William Shatner Launches Online Wine Show on Monday
Jun 21st, 2014

On Monday, Ora.TV (an online TV distribution and production network co-founded by Larry King) will launch a new show starring William Shatner called “Brown Bag Wine Tasting“. It’s got an odd premise, but one that could be conversationally fruitful (ha!): Shatner sits down with someone and pours them an unidentified “mystery wine” (from a brown […]

Micheal Keaton Plays Former Superhero Actor in Birdman
Jun 15th, 2014

This looks like an odd but intriguing film. Birdman, due out October 17, “is a black comedy that tells the story of an actor (Michael Keaton) — famous for portraying an iconic superhero — as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and […]

DC Releases Promo Pieces for Flash TV Show
Jun 15th, 2014

DC Entertainment has posted two short promotional clips for the upcoming The Flash TV show, hosted by Tom Cavanagh as Dr. Harrison Wells. The first looks briefly at Barry Allen’s abilities, as played by Grant Gustin. The show will air this fall on the CW. This second clip features the supporting characters, Danielle Panabaker as […]

Amazon Targets Warner Home Video by Eliminating Preorders
Jun 13th, 2014

The Lego Movie As you know, Amazon has an ongoing dispute with Hachette, where the online bookseller is not making preorders available on their titles. Now, Amazon has used the tactic on another company, one of particular interest to geeks: Warner Home Video. That means that, for example, The Lego Movie, out next Tuesday, can’t […]

Non-Stop Video Release Promoted With Safety Video Parody
Jun 13th, 2014

To promote this week’s release of Non-Stop on Blu-ray — that’s the latest Liam Neeson action movie in which he’s an air marshal on a plane under threat of hijacking and murder — Universal has released the following airplane safety video parody. It’s a cute way to highlight clips from the film, and I like […]

Alan Partridge
Jun 9th, 2014

Out tomorrow in the US on Blu-ray and DVD is Alan Partridge, a 90-minute film starring Steve Coogan as the radio DJ character that he’s played for over 20 years. (The movie was released last summer in the UK under the title Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa.) Alan Partridge Partridge is a remarkably un-self-aware local DJ […]

All You Need Is Kill / Edge of Tomorrow
Jun 6th, 2014

The new Tom Cruise / Emily Blunt movie Edge of Tomorrow opens today. It’s a science fiction take on future soldiers in which Cruise’s character keeps dying and coming back to refight battles with what he’s learned previously. Although the title sounds like an old soap opera, the concept is intriguing. It’s Starship Troopers meets […]

Today’s Pop Culture Trend: Property Mashups, Now With Domo and Ghostbusters
May 24th, 2014

Big Tent Entertainment (who also represents The Biggest Loser, just to give you an idea of their brand range) promotes Domo outside of Asia. They’ve just announced a deal to engage in the hottest trend (think Lego Batman) in pop culture: a brand mashup, where two properties sell even more together. Domo will meet Ghostbusters […]

Flash Trailer Emphasizes Arrow Connections, Character Differences
May 19th, 2014

The first look trailer for the upcoming Flash TV series, starring Grant Gustin, does a great job of hitting three key points: That the show is a spin-off of the popular Arrow, with a prominent role in the ad for star Stephen Amell; that the Flash has superspeed, and it doesn’t look too cheesy on […]

Muppets Most Wanted DVD Announced
May 17th, 2014

Disney has announced that Muppets Most Wanted will be available on Blu-ray, DVD, and various digital formats on August 12. Muppets Most Wanted To make the purchase more appealing, the Blu-ray combo pack will include three versions of the movie: the original theatrical release, an “Unnecessarily Extended Cut” that adds roughly 12 minutes of “more […]

Loki Sells Cars: Jaguar’s British Villains Campaign
May 16th, 2014

Apparently, this ad ran during the Super Bowl, but I’ve only just now seen it: Tom Hiddleston (Loki in The Avengers and Thor: The Dark World), Mark Strong (known to me from the Sherlock Holmes film), and Sir Ben Kingsley (many many roles but most recently a bad guy in Iron Man 3) riff on […]

Good Week for Comic-Inspired TV News: Agent Carter, Gotham, Constantine, More
May 9th, 2014

If you like watching comic-inspired series on TV, you’ve got a lot of shows coming up. According to ICv2, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been renewed for a second season. Although ABC/Disney demonstrated faith in it early on, giving the show an early full-season pickup, the storytelling and ratings have both been disappointing. With the recent […]

Dreams Come True! WKRP Complete Series Coming
May 9th, 2014

When I wrote about the complete Hill Street Blues DVD set that came out at the end of last month, I mentioned that I really hoped that Shout! Factory would do a similar set for WKRP in Cincinnati. Ha! I called it! TV Shows on DVD is reporting that Shout! has “licensed the show’s home […]

Big Bang Theory on Discount From Amazon
May 8th, 2014

Looks like it’s a good time to get The Big Bang Theory on Blu-ray or DVD from Amazon, since they have box sets as low as $15 a season. I like the show, and it’s got a ton of comic references, if you’re into that kind of thing. (All prices as of time of posting.) […]

I, Frankenstein
May 4th, 2014

Out Tuesday, May 13, on home video — or now, if you want a digital copy — is I, Frankenstein, a steampunk action movie starring Aaron Eckhart as the titular creature, Adam. I, Frankenstein After killing his creator’s beloved — and inadvertantly his creator, who followed the monster into the winter wastes and perished — […]

Escape From Tomorrow
May 4th, 2014

Escape From Tomorrow is infamous as the movie that was filmed at Walt Disney World and Disneyland without company permission. Given that it’s a surreal suburban horror movie, I can see why no approvals were sought. Escape From Tomorrow Like many people, I suspect, I only watched it because of its setting, since I’m not […]

Complete Hill Street Blues Now Available on DVD
May 1st, 2014

It’s one of the most important TV shows of the modern era, and now the complete Hill Street Blues series is available on DVD from Shout! Factory. Hill Street Blues: The Complete Series Shout! does really nice, fan-conscious packages. The show ran from 1981-1987, 144 episodes, contained here on 34 discs. There are extras, including […]

X-Men: Days of Future Past Trailers Build Excitement
Apr 18th, 2014

The first trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past, released last fall, focused on closeups of the many stars populating the mutant film — Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Ellen Page, Anna Paquin, Ian McKellen, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence — mixed with shots of the new characters, emphasizing the many superpowered mutants, all with […]

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Want to Ride Captain America Movie’s Coattails
Apr 8th, 2014

It’s no surprise that Captain America: The Winter Soldier had a dynamite opening weekend, setting a new box office record for April with a $96+ million take. Internationally, it’s also doing well, taking in more already than the first Captain America made overseas in total. The sequel is expected to far surpass the original overall. […]

The Muppets Character Encyclopedia
Mar 30th, 2014

Whatever you thought about Muppets Most Wanted, it’s a great thing that the movie means more Muppet stuff. Like this attractive reference. The Muppets Character Encyclopedia The Muppets Character Encyclopedia is chock-full of profiles of muppets both well-known and obscure. I thought I was a big fan, but I learned a bunch, while also having […]

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