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One of the things that I noticed during my married years was just how hard it can be for a couple to meet another adult couple they can spend time with socially. There were plenty of couples we knew, but that was because I was friends with someone in that couple before they were in that relationship. Most of our friends were my friends who she met through me, or friends of hers that I met through her. There was really only one couple that we met during our entire marriage where we clicked completely and they became basically family to us. It started when they moved into the apartment directly across from ours. Right around the time we found out we were having our first child, they found out they were expecting as well. We started out chatting about that, and then little by little realized how much we all got along, »
- Drew McWeeny
The lo-fi space creatures were the heroes of a family-focused show that aired in Britain in the late 60s and early 70s, and will now be narrated by the original Captain Kirk as an updated version moves across the pond to Us television
They live on a little blue planet. They communicate by whistling to each other. They are pink. And they are trying to break America.
The Clangers are little alien creatures that are the subject of the eponymous television show, a cult favorite stop-motion children’s programme that first aired in Britain in 1969.
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- Adam Gabbatt
There's not a week that goes by without someone either e-mailing me or reaching out through Facebook or Twitter to tell me how much they love the "Star Wars" series I wrote here as part of Film Nerd 2.0. That is something that I can't quantify in terms of how much it means to me that what I went through with the boys resonated so loudly for so many people, and I am excited to be able to share a new "Star Wars" film with them for the first time ever later this year. But when it came to one of the other major movie trilogies, my approach was a little less considered. When the first chapter of the "Hobbit" trilogy came out in theaters, the boys were well aware of it and asked repeatedly to go see it. For movies based on books, I try to encourage them to read »
- Drew McWeeny
They may be two of this season’s “It” showrunners, but Jill Soloway and Jennie Snyder Urman aren’t exactly overnight successes. They’ve both paid their dues with staff jobs (Soloway on “Six Feet Under,” Urman on “Gilmore Girls”) and showrunner gigs (Soloway on HBO’s “How to Make It in America,” Urman on the CW’s “Emily Owens, M.D.”). Soloway’s “Transparent” has put Amazon originals on the map, winning Golden Globes for best comedy and lead Jeffrey Tambor, while Urman’s “Jane the Virgin” earned CW its first Globe noms, and scored a win for breakout star Gina Rodriguez. In a wide-ranging conversation with Variety they discuss the challenges of binge-viewing vs. 22-episode seasons, blending comedy with drama, and Caitlyn Jenner.
When did you realize your show might work?
Urman: Right before the TCAs when all the critics watched it, before it started airing. I read those pre-reviews — “Oh my gosh, »
- Geoff Berkshire
Bill Whitney’s just an ordinary American high school kid. Sure, he may live in a Beverly Hills mansion. He might drive a brand new Jeep to the beach. But deep down, he has the same hang-ups as most teenagers: he distrusts authority, resents his parents, and suspects that he might actually be adopted.
Gradually, however, we suspect that there might be something more to Billy’s paranoid fantasies than raging hormones - his parents really do seem to be up to something sinister - something to do with private parties, naked orgies, and shunting...
"We're just one big happy family... except for a little incest and psychosis"
According to a new report from TV Line the Outlander season 2 peeps have hired actors, Stanley Weber and Robert Cavanah, to come on play 2,new characters in the Paris,France setting. Stanley Weber will be play character ,French Le Comte St. Germain. Robert Cavanah will play Jamie’s Jacobite cousin, the Paris-dwelling wine merchant Jared Fraser. In the Dragonfly in Amber novel, which is the source material for season 2, "Jared greets Jamie and Claire when they arrive in France. They live in his grand home and look after his wine business while he travels to the West Indies, which provides the perfect cover for their attempts to avert the impending Jacobite Rising." Le Comte St. Germain "first becomes aware of Claire when her weighing in on a public-health matter causes him to lose a lot of money. As the story progresses, St. Germain is revealed as a merciless villain who traffics in the occult. »
Outlander is saying bienvenue to its first new cast members for Season 2.
Stanley Weber has joined the historical drama as the French Le Comte St. Germain, E! Online reports. And Robert Cavanah will play Jamie’s Jacobite cousin, the Paris-dwelling wine merchant Jared Fraser, per Access Hollywood.
In Dragonfly in Amber, the Diana Gabaldon novel on which Season 2 is based, Jared greets Jamie and Claire when they arrive in France. They live in his grand home and look after his wine business while he travels to the West Indies, which provides the perfect cover for their attempts to avert the impending Jacobite Rising. »
Cavity Colors and Van Orton Design have released limited T-shirts and tank tops inspired by the aliens from John Carpenter's film, They Live. Also in this round-up: trailers for AMC's Humans and the Mad Max video game.
"The left side of the image represents the first time Rowdy Roddy Piper puts on the infamous sunglases, and he sees the subliminal imagery and aliens in grayscale. The color side represents when you finally see “Them” in full color and fully exposed to the world!"
Priced at $24, this limited maroon shirt is printed on 100% cotton fabric and is prone to sell out quickly. To learn more about the Cavity Colors' They Live T-shirt, visit:
"Exposure" Tank Top:
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- Tamika Jones
Read More: Berlin Review Pablo Larraín's 'The Club' is a Bracing Critique of the Catholic Church Music Box Films has acquired the North American rights to Pablo Larraín's Berlinale 2015 Grand Jury Prize Winner, "The Club." The film marks the filmmaker's follow-up to his 2012 Oscar-nominated film, "No." The cast of "The Club" features stars from Larraín’s various previous films, including, Alfredo Castro ("Tony Manero,"" "Post Mortem," "No"), Antonia Zegers ("Post mortem," "No"), Jaime Vadell ("No"), Alejandro Goic ("Gloria”), and Francisco Reyes ("Profugos"). Here's the official synopsis per Music Box: "Four men live together in a secluded house in a small seaside town. Each of them has been sent to this place to purge sins from the past. They live according to a strict regime under the watchful eye of a female caretaker, »
- Elle Leonsis
Fantastic Four will arrive in UK cinemas on August 6 and in the Us on August 7.
We've got a whole new take on Marvel's First Family
In case it wasn't clear from the fresh faces of the cast (and the uniformly bad memories of the 2005 and 2007 films), this movie will reboot the franchise based on Marvel Comics' very first comic book series.
John Lasseter, animation guru and Chief Creative Officer at both Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Animation Studios, gave a special presentation of the companies’ upcoming slate in Cannes today.
The advancements in animation he showed during the session earned some roars of approval from the assembled press and industry guests.
“These two studios are filmmaker-driven studios,” Lasseter said. “Our focus is on telling great stories and we celebrate the heritage of each studio. It’s exciting to be constantly breaking new ground.”
“It’s a very special movie for us,” Lasseter said. “When you look at all the films Pixar has made this could be the most important, It makes you think about your own thoughts, emotions, memories in a different way.” The film opens in France on June 17 (under the title [link=tt »
- email@example.com (Wendy Mitchell)
Sound on Sight undertook a massive project, compiling ranked lists of the most influential, unforgettable, and exciting action scenes in all of cinema. There were hundreds of nominees spread across ten different categories and a multi-week voting process from 11 of our writers. The results: 100 essential set pieces, sequences, and scenes from blockbusters to cult classics to arthouse obscurities.
A good fight scene is built into the fabric of an action film such that you can sense it coming like a storm on the horizon. It’s in the details of the opponents: the cracking of knuckles, the puffing of chests, the staredowns that say, “It’s about to go down.” A good fight scene makes you want to cover your eyes yet is impossible to look away from. You get tingly waiting for the violence to erupt, and if it’s done its job, you come away dizzy, invigorated, or even nauseated. »
- Shane Ramirez
I’ve written a lot about horror musicals over the years on Icons of Fright, and it would appear that I’m not the only one out there with a deep and abiding love for musical adaptations of beloved horror films. Young Frankenstein, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Evil Dead, Carrie, American Psycho, The Silence Of The Lambs, Re-animator, and Little Shop Of Horrors are just a few horror films to get the musical theatre adaptation. Something about the combination of campy nature of spontaneously bursting into song and blood spraying everywhere is something many of us can’t get enough of. While I’m still waiting for Disney to get their shit together and make a Broadway version of Hercules, I’ve made myself a little dream list of horror films I hope get the musical treatment.
Fred Dekker’s deliciously campy masterpiece is just »
- BJ Colangelo
Rusev lost to John Cena in the “I Quit” match at Payback. It was a controversial finish since the whole point of the match is for one of the competitors to actually say “I Quit”, yet Rusev never said it. Instead, he started ranting in Bulgarian and his manager Lana went in the ring to quit for him.
According to Reddit user named addictedsc2, here’s the translation of Rusev’s ranting at the end of the match:
“Ahhh no…ahhh I give up! Next time we will crush you! I give up! Stop! I told you! I’ll crush you Cena! Damn your old mother, Cena! I will crush you! That’s enough, I told you!”
When reading that, Rusev didn’t specifically say that he quit. He did say that he gave up and that he felt it was enough, so that’s why Lana went »
- John Canton
Recently, Entertainment Weekly chatted up Reign producer, Laurie McCarthy, and she dished up some interesting season 3 spoilerage. It turns out that we're going to see more of England get introduced into the plotline, along with more Queen Elizabeth stuff, and more! Laurie kicked things off by giving us more intel on Queen Elizabeth, stating: "Elizabeth is going to share some of the traits of Mary and some of the traits of Catherine. Because, like those women, she’s feeling very much alone in a man’s world. They live in a patriarchy still. And she’s the ruler of England and she’s feeling threatened. And like Catherine, she thinks the end justifies the means. She is, beyond even Catherine in some ways, a survivalist.” Next, Laurie revealed that season 3 will feature a whole lot of England, Elizabethan court, and more. She said: "The show’s got a certain amount of elasticity to it. »
Teen Titans Go! is an animated TV show that follows the Teen Titans — Robin, Starfire, Cyborg, Raven & Beast Boy — when they are not saving the world. They live in a T-shaped building (cool) together (so cool) as teenagers (Omg even cooler) without adult supervision (Can You Even Imagine!) It’s based on DC’s Teen Titans, so if you watch closely you’ll see some characters you might know. But you should watch because they have an episode where they just say “Waffles” and one where Robin has to house sit the Bat Cave. They also like to sing.
When we were at WonderCon, we had chance to talk with the show’s producers, Michael Jelenic and Aaron Harvath, as well as two of the voice actors, Scott Manville (Robin) and Greg Cipes (Beast Boy). Teen Titan Go! airs Tuesday night at 6/5c on Cartoon Network.
- Maddy and Anya Ernst
Altair, presumably contemplating suicide knowing what lies ahead.
With Failure to Connect, we asked our writers what games they were unable to connect with, regardless of their fiscal and critical success. For the month of May we will attempt to explore this issue in detail on a case by case basis.
The Assassin’s Creed franchise is the video game equivalent of one of those ‘Now That’s What I Call Music…’ compilation albums that roll out a few times a year. It doesn’t matter whether anything particularly noteworthy has happened in the world of pop music in the last few months. It doesn’t matter if a seminal band have released a classic single, or if the biggest hit of the last quarter was ‘Cotten Eye Joe’ by Rednex. By hook or by crook, there’ll be a ‘Now’ CD out in time for Christmas. And while some »
- John Cal McCormick
Both the title and premise of Swiss director Nicolas Steiner’s latest documentary mildly echoes the recently released and quickly disregarded found footage horror schlock As Above, So Below, but his Rotterdam premiered endeavor is more heady, heartfelt and a hell of a lot more beautiful in every respect. Weaving together the unconventional lives of the unfortunates subsisting in the subterranean underbelly of Las Vegas and the desolate deserts that surround the city of sin, Above and Below evokes the sly scifi documentation of the daily routine found in Yuri Ancarani’s evocative Platform Moon while posing its own inquisitions into the social stratospheres of dereliction by casting its varying subjects as nothing less than aliens autonomously banished for shame or self preservation.
Steiner’s focus rotates between the dark and soggy sewer dwelling couple Rick and Cindy, their respected tunnel bound neighbor, Godfather Lalo, a former drug addicted truck »
- Jordan M. Smith
Directed by Lewis Milestone
As a teenager, Martha Ivers (Janis Wilson) was a petulant rebel who regularly struck the ire of her caretaking aunt, a wicked woman prone to sucking the joy out of Martha’s life even though she offers the youngling a home in her plush Pennsylvania estate. One of the teen’s attempts to run away with street smart Sam Masterson (Darryl Hickman) changes the rest of her life in ways she could never have anticipated. Caught by the police once again and sent back home, Martha unleashes her frustrations on her aunt, murdering her in the process. The only witness to the killing is young Walter O’Neil (Mickey Kuhn), son of Martha’s tutor. Martha claims an intruder killed the vile old creature amidst a frantic escape. Flash forward years »
- Edgar Chaput
Our look at underappreciated films of the 80s continues, as we head back to 1988...
Either in terms of ticket sales or critical acclaim, 1988 was dominated by the likes of Rain Man, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Coming To America. It was the year Bruce Willis made the jump from TV to action star with Die Hard, and became a star in the process.
It was the year Leslie Nielsen made his own jump from the small to silver screen with Police Squad spin-off The Naked Gun, which sparked a hugely popular franchise of its own. Elsewhere, the eccentric Tim Burton scored one of the biggest hits of the year with Beetlejuice, the success of which would result in the birth of Batman a year later. And then there was Tom Cruise, who managed to make a drama about a student-turned-barman into a $170m hit, back when $170m was still an »
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