Monthly Archives: May 2013

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Following in the footsteps of Twitter, Facebook will now automatically verify the Facebook Pages of celebrities, public figures and businesses with large numbers of fans. Details can be found in the help section of Facebook.

Some well-known public figures and Pages with large followings (ex: celebrities, journalists, government officials, popular brands and businesses) are verified by Facebook as having an authentic identity. You’ll see a blue badge  next to their names. Hover over the blue badge on a verified profile or Page to learn more.

We verify profiles or Pages to help you be sure that they are who they claim to be. Keep in mind that not all authentic profiles and Pages are verified and that you can’t request to have your profile or Page verified. You can report fake accounts that are impersonating you, your business or your brand.

Superman 75th LogoBURBANK, CA (May 30, 2013) – In celebration of the 75th anniversary of Superman, Warner Bros. Entertainment and DC Entertainment have revealed plans befitting one of the most popular and enduring Super Heroes of all time.

To honor Superman—the world’s first Super Hero—for reaching such an incredible milestone, the companies are kicking off a year of celebration including a new commemorative Superman 75th anniversary logo as well as an animated short tribute chronicling the rich 75-year history of the character, it was announced today by Kevin Tsujihara, Chief Executive Officer, Warner Bros. Entertainment.

First appearing in the comic book Action Comics #1, dated June 1938, Superman quickly became a cultural icon, winning fans around the world in live-action and animated form in nearly every known entertainment medium. In feature films, TV shows, radio, video games, publishing and merchandise, he has battled some of the greatest villains ever created in his endless pursuit of truth, justice and the American way.

Tsujihara stated, “Warner Bros. is privileged to be home to the global Superman brand, which has had an unparalleled impact on popular culture for 75 years. We are proud to commemorate this milestone with exciting entertainment across the entire Studio and across the globe, ensuring this enduring icon reaches new generations of audiences.”

DC Entertainment and the Studio’s various divisions, including Warner Bros. Pictures, Warner Bros. Television, Warner Bros. Animation, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and Warner Bros. Consumer Products, will mark this extraordinary anniversary with a range of highly anticipated events and products, kicking off with the release of the much anticipated summer-blockbuster “Man of Steel.”

The new animated short, currently in production, is being produced by Zack Snyder and pays homage to Superman and many iterations of the Super Hero throughout his 75 years. A sneak peek of this short is planned for Comic-Con International: San Diego in July and the finished version will debut late summer.

The new commemorative logo takes its cue from the iconic Superman costume, featuring predominantly blue coloring with a splash of red and highlights a bold silhouette of the Man of Steel with his cape waving behind him and the block-style lettering of “75 Years.” The mark will be rolled out by all the divisions on Superman-related promotions, products and initiatives. DC Entertainment will be the first to feature the new logo on the upcoming Superman Unchained comic book by artist Jim Lee and writer Scott Snyder, on sale Wednesday, June 12.

“Superman is undeniably the greatest Super Hero in the world and likely the most influential comic book character of all time,” according to Diane Nelson, President, DC Entertainment. “In addition to being an enduring presence in pop culture for the last 75 years, he continues to be a commanding global icon. DC Entertainment and all of Warner Bros. look forward to celebrating this important, year-long anniversary for Superman.”

In tandem with the various special celebrations comes the release of this summer’s tent pole action adventure feature “Man of Steel,” opening in theaters nationwide June 14.

Jeff Robinov, President, Warner Bros. Pictures Group, stated, “Superman is a larger-than-life figure, making the big screen the perfect place to experience his adventures, and ‘Man of Steel’ delivers with first rate story-telling that is broadly entertaining. It couldn’t be more fitting that the centerpiece of our summer slate hits theaters during this commemorative year.”

“It’s a great honor for all of us involved in ‘Man of Steel’ to carry on the tradition of Superman for longtime fans as well as a new generation of moviegoers,” director Zack Snyder said. “I’m so excited to share the movie with them and to be a part of this celebration.”

Superman enthusiasts can also look forward to much more, including:

“Injustice: Gods Among Us,” a new fighting game franchise that allows players to experience the power, gadgetry and unparalleled strength of some of the most popular DC Comics Super Heroes and Super-Villains such as Superman and Lex Luthor, was released on April 16 from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.

“Superman: Unbound,” an all-new DC Universe Animated Original Movie that pits Superman against Brainiac—a devastating force of flesh and machine with Earth squarely in his sights—was released on May 7 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

“Man of Steel” and Superman products are available for fans of all ages, including toys, costumes, apparel, party goods and publishing from Warner Bros. Consumer Products.

“Superman Unchained,” the much anticipated new comic book series that centers on a mystery that is frustrating the hero in both the Superman and Clark Kent aspects of his identity ultimately revealing a brand-new villain, debuts on June 12 from DC Entertainment.

“Infinite Crisis,” an all-new multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game that delivers a heart-pounding competitive player vs. player battle experience set in the legendary DC Multiverse, a world in which familiar DC Comics characters such as Superman have been reimagined in startling ways, debuts in fall of 2013 from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.

“DC Nation” Superman Shorts, a series of all-new Superman-themed animated shorts produced by Warner Bros. Animation and airing on Cartoon Network’s DC Nation block throughout the year.

DC Entertainment’s “We Can Be Heroes” giving campaign launches its second crowdfunding initiative in June focused on Superman and featuring one-of-a-kind experiences and limited edition merchandise to engage, excite and empower legions of fans. Get something good. Do something great.
To stay up-to-date on all things Superman and the celebration activities, please visit www.Superman75.com.

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According to Variety:

Glenn Close is in final negotiations to join the cast of Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy.”

The pic currently stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Batista, Lee Pace and Michael Rooker with James Gunn set to direct. It was reported this past weekend that John C. Reilly was also in talks for some role in the pic.

Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow

Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow

As reported by Variety:

Disney is in final negotiations for the Norwegian duo to come on board the tentpole with Johnny Depp returning as Captain Jack Sparrow and Jerry Bruckheimer producing. The studio has already set a July 10, 2015, worldwide release date.

The Mouse House tapped “Catch Me if You Can” scribe Jeff Nathanson early this year to pen the “Pirates of the Caribbean 5” script. That screenplay has been delivered but plot details remain under wraps as do whether actors from past installments such as Geoffrey Rush or Keira Knightley will reprise their roles.

Fred and Barney

Fred and Barney

Warner Bros and WWE Studios are co-producing a Flintstones animated movie to be released in early 2015. The movie starring Fred and Barney will be joined by WWE staples including Vince McMagma (voiced by Vince McMahon) and such WWE superstars and divas including John Cenastone (John Cena) and CM Punkrock (CM Punk). They will take part in a prehistoric WWE main event.

Warner Bros Home Entertainment will handle worldwide distribution on Blu-ray, DVD, VOD and digital download. The film will be co-produced by Warner Bros Animation and WWE Studios, and WWE will do its branding thing through its TV, digital media and print assets to market the movie. Bradley Buchanan, SVP Business and Legal Affairs, negotiated on behalf of WWE Studios.

“WWE is family-friendly entertainment, so partnering with Warner Bros on a Flintstones/WWE project was a natural extension of our Scooby Doo deal,” said Michael Luisi, President, WWE Studios. “This new, animated feature allows us to showcase our brand with young fans and loyal Flintstones enthusiasts alike.”

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This is a list of Disney Animation’s upcoming slate of features:

  • June 21, 2013 – Monsters University (Pixar)
  • November 27, 2013 – Frozen (Disney)
  • May 30, 2014 – The Good Dinosaur (Pixar)
  • August 1, 2014 – Big Hero 6 (Disney)
  • June 19, 2015 – Inside the Mind (Pixar)
  • November 25, 2015 – Finding Dory (Pixar)
  • March 4, 2016 — Untitled Disney Animation
  • June 17, 2016 — Untitled Pixar Animation
  • November 23, 2016 — Untitled Disney Animation
  • June 16, 2017 — Untitled Pixar Animation
  • November 22, 2017 — Untitled Pixar Animation
  • March 9, 2018 — Untitled Disney Animation
  • June 15, 2018 — Untitled Pixar Animation
  • November 21, 2018 — Untitled Disney Animation

As earlier reported, Amazon Prime posted pilots for viewer to watch, review and bring to series. 5 pilots have been chosen.

  • Alpha House (Comedy) starring John Goodman and Mark Consuelos. Written by Doonesbury Creator Gary Trudeau. It’s the story of four congressmen living in the same house.
  • Betas (Comedy) In Silicon Valley, the right algorithm can make you a king. And these four friends think they’ve finally cracked the code.
  • Annebots (Childrens – Toddler) Kid scientist Anne learns about the world in her junkyard lab with her best pal Nick, and her android helpers.
  • Creative Galaxy (Childrens – Toddler) Soar with a loveable little alien artist to colorful planets of art and inspiration, and see what lights you up!
  • Tumbleak (Childrens – Toddler) Join Fig, a small blue fox, on his journeys through a whimsical land filled with adventure and friendship.

Missing on the list is Zombieland from the creators of the movie and Onion News Empire, my personal favorite of the lot.

Thor the Dark WorldAccording to the Hollywood Reporter:

Award-winning composer Carter Burwell was all set to score Marvel‘s Thor: The Dark World. It would have marked his first superhero project to date. The studio even printed his name on the first official poster last month. But Deadline now confirms that Burwell is off the project altogether in what Marvel’s camp diplomatically describes as a creative split. “They like him but it wasn’t the right project,” a studio insider said. Alan Taylor is directing the pic which is set for a November 8 bow and the studio is close to announcing Burwell’s replacement. Burwell, who would have succeeded Thor composer Patrick Doyle in the franchise, is also scoring Bill Condon’s WikiLeaks pic The Fifth Estate and Charlie Kaufman’s Anomalisa.

Xbox OneoxXbox One relies heavily on using the cloud for game purchases. This has stirred up a lot of concerns over the ability to purchase used games.

If you are forced to purchase your games on the cloud, then you no longer have to go to your local retail outlet for game purchases. Also, used games purchases may also have to be purchased online, which means that the publisher is in control of the price of old games and not the market.

In response, Microsoft released this statement:

The ability to trade in and resell games is important to gamers and to Xbox. Xbox One is designed to support the trade in and resale of games. Reports about our policies for trade in and resale are inaccurate and incomplete. We will disclose more information in the near future.