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Film Review: ‘Big Hero 6’

Originally posted on Variety:

With “Big Hero 6,” an obscure Marvel Comics title gives the Mouse House’s toon division just enough raw material to assemble its own superhero franchise, starring millions of robots — including one, a balloon-bellied virtual nurse named Baymax, that you’ll never forget. [pmc_film_review_snippet]Co-directors Don Hall and Chris Williams borrow the character names and a few key details from their pulp source, but otherwise succeed in putting a thoroughly Disney spin on things[/pmc_film_review_snippet], delivering appealing personalities, bright, peppy animation, positive life lessons and what looks like a world record for the sheer amount of hugging featured in a superhero movie. More male-skewing than “Frozen,” the relatively hip result should do big business for Disney, especially in Asian territories, with easy expansion possibilities via additional movies, comics or a TV series.

Set in a beautifully rendered, futuristic hybrid city called San Fransokyo — which combines familiar NorCal features, like steep hills, the Golden Gate Bridge…

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‘The Flash,’ ‘Walking Dead’ Top October Social Media TV Buzz

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Research firm Way to Blue has gathered numbers from the first two weeks of October to illustrate the social buzz behind fall’s new shows.

Not surprisingly, topping the list in both overall buzz and intent-to-view is CW’s “The Flash,” starring Grant Gustin.  The superhero spin-off of “Arrow” topped all three of NBC’s new comedies combined in generating the most hype via social media ahead of its premiere.

Showtime’s newest drama “The Affair” also finds itself ranked among new series, in between ABC’s family laffer “Cristela,” and CBS’s thriller “Stalker.”

Among returning series topping the social media ladder are ratings juggernauts “The Walking Dead” and “American Horror Story,” followed swiftly by three CW series, likely banking on their younger audience for social chatter.

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AMC Networks To Operate BBC America After $200M Investment

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Doctor Who has fought Daleks, Silurians and Cybermen. Now he’s going to be teaming up with flesh-eating zombies in hopes of conquering Madison Avenue and merging cable behemoths.

AMC Networks, which has found much success with its apocalyptic zombie-invasion drama “The Walking Dead,” said it would invest $200 million to buy a 49.9% stake in BBC America, the U.S. cable network that is part of BBC Worldwide, and home to series such as “Orphan Black” and the aforementioned sci-fi franchise. As part of the deal,  AMC Networks will have operational control of the network,  including affiliate and advertising sales,  and will consolidate the results of the joint venture in its financial statements. The companies said BBC Worldwide will retain a 50.1% stake in the joint venture, and that AMC would run BBC America ” consistent with BBC’s editorial standards and policies.”

The investment, which has been expected for some time, gives AMC…

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How Hasbro Wants to Take the Financial Reins of its Movies Starting with ‘My Little Pony’

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After spending the past seven years launching film franchises based on its toys and games like Transformers and G.I. Joe, and setting up other movies like “Monopoly,” “Candy Land” and “Risk,” Hasbro Studios is poised to take the next logical step: financing its own features.

The toymaker has launched Allspark Pictures — a clever nod to “Transformers” — through which it will fully fund and co-finance a slate of films. The projects that will inaugurate the banner are an animated “My Little Pony” movie, the first planned to play theatrically in 2017, and a live-action adaptation of animated series “Jem and the Holograms,” which will sing into theaters on Oct. 23, 2015. Universal will split “Jem’s” budget with Hasbro.

“We have a long history in film, and it’s become a very important part of our content strategy,” says Stephen Davis, president of Burbank-based Hasbro Studios. “We want to use great…

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Panini Collection, Rookie Portraits Add Pop to Panini America’s 2014 Black Friday Set

Originally posted on The Official Panini America Blog:

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We began pulling the curtain back on the grand plans for our 2014 Black Friday promotion set earlier this week. Now that the preview process has officially begun, you can count on The Knight’s Lance to deliver must-see previews featuring just about every part of the set between now and late November. Today, we’re taking a closer look at the Panini Collection and Rookie Portraits subsets.

The striking Panini Collection has become a Black Friday staple the last few years and will continue in 2014 with a new series of emotionally charged and arresting images. One look at the Jimmy Graham or Giovani Bernard cards in Panini Collection and you’ll understand immediately exactly what we mean. The new Rookie Portraits subset, as its name suggests, is anchored in portrait photography featuring some of the freshest faces in the game.

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Panini America Agrees to Exclusive Trading Card Deals with Three Major Universities

Originally posted on The Official Panini America Blog:

panini_america_logoPanini America, the world’s largest sports and entertainment collectibles company, announced today that it has agreed to terms with the University of Georgia, the University of Kentucky and the University of Miami in agreements that will allow the company to use each university’s marks in its trading card products on an exclusive basis. Panini plans to announce partnerships with a number of other schools over the next several weeks.

In addition, the exclusive agreements will mark the first time since 2009 that Panini America will include college-branded cards within its NBA, NFL and MLBPA trading card products.

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My life after the internship: Charlotte Murtishaw

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This year, we checked in with some of our past interns to find out what came next after their internship ended. Did they stay with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or land another sweet job? We hope they put those skills to good use. Look out for these stories to find out about their life after the internship. Today, meet Charlotte Murtishaw, who you may remember as a frequent contributor to this very blog.

With nothing but a bike, a duffel bag, and a box of food, Charlotte Murtishaw arrived in early June at her new home in Western Massachusetts.

As a Summer 2014 Student Conservation Association (SCA) intern, she would spend the next three months providing communications and outreach support for a range of environmental projects and on-site fieldwork for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Northeast Region.

Charlotte Murtishaw, SCA and Hurricane Sandy Youth Storycorps intern, empties her boot after a day filming and photographing students, scientists and sparrows for a Hurricane Sandy science resilience project in Stonington, Conn. via USFWS Charlotte Murtishaw, SCA and Hurricane Sandy youth story corps intern…

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Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Toys for kids or adults

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102314cabin in the woods_4This particular black and white photography challenge is topic related.  For a list of upcoming topics, please see the list at below.  Be creative and challenge yourself.  Look for contrast or highly textured subjects to shoot.

Thank you everyone for your overwhelming enthusiasm for this challenge.  I’m proud to announce our featured bloggers from my Reflections and Shadows.  Please check out their posts, they are worthy of a second look.  ENJOY!

Featured Bloggers

UntitledAnnti Johansson – I only have one word for Antti’s photo WOW!  A superbly beautiful capture scene.

MedicinalMeadows – Such a gorgeous scenery and her black and white is simply divine.

Evelyn Pabalan Photography – Three absolutely stunning photos.  I’m not sure which I like the best.  I think maybe her last one.

Elizabeth Krall Photos – She has a wonderful gallery of delightful shadows and reflections for our eyes to delight in.

James Keegan – I thought…

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