Air New Zealand Unveils The “Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made”

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(PCM) Air New Zealand has gotten quite creative with their new airline safety video and have unveiled the Hobbit-themed “Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made”.

Fans of “The Hobbit” will be overjoyed with the new flight safety video which features appearances by both Elijah Wood and “Hobbit” trilogy director Peter Jackson.

The video opens up with two “Hobbit” superfan running to board their air New Zealand flight only to find themselves seated next to Elijah Wood himself. The video then swiftly transports the fans to Middle Earth and flight safety instructions are hilarious portrayed in that setting.

Air New Zealand is urging travelers to use the hashtag #airzhobbit to spread the word and since the video has been uploaded to YouTube it has already surpassed over 3 million views and continues to climb.

In a stroke of marketing genius the new video comes just prior to the release of the third and final film in the “Hobbit” trilogy “The Hobbit: The Battle Of Five Armies”.

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Yoda, Chewbacca And Darth Vader Set To Run For Ukrainian Parliament

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(PCM) In a bit of odd news out of the Ukraine, it seems that if Star Wars characters are now running for a place in the Ukrainian parliament. Somehow Yoda, Chewbacca, and Darth Vader have officially registered as candidates under the “Internet Party”.

The upcoming elections for parliament are set to take place in the city of Odessa on October 26. Odessa happens to be the third largest city in the Ukraine. Rest assured that the candidates are actual people as the individuals in the running have legally changed their names to Darth V. Vader, Stepan Chubakka (Chewbacca) and Master V. Yoda.

Now that’s what we can dedication!!

The “Internet Party” candidates even went as far as to use iconic Star Wars imagery with a slight Ukrainian twist in both their campaign posters and videos. Even though the party’s attempt at having a member actually get elected to parliament, the party’s campaign is certainly creating a lot of buzz and a few laughs throughout the Ukraine.

 

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New York Comic-Con 2014 Cosplay Gallery

(PCM) What Comic-Con event would be complete with a fleet of cosplay participants? PCM spent all four days at NY Comic-Con 2014. And while NY Comic-Con isn’t exactly known for out-performing in the A-list cosplay category over San Diego, it’s building steam. Early word from staff insiders is that NY Comic-Con has out drawn San Diego in total numbers!

Cosplay at NY Comic-Con was steady and strong all four days with a ratio of about 2 of every 10 attendees in costume.

If you are in a photo and want the hi-res original, contact Lars Hindsley through Facebook. Sorry, I do not accept random friend request for security purposes. Only send friend requests if you are one of these cosplayers or know me outside of Facebook.

For video content from this event, visit: YouTube.com/DangerManXX

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The Sad Reason Why Most Disney Characters Do Not Have Mothers

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(PCM) Like us, I’m sure that many of you were left pondering just why it appears that so many Disney characters are lacking a mother figure or that the mother figures are often tragically killed within the beginning of the film. For the first time, that answer has been revealed and it is an incredibly tragic story.

Recently, “Maleficent” executive producer Don Hahn spoke with Glamour Magazine and revealed two stories that are rarely spoken about, but certainly shed light on the motherless child theme that we see in so many classic Disney tales.

Hahn says “One reason is practical because the movies are 80 or 90 minutes long, and Disney films are about growing up. They’re about that day in your life when you have to accept responsibility. Simba ran away from home but had to come back. In shorthand, it’s much quicker to have characters grow up when you bump off their parents. Bambi’s mother gets killed, so he has to grow up. Belle only has a father, but he gets lost, so she has to step into that position. It’s a story shorthand.”

The second reason is where things definitely take on a more tragic turn as it is revealed that Walt Disney himself, felt responsible for his own mother’s death after he purchased his parents a home in 1940. Hahn revealed “He had the studio guys come over and fix the furnace, but when his mom and dad moved in, the furnace leaked and his mother died. The housekeeper came in the next morning and pulled his mother and father out on the front lawn. His father was sick and went to the hospital, but his mother died.”

Hahn went on to say that Disney never spoke about his mother’s death, nor did anyone else, “because he personally felt responsible because he had become so successful that he said, ‘Let me buy you a house.’ It’s every kid’s dream to buy their parents a house and just through a strange freak of nature — through no fault of his own — the studio workers didn’t know what they were doing. “There’s a theory, and I’m not a psychologist, but he was really haunted by that. That idea that he really contributed to his mom’s death was really tragic.”

Such a sad, sad story, but it definitely makes a lot of sense and certainly sheds some light on why we see so many of Disney’s characters lacking their maternal role models.

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What We Loved (And Hated) At Comic Con 2014

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(PCM) Trust us, there was a lot to love at this year’s San Diego Comic Con, but with all major events there is bound to be a few things that left us a tad bit disappointed!

Here is our list, in no particular order of the things we loved the most:

1. Although we have to wait until 2015 for any new episodes, the Game Of Thrones casting news and video was surely a highlight of the weekend.

2. The surprise, unscheduled appearance from director Christopher Nolan and actor Matthew McConaughey to promote their upcoming film “Instellar”. Getting to see some more footage of this sure to be epic film was definitely an added treat.

3. During the press conference for his film “Kingsmen: The Secret Service” actor Samuel L. Jackson picked up a random reporters cellphone that had begun ringing by accident in the middle of the conference. Listening to Jackson have a hilarious phone conversation with the unknowing person on the other end of the line was priceless!  This man can do no wrong!

4. The abundance of TV trailers, clips, and pilots that were screened during this year’s convention was fantastic. We got our first looks at shows such as Constantine, Gotham, The Flash and more!  Epic trailers were revealed from both The Walking Dead, Arrow, and Sons Of Anarchy and attendees were left hungry for more!  The fall of this year, into early 2015 is shaping up to be a fantastic year for television!

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5. The amazing panels for both The Avengers: Age Of Ultron and Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice. The ravenous Hall H crowd was overjoyed by both the footage show from both films, as well as, appearances by the talent. Both films are incredibly highly-anticipated and audiences are starving for any information they can get their hands on!

6. We scored an invite to the hottest party at Comic Con this year, which was A&E’s Bates Motel/Playboy party!  It was epic, so epic in fact that several celebrities looking to attend were turned away at the gate, due to fire marshals regulations not allowing anymore people to enter the venue. We had a blast enjoying the Bates Motel themed cocktails, noshing on food truck delicacies, and dancing our hearts out with cast members from Bates Motel, of course, as well as, Teen Wolf, The Walking Dead, The Vampire Diaries, Grimm and so many more!  When it was time to relax, there were several comfy beds, set up to look like Bates Motel guest rooms, to chill out on!  It was very well-done!

7. Cosplay, Cosplay and more Cosplay!  Seeing everyone’s absolutely amazing costumes at this year’s SDCC was incredible. The sheer amount of time and effort that people put into creating some of these outfits is mind-blowing!  Be sure to check out our gallery coming soon!  Some of my favorites were whole families that got in on dressing up, it was great to see everyone so involved and getting into the Comic Con spirit together.

8. While it was absolutely heart-breaking, attending the final Hall H panel for the beloved FX series Sons Of Anarchy. It was not easy to watch series creator Kurt Sutter break-down and cry on stage, the amount of love and respect that this cast has for one another is incredibly inspiring and it was a beautiful moment to behold.

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Now on to some of what we hated at this year’s Comic Con (it’s not a very long list)

1. Lines, lines, and more lines!! It seems as if everywhere you turn there is another type of line that you have to wait in. There were so many that we often times had to give-up and move on to the next event or panel, as we would run the risk of being stuck endlessly waiting all day long. For some this may not be a problem, but for those of us on deadline, it became increasing frustrating throughout the course of the weekend.

2. We were definitely hoping for some news about Jurassic World, Doctor Strange, and The Fantastic Four. While there is still quite a bit of time for all of those titles to make their Comic Con appearances, we were holding out hope for a couple of answers, but alas none were given.

3. The very silly and completely non-relevant questions posed by fans during the Q&A portions of several of the panels. Also, as a side note, due to time constraints many of the fan Q&A sessions were cut down by quite a bit, leaving many fans disappointed.

4. Individuals bum-rushing the booths on the floor to get their hands on every exclusive possible, and purchasing multiples. There were times where I felt that I was getting completely mowed over just making an attempt to walk through the exhibition floor. It was a little bit scary.

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That’s about it for our complaints!  Again, we had an absolutely wonderful year at San Diego Comic Con 2014 and we absolutely can’t wait to be part of the Comic Con craziness again next year! Let the countdown begin!

 

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