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Masters of Illusion: Cycle Three Debuts in May on CW

The CW announces the Masters of Illusion TV series is returning for what the network is calling its "third cycle," Friday, May 20, 2016, at 8:00pm Et/Pt. Dean Cain returns as host. Because the series moved a few times, before landing on The CW, the season numbering is a bit nebulous. We count the new batch of episodes as season six.

Masters of Illusion hails from Associated Television International. David McKenzie, Gay Blackstone, David Martin, and Al Schwartz executive produce. Justin Pierce and Jim Romanovich co-executive produce.

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'Kids': The Oral History of the Most Controversial Film of the Nineties

'Kids': The Oral History of the Most Controversial Film of the Nineties
It was the summer of 1995. Bill Clinton was president, Rudy Giuliani was mayor of New York, and Oj Simpson was on trial. That summer’s youth-oriented movies included Pixar's first movie Toy Story, the Disney musical Pocahontas — and Kids, in which wayward, stoned teens fuck each other senseless and head-stomp random strangers.

It might be hard to remember just how notorious Larry Clark's indie-skater odysey was. The movie grossed a modest $7 million at the box office that summer — a wild success when you account for the fact that it
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The Definitive Movies of 1995

20. Dead Man Walking

Directed by: Tim Robbins

Susan Sarandon earned herself an Oscar for her work in “Dead Man Walking,” a film directed by her then husband, Tim Robbins. She plays Sister Prejean, a nun who befriends a death row inmate named Matthew (Oscar nominated Sean Penn) as they confide in one another and build a convincing relationship as the days and hours tick down until his execution. Robbins intercuts the scenes with Sarandon and Penn with moments of the actual crime taking place, creating a storytelling rift that both supports and contradicts moments within the film, creating two very carefully drawn and developed characters. In addition to visiting him regularly, Prejean begins the crusade to find him a lawyer to make an appeal, doing all she can to delay his sentence being carried out. But, as she meets the families of the victims, she finds herself torn between right
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Gaming Disassembled: Batman's Greatest Foe is JDot

Arkham Knight Wallpaper by Justin Pierce

Join me and JDot as we attempt to get her pumped for Arkham Knight, which turns out is no easy task. It's much easier to get her excited about the new Portal tabletop game and, remarkably, Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn! We also go over Nevermind, the horror game that preys on your fear (literally), and 11 bit studios The War is Mine, which aims to show you what war looks like from a civilian's perspective. We top it all off with some Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, so if you enjoy the show make sure to subscribe on iTunes or of course you can always catch us here. See you in two weeks!
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"I'm Not Gonna Die"

I mentioned watching Larry Clark's Kids (1995) in my Sunday morning installment of "What I Watched", but I kept thinking about the above shot throughout most of yesterday and today and didn't want to send the disc back to Netflix without grabbing a capture. If you haven't seen it, the film follows a group of New York City teenagers over the course of one day and it was considered highly controversial back in 1995 as it's loaded with underage sex, drinking and drug use and doesn't shy away from some startling material. The narrative has two focal points, one being Jennie (Chloe Sevigny), a young girl who learns she contracted the HIV virus after her first sexual encounter and the other, more prominent characters, being Telly (Leo Fitzpatrick) and Casper (Justin Pierce). Telly is the partner that presumably infected Jennie, and over the course of the film we see him have
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The Kids from Kids, Savages, the Internet, Screenwriting, Soderbergh, Mellow Pages and More: Sunday Links

For Narratively, Carolyn Rothstein revisits the kids from Kids, 20 years later, in “Legends Never Die.” Chloe Sevigny and Rosario Dawson are stars, Justin Pierce and Harold Hunter have passed away, and the others are living their lives in diverse and at times unexpected ways. As her interviewees tell it, Kids was not just about people but a city: The kids say the film was accurate, except for the most fantastical stuff. There’s no denying they weren’t sober during filming. Even the scene with Javier Nunez, at fourteen, by far the youngest of the skate crew, and three other little …
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Films To Watch Before You Die #15 - Next Friday (2000)

D.J. Haza presents the next entry in his series of films to watch before you die...

Almost Famous, 2000.

Directed by Steve Carr.

Starring Ice Cube, Mike Epps, Justin Pierce, John Witherspoon, Don ‘D.C.’ Curry and Tommy ‘Tiny’ Lister.

If you watched Friday on last week’s recommendation then you are in for a treat this week as the follow up to the original is even better. This time out Craig (Cube) has gotten wind that Deebo (Tony Lister Jnr) has broken out of prison and is coming to get him so his father sends him to the suburbs to stay with his sex crazed lottery wining uncle Elroy (Don Curry) and his cousin Day-Day (Epps). At first life in the burbs seems all good, but things soon turn just as crazy as the hood.

It turns out that Craig’s uncle doesn’t have as much cash as
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Webcomics You Should Be Reading: 'Wonderella'

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What if Wonder Woman was a total jerkass? Not evil, or a supervillain, or the crazy Nazi-lady from Whom Gods Destroy, but just a self-centered, self-absorbed jerk?

Justin Pierce answers that question, by showing us The Non-Adventures of Wonderella. [link: http://nonadventures.com/].

Pierce skewers (did you see that? That was totally a pun) bits of DC Comics continuity, along with barely-disguised cameos from both DC and Marvel, and a smattering of other pop culture and cartoon references. Wonderella and her sidekick Wonderita fight evil (when it gets in their way), get drunk, travel through time, interact with historical and religious figures, and demonstrate superpowers they don’t even have names for yet.

There's a book available that collects the first 99 strips, titled Everybody Ever Forever, plus the usual assortment of prints and buttons for sale. The strip also appears on Graphic Smash, where you can pay a fee to read Pierce's other superhero-themed comic,
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Kids Actor Hangs Himself

Kids Actor Hangs Himself
Actor Justin Pierce - star of controversial movie Kids (1995) - has been found dead in a Las Vegas hotel room. The 25-year-old had hung himself and was pronounced dead at the scene, the high-class BellagioFriday, July 14, 2000 resort, after being found by security guards Monday. Two suicide notes were found at the scene and the Clark County Coroner Ron Flud confirmed there were no suspicious circumstances - although toxicology tests are pending. He says, "Hanging is the cause of death and the manner of death is suicide." Pierce shot to fame in the 1995 film Kids - which attracted controversy for depicting Pierce as a HIV positive New York teenager having unprotected sex, using drink and drugs. The actor appears in the upcoming film King of the Jungle (2000) with Rosie Perez and John Leguizamo.

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