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Bible Secrets Revealed
Mar 2nd, 2014

Out this week is a two-disc collection of the six-episode miniseries Bible Secrets Revealed. I was curious to see it mostly to find out what perspective it took: skeptic or avoiding controversy? Bible Secrets Revealed Turns out I could have found that out by googling the title and seeing how many religious sites had posted […]

Disney Finally Announces an UltraViolet Alternative
Mar 1st, 2014

Disney has been the biggest holdout from participating in UltraViolet, the movie studio digital copy system. UltraViolet isn’t available on iTunes — from this observer’s perspective, it appears to have been set up to purposefully take customers away from that preferred outlet — and Disney and Apple have long-standing connections through Pixar. Now comes news […]

Thor: The Dark World Eliminates Combo Pack Option
Feb 25th, 2014

Out today is Thor: The Dark World on home video. (It’s been available for digital purchase since the beginning of the month, February 4.) Your options for purchase are as follows: Thor: The Dark World 3-D combo pack Thor: The Dark World Blu-ray Thor: The Dark World DVD The only multi-disc pack is the 3-D […]

Dallas: The Complete Second Season
Feb 23rd, 2014

I have fond memories of watching the original Dallas with my mom, mostly just to see the clothes and the Texas setting. (We lived in the state at the time the show debuted.) I gave the new version a try, but for some reason, I didn’t stick with it. Perhaps because the next generation seemed […]

The Jimmy Stewart Show
Feb 22nd, 2014

The Jimmy Stewart Show is one of those forgotten oddities that I can thank the Warner Archive for rediscovering. The half-hour domestic sitcom ran from 1971-1972, and this set contains all 24 episodes. Jimmy Stewart is an actor that it takes some maturity to appreciate, since he’s not flashy in his performance, but he’s always […]

How I Live Now Uses Nuclear War for Teen Romance
Feb 10th, 2014

Another entry in the “teen romance amongst ridiculous circumstances” genre (launched by Twilight and carried on by Beautiful Creatures, The Hunger Games, Warm Bodies, and such), How I Live Now stars Saoirse Ronan (The Lovely Bones, Atonement) as Daisy, a grumpy American teen. She’s been sent to live with her English cousins for the summer, […]

Lust for Love Reunites Several Dollhouse Alums in Romantic Comedy
Feb 8th, 2014

I’ve often discovered actors via Joss Whedon’s projects that I want to follow elsewhere. Fran Kranz — the creepy science geek on Dollhouse and the young Claudio in Whedon’s version of Much Ado About Nothing — is one of them. Kranz stars in Lust for Love, a Kickstarted indy romantic comedy now available at iTunes […]

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 […]

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