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Lexus Gives Black Panther A Car Fit For A King

If you haven’t seen Black Panther in theaters yet I have ask you one question? Why not? I saw it last week and it was an amazing film on many levels. In the film, which takes place after the events of Marvel Studios’ Captain America: Civil War, the character T’Challa (Black Panther) returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to take his place as king.

T’Challa’s sister sets him up with some unbelievable tech. One item from the ridiculous tech is the the Lexus LC 500. In the clip below you get to see where movie magic and real life come together.

Lexus said: “The LC’s aggressive styling, high performance and agile handling are a perfect fit for the Black Panther’s quick, cat-like reflexes and superhuman feats. We’re excited to see the duo in action.”

Watch “The Road Ahead,” a thrilling 30-second spot resulting from Marvel Studios’ collaboration with Lexus on its highly-anticipated film, Black Panther, in which the 2018 Lexus LC 500 is featured alongside the title character in an exciting chase sequence.

HASLAB Is Perfect For Any Collector

If you missed out on the New York Toy Fair then you missed out on some fantastic news from HASBRO. They are constantly working to create innovative and exciting new products that cater to the unique needs of consumers and fans. In 2018, they take that pledge one step further with the launch of HASLAB!

Announced at this year’s Toy Fair, HASLAB is Hasbro’s new platform that hopes to put dream products into the hands of fans. They announced that the first HASLAB item is the biggest Star Wars vehicle Hasbro and Kenner have ever produced – fan favorite JABBA’S SAIL BARGE!

Measuring approximately 4 feet long, this large scale, highly detailed item features premium deco and vintage packaging. An incredible addition to any collection, Jabba’s Sail Barge comes complete with  exquisitely-detailed and fan accessible interior/exterior decks, one Jabba the Hutt 3.75-inch scale figure, two soft-cloth fabric sails, and other realistic features that mimic one of the most notorious vehicles in the Star Wars universe.

HASLAB takes inspiration from other platforms by inviting participants to support the product by backing the project up front by placing a pre-order. You’re our only hope to make Jabba’s Sail Barge a reality! For Jabba’s Sail Barge to go into production, Hasbro must meet a certain minimum threshold of 5,000 pre-orders. It’s up to the fans to support the campaign and help successfully reach that goal by 11:59pm ET on April 3rd, 2018.

Those who pre-order the item will also receive “Jabba’s Sail Barge (The Khetanna): Behind The Workbench,”  a premium, 64-page booklet that goes behind the scenes of the design and development of the actual Sail Barge film set piece and Hasbro toy and includes set photos, product blueprints, interviews, and more.

Starting today, fans can place a pre-order for Jabba’s Sail Barge at HASBRO.COM/HASLAB. If the goal is met, the product will go into production. For more information on HASLAB and to follow the project’s progress throughout the 45 day pre-order window, visit HASBRO.COM/HASLAB.

Check Out The Solo Trailer

LucasFilm and Disney released the latest trailer for Solo this week. Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY, an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo befriends his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and meets the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes.

The film stars Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Paul Bettany.

SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY opens in theaters everywhere on May 25th!

Marvel Unveils The Trailer For Ant-Man And The Wasp

From the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes ANT-MAN AND THE WASP, a new chapter featuring heroes with the astonishing ability to shrink. In the aftermath of CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, Scott Lang grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a Super Hero and a father. As he struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he’s confronted by Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside the Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from the past.

ANT-MAN AND THE WASP is directed by Peyton Reed and stars Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Pena, Walton Goggins, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, Tip “T.I.” Harris, David Dastmalchian, Hannah John Kamen, Abby Ryder-Fortson, Randall Park, with Michelle Pfeiffer, with Laurence Fishburne and Michael Douglas.

Marvel Studios’ ANT-MAN AND THE WASP opens in theaters everywhere on July 6th!

Could We See A Goose This Super Sunday?

Looks like Goose Island Beer might be featured this Sunday. Goose Island has always been inspired to dream as big as the city it grew up in. 30 years in, the folks at Goose decided they’re ready to tackle the world’s biggest stage, the Super Bowl. So, they threw the big guys over at Anheuser-Busch a hail mary.

The two guys in the spot, Greg Hall and Todd Ahsmann, epitomize the buddy-story. Best friends since first grade, they’ve been with Goose since day one; Greg, as co-founder, Todd as bartender in the original brew pub. 30 years later, Todd is president of Goose with Greg right by his side as they swing big for the brand.

The Bud Knight To The Rescue

Leave it to Bud Light to find a true hero. Bud Light’s Super Bowl commercial “Bud Knight” picks-up immediately after the cliffhanger of “Ye Olde Pep Talk,” — finding the King and his brave army on the field of battle facing insurmountable odds fighting for the last stack of Bud Light 12-packs that are just within sight.

In true epic fashion, Bud Knight, arrives in the second quarter of the game, just when the townspeople think they are defeated…only to discover he’s only passing through on his way to purchase some Bud Light of his own for a friend’s party.

What has quickly become a pop culture phenomenon and one of the most culturally relevant and iconic phrases amongst athletes, celebrities, and consumers worldwide, “Dilly Dilly” debuted in August 2017 with Bud Light’s “Banquet” commercial. Additional spots were released in the months to follow ultimately culminating with Chapter one of the Dilly Dilly Trilogy “Wizard.”

Lexus Showcases The Full Length Black Panther Ad On Super Sunday

If you love cars and The Black Panther you will want to see this. Lexus will once again be participating in advertising’s biggest day of the year with a commercial in Super Bowl LII on Sunday, Feb. 4. Today, the brand has released a 60-second extended digital version of the ad, which was created in partnership with Marvel Studios’ highly anticipated film “Black Panther,” opening in U.S. theaters Feb. 16.

The spot, “Long Live the King,” pairs the flagship luxury performance sedan 2018 Lexus LS 500 F SPORT with the Black Panther, played by Chadwick Boseman will air during the third quarter of the Super Bowl.

The high-impact story in “Long Live the King” revolves around the character of T’Challa in his role as Black Panther recovering stolen vibranium, the mythical ore found only in the Black Panther’s home of Wakanda, and his nearly simultaneous need to represent his country as king at a world leadership conference. The Lexus LS 500 F SPORT is the only vehicle both powerful and luxurious enough to keep pace with a Super Hero and escort a king. With appearances by the country’s elite bodyguards, the Dora Milaje, and unexpected help from Wakanda, “Long Live the King” will engage fans of the Super Bowl and “Black Panther” alike. The Lexus LC 500 luxury performance coupe used in the film also has a cameo.

Aaron Roberts Talks About His Show The Cast Members

Director and producer Aaron Roberts is currently self-producing and directing his own web-series The Cast Members. The pilot episode received over 250k views.

The San Diego native has been working in the film industry since his pre-teen years as a PA/Grip on his father’s commercial production sets. After High School, Aaron started an ambitious multi-media company, Blue Vision Entertainment, focusing on discovering and promoting unknown and independent filmmakers, musicians, artists and photographers. Eventually the focus shifted to the one dimension of the company Aaron was running: film.

Aaron created the world of ‘The Cast Members’ in spring of 2014. After an initial pilot completed that same year (under name The Blackshirts), Aaron and the team decided they loved the concept, but needed to retool the show to make it a viable property to sell. The Cast Members LLC. was created in June of 2015 in coordination with the shows newfound SAG New Media Status. Aaron the wrote, directed and produced The Cast Members crowdfunding promotional material filmed in fall 2015 which allowed him to garner a whole new cast.

Filming throughout Fall/Winter 2016, the pilot was completed in early 2017 and released in June of this year to much acclaim from fans on The Cast Members Facebook page and beyond, as the episode has now been viewed over 50,000 times in slightly over a month.

But, while networking in Los Angeles with hopes of finding a home for The Cast Members, Aaron is now in the midst production on a SAG Short Film entitled Three Weddings, which will be used as a proof of concept for a TV Series based off his own larger than life Italian-American family.

I was able to chat with Aaron about The Cast Members, working in the entertainment industry and more. Listen to is HERE.

Watch The Cast Members HERE.

DC Comics Honors Superman With Action Comics 1000

To all my fellow geeks DC Comics is release a new hardcover book, ACTION COMICS #1000: 80 YEARS OF SUPERMAN. It is being published by DC Entertainment as part of its celebration of the one-thousandth issue of ACTION COMICS—the longest continually published comic book of its kind in history, the series that introduced Superman to the world and the title that launched the superhero genre. The collection features a series of essays and iconic Superman stories edited by former DC Publisher Paul Levitz. Most notably, the book includes a never before published 12-page story from original Superman writer Jerry Siegel with art by the Joe Shuster Studio titled “Too Many Heroes.”

“The found Siegel and Shuster story is a true treasure with a fascinating backstory,” stated Levitz. “Back when DC did regular tours of the New York office, it was common for fans to get original art that would have been otherwise disposed of as a tour souvenir. As a young fan on a tour Marv Wolfman found this Superman story and kept it all these years. It’s incredible to think that Marv not only rescued this unpublished story, he then went on to become one of DC’s most prolific writers, and shared the story with DC to publish as part of this special new collection.”

Levitz continued, “It’s an honor to edit this collection of stories and essays that chronicle key moments and contributors to Superman’s epic 80 year run as one of the most iconic characters in all of pop culture. I’m particularly happy that Laura Siegel Larson’s tribute to her father and his legacy are part of the book.”

The 384-page hardcover book will cost $29.99 and hit store shelves on April 19.

The Art Revolution Looks To Hug It Out With LEGOs

If you are on the LA area on the 21st of this month you might want to check out a art gallery like no other. The Art Revolution Foundation and artist Nathan Sawaya have teamed up to bring a mass art installation to the streets of Los Angeles on January 21 – National Hugging Day! The one-of-a-kind HUGMAN sculptures, made entirely of LEGO® bricks, will be placed around the city and will include designs from notable artists, influencers and designers, such as Tony Hawk, Justine Ezarik (“iJustine”), Alec Monopoly, Ashley Eckstein, Phil LaMarr, Adam Savage and many more to benefit art education programs.

Angelenos can take part in the scavenger hunt by using #HugmanAdventures on Twitter as they find the figures with their arms wrapped around common objects throughout the city. The HUGMAN figures will not only celebrate National Hugging Day, but stand in support of the Art Revolution Foundation’s mission to strengthen art education in schools and supply students with the tools they need to succeed.

Following the one-day art installation, the sculptures will then be part of an online art auction to support the Art Revolution Foundation on www.CharityBuzz.com.