Monday, November 30, 2015

Creature feature INDIGENOUS comes to VOD December 8th!

arrives on VOD December 8th from Momentum Pictures!

A group of five young friends travel from Los Angeles to exotic Panama for a week of partying in lush tropical paradise. Befriending a beautiful local woman in their hotel bar, they learn of a secret jungle hike to a pristine waterfall nearby. The woman cautions them strongly against the hike, warning that other gringos in search of the legendary waterfall had mysteriously disappeared into the jungle, never to be seen or heard from again.  

Ignoring her warnings, the group convinces the woman to guide them to the picturesque waterfall, thinking that they have nothing to fear with a local as their guide. What begins as a fun outing quickly turns terrifying when their guide mysteriously vanishes after a romantic tryst at the falls. As night closes in, the friends realize too late the truth behind her warnings - horrific, bloodthirsty, flesh-eating creatures are now stalking them. The mangled survivors rush to jungle caves for shelter, only to realize they’ve entered the monsters’ lair! 

Cast: Zachary Soetenga, Lindsey McKeon, Sofia Pernas, Pierson Fode, and Jamie Anderson
Directed by: Alastair Orr
Genre: Horror, Creature Feature, Found Footage
Distributor: Momentum Pictures


Marvel’s Hip-Hop Variants Return to Comic Shops For First Ever HIP-HOP VARIANT SAMPLER!

Marvel’s Hip-Hop Variants Return to

Comic Shops For First Ever HIP-HOP VARIANT SAMPLER!

Get 14 of the Most Popular Hip-Hop Variants with this FREE Sampler!


New York, NY—November 30th, 2015—As All-New All-Different Marvel charges ahead, bringing the comics industry the most-popular characters, the biggest creators, and more – this blockbuster initiative also brought fans the red-hot sold out Hip-Hop Variant covers. Today, Marvel is pleased to announce fans will have another chance to get their hands on some of these exiting homages with the Hip-Hop Variant Sampler! Hitting comic shops on January 6th, this FREEsampler will help kick off the new year with a bang, bringing 14 of the most popular Hip-Hop Variants so back to comic shops!


“The hip-hop variants were a really special initiative that caught fire in the outside world,” says Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso, speaking with the New York Times. “We thought this was a great opportunity to highlight that and make it available to fans for free.”


At the intersection of Marvel comics and the world of hip-hop, this unique line of variant covers inspired by some of the most iconic and well received albums of all time has garnered mass-media attention the world over. Now, Marvel is starting 2016 off by bringing these sold-out covers back to comic shops!


“The Hip-Hop Variant Sampler is our way of saying thank you to the fans, but also to the retailers who have made All-New, All-Different Marvel a massive success,” says Marvel SVP, Sales & Marketing David Gabriel. “With the Hip-Hop variant covers being such a huge draw, our goal is to draw fans back to their local comic shop after the holidays end.”


Featuring art by industry legends, rising stars, and creators behind some of the explosive new Marvel titles – this FREE sampler features the following 14 Hip-Hop Variants, reprinted and represented for fans:


·         Invincible Iron Man #1 by Brian Stelfreeze

·         Doctor Strange #1 by Juan Doe

·         Ms. Marvel #1 by Jenny Frison

·         Extraordinary X-Men #1 by Sanford Greene

·         Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #1 by Jeffrey Veregge

·         All-New, All-Different Avengers #1 by Jim Cheung

·         Amazing Spider-Man #1 by Mike Del Mundo

·         Contest of Champions #1 by Denys Cowan & Bill Sienkiewicz

·         Vision #1 by Vanesa Del Ray

·         All-New X-Men #1 by Ed Piskor

·         Web Warriors #1 by Damion Scott

·         All-New Inhumans #1 by Marco D’Alfonso

·         All-New Wolverine #1 by Keron Grant

·         Captain America: Sam Wilson #1 by Mahmud Asrar


Hip-Hop and Marvel unite once more, joining these two unique forces together to celebrate the exciting world of comics, and the sound of a generation. Missed out on these red-hot variants the first time? Run, don’t walk to your local comic shop to get your copy of the Hip-Hop Variant Sampler when it drops on January 6th!







San Francisco, CANovember 30, 2015 – VIZ Media and Wizards of the Coast have jointly announced the expansion of the Magic: The Gathering® publishing catalog with the addition of a second art book to the collection. Set for release in Summer 2016, THE ART OF MAGIC: THE GATHERING INNISTRAD will feature full color illustrations showcasing the mysteries of Innistrad – its peoples, provinces, and monsters.


In THE ART OF MAGIC: THE GATHERING  INNISTRAD, terror falls from the skies on blood-spattered wings and nameless horrors lurk in the shadows. These pages, lavishly illustrated with the award-winning art of Magic: The Gathering, are your entry into a world beset by terrible evils on all sides and betrayed by the hope it held most dear. Tread lightly as you follow the heroic Planeswalkers of the Gatewatch as they investigate these dark mysteries.


THE ART OF MAGIC: THE GATHERING  INNISTRADedition joins THE ART OF MAGIC: THE GATHERING ZENDIKAR, a previously announced art book set to debut in January 2016 from VIZ Media that will feature images from popular strategy card game Magic: The Gathering. The 240-page book will feature full color illustrations from some of Magic's best artists, such as Aleksi Briclot. MSRP will be $39.99 U.S. / $45.99 CAN. 

Throughout its 22-year history, Magic: The Gathering has visited many richly imaginative worlds through card sets and stories. In its newest set, Battle for Zendikar(, Magic returns to the fan-favorite world of Zendikar, where united tribes of elves, vampires, and humans battle the monstrous Eldrazi across strange floating ruins and beautiful landscapes. The Battle for Zendikar card set launched October 2, 2015. 


Innistrad is a favorite plane of Magic fans,” said Elaine Chase, Senior Director of Global Brand Strategy and Marketing for Magic: The Gathering“We are thrilled to be able to help fans and players explore it in a whole new way through this beautifully illustrated second art book, The Art of Magic: The Gathering – Innistrad.” 


We are very excited to work with the Wizards of the Coast team to release another exceptional art book,” says Beth Kawasaki, Senior Editorial Director, VIZ Media. “THE ART OF MAGIC: THE GATHERING  INNISTRAD is a wonderful companion to the THE ART OF MAGIC: THE GATHERING ZENDIKAR, which debuts early next year. We look forward to Magic fans and players exploring all of the exotic characters, worlds and monsters in these collectible new editions.”


THE ART OF MAGIC: THE GATHERING  INNISTRAD will be available at and other retail and hobby gaming stores worldwide Summer 2016.


Thursday, November 26, 2015

Hi Everyone.

Was a wonderful Thanksgiving this year. My father surprised me this morning with home made pancakes and then later today with my whole immediate family present, we enjoyed one of the best tasting turkeys I can remember having and I am not a huge turkey eater, but I certainly helped myself twice this evening. All in all it has been a beautiful Thanksgiving. I hope yours was too. Thank you.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Watch the official trailer for Terrence Malick's KNIGHT OF CUPS

Terrence Malick's KNIGHT OF CUPS starring Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett and Natalie Portman is in theatres starting March 4 from Broad Green Pictures
Director: Terrence Malick
Writer:  Terrence Malick
Producers: Nicolas Gonda, Sarah Green, Kenneth Kao
Executive Producers:  Glen Basner, Tanner Beard


Watch the official trailer for Terrence Malick's KNIGHT OF CUPS

Winter Is Coming Followed By A Dream Of Spring.

Monday, November 23, 2015

The Walk on Digital HD Dec.22 and Two-Disc Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray & DVD Jan. 5



“Breathtakingly gorgeous and well-acted…an exciting thrill ride.” ~ Richard Roeper, CHICAGO SUN TIMES


“A loving tribute to the World Trade Center towers” ~ Jaime N. Christley, SLANT MAGAZINE



From the Director of Forrest Gump & Cast Away

Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Sir Ben Kingsley, Charlotte Le Bon, 

James Badge Dale & Ben Schwartz


On Digital HD Dec. 22

and Two-Disc Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray & DVD Jan. 5


Loaded with Bonus Materials, Including Deleted Scenes 

& Three Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes



CULVER CITY, Calif. (Nov. 23, 2015) – Academy Award® winning Director Robert Zemeckis, (Best Director, Forrest Gump, 1994) uses cutting edge technology to bring to life the true story of THE WALK,debuting on Digital HD Dec. 22 and on Two-Disc 3D Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray and DVD Jan. 5 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Looper) stars as Philippe Petit, a young dreamer who brings together a band of unlikely recruits to achieve the impossible: a wire walk in the immense void between the World Trade Center towers. With little more than nerve and blind ambition, Petit and his ragtag crew overcome daunting physical obstacles, betrayals, countless close calls and overwhelming odds to beat the system and execute their mad plan. THE WALKalso stars Academy Award® winner Sir Ben Kingsley (Best Actor, Gandhi, 1982), Charlotte Le Bon (Yves Saint Laurent), James Badge Dale (World War Z) and Ben Schwartz (“Parks and Recreation”).


Bonus materials on THE WALK 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD include the featurette “Pillars of Support,” which spotlights the characters portrayed in the film by Sir Ben Kingsley, James Badge Dale and Charlotte Le Bon. The 3D Blu-ray and the Blu-ray are exclusively loaded with additional bonus materials, including deleted scenes and two behind-the-scenes featurettes. In “First Steps,” viewers witness Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s first steps on the wire during pre-production, as he learns to “walk the rope” from the legendary Philippe Petit. Viewers also hear the actor and his mentor speak to the physical and mental skills required to master this incredible skill. “The Amazing Walk” is a three-part series that breaks down “the walk.” In addition, the featurette touches on the epic recreation of the Twin Towers and their role as a character in the film. 



Twelve men have walked on the moon, but only one man – Philippe Petit (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) – has ever walked in the immense void between the World Trade Center towers. Guided by his real-life mentor, Papa Rudy (Ben Kingsley), and aided by an unlikely band of international recruits, Petit and his gang overcome long odds, betrayals, dissension and countless close calls to conceive and execute their mad plan. Academy Award®-winning director Robert Zemeckis (Best Director, Forrest Gump, 1994) uses advanced technology in the service of an emotional, character-driven story. THE WALK is a love letter to Paris and New York City in the 1970s, but most of all, to the towers of the World Trade Center. 


Directed by Robert Zemeckis and written by Robert Zemeckis & Christopher Browne, THE WALK was produced by Steve Starkey, Robert Zemeckis and Jack Rapke. Cherylanne Martin, Jacqueline Levine and Ben Waisbren served as executive producers. 


Blu-ray & DVD Bonus Materials Include:

§   “Pillars of Support” Featurette


Blu-ray Exclusive Bonus Materials Include:

§  Deleted Scenes

§  Two Featurettes:

  • “First Steps”
  •  “The Amazing Walk”


THE WALK has a run time of approximately 123 minutes and is rated PG for thematic elements involving perilous situations, and for some nudity, language, brief drug references and smoking.


Academy Award® is the registered trademark and service mark of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 


Sunday, November 22, 2015

Turbo Kid (2015) VOD Rental Feature Film Review.

What a great little homage to the 1980s post apocalyptic b-movie knockoffs that permeated video store shelves long after the decade was over and more and yet Turbo Kid is also an homage to comic books and even a post apocalyptic superhero origin story. 
Set in the year 1997, surviving humans scavenge the remains of the old world and drinkable water is a tradable currency since it is necessary for life. The Kid (Munro Chambers) meets a beautiful wide eyed girl in the remains of a playground after returning from trading. The girl is named Apple (Laurence Leboeuf) and she immediately takes a liking to the kid and seems to latch on to everything and anything he is into. 
When Zeus, a warlord who controls the distribution of fresh water in return for those who will pledge their lives and enforce his law, (played with zest by b-movie veteran Michael Ironsides), decides the reign terror upon the remaining survivors in the wasteland for his own amusement, Apple is kidnapped and The Kid must save her. Coming across a bunker with a power suit like his comic hero Turbo Man, the kid journeys to the warlord's stronghold under the guise of Turbo Kid to rescue her and also forms an alliance with The Cowboy (Aaron Jeffrey), the only other man to ever stand up to Zeus and live.
Turbo Kid may sound silly, but it is actually a far smarter film than it appears on the surface. The screen direction is spot on and the action and gore is appropriately over the top to the point of dark comedy, but at the heart of this gem is your basic western motif so often used in Sci-Fi films and the filmmakers took great care to get every little nuance just right so that it feels like a straight to video film, but is light years ahead of the genre it embraces with a script that shows the filmmakers are indeed literate, following Chekov's rules of drama and adding some neat surprises as well as some poignancy to boot. The casting choices were perfect for the film. Michael Ironsides looks like he is truly enjoying himself here while Munro Chambers is quite likable as the unlikely hero and he shares great screen chemistry with Laurence Leboeuf, who lights up the screen with charisma and wit in every scene she is in. Aaron Jeffrey is solid as The Cowboy. 

From the music to the sets to the purposely dated effects, Turbo Kid is a must see for genre film fans who enjoy something off beat, smart, fun, violent and sweet and it manages to pull it all off with a few surprises making this homage original onto itself. Turbo Kid is available to rent or own now on demand through streaming and subscriber television outlets. 

(C) 2015 By Mark A. Rivera.
All Rights Reserved.

Friday, November 20, 2015

The Expanse: Syfy Original Series Review

Set  in the 23rd Century, The Expanse deals with various factions representing different personal and political interests following the disappearance of the daughter of a powerful Earth based diplomatic and corporate interest (Florence Faivre). Aboard the Ceres space station, a Detective (Thomas Jane) is assigned to find her and in the process becomes embroiled between the conflicting interests of a group marked as terrorists operating in the colonies that are responsible for asteroid mining known collectively as The Belt. Meanwhile survivors of an ice freighter destroyed by a mysterious stealth vessel believed to be in league with Mars is put in between the Cold War conflicting interests of Earth and Mars, leaving Engineer Jim Holden (Stephen Straight) in the difficult situation of declaring without fulling knowing who to trust, that terrorists from The Belt are responsible for the destruction of two ships, one of which had the missing runaway heiress. Collectively forces engage each other with system wide war in the balance while an unprecedented threat comes into play that may in fact threaten the survival of the entire human race.

The Expanse is Syfy's most ambitious series in the history of the network and has a subtle Game Of Thrones feel, which is not entirely surprising since it is inspired by a continuing Hugo nominated books series also collectively called The Expanse. The series is very engrossing and clearly aimed at adult viewers with a bit of basic cable nudity, language and some bloodless action. The look of the show is reminiscent of Syfy's own reimagined Battlestar Galactica, but with a slick theatrical quality to it and fantastic visual effects. The series is well cast with additional regular and recurring roles played by Cas Anvar, Wes Chartham, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Dominique Tipper, Paulo Castanzo, Chad Coleman, Jay Hernandez, Jonathan Banks, Jared Harris, Boyd Banks, Julian Richings, and Kenneth Welsh.

I screened the first four episodes of The Expanse and found it to be surprisingly engaging as well as entertaining. Syfy will launch a sneak preview of the series premiere on VOD and online on Monday, November 23, 2015. Then The Expanse will premiere over two nights on Monday, December 14th and Tuesday December 15th at 10pm/9C on Syfy. The Expanse will then regularly air on Tuesdays at 10/9C for the remainder of its 10-hour first season.

Intriguing and thought provoking, I highly recommend giving The Expanse a view.

(C) Copyright 2015 By Mark A. Rivera
All Rights Reserved.

Vienna Comic Con Line-Up Announced!

On the eve of Vienna Comic Con – VIECC – ReedPOP, the world’s #1 producer of comic conventions, reveals the final line-up of guests and panels curated to entertain a growing international comic book audience.  From entertainment guests like Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad) to comic guests Jae Lee and Emanuela Lupacchino, it will be a mix of US and international talent – a formula that ReedPOP has used to produce shows from Paris to Shanghai.


Check out the full list of talent and panels here.  


Some tickets are still available for those looking to get a completely unique Comic Con experience.


Thursday, November 19, 2015

The McFarlane Toys' Medieval Spawn Resin Statue Is On Sale

This is a text block.Tempe, Ariz. — November 19, 2015 – Ripped from the pages of the record breaking Spawn Comic, comes the return of Medieval Spawn ready to destroy all forces of darkness.  

McFarlane Toys founder and legendary artist Todd McFarlane and his award-winning McFarlane Toys design group, are excited to bring the comic hero, Medieval Spawn to life in this limited editionhighly detailedhand-crafted cold-cast resin statue.

This hand painted, stunningly detailed resin statue stands over 17 inches tall, showcasing Medieval Spawn in full glory after his triumph over The Violator. Designed by Todd McFarlane and his McFarlane Toys design group, the grandest Hellspawn of the past 20 years steps out of the Spawn comicbook in this spectacular resin statue.

Each etched illustration on his armor references not only past issues of the Spawn comic book but gives a historical nod to the inaugural Spawn toy line from McFarlane Toys in 1994.
  • Limited edition, only 1,500 produced
  • Individually and sequentially numbered
  • Stands over 17 inches tall and comes with Helmeted Head and Sword.
  • Cold-cast, hand painted resin statue
  • Certificate of authenticity hand-signed by Todd McFarlane
  • Certificate of authenticity highly decoration Marquee Display
  • Alternate “Hamburger” Head
  • Alternate Battle Axe Hand
As an added bonus, each statue includes a sculpted Certificate of Authenticity (COA) display that is individually and sequentially numbered (under the base.). Fans will also receive a Certificate of Authenticity hand-signed and numbered by Todd McFarlane himself. This statue is extremely limited, with only 1,500 painted statues and 50 artist proof statues being produced worldwide.

This limited edition Medieval Spawn statue retails at $295.00 with FREE Shipping (U.S. 48 and Canada only; ground shipping) and is open for pre-orders now at The statue is slated to start shipping around mid-December.  Customer’s credit cards will not be charged until the order has shipped.

McFarlane Toys’ is giving fans a chance to win one of the sold-out Medieval Spawn Statue Artist Proof. Enter today at , the contest ends Tuesday, November 24, 2015.   Stay tuned to for more info on this statue, along with news on all the awesome upcoming McFarlane Toys products. 

All-New Teaser Art Photos for THE X-FILES ! THE X-FILES Premieres Jan. 24 on FOX!

Two-Night Season Premiere of THE X-FILES:

Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, 10:00-11:00 PM ET/7:00-8:00 PM PT, following the NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME;

Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, 8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT







Robert DeNiro Plays A Dirty Grandpa.

Dirty Grandpa - Red Band Trailer
Dirty Grandpa
January 2016
Jason Kelly [Zac Efron] is one week away from marrying his boss's uber-controlling daughter, putting him on the fast track for a partnership at the law firm. However, when the straight-laced Jason is tricked into driving his foul-mouthed grandfather, Dick [Robert De Niro], to Daytona for spring break, his pending nuptials are suddenly in jeopardy. Between riotous frat parties, bar fights, and an epic night of karaoke, Dick is on a quest to live his life to the fullest and bring Jason along for the ride. Ultimately, on the wildest journey of their lives, "dirty" Grandpa and his uptight grandson discover they can learn from one another and form the bond they never had.
This outlandish comedy also stars Julianne Hough, Aubrey Plaza, Dermot Mulroney and Adam Pally.
Cast: Robert De Niro, Zac Efron, Aubrey Plaza, Zoey Deutch, Julianne Hough, Jason Mantzoukas, Danny Glover, Adam Pally, and Dermot Mulroney
Directed by: Dan Mazer        
Written by: John Phillips                              
Produced by: Barry Josephson, Bill Block, Michael Simkin, Jason Barrett

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Harrison Ford Surprises Star Wars Fans



Campaign to benefit fifteen globalcauses nominated by J.J. Abrams, Kathleen Kennedy and cast


Visit for a chance to win


LOS ANGELES, CA, NOVEMBER 19, 2015 – Today in a special behind-the-scenes video, Harrison Ford surprised donors from around the world with the announcement of a new Omaze fundraising campaign in support of Star Wars: Force for Change’s mission to empower people to make an impact on the world around them. This once-in-a-lifetime experience will see two winners presented with tickets for them and three guests each to attend the premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in either Los Angeles or London, walk the red carpet and meet the cast.


Fifteen global causes were individually chosen by J.J. Abrams, Kathleen Kennedy and the cast, which will benefit equally from the funds raised. Among the charities are UNICEF, Feeding America and Malala Fund. For as little as a $10 contribution made through the Omaze fundraising platform participants will be automatically entered for a chance to win and to help these incredible causes.


Watch Harrison Ford surprise fans here:


“A year and a half ago, we launched a brand new initiative called Star Wars: Force for Change that aims to inspire all of us to make a positive difference in the world,” said J.J. Abrams, Director of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and Founder of Bad Robot Productions, “If you were among those who originally donated, thank you. But if you missed out, here’s your chance to join us. My favorite part: instead of benefiting just one cause, this time each member of the cast has nominated a cause they're passionate about.”


“The Star Wars community blew us away in the last campaign by donating more than $4.26 million for UNICEF Innovation Labs and programs,” said Ryan Cummins, Omaze Co-Founder and Co-CEO. “Omaze is honored to give Star Wars fans another once-in-a-lifetime experience thanks to Lucasfilm, Disney and Bad Robot.” 


Star Wars: The Force Awakens Premiere Grand Prize includes:

      Two winners will get tickets for themselves and three guests each to the red carpet premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in London or Los Angeles

      They will walk the red carpet and meet the cast of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and experience the magic of Star Wars on a silver screen for the first time in ten years.

      Airfare and accommodation in a 4-star hotel is included


The campaign ends on December 4th at 11:59PM PST


By donating at will be supporting these fifteen charities around the world:


      Africa Cancer Foundation — working to promote the prevention of cancer and to provide holistic solutions for people affected by cancer in Africa. Nominated byLupita Nyong'o.


      Arts in the Armed Forces (AITAF) — bridging the cultural gap between the United States Armed Forces and the performing arts communities by bringing the best modern American theater to the military free of charge. Nominated by Adam Driver.


      Barnardo’s UK — giving the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children the chance to reach their full potential regardless of the issues they’ve faced in their lives. Nominated by Andy Serkis.


●      Central London Samaritans —Providing emotional support for vulnerable people to alleviate feelings of distress and despair.Nominated by Anthony Daniels.


      Damilola Taylor Trust — providing inner-city youths with opportunities to play, learn and live their lives free of fear and violence. Nominated by John Boyega.


      fStop Warrior Project — using digital photography to help wounded warriors successfully transition to the civilian world after medical retirement from the military. Nominated by Harrison Ford.


      Feeding America — working to feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of 200 food banks and engaging the U.S. in the fight to end hunger. Nominated byMark Hamill.


      Make-A-Wish — making wishes come true every day for children suffering from life-threatening illnesses. Nominated by Peter Mayhew.


      Malala Fund — empowering girls through education to achieve their potential and create change in their communities. Nominated by J.J. Abrams.


      PACER — expanding opportunities for children and youth with all disabilities, including mental health challenges such as depression and anxiety. Nominated by Carrie Fisher.


      Phab — creating opportunities for children and adults of all abilities to enjoy life together. Nominated by Daisy Ridley.


      St. Francis Hospice, Raheny — providing specialist palliative care to patients living in north Dublin city and county. Nominated by Domhnall Gleeson.


●      The Circle — working to achieve its vision of equality for women and girls in a fairer world. Nominated byGwendoline Christie.


      UNICEF — ensuring all children get a healthy start in life and have opportunities to reach their full potential. Nominated by Kathleen Kennedy.


●      Union of Concerned Scientists— advancing science-based solutions for our planet’s most pressing problems—from combating global warming to developing sustainable ways to feed, power, and transport ourselves.  Nominated by Oscar Isaac.


Visit to learn more about these charitable causes and to enter for your chance to win.


May the Force be with you!