Friday, June 28, 2013




Vicki Lawrence's Beloved Character , Thelma 'Mama' Harper, Stars Alongside
Rue McClanahan, Betty White, Ken Berry, Harvey Korman and Carol Burnett in
ThisHilarious '80s-era TV Classic spun off from "The Carol Burnett Show"; it makes its COMPLETE SERIES DVD Debut in a Collector's Set Featuring All 130 Episodes from
the Original Broadcast Masters, More Than 10 Hours of Bonus Content Programming,
Including a Cast Roundtable Reunion, the 1982 CBS Movie "Eunice", an Exclusive,
New Interview with Vicki and Carol Burnett 


Mama's Family Complete Series Preview
Mama's Family Complete Series Preview

FAIRFAX, VA -- From the first time the wildly-popular sketch "The Family" aired on "The Carol Burnett Show" in 1974, Vicki Lawrence has been followed by a buxom, blue-haired, purse-lipped, 65-year-old widow. This is, of course, Thelma Mae Crowley Harper, Lawrence's indelible, abrasive and smart alecky alter ego who would eventually be spun-off into her own delightfully offbeat sitcom "Mama's Family," which debuted on NBC on January 22, 1983 and ran for six seasons. This July, StarVista Entertainment/Time Life, in conjunction with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, invites all classic TV aficionados and sitcom lovers to spend some quality time with one of television's original dysfunctional families with MAMA'S FAMILY: THE COMPLETE SERIES. Marking the first time the entire run of this fan-favorite series will be released to DVD, the set will initially be offered exclusively online, available for pre-order for $199.95 at

Set in the fictional city of Raytown, MAMA'S FAMILY revolves around the eye-opening escapades of the Harper clan, headed by formidable matriarch, Mama Harper, a fiery-tempered no-nonsense woman who does not suffer fools gladly.  In fact, she makes everybody suffer a little with her patented snappy retorts that truly put the "diss" in dysfunction.  Across 130 thirty-minute episodes spanning six seasons, viewers are treated to hilarious - and sometimes heart-warming -- family comedy of the highest degree.  Adding to the unforgettable mix are Mama's journalist sister, Fran (Rue McClanahan, The Golden Girls), who lives with her; her youngest son, Vint (Ken Berry, F-Troop), who moves in with his two teenagers after he is evicted; and Naomi (Dorothy Lyman, All My Children), who marries Vint by Episode 4.  Mama's extended family includes her two daughters, highfalutin' Ellen (Betty White) and high-strung Eunice (Carol Burnett), as well as Eunice's husband, Ed (Harvey Korman).

MAMA'S FAMILY: THE COMPLETE SERIES will arrive in a handsome collector's set featuring all 130 episodes on 24 DVDs.  The first two seasons feature the rare, original broadcast masters (the "Joe Hamilton" cuts) of the episodes which fans have clamored about for years; they also feature Harvey Korman's hilarious introductions as Alistair Quince (spoofing Alistair Cooke).  The set also contains over ten hours of specially-created programming including: a cast reunion roundtable with Vicki Lawrence (Mama), Ken Berry (Vint), Dorothy Lyman (Naomi), Beverly Archer (Iola), and Allan Kayser (Bubba), all-new cast and crew interviews, including the aforementioned cast, Betty White, executive producer Rick Hawkins, costumers Ret Turner and Bob Mackie and others, a very special one-on-one interview with Vicki "interviewing" Mama through the magic of split-screen; an exclusive new Carol Burnett and Vicki Lawrence interview, the 1982 CBS-TV movie "Eunice",  which takes the Harper Family on a 23-year journey; an introductory note penned by Lawrence, key "Family" sketches from THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW and much more.

 "I couldn't be more excited that 'Mama's Family' is being released to DVD by StarVista/Time Life," said Vicki Lawrence. "They did such a wonderful job in bringing 'The Carol Burnett Show' to a new generation with their recent collector's editions, and now, consumers will finally be able to bring Mama and her relations into their very own homes!"

"Well, it's about damn time," said Mama.  "I thought I was gonna have to wait'll the Great Beyond to see this day".

Following StarVista Entertainment/Time Life's triumphant release of THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW (which, to date, has sold over 4 million DVDs), MAMA'S FAMILY is certain to thrill fans who've been eagerly awaiting its complete, unadulterated DVD release for years.  And, if you've never visited Raytown, you'll be glad you did in this spinoff sitcom that launched 1000 quips.

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Online pre-order begins: July 26, 2013
Price: $199.95

Online Exclusive Collection includes:

  • 130 episodes across 24 DVDs in a collector's set featuring eye-catching artwork and an introductory note from Vicki Lawrence
  • Collectible Mama's Family Album featuring character bios, a Mama's Family Tree, and interviews and anecdotes from cast members
  • Ten hours of specially-created bonus material including interviews, featurettes and more, including: a cast reunion roundtable with Vicki Lawrence (Mama), Ken Berry (Vint), Dorothy Lyman (Naomi), Beverly Archer (Iola), and Allan Kayser (Bubba); All-new cast interviews, including the aforementioned cast members as well as Betty White; A special interview featuring Vicki "interviewing" Mama through the magic of split-screen technology; An exclusive, new interview featuring TV comedy legends Vicki Lawrence and Carol Burnett; Crew interviews with executive producer Rick Hawkins, costumers Ret Turner and Bob Mackie and show writers Jim Evering and Manny Basanese; The 1982 CBS-TV original movie "Eunice" - the precursor to the MAMA'S FAMILY series -- which takes the Harpers on a 23-year journey; Key "Family" sketches from THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW
Extravaganzas at 2013 San Diego Comic-Con 

Adventure Time Booth to Feature Replica of the Ice King’s Castle
  Regular Show Regular Zone Experience at New Children’s Museum of San Diego
Back-to-Back Adventure Time and Regular Show Panels at Hilton Bayfront on Friday, July 19
At this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, Cartoon Network will once again offer the ultimate fan experience both on and off the convention floor. Taking center stage is an Adventure Time themed booth on the convention floor showcasing the Ice King’s iconic castle with an exclusive fan-centric photo opportunity. Fans again have the opportunity to collect exclusive Comic-Con giveaways including five different Adventure Time buttons.
Directly across the street from the Convention Center, Cartoon Network has joined forces for a second year with the New Children’s Museum of San Diego to offer families and kids-of-all ages a unique immersive experience. Taking its inspiration from the Emmy® award-winning series Regular Show, Cartoon Network will transform The New Children’s Museum into the Regular Show Regular Zone – a sensory feast complete with nostalgic 80’s arcade games, Regular Show inspired video games, and groovy neon lighting. Topping the museum with ginormous inflatables of series stars Mordecai and Rigby, Comic-Con goers won’t be able to miss the Regular Show Regular Zone at The New Children’s Museum which is open and free of charge throughout San Diego Comic-Con 2013.
For the first time ever, Cartoon Network will host back-to-back panels of fan favorite series Adventure Time and Regular Show at the Hilton Bayfront on Friday, June 19. Series creators and stars will participate in interactive panels, where fans can ask their burning questions and get all the behind-the-scenes secrets on their favorite shows!  Other Cartoon Network events will include panels and signings for Annoying Orange, Ben 10:Omniverse, MAD, Batman Beyond and Teen Titans Go!  as well as a sneak peak of three brand new original animated comedies: Uncle Grandpa, Steven Universe and Clarence.
Below is a list of Cartoon Network series panels, fan events and signings at 2013 Comic-Con International in San Diego, Calif., Thursday, July 18 - Sunday, July 21, 2013.  Panel times and room locations will be announced in the coming weeks.

Thursday, July 18

Get a glimpse behind the MADness with MAD television producers Kevin Shinick and Mark Marek.

Annoying Orange
Join the cast and crew of Annoying Orange for a slam-packed, manic musical mash-up, featuring: an exclusive look into the show's unique production process, an epic new episode premiere, a live musical number, a Toby Turner dance, and insight into the emerging creative bridge between Internet and traditional television entertainment. The Annoying Orange panel that includes Dane Boedigheimer (creator, Orange, Pear, Midget Apple, Marshmallow), Toby Turner (Nerville), iJustine (Passion Fruit), Tom Kenny (Coconut, Guava), Rob Paulsen (Broccoli Alien Overlord), Tom Sheppard (co-creator, director, Li'l Squishy, Old Man Banana), Gary Binkow (EP) and Conrad Montgomery (Cartoon Network Executive). 

Friday, July 19

Cartoon Network presents a back-to-back Regular Show and Adventure Time Panel Extravaganza!!!

Regular Show
Care to join the not so regular cast and crew for an eventful hour of OVER THE TOP regular?  Yeeeeeeeeuh you do!!  Cartoon Network brings the magic makers of its Emmy Award®-winning original comedy series Regular Show to San Diego Comic-Con 2013! Check out exclusive content and get the inside scoop on your favorite slackers, and some of their closest friends. The panel features: Regular Show creator, JG Quintel (voice of Mordecai), William Salyers (voice of Rigby), Sam Marin (voice of Benson, Pops, and Muscle Man), Sean Szeles (Supervising Director), Toby Jones (Storyboard Artist) and Calvin Wong (Storyboard Artist). 

Adventure Time
What’s ALGEBRAIC and SCHMOWZOW and RIGHTEOUS all over? It’s Adventure Time!  Holy Stuff! Cartoon Network is bringing its hit original comedy series Adventure Time to San Diego Comic-Con 2013! As if chatting up the coolest kids in the cartoon kingdom wasn’t enough; get ready for your eyeballs to be fixed on some never-before-seen content, and your jaw to drop at a rad surprise…or two.  So come on, grab your friends! Let’s get this party started!  The panel features: Adventure Time creator Pendleton Ward (Lumpy Space Princess), Jeremy Shada (Finn), John DiMaggio (Jake), Tom Kenny (Ice King), Olivia Olson (Marceline), Kent Osborne (Head of Story) and Adam Muto (Supervising Producer). 

Saturday, July 20

Be the first to see an exclusive sneak peek of Cartoon Network Studio’s all new line up of chuckle-inducing comedies!   The panel will feature Uncle Grandpa creator Pete Browngardt, creative director Audie Harrison, and Adam Devine (Workaholics) as the voice of Pizza Steve; Steven Universe creator Rebecca Sugar and creative director Ian Jones-Quartey; and Clarence creator Skyler Page.  All your questions are sure to be answered and your anticipation is sure to be electrified!                 

Sunday, July 21

Beware the Batman
The Dark Knight makes his return to television in this new action-packed CG animated series. Producers Glen Murakami and Mitch Watson will give fans a peek behind the cape.

Teen Titans Go!
Producer Aaron Horvath joins members of the voice cast, including Greg Cipes and Scott Menville, for this screening and Q&A. Go!

Ben 10: Omniverse
It's Hero Time! Set your Omnitrix for "AWESOME" with the Ben 10 Omniverse Panel, highlighting the Cartoon Network hero of a million alien faces!  Join voice talent Yuri Lowenthal (Ben 10), Bumper Robinson (Rook), Paul Eiding (Grandpa Max), and Eric Bauza (Dr. Psychobos), as well as the guys who help make it all happen, Matt Youngberg (Supervising Producer), and Derrick Wyatt (Art Director), as they talk about the show, premiere an unseen episode, and much more! 

Cartoon Network ( is consistently the #1 U.S. television network among boys 6-11. Currently seen in 99 million U.S. homes and 194 countries around the world, Cartoon Network is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s ad-supported cable service now available in HD offering the best in original, acquired and classic entertainment for kids and families. In addition to Emmy-winning original programming and industry-leading digital apps and online games, Cartoon Network embraces key social issues affecting families with solution-oriented initiatives such as Stop Bullying: Speak Up and the Move It Movement.
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

Legendary Visual Kei Band Rocks A 2 Hour Live Concert Film Originally Staged Following Japan’s Tohoku Earthquake; Special Opportunity To Be On The Guest List Available For A Limited Time Only!!!

Los Angeles, CA, June 28, 2013 Live Viewing Japan, a distribution company focused on bringing Japanese entertainment media to an international audience, sends out a unique invitation to J-Rock/Visual Kei fans across Southern California as it presents a very special opportunity to be on the guest list for the Los Angeles theatrical premiere of LUNA SEA For JAPAN A Promise to The Brave 2012 in Sendai LIVE VIEWING in LA!!!

LUNA SEA For JAPAN A Promise to The Brave 2012 in Sendai LIVE VIEWING in LA – plays for one-night-only – at the Regal Cinema L.A. LIVE, in Los Angeles, CA, on Friday, July 5th at 7:00pm.

The Regal Cinema L.A. LIVE is located at 1000 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015.

A very limited number of complementary passes are available. Fans can email:; submit your name and the outlet where you saw this news in a message titled “LUNA SEA” and your name will be placed on the guest list at the theatre box office for the exclusive premiere!

Live Viewing Japan also invites 2013 Anime Expo attendees at the nearby Los Angeles Convention Center to catch the LUNA SEA J-rock concert film with this special offer. Regal Cinema L.A. LIVE is a short walk from the L.A. Convention Center grounds, located adjacent to the Nokia Theatre and Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles.

LUNA SEA is a legendary J-rock band that formed in 1989 and the group is considered one of the most successful and influential of the Visual Kei movement. Faced with the overwhelming disaster immediately following the massive Tohoku Earthquake on 3/11/2011, the iconic J-rock band LUNA SEA released a brand new song, “PROMISE.” The band also staged a massive charity concert at the Saitama Super Area – “LUNA SEA for JAPAN A Promise to The Brave 2012 In Sendai” – to provide relief and raise funds for the Japanese Red Cross. The 2-hour concert film captures the emotion and power of that show.

LUNA SEA is the most successful and influential of the Visual Kei movement that swept Japan throughout the 90s. Founded by bassist J and rhythm guitarist INORAN while still in high school, the band was originally called Lunacy. In 1989 they recruited vocalist RYUICHI, lead guitarist SUGIZO, and drummer Shinya, a line-up that has remained constant ever since. Their storied career and alt rock sound continues to inspire many of the latest Japanese bands. LUNA SEA enjoyed massive popularity in Japan throughout the 90s and performed on tours across Asia, Europe, and also played at the historic Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, CA. The group disbanded in 2000, and its members pursued various solo careers, before reforming in 2010 for a series of special tours and concerts. LUNA SEA is expected to release a new record, their first in 13 years, later this year. More information on LUNA SEA is available at the band’s official web site (Japan) at:

About Live Viewing Japan:
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Adult Swim Announces Annual San Diego Comic-Con Invasion

New Adult Swim Funhouse Will Dazzle and Delight
Series Panels For Fan Favorite Shows and 2014 Animated Series
Soundproof Booth Will Provide Fans a Sweet Escape

This year at San Diego Comic-Con, Adult Swim will be bringing even more entertainment, celebrities and one-of-a-kind fan experiences to their adoring fans. Adult Swim programming panels run from Thursday to Saturday, featuring creators, producers and actors from fan favorites The Venture Bros., Childrens Hospital, NTSF:SD:SUV::, Robot Chicken, Aqua TV Show Show, Squidbillies, The Eric Andre Show, The Heart, She Holler, China, IL, and sneak peeks of several new and upcoming series such as Rick and Morty, Hot Package, King Star King, and Mr. Pickles.  Adult Swim stars on hand will include Rob Corddry, Paul Scheer, Jackson Publick, Doc Hammer, Seth Green, Patton Oswalt, Amy Sedaris, Eric Andre, Hannibal Buress, and many more.  Fans can also stop by the Adult Swim booth #3721 to enjoy free mini massages and a place to escape from the hectic pace of the convention floor.
Also not to be missed, the Adult Swim Funhouse will be making its official grand opening at San Diego Comic-Con, to the delight and confusion of attendees.  The magic castle will be erected across from the convention center, in the Petco Park parking lot just over the footbridge.  Fans will have a chance to enter the world of Adult Swim and get lost within the 10+ rooms. The multiple paths and room challenges will force guests to crawl, dance, and sing their way to get to the end. Those fans who survive and emerge from the Adult Swim Funhouse will receive free custom live screen printed t-shirts. Free for fans, tickets will be distributed at the Funhouse each day starting at 4:00 p.m. and will be open Thursday, July 18 – Saturday, July 20 from 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. each night.
Below is a schedule of series panels 2013 Comic-Con International in San Diego, Calif., Thursday, July 18 - Saturday, July 20, 2013.  Panel times and room locations will be announced in the coming weeks.

Thursday, July 18

The Heart, She Holler
The creators and stars of Adult Swim’s epic TV event, The Heart, She Holler, will explain it all at this panel.  Executive producers John Lee (Xavier: Renegade Angel, Wonder Showzen), and Alyson Levy (Xavier: Renegade Angel, Wonder Showzen) will be joined by cast members Patton Oswalt (United States of Tara, Ratatouille), Amy Sedaris (Strangers with Candy) and Heather Lawless (The Campaign). The panel will be moderated by Kristen Schaal (Bob’s Burgers, 30 Rock).

Friday, July 19

The Venture Bros.
Show creators Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer will discuss the original series, now in its fifth season, and answer fan questions.  They will be joined by the voice of Brock Samson, Patrick Warburton (Seinfeld, The Tick).

Childrens Hospital
Come watch a sneak peek of Childrens Hospital season 5 and hear from the show’s creative team, led by creator and star Rob Corddry (Hot Tub Time Machine, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart), executive producer Jonathan Stern (Burning Love, Newsreaders) and executive producer David Wain (The State, Wanderlust). They will be joined by members of the show’s ensemble cast of comedic heavyweights, including Lake Bell (How to Make It in America), Erinn Hayes (Parenthood), Ken Marino (Party Down, The State) and Rob Huebel (Human Giant, The Descendants).

NTSF:SD:SUV:: (National Terrorist Strike Force: San Diego: Sport Utility Vehicle::)
Come watch a sneak peek of NTSF:SD:SUV:: season 3 and hear from the show’s creative team led by creator and star Paul Scheer (The League), executive producer Jonathan Stern (Childrens Hospital, Newsreaders) and consulting producer Curtis Gwinn (Fat Guy Stuck in Internet).  They will be joined by members of their ensemble cast including Karen Gillan (Dr. Who), Brandon Johnson (Funny or Die), June Diane Raphael (Burning Love, Ass Backwards) and Martin Starr (Party Down, Freaks and Geeks).

The Eric Andre Show and Hot Package
Adult Swim’s late night hosts will share the stage for a season preview and fan questions.  Eric Andre (Don’t Trust the B—in Apartment 23), host of the returning late night talk show The Eric Andre Show, and his sidekick Hannibal Buress (30 Rock, SNL) will be joined by Derrick Beckles (TV Carnage), host of the new live-action fictional Canadian entertainment news program Hot Package.

Robot Chicken
Co-creators/executive producers Seth Green and Matthew Senreich are joined by head writers/co-executive producers Douglas Goldstein and Tom Root, actor/writer Breckin Meyer, writer/director Zeb Wells, and DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns, to discuss the Emmy-winning series. Come watch a sneak peek and get your questions answered about the upcoming new season and the next Robot Chicken DC Comics Special. Keith Crofford, vice president of production for Adult Swim, will moderate the panel.

China, IL
Creator and executive producer Brad Neely and executive producer Daniel Weidenfeld discuss the second season of the animated series China, IL, which will air this fall.  They will be joined by cast member Hannibal Buress (30 Rock, SNL). The panel will be moderated by Jonah Ray (The Meltdown, The Nerdist).

Saturday, July 20

Rick and Morty
Premiering this winter, Rick and Morty is a show about a sociopathic scientist who drags his unintelligent grandson on insanely dangerous adventures across the universe. Executive producers Dan Harmon (Community, Channel 101) and Justin Roiland (Channel 101) will preview the new animated series, and will be joined by writer Ryan Ridley and cast members Spencer Grammer (Greek) and voice actress Kari Wahlgren. The panel will be moderated by Rob Schrab (The Mindy Project, SCUD).

[adult swim] Presents
Dave Willis (Squidbillies, Aqua TV Show Show) and Ned Hastings (Squidbillies, Aqua TV Show Show) will discuss the return of long-running animated series Aqua TV Show Show and Squidbillies. Christy Karacas (Robotomy) will preview season 4 of Superjail! and JJ Villard (Monsters Vs. Aliens) and Tommy Blacha (Metalocalypse) will discuss the upcoming new series King Star King.  Also fans will get an exclusive look at new Adult Swim series Mr. Pickles from creators Will Carsola and Dave Stewart (Funny Or Die Presents Nick Swardson's Pretend Time).

Adult Swim (, launched in 2001, is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s network offering original and acquired animated and live-action series for young adults.  Airing nightly from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. (ET/PT), Adult Swim is basic cable’s #1 network with persons 18-34 and 18-49, and is seen in 99 million U.S. homes.
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.
Michôd’s follow-up to critically acclaimed Animal Kingdom stars Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson.
New York, NY (June 27, 2013) – A24 today announced the acquisition of David Michôd’s latest film THE ROVER for theatrical release in the U.S. The slow-burn thriller stars Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson and is set in the Australian desert in a dangerous and damaged near future. The film was written by Michôd and based on a story conceived by Michôd and Joel Edgerton.  THE ROVER was produced by Liz Watts for Porchlight Film and David Linde under his Lava Bear Films banner, along with Michôd.  The film also co-stars Scoot McNairy, David Field, Anthony Hayes, Gillian Jones and Susan Prior.  Celebrated Argentinean filmmaker Natsha Braier acted as Director of Photography and Michôd also teamed up again with Animal Kingdom Production Designer, Jo Ford.
THE ROVER is set in a world ten years following the collapse of the western economic system, where Australia’s mineral resources have drawn the desperados and dangerous to its shores. With society in decline, the rule of law has disintegrated and life is cheap.  The film follows hardened loner Eric (Pearce), who travels the desolate towns and roads of the Australian outback. When a gang of thieves steals his car they leave behind the wounded Rey (Pattinson) in their wake. Forcing Rey to help track the gang, Eric will go to any lengths to take back the one thing that matters to him.
A24 says: “David Michôis a visionary filmmaker and we are thrilled to work with him to bring THE ROVER to US audiences.  The movie will undoubtedly confirm his singular voice and distinctive gift for creating arresting visuals and indelible characters.”  
Soon after confirming the U.S. deal producers Liz Watts and David Linde commented that ”A24 is a perfect fit for THE ROVER  - a young, innovative and exciting company at the cutting edge of the independent sector in the US, they have contributed to an already exciting array of global distribution partners, and we are pleased to be partnering with them on the future release of the film.”
A24 negotiated the deal with UTA Independent Film Group on behalf of the filmmakers and FilmNation Entertainment. UTA also represents Michôd. Prior to selling the U.S. rights to A24, FilmNation Entertainment licensed the film to a majority of territories worldwide based on selectively showing a two-minute reel of footage from the film.
The film was shot this spring on location in the deserts of South Australia, and is currently in post-production in Sydney. Village Roadshow will release the film in Australia and New Zealand. THE ROVER’S investment partners include Screen Australia, the South Australian Film Corporation and Screen NSW, and financial partners Fulcrum Media and the Union Bank.

Launched in the summer of 2012, A24 is a New York-based media company focused on the distribution, financing and production of feature films. They currently have one of the most successful independent releases of the summer with Sofia Coppola's highly buzzed about THE BLING RING. James Ponsoldt's Sundance darling, THE SPECTACULAR NOW will be released on August 2. The company previously released Harmony Korine's incredibly successful SPRING BREAKERS starring Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, Rachel Korine, and James Franco.   Other titles include Roman Coppola's star-studded comedy A GLIMPSE INSIDE THE MIND OF CHARLES SWAN III and Sally Potter's critically acclaimed GINGER & ROSA starring Elle Fanning.   
Principal producers Liz Watts and Vincent Sheehan established production company Porchlight Films with co-director Anita Sheehan in 1997. Their titles include both feature films and television working with the very best of Australian and international talent including David Michôd's Animal Kingdom, Cate Shortland’s Lore, Tony Krawitz’ Dead Europe, The Hunter starring Willem Dafoe, Little Fish starring Cate Blanchett, The Home Song Stories starring Joan Chen, and the critically acclaimed features, Mullet and Walking on Water.

Lava Bear Films was founded in 2011 as a film production and financing company developing projects specifically designed for the global marketplace.  Leveraging CEO David Linde’s industry experience, success at building filmed entertainment related businesses and harnessing both traditional means of distribution as well as new technologies, platforms and markets, the company offers tremendous opportunities to creative partners worldwide.  Reliance Entertainment is a major equity partner in the venture.  Lava Bear has a production and distribution agreement with Universal Pictures along with a network of direct distribution partnerships in several key territories around the globe with leading distribution companies overseas. Lava Bear’s upcoming slate include films being produced in partnership with Doug Davison, Guillermo del Toro, Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps, Baltasar Kormakur and David S. Goyer, among others.

Founded in 2008 by veteran international film executive Glen Basner, FilmNation Entertainment is a new kind of film company – global, versatile and full-service; and is a go-to destination for many of the world’s most renowned filmmakers (including Steven Soderbergh, Terrence Malick, Pedro Almodóvar, Jeff Nichols and Sofia Coppola).  FilmNation can board a project in a myriad of ways (as a producer, financier, sales agent, international distributor or marketer) and at any stage in a film’s lifespan including development. FilmNation titles have grossed over $1 billion at the worldwide box office and the future looks to be even more successful with the company’s diversified global sales slate and the company’s own productions led by production vet Aaron Ryder. FilmNation has also forged a number of strategic relationships with some of the most prolific, respected producers and financiers operating in the film.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

First issue of new Image Comics series by Rucka and Lark gets second printing
The first issue of LAZARUS, the new dystopian Image Comics series by Greg Rucka and Michael Lark, has sold out the day of its release. Called “absolutely riveting, complex and stunning” by Comic Book Resources, LAZARUS #1 is immediately going back to press. The second printing will be in stores on July 24, the same day as LAZARUS #2.

The story of Forever, an apparently-immortal young woman, who was created as a lethal bodyguard and enforcer for the powerful Carlyle family, LAZARUS is set in a society that is at once highly futuristic and regressively feudal. Concentrated wealth and technological knowledge has put a few families in control of the lives who those who work for them, and Forever’s job is to maintain her family’s hold on power.

As writer Rucka recounted in interviews at the New York Post and Beyond Chron, Forever’s story and society was influenced by the Occupy Movement’s concern about economic inequality. While gratified at the new series’ success, Rucka is hesitant to ascribe political motivations behind the success of LAZARUS, though he does feel the comic speaks to people’s present experiences.

“I'm not sure I'd claim that we've hit a particular chord or social note, but I do think Michael and I are talking about — at least as backdrop — a scenario driven by some very real-world concerns,” said Rucka. “Not that we're all headed to a genetically engineered future, or that the economic situation will become as dire and dark as we've painted it; but the fact is, we're living in a very unstable world, and economic instability is part of that, despite recent gains. I have friends who are worried about where their next meal is coming from, whether or not they'll be able to fill their gas tank, never mind their concerns for their future and the future of their children. That's our reality right now, and it doesn't take much imagination to extrapolate that to its worst.”

LAZARUS has received soaring reviews upon its debut:

“Mysterious, sleek, and hard-hitting; this is a first-rate page-turner from two of the finest creators working today.”

“Masked in science fiction, but inspired by the devastatingly increasing amount of lack in the world, Rucka and Lark have begun an important story. With haunting images and a compelling narrative — I am certain that Lazarus will take its place among the ranks of the comic elite and lay waste to the rest.”

“It’s difficult to make dystopian science fiction stories fresh these days, but “Lazarus” pulls it off beautifully, showing more depth in its first issue than many stories in the genre do by the time they’re done.”

Lazarus #1 embodies everything I want in a comic book: dystopian near-future, hard sci-fi, badass female protagonist, contemporary social and political themes, blistering action, a touch of pathos, art that makes me feel like I can smell the cordite and taste the dirt. All this is to say, right out of the gate, the book is basically perfect.”

The second printing of LAZARUS #1 is available for pre-order now (MAY138228).
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Asylum Press Transforms Zombie Terrors Into An Animated Comic Series available for Free on the iPad

June 27, 2013 – Los Angeles, CA – Asylum Press and Visionborne have joined forces to produce a slate of animated comics based on popular Asylum Press titles for the Apple iPad and other mobile devices. After the successful launch of fan-favorite Fearless Dawn #1, Zombie Terrors is the next in the lineup to be released exclusively through the Visionborne app that uses Airmid technology, a process that converts static 2D art into a vibrant 3D animated format that can be read and "experienced" using a reader app on iOS and Android.

Zombie Terrors #1 will be free on the iPad with subsequent issues available at .99.

All Airmid enhanced productions retain their original artistic essence in a way that's totally unobtrusive to the author's unique form of expression. Unlike other industry approaches, it does not force an artist to learn to use a complex new software suite to create animated content.

Zombie Terrors #1 is available the iTunes store now. It features a gory collection of zombie tales created by an international cast of artistic talent. Frank Forte delivers Beheaded, a tale of a crazed hillbilly who takes trophies off of his zombie victims. In Feast, a gourmet chef is taken hostage by a greedy mob boss. In Hate, a recently turned zombie that still has some semblance of his humanity must confront what he's become. And finally, to add a little more spice to this gruesome brew, we're throwing in some awesome pin-ups by horror master David Hartman.

“We’re very excited about the possibility of reaching so many new readers all over the world with these animated comic books,” says Asylum Press President Frank Forte. “Tablet computer ownership is exploding and we want to provide dynamic, top-quality content for comic book lovers. Visionborne’s amazing technology lets our readers experience comics in a cool new way that wasn’t possible before.”

“Asylum Press gives us a great opportunity to clearly showcase our know-how and to create a unique experience in the world of comics,” Francesco Scrufari, President of Visionborne, commented.

The Zombie Terrors #1 teaser trailer is on YouTube at the following link:

Zombie Terrors #1 will be free and can be downloaded from the iTunes store here:

Asylum Press is a Los Angeles-based comic book and graphic novel publisher. The company publishes high-concept books from the industry’s top talent within the horror, fantasy, and action adventure genres via a bold new business model that focuses on digital publishing and new distribution outlets in both the American and international markets. Its flagship titles include Fearless Dawn, The Bomb, Chopper, Black Powder, Warlash, and the popular horror anthologies Zombie Terrors, EEEK!, Asylum of Horrors, and Satan’s 3-Ring Circus of Hell. For more information, visit

Visionborne is a visual effects and 3D animation company headquartered in Los Angeles. By carefully combining technology, creativity and tradition, Visionborne strives to present new and innovative means to enjoy creative content, and to generate cinema-grade 3D animation at a fraction of the common costs. The company created Airmid, a ground-breaking platform devised to enhance static media content with finely adapted audiovisual details, in a format suitable for iOS and Android devices.

The heat can drive anyone insane, including Pygmies!

New issue of Pocket God Digital Comic available at the App Store

(San Francisco, CA- June 27th 2013) Ape Entertainment and Bolt Creative announced today that the latest issue of Pocket God #23 “The Pygmies Strike Back, Part 3 of 5”is now available on the App Store  for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. You can check it out at to get it today!
Sneak peek at the story :
Ooga’s group is lost in the Desert!  Running out of food and water is bad enough, but will it drive them over the edge of sanity?
Klik’s group, however, appears to have been saved by their mysterious last-page-arrival from last issue.  But nothing’s that easy in the Pocket God world, right?
You can bet there are more troubles and hard times to come for both groups.
But at least Klik’s group finds out just a bit more about how the Pocket God world works.  Now what do they DO with that knowledge?
And you KNOW how we love a bit last-page-reveal, so don’t peek ahead this time!  It’s a doozy!
The Pocket God Comic App is updated frequently with all kinds of FREE extras such as The Pygmy Peril newsletter (which includes free Little Green Men comic short stories), and an EXCLUSIVE re-mastered version of the first Pocket God animated short!

And don’t forget that PYGMY PERIL #29 is available right NOW!  And if you have already downloaded the App itself, then every issue of PYGMY PERIL is absolutely FREE!  This issue of the ‘Peril is packed to the gills with the usual whacked-out Fan-Art, freaked-out Fan-Mail, and also the ‘Dangerous Dialog’ contest!
And of course it closes out with those minuscule minions of madness, the LITTLE GREEN MEN!
[Pocket God © 2013 BOLT Creative Inc. Pocket God, Pygmy Peril, and all related characters are © BOLT Creative Inc.    Little Green Men and related characters are © 2013 APE Entertainment LLC.]

About Bolt Creative
Bolt Creative is a San Francisco-based developer and publisher of original games, including the hit iOS phenomenon Pocket God, ranked by Apple as the #9 Top Paid App of All Time. Since its 2009 launch, Pocket God has mushroomed into a full franchise with the original game hitting multiple online and mobile platforms, Pocket God: Journey to Uranus bringing players and pygmies into outer space, and Pocket God: The Runs hitting iOS in the spring of 2012. The digital Pocket God Comics series has become one of the most successful digital comic series available and continuously outperforms megabrands. Fans can also purchase Pocket God merchandise such as figurines, apparel, and plush. Bolt Creative's goal is to develop games that crack them up and entertain players for countless hours. For more information, please

About Ape Entertainment
Founded in 2003, Ape Entertainment is the brainchild of lifelong comic book devotees David Hedgecock, and Brent E. Erwin.  Ape Entertainment is the comic book home to innovative new titles as LITTLE GREEN MEN, SCOUTS, and HERO OF ALEXANDRIA.  Ape is also the North American publisher for licensed properties SHREK, THE PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR, KUNG FU PANDA, RICHIE RICH, CASPER, STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE, and CUT THE ROPE.
Visit Ape Entertainment online at

About iVerse Media, LLC
iVerse Media( a digital content distributor focused on the world of comics and popular culture. Founded in 2008, the company was one of the first to launch digital comics on Apple’s iOS platform. As of Oct 2011 over 5 Million products in the iOS App Store have been downloaded that are powered by iVerse, making the “iVerse Engine” one of the most popular and widely used platforms for reading digital comics in the world. The company is principally located in Waco, TX. For more information on iVerse Media, please visit:



VIZ Media Returns To Nations Largest Anime Convention With An Array of New Anime And Manga Announcements, Special
Guests And Exclusive Premieres, Panel Discussions, Giveaways And Much More!

San Francisco, CA, June 26, 2013 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, prepares a substantial presence for the 2013 Anime Expo as it announces a robust schedule of events, guest appearances, panel discussions, autograph sessions, anime screenings, and special promotional giveaways.

The 2013 Anime Expo is North America’s largest anime convention and will be held July 4th–7th at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles. More details are available at: VIZ Media will be located on the main convention floor in Booth 1501.

Celebrate North America’s hottest new anime series – “K” – as VIZ Media makes Friday, July 5th “K Day!” Festivities start at 11AM in Room LP1 with the special English world premiere of the series, followed by a Behind the Scenes Q&A hosted by staff and English voice cast, including Patrick Seitz (voice of Reisi Munakata), Stephanie Sheh (voice of Neko), Matt Mercer (voice of Kuroh Yatogami and Keith Silverstein (voice of Mikoto Suoh). The voice cast will also appear at a special autograph session at 2:30PM in the Anime Expo Autograph Area, followed by a photo op at the VIZ Media both at 3:30PM. Finally, cap the day with a photo op at the VIZ Media booth at 5PM with renowned Japanese cosplayer and Anime Expo Industry Guest KANAME (appearing courtesy of King Records) as he portrays his latest creation, “K” character Saruhiko Fushimi. Fans that purchase a specially selected “K” item from the Kinokuniya Booth (1401) will receive an exclusive ticket for a one-on-one photo with KANAME.

For those who can’t attend K Day, the celebration continues throughout the show. Fans of “K” are invited to participate in the Neko Hunt. Find the official “K” anime Neko cosplayer around the Anime Expo grounds and receive a cool Neko bell! Fans can also stop by the VIZ Media booth to play a special “K” themed version of the King's Game. On Saturday July 5th at 3:30, cosplayer KANAME takes a turn as King! Please check the daily VIZ Media booth schedule for full details.

Fans are also invited to relax with a visit to the Anime Expo Manga Lounge (Room 503), sponsored by VIZ Media! Check out your favorite new manga series in-print, or digitally on an iPad! The digital manga offerings also continue across the VIZ Media booth where fans can also try the digital manga experience close-up on the iPad® – delivering the ability to easily carry your entire manga library on the go! 

Over 130 series and 1,500 volumes are now available from the VIZ Manga App and, as well as the exclusive WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP digital manga magazine, which features the latest manga chapters for multiple series released simultaneously with Japan! Fans that purchase an annual subscription to WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP ($19.99 AX show special) also receive a choice of either an exclusive YU-GI-OH! trading card and the 2013 Shonen Jump Yearbook OR an exclusive glow-in-the dark WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP button set! Other booth promotional giveaways will include VIZ Media manga samplers, posters, buttons and more! 

Anime fans are invited to sample Neon Alley, VIZ Media’s innovative new 24/7 uncut anime channel.  Complete a Neon Alley survey and receive a free 30-day trial to the channel! Also join Neon Alley and test your gaming skills to win a prize – the higher the score, the more awesome the prize! “K” is among the exciting anime series featured on Neon Alley.

Visitors to the VIZ Media booth (#1501) may have their show badges scanned to sign up for newsletters on the latest manga and anime releases and also receive an exclusive TIGER & BUNNY collectible card pack, BLUE EXORCIST poster, and a WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP button! A variety of fun and exclusive giveaways will also be available for free at the booth, including manga samplers, buttons, bookmarks, and more!

VIZ Media Anime Expo Panels & Other Special Events Include:

Thursday July 4th

1:15 – 2:15PM    Shonen Jump: Creating the World’s Most Popular Manga
                             (Room LP2) – Special Announcements at Panel!
Ever wonder what goes into creating the world's most popular manga? We break down the entire process from where it begins in Japan to how it gets digitally released as WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP in North America. Panel will feature former Japanese Weekly Shonen Jump Editor-in-Chief Hisashi Sasaki and current American WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP Editor-in-Chief Andy Nakatani. The panel will be moderated by WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP Editor Urian Brown. 

6:30 – 7:30PM    Inside the Anime Industry – Why We Do What We Do
(Room LP3)
Join this very special roundtable of industry influencers in a discussion about passion and why we work in the anime and manga business. Seasoned anime and manga industry veterans from Funimation, Dark Horse, The Right Stuf International/ Nozomi Entertainment, Anime News Network, Dark Horse, Aniplex, VIZ Media and more will discuss their personal love of their medium and creating entertainment experiences to remember. Panel will be moderated by Charlene Ingram, Senior Manager of Animation Marketing, VIZ Media.

Friday July 5th – K Day

11:15 – 12:15pm         K English World Premiere (Room LP1)
Join the English production staff and voice cast for the hit action anime series "K" in the world premiere of the first two episodes (dubbed)

12:15 – 1:15pm K – Behind the Scenes Q&A (Room LP1) 
Following the premiere of Episodes 1 and 2 of “K,” the staff and cast will host a Q&A panel about the show's production. Meet the U.S. production staff and voice cast along with other surprise guests as they talk about bringing "K" to North America! Stay through the end to receive an exclusive commemorative item! 

2:30 – 3:30pm    K English Voice Cast Autograph Session
(AX Autograph Area)

3:45 – 4pm         K English Voice Actors Photo Op (VIZ Media Booth)
Join the English “K” voice cast for a special autograph session and meet-and-greet with fans! K autograph posters will be provided. 

3:45pm                K Cosplay Gathering (VIZ Media Booth)
Show your love for “K” and come to the VIZ Media booth dressed as your favorite character for a chance to win valuable “K” prizes!

5 – 6pm               K Photo Op with KANAME (VIZ Media Booth)
Meet the internationally renowned cosplayer KANAME, official Saruhiko Fushimi cosplayer from Japan (appearing courtesy of King Records)!

7 – 8pm               Panel: VIZ Anime Featuring Neon Alley (Room LP3)
                             Special Announcements at Panel!
Join the VIZ Animation and Neon Alley teams as they present news and announcements for all things anime. If it's animated, we're gonna talk about it here!  Find out what's new, hot and coming soon to DVD, Blu-ray and the 24/7 uncut anime channel, Neon Alley. You won't want to miss our super special announcements and a chance at some cool prizes!

Saturday July 6th 

11:00 – 12:00pm         NARUTO Fan Gathering, Featuring We Love Fine
(VIZ Media Booth)
Meet other fans of the world’s most popular ninja in this fan meet-up and also sample a variety of custom NARUTO products and apparel on display and available from

2:00 – 3:00pm    Autograph Session with KANAME (VIZ Media Booth) 
Celebrate VIZ Media’s hot new anime series K with the cool and suave cosplayer KANAMEas he meets fans in person at the VIZ Media booth. K autograph posters will be provided. 

3:00 – 3:30pm    Special KANAME Photo Session (VIZ Media Booth)
Have your picture taken in an encore photo session with KANAME as he portrays Saruhiko Fushimi from the hit new anime series K.

4:00pm                Neon Alley Fan Gathering (VIZ Media Booth)
Stop by the VIZ Media booth to learn about all the hot new anime premieres and other special content coming up on Neon Alley, the new 24/7 anime channel. Meet other fans and also win fun prizes.

Sunday July 7th

11:00am              Neon Alley Fan Gathering (VIZ Media Booth)
The Neon Alley fun continues into Saturday with new product giveaways and trial memberships to the hottest new 24/7 anime channel available in North America.

12:30 – 1:30PM VIZ Media Panel (Room LP1)
Get the latest updates & exciting news from VIZ Media staff on new projects, including a sneak peek at the releases in the coming year!

Finally, don’t forget to check the Anime Expo screening schedule for a variety of VIZ Media anime titles including BERSERK: THE GOLDEN AGE ARC I and II, TIGER & BUNNY, ACCEL WORLD, ZETMAN, NURA: RISE OF THE YOKAI CLAN, LAGRANGE: THE FLOWER OF RIN-NE, and more! 

For more information on VIZ Media, please visit

About VIZ Media, LLC
Headquartered in San Francisco, California, VIZ Media distributes, markets and licenses the best anime and manga titles direct from Japan.  Owned by three of Japan's largest manga and animation companies, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media has the most extensive library of anime and manga for English speaking audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland and South Africa. With its popular digital manga anthology WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP and blockbuster properties like NARUTO, BLEACH and INUYASHA, VIZ Media offers cutting-edge action, romance and family friendly properties for anime, manga, science fiction and fantasy fans of all ages.  VIZ Media properties are available as graphic novels, DVDs, animated television series, feature films, downloadable and streaming video and a variety of consumer products.  Learn more about VIZ Media, anime and manga at