Monthly Archives: February 2015

Hyper-Reality Tour Now Set To Welcome Crowds At The Del Mar Fair Grounds Through Sunday, March 1

WP_20150207_079“The Marvel Experience: The World’s First Hyper-Reality Tour” has extended its smash-hit engagement in San Diego due to popular demand and overwhelming ticket sales. Hero Ventures made the announcement last night at a private party in front of VIP guests including filmmaker Kevin Smith, who voices villain M.O.D.O.K. in The Marvel Experience, and Jason Mewes. Audiences in San Diego, a city known around the world as the epicenter of multi-genre entertainment and comic culture, have been flocking to the Del Mar Fair Grounds to visit The Marvel Experience since it opened there on February 7. The engagement, originally slated to end on February 22, has been extended one week through March 1.

Check out our coverage of the Marvel Experience along with Interview with COO Doug Schaer.

“The enthusiasm we’ve seen from San Diego audiences has been nothing short of overwhelming,” said Hero Ventures’ COO Doug Schaer and CEO Rick Licht, in a joint statement. “We are so grateful for how this city, home of Comic-Con International, has embraced The Marvel Experience, and we are excited to be able to stick around a little bit longer.”

Following its extended run in San Diego, The Marvel Experience will head to Chicago’s Soldier Field beginning on Thursday, April 2nd. Additional information on the Chicago engagement will be announced shortly.
Crafted by Los Angeles-based experiential entertainment company, Hero Ventures, The Marvel Experience invites generations of Marvel comic book and movie fans to join forces with some of the world’s most beloved Super Heroes in a place where the real world and imagination become one.

This first-of-its-kind premier touring experience features a thrilling motion ride, the world’s only 360-degree Stereoscopic 3D Dome, a wide range of technologically advanced interactive and immersive elements, state of the art projection techniques and dozens of Marvel’s most popular Super Heroes.

As agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in training, guests of The Marvel Experience will swing with Spider-Man, smash with Hulk, fly with Iron Man and more, all in preparation for an epic battle alongside Marvel’s biggest Super Heroes in a fight against Red Skull, M.O.D.O.K. and an army of evil Adaptoids. The Marvel Experience incorporates next-generation interactive technology including augmented reality, multi-person gaming and immersive elements that put you right in the middle of the action. Everything happens with bleeding-edge technology and advanced computer animation. There’s nothing else like it. Not only does the audience get to join the adventure, in the end they may even become heroes themselves.

Tickets are available both at Ticketmaster.com and at www.themarvelexperiencetour.com/tickets.

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Ms MarvelThe finalists for the first ever Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity Award were announced today. The five nominated titles are:

  • HEX11 by  Lisa K. Weber and Kelly Sue Milano (HexComics)
  • M.F.K. by Nilah Magruder (http://www.mfkcomic.com/)
  • MS. MARVEL by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona (Marvel Entertainment)
  • THE SHADOW HERO by Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew (First Second Books)
  • SHAFT by David F. Walker and Bilquis Evely (Dynamite Entertainment)

The winner will be announced at the first ever Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity ceremony event to be held later this month at Long Beach Comic Expo on Saturday February 28 at 2 PM PT. The Award is named in honor of Dwayne McDuffie, the legendary writer and producer who co-founded and created Milestone Media. As a writer, Dwayne created or co-created more than a dozen series, including DAMAGE CONTROL, DEATHLOK II, ICON, STATIC, XOMBI, THE ROAD TO HELL and HARDWARE.

“The nominees for the first ever Dwayne McDuffie Award reflect the best of what a comic book can be,” said Matt Wayne, the Director of the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity. “These five titles, as different as they are, reflect Dwayne’s aspirations for the comic book industry. They are diverse, inclusive and forward looking.”

“I am so proud that my husband’s personal mission to include a more diverse array of voices–both in content and creators–is able to continue now through this Award in his name, by encouraging others who share his vision of comics, characters, and the industry itself better mirroring society,” said Charlotte McDuffie.

The Dwayne McDuffie Award Selection Committee consists of eight prominent comics and animation professionals who knew McDuffie and have demonstrated a commitment to inclusiveness:

  • Neo Edmund – Novelist, animation and comics writer;
  • Joan Hilty – Nickelodeon Comics Editor; Creator of Bitter Girl;
  • Joseph Illidge – Former Editor, Milestone and DC Comics; Columnist, Comic Book Resources; Writer, First Second Books;
  • Heidi MacDonald – Editor in Chief, The Beat;
  • Glen Murakami – Producer/Supervising Director, DC animated properties and Ben 10: Alien Force/Ultimate Alien;
  • Eugene Son – Comics writer/Story Editor, Ultimate Spider-Man Animated;
  • William J. Watkins – Writer; Former owner, Chicago’s first Black-owned comics store;
  • Len Wein – Co-creator Swamp Thing, Wolverine, New X-Men; Former Editor-in-Chief- of Marvel Comics and Senior Editor, DC Comics.

“The Long Beach shows are committed to diversity,” said Martha Donato, Executive Director of Long Beach Comic Expo. “It’s our great pleasure to host the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity Award ceremony and to celebrate the legacy of a wonderful man and writer who inspired so many people with his words, his action and his creations.”

Reginald Hudlin, an innovator of the modern black film movement (House Party, Boomerang and BeBe’s Kids), will be the Keynote Speaker at the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity Award ceremony later this month.

Tickets for Long Beach Comic Expo are available now at www.longbeachcomicexpo.com. Follow Long Beach Comic Expo on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and information about the McDuffie Award.

Universal Studios Hollywood - Theme Parks - Season: 2015The spotlight shines brightly on Universal Studios Hollywood as the world-class destination celebrates a milestone 50th anniversary with the much-anticipated opening of the “Fast & Furious—Supercharged” thrill ride, “Springfield,” an-all new immersive experience surrounding “The Simpsons Ride,” and a “Nighttime Studio Tour” as part of the theme park’s pioneering epic transformation.

This monumental undertaking – the most ambitious in the theme park’s storied 50-year history – will radically alter and reimagine its familiar footprint as The Entertainment Capital of L.A. sets its sights on the next 50 years.

From its humble beginnings five decades ago, Universal Studios Hollywood has emerged as one of the most progressive and exciting theme park experiences anywhere, while remaining true to its roots of immersing guests in the awe-inspiring world of movie-making magic.

Since its inception, Universal Studios has lifted the veil on Hollywood’s most illustrious industry, placing guests at the heart of favorite movies and television shows. It continues to be at the forefront of innovation, imagination and inspiration, working in collaboration with some of the most influential filmmakers in the business and the greatest minds in entertainment – Steven Spielberg, Matt Groening, James L. Brooks, Peter Jackson, Michael Bay and Chris Meledandri – to create intriguing rides and attractions.

“For 50 years, Universal Studios Hollywood has given guests unprecedented access to the world’s most alluring business by inviting them to peek behind the velvet curtain and become part of the exciting movie-making process,” said Larry Kurzweil, President of Universal Studios Hollywood. “We are reimagining over 75 percent of our destination as we build upon our incredible success and expand our vision for the future, and we look forward to entertaining and inspiring guests for generations to come with what will ultimately be an entirely new theme park experience.”

The “Glamour Trams” of yesteryear that gave way to today’s world-famous Studio Tour is undergoing a top to bottom makeover to coincide with the 50th anniversary, and by 2016, will roll out a fleet of new, contemporary trams, including the installation of ultra-comfy cushioned seats. A modern exterior and sleek logo design will contribute to the updated aesthetics of these iconic trams, while a new Art Deco-themed Studio Tour entry portal, located within the theme park, will greet guests.

Offered in multiple languages, including Mandarin, Japanese, Spanish and English, and led by expert guides, the acclaimed Studio Tour remains a hallmark Universal Studios Hollywood attraction bringing millions of guests through an authentic movie and television studio and into its elusive world motivated by three compelling words: lights, camera, action.

The action, however, is only getting started.

This summer, high-octane excitement will race onto the scene when Universal Studios Hollywood introduces “Fast & Furious—Supercharged,” a pulse-pounding, adrenaline-fueled thrill ride as the new grand finale to the world-famous Studio Tour.

This gripping, technologically-advanced ride, inspired by Universal Pictures’ most successful film franchise of all time and featuring the film’s original cast members, will propel guests into the high-stakes underground world of fast cars and daring escapades traveling at accelerated speeds of up to 120 miles per hour. Situated within a newly constructed 65,000 square foot building on the legendary backlot, the high speed, 3D-HD ride will reunite stars from the Fast & Furious series – Vin Diesel (Dominic “Dom” Toretto), Dwayne Johnson (Luke Hobbs), Michelle Rodriguez (Letty Ortiz), Tyrese Gibson (Roman Pearce) and Luke Evans (Owen Shaw) – in a revolutionary mega-attraction, conceived as a new installment to the dynamic film series that can only be experienced at The Entertainment Capital of L.A.

The layout of the park will become unrecognizable when “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite family, The Simpsons, breathes new life to the sprawling and vibrant space surrounding “The Simpsons Ride.” “Springfield” is designed to capture the spirit of the animated town and engage visitors and fans of the show in the intensely absorbing and colorful world made famous throughout the series’ record-setting 26 seasons.

Guests visiting “Springfield” will have the pleasant sensation of being hurled through their television sets and into the accurately depicted town, complete with signature eateries such as Krusty Burger, Cletus’ Chicken Shack, Luigi’s Pizza and Phineas Q. Butterfat’s Ice Cream Parlor, along with Homer’s favorite hangouts, Lard Lad Donuts, Moe’s Tavern and Duff Brewery.

Universal’s slate of new 2015 attractions will entertain from sunup to sundown when the theme park broadens the scope of its popular Studio Tour with the introduction of a “Nighttime Studio Tour,” designed to enlighten guests on the art of moonlight movie-making.

Under a blanket of stars, over 20 locations along the famed Studio Tour route will showcase an array of luminous onset lighting and special effects used in nighttime production. Theatrical lighting will cast a glow on iconic backlot sets as Studio Tour guides shed light on Hollywood secrets and tricks of the world’s most glamorous trade, including how filmmakers create the effect of daylight amid the black of night. Celebrated stars who found fame on Universal’s backlot will also make cameo appearances on the “Nighttime Studio Tour,” including Marilyn Monroe, Norman Bates and Frankenstein. The “Nighttime Studio Tour” will run every weekend throughout the summer from July 4th through Labor Day.

The excitement that these new rides, attractions and themed immersive lands will bring to guests is only a prelude to the highly-anticipated arrival of “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” in 2016.

Got that belly bulge? What is the years of partying? Did you just have a kid? Download the Kiqplan and use it with your FitBug and your smartphone can help you lose weight.

We previewed the Kiqplan at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show. This report is from the Season 3 Episode 6 broadcast.

As you know, Boyhood was the 2014 Secret City Geek Lab Movie of the Year. Here is a look at the Boyhood Vanity Fair Shoot.

Written and directed by Richard Linklater, Boyhood – now nominated for 6 Academy Awards – has appeared on more “best of 2014″ lists than any other film released last year. The award-winning film won best picture awards from numerous film critic circles – including New York, Los Angeles, DC, Boston, Chicago, Austin, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto and more, and recently won three BAFTA Awards including Best Film and Director. Filmed over short periods from 2002 to 2013 with the same cast – Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette, Lorelei Linklater and Ellar Coltrane – Boyhood is the story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (Coltrane). Boyhood is now available in theaters, on Digital HD, Cable VOD, Blu-Ray Combo Pack and DVD.

The Marvel Experience – Photo Gallery

Immerse yourself in the world of Marvel Comics by joining the ranks of S.H.I.E.L.D. and helping the Avengers take down an ominous threat. The experience is going on from now until February 22 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego. This three-acre experience is comprised of 7 tents featuring an interactive training room and two large screen motion experiences.

For our radio report, click here.

Become an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. at the Marvel Experience in Del Mar. The experience is live now and ends on February 22. The Marvel Experience features seven domes and combines an interactive training room where you can climb a wall like Spider-Man, fly like Iron Man and punch like the Hulk; a 360 degress 3-D movie and motion tracking movie.

The Geek Lab previewed the experience and spoke with Hero Ventures COO Doug Schaer about this great experience for the fan boy and family.

On Season 3, Episode 4 of Secret City Geek Lab, we spoke with Bob Kulhan, CEO of Business Improvisations (businessimprov.com). Bob discussed how the principles of teamwork and creativity in the world of improvisational comedy can be used in the corporate business setting.

Over the past 15 years, Business Improvisations has gone on to create corporate training programs and executive education programs for several top business schools in the US and abroad. In addition, Business Improvisations specialize in creating leadership development programs and customized experiential learning programs for corporations, including many Fortune 500 companies. Based in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago, we work with organizations nationwide and worldwide.

Bob Kulhan is an Adjunct Professor of Business Administration at The Fuqua School of Business, Duke University as well as an Adjunct Professor of Business at Columbia Business School, Columbia University. He also is the CEO of Business Improvisations. For almost 20 years Bob has performed and taught improvisation internationally. His teaching and performing credits include Chicago’s famed Second City (core faculty & master artist in residence), Improv Olympic (resident company/faculty), Columbia College, London TheaterSports, and all over the world.