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Hellraiser – Pinhead’s JUDGMENT – A Video Interview With Paul T. Taylor

Hosted by Arnie Carvalho

In the tenth HELLRAISER film a new actor gets nailed with the starring role — Paul T. Taylor. In this video Taylor discusses his acting past, how he got the role, how the production went, and his hopes on how the new HELLRAISER: JUDGMENT is judged by fans!

Join Arnie and Paul now in this spoiler-free behind-the-scenes look at this upcoming Hellraiser film!

January 18, 2018 Posted by | Movies, Movies & Television, News, Now Playing Podcast, Podcasts | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Hellraiser – Pinhead’s JUDGMENT – A Video Interview With Paul T. Taylor

Star Wars Action News and Marvelicious Toys to Host Wizard World Bash in Chicago



Star Wars Action News and Marvelicious Toys are hosting a party Aug. 22 at Wizard World Chicago — and you’re invited!

A long time ago… August 30, 2005, to be specific… Venganza Media, Inc. launched Star Wars Action News, the world’s first podcast dedicated to Star Wars collecting.   In 2010 Venganza then began Marvelicious Toys, focusing on the toys, statues, and games based on the characters from the Marvel comics and movies.

Over the past 10 years both shows have evolved from podcasting pioneers to a major force in the industry and the collecting community, even producing the official podcast for Master Replicas, a Star Wars and Marvel licensee.

On Saturday, Aug. 22, fans are invited to join Star Wars Action News, Marvelicious Toys, and Now Playing Podcast hosts Arnie, Marjorie, Brock, Justin, Jerry, Daryl, Andrew, and more at the Star Wars Action News 10th anniversary bash during Wizard World Chicago. The party, also celebrating Marvelicious Toys’ 5th anniversary, will be hosted by the Hyatt Regency O’Hare.  The event begins at 7:30 p.m., and will feature door prizes, appetizers, cake, and a cash bar.

Tickets are priced at $15 for children 12 and under, and $25-$75 for adults. Adult tickets include bonus exclusive collectibles ranging from T-shirts to the exclusive Star Wars Action News badge and lanyard, plus a collectible coin previously only available to those who work on the show.

In addition, all adult tickets enter you in the drawing for a huge selection of door prizes.  Items have been provided by, Big Bad Toy Store, Kotobukiya, Hallmark, Venganza Media, and many more.  Attendees can win items ranging from a Deadpool statue to entire waves of Star Wars figures, and more!

Get your tickets now and follow coverage of these milestones at and its affiliated podcasts!


About Venganza Media Inc.

Based in Springfield, Ill., Venganza Media Inc. is a multimedia production facility and home to the Venganza Media Podcasting Network.

Film fans and collectors worldwide know Venganza as the producer of Books & Nachos, Star Wars Action News, Marvelicious Toys, and the iTunes Top 10 movie review podcast Now Playing.

Since its formation in 2005, Venganza has delivered thousands of hours of entertainment to listeners, while its staff and fleet of contributors have established the company as a premier source for film reviews, celebrity interviews, and collecting news for audiences of all ages.

July 30, 2015 Posted by | Comic Books, Conventions, Movies, News, Star Wars | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Star Wars Action News and Marvelicious Toys to Host Wizard World Bash in Chicago

Pre-Order Alert: Hot Toys MMS Ant-Man

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This suit has power…and you have to learn how to control it!


Tonight Phase II of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe comes to a close with their smallest hero — Ant-Man!  It premiers nationwide tonight (and will be reviewed on Now Playing Podcast this Tuesday)!

To celebrate, Hot Toys has released their latest MMS figure, and the first in their Ant-Man movie line:  Scott Lang as Ant-Man.

The movie-accurate Ant-Man Collectible Figure is specially crafted based on the film featuring a newly developed helmeted head sculpt with authentic likeness of Paul Rudd as Scott Lang in the movie and LED light-up function when helmet is closed, specially tailored Ant-Man suit, an Ant-Man miniature figure, detailed accessories and a specially designed figure stand.

Hot Toys – MMS308 – Ant-Man: 1/6th scale Ant-Man Collectible Figure Features:
–   Authentic and detailed likeness of Ant-Man

–   Newly developed helmeted head sculpt with authentic likeness of Paul Rudd as Scott Lang in the movie and LED light-up function when helmet is closed (battery operated)

–   Approximately 30 cm tall

–   Seven (7) pieces of interchangeable gloved palms including:

–   One (1) pair of relaxed palms

–   One (1) pair of fists

–   One (1) pair of gesturing palms

–   One (1) gesturing right palm

–   Each piece of head sculpt is specially hand-painted



–   One (1) black and red Ant-Man suit with embossed patterns, silver colored trims, and weathering effects

–   One (1) silver colored Ant-Man particle belt

–   One (1) pair of black boots


–   One (1) miniature Ant-Man (Approximately 2.8cm tall)

–   Two (2) bombs

–   Two (2) disc equipment

–   Four (4) chemical tubes

–   Specially-designed figure stand with Ant-Man nameplate and the movie logo


As the film says, “Second chances don’t come around that often,” so pre-order this new hero now to expand your Marvel Cinematic Universe collection!




July 16, 2015 Posted by | Comic Books, Movies, News | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Pre-Order Alert: Hot Toys MMS Ant-Man

Pre-Order Alert: Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece Stormtroopers


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Hot Toys has released the next two figures in its Star Wars Movie Masterpiece Series:  2 separate Stormtroopers!

First you can order the individual Stormtrooper which includes:

  • Authentic and detailed likeness of Stormtrooper in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope   
  • Body with over 30 points of articulations
  • Approximately 30 cm tall
  • Seven (7) pieces of interchangeable gloved palms including:
  • –       One (1) pair of fists
  • –       One (1) pair of relaxed palms
  • –       One (1) pair of palms for holding weapons
  • –       One (1) gesturing left palm
  • –       Each piece of head sculpt is specially hand-painted


  • One (1) Stormtrooper armor
  • One (1) black under-suit
  • One (1) Stormtrooper belt with leather holster
  • One (1) pair of white boots



  • One (1) blaster rifle
  • One (1) blaster pistol



  • Specially designed figure stand with Stormtrooper nameplate and movie logo


Or you can order a pair of Stormtroopers.  The second one is shorter, 28cm instead of 30cm, plus a heavy blaster, a mouse droid, and a weapons rack!  (The weapons rack is the most exclusive piece as internationally the 2-pack may or may not include it)

You can order these now at






October 29, 2014 Posted by | Movies, Star Wars | , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Pre-Order Alert: Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece Stormtroopers

Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Thor 3, Avengers 3 and 4 Announced by Marvel Studios

In a move worthy of Apple, Marvel Studios held a presentation today unveiling its third phase of films based on the characters from Marvel Comics.

While several expected titles were told, many surprises were there as well.

With this announcement, the current slate of movies from Marvel Studios are:

May 1, 2015
Avengers: Age of Ultron
.  Director:  Joss Whedon.
Starring:  Robert Downey, Jrl, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, James Spader, Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Paul Bettany, Don Cheadle, Hayley Atwell, Andy Serkis

View the trailer below:

July 27, 2015

Director:  Peyton Reed
Starring: Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly



May 6, 2016
Captain America: Civil War
Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Starring: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Chadwick Boseman

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November 4, 2016
Doctor Strange
Director:  Scott Derrickson
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch (rumored)

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May 5, 2017
Guardians of the Galaxy

Director:  James Gunn
Starring:  Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper (all rumored)


July 28, 2017
Thor: Ragnarok
Director:  ???
Starring:  Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston (rumored)


November 3, 2017
Black Panther
Director:  ???
Starring: Chadwick Boseman


May 4, 2018
Avengers: Infinity War Part 1
Director:  ???
Starring: ???


July 6, 2018
Captain Marvel
Director:  ???
Starring: ???


November 2, 2018
Director:  ???
Starring: ???




May 4, 2018
Avengers: Infinity War Part 2
Director:  ???
Starring: ???



These titles bring back many established heroes while bringing in new ones and meeting the call for diversity among superhero films (a female-led film and a superhero film starring a black man).  Conspicuous by their absence are any additional Iron Man films, as well as any films featuring popular Avengers heroes Hulk or Black Widow.

How do you feel about this line-up of movies over the next five years?  Let us know in the comments below!

October 28, 2014 Posted by | Comic Books, Movies, News | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

40 Year-Old-Critic: Love at First Bite (1979)

Love_at_first_biteIn The 40-Year-Old Critic, Venganza Media creator and host Arnie Carvalho recalls a memorable film for each year of his life. This series appears daily on the Venganza Media Gazette.

See a list of all reviews

It’s not easy to choose a favorite film from 1979 — so many of that year’s films have influenced my life in one way or another, from The Muppet Movie, which solidified a love for the older-skewing Muppets, to Alien, which scared the pants off me (and Sigourney Weaver), to The Jerk (which may be Steve Martin’s finest ludicrous performance). And I cannot leave out Francis Ford Coppola’s mad masterpiece Apocalypse Now, which is certainly the most engaging and best-made film from 1979.

But while I always enjoy getting lost in the jungles of Coppola’s Vietnam, I didn’t see the film until adulthood, and it hasn’t shaped my life or my views.

The movie that did was a little George Hamilton horror spoof, Love At First Bite.  The story tells of Dracula (George Hamilton) coming to (then) modern-day New York City to find his true love Mina Harker, who has been reincarnated as supermodel Cindy (Susan Saint James).  His quest is thwarted by Cindy’s psychiatrist boyfriend Jeffrey Rosenberg (Richard Benjamin), who also just happens to be a descendant of Dracula’s nemesis van Helsing.

Barely in first grade, I was probably far too young to be watching Love At First Bite. I was too naieve to really understand all the references to the swinging seventies, and the meaning of the word “kinky.”  More, the social commentary about urban youth rehabilitation, psychiatry, and religion was all mostly lost on me.

Yet I was enraptured by this movie.  As I have mentioned in previous reviews, I have always been fascinated by horror. I was mesmerized by trailers on television for movies like Friday the 13th and Evil Dead. It was as if seeing them would be like reading from the Necronomicon itself, opening me to a world of demons and monsters. To an imaginative young boy that thought is rapturous, and terrifying.  I would watch horror films through slatted fingers; I could not bear to see the monsters but I also could not look away. The few times I would try to watch horror films — including Frank Langella’s Dracula from this same year — I needed an adult nearby to protect me from the “evil” radiating from the screen.

But in Love at First Bite — here was a Dracula I could handle. Hamilton was sharing the screen with familiar faces like George and Weezie Jefferson (Sherman Hemsley and Isabel Sanford, respectively). He didn’t want to slaughter innocents, he wanted to be reunited with his centuries-old-love! He wasn’t turning people into ghastly, zombie-like minions, he was feeding on winos and getting drunk off their blood! I understood this Dracula to be silly.

Now, just because I thought he was funny didn’t mean I wasn’t also in awe of Dracula, his immortality and powers. His magical ability to transform into bats and dogs, and his thirst for blood, still held me in thrall. The movie didn’t intend it, but I must admit, I was slightly afraid of George Hamilton’s Dracula.

This was a movie that made horror accessible to a 6-year-old. It was the stepping stone for me between Sesame Street’s Count (always my favorite Muppet, as I secretly hoped one day he’d count the other Muppets on which he’d fed) and true horror killers like Freddy and Jason. I especially liked the crazy antics of Arte Johnson as Dracula’s servant Renfield, the actor throwing himself into the role with wild abandon.

From left to right, Benjamin, Saint James, and Hamilton in Love at First Bite

 Benjamin, Saint James, and Hamilton share a Bite

I have since revisited Love at First Bite and can see its many flaws. The film is very much a product of its time.  It’s a desperate Mel Brooks wannabe, attempting to be a vampire version of Young Frankenstein, but, strangely, adds the racist humor of Blazing Saddles. The jokes are dated and most don’t hold up, the effects are shoddy and obvious, and while the score is amazing, the best song in the movie — Alicia Bridges’ “I Love the Nightlife” — has been cut from home video releases due to rights issues.  Still, some of the Dracula jokes, such as “Creatures of the night….shut up!” still make me giggle.  Revisiting Love at First Bite in 2014 was not a rewarding experience and if this were a review for Now Playing Podcast, I’d struggle with giving it a recommend.

Yet this film helped me accept a dichotomy in my own mind that monsters could be frightening and alluring. Just as I was repulsed by — yet drawn to — horror films, Cindy was drawn to — yet frightened by — her undead on-screen lover. The fine line between terror and turn-on was revealed to me. It’s something I’d explore further in Hellraiser, but I recognize that I was first exposed to it by Love at First Bite.

In the 30-some years since I have read Bram Stoker’s original novel and watched countless versions of the quintessential vampire on screen, but when I think of Dracula, it’s George Hamilton that I picture in my mind. So for that long-lasting bite this film gave me, it is the film from 1979 that I remember most.

Next — 1980!

Arnie is a movie critic for Now Playing Podcast, a book reviewer for the Books & Nachos podcast, and co-host of the collecting podcasts Star Wars Action News and Marvelicious Toys.  You can follow him on Twitter @thearniec

August 9, 2014 Posted by | 40-Year-Old Critic, Movies, Now Playing Podcast, Podcasts, Reviews | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Pre-Order Alert: Sideshow 12-inch Cade Bane – Denal Disguise




Up for preorder now at Sideshow Collectibles is one of the most accessory-laden 12-inch Star Wars figures to date!  From the Clone Wars series you can now order Cad Bane in Denal Disguise!

From the Season 2 Clone Wars episode “Cargo of Doom” Cad Bane donned the clone armor to infiltrate Anakin Skywalker’s ship.  Now you can have this variant of the blue Duros bounty hunter.

But more than just swappable heads on the figure, this set comes with 13 different interchangable hands, action feet, two blasters, plus two different backpack types.

And if you hurry and order the exclusive version you also get a special Clone Denal themed figure stand.

This is up for order now at Sideshow’s site.  So get yours while you can!


June 12, 2014 Posted by | Movies, News, Podcasts, Star Wars Action News | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Pre-Order Alert: Sideshow 12-inch Cade Bane – Denal Disguise

Update – Chewbacca out of Wave 4 Case, Stormtrooper, Boba Fett Back in


Chewbacca will no longer be part of Hasbro’s Star Wars 6-Inch Black Series figure line.  The Episode III Obi-Wan figure is also no longer included.  Instead the wave will include carry-forwards of the hard to find 6-inch Boba Fett and Stormtrooper figures.

We first reported the rumor that Wave 4 of Hasbro’s 6-Inch Black Series action figure line may not have Chewie included.  This wave was originally solicited as three new fligures (Chewbacca, Anakin Skywalker, and a Clone Trooper) plus one carry-forward (the truly awful Episode III Obi-Wan Kenobi, watch our review of this figure on Star Wars Action News Episode 421).  Per the rumor, Lucasfilm did not like Chewie’s hunched pose in the small window box and the figure may be delayed until the new blue and black, taller window box was used.

Now has revealed that rumor was true, Chewbacca will not be included in Wave 4.  Instead of Chewbacca and Ob-Wan Hasbro has included the two hardest to find figures in this line:  Boba Fett and the Stormtrooper.  Clearly this will help fans get these figures at retail pricing.  With the Stormtrooper and Clone Trooper in this wave it’s possible Boba Fett may even become common as troop builders, buying multiples of just those two figures, leave droves of the bounty hunter behind.

Are you excited by this change, or upset at Chewbacca’s delay?  Let us know in the comments below!

April 17, 2014 Posted by | News, Podcasts, Star Wars, Star Wars Action News | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

SOLD OUT: Hot Toys Captain America – Golden Age MOVIE PROMO VERSION from Winter Soldier film.

Hot Toys Captain America - Golden Age Suit - MOVIE PROMO Version

Yesterday we announced Sideshow Collectibles has offered the Captain America – Golden Age Suit Movie Promo Version of the figure.  Today we have to announce that this figure sold out in less than 24 hours.   The figure is now going for over $400 on eBay, versus the $209.99 retail price.

As mentioned in yesterday’s article, Hot Toys’ Movie Promo Versions of figures are highly limited, soar in price on the secondary market, and thus are snatched up by collectors and speculators alike.  With Captain America selling out even faster than the previous Movie Promo Iron Man Mark VII this seems to be increasing.

But if you want this Captain America in his classic suit, needed if you want to recreate the climactic battle from The Winter Soldier film, all hope is not lost.  Sideshow has opened the Wait List on this item.  But do not hesitate–Wait List orders are filled first come first serve.

Sideshow’s Wait List allows collectors who missed out on a piece to hopefully score one due to cancelled orders, credit card declines, or unexpected stock increases.  But the earlier you get on the Wait List the greater your chances of actually getting this piece at retail price and not having to scour eBay for it.

So do not delay.  If you even think you want this figure, head to Sideshow now to get on the Wait List.  And remember with future exclusive and Movie Promo Version Hot Toys–a preorder made is a hundred dollars saved.

March 27, 2014 Posted by | Comic Books, Marvelicious Toys, Movies, News, Podcasts | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on SOLD OUT: Hot Toys Captain America – Golden Age MOVIE PROMO VERSION from Winter Soldier film.