Imaginext Designer Rob Hageman Discusses Exlcusive NY Comic Con Bat-Bot Xtreme

New York Comic Con has become the premier East-Coast destination for all things pop culture and 2017 was no different. New to the convention floor this year was Fisher Price’s Imaginext toy  line which features a wide variety of multi-faceted play sets, figures and vehicles taken from the pages of the DC universe. As an exclusive for this year’s convention Imaginext creators brought a special themed version of their DC Bat-Bot Xtreme for a lucky few to purchase. Media Mikes had the chance to speak with designer Rob Hageman about the piece as well as what the brand has in store for this year’s holiday season.

Ian Lawton: How did you come up with the original idea for the original DC Bat-Bot Xtreme?

Rob Hageman: We actually started off by making a smaller version of the toy. It had all the same workable features and everything but when we got it all done we realized it would be cooler if we made it a lot bigger. The smaller version was great but once kids got a hold of the larger version that’s the one that everyone really enjoyed.

IL: Can you tell us about some of the feature on the Bat-Bot Xtreme?

RH: I think the best feature is when you turn one of the action discs as it opens up the wings of the robot. Once you do that you have access to the punching power triggers on each hand. You can also fire discs out of the fists as you punch. Across the top are a number of buttons which shoot several rockets. On the opposite foot of the robot is another action disc which opens up the chest of the robot to reveal an elevator which takes figures up into the head of the robot. Also featured is a voice changer which allows you to talk into the back of the toy and transform your voice in to that of a robot. There is a hidden bat cycle in one foot of the robot which can be shot out while the other foot features a jail for locking up any bad guys.

IL: The Comic Con version of the Bat-Bot Xtreme is different from the one in stores. Can you tell us about that?

RH: There is a comic book version of this robot that is much more metallic than the retail one. The retail one is still super cool but it’s done in standard blue plastic where the 300 we did for Comic Con have a special blue metallic paint job that is closer to what is seen in the comic. With this special version I really was trying to make sure it looked as close to the one pictured in the book. The exclusive version also comes with in special packaging featuring some really great art work, magnetic switches and LED lights.

IL: How do you decide which characters you are going to make into a figure?

RH: Each year all the designers get together and draw a bunch of concepts. We will take them to the team and give them our best pitches for each one. From there we work as a team to finalize designs and figure out which look the best, are the most relevant and will help Imaginext flush out the DC Universe.

IL: What other characters/figures are you set to release?

RH: We have Mongul and Green Lantern set to come out along with Black Canary and Night Wing around Christmas time. Also set to come is Steppenwolf as well as Swamp Thing and Survivor Batman. I think that’s probably one of our best packs we have done so far.

IL: How would someone go about becoming a toy designer?

Designer Rob Hageman and Media Mikes Ian Lawton

RH: When I was a kid I loved to draw and it was something I always did. I would draw my toys along with other toys I may have wanted. I also drew a lot of robots as I love robots. When I got to high school a teacher of mine had a friend of his who worked for a toy company come to class. He brought in all the things he had worked on and told us it was his job to make toys. I knew then it was something I wanted to do. I kept drawing more and more and after high school I went to art school and focused on toy design. I am now doing what I wanted to do ever since high school.

IL: What has been your favorite toy that you have created/worked on?

RH: My favorite is the regular Bat-Bot which transforms from a tank to a robot. It was an uphill battle for me to sell that in as I wanted the transformation to be able to happen while the toy was still in the package. I wanted there to be two different forms while making things easy to maneuver and play with. The voice on it is really great as well.

The View Askew Universe is Coming to Kansas City Comic Con

Snootchie Bootchies! Kansas City Comic Con made three major announcements, all of them encompassing the popular View Askew Universe. First off, fans of the AMC television program “Comic Book Men” will be joining the convention for panels and more. Second, Jay himself, Jason Mewes, will be joining the Comic Book Men. And, finally, you can’t have Jay without Silent Bob! Kevin Smith, the creator of all things View Askew, and Mark Bernardin will be broadcasting their “Fatman on Batman” podcast LIVE from the Kansas City Convention Center.

The Kansas City Comic Con runs from November 10th through 12th this year. Among the already announced highlights will be a special 40th Anniversary Celebration of “Superman the Movie.”

More details can be found on their website here and their Facebook page here.

Our own MovieMike and friend Ben Ryland with Kevin Smith at JAY AND SILENT BOB’S SECRET STASH in Red Bank, New Jersey.

Turning Hollywood Classics Into Slots

Multimillion-dollar Hollywood film companies are constantly on the lookout for fresh revenue streams and potential new markets in which to bring their creations to more viewers. We’re all familiar with seeing our favourite superheroes in the form of action figures, video games and TV shows – but how are the online slots associated with some of the biggest names in film?

Man of Steel

Man of steel is a progressive jackpot video slot, meaning the game’s largest prizes increase with every play from around the world. This particular Superman-themed slot is made by gaming giants Playtech and features the heroes and villains from Clark Kent’s world.

This popular slot offers a series of different features and four different progressive jackpots, which could make it a must for players hunting large jackpots.

Rocky

Just like Man of Steel, the official Rocky online slot is made by Playtech, one of the leading suppliers of online games in the world. Rocky’s best bits lie mostly within its three fun features. In the Knockout Bonus, players are tasked with battling one of the film’s famous villains over ten rounds – with a chance to win up to 30x your stake.

While the Rocky slot is not running with a progressive jackpot, lucky players can win up to 10,000 coins when all five reels land on the wild Rocky Balboa symbol.

RoboCop

This classic film is a 25-payline video slot, which was also created by Playtech. Its five reels are set against the backdrop of 1980s Detroit, with players aiming to hit one of its numerous features. With glitzy and unique graphics and a series of fun features, RoboCop is a first-rate online slot game.

RoboCop makes for a good slot game, as well as a first-rate film. This is a must play for both cyberpunks and 80s fans alike.

Ghostbusters

A new season of Stranger Things has brought with it a wave of love for another classic 80s film: Ghostbusters. Players enjoy the regularity of the payouts of this fun game, which features plenty of the hilarious original cast. This five-reel, 30 line, and bonus heavy slot has an extremely high payout percentage of 95.6%.

Ghostbusters is an extremely low-variance game, suggesting that this could be the perfect game for more risk-averse players. With lots of little wins on the table, plus additional opportunities for much more, Ghostbusters is a laugh-a-minute joyride.

Kong: The Eighth Wonder of the World

This fun slot is known for its quick pace and feature-heavy approach. Kong: The Eighth Wonder of the World is a 20-line, five-reel and its beautiful graphics create a duality of atmospheres, pulsating between 1930s New York and the beautiful green jungle.

Kong has a number of entertaining and intricate features and offers a mixture of nostalgic cityscapes and luscious green jungles make it an art-lover’s dream.

Conclusion

Most of our favourite characters are treated with the love and care they deserve when being transferred to a digital slot. This doesn’t necessarily mean that your favourite slot will feature your favourite movie – but Hollywood is certainly providing something for everyone.

For a much more in depth look at each of these games we suggest you have a look at the mobile slot section on a great site called Mobile Casino Man. They cover all of the slots listed above as well as another 400 or so games to try.

Video Poker Guide

The game of Video Poker was first introduced in casinos (by Si Redd) in the mid-1970s when computers and monitors were first combined to form personal computers. The 5 card poker game has gained popularity across the world over the past years thanks to the latest mobile technology that allows gamblers to play real money video poker from the comfort of their homes.

Other than the simplicity and fun that accompanies this card game, players also enjoy hundreds of game variations, betting options, and low house edge.

Currently, there are numerous video poker variations both land-based and online casinos, hence, you must read and master the variation you want before diving in to play. Nonetheless, our guideline will help you to choose the best card variation, how to play it, how to win and where to play.

How do I play?

The logic of playing not hard to grasp as every player is given 5 cards. The player must choose which cards to play with by clicking on them on the monitor, the ones that are not used are discarded. Once you placed your betting stake (from $1-$5), you select a number of coins you want to wager on a hand. It is recommended to start with max coins because the chances of winning are high (payout of 800:1).

Alternatively, you can scale down to the quarter machine if you want to place low stake bets which offer as low as $1.25 per hand.

What is a Pay table and how does it work?

Winning in this card poker game is determined by the strength of your hand on the pay tables. Every pay table has 5 columns representing the total cards/credits used for winning. You will notice that all payouts are uniform irrespective of the number of coins selected except for Royal Flush which offers a payout of 250:1 on all bets, less 5 coins. The following is the standard pay table that you will find in how each hand is paid.

Explanation of Poker Hands

Sequential Royal: this is the highest paying hand in this card poker and it occurs when royal flushes appear in an order across the monitor e.g. from left to right.

Royal Flush: This is a straight flush but with the highest paying cards like 2, 8, 6 and 10 and it plays the role of the jackpot.

Straight flush: this hand is both a straight and a flush. It includes J, 10, 8, and 9.

Straight: this hand has consecutive ranks like 9 and 6.

Flush: this hand includes all identical cards like Q, 4 and 6.

What are the variations in this card poker game?

There are a number of variations you will find in this game like Tens or Better, Deuces wild, Jacks or Better and Double Bonus, but with Jacks or Better is the commonly used variation in casinos. In no particular order, this is the description of the variations;

Jacks or Better

This is the most played variation with giant winning chances to the gamers. Players in this game must hit a pair of Jacks for it to count as a win. On the other hand, you can opt to play 4 lines Jacks or Better where you will have 4 rows and you can bet concurrently to win handsomely.

Tens or Better

This is a variation of jacks or better whereby you win when you get a pair of tens or better.

Deuces wild

In this poker variation, Deuces wild can substitute any card to achieve a stronger winning hand with a high payout.

What is the Winning Strategy in this game?

Since video poker game is more or less like Blackjack, it is easy to come up with a plan that will guarantee you a win on every single hand. Nevertheless, it is good to remain faithful to your instincts and gut because, despite the strategy, gambling is based on chance.

Target the Max Coins

Playing with Max coins will give you a Royal Flush hand whereby you stand a chance to get a payout ratio of 800:1 whereas Min coins will grant you a low payout of 250:1.

Practise before real gambling

There are free demo games available on the internet today. It is recommended that you do some practice before starting real money gambling. This will help you to familiarize with the pay tables and other rules of the game.

Play within your limits

Money is sweet and if you don’t set your limits in gambling, you might end up bankrupt. If you play and loose consecutively, simply log out and live to fight another day.

Avoid Alcohol

Do not be fooled by Hollywood scenes where you see rich guys drinking expensive liquors while gaming. All winning strategies are bred in your brain. Stay sober and you will hit the jackpot.

Where can I play Poker Games?

Online casinos have become so many today and this can be dangerous to beginners who want to make some good money from the comfort of their homes. Some of these casinos are legit while others are mere online scams. Fortunately, our https://best10casinosonline.co.uk/ has top certified, safe and secure online casinos for both beginners and experts. These casinos offer video poker games together with other countless casino games you can imagine.

Verdict

This 5 card poker game has great opportunities for generating good income, although it is not for every Tom, Dick, and Harry. If you cannot withstand the pressure of making decisions that will determine your chance of winning, we suggest you stay away from Video Poker.

Amazon Prime ‘Activates’ The Tick and Lore at NYCC

Fans looking to escape the crowded New York Comic Con show floor this past weekend were taken care of by a pair of immersive ‘activations’ presented by Amazon Prime. On site at the Jacob Javits Center, the streaming service introduced two of its newest series, The Tick and Lore, in style. I was fortunate enough to spend time exploring both experiences with some friends over the course of the con weekend and needless to say, they got me hyped to check out the shows.

My first stop was The Tick’s massive Dangerboat installation on the upper level of the con. Dangerboat is not just the headquarters to the Tick’s nemesis, Overkill, but also has a sentient artificial intelligence all its own (on the show he’s played by geek icon Alan Tudyk). In keeping with that, NYCC’s Dangerboat was also talking and fully sentient and began immediately interacting with my crew when we boarded.

Both of Amazon’s experiences were connected to an RFID wrist tag that we registered before entering. In Dangerboat the tag was used to print out our custom Aegis database ID as well as getting our own tin of FO HAM. Thankfully the tin actually contained “NEAT!” Tick pins and not canned meat. Dangerboat concluded with a fun green screen video op that with yet another swipe of wrist tags was emailed or posted wherever we chose. All told, Dangerboat took my group about a half hour to fully interact with due to the level of options on the various screens, not to mention the funny rapport we developed with a sentient boat(!) which was pretty incredible as far as con setups go. Whomever was the mind behind Dangerboat certainly captured the humor and spirit of the show itself and provided some of the best laughs of the weekend.

About The Prime Exclusive Series, The Tick:
“Bursting with scabrous original storylines that turn on a dime, The Tick is a comedy with kinetic action, a wryly inventive visual style and crisply quotable dialogue. Heroes have flown among us for decades but mild-mannered accountant Arthur Everest (GRIFFIN NEWMAN) one day finds out there are also genuine bad guys in this new Amazon Original Series. He believes he has proof that The City, where he was born and raised, is actually controlled by a global super-villain known as the Terror (JACKIE EARLE HALEY). Destiny soon brings Arthur together with an eccentric, tall, blue-suited muscleman with a mysterious past and list of superpowers: The Tick (PETER SERAFINOWICZ). The title character serves as both the conscience and the unchecked id of the story. Citing the call of destiny, the Tick procures for Arthur a moth outfit with retractable wings and insists that he suit up as his sidekick. He and Arthur are the ultimate odd couple, but may just bring out the best in each other. In their quest to take back The City, the unlikely pair of heroes quickly sees just how complex the struggle between good and evil has become.”
The Tick returns to Amazon on February 23rd 2018

Descending down a level into the Museum of Lore was yet another unique RFID experience and definitely welcome this Halloween month. Based on the hit podcast, Lore sets out to retell the true life macabre stories that inspire some of horror’s most notorious tropes. In a series of interactive rooms, my group tromped through haunted dolls, magical mirrors and werewolves as presented by a trio of delightfully over the top actors. Utilizing our RFID bands, we were rewarded with messages from The Other Side and a cool photo souvenir over a pretty twisted werewolf buffet….

About The Prime Exclusive Series, Lore:
“Sometimes the scariest stories are true. Lore is based on the global, award-winning podcast sensation from creator Aaron Mahnke, and executive produced by Ben Silverman (The Office), Howard T. Owens (The Biggest Loser), Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead), Brett-Patrick Jenkins (Face Off), Glen Morgan (X-Files), Jon Halperin and Mark Mannucci (A Year in Space). Lore brings the podcast to life and tells the real life origin stories that have led to our modern day myths and legends, including vampires, changelings, werewolves, séances and possessed dolls.”
Lore is fittingly debuting on Friday October 13th.

 

 

Christmas Coming Early to Omaha

It’s no secret that we at Media Mikes LOVE the film “A Christmas Story.” Mike G. is friends with both Ian Petrella (Randy) and Yano Anaya (Grover Dill). One of the best dinners I ever had was with Yano in Las Vegas and if you’re ever in Cleveland, you should visit the “Christmas Story” house (the one they used in the film). I mention all of this because, once again, our good friend and noted film historian Bruce Crawford has outdone himself by announcing that his 41st Tribute to Classic Film will be the 1983 holiday classic “A Christmas Story.”

The film will be screened on Friday, November 10, 2017 at the beautiful Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge Street, in Omaha, Nebraska and will begin at 7:00 pm. But wait – there’s more. No film is ever presented unaccompanied. This year, the 25th for the event, the screening will be proceeded by appearances by actors Zack Ward, who played bully Skut Farcas, and another long time friend of the Mikes, Scott Schwartz, who played the unfortunate flag pole victim Flick. The two will introduce the film, answer questions from the audience and sign autographs after the showing.

Tickets for the event are $24.00 and can be purchased at the customer service counters of Omaha-only Hy Vee food stores. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Nebraska Kidney Association.

For more information call (402) 932-7200 or visit www.omahafilmevent.com

The Americas Cake Fair to help raise awareness, stock supplies at  Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida as demand rises

                                              


MEDIA ALERT
Two sweet story opportunities this week:
The Americas Cake Fair to help raise awareness, stock supplies at 
Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida as demand rises
WHAT:
With a huge influx of new residents from Puerto Rico expected in the coming months and the Thanksgiving / holidays approaching, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida (SHFBCF)’s need for food donations is rapidly increasing. The Americas Cake Fair is conducting two community outreach initiatives to help raise awareness for SHFBCF’s services and stock supplies of local emergency food pantries. Both events provide excellent visuals and interview opportunities.
WHEN/WHERE:
Wednesday, October 4, 10:30 AM – A Baker Inspires Others
The Founder & CEO of Satin Fine Foods, Inc. & The Americas Cake Fair is meeting with students enrolled in the Second Harvest Culinary Training Program, which provides qualified, at-risk and economically disadvantaged adults with the culinary and life skills training needed to pursue a sustainable career in the food industry. Kevin O’Reilly will share his inspiring business story, from humble beginnings working in his family’s bakery in Ireland to creating a “better-tasting mousetrap” (Satin Ice) to establishing one of the largest fondant manufacturing companies in the world.
Where: SHFBCF Main Facility, 411 Mercy Drive, Orlando, FL 32805
Saturday, October 7, 2:00-4:30 PM – Drive-Through Food Drive at the Ace
Central Floridians can support their community and donate non-perishable, unexpired food items in exchange for ticket vouchers to The Americas Cake Fair. A donation of 10 food items entitles each consumer to one ticket voucher, with a limit of four vouchers (40 food items donated) per household. Vouchers can be redeemed at the Cake Fair registration window at the Orange County Convention Center, West Concourse, October 13-15, 2017. Vouchers are available on a first-come, first-serve basis while supplies last. Participants can simply drive into the large surface “car park” at Ace Cafe Orlando, stay in their cars, and volunteers will exchange ticket vouchers for donations, right through car windows; or they can park and enjoy a visit to the Ace.
Where: 100 W Livingston St, Orlando, FL 32801, corner Livingston & Garland

Tagsylvania Is Back For It’s 8th Season Featuring “Motel 666”

 

For its eighth consecutive season Tag’s Summer Stage in Big Flats, NY makes a ghastly transformation as it shifts from upbeat concert venue to a dark foreboding home of the undead. Rated as one of the top 31 Must See Haunts by Haunted Attraction Magazine the sprawling facility is home to four different attractions this season. Along with long standing staples “Lectures Layer”, “Psycho Swamp” and “Jerkus Circus” is the newly constructed “Motel 666” a two story dilapidated motel which is said to be the home of long since deceased travelers who checked in but never left. Complete with its own frightfully, comedic desk clerk who welcomes visitors with open arms making the new attraction right at home with the other long standing haunts.

While taking a moment to catch your breath between scares visitors can partake in a variety of activities such as the “Escape the Precinct” escape room experience, a “Dark Shadows Maze”, the “Vortex” or meet with a Psychic or Tarot Card reader. If that still isn’t enough try your hand at a number of Carnival themed games while enjoying some of the fall themed food and beverages. Open weekends during the month of October haunt goers can visit http://tagsylvania.com/ for a complete schedule and to purchase tickets…If they dare.

 

The Americas Cake Fair Returns to Orlando on October 13-15, 2017! Tickets on Sale Now!

“Close Encounters of the Third Kind” – 40 Years Later

Top 5 movie-based online slots

The influence of Hollywood spreads far and wide, including in the form of casino game themes. Online slot machines are very popular, and since competition is fierce, game manufacturers always try to come up with new and innovative ways to vary the games and their designs. To change the theme of the slot is the most common and obvious way to change a game, but it’s hard to keep coming up with ideas that compel people to play them.

At the same time, movie studios are often willing to license out their intellectual properties, for example to create merchandise or to make video games based on films. Thus, they license the rights to make casino slots based on famous blockbuster movies! Since the creators and the movie studio tend to care about their product, it often means the resulting slot machine will be of high quality. Here’s just a few of the best movie-based slot games!

Jurassic World

Even though the original film also got its own slot machine, the newer one based on 2015’s Jurassic World is more exciting. It has flashier graphics, several unique bonus features and lots and lots of dinosaurs. Just don’t be a dino-sore loser and you’ll have plenty of excitement in this Jurassic World slot!

Terminator 2

Put on your big-boy boots, your clothes and join a cybernetic Arnold Schwarzenegger on the back of his motorcycle in this slot game based on James Cameron’s classic action movie, Terminator 2. Certain symbols have been replaced by clips from the movie, that animate when you win and the iconic theme song plays when you win big.

Bridesmaids

This wacky comedy was a big hit, so of course it got its own slot machine as well. Here, you join the all the characters from the movie as they get ready for the wedding. This time, it’s you who will be smiling when the bells chime, since that means you won!

Dracula

Many classic film monsters have their own slot, but none is more classic than Dracula! Ok, maybe Frankenstein, but luckily, he’s got his own horror-themed slot machine as well. Sink your teeth into this vampiric video slot if you’re ready for some blood-curdling action. Like a lot of movie-based casino games, this one is made by NetEnt.

Justice League

In case you didn’t know, The Justice League is a group of DC superheroes that fight evil together. We chose to include this slot machine on the list, even though it may not be the best one based on DC comics, since it has the most heroes in it. Many of them have their own slots as well, though, such Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and The Flash!

There are many places to play these movie-based casino games on the net, but we can personally recommend the online casino InstaCasino as a fair and trusted platform. There’s also a lot of games that aren’t based on movies at all, if you prefer to split the pot that way. Just remember to have fun!

Remembering Jerry Lewis

I can’t remember a time in my life when I didn’t know who Jerry Lewis was. As a kid in the 60s, I loved his films. As someone who liked music, I loved his son’s group, Gary Lewis and the Playboys. And, as I got older and was allowed to stay up late, I loved watching him every Labor Day on the Muscular Dystrophy Telethon he hosted every year. Monday is a sad day because Mr. Lewis won’t be a part of it. He died August 20th at the age of 91.

Born Jerome Levitch in Newark, New Jersey in March 1926, he was 20 years old when he was teamed up with singer Dean Martin and the duo became the most popular nightclub comedy act of the time. Capitalizing on their stage personas (Dean was the good looking singer, Jerry the spastic goof) they made a successful number of films for Paramount. The duo broke up in 1956 and the next year found Jerry starring by himself in the comedy “The Delicate Delinquent.” After success in a series of films created by others (“The Sad Sack,” “The Geisha Boy”) he decided to write and direct himself, beginning with 1960’s “The Bell Boy.” He worte and/or directed 10 films in 10 years including “The Ladies Man,” “The Errand Boy” and the film he was most closely associated with, “The Nutty Professor.”

Critics dismissed Lewis’ films but other cultures, notably the French, hailed him as a comic genius. Lewis was also technically brilliant as a filmmaker, developing the “video assist” system employed by most directors today, giving them the chance to see what they have just shot instead of waiting for the film to be developed. In 1972 he took on a personal project dealing with the Holocaust, writing, directing and starring in “The Day the Clown Cried.” The story of a former clown who is used to escort young children to the gas chambers, the film has rarely been seen. For many years Lewis kept the only print of the film locked up in a vault. However, in 2015 he donated it to the Library of Congress with the stipulation that it not be shown until 2025.

As his film career slowed down Lewis turned his attention more and more to finding the cure for Muscular Dystrophy, raising almost $2.5 BILLION when he stopped hosting in 2010. One of the highlights of the show came in 1976, when Frank Sinatra reunited Lewis with Dean Martin on air. To me it is one of the greatest live moments caught on television. Everything from Jerry muttering “you son of a bitch” to Sinatra to him wiping the tears from his eyes is genuine.

After a decade away from films, Lewis returned with a flourish, playing late-night talk show host Jerry Langdon in Martin Scorsese’s brilliant film “The King of Comedy.” Starring opposite Robert De Niro, Lewis received the best reviews of his life. He continued to work in film, television and theater through 2015. In 2009 he was given the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Scientists for his 50 years of work with Muscular Dystrophy.

From Casino Royale to Ocean’s 11: A Look at the Top Casino Movies

When it comes to casino movies, there are quite a few out there that are really good.  If you are a fan of this movie genre, then you have come to the right place!  Today, we are going to take a look at several of the top casino movies ever made.  Make sure to stick around and check them out.  Some of them you might not even know about.

Casino Royale

One of the most popular casino movies has to be Casino Royale.  This movie stars none other than Daniel Craig and is an instalment of the hit movie series James Bond.  The Bond film has lots of action both in and out of the casino which will keep you on the edge of your seat!  During the main part of the movie, Craig, who plays 007, must defeat a weapons dealer in a very high stakes game of poker at the infamous Casino Royale.  But the fun doesn’t stop there as Bond dives deeper into the plot of the movie. If you are a fan of James Bond movies, this one is surely a must see! Also, if you are interested in trying your own hand at blackjack or other games then click here.

Ocean’s 11

Another amazing casino movie is Ocean’s 11. Released back in 2001, this movie has grown in popularity and now has many sequels. This movie has a very large and famous cast that includes Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, George Clooney and the late great comic Bernie Mac just to name a few.  This star studded cast really shines through in the film which takes place in Las Vegas.  The lead character George Clooney enlists the help of 11 others in his attempt to rob three very high-profile Las Vegas casinos at the same time.  This feat seems impossible but with the combined skills of his crew, Clooney who plays Danny Ocean just might pull off the unthinkable.  While the movie is light-hearted, it does have its serious moments as you will find out.  If you would like to learn more about this now classic casino movie, please visit this link.

The Cincinnati Kid

A classic film, The Cincinnati Kid stars Steve McQueen and Ann-Margret.  The movie was first seen on the silver screen way back in the year 1965.  In the film, McQueen plays an up and coming card player who is trying to make a name for himself by going up against one of the best poker players around.  In this high-stakes game, McQueen who plays the Cincinnati Kid must defeat the seasoned professional in a winner takes all tournament.  This movie is full of twists and turns making it one of the best casino movies ever produced.  While the film is older, it truly is a must see for those who are fans of casino based movies.  The setting of this movie is 1930’s New Orleans which gives the film a certain glow and is very romantic at the same time.  The Cincinnati Kid is one of Steve McQueen’s best films and he really shines in it.  Please make sure to check out more interesting facts about this movie by following this link.

Each of these casino movies has something different to offer audiences.  From modern high-stakes poker to card games of a by gone era, you will find it all in these films.  So, if you are a huge casino fan, why not check out each of these movies?  Even if you have seen them before, they are all worth watching at least one more time.

Who is winning the comic book movie war?

The comic boom world is one that’s built on fierce rivalries. And whilst the battles between Batman and The Joker, Superman and Lex Luthor, and Spider-Man and Green Goblin may be pretty epic, they are nothing compared to the showdown between Marvel and DC Comics.

These two legendary companies both started out in the interwar years in the USA. And whilst they leapt to fame through the popularity of their comic book heroes, both brands have been enormously successful in diversifying their revenues in everything from plastic action figures to online casino game licensing.

But it’s the way that Marvel and DC have dominated our cinema screens that’s perhaps the most remarkable aspect of their success stories. And with Disney taking control of Marvel, and Time Warner operating DC, it’s clear that the battle between these two entertainment titans is getting seriously competitive.

Whilst DC Comics’ movies in the 1970s like Superman were massive hits at the box office, a quick look at the biggest grossing comic book films shows that Marvel is definitely in the ascendancy.

With massive blockbusters like The Avengers, Iron Man 3, Spider-Man and Captain America: Civil War all picking up well over $1 billion at the box office, it’s clear that Marvel have a solid strategy in producing big hits.

Not that DC have been lagging far behind with the Dark Knight movies all performing well, and even the Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice film picking up plenty of money despite the critical misgivings.

So with plenty of history behind them, there’s a huge amount of expectation as to what we can expect from these entertainment studios next. As the Marvel’s Deadpool movie was one of the biggest hits of 2016, it’s no surprise to find that there’s plenty of hype about the sequel with the blog at Lucky Nugget Casino revealing how Josh Brolin has been lined up for a key part in the film.

And with DC Comics following up a successful revamp of the Wonder Woman franchise with a hugely anticipated Justice League movie later this year, it seems as though the battle between these two studios is only going to get more intense.

But although there is plenty of fun to be had in discussing whether DC or Marvel actually give us the best comic books, movies and online casino games, perhaps in the spirit of the recent Comic Con, we have to agree that they both are equally awesome!

Bruce Campbell Heading to Kansas City in September

“Evil Dead” and “Army of Darkness” star and all-around screen legend Bruce Campbell will help the Kansas City Alamo Drafthouse celebrate their 5th anniversary by bringing his interactive game show, “Last Fan Standing,” to town on September 9th.

In conjunction with Rainy Day Books, those that attend the event will not only get a meet and greet with Mr. Campbell but will receive a copy of his latest book, “Hail to the Chin: Further Confessions of a “B” Movie Actor.” Tickets to the event are $65.00 and available here. 

About “Hail to the Chin: Further Confessions of a B Movie Actor”

It’s been 15 years since his first memoir but Bruce is still living the dream as a “B” movie king in an “A” movie world. Bruce Campbell makes his triumphant return from where he left off in “If Chins Could Kill” with further hilarious, gut-wrenchingly honest confessions. Bruce brings us through his life in the decade since his first memoir and his roles as varied as they are numerous- from his roles in the “Spiderman” movies to his self-referential “My Name is Bruce” to his role on #1 show “Burn Notice” and his new STARZ hit series “Ash vs Evil Dead.”

Over the last 15 years, Bruce has become a regular on the Wizard World convention circuit, has created his @GroovyBruce twitter account with over 400,000 followers and a Facebook page with almost 250,000 likes. His profile and reach is lightyears beyond where it was for Chins. “Hail to the Chin” will be bursting with pictures and the signature humor that Bruce brought to “If Chins Could Kill” and will be devoured by his legions of fans across the country.

About Last Fan Standing

Last Fan Standing gives the entire audience the chance to play along and qualify to be on stage—and attempt to be the Last Fan Standing. Through provided “audience response devices” (Clickers if you insist on getting technical), each audience member participates in a series of multiple choice questions, where the players with the fastest-correct answers advance to the Podium Rounds. The Podium Rounds bring the top four (4) players from the audience to a winner-take-all battle of Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Superheroes, and Horror based trivia. After each round the player with the lowest score is eliminated, until there is only one….Last Fan Standing!