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HBO Announces Hogwarts House Challenges Tour

NEW YORK, NY (January 12, 2018) — In celebration of the Harry Potter film series streaming on the network, unedited and commercial-free for the first time, HBO will host Hogwarts House Challenges in three cities across the country to crown the most dedicated Harry Potter fans. With all eight Harry Potter films joining HBO’s line-up, the network continues its reign as the best destination for the biggest blockbuster films Hollywood has to offer.

Harry Potter fans in ATLANTA, BOSTON and DENVER are invited to put their knowledge of the Wizarding World to the test as they face off in a series of Harry Potter trivia and challenges. At each event, prizes will be awarded for Best Costume, Best Team Photo and more.

Plus, guests will have a chance to see some of the  original props from the Harry Potter films:

  • Tom Riddle’s diary with Basilisk fang
  • Lucius Malfoy’s “Caught” poster
  • Horace Slughorn’s hourglass
  • Bellatrix Lestrange’s dagger
  • “Magical Drafts and Potions” textbook

HBO audiences have a lot to look forward to with more first run, $100M+ films coming to HBO platforms in 2018 than any other premium channel. Viewers continue to subscribe to HBO for the best and most theatrical movies and now they can catch everyone’s favorite wizard whenever and wherever they want.

Hogwarts House Challenges, powered by Wink Back, Inc., will kick off in Atlanta on January 18th, followed by Boston on January 25th and Denver on January 31st. A limited number of tickets will be available on HBO’s Facebook page in the coming days.

Participants will have the chance to warm up their Harry Potter knowledge beforehand by watching all eight movies as well as the latest film from the Wizarding World,Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which are available now to watch on HBO GO, HBO NOW, HBO On Demand and affiliate portals.

VR Title Far Home Gets Social Media Presence

LONDON, January 12th, 2018 – Dynamic new UK developer, DEVCUBESTUDIO developing their first VR title, Far Home, announced their presence in Facebook and Twitter. Now you can get regular updates about Far Home in your favorite social networks like Facebook and Twitter.

Hitting Early Access January 2018 and launching at the end of 2018 for HTC Vive and Oculus, Far Home is a unique science-fiction game that teleports users into the year 2300, where earth is overpopulated and polluted, and humanity are searching for a new home.

Far Home is DEVCUBESTUDIO’s first foray into the VR world, and an exciting time for this young, charismatic studio.  The 50-strong team are pulling on their combined experience to not only create an action-packed first-person shooter with co-op option, but build something that treats its players to an immersive team based science fiction adventure.

Users can choose from 6 individual character classes and have the chance to explore 5 different planets, all with their own distinctive environments. During each expedition, players will encounter a number of unusual inhabitants that will either help or hinder them on their journey.

Make sure you follow Far Home on Facebook and Twitter.

Attack on Titan 2 Gets New Multiplayer Features

Burlingame, Calif. — January 11, 2018 — KOEI TECMO America today revealed the action-packed online features for their upcoming action title ATTACK ON TITAN 2, along with the next set of playable characters in the still growing new roster. The heavily-anticipated sequel is coming to the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, Nintendo Switch™, and digitally on Windows PC via Steam® on March 20, 2018.

In ATTACK ON TITAN 2, players can enjoy one of the newly introduced online modes to either build friendships or create enemies. Returning from Attack on Titan are the co-operative online modes, alongside an all-new competitive PvP mode where players fight against each other to claim the highest score, and ascend to the top of the leader boards.

The newly introduced competitive multiplayer option, Annihilation Mode, sees two teams of four Scouts compete to earn the highest score within a set time limit. Defeating the devastating Titans is one of the most important ways to earn individual points and climb the leader board. Although, working together is also key as it can earn the team a Chain Bonus through destroying each Titan body part before subjugating them. Building and defending bases is also an efficient way of securing points. With select areas on the map allowing for base development, opposing teams will vie for the location – defending them is of utmost priority.

With ATTACK ON TITAN 2’s Annihilation Mode, stopping the opposing team’s progress can be a surefire way of turning the tides during a game. A selection of different items can be used to halt the enemy in their track, including Numbing Bullets which cause the player to be temporarily paralyzed, and Paint Bullets which briefly covers the opponents screen and mini-map. As a match draws to a climactic close, the stakes raise, as in the last minute any points earned are doubled. Within this time, it is imperative for players to work closely and earn as many points as possible to come out in the lead.

Online functionality is not only limited to competitive play, as players are able to take on missions co-operatively in Story Mode and Scout Missions. Gathering a team of close allies during these modes allows them to experience the gripping events while fighting against the Titan threat together.

In ATTACK ON TITAN 2, players are able to select one of their favorite characters from a roster of over 30; including their own Custom Scout or one of the newly announced additions – Keith Sadies, Kitz Woermann, Dhalis Zachary and Dot Pyxis. Alongside assets of these new exciting gameplay modes, KOEI TECMO America released a fresh selection of images providing a deeper look at the Character Creation Studio, and the various ways it can be used to create a unique Scout, Online Communication Features and Online Weapon Development.

To keep up to date with the latest news on ATTACK ON TITAN 2 please visit the official site at www.koeitecmoamerica.com/attackontitan2, Like www.facebook.com/koeitecmous, and Follow us on Twitter @koeitecmous

Tt eSPORTS Releases the New DRACONEM RGB Touch Edition Gaming Mouse Pad

Las Vegas, United States – January 11th, 2018 – Tt eSPORTS, the energetic and powerful challenger introduces a new addition to the DRACONEM RGB gaming mouse pad family, the DRACONEM RGB Touch Edition Gaming Mouse Pad. Equipped with 16.8 million RGB color illumination, 4 stunning lighting effects, coupled with a completely new left, right and bottom design construction, gives the mouse pad even greater color illumination than ever before. The surface for the mouse pad is specially optimized and creates play that is balanced for both speed and control. The highlight feature, a state-of-the-art biometric FIDO certified Touch ID System, which allows for easy login to PC systems, access to favorite web pages, and secure file and folder encryption. In addition, enthusiasts can further customize their desired lighting settings with both hardware and software controls for even greater color personalization.

Further information from Thermaltake at CES 2018 is available on our dedicated CES 2018 website: http://ces2018.thermaltake.com/

Tt eSPORTS DRACONEM RGB Touch Edition Gaming Mouse Pad suggested price of USD 49.99

Shoppe Keep 2 Reveal Trailer

January 11, 2018 – Shoppe Keep 2, the much-anticipated sequel to the 2015 original, will launch in Early Access for PC on 26th April 2018. Take a look at the brand new reveal trailer.

The new game will expand upon the unique concept and gameplay of the original Shoppe Keep. Players will be tasked with running and growing their own fantasy store, selling armour, weapons and potions to adventurers and NPCs – but this time they won’t be alone. Brand new to Shoppe Keep 2 is online multiplayer, which will see players teaming up with friends in order to run a store together.

Shoppe Keep 2 also features a diverse open world for players to explore, full of dangerous creatures to hunt and rare loot to find – all of which feed into the titular Shoppe Keeping.

Take on a venomous spider and sell its poison, or hunt for special loot that will make quite the profit. With players themselves adventuring this time around, they will also need to kit themselves out with armour, weapons and potions – which is why every single item that can be sold to customers can also be equipped or used by the player character.

To keep up to date with everything Shoppe Keep 2, players should add the game to their Steam wishlist.

DONTNOD Presents Vampyr – Webseries Teaser

January 11, 2018 – Focus Home Interactive and DONTNOD Entertainment are excited to announce “DONTNOD Presents Vampyr”, an original weekly four-part webseries that reveals the studio’s signature approach to bringing the narrative-driven RPG, Vampyr, to life.

Watch the teaser trailer for this unique webseries, produced and realized by the video department of Focus Home Interactive. In each 5-minute episode, the French developer invites fans into the heart of their Parisian studio to unveil exclusive new gameplay footage, accompanied with deep insight into their creative process, beginning with Episode I: Making Monsters on January 18.

In the first episode, Making Monsters, DONTNOD delves into their signature identity and reasoning behind putting players into the role of a conflicted predator. The studio will make players feel the duality that torments doctor-turned-vampire, Jonathan Reid, giving them the freedom to choose who to sacrifice and who to save. Every killing has consequences, and it’s up to players to balance their need to feed and grow stronger, with the rapidly deteriorating city of London.

Four episodes are planned in total for the weekly series:

  • Episode I: Making Monsters
  • Episode II: Architects of the Obscure
  • Episode III: Human After All
  • Episode IV: Stories From the Dark

New Critters Series and More Announced From WBTV

BURBANK, Calif. (January 10, 2018) — Warner Bros. Television Group’s digital studio Blue Ribbon Content (BRC) continues to create new and exciting original content for the digital marketplace, with two new series orders from Verizon announced today at a panel during the Television Critics Association’s (TCA) 2018 Winter Press Tour on the Warner Bros. Studios lot. The new live-action comedies are Golden Revenge, from Conan O’Brien’s Conaco LLC, and Critters: A New Binge, a series adaptation of the cult classic feature films. Both series will begin production in early 2018.

These two series orders continue the highly successful relationship between Verizon and BRC which began with Now We’re Talking, the live-action, sports-themed comedy from UNINTERRUPTED which was recently renewed for a second season. The collaboration between the two companies continued with the scripted original digital feature Good Girls Get High, an Alloy Entertainment Production, which will premiere on the streaming video service in 2018.

“With a cast list as diverse as puppies, cats and rampaging critters, these two new shows are perfect examples of the unexpected and dynamic programming we aim to produce at Blue Ribbon Content,” said Peter Girardi, Executive Vice President, Blue Ribbon Content, and Executive Vice President, Alternative Programming, Warner Bros. Animation. “Verizon has been a great partner, and we can’t wait for audiences to dive into these stories.”

For more information on the BRC programming slate for Verizon, see below.

LIVE-ACTION COMEDY SERIES

  • GOLDEN REVENGE — Golden Revenge tells the epic saga of three pets out to get even with the jerks that left them for dead in this heartwarming animal tale that quickly turns into a quest for bloody vengeance. This original comedy is directed by Tom Stern (Saul of the Mole Men, The Andy Milonakis Show), who also wrote the series with Josh Gardner (Saul of the Mole Men, MADtv). Both Stern and Gardner executive produce. Golden Revenge is produced by Retrofit Films and Conaco LLC in association with Blue Ribbon Content for Verizon.
  • CRITTERS: A NEW BINGE — In this series adaptation of the fan-favorite cult films, the critters return to Earth in search of one of their kin, who was left behind years ago during an earlier mission. They land in Burbank, Calif., where they wreak havoc on a group of high schoolers and their families in this new digital series written and executive produced by Jordan Rubin, Jon Kaplan and Al Kaplan. Rubin also directs. Rupert Harvey and Barry Opper, from the original Critters film franchise, are producers. Critters: A New Binge is produced by Abominable Pictures in association with Blue Ribbon Content for Verizon.

LIVE-ACTION DIGITAL FEATURE

  • GOOD GIRLS GET HIGH — With graduation looming, two academically gifted “good girls,” frustrated with their social standing in the high school hierarchy, get stoned on their last night of senior year in Good Girls Get High, a new scripted original digital feature. After their evening of experimentation goes hilariously awry, they ultimately learn that being “bad girls” isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. The film is directed by Laura Terruso, who is also a writer along with Jennifer Nashorn Blankenship. The cast includes Sundance breakout star Abby Quinn (Landline), Stefanie Scott (Insidious: Chapter 3, Jem and the Holograms, A.N.T. Farm), Booboo Stewart (The Twilight Saga films), Isabelle Fuhrman (Masters of Sex, The Hunger Games, Orphan), Chanté Adams (Roxanne Roxanne), YouTube sensation Miles McKenna, with Lauren Lapkus (Orange Is the New Black) and Danny Pudi (Community). Les Morgenstein and Elysa Dutton serve as producers, and Tripp Reed is an executive producer. The film is an Alloy Entertainment Production in association with Blue Ribbon Content for Verizon, and is based on the book in development with Alloy Entertainment.

D23 Announces Member Discounts for 2018

BURBANK, Calif. — January 10, 2018 — Members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club receive exclusive discounts year-round on shopping, entertainment, and Disney adventures when they present a D23 Membership Card or use special member-only online codes.

D23 Members can enjoy savings throughout the worlds of Disney including:

  • 15% off all purchases of $60 or more at shopDisney.com and in all Disney Store locations through March 31, 2018
  • 10% off food and nonalcoholic beverage purchases at TerralinaPaddlefish, and Wine Bar George (opening 2018) in Disney Springs and Restaurant Marrakesh in Epcot’s Morocco pavilion
  • Dining discounts in and around Disneyland Resort, including Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen, Catal Restaurant, Uva Bar, Naples, Tortilla Jo’s, and ESPN Zone
  • Discounted rates at Howard Johnson Anaheim and Anaheim Hotel located near Disneyland Resort; as well as at Hilton Orlando Lake Buena VistaHilton Orlando Buena Vista PalaceWyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista, and Wyndham Lake Buena Vista, located near Walt Disney World Resort
  • Discounts on purchases from select stores in Disney Springs, including Alex and AniBasinLevi’sVolcomUnder ArmourArribas Bros., and Sugarboo & Co.
  • 10% savings on activities at Sammy Duvall’s Watersports Centre and on merchandise at CURL® by Sammy Duvall in Disney Springs
  • Sweet savings at Ghirardelli Chocolate Company online and in its two Disney Parks shops

In addition, D23 Members can take advantage of a host of ongoing and limited-time offers developed just for them, including savings on tickets to the Walt Disney Hometown Museum in Marceline, Mo., and special offers fromThe El Capitan Theatre, including discounted tickets to its upcoming screenings of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Lady and the Tramp.

Complete details on all D23 Member discounts and offers, as well as a full list of all the latest specials, can be found online at http://D23.com/Discounts. All offers are available to D23 Gold and Gold Family Members; D23 General Members receive access to a select number of discounts.

Orion Pictures Acquires Distribution Rights for Zombie Musical Anna and the Apocalypse

Los Angeles – January 9, 2018 — Orion Pictures, recently relaunched by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) as a new, stand-alone U.S. theatrical marketing and distribution company, has acquired the North American and Latin American rights to John McPhail’s award-winning zombie holiday musical Anna and the Apocalypse. The announcement was made today by John Hegeman, President, Orion Pictures.  Orion plans to release Anna and the Apocalypse in the 2018 holiday season.

The film stars Ella Hunt (Our Robot Overlords) as Anna, Mark Benton (The Halcyon), Paul Kaye (Game Of Thrones) and a breakout group of emerging talent including Malcom Cumming, Ben Wiggins, Sarah Swire, Christopher Leveaux and Marli Siu. Embraced by fans and critics alike, the film’s world premiere at Fantastic Fest this year was met with critical acclaim. It also played at Sitges Film Festival, where it won the award for Best Midnight X-Treme Feature Length Film.

Anna and the Apocalypse is based on the 2010 BAFTA winning short film Zombie Musical; directed by John McPhail (Where Do We Go From Here); written by Alan McDonald and the late Ryan McHenry (Ryan Gosling Won’t Eat His Cereal viral series); with original music by Roddy Hart and Tommy Reilly. The film was produced by Naysun Alae-Carew and Nicholas Crum of Blazing Griffin in association with Tracy Jarvis of Parkhouse Pictures and Creative Scotland.

Hegeman said, “The team at Orion can’t wait to work with Blazing Griffin in making Anna and the Apocalypse a holiday spectacular for the ages. Nothing gets the blood flowing like a good holiday musical.”

“The Orion logo was on the front of so many of our favorite films growing up.  It’s a real honor that Anna and the Apocalypse will join the ranks of the films that inspired us. We are elated to have a partner in Orion that is as passionate about our film as we are,” said Blazing Griffin Producer Naysun Alae-Carew.

In Anna and the Apocalypse, a zombie apocalypse threatens the sleepy town of Little Haven – at Christmas – forcing Anna and her high school friends to fight, sing and slash their way to survival with a fast-spreading undead horde in relentless pursuit. Teaming up with her best friend John, Anna and her crew fight their way through zombified snowmen, a ravenous bachelor party and high school hormones to try and save family and faculty alike. But they soon discover that no one is safe in this new world, and the only people they can truly rely on are each other.

Anna and the Apocalypse marks the first acquisition for Orion since announcing its return to wide release theatrical distribution last Fall.  Orion’s first release, the YA romance Every Day, based on David Levithan’s New York Times best-selling novel of the same name, will debut in U.S. theaters on February 23, 2018 and is directed by Emmy Award and Golden Globe winner Michael Sucsy, written by Jesse Andrews and produced by Likely Story and Film Wave, stars Angourie Rice, Justice Smith, Maria Bello and Debby Ryan.

The deal was negotiated by Nate Bolotin of XYZ Films on behalf of the filmmakers. International territories are represented by James Norrie of AMP International.

Call of Duty: WWII Nazi Zombies – The Darkest Shore Trailer

January 9, 2018 – We have the official Call of Duty: WWII Nazi Zombies – The Darkest Shore trailer to share with you today at the following link:

The Resistance DLC for Call of Duty: WWII brings three new multiplayer maps to Call of Duty: WWII, along with a new War Mode mission – Operation Intercept, and the next chapter in the Nazi Zombies saga – The Darkest Shore. Available first on the PlayStation 4 beginning on January 30, check out what The Resistance has to offer.

The Darkest Shore follows our heroes into the next chapter of their dangerous journey. Only days after the horrific disaster of Mittelburg, the crew has received intel that suggests Doktor Straub is on an island just north of Germany. Blanketed in fog, this island is surrounded by Nazi air and sea power – and crawling with the Undead. Marie, Drostan, Olivia, and Jefferson will need to battle all this and more to uncover the mysteries hidden within the Darkest Shore.