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Thursday, 21 June 2018

Chronicle Announces Jurassic Park Raptor Hatchling


Chronicle Collectibles have announced a new Jurassic Park piece.

The beautiful Jurassic Park 1/1 Scale Raptor Hatchling is based off of one of the most iconic scenes in the original Jurassic Park movie when Grant, Ellie and the other visitors witness the hatchlings birth in the lab of John Hammond's dinosaur theme park.

"The magic of that scene with the hatching baby velociraptor in Jurassic Park remains even after all these years. It’s been great fun to recreate this piece for fans and it’s something that’s never been done before," says Paul Francis, Creative Director at Chronicle Collectibles.

Check out all the official details posted below...

In celebration of the opening of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom tomorrow, this Friday at 3pm CDT (8pm UTC) at chroniclecollectibles.com we’re putting up pre-orders for our final piece for Jurassic June: the simultaneously adorable and terrifying Jurassic Park 1:1 Hatching Baby Raptor! With this piece, we have perfectly captured the moment when one of the eggs hatches while park owner John Hammond shows the team the raptor egg incubators.

Details:
• Limited Edition
• Officially licensed
• For safety reasons, the Baby Raptor can’t leave the egg ;-)
• Companion piece to 1:1 Velociraptor Egg
• Ideal for cosplay
• Crafted out of mixed media
• Measures 11″ tall on a 6″ diameter base
• Priced at $250 and eligible for Chronicle’s no-interest payment plans
• Pre-order link goes up at 3pm CDT (8PM UTC) on June 22nd at chroniclecollectibles.com





The  Jurassic Park 1/1 Scale Raptor Hatchling goes up for pre-order tomorrow.

It will be priced at $250, but optional payment plans will be available.

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Source: Chronicle Collectibles

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We Chat With Meredith Finch & Erica Shultz About Xena


One of the most popular television shows to come out of the 1990's was Xena: Warrior Princess. Running for six seasons between 1995 and 2001, the adventure series followed a former warlord on a quest to redeem herself for her dark past, and was one of the first shows to focus on a strong female protagonist who could hold her own against any who crossed her path.

Since the series concluded in the summer of 2001, fans have been hoping and praying for a revival of the fantasy show, but while that may not be happening anytime soon, that doesn't mean that fans have nothing to look forward to in the years since the show ended. Dynamite Entertainment has been continuing the adventures of the Warrior Princess in the pages of her own comic book series over the last few months - and the issues are so good that they actually read like the TV episodes!

We were pretty big fans of the show growing up, so when the announcement was made that Xena would be back in the pages of a new book, we dove in with both feet!

And, when we discovered that writers Meredith Finch and Erica Schultz were willing to chat with us about their work on the on-going series, well you had to know we were more than a little excited by the opportunity to do so.

Below, you'll find our chat with Meredith and Erica on all things Xena...


Infinite Earths: "What drew you to this project?"

Meredith Finch: "Nick Barrucci had me at “Xena.”  How could I possibly turn down the opportunity to write another of the 20th century’s most iconic warrior princesses?"


Infinite Earths: "Were you a fan of the Xena television series before taking on this project?"

Meredith Finch: "I have always been a fan of fantasy fiction, so I was hooked on Xena from her very first appearance in the Legendary Adventures of Hercules.  The Xena spin-off was such a great mixture of adventure and comedy, and Lucy Lawless portrayed a character that was so fearless and feminine at the same time.  I definitely found that inspiring."


Infinite Earths: "Where did the inspiration for your story come from?"

Meredith Finch: "It felt like it had been a long time since the show had aired and all of the comics seemed to pick up where the show left off.  I wanted to go back to the classic Xena and Gabrielle of those first few seasons, which were really my favorites, and introduce Xena and Gabrielle to an entirely new generation of fans."


Infinite Earths: "How does a project like Xena differ from those you've worked on in the past?"

Meredith Finch: "I seem to be the strong female lead writer.  From Zenescope’s Little Mermaid, DC’s Wonder Woman and Catwoman, to Dynamite’s Xena, and my own character, Rose.  I really try to approach each of them as a woman first and foremost.  I guess in that sense, Xena wasn’t much different from what I’ve worked on previously. That being said, this was the first project that I approached with a much more comedic focus.  I absolutely wanted to do my very best to bring the campiness of the television series into the comic."


Infinite Earths: "What was your favorite part about working on the new Xena series?"

Meredith Finch: "My favorite part about every comic book I work on is my art team.  I was so incredibly blessed to land Vicente Cifuentes for pencils and inks. He definitely loves the characters as much as I do, and he really understands the pacing and comedic beats. Triona Farrell is absolutely my go-to-girl when it comes to colours. She is just so great at creating a mood and bringing it through a book in a way that she makes look effortless. Cardinal Rae is another go-to for me, and I think the impact a good letterer can have on a book is often overlooked."


Infinite Earths: "What does your story offer longtime fans of the franchise? At the same time, why should newcomers check it out?"

Meredith Finch: "I think long-time fans of the show will definitely find a lot of comfort in the familiarity of the characters, while at the same time, getting a bit of a fresh take on old stories.  Newcomers can pick up the series and fall in love with the characters as they discover themselves and each other.  No prior knowledge required."


Infinite Earths: "What's next for you following Xena?"

Meredith Finch: "I’m still working hard on my Image book, Rose, with Ig Guara, Triona Farrell and Cardinal Rae.  It’s hard to believe that we are approaching the two-year mark.  I have another project coming up that will be announced in Baltimore that I am very excited about, and I’m working on a creator-owned graphic novel that should be out sometime in early 2019.  As a mom of three boys, that’s pretty much all I have time for."


Infinite Earths: "Would you ever consider returning to tell more tales within Xena's world in the future?"

Meredith Finch: "I really, really loved writing Xena and Gabrielle, and getting the chance to flex a different set of writing muscles.  I guess that means I would absolutely consider telling more Xena tales in days to come."


Infinite Earths: "From Wonder Woman to Ellen Ripley and Sarah Connor, the pop culture world is full of strong female role models. Would you say Xena fits into that category, and if so, why is that?"

Meredith Finch: "I don’t think you can talk about strong female role models without including Xena.  As I mentioned earlier, she is such a great combination of strong and sexy without taking herself too seriously.  I love everything about her, and that was part of why I wanted to reboot her comic – to give younger women and readers the opportunity to know her and love her as much as I do."




Infinite Earths: "What drew you to this project?"

Erica Schultz: "I’ve always had a great working relationship with Dynamite since Gail Simone brought me on for the Swords of Sorrow crossover series back in 2014/2015. After working with them again in 2016/2017 for Charmed, I was honored to pick up Xena after a terrific writer like Meredith Finch. I just hope I do Xena, Gabrielle, and the rest of the cast justice."


Infinite Earths: "Were you a fan of the Xena television series before taking on this project?"

Erica Schultz: "I never really watched the show when it was on. It started as I was leaving for college, and wrapped up when I was moving out and starting my career. I’m familiar with the characters and their adventures. I also consulted with several friends who are very avid fans of Xena to make sure I stayed in bounds."


Infinite Earths: "What would you say has allowed the character of Xena to continue to grow and thrive even twenty years after the show has ended?"

Erica Schultz: "The main themes in Xena were love and redemption. I don’t believe those will ever stop being important to both people and storytelling. I would argue that it’s those core values that keepXena top of mind for so many people."


Infinite Earths: "Can you tell us a little bit about where your upcoming story will take Xena and Gabrielle?"

Erica Schultz: "Xena and Gabrielle meet a young woman who is on the run. It’s up to Xena and Gabrielle to protect this woman from her pursuers."


Infinite Earths: "How does a project like this differ from those that you've worked on before?"

Erica Schultz: "Most of the stories that I’ve been hired to write are primarily grounded in this time and the “real world.” Xena has allowed me to explore the sword and sorcery/ fantasy genre. I’ve written magic with my work on Charmed with Maria Laura Sanapo. But this takes magic to another level."


Infinite Earths: "Given the passionate fan base behind this character, is there an added pressure to ensure you do the character justice in a way that fans will approve of?"

Erica Schultz: "In comics, it seems, there’s a passionate fan base for every character. I felt the pressure when Maria and I were doing Charmed. That said, my job is to tell a fun and compelling story with these characters, capturing their voices and essence. I’m proud of what I’ve written, and I can only hope that it resonates with the fans, as well."


Infinite Earths: "Will we see any familiar faces from the world of Xena during your run? What are the odds she'll cross paths with, say Hercules or Sinbad?" 

Erica Schultz: "I can’t promise she’ll cross paths with Hercules or Sinbad, but there will definitely be characters from Xena’s past that will make an appearance."


Infinite Earths: "What are you hoping to achieve most with your upcoming run on Xena?"

Erica Schultz: "The goal of any story I write is to create a bond between the reader and the characters, and to take the readers on an adventure. I hope fans will enjoy this story, and I hope they find the essence of Xena and Gabrielle that I brought comes through."


Infinite Earths: "From Wonder Woman to Ellen Ripley and Sarah Connor, the pop culture world is full of strong female role models. Would you say Xena fits into that category, and if so, why is that?"

Erica Schultz: "I think any woman who holds her own and has a motivation other than to be a foil for a male character is a strong female role model. Gabrielle is, as well, with her heart and her compassion. Far too often, the solution to a strong female character was to write a male character with male emotional traits and just make that character female. Strong role models, no matter the gender, should be complicated and nuanced. All the characters you stated are. I’d also add in the Halliwell sisters, M3, Red Sonja, and Hawkgirl to that list."


Infinite Earths would like to thank both Meredith Finch and Erica Schultz for taking time out of their busy schedules to speak with us! We are honored to have you both as fans and supporters of our work here at Infinite Earths. 

We look forward to speaking with you both in the future! 

For more information on this exciting series, be sure to follow Dynamite Entertainment on Twitter, and be sure to pick up the next exciting issue of Xena: Warrior Princess next month!

Until next time, Infinite Earths fans!  

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Chloë Grace Moretz Done With Hit-Girl


Earlier this month, word broke that director Matthew Vaughn was setting up a new studio to helm everything from a Kick-Ass reboot to a Hit-Girl solo film. When it was announced, many fans wondered if this meant that Chloë Grace Moretz would be reprising her role the purple haired vigilante in the new films, but it doesn't look like that'll be happening.

Appearing at the Provincetown Film Festival, the actress sadly confirmed that she's done with the part, and has no interest in returning to the role of Hit-Girl.

"I love the franchise, I think the first movie was really, really special. I wish the second one had been handled in a little bit of a different way. Because I think we were all kind of looking forward to something a little different than what happened with it all. As much as I love the character of Hit-Girl, I think she lives and survives in Kick-Ass, and I kind of want to keep her there. I kinda wanna keep everyone’s mind in Kick-Ass. So I don’t think there will be a Kick-Ass 3, at least I don’t think with Hit-Girl in it."

No cast or crew are attached to the numerous projects underway from Marv Studios at this time, though Matthew Vaughn will be serving in a production capacity.

What do you think, Infinite Earths fans?

How do you feel about Chloë Grace Moretz leaving Hit-Girl behind?

Source: IndieWire

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Icon Heroes Exclusive Bat-Signal Coming To Comic Con


Icon Heroes has unveiled their third San Diego Comic Con 2018 exclusive - and it's one that fans of the Arkham Knight video game are sure to get excited about!

Check out the very cool Batman: Arkham Knight Bat-Signal Light Up Polystone Statue...

DC Comics Batman: Arkham Knight Bat-Signal Light Up Polystone Statue – $150
An Icon Heroes San Diego Comic Con Exclusive! From the hit Batman: Arkham Knight video game comes this highly detailed statue of the iconic Bat-Signal! This 7 inch collectible polystone statue is sculpted from the game’s digital files, hand painted, individually numbered, and includes a Certificate of Authenticity. Powered by two (2) AA batteries (not included), this statue lights up, displaying the Bat Logo on your wall, screen, and more!

Limited Edition of 250
Material: Polystone
Dimension: 7 ”H
Approx. Weight: 2.6 lb









Like the previously unveiled Earth-X Dark Arrow Statue and Earth-X Dark Flash Statue, the Batman: Arkham Knight Bat-Signal Light Up Polystone Statue will be available through the Icon Heroes booth at San Diego Comic Con (#3345).

The event is being held from July 19th - 22nd.

Source: Icon Heroes

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Paramount Developing New Ninja Turtles Movie


Two years after Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows, Paramount Pictures has begun development on a new movie centred around the Heroes In A Half Shell.

The studio has hired Bad Words scribe Andrew Dodge to write the script for the film, which the studio will use to reboot the franchise following two rather disappointing previous installments. Michael Bay, Andrew Form, and Brad Fuller will produce.

Based on the classic comic book by Kevin Eastman and Kevin Laird, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles follows four wisecracking pizza-loving turtles named after the famed Renaissance artists Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo and Donatello. The foursome protect New York City by means of ninja skills acquired from a radioactive rat named Splinter.

Released in 2014, the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie brought in $493-Million, while the sequel was only able to bring in half of that two years later.

New Line released three Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies throughout the 1990's.

What do you think, Infinite Earths fans?

Source: Variety

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Star Wars Spinoffs On Hold At Lucasfilm


It may be a little while before we get another Star Wars spinoff.

Our friends over at Collider have learned that Lucasfilm has opted to place all future A Star Wars Story spinoffs on hold for the time being - including the long rumoured Obi-Wan Kenobi film and the Boba Fett movie from Logan director James Mangold.

Instead, the studio will reportedly put focus on the upcoming Star Wars: Episode IX from J.J. Abrams, and begin planning the next trilogy of films following that. Fortunately, the studio does have some other projects set within a galaxy far, far away currently in development.

In November, it was revealed Rian Johnson, director of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, had been tapped to prepare a new trilogy set outside of the Skywalker mythos following the end of the current main run of films. Additionally, Game Of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have also been tapped to write and produce a new series of Star Wars movies.

Given this news, either one of these trilogies could very well end up entering production following the release of Star Wars: Episode IX should Lucasfilm elect to do so.

Placing the Star Wars spinoffs on hold comes as a result of the poor box office performance of Ron Howard's Solo: A Star Wars Story. To date, the film has grossed over $340-Million worldwide and, while that's nothing to scoff at, it certainly hasn't lived up to studio expectations...

...which is a real shame given that we actually really enjoyed it.

In any case, it looks like we won't see any Star Wars spinoffs on the big screen anytime soon.

Here's hoping the studio issues a statement on this soon.

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Source: Collider

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The CW Sets DC TV Premiere Dates


The DC TV Universe may have just wrapped up its current season earlier this week, but The CW has already announced the Fall premiere dates for Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, DC's Legends Of Tomorrow and Black Lightning respectively.

Things get super beginning Tuesday, October 9th with the Season 5 premiere of The Flash at 8pm, and the Season 2 debut of Black Lightning at 9pm. Then, Supergirl will take flight for Season 4 on Sunday, October 14th at 8pm.

Arrow will kick off Season 7 on Monday, October 15th at 8pm, while DC's Legends Of Tomorrow will round things out with its Season 4 debut on Monday, October 22nd at 9pm.

You can check out the network's full Fall schedule posted below...

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7
8:00-10:00pm 2018 IHEARTRADIO MUSIC FESTIVAL, NIGHT ONE

MONDAY, OCTOBER 8
8:00-10:00pm 2018 IHEARTRADIO MUSIC FESTIVAL, NIGHT TWO

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9
8:00-9:00pm THE FLASH (Season Premiere)
9:00-10:00pm BLACK LIGHTNING (Season Premiere)

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10
8:00-9:00pm RIVERDALE (Season Premiere)
9:00-10:00pm ALL AMERICAN (Series Premiere)

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11
8:00-9:00pm SUPERNATURAL (Season Premiere)
9:00-10:00pm ALL AMERICAN (Encore of Premiere)

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12
8:00-9:00pm DYNASTY (Season Premiere)
9:00-10:00pm CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND (Season Premiere)

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14
8:00-9:00pm SUPERGIRL (Season Premiere)
9:00-10:00pm CHARMED (Series Premiere)

MONDAY, OCTOBER 15
8:00-9:00pm ARROW (Season Premiere)

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18
8:00-9:00pm SUPERNATURAL (Original Episode)
9:00-10:00pm CHARMED (Encore of Premiere)

MONDAY, OCTOBER 22
8:00-9:00pm ARROW (Original Episode)
9:00-10:00pm DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW (Season Premiere)

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25
8:00-9:00pm SUPERNATURAL (Original Episode)
9:00-10:00pm LEGACIES (Series Première

Be sure to mark your calendars accordingly, Infinite Earths fans!

Are you excited for the return of your favorite shows this October?

Source: The CW Television Network

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