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UDON Collectibles Presents Evangelion Pins

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UDON COLLECTIBLES TO DEBUT EVANGELION COLLECTIBLE PINS EXCLUSIVELY AT ANIME EXPO

Toronto, ON –June 26, 2017 – UDON Collectibles is proud to announce their newest line of collectible merchandise – the EVANGELION CHARACTER COLLECTOR’S PIN SERIES. Following in the footsteps of the popular Street Fighter II Character Select Pins and the Persona 4 Puzzle Pin series, UDON Collectibles is expanding its licenses to the anime world.

Neon Genesis Evangelion, produced by Studio Khara, is arguably the most influential show in modern anime history. The show’s success has spawned multiple movies, toys, manga, video games, and all types of merchandise in Japan — much of it highly sought after by collectors.
“We’ve recently passed the 20th anniversary of Evangelion, and I have been a big fan of the show since its original television run,” says UDON Chief, Erik Ko. “We’ve had great success publishing the Evangelion Chronicles art books, and now I am also proud that we can produce some really cool merchandise for the EVA fans.”

The Evangelion Character Collector’s Pins are made of high quality cloisonné hard enamel creating a jewel-like finish and are highly durable. A multiple silk-screen printing process was used on each pin to ensure every detail was replicated properly resulting in each character looking faithful to their on-screen presence. Each pin measures almost two inches wide, and will be sold mounted on a handsome backer card with a silver foil stamped logo and spot gloss pattern.

The first six characters in the series will include Rei, Asuka, Mari, Shinji, Kaworu, and Gendo. These six pins will make their debut exclusively at the UDON booth (#3218) at Anime Expo which will take place during July 1 – July 4 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The retail price of each pin will be $15.00. Quantities are limited so be sure to get to the UDON booth early.

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Penguin Random House Authors Appearing at Comic Con 2017

The following press release shows the various authors that will be at San Diego Comic Con. It will be here soon!

DARYL GREGORY/ SPOONBENDERS/on sale from Knopf on 6/27: This is a novel about a lovable family of psychics, (think Arrested Development + telekinesis). Praised by Charles Yu as: “entertaining and moving—a perfect summer read.” SPOONBENDERS is for fans of Michael Chabon, Lev Grossman, and Emily St. John Mandel. It tells the story of a generations-spanning family of psychics–both blessed and burdened by their abilities—who must use their powers to save themselves from the CIA, the local mafia, and a skeptic hell-bent on discrediting them in this hilarious, tender, magical novel about the invisible forces that bind us.
Harnessing the imaginative powers that have made him a master storyteller, Daryl Gregory delivers a stunning, laugh-out-loud new novel about a family of gifted dreamers. Paramount has optioned this title to become a TV show produced by the teams that made Spotlight and The Walking Dead. Daryl will be speaking on a Genre-Bending panel at 1pm on 7/22 and will be doing two in booth signings at our Penguin Random House booth 1515-1.

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Alexander Skarsgard Live Interview with LA Times

Alexander Skarsgard was interviewed by LA Times during a live Facebook session. Fans were able to ask questions during this live interview discussing his role in “Big Little Lies”. This interview was part of their sessions with “Emmy contenders”. Keeping fingers crossed that yes Alex is recognized with a nomination for his work in Big Little Lies. It was definitely a role that pushed boundaries.

You can watch the full interview on this link here:

 

 

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Big Little Lies Interview Alexander Skarsgard Talks About Role

bll_107_celeste_and_perry-embedThe Hollywood Reporter recently interviewed Alexander Skarsgard discussing his role on Big Little Lies. Spoilers ahead in the interview excerpt below:

All was revealed in the Big Little Lies finale.

The HBO drama from writer David E. Kelley and director Jean-Marc Vallee came to a finish Sunday and finally explained who died and how.

After it was first revealed that one of Celeste’s twin boys had actually hit Renata’s (Laura Dern) daughter Amabella, Celeste (Nicole Kidman) finally appeared ready to leave her abusive husband Perry (Alexander Skarsgard) for good. Unfortunately, right before the big school fundraiser, Perry was stunned when he accidentally found out about her other apartment.

The show explores the real-life issue and severity of domestic abuse, violence and rape. Your character, Perry, is the abuser in these cases. Going into the role, what was your thought process on how to tackle these stories and portray this character?

I thought it was such a rich script and the tone felt very unique. It felt like such an emotional roller coaster that I thought was brilliantly written. In terms of the character, I saw it as an opportunity to play an abusive husband who wasn’t this stereotypical abusive husband. It was such a well fleshed out relationship, and the dynamic between Perry and Celeste was fascinating to me. I saw it as an opportunity to find a character where you see him struggle with his demons as opposed to being the traditional wife-beater.

What makes him not the stereotypical abusive husband?

She fell in love with this innocent kid that he’s got within him. In a way, he is like his sons. He’s a very social, outgoing guy and loves to have fun. In those moments, those demons are hidden far within him and then they come out. You do see that he’s struggling with it. He can’t control it. They just take over and consume him. What I thought was interesting about their relationship is it ties in with their sexuality as well, and that makes it more difficult to leave him. She blames herself and says, “I’m an accomplice. I’m part of this.” When we have sex, it is very violent and I love that, but then she [thinks] “Maybe I push him too far.” Which she doesn’t, but she blames herself for it and feels that, deep down, he’s a good guy and a great dad and loves her and [she] can fix him and that he just has to deal with those demons. But he can’t. That’s what’s killing him inside. He can’t control it.

The abuse scenes are very violent. How difficult were those for you to shoot?

They were really tough to shoot. Jean-Marc works in a way where it’s more like shooting a play than shooting a movie. It’s not traditional filmmaking in the sense where you have the master and two-shot and then you move in for coverage. There are no tape marks on the floor. It’s all existing lights and a handheld camera that roams around which is a great opportunity as an actor to explore this space and play around and find new things. One take can be very different from the previous. That really helped those scenes.

Nicole and I got to know each other really well before we started the project and spent time together and worked on our relationship. We just got to know each other. We both felt it was very important that when we step into that room and shoot those scenes, you have to get to a place of 100 percent trust. The scenes were emotionally and physically so draining. They’re incredibly hard to shoot. It was more about getting to know each other and spending time together and working on that trust. And talking about their relationship and figuring out the nice part about these characters and how they connect and why they fell in love, what’s holding them together. We wanted to find that. We played the whole scene from beginning to end. We weren’t restricted by any tape marks on the floor or any technical issues. It was very primal in a way and some of the toughest scenes I’ve ever had to shoot. It was completely emotionally draining.

For the full interview please visit The Hollywood Reporter link here:

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Comic Con 2017 Returning Registration Coming Soon

 

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Photo Credit: B.Henderson

Comic Con International announced on their Toucan blog that returning registration is coming soon. No dates announced just a tease that the sale for badges for those individuals who attended Comic Con 2016 will be able to purchase badges for 2017.

Their update did include some important information including the prices for badges for 2017 (slight increase over 2016 prices) and also a change in shipping for badges. This year the badges will be shipped directed to the member ID address. Last year the badges were shipped to the purchaser.

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Actor Bill Paxton Dies at 61

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Photo Credit: B. Henderson PR Photos

Bill Paxton the actor known for starring in films “Twister”, “Titantic”, “Weird Science” and “Aliens” died on Saturday due to complications from heart surgery. He was 61. The family issued the following statement.

“It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery,” a representative for the family told NBC News. “A loving husband and father, Bill began his career in Hollywood working on films in the art department and went on to have an illustrious career spanning four decades as a beloved and prolific actor and filmmaker.” Continue reading

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iZombie Season 3 Premiere Date Announced

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CW announced the premiere date for iZombie season 3. The new season will air on April 4th.

Zombies are coming back to The CW with the premiere of #iZombie on Tuesday, April 4 at 9/8c! pic.twitter.com/hzMVS9fvzu

— iZombie (@CWiZombie) February 21, 2017

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Photo Credit: B.Henderson

The cast was very excited for the new season. During the press tour at Wonder Con they posed and held up 3 fingers to announce the new season renewal.  At the end of iZombie Season 2, Liv learned that the zombie population in Seattle is much bigger than she and the viewers first believed. It was a positive move for the CW show. Many other shows focus on the local area or the local group and tend to forget about the world around them.  There is a risk that for fans a lot of questions are left unanswered.

Co-creator Rob Thomas has shared that the 30 zombies fans already know about are just the tip of the iceberg. There are far more making up a zombie military. The aim of this military is to make the world safer for the zombies and to end the discrimination.

Who else is excited for season 3 of iZombie? I know I can’t wait to see them again and what will happen in the new season.

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Doctor Who The Return of Doctor Mysterio Blu Ray

image003In Doctor Who: The Return of Doctor Mysterio, join the Time Lord, played by Peter Capaldi, as he teams up with an investigative journalist, played by, and a superhero to save New York from a deadly alien threat. Written by Steven Moffat, the special stars Justin Chatwin (Orphan Black, Shameless) as Grant, along with Matt Lucas (Alice in Wonderland, Bridesmaids), Charity Wakefield (Wolf Hall, The Player), Adetomiwa Edun (Lucifer, Bates Motel), Aleksandar Jovanovic, and Logan Hoffman. Doctor Who: The Return of Doctor Mysterio aired on BBC AMERICA in the U.S. and on Space in Canada. It is executive produced by Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin, produced by Peter Bennett, and directed by Ed Bazalgette (Poldark). It was shot in Cardiff at BBC Wales Roath Lock Studios. Doctor Who is produced by BBC Studios Wales.

Bonus content includes A New Kind of Superhero, in which we ask what it is about the Doctor that makes him so heroic, and a special Christmas Doctor Who Extra, in which stars Peter Capaldi and Matt Lucas, showrunner Steven Moffat, and many more give fans a very special inside look at the making of The Return of Doctor Mysterio.

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Bill Skarsgard Gruesome Makeover as Pennywise

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Photo Credit: B Henderson

Stephen King’s film “It” is getting a remake. The new version of the film is due out September 2017. Bill Skarsgard will portray the creepiest clown ever “Pennywise”. Tim Curry brought this character to life in the original film. Handsome Bill won’t be showing his great looks in the film for this role. Here is the image of Bill as Pennywise:

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PaleyFest LA 2017 Talent Lineup Announced

The talent scheduled to appear at PaleyFest LA 2017 was announced. Great line up of panels this year.  From the Paley site:  PALEYFEST brings you together with the talent behind your favorite TV shows. Join us at Hollywood’s famous Dolby Theatre, as the hottest stars delight you with exclusive behind-the-scenes scoops, hilarious anecdotes, and breaking news stories about your favorite shows. Each PALEYFEST event features a screening, followed by the stars onstage, capped off with an audience Q & A.​ To purchase tickets please visit their site:

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Friday March 17 :The Walking Dead
Andrew Lincoln, Rick Grimes
Lauren Cohan, Maggie Greene
Melissa McBride, Carol Peletier
Josh McDermitt, Eugene Porter
Christian Serratos, Rosita Espinosa
Alanna Masterson, Tara Chambler
Ross Marquand, Aaron
Tom Payne, Paul ‘Jesus’ Rovia
Scott M. Gimple, Executive Producer
Robert Kirkman, Executive Producer
Greg Nicotero, Executive Producer
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