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Warner Bros. Pictures has finally confirmed the six-minute IMAX prologue to “The Dark Knight Rises” will appear in front of 70mm IMAX copies of “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” starting December 16th in the US and December 21st in the UK.Today Warners issued a press release detailing which cinemas will be screening the footage, heres the list below via The HD Room:

via “Dark Knight Rises” IMAX Prologue List | News | Dark Horizons.

Major comics publisher launches graphic novel catalog on new NOOK Tablet
IDW and Barnes & Noble Partner to Bring Graphic Novels to NOOK

San Diego, CA (December 1, 2011)—Continuing to lead the charge of digital comics, IDW Publishing proudly debuted a collection of graphic novels for the new Barnes & Noble NOOK Tablet, the company’s fastest and lightest tablet with the best in HD entertainment. IDW’s initial NOOK entrée features over thirty complete graphic novels, including award-winning books and works by bestselling authors.

“We’re excited to partner with Barnes & Noble to bring IDW graphic novels line to NOOK,” stated Jeff Webber, IDW’s director of ePublishing. “With the NOOK Tablet, Barnes & Noble has developed a stunning display that works perfectly for viewing comics and graphic novels. Our digital graphic novels include all the special features and content found in the print versions also available through Barnes & Noble.”

IDW’s rich graphic novel catalog of top prose authors and comics creators is especially suited for eReaders. Fans of IDW writers such as Joe Hill, Anne Rice, Max Brooks, Peter S. Beagle, Steve Niles, or James Patterson can now find those graphic novels right next to their respective prose stories. Award-winning creators like Darwyn Cooke and his acclaimed adaptations of Richard Stark’s Parker books and the first installment of the BLOOM COUNTY: THE COMPLETE LIBRARY are also included in IDW’s diverse NOOK line.

IDW’s NOOK launch offers something for readers of all ages, from classics like Eric Shanower’s OZ series for younger audiences and Joe Hill’s best-selling LOCKE & KEY series for mature readers.

“Barnes & Noble is excited to offer IDW Publishing’s graphic novels on NOOK Tablet,” said Theresa Horner, vice president of Content and Digital Products for Barnes & Noble. “With the launch of NOOK Tablet, we now offer a vast collection of full-color comics, graphic novels and kids’ comics in high resolution that makes the action virtually jump off the page. IDW’s graphic novels are a great addition.”

NOOK devices are the perfect choice for anyone who wants access to their favorite reads anywhere they go. NOOK Tablet is the company’s fastest and lightest tablet with the best in HD entertainment. NOOK Tablet offers access to popular movies, TV shows, music and more through the top entertainment services, including Netflix, Hulu Plus, Pandora and others, plus a collection of high-quality apps, fast Web browsing and e-mail. NOOK Tablet features Barnes & Noble’s award-winning color reading experience, with access to the world’s largest digital bookstore via Wi-Fi®.

The initial lineup includes the following titles, and can be found at: http://bit.ly/idwnook
• Bloom County: The Complete Digital Library Volume 1 1980-1981
• Bloom County: The Complete Digital Library Volume 2 1982
• Bloom County: The Complete Digital Library Volume 3 1983
• Code Word: Geronimo
• Doctor Who: Fugitive
• Doctor Who: Tessaract
• Doctor Who: Agent Provocateur
• Doctor Who: The Forgotten
• Doctor Who: Through Time and Space
• Doctor Who: Fairy Tale
• Dead Space
• Dragon Age
• G.I. JOE: Hearts & Minds
• The Last Unicorn
• Little Adventures in Oz Vol. 1
• Locke & Key Vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft
• Locke & Key Vol. 2: Head Games
• Locke & Key Vol. 3: Crown of Shadows
• Locke & Key Vol. 4: Keys to the Kingdom
• The Murder of King Tut
• Mystery Society
• Parker: The Hunter
• Parker: The Outfit
• The Rocketeer: The Complete Adventures
• Star Trek: Countdown
• Star Trek: The Movie Adaptation
• Star Trek: Nero
• Star Trek: Spock Reflections
• TRANSFORMERS 3: Dark of the Moon Movie Adaptation
• True Blood Vol.1: All Together Now
• Witch & Wizard: Battle for Shadowland

Visit IDWPublishing.com to learn more about the company and its top-selling books.

About IDW Publishing
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The TRANSFORMERS and G.I. JOE, Paramount’s Star Trek; HBO’s True Blood; the BBC’s Doctor Who; Toho’s Godzilla and comics and trade collections based on novels by worldwide bestselling author, James Patterson. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints; Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio.

IDW’s original horror series, 30 Days of Night, was launched as a major motion picture in October 2007 by Sony Pictures and was the #1 film in its first week of release. More information about the company can be found at IDWPublishing.com.

About NOOK® from Barnes & Noble
Barnes & Noble’s NOOK brand of eReading products makes it easy to read what you love, anywhere you like™ with a fun, easy-to-use and immersive digital reading experience. With NOOK, customers gain access to Barnes & Noble’s expansive NOOK Store™ of more than 2.5 million digital titles, and the ability to enjoy content across a wide array of popular devices. The new NOOK Tablet™ is Barnes & Noble’s fastest, lightest tablet with the best in HD entertainment from top services and everything you want in a tablet at a great value ($249). Both NOOK Tablet and the award-winning NOOK Color™ ($199) feature a stunning 7-inch VividView™ Color Touchscreen to read all of the content you love, shop popular apps, connect via email, browse the Web and more. The NOOK Simple Touch™ ($99) is the fastest, easiest to use reader with the world’s best reading screen and the longest battery life. Barnes & Noble offers NOOK owners Always Free NOOK Support in any of its more than 700 bookstores, as well as free Wi-Fi® connectivity to enjoy the Read In Store™ feature to read NOOK Books™ for free, and the More In Store™ program, which offers free, exclusive content and special promotions. Barnes & Noble was the first company to offer digital lending for a wide selection of books through its LendMe® technology, available through NOOK eReading products. Find NOOK devices in Barnes & Noble stores and online athttp://www.BN.com, as well as at Best Buy, Walmart, Staples, Target, Radio Shack, Books-A-Million, OfficeMax, Fred Meyer, P.C. Richard & Son stores, Fry’s Electronics, hhgregg and Systemax Inc. retailers.

In addition to NOOK devices, Barnes & Noble makes it easy for customers to enjoy any book, anytime, anywhere with its FREE NOOK Reading Apps™, available at http://www.nook.com/freenookapps. Customers can use Barnes & Noble’s free eReading software to access and read books from their personal Barnes & Noble digital library on devices including iPad™, iPhone®, iPod touch®, Android™ smartphones and tablets, PC and Mac®. Lifetime Library™ helps ensure that Barnes & Noble customers will always be able to access their digital libraries on NOOK products and software-enabled devices and BN.com. Barnes & Noble also offers NOOK Study™ (http://www.nookstudy.com), an innovative study platform and software solution for higher education, NOOK Kids™ (http://www.nookkids.com), a collection of digital picture and chapter books for children, and NOOK Books en español™ (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/ebooksenespanol), the first-ever Spanish language digital bookstore in the United States.

For more information on NOOK devices and eReading software, updates, new NOOK Book releases, Free Friday™ NOOK Books and more, follow us on http://www.twitter.com/nookBN andhttp://www.facebook.com/nookBN.

About Barnes & Noble, Inc.
Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS), the world’s largest bookseller and a Fortune 500 company, operates 704 bookstores in 50 states. Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, also operates 635 college bookstores serving over 4.6 million students and faculty members at colleges and universities across the United States. Barnes & Noble conducts its online business through BN.com (http://www.bn.com), one of the Web’s largest e-commerce sites, which also features more than two million titles in its NOOK Bookstore™ (http://www.bn.com/ebooks). Through Barnes & Noble’s NOOK® eReading product offering, customers can buy and read digital books and content on the widest range of platforms, including NOOK devices, partner company products, and the most popular mobile and computing devices using free NOOK software.

General information on Barnes & Noble, Inc. can be obtained via the Internet by visiting the company’s corporate website: http://www.barnesandnobleinc.com.

NOOK®, NOOK Tablet™, NOOK Color™, NOOK Simple Touch ™, NOOK 1st Edition™, NOOK 1st Edition Wi-Fi™, Reader’s Tablet™, PagePerfect™, Best-Text™, Fast Page™, NOOK Books™, NOOK Store™, NOOK Bookstore™, NOOK Newsstand™, NOOK Magazines™, VividView™, ArticleView™, NOOK Newspapers™, NOOK Comics™, NOOK Cloud™, NOOK Apps™, FREE NOOK Reading Apps™, PubIt!™, NOOK Discover™, NOOK Kids™, Read To Me™, Read and Play™, Read and Record™, NOOK Digital Shop™, Read In Store™, More In Store™, NOOK Friends™, LendMe®, NOOK Library™, NOOK Boutiques™, The Barnes & Noble Promise™, NOOK Books en español™, NOOK Study™, Free Friday™, Lifetime Library™ and Read What You Love. Anywhere You Like™ are trademarks of Barnes & Noble, Inc. Other trademarks referenced in this release are the property of their respective owners.

Cross Creek Pictures, Exclusive Media Group and Hammer Films are teaming to produce a film adaptation of Cherie Priests 2009 steampunk sci-fi novel Boneshaker reports Variety.Set in an alternate 1880s in which Seattle has been walled off from the world and toxic gas has turned much of the remaining population into zombies.In this mess a young widow hunts for her teen son while dealing with airship pirates, a criminal overlord and heavily armed refugees. The book is the first in a series dubbed The Clockwork Century.John Hilary Shepherd Nurse Jackie is adapting the screenplay. Hammers head of production Tobin Armbrust is overseeing.Steampunk Tale "Boneshaker" Adapted

via Steampunk Tale “Boneshaker” Adapted | News | Dark Horizons.

Yesterday there was a lot of buzz via photos of a Pez dispenser mock-up that seemed to show the design of Rhys Ifans’ post-transformed The Lizard, the villain in the upcoming “The Amazing Spider-Man” reboot.

Today however comes something much clearer – what is said to be leaked concept art of what the character could look like from Spidermedia.Ru (via Coming Soon). The art looks like the character did in the Comic-Con clip, though the scale is a little different.

via “Amazing Spider-Man” Lizard Concept Art | News | Dark Horizons.

As the holiday season arrives, we’re so thankful for your support — our fans have always been the engine powering everything we do, and the motivation to make the best Top Shelf books possible. This year, amid all the seasonal shopping madness, we’re showing our thanks with a massive one-day Cyber Monday Sale: 30% OFF EVERYTHING in the web store! Just enter the code CYBERTSP at checkout to get 30% off your entire order. The sale ends Monday night, so be quick!

CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED COMICS FOR EVERYONE ON YOUR GIFT LIST!

For those who love furious action and incredible artwork: Infinite Kung Fu by Kagan McLeod, and The Homeland Directive by Robert Venditti & Mike Huddleston

“The great strength of [Infinite Kung Fu] is its originality, but equally impressive are McLeod’s extraordinary illustrations and compelling narrative… one of the 10 best graphic novels of the year.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

The Homeland Directive: an addictive page-turner that feels like an edge-of-your-seat theater experience.” — MTV Splash Page

For moms who still know how to have a good time: Underwire by Jennifer Hayden

“Hayden’s cheerful profanity and scratchy lines give the work a homey, intimate feel… Hayden’s stories are like comfortable, lived-in jeans–not the most stylish or flattering, but the ones you want to spend time wearing.” — Publishers Weekly

For small-town folks, family members, or hockey fans: Essex County by Jeff Lemire

“A rich tapestry … Mr. Lemire infuses his characters with vivid details that make them burst to life.” — The New York Times

For fantasy fans & animal lovers: Owly by Andy Runton & Korgi (including the new Book 3) by Christian Slade

“The art, storytelling, pacing, and world [Christian] Slade has created is fantastic and you don’t have to be a kid to appreciate it.” — About.com

For 20-30somethings with mixed feelings about growing up: Any Empire by Nate Powell

“Powell’s exceptional visual-storytelling gift transforms a potentially obvious antiwar parable into a ravishingly beautiful, emotionally resonant, thoughtful, and provocative work of art.” — Booklist (starred review)

For middle schoolers (and middle-schoolers at heart): Pirate Penguin vs Ninja Chicken by Ray Friesen

Pirate Penguin: Each panel is punctuated with so many quips and jokes that they don’t work to form a narrative so much as they collectively embody an extended Abbot and Costello routine.” — Graphic Novel Reporter

For early readers, or kids who love to hear books read out loud: Johnny Boo & Dragon Puncher by James Kochalka

“Just the right blend of sarcasm, silliness, and action to appeal to both child readers and to adults reading this with their kids.” — School Library Journal’s Good Comics For Kids

For young lovers and those who remember young love: Blankets (deluxe hardcover edition) by Craig Thompson, and Lucille by Ludovic Debeurme

“Reading Blankets is like reliving your youth as you wander through the artist’s personal trials of fundamentalist religion and teenage heart-break in small-town America… The Best Graphic Novel of the Decade.” — Paste Magazine

“Debeurme gets underneath what makes these young lovers tick, and is realistic enough to realize that they’re too inexperienced and impulsive to fix each other. Still, the love affair in Lucille burns bright, illuminating two lives.” — The AV Club

For savvy hippies and pop-culture vultures: League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century and Alan Moore’s Dodgem Logic (full set)

“Fans won’t be let down by the latest instalment of this clever, lurid saga.” — The Guardian

Berkeley, CA – 21 November 2011 — IMAGE EXPO is coming! Experience the creativity of the men and women making the best creator owned comics in America at this one-of-a-kind celebration commemorating the 20th Anniversary of Image Comics!IMAGE EXPO is a three-day celebration of creator-owned comics happening at the Oakland Convention Center.  Image partners Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri, and Jim Valentino, will be the guests of honor, appearing throughout the weekend for signings, panels, and special events.  Other special guests include Image founders Rob Liefeld, and Whilce Portacio, plus the creators of todays best creator-owned comics, including: Joe Casey, Jay Faerber, Jonathan Hickman, Ryan Ottley, Richard Starkings, Fiona Staples, and Brian K. Vaughan.IMAGE EXPO is Northern Californias premiere comic con experience in 2012. The three-day event takes place at the Oakland Convention Center in the heart of the bustling nightlife and restaurant center of downtown Oakland, CA on February 24-25-26.IMAGE EXPO isnt just about Image Comics, its a celebration of independent creativity in comics.  The exhibit floor is open to anyone who makes creator-owned comics.  Were also going to be hosting unique programming for fans, aspiring creators, and library professionals.  Well be continuing our tradition of supporting the Comic Book Legal Defense Funds important work to protect creators and retailers by hosting special events including a massive benefit auction. Get in on the ground floor and sign up for your exhibitor or artist alley space today! Contact info@ImageComicExpo.com for more information about the show and how to sign up to exhibit.

via Image Comics | EXPERIENCE CREATIVITY AT IMAGE EXPO: A 3-DAY CELEBRATION OF CREATOR OWNED COMICS!.

With Roland Emmerich’s sci-fi epic “Singularity” having departed the coveted May 17th 2013 slot, Paramount Pictures has dived right in and slotted the much anticipated “Star Trek” sequel for that date.

Deadline adds that the film will be shown in 3D, but it presently isn’t known if it will be shot that way or converted in post-production. Shooting on the project kicks off January 15th with J.J. Abrams at the helm.

Abrams has also confirmed to MTV News that the rumour of Benicio del Toro as the villain is real, but things are still very early days yet – “Well, we’re just in negotiations, we’re in discussions. It’s not even negotiations, just in discussion. But I would love to work with him. I’ve wanted to work with him for years, and this felt like a good opportunity.”

Finally composer Michael Giacchino has confirmed to Coming Soon that he’ll be returning to compose the film’s score.

via “Star Trek 2” Set For May 17th 2013 | News | Dark Horizons.

The latest issue of Entertainment Weekly contains new photos from Ridley Scott’s upcoming sci-fi epic “Prometheus” showing off what looks to be shots from the same sequence involving several cast members (Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender and Logan Marshall-Green) exploring an alien spaceship while two (Charlize Theron, Idris Elba) watch from their own ship. Check out the scans below (via Dread Central):





via Eye-Opening New “Prometheus” Photos | News | Dark Horizons.

Syfy has ordered a pilot script for the one-hour drama “Booster Gold” based on the DC Comics franchise. “Fringe” scribe Andrew Kreisberg penned the script and will executive produce says The Hollywood Reporter.The story will center on Booster Gold, a washed-up athlete from the future who travels back to the present in hopes of becoming the greatest super hero of all time.Instead of chasing criminals, however, his main priority is chasing fame and money. But Booster Gold discovers that being a hero takes more than just a megawatt smile. Greg Berlanti “Brothers & Sisters,” “Eli Stone” will also executive produce.The comic book character previously appeared on the animated series “Justice League Unlimited” and made a one episode appearance in the final season of “Smallville”.

via Syfy Orders A “Booster Gold” Series | News | Dark Horizons.

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