Friday, October 24, 2014

Watch the opening cinematic for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U! [video]

Fresh off the heels of an information filled Nintendo Direct yesterday, fans of Super Smash Bros. can now watch the opening cinematic for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U!

Source: YouTube - IGN

RBS' Cosplay Closet - Long Beach Comic Con 2014! [video]

Check out this fun cosplay video from YouTuber Dustin Young from Long Beach Comic Con 2014 in California. The video is played along the song "Hooked on a Feeling" by Blue Swede which was made popular again because of the smash hit Marvel film Guardians of the Galaxy. Young was able to get footage of some great cosplayers that shows a wide range of fandoms from video games and films to comics and anime. This looks like a fun convention and some talented cosplayers showed up!

Source: YouTube - Dustin Young

Marvel will thank its fans for a record breaking trailer by releasing two more Avengers: Age of Ultron clips over the next two weeks!

It seems that Marvel couldn't be happier with the outcome of the leak of the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer. If you haven't seen the trailer yet, or just want to watch it again (and again), watch it here. In the first 24 hours that the trailer was up it has accumulated 34.3 million global views! This breaks the old record held by Iron Man 3 by 20 million views.

Initially, this trailer was supposed to air this coming Tuesday with the new episode of Agents of SHIELD. The leak has obviously changed all that but fans won't be disappointed. As a thank you Marvel will be airing two separate exclusive pieces from Avengers: Age of Ultron over the next two weeks.
"And because we believe that the best way to say thanks is to give you more, we're delivering new Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron" action to your TV sets, two weeks in a row! Tune in to "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." this Tuesday, October 28 at 9:00 p.m. ET on ABC to see an exclusive piece from Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron." Then, on Tuesday, November 4 at 9:00 p.m. ET on ABC, tune into "Marvel 75 Years: From Pulp to Pop!" for another taste of Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron"--and much more!"
This is incredible news and I am so happy that we'll be getting more Age of Ultron footage over the next two weeks. Will you be tuning in to Agents of SHIELD and Marvel 75 Years: From Pulp to Pop to watch the new footage?

Source: Marvel

New LEGO "Ultimate Collector Series" Star Wars set of the Slave I! [video]

Get ready Star Wars fans! LEGO is about to release an amazing new "Ultimate Collector Series" Star Wars set! The new set will be Boba Fett's Slave I, as seen in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back!

This new set comes with 1,996 pieces and is a good size when constructed and will have it all; rotating cockpit and wings, dual shooters and even a fantastic display stand! Boba Fett and Bespin Guard minifigures will be included that are unique to this set. Weapons will include special blaster pistol for Boba Fett, blaster pistol for Bespin Guard and a blaster rifle for the Stormtrooper. A bonus minifigure will be included as well; Han Solo in carbonite!

The price for this set is as follows:
"US $199.99 - CA $229.99 - DE 199.99€ - UK £169.99 - DK 1699.00 DKK
*Euro pricing varies by country."
This "Ultimate Collector Series" Star Wars set of the Slave I will be available in January 2015!

Source: YouTube - LEGO

See Peter Jackson's sketch for the epic final battle sequence for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies!

Entertainment Weekly has released a really fascinating drawing that has the entire epic final battle for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies all drawn out. This epic finale is being reported to have a length of 45 minutes which is a long time for a battle scene so you know that there is going to be a lot going on. While talking to Entertainment Weekly Peter Jackson touched on the scale of the attack and how it was approached as well as the logistics of bringing such a large battle to the screen.
"There’s a lot of logistics that have to be thought through. We have dwarves and men and elves and orcs, all with different cultures, with different weapons, and different shields and patterns and tactics."
"Before we could loose the first arrow, we had to design the landscape itself and figure out, ‘Okay, if we have 10,000 orcs, how much room are they going to take up?’‘Are they going to fill up the valley or look like a speck?’ Then we could start drawing the arrows on the schematics."
"We have a rule that we’re not allowed to go more than two or three shots of anonymous people fighting without cutting back to our principal characters. Otherwise the audience just ends up with battle fatigue."
I have loved all of the Middle Earth films and this is one film and scene that I am really excited about. This is the moment that everything has been building up to.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies will be in theaters on December 17, 2014.
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Get your first full body look at Ultron from Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron!

The first full body promo art image of Ultron from the upcoming Marvel film Avengers: Age of Ultron has been released and he looks fantastic! I am beyond excited for this film and the trailer was amazing. James Spader as the voice of Ultron was creepy in the best way possible and I am really excited.

If you haven't seen the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer yet watch it here.

Source: Spoid

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - "The Trail" opening cinematic! [video]

The opening cinematic to the video game The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has just been released and it looks great! The cinematic is titled "The Trail" and it features witchers Geralt of Rivia and his mentor Vesemir tracking down Geralt’s long lost love, Yennefer of Vengerberg.
"Foreshadowing the story of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, The Trail Opening Cinematic is an epic sneak peek into the adventure that awaits gamers in Wild Hunt. See witchers Geralt of Rivia and his mentor Vesemir pursue Geralt’s long lost love, the immensely powerful, raven-black-haired sorceress -- Yennefer of Vengerberg."
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will hit store shelves for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on February 24, 2015.

Source: YouTube - The Witcher

Thursday, October 23, 2014

New Nintendo video introduces how to use Amiibo for Super Smash Bros. Wii U! [video]

Following an in depth Nintendo Direct for the upcoming Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Nintendo has released a new video that introduces how their new Amiibo characters can be used with the game. The video is all kinds of cheesy yet still fun to watch. Enjoy!

Source: YouTube - Nintendo

My New York Comic Con 2014 experience.

New York Comic has come and gone and it left New York City in a wake of geek awesomeness. Judging from the attendance number of 151,000 (21,000 more than San Diego Comic Con and the second year running it has beaten San Diego) it was a smash hit!

You can take a look at all photos from the convention in my NYCC 2014 Flickr album.

First things first, one of the big differences this year was the clearing of the Main Stage room which was a new policy this year. The change was much appreciated by all and this change by New York Comic Con and ReedPop marked the first year that they cleared the main stage after every panel. If you wanted to see a Main Stage panel you had to line up to receive a wrist band. Each panel in the Main Stage room had their own separate lines forcing people to choose which panels they wanted to see and prioritize them. Once you had a wrist band you could get on a new line for a chance to get another wrist band for a different panel. Once you had your wrist bands you could leave and come back later without worry about getting into the panel. Though depending on how close you wanted to be you still had to show up a little early.

Cosplayers definitely brought their A-game this year and it was a lot of fun to see the amazing work that was brought to the convention this year. Whether they were entering the Eastern Championships of Cosplay or just having fun showing off cosplays that they have worked hard on all year, the smiles on everyone's faced showed how much fun they were having. I have been cosplaying for a number of years now so this is always a huge part of the convention for me. This year I wore just two cosplays; Nathan Drake from Uncharted and my own Jedi character (a blind Jedi) from Star Wars.
To see all the great cosplays I was able to get photos of check out my NYCC 2014 Flickr album.

Source: YouTube - theAwayCast

There was a wonderful mix of vendors this year on the show floor that offered just about everything that you could be looking for which was incredible. The one thing you couldn't find however was gaming demos. Sure there were one or two but with big companies like Nintendo, Rockstar, and others pulling out of New York Comic Con this year it felt odd. During the hustle and bustle of the convention I actually barely noticed that they weren't there this year but when I got to stop and think about it it just felt weird not seeing them there. I also miss the awesome free swag that they would give away! Isles on the show floor also seemed to be a little bigger which (at times) helped with the crowding of them.

The Artist Alley had some really nice things this year but on the whole it seemed as though artists didn't have too many new pieces this year. That fact aside, I think the most disappointing thing about the Artist Alley is that about half the artists left and closed their table by 7pm which is just ridiculous. The Show Floor closed at 7pm and the Artist Alley closed at 8pm. This means when the Show Floor closes that there will be a lot of people flooding over to the Artist Alley which is still open for another hour. I just feel that a lot of artists lost a lot of money by deciding to close up before 7pm.

Panels were very well run this year and I really enjoyed those that I attended. The moderating was great and the guest list was impressive. Thank you for that, New York Comic Con.

At the end of the day, New York Comic Con 2014 was truly a smash hit and I thoroughly enjoyed my weekend. The ticket purchasing portion may be stressful as anything but once you are there it is an amazingly fun experience. I for one love the convention atmosphere and will continue to attend NYCC for many years to come.

Again, to see all the photos I took over the course of the four day weekend, take a look at my NYCC 2014 Flickr album. Be sure to like and comment if you see something you enjoy. Thank you!

Lady Killers - Sexy Freddy and Jason are your best / worst dream! [video]

Nerdist and Scream Factory teamed up to create a new Halloween video that features a fun twist on some classic horror villains. Watch as a comic shop clerk falls asleep and finds himself in a dream filled with sexy killers. The video features Adrianne Curry as Lady Freddy, Abby Dark-Star as Lady Jason, LeeAnna Vamp as Lady Ash, Matt Bennett as the clerk, Andrew Bowser as the manager, and Jason Ritter as the costumer.

Curious question - is Adrianne Curry still someone people like to see?

Source: YouTube - Nerdist

Amazing jack-o-lantern is carved into the TARDIS interior from Doctor Who!

Take a look at this amazing Halloween jack-o-lantern carved out to look like the TARDIS from Doctor Who!

Source: Twitter - Foot Pound Force

Check out the all new Avengers: Age of Ultron poster!

If you missed the amazing trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron, check it out here. In the meantime you can take a look at the all new poster for the film below. This film looks like it is going to be simply incredible!

Avengers: Age of Ultron will smash into theaters on May 1, 2015.

Source: Newsarama

How It Should Have Ended - Bonus scenes for Man of Steel, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Star Wars - The Phantom Menace, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier! [video]

I'll never get tired of these "How It Should Have Ended" videos!
"Often we write too many sketches when creating a HISHE and some scenes get left out. Sometimes they are cut because it didn't fit the flow of the main video. Sometimes they are cut because they aren't finished in time. Well rather than let them collect dust we bundled them all together in one collection so you can see those extra scenes that might have been."

Source: YouTube - How It Should Have Ended