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Lucy Opens Today — The Black Widow Movie That Should Have Been?
Jul 25th, 2014

Fans have been asking for a Black Widow movie after loving Scarlett Johansson’s performance as the superspy in The Avengers movie. Marvel’s been resistant, perhaps because they have so many other films in production, perhaps because they aren’t sure whether a woman can headline a superhero flick. I suspect this weekend’s Lucy, a sci-fi action […]

Apple Stickers Ad Features Manga Chi, Wonder Woman
Jul 25th, 2014

Apple’s newest TV ad, “Stickers”, shown here, promotes the love users have for the MacBook Air lightweight laptop. (I can affirm — I got mine earlier this month, and I absolutely adore it. So fast and responsive!) People love to decorate, to personalize their Apple machines, and the ad demonstrates just how creative they can […]

Wonder Woman TV Show on Deep Discount, Also Marvel Movies
Jul 23rd, 2014

Amazon’s deal of the week is Wonder Woman: The Complete Collection, all three seasons of the 1970s TV show starring Lynda Carter. At 68% off, the set is now available for $37, or about $12 a season. (And it’s apparently been popular, since there’s a short delay in shipping.) If you’d rather visit the Marvel […]

Franklin & Bash Returns August 13
Jul 22nd, 2014

I had no idea they were making more Franklin & Bash, but I’ll be watching. I like this summer series full of stupid fun, as two frat-boy-style lawyers (Breckin Meyer and Mark-Paul Gosselaar) take on cases in idiosyncratic style. Season 4 debuts August 13 on TNT, as described in this short ad. Glad to see […]

The Movie I’m Most Looking Forward to This Summer: Magic in the Moonlight
Jul 21st, 2014

I am not a Woody Allen fan. It’s not any kind of ethical statement (although shacking up with your much-younger stepdaughter is a tad odd, or at least feudal); it’s that I don’t enjoy movies about middle-aged and older guys freaking out about becoming older and/or single and hitting on younger women as a result. […]

Batman TV Show Promoted on San Diego Con Hotel Keys, Pre-Orders Now Available
Jul 17th, 2014

Now that hotel keys are flat pieces of plastic, they’ve become an advertising medium, since every visitor has to look at them at least once a day. To promote the upcoming DVD release of Batman: The Complete Television Series, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will feature the show on thousands of hotel key cards across more […]

Stripped — The Comic Strip Documentary
Jul 14th, 2014

A product of love, and a couple of Kickstarters, Stripped is available to order this month in the Diamond Previews catalog. Use code JUL14 2704 to get the $19.99 DVD containing an hour-and-a-half documentary in late August. It’s required viewing for anyone interested in comic strips and/or webcomics, since the makers (Dave Kellett, author of […]

Geek Cred New YouTube Sitcom Set in Comic Store
Jul 9th, 2014

The plots aren’t anything new or unusual to anyone who’s spent any time in a comic store, but fans may want to check out Geek Cred (warning, auto-play video), a YouTube sitcom set in a comic store (a real one, Comic Bug in California). The latest episode (shown here) is the fourth, and it introduces […]

More News on Batman TV Show DVD
Jul 5th, 2014

As promised early this year, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will finally release Batman: The Complete Television Series on DVD. It’s now slated for November, with Blu-ray and digital HD formats also mentioned. To promote the release, they’ve put out this “sizzle video”: More information will be shared at a Comic-Con International panel with Adam West, […]

Boom! Announces Sleepy Hollow Comic for October
Jul 4th, 2014

Boom! Studios will be releasing a Sleepy Hollow four-issue miniseries in October. The comic will be written by Marguerite Bennett and illustrated by Jorge Coelho, and the stories will be set during season one of the show. The issues will also include backup stories by Noelle Stevenson. The cover to issue #1 is by Phil […]

Pow! Zap! Classic Batman TV Show Appears as Slot Machine
Jun 21st, 2014

You can’t get the 1960s Batman TV show on DVD (legally) (yet), but you can watch clips while gambling now that the Batman™ Classic TV Series Slot Game is making its world premiere next week. The launch is being held at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California. (That’s apparently in the triangle between […]

Criterion Reverses Direction on Blu-ray Packages
Jun 21st, 2014

Last fall, Criterion announced that they would no longer give customers a choice between buying DVDs or Blu-ray format. Instead, they would release only combo packs, with both formats, due to production costs. However, they’ve now changed that plan. From their blog: … no one seemed particularly happy with the solution. Blu-ray customers didn’t like […]

William Shatner Launches Online Wine Show on Monday
Jun 21st, 2014

On Monday, Ora.TV (an online TV distribution and production network co-founded by Larry King) will launch a new show starring William Shatner called “Brown Bag Wine Tasting“. It’s got an odd premise, but one that could be conversationally fruitful (ha!): Shatner sits down with someone and pours them an unidentified “mystery wine” (from a brown […]

Micheal Keaton Plays Former Superhero Actor in Birdman
Jun 15th, 2014

This looks like an odd but intriguing film. Birdman, due out October 17, “is a black comedy that tells the story of an actor (Michael Keaton) — famous for portraying an iconic superhero — as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and […]

DC Releases Promo Pieces for Flash TV Show
Jun 15th, 2014

DC Entertainment has posted two short promotional clips for the upcoming The Flash TV show, hosted by Tom Cavanagh as Dr. Harrison Wells. The first looks briefly at Barry Allen’s abilities, as played by Grant Gustin. The show will air this fall on the CW. This second clip features the supporting characters, Danielle Panabaker as […]

Amazon Targets Warner Home Video by Eliminating Preorders
Jun 13th, 2014

The Lego Movie As you know, Amazon has an ongoing dispute with Hachette, where the online bookseller is not making preorders available on their titles. Now, Amazon has used the tactic on another company, one of particular interest to geeks: Warner Home Video. That means that, for example, The Lego Movie, out next Tuesday, can’t […]

Non-Stop Video Release Promoted With Safety Video Parody
Jun 13th, 2014

To promote this week’s release of Non-Stop on Blu-ray — that’s the latest Liam Neeson action movie in which he’s an air marshal on a plane under threat of hijacking and murder — Universal has released the following airplane safety video parody. It’s a cute way to highlight clips from the film, and I like […]

Alan Partridge
Jun 9th, 2014

Out tomorrow in the US on Blu-ray and DVD is Alan Partridge, a 90-minute film starring Steve Coogan as the radio DJ character that he’s played for over 20 years. (The movie was released last summer in the UK under the title Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa.) Alan Partridge Partridge is a remarkably un-self-aware local DJ […]

All You Need Is Kill / Edge of Tomorrow
Jun 6th, 2014

The new Tom Cruise / Emily Blunt movie Edge of Tomorrow opens today. It’s a science fiction take on future soldiers in which Cruise’s character keeps dying and coming back to refight battles with what he’s learned previously. Although the title sounds like an old soap opera, the concept is intriguing. It’s Starship Troopers meets […]

Today’s Pop Culture Trend: Property Mashups, Now With Domo and Ghostbusters
May 24th, 2014

Big Tent Entertainment (who also represents The Biggest Loser, just to give you an idea of their brand range) promotes Domo outside of Asia. They’ve just announced a deal to engage in the hottest trend (think Lego Batman) in pop culture: a brand mashup, where two properties sell even more together. Domo will meet Ghostbusters […]

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