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Winnie Holzman: from My So-Called Life's teen years to Roadies

15 hours ago | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Having created one cult classic about the teenage experience – and she almost changed the course of HBO – will the showrunner do it again?

When Winnie Holzman was asked to create a television show from the perspective of a teenage girl, she was flummoxed. Raising an eight-year-old while writing for the groundbreaking series Thirtysomething, Holzman felt very far from the turbulence of adolescence. To research My So-Called Life, she spent time at a local high school and wrote a fictional diary in the mercurial voice of Angela Chase. The cult show, cancelled after just one season in the mid-1990s, launched the careers of Claire Danes and Jared Leto and remains one of the great pop culture portraits of teen experience – suffused with romanticism and longing, yet cringingly realistic. “No show on TV has ever come close to capturing as truly the lovely pain of teendom as well,” Joss Whedon has said. »

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Jessica Williams' Daily Show Exit — One Last Remote and a Big Group Hug

30 June 2016 9:05 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Jessica Williams on Thursday bid a teary-eyed farewell to The Daily Show after a combined four years on the late-night program.

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The senior correspondent’s last episode featured one final field piece centered on followers of Bernie Sanders who have decided to support “diarrhea-of-the-mouth” Republican Donald Trump over “demon” Democrat Hillary Clinton.

After the segment, host Trevor Noah noted that this was an “exciting-yet-sad moment” as Williams prepared to say goodbye before he cued up a short highlight reel featuring some of her greatest moments. Among the clips was »

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Marvel TV Confirms San Diego Comic-Con Panels For Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. And Luke Cage

30 June 2016 1:00 PM, PDT | | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Outside of Netflix, Marvel's TV division hasn't been having much luck. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. just about manages to get by on ratings which have plummeted since the Joss Whedon helmed premiere back in 2013, while Agent Carter was recently cancelled and upcoming projects like Marvel's Most Wanted and Damage Control have seemingly been shelved indefinitely. As a result, their plans at this year's San Diego Comic-Con are relatively limited, but there's still at least a few things to look forward to.  For starters, we're getting the first ever Marvel/Netflix panel in San Diego, the focus of which will be Luke Cage. Moderated by Jeph Loeb, the panel will feature the first ever appearance of the star-studded cast including fan-favorite Mike Colter (Luke Cage), Alfre Woodard, Mahershala Ali, Theo Rossi, Simone Missick, Frank Whaley, and showrunner and Executive Producer, Cheo Hodari Coker.  Then, on Friday, we'll have an Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. panel where Jeph Loeb, »

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Jessica Williams Exits The Daily Show

29 June 2016 10:13 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Enjoy Daily Show correspondent Jessica Williams while you still can, America — Thursday’s episode will be her last. reports that Williams, the youngest correspondent in Daily Show history, is leaving the Comedy Central series after four years to pursue her own project at the network. Though Williams can’t say much about her new show, she reveals that it will be about a young feminist who “imagines herself to be ‘woke.'” (Please note Williams’ own use of quotation marks.)

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Jessica Jones' creator on the biggest change from comics to her Netflix show

29 June 2016 7:04 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

After Greg Berlanti and Geoff Johns, few creative types have had as big an influence over the current state of superhero TV than Brian Michael Bendis. Netflix's current line of Marvel Comics shows may as well be called the Bendis Cinematic Universe, since in the comics he co-created Jessica Jones, promoted Luke Cage from Marvel's C-list into the vital character he is today, and wrote one of the definitive modern Daredevil runs. (He also put Iron Fist into the Avengers, though it remains to be seen what comics influences his upcoming Netflix show will draw upon.) He's also co-creator of Powers, a comic about human cops who investigate murders tied to superheroes and villains, and an executive producer of the TV version, which is in the midst of its second season on the PlayStation Network. And during an appearance at the Atx Television Festival earlier this month, Bendis let slip »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Report: Suicide Squad Runtime Clocks In At 130 Minutes

27 June 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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Sources close to Collider claim that Suicide Squad will stretch for just over two hours when David Ayer’s anti-hero feature lands in August.

Closing in on the end of post-production, with tie-in music videos already beginning to surface, a report emerging today seemingly reveals that Warner Bros.’ hotly-anticipated tentpole will run for exactly 130 minutes, credits included.

Take this one with a pinch of salt, of course, considering that David Ayer’s latest status report from WB noted that the production team still have a handful of last-minute tasks to tick off (read: final mix and coloring).

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For the sake of perspective, and assuming Collider’s sources are on point, at 130 minutes in length, Suicide Squad would clock in as one of the shorter superhero movies to emerge from the genre in recent times. Green Lantern, for instance, »

- Michael Briers

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Why Doesn’t the McU Acknowledge any Marvel Small Screen Series?

25 June 2016 9:01 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »


Marvel Studios TV shows exist in the same shared universe as the big screen McU films. The series’ often make references to the films. Why, then, do the films never acknowledge anything that happens on television or on Netflix?


We all know that the Dceu is completely unrelated to its TV shows, but the same is not true for any Marvel-based shows. Agents of Shield, Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Agent Carter all exist within the McU. These shows frequently use events from the films as part of their storyline. For instance, the entire trajectory of Agents of Shield was altered by the fall of Shield plot used in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The alien attack on New York from The Avengers was mentioned many times as part of Wilson Fisk’s (Vincent D’Onofrio) motivation on Daredevil. Lady Sif (Jamie Alexander) has popped up a few times on Agents of Shield. »

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Joss Whedon, Cedric the Entertainer's Wacky Another Period Roles Revealed

25 June 2016 6:56 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

It’s probably a good sign when a character’s name alone is funny enough to get a laugh: Joss Whedon‘s guest-starring role in Season 2 of Comedy Central’s Another Period is… Duane Reade, our sister site Deadline reports. Cedric the Entertainer will play composer Scott Joplin.

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Whedon’s pharmacist will, since the series is set in the early 1900s, refuse to sell Riki Lindhome’s dim-witted Lillian a condom, the actress explained, “because she’s a woman, therefore a slut, and they’re illegal, »

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Ant-Man 2 Director Talks the Wasp and Scott Lang's Fugitive Status

24 June 2016 4:17 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Ant-Man was a pleasant surprise for many fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe last year. After a lot of uncertainty during the production phase, it ultimately wound up being very well received and for a property nobody outside of big-time comic book fans knew much about, it did very well at the box office. That being the case, Marvel has a sequel in the works and director Peyton Reed recently opened up about Ant-Man and the Wasp.

Reed was at the Saturn Awards recently, where Ant-Man picked up a big win for Best Comic-To-Film Motion Picture. Speaking with Modern Myth Media in an interview during the awards, Reed talked quite a bit about the sequel to Ant-Man, and specifically talked a lot about how Hope Van Dyne, played by Evangaline Lilly, will factor in as The Wasp in the new movie. Here is what Reed had to say.

"It's something we're excited about. »

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Here's What You're Watching on Netflix This Month

21 June 2016 12:48 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

We're living a tidal wave of content. It's hard to know what to watch, when, and where. We're here to help! By telling you that you can and should watch a movie about a tsunami entitled The Wave from the director of the upcoming Tomb Raider movie, Roar Uthaug, on Netflix next month. The streaming service has released the titles for their July 2016 movies and TV shows, though they are subject to change. Also available are those titles leaving Netflix in July. Highlights of what you can look forward to include: Back to the Future 1- 3, Beverly Hills Cop 1 and 2  (if you want to get ready for the upcoming sequel), All of the Lethal Weapon movies (get a look at The Predator director Shane Black's first script brought to life), BoJack Horseman Season 3, The Sting, and more. Make sure to check out these titles before they leave: A Clockwork Orange, »

- Roth Cornet

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The 50 Best Animated Films of the 21st Century Thus Far

16 June 2016 11:23 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

There’s something inherently remarkable about the field of animation: that, with just a paper and pen, one can use infinite imagination to create a world unbound by physical restrictions. Of course, in today’s age it goes far beyond those simple tools of creation, but it remains the rare patience-requisite medium in which a director’s vision can be perfected over years until applying that final, necessary touch.

With Pixar’s 17th feature arriving in theaters, we’ve set out to reflect on the millennium thus far in animation and those films that have most excelled. In picking our 50 favorite titles, we looked to all corners of the world, from teams as big as thousands down to a sole animator. The result is a wide-ranging selection, proving that even if some animation styles aren’t as prevalent, the best examples find their way to the top.

To note: we only stuck with feature-length animations of 60 minutes or longer — sorry, World of Tomorrow, and even Pixar’s stunning Piper — and to make room for a few more titles, our definition of “the 21st century” stretched to include 2000. We also stuck with films that don’t feature any live-action (for the most part) and that have been released in the U.S. thus far, so The Red Turtle and Phantom Boy will get their due on a later date. Check out our top 50 below and let us know your favorites in the comments.

50. The Lego Movie (Phil Lord and Christopher Miller)

Admit it: When The Lego Movie was announced, you did not expect it to wind up any best-of-the-year lists. But, against all odds, Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s first smash hit of 2014 is an unadulterated pleasure. This bold, original film has a wildly clever script (by the directors) with a message of creativity that made it a glorious surprise. It is also well-cast: Lego is the first movie to fully make use of Chris Pratt’s essential sweetness, and offered Elizabeth Banks, Will Ferrell, Liam Neeson, and Morgan Freeman their freshest parts in years. It is not often that a “kids” film entertains adults as much as their children, but The Lego Movie is far more than a piece of entertainment for the young ones. What could have been a headache-inducing, cynical creation is instead a pop treat. Everything is, indeed, awesome. – Christopher Schobert

49. 5 Centimetres per Second (Makoto Shinkai)

Makoto Shinkai’s emotional tour de force is the embodiment of the Japanese term “mono no aware,” which describes a wistful awareness of life’s transience. In the way its characters are haunted by bygone moments in the face of a vast and shapeless future, 5 Centimetres per Second could function as a spiritual companion to the oeuvre of Wong Kar-wai, but whereas Wong’s lovelorn protagonists are stuck in the past, Shinkai’s move forward, steadily, in a state of melancholic acceptance. Time is itself a character here, a fact brought to our attention by shots of clocks, the evolution of technology alongside the characters’ aging, and scenes where narrative stakes ensure that the passing of each second is palpably felt. And yet it is precisely the ephemerality of these seconds that lends them elevated significance —fittingly, the film’s animation is breathtakingly detailed and tactile, allowing us to identify with the characters by having us inhabit each, vivid moment before it vanishes. – Jonah Jeng

48. The Adventures of Tintin (Steven Spielberg)

Leave it to Steven Spielberg to eke more thrills out of an animated feature than most directors could with every live-action tool at their disposal. The Adventures of Tintin is colored and paced like a child’s fantastical imagining of how Hergé’s comics might play in motion, and the extent to which viewers buy it depends largely on their willingness to give themselves over to narrative and technical flights of fancy. Me? Four-and-a-half years later, I’m still waiting for a follow-up with bated breath. – Nick Newman

47. Titan A.E. (Don Bluth, Gary Goldman and Art Vitello)

It’s the movie that took down Don Bluth, netted Fox a $100 million loss, and starred the young voices of Matt Damon and Drew Barrymore. From a script by Joss Whedon, John August, and Ben Edlund, Titan A.E. is a swashbuckle-y tale with stirring visuals and moments of sheer originality that now feels like a more-accomplished precursor to something such as Guardians of the Galaxy. If you’re going to go down, this is an impressive picture to sink with. – Dan Mecca

46. Metropolis (Rintaro)

Metropolis has more than a little in common with the apocalyptic orgy of violence of 1988 anime touchstone Akira, as the story follows the tragic inevitability of mans’ relationship with overwhelming power. But Rintaro’s Metropolis — which is based on Osama Tezuka’s manga and Fritz Lang’s canonical film — is also a story of overwhelming kindness in its central relationship between Kenichi, a well-intentioned and naïve child, and Tima, a cyborg capable of immense destruction. Distinguished by its washed-out watercolor character designs and its inventive cast of characters, Metropolis is a distinctly lighter take on the characteristically dreary dystopia genre. – Michael Snydel

45. Song of the Sea (Tomm Moore)

Animation has never shied away from grief. It’s the bedrock of everything from Grave of the Fireflies to the majority of Pixar’s filmography, but it’s rarely been as unbearably beautiful as in 2014’s unfairly overlooked Song of the Sea. Animated with a mythic tableau style, steeped in Celtic folklore, and filled with a cast of characters worthy of Hayao Miyazaki, Tomm Moore’s work is the rare heartwarming family film that knows it doesn’t need to compromise genuine emotion with fake-outs or Hollywood endings. – Michael Snydel

44. The Secret World of Arrietty (Hiromasa Yonebayashi)

While much of Studio Ghibli’s popularity focuses on the adored writer-director Hayao Miyazaki, some works from other directors deserve equal praise. One of them — which, yes, cheats a bit because Miyazaki scripted it — is The Secret World of Arrietty by first-time helmer Hiromasa Yonebayashi. The film follows a little boy’s fascination with the Borrowers — small humans that live in our world — and weaves the story of him and his family with Arrietty, one of the Borrowers. There are intensely dramatic moments as the Borrowers are constantly striving to survive amidst this world of luxury and easy life that the larger humans enjoy. Much like some of the best of Ghibli’s work, the film works on multiple levels and layers and thus becomes one of the studio’s most beautiful, enjoyable, and enduring works. – Bill Graham

43. ParaNorman (Chris Butler and Sam Fell)

A story of bullies and the bullied, Laika Studios’ second stop-motion film, ParaNorman, was unfortunately overshadowed by their astounding previous effort, Coraline. But time has been kind, and ParaNorman feels ahead of its time in both the exploration of darker themes (witch hunts, child murder, bigotry) and its juxtaposition of a Puritan New England ghost story and a vividly supernatural present. Buoyed by Jon Brion’s characteristically thoughtful score and an inventive reconfiguration of horror movie iconography, ParaNorman is a coming-of-age story that recognizes that even the “bad guys” have their reasons. – Michael Snydel

42. Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were Rabbit (Nick Park and Steve Box)

Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were Rabbit, Aardman Animation’s second feature collaboration with DreamWorks, brings Nick Park‘s brilliant claymation series about an absentminded inventor and his mute canine companion to the big screen. Working as humane pest removal specialists, Wallace and Gromit have hatched a plan to brainwash every hungry rabbit in town to dislike vegetables, preventing Gromit’s prized melon from being ruthlessly devoured. But the experiment backfires and the Were-Rabbit, a monstrous beast with an unquenchable appetite for veggies, is unleashed on the lush gardens of Tottington Holl. On par with the most uproarious shorts of Park’s career (working this time out with co-director Steve Box), the film slyly evokes fond memories of Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein in never treating its goofy leads as seriously as its surprisingly effective scares. It’s a shame that Park has announced the titular duo are likely retired, due to the failing health of voice actor Peter Sallis. Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were Rabbit is a light-hearted and whimsically clever gem that also works as a charming introduction to the horror genre for young cinema-lovers. – Tony Hinds

41. Lilo & Stitch (Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois)

What other film can pull off starting with an all-out sci-fi adventure and transition into a heartful ode to culture and family? Before they delivered an even more impactful variation on a similar sort of creature-human bond with How to Train Your DragonChris Sanders and Dean DeBlois created this touching tale. Featuring a return to watercolor-painted backgrounds for Disney, as well as a reliance on 2D animation, it’s one of the company’s last in this era to have that long-missed tangibility. As often repeated in the film, “Family means nobody gets left behind,” and, by the end credits, you’ll feel like you’ve added a few new members to your own. – Jordan Raup

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The 20 Best TV Dramas of the Last 20 Years

16 June 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Like it or not, TV dramas often set the standard for how television eras are remembered. Be it awards attention or Top 10 lists, dramas are looked to as a guide post for where we are, where we’re headed and what’s worth revisiting from the past. Series like “The Americans” and “Mad Men” look back to break down where we are now, while iconic moments in time are captured in series “of the now” like “The Wire” and “The O.C.” Eras matter, in your life and in all our lives, and these 20 series, all premiering in the last 20 years, have defined the past two decades in every aspect imaginable.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer” (1997-2003)

Joss Whedon may have traded the supernatural for superheroes in recent years, but his first series remains his crowning achievement as King of the Nerds. “Buffy” was strong as a whole, with a well-rounded cast, top-notch writing, and a healthy dose of classic Whedon humor, but it’s in examining the series’ most famous episodes that the true genius shines through. Three “Buffy” episodes are widely regarded as some of the best in TV history: the eerily silent “Hush,” featuring only 14 minutes of dialogue and the scariest villains in the entire show; the genuinely catchy musical numbers of “Once More With Feeling,” which combined Buffy’s existential crisis with a musical-inducing demon; and “The Body,” a study in overwhelming grief as Buffy and her friends deal with the death of her mother. While “Buffy” may not be as critically acclaimed as other shows on this list, it redefined the supernatural genre, paving the way for countless other shows — none of which have lived up to to the original vampiric cult favorite. – Kate Halliwell

“Oz” (1997-2003)

Given how much attention is given to early HBO dramas “The Sopranos” and “The Wire,” it’s almost criminal just how overlooked “Oz” has become. Critics adore it, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find any “Game Of Thrones” or “Breaking Bad” fans who have seen a single episode. Ironically, “Oz” paved the way for nearly every Golden Age TV drama in its path. So much of what we’ve come to expect from TV drama — antiheroes, brutal violence, moral ambiguities, the fearless disposal of main characters — was born at the Oswald State Correctional Facility, where racial, sexual, and economic conflicts within the prison system gave way to some of the most complex characters TV has ever seen. Each episode, co-written by creator Tom Fontana, dynamically weaves a single theme through both the present storyline and flashbacks revealing inmates’ unspeakable crimes, all narrated by Harold Perrineau Jr.’s Augustus Hill with a lyrical slam pulse. “Orange Is The New Black” has used this format in recent years to create its own memorable world, but it could only dream of hitting as viscerally as “Oz.” At times brutally grounded and surreally poetic, the show uses its fictional environment as a microcosm for our society at large, showing how the divides and conflicts manifested in prison first start in the neighborhoods we live in. “Oz” has a burdensome power that you have to reckon with. – Zack Shark

Queer as Folk” (UK) (1999-2000)

With this intimate look at gay life in Manchester, England, creator Russell T. Davies brought joy, wit and pathos to the stories of Stuart (Aiden Gillen), Vince (Craig Kelly) and Nathan (Charlie Hunnam) as they struggled to find love in the city’s vibrant club scene. Balancing “Doctor Who” references with surprisingly explicit love scenes (yeah, look at that cast list again — some of the show’s hottest sex features “Game of Thrones'” Littlefinger and baby Jax Teller from “Sons of Anarchy), the original “Queer as Folk” was groundbreaking for British television and even game-changing for the U.S., when Showtime created an American adaptation that ran from 2000-2005. While short-lived in comparison to the remake, the original version remains singular and iconic. – Liz Shannon Miller

The West Wing” (1999-2006)

Here’s the pitch: A young, close knit group of Presidential staffers fight the good fight, with episodes centering around wonky debates over sexy topics like the census, foreign aid, and nuclear energy. Hard to believe, but it was a formula that that led Aaron Sorkin’s NBC drama to capture an audience of over 20 million weekly viewers and four consecutive Emmys for Outstanding Drama Series. Mixing the hard realities of modern politics and Sorkin’s romantic belief that a dedicated group of passionate people can bring about positive change, the show was equal parts entertaining and educational. Predictably, the show teetered after its fourth season, when Sorkin and his playful dialogue moved on, but under the leadership of showrunner John Wells the “West Wing” successfully reinvented itself with longer, more sober story arcs centered around characters’ existential/career crises and an oddly prescient election to replace President Jed Bartlet (Martin Sheen), which predicted so many real-life political stories, including the 2008 match-up between Senators Obama and McCain. – Chris O’Falt

Read More: ‘The West Wing’ Reunion: Aaron Sorkin and Cast Remember How the Internet Saved the Series

The Sopranos” (1999-2007)

The greatness of “The Sopranos” cannot be overstated. Its lavish praise will never be hyperbolic. HBO, for all its excellent offerings, will never do anything better. David Chase’s six-season mob drama is equal parts American opus and Shakespearean drama, one that encompasses the grand spectrum of human emotion and experience (especially as it applies to strip club-loving tough guys) through the tight lens of what could be a slightly alienating focus. Mobsters have long entertained American audiences, but to distill the crime drama down to a series that is just as concerned with domestic troubles as it is with Mafia-related violence is bold indeed. Or, in other words: It’s just really, really good (and super entertaining). “The Sopranos” never shied away from its roots as a show about the mob, but it also fully embraced the kind suburban ennui that made Tony Soprano — a larger than life character — feel oddly relatable and often even kind of lovable. While Chase’s series is hardly in danger of being forgotten or maligned, its divisive final shot is often the subject of close reads that forget to acknowledge the kind of subtlety and power that ran through the entire series. It’s not just Tony’s last meal (maybe) that deserves a deep dive. It’s the entire series. – Kate Erbland

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- Ben Travers, Liz Shannon Miller, Kate Erbland, Michael Schneider, Zack Sharf, Chris O'Falt, David Ehrlich, Russell Goldman and Kate Halliwell

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The 20 Best TV Dramas of the Last 20 Years

16 June 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Like it or not, TV dramas often set the standard for how television eras are remembered. Be it awards attention or Top 10 lists, dramas are looked to as a guide post for where we are, where we’re headed and what’s worth revisiting from the past. Series like “The Americans” and “Mad Men” look back to break down where we are now, while iconic moments in time are captured in series “of the now” like “The Wire” and “The O.C.” Eras matter, in your life and in all our lives, and these 20 series, all premiering in the last 20 years, have defined the past two decades in every aspect imaginable.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer” (1997-2003)

Joss Whedon may have traded the supernatural for superheroes in recent years, but his first series remains his crowning achievement as King of the Nerds. “Buffy” was strong as a whole, with a well-rounded cast, »

- Ben Travers, Liz Shannon Miller, Kate Erbland, Michael Schneider, Zack Sharf, Chris O'Falt, David Ehrlich, Russell Goldman and Kate Halliwell

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Firefly: Dark Horse to Put Out Serenity Adult Coloring Book

15 June 2016 4:30 PM, PDT | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

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You can't take the sky (or my crayons) from me. Dark Horse will publish an adult coloring book based on the Serenity feature film. Serenity is the sequel to Joss Whedon's Firefly TV series, cancelled after one season on Fox. The Serenity coloring book debuts in October.

The book features forty-five pages of artwork on heavyweight 10 x 10–inch pages. The Firefly TV series and Serenity film casts include: Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, Morena Baccarin, Adam Baldwin, Jewel Staite, Sean Maher, Summer Glau, and Ron Glass.



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‘Another Period’ Stars Dish on Kanye-Like Scott Joplin, ‘Branding Expert’ Harriet Tubman (Exclusive Video)

15 June 2016 2:15 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

As the second season of “Another Period” gets underway on Comedy Central on Wednesday, the show welcomes a slew of guest stars, including Perez Hilton, Adam Pally, Joss Whedon, June Diane Raphael, Lauren Lapkus and Jemaine Clement. “Basically we just try to get our favorite people,” Natasha Leggero explained to TheWrap’s Stuart Brazell, revealing that Andrew Rannells will also guest star on the period comedy as a love interest of one of the main characters. Starring and co-created by Leggero and Riki Lindhome, “Another Period” will also host Cedric the Entertainer, who plays Scott Joplin “in like a Kanye manner. »

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Josh Brolin Aiming To Find The “Humanity” In Thanos Ahead Of Avengers: Infinity War

9 June 2016 9:26 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

First teased at the tail-end of Joss Whedon’s Avengers movie four years ago, Josh Brolin’s Thanos has spent much of his time in the McU on the sidelines, comfortably perched on his levitating throne as he concocts his grand masterplan. So far, so predictable.

But with Avengers: Infinity War looming large on the horizon – Joe and Anthony Russo’s two-part event movie – Brolin’s Mad Titan is set to enjoy much more screentime, which will surely portend all kinds of trouble for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, who still need to hug and make up following their internal squabble in Civil War.

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When quizzed about Infinity War and, in particular, his preparation for this increased presence, Brolin noted that he’s aiming to find the “humanity” in Marvel’s galactic menace. After showering praise on Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely’s seemingly mind-blowing script, »

- Michael Briers

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Underwater 'Star Trek' and 11 other great sci-fi shows on Netflix

7 June 2016 | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Itching to discover your next sci-fi obsession? Looking for something with aliens or robots to binge next weekend? HitFix has you covered. Here we have a list of a dozen great sci-fi shows currently available to stream on Netflix. Sadly, sci-fi greats Doctor Who and the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica are no longer on Netflix, but there are plenty of other suggestions here for shows well-worth watching. Yup, J.J. AbramsFringe and Joss Whedon’s Firefly are both on the streaming service in full, so you can universe jump and shiny shindig crash to your heart’s content. There are other recommendations here too, including one you can think of as “basically underwater Star Trek.” And if you’re more in the mood for a great 120 minutes of sci-fi rather than an addicting 22+ episodes, below check out our list of the 15 best sci-fi movies streaming on Netflix right now. »

- Emily Rome

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Preview Buffy: the High School Years 'Freaks & Geeks' Trade Paperback

3 June 2016 8:22 PM, PDT | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

That'll put marzipan in your pie plate, bingo. Preview eight pages from the Buffy: the High School Years comics trade paperback, Freaks & Geeks, from Dark Horse. The comics are inspired by Joss Whedon's Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV series, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, and Anthony Stewart Head.

Buffy: the High School Years; Freaks & Geeks is set during the slayer's first year at good old Sunnydale High. It is written by Faith Erin Hicks. Yishan Li is the artist, with Rod Espinosa as colorist. The Tpb was released this week and is available for purchase. Find your local comic shop at Dark Horse.



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10 Amazing Facts You Probably Didn't Know About Joss Whedon's The Avengers Movie

2 June 2016 8:55 AM, PDT | | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

var l_ttlPages = 10; var l_url = location.pathname.replace(location.hash, ""); var qs = (function(a) { if (a == "") return {}; var b = {}; for (var i = 0; i 2 && l_page Four years later, and The Avengers remains the most successful comic book movie of all-time. The Dark Knight Rises, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice are just a few of the adaptations which have followed and failed to beat its mighty box office haul, while many fans still consider the Joss Whedon helmed release to be the greatest superhero movie ever to hit theaters. Agree or disagree, there's no denying that The Avengers was and is something special, especially as Marvel Studios made history by taking all of these characters, putting them in »

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From Must-See TV to Peak TV: 20 Years of covering television

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

If you were a TV critic from 1956 to 1976, you would have witnessed some big changes in the business: the rise and fall of the Western as the dominant primetime genre, or the color TV boom, or CBS' shift from silly rural comedies to socially conscious ones like All in the Family and M*A*S*H. If you covered the beat from 1976 to 1996, you would have written about Hill Street Blues and its many imitators, the classic years of SNL, and the early days of original cable programming. Almost any 20-year span would give you a front row seat to enormous artistic and technological change. As of this week, I've been professionally writing about television for exactly 20 years(*), and it's safe to say that the only two-decade period that featured a more radical transformation in how television was made and consumed would be back when the medium was first introduced into America's living rooms. »

- Alan Sepinwall

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