:: Gone But Not Forgotten: Prey

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Gone But Not Forgotten:  Prey

By Jessica Dwyer

ABC has been more miss than hit when it comes to genre series.  The notable standouts have been Lost, Once Upon a Time, and Agents of SHIELD.  Back in the late 90’s though the network gave a chance on a series that was pretty revolutionary and actually based in the world of genetics and evolution.  It was some great science fiction and sadly it lasted a whole 13 episodes.  The series was called Prey and it was wonderfully dark and awesome.  It was created by William Schmidt who was also behind series like Charmed and Carnivale.

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PREY– Debra Messi

The plot centered on a what if scenerio ofif serial killers were another phase in human evolution, hence why they wanted to kill us off like our ancestors killed off the races that had become weak and irrelevant before them.  The idea is a disturbing one and the execution of it in the show worked great.

The series dubs these new forms of humanity Homo Dominant.  Even with their pre-disposition to violence there are some who wish to co-exist with humans and not give in to the violent urges.  Homo Dominants have various other perks that come with their evolutionary step up like ESP for example.

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Prey follows a group of scientists out to investigate and keep the Homo Dominant’s from harming and destroying life as we know it.  They are assisted in this by a Homo Dominant named Tom Daniels.

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The series had a great cast that included Debra Messing as the lead scientist Dr. Parker.  James Morrison who you would come to know in 24.  Larry Drake from LA Law and Doctor Giggles was a lead as well as Vincent Ventresca from Invisible Man. Read the rest!

:: Tremors 5 Gives you Worms

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One of the more popular and still going monster series that began 25 years ago (wow….I just felt my age) is back on DVD and BluRay in October.

Tremors 5: Bloodlines sees the franchise head to Africa with star Michael Gross and Jamie Kennedy.  Tremors has become a cult classic and fans have kept the Graboids growing strong over the years, even with a throwback that took place in 1889 and starred Gross and even a TV series.

Tremors 5 is released on October 6th.  Here’s the synopsis:

The stakes are raised for survivalist Burt Gummer (Michael Gross) in his most dangerous monster hunt yet. When Gummer’s hired to capture a deadly Assblaster terrorizing South Africa, he and his new sidekick, Travis Welker (Jamie Kennedy), find themselves in a battle to the death against the fiercely aggressive Assblasters and Graboids. Discovering that the monsters have evolved into even more lethal creatures, their mission takes on a whole new level of unseen terror — far more than they bargained for. Read the rest!

:: Doctor Who is coming back to Fathom Events in a BIG WAY

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Doctor Who’s Fathom Events are like mini Who Cons.  People dress up in costume and even bring Jelly Babies.   In readiness for the new season 9 start up we’re getting another 3D event in September with Doctor Who and the Cybermen in full force with Dark Water/Death in Heaven coming to the big screen.  Not only that but a never before seen PREQUEL for the new season.  Here are the details:

Two-Night Event Will be Presented in RealD™ 3D on September 15 and 16

Announced by BBC Worldwide North America in Partnership with Fathom Events

BBC Worldwide North America and Fathom Events announce the return of the longest running sci-fi television series, Doctor Who, to the big screen for a two-night special theatrical event, Doctor Who: Dark Water/Death in Heaven inspectacular 3D, starring Peter Capaldi. Doctor Who: Dark Water/Death in Heaven, the show’s two-part eighth season finale, will be presented in RealD™ 3D and Dolby Atmos sound (where available) on September 15 and 16  at 7:30 p.m. (local time). The event will feature The Doctor’s Meditation  – a special prequel scene to the first episode of season nine – and an exclusive interview with Doctor Who stars Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman, hosted by Wil Wheaton (Big Bang Theory, Star Trek: Nemesis), in addition to the two-part season eight finale.

Tickets for Doctor Who: Dark Water/Death in Heaven in 3D can be purchased online beginning Friday, July 31 by visitingwww.FathomEvents.com, or participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in approximately 700 movie theaters through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network. For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change). Read the rest!

:: Rejoice kiddies…THE JOKER IS BACK!

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It’s apparently going to happen.  Mark Hamil is returning to voice The Joker in what is possibly the greatest Joker story of all time, The Killing Joke.

June 21, 2006  Westwood, Ca. Mark Hamill "Superman Returns" World Premiere Held At The Mann Village Theatre © Tammie Arroyo / AFF-USA.COM

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“Superman Returns” World Premiere
Held At The Mann Village Theatre
© Tammie Arroyo / AFF-USA.COM

The epic Batman comic by Alan Moore & Brian Bolland is being turned into an animated feature at last and according to Collider  Hamil is in fact coming back to the character that many consider his version of the best of all of them.

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I’m stupidly excited for this….I’m not going to lie.  No word yet on who else will be adding their voice to the mix but considering the major role that Batgirl plays in this as well as Commissioner Gordon, there’s likely going to be a lot of great casting coming our way.

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:: Justice League: Gods & Monsters Clip: Superman Rocks

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Justice League: Gods & Monsters hits shelves tomorrow.  WB’s just released another clip from the film and we find out that Superman is pretty much a badass (along with vampire Batman.)

I’m really excited for this flick, not the least of which reason is Michael C. Hall is flipping Batman as a vampire.

Here’s the plot in case you forgot:

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. This ain’t your daddy’s Justice League. They are as likely the world’s saviors as Earth’s despotic rulers. When a group of famed scientists experience untimely “accidents,” a government task force follows the trail of clues to the Justice League — and into a high stakes game of intrigue, mystery and action that asks the question: How do you serve justice to those above the law? The star-laden voice cast includes Michael C. Hall (Dexter) as Batman, Benjamin Bratt (Law & Order, 24) as Superman, Tamara Taylor (Bones), as Wonder Woman; Paget Brewster (Criminal Minds), as Lois Lane; C. Thomas Howell (E.T., Southland), as Dr. Will Magnus; Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter films, Dig) as Lex Luthor, Richard Chamberlain (Dr. Kildare, The Thorn Birds) as Highfather, and Tahmoh Penikett (Battlestar Galactica) as Steve Trevor.  Read the rest!

:: Jemaine Clement Exclusive Interview- What We Do in the Shadows!

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Jemaine Clement Interview – What We Do In the Shadows

By Jessica Dwyer

What We Do In the Shadows was one of my favorite movies last year.  You can read my review of the film here.

The film was just released here in the US on Blu Ray this week and you need to get it NOW.  It’s packed with extras as well as the original short film the full length feature is based on.

I was given the opportunity to interview actor/writer/director Jemaine Clement about the film which I think is probably one of the best vampire movies of the last few years.  Enjoy!

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FG: The film, while being a comedy, was actually more of an homage and true vampire film than many in the last few years.  Can you talk about finding the balance for that and what led to you wanting to do a vampire film?

JC: I felt the film, while being a comedy, was an homage and true vampire film more than than many in the last few years.  

It spends more time with the vampires because it follows them rather than the vampire hunters or the victims. Part of the idea of the film was imagining what life would be like for vampires when they aren’t being cool and brooding. Dealing with the logistics of their lives, so we really tried to pay attention to all of the rules surrounding vampires.

They have so many rules.

FG:  How did you choose what sort of vampire characters were represented in the movie and did you always plan on being the “Vlad the Impaler” inspired one?

JC:  In the short we made in 2005 of the same idea I was trying to be like Antonio Banderas in Interview with a Vampire. Read the rest!

:: Gotham has a new promo…and it’s all about the villains

Gotham returns this September and it just released a new promo trailer to wet your appetite.  Showcasing a cover version of Duran Duran’s “Hungry Like the Wolf” the promo touts the season as “Rise of the Villains” and we see quite a number of familiar faces.

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:: Gone But Not Forgotten: The Invisible Man 1975

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Gone But Not Forgotten

The Invisible Man TV Series: 1975

By Jessica Dwyer

I’ve been thinking a lot about David McCallum lately.  The reason is due to a couple of things.  1. The new Man From UNCLE movie that is coming out later this year and 2.  The rumored reboot of Sapphire and Steel (which I’ll be doing a write up on soon.)

All this McCallum thinking reminded me of the great, very short lived, series he did back in the 70’s called The Invisible Man.  It seems Invisible Man TV series tend to sadly only be short lived (never forget Fawkes and Hobbes) but this one only got 12 episodes.

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IMAN 1975 was a fun show and smart.  It was also one of those series showing the lone scientist trying to keep his creation out of the hands of the military, knowing it will be used for ultimately destructive purposes.

The series focuses on Dr. Daniel Westin (McCallum) and his wife who is his partner on the project, Kate (Melinda Fee).  One of the great things about the series is the relationship and chemistry between these two.  They are a likable couple and there’s a genuine love and respect shown between them.

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Dr. Westin though is, like most scientists, slightly obsessed with his project, which deals with changing matter into other forms.  He accidentally stumbles on a side effect of his process, making things invisible.  After showing his boss’s this new and surprising side effect, he realizes where the funding has been coming from for the spendy research…the Pentagon.  The Klae Corporation has kept this from him the entire time…and that doesn’t go over well with the doctor.

Westin sneaks back into his lab after hours with the goal of destroying the project instead of having it become a weapon…but in the process he has to become invisible to escape. Read the rest!

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