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ICON VS. ICON PRESENTS: Acid Pop Cult Podcast – Episode 180: Blind, Crippled, Crazy

ICON VS. ICON PRESENTS: Acid Pop Cult Podcast – Episode 180: Blind, Crippled, Crazy


This week on the Acid Pop Cult Podcast, Jeremy and Jason ring in 2016 with an eclectic mix of pop culture topics. The duo start with a quick recap of their holiday adventures and what the New Year may hold for them. Jeremy gives us the scoop in his first foray into the world of live WWE events, while Jason gives us the latest and greatest on the long-rumored Guns N’ Roses reunion. They also take a trip down memory lane with a look at ‘Ash Vs. Evil Dead’ and the magic that is Bruce Campbell. The show is rounded out with the latest on ‘Batman V. Superman’ and solid picks of the week with ‘The Visit’’ and ‘The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.’ Spread the word, leave a review and be sure to tune in each week for the latest and greatest!

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‘PLASTIC GALAXY: The Story of Star Wars Toys’ – DVD Available Now!

‘PLASTIC GALAXY: The Story of Star Wars Toys’ – DVD Available Now!

'Plastic Galaxy'

‘Plastic Galaxy’

PLASTIC GALAXY: The Story of Star Wars Toys. It begins a long time ago…

When Star Wars landed in the theaters, it introduced audiences to a galaxy filled with heroes and villains, robots and space ships, and a dizzying variety of alien life. But when the lights came up, they all disappeared… Unless you had all the toys. In which case, the adventure never had to end. Like no toys before them, Star Wars toys were a phenomenon that swept the nation, permanently transforming both the toy and movie industries, and ultimately creating a hobby that, 30 years later, still holds sway over its fans.

Plastic Galaxy is a documentary that explores the groundbreaking and breathtaking world of Star Wars toys. Through interviews with former Kenner employees, experts and authors like Steve Sansweet and Gus Lopez, and of course collectors, it looks at the toys’ history, their influence, and the fond and fervent feelings they elicit today.

With help from a successful Kickstarter campaign, Plastic Galaxy was released earlier this year on DVD, and is available on Amazon (link above) and select brick and mortar stores. Check out a 13-minute film teaser here: www.PlasticGalaxyMovie.com. You can also watch a “Know Your Toy Lightsaber” video here: https://vimeo.com/47776783

The region-free DVD includes the 70-minute feature, as well as more than 40 minutes of extras:

• Tiny Toys, Giant Disaster: The Star Wars Micro Line

• Know Your Toy Lightsaber!

• The Art and Science of Kenner Prototypes

• Steve Sansweet: The Secret Origin of a Record-Setting Collector



AUGUST 22-24: Intervention (www.interventioncon.com). Washington, D.C.

w/ David Pescovitz (Boing Boing) & Onezumi Hartstein (Onezumiverse) + others. Screening Plastic Galaxy + Q&A

SEPTEMBER 26-28: Days of the Dead Convention (http://www.daysofthedead.net/los_angeles/). Los Angeles, CA.

w/ Clive Barker (Hellraiser), Corey Feldman (Goonies, Lost Boys), Tara Reid (American Pie, Sharknado), Joe Turkel (Blade Runner, The Shining), Cast Reunion for John Carpenter’s The Thing, + others. Screening Plastic Galaxy + Q&A @ 3:00PM

Plastic Galaxy was produced and directed (and shot and edited!) by Brian Stillman, who, along with co-producer Karl Tate, spent more than three years working on the film. Plastic Galaxy in presented in association with X-Ray Films & Futurious Industries, with consulting producers John Alvarez & Mike Ritter. Karl Tate also served as production designer on the film, and animation was handled by Stephen Baker. The original music in the film is credited to Chris Ianuzzi.

Visit the film’s web page at www.PlasticGalaxyMovie.com, or find PLASTIC GALAXY: The Story of Star Wars Toys on Facebook a twww.facebook.com/plasticgalaxy.



BRIAN STILLMAN (Director/Executive Co-Producer/Camera/Editor)

Brian Stillman has more than 15 years experience as a professional journalist in both the print and documentary worlds. He has written articles and produced video pieces for numerous magazines and web sites, including Guitar World, Future Music, Super 7, the music magazine Revolver (where he was also managing editor), and the New York Post. In 2007 he released his first documentary, Toys Are Us: A Revolution in Plastic, which focused on the world of designer vinyl toys.

Brian is also a die-hard toy and science fiction collector. Most of his office is taken up by vintage robots and ray guns from the 1930s through the 1960s; he writes about much of the collection at his blog, Doc Atomic’s Attic of Astounding Artifacts(astoundingartifacts.blogspot.com).

When not chasing down turn of the century tin and plastic, he’s hunting toys for his Star Wars collection. (Big Surprise!) While not as big as some of those featured in Plastic Galaxy, Brian’s proud of his toy shelves, which house some pretty neat stuff (if he does say so himself).

Brian is a huge, HUGE fan of the original Star Wars trilogy, particularly the first film, which he’s seen more times than he can count. He also regularly gorges himself on both classic and modern science fiction films and books, Dr. Who and Star Trek episodes, and even deep cuts like Tom Corbett: Space Cadet, and Space Patrol.

No one who knows him is all that surprised he made a film about Star Wars toys.

KARL TATE (Co-Producer/Production Designer)

Karl Tate was born in New Orleans but considers the Big Apple his home. Karl has more than 20 years of experience as a professional designer with credits including information graphics and illustrations for The Associated Press, SPACE.com , Livescience.com, LAPTOP magazine, and many others. Karl currently works for TechMediaNetwork and its online properties.

Just like Brian, Karl has what you might call a fondness for the sci-fi stuff. Karl’s main focus as a collector is prop replicas from TV and movies. He also has a collection of vintage robots, ray guns and space toys.

Karl served as Associate Producer and Designer on Toys Are Us: A Revolution in Plastic.


Interviews with Brian Stillman:

— The Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show, Ep. 110, January 2014. (Podcast) http://jeffrubinjeffrubinshow.com/episode/110-star-wars-toy-documentarian/

— Watto’s Junk Shop. (web article) http://www.wattosjunkshop.com/Plastic%20Galaxy%20Interview.html

— Star Wars Collectorbase (web article) http://www.starwars-collectorbase.com/Collectorbase/dokumentationen/plastic-galaxy.html (scroll down for English)

— Star Wars In Character (podcast) http://www.swic.neozaz.com/special-episode-plastic-galaxy-interview.html

— Through The Black Hole (web article) http://www.throughtheblackhole.com/en/brian-stillman-interview/


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Barbie® Exhibit at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis Wildly Popular with Girls of All Ages

Barbie® Exhibit at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis Wildly Popular with Girls of All Ages

For more than five decades, Barbie® doll has continued to deliver fashionable, aspirational and culturally relevant play experiences to girls of all ages. In partnership with The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, the Barbie brand introduced an immersive brand experience with Barbie™: The Fashion Experience, a must-visit family destination that encourages children and adults to design and have fun playing with fashion.

“The reception to this exhibit has been remarkable and has exceeded our expectations,” said Stephanie Cota, Senior Vice President, Barbie Marketing. “Girls from all over the world can engage with the brand like never before through a one-of-a-kind, high-touch, high fashion experience that only Barbie can deliver.”

Open since December 2009, Barbie™: The Fashion Experience has been among the most popular exhibits at the museum. Expected to welcome more than 1 million museum visitors during the 14 months it will be open, Barbie™: The Fashion Experience allows families to explore the different roles involved with putting on a real life runway show and learn how fashion is a reflection of art, design, and popular culture.

“Partnering with Mattel to create this much-anticipated exhibit has been a wonderful experience,” said Dr. Jeffrey H. Patchen, president and CEO of The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. “Barbie has the power to spark multi-generational conversations encouraging families to spend time together, share memories and learn about the art of collecting.”

Visitors can also enjoy one-of-a-kind Barbie™ collectibles never seen by the public and learn first-hand about the art of Barbie® through collecting. Barbie™: The Fashion Experience at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is open until mid-February 2011.

For more information about Barbie™: The Fashion Experience at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, contact the museum at (800) 208-KIDS [5437] or visit childrensmuseum.org.

To learn more about Barbie®, visit Barbie.com.

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Masters of The Universe: Reboot Gets A Pair of New Writers

Masters of The Universe: Reboot Gets A Pair of New Writers

hemanScreenwriters Mike Finch and Alex Litvak, the pair who penned the highly anticipated film ‘Predators’, have been hired by Columbia Pictures to pen a script for  “Masters of the Universe“. The duo’s involvement is the first news on the project since Columbia acquired the rights to the project last fall. Mattel will have final approval over the story.

He-Man is a brawny prince who transforms into a warrior who becomes the last hope for a magical land called Eternia, which is being ravaged by technology and the evil Skeletor.

The Mattel property became iconic by way of the 1980s cartoon series He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, and the property was previously turned into a campy flop by Cannon Films in 1987, with Dolph Lungdren as He-Man and Frost/Nixon star Frank Langella as the villainous Skeletor.

Source: THR

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