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The Force Awakens Toys and Promo Art Revealed in Hasbro Catalogue

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens may not open in theaters until December 18th, but that’s no reason to prevent you from buying all the movie’s toys now. Disney, Lucasfilm and Hasbro are celebrating “Force Friday” starting at 12:01 AM Friday, September 4th. At that point, Star Wars fans will be able to visit their favorite store or online retailer in order to get their hands on the next generation of Star Wars toys and memorabilia.

There are some great looks at characters who are new to the franchise, like John Boyega’s Finn, Daisey Ridley’s Rey, Gwendoline Christie’s Captain Phasma, Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren, and Oscar Isaac’s Poe Dameron. There are also some interesting toys that pop up which feature new looks at redesigned TIE Fighters and X-Wings, or secondary characters like Constable Zuvio.

While you wait until next Friday, you can get an early peek at some of the promotional artwork that will be included on store displays and some merchandise.The artwork, which popped up online recently, features character shots of Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), new heroes like Rey (Daisy Ridley), old favorites like Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew), adorable little astromech droid BB-8, and the Stormtroopers of The First Order.

There has been a great deal made of original trilogy cast members Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) being a part of the film, but there has been a distinct lack of these characters on any of the promotional art.

So far, what has been presented is a lot of Kylo Ren, who is the latest in a long line of Star Wars villains. Kylo belongs to The First Order. Rey, meanwhile, is a mysterious new character that has only described as a young female scavenger. She has been shown in the film’s previews, driving her speeder across the deserts of the planet Jakku, dressed in rags with a scarf around her face.

BB-8 is the newest in a line of adorable droids that has already managed to capture the hearts of the fans. BB-8 is an Astromech droid that belongs to Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), and whose ball-like body fits nicely in a T-70 X-wing fighter’s droid socket.

The First Order is one of the most interesting groups to be prominantly displayed on the posters. The faction is said to consist of a military extremist group that is still trying to carry on the mission of the fallen Galactic Empire.

The full line of Star Wars: The Force Awakens merchandise will officially hit stores on Friday, September 4, 2015 – otherwise known as “Force Friday.” The event will begin at 12:01 a.m. on Friday and it’s sure to bring new and old fans alike out in droves.

“Every lightsaber, every action figure, every LEGO set tells a story for generations of Star Wars fans, and this global event is a celebration of those stories. We’re excited to be part of the countdown to this enormous movie moment,” said Josh Silverman, executive vice president, global licensing, Disney Consumer Products.

Fans wanting to be the first to get their hands on Star Wars: The Force Awakens merchandise can set their hyperspace and social media coordinates now: They will be able to visit their local retailer starting at midnight on September 4, and are encouraged to document their experience using the hashtags #ForceFriday and #MidnightMadness. A wide-range of products — from toys and collectibles, to books and comics, ebooks and apps, to apparel and lifestyle accessories — will be available at mass retailers and Disney Store locations worldwide, as well as on DisneyStore.Com.

Source text: ScreenRant.Com and ComicBookMovie.Com. Images: Imgur.

It may be hard to believe, but we stand just over four months away from the theatrical premiere of J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens. And though Lucasfilm has mostly kept things close to the chest, time dictates that soon they’re going to have to open the vault and start revealing more information about the studio’s highly anticipated film.

But the new wave of marketing seems to have commenced, thanks to some in-depth coverage from Enterteinment Weekly that detailed everything from Harrison Ford’s triumphant return to backstory on Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren. And as fans await the film’s third trailer (which will debut this fall), they can bide their time checking out a new poster for the movie.

At the 2015 D23 Expo, attendees were lucky enough to get an exclusive one-sheet by famed artist Drew Struzan. It features characters many moviegoers should be familiar with now – Han Solo, Finn (John Boyega), Rey (Daisy Ridley), and Kylo Ren. However, the contents of the poster may cause a few raised eyebrows.

As you can clearly see, Finn is wielding a blue-bladed lightsaber, which theoretically could be Luke Skywalker’s old weapon from The Empire Strikes Back. We know that the saber has some kind of presence in Episode VII (it was featured in the second teaser trailer), and it’s long been rumored to be the catalyst of the Force Awakens’ plot. However, this is the first time we’ve seen a piece of Force Awakens marketing that shows someone actually using it.

That newcomer Finn is the one holding the lightsaber is an interesting fact to consider. Though little is known about The Force Awakens plot at this juncture, it seems to suggest the character may have some level of Force sensitivity, and perhaps Finn’s storyline will deal with him marching towards a destiny as a Jedi Knight. Given that Rey has long been speculated to be the daughter of Han and Leia, some fans may be surprised she is not the one with the lightsaber, but for now it seems like only one of the youngsters is on a path to learn the ways of the Force.

Some fans may be disappointed that this is another item of Force Awakens marketing that does not feature Luke or Leia (two of the film’s biggest mysteries), but Captain Solo being the only original trilogy player featured is justifiable. We know that Han will be one of the movie’s leads, and the iconic smuggler has already been shown in the second preview (so the studio is comfortable putting him on a poster). As eager as fans are to see the Skywalker twins, Lucasfilm clearly isn’t ready to put them in the spotlight yet.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters on December 18th, 2015, followed by Star Wars: Rogue One on December 16th, 2016, Star Wars: Episode VIII on May 26th, 2017, and the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film on May 25th, 2018. Star Wars: Episode IX is expected to reach theaters in 2019, followed by the third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020. Source text: Screen Rant.

Updated: Star Wars Episode VII The Force Awakens First Official Poster (1200×1700).



Wes Craven, the legendary director of the influential horror classic A Nightmare on Elm Street has passed away, as initially reported by THR, and thereafter confirmed by the director’s official Twitter page. Craven reportedly succumbed to brain cancer. He was 76 years old.

Craven’s long filmography included entries in many different genres, but his name will forever be synonymous with the scarred, knife-gloved ghoul Freddy Krueger from the original 1984 Elm Street along with numerous other horror titles which changed the genre for good. His influence on American horror and pop culture in general cannot be underestimated.


Wesley Earl Craven was born in Cleveland, Ohio on August 2, 1939 into a strict Baptist family. His mother was reportedly severely religious and he evidently never developed a close relationship with his father, who has been described as distant and violent in nature. Craven attended Wheaton College in Illinois, earning an undergraduate degree in English and Psychology before gaining a master’s in Writing and Philosophy from Johns Hopkins University.

Craven taught briefly at Westminster College and at what is now Clarkson University before moving into filmmaking, with his first job in the industry as a sound editor at a New York post-production house. Craven then moved into directing X-rated films, as stated during an interview for the porn documentary Inside Deep Throat.


Craven’s breakthrough was the 1972 low budget exploitation-horror shocker Last House on the Left, which Craven wrote, directed and edited. Produced by Sean S. Cunningham – who would go on to make the original 1980 Friday the 13th – and based on Swedish master Ingmar Bergman’s Virgin Spring, Craven’s debut chronicled the rape and murder of a young girl, whose attackers wind up at her parents’ home and become the victims of a brutal revenge.

Wes-Cravens-Last-House-on-the-LeftThe attackers in Wes Craven’s Last House on the Left.

Making over $3 million on a roughly $87,000 budget, Last House on the Left put Craven on the map. In 1977 Craven’s cult classic The Hills Have Eyes was released, which followed a suburban family who becomes stranded in the Nevada desert and assaulted by a family of deranged savages and was remade in 2006. Craven directed the 1982 comic book adaptation Swamp Thing (a cult favorite for… different reasons) and The Hills Have Eyes II before giving the world what would become his most enduring and immortal creation: Freddy Krueger in 1984’s A Nightmare on Elm Street.

hills-have-eyes-craven-1977Craven on set, The Hills Have Eyes, 1977.

Elm Street explored the terrifyingly thin line between dreams and reality and featured Robert Englund as the cackling homicidal Freddy, who haunts the dreams of suburban teenagers and dispatching them in increasingly grotesque and creative ways once they fall asleep. The film spawned a series of sequels (of increasingly diminished quality), a spinoff pitting two of the most iconic 1980’s slasher characters against each other (Freddy Vs. Jason), a horror anthology series for television and a 2010 remake. Freddy Krueger gained a permanent place in the American pop culture subconscious.

Freddy-Krueger-in-Wes-Cravens-A-Nightmare-on-Elm-StreetFreddy Krueger in Wes Craven’s 1984 A Nightmare on Elm Street.

In 1986, Craven directs his first movie for a big studio (Warner Bros.), Deadly Friend, a romantic teenage horror movie that failed in the box office. Originally, the film was a sci-fi thriller without any graphic scenes, with a bigger focus on plot and character development, and a dark love story centering around the two main characters, which were not typical aspects of Craven’s previous films. After Craven’s original director’s cut was shown to a test audience, the audience criticized the lack of graphic, bloody violence and gore that Craven’s films included. Due to studio imposed re-shoots and re-editing, the film was drastically altered in post-production, losing much of the original plot and more scenes between characters, while other scenes, including bloodier deaths and a new ending, were added.

deadly-friendDeadly Friend, director Wes Craven, and Kristy Swanson, 1986.

Craven was involved in the lucrative Elm Street sequels up until A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: The Dream Warriors, but moved on to direct episodes of the mid-80’s reboot of The Twilight Zone as well as The Serpent and the Rainbow, based on the nonfiction book about an ethnobotanist (Bill Pullman) who investigates an alleged true life case of a zombie created through Haitian Voodoo.

the-serpent-and-the-rainbowBill Pulman in The Serpent and the Rainbow, 1988.

The Serpent and the Rainbow represented an attempt to move away from the slasher genre Craven helped create, and while he would follow it up with schlocky fare like the horror-comedy Shocker and the more straight-forward horror film The People Under the Stairs, Craven would revisit his signature creation with 1994’s New Nightmare. A meta-horror examination of the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, New Nightmare featured the original film’s stars Heather Langenkamp and Robert Englund (and Craven himself) as themselves, pitted against Freddy Krueger as attempts to enter the real world.

Ghostface-in-Wes-Cravens-ScreamGhostface in Wes Craven’s 1996 Scream.

screamScream, Wes Craven, with Drew Barrymore, 1996.

In 1996, Wes Craven once again reinvented the horror genre for a new generation with Scream, a horror movie about horror movies featuring a clever, self-aware script by Kevin Williamson and – keeping with the Craven tradition of casting promising talent (like Johnny Depp in Elm Street or Sharon Stone in 1981’s Deadly Blessing) – starred the likes of Neve Campbell, Skeet Ulrich, Jamie Kennedy and Matthew Lillard. Scream spawned three sequels and was recently adapted for television on MTV. The TV version of Scream has proved a hit, and has been renewed for a second season.

music-of-the-heartCraven directs Music of the Heart, 1999.

red-eyeRed Eye, director Wes Craven, Rachel McAdams on set, 2005.

paris-je-taimeParis, Je T’Aime, segment: Pere-Lachaise, directed by Wes Craven, on location, 2006.

Between directing Scream 2 and Scream 3, Craven stepped out of his main genre completely with the drama Music of the Heart, which starred Meryl Streep in an Oscar-nominated performance as an inner-city music teacher. His straight-forward thriller Red Eye was one of the highlights of his 2000’s output, as was his segment in the acclaimed French anthology film Paris je t’aime. His final two films, 2010’s My Soul to Take and 2011’s Scream 4 were less well-received, but he had several promising projects in development, such as a television adaptation of The People Under the Stairs with SyFy.

My-Soul-to-TakeWes Craven directing My Soul to Take (2010).

scream-4Scream 4, director Wes Craven, with Courteney Cox, on set, 2011.

wes_portraitCraven was a life-long nature lover and served as a member of the Audubon California Board of Directors, a conservationist society committed to restoring and protecting natural ecosystems. He is survived by his third wife Iya Labunka, his sister, children, grandchildren and stepdaughter.

Wes Craven was of the greatest American horror directors of all time, tapping into the existential terror lurking under the surface of 1980’s suburbia and time and again explored the blurry line between fantasy and reality. On the subject of the horror genre, Craven once said:

“It’s like boot camp for the psyche. In real life, human beings are packaged in the flimsiest of packages, threatened by real and sometimes horrifying dangers, events like Columbine. But the narrative form puts these fears into a manageable series of events. It gives us a way of thinking rationally about our fears.”

R.I.P. Master. You gave generations of horror fans the best kind of nightmares.

Wes Craven Filmography (only as director)

1972 – The Last House on the Left     
1977 – The Hills Have Eyes     
1978 – Stranger in Our House     (TV movie)
1981 – Deadly Blessing     
1982 – Swamp Thing     
1984 – Invitation to Hell     (TV movie)
1984 – A Nightmare on Elm Street     
1985 – Chiller     (TV movie)
1985 – The Hills Have Eyes Part II     
1985 – The Twilight Zone     (TV series, 5 episodes)
1986 – Deadly Friend     
1986 – Casebusters (Episode of anthology TV series Disneyland)
1988 – The Serpent and the Rainbow     
1989 – The People Next Door         
1989 – Shocker     
1990 – Night Visions     (TV movie)
1991 – The People Under the Stairs     
1992 – Nightmare Cafe     (TV movie)
1994 – Wes Craven’s New Nightmare     
1995 – Vampire in Brooklyn     
1995 – The Hills Have Eyes III         
1996 – Scream     
1997 – Scream 2     
1999 – Music of the Heart     
2005 – Cursed     
2005 – Red Eye     
2006 – Paris, je t’aime  (Segment: Père-Lachaise)    
2010 – My Soul to Take     
2011 – Scream 4

Source: Wikipedia and Screen Rant.

Jurabbit Park

Posted: August 28, 2015 in animals, humor, movies
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Who framed Roger Jurabbit?

Roger Angus Dorn, is a rabbit, and plays a central role in the new triller Jurabbit Park, which is produced by Roger’s human, Matt Christensen. Roger stars in a 9 photos gallerie of him re-enacting scenes from the 1993 film Jurassic Park. More pictures of Roger on his Instagram’s Page. Source: Cute Overload.









Poison from Final Fight

Posted: August 28, 2015 in cosplay, games
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I’m not a video game expert, but I spent many hours of my teenage playing games as Mortal Kombat, Streets of Rage, Street Fighter II and Final Fight, but I never, never imagined something like that…


She, he or something else?

poison_final_fight_japanPoison Kiss is a fictional character in the Final Fight and Street Fighter series of video games. Created by Akira Yasuda for Capcom, Poison first appeared in the original Final Fight alongside a similar character, Roxy, later appearing in Capcom-produced games, media and merchandise related to the Street Fighter franchise. She is voiced by Atsuko Tanaka since the Street Fighter III series, and Masae Yumi in SNK vs. Capcom: SVC Chaos.

Originally conceived as a female thug in Final Fight and part of the game’s antagonist group, Mad Gear, concerns during the game’s development about reactions from North American audiences to fighting women, resulted in the character being re-imagined as a futanari (Japanese word for hermaphroditism, which is also used in a broader sense for androgyny). However, that was not considered satisfactory and both Poison and her palette swap Roxy were replaced by the male characters “Billy” and “Sid”, and have been for every subsequent North American port of the title on Nintendo consoles and handhelds.


Poison-ArtAfter the Final Fight series Poison later appeared alongside wrestler Hugo, acting as his manager, with her schemes revolving around finding a tag team partner for him or developing their own wrestling organization. Poison was also to appear in both Capcom Fighting All-Stars and Final Fight: Streetwise; however, the former was canceled, and she was omitted from the latter as development progressed. Following those aborted attempts, she ended up appearing as a playable character on Street Fighter X Tekken. She was also added as a playable character to Ultra Street Fighter IV.

The character’s status as potentially a trans woman, consciously left ambiguous by the developers, has remained a topic of frequent debate by both fans and media alike. Source for the text: Wikipedia.

Well, in Poison’s page on Capcom Database on Wikia, you’ll read:

“Poison is infamous because of the uncertainty regarding her gender, as there has been constant debate whether she is technically male or female on several fronts.”

If you do not believe, watch this curious and funny video and discover the awful truth about Poison (subtitled in Portuguese):

Despite all controversy, she/he always looked extremely sexy and hot to me, with her/his about 5 feet 9 inches (175 cm) tall and measurements as 34-25-35 (88-66-89 cm). And if Poison is a man, she is certainly the most gorgeous man in the game universe. Game Over.