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The Point Radio: Ladies Who Make Us Laugh – Eliza Coupe & Sarah Colonna

4 hours ago

Two funny ladies share their stories here . First, Eliza Coupe talks about her adventures in series TV (Happy Endings, Benched) and her delightful new indy film, The Last Time You Had Fun. Then, meet Sarah Colonna. She’s a stand up comic, TV writer (Chelsea Lately) and a NY Times best selling author about to hit the chart again with her new book, Has Anyone Seen My Pants.


We’re here just once this week, but right after the holiday we are back with a sneak peek at the new season of Ghost Asylum, shared by the guys who still have the goosebumps to prove it.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter @ThePointRadio. »

- Mike Raub

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Molly Jackson: My Two Cents in the Target Market

7 hours ago

Last week or so, everyone has been talking about the big two and their readers.  Not to be outdone, I just had to share my insights that are slightly related and unrelated to what everyone is talking about.

First off, a confession.  I wasn’t a big comics reader growing up. With the exception of the occasional Archie, I kept my head firmly in traditional prose.  Growing up in a librarian’s home, books were my easily accessible fix for my active imagination. I really “broke” into comics in my twenties, following Buffy’s newest season onto the page.  (Thanks Joss!)

I’m not as well versed in DC and Marvel because it was all so daunting to a new reader.  Honestly, it still is. I can go back and read story arcs or independent stories but I’ll never have the wow of discovering The Killing Joke in issues »

- Molly Jackson

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Box Office Democracy: Home

9 hours ago

The epigraph on the second episode of the HBO series The Wire reads “You cannot lose if you do not play” which is a quote that really epitomizes the world view of the more entrenched characters on that show, they don’t believe in making waves, even to make things better, because they prefer the stability of the status quo. I worry that the people responsible for Home saw that quote and took it to heart in all the wrong ways because they have produced one of the safest, least ambitious movies I’ve ever seen. Home is less a piece of art and more a survey of focus groups and Q ratings with a heavy influence from a room full of executives free-associating with the phrase “what do kids think is funny?” written on a white board.

When I reviewed The Imitation Game I criticized Benedict Cumberbatch for a »

- Arthur Tebbel

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Mike Gold: Roseanne Roseannadanna Was Right!

12 hours ago

“It just goes to show ya, it’s always something. If it’s not one thing, it’s another.”

Deathless words from the late Roseanne Roseannadanna. And, as the saying goes, truer words were never spoken. Today’s column almost didn’t happen, and I’m writing this so late that it’s possible my editor won’t be able to take a whack at it.

Yes, I am a firm believer in people not editing themselves. Even the editor-in-chief gets edited. Of course in that situation the Eic becomes just another freelancer, and freelancers know all the tricks of getting stuff past their editor. The most effective way is to turn in your stuff so late that the editor can’t get to it. Unfortunately, assistant editor Adriane Nash knows that stunt. Nonetheless, all the mistakes and typos herein today are the writer’s, and I’m mostly using »

- Mike Gold

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Emily S. Whitten: Caprica: Before the Fall

31 March 2015 10:00 AM, PDT

Caprica, the 2010 prequel show to the 2003 reimagining of Battlestar Galactica, has been on my Netflix watch list for some time; but I blame Mindy Newell’s recent column for bumping it up to the top and getting me to actually start watching (I’m about five episodes in now). I love the modern Battlestar Galactica series, and thus would naturally have a desire to watch anything related to it; but BSG was such an entity unto itself that I was a little afraid of re-visiting it in this prequel format for fear it wouldn’t measure up. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to. It’s a different kind of show, and self-contained enough while still referencing BSG to be enjoyably tied to BSG without having to match it measure-for-measure.

For those who aren’t familiar with the prequel series, Caprica takes place “58 years before the Fall” of the Colonies that kicks off BSG, »

- Emily S. Whitten

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Harvey Awards Nomination Ballot for 2015 now online

31 March 2015 7:00 AM, PDT

The Executive Committees of the Harvey Awards and the Baltimore Comic-Con are proud to present the official Nomination Ballot for this year’s Harvey Awards, honoring work published in the 2014 calendar year. Named in honor of the late Harvey Kurtzman, one of the industry’s most innovative talents, the Harvey Awards recognize outstanding work in comics and sequential art. The 28th Annual Harvey Awards will be presented Saturday, September 26th, 2015 as part of the Baltimore Comic-Con.

Harvey Awards nomination ballots may be submitted using an online form.  If you are a comics professional, you can vote online at harveyawards.org/2015-nomination-ballot/.  This will enable easier and faster methods for the professional community to submit their nominees. Ballots are due for submission by Monday, May 11th, 2014.

Nominations for the Harvey Awards are selected exclusively by creators: those who write, draw, ink, letter, color, design, edit or are otherwise involved in a »

- Glenn Hauman

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Maisie Williams to guest star on Doctor Who

30 March 2015 10:09 AM, PDT

Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams was announced as one of the guest stars on the new series of Doctor Who, filming now in Wales.

While her exact role has not been revealed, Steven Moffat, lead writer and Executive Producer, added:

“We’re thrilled to have Maisie Williams joining us on Doctor Who. It’s not possible to say too much about who or what she’s playing, but she is going to challenge the Doctor in very unexpected ways. This time he might just be out of his depth, and we know Maisie is going to give him exactly the right sort of hell.”

The announcement also revealed two more episode titles for the new series, ‘The Girl Who Died’ written by Jamie Mathieson and Steven Moffat, and ‘The Woman Who Lived’ by Catherine Tregenna.  Tregenna has written several episodes of Torchwood, including “Captain Jack Harkness”, for which she received a Hugo nomination. »

- Vinnie Bartilucci

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Mindy Newell: The Truth Is Out There

30 March 2015 5:00 AM, PDT

For nine years, from 1993 through 2002, Friday was the night to stay home or at the least to make sure your favorite television recorder was programmed correctly.

I’m talking about The X-Files, created by Chris Carter and which starred then relatively unknown actors David Duchovny as FBI Special Agent Fox Mulder, an Oxford-trained behavioral psychologist, and Gillian Anderson as FBI Special Agent Dana Scully, an M.D. specializing in forensic medicine. Together they investigated the so-called “X-Files” of the FBI: cases that involved crimes on the margins of “normal,” paranormal activities, and UFO goings-on.

It became the Fox (no pun intended) network’s highest rated show and won numerous awards over its original lifetimes, including 16 Emmy Awards, five Golden Globes, and a Peabody Award over its run; it also received nominations and wins from the Directors Guild, the Writers Guild the Screen Actors Guild, the Television Critics Association, and the Saturn Awards. »

- Mindy Newell

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