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Course of the Force, Episode II: The Race Returns
In a year marred by sports scandals, one event stood out among the rest as a shining beacon of athleticism, altruism and Admiral Akbar appreciation. What event, you ask? Did you see Nerdist's Chris Hardwick's announcement last night on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon or have you been living under a rock in a galaxy far, far away? We are, of course, talking about Course of the Force, Nerdist and Lucasfilm's first annual charity lightsaber relay race benefiting the Make-a-Wish Foundation that stretched down the Pacific Coast from Santa Monica Pier to the gates of Comic-Con International. Much like Star Wars itself, the event is returning (second time's the charm - Empire Strikes Back, anyone?) on a much grander scale, kicking off at the famed Skywalker Ranch to make the proverbial Kessel Run down the California coast to San Diego to kick off Comic-Con in style. No Jedi mind tricks - this is going to be 500 miles of pure, unadulterated fun.
The Wolverine Teaser
A 20-second teaser for James Mangold’s The Wolverine has been released, giving a first glimpse (beyond the six second Twitter video released yesterday) of the new film. Images have been previously released (see "Wolvie's Bloodied Claws in New Still"), but this is the first video. The film is scheduled to open July 29th.
Jerry Eisenberg's Flying Hippo
By:+ Michael Mallory
Like all professional toonheads, I’m sometimes asked to identify my favorite cartoon character. More specifically, those who know I tend to specialize in the history of Hanna-Barbera often want me to pinpoint my favorite H-B character. I usually reply with a laundry list of characters, saying that there is not any one I can pick as my absolute favorite. That said, however, there is one character and one show that captivated my eight-old-mind more than any other: Peter Potamus.
Why Peter Potamus? I can’t really say. Maybe it was that great balloon ship he flew around on, or his “Hurricane Hippo Holler,” borrowed from comedian Joe E. Brown. But even though he never made H-B’s A-list (though he was popular enough to inspire a Purex bubble-bath toy), I always had a fondness for Peter. That’s why, in 1997, I was delighted to meet the man behind the hippo, veteran layout artist and character designer Jerry Eisenberg. At the time we spoke, I hadn’t even known that, but Jerry––who in addition to being a hugely talented artist is a very funny man––filled me in:
Batman Classic' TV Licensing Program
Warner Bros. Consumer Products has launched a new licensing stream based on the 60s Batman TV show starring Adam West, the company announced at a special event at Meltdown Comics in Hollywood last Friday. Twentieth Century Fox Television had not previously licensed rights to the show.
New Batman Classic Television Series products will include Mattel six-inch figures (including The Joker, plus an assortment of Batman, Robin, The Riddler, The Penguin, Surfing Batman and Batmobile; Mattel Batman Ken and Catwoman Barbie; Batgirl, Riddler, and Catwoman adult costumes from Rubie’s; Mezco’s Batman and Robin in the Batmobile, and Joker and Riddler Mez-itz mini-figures; plus gift tags, stationery, and calendars.
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