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Here we are, year two! Just wanted to take a second and thank you guys again for another great year! We’ve once again had our highs (The A-Team, Kick-Ass, Fast Five), as well as our lows (Jonah Hex, Predators, How Do You Know), but overall it’s been a pretty good year! Thanks again for your continued support, and here’s to the years to come!

In the last month I have been crazy busy, with the holidays and traveling from coast to coast multiple times, I have had no time to post any of my recent reviews. I do have a backlog of reviews that I will be posting very soon. I’m currently on the road for a cross-country road trip, and don’t always have the time (or an internet connection for that matter), but the reviews are coming. Here are a few of the upcoming reviews. How Do You Know, TRON: Legacy, Season of the Witch, and The Green Hornet. Be sure to check back often, because a tidal wave of reviews is heading your way real soon!

A good friend of mine, Kelly May, has this great new web series you’ve totally got to checkout. It’s called Darla, and so far there are eight episodes that you can find on her YouTube page. Darla also has a Funny or Die page, so if you like what you see be sure to head over there and vote for them as well!

In the series, Darla is constantly tormented and belittled by Stacey, a stupid ditzy little rich girl who always gets her way, well that is until Darla kills her. Which, she does in every episode. I really love the style and tone of the series, and I know you will too. So, what are you waiting for!? Stop reading this, and go watch them! Go! I’ll still be here when you’re done. I promise.

Jumping Gigawatts!

Now, some people think Star Wars, or for others it might even be Indiana Jones, and for some of you younger readers out there it might be The Lord of the Rings. But, for me… When I hear the word trilogy, I think of only one thing, and that is Back to the Future! It’s easily one of my favorite movies of all time, and this year Back to the Future is turning 25. To help celebrate the movie’s silver anniversary there is going to be an event of epic proportions in Burbank, California this November. It will be a full weeklong event, filled with celebrity guests, and unforgettable Back to the Future themed activities. All taking place during the historic week that Marty McFly spent in 1955. From November 5th to the 12th, fans of the Back to the Future Trilogy will do everything from seeing a screening of the original movie at the shooting location of the Twin Pine Mall, to a Battle of the Bands talent show! They’ll even learn how to use a hoverboard from the movie’s original stunt team! And, what better way, to end the weeklong event, than with an amazing recreation of the Enchantment Under the Sea Dance held at the dance’s original filming location. This is going to be a absolute must for any Back to the Future fans out there! I haven’t even told you the best part yet! All the proceeds from the event will be going to Team Fox for Parkinson’s Research! So, fire up those DeLorean’s to 88 miles per hour, and head over to We’re Going Back to buy your tickets now! You would be a total butthead not to!

Be sure to check back here in November for event updates, and a special Stash tribute to the greatest movie ever made!

Weezer released the cover of their new album “Hurley,” and who better to grace the cover, than our good friend Jorge Garcia! The album doesn’t feature any references to the show LOST, but Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo feels the title “Hurley” is best able to capture the whole aesthetic feel behind the album. The album is slated for a September 14th release, so order yours today!

Also, Spinner.com was first to reveal the new cover today, and are having a contest to design your own version of the new “Hurley” cover. Head over to their site for the details, but hurry the contest ends on Friday, August 13th!

Comic Con 2010

Well, another Comic Con has come and gone, but your old friend Darby is here once again to give you all the news you need to know, and 100% Nerd Flu free.


“Tron: Legacy”

Tron: Legacy was back at the Con this year, and this time Flynn’s Arcade was also able to transport you into the game itself! After you had your fun playing free video games, you are escorted to Flynn’s workshop, where you get zapped into the game and find yourself at the “End of Line Club” a haven for rogue programs. This re-creation of a set from Tron: Legacy was one of the most impressive things at Comic Con this year. I almost didn’t want to leave the room.






“Burn Notice”

It was announced at this year’s Burn Notice panel, that there will be a straight-to-DVD Burn Notice prequel, starring Bruce Campbell as Sam Axe, and will tell the story of Sam’s last mission before Miami.





“Predators”

Sadly, Robert Rodriguez announced Thursday, that 20th Century Fox will be releasing a sequel to this month’s new Predators incarnation. I know, not everyone disliked the new movie, but let’s be honest; it was crap, and I’m sure Predators: Electric Boogaloo isn’t going to be much better.




“Scott Pilgrim vs. The World”

At the end of the panel for Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, director/co-writer Edgar Wright announced that a surprise secret screening was about to take place. He then took a select few of the audience members from Hall H, and lead them Pied Piper style through the streets of San Diego to a theater not far from the convention center. Let me just say, that this is hands down the best movie of the summer! A review will be up here closer to the release of the movie, but take my word for it and buy your tickets now!




“The Walking Dead”

AMC‘s new series The Walking Dead, based on the Image comic, definitely had the biggest presence at the Con this year. You couldn’t go any where without seeing a horde of zombies, or footage from the upcoming show, stopping people in their tracks… Literally. At the panel on Friday we got to see some bloody amazing footage, and I mean bloody in both senses of the word. The cinematography on this show is going to blow you way. The sparkly vampires and teenage werewolves have had their time in the sun, well maybe not the vampires, but I do believe it’s about high time for the zombies. Long live the zombies! Can you say that about the undead?




“Saw 3D”

I was able to attend the press event/panel for the new Saw 3D, or Saw VII whichever one you prefer, and got to see the first eight minutes of the movie. They also unveiled the new eye popping poster, and also announced that this will be the final chapter in the Saw series.





“Green Lantern”

After thousands of people, along with Ralph and myself (Ralph was out there much longer than I), camped out all night just for the chance of getting in to Hall H for the Green Lantern panel, it was finally 11:45AM and thanks to Ralph and Lenny we made it in! On hand for the Q&A was Mr. Hal Jordan himself Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Mark Strong, Peter Sarsgaard, and directory Martin Campbell. The panel wasn’t overly flashy, but we did get to see a few minutes of footage in the form of a somewhat trailer. It’s less than a year away, but I think I might just have to get in line now!




At the Warner Bros. booth, there was also a floor display of Abin Sur’s body.





“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”

At the Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides panel, the audience received a special message from Captain Jack Sparrow himself! Does this mean we can stop calling it a trilogy?




“The Stabbing”

Okay, so here’s where Saturday gets a little pear shaped. Two men started arguing over space, or lack there of in Hall H, just after the Resident Evil: Afterlife panel, and just before the Paul panel. It was at this point, that of the one guys ends up stabbing the other guy near the eye with a pen. When news of the event quickly made its way around the Con, the only thing that shocked me was that it doesn’t happen more often. You’ve got thousands of antisocial people all huddled together with other antisocial people, add to that most haven’t eaten or slept in days, and at some point the nerd-rage is going to fly. The best part of all this was the costumes that followed on Sunday.





“Cowboys & Aliens”

Thanks to the amazing Jon Favreau, for the first time in Comic Con history, Harrison Ford graced the Con with his presence, and in handcuffs no less. The handcuffs could have had two meanings; 1) that’s what it took to get him to his first Comic Con, or 2) it was trying to make light of the stabbing that took place earlier. Either way, the crowd erupted when they saw Han Solo being lead to the stage by security.




“The Avengers”

For the first time ever, the cast of the up-coming Avengers movie were assembled in one place, and that place was Comic Con! The video says it all!

Avengers Assemble!!!



But it’s not just all about the movies at Comic Con. One of the best reasons to go to Comic Con is to get your hands on the exclusive toys and action figures only available at the Con… Well that is until they’re put on eBay for five times the original price. This is just a few of them; there really are way too many to list.



Plastic Man

This one was a “Must Have” for me this year!



Attack of the Show

These Gentle Giant Comic Con exclusives, are mini-busts of the Attack of the Show hosts Kevin Pereira & Olivia Munn.



Doctor Who

This years Doctor Who figure is a two-pack of the Eleventh Doctor and one of those lame Dalek redesigns.



Venture Brothers

These old school action figure dolls of Henchmen 21 and 24, were almost impossible to get.



Mo-Larr vs. Skeletor

By far the funniest exclusive at the Con this year, based on the Robot Chicken skit, this two-pack features for the first time ever Mo-Larr and a gapped toothed Skeletor.



One last thing before I go. Every year the studios at Comic Con make these giant bags for people to carry their stuff around in while at the Con. Well the best bags this year, without a doubt, go to the SyFy Channel.

One side of the bag reads “Mega Tote,” and the other “Giant Backpack.” But the thing that makes it so great is that in the fold of the bag it reads “vs.” You’ve got to love that!



Well, that does it for another Comic Con, but Comic Con 2011 will be on July 21st to the 24th next year, so start making your plans now.

Our friends over at La-La Land Records have announced three special releases, available at their booth at this years San Diego’s Comic Con. The first of which is John Debney‘s Predators, which skillfully incorporates Alan Silvestri’s iconic themes from the original Predator film. Next is a special two disc set of Danny Elfman‘s Batman, this a Limited Edition of 5,000 units, and features the previously unreleased film version of Elfman’s score, as well as a remastered presentation of the original 1989 soundtrack score, and never-before-released Bonus Tracks. Last but not least, is a Limited Edition of James Horner‘s Krull, which is limited to only 3,000 units, so act fast! All three recordings will be available at www.lalalandrecords.com on July 27th, after Comic Con, but those of you at the Con will be able to get first dibs. In addition to these premiere releases, there will also be special appearances and signings, as well as great deals on other La-La Land Records soundtracks available at their booth, which is located with the Toy Hungry booth, in space #429.

Guest composers will be stopping by the La-La Land booth to greet fans and sign CDs. Newly Emmy Award nominated composer Bear McCreary (Caprica, Battlestar Galactica, Human Target) will kick things off from 4-5PM on Thursday. Visit the La-La Land gang at Comic-Con to find out who will be appearing to sign autographs and when. Also, be sure to  follow La-La Land Records & Darby’s Secret Stash on Twitter for breaking news at Comic Con, including information about special composer guests and signing times!

Our friends over at La-La Land Records, have  just released another two scores, well three actually, which makes it an even better deal!

First up is a combo album which features the scores of not only one, but two classic Mike Judge movies, Office Space & Idiocracy. Composer John Frizzell finds the perfect offbeat musical pitch for Judge’s beloved workplace satire Office Space, starring Ron Livingston, Gary Cole and Jennifer Aniston, while composer Theodore Shapiro goes for a big orchestral sound and nails Judge’s skewed sci-fi take on the future of the human race, in Idiocracy, starring Luke Wilson, Dax Shepard and Maya Rudolph. Produced by MV Gerhard and mastered by James Nelson, this engaging duo of film scores showcases the composing talent involved in effectively scoring smart satire. Extensive liner notes by Daniel Schweiger feature comments from the composers and writer/director Mike Judge. This is a limited edition of 1,200 units, so get your flair on and pick one up today! Guaranteed to give you an instant “Oh-Face.”

ORDER Office Space / Idiocracy: Limited Edition NOW and get your CD autographed by composers John Frizzell and Theodore Shapiro at no additional charge. Autographs are while supplies last and are not guaranteed.

Next up we have the original motion picture score to 20th Century Fox’s hit feature film Diary of a Wimpy Kid starring Zachary Gordon, Robert Capron, Rachel Harris and Steve Zahn, directed by Thor Freudenthal. Acclaimed composer Theodore Shapiro fashions a brilliant orchestral score that beautifully conveys all the heartwarming fun of this new family film classic, based upon the popular book series by Jeff Kinney. Produced by Theodore Shapiro and mastered by James Nelson, Diary of a Wimpy Kid is movie music fun for all ages. Get yours today!

ORDER Diary of a Wimpy Kid NOW and get your CD autographed by composer Theodore Shapiro at no additional charge. Autographs are while supplies last and are not guaranteed.

NEW RELEASE SPECIAL: Order Office Space/Idiocracy now and get Diary of a Wimpy Kid at a special sale price of only $9.98. When ordering Office Space/Idiocracy, you will be asked at checkout if you wish to get Diary of a Wimpy Kid at the sale price. This is a limited time offer, so be sure to act fast!


Our good friends at La-La Land Records, have just released two new limited edition scores. The first of which is Speed 2: Cruise Control.

This is the premiere release of composer Mark Mancina’s powerhouse score to the 1997 Twentieth Century Fox feature film Speed 2: Cruise Control, starring Sandra Bullock, Jason Patric and Willem Dafoe, directed by Jan De Bont. Orchestra and electronics combine in spectacular Mancina fashion, resulting in a full-throttle score that skillfully revisits the composer’s classic Speed score, while also spinning off from it in exhilarating new directions. Produced by Nick Redman and Mike Matessino, and digitally edited and mastered by Mike Matessino and Neil S. Bulk, this dynamic album presentation includes a notable amount of music that wasn’t used in the film (due to the picture’s ever-changing edits right up to its release date). More than 70 minutes of pure adrenaline! Exclusive, in-depth liner notes by Daniel Schweiger, feature new comments from the composer. This is a limited edition of 3000 units, so act fast and buy your copy today!

To celebrate La-La Land’s release of Speed 2: Cruise Control, they’re also offering Mark Mancina’s classic Bad Boys Limited Edition score at a special sale price of only $14.98. But, this is a limited time offer so get it while you can.

Next up is the remastered and expanded release of composer Jerry Goldsmith’s powerful orchestral score to the 1997 Twentieth Century Fox feature film The Edge, starring Anthony Hopkins, Alec Baldwin and Bart The Bear, directed by Lee Tamahori. Considered by many to be one of Jerry Goldsmith’s last great scores, his music to The Edge is at once thrilling, thoughtful and breathtakingly beautiful. Managing to not only convey the film’s majestic backdrop, but also it’s complex struggles of Man vs. Beast, Man vs. Nature and Man vs. Man. Produced by Nick Redman, Mike Matessino, and Didier C. Deutsch, this expanded presentation of The Edge features more than 65 minutes of pure Goldsmith, including bonus tracks, and a CD booklet containing exclusive liner notes by Jeff Bond. This is a limited edition of 3500 units, so act fast and buy your copy today!

NEW RELEASE SPECIAL: Order Speed 2: Cruise Control now and get The Edge at a special sale price of only $14.98. When ordering Speed 2, you will be asked at checkout if you wish to get The Edge at the sale price. This is a limited time offer, so be sure to act fast!


The Stash has been up for a year now, and I just wanted to take a second to thank everybody for continuing to stop by and helping to spread the word of the Stash. We’ve had our highs (District 9Pirate RadioThe Crazies), but we also had our lows (The WolfmanA Perfect GetawayLeap Year), and overall it was a very good year! Thanks again and here’s to another great year!