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Jedi Confidential: Inside the Dark New 'Star Wars' Movie

Jedi Confidential: Inside the Dark New 'Star Wars' Movie
A long time ago, a grade-schooler got his hands on a spaceship. He followed the assembly instructions as best he could, snapping on the cannons, the landing gear, the tiny interstellar-chess table. Soon enough, Rian Johnson was holding his very own Millennium Falcon. "The first thing I did," he recalls, "was throw it across the room, to see how it would look flying." He grins. "And it broke."

Johnson grew up, went to film school, made some good stuff, including the entertainingly twisted 2012 sci-fi drama Looper. He's nearly 44 now, though
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Horror Highlights: Funko’s Power Rangers Collectibles, On Story Radio Show, Drifter, Comet TV’s January Guide

"It's morphin' time!" Funko has released a new line of Pop! vinyl figures and Pocket Pop! Keychains based on the upcoming Power Rangers movie! Also in today's Highlights: second season details for the On Story radio program, Drifter acquisition details, and Comet TV's January programming.

Funko's Power Rangers Collectibles Release Details / Images: From Funko: "Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers

To celebrate the upcoming release of their all-new major motion picture, in theaters March 24th, 2017, the Power Rangers are getting fired up with Funko-fied fury!

Zack, Kimberly, Billy, Trini, and Jason are coming soon to Pop! Vinyl and Pocket Pop! Keychains!

You can also collect the villainous Rita Repulsa, available exclusively at Hot Topic!

This winter, it's morphin' time!

Available now!

Pop! Keychains: Power Rangers

Available now!"

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On Story Radio Show Second Season Details: Press Release: "Austin, Texas - January 4, 2017 - Austin Film Festival (Aff), also known as "The Writers Festival,
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30 Surprising Facts About Your Favorite Christmas Movies

30 Surprising Facts About Your Favorite Christmas Movies
We can’t blame you for thinking you know all there is to know about your favorite beloved holiday flicks. After all, annual 24-hour marathons and Netflix access make it almost too easy to unintentionally learn every heartwarming and hilarious line.

But even the most diehard Christmas movie fanatics still have secrets to discover, from just how much actors went it took to bring storybook characters to life, to the cameos you might have missed even on your 10th viewing.

1. Now a beloved classic, It’s a Wonderful Life was a total box office flop when it was released in
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Forbidden Hollywood Volume 9

Depraved convicts ! Crazy Manhattan gin parties! Society dames poaching other women's husbands! A flimflam artist scamming the uptown sophisticates! All these forbidden attractions are here and more -- including Bette Davis's epochal seduction line about impulsive kissing versus good hair care. It's a 9th collection of racy pre-Code wonders. Forbidden Hollywood Volume 9 Big City Blues, Hell's Highway, The Cabin in the Cotton, When Ladies Meet, I Sell Anything DVD-r The Warner Archive Collection 1932-1934 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 63, 62, 78, 85, 70 min. / Street Date October 27, 2015 / available through the WBshop / 40.99 Starring Joan Blondell, Eric Linden, Humphrey Bogart; Richard Dix, Tom Brown; Richard Barthelmess, Bette Davis, Dorothy Jordan, Berton Churchill; Ann Harding, Robert Montgomery, Myrna Loy, Alice Brady, Frank Morgan; Pat O' Brien, Ann Dvorak, Claire Dodd, Roscoe Karns. Cinematography James Van Trees; Edward Cronjager; Barney McGill; Ray June Written by Lillie Hayward, Ward Morehouse, from his play; Samuel Ornitz, Robert Tasker, Rowland Brown
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Beyond Narrative: The Future of the Feature Film

Editor's Note: RogerEbert.com is proud to reprint Roger Ebert's 1978 entry from the Encyclopedia Britannica publication "The Great Ideas Today," part of "The Great Books of the Western World." Reprinted with permission from The Great Ideas Today ©1978 Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc.

It's a measure of how completely the Internet has transformed communication that I need to explain, for the benefit of some younger readers, what encyclopedias were: bound editions summing up all available knowledge, delivered to one's home in handsome bound editions. The "Great Books" series zeroed in on books about history, poetry, natural science, math and other fields of study; the "Great Ideas" series was meant to tie all the ideas together, and that was the mission given to Roger when he undertook this piece about film.

Given the venue he was writing for, it's probably wisest to look at Roger's long, wide-ranging piece as a snapshot of the
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A new column examines what might have been with Brad Pitt and 'To The White Sea'

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A new column examines what might have been with Brad Pitt and 'To The White Sea'
The Corner Show #1 discovered and curated by Drew McWeeny The following is the first installment in a new regular feature here at HitFix. People are fascinated by stories of films that were almost made, and we've certainly dug into that subject in the past. This is a new way of doing that in an ongoing format, and we hope you enjoy what is meant to be a game, a fun way of looking at an alternate movie history. It is safe to say that I had a very challenging 2014. So maybe what happened was a complete break with reality. Who could blame me? There's only so much anyone can take, and I've certainly had my own limits tested recently. So trust me.. at first, I considered forgetting all about what happened this past weekend and never writing a word about it. But it was so strange and so special that
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10 Best Comics of 2014

2014 was an incredibly rewarding year to be a comics reader. Veteran creators, like Grant Morrison, Kurt Busiek, and Matt Wagner continued to churn out some of the best work of their career while new creators, like Noelle Stevenson, Babs Tarr, and Tula Lotay had very strong starts. Marvel and DC published their fair share of events, including Original Sin, Multiversity, Spider-Verse, and seemingly a half-dozen Green Lantern crossovers, but they also took risks with new characters like Ms. Marvel, a mysterious female Thor, and the cast of Gotham Academy. Marvel and DC artists went far away from any semblance of a house style from the tapestry-like spreads of Elektra‘s Michael del Mundo, the Silver Age revivals of Silver Surfer‘s Mike Allred and She-Hulk‘s Javier Pulido, and the stylish character designs and Instagram-style layouts of Babs Tarr’s Batgirl among many others.

But Image Comics was the real
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14 comics from 2014 that should be movies

14 comics from 2014 that should be movies
2014 has been a landmark year for comic book movies. Not only did we get two of Marvel's best-ever films (Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain America: The Winter Soldier), but the major studios announced enough future superhero adaptations to take us all the way up to 2019.

It's been a pretty landmark year for comic books too. It feels as though more genuinely exciting new titles launched in 2014 than in the past ten years combined, with DC, Marvel and especially Image taking big risks and creating some seriously compelling comics in the process.

We've picked out our 14 favourite comics from this year in terms of big-screen potential:

14. Spread

The Comic: On paper, Spread doesn't sound like the most original book on the market. Like The Walking Dead, it's set in a post-apocalyptic world where survivors fight off gruesome monsters and each other. As with The Thing, those monsters are giant shape-shifting
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New Who Review – “Dark Water”

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Some will say they knew all along, and some are still scraping their jaws off the floor A big surprise, a Big surprise.

Dark Water

By Steven Moffat

Directed by Rachel Talalay

Deciding to come clean with her boyfriend Danny, Clara begins to bear all to him over the phone, only to have the call, and his life, cut short as Danny is struck fatally by a passing car. Clara passes through the five stages of grief off camera, and advances to step six – Plan To Get Him Back. She attempts to threaten The Doctor into saving him, but learns quickly that it’s not necessary. As they arrive in a bizarre mausoleum, Danny awakens on the other side of the equation, in the same office where we’ve seen several people arrive, having it explained to him that he’s dead. The Doctor and Clara are told a wild
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Rachel Talalay interview: directing Doctor Who series 8's finale

Director Rachel Talalay on the Doctor Who series finale stories, and the tactics they used to keep the big spoilers in tact...

Rachel Talalay's directorial career has taken her in lots of different directions. She's helmed features such as Tank Girl, Ghost In The Machine and Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare. She's directed TV shows as varied as Ally McBeal, Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased), Supernatural and Flash Gordon.

And this weekend? The long-time Doctor Who fan has the small job of rounding off Peter Capaldi's maiden series as the Time Lord. Talalay has directed both Dark Water and Death In Heaven and - without spoilers- she spared us some time to talk about the challenge...

Please note: this article does not contains spoilers, and we've used the most spoiler-free promo pics we can find to illustrate it.

I wrote a spoiler-free review of your episode this morning, and I've got to say,
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Haven Casts Alphas' Laura Mennell as a Real Trouble-Unmaker

Haven Casts Alphas' Laura Mennell as a Real Trouble-Unmaker
A former Alpha is poised to uncover Haven‘s many troubling secrets.

TVLine has learned exclusively that Laura Mennell, who played the “suggestive” Nina on Syfy’s Alphas, has joined Haven Season 5 in the recurring role of a brilliant (and, well, beautiful) epidemiologist from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who fears the titular town is on the verge of a deadly viral outbreak.

Mennell’s character is described as “a force to be reckoned with,” as Audrey (played by Emily Rose), Nathan (Lucas Bryant) and Duke (Eric Balfour) quickly will discover.
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R.I.P David Tynan

Longtime TV writer David Tynan passed away November 11 after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2008. He was 62. A series writer on Highlander, Poltergeist: The Legacy, and First Wave on which he also served as supervising producer, Tynan was a member of the Writers Guild of Canada and the Writers Guild Of America, West. His credits also include Flash Gordon and Scene of the Crime, and in 1996 received the Wgc’s Leo Award for Best Screenwriter – Dramatic Television Series.
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David Tynan, TV Writer, Dead at 62

David Tynan, TV Writer, Dead at 62
David Tynan, a television writer who authored more than 50 original one-hour episodes for series TV, died Nov. 11 at his home in Vancouver following a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 62.

Tynan’s credits include “Highlander,” “Flash Gordon,” “First Wave,” “Poltergeist: The Legacy” and “Scene of the Crime.”

He was a member of the Writers Guild of Canada and the Writers Guild of America West for over 20 years and was recognized by the Wgc in 1996 with the first Leo award for best screenwriter in a dramatic TV series for “Highlander.”

Tynan was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in early 2008 shortly after wrapping “Flash Gordon.”

In a statement his family said: “It is worthwhile to mention that David survived longer than 97% of others diagnosed with his particular form of cancer, a testament to how much he loved life and a constant (and pleasant) surprise for the doctors in the medical field. David showed exceptional bravery,
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Marvelous Da7e #12: Howard The Duck, The First Marvel Movie

Welcome to Issue 12 of ‘The Marvelous Da7e!’

Real quick mission statement: this column is for discussion of superhero movie news and superhero movies. Titular allegiance aside, this sphere includes non-Marvel properties.

This week: What we can learn by defining Howard The Duck.

Pardon me, but I’ve been re-watching Howard The Duck. The 1986 live-action creature-feature “sci-fi/comedy,” PG-rated zoophilia and notorious flop.

It’s not a good movie. It’s an enjoyable movie, but not because of what is on screen…okay, scratch-that. It has the most physically attractive appearence of Lea Thompson on film and this time, she’s not the mother of our main character, so you can totally lust after her up until the end where it seems like she’s actually going to have sex with this duck.

Ducks, who – by the way – are basically rapists across the board. But that’s neither here nor there.
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'Rookie Blue's' Eric Johnson checks into Steven Soderbergh's Cinemax hospital drama

One of the cops of "Rookie Blue" is taking up medicine. On the home screen, at least.

Eric Johnson, currently seen on the Canadian-made ABC police drama on a recurring basis as Detective Luke Callaghan -- ex-fiance of Officer Andy McNally (Missy Peregrym) -- has been cast in "The Knick," an upcoming Cinemax medical series with an impressive pedigree.

Also an executive producer of the show, "Traffic" Oscar winner and current "Behind the Candelabra" Emmy nominee Steven Soderbergh will direct the entire first season of the drama about a New York hospital at the start of the 20th century, when treatment methods were relatively primitive and regularly tested doctors' skills.

Johnson will play one such medic who works under Knickerbocker Hospital's chief surgeon (Clive Owen, in his first TV acting since his Emmy nomination last year for HBO's "Hemingway & Gellhorn").

Slated for a 2014 debut, "The Knick" marks a broadening of Cinemax's original programming,
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EOne Inks First-Look TV Deal With Producer-Management Firm The Cartel

The pact means indie studio Entertainment One will exclusively produce and handle distribution on all TV projects from The Cartel including scripted and unscripted series and movies of the week. The companies already have a development slate in the works including Company Men, created by Alphas co-creator Michael Karnow; Becoming Sherlock by Cassandra Clare, author of Sony pic The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones, due out August 21; and Facing Demons by Flash Gordon executive producer/showrunner Peter Hume. “The Cartel brings a network of outstanding creative talent to eOne and opens the door to multi-platform partnerships and co-production opportunities for both U.S. and international audiences”, said Michael Rosenberg, eOne Evp U.S. Scripted Television, in announcing the deal today. The Cartel reps writers, directors, producers, and production companies, and on the production side the company and its subsidiaries (Cartel Pictures, Remember Dreaming Productions, and Pulser Productions) have helped produce
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'Rookie Blue' Season 4: Eric Johnson back for 'something big' as Luke

Eric Johnson may not be a "Rookie Blue" regular anymore, but he still feels at home any time he returns as Detective Luke Callaghan.

He does so again in "Skeletons," Thursday's (July 25) episode as Season 4 of the Canadian-made ABC police drama continues. Luke is back at 15 Division to work with the cops -- including his ex-fiancee, Officer Andy McNally (Missy Peregrym) -- to find a missing girl who may have been taken by a kidnapper copying the felon who abducted Officer Gail Peck (Charlotte Sullivan) last season.

"There were times in the second season where they really didn't know what to do with Luke," the friendly Johnson allows to Zap2it. "Once the relationship with Andy broke down, what was he gonna do? You don't want the mopey ex-boyfriend wandering the halls for 20 episodes, because it's just not interesting.

"What I love about coming back now," adds Johnson, "is that whenever Luke is back,
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Cory Monteith obituary

Canadian actor best known for his role as Finn Hudson in Glee

The Canadian actor Cory Monteith, who has been found dead in a Vancouver hotel room aged 31, shot to fame as the all-American student Finn Hudson in Glee, the worldwide television hit about an Ohio high-school show choir.

When the musical-comedy teen series began in 2009, Monteith was cast as Finn after submitting what he described as "a cheesy 80s music video-style version" of the Reo Speedwagon power ballad Can't Fight This Feeling. Although he had no previous singing experience and his vocal performance was considered slightly weak, producers believed that Monteith displayed the naivety they were looking for in Finn, a quarterback in the fictional William McKinley High School football team and a member of its choir, New Directions.

The role made Monteith not only a global TV star, but also a lead singer in a recording act with
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First Preview of Primeval: New World on Syfy

You can put dinosaurs in just about anything and we'll watch it, which is one reason why we're sharing this first look promo for Syfy's newest Original Series, "Primeval: New World," premiering June 8th. The remaining reasons? All the other creatures that come through the anomalies with them of course! Check it out.

Synopsis:

The 13-episode "Primeval: New World" stars Niall Matter ("Eureka"), Sara Canning ("The Vampire Diaries"), and Danny Rahim ("Eastenders") as a team of animal experts and scientists investigating paranormal events while battling both prehistoric and futuristic creatures. Amanda Tapping, who starred in the Syfy series "Sanctuary" and is currently recurring on "Supernatural," directed several episodes.

Based on the original "Primeval" series from Impossible Pictures, the "Primeval: New World" creative team is led by executive producers Martin Wood ("Sanctuary," "Stargate: Atlantis") and Gillian Horvath ("Sanctuary," Highlander"). The spinoff was created by Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens ("Star Trek: Enterprise
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Syfy Summer Premiere Dates Finalized

Summer used to be the time that we’d see Warehouse 13, Haven, and – sigh – Eureka return with new seasons, but that’s all changed. Warehouse 13 returns for the second half of its giant 20-episode season on Monday, Haven is now a fall series, and Eureka… well, you know.

But chin up! We have Season 2 of Continuum and standalone seasons of Sinbad and Primeval: New World coming our way, along with the return of Face Off, Ghost Hunters, and many other competition and nonscripted series, not to mention a Twilight Zone marathon, a Roger Corman marathon, and more Original Movies with excellent titles. Check em all out below; series broadcast info will be updated on the SciFiMafia.com Spring and Summer Primetime TV Schedule.

Syfy Launches A Summer Of Imagination And Adventure Premieres Of Reality Series Joe Rogan Questions Everything, Cosworld, Notorious Hauntings And Exit All-new Episodes Of Face Off,
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