Free passes for the Baltimore screening of Guardians of the Galaxy!

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Yaaaaaay! They’re here y’all! The Guardians of the Galaxy passes are here!
Since you’ve been waiting all week, let’s do this easy like….

Where: AMC White Marsh

When: July 29th 8pm

Why: because c’mon, talking raccoons are awesome.

How: See it first! Head to http://www.seeitfirst.net/ and enter code 840731

Remember: seating for screenings are first come, first served and are not guaranteed even with passes. So get there early to get your seats! Seriously people, this screening is gonna be crazy, so getting there at 7:30pm will probably mean you’re out luck. Don’t be the We Missed It people!

Good luck everyone!

Elsewhere Review — The Purge: Anarchy

First posted on Geek for e, the original piece can be found here.

Nutshell: I give The Purge: Anarchy an A-.  Much more of a thriller than it’s original claustrophobic predecessor, Anarchy shows viewers all the chaos on the streets, and in the hidden enclaves of the über-rich.  It even gets a little class-warfare in, along with some serious thoughts on vengeance, entitlement, duty and civic responsibility. Oh, and it’s creepy as hell too.

Movie Review — The Purge: Anarchy

TwitView: Thought-provoking, violent and in-your-face.  This ain’t the first film. Cool. A-

Last year, people headed to the theater in droves to see The Purge.  Unfortunately, they hated it.   But with The Purge: Anarchy, writer/director James DeMonaco is hoping a more wide-scale view of his near-future distopia is more to your liking.  Apparently he knows the deal, and wants to give moviegoers what they wanna see in this new sequel.  Him-a culpa.

But is Anarchy any good?  If you like your satire jet-black with tinges of red, you betcha.  Class warfare, The Man as slaughter king, and shades of the Nuremberg Defense run rampant here.  I for one found it a fascinating look at how far things could get out of hand if absolute power was vested in people who may not have everyone’s best interests at heart.  In opening up the Purge landscape from a single house to the streets of LA, Anarchy gives us a taste of mayhem and the hopelessness of those who are unable to protect themselves.  There’s also a heapin’ helpin’ of old-school horror here, with the usual tropes played out.  In the Purge’s chaotic landscape, that’s comforting, and helps the film stay grounded rather than turning into an mish-mosh of aimless scenes.

No emergency services for 12 hours and all crime including murder is legal.  Let the anarchy begin!
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Discounts on BronyCon registration tomorrow. Thanks, Ice Cold Water guy!

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Friendship. Magic. And now tongue-in-cheek. This year’s BronyCon just got 20% cooler y’all.

How? Did Spike volunteer to make everyone S’mores? Applejack bringing pie? Derpy making muffins? (Aw now I’m hungry….)

No. Sorry. But there’s a discount on registration, and it’s thanks to everyone’s favorite street salesman. That’s right, the famous Baltimore Ice Cold Water guy has given the ponies-that-be at BronyCon the idea for a $1 discount Friday July 18th!

Not groovy enough for you? Well, with every 100 registers Friday, one lucky Brony (or Pegasister, perhaps?) will get his or her registration for only $1! That’s right, the same price as a bottle of ice cold wa-ta. Because Hydration is Magic too.

Yeah I’m excited about this. Time to sign up if you haven’t already!

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to find a piece of apple pie and a glass of water….

Read on for the full press release!

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This year’s Harvey Award nominees announced!

Terry Moore.  Mike Norton.  Stefano Gaudiano.  Jeff Stokely.  Ryan North.  Fiona Staples.  Brian K. Vaughan.  David Petersen.   If these names seem like a damn good way to get your comics on, you’d be right.  They’re also among those nominated for Harvey Awards this year.  Yaaaaay!  *flails arms around like Kermit*

To crib from the press release, the Harveys are “in honor of the late Harvey Kurtzman, one of the industry’s most innovative talents, the Harvey Awards recognize outstanding work in comics and sequential art.” They’ll be presented, as usual, at the Baltimore Comic-Con.

Congratulations to all nominees!!!

Read on for the full list, and more Harvey Award info in the full press release!

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Production Designer Jim Bissell To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

I always love it when the folks that make movies come alive get their justly deserved recognition. So…enjoy a little warm & fuzzy y’all!

Jim Bissell (PRNewsFoto/Art Directors Guild)

Jim Bissell (PRNewsFoto/Art Directors Guild)

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Oscar®-nominated Production Designer Jim Bissell To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at 19th Annual Art Directors Guild Awards On January 31, 2015

LOS ANGELES, July 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Emmy®-winning and Oscar®-nominated Production Designer Jim Bissell will receive theArt Directors Guild‘s Lifetime Achievement Award at the 19th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards on January 31, 2015 at a black-tie ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The announcement was made today by John Shaffner, ADG Council Chairman, and ADG Award Producers Dave Blass and James Pearse Connelly.”Jim Bissell’s work as a Production Designer is legendary and we are proud to rank him among the best in the history of our profession. He is an extraordinary artist and accomplished leader in the industry and it is our pleasure to name him as this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipient,” said Shaffner. A veteran leader of the ADG, Bissell was a past Vice President and a Board member for more than 15 years. He also chaired the Guild’s Awards Committee for the first three years of its existence.Bissell’s distinguished work can be seen on such notable films as E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), which took home four Oscars® with an additional five Oscar® nominations in 1983; The Rocketeer (1991), Jumanji (1995), 300 (2006), Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol(2011) and most recently The Monuments Men (2014), directed by and starring George Clooney. Monuments Men is Jim’s fourth collaboration with Clooney, which began with Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002), followed with Oscar®-nominated Good Night, and Good Luck (2005) and continuing with Leatherheads (2007). Bissell is currently working on Mission: Impossible 5 (2015) and the recently announced film 1906 (release TBA).

Nominations for this year’s ADG Excellence in Production Design Awards will be announced on January 5, 2015. Media sponsors for the ADG Awards are The Hollywood Reporter, Daily Variety and SHOOTonline.

About the Art Directors Guild:
The Art Directors Guild (IATSE Local 800) represents more than 2,000 members who work throughout the United States, Canada and the rest of the world in film, television and theater as Production Designers, Art Directors, Assistant Art Directors; Scenic, Title and Graphic Artists; Illustrators and Matte Artists; Set Designers and Model Makers; and Previs Artists.

Movie News: Laggies with Keira Knightley, Chloë Grace Moretz opens Oct. 24

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You know why I’m posting this. Look at this adorable poster!  And yes, Knightley has tons of goodwill stored up from her lovely performance in Begin Again.

So yes, Laggies opens Oct. 24.  Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go cuddle a tortoise.

Read on for the full 411!

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Fox’s Gotham teases Riddler, Catwoman and Penguin in first trailer

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Ooh!  Just when you thought you couldn’t wait for your TV comics fix — would Flash, Constantine and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D hit my TV already? — you’re gonna be even more psyched for fall.  Gotham, the TV show that promises a peek at the life of the city that Batman calls home long before he straps on his Batarang, just let it’s first trailer fly.  And it’s a doozy.

For folks that think Gotham City won’t be as interesting with The Bat nowhere to be seen, I say check this out.  So many origin stories!  And a real mystery, with no Deux ex Batman-ina to jumpstart things?  Oooh.  Shiny!

I’m sure there’ll be tons of cool announcements about the show at San Diego Comic-Con, and I’ll be awaiting those as well.  For folks ready to set their DVRs, Gotham starts up September 22nd.

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