Marvel Studios announced today that Marvel’s The Avengers will reward its fans on Facebook for their continued support of the film’s campaign with advance screenings in cities around the world on a first-come-first-served basis. In the U.S. fans will be able to experience the film in stunning IMAX® 3D.
This unprecedented screening event will enable Facebook fans of Marvel’s The Avengers in cities that have assembled the most fans on Facebook to win the first access to screenings of the film, weeks before the May 4th release in theatres. This event will kick off on April 14th at 10 a.m PDT with the top five cities in the U.S. with the most fans on Facebook: Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Houston and Miami. The next five cities to garner the most Facebook Marvel’s The Avengers fans will be awarded an early screening as well – to be announced shortly on Facebook. Fans can rally for their city to be the chosen location for this special opportunity by going to https://www.facebook.com/avengers for details. International fans should visit their local Marvel’s The Avengers Facebook page for more details on how to win a screening in their city.
Participating fans are encouraged to celebrate this movie event by coming to their local screenings dressed in their finest Super Hero costumes inspired by Marvel’s The Avengers — the winners of the Best Costume contest will be awarded reserved seats.
In Marvel’s The Avengers the world’s greatest Super Heroes assemble when Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) join S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) to protect the world from the dangerous and powerful villain, Loki (Tom Hiddleston).
An exciting event movie, packed with action and spectacular special effects, Marvel’s The Avengers is from Marvel Studios in association with Paramount Pictures, produced by Kevin Feige and directed by Joss Whedon from a story by Zak Penn and Joss Whedon with screenplay by Joss Whedon.
Marvel’s The Avengers will be released in the U.S. in 3D and IMAX 3D on May 4, 2012.
Each week fans of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” tune in to watch Ty Pennington and his design crew build new homes for people in need. With each new challenge, the team conquers unexpected obstacles and is always forced to dream up new creative solutions.
With that spirit in mind, ABC.com and show producers are launching a new “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” Facebook social game, where players can build virtual homes for actual families from each week’s episode, or work with an almost endless supply of fictional scenarios in order to play as often as they want.
In the game, players are presented with their choice of families and the specific design challenges they require. For instance, they may need an air purifier for an asthmatic, wheelchair access or extra counter space for an aspiring chef. Once players have decided, the fun begins! They’re given volunteers and their pick of design elements, including everything from the house shape and floor plan to wall decor, flooring, appliances, recreational items and more. Tastes range from the eclectic to the modern, from the traditional to the unexpected. Those who really want to flex their creative muscles can access even more design features and more volunteer help using Facebook Credits.
Players progress in the game by earning “Hearts” to level up. Bonus Hearts are earned when players quickly finish the floor plan and incorporate the family’s needs.
Finished floor plans are saved in a “Scrapbook” that can be shared and rated between friends.
Each Wednesday, the family featured in the upcoming episode of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” will be added to the game, giving players a sneak peek at who the family is and what their special needs are. Artwork based on real family photos will also be available. Players who reveal the family’s new house before the show airs get bonus “Hearts and Levels” points.
“This game gives the show fans a way to interact with ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’ all week long, and to look forward to the episode airing each Sunday, where they can see how the REAL work by Ty and crew compares to their own work,” said Tina Hoover, VP Social Media & Interactivity, Endemol USA.
“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” airs Sundays at 8:00 p.m., ET. It’s produced by Endemol USA, of Endemol Holding, and executive-produced by Brady Connell & George Verschoor. David Goldberg is Chairman, Endemol North America. This program carries a TV-PG parental guideline.
As we were the first to announce the current ‘Let the Memories Begin’ campaign at Disney Parks, we felt it only fitting that we bring you news of the latest way you can participate from your very own home — the Disney Parks Memory Mosaic at disneyparksmemorymosaic.com.
The Disney internet fairies are currently hard at work putting the final touches on it, but you can preview it today. There are two options: contribute to a community mosaic (currently a photo of either Cinderella Castle or Sleeping Beauty Castle) or create your own using photos from Walt Disney World, Disneyland or Disney character-centric. Either way, you can either upload a photo or choose one from your Facebook account. When you contribute, your photo will be manually reviewed before it’s added, but when you create your own, it’s generated on the fly using the community photos. You’ll even be able to share your custom mosaic with your friends (right now, it will post to your wall but the official Facebook app appears to be MIA).
You can also create and share your own animated Memories Disney Photobook, themed to either Walt Disney World or Disneyland.
Via the official Pirates of the Caribbean Facebook page, Walt Disney Studios recently announced the official Pirate Skull Creator app available at PirateSkullCreator.com. The app allows you to start with the infamous silver skull from the Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides poster and customize it with everything from hair to jewelry to physical damage to teeth and eyes. When complete, you’ll have the option to export your creation to your Facebook page or save it in various sizes and formats including desktop and mobile wallpaper sizes.
This, of course, is enough to please the landlubbers. But we be pirates here at the Kingdom of Stitch and common knowledge isn’t enough to satisfy our hungers. So avast, me hearties and listen to what else we managed to unearth while pillaging the house of mouse.
The popular app from days long gone has return with a new twist. Now you can Pirate Yourself the On Stranger Tides way with PirateYourself.com. Simply webcam, Facebook or upload a photo of yourself, tweak it and then piratize your self the way your mother intended you to be. The controls be a bit awkward at times, but it’s well worth it. Photos and accessories can be place, resized and rotated as desired, leaving plenty of options for those that command it.
We also managed to find an online game called Battleship Galleons that allows you to choose a ship captain from the film and then battle a friend on the high seas. Although they don’t seem quite ready to be played, we found two versions: an international version which currently lets you play against the computer and the domestic version which seems like it would let you select a Facebook friend to compete against but does not appear to be working at this time.
NBA Digital and Playdom today announced the launch of NBA Dynasty, a new social game on Facebook that will allow NBA fans to create and manage their ultimate dream team by choosing from more than 9,000 player seasons from 1946 to present. The new game marks the first for Playdom with a professional sports league.
Throughout the year, NBA Dynasty will provide fans with the opportunity to compete in games against NBA stars, NBA championship teams, and head-to-head with their friends for the all-time best record.
“With NBA Dynasty, we wanted to create a realistic coaching and managing experience while giving players the opportunity to build their ultimate fantasy team,” said Playdom’s Co-Chief Operating Officer, John Donham. “Players will finally find out if their childhood heroes can beat those of their friends.”
NBA Dynasty will feature more than 1,200 video clips of NBA highlights from the 2010-11 season. Individual video clips will play when an NBA player performs well in the social media game. Fans can directly affect the outcome of NBA Dynasty games by setting their starting line-up, calling time-outs, and substituting players in real time. By building the best fan base, NBA arena, and coaching reputation, fans can boost their franchise to dynasty status.
NBA Dynasty further emphasizes the NBA’s use of social media to enhance the game experience for fans around the world. The NBA is the No. 1 sports league in the U.S. on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, with the most fans, followers, and videos viewed, respectively.
“Social media takes sports gaming to new frontiers,” said Bryan Perez, senior vice president and general manager of NBA Digital. “The combination of our industry leading social audience with Playdom’s social gaming expertise will give fans an entertaining new way to engage with the NBA.”
Playdom today announced the launch of ‘Gardens of Time,’ a hidden object game re-imagined with social elements on Facebook. ‘Gardens of Time’ provides the artistic and game play depth of a downloadable hidden object game while setting a new standard of social game play within the genre.
In ‘Gardens of Time,’ players join the Time Society, an elite group of time-traveling detectives who explore vibrant hidden object scenes to solve the mysteries of time. By finding hidden objects scattered around the world, players collect ancient artifacts, personalize a historical garden, and unravel the mysteries of time as they embark on epic quests to correct the course of history.
‘Gardens of Time’ provides hundreds of hours of free content at launch, including more than 40 re-playable hidden object scenes and four distinct modes of play. Players can also engage friends by challenging them to beat a high score, sending them gifts and hints, and visiting friends’ personal gardens to help with quests.
‘”Gardens of Time” redefines the previously solitary experience of downloadable hidden object games by adding a variety of social features so players can share the excitement and challenge with their friends,’ said Playdom’s Senior Producer for Gardens of Time, John Hsu. ‘We want to give players the opportunity to collaborate, compete, and show off their achievements.’
‘Gardens of Time’ can be accessed at http://apps.facebook.com/gardensoftime
Playdom today announced the launch of Deep Realms, the first game to bring the classic RPG experience to social gaming.
In Deep Realms players explore a rich fantasy world, making strategic choices that result in different but equally viable experiences. Players explore lush, detailed scenes and engage in turn-based combat against increasingly dangerous foes. By integrating social elements, such as avenging friends in player-vs-player combat and real-time cooperative boss battles, Playdom evolves the social RPG to the next level.
“We wanted to make a social game for core players, a game that we, as developers, would want to play,” said Playdom’s Executive Producer for Deep Realms, Alex Ou. “Deep Realms introduces the depth of console RPGs to social gamers with elements of interaction that go beyond those in the current generation of social games.”
Deep Realms can be accessed at http://apps.facebook.com/deeprealms.
On Walt Disney’s 109th birthday, The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) announced a major social media milestone as it surpassed one hundred million fans across its network of Facebook pages.
Since August of 2009, more than 200 official Disney brand, property and character pages have been created and managed by The Walt Disney Company and its in-house social media agency DigiSynd including: Disney, Disney Pixar, Toy Story, Alice in Wonderland, Dory and Mickey. These pages feature original video content, photo galleries, news, highlights and links to other Disney-branded pages. Boasting astronomical growth, Disney Facebook pages currently attract more than 5 million new fans per week.
Playdom and ESPN Games Launch ‘ESPNU College Town’ on Facebook Featuring Assets from Dozens of Real Schools
Playdom, in collaboration with ESPN Games, today launched a sports-themed social game on Facebook titled ESPNU College Town. Fun, engaging and easy to play,ESPNU College Town gives sports fans a chance to create and run their own virtual college campus, build an elite athletic program, and compete against their friends for bragging rights.
Sports fans in the game are given all the tools to create their own university, complete with academic buildings, major athletic venues – including football stadiums and basketball arenas – and ESPN-branded assets such as an ESPN College GameDay set and production truck. Other buildings and campus must-haves include dorms, a fraternity/sorority row, student unions, restaurants, libraries, walkways, streets, parking lots and more.
Also, fans can play the role of Athletic Director by recruiting fictional star athletes to build a top sports program ready to go head-to-head against other ESPNU College Town teams. Fans compete for points and bragging rights by matching up against other friends in the game.
To make each ESPNU College Town their very own, fans have access to authentic assets from more than 60 real universities, including iconic campus buildings, nationally recognized stadiums, mascots, logos and more. As fans gain points and move up levels, sports venues can be upgraded from simple fields with bleachers to state-of-the-art domed stadiums with lights, Astroturf, JumboTrons, box seats and more.
“ESPNU College Town presents a huge opportunity for us to reach a broad audience of both casual and hardcore sports fans, and we look forward to rolling out other social games within the sports category,” said Raphael Poplock, vice president of games and revenue strategy & development, ESPN Digital Media. “The possibilities are endless when it comes to the creative, sports-themed social games we can produce, and this is only the beginning of what we have in development with Playdom.”
Facebook users can play the game at: http://apps.facebook.com/espnucollegetown/