SDCC 2014 begins—The New Comic-Con App

SDCC 2014 begins–The New Comic-Con App

SDCC 2014 app WELCOME TO EARTH-4 A Weekly Column with J. Torrey McClain

First things first, I have no clue if the Comic-Con app will work during Comic-Con, as hundreds of thousands of people in such a small area tend to overload the capability of wireless networks.  However, this isn’t about this weekend.  It’s about now.  It’s about finding all of the cool stuff possible and figuring out how to maximize my…

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Prediction time: “S.O.B.”—a new TNT Major Crimes spinoff

Prediction time: “S.O.B.”–a new TNT Major Crimes spinoff

Strategic Operations Bureau

If you aren’t watching this season of Major Crimes, last night you likely missed the best episode of television this year, which made us do a double take as to whether this was a midseason finale special cliffhanger ratings booster.  It wasn’t.  Likewise, it was the best TV pilot we’ve seen in ages (more on that later).  And add to that one of the most satisfying conclusions that The Closer and

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First look—12 Monkeys, the new Syfy Channel TV series

First look–12 Monkeys, the new Syfy Channel TV series

12 Monkeys Syfy

Terry Gilliam’s 1995 sci-fi thriller 12 Monkeysis every bit a genre classic.  Starring Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe, and Brad Pitt–each in one of their best film performances–Willis plays James Cole, a time traveler from the future, Stowe plays Kathryn Railly, a psychologist in the past, and Pitt, in a supporting actor Oscar-nominated performance, as a mental patient who masterminds a terrorist…

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Motion capture is explored in Planet of the Apes: The Art of the Films

Motion capture is explored in Planet of the Apes: The Art of the Films

Art of the Films Planet of the Apes cover

Review by C.J. Bunce

We all know the apes win and rule the Earth from the original novel and film Planet of the Apes.  But how do they get there?

Not intended as a post-apocalyptic story as much as a chronicle of the birth of an ape civilization, Rise of the Planet of the Apes and its July 2014 sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apesare films that manage to have no villains–by design–where the…

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First look at Hypnotic Eye - The coolest thing on the Internet right now

First look at Hypnotic Eye – The coolest thing on the Internet right now

Tom Petty radio

If you miss playing tunes on your classic 1970s cruiser, with push buttons and a good ol’ classic tuner or the contemporary deluxe home stereo radio like the one above, then it’s time to dim the lights, crank the volume on your PC and kick back for the next half hour.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are back, and Petty has waved his magic wand and transferred the magic of your car stereo to the…

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Family – Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Family – Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Koba socializing with humans WELCOME TO EARTH-4 A Weekly Column with J. Torrey McClain

When I think about some of my favorite movies, they contain a sense of the dynamics of a family, whether it is by blood or by situation.  The Incrediblesis a fantastic example of a family at the center of the story and how, when forced to confront his own mortality, at his core Mr. Incredible finds that family is the most important thing…

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First look—“Doctor Who Into Darkness” trailer

First look–”Doctor Who Into Darkness” trailer

Peter Capaldi new trailer Doctor Who

A scary and dark Doctor?

It’s not just Star Trek delving “into darkness”, as revealed in this first real look at Peter Capaldi’s 12th iteration of the Doctor in Season Eight of Doctor Who,coming to BBC in the UK and BBC America in the States next month.  Premiering during the World Cup in the UK, British soccer fans were rewarded with an expected surprise, and U.S. fans are only now getting in…

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Archie is dead… long live Archie?

Archie is dead… long live Archie?

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Today Archie Comics finally does the unthinkable.  In its future series Life With Archie,Archie Andrews will die.  But he dies heroically, taking a bullet from a stalker to save the life of fellow Riverdale pal Kevin Keller, the first openly gay character in the Archie universe.  The freckle-faced kid known for his Happy Days lifestyle as the perpetual teenager–with pal Reggie and on-and-off…

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Preview—BBC America releases Orphan Black Season Two on DVD and Blu-ray today

Preview–BBC America releases Orphan Black Season Two on DVD and Blu-ray today

orphan black season 2 blu-ray cover

Review by C.J. Bunce

In her 1995 view of the future, RemakeConnie Willis predicted a future where anything could be digitally created on film, where modern-day actors could be digitally stitched into scenes with long dead actors in films like Singing in the Rain or Raiders of the Lost Ark,and the living and the dead could intermingle effortlessly.  But it’s the “effortlessly” that she got…

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