It's a tough job, but somebody's got to do it. Over the past three days, the nation's leading toy manufacturers, as well as several newcomers, introduced their latest and greatest creations in hopes of becoming the Zhu Zhu Pets of 2010. Through wandering through the 345,000 square feet of exhibit space and eyeing the 7,000 products that were on display for the first time, we identified several trends that you can expect to see on store shelves later this year. Here are the top five toy trends to keep an eye out for as these products hit your local retailer.
I've been waiting to see a trailer for Iron Man 2 pretty much since the credits rolled for the original, and the day has finally arrived! As we learned from the sneak peeks and stills, Tony Stark is back, maybe even more egotistical than before (in the most charming way possible, of course). The preview hints that there's still a spark between Tony and Pepper, but perhaps not a relationship. Meanwhile, Tony/Iron Man has escalated to fame of rock star proportions when a stalker-like menace begins lurking in the shadows. He surfaces as Whiplash, played by a terrifying Mickey Rourke (who also comes complete with a mouth full of grills).
We also get a quick glimpse of Scarlett Johansson kicking butt as Black Widow and Don Cheadle as the new Col. Rhodes — or should I say War Machine? (Yes, he gets an iron suit of his own, so cool!) Let's just say I'm marking my calendar for May 7.
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Fun! Marvel comics is releasing a fashion comic named Models Inc. on Aug. 26 starring Tim Gunn. Similar to his role on Project Runway, Tim will act as the "wise one," helping to solve the crime of a young set designer murdered during New York Fashion Week — all while wearing an Iron Man suit! So far, we know Models Inc. will feature three ladies: Millicent Collins (Millie the Model), Patsy Walker (Hellcat), and Spiderman's Mary Jane. Sounds like a fashion paper version of Charlie's Angels.
It was my favorite superhero movie of last year (it was so fun), and I'm anxiously awaiting its sequel to hit the big screen next year. Heck yeah I'm excited for Iron Man 2, but I'm not sure how I feel about another video game installment, given what happened last time. You know what I mean.
I can't think of a better way to continue the fun of a movie than in video game form, but there haven't been many to write home about, Iron Man included. But hopefully, the trusty hands of Sega can pull it off this time. Announced yesterday, Iron Man 2 is definitely hitting the shelves next year and will be available on your PS3, PS2, Xbox 360, Wii, and DS consoles. Did you play the first installment of the Iron Man franchise? Do you even care about a second?
Welcome back to my Buzz Gift Guide series for all the entertainment lovers in your life. On Monday I dug up some gifts for the little ones in your life and today I'm brainstorming ideas for the teenage dudes in your world who are pop culture sponges.
If I had a teenage brother I'd insist he own a complete set of Indiana Jones DVDs including (but more importantly, not limited to) this year's fourth addition to the franchise. In regard to other franchises, I've noticed that some teenage guys (and by "some" I mean my younger cousins) are always quoting Family Guy and The Simpsons and might have fun with these characters to stick up on their walls.
For the wannabe rock star in your life there's always Guitar Hero World Tour which expands the game from a lone guitar player to a full band that includes drums (it actually looks like a lot of fun!). You may know a young lad who enjoys that Shaun White snowboarding video game, so he might like listening to the pretty cool soundtrack from it, and finally, I'm sure many teens would be stoked to own Iron Man.
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- Nintendo's new portable gaming console, the DSi, which comes with a built-in camera, won't be coming to the US until well into the 2009 calendar year since the current DS Lite is still selling like hot cakes. — Joystiq
- Coldwell Banker has just launched a new website for potential home buyers that works for both the iPhone and iPod Touch, so that they can easily view property details, value, and location. — Unplggd
- In just two days, the Blu-ray version of Iron Man has already sold out, making it the fastest selling Blu-ray DVD to this day! — Gizmodo
- Apple's latest update to Apple TV not only fixes bugs and security issues, but it now offers a Genius playlist feature. To access, just hold down the play button while a song is playing! — CrunchGear
- CBS has just launched a new HD streaming service called the Social Viewing Room where you can pick shows that are currently on and watch with your friends, etc. — TechCrunch
All of the new DVD releases hit stores (and Netflix) on Tuesdays. So each week in What to Netflix: New DVD Tuesday, I sort through the best of the batch and tell you what to add to your queue. In addition to the titles below, the Oscar-winning documentary Taxi to the Dark Side is also now available on DVD.
Hurray! It feels like just yesterday the Summer box office was electrified by this superhero hit. I really loved it (and saw it twice in the theaters), mostly due to a super cool performance by Robert Downey Jr. and the skillful storytelling abilities of director Jon Favreau. Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeff Bridges, and Terrence Howard also do well in this fun action movie. It's a good way to go back in time and shake off those dark, depressing blues you may have caught from your 10th viewing of The Dark Knight.
Special features include deleted and extended scenes, featurettes titled "I Am Iron Man: 7-Part Making-of Documentary," "The Invincible Iron Man: 6-Part History of the Hero," and "Wired: The Visual effects of Iron Man." Something I'm really curious to see in the extras is a Robert Downey Jr. screen test and a featurette on his acting process. More time with RDJ is always good.
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When I took my tour of ILM studios a few weeks back, I was lucky enough to get some behind-the-scenes info on the special effects and animation that went into making Iron Man; straight from the guys who worked on it. Unfortunately for me that only made it harder to wait until I could own my very own copy of the Summer blockbuster!
A small group of us got a special Q&A session with Ben Snow (VFX Supervisor), Hal Hickel (Animation Supervisor), and Aaron McBride (Art Director, who by the way is pretty much John Krasinski's twin, but with longer hair — this made it very hard to pay attention), and got some fun details on the Iron Man suit, the flying sequences, and how cool it was to work with director John Favreau. To check out some geeky-but-fun facts from the film, just read more
If I had to give Robert Downey Jr. a Hollywood nickname it would be "enigma" because he has been a puzzling and contradictory force. By now everyone knows the story of his professional ascent (nominated for Oscars and such) and descent (arrests, a lot of booze, drugs, etc.). And while his talent has never been disputed, his personal antics have left many wondering if he would ever truly fulfill his enormous potential, or if his self-destructive tendencies would sabotage his work.
And then came Summer 2008. Iron Man was a huge hit and he's earning good reviews for his comedic, slightly controversial role in Tropic Thunder, out this week. So, in honor of RDJ's return to grace, I challenge you to a quiz!Take the Quiz
With the HUGE success of The Dark Knight last weekend (and I do mean huge), it seems that graphic novels and comics turned movies are bigger than ever. Buzz (and Brian) agree with my opinion that Iron Man was one of the best super-hero movies to hit the theaters ever, and the newly released trailer for the Watchmen has me all giddy in anticipation for March! Adding to the already expanding list of comic book movies in the pipeline including Conan the Barbarian, The Justice League, and G.I. Joe, which are all slated to be making their big screen debuts in 2009.
It's comic overload! Are you stoked that your favorite comic books are being made into feature films, or are you over the crossovers?