What better way to start Fanime 2013 with a bang! The beat of taiko drums rang in the official start of this West Coast con.
This is my third year attending, and it still holds up as one of my favorite conventions of the year. And I shall endeavor to do my best to bring you the details of this weekend. Check out my first recap after the break!
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Four New Character Posters For DreamWorks’ “Turbo”
Dream Works Animations has dropped four new character posters for their summer animated flick, Turbo.
From the film’s Facebook page, the posters feature the characters of Whiplash, Smoove Move, Burn and Skidmark voiced by Samuel L. Jackson, Snoop Dog, Maya Rudolph and Ben Schwartz, respectively.
DreamWorks Animations also features the voices of Ryan Reynolds, Michael Pena, Paul Giamatti, Luis Guzman, Bill Hader, Richard Jenkins, Ken Jeong and Michelle Rodriguez, with a release date for July 17th.
New Poster For “World War Z”
Paramount Pictures has released a new poster for Brad Pitt’s upcoming adaptation of the novel World War Z.
The poster features its lead star Pitt, overlooking a city being overrun by zombie pandemic and with helicopters flying above it.
World War Z stars Brad Pitt, James Badge Dale, Mireille Enos, Matthew Fox, David Morse and David Andrews, with a release date set for June 21st.
Latest Banner For “Pacific Rim”
Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures have dropped a new banner for Guillermo Del Toro’s upcoming summer flick, Pacific Rim.
The banner features the American Jaeger, Gyspy Danger, with a giant knife protruding from its left arm in the midst of combat against one of the various Kaijus.
Pacific Rim stars Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Idris Elba, Charlie Day & Ron Perlman.
Pre-orders have finally opened for Rockstar’s highly anticipated Grand Theft Auto V. All pre-orders are going to come with a special in-game vehicle in the form of the Atomic Blimp (above). Also announced were the Special Edition and Collector’s Edition of the game which come chock full of goodies to supplement your escapades in Los Santos. September can’t come any sooner
Hit the break for details on either collection.
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One Piece author Eiichiro Oda, who was hospitalized earlier this week, took the time to release a message updating fans on his current condition.
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Trailer For “Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox”
The trailer for the latest DC Comics animated film, Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, has been released by IGN.
Based loosely on the 2011 Flashpoint storyline by Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert, the trailer hints towards a larger presence for the Reverse-Flash, meaning fans of the original comic series can probably expect to see a few surprises when the film debuts.
Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox is set for a July 30 release, and will be available on Blu-ray, DVD, On Demand, and other digital download formats.
LEGO Goes “Star Wars” For Largest Model
Earlier in Times Square, LEGO unveiled this 1:1 scale model of an X-Wing from Star Wars. The model is not only large enough for someone to sit in, but it is also LEGO’s biggest model.
The model was built using 5,335,200 bricks. Just like an actual X-Wing, the model is 11-feet tall and 43-feet long with a 44-foot wingspan. It took 32 builders a total of four months to complete.
You can also view some of the video of the engines actually sounding and glowing.
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Even Spidey Needs A Break Sometimes
Looks like Spider-Man wanted to work on his jump shot.
Kidding aside, apparently while taking a break from filming The Amazing Spider-Man 2, star, Andrew Garfield shot some hoops with some children in Manhattan’s Chinatown. Those that uploaded the video claim it really was Garfield, and that co-star and real-life girlfriend Emma Stone was there as well.
Huh, his dribbling isn’t too bad.
“JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure” Appears on Converse Shoes
On the website of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure’s creator, it was announced that exclusive JoJo Chuck Taylor All Star high-top shoes are available for pre-order at select Japanese stores and online sellers from May 20 to June 20.
The shoes feature references to the anime series, such as the color of the “All Star” logo. It also features stars and ancient stone masks on the outside. Moreover, the title of the series’ first arc, “Phantom Blood,” is etched on the leather patch.
The shoes are available in men’s sizes (6.5-10) and women’s sizes (3-5.5). Each pair of shoes costs 10,290 yen (approximately $101). The orders are expected to ship in early December.
[Anime News Network]