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Published: May 3, 2016 4:26:06 PM
Forces of Geek features columns and commentary on all aspects of geek culture including pop culture, technology, art, television, comics, music, fashion, film, literature and video games. The premiere Geek Culture community online, forcesofgeek.com wants you to discover and embrace the unknown, the forgotten, and the beloved.
  • May 2, 2016 7:00:11 PM

    Real Estate is a killer job where your entire income is dependent on turning over properties.

    But in The Maiden, this white elephant is going to take more than a little elbow grease to make her ready for a buyer...especially when the original owner isn't to happy about it.

    By the way, did I mention that the owner is dead?

    Check out the short film after the break.

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  • May 2, 2016 5:00:09 PM
    Review by Joshua Gravel
    Cult Cinema: An Arrow Video Companion Lmtd Ed. HC 
    Edited by Anthony Nield
    Introduction by Ben Wheatley 
    Cover Illustration by Graham Humphreys
    Written by Robin Bougie, Michael Brooke, Paul Corupe,
    David Del Valle, David Flint, Cullen Gallagher,
    Kevin Gilvear, Joel Harley, David Hayles,
    Pasquale Iannone, Alan Jones, Tim Lucas,
    Michael Mackenzie, Maitland McDonagh,
    Tom Mes, John Kenneth Muir, Kim Newman,
    James Oliver, Vic Pratt, Jasper Sharp,
    Kenneth J. Souza, Mike Sutton, Stephen Thrower,
    Caelum Vatnsdal, Douglas Weir
    Published by MVD Entertainment Group
    Available April 12, 2016
    ISBN: 978-0993306013 / $69.95

    Arrow Video are no stranger to cult film devotees worldwide, for years they have been releasing some of the most sought after special editions in the U.K. market and have more recently branched into the North American market.

    Whether you are looking for a zombie film, a blaxploitation film, or a Japanese gangster film Arrow Video has it all in their catalogue and many in superb collectors editions at that. So seemingly as a way to cement their place as a one-stop entrée into the world of bizarre cinema they have released the book Cult Cinema: An Arrow Video Companion, which provides a thorough overview of the many facets of cult cinema be it notable actors and directors, insight into specific genres, or even a look at the behind the scenes workings of distribution in the B-movie world.

    Cult Cinema: An Arrow Video Companion compiles the many essays that have been included in the booklets of their special edition releases along with a new introduction by filmmaker Ben Wheatley.

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  • May 2, 2016 3:00:14 PM
    Imprint Launches with Slate of Enduring Cult Favorites and Unheralded Gems
    Further underscoring its position as a leading curator of the very best of pop culture, Shout! Factory is proud to announce the launch of a new home entertainment series, Shout Select. Handpicked by the film buffs at Shout! Factory, Shout Select shines a light on films that deserve a spot on your shelf. From acknowledged classics to cult favorites to unheralded gems, Shout Select celebrates the best in filmmaking, giving these movies the love and attention they deserve.

    Debuting this August, Shout Select boasts an exciting slate of fan-favorite releases making their Blu-ray debuts. Titles include the pulp sci-fi rom-com classic The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across The 8th Dimension, John Carpenter’s Emmy Award-nominated biopic Elvis, the brilliant action-comedy Midnight Run, the rowdy action-thriller Road House and the most excellent sci-fi comedies Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey. Each title will be presented in anamorphic widescreen, and when possible will be released as a Collector’s Edition, with new bonus content, archival materials, collectible cover artwork, and more!

    Shout Select’s inaugural release is the Collector’s Edition of the beloved ’80s cult classic The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across The 8th Dimension (Collector’s Edition), available August 16, 2016. On Blu-ray for the first time, this Collector’s Edition comes loaded with bonus features, including a comprehensive retrospective featuring brand-new interviews with members of the cast and crew, with an additional disc of bonus features to be revealed closer to street date. Fans can pre-order their copies now by visiting ShoutFactory.com

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  • May 2, 2016 1:00:32 PM

    Captain America: Civil War is on deck, poised to take the worldwide box office by storm. It’s the third Cap movie, following The First Avenger and The Winter Soldier—and, with its padded roster of myriad Marvel players, it is also technically the third Avengers flick.

    As a trilogy capper, it reminds me of all the lesser (or less fortunate) Chapter Twos to hit movie screens that never earned a Part 3. In some cases, the death of a franchise is a blessing; in others, the failure of a specific Part 2 to generate a legitimate Part 3 remains a cinematic head scratcher.

    Here are some of the more glaring examples, encompassing the good, the bad and the downright ugly.

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  • May 2, 2016 11:00:21 AM

    One thing genre fans are always hungry for is fresh, smart, entertaining material.  And believe it or not, that's sometimes more challenging to find, even if you know where to look.

    Funding platforms have allowed hundreds, if not thousands, of projects to move into production, but that doesn't mean that they should be made.  Personal Space is not only one that should be made, but it deserves your support. 

    It's also a damned clever concept.

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  • May 2, 2016 9:00:20 AM
    Written by Alex C. Telander

    Why Science Fiction Matters 
    Not that this is really necessary, but here's a detailed article on the importance of the genre known as science fiction books.

    Prince Books 
    With the passing of this icon, here are some about him and his incredible work.

    Cell is Coming 
    A trailer has been released of the adaptation of Stephen King's zombie novel, Cell. 

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  • May 2, 2016 10:14:20 AM

    The legendary Bob Hope, one of the greatest entertainers of the 20th century, was best known for his Christmas specials. Traveling with special guests, he visited US troops in dozens of locations around the world, performing on battleships and battlefields -- and sometimes even accompanied by the sound of fighter jets overhead. His missions were often dangerous, his schedule brutal, yet for thousands of servicemen and women far from home there was no one like Hope for the holidays.

    On May 10, Time Life, creator and direct marketer of unique music and home entertainment products, will deliver BOB HOPE: ENTERTAINING THE TROOPS, a single DVD featuring three TV Christmas Specials: a rare, never-before-released 1951 special from The Korean War Era , along with shows from 1970 and 1971 - two of the most-watched shows in TV history! Featuring Hope's hilarious monologues and guest stars aplenty, these shows prove that laughter is truly the best medicine, regardless of the time zone or terrain. With this DVD release, Hope's fans will enjoy more than two and a half hours of Hope's house calls across three special troop shows:

    The Bob Hope Christmas Special: Around the World with the USO
    (Original Airdate: January 15, 1970) -- Hope and company embark on another Christmas tour to entertain the troops, starting with a send-off from the White House. The 16-day tour then continues through Germany, Italy, Turkey, Thailand, Vietnam, Taiwan, Guam, and on-board the USS Ranger and the USS Sanctuary. Highlights include Neil Armstrong, recently back from his historic moon walk, answering questions from the service members, and Connie Stevens singing the "Wedding Bell Blues" to four service members named Bill.

    The Bob Hope Christmas Special: Around the Globe with the USO
    (Original Airdate: January 14, 1971) -- Hope visits U.S. military bases to entertain the troops and bring them Christmas cheer, starting with rehearsals at West Point and with stops in England, Germany, Thailand, Vietnam, Korea, Alaska, and to the USS John F. Kennedy in the Mediterranean, and the USS Sanctuary in the South China Sea. Highlights include Hope and Lola Falana doing a song and dance, Hope trading zingers with Cincinnati Reds catcher Johnny Bench, plus a routine with Ursula Andress, Gloria Loring and Miss World Jennifer Hosten.

    Chesterfield Sound Off Time
    (Airdate: December 23, 1951) - This rare, never-before-released special was filmed during the Korean War aboard the aircraft carrier the USS Boxer. Highlights include Hope and Connie Moore crooning "I Wanna Go Home (With You)", the Nicholas Brothers performing their acrobatic style of tap dancing, and Hope, in an extended comedy sketch, taking command of the ship and sailing it on a secret mission.

    And we're giving away two copies on DVD!

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  • Apr 29, 2016 8:00:31 PM

    Peanuts, the brand-new animated series based on one of entertainment’s most iconic brands, heads to Boomerang on Monday, May 9. For the first time, the individual Peanuts print comic strips come to life in vignettes filled with humor and heart for the whole family. New episodes premiere daily at 11:30 a.m. ET/8:30 a.m. PT.

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  • May 1, 2016 11:59:43 PM
    From novelist Nicholas Sparks, the author of classic love stories The Notebook and Dear John, the year’s most moving romance, The Choice, will be available on Digital HD April 19 and on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD (plus Digital) on May 3 from Lionsgate. Based on Sparks’ best-selling novel, written for the screen by Bryan Sipe (Demolition), and directed by Ross Katz (Adult Beginners), The Choice stars Benjamin Walker (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter), Teresa Palmer (Warm Bodies), Maggie Grace (Taken series), Alexandra Daddario (San Andreas), Tom Welling (TV’s “Smallville”) and Academy Award nominee Tom Wilkinson (Best Actor, In the Bedroom, 2001), in a touching love story that will make viewers laugh, cry, and wonder how far they would go to keep the hope of love alive.

    Travis is a fun-loving, smooth-talking bachelor who’s never considered a serious relationship—until he falls hard for his beautiful new neighbor, Gabby. But when fate threatens Travis and Gabby’s love, Travis must make a choice that will alter their lives forever in this unforgettably moving romance.

    The home entertainment release of The Choice include in-depth special features including audio commentary with director Ross Katz and actor Benjamin Walker, four behind-the-scenes featurettes and deleted scenes.

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  • Apr 29, 2016 6:00:25 PM

    On June 28th, Dark Horse Comics will release the hardcover graphic novel of the full, 10-series run of Fight Club 2. And to mark this occasion, Chuck will be matching that number with a 10-city signing tour! This is Chuck’s first “signing tour” since Tell-All in 2010!

    Each fan at an event will meet Chuck, have their copy of Fight Club 2 signed, and up to two backlist books/memorabilia signed as well. Not to mention a photo with Chuck!

    Before we post the dates though, we gotta set the rules out. After all, this is Fight Club, right?

    • These FIGHT CLUB 2 appearances are signings ONLY. 
    • Chuck will not be performing or reading at any events.
    • These are ticketed events and each ticket will include a copy of the FIGHT CLUB 2 hardcover ($29.95). 
    • Tickets must be purchased in order to join the signing line.
    • In addition to FIGHT CLUB 2, Chuck will sign TWO other items (a piece of memorabilia or book).
    • Chuck will happily pose for photos with fans.
    • Line formation times will be posted at the links of each event location below.

    Again: The above rules apply to all events below. Any further questions about specific locations, times, addresses, etc, should be sent directly to the venues below. Contact information should be provided. If it's not, it should be included on the links for each location.

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  • Apr 29, 2016 5:00:19 PM
    Explore more of Zootopia with an exciting lineup of bonus features!
    Walt Disney Animation Studios’ (WDAS) comedy-adventure, “Zootopia” has broken records worldwide earning more than $900 million at the global box office to date. The best reviewed movie of 2016, critics and audiences around the world have fallen in love with the wonderfully innovative animal metropolis of “Zootopia” and the comedic chemistry of rookie rabbit officer Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) and scam-artist fox Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman). It’s been called one of the best buddy cop comedies in years! Thankfully, there’s more—much more.

    When the runaway hit arrives home on Digital HD, Blu-ray, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand (does not include bonus) platforms June 7, 2016, viewers will not only be able to enjoy the vibrant world of Zootopia and reunite with their favorite characters, but also discover more about the evolution of this extraordinary tale through in-depth bonus offerings.

    Features include candid conversations with filmmakers and artists behind Zootopia, an alternate opening, never-before-seen characters and deleted scenes and a sneak peek at some of the hidden Easter Eggs that make reference to Disney Animation’s most beloved films and characters.

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  • Apr 30, 2016 10:18:49 AM

    Captain America: Civil War is one week away for most of us while fans in Europe and Asia are starting to see the film. An opening day gross of $14.9 million dollars is a good sign of things to come from Marvel Studios’ biggest film to date. Predictions are as high as $188 million dollars for Civil War’s domestic opening weekend projections.

    I have no information to base this on, but my gut tells me we’re going to see a number over $200 million dollars for the first four days of the film’s release.

    This is an event that many thought we would never see on the big screen and casual moviegoers are going to be intrigued by the idea of Captain America and Iron Man duking it out after getting to know them for seven years.

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  • Apr 29, 2016 3:00:20 PM

    Hello! My name is Lenny Schwartz and I am a playwright from RI and New York.

    And I'm a life long comic book fan. I am so happy to write about comic books.

    So without further adieu, here goes!

    Martian Comics #1-4 
    Written by Julian Darius and Illustrated by various.
    Published by Martian Lit

    I decided to give this a shot. The art looked pretty good and I figured the mainstream comics fare was a little light this week. So I read all four issues of this book. And you know what? It was pretty good! Very out there, but that's okay!

    Julian Darius writes the main story here(and the backups) which is presently the first chapters of "The Girl From Mars." It's basically a story of Izzy, a college student who daydreams of a Martian world and Martian sex in vivid detail. So, we get a lot of naked Martians. Hey, to each their own! But Izzy keeps dreaming of Mars and then the story takes off. What happen?

    Well, give it a read.

    Darius is a pretty fine, if perverted, writer. But I like him and his work. He's very good. The art is actually pretty spectacular for a book I never heard of. Sergio Tarquini is the artist on most of the book, and man, he's good. Someone from the Big Two will pick him up. If he even wants that it is.

    The landscapes and the characters make this a good read. I wish it moved a little faster but it's definitely better than most books out there. Give it a read and lend some support. This company has a good product and a good philosophy they adhere to. I'll be reading more.


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  • Apr 29, 2016 2:00:12 PM
    Five-Disc Set Presents New Restorations
    of Keaton's 32 Silent Short Comedies

    Kino Lorber, in association with Lobster Films, is proud to announce the Blu-ray and DVD releases of BUSTER KEATON: THE SHORTS COLLECTION, a five-disc collection of Keaton's 32 extant silent short films, presented in 2K restorations, newly scanned using archival film elements from around the world. This set includes the short comedies that Keaton made with pioneering silent comedy genius Roscoe Arbuckle, as well as all 19 of his independently-produced silent shorts that have cemented his reputation as one of silent cinema's most unique and respected artists.

    As new generations discover the magic of silent cinema, Buster Keaton has emerged as one of the era's most admired and respected artists. Behind the deadpan expression and trademark porkpie hat was a filmmaking genius who conceived and engineered some of the most breathtaking stunts and feats of visual trickery, while never losing sight of slapstick cinema's primary objective: laughter.

    Produced by Lobster Films, BUSTER KEATON: THE SHORTS COLLECTION includes all 32 of Keaton's extant silent shorts (thirteen of which were produced under the tutelage of comedian Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle). These 2k restorations were performed utilizing archival film elements from around the world, and promises to be the definitive representation of Keaton's early career. Watching these films in succession, one witnesses the evolution of an artist -- from broad knockabout comedian into a filmmaker of remarkable visual sophistication.
    Set to street on May 24, 2016, with a SRP of $59.95 for the Blu-ray and $44.95 for the DVD, BUSTER KEATON: THE SHORTS COLLECTION includes 13 of the Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle comedies produced between 1917-1920, in which Keaton co-starred alongside Arbuckle and Al St. John. In these formative works, Keaton honed his craft performing for the camera, and learned the art of filmmaking from Arbuckle, an extremely gifted comedy performer and director who, at the time, was second only to Chaplin among the screen's most popular clowns.

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  • Apr 29, 2016 1:00:21 PM

    How can it be a week without Prince alive on this planet?

    Maybe he’s still alive on some other planet, gone to some purple planet. Or, to fit the cliché, he’s jamming with Jimi Hendrix in heaven’s greatest band. Possibly showing up George Harrison on “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” even.

    There’s so much to say and write about the Purple One. I’ve already written plenty here at Forces of Geek, as have others. I wouldn’t even call myself a fan, yet how could I escape Prince’s artistry and 35 years of genre-defying musical entertainment?

    I hold a deep respect deserved for such a supremely talented person who, as an artist and man, prized self-determination and collaboration above all. A man with so much ego that in “Little Red Corvette” he sings the catchiest song ever about casual sex. In “Controversy,” he sings, “Am I black or white? Am I straight or gay?” in 1981. This dude would, in “When Doves Cry,” release a six-minute song without a bass track.

    Prince’s devotion to being himself and doing things on his terms often went to some wild places, too

    We all could go on forever about Prince and all his amazing feats. But, today, let’s discuss how Prince made the soundtrack to Batman, my favorite movie of all time and a fundamental building block of my nerd world.

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  • Apr 29, 2016 12:00:19 PM
    The original Sentinel of Liberty returns! Recently restored to his super-powered self, Steve Rogers makes his triumphant return to the red, white and blue this May in the all-new CAPTAIN AMERICA: STEVE ROGERS #1! Hot off the blockbuster Avengers: Standoff crossover, creators Nick Spencer and Jesus Saiz bring Steve back into the field with a new mission, a new costume, a new shield and wall-to-wall action!

    “The country is as divided as it’s ever been, and Steve is one of a kind,” says Nick Spencer, in an interview with Marvel.com. “He’s a unifying figure, someone we can all look up to, [and] someone we can all put our faith in. It’s no secret the Marvel Universe is about to enter a period of serious conflict with Civil War II looming on the horizon, and as such, it feels like the perfect moment to bring Steve back into fighting shape.”

    He may be back but the celebration will be short lived. Steve isn’t the only one who’s returned stronger than ever. Hydra has re-emerged. Led by his greatest foe, the Red Skull, Hydra has begun to worm its way into every corner of the Marvel Universe. Anyone can be a threat. Trust no one. Even a restored Captain America may not be enough to stop the far reaching tentacles of Hydra.

    With a rallying cry of “Avengers Assemble”, the Sentinel of Liberty charges headlong into the fight once more. But will his first day back on the job be his last? Find out when CAPTAIN AMERICA: STEVE ROGERS #1 explodes into comic shops and digital devices this May!

    Plus – don’t miss an exciting prologue to this monumental first issue, coming exclusively to comic shops on Free Comic Book Day. Head to your local retailer on May 7th to get your hands on FCBD Captain America #1!

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  • Apr 29, 2016 11:00:04 AM
    "Paul Davis' new book BEWARE THE MOON is a complete and accurate account
    of the making of An American Werewolf In London as told by the filmmakers, both
    cast and crew.  It's terrific!  Fans of the film will love it."
    -- John Landis

    “If this book is half as good as his doc it will be great!” -- Rick Baker

    If you're a cinegeek of any worth, there's little doubt that John Landis' An American Werewolf in London is among your favorite monster movies.   Combining horror with humor along with amazing special effects (How amazing?  The Academy created an award category to recognize Rick Baker's work in this film), An American Werewolf in London still resonates over 35 years later.

    Now, Paul Davis, writer and director of the award-winning documentary Beware the Moon  and Dead Mouse Productions Ltd who brought you 245 Trioxin: The Story of the Return of the Living Dead and You’re so Cool, Brewster! The Story of Fright Night comes Beware the Moon: The Story of An American Werewolf in London. This new, two-hundred page, hardback book delves deeper into the memories and experiences of over 35 of the cast and crew including, John Landis, Rick Baker, David Naughton, Jenny Agutter, Griffin Dunne, John Woodvine, Frank Oz and many more.

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  • Apr 29, 2016 10:00:36 AM
    Written by Erin Maxwell

    We go from feast to famine in the month of May. While April brought us a bevy of Oscar winning movies, treasured films from our childhood and beautiful films meant to be watched again and again, May brings us Bring It On: All or Nothing.

    That’s not to say there aren’t a few winners...like Bring It On (the original). But there is also Pleasantville and Sixteen Candles.

    Here are this month’s offerings from Netflix.

    Hope you like Kevin Hart.

    MAY 1

    A Study in Sherlock (2016)
    Are you a crazed Sherlock fan? Consider yourself a Cumberbitch? Well, take a deeper dig into the hit series as co-creator Mark Gatiss chat about the show.

    Admiral (2015)
    Charles Dance and Rutger Hauer star in this historical pic about the military man who become the hero of the Netherlands after the nation came under attack by Brit, German and French foes.

    Ava's Possessions (2015)
    Louise Krause, Carol Kane and Dan Fogler star in the indie thriller about a girl who looks to move on after a demonic possession.

    Bring It On (2000)
    I'm sexy, I'm cute,
    I'm popular to boot,
    I'm bitchen, great hair,
    The boys all love to stare!
    I'm wanted, I'm hot
    I'm everything your not
    I'm pretty, I'm cool
    I dominate the school
    Who am I? Just guess!
    Guys wanna touch my chest!

    Bring It On: All or Nothing (2006)
    Not the first movie and the cheers are lame.

    Easy Living (Seasons 1-3)
    Crime drama about a man who is forced into a life of crime due to his family’s spending habits.

    El Crítico (2013)
    Film critic Victor realizes he’s living his own romantic comedy when he falls for a Manic Pixie Dream Girl of his very own. And like any good critic, he’s slightly amused but feels the story is repetitive and formulaic.

    FernGully 2: The Magical Rescue (1998)
    A sequel to the toon with a pro-environment morality tale, but sans the charm, the quality and the theatrical release. This time the bad guys are killing baby animals, which for a kids’ cartoon is basically on par with Hitler.

    Finger of God (2007)
    A documentary about miracles. Sadly does not include the Juggalos views on magnets.

    Great Expectations (1998)
    Before she was lecturing online mothers how to concoct $250 protein shakes and where to buy $45 red lipstick, Gwyneth Paltrow used to act. The Iron Man eye candy and Ethan Hawke star in Alfonso Cuaron’s very loose adaptation of the classic tale by Charles Dickens.

    I Am Road Comic (2014)
    Filmmaker Jordan Brady asks fellow funnymen why they live life out of a suitcase as he explores the life of a working comedian.

    Jesus Town, USA (2014)
    A documentary about a small town whose annual pageant is thrown into turmoil when the actor played the son of God actually follows a different path.

    Just Friends (2005)
    Before he was Deadpool, Ryan Reynolds couldn’t pick a project to save his life. Or he had severe gambling debts. Whatever the case, this was part of a string of stinkers about a nerd getting hot and returning home to get the girl.

    Kevin Hart Presents Keith Robinson: Back of The Bus Funny (2015)
    Comedy from the man who taught Kevin Hart everything he knows. His slice-of-life storytelling includes a scathing look at everything from Obama to his own children.

    Kevin Hart Presents Lil Rel: RELevent (2015)
    Comedian talks about getting bullied on school buses, the perils of fatherhood and the dangers of high handed taxi drivers.

    Kevin Hart Presents: Plastic Cup Boyz (2015)
    Kevin Hart continues to share his good fortune as he shines a spotlight on the comedy trio as the play San Diego’s House of Blues.

    LoliRock (Season 1)
    French animated series that’s so adorably sweet you can practically smell the bubble gum from your TV. Show follows the adventures of an all-girl group who solve mysteries with rock and magic. Highly recommended for young ones and intoxicated adults.

    My Last Day Without You (2011)
    A German exec visiting the Big Apple on a business trip falls under the sway of a city siren who shows him how to live.

    The Nutty Professor (1996)
    Eddie Murphy plays Sherman Klump and practically every other role in this classic comedy remake that spawned one-too-many sequels.

    Off the Map (2013)
    What was supposed to be a spirited adventure of skipping school turns ugly when young friends battle teen angst.

    Palm Trees in the Snow (2015)
    Spanish romantic comedy based on the novel of the same name. Story follows Clarence, who discovers a letter that shines a light on a long-forgotten family mystery, causing her to pack her bags and head to Africa in search of the truth.

    Pleasantville (1998)
    Gary Ross’ brilliant satire of ‘50s culture what follows the exploits of siblings David and Jennifer, who find themselves living in a Leave It To Beaver style sitcom after the meddling of Don Knotts. Brilliant performances from Joan Allen and William H. Macy as well as great storytelling makes this a classic for the ages.

    Shark Lake (2015)
    Sharks eat people, even in Lake Tahoe. You’ve been warned.

    She's Beautiful When She's Angry (2014)
    A look at the women who spearheaded the women’s movement and feminism in the ‘60s.

    Sixteen Candles (1984)
    “Can I borrow your underpants for 10 minutes?”

    The movie that introduced the world to Jake Ryan. Swoon.

    Classic John Hughes tale of teen Samantha, whose family forgets her 16th birthday on the eve of her sister’s wedding.

    Sugar Coated (2015)
    Sticky sweet documentary that looks at our love affair with sugar and the food industry’s dependence on it for absolutely everything.

    Things We Lost in the Fire (2007)
    Halle Berry and Benicio Del Toro star in this drama about a widow who turns to a junkie for comfort during crisis.

    To Catch a Thief (1955)
    Alfred Hitchcock’s classic thriller starring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly as a reformed burgler who intends to nab a fellow thief in an effort to clear his name with his special lady.

    Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Runnin' Down a Dream (2007)
    Peter Bogdanovich’s directs this documentary that examines the thirty-year career of the legendary band.

    Who’s Driving Doug (2016)
    RJ Mitte of Breaking Bad fame stars in this drama about a two friends who set out on a road trip.

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  • Apr 29, 2016 9:00:22 AM
    Inks, Drinks, and Catfinks: The Custom Cartoon Art of Shawn Dickinson is a special book in many ways. It is a stunning, large-format, deluxe art book. It is a profusely illustrated monograph of cult-favorite artist Shawn Dickinson and it is the first book of a brand-spanking-new imprint of IDW’s: Yoe Brow.

    “Actually Shawn’s book comes through what could be called an imprint of an imprint,” says Craig Yoe. “We have been excited about pushing the perimeters of Yoe Books/IDW and Shawn’s fun-filled, bad-ass, often good-naturedly sexy art is the perfect way to start to do this. Our new line called Yoe Brow will publish coffee table art books of contemporary alternative artists. Shawn is the ideal guy to jumpstart the program since his rock/punk/surf/hot rod stylings are so informed by comics and cartoonists so it’s a perfecto fit. You can see Max Fleischer, R. Crumb, Ed “Big Daddy” Roth, Mad’s Jack Davis, Rick Griffin, and John Kricfalusi in Shawn’s amazing work!”

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  • Apr 29, 2016 8:00:29 AM
    Review by Benn Robbins
    Created by Brian Cosgrove and Mark Hall
    Directed by Robert Cullen
    Featuring the Voices of Alexander Armstrong,
    Kevin Eldon, Stephen Fry, Ed Gaughan,
    Shauna Macdonald, Dave Lamb,
    John Oliver, Lena Headey

    Cor’ Chief! The Greatest Secret Agent in the World and The World’s Worst Assistant ARE BACK!

    From a Typical Baker St. pillar box comes the story of the world’s greatest secret agent and his assistant, Penfold…

    I was both very excited and super worried about this show.

    However, my fears were quelled with the opening theme song.

    The world may have changed but our intrepid rodent dangereuses has not.

    That’s right, Danger Mouse has returned to the airwaves thanks to Netflix and CBBC.

    I LOVE Danger Mouse.

    I love Penfold, his bumbling hamster sidekick.

    I love Colonel K, DM’s boss.

    I love villains Baron Silas von Greenback, Stiletto and Nero.

    The New Danger Mouse is spot on and is a perfect reintroduction to the original series that valiantly carries the torch from the original 80’s & 90’s animated series to the present day.

    The animation is modernized from the original but it is a natural evolution from the look and style of the animated classic spy series. It looks great and I love that all the wackiness and pun ridden humor is kept fully intact.

    This show is so good.

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  • Apr 29, 2016 7:00:24 AM
    Review by Sharon Knolle
    Produced by Jeremy Thomas
    Written by Amy Jump
    Based on High Rise by J.G. Ballard
    Directed by Ben Wheatley
    Starring Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons,
    Sienna Miller, Luke Evans, Elisabeth Moss,
    James Purefoy, Keeley Hawes

    A surreal class struggle set in an ultra-modern high-rise apartment building, based on the 1975 J.G. Ballard novel of the same name, High-Rise begins very promisingly but ultimately wears out its welcome.

    Tom Hiddleston plays Dr. Laing (possibly inspired by the real-life psychiatrist R.D. Laing, who notably wrote about mental illness and psychosis).

    He moves into the brand-new apartment building and soon befriends his sexy upstairs neighbor Claire (Sienna Miller), who catches him sunbathing nude on his balcony. (Yes, there is a good amount of nearly naked Hiddleston, if that's your main motivation for seeing this.)

    Much like David Cronenberg's eerily similar first film Shivers (also from 1975), this self-contained community has nearly everything a resident would ever need, including a grocery store and a gym. A Lord of the Flies mentality sets in alarmingly early: Even though there is an entire world outside the building, the residents are curiously reluctant to leave.

    Eventually, the lower floors are reduced to living in filth and squalor while the upper floors party with the end-of-the-world decadence usually ascribed to Rome before it got sacked.

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  • Apr 27, 2016 7:00:34 PM
    Award-winning publisher BOOM! Studios and DeVito Artworks LLC are excited to announce Kong of Skull Island, an original, limited comic book series debuting in July featuring the famous gargantuan ape, King Kong, created by Merian C. Cooper, and grounded in artist/author Joe DeVito’s ground-breaking literary property Skull Island. Kong of Skull Island is exclusively authorized and endorsed by the Cooper family as their official King Kong/Skull Island prequel and sequel origin story. BOOM!’s comic series will be written by James Asmus (All-New Inhumans) and illustrated by Carlos Magno (Planet of the Apes).

    “King Kong is the progenitor of an entire section of genre fiction. It is truly an honor to be a part of that gigantic legacy,” said BOOM! Studios President of Publishing & Marketing Filip Sablik. “We’re thrilled to be working with Joe DeVito to create a comic series that is authentic to the origins of Kong.”

    BOOM!’s Kong of Skull Island comic series takes place well before Carl Denham, Jack Driscoll, and the rest of the Wanderer’s crew set foot on the island. Two fractured and combative civilizations are forced to band together as they venture onto Skull Island, their new home, which they are soon horrified to realize is home to dinosaurs, giant creatures...and Kongs.

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  • Apr 29, 2016 6:09:50 PM

    Dark truths come to light in the intense thriller Remember directed by Academy Award nominee Atom Egoyan. Featuring critically acclaimed performances by Academy Award winners Christopher Plummer and Martin Landau, the captivating drama follows a Holocaust survivor who will stop at nothing to get justice for his family. 

    Remember is the suspense-filled story of Zev (Plummer), an Auschwitz survivor who discovers that the Nazi guard who murdered his family some seventy years ago is living in America under an assumed identity. With the aid of a friend (Landau), Zev sets out on a gripping journey that tests both his will and his fading memory as it brings him closer to the retribution he seeks.

    And we're giving away three copies!

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  • Apr 27, 2016 5:00:28 PM
    Starz Digital announced today the acquisition of all U.S. distribution rights to FLOCK OF DUDES and is planning to release the film in select theaters and on VOD this fall. The directorial debut of Bob Castrone, the film stars Chris D’Elia (“Undateable”), Hannah Simone (“New Girl”), Skylar Astin (Pitch Perfect), Bryan Greenberg (Friends with Benefits), Brett Gelman (The Other Guys), Eric Andre (The Internship), Kumail Nanjiani (“Silicon Valley”), Hannibal Buress (“Broad City”), Melissa Rauch (“The Big Bang Theory”), Jamie Chung (The Hangover Part III), Marc Maron (“Maron”), Timothy Simons (“Veep”) and Jeffrey Ross (“The Burn”) as well as Jamie Chung (The Hangover Part III), Hilary Duff (Cheaper by the Dozen) and Ray Liotta (Goodfellas). FLOCK OF DUDES was written by Castrone, Brian Levin and Jason Zumwalt and produced by Aaron Kaufman (Machete, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For), Brian Levin, Mark C. Manuel and Ted O’Neal. UTA negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers.  

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  • Apr 27, 2016 4:00:04 PM

    The opening salvos of the war that will fracture the Marvel Universe will be fired here!

    Marvel is pleased to present your first look inside CIVIL WAR II #0 – coming to comic shops and digital devices this May! From the blockbuster creative team that brought you House of M and Siege – Brian Michael Bendis and Olivier Coipel bring you the blistering first chapter of the comic event of the year.

    His name is Ulysses – a new Inhuman with the ability to profile the future. His emergence sends shockwaves through the Marvel Universe. Will they use his power to alter the future and control their destinies? Or will they reject it – and allow tomorrow to unfold without interference. Be there as the table is set for the comic book fans will be talking about for years to come in CIVIL WAR II #0 – coming this May!

    Plus – head to your local comic shop on Free Comic Book Day for an exciting prologue to Civil War II by Brian Michael Bendis & Jim Cheung. Then, pick up CIVIL WAR II #1 by Brian Michael Bendis, David Marquez and Justin Ponsor – on sale June 1st!

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