As you might have noticed we’re currently doing some upgrades around the Forbidden Panel site. Please bear with us as we work out the bugs over the next few days. We’ve got plenty of big changes and exciting updates planned for the near future. Keep checking back over the next few weeks as we reveal some of these new features and events
Earth’s Mightiest Heroes returned to the spotlight this week with the brand new teaser trailer for Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” and once again obliterated records.
In just 24 hours, the first Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” trailer racked up an astonishing 34.3 million global views, smashing the previous record by over 20 million views in the same time period. What film held the previous record? Why, Marvel’s “Iron Man 3,” of course. Only Tony Stark can outdo Tony Stark.
But, to be honest, we couldn’t do it without you. Marvel fans around the globe helped drive this unprecedented level of excitement and exuberance for the film, slated to hit theaters May 1, 2015. So a hearty thanks from the House of Ideas.
And because we believe that the best way to say thanks is to give you more, we’re delivering new Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” action to your TV sets, two weeks in a row! Tune in to “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” this Tuesday, October 28 at 9:00 p.m. ET on ABC to see an exclusive piece from Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” Then, on Tuesday, November 4 at 9:00 p.m. ET on ABC, tune into “Marvel 75 Years: From Pulp to Pop!” for another taste of Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron”–and much more!
As a mother of two small kids, 90% of my television experience is spread across a vast ocean of talking letters, problem solving foxes, mathematician monsters, alien artists and hundreds more creative, educational and brilliant characters designed for the stimulation of children ages 0-6 years.
That other 10%? That’s the hallowed “mommy’s TV time” that can only take place in the middle of every afternoon, if both kids sleep at the same time. So, between the hours of (typically) 11:30am till about 2:30-3:00pm, my phone doesn’t get answered because those are MOMMY’S hours. Usually paired with housework of some sort, this is my one time of day to watch the shows I can’t watch with the kids. Supernatural, Walking Dead, Battlestar Galactica, Falling Skies, Continuum, Buffy, Angel, Charmed, Fringe, just to name a few, are on, or have been on the list and in the last four years, this is pretty much the only way I get to keep up on any of the shows I actually really enjoy.
Most recently, I have been making my way through Teen Wolf, an MTV series based on the 1985 Michael J. Fox film of the same name.
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Sure, everyone is beautiful … even zombies?
Want to look like the ghoul of your dreams? Here are some makeup tips from Andrea LaBartunek, past contestant in Forbidden Panel’s annual Inland Empire Zombie Beauty Pageant.
• First, make the call: Are you a freshly turned zombie – or a more, er, world-weary flesh-hungry beast? “A newer zombie requires bloody wounds,” LaBartunek said. Use plenty of purple and black makeup to create bruising. Need faux blood? You can’t drive three blocks this time of year without seeing a Halloween storefront where you can buy a new tube of goo.
• More experienced zombie? Gotta get crusty. Use liquid latex to create gashes, LaBartunek says, and aim for a dry and dusty appearance.
• Sweat the work-a-day details. “If you were bitten at work, use work attire and drag clothing through the dirt or street to create a filthy look,” she said.
• The eyes have it. “I wear white contacts for a creepier appearance,” she said.
Forbidden Panel’s pageant is on hiatus this year as leaders resolve venue challenges. They vow to return next year.
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This year marks the 30th anniversary of Neuromancer by William Gibson. This book takes place in a dystopian near future and was, for many, the defining piece of a new and exciting genre, Cyberpunk. Of course Philip K. Dick had already been doing the dystopian thing since the 50’s, and Blade Runner came out in ’82 based on ‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep’ written in the 60’s. But it wasn’t until the 80’s that the phenomenon took off and was given a name. Of course, it wasn’t long after then that role playing games would come calling on this world of high tech low lifes. Continue reading
Fans still clamor for a sequel to the 2012 action movie starring Karl Urban and Olivia Thirlby
Judge Dredd fans have spent two years clamoring for a sequel to the epic 2012 action movie “Dredd” to no avail. But executive producer Adi Shankar has taken cinematic justice into his own hands, TheWrap has learned.
Shankar has spent the last two years creating a top-secret “Dredd” miniseries centering on the Dark Judges to thank the loyal fans who passionately supported the feature.
Shankar told The Wrap that the project will be released online later this month — and the best part — it will be free. Continue reading
Come see Forbidden Panel October 10th,11th, 17th, 18th, 24th, and 25th out at the Crossroads Haunted Village in Corona. We will have a booth set up with t-shirts, comics and many surprise guests. If you are interested in becoming part of the Zombie Kill Squad, this will be your chance to sign up and meet some of our members. Check out our Facebook Event page for more info!
Forbidden Panel participated in the Yucaipa Autumnfest on September 26th and 27th. We set up our booth to share comics and the Zombie Kill Squad with the community. There were a number of zombies on hand to participate in the 1st annual Zombie walk. ZKS members led the undead group through the streets keeping patrons safe and entertained. Thank you to everyone the participated making this event a success. Look for us at future community events and conventions.
For all those wondering just how Marvel Studios went from a hopeful newcomer with 2008’s Iron Man to making two of the most successful movies of the year with this summer’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy, don’t worry: the University of Baltimore has created a course that might explain that very thing.
Titled “Media Genres: Media Marvels,” the course promises to “examine how Marvel’s series of interconnected films and television shows, plus related media and comic book sources and Joseph Campbell’s monomyth of the ‘hero’s journey,’ offer important insights into modern culture,” according to a press release from the school.
“One thing we’ll do is dive into the impact of the Guardians of the Galaxy film, which proved two things: Mainstream movie audiences are not remotely tired of superhero movies; and Marvel Studios can now release a sci-fi adventure that actually features talking trees and raccoons,” read a statement by Arnold T. Blumberg, who’s teaching the course. “It’s not that they’re getting away with it — they’ve created a universe in which fans completely accept these developments, and they’re ready for even more.”
Blumberg posits that Marvel’s movies provide a fantasy framework for exploring contemporary issues, including “the nature of heroism, the great responsibilities that come with wielding great power [and] our willingness to trade freedom for security,” among others. “We have a generation coming of age with these characters and this completely mapped-out universe. It could be argued that it’s never been done better,” he said.
“Media Genres: Media Marvels” will be offered in the spring 2015 semester, according to the school. Reports of rival studio executives suddenly rushing to enroll are as yet unconfirmed.