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He! Is! GROOT! Now in His Own Solo Series!

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This June, the Marvel Universe’s most famous tree is starring in his very own series! That’s right, GROOT #1 is coming – and you will NOT want to miss it! Comics rising star Jeff Loveness (Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Amazing Spider-Man Special) joins Marvel newcomer Brian Kesinger (Disney Animation) for an epic galactic road trip of cosmic proportions!

It’s not all fun and games when, for the first time in years, Groot has been separated from his pal and translator Rocket Raccoon and forced to make it on his own in the big, scary galaxy. Armed with just the words “I”, “Am” and “Groot,” he’s about to embark on a new kind of adventure.

“We have the kinds of wacky situations a giant space tree can find himself in,” series Editor Devin Lewis says, “but we’re also striving to show what makes Groot one of the noblest and wisest characters in the Marvel Universe. There are as many feels in this book as there are chuckles, and it’s going to surprise people.”

Explosions! Intergalactic Hitchhiking! Aliens! Space Sharks! And that’s just the first issue, True Believer! Bursting at the seams with action, adventure and excitement – fans will not want to miss out on this epic thrill ride. The intergalactic road trip is about begin. Hang on tight when GROOT #1 sprouts up in comic shops this June!

Execs explain the rationale behind Amazon buying Twitch

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If yesterday’s news that online megaretailer Amazon had purchased streaming game footage hub Twitch for $970 million took you by surprise, you’re not alone – not by a long shot. However, a recent Time interview with Amazon vice president of games Michael Frazzini and Twitch CEO Emmett Shear explains exactly why the two companies are now joined at the hip.

When asked why the acquisition makes sense, Shear explained that both Amazon and Twitch “have a shared vision for the gaming industry.” Further, Shear points out that Amazon is willing to give Twitch the freedom to operate as it always has, only with the not insignificant resources of the world’s largest online retailer backing the streaming site’s moves.

Frazzini, in turn, underlined Amazon’s ongoing campaign to forcibly insert itself into the world of gaming. “Obviously if we’re going to be in the devices business, we have to be thinking hard about games,” Frazzini told Time. “And at the center of that is the customer experience, which is what’s so interesting about Twitch for us. Twitch has that same point of view. They think long term.”

Above all, like most corporate maneuvering, this acquisition is driven by potential profit. As Time points out, Amazon’s motivations for entering the gaming space hinge on the average gamer’s purchasing patterns. As the article put it, “Amazon loves people who buy games through Amazon, said Frazzini, because gamers tend to come back and buy all sorts of other things.”

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Dead Island to become big screen flick

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Occupant Entertainment and Deep Silver, the video game publishing label of Koch Media, announced today they are partnering to package, produce and finance a screen adaption of the popular hit video game franchise “Dead Island®”. Occupant plans to attach a filmmaker and fast track the project for a production start in Q1 of 2015.

Set on a tropical island resort, Dead Island revolves around a Zombie outbreak and has become one of the most-successful new video game IP’s in the last few years, selling over 8 million copies worldwide across all platforms.

“Deep Silver has created a highly successful game franchise based on very cinematic, widely viewed and well received trailers, which provide a great template for launching a film franchise with a distinctive and commercial take on the zombie apocalypse”, says Occupant partners Joe Neurauter and Felipe Marino.

“The Dead Island universe offers a rich and unique setting that can expand beyond the pure gaming experience. We are very much looking forward to seeing Dead Island open up to new audiences and showing off the fun everybody at Deep Silver has with this brand”, says Dr. Klemens Kundratitz, CEO Koch Media.

Maintaining the franchise position as a worldwide phenomenon thanks to its iconic trailers, the latest installment of the Dead Island 2 trailer has made a strong start with over ten million views on YouTube since its reveal in June. The Dead Island 2 trailer managed to become an instant classic as did its famous predecessor back in 2011. Watch the Dead Island 2 trailer here.

ABOUT OCCUPANT ENTERTAINMENT

Occupant Entertainment is an independent film and television production and financing company based in Los Angeles, which was founded in 2006. The company is currently in production on Corin Hardy directed horror thriller “The Woods” with Altitude and E1 Entertainment, and in post-production on Sophie Barthes-directed “Madame Bovary”, starring Mia Wasikowska, Paul Giamatti, Rhys Ifans and Ezra Miller. On the TV side, Occupant is currently in production on Season 2 of its Emmy-nominated original series “Behind the Mask” for Hulu.

ABOUT DEEP SILVER

Deep Silver develops and distributes interactive games for all platforms. The Deep Silver label means to captivate all gamers who have a passion for thrilling gameplay in exciting game worlds. Deep Silver works with its partners to achieve a maximum of success while maintaining the highest possible quality, always focusing on what the customer desires.

Deep Silver has published more than 200 games since 2003, including its own brands like the open world extravaganza Saints Row, the zombie action franchise Dead Island, the grim post-apocalyptic future of the Metro series and action packed role-playing from the Sacred world. Upcoming highlights from Deep Silver include Dead Island 2 and Homefront: The Revolution. Deep Silver also owns the development studios Deep Silver Fishlabs in Hamburg, Germany, and Deep Silver Volition based in Champaign, IL, USA. For more information please visit www.deepsilver.com

Koch Media is a leading producer and distributor of digital entertainment products (software, games and films). The company’s own publishing activities, marketing and distribution extend throughout Europe and the USA. The Koch Media group has more than 20 years of experience in the digital media business, and has risen to become the number one distributor in Europe. It has also formed strategic alliances with numerous games and software publishers: Bethesda, Capcom, Kaspersky Labs, NC SOFT, Sega, Square Enix and Tecmo-Koei, etc. in various European countries. With Headquarters in Planegg near Munich/Germany, Koch Media owns branches in Germany, England, France, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, the Nordic regions, Benelux and the United States.
www.kochmedia.com.

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SDCC 2014: SKYBOUND’S THE WALKING DEAD PANEL RECAP

It was the first full-length day of Comic-Con, and a little franchise called The Walking Dead was featured in its own panel. This panel was focused specifically on the comic book (the TV show will have its own moment in the sun tomorrow). Writer/creator Robert Kirkman and artist Charlie Adlard were both present, along with editor Sean Maciewicz, to discuss recent big developments and the future of the series.

Kirkman touched on several subjects pertaining to the series’ lead protagonist, Rick. Rick’s anger streak seen in recent issues can be chalked up to the tenuous state of society in the aftermath of “All Out War” and the need for every member to perform their jobs. Kirkman doesn’t regret introducing the plot twist that saw Rick lose his arm, though he admitted it does cause certain practical challenges in terms of how Rick can hold and use various objects. While he was obviously noncommittal about the idea of killing off Rick, Kirkman did note that the series could very easily survive past Rick’s death.

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Regarding Negan, the main villain of the series for the past couple years, Kirkman voiced an interest in fleshing out the character’s back-story. However, that would likely occur within the comic and not in the form of a tie-in novel like with The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor. Kirkman also said to expect Negan to show up in the TV series eventually, but not anytime soon. Interestingly, Kirkman mentioned that Negan is based on a real-life person, though he was reluctant to specify whom.

Kirkman reiterated a topic he’s touched on in the past when he said he has no plans to reveal the source of the zombie plague, even calling the idea “boring.” However, he did reserve the right to change his mind a few years down the road. As of right now, Kirkman has the series loosely plotted out for 150-200 issues.

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One thing Kirkman and Adlard seemed very much in agreement about was that they don’t allow the TV show or video games to affect how they portray the characters. Adlard noted that he feels a sense of pride whenever the show casts an actor who looks similar to his character designs (mentioning Danai Gurira’s Michonne specifically), but that he only draws the characters as he envisioned them. Kirkman said he has no plans to introduce characters created in the show or games, such as Daryl Dixon or Clementine.

Don’t expect the comic to shift away from the usual cast to focus on other areas of the world and how they’re dealing with the ongoing zombie apocalypse. If the setting of the series changes, it’ll only be because the core cast are moving.

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Finally, Kirkman did offer one TV-related tidbit. He confirmed that while the spinoff to the TV series won’t be officially announced at SDCC this week, an announcement will be coming soon. That series is expected to premiere in 2015.

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‘I Am Groot!’ Says Diesel

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Marvel has finally made Vin Diesel’s voice role as Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy official.
 
After months of teasing and misdirection (by both Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and Diesel, on his Facebook page and in interviews), Marvel finally confirmed the Fast and the Furious /Riddick star will be rounding out the Guardians team as the voice-actor for tree-creature Groot (negotiations were leaked in August, see "Vin Diesel in ‘Guardians’").
 
Diesel will join Bradley Cooper, who has been cast as Rocket Raccoon, in the voice-over booth.  Diesel has lent his signature baritone growl for vocal work before, on several video games as well as for the title role in the 1999 animated film The Iron Giant.
 
Guardians of the Galaxy follows the unlikely intergalactic team of Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax (Dave Bautista), Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) and Groot, as they are forced to join together to defeat a cosmic force of epic proportions.  Directed by James Gunn, Guardians of the Galaxy will release on August 1, 2014.