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“Men in Black” film series director Barry Sonnenfeld has found himself attached to a film adaptation of the DC Comics’ “The Metal Men” series for Warner Bros. Pictures says Vulture.Sonnenfeld Swaps "Black" Men For "Metal"

The story centers on an artificial-intelligence expert named William Magnus who creates six cyborgs, each made from a distinct chemical element with talents reflecting their places in the periodic table.

These include the stretchable leader Gold, the super strong Iron, the dumb but loyal Lead, the fiery Mercury, the insecure Tin, and the female Platinum.

Sonnenfeld first hinted last month he was possibly bringing back a classic 60’s comic property but wouldn’t say what the title was at the time.

via Sonnenfeld Swaps “Black” Men For “Metal” | News | Dark Horizons.

Con season is in full swing and what many consider the main event is just a few short weeks away. Have you double checked that you have everything?
Waited through ridiculous cue system and got passes- check!
Made hotel reservations five months early so you and your friends have a place to crash- check!
Got together an awesome costume for cospla….crud. Not check.
Never fear, Etsy is here!
Yes that’s right, one of the internet’s largest collections of handmade sellers has a cosplay section!
Looking for a glowing fairy in a bottle or a Resident Evil T virus or G vaccine then drop into GeekOUTlet.

Is a Dune tribal inspired costume what you’re after? OpalMoonDesigns will have you guarding the spice routes with style and some definite sexy.

Want to hang out with one of the rudest creatures in the afterlife? Then whisper those three little words- Beetlejuice , Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice and hop a sandworm over to CosplayCostumeCloset for an awesome version of Lydia’s wedding dress.

Planning on dressing up as something furry or hooved? Nox Hyde has you covered with some gorgeous horns and ears. Really the artistry and craftsmanship on these are awesome so check them out.

Speaking of hooves- KantiKane has an awesome pair of hooves for sale that look just wicked. Any Satyrs or demons in the making need to check these out.

More of a barbarian? Check out ArchaicLeatherWorks. They even have a cloak of Winterfell for Game of Thrones enthusiasts.

If you love leather and want a unique mask that will definitely turn heads then check out EpicLeather. Their Scorpian mask is just pure distilled awesome.

For your wig and extension needs head over to MissVioletLace and you won’t be disappointed. These are some great quality hair pieces and she has an insane amount of diverse choices.

Need fairy wings? CroneDesigns have got your back (literally). There fairy wings are light enough to clip to a bra or tank top.

Bionics more your style? Then BionicConcepts might just catch your eye. From faux bionic hydraulic boots to working exo-gauntlets and working bionic wings these guys are onto some really cool stuff.

If Steampunk is your thing then check out Enchanted Era’s at enchantederas.com. This talented woman has presented at every Inland Empire Comic Expo and I can tell you from experience that her work is excellent and super impressive.

Do you make your own costume pieces? What are your favorite spots to pick up pieces for your favorite costumes? Don’t be shy step up and share!

At Bleeding Cool, we’ve been following the different types of digital comics that have been emerging.

Those that use limited animation. Those that use different layers, with limited special effects. Those that let you tip the tablet to see different layers. Those that show panels and test in separate actions to improve the impact of their arrival.

But Madefire seems to have taken all these together and put them into one, adding a few new tricks themselves. Check this trailer out. It still seems to preserve the comic book experience while stratching it as much as possible.

 

And they are launching with a stack of free comic books created in this format for some truly sensational names, albeit a little bit British… try downloading it now.

We have Treatment by Dave Gibbons, Treatment Tokyo by Kinman Chan and Robbie MorrisonTreatment Mexico byDoug Braiuthwaite, Robbie Morrison and Angus McKieCaptain Stone Is Missing.,. by Liam Sharp and Christina McCormackMono by Ben Wolstenholme, Gary Gianni, Fin Cramb and Liam SharpThe Irons: Hybrids by W Haden Blackman and Gary ErskineHouses Of The Holy by Mike Carey and Dave KendallEngines by Jimmy Broxton andGuy Adams, as well as work by Bill Sienkiewicz, Sean Watson and Bagwell work to come.

via Liam Sharp, Dave Gibbons, Gary Erskine, Doug Braithwaite, Mike Carey And More Launch Madefire – The Ultimate Digital Comic Book Reader? | Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movies and TV News and Rumors.

Who doesn’t love getting together with friends and having a good old fashioned round of table top gaming? Spending all night guzzling soda, racking up the experience points, vanquishing evil, and creating inside jokes that last a life time. Good times folks, good times.

But who has time for that these days? With the economy taking down many of the local gaming shops, a flooding of the market with non-vetted offerings, and the rise of those electronic games the industry itself seems to be in a bit of trouble despite increasing attendance to gaming conventions like GenCon.  Co-op console games and MMORPG’s with their player interaction and team ups help fend off the cravings, but as many of us get older and take on more responsibilities it gets harder to get together and relive those marathon sessions.

However, some of the creative minds that dream up epic campaigns have also been hard at work trying to find ways to make table top gaming more viable an activity to fit into a busy schedule. There are currently a couple different takes on how to make table top gaming easy and doable in our hectic lives making their way through Kickstarter.

One is from the guys at Cosmic Compass Creations and they have started a campaign raising funds to bring their portable table top gaming boards to market and take their company international. These boards would make it easier to get a game set up and to move, allowing for a great deal of flexibility for multiple session campaigns. Their Briefcase Boards are especially cool in that they have drawers for storage and fold up with handles for transport. No more hunting through drawers and behind dressers for that run away D10 or your twenty sided.

Another take on how to bring table top gaming into the age of online gaming is to move the table top online. With Google+ bringing us online hangouts in real time, Table Top Forge has brought us a project that has tried to capture the fun of face-to –face games. With online dice rolls, battle maps (including the ability to make custom maps), custom tables, and editable tokens this programs takes video conferencing to a whole new level.  Compatible with just about any gaming system this program appears to allow users to have as close to the same experience sitting in front of their computers as they would sitting around a table together in someone’s living room. This may just help to bring table top gaming back into competition with co-op video games and MMORPG’s but can it really capture the camaraderie of an actual gaming session in your friend’s living room?

With Cosmic Compass Creations still looking to meet their goal by Jul 1st and Table Top Forge now almost doubled their goal with the better part of a month to go, the gaming community may have already decided what form their future is going to take. What do you think- should table top go online?

This full trailer for the Judge Dredd movie, Dredd, was premiered on G4 and, of course, it found its way online without much trouble. There’s an awful lot of interesting shots here, but I was left wishing that I could see it in 3D.


via Full Trailer For The New Judge Dredd Movie | Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movies and TV News and Rumors.

You’d think, with the amount of viral marketing and other Internet-based experiences, that The Dark Knight Rises was a smaller film requiring a lot of extra push to get audiences excited instead of the highly anticipated sequel to two of the highest-grossing films of all time. Be that as it may, Warner Bros., Christopher Nolan and the rest of the Bat-gang continue to give fans fun experiences.

First off, the web-based game The Fire Rises launched Tuesday. Here’s the official description:

The Fire Rises casts players as henchmen, out to get their own piece of Gotham’s pie. With lackeys of their own, players secure territory, spawn various crew members to take out a relentless stream of deadly security officers, and loot valuable gear from nearby buildings, all before Gotham PD shows up in full force and puts an end to your crime spree.

To pull off big heists, you will have to mix-and-match your squads, spawn them from sewer covers quickly and efficiently, and arrange them around the battlefield in just the right way to buy your looters valuable time. Steal enough goods and you will unlock more crew members, including Catwoman herself.

As if playing criminal in a Bane-tormented Gotham City wasn’t enough, excited viewers can also check out a document from the movie universe called The Dent Act. You can read the entire thing yourself, but the gist is that the public was told that Harvey Dent died at the hands of the Batman which resulted in stricter laws against organized crime perpetrators, giving Jim Gordon more power to take them down. This must have been what Gordon meant at the end of Dark Knight when he said, “He’s the hero Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now. So, we’ll hunt him, because he can take it. Because he’s not our hero. He’s a silent guardian. A watchful protector. A Dark Knight.”

Opening July 20, The Dark Knight Rises stars Christian Bale as Batman, Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle, Tom Hardy as Bane, Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tale, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John Blake, Michael Caine as Alfred, Gary Oldman as Commissioner Gordon and Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox.

via The Dark Knight Rises Launches Web Game, Releases Dent Doc « Spinoff Online – TV, Film, and Entertainment News Daily.

Filming is well underway on Guillermo del Toro’s robots vs. monsters epic “Pacific Rim” and he’s talked with Total Film about the action sequences and how he intends to differentiate them from each other.

del Toro Talks "Pacific Rim" Action

“We had a Tokyo scene that we shot here in Toronto. We had several Hong Kong scenes and a few scenes in Australia, through the television. We briefly see the Kaiju (monsters) take over San Francisco. The whole Pacific Rim needs a sense of danger.”

He goes on to say “We take the battles far and above! Two or three of them happen in places where there have never been a battle between kaiju and robots. From the bottom of the ocean to the atmosphere of the Earth. We have a battle in a storm at sea. Every battle we try to do differently. One is seen from the point of view of a single person. We never cut away from that point of view.”

Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Charlie Day, Rinko Kikuchi, Max Martini, Willem Dafoe, Robert Kazinsky, Clifton Collins Jr., Diego Klattenhoff and Ron Perlman star in the project which opens next July.

del Toro Talks “Pacific Rim” Action | News | Dark Horizons.

In June, the year of our Lord two thousand and twelve, a mob shall descend on the quiet town of Secaucus (who names these places??) New Jersey. They shall come from far and wide to honor the pastel hooved ones. There shall be feasting and tournament like no oth…..ok, not really. But what there will be is BronyCon 2012 on June 30th thru July 1st.
Say what you will about the Bronies (guys who like My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic) they apparently know how to throw a party. There will be panels with creators and voice actors (including John de Lancie, known for playing Q in Star Trek the Next Generation and who currently voices Discord), cosplay contests and photo shoots, as well as an all-night party called Bronypalooza.
This year there will also be a documentary on the Brony Culture being filmed. It has already exceeded its Kickstarter goal and is moving on to a larger goal to allow them to travel to film at the homes of those being featured. There has been a lot of consternation over the rise of the Brony and opinions range from “right on” to “OMG they are pedophiles in disguise”, but they are a full-fledged fan community that has produced a lot of message board convo’s and fan art. If you want to check out a really interesting article on the Bronies and the need for a wider understanding of the group check out Geekmom contributor Rebecca Angel’s Article In Defense of Bronies. Or you can check out this video on how Bronies might just be challenging our preconceived ideas about masculinity from the Idea Channel.

So if you’re a Brony or a Brony lover check out BronyCon 2012.

This week in LA the mystical wonderland that is E3 descended. This highly anticipated and so called super bowl of the gaming world has transformed from a fan fueled circus into a true industry trade show in the last couple years. This year the large gaming titans did not disappoint.

picture courtesy of Nintendo

Nintendo, in a bid to try and hold onto the casual gamers that flocked in record numbers to the Wii, unveiled their master plan for their new system the Wii U. This new console will integrate with an improved version of the already released Wii U tablet controller. The premise for this will be that special content will play on the tablet that does not appear on the screen itself. With new installments of their most popular franchises, such as Super Mario Bros and Pikmin, set to premier with the system it would have been nice if they had also answered the questions of when this console will appear and at what price point.  However, the Wii U will allow outside developers to create games for its platform so the three systems will finally be on an even playing field as far as game designers are concerned.

Following Nintendo’s lead but taking their own path, Microsoft has chosen to expand their ‘all access’ idea and revealed Smart Glass. Smart Glass uses Xbox Live and Kinect to integrate all your entertainment devices allowing movement of content between TV’s, phones, and tablets. The new system seems to be taking the ideas behind the Wii U and running with them. Creators have the option to add content accessible from a secondary device such as an app for a weapons inventory or map.  Add to that the system will work with competitor made devices such as ipads and iphones and you have Smart Glass set to overshadow the Wii U pretty quickly and if it lives up to its potential can be a very interesting development in the gaming world.

Video courtesy of C/NET TV

That brings me to Sony. Truthfully I’m a bit underwhelmed by what the Playstation crews have brought to the table. I would have been much happier to hear about the plans for the PS4 rather than the PS3 Wonderbook. The Wonderbook is an augmented reality system that combines physical books with onscreen interactions and so far has some new content from JK Rowling for its Book of Spells Hogwarts romp to launch the new system. Now I love Harry as much as the next geek, but I am not at all convinced that this is going to be a good development for Sony at all. It looks cumbersome and there is a real concern that when the novelty of the game interface wears off it will merely serve as a distraction from what otherwise would have been good books.

Sony did, however, redeem themselves with the release of the God of War: Ascension teaser trailer release. It’s a prequel so there is that to be wary of, but the addition of a four on four multiplayer option may just make up for that.

WARNING! THIS VIDEO NOT KID APPROVED

I could watch Kratos rip off heads all day…

My love of the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is no secret. His lanky, heroin addicted, and obsessively logical detective has held a special place in my heart since I was little. That’s why this trailer for an upcoming Sherlock Holmes video game has me excited.

There have been many adaptations of 22b Baker Street’s most famous resident and his cohorts lately as the tales and Holmes universe has resurged into mainstream popularity ( the Robert Downey Jr. movies and the comic series Moriarty, for example) but few have strayed far from the mold that Conan Doyle forged the great detective in. This one looks to be different, with a new take on the actions of Holmes before his death.

I have been burned by adaptations before, but I look forward to this one’s release. Hopefully it won’t be elementary*.

*you knew there was going to have to be a pun somewhere

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