New Magic: The Gathering Comic Book Series Launches Winter 2018

New Magic: The Gathering Comic Book Series Launches wINTER 2018

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.

New Magic: The Gathering Comic Book Series Launches wINTER 2018“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.

OFFICIAL FIRST LOOK AT THE WOMEN OF THE NEW TERMINATOR MOVIE

Official First Look at the Women of the New TERMINATOR
Official First Look at the Women of the New TERMINATOR
Official First Look at the Women of the New TERMINATOR (from left to right) Natalia Reyes as “Dani Ramos,” Mackenzie Davis as “Grace,” Linda Hamilton as “Sarah Connor”

(from left to right)
Natalia Reyes as “Dani Ramos”
Mackenzie Davis as “Grace”
Linda Hamilton as “Sarah Connor”

 

What else do we know about this Untitled Terminator Sequel.

Arnie returns, the full Terminator 6 cast includes:  Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Mackenzie Davis, Natalia Reyes, Gabriel Luna, Diego Boneta.

 

This sequel to James Cameron’s original Terminator films will open in UK cinemas November 2019 and will be directed by Tim Miller

NEW VIDEO: ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL – Trailer

ALITA BATTLE ANGEL 1

ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL – Trailer 2

 

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.

ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL – Trailer 1

 

ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL – Image Gallery

Star Wars Campfire Ghost Stories – Tales from Vader’s Castle

Star Wars Adventures Tales from Vaders Castle

Star Wars Adventures Tales from Vaders Castle 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?

Star Wars Adventures Tales from Vader’s CastleArtist 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 JonesChris FenoglioCorin HowellRobert 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.”

LEGO James Bond Aston Martin DB5

LEGO James Bond Aston Martin DB5

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.

Drool.

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.
LEGO James Bond Aston Martin DB5
LEGO James Bond Aston Martin DB5

The Walking Dead Here’s Negan Boardgame from Mantic Games

Wargame Manufacture Mantic Games hit gold when they launched The Walking Dead All Out War Skirmish 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…

Heres Negan - Negan Miniature Mantic Games
Heres Negan – Negan Miniature Mantic Games

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

 

Here's Negan boardgame box contents
Here’s Negan boardgame box contents

The Predator SDCC 2018 Poster Reveal

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.

Taskmaster Series 7 – Studio Visit

First I must start by saying there are 2 types of people in the world. Those that love Taskmaster and those that don’t have a clue what it is.

If you are one of the latter here is a quick explanation.

Taskmaster is a comedy panel show that sees Alex Horne set a selection of 5 comedians mad/silly or just plain stupid tasks to see who can perform them best / quickest. These tasks are prerecorded on location and the panellists have no idea how each other have performed until they are shown to the giant Greg Davies (the TASKMASTER himself) and are judged in front of a live studio audience.

Taskmaster just showed the final of series 6 before immediately showing the series 7 line up and started the studio recordings within a couple of weeks. Scifind.com had been invited to see the recording of the first episode of Taskmaster series 7.

Taskmaster Series 7 Lineup.

Taskmaster Series 7 Line Up
Left to right – JAMES ACASTER, JESSICA KNAPPETT, KERRY GODLIMAN, PHIL WANG, RHOD GILBERT

So in addition to the TASKMASTER himself (Greg Davies) and Little Alex Horne (Alex Horne) those being tasked for series 7 are  James Acaster (Standup who has been on Mock The Week etc), comedy writer and actress Jessica Knappett (E4’s Drifters, The Inbetweeners Movie), actress and stand-up Kerry Godliman (again many episodes of Mock The Week), internationally acclaimed comedian Phil Wang (BBC Two’s Live At The Apollo, Dave’s Unspun with Matt Forde), and renowned Welsh comic Rhod Gilbert (BBC Two’s The Apprentice: You’re Fired).

Scifind Roadtrip

So yesterday, Thursday 19th July 2018, we set off to the world class movie (and TV) studios at Pinewood. Pinewood Studios is a destination in itself, being the home to many a James Bond, Star Wars and many more.

It was a fantastic feeling to pass through those gates that have been used by cast and crew of so many great movies in the past.

There were loads of curious and helpful security staff who aided us in finding our way, but who wouldn’t have loved the opportunity to wonder around and poke their nose in the hundreds of buildings and rooms on site.

The next bit is a little note to self. When you know that you are going to anywhere that is likely to have metal detectors and security searches clear your pockets first. In addition to about £13 in change (seriously who has that much coinage on then, in a pocket, EVER) here is a quick snap of SOME of the contents. (Do I get geek points for the Boba Fett wallet and the dice?).

Seriously I kept emptying my pockets and still kept setting off the metal detector. It took three or four rounds until I was cleared and could sheepishly refill  my pockets.

So what should you expect from Taskmaster Series 7?

Boxes, Beans and the Bear.

Well I am not really looking to make any spoilers, though I have made a small hint in the heading above. It is fair to say the show’s format has not changed. Again if you are not familiar with the show you can catch up on all previous series on UKTV Play.

It is always a joy seeing what you would presume to be fairly stable people losing their mind over what could be quite simple tasks. With the solutions running from over thinking, to complete breakdown. These ‘simple’ challenges do really stress out the competitive contestants.

The mix of comedians is great and I am sure that we will see the dynamic pick up as the series progresses. Thought there are glimpses of how things will progress. For example James Acaster being the baby of the piece and a bit of a ‘love hate’ thing going between Phil Wang and Rhod Gilbert.

With regards to the actual content of this first episode, I am sure that there is a LOT that we sat through in hysterics that will never make the actual TV show, but this is the same for any. Maybe DAVE should release a Too Hot For TV late night special!

As a side note, if you haven’t already, it might be worth watching Greg Davies live show You Magnificent Beast (currently available on Netflix). Not only is it a fantastic show in itself, but it will give you a big insight to an element of this first show of Taskmaster Series 7.

 

Big Thank you to all of UKTV, especially Gem.

 

Taskmaster Series 7 should be broadcast on DAVE TV Channel from November 2018.

Taskmaster Links

Twitter – https://twitter.com/taskmaster

Taskmaster On DAVE – https://dave.uktv.co.uk/shows/taskmaster/

Watch Taskmaster Online

Greg Davies and Little Alex Horn
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Aquaman – Official Teaser Poster

Aquaman Teaser Poster

Ahead of the film’s trailer debut this weekend at San Diego Comic-Con, Warner Bros. is pleased to reveal the official teaser one-sheet for AQUAMAN.

Directed by James Wan (“The Conjuring” films, “Furious 7”) and starring Jason Momoa in the title role, AQUAMAN also stars Amber Heard (“Justice League,” “Magic Mike XXL”) as Mera; Oscar nominee Willem Dafoe (“Platoon,” “Spider-Man 2”) as Vulko; Temuera Morrison (“Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones,” “Green Lantern”) as Tom Curry; Dolph Lundgren (“The Expendables” films) as Nereus; Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (“Baywatch,” Netflix’s “The Get Down”) as Black Manta; with Patrick Wilson (“The Conjuring” films, “Watchmen”) as Orm/Ocean Master; and Oscar winner Nicole Kidman (“The Hours,” “Lion”) as Atlanna.

AQUAMAN will release in UK cinemas on December 14.

Aquaman Teaser Poster
Aquaman Teaser Poster

Warcraft Director Duncan Jones to Make Rogue Trooper Movie

Rogue Trooper Movie

Acclaimed filmmaker Duncan Jones is to bring Rogue Trooper, a character from the legendary award-winning British comic book 2000 AD, to the big screen.

And if you are thinking 2000AD – That’s Judge Dredd right, What is this Rogue Trooper? Please see the intro video below:

 

 

It will see the critically-lauded director of Moon, Source Code, Warcraft and Mute write and direct the as-yet-unnamed picture.

Jones confirmed the new joint venture between Liberty Films and Rebellion, the Oxford-based games publishers and owners of 2000 AD, on his Twitter account today.

“For years now, I have felt a sting as Marvel and DC have poured out their entire comic roster into film. Wonderful for their fans, but every new release I silently scream “Where’s all the 2000 AD?!” I’m so excited to finally be able to right that wrong and bring Finley-Day and Gibbons’ Rogue Trooper, a seminal British spun war yarn, to the big screen!” said Jones.

Jason Kingsley, CEO and Creative Director of Rebellion, said:

“Rogue Trooper has always been one of my favourite old school thrills from 2000 AD. I’m very happy to be working closely with Duncan and Stuart on this project and look forward to seeing the results on the silver screen.”

Chris Kingsley, Co-founder and CTO of Rebellion, said: “The first time I met Duncan he had a Mohawk – I’m tickled pink to see he’s now brought it back with a full-on Nu blue. It shows his unique level of commitment and passion for Rogue Trooper, and that’s why we’re so excited to be working with him and his legions.”

The deal was negotiated by producer Stuart Fenegan and Rebellion’s Jason Kingsley. Fenegan will produce the film under his and Jones’ Liberty Films banner, Jason Kingsley and Chris Kingsley will Executive Produce.

Fenegan said: “Eat leaden death Nort scum!”

Rogue Trooper is one of the greatest characters to come out of 2000 AD, which also publishes characters such as Judge Dredd, Nemesis the Warlock, and Strontium Dog. Created by Gerry Finley-Day and Dave Gibbons, Rogue Trooper is a genetically-engineered soldier bred to fight on Nu-Earth, a hellish planet consumed by an endless war between the Norts and the Southers. The sole survivor of a massacre that claimed his fellow GIs, Rogue sets out on a mission to find the traitor who betrayed them – the personalities of three dead comrades plugged into his helmet, backpack, and rifle.

Jones is one of a generation of leading British film directors who have been inspired by the satirical, anti-establishment and hyper-violent comic strips in 2000 AD. First published in 1977, 2000 AD has been at the cutting edge of British culture for four decades and continues to publish ground-breaking science fiction, fantasy, and horror comics.

Jackie Chan’s City Hunter New UK Blu Ray Edition.

Jackie Chan City Hunter DVD Blu Ray

Jackie Chan stars as the girl-chasing private detective Ryo Saeba in this hilarious live-action adaptation of the popular Japanese manga series, City Hunter, presented from a stunning new 2K restoration!

Hired to track down Shizuko Imamura, the runaway daughter of a publishing tycoon, Ryo initially turns the job down… until he sees a picture of the missing woman! Ryo eventually finds her aboard a luxury cruise ship, but much to the annoyance of his exasperated assistant Carrie (Joey Wang, A Chinese Ghost Story), Ryo seems more interested in catching Shizuko’s attention than returning her safely to her father. When terrorists hijack the ship, Ryo must put his romantic feelings aside and swing into action to dispatch the bad guys and save the day.

Packed with inventive action sequences coordinated by an at his peak Chan, City Hunter is one of the most visually creative films of Jackie’s career – with a vibrant cinematography and a quirky sense of humour. Eureka Classics is proud to present the film for the first time in the UK on Blu-ray.

CITY HUNTER (Eureka Classics) New & Exclusive Trailer 

Available to order from:
Amazon Here
Zavvi here


BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES

• Limited edition slipcase (First print run only)
• Stunning 1080p presentation from a brand new 2K restoration
• Original Cantonese mono audio track (also available in 5.1 presentation)
• Optional English and Mandarin audio tracks
• Interviews with Jackie Chan
• Interview with director Wong Jing
• Interview with stuntman and long-time member of Jackie Chan’s stunt team, Rocky Lai
• The Jackie Chan Experience – an interview with Richard Norton
• Evolution of a Fighter – an interview with Gary Daniels
• Outtake montage
• A Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film (First print run only)

Sam Stone Concludes Her Jinx Trilogy

Jinx Bound Sam Stone

Sam Stone, author of The Vampire Gene series and Zombies At Tiffany’s concludes here series of Jinx novels, following Jinx Town and Jinx Magic with Jinx Bound.

The Jinx series is quoted as being War of the Worlds meets Lord of the Rings via Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus. So you know there is a lot going on.

One-time secondary school teacher Jasmine Regis is now Empress of the alien Jinx – but her husband, the powerfully erotic Emperor Arven, is trapped on the Eleventh Moon and unable to return to their home planet Emin, while in his absence a group of ruthless conspirators plot to usurp his throne.

With the help of the Jinx mage Kale, Jas must somehow find a way to rescue her husband, thwart the conspirators and help her human friends to escape the dying Earth, which has fallen into the grip of a vile military tyranny.

Jinx Bound is a powerful tale of alien magic, military corruption, human nature and the will to survive.

The final book in an acclaimed trilogy of high-impact science-fiction horror novels. With a cover image by award-winning science-fiction and fantasy artist Jim Burns.

 

Jinx Bound is available to order direct from the publisher Telos