Wednesday Jul 8, 2015

'Can't Buy Me Love' actress Amanda Peterson dies at 43

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — Amanda Peterson, best known for her role in the 1987 romantic comedy "Can't Buy Me Love," has died. She was 43. Sgt. Mike Moran with the Greeley, Colorado, police department says Peterson was found dead at an apartment complex Sunday. She was alone,...
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'Can't Buy Me Love' actress Amanda Peterson dies at 43
Wednesday Jul 8, 2015
'Can't Buy Me Love' actress Amanda Peterson dies at 43

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — Amanda Peterson, best known for her role in the 1987 romantic comedy "Can't Buy Me Love," has died. She was 43. Sgt. Mike Moran with the Greeley, Colorado, police department says Peterson was found dead at an apartment complex Sunday. She was alone, and an investigation into her death is ongoing. No other information was released. Peterson began her film career when she was 9 in the 1982 adaptation of the play "Annie," directed by John Huston. The Greeley native appeared in numerous movies and TV shows over the next decade. Her biggest role was playing opposite Patrick Dempsey in "Can't Buy Me Love." She played cheerleader Cindy Mancini, whom Dempsey's character paid to pose as his girlfriend. Peterson appeared in her last film, "Windrunner," in 1994. Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

'Paranormal Activity' spreading to virtual reality
Tuesday Jul 7, 2015
'Paranormal Activity' spreading to virtual reality

Found footage home horror franchise "Paranormal Activity" is transitioning from film to video games with a May 2016 virtual reality project. So what do we know about it and where might it fit into the current gaming landscape?It'll be the first project from VRwerx, a newly formed video game subdivision of Beast Media Group. The studio counts among its staff those who have worked on the "Call of Duty" franchise, another first-person shooter in "Homefront," Syfy TV series tie-in action game "Defiance" and EA's annualized sports series "Madden." And the ghost game is being presented as a virtual reality experience, even so far as its title will be "Paranormal Activity VR." Its projected 2016 release coincides with that of several significant launches for consumer-oriented headsets. Oculus VR's Oculus Rift has been available in prototype form since September 2012 and has support from the Xbox One; Sony has its Project Morpheus heading to market, after a public announcement in March 2014; most recently, March 2015 saw PC gaming company Valve and mobile manufacturer HTC has the HTC Vive, which was projected for November. "Paranormal VR" is targeting all three high-end units, with PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 also named, and its initial announcement also including mobile platforms more generally. That leaves room for a variant of the "Paranormal Activity" game better suited to VR smartphone solutions such as Google Cardboard, Samsung's Gear VR, the Zeiss VR One and so on. And horror games, which have enjoyed a renaissance over the last five years, appear ideally suited to an immersive virtual reality experience. Recent releases such as "Alien: Isolation," "The Forest" and "7 Days to Die" have supported VR headsets to one degree or another, either natively or via third-party app VorpX, and plenty more are on the way; "Among the Sleep" is expected to become a Morpheus launch title. "Paranormal Activity VR" also represents another perceived driver of VR adoption: film. Facebook-owned Oculus VR has its own film studio and the Oculus Cinema app will also be available for Samsung handsets compatible with Gear VR; an interactive "Paranormal Activity" could help attract genre fans from both cinema and gaming. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

'Miami Vice' Ferrari up for auction
Tuesday Jul 7, 2015
'Miami Vice' Ferrari up for auction

The white 1986 Ferrari Testarossa used extensively in the classic 80s cop show will be going under the hammer at the Mecum Daytime Auction in Monterey this August.The star of Miami Vice wasn't Don Johnson, or Philip Michael Thomas, it was the bright white Ferrari Testarossa that the undercover cops raced through the streets on the trail of drug dealers and other miscreants. Famously the car was black when it arrived on set but director and executive producer Michael Man decided to have it repainted white so that it could be seen clearly during night-time scenes - unwittingly sparking a trend for white supercars the process. And unlike its co-stars who have gone on to appear in a number of films and TV shows, the Testarossa has been sitting in storage since the show finished in 1989 and was only unpacked earlier this year for a full engine-out service. It has 16124 miles on the clock and has been authenticated by Ferrari Classiche, and while Mecum is yet to place an estimate on the car, a standard, immaculate Testarossa can easily fetch over $150000 at auction. But for a car as iconic as this the figure could be 10 times higher. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Harry Shearer back at 'The Simpsons' after contract dispute
Tuesday Jul 7, 2015
Harry Shearer back at 'The Simpsons' after contract dispute

NEW YORK (AP) — Harry Shearer and his many voices are returning to "The Simpsons" after a contentious and public contract dispute. Dueling tweets in May between Shearer and "Simpsons" executive producer Al Jean suggested Shearer might be leaving the Fox cartoon series, where he has voiced numerous key characters since it debuted in 1989. But Fox announced Tuesday that he will be alongside fellow cast members Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith and Hank Azaria for the series' 27th and 28th seasons. Shearer voices characters including Simpsons neighbor Ned Flanders, billionaire Mr. Burns and his kowtowing aide, Smithers. The multitasking Shearer, 71, has charted a diverse career on numerous projects as an actor, writer, musician and producer, both before and since becoming part of the "Simpsons" troupe. Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Disney to produce 'Prince Charming'
Tuesday Jul 7, 2015
Disney to produce 'Prince Charming'

Disney is putting its princesses on the sidelines and making a live-action comedy about the iconic Prince Charming.Mandeville Films and Tripp Vinson are to produce the comedy, for which Matt Fogel wrote the script, according to Variety. The story is told from the perspective of the prince's brother who is reportedly his polar opposite. Madeville Films is also produced the upcoming "Beauty and the Beast" and given the success of recent Disney movies such as "Maleficent" and "Cinderella," "Prince Charming" could reach large audiences.  Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Movies

'Paranormal Activity' spreading to virtual reality
Tuesday Jul 7, 2015
'Paranormal Activity' spreading to virtual reality

Found footage home horror franchise "Paranormal Activity" is transitioning from film to video games with a May 2016 virtual reality project. So what do we know about it and where might it fit into the current gaming landscape?It'll be the first project from VRwerx, a newly formed video game subdivision of Beast Media Group. The studio counts among its staff those who have worked on the "Call of Duty" franchise, another first-person shooter in "Homefront," Syfy TV series tie-in action game "Defiance" and EA's annualized sports series "Madden." And the ghost game is being presented as a virtual reality experience, even so far as its title will be "Paranormal Activity VR." Its projected 2016 release coincides with that of several significant launches for consumer-oriented headsets. Oculus VR's Oculus Rift has been available in prototype form since September 2012 and has support from the Xbox One; Sony has its Project Morpheus heading to market, after a public announcement in March 2014; most recently, March 2015 saw PC gaming company Valve and mobile manufacturer HTC has the HTC Vive, which was projected for November. "Paranormal VR" is targeting all three high-end units, with PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 also named, and its initial announcement also including mobile platforms more generally. That leaves room for a variant of the "Paranormal Activity" game better suited to VR smartphone solutions such as Google Cardboard, Samsung's Gear VR, the Zeiss VR One and so on. And horror games, which have enjoyed a renaissance over the last five years, appear ideally suited to an immersive virtual reality experience. Recent releases such as "Alien: Isolation," "The Forest" and "7 Days to Die" have supported VR headsets to one degree or another, either natively or via third-party app VorpX, and plenty more are on the way; "Among the Sleep" is expected to become a Morpheus launch title. "Paranormal Activity VR" also represents another perceived driver of VR adoption: film. Facebook-owned Oculus VR has its own film studio and the Oculus Cinema app will also be available for Samsung handsets compatible with Gear VR; an interactive "Paranormal Activity" could help attract genre fans from both cinema and gaming. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

'Lego Movie' directors to helm Han Solo 'Star Wars' spinoff
Tuesday Jul 7, 2015
'Lego Movie' directors to helm Han Solo 'Star Wars' spinoff

NEW YORK (AP) — Laugh it up, Fuzzballs: Han Solo is getting his own movie, and it's going to be helmed by "Lego Movie" directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord. The "Star Wars" spinoff will be released on Memorial Day weekend in 2018, Disney announced Tuesday. It will focus on how Han Solo became the smuggler first encountered by Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi at the Mos Eisley cantina. Lord and Miller have been among the most sought-after writer-directors in Hollywood following their well-received "21 Jump Street" and its sequel, "22 Jump Street," and the popular "The Lego Movie." "This is the first film we've worked on that seems like a good idea to begin with," the pair said in a joint statement. "We promise to take risks, to give the audience a fresh experience, and we pledge ourselves to be faithful stewards of these characters who mean so much to us." Lord and Miller said the movie is a dream come true, "and not the kind of dream where you're late for work and all your clothes are made of pudding." The announcement sets off what's sure to be among the most closely watched casting decisions in Hollywood. While Harrison Ford reprises the role in the upcoming "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," the spinoff will be seeking a new captain of the Millennium Falcon. The script will be written by Lawrence Kasdan, who co-wrote "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi," and his son Jon Kasdan. They called Solo "one of the coolest characters in the galaxy." In addition to a new "Star Wars" trilogy to begin with J.J. Abrams' "The Force Awakens" in December, Lucasfilm and Disney are planning several spinoffs from George Lucas' space epic. "Rogue One," directed by Gareth Edwards, is planned for December 2016. Filmmaker Josh Trank was earlier hired to direct another "Star Wars" anthology film, but he departed the project earlier this year. ___ Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAP Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Jake Coyle from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Wiz Khalifa's 'See You Again' set to become the song of the summer
Tuesday Jul 7, 2015
Wiz Khalifa's 'See You Again' set to become the song of the summer

The song, taken from the soundtrack to "Furious 7," has been smashing iTunes, Shazam and Spotify records since its release in April and now it looks set to be crowned the Billboard chart's song of the summer."See You Again" was the first track to be streamed 21.9 million times on Spotify in a week and in April topped the iTunes chart in 93 countries. It has sat atop of the Billboard Hot 100 for 11 weeks, one week shy of the record for a rap track, and as a result has been occupying the top spot on the Songs of the Summer chart since it began five weeks ago. The Songs of the Summer chart tracks the movement of the 20 top songs between Memorial Day and Labor Day in the US and, according to Billboard, with one third of the summer over, so far no other track, not even from Taylor Swift, has come close to dethroning Khalifa. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Watch: The first trailer for ‘Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip'
Tuesday Jul 7, 2015
Watch: The first trailer for ‘Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip'

Alvin, Theodore and Simon return to cinema screens for a fourth time on December 23‘Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip' sees the animated animals team up to stop their long-suffering owner Dave (played again by Jason Lee) from proposing to his girlfriend and leaving them to fend for themselves. All of the action and chaos that follows is of course triggered by a simple misunderstanding. The partially animated, partly live action feature is directed by Walt Becker, who is new to the franchise but is no stranger to broad, family comedy, having helmed both ‘Old Dogs' and ‘Wild Hogs'. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Review: "Self/less," immortal and it feels so dumb
Tuesday Jul 7, 2015
Review: "Self/less," immortal and it feels so dumb

"Self/less," if you couldn't tell from the preposterous title, is a deeply silly movie that takes itself very, very seriously. The premise is interesting enough: A dying man (Ben Kingsley) undergoes a procedure to save his mind by ditching his failing body for a shiny new model (Ryan Reynolds, you could do worse). But, the lofty ambitions, trite messages, half-hearted allegories and over-the-top caricatures make director Tarsem Singh's ("The Cell," ''The Fall") latest a misguidedly campy experience. Here, the dying man, Damian (Kingsley), is possibly the worst person in the world. In the opening scene, he destroys a young competitor who is aiming to encroach on his real estate empire. Damian, you see, is extremely wealthy and powerful. He's "the man who built New York from the ground up" and he can ruin another's life before lunch, almost for sport. He's also only got six months to live. His cancer has metastasized and he has yet to come to terms with it. He hasn't even told his daughter ("Downton Abbey's" Michelle Dockery in a tiny role), although we'll soon find out that they're estranged. This is a selfish, egotistical man. The type who walks all the way over to the driver's side of his town car to knock on the window so the driver will get out and open the passenger seat door for him. The type who is so consumed with his own specialness that he will pay $250 million for a new "vessel" for his brilliant mind. The type who also craves immortality so wholly that he doesn't ask too many questions about the origins of the new body. The doctor behind the controversial "shedding" procedure, Albright (a mustache-twirling Matthew Goode), snivels that the bodies are grown in labs. Right. Anyway, in his new, youthful body Damian goes off to live in New Orleans to play pickup basketball, party and get girls — a lot of them. (There's an entire montage of young beauties falling on his bed). Because even with 86 years of wisdom, when you're suddenly given the body of Ryan Reynolds, priorities shift. So much for using that great mind! And this is the main problem. In Kingsley's Damian was a sour, ruthless, brilliant man who'd constructed his own empire in a lifetime. Reynolds' Damian is a little dopey, deeply curious and empathetic from the start, lacking even an ounce of that bitter, eagle-eyed intensity and captain of industry drive. It's as though they're just two completely different men, which makes for a far less interesting film, especially when Damian begins to suspect that perhaps his new body didn't come out of a lab. Young Damian starts having visions of a life on a farm with a woman and child. Albright swears they're hallucinations, but Damian is compelled to investigate — perhaps his most out of character move. Why would he start caring about others now? That curiosity gets him entangled in the lives of the women in his visions, Madeline (Natalie Martinez) and young daughter Anna (Jaynee-Lynne Kinchen), who he now feels obligated to protect from a murderous Albright and his thugs. The rest of the movie is a cat and mouse chase. Despite some gorgeous, studied visuals, it all feels rather standard with increasingly diminished returns. "Self/less" imagines itself as a high-concept redemption tale. But in execution, it's more concerned with the action than the big questions or dark implications, which stay at surface level in the script from Alex Pastor and David Pastor. Damian makes a few sacrifices along the way (although they're also primarily selfish acts) and finds a certain peace amid the chaos, but we never cared. The movie just assumes the audience will develop some empathy for him along the way, never wondering why we'd ever root for this awful billionaire— even in Ryan Reynolds' body. "Self/less," a Focus Features release, is rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America for "sequences of violence, some sexuality, and language." Running time: 116 minutes. One star out of four. ___ MPAA Definition of PG-13: Parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. ___ Follow AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ldbahr Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Lindsey Bahr from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Events

Broadway theatergoer tries to recharge phone in onstage plug
Tuesday Jul 7, 2015
Broadway theatergoer tries to recharge phone in onstage plug

NEW YORK (AP) — There's loud talking, snoring and, of course, phones ringing. But theater etiquette might have taken a turn for the bizarre on Broadway last week with a dead cellphone. A patron at the Tony Award-nominated play "Hand to God" on July 2 climbed onstage just before the show began to try to recharge his phone in what looked like an outlet. Ushers at the Booth Theatre quickly converged, and the young man was pulled off the stage. A public announcement was made warning patrons to avoid any similar acts, and ushers were stationed near the offender in case anything else untoward occurred. He apparently got the message. Actress Sarah Stiles tweeted: "#fullmoon or #idiot?" The attempt to recharge was, in the end, pointless: The onstage outlet was just a prop, created by Tony Award winner Beowulf Boritt, whose set is a realistic depiction of a basement of a church in Texas. A production spokesman confirmed the incident Tuesday. The act was at least in keeping with the anarchic nature of the show. Playwright Robert Askins' bracing comedy mixes violence, swearing, brutal honesty, parental failure, church hypocrisy and plenty of sex — of both human and puppet varieties. ___ Mark Kennedy is at http://twitter.com/KennedyTwits Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Mark Kennedy from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Bruce Jenner's 1984 Olympic Torch going on auction block
Tuesday Jul 7, 2015
Bruce Jenner's 1984 Olympic Torch going on auction block

NEW YORK (AP) — The 1984 Summer Olympic Torch that Bruce Jenner carried through Lake Tahoe, Nevada, is going on the auction block where it could fetch $20,000 or more. It's the first major piece of Jenner memorabilia to go to auction since the winner of the 1976 Olympic Decathlon Gold Medal became Caitlyn Jenner. The 24-inch torch, featuring a brass finish and leather handle, is being offered by Heritage Auctions at its Platinum Night Sports Auction in Chicago on July 30. The seller is Bob Lorsch, a Los Angeles philanthropist and entrepreneur who orchestrated the Tahoe leg of the torch relay and secured Jenner's participation. "This torch serves as a wonderful symbol that masculinity and femininity are not mutually exclusive," said Chris Ivy, Heritage's director of sports auctions. "The decathlon has long been considered the ultimate athletic proving ground. Jenner has played both gender roles masterfully." Jenner was approached to carry the torch as part of the Los Angles Summer Olympic Games to help support Caesars Tahoe's agenda of giving back to the local community and promoting area youth programs, said Lorsch. The hotel casino held a drawing for a chance to win a place in the relay and sponsored 50 kilometers or about 31 miles of the Nevada route. Seven went to individuals and 42 to local organizations. Jenner was asked to run the remaining kilometer or 1,000 meters. "Caesars saw it as a tremendous opportunity ... to do something more special, never realizing that we would be creating what is truly a piece of history that originated as a piece of sports history, then evolved as a piece of entertainment history through the Kardashian legacy and becoming a cultural phenomenon through the transition to Caitlyn," said Lorsch. "Other than trinkets and signed memorabilia, this is the first piece of what I would consider significant Jenner memorabilia to reach the auction block," said Ivy. Better known to a younger generation as the patriarch on "Keeping up With the Kardashians," Jenner, 65, announced earlier this year that he was transitioning to become a woman. Vanity Fair ran glamour photos of him as Caitlyn. A spokesman for Jenner did not respond to a request for comment. Caitlyn Jenner will receive the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the upcoming ESPY Awards on July 15 for her bravery for publicly coming out as a transgender woman. An E! Entertainment network documentary series "I Am Cait," depicting Jenner's transition from a man to a woman, will debut July 26. Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Ula Ilnytzky from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

New 'Star Wars' rumors start with Donnie Yen namecheck
Monday Jul 6, 2015
New 'Star Wars' rumors start with Donnie Yen namecheck

Hong Kong's mixed martial arts film star Donnie Yen has been named in a casting report on "Star Wars Episode VII," due May 2017.The Chinese territory's Apple Daily named Yen as one of the first actors associated with "Star Wars Episode VIII," even while "Episode VII" is yet five months away and "Star Wars: Rogue One" arrives December 2016. Yen has a host of prominent films to his name, with an acclaimed lead role in award-winning Wing Chun biographical drama "Ip Man" (2008) and its two sequels among them. As a stunt choreographer, he has a keen understanding of the craft, having accrued four Hong Kong Film Awards in eleven years, contributing behind the scenes to another HKFA favorite in "Ip Man." So if "Star Wars Episode VII" is looking to kick off its casting with a titan of Hong Kong and Chinese action cinema, Yen would be a good shout. And Apple Daily seems to think it is, with Yen named winner of a casting round that had also been looking at Jet Li ("The Expendables"), Stephen Chow ("Kung Fu Hustle"), Tony Leung Chiu Wai ("Hero") and Daniel Wu ("The Heavenly Kings") among others. The suggestion is supported by Twitchfilm which, while cautious about taking Apple Daily at its word, had heard that "Rogue One" had also been pursuing Chinese talent. Plus, the rebooted "Star Wars" franchise had already recruited several significant names from Asian cinema for December 2015's "Star Wars Episode VII" in the formidable form of Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian and Cecep Arif Rahman -- all seen in Indonesia's "The Raid 2." Already announced for "Rogue One" had been Felicity Jones ("The Theory of Everything"), Diego Luna ("Elysium"), Riz Ahmed ("Nightcrawler") and Ben Mendelsohn ("Bloodlines"), with Gareth Edwards of "Godzilla" as director. Shooting is now said to have started on the 2016 release, nearly two months sooner than expected -- one possible reason might be the creation of a teaser trailer. But British website Star Wars Aficionado reminds us that positive confirmation from Lucasfilm is not likely until after "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" hits cinemas on July 31; that's thanks to a deal between Disney and "Mission: Impossible" studio Paramount. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Ballerina Misty Copeland heading to Broadway's 'On the Town'
Monday Jul 6, 2015
Ballerina Misty Copeland heading to Broadway's 'On the Town'

NEW YORK (AP) — Ballerina Misty Copeland, who just became the first African-American woman to be a principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre, has another breakthrough planned — a debut on Broadway. Producers of the high-energy revival of "On the Town" said Sunday that Copeland will join the show from Aug. 25 to Sept. 6, playing Miss Turnstiles, a love interest for one of three sailors enjoying a few hours of shore leave in 1940s New York. "I don't know if I know what I'm in for. It's going to be a huge challenge for me. It's quite a departure from what I'm used to. But I love a challenge and I think it's going to help me grow as an artist," Copeland said. The role requires both acting and singing, in addition to plenty of dancing, including a 15-minute ballet at the end. The role is currently filled by Megan Fairchild, a principal dancer at the prestigious New York City Ballet. "I can carry a tune. We'll see what happens," she said. "I'm excited. I'm a Virgo and we're a little bit anal and we're definitely hard workers, so I'm going to put my all into this." Copeland saw the show a few months ago with her boyfriend, knowing the offer of replacing Fairchild was on the table. "It's probably the best show I've ever seen, I think," she said. "I was just blown away." The ballerina will play six performances during the eight-show week, including the Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evening shows, as well as the matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Copeland has been named by Time magazine one of the most influential figures of 2015, and written both a children's book, "Firebird," and a best-selling memoir, "Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina." She's also performed in a music video with Prince and was featured in a hugely popular online ad for Under Armour sportswear. The dancer also has appeared as a guest host on the Fox show "So You Think You Can Dance" and was a presenter at this year's Tony Awards. Copeland, 32, said she relishes bringing dance to an audience in any form she can. "Whether it's Broadway or ballet, that's always been my goal: to just bring more people into it," she said. "Because I think it's so special and I think the arts can do so much for a person, not just a child. It's completely changed and altered my life in so many amazing ways." ___ Online: http://www.onthetownbroadway.com ___ Mark Kennedy is at http://twitter.com/KennedyTwits Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Mark Kennedy from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Comics collectibles hitting the booths at Comic-Con
Sunday Jul 5, 2015
Comics collectibles hitting the booths at Comic-Con

Comics publishers have revealed some of the special items they plan to bring with them to the annual Comic-Con in San Diego next week, from special edition posters to event-exclusive collectibles.Marvel has revealed plans to sell a set of 28 exclusive collectible enamel pins designed by the Eisner-winning artist Skottie Young and based on his existing cover designs. Per MTV, they will include "Guardians of the Galaxy," "Avengers," "Spider-Man" and "Women of Marvel" four-packs plus others featuring Hulk/Banner, Loki, Captain Marvel, Ant-Man and more.The four-packs will be priced at $25.DC Collectibles will be bringing three "con exclusive" products to the event, including limited edition DC Comics Blue Edition Jim Lee action figures ($300 each), sculpted by Jack Mathews, encased in intricate packaging, including an original sketch signed by Jim Lee and available in 150 examples that feature Batman, The Joker or Harley Quinn.A standard edition of the action figures comes with an exclusive Jim Lee print, is made in larger quantities and goes for $40. Lastly, there's DC Super Pets Krypto Plush Toy ($9.95), based on the style of comic book artist Art Baltazar.Poster producers Mondo have a number of exclusives lined up. An Ant-Man screen print from artist Kevin Tong, printed on the reflective surface holofoil, comes in an edition of 175 and goes for $85. Mondo says it will release a non-holofoil version of the poster on its website at a later date.A set of 1/6-scale Teenage Mutant Nunja Turles figures, price TBD, will also go on display, each featuring 25+ points of articulation and inspired by the original 1980s comic book.A 12" polystone Hellboy statue will include all the details of the original character drawing and is currently available for pre-order for $200 at MondoTees.com.Mondo wil also offer a vinyl edition of James Horner's Academy Award-nominated "Aliens" score for $35.Comic-Con runs from July 9-12 with a preview night on July 8.www.comic-con.org/cci Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.