Columbia Pictures are now accepting idea submissions at Wizard World Philadelphia this year!

Wizard World and Columbia Pictures Now Accepting Idea Submissions at Wizard World Philadelphia

Wizard World and Columbia Pictures Now Accepting Idea Submissions at Wizard World Philadelphia

Original IP Submissions From Attendees, Artists, Exhibitors Accepted Online Through May 10; Accepted Pitch Sessions To Occur During Event, May 17-18 At Pennsylvania Convention Center

LOS ANGELES, April 27, 2018—Do you have an original idea for a movie? And do you plan on attending Wizard World Comic Con Philadelphia? This could be your day.

Wizard World, Inc. and Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc., an affiliate of Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc., today began accepting content ideas online, with potential pitch sessions to be scheduled during Wizard World Comic Con Philadelphia on Thursday and Friday, May 17-18, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. This marks the second activation of the recently announced collaboration between the pop culture convention producer and leading studio, following a successful debut earlier this month in Portland, Ore.

Whether a paid attendee, artist or exhibitor, anyone who plans on attending Wizard World Comic Con Philadelphia and can be available on Thursday and/or Friday, May 17-18, may submit an idea now through May 10 at 5 p.m. PT via Wizard World’s dedicated Website at Any submissions which are selected in Columbia Pictures’ sole discretion will participate in a pitch session to take place at designated dates/times during the event.

One idea submission is permitted per person; In order to be considered, submissions must be a fully-owned original idea and must not infringe on any copyrighted material. Anyone participating in the pitch must be a registered Wizard World Comic Con Philadelphia attendee, artist or exhibitor, and must be 18 years of age or older and a legal U.S. resident.

“After such positive feedback in our first sessions at Wizard World Comic Con Portland, we are excited to team up with Columbia Pictures on identifying outstanding original ideas from our creative attendees, artists and exhibitors in Philadelphia,” said John D. Maatta, CEO of Wizard World. “We look forward to seeing a variety of submissions and see this as an important step in a broad-based relationship with Columbia Pictures as Wizard World furthers its lead role in the pop culture industry.”

Full information, including Wizard World’s and Sony Pictures’ respective Privacy Policies, submission guidelines and terms and conditions are available on the submission form

Wizard World Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop culture: movies, television, gaming, live entertainment, comics, sci-fi, graphic novels, toys, original art, collectibles, contests and more. The fifth event scheduled on the 2018 Wizard World calendar, the 2018 Philadelphia show hours are Thursday, May 17, 4-9 p.m.; Friday, May 18, noon-7 p.m.; Saturday, May 19, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, May 20, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Kids 10 and under are admitted free with paid adult.

Wizard World Comic Con Philadelphia is also the place for cosplay, with fans young and old showing off their best costumes throughout the event. Fans dressed as every imaginable character – and some never before dreamed – will roam the convention floor and participate in the famed Wizard World Costume Contest on Saturday evening.

For more on the 2018 Wizard World Philadelphia, visit



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Avengers Age of Ultron review


At some point well before the close of “Avengers: Age of Ultron”, it’s hard to shake the fact that Marvel has created a real, modern day mythology.  Even before seeing a literal rendering of The Avengers as marble statues, it’s a safe bet that nearly everyone in the audience understands that we’re not watching a movie about heroes and villains; we’re watching a movie about gods and monsters.  Long gone are the days of the strongmen and minotaurs, the gods up high and the chimera plaguing the innocents.  Long live the Age of Ultron – the days of Iron men and thunder gods, protecting a world not too different than our own from a villainous and hyper intelligent robot.

“Avengers: Age of Ultron” is exactly what every fan has hoped for since the close of 2012’s landmark film “The Avengers.”  It’s quite possibly what every non-fan and “general audience” member expected it to be since the first teaser last year.  A giant, loud, popcorn machine of a movie reuniting all of your favorite heroes and actors that have played them since 2008’s “Iron Man.”  Robert Downey Jr?  He’s back and reprising his role as the figurative godfather of the franchise.  Chris Hemsworth?  Marvel couldn’t let audiences forget about their favorite Norse god, especially since it’s been two years since we last saw in “The Dark World.”  Don Cheadle?  Wait, Lt. Col. James “Rhodey” Rhodes is in this?  And he’s War Machine??  Yes sir, Cheadle’s back too.  By now you should already be getting the point of how large the scope is of Joss Whedon’s “Age of Ultron”, cast alone.  As for the story?  The climax to phase two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (with an epilogue of sorts to be found in this July’s “Ant-Man”) provides every bit of fan service that you could possibly hope for in a giant, comic-book movie kicking off the summer movie season.

Opening where “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” left off (during the mid credit scene) we are reintroduced to the Avengers as they strike Baron Strucker’s (Thomas Kretschmann) fortress in Slovenia.  They’ve been successful in dismantling the last vestiges of Hydra, and Strucker’s fortress of technological weird science is the last wall that needs to come down.  In a brilliantly shot and choreographed battle, we not only have each member individually highlighted, but we get a complete “nerd-gasmic” moment (as Mr. Downey Jr would say) in a frame that shows all the Avengers alongside one another in the snowy forest.  It’s a scene we’ve glimpsed in the numerous trailers and t.v. spots, but when seen in continuity and relation to the rest of the film, it pays off even more.  They return home after battling Strucker, Hydra, and the Maximoff’s (Elizabeth Olsen & Aaron Taylor-Johnson), only to face a newly created threat – Ultron (James Spader).

Clocking in over two hours, “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is an ultimate celebration of everything our digital and social media savvy generation of theater goers have come to enjoy out of event movies of this size.  Director and writer Joss Whedon doesn’t just follow a color-by-numbers format for creating en exciting and engaging picture – he creates his own coloring book!  “Age of Ultron” is a visual spectacle filled with flawless special effects.  Be it our most current rendered version of The Hulk, which is incredible, the quickness of Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s Quicksilver, or that of the animated life of Ultron, it’s hard to find any marks outside the lines.  Each scene is filled with something to look at and be in awe of – the Avengers Tower set, the arms of Thor, the mesmerizing quality to Scarlet Witch’s powers, everything is awesome.  “Avengers: Age of Ultron” succeeds in more ways than just being a pretty picture filled with pretty people.  There is a story and heart beating at the very center of Marvel’s machine, just like Ultron himself.  The exploration of heroes and what it means to be one is still at the forefront of Marvel’s eleventh film.

Make no mistake that “Avengers” and the Marvel Cinematic Universe is the closest kind of movie series we’ll get to that of the success that Star Wars had back when the three original films were released.  “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is a proper summer blockbuster that will certainly drive box office sales in the coming weeks.  It’s only right that people flock to the theaters.  We need more than heroes and villains to inspire, entertain, and caution us.  Long gone are those days.  Welcome to the new age of gods and monsters returning, only this time in the form of Robert Downey’s Iron Man, Chris Evans Captain America, and Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow.  The “Age of Ultron” may be over.  But the Age of Avengers is everlasting.  Just like any classic myth!
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31 days of Halloween: Horror Movie of the day: The Devil’s Castle 1896

World’s First Horror Movie – The Devil’s Castle 1896

The Haunted Castle (French: Le Manoir du Diable which means “The Manor of the Devil”) is a 1896 three-minute-long French film by Georges Méliès and number 78-80 on the Star Films catalog. The film contained many traditional pantomime elements and was intentionally meant to amuse people, rather than frighten them. Nonetheless, it is considered by many to be the first horror film, as well as the first vampire film. Wikipedia