Mythbusters 10th Anniversary Collection
Jan 24th, 2015

I’ve watched a bunch of Mythbusters episodes, although I couldn’t tell you what order they all came in. That’s one of the virtues of the series, that any given show can be watched in any order, since they stand alone. Mythbusters 10th Anniversary Collection If you’re not familiar with the show, each installment takes on […]

Supergirl Has Been Cast
Jan 22nd, 2015

The Supergirl series announced last fall now has a star: Melissa Benoist. She’s best known as one of the “new class” from season four of Glee, playing a “girl next door” type that would be well suited to the character. As described, Benoist will play Kara, who after arriving on Earth was taken in by […]

Batman: The Second Season Part 1 Out on DVD Next Month
Jan 18th, 2015

Batman: The Second Season Part 1 I’ve already talked about how much fun Batman: The Complete TV Series was, but if you don’t want to invest in all 120 episodes at once — it can be quite overwhelming — Warner Bros. is now breaking out the seasons into more reasonably sized sets. Batman: The Second […]

Kingsman: The Secret Service
Jan 15th, 2015

I just got back from a free preview of the upcoming Kingsman: The Secret Service, due out February 13. I had fun, since there were twists I wasn’t expecting (although I didn’t like some of them). Then again, I didn’t remember much about the comic it was based on. It’s an action-adventure spy film, emphasis […]

Will Brandon Routh Get His Own Superhero TV Series as the Atom?
Jan 11th, 2015

That story is really in the headline. As part of the CW upfront television presentations, there was brief mention from Flash and Arrow show runners Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, and Marc Guggenheim that “they’re in ‘very early talks’ on the ‘very general idea’ of an Atom series”. I hope it happens! Brandon Routh has been […]

iZombie First Look, Show Background
Jan 11th, 2015

Apparently, I can no longer say “I don’t like zombies”, because I’m looking forward to the upcoming iZombie TV series, launching March 17 on the CW. Here’s the first look teaser: The show is very loosely based on the Vertigo comic by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred, but restructured into more of a procedural, with […]

Bruce Campbell to Host Last Fan Standing
Jan 10th, 2015

Earlier this week, I wrote about Wizard’s upcoming digital streaming network CONtv. Now comes news that the project will launch next month, and one of the original programs will feature Bruce Campbell hosting a game show. Last Fan Standing will also be produced by Campbell. It will film live at comic conventions, beginning today at […]

Some Like It Hot-Buttered
Jan 8th, 2015

Since I enjoyed Jeff Cohen’s The Question of the Missing Head, I thought I’d check out another comedy mystery he’d written. Some Like It Hot-Buttered is the first of three in the “Comedy Tonight” series, named after the theater the protagonist runs that only shows comedies. (The other two are It Happened One Knife and […]

Wizard Launching CONtv Digital Network in 2015
Jan 6th, 2015

2015 appears to be the year of direct-to-consumer TV network offerings, whether from established networks, movie studios, or specialty outlets (like the WWE, which sells its own network of nothing but decades of wrestling programming for $10 a month). Now Wizard World has announced CONtv, planned to launch early this year as a digital network […]

Does Anyone Else Remember Late for Dinner?
Dec 29th, 2014

Late for Dinner is a 1991 science fiction movie (but focused on relationships instead of technology) that is the answer to a trivia question. W.D. Richter, the director of The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, only ever directed one other movie. It’s this one. It’s the story of two brothers (played by […]

Why Doesn’t Anyone Remember Avatar?
Dec 23rd, 2014

I’m not sure the premise of this article, on how Avatar “is all-but-forgotten in the pop culture landscape”, will remain true — particularly when Avatar Land opens at Walt Disney World in 2017 — but it’s a fascinating reminder of how something well-known can burn out quickly, and how fickle popular tastes can be. The […]

See My SPX Panel: How Comics Get Reviewed
Dec 19th, 2014

I hosted a panel at the Small Press Expo in September called “Pro Tips: How Comics Get Reviewed”. Brigid Alverson, Michael Cavna, Dan Kois, Heidi MacDonald, Douglas Wolk, and I talked about how to get coverage for comics and what editors and critics are looking for. Now, the SPX team have posted the panel video […]

Disney and Turner Classic Movies Team Up
Dec 14th, 2014

There are a couple of things in this new Disney/Turner deal that I like the sound of. Disney is revamping its Great Movie Ride at Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World with the help of Turner Classic Movies, which will get “Presented by” credits at the attraction. TCM will periodically (four-five times a year) air […]

The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness Goes Inside Studio Ghibli
Dec 10th, 2014

I know a number of my readers will be interested in this. The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness is a documentary about the workings of the famous animation studio that made such movies as Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, and The Secret World of Arrietty, Studio Ghibli. The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness It will […]

Super-Fan Builds Makes a Groot Swing
Dec 8th, 2014

The folks behind the Man at Arms YouTube video series have just launched Super-Fan Builds. It’s a similar show, only a bit less violent, as they expand creative vision beyond weapons. In this first episode, the team builds a backyard swing based on Groot from the Guardians of the Galaxy movie. It’s an amazing piece, […]

Jessica Jones Casting Sounds Like a Good Idea
Dec 7th, 2014

The Netflix Marvel TV shows announced a year ago — short series featuring Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage — have begun casting for their debut in 2015. First up, Krysten Ritter will play Jessica Jones in Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones. Ritter was most recently on TV as the lead in Don’t Trust […]

Jingle Bells Disney Video Mashup
Dec 6th, 2014

Sponsored by Disney Movies Anywhere, this mashup assembles a wide variety of Disney characters into the classic “Jingle Bells”. I found it a fun, festive reminder of just how many great Disney movies there have been, from Mary Poppins to The Muppets, Nightmare Before Christmas to Mickey Mouse and a variety of live-action films.

The Good Guys
Nov 29th, 2014

Let’s hear it for made-on-demand DVD sets, because it means I now have a copy of The Good Guys: The Complete First Season (which was the only season). This 2010 TV show was created by Matt Nix (who also created Burn Notice) and was a humorous take on cop shows set in Dallas, with the […]

Agent Carter Promo Clips Work
Nov 26th, 2014

Spinning out of Captain America: The First Avenger comes Marvel’s Agent Carter. One might make fun of the possessive title — are there others out there you’d confuse it with? — but it does keep the title sorted closely with Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. That’s significant because Agent Carter is a mid-season replacement for the […]

Star Trek Klingon Bloodwine Announced
Nov 26th, 2014

What a world we live in. If the franchise you’re a fan of is popular enough, there’s a licensed product for EVERYthing. Today’s case in point: Star Trek wine. Klingon Bloodwine (for which the press release provides the helpful translation “tlhIngan ‘Iw HIq”) is now available for preorder at Vinport.com, licensed from CBS Consumer Products. […]

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