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Published: Feb 7, 2016 3:03:02 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.
  • Feb 6, 2016 9:51:55 PM
    Review by Benn Robbins
    Produced by Lauren Shuler Donner, 
    Simon Kinberg, Ryan Reynolds
    Screenplay by Paul Wernick, Rhett Reese
    Deadpool Created by Rob Liefeld & Fabian Nicieza
    Directed by Tim Miller
    Starring Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein,
    T. J. Miller, Gina Carano, Brianna Hildebrand

    This Valentine's Day, give yourself and your loved one a treat and go see the best romantic, blood-spattered, foul-mouthed, riotous, action film ever made.

    The Merc With a Mouth finally gets his own film and it is exactly what you would expect.

    Ryan Reynolds finally is Wade Wilson, Deadpool; the role he was born to play.

    When he was cast as Wade Wilson in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, what we got was an abomination of a version of “The Merc with a Mouth” or should I say “WITHOUT a mouth”.

    They got his character totally wrong. Not only was the movie bad, but the Wade Wilson in that film was so far from Deadpool, fan outcry could be heard all the way to the Negative Zone.

    So, Reynolds has worked since 2004 to set things right and finally in 2016, Deadpool is here.
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  • Feb 5, 2016 5:00:03 PM

    Specializing in world-class television from Britain and beyond, the upcoming Acorn DVD release calendar features one of its strongest slates yet with several star-studded, hit international series, including the smash hit psychological thriller THE FALL, Series 2 starring Gillian Anderson (X-Files) and Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades of Grey); the uncut UK edition of AMC’s hit series HUMANS, Season 1 starring William Hurt; Acorn’s newest addictive period drama and an Aussie Downton Abbey with A PLACE TO CALL HOME, Season 3; and Agatha Christie’s AND THEN THERE WERE NONE, the critically-acclaimed new BBC and Lifetime adaptation starring Aidan Turner (Poldark), Sam Neill (Jurassic Park), and Charles Dance (Game of Thrones), among many others.

    Additionally, Acorn debuts the British supernatural thrillers MAYDAY and MIDWINTER OF THE SPIRIT, which The Wall Street Journal called “an impressively chilling tale;” classic period drama IRISH RM: The Complete Collection; BBC dramas PRISONERS’ WIVES and TRIALS OF JIMMY ROSE; a new season of NEW TRICKS: Season 12; and the first Western filmed in Ireland with DOMINION CREEK.

    Select series are available to watch anytime at our streaming service at Acorn.TV and on many devices.

    Coming up on Emmy®-nominated streaming service Acorn.TV:

    • Monday, Feb. 8 – Liberty of London (US Premiere) – Fascinating British documentary/reality series on an iconic, eccentric dept. store 
    • Monday, Feb. 22 – Suspects (US Premiere) – Dark and innovative British crime drama

    After the jump you can find the Acorn DVD Release Calendar.

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  • Feb 5, 2016 4:00:05 PM

    Back in December, DC Entertainment announced that our ongoing monthly themed variant cover program for March would showcase variants for ten of DC Comics’ most popular Batman and Superman titles. The variants are to be polybagged with a Batman v Superman theme, concealing stunning cover artwork by the comic industry’s most talented artists!

    March’s Batman v Superman polybagged comics will follow a format similar to December’s Harley’s Little Black Book variant program, where three different versions of each variant were printed in equal quantity. All ten upcoming Batman v Superman comics will also have three versions, but this time they’ll be published in full color, fade and character spotlight.

    What’s that look like? The first of these top-secret images is now ready—the art for Rafael Grampá's variant cover to DETECTIVE COMICS #50! Check it out!

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  • Feb 5, 2016 3:00:06 PM

    With all the talk about Batman v Superman, Wonder Woman’s appearance in the film is starting to get some traction.

    By the time we meet Diana Prince, she will be 5,000 years old and already retired from the superhero game. Needless to say, something must cause the Amazon to dust off her lasso and swing back into action.

    This makes Wonder Woman the world’s first superhero in the DCU.

    I hope, no, I demand that the character is treated with the reverence and respect that it deserves. I know she is not the featured attraction, but I might go all Jules Winnfield on somebody if she ends up being a damsel in distress.

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  • Feb 5, 2016 1:00:09 PM

    Features the Best Independent Cinema from Around the World

    Visionary.  Universal.  Daring.  Since 2004, IndiePix Films has been bringing movie lovers the very best of independent cinema from around the world.  And, now, passionate cinephiles will have access to a highly-curated catalog of cinematic classics with IndiePix Unlimited.  The digital streaming subscription service, priced at $5.99 per month and available across all devices and platforms, opens up a dazzling world of 400+ award-winning films from both international auteurs and visionary new voices alike – and most are not available anywhere else online.   

    From Ondi Timoner’s Sundance Grand Jury-winning documentary, WE LIVE IN PUBLIC and 2009 Cannes Camera D’Or winner, SAMSON & DELILAH to Iranian artist Shirin Neshat’s feature-length debut, the Golden Lion-nominated WOMEN WITHOUT MEN and Paola Mendoza’s triumphant ENTRE NOS, IndiePix distributes some of the most acclaimed independent films of the past decade.

    And IndiePix Unlimited offers film lovers the opportunity to watch these films -- the latest award-winners from Cannes, Tribeca, Venice, Sundance, SXSW and Rotterdam and popular indie classics, foreign films, shorts, docs and more -- anywhere and anytime through any platform.  Whether tethered to a desktop or out and about, tablet and smartphone in hand, IndiePix Unlimited offers myriad ways to discover fresh and exciting cinematic experiences, including free apps supporting both iOS and Android devices.

    IndiePix will continue to add to its signature digital subscription service each month with fresh, new indie films, such as the recently released post-apocalyptic sci-fi fable CRUMBS, winner of the Special Jury Prize at the 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival, and the highly acclaimed, Ryan Gosling-produced WHITE SHADOW.  Upcoming films, which will enjoy an exclusive release window on IndiePix Unlimited, include MOUTON, a Locarno Film Festival Opera Prima Award-winner, THE WINTER, a magical realist fantasy from Greece and ON THE ROAD, a sensationalist summertime adventure from the Dominican Republic.

    And we're giving away three one-year subscriptions to FOG! readers!

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  • Feb 5, 2016 12:00:06 PM

    Hello. My name is Lenny Schwartz. I am a playwright and screenwriter from Rhode Island and New York. And for some reason, the powers that be at Forces of Geek decided to grant me a weekly column reviewing the latest in comic books. I've been collecting comic books since I was five and I'm a huge fan.

    With this column I now have access to hundreds of comic books, graphic novels and short mini comics for free.

    Yes I hate me too.

    This column will spotlight comic books that are new, from the mainstream to the little known, past and present, spotlighting comic books you should be reading, comic books you should avoid, and comic books which should be used for your guinea pig cage.

    Let's Begin!

    THE PRIVATE EYE Deluxe Edition 
    Written by Brian K. Vaughan and Art by Marcos Martin.
    Published by Image Comics

    So to start, I am going to talk about a 50 dollar graphic novel. The Private Eye was serialized online as an experiment. People could pay anything for each issue. A dollar. A cent. They could have read the whole ten part series for 10 cents. Yet, it was a success. And you should spend the money to pick this up.


    It's just that good.

    Vaughan's detective story set in a futuristic landscape is the stuff comic book dreams are made of. The synopsis is thus: Set in an inevitable future of where everyone has a secret identity, THE PRIVATE EYE is an eerily prescient sci-fi mystery about an unlicensed private investigator who stumbles onto the most important case of his life.

    To tell you more would ruin it, save to say that this is what good comic books are all about. Vaughn and Martin work together in harmony making the storytelling flow and the pages turn. Martin especially deserves props for killing it on the art, designing one of the most amazing cast of characters in recent years. One of the few books I'll re-read again for sure.


    Written by Ryan K. Lindsay with Art by Paul Tucker.
    Published by Challenger Comics

    So I got this 12 page comic from Challenger Comics. And I wanted to review it as it sounded fun. It's a 12 page comic about a guy named Macbeth who was once a superhero who can change his size, and now he is a guard for a prison of super villains. The comic I read was about his day and how he has to quell a riot.

    I wanted to like this comic more than I did. But let me be clear: Lindsay is a talented writer. The art is actually very good as well. It just didn't mesh as well as I hoped. I wanted more fun out of it. More thrills. Instead it was incredibly standard. It also had flashbacks to something about Macbeth's life...which could have worked as a longer piece I believe.

    I'm giving this one a B-. Mostly because it had potential. It was completely untapped. Lindsay isn't as developed as I want him to be as a writer...but he will be. And when he develops? Watch out. And Tucker is an artist to follow. He's quite good.

    Next time, I want 128 pages from these two and for them to make a classic. They certainly have it in them.

    RATING: B-

    Written by James Patrick with Art by Martin Szymanski
    Published by 21 Pulp Comics

    Imposter came to me as an advanced copy from the comic book company 21 Pulp. I was intrigued by the art and the fact that it seemed to be getting decent reviews. I opened it up and read the first page. And I liked it. Good story on that first page. Good art. Then I turned to the second page.

    That was the moment it all went downhill for me.

    On Page 2 it went to some place called the "tether realm" and then it jumped back to the "black realm" then it jumped to the present...this is all before page 7. By this point I trudged through as best as I can, and then on page 10 gorillas appeared....and by that point well, I was done.

    I finished the comic book. I should point out there were many other realms. Patrick's story was tough to decipher for me. Mostly because I didn't grasp the point of it. Except maybe I'm dumb and need Ritalin.

    Szymanski's art is fairly good but there is no teamwork going on...with a different writer Szymanski could be a star. So I'm not a fan of this book sadly. But hey, they are out there doing it. Creating comics. Just because I didn't like it doesn't mean there isn't an audience for it. But for me?

    RATING: D-

    Written by Vito Delsante with Art by Sean Isaake.
    Published by Action Lab Comics

    So I was not looking forward to this one. Here's the synopsis of the comic book from Action Lab Comics: "STRAY tells the story of Rodney Weller, the former sidekick known as "the Rottweiler." When his mentor, the Doberman, is murdered, Rodney has to decide if he wants to come back to the world of capes and masks and, if he does, who he wants to be."

    And you know what? I enjoyed it!

    Sure it's not great literature. But it's good comic book storytelling. Delsante is a decent writer, and works very well with Isaake's art. It's clear, fluid storytelling. The story has more than one nod to Watchmen by way of The Tick.

    The characters were fleshed out very well, and the art was clear and concise. It gets back to what comics are supposed to do...and that is to entertain. This certainly does. This comic won't change the world. But if there's a second trade? I'm reading it.


    FAITH #1 
    Written by Jody Houser with Art by Francis Portela and Marguerite Sauvage
    Published by Valiant Entertainment

    From the Valiant comic book Harbinger comes this title...Faith #1.

    Faith first appeared in the 90s in Valiant Comics first Harbinger...when that ended writer Joshua Dysart brought her back for the recent reboot. Harbinger was one of my favorites of the 1990's...and the reboot by Dysart was just as incredible. Now, we have a spinoff. I'm happy to say the trend continues. This is pretty excellent.

    Faith is a plus sized heroine who is funny and good at what she does without ever being a stereotype. From Jim Shooter, to Dysart, and now to Houser, Faith is always written well, and proves that not everyone has to be a size 2 to be likable.

    Houser crafts a great story in the first issue, and the art is excellent. The plot for this is described as: Zephyr (Faith's code name) uncovers a deep-rooted alien conspiracy. Two-bit burglars and car thieves are one thing, but when the world needs a hero to stave off a full-blown extraterrestrial invasion, will Faith find herself in over her head…or ready for her biggest challenge yet?

    The character is what sells the book and as written by Houser, Faith #1 is as good as recent comic books get...Highly recommended.




    I am starting a section called the Buried Treasure...you'll see it every so often. 

    Basically, it's about forgotten books or stuff I loved growing up. And Exit written and drawn by Nabiel Kanan, is one of the best books nobody has read.

    The story is simple: It follows a set of British teenagers suspended in time between finishing school and waiting for their “A level” test results which will, in some ways, decide their futures. What follows is a coming of age tale, that was simply mezmerizing.

    The characters are lost in their heads and directionless wondering what the next move will be.

    Kanan's art is beautiful, black and white and as beautiful to look at as it is horrifying.

    Look for this book. It's impossible to find...maybe they will collect it.

    I hope so. It's some of the best comics has ever produced. And that's saying something.

    RATING: A+

    And that is it for this week...tune in next week if I didn;t completely peeve you off.

    And even if I did, come back anyway. You're adorable.

    Until then, I remain...

    Lenny Schwartz

  • Feb 5, 2016 11:00:15 AM

    Calling all cosplayers! Millarworld is on the lookout for the world’s most convincing Chrononauts, handsome Hucks and kick-ass Kick Ass costumes.

    With a $500 prize and a full-page photo in upcoming sci-fi spectacular Jupiter’s Legacy 2, the stakes are high for talented cosplayers who mimic their favourite Millarworld characters.

    If you already own Hit Girl nunchucks or a homemade lycra time-travelling suit (who doesn’t?) it’s time to dust them off and get applying.

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  • Feb 5, 2016 10:00:00 AM

    One of the nice things about this time of year is how, as winter descends and TV shows take a winter hiatus, it gives me time to catch up on some things I missed in the past year.

    One of those things is movies.

    For whatever reason, I didn’t get out to the theaters much this past summer. Aside from Furious 7, Mad Max: Fury Road and Dope, I wasn’t there.

    On a weekend with Winter Storm Jonas descending, I watched Ant-Man and Avengers: Age of Ultron, one day after the other. And my experience illustrated exactly where I am with superhero movies at this point.

    Age of Ultron had pyrotechnics, humor, world-building and the reveal of the Infinity Gauntlet. It had knockout action sequences, planet-hopping adventure, Hulk-Black Widow romance, Hawkeye’s off-the-clock life, and a devilishly vain James Spaderbot.

    And yet … and yet … it felt utterly joyless, tired and overburdened.

    In other words, the fun was gone.

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  • Feb 5, 2016 9:00:18 AM

    Part singing. Part dancing. All COP. 

    Steven Bochco (Hill Street Blues, NYPD Blue) produces another bold take on the police procedural genre with the provocative Cop Rock. The short-lived cult TV series will finally be released on DVD from Shout! Factory on May 17, 2016, presenting all 11 episodes in order as originally aired. This release comes complete with new interviews with Steven Bochco and Anne Bobby.

    Combining the gritty, character-driven drama Bochco fans expect with flourishes from musical theatre (including songs composed by Grammy, Emmy, and Oscar winner Randy Newman), Cop Rock followed the lives of detectives and officers who didn’t just walk the beat…but had the moves to keep a beat as well!

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  • Feb 5, 2016 8:00:19 AM

    Academy Award winners Alan Arkin, Diane Keaton, and Marisa Tomei team up to rediscover the power of love across every generation in Love the Coopers. The heart-warming comedy that reminds audiences what family is all about also stars Golden Globe winner John Goodman, Ed Helms, Jake Lacy, Anthony Mackie, Amanda Seyfried, June Squibb, and Olivia Wilde.

    When four generations of the Cooper clan gather for a reunion, a series of unexpected visitors and unlikely events turn the night upside down—leading the Coopers toward a joyful rediscovery of family bonds and the magic of love.

    And we're giving away three copies!

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  • Feb 5, 2016 7:00:13 AM
    Review by Benn Robbins
    Produced by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen,
    Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner
    Written and Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen
    Starring Josh Brolin, George Clooney,
    Alden Ehrenreich, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill,
    Scarlett Johansson, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton,
    Channing Tatum, Alison Pill, Christopher Lambert,
    David Krumholtz, Fisher Stevens, Clancy Brown,
    Robert Picardo, Dolph Lundgren

    The long awaited film Hail, Caesar! from four-time Oscar-winning filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen is absolutely perfect.

    I can’t remember the last time I sat in a movie theater and laughed till my sides hurt and tears poured out of my face. At times I laughed that laugh where no sound comes out and I nearly sent myself into an asthma attack.

    Reminding me of their earlier comedies, Raising Arizona and O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Hail, Caesar! is a beautiful homage to a bygone era known as “The Golden Age of Hollywood”.

    Set in the 1950’s and with television all the rage, big studios like the Capitol Pictures must have the biggest, brightest, and most popular stars in their films. The sets are bigger, production values soar along with the cost and with this comes turmoil. Stars get into trouble and all sorts of predicaments occur for directors and producers.

    That is where Eddie Mannix steps in.

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  • Feb 5, 2016 3:39:15 PM
    Photograph by Tim Pierce

    On December 21, 2015, a somewhat popular “Let’s Play” YouTuber named LionMaker tweeted unacceptable images of an underage admirer, whom he connected with via Minecraft. Unfortunately, this is not the first time LionMaker took advantage of an emotionally vulnerable teen, and it is far from the first time the insanely popular game has been used for inappropriate activities.

    Minecraft is indeed beloved by millions of gamers around the world; it is now the second best-selling video game in history, and it is quickly gaining on the number-one spot. Minecraft is even more popular among children, as the wide-open world encourages connection and creativity unlike any other game on the market. Yet, it is precisely this seemingly uncontrolled environment that has many Minecraft players (and parents of Minecraft players) concerned about safety.

    Minecraft has the potential to be exceedingly beneficial for children and adults, but as with any online social experience, players must understand and abide by safety precautions to get the most from their games. Here are some helpful hints to make any Minecraft game as safe as it is exciting.

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  • Feb 3, 2016 6:30:09 PM

    Grease is the word! The landmark, live television production of the beloved musical Grease makes its home entertainment debut with GREASE LIVE! now available on Digital HD and coming to DVD March 8, 2016 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. Hailed by critics as “the best Grease ever” (Darren Franich, EW.com) and “a big old win in every possible column” (Amber Dowling, The Wrap), the live event produced by Paramount Television garnered an average of 12.2 million viewers, delivering Fox’s largest overall audience of the season. GREASE LIVE! also ranks as the #1 most viral live musical event ever, based on unique posts and audience impressions on social media.

    Featuring a young ensemble cast, GREASE LIVE! reintroduces and reimagines some of the show’s most memorable moments, great music and timeless love story to an entirely new generation. The production draws upon both the original 1971 musical by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey and Paramount’s 1978 feature film adaptation to create a never-before-seen version with many modern surprises.

    The sensational cast includes Julianne Hough (Safe Haven, Rock of Ages) as the angelic Sandy; Aaron Tveit (“Graceland,” Les Miserables) as bad boy Danny Zuko; Vanessa Hudgens (Broadway's Gigi, Spring Breakers) as bad girl Rizzo; Keke Palmer (“Scream Queens,” “Masters of Sex”) as sassy Pink Lady Marty Maraschino; Carlos PenaVega (“Big Time Rush”) as Kenickie; and multi-Platinum Grammy Award-nominated singer and songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen as Pink Lady and beauty school dropout Frenchy.

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  • Feb 3, 2016 5:30:09 PM
    Comics’ Best Contribute Their Talents As Miller/Azzarello/Kubert/Janson Saga Continues

    Book 3 of the upcoming issue of DARK KNIGHT III  introduces Quar, the renegade fanatic priest of Kandor. Unwittingly freed and restored to normal size by Ray Palmer, Quar and his acolytes stake their claim to the planet Earth and demand nothing less than absolute obedience from the human race!

    All that stands in the way is a (seriously) hobbled Bruce Wayne and Carrie Kelley, and they’ll need serious help, so they’re heading to a certain Fortress of Solitude to get it…

    In addition to Andy Kubert’s awesome cover, several fan-favorite artists have lined up to contribute their talents for several unique variant covers for Book 3 (see your local comics retailer for details):

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  • Feb 3, 2016 4:30:04 PM
    Review by Joshua Gravel
    Produced by Jose Antonio Felez, Mikel Lejarza,
    Mercedes Gamero, Jose Sanchez Montes, Mercedes Cantero
    Written by Alberto Rodríguez, Rafael Cobos
    Directed by Alberto Rodríguez
    Starring Raul Arevalo, Javier Gutierrez, Antonio de la Torre,
     Nerea Barros, Salva Reina, Jesus Castro, Manolo Solo,
     Mercedes Leon, Juan Carlos Villanueva, Ana Tomeno

    A pair of mismatched detectives are assigned to find two missing teenage sisters in 1980 rural southern Spain.

    While one detective is a young idealist and the other a holdover from the Franco regime, they have different talents that they bring to the investigation.

    During their investigation the two girls’ bodies are discovered and once they switch to a murder investigation they soon learn that they may be dealing with a serial killer. As the case grows the investigation becomes harder as small town politics and corruption pry at the detectives already strained partnership and another potential victim is identified.

    Marshland is a captivating and complex thriller, which guides the viewer through a very dark mystery.

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  • Feb 3, 2016 3:30:19 PM
    WonderCon and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment invite you to be part of the first public audience to witness the clash between veteran superheroes and their youthful counterparts when Justice League vs. Teen Titans," the latest DC Universe Original Movie, has its World Premiere at WonderCon, March 25–27, at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

    Justice League vs. Teen Titans welcomes the Teen Titans to the ever-expanding canon of classic DC Comics characters within the DC Universe Original Movies.

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  • Feb 3, 2016 10:11:52 PM
    By Sharon Knolle

    As a devoted watcher of Forensic Files and many, many other true crime shows, I've learned a number of things. Among them, to be completely paranoid.

    And what NOT to do if you're a victim or a killer.

    Of course, I'm not advocating anyone resort to murder. Ever.

    And when criminals are stupid, it means they're more likely to get caught, which is great.

    And yet... you can't help but shake your head at their complete ignorance of how forensics work. Do people not realize that everyone will know when they're lying? Much as we watch Psycho and weirdly root for Norman Bates to successfully hide Marion Crane's car, so I feel the need to point out these incredibly obvious screw-ups.

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  • Feb 3, 2016 1:30:00 PM

    Comedy superstars Tina Fey (“30 Rock,” “SNL”) and Amy Poehler (“Parks and Recreation,” “SNL”) reunite in Sisters, the uproarious hit coming to Digital HD on March 1, 2016, and Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand on March 15, 2016, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. From Pitch Perfect director Jason Moore, Sisters is a “hilarious, heartfelt and downright dysfunctional” (Rama’s Screen) delight, perfect to share with friends — and relatives. The Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD versions feature even more of Tina and Amy’s outrageous shenanigans in a new Unrated Version, as well as over an hour of deleted and extended scenes, gag reel and more!

    When the Ellis sisters, the always-responsible Maura (Poehler) and impossibly hotheaded Kate (Fey), receive word from their retired mom and dad that their family home is on the market, they discover they have one weekend left to clean out the old junk in their bedroom. As they comb through the artifacts of their teen years, Maura and Kate’s trip down memory lane leads them to a seemingly crazy plan. Looking to recapture their glory days, the sisters throw one final ”Ellis Island” blowout for their classmates, resulting in the cathartic rager that a bunch of ground-down adults really need.

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  • Feb 3, 2016 12:30:16 PM

    Director Ate de Jong's Highway to Hell, starring Michael Waxman, Patrick Bergin, Adam Storke, Chad Lowe, Kristy Swanson,  Richard Farnsworth, Lita Ford, Gilbert Gottfried, Anne Meara, Ben Stiller, Jerry Stiller and Kevin Peter Hall has arrived on Blu-ray from Kino-Lorber.

    When Charlie (Lowe) and Rachel (Swanson) elope for a secret wedding in Las Vegas, Satan (Bergin) sends his hell cop (C.J. Graham) to retrieve Rachel and bring her to Hell. Not about to abandon the woman he loves, Charlie follows and is thrust into a world of the living dead with Satanic bikers, cannibalistic blondes and a coffee shop where the only living thing is the food.  Extras include     Audio Commentary by Director Ate de Jong, Interview with SFX and Make-up Artist Steve Johnson, Animated Montage of Stills, Original Theatrical Trailer and Reversible Blu-ray Art.

    And thanks to our friends at Kino-Lorber, we're giving away three copies, each autographed by director Ate de Jong!

    After the jump, check out a clip featuring a young Ben Stiller and a message from the director, and learn how to enter to win a copy!

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  • Feb 3, 2016 11:42:49 AM

    iam8bit presents Conspiracies, Monsters and Mythology, an X-Files Art Show consisting of limited edition artwork and exclusive licensed products. More than 30 artists have come together to commemorate the legacy of the X Files

    The opening reception is tomorrow night, Thursday, February 4th and runs from 7-10pm at the iam8bit gallery at 2147 W. Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90026.  The show continues through February 14th. 

    After the jump check out a preview of the some of the amazing art from the show.

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  • Feb 3, 2016 10:30:22 AM
    Review by Clay N Ferno

    Batman: Bad Blood is the latest DC Universe Animated Original Movie and is quite possibly the best Bat-family animation since 2010's Batman: Under the Red Hood. The animated franchise rebooted itself to align with the New 52 in 2012 with Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, and Batman himself, along with Damian Wayne and Nightwing, Alfred and the rest have their own continuity to follow now starting with 2103's Batman: Son of Batman and the Court of Owls storyline in 2014's Batman vs. Robin.

    With a dynamic screenplay from comic book industry veteran J.M. DeMatteis (Justice League International, Spider-Man: Kraven's Last Hunt), Batman: Bad Blood borrows heavily from New 52 storylines featured Grant Morrison's Batman, Batman Incorporated, Batman and Robin and Batwing as well as Batwoman from Greg Rucka and J.H. Williams III.

    The stripped down Batman: Incorporated story in Batman: Bad Blood definitely works, with dynamic action, great character work and introduction and nods to the spanning comic stories that preceded this feature.

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  • Feb 3, 2016 9:35:47 AM

    IDW Games is set to launch a Kickstarter campaign of radical proportions! Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past, designed by Kevin Wilson, is a scenario-driven, miniatures-based combat board game, and its Kickstarter campaign is live now, featuring a host of exclusive gaming and publishing content, including an exclusive April O'Neil Hero Pack!

    “Kickstarter seems like an incredibly fun way to show the game to the fans,” said Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator, Kevin Eastman. “It’s almost like having a month long convention celebrating all things Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. We’ll be able to show off all kinds of aspects of this awesome game and the IDW comic universe it comes from. There’s so much to be really excited for, but I’ll save some of the fun for when the campaign’s actually live!"

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  • Feb 3, 2016 8:48:25 AM

    Anchor Bay Entertainment and The Weinstein Company are proud to announce the home entertainment release of CAROL—one of the most critically acclaimed films of 2015, from director Todd Haynes and starring Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett and Academy Award nominee Rooney Mara.

    Adapted from Patricia Highsmith’s seminal novel The Price of Salt, CAROL follows two women from very different backgrounds who find themselves in an unexpected love affair in 1950s New York. As conventional norms of the time challenge their undeniable attraction, an honest story emerges to reveal the resilience of the heart in the face of change. A young woman in her 20s, Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara), is a clerk working in a Manhattan department store and dreaming of a more fulfilling life when she meets Carol (Cate Blanchett), an alluring woman trapped in a loveless, convenient marriage. As an immediate connection sparks between them, the innocence of their first encounter dims and their connection deepens. While Carol breaks free from the confines of marriage, her husband (Kyle Chandler) begins to question her competence as a mother as her involvement with Therese and close relationship with her best friend Abby (Sarah Paulson) come to light.

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  • Feb 1, 2016 7:00:28 PM

    All relationships have issues, but Woo-jin's identity crisis is a new one - in fact, it's a new one every day.
    Every morning, Woo-jin wakes up in a different body. His age, gender, and nationality may change, but the one constant in his life is E-soo - the woman he loves. She knows his secret, and loves him anyway. With every transformation, Woo-jin has to figure out how to return to his own body and reunite with Yi-soo.

    The surprise sleeper hit of Cannes, THE BEAUTY INSIDE is a body-hopping romantic comedy that asks the question - where does love begin? 

    And we're giving away three copies!

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  • Feb 1, 2016 6:00:11 PM
    By Stefan Blitz

    There's no doubt that the boldest and most personal fashion statement anyone can make is in one's selection of t-shirt.  Personally, I love them.  It's an opportunity to show the world what pop culture I care about, a wonderful flashback to the past and a fantastic way to initiate any nerd discussion.

    For this installment of Cool Shirts, I took a look at some of the shirts from our friends at SuperHeroStuff.com which is not only one of the industry's oldest superhero specialty shops, but also one of the best.

    SuperHeroStuff sells more than shirts.  Among their wares are hats, hoodies, underwear, socks, action figures, stickers, buttons, belts wallets, cardboard standups, jewelry and much more including large selections for women and children.

    These are a few of my recent favorites.

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