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Sunday, 27 May 2018

Solo Struggles With $148-Million Global Opening

"I've got a bad feeling about this."

Ron Howard's Solo: A Star Wars Story struggled at the box office this long weekend, bringing in $148-Million worldwide. Granted, that's the largest Memorial Day weekend debut in four years, but its a far cry from the $290-Million brought in by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in 2016.

Initially, analysts predicted that the spinoff would bring in between $130-$150-Million here in North America this weekend, but those numbers were adjusted down to $105-$115-Million on Friday. Interestingly, the $148-Million debut is something that many film franchises would love to have, but it's no secret that things are judged a little different when it comes to Star Wars.

While reasons for the film's poor opening are unknown, some feel it could be due to brand fatigue given that the last movie in the franchise was in theatres just five months ago. Additionally, the Memorial Day weekend, which has in recent years struggled to get audiences to leave their BBQs and head to the movies, could have also played a factor.

Perhaps the long wait for Star Wars: Episode IX will be a good thing.

Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in Solo: A Star Wars Story, an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes.

Starring Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Joonas Suotamo, Jon Favreau, and Paul Bethany, Solo: A Star Wars Story is playing in theatres now!

Will you be seeing it this weekend?

Source: CNN

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The Toys That Made Us Returns Bigger Than Ever

Are you looking for something to watch this weekend? Then, look no further than The Toys That Made Us! That's right, the fun-filled documentary series about the toys that we all know is back with four brand new episodes set to explore some of the biggest names in pop culture history. From Star Trek to Transformers, LEGO to Hello Kitty, the series returns ready for a trip into the deep end of nostalgia - one that we're certain fans will want to take part in once again!

For the first episode, The Toys That Made Us boldly goes where no man has gone before with an entertaining look at the many ups and downs of Star Trek toys. Featuring interviews with everyone from Rod Roddenberry, former MEGO president Marty Abrams and sculptor Steve Varner, the episode explores the successes the brand enjoyed during the 70's and 90's, but is not afraid to pull a few punches in the process- even going so far as to admit that Trekker toys have been forced to live in the large shadow cast by Star Wars for the last forty years.

Still, it's an absolutely fascinating episode, and easily one of our favorites to date. Interestingly, when we interviewed Brian Volk-Weiss late last year about the show, he was not afraid to express his love of Trek. And we've got to admit, the amount of care and love that went into crafting this particular episode is a true testament to just how passionate Star Trek fans can be!

For the second episode, The Toys That Made Us rolls out with one of the biggest toy brands to come out of the 1980's - Transformers. And they cover everything! From the brand's humble beginnings in Japan, to the eventual partnership between Takara and Hasbro, and the final evolution of the line into what we've come to know and love today.

As with past episodes, the Transformers one is crammed full of nostalgic goodness that offers an in-depth look at the creation of the Marvel comic, to the debut of the hugely popular cartoon and, of course, the eventual live-action film franchise from Paramount Pictures and director Michael Bay. It's a fascinating look at the evolution of one of the pop culture world's biggest toy brands and is the one that really hits closest to home with all of us here at Infinite Earths! We all grew up during the heyday of the Transformers, and they were one of the toys we remember playing with most as kids.

Additionally, the episode holds a special place in our hearts due to the plain and simple fact that our love for all things Transformers has remained a constant over the last three decades - a love that, like us, grew and changed with the passage of time - but still remains as strong as ever today. To watch the evolution of one of the biggest influences of our childhood within this new, and truly engaging, episode is nothing short of thrilling as we wax nostalgic for our favorite Robots In Disguise!

For their third episode, The Toys That Made Us take fans to Denmark for an in-depth look at LEGO. While the Star Trek episode was the most entertaining, and the Transformers episode the one that hit closest to home for all of us here, it was the LEGO episode that we found to be the most informative. There was no shortage of these colorful building sets available to us growing up, so we always assumed that the European based company was always at the forefront of profitable business. However, as this episode shows, that wasn't always the case.

In fact, the LEGO episode takes a long and hard look at the many hardships that faced the now world renowned company over the last six decades- and it's a real eye-opener. The episode features some truly interesting interviews with several members of the LEGO family as they recount the many pitfalls that almost took the manufacturer down once and for all - however, things eventually take a rather inspiring turn thanks in no small part to such things as the Bionicle line, and the choice to turn things around at LEGO by going back to basics and embracing the original vision of their ingenious founder. The episode comes off as almost Rocky Balboian in nature as the company desperately fought to get ahead on numerous occasions, but it wasn't until they buckled down and got back to basics that they were able to rise up and emerge as one of the heavyweight champs of the business world. It's rather poetic, and we think that even Mr. Stallone himself would be proud of the tale!

Rounding out the newest batch of episodes, The Toys That Made Us returns to Japan for an in-depth look at one of Asia's biggest success stories - and no, we don't mean Pokémon. No, we're talking about everyone's favorite feline, Hello Kitty.

The episode takes us behind the doors of the Sanrio company for a chat with Yuko Shimizu, a man whose obsession with small gifts gave the world one of its most loved characters. Along the way, we learn of some of the pitfalls overcome by the company as they worked to deal with something more popular than they ever could have imagined, and it offers a very interestingly look at how one company rose up to meet this challenge.

Yes, The Toys That Made Us is here, and it's ready to hit the ground running with its four most entertaining, and toyetic, episodes to date. Each one offers a truly unique viewing experience that is sure to captivate both diehard fans and casual viewers alike as the Netflix documentary series returns ready to showcase even more plastic creations that last for generations!

Thanks for the memories! We can't wait to see what's next!

The Toys That Made Us is streaming now on Netflix!

Until next time, Infinite Earths fans!

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Saturday, 26 May 2018

Live-Action Kim Possible Expands Its Cast

Disney's live-action Kim Possible has expanded its cast.

Todd Stashwick, Taylor Ortega, Ciara Wilson, Erika Tham, Alyson Hannigan, and Connie Ray have all joined the project in key roles. They join previously announced leads Sadie Stanley and Sean Giambrone, who will play Kim Possible and Ron Stoppable respectively.

Hannigan will play Kim’s mother, Dr. Ann Possible, while Ray represents the next generation up as grandmother Nana Possible. Stashwick will portray bumbling villain Dr. Drakken, while Ortega will play Shego, Drakken’s considerably more competent assistant. Wilson has been cast as fellow high school student Athena, while Tham will play Bonnie, Kim’s childhood frenemy.

The made for TV movie follows a not-so-average high school student who doubles as a secret agent, using her superior wits and agility to defeat evil forces and save the world with the help of her best friend and sidekick Ron and his naked mole rat, Rufus.

The upcoming project serves as an adaption of the famed animated series of the same name, which ran for 87 episodes and two animated movies between 2002 and 2007.

Source: Variety

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Meow! Tweeterhead Unveils New Catwoman Maquette

Tweeterhead has unveiled a brand new Super Powers Catwoman Maquette.

Based off of her classic 1940's look, the maquette sees the famed Gotham City cat burglar dressed in a purple costume, complete with cat cowl and flowing green cape. She stands atop a themed display base, and both standard and exclusive editions are being made available.

Check out all the official details posted below...

I have been waiting so long to show you this! My favorite character, my favorite version of Catwoman and a piece that everyone involved worked on with their very best effort. I hope this piece tells our story of "Largest Heist in Gotham City History" The base was inspired by one piece of artwork. We'll be running a little contest on Monday to see if anyone knows where the art is from.
Our "Super Powers" Catwoman Maquette will go on Pre-Sale next Tuesday, May 29th at noon PST.... Catwoman will retail for $259.99. Her bag of gems includes 11 Swarovski Crystals.

Our Tweeterhead Exclusive includes an 11x14 art print of the amazing by Jose Garcia Lopez and he will be signing them as well. As a SUPER bonus, one of the exclusive boxes will include the art print AND the original art (shown in our gallery).

The amazing group of artists that worked on this piece include Jack Matthews, Sculpt. Jason Wires, Print. Michael Allen, Mold and Cast. David Fisher, Paint Master. Matthew Black, Sculpt. and of course the AMAZING Jose Garcia Lopez who is seriously one of the kindest people I have ever met.

I've said it before and I'll say it again. Out of everything I have done in the history of Tweeterhead, this is by far my most favorite achievement.

The Tweeterhead DC Super Powers Catwoman Maquette goes on sale next week.

Will you be adding this purrfect collectible to your DC display?

Source: Tweeterhead

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Guillermo del Toro Is Getting His Own NECA Figure

Yep, you read that title correctly!

NECA is releasing the first ever action figure of visionary director Guillermo del Toro as part of their 2018 San Diego Comic Con exclusives! And boy, does it ever look the part.

Limited to just 2,000 pieces, the figure will serve as part of the company's Guillermo del Toro Signature Collection, and be available to purchase through the NECA booth for $40 at this year's San Diego Comic Con. The figure will come complete with a replica notebook accessory.

Check out all the official images from Entertainment Weekly posted below...


Known for a filmography that includes everything from Hellboy to Pacific Rim, The Shape Of Water and Pan's Labyrinth, the NECA exclusive Guillermo del Toro figure is a must-own for fans, collectors and film buffs alike!  

San Diego Comic Con is being held from July 19th - 22nd.

Will you be adding this amazing little piece to your collection this summer?

Source: NECA via Entertainment Weekly

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Amazon Officially Revives The Expanse

Whew, that was another close one!

Five days after word broke that Amazon had entered talks to pick up The Expanse, the streaming service has officially revived the science fiction favorite for a fourth season.

CEO Jeff Bezos made the announcement Friday at the National Space Society.

"We couldn’t be more excited that The Expanse is going to continue on Amazon Prime! We are deeply grateful that Jeff Bezos, [new Amazon Studios head] Jen Salke, and their team at Amazon have shown such faith in our show," said Alcon Entertainment co-founders and co-CEOs Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson. "We also want to thank Laura Lancaster, head of Alcon Television for her tireless efforts. We are fully aware that this wouldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t for the staggering outpouring of support from the most creative, hardest working sci-fi fans around the world. From reddit campaigns to airplanes, we say thank you. It worked!”

Earlier this month, Syfy announced that they would not be picking up the show after its current season ends next month - much to the dire disappointment of fans.

Based on James S.A. Corey's best-selling book series of the same name, the science fiction series recently kicked off its third season and transported viewers to a future where humanity had successfully colonized the solar system. Thomas Jane, Steven Strait, Wes Chatham, Shohreh Aghdashloo and Dominique Tipper all star.

It is one of a handful of shows to be saved from the brink of extermination earlier this month.

What do you think, Infinite Earths fans? Are you glad to hear The Expanse will be back?

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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New Deadpool 2 Trailer Channels Golden Girls

We all know how much Deadpool loves Bea Arthur, so it's no surprise that he wants to pay tribute to Dorothy and her Golden Girls pals in his latest trailer.

Check it out posted in the player below...

The sequel sees Ryan Reynolds back as the Merc With The Mouth, who assembles a group of mutants to battle the relentless Cable - a mutant on the hunt for a mysterious child.

After surviving a near fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming Mayberry’s hottest bartender while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste. Searching to regain his spice for life, as well as a flux capacitor, Wade must battle ninjas, the yakuza, and a pack of sexually aggressive canines, as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and flavor – finding a new taste for adventure and earning the coveted coffee mug title of World’s Best Lover.

The upcoming sequel reunites Ryan Reynolds, as the titular Merc With A Mouth, with Morena Baccarin as Vanessa, T.J. Miller as Weasel, Stefan Kapicic as Colossus, Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead, Leslie Uggams as Blind Al, and Karan Soni as Dopinder. Joining the regulars are newcomers Josh Brolin as Cable, and Zazie Beetz as Domino.

Deadpool 2 is playing on the big screen now.

Source: CBM

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