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Comic Con 2017: Historic genre magazine Famous Monsters of Filmland will return to San Diego Comic-Con

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Historic genre magazine Famous Monsters of Filmland will return to San Diego Comic-Con in 2017 with a greater focus on its multimedia endeavors. This year marks the debut of Famous Monsters TV, the return of the Famous Monsters podcast, and a very special announcement to be made at the 2017 Stake of the Union panel!

EXCLUSIVES AVAILABLE AT THE FAMOUS MONSTERS BOOTH (#1621):

Famous Monsters Shin Godzilla Zip Up Hoodie
Deluxe zip hoodie featuring Shin Godzilla artwork by Toho artist Yuji Kaida! This artwork was created exclusively for a Famous Monsters screening of SHIN GODZILLA and has never been available on a hoodie… until now. Price: $40.00

Shock Monster Messenger Bag
Let the Shock Monster protect your goods! Features special satin Shock Monster lining and a padded compartment that can fit up to a 15″ laptop. Front pockets are large enough to carry a small tablet, pens and pencils, cell phone, cards, etc. Hidden zip inner pocket can hold your most discreet items. Adjustable strap allows you to haul your goods comfortably. Be the coolest kid in school with this exclusive grey Shock Monster Messenger Bag! Price: $40.00

More exclusives will be announced next week!

 

PANELS FEATURING FAMOUS MONSTERS GUESTS:

Once again, Famous Monsters will be conducting two separate panels: one focused on the Famous Monsters brand and one for its comic book publishing division, American Gothic Press.

Famous Monsters Stake of the Union 2017
Friday July 21, 2017 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Room 26AB

Famous Monsters of Filmland has spanned nearly 60 years with its game-changing genre magazine, groundbreaking cover art, record-setting fan events, original comic books, and more. And 2017 promises to be the most exciting year yet as FM expands into new forms of media, including syndicated television! Publisher Philip Kim, editor Holly Interlandi, and associate editor Joe Moe will welcome special panelists to tease future projects, give exclusive art reveals, and maybe wax a little philosophical on Frankenstein.

From Comics to Virtual Reality with American Gothic Press
Saturday July 22, 2017 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Room 23ABC

A good story should work in any medium, and comics can make a great starting point for other forms of entertainment-television, film, and more recently, virtual reality gaming. Join American Gothic Press publisher Philip Kim, editor-in-chief Holly Interlandi, and top creators for a discussion on how to best adapt your panels to this rapidly developing art form.

Also, don’t miss Warner Archive’s many DVD giveaways throughout the weekend as well as a special Saturday panel!

Warner Archive’s Monsters From Hell
Saturday July 22, 2017 11:30am – 12:30pm
Room 5AB

Warner Archive Collection (WAC), Trailers From Hell, & Famous Monsters of Filmland join forces to spotlight some of the most beloved (and sometimes overlooked) monster/dinosaur films of the past 70 years. Revel in WAC’s high-definition remastering of cult classics ranging from When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth, The Valley of Gwangi, Demon Seed, and From Hell It Came to some soon-to-be-released on Blu-ray surprises. Trailers From Hell film gurus Mike Mendez (Big Ass Spider, Tales of Halloween), Darren Bousman (Saw II, Saw II, Saw IV), and Academy Award nominated screenwriter Josh Olson (A History of Violence) join WAC podcasters Matthew Patterson & DW Ferranti to delve deep into insights, stories and glimpses behind the scenes of these fan favorites. Gary Miereanu moderates the proceedings.

 

2017 marks the debut of Famous Monsters TV, in collaboration with San Francisco’s KOFY TV, which will be going behind the scenes of your favorite Comic-Con events! Join the crew as they speak with celebrities, writers, cosplayers, toy manufacturers, and more on the exhibit floor and surrounding the convention center!

The presence of the Famous Monsters Podcast at Comic-Con means that any pit stop by the FM booth could turn into a guest spot! We’ll have a podcasting station set up at our home base, Booth #1621, for the dramatic pulling aside of whomever our hosts want to hear from, so be ready to share your monstrous pop culture opinions alongside your favorite celebrities!

Also happening at the Famous Monsters booth all weekend: movie effects makeup demonstrations by FACE OFF finalist Walter Welsh, special giveaways, and American Gothic Press creator signings (schedule to come)!

 

Notable stars and filmmakers who have discussed their projects with Famous Monsters in the past include James Cameron on ALIENS and AVATAR, Mark Hamill on STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS; Zack Snyder on BATMAN V SUPERMAN; Joe & Anthony Russo on CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR; David Ayer on SUICIDE SQUAD; Paul Feig on GHOSTBUSTERS; D.B. Weiss on GAME OF THRONES; John Carpenter on ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK; X-FILES creator Chris Carter; Guillermo del Toro on CRIMSON PEAK; John Landis, SFX master Rick Baker, and the entire cast of AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON; Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell, & Lucy Lawless on ASH VS. EVIL DEAD; PARANORMAL ACTIVITY mastermind Oren Peli and producer Jason Blum; Greg Nicotero and the cast/creators of THE WALKING DEAD; Director Ron Underwood, Kevin Bacon, and the cast of TREMORS; Director Joe Dante; the legendary Mel Brooks; and many more.

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Caesar’s Reign Comes To The Big Screen With New Trailer For Kingdom Of The Planet Of The Apes

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Director Wes Ball breathes new life into the global, epic franchise set several generations in the future following Caesar’s reign, in which apes are the dominant species living harmoniously and humans have been reduced to living in the shadows. As a new tyrannical ape leader builds his empire, one young ape undertakes a harrowing journey that will cause him to question all that he has known about the past and to make choices that will define a future for apes and humans alike. “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” is directed by Wes Ball (the “Maze Runner” trilogy) and stars Owen Teague (“IT”), Freya Allan (“The Witcher”), Kevin Durand (“Locke & Key”), Peter Macon (“Shameless”), and William H. Macy (“Fargo”). The screenplay is by Josh Friedman (“War of the Worlds”) and Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver (“Avatar: The Way of Water”) and Patrick Aison (“Prey”), based on characters created by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver, and the producers are Wes Ball, Joe Hartwick, Jr., p.g.a. (“The Maze Runner”), Rick Jaffa, p.g.a., Amanda Silver, p.g.a., Jason Reed, p.g.a. (“Mulan”), with Peter Chernin (the “Planet of the Apes” trilogy) and Jenno Topping (“Ford v. Ferrari”) serving as executive producers.

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Masterchef Is Back! For Halo Season 2

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A quick recap – Halo is set in a war-torn 26th century, where humanity led by the United Nations Space Command or UNSC and their supersoldiers known as Spartans, fights against the onslaught of the alien conglomerate known as the Covenant. The full dust-up of Halo Season 1, can be found here. Onward into the introduction of Halo Season 2!

It’s been six months since the forced separation of Spartan Masterchief John (Pablo Schreiber) and Cortana (Jen Taylor), and the Silver Team has been sent on a mission to evacuate residents of the planet Sanctuary before the Covenant glasses the whole thing. This comes with its own set of challenges, given the resistance of the planet’s inhabitants, and it doesn’t help that Masterchef starts seeing things right in the middle of trying to save some marines. Or is he? Those energy swords the squad of Elites were carrying looked worryingly real.

Back on Reach, the Silver Team is entirely dismayed to learn they have a brand new Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) representative come in as the new boss, to finally replace the traitorous Halsey, James Ackerson (Joseph Morgan). And of course, Ackerson manages to immediately get under Masterchief’s skin, by not only expressing far too much interest in John’s relationship with Cortana but also apparently disbelieving of John’s report of his encounters on Sanctuary. That just means Masterchief has to go around, if not entirely over, Ackerson’s head.

Elsewhere, Soren (Bokeem Woodbine) is trolling the slave markets in his boredom, only to stumble across a soon-to-be indentured servant who claims he knows the whereabouts of the UNSC’s most hunted human, Catherine Halsey (Natascha McElhone). That should bring a huge bounty, but really, Soren should’ve known better by now.

Halo Season 2 premieres Thursday, February 8th, 2024, and will continue to air every Thursday, only on Paramount+!

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Reborn as a Vending Machine I Now Wander the Dungeon’: I look forward to your next use!  

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If the title of this delightful little isekai anime entry didn’t give it all away, our nameless protagonist is a vending machine fanatic who, after being killed by a vending machine, gets reincarnated in another fantasy-style world as one! 

Japan has a tendency to give birth to all sorts of crazed fads that can last for decades, and no one does better when it comes to the vending machine industry, too. These days there are vending machines that will serve you sushi you can actually eat, hot pizza in the box, wagyu steaks, freshly popped popcorn, and a whole mind-boggling array of tasty treats, and other non-edible but still useful items! Umbrellas! Condoms! Oxygen masks, sterile bandages, shoes, and emergency clothing! Actually, far more things that we use on an everyday basis, could be considered as technically a vending machine, and the anime explores that beautifully. Into the world of vending machine fanaticism, we dive! 

So our poor protagonist never gave a name, and inevitably when he’s discovered by his first official friend the starving hunter Lammis, she dubs him “Boxxo”. Like many isekai that seem to take inspiration from video games and RPGs, Boxxo discovers he ways he can communicate, level up his existence, and even evince magic-like powers and attack and defend against monsters and enemies. Though in the beginning, and as an underlying theme throughout the show, Boxxo is primarily concerned with providing unique never-before-tasted-in-this-world food and drink to the amazed folk, human and otherwise. 

Boxxo’s prices are entirely reasonable and hey, he can even choose to give out his wares for free on occasion, so his popularity immediately skyrockets. Lammis with her awkward charm and prodigious strength blessing, introduces Boxxo to other friends of Clearflow Lake Village and associates along the way – Director Bear, an actual bear-monster who’s the head of the Hunters Association; Lammis’ friend Hulemy, the insane genius magic item engineer; the Bearcats Suco, Pell, Short and Mikenne, cheerful hunters with astronomic appetites; even suspicious Kerioyl, leader of the Menagerie of Fools party. 

The show approaches the practicality and versatility of the true vending machine with amusement, but also with the love true fans display for things they’re passionate about. Certainly, things like a brothel needing a condom vending machine exist in our world, but to toss them into a potentially more innocent other-world isekai is a welcome and often hilarious treat. The show celebrates the cheerful idiocy and devotion of the fans to their chosen fandom, in this case, yes vending machines, but also the spirit of the lonely otaku finally finding their Tribe! 

Pay your coins to watch ‘Reborn as a Vending Machine’ on Crunchyroll now! 

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