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X-Men: Days of Future Past Trailers Build Excitement
Apr 18th, 2014

The first trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past, released last fall, focused on closeups of the many stars populating the mutant film — Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Ellen Page, Anna Paquin, Ian McKellen, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence — mixed with shots of the new characters, emphasizing the many superpowered mutants, all with […]

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Want to Ride Captain America Movie’s Coattails
Apr 8th, 2014

It’s no surprise that Captain America: The Winter Soldier had a dynamite opening weekend, setting a new box office record for April with a $96+ million take. Internationally, it’s also doing well, taking in more already than the first Captain America made overseas in total. The sequel is expected to far surpass the original overall. […]

The Muppets Character Encyclopedia
Mar 30th, 2014

Whatever you thought about Muppets Most Wanted, it’s a great thing that the movie means more Muppet stuff. Like this attractive reference. The Muppets Character Encyclopedia The Muppets Character Encyclopedia is chock-full of profiles of muppets both well-known and obscure. I thought I was a big fan, but I learned a bunch, while also having […]

Geeks Who Drink Holding Avengers Movies Pub Quiz
Mar 30th, 2014

The Captain America: Winter Soldier movie comes out this Friday, April 4 — and as a tie-in, Geeks Who Drink is holding a nationwide pub quiz the night before dedicated to the Avengers movies. Teams are six people, anyone there (playing or watching) has to pay $5, and they’ll add in some material from the […]

Miss Piggy and the Swedish Chef Cook With Nerdy Nummies
Mar 29th, 2014

I know it’s yet more promotion for the new movie Muppets Most Wanted, but I couldn’t help laughing at Miss Piggy and the Swedish Chef appearing on Nerdy Nummies, a YouTube baking show. I didn’t know about this show, and I’ll definitely be checking out other episodes, even without puppets. I’m told the Rubiks Cube […]

New Complete Harry Potter Collection Much Cheaper
Mar 29th, 2014

Two years ago, Warner Bros. released the Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection, a way to get all the movies in one big set. Then priced at $500, it sold out. Now, they’ve announced the Harry Potter Hogwarts Collection. If you were willing to wait two years, you now will pay $250 (or less) for basically the […]

Spider-Man Spokesman for Earth Hour — Tonight!
Mar 29th, 2014

Earth Hour is a global event to turn off lights for an hour as one of many ways to support the planet. It’s tonight, at 8:30 local time. This year, Spider-Man is a global ambassador to promote the event (and the upcoming movie, out May 2). Here are the film’s stars talking about the event: […]

Eastsiders, Gay Comedy Series, Launches Webcomic
Mar 24th, 2014

I’m not familiar with EastSiders, which can be watched online. I’m told it’s “a dark comedy about a gay couple dealing with the aftermath of infidelity in Silver Lake, CA.” To continue beyond the end of the first season, series creator Kit Williamson is writing a tie-in webcomic picking up from the final scene, updating […]

X-Men: Days of Future Past Trailer
Mar 24th, 2014

I like the mutant movies — yes, even X-Men 3 — but this X-Men: Days of Future Past trailer looks awfully dark and grim. 70s costumes rock, though. I guess, since Bryan Singer, director of the first two X-Men films, is back, I should have more faith and hope. It’s certainly got an amazingly full […]

Muppets Most Wanted
Mar 23rd, 2014

I found Muppets Most Wanted only mildly disappointing because I didn’t have very high expectations for it in the first place. There are spoilers below. I don’t regret going — KC and I laughed a bit, and it’s always good to see the beloved characters again. But perhaps my biggest let-down was that the puppetry […]

Sparks — An Indy Superhero Movie
Mar 23rd, 2014

Everyone thinks they can make a superhero movie these days. Catastrophic Comics was a short-lived (2008-2009) publisher that released four Sparks issues out of a planned eight. (The Sparks graphic novel in paperback came out last year, though.) The company was best known for being co-owned by William Katt. Now, that comic story has come […]

Long-Awaited Stripped Documentary Wants to Top iTunes Chart
Mar 18th, 2014

Dave Kellett (cartoonist of Sheldon) and Fred Schroeder have been working on Stripped, their documentary on comic strips and their creators, for a long time. The original Kickstarter funded at over $100,000 in September 2011, 2 1/2 years ago, with a planned delivery in January 2012. Now, the end is in sight. Original backers are […]

Movie Promotion Seeking Spidey Super Fans
Mar 10th, 2014

Maybe they should find another name than “super fans”, given the companies involved… anyway, to promote The Amazing Spider-Man 2, out May 2, five regional events are being held to find “five knowledgeable and enthusiastic Spider-Man super fans”. Those selected at these casting company auditions will be flown to either Los Angeles or New York […]

Bible Secrets Revealed
Mar 2nd, 2014

Out this week is a two-disc collection of the six-episode miniseries Bible Secrets Revealed. I was curious to see it mostly to find out what perspective it took: skeptic or avoiding controversy? Bible Secrets Revealed Turns out I could have found that out by googling the title and seeing how many religious sites had posted […]

Disney Finally Announces an UltraViolet Alternative
Mar 1st, 2014

Disney has been the biggest holdout from participating in UltraViolet, the movie studio digital copy system. UltraViolet isn’t available on iTunes — from this observer’s perspective, it appears to have been set up to purposefully take customers away from that preferred outlet — and Disney and Apple have long-standing connections through Pixar. Now comes news […]

Thor: The Dark World Eliminates Combo Pack Option
Feb 25th, 2014

Out today is Thor: The Dark World on home video. (It’s been available for digital purchase since the beginning of the month, February 4.) Your options for purchase are as follows: Thor: The Dark World 3-D combo pack Thor: The Dark World Blu-ray Thor: The Dark World DVD The only multi-disc pack is the 3-D […]

Dallas: The Complete Second Season
Feb 23rd, 2014

I have fond memories of watching the original Dallas with my mom, mostly just to see the clothes and the Texas setting. (We lived in the state at the time the show debuted.) I gave the new version a try, but for some reason, I didn’t stick with it. Perhaps because the next generation seemed […]

The Jimmy Stewart Show
Feb 22nd, 2014

The Jimmy Stewart Show is one of those forgotten oddities that I can thank the Warner Archive for rediscovering. The half-hour domestic sitcom ran from 1971-1972, and this set contains all 24 episodes. Jimmy Stewart is an actor that it takes some maturity to appreciate, since he’s not flashy in his performance, but he’s always […]

How I Live Now Uses Nuclear War for Teen Romance
Feb 10th, 2014

Another entry in the “teen romance amongst ridiculous circumstances” genre (launched by Twilight and carried on by Beautiful Creatures, The Hunger Games, Warm Bodies, and such), How I Live Now stars Saoirse Ronan (The Lovely Bones, Atonement) as Daisy, a grumpy American teen. She’s been sent to live with her English cousins for the summer, […]

Lust for Love Reunites Several Dollhouse Alums in Romantic Comedy
Feb 8th, 2014

I’ve often discovered actors via Joss Whedon’s projects that I want to follow elsewhere. Fran Kranz — the creepy science geek on Dollhouse and the young Claudio in Whedon’s version of Much Ado About Nothing — is one of them. Kranz stars in Lust for Love, a Kickstarted indy romantic comedy now available at iTunes […]

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