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20 items from 2014


Here's a clip of Stephen Colbert talking about boobs on tonight's 'Late Show'

19 hours ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"The Late Show with RuPaul"? Now that would've been a scream. But because we live on the Planet Earth, Stephen Colbert was chosen to take over the late-night franchise from David Letterman, and he's admittedly a fantastic choice for the job. Here's a clip from his appearance on tonight's episode, during which he offers a ray of hope to boobs everywhere. Yes, you. Follow Riot on Twitter »

- Chris Eggertsen

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What to watch, Earth Day edition -- Video

22 April 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Earth Day, the perfect occasion for you to kick up your feet, sit on the couch, and watch some movies. Okay, so this may not be the traditional way to celebrate the day, but it is something good to do after a day of volunteering — or a day of thinking about volunteering.

The first Earth Day was April 22, 1970, and has been celebrated each April 22 since then. It’s a day to honor the Earth, to help the Earth, to think about the Earth. Lots of Earth. Now’s a tricky time for this lovely ol’ planet though, with global warming »

- Ariana Bacle

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‘Bears’ a gorgeous but untrustworthy new documentary from Disneynature

17 April 2014 9:05 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Bears

Written by Alastair Fothergill and Adam Chapman

Directed by Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey

UK and USA, 2013

During its fledgling years as a film studio, the Walt Disney Company helped revolutionize the nature documentary with its True-Life Adventure series. Here, as never before, audiences could thrill to the story of seals, beavers, bears, tigers, and the rest of the creatures sharing space with us on Earth. These days, what is most striking about these early documentaries is less the physical ground they cover, and more that they come from a patient time in filmmaking. Documentaries like The Living Desert and Seal Island featured narration and music, and sometimes attempted to play up the humor of an animalistic situation, but they were still created by people who afforded their presumed audience a base level of intelligence. In some respects, these nature documentaries were born out of the insistence on »

- Josh Spiegel

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Get excited! ‘Grindhouse Trailer Classics 4′ coming in June

16 April 2014 11:42 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Just when you thought you’d seen everything… here comes another 55 insane trailers to whip you into a frenzy in this collection of sick, depraved and hysterically brilliant movie previews from the golden age of Grindhouse cinema in Grindhouse Trailer Classics 4.

Following the successful and critically-acclaimed release of Grindhouse Trailer Classics 1, 2 & 3, Nucleus Films will once again take you on trip back to the “gory days” of cult and exploitation cinema with their latest unseen compilation of audacious theatrical trailers from the sleazy cinematic sub-genre known as “grindhouse”.

I’m a Huge fan of this series (check out this pic of my signed copies of the first 3 releases) so I’m super-excited to see what stupefyingly awesome trailers this collection has to offer. According to the press release, all of the trailers in this collection have been sourced from ultra-rare 35mm prints, many of which haven’t been seen since they »

- Phil Wheat

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Blood Moon To Appear Tonight: Total Lunar Eclipse Visible

13 April 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

From Monday night into Tuesday morning, a Blood Moon will be visible from North America, caused by a total lunar eclipse.

Blood Moon

The lunar eclipse is said to start around 12:54 a.m. Et on Tuesday, April 15, but the moon will not be totally eclipsed until around 3:07 a.m. Et, and therefore will be most visible then. The total lunar eclipse will last from 3:07 a.m. to 4:25 a.m. Et.

Despite the late hour, what makes this lunar eclipse stand out is its name: a Blood Moon. During a total eclipse, the way the light is refracted in the Earth’s atmosphere makes the moon appear deep red, thus inspiring the name of Blood Moon.

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Total Lunar Eclipse Visible In North America

Interested people in North and South America should be able to see the Blood Moon shine bright red around 3:07 a. »

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Film Review: ‘Bears’

9 April 2014 9:58 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The quid pro quo thrown down by the Mouse House’s Disneynature series is pretty straightforward: If you can stomach the cheesy narration and the contrived storyline, you get a wealth of fairly glorious wildlife footage courtesy of “Planet Earth” auteur Alastair Fothergill in return. For the series’ latest installment, this proves to be an entirely fair trade. Though still clearly targeted toward the youngest of sensibilities, “Bears” is far less obvious in its pandering and desperate in its anthropomorphism than its 2012 predecessor, “Chimpanzee,” and thanks to its emphasis on actual ursine behavior, it seems unlikely to offend any attendant parents or zoologists in wide release.

Every production helmed by Fothergill (who shares director credit here with Keith Scholey) is bound to include at least one “never seen that before” moment of natural weirdness or grace. In “Bears,” the defining shot is an ultra-slow-motion, ultra-high-def image of an airborne salmon »

- Andrew Barker

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'Mindy Project' recap: 'I don't know why, but I still want to hit it'

8 April 2014 9:09 PM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Say it ain’t so, Mindy Project!

Last week’s double header of Mindy was all about secretly kissing one Danny Castellano – complete with a Bridget Jones-worthy ending that made everybody swoon. And last night, things seemed to be moving along right on schedule with our 2014 Mr. Darcy. A happy Mindy announced via voiceover that Danny was sleeping at her place and that dating a co-worker? It kind of ruled.

The opening moments/montage – that featured both Mindy and, once he caught on, Danny coming up with work excuses to bring the other into their office so they could »

- Erin Strecker

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Film Review: 39-Minute IMAX Doc ‘Island of Lemurs: Madagascar’ With Morgan Freeman Feels Incomplete

5 April 2014 5:17 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – It’s challenging to enjoy this film purely for what it is rather than fault it for what it could have been. “Island of Lemurs: Madagascar,” which opened exclusively in IMAX 3D and 2D on April 4, 2014 and is narrated by Morgan Freeman, is only 39 minutes. The film too simply grazes the surface of a complicated problem.

Rating: 2.5/5.0

It feels like an elementary-school field trip rather than a film ready for nationwide IMAX distribution. It’s tough to tell if that’s because it was so expensive to film with IMAX cameras or because that’s as much of a story as is warranted by this adorable arboreal primate who is getting marketed as “nature’s greatest explorer”.

Read Adam Fendelman’s full review of “Island of Lemurs: Madagascar”.

Either way, it’s an incomplete project that only starts to touch the surface of elements it needed to be a full body of work. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Can 'Cosmos' Save Science Television?

31 March 2014 8:25 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

With his nondescript blazers and mild manner, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is an unlikely radical. But make no mistake: in an age of evolution skeptics and climate change deniers, the defense of science he levies as the host of "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" is nothing short of revolutionary. Of course, a similarly grand sense of purpose accompanied Carl Sagan's "Cosmos: A Personal Voyage" when it premiered on PBS in 1980, eventually attracting 400 million viewers in 60 countries. That the iconic original resulted in no definitive triumph for factuality might lead the discerning critic to offer a more cautious assessment of the revamped "Cosmos," but its very existence -- in the midst of Sunday's packed primetime landscape, no less -- is a bold statement. We're here, we're peer-reviewed, get used to it! Beyond public television's old guard ("Nova" and "Nature" on PBS, "The Blue Planet" and "Planet Earth" on the BBC), much »

- Matt Brennan

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Can 'Cosmos' Save Science Television?

31 March 2014 8:25 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

With his nondescript blazers and mild manner, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is an unlikely radical. But make no mistake: in an age of evolution skeptics and climate change deniers, the defense of science he levies as the host of "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" is nothing short of revolutionary. Of course, a similarly grand sense of purpose accompanied Carl Sagan's "Cosmos: A Personal Voyage" when it premiered on PBS in 1980, eventually attracting 400 million viewers in 60 countries. That the iconic original resulted in no definitive triumph for factuality might lead the discerning critic to offer a more cautious assessment of the revamped "Cosmos," but its very existence -- in the midst of Sunday's packed primetime landscape, no less -- is a bold statement. We're here, we're peer-reviewed, get used to it! Beyond public television's old guard ("Nova" and "Nature" on PBS, "The Blue Planet" and "Planet Earth" on the BBC), much »

- Matt Brennan

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New Toy Company Immortalizes Cryptid Legends in Plastic

26 March 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | FEARnet | See recent FEARnet news »

This past weekend's HorrorHound Weekend convention saw the unveiling of the first series of action figures from brand spankin' new toy company Creatureplica, whose mission is to add research-accurate toys of cryptozoological heavyweights like Bigfoot to the collections of those who are fascinated by the beasts that just might be roaming around here on Planet Earth, undiscovered and unseen by man.

Noticing a lack of serious toy lines dedicated to cryptid beasts, sculptor Jean St. Jean started Creatureplica to fill that void, and he says that his action figures will bring these mythical creatures to life in a way that we've never before seen, from other toy companies. While most on the toy scene depict monsters like Sasquatch and the Loch Ness Monster as being fun and cartoony, St. Jean is all about sculpting them based on witness accounts and extensive research, showing us what they truly might look like, »

- John Squires

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The HeyUGuys Interview: Brendan Fraser talks Escape from Planet Earth

7 March 2014 3:00 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

This weekend sees the release of Escape from Planet Earth, a family film that follows a hapless alien who’s trapped on the dangerous Planet Earth, and his attempt to escape a horrible fate at the hands of the humans. Brendan Fraser provides the voice of Scorch Supernova, the blue-skinned extraterrestrial hero, in a role that sees the loveable actor continue his run of family-friendly movies after Furry Vengeance and Inkheart, and as an aside to his more independent, serious fare such as Gimme Shelter and Breakout.

When we spoke with the actor we expected a straight-forward interview. How very wrong we were; the following conversation includes some singing, a bit of ice cream tasting, and a dash of Charlie Chaplin, proving why Fraser is the go-to guy if you’re looking to give your movie some spark. Read on on and enjoy.

Hi Brendan, how are you doing?

I »

- Gary Green

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Complete Buffy reviews: The Wish

3 March 2014 3:48 AM, PST | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

[This episode review contains foreshadowing for future episodes, and the following review comments on this, though sometimes indirectly. Depending on your tolerance for spoilers, you may or may not wish to continue reading if you haven't finished watching the show.]

A big pot of gold delivered to your door. World peace. No more EastEnders on TV. Wishing may well be the most common pastime on Planet Earth, just inching ahead of backgammon and darts.

But as the old saying goes: “Be careful of what you wish for”. Cordelia's taking this advice on board a bit too late after new kid in town Anya (in reality, a scary, veiny demon) grants her wish of Buffy never coming to Sunnydale. This can only mean one thing: Alternate Dimension Time.

The Alternate Dimension is a common trope in fiction, in films such as It's A Wonderful Life. It's especially popular in science fiction. Doctor Who came up with Inferno, in which Jon Pertwee's Doctor found himself on a parallel Earth, just hours away from doomsday. Worse still, he had to battle with vicious, unkind counterparts of his friends, including Liz and the »

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Gravity Blu-Ray Review

25 February 2014 7:31 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

In my mind, the mark of a truly great film is its ability to make viewers lose themselves in its storytelling. By that measurement, Gravity isn’t just the greatest film of 2013, but also one of the greatest films I’ve ever had the pleasure of losing myself in.

Looking back on my experiencing watching Gravity in theaters, I knew I was witnessing something truly special almost immediately. Director Alfonso Cuarón goes straight into his money shot with a gorgeous, absorbing and completely petrifying opening sequence, one which lasts an astounding 17 minutes. It’s a bold move, and one that grabbed me like I’ve rarely been grabbed by a film before. His images, of the blissful Planet Earth, of the cold emptiness of space and of two intrepid astronauts, scientist Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) and veteran Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney), braving the most hostile of conditions in the pursuit of knowledge, »

- Isaac Feldberg

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David Attenborough Narrates The Olympics As A Nature Documentary

20 February 2014 10:39 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

For over six decades, David Attenborough has used his dulcet tones to teach us about the animals who cohabit the Earth with us. But now he takes on his greatest challenge — the 2014 Winter Olympics. In league with the BBC, Attenborough parodies himself from the 'Planet Earth' series to tell us with placid, soothing words all about the wonder of the Sliding Curler species. Going forward, it should be required that all Olympic commentary be done in this style. Preferably by Attenborough or Morgan Freeman. »

- Donna Dickens

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BBC Mocks Itself With David Attenborough’s Curling Commentary

19 February 2014 3:58 PM, PST | Tubefilter.com | See recent Tubefilter News news »

Sir David Attenborough's incredible voice can make just about anything sound amazing--even one of the most sedate Winter Olympic sports. The British presenter best known for narrating nature series like Life and Planet Earth has voiced over curling highlights to tremendous effect. The idea for the video comes from BBC Radio personality Greg James, who was able to convince Attenborough to treat curling as a sort of exotic mating rituals. Instead of throwing their "curling stones" down the "ice" towards the "house", Attenborough's curlers toss their "sliding curlers" down the "frozen river" toward the "pack". The 87 year-old's lively narration is housed on the BBC Radio channel, which claims more than a million subscribers. Unfortunately for Americans, the video is geoblocked on Us shores, perhaps because the BBC does think we can properly appreciate Britain's "national treasure". Luckily, there is a version on LiveLeak that broadcasts Attenborough's curling commentary to »

- Sam Gutelle

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Springwatch presenter catches burglar on wildlife camera

21 January 2014 8:21 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

BBC presenter Simon King has captured a potential burglar on camera.

Springwatch star Simon King's camera recorded images of a man climbing over a fence and running across a garden.

Police now want to speak to the man in question in connection with a nearby burglary.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said that the footage was recorded at around 3.45am on January 12 at a home in Herne Hill, south London.

King recorded the footage using his 'fox camera', which streams live on his personal website.

The wildlife expert said: "I understand that a neighbour of our urban fox family residence was burgled and our cameras captured the possible suspect.

"Anyone can view our network of webcams live through our website and they will often see animals doing the strangest of things - but this is taking it one stage further.

"I hope the police are able to make use of »

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Brutal Bundle: Do You Have What It Takes?

18 January 2014 11:09 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Looking for a new PC-related gaming deal?  Bundle Stars has released a new Steam-based gaming bundle among the few it still has available.  Save a savage 97% off awesome indie games with the Brutal Bundle!  From the Press Release:

For just $4.99 you’ll get your hands on 10 individual Steam keys, saving 97% compared to buying these games individually. You’ll also be helping to fund future games by awesome indie game developers including Curve Studios, creator of the highly acclaimed Stealth Bastard Deluxe.

Take on the role of El Presidente in Tropico 4: Steam Special Edition* and shape the future of your nation, and more importantly, the size of your off-shore bank account. Experience the extraordinary gameplay that earned Stealth Bastard Deluxe* an impressive 80% Metascore. Can you conquer over 80 levels of tricky platform puzzles? Grab the True Tactician Ultimate Pack for online fantasy strategy game King’s Bounty: Legions, and you’ll »

- Pat Bellavance

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New Captain America: The Winter Soldier images revealed in tradings cards

8 January 2014 11:29 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

2014 is a big year for Planet Earth. There's the World Cup in Brazil, the immenent end of life-as-we-know-it (as always), and, most importantly, the cinematic release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Thanks to the Argentinian Twitter user Willy Quiroga, we have some new images from that very movie, taken from his scans of a new set of trading cards, which will presumably used as a marketing tie-in for CA:tws. Check them out below....

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is set for release on March 28th in the UK and April 4th in North America, with Chris Evans (Captain America) joined in the cast by Marvel veterans Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Sebastian Stan (Bucky Barnes / The Winter Soldier), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Cobie Smulders (Agent Maria Hill), Hayley Atwell (Peggy Carter), Toby Jones (Arnim Zola) and Maximiliano Hernandez (Agent Jasper Sitwell), while newcomers to the McU include Anthony Mackie »

- Oliver Davis

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The Dragon Blood Tree Bleeds When You Cut It

1 January 2014 3:00 PM, PST | FEARnet | See recent FEARnet news »

Socotra, a small collection of islands in the Indian Ocean, is one of the most unique places on Planet Earth, home to nearly 700 species of flora and fauna that aren't found anywhere else in the world.  Unique types of birds, lizards and chameleons roam the islands, which are filled out with stunning trees and plants the likes of which you've never seen.  One of the strangest of all the plants on the small archipelago are the Dracaena cinnabari, umbrella-shaped trees more commonly known as 'Dragon Blood Trees.'

As we spotted over on iHorror, the trees are named as such because they actually bleed when they're cut or damaged, a highly unique blood-red sap dripping down the bark.  Ancient inhabitants of the islands thought the sap literally was the blood of dragons, and it was used in ritual magic and alchemy.  Still to this day, local residents use the 'blood' for many different purposes, »

- John Squires

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