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It is my tradition to kick off Comic-Con by walking the showfloor on preview night and taking photos of anything movie-related that interests me. This year the showfloor is overrun with Batman galore, because today is "Batman Day" celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the DC Comics superhero. There were also some new discoveries including Smaug at Weta and Hunger Games guards. I made my way through the crowds and snapped as many shots as I could before getting out, but there will certainly be more to come at the end (as I always head back again). For now, take a look at our preview night gallery with lots of toys and props. Here's the selection of cool movie stuff I found around this year - check out my showfloor photos from 2013. Below - Mondo's new collectible toys (announced this week) for The Iron Giant, plus for Alfred Hitchcock. A pod »
- Alex Billington
There is nothing quite like a Vin Diesel interview. As the planet prepares for the seismic impact of the release of "Guardians Of The Galaxy," one of the people who seems happiest about the entire thing is Diesel, and why not? Groot, the giant plant creature who he gives voice to in the film, is poised to be one of the breakout stars of the movie. He's sweet and gentle and dangerous and hilarious and very, very, very weird, which all sounds like a perfect way to describe Diesel himself. And keep in mind, I think the world of Diesel. I've been dealing with him occasionally since 1999, and he's always been the exact same guy every single time. I love that this is a guy who can both star in the ultimate muscle-head car-fanatic movie franchise and also rent a castle so he and his friends can play Dungeons & Dragons in style. »
- Drew McWeeny
Mondo is a company with a magic touch in the sense that all the great work they do sends fans into a frenzy. Their limited edition posters sell out in minutes. Their gallery showings get people lined up for days. They release vinyl albums for beloved soundtracks. The company continues to expand, and their latest endeavors are sure to arouse even more passion from fans. Earlier today, Mondo announced that they will start selling toys starting with figures based on The Iron Giant, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Alfred Hitchcock. Last week, I spoke with Mondo CEO Justin Ishmael about the company's foray into toys, and he revealed not only details about the individual toys, but also talked about their availability, how much they might cost, when pre-orders might begin, and more. We also talked about what the company has planned for Comic-Con as well as their first annual convention, »
- Matt Goldberg
It looks like Mondo is getting into the toy business now! They've just revealed their Iron Giant action figure, which is a must have for any collector and lover of this brilliant animated movie. This is one of several toys that they will be releasing. They are also going to release figures for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Alfred Hitchcock. Below you will find the official press release and more pics.
Mondo is doing toys! The launch of figures for The Iron Giant, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Alfred Hitchcock are Mondo's first foray into toy collectibles, with the subjects and diversity of design reflecting Mondo's unique passions. The initial offerings include replicas as well as toys from artist-based designs, which can be previewed at San Diego Comic-Con in Mondo's booth (#835).
Toys join Mondo's growing list of pop culture passions in posters, vinyl, gallery events, VHS and apparel. "I am so pumped to announce toys! »
- Joey Paur
The next few days are going to be filled with more “Cool Stuff” posts than usual because of the awesome items hitting the floor at San Diego Comic-Con. You’ve probably already seen this Jurassic World poster, Marvel’s cool hoodies and more, but we’ve yet to hear much from Mondo. That’s going to change. At the convention […]
- Germain Lussier
Mondo is getting into the collectible toy business!
You probably know Mondo for their outstanding line of limited-edition posters, apparel, and vinyl records, but the Austin-based company is now entering the toy business! Figures for The Iron Giant, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Alfred Hitchcock will make up Mondo's first foray into toy collectibles. The initial offerings include replicas as well as toys from artist-based designs, which can be previewed at San Diego Comic-Con in Mondo's booth (#835).
"I am so pumped to announce toys! We've been working on this in secrecy for a year. We'll be focusing on existing properties that we love, as well as working with artists to bring their own creations to life," Mondo CEO Justin Ishmael said.
Among the upcoming offerings:
Celebrating its 15th anniversary, The Iron Giant has reaped praise as being among the greatest animated films ever made (recently ranked #7 on »
- email@example.com (Victor Medina)
After driving fans wild with posters, albums, and more, Mondo is now entering a new arena: toys. The company is going to come out with guns blazing as their first releases will be a 16" The Iron Giant figure, a 1/6th-scale Alfred Hitchcock action figure, and an adorable "Lil' Mikey", a vinyl figure based off Mike Mitchell's artwork for Michelangelo from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Because Mondo is a by-fans, for-fans enterprise, Mondo CEO Justin Ishmael says they chose The Iron Giant because they love the movie. "It's not like it's an anniversary," says Ishmael. "This could be the year after the movie came out, we would be trying to do this." According to USA Today, The Iron Giant figure has "30 points of articulation, lights up, has a magnetic 'S' from a "Seafood" sign to put on his chest, and has an interchangeable dented head and weaponized arm to »
- Matt Goldberg
Most cinephiles are familiar with the collectible arthouse Mondo and the amazing pieces they sell in very limited supply to only the most rabid fans. Every now and then they have some other goodies too like t-shirts or an entire clothing and accessory line dedicated to The Shining, but now they're getting into the market of action figures, statues and toys. USA Today reports Mondo will kick off this new venture at Comic-Con with a first wave of toys that includes a 16-inch figure of The Iron Giant, a vinyl figure for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and an action figure of iconic director Alfred Hitchcock. More below! Here's a first look at the 16-inch figure created to commemorate Brad Bird's The Iron Giant: The figure has 30 points of articulation and lights up, not to mention having a magnetic "S" from a "Seafood" sign to put on his chest, »
- Ethan Anderton
[Press Release] Austin, TX - Monday, July 21, 2014 - Mondo is doing toys! The launch of figures for The Iron Giant, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Alfred Hitchcock are Mondo's first foray into toy collectibles, with the subjects and diversity of design reflecting Mondo's unique passions. The initial offerings include replicas as well as toys from artist-based designs, which can be previewed at San Diego Comic-Con in Mondo's booth (#835). Toys join Mondo's growing list of pop culture passions in posters, vinyl, gallery events, VHS and apparel. "I am so pumped to announce toys! We've been working on this in secrecy for a year and now it's time to let you guys know about it. We'll be focusing on existing properties that we love as well as working with artists to bring their own creations »
- Pietro Filipponi
He’s fluffy, slow, and he’s about to get an upgrade [cue the Beyonce song]. He’s Baymax, and he is the perfect best friend as long as he doesn’t run out of batteries. The Big Hero 6 trailer makes the movie feel like a family friendly Iron Man blended with The Iron Giant and whatever else has “iron” in the title. It’s also a nice reminder that there’s another Marvel movie coming out that seeks to fill the Pixarian void. Check out the trailer, and see if you can guess who’s voicing Baymax, the fluffy robot who earns afterburners. This is an absolutely charming trailer that hints at both big adventure and heart. And, yes, that’s Scott Adsit from 30 Rock behind the fluff. The plot feels like stock wish fulfillment, but it also looks incredibly funny and sweet. You’ve got a super genius kid (Hiro, voiced by Ryan Potter), the mysterious masked villain »
- Scott Beggs
When watching a release from a first-time director, it's always difficult to know exactly what to expect. Judging by the previews, you might have expected Earth to Echo to be a sophisticated, effects-driven grand adventure on the scale of The Goonies or Et: The Extra-Terrestrial. What you'll get is a charming mashup that pulls its strongest influences from classics like Et, The Goonies and The Iron Giant but never finds enough of its own identity to become more than an "echo" of those sources.
Director Dave Green and writer Henry Gayden, who both worked on the small screen on the series Zombie Roadkill, have assembled a talented cast of relative unknown child actors including Teo Halm (Alex), Brian Bradley (Tuck), Reese Hartwig (Munch), and Ella Wahlestedt (Emma). The most recognizable face is the adult villain Dr. Madsen played by the unlikely Jason Gray-Stanford, best known as police Lt. Randy Disher in Monk. »
- Mike Saulters
Cinema is inherently political. Even when filmmakers don’t go out of their way to put ideology under a microscope, their films still make implicit political statements. In 2008, for example, The Dark Knight combined all the thrills of a superhero flick with a gritty crime yarn while providing an allegory for the war on terror; meanwhile, 1999′s The Iron Giant delighted audiences with its central emotional through lines of friendship and self-determination, but also contains an anti-gun sentiment and a satirical critique of reactionary governance.
Neither film engages with contemporary politics openly and head-on; the political messages have to be read out of them. Other films, though, prefer to wear their politics on their sleeves, and Seth Rogen’s upcoming The Interview is one of them. The film has Rogen play ...
- Andy Crump
Hollywood has introduced us to a ton of awesome robots over the years. Robots have always been extremely cool, and they've sparked the imagination of what is possible. The robots we've seen in the movies have inspired technology and science. There are engineers out there who have created robots of their own and are constantly trying to perfect them. One day those robots will take over the world and destroy us all.
We all have our favorite robots, and I thought I'd come up with a top 10 list of my personal favorites. Note: Cyborgs like RoboCop don't count as robots on this list.
If you'd like to share your own favorites, please feel free to post them in the comments section below!
Iron Giant - The Iron Giant
The Iron Giant is by far my favorite robot. He's the one I would have loved to play with as a kid. »
- Joey Paur
Robots have been a part of cinema since its creation and still make for intriguing on-screen presences. With RoboCop set for a Limited Edition Blu-ray Steelbook, DVD and Blu-ray release on 9th June 2014 from Studiocanal, we count down the most memorable movie cyborgs to have graced our screens.
Evil Maria – Metropolis (1927)
Fritz Lang’s classic sees an inventor, who has created a robot to resurrect his deceased wife, apply the likeness of a popular female worked named Maria (played by Brigitte Helm) in an attempt to ruin her reputation amongst her peers. Once completed, the robot is an evil incarnation of Maria and wreaks havoc in the dystopian future depicted by Lang.
Not only are these two of the most beloved robots in cinematic history, but one of the most revered fictional filmic double acts to adorn the screen. R2-D2 (played by »
- Phil Wheat
It’s time, once again, for Hollywood to bring to the big screen another tale from the pages of a popular young adult novel. But this one is a bit different. It’s not the first in a series, so no franchise this time. Oh, and it’s not set in the fantasy realm of sparkly vampires, hunky werewolves, and displaced offspring of mythical beings. And it’s not so in a dreary, futuristic dystopian society where evil adults force teens to battle each other for survival. Nope, this is a sweet, down-to-Earth story about two teens falling in love, much like last year’s low-key love story The Spectacular Now. Hey, the blossoming beauty from that earlier film, Shailene Woodley, is the female lead in the new flick. This after being the lead in the first film based on a series with those futuristic teen battles, Divergent, earlier this year. »
- Jim Batts
It seems that Warner Bros. is planning a full-length animated "Flintstones" project, with Will Ferrell and his frequent creative collaborator Adam McKay producing through their Gary Sanchez Production shingle (at least according to The Hollywood Reporter). What's more is that Chris Henchy, another partner in Gary Sanchez and a writer on such Sanchez projects as HBO's genuinely amazing "Eastbound & Down" and the somewhat less inspiring political comedy "The Campaign," will be writing the screenplay. While a cast hasn't been announced yet, we've already begun saying prayers for Ferrell and John C. Reilly to play Fred and Barney.
The prospect of remaking "The Flintstones" seems like a simple enough proposition. It's not the most sophisticated property to update (and the series itself is just a stone-age retelling of "The Honeymooners"). But it has become increasingly difficult to adapt the beloved Hanna-Barbera cartoon (which, before "The Simpsons," was the longest running »
- Drew Taylor
Odd List Ryan Lambie 28 Apr 2014 - 06:21
From Japanese anime to Disney via stop-motion, here are 18 animated films that are mystifyingly unavailable on Blu-ray...
Not all movies need to be seen in HD, but if there's one type of filmmaking that regularly benefits from the Blu-ray format, it's animation. Let us cite one example at random: My Neighbour Totoro. Until fairly recently, the only copy we had on the shelf was an early, imported version on DVD, which was grainy and a little washed-out.
When Studio Canal issued Totoro on Blu-ray in 2012, the difference in image quality was little short of a revelation: Hayao Miyazaki's colours and fluid lines positively shimmered. In short, it was like seeing this fresh, sun-drenched film again for the first time.
The same could be said for so many other animated films, no matter what country they come from: in high-definition, we can truly »
Since Brad Bird directed The Iron Giant, he's gone on to direct some awesome films in his career such as The Incredibles, Ratatouille and Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol. Out of all of those movies though, The Iron Giant is my favorite, in fact it's my number one favorite animated flick ever. I know many of you are fans of the movie as well, and it's a shame that it still hasn't been released on Blu-ray.
Even though the film is a classic, and one of the greatest animated film of all time, Warner Bros. screwed it over by not marketing it. It's an incredibly sad story, because this thing should have been a huge hit. The WB continues to screw it over by not releasing it on Blu-ray.
Bird was recently asked on Twitter when it might be released, and this was his reply:
"WB & I have been talking. But »
- Joey Paur
News Simon Brew 24 Apr 2014 - 07:17
You want a really good The Iron Giant Blu-ray release? Then you might need to do something about it...
Way back on the press tour for Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, we got to spend 20 minutes in the company of its director, Brad Bird. This was a big moment for us, given that Bird directed The Incredibles and Ratatouille, along with one of our favourite films, The Iron Giant.
We've written about our precise love for The Iron Giant here, but Bird told us something about the film's planned Blu-ray release when we interviewed him. Here's what he said: "I’ve been talking with Warner Bros for basically the past ten years, and all sorts of options have been discussed.
There’s been talk of doing about a minute and a half, two minutes, of new animation for it, that were some sequences that we designed in the original, »
The Iron Giant is one of my all-time favorite movies. I have two Iron Giant Mondo posters. I have a little Iron Giant toy on my desk. What I don't have is the movie on Blu-ray because it's not available in that format. The special edition DVD is nice, but writer-director Brad Bird made a visually impressive movie, and it's worth a high-end Blu-ray release that not only looks good, but also has plenty of great extras. Earlier today, Bird was asked on Twitter about when we might see the movie on Blu-ray. Bird explained that he's spoken with Warner Bros. about it, but he wants more than a bare bones release. I couldn't agree more. I know it's kind of a cult film, but plenty of cult movies get excellent Blu-ray releases, and I think WB might be surprised at how many people want The Iron Giant to get the same treatment. »
- Matt Goldberg
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