Monday, February 8, 2016

The Fuss About Star Wars Monopoly...Wait, There’s a Star Wars Monopoly?

Recently there was a bit of kerfuffle on social media about the exclusion of Rey from the new Star Wars Monopoly game.

Many people were understandably upset that Hasbro would somehow have allowed the game to be produced without any female characters, especially without Rey, who is the central character of the film.

So OK. We should all be upset by this, and we should all be outraged that the omission of female characters, regardless of the reasons, is still common in the toy and game industry.

But here’s the thing: they’re not.

Not entirely, at least.

Let me first say that I love me some Star Wars, and I will almost always try to get my hands on games set in the Star Wars universe.

I was therefore first in line in 1987, when West End Games released the first Role-Playing game in 1987 (like Dungeons & Dragons, but set in the Star Wars universe).

I loved this game, and I still remember looking through the game and its supplements and seeing all of options for playing female characters – most that I hadn’t even considered.

So, in 1987 West End Games was encouraging me to play female characters from the Star Wars Universe.

In 1987.

It seems odd that almost thirty years later we would find ourselves outraged because Hasbro didn’t include a single playable female character in their game.

The thing that’s doubly confusing to me is that the Star Wars games I currently play don’t just have representation of female characters, they have an abundance of female characters who are diverse, strong in different ways, and, overall, heroic.

It is absolutely expected now that images, descriptions, and examples in the games that I play provide players a wide and diverse range character types to imagine and play.


Interview conducted by Stefan Blitz

Alan Ritchson might be Hollywood's next big multi-hyphenite.

Over the past several years, Ritchson has done everything from stripteasing for Paula Abdul during his American Idol audition, took on the mantle of Aquaman on both the television series Smallville and in the DC Animated feature, Justice League: The New Frontier.  He's also recorded an album, fought in The Hunger Games, and performed on set motion capture as Raphael in the latest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film series.

And he's Thad.  Co-writing and starring in the Kickstarter fueled spin-off of the tv series Blue Mountain State, The Rise of Thadland.  In the film, Ritchson reprises his role as football star Thad Castle, now a multi-million dollar NFL player, who returns to BMS to save the infamous Goat House from the university's new school dean.  And, and despite his new fortune and fame, there is one small favor that Thad needs done before he saves the day: the biggest booze-and-sloot fest in BMS history!

Ritchson took some time to discuss The Rise of Thadland, a potential return as Aquaman and his experience co-writing the film.

Win THE IMMORTALS By Jordanna Max Brodsky Prize Package! #OlympusBound

Manhattan has many secrets. Some are older than the city itself.

The city sleeps. Selene DiSilva walks her dog along the banks of the Hudson. She is alone—just the way she likes it. She doesn't believe in friends, and she doesn't speak to her family. Most of them are simply too dangerous.

In the predawn calm, Selene finds the body of a young woman washed ashore, gruesomely mutilated and wreathed in laurel. Her ancient rage returns. And so does the memory of a promise she made long ago—when her name was Artemis.

In stores on February 16th comes The Immortals by Jordanna Max Brodsky!  And to celebrate the release we're giving away a prize package!

LEGO DC COMICS SUPER HEROES: JUSTICE LEAGUE: COSMIC CLASH: World Premiere on 2/13 at Paley Center Los Angeles!

Family-Friendly Event set for Saturday Afternoon includes Screening,
Film Talent Panel, Signed Posters & LEGO Toys for All Kids;
Free Tickets Available to Fans on First Come, First Served Basis

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment invites Los Angeles area fans to witness the World Premiere of its latest animated, brick-centric adventure – LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes - Justice League: Cosmic Clash – with a family-friendly event on Saturday afternoon, February 13, 2016. Filmmakers and members of the voice cast will attend the event for red carpet media interviews, premiere screening, a post-screening panel discussion and plenty of interactive fun with the fans and families in attendance.

The screening will commence at Noon (12:00pm) at The Paley Center for Media (465 North Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills). The event will include a post-screening interactive panel discussion, special LEGO prizes for kids in attendance, photo opportunities with LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes standees, and an autograph signing on collectible posters.


Interview conducted by Stefan Blitz

With Blue Mountain State football star Thad Castle recently signing a multi-million dollar NFL contract, his teammates and college life seem like a distant memory. However, when a new school dean threatens to clean up the BMS image by auctioning off the infamous Goat House, Alex, Sammy and the boys must find a way to convince him to get involved. Despite his new fortune and fame, there is one small favor that Thad needs done before he saves the day: the biggest booze-and-sloot fest in BMS history. Welcome to Thadland!

Blue Mountain State: Welcome to Thadland reunites the cast and creators of the prematurely cancelled Spike television series for an all new feature film.  Launched with a successful Kickstarter campaign, BMS has returned and is now available on Digital HD.

Series creators Chris "Romanski" Romano and Eric Falconer took some time out of their busy schedule to chat the film, the genesis of the series and the future of Blue Mountain State.

New DST Items from Alien, Batman, Marvel, Predator and TMNT!

The new issue of Previews is in comic shops now, and pre-orders are open at your local store for the newest batch of items from Diamond Select Toys!

Check out the first Dragon Age Select action figure, new Minimates from Alien, Predator and TMNT; a new bank from Alien; new statues and busts from the Marvel and DC Animated universes; a new Back to the Future mini-vehicle; and a new Marvel Retro Cloth action figure set!
Plus, the return of a sold-out Marvel Select figure! Read more below, find your nearest shop at, and pre-order today!

Fear-Inspiring Reads, Books Based On Other Books, Surrounded by Neil Gaiman & More!

Written by Alex C. Telander

Amazon the Bookstore
Through a stroke of marketing genius, Amazon has decided to open some physical bookstores, because there don't seem to be that many anymore.

Be The Animal
Some kids' books from the point of view of animals.

Books Based on Other Books
You may have seen your share of movies based on books. Well, here are some books based on other books.