Lift Your Snail Mail Spirits With ‘Charlie Brown Christmas’ Stamps


(PCM) Beginning this October, our snail mail will be just a little bit brighter with the release of a new stamp series based on the classic ‘Charlie Brown Christmas’. The new stamps are available for pre-order now and will be available for purchase at local post offices on October 1.

The set of twenty stamps will feature classic scenes from “A Charlie Brown Christmas” as a way to celebrate the legacy of the classic fifty year old program. Some of the scenes featured include Charlie Brown’s first glimpse of the sapling tree, Snoopy on ice skates and Linus kneeling by the decorated sapling.

The early October release of the stamp coincides with the Peanuts comic strip debut in seven newspapers on Oct. 2, 1950: The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune, The Allentown Call-Chronicle, The Bethlehem Globe-Times, The Denver Post, and The Seattle Times. When Schulz announced his retirement in December 1999, the Peanuts comic strip was syndicated in more than 2,600 newspapers worldwide, with book collections translated in more than 21 languages.

The stamps also come out in perfect time to coincide with the upcoming release of the all-new “Peanuts Movie” which will hit theaters on November 6!

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Captain America: Civil War Trailer And Footage Debuts At D23 Expo


(PCM) Marvel has unveiled the first trailer and footage for the highly anticipated film “Captain America: Civil War” which features The Avengers in action. The trailer and footage introduced by actors Chris Evans and Anthony Mackie at Disney’s D23 Expo which is taking place in Anaheim, CA.

The footage showed a conflict underway between Captain America, Falcon and Crossbones. We then see the rest of The Avengers including  Iron Man, Black Widow, Scarlett Witch, The Vision, Hawkeye and Ant-Man. The clip also appears to show The Winter Solider fighting alongside of Captain America, meaning that he must have been released from Hydra and is now fighting on the side of the good guys.

There is an on-going feud between Iron Man and Captain America that stems from public opinion about whether or not they are all actually heroes or vigilantes. We also get our first look at Black Panther in action and he looks incredible and there is a truly funny moment showcased between Ant-Man and Captain America where Ant-Man has a total fan-boy moment as he is asked to be part of the team.

Not sure how long this footage will be available until the Marvel officially releases the trailer to a wider audience, but check out the fan filmed footage from D23 below:

Captain America: Civil War will open on May 16, 2016

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ANEW And Medavoy Pact For English Language Adaptation Of 6000

image002(PCM) Global entertainment studio All Nippon Entertainment Works (ANEW) is partnering with Mike Medavoy to develop and produce the feature film, 6000.

This English-language film will be based on the acclaimed Japanese horror/thriller Manga series, “6000: Rokusen,” from Gentosha Comics, which is partnering on the project.

This is the first collaboration between ANEW, the international producer with a mandate to build a cultural bridge between Japan’s leading creative companies and prominent Hollywood filmmakers, such as Mike Medavoy, who is behind such hits as Black Swan, Shutter Island and soon to be released The 33. The ambitious project continues ANEW’s efforts to bring fresh and crowd-pleasing IP to the global marketplace. ANEW’s Vice President of Development Tara Billik, is overseeing the project for the company. Edward McGurn and Ben Anderson are producing along with Medavoy.

6000 is set in a deep sea research facility 6,000 meters below the ocean’s surface. A mysterious disaster three years earlier killed the crew and shuttered the station. Now, when a new team is sent down to get the operation up and running again, tension builds as they must struggle against the claustrophobic environment, their own deteriorating minds, and an unleashed danger lurking in the depths.

“Gentosha Comics has, in 15 years that it’s been in business, established itself as the publisher of compelling manga entertainment, as evidenced by 6000, a project that really lends itself to being adapted for the international market,” ANEW’s Senior Vice President of Development, Annmarie Bailey said.

“The expertise and the breadth of knowledge of Mike Medavoy and his team make them a clear match for this intensely mind-bending material, and we look forward to an ongoing partnership with them,” ANEW’s Tara Billik added.

“We were immediately drawn to the tension of 6000, and are looking forward to bringing this psychological thriller to the international movie audience,” Mike Medavoy said. “We appreciate the efforts ANEW made in securing the rights to the original property and then working with us to develop it further.”

“I grew up watching Hollywood Films, which inspired me to become a comic author. So for me, 6000 is a homage to the American Movie culture, and also a horror story for anyone, like me, who struggles through hopeless situations,” the comic book’s author Nokuto Koike said. “I’m very excited to see how these top U.S. filmmakers take my original story and use it to create a film that appeals to an international audience.”

In addition to 6000, ANEW is actively developing a robust slate of feature projects based on original Japanese IP. The company is developing two titles with Chris and Paul Weitz’s Depth of Field: Ghost Train, and Birthright, as well as Soul Reviver, in association with Fields Corp. and filmmaker partners Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz of Bedford Falls Prods., and a live action remake of Toei Animation’s robot anime Gaiking, with producer Gale Ann Hurd’s Valhalla Entertainment, Inc.

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The Marvel Experience Is Simply Out Of This World


(PCM) Immersing yourself in the world of Marvel, pretending that you are a beloved super hero and battling the bad guys could just be the perfect way to spend a summer afternoon.

That’s what Marvel comic book lovers and movie fans, gamers, families and others are doing when they head to the Philadelphia tour of “The Marvel Experience: The World’s First Hyper-Reality Tour,” at Lincoln Financial Field through Sunday, July 5.

The creative brainchild of Hero Ventures’ Doug Schaer and Rick Licht, The Marvel Experience is an immersive, attraction, that features the world’s first-ever traveling 360-degree, 3-D stereoscopic full-Dome theater.

There is also a state-of-the-art motion ride, rock climbing wall, a laser maze, motion rides, holograms, and a “training course” that offers the opportunity for Marvel fans to actually feel like they are part of the adventure. All of this is done at the visitor’s own pace.


Of course, Marvel comics, is 100 percent the experience. “They saw the vision in what we presented and made sure that we captured the essence of these characters,” he said. “They are extremely protective of everything that bears the Marvel name.”

“The three words that are most used during our exit pools are fun, overwhelming and awesome, and we couldn’t ask for three better words,” Licht explained during the recent event opening. “I want this experience to encompass all three for everyone.”

According to Licht, once the technology for the show emerged the next step was to create a story to enhance it.

“When I first talked about this with friends and business associates, they thought I was a bit crazy. Flash forward a few years, and I had 28 family members and friends at the Dallas opening and 30 in San Diego and I could feel the love in the room.”

As agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in training, guests of The Marvel Experience can swing with Spider-Man, smash with Hulk, fly with Iron Man, and assist Captain America and Black Widow, and others, all in preparation for an epic battle alongside Marvel’s biggest super heroes in a fight against Red Skull, M.O.D.O.K. and an army of evil Adaptoids.


The Marvel Experience incorporates next-generation interactive technology including augmented reality and multi-person gaming so that you can see yourself in action. Everything happens with cutting-edge technology and advanced computer animation. There’s nothing else like it. Not only do the members of audience get to join the adventure, in the end they may even become heroes themselves.

Hero Ventures, of L.A., has brought together top-notch creative and business minds in animation, and interactive technology to create dynamic live entertainment experiences to share with world-wide audiences in unique and unprecedented ways.

Doug-marvelHere is a recent chat with 43-year-old Doug Schaer:

Q: Please tell me the history of The Marvel Experience.

Doug Schaer: We’ve been working on this show for more than four years. We have hosted the [preview] shows in Phoenix, Dallas and San Diego for a total of 54 days.

Q: What are the highlights of this show?

DS: For me its just a fun show. Every single person who goes through this show has something that they like and it’s always different. The key here is to make people smile.

Q: What was the idea behind the show?

DS: To leverage technology to bring enjoyment for everyone. I experienced this with my dad, who is now 71, and my children, my five-year-old son and eight-year-old daughter, and all of us had a great time and a different favorite.

Q: What is the challenge with this?

DS: The most challenging thing is to create something for everybody – that’s what every marketer wants to do, and they want it to be the next generation. There are fans of The Avengers movies, gamers, comic book lovers and more. This is basically a house of ideas. It’s all about the narrative and the story telling – and that has to be accessible to everybody. Our aim was to create the most complex and cool show that is a great deal of fun and had something for everyone.

Q: What else is involved?

DS: We are not a theme park and we are not a tech company, so we can be an introduction to the Marvel Universe, there are treats a plenty for the hard core fan boy, movie lovers, several generations of family members, and everyone in between.

Q: So are you the coolest dad on the planet?

DS: Good questions. My children don’t know any differently; they assume that everyone gets to play with superheroes all the time.

Q: But they must be thrilled by all of this?

DS: Yes. They love superheroes and super heroines. And I often hear; ‘So dad, where are the domes going next?’

Q: So far what has the feedback been?

DS: I hear people say they took their children, they went with their college buddies, went for costume night, and we all had a great time. I don’t want to hear, ‘I munched popcorn and watched my kids play.’ I want it to be an interactive and immersive experiential time for everybody who comes.

Q: What else comes to mind.

DS: This is exciting because you are literally dropped into this Hollywood scripted adventure. It will propel you though this two hour narrative and you can touch it and feel it. It’s not a museum, a Comic-Con, or theme park — the interactives are meant to be accessible to everybody.

Q: What do you want the take-away to be?

DS: I am looking for the audiences to think it was fun, that it is a good value based on the ticket prices, and that they will tell their friends about it. For a show to succeed, especially since we are only in town for a short time, there has to be word-of-mouth.

Q: What’s personally exciting for you about the Philadelphia show?

DS: I am coming home. I am a Jersey boy from Bergen County, and I have spent hundreds of great nights in Philly. I love it there – the sports, the food and everything else. Capt. America has to come there; he can be the stanch defender of The Liberty Bell.

The Marvel Experience schedule includes the following dates:

· Chicago, at McCormick Place: Saturday July 11 to Sunday August 2

· New York, NY at The Park Avenue Armory: Thursday August 13 to Sunday August 30

· St. Louis, at America’s Center Convention Complex: Saturday September 5 to Sunday September 20

For tickets go to or call 800-745-3000. For a complete schedule go to: The Marvel Experience website:

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Marvel Monday Update – Marvel Comics News

pcm-monday-marvel(PCM) Monday June 22, 2015 It’s our first Marvel Monday Update. Let’s get right to them…

Hulk: Seems Mark Ruffalo had it wrong when he said Marvel Studios couldn’t make a stand alone Hulk movie due to Universal. After some digging, folks at Forbes learned that when Universal failed to deliver another Hulk movie within a contracted timeline they can’t make another Hulk movie, but they still have right of first refusal to distribute. This means Marvel Studies can make all the Hulk they want. They just need to give Universal the first right of distribution. If Universal passes on distribution, Marvel takes on that task, which has no impact on Hulks future in films. Can you say “Planet Hulk”?


Thor: Rumor has it Marvel Studios wants Kenneth Branagh back for the third Thor installment, Thor 3: Ragnarok. His first Thor film turned non-Thor fans into fans. It is a smart choice.


Spider-Man: Jumping from film to print, Spider-Man no more? It’s coming down that the social justice warriors and thought police have completely mind f’d Marvel management, editors and writers. Spider-Man will no longer be Peter Parker after the completely inaccurately named series, Secret Wars is over in the summer of 2015. In the Secret Wars, separate Marvel Universes collide (literally) to combine and subtract the characters Marvel sees as it’s future franchise players. Seems Marvel just wanted to leverage the name Secret Wars from past Marvel history. From this shake up, or should it be called ‘breakdown’, characters such as Miles Morales will replace Peter Parker permanently as Spider-Man. In Marvel’s own words, they do not want Miles Morales to be a Spider-Man with an asterisk (*). Marvel wants the public to know him as ‘the’ Spider-Man. Those are the words of Brian Michael Bendis, creator of the Miles Morales Spider-Man. It’s not entirely fair to blame Morales as being mind F’d by social justice police. Bendis has a mixed race family and the cause is close to home.


Spider-Man: Again? Yes, in other Spider-Man news, more leaked Sony hack information has revealed that Spider-Man must fit old school expectations in Marvel films. What’s shocking is that it’s Sony making the rules. Sony requires Marvel to not make Spider-Man Black in films unless he’s the main black Spider-Man in print. Somehow that last Spider-Man piece now has more meaning doesn’t it? Spider-Man has other requirements too, look for a separate Spider-Man Film Contract article here at PCM for the details.


Wolverine: Yep he’s still dead in the comics but Hugh Jackman has been confirmed through on-set sightings in Montreal back in May to be in Fox’s X-Men: Apocalypse.


Ant-Man: Marvel is clearly concerned this could be their first flop. They are hard at work releasing stills and offering high profile quotes that the film is ‘good!” to gain some tracking and buzz leading up to it’s July 17th release. It’s entirely possible many Marvel fans intend to pass on it’s theatrical release and see it on Blu-Ray. On Father’s Day Sunday June 21st Marvel released a special Father’s Day trailer with the intention of building excitement for the film. Yet every trailer installment released reinforces the lackluster impression everyone has already formed towards Ant-Man.

Come back next week for more Marvel Comics News.

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Batman Arkham Knight Explained

(PCM) Note this is not a Batman: Arkham Knight game review. It’s a review of the Batman game series on a whole – culmatating with Batman: Arkham Knight.

Batman: Arkham Knight is expected to be the most elaborate game of the Batman franchise from Rocksteady games. In fact, they call it the biggest game they’ve ever made. If you’ve played previous Batman games you understand the magnitude of this claim. Being Batman is only part of the experience, yet that immersive element is how Rocksteady nailed it. Imagine dropping off a building and gliding through the city.


You control your glide, freefall, and direction to settle to a building top, ground or even take out a thug. The many gadgets you’ve read about come to life in an intricate but simple to use combat system. Rocksteady has never failed in the Batman game franchise, consistently outperforming previous efforts. For any Batman game player, you can take it to the bank, Batman: Arkham Knight is video game perfection.


How can this be said of a game yet to be released? Simple. History. Rocksteady has never released a broken Batman game.

It all started in 2009 – An all star cast was assembled for Batman: Arkham Asylum with talent from iconic Batman writer Paul Dini and long time Batman voice character actor Kevin Conroy topped off with Mark Hamill as the Joker.  The the game didn’t just make a splash. The Batman Arkham series created a massive environment which without a map or aerial view, you’d be lost in. With each new addition to the series, the environment is enriched. Now with Batman Arkham Knight, Rocksteady has raised the stakes. A Batmobile with no rails.



Batman: Arkham Knight hasn’t come without bumps in the road. Originally set for release October 14, 2014. In the fall of 2014 word was a release wouldn’t come until early 2015 and finally during that delay yet another date was set; June 2, 2015. It too was pushed back to June 23, 2015. Legacy gamers may lament the delays but don’t complain. they understand what they are receiving in the end.


Another bump Arkham Knight experienced is its M rating. It wasn’t planned as previous titles were teen rated and the current game isn’t filled with swearing or gratuitous blood.


Every element of Batman Arkham Knight is crucial to it’s expected success. Long ago Rocksteady developed a world for Bat enthusiasts to explore as it’s own character. What are other keys to Arkham Knight as game perfection? Story evolution. After the 2009 success of Batman: Arkham Asylum, Rocksteady’s second Batman game was released in 2011. Arkham City was as a continuation from Arkham Asylum with a year break and once received added credibility and help by writer Paul Dini. What made these titles special is their replay ability for completionist gamers. Respect for existing Batman canon iced it’s credibility.


It’s a game true to both the world of Batman while mixing up to major elements of gaming, puzzle solving and interactive action. One can argue there are various games within any Batman game.


The Arkham series centers around story. Few know Paul Dini. He’s noted for writing on Batman: The Animated Series (1992-1995 Fox TV) and creator of the character Harley Quinn. Dini was instrumental in the first two Batman game stories for Rocksteady.


With a full world created, Rocksteady has opted not to resource Dini for this last episode in the Arkham series. Still, Rocksteady consults with DC directly and does resource legendary writer Geoff Johns to keep the game true to canon. It’s this respect for the Batman universe which plays into the genuine immersive feel during gameplay. Not only has the Batman mythos been instrumental in the game, the game has impacted the mythos with it’s own comics which stand in their own Batman universe.


Each video game release is a story with many many sub-plots. In gaming these are side-quests. Yet unlike most fantasy role-playing games the Batman franchise requires you to stick to the role of select characters such as Batman or Catwoman. In the latest installment of Batman by Rocksteady Studios, Robin is expected to get a bit more love.


In previous games in the the Arkham Series players had a chance to play as alternate characters such as Catwoman.  One addition in Arkham Knight is Batgirl.


The Batman Arkham series never holds back with its supporting cast. There is always a full cast of rogues and allies but the latest game offers up a new mysterious character, the Arkham Knight.


If the Rocksteady Batman series has any knocks, it is that the game is not created for children. From the Teen rated titles to the new M rated title the language and gritty realism of the adult situations is far too raw for kids. Sadly, parents don’t regard game age warnings. While parents can knock the game for not making itself accessible to kids, adult fans are thankful for the mature approach in its storytelling.

The Batman franchise has a fantastic engine too. That is the framework in how the game environment plays.

One the most remarkable aspects of the Batman Series and the upcoming Batman Arkham Knight video game is the level of  visual detail and attention to the existing mythos of Batman’s world. From Batman’s suits, his rogues gallery, to the city of Gotham – all are treated with dear respect. From the beginning Rocksteady secured the long time voice of Batman, Kevin Conroy. He’s been the voice in most all animated TV and features for 20 years.


In fact many who play the video game hold it up as a benchmark to both writers and film makers in cinema as their expected head canon. One look at Fox’s TV show Gotham and you see the similarities of the GCPD’s bullpen in relation to the video game’s design.


Ultimately the success of the Batman Arkham series has created its own Batman universe with comic books which provide additional stories to support the game and take you beyond the game when you’ve finally completed your last Batman mission. Rocksteady may close this series out, but let’s hope they find a new Batman series to helm next. Gamers would be lost without them.


Batman Arkham Series Release Order:

  1. Batman: Arkham Asylum (2009)
  2. Batman: Arkham City (2011)
  3. Batman: Arkham Origins (2013)
  4. Batman: Arkham Knight (2015)

Batman Arkham Series Chronological Order:

  • Batman: Arkham Origins (Timeline – years before Arkham Asylum)
  • Batman: Arkham Asylum
  • Batman: Arkham City (Timeline – one year after Arkham Asylum)
  • Batman: Arkham Knight (Timeline – one year after Arkham City)

Who are the voice actors?
Kevin Conroy: Batman
Jonathan Banks: Commissioner James Gordon
Ashley Greene: Barbara Gordon/Oracle
John Noble: Scarecrow
Troy Baker: Robin and Two-Face – Arkham City
Nolan North: Black Mask – Arkham City

Who are the actors behind the voices of Batman Arkham Knight? See the video below:

Rocksteady tells the story in the video below:

We hope you learned a lot from Batman Arkham Knight Explained. Look for a full Batman Arkham Knight Review as a game review next.

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