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Legendary Comics' New Graphic Novel Godzilla: Aftershock Now on Sale

Thrilling companion prequel to upcoming summer blockbuster Godzilla: King of the Monsters pits the iconic Titan against a mythic new adversary.
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Press release: Fans eagerly awaiting Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ summer’s big-screen blockbuster Godzilla: King of the Monsters, set to hit theaters worldwide on May 31, can get a sneak peek at the monstrous action with Legendary Comics’ thrilling companion graphic novel Godzilla: Aftershock, now on sale in comic stores and online. Continuing the story of 2014’s Godzilla after the catastrophic events in San Francisco, the King of the Monsters finds himself once again threatened as a terrifying new foe rises from the depths of the earth, unleashing a series of devastating earthquakes and driven by an unstoppable primal

How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is the Pick of the Week

It is an interesting batch of new releases coming out this week.
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I have taken several overseas flights. They are always long. They are always exhausting. The only thing that makes them bearable is being able to watch movies. The best airlines have little TVs in front of every seat, each programmed with a large selection of movies and TV shows that you can control. The worst have a few select screens that pop down at random intervals throughout the plane and only play the same films. Unless you are seated in the right spot, it is difficult to see what is happening on those screens and anytime someone gets up to

Todd McFarlane's Spawn Set to Make History with 300th Issue

The 72-page full-color comic book, celebrating 27 years, and counting, of the hit independent series with an all-star lineup of comics creators, will be in stores August 29, 2019.
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Press release: Todd McFarlane’s SPAWN character sets the stage for a historic celebration as it breaks the record for the longest-running creator-owned comic in the world! To mark this momentous occasion, McFarlane has gathered a team of superstars from the comic industry to contribute to this giant sized 72-page book. The big news for SPAWN #300 is that award-winning artist, Greg Capullo (Batman), returns to illustrate SPAWN. Capullo first brought his talents to Image Comic’s longest running title, with issue #16, leading to a visually-stunning run as the book’s featured artist, culminating in the hallmark 100th issue. Following his seminal

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and DC Present Batman: Hush

The Dark Knight matches wits with his most formidable adversary.
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Press release: A mysterious villain puppeteering Gotham’s most dangerous forces leads the Dark Knight into uncharted waters in Batman: Hush, the next entry in the popular series of DC Universe Movies. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC, the feature-length animated film arrives from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital starting July 20, 2019, and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, , Blu-ray Combo Pack and the DC Universe streaming service on August 13, 2019. Batman: Hush will be available on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack ($39.99 SRP) and Blu-ray Combo Pack ($24.98 SRP) as well as on Digital ($19.99

Criterion Announces August 2019 Releases

Something old, something new in the seven titles.
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Close out the summer with these August titles from Criterion. New to the collection are Lucille Carra's The Inland Sea, Abbas Kiarostami's The Koker Trilogy, and Yasujiro Ozu's The Flavor of Green Tea over Rice. Getting Blu-ray upgrades are Jane Campion's An Angel at My Table and Douglas Sirk's Magnificent Obsession. Read on to learn more about them. An Angel at My Table (#301) out Aug 6 With An Angel at My Table, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Jane Campion brought to the screen the harrowing autobiography of Janet Frame, New Zealand’s most distinguished author. Three actors in turn take on the

Apollo 11 is the Pick of the Week

Here's what looks interesting in this week's Blu-ray releases.
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I am not a scientist. The math was always too difficult for me. I intentionally steered away from the sciences in college for that very reason. However, I am constantly amazed at what science is able to do and to understand. This is no more true than in space travel. The vastness of the universe boggles the mind. That we have managed to send crafts and humans into space is nothing short of awesome. That we landed men on the moon with less technology that what I carry around in my pocket blows me away. Yet we did. There are

TCM to Celebrate Actress Doris Day with 24-Hour Marathon

Programming tribute airing on June 9 to include Pillow Talk (1959) & Please Don't Eat The Daisies (1960).
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Press release: Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will celebrate the life and career of iconic actress, singer and animal activist Doris Day with a 24-hour, 13-film tribute on Sunday, June 9. Day, who passed away on May 13 at the age of 97, started her career as a singer. Her first hit was 1945’s “Sentimental Journey,” which was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998. In 2008, the Recording Academy honored her with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for her “outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording.” She went on to become one of the biggest film stars

Julia Reichert, 50 Years in Film, Touring Retrospective Includes Academy Award-nominated Docs and Shorts

Starts May 30, 2019 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, tours nationally through 2020.
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Press release: A three-time Academy Award nominee, Ohio-based filmmaker Julia Reichert has dedicated her career to capturing stories that explore class, gender, and race in America. In honor of nearly five decades in filmmaking, a touring retrospective, organized by the Wexner Center for the Arts, will celebrate one of the most distinguished bodies of work in American independent film and one of our most accomplished documentarians. The series will showcase all of Reichert’s feature documentaries, beginning with Growing Up Female (made with Jim Klein in 1971), considered the first feature documentary of the modern women’s movement—and a recent addition to

Five New DC Showcase Animated Shorts Coming from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Sgt. Rock, Adam Strange, Death, The Phantom Stranger and Batman: Death In The Family spotlight ambitious quintet of new titles.
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Press release: Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, in partnership with DC, are currently in production on five new DC Showcase animated shorts for release in 2019-2020. Inspired by characters and stories from DC’s robust portfolio, the all-new series of shorts will be included on upcoming DC Universe Movies releases, with exception of an innovative Batman: Death in the Family long-form animated short, which will anchor a compilation set for distribution in late 2020. Each of the five shorts - entitled Sgt. Rock, Adam Strange, Death, The Phantom Stranger and Batman: Death in the Family - opens with

Dragged Across Concrete Is the Pick of the Week

Lots of interesting stuff coming out this week, I've got your info.
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I’m a pretty big genre-film fan. I love the way genre films exist within a certain set or rules and then find a way to bend them in interesting ways (the good ones do anyways). S. Craig Zahler is a genre filmmaker par excellence who both revels in the the way those films are able to trigger the more sensitive members of an audience and is an actual, truly good filmmaker. His latest, Dragged Across Concrete, stars Mel Gibson (a fact all on its own that will piss some folks off) and Vince Vaughan as a couple of racist cops

Frida Cinema's 2nd Annual Overnight Sci-Fi Marathon 'Starship Frida' to Blast Off Saturday, May 4th!

A special prize will be given to all guests who stay through the entire experience.
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Press release: Orange County's non-profit art house theater The Frida Cinema invites guests to embark on a 12-hour overnight odyssey through some of sci-fi cinema’s most fantastic, thrilling, terrifying, and mind-bending worlds at their 2nd Annual Starship Frida overnight event! One of the cinema's two annual overnight film marathons, along with October's overnight horror marathon Camp Frida, Starship Frida is a twelve-hour marathon of science-fiction classics that kicks off at 8pm on May the 4th (Star Wars reference fully intended), and continues through to 8am. Starship Frida's event coordinator Alissa Flores says of the event, "Our amazing team of Starship

Ava DuVernay to Join TCM's The Essentials

Curated season to feature hand-picked films by DuVernay premieres May 4 and airs Saturdays at 8 p.m.
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Press release: Turner Classic Movies (TCM) today announced that Oscar-nominee Ava DuVernay will join The Essentials, TCM’s popular franchise showcasing “must see” classic films. Emmy®, BAFTA® and Peabody® winning DuVernay joins TCM primetime host Ben Mankiewicz for the new season where they will introduce a hand-picked film each Saturday and offer commentary on its cultural significance, its influence on other films, behind-the-scenes stories and their own personal reflections. The new season of The Essentials, which airs every Saturday night, premieres May 4 at 8 p.m. (ET). “What a thrill to be invited to select films for TCM’s The Essentials. And
Press release: The Toys That Made Us is an American television series created by Brian Volk-Weiss, the founder of Comedy Dynamics. The first four episodes of the series began streaming on Netflix on December 22, 2017, and the next four were released on May 25, 2018. Narrated by Donald Ian Black, the eight-episode documentary series, as it was originally touted, focused on the history of important toy lines. The first four episodes focus on the Star Wars, He-Man and G.I. Joe toy lines with subsequent episodes featuring LEGO, Transformers, Hello Kitty, and Star Trek. Check out the Season 1 Trailer

Noir Archive - Volume 1: 1944-1954 is the Pick of the Week

A full week of classic releases and a few new ones.
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Last November (or Noirvember, as I like to call it), I set out to watch as many film noirs as I could. I watched a pretty broad selection of classics, not-so classics, and neo-noirs. I’ve always liked the genre, but watching so many in such a short period of time really made me a fan. Since then, I’ve continued to watch the genre as often as I can (Amazon Prime has a surprisingly good selection of them). Throughout the 1940s, Columbia Studios made a whole bunch of them. Most of them don’t fall into the category of classic. In fact,

Shout! Factory Celebrates Pride Month with Four Definitive Home Entertainment Releases

“At Shout, we celebrate and champion the universal movement for equality, and drive creative expression and diversity in independent storytelling,” says Jeff Nelson, Senior Director of Marketing at Shout! Factory and Scream Factory.
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Press release: In honor of this year’s LGBTQ Pride Month, Shout! Factory is proud to present an eclectic slate of pop culture-defining movies arriving for the first time on Blu-ray. “At Shout, we celebrate and champion the universal movement for equality, and drive creative expression and diversity in independent storytelling,” says Jeff Nelson, Senior Director of Marketing at Shout! Factory and Scream Factory. “We’re thrilled to bring these fun films back into the market! There’s something for everyone: Outrageous camp, disco-pumped extravaganzas and heartfelt stories of love and acceptance. Each movie still strikes a chord of with audiences who remember

NostalgiaCon, SoCal's First All-80's Celebration, Debuts in Anaheim July 4-6

An All-'80s-all-the-time destination for hit TV show cast reunions, box office mega stars, unforgettable live concerts, memorabilia, and so much more.
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Press release: If you miss the 1980’s, then you’re going to love NostalgiaCon 2019 (www.nostalgiacon80s.com), an exciting showcasing of the stars, music, fashion, fun and excitement that made the ‘80’s the decade to remember. Kicking off with an opening celebration on July 4, the full event will be open on July 5 and 6 at the Anaheim Convention Center. NostalgiaCon 2019 is an All-‘80s-all-the-time destination for hit TV show cast reunions, box office mega stars, unforgettable live concerts, exclusive panel sessions, cosplay competitions, memorabilia and collectibles and so much more. Among the NostagiaCon 2019 highlights… Back to the Future star

Glass is the Pick of the Week

Here's all that's interesting coming out this week in the world of Blu-ray.
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With the huge success of The Sixth Sense, director M. Night Shyamalan was able to make just about any film he wanted. He followed it with a series of similarly themed films full of dark emotion, supernatural mysteries, and a twist ending. He quickly went from critical darling to critical punching bag. Apparently, his movies still make money because he’s still making them, but I tuned out after The Happening. In truth, I turned out earlier than that, but that was the last film of his I actually watched. Of the films I have seen, Unbreakable is my favorite. It

Criterion Announces July 2019 Releases

Declare your independence from streaming and buy these in July.
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Do the right thing and add these July titles to your home library. New to the collection are Agnieszka Holland’s Europa Europa, Marcel Pagnol's The Baker’s Wife, Alan J. Pakula's Klute, and Michael Radford’s 1984. Getting Blu-ray Rainer Werner Fassbinder's The BRD Trilogy and Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing. Read on to learn more about them. The BRD Trilogy (#203) out Jul 4 In 1977, German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder was thirty-two years old and had already directed more than twenty-five feature films. That summer, he embarked on a project to trace the postwar history of West Germany in

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Announces the Batman Four-Film Collection

The films will be available as 4K UHD singles on June 4 and will also be available as a four-film collection on September 17. The
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Press release: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and DC announced today that four Batman titles will be released on 4K UHD to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the DC Super Hero created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger. The films include 1989’s Batman and 1992’s Batman Returns, directed by Tim Burton, and 1995’s Batman Forever and 1997’s Batman & Robin, directed by Joel Schumacher. The four films, which earned more than $1.2 billion in global box office, have been remastered in 4K UHD for the first time. The films will be available as 4K UHD singles on June 4 and will

What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Lands in Movie Theaters for One Night Only on May 13

Features behind-the-scenes footage of the making of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, interviews with cast, creators, and more.
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Press release: Fans will get a special look into Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as the new documentary - What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - arrives in movie theaters across the country for one night only on May 13, 2019. The film presents a fascinating in-depth look at the past, present and future of a series whose dark, edgy take on Gene Roddenberry’s vision was often misunderstood when it premiered but has grown into a beloved mainstay in the Star Trek franchise. Featuring extensive new interviews with the cast and crew of Star

Space: 1999 - The Complete Series Comes to Blu-ray & DVD July 16, 2019

Attention all sections Alpha: prepare for transmission!
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Press release: From Gerry and Sylvia Anderson, the legendary masterminds behind Thunderbirds, comes the epic sci-fi series, Space: 1999. On July 16, 2019, Shout! Factory will release Space: 1999: The Complete Series on Blu-ray and DVD for the first time in North America. This set comes jam-packed, including all 48 episodes and an entire disc of bonus features, which are currently in progress and will be announced at a later date. Shout! Factory will also offer a limited edition set that includes a snow globe featuring an Eagle Transporter landing on the Moon, available for pre-order now at shoutfactory.com. The

Celebrating Batman's 80th Anniversary, Fathom Events Brings Four Adventures Back to the Big Screen This May

Movie theaters nationwide will present Batman, Batman Returns, Batman Forever, and Batman and Robin, each for one day only.
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Press release: This May, only in movie theaters nationwide, Batman returns followed by Batman Returns, plus Batman Forever, and Batman & Robin. All four blockbuster cinematic adventures are coming back to movie theaters as Fathom Events presents a can’t-miss Batman movie event in honor of DC’s Batman 80th anniversary. Each Batman film will play one day only in more than 600 movie theaters nationwide, beginning with director Tim Burton’s visionary Batman, a film whose unprecedented success and acclaim helped propel superhero movies that continue to reign supreme at the box office. Tickets to each of the four Batman films are

On the Basis of Sex is the Pick of the Week

A future Supreme Court Justice, a Sherlock Holmes parody, erotic adventures, tiny dolls, and more come out this week.
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The Supreme Court has been in the news a lot lately. Obviously, they make a lot of major decisions that affect everyday life in America and so they are watched very carefully. Donald Trump has now appointed two justices, which will have an enormous effect on the Court for decades to come. Depending on which side of the aisle you sit, this is either a great time to be an American or the signaling of end times. I hate talking politics online but I will say his choices did not meet my approval. But as always, there is a light

My (Tentative) 2019 TCM Classic Film Festival Schedule

I try to balance my selections with films I have never seen or beloved films I haven't seen on the big screen.
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With the 2019 TCM Classic Film Festival only days away, I have started planning my schedule. This is always a difficult process since there are usually several films in the same time slot that I want to see. I try to balance my selections with films I have never seen or beloved films I haven’t seen on the big screen. The guests who will participate in the discussions also plays a big part of the decision. Below is the list of the top films I am most excited about and likely to attend. Thursday: Night World (1932): My festival will

The Mule (2018) is the Pick of the Week

I might be late in writing about it, but there is still some good stuff coming out this week.
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I turned 43 last week. Apparently, I not only got a year older but I completely lost my memory too. I woke up this morning thinking everything was fine. I thought about the stack of Blu-ray movies I received in the mail yesterday and about the dates they needed to be reviewed. For a moment, I thought one of them was coming out this week and I panicked. Then I thought about my weekly article on new Blu-ray releases. Then I tried to think about what came out this week. Then I remembered I didn’t know what came out this

The TCM Classic Film Festival 2011: Presenting Music and the Movies

A wide variety of material to see for the first time or revisit on the silver screen.
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No longer available online, this review is being re-published. The 2011 TCM Classic Film Festival returned to Hollywood Blvd for its second run presenting films well-known "Essentials" and obscure "Discoveries." "Music and the Movies" was a major theme this year so there was programming highlighting Disney's Musical Legacy, the work of composers George and Ira Gershwin and Bernard Herrmann, and famous musicals like West Side Story and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Just like last year, the festival had so many interesting things to do and see it was impossible to take everything in but there's something for everyone. My

The TCM Classic Film Festival 2010: A Festival Is Born

The festival's programming spanned the medium's history, and as a bonus, many of the selections featured introductions and Q&A's from participants, their relatives, and peers.
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No longer available online, this review is being re-published. The inaugural TCM Classic Film Festival brought the cable channel to the silver screens of Hollywood Blvd. movie theaters for four days playing the likes of Grauman's Chinese and the Egyptian. Much like the channel, the festival's programming spanned the medium's history, and as a bonus, many of the selections featured introductions and Q&A's from participants, their relatives, and peers. Living in Los Angeles, I am spoiled. There are quite a number of venues throughout the county to catch classic films, some of which include discussions with participants, so while I

Starting April 18 a Trio of Super Cheesy B-Movies to Be Grilled on Big Screens Nationwide with RiffTrax Live: 2019 Series

RiffTrax takes on the guy-in-a-rubber-suit creature feature Octaman, the Casper Van Dien space odyssey Star Raiders, and new HD transfer of the MST3K favorite Giant Spider Invasion.
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Press release: RiffTrax’s Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett (of Mystery Science Theater 3000® fame) are back in cinemas to celebrate the 10th anniversary of RiffTrax Live with three all-new riffs on what are sure to be fan favorites with “RiffTrax Live: 2019.” Join Mike, Kevin and Bill as they take on B-movie classics: the guy-in-a-rubber-suit creature feature Octaman, the Casper Van Dien space odyssey Star Raiders, and new HD transfer of the MST3K favorite Giant Spider Invasion. Since first partnering in 2009 with “RiffTrax Live: Plan 9 from Outer Space” the RiffTrax and Fathom Events partnership has

Aquaman is the Pick of the Week

All that's fit to buy from this week's new releases.
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Everybody knows that Marvel has completely destroyed DC when it comes to feature films. At this point, it really is Marvel’s world (or cinematic universe, if you will) and we’re just living in it (or at least going to the movies to watch it.). DC scored a big hit with Wonder Woman and while their other films have made lots of money, just about everybody hates them. Or at least feel they could be a thousand times better. I liked Man of Steel and Batman v. Superman a lot better than most but that was because I saw both films

Warner Archive Collection at WonderCon 2019

Surprise guests join trio of exciting WAC panels over WonderCon weekend.
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Press release: Warner Archive Collection (WAC) presents a trio of exhilarating panels at WonderCon over the March 29-31 weekend in Anaheim with the focus on newly-remastered, coming-to-Blu-ray presentations of the original Man From Atlantis TV movie pilot and the entire original Jonny Quest animated series, plus a special 10th anniversary celebration of Warner Archive Collection itself. WAC’s guest panelists include an extraordinary array of talent ranging from Man From Atlantis star Patrick Duffy and Shazam! TV series heartthrob Michael Gray to renowned voice actress Julie Nathanson and Daniel Zaldivar, the original voice of Hadji on Jonny Quest. WAC’s programming for

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