A New Era in Streaming as CBS and HBO Announce Direct-to-Consumer Plans
Oct 17th, 2014

Finally! Two channels have announced their own direct-to-consumer access sales. In a world of “cord cutters” (people who are fed up with ever-increasing cable costs and so stop subscribing) and “cord nevers” (younger customers who don’t see the need to subscribe to a cable or satellite TV service at all), networks are finally realizing that […]

Batman (1989) Re-Release Delayed for Exclusive Deal
Oct 14th, 2014

Batman 25th Anniversary Diamond Luxe Edition The previously-announced re-release of Tim Burton’s Batman for its 25th anniversary this year has been delayed. Originally planned for November 11, now only Best Buy will have the set then. All other retailers will sell the Blu-ray starting December 9.

Saturday Night Live Makes Fun of Marvel Movie Success
Sep 30th, 2014

From Saturday Night Live this past weekend, guest-starring Chris Pratt. Two key points: They’re already making fun of the idea of Ant-Man as a movie. And the line “We don’t even need comic books any more” I hope is not prophetic.

New Kingsman Trailer Emphasizes Action
Sep 23rd, 2014

I’m guessing the folks behind Kingsman: The Secret Service want to show viewers what they’re waiting for, now that the film has been moved from next month to next February. Here’s the official second trailer. (For comparison, I previously posted the first.) This one has more Samuel L. Jackson as the bad guy, a lot […]

Arrow: The Complete Second Season
Sep 21st, 2014

I found the first season of Arrow a pleasant surprise. I hadn’t tried it on the CW, but I discovered it on disc, and watching several episodes at once allowed me to appreciate the character aspects of the superhero adventure series. Arrow: The Complete Second Season Last week, the second season came out on home […]

There’s Going to Be a Supergirl Show!
Sep 21st, 2014

This is surprising but exciting news. I guess superheroes are still a hot trend. According to Deadline.com, CBS has committed to a Supergirl series produced by Greg Berlanti, who’s also been responsible for Arrow and The Flash. Ali Adler will write the pilot; she previously worked on No Ordinary Family and The New Normal. The […]

Powers TV Show a PlayStation Exclusive
Sep 21st, 2014

They first started trying to make a TV show based on Powers, the comic by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming, back in 2009. A pilot was shot in 2011 for the FX network, but it didn’t fly. Now, there are more definite plans. Sony will air the Powers TV show exclusively to subscribers […]

What Defines a Writer of a Popular Property?
Sep 21st, 2014

I did a double-take when shown this poster for the upcoming video-on-demand movie Wolves. As you can see, the tagline reads “from the writer of X-Men and Watchmen“. I was surprised to think for a minute that Alan Moore wrote a werewolf movie. The name they’re actually crediting is David Hayter, who wrote the screenplays […]

Boom! Sleepy Hollow Comic Preview
Sep 12th, 2014

In advance of their Sleepy Hollow comic miniseries, due in October, Boom! Studios has put together some five-page comic short stories featuring the characters. The first is about Ichabod Crane and his time in battle, and the second focuses on Abbie’s sister Jenny Mills, the one that spent time in an asylum. Boom! says “The […]

Arrow Season 3 Trailer Promises Brandon Routh
Sep 8th, 2014

Arrow Season 3 launches on the CW on October 8, and here’s the trailer. Clearly, I have some catching up to do when Season 2 comes out on DVD on September 16, since I have no idea which guy on the motorcycle is flirting with Felicity. Oliver, I guess, since he’s kissing her later. Anyway, […]

Captain America: The Winter Soldier Out on DVD Tomorrow
Sep 8th, 2014

Captain America: The Winter Soldier Thinking back, Captain America: The Winter Soldier just might be my favorite Marvel superhero movie. Sure, it isn’t on as huge a scale as The Avengers and it doesn’t have the wackiness of Guardians of the Galaxy, but it also doesn’t have the sexism of the latter or the yet-another-dark-villain […]

TCM Launches Pre-Code Focus Today
Sep 5th, 2014

I’m a huge fan of Pre-Code movies, those films put out from 1930-1934, before Hollywood became subject to the Hays Code to maintain morality in its films. These early films tackled difficult subjects for a radically changing culture — the Depression was in effect, people were still arguing about what movies “should” be, sound films […]

Arrow Season 2 Comes to DVD
Aug 29th, 2014

Arrow: The Complete Second Season Arrow: The Complete Second Season is due out on Blu-ray (or DVD) on September 16. I found the first season a pleasant surprise. I haven’t been as big a fan of the second, primarily due to not loving the Deathstroke plot and the continuing island flashbacks, although it’s good to […]

Metafiction Sends ABC Down the Rabbit Hole With Derrick Storm Series
Aug 21st, 2014

Ultimate Storm I’m stunned by this news. I thought it was weird enough reading the Richard Castle novels — someone wrote a TV show starring a writer, and then the company released books referenced on the TV show supposedly by that writer that were more stories that could have been plots on the series, but […]

Of All the Gin Joints
Aug 17th, 2014

Of All the Gin Joints Out next month is a wonderful read for anyone interested in Hollywood history and/or alcohol — and really, can the two be separated? Mark Bailey has assembled in one volume short profiles of movie stars and writers, particularly those notable for how much they imbibed; their often notorious incidents involving […]

New Movie Strategy: Avoid a Bad Rep by Retitling
Aug 16th, 2014

Edge of Tomorrow I find this vaguely clever, since I still want to see the Tom Cruise/ Emily Blunt science fiction movie Edge of Tomorrow when it comes out on DVD and Blu-ray on October 7. And I agree that the title is terrible, since it sounds like an old soap opera. Vox.com is reporting […]

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Gag Reel
Aug 14th, 2014

To promote the DVD release of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1 next month, Disney has released this blooper-filled gag reel showing the stars blowing lines, having prop problems, and breaking up. I always find these types of things interesting, because they humanize the actors behind the characters.

Warner Re-Releases Burton’s Batman for 25th Anniversary
Aug 14th, 2014

This November, to mark the 25th Anniversary of Batman (the one directed by Tim Burton in 1989), Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release a new Blu-ray, the Batman 25th Anniversary Two-Disc Edition. List price is $24.98. They’re putting it in the “studio’s distinctive new sleek Diamond Luxe collector-style packaging” and adding a new documentary, “Batman: […]

Muppets Most Wanted — The Statler and Waldorf Cut
Aug 11th, 2014

Muppets Most Wanted is out on home video tomorrow. To mark the date, Disney has released this bonus feature, in which Statler and Waldorf present their own edit of the movie. It’s nice to see the characters so much like I remember them — this gag, although predictable, is exactly what they would want to […]

Kingsman: The Secret Service the Latest Mark Millar Comic to Become a Movie
Aug 7th, 2014

Kingsman: The Secret Service might be the first Mark Millar-written comic to become a movie that I bother seeing. Kick-Ass looked too violent (and frankly, stupid), while Wanted seemed generic. But Kingsman has Colin Firth in some fine suits, as shown in this trailer. Unfortunately, the hero, a kid (Taron Egerton) taken under superspy Firth’s […]

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