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Guillermo del Toro’s Book of Life is coming to theaters October 17th, but you can pre-order Funko Pop! figures featuring characters from the film now with shipping slated for September. The Funko collection includes Manolo, Maria, Xibalba, and Le Muerte in beautiful and bright colors. These toys are already on my list just because they look so awesome.

See pics of the rest of the toys after the break.

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celestina

Fans of the Harry Potter books got a gift over on Pottermore today in the form of a new song from and bio on Celestina Warbeck aka The Singing Sorceress.

Celestina and her songs have shown up throughout the book series and, in an exclusive interview with Today, J.K. Rowling reveals that Celestina is one of her favorite “off screen” characters:

Celestina Warbeck is one of my favourite ‘off-stage’ characters in the Harry Potter series, and has been part of the Potter world ever since its inception, making an early appearance in the short-lived ‘Daily Prophet’ series I produced for members of the equally short-lived fan club run by my British publisher, Bloomsbury. Although we never lay eyes on Celestina during the whole seven volumes of the Potter books, I always imagined her to resemble Shirley Bassey in both looks and style. I stole her first name from a friend with whom I worked, years ago, at Amnesty International’s Headquarters in London; ‘Celestina’ was simply begging to be scooped up and attached to a glamorous witch.

The song is called “You Stole My Cauldron But You Can’t Have My Heart” and, if you have a Pottermore log in, you can view the full video there.

You can also check out a portion of Celestina’s show at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter after the break.

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mario

Bet you didn’t even know there were lyrics to the Super Mario World theme song. Listen as Yoshi sings about the joys of zipping across the screen with Mario, and then the horror and disappointment of being left behind when push comes to shove.

See the video after the break (slightly NSFW).

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awesome mix

Guardians of the Galaxy was a hit for so many reasons, one of which was the soundtrack “Awesome Mix Vol. 1″. We’ve all been dancing our way through the day thanks to that tape, and now we can do it without people looking at us funny, thanks to an upcoming event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

The “Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Tape Dance Party” will be happening during the “Villains Unleashed” event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on August 23. It will take place at Stage 5 in the Animation Courtyard. The tape is only here on Earth after having been stolen by a bunch of villains, so here’s also the chance that Star Lord and Gamora will be showing up at the party to retrieve the stolen cassette.

Check out Guardians of the Galaxy actor Djimon Hounsou at Disney’s Hollywood Studios after the break.

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This is good for a Monday giggle. Check out Godzilla’s true identity as Batman! Who knew that was the guy stomping through Tokyo all these years? And you can also get a look at Godzilla’s softer side where he colors pictures and puts on a nice little song and dance show with a Power Ranger.

See more pictures after the break.

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Robin

Robin Williams was an avid gamer and fans want to acknowledge him through the games he loved. There is already a petition to get him into World of Warcraft and now there’s one to get him into the next Legend of Zelda . As you probably know, he was such a fan of the series that he named his daughter Zelda. From Change.org:

So, in a day where there aren’t many words, what can we do? Well, there’s a new Zelda game on the horizon. A bold reinvention, a fresh new open world adventure for Wii U. I would like to suggest that when the game is localised to English, Nintendo of America and the Treehouse name one of the characters “Robin” in his memory.

He won’t get to play it, but he’ll live on forever in a universe he always loved.

In a statement to Polygon, Nintendo expressed its condolences to the Williams family, especially his daughter Zelda, but refused to comment on whether they’d put him into the game:

We appreciate the outpouring of support from the gaming community, and hear the request of fans to honor him in a future game. We will not be discussing what might be possible for future games during this difficult time, but we will hold our memories of Robin close.

We’ll all just have to wait and see if there’s a nod to Williams when the game is finally released.

(via Kotaku)

Pratt

You’re likely all familiar with the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, but in case you’re not, here’s the scoop. Once someone challenges you, then you have 24 hours to donate $10 to an ALS charity and dump a bucket of ice water on your head. If you opt out of the icy shower, then you have to donate $100 instead.

Chris Pratt was recently challenged, twice, so he upped the ante and this whole thing is now headed in a potentially crazy new direction. He’s just one of many celebrities to take the challenge, each adding their own twist. You can also catch Nathan Fillion, and even a shirtless Robert Downey Jr. taking their turns helping out a good cause.

See Pratt and Downey Jr. taking the challenge after the break.

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enna

Only a week before the season premiere of Doctor Who and rumors are swirling that Jenna-Louise Coleman will be exiting the show at Christmas after 18 months as a Companion. According to a source quoted in The Mirror:

“The conversations about Jenna’s exit have started, and a plan is in place which is being ironed out. By the time she leaves she will be one of the longest-standing companions ever. She has been absolutely brilliant in the role, but everyone agrees it is a part that should change after a period.”

The source also said that this is a mutual decision on the parts of all parties involved. A Christmas exit would have Coleman appearing in 25 episodes of the show which is more than fellow companions Catherine Tate and Freema Agyeman, and only a few less than Billie Piper.

Assuming that this is true (the timing seems right though The Mirror isn’t known for its accuracy), let the speculation begin as to who will be Capaldi’s new Companion!

(The Mirror via Nerdist)

Comic

Action Comics #1 was published in June of 1938 and is recognized as the comic book that started it all marking Superman’s debut. It’s highly sought after and costs enough to make Bruce Wayne blanch, but if you have deep pockets, then it could be yours through an auction currently running on eBay.

For sale here is the single most valuable comic book to ever be offered for sale, and is likely to be the only time ever offered for sale during many of our lifetimes. There are no second chances. This is a NO RESERVE auction.

This is THE comic book that started it all. This comic features not only the first appearance of Superman, Clark Kent and Lois Lane, but this comic began the entire superhero genre that has followed during the 76 years since. It is referred to as the Holy Grail of comics and this is the finest graded copy to exist with perfect white pages. This is …. the Mona Lisa of comics and stands alone as the most valuable comic book ever printed.

This particular copy is the nicest that has ever been graded, with an ASTONISHING grade of CGC 9.0 ! To date, no copies have been graded higher and only one other copy has received the same grade. It is fair to say though that this copy blows the other 9.0 out of the water. Compared to the other 9.0 that sold for $2.1million several years ago it has significant superior eye appeal, extremely vibrant colors and PERFECT WHITE PAGES. This means after 76 years the aging process has yet to begin. Truly this book is a museum piece. It is one of only two copies of this comic in ANY condition to ever be graded with the distinction of having White pages, the other being a CGC 2.5!

If you are looking to purchase or invest in comic books this is without exaggeration the single best graded comic book that exists. It is the highest graded copy of the most sought after comic book in the hobby, and has the best possible page quality that can be assigned. If anyone has ever been curious what an Action Comics 1 looked like the day it came off of the newsstand 75 years ago, this is the answer.
This comic is the best of the absolute best and whoever wins this auction will be the envy of the entire hobby for many decades to come.

I proudly present Action Comics #1 CGC 9.0 WHITE Pages.

Please enjoy,
Darren Adams

This auction will not only make a collector somewhere very happy, but it will help a good cause since 1% of the final auction price will be donated to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.

See more about the comic in the video after the break.

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Star

Fans have long been clamoring for an unaltered Blu-ray version of the original Star Wars trilogy without all the fancy special effects that were added in years later. If rumors are to be believed, this might actually happen. The first rumors surfaced on Comicbook.com which said:

According to our sources, Disney has plans to release the original cut of the Star Wars trilogy on Blu-ray. Our sources indicate that the project has been under way for quite some time, but it’s been challenging because of some damage to the original negatives they are utilizing. The goal is to release A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back, and Return of Jedi in their complete, unaltered, original form without the redone special edition SFX.

Huzzah! But wait. As many have pointed out, the problem is that Disney doesn’t even own the rights to the original trilogy. The rights to those films all belong to Fox (along with the distribution rights to the prequels), so Disney can’t release anything on their own. The rights for Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi revert to Lucasfilm in 2020, but A New Hope belongs to Fox forever.

Now, this doesn’t mean Disney and Fox couldn’t work together. After all, there is a lot of money to be made here. However,  the fact that the rumor doesn’t seem to take Fox into account sheds doubt on its credibility. And let’s put one more nail in the coffin of this idea with a quote Ars Technica dug up from George Lucas during an interview on The Today Show a decade ago:

The special edition, that’s the one I wanted out there. The other movie, it’s on VHS, if anybody wants it. … I’m not going to spend the—we’re talking millions of dollars here, the money and the time to refurbish that, because to me, it doesn’t really exist anymore. It’s like this is the movie I wanted it to be, and I’m sorry you saw half a completed film and fell in love with it.

And that was the sound of millions of fans cheering in joy only to be suddenly silenced. Still, a shred of hope is better than nothing.

(via io9)