TrailerWatch: “Wonder Woman” gets mythical in origin trailer

Who is Diana Prince?  Well, of course she’s Wonder Woman (SPOILER), but with so many different origin stories, it’s hard to keep track.  Was she made out of clay and brought to life by Hippolyta?  Was she the love child of Hippolyta and Zeus?  Or is she the God Killer, forged by Zeus himself?

The new trailer for Wonder Woman teases us with a “more than Amazon” story for Ms. Prince, and I’m digging it.

Wonder Woman lassos theaters in June.

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Baltimore Screening Pass-palooza: “Beauty and the Beast”!

UPDATE – Winners of the “Beauty and the Beast” screening that is scheduled for tomorrow night, March 14th: THE SCREENING HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO MARCH 15TH.

TICKETS FOR THE 3/14 SCREENING ARE VALID FOR 3/15!

Be safe, stay warm!

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NEW SCREENING
Wednesday, March 15 – 7:30 PM
AMC White Marsh
*This screening will be in IMAX 3D

Cancelled screening: There will be no screening Tuesday, March 14.

TICKETS FOR THE 3/14 SCREENING ARE VALID FOR 3/15.

– It’s the same place and time, on the date has changed.
– Winners do not need anything new or different to attend Wednesday – the ticket they have will get them in.
– We don’t want anyone traveling to White Marsh tomorrow night (even if they are open).

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Tale as old as time…and I’ve got passes y’all!  It’s the live-action version of Beauty and the Beast, and if I can spoil my upcoming review a little bit because the press embargo has lifted?  I LOVED IT.  So you’re definitely gonna wanna get in this. Synopsis!

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is a live-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs.

So grab some grey stuff – it’s delicious. C’mon! Continue reading

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“Kong: Skull Island” – Kong gets monstrous in this excellent reboot

Nutshell: Outstanding FX, fantastic (if a bit too done-before) soundtrack, and a cast that makes you feel all the fear and wonder of being stranded on an island full of kaiju. A popcorn flick par excellence, even with a few bumpy Snidley Whiplash moments of villain characterization. All hail the King, indeed. Grade: A-

“What Imaginary Monster are you hunting now?”

Story: Picture it, 1973.  The Vietnam War was ending, and two scientists wander into a congressional office to ask for research funds.  Why?  Because there’s an island – Skull Island – that could house a monster.  Oh, and those troops you’re recalling?  Could we have a few please?  Just to be on the safe side, I’m sure things’ll be fine…

Genre I’d put it in: Kaiju Warz

Remake, Sequel, Based-On, or Original: A reboot of King Kong, and the second film in the Warner Brothers/Legendary & Toho Co. “Monsterverse”. Continue reading

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Blu-ray Giveaway: “Sing”!

Time for a giveaway y’all!  I’ve got copies of Sing, and I’m dying to give them away.  Remember?  Well, just in case…synopsis!

Set in a world like ours but entirely inhabited by animals, Sing stars Buster Moon (Academy Award® winner Matthew McConaughey), a dapper koala who presides over a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times.  Buster is an eternal—some might even say delusional—optimist who loves his theater above all and will do anything to preserve it.  Now faced with the crumbling of his life’s ambition, he has one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world’s greatest singing competition.  For the funny, charming, uplifting—and most of all, deeply human—film that features more than 65 songs, McConaughey is joined by fellow Oscar® winner Reese Witherspoon, as well as Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton and Tori Kelly.  From writer/director Garth Jennings, Sing is produced by Illumination Entertainment founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and his longtime collaborator Janet Healy.

Rating: Rated PG for some rude humor and mild peril

I thought it was cute, though that mouse did get on my nerves a bit.  (Damn you, MacFarlane!)  Ready to grab a copy?  C’mon!

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Investigate “Kong: Skull Island” with Google Maps

Y’know, as much as I dig kaiju, I’d rather see ’em on the big screen than up close and personal-like.  So when I saw that Google was teaming up with Kong: Skull Island?  This sounded like a perfect pairing.  Wanna look around, from the comfort (AND SAFETY) of your own home?  Yeah baby, yeah you do.

A mysterious and otherworldly island, thought to be myth, was just revealed on Google Maps to celebrate the premiere of Kong: Skull Island and Local Guides get the first chance to explore this uncharted virtual world. On this rare occasion, you can even leave fantasy reviews.

Maybe start with “Beware of apes?”

Explore Skull Island

Click on the photos at the bottom of Maps, and have a look.  Personally? I’m really digging this. And checking out new pics and reviews is a hoot.  Enjoy!

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Baltimore Screening Pass-palooza: “Power Rangers”!

It’s morphin’ time y’all!  Because I’ve got passes for the Baltimore screening of Saban’s Power Rangers! Yeah baby.  Let’s go-go!  Synopsis!

SABAN’S POWER RANGERS follows five ordinary teens who must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove — and the world — is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat. Chosen by destiny, our heroes quickly discover they are the only ones who can save the planet. But to do so, they will have to overcome their real-life issues and before it’s too late, band together as the Power Rangers.

I’ve been digging the trailer, as well as the peeks of Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa… Ready to suit up?  Let’s go! Continue reading

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Con News: Baltimore Comic-Con is throwing a FREE “Spring Fling”!

Baltimore Comic Con Spring FlingAs “a thank you to our fans”, the Baltimore Comic-Con is coming our way in April for a mini-gathering o’ awesome. They’ll be rockin’ it old school with a real comic-book gathering! And they’ve got some great guests stopping by as well, including Frank Cho, Mark Morales, Brandon Peterson, Steve Conley, and John Gallagher. 411, stat!

When: Sunday April 9. 10-5
Where: BWI Airport Marriott, 1743 West Nursery Road, Linthicum, MD 20190
How much: FREE!

Read on for all the deets!

Baltimore Comic-Con Throws a Spring Fling
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – March 3, 2017 – The Baltimore Comic-Con will be back again this year in the Inner Harbor’s Baltimore Convention Center on September 22-24, 2017, but as a special thank you to our fans, we’re throwing a Spring Fling.
What is a Spring Fling? If you were with us for our first show back in 2000, you’ll have a pretty good idea of what to expect. This will be a good old fashioned comic book show: rows and rows of comic book dealers from 6-8 states around the country with comics and collectibles from the ancient to the very modern…and we’re bringing in a few guests as well!
Frank Cho photo
Totally Awesome Hulk by Frank Cho
Harvey and Eisner award nominee Frank Cho launched his career as a comic strip artist at the University of Maryland-College Park student newspaper, penning University2, which was the predecessor of his creator-owned syndicated strip and comic series, Liberty Meadows. His body of work also includes Marvel Comics’ New Avengers, Mighty Avengers, Shanna the She-Devil, New Ultimates, and X-Men: Schism, as well as Jungle Girl for Dynamite Entertainment. His recent work can be seen in BOOM! Studios’ Skybourne, and on covers from DC Comics’ Harley Quinn and Wonder Woman.
Steve Conley photo
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers by Steve Conley
Long-time friend of the show, Harvey and Eisner Award nominee, and guest since our inception in 2000 (!), artist and writer Steve Conley has contributed to numerous comic titles, both printed and on-line. His Astounding Space Thrills was self-published, published by Image Comics, and collected as a trade paperback by IDW. He has been featured in titles such as JLA-Z from DC Comics, Star Trek: Year Four from IDW, and Michael Chabon’s Amazing Adventures of the Escapist from Dark Horse Comics. His creator-owned Bloop, is available through his online store in print or soft copy editions, and you can read his webcomic, The Middle Age, on his website.
John Gallagher photo
Buzzboy Go Digital Monster Mayhem by John Gallagher
John Gallagher is the award-winning artist and writer of graphic novels Buzzboy and Roboy Red (with Rich Faber). John teamed with sons Jack and Will to create a kids book, E.P.I.C. Bros., about two kids whose superhero dad is always out saving the world, and they pass the time using his gizmos for lovable mayhem. Jack and Will follow in the footsteps of big sister Katie, who teamed with her dad to create Zoey and Ketchup. John’s Buzzboy is back from American Mythology Productions in Buzzboy Go Digital Monster Mayhem, where he has also contributed to the recently relaunched Casper the Friendly Ghost and The Inspector. When not creating comics, John is executive director of Kids Love Comics (kidslovecomics.net) and works as art director for Ranger Rick magazine.
Mark Morales photo
Justice League vs. Suicide Squad by Mark Morales
Mark Morales has established himself as one of the industry’s go-to inkers for major titles and events for the big publishers. He has inked a vast number of titles at Marvel Comics including, among many others, A+X, Amazing Spider-Man, Avengers vs. X-Men, New Avengers, Secret Invasion, Sentry, Siege, Thor, Uncanny X-Men, Wolverine, X-Force, and X-Men. He has also done work for DC Comics on titles like Action Comics, Batman/Superman, JLA, New Suicide Squad, Prez, and Superman: The Man of Steel. He was also awarded the Harvey Award for Best Inker in 2009 and 2011.
Brandon Peterson photo
Trinity by Brandon Peterson
Brandon Peterson has been a professional illustrator for over 20 years, working primarily as a penciller and inker, but often as a colorist, writer, editor, and art director. He has done a great deal of work at Marvel Comics, as the artist on books like AvX, Avengers, The Ultimates, Ultimate Vision, Ultimate Extinction, Ultimate X-Men, Astonishing X-Men, X-Men, and Uncanny X-Men. Brandon was also VP of Special Projects and Art Director of the now-defunct CrossGen Comics, where he created titles like Mystic and Chimera. He is also a veteran of Top Cow Productions, having worked on Codename: Strykeforce, Cyberforce, Ripclaw, Medieval Spawn/Witchblade, and his own book, Arcanum. His work is recently featured on IDW’s Revolution Heroes and DC Comics’ Trinity.
So here are the details:
When: Sunday April 9. 10-5
Where: BWI Airport Marriott, 1743 West Nursery Road, Linthicum, MD 20190
How much: FREE!
Free?!? Yes, free! The Baltimore Comic-Con Spring Fling is a thank-you to our fans for helping us grow and making our show into the institution it has become. This one’s just for the fun of it, and we hope we’ll see you there!

Want to join us in September for the main event? Visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com for more information on the Baltimore Comic-Con and www.baltimorecomiccon.com/tickets/ to purchase your advanced tickets!

In the coming weeks, look for more announcements from the Baltimore Comic-Con. We are looking forward to highlighting our guests, industry exclusives, and programming. The latest developments can always be found on our website, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook pages.

Contact Information

Please use the following e-mail addresses to contact the Baltimore Comic-Con:

promoter@baltimorecomiccon.com – for requesting exhibitor, publisher, and Artist Alley applications

registrar@baltimorecomiccon.com – for inquiries about submitted registrations

general@baltimorecomiccon.com– for general Baltimore Comic-Con inquiries

About The Baltimore Comic-Con

The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 18th year of bringing the comic book industry to the mid-Atlantic area. For more information, please visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com.

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