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Chris Ryall rejoins Idw

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Chris Ryall, former Chief Creative Officer and Editor-In-Chief or Idw Publishing, is returning to the company as President, Publisher and Chief Creative Officer. Ryall, recently part of the editorial division at Skybound Entertainment, will be charged with ongoing creative expansion efforts within the company, as well as continuing to work closely with partners and licensors. Greg Goldstein will be stepping down as President and Publisher.

“Chris was a vital and valued member of the Idw team from nearly the beginning, so we are very excited that he is coming home,” said Howard Jonas, Chairman, Idw Media Holdings. “We are thrilled to have him rejoin our senior team to accelerate Idw Publishing’s growth and success. His creative talents and relationships within the industry are unmatched so we are confident that he will thrive in this new, expanded role. We are extremely grateful for the dedication and hard work that Greg put into the company,
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Holiday Gift Guide 2018: DVDs and Blu-rays for Geeks

Chris Cummins Nov 30, 2018

Here's a rundown of the best -- and nerdiest -- DVDs/Blu-rays of the year!

We've searched far and wide to bring you the best shopping recommendations! Just a note: Den of Geek may receive a small commission from links on this page. Prices & stockage are accurate as of time of publication.

A brief history lesson: People turned to DVDs and Blu-rays because they were tired of cable television. Then streaming services came along, and these same fickle folks grew tired of DVDs and Blu-rays because who wants to go through the trouble of having to get up and physically put a disc in a machine. But recently there have been a few new wrinkles in the home viewing saga. First off, complicated rights issues means that not every movie will remain on Netflix once it's up there. Then there's the fact that there are now so
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Colin Trevorrow producing sci-fi adaptation Space Opera

Universal Pictures has enlisted Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow and Marc Platt of Marc Platt Productions to produce a music-themed adaptation of Catherynne M. Valente’s science fiction novel Space Opera.

The Amazon description for the novel, which has been compared to Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, reads:

A century ago, the Sentience Wars tore the galaxy apart and nearly ended the entire concept of intelligent space-faring life. In the aftermath, a curious tradition was invented-something to cheer up everyone who was left and bring the shattered worlds together in the spirit of peace, unity, and understanding.

Once every cycle, the civilizations gather for Galactivision – part gladiatorial contest, part beauty pageant, part concert extravaganza, and part continuation of the wars of the past. Instead of competing in orbital combat, the powerful species that survived face off in a competition of song, dance, or whatever can be
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Universal Pictures Will Develop a Crazy Sci-Fi Musical Called Space Opera with Producer Colin Trevorrow

Universal Pictures has acquired the rights to the sci-fi novel Space Opera from author Catherynne M. Valente. This sounds like it's going to be a crazy and unique movie! The story has tones of Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and it's going to be a musically themed sci-fi film. Just wait until you read this description of the story:

A century ago, the Sentience Wars tore the galaxy apart and nearly ended the entire concept of intelligent space-faring life. In the aftermath, a curious tradition was invented—something to cheer up everyone who was left and bring the shattered worlds together in the spirit of peace, unity, and understanding.

Once every cycle, the great galactic civilizations gather for the Metagalactic Grand Prix—part gladiatorial contest, part beauty pageant, part concert extravaganza, and part continuation of the wars of the past. Species far and wide compete in feats of song,
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Universal Options ‘Space Opera’ For Marc Platt & Colin Trevorrow To Produce

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Universal Options ‘Space Opera’ For Marc Platt & Colin Trevorrow To Produce
Exclusive: Universal Pictures has optioned Catherynne M. Valente’s science fiction novel Space Opera, which Marc Platt will produce for his Universal-based Marc Platt Productions with Adam Siegel, along with Colin Trevorrow producing.

The project, which is in the early stages, is planned to be a music-themed film. In Valente’s novel, which has tones of Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, a fierce musical contest has arisen in the wake of a great galactic war known as the Metagalactic Grand Prix. Part gladiatorial contest, part beauty pageant, part concert extravaganza and part continuation of the wars of the past, species far and wide compete in feats of song and dance. Those who place well are revered and those who fail face sudden extermination for their entire species. However, Earth just stumbled upon this new galaxy and, in an effort of diplomacy, decides to compete and sends
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Idw to Release New Hardcover Collection of Mike Mignola’s Bram Stoker’S Dracula Comic Book Adaptation

When filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola gave Bram Stoker's Dracula his own twist in the early ’90s, Mike Mignola (along with Roy Thomas) used his unique artistic abilities to bring the ambitious adaptation to life in a four-issue comic book series. Now, a quarter of a century later, Idw is resurrecting Mignola's sought-after take on Bram Stoker's Dracula and bringing it back to print in a gorgeous hardcover collection coming out this September:

Press Release: San Diego, CA, (March 24th, 2018) – 25 years ago one of comics’ most celebrated creators, Mike Mignola, adapted to comics, along with Roy Thomas, the star-studded Columbia Pictures (Sony Pictures Entertainment) film by Francis Ford Coppola, Dracula, based on the world-renowned novel by Bram Stoker. Now at last fans of this lost treasure will have a chance to relive the terror, or discover it for the first time, as Idw is bringing the complete story back to print!
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Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency: No Season Three; Bbca Series Staying Cancelled

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency is closed for good. Executive producer Arvind Ethan David recently confirmed the cancelled BBC America TV show will remain cancelled, Deadline reports.Loosely based on the Douglas Adams novels, the sci-fi comedy centers on Dirk Gently (Samuel Barnett), an eccentric time-traveling “holistic detective” and his reluctant sidekick, washed up rocker Todd Brotzman (Elijah Wood). The cast also includes Jade Eshete, Hannah Marks, Mpho Koaho, Fiona Dourif, Dustin Milligan, and John Hannah.Read More…
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Despite a fan campaign, there’ll be no third season of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency

Back in December it was announced that BBC America had cancelled Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, the TV adaptation of Douglas Adams’ novels, prompting fans of the show to launch a campaign in the hope of securing a third season.

Well, it seems that campaign has been unsuccessful, as executive producer Arvind Ethan David has posted an update to Twitter, thanking fans for their efforts, but stating that: “There will not be a season 3 of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency. We tried, and we’ve explored all options. Ultimately, whilst the passion of the fan base has never been in question, there just isn’t a big enough audience for the economics to work out.”

An update for all of you working to #SaveDirkGently

— from all of us who made #DirkGently

with much, much love. #Dirktectives pic.twitter.com/FozJgKHUH4

— Arvind Ethan David (@ArvD) March 10, 2018

Created by Max Landis,
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‘Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency’ Will Not Have A Season 3 – Producer

‘Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency’ Will Not Have A Season 3 – Producer
Executive producer Arvind Ethan David has sent out a sad note to fans of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency. Despite fan support, there will be no Season 3 for the series, as producers have not been able to find the series a new home. David tweeted out the news to the fan base, thanking them for their support and efforts. The show was not renewed by its former BBC America base after wrapping Season 2. The series was adapted from the popular novels by Douglas Adams (Th…
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Dirk Gently Producer Says Series Failed to Find a New Home

Despite an intensive online effort by a dedicated fan base, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency is closing down for good. The eclectic series was canceled by BBC America in December, following a slow but steady decline in ratings from a disappointingly received first season.

Based on the character created by legendary science fiction satirist Douglas Adams, Dirk Gently centered around the adventures of the titular detective (Samuel Barnett).
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Don't panic! The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is back

It’s the biggest thing to happen to the universe since the Vogons blew up Earth. Our writer grabs a babelfish and goes behind the scenes as the space satire returns

In 1985, Douglas Adams said the BBC’s view of the first series of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy was like Macbeth’s attitude to murder: “Initial doubts, followed by cautious enthusiasm, then greater and greater alarm at the sheer scale of the undertaking.” Those days are, however, long gone and the BBC is marking the 40th anniversary of Adams’ ground-breaking creation in style.

The original cast has been reunited to record a new radio series of the intergalactic comedy that, from small beginnings in 1978 on Radio 4, grew into a juggernaut that spawned a TV series, a Disney film, a much-loved series of books, several stage shows and even a video game.

It was a useful calling card.
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Doctor Who: 10 obscure facts you didn’t know about everyone’s favourite Time Lord

Call yourself a Doctor Who fan? In that case, let’s see how many of these facts you already knew…

The Doctor’s regeneration was an accident

When William Hartnell played the first Doctor between 1963 and 1966, he began having health problems toward the end of his run. To ensure that the show could continue, the writers decided that to give the Doctor the ability to regenerate, something that would soon become a part of the character’s mythology.

The show is ‘banned’ in China

Doctor Who is one of a few television programs that are banned in China. This decision to ban is because the country’s government authorities don’t want to promote anything featuring time travel that could be seen as re-writing history.

The Daleks didn’t catch on with some creators

When Sydney Newman was the head of drama at the BBC (and one of the show
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Joe R. Lansdale and Idw Team Up for Bubba Ho-tep And The Cosmic Blood-suckers Comic Book Series

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He introduced readers to Hap and Leonard and took us to the drive-in, but thanks to the film adaptation of his 1994 novella, writer Joe R. Lansdale is known by many for resurrecting Elvis, who recently returned in a Bubba Ho-Tep prequel novella by Lansdale. Now, the legendary author is teaming up with Idw Publishing to bring The King back to life in Bubba Ho-Tep and the Cosmic Blood-Suckers, a new comic book series adaptation premiering this March:

Press Release: San Diego, CA – Hail to the King, baby! Prior to the events of the original Bubba Ho-Tep cult story, Elvis was enlisted by President Nixon to defeat an alien threat unlike anything he’s faced before. Idw and award-winning writer Joe R. Lansdale present Bubba Ho-Tep and the Cosmic Blood-Suckers!

“Bubba Ho-Tep was an accidental story that turned out to be my first film adaptation, and it's still going strong in story and film,
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BBC America cancels Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency

Having recently concluded its second season a few days ago, BBC America has announced that it has decided to cancel Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency. The series starred Samuel Barnett and Elijah as a pair of investigators solving peculiar and strange mysteries. It was based on Douglas Adams’ work of the same name, with the series developed by Max Landis.

BBC America put out a statement to the fans, which reads:

Dear Dirk Gently fans,

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency brought together an incredible group of talented, creative people to make something truly original that celebrates how weird and wonderful the universe can be. We are so proud to work with the writers, producers and actors who created this brilliant world. We’ve seen your passionate social campaigns for another season of Dirk Gently and we regret to say that Season 2 will be the last season on BBC America.
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Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency has been cancelled

Michael Ahr Kirsten Howard Dec 19, 2017

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency won't be back for a third season, it's been decided...

Fans probably knew that a third season of Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency was far from a sure thing, and sadly BBC America has announced its cancellation.

The sometimes crazy, always fun, undefinable show has often been critically favoured. Its manic dialogue and at times nonsensical-seeming storylines weren't for everyone, but for those who enjoyed a good puzzle, tight writing, and unbelievably lovable characters, hopes were high for a renewal. But it wasn't meant to be.

In the end, ratings for Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency were just too low. Averaging 248,000 viewers each week with a .07 share, the series is down only slightly from its season 1 average of 287,000 weekly viewers and a .09 share of the key demographic. Although these numbers were comparable to fellow BBC America series Orphan Black in its fifth season,
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Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency

Network: Episodes: 18 (hour)Seasons: TwoTV show dates: October 22, 2016 -- December 16, 2017Series status: CancelledPerformers include: Elijah Wood, Samuel Barnett, Hannah Marks, Jade Eshete, Fiona Dourif, Aaron Douglas, Dustin Milligan, Michael Eklund, Miguel Sandoval, Mpho Koaho, Neil Brown Jr., Osric Chau, Richard Schiff, Ty Olsson, Viv Leacock, and Zak Santiago.TV show description: Loosely based on the sci-fi detective novel series by Douglas Adams, this TV show revolves around an eccentric time-traveling "holistic detective" and his reluctant sidekick. A collection of wild and dangerous characters’ further infiltrate and complicate their world.Funny, eloquent, and a bit rude, Dirk Gently (Samuel Barnett) has strange psychic abilities that enable him to sense tangential connections. He’s turned these abilities into his new profession as a holistic detective who sees that everything is connected. However,
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Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency: Cancelled; No Season Three for BBC America Series

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency is shutting down. Deadline reports BBC America has cancelled the TV show after two seasons.Loosely based on the Douglas Adams novels, the sci-fi comedy centers on Dirk Gently (Samuel Barnett), an eccentric time-traveling “holistic detective” and his reluctant sidekick, washed up rocker Todd Brotzman (Elijah Wood). The cast also includes Jade Eshete, Hannah Marks, Mpho Koaho, Fiona Dourif, Dustin Milligan, and John Hannah.Read More…
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Female Snake-Eyes Is a Hit, Will She Get Her Own G.I. Joe Movie?

Female Snake-Eyes Is a Hit, Will She Get Her Own G.I. Joe Movie?
Who is Dawn Moreno? She's the new Snake-Eyes and break-out character of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero! Scripted by legendary G.I. Joe writer Larry Hama, with art by incoming artist Netho Diaz (Aquaman), issue #246 marks the beginning of the "Dawn of the Arashikage" storyline, which sees Dawn, a Mexican-American teenager, take on the mantle of Snake-Eyes, one of the most iconic members of the G.I. Joe team. This pivotal issue in Hama's long-running G.I. Joe saga has now sold out at the distributor level, as have the preceding issues #244 (featuring Dawn's first appearance in costume) and #245 (Dawn's first cover appearance in costume as Snake-Eyes).

Dawn Moreno, who debuted in G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #226, was once a gifted high school athlete whose unique physical abilities drew the attention of Cobra Commander. The Cobra elite put Dawn under intense experimentation, accidentally implanting the memories of the original
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Unfinished “Doctor Who” Episode Is Finally Completed 38 Years Later

“Shada” is the name of a Doctor Who episode that was supposed to have been completed in 1979 but never was. What happened was that the engineers went on strike, with the result that it could not be completed. Otherwise, it is interesting to note that “Shada” had the distinction of having been written by Douglas Adams, the famous author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy who passed away in 2001. Regardless, “Shada” was completed by Tom Baker, who made a return as the Fourth Doctor complete with his signature long-coat and striped scarf. Furthermore, it should be mentioned

Unfinished “Doctor Who” Episode Is Finally Completed 38 Years Later
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Tom Baker returns to Doctor Who to complete abandoned serial ‘Shada’

Some 36 years after his departure, Tom Baker has reprised the role of the Fourth Doctor to complete the abandoned 1979 Doctor Who serial ‘Shada’, penned by legendary author Douglas Adams.

Halted due to a strike and never finished, the BBC has now completed ‘Shada’ through a mix of the original footage, state of the art animation, and a new live-action scene featuring Baker back in his classic costume.

“When I was doing Doctor Who it was the realisation of all my childhood fantasies… so I took to it like a duck to water and I still do,” said Baker. “Doctor Who was more important than life to me – I used to dread the end of rehearsal… that’s why I can’t stay away from it. ‘Shada’ was one of my favourite Doctor Who stories. I have many fond memories of shooting the location scenes in Cambridge, and it was disappointing
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