Watch: REM By MTV Documentary Trailer

Via BBGunn Press – October, 22, 2014 (Lost Angeles, Calif)  – Watch the trailer for REM By MTV, the new feature length documentary included in I Want My REMTV, a six-DVD collection that chronicles the band’s special relationship with MTV through live performances and award show highlights. Trailer HERE.

I Want My REMTV will be available November 24th on Rhino. The documentary will premiere simultaneously on VH1 Classic and Palladia.
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Viz Media Premieres Omnibus Print Edition Of All You Need Is Kill Manga

Sci-Fi Action Manga By Takeshi Obata, Creator Of DEATH NOTE, Adapts The Award-Winning Japanese Novel That Inspired The Summer Blockbuster Film Edge Of Tomorrow

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ALL YOU NEED IS KILL © 2014 by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, Ryosuke Takeuchi, yoshitoshi ABe, Takeshi Obata/SHUEISHA Inc.

San Francisco, CA, October 22, 2014 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, announces the print launch of famed manga artist Takeshi Obata’s latest manga (graphic novel) masterpiece with the release of ALL YOU NEED IS KILL as an oversized omnibus edition on November 4th.

ALL YOU NEED IS KILL collects both volumes into this complete edition and features color inserts, is rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens and will be available under the Shonen Jump Advanced imprint with a print MSRP of $14.99 U.S. / $16.99 CAN.

Digital editions for the pair of individual volumes are also available for $6.99 each across all platforms serviced by VIZManga.com and the VIZ Manga App, and are similarly available on the storefronts for the Kindle, iBooks, GooglePlay, Kobo, ComiXology, and Nook. The free VIZ Manga App continues to be the top application for reading digital manga and features a massive library of the most popular series in the world. With the dynamic platform, fans can explore and enjoy a massive catalog of classic manga series that spans more than 2,200 volumes across more than 200 different series.

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ALL YOU NEED IS KILL © 2014 by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, Ryosuke Takeuchi, yoshitoshi ABe, Takeshi Obata/SHUEISHA Inc.

Takeshi Obata’s ALL YOU NEED IS KILL originally premiered in VIZ Media’s WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP digital manga anthology earlier this year and is the stunning manga realization of the popular Japanese sci-fi novel, written by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. In this rousing action story, when the alien Mimics invade, Keiji Kiriya is just one of many recruits shoved into a suit of battle armor called a Jacket and sent out to kill. Keiji dies on the battlefield, only to be reborn each morning to fight and die again and again. On his 158th iteration, he gets a message from a mysterious ally – the female soldier known as the Full Metal Bitch. Is she the key to Keiji’s escape or his final death?

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EDGE OF TOMORROW © 2014 Warner Bros. Pictures

The bestselling ALL YOU NEED IS KILL novel also inspired the live-action summer blockbuster – Edge of Tomorrow – which starred Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt and Bill Paxton.

The original novel also was the launch title in 2009 for Haikasoru, VIZ Media’s unique literary imprint dedicated to publishing the most compelling contemporary Japanese science fiction and fantasy for English-speaking audiences. VIZ Media also published a special movie tie-in version of the ALL YOU NEED IS KILL / EDGE OF TOMORROW novel over the summer to support the release of the live-action film.

Coming just after Takeshi Obata’s first-ever U.S. appearance at the recent New York Comic Con, we are very excited to announce the print debut of his action-packed manga treatment of ALL YOU NEED IS KILL, says Mike Montesa, Editor.Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s award winning novel comes to life with tense and engrossing characters and plenty of visceral battle scenes, all wonderfully depicted with Obata’s signature highly detailed style. The alien Mimics are bent on destroying humanity but they are about to meet their match in this exceptional new release from VIZ Media!

Constantin Film & Dark Horse Entertainment Join Forces On “POLAR”

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(Los Angeles, CA) October 22, 2014 Constantin Film and Dark Horse Entertainment are joining forces to bring POLAR to the big screen. Based on the popular Dark Horse Comics graphic novel “Polar: Came from the Cold” by Victor Santos, Constantin Film has pre-emptively purchased the spec, “Polar″ written by Jayson Rothwell.

polarThe adrenaline-pumping action-thriller tells the story of Black Kaiser, a master assassin forced out of retirement when he finds himself the target of a motley crew of new generation hitmen. But Kaiser’s gun-blazing and bloody universe is at odds with the doting and protective relationship he has with the child of one of his former marks. Faced with the ultimate battle for survival, Kaiser must choose between saving his life and saving his soul.

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New Shit Has Come To Light, Man! The Big Lebowski Pinball from Dutch Pinball Nears Launch…ABIDE!

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Although at first glance and upon reading about this in a September 27, 2014 Pinball Magazine article, I thought this was going to be just another fantasy VirtualPin table, like so many I’ve seen before for genres that don’t exist in reality when it comes to the ol’ silver ball.  Low and behold, for all you Urban Achievers out there that have missed the buzz from folks like Pinball Magazine, Kotaku, Collider, Geekology and more, the guys at European based DUTCH PINBALL COMPANY, announced their forthcoming THE BIG LEBOWSKI PINBALL.  This meticulously crafted machine is not just a professionally built full-scale pinball machine and great cinematic tribute,  but is a piece of art with it’s amazing detail, hand-drawn playfield art, custom made playfield toys,  sub-playfield play with licensed Brunswick lane design, as well as video and audio clips directly from the 1998 Coen brothers film.

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the Big Lebowski Pinball by Dutch Pinball (c) Pinball Magazine 2014 (http://www.pinball-magazine.com/?p=2285)

Coming in at $8995 (plus shipping), it is a couple grand more spendy than some of it’s contemporary machines made by Stern (Stern’s 2011 Tron: Legacy LE version had an MSRP of $5699 where as the current The Walking Dead LE version carries an MSRP of $5995), which has been cause for debate in some enthusiast circles as to how it helps the already struggling pinball industry to introduce a machine at such a relatively high price point.  In contrast, however, both “Pro” editions of Stern’s Star Trek and The Walking Dead pinball machines currently have an MSRP of $8595 – $8795.

Although the small Dutch Pinball Company has obtained the official license to produce this game, it’s likely this machine won’t be made on as large of a scale as the commercially mass produced, licensed pinball machines that Stern cranks out every year.  If you’re in the States however, consider yourself lucky to have the opportunity at all to get your hands on such a great piece of pinball history, as the The Big Lebowski Pinball machine will be selling for 7995 in E.U. countries which converts to $10,166, by my calculations, so keep that in mind. Further, I’m sure the licensing costs were quite a bit to for such a small company to obtain and for what it’s worth, no other pinball manufacturer to date has attempted to produce a Big Lebowski themed machine in the movies sixteen year history.  That all being said, Dutch Pinball has helped U.S. buyers as well by keeping a State-side distribution center here in Parkridge, Illinois, which eliminates the need for Dudes on U.S. soil to pay import tariffs.

You can currently pre-order your machine for $4500 down and $4495 + shipping by April 1st, 2015.  Machines will be shipped out on a first-come/first-served basis.  Suddenly, I have a whole new idea of where I wish my tax returns could go this year!

Viz Media’s Studio Ghibli Library Imprint Releases Hayao Miyazaki’s Princess ‘Mononoke: The First Story’

Oversized Hardcover Storybook Contains Miyazaki’s Watercolor Illustrations And The Original Fable That Inspired The Groundbreaking Animated Feature Film 

San Francisco, CA, October 21, 2014 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, delivers a treat to readers and fans of famed director and pioneering creative visionary, Hayao Miyazaki, with the release today of PRINCESS MONOKOKE: THE FIRST STORY.

"MONONOKE HIME" (1980 nen Shoki Settei Ban) By Hayao Miyazaki © 1993 Nibariki All rights reserved.  © 1993 Studio Ghibli

“MONONOKE HIME” (1980 nen Shoki Settei Ban)
By Hayao Miyazaki © 1993 Nibariki
All rights reserved. © 1993 Studio Ghibli

The oversized (11¾ x 11¾ inch) hardcover release is published under the Studio Ghibli Library imprint and carries an MSRP of $34.99 U.S. / $39.99 CAN. The beautifully illustrated storybook features Hayao Miyazaki’s original watercolor artwork, which complements his thoughtfully written fable about man’s need to maintain ecological balance with nature that became the origin for the 1997 feature film. An afterward written by Miyazaki lends further context and insights to the Mononoke story and its deep and lasting impact upon the director.

This is the original Princess Mononoke story, created by Hayao Miyazaki in 1980 while he was first conceptualizing the landmark animated film that would be released to universal acclaim seventeen years later. As an initial version of the tale, it offers a new and significantly different perspective from the final version presented in the film. After a long, exhausting war, a samurai lost in a forest encounters a giant wildcat – a mononoke. The beast saves his life, but at the price of his daughter’s hand in marriage…

Princess Mononoke was an historic release for Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli and propelled the animation auteur to an entirely new level of international fame,says Masumi Washington, Senior Editorial Director.But few know of THE FIRST STORY, the imaginative fable that was the genesis for his groundbreaking film. This premium storybook fittingly presents it for the very first time in English and prominently displays his expressive watercolor characters and landscapes. We look forward to readers discovering Princess Mononoke in a whole new way in this unique release!

Metallica LIVE at BlizzCon 2014!

Crank up the volume and watch the concert live with the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket

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logo1IRVINE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Metallica is coming to BlizzCon® 2014! On November 8, Blizzard Entertainment’s two-dayWarcraft®, StarCraft®, andDiablo® community celebration will culminate with Metallica performing to a sold-out convention crowd, broadcast worldwide through the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket.

We’re thrilled to have Metallica blowing out our speakers at BlizzCon this year, said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. After two full days of epic gaming and intense eSports action, an earth-shaking concert is the perfect sendoff for everyone at the show and watching from home.

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Metallica is performing live at BlizzCon 2014 on the night of November 8, 2014. (Photo: Business Wire)

BlizzCon is a celebration of the global player communities surrounding Blizzard Entertainment’s Warcraft, Diablo, and StarCraftgame universes. Taking place November 7 and 8 at the Anaheim Convention Center, this year’s show will feature a wide array of activities, including discussion panels, tournaments, contests, hands-on play time with the latest Blizzard Entertainment games, and more.

Tickets to the convention are sold out, but viewers at home can join the excitement by ordering the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket ($39.99 USD), which offers comprehensive live online coverage of both days of the event—including the community contests hosted by Chris Hardwick on Friday evening and Metallica’s performance on Saturday night.

In addition to the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket, DIRECTV customers in the United States have the option to watch the show from home by ordering the BlizzCon 2014 Pay Per View event, priced at $39.99 USD (includes access to the Virtual Ticket online stream). Visitwww.directv.com/blizzcon for more details.

SO GOOD, IT’S CRIMINAL…

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Critically acclaimed CRIMINAL comes to Image with one-shot and trade paperbacks

unnamed (1)October 21, 2014 – Berkeley, Calif. – Image Comics is thrilled to announce that CRIMINAL, the award-winning series by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips, is finally returning to print in beautifully designed new editions, beginning in January.

unnamed (2)And to celebrate the return of the comic that solidified their reputations as Masters of Noir, Brubaker and Phillips, along with colorist Elizabeth Breitweiser, are creating a special 48-page one-shot sure to excite diehard fans and pull in new readers alike. For the true CRIMINAL fanatic, a special CRIMINAL: SAVAGE EDITION magazine-sized variant will also be available.

It’s 1976, and Teeg Lawless is doing 30 days in county jail with a price on his head; his only safe company from the savagery: a beat-up old comic magazine his dead cellmate left behind. It’s CRIMINAL like you’ve never seen it before, with a comic within the comic and all those slick ‘70s thrills!

We’ve been planning the return of CRIMINAL for the past year, and I couldn’t let the launch go by without returning to our underworld for a new story, said Brubaker. “With FATALE and THE FADE OUT, we’ve been hearing from a lot of new readers, so it couldn’t be a better time to get the thing we’re most known for back on the shelves.

Viz Media’s Perfect Square Announces Special Voltron 30th Anniversary Commemorative Release

VOLTRON: FROM DAYS OF LONG AGO – A 30th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION Charts The History And Impact of The Iconic Franchise On Pop Culture

Voltron-30thAnnvBook-3D-smSan Francisco, CA, October 20, 2014 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, takes readers on an exciting journey to explore the history and legacy of VOLTRON®, the legendary giant robot anime series that marks the 30th Anniversary of its original North American broadcast premiere.

VOLTRON: FROM DAYS OF LONG AGO, A 30th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION examines the entire VOLTRON universe and the property’s notable impact on pop culture and will be released in-print on October 28th from the company’s Perfect Square imprint. The hardcover oversized edition will carry an MSRP of $29.99 U.S. / $34.99 CAN.

A digital version of VOLTRON: FROM DAYS OF LONG AGO, A 30th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION also will launch on October 28th for $14.99 U.S. / CAN from the Perfect Square App, which has titles available for the Apple iPad® and iPad® Mini. The Perfect Square App is available from the iTunes store. Readers also will be able to find a digital version for the NOOK, Kindle Fire, and Kobo eReaders, as well as in the iBooks and GooglePlay Stores.

IDW Publishing To Bring Douglas Adams’ Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency to Comics!

The “Thumping Good Detective-Ghost-Horror-Whodunnit-Time Travel-Romantic-Musical-Comedy-Epic” Will Get His Own Comic Series in 2015

dirkSan Diego, CA (October 10, 2014) – In partnership with Ideate Media, IDW Publishing is proud to announce that Dirk Gently will be appearing in his first-ever comic-book series in 2015, helping to prove the interconnectedness of all things, the precept by which Dirk Gently, Douglas Adams’ beloved fictional “holistic detective” lives.

Following the recent announcement that Gently will be developed for television by IDW Entertainment and Ideate Media with Circle of Confusion as Executive Producers and Max Landis as showrunner, IDW will also launch an ongoing series of all-new Dirk Gently adventures as comic books.

The series launching in spring 2015, will be written by Chris Ryall, IDW’s Chief Creative Officer/Editor-in-Chief and creator/writer of series such as Zombies vs Robots, Groom Lake, and The Hollows. The series artist will be Tony Akins (Fables), and Chew co-creator Rob Guillory has contributed a first cover image, too. Full story details and release information will follow soon.

I know that an American writing Dirk comics is going to get a certain segment of British Adams fans a bit brassed off,said Ryall, but, much like in the case of the oft-referenced Schrödinger’s cat in the Dirk novels, we can all agree that until the world opens these comics, they are both good and not good, right? And certainly Adams’ writing transcends all borders and has rightfully earned him a worldwide following. I can’t wait to bring Dirk into the world of comics.

Douglas was best known for Hitchhiker, but his real creative passion was always Dirk. Of the two series, this was his secret favourite. I know he would have smiled upon its re-incarnation as a comic book, said Ed Victor, Douglas Adams’ longtime agent and friend.