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‘Dirk Gently’ Review: Season 2 Premiere Is a Messy ‘Acceleration of Strangeness’

14 October 2017 7:00 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from the Season 2 premiere of “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency,” titled “Space Rabbit.”]

“How did I forget how annoying you are?” asks Todd Brotzman (Elijah Wood) in the trailer for BBC America’s “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency.” It’s a familiar feeling for viewers reentering the world Max Landis adapted from Douglas Adams’ source material because just as with last year, this season is not content to unspool a story quietly, logically, or with any sort of restraint.

The overstuffed episode checks back in with eight returning characters (yes, we’re also counting Rowdy 3 member Vogel and the dog Rapunzel), and introduces at least eight more. Despite that surfeit of players, we have yet to even meet Alan Tudyk, who joins this year as the gun-happy Mr. Priest.

Read More:‘Dirk Gently’: 7 Blunt Statements About Max Landis and the Lunatic World He’s Created in Season 2

A little over two months have passed since all hell broke loose in the Season 1 finale, »

- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Dirk Gently’ Review: Season 2 Premiere Is a Messy ‘Acceleration of Strangeness’

14 October 2017 7:00 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from the Season 2 premiere of “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency,” titled “Space Rabbit.”]

“How did I forget how annoying you are?” asks Todd Brotzman (Elijah Wood) in the trailer for BBC America’s “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency.” It’s a familiar feeling for viewers reentering the world Max Landis adapted from Douglas Adams’ source material because just as with last year, this season is not content to unspool a story quietly, logically, or with any sort of restraint.

The overstuffed episode checks back in with eight returning characters (yes, we’re also counting Rowdy 3 member Vogel and the dog Rapunzel), and introduces at least eight more. Despite that surfeit of players, we have yet to even meet Alan Tudyk, who joins this year as the gun-happy Mr. Priest.

Read More:‘Dirk Gently’: 7 Blunt Statements About Max Landis and the Lunatic World He’s Created in Season 2

A little over two months have passed since all hell broke loose in the Season 1 finale, »

- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Dirk Gently’: 7 Blunt Statements About Max Landis and the Lunatic World He’s Created in Season 2

14 October 2017 1:17 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency” enters its second season on BBC America on Saturday, but that doesn’t make the sci-fi/mystery/comedy/adventure series is any easier to summarize — even with a year under its belt. A new season doesn’t bring clarity, rather even more chaos and lunacy. Perhaps this is because it’s wholly the creation of Max Landis, who only kept the hero and the absurdist tone from Douglas Adams’ novels on which the series is based.

In its first season, the technicolor-clad Dirk Gently (Samuel Barnett) adopted has-been musician Todd Brotzman (Elijah Wood) as his assistant to help solve a murder using “holistic” methods in which the universe randomly provides him with the answers he needs. In short, there is no coincidence where Dirk is concerned. Along the way, the two encounter a time machine, a corgi, a holistic assassin, a kitten, four psychic »

- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Dirk Gently’: 7 Blunt Statements About Max Landis and the Lunatic World He’s Created in Season 2

14 October 2017 1:17 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency” enters its second season on BBC America on Saturday, but that doesn’t make the sci-fi/mystery/comedy/adventure series is any easier to summarize — even with a year under its belt. A new season doesn’t bring clarity, rather even more chaos and lunacy. Perhaps this is because it’s wholly the creation of Max Landis, who only kept the hero and the absurdist tone from Douglas Adams’ novels on which the series is based.

In its first season, the technicolor-clad Dirk Gently (Samuel Barnett) adopted has-been musician Todd Brotzman (Elijah Wood) as his assistant to help solve a murder using “holistic” methods in which the universe randomly provides him with the answers he needs. In short, there is no coincidence where Dirk is concerned. Along the way, the two encounter a time machine, a corgi, a holistic assassin, a kitten, four psychic »

- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Mindhunter’ Season 1 Review: This Fascinating Textbook of a TV Show Thrives on Hidden Monsters — Spoilers

13 October 2017 5:59 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for the entirety of “Mindhunter” Season 1. For a spoiler-free review, please click here.]

“If what we’re doing doesn’t get under your skin, you’re either more messed up than I thought or you’re lying to yourself.”

Shouted by Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) in an episode primarily focused on the flat-topped agent himself, the above quote ended up defining the tragic arc of his partner, the confounding, stubborn, and all-too-proud Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff). By the end of 10 episodes, if not long before, it became frustratingly apparent just how deeply Holden had been lying to himself. Not only

Played out with an attention to detail Dr. Wendy Carr (Anna Torv) would admire, Holden’s arc came to define the best and worst of “Mindhunter’s” engrossing and occasionally overwhelming first season. His home life was a mess, both over-talkative and uninventive, but work is where he earned his money.

Read More:‘Mindhunter’ Review: David Fincher’s Netflix Return Debates the Origins »

- Ben Travers

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Star Sightings: Dnce Hits the Mall, Miley Cyrus Visits 'Tonight Show,' JWoww & Snooki Host Wrap Party & More!

13 October 2017 3:42 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Let's get our shop on!

There's no place a Jersey kid likes more than a mall, so it was quite fitting that Joe Jonas and his Dnce bandmates helped celebrate the reopening of Westfield Century City in Los Angeles on Oct. 3. 

Photo: Getty Images

Also on the fashion front, Miley Cyrus donned a white T-shirt, splattered overalls, Moscot’s black Mensch frames and a statement necklace as she sat alongside Jimmy Fallon for the “No Big Deal” segment during on Oct. 5.

Photo: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC

More: Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth Cuddle on the ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Carpet in Rare Joint Appearance

Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz looked slick in a nude-hued hat, patch-covered denim jacket, skinny gray pants and tan boots at the Men’s Fitness Game Changers event at Sheats-Goldstein Property in Los Angeles on Sept. 28.

Photo: Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Men's Fitness

And we can't get enough of the pretty neon pink dress star »

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For all its charms, Dirk Gently is still a uniquely British tale fed through some of the worst impulses in American filmmaking

13 October 2017 11:00 AM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

It’s always tempting to grade Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency on a curve. Should it be judged on its own, or as an adaptation? The show does not seem to be designed to appeal to fans of the Douglas Adams series, in that it resembles that series in no way at all beyond the name of its titular detective. Gone is…

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- Lisa Weidenfeld

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‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Review: The Craziness Spreads as a Stellar Season 3 Raises the Stakes

13 October 2017 6:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

From the title on down, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” has been built on dealing with expectations. What audiences expect from a show with frequent song breaks, what women expect from the world and each other, what behavior is appropriate in the wake of trauma. And it’s managed to do all of this while staying one of the most reliably funny and entertaining shows on TV.

Now as the show approaches its Season 3, the events of Rebecca Bunch’s (Rachel Bloom) past loom larger than ever over her life and everyone caught in her obsessive orbit. Instead of becoming an insular, for-fans-only dive down the rabbit hole of a jilted lover, these new episodes use her story as a jumping-off point for looking at just how far her behavior can go, and to what lengths her friends are willing to go to keep her happy.

Initially nearly catatonic after being left by »

- Steve Greene

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‘Lore’ Review: Season 1 Turns a Spooky Podcast Into a Bland Historical Reenactment

13 October 2017 5:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Lore” is a very successful podcast, but its televised adaptation does very little to earn the new medium. Yes, the six-part series pulls out every trick in the TV playbook in an attempt to make these factual explanations of urban myths visually stimulating: There are creepy animated sequences, choice bits of archival footage, and a number of live-action scenes performed by familiar character actors.

And yet its Aaron Mahnke’s blunt narration and gag-inducing sound effects that make up the best bits of the first three episodes, both of which stem from the series’ origins — and more effective incarnation, being audio storytelling.

Read More:‘Lore’: Watch the Disturbing True Story of a Man Who Sacrificed Himself for Spiritualistic Science — Exclusive

Lore” is an episodic anthology series, telling a different fact-based tale every episode. Each entry clocks in between 39 and 45 minutes, and opens with a disclaimer: “Everything you’re about »

- Ben Travers

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Lost Doctor Who episode heading for home release

11 October 2017 7:07 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Chris Cummins Kirsten Howard Oct 12, 2017

A Doctor Who episode from legendary author Douglas Adams will be finished via animation, featuring the voices of the original actors...

When Douglas Adams unexpectedly died in 2001, he left a monumental void in the world of science fiction. Through works like The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy and Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency he established himself as a literary idol for an entire generation who would grow up to see many of his seemingly far-out ideas come to fruition. That phone you might be reading this article on is basically a real-life Hitchhiker's Guide, and a small reminder that as bad as things are right now, they aren't entirely terrible.

See related  The path to The Evil Within

As you are probably well aware, a pre-fame Adams was a script editor for Doctor Who during Tom Baker's tenure on that series. Along with giving the show some, »

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The cast of Dirk Gently debates whether or not things happen for a reason

10 October 2017 3:00 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

“Everything is connected” is the motto for BBC America’s Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, a show that routinely puts Dirk (Samuel Barnett) at the center of a web of randomness and coincidences (or “coinkydinks”), promising that their’s a method to the madness. We asked the cast and creators of Dirk Gently if…

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- Baraka Kaseko and Marah Eakin

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Elijah Wood and Samuel Barnett pick their 5 favorite party-starting tracks

10 October 2017 8:30 AM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Elijah Wood and Samuel Barnett are the perfect odd couple as Todd and Dirk on their show Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, with Todd playing the grounded everyman to Dirk’s eccentric persona. But in real life, they’re far more alike than they are different, as evidenced by this video, where the pair agree on a…

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- Baraka Kaseko and Marah Eakin

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Elijah Wood and his Dirk Gently co-stars don't buy any of that psychic mumbo jumbo

9 October 2017 12:15 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

BBC America’s Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency is returning with its second season and a heaping dose of the supernatural. Dirk (Samuel Barnett), Todd (Elijah Wood), and Farah (Jade Eshete) will be fending off threats from the magical realm of Wendimoor, on top of dealing with government conspiracies and taking…

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- Baraka Kaseko and Marah Eakin

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Alan Tudyk and Tyler Labine put their friendship to the test

9 October 2017 10:45 AM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Alan Tudyk and Tyler Labine are joining the cast for the second season of BBC America’s Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency as potential adversaries. Tudyk’s Mr. Priest is a “ruthless, dangerous, and violent bounty hunter” with a “sense of fun and adventure,” while Labine is playing Sherlock Hobbs, “an…

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- Baraka Kaseko and Marah Eakin

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Serendipity, Sci-Fi, and Silliness: The Holistic Hijinx of ‘Dirk Gently’

9 October 2017 5:45 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

By Meg Shields

Why Dirk Gently should be your go-to small-screen sci-fi for interconnectedness, coincidence, and the rarer, sexier coinky-dinks.

The article Serendipity, Sci-Fi, and Silliness: The Holistic Hijinx of ‘Dirk Gently’ appeared first on Film School Rejects. »

- Meg Shields

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Elijah Wood Wants To Star In Y: The Last Man Adaptation

8 October 2017 2:48 AM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

With TV adaptation of the Y: The Last Man comic series Finally on the way, Dirk Gently star Elijah Wood has stated his desire to lead the way. »

- Corey Hutchinson

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Nycc: Watch the ‘Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency’ Panel Live

6 October 2017 8:47 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

https://youtu.be/AKn51p82hSc Fans of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency hoping to catch the TV show’s New York Comic-Con panel are in luck. We at Collider are the exclusive livestreaming partner for Nycc with ReedPOP, and you can watch the full Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency Nycc panel live right here from 12:45pm to 1:45pm on Friday, October 6th. The cast of the BBC America series will take the stage to discuss the show, hosted by Fandom.com. Somewhat based on the Douglas Adams novel series of the same name, Dirk Gently’s … »

- Collider Staff

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Nycc: Livestream Friday’s Panels for ‘Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2’, ‘Drunk History’ and More

6 October 2017 7:33 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

https://youtu.be/UGDCPc_446k https://youtu.be/AKn51p82hSc https://youtu.be/Dp1mep7RtM8 The 2017 New York Comic-Con is underway! As we previously reported, Collider is the exclusive livestream partner for the convention, and we’ll be live streaming panels from the Javits Main Stage Presented by At&T, Room 1A06, and at The Theater at Madison Square Garden.  Check out the videos above and below you can see the day’s schedule of events (all times Eastern): Nycc Main Stage 12:45 Pm - 1:45 Pm - Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency  2:30 Pm - 3:30 Pm - … »

- Matt Goldberg

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“Reader Beware, You’re in for a Scare!”: Idw & Scholastic Announce More Goosebumps Comic Books for 2018

5 October 2017 8:53 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

As previously reported, the world of R.L. Stine's Goosebumps will come to life in comic book form this Halloween season, but the frightening, nostalgic fun will continue on the paneled page next year, too, as Idw Publishing has announced another three-issue Goosebumps comic book story, "Download And Die!", that will be released in 2018:

Press Release: San Diego (October 5, 2017) – Idw Publishing, in association with Scholastic, is releasing the second three-issue arc in R.L Stine’s Goosebumps comic series. “Download And Die!” is a brand-new self-contained story set in the Goosebumps universe from the talented duo of writer Jen Vaughn (Adventure Time) and artist Michelle Wong (Tomboy).

In the tradition of the classic “Say Cheese and Die!” story, this spiritual successor takes that concept and puts a digital spin on it for the iPhone generation. Today’s kids will now have to contend with a smartphone app that snaps »

- Derek Anderson

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The Beauty Of Horror II: Another Goregeous Coloring Book Release Details & Author Signing Dates

27 September 2017 11:33 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Who knew coloring could so spooky?! From horror writer and illustrator Alan Robert comes The Beauty of Horror II: Ghouliana's Creepatorium, a new coloring book from Idw Publishing. As the title suggests, this coloring book is the continuation of Ghouliana's attempts to get colorers to unleash her fiendish spell, and we have release details and information on when and where you can meet Robert at autograph signings.

Press Release: New York, NY (September 19, 2017) - Life of Agony's Alan Robert has established himself as a prolific horror illustrator & writer over the last several years. Since 2010, Robert has created several award-winning titles through Idw Publishing (Crawl to Me, Killogy, Wire Hangers, The Shunned One). However, nothing would prepare him for the wild success of his 2016 breakout hit The Beauty of Horror: A GOREgeous Coloring Book. Nerdist hailed it as being "The World's Creepiest Adult Coloring Book" and it was Idw's #2 top-selling book last year. »

- Tamika Jones

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