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Hasbro launches a subscription service for games – TechCrunch

Posted: Monday, June 19, 2017

Toy company Hasbro is belatedly entering the subscription service market with today’s launch of Hasbro Gaming Crate – a service that ships a themed box containing three board games to users every three months. The service, which costs $49.99 per crate, offers two options – one designed for adults in search of new party games, and another with games better suited for families. The company had previously announced its intentions…

Mattel Bringing Unique ‘Cars 3′ Die-Cast to Comic-Con (Exclusive) – Hollywood Reporter

Posted: Monday, June 19, 2017

Mattel is one of the play companies that has a huge presence at July’s San Diego Comic-Con and will offer a grab bag of convention exclusives. One of the company’s offerings is a unique Cars 3 die-cast that shows the different stages of the making of one of Mattel’s signature toys, its miniature cars. Heat Vision has an exclusive look, with the focus on Lightning McQueen. The first car is…

The Truth About the Megyn Kelly-Alex Jones Cage Match – Vanity Fair

Posted: Monday, June 19, 2017

The much-hyped Megyn Kelly face-off with conspiracist Alex Jones was a bit of an InfoSnooze, if damning and ultimately worthwhile, assuming you DVR’d it and didn’t blow off a Father’s Day dinner. In some ways, the session that prompted much internal “should we or shouldn’t we run it?” debate within NBC News (and among their MSNBC friends) proved “kind of blah,” as put by Julia Keller, a Pulitzer Prize-winning former…

Woman flips out after mistaking rattlesnake for dog toy – WGN-TV

Posted: Monday, June 19, 2017

CALABASAS, Calif. — A Southern California woman was literally rattled when she picked up what she thought was a dog toy. Carla Portocarerro Rosso was on her way inside when she saw what looked like one of her dog’s toy ropes, according to KRON. “I picked it up and it felt squishy, ” Carla said. “That’s when I realized it wasn’t a rope.” Carla was holding a rattlesnake with her…

Sony and Marvel have very different, conflicting ideas as to what is part of the MCU – Polygon

Posted: Monday, June 19, 2017

Spider-Man: Homecoming represents a new beginning for both Marvel and Sony — but what that means is still unclear. Homecoming, first and foremost, is Spider-Man’s big debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Although Spidey technically made his first appearance in Captain America: Civil War last year, Homecoming is all about him being made an official MCU member. That’s partially why Iron Man has such a strong presence, the events of…

Barbie fanatic, 46, spends more than £20000 on plastic surgery to make herself look more like the doll (and she even … – Daily Mail

Posted: Monday, June 19, 2017

Single mother Rachel Evans, from south east London, is obsessed with Barbie The 46-year-old has spent more than £20,000 trying to look more like the doll She has even had the corners of her mouth turned upwards so she always smiles  She is one of three women appearing on OMG: My Barbie Body on Channel 5 By Stephanie Linning for MailOnline Published: 04:03 EDT, 19 June 2017 | Updated: 06:24…

Spider-Man: Homecoming: Sony contradict Marvel, say Venom will be linked to MCU – The Independent

Posted: Monday, June 19, 2017

There seems to be some confusion over at Marvel and Sony regarding the upcoming Spider-Man spin-off Venom.  While Marvel CEO Kevin Feige remains adamant Tom Hardy’s villain-led flick will remain unrelated to Spider-Man: Homecoming — the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) instalment — Sony’s Amy Pascal has other ideas.  “They will all take place in the world we’re now creating for Peter Parker,” Pascal told German website Film Starts. “There’ll be…

What Did Luke Skywalker Do After ‘Return Of The Jedi’? ‘Star Wars: Battlefront 2′ Has The Answer – Newsweek

Posted: Monday, June 19, 2017

When Disney and Lucasfilm announced they would partner up to revitalize the Star Wars franchise one of the first casualties was the bloated canon of books and comics and TV shows and video games. They said that outside of the movies, basically, no other stories would exist in this new Star Wars universe.However, every Star Wars story going forward would be included in the canon, after meeting some rigorous standards…

Star Wars vs. Star Trek settled for all time with dance-off – Polygon – Polygon

Posted: Monday, June 19, 2017

Star Wars versus Star Trek. We’ve argued this without resolution for 40 years. There have been weak proxy arguments like the Millennium Falcon vs. Enterprise (Enterprise, duh) and Borg Cube vs. Death Star (Death Star, duh) but we’ve never seen the two actually throw down head-to-head, until last night at a baseball game in Fresno. The conceit here is Starfleet shows up to crash the Star Wars party that the…

Twin Peaks: The Hidden Implications of Diane’s Emotional Confrontation – Vanity Fair

Posted: Monday, June 19, 2017

This post contains frank discussion of Episode 7 of Twin Peaks: The Return that aired Sunday, June 18. If you’re not all caught up, now is the time to leave. This week’s episode of Twin Peaks may have messed with viewers a little (lengthy scene of sweeping in the Bang Bang Bar, anyone?) but it also delivered a long desired meeting between Diane (Laura Dern) and Dale Cooper (Kyle McLachlan)….

Star Wars vs. Star Trek settled for all time with dance-off – Polygon

Posted: Sunday, June 18, 2017

Star Wars versus Star Trek. We’ve argued this without resolution for 40 years. There have been weak proxy arguments like the Millennium Falcon vs. Enterprise (Enterprise, duh) and Borg Cube vs. Death Star (Death Star, duh) but we’ve never seen the two actually throw down head-to-head, until last night at a baseball game in Fresno. The conceit here is Starfleet shows up to crash the Star Wars party that the…

Disneyland’s Star Wars-themed Space Mountain feels forced – CNET – CNET

Posted: Sunday, June 18, 2017

I’m hurtling upside down through the dark while a fighter pilot jabbers incomprehensible French words in my ear. Out of the corner of my eye, a Star Wars TIE fighter screams past, pursued by an X-Wing. I’m not in a galaxy far, far away, but at Disneyland Paris riding the Hyperspace Mountain roller coaster. Opened in May after a four-month refurbishment, Hyperspace Mountain rebrands the park’s version of the famed…

In a Strategic Shift, Mattel Embraces Open Innovation – Inc.com

Posted: Sunday, June 18, 2017

Calling all product developers, designers, engineers, inventors, artists, makers, tinkerers, and DIY enthusiasts! I have great news for you. The toy company Mattel is now accepting your ideas for new products online. Until recently, submitting an idea to Mattel was a challenge for most of us. You had to have a toy broker represent you or have successfully established yourself as a professional inventor. No more! In a marked shift,…

Star Wars: Check Out The Original Designs For Empire Strikes Back Logo – Comicbook.com

Posted: Sunday, June 18, 2017

It’s hard to imagine the Star Wars logos looking any different. The fat font of the saga’s lettering has since become iconic, gracing the opening crawl to almost every entry and being utilized on the cover of every piece of box art. But when the series was still fairly new, it almost underwent significant changes for its second entry. Ralph McQuarrie brainstormed a few different…

Disneyland’s Star Wars-themed Space Mountain feels forced – CNET

Posted: Sunday, June 18, 2017

I’m hurtling upside down through the dark while a fighter pilot jabbers incomprehensible French words in my ear. Out of the corner of my eye, a Star Wars TIE fighter screams past, pursued by an X-Wing. I’m not in a galaxy far, far away, but at Disneyland Paris riding the Hyperspace Mountain roller coaster. Opened in May after a four-month refurbishment, Hyperspace Mountain rebrands the park’s version of the famed…

New Disclosure States Trump Retains $1.4 Billion in Worldwide Assets – Vanity Fair

Posted: Sunday, June 18, 2017

On Friday, the Office of Government Ethics posted a disclosure from Donald Trump stating that the President’s assets are worth around $1.4 billion from his various real estate ventures and foreign deals worldwide. It’s hard to tell, but this is not so different from the report he filed May of last year, which stated that he was worth $1.5 billion. He has still not released his tax returns. According to…

Star Wars: Millennium Falcon Spotted On Google Earth – Comicbook.com

Posted: Saturday, June 17, 2017

It’s safe to say that few sci-fi vehicles are quite as iconic as the Millennium Falcon. The Star Wars spaceship – piloted by Han Solo, and most recently by Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens – has been a favorite of audiences since it first appeared in A New Hope. And now, fans can see it from a whole new angle. JediNewsUK recently discovered that…

Disneyland’s Star Wars-themed Space Mountain feels forced – CNET

Posted: Saturday, June 17, 2017

I’m hurtling upside down through the dark while a fighter pilot jabbers incomprehensible French words in my ear. Out of the corner of my eye, a Star Wars TIE fighter screams past, pursued by an X-Wing. I’m not in a galaxy far, far away, but at Disneyland Paris riding the Hyperspace Mountain roller coaster. Opened in May after a four-month refurbishment, Hyperspace Mountain rebrands the park’s version of the famed…