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Saturday, May 21, 2016

#GeekFuel Review: May 2016

Geek Fuel's May release brings the geek, but still confuses.

Review by Matt Cummings

For the past few months, Geek Fuel has shown us something that we never thought would happen: improve the quality of its monthly items without raising the price. That represents a significant change in an industry where consistency has been a real problem. March and April showed us that change was coming, even if the boxes were such a mish-mash that theme could not be discerned. May does the same thing, continuing to expose GFs weak side of timing, but making a good case that they might have learned their lesson.

Before diving in, let's review the details:
  • The cost for a Month to Month is $17.90, $16.90/month for a 3-month subscription, $15.90/month for a 6-month tour and just $13.90/month for a one-year subscription.
  • Shipping $6.00 to the US, Canada, and at least a few other countries.

  • We use QUALITY and TIMING to base our reviews, so let's see how this box stands up. As always, we'll end our review with some additional thoughts after the unboxing:

    Winners
    There's a lot here to like. Those of you who love HBO's Game of Thrones will be impressed with the (somewhat scratchy) Westeros shirt and map, while those who play Uncharted are going to go ape shit over the ring and (to a lesser degree) the art cards. The ring is one of the most unique things GF has ever produced, from the decorated box to the highly detailed ring itself. But there's also the cool Deadpool gear and the now-monthly Steam game. By itself, the shirt is probably worth the cost. I will be checking out Thrones for the first time this summer, so perhaps my enthusiasm will grow as a result.

    Losers
    Why is there a Geek Fuel glass? Was this part of the reason why the box arrived late this month? We received word that the box would be shipped later than normal, and we have to think the sudden inclusion of a pint glass that doesn't connect to anything else here represents the problem child. And once again, we're stuck on theme. The great Uncharted stuff screams ADVENTURE, while Deadpool and Thrones suggest two other unconnected ones. Honestly, I have no idea what they were reaching for here. That doesn't bother me as much you might think, but it also points to a problem with GF's submissions. A lack of theme presents a marketing problem for them, and the sheer diversity of items could have been better timed. I get that Uncharted 4 is arriving soon, so why not base it around that? I'm also getting interested in Uncharted as a summer game series, but I just bought LEGO Jurassic World and LEGO Marvel Super Heroes still beckons. Maybe once the PS NEO arrives, we'll finally take a plunge into Nathan Drake's world.

    This box is definitely not a Hot Topic rip off, but in the short run there's little here I will be keeping. No need to clutter my display cases if what I'm getting doesn't register quite yet.

    A Shift is On
    May's Geek Fuel delivers a (mostly) terrific collection of geeky goodness. It appears that the company has learned its lesson about quality, giving us quite an impressive line of items. Timing is still a huge problem, reminding us that a buckshot approach to encourage the greatest amount of subscribers is bound to leave some pining for more. But make no mistake: there's a shift happening with sub boxes, as some (GF for sure and Loot Crate not so much) are upping their game, forced to accept that others (Star Wars, Marvel, DC) have exceptionally better boxes. I'm not sure we would have gotten this much quality from GF if the others weren't around, so mark that as a win for geeks. Yet, the repeating lack of theme suggests GF still has a ways to go. From a quality perspective, call this month a WIN, especially if you're a Deadpool/Thrones/Uncharted fan, but I'd like to see them tie their boxes to major film/television releases and other geek "calendar events." Making this happen should be a top priority for the company, even if geeks like me like the recent changes they've already made.

    Want to read our other sub box reviews? We've got them all listed below: MARVEL COLLECTOR CORPS
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    GEEK FUEL REVIEWS
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    Discuss this review with fellow SJF fans on Facebook. On Twitter, follow us at @SandwichJohnFilms, and follow author Matt Cummings at @mfc90125.
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    #StarWarsSmugglersBounty Review: May 2016

    May's reliable Star Wars/Funko Smuggler's Bounty sub box is also a BOUNTY HUNTER'S dream.

    Review by Matt Cummings

    For a series that's delivered so consistently as Funko's Star Wars, there's also a feeling that things might be getting a little stale. Believe me, it's better than the whipsaw efforts by Geek Fuel (thinking about cancelling) and Loot Crate (cancelled), but May's BOUNTY HUNTERS box provides growing evidence that, while still very reliable, the monthly sub box might need to shake things up a bit going forward.

    Before diving in, let's review the details:
  • The cost for a Month to Month is $25 (plus S/H), or $150 (plus S/H) for a one-year subscription.
  • You get one box every other month, with SB promising $50 in value and no fluff.
  • If you choose the Smuggler membership (yearly), you are promised an additional gift on your anniversary. Guess which one we chose.

  • Again, this month's theme is BOUNTY HUNTERS, highlighting the species that made up a murderer's row of assassins in 1980's The Empire Strikes Back. Check out our unboxing below and we'll meet you on the back end to share some thoughts:

    Winners
    It's clear that Funko and the Star Wars family are committed to giving us high-quality swag. This box is no different, from the pin/patch set of Boba and Bosck to two exclusive Pop! figs of Boba and IG-88. The shirt is perhaps my favorite, but it's a close one between all of the items offered. It's so good that I feel bad offering up suggestions or criticisms.

    Losers
    And yet, I do have a small concern. In its effort to merge high quality with reliability, SB is feeling stale. Sure, we've been happy with the shirt/pin/patch/figure routine since the box premiered, but SB hasn't strayed from that, minus a weird Funko C3PO mug (which isn't easy to drink from). Marvel Collector Corp has stretched out with a comic or that really great Guardians scarf. Not SB. Does that mean I'm cancelling any time soon? Absolutely not. But I would like to see them take chances, something that MCC has done. I really like this box, and if this is the best we're ever going to get, then I'd be happy for as long as they keep up the quality. The shirts alone are worth the cost of admission.

    Does reliability suggest a change?
    This outing of Smuggler's Bounty delivers yet another solid box, repeating the success month after month and establishing it as an impressive value. I love the shirt, and the pin/patch is great. But is it time for a slight change? If BOUNTY HUNTERS and last month's CANTINA tell us anything, it's that Star Wars has its game down. Whether they stray from the plan any time soon will probably depend on whether it makes financial sense, proving our point last month that quality and consistency can go hand in hand, even if there's a tad 'yawn' factor seting in. Next up is the intriguing JABBA'S PALACE.

    Want to read our other sub box reviews? We've got them all listed below:
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    March
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    May
    June
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    GEEK FUEL REVIEWS
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    Discuss this review with fellow SJF fans on Facebook. On Twitter, follow us at @SandwichJohnFilms, and follow author Matt Cummings at @mfc90125.
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    Friday, May 20, 2016

    Movie Review: #Neighbors2SororityRising

    Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising is a strange coming-of-age Frankenstein of comedy.

    Review by Matt Cummings

    If 2014's Neighbors made a strong case for comedy of that year, it only lost out to 22 Jump Street due to that production's nearly perfect execution. The same cannot be said for Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, a film that tries (and fails) to advance a feminist plot while wrapping that message in skits which don't quite pay off.

    Set a few years after the original, thirty-somethings Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly (Rose Byrne) have raised their now toddler daughter - who keeps finding Kelly's vibrator - and are expecting a second. They've made the decision to buy a new home in the suburbs and thus need to sell their existing home. But their 30-day escrow is challenged when a group of teenage girls led by Shelby (Chloë Grace Moretz) start up a new sorority with the intention of partying away any chance for the Radners to sell their home. Enter the mostly unshirted Teddy Sanders (Zac Efron), whose bromance with Pete (Dave Franco) has hit the skids: not only is Pete gay, but is engaged to be married. Seeking new friends in Shelby's Kappa Nu, Teddy and the Radners engage in a new level of neighbor warfare that will see both sides push each other to their limits, while Teddy is forced to reassess his life choices and come to terms with the empty life of a post-grad.

    From the outset of N2, it's clear that returning director Nicholas Stoller wants to both give us more of what we want and elevate the story to new levels. Central to the surprisingly mature script by a team of writers including Andrew Jay Cohen, Brendan O'Brien, and Stoller is almost an apology of sorts to N1: Teddy's bro-choices are coming back to haunt him, and women in the new paradigm are done being treated as wiling playdates to eager frat boys. They want to be treated like boys, eat like them, smoke out whenever they want, and generally carry on as if they were raised by wolves. And while I don't mind the message as a current social discussion, I don't want that in my Neighbors universe; it's not that I'm against its merits, I'm just against it here.

    And yet I totally get the reason why Stoller and team are moving forward. Had one been given a clone of the original, N2 might have been more entertaining, but a clone nevertheless. Had the comedic skits been as hilarious as those in N1, I might be singing a different tune. Instead, there's large parts of this film that don't work and are often exceedingly boring. Perhaps it was Universal's demand for a quick turnaround that's left me wanting more (and better), but the effect is felt in a couple of ways. Bryne's character - who turned in a statement comedic performance in the original - is mostly sidelined to a potty-mouthed mom; she barely registers at points, while Rogan and Efron bro-off once Kappa Nu pulls the plug on Teddy. But, N2 also lacks heart: everyone's going through their motions, with the addition of Moretz offering nothing substantive. She's mostly upset at her upbringing, determined to smoke joints at every waking moment, and compelled to act badly simply because she can. By film's end, that becomes a pretty big plot hole that has an incredibly predictable conclusion. And if I hear another playing of the Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage” in a film this year, I'll probably lose my shit.

    And yet, N2 isn't a total loss. There's the standard gross-out comedy, but it's Efron's performance which goes down as the film's best. Usually not a great actor, Efron infuses Teddy with a combination of handsome and idiot who is desperate for a new bro, in a world where friendships seem destined to live on SnapChat rather than in the real world. He is immediately a former frat boy out of time and out of touch, and Efron gifts Teddy with a new sense of maturity, all while accepting that his many faults have brought him to this point. That's a lot to say for a film that still enjoys showing off the bikinis, bongs, and seeking new uses for car air bags. It's like watching those 80's coming-of-age films, where our leads suddenly realize they have to grow up or risk dealing with their stunted maturity for the rest of their lives. Teddy isn't quite there, but by film's end he's ready for a change.

    So too are Rogan and Byrne. In what was a weirdly uncomfortable ending, both realize that their new lives are far removed from their college years, and the tears they shed are almost a farewell to that life. But that's about as good as we get from the duo: they're just not as funny this time around, but not content to mail things in either. They are in many ways worse parents now, admitting to each other in one of the film's best scenes how they've dropped their first kid, left them at home to party, as well as other acts which CPS probably wouldn't appreciate. But when they arrive at the ending - of which there are four distinct ones - we feel like this franchise has played itself out. There wasn't a need to make a follow-up, but in some ways I wish Universal hadn't.

    Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising is both filled with much that made the original great but also strangely embarks on a scheme to upend that very same film. But, if you're like Teddy and can turn your brain off for 93 minutes, it's still perfectly-suited entertainment for the season.

    Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising is rated R for crude sexual content including brief graphic nudity, language throughout, drug use and teen partying and has a runtime of 93 minutes.

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    Movie Review: #TheNiceGuys

    Strong characters and hilarious moments make The Nice Guys an essential comedy.

    Review by Matt Cummings

    If this summer's playlist going forward seems a bit...lame?...it's because 2016 has the ability to mostly play out that way. One of the exceptions to this march of cinematic malaise is the Shane Black-directed comedy The Nice Guys, perhaps an instant classic in the buddy cop genre, and strong proof that great comedies during this time of the year can also be smart ones.

    Los Angeles PI's Jackson Healy (Russell Crowe) and Holland March (Ryan Gosling) are not exactly the perfect Dynamic Duo for 1977. The bruiser Healy has been sent to beat up March, who is looking for a missing porn star. But as the two 'meet' with Healy getting the better (broken) hand, the two realize that they're being set up by shadowy and powerful forces. It's revealed that a porno may contain important details of collusion between Detroit's auto companies, and so all those involved are quickly being snuffed out. Holland's daughter Holly (Angourine Rice) soon gets involved as the mysterious porn star finally arises, creating trouble for Holland and a reason to do right by Jackson. As the truth behind these murders is revealed, the two form an unlikely partnership, shooting their way through drug-fueled sex parties, porno plots, corporate shindigs, and attempted assassinations.

    The Writer Black joins Anthony Bagarozzi to pen a tightly-wound and hilarious character romp through 70's Los Angeles, in way only Black the Director could. It's whip smart, reverential to the time, and wildly fun, with Black's love for violent tendencies in his protagonists added in for color. There's been a lot of comparisons out there to his 2005 Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang, but I'd say it's the best buddy-cop comedy since Black's Lethal Weapon. He loves to pick guys from opposite sides of the street - the straight shot vs the psychopath - and in The Nice Guys he relishes at delivering the seedy side of 1977 LA, when the Hollywoodland sign lay in ruins and the idea of a good time started and ended with a cigarette. This time, it's bumbling PI against angry PI, but it's not all smoke and mirrors. Black imbues his characters with both incredible energy and savvy dialogue. It's the kind of work you hope will be remembered at the Oscars, but part of the attention has to go to his mostly top-notch cast.

    Simply put, Crowe and Gosling enjoy the best new-team comedy of the year so far. They excel at being terrible PI's, ignorant, drinking, and shooting their way through LA, while ragging on each other for every reason imaginable. It seems like some of what we see here is also well-crafted ad-lib, which takes on a life of its own several times throughout The Nice Guys. Rice is terrific as the kid who's many times smarter than her dad, definitely more creative, and certainly willing to get her hands dirty. Crowe is straight up bad ass, while Gosling's brilliant detective work seems more like a happy accident each time it happens. Black efficiently sets up their individual origins, giving perhaps the best sequence of the entire film to Crowe, whose visceral reaction to his wife's admission is both hilarious and completely inappropriate. But that's what you get a lot from this trio, who form an alliance that's hard to beat and totally enjoyable to observe.

    The one exception here is Basinger, who's been caught lately in several performances that remind me of a black hole, sucking in energy and dialogue and producing nothing. She seems ill-prepared to handle the likes of Gosling and Crowe, even being outstripped by Rice in every way. It's the only complaint I have for a film that even ends in unexpected ways, surprising me in just how deep Black was prepared to take this story. It would have been easy enough for the good guys to be so, to win the day and celebrate as they did throughout the movie, with us lovingly adoring their pitch-perfect chemistry. But The Nice Guys rejects that, delving instead deep into reveals and grayish endings, essentially placing a mirror on how real-life forces above us sometimes conspire to deny us the truth.

    But let's not kid ourselves: The Nice Guys is also a summer film and quite an enjoyable one at that, wrapping us in hilarious gun battles, 70's rock tunes, and an impressive amount of one-liners that's sure to stick around long after you get that cigarette smell out of your clothes. Along the way, we're shot at, punched, thrown through fake glass, overwhelmed with boobs, and tossed out of a building. It's got summer written all over it, with enough nostalgia and excellent acting to keep naysayers entertained as well. By the end, there's a strong indication that we'll see further installments, something I hope becomes a reality. Black is firing on all cylinders, and he can take my money any time.

    It's too early to say if The Nice Guys is a comedy classic, but Black makes a strong case for consideration. Bolstered by excellent characters and mostly terrific performances, it's the kind of surprise worthy of our immediate attention and perhaps our enduring appreciation.

    The Nice Guys is rated R for violence, sexuality, nudity, language and brief drug use and has a runtime of 116 minutes.

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    Movie Review: The Angry Birds Movie

    Anger surprisingly doesn’t lead to suffering in game adaptation.

    Review by Brandon Wolfe

    Angry Birds has always functioned primarily as an agreeable way to pass the time on the toilet, but it’s difficult to imagine any of the millions of people who have downloaded the game over the years putting much thought into the rules that govern its world. Why are those birds so angry? Why do those pigs construct such breathtakingly shoddy structures around themselves? That one bird who is shaped and functions like a bomb, what’s his story? Players trying to carefully aim the yellow bird directly at the TNT box located at a crucial juncture almost certainly never stopped to ask themselves these hard questions, and yet here is The Angry Birds Movie to answer them all the same.

    The red bird with the bushy eyebrows on the game’s logo? His name, naturally, is Red, and he is voiced with the sardonic tones of Jason Sudeikis. Red lives on Bird Island, a happy little community of inexplicably flightless birds, and his short-temperedness has made him a pariah among his brethren, to the point where he is effectively banished, his house located way off on the edge of the coastline. After a dustup over a botched cake delivery, Red is forced into a court-ordered anger management course, where he meets other square pegs like the hyperactive Chuck (Josh Gad), the nervously combustible Bomb (Danny McBride) and the hulking, grunting mute Terrance (Sean Penn, honestly). Red’s dissatisfaction with his lot in life only worsens when a boat arrives containing the jovial green pig Leonard (Bill Hader) and his Minion-esque underlings, hailing from Piggy Island. The pigs enthrall the birds with their technological advancements, like slingshots and dynamite, but their ultimate goal is to hijack the birds’ entire egg supply right out from under them. Red is the only bird suspicious of the pigs, and after the eggs are poached, he becomes birdkind’s only hope for recovering them.


    It must be said that The Angry Birds Movie finds a surprisingly workable method of constructing a narrative out of a game that solely revolves around knocking stuff down. The bird community is more or less well-realized and the conflict with the pigs is also handled capably. Even when the movie, in its climax, becomes the largest-scale version of the game ever undertaken, the motivations and strategies all make a certain amount of sense. In some game adaptations, like 1993’s abysmal Super Mario Bros, the attempts at explicating and incorporating elements of the game into an actual storyline have felt awkward and inorganic in a way that they really don’t here. Honestly, this is probably the best Angry Birds movie anyone could have hoped for, in the off-chance that anyone ever had hopes like that.

    It also helps that the voice work here is top-notch. The movie has assembled a murderer’s row of contemporary comedy icons amenable to an easy paycheck, including Maya Rudolph, Kate McKinnon, Keegan Michael-Key and Billy Eichner. The best thing about the film is Sudeikis, whose acerbic commentary on the absurdity surrounding him is consistently winning. Likewise, Gad does more appealing work here than he did in Frozen, or in basically anything else he’s ever done in live-action. McBride doesn’t have as strong of a character, stuck as he is playing a sentient bomb, but the character’s utter lack of confidence is a welcome switch from the actor’s default mode of bulldozing arrogance. That sort of arrogance is instead assigned to Peter Dinklage, who also does solid work as the Mighty Eagle, a mythic god among the birds who turns out to embody the maxim “never meet your heroes.”


    However, it should be made plain that The Angry Birds Movie is certainly not a revelation in the way that the similarly corporate-generated The Lego Movie emerged as. The film is entertaining enough, but it is only truly laudable in the face of how dire the expectations for an Angry Birds movie reflexively are. There are also the usual low-aiming bodily-function gags to pander to kids’ baser senses. Yet the film does clear the (admittedly low) bar of making Angry Birds work as a story with characters. That might not be the grandest victory a film has ever achieved, but it’s not nothing. It at least provides a glimmer of hope for the inevitable Candy Crush motion picture.

    Discuss this review with fellow SJF fans on Facebook. On Twitter, follow us at @SandwichJohnFilms, and follow author Brandon Wolfe at @BrandonTheWolfe.


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    Thursday, May 19, 2016

    Trailer For @HISTORY Roots Premiering On MEMORIAL DAY

    HISTORY'S EPIC EVENT SERIES 'ROOTS' SET TO PREMIERE ON MEMORIAL DAY 2016

    HISTORY® premieres “Roots” on Memorial Day 2016, airing over four consecutive nights at 9 p.m. beginning Monday, May 30, it was announced today by Paul Buccieri, President of A&E and HISTORY. The four-night, eight-hour event series developed by HISTORY, from A+E Studios, is a historical portrait of American slavery recounting the journey of one family and their will to survive and ultimately carry on their legacy despite hardship. “Roots” will be simulcast on A&E and Lifetime, in addition to HISTORY.



    The stellar cast includes Academy Award® winners Forest Whitaker (“Fiddler”) and Anna Paquin (“Nancy Holt”); Academy Award® nominee and Emmy Award® winner Laurence Fishburne (“Alex Haley”); Golden Globe Award® winning and Emmy Award® nominated actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers (“Tom Lea”); Tony Award® winner Anika Noni Rose (“Kizzy”); Grammy Award® winner Tip “T.I.” Harris (“Cyrus”); Chad L. Coleman (“Mingo”); Emayatzy Corinealdi (“Belle”); Matthew Goode (“Dr. William Waller”); Derek Luke (“Silla Ba Dibba”); Mekhi Phifer (“Jerusalem”); James Purefoy (“John Waller”); Erica Tazel (“Matilda”) and introduces Regé-Jean Page (“Chicken George”) and Malachi Kirby (“Kunta Kinte”).

    “’Roots’ will allow new audiences to experience this epic family saga with a new vision that is both inspiring and tremendously entertaining,” said Buccieri. “We are proud that HISTORY will be able to bring new life to this powerful story that remains as important today as it did when the original ‘Roots’ first premiered.”

    “Nearly 40 years ago I had the privilege to be a part of an epic television event that started an important conversation in America,” said LeVar Burton, Co-Executive Producer. “I am incredibly proud to be a part of this new retelling and start the dialogue again, at a time when it is needed more than ever."

    “Roots” is an A+E Studios production in association with Marc Toberoff and The Wolper Organization, the company that produced the original “Roots.” Will Packer, Marc Toberoff, Mark Wolper, Lawrence Konner, Mark Rosenthal and Barry Jossen serve as executive producers. LeVar Burton and Korin D. Huggins are co-executive producers. Questlove is executive music producer. “Roots” is directed by Phillip Noyce, Mario Van Peebles, Thomas Carter and Bruce Beresford. Arturo Interian and Michael Stiller serve as Executives in Charge of Production for HISTORY. A+E Networks handles international distribution for “Roots.”

    About HISTORY®
    HISTORY®, now reaching more than 96 million homes, is the leading destination for award-winning series and specials that connect viewers with history in an informative, immersive and entertaining manner across all platforms. The network’s all-original programming slate features a roster of signature series including “Pawn Stars,” “American Pickers,” “Swamp People,” “Alone” as well as the hit drama series “Vikings.” The HISTORY website is located at history.com. Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/history and Facebook at facebook.com/history. For more press information and photography, please visit us at http://press.aenetworks.com

    About A+E Studios
    A+E Studios is the studio unit of the award-­winning global media company A+E Networks, LLC. A+E Studios creates, produces and distributes high quality scripted programming across all networks and platforms in the A+E Networks portfolio, including A&E® Network, Lifetime®, History®, LMN®, FYI™, H2® and A&E IndieFilms®. A+E Studios’ slate of programming consists of scripted series, event series and movies, including the upcoming event miniseries Roots for HISTORY, A&E and Lifetime, UnREAL for Lifetime and Sons of Liberty™ and Houdini for HISTORY.

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    Xavier's School For Gifted Youngsters - Summer Enrollment Opening Soon

    If you've ever felt like you didn’t quite fit in with the world around you, then Xavier’s might be the place for you! Watch the video and see if you have what it takes to join the world’s most elite private academy for extraordinary students. Why be alone, when you can make some excellent new friends here! Summer enrollment begins May 27th

    Make sure to call the number for a surprise guest.



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    Celebrate #Bayday With The Cast Of #Baywatch

    BAYWATCH follows devoted lifeguard Mitch Buchannon (Johnson) as he butts heads with a brash new recruit (Efron). Together, they uncover a local criminal plot that threatens the future of the Bay.

    See everyone in theaters one year from today!

    #Bayday #Baywatch

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    #TEKKEN7 - The King Of The Iron Fist Tournaments @WizardWorld 2016 Events

    BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT AMERICA INC. OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCES THE TEKKEN 7: THE KING OF THE IRON FIST TOURNAMENT 2016 FOR NORTH AMERICA

    Get Ready for the Next Battle!

    Leading video game developer and publisher, BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc., today announced the TEKKEN 7: The King of the Iron Fist Tournament 2016 – North America, scheduled to hit major North American cities throughout the rest of the year in anticipation of the home console release of TEKKEN 7.

    The TEKKEN 7: The King of the Iron Fist Tournament 2016 – North America aims to bring together the top TEKKEN players from around the country for the largest ever TEKKEN tournament in North America for a knockdown, drag-out competition through 17 different cities across the United States and Canada for bragging rights and cash prizes. The nationwide tournament series is the only place in North America for fans to get their hands on the arcade version of TEKKEN 7.

    “The TEKKEN series is a cornerstone of the fighting game community and continues to evolve and advance the genre forward with each installment,” said Katsuhiro Harada, Director of TEKKEN Project at BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. “I’m excited to see what the North American TEKKEN community is made of as they compete over the next seven months in the TEKKEN 7: The King of the Iron Fist Tournament 2016 in North America.”

    “The TEKKEN 7: The King of the Iron Fist Tournament 2016 – North America series of events expands upon our tournament footprint that was set in motion earlier this year through our partnership with Wizard World Comic Cons and Gaming Tour,” said Eric Hartness, Vice President of Marketing at BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. “The added reach of the TEKKEN 7: The King of the Iron Fist Tournament 2016 – North America events will ensure that TEKKEN fans across the country will have an opportunity to experience the next chapter of the storied TEKKEN videogame franchise and compete for cash and glory.”

    The TEKKEN 7: The King of the Iron Fist Tournament 2016 – North America began on February 19, 2016 at Wizard World in Portland, OR and will continue through November 6, 2016 at the Wizard World Comic Con and Gaming Tour in Pittsburgh, PA. Tournaments will be held at Wizard World Comic Con and Gaming Tour sites and key fighting game circuit cities. Each tournament event will feature a prize pool of $3,000 with a final prize pool of $20,000 at the TEKKEN 7: The King of the Iron Fist Tournament 2016 – North America finals. For full tournament rules and regulations please visit https://www.bandainamcoent.com/news/tekken-tour-na.

    TEKKEN 7: The King of the Iron Fist Tournament 2016 – North America schedule and locations:

    Date

    Location

    Event

    February 19-21

    Portland, OR

    Wizard World

    March 18-20

    Atlanta, GA

    Final Round

    April 1-3

    St. Louis, MO

    Wizard World

    April 29-May 1

    Des Moines, WA

    NorthWest Majors

    May 6-8

    Minneapolis, MN

    Wizard World

    May 27-29

    Chicago, IL

    Combo Breaker

    June 2-5

    Philadelphia, PA

    Wizard World

    June 17-19

    Sacramento, CA

    Wizard World

    June 24-26

    Orlando, FL

    CEO 2016

    July 29-31

    Columbus, OH

    Wizard World

    August 18-21

    Chicago, IL

    Wizard World

    August 19-21

    Philadelphia, PA

    Summer Jam X

    September 9-11

    Richmond, VA

    Wizard World

    September 23-25

    Austin, TX

    Wizard World

    October 14-16

    Southern California

    SoCal Regionals

    October 28-30

    Toronto, Canada

    Canada Cup

    November 4-6

    Pittsburgh, PA

    Wizard World

    Final Event:

    Date

    Location

    Event

    TBA

    TBA

    TEKKEN 7: The King of the Iron Fist Tournament 2016 -
    North America Final


    About BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc.
    BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc., part of BANDAI NAMCO Holdings Inc., is a leading global publisher and developer of interactive entertainment for all major video game consoles, iOS, Android, and online platforms. The company is known for creating and publishing many of the industry’s top video game franchises including PAC-MAN®, GALAGA®,TEKKEN®, SOULCALIBUR®, and ACE COMBAT®. BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. is the premier publisher in the Western hemisphere for anime based video games including NARUTO SHIPPUDEN™, DRAGON BALL Z®, and ONE PIECE®. More information about the company and its products can be found at http://www.bandainamcoent.com or www.facebook.com/BandaiNamcoUS.

    About Wizard World (OTCBB: WIZD)
    Wizard World, Inc. (www.wizardworld.com) produces comic cons, gaming and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, television, cosplay, comics, graphic novels, toys, video gaming, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. A first-class lineup of topical programming takes place at each event, with celebrity Q&A's, comics-themed sessions, costume contests, movie screenings, evening parties and more. Wizard World has also launched Wizard World Store (www.shopwizardworld.com), CONtv, a digital media channel in partnership with leading independent content distributor Cinedigm™ (NASDAQ: CIDM), and ComicConBox™ (www.comicconbox.com), a premium subscription-based monthly box service. Fans can interact with Wizard World on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and other social media services.

    Wizard World 2016 schedule available at: http://wizardworld.com/searchby/city/.

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    Photos From Netflix's @MasterofNone Emmy Season Screening & Panel

    Netflix’s “MASTER OF NONE” Emmy Season Screening and Panel that took place on Wednesday, May 18 in Los Angeles at The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills.

    Netflix original series Master of None Emmy season event at Paley Center for Media.

    Participants included co-creator and star Aziz Ansari, co-creator and executive producer Alan Yang, executive producer Michael Schur and cast members Lena Waithe and Kelvin Yu.


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