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The Gutters (Indefinite hiatus; 2010-2014)
Written by Ryan Sohmer
Art by various
Colored by Ed Ryzowski
First and foremost, The Gutters was a twice weekly webcomic that made fun of various aspects of the comics industry. It took the comics news of that week and spinned into something hilarious and self-contained with a rotating cast of artists, including ones you might know like Annie Wu (Hawkeye), Darick Robertson (Transmetropolitan), Joe Eisma (Morning Glories), Nick Bradshaw (Wolverine and the X-Men), and even comics legend Neal Adams, who pencilled a heartfelt tribute to the late Joe Kubert in 2012. The humor of The Gutters is highly topical. However, in the tradition of the best Mad Magazine strips or SNL sketches, it can act as a nice time capsule to 2010 when people were arguing whether Steve Rogers or Bucky Barnes (or Clint Barton) should be Captain America, or 2012 when the circle of snark around »
- Logan Dalton
Welcome back to another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes new photos from Kruel and Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard, a teaser trailer for The Three, first episode details on webseries, Housed, and much more:
First Photos from Kruel: “Beware of those you trust.
“Kruel” was produced, written and directed by Robert Henderson. Tom Riska, Duane A. Sikes, Colleen Henderson, and Kierney Nelson serve as executive producers. Ryan Cimino and Cristina Cimino of Sunset Studios serve as supervising producers. The film will be released by Maxim Media Marketing in North America and internationally by Broken Glass Pictures. “Kruel” stars Kierney Nelson in her debut role as Jo O’Hare. The film was edited by Matt Lennon »
- Tamika Jones
Game of Thrones has been revealed as the most illegally-downloaded TV show of the year, for the third year in a row.
Game of Thrones, Doctor Who win in 2014 Digital Spy Reader Awards
Game of Thrones' season four finale set a new piracy record, with 1.5 million downloads recorded within 12 hours of the episode being broadcast.
BitTorrent hosted the highest number of downloads of the show, which was also the most searched-for TV programme on Google during 2014.
TorrentFreak added that the illegal downloading of TV shows has not slowed in recent years and that it is in fact increasing, "sometimes exceeding the number of traditional viewers in the Us".
Game of Thrones producers have recently been posting second-long clips from the new series in the form of text messages and Twitter messages, »
Unsurprisingly enough, the scene in which Gareth (Andrew J. West) chows down on Bob's (Lawrence Gilliard Jr.) leg in the closing moments of The Walking Dead's second season 5 ep, "Strangers", tops Entertainment Weekly's 40 most shocking TV moments of 2014. Sure, all signs pointed to the Terminus folk being cannibals, and fans might have expected something like this after a similar fate befell a different character (Dale) in the comics -- but actually seeing Gareth bite into Bob's leg and announce that he tasted "much better" than he thought he would crossed into some pretty f*cked up territory. Oops, I'd better watch my language...AMC don't like cursing. In second place (also not too surprisingly) is Prince Prince Oberyn Martell's (Pedro Pascal) gruesome death at the hands of The Mountain (Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson) in the eight season 4 ep of Game Of Thrones. Once again, anyone who had read the source »
AMC‘s The Walking Dead Coda Review. Walking With The Dead: The Walking Dead Podcast: Season 5, Episode 8: Coda is an audio podcast review in which FilmBook contributor Mike Smith discusses his reaction the latest episode of AMC’s The Walking Dead. The Walking Dead: Season 5, Episode 8: Coda‘s plot synopsis (spoilers): [...]
Continue reading: Walking With The Dead: The Walking Dead Podcast S5E8 – Coda »
- Michael Smith
AMC‘s The Walking Dead Crossed Review. Walking With The Dead: The Walking Dead Podcast: Season 5, Episode 7: Crossed is an audio podcast review in which FilmBook contributor Mike Smith discusses his reaction the latest episode of AMC’s The Walking Dead. The Walking Dead: Season 5, Episode 7: Crossed‘s plot synopsis (spoilers): [...]
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- Michael Smith
The holidays are not over yet, because the gift of more great TV is just around the corner! Here's a list of premiere dates for many of your favorite shows, including the air dates for must-see award shows like the Academy Awards and the Grammys: Jan. 4Downton Abbey (PBS) The Celebrity Apprentice (NBC) Galavant (ABC) Total Divas (E!) Sister Wives (TLC) Jan. 5Antiques Roadshow (PBS) Jan. 6Agent Carter (ABC) Cougar Town (TBS) Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family) Switched at Birth (ABC Family) MasterChef Junior (Fox) Jan. 7American Idol (Fox) Empire (Fox) Wahlburgers (A&E) Donnie Loves Jenny (A&E) Jan. »
- Lynette Rice, @lynetterice
For the third year in a row, HBO's "Game of Thrones" was the most pirated TV show online with this year's fourth season finale scoring 8.1 million illegal downloads according to Torrent Freak. That's considerably up on the 5.9 million record for last year's season finale.
Otherwise there's been some shuffling about compared with last year. "Breaking Bad" and "Dexter" wrapped last year so both shows didn't make the cut. "Homeland" also slipped out of the top ten.
New series "Gotham" made the list with a 3.2 million for its most pirated episode, whilst both "Grey's Anatomy" and "South Park" joined the top ten. Other shows were reshuffled with "The Walking Dead," "The Big Bang Theory," "Arrow" and "Vikings" all seeing big jumps whilst "Suits" saw a decline.
The list uses stats garnered from public BitTorrent trackers, but Not from online streaming and cyberlocker downloads. Here's the full top ten:
Game of Thrones »
- Garth Franklin
It’s the last podcast of the year! Join the Open Source crew as they look back at their top games of the year – will Shovelknight or The Walking Dead steal the crown? Worried there’s too many games to play this holiday season? Listen to John’s thoughts on Dragon Age: Inquisition and Tariq on Shadow of Mordor.
Rounding out the episode, there’s plenty of exciting news to digest, including Nintendo’s announcement that their next console is cresting the horizon, Square-Enix’s will-they-won’t-they exclusivity on Rise of the Tomb Raider, Telltale’s Minecraft entry and the Xbox One/PS4 battle heats up as Microsoft wins November (or does it?). Plus – John gambles on PS4 dominating 2015 with the penalty of eating a shoe!
As always, please send in any questions, comments or suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org – have your email read out and argued over on-air, plus win a free game! »
- Tariq Ashkanani
As did many of you this holiday season, I spent my evening watching the classic Christmas jam, Gremlins. I remember begging my parents to let me watch Gremlins when I was about six years old, and considering some of the more extreme stuff I had watched as a child, Joe Dante’s masterpiece was a walk in the park. Or so I thought. At this point in my life, I’d already watched Halloween, A Nightmare On Elm Street, and It. All of these films are arguably much scarier than Gremlins, but I couldn’t get enough of it.
I’ve written about it plenty of times before, but there was no better time to be a child interested in horror than the 1990s. Sure, the 1990s aren’t known for producing as iconic horror films as the 1970s or the 1980s, but kids aren’t old enough to go see those films anyway. »
- BJ Colangelo
Written by Howard Korder
Directed by Jeremy Podeswa
Aired October 12, 2014
After four seasons of deliberately paced, character-based storytelling, Boardwalk Empire wasn’t going to change its approach in its final truncated season. Instead of introducing new intrigues or foes, the series used much of its time to reflect on the paths that brought Nucky and the other main characters to this point and to say an extended goodbye to the people and world of the show. With Nucky facing off against well known historical figures, an air of doom pervades much of the final episodes before they reach their poetic, but inevitable conclusion. More intriguing is the antepenultimate episode, “Devil You Know”, which says goodbye to two of the series’ most colorful characters and powerful actors, Michael Shannon’s George Mueller/Nelson Van Alden and Michael K. Williams’ Chalky White. Shannon’s intense and frequently »
If 2014 was a year of great television — and indeed, it was — much of that was built around memorable moments.
How can that be culled down to a comprehensive list? It can’t. But there are certain scenes that tend to stick to your ribs, which — amid the haze that comes with watching thousands of hours of television — might be the best barometer of what qualifies. Needless to say, there will be blood, laughs and spoilers.
Here are the 10 best moments of 2014 in alphabetical order:
The Affair. Noah (Dominic West) and Allison (Ruth Wilson) have a chance encounter on the beach, setting their you-know-what in motion. But their respective recollections on how the meeting went, and who initiated the flirtation, differ, establishing the template for the series to come.
- Brian Lowry
Happy holidays and Merry Christmas, everybody! Pretty much every major network show has headed off for their winter hiatus, returning sometime in January or later, while some cable series, like Benched and Ground Floor, are continuing to air new episodes. No matter what you’re watching, though, there is still plenty of TV news to talk about. If you’ve been too busy with last minute Christmas shopping and celebrating the holidays with your family this week to keep up with everything, don’t worry. Like always, we’ve got a list of the week’s most important headlines, including stories about The Walking Dead spin-off, the Entourage movie, and Jenna Coleman’s status on Doctor Who, gathered for you right there in our feature “The Week in Television.” – The Walking Dead spin-off has cast its female lead. Deadwood alum and Gone Girl star Kim Dickens will play a guidance »
- Chris King
Happy almost 2015! It was a phenomenal year for television...For the most part, right? Quite a few new series made waves with unexpected formats, via unexpected avenues, and the era of safe TV garnering any kind of audience seems to be gone, gone, gone. Here's a look back at all the TV winners and losers as we close out the year. See if you agree! Winner: The Walking Dead Once again, The Walking Dead has managed to break its own insane ratings record, with the season five premiere attracting 17.3 million viewers, the show's highest ratings ever. 11 million of them happened to be in the coveted 18-49 demo. The zombie series will never garner any awards attention, but who »
Last weekend.s Saturday Night Live featured an array of Christmas sketches including the host, Amy Adams. And as it goes, some sketches make the cut to be shown on air, and some only go so far as dress rehearsal. But thankfully, SNL posted one of their unaired sketches that is just too good to miss. Watch their hysterical spoof of the cue-card scene from the Christmas-classic, Love Actually: Nothing says Christmas like rewatching the famous British romantic comedy, Love Actually. With that time of the year upon us, the film will fill up thousands of TV and computer screens to watch a star-studded cast feel Christmas in their toes. So of course, SNL took the opportunity to remake one of the more memorable scenes in the movie. Before Andrew Lincoln was killing walkers on The Walking Dead, he was a baby-faced sweetheart, confessing his love to his best »
Guillermo del Toro’s adaptation of his own co-written novel is a straightforward horror romp – but a first-rate cast maintain the fever pitch all the way through
Mysteriously absent from most critics’ end-of-year lists, The Strain earns a place alongside more celebrated current dramas The Leftovers, Intruders, Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead as it, too, is based on a literary source. A schlock-horror vampire contagion yarn, The Strain was adapted by Mexican monster maestro Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy, Pacific Rim) and co-writer Chuck Hogan from the first novel of their trilogy about a proposed takeover of the human race by descendents of an ancient vampiric line. Ironically, el Toro first pitched it as a TV series in 2006, but Fox turned him down. (The network later relented, and commissioned it for cable outlet FX, although it shows here, surprisingly, between Dynamo reruns on Watch.)
First, forget Twilight’s sexy vampires. »
- Andrew Collins
This Fall saw the debut of a number of new comic book TV shows, as well as a few returning ones. The small screen is now just as exciting as the big one, and while more and more superheroes will invade the big screen between now and 2020, we're expecting the same thing to happen on TV too. In development right now is everything from Supergirl to Teen Titans, and The Defenders,(Daredevil, A.K.A. Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist) but let's get back to 2014 for the time being. What this year was your favourite TV show? Did the respective returns of shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Arrow, and The Walking Dead keep you hooked, or were newbies such as Constantine, The Flash, Gotham, and The Strain more to your liking? Here's your chance to let us know »
As you may have realized, comic book adaptations currently rule the airwaves. While the big budgets and the bold headlines go to the major feature films, the small screen has seen quite the uptick in comic series in recent years. Some, like Fox's Gotham, NBC's Constantine, and The CW's The Flash are enjoying their premieres in 2014, while others like Arrow, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and The Walking Dead are back for yet another round of supernatural storytelling. Hopefully you're a fan of this TV transition, otherwise the coming years are going to be rather upsetting for you since this trend shows no sign of slowing down. But before we're absolutely drowning in comic book shows, we thought we'd take a look at the current slate of comic book adaptations on TV today, in order to pit them against each other, of course. Hit the jump to view the rankings. While »
- Dave Trumbore
We’ve already seen an Honest Trailer for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy [which you can watch here], and now the film has received the ‘Everything Wrong With’ treatment from the folk at Cinema Sins. Yes, they’ve found plenty of cinema sins with the blockbuster space opera – 113 in total, and a whole fifteen minutes worth! Check the video out right here…
Guardians of the Galaxy is out now on DVD and Blu Ray. The films was directed by James Gunn and stars Chris Pratt (The Lego Movie) as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana (Star Trek Into Darkness) as Gamora, Dave Bautista (Riddick) as Drax the Destroyer, Bradley Cooper (American Hustle) as Rocket Raccoon, Vin Diesel (Fast & Furious 6) as Groot, Benicio Del Toro (Sin City) as The Collector, Lee Pace (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug) as Ronan the Accuser, Karen Gillan (Doctor Who) as Nebula, Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond) as Korath, John C. Reilly (Step Brothers) as Rhomman Dey, »
- Gary Collinson
AMC‘s The Walking Dead Consumed Review. Walking With The Dead: The Walking Dead Podcast: Season 5, Episode 6: Consumed is an audio podcast review in which FilmBook contributor Mike Smith discusses his reaction the latest episode of AMC’s The Walking Dead. The Walking Dead: Season 5, Episode 6: Consumed‘s plot synopsis (spoilers): [...]
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- Michael Smith
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