Comic-Con can be overwhelming for film enthusiasts and attendees alike. That’s why our Video Unlimited Team hit the San Diego streets last weekend to provide our fans a more digestible intake of the sights and sounds from this year’s highly anticipated and highly attended 4-day event. Excitement ensued as the conference was abuzz with exclusive celebrity interviews, anticipated film and TV panels, anime and comic book enthusiasts and crazy characters in crazy costumes all within the confining space of the San Diego Convention Center.

Meanwhile, outside the conference walls, large crowds were wowed by large robots as zombie walks provided a more subdued activity for zombie fandom. Our Comic-Con Storify recap captured, in picture format, ours and our fans’ activity through the long weekend.

So what were our Top 5 Moments? Check them out now and then let us know yours by sharing your comments below:

1. The Walking Dead, Season 4

From roaming walkers to caged stalkers, The Walking Dead series was ever present at this year’s Comic-Con. Fans rejoiced as The Walking Dead, Season 4 trailer released previewing Sheriff Forbes calling Damon and Stefan to the hospital as someone has been attacking their patients. If that wasn’t trouble enough, a violent wind storm causes a power outage in Mystic Falls, ghosts suddenly appear — some with good intentions and some bent on revenge.
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MU_July2013OnTheRisePrettyLights_US_FB-WallEach month, we are bringing you the best of what’s next with our On the Rise Premium Channel, which was recently updated with new and exciting artists for June! In June, we introduced you to the likes of French Montana, The 1975, Austin Mahone, Disclosure and more. Now we have another new class of musicians who have been pounding the pavement with much-buzzed about songs and live performances.

Below are some highlights, including the first studio album from Pretty Lights, Eminem prodigy Skylar Grey, OFWGKTA’s Earl Sweatshirt, singer/songwriter James Bay, girl-group Fifth Harmony and more. Listen now the Music Unlimited service!

  1. Pretty Lights
    If You Like: DJ Shadow, Diplo, Skrillex
  2. Skylar Grey
    If You Like: Rihanna, P!Nk, Christina Perri
  3. Wallpaper.
    If You Like: 3OH!3, Ke$ha, Far East Movement
  4. Earl Sweatshirt
    If You Like: Tyler, The Creator, Death Grips, Atmosphere
  5. VV Brown
    If You Like: Duffy, Joss Stone, Amy Winehouse
  6. James Bay
    If You Like: Ray LaMontagne, Amos Lee, Allen Stone
  7. Mikky Ekko
    If You Like: The Neighbourhood, The XX, Frank Ocean
  8. Azealia Banks
    If You Like: Taylor Swift, Kellie Pickler, Lady Antebellum
  9. Weekend
    If You Like: The Cure, Surfer Blood, Echo & the Bunnymen
  10. Fifth Harmony
    If You Like: Pussycat Dolls, The Saturdays, Little Mix

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GIJoeRetaliationFacebookEverybody wants to rule the world and this week there was no stopping the G.I. Joes from taking down their mortal enemy Cobra and the relentless bloodthirsty deadites. With the help of Dwayne Johnson, aka The Rock, and Channing Tatum, G.I. Joe: Retaliation conquered this week’s #1 spot, barely surpassing the latest installment of the epic Evil Dead franchise.

Rounding out our top 3 is the life story of an athlete who conquered the racial barrier in the baseball word. Swing for the fences by watching the classic baseball story, 42, which portrays the iconic tale of the legendary Jackie Robinson.

See below for this week’s complete list and be sure to watch your favorites this weekend on the Video Unlimited service:

  1. Only God Forgives
  2. The Host
  3. Dead Man Down
  4. Identity Thief (Unrated)
  5. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (plus Bonus Features)
  6. Spring Breakers
  7. Bullet to the Head
  8. 42
  9. Evil Dead (2013)
  10. G.I. Joe: Retaliation

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Now available for pre-order is one game every football fan will not want to miss: Madden NFL 25. Celebrating 25 years since the Madden NFL franchise arrived on the scene, these games have been changing the way we play sports games ever since.

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New to the PlayStation 3 this week is Stealth Inc: A Clone in the Dark. We’ve mentioned this fast-paced stealth platformer in recent posts and now it’s available to play. Jump, sneak, and be chunked through 80 levels of brutal puzzles.
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DanManganFieldTripLast month, the Music Unlimited service celebrated alongside Arts & Crafts, the iconic Toronto-based record label, for their 10th anniversary festival Field Trip Music & Arts Festival. The fest featured performances from their marquee artists, including Dan Mangan.

As the festival’s surprise late addition, the acclaimed singer/songwriter re-emerged from a short touring break after the birth of his first son. However, as a staple of the Arts & Crafts roster, it’s hard to imagine the festival without him. With two JUNO Awards under his belt, he’s established himself not only in the music community, but as a voice for Canada as a writer for Huffington Post Canada. Articulate and personable, Mangan has connected in a big way with his fans not only in Canada but internationally, sharing the stage with The Decemberists, The Walkmen, Metric and more. He even performed for Prince William and Kate Middleton at the 2011 Canada Day celebration in Ottowa (yes, really!)

Watch him talk about the new addition to his family, upcoming musical endeavors and more in the video below. Then, re-visit his catalog on the Music Unlimited service.

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The Fifth Estate: The story of Julian Assange and his use of WikiLeaks to expose secret information with Benedict Cumberbatch playing Assange.

Want more suspenseful tech-inspired dramas? Then check out these other films:The Social Network, The Net, Minority Report

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DarcysFieldTripLast month, the Music Unlimited service celebrated alongside Arts & Crafts the iconic Toronto-based record label, for their 10th anniversary festival Field Trip Music & Arts Festival. The fest featured performances from their marquee artists, including The Darcys.

As a relatively new addition to the Arts & Crafts family, the band had an impressive start with the their self-titled debut album released in 2011. They stuck their neck out from the get-go, shattering any questions of doubt by announcing at the time of The Darcys release that two more albums were to come. They quickly fulfilled with an ambitious and haunting full-album interpretation of Steely Dan’s AJA. They are currently preparing to release the final of the three, Warring, on September 17th, their first album fully recorded in Toronto. Hear them talk more about Warring in the interview below, then listen to them on the Music Unlimited service.

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StarsFieldTripLast month, the Music Unlimited service celebrated alongside Arts & Crafts, the iconic Toronto-based record label, for their 10th anniversary festival Field Trip Music & Arts Festival. The fest featured performances from their marquee artists, including the band Stars. Formed in the late 90’s, Stars quickly became a critically-acclaimed, award-winning group, catching ears with the albums Nightsongs & Heart, then later receiving gold-selling status after releasing Set Yourself on Fire in 2004.

Their latest release The North was followed with performances at Coachella and later Field Trip, where we caught up with Torquill Campbell & Amy Millian to talk about the fun of festivals, Arts & Crafts impact on the Toronto community and their plans for the rest of the year. Watch below, then listen to them on the Music Unlimited service.

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NewReleases723Check out what’s new on the Music Unlimited service this week! Read the highlights and browse new albums and singles below.

Highlights:

  • The first compilation album featuring Young Money and Cash Money’s biggest stars as Rich Gang, including Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Busta Rhyme and Ace Hood as well as non-YMCMB artists like Kendrick Lamar, Chris Brown, Meek Mill and more.
  • Marc Anthony’s first album in nine years, featuring the single “Vivir Mi Vida,” which he performed at last week’s Premios Juventud.
  • Music from and Inspired by The Smurfs 2, including Britney Spears’ “Ooh La La,” plus Becky G featuring Austin Mahone, Owl City, Nelly Furtado and more.
  • New singles from Kings of Leon, One Direction and AFI, from their new albums expected later this year.

New Albums Available This Week [7/23/13]:

Rich GangRich Gang
Marc Anthony3.0
Various ArtistsThe Smurfs 2: Music from and Inspired by
Ghostface KillahTwelve Reasons To Die “The Brown Tape”
Gogol BordelloPura Vida Conspiracy
Various ArtistsReggae Gold 2013
Wallpaper.Ricky Reed Is Real
Tito “El Bambino” El PatronInvicto
Guy ClarkMy Favorite Picture Of You
We Came As RomansTrace Back Roots
BaronessLive at Maida Vale – BBC
Serj TankianJazz-Iz Christ
DevoSomething Else for Everybody
WeekendJinx
Jackson ScottMelbourne
Half Moon RunDark Eyes
Fuck ButtonsSlow Focus

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With star power like Tom Cruise, Ryan Gosling, Matthew McConaughey, Morgan Freeman, Bradley Cooper, Olga Kurylenko and the always charming Eva Mendes, our weekly New Release Recap is packed full of great titles with great talent. See what blockbuster hits are releasing this week on the Video Unlimited service!

Tom Cruise stars as Jack Harper, the lone security repairman stationed on a desolate, nearly-ruined future Earth in the instant sci-fi classic, Oblivion. When he rescues a beautiful stranger played by Olga Kurylenko from a downed spacecraft, her arrival triggers a nonstop chain of events that forces him to question everything he knows, and leaves humanity’s fate in his hands. Watch Academy Award-winner Morgan Freeman as he joins Cruise and Kurylenko in this visually stunning and explosive story that is now available for purchase before DVD and Blu-ray.

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