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 […]

Amazing Spider-Man 2 Now Available on Digital, DVD Coming August 19
Aug 7th, 2014

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 I was surprised when a co-worker mentioned that he was going to finally get to see The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (which like me, he’d missed in the theaters), because I hadn’t realized it was available already from your favorite digital movie source, including Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu, Xbox Video, and […]

Wrinkle in Time Movie Coming From Director of Frozen
Aug 6th, 2014

A Wrinkle in Time Variety has the exclusive news: Jennifer Lee, who wrote and co-directed Frozen with Chris Buck, has chosen her next project: A Wrinkle in Time. Lee will write the bigscreen adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s book for Disney in which children travel through time and visit strange worlds in order to find their […]

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season One Due on DVD in September
Aug 6th, 2014

It’s a shame that they couldn’t get the timing better coordinated with the upcoming S.H.I.E.L.D. comic, but the first season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will be available on DVD and Blu-ray on September 9, just in time for the fall TV season. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 1 In addition to the 22 episodes, there are […]

Almost Human Available Through Warner Archive
Aug 5th, 2014

Without much fanfare, Warner Archive has made Almost Human: The Complete First Season available on DVD. There are even special features included: a gag reel, unaired scenes, and footage from the 2013 Comic-Con panel. The show only ran 13 episodes, starting last year, and it was one of those Fox science fiction projects that had […]

IDW Wants to Make a Dirk Gently TV Show… And Oh, Yeah, a Comic
Aug 4th, 2014

Dirk Gently IDW, which I think of as a comic publisher, has a film and TV development arm called IDW Entertainment that launched in November 2013. Today, they announced an option in connection with Ideate Media (established in April 2013 by the strategic investment arm of the Government of Malaysia which “develops and seeks out […]

Diagram for Delinquents
Aug 3rd, 2014

Diagram for Delinquents is a movie-length documentary exploring Dr. Fredric Wertham and his effect on society with his drive to blame comics for juvenile delinquency. The documentary aims to start from zero for the audience, beginning with explaining comics and their readers with narration by Bradford Wright, author of Comic Book Nation; Carol Tilley, author […]

DC Releases Gotham Promo Clips
Aug 3rd, 2014

Gotham, the new DC TV series debuting on Fox on September 22, is a dark take on Batman’s supporting cast, focusing on the city and the origins of some of his best-known villains. We won’t see the hero himself, since Bruce Wayne at this point is a little kid; instead, young detective James Gordon (Ben […]

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