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Next Weekend: Kikori Con in Flagstaff, Arizona

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Coming in September 2014: Mary Anne’s Toy Fest

Mary Annes Toy Fest 2014

September 20, 2014, Phoenix, Arizona.

Mary Anne’s Toy Fest, North Phoenix Baptist Church, 5757 N Central Ave, Phoenix AZ 85012.

3652 Productions, 1805 N 21st Place, Phoenix, AZ 85006; Jim or Mary Anne Grimes, 602-267-9526602-267-9526; fax 602-267-0500; hwn864@cox.net.

Admission: $3.

Show Hours: 9am-2pm

Today in Glendale, AZ: Arizona iCon Toy Show and Pop Culture Convention

We just quickly wanted to let you know that the new Arizona iCon Toy Show and Pop Culture Convention is at the Glendale Convention Center from 10:00am to 8:00pm TODAY.

We hope to see you there as we will have many interesting items for sale.

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Jesse Eisenberg Cast as Lex Luthor in ‘Superman-Batman’

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Source: The Hollywood Reporter, 9:55 AM PST 1/31/2014 by Tatiana Siegel

Warner Bros. also announced that Jeremy Irons is set to play Alfred in the Zack Snyder film.

Warner Bros. has found its Lex Luthor.

Jesse Eisenberg has been set to star as the comic-book super-villain, while Jeremy Irons will play Bruce Wayne’s trusted friend, ally and mentor Alfred in the upcoming Zack Snyder untitled Superman-Batman film.

The casting of Lex Luthor has spawned rumors for months, with everyone from Bryan Cranston to Joaquin Phoenix said to be in the mix. Ben Affleck will play Batman, while Henry Cavill reprises his Man of Steel starring role as Superman. Gal Gadot has been cast as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince.

“Lex Luthor is often considered the most notorious of Superman’s rivals, his unsavory reputation preceding him since 1940,” Snyder said in a statement. “What’s great about Lex is that he exists beyond the confines of the stereotypical nefarious villain. He’s a complicated and sophisticated character whose intellect, wealth and prominence position him as one of the few mortals able to challenge the incredible might of Superman. Having Jesse in the role allows us to explore that interesting dynamic, and also take the character in some new and unexpected directions.”

As for Irons’ casting, Snyder called the role, “an absolutely critical element in the intricate infrastructure that allows Bruce Wayne to transform himself into Batman.” He added, “It is an honor to have such an amazingly seasoned and gifted actor as Jeremy taking on the important role of the man who mentors and guides the guarded and nearly impervious façade that encapsulates Bruce Wayne.”

As THR first reported, the new film is currently being written by Chris Terrio, from a screenplay by David S. Goyer. Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder are producing, with Benjamin MelnikerMichael E. UslanWesley Coller, Goyer and Geoff Johns serving as executive producers. The film is set to open worldwide on May 6, 2016.

Production is expected to get under way in the spring in Detroit.

Eisenberg is best known for his starring role as Mark Zuckerberg in David Fincher‘s The Social Network. He also starred in Woody Allen‘s To Rome with Love and Louis Letterier‘s Now You See Me. He next appears in The Double and Night Moves.

Irons’ recent work includes playing the villainous Pope Rodrigo Borgia in Neil Jordan’s acclaimed Showtime series The Borgias.

Man of Steel’s co-stars Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane are set to return.

TODAY: Black Friday (Nov. 29th) (In Store Only) 15% Off Store Wide

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Black Friday (Nov. 29th) (In Store Only) 15% Off Store Wide

Cyber Monday (Dec. 2nd) (Website Only) 20% Off Site Wide (Does not Count Towards Boxed Figures or Pre Orders)

Coming in December!

Toy Drive 2013 Flyer

If you have not attended this event in the past, you must check it out! We will have several costuming groups representing many familiar characters from Star Wars to Super Heroes and more! Kids and adults alike will have a great time visiting and taking pictures with everyone in their awesome costumes! We encourage you to wear yours as well!

As mentioned, this is a Toy Drive, so we will be accepting Toy donations, which will be distributed locally to children in need. Toys are especially needed for younger boys and girls as well as items for teens. All toys need to be new and in their original packages (if applicable), but not gift wrapped. Anyone who donates a toy will be given a storewide SALE sheet for in store purchases of up to 75% off*. Even if you don’t plan to purchase anything, any donations will be appreciated.

Also, anyone who donates a toy will receive a raffle ticket for which you can win a variety of great prizes. Drawings will be held often all day during the event, though you must be present to claim your prize.

We look forward to seeing everyone, and please spread the word. The more donations the better.

*Sale does not apply to any consignment items and cannot be combined with other coupons or store discounts. Sale applies to in store items (no Internet), and only items on the floor (no backstock).

Black Friday (Nov. 29th) (In Store Only) 15% Off Store Wide

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Black Friday (Nov. 29th) (In Store Only) 15% Off Store Wide

Cyber Monday (Dec. 2nd) (Website Only) 20% Off Site Wide (Does not Count Towards Boxed Figures or Pre Orders)

Coming in December!

Toy Drive 2013 Flyer

If you have not attended this event in the past, you must check it out! We will have several costuming groups representing many familiar characters from Star Wars to Super Heroes and more! Kids and adults alike will have a great time visiting and taking pictures with everyone in their awesome costumes! We encourage you to wear yours as well!

As mentioned, this is a Toy Drive, so we will be accepting Toy donations, which will be distributed locally to children in need. Toys are especially needed for younger boys and girls as well as items for teens. All toys need to be new and in their original packages (if applicable), but not gift wrapped. Anyone who donates a toy will be given a storewide SALE sheet for in store purchases of up to 75% off*. Even if you don’t plan to purchase anything, any donations will be appreciated.

Also, anyone who donates a toy will receive a raffle ticket for which you can win a variety of great prizes. Drawings will be held often all day during the event, though you must be present to claim your prize.

We look forward to seeing everyone, and please spread the word. The more donations the better.

*Sale does not apply to any consignment items and cannot be combined with other coupons or store discounts. Sale applies to in store items (no Internet), and only items on the floor (no backstock).

R2-D2 Officially Confirmed to Appear in ‘Star Wars: Episode 7′

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From Screenrant.com

Yesterday’s “casting announcement” for Star Wars: Episode VII shouldn’t come as any shock to those who’ve keeping track of every single bread crumb that director J.J. Abrams – along with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy – has dropped for fans to snack on, in lieu of a proper meal (read: human casting news).

Nevertheless, Disney/Lucasfilm has deemed the news that plucky astromech droid R2-D2 will appear in Episode VII to be worthy of an official confirmation announcement, what with the robotic character – alongside his golden counterpart C-3PO (Anthony Daniels) – being one of the rare citizens of a galaxy far, far away to have shown up in all six of the previous live-action Star Wars movies (with Kenny Baker behind the wheel… er, under the dome, rather).

What’s far more interesting than this “reveal” is the story of the two gentlemen who have produced a fully-functioning R2 unit for Abrams’ film. The creative and talented men in question are Oliver Steeples and Lee Towersey, a pair of longtime Star Wars fanatics and members of the global R2-D2 Builders Club (Star Wars fans of the world unite!). Both of these fellows were featured in the first official Episode VII pre-production image that dropped online last week, along with Abrams, Kennedy and R2 himself at the Bad Robot studio’s workshop (appropriately enough).

Here is the official story of how Steeples and Towersey became official members of the Creature Effects team for Episode VII:

“It all started when Kathleen Kennedy toured the R2-D2 Builders area at Celebration Europe this past summer in Germany,” says Steeples, who finished his first R2-D2 in 2007, after 10 years of collecting parts and researching. “She posed for pictures with us, looked at all the droids we’d built and was very complimentary. I mentioned that the R2-D2 Builders in the UK were available if required, as a semi-joke. When I was contacted to work on the film by [executive producer] Jason McGatlin, it was on her recommendation.”

Steeples, from Berkshire, England, and Towersey, from Middlesex, England, are working full-time on Star Wars: Episode VII at Pinewood Studios (where the Twitter photo was taken), focusing solely on astromech-building — for now. Keeping an astromech droid in working condition throughout the production of a film is a challenge, as it’s filled with gears, lights, and electronics; Steeples and Towersey were chosen because of their expertise and experience, both having worked on Star Wars­-themed commercials for the UK appliances megastore Curry’s. “We know the pressures of filming, prepping, and being able to assure reliability throughout the shoot,” says Towersey, who built the droid seen in the tweet. “We have a good knowledge of Artoo, with a large stock of parts for reference and drawings, plus we know what is involved throughout the whole building process, as well as potential problems we need to avoid.” Despite their impressive understanding of how to construct an astromech droid and keep it functioning, Steeples and Towersey still have a goal for Star Wars: Episode VII: to build a better R2-D2.

 R2 D2 Officially Confirmed to Appear in Star Wars: Episode 7

You have to give Kennedy and the other Episode VII producers credit, they have put together an impressive crew of craftsmen and filmmakers who grew up loving George Lucas’ space opera. That includes self-admitted Star Wars lover Abrams – whose visual approach on the rebooted Star Trek franchise reflects that influence – and co-screenwriter Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3). Of course, Abrams is also collaborating on the Episode VII script now with a celebrated alum of the franchise, in the form of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi scribe Lawrence Kasdan.

Does this guarantee that Episode VII will have the same wondrous spirit that made the original Star Wars movie a delightful celebration of genre, more than thirty years ago (or even the dramatic complexity of later installments)? No, but so far it’s reason enough for us (or me, at the least) to stay optimistic about the future of this series.

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Star Wars: Episode VII opens in theaters on December 18th, 2015.

Watch Jar-Jar getting killed in this deleted Star Wars – The Phantom Menace scene

I always had a soft spot for Jar-Jar Binks. I always felt if Jar-Jar spoke in a deep voice in an unknown language with captions underneath translating what he was saying, he might have been viewed in the same vein as Han Solo or Boba Feet. Also, they would have to remove the silly things he does too. He could have been a real bad ass.

Anyway, here is a deleted scene (“The Phantom Edit”) that has surfaced where Jar-Jar bites the dust. Some of you will be very satisfied with this scene. But I just look at the potential Lucas had of making jar-Jar a real hero.

Jar-Jar Death Scene Video

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Jar-Jar Saved from Death Scene Video

Jar-Jar Saved from Death Scene

This Weekend! Rapture Horror Expo in Tempe, Arizona (October 5-6, 2013)

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Date/Location
October 5 – 6, 2013
Double Tree
2100 S Priest Dr
Tempe, AZ 85282

Information
Rapture Horror Expo has so much to offer the Horror aficionado, we’re not sure where to start! WTF Events has created a brand new style of convention with RHE – one that blends all the excitement and opportunity of Comic Con with horror, the paranormal, and soul-searing frights! Make your way through oodles of haunts, contests, and horror art; a workshop in Zombie Survival; a Counter Culture Fashion Show by Touture Couture and Modified Mind; and countless other paralyzingly scary activities. You can mingle with stars of classic horror films, or audition to be in one yourself. If you’re a film maker, be sure to submit your best work of terror to the film contest (new this year!)  And you’ll definitely want to check out the Practical Makeup Workshop – just in time for Halloween.

Coming in October: Rapture Horror Expo

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