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NYCC: New York City Gets An Animated Invasion

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Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP) is joining forces with content provider Boomerang and BoxLunch as exclusive retail partner to take over New York City with the Get Animated Invasion. The experiential pop-up space will physically reimagine Warner Bros.’ famed characters, from Bugs Bunny to Scooby-Doo, all under one roof.

“We’re excited for fans to experience this new creative way to step into the world of their favorite animated character,” said Pam Lifford, President of Warner Bros. Consumer Products. “The Get Animated Invasion pushes the boundaries of fan engagement, blurring the lines between art, content and commerce.”

Located in SoHo, the Get Animated Invasion will be open to the public for one weekend only during New York Comic Con, October 6-8, 2017. Consumers will be transported into the world of Warner Bros. through interactive and photogenic installations that weave in and out of each cartoon realm. Featured in the experiential space are Bugs’ Forest, Wile E.’s Cliff, the iconic Warner Bros. Water Tower, a Jetsons’ screening room, Scooby-Doo’s Spooky Woods, The Flintstones’ Bedrock and Tom and Jerry’s house.

Boomerang, the standalone domestic premium video streaming service launched in April through a partnership between Time Warner’s Turner and Warner Bros., is an essential content partner in bringing the animation to life and into the pop-up space. As the exclusive streaming destination for the massive Hanna-Barbera, Looney Tunes and MGM Animation library, Boomerang will delight fans with visually captivating and interactive opportunities throughout the space.

Warner Bros. Consumer Products will also partner exclusively with national retail chain BoxLunch to sell officially licensed animated merchandise at the pop-up shop, as well as feature the product assortment in-store across 74 retail doors throughout the U.S., and online at www.boxlunch.com beginning October 2, 2017. Designed by brands such as Trunk, Junk Food, New Era and more, the collection includes apparel for men and women, bags and accessories, jewelry, novelty and gifts, and much more.

WBCP continues to invite fans to GET ANIMATED and engage with their favorite cartoon characters through unique social initiatives, fan-favorite products and immersive experiences. the initiative kicked-off in Summer 2017 with a Get Animated Space Clones program at International San Diego Comic-Con with fan-favorite Funko. The Get Animated Invasion continues this program with a dedicated display of these Marvin the Martian Funko Dorbz uniquely customized by renowned fashion designers that will be auctioned off for charity.

Fans also won’t want to miss the specialized ice cream cereal treats served at the pop-up, courtesy of local concept shop Milk & Cream Cereal Bar, and global partner Post Consumer Brands cereal – curated into the Flintstones’ world with signature concoctions inspired by the Bedrock crew.

The Get Animated Invasion lands at 107 Grand Street, New York, NY 10013 on October 6 – October 8, 2017, and will be open to the public between the hours of 12pm – 7pm EDT each day. Consumers can reserve their timeslot starting on September 26, 2017, through www.getanimatedinvasion.com. To continue following and get all the news on the Get Animated Invasion, follow @getanimated on Instagram and its dedicated tag, #getanimated.

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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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