Be Santa’s elf with Build-A-Bear Workshop

Fan-fave Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are one toy representations at Build-A-Bear Workshop Credits:
Fan-fave Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are one toy representations at Build-A-Bear Workshop

Be Santa’s elf with Build-A-Bear Workshop

Whether you are looking for an interactive gift experience or wanting to reward the little one(s) for behaving so well during a day of holiday shopping, Build-A-Bear Workshop has all the current favorites for this holiday season. Stop in any Workshop, including the new pop up store in New York City’s Times Square, to build a bear based on the mega sensation of Disney’s “Frozen” or the multimedia juggernauts “The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” or a Christmas favorite like “Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer.”

For those unfamiliar, Build-A-Bear Workshop gives you the chance to literally build your own teddy bear right there in the store or you can also order online. Pick out your bear, stuff it yourself, close it up and consider yourself one of Santa’s elves working in his workshop! Build-A-Bear also has plenty of accessories one can add onto the bear, but keep in mind they are sold separately.

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First released earlier this year, “The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” bears sold out of their initial run, but are back and ready for you to choose from Michelangelo, Rafael, Leonardo or Donatello. The “Ninja Turtles” are not the only ’80s hit making a comeback in a new millennium, “My Little Pony” is back in a big way and Princess Celestia is proof positive of that! This royal winged unicorn is one large stuffed animal. One that almost does not fit in the pet carrier that comes with every “Build-A-Bear” animal.

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Mark Hamill to again play The Trickster on ‘The Flash’

Credits: DC Comics
Credits: DC Comics

Mark Hamill to again play The Trickster on ‘The Flash’

DC Comics, with HitFix, announced today that Mark Hamill (“Star Wars”) has signed on to play James Jesse, aka The Trickster, in an episode of the hit new “The Flash” series.

If this announcement seems familiar, no, you have not taken a trip on The Flash’s time traveling Cosmic Treadmill. Hamill, who played The Trickster on the 1990 “The Flash” series that originally aired on CBS, will again be playing the villain on The CW‘s current “The Flash” series, starring Grant Gustin.

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Earth 2 Batman is ready for war

Earth 2 Batman is ready for war

DC Collectibles recently released the “DC Comics The New 52 Earth 2 Bruce Wayne as Batman” action figure. This figure represents the Batman character who appeared early in the “Earth 2” comic book, rather than the one currently appearing in the series, hence the “Bruce Wayne” specification here. This Earth 2 Batman action figure is based on artwork created by Nicola Scott, the original series artist on “Earth 2,” and features a sculpt by Steve Kiwus.

On Earth 2, the planet had been ravaged by a war with Darkseid and the denizens of Apokolips for five years when the “Earth 2” comic book series picked up and Nicola Scott’s depiction of Bruce Wayne Batman reflected this. In addition to the traditional black and grey bodysuit of the Dark Knight are elements of medieval-type armor covering the arms, shoulders, and knees. The armor is representative of Batman’s constant presence on the front lines of the war effort, as opposed to operating out of the shadows as an urban legend fighting street level crime in the traditional continuity of the character. Earth 2 Batman’s weapons of choice are two combat batons, similar to those used by Nightwing on Earth 0.

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Channing Tatum’s 2013 bid is a Gambit payoff

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Credits: Marvel Comics

Channing Tatum’s 2013 bid is a Gambit payoff

 When Cajun rogue, charmer and mutant Gambit charges up his ballistic-of-choice deck of playing cards the explosive shufflle results has even rocked the likes of Sabretooth on nemesis heels.

A dealt hand is exactly what has Channing Tatum being signed to knock us back in our seats portraying the staff-wielding Louisianian. Producer Lauren Shuler Donner confirmed the signing during an interview with Total Film. The event was the X-Men X-Perience Global Tour (THR) and the UK’s blue carpet news accompanies some reasons for the casting choice.

Well you know he’s a rogue. Channing. He’s a rascal just like Remy LeBeau. So — and [Tatum] can handle the action, we all know that.

Action-hero status hasn’t been absent from Tatum’s busy acting career. Though his run in the comedy film range enumerates some critically praised movies, “The Eagle”, “Fighting” and a duo of G.I. Joe movies reaffirm Silver Screen cred for physical portrayals.

Right back in Sept. it was Tatum’s espousal to Total Film that brought his bid for playing the mutant to industry light. At this time Fox had already begun filming on the 5th installment “X-Men: Days of Future Past” with director Bryan Singer.

Gambit was a licensed character previously shown in Fox’s produced spinoff “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”. In Marvel Comics, the twenty-four years premised superhero began at Uncanny X-Men in 1990, created by Chris Claremont, renowned in X-Men for co-writing seminal story arcs, and Jim Lee, now Co-Publisher at DC Comics.

(Total Film)

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‘Batman vs. Superman’: Boom goes director Zach Snyder’s Batman revelations

Credits: Warner Bros.
Credits: Warner Bros.

‘Batman vs. Superman’: Boom goes director Zach Snyder’s Batman revelations

One. Two.

Back-to-back weekdays Zach Snyder Tweeted unravelments on Batman’s outlook for circa 2018’s theatrical release. Heavy-hitter images posted by Snyder have stopping power.

One: Batmobile revealed. Two: Ben Affleck donning the film’s Bat-suit.

On Monday a pause for all the web-swinging, Helicarrier soaring, time-traveling and a soon-enough up-in-the-sky skyrocketing. Gotham City is known subsist one particular motorific roar that gives Formula 1 a heart-skip and puts cutting-edge into an old garage. Dark Knight fans call it the Batmobile.

While movie-goers enthusiastic for a Wonder Woman costuming attiring Gal Gadot and a Batman suit outfitting Ben Affleck, the “Man of Steel” director was able to catalyze a swerving look about comic book films with a Tweet bearing photo of a tarp over the greater part of a newly designed Batmobile.

And like an engine powered by fans, pundits and bloggers a greater roar accelerated more Caped Crusader outlook than Kryptonian for the upcoming “Batman vs. Superman” developing production.

When Christopher Nolan directed his Dark Knight trilogy the Batmobile was a heavy turbo-burner derivative of a R&D protoype for a military vehicle shelved by the titular Wayne-owned corporation.

Snyder’s pic via Tweet conveys a Batmobile of the same weightiness. The rear look shows a very different design, but the shrouding tarp hints at a longer car frame as well as a sleeker aerodynamic look.

Tuesday may have confirmed that vehicular assessment, plus more.

Snyder let the tarp fly and Tweeted the world take a gander at Affleck all Batman industrial-strength level next to the all-new Batmobile. The Batsuit has a throwback style than has been seen in franchises made post-Tim Burton. Simplistic, Affleck’s costume departs from the Dark Knight trilogy in textures of sectional armor-pieces. More to the point, it advances the style of Batsuit the New DC 52 has adopted.

New Batmobile, new Bat-suit – what are people’s take on it all?

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New logo revealed for ABC’s newly queued Marvel-based series this Fall

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Credits: ABC network

New logo rvealed for ABC’s newly queued Marvel-based series this Fall

On ABC is “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”. On AMC is “Mad Men”. The latter is a drama show’s throwback. For ABC, the network is taking Marvel Cinematic ties once more and reversing the years. A rather retro television pilot is the announced greenlit prequel premise by the network last week. Hayley Atwell will star in the network’s pick-up of “Marvel’s Agent Carter” reported Deadline.

The show will take place in 1946 centering around Agent Peggy Carter much like the web series short “Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter”, which now seems a production prologue for the Agent Carter program. In comic books, Richmond, Virginia- born Margaret “Peggy” Carter first appeared in 1966s Tales of Suspense (issue #75).

On May 10, Saturday’s TV news prospered with Marvel’s unveiling of the first official logo for ABC network’s series, of which Superherohype posted.

Atwell (“The Duchess”, “The Pillars of the Earth”) brought the well-known comic book character to live action portrayal in 2011s “Captain America: First Avenger”. Carter was the active military liaison and strategic adviser for the super-soldier operations. ABC’s official synopsis posits the series on:

It’s 1946, and peace has dealt Peggy Carter a serious blow as she finds herself marginalized when the men return home from fighting abroad. Working for the covert SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve), Peggy must balance doing administrative work and going on secret missions for Howard Stark all while trying to navigate life as a single woman in America, in the wake of losing the love of her life – Steve Rogers.

The logo displays Agent Carter’s silhouette facing towards looming emblem for S.H.I.E.L.D., it seems the SSR is a progenitor for the future intelligence agency Nick Fury decades later heads as director.

The pilot season for Marvel’s newest TV project will arrive a year after “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” debuted its own first season. “AoS” was officially picked up for a sophomore season last week.

“Marvel’s Agent Carter” is the latest that joins a bevy of Marvel-minted adaptations slated for television. “Daredevil”, “Power Man”, “Spider-Woman” and “Iron Fist” burgeons Netflix’s catalog of original programming. The online network had a windfall awards-year for its flagship series “House of Cards” starring Kevin Spacey.

ABC’s Peggy Carter solo also keeps its link to its Captain America roots outside of casting in regards to production development. Christopher Markus and Steve McFeeley co-wrote “Captain America: First Avenger” and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”. The Agent Carter-oriented teleplay has been penned by them. With the series moving forward news that the two writers will take a helming debut at executive producing has been underlined. Their new positions on the pilot show puts them alongside Michele Fazekas (“Reaper”, “Resurrection”) and Tara Butters (“Reaper”, “Resurrection”) and Head of Marvel Television Jeph Loeb.

Beyond Atwell, casting information hasn’t been detailed. Yet with Howard Stark named in the synopsis, it can be presumed that Dominic Cooper (“The Wire”, “Captain America: First Avenger”) may take on the role once more.


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Fox releases first trailer for new series, ‘Gotham’

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Credits: Fox

Fox releases first trailer for new series, ‘Gotham’

This past Monday, Fox released their first trailer for their new series, “Gotham”. “Gotham” is set to premiere this fall and begin telling the story of a young Detective Jim Gordon as he is learns more about the dark side of Gotham City and the soon to be villains that many Batman fans connect with the doomed city.

“Gotham” is currently described as “an origin story of the great DC Comics super-villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told.”

Ben McKenzie plays the young Detective Jim Gordon who goes into his job with honorable goals but as time goes on he sees the darker side of Gotham. His mentor Detective Harvey Bullock plates by Donal Logue really makes Gordon look at reality and challenge him and his ideas of an honorable man.

When looking at the trailer fans will notice that they are going to be introduced to the young versions of Poison Ivy, Riddler, Penguin, and Catwoman. But, you will notice that Fox is beginning the series showing the death of the Wayne’s and the orphaning of the young Bruce Wayne.

The trailer really shows the action of what the writers hope the show can provide to the fans. Many people have compared “Gotham” to “Smallville” and have suggested that this will be the story of the young Batman/ Bruce Wayne like “Smallville” was for Superman/ Clark Kent.

So click on the video above and see what you think about “Gotham”. Please comment below.

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Marc Webb’s second Spider-Man flick spins a first placer debut

Credits: Sony Pictures
Credits: Sony Pictures

Marc Webb’s second Spider-Man flick spins a first placer debut

Web-slinging over a continental span of theaters, Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone join their latest major feature at the box office top. The scaling in “Amazing Spider-Man 2” had the New York skyline hued around $92. million in a domestic aggregate over its debut three-day. The first three-day in May for 2014. Sony Pictures’ sequel in this particular superhero franchise found its way to be remarkable and near remarkability in its first first-place.

Marc Webb resumes his directorial helming. Within an interview with the Huffington Post Webb informs how this sophomore sequel was a brighter direction from “Amazing Spider-Man”.

Yeah, because I was more aware of the impact and the eventualities of certain decisions. It was like, “Oh, this will look cool at night.” But the comic books very rarely take place at night. That vibrant daytime visual component of the film, I didn’t realize how important that was. Especially to kids. It makes the 3D look a lot better too.

There are more bright spots.

As for May, out of two-hundred movies that opened in May down the industry years it’s the fourteenth spot that ranks “Amazing Spider-Man 2”. The list is a many faceted assortment of franchise either live action or animated (two of the top ten spots are the ogrish claims from “Shrek 2” and “Shrek 3”). The brand naming the Marvel sort colludes the May ranking as much as its movies speckle what a New York rife of costumed heroes presents.

Of its own differential franchise studios, “Amazing Spider-Man 2” hits third at all-time.

And for Marvel repletes, its latest superhero adaptations from seperate propriety studios were released within a month’s time of the other. Both hold top spots in Marvel licensed filmmaking. Out of Marvel Comics based superhero genre films, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” holds 8th while “Amazing Spider-Man 2” has the 9th within the overall openings.

Speaking of one of the Millenium’s premiere action stars, Chris Evans reprisal in red-white-blue costuming is at its fifth-week’s showing. Over May 2 to May 4, it has the number 4 ranking while the wall-crawler took Cap’s former lead seat across three weekends. The Steve Rogers’ follow-up took in $7.7 mil, its lowest since hitting theater’s nationwide.

Over a box office-borne star-spangled shield staunches “The Other Woman”. With Cameron Diaz a lead amongst an celeb star ensemble Twentieth Century Fox’s romedy twist was replaced from last three-day’s first ranking but recedes no further than a $14.2 million second-placing. At third sits TriStar’s “Heaven is for Real” with $8.7 million.

All in all, “Amazing Spider-Man 2” has to swing its winning debut towards a next three-day’s face-off against May 16 to May 18 openings from Warner Bros. and Legendary’s sci-fi reboot “Godzilla”. The upcoming comics flick contender arrives May 23 to May 25 with latest mutant hero installment “X-Men: Days of Future Past”. The monster fare and X-Men anticipation will have to fare versus a current fan-favorite that at its worldwide first week perches at a 4th placement on the international match-ups. Above Sony’s swall-crawling $369. million is $393.3 mil that “Rio 2” trenches worldwide. “The LEGO Movie” by Warner Bros. is 2nd at $452.9 million. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” leads the way at $679.8 million.


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Volume 2 propelling a Kickstarter movement for Fist of Justice

Credits: Digital Webbing
Credits: Digital Webbing

Volume 2 propelling a Kickstearter movement for Fist of Justice

When Fist of Justice hits publication, it impacts a gain of fans with an old fashioned sock’em styled outlook.

But readers of this miniseries are fans of the twist in plotline. And their enthusiasm has brought about a sophomore run for this indie comic book.

When FoJ writer Mike Imboden approached this Examiner a few years back at the Baltimore Comic-Con, the pages were an impression of captivating throwback renders. The story, so readers do clarify, has a hook of new school story through the flavor of old school.

Interest can now catch once-again fans and new eyes before a comic-con comes about its calendar annual.

Fist of Justice is underway with a second story arc. On the lift of Kickstarter, Mike Imboden alongside co-creator and letterer Ed Dukeshire are producing a volume two for crime fighting force over Charm City, he announces contacting Examiner. Plus the original issues compiling a trade paperback.

“After taking a much longer than anticipated break, we’re finally back to finish what we started,” Imboden states, “and then move beyond that with a new story arc. A model that’s become popular recently is to produce a book as a group of mini-series and we’re looking to adopt that format. Honestly, that was pretty much our original intent, but we’re focused on that now. Five or six issues and the story is done, with a sub-plot that carries the continuity to each run.”

The miniseries introduces a hero caught out of time, the self-collateral following tragic results in his superhero exploits. In its contrast storytelling, the series has born the brightening elaboration off the collaboration with artists well-known on other titles as well. Artists for FoJ have been: Chad Hardin (Spider-Man, Harley Quinn), initial FoJ artist Anthony Castrillo (The Flash, Bloodshot), Dario Carrasco Jr. (I, Frankenstein, Alpha Flight), Yildiray Cinar (Teen Titans, Supergirl), Pow Rodrix (Wolverine, Justice League America) and Andre Coelho (Ms. Marvel, The Flash).

“The biggest hurdle in getting Fist of Justice back into people’s hands – be in print or digital format – is money.” the FoJ writer/creator continues. “Like most independent creators, we need to finance the entire production process ourselves. From paying an artist to getting the books printed, it’s all on us with no publisher money backing it. And, again, like a most independent creators, we’ve turned to Kickstarter to help us raise the money needed to get over that hurdle. What we’re doing now is trying to raise enough money to collect the early appearances of Fist into a trade paperback AND to finally get issue #6 done. The goal is that between the money raised and then money we make selling the TPB at conventions and appearances, we’ll be able to get issues #7-10 done and, in turn, the money from the sales of THOSE books will fund the next batch and so on.”

With the Kickstarter premise, incentives commence some swag that includes involving those first story arc artists. Also, tiers revolving around the new comics series and commission collectibles are in the offering.

Digital Webbing is the Massachusetts-based company that publishes Fist of Justice. with headquarters in Methuen, BloodRayne and the restart from Charlton Comics E-Man are titles by the publisher.

The Fist of Justice on Kickstarter has already been put in progress.

“We’ve got plenty of incentives to contribute to the Kickstarter campaign.” Imboden finalizes. “Not only will people get the book in print or digital (whichever they choose), we’ve got pledge levels that include original art by past FoJ artists like Anthony Castrillo, Chad Hardin, Dario Carrasco and Pow Rodrix, we’ve got t-shirts, posters and stickers and, what might be the coolest thing of all, the opportunity to be drawn into an original Fist of Justice short story!”

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A new super hero soars in ‘Skyman’ #1

Credits: Dark Horse Comics
Credits: Dark Horse Comics

A new super hero in ‘Skyman’ #1

Dark Horse Comics has revealed a preview for this week’s “Skyman” #1, the debut of the new super hero’s own four issue mini-series. “Skyman” #1 hit stores this Wednesday, January 15, and is written by Joshua Hale Fialkov (“Afro Samurai: Resurrection,” “I, Vampire”) with pencils by Manuel Garcia and inks by Javier Bergantino Menor (a.k.a. Bit). The issue features regular and variant covers by Freddie Williams II (“Robin,” “The Movement”) and Dan Scott.

Skyman was introduced last year in the pages of “Captain Midnight.”

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