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Shane Black is Developing a Reboot of the Classic 1960s Spy Series The Avengers

Shane Black (Iron Man 3, The Nice Guys, The Predator) has got a new project that he's been digging into. According to his writing partner Fred Dekker, he and Black are working on a TV reboot of the classic 1960s British spy series The Avengers for Warner Bros. Even though Black has already worked with one of the Avengers in Iron Man 3, this is very different than what he did with Marvel.

During a recent interview published in The Dark Side Magazine (via ScreenRant), Dekker said:

“It’s The Avengers, with John Steed and Emma Peel. We’re setting it in Britain in the 60’s, and our approach is The Ipcress File meets Doctor Who. At this moment, it’s my favorite thing we’re working on.”

That's awesome! The Avengers series ushered in a wave of other spy series at the time that included Mission: Impossible, Get Smart,
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Round-Up: Turbo Kid UK Blu-ray, Exclusive Extinction Clip, It Came From Candi’S Lab Web Series

When you add a pinch of '80s nostalgia with a dash of action and gore and mix them together you get Turbo Kid, which will be released in the U.K. on Blu-ray in October. Also: an exclusive behind-the-scenes clip from Extinction and first details on the web series It Came from Candi's Lab.

Turbo Kid: Lionsgate Home Entertainment will release Turbo Kid on Blu-ray in the U.K. on October 5th. Turbo Kid stars Munro Chambers, Laurence Leboeuf, Michael Ironside, Edwin Wright, and Aaron Jeffery.

From Blu-ray.com: "Synopsis: Turbo Kid is a celebration of all things that were awesome about the age of movies on VHS. It's packed with nods to 1980s pop culture (even down to Atari-style credits and its synth-tastic score) and riffs on the kids' adventure movies such as BMX Bandits, The Monster Squad, and The Goonies.

And for the hardcore fans, there's
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Our Favorite Vintage TV Board Games

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Our Favorite Vintage TV Board Games
Horror always had a strong foothold in the history of television. That's a natural progression from horror's dominance as a genre people turned to during the radio days. But it seems like, in years past, horror on television was full of wit, macabre humor, and a sense of fun that we don't see anymore. Naturally something as spooky and fun as a great old horror TV show would deserve its own board game - so today, we take at look at five of our favorite old board games based on spooky shows!

The Addams Family Game (1974)

We can't talk about horror television without talking about The Addams Family. The seminal horror comedy made its television debut as a sitcom from '64-'66, then a 1973 animated series, then a 1992 animated series, and then it went on to have several remakes, a few movies, and tons of other franchised wonders. And while
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Rest in Peace Scarecrow, You Will Be Missed

 As I've mentioned in the past, I am a huge Batman fan. Whether it be movies, comics, or TV shows, I love the Bat in all forms of media. The whole reason I ever got involved with Batman is because of Saturday morning cartoons, most notably,  Batman: The Animated Series. I remember waking up to the orchestrated theme, watching the giant "WB" form into a blimp, and seeing Batman punch the blackened outline of two thugs who had just robbed a Gotham City bank. If that doesn't bring up the feeling of nostalgia, I'm not sure what will, folks.

Image Via The Gothamite 

My personal opinion as to why Batman is the most interesting character in DC, or maybe the comics universe in general, is because of the villains. The villains are the reason for Batman's being; they are the reason he has a job to do. So for Batman: The Animated Series,
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R.I.P. Henry Polic II, of Webster and Batman: The Animated Series

Character actor Henry Polic II has died at the age of 68, after a long bout with cancer. Polic made his TV debut in 1975, playing the Sheriff of Nottingham in Mel Brooks’ Robin Hood sitcom, When Things Were Rotten. After that show was canceled, Polic played a reformed Dracula on the live-action Saturday morning series Monster Squad. Polic was in Marty Feldman’s The Last Remake Of Beau Geste (1977), Joan RiversRabbit Test (1978), Scavenger Hunt (1979), and Oh God! Book II (1981). He was a frequent guest star on series TV. He also did a great deal ...
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R.I.P. Henry Polic

Veteran TV actor Henry Polic, who played Jerry Silver on ABC’s Webster and voiced Dr. Jonathan Crane/The Scarecrow on Batman: The Animated Series, has died. He was 68. The longtime character actor, game show personality and host, and stage and TV thesp had fought a long battle with cancer, per his agent Brad Lemack. His first TV credit as the Sheriff of Nottingham in Mel Brooks’ 1975 comedy When Things Were Rotten was another of his career highlights; Polic also earned fame for his appearances on game shows Super Password, The $25,000 Pyramid, and The $100,000 Pyramid and hosted ABC’s Celebrity Double Talk in 1986. Polic played Dracula on the 1976 series Monster Squad and guest starred on shows including Alice, Mork & Mindy, Eight is Enough, Murder She Wrote, Sheena, and Saved By the Bell. His film credits include The Last Remake of Beau Geste, All You Need, Bring Him Home, The Trial of Old Drum,
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Child's Play - A Look Back at Long Lost Kid Friendly Horror TV Shows!

A lot of people ask me, "Creepy, how did you first come to love horror movies so much?" Well, growing up in the Seventies, there was plenty to go around. There were TV classics like Gargoyles, Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, and any number of TV Movies of the Week, and there was also...

There was also a ton of weird and quirky bits of monster-themed kids programming. Usually "The Munsters" and "The Land of the Lost" get all the love, and rightly so. They're absolute classics. That being said, we're gonna talk about some other things here. Things you may not have known even existed. For instance, were you aware that way before Venkmen, Spengler, Stantz and Zeddmore there was a whole other set of Ghostbusters? How about a different Monster Squad? Got your attention? Good. Sit back, relax, and get ready to soak up some lunacy as we revisit.
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Monster Squad (1976) Out Now On DVD. Camp Classic Crime Fighting at Its Best

Let’s play a little word association. Monster Squad. What comes to mind? You either start thinking of the first virgin you can you think of or you scream Wolfman’s Got Nards! Yeah, that’s The Monster Squad; The Fred Dekker classic about kids versus the regrouped Universal monsters. The Monster Squad is a brilliant movie that is one of the absolute best way to get kiddies into the creepies. Monster Squad on the other hand is something wholly different although with similar effect.

Monster Squad takes Herman Hoffman whose resume precedes him as a Director of early television shaping the way we view stories on the boobtube and combines his efforts with James Sheldon, also television royalty and director quite a few spooky classics including a pile of episodes of the Twilight Zone. While both men come from extensive television directorial backgrounds, I think it’s important to
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31 Films To Get You Into The Halloween Spirit

Once again it is that time of the year, where ghouls and goblins lurk around every corner, and that weirdo you walk past on you’re way to work is ten times more stress inducing. October has arrived meaning Halloween will soon be following, my personal favorite time of the year. While I eat, sleep, and breath horror year around it is nice to have a full month where its perfectly normal to spend all your waking hours thinking about the ghastly and terror inducing bumps in the night without being looked at like a weirdo or being labeled as a Goth kid (not that there is anything wrong with Goth kids).

This is also the time of year where casual and die-hard horror fans a like go out of their way to watch large amounts of scary movies. Often this is also when various friends or friends of friends
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Be There! HorrorHound Weekend March 26-28

This upcoming weekend, March 26-28, in Indianapolis is the long awaited HorrorHound Weekend Convention. Talk about a horror collector's playground, these cons always deliver with the goods. This time around they have an even more impressive guest line-up along with more films, more Masks, and more vendors! If you love horror, collectibles or masks this con is a must for you! Read more for info.

Show Hours:

Show hours are as such. Please note that early-admission tickets will be allowed an hour early entry into the convention, on Friday and Saturday Only.

Friday:

Doors Open: 5pm. Dealers Room Open Until 10pm.

(Doors Open: 4pm to Early-Admission Ticket Holders)

Saturday:

Doors Open: 11am. Dealers Room Open Until 7pm.

(Doors Open: 10am to Early-Admission Ticket Holders)

Sunday:

Doors Open: 11am. Dealers Room Open Until 5pm.

HorrorHound Weekend Guests

-George A. Romero: Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead,
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New on DVD This Week

Here’s a list of new movies and tv shows coming out on DVD today. Plus, some old favorites coming out on Blu-Ray.

New Movies:

* Confessions of a Shopaholic – Isla Fisher, Leslie Bibb, and Hugh Dancy (DVD and Blu-Ray)

* InkheartBrendan Fraser, Paul Bettany, Helen Mirren, and Jim Broadbent (DVD and Blu-Ray)

* Pink Panther 2 – Steve Martin, Jeremy Irons, Alfred Molina, Jean Reno, and John Cleese (DVD and Blu-Ray)

* Waltz With Bashir – Ari Folman, Ron Ben-Yishai, Ronny Dayag, and Dror Harazi

* Dragon Hunters – Forest Whitaker (Blu-Ray)

* The CodeMorgan Freeman, Antonio Banderas, and Radha Mitchell (DVD and Blu-Ray)

* Bob FunkRachael Leigh Cook, Amy Ryan, Grace Zabriskie, and Eddie Jemison (DVD)

* Phoebe in Wonderland – Elle Fanning, Patricia Clarkson, Felicity Huffman, and Bill Pullman (DVD)

Classic Movies:

* My Dinner with Andre (Criterion Collection) – Andre Gregory, Jean Lenauer, Wallace Shawn, and Roy Butler

* The PianistAdrien Brody, Frank Finlay, Thomas Kretschmann, and Maureen Lipman
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DVD’s I Bought This Week: June 23rd

Rob Hunter loves movies.  He also loves selling his plasma.  These two joys come together in the form of cash money payments that he receives every week and immediately uses to buy more DVDs.  So join us each week as he takes a look at new DVD releases and gives his highly unqualified opinion as to which titles are worth BUYing, which are better off as RENTals, and which should be AVOIDed at all costs. Click on any of the titles below to magically head over to Amazon.com and pick up the DVD.  And don't forget to check out Neil Miller's hilariously titled This Week In Blu-ray column for reviews on the latest high definition Blu-ray releases! The Monster Squad: The Complete Collection Pitch: See the show you've never heard of that (probably) inspired both "Drak Pack" and Night at the Museum! (But not the similarly titled movie...) Why
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The Original Monster Squad Coming to DVD

Before there was the Fred Dekker Monster Squad movie that took forever to come to DVD there was the short-lived 1970's Saturday morning live action "Monster Squad" that most of you reading have probably never even heard of. Having also taken forever, it too is finally coming to DVD this June.

Airing as part of NBC's 1976-1977 Saturday morning line-up, "The Monster Squad" starred Fred Grandy (who would go on to best be known as Gopher on "The Love Boat" before embarking on a career in politics) as a criminology college student working as a nightwatchman in a wax museum with statues of Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster, and Bruce W. Wolf. The crime computer he built somehow brings the monsters to life. Mucho wacky antics ensue as they band together to fight evildoers "The Monster Squad" before the monsters have to get back on their pedestals before the museum opens.

Until
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