Blu-ray Review: NIGHT OF THE LEPUS

NIGHT OF THE LEPUS Blu-ray | ©2018 Shout! Factory

Stars: Stuart Whitman, Janet Leigh, Rory Calhoun, DeForest Kelley Writer: Don Holliday and Gene R. Kearney based on the novel by Russell Braddon Director: William F. Claxton Distributor: Shout! Factory Suggested Retail Price: $22.96 Every once and awhile, you’ll scratch your heard and wonder “How did that film get made?” Usually it’s a film so utterly sincere and yet clueless at the same time, you just watch the train wreck unfold and enjoy it for what it is. Such is the case of curious 1972 science fiction thriller NIGHT OF THE LEPUS. MGM originally called the film RABBITS based on […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE LEFTOVERS – Season 1 – “Pilot” – Series Premiere

THE LEFTOVERS - Season 1 poster | ©2014 HBO

Stars: Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston Writers: Damon Lindelof & Tom Perrotta based on the novel by Perrotta Director: Peter Berg Network: HBO, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: June 29, 2014 THE LEFTOVERS is another in TV’s recent fascination with genre stories that show society on the brink of extinction, aduction or tragedy and how they deal with these seen and unseen forces. From REVOLUTION, FALLING SKIES, the TNT series THE LAST SHIP and last summer’s UNDER THE DOME, there’s a similarity in tone and execution in all these stories with their success pending on how they keep the […]Read On »

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News: Stephen King UNDER THE DOME TV series to air in summer

UNDER THE DOME by Stephen King

The 2009 Stephen King novel UNDER THE DOME is getting the TV treatment as a scripted series on CBS which is set to air this summer. Thirteen episodes will be produced and it’s part of CBS’s strategy to have high-profile scripted fare on in the summer as well. At today’s CBS Winter 2013 TCA session, CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler spoke about the series and what their intentions are for it moving forward. “The script was developed at Showtime [and the option lapsed],” explains Tassler who says she got a call from Amblin and DreamWorks who wanted her to look […]Read On »

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TV Review: COMA Miniseries – Part 2

Lauren Ambrose in COMA | ©2012 A&E

Stars: Lauren Ambrose, Steven Pasquale, Joe Morton, Ellen Burstyn, James Woods, Richard Dreyfuss, Geena Davis Writer: John J. McLaughlin based on the book by Robin Cook Director: Mikael Salomon Original Telecast: August 5, 2012 Network: A&E If the first night of the two-part, four-hour COMA miniseries wasn’t enough torture, A&E delivers a second half that’s more excruciating as the first. Why, oh, why did this suck so bad? Here’s an example of how COMA fails miserably: whenever something interesting or suspenseful happens, suddenly the characters start looking at charts and talking ominous about what’s on the page. Or in other […]Read On »

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TV Review: COMA Miniseries – Part 1

COMA - miniseries poster | ©2012 A&E

Stars: Lauren Ambrose, Steven Pasquale, Joe Morton, Ellen Burstyn, James Woods, Richard Dreyfuss, Geena Davis Writer: John J. McLaughlin based on the book by Robin Cook Director: Mikael Salomon Network: A&E Original Telecast: August 3, 2012 When you name your mini-series COMA, you better deliver a suspenseful, taut thriller, otherwise, puns from journalists reviewing it will be aplenty. So yes, here’s one coming now – COMA puts you to sleep. Yes, the first two hours of this mini-series airing on A&E is a complete bore. The script is sluggish, the scenarios ridiculous and the pay-off (which finally happens during the […]Read On »

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Breaking News: NBC announces new DRACULA series with Jonathan Rhys Meyers – TCA 2012

Jonathan Rhys Meyers will star in NBC's DRACULA. This photo was for COMPLEX MAGAZINE'S October 2007 issue / photo by Matt Doyle/Contour by Getty Images/courtesy NBC Universal

NBC announced today that they will be embarking on an ambitious 10-episode series DRACULA based on the Bram Stoker novel and starring Jonathan Rhys-Meyers (THE TUDORS) as the world’s most famous vampire. “In a world of TWILIGHT and TRUE BLOOD with contemporized stories, it’s great to go back to the original,” says NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt at today’s NBCUniversal Summer 2012 Press Tour. “The book is still fresh and owe have an original, incredible script. We’re very excited about it and it’s going right to series.” Cole Haddon serves as co-executive producer and wrote the script. The series will […]Read On »

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Book Review: ONE OF OUR THURSDAYS IS MISSING by Jasper Fforde

One Of Our Thursdays Is Missing by Jasper Fforde | ©2011 Viking Adult

Writer: Jasper Fforde Price: $25.95 Publisher: Viking Release Date: March 8, 2011 Reading one of Jasper Fforde’s BookWorld novels is like watching a circus acrobat who folds himself in half while climbing a tightrope while spinning ten plates with his hands and juggling bowling pins with his feet. Unless you’ve got physicist-level math skills – not that these intricate, literate, hilarious tales have anything to do with math – it’s best to sit back and be awed and delighted; trying to figure out how it’s done will only make you insane. Thursday Next, as introduced in Fforde’s first BookWorld novel […]Read On »

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TCA 2011: The scoop on HBO’s GAME OF THRONES

GAME OF THRONES | ©2011 HBO

One of the most anticipated HBO series is the fantasy saga GAME OF THRONES (airing in April) and based on the popular George R.R. Martin novels of the same name and at today’s Winter TCA session, we got some info on the project. According to Martin, who is co-executive producer on the series, he says “I never thought they would make this as a film or movie.” The author/creator admits HBO was always a dream for this project and is thrilled by how rabid his fans are to see the finished HBO product. “Fantasy and science fiction fans are intense,” […]Read On »

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Book Review: NAKED HEAT

NAKED HEAT novel by Richard Castle | © 2010 Hyperion Books

Author: Richard Castle Publisher: Hyperion Books Price: $24.99 Page Count: 304 pgs. This is all very meta, so please bear with the following. In the ABC TV series CASTLE, Nathan Fillion plays superstar crime novelist Richard Castle, who follows around NYPD detective Kate Beckett (Stana Kovic) to get inspiration for his books. The hardcover novel NAKED HEAT by Richard Castle is ostensibly the second product of this inspiration (the first, HEAT WAVE, was released last year in paperback). It is a real book that you can go out and buy, with a picture of Castle – who looks just like […]Read On »

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