here in Downtown Lexington. Featuring a mixture of pop culture celebrities, artists, writers, and vendors, the convention is sure to make Lexington a premiere destination for fans of conventions.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Dexter Killer Cast in CBS Sherlock Holmes Pilot

CBS has been shopping a pilot for a new modern-day adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic Sherlock Holmes stories called Elementary. With the relative success of the Warner Brothers movie franchise starring Robert Downey, Jr. and the amazing, spectacular, freaking awesome BBC series Sherlock, apparently the network wants in on this action. The RDJ films, of course, have been set in Victorian London, while the BBC series, starting the swoon-worthy Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, are also a modern-day take on the storie of Holmes and his partner in awesome Watson. News broke today that the Sherlock that CBS wants has been cast. British actor Jonny Lee Miller, former husband of Angelina Jolie, has starred recently in an arc on Dexter, and has appeared in Eli Stone which ran on ABC in 2009.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Video for Taylor Swift's "Safe and Sound" Premieres

Last night on the Twitter account for The Capitol, the fictitious city in Panem, which appears in The Hunger Games, there was an announcement that the video for Taylor Swift's video "Safe and Sound" was to premiere tonight. Viewing was mandatory, as all things are in Panem. The video for Swift's addition to film's soundtrack appeared on MTV tonight during First Look: Taylor Swift.

Check out the video after the cut

Friday, February 10, 2012

New Amazing Spider-Man Trailer Released - Glimpse of Lizard and Peter Parker's Parents!

On Tuesday,  the newest trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man was introduced to the world. Now, it's a trending topic on Twitter. And why not? It looks like a great film! Andrew Garfield is really witty with this portrayal of Peter Parker with lines like, "You seriously think I’m a cop, in a skintight red-and-blue suit?" It seems like there will also be a very interesting relationship between Spiderman and the NYPD, something that wasn't exactly explored in the Sam Raimi trilogy. And what about the villain? We get to see the origin of Lizard (Rhys Ifans), as Parker tries to investigate about his own past. I think that it's a good thing to call this "the Untold Story" because it really is. Marc Webb's adaptation is a lot more gritty and much darker than the three Raimi films. Hopefully there won't be a dance number and emo Peter Parker. 

The Amazing Spider-Man slings into theaters July 3, 2012.   

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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Hunger Games News: New Trailer, China Glaze, and Capitol Couture!

The Hunger Games will be released on March 23.

With less than 50 days until the premiere of the much-anticipated film adaptation of Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games, Lionsgate has really ramped up their advertisement. On Thursday, a second trailer went live and was shown tonight during the Super Bowl. It features much more of the story than the teaser or first trailer showed including Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) volunteering for The Hunger Games for her sister, a portion of her interview with Caesar Flickerman (Stanley Tucci), as well as Lenny Kravitz's Cinna pinning the Mockingjay pin to her uniform. I happened to see the first theatrical trailer on the big screen for the first time and I must say that it looks simply wonderful.


It would seem that movie tie-in nail polish is something quite popular now, with Twilight and The Muppets being among the movies that have seen their own versions. It was recently announced that the brand China Glaze would market a brand of fingernail polish based on The Hunger Games and they are now available for pre-order! There will be twelve colors in the Capitol Colours line which represent an aspect of each district. Among the polishes to choose from are Luxe and Lush, Stone Cold, and Fast Track. The colors range from flashy to neutral and would be a perfect accompaniment to any of the fine Capitol fashions. I'm hoping my local Ulta store will be carrying the polish and I'll give a proper review when it is released!

Speaking of which, a new fashion zine straight from the Capitol has gone online. Capitol Couture features the most stylish citizens of Panem as well as rumors and gossip about the 74th annual Hunger Games. The premiere issue showcases the ever so stylish Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks), one of District 12's mentors as well as the face of the China Glaze nail polish line. Effie is a definite balance to Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson), District 12 mentor and winner of the 50th Hunger Games. You can sign up for the mailing list to have each issue of Capitol Couture delivered to your mailbox.

Whether you've read the books or not, this movie does not look like it's going to disappoint. The odds are in our favor on March 23 when the movie releases, as there will be a special one week engagement in IMAX! Tickets go on sale February 22.

What district do you think you would live in? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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Aspen Comics Now Available for Nook

The digital comics revolution is alive and well, as Aspen Comics has teamed up with Graphicly to make the company's popular titles available on the digital market for the Nook e-reader. The digitization of comic books is as much of a contentious topic as e-books were when e-readers were first introduced, but Aspen is confident that their titles being available through Nook's e-reader, tablet, and smart phone applications will help increase readership and ultimately allow more people to appreciate comic books.  

Aspen Comics Now Available for Nook Courtesy of Graphicly
“We’re excited to work alongside Graphicly to deliver our wonderful library of Aspen titles to a new audience and platform on the Nook. In addition to our launch collections, we will be working quickly to add to the number of books available, so fans can look forward to seeing even more new collected series on the horizon shortly.”
Titles at this initial launch will be available by collection only, so prices will vary. Aspen titles included in the initial launch on the Nook include: The Aspen Extended Edition, Executive Assistant: Iris Volume One, Fathom Volume One, Fathom: Cannon Hawke, Fathom: Dawn of War, Fathom: Kiani Volume One, Shrugged Volume One, and Soulfire: Volume One. Check out Barnes and Noble's online store to find the Aspen Comics titles that are available for Nook. Also head over to the Aspen Comics website for more information about their great work and Graphicly for more awesome comic books.

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Sunday, February 5, 2012

Geeky Super Bowl Commercials

Super bowl commercials are as old as the game itself. In fact, the championship that pits the two best teams in American Football turns 45 this year. The Super Bowl is the most watched event of the year and the ad space is worth millions of dollars, but who cares about sports? Seriously, folks, why does everyone watch the game now if not for the commercials? In the past few weeks, the 2012 Super Bowl commercials have been unveiled and are being shared on Facebook walls across the world. With the Avengers spot, the G.I. Joe Retaliation commercial, and an homage to Star Wars on the slate this year, I thought we could take a look at Super Bowl commercials of years past. Clips after the break!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Mists of Pandaria Press Tour Announced

 World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria was officially announced at Blizzcon 2011 and the introduction of the Pandaren as a playable race, a new continent, and over-arching focus on "war" as the main theme and villain of has been met with mixed reactions. There has been little information released since the October event, but today MMO-Champion posted a blue post which announced a Mists of Pandaria Press Tour.

A Break in the Mists: Alert the Press!

Since the announcement of World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria at BlizzCon 2011, we’ve been hard at work on all of the new game features, environments, dungeons, and other content that awaits adventurers. Today, we’re inviting members of the press worldwide to get an updated sneak peek and some hands-on time with the latest version of World of Warcraft’s fourth expansion at an event taking place March 13 - 15.
Source: MMO-Champion

If you want to know more about what lies hidden within the mists of Pandaria, wait for the season’s end….  
MMO-Champion said that the Cataclysm Friend & Family Alpha started on the first week of May and the actual Cataclysm press tour happened a month later. So, could we be seeing the Alpha starting in the next couple of weeks? Blizzard has said that they wanted to increase the frequency of expansion releases. Cataclysm has been out for nearly 14 months so hopefully we'll be hearing something soon!

What are you thoughts on the new World of Warcraft expansion? Leave a message in the comments!