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Who would have guessed that the final evolution of the human race would have been such a downer? For those aware of the plot of Arthur C. Clarke‘s classic novel, the outcome of Childhood’s End came as no surprise, but what was surprising was that the adaptation followed through with the bittersweet finale and allowed the miniseries to end as naturally, and as beautifully, as possible. Childhood’s End hasn’t been consistent in its delivery, but watching tonight’s final third it seemed as though it was just consistent enough to deliver an emotional pay-off. Who knew that watching the end of the world could be so rewarding. (more…)

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Tonight, I watched a TV program where an otherworldly entity came down to Earth, told us a bunch of things we wanted to hear, make grand promises about the future of mankind without talking a single minute about their real agenda. But enough about the Republican Debate on CNN! As the GOP presidential candidates slugged it out on the nation’s leading purveyor of news-ish programming, we continue on with the second of three parts with Childhood’s End. Tonight the agenda of the Overlords comes into some focus, but if you’ve never read the Arthur C. Clarke book you were probably left scratching your head. (more…)

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The X-Files are coming back to Fox later this season, so you can expect posts like this over the next couple of months as we get these little teases, and while this isn’t the first, this is your first substantive look at what’s in store for the new, further adventures of Mulder and Scully. So does that mean you get some insight into the plot here? Of course not, don’t be ridiculous. What it does establish though is that it may have been 12 years since the last time Mulder and Scully peered into the X-Files, but that doesn’t mean they’ve lost the suspicion or paranoia. (more…)

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The Truth is out there. Or rather it was sneaked into a commercial break on last night’s episode of Wayward Pines. Fox gave fans a special sneak peak at next year’s X-Files relaunch during the penultimate episode of Pines Thursday night, a show that obviously owes a lot to The X-Files‘ and its intriguing blend of the macabre and the bizarre. So apropos then that it should be through the M. Night Shyamalan series that we get a – sigh – full 15 seconds of X-Files preview. So that’s not much, but it’s enough to tide us over, and I’ll admit that it’s also a very tantalizing 15 seconds. Wanna check it out? (more…)

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We know that in the Marvel Cinematic Universe there’s an ultimate showdown pending between The Avengers and the cosmic big bad Thanos in The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and 2, so one might hardly be blamed to read a little more than usual in a preview for a new comic book miniseries, Thanos Vs Hulk. Want to know what it’s about? Well, the title kind of says it all, doesn’t it? The new series, which will be written and drawn by Thanos’ co-creator Jim Starlin and premieres early next month in a comic book store near you, will take the long way to get to the title bout, but with the pending battle coming to movie screens near you before the end of the decade, you better believe that Marvel’s calling this the “Heavyweight Battle of the Century.” (more…)

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There have been rumors, and rumors of rumors for days now, but now it’s been confirmed, Twin Peaks is coming back to TV. The announcement was made official today by series co-creator David Lynch, who will return to run the new series with Mark Frost for a nine-episode continuation of Twin Peaks, which will premiere in 2016 on the cable channel Showcase. Not many details are known yet in terms of storylines or original actors returning, but as the prototypical cult series of the 90s, the return of Twin Peaks and its town full of quirky characters, there will be more than a few people today raising a damn fine cup of coffee and a damn good slice of pie to new episodes of one of the all time greats. (more…)

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It’s one of those things that sounds like an April Fool’s joke, but it isn’t (repeat: isn’t), but Dark Horse Comics has announced that they are teaming LucasBooks Executive Editor J.W. Rinzler and comic book artist Mike Mayhew (The Avengers) to turn George Lucas’ original 1974 first draft of his Star Wars screenplay into an 8-issue comic miniseries to be released sometime this fall.

“So what?” you maybe asking. “The first draft can’t be that much different than the movie I’ve watched several hundred times since it was first released in 1977.” Well you would be wrong, for this Star Wars is the  story of Jedi Annikin Starkiller and General Luke Skywalker, an alien named Han Solo, and evil Sith Knights.

The full press release from Dark Horse is below, along with some preview art work.

It’s no April Fools’ prank! Dark Horse is honored to announce a dream project: working with J.W. Rinzler, executive editor at LucasBooks, and artist Mike Mayhew (Avengers) to adapt the rough-draft original screenplay which spawned the biggest franchise in film history!

Three years before his 1977 film, George Lucas put down on paper his first story set in a galaxy far, far away—a tale of fantastic adventures, daring escapes, “lazer swords,” romance, and monsters. A story of Jedi Annikin Starkiller and General Luke Skywalker, an alien named Han Solo, and evil Sith Knights. The screenplay was titled The Star Wars!

“I’m not sure where I first read about The Star Wars—it was years and years ago—but the idea of Luke Skywalker being an older Jedi General, and Han Solo being a six-foot-tall lizard, turned my Star Wars fan brain on its side,” said longtime Star Wars editor Randy Stradley. “I always assumed this would be one of those stories that would be ‘lost to history,’ so getting to work on bringing it to life is kinda like a dream come true.”

“While researching in the Lucasfilm Archives I’ve found many treasures—but one which truly astounded me was George’s rough draft forThe Star Wars. His first complete imaginings were hallucinating to read—mind blowing,” said writer J.W. Rinzler. “While working with George on another book project, I once asked if we could adapt his rough draft. He was hesitant. Years later, with Dark Horse’s invaluable help, we showed him a few drawn and colored pages of what it might look like. He gave us the okay.”

Originally conceived in 1974, The Star Wars has been the subject of rumor and legend in the fan community throughout the history of the galaxy far, far away. Now, Lucas has seen fit to grant Dark Horse the right to adapt this fabled story into an eight-issue comic series launching in September!

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Source: /Film

Kevin Smith has been talking (and talking and talking) again about what’s supposedly going to be his last film, the hockey flick Hit Somebody. Smith stays pretty busy with books, TV shows, speaking engagements and about six billion podcasts so it’s natural that there hasn’t been a lot of progress on the actually getting the damn film made front.

So it was something of a bomb when Smith let it be known in an interview with The Playlist that Hit Somebody will no longer be the two movie magnum opus that he’s been intending since he started talking about it last summer before the release of Red State.

The problem with ‘Hit Somebody’ is that I wanted to do it as two movies. It’s tough to get one hockey movie made, let alone two. So I’ve switched back to one movie. I had one-and-a-half scripts that I had to get down to one. I want to get it down to a 150-page script and I know that’s longer than the average script length but I figure I give myself a two-and-a-half hour length on paper knowing that I’m really ruthless in editorial and I can get it down to 2, 2:05, because this is a movie that takes place over 30 years,” he explained. “So at the end of the day if I can get the script down to 150 pages then I can pull the trigger and we’re off and running. And right now I’m at page 240. So I’ve still got to page 90 pages out. It’s a lot of material that I’m just paring down.

But… someone later wrote into /Film via their Tweeter feed that Smith was talking (and talking and talking) at a Q&A in Edmonton, Alberta about how Hit Somebody might possibly now be a miniseries. Nothing written in stone, but apparently, Smith and cohort/bestie will talk about it in episode 99 of Jay and Silent Bob Get Old.

As for when we might ever actually be able to see this film, Smith had some words (and words and words) about that too.

I’ve been occupying myself with ‘Spoilers’ or the ‘Jay And Silent Bob’ tour from which the EPIX special comes, I wrote the book, and there’s other TV stuff coming down the pike that’s kind of exciting. I’ve been keeping myself busy. People are like ‘What’s with that last movie?’ And it’s like, well, it is my last movie so I’m going to do it right and do it on my own timetable. I feel no need to rush into production. I still want to do it for as little money as possible. You’re talking about a movie that takes place between 1950 and 1980 – period piece. It’s going to be expensive, in a way that none of my other conversation pieces have been expensive, because those were pretty much set in the present. You’re talking about not only dressing motherfuckers through 30 years of period, but all the equipment, cars, so it’s going to cost a little bit of money. I’m going to try and keep it low. When I say a little bit of money I’m talking about $20 – 30 million.

If you ask me, Smith is going to keep talking about Hit Somebody, because the more he talks about whether or not its going to be two movies or a miniseries, the less he actually has to get down and make this and deal with the fact that he doesn’t really want to make his last movie. Expect to hear about Clerks 3 any day now.

Source: /Film

For all you Doctor Who fans out there, the BBC just announced that a five-episode miniseries entitled “Night and the Doctor” will be included as a bonus feature with the season 6 DVD/Blu-Ray. It’ll be released on November 21 in the UK.

The miniseries was written by Steven Moffat for the sole purpose of being released as a part of the season 6 set.

Perhaps the intention was to make the long wait between seasons that much easier.

Here is the official press release:

The Doctor, Amy and Rory return to face monsters, mysteries and adventures all across time and space in the action-packed sixth series. Billed as the biggest and best series yet, all 13 thrilling episodes of Series 6 together with host of exclusive extras arrive on DVD and Blu ray from 21st November, priced £51.05 and £61.27. Episodes are also available on download to own.

With Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor, Karen Gillan as Amy Pond, Arthur Darvill as Rory and Alex Kingston as River Song, these exciting new episodes also guest stars a wealth of British acting talent including David Walliams (Come Fly With Me), James Corden (Gavin and Stacey), Daniel Mays (Outcasts), Simon Callow (Rome) and Mark Gatiss (Sherlock), Hugh Bonneville (Twenty Twelve), Suranne Jones (Five Days) and Lily Cole (The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus).

Complete with the series opener when together they find themselves in Sixties America, battling the invasion the world forgot, then journey on the high seas of 1696 aboard a pirate ship, to solve the mystery of the Siren. In a bubble universe at the very edge of reality, the Doctor meets an old friend with a new face, and in a monastery on a remote island in the near future, an industrial accident takes on a terrible human shape. They also venture across centuries and galaxies, where they encounter the greatest war criminal in all of history – and Hitler. They’ll also discover there’s no scarier place in the universe than a child’s bedroom and a visit to an alien quarantine facility will reveal to Rory a very different side to his wife. In a hotel where walls move, corridors twist and rooms vanish, death lies waiting. But the Doctor’s time has yet to come. He has one last stop to make on his final journey – an old friend needs his help and an old foe must be defeated. But time catches up with us all and the Doctor can delay no more.

Doctor Who Complete Series 6 Boxset showcases a wealth of added bonus material including 13 Doctor Who Confidential’s for each episode, last year’s Christmas episode, A Christmas Carol, 4 Monster Files and 4 episode commentaries. Also, never been seen before, five specially written and created mini episodes entitled Night and the Doctor – a series of short films written by show frontrunner Steven Moffat exclusively for the DVD release.

Doctor Who Complete Series 6 is also available in a Limited Edition numbered Boxset that features a Silence head in terrifying 3D as well as four lenticular art cards!

Production Information

Release Date: 21st November Cat. Number: BBCDVD3430/BBCBD0153

Cert.: 12 RRP: £51.05/£61.27

Duration: 585 mins
Extras: 4 monster files, 4 episode commentaries, 13 confidential cut downs, A Christmas Carol, Doctor Who Confidential, The Nights Tale, 5 x Night and the Doctor, 5 prequels.

Source: You Bent My Wookie

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