Eisner Award Winner Gerard Way Makes Marvel Debut With Edge of Spider-Verse #5
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Prepare for the biggest Spider-Man event of all-time as every Spider-Man from every universe unites to stop a threat that could spell extinction for their kind! Today, Marvel is proud to present your first look at EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE #5 – the final chapter in the blockbuster 5-issue mini-series showcasing different Spider-Men (and women) of the Spider-Verse! Eisner Award-winning writer Gerard Way (Umbrella Academy) makes his Marvel debut alongside rising star artist Jake Wyatt for a Spider-Man tale unlike any other!

“In a futurist city fairly different from the New York we are familiar with, our version of Spider-Man takes the shape of a government project: SP//dr,” says Gerard Way, in an interview with Marvel.com “SP//dr is comprised of three vital components: a pilot, a machine, and a radioactive sentient spider acting as one half of the brain that makes it all work. Peni Parker is a young girl, who, left parentless, is adopted by her Aunt May and Uncle Ben, the two heads of the SP//dr project. When they realize Peni is the only one who can successfully pair with SP//dr, they make the unorthodox decision to train her as SP//dr’s newest pilot.”

As Peni Parker suits up in her incredible spider-powered armor, explore the incredible new universe she inhabits. Yet even though, she pilots her unstoppable machine, it still may not be enough to save her universe from the onslaught of Morlun. Edge of Spider-Verse concludes in grand fashion this October as Way & Wyatt take you to an incredible new universe in EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE #5!

Plus, don’t miss out on these exciting Edge of Spider-Verse tie-in issues of your favorite ongoing series:

  • Superior Spider-Man #32 & #33
  • Amazing Spider-Man #7 & #8
  • Spider-Man 2099 #5

For more on Spider-Verse, visit Marvel.com and join in on the conversation on Twitter using #SpiderVerse.

 

 

Maker Studios Partners With AFV
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Twenty-five years after making its television debut, the show that redefined and revolutionized the world of user-generated content (UGC) will launch its year-long anniversary celebration with a new YouTube initiative announced today. America’s Funniest Home Videos (AFV), created by veteran producer Vin Di Bona, has generated more than one million clip submissions and awarded $13 million in prize money to date.

Now, AFV will partner with some of Gen Y’s most popular YouTube stars to create original short-form programming including “ShayFV,” a new, weekly 17-episode, five minute clip show starring YouTube sensation Shay “Shay Carl” Butler.

The original content initiative extends an existing relationship between Vin Di Bona Productions and Maker Studios, the world’s largest provider of online video content for millennials, made earlier this year. The pact puts AFV in the content creation business with one of the largest global digital media brands. It allows Maker to manage AFV’s official and peripheral YouTube channels, establish new revenue streams and manage their back end business, content claiming and content ID business. Maker, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, produces and distributes content in partnership with 55,000 creators, garnering 9 billion monthly views and attracting more than 550 million loyal subscribers worldwide.

“ShayFV” will be a weekly 3-5 minute clip show set to premiere on Maker.tv, Maker’s proprietary web platform, Sunday, October 19th. The series will also be available on the Shaytards YouTube channel (youtube.com/shaytards), which currently boasts 2.4 million subscribers, and features Shay Carl and his family’s daily adventures. Shay Carl, coined the “father of YouTube,” is one of the most successful digital stars today featuring family-friendly content. Audience challenges associated with “ShayFV” will also premiere weekly on AFV’s YouTube destination (youtube.com/AFVofficial). Shay will create special video assignments urging the community to upload videos, which will be considered for inclusion in his show.

Since forging the deal with Maker, AFV’s channels, which feature exclusive clips, classic fan favorites and laugh-out-loud montages, have grown significantly and currently generate over 20 million monthly views. In addition to “ShayFV,” Vin Di Bona Productions in association with Maker, will create original and in-show opportunities for other digital talent who engage millennial audiences.

Popular digital stars including comedians Jason Horton, Ceciley Jenkins, and Ed Bassmaster, will be reenacting some of the show’s most iconic and humorous clips in “AFV Do Overs,” putting their special and irreverent spin on some of America’s most well-loved segments, airing one week before the show premiere on the AFV YouTube channel. Talent such as Sam Macaroni, Barely Political, Edward Vilderama, Very Good Listeners’ Brian Morgan and Brooke “Dodger” Lawson will also make in-show appearances throughout the 25th anniversary season engaging with host Tom Bergeronduring the tapings and providing post show commentary and interviews which will appear on AFV’s official channel and the talent’s respective YouTube channels. Plus, digital star Jason Horton will take on AFV’s studio audience for a new improv series entitled “America’s Funniest Line” (AFL), which will premiere Sunday, October 5th on AFV’s YouTube channel timed to the debut of ABC’s longest running primetime entertainment series at 7:00 pm ET/PT.  The series began production last month on their 25th season at Manhattan Beach Studios.

Vin Di Bona, AFV creator, said: “As we embark on this milestone 25th year of television, I am constantly in awe of the tremendous growth of the viral video category. I never could have imagined, when I first pitched this idea in 1989, that using viewer generated content to entertain families would become the phenomenon it is today. Our relationship with Shay Carl and YouTube’s talented roster of comedians is the perfect extension of the AFV brand as we continue our quest to engage a new generation of AFV fans and develop memorable destinations for every platform for audiences who love to laugh.”

Maker Studios’ chief audience officer, Chris M. Williams adds: “‘America’s Funniest Home Videos’ was truly groundbreaking when it first came to television 25 years ago. It has become part of pop culture vernacular and has, through its premise, made viral videos an integral part of our daily lives. We are thrilled to be working with Vin and his team to produce the kind of memorable content that took AFV to where it is today and look forward to expanding the profiles of some of our most beloved digital talent with the help of AFV’s passionate television audience.”

Shay Carl said: “I was nine years old when I started watching AFV—and it has been a HUGE influence on my decision to start vlogging and pursue my content career.” He added: “If it wasn’t for AFV,  I may have never posted that first video of me dancing in a unitard. I am extremely excited about taking what can only be the next big step for my family, my channel and my audience with this new partnership.”

iPhone 6 Cases Will Be Available at Disney World September 20
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iPhone 6 cases will be available at Disney Parks via their D-Tech On Demand service at the Marketplace Co-Op in Downtown Disney Marketplace starting September 20.

In October, select cases will be available at other Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort merchandise locations.

iPhone 6+ cases will be available later in the fall.

50% Off Iron Man 3 Micro Muggs Mini-Figures
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Bring home a 6-pack of Iron Man with 50% off for 24 hours only! The Iron Man 3 Micro Muggs Mini-Figures are here to put the awesome of Mighty Muggs right into your pocket. Tons of new designs are ready to do battle on your desk at a collectible 1 3/4-inches tall. This case includes 6 blind-packaged Iron Man 3 Micro Muggs Mini-Figures Series 1 figures. Limit 5 per person.

Image and Video Capture Added to Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
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Guests with a MagicBand and Memory Maker who ride Seven Dwarfs Mine Train will now receive a video a photo of their ride experience in their My Disney Experience account.

Memory Maker is the PhotoPass product that includes all the photos of your Walt Disney World experience and can be added to any MyMagic+ account.

Zendaya and Bridgit Mendler Appearing Together For One Night Only
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Disney Stars Zendaya and Bridgit Mendler will be appearing together for one night only at the Palace Theatre in Albany New York on October 30.

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Multi-talented actress and Hollywood Records Platinum-Selling Artist, Zendaya, recently released her self-titled 2013 debut full-length album where she delivers soulful pop with an urban edge. Her first single included in the album, “Replay” was certified platinum for selling 1,000,000 copies in the U.S. and now has over 44 million views on VEVO.

Zendaya starred as Raquel “Rocky” Blue, one half of the comedic duo of young dancers trying to dance her way to stardom, in the hit Disney Channel series “Shake It Up!” She also starred in “Shake It Up: Made In Japan,” the record breaking 90-minute song and dance-filled special which featured Zendaya’s single and video “Fashion is my Kryptonite.” Zendaya was also the break out star and runner-up on Season 16 of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. She is currently set to star and co-produce in a topline Disney channel spy pilot and also recently starred in the Disney Channel Original Movie, “Zapped” which premiered this summer.

A talented actress, singer and performer, Bridgit Mendler is one of Hollywood’s brightest young rising stars. Bridgit starred as Teddy Duncan in the hit Disney Channel series “Good Luck Charlie” and the Disney Channel Original Movie “Lemonade Mouth.” Mendler’s past credits include a recurring role as Justin Russo’s vampire girlfriend Juliet Van Heusen on Disney Channel’s Emmy Award-winning series “Wizards of Waverly Place,” a guest-starring role on the hit series “Jonas,” where she sang opposite Nick Jonas, and the 20th Century Fox film “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel.”

Bridgit’s debut full-length album “Hello My Name Is…” reveals a surprisingly mature artist. She co-wrote each song because she wanted to work with A-list writer-producers, and learn from the best. “I’ve been writing songs a long time, but I felt co-writing would be a good way to get my footing,” Bridgit notes. “Working with different producers was great because I was able to articulate what I wanted, and we got a cool variety on the album.” In addition to Emanuel “Eman” Kiriakou and Evan “Kidd” Bogart, producer/writers she worked with include Priscilla Renea, Dan Pringle & Leah Haywood, Andrew Goldstein, Jai Marlon and Freddy Wexler, all of whom helped Bridgit get that solid footing. But Bridgit’s own inerrant feel for fun, funky pop stands front and center in her music.

Tickets will go On Sale through TicketMaster this Saturday, Sept 20 at 10am

Disney and Kohl’s Announce Frozen Sing-Along Contest
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Today Disney and Kohl’s Department Stores announced a collaboration on a national call for a Sing Your Heart Out campaign. Through September 29, fans of the Disney movie Frozen and aspiring singers nationwide can submit videos of themselves singing “Let it Go” for the chance to be included in a Kohl’s holiday commercial that will air during the 2014 American Music Awards (AMAs) broadcast on ABC.

Videos can be submitted via Disney Interactive¹s new Disney Applause app, available for iOS and Android, or on the web at www.disney.com/frozenfriday. The finalist videos will be selected based on the following criteria: Musical Talent (60%), Personality and Style (20%), and Creativity (20%).  Winning singers will in turn have the opportunity to be featured in spots that will air onSunday, November 23 during this year’s AMAs. For official rules and more information, visit: www.disney.com/frozenfriday

Download the Disney Applause app, available for iOS and Android, to start submitting videos today! For more information about the Sing Your Frozen Heart Out campaign, visit www.disney.com/frozenfriday and join the conversation using #FrozenFunatKohls

Customers are encouraged to share their favorite Frozen finds with @Kohls using#FrozenFunAtKohls.

TNT Wins Rights To Next 5 Marvel Films, Including Age of Ultron and Captain America 3
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TNT has entered into a licensing agreement with Marvel for the next five theatrical releases from Marvel Studios. The agreement includes the network television premiere windows for Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, which is due in theaters next summer, and the third installment in the Captain America franchise, which is slated for release in 2016. Each of the five films is tentatively scheduled to premiere on TNT a little over two years after its theatrical release.

“Marvel’s brand of entertainment is a thrill ride for audiences, and we’re excited to be adding their next five blockbusters to TNT’s arsenal of high-quality genre fare,” said Deborah K. Bradley, senior vice president, head of program acquisitions, content strategy and licensing for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. “These movies will play a key role in TNT’s long-term success, especially among key adult demos.”

Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron is the highly anticipated follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time, Marvel’s The Avengers, reuniting the team of Marvel Comics characters including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Nick Fury and more. Based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series first published in 1941, the third chapter in the Captain America series will follow the alter ego of Steve Rogers as he continues his heroic adventures in a world of constant change.

Marvel Announces Rocket Raccoon and Groot Variant Covers
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The breakout comic book characters of the year are taking over the covers of your favorite Marvel titles this November! That’s right True Believer, ROCKET RACCOON & GROOT VARIANTS are coming, featuring some of the best and brightest talents in the industry! Not only will you get to see so many great artists putting their own spin on Rocket & Groot, but 20 of your favorite Marvel comics will feature these one-of-a-kind variants depicting some of the most classic of covers!                                

  • All-New Captain America #1
  • All-New X-Men #34
  • Amazing Spider-Man #9
  • Amazing X-Men #13
  • Avengers #38
  • Avengers World #15
  • Bucky Barnes: The Winter Soldier #2
  • Captain America & The Mighty Avengers #1
  • Deadpool #37
  • Guardians 3000 #2
  • Guardians of the Galaxy #21
  • Hulk #8
  • Legendary Star-Lord #5
  • New Avengers #26
  • Rocket Raccoon #5
  • Spider-Verse #1
  • Spider-Woman #1
  • Superior Iron Man #1
  • Thor #2
  • Uncanny X-Men #28

“People everywhere can’t seem to get enough Rocket & Groot!” says Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel. “As soon as we came up with the concept to do Rocket Raccoon & Groot variants, the ideas just started pouring in. We couldn’t wait to get our hands dirty creating some really fantastic cover homages. This program is really the best of both worlds and we know it will really excite old and new fans everywhere.”


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