Next Club Meeting: July 22, 2017, at the Wood Dale Public Library from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Kiki is all grown up!


KIKI'S DELIVERY SERVICE CONTINUES...
Released all the way back in 1989, Kiki's Delivery Service (or 魔女の宅急便, Majô no Takkyûbin) is one of Studio Ghibli's most beloved animated movies.

Now Kiki's back in this beautiful commercial for -- you guessed it -- Nissin Cup Noodle! Kiki's a high school student now, studying alongside her best friend Tombo and putting her magical skills to good use in her slightly less than typical schoolgirl life.

Nissin's released two animated ads for their Hungry Days campaign, both featuring art by Eisaku Kubonouchi (check out the other video posted below) following the theme of adolescence as the school year draws to a close.

If there's one thing the beloved instant noodle brand is known for, it's the unusual way they market their brand. We can't wait to see the next offering from this classic Japanese company.

AS A COMMERCIAL FOR NOODLES!

Friday, June 23, 2017

STAR TREK: DISCOVERY finally has a date

STAR TREK: DISCOVERY
The drama of when will we finally see CBS' new STAR TREK: DISCOVERY series has been answered! Variety got the scoop - and it is looking as though we're just about 3 months from seeing the show take flight.   Here's what Variety had to say:

The series will launch Sunday, Sept. 24 at 8:30 p.m./7:30c on CBS, though that time is approximate due to NFL Football and “60 Minutes” also airing that night. The series premiere will also be available on-demand on CBS All Access and the second episode of the series will be available on the service that same night immediately following the broadcast premiere.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Evgenia Medvedeva as Sailor Moon


Evgenia Medvedeva as Sailor Moon Gala | Exhibition World Team Trophy 2017 Tokyo. Japan

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Han Solo Film Loses Directors

H  A  N    S  O  L  O    F  I  L  M
“Unfortunately, our vision and process weren’t aligned with our partners on this project,"
said a statement from Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.

[Source: HollywoodReporter] Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are no longer directing the Han Solo Star Wars spinoff.

"Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are talented filmmakers who have assembled an incredible cast and crew, but it’s become clear that we had different creative visions on this film, and we’ve decided to part ways. A new director will be announced soon," Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, said Tuesday in a statement.

"Unfortunately, our vision and process weren’t aligned with our partners on this project," a statement from Lord and Miller read. "We normally aren’t fans of the phrase 'creative differences' but for once this cliché is true. We are really proud of the amazing and world-class work of our cast and crew."
Christopher Miller (left) and Phil Lord
Lord and Miller, helmers of The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street and its sequel 22 Jump Street, signed on to direct the Star Wars stand-alone in July 2015. The film features Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, while Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson and Donald Glover also star.

The pic has been shooting in London since February. Sources say there are several weeks left on the shoot (who will be helming those is currently under wraps), with reshoots scheduled for later this summer.

The release date of May 25, 2018, remains unchanged.

This isn't the first Star Wars film to face a director issue. On Rogue One, which was helmed by Gareth Edwards, Tony Gilroy was brought in to rewrite and help oversee extensive reshoots.

The issue of "creative differences" has been the cause of several director exits over the past couple years on studio tentpoles. Tim Miller left Fox's sequel Deadpool 2; Rick Famuyiwa left Warner Bros. and DC's The Flash; and Michelle MacLaren left Wonder Woman (which was then directed by Patty Jenkins, who had previously exited Thor 2).

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Independent short film - RAKKA


R  A  K  K  A
RAKKA is the story of broken humanity following the invasion of a technologically superior alien species. Bleak harrowing and unrelenting, the humans we meet must find enough courage to go on fighting. Oats Studios makes experimental short films – a testing ground for ideas and creativity. Leading to full scale feature films based on ideas created here. Our wish is to receive funding sourced directly from our audience, as we establish a studio fueled by pure creativity and passion. We have many, many more worlds to create and stories to tell, but we need help from people around the globe. Our goal is to create Volumes 2, 3 and more and eventually, full scale-scale features. If you feel positive about what you’ve seen and want more, please support us by checking out our Oats Studios - Volume 1 Assets page where you will be able to purchase additional content.

Monday, June 19, 2017

OLAF'S FROZEN ADVENTURE Trailer


OLAF'S FROZEN ADVENTURE
Olaf's Frozen Adventure is an upcoming 2017 American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy featurette short film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures, directed by Kevin Deters and Stevie Wermers. The film features the voices of Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, and Josh Gad reprising their roles from the original 2013 film, Frozen. It will be released in 3D in theaters along with Disney·Pixar's Coco on November 22, 2017.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

The opening for New 'Duck Tales' revealed

DUCK TALES! Woo-ooo!
Based on the Emmy Award-winning series treasured by a generation of viewers, Disney XD's animated comedy-adventure series "DuckTales" chronicles the high-flying adventures of Duckburg's most famous trillionaire Scrooge McDuck, his mischief-making triplet grandnephews, Huey, Dewey and Louie, temperamental nephew Donald Duck and the trusted McDuck Manor team: big-hearted, fearless chauffer/pilot Launchpad McQuack, no-nonsense housekeeper Mrs. Beakley and Mrs. Beakley's granddaughter, Webby Vanderquack, resident adventurer and the triplet's newfound fierce friend.
"DuckTales" will premiere in a one-hour television movie to be presented for 24 consecutive hours, SATURDAY, AUGUST 12 (beginning at midnight, EDT/PDT) on Disney XD. Then, the series will debut with two new episodes SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 (7:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m., 10:30 p.m., EDT/PDT). Each will also be available on the Disney XD app and Disney XD VOD on these same dates.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

'Family Guy' pays tribute to Adam West on Sunday

Family Guy is honoring the Mayor on Sunday.
[Source: Yahoo!News] The animated Fox series will pay tribute to Adam West by re-airing the episode “The Dating Game” featuring the late actor in his recurring role of Mayor Adam West. “The Dating Game,” which features the Quahog mayor winning an auction for Medieval Castle, aired in March. A tribute card will run at the beginning of the episode, which will be rebroadcast at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT.

West, who died June 9 at the age of 88 after a short battle with leukemia, played the delusional mayor of Quahog in more than 100 episodes. Series creator Seth MacFarlane mourned West last weekend on Twitter, saying, “Family Guy has lost its mayor, and I have lost a friend. Adam West was a joy to work with, and the kind of guy you always wanted to be around. His positivity, good nature, and sense of fun were undeniable, and it was always a big jolt of the best kind of energy when he walked in to record the show. He knew comedy, and he knew humanity…. I am beyond fortunate to have had the privilege of working with him, and he will be profoundly missed by all of us. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all that you have given, Mr. Mayor. You’re irreplaceable.

Friday, June 16, 2017

E3 2017 Trailer for 'God of War'

G O D  of  W A R
From Santa Monica Studio and creative director Cory Barlog comes a new beginning for one of gaming’s most recognizable icons. Living as a man outside the shadow of the gods, Kratos must adapt to unfamiliar lands, unexpected threats, and a second chance at being a father. Together with his son Atreus, the pair will venture into the brutal Norse wilds and fight to fulfill a deeply personal quest.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Spider-Man 2017 E3 Trailer


SPIDER-MAN E3 TRAILER
Check out the gameplay demo of Marvel’s Spider-Man shown at the 2017 Sony PlayStation Media Showcase. Coming 2018 to PS4.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

New South Park game revealed at E3

South Park: The Fractured But Whole
In the quiet mountain town of South Park, darkness has spread across the land. A new power is rising to combat this evil. An entire squad of superheroes will rise, led by a nocturnal scavenger sworn to clean the trash can of South Park society.

The kids are playing superheroes, and Cartman is determined to turn Coon and Friends into the biggest superhero franchise of all time. However, the villainous Professor Chaos emerges with an evil plan to eliminate Coon and Friends. The heroes need to work as a team to fight the chaos and terror that that grips the town.

From the creators of South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, comes South Park™: The Fractured But Whole™, a sequel to South Park™: The Stick of Truth™, winner of 25 video game awards.

Players will once again assume the role of the New Kid. As the newest member of Coon and Friends, you must create your own superhero, build up your notoriety, and use your superpowers to save South Park. Only then will Coon and Friends take their rightful place as the greatest team of superheroes ever assembled, and get the movie deal they so richly deserve. In a city gripped by chaos, Coon and Friends rise to save the day.

A HERO’S ORIGIN REVEALED
Every hero has a beginning. Are you an alien, a high-tech wonder, or a genetically altered mutant? Create your own one-of-a-kind costume, craft your origin story, and build out your unique superpowers to become the hero this city needs.

EXPLORE SOUTH PARK AT NIGHT
Not only has South Park grown with new places to explore and new characters to discover, but when the sun sets, havoc and chaos reign as the seedy underbelly of South Park comes alive. At night, a whole new world opens up where your alter ego can harness its powers to do whatever it takes to save the town.

COON AND FRIENDS, ASSEMBLE!
Recruit up to 13 members of Coon and Friends to your cause, including Mysterion, The Human Kite, and the infamous Coon himself. Combine your special powers with the heroes from Coon and Friends to eliminate anyone that gets in your way and defeat the dark power that has spread its evil tentacles over South Park.

AN OUTRAGEOUS RPG ADVENTURE
An all-new dynamic combat system offers new opportunities to manipulate time and space on the battlefield, and a revamped looting and crafting system gives you the freedom to develop and refine your powers as you progress through the game. Find loot hidden throughout the land and follow recipes to craft your own outrageous equipment to aid you in battle.

AUTHENTIC SOUTH PARK
This highly anticipated sequel features more than twice as much content as South Park: The Stick of Truth. Created, written, voiced, and directed by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, South Park: The Fractured But Whole is authentic, interactive South Park at its finest – hilarious, outrageous, and a whole lot of fun. Everything is bigger, longer, and goes deeper than before. Come on down to South Park and have yourself a time.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Wolfenstein returns in all new shooter

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is the highly anticipated sequel to the critically acclaimed first-person shooter, Wolfenstein: The New Order developed by the award-winning studio MachineGames. Learn.

An exhilarating adventure brought to life by the industry-leading id Tech 6, Wolfenstein II sends players to Nazi-controlled America on a mission to recruit the boldest resistance leaders left. Fight the Nazis in iconic locations such as small-town Roswell, New Mexico, the flooded streets of New Orleans, and a post-nuclear Manhattan. Equip an arsenal of badass guns, and unleash new abilities to blast your way through legions of advanced Nazi soldiers, cyborgs, and über soldiers in this definitive first-person shooter.

America, 1961. Your assassination of Nazi General Deathshead was a short-lived victory. Despite the setback, the Nazis maintain their stranglehold on the world. You are BJ Blazkowicz, aka “Terror-Billy,” member of the Resistance, scourge of the Nazi empire, and humanity’s last hope for liberty. Only you have the guts, guns, and gumption to return stateside, kill every Nazi in sight, and spark the second American Revolution.

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus will release on October 27, 2017 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.