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With rumours arriving that The Walking Dead spin-off may be a prequel, hot on the heels of the news that Syfy is pursuing a series about Superman's grandfather, titled Krypton, there are officially no more jokes. Anything you might say about making a comic book series set some ridiculous amount of time before the real story starts happening, can and will be seriously considered as a pitch by some network, somewhere.
A Newsroom-style series about The Daily Planet before Clark Kent started working there? A psychological procedural featuring Dr. Harleen Quinzel but no Joker? A jungle-set adventure series about Gorilla Grodd's granddad? We could keep going until the phone rings and someone makes us an offer for a pilot, but that would be an unnecessary amount of pre-amble before getting to the point, »
Earlier today, CBS finally released the new,official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "NCIS: New Orleans" episode 11 of season 1. The episode is entitled, "Baitfish," and it turns out that we're going to see some pretty intriguing and intense stuff take place as the team discovers that Pride was an intended target of a deadly explosion, and more! In the new,11th episode press release: The NCIS team is going to investigate a deadly explosion at the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Gala, and discover Pride (Scott Bakula) was the intended target of the bomb. Episode 11 is scheduled to air on Tuesday night, January 6th at 8pm central time on CBS. »
Welcome back to This Week In Discs! If you see something you like, click on the title to buy it from Amazon. Lord of Illusions Members of a cult rebel against their leader when he takes a young girl hostage, but thirteen years later the man they left for dead threatens to return from the underworld. Members still loyal to him begin slaughtering the innocent in preparation for his return, and a NYC detective (Scott Bakula) with a history of taking cases that lean towards the supernatural might be all that stands in the way of the murder of the world. Clive Barker‘s third and final feature as director brings together all of his trademarks — nightmarish visions, a disdain for religion, a terrible sense of fashion — and mashes them into a tale that combines noir elements with the supernatural. He delivers some wonderfully creepy and icky visuals involving the cult members and like the story it »
- Rob Hunter
For the third week of December, Clive Barker fans have much to celebrate as Scream Factory is releasing Lord of Illusions in high def for the first time ever. Also coming to DVD and Blu-ray this week are several indie horror films, Millennium’s Poe-inspired Stonehearst Asylum and the cult classic Don’t Look in the Basement is being resurrected on DVD as well.
Don’t Look in the Basement – Digitally Restored (Film Chest, DVD)
Don’t Look in the Basement, also known as The Forgotten, is one of the best low-budget movies in the horror/thriller genre. With a budget of roughly $100,000, the film is presented in great B-movie style with generally good acting and directing.
The plot revolves around a young psychiatric nurse, Charlotte Beale (Rosie Holotik/Playboy cover girl 1972), who goes to work at the isolated Stephens Sanitarium following the murder of its proprietor, »
- Heather Wixson
This year has definitely been one of a hit for both Scream Factory And Clive Barker. Sf gave fans countless releases completely devoted to the genre’s fans, including the phenomenal Halloween: The Complete Collection, which brought the entire series, along with the long-wanted “Producer’s Cut” of H6 to the masses. Also a smashing success of a release, was the final releasing of Barker’s Nightbreed: The Director’S Cut, a release that fans have been waited two decades for. Sf put out many more wonderful releases, but even just mentioning those two is reason enough to triumph the genre juggernaut of a company.
Adding another long-waited film of Clive Barker’s to the Bluray format, is Scream Factory’s excellent Director’s Cut release of his 1995 magic noir tale, Lord Of Illusions. Though the film’s supplemental features aren’t as massive as Nightbreed‘s, the release »
- Jerry Smith
There’s been a lot of talk about the director’s cut of Nightbreed, but fans of Clive Barker also have a Lord of Illusions Blu-ray to look forward this month. Due out on December 16th, we have a a look at two clips from the upcoming release.
“In the world where magic is real, death is the ultimate illusion. From best-selling author and celebrated director Clive Barker comes a supernatural thriller that rips apart the boundaries between sanity and madness, and between the art of illusion and the terrifying forces of magic. Written and directed by Clive Barker (Nightbreed) and based on his popular short story, The Last Illusion (from Books of Blood Vol. 6), the 1995 cult film classic Lord Of Illusions stars Scott Bakula (Quantum Leap), Kevin J. O’Connor (The Mummy), Famke Janssen (X-Men, Taken, Hemlock Grove) and Daniel Von Bargen (Crimson Tide, The Faculty).
On December 16, 2014, Scream »
- Jonathan James
Throughout the 90s, Starfleet’s Captain Archer bounced around time meddling in other people’s lives, aided and abetted by the third-tier villain from Beverly Hills Cop 2 in holographic form. No, this wasn’t a fever dream – this was Quantum Leap: possibly the lowest-key sci-fi show ever televised (and all the better for it).
I’d argue that Quantum Leap was one of the best sci-fi shows that really didn’t need that much in the way of fictionalised science. Indeed, when the plots began to lean on this aspect more heavily, the show seemed to lose sight of what made it great in the first place. The internal logic started to unravel, the plots became increasingly far-fetched, and it even started to become a little (whisper it) naff… »
Some of Looking's characters are getting new romantic interests when the show starts up again, while others are still dealing with awkwardness lingering from the first season. Things between Patrick and Richie are tense, while Kevin tries to keep Patrick quiet about their hookup. Meanwhile, Dom asks Scott Bakula's Lynn, "What am I to you?" But there's good news too. Agustín meets someone new, played by Mean Girl's Daniel Franzese, and love is also in the air for Doris, whose new guy is "everything." There's also a drug-fueled getaway in nature and, naturally, a lot of dancing. »
- Esther Zuckerman
The boys (and gal) are back in town… and also in more bucolic locales.
Yep, TVLine’s got your exclusive first look at the Season 2 trailer for HBO’s Looking, with young Patrick still (somewhat) torn between two lovers, Dom not (yet) having lost Scott Bakula’s Lynn to NCIS: New Orleans and Agustín dipping his toe back into the dating pool.
Better still? Doris (the marvelous Lauren Weedman, now a series regular) is not about to get frozen out of the “sausage party,” mmkay? Oh, Mean Girls‘ Daniel Franzese is in the mix, too, which almost makes up for »
At this time of year, it's good to be reminded that contemporary TV offers such a cornucopia of riches. This past year, in particular, has offered plenty to give thanks for -- in terms of both what's on the air and what is not. Among the things I'm thankful for:
That "The Flash" is actually good.
That I don't work at the "Today" show.
That this is the last season for "Two and a Half Men."
That "Seinfeld" reruns still hold up pretty well.
That Casper Kelly made '80s sitcom parody "Too Many Cooks." Whether or not you like the finished product -- and it's often pretty disgusting -- I'm glad someone had the impulse to make it. »
- Gary Susman
Stockwell guest-stars on Tuesday's episode (9/8c, CBS) as Tom Hamilton, the father of Councilman Douglas Hamilton (Steven Weber). In addition, the episode is directed by James Whitmore, Jr., who helmed more than a dozen episodes of Quantum Leap.
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- Liz Raftery
The people have spoken and they're loving Sam and Shailene!
After weeks of voting on which celebs should make the cut to be nominees in the 2015 People's Choice Awards, the ballot has been crafted and the nominees have been announced.
Anna Faris and Allison Janney, stars of the CBS sitcom Mom, hosted the grand announcement, held at the Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles. The duo were joined by other TV stars, including Katharine McPhee and Dylan McDermott, to present the long list of categories and nominees.
News: Shailene Defends On-Screen Nudity: 'When I Have Sex, I'm Naked'
In movies, 22-year-old Shailene Woodley is the clear front-runner with four nominations, while Sam Smith is leading the music pack with four nominations of his own. Not to be outdone, Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale has secured nominations in both TV and music categories.
Now, it's time to vote again, this time for »
The nominations for the People's Choice Awards 2015 have been revealed.
Shailene Woodley picked up four nominations including Favourite Dramatic Movie Actress and Favourite Action Movie Actress. Her roles in Divergent and The Fault in Our Stars also saw her score two nods in the Favourite Movie Duo category.
22 Jump Street star Channing Tatum received the most actor nominations, getting Favourite Movie Actor and Favourite Comedic Movie Actor nods alongside a Favourite Movie Duo nomination with co-star Jonah Hill.
The Favourite Movie Actress category will see Jennifer Lawrence take on Angelina Jolie, Emma Stone, Scarlett Johansson and Melissa McCarthy. The Hunger Games star also received a Favourite Action Movie Actress nomination.
The People have spoken, and they really like Stefan, Damon and Elena and Meredith and Derek.
The Vampire Diaries and Grey’s Anatomy garnered the most nods as The People’s Choice Awards nominations were announced Tuesday. Each series nabbed six noms, with Once Upon a Time, Supernatural, Castle and Bones clocking in close with five nominations apiece.
The People's Choice Awards nominations are here! The categories for movies, TV, and music have lots of fan favorites in them, like Shailene Woodley and The Fault in Our Stars from the big screen, series like Supernatural and Once Upon a Time on the small screen, and musicians like Taylor Swift. There was even room for newbies, like new Fall shows and artists like Meghan Trainor. The People's Choice Awards will air on Jan. 7, 2015, on CBS, so check out the full list now! Movies Favorite Movie 22 Jump Street Captain America: The Winter Soldier Guardians of the Galaxy Maleficent X-Men: Days of Future Past Favorite Movie Actor Brad Pitt Channing Tatum Hugh Jackman Mark Wahlberg Robert Downey Jr. Favorite Movie Actress Angelina Jolie Emma Stone Jennifer Lawrence Melissa McCarthy Scarlett Johansson Favorite Movie Duo Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson, Captain America: The Winter Soldier »
Anything Elsa: Radford’s Remake Rough Around the Edges
English director Michael Radford, still best known for earlier works 1984 (1984) and the critical darling Il Postino (1994), arrives with his most notable effort since that Demi Moore diamond heist flick, Flawless (2007) with a remake of Argentinean director Marcos Carnevale’s 2005 film, Elsa & Fred. Featuring two iconic American stars in this rehashed material gains Radford a lot of leverage in what’s otherwise a rather feeble claptrap of mounting cliché, though it will indubitably find a strong herd of champions from older audience members hungry for mainstream-minded cinematic vehicles aimed at their sensibilities and starring familiar faces.
In tax-break friendly New Orleans, octogenarian Fred (Christopher Plummer) has recently lost his wife, and is aggravated this his daughter Lydia (Marcia Gay Harden) has taken it upon herself, and with the help of her smarmy husband (Chris Noth), to relocate him to a smaller apartment. »
- Nicholas Bell
Quantum Leap, Season 3, Episode 5, “The Boogieman”
Written by Chris Ruppenthal
Directed by Joe Napolitano
Aired Oct. 26, 1990 on NBC
Scott Bakula has one of those likable personalities that immediately connects him to audiences. This heart is at the core of Quantum Leap and its lead, Sam Beckett. It’s easy to expect that he’ll do the right thing, no matter how crazy the situation. The NBC series premiered in 1989 and aired for five seasons during a much different TV era. The theme song, episode structure, and overall style spring from that era and lack the rough edges of many notable shows today. There were certain beats to most stories that brought a familiarity that can be comforting. Viewers shared the journey with Sam and only knew the information that he received. The audience’s connection with Bakula made the show work because his persona made the adventure worth taking. There »
- Dan Heaton
The first casualty of the fall television season came last week when ABC axed low-rated freshman comedy Manhattan Love Story, but today finds the small screen world in better spirits. CBS, currently the top-rated major cable network, has committed to all four of its new drama series, picking up back-nine orders for NCIS: New Orleans, Scorpion, Madam Secretary and Stalker.
That brings each show to a full 22 episode first season. Out of the series, spinoff NCIS: New Orleans and genius-crisis-solvers drama Scorpion rank as the first and second most-watched new broadcast dramas of the fall season, making their increased episode orders absolute no-brainers.
NCIS: New Orleans, which is led by Scott Bakula and follows behind only NCIS (which it leads out on Tuesdays) in terms of ratings, has been raking in a jaw-dropping 18.6 million viewers, as well as a 2.8 in the key 18-to-49 demographic. The spinoff has been met with »
- Isaac Feldberg
While most networks stumble to find at least one new show that can survive in the ratings, CBS has picked up all four of its new drama series: NCIS: New Orleans, Scorpion, Madam Secretary, and Stalker. For CBS, this news isn't all that surprising. The network's formula for the least-offensive programming possible is perfectly suited to an older generation that still holds to Nielsen boxes even though the way we watch television has changed drastically. That's not to say these shows are bad (I haven't watched them), but I can't think of a single CBS drama other than The Good Wife that gets people talking and has fans encouraging others to watch. Hit the jump for the press release. From the press release: "These four shows have had an immediate impact on our schedule by improving nights, winning time periods and adding more hours of success across our primetime line up, »
- Matt Goldberg
Jambalaya, jazz and a checklist of vaguely naval-related crime as long as Bourbon Street NCIS: New Orleans might be the second city-specific franchise to launch from the NCIS mothership, but its already off to a flying start. More than 17 million viewers tuned in for the first episode when it premiered in the Us last month, and Channel 5 has predictably snapped up the UK rights. Its the mass-market hit set in the Big Easy that David Simons elliptical, soulful Treme could never be. Somewhere, Bunk from The Wire is playing a sad trombone.
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- Graeme Virtue
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