Preacher on TV? From Seth Rogen?!?
Feb 6th, 2014

News broke today — I saw it on hitfix.com — that Seth Rogen (The Green Hornet, Knocked Up) and Evan Goldberg (co-writer and co-director on This Is the End with Rogen) are adapting the Vertigo comic series Preacher for TV. The comic was Garth Ennis’ modern take on the Western, as Jesse Custer, a Texas […]

Would You Watch a Red Star TV Show?
Feb 6th, 2014

I haven’t thought about The Red Star in literally a half-decade. The comic debuted to much acclaim in 2000, notable both for its unique SF premise — an alternate history of the USSR (which wasn’t that far departed at the time) where magic worked — and its appearance, thanks to some amazing computer-aided visuals. It […]

Women Directors Have It Worse Than Ever
Feb 1st, 2014

An impressive article from Entertainment Weekly points out how much of a glass ceiling still exists in Hollywood. According to the Center for the Study of Women in Television & Film’s Celluloid Ceiling report, 2013 marked a dismal year for women in behind-the-scenes jobs on the top 250 grossing movies. Filmmakers with XX chromosomes accounted […]

Best Song Oscar Nomination Removed Due to “Impropriety”
Feb 1st, 2014

Casual followers of Academy Award coverage probably aren’t aware of the controversy riling the “Original Song” category. In amongst songs from movies you’ve heard of: “Happy” from Despicable Me 2 “Let It Go” from Frozen “The Moon Song” from Her “Ordinary Love” from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom There was one other nomination, “Alone Yet […]

Agents of SHIELD Takes Jump in Filesharing — ABC’s Policy Outdated?
Jan 27th, 2014

Interesting example they use in this analysis of ABC’s online streaming policy. Basically, the channel has decided to enforce a delay. Previously, ABC shows were available to watch online for free (through Hulu or ABC.com) the day after they aired. Now, it’s a week. While the studio likely wants to drive customers to pay outlets, […]

Batman TV Show Finally Coming to DVD
Jan 18th, 2014

I’m thrilled to hear that the 1966 Batman TV show is finally coming to DVD. Per their spokesperson, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will distribute the long-awaited Batman live-action television series (1966-68) as a complete box set later in 2014. Let’s hope for some good extras, since many of the show’s main actors are still around. […]

Superman/Batman Movie Delayed a Year
Jan 18th, 2014

WB has announced that their Superman/Batman movie, the sequel to Man of Steel, will open in theaters May 6, 2016, instead of the previous July 2015 date planned. Henry Cavill continues as Superman, while Ben Affleck takes on the role of Batman and Gal Gadot joins as the much-anticipated Wonder Woman. The studio’s explanation is […]

No Amazon Wonder Woman TV Show Coming
Jan 18th, 2014

According to the Hollywood Reporter, “the CW no longer is developing the Wonder Woman prequel Amazon“. First announced in September 2012, the show was going to focus on the superhero’s origin (in keeping with the network’s youth orientation), but it had already gone through two tries at breaking the story for TV. CW president Mark […]

“All Hail the King” New Marvel Short Film on Thor: The Dark World Blu-ray
Jan 10th, 2014

In addition to the extras previously announced for the Thor: The Dark World home video release next month, there will be a new short film titled “All Hail the King”. It features Sir Ben Kingsley as Trevor Slattery, the man pretending to be the Mandarin in Iron Man 3. In this short, he’s been locked […]

King of the Nerds Returns This Month
Jan 10th, 2014

I found myself surprisingly entertained by the first season of King of the Nerds, a reality show on TBS where geeks compete to receive the title and $100,000. The second season debuts on Thursday, January 23, with 11 new contestants. Brian, 27 – Urbana, Ill. – Library science scholar who enjoys German-style board games and […]

Thor: The Dark World Announced for Home Video in February
Jan 5th, 2014

Thor: The Dark World, the newest Marvel movie success, has been announced for Blu-ray on February 25. Typical of current release strategy, it will be available digitally earlier — you can rent it on Digital 3D and Digital HD on February 4 — and the DVD package will include promo for the next Marvel theatrical […]

Darkman Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Due in February
Jan 3rd, 2014

The best comic book movie that isn’t based on a comic is coming to Blu-ray on February 18 in another Shout! Factory Collector’s Edition. Darkman Darkman stars Liam Neeson in a Swamp Thing-like story. He’s a scientist working on synthetic skin who’s left for dead after an attack. However, he uses the skin (which degrades […]

Reel Culture, The End, Scandalous!: Three More List Books
Dec 30th, 2013

I enjoyed How to Fight, Lie, and Cry Your Way to Popularity (And a Prom Date) from Zest Books, so I sampled three more of their list books. Reel Culture: 50 Classic Movies You Should Know About (So You Can Impress Your Friends) Reel Culture by Mimi O’Connor Preview pages The films covered in this […]

Enough Said
Dec 30th, 2013

Enough Said Enough Said comes out on DVD on January 14, and having just seen it, I recommend it. It’s a quieter movie than many you’ve heard about this year, and it has unfortunately been overshadowed by tragedy (since co-star James Gandolfini passed away unexpectedly just a few months before its release), but it’s a […]

The NY Times Thinks We Need a Wonder Woman Movie
Dec 22nd, 2013

Frank Bruni at the NY Times weighs in on the relative lack of female movie heroes, including specifically on how Wonder Woman is “slated to be an appendix to Superman and Batman” in the Man of Steel sequel: For decades now a Wonder Woman movie has been chattered about, longed for, plotted, scuttled…. At this […]

Free Saving Mr. Banks eBook on iBooks
Dec 15th, 2013

To promote Saving Mr. Banks, Disney has created a free digital making-of book covering the story behind the film. Saving Mr. Banks stars Emma Thompson as P.L. Travers, author of Mary Poppins and Tom Hanks as Walt Disney, who has to talk the curmudgeonly woman into letting him turn her story into an animated musical. […]

Fast & Furious 6 (Blu-ray Review)
Dec 10th, 2013

The sixth movie in a franchise is probably not the right place to jump in, but I was in the mood for cars, capers, and global big adventure. Fast & Furious 6 delivers. Fast & Furious 6 They start by getting the gang back together, a sequence that didn’t mean a lot to me. But […]

The Shadow Comes to Blu-ray in Collector’s Edition
Dec 7th, 2013

I have a fondness for this movie, cheesy as it is. It’s got young, broody, hairy-chested Baldwin and a winking sense of humor. Shout! Factory has announced that they will be releasing The Shadow on Blu-ray on February 25. The Shadow Based on the pulp stories and radio shows, the 1994 movie stars Alec Baldwin […]

What Is the Future of Indiana Jones?
Dec 7th, 2013

News broke at the end of last week that Disney had acquired Indiana Jones franchise rights from Paramount. Under the arrangement, Disney gains distribution and marketing rights to future films, in addition to retaining the ownership rights it secured when it acquired Lucasfilm. Paramount will continue to be responsible for distribution of the first four […]

Amazing Spider-Man 2 Trailer Released
Dec 5th, 2013

The official trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is now available, highlighting dazzling special effects, a message for Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) from his dead father, a gorgeous Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), a vengeful Electro (Jamie Foxx), and an emo Green Goblin (Dane DeHaan). Not really visible is Paul Giamatti playing the Rhino, but I’m […]

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