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Emily S. Whitten: Nickelodeon, Squishy Seats… and Me!

  • Comicmix
Recently I had the opportunity to visit the Nickelodeon Animation Studio and their new Entertainment Lab in Burbank, CA. I chatted with Chris Young, Senior Vice President for the Entertainment Lab; Chris Savino, creator of The Loud House; and Farnaz Esnaashari-Charmatz, creator of Shimmer and Shine. I played around in their newly developed immersive and interactive Vr experience; sat in on a recording session for Shimmer and Shine; stopped in to say hi to Ciro Nieli, executive producer for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and see his cool office; and viewed all kinds of creativity in progress during the studio tour.

And let me tell you: the experience was awesome.

As in, so awesome, I’m wondering how Alternate Me could get a job there. Because let’s be honest – there are office jobs that look like The Office, and then there are workplaces like Nickelodeon, which has slime stairs, a SpongeBob wall,
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Call Of Duty: Zombies Comic Book Series Announced by Dark Horse

  • DailyDead
The seemingly endless legions of the living dead are shambling off the screen and sinking their teeth into a new story in Call of Duty: Zombies, a six-part comic book series from Dark Horse, Activision Publishing, and Treyarch that debuts this October:

Press Release: Milwaukie, Or—Dark Horse Comics, Activision Publishing, Inc., and award-winning game development studio, Treyarch have teamed up to deliver Call of Duty: Zombies, a comic book series of undead proportions, written by comics superstar Justin Jordan (Green Lantern: New Guardians), and illustrated by Jonathan Wayshak (Devolution), with story by Zombies Director, Jason Blundell and the studio’s Lead Writer, Craig Houston. With incredible covers by superstar artist Simon Bisley, the waves of undead come straight out of Call of Duty: Black Ops III Zombies experience and onto the pages of Dark Horse Comics!

Since Treyarch first introduced Zombies to the Call of Duty franchise as an
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Tsr Blog: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ and the Gooey Racket of Nostalgia

There’s hardly a more potent neurochemical within the modern entertainment experience than that of nostalgia. It provides sanctity to that which can no longer be changed, the good ol’ franchises becoming even better as they are imbued with more purity and truth; in which we can refine past thoughts to be comparatively warmer to the cynicism we may feel for what we experience, in the present.

Nostalgia is an incredibly active force in contemporary films. In the form of references made in dialogue or through visuals, it is often how fantastical movies are able to buddy buddy their fictional characters with audiences, placing them within our active context. Guardians of the Galaxy deals heavy doses of nostalgia to its audience as its bid to be welcomed, but does so with such desperation that it panders to its original quality as an “offbeat” mainstream experience. Considering the creation of its lead human surrogate,
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‘Ikki Tousen: Great Guardians’ Collection DVD Review

Director: Kôichi Ôhata

Starring: Veronica Taylor, Akeno Watanabe, Caitlin Glass, Masumi Asano, Wendee Lee

Running Time: 300 Minutes

Certificate: 18

Ikki Tousen: Great Guardians is the most difficult anime series I have ever had the pleasure of reviewing for a number of reasons. The series focusses on a group of young scantly-clad women guided by the spirits of ancient warriors in order to become ultimate martial arts fighters. It should be stated now that this is by no means a complicated plot and it is also incredibly easy to follow. However what makes the series slightly confusing in terms of its quality, is the mixed bag of visual and narrative divergences. By this I am of course referring to the emphasis the show puts on provocative imagery, which can clearly be seen from the DVD’s marketing.

Some characters and storylines within the series’ 12 episode run may cause slight confusion to those
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Paramount To Remake Explorers

Remember the good old days? Way back when a talented individual would have an original idea, and make a movie out of it? Those halcyon days of discovery and entertainment might just have disappeared a little further back into the mists of time, as Paramount has revealed their intention to remake the 1985 Joe Dante classic, Explorers, with a script written by Geoff Moore and Dave Posamentier (Better Living Through Chemistry).

It seems to have become more and more ‘on trend’ to mine back-catalogues for titles deemed ripe for a robust ‘re-imagining’. Having endured second shots at films such as Red Dawn, Conan The Barbarian, About Last Night, Carrie and RoboCop in recent years, we still have Annie and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to look forward to. Not to mention The Crow, Point Break, and even Flatliners, at some point in the future. Now, we can add to that list the tiny,
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Thor: The Dark World Blu-Ray Review Plus Cast Interview Bites

Thor: The Dark World Blu-Ray Review

The second installment of the Thor saga has plenty of action, but misses the mark to a certain extent when it comes to the wide array of facets it hopes to infuse into the story. The dedication to, and belief in, the depth and breadth of the various arcs in the story are solidified in the bonus features of the home release, and while the exposition makes for elaborate and detailed featurettes, they probably serve as too clear a sign of what went wrong with the production.

Thor: The Dark World kicks off with a rather clunky piece of development that leaves Thor explaining the events of The Avengers, his time back on Earth, and subsequent lack of phone call to Jane. Of course, the film also needs a villain to come and destroy a good chunk of the map and/or threaten to do same,
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Pax East 2013: Usagi Yojimbo: The Way of the Ronin Hands On

Pax East was the place to see (and play) the hottest games for the PC and consoles. Fans of pen and paper plus collectable games were also covered. But iOS and Android had its fair share of presence as well. Like Usagi Yojimbo: The Way of the Ronin , a smart phone game based upon Stan Sakai's most well known and beloved character. It's actually been out for a couple of weeks now, though the game was recently updated. Among the many necessary fixes were performance enhancements across every supported device, plus the size of the app itself has been slimmed down considerably. The game itself is a side-scrolling brawler. Think Streets of Rage , though the old Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arcade game is a better comparison. The graphics are actually quite superb; sprites are nice...
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'Usagi Yojimbo: Way of The Ronin' Slices Through iPhone and iPad Today

HappyGiant and Dark Horse Comics today announced "Usagi Yojimbo: Way of The Ronin" for iPhone and iPad. The game, which is "coming soon" to Android devices and PC, is now available for iOS.

Usagi Yojimbo was created by award winning author and illustrator Stan Sakai, the fearless rabbit ronin has been known to show up with the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" from time to time. The story follows him on his journey through feudal Japan. "Usagi Yojimbo: Way of The Ronin" is the first videogame based on the property in over 25 years.

"It’s been far too long since the last Usagi game, and I am so excited to be working with HappyGiant to bring Usagi and his friends back to these new platforms," said Stan Sakai, "The game turned out great!"

"Happy Giant is thrilled to be working with Stan Sakai and Dark Horse to bring Usagi Yojimbo to the mobile and gaming worlds,
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'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Gets Premiere Date on Nickelodeon

  • The Wrap
'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Gets Premiere Date on Nickelodeon
While Michael Bay tries to quell the masses of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle" fans who are enraged with his big-screen tinkering, Nickelodeon will bring Donatello, Leonardo, Raphael and Michelangelo back in a to the small screen in the fall. Nickelodeon will unleash the latest animated iteration of the Tmnt saga on Sept. 29, the network announced Friday. Also read: Michael Bay: "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" Fans Need to "Chill" The CG-animated series, which will be voiced by Jason Biggs, original "Tmnt" voice talent Rob Paulsen, "Lord of the Rings" actor Sean Astin and
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Exclusive: Voice Actor Sam Riegel Talks The Amazing Spider-man and Tmnt

Sam Riegel has voiced many characters over the past couple of years but most animation fans probably know him as Donatello in 2003's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and various Tmnt video games afterwards. His most recently released project was being Peter Parker in the The Amazing Spider-Man video game. Below, he talks about what the experience was like to voice each of these characters and more. Animation fans know you for voicing Donatello in 2003’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, how exciting was that project when you first got the gig? "Getting Tmnt was life-changing. I grew up watching the original series, and Donatello was always my favorite turtle -- come on, he does machines! So to Be Donnie for a new generation of fans was incredibly rewarding. It's awesome to know that for kids who grew up watching our show, I'll always be their Don." Would you say that voicing
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"C-3P0" Anthony Daniels to appear at London Comic Con, plus full details

How do you bring 60,000 sci-fi and comic geeks to a unified climax? Easy...take a dash of London, a dollop of globally-renowned Comic Con and sprinkle with C-3Po - geek perfection if ever there was. Ah well, one can dream...

But wait! Thanks to those wonderful people over at McM Expo, London will once again welcome a sheer smorgasbord of geeky goodness. Returning to the ExCel London on 25-27 May, the festival with feature an awesome line-up of movie, videogame, sci-fi, comics, anime and cosplay content ready to entertain the show’s 60,000 plus visitors. As well as offering fans the chance of a meet and greet with Mr. Anthony "C3P0" Daniels himself, visitors can also look forward to:

- Mingling with Fallen Skies stars - the sci-fi drama produced by Steven Spielberg - Seychelle Gabriel and Sarah Carter, who play Lourdes and Margaret respectively

- A sneak peak
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Brett Ratner in talks to direct Midnight Run 2

The long rumoured sequel to Midnight Run 2 might just be pressing ahead. And Brett Ratner is apparently in talks to direct...

I like to think that, at some point last week, Michael Bay and Brett Ratner got together for a drink. The topic of conversation? How to start baiting movie nerds again.

“I’ve got it!”, piped up Bay. “I’ll talk for 16 seconds about a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film, and see if I can melt the Internet!”. “You going to throw in that alien shit?”, asked Ratner. “Hell yes!”, retorted Bay, as he downed his luxurious cocktail and promptly threw the gauntlet down to Ratner. “You’re going to have to do something to top that”, he smirked.

Midnight Run 2, then.

It’s a project that’s been in quiet gestation for a little while, having been talked about to not much warmth a year or two ago.
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DVD Playhouse--august 2010

DVD Playhouse—August 2010

By

Allen Gardner

Black Orpheus (Criterion) Winner of the 1959 Best Foreign Film Oscar and that same year’s Palme d’Or at Cannes, Black Orpheus is a modern-day update of the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice reset in 20th century Brazil during Carnival in Rio. Director Marcel Camus offers up a visual feast with some of the decade’s most ravishing color cinematography. A classic. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Bonuses: Archival interviews with Camus and actress Marpessa Dawn; Interviews with Brazilian cinema scholar Robert Stam, jazz historian Gary Giddins, and Brazilian author Ruy Castro; Documentary on the film; Trailer. Full screen. Dolby 1.0 mono.

The Last Song (Touchstone) Sentimental adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ (by Sparks and Jeff Van Wie) sentimental novel about a father and daughter attempting to repair their damaged relationship. Greg Kinnear, as the dad in question, comes off best, while tween sensation Miley Cyrus
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Must Have: 'Usagi Yojimbo' 25th Anniversary T-Shirts!

By Steven Roberts

It’s not every day that an Eisner Award-winner teams up with a Los Angeles streetwear company, but judging by Stan Sakai’s collaboration with The Hundreds, it might not be a bad idea. The Hundreds will release two t-shirts Saturday, November 21 at their flagship store in Los Angeles and their store in San Francisco celebrating the 25th anniversary of Stan Sakai’s series "Usagi Yojimbo."

For those who haven't tapped into the world of "Usagi Yojimbo" yet, Miyamoto Usagi is a rabbit ronin samurai (the series' title translates to rabbit bodyguard in Japanese, kids), and the main character of Sakai’s long-running Dark Horse comic series. Sakai created the character in 1987 and modeled him after legendary samurai Miyamoto Musashi.

Heavily influenced by Japanese history, pop culture and folklore, Usagi’s adventures have even teamed him up with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at various points — including
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