I’m a huge fan of eFX collectibles, and have been for a long time. They’re a company that makes some of the nicest prop replicas, among other things, for many of the biggest properties in Hollywood. One of my favorite lines by them has been their recent Marvel Studios run, featuring the Thor helmet and hammer, Iron Man helmet, and Captain America mask. Well, imagine my surprise to find out that eFX is about to do a new release for ‘The Avengers’! This is really exciting news, and I’m definitely excited to see what they have to offer. Hit the jump for the full press release.
To coincide with the 3D theatrical re-release of the 2003 Disney•Pixar hit Finding Nemo and inanticipation of its Blu-Ray DVD debut, Disney Publishing Worldwide has released two exciting NEW apps — Finding Nemo: Storybook Deluxe and Finding Nemo Interactive Comic.
I turned my six-year-old son, Adam, loose with the iPad and said, “See what you can do!” He had a blast with Finding Nemo: Storybook Deluxe, because all the activities appealed to him. The story is told in panels, and the animation looks almost like clips from the film. Kids can choose to read each page silently, have the narrator (Albert Brooks, voice of Marlin) read to them, or—and my son really liked this option—record their own voice and play it back. Adam is an early reader, so he played around with it a bit, but then decided he wanted Mom’s voice on there. I think that feature’s great. If parents are away for whatever reason, kids can still hear Mom or Dad read them a bedtime story, or they can practice their own read-aloud skills.
The Marvel Studios are moving closer to the Disney Studios. Marvel will be relocating to new offices in Glendale, CA which is minutes away from the Walt Disney Studios. The move will affect about 150 Marvel staffers and is supposed to be completed by the spring of 2013.
Marvel had been the largest tenant in the Raleigh Studios (where they are moving from in Manhattan Beach, CA) for the past four years. But Raleigh won’t we too negatively impacted by the move. James Cameron’s Lightstorm Enterainment will be producing the next two “Avatar” sequals at Raleigh for over the next five years.
- James Gunn Confirmed to Direct Marvel’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ (chipandco.com)
- Joss Whedon Signs With Marvel Through 2015; Will Do ‘Avengers 2′, a TV Show, and More (chipandco.com)
Last month we reported that Marvel would be making new show for ABC, set inside the Marvel film universe. Not long after, we discovered Joss Whedon had signed a three year deal with Marvel, where he would not only be writing and directing ‘The Avengers 2′, but he would be fully involved in the development of Marvel’s Phase 2, as well as helping develop the new Marvel show. At the time, we had no idea what the Marvel TV show would consist of, but I had a sneaking suspicion at the time we may be doing a TV show set within Marvel’s secret agent division, ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’. It seemed like the best idea at the time as a series, something that could be produced on a solid budget without being too expensive, and something that would allow us to explore a side of the Marvel universe we don’t normally see. Well, Deadline is now reporting that ABC has greenlit ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ to pilot, with Joss Whedon on board to produce, co-write, and possibly direct. Hit the jump for more.
According to the hollywoodreporter.com, for the second time in the past year, Hollywood has run into trouble over luxury luggage knockoffs.
This time, Marvel is being sued for the way it has packaged The Avengers box set. A German manufacturer of luxury travel briefcases has taken Marvel and owner Disney’s Buena Vista Home Entertainment into federal court in California over its attaché case products, which are prized by the company “for being impervious to the elements and being virtually indestructible.”
Well, maybe not totally indestructible. Rimowa GmbH, the plaintiff, claims Marvel has damaged the trademarks on its carrying case.
The lawsuit follows the dispute between Louis Vuitton and Warner Bros. over a knockoff handbag that was used in The Hangover Part II. In that case, the French fashion house said that within the film, a Chinese fake was used briefly in one scene and that it had hurt its brand. A judge dismissed the lawsuit on First Amendment grounds; it’s currently on appeal.