Posted: 02/29/2012

 

NEWS….FEMALE FORCE: CHER……THE THREE MUSKETEERS…WAR HORSE…CONTRABAND AND MORE….

by Elaine Hegwood Bowen




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FEMALE FORCE: CHER

The latest biography comic offering from Bluewater Productions, Female Force: Cher, has sold out in one day after its release from its distributors. This extends its record to 12-biography comic book titles sold out in the past six months. Stores that ordered the comic book might have it in stock.

According to Bluewater, a second printing is forthcoming.

The $3.99 32-page comic book biography is written by New York Times Best Selling author, Marc Shapiro and drawn by Zach Basset, with a cover by DC Comics artist Joe Phillips.

There was a lot of buzz regarding this particular title outside the traditional comic book buying demographic,” said Darren G. Davis, president of Bluewater. “We really hope people try to pre-order the titles in advance to make sure they get a copy.”

The book is described as; Cher is a platinum selling singer, an award winning actress and a performer for the ages. She’s one smart cookie who knows a lot and has done it all. Get the skinny on Cher’s rise to the status of legend in the upcoming Bluewater comic book Female Force: Cher.

The Female Force comic series offers a broad examination of strong and influential women who are shaping modern history and culture. In past issues, the monthly series has featured, Madonna, Britney Spears, JK Rowling, Ellen DeGeneres, Selena Gomez and others. Upcoming celebrity biographies are Selena Gomez, Suzanne Collins (writer of The Hunger Games), John Lennon, The Cast of Glee #2, The Cast of Doctor Who and the Cast of Saturday Night Live.

You can order the second printing from a comic book store or Amazon. To find a comic book store near you go to www.Comicshoplocator.com. To order it on Amazon click here http://amzn.to/rpK3EI

THE THREE MUSKETEERS

Born to be heroes. Trained to be warriors. Destined to fight evil…The Three Musketters: Logan Lerman, Orlando Bloom, Milla Jovovich and Academy Award® Winner Christoph Waltz star in Summit Entertainment Release Arriving on 3D Blu-ray™, Blu-ray and DVD March 13.

The Three Musketeers—a modern retelling of Alexander Dumas’ timeless swashbuckling classic—arrives on 3D Blu-ray™, Blu-ray and DVD March 13 from Summit Entertainment. This exciting adventure for the whole family stars Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson & the Olympians), Orlando Bloom (Pirates of the Caribbean films), Milla Jovovich (Resident Evil films) and Academy Award®-winner Christoph Waltz (Best Supporting Actor, Inglourious Basterds).

With powerful special effects and explosive visuals, The Three Musketeers comes to life onscreen as Athos (Matthew Macfadyen), Porthos (Ray Stevenson) and Aramis (Luke Evans), along with aspiring warrior, D’Artagnan (Lerman), embark on a dangerous and legendary mission across Europe to save both their King and country – “all for one and one for all.” The Three Musketeers is directed by Paul W.S. Anderson (Resident Evil) and co-written by Alex Litvak (Predators).

The 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD contain special features that include audio commentary with the director, deleted and extended scenes, cast and crew stories and a special 17th century action featurette. Exclusive to the Blu-ray editions, Access: Three Musketeers allows viewers to explore and enjoy insider information with behind-the-scenes trivia and interviews as they watch the film.

WAR HORSE

Legendary Academy Award®-Winning Motion Picture Director/Producer Steven Spielberg Presents The Critically Acclaimed Epic Adventure on Blu-Ray™, DVD, Digital and On-Demand, April 3.

“War Horse’ is a don’t-miss Spielberg classic that reaches true perfection,” Rex Reed, New York Observer

This newest home entertainment release not only enthralls viewers once again with its visually stunning and emotionally heartwarming story on the Blu-ray, but also offers an unprecedented look into the making of the film by Spielberg himself.

The extraordinary journey of courage and friendship as seen through the eyes of one unforgettable horse named Joey and his miraculous journey to find his way back home, “War Horse” is a must own contemporary classic for everyone’s home entertainment collection. Spielberg’s renowned creative passion and artistry not only shine throughout the film but are also evident in all the fascinating bonus features included exclusively on the Blu-ray disc.

The premium 4-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack in particular allows viewers to explore the filmmaking process and storytelling adventure though a special 60 minute documentary (named “A Filmmaking Journey”),created by Spielberg, that offers a never-before-seen inside look into the making of War Horse. Additional bonus features include a behind the scenes look at Spielberg’s Award-Winning “Dream Team” – the film’s scoring session with five-time Oscar-winning composer John Williams, the editing room with three-time Academy Award winning film editor Michael Kahn, the sound room with seven time Oscar-winning sound designer Gary Rydstrom, and a look through Producer Kathleen Kennedy’s lens as she shares photos she took during the filming and recounts her discovery of War Horse.

View videos at www.YouTube.com/WarHorseMovie

Independent filmmaker John Sayles to receive Duke LEAF Award April 21

Oscar-nominated filmmaker John Sayles, a pioneer of the independent film movement of the 1970s, will receive the 2012 Duke LEAF Award for Lifetime Environmental Achievement in the Fine Arts.

Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment will present the award to Sayles during a 2 p.m. ceremony on Saturday, April 21, in Reynolds Theater, located in the Bryan Center on West Campus. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required and will be distributed through the Duke Box Office. There are charges associated with online ticket reservations and will call. More information is available at www.nicholas.duke.edu/leaf.

An original “do-it-yourselfer,” Sayles wrote and directed the critically acclaimed Return of the Secaucus Seven (1979) on a shoestring budget of $40,000. He followed with 16 other films he wrote and mostly edited, including Matewan (1987), and the Oscar-nominated films Passion Fish (1992) and Lone Star (1996). His latest work is Amigo (2010).

The Duke LEAF award has been given annually since 2009 to an artist whose work has lifted the human spirit and inspired others to help forge a more sustainable future. Previous recipients are Robert Redford, Jackson Browne and Barbara Kingsolver.

The selection committee for the LEAF was impressed with how Sayles combines a sense of place and the land as the context for the human dramas that unfold in his narratives.

“John Sayles’ work subtly, but compellingly — and at times with humor — interweaves environmental themes and conflicts with themes of human conflict and struggle,” said Nicholas School Dean William L. Chameides. “Ultimately, Sayles makes us aware on a visceral as well as intellectual level of our strong material and spiritual connection to the natural world and, in the process inspires people to value and steward our environment.”

CONTRABAND

A legendary smuggler who long ago abandoned his life of crime to become a law-abiding family man is dragged back into the cutthroat, underground world of international crime in the suspenseful thriller Contraband, coming to Blu-ray™ Combo Pack with UltraViolet™, as well as DVD, Digital Download and On Demand on April 24 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.

Academy Award®-nominee Mark Wahlberg (The Fighter, The Departed) stars in a tense, supercharged action adventure about a man struggling to stay out of the world he worked so hard to leave behind but will do anything to protect his family. Also starring Kate Beckinsale (Underworld series, The Aviator), Giovanni Ribisi (Avatar, Public Enemies) and Ben Foster (30 Days of Night, 3:10 to Yuma), Contraband has been hailed as “an intense, adrenaline-pumping thriller,” by Shawn Edwards of FOX-TV. The Contraband Blu-ray™ Combo Pack delivers the film in perfect hi-def picture and perfect hi-def sound and features more than an hour of bonus content including deleted scenes, a “making of” segment and feature commentary by Director Baltasar Kormákur and Producer Evan Hayes.

http://www.contrabandmovie.net

Elaine Hegwood Bowen is an editor, writer and film critic in Chicago, who also serves as a news editor for FilmMonthly.com



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