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We’ve reviewed every summer movie season since 1980 to find out which are the best, and which are the worst. Last week we posted our picks for the worst, and here we post our picks for the best.
2015 and 2016 may just be the most overthetop summer movie seasons yet. It seems like nearly every movie slated for a summer 2015 or 2016 release is heavily anticipated. Because of these impending summers of movie awesomeness, we’ve decided to take a look back at summer movie seasons of years past. The idea of the summer movie season is currently in full swing, but it didn’t catch on immediately. Hollywood had to do its fair share of experimenting to determine what types of films would be most successful. As a result, some summer movie seasons have been better than others. We’ve reviewed them all for you and ranked them from worst to best. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
Last week, we pretty much realized that we had an illegally elected, alcoholic figurehead for a president on Scandal. This week, we march forward on our 30 Days of Binge calendar to season 3 of Scandal, and all that wine Pope drinks will sure come in handy as we see the fallout from Olivia Pope being uncovered as the president’s mistress to the media.
We also became acquainted with Michael Emerson’s excellence in creepiness as “Henry Gale” on season 2 of Lost, and watched as the islanders continue on pressing that damned button in the hatch. This week, we see what »
- Teresa Jue
Giant robots from another galaxy arrive on Earth with more on their minds than disguising themselves as our vehicles and rocking out to Linkin Park. Can Ben Kingsley and Gillian Anderson save us from Robot Overlords?
Grabbers director Jon Wright and writer Mark Stay are the overlords behind this new sci-fi action adventure thriller from the UK’s Embankment Films that sees the world as we know it enslaved by colossal machines from outer space.
Oscar winner Ben Kingsley and Gillian Anderson ("Hannibal," "The X-Files") appear to be leading the adult resistance against intergalactic tyranny, but from the looks and sounds of this one, Robot Overlords seems to be aimed at more of a teen audience.
Earth has been conquered by robots from a distant galaxy; survivors are confined to »
Filmmaker Ridley Scott — who in 1982 adapted Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? into the big-screen drama Blade Runner — and Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files) will serve as executive producers on the project, which originally was developed as a Syfy miniseries.
The best-selling The Man in The High Castle presents an alternate history in which Nazi Germany and Japan won »
The 1992 Full Moon flick Doctor Mordrid starring Jeffrey Combs was originally intended to be a Doctor Strange movie. Unfortunately, the rights reverted back to Marvel before Charles Band could get the film made.
With an actual Doctor Strange movie in the works, it seems fitting Band would give his pseudo-take on the character the Blu-ray treatment.
Re-Animator’s Jeffrey Combs dons his finest Doctor Strange lounge-wear to play enigmatic interdimensional sorcerer/New York landlord Dr. Anton Mordrid, sworn to protect our world by guarding the gates of the fourth dimension from his mortal enemy, the diabolical warlock Kabul (Brian Thompson, "The X-Files"), while also finding the time to for a little romance with a pretty police research consultant tenant (Yvette Nipar, “Robocop: The Series”).
We’ve been looking back all week at the hugely influential 1994–95 network-television season, which found new shows Friends and ER hobnobbing on the same schedule with Seinfeld, The Simpsons, and The X Files. We’ve counted down the season’s 100 best episodes, presented an oral history of the first season of Party of Five, tested your Friends knowledge with an Sat-style exam, and so much more. But right now we are in the middle of our My So-Called Life Power Hour and it’s time to honor Angela Chase’s friend Rayanne Graff.“So, I started hanging out with Rayanne Graff. Just for fun. Just ’cause it seemed like if I didn’t I would die ... or something.” From the opening three minutes of My So-Called Life’s pilot — during which teen protagonist Angela Chase is persuaded by new friend Rayanne to scam money off strangers (disastrously) and dye her »
- Rose Maura Lorre
We’ve been looking back all week at the hugely influential 1994–95 network-television season, which found new shows Friends and ER hobnobbing on the same schedule with Seinfeld, The Simpsons, and The X Files. We’ve counted down the season’s 100 best episodes, presented an oral history of the first season of Party of Five, tested your Friends knowledge with an Sat-style exam, and so much more. But right now we only care about My So-Called Life, and it’s time to listen to its awesome soundtrack again, with your host, Vulture columnist Dave Holmes.In September 1994, Atlantic Records released the soundtrack to ABC’s new teen drama My So-Called Life. What do these 11 songs tell us about the pop-culture landscape of 1994, about adolescence, about the emotional world of this show (which we here at Vulture obviously agree is pretty much perfect)? Let’s put on our coziest flannel and dive in. »
- Dave Holmes
From writer/executive producer Glen Morgan (The X-Files), the BBC America drama series Intruders is about a secret society devoted to chasing immortality by seeking refuge in the bodies of others. A missing wife (Mira Sorvino), an assassin (James Frain) covering his crimes and a child (Millie Brown) on the run are all seemingly unrelated, but will intertwine to reveal a conspiracy that will lead former Lapd cop Jack Whelan (John Simm) to question everything. During this exclusive interview with Collider, Glen Morgan and director Eduardo Sánchez (who directed the first four episodes, with Daniel Stamm directing the last four) talked about how Intruders came about, where it’s sticking close to the book and where it’s deviating, what drew them into the story, shooting the series in blocks of four episodes, instead of as eight separate ones, keeping a cohesive look and tone, approaching the show as a drama with human elements, »
- Christina Radish
Angel (sometimes referred to as AtS, or Angel the Series) was a spin-off of Buffy that began with Angel, the vampire with a soul, leaving Buffy and her home town of Sunnydale and heading to Los Angles looking for… something. A new start. Redemption. Solid ratings.
For four seasons, Angel was the yang to Buffy’s yin, and after Buffy went off the air, Angel continued on for a fifth and final season. While the two parted networks towards the end, the early seasons were rife with crossovers, including characters such as fan favourites Spike and Oz in the show’s first season (Spike would return in the fifth and final season with James Marsters added as a starring member »
- Jay Anderson
Here's everything you need to know about CBS' new fall shows! We know you're short on time, so we won't bore you with lame details and just cut to the chase on whether these new series are worth your precious time. We are not holding back. No filter! On Monday, we shared how we really feel about the CW's two new shows, Tuesday we presented ABC's new line-up and today it's CBS's turn. Téa Leoni returns to the spotlight with political drama Madam Secretary, her first TV role since playing herself in a 2000 episode of The X-Files. Maggie Q and Dylan McDermott team up to take on stalkers in Kevin Williamson's Stalker. NCIS heads to New Orleans for its latest spinoff and »
The first episode of the eight-part paranormal thriller, airing behind the return of “Doctor Who,” delivered 1.5 million viewers, according to Nielsen’s “live plus-3″ estimates. It had averaged 796,000 viewers in the same-night numbers initially reported, so the additional three days of DVR playback added 54% (or 427,000 viewers) to its total.
The show also had a 77% growth among adults 25-54 from its same-night tune-in (rising from 352,000 to 623,000 in “live plus-3″), a significantly greater lift than seen by the series premieres of other BBC America shows like “Atlantis” (+38%) and “Orphan Black” (+29%). “Intruders” is also second only to “Copper” as the channel’s highest series premiere ever in live+3.
- Whitney Friedlander
Since its debut in 1989, across 552 episodes and 25 seasons, The Simpsons has become one of the most revered and beloved TV programmes of all time. It’s a true cultural phenomenon that’s influenced not just animation, but all areas of TV comedy and sitcom. For so many of us, its quotes and catchphrases have permeated our everyday vernacular, from single words like “crisitunity” and “embiggen” to phrases “you don’t win friends with salad” and “everything’s coming up Milhouse.”
Personal opinions may vary, but for me the show’s peak years were from season 4 through to 10. They’re consistently funny, all killer and no filler runs with barely a dud episode to be found between 1992-1998. Past this point the standard becomes a little more mixed, and recent seasons have been distinctly average at best. The »
Buffy is fondly remembered for many things – great dialogue, charismatic characters, a lasting impression on nearly ever genre series since – but it’s often forgotten that the series could be scary too. With a premise based around a teenage hero who fights monsters from the pits of hell, Buffy features a bumper crop of dreaded demons and vicious vampires from across its 144 episodes. As the article mentioned above said, because Buffy was a show with a great sense of humour it would occasionally have a campy villain but that doesn’t stop a great number of others from being memorable monsters and, yes, indeed, creepy.
Even when removing the Big Bads from the equation – as this »
- Christian Bone
Basically everything good about the modern television renaissance began with The X-Files. Fox’s pioneering sci-fi, conspiracy theory, supernatural drama was a total risk when it began in 1993 – a risk that definitely paid off, as it became a ratings and cultural phenomenon, the latter of which lasts until this day. It also paved the way for more daring, experimental and downright weird TV programmes, the likes of which had never been seen before, and acted as a proving ground for writers who would go on to create and run many hit shows we like to have oh-so-serious discussions about around water coolers and internet forums to this day. Pretty impressive given the show was, more often than not, downright insane.
- Tom Baker
Lucy Lawless is heading into battle on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but she'll be suiting up in a different kind of armor. The Xena: Warrior Princess star will play Agent Isabelle Hartley in the second season of the ABC series. After the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, S.H.I.E.L.D. is no more. But Lawless' character, a seasoned S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, meets up with Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) in the second season to help rebuild the organization. Lawless' other TV credits include Battlestar Galactica, Parks and Recreation and guest bits across genre fair including The X-Files and Veronica Mars. She's not the only new face joining the Marvel series for season two. Adrianne Palicki will »
Intruders marks BBC America’s arrival into the current climate of moody spook dramas. Produced by The X-Files’ Glen Morgan, this mystical serial impresses from the jarring opening of its first episode. Why? Because it takes risks. If you’ve managed to avoid spoilers prior to watching the premiere, you may be inclined to agree that the show’s premise, even at the end of the episode… isn’t exactly clear. Therein lies the appeal and the mystery of Intruders. It gambles with expectations.
Dark and brooding from the outset, the show opens on an domestic incident that’s never fully explained, before jumping to a double homicide in suburban Seattle. It cuts to a married couple with a stilted relationship. Next up, there’s a nine-year-old girl troubled by visions. Then we see a bearded nerd delivering his conspiracy podcast out of a van. These seemingly isolated vignettes are »
- Gem Seddon
"In the beginning, there was death." This is the mantra of BBC America's new series Intruders, and the show makes good on that promise from the outset. The body-snatching drama based on British novelist Michael Marshall Smith’s work spans multiple genres, from the ever-popular police procedural, to the vogue of supernatural deaths and rebirths, with elements of classic crowd-pleasers like secret societies, conspiracies, and yes, even creepy children. While Intruders is sure to draw comparisons to The X-Files (which makes sense considering that the hit show's producer Glen Morgan is both writer and executive producer of the new series), it's much less episodic in nature and skews more toward the cult series Twin Peaks than anything else, thanks in part to its Pacific Northwest setting and layered mystery spiraling around its central plot. Hit the jump for my Intruders review, and for why you should welcome this show »
- Dave Trumbore
From writer/executive producer Glen Morgan (The X-Files), the BBC America drama series Intruders is about a secret society devoted to chasing immortality by seeking refuge in the bodies of others. A missing wife (Mira Sorvino), an assassin (James Frain) covering his crimes and a child (Millie Brown) on the run are all seemingly unrelated, but will intertwine to reveal a conspiracy that will lead former Lapd cop Jack Whelan (John Smith) question everything. During this exclusive interview with Collider, actors John Simm and James Frain talked about what attracted them to Intruders, having a brilliant novel to work from, trusting in their creative team, the show’s unsettling tone, that they will provide answers by the end of the season, and what’s to come for their characters. Check out what they had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers. Collider: John, how did this come about? »
- Christina Radish
Even before seeing a frame of Intruders, all the ideas sounded good. For starters, you have writer and creator Glen Morgan (The X-Files) getting to make a real X-Files-style show. That’s a good thing. And, since so many actors seem to be British these days, it seemed extra clever that this BBC America series, which takes place in the Pacific Northwest, chose to use a bunch of British actors but have them play Americans. Everybody gets it. So let’s play. And after having watched the first two hours of the eight-part limited series directed by Eduardo
- Tim Goodman
When one character meets a conspiracy theorist in Intruders, a new series debuting August 23 on BBC America, he looks at the wall and expresses disappointment: “What? No ‘I Want to Believe’ poster?” This was a wink to the X-Files roots of showrunner Glen Morgan, who adapted the program from the 2007 novel Intruders by British writer Michael Marshall Smith. “Well, for all of us, it’s kind of the elephant in the room,” laughed Morgan, in a recent interview with Vulture. The series slowly unravels a mystery involving a crew of immortal body-snatchers who can hop into the bodies of mere mortals and make their “hosts” seem a little out of sorts to their friends and family members. It’s an intriguing premise, and takes more than a few episodes to make sense, but like any great installment of The X-Files, not knowing exactly what’s going on is half the fun. »
- Jennifer Vineyard
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