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Sarah Tarkoff, a writer on ABC’s Mistresses who this year sold her debut Ya sci-fi novel Eye Of The Beholder to HarperCollins in a competitive three-book deal, has signed with Apa. She has also penned episodes of Arrow and The Witches Of East End, and previously worked on Jane The Virgin and Gossip Girl. Primary Wave Entertainment has signed Mike & Molly creator and onetime Two And A Half Men scribe Mark Roberts. The deal makes Roberts the latest writer to join the… »
61 years ago today, J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” continued with the release of its second volume, “The Two Towers.” That November release followed that summer’s debut of “The Fellowship of the Ring,” which came nearly two decades after “The Hobbit” hit shelves in 1937. Tolkien’s epic tale of Middle-earth continued in this second volume, introducing readers to Treebeard and his fellow Ents, to the realm of Rohan and to Gríma Wormtongue. The third “Lord of the Rings” volume, “The Return of the King” was released in October 1955, so fans had to wait nearly 12 months to find out what happened after the cliffhanger of “Two Towers,” which ends with Samwise realizing that Frodo had not been killed by Shelob’s venomous sting, as it had appeared, but merely drugged. “Frodo was alive but taken by the Enemy,” the book ends. Rayner Unwin, the books’ publisher, later said, “For »
- Emily Rome
Midverse Studios's mobile game, Penny Dreadful: Demimonde, is currently in development and you can sign up for the beta version is going on now. Universal Cable Productions projects update and exclusive Frank Forte and Asylum Press prints are also featured in this round-up.
Penny Dreadful Mobile Game: Press Release: "Midverse Studios, a Silicon Valley mobile gaming company, announced that it is developing a game based on the Showtime hit TV Series Penny Dreadful. The new game called Penny Dreadful: Demimonde, will allow fans of the show to engage with their favorite characters and content from the series.
The game, under license by CBS Consumer Products, is currently under development and will be launched this fall for mobile phones and tablet devices. Penny Dreadful: Demimonde will be released via the Apple App Store, Google Play Store and Amazon Kindle store, with a Facebook version of the game set to follow. »
- Tamika Jones
Annecy – “This changes everything,” “How to Train Your Dragon” hero Hiccup (once more voiced by Jay Baruchel) mysteriously announces at the opening credit roll climax of DreamWorks Animation TV’s new series spinoff, “Dragons: Race to the Edge,” as he brandishes an emblazoned metal cylinder with a light-shaft.
He’s referring the cylinder, soon known as the Dragon Eye, but he could have been talking about the migration of “How To’s” smaller screen riff from Cartoon Network to Netflix that exclusively releases the first 13-seg season of “Race” on June 26, as part of its groundbreaking multiyear deal with DreamWorks Animation.
The Netflix impact is clear to see from the get-go of “Race to the Edge,” which had its European premiere Tuesday at Annecy Fest, the world’s biggest animation meet, with DreamWorks Animation head of television Margie Cohn fielding questions at a Q&A, after a screening of »
- John Hopewell
By the end of the 2000s, getting number one at the American box office was a valuable marketing commodity. As such, studios pumped more and more money into making sure they at least had a great opening weekend for their product.
The consequence of this was that it was harder and harder for smaller and quirkier films to take a brief spot in the sun. Certainly towards the second half of the decade, it seems that the number one movie each week was pre-ordinained in a marketing meeting somewhere.
Still, there were some films that have since fallen out of public view that clawed their way to number one. How many of these do you remember?
January 2000, one week
Based on Marc Behm's book of the same name, »
Spanning five seasons and comprising 156 episodes, the original run of Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone brought spine-tingling situations and unflinching social commentary to small screens on a weekly basis.
Gathered around the rabbit-eared tube in living rooms across the country, viewers saw characters struggle to think happy thoughts in 1961’s “It’s a Good Life”, watched as bus passengers huddled in a diner wondered aloud which of them was an alien in “Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?”, saw beauty and ugliness perceived from unexpected perspectives in 1960’s “Eye of the Beholder”, and experienced hours of other strange and thought-provoking occurrences throughout the series.
Bif Bang Pow!’s Series 2 Twilight Zone figures feature characters from the aforementioned three classic episodes as well as the memorable 1960 entry, “The Night of the Meek.”
Standing 3.75 inches tall with five points of articulation, BifBangPow!’s Series 2 Twilight Zone limited edition figures are individually numbered, »
- Derek Anderson
Donna Douglas, who played the ditsy Elly May Clampett on “The Beverly Hillbillies,” died Friday at her home in Zachary, La., according to a report by CBS affiliate Wafb-tv in Baton Rouge, La. She was 81.
Douglas starred as the naive only daughter of the oil-rich Clampett clan in the CBS sitcom that ran from 1962 to 1971. Buddy Ebsen played patriarch Jed Clampett, who moves his family from the Ozarks to Beverly Hills after stumbling into oil riches.
Douglas’ Elly May was known for her love of all kinds of “critters,” as well as for her shapely figure, form-fitting jeans and cascade of blond curls. The actress was a series regular throughout the run of the top-rated show, which was the first in a triptych of corny countrified sitcoms from creator Paul Henning that included “Petticoat Junction” and “Green Acres.”
Elly May’s love of “critters” was inspired by Douglas’ real-life affection for animals, »
- Cynthia Littleton
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