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Vic Reeves goes gaga over Dada for BBC4 conceptual art season

23 August 2016 7:24 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Comedy star to restage art performance in programme also featuring Terry Gilliam and Armando Iannucci

Vic Reeves will be restaging an early Dada art performance for a new season of programmes on BBC4.

The comedian is examining the early 20th Century art movement in the documentary entitled Gaga for Dada: The Original Art Rebels.

Related: Ex-Python Eric Idle and Brian Cox to take on The Entire Universe for the BBC

Related: A century of Dada: from anti-war artists to mainstream con artists

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Ex-Python Eric Idle and Brian Cox to take on The Entire Universe for the BBC

23 August 2016 6:58 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Christmas special will feature an ‘explosion of comedy, music and dance’ choreographed by former Strictly judge Arlene Phillips

Former Monty Python star Eric Idle will star alongside Professor Brian Cox, Warwick Davis and Noel Fielding in a BBC Christmas special “depicting the birth of the entire universe”.

Written by Idle, the one-hour show will feature the return of Rutland Weekend Television, the haphazard station depicted in Idle’s sketch show of the same name during the 1970s.

Related: Strictly Come Dancing 2016: full lineup revealed

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Robin Ince interview: science, Brian Cox and Jason Statham

18 August 2016 4:07 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Simon Brew Aug 19, 2016

From Quest For Wonder and Infinity Monkey Cage, to Game And Watch and books - we chat with the brilliant Robin Ince...

Robin Ince was on tour with Brian Cox in Australia when I had the pleasure of speaking with him, about Quest For Wonder, about Infinite Monkey Cage, and about – y’know – Statham.

That said, I also learned that he’s not one of those who checks into hotels under fake names – unlike Brian Cox, it seems – and after a lengthy bout of Australian on-hold music, we got chatting. Nerdiness lies ahead…

Let’s start with technology. What was your home computer growing up? I reckon you’d have been a Zx Spectrum person.

Do you know what, we didn’t have a home computer! I am so old, because I’m 47…

… that’s not old!

But for computers, the most computer-y thing I had was a Game And Watch. »

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Horror Highlights: Tweeterhead’s Batman Variant Maquette, The Transformers: The Movie, Buffy The Vampire Slayer #30

13 August 2016 8:31 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Morning, Daily Deaders! In today’s Horror Highlights, fans of “The Caped Crusader” may be interested in the photos and release details for Tweeterhead’s Batman ’66 “Noir” variant maquette. Also: a bonus features Blu-ray clip and trailer from Shout! Factory’s The Transformers: The Movie Blu-ray and a look at preview pages and cover art for issue #30 of Dark Horse’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 comic book series.

Tweeterhead’s Batman (1966) Noir Variant Maquette Photos & Release Details: From Tweeterhead: “Announcing our first 66 Batman Variant!!

We will begin Pre-Selling our Batman ’66 “Noir” Variant next Wednesday, August 17th. We were given the chance to make these Super limited edition maquettes featuring our original Batman maquette with Black Cape, Cowl, Boots, Briefs, and Gloves.

This piece is limited to just 100 hand-numbered pieces and will retail for $199.99. This Batman Maquette does Not include the computer half of the base like the original did. »

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Transformers: The Movie 30th Anniversary Trailer Revisits The 80s Classic

9 August 2016 2:09 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Michael Bay is currently working on his fifth installment in the live-action Transformers franchise, and there are lots more to come after that. Even though the movies continue to make money at the box office, for a great many fans, these new sequels do not represent what they want out of the Transformers saga. For a lot of people, the best entry ever made featuring Optimus Prime and the gang was Transformers: The Movie, the animated version which came out in 1986. Lucky for us, a brand new, 4k release is on the way.

Shout! Factory and Hasbro have just released a new trailer, which is up on YouTube, showcasing the restoration of the movie for the Transformers 30th anniversary release. The trailer is definitely on the cheesy side of things, but all of the footage from Transformers: The Movie looks absolutely fantastic, and the special features seem well worth it for fans as well. »

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Transformers: The Movie 30th Anniversary Blu-ray trailer emerges

8 August 2016 3:17 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Chris Cummins Aug 9, 2016

Just in time for the 30th anniversary of comes this look at the upcoming Transformers: The Movie Blu-ray special edition....

30 years ago, the innocence of a generation was brutally snuffed out with the release of Transformers: The Movie, the audacious and wildly entertaining feature film spin-off of the mega-popular animated series (and the Hasbro toy line) that had the cojones to kill off Optimus Prime...and several other beloved characters. Of course, the idea behind this cartoon culling was that kids would fall in love with Hot Rod and the new robots introduced in this film, they'd run out and buy their corresponding toys. But such unchecked capitalism had an unexpected side effect: It made audiences realize just how much they loved Optimus Prime in the first place.

Robot friend, we hardly knew ye.

Optimus eventually made his comeback, but at the time, this was a devastating »

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12 expensive and eccentric modern Hollywood movies

25 July 2016 8:02 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Jul 26, 2016

They cost millions and they’re very, very odd. We take a look at 12 expensive and eccentric Hollywood films from the past 40 years...

The risk-averse nature of filmmaking means that the world’s more maverick and outrageous writers and directors have to make do with relatively low budgets. Nicolas Winding Refn drenched the screen in all kinds of sordid, violent and startling imagery in such films as Only God Forgives and this year’s The Neon Demon, but the combined budget of those probably didn’t even match the catering budget for something like Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice.

Every so often, though, a truly bonkers film slips through the Hollywood studio system - often by accident. From horror sequels to original sci-fi adventures, here are 12 incredibly expensive and gloriously eccentric Hollywood movies from the past 40 years.

The Exorcist II (1977)

Budget: $14 million

Like most films made for purely financial reasons, »

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A celebration of disembodied brains and heads in the movies

13 July 2016 8:12 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Jul 14, 2016

We take a look at some of the most memorable and freaky floating brains and flying heads in the history of cinema...

Nb: The following contains spoilers for The Brain From The Planet Arous and Prometheus.

For some reason we've yet to discover, cinema has, for decades, been home to all manner of sentient, disembodied heads and floating brains. Note that we’re not talking about decapitations here - though goodness knows that cinema is home to plenty of those, from Japanese samurai epics to modern slasher horrors.

No, we’re talking about movies where heads and brains remain sentient even when they’re stuffed into jars or colossal things made of stone. Sometimes used for comedic effect, at other times for shock value, they’re a surprisingly common phenomenon in the movies. Here, we celebrate a few of our absolute favourites - though you’re sure »

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The Transformers 30th Anniversary Steelbook Arrives Sept. 13

10 July 2016 4:33 PM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

As announced early June, Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Hasbro Studios, will release The Transformers – The Movie 30th Anniversary Edition this fall 2016. This beloved animated feature is being remastered, and a full-range of bonus content and collectible packaging are currently in production. Now, Shout! Factory further celebrates the 30th Anniversary of this iconic movie with The Transformers – The Movie Limited Edition, 30th Anniversary Steelbook (2-disc Blu-ray™ set + Digital Copy), available at Amazon and in stores at select retail locations on September 13, 2016. Featuring the heroic Autobots, as they defend their native planet Cybertron from the evil Decepticons and Unicron, The Transformers – The Movie boasts the voice talent of Orson Welles in his final role and an all-star voice cast that includes Peter Cullen, Eric Idle, Casey Kasem, Judd Nelson, Leonard Nimoy, Robert Stack and Frank Welker.

For the ultimate fans and collectors, The Transformers – The Movie Limited Edition, 30th Anniversary Steelbook »

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19 Things You Didn't Know About Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

30 June 2016 12:00 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

American treasure and crown jewel in Gene Wilder's spectacular oeuvre Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory turns 45 this week. To celebrate, not only have we justly singled out the crime that was Gene Wilder getting passed over for an Oscar, but we're also giving fans an anniversary-based roundup of obscure facts and trivial bits about everyone's favorite vaguely sinister candy factory. 1. Wilder only accepted the role on one condition In a letter to director Mel Stuart, Wilder wrote that he'd read the script and would take the part on the condition that, "When I make my first entrance, I'd like »

- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl

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19 Things You Didn't Know About Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

30 June 2016 12:00 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

American treasure and crown jewel in Gene Wilder's spectacular oeuvre Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory turns 45 this week. To celebrate, not only have we justly singled out the crime that was Gene Wilder getting passed over for an Oscar, but we're also giving fans an anniversary-based roundup of obscure facts and trivial bits about everyone's favorite vaguely sinister candy factory. 1. Wilder only accepted the role on one condition In a letter to director Mel Stuart, Wilder wrote that he'd read the script and would take the part on the condition that, "When I make my first entrance, I'd like »

- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl

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Transformers: The Movie 30th Anniversary Blu-ray announced

10 June 2016 12:40 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Transformers franchise has been around for decades and dozens of iterations, showing no signs of slowing down as next year Michael Bay releases the fifth installment of his feature film franchise, Transformers: The Last Knight. Long before Bay started making Transformer films, though, there was another feature film that is often overlooked now: Transformers: The Movie. Shout! Factory and Hasbro Studios announced a distribution collaboration to bring the movie to Blu-ray on September 30th, 2016 to celebrate its 30th anniversary. The movie is being brought to HD from its original 35 mm print with a range of yet to be announced bonus features and collectible packaging.

Made in 1986, Transformers: The Movie was the first animated feature that also tied into the original animated series made between the second and third seasons. The movie was infamous, and still remains so, for killing Optimus Prime and many of the of the other G1 characters at the time. »

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Transformers: The Movie Blu-ray Finally Coming This September for 30th Anniversary

10 June 2016 7:24 AM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Hasbro Studios has entered into an agreement with Shout! Factory that will finally let you cross the phantom Transformers: The Movie Blu-ray release off your most wanted list.

The multi-year alliance grants Shout! Factory exclusive packaged home media (Blu-ray and DVD) and select digital channels rights to Transformers: The Movie. It's unclear how long the pact will last but at the very least it will deliver the long-awaited Transformers: The Movie Blu-ray in widescreen on September 13th, 2016 in conjunction with the film's 30th anniversary this year.

Transformers: The Movie wasn't a box office success but has turned into a cult classic over the years. It features the last role for the late Orson Welles as the planet-consuming Transformer Unicron, and also features other notable talents including Peter Cullen, Eric Idle, Casey Kasem, Judd Nelson, Leonard Nimoy, Robert Stack and Frank Welker.

Shout! Factory will not take this release lightly and »

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'Transformers – The Movie' Is Coming to Blu-ray for Its 30th Anniversary

9 June 2016 2:03 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Shout! Factory, a multi-platform media company, and Hasbro Studios announced a strategic distribution collaboration to bring the iconic animated feature, Transformers – The Movie to the home entertainment marketplace in the U.S. and Canada. This full-length animated adventure boasts the voice talent of Orson Welles in his final role and an all-star voice cast that includes Peter Cullen, Eric Idle, Casey Kasem, Judd Nelson, Leonard Nimoy, Robert Stack and Frank Welker.  The announcement was made today by Shout! Factory’s founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos; and Hasbro’s Executive Vice President and Chief Content Officer Stephen Davis.

 

The multi-year alliance provides Shout! Factory with exclusive home entertainment packaged media (Blu-ray and DVD) and select digital rights to Hasbro’s Transformers – The Movie for home entertainment releases in North America. In honor of the 30thanniversary of Transformers – The Movie, this beloved animated feature will be newly remastered and »

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1986's Animated "Transformers" Hits Blu-ray

9 June 2016 12:02 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Shout! Factory and Hasbro Studios have announced a collaboration for a home video release of the iconic 1986 animated feature "Transformers: The Movie" in the U.S. and Canada.

Peter Cullen, Eric Idle, Casey Kasem, Judd Nelson, Leonard Nimoy, Robert Stack, Frank Welker and Orson Welles in his final role lend their voices to the film with this Blu-ray offering a newly remastered and transferred in HD print from the original 35mm elements.

A full-range of bonus content and collectible packaging us currently in development and will be announced at a later date. The disc set will score a release on September 13th.

Source: Shout! Factory »

- Garth Franklin

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Transformers: The Movie 30th Anniversary Blu-ray Is Coming This Fall

9 June 2016 10:49 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Shout! Factory, a multi-platform media company, and Hasbro Studios announced a strategic distribution collaboration to bring the iconic animated feature, Transformers - The Movie to the home entertainment marketplace in the U.S. and Canada. This full-length animated adventure boasts the voice talent of Orson Welles in his final role and an all-star voice cast that includes Peter Cullen, Eric Idle, Casey Kasem, Judd Nelson, Leonard Nimoy, Robert Stack and Frank Welker. The announcement was made today by Shout! Factory's founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos; and Hasbro's Executive Vice President and Chief Content Officer Stephen Davis.

The multi-year alliance provides Shout! Factory with exclusive home entertainment packaged media (Blu-ray and DVD) and select digital rights to Hasbro's Transformers - The Movie for home entertainment releases in North America. In honor of the 30th anniversary of Transformers - The Movie, this beloved animated feature will be »

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On this day in pop culture history: ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’ aired its final episode

2 June 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

17 years ago today, Trekkies said goodbye to Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. It was on June 2, 1999 that the series finale of DS9 aired. The series was a moderate success during the seven seasons it was on the air, and it didn’t win over every Star Trek fan. It was different in many key ways from Trek shows that came before it, and that made it divisive. Set on a space station instead of aboard a starship with more serialized rather than standalone storytelling, it was a darker show, dealing with flawed characters and moral complexity. Its influence on Battlestar Galactica is evident, and that shouldn’t be a surprise — BSG co-showrunner Ronald D. Moore got his start with three Star Trek series, including co-executive producing DS9. Also an alum of DS9: Bryan Fuller, who will be showrunning the new CBS Star Trek series premiering next year. (Yes, he »

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John Cleese's attack on Fawlty Towers tribute was about publicity, says creator

16 May 2016 7:54 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Faulty Towers Dining Experience founder Alison Pollard-Mansergh says she tried to get permission for her show 20 years ago

The Australian creator of the Faulty Towers Dining Experience has responded to John Cleese’s accusations of copyright infringement, stating that “offers were on the table” with his management as recently as November and Cleese was simply trying to drum up publicity for his own stage show.

Cleese accused Interactive Theatre International of ripping off the television series in a series of tweets in March, while he was in Australia on tour with Eric Idle.

Related: John Cleese: Fawlty Towers-based show producers 'staggered by vitriol'

Related: John Cleese returns as Basil Fawlty in Specsavers ad

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