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October 24th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Annabelle: Creation, War For The Planet Of The Apes, The Old Dark House

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With Halloween only a week away now (how in the heck did that happen?), of course there are a ton of horror and sci-fi home entertainment offerings arriving on Tuesday, ready to get you primed for all your spooky shenanigans leading up to October 31st. In terms of new titles, both War of the Planet of the Apes and Annabelle: Creation hit various formats, and Criterion has put together a stellar release for Olivier AssayasPersonal Shopper as well.

On the cult side of the genre spectrum, we have a myriad of movies to look forward to, including a quartet of titles from Vinegar Syndrome: The Corpse Grinders, Demon Wind, Blood Beat, and the double feature of Prime Evil and Lurkers. Arrow Video has assembled a special edition set for Herschell Gordon LewisBlood Feast that’s a must-own for any splatter fans out there, and the Warner Archive Collection
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Amazon Prime Day: Big TV Box Set Deals Include ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Rick and Morty’ and British Dramas

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Amazon Prime Day: Big TV Box Set Deals Include ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Rick and Morty’ and British Dramas
It’s Amazon Prime day, and some of the site’s hottest deals are on the home entertainment side. IndieWire combed through this year’s offerings to find the TV box sets on sale – including deals as high as 64 percent of normal retail prices. Offerings include the complete first six seasons of “Game of Thrones” (catch up now – but hurry, Season 7 is about to begin!) and the second season of “Rick and Morty” (again, with Season 3 around the corner, now’s the time to jump on board).

Other box set offerings include British dramas like “Downton Abbey,” “Doctor Who” and “The Doctor Blake Mysteries,” as well as several seasons of 1990s cop drama “NYPD Blue” and classic TV event “The Thorn Birds” and vampire series “Dark Shadows.” Here’s your chance to fill out your DVD and Blu-ray library, but hurry – all of these deals have expiration times, and once 100% of inventory is sold out,
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TV Adaptations Must Figure Out When to Go by the Book — or Risk Fan Frenzy

TV Adaptations Must Figure Out When to Go by the Book — or Risk Fan Frenzy
Deciding to adapt a book into a TV series is easy. Figuring out how to do it is a lot trickier.

Among the many questions creative teams need to resolve: How many episodes should there be? Does the story need to be updated? Should they try to broaden it to attract an even bigger audience? How closely should they follow the book?

After all, built-in book audiences are a large part of their appeal as adaptation material. Deviate too far from the novel and its core audience might cry foul.

Having recently adapted a beloved movie for TV, Warren Littlefield knew the inherent risks, and challenges, to doing the same for an iconic novel. But he was blown away by Bruce Miller’s take on Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” so he boarded the TV adaptation, one of several lit newbies this season along with “Big Little Lies,” “American Gods
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Twin Peaks Revival Gets Finale Date, New Teaser Revealing... Twin Peaks

Twin Peaks Revival Gets Finale Date, New Teaser Revealing... Twin Peaks
How are we talking about the ending before it has even begun…?!

Nonetheless, Showtime has announced that its upcoming Twin Peaks revival — premiering Sunday, May 21 at 9/8c, with two episodes — will wrap its “18-part” run on Sunday, Sept. 3 at 8 pm, where it will again serve up double episodes.

RelatedEpisodes’ Final Season, Ray Donovan Get August Premiere Dates

As also announced Friday, after debuting in the 9 o’clock hour, Twin Peaks will move to 8 pm starting Aug. 6, where it will lead into Season 5 of Ray Donovan.

Showtime also released the teaser above, which takes us on a tour of that wacky little northwestern town.
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Twin Peaks Revival Gets Premiere Date — Plus, How Many Episodes Will It Be?

Twin Peaks Revival Gets Premiere Date — Plus, How Many Episodes Will It Be?
Better brush up on your backwards-speak, because Twin Peaks‘ journey back into the red room will begin on Sunday, May 21, at 9/8c, with a two-hour premiere.

RelatedDavid Lynch, Kyle MacLachlan Very Lightly Tease Twin Peaks Revival

All told, the revival will consist of 18 hours, Showtime president and CEO David Nevins announced on Monday afternoon at the Television Critics Association winter press tour. David Lynch, who directed the entire thing, later confirmed that it will air as 18 episodes.

Nevins also said that immediately following the two-hour opener, Episodes 3 and 4 will be available On Demand and via Showtime’s streaming platform.
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Ken Howard, Known for Crossing Jordan and White Shadow, Dead at 71

Ken Howard, who played the title character’s dad on Crossing Jordan, died Wednesday. He was 71.

The Emmy and Tony-winning actor, who also served as president of SAG-aftra, passed away near his home in Los Angeles, according to the organization. No cause of death was cited.

Howard starred in White Shadow, CBS’ late-1970s sports drama. His nearly 50-year acting career also included several other TV gigs, including Dynasty, The Thorn Birds, Murder She Wrote and Melrose Place. More recently, he played Jack Donaghy’s Kabletown boss Hank Hooper on 30 Rock.

He took home an Emmy in 2009 for his portrayal of Phelan Beale,
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Special Sir Christopher Lee Tribute Screening & 40th Anniversary Screening of The Four Musketeers (1975) in Los Angeles

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By Todd Garbarini

Update: Producer Ilya Salkind now also slated to appear.

Richard Lester’s film The Four Musketeers is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. With an all-star cast that includes Oliver Reed, Faye Dunaway, Raquel Welch, Richard Chamberlain, Michael York, and Sir Christopher Lee, the film will be shown on Tuesday, September 29th, 2015 at 7:00 pm as a special tribute to Sir Christopher as well as part of the theatre's Anniversary Classics series. Actors Richard Chamberlain and Michael York are scheduled to appear at the screening and take part in a Q & A and discussion on the making of the film.

From the press release:

Last year the Anniversary Classics series presented a successful 40th anniversary screening of The Three Musketeers, director Richard Lester's stylish and entertaining retelling of Alexandre Dumas' classic novel. Join us this year to see Lester's stirring conclusion of the tale, The Four Musketeers
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Win Tickets To August Retro Night Of Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory This Thursday, August 13

B&B Wildwood Theatre is having their August Retro Night on Thursday, August 13. They are showing the classic film, Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory. Shows are at 4pm & 7pm.

Roger Ebert said, “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is probably the best film of its sort since “The Wizard of Oz.” It is everything that family movies usually claim to be, but aren’t: Delightful, funny, scary, exciting, and, most of all, a genuine work of imagination.”

Gene Wilder (“Blazing Saddles,” “Young Frankenstein”) stars in this magical, musical fantasy for the young, and the young at heart. The mysterious candy maker extraordinaire Willy Wonka hides a Golden Ticket inside five of his famous candy bars. The kids who find them are invited on a grand tour of the wondrous, wacky Wonka factory, and a chance for an even grander prize — if they can resist temptation.

The delightful musical score
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‘The Spoils Before Dying’: TV Review

‘The Spoils Before Dying’: TV Review
To the victor belong the Spoils, though it’s unlikely viewers will feel they’ve won much of anything with this follow-up to 2014’s epic miniseries pastiche The Spoils of Babylon. The target there was bloated TV events of the ’70s and ’80s like The Thorn Birds and Rich Man, Poor Man, popular doorstop novel adaptations which drew out their soapy dramas over multiple episodes. Each installment was introduced by “writer”/“director” Eric Jonrosh (Will Ferrell), a later-years-Orson-Wellesian blowhard who pontificated on his genius in-between unhealthy gulps of red wine. Jonrosh is back, a little heavier and just

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Comic Con 2015 Friday Schedule

Comic Con 2015 Friday Schedule
San Diego Comic-Con 2015 has released their full schedule for Friday, July 10. For your convenience, we have pulled out all of the movie, TV and DVD related panels and events below, but you can can visit to check out the full schedule including comic book and video game panels. Take a look at all of the movie, TV and DVD events that will take place during the first day of Comic Con.

10:00am - 11:00am - Inside The Big Bang Theory Writer's Room

The Big Bang Theory writers once again open the curtain and take you behind the scenes of TV's #1 comedy. From huge guest stars to the shocking moments in the season finale (Was that a ring, my Precious? Will what happened in Vegas stay in Vegas?), find out what it takes to make the hit series each week. Join the show's executive producers and writers
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Superman Gets Mean in First Clip for Justice League: Gods and Monsters

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The DC Universe's next animated film, Justice League: Gods and Monsters is hitting blu-ray next month, but before it hits, you can check out the first clip from the film, showing how the alternate reality team handles the world...

I'm very excited to see what Justice League: Gods and Monsters has to offer. It's a very different take on the heroes we all know and love, and DC's animated films are almost always impressive and fun to watch. So this little adventure should be interesting indeed, especially based on this first clip:

Animation legend Bruce Timm returns to the popular DC Universe Original Movies with his unique new vision of a Justice League you’ve never seen before. "Justice League: Gods & Monsters" features a Superman born of General Zod’s blood, a Batman with a healthy dose of bat in the man, and a Wonder Woman rising from the ranks of the New Gods.
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Round-Up: Penny Dreadful Comic-Con 2015 Exclusive Figures, L.A. Slasher Poster, Kill Me Three Times Blu-ray

For the first time, Entertainment Earth has created six-inch-tall Penny Dreadful action figures to be sold at this year's San Diego Comic-Con. Also in this round-up: a new poster and release details for L.A. Slasher and Blu-ray details for Kill Me Three Times.

Penny Dreadful Comic-Con 2015 Exclusive Figures: Both the Vanessa Ives and Ethan Chandler figures are six inches tall and will be available at the Entertainment Earth Booth #2343. Also included as a Comic-Con 2015 exclusive is the Frankenstein Sketchbook Deluxe Journal made to look just like the one on the show. If supplies remain after the convention, you can order these items online and they will be shipped to you at the end of July. Each action figure / item comes with accessories specific to that character / item. More details below:

Vanessa Ives - "Includes the mysterious heroine’s set of fanned tarot cards (1 piece) in addition to a single tarot card.
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How to Get Away With Murder Recap: Wham, Bam, Thank You, Sam!

How to Get Away With Murder Recap: Wham, Bam, Thank You, Sam!
Go ahead and watch YouTube videos of baby animals getting belly rubs. Maybe make a nice roasted chicken with mashed taters and Brussels sprouts for your visiting sister-in-law. What’s that? You’re more into curling up on the couch and doing the Netflix thing with your adorable new boyfriend? Go forth and rent The Thorn Birds!

RelatedMarcia Gay Harden on Going Toe-to-Toe With Htgawm’s Fearsome Annalise: ‘Oh, Hell No — They Don’t Get Along!’

Trouble is, in the twisted, paranoid world of How to Get Away With Murder, these types of whimsical delights are a fleeting thing.
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Colleen McCullough, ‘Thorn Birds’ Author, Dies at 77

Colleen McCullough, ‘Thorn Birds’ Author, Dies at 77
Australian author Colleen McCullough, best known for her 1977 novel “The Thorn Birds,” which was adapted into an enormously successful miniseries for ABC, has died. She was 77.

McCullough wrote more than 20 books in her long career, a few of which spawned screen adaptations. The first was her 1974 novel “Tim,” which was adapted into a film in 1979 starring Mel Gibson and Piper Laurie.

The Thorn Birds,” McCollough’s epic saga of three generations of an Australian family, has sold 30 million copies worldwide. The story was adapted into a 1983 ABC miniseries that starred Richard Chamberlain, Rachel Ward and Barbara Stanwyck. The series was a huge sensation in its time, though McCullough preferred not to be associated with it, and even inspired a follow-up miniseries, 1996’s “The Thorn Birds: The Missing Years” on CBS.

McCullough is survived by her husband, Ric Robinson.
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The Thorn Birds Author Colleen McCullough Has Died

The Thorn Birds Author Colleen McCullough Has Died
Author Colleen McCullough, whose 1977 internationally best-selling romantic novel The Thorn Birds was the Fifty Shades of Grey of its time, died Thursday afternoon in a hospital in her native Australia, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. She was 77. McCullough had suffered a series of small strokes, according the paper, which also said her eyesight had failed due to macular degeneration and she was restricted to a wheelchair. She lived on the isolated Norfolk Island in the Pacific with her husband of nearly 32 years, Ric Robinson, who survives her. According to a People profile in 200O, McCullough was born in Wellington, New South Wales,
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‘Thorn Birds’ Author Colleen McCullough Dies At 77

Colleen McCullough, the Australian author of 1977 bestseller, The Thorn Birds, which served as the basis for one of the most popular TV miniseries ever, died today on Australia’s Norfolk Island. The novelist had suffered poor health in recent years. She was 77. McCullough was born in New South Wales in 1937 and worked as a neuroscientist before writing the first of her 25 books, Tim. Published in 1974, it was later made into a feature starring Mel Gibson and Piper Laurie
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Brandon Stoddard: Remembering An Epic TV Legacy

Brandon Stoddard: Remembering An Epic TV Legacy
Brandon Stoddard is dead. And you probably have to be a certain age – at least, old enough to remember when it really was possible to have 40% of the U.S. simultaneously watch something other than the Super Bowl – to appreciate what a loss that represents.

As an executive at ABC, Stoddard presided over televised events whose resonance and influence speak to a different time. The term “epic” is overused, but the productions with which Stoddard was associated didn’t just merit the term; they practically defined it.

Roots” famously emptied restaurants across America. “The Day After” soberly presented the threat of nuclear annihilation – and aired despite pressure from the White House to quash it.

In this age where “limited series” have become all the rage, Stoddard championed events like “The Thorn Birds,” “The Winds of War,” “Rich Man, Poor Man” and “Masada,” which established the template and set the standard for the form.
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Brandon Stoddard, Former ABC Entertainment President, Dead at 77

Brandon Stoddard, the former president of ABC Entertainment, who oversaw the groundbreaking mini-series “Roots,” died at his home in Bel-Air Monday following a long battle with cancer, a close friend of Stoddard’s told TheWrap. He was 77 years old.

Stoddard was inducted into the Television Academy’s Hall of Fame earlier this year.

Known as the “father of the miniseries,” Stoddard oversaw the production of “Roots,” “The Winds of War,” “The Thorn Birds,” “Rich Man, Poor Man,” “Masada,” “East of Eden” and “North and South.”

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In 1970, Stoddard joined ABC as director of daytime programs.
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Brandon Stoddard, ABC Exec Who Shepherded ‘Roots,’ Dies at 77

Brandon Stoddard, ABC Exec Who Shepherded ‘Roots,’ Dies at 77
Brandon Stoddard, the longtime ABC exec who shepherded such landmark longform productions as “Roots” and “The Winds of War,” died Monday after a battle with cancer. He was 77.

Stoddard had a 25-year career at ABC, rising to entertainment president from 1985-89. He spent another six years as head of ABC Prods. before stepping down in 1995.

During his long run, Stoddard was an instrumental player in steering ABC’s success with large-scale miniseries productions. None was a bigger gamble than “Roots,” a gritty historical look at the journey of Africans into the slave trade in America that aired over eight consecutive nights in January 1977. The production and the impact it had as a cultural event remains a milestone for the medium.

Stoddard was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in March. After leaving ABC, Stoddard spent 10 years teaching graduate students at USC’s School for Cinema and Television.

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Calvary – The Review

The cinematic treatment of the Catholic church, particularly the priesthood, has, more or less, reflected the changing attitudes of the general public along with many revelations that have dominated the news headlines in recent years. In the 1930′s and 40′s priests were a gentle, pleasant, understanding band of brothers frequently portrayed by actors like Pat O’Brien (who was quoted as saying he would take any film or TV role as a man of the cloth) and Bing Crosby (who won a Best Actor Oscar for Going My Way, and then starred in its sequel The Bells Of St. Mary’S). With the turbulent 60′s we were treated to films more critical of church politics like The Shoes Of The Fisherman. And in the next decade priest became heroes again in the wake of the box office smash The Exorcist and its many supernatural follow-ups and rip-offs. But soon movies
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