As the US Men’s National Team marches to Brazil, ESPN will be premiering a behind-the-scenes documentary series about the team. While the “all-access” sports documentary genre has become popular, this series access will focus on the positive side of the team working towards their goal of victory at the World Cup. The 5 episode series will premiere May 13 and lead to ESPN’s coverage of the World Cup. More information on the series is expected to be revealed at SXSW.
Marvel has released an update for their Marvel Unlimited app for iOS devices. Marvel Unlimited is their subscription based service that provides access to thousands of comics. The update listing for version 2.0 is:
INTRODUCING our biggest app update yet! We’re bringing you a completely re-invented, re-imagined Marvel Unlimited reading experience – built for YOUR device!
NEW! Native reading for digital comics – crafted for iOS7 and iOS6
NEW! Smart Panel experience to enhance your comic on mobile devices
ALSO! Exciting new features to discover that Marvel will announce soon!
Marvel will be presenting at SXSW this afternoon. It is unknown if the update relates to this presentation or if some of the teased features will be revealed during the presentation.
You can download Marvel Unlimited in the App Store. As a promotion, Marvel is offering a month of Marvel Unlimited for $.99 by using code SXSW99. A normal month costs $9.99 and a year costs $69.99
UPDATE: After playing with the app we have discovered some new features. The app has the Marvel AR videos that provide behind-the-scenes information about the comics are now included in the app on select issues. Also, some issues of the Winter Soldier storyline have adaptive audio. This feature was originally announced at last year’s SXSW as “Project Gamma”.
At SXSW Marvel revealed their plans for their social game, Avengers Alliance. Inspired by the Marvel Studios upcoming releases of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy, it was revealed that those characters will be joining the game. While there characters release ties in to the films, the story’s will not. The characters will take place inside the Marvel Gaming Universe. As the “second season” of the game came online, the story opened up to include multiple worlds which give the game some creative freedom. It was also announced that Taskmaster will be introduced in the game as a playable character after appearing in other Marvel Gaming Universe releases. Avengers Alliance has been a bright spot for Playdom, Disney’s social gaming division, which has struggled since being acquired by Disney.
At the SXSW presentation today, Marvel revealed that they will be releasing an updated to their Marvel AR app. The app plays video content when activated by images in Marvel comic books. The updated will be released in April, but you can download the app now.
Dreamwork Animation’s AwesomenessTV interviews Miss Piggy about her red carpet fashion on their show “#OOTW” (out of this world). Miss Piggy will walk the red carpet this Tuesday for the premiere and Muppets Most Wanted is released March 21.
CapThat! is partnering with Walt Disney Records to offer bundles of the Muppets Most Wanted soundtrack and user-created merchandise. You can make a purchase today, but the soundtrack will be downloadable on March 18. For more information visit CapMuppets.com
In the latest Muppets promotion for the Toyota Highlander, Rowlf and Rizzo stop for drive-thru on their way from the Super Bowl to the premiere of Muppets Most Wanted. The premiere will be on Tuesday at Disney’s El Capitan Theatre.
Bobby Lopez, who just won an Oscar for his song “Let It Go” from Frozen, recently spoke at the TEDxBroadway regarding songwriting.
At SXSW, ESPN revealed that the new version of Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight blog will launch March 17. Nate Silver moved from The New York Times last July and the statistical journalist is known for his accuracy in predicting presidential elections. Despite being owned by ESPN, the site will cover more than just sports. The site will cover sports, politics, education, entertainment, and more. Evidence of this was Nate Silver’s recent appearance on ABC News in which he talked about statistical trends at the Oscars.
AMC Theatres is inviting guests to catch up on the story of Steve Rogers and Captain America with Marvel’s Captain America Double Feature in RealD 3D at 158 AMC locations nationwide (including both Downtown Disney locations) on Thursday, April 3. The event, which begins at 5:30 p.m. with 2011’s MARVEL’S CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER, concludes with the 8 p.m. release of MARVEL’S CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER.
Tickets for Marvel’s Captain America Double Feature at AMC are on sale now online and at participating locations. Fans attending the event will receive a limited edition lanyard and a full size movie poster at participating locations while supplies last.
Tickets for MARVEL’s CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER in IMAX 3D, RealD 3D and digital formats, are also on sale now. The movie opens nationwide at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 3.
Ticket price varies by location and presentation format. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.amctheatres.com/captainamerica.