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Paradox Alice Being Released Digitally October 15

629019-paradox_aliceNew York City, NY – Tuesday, October 1stThe Orchard, in association with Mako Pictures and Fabrication Films are pleased to announce the release of PARADOX ALICE, one of this year’s most highly anticipated independent science fiction films. A cornerstone in the new paradigm of lost-in-space sci-fi movies like Clooney and Bullock’s Gravity, PARADOX ALICE sets off from Europa in an epic outer space odyssey.  The adventure takes place in 2040 and stars Amy Lindsay (Star Trek: Voyager), Jeneta St. Clair (The Appearing), Ethan Sharrett (Homecoming), and Stewart W. Calhoun (The Eves).

A group of astronauts have been sent on a dangerous mission to retrieve water from Europa, one of the several moons orbiting the planet Jupiter. After narrowly escaping the moon to head back home, the team discovers that a nuclear war has left earth uninhabitable. While the remaining male astronauts come to grips over their losses, one of the crew members spontaneously transforms into a woman (in a scene that is as shocking as 1979’s ALIEN). Each character tries to uncover the mystery of this horrific event. Was it an act of God, or a biological reaction for keeping the human race alive? As the men vie for the last female in existence, they begin to turn on one another. All of the questions come to a head in a shocking finale.

The Orchard will be releasing PARADOX ALICE for sale and for rental in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand across all major online video services including iTunes, Amazon, Hulu, X-box, Playstation, and Vudu as well as through Cable VOD on October 15, 2013 with a DVD release to follow.

Frank Dirscherls the Wrath Returns with New Edition!

New Pulp Publisher, Trinity Comics has announced that Frank (Lance Star: Sky Ranger) Dirscherl’s debut novel, THE WRAITH, is now available to buy (in paperback) in a new revamped and represented edition. This is the first novel in The Wraith novel series.

Go back to where it all began. Currently only available from the Trinity Comics Store, Frank Dirscherl’s The Wraith will soon also be available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble et al as well as an eBook. Stay tuned here for further details. For now, the paperback can be ordered from the Trinity Comics on-line store here.

About Frank Dirscherl’s The Wraith:
In a world not far removed from our own, a city lies ravaged. Crime overruns its streets, its citizens are

helpless. Crime-lord Robert Latham, to the world at large a legitimate businessman, holds the city in his sway. Fear and intimidation rule throughout. One man stands above the rest, willing to fight for freedom. That man is The Wraith. The Wraith, the city’s bogeyman, is known to exist only by a very few, and seen by even fewer. Those that do know of him, especially Latham, know to fear him, for his fury at those who commit evil knows no bounds. By day, The Wraith is the reclusive millionaire Paul Sanderson, a man more mysterious and less seen than his night-time counterpart. Sensing the desperation of Latham and that his own time may be limited, Sanderson readies a replacement–Michael Reeve, an honest cop drawn inexorably into a world he may not be ready for. Can the new Wraith save his city even while he struggles to save his own soul?

Learn more about Frank Dirscherl’s The Wraith here.

About Frank Dirscherl:
Frank Dirscherl AssDipArts (Lib Prac) CertIIIInfTch (Tech Sppt) ALIATec AIMM

Frank Dirscherl (b. 1973) is a professionally certified library technician and has been working in libraries since 1992. Over the years he has also covered and packed books and other material for a book wholesale company, worked as a data assistant at an ENT surgery and as a lecturer to children on the merits of the comic book. His written work includes The Wraith (filmed in 2005), Valley of Evil, Cult of the Damned, the non-fiction The Wraith: Eyes of Judgment – The Official Script Book & Movie Guide (with

Stephen Semones) and more. He lives on the south coast of NSW, Australia with his wife, where he’s currently working on his fifth Wraith novel amongst other works of fiction.

For more information on The Wraith and Frank, please visit www.trinitycomics.com and www.frankdirscherl.com

Mad Max Trilogy Finally Comes to Blu-ray in June

Mad MaxThere are very few genre classics that have yet to come out on Blu-ray but this year, one of those voids is being filled by Warner Home Video, just ahead of the fourth installment in the series. Here are the official details:

Burbank, Calif. February 25, 2013 – Mad Max, the sci-fi franchise that introduced Mel Gibson to the world, will come together for the first time as a Blu-ray collection when Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) debuts the Mad Max Trilogy on June 4th.

The three films – Mad Max (1979), Mad Max Road Warrior (1982) and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985) – are all set in the near-future in Australia. From the very first film, Oscar® winner George Miller (Happy Feet, 2006) proved a master at creating the gritty, bleak dystopian world and staging the incredible car stunts and crashes in the era when stuntmen, not computers, achieved the effects. All three movies starred Mel Gibson, virtually unknown until after the second film, as Max Rockatansky, a highway cop traveling through the Outback in a society descending into chaos. The films started Gibson on his road to international superstardom, led to his signature Lethal Weapon series, and later two Academy Awards® for his roles as producer and director of Braveheart (1995).

This must-own collection for action fans is available in limited premium tin packaging and makes a perfect gift for Father’s Day. The collection will sell for $49.99 SRP on Blu-ray Disc™. Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, which is making its Blu-ray debut, will also be available as a single along with Mad Max Road Warrior. Order due date for all is April 30th.

About The Films

Mad Max (1979)

George Miller’s first entry in the trilogy, Mad Max packs brutal action and insane stunts as it follows the inevitable downfall of relentless cop Max Rockatansky (Gibson) in a world gone mad. Living on the edge of an apocalypse, Max is ready to run far away from it all with his family. But when he experiences an unfortunate encounter with a motorcycle gang and its menacing leader, the Toecutter, his retreat from the madness of the world is now a race to save his family’s life.

Mad Max Road Warrior (1982)

The sequel to Mad Max, Mad Max Road Warrior provides action-packed, “automotive” entertainment, telling the story of a selfish-turned-selfless hero and his efforts to protect a small camp of desert survivors and defend an oil refinery under siege from a ferocious marauding horde that plunders the land for gasoline.

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)

Mel Gibson returns for his third go-round as the title hero who takes on the barbarians of the post-nuclear future – and this time becomes the savior of a tribe of lost children. Music superstar Tina Turner co-stars as Aunty Entity, a power-mad dominatrix determined to use Max to tighten her stranglehold on Bartertown, where fresh water, clean food and gasoline are worth more than gold.

 

THE MAD MAX TRILOGY

ON BLU-RAY

 

Street Date: June 4, 2013

Order Due Date: April 30, 2013

Catalog/UPC #: 1000334058 / 883929266661

Pricing: $49.99 SRP

Mad Max Run Time: 94 minutes; Rated R

The Road Warrior Run Time: 91 minutes; Rated R

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome Run Time: 107 minutes; Rated PG-13

Four Smurfs Arrested In Crime Spree

Four Smurfs Arrested In Crime Spree

Papa SmurfThis is seriously Smurfed up.

Proving that comics lead to juvenile deliquency, we have proof of the amazing things Smurfs will do to keep Smurfette in Smurfberries. And you thought Gargamel was in the wrong…

Four men dressed as Smurfs were arrested after attempting to steal a car and beating a man in Melbourne, Australia.

According to police reports, a 37-year-old man was walking out of a 7-Eleven just past midnight when he was approached by a man that looked like Papa Smurf, who asked for a cigarette. But the victim refused to light the cigarette before handing it over, and had to endure Papa Smurf’s wrath. He had also noticed that three other men, all similarly dressed as Smurfs, were attempting to simultaneously hotwire a car.

Australian police released the store’s surveillance video to find the four men responsible for the crimes. Three 19-year-olds and an 18-year-old came forward to admit to the crime and were promptly arrested.

via Australian Police Arrest Four Smurf Suspects for Crime Spree | TIME.com.

And it gets worse– Papa Smurf was arrested in New York.

Hat tip: Yog Sysop.

FIGHT FICTIONEERS – ENJOYING THE SWEET SCIENCE OF PULP

AVAILABLE NOW: FIGHT FICTIONEERS MAGAZINE VOLUME 2!
CELEBRATING THE BEST IN FIGHT FICTION . . .

PRESS RELEASE:

FOR YOUR FREE COPY OF THIS ACTION PACKED E-ZINE SEND AN EMAIL REQUEST TO: fightcardseries@gmail.com

Fight Fictioneers Magazine (FFM) is a vehicle for both promoting the Fight Card series and also the best fight fiction in general. Immense thanks are due to our Fight Card team member in Australia, David Foster (Fight Card: King Of The Outback), for his hard work and diligence in formatting and bringing this issue of FFM into the virtual world (as he did with Vol 1).

Hopefully, there will be another issue to kick off the new year as we march into 2013 with the Fight Card banner held high. FFM Vol 2 will be made available for free to anyone who asks for a copy, so please distribute copies to your friends and fans. Any feedback would also be appreciated …

Fight Fictioneers Magazine Volume 1 can still be accessed under the Fight Fictioneers tab on the new Fight Card website (www.fightcardbooks.com). Thx to author and Fight Card team member Jeremy Brown for his efforts in creating and maintaining the Fight Card website.

Upcoming Fight Card releases through the end of the year include Fight Card: Golden Gate Gloves (October – Robert Evans), Fight Card: The Knockout (November – Robert Randisi), and our second internationally set Fight Card tale (following Fight Card: King Of The Outback), Fight Card: Irish Dukes (December – Mike Faricy). Covers can be found on the Fight Card website www.fightcardbooks.com.

Congratulations to Fight Card authors Mel Odom (Omega Blue), Eric Beetner (The Devil Doesn’t Want Me), Heath Lowrance (City Of Heretics), Mike Faricy (Bombshell), and David Foster (The Librio Defection / Bushwhacked – both under his James Hopewood pseudonym), among others for the successful launching of new critically acclaimed titles – all available on Amazon. Way to go, gang!

There are other specific plans afoot for Fight Card in 2013, which I will reveal both as they firm up and as I am allowed to talk specifics.

THX TO ALL THE FIGHT CARD FANS WHO HAVE SUPPORTED THE SERIES THIS YEAR …

For those who missed it, you can also request a copy of Fight Fictioneers #1 as well. Email fightcardseries@gmail.com for details.

Paul Mannering’s TANKBREAD Now Available

Paul Mannering’s new novel, TANKBREAD is now available now in Kindle format at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006F820M2
Paperback edition coming soon.

About Tankbread, a novel by Paul Mannering.

Ten years ago humanity lost the war for survival against a spreading plague that brought the dead back to life as flesh eating monsters.

Now intelligent zombies rule the world. Feeding the undead a steady diet of cloned people called Tankbread, the survivors live in a dangerous world on the brink of final extinction.

One outlaw courier must go on a journey through the post-apocalyptic wasteland of Australia. Fighting his way into the very heart of the apocalypse in the desperate search for a way to save the last humans and destroy the undead threat.

His only companion is a girl with an extraordinary secret. Her name is Else and she’s Tankbread.

Praise for Tankbread:
Paul Mannering’s TANKBREAD is a guts and glory joyride into very dark territory. Very nasty and lots of fun!”
~ Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of DEAD OF NIGHT and DUST & DECAY

Mannering’s take on the post-zombie apocalypse is scarifyingly real. Baked dog while you take orders from your zombie master anyone? Sink your teeth into an Australia where the zombies are in charge – you
won’t be disappointed.
~ Rocky Wood, author of STEPHEN KING: A LITERARY COMPANION and HORRORS! GREAT STORIES OF FEAR AND THEIR CREATORS

“Tankbread reads like a tick-list of genre staples: tens of thousands of zombies, a brave, wise-cracking warrior hero, a beautiful woman who might just hold the key to everything, mad scientists, and even a knight in shining armour and a helicopter-piloting mother superior thrown into the mix! And yet the whole is far greater than the sum of its disparate parts. Tankbread is a blast from start to finish. A breathless, country-crossing zombie epic – kind of like Mad Max colliding head on with Dawn of the Dead. Mixing great action scenes, laugh-out loud moments, copious amounts of horror and lead characters you really grow to give a damn about, Tankbread is a unique and very entertaining entry in the over-saturated zombie genre. Read it and enjoy it – I did.”
~ David Moody, author of the AUTUMN and HATER series.

For more on Paul Mannering’s Tankbread, visit http://tankbread.blogspot.com/
Paul Mannering’s Tankbread is now available for Kindle at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006F820M2

Samurai! Zombies! The Supernatural! And Zorro! Oh my!

Sydney Australia’s Silver Fox Comics reimagines Zorro.
*Edited 9/22/11

PRESS RELEASE:

Silver Fox Comics redefines Zorro in an all-new, all-original comic book series produced from Sydney Australia!

“This may be the boldest and most daring Zorro comic ever created! Could this be the basis of the next Zorro movie?”
John Gertz President Zorro Productions

Silver Fox Comics: Australia’s most action packed independent comic book publisher debuts with a new series for the legendary Zorro!  This is the first Zorro story written by an Aussie and features newly commissioned art, which will build into the most action packed Zorro comic ever produced. As Issue 1 proclaimed “SAMURAIS TO THE LEFT, ZOMBIES TO THE RIGHT. WILL ZORRO SURVIVE?”

ISSUE 2 OUT NOW!
Our 2nd issue of Zorro is now on sale at newsagents nationwide and select comic stores! Issue I on sale on this website and at all good comic stores. This comic is sold exclusively in Australia only.

WRITER SORAB DEL RIO DISCUSSES ZORRO
“This Zorro takes on many modern day themes, such as drugs, persecution of indigenous races, and the supernatural, whilst still retaining the classic iconography and swashbuckling action. This isn’t a safe licensed-to-Walt Disney mainstream Zorro, and it isn’t aimed at kids. This is Zorro, as it should be done. It’s pulp fiction style, rough, gritty and dangerous. It’s East meets West, with the supernatural, all-out fights, drugs, samurai warriors, beautiful women, zombies, guns and blades. This has opened a new path for the Zorro legacy which is the start of an epic, darker, action- packed Zorro, the likes of which have never been conceived before.

New characters emerge, such as Mirella, a gypsy fortune teller who becomes Zorro’s gateway into the supernatural world, the villainous General Cypher is introduced, who sets out to destroy the native Indians, The Beast – merciless tax collector, Yoshiko, the Empress of Opium, Ashikaga her samurai guard, and Carmelita – a dream of a woman you would kill for. 
 The first issue we released features two stories:  The first story, The Defeat of Destiny, sees Zorro uncover a plot, by the new Spanish regency Cypher, to begin importing and farming opium in California. The land of the natives is taken by force in order to clear land for opium. The Japanese arrive, an Indian princess is kidnapped, and will be killed unless Zorro reveals his true identity. I wanted to bring historical themes and parallels into the piece, such as with the opium wars in China, and the exploitation and destruction of indigenous races.
The second story, Love Never Ends, sees an ex-lover resurrected from the dead. When he learns his ex-wife is to be wed again, he seeks revenge. Unlike most zombie films, the zombie cannot simply be killed by a gunshot; it will take a lot more! I’ve also introduced new characters, such as the gypsy fortuneteller Mirella, and a new love interest, Carmelita. I also want to create more of an insight into Zorro over the series. Here, we learn of his penchant for seeing into the future.”

CONTACT DETAILS
Email: sorabdelrio@silverfoxcomics.com.au

For more information about Silver Fox Comics, please visit them on-line at http://www.silverfoxcomics.com.au/ and www.facebook.com/silverfoxcomics.

Zorro®, Zorro is © 2011 Zorro Productions Inc. All rights reserved. All names, characters, events and locales in this publication are entirely fictional. Any resemblance to actual persons (living or dead) is entirely fictional, events or places, is coincidental. No portion of this book may be reproduced by any means (digital or print) without the express permission of Silver Fox Comics except for review purposes.
*Edited by request of Publisher and Zorro Productions, Inc.
 

A Few Guiness World Book Record For Your Consideration

A Few Guiness World Book Record For Your Consideration

According to our fine friends at Comics Alliance, a gaggle of costumed cohorts congregated at the corner of Hollywood and Highland in in L.A. yesterday. In order to top Australia’s record for most people dressed in superhero costumes in one place at one time, a craigslist ad posted to bring as many cosplayers to the call as possible. While we weren’t able to confirm if more than 1245 vigilantes showed up between 12:30 and 12:45 PM as called for, we have faith in our American cosplayers. If someone out there on the left coast wants to tell us how it went, please share in the comments!

In a related story, not to be outdone by us silly Americans, last week, 519 Marios, Warios, Luigis, and WaLuigis gathered in Chifeng City, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China. They gathered not only to score the record of “Largest Gathering Of People Dresses As Mario”, but to celebrate the Fifth Hongshan Culture Festival and Chifeng Animation Festival. Oddly enough this explains how Mario is able to fall into various pits of death, and flaming traps in his misadventures… It simply appears if one of him “game overs”… he’s replaced!

So, should any of you fine ComicMix fans out there happen to have caught the cossies in L.A., or would like to beat some of the other odd records stored within the Guiness Book, let us know, and we’ll celebrate it!

Review: ‘Australia’

Review: ‘Australia’

Australia DVDBaz Luhrman is a visual director. Couple him with fellow Aussies Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman; one would expect a strong story with terrific scenery and fine performances.

Instead, we got a faded postcard called Australia.  The overly long film, now out on DVD, is actually two predictable stories melded into one feature.  The first half is a remake of [[[The African Queen]]] repurposed as an American western set in the outback. The second half is a World War II adventure that sort of pits Jackman against the Japanese. Given its highly obvious story points, it’s hard to believe this is a product from the man who gave us [[[Moulin Rouge]]] and a fresh take on [[[Romeo and Juliet]]].

About the only thing unique about the story is the plight of the half-Caucasian/half-Aborigines children taken away by missionaries during this era to have the “savage” beaten out of them.  As a result, the most interesting characters in the film are the “creamy” Nullah and his silent grandfather King George (played by the veteran David Gulpilil).

Jackman may never win an Oscar for his work, but he’s a versatile, entertaining actor who handles action and romance with equal aplomb.  His Droper smolders throughout the movie and his understanding of the aboriginal people is sympathetic in contrast to just about every other Caucasian in the movie.

Kidman’s Lady Sarah goes from spoiled Englishwoman to gun-toting, hard drinking native without any in-between steps and feels unnatural.  Instead of a nuanced performance, which she’s capable of, she feels like she did this to work from home and not that she had any real affinity for the role or story.

Luhrman also seems more interested in the landscape of his native land than the performances which are more two-dimension than we’re used to. The pacing is languid, even for the action sequences, and overall the movie just lays there. It did not perform well at the box office and 20th Century-Fox apparently lost faith in the film which resulted in a DVD that comes with barely any extras.  There are trailers (and not one for [[[Wolverine]]]) and two deleted scenes, neither of which substantively changes the movie.

AFI Lists 2008’s Moments of Significance

AFI Lists 2008’s Moments of Significance

The American Film Institute has been issuing a variety of year’s best lists and over the weekend, a new one came to our attention:

AFI Moments of Significance may include accomplishments of considerable merit; influences with either a positive or negative impression; trends, either new or re-emerging; anniversaries or memorials of special note; and/or movements in new technologies, education, preservation, government or other areas that impact the art film, television and digital media.

The AFI Moments of Significance selections are listed below:

Slumdog Millionaire
— A Celebration of the Global Film

Slumdog Millionaire
stands as a monument to the possibilities of cross-cultural storytelling. Danny Boyle’s masterwork is rooted in the worlds of Dickens and Dumas but captures their spirit with a visual and narrative splendor that serves as a cinematic passport to a vibrant, modern India. A love story at its core, the film is also a powerful reminder that our global obsession with money leaves many of the world’s children in need.

Also of significance, Slumdog Millionaire is a signpost in America’s search for greater authenticity in its stories. Subtitles — once an inconvenience to American audiences — are now expected and, in fact, demanded to confirm the universality of our daily, global experience.

Other films that reflect this cultural shift include Gran Torino, The Visitor, Australia and television’s Heroes.

Television and New Technologies Provide a Global Oracle for America’s Presidential Race

America’s historic presidential race between Barack Obama and John McCain mesmerized a global audience like a long-running television series. Television and Web coverage played to each other’s strengths, as every nuance of the long, arduous campaigns was accessible for public celebration and scrutiny.

During this process, Obama not only won the election, but also took his place among those statesmen—from FDR’s "Fireside Chats" on radio to JFK’s telegenic performances in debates and news conferences—whose mastery of a new medium captured the public imagination.

Obama harnessed the power of the Internet for both messaging and fundraising, communicating with e-mails, online videos and social networking. His campaign crescendoed with a 30-minute infomercial that was transmitted simultaneously over several broadcast networks and cable channels in the closing days of the campaign.

New technology also helped to engage American citizens at unprecedented levels, most notably with CNN’s "Magic Map," which brought a greater understanding of the electoral process to a new generation.

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