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First Look at ‘Star Wars Rebels’

Lucasfilm released two images and the logo for Star Wars Rebels, its upcoming animated TV series, at Star Wars Celebration in Essen, Germany last weekend.  Production has begun on the new series, which will launch as a one hour special on the Disney Channel followed by the series on Disney XD in Fall 2014.
 
Lucasfilm also announced that the final season of Star Wars: Clone Wars will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on October 15, along with a special box set of the entire Clone Wars series, according to
USA Today.

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‘Iron Man 2’ Boffo on Disc

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Iron Man 2 blasted out of the gate with sales of over 1.1 million units on the first day of its home entertainment release. By the end of the first week its sales were over 5 million copies with 52% of those on Blu-ray, the first big release in months to sell more BDs than on conventional DVDs. Iron Man 2 sold more than 13 Blu-ray disks for every one of its nearest competitor Get Him to the Greek.

While there was little doubt that Iron Man 2, which earned $312 million at the domestic box office, would dominate the DVD sales and rental charts, its strong debut give some hope to the beleaguered home entertainment industry that has suffered persistent sales declines over the past two years. Home Media Magazine’s estimate of more than 5 million disks sold during the first week is welcome news for the industry as the all-important 4th quarter with its bevy of big releases begins.

The Walking Dead Comic Con Panel Highlights!

Check out all the best bits from The Walking Dead panel including new cast additions, a composer and plenty more interesting details about the show…

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The panel features series creator Robert Kirkman, Writer/Director/Producer Frank Darabont, Producer Gale Ann Hurd, Special FX guru Greg Nicotera, and Executive Producer Joel Stillerman.

Kirkman spoke, "I never planned on The Walking Dead becoming this big. There are so many excellent people involved. To see AMC commit to doing such a great job of getting a zombie television show right is fantastic and bizarre. I feel blessed."

Nicotero describes the process of the extras learning to walk like zombies. Kirkman interrupted, "I have to say that Charlie Adlard has out done himself on this project." The audience applauded loudly as Kirkman added, "Charlie actually got to play a zombie during the filming."

Darabont spoke about the adaptation process, "As long as we don’t stray too far, Robert’s ideas are great–so why not use every other idea he’s come up with. There will be things that readers will not expect in the show but they will recognize things that are familiar too."

Darabont announced that Bear McCreary is the series’ composer.

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A clip shows the opening sequence that is very similar to Rick’s shooting and his struggle in the hospital only to find the town abandoned and zombies all about.

Gale Ann Hurd announced two new cast members, Michael Rooker and Norman Reedus.

The cast joked about the shooting of the show in Georgia and the sheer intensity of the heat in the state. Darabont spoke, "I’ve lost 15 pounds on the set of this show. This cast gets their asses kicked on this set because they’re there all the time."

Nicotero spoke about the cast traveling to Comic-Con and how they immediately got off the plane and jumped into the ocean. He also spoke about accommodating the zombies and their make-up in the heat. He joked about lunch breaks and how no one wants to sit with the zombies.

Nicotero also spoke about the programming on AMC and that no one is pulling any punches. He added, "This is a story about characters and drama…but sometimes, someone gets eaten."

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They spoke about the amount of gore in the series and how the clip for SDCC had to be edited for the "family-oriented" nature of the show. The show will have as much gore and graphic displays of violence as they can allow.

A fan asked about reaching out to other horror directors to direct future episodes. Darabont mused, "George who? Lucas? No I was thinking another George would be a fantastic director for future seasons."

The panel talked about testing various formats for the show–including black and white. They went with Super 16 and Darabont cooed, "Film grain…mmm…such a creamy look."

They are working on approval to re-time the episodes in B&W versions for future DVD releases.

Holden finished the panel by saying, "This kid playing Carl. Huge love to Chandler Riggs. He operates on another level. She spoke about his talent. "He’s about to become your favorite actor if Carl is your favorite character."

Avatar Sets DVD, Blu-ray Records

17354AvatarDVD-md[1] Around 6.7 million copies of James Cameron’s Avatar have been sold on DVD and Blu-ray in North America since its release last Thursday, breaking the records held by previous best-seller The Dark Knight, according to Variety. Sales included 2.7 million copies sold on Blu-ray; Dark Knight took 18 months to sell 2.5 million Blu-ray discs following its release in 2008, according to the report.  The first day score was 3.2 million discs sold by Avatar, compared to 2.7 million discs of Dark Knight. International sales were also strong.

A tricked-out version of Avatar will be released in November, with a 3D version planned for 2011.

‘Dragon’ Tops Weak Session

17347how_to_train_your_md[1] This time Dreamworks’ How to Train Your Dragon really will take the box office crown as Hollywood suffered one of its worst weekends of the year so far with the box office down nearly 20% from last year when Obsessed opened with $28.6 million. Dreamworks’ 3D toon feature, which lost out on a Monday morning recount to Kick-Ass last weekend, left no doubt this time around by earning an estimated $15 million, which easily topped the $12.3 million generated by the Jennifer Lopez vehicle,The Back-Up Plan.

How to Train Your Dragon dropped just 24% in its fifth weekend at the box office. It should surpass $200 million this week and end up with more than $225 million, making it a major success for Dreamworks, Paramount and the 3D process.

Jennifer Lopez’s first big film in five years debuted with less than stellar numbers. Though comedies often take awhile to establish themselves there are danger signs here. The Back-Up plan appealed to fairly narrow moviegoing demographic. Females made up 71% of the audience, which was 57% over 30 and 21% Latino.

One comedy that has established itself is the Steve Carrell/Tina Fey vehicle, Date Night, which declined only 37% and finished third with an estimated $10.6 million.

The other new film that debuted in wide release, Warner Bros.’The Losers, which is based on the Vertigo comic book series written by Andy Diggle, unfortunately lived up to its name, at least as far as opening weekend box office performance was concerned. It appears that The Losers did edge out Kick-Ass this weekend, but only by the slimmest of margins, an estimated $9.6 million to an estimated $9.5 million for Kick-Ass, which fell a substantial 52% in its second frame.

The less-than-stellar box office performances of The Losers (and to a lesser extent that of Kick-Ass, which won its opening frame, but didn’t quite live up to expectations) demonstrates the difficulty in establishing a box office franchise based on a little known comic book property, especially when employing a cast devoid of any real stars. The Losers could still redeem itself on DVD, and Kick-Ass will likely be a hit on disc, but neither film is going to come close to the feat pulled off by Zack Snyder’s adaptation of Frank Miller’s 300, which was based on an obscure comic and featured a little known cast, but turned out to be a bona fide smash hit.

Clash of the Titans, the film that Warners converted to 3D in a move that forced The Losers to a slightly less desirable April weekend opening, fell just 42%, earning an estimated $9 million and pushing its domestic total to over $145 million.

Disney took the last three spots in the top ten. The underwater documentary Oceans bowed on Earth Day and did very well for a film in its genre with an estimated $8.5 million. The Miley Cyrus weeper, The Last Song, finished 9th by earning $3.7 million, while Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, the most popular 3D film in history with the exception of Avatar, added $2.2 million to its gargantuan $324 million total.