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The Forgotten Realms, the fantasy setting beloved by Dungeons & Dragons fans the world over, is the centerpiece for IDW’s all-new comic book miniseries, subtitled A Darkened Wish. Debuting in February 2019, the five-issue series will be written by B. Dave Walters with art by Tess Fowler.
In A Darkened Wish, years of hard-fought peace in the Sea of Swords are rent asunder, and legendary heroes must return to the region to defeat an unconceivable foe! Join Helene, a young wizard from the streets of Mintarn, and her friends as they grow from raw recruits to battle-honed warriors.
B. Dave Walters says, “I’ve been adventuring in the Forgotten Realms for a long time and having the honor of contributing to that world is incredibly exciting. I can’t wait to show the fans the power and intensity of a truly epic D&D story!”
“I have dreamed of making Dungeons & Dragons comics since I was twelve years old, but A Darkened Wish is beyond anything I could have hoped for,” says Tess Fowler. “Working with B. Dave Walters on this project is the coolest.”
Anderson Entertainment, the company founded by Gerry Anderson – creator of over a dozen hit TV series including Thunderbirds, Space: 1999, Captain Scarlet, Supercar, Fireball XL5, Stingray, UFO and Joe 90, to name but a few, today announces the digital release of a short pilot episode of ‘Firestorm’, the first new Anderson production since 2005 and the first since Founder Gerry Anderson died in 2012 on Gerry Anderson’s Firestorm’s official website: FirestormHQ.com
This follows the premiere held today at the MCM Comic Convention, London, which received widespread critical acclaim and a phenomenal reaction from fans of all ages who were in attendance.
Firestorm promises to be one of Anderson Entertainment’s most exciting projects ever, developing the use of puppets beyond anything yet seen before and is set to change the face of British science fiction, putting it back on the global stage.
Gerry Anderson’s Firestorm is a new action adventure science fiction series for television comprising 26 episodes of 22 minutes each, all filmed in Ultramarionation, a real, physical way of making TV featuring advanced animatronic puppets, miniatures, physical sets, and real explosions. The first series of 26 commercial half hour episodes is now in pre-production, with partners Raydar Media, before entering production, which is anticipated to start early in 2019.
The series is set in 2102. Thanks to technological improvements climate change has been brought under control, food and energy are plentiful, and violence has all but disappeared.
But just when people are at their most contented, the problems start… Explosions, sabotage, large-scale thefts of military equipment, kidnapping… the only clue as to the perpetrators is a name – BLACK ORCHID. Earth’s environmental protectors – STORM FORCE – are quickly repurposed into a force to fight this mysterious assailant. Their new operation codename… FIRESTORM.
As clues are uncovered, Black Orchid seems to be an alien contingent. But what are they up to? As Storm Force discover more – including strange telepathic technology – the alien explanation looks increasingly likely. But when Storm Force come face to face with Black Orchid they discover their true origins…
Jamie Anderson, Managing Director of Anderson Entertainment and son of Gerry Anderson, MBE, who will be producing the new series and leading an A-grade team of seasoned industry professionals, says, “We’ve updated the Firestorm concept my father created with the development of ‘Ultramarionation’, the next generation of production techniques to really bring the ‘wow’ factor back to the small screen.”
Firestorm is a Gerry Anderson concept from 2001. This new version has been redeveloped from Gerry’s original synopsis and story outline documents with a talented team including many who worked with Gerry including FX Supervisor Steve Begg (Casino Royale, Skyfall, Spectre), Miniature FX Supervisor Mike Tucker (Doctor Who, Red Dwarf) and Production design consultant Richard Gregory (Dark Knight, Walking with Dinosaurs, Event Horizon).
As Jamie Anderson sums it up, “The enduring values of the Anderson Entertainment brand will be very much evident in Firestorm’s overall messages of good against evil, uniting the human race, and using technology to improve the world – values which are more relevant today than ever before. This will be a true Gerry Anderson science fiction adventure series for the whole family and we’re all very excited to reboot the Anderson vision for past and future generations of Anderson fans.”
Special Forces agent Lin Dong (Jackie Chan) becomes embroiled in a high-tech conspiracy as he attempts to protect a crucial witness. Just as he gets closer to discovering the truth, Lin Dong is lucky to escape with his life when he is pursued by a mysterious and heavily-armed militia. The secret remains buried until the publication of an epic sci-fi novel, packed with disturbing parallels to the past events, forcing the conspiracy back to the surface.
Bleeding Steel is available for digital download from 5th November.
Eureka Entertainment to release Fred Dekker’s NIGHT OF THE CREEPS, a simultaneously frightening and hilarious 80s horror classic, in a Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) edition as part of the Eureka Classics range from 8 October 2018. Presented with a Limited Edition O-Card slipcase and booklet [First print run only]
When an alien experiment goes awry, it crashes to Earth in 1959 and infects a young college student. 27 years later, his cryogenically-frozen body is thawed out by fraternity pledges, and the campus is quickly overrun by alien creatures – whose victims come back as zombies! Fred Dekker‘s supremely enjoyable throwback chiller deftly combines classic horror and sci-fi elements with delicious humour and loving in-jokes.
Presented for the first time on Blu-ray and DVD in the UK, this deluxe edition of Night of the Creepsfeatures the original director’s cut and a host of special features.
• Limited Edition O-Card slipcase [First Print Run Only]
• High-definition remaster of the director’s cut
• Original stereo soundtrack and 5.1 surround audio options, presented in PCM and DTS-HD MA respectively on the Blu-ray
• Audio commentary by writer / director Fred Dekker
• Audio commentary by actors Jason Lively, Tom Atkins, Steve Marshall and Jill Whitlow
• Thrill Me: Making Night of the Creeps – an hour-long series of video pieces on the making of the film featuring new interviews with cast and crew • Tom Atkins: Man of Action featurette
• Video Interview with Fred Dekker
• Deleted Scenes
• Original theatrical ending
• Trivia track subtitles
• Theatrical trailer • PLUS: A limited-edition booklet featuring a new essay by critic Craig Ian Mann [First Print Run Only]
Eureka Entertainment to release TROLL: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION, a celebration of one of the greatest bad movies ever made, on Blu-ray as part of the Eureka Classics range from 8 October 2018. Featuring a Limited Edition O-Card Slipcase, with artwork designed by Devon Whitehead, and a collector’s booklet featuring rare content.
Embraced by a generation of “bad” movie fans, Troll 2 has become one of the most iconic cult films of its generation, and to this day regularly plays to sold-out theatres of adoring fans. Presented here alongside the first (and entirely unrelated) film, Troll, as well as Best Worst Movie, the definitive documentary on the film’s unexpected resurgence as a cult favourite, Troll: The Complete Collection is a celebration of one of the most unusual success stories in movie history.
Troll – The Potter family (including future Law & Order star Michael Moriarty as “Harry Potter”) is about to find out there’s no place like home when a troublesome troll starts taking over their building, transforming each apartment into an overgrown garden of ancient evil and turning tenants into a horde of hairy hobgoblins.
Troll 2 – After his family moves to the rural community of “Nilbog” (spoilers, it’s goblin spelled backwards), a g-g-g-ghost warns young Joshua Waits that vegetarian goblins want to transform him and his family into plants and then eat them.
Best Worst Movie – An affectionate and intoxicatingly fun tribute to one of the greatest bad movies ever made, and the people responsible for unleashing it upon the world.
BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES
Limited Edition O Card slipcase featuring artwork by Devon Whitehead
1080p presentation of Troll, Troll 2 and for the first time ever on Blu-ray, Best Worst Movie.
DTS-HD MA 2.0 audio on Troll and Best Worst Movie, with LPCM mono audio on Troll 2
Optional English SDH subtitles for Troll and Troll 2
The Making of Troll [50 mins]- featuring director John Carl Buechler, producer Charles Band, Writer Ed Naha, composer Richard Band and more
Feature length audio commentary on Troll 2 with Actors George Hardy and Deborah Reed
Best Worst Movie – over an hour of deleted scenes and interview footage not included in the final cut of the documentary
Interview with Troll 2’s Goblin Queen, Deborah Reed
Screenwriting Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith, Michael Stephenson and George Hardy
“Monstrous” – Music Video by ECOMOG
A limited edition collector’s booklet featuring rare archival material
Wizards of the Coast and IDW Publishing revealed today details for an all-new Magic: The Gathering comic to be published beginning this November. Magic: The Gathering: Chandra is written by Vita Ayala (Supergirl, The Wilds) with interior art by Harvey Tolibao (X-Men, Green Arrow) and features all-new adventures of fan-favorite pyromancer Planeswalker Chandra Nalaar. This is the first Magic: The Gathering comic in four years and will introduce an all-new approach to storytelling as the franchise marks its 25th year.
“Think of a character that you love. From any story, from any property. There is an excellent chance that you were introduced to that character by some kind of page, or some sort of screen,” said Jeremy Jarvis, Magic: The Gathering Franchise Director. “We are thrilled to have Vita and Harvey introduce you to Chandra, to her story, her quirks, and her incredible powers. Set in the near future of the Multiverse, these never-before-told stories will breathe life into Chandra, her cohorts, and her enemies in new and visually striking ways. Knowledge of cards is optional, love of characters required.”
“I can’t hold back my excitement about this new Magic: The Gathering comic book!” said IDW Editor-in-Chief John Barber. “With meteorically rising star Vita Ayala penning these tales, with the incredible art of Harvey Tolibao delineating the adventures, and with the introduction of the dynamic and powerful Chandra Nalaar, it’s clear we’ve entered a bold new era of storytelling. Everybody involved in this comic is dedicated to bringing you emotional and thrilling experiences that will satisfy fans of Magic: The Gathering—as well as fans of stories packed with action and drama told from a unique point of view.”
An adventurous Planeswalker and powerful pyromancer, Chandra Nalaar has seen much in her time—but she had never experienced such tragedy before. In the wake of a devastating loss, Chandra is striking out on her own, determined to prove—to her family and to herself—that next time she’ll be prepared. But when faced with threats both old and new, will she be able to overcome her grief in time to survive? And who is that familiar face lurking in the shadows?
Magic: The Gathering: Chandra #1 will be available in November.
From visionary filmmakers James Cameron (AVATAR) and Robert Rodriguez (SIN CITY), comes ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL, an epic adventure of hope and empowerment. When Alita (Rosa Salazar) awakens with no memory of who she is in a future world she does not recognize, she is taken in by Ido (Christoph Waltz), a compassionate doctor who realizes that somewhere in this abandoned cyborg shell is the heart and soul of a young woman with an extraordinary past. As Alita learns to navigate her new life and the treacherous streets of Iron City, Ido tries to shield her from her mysterious history while her street-smart new friend Hugo (Keean Johnson) offers instead to help trigger her memories. But it is only when the deadly and corrupt forces that run the city come after Alita that she discovers a clue to her past – she has unique fighting abilities that those in power will stop at nothing to control. If she can stay out of their grasp, she could be the key to saving her friends, her family and the world she’s grown to love.
IDW Publishing invites readers of all ages to explore the creepiest corners of the Star Wars universe in Star Wars Adventures: Tales from Vader’s Castle, a thrilling five-part comic book event with new issues hitting stands every Wednesday in October. Fan-favorites Cavan Scott and Derek Charm team up with an incredible roster of guest artists for this special miniseries, just in time for Halloween.
“I’ve always loved scary stories, and where better to tell them than the lair of Darth Vader himself?” says writer Cavan Scott. “Being asked to write any Star Wars character is a joy, but tackling the Dark Lord of the Sith? That’s a childhood dream… or should I say, a nightmare! Vader terrified me growing up, and I can’t wait to add to the legacy of Star Wars’ villain, providing frightening new scares for the next generation.”
The weekly series features beloved characters from throughout the galaxy, including Rebels stars Hera, Kanan, and Chopper; Obi-Wan Kenobi and Count Dooku; Han Solo and Chewbacca; and the Ewoks! What frights and scares await them in Darth Vader’s castle?
Artist Derek Charm says, “Since this is a spookier story about these characters stranded on this nightmarish planet, it’s been fun really pushing the horror aspect in the art. The shadows are heavier, the colors are harsher, and everything has this apocalyptic vibe… like things may not work out for our heroes!”
Eisner Award-winning artist Francesco Francavilla provides cover artwork for each Star Wars Adventures: Tales from Vader’s Castle issue, while different renowned creators (Kelley Jones, Chris Fenoglio, Corin Howell, Robert Hack, and Charles Paul Wilson III) lend their distinctive styles to spooky tales over the course of the five weeks.
“We’re thrilled to welcome the creepy Cavan Scott, the frightening Francesco Francavilla, and an array of eerie artists into the creepiest corners of the Star Warsuniverse for Tales from Vader’s Castle,” says Michael Siglain, Creative Director of Publishing for Lucasfilm. “There’s no better way to celebrate Halloween than with these spooky stories from a galaxy far, far away.”
You can order a LEGO James Bond Aston Martin DB5 from the LEGO store now.
If you don’t understand why this is so awesome there is nothing I can do for you.
Here is the blurb
Get a license to build with the awesome LEGO® Creator Expert 10262 James Bond™ Aston Martin DB5. This impressive replica model captures the elegance and timeless sophistication of Agent 007’s iconic 1964 sports car, and comes with a wealth of authentic details and functioning gadgetry. Open the doors and you’ll discover a detailed interior with a concealable radar tracker and a door compartment containing a telephone. And when it’s time for action, activate the passenger ejector seat, turn the revolving number plates, raise the rear-window bulletproof screen, deploy the wheel-mounted tyre scythes and pull back the gearstick to reveal the front wing machine guns. This collectible model car also features a detailed straight-6 engine, drum-lacquered silver front and rear bumpers, moulded silver-coloured wire wheel rim inserts and front and rear Aston Martin logos. The model has been designed to provide a challenging and rewarding building experience full of nostalgia—a must-have for fans of the Aston Martin DB5, James Bond movies and LEGO building sets.
Authentic replica of the world-famous 1964 Aston Martin DB5 sports car, featuring a classic design with drum-lacquered silver front and rear bumpers, moulded silver-coloured wire wheel rim inserts, opening boot, bonnet and doors, and a wealth of James Bond™ gadgetry, including a working ejector seat, revolving number plates, rear-window bulletproof screen, front wing machine guns and wheel-mounted tyre scythes.
This LEGO® James Bond™ Aston Martin DB5 model also features opening doors and a detailed interior with a concealable radar tracker and door compartment with telephone.
Lift the bonnet to check out the straight-6 engine detailing.
Pull back the rear bumper to eject unwelcome passengers.
Revolve the number plates, raise the rear-window bulletproof screen and deploy the wheel-mounted tyre scythes.
Pull back the gearstick to reveal the front wing machine guns.
Own this collectible replica of the Aston Martin DB5, as featured in the classic James Bond™ Goldfinger movie.
This set includes over 1,290 pieces and is suitable for ages 16+.
New-for-August-2018 special elements include a drum-lacquered macaroni connector, 2×4 tile and 1M beam, plus a printed 1×2 tile with grille pattern.
Measures over 3” (10cm) high, 13” (34cm) long and 4” (12cm) wide.
Wargame Manufacture Mantic Games hit gold when they launched The Walking DeadAll Out WarSkirmish Game. Growing their take on the Walking Dead comic book world they have chosen to develop Skybound Entertainment’s stand alone Here’s Negan comic.
Reputation is everything as you experience the untold story of how Negan and the Saviours cleared the Sanctuary.
In Here’s Negan the board game, each player takes on the role of one of Negan’s ambitious lieutenants. To win the favor of their despotic leader, Sherry, Dwight, Laura, John and Tara must help clear the ‘Sanctuary’ of deadly Walkers. Danger lurks around every corner, however it’s not always the Walkers that pose the biggest threat…
Work together to clear the claustrophobic corridors of the abandoned factory, but that’s only part of the mission. You must also do whatever it takes to gain Negan’s respect and players ‘win’ by earning the most ‘Reputation Points’.
The in game miniatures are in scale with the Walking Dead All Out War skirmish game, so you can have some extra miniatures to use in that game also.
“The Walking Dead: All Out War Miniatures Game is our most successful retail product ever and we’re delighted to be working with Skybound Entertainment to explore this untold chapter of Negan’s history,” said Ronnie Renton, CEO Mantic Games. “Here’s Negan is a totally unique game that sees players working together but also gives them the opportunity to screw over their teammates to impress Negan. It’s co-operative and competitive so you’ll need to watch your back!”
Pre order is available here and if you pre-order before November 19th 2018 to receive pre-order exclusive free cards to use Dwight, Laura, John, Tara, and Sherry as survivors in The Walking Dead: All Out War
First revealed last night to a packed-out Hall H, Twentieth Century Fox is pleased to present the brand new San Diego Comic-Con poster and image for Shane Black’s highly anticipated THE PREDATOR.
Starring Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes, Jacob Tremblay, Keegan-Michael Key, Olivia Munn, Sterling K. Brown, Alfie Allen, Thomas Jane, Augusto Aguilera, Jake Busey and Yvonne Strahovski, THE PREDATOR stalks its way into UK cinemas and IMAX 3D from September 12th.