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Spider-Man Spokesman for Earth Hour — Tonight!
Mar 29th, 2014

Earth Hour is a global event to turn off lights for an hour as one of many ways to support the planet. It’s tonight, at 8:30 local time. This year, Spider-Man is a global ambassador to promote the event (and the upcoming movie, out May 2). Here are the film’s stars talking about the event: […]

Eastsiders, Gay Comedy Series, Launches Webcomic
Mar 24th, 2014

I’m not familiar with EastSiders, which can be watched online. I’m told it’s “a dark comedy about a gay couple dealing with the aftermath of infidelity in Silver Lake, CA.” To continue beyond the end of the first season, series creator Kit Williamson is writing a tie-in webcomic picking up from the final scene, updating […]

X-Men: Days of Future Past Trailer
Mar 24th, 2014

I like the mutant movies — yes, even X-Men 3 — but this X-Men: Days of Future Past trailer looks awfully dark and grim. 70s costumes rock, though. I guess, since Bryan Singer, director of the first two X-Men films, is back, I should have more faith and hope. It’s certainly got an amazingly full […]

Muppets Most Wanted
Mar 23rd, 2014

I found Muppets Most Wanted only mildly disappointing because I didn’t have very high expectations for it in the first place. There are spoilers below. I don’t regret going — KC and I laughed a bit, and it’s always good to see the beloved characters again. But perhaps my biggest let-down was that the puppetry […]

Sparks — An Indy Superhero Movie
Mar 23rd, 2014

Everyone thinks they can make a superhero movie these days. Catastrophic Comics was a short-lived (2008-2009) publisher that released four Sparks issues out of a planned eight. (The Sparks graphic novel in paperback came out last year, though.) The company was best known for being co-owned by William Katt. Now, that comic story has come […]

Long-Awaited Stripped Documentary Wants to Top iTunes Chart
Mar 18th, 2014

Dave Kellett (cartoonist of Sheldon) and Fred Schroeder have been working on Stripped, their documentary on comic strips and their creators, for a long time. The original Kickstarter funded at over $100,000 in September 2011, 2 1/2 years ago, with a planned delivery in January 2012. Now, the end is in sight. Original backers are […]

Movie Promotion Seeking Spidey Super Fans
Mar 10th, 2014

Maybe they should find another name than “super fans”, given the companies involved… anyway, to promote The Amazing Spider-Man 2, out May 2, five regional events are being held to find “five knowledgeable and enthusiastic Spider-Man super fans”. Those selected at these casting company auditions will be flown to either Los Angeles or New York […]

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. […]

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