A primer for these posts: they're to keep you up to date on what's happening in the world of pop culture. Just the highlights and such, because the market on paraphrasing press releases is more than taken. Enjoy.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One boxed set just got a great deal sexier. On September 25th, it's coming in a briefcase with a replica of the Cosmic Cube that actually glows. I mean...Jesus Christ, people. It also comes with an exclusive bonus disc. You can pre-order it here.
Okay, I admit that I'm fascinated to see what Tyler Perry is going to do with Alex Cross.
The Cabin in the Woods hits Blu-Ray and DVD on September 18th. Looks like we're getting commentary, a docu, featurettes and more. You can pre-order the Blu-Ray and the DVD here.
Okay, so I know people are like, Robert Pattinson, whatever. But Pattinson plus Cronenberg plus Giamatti in an utterly mental film about collapse? How can that not be enticing in some way? It's the new Cosmopolis trailer...
The Dictator, which I don't think anyone knew what to do with here--it fared much better overseas and thus actually made money--is hitting DVD and Blu-Ray on August 18th. The Blu-Ray comes with a crapton more in the way of deleted and extended scenes and both DVD and Blu-Ray have an unrated version. You can pre-order the Blu-Ray and DVD here.
A clip of Dredd, doing slo-mo carnage. Warning: carnage.
Comic-Con rolled out footage from Elysium...featuring Matt Damon as a guy at death's door trying to leave the toxic Earth and get to a space station where he could potentially be healed. And that's all well and good. I'm just happy we've got a Herc for the inevitable prequel series for The Wire.
Game of Thrones' third season is going to premiere March 31st. I know, it's a helluva wait. Among the best casting tidibits from Comic-Con: Diana Rigg is going to play The Queen of Thorns (!). Also, a Collector's Edition set of Season 1 has been unveiled with Blu-Ray, DVD, digital copy, Season 2 bonus disc (with Episode 1, apparently) and a Dragon Egg Paperweight, shown above. It's hitting November 20th and the coolest part of it appears to be the paperweight. You can pre-order it here.
Hammer fans take note: Synapse is putting out The Complete Hammer House of Horror as a five-DVD set on September 11th. You can pre-order it here. Excellent news, because that thing's been out of print forever.
LaBeouf is out of the film adaptation of Joe Hill's Horns, Daniel Radcliffe is in. Production starts this fall. Source: Variety.
Need a snippet of Hunger Games' bonus bits? Here you go:
Christopher Nolan has confirmed that there's no fourth Batman film on his dance card. Nor will he be directing the supposed Justice League film that I guess WB thinks they're planning for 2017...or...something? Now bear in mind...by saying he has "no plans" for a fourth Batman film, this could mean one of three things. Either he literally has no plans but could have plans if the right idea strikes him or he has no plans and no plans to make any plans...or this could be a way of saying "Pay me more, WB." Source.
The trailer for Oz the Great and Powerful was revealed...and it could simply go either way. See for yourself.
Love the widescreen reveal.
Pet Sematary is hitting Blu-Ray October 2nd from Paramount. Looks like a straight port of the features from the special edition DVD. Which is sad...I mean, the one time you don't include a music video on your release and it's this one??
The Neil announced that he's returning to tell a new/old Sandman story. It looks and sounds like it's going to be freaking amazing. It hits next November. Here he is, revealing the details:
The Raid: Redemption is hitting Blu-Ray and DVD on August 14th. Looks like we're getting commentary, video blogs and featurettes plus more. You can pre-order the Blu-Ray and DVD here. Note: it says "Unrated Edition." Jesus, considering what was in the rated edition, I'm sort of amazed to see what they left out...
If you've been trying to get a Stallone fix for cheap, then be aware that Lionsgate is releasing a 3-Film set with Cop Land, First Blood and Lock Up for just $8 a piece. It's available on Blu-Ray and DVD on August 14th. You can pre-order the Blu-Ray and DVD here.
Steve Martin has a TV specials and stand-up comedy DVD boxed set coming from Shout! Factory on September 18th. Six hours and three discs. You can pre-order it here.
Walking Dead trailer. Oh, Michonne your badassery is fantastic.
Interesting how they're changing up the storyline for the show...not how I figured it would go. But I'm game. It comes back October 14th and the season is, sadly, going to be split in two.
The World's End, the final chapter in the Edgar Wright/Simon Pegg/Nick Frost comedy trilogy, has been greenlit. It starts production this October.
Pegg and Wright co-wrote it and it sounds like it has something to do with the pub crawl to end all pub crawls and saving the world. Or something. It hardly matters, does it? I mean, we're all there.
You can click on the thumbnail there to get it embiggened.
There will probably be another one of these shortly as we do our best to sift through all the Comic-Con madness. Stay tuned. If you want to help out the site by snagging any of the stuff we've talked about here, you can do that conveniently using the lower-case-w-widget below.
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