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Today, Clark Kent and Lois Lane are celebrating their 19th wedding anniversary. It was on October 6, 1996 that Dean Cain’s Clark and Teri Hatcher’s Lois got married in an episode of “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.” Three days later, DC Comics released “Superman: The Wedding Album” (an issue with a cover date of December 1996). It was the first time Lois and Clark got married in the comics for realsies. Only took them 58 years. Previous weddings had ended with “it was all a dream” or the like. Here’s the TV wedding moment that aired 19 years ago. Savor that ’90s cheese. Other notable October 6 happenings in pop culture history: • 1847: “Jane Eyre” was published, at the time bearing the pseudonym Currer Bell. • 1927: The first feature-length film with synchronized dialogue, “The Jazz Singer” held its premiere in New York City, scheduled to coincide with Yom Kippur, the Jewish »
- Emily Rome
People of a certain age (i.e. “Old”) will remember when in the early days of HBO, a weird ,wild animated film called Twice Upon a Time made the rounds. Many paid it heed because it was executive produced by George Lucas, currently in the process of imprinting our childhoods with a new mythology. But except for a laserdisc and VHS release, the film rather fell off the table, save for dedicated maniacs who remembered it fondly.
Warner Archives, print-on-demand masters of unearthing lost bits of cinema and making them available to the masses, have achieved the impossible and presented the world with a brand new release of the film, unearthing both audio tracks, and getting many of the animators together for a commentary track, including Henry Selick, who has gone on to great things like Neil Gaiman’s Coraline and Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas, and in that order. »
- Vinnie Bartilucci
Also leaving October 1, some spooky TV titles, including "The Dead Files."
More than 150 titles are leaving Netflix in October; here's the entire list of movies and TV shows that will disappear from Netflix streaming in October.
Leaving Oct. 1, 2015
"Aces High" (1976)
"A Fond Kiss" (2004)
"Agata And The Storm" (2004)
"A Good Day to Die" (2013)
"Alakazam The Great" (1960)
"All Is Lost" (2013)
"An Affair to Remember" (1957)
"A Liar's Autobiography" (2012)
"America Declassified" (2013)
"Analyze This" (1999)
"Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues " (2013)
"Angela's Ashes" (1999)
"Annie Hall" (1977)
"Another Woman" (1988)
"Apocalypse Now" (1979)
"Apocalypse Now Redux" (2001)
"Baby's Day Out" (1994)
"Bad Timing: A Sensual Obsession" (1980)
"Baron Blood" (1972)
"Belle of the Yukon" (1944)
"Big Night" (1996)
"Blue Velvet" (1986)
"Brewster's Millions" (1945)
"Buying & Selling" (2013)
"Caesar and Cleopatra" (1945)
"Carve Her Name With Pride" (1958)
- Sharon Knolle
It’s been three years since the original Hotel Transylvania released back in 2012, with a Dracula-in-the-hospitality-industry monster mash-up that made some fervent little fans out of the army of monstrosities on screen and, more importantly to Sony, resulted in a higher-than-expected box office gross. Which is why we’re here now, with Hotel Transylvania 2 picking up a few years after the events of the first movie and throwing the expected cadre of things that go bump in the night into a new paradigm: parenthood.
Just like its predecessor, the new movie is sweet and broadly humorous, but that’s also sort of the problem. It’s so preoccupied with a simplistic – if nonetheless laudatory – message of tolerance and acceptance, and its jokes are so slapsticky, that it constantly bars itself from being anything other than an Adam Sandler-and-gang movie that’s actually watchable. Which is a feat unto itself, »
- Mitchel Broussard
18 years ago today, U2 performed a concert in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina while on their PopMart Tour. They were the first major artist to have a concert in the city after the end of the Bosnian War. About 45,000 people attended the show held in Koševo Stadium — which was used as a morgue during the war. Security was tight at the show, and troops surrounded the stadium in case violence broke out. But the soldiers were part of one of the most meaningful moments of the concert, as NME magazine recalled: When the band walked offstage at the end of the show, the audience erupted into applause, and the troops joined in. Larry Mullen, Jr., the band’s drummer, later said in an interview on BBC Radio, “There's no doubt that that is an experience I will never forget for the rest of my life. And if I had to spend »
- Emily Rome
On this day in 1996, Oprah Winfrey launched her book club and announced that “The Deep End of the Ocean” by Jacquelyn Mitchard would be her first selection. Oprah’s Book Club quickly became a hugely influential force in the publishing world. The popular daytime talk show host's stamp of approval on books often sent them to bestseller lists. Other notable Sept. 17 happenings in pop culture history: • 1957: Louis Armstrong canceled his trip to the U.S.S.R.. Announcing that he would not participate in a U.S. government-sponsored tour of the Soviet Union, the jazz musician said, “The way they are treating my people in the South, the government can go to hell.” • 1967: The Who ended a nationally televised performance of “My Generation” with a literal bang — an explosion, caused by explosives packed into Keith Moon’s drum kit, rocked the stage, singed Pete Townshend’s hair and »
- Emily Rome
Let's get real, is there anything Neil Patrick Harris can't do? The actor has made us laugh till we cry on How I Met Your Mother, hide as far as possible under the covers during his time on American Horror Story and even taught some pretty valuable life lessons on Sesame Street. And who can forget his time as the child prodigy medical doctor on Doogie Howser, M.D.? Handling the woes of teenage romantics and open heart surgery was all in a day's work for Harris. Now the Emmy and Tony award-winner is taking on an entirely new project, hosting and starring in Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris. The live variety show will include mind boggling stunts, skits, pranks and »
By Neil Hudson
Horror fans are generally a pretty cheery bunch, considering the all the man-hours they spend watching scenes of carnage, mutilation and the like. Lately, I’ve spent a considerable chunk of time watching horror films, only to get to the end and it dawn on me how utterly miserable I should feel. Which is cool, I’m fine with carrying around a persistent, heavy sense of dread in the pit of my stomach; that’s normal, right? This is a list of some of my favourite depressing horror movies. Not all of them are oppressively bleak for the entire flick, but they all end up in the same place: Bum-out city.
Need I say it? Heavy spoilers are below. Proceed accordingly.
I’m trying not to repeat any titles on my lists here; otherwise Martyrs and The Mist would be most certainly be down on this one. »
Just recently, we reported on HBO airing Sesame Street ahead of PBS for the next five seasons, thanks to deal with Sesame Workshop, so this video obviously comes at a great time. One of my favorite all-time bits on any show is when Jimmy Kimmel did the unnecessary censorship stuff with Sesame Street. Frankly, it’s when they do unnecessary censorship with just about any show. Until the day I die, I’ll always be immature enough to find that stuff funny. Today, though, it’s not Kimmel doing a parody of Sesame Street, but a company called Barely Productions decided to make a video depicting Sesame Street if it were taken over by HBO. It’s something we had to share with you. Needless to say it’s pretty funny. The video takes on shows like True Detective, Girls, The Sopranos, True Blood, and Envy. I have to say »
- Nat Berman
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Movie Science of the Day: Speaking of Keanu Reeves, for Nerdist Kyle Hill looks into the plausibility of The Matrix, specifically how humans serve as batteries for the title virtual world: Movie Parody of the Day: Your kids have to learn about sexual pleasure sometime, right? Cookie Monster stars in Sesame Street's take on When Harry Met Sally, and they do go there with a parody of the "I'll have what she's having" bit: Filmmaker in Focus: Filmscalpel spotlights close-ups on eyes in Martin Scorsese movies: Online Film School: Learn what a Dutch Angle is from Fandor Keyrame and this illustrative montage of shots from famous...
- Christopher Campbell
Are you ready for a remake of When Harry Met Sally? Well, Sesame Street is giving you one. Sort of. The show is parodying the classic 1989 film starring Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal in "When Cookie Met Sally," with Cookie Monster taking on the Billy Crystal role. And yes, they even put a kid-friendly spin on Meg Ryan's infamous fake orgasm scene, with Cookie Monster and Sally enjoying the desserts they waited oh-so-patiently-for in "a famous deli in New York City," in the clip above, which teaches a valuable lesson about patience. "Cookie was a monster who was totally out of control, Sally was a girl who was totally in control," the voice-over reads. "Could these two very different »
Sesame Street’s latest video parodies the famous 1989 movie “When Harry Met Sally,” complete with the hairdos and outfits from the original. The video opens by introducing Meg Ryan‘s character, Sally, and Cookie Monster, both of whom appear to be polar opposites: Cookie can’t control himself; Sally is a model of restraint. The majority of the spoof is set inside the deli in which the original film’s iconic fake orgasm scene takes place. In the parody, Sally teaches Cookie a lesson of patience when he tries to cut the line to get a sandwich. Also Read: 10 'Sesame »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Nothing for the kids on TV? Good thing there's lots of great children's programming available on Netflix streaming, from educational classics "Sesame Street" and "Reading Rainbow," to newer animated series of kids' favorites "Scooby-Doo" and "Curious George."
Here's 16 fun kids' shows you'll want to add your queue.
- Sharon Knolle
VideosLast Week Tonight: John Oliver Rips the Confederate Flag to Shreds
The host of HBO’s Last Week Tonight chose fraudulent televangelists for his latest target, exposing several false prophets for the greedy, deceitful life-ruiners they really are. (My personal favorite is the preacher who commands his viewers to “act happy” about the private jets he recently purchased. In cash.)
Oliver could have stopped there, but as is tradition, he took it one step further by creating his own (legal!) church known as Our Lady of Perpetual Exemption. And »
Which Once Upon a Time heroine is getting a Brave buddy? What’s the latest on Castle‘s mom and dad? Is Arrow‘s Canary still getting black-and-blue? Read on for answers to those questions plus teases from other shows.
Next time you speak with Once Upon a Time creators Adam and Eddy, can you ask them about Belle’s storyline for Season 5A? Even a small hint would be greatly appreciated. –Betsy
Your wish has been granted! “We’ve always wondered what would happen if Belle and Merida went on an adventure together…,” Ep Adam Horowitz shares. “We hope you do, »
Thursday’s news that beloved children’s program “Sesame Street” will air on HBO for the next five seasons was met with as much befuddlement as it was relief. Sure, the partnership will provide the funding to keep Big Bird and crew on the air, but does “Sesame Street” really belong on a channel known for edgy comedies and sex- and violence-stuffed dramas? But the coupling isn’t as odd as it might at first seem. After all, the two worlds have collided before, in the form of “Sesame Street” parodies “Birdwalk Empire” and “Game of Chairs.” In the interest of further synergy, »
- Wrap Staff
Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind “Sesame Street,” announced a new partnership with HBO on Thursday, bringing the next five seasons of the children’s television series to the premium cable network. That’s right, Big Bird and Cookie Monster will now appear on the same network as Lena Dunham’s frequently naked body, the high frequency of cursing on “Veep” and not-infrequent incidents of rape on “Game of Thrones.” Will Elmo and the gang be out of place on HBO, or will the new partnership lead to some compelling new crossovers? Watch the latest Wrap Trends and find out! »
- Wrap Staff
HBO is the new home for Sesame Street from this fall – but why did the show make the move from PBS, and what does it mean for children and their parents?
For anyone who’s taken a trip down Sesame Street, Thursday was both a sad day and a happy one.
Related: Sesame Street is moving to HBO for the next five seasons
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- Nigel M Smith
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