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Supernatural Mystery Series Jordskott Coming to Shudder This April

  • DailyDead
Mysterious vanishings rock a small-town community in Jordskott, and if you live in North America and haven't yet seen the acclaimed Swesdish TV series, then you're in luck, because Shudder has acquired North American rights to the first season (and the yet-to-be-released second season), which will premiere on the streaming service on April 6th.

Press Release: AMC Networks-backed premium streaming service Shudder announced today that it has acquired exclusive North American rights for Season 1 and the upcoming Season 2 of the acclaimed international thriller series Jordskott from ITV Studios Global Entertainment (Itvs Ge). Declared by The Guardian as a series “you can’t take your eyes off of”, Jordskott Season 1 will launch with the first two episodes available on April 6th with two new episodes premiering each week on Shudder.

Season 1 of the critically acclaimed Scandi-noir thriller revolves around the seven-year disappearance of police investigator Eva Thörnblad’s daughter, Josefine. Still
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Utah Teacher Who Had Sex with Students and Tearfully Cited ‘Extreme Self-Esteem Issues’ Is Denied Parole

  • PEOPLE.com
A former Utah teacher who pleaded guilty two years ago to sexual abuse after having sex with three underage students was denied parole Wednesday, People confirms.

However, Brianne Altice — a former English teacher at Davis High School in Kaysville, Utah, and a mother-of-two — will get another shot at freedom in April of 2019, Greg Johnson, director of administrative services for the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole, tells People.

Altice, 36, pleaded guilty to three counts of forcible sex abuse in April 2015. In exchange, 11 charges were dropped, including three first-degree felony rape charges, according to local reports.

She was sentenced to at
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‘Prime Suspect’ Prequel to Air on PBS’ ‘Masterpiece’ in 2017

‘Prime Suspect’ Prequel to Air on PBS’ ‘Masterpiece’ in 2017
Stateside fans of Jane Tennison won’t have to resort to torrenting the “Prime Suspect” prequel when it comes out: “Prime Suspect: Tennison” will be airing on PBS’s “Masterpiece” in 2017.

The six-episode ITV drama, a prequel to the British classic that starred Dame Helen Mirren as Jane, is based on Lynda La Plante’s “Tennison” novel. La Plante created the original “Prime Suspect” series, which followed Mirren’s Jane as she navigated the waters of London’s police service as one of its first female Detective Chief Inspectors.

“Jane Tennison was adored by ‘Masterpiece’ audiences, who cheered her on as she tried to make it in a man’s world,” “Masterpiece” executive producer Rebecca Eaton said. “‘Prime Suspect: Tennison’ will imagine the events that made Jane the tenacious, difficult, and brilliant detective she became.”

Prime Suspect: Tennison” joins 22-year-old Jane (Stefanie Martini) at the start of her career in 1970s London. Just
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China’s Original Force Expands to Hollywood With Three Animated Films in Production

Chinese digital animation studio Original Force is expanding into Hollywood, opening a new motion picture division for its own projects and moving forward on the production of three animated films, Original Force founder Harley Zhao announced at a launch party at L.A. Live’s Triple8 China Bar & Grill on Aug. 12.

Original Force Animation has opened production offices in Culver City headed up by animation production veterans Penney Finkelman Cox and Sandra Rabins. Finkelman Cox and Rabins have worked together on such hit films as “Shrek,” “Prince of Egypt,” “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs,” “Open Season” and “Surf’s Up.”

“There is no one more talented, skilled or experienced in leading animated films than Sandy and Penney,” said Zhao. “Each has had an extraordinary career, and their track record co-running DreamWorks Animation and Sony Pictures Animation has given them a completely unique perspective on building a contemporary animation studio from the ground up.
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MipTV: ITV Chief Exec Adam Crozier Receives Variety’s Intl. Television Award

Cannes — Adam Crozier, CEO of broadcast and production giant ITV, received Variety’s 2015 Achievement in Intl. Television Award on Tuesday at an exclusive cocktail reception at Mip TV in Cannes.

The award is given to individuals who “exhibit leadership, creativity and innovation,” and who are “transforming the global television marketplace,” said Variety associate publisher Donna Pennestri, who presented Crozier with the honor.

She described Crozier as “one of television’s most respected and forward-thinking leaders. He’s a man who’s led a very talented team to make ITV the global broadcasting and content giant it is today.”

Pennestri added: “In Adam’s five years as CEO he has led ITV through a remarkable transition. In 2010, it was heavily reliant on its broadcasting operations in the U.K., with the majority of the revenue coming from advertising.

“Now, only a few short years later, ITV has emerged as one of
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Kickstarter project for a new Toejam & Earl game from one half of the original creators

Classic Mega Drive/Genesis title Toejam & Earl was a firm favourite among players of the console back in the day, however many were disappointed by its sequel Toejam & Earl in Panic on Funkatron as it was a drastic style in gameplay (a request by Sega). The third entry in the series, ToeJam & Earl III: Mission to Earth on Xbox, was also met with middling reviews due to its difficult camera set up.

Well, one half of the original game creators Greg Johnson wants to give us the sequel we’ve been waiting for – and he’s using Kickstarter to get it.

Johnson writes that that Toejam and Earl: Back in the Groove will contain the main core elements of the original game with some of the more popular gameplay mechanics from Toejam & Earl in Panic on Funkatron. And of course, the game will feature funky music!

The game will feature
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Toejam & Earl: Back In The Groove - first trailer

Aaron Birch Ryan Lambie Aug 25, 2016

Toejam and Earl, the 90s jammin' alien duo, are back. Here's the teaser trailer to prove it...

Last year, we heard that the none-more-90s Roguelike Toejam & Earl is getting a revival courtesy of its original designer, Greg Johnson. After a successful bout of funding on Kickstarter, the quirky isometric game is due for release next year, and to remind us of that fact, a new trailer's appeared.

The graphics have a great hand-drawn quality - a bit like a 90s Saturday morning cartoon, appropriately enough - and it looks like a real return to form following the dismal game that came out on the Xbox a few years back.

ToeJam & Earl: Back In The Groove is in development for PC and current-gen consoles.

Eurogamer

Our earlier story follows...

We reported on this recently, and now it's official. Toejam & Earl, the classic series that previously
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ITV Studios Global Entertainment Taps Greg Johnson To Head North American Sales

  • Deadline TV
Former BBC Worldwide exec Greg Johnson has joined ITV Studios Global Entertainment as Svp sales. Based in La, he’ll lead Itvsge’s TV distribution business in North America, Canada and Latin America. Johnson previously ran BBC Worldwide’s factual sales and co-production business in the U.S., and prior to that was VP sales for Disney Media Distrbution covering Asia Pacific. Itvsge’s hot properties include Mr. Selfridge, Endeavour, Rectify, Agatha Christie’s Poirot, and the upcoming medical drama, Breathless.
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Blu Review: G.I. Joe Renegades Season One Blu-ray

  • Cinelinx
The Movie Pool goes Awol for the G.I. Joe: Renegades Season One Blu-ray!

The Set-up

This latest incarnation of the iconic G.I. Joe franchise follows a group of modern-day soldiers who go rogue after being framed as terrorists by an evil corporation called Cobra.

The Delivery

This Blu-ray set includes all 26 episodes of the outstanding animated series that premiered in November 2010 on The Hub TV network. Our initial review of the Renegades Season One, Volume One DVD set (which you can read here) pointed out a lot that we liked about this new take on G.I. Joe, and some things that we didn't like. Thankfully, having taken in a full season of the show, the pluses far outweigh the minuses.

Utilizing the original characters introduced in the classic A Real American Hero animated series of the 1980s, this new spin takes a handful of core characters (Duke, Scarlett,
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Garner To Play A Guy In New Gender Bending Movie

  • WENN
Garner To Play A Guy In New Gender Bending Movie
New mum Jennifer Garner is set to trade in stilettos and designer gowns for loafers and slacks as she prepares to play a guy in her new movie.

Life & Style has learned that Jennifer will play a fired corporate executive who switches sexes to win her job back.

A source tells the publication, "She disguises herself as a man. Jen will play Rebecca Merritt, who becomes Greg Johnson."

Shooting on Johnson will begin later this year.

Blu-ray Review: Thor: Tales of Asgard

  • ScifiMafia
Genre: Animated | Sci-Fi | Adventure

Director: Sam Liu

Writers: Greg Johnson, Craig Kyle

Cast: Matthew Wolf, Rick Gomez, Christopher Britton, Clancy Brown, Grey DeLisle, Paul Dobson, Jonathan Holmes, Jay Brazeau

MPAA Rating: Not Rated

Runtime: 77 min..

Synopsis:

Before he ever lifted his mighty hammer…Fantastic journeys beckon from the mysterious nine realms. Places of dark mists and fiery voids. Of winged creatures and giants in the ice. And of the most alluring quest of all – the search for the legendary Lost Sword of Surtur. Hungry for adventure, Thor secretly embarks on the journey of a lifetime, joined by his loyal brother Loki, whose budding sorcery equips him with just enough magic to conjure up trouble, along with the Warriors Three – a band of boastful travelers reluctant to set sail on any adventure that might actually be dangerous. But what starts out as a harmless treasure hunt quickly turns deadly, and Thor
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Blu-Ray Review: ‘Thor: Tales of Asgard’ Feels Like Cheap Blockbuster Tie-In

Chicago – Animated Marvel Features and Lionsgate very purposefully released a straight-to-dvd Thor movie this month to try and cash in a bit on the success of the summer blockbuster “Thor” with Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman. With some of the same characters, enemies, and locations, the animated version plays not unlike a Saturday morning cartoon version of what you just saw in theaters. Potential viewers under twelve should find enough action here to not consider their time wasted, but anyone older will surely be a a bit bored.

Blu-Ray Rating: 2.5/5.0

Kenneth Branagh’s “Thor” is about to crest $400 million worldwide and so it makes sense that toys, games, and other peripheral merchandise would hit the market to try and cash in on the film’s success. “Tales of Asgard” could have been a clever expansion of the Marvel comic and hit film but it plays too much like an afterthought,
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Review: ‘Thor: Tales of Asgard’

  • Comicmix
Produced in 2009 but held until this week to capitalize on the live-action adaptation of Marvel’s Thor, Lionsgate releases Thor: Tales of Asgard, a 77-minute animated feature that harkens back to the Thunder God’s youth. The title harkens back to the beloved back-up feature that ran behind the main story in Journey Into Mystery for several years as Stan Lee and Jack Kirby explored the earlier days of the Asgardians or told stories adapted from the Norse myths. This approach is a clever one for an animated feature and certainly freed the writers and designers from aping whatever the current look of the hero was.

Still, watching this largely entertaining film still feels like it was inspired by some other universe’s Thor comic. Everything is familiar but just off a shade from personality to the look. It’s certainly not an Asgard Jack designed nor does it really
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Thor: Tales of Asgard (Blu-ray/DVD Combo)

Blu-ray Review

Thor: Tales of Asgard

Directed by: Sam Liu

Cast: Matthew Wolf, Chris Britton, Grey DeLisle, Tara Strong, Rick Gomez (voices)

Running Time: 1 hr 17 mins

Rating: Nr

Due Out: May 17, 2011

Plot: A prequel to the live action blockbuster Thor, this animated feature follows Thor the teenager as he ventures to the Frost Giants’ realm in search of a sacred and powerful sword.

Who’S It For? Younger viewers who may not even be old enough to see Thor will likely enjoy this simple story, though they might be bored by the movie’s lack of action and focus on drama. Fans of Thor might enjoy the way it captures the Asgardian background of Thor’s character.

Movie:

It’s unclear as to whether the creators of this animated feature prequel had access to a viewing of Thor while this project was in the development. For one, the writers might
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Mee the Animated Asgardians

  • Comicmix
Last year, we got a glimpse of Thor: Tales of Asgard, which looked incredibly promising as an animated feature film. Lionsgate is released the film, at long last, direct-to-dvd on Tuesday, while everyone has Norse gods on the mind. For those less familiar with the comic, they have provided a slideshow to introduce audiences to the cast of characters, ranging from Thor, his foster brother Loki, Allfather Odin, the fierce Sif, the valiant Warriors Three, Amora the Enchantress and the legendary Frost Giants, among others.

Here are the product details:

He’s waged battles in Ultimate Avengers, Ultimate Avengers 2, Next Avengers and Hulk Vs., and now one of the most beloved characters in the Marvel Universe is ready to strike out on his own this May. See the young “God of Thunder” as Marvel Animation and Lionsgate Home Entertainment team up to release Thor: Tales of Asgard! Hitting Blu-ray Combo Pack,
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Tmp Reviews: Thor: Tales of Asgard The Animated Movie!

The Movie Pool lowers the hammer on the new Thor animated movie, Tales of Asgard!

Blu-ray Specs

Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 enhanced for widescreen TVs (1080p High Definition)

Running Time: 77 minutes

Rating: Not rated

Audio: English DTS-hd 7.1 Master Audio, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital

Subtitles: English, English for the Hearing Impaired, Spanish  

Special Features: "Worthy: The Making of Thor: Tales of Asgard" Documentary, The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes Bonus Episode, Trailer Gallery.

Commentary: Two commentaries, one featuring Supervising Producer Craig Kyle and screenwriter Greg Johnson, the second featuring Supervising Director Gary Hartle, Director Sam Liu, and Character Designer Phil Bourassa

DVD Specs (non-high definition)

Identical to the Blu-ray version, with the following exceptions:

Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0

Special Features: Trailer Gallery not included on the standard DVD

The Set-up

The animated tale follows a young Thor as he defies his father and sets out on a quest for a mythical but dangerous sword.
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Exclusive: New 'Thor: Tales Of Asgard' Images!

"Thor" premieres in theaters this weekend, but for those who want even more of Marvel's god of thunder, you're in luck. Just a few weeks from now, "Thor: Tales Of Asgard" arrives on shelves.

The latest film from Marvel Animated Features, "Thor: Tales Of Asgard" offers an adventure from Thor's early years, and serves as a great primer for anyone looking to get the back story on Thor, Loki, and the rest of the key players in and around Asgard. And as a special treat for MTV Splash Page readers, we have a gallery of exclusive images from the film for you to check out.

Click on the image below to see the "Thor: Tales Of Asgard" gallery!

"Thor: Tales Of Asgard" hits shelves May 17. You can check out the full list of DVD and Blu-Ray specs below.

Thor: Tales Of Asgard

New Marvel Animated Feature Stars Fan-Favorite The Mighty Thor
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Thor: Tales Of Asgard on Blu-ray and DVD 5/17/11

The .God of Thunder. is back!

He.s waged battles in Ultimate Avengers, Ultimate Avengers 2, Next Avengers and Hulk Vs., and now one of the most beloved characters in the Marvel Universe is ready to strike out on his own when Thor: Tales Of Asgard arrives on Blu-ray, DVD andGame Consoles on May 17, 2011.

The newest Marvel Animated Feature is the perfect companion to the May 6th release of the live-action theatrical film Thor.

New Marvel Animated Feature Stars Fan-Favorite The Mighty Thor and

Hits Stores Just Weeks After Theatrical Film Debuts!

Street Date: 5/17/11

Blu-ray Combo Pack Srp: $29.99

DVD Srp: $19.98

Program Description

He.s waged battles in Ultimate Avengers, Ultimate Avengers 2, Next Avengers and Hulk Vs., and now one of the most beloved characters in the Marvel Universe is ready to strike out on his own this May. See the young .God of Thunder. as Marvel Animation and Lionsgate Home Entertainment
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Marvel Animation’s Thor: Tales Of Asgard Hits DVD and Blu-ray In May

  • ScifiMafia
Check out this brand new clip from Marvel Animation‘s upcoming release, Thor: Tales Of Asgard. In the clip, Loki (God of Lies and Mischief) plays a prank on the wolf Fenris in the Port Hole Pub while Thor and the Warriors Three look on. Check it our below, along with the synopsis, the trailer and links to pre-order your copy on DVD or Blu-ray today!

Clip: Thor: Tales of Asgard – “Loki — God of Mischief”

Click Here To View The Video

Synopsis:

Before he ever lifted his mighty hammer, there was the sword. Fantastic journeys beckon from the mysterious nine realms. Places of dark mists and fiery voids. Of winged creatures and giants in the ice. And the most alluring quest of all – the search for the legendary Lost Sword of Surtur. Hungry for adventure, Thor secretly embarks on the journey of a lifetime, joined by his loyal brother Loki,
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Thor: Tales of Asgard Blu-Ray DVD Combo Pack Announced

An appropriate announcement on April Fool’s Day we get a video clip of the upcoming New Marvel Animated Feature starring a young Thor and Loki in their early days in Thor: Tales of Asgard. It will be available in a Blu-Ray Combo Pack, DVD, Digital Download and On Demand on May 17, 2011 a little over a week after the May 6th theatrical release of Thor.

The film features the voice talent of Matthew Wolf (Thor), Rick Gomez (Loki, Band of Brothers), Grey DeLisle (Sif) and Christopher Britton (Odin) and Clancy Brown (Superman:The Animated Series) also makes an appearance as an Unidentified Frost Giant. It is directed by Sam Liu and is written by Greg Johnson.

Here’s a clip starring Loki who is up to no good; he is the God of Mischief after all.

Story:

Before he ever lifted his mighty hammer, there was the sword. Fantastic journeys
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