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‘Sex and Vanity’: Sony Lands the Rights to the Next Book By ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Author Kevin Kwan

Crazy Rich Asians author Kevin Kwan has found himself at the center of a crazy rich Hollywood bidding war. And Sony Pictures and SK Global are the ones who have come up on top, acquiring the film rights to Kwan’s latest novel Sex and Vanity. The book was published on June 30, but the film adaptation is already on its way, which make sense considering the monumental success of the 2018’s Crazy Rich Asians film directed by Jon M. Chu. Variety reports that Sony Pictures and SK Global have lande...
Tags: Books, Comedy, Hollywood, Movies, New York Times, Adaptation, Sony, Sony Pictures, Kevin, Jon, Kwan, Vanity, Kevin Kwan, John Penotti, Ivanhoe Pictures, Sanford Panitch


‘His Dark Materials’ Author Philip Pullman to Release Unseen Lyra Novella in October

When The Amber Spyglass brought Philip Pullman‘s His Dark Materials trilogy to an end in 2000, that seemed like the end of the story of its protagonist. But 20 years later, and we’re still following the bullish heroine on adventures in her parallel-world Oxford — both on screen in the excellent HBO/BBC TV series adaptation, and in new books published by Pullman. While Pullman’s latest novel The Secret Commonwealth, the second in a new trilogy of books set in the world of His Dark Materials, pic...
Tags: Books, Movies, Fantasy, Sequels, Oxford, Serpentine, Philip-Pullman, Pullman, Lyra, Action/Adventure, HBO BBC, La Belle Sauvage, His-Dark-Materials, Lyra Silvertongue, Secret Commonwealth


‘Ready Player Two’ Sequel Novel Will Ply Readers With More ’80s References This November

Nearly a decade after Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One sci-fi novel became a smash success, a sequel is on its way to ply you with even more ’80s references (or perhaps we’ve reached the ’90s now?). Ready Player Two, the long-awaited sequel to Cline’s 2011 novel, is set to hit bookshelves this November. Remember Ready Player One? Ernest Cline’s glorified “We Heart the ’80s” special was a massive hit when it was published in 2011, earning raves for its dystopian sci-fi story about a treasure h...
Tags: Books, Movies, Wikipedia, North America, Spielberg, Penguin Random House, Steven Spielberg, Ernest Cline, Cline, Release Dates, Ballantine Books, Ready Player Two


The Horrifying ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Coming Out of Their Shells Tour’ Is Getting Action Figures

There have been several different iterations of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. But none have come close to being as weird and terrible as the rock star versions of the heroes in a half-shell from the Coming Out of Their Shells Tour. Despite how awful the touring turtles are, they still have fans who grew up watching the concert on VHS, and now they’re getting the ultimate action figure set as a 2020 San Diego Comic-Con exclusive from NECA. See th...
Tags: Toys, Movies, San Diego, New Line, Tmnt, Collectibles, Cool Stuff, Michelangelo, Mikey, Neca, Teenage-Mutant-Ninja-Turtles, Leonardo Donatello Raphael, Leo Donnie Raph, NECA Store


Grisaia Phantom Trigger the Animation Stargazer PV Rather Uneventful

Another scant and reserved PV has arrived for the upcoming Grisaia Phantom Trigger The Animation Stargazer movie, reacquainting fans of the series to Tooka whilst introducing newcomer Gumi and bound to be filled to the brim with action and drama. The PV was distributed through the official Grisaia Twitter account and is fairly uneventful: Grisaia […]
Tags: Movies, Guns, Drama, Anime, PV, Adaptations, Gumi, FrontWing, Grisaia: Phantom Trigger, Bibury Animation Studio, Tooka


Cool Stuff: Iron Man’s Sacrifice in ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Is Now a Detailed Action Figure

When Iron Man sacrificed himself to defeat Thanos in the climactic battle of Avengers: Endgame, it made tears roll down the faces of plenty of fans for nearly the entire remainder of the movie’s runtime. Soon you’ll find out if you can hold back the tears when you see the moment brought to life on your shelf in the form of a new SH Figuarts action figure from Tamashii Nations. Pre-orders are live for the new Avengers: Endgame Iron Man action figure featuring Tony Stark in his Mark 85 armor. Dub...
Tags: Toys, Movies, Robert-Downey-Jr, Iron-Man, Sequels, Avengers, Marvel Studios, Collectibles, Cool Stuff, Tony Stark, Comic Book/Superhero, Disney/Pixar, Avengers: Endgame, US Premium Bandai


Community meetings – online – in the San Fernando Valley, July 6-13

  Murals painted by Lawrence Middle School and the Chatsworth Fine Arts Council adorn part of the pathway along the Orange Line Pedestrian and Bike path in Chatsworth. (File photo by David Crane, Daily News/SCNG)   Community meetings bring people together for exchange of ideas and memorable shared experiences plus the potential for positive personal and community enrichment. Here is a sampling of upcoming online meetings.   Grandma’s Kitchen – Health & Wisdom: Canoga Park Branch Library pre...
Tags: Facebook, Gardening, Movies, Police, Nigeria, Los Angeles, Sport, History, West, Soccer, Veterans, South Africa, Community, Zambia, Book Club, Chatsworth


Cool Stuff: NECA’s New ‘Gremlins’ Figure Is Inspired By An Obscure 1984 Summer Olympics Ad

There have been some great toys inspired by the movie Gremlins released in the 36 years since the movie was released, but the line-up of NECA action figures in recent years have been the absolute best. There have been several different variations on the monstrous form of the Mogwai, each coming with their own cool accessories. But the latest addition to the NECA Gremlins action figure line calls back to an obscure advertisement for the movie that was tied to the 1984 Summer Olympics. Summer...
Tags: Toys, Comedy, Movies, Horror, Walmart, San Diego, Gremlins, Mogwai, Collectibles, Cool Stuff, Neca, Gremlin, NECA Gremlins


‘Back to the Future’ is Crossing Over With ‘Transformers’ With a New Toy and Comic Miniseries

Just last year, Transformers crossed over with Ghostbusters in the form of a comic book miniseries from IDW. The mash-up of robots and paranormal exterminators also resulted in a new Transformers toy that turned the Ecto-1 into an Aubobot. Now another one of cinema’s most famous vehicles will be getting the same treatment as Back to the Future is getting a Transformers crossover comic miniseries that will see the DeLorean time machine turned into an Autobot too. And yes, of course there’s a toy...
Tags: Comics, Cool Stuff, Sci-Fi, Toys, Back-to-the-Future, Transformers


Cool Stuff: New LEGO Art Sets Let You Build Pop Culture Portraits of Darth Vader, Iron Man & More

It can be hard to find enough shelf space for all the LEGO sets inspired by our favorite movies and TV shows. Thankfully, the building brick company has launched the new LEGO Art sets, which allow builders to create pop culture portraits with a  mosaic art style, thanks to thousands of tiny LEGO studs. The first wave of LEGO Art sets have been revealed, and they include portraits of characters like Darth Vader, Darth Maul and Kylo Ren from Star Wars, as well as various versions of Iron Man. For...
Tags: Art, Toys, Movies, John Lennon, US, The Beatles, Lego, Iron-Man, Marilyn Monroe, Andy Warhol, Warhol, Lucasfilm, Marvel Studios, Ringo Starr, Cool Stuff, Kylo Ren


Here’s What Happened to the Canceled ‘The Making of Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Book

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, there was going to be a coffee table book called The Making of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And then the book was canceled. So what happened? J.W. Rinzler, a writer who is responsible for several behind-the-scenes books about the world of Star Wars, and the writer who was writing the Force Awakens book, has a theory. J.W. Rinzler, author and editor for Lucas Licensing’s book division, and the writer of books The Art of Star Wars Episode III: Rev...
Tags: Books, Hollywood, Movies, Disney, Lucasfilm, George Lucas, Kathleen Kennedy, J W Rinzler, Star-Wars, Jedi Lucas, Rinzler, Howard Kazanjian, J.W. Rinzer, Marcia Lucas George Lucas


‘The Mandalorian’ Books Are On the Way, But How Much Will They Expand the Series?

The Mandalorian is the latest success in the Star Wars franchise, and with the first season of the show complete, Lucasfilm is ready to dive into some books centered on the Disney+ production. Later this year, a variety of The Mandalorian books will be released, including a book collecting some of the stunning concept art from the first season, as well as an adult novel by author Adam Christopher. But that’s not all. StarWars.com announced the upcoming slate of The Mandalorian books coming in...
Tags: Books, Television, Movies, Sci-fi, Disney, Sequels, Jon Favreau, Lucasfilm, Favreau, IDW Publishing, Star-Wars, Disney/Pixar, Pablo Hidalgo, Doug Chiang, Adam Christopher, Phil Szostak


Sideshow Collectibles Announce Sideshow Con Experience!

Sideshow Collectibles Announce Sideshow Con Experience! While most San Diego Comic-Con exhibitors are leaving their booths behind and taking their products 100% into the digital realm, Sideshow Con will center around a physical booth space for a unique twist on their typical convention format. A custom-made installation will recreate Sideshow’s jaw-dropping “pop culture art gallery” style Comic-Con presence, but in a secure and private environment that will augment an online experience. ...
Tags: Toys, Movies, Horror, Sideshow Collectibles, San Diego, Collectibles, Extras, Andy Smith, Movie News, San Diego Comic Con, Sideshow, San Diego Comic Con We, COVID, Sideshow Con, Hot Toys PCS Collectibles DC, Greg Anzalone


CS Unboxed: Minions: The Rise of Gru Toys

CS Unboxed: Minions: The Rise of Gru Toys Mattel, LEGO and Just Play have provided ComingSoon.net with a whole slew of new toys from the forthcoming animated sequel Minions: The Rise of Gru for our latest episode of CS Unboxed . Check out the fun video unboxing below, along with purchase links below that! Originally set to release on July 3, 2020, Minions: The Rise of Gru will now hit theaters on July 2, 2021. Illumination’s Minions: The Rise of Gru Jumbo Plush Bob Illumination’s Mini...
Tags: Toys, Movies, Minions, Sandra Bullock, Chris Renaud, Gru, Pierre Coffin, Bob, Just Play, Michael Sheen, Collectibles, Extras, Mattel, Taraji P Henson, Otto, Dolph Lundgren


Cool Stuff: ‘Home Alone’ House and ‘Seinfeld’ Apartment Are Becoming Official LEGO Sets

Since everyone has been spending a lot more time at home over the past few months, LEGO has definitely seen an uptick in customers looking to spend some time playing with building bricks. If you need any evidence of that, just see how easy it is to find some of the more popular, rare LEGO sets that haven’t been discontinued, but are simply sold out everywhere. Thankfully, LEGO is about to add two more exciting playsets to their line-up, and they’re inspired by a beloved holiday movie and a sitc...
Tags: Toys, Comedy, Television, Movies, Nbc, Lego, House, Harry, Seinfeld, Home Alone, Cool Stuff, Newman, Kramer, Kevin, McCallister, Kevin McCallister


‘Empire Strikes Back’ 40th Anniversary Celebrations Continue with Even More ‘Star Wars’ Toys

This year marks the 40th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back, and Hasbro has been celebrating by releasing a bunch of toys tied to the Star Wars sequel. They began with a series of Black Series re-releases in vintage-style packaging, as well as a new Imperial probe droid and snowspeeder scaled to the 6-inch action figures. Now the line of Empire Strikes Back 40th anniversary figures is expanding with a new wave that includes Boba Fett, Darth Vader, and more. Plus, there’s an awesome new carb...
Tags: Toys, Movies, Sci-fi, Sequels, Hasbro, Lucasfilm, Leia, Cool Stuff, Yoda, Luke Skywalker, Imperial, Dagobah, Star-Wars, Disney/Pixar, Hasbro Pulse, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back


WTF: ‘The Mandalorian’ Version of the Game Bop It! Makes You Hit The Child

There have been plenty of perplexing pieces of Star Wars merchandise in the long history of the sci-fi saga, ranging from a sucker molded like the tongue of Jar Jar Binks to Darth Vader riding an Imperial chopper motorcycle. But a new version of the handheld game Bop It! cross-branded with the Star Wars series The Mandalorian is about to give those silly toys a run for their money, because it will tell you to bop, twist and pull the bounty known only as The Child, or as fans call him, Baby Yoda...
Tags: Toys, Wtf, Movies, Walmart, Darth Vader, Lucasfilm, Chewbacca, Imperial, Star-Wars, Disney/Pixar, The Mandalorian, Baby Yoda, Baby Yoda Baby Yoda Bop


‘Star Wars: Light of the Jedi’ Excerpt Teases the Galaxy-Wide Disaster in ‘The High Republic’

A new era of Star Wars stories is on the way with the Lucasfilm publishing initiative known as Star Wars: The High Republic. The first book, Star Wars: Light of the Jedi by Charles Soule, is slated to arrive in January 2021 after being pushed back from an initial release later this year. But fans can get a taste of the new story, beginning 200 years before the events of The Skywalker Saga, thanks to a recently released excerpt that establishes the world and teases the impending galaxy-wide disa...
Tags: Books, Movies, Sci-fi, Sequels, Republic, Lucasfilm, Cool Stuff, Coruscant, Soule, Star-Wars, Disney/Pixar, Charles Soule, Outer Rim, Star Wars: The High Republic, Star Wars: Light of the Jedi, Lina Soh


Cool Stuff: Go Go ‘Inspector Gadget’ Action Figures from the 1980s Animated Series

Inspector Gadget first arrived on television back in 1983 in the form of an animated series. The titular detective armed with an endless variety of high-tech gadgets is always out to stop the organization Mad and their relentless, mysterious leader Dr. Claw. Now Inspector Gadget is getting the ultimate action figure treatment from Blitzway with a deluxe set that also includes his brilliant niece Penny, the helpful dog Brain, and the stealthy Chief Quimby. Inspector Gadget Action Figures ...
Tags: Toys, Television, Movies, Animation, Gadget, Cool Stuff, Quimby, Inspector Gadget, Blitzway


Stephen King Has Idea For ‘Friday the 13th’ Novel Told from Jason Voorhees’ POV

Stephen King is always working on something. The prolific master of horror seems to churn out a book every few months, firing away at one tale of terror after the next, with no signs of slowing down. King is such an institution that he can probably get literally anything published at this point, even a grocery list. And while King will continue to thrive as long as he’s typing away, and publishers will continue to eat it up, he’s not above waxing hypothetically about books he’ll probably never ...
Tags: Books, Movies, Horror, Stephen-King, King, Jason, Jason Voorhees, Friday-the-13th, Camp Crystal Lake There, Jason Voohees, Camp Crystal Lake What, Voohees King


Cool Stuff: NECA Gives Ace Ventura an Action Figure That’s More Cartoony Than Jim Carrey

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective turned Jim Carrey into a huge star and kicked off a run of box office successes spread across a few years that included The Mask, Dumb & Dumber, Batman Forever, The Cable Guy, and Liar Liar. But you may not remember that the kooky animal investigator was also given an animated series that somehow ran for three seasons from 1995 to 2000. NECA remembers, and they’re releasing an Ace Ventura action figure inspired by his cartoonish appearance in that show. NECA Ace Ve...
Tags: Toys, Comedy, Movies, Jim Carrey, Ace Ventura, Collectibles, Cool Stuff, Neca, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective


New ‘Star Wars’ LEGO Sets Coming from ‘The Mandalorian’, ‘Galaxy’s Edge’, ‘Clone Wars’ and The Skywalker Saga

There are so many Star Wars LEGO sets out there that it’s hard to keep track. But the building brick company isn’t slowing down because the Star Wars line is one of their most popular themes, and this year they’ve got plenty of new additions from across the spectrum of media set in a galaxy far, far away. LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is a new video game coming in October this year that goes through all nine chapters of the primary Star Wars saga with all the action, adventure and humor th...
Tags: Cool Stuff, Disney/Pixar, LucasFilm, Sci-Fi, Sequels, Television, Toys, LEGO, LEGO Star Wars, Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Star-Wars, Star-Wars:-The-Clone-Wars


Cool Stuff: Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse Get Turned into Buildable LEGO Characters

LEGO continues to churn out building brick sets that give fans something that they can proudly display on their shelves. This time they have a new set for all the animation fans out there with buildable versions of Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, inspired by their classic character designs. They come with some cool buildable accessories too, including a guitar and vintage camera. LEGO Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse The entire LEGO Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse set is comprised of 1,739 piece...
Tags: Toys, Movies, Lego, Animation, Cool Stuff, Gregory, Mickey-Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Minnie, Mickey, Disney/Pixar, Ollie Gregory, LEGO Mickey Mouse


‘From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back’ Will Include Stories About Tauntauns, the Wampa, and Dengar & IG-88

In 2017, Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View gave readers 40 short stories set during the events of A New Hope. Now, the sequel is on its way. From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back will provide fans with 40 new stories set during the events of Empire, and a full list of authors – along with some story details – have officially been announced. Last week, we ran a story revealing a handful of writers working on From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back. Now, Sta...
Tags: Books, LucasFilm, Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View


Cool Stuff: ‘The Mandalorian’ Gets a Super-Sized Funko POP with The Child and a Gentle Giant Bust

There are plenty of Funko POPs inspired by the live-action Star Wars series The Mandalorian, but the biggest of them all is yet to come. A super-sized 10-inch Funko POP of The Mandalorian is on the way, and he even has his shimmering Beskar armor with a chrome finish. But the best part of this giant Funko POP is that it comes with The Child in his arms. See the collectible below. Super-Sized The Mandalorian Funko POP Plenty of versions of The Mandalorian have been released so far, but it’s...
Tags: Amazon, Toys, Television, Movies, Sci-fi, Disney, Sequels, Lucasfilm, Collectibles, Cool Stuff, Don, Star-Wars, Disney/Pixar, Funko, Funko Pop, The Mandalorian


‘Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View’ Sequel Focuses on the Untold Stories Set During ‘The Empire Strikes Back’

40 years ago, The Empire Strikes Back debuted in theaters to the awe of millions of people around the world. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the acclaimed Star Wars sequel (which many consider to be the best entry in the entire franchise), Lucasfilm has announced the long-awaited sequel to Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View, the anthology collection of 40 short stories set during the events of A New Hope released in 2017. The From a Certain Point of View sequel will feature 40 more sh...
Tags: Books, Movies, Sci-fi, Lucasfilm, Penguin Random House, Disney Lucasfilm, The Empire Strikes Back, Disney/Pixar, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View, CB Lee Alexander


Cool Stuff: You Don’t Have to Be Tony Stark to Build This LEGO ‘Iron Man’ Helmet

Tony Stark built an arc reactor in a cave. With a box of scraps. But he wouldn’t have been able to build this LEGO Iron Man helmet based on the armored suit he used to become a superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Now you can build your own Iron Man helmet from the comfort of your home thanks to the new LEGO line of building brick busts. Check it out below. LEGO Iron Man Helmet The LEGO Iron Man helmet is made entirely of building brick pieces, as well as a couple of graphics s...
Tags: Toys, Movies, Lego, Marvel Studios, Cool Stuff, Tony Stark, Comic Book/Superhero, Disney/Pixar, Iron-Man, LEGO Marvel Avengers Iron Man Helmet


‘The Joy Luck Club’ Cast Will Reunite For a Virtual Book Club With Author Amy Tan

Bring your best dumplings and moon cakes, because The Joy Luck Club is getting back together. The cast of The Joy Luck Club is reuniting in a virtual “book club” to discuss the beloved 1989 novel with the author Amy Tan. The nonprofit organization Gold House will be hosting The Joy Luck Club reunion, which will include Lauren Tom, Ming-Na Wen, Rosalind Chao, and Tamlyn Tomita. Variety reports that Gold House will be hosting The Joy Luck Club virtual reunion to discuss the 1989 novel by Amy T...
Tags: Facebook, Books, Hollywood, Movies, Drama, Disney, San Francisco, Aileen Lee, Around The Web, Yang, Tan, Amy Tan, Joy Luck Club, Tomita, Tamlyn Tomita, Ming-na Wen


Cool Stuff: Mattel’s ‘Jurassic Park’ Amber Collection Adds Dennis Nedry and a Dilophosaurus

There have always been action figures and playsets tied to the Jurassic Park and Jurassic World franchises. While the dinosaurs and vehicles have always been the best parts of the toylines for both of the franchises, the action figures of the human characters have left something to be desire. Mattel has started to change that over the past year with the Jurassic Park Amber Collection, a new line of 6-inch scale action figures and dinosaurs inspired by Jurassic Park and Jurassic World. And they’...
Tags: Amazon, Toys, Movies, Sci-fi, Sequels, Jurassic Park, Universal, Jurassic World, Chris Pratt, Cool Stuff, Mattel, Jeff Goldblum, Isla Nublar, Ian Malcolm, Charlie You, Dennis Nedry


Hot Toys Unveils MK IV Suit Figure From Marvel’s Spider-Man!

BEGIN SLIDESHOW Hot Toys unveils MK IV Suit figure from Marvel’s Spider-Man! It’s been nearly two years since Marvel’s Spider-Man swung onto shelves and into gamers’ and critics’ hearts around the world, and now Hot Toys has unveiled a new figure modeled after the Spider Armor — MK IV Suit from the hit game. The first look at the figure, which is set to hit shelves mid-2021, can be viewed in the gallery below! RELATED: Hot Toys Unveils Into the Spider-Verse’s Spider Gwen Figure! Devel...
Tags: Toys, Games, Movies, New York City, Marvel, Hot Toys, Collectibles, Extras, Peter Parker, Video Game News, Marvel's Spider-man, Parker Industries



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