My Favorite Scene: Arrow Season One “Arrow vs. The Dark Archer” *SPOILERS*

If you are a fan of DC Comics at all, I urge you to pick up the first season of Arrow, binge watch it this weekend and then be ready to go when the series returns next week.  There are so many cool moments throughout the first season.  I love the relationship building between Ollie and Deathstroke.  I love how scarred and battered he is; the Nolan-esque take on making a realistic yet still fantastic DCU.  The big bad in the first season is The Dark Archer and after kicking Oliver’s tail several times, they fight during the season finale with everything on the line.  This fight, like all Arrow fights are unique to any on TV.  They’re visceral and very fast.  You think a guy with a bow and arrow only has so many options even if he’s a good martial artist, but they build an improvisational style for Ollie that uses the environment and his bow as a staff in close-quarters as well as an array of flechettes and knives.  Green Arrow was always my second favorite character in DC behind Batman; mostly because they’re just guys who pushed themselves to be sueprhuman through will…..and billions of dollars….BUT WILL!  Arrow season two premieres next week and you won’t want to miss it.
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Trailer Time: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Trailer #2 (2013)

When I saw Gravity this weekend, I felt like I got almost my money’s worth in the trailers alone and my favorite was this second trailer for Ben Stiller‘s adaptation of the James Thurber story The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.  The first trailer was great, but this one gives you a better feel for the atmosphere and direction Stiller (who is also directing) is going to take the film.  I’m onboard.  I cannot wait to see this when it opens Christmas Day.
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Despicable Me 2, Minions

I have not had more fun in a movie this year than in basking in the glory that are the minions run amok.  Minion anarchy pleases me far beyond the levels it should a grown man….even one who is now staring at the minion figures bedecking his desk….they’re awesome, ok!?!  Despicable Me 2 will hit stores in time to be stuffed in stockings across the nation.  Perhaps even stockings located close to my dwelling.  Honey, are you catching this not entirely subtle hint?  Hon?  Here’s all the details from the Universal Pictures press release:

Having claimed a box office of $872 million with his animated sequel, Gru is headed to home video. Universal Studios Home Entertainment today announced that Despicable Me 2 is set to arrive on Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD and Digital HD (including UltraViolet) on December 10, 2013. The film will also be available on Digital HD November 26, 2013.

In addition to more than 45 minutes of bonus features, the Blu-ray Combo Packs will include three all-new mini-movies starring the film series’ breakout stars, the mischievous but lovable Minions.

“‘Despicable Me 2’ is the top box-office comedy of the year and is poised for spectacular success on home entertainment this holiday season,” said Craig Kornblau, president of Universal Studios Home Entertainment. “This adored franchise, with its iconic lovable Minions, stands apart from all others and is sure to be at the top of everyone’s wish list this December.”

In the follow-up to the 2010 worldwide blockbuster, Steve Carell (“The Office,” The 40-Year-Old Virgin) returns to play Gru, the newly-reformed master criminal now trying to live life as a normal dad to his three adopted daughters. Carell leads a voice cast of comedy stars that also includes Kristin Wiig (Bridesmaids, “Saturday Night Live”), Benjamin Bratt (Miss Congeniality, Snitch), Miranda Cosgrove (“iCarly,” Despicable Me), Russell Brand (Get Him to the Greek, Hop), Steve Coogan (Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Tropic Thunder), Ken Jeong (The Hangover, Turbo), Elsie Fisher (Despicable Me, Raising Hope), Dana Gaier (Despicable Me) and Moisés Arias (Ender’s Game, “Hannah Montana”).

The Blu-ray Combo Pack and Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack include a Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD with UltraViolet and the following exclusive special features:

– Three All-New Mini-Movies Starring the Minions — Introduced by Gru: “Puppy,” “Panic in the Mailroom,” and “Training Wheels”
– The Making of the Mini-Movies—A fun-filled take on the making of the mini-movies through the eyes of the artists who made them.
– Deleted Scene
– The Minions — A visit to Illumination Entertainment in Paris and Los Angeles to hear what it’s really like to work with the Minions.
– Evil Minions — Bigger, badder and more purple than ever, the newest and fiercest addition to the Minion species can chew through metal and swallow a car. Find out more about the process that led to their creation and design.
– A Gru – Some Transformation — A sit-down with Steve Carell as he discusses the transformation of Gru from the ultimate super-villain to super-dad and international spy.
– El Hombre Malo: The Villainy Of El Macho—Every great story needs a good villain, and Despicable Me 2 brings on the diabolico in the form of El Macho! Learn about the creation of this character and the actor who brought him to life—Benjamin Bratt.

Additional Bonus Features on Blu-ray & DVD include:

– Gru’s Girls — Miranda Cosgrove, Elsie Kate Fisher and Dana Gaier weigh in on working with Steve Carell and playing the daughters of a world-famous super-villain!
– Gadgets Galore — Lipstick tasers, magnet ships, foam dart dispensers and jelly guns—these are the nifty gadgets of Despicable Me 2. Illumination Entertainment pulls back the curtain on what it takes to build a world that would leave even James Bond envious.
– Feature Commentary With Directors Chris Renaud & Pierre Coffin

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Trailer Time: Star Wars Rebels Teaser Trailer (2014)

It’s not long but it’s a look at your next Star Wars animated series to be set between Episodes III and IV.  Official synopsis:
The series is set between the events of Episode III and IV — an era spanning almost two decades never-before explored on-screen. It takes place in a time where the Empire is securing its grip on the galaxy and hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights as a fledgling rebellion against the Empire is taking shape.

“Star Wars Rebels” will be produced by Lucasfilm Animation, featuring many of the key talents that made “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.” It is scheduled to premiere in fall 2014 as a one-hour special telecast on Disney Channel, and will be followed by a series on Disney XD channels around the world.
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Six of the Best Lord of the Rings Prints…EVER; by Marko Manev

As a devout Tolkienite, I have my favorite artists’ intepretations of Middle Earth.  John Howe and Alan Lee were always my favorite and, fortunately enough, they were Peter Jackson’s too and they’ve worked on all the Middle Earth films making the images in my head not too dissimilar from those I’ve seen onscreen.

Marko Manev needs to keep working in this area, because he could join my favorites.  These six images were a series he created for the Hero Complex Gallery’s art show in LA called “Young Guns of Print”.

If I had the disposable income, I’d be ordering prints.  If you do, I envy you, and here’s how you could go about getting a set:

The posters come from Collider, and they go on sale tomorrow (10/4/13) at 9am PST on the Hero Complex Gallery website. You can pick up a set for $100. Each print measures 12”x24” and is 5 colors screenprinted by D&L.

“Each print has a glow in the dark layer.  There is one print for each of the three movies with the main art focusing on our heroes, while the GID layer is all about the bad guys.  The size is perfect for hanging all three together and I really like the color choice for each movie.”

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