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Boxtrolls are coming!

Boxtrolls comes home on Jan 20th

Universal City, California, December 2, 2014 – Heroes come in all shapes and sizes in the family event movie The Boxtrolls. Starring, in voice performance, Academy Award® winner Ben Kingsley, Isaac Hempstead Wright (Game of Thrones), and Elle Fanning (Maleficent), the new movie from animation studio LAIKA, the makers of the Academy Award®-nominated Coraline and ParaNorman, comes to Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + DIGITAL HD with UltraViolet January 20, 2015 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The Boxtrolls will also be available on Digital HD December 23, 2014, just in time for the holidays.

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GWAR Comes to Baltimore

Balsac the Jaws of Death

GWAR appeared in Baltimore this past weekend on their 2014 Eternal Tour. They addressed the absence of lead singer Oderus Urungus, and introduced Blothar and Vulvatron, each capable of spewing their own fluids all over the audience. I don’t think a first-timer would have a lesser experience with the new line-up. It was different, but it wasn’t for better or for worse. The crowd seemed to completely enjoy it, and it did sell out, so the fans are still there, and they’re still cracking their heads to rock out with the best scumdogs in the universe. Click below for my photos, which should at least induce internal bleeding.

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Guardians of the Galaxy on Blu-Ray and DVD

click to buy from AmazonGuardians of the Galaxy comes out tomorrow on Blu-Ray and DVD. I can’t tell who’s more excited, the people who saw it in theaters, finally bringing home the fun, or the people who haven’t seen it yet, but heard how awesome it was. I’ve given the disc a spin, and the film still hold the awe and humor that I experienced in the theater. I also enjoyed the bonus features found on this disc. You can pick up in stores starting tomorrow, or grab it from the link on Amazon. Click below for some clips.

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Review: Playmobil Ferris Wheel (5552) and motor

Fair scene

My wonderful wife and adoring son knew exactly what I wanted for my birthday and surprised me with the Playmobil Ferris Wheel (with optional motor). I love the fair. I’ve photographed our County Fair for local blogs and TV station for the last few years. I love everything that the fair means for a community, and the people it brings together. There is some old school Americana at the fair, and I usually go four or five times through its run. And you know I love playmobil, so when playmobil hit the fair, I was fixated. Check out my pics below, and see the video of the lights and motor in action.

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Fitz & the Tantrums with Big Data at 9:30 Club

Michael and Noelle of Fitz and the Tantrums

Fitz and the Tantrums, known for their stuck-in-your-head hits such as The Walker and Out of My League, played at 9:30 Club in Washington DC last weekend. Fresh off their show in Portland, they had the nation’s capital hopping and swaying throughout the set, including their cover of Sweet Dreams, click below for more pics, including opener Big Data.

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Discount code for DC’s Downtown Countdown

all the details for the Downtown Countdown
Details and tickets.
Plus at check-out, use coupon code CAMERA to get a $10 discount!

It’s unlimited food and drink, plus did I mention THIRD EYE BLIND is headlining? I’ve done this show the last four years and always had a blast. There’s the mainstage (two years ago GroupLove did a very special acoustic set for the VIP ticket holders, on the floor, surrounded by fans!), the DJ dance room, and a comedian room if you want a little break.

Buy your tickets soon, as they will go up in price shortly! There are lots of hot people signing up now, make sure you’re there. Remember to use coupon code CAMERA at check-out to get a $10 per ticket discount!

Here are photos I took last year, check it out and see if you’d like to hang with us all night.


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Primus at the Hippodrome

Primus & the Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble

Photos by Paul Frederiksen, words by Ben Moore

Primus, back to its original lineup, played the Hippodrome at the France in Baltimore, MD October 29th to a packed house. Primus opened their first set with “Those Damned Blue-Collared Tweakers” on a sparse stage set. The first set consisted of an amazing hour of their biggest hits from throughout their career including “John the Fisherman,” “Groundhog’s Day,” and concluding with “Jerry Was a Racecar Driver.”

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Primus & the Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble

After a short intermission, the curtains opened to an elaborate Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory-themed set and the addition of a xylophonist and a cellist to add to the sound of the second set, where Primus played through their latest album, Primus & The Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble, covering all the music from the classic film “Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory.” Highlights included the various Oompa Loompa ditties where a pair of Oompa Loompas came out to dance. Throughout the set, a screen played edited scenes corresponding to the song going on.

Primus & the Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble

Primus finished with a short encore, closing a great night with fan favorite “Too Many Puppies.”

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Peanut Booger Sandwich recipe!

Mush it together. GROSS
Want something fun and easy to make for your kids’ lunch for Halloween? How about something that only needs ingredients you already have in your house. My son loves eating gross stuff, so here’s a Peanut Booger Sandwich. You can make in just a few minutes.
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Podcast: CAT PAW


We got to play with Wicked Cool Toys’ Cat Paw. And hey! It’s National Cat Day.
Do all cats love Cat Paw?


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2014 NYCC Part 2!

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This year’s NYCC featured some amazing collectibles and announcements. Hasbro used the opportunity to give a first look at their new Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron Legends Infinite Series and even a Quinjet for collectors to drool over until spring 2015. Hasbro also announced an expansion of their exquisite 6-inch Star Wars: Black Series brand with new figures featuring: Commander Cody, Leia in her bounty hunter disguise, Emperor Palpatine, Yoda, IG-88 and both Luke and Han in stormtrooper disguises. The 3.5-inch Black Series will also see new members with the release of Han Solo in Carbonite, Jawas, Luke in his Hoth outfit and a smaller version of Leia in her bounty hunter disguise.

Bandai America Incorporated brought a NYCC exclusive 6.5” tall Godzilla based on the the recent movie starring Bryan Cranston. They were a hot item with only 500 pieces and fans were definitely lined up each day for the limited run. Bandai also featured several collectibles for the Power Rangers fan including a set of 5 ranger keys with Tommy Oliver. Funko continues to roll out new Pop figures in their expanding licensing universe. This year’s NYCC featured a special Harley Quinn and the White and Gold Phoenix along with Frost Giant Loki and a vintage costumed Wonder Woman among others.

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Square Enix brought a pretty amazing looking exclusive Deathstroke figure which was based off the costume seen in the video game, Batman: Arkham Origins. Dark Horse may be rooting the Targaryens in the Game of Thrones after offering a set of collectible dragons (Rhaegal, Viserion and Drogon) modeled after HBO’s hit show. DH also had an enormous limited edition version of the Alliance Cruiser from Mass Effect for a lucky 250 souls.

For this writer, the “I gotta have this” Star of the Show combined both appreciation for the NES and an appreciation for concealed alcohol. Ink Whiskey had long lines to purchase their Concealable Entertainment Flask which is a flask encased in the familiar gray NES cartridge with a convenient opening for your favorite spirits (see inkwhiskey.com). Eager buyers got to choose from 5 mock games including “Drunk Hunt”, “Castle-Vodka”, “Super Bar-Hop Bros.”, “Metal Beer” and “Legend of Drink”. The NYCC exclusive was a gold version of the Legend of Drink cartridge which sold out quickly on the first day of the Con. Stay tuned to Millionaireploy.com for all the latest in toys and collectibles coming soon!

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NYCC had some goodies for video game fans as well. Marvel’s mobile (IOS and Android) game, Contest of Champions, looks very promising. For those of you who have spent time playing Injustice from DC Comics, Contest of Champions blends a similar compelling story with arcade fighting action. Players will be able to choose from a large variety of Marvel characters who are grouped by powers and have special moves. I, of course, chose to play Captain America and the game play was fun and the difficulty was appropriate for most users. Look for this to be in iTunes and Android Market in December. Square Enix displayed Final Fantasy Type-O HD for PS4 and Xbox One. A hugely popular game in Japan on PSP, Square Enix brings the action state-side with this next generation stunner. Most FF fans who are eagerly awaiting Final Fantasy XV should definitely give this a try in the meantime. Capcom and Sony both brought near-finished versions of must-have horror games for release in the coming months. Resident Evil fans will be pleased with the transition to next generation consoles in Resident Evil Revelations 2 which should delight fans with some exceptional visuals and gameplay in what felt like a return to the franchise’s roots. Sony featured the Hayden Panettiere voiced, Until Dawn, which will by an upcoming PS4 exclusive and could rival the Last of Us for the Hollywood-inspired video-movie-game of 2015. Overall, the presence of video games pales in comparison to E3 and other electronics-focused events but enough to be interesting for the video game enthusiasts.

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With a limited amount of movie releases related to comics slated for early 2015, Marvel and DC both chose to keep the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron or Superman vs. Batman blockbusters under wraps for now. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies took over prime real estate for all comers to see as they walked in. Peter Jackson’s three volume adaptation has met with mixed reactions from fans but the final chapter is shaping up to be quite immense. As mentioned in Part 1, Disney’s Tomorrowland with creative heads Brad Bird and Lost alum David Lindelof received a great deal of attention with their release of a new trailer and some unseen footage for panel-goers. If you haven’t seen anything about this movie, it is shaping up to be a major sci-fi event film in 2015. While not a new movie, a highlight for many NYCC goers was the 30th Anniversary of Karate Kid (yes, the REAL Karate Kid) which saw a reunion of cast members Ralph Macchio, Billy Zabka and Martin Kove to wrap up the con. Oh, Pat Morita, how we miss you!

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Speaking of movies, for those of you who are fans of the book World War Z, written by Max Brooks, his panel was an absolute treat. Brooks was keen to explain how his book turned into the big budget Brad Pitt vehicle after it connected very little with the original text. Brooks was quick to joke with audience members that the title is about the only two things the stories have in common and to view each for their own value. Brooks also announced that he is working on a screenplay for his graphic novel, Harlem Hellfighters, which features an all-African American unit from New York who overcame racism, indifference and a transfer to French military leadership to become one of the most decorated units in all of World War I. Keep an eye out for this story as Brooks is working with Will Smith’s production company to bring it to the big screen.

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One final presence at this year’s NYCC are the newest sci-fi and fantasy books coming our way in the near future. With the elimination of the Expanded Universe in Star Wars (now referred to as “legends” if you still pick up some of the really good SW fiction out there), fans have been dying to know what changes are in store. With Star Wars: A New Dawn written by John Jackson Miller setting the tone (in a good way!), Random House and Disney Publishing revealed some new details about the upcoming Tarkin, Heir to the Jedi and Lords of the Sith which will fill in some time gaps and be canon to the new SW storytelling. While opinions are sure to mixed, I would encourage readers to take a look at what Miller did with SW: AND and judge for themselves.

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The 2014 edition of New York Comic Con was full of things for fans of all things. The Cosplay at this year’s NYCC this year showed that fans of all ages and interests can find a home for this annual tradition and we were able to take a few pictures of some of the more interesting costumes. Sadly, we lost some of our earlier pictures but I hope you all get a feel for just how creative and confident attendees were this year. Thank you all for reading this summary and there was so much more to see and hear than we were able to address this in article. Most importantly, I hope you all consider attending this event in the future as this truly is the Golden Age of Geek!


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