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I do believe that the toy wars have begun... and that's a great thing for kids, parents and everyone who loves play! Following the sudden and spectacular collapse of Toys "R" Us earlier this year, a huge void was left and that means that other retailers have been ramping up to serve their customers while capturing a part of that business (fact: TRU still sold $11 billion in toys in 2016). Walmart (an affiliate) is one of the first out of the gate, rebranding their toy departments as "America's Best Toy Shop," promising an expanded assortment that includes 30 percent new toys in stores and 40 percent more toys online. That means new brands that kids may not have seen before, and they're adding some fun new experiences and special in-store events to get families excited. Along with this news comes the unveiling of Walmart's annual hot toy list, their 2018 "Top Rated By Kids" - 40 must-have items for this holiday season - and layaway is back! Check it out...

Thursday, August 30 2018 12:25

Giant Snake + Hip Hop Beats? Snake Outta Compton...

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Last fall, a trailer hit the web for a movie aimed squarely at those who crave monstrous entertainment in the tradition of Sharknado! and Snakes on a Plane. Now, SNAKE OUTTA COMPTON has a distributor and it's coming home on October 23 (my birthday, FYI) thanks to Lionsgate. Can a young rap group defeat a giant snake and still get the record deal? Check out the in-home trailer...

The annual Batman Day may take place on September 15th each year, but on September 19, the City of Walla Walla, Washington will once again honor a man whose portrayal of the Caped Crusader has been loved by generations. The Second Annual Adam West Day will find Walla Walla paying tribute to the life of its favorite son — known the world over as Batman and later the voice of Mayor Adam West on the show The Family Guy — in a way that only West’s hometown can.

From the moment that Amazon Studios first announced Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan as a new original series, fans were presented with some exciting new possibilities for the character. Previously portrayed in film by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck and Chris Pine, when John Krasinski was revealed to be taking on the role, many (myself included) had a very specific vision for what such a show could be. Now, as Jack Ryan debuts on Amazon, the crew at Funny Or Die have delivered exactly the vision that we all really want and deserve. Get ready for Tom Clancy's Jim Ryan!

Are fans of Star Wars and Star Trek still adversaries? Can we find Star Peace? Actor John Cho stopped by the set of The Star Wars Show this week to talk a bit about Trek and Wars, while details emerge on Pablo Hidalgo's new book (read more on that one here). Additionally, Hidalgo goes behind-the-scenes of Solo: A Star Wars Story, which is coming home beginning Sept. 14th on digital HD,  4K Ultra HD™ and on Movies Anywhere to take a look at Han's Landspeeder - an impressive, V8-powered ride that took fans on their first intergalactic car chase. Plus, EA rolls out some major updates for Battlefront II including a calendar for what the rest of the year will look like in terms of DLC and updated content. Check it out...

The X-Files has now been around for 25 years, and when it was at its peak, I was a massive fan. I was that back in 1998, I was that guy that had to have The X-Files Movie on "letterbox" VHS to preserve the widescreen cinematic format in the time before DVD and flat screen TVs. At that same time, I distinctly recall purchasing a set of X-Files Barbie dolls by Mattel - Ken and Barbie as Mulder and Scully. Fast-forward two decades and I believe our set is long gone (sold at some point along the way, or stashed in a box somewhere), but now it's happening again... but this time it's not Ken and Barbie doing cosplay, but new X-Files Barbie dolls crafted to resemble Special Agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson). The duo are available to order right now.

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