Con News: have cookies with “The School for Good and Evil”!

BaltimoreComicCon_logo_nodateOoh!  Cookies!  Gorgeous art!  And creators that sound like they’re gonna be a whole lot of fun to hang out with!  I’m abusing exclamation points because The School for Good and Evil is coming to Baltimore Comic-Con.  They’ll be at the “Kids Love Comics” pavillion, and they’ll have some sweet sounding panels as well.  Because who doesn’t love fairy tales?  And cookies?

So read on for the full deets, whydon’cha?  And see you at the con!

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Blu-Ray Giveaway: cool off with “Winter’s War”!

winters war bluray coverAugust is always a hot one.  But not if you’re inside watching a movie, amirite?  Well, I’ve got 10 copies of The Huntsman: Winter’s War from the lovely folks at Universal, and I’m itching to give ’em to you.  Synopsis!

The Huntsman: Winter’s War stars Charlize Theron (Mad Max: Fury Road, Monster) as the evil Queen Ravenna, who betrays her good sister Freya (Emily Blunt: Sicario, Edge of Tomorrow) with an unforgivable act, freezing Freya’s heart to love and unleashing in her an icy power she never knew she possessed. Retreating to a kingdom far to the north, Freya raises an army of Huntsmen as her protectors, with the only rule that no two of them should ever fall in love. As a war for domination escalates between the two queens, the hero standing between good and evil is Freya’s most elite Huntsman, Eric (Chris Hemsworth: Thor, Star Trek Into Darkness). Alongside fellow warrior Sara (Jessica Chastain: The Martian, The Help) — the only woman who has ever captured his heart — Eric must help Freya vanquish her sister or Ravenna’s wickedness will rule for eternity.

Along with the movie itself, there’s an extended version of the film, a peek behind the scenes, deleted scenes, and a director’s commentary!  I thought the visuals and the performances were lovely.  And I admit I’m jealous; I want to check out the Blu-ray extended cut to see how the story plays out at that length. What will you think? Only one way to find out…

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TrailerWatch: Samara goes viral in “Rings”

rings posterReady to get your scared on? In today’s all-cellphone-all-the-time culture, NOT watching a video is like not thinking about an elephant when someone tells you not to. (GOTCHA!) Samara, the long-haired well dweller from Ring, is back and wants to take things to the World Wide Web. Is she gonna? Uh, DUH. Synopsis!

A new chapter in the beloved RING horror franchise. A young woman becomes worried about her boyfriend when he explores a dark subculture surrounding a mysterious videotape said to kill the watcher seven days after he has viewed it. She sacrifices herself to save her boyfriend and in doing so makes a horrifying discovery: there is a “movie within the movie” that no one has ever seen before…

Rings crawls into theaters October 28th.

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Baltimore Screening Pass-palooza: The Light Between Oceans

140672CM01B_Trp_Email_LR.pdfGearing up for Awards Season Onslaught, readers?  I know I am; it’s the most wonderful time of the movie year! For your consideration, I have passes for The Light Between Oceans, a bittersweet story that has gold statues written all over it.  Synopsis!

In the years following World War I, Tom Sherbourne (Michael Fassbender), a young veteran still numb from his years in combat, takes a job as lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, a remote island off the coast of Western Australia. As the island’s sole inhabitant, he finds comfort in the monotony of the chores and the solitude of his surroundings. When he meets the daughter of the school’s headmaster, Isabel Graysmark (Alicia Vikander), in the local town of Partageuse on the mainland, Tom is immediately captivated by her beauty, wit and passion, and they are soon married and living on the island. As their love flourishes, he begins to feel again, their happiness marred only by their inability to start a family, so when a rowboat with a dead man and infant girl mysteriously washes ashore, Isabel believes their prayers may have finally been answered. As a man of principle, Tom is torn between reporting the lost child and pleasing the woman he loves, and against his better judgment he agrees to let Isabel raise the child as their own, making a choice with devastating consequences. DreamWorks Pictures’ “The Light Between Oceans” opens in U.S. theaters on September 2, 2016.

The trailer looks amazing, and I’m already dying to see more of those performances.  And that adorable Fassbender/Vikander romance started in 2014 while these two filmed this movie…so hello added cuteness!  Who’s with me?

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Columbia Screening Pass-palooza: Morgan!

morgan onesheet“What you don’t understand is, Morgan is still evolving.”

Digging Stranger Things on Netflix right now?  I know, right?  Totally awesome.  And if you’re someone like me who’s already sucked up all the current episodes and is looking for more supernatural wonderkid stories, may I suggest MorganThe trailer is spooky-cool, and the casting combo of Kate Mara, Rose Leslie, Michelle Yeoh, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Paul Giamatti is looking pretty sweet. Synopsis!

A corporate troubleshooter (Kate Mara) is sent to a remote, top-secret location, where she is to investigate and evaluate a terrifying accident.  She learns the event was triggered by a seemingly innocent “human,” who presents a mystery of both infinite promise and incalculable danger.

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7 Pieces of: “Hell or High Water”

hell or high water onesheet“Days of robbing banks…long gone for sure.”

Story: Toby’s desperate to save the family ranch after his mother’s passing.  So he taps brother Tanner to help him with things.  And by “help him with things”, I mean “rob banks to get money to play poker and score big”.  What could go wrong?  Oh, that Texas Ranger and his partner gunning for you?  Don’t pay ’em no mind.

Genre I’d put it in: Low key modern day cowboy epic.

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Con News: SPX announces the 2016 Ignatz Award nominees!

SPX 2016 banner 2It’s time, folks!  Small Press Expo has released this year’s list of nominees for the Ignatz Awards!  What are they?  Well, they’re named after a really adorable mouse…with a not so adorable way of throwing bricks.  Read Krazy Kat.  You’ll thank me later.

Some of the titles that have passed my way this year?  Jason Shiga’s Demon, Carol Tyler’s Soldier’s Heart, and of course online stuff like Octopus Pie and Vattu…but there’s so much good stuff here.  Feel free to use it to fill out your read list this Fall.  I know I will.

Read on for the full Ignatz Awards nominations list. And congratulations to all the nominees!
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