Monthly Archives: October 2013

Audiences will get an extended look at Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” in 3D when Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World” arrives in theaters November 8. This special engagement will be available exclusively at 3D screenings of the newest Marvel film throughout its theatrical run.

Thor 3D Exclusive

“After ‘Marvel’s The Avengers,’ the Marvel films are more interwoven than ever, and this pairing is the perfect complement to both of the new movies,” said Dave Hollis, executive vice president, theatrical distribution, The Walt Disney Studios. “‘Thor: The Dark World’ is going to be an exceptional theatergoing experience, and this sneak peek will really rev fans up for the return of not only the Mighty Avenger but the First Avenger as well.”

Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World” continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano and Jaimie Alexander with Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins as Odin. Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World” is presented in Digital 3D and RealD.

The “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” teaser trailer debuted last week and fans are already buzzing. Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” takes place in the aftermath of “Marvel’s The Avengers” as Steve Rogers teams up with Natasha Romanoff, a.k.a. Black Widow, to battle a powerful yet shadowy enemy in present-day Washington, D.C. Coming to theaters April 4, 2014, the film stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo, Emily VanCamp and Hayley Atwell, with Robert Redford as Alexander Pierce and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.

DC ComicsThe plans were announced to DC editors and staffers via an email from DC Entertainment president Diane Nelson Tuesday afternoon. Here is that email:

Dear DCE Team,

As I hope you know, I and the entire DCE exec team work hard to offer transparency about as much of our business plans and results as we possibly and responsibly can.  In an effort to continue to do that where possible and to ensure you are hearing news from us, rather than a third party, I am proactively reaching out to you this afternoon to share news about our business.

I can confirm that plans are in the works to centralize DCE’s operations in 2015.  Next week, the Exec Team will be in New York for a series of meetings to walk everyone through the plans to relocate the New York operations to Burbank.  The move is not imminent and we will have more than a year to work with the entire company on a smooth transition for all of us, personally and professionally.

Everyone on the New York staff will be offered an opportunity to join their Burbank colleagues and those details will be shared with you individually, comprehensively and thoughtfully next week.  Meeting notifications will be sent tomorrow to ensure the roll out of this information and how it affects the company and you personally.

We know this will be a big change for people and we will work diligently to make this as smooth and seamless a transition as possible.

Best,
Diane

Exclusive Poster from Entertainment Weekly:

Muppets Most Wanted Poster

Disney is unveiling the poster for their upcoming Muppets sequel, Muppets Most Wanted, and your favorite felt friends are all there. There’s Miss Piggy and her dog Foo-Foo, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, Walter, Beaker, Animal, and … wait, is that Kermit the Frog with a mole on his upper lip, striking a Dr. Evil-esque pose?

Nope, that’s Kermit’s sinister doppelgänger, Constantine, the criminal mastermind whose plot to steal an enormous diamond sets the international crime caper story in motion. Ricky Gervais co-stars as Constantine’s villainous sidekick, Dominic, while Ty Burrell plays a mustachioed Interpol agent and Tina Fey is on board as a Russian prison guard.

NCM Fathom Events, RiffTrax and IGN Present All-New Sidesplitting Commentary on a Holiday ‘Classic’ in Select Movie Theaters Nationwide on Dec. 5

Santa Claus Conquers the MartiansCENTENNIAL, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– You better watch out, you better not cry, ‘cause Santa Claus is coming… to Mars? The stars of RiffTrax —Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett (best known for the groundbreaking “Mystery Science Theater 3000®“)— are back for a hilarious all-new take on a family ‘classic’ with “RiffTrax Live: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. CT and tape delayed at 7:00 p.m. MT and 8:00 p.m PT/HI/AK. NCM Fathom Events, RiffTrax and IGN will present RiffTrax’s first big-screen holiday event since the beloved “RiffTrax Live: Christmas Shorts-Stravaganza” in 2009 with “Weird Al” Yankovic. This festive season event, a riff on one of the most popular titles in the MST3K catalog, is set to be an uproarious night for naughty and nice alike.

Tickets for “RiffTrax Live: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians,” are available at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com. The event will be broadcast to more than 570 select movie theaters across the country through NCM’s exclusive

Carthay Circle Restaurant

Celebrate the bounty of fall in California, paired with wonderful wines produced in the Russian River Valley in the heart of Sonoma, during a special dinner at 8 p.m. on November 2 at Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge in Disney California Adventure park.

Disneyland Chef Andrew Sutton and Bob Cabral from Williams Selyem winery are your hosts for an exclusive evening in the beautiful Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge. From Skuna Bay salmon carpaccio to roasted wild red grouse and buffalo tenderloin, this is an evening of exquisite tastes, each dish matched with the perfect pour.

Cost is $250 per person (park admission is required), and just a few tickets remain. To reserve your seat, email teri.ross@disney.com, and put “WD Dinner” in the subject line. Include number of guests, party name and contact number.

Here’s the menu for what promises to be a delicious evening:

Reception
Cobia Pomegranate Poke with an Avocado Mousse
Duck Roulette and Cranberry Relish on Black Anise Bread
Lobster Apple Relish in a Cranberry Kimono
2008 Williams Selyem Blanc de Noir Sparkling Wine

Citrus Cured Skuna Bay Salmon Carpaccio
Tangerine Segments, Toasted Almonds, Green Apple Crème Fraîche Panna Cotta
2012 Williams Selyem Unoaked Chardonnay

Pan Seared Cyprus Island Sea Bass
Roasted Crab, Neuske’s Ham with Roasted Root Vegetable Puree
2006 Williams Selyem Coastlands Pinot Noir

Roasted Wild Red Grouse
Fairytale Pumpkin Gnocchi, Porcini Mushrooms with Natural Jus
2006 Williams Selyem Flax Vineyard Pinot Noir

Cedar Planked American Buffalo Tenderloin
Sun Flower Root, Black Trumpet Mushroom, Yam Pecan Tots and Fresh Huckleberries
2009 Williams Selyem Rochioli Riverblock Pinot Noir

Heirloom Pumpkin Bars
Fromage Blanc, Pumpkin Cremiux and Cranberry Port Sorbet
2008 Williams Selyem Vista Verde Port

dexterCBS and Netflix strike a deal to bring all eight seasons of Dexter to Netflix.

The first four seasons will be available for instant viewing starting October 31, with seasons 5-8 following on January 1. Dexter‘s series finale wrapped up in September drawing record ratings for Showtime. “We’re thrilled to have Dexter, one of Showtime’s highest-rated shows on Netflix, and so quickly after it completed its record-breaking run,” said Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer.

Scott Koondel, chief corporate content licensing officer for CBS, said the “Dexter” deal with Netflix “further demonstrates the value of this content in the marketplace while expanding the show’s passionate fan base to a whole new online audience.”

Other Showtime originals available to stream on Netflix — all of which have finished their runs on the premium cabler — include “The Tudors,” “Sleeper Cell” and “United States of Tara.” The Lionsgate-owned “Weeds,” which ran for eight seasons on Showtime, also is available on Netflix.

Uva Bar - Downtown DisneyFrom the Disney Parks Blog:

An entire Downtown Disney Winter Village will spring up around ESPN Zone and AMC Theatres on Thursday, November 14, adding extra cheer to the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort. You’ll be able to visit quaint holiday cottages, browse for gifts in the “shopping chalets” and admire a 30-foot Christmas tree, the centerpiece of Olaf’s Frozen Ice Rink, inspired by the lovable snowman in the latest Walt Disney Pictures animated feature “Frozen.”

Go ahead and lace up your skates so you can take to the ice on Olaf’s Frozen Ice Rink. It’s the perfect place to get into the holiday spirit as you glide along to holiday tunes. Operating hours are 3 – 10:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 3 – 11:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Other activities in the Downtown Disney District scheduled for various dates and times during the holiday season will include:

  • Carolers on December 5 and December 16-25
  • Anaheim Ballet performing scenes from “The Nutcracker” on December 5 and 19
  • Downtown Disney Unwrapped, a presentation of fun gift ideas beginning Friday, November 29 (Black Friday)

 

Bridget Mendler / Debbie RyanTwo of Disney Channel’s most-watched comedies are planning a holiday-themed crossover. As part of Disney’s “Fa-la-la-lidays” promotion, Good Luck Charlie and Jessie will both feature Christmas episodes on Friday, Nov. 29 at 8/7c.

In “Good Luck Jessie: NYC Christmas,” Good Luck Charlie’s Teddy (Bridgit Mendler) and PJ (Jason Dolley) are touring colleges in New York City when a blizzard hits, preventing them from returning home to Denver for Christmas. They meet Jessie’s Jessie (Debby Ryan) on the subway, and together the three celebrate the holiday in the big city.

Disney Channel also plans special holiday episodes on Sunday, Dec. 1 of Liv & Maddie (8/7c) and Austin & Ally (8:30/7:30c), and on Friday, Dec. 6, of A.N.T. Farm (8/7c), Dog with a Blog (8:30/7:30c) and Wander Over Yonder (9/8c).

Basically this is something I will try to do every week as opposed to writing a simple review for one of the issues I picked up; a few thoughts on whatever books I did pick up.

Avengers 21Avengers #21 – As much as I loved this issue, I have to say that it is probably the weakest throughout the entirety of the Infinity event thus far. It does little for actually showing any of the Avengers outside of a few action shots, but still manages to progress the overall story well enough. You are often left wondering why some of the more minor characters are given face time over the stars of the series. The art is absolutely stunning however – especially when were finally shown the unbelievable Annihilus insect army. Oh, boy.

Cable and X-Force 15Cable and X-Force #15 – Honestly if it were not for the fact that I review these things on occasion, I would not be following Cable and X-Force. Simply put, it just is not a very good book. Not to say that is terrible – because it is not, but manages to project mediocrity from every panel. The saving grace has to be any relationship outside of Cable and Hope; Boom-Boom and Domino, Domino and Colossus, Nemesis and Forge. Very entertaining.

Hawkeye 13Hawkeye #13 – Hawkeye is quickly becoming one of my all-time favorite comics. The work of Matt Fraction and David Aja is nothing sort of incredible. Never would I have thought that an ongoing revolving around Barton’s everyday life would be such an interesting read. And in this month’s issue we see Hawkguy’s life continue to spiral out of control with no sign of redemption in sight. The feels, people. The feels…

New Avengers 11New Avengers #11 – If I had to compare New Avengers to Avengers, I would choose New Avengers every time. Avengers seem to be following a track while New Avengers does whatever it can to throw us through a loop. The story is unpredictable in a positive way, the art has always been phenomenal, and the characters are utilized perfectly. This week is no different either during the second assault on Wakanda.

Superior Spider-Man 19

Superior Spider-Man #19 – First thing’s first. New Spider-Man 2099 ongoing incoming? If this issue is anything to go by, then yes. Consider me stoked! Anyway, as much as I love Peter and hate Doc Ock, everything about Superior Spider-Man has been fantastic. Spider-Man Ock (SpOck from now on) is the perfect anti-hero and I pray he somehow manages to remain a superhero even after Parker returns. Maybe give him a Ben Reilly-esque body? The new Scarlet Spider? As for the actual happenings of the issue, everything SpOck has built up is crumbling around him. Everything he has attempted to do in order to fix the ‘mistakes’ of Parker have proven insufficient. Clearly there was more to Peter than SpOck gave him credit for.


Uncanny X-Men 13Uncanny X-Men #13
– Death. So much death. The present X-Men and the true future X-Men are not having any of it from those future frauds. As the fakes attempt to gather the original five to ship back to the past, the other teams are laying waste to them – preventing that very thing from happening. This event has been one of my favorites after a long line of not-so-great crossovers. Then again, I am a sucker for time travel. So if that is not your thing, you might not enjoy this as much as I have been.

Official Logo

Official Logo

As reported by Entertainment Weekly:

Lucasfilm has announced that Star Wars: Episode VII director J.J. Abrams and Raiders of the Lost Ark writer Lawrence Kasdan have taken over screenwriting duties from Michael Arndt, an Oscar winner for Little Miss Sunshine and nominee for Toy Story 3, who had previously been working on the story.

Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said, “I am very excited about the story we have in place and thrilled to have Larry and J.J. working on the script. There are very few people who fundamentally understand the way a Star Wars story works like Larry, and it is nothing short of incredible to have him even more deeply involved in its return to the big screen. J.J. of course is an incredible storyteller in his own right. Michael Arndt has done a terrific job bringing us to this point and we have an amazing filmmaking and design team in place already prepping for production.”