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Some rumors were milling about the last couple days about a collector’s edition for the upcoming “Batman: Arkham City.” Well, it turns out the $99 price-point was accurate, and thanks to an announcement from Warner Bros. this morning, we get our first look at the premium package’s content. It doesn’t include a plastic Batarang, but there’s plenty of great stuff inside.

 

If you’re willing to pay the premium cost, the “Batman: Arkham City” collector’s edition is packed full of stuff that should please both fans of the videogame franchise and the comics.

First, there’s the collectible Batman statue, designed by Japanese toy company Kotobukiya. I wish the image released by Warner Bros. today had a more detailed close-up of the sculpture, but given Kotobukiya’s usually high-quality craftsmanship, I’m willing to bet this will look great next to all your other gaming paraphernalia.

The collector’s edition also comes with an art book, a copy of the DC animated-film “Batman: Gotham Knight,” early access to the Iceberg Lounge Challenge Map, a “Dark Knight Returns” skin, and four collectible cards. Also included is an “Arkham City” album from “hit artists.” There’s no indication who these “hit artists” are, but it doesn’t appear that this is a soundtrack, either. Weird.

The press release this morning also noted that the collector’s edition will be available in “limited quantities,” so if this is something you’re interested in, now may be a good time to visit your favorite retailer. “Batman: Arkham City” releases to Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC on October 18.

 

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The Geekscape Comic Con Booth Signing Schedule Booth #4016 | Geekscape.

Come out and see Justin and myself on Sunday!

 

 

Here’s another smash hit from the annals of the World’s Finest Slash Fiction Art. At Rome’s Villa Borghese gardens, you can stroll through the arbors and meditate on a sculpture of Batman readying his body for the Last Love of Krypton.

via Visit Rome, see the statue of Superman and Batman’s foreplay.


GEEKS, NERDS, SAVIORS
– ONE GROUP OF FRIENDS
WILL BECOME UNLIKELY HEROES
WHEN THE UNDEAD INVADE
SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON!
July 18th, 2011 – Los Angeles, CA – They read too many comics, watch too much sci-fi, and stammer when they talk to the ladies but only one group of friends can save Comic-Con International from the clutches of the undead as award-winning graphic novel publisher BOOM! Studios brings you the hilariously epic FANBOYS VS. ZOMBIES, originally conceived by Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning producer Ben Silverman (The Office, Ugly Betty), CEO and founder of multimedia studio Electus, and Jimmy Fox, Head of Creative Development for Electus.

“BOOM!’s planning some major mayhem and lots of laughs with FVZ.” says BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “FANBOYS VS. ZOMBIES aims to put all those survival theories to the test and give readers some ideas for their own zombie apocalypse contingency plan. Be sure to read this book with someone you want to survive the zombie invasion with!”

They’ve been called geeks, nerds, and social outcasts, but when a group of fanboys take their annual trip to Comic-Con International they’ll find one of their greatest nightmares turned reality as San Diego becomes zombie ground zero. Armed only with the undead know-how they’ve gained from comic books, video games and horror movies, it’s up to one group of friends to navigate the Comic-Con feeding frenzy, and make it out alive! But will the zombie hordes be deadlier than they ever imagined? Can they save their friends along the way, and still make it out with some Comic-Con exclusives? Find out when the dead rise at Comic-Con International in the chilling and side-splitting epic, FANBOYS VS. ZOMBIES!

“Trust me when I say you’ll never look at Comic-Con or zombie stories the same way again once you feast your eyes on this gory and hilarious masterpiece,” said BOOM! Studios Marketing and Sales Director Chip Mosher. “BOOM!’s first book, back in the day, was ZOMBIE TALES – the company has been built on horror and humor comics. No one does zombies like BOOM! Studios!”

“BOOM! Studios is the ideal partner for this initiative as no one understands what serves this audience better than they do,” said Jimmy Fox, Head of Creative Development for Electus. “We wanted to create this for the real fans. The comic book junkies, the sci-fi nuts, the horror enthusiasts, the hardcore gamers – every one of them will be represented in our cast of characters. This is for any fan who has ever wondered what would happen if they had to play the role of the hero.”

From One Ring

For a week or so, we have been treated to an unprecedented look at the Dwarves from Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit. Today, TheOneRing.net is both honored and humbled to be given the worldwide exclusive reveal of Thorin Oakenshield! (and Orcrist, the Goblin-cleaver!)

As a young Dwarf prince, Thorin witnessed the destruction and terror wrought when a great fire-breathing Dragon attacked the Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor. After slaughtering many of Thorin’s kin, the great serpent, Smaug, entered The Lonely Mountain and took possession of its vast store of gold and jewels. No-one came to the aid of the surviving Dwarves, and thus, a once proud and noble race was forced into exile. Through long years of hardship, Thorin grew to be a strong and fearless fighter and revered leader. In his heart a fierce desire grew; a desire to reclaim his homeland and destroy the beast that had brought such misery upon his people. So when fate offers him an unusual ally, he seizes the chance for revenge.

 

 

ALA Dark Horizons

A photo has emerged giving us an extreme close-up of Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man mask in the upcoming reboot “The Amazing Spider-Man 3D” at Sony Pictures.

The look is definitely very different to that of Tobey Maguire’s much more high tech and sleek looking number from the Sam Raimi films, certainly the eyes are completely different:

Meanwhile Entertainment Weekly has posted a new shot of the cover for next week’s issue featuring Garfield in the costume. That’s included below.

Finally, Superhero Hype reports that the first trailer for “The Amazing Spider-Man” will hit theaters next week with select prints of “Captain America: The First Avenger”.

 

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences have announced the nominations for the 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards which are set to air September 18 on Fox. Here’s the complete list of nominees:

Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
The Good Wife (CBS)
Mad Men (AMC)
Friday Night Lights (DirecTV)
Dexter (Showtime)
Game of Thrones (HBO)

Comedy Series
Glee (FOX)
Parks And Recreation (NBC)
The Office (NBC)
Modern Family (ABC)
30 Rock (NBC)
The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

Lead Actor In A Drama Series
Steve Buscemi as Nucky Thompson – “Boardwalk Empire”
Michael C. Hall as Dexter Morgan – “Dexter”
Kyle Chandler as Coach Eric Taylor – “Friday Night Lights”
Jon Hamm as Don Draper – “Mad Men”
Hugh Laurie as Dr. Gregory House – “House”
Timothy Olyphant as Raylan Givens – “Justified”

Lead Actress In A Drama Series
Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson – “Mad Men”
Connie Britton as Tami Taylor – “Friday Night Lights”
Mariska Hargitay as Detective Olivia Benson – “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”
Mireille Enos as Sarah Linden – “The Killing”
Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick – “The Good Wife”
Kathy Bates as Harriet Harry” Korn” – “Harry’s Law”

Supporting Actor In A Drama Series
John Slattery as Roger Sterling – “Mad Men”
Andre Braugher as Owen – “Men of a Certain Age”
Walton Goggins as Boyd Crowder – “Justified”
Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister – “Game of Thrones”
Josh Charles as Will Gardner – “The Good Wife”
Alan Cumming as Eli Gold – “The Good Wife”

Supporting Actress In A Drama Series
Kelly Macdonald as Margaret Schroeder – “Boardwalk Empire”
Christina Hendricks as Joan Harris – “Mad Men”
Michelle Forbes as Mitch Larsen – “The Killing”
Archie Panjabi as Kalinda Sharma – “The Good Wife”
Margo Martindale as Mags Bennett – “Justified”
Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart – “The Good Wife”

Lead Actor In A Comedy Series
Matt LeBlanc as Matt LeBlanc – “Episodes”
Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper – “The Big Bang Theory”
Steve Carell as Michael Scott – “The Office”
Johnny Galecki as Leonard Hofstadter – “The Big Bang Theory”
Louis C.K. as Louie – “Louie”
Alec Baldwin as Jack Donaghy – “30 Rock”

Lead Actress In A Comedy Series
Laura Linney as Cathy Jamison – “The Big C”
Edie Falco as Jackie Peyton – “Nurse Jackie”
Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope – “Parks and Recreation”
Melissa McCarthy as Molly Flynn – “Mike & Molly”
Martha Plimpton as Virginia Chance – “Raising Hope”
Tina Fey as Liz Lemon – “30 Rock”

Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series
Jon Cryer as Alan Harper – “Two and a Half Men”
Chris Colfer as Kurt Hummel – “Glee”
Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell Pritchett – “Modern Family”
Ed O’Neill as Jay Pritchett – “Modern Family”
Eric Stonestreet as Cameron Tucker – “Modern Family”
Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy – “Modern Family”

Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series
Jane Lynch as Sue Sylvester – “Glee”
Betty White as Elka Ostrosky – “Hot In Cleveland”
Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy – “Modern Family”
Kristen Wiig as Various characters – “Saturday Night Live”
Jane Krakowski as Jenna Maroney – “30 Rock”
Sofia Vergara as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett – “Modern Family”

Variety, Music Or Comedy Series
The Colbert Report (Comedy Central)
Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (NBC)
Saturday Night Live (NBC)
Conan (TBS)
Real Time With Bill Maher (HBO)
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (Comedy Central)

Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie
Greg Kinnear as John F. Kennedy – “The Kennedys”
Barry Pepper as Bobby Kennedy – “The Kennedys”
Edgar Ramirez as Carlos – “Carlos”
William Hurt as Henry ‘Hank’ Paulson – “Too Big To Fail”
Idris Elba as John Luther – “Luther”
Laurence Fishburne as Thurgood Marshall – “Thurgood”

Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie
Kate Winslet as Mildred Pierce – “Mildred Pierce”
Elizabeth McGovern as Cora, Countess of Grantham – “Downton Abbey”
Diane Lane as Patricia Loud – “Cinema Verite”
Taraji P. Henson as Tiffany Rubin – “Taken From Me”
Jean Marsh as Rose Buck – “Upstairs Downstairs”

Supporting Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie
Guy Pearce as Monty Beragon – “Mildred Pierce”
Brian F. O’Byrne as Bert Pierce – “Mildred Pierce”
Tom Wilkinson as Joe Kennedy – “The Kennedys”
Paul Giamatti as Ben Bernanke – “Too Big To Fail”
James Woods as Richard Fuld – “Too Big To Fail”

Supporting Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie
Evan Rachel Wood as Veda Pierce – “Mildred Pierce”
Melissa Leo as Lucy Gessler – “Mildred Pierce”
Mare Winningham as Ida – “Mildred Pierce”
Maggie Smith as Dowager Countess of Grantham – “Downton Abbey”
Eileen Atkins as Lady Maud Holland – “Upstairs Downstairs”

 

I am sure we are all pulling for Game of Thrones!

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