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In the September issue of MANIA we bust out some fidget spinner tricks, checkout the latest Mario game, Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle and express ourselves in time for The Emoji Movie. There’s also cool skate tricks and LEGO City Jungle puzzles. Enter our competitions for the chance to win a PS4 console and Monster Jam prize packs!

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WIN CARS 3 TICKETS AND PRIZES!

June 15th, 2017 by Chris Neill | No Comments | Leave a comment | Filed in Movies, Win |

Cars 3

Things aren’t looking good for Lightning McQueen! After losing his racing title to up-and-comer Jackson Storm, a new hi-tech racer, it looks like McQueen’s days as the Piston Cup champ might be finally over! With the help of his new trainer, Cruz Rameriz, Lightning McQueen sets out to prove to a new generation of racers that he’s still the best there is!

To really get your engines revved up for Cars 3, we’re giving away an AWSM prize pack!

10 lucky winners will receive an Admit 4 In-Season Pass to Cars 3, a T-shirt (Kids), a sticker sheet, a lenticular notebook and a coffee mug!

To win, all you have to do is grab a copy of MANIA #202 and tell us the name of three characters that appear on pages 28-29 by filling in the form below!

Cars 3 is in theatres from 22nd June!

***This competition has closed***

1. Entry is open to residents of Australia except employees and immediate families of nextmedia and its agencies associated with the promotion.
2. Only entries completed with these terms and conditions will be eligible.
3. Entry is online only.
4. Competition begins 9th June 2017 and entries close 20th June 2017 AEDT.
5. The most creative answers as judged by the MANIA editorial team will win.
6. In determining eligibility the judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
6. The winners will be drawn 21st June 2017 at nextmedia Level 6, Building A, 207 Pacific Highway, St Leonards NSW 2065.
7. 10 winners will receive and Admit 4 In-Season Pass to Cars 3, a Kids T-shirt, a sticker sheet, a lenticular notebook and a coffee mug.
8. Prizes must be taken as offered and are not redeemable for cash.
9. The promoter is not responsible for misdirected or lost mail.
10. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
11. The promoter is nextmedia Pty Ltd ACN: 128 805 970, Level 6, Building A, 207 Pacific Highway, St Leonards NSW 2065.

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AWSM DESPICABLE ME 3 TRAILER!

June 5th, 2017 by Chris Neill | No Comments | Leave a comment | Filed in Movies, Screen |

Check out the AWSM new Despicable Me 3 trailer! In this movie Gru meets his twin brother Dru (whaaat)! Together they’re going to steal a diamond from super-villain Balthazar Bratt. Does this mean Gru is going back to being a bad guy?! All we know is that we’ve got Minion MANIA!

Despicable Me 3 hits cinemas from June 15th!

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On The Road Again!

June 5th, 2017 by Chris Neill | No Comments | Leave a comment | Filed in Movies |

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Greg Heffley is back in the wikkid new film, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul!

When Greg discovers that his video-game idol will be appearing at a gamer convention, he convinces his family to take a road trip to attend his great grandmother’s 90th birthday!

Along with Greg’s best mate Rowley, the family hits the road for one cross-country adventure they won’t ever forget!

Get ready for embarrassing car sing-alongs, a pig that the Heffley’s win at a fair and hi-jinx when Greg’s scheme doesn’t go as planned!

Get ready to LOL when Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul hits Australian theatres June 22nd!

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BOBBY MOYNIHAN: LIVING THE PUG LIFE

December 7th, 2016 by Chris Neill | No Comments | Leave a comment | Filed in AWSM, Movies |

The Secret Life Of Pets is one of our favourite movies of the year, and we can’t wait to grab a copy on DVD so we can watch it 24/7! If you’re like us and can’t get enough of it, then check out this AWSM interview with comedian Bobby Moynihan, the voice behind Mel the pug! You’d be barking mad to miss this!

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MANIA: What was your first pet?
BOBBY: “I had a parakeet. But he didn’t last very long, unfortunately. I never had a dog or a cat, but I did have some fish. I had those for a very long time.”

MANIA: Do you have a pet now?
BOBBY: “Not right now.”

MANIA: Did you ever wonder what they did when you left the house?
BOBBY: “I did! I thought it was a Toy Story situation, where my pets would go hang out with other pets when I wasn’t around.”

MANIA: Do you have a dream pet?
BOBBY: “I would love to hang out with a monkey for a little while. Sloths are pretty cool too.”

MANIA: Are you a cat or a dog person?
BOBBY: “I think I’m more of a dog person. Cats are too full of anxiety and running around too much for me.”

MANIA: How did you land the role of Mel?
BOBBY: “The studio sent me a picture of Mel, and I saw his tiny little feet and though, ‘Man, I’d love to do this!’”

MANIA: What was it like playing Mel the pug? Did you do any method acting to get into the role?
BOBBY: “Yeah, I only drank out of a bowl for six months, haha! Mel’s such a fun energetic character, it was a blast coming up with that energy to play such a happy dog.”

MANIA: What does it take to live the “Pug life”?
BOBBY: “A lot of being pampered. A lot of waiting for people to come home so they can feed you. And a lot of running into walls!”

MANIA: What type of friend is Mel to Max?
BOBBY: “That friend you keep around who might be an idiot, but he’s fun and loveable. He might be the best person to have on your team, but he’ll always be there for you if you need him.”

MANIA: If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?
BOBBY: “Any animal that can fly, because I don’t have that ability… yet. A bird of some kind, or maybe a monkey so I can swing around.”

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Catch all the doggone antics in The Secret Life of Pets – out now on DVD and Blu-Ray!

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SRSLY STOKED 4 SING!

December 5th, 2016 by Chris Neill | No Comments | Leave a comment | Filed in AWSM, Movies |

We’re super excited to catch the AWSM new animated movie SING! when it hits theatres on Boxing Day! It looks so funny! There are heaps of really interesting different animals, and the soundtrack sounds amazing!

Not convinced? Check out our sweet Sing pullout in MANIA #196 (on sale right now! Seriously, don’t miss out!)

Sing! hits theatres December 26th, and like any good song we’re definitely gonna watch it again and again!

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GEORGINA HAYNS: MASTER OF PUPPETS

December 1st, 2016 by Chris Neill | No Comments | Leave a comment | Filed in AWSM, Movies |

Georgina Hayns is the Creative Supervisor at Studio Laika. She’s in charge of supervising the fabrication of all the amazing little puppets that are used to make awesome films like ParaNorman, Coraline and The Boxtrolls. We caught up with Georgina to talk about the puppets used in Kubo and the Two Strings!

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MANIA: How did you get into stop-motion animation?
GEORGINA: “I got into it through being really hopeless at everything at school except for art. I had no focus; I love drawing, I love painting, I love sewing, I love sculpting. I went to art school when I was older and I was really interested in old Victorian dolls. I decided that I wanted to make dolls as a career, so I tried to convince my teachers that doll making was the way to go! They weren’t very impressed, haha. Puppet making was kind of a way for me to get around my teachers – puppets are like an artistic form of dolls. I really didn’t know much about stop-motion animation at the time, but I managed to get an internship at a stop-motion animation studio while at university. It really opened my eyes to a whole new world where all my skill sets were usable!”

MANIA: Was there any particular influences on your art?
GEORGINA: “When I decided I was going to do puppets I went out and found as many movies and TV shows that I could. I watched Jim Henson’s Dark Crystal and it blew my mind! It was exactly what I wanted to do.”

MANIA: How long does it take to create a puppet?
GEORGINA: “To make the first version of the puppet, it could take anywhere from three months to six months. It depends how complex it is. When you’re making the production line of puppets, it takes about six to eight weeks.”

MANIA: What was the most difficult thing you’ve had to make/sculpt?
GEORGINA: “It’s very hard to predict what the material you’re using will do when the puppet becomes moveable. There are a lot of weird little things, like adding too much flesh under at armpit. So when the arm moves down it makes a bulge where don’t want one! You have to really try with all your knowledge to make your best guess of how they might react when you move the puppet.”

MANIA: What size do the puppets range from?
GEORGINA: “The Giant Skeleton from Kubo was a completely new thing for Laika. He’s the largest thing we’ve done. The smallest thing we’ve done is the tiny Little Hanzo origami that hangs out with Kubo. That had limited performance due to its size. If there’s a really small character in a movie, usually we build it over-sized and then digitally insert it in with visual effects. That allows us to get a better quality performance.”

KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS

MANIA: I know they used a bowling ball to help animate the Garden of Eyes monster. Are there any everyday household objects that you repurposed for the puppet?
GEORGINA: “On Beetle we had to figure out how we were going to make his leg work and how they join his body. We used the rubber-housing on a car’s gearstick as inspiration.”

MANIA: Do you have a favourite character design?
GEORGINA: “The Sisters. I love their design and they look amazing in every pose. You instantly know they’re baddies the moment they show up!”

MANIA: How do you keep track of small pieces, like Monkey’s fur and the Sister’s coats, without them looking completely different in every shot?
GEORGINA: “It was much easier to keep track of the Sister’s capes. We actually laid out the 485 feathers for each cape, and we had a pattern so we knew what size feather would go where. We made Monkey’s individual fur pieces by combing silicon through a fur-fabric and then hand-trimming the pieces into those shapes. I think if you line up all of our Monkey puppets, they’re never going to be exactly the same. But you never see two Monkeys in the same shot, so it’s okay. She’s always so active that you’re never going to notice that one hair is different.”

Join Kubo, Beetle and Monkey on their amazing adventure in Kubo And The Two Strings. Out now on DVD and Blu-ray!

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WIN TMNT: Out of the Shadows DVDs!

September 13th, 2016 by Chris Neill | No Comments | Leave a comment | Filed in Movies, Win |

Left to right: Donatello, Michelangelo, Leonardo and Raphael in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows from Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon Movies and Platinum Dunes

Everybody’s favourite pizza loving ninjas are back to raise some serious shell in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. Raphael, Leonardo, Donatello and Michelangelo are back to battle bigger, badder villains. With their friends April O’Neil and the hockey-mask wearing vigilante Casey Jones, the Turtles will have to face the evil Shredder, the mutant baddies Bebop and Rocksteady, and the sinister alien Krang. That’s a lot of butts to kick!

Did you catch it and have been counting down the days until you could watch it again? Or maybe you missed out on it because you were too busy practicing your ninjutsu. Either way, we’ve got 10 COPIES of TMNT: Out of the Shadows to giveaway, along with an AWSM TMNT air-hockey table for one lucky major winner!

To win, all you need to do is grab a copy of MANIA #193 and tell us the name of one of the Ozmonsters which appear on pg.17!

Just enter your details below for one shell-tastic time!

TMNT PRIZE

 

********** THIS COMP HAS ENDED ********** 

Terms & Conditions

1. Entry is open to residents of Australia except employees and immediate families of nextmedia and its agencies associated with the promotion.
2. Only entries completed with these terms and conditions will be eligible.
3. Entry is online only.
4. Competition begins 13th September 2016 and entries close 27th September 2016.
5. The most creative answers as judged by the MANIA editorial team will win.
6. In determining eligibility the judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
6. The winners will be drawn 28th September 2016 at nextmedia Level 6, Building A, 207 Pacific Highway, St Leonards NSW 2065.
7. One Major Winner will recieve a TMNT air-hockey table and a copy of TMNT: Out of the Shadows on DVD; nine Minor Winners will receive a copy of TMNT: Out of the Shadows on DVD.
8. Prizes must be taken as offered and are not redeemable for cash.
9. The promoter is not responsible for misdirected or lost mail.
10. The winners will be notified by email.
11. The promoter is nextmedia Pty Ltd ACN: 128 805 970, Level 6, Building A, 207 Pacific Highway, St Leonards NSW 2065

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Will Arnett and Stephen Amell visit Bondi Beach

June 1st, 2016 by Chris Neill | No Comments | Leave a comment | Filed in AWSM, Movies |

We’ve been counting down the days until the Turtle bros return to the big-screen for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows – excited doesn’t even begin to describe how we’re feeling!

We’ve been watching every trailer and clip we can get our hands on, which is why we’re proud to present this AWSM clip of TMNT cast members Will Arnett and Stephen Amell visiting Australia’s iconic Bondi Beach! Check them out while they hang out with fans, local skaters and Bondi Rescue crew.

Visual artist Scott Marsh was also on deck, creating a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle inspired artwork of Mikey! Check out the video below!

Check out TMNT: OUT OF THE SHADOWS when it skates into cinemas June 9th, 2016!

 

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THE AWSM AWAKENS!

October 21st, 2015 by rhett | No Comments | Leave a comment | Filed in AWSM, Movies, Uncategorized |

It’s only 57 more sleeps until Star Wars Episode VII hits cinemas! What are you going to do until then? If you’re anything like us at MANIA HQ, you’ll be decked out in full Chewy CosPlay watching the latest trailer on repeat!


Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens enters orbit on December 17!

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WIN A JURASSIC EXPERIENCE!

June 3rd, 2015 by rhett | No Comments | Leave a comment | Filed in AWSM, Movies, Screen, Uncategorized, Win |

Photo Credit - Chuck Zlotnick

Get ready for dino-danger, YAKS!  Jurassic World is open and wowing the world with T-Rex and Velociraptor displays! But trouble explodes when a genetically engineered dinosaur, Indominus Rex, escapes and starts to wreak havoc!

To celebrate the release of Jurassic World on June 11 at IMAX Darling Harbour, NSW, we’ve got ten double passes to give away! Winners will visit the Sydney IMAX on Saturday June 13 at 9:30, see the new flick, meet the Australian Museum’s dino puppet, Winny, and have a Q and A with a dinosaur expert!

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To be in the running to win, fill in the form below. You must have a parent’s or guardian’s consent to enter this competition.

This competition is now closed.

 

Terms and Conditions:
1. Competition is open to Australian residents only. 2. Competition starts at 3 June, 2015 and ends 5pm on 10 June, 2015 AEDT. 3. This is a game of skill and entrants must answer this question: “What you name your pet dinosaur?” 4. The most creative answers as judged by the MANIA editorial team will win. 5. 10 winners will receive a double pass to Jurassic World at IMAX Darling Harbour, NSW, valued at $67 each.  Total prize pool value is $670. NB: Transport and accommodation not included. 7. Entries will be judged on 13 April, 2015 at nextmedia Level 6, 207 Pacific Hwy, St Leonards NSW 2065. 8. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. 9. All email addresses collected in the entry form will be added to the MANIA Newsletter database. 10. You may unsubscribe from this free service at any time.

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