VIZ Media Releases The Art of Princess Mononoke!

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Hayao Miyazaki’s Princess Mononoke was a revelation to North American audiences when it premiered in 1997 – captivating mainstream audiences who had never heard the word anime. Its theme of nature versus technology was – and remains – topical, and is considered to be a genuine masterpiece.

VIZ Media’s Studio Ghibli imprint is releasing a new edition of The Art of Princess Mononoke, a comprehensive look at the creation of the film, on August 26th. This new hardcover edition contains interviews, concept sketches, character art and finished animation cels as it details the creation of the film from conception to screen. For further details, follow the jump.

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Extended Dragon Ball Z: Battle of the Gods Headed To Home Video!

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When the Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods Extended Edition on Blu-ray Combo Pack comes out on October 7th, it will contain both the theatrical release and an uncut version that is twenty minutes longer, plus over thirty minutes of extra features (Behind the Scenes: Battle of Voice Actors; The Voices of Dragon Ball Z: Unveiled; Textless Closing Song and the U.S. Trailer).

Follow the jump for more details and a link to pre-order.

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Emmy®-Winner/Oscar®-Nominee Joins Syfy’s The Expanse!

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The Expanse, Syfy and Alcon TV’s new space opera, has added Emmy®-winner/Oscar®-nominee Shohreh Aghdashloo and Magic City alumna Steven Strait in major roles.

Aghdashloo will play Chrisjen Avasarala, a politician who has risen through the ranks of Earth’s governing party without ever standing for election; Strait takes on the role of Holden, an officer on an ice-carrying freighter who finds himself drawn into a dangerous plot. The two join Thomas Jane who plays a world-weary detective who is searching for a missing girl.

The Expanse will premiere in 2015. Follow the jump for further details.

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ABC/Twitter Partnership Gives Twitter Users First Look At Selfie Premiere!

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The full premiere episode of Selfie – ABC’s clever update of My Fair Lady, starring Karen Gillan (Doctor Who, Guardians of the Galaxy) and John Cho (Star Trek) – is being made available to Twitter users beginning today. Details follow the jump. (I’ve seen the premiere and it is well worth checking out.)

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American Horror Story: Freak Show Premiere Date Announced!

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The latest iteration of American Horror Story – American Horror Story: Freak Show – will premiere on Wednesday, October 8th (10/9C).

The new season is set in a sleepy Florida  hamlet called Jupiter, in 1952. A traveling freak show has arrived in town – just as a strange, dark entity emerges that will threaten townsfolk and freaks alike. American Horror Story: Freak Show is the tale of the struggle for survival ‘amidst the dying world of the American carny experience.’

For more, follow the jump.

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First Look: James Gandolfini–The Drop!

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The Drop is based on a short story by Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone), who also wrote the script. It’s the story of a bartender who finds himself between a rock and hard place when the bar where he works is robbed – it’s a mob-owned enterprise – and finds himself in the middle of an investigation that digs into the neighborhood’s past.

Two new clips have been released featuring Tom Hardy and James Gandolfini. Check them out after the jump. The Drop premieres on September 12th.

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Dark Horse Publishes Free Digital Public Service Comic on Earthquake Safety!

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Dark Horse has published free digital public service comic called Without Warning. The 12-page, full-color comic is designed to give teens and younger readers information on earthquake preparedness within the context of ‘a story about a girl who lives on the Oregon Coast and is trying to reunite with her family after a major Cascadia Earthquake.’

Without Warning is the result of a collaboration between the Cascade Region Earthquake Workgroup and Dark Horse. Follow the jump for a link to the the comic.

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Legends’ Sean Bean Opens Up On TNT’s New Uncover Drama!

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The first episode of TNT’s Legends introduced us to Martin Odum, a star when it comes to building cover identities, or legends, for undercover operations. Then it hit us with a twist: a mysterious guy in a hoody told Odum that Martin Odum didn’t exist – Odum is a legend!

Recently Tiffany D’Emidio and I took part in a conference call Q&A with Legends’ star, Sean Bean. He talked about how he helped develop the character with series creator Howard Gordon – and what we might expect as we follow the show.

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Ghostbustbusters’ Stay-Puft Marshamallow Man Wishes Al Roker Happy Birthday!

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The Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man visited – which is to say ‘towered over’ – the Today Show crew to wish Al Roker Happy Birthday. I mean, who you gonna call? Right?

That’s one heckuva way to set the stage for the 30th anniversary theatrical re-release of Ghostbusters (August 29th) following National Ghostbusters Day (Thursday, August 28th) – not to mention the upcoming Blu-Ray Anniversary Editions of Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II on September 16th.

For more on the theatrical re-release and the Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary Blu-Ray Editions, follow the jump.

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Dark Horse Launches Prometheus Sequel!

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On September 19th, Paul Tobin and Juan Ferreyra will begin the search for the Prometheus in Dark Horse’s Prometheus: Fire and Stone. The series, which ties directly into the Ridley Scott movie, will follow a new team of explorers that hopes to find out what happened to the Prometheus – and learn the secrets of humanity’s creation – or damnation.

Check out a special sneak preview after the jump.

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