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In one of the biggest TV culls of recent memory, ABC today cut a veritable swathe through some of its most well known and long-running material, cancelling a raft of shows with a built-in pedigree and audience. Castle is one of the most prominent, a Steven J. Cannell-esque procedural detective show that has seen the ever-adored Nathan Fillion as the titular crime author-turned sleuth partnered with Stana Katic’s tough cop, allowing for eight seasons of largely ‘will they, won’t they?’. The revival of The Muppets has gone, and while they have done fairly well in recent years back at the box office, the Jim Henson legends have suffered creatively and crucially in terms of viewership on the small screen. Perhaps the most expected goodbye is to Marvel’s Agent Carter, the mid-season replacement for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, which ran for two seasons »
- Tony Black
AMC’s “Turn: Washington’s Spies” returns on April 25, and the producers of the Revolutionary War era-drama say that the show may have particular resonance to this year’s presidential campaign of overheated rhetoric and seemingly endless debate.
AMC is even marketing the show with a play on this year’s campaign slogans — “They Made America Great” and “Feel the Turn” — and is conducting an online poll to choose any of this year’s presidential contenders vs. George Washington (Luckily, the father of our country is winning).
“With words like treason being bandied about, sometimes in this election cycle, I think it is good to look back and say, ‘Here is where real treason was going down,'” says executive producer Craig Silverstein. “All of the politicians are invoking the founding father’s names, but they don’t realize that those guys were in a major pitched battle, sometimes against each other, »
- Ted Johnson
All hail Frank Tashlin! America's subversive secret weapon of the 1950s made incredible adult live-action cartoon movies that satirized all the sex and vulgarity denied by the mainstream. In Technicolor! Political incorrectness meets lollypop-sweet sentimentality in a farce that transcends good taste. Susan Slept Here Blu-ray Warner Archive Collection 1954 / Color / 1:66 widescreen / 98 min. / Street Date April 19, 2016 / available through the WBshop / 21.99 Starring Dick Powell, Debbie Reynolds, Anne Francis, Alvy Moore, Glenda Farrell, Horace McMahon, Herb Vigran, Les Tremayne, Mara Lane, Maidie Norman, Rita Johnson, Ellen Corby, Red Skelton. Cinematography Nicholas Musuraca Film Editor Harry Marker Original Music Leigh Harline Choreographer Robert Sidney Written by Alex Gottlieb from a play by Gottlieb and Steve Fisher Produced by Harriet Parsons Directed by Frank Tashlin
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
Director Frank Tashlin has finally found an appreciative audience with adventurous film fans, but the charms of his glorious style of filmmaking are unknown to »
- Glenn Erickson
Two-time Emmy winner Larry Drake, who portrayed the mentally-challenged Benny Stulwicz on NBC's hit drama series L.A. Law, passed away today at the age of 66. While no cause of death was given, TMZ reports that the actor did have recent health problems pertaining to his weight, but his health issues weren't thought to be terminal. The actor was found in his Hollywood, California home by a friend at approximately 1:30 Pm today.
Larry Drake was born on February 21, 1950 to Lorraine, a homemaker, and Raymond Drake, a drafting engineer for an oil company, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma and originally wanted to be a teacher before studying acting. He landed a variety of small roles throughout the 1970s and 1980s in movies like Date with a Kidnapper and The Karate Kid, and TV shows such as Hardcastle and McCormick and Hunter. In 1987, he landed the role of Benny Stulwicz, »
Please note: This article contains spoilers for Marvel's Agents of Shield S3 E2, 'Purpose in the Machine'. If you're not watching the show, then either a) What?! You must be crazy (joking!) or b) You've obviously missed an episode due to whatever reason (in which case, I'm so sorry), and are now waiting for viewing options to become available so that you can get back into it (but rest assured, it's worth the wait).
This episode was written by D.J. Doyle, who plays with many themes that will be music to the ears of any analytically-minded fans. This is my jam. Delicious food for thought.
Anyway, now that we've got enough puns out of the way to keep Brett Dalton happy should he ever read this, let's get analysing. (To reference Doctor Horrible's Sing-a-Long Blog: It's hi-yo, thematic analysis! (Signed Bad Horse.))
If you don't know what a microcosm is, »
Berlin Critics' Week returns this year for a second edition, running from February 11 through 18. We've got notes on the lineup, which includes Zahra Vargas's Homer, a Hunter's Fate, Pablo Agüero's Eva Doesn't Sleep, Sara Fattahi's Coma, Philippe Grandrieux's Malgré la nuit, Denis Côté's Que nous nous assoupissions, Andrej Zulawski's Cosmos, Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Vapour, Igor Minaev's Blue Dress, Lewis Klahr's Sixty Six, Isiah Medina's 88:88 and Marita Neher and Tatjana Turanskyj's Disorientation Isn't a Crime. » - David Hudson »
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
"Straight Outta Compton" Yeah, the Oscars snubbed it for major awards, but who cares what the "Academy" thinks? Bye, Felicia! Critics and audiences loved this bio-drama about the creation of N.W.A., and it's available on Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand January 19. The Blu-ray (and Digital HD, which is already out) includes the Unrated Director's Cut, with 20 additional minutes of the film. Bonus features exclusive to Blu-ray include deleted scenes, feature commentary with director/producer F. Gary Gray, and several behind-the-scenes featurettes on the making of the film.
"Everest," which documents two different expeditions challenged by one of the fiercest snowstorms encountered by man, is out on Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand January 19. The film's all-star cast includes Jake Gyllenhaal, Keira Knightley, »
- Gina Carbone
The Star Trek franchise will be 50 years old this September. It’s one of the most popular and enduring of all TV and film franchises, still going strong nearly 50 years after its debut in 1966. A third film of the rebooted series is in the works. Cinelinx looks at the ever-popular sci-fi property as it warps into its 50th year.
Star Trek, a show that didn’t do very well in the ratings when it first debuted, has become a multi-media monster. It has gone from television to cartoons, novels, comic books, video games and films. Many of the character names have become an iconic part of pop-culture. The real-life space shuttle Enterprise was named in honor of the space vessel from Star Trek. The whole concept of the sci-fi convention was begun by the fan-created ‘Trek’ conventions of the early seventies. Few franchises can claim to have had the impact »
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8 items from 2016
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