New from Amazon

SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 18, 2016-- (NASDAQ:AMZN) -This weekend, Amazon Prime members can enjoy a totally new way to shop this holiday during the first-ever voice shopping weekend. Starting today through November 21, voice shopping weekend will feature exclusive deals on some of the most popular gifts for everyone in the family. Prime members can take advantage of voice shopping exclusive deals on their Alexa enabled device simply by asking "Alexa, what are your deals?" each day or by visiting www.amazon.com/alexadeals. Order using your voice on Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Amazon Tap, Amazon Fire HD tablet, or Amazon Fire TV.

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"This is the first holiday that Prime members will be able to use their voice to shop and we're excited to offer exclusive deals they won't find anywhere else," said Assaf Ronen, Vice President Voice Shopping. "Voice shopping with Alexa takes the hassle out of the holidays, giving customers the ability to order from millions of items simply by saying the word. And, the fun doesn't stop after this weekend. Make sure to ask 'Alexa, what are your deals?' every day because we'll have exciting deals throughout the holiday season and beyond."

"Alexa, what are your deals?"

Prime customers have exclusive access to amazing deals during voice shopping weekend with Alexa:

  • Save $50 on an Amazon Tap - say, "Alexa, order an Amazon Tap"
  • Save $80 on a 32-inch Samsung 1080p LED TV - say, "Alexa, order a Samsung TV"
  • Save $30 on a Sphero Star Wars BB-8 App controlled robot - say, "Alexa, order a Star Wars robot"
  • Save $15 on a Philips Hue LED Starter Kit with 2 Bulbs & Hue Bridge Hub - works with Amazon Alexa - say, "Alexa, order a Hue Starter Kit"
  • Save $80 on Beyerdynamic Limited Edition Headphones - say, "Alexa, order studio headphones"
  • Save $130 on a 10-piece All-Clad stainless steel cookware set - say, "Alexa, order an All-Clad cookware set"
  • Save $10 on LEGO Classic Large Creative Brick Box - say, "Alexa, order a Lego Classic Brick Box."
  • Save 30% on a 48-pack of Amazon Basics AA batteries - say, "Alexa, order AA batteries"
  • Save 35% on Lindt Lindor Milk Chocolate Truffles - say, "Alexa, order Lindor truffles"

All prices available on select dates at select times between November 18 and November 21 while supplies last. Additionally, save up to 40% on everyday essentials, plus other great gifts for car-lovers, pet-lovers, kids, and everyone on your holiday shopping list. Plus, the great deals will continue throughout the holiday season, with Alexa-exclusive deals on Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and every day in November and December. Customers who purchase an Alexa deal at $10 or more in value between now and Cyber Monday will also receive a bonus $5 Amazon gift card while supplies last.

Voice Order From Tens of Millions of Products

Voice shopping with Alexa allows customers to shop for tens of millions of Prime-eligible items. Available on the Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Amazon Tap, Amazon Fire HD tablet, and Amazon Fire TV, it's as simple as saying, "Alexa, order [product]" -- Alexa will find a well-priced product that ships with Prime. Just say, "yes" to buy it. To shop with Alexa, customers must be Prime members with "1-click" enabled.

Doctor Who Christmas Special hits theaters once again

 

THE NEW DOCTOR WHO CHRISTMAS SPECIAL

THE RETURN OF DOCTOR MYSTERIO

IN CINEMAS FOR TWO NIGHTS ONLY DECEMBER 27 & 29, 2016

 

EVENT TO FEATURE EXCLUSIVE BONUS CONTENT:  A NEW KIND OF SUPERHERO & DOCTOR WHO EXTRA

 

NEW YORK, NY — November 16, 2016 — BBC Worldwide North America and Fathom Events announce their last theatrical event of 2016, the Doctor Who Christmas Special, The Return of Doctor Mysterio, in movie theaters nationwide for two nights only on Tuesday, December 27 and Thursday, December 29, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. local time both days.

 

The event will include the full 60-minute special plus two exclusive bonus features, A New Kind of Superhero, giving a special inside look at Doctor Who’s concept of a modern superhero, and a special Christmas Doctor Who Extra, showing the making of this year’s special, with appearances by stars Peter Capaldi and Matt Lucas, and showrunner and executive producer Steven Moffat

 

Tickets for the 2016 Doctor Who Christmas Special can be purchased online beginning Friday, November 18, 2016 by visiting www.FathomEvents.com or participating theater box offices. The event is expected to show in nearly 400 movie theaters through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network. For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

 

Join the Doctor, played by Peter Capaldi, as he teams up with an investigative journalist, played by Charity Wakefield (Wolf Hall, The Player), and a superhero to save New York from a deadly alien threat. Written by Steven Moffat, the special stars Justin Chatwin (Orphan Black, Shameless) as Grant, along with Matt Lucas (Alice in Wonderland, Bridesmaids), Adetomiwa Edun (Lucifer, Bates Motel),Aleksandar Jovanovic and Logan Hoffman

 

The Return of Doctor Mysterio will be an excellent way for fans to celebrate the holidays in true Whovian style,” said Soumya Sriraman, EVP, Franchise and Digital Enterprises, BBC Worldwide North America.

 

Doctor Who fans are one of our most dedicated audiences, and we expect they will show up in full force for this holiday special,” said Fathom Events Vice President of Programming Kymberli Frueh. “There’s no better way to enjoy this content than on the big screen and among fellow fans.”

The Doctor Who Christmas Special will air on BBC AMERICA on Christmas Day. It is executive produced by Brian Minchin, produced by Peter Bennett, and directed by Ed Bazalgette (Poldark). It was shot in Cardiff at BBC Wales Roath Lock Studios. Doctor Who is produced by BBC Studios Wales.

 

AMC The Walking Dead

Taken from a press release for AMC's The Walking Dead

“THE WALKING DEAD” RETURNS AS THE BIGGEST SHOW ON TELEVISION FOR THE FIFTH CONSECUTIVE SEASON

SEASON SEVEN PREMIERE GROWS IN TOTAL VIEWERS AND KEY DEMOS FROM THE SEASON SIX PREMIERE AND FINALE

IN NIELSEN LIVE+3 RATINGS, SEASON SEVEN PREMIERE DELIVERS 20.8 MILLION TOTAL VIEWERS, 13.2 MILLION ADULTS 18-49 AND 13 MILLION ADULTS 25-54

EXPANDED 90-MINUTE “TALKING DEAD” IS HIGHEST-RATED TALKING DEAD EVER IN ADULTS 25-54 AND SECOND HIGHEST IN TOTAL VIEWERS AND ADULTS 18-49, DELIVERING 8.7 MILLION TOTAL VIEWERS, 5.4 MILLION ADULTS 18-49 AND 5.5 MILLION ADULTS 25-54

LINEAR RATINGS ACCOMPANIED BY RECORD DIGITAL VIEWERSHIP, NEARLY 2.5 MILLION VIEWS TO DATE AND GROWING

The premiere had many fans on pins and needles. Are we surprised that TWD has that many viewers? No we're not. We here at the FGZ were waiting to see who Negan took out and we were not disappointed. The psychological trama that was inflicted on Rick alone should be enough to keep viewers coming back to see what will happen next. Stay tuned to the Fangirl Zone and Hollow9ine for more reactions and podcasts.  

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We humbly apologize

We here at the Fangirl Zone have to apologize for our lack of news coverage. We were so focused on podcasting that we failed our fans with new content. We want to thank everyone for sticking with us during the summer when we slacked off due to vacations and conflicting schedules. We vow to work harder at bringing you new content and information that you want. Thank you for your continued support and we hope you enjoy what we bring in the future. 

American Gods cast additons

Starz and FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) announced  that Orlando Jones (“Madiba,” “Sleepy Hollow”) will play Mr. Nancy in the upcoming adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed contemporary fantasy novel, American Gods

 Jones will play Mr. Nancy, the old African trickster god more commonly known as Anansi, and one of Mr. Wednesday’s (Ian McShane) oldest confidantes. Like Wednesday, Nancy is ready to bring this new America (and its new gods) to its knees, desperate to light a fire and watch the whole world burn. 

 In 2015, Jones co-founded the immersive content studio Legion of Creatives with former Disney executive Jay Williams and writer/producer Noam Dromi. The company is producing a wide range of multi-platform programs including the original series “High School 51”, created by Star Trek, Transformers, and Amazing Spiderman 2 writer/producer Roberto Orci.

 Later this year he'll be seen in the independent feature film The Devil and The Deep Blue Sea as well as the film Tainted Love, based on the graphic novel-style action comedy, which he also wrote and produced. It's a first of its kind digital feature that is the launching pad for a unique narrative journey across multiple platforms.

Demore Barnes (“12 Monkeys”) has also been added to the cast as Mr. Ibis, the keeper of stories, past and present. 

 In the last two years Barnes has been juggling series regular and recurring roles on “Hemlock Grove” for Netflix, “Open Heart” for YTV and Nickelodeon as well as “12 Monkeys” for Syfy network.  He had a 2 episode arc on “Defiance” for Syfy and a guest starring role on “The Flash” for the CW.

Jones and Barnes join previously announced stars Ricky Whittle (Shadow Moon), Ian McShane (Mr. Wednesday), Emily Browning (Laura Moon), Pablo Schreiber (Mad Sweeney), Yetide Badaki (Bilquis), Bruce Langley (Technical Boy), Crispin Glover (Mr. World), Jonathan Tucker (Low Key Lyesmith), Gillian Anderson (Media), Peter Stormare (Czernobog), and Cloris Leachman (Zorya Vechernyaya). 

American Gods has been translated into over 30 languages and earned numerous accolades including Hugo, Nebula and Bram Stoker Awards for Best Novel. The plot posits a war brewing between old and new gods: the traditional gods of mythological roots from around the world steadily losing believers to an upstart pantheon of gods reflecting society’s modern love of money, technology, media, celebrity and drugs. Its protagonist, Shadow Moon, is an ex-con who becomes bodyguard and traveling partner to Mr. Wednesday, a conman but in reality one of the older gods, on a cross-country mission to gather his forces in preparation to battle the new deities.  

 “American Gods” is produced by FremantleMedia North America. Bryan Fuller (“Hannibal,” “Pushing Daisies,” “Heroes”) and Michael Green (“The River,” “Kings,” “Heroes”) are writers and showrunners. David Slade (“Hannibal,” “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse”) is directing the pilot and additional episodes. FMNA’s Craig Cegielski and Stefanie Berk are executive producing the series along with Fuller, Green, Slade and Neil Gaiman. Senior Vice Presidents of Original Programming Marta Fernandez and Ken Segna are the Starz executives in charge of “American Gods.” Starz retains all network pay TV and SVOD rights to the project. FremantleMedia is distributing the series worldwide.

Fans can tweet @AmericanGodsSTZ, @STARZ_Channel and @FMNATV and join the conversation with #AmericanGods.

 

New marvel Character: Mosaic

Introducing…MOSAIC!
Newest Marvel Character to Headline Ongoing Series This Fall!

 Coming this fall, Marvel Comics continues to break new ground as we welcome the newest character into the Marvel fold. Launching as part of the upcoming Marvel NOW! initiative, we are pleased to announce MOSAIC #1 – a brand-new ongoing series from American screenwriter and novelist, Geoffrey Thorne (Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man) and artist extraordinaire, Khary Randolph (Deadpool: The Gauntlet, Tech Jacket)!

“To say that Morris will have a long, hard road to travel to become a hero is an understatement,” says Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso. “One minute, Mosaic holds the world in the palm of his hand, the next, he has absolutely nothing, except for powers that will transform him into one of the Marvel Universe's most complex characters -- powers that , if not properly harnessed, will feel more like a curse.”

Mosaic centers on Morris Sackett – professional basketball player and celebrity. Loved by millions, hated by his teammates. Only Morris is secretly something else – something Inhuman. Coming into contact with the transformative Terrigen Mists has given Morris spectacular new abilities. Imbued with the ability to jump from person-to-person like a ghost, Morris can control the bodies and memories of those he inhabits. But these fantastic new abilities come at a grave cost. Recognized as an all-star athlete, Morris has worked his whole adult life to raise his body to peak physical form, but after his transformation, his living body is no more, and Morris must now rely on other bodies to survive.

“Morris goes from being one of the most famous people in the world to being no one,” says Executive Editor Nick Lowe. “Now he not only has to do time in the bodies of people he never even would have noticed, but also deep into Marvel Universe events!”

Fans eager to meet Mosaic won’t have to wait long – as the character’s highly anticipated first appearance comes to comic shops next week in UNCANNY INHUMANS #11. Plus, ahead of his ongoing series, fans can experience a 10-page Mosaic origin story from Thorne & Randolph which will be available for free on August 6th at all Barnes & Noble stores nationwide, as part of their Get Pop-Cultured event.

MOSAIC #1 comes to comic shops and digital devices everywhere this October! For more on Mosaic and Marvel NOW!, visit Marvel.com.

MOSAIC #1
Written by GEOFFREY THORNE
Art by KHARY RANDOLPH
Cover by STUART IMMONEN
Variant Cover by KHARY RANDOLPH
On Sale in October!

To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook. 

About Marvel: Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world's most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit www.marvel.com © MARVEL 2016

HBO upcoming shows

HBO has confirmed fall debuts for the new series WESTWORLD, DIVORCE, INSECURE and HIGH MAINTENANCE.

            The one-hour drama series WESTWORLD (ten episodes) is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin. Set at the intersection of the near future and the reimagined past, it explores a world in which every human appetite, no matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged. The cast includes Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Tessa Thompson, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Jimmi Simpson, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Ben Barnes, Simon Quarterman, Angela Sarafyan, Luke Hemsworth and Clifton Collins, Jr. Inspired by the motion picture “Westworld,” written and directed by Michael Crichton. Production companies, Bad Robot Productions, Jerry Weintraub Productions and Kilter Films in association with Warner Bros. Television. Executive producer/writer/director, Jonathan Nolan; executive producer/writer, Lisa Joy; executive producers, J.J. Abrams, Jerry Weintraub, Bryan Burk.

            The half-hour comedy series DIVORCE (ten episodes) stars Sarah Jessica Parker, who also serves as an executive producer, as Frances, a woman who suddenly begins to reassess her life and her marriage, and finds that making a clean break and a fresh start is harder than she thought. The show also stars Thomas Haden Church, Molly Shannon, Talia Balsam, Tracy Letts, Sterling Jerins and Charlie Kilgore. Pilot episode written by Sharon Horgan; directed by Jesse Peretz. Series created by Sharon Horgan; executive produced by Paul Simms, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sharon Horgan, Alison Benson and Aaron Kaplan.

            The half-hour comedy series INSECURE (eight episodes), starring Issa Rae, Yvonne Orji, Jay Ellis and Lisa Joyce, looks at the friendship of two black women and their uncomfortable experiences and racy tribulations. Created and executive produced by Issa Rae, the show is also executive produced by Prentice Penny, Melina Matsoukas, Michael Rotenberg, Dave Becky and Jonathan Berry. Larry Wilmore serves as a consultant.

            The half-hour comedy series HIGH MAINTENANCE (six episodes) follows a Brooklyn pot dealer who delivers to clients with neuroses as diverse as the city. The show stars Ben Sinclair as “The Guy,” a friendly pot dealer whose clients include an eccentric group of characters, revealing the dynamics of their lives. From the unexpected and offbeat to the predictable and mundane, the series provides a glimpse into the daily routines of the customers and how they light things up. Created and written by the married duo of Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair, and executive produced by Katja Blichfeld, Russell Gregory and Ben Sinclair.

J-POP Summit 2016

J-POP SUMMIT 2016 ANNOUNCES A FUN VARIETY OF JAPANESE POP CULTURE INSPIRED SONG AND DANCE CONTESTS

 The San Francisco Bay Area’s Premiere Japanese Pop Culture Event Announces The Return Of J-POP IDOL Karaoke Contest, Odottemita Dance Contest And Popular Cosplay Masquerade; First-Ever “J-POP Queen” Drag Contest Also Announced

 San Francisco, CA, May 26, 2016 – J-POP SUMMIT 2016, one of the world’s biggest Japanese pop culture events, has detailed a fun and colorful variety of festival contests, open to attendees and set to be hosted and judged by notable festival Guests of Honor.

J-POP SUMMIT 2016 takes place Saturday and Sunday, July 23rd and 24th at the historic Fort Mason Center located inSan Francisco’s Marina district. This year, J-POP SUMMIT attendees will be able to experience a vibrant 2-Day celebration of Japanese pop-influenced culture including edgy fashion events, pop art exhibits, live music, interactive showcase and session, accented by ramen vendors, sake-tasting, and additional attractions also highlighted by celebrity Guests of Honor. Full details on 2016 J-POP SUMMIT are available at: www.J-POP.com.

Complementing this year’s dynamic live music program that features some of Japan’s hottest pop, rock and dance artists, J-POP SUMMIT 2016 will deliver a brand new edition of J-POP IDOL, karaoke contest with the support from The Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco. The participants are invited to pay tribute to their favorite Japanese pop stars. This year’s J-POP IDOL will be judged by featured Guest of Honor, pop stars, Silent Siren. The video submission period is from June 3rdto June 15th, and the winner will receive a special gift from Silent Siren, in person. Entry guidelines are available at: www.j-pop.com/j-pop-idol-contest-2016/.

J-POP SUMMIT 2016 is also proud to announce the launch of the festival’s first ever “J-POP Queen” Drag Contest that will feature special celebrity judge and Japanese drag royalty, Mitz Mangrove, and will be hosted by San Francisco’s most sought after gay icon D’Arcy Drollinger. Contestants are invited to empower their inner J-POP Queen and don their most extravagant costumes to compete with lip sync performances based on pop-inspired themes such as kimono, school-girl, cosplay, and Harajuku-looks. The submission period for performance videos runs from June 20th to June 30th. Full contest details and complete entry guidelines are available now at: www.j-pop.com/drag-contest.

Guest of Honor Mitz Mangrove is a celebrated Japanese TV personality and has used her gender fluidity, eloquent speech and powerful personality to help bring gay culture into the mainstream in Japan, smash stereotypes and redefine how it is perceived. Mitz Mangrive made her professional debut as a singer in 2011 through the Nippon Columbia label with the single,“Wakaitte Subarashii.” She is currently also an active member of the choral trio, Hoshikuzu Scat. Mitz Mangrove is also a star and host a variety of TV and radio shows, and has become a familiar face of everyday Japanese entertainment. For additional artist information, please visit: www.j-pop.com/guests/mitz-mangrove,

J-POP SUMMIT 2016 also celebrates the return of the Odottemita Dance Contest, an online dance phenomenon-inspired competition that has been part of the J-POP SUMMIT main stage program since 2011. This year, the competition will take the form of contestant created video submissions, with the pre-selected winners to the stage and perform as part of their prize. The contest will be judged by festival Guest of Honor and featured performers, GARNiDELiA. Join the competition now by submitting a dance video. The winner will receive an exclusive gift from GARNiDELiA in person. Entry guidelines are available at: www.j-pop.com/odottemita-dance-contest-2016/

Finally, attendees are invited to join in, or simply witness the creativity and colorful spectacle of the JPOP SUMMIT 2016 Cosplay Masquerade, hosted by leading online cosplay community, Coskami. Winners will receive special prizes from JPOP SUMMIT 2016 co-host Coskami. Pre-registration is ongoing at: www.j-pop.com/cosplay-contest-2016/

About J-POP SUMMIT

J-POP SUMMIT is one of the world’s biggest Japanese pop culture events, held every summer in San Francisco, CA. By introducing the latest in Japanese music, fashion, film, art, games, tech-innovations, anime, food, as well as niche subcultures, the festival has become a landing platform for new trends from Japan.

Official website: www.j-pop.com

Official YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/JPOPSUMMIT/featured

VIZ MEDIA EXPANDS THE POKÉMON HOME MEDIA CATALOG WITH THE RELEASE OF POKÉMON: JOHTO LEAGUE CHAMPIONSSET

Substantial New Set Features 6 DVDs Containing 52 Action-Packed Anime Adventures With Brock, Misty, Ash And Pikachu In The Johto Region

 San Francisco, CA, May 31, 2016 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, delivers fresh new POKÉMON home media to fans with the release today of the POKÉMON: JOHTO LEAGUE CHAMPIONS - THE COMPLETE COLLECTION.

The hefty set includes 6 DVDs, featuring a total of 52 episodes, of the massively popular anime adventure property. POKÉMON: JOHTO LEAGUE CHAMPIONS – THE COMPLETE COLLECTION is rated ‘TV-Y7,’ for viewers ages 7 and older, and will carry an MSRP of $49.99 U.S. / CAN.

In the latest episodes, from the sprawling metropolis of Goldenrod City to the icy peak of Snowtop Mountain, the Johto region presents Ash, Misty, and Brock with exciting new adventures—along with a few familiar faces like their old friends Todd, Duplica, and Suzie! Johto’s rich past means plenty of Pokémon mysteries for our heroes to solve, and its exciting present means some tough challenges—Ash tackles three more Gyms, while handling competitions like the Pokémon Sumo Conference along the way.

POKÉMON is one of the most successful international entertainment franchises of all time. More than 275 million POKÉMON video game titles and over 21.5 billion Pokémon Trading Cards have been sold in more than 74 countries in addition to substantial publishing and merchandise sales. VIZ Media is the official North American distributor for a wide variety of POKÉMON home media releases including animated series and films and also publishes a variety of POKÉMON manga graphic novel series including POKÉMON ADVENTURES, POKÉMON ADVENTURES: FireRed & LeafGreen, POKÉMON ADVENTURES: EMERALD, POKÉMON ADVENTURES: DIAMOND & PEARL/PLATINUM, POKÉMON ADVENTURES: HeartGold & SoulSilver, POKÉMON ADVENTURES: BLACK & WHITE and POKÉMON ADVENTURES X•Y.

For more information on other POKÉMON manga and anime titles from VIZ Media, please visit www.VIZ.com.

About VIZ Media, LLC

Established in 1986, VIZ Media is the premier company in the field of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing. Along with its popular digital magazine WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP and blockbuster properties like NARUTO, DRAGON BALL, SAILOR MOON, and POKÉMON, VIZ Media offers an extensive library of titles and original content in a wide variety of book and video formats, as well as through official licensed merchandise. Owned by three of Japan's largest publishing and entertainment companies, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media is dedicated to bringing the best titles for English-speaking audiences worldwide.

 Learn more about VIZ Media and its properties at www.VIZ.com.

Starz original show- Outlander

 

STARZ RENEWS HIT SERIES “OUTLANDER” WITH “BOOK THREE” AND “BOOK FOUR” COMMITMENT

 Starz Greenlights Two More Books of “Outlander”

Based on Diana Gabaldon’s International Bestselling Novels

Voyager and Drums of Autumn

 Beverly Hills, Calif., June 1, 2016 – Starz Chief Executive Officer Chris Albrecht announced today the network has ordered “Book Three” and “Book Four” for the Golden Globe®-nominated STARZ Original series “Outlander,” the critically-acclaimed original series executive produced by Ronald D. Moore and adapted from Diana Gabaldon’s international bestselling books. Once again partnering with Sony Pictures Television, this is the first multi-book pickup for “Outlander,” assuring the series will run for several more years. The highly-anticipated second installment of the series premiered on STARZ in April 2016.

 “Book Three” will be based on the third of the eight books in the Outlander series, entitled Voyager, followed by “Book Four” based on the fourth book in the series, Drums of Autumn.

 CEO of Starz Chris Albrecht said, “’Outlander’ is like nothing seen before on television. From its depiction of a truly powerful female lead character, to the devastating decimation of the Highlander way of life, to what is a rarely seen genuine and timeless love story, it is a show that not only transports the viewer, but inspires the passion and admiration of its fans. On this 25th anniversary of the publication of the first book in the U.S., we are thrilled and honored to be able to continue the story that began with author Diana Gabaldon, and is brought to life by the incredibly talented Ronald D. Moore. There are no better storytellers for ‘Outlander’ than this team, both in front and behind the camera.”

 “The world of Jamie and Claire is expansive and emotionally complex. The audience has rewarded Outlander with their praise and loyalty, and we know we will deliver the best seasons yetin the years ahead,” said Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg , Presidents, U.S. Programming and Production, Sony Pictures Television. “Starz has been an incredible partner and has truly helped shape this into one of the most iconic premiere series on the air today.”

 “Outlander” received three 2016 Golden Globe® nominations, including Best Drama Series, Best Lead Actress and Best Supporting Actor. Fans recently named “Outlander” the “Most Bingeworthy Show of 2016” at the Critics’ Choice Awards®, as well as Favorite Cable Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show and Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress for Caitriona Balfe at the 2016 People’s Choice Awards®. The series also received a Costume Designers Guild Awards® (CDGA) nomination this year.

 The first 16-episode run of “Outlander,” filmed on location in Scotland, debuted in August 2014 with the season averaging 5 million multiplatform viewers per episode and regularly ranking in the top 10 weekly cable programs among women throughout the season. “Outlander” ranks in the Top 5 Daily Nielsen Twitter TV Ratings every week.

 The “Outlander” second season premiere episode more than doubled viewing as compared to the “Outlander” first season premiere episode, setting a new STARZ record for an original series/season premiere (on a Live +SD, Live +3, and Live +7 basis). Through seven episodes in season 2, the series has also been a top two rated show across all of cable among women 18+ (Nielsen Live +3 F18+ ratings). (SOURCE: Starz internal data, Nielsen Npower, and Nielsen Twitter Ratings).

 About “Outlander”

The "Outlander" series spans the genres of romance, science fiction, history, and adventure in one epic tale. It follows the story of Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe), a married combat nurse from 1945, who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743. Upon her arrival, she is thrown into an unknown world where her freedom and her life, are threatened. But when she is forced to marry Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan), a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, a passionate relationship is ignited. Now, Claire's heart is torn between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

 The second installment of “Outlander” begins as Claire and Jamie arrive in France, hell-bent on infiltrating the Jacobite rebellion led by Prince Charles Stuart, and stopping the battle of Culloden. With the help of his cousin Jared, a local wine merchant, Jamie and Claire are thrown into the lavish world of French society, where intrigue and parties are abundant, but political gain proves far less fruitful. Altering the course of history presents challenges that begin to weigh on the very fabric of their relationship. However, armed with the knowledge of what lies ahead, Claire and Jamie must race to prevent a doomed Highland uprising, and the extinction of Scottish life as they know it.

 Executive Producer Ronald D. Moore (“Battlestar Galactica,” “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation”) developed the series adaptation for “Outlander.”

 Diana Gabaldon’s eight-book series has sold more than 26 million copies worldwide and all eight books in the series have graced the New York Times best-sellers list. The “Outlander” series spans the genres of romance, science fiction, history, and adventure in one grandiose tale.

 “Outlander” is produced by Tall Ship Productions, Story Mining and Supply company, and Left Bank Pictures in association with Sony Pictures Television.

 Starz retains all domestic multiplatform pay TV rights to the original series.

 For more information, visit the official Outlander Facebook Page and follow @Outlander_Starz on Twitter and Instagram. Join the conversation with #Outlander and #STARZ. 

Fan of the hit HBO show Six Feet Under?

HBO will mark the 15th anniversary of the debut of SIX FEET UNDER with a marathon of the entire run of the hit drama series on HBO2, presenting all 63 episodes back-to-back starting Thursday, June 2 at 11:00 p.m. (ET/PT), and concluding Sunday, June 5 at 12:20 p.m. Check your local listings for correct channel and time.

Fresh Digital Anime Action Update For May Detailed By VIZ Media

VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES A SUBSTANTIAL DIGITAL ANIME UPDATE FOR MAY

 Catch The Latest Streamed Episodes Of All New JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE And TERRAFORMARS, HUNTER X HUNTER Subs, As Well As New SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL And NARUTO SHIPPUDEN Simulcasts

VIZ Media moves into May with a brand new digital anime update highlighted by a variety of exciting new premieres and simulcast episodes.

This month offers new Season 3 episodes from BAKUMAN, new Season 1 adventures of HUNTER X HUNTER, the continuing supernatural action of Season 3 of JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE: DIAMOND IS UNBREAKABLE as well as newly added Season 2 episodes of the tense sci-fi horror drama, TERRAFORMARS REVENGE.

New SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL and NARUTO SHIPPUDEN simulcast premieres round out the latest digital content update.

New anime content for May includes:

 BAKUMAN

·         The creators of DEATH NOTE return with this inspiring tale about the power of dreams. Students Mashiro and Takagi aspire to become professional manga artists. As they team up to pursue their goal, the pair learns what it takes to make it in the manga industry, sharing laughs, tears, romance, the devastation of failure and the glory of success along the way.

·         BAKUMAN’s final season concludes with the addition of subtitled Episodes 51-75. Enjoy the entire series, Episodes 1-75, now!

 HUNTER X HUNTER

·         The supernatural action adventure of HUNTER X HUNTER Season 1 continues throughout May with newly added Episodes 40-52. Episodes are available to stream in their entirety featuring brand new subtitles that are true to VIZ Media’s original translations of the manga series by Yoshihiro Togashi.

JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE: DIAMOND IS UNBREAKABLE

·         This new story arc sees Jotaro Kujoh traveling to a town called Morioh to meet Josuke, the secret love child of his grandfather, Joseph Joestar! The two JoJo's soon discover that new Stand users are appearing all across town, threatening the lives of the innocent! 

  • Don’t miss the JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE Season 3 subtitled premiere with new episodes added every Friday.

·         Season 3, Episode 5 premieres on May 6th, Episode 6 on May 13th, followed by Episode 7 on May 20th and Episode 8 on May 27th.

NARUTO SHIPPUDEN

·         Brand new weekly simulcasts of the latest action packed NARUTO SHIPPUDEN episodes are scheduled to take place every Thursday throughout May.

·         Catch Episode 459 on May 12th, followed by Episode 460 on May 19th, Episode 461 on May 26th and Episode 462 on June 2nd.

SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL

·         Don’t miss the dubbed premiere of Episode 26 on May 6th!

·         Enjoy the all-new SUBBED streams of SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL throughout May with a brand new simulcast episode every Monday.

·         SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL Season 3 action continues with Episodes 31-35 available to stream this month.

·         Watch Episode 31 on May 2nd, followed Episode 32 on May 9th, Episode 33 on May 16th, Episode 34 on May 23rd and Episode 35 on May 30th.

TERRAFORMARS REVENGE

·         Based on the hit manga sci-fi series, TERRAFORMARS REVENGE takes place in the far future where humanity terraforms Mars in order to resolve Earth's growing overpopulation problem... But an unintended side effect of the process has unleashed a horror no one could ever have imagined! 

·         Catch the streaming premiere of Season 2, Episodes 5-8 this month.

·         Episode 5 will premiere on May 6th, followed by Episode 6 on May 13th, Episode 7 on May 20th and Episode 8 on May 27th.

VIZ Media’s consolidated online destination for FREE streaming anime content in the U.S. has over 4,200 subtitled and English dubbed episodes and movies from more than 36 series! VIZ Media’s streaming content also reaches an expansive on-demand U.S.-based audience on Hulu, which enables viewers to watch shows anytime, anywhere across devices including Xbox One, PlayStation®4, Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, and mobile devices. A full list of Hulu -enabled devices can be found at http://www.hulu.com/plus/devices.

Additional information on VIZ Media’s streaming anime is available at: http://www.viz.com/anime/streaming/.

New York Asian Film Fest

Here's a sneak peek of what is going to be showing at the New York Asian Film Fest. I am really jealous of everyone that is going to make it and sad that I won't be able to hit NYC for the Fest.

Sailor Moon Crystal Set 1

VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES HOME MEDIA RELEASE OF SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL SET 1

 Series Based On The Classic SAILOR MOON Manga Arrives This Summer As A Limited Edition Combo Pack With 14 Uncut Episodes; Pre-Orders Available Now!

 

San Francisco, CA, May 6, 2016 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest distributor, publisher and licensor of anime and manga in North America, will delight anime fans as it announces the anticipated home media release this summer of SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL SET 1.

Scheduled for release on August 16th, SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL SET 1 will be available as a special Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack as well as a multi-disc Standard Edition DVD Set. Pre-orders are available from a variety of leading outlets and online retailers beginning today. Fans that pre-order from Rightstuf.com will receive a special acrylic sun-catcher featuring the Sailor Guardian team (while supplies last).

Anime fans can dive into all the action of the first 14 episodes of the acclaimed reboot of the classic anime series based on Naoko Takeuchi's original Sailor Moon manga series along with a host of extra bonus features. Uncut English dubbed as well as Japanese subtitled dialogue options are offered on both formats. The SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL SET 1 Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack will carry an MSRP of $79.99 U.S. / $99.99 CAN; the Standard Edition DVD will carry an MSRP of $39.99 U.S. / $51.99 CAN.   

The Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack contains a deluxe, 4-disc collection (2 DVDs & 2 Blu-rays), packaged with an exclusive chipboard box with specialty printing. The Combo Pack also contains 7 full-color collectible art cards and a premium full-color art booklet featuring episode summaries and more. Bonus content includes series trailers, a digital art gallery and a special “Introduction to SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL” featurette with the English voice actors. Blu-ray episodes are presented in 1080p HD video format from the Japanese home video masters.

The SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL SET 1 Standard DVD Set features 4 discs with beautifully illustrated variant O-card packaging and specialty foil printing. Episodes will be presented in 480p standard video format.

Naoko Takeuchi’s landmark series, Sailor Moon, returns for a new generation! Sailor Moon Crystal tells the story of Usagi Tsukino, an awkward teenage girl whose life is turned upside-down when she becomes Sailor Moon, guardian of justice and the Legendary Silver Crystal. With Tokyo under constant threat from the dark forces of Queen Metalia, Usagi’s arrival couldn’t have come at a better time. And luckily, she won’t have to do it alone! Other Sailor Guardians are awakening to join in the fight and help Usagi answer the biggest question of all: What power does the Legendary Silver Crystal hold? 

Fans are also invited to enjoy the original, classic SAILOR MOON anime series available from VIZ Media as Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo Packs as well as a multi-disc Standard Edition DVD Sets.

For more information on SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL or other award-winning anime titles from VIZ Media, please visit www.VIZ.com.

I am a Hero

Check out the trailer for the new Dark Horse video comic I Am A Hero. It's the Walking Dead of Japan. The trailer looks great and I can't wait for it to be released.

Last Unicorn Kickstarter

Last Unicorn Kickstarter
Chicago— March 16, 2016— Today,  announced the launch of the , enabling comic book fans to help bring the plush to life.
“After the positive reception of the book and handmade Melvin plush, we wanted to have a chance to mass produce Melvin, which would allow us to extend the reach of the book and the character,” said Jack Gonzalez, Last Unicorn creator at .
The story was able to be printed thanks to a successful Kickstarter back in October of 2013. Since then, Out of Time Studio founders, Maria and Jack Gonzalez, have traveled across the country promoting the book and selling the handmade Melvin dolls sewn by Maria. The whole idea behind the “Last Unicorn” story was to break the taboo often associated with mental illness. The book follows Melvin, the Last Unicorn, as he fights to find a meaning in his life, while surviving the challenge of depression. “After being medically discharged from the military due to a neurological disease, I suffered through my own depression and turned to art as a way to channel those feelings of frustration and anger. I am astonished by the feedback the book has gotten thus far and to know that it has helped those in similar situations,” said Jack, “Being able to do something I love and also having an impact on someone’s personal struggle is beyond humbling.”  
The mood of the book is dark humor, which sets up for an interesting theme and contradiction where humor and sadness coexist with the main character, whose image of a unicorn is most commonly associated with an elegant, beautiful and pure creature. However, this image is shattered with Melvin’s own deeply disturbing mental illness and his struggle to cope.
It is that emotional conflict that has drawn people to the story and to Melvin. Out of Time Studios is committed in bringing his story to larger audiences by continuing Melvin’s journey with new adventures and incorporating new characters, with their own set of struggles and journeys. 
    
Availability is driven by customer demand of our Melvin Plush and is part of ’s commitment to bring quality products.  is currently active at: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/731950382/last-unicorn-melvin-plush until April 15th. 
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Loot crate High end experience

LOOT CRATE INTRODUCES FIRST MONTHLY HIGH-END CRATE EXPERIENCE: LOOT CRATE DX    

Company’s popular mystery subscription box goes to the next level with even more sought-after and high-quality collectibles, apparel, home goods and more for geeks, gamers and pop culture lovers

First crate to feature items from popular franchises such as Adventure Time, Legend of Zelda and World of Warcraft

LOS ANGELES, CA - March 21, 2016 - At Silicon Valley Comic-Con this weekend, Loot Crate™, the company that defined the monthly mystery subscription box category for geeks, gamers and pop culture lovers, today announced its newest monthly subscription, Loot Crate DX. Created especially for fans who are interested in higher-end products, merchandise and collectibles, Loot Crate DX takes the company’s flagship mystery box experience to the “next-level” by delivering even more exclusives and higher-quality geek and gamer gear from the biggest, newest and most sought after franchises.

The first Loot Crate DX monthly box will feature sought after collectibles from franchises such as Adventure Time, Legend of Zelda, and World of Warcraft. Each crate will follow Loot Crate’s inventive monthly theme and feature collectibles, apparel, home goods and more for a total retail value of over $100.00.

Fans can sign up for Loot Crate DX starting Monday March 21st, 2016 atwww.lootcrate.com/lcdx. Loot Crate DX is priced at $49.99 (including shipping and handling).

“Loot Crate was created to help give a voice to fans of pop culture around the World,” said Matthew Arevalo, co-founder and Chief Experience Officer at Loot Crate. “Those fans have told us they would like to see bigger, bolder and higher end offerings. This is our response, and we know Looters and soon to be Looters will be incredibly pleased with the result.”

In January of 2016, Loot Crate announced Loot Gaming, the company’s first monthly mystery box subscription dedicated to the biggest and best video game universes. Already, the first Loot Gaming crate, slated to ship in April, is sold out. Loot Crate’s new Anime line, now in partnership with Crunchy Roll, has also consistently sold out each month since launch. With more than a half million Looters for its flagship subscription service, Loot Crate has relationships with the hottest video game, entertainment and consumer product companies in the world, including Disney, Warner Bros., Nintendo, Activision, Minecraft, Bethesda and many more.

* Some but not all crates include wearables.

ABOUT LOOT CRATE
Loot Crate™ was founded in 2012 by an entrepreneurial team of geeks and gamers who thought that online retail was missing the sense of community, interactivity and mystery that we fell in love with at shows like Comic-Con and PAX. We emphasize phenomenal support and content, and include gear from some of the most respected entertainment and consumer product companies in the world.