Tuesday, June 30, 2015

BE A MAN (review)

Review by Stefan Blitz
Executive Producers Dan Schlissel, Ray Harrington
 Produced by Derek Furtado, John Porch, 
Cory Brailsford, Dave Fiorillo
Written and Directed by Ray Harrington
Starring Ray Harrington, Derek Furtado, John Porch,
Andrew Williams, Kyle Kinane, Bobby Kelly, Doug Stanhope,
April Macie, Kurt Metzger, Steve Rannazzisi, Tom Wilson
and Vinny Pazienza

I had the opportunity to attend an advance screening of comedian Ray Harrington’s documentary Be a Man, in a packed theater filled with his family and friends.

Screenings filled with guests of the filmmaker often make the viewing experience a bit skewed; everything plays better whether it deserves to or not.

The audience sees and recognizes people they know onscreen and although the crowd usually has a great time, it’s not an accurate gauge of the reaction to a film.

Ray introduced the film to enthusiastic applause as I took a deep breath.

Ray Harrington’s Be a Man is a sweet and honest documentary that succeeds on every level.  It made me both laugh and cry.  It’s touching and poignant and by the time the end credits rolled, I not only liked the film, but I liked Ray Harrington an awful lot, as well.

The Retro Report: Farewell John Steed, MTM Should Get Charisma, Who Loves You Vin? & More!

Patrick Macnee passed away at age 93 on June 25, 2015, of natural causes in his home in Rancho Mirage, CA.

Before there was Marvel’s The Avengers on the big-screen there was The AvengersAvengers on the small-screen – original starring the ever-sophisticated Macnee and oh-so-hot-and-elegant Dianna Rigg as secret agents John Steed and Mrs. Emma Peel.

First Look - ARCHIE #1 Comic Superstars MARK WAID and FIONA STAPLES Reimagine an Icon!

Change is coming to Riverdale in this can’t-miss kick-off to Archie’s new ongoing series! Familiar faces return in new and unexpected ways in this must-have #1 issue! As the new school year approaches, you’d think Archie Andrews would be looking forward to classes and fun—but nothing is as it seems in the little town of Riverdale. But is this a one-off or a sign of bigger changes awaiting for America’s favorite teens—and the entire town? Find out in this exciting and remarkable first issue!

Check out some of the many amazing covers after the jump.

REAL FAKE HISTORY Presents The Battle of Endor

Real Fake History has launched with Star Wars: The Battle of Endor.

This 10-episode series parody of the History Channel, Real Fake History has produced these "Ken Burns style," shorts,  recounting the greatest fictional battles and most inspiring stories in movies, TV, and video games from Endor to Gotham City, The Battle of Castle Black, The Massacre at the House of Blue Leaves, and six more (a complete list of the episodes with descriptions is after the jump).

Narrated by Phil Morris (Seinfeld, Smallville, Green Lantern The Animated Series), each program delivers the never before seen tales of those who witnessed these defining fictional moments. A new episode will launch every Tuesday.

Warner Bros. & Comic-Con Unveil Official Bags for SDCC 2015

Plan your Con-attire accordingly! For the sixth year in a row, there will be multiple options (13 to be exact) to stash and store your Comic-Con International swag in one convenient, wearable accessory. Warner Bros. Entertainment and Comic-Con have teamed up to produce and distribute the official bag of Comic-Con, which will be distributed to fans when checking in at the show. The highly coveted bag can also be worn conveniently as a backpack, and even made into a dress!

  • More than 130,000 bags have been produced and will be provided to Comic-Con attendees throughout the convention.
  • The all-new 2015 edition again features backpack styling and features 13 different designs.
  • Designed by Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Marketing, each bag features double-sided artwork, with the all-new Comic-Con 2015 official design on one side and the other side highlighting titles from the Studio’s TV series.
  • Gotham will receive two bags: one featuring Gotham City’s Heroes; the other features its Villains.  
  • One bag will feature Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Own it on Digital HD on August 4 and Blu-Ray Combo Pack and DVD on August 18.

Check out the assortment of bag designs after the jump.

Dynamite Announces THE ART OF JOSE GONZALEZ , The Premier VAMPIRELLA Artist


Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce that acclaimed artist Jose "Pepe" Gonzalez will be the subject of a career retrospective in the upcoming September release of The Art of Jose Gonzalez, a 250-page hardcover collection of his illustrations from fantasy and horror comic books, commercial advertising, personal commissions, and more. Narrated by author, artist, and historian David Roach (The Warren Companion), the massive tome also features an introduction by fan-favorite painter Joe Jusko.

Writer David Roach says, "Jose Gonzalez is widely regarded as the definitive Vampirella artist, and his run on the strip from 1971 to 1983 is, for many fans, one of the high points in the character's long and illustrious history. He is justly famed for his exquisite and provocative drawings of beautiful women, including not just Vampirella, but the glamorous movie stars of Hollywood's Golden Age, particularly Marilyn Monroe. Gonzalez was far more than just a comic book artist; he was an inspired and prodigiously gifted illustrator whose work was printed around the world, although very little has been seen by his fans up until now. The Art of Jose Gonzalez is the culmination of more than 30 years collecting on my part, and I have scoured the world for rare book covers, illustrations, and unpublished artwork to compile what I hope will be seen as a comprehensive tribute to a great but enigmatic artist, much of whose life and art has been hidden until now."

Monday, June 29, 2015


Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts shine in this fresh and insightful comedy from filmmaker Noah Baumbach. After Josh (Stiller) and his wife Cornelia (Watts) meet a free-spirited twenty-something couple (Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried), they adopt a new lifestyle complete with hip-hop dance classes and mind-expanding parties. But with each hilarious attempt to act young, Josh and Cornelia start to appreciate the rewards of growing old together.

And we're giving away three copies!