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Part One: "The Incredible Hulk" A 40th Anniversary Tribute: A Conversation With The Show's Creator, Kenneth Johnson

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To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the classic TV series "The Incredible Hulk", Cinema Retro's Ernie Magnotta sat down for an extensive discussion with the show's creator Kenneth Johnson.

By Ernie Magnotta

Dr. David Banner—physician, scientist…searching for a way to tap into the hidden strengths that all humans have. Then, an accidental overdose of gamma radiation alters his body chemistry. And now, when David Banner grows angry or outraged, a startling metamorphosis occurs.

The creature is driven by rage and is pursued by an investigative reporter. The creature is wanted for a murder he didn’t commit. David Banner is believed to be dead. And he must let the world think that he is dead until he can find a way to control the raging spirit that dwells within him.

Kids who grew up in the 1970s remember that narration well. Every Friday night at 9pm (until it
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Addams Family Animated Movie Gets Sausage Party Director

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Addams Family Animated Movie Gets Sausage Party Director
After languishing in development for years, MGM is finally moving forward with its The Addams Family animated adaptation, bringing on director Conrad Vernon (Sausage Party) to take the helm. The filmmaker has also been brought on to produce the movie, alongside The Jackal Group's Gail Berman and Alex Schwartz. CG animation work is already under way in Vancouver, but MGM hasn't announced a release date, so it may be quite some time before it hits theaters, but it looks like it's finally on the right track after several years in development.

MGM Studios announced this project back in 2013, setting writer Pamela Pettler (The Corpse Bride) to write the script. Andrew Mittman and Kevin Miserocchi were initially attached as producers at the time, but now they are executive producing, with MGM's executive director Tabitha Shick overseeing the project. Matt Lieberman (Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief) provided revisions on Pamela Pettler's screenplay,
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The Best and Worst Prequel TV Series — IndieWire Critics Survey

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The Best and Worst Prequel TV Series — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: What does it take to make a good prequel TV series? (And feel free to include an example of a show that got it right or wrong.)

Allison Keene (@KeeneTV), Collider

A prequel TV series is the most successful when it uses familiar touchstones but creates its own world. “Hannibal” is probably the best example of this, where there were characters we recognized but the setting, experience, and modern time period were completely Bryan Fuller’s (wonderfully so). “Bates Motel” has been another positive example, especially as it nears its end. The time period is again modernized, but it keeps a surreal and retro feel. And
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The Best and Worst Prequel TV Series — IndieWire Critics Survey

The Best and Worst Prequel TV Series — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: What does it take to make a good prequel TV series? (And feel free to include an example of a show that got it right or wrong.)

Allison Keene (@KeeneTV), Collider

A prequel TV series is the most successful when it uses familiar touchstones but creates its own world. “Hannibal” is probably the best example of this, where there were characters we recognized but the setting, experience, and modern time period were completely Bryan Fuller’s (wonderfully so). “Bates Motel” has been another positive example, especially as it nears its end. The time period is again modernized, but it keeps a surreal and retro feel. And
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In 2013 DC Comics Cursed Itself By Suing Soccer Team Valencia Cf for Using a “Bat Logo”

Put this one under the “I did not know that” bin in the files inside my head. It might help explain why the Dceu is doomed to make a good film. Think there’s a coincidence here? I don’t. I now have the true answer to why DC comic films have not received positive reviews: Karma. Yup, Karma. In May 2013, DC Comics started a legal case against soccer club Valencia Cf, claiming that the bat image contravened its trademark of the bat image related to Batman. The image, however, had been used on Valencia’s logo since 1919, with Batman first

In 2013 DC Comics Cursed Itself By Suing Soccer Team Valencia Cf for Using a “Bat Logo”
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Fox's 'X-Men' Superhero Universe Actually Trumps Marvel's And DC's

  • LRM Online
As things stand now, there are three Superhero Cinematic Universes. Disney and Marvel Studios have theirs, with all of its mystical phases (The McU); Warner Bros. and DC have theirs, with its ever expanding and contracting slate of movies (The Dceu); and Fox has the X-Men/Fantastic Four Marvel movie rights that grant them access to tons and tons of characters from those properties. There used to be a fourth, back when Spider-Man lived alone on Sony Island, but now- thanks to a special arrangement- he's essentially been assimilated into the McU.

Yes, Sony threw up the white flag, in a move that many fans wish Fox would copy and just "give" the X-Men and the Fantastic Four film rights back to Marvel. But...Why? Why would anyone want that? I've stated before that there are good reasons for the X-Men to stay segregated from the McU, since Marvel already
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7 New Netflix Shows to Binge Watch in October 2016, And the Best Episodes of Each

7 New Netflix Shows to Binge Watch in October 2016, And the Best Episodes of Each
1. “The Fall” Season 3 (available October 29)

Why Should I Watch It? The official follow-up to “The X-Files” was released earlier this year, when the ill-fated Season 10 debuted and managed to, at best, somewhat resemble the groundbreaking original series. But its true successor — one worthy of the Fox drama’s elite status — came even sooner. Gillian Anderson picked up a new badge and started going after baddies once more when “The Fall” debuted on BBC2 in the summer of 2013. Since then, we’ve only gotten one more season. But it was an absolute doozy, making the wait for Season 3 utterly unbearable. If somehow you haven’t watched yet, get on it. This is peak Gillian Anderson, peak cop drama and peak TV — period.

Best Episode: I hate picking finales — it just seems so easy — but “What is in me Dark Illumine” marks the culmination of everything that came before. [Spoiler alert] Stella (Anderson) finally
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7 New Netflix Shows to Binge Watch in October 2016, And the Best Episodes of Each

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7 New Netflix Shows to Binge Watch in October 2016, And the Best Episodes of Each
1. “The Fall” Season 3 (available October 29)

Why Should I Watch It? The official follow-up to “The X-Files” was released earlier this year, when the ill-fated Season 10 debuted and managed to, at best, somewhat resemble the groundbreaking original series. But its true successor — one worthy of the Fox drama’s elite status — came even sooner. Gillian Anderson picked up a new badge and started going after baddies once more when “The Fall” debuted on BBC2 in the summer of 2013. Since then, we’ve only gotten one more season. But it was an absolute doozy, making the wait for Season 3 utterly unbearable. If somehow you haven’t watched yet, get on it. This is peak Gillian Anderson, peak cop drama and peak TV — period.

Best Episode: I hate picking finales — it just seems so easy — but “What is in me Dark Illumine” marks the culmination of everything that came before. [Spoiler alert] Stella (Anderson) finally
See full article at Indiewire »

Roger Corman: 5 Reasons He’s Optimistic About the Film World and His Legacy

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Roger Corman: 5 Reasons He’s Optimistic About the Film World and His Legacy
There are some figures in film history who fade away along with the era in which they produce the bulk of their work. And then there’s veteran B-movie producer and director Roger Corman, still chipper than ever at 90. As a filmmaker, Corman was responsible for a string of vibrant Edgar Allen Poe adaptations in the early sixties (most of which starred Vincent Price). He also directed William Shatner in his best pre-“Star Trek” performance as a race-baiting lunatic in 1962’s “The Intruder.” But Corman more or less stopped directing movies in 1970 (with the exception of 1990’s “Frankenstein Unbound”) and shifted focus to producing a string of low budget genre efforts — several of which introduced some of the great American filmmakers still working today, including Martin Scorsese, Frances Ford Coppola, James Cameron, Jonathan Demme, and many others.

Read More: ‘Doomed!’ Exclusive Clip: New Documentary Explores Roger Corman’s Ill-Fated
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Star Trek: The Original and Animated Series top 25 episodes

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As a new Star Trek TV show is planned for 2017, we select the show's top 25 episodes from its classic Original and Animated series...

The impact of Star Trek, a television series that altered the world's expectations and put an indelible mark on many cultures around the world, is often underestimated until you realise who it had an impact on and what they went on to achieve.

If you only ever watch 25 episodes or, rather, stories from the original(ish) run of Star Trek, these are they, at least in my opinion. The only rules in place being that this selection is drawn only from the series that just called themselves Star Trek (so that's what we now call Star Trek: The Original Series, or Tos and Star Trek: The Animated Series, or Tas), and two-part episodes count as one story... The more Trek-astute of you may realise
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"Strangers on A Train" Remake Stalled

One of the more surprising announcements of the year occurred right back in January when it was revealed that the "Gone Girl" team of director David Fincher, screenwriter Gillian Flynn and actor Ben Affleck were coming together again for remake of Alfred Hitchcock's "Strangers On A Train".

Itself an adaptation of "The Talented Mr. Ripley" series Patricia Highsmith's novel, the original film followed two strangers - a tennis pro seeking a divorce, and a mentally unstable socialite - who strike up a conversation. Each has someone they want to get out of the way, so the socialite proposes they 'swap murders' and thus the killings could not be traced back to them.

The new take would shift the action to a private plane with Affleck playing a film star in the midst of Oscar campaigning who is given a ride to La on the jet of a wealthy and dangerous stranger.
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Top Ten Tuesday – The Best Substitutes for Downton Abbey

By rights I should hate the English. Seriously, my background is almost entirely Scots and Irish. I grew up hearing about the troubles the English gave to the Scots and Irish, both in school and from my parents.

Yet I do not, I love the English. How can I hate a country that gave us not only Monty Python but also Benny Hill and the Carry On Films? How can I bear any ill will to a country that gave us writers of the caliber of Ramsey Campbell, Brian Aldiss, Michael Moorcock and J. G Ballard? How can anyone hate a country that not only prizes eccentric behavior but encourages it? Take Mr. Kim Newman for instance, a brilliant writer whose work appears regularly in Video WatchDog and Videoscope Mr. Newman dresses himself, has his hair and mustache styled and speaks in the manner of someone from the 19th Century!
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Arrow Season 3 Episode 21 Review “Al Sah-Him”

Jessie Robertson reviews the twenty-first episode of Arrow Season 3…

So, Oliver’s been brainwashed. Well, as Merlyn put it, he doesn’t even know he’s been brainwashed. Which as a statement in itself, coupled with Oliver’s actions this episode, don’t make sense. How does this brainwashing occur? A montage! Yes, it’s a montage! Which is pretty much how Roy, Thea and to a lesser degree, Laurel, all received their training. (Side-note: I do enjoy the quick Laurel street fights we get from time to time). Conceptually, I loved how Oliver was portrayed, as a mindless goon with just the tiniest flicker of recognition. My problem is if this brainwashing occurs, how do you explain that Ra’s is a completely lucid character, remembering his ascension and his family he left behind, as is Maseo? Does the brainwashing wear off after a bit? Are the stronger assassins
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Sand Snakes debut in ‘Game of Thrones’ trailer, still wearing boob armor

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Sand Snakes debut in ‘Game of Thrones’ trailer, still wearing boob armor
The new season of “Game of Thrones” is three months away, but HBO will be airing a special look behind the scenes on Sunday, February 8. In order to promote it, HBO put out a trailer that was — of course — peppered with tiny bits of Season 5. We get the Khaleesi, Cersei, the Freefolk, some random extras running around screaming, and a Sand Snake. Warning: Mild spoilers below the Gif. Image Credit: HBO It’s only a moment, but look at her majestically hurtling through the air. The very picture of her father. But who is it? Depends on how close to the books HBO is adhering. If they’re being loyal to the source material, it’s probably Obara or Elia. If they’re playing it fast and loose it could be Nymeria or even Arianne Martell. Hopefully it’s not Tyene. It better not be Tyene. You hear me HBO?
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Two of Redford's Biggest Box-Office Hits on TCM Tonight

Robert Redford movies: TCM shows 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,' 'The Sting' They don't make movie stars like they used to, back in the days of Louis B. Mayer, Jack Warner, and Harry Cohn. That's what nostalgists have been bitching about for the last four or five decades; never mind the fact that movie stars have remained as big as ever despite the demise of the old studio system and the spectacular rise of television more than sixty years ago. This month of January 2015, Turner Classic Movies will be honoring one such post-studio era superstar: Robert Redford. Beginning this Monday evening, January 6, TCM will be presenting 15 Robert Redford movies. Tonight's entries include Redford's two biggest blockbusters, both directed by George Roy Hill and co-starring Paul Newman: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, which turned Redford, already in his early 30s, into a major film star to rival Rudolph Valentino,
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"The Addams Family" That Almost Wasn't!

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"The Addams Family" TV series is now fifty years old. Life magazine covered the casting sessions of the series back in the day and have just published rare photos from those sessions, many of which have never been printed before. The sheer perfection of the final cast indicates the value of those unsung heroes, casting directors. It would be inconceivable to associate other actors with the roles, but it is fascinating to look at images of those who were in contention. By the way, did you know that Ted Cassidy, who played Lurch, also doubled as the disembodied hand known as "Thing"??? Click here to read.
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Gotham Will Continue To Be Mediocre Until It Fixes Itself

The fifth episode of Gotham airs tonight, and the show will continue to try and prove its need to exist; a Batman show, without Batman. While I kind of loved the pilot, the subsequent episodes are full of moments that both land well and miss completely, and it’s created an experience that is often wildly inconsistent. That’s off-putting when try to set up a new universe like this, and Gotham struggles in terms of trying to figure out what it actually is. Is it a superhero show? A crime drama? A comic book adaptation? All of the above? To me, there are a few glaring things Gotham needs to fix directly if it’s going to graduate from mediocre to good, then hopefully on to great and amazing after that. It’s similarly-genred competition, The Flash, already seems to be ahead of the game, debuting firmly at “good” and managing to stay…
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'Edge of Tomorrow' Review: 10 Things You Need to Know About Tom Cruise's Latest Sci-Fi Romp

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Last weekend was kind of a lull in the summer movie death match. Sure, Disney's mega-budgeted "Maleficent" and whatever "A Million Ways to Die in the West" was supposed to be opened wide, but neither one was exactly a juggernaut worthy of the bloody gladiatorial race. (And, somewhat predictably, their box office numbers bore this out.)

This week, there are a couple of new contestants: "The Fault in Our Stars," a Ya melodrama starring Shailene Woodley as a young cancer patient, and "Edge of Tomorrow," starring Tom Cruise in a nifty "Groundhog Day"-meets-"Starship Troopers" plot that has Cruise falling victim to an intergalactic time loop that allows him to die, again and again, on a battlefield against an invading army race. (Emily Blunt is a fellow warrior who has suffered similar effects.)

This is Cruise's second sci-fi movie in a row, following last year's big-budget video art installation "Oblivion,
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DVD Review: "Deep Roots" (1978) And "Starlet Nights" (1978) Retro Porn Double-feature From Vinegar Syndrome

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By Lee Pfeiffer 

Vinegar Syndrome has released another "Peekarama" double feature of hardcore retro porn from the 1970s. In the amusingly garish packaging, it promises both features are "Full Color, Widescreen" as though the productions were directed by John Ford. First up is Deep Roots, which has to be the only attempt to mingle Alex Haley's landmark bestseller and TV mini-series with the peculiar oral talents of Linda Lovelace. Such creative marketing has long been a mainstay of the porn business which always incorporated the latest social phenomenons into grind house productions. Remember On Golden Blonde and Romancing the Bone?  Deep Roots presents top-liner Jesse Chacan as Billy, a beefy, good-looking Native American guy who is bored with life on the reservation. He inherits a house in L.A. and decides to move there. The opening sequences actually boast some real production values and some relatively impressive camerawork as
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Digital Fury: DVD Essentials for April

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A Planet Fury-approved selection of notable genre releases for April.

John Dies at the End (2012) Magnolia Home Entertainment Blu-ray and DVD Available Now

Finally, a new Don Coscarelli movie! After years of waiting, the cult auteur comes back with a lively adaptation of David Wong’s popular novel. A drug that induces an out-of-body experience sends its users across time and other dimensions. When some of them come back not quite human, an otherworldly invasion is set into motion. Suddenly, college dropouts John (Rob Mayes) and Dave (Chase Williamson) find themselves in an epic battle to save the world. Coscarelli’s surreal visual flair and black comic bent are in full effect here. Hopefully, its critical success will ensure that the beloved filmmaker won't have to wait another ten years to make a film.

Special Features:

· Feature-length audio commentary by Coscarelli, Williamson, Mayes and producer Brad Baruh

· Seven deleted
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