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Will Jabba the Hutt Have a Cameo in ‘SOLO: A Star Wars Story’?

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Could one of Star Wars’ biggest stars (literally) be making a cameo appearance in the upcoming Han Solo prequel movie?

According to rumors, Jabba the Hutt could have a small role in Solo: A Star Wars Story.

From the Express

The Han Solo prequel will reportedly introduce fans to Jabba and reveal why the beast has such a problem with Han in the original trilogy.

According to a new report, the appearance was being kept a closely guarded secret by bosses.

“It’s a huge secret but Jabba is returning to the Star Wars universe,” a source told The Sun.

“Fans will learn why Han ended up owing him so much money.”

If he’s in the film, lets just hope it’s a puppet and not CGI.

Solo: A Star Wars Story opens on May 25, 2018.

[Source: Express]

AMC Theaters Have Announced a 31 Hour MCU Marathon Before ‘Avengers: Infinity War’

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AMC just announced that they will be doing a 31 hour Marvel Cinematic Universe Marathon leading up to the premier of Avengers: Infinity War.

Right now all we know is that they are offering this event. There is no price or schedule listed. What we do know is it is saying April 26 will be the date and it should lead attendees right into the release of Avengers: Infinity War on April 27th.

So far there are 18 films in the MCU that have done over 14.6 billion dollars world wide!
This has all happened over the last ten years, with the movies rolled out in three “phases.” Phase 1 went from the first Iron Man in 2008 until Marvel’s The Avengers in 2012. The second “phase” ran from 2013 until Ant-Man in 2015. Third phase has been going since.

Iron Man (2008,) The Incredible Hulk (2008,) Iron Man 2 (2010,) Thor (2011,) Captain America: The First Avenger (2011,) Marvel’s the Avengers (2012,) Iron Man 3 (2013,) Thor: The Dark World (2013,) Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014,) Guardians of the Galaxy (2014,) Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015,) Ant-Man (2015,) Captain America: Civil War (2016,) Doctor Strange (2016,) Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (2017,) Spiderman: Homecoming (2017,) Thor: Ragnarok (2017,) and finally Black Panther (2018.)

This isn’t the first time that a movie theater chain has held a MCU marathon before a new film release, but it’s the longest to date. There are more films set to come out into next year.

I’m interested to see what the price tag will be to attend this experience? I found one writer discussing his experience at one of these events in 2015, ahead of Avengers: Age of Ultron, and at that time the price was $70 and was only offered in 8 cities across the country. You can read about their experience Here.

We can infer from this it will be at least $70 (most likely more since several movies were added) and it will only be available in select theaters. Either way, it’s going to be a exciting and exhausting experience for those that attend.

Sources: Wikipedia, AMC, AV Club, Comicbook.com

 

First Trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Revealed

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Today the first action packed trailer for the upcoming Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald was released, along with a poster.

It did not disappoint. It’s an action packed look at a new mission. From what can be gathered from the trailer Albus Dumbledore has sent Newt to Paris on some kind of mission. Assigning the task to Newt because “I can’t move against Grindelwald; it has to be you.”

Take a look:

We do have all the characters from the original “team” as well as Credence and Grindelwald back for the new film.

Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne)
Tina Goldstein (Katherine Waterston)
Queenie Goldstein (Alison Sudol)
Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler)

The new characters will include Albus Dumbledor (Jude Law) and Leta Lastrange (Zoë Kravitz.)

The Fantasic Beasts Twitter page offered a great new poster showcasing Newt with Albus apparently watching his back.

 

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Overall, it leaves a favorable impression. I look forward to watching when it’s released on November 16.
 

New Funko Pop Vinyls Unveiled at London Toy Fair 2018

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Wow! Funko just announced a ton of new toys at the London Toy Fair this week. Their 2018 lineup includes some great licenses like Cuphead, Miraculous Ladybug, Garbage Pail Kids, Sailor Moon, Five Nights at Freddy’s and more!

First up, let’s take a look at a few of the big surprises. We showcase all of them in this video:

Cuphead is a relatively new game, but the notoriously difficult platformer has already become a cult classic. Funko is releasing a series of Mystery Minis from the game in 2018.

Characters in the assortment include Cuphead, MugMan, Baroness Von Bon Bon, Cagney Carnation, Hilda Berg, Djimmi The Great and more!

Hot Topic has some exclusives like a new version of Mugman, Grim Matchstick and

Werner Werman.

At Gamestop, the exclusives are Beppi the Clown, Chauncy Chantency and Cuphead in airplane.

 

Miraculous Ladybug is a huge hit, and its great to see Pop Vinyl versions of Cat Noir with Plagg, Ladybug with Tikki and Hawk Moth.

Another big surprise is the Garbage Pail Kids. These 80s mainstays have recently made a comeback, and it’s great to see Pop Vinyl versions of the Garbage Pail Kids them planned for 2018. The first assortment features fan favorites Clark Can’t, Beastly Boyd,Ghastly Ashley, and Adam Bomb.

Speaking of the 1980s, get ready to do the Care Bear stare with new Care Bears Pop Vinyls. Classic bears included in this assortment are Tenderheart Bear, Cheer Bear, Funshine Bear, Love-a-Lot Bear, Good Luck Bear and of course, Grumpy Bear. Chase variants include glow-in-the-dark versions. Exclusives include Bedtime Bear with a nightcap, a flocked Grumpy Bear and a glowing Love-a-Lot Bear.

The 80s nostalgia can’t be stopped. He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Pint Size Heroes were revealed at Toy Fair. Heroic Warriors are represented by He-Man, Battle Cat, Teela, Man-At-Arms, Moss Man, the Sorceress and Orko! Skeletor’s pint sized Evil Warriors include Panthor, Beast Man, Trap Jaw, and Mer-Man! And there will be exclusive figures of Faker, Evil-Lyn and Stratos at FYE.

Funko is all about the anime this year. Sailor Moon returns in a series of Mystery Minis. The assortment includes all ten Sailor Senshi as well as Luna and Artemis. Exclusives at Hot Topic include Super Sailor Moon, Diana and a new Chibi Moon. While at Gamestop, look for exclusives of Sailor Pluto, Mistress 9 and a new Sailor Venus.

Ouran High School Host Club finally gets the Pop Vinyl treatment. Haruhi, Tamaki, and Kyoya will be coming your way in 2018.

Games, games, games… Funko is all about the video game IPs this year. In addition to the previously mentioned Cuphead, Five Nights at Freddy’s is getting a huge new assortment of Mystery Minis and Pop Vinyls.

The newest series of Mystery Minis includes characters  from various versions of the franchise, featuring twisted versions of the horrifying animatronic puppets Chica, Freddy, Bonnie, Foxy and Wolf. Look for Little Joe, Magician, Ennard and many more!

Hot Topic will have exclusive Mystery Minis of Stanley, Bonnie and Nightmare Chica. Gamestop will have exclusives of the Paper Plat Pals, Theodore and RXQ.

At Walmart, you may find Ella, Jack-O-Bonnie and Lolbit.

New FNAF Pop Vinyls for 2018 include Twisted Ones versions of Freddy, Foxy, Bonnie, Wolf, Chica and Theodore. Exclusives include Stanley, Ella and the Marionette.

 

Destiny 2 gets a new wave of Pop Vinyl figures that includes Dominus Ghaul, Suraya Hawthorne with Hawk, Amanda Holliday and the old Warlock Osiris. Exclusives include Cayde 6 and Emperor Calus.

 

HALO gets a new series of Pop Vinyls as well, and the 2018 assortment includes includes Master Chief with Cortana, Sgt. Johnson, ODST Buck, and the Arbiter.

 

Let’s not forget about movies and TV! New Marvel Pop Vinyls include Gwenom, as well as other Funko figures from Thor Ragnarok including Gladiator Hulk, Hela and Valkyrie.

 

Lastly, Rick and Morty is coming in Dorbz form. The initial assortment includes Rick, Morty, Mr. Meeseeks, Snowball, Squanchy and Beth. A flocked Snowball can be found at Gamestop, and Tinkles is available exclusively at Hot Topic.

We’re also getting a ton of new Funko Mystery Minis characters like Scary Terry, Dr. Xenon Bloom, Morty with Armothy, Hemorrhage and more.

Exclusives include Vance Maximus, Supernova and Million Ants at GameStop, Toxic Rick, Toxic Morty and Jaguar at Target, and Cornvelious Daniel, Crocubot and Alan Rails at Hot Topic.

A second wave of Rick and Morty plushies are also on their way from Funko.  It includes fan favorites Toxic Rick, Toxic Morty, Scary Terry, Krombopulos Michael, Snowball and Squanchy.

While 18″ plushies of Pickle Rick and Pickle Rick in Rat Suit are on the way, only concept art was available at the time of the announcement.

Rick and Morty Blind Bag Keychain Plushies are on the way too. Characters include Rick, Doofus Rick,Morty, Evil Morty, Mr. Meeseeks, Mr. Poopy Butthole, Snowball and Squanchy. Hot Topic exclusives include Beth, Summer and Jerry.

Rick and Morty Pop! Pens are coming back for a second series.

And finally… FINALLY… Rick and Morty action figures series 2 are on the way in 2018. This series includes Scary Terry, Rick in Purge Suit, Morty in Purge Suit, Squanchy, and Summer. Collect all five to build a Krombopulos Michael action figure.

And that does it for this episode. Clearly, a lot of Funko Pop Vinyl fans are going to be hemorrhaging some serious cash this year as the offerings look pretty cool.

 

[Source: Funko]

‘The Dark Crystal’ Is Being Re-Released in Theaters Next Month

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The Dark Crystal is a well known 1982 classic film from the Henson company. Directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz, The Dark Crystal was a story about a Gelfling named Jen and his quest to fix the crystal and restore unity to the Skeksis and Mystics.

Fathom Events has announced a re-release of the original film to over 500 theaters in the United States. There will be two dates to watch the film, February 25 and February 28.

The new film will also have an introduction by Jim Henson’s daughter Lisa Henson. This behind the scenes look at the making of the film will air before the actual film.

Here is a look at the Re-Release Trailer:

The re-release comes several months after the Henson company announced it would be creating a new 10 episode show with Netflix. The new Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance will take places decades before the original 1982 film.

You can learn more at Fathom Events. Tickets will be available at select theaters 2/25 and 2/28 with show times at 2PM and 7PM local times.

The New ‘Nintendo Labo’ Will Allow Gamers To Custom Build Accessories

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Nintendo has recently posted a video demonstrating a new product they are releasing on April, 20, called the Nintendo Labo.

Here is the official video:


The Nintendo Labo is a very interesting and inventive concept. Gamers can purchase pre-made cardboard punch out pieces that they can then turn into a variety of fun and interactive gaming accessories.

I love this idea so much! This allows players to build and customize their own accessories. It reminds me a lot of those viral videos where people make hands out of cardboard and bands, but these actually assist you in playing games.  You just follow the Nintendo Labo instructions on the Switch cartridge to build various peripherals called (Toy-Cons.)

There will be 2 kits available.

(Each kit will contain a Switch cartridge and pre-cut cardboard sheets, and other accessories like strings, connectors, or bands.)

1. The Variety Kit

The Variety Kit will contain the cartridge and cardboard parts and accessories and will feature 5 different games. The Toy-Cons will include:

  • Piano (13 keys)
  • RC car
  • Fishing Rod

This set will retail for $69.99

2. Robot Kit

The Robot Kit will contain the cartridge and cardboard parts and accessories to create a backpack and visor.

This will retail for $79.99

One thing I really love about this product is the customization. It’s a blank canvas and you can color it however you wish.

Overall, the whole line is brilliant. Using inexpensive items like cardboard and string to teach people how to build accessories it clever and fun. I do worry about how they will hold up. $70-$80 for cardboard accessories does seem to be a bit high. I work with cardboard every now and then and it can bend or tear easily. But I still love the idea behind it and I am excited to try it out!

What do you think? Comment and let us know!

 

YouTube Ending Monetization for Smaller Channels

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Next month, YouTube is going to end the ability to monetize smaller YouTube channels via their YouTube Partner Program.

What constitutes a “smaller” channel? Any channel that has under 1,000 subscribers and under 4,000 hours (or 240,000 minutes) of accumulated watchtime in the past 12 months.

That’s a minimum of 20,000 minutes of watchtime per month, if you’re having difficulty mathing it out.

This latest restriction is allegedly in response to the streaming giant trying to appease advertisers who’ve taken them to task for being too lax about policing their content.

Here’s an excerpt from YouTube’s blog post on the subject…

2017 marked a tough year for many of you, with several issues affecting our community and the revenue earned from advertising through the YouTube Partner Program (YPP).

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A big part of that effort will be strengthening our requirements for monetization so spammers, impersonators, and other bad actors can’t hurt our ecosystem or take advantage of you, while continuing to reward those who make our platform great.

Back in April of 2017, we set a YPP eligibility requirement of 10,000 lifetime views. While that threshold provided more information to determine whether a channel followed our community guidelines and policies, it’s been clear over the last few months that we need a higher standard.

Starting today we’re changing the eligibility requirement for monetization to 4,000 hours of watchtime within the past 12 months and 1,000 subscribers. We’ve arrived at these new thresholds after thorough analysis and conversations with creators like you.

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On February 20th, 2018, we’ll also implement this threshold across existing channels on the platform, to allow for a 30 day grace period. On that date, channels with fewer than 1,000 subs or 4,000 watch hours will no longer be able to earn money on YouTube. When they reach 1,000 subs and 4,000 watch hours they will be automatically re-evaluated under strict criteria to ensure they comply with our policies. New channels will need to apply, and their application will be evaluated when they hit these milestones.

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Of course, size alone is not enough to determine whether a channel is suitable for monetization, so we’ll continue to use signals like community strikes, spam, and other abuse flags to ensure we’re protecting our creator community from bad actors.

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While this change will tackle the potential abuse of a large but disparate group of smaller channels, we also know that the bad action of a single, large channel can also have an impact on the community and how advertisers view YouTube. We’ll be working to schedule conversations with our creators in the months ahead so we can hear your thoughts and ideas and what more we can do to tackle that challenge.

Clearly, the “larger creators” who will be taken to the proverbial woodshed include controversial figures like PewDiePie (who was accused of making racist comments) and Logan Paul (whose recent antics in Japan included filming a dead body and posting on his channel.)

The announcement comes after last year’s “Adpocalypse,” in which many YouTube channels suddenly lost the ability to monetize based on vague community standards guidelines which deemed many videos “not advertiser friendly” if they were even remotely controversial.

While YouTube claims that they see a 40% increase year-over-year in creators making over six figures, it’s clearly going to be harder for newcomers to crack the platform going forward.

[Source: YouTube]

 

WATCH – Bruce Lee with Lightsaber Nunchucks

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Why couldn’t The Last Jedi have been more like this?

A Bruce Lee / Star Wars mashup video is trending now on YouTube, and it’s just too awesome for words.

 

The scene recreation from the 1972 Bruce Lee classic Fist of Fury sees the legendary kung-fu master squaring off against his adversary wielding lightsaber nunchuks.

Lightsaber. Nunchucks.

Yes, Lucasfilm. This needs to happen in a future Star Wars movie.

The video was posted by YouTuber Patrick Nan, who says he was inspired by fanart from Deviantart user Ameeeeba.

[Source: YouTube]

 

“Godzilla: Monster Planet” To Air on Netflix Worldwide January 17

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Get ready Godzilla fans! On January 17, Neflix will launch the worldwide premiere of the anime film Godzilla: Monster Planet.  The film was released in Japan last year, but now it’s going out to Japan and other countries via Netflix.

The Trailer

Netflix Show Description

Part 1

“A desperate group of refugees attempt to recolonize Earth 20,000 years after Godzilla took over.  But one young man wants revenge above all else.”

So mankind left Earth and now want it back. This explains the space ship full of humans at the beginning of the trailer.

The Biggest Godzilla

According to the trailer it’s 20,000 years in the future and man-kind is facing the “largest Godzilla” they’ve ever encountered. Since we are in the future and stuck in space there are space suits, space looking motorcycles (they kind of remind me of the He-man Battle Ready Motorcycles)  and mechs! If we are fighting the largest Godzilla ever, and this is a futuristic anime, it stands to reason we would need mech suits.

I’m really excited. We are big Godzilla and kaiju fans here.  I know we will be watching.

Godzilla’s watching and he looks like he’s smiling, so it has to be good…right?

 

 

 

Hulu Signed Animaniacs for 2 Seasons Plus Secures Back Episodes

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Animaniacs is coming back for 2 more seasons!  Hulu has approved the “revival” from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television and Warner Bros. Animation. While they were at it got the rights to exclusively stream the back episodes of the Animaniacs show. They also will have Pinkie and the Brain and Tiny Toon Adventures.

Newsarama posted the following quotes about the new collaboration.

Craig Erwich, SVP of Content at Hulu said the following in a statement:

“We cannot wait to work with Steven Spielberg and the entire Amblin and Warner Bros. teams to bring more sketches, catchphrases, songs and laughs from the Animaniacs to kids and adults everywhere. Now one of the most beloved, inventive and funny animated franchises in history, Animaniacs and its cast of witty characters can live on, on Hulu. This marks yet another big move for us as we continue our efforts to be the #1 streaming destination for premium animated content.””

Sam Register, President of Warner Bros. Animation is quoted as saying this:

“Yakko, Wakko and Dot have been waiting impatiently inside the water tower, and now their hilarious brand of animated chaos will be unleashed — again! We’re incredibly excited to be partnering with Amblin and Hulu for new episodes of Animaniacs, filled with endless laughs — and ongoing plots for world domination by Pinky and the Brain.”

Steven Spielberg, Executive Producer offered the following:

“I am so pleased and proud that Animaniacs will have a home at Hulu. Together with Warner Bros., we look to bring new audiences and longtime fans into this wild world of Yakko, Wakko, and Dot. I am also excited that the full library of Animaniacs and Tiny Toon Adventures episodes are included in the deal.”

There you have it folks! You can now go to Hulu and relive taking over the world with Pinky and the Brain, or go on crazy adventures with the Warner Brothers and their sister Dot right now.  Back episodes are currently available on Hulu.  With the new seasons will be coming sometime in 2020.

 

Sources: Newsarama, Animaniacs Wiki,

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