ACE Gamebooks – Who are they and why should I care?

Ace Gamebooks

ACE Gamebooks are the brain child of author Jonathan Green  who over the last *ahem* years of being a professional writer has written for big licences like Doctor Who and Warhammer, in addition to writing the Pax Britannia series.

Jonathan is the king of the ‘Game Book’ having written the definitive history of the Fighting Fantasy series that spawned the Chose Your Own Adventure sub genre of literature. (See You Are The Hero on Amazon).

Through Kickstarter Jon has successfully funded 5 game books, forming ACE Gamebooks (below are the links to the original campaigns and amazon links should you wish to buy them.

Alice’s Nightmare in Wonderland  (amazon)

The Wicked Wizard of Oz (amazon)

NEVERLAND – Here Be Monsters! (amazon)

Beowulf Beastslayer

‘TWAS – The Krampus Night Before Christmas

 

Now Ace Gamebooks are moving into RPGs!

 

This is good news. The first title planned is ‘TWAS – The Roleplaying Game Before Christmas – a spin off from the game book.

Personally I am really waiting for a NEVERLAND – Here Be Monsters! as one is surely going to surface presuming the Krampus one is funded.

 

Geek Tech – DJI’s answer to the Go Pro unveiled this week:

DJI Osmo Action Camera

DJI announce the launch of Osmo Action! Whether you want to record your world from behind a lens or be the star of the show, the Osmo Action’s dual screens are all you need to capture it all with the touch of a button.

DJI. Famous for the Mavic Pro Drones and other high end consumer drones have put their camera tech into an Action Cam!

  • Dual Screens
  • 4K HDR Video
  • RockSteady
  • 8x Slow Motion
  • UHD Image Quality
  • Waterproof

For more see the Osmo page on the Official DJI Page.

DJI Osmo Action Camera

Dungeons & Dragons: Infernal Tides

IDW Publishing reunites the Dungeons & Dragons: Legends of Baldur’s Gate creative team of writer Jim Zub and artist Max Dunbar for an all-new adventure: Dungeons & Dragons: Infernal Tides! Debuting in November 2019, the five-issue miniseries delves into the mythology established in the highly-anticipated D&D adventure Baldur’s Gate: Descent into Avernus arriving on September 17.

In Infernal Tides, fan-favorite Minsc and his friends are caught in the middle of devil-tainted corruption that has taken hold of Baldur’s Gate. Unravelling the secret of its source will take the heroes to unexpected places and threaten the sanctity of their very souls. Even if they survive this perilous journey, there will be Hell to pay!

“Dungeons & Dragons: Infernal Tides is a wild ride through some of my favorite parts of D&D lore,” says Jim Zub. “Getting the chance to help develop the story and setting for a brand new D&D sourcebook directly with the D&D team, having Max Dunbar contribute key concept art to that adventure, and then getting both of us back at IDW to create a brand new comic story that propels Minsc and the rest of the Baldur’s Gate heroes into the same kind of devilish danger is an absolute dream come true. This comic is going to be pure D&D-fueled adrenalin. I can’t wait for readers to see how it all rolls out.

“I’m so connected to these characters,” Jim continues, “that I’m shaving my head and donning the purple makeup and leather armor to play as Minsc at D&D Live 2019: The Descent. Watch me roll some dice with Chris Perkins as DM and Matthew Mercer playing Boo in the final part of The Descent at dungeonsanddragons.com on May 18 at 8pm PT.”

“I am so thrilled to be able to return to D&D comics with Jim Zub in Dungeons & Dragons: Infernal Tides,” says Max Dunbar. “This story plunges our Heroes of Baldur’s Gate into an adventure of a scope and scale we haven’t seen yet in these comics. We’ll dive into the heart of locations and events that are absolutely legendary to D&D. I feel incredibly lucky to be working with Jim Zub, incredible colorist Sebastian Cheng, IDW, and Wizards of the Coast on this vast and diabolical story!”

“We are so excited to be bringing back the original Baldur’s Gate creative team for this new series,” says David Hedgecock, associate publisher at IDW. “What an incredible privilege it has been to watch these creators and this story become such an important part of D&D canon!”

Infernal Tides, while an accommodating entry point for intrepid new readers, rewards longtime fans as the continuation of Jim Zub’s epic comic book storyline which began with Dungeons & Dragons: Legends of Baldur’s Gate and continued into Shadows of the Vampire, Frost Giant’s Fury, and Evil at Baldur’s Gate.

For information on how to secure copies of the Dungeons & Dragons: Infernal Tides miniseries, please contact your local comic shop or visit www.comicshoplocator.com to find a store near you.

Spider-Man Far From Home – IMAX!

Spider-Man™: Far From Home Will Be Specially Formatted For IMAX Cinemas!

IMAX have announced Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: Far From Home will feature select sequences specially formatted for IMAX cinemas. IMAX fans will experience Spider-Man to the fullest and see 26% more picture from your friendly neighbourhood superhero when he swings into IMAX cinemas July 2nd!

The IMAX release of Spider-Man: Far From Home will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX’s customized cinema geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique environment that will transport fans into the action like no other movie-going environment can. Fans can get their IMAX tickets here

About Spider-Man™: Far From Home

Peter Parker returns in Spider-Man™: Far From Home, the next chapter of the Spider-Man™: Homecoming series! Our friendly neighborhood Super Hero decides to join his best friends Ned, MJ, and the rest of the gang on a European vacation. However, Peter’s plan to leave super heroics behind for a few weeks are quickly scrapped when he begrudgingly agrees to help Nick Fury uncover the mystery of several elemental creature attacks, creating havoc across the continent!

Directed by Jon Watts. Written by McKenna & Erik Sommers. Based on the MARVEL Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Produced by Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal. Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Thomas M. Hammel, Eric Hauserman Carroll, Rachel O’Connor, Stan Lee, Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach serve as executive producers. The film stars Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson, Zendaya, Cobie Smulders, Jon Favreau, JB Smoove, Jacob Batalon, Martin Starr, with Marisa Tomei and Jake Gyllenhaal.

ENDGAME SPOILERS in the Spider-Man Far From Home Trailer. – You have been warned!!!

Orson Welles Great Mysteries

The legendary Orson Welles hosts thirteen mysterious tales from this much sought-after anthology series creeping its way on to DVD for the first time.

Buy On AMAZON.co.uk

Showcasing a haunting theme by John Barry, these macabre – often supernatural – dramas feature an astonishing array of talent, including Rupert Davies, Eli Wallach, Michael Kitchen, Patrick Magee, Donald Pleasence, Peter Cushing, Susannah York, Michael Gambon, Julie Dawn Cole, Kenneth Haigh, Harry Andrews, Dinsdale Landen, Jane Seymour, Ian Holm and Christopher Lee.

The thirteen tales of mystery and suspense featured on this set – including classic tales from Wilkie Collins, W.W. Jacobs, Honoré de Balzac, Charles Dickens and Arthur Conan Doyle – are:

DISC ONE

• A Terribly Strange Bed

A young American hits a winning streak in a Paris casino, but finds that his luck changes when he tries to sleep in the casino’s guest bed.

– Starring Colin Baker, Edward Albert, Rupert Davies and Jenny Nevinson
– Dramatised by Anthony Fowles
– From a story by Wilkie Collins
– Directed by Alan Cooke
– Original ITV Transmission 20 July 1974

• Compliments of the Season

A drunken down-and-out returns a special doll to its owner, the young daughter of a millionaire. In doing so, he receives two rewards – one completely unexpected.

– Starring Eli Wallach, Ed Bishop, Hildegard Neil and Billy Hamon
– Dramatised by Donald Wilson
– From a story by O. Henry
– Directed by Philip Saville
– Original ITV Transmission 11 December 1975
• The Ingenious Reporter

A newspaper reporter poses as a suspected murderer, but his plans go awry when he loses his proof of innocence.

– Starring Geoffrey Bayldon, Pam St Clement, David Birney, Anthony Ainley and Ronald Radd
– Dramatised by Carey Harrison
– From a story by Pontsevrez
– Directed by Peter Sasdy
– Original ITV Transmission 18 September 1975

• The Monkey’s Paw

A monkey’s paw with a strange and unnatural past brings fear and disaster to an unsuspecting family.

– Starring Michael Kitchen, Cyril Cusack, Meg Jenkins, Patrick Magee and Robert James
– Dramatised by David Ambrose
– From a story by W.W. Jacobs
– Directed by Alan Gibson
– Original ITV Transmission 7 September 1974

• Captain Rogers

An old shipmate arrives at the inn owned by his former skipper and enmeshes him in a web of blackmail, bribery and terror.

– Starring Donald Pleasence, Kevin Stoney, Donald Gee, Joseph O’Conor, Daphne Heard and Alan Bennion
– Dramatised by Harry Green
– From a story by W.W. Jacobs
– Directed by Alan Gibson
– Original ITV Transmission 6 July 1974

• For Sale – Silence

A criminal seeks an illegal fortune – and pays for it in blackmail.

– Starring Jack Cassidy, Ed Devereaux and Harold Goodwin
– Dramatised by David Ambrose
– From a story by Don Knowlton
– Directed by Peter Sykes
– Original ITV Transmission 9 October 1975

• La Grande Breteche

A French count, master of a chateau known as La Grande Breteche, torments his young wife and wreaks vengeance upon her lover…

– Starring Peter Cushing, Susannah York, Michael Elphick, Morag Hood and Pauline Delaney
– Dramatised by Martin Worth
– From a story by Honoré de Balzac
– Directed by Peter Sasdy
– Original ITV Transmission 27 July 1974

DISC TWO

• An Affair of Honour

When espionage is discovered in a colonial outpost it is dealt with in a gentlemanly manner…

– Starring Michael Gambon, Jenny Hanley, Harry Andrews and Jeremy Clyde
– Dramatised by Carey Harrison
– From a story by F. Britten Austin
– Directed by Alan Bromly
– Original ITV Transmission 30 October 1975

• In the Confessional

A young paranoiac’s confession leads his priest and the police to the unexpected and dramatic solution of a girl’s murder.

– Starring Julie Dawn Cole, Philip Davis, José Ferrer, Milo O’Shea and Shane Rimmer
– Dramatised by David Ambrose
– From a story by Alice Scanlan Reach
– Directed by Peter Sasdy
– Original ITV Transmission 14 August 1974

• The Furnished Room

A young man comes to the big city to search for a missing girl.

– Starring Clarence Williams III, Joan-Ann Maynard, Irene Worth and Sally Travers
– Dramatised by David Ambrose
– From a story by O. Henry
– Directed by Alan Gibson
– Original ITV Transmission 24 July 1976

• Under Suspicion

A concert pianist’s loyalties are torn when she discovers that her lover is a traitor. But is he betraying her love – or his country?

– Starring Julie Crosthwait, Kenneth Haigh, Dinsdale Landen and Janice Rule
– Dramatised by Anthony Fowles
– From a story by Norman Edwards
– Directed by Peter Sasdy
– Original ITV Transmission 16 December 1975

• The Leather Funnel

A young Englishman arrives in Paris to propose to his French girlfriend. But her uncle shows him, through the power of dreams, that his desire to marry into the family could cause him to lose his reason – or his life.

– Starring Christopher Lee, Simon Ward, Jane Seymour, André van Gyseghem and Ralph Arliss
– Dramatised by David Ambrose
– From a story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
– Directed by Alan Gibson
– Original ITV Transmission 13 July 1974

• Trial for Murder

The foreman of a jury at a murder trial is influenced by visions of the victim’s spirit.

– Starring Ian Holm, Jennie Linden and Keith Buckley
– Dramatised by David Lawrie
– From a story by C.A. Collins and Charles Dickens
– Directed by Peter Sykes
– Original ITV Transmission 30 April 1976

Make The Most Of Avengers: End Game – See it in IMAX

Seeing Avengers: End Game in IMAX means that audiences will get to experience the full scale and emotion of this finale – the way the Russo Brothers intended. The crystal-clear images will fill the IMAX screen for the entire film, showing up to 26% more picture than audiences would see in standard cinemas. Add IMAX’s heart-pounding audio to the mix, and this is one cinematic event that fans cannot afford to miss.

Fans in mind we have some Questions and Answers with Endgame’s Russo Brothers:

To get your tickets to see AVENGERS: ENDGAME in IMAX, please visit IMAX AVENGERS TICKETS

About the IMAX Cameras

Directors Joe and Anthony Russo utilised the ALEXA IMAX 65mm camera to film AVENGERS: ENDGAME. It is a next-generation revolutionary 2D digital camera developed through a partnership between ARRI and IMAX for use by today’s leading filmmakers working in the IMAX® format. The camera, when combined with IMAX’s digital re-mastering process, delivers the highest level of digital image capture and playback resulting in stunning lifelike images with pristine clarity, incredibly fine detail, vivid colours and a higher dynamic range for superior contrast. This camera is no stranger to the world of superheroes as it was first used by the Russo Brothers to shoot the airport battle sequence of CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, and again for AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR (in its entirety).

For more information about IMAX, visit www.imax.com.

Dungeons & Dragons Comic Book Series – New For 2019

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.”

Pilot episode premiere for new Gerry Anderson Puppet TV series now live worldwide for viewing!

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.”

For further information, see www.FirestormHQ.com

Bleeding Steel: Jackie Chan Does Scifi – Video

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.

New MARVEL Exhibition in London

Our friends at Marvel have recently announced a new interactive experience where fans of the popular movie franchise can “become part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe storyline”.

S.TA.T.I.O.N. is an acronym for ‘Science Training And Tactical Intelligence Operative Network’. This offers the opportunity for Marvel fans of all ages to explore the workings and backstory of every original Avenger as they train to be an agent at S.T.A.T.I.O.N. The training allows the fans to have the opportunity to connect with and interact with props and characters from the films. Some of the highlights include:

  • Thors Suit Avengers Marvel Station LondonStep inside the Thor observatory – dedicated to Thor Odinson, King of Asgard and son of Odin. Test your worthiness by attempting to lift Thor’s hammer, view Thor’s outfits, Mjolnir and study the universe and its current parameters using NASA’S eye on the exoplanets program.
  • Check out Captain America’s personnel file and explore the cutting-edge science that made Steve Rogers into Captain America.
  • Iron Man Engineering Bay – trainee agents have the chance to not only get up close and personal with Iron Man’s iconic suits of armour but also experience what simulated flight inside the suit would be like.
  • Ever wondered what Bruce Banners Lab looks like? Explore the Bio Lab transformation of Dr Banners superior brain as he morphs into The Hulk.

Honestly, having a go at flying one of Tony Stark’s suits? Count me in.

Avengers Age Of Ultron Vision's CradelThis London experience also includes never before seen displays on Black Panther, The Wasp and Thanos.

Booking/attendance information:

-You must arrive a couple of minutes ahead of your chosen timeslot.
-The booked timeslot is a 30 minutes window in which the experience will start and groups will enter every 10 minutes.
-The full main experience lasts around 70 minutes once you have entered. It is advised you allow 2 hours for your full experience.
-Location: This will all be located at the ExCeL in London, between the months of December 2018 and March 2019.

Full details are on the www.avengersstation.co.uk website…

Will we see you there?

 

MARVEL Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. Video

(All images from www.avengersstation.co.uk)

The 80s Horror Collection Grows. Night Of The Creeps Out To Own

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 Creeps features the original director’s cut and a host of special features.

Night of the Creeps on AMAZON UK

DUAL FORMAT 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]

 

1980s Horror TROLL and Its Sequel TROLL II Arrive on Blu Ray

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 TrollTroll 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
  • Fan contributions
  • “Monstrous” – Music Video by ECOMOG
  • A limited edition collector’s booklet featuring rare archival material