This week marks the 20th anniversary of a film about toys coming to life. No, not the Pixar one, the film where the toys try to murder an entire family – Joe Dante’s Small Soldiers. Having made a career for turning B movies into mainstream successes like Gremlins, The ‘Burbs and Matinee, Joe Dante turned back to small and cute puppets wreaking havoc for a film that is too dark and violent for kids, yet it was sold as a kid’s movie complete with Burger King tie-ins. A toy company is being sold to a huge defense contractor called Globotech. The CEO of the giant corporation, Gil Mars (Denis Leary), is approached by one of the company’s lead toy designers, the nerdy and idealistic Irwin (David Cross), who wants to make educational toys in the form of benign and noble monsters he calls Gorgonites. Irwin’s colleague Larry (Jay Mohr) pitches his line of miniature Schwarzeneggers and Van Dammes he calls the Commando Elite. Irwin protests the violence of … [Read more...] about Joe Dante’s SMALL SOLDIERS: The Military Satire For Kids!
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"One thing that drives collectors crazy is not being able to find that final piece," says Dan Hatfield. Having helped to lift the lid on his industry in the Channel 4 series Posh Pawnbrokers, which followed life at his shop on London Road in Sheffield, Dan has turned his attention to the British passion for collecting in a new one-off TV programme, Collection Hunters, which airs on Saturday."We found lots of people were coming to the shop and not just wanting to sell to us; they were also trying to buy items from us. They wanted us to locate things that ultimately would complete their collection. I started thinking 'There seems to be a business in this'."Dan established what he believes is the UK's only specialist service of its kind, scouring the country - and sometimes beyond - to find the missing pieces needed to achieve a whole set of any item, from tax discs to toy soldiers."We deal with luxury cars a lot, and tea services," says Dan. "One lady even wanted us to complete her … [Read more...] about “We’re like old-fashioned detectives”: Sheffield pawnbroker on the hunt to complete collections in new TV show
Here it is! Hot Toys has revealed their 1/6th scale collectible action figure for Captain America from Avengers: Infinity War. I actually own every version of Captain America that Hot Toys has made from each of the films that he has appeared in. So, it looks like I'll have to drop some money on this bad boy to complete my collection. After all... Captain America could very well die in this movie. It's just something that most fans are expecting to happen. This new figure gives us a close-up and detailed look at Caps suit, which as you can tell has been through a lot. As you can see it's really worn out. It makes me wonder... how do superhero like Captain America clean their suits!? Do they take the time to clean them? Do they take it to the dry cleaners? Do they never clean it and just let it soak in the stinky sweat of battle? I'll be dwelling on this for awhile. Anyway, here are the details and additional photos! “Get this man a shield.” – T'Challa It’s all … [Read more...] about Hot Toys Reveals Their AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR Captain America Action Figure
BEGIN SLIDESHOWFirst wave of Avengers: Infinity War Collectibles by Hot ToysFeel the hype and the power of the iconic items that will be featured in Avengers: Infinity War with these super awesome collectibles from Hot Toys. For this first wave of collectibles, Hot Toys features a life-size Infinity Gauntlet complete with all six Infinity Stones and a figurine of the Iron Man suit that Tony Stark will be wearing in the movie. Check out all the eye-poppingly fine details of each item in the gallery below! 35images The Infinity Gauntlet Life-Size Collectible features:– Masterfully crafted with authentic and fine details of the Infinity Gauntlet in Avengers: Infinity WarThis collectible is painted by Lok Ho, and collectors can expect it to be available around Q4 2018 – Q1 2019.The 1/6th scale Iron Man Collectible Figure features:– Authentic and detailed likeness of Iron Man in Avengers: Infinity WarWeapons:Accessory:Avengers: Infinity War themed … [Read more...] about First Wave of Avengers: Infinity War Collectibles by Hot Toys
[This year, for the first time, Sundance has dedicated a special section to the episodic format, recognizing the variety of independent episodic short-form programming for online as well as traditional television. The Indie Episodic slate includes Steve James' docu-series America To Me and six "programs," featuring multiple shows.]If I've struggled to put a finger on the theme of a couple of these Indie Episodic blocks, Indie Episodic Program 4 is easy: These suckers are all weird. Very weird. The animated Tammy's Tiny Tea Time, the relentlessly meta The Show About the Show and the indescribable Tropical Cop Tales aren't necessarily all alienating or off-putting, but they're definitely proof that even in a 450+ scripted program TV universe, there's still a fringe.Caveh Zahedi's The Show About The Show is the one Indie Episodic entry to be playing Sundance with the start of its second season, meaning that we already know that there's some audience and some positive reception for the … [Read more...] about ‘Tropical Cop Tales’ and ‘Tammy’s Tiny Tea Time’: TV Review | Sundance 2018