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Jerry McNeely, Creator of ‘Owen Marshall,’ Dies at 86

17 July 2014 2:45 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Jerry McNeely, Emmy-nominated television writer and creator of series including “Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law,” died Monday in Tarzana, Calif. He was 86 and had suffered from Parkinson’s Disease for several years.

McNeely was one of TV’s busiest writers in the 1960s and ’70s, penning multiple episodes of “Dr. Kildare,” “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,” “Ironside,” “The Name of the Game” and “Marcus Welby, M.D.” He also created and wrote multiple episodes of the lawyer series “Owen Marshall,” the high-school-teacher series “Lucas Tanner” and the family drama “Three for the Road.”

In the 1980s, he developed and produced the medical series “Trauma Center” and produced the family drama “Our House.” He also wrote individual scripts for such popular series as “The Twilight Zone,” “Mr. Novak,” “The Virginian,” “The Streets of San Francisco” and “McMillan and Wife.”

McNeely received Emmy and Humanitas nominations for writing the 1977 TV movie “Something for Joey, »

- Jon Burlingame

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Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan to construct Universal Monsters shared movie universe

17 July 2014 2:15 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The name of the game in blockbuster filmmaking right now is “Cinematic Universe,” meaning we’re beginning to see film continuity and shared storytelling define the way studios make tentpole films. Marvel started the trend with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and DC will be following suit with their burgeoning Justice League-centric universe that began with Man of Steel. 20th Century Fox has created a shared, cohesive universe for the X-Men franchise, while Sony is building one around The Amazing Spider-Man films, with villain-centric spin-offs like Venom and Sinister Six.

The “shared universe” mentality has spread to non-superhero properties as well, like the Fast and the Furious franchise (which pays respect to past films by bringing old characters into new installments), and Disney’s longterm plan for Star Wars (which will include official saga “Episodes” as well as spin-off films and solo character adventures).

Universal is now hoping to take »

- James Garcia

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Watch: 70-Minute Episode Of '70s Show 'The Name Of The Game' Directed By Steven Spielberg

27 June 2014 8:18 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Although it’s well known that Steven Spielberg worked in TV before taking on the big screen, very few people have actually seen any of the work he did before TV movie “Duel.” Thankfully, a kind soul has posted the last TV episode Spielberg directed before breaking out of the small screen ghetto with the 1971 automotive thriller. Originally aired on January 15th, 1971 (roughly ten months before “Duel” opened), the 16th episode of the third season of “The Name of the Game” pulled a very peculiar trick by suddenly injecting some sci-fi into a show that dealt exclusively with the inner workings of a magazine publishing company, The episode, titled “L.A. 2017,” centers on Gene Barry as publisher Glenn Howard, who has an accident and wakes up 46 years in the future. We don’t want to spoil the 70-minute episode, so we’ll just say that fans of dystopian futures may »

- Cain Rodriguez

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Mortal Kombat X revealed

2 June 2014 11:18 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The next Mortal Kombat's existence was leaked online via Amazon listings, but has now been confirmed...


The next instalment in the Mortal Kombat series, which enjoyed something of a revival with the excellent 2011 release, is heading back to our screens in the form of Mortal Kombat X.

Initially, the game was discovered via an Amazon listing (via MP1st) containing references to Mortal Kombat X on multiple platforms, including Xbox One and PS4. Shortly afterwards, Netherrealm's Ed Boon confirmed that the game did, indeed, exist.

The name of the game is "Mortal Kombat X"

Ed Boon (@noobde) June 2, 2014

Apart from the name, no details were provided, but an official trailer was then released, which you can see below. It's clearly a CG-only affair, but it shows off new looks for both Scorpion and Sub Zero, along with many of the signature moves and abilities each long-serving combatant possesses.

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- aaronbirch

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New 'Mortal Kombat' coming next year: Watch the gruesome trailer -- Video

2 June 2014 3:39 PM, PDT | - PopWatch | See recent - PopWatch news »

Just when you thought the violence on last night’s Game of Thrones was rough, Ed Boon, co-creator of Mortal Kombat, confirmed that there will be a new installment of the popular fighting game. The new release, Mortal Kombat X, will be available in 2015.

The announcement was made via Twitter at 6:01 a.m. today and has since been retweeted more than 2,000 times. Shortly thereafter, Boon also tweeted a link to the trailer, which features two lead characters, Scorpion and Sub-Zero, fighting to the death. The result? Almost two minutes of adrenaline-infused, hyper-masculine, fist punching, bone breaking, and blood-spewing action, »

- C. Molly Smith

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Cannes award to legendary Vilmos Zsigmond

27 May 2014 4:31 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

We here at Tfh have always thought of the great Vilmos Zsigmond as one of "our" movie icons, having begun his distinguished cinematographic career in the humble swamps of low budget exploitation before rising on his own merit to a justly celebrated mainstream career. So it is with fond memories of the likes of The Sadist, The Name of the Game is Kill, The Time Travelers and Five Bloody Graves that we congratulate him on this latest award: From The Daily News - The legendary Hungarian-American cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond, director of photography of the soon-to-be-released film ‘Atatürk,’ will receive a Life Time Achievement Award today from the 67th Cannes International Film Festival 2014. 

In an extraordinary, Academy Award-winning career spanning some six decades, Zsigmond’s outstanding credits include “The Deer Hunter” and “Heaven’s Gate” directed by Michael Cimino, “Close Encounters Of The Third Kind” and “Sugarland Express” by Steven Spielberg, »

- TFH Team

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Kirby: Triple Deluxe – Hefty Fun in a Cutesy Game

10 May 2014 6:15 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

The Kirby series has a knack for getting sidetracked with experimental games like Epic Yarn and Mass Attack. Though good, Kirby games are best when the main focus is absorbing the powers of any enemy on the fly. Kirby: Triple Deluxe is another core Kirby title and it delivers more of what makes the pink puffball so lovable. It is Kirby’s first entry on the 3Ds and delivers an experience comparable to the last console game, Kirby’s Return to Dream Land.

In Triple Deluxe, Kirby’s latest adventure begins with a Dreamstalk growing under Dream Land and carrying various landmarks including Kirby’s house and King Dedede’s castle into the sky. While in the new, displaced area of Floralia, Kirby discovers the culprit is Taranza and Taranza has trapped once enemy, now pal Dedede. It is up to Kirby to hunt the six-armed baddie down to restore »

- Francois Chang

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New Batman: Arkham Knight Images Reveal the Titular Villain and General Awesomeness

27 March 2014 7:47 AM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Rocksteady has revealed it's final game in the Batman Arkham franchise and it looks pretty amazing.  We get to drive the batmobile through an expanded Gotham City and have a badass looking new villain called the "Arkham Knight".  Details on the new character are pretty scarce, but today, Warner Bros has released a batch of new screenshots from the game giving our first full look at him, plus a few other goodies to oggle.  Come inside to check them out!

So far, Batman: Arkham Knight is looking pretty impressive.  Visually it's unmatched (being a pure new-gen game) so far, and it's coming from  a proven game developer.  All in all it's a recipe for awesome, and gamers are understandably excited.  The name of the game, apparently stems from an all new character/villain being introduced called the Arkham Knight.  So far, Rocksteady isn't spilling the beans about the guy, but »

- (Jordan Maison)

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