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Dynamite Entertainment has unleashed the Army of Darkness comics into one giant-size “Humble Bundle” featuring more issues than you can shake a boomstick at!
Based on the 1992 cult classic movie from visionary director Sam Raimi (Spider-Man) starring Bruce Campbell as “Ash,” this collection of comics continues the adventures of Ash, the “chosen one,” as he does battle with the deadites possessed by the Necronomicon, the Book of the Dead.
 
The stories feature legendary crossovers with other icons of the horror genre including Re-Animator, Dracula, and Hack/Slash – not to mention a groovy guest spot as Ash saves President Barack Obama. When he’s not bailing out the commander in chief, follow Ash on his many misadventures as he goes from ancient Egypt to entering a video game, blasts off into SPAAAACE, not to mention his scariest destination of all – the altar.
 
This bundle is also packed with star power featuring some of comics’ biggest names including Cullen Bunn (Deadpool), Steve Niles (30 Days of Night), Nick Bradshaw (Wolverine), Sanford Greene (Uncanny Avengers), Andy Hartnell (Danger Girl), and even The Walking Dead co-creator Robert Kirkman!
To check out the new comics bundle visit

 

NEW YORK, Jeremy Renner wears the Porsche Design Datetimer Series 1 and Las Vegas Double Monk Shoes at ArtBeam on October 20, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images for Porsche Design) *** Local Caption *** Jeremy Renner

NEW YORK, Jeremy Renner wears the Porsche Design Datetimer Series 1 and Las Vegas Double Monk Shoes at ArtBeam on October 20, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images for Porsche Design) *** Local Caption *** Jeremy Renner

Stuttgart Hollywood actor Jeremy Renner was spotted wearing the Porsche Design “1919 Datetimer Series 1 Titanium & Rub-ber” during the House of Remy Martin ”One Life/ Live Them” Launch Event in New York City. The brand new “1919 Collection” of the innovative German Sports-Lifestyle Group Porsche Design embodies serenity, well-balanced aesthetics, and pure minimalism – key elements of the international success and longevity of Bau-haus. The name of this unique collection pays tribute to the German Bauhaus style, as a significant element of Porsche Design’s heritage, and its upcoming centenary in 2019. The collection was developed by the Porsche Design Timepieces AG based in Solothurn Switzerland, is made out of durable and ultra-light titanium and features four 3-hand “1919 Datetimer Series 1” models as well as four 4-hand mod-els of the “1919 Globetimer Series 1” that indicate a second time zone – perfect for today’s contemporary business traveller. Pricing ranges from $3,400 to $4,550, de-pending on the model.

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For further information please visit www.porsche-design.com

(L to R) Aja (HAYLEY KIYOKO), Shana (AURORA PERRINEAU), Jem (AUBREY PEEPLES) and Kimber (STEFANIE SCOTT) in “Jem and the Holograms”.  As a small-town girl catapults from underground video sensation to global superstar, she and her three sisters begin a one-in-a-million journey of discovering that some talents are too special to keep hidden. Photo Credit: Justina Mintz / Universal Pictures

(L to R) Aja (HAYLEY KIYOKO), Shana (AURORA PERRINEAU), Jem (AUBREY PEEPLES) and Kimber (STEFANIE SCOTT) in “Jem and the Holograms”. As a small-town girl catapults from underground video sensation to global superstar, she and her three sisters begin a one-in-a-million journey of discovering that some talents are too special to keep hidden. Photo Credit: Justina Mintz / Universal Pictures

As a small-town girl catapults from underground video sensation to global superstar, she and her three sisters begin a one-in-a-million journey of discovering that some talents are too special to keep hidden. In Universal Pictures’ Jem and the Holograms, four aspiring musicians will take the world by storm when they see that the key to creating your own destiny lies in finding your own voice.

Directed by Jon M. Chu (Step Up series, G.I. Joe: Retaliation), the musical adventure stars Aubrey Peeples, Stefanie Scott, Aurora Perrineau, Hayley Kiyoko, Ryan Guzman, Molly Ringwald and Juliette Lewis. Jem and the Holograms, based on the iconic Hasbro animated TV series, is written by Ryan Landels and produced by Chu, Jason Blum for Blumhouse Productions, Scooter Braun for SB Projects, Bennett Schneir, and Brian Goldner and Stephen Davis of Hasbro Studios.

Stars Mia Wasikowska and Tom Hiddleston at the New York Premiere of Crimson Peak.  Photo copyright Universal Pictures

Stars Mia Wasikowska and Tom Hiddleston at the New York Premiere of Crimson Peak. Photo copyright Universal Pictures

 

Guillermo Del Toro’s long awaited scary flick Crimson Peak opens this weekend in the U.S. and the stars have been out and about promoting the film.

The film, which shows that in the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swept away to a house that breathes, bleeds…and remembers.

The film had a star studded New York premiere this week with historic Bergdorf Goodman store also doing a fantastic Crimson Peak theme for their window displays.

Star Tom Hiddleston talks about the displays courtesy of Screen Slam:

 

http://https://youtu.be/yw07ebZELqE

 

Crimson Peak opens this Friday in theatres across the U.S.

CDC has instructions for how to be prepared for a zombie (pandemic) preparedness. Their graphic novel, "Preparedness 101: Zombie Pandemic" is available as a free download. "Readers follow Todd, Julie, and their dog Max as a strange new disease begins spreading, turning ordinary people into zombies."

Tell us how you plan to survive the invasion of zombies.

My Zombie survival list:
A sharp axe for head removal.
Rule #31
The formula for homemade soap.
I would become/pass as a zombie that sells soap.

CDC has instructions for how to be prepared for a zombie (pandemic) preparedness. Their graphic novel, “Preparedness 101: Zombie Pandemic” is available as a free download. “Readers follow Todd, Julie, and their dog Max as a strange new disease begins spreading, turning ordinary people into zombies.”

Kinemortophobia is a real condition, the person is afraid of zombies or afraid of becoming one.

Originally, Zombies were only found in Haiti (Haitian French: zombi) among people who practiced Vodou (Voodoo).  Like the unforgivable, Imperius Curse (Imperio) the deceased would be unable to control his actions. The bokor would capture the person’s soul and then be able to control the reanimated individual. The  person’s soul had to be reclaimed by God for the person to be set free.

The Magic Island by W.B. Seabrook in 1929 was one of the first books to bring the Vodou zombie to Western culture.  This is the sensationalized account of a narrator who encounters voodoo cults in Haiti and their resurrected thralls. According to Time  the book “introduced ‘zombi’ into U.S. speech.”

Arthur, Wade Davis who, in his travels to Haiti in the 1980s, claimed that this ‘zombified state’ could be induced  through the use of compounds such as tetrodotoxin (toxic substance derived from puffer fish). This paralyzing agent is thought to reduce heart and respiration rates to such an extent as to leave the subject displaying symptoms of clinical death, and, hence, they are treated as such. Having been buried, it is believed that the subject is then exhumed and partially revived by its possessor who then uses the ‘zombie’ for their own personal gain (i.e. manual labour etc.). The understandably intense trauma suffered by the victim may play a major role in the manifestation of their zombie-like attributes (confusion, limited speech, memory loss etc)… The definitive history of zombies. Can be found on the website Zombies Defined.

Haitian zombies were slaves doing the masters will, a product of magic and evil.

Black and white movies gave us zombies that walked with arms outstretched. They were reanimated for the purpose of killing. While they seemed to be without intelligence, they were always able to figure out how to bust through doors and windows. The survivors had a sharp axe and the strength to swing it.

My Zombie survival list explained.

Magic has given way to the reality of epidemics and pandemics. Now viruses turn people into flesh eating, brain eating, intelligent beings, fortunately they can still be killed with an axe.

People in horror movies never look into the back seat before they get into a vehicle. Someone in your group will be forced to say, “How could you not see the person/thing in the back seat?” So, remember rule #31, Tallahassee (Zombieland)said, “Check the back seat.”

In the future, people are dirty. A nuclear reactor can be repaired with bubble gum and string, but they can’t seem to make soap. When the living population becomes covered in lice and filth, my homemade soap can be bartered for supplies. Lavender scented money!

Liv Moore (iZombie), doesn’t have it that bad. My skin is already pasty white, passing wouldn’t be that difficult.

It turns out, with a few exceptions, that if you are prepared for one apocalypse, you are prepared for them all. You can find a list of items you need on the CDC zombie preparedness website.

A free Zombie Preparedness poster is available for download here.

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Noma (Kim Englebrecht) shows off her new white wings

Dominion TV Show synopsis: God vanishes and in his absence the archangel Gabriel and his army of lower angels wage war against mankind, believing them to be the cause of God’s absence. Although most higher angels remain neutral, Gabriel has convinced the lower angels, the “dogs of Heaven,” called “eight-balls” by humans for their black eyes, to fight alongside him. Twenty-five years later, mankind survives in a few fortified cities. The Archangel Michael has chosen to side with humanity against Gabriel, living among humans in the fortified city of Vega (once Las Vegas) until the time a prophesied savior appears to save mankind. Wikipedia

How Do Dominion Fans Feel About Noma?

A Dominion TV show  reviewcap (a combination between a plot recap and a reviewer’s opinion as they watch it) of Sine Deo Nihil, Episode 213 of SyFy’s original program, DOMINION, left me with a slightly different take on at least one of the characters.  In this case, it was higher angel Noma (Kim Englebrecht).  I’ve LOVED watching this show for SO many different reasons – the plot, characters, actors, music, settings all made Season 2 (S2) great. But, one of the best things about the show was the fan interaction and dialog.  The fans all had pet theories.  Some of these were carried all the way from the Pilot episode of the FIRST season.  My early theory was that Noma was not just arm and shower decoration for Alex (Chris Egan).

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Noma (Kim Englebrecht) at the beginning of Dominion Season 2

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Noma (Kim Englebrecht) clutches the Amphora of Darkness

 

Series writer and creator, Vaun Wilmott hinted on Twitter last year that Noma was a crucial character in S2.  So, initially it was surprising when it seemed as if Noma was only a buddy cop ride along partner, doing little but accompanying Alex, providing some interesting dialog and some pretty good fights.  Fans couldn’t help but wonder: “When will Noma’s importance be revealed?”  Her significance begins to surface a little bit in Episode 204 when “the good guys” get the Amphora of Darkness from Julian (Simon Merrells).  (By the way, uh, we need Season 3 to figure out how Julian got his hands on ANY of the amphorae).

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Noma (Kim Englebrecht) is tortured

Still, it’s more babysitting the amphora (and fighting) and being a partner than anything else at that point.  That is, until Julian captures them and decides that the way to force Noma to hand over the amphora was to threaten to torture or kill Alex.  Apparently, Julian had a better grip on their relationship than the two of them.  This buddy cop partnering comes to a fairly dramatic climax in Episode 206 when Noma literally sacrifices her wings for Alex. Likely, there is no higher price an angel could pay.  So, why would she do this?  Either she was still trying to honor her debt for killing Charlie (Reine Swart), OR she loved Alex.  I think it was the latter.  I felt the entire season that Noma looked uneasy at best, as if things had spiraled out of control and she was no longer sure of how she was going to keep him safe, or even understood what he was.

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Julian (not pictured, Simon Merrells) has pinned Noma (Kim Englebrecht) against the wall.

The loss of her wings marked the disintegration of Noma’s being.  She says to Michael (Tom Wisdom) that she no longer knew what she was, she wasn’t fully an angel, but not a human either.  She’d never be fully accepted as one (especially once people found out about her past).  Losing her wings cost Noma her sanity, although it was pretty difficult to tell this definitively until we got to Episode 211.  There, we saw her naked longing for her wings (the single most important thing to her) and her willingness to die if she couldn’t get them back.  We also saw Michael’s first full indication that Noma might not be as trustworthy as we all thought she was (at least based on her being willing to pull her wings out for Alex).

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Noma (Kim Englebrecht) sees herself with wings on the roof in Vega.

This all comes to a head in the season finale, where she unfurled those beautiful, fluffy, gorgeous, white wings and reveals a look that is absolutely terrifying.  It’s clear that Noma has made a terrible exchange for those lovely wings.  And, thus begins the angst of the viewers.  Do we hate her for this potentially deepest of betrayals?  Or, are we like cast off lovers who pine for the loss of what we can never recover?  This show has excelled at revealing the complexities of characters.  There are those you love to hate (and secretly love) (Julian!) and those you hate, and love, and sympathize with and hate, and then love again (Gabriel!).  Is there redemption in Noma’s future?  What exactly did she exchange, and will she commit the ultimate treachery of handing Alex over to Lucifer?  We actually don’t know yet.

We frame our feelings for characters in different ways.  Sometimes it is the person’s portrayal and other times, it is what the character stands for.  I think all of us feel very, very hurt now by the depth of Noma’s betrayal, but from her character’s perspective, she has had MILLENNIA of angel experience.  The draw of wings, which represent the path back to heaven and God, was irresistible. Plus, she did lose her sanity when she pulled her wings off (see Vaun Wilmott’s comment in the October 1, 2015, TVInsider article). This was very much in line with the show’s penchant for reversing the nature of characters good/bad to bad/good and back again showing that NONE of them are truly good or evil.  I just can’t bring myself to hate her (yet). I hope SyFY allows us at least a third season to further explore what Noma TRULY exchanged for those wings and why she, of all the angels, felt God’s presence all around Alex.

–Kiddle

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Article by Suzanne Philips

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Las Vegas's Fright Dome welcomes visitors .  Photo copyright Larry Cunningham

Las Vegas’s Fright Dome welcomes visitors . Photo copyright Larry Cunningham

The Fright Dome at Circus Circus has become a premiere haunted attraction for both locals and visitors to the Las Vegas area.  This year the event will include attractions such as Insanitarium, which includes a recreated authentic Morgue made from pieces and parts transported from the Norwich state hospital – The Dollhouse and Killer Clowns in 4-D, plus Swarm which takes visitors to the deepest parts of the attraction where the undead have their feeding grounds.

 

"Bad Ink" star Dirk Vermin.  Photo by Larry Cunningham

“Bad Ink” star Dirk Vermin. Photo by Larry Cunningham

 

Aaron Goodwin from "Ghost Adventures".  Photo Copyright Larry Cunningham

Aaron Goodwin from “Ghost Adventures”. Photo Copyright Larry Cunningham

 

Fright Dome held their “black” carpet event last Friday night and stars from shows such as “Ghost Adventures” and “Bad Ink” joined Vegas celebs to open the popular Halloween attraction.

 

"Ghost Adventures" star Zak Bagans.  Photo copyright Larry Cunningham

“Ghost Adventures” star Zak Bagans. Photo copyright Larry Cunningham

 

The Fright Dome is open Friday- Sunday now through October 31st and selected other dates closer to the end of the month.  For tickets and schedules, check out www.frightdome.com

 

Article and photos copyright Suzanne Philips

 

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Sebastian Stan at 2015 Salt Lake City Comic Con.  Photo copyright Suzanne Philips

Sebastian Stan at 2015 Salt Lake City Comic Con. Photo copyright Suzanne Philips

 

Even though the Salt Lake City Comic Con is only three years old, they have proved that they can bring the star power and provide fans with a fantastic experience.

Fans were particularly excited to see Sebastian Stan who is known in the Marvel Universe as Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier in the Captain America Franchise.  Stan participated in photo ops and autograph sessions with fans and spoke before a capacity crowd of 4,500 plus fans who were all excited to hear any information about the upcoming “Captain America: Civil War” film.

 

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Stan joked that he really wasn’t able to say anything about the film as Marvel has snipers at every appearance waiting to strike if they reveal any information.    He said that Captain America was really the first comic book he read and he was really excited to be a part of the franchise.  He was one of the last to find out that they were making “Captain America: the Winter Soldier”.  He was at San Diego Comic Con and a friend called him and said that the new film was going to be called the Winter Soldier and that is how he found out the news.

Stan said in the new film that he spends a lot more time on-screen with Anthony Mackie (Sam Wilson/Falcon) and they had a really good time filming together. He also joked that he talks a lot more in the upcoming film instead of the brooding looks that he was known for in “the Winter Soldier”.

 

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In the comic books, Steve Rogers is killed and Bucky and Sam take over being Captain America, respectively.  Stan was asked if the films followed suit, would he rather see Bucky or Sam take over as Cap? Stan quickly answered “Myself” with a grin.  “I’ll say this: They sure like to dangle a cheese in front of my nose a lot. They’re like ‘Oh yeah, that’s where you pick up the shield,’ and I’m like, ‘Yeah, I’ve heard that one before. There it is again.’ But I don’t know. If I could say one thing, if anyone can have anything to do with it, to make it happen, is you,” he added referring to the fans in attendance. He also joked that having Anthony Mackie as Captain America would be like having Biff from “Back To the Future 2”.

 

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A couple of fans asked Stan some questions in Romanian and he answered them in Romanian leading the moderator to joke that he gave away the plot to “Civil War” to them in Romanian.

An adorable young fan asked how he survived the fall off the train in the first Captain America film, “What happened was…..” Stan said “I was trying to break my fall with my left arm and I kinda like wasn’t really able to do that, so I fell and knocked my head on a rock.  And the next thing I know I woke up and  there were like a bunch of lab coats around me. ”

 

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Stan also spoke about his friendship with Chris Evans, “We stay in touch here and there. Once in a while we run into each other, like we will in a few hours.  I may not see Chris for a few months, or I might not see him for a year or two, but it always picks up where it left off”.

Sebastian Stan was charming and seemed genuinely pleased to see all of the fans that had traveled out to see him at the 2015 Salt Lake City Comic Con.