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Blu-ray Review – RoboCop 3: Collector’s Edition (1993)

RoboCop 3: Collector’s Edition, 1993.

Directed by Fred Dekker.

Starring Robert John Burke, Nancy Allen, Rip Torn, John Castle, Jill Hennessy, C.C.H. Pounder, Mako Iwamatsu, Robert DoQui, and Bruce Locke.


Shout! Factory has released a Collector’s Edition of RoboCop 2, so it’s not a surprise that they did the same for the third installment, which ended the series with a whimper, rather than a bang. Fans, though, will appreciate the nice audio-visual presentation, as well as the included bonus features.

Sometimes a movie, no matter how successful it is, doesn’t really need a sequel. Or the filmmakers may end up exploring all their premise has to offer after two installments. Of course, such considerations bear just about zero weight in Hollywood, where every studio needs as many franchises as it can handle. And sometimes those movie franchise ends up like the fast food franchises that sell the same bland stuff to everyone.
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'Samurai Jack': How the Cult Animated Series Finally Returned to TV

'Samurai Jack': How the Cult Animated Series Finally Returned to TV
Think back to 2001, when SpongeBob SquarePants reigned supreme on Nickelodeon and the Cartoon Network was deep in the age of Powerpuff Girls, Dexter’s Laboratory and Johnny Bravo — clever, talky animated shows who trafficked in wackiness and often took their storytelling cues from live-action sitcoms. Then along came a samurai named Jack: a laconic lone-wolf hero who uttered fewer words in a whole season than most toon characters spoke in a single episode. The creation of animator (and Dex-Lab veteran) Genndy Tartakovsky, this feudal-era Japanese prince was sucked into a
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Samurai Jack Season 5 Review

Two episodes were provided prior to broadcast.

Over twelve years have gone by since it left the air, but Samurai Jack is finally back. Creator Genndy Tartakovsky’s highly imaginative series took the animation world by storm when it debuted back in 2001 with a visual style that was equal parts anime and Frank Miller and ran the gamut of genre with pop culture influences ranging from Akira Kurosawa to Blade Runner.

The tale of a noble samurai trying to return to the past so he may destroy the demon Aku and prevent the world from falling under his rule ran for four seasons before ending in 2004. Season 5 will reflect the show’s elongated absence by moving fifty years into the future, where every time portal has been destroyed and a weathered Samurai Jack (Phil Lamarr) has stopped aging.

The series’ signature split screen presentation is kept intact for this upcoming season.
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‘Samurai Jack’ Season 5 Trailer: Cartoon Network’s Cult Series Returns For a Final Season

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‘Samurai Jack’ Season 5 Trailer: Cartoon Network’s Cult Series Returns For a Final Season
The original run of Cartoon Network’s cult series “Samurai Jack” ended in September, 2004 after airing 52 episodes over four seasons. Now, 13 years later, Cartoon Network and creator/executive producer Genndy Tartakovsky are reviving the series for a fifth and final season to bring Jack’s journey to an end. Watch a trailer for the upcoming revival series below.

Read More: ‘Samurai Jack’ Season 5 Teaser Reveals the Return of the Long-Awaited Cartoon Network Cult Hit

The series followed a young samurai (Phil Lamaar) who is sent into the future by the evil shape-shifting demon Aku (Mako Iwamatsu) mere moments before defeating him with his father’s magical katana. Stuck in a dystopian future ruled by Aku with an iron fist, the samurai takes the name Jack and continues the fight against evil all the while trying to find a portal back to the past.

The 10-episode revival series will be set
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Avatar: The Last Airbender: Adult Coloring Book Coming from Dark Horse

Dark Horse will publish an adult coloring book based on the Avatar: The Last Airbender TV show, which was cancelled after three seasons on Nickelodeon. Caveat colorer: water, earth, and fire are all likely to harm the book, which should hit shelves in October 2016.

The book features forty-five pages of artwork on heavyweight 10 x 10–inch pages. The Avatar: The Last Airbender TV series voice cast includes: Zach Tyler, Mae Whitman, Jack DeSena, Jessie Flower, Dante Basco, Dee Bradley Baker, Mako Iwamatsu, Greg Baldwin, Grey DeLisle, Jennie Kwan, Cricket Leigh, Olivia Hack, and Mark Hamill.

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Samurai Jack: Adult Swim Resurrects Animated Series

After a 12 year hiatus, Samurai Jack is back. Original creator and executive producer Genndy Tartakovsky is reviving the Samurai Jack TV show on Adult Swim in 2016. The epic story of Samurai Jack continues with a new season of half-hour episodes. Adult Swim renewed Samurai Jack in early December and included the animated series in today's announcement of its programming slate. When the premiere date is announced, we will let you know.

Samurai Jack features a samurai from Feudal Japan who finds himself in the future, in which Earth is ruled by the demon Aku, a shape-shifter. During its first run of 52, Samurai Jack won four Primetime Emmy Awards. No casting has been announced. In the original series, Phil Lamarr voiced Samurai Jack. Aku was voiced by voice artist, Mako, who died in July, 2006.

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The Hawaiians

The sequel to the epic Julie Andrews road show picture wasn't a hit, but it tells a good story of its own. Charlton Heston is okay but the central character is a Chinese immigrant played by Tina Chen. Against all odds, the peasant matriarch survives plagues and leprosy to found a family dynasty for the new Hawaii. The Hawaiians Blu-ray Twilight Time Limited Edition 1970 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 134 min. / Ship Date February 9, 2016 / available through Twilight Time Movies / 29.95 Starring Charlton Heston, Tina Chen, Geraldine Chaplin, Mako, John Phillip Law, Alec McCowen, Miko Mayama, Virginia Ann Lee, Chris Robinson, Naomi Stevens, Keye Luke, Khigh Dhiegh, Mary Munday, Harry Townes, Lyle Bettger, James Hong, James Gregory, Harry Holcombe, Victor Sen Yung Cinematography Lucien Ballard, Philip Lathrop Film Editor Byron Brandt, Ralph Winters Original Music Henry Mancini Written by James R. Webb from the novel by James A. Michener Produced by Walter Mirisch Directed by
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'Samurai Jack' Returns in 2016 with a New Season

'Samurai Jack' Returns in 2016 with a New Season
Adult Swim is excited to announce that Jack is Back. Creator and executive producer Genndy Tartakovsky continues the epic story of Samurai Jack with a new season that will premiere on Adult Swim's Toonami block in 2016. The new season is currently in production in Los Angeles at Cartoon Network Studios. Adult Swim has released the first trailer for the return of Samurai Jack, along with a new poster.

Samurai Jack originally aired for four seasons on Cartoon Network, with a 52-episode run that aired between 2001 and 2004. The series is set in a distant land, following a great warrior displaced to the distant future by the evil shape-shifting wizard Aku. The world has become a bleak place under the rule of Aku, segregated into fantastic tribes and ruled by Aku's evil robot warlords. Jack travels this foreign landscape in search of a time portal that can return him to his
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15 Fun Facts About Conan The Barbarian

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Conan the Barbarian is one of those rare 1980s movie gems that just kicked a ridiculous amount of ass. Fantasy films weren't as popular back then as they are now, and the fact that they went all-out for a violent R-rated action film is awesome. If they made that movie today, the studio would want it to be cut down to a PG-13 rating, which is kind of sad. I freakin’ love this movie, and one day hopefully we get that Legend of Conan sequel. The last thing I heard was that it would start shooting this year, and I hope that’s still the plan! While we wait for an update, I've put together a list of 15 Fun Facts for Conan the Barbarian that you might not know. Enjoy!

Schwarzenegger had to cut down on his workout routine because his arm and chest muscles were so
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The Legend of Korra: Gender Dynamics and Complex Characters

It’s tricky to critique or even analyze a show like The Legend of Korra, the follow-up to the hugely successful Avatar: The Last Airbender which had a more tumultuous run than its predecessor, to say the least. The show’s behind the scenes issues are notorious, with episode leakages and a move to online distribution that was made worse by Nickelodeon’s continued slashing of the series’ budget. Given all of these issues, and probably many more, it would be a shock if the show was even passable. And The Legend of Korra is much more than passable.

The show’s end is still a recent memory and it goes without saying that its final moments are some of its most powerful and uplifting, considered by some a triumph for both the Lgbt and feminist communities. Korra’s social messages are not just evident as the series comes to a close,
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The Men Who Would Be Hughes (Plus Hepburn and the end of Rko)

Howard Hughes movies (photo: Leonardo DiCaprio as Howard Hughes in 'The Aviator') Turner Classic Movies will be showing the Howard Hughes-produced, John Farrow-directed, Baja California-set gangster drama His Kind of Woman, starring Robert Mitchum, Hughes discovery Jane Russell, and Vincent Price, at 3 a.m. Pt / 6 a.m. Et on Saturday, November 8, 2014. Hughes produced a couple of dozen movies. (More on that below.) But what about "Howard Hughes movies"? Or rather, movies -- whether big-screen or made-for-television efforts -- featuring the visionary, eccentric, hypochondriac, compulsive-obsessive, all-American billionaire as a character? Besides Leonardo DiCaprio, who plays a dashing if somewhat unbalanced Hughes in Martin Scorsese's 2004 Best Picture Academy Award-nominated The Aviator, other actors who have played Howard Hughes on film include the following: Tommy Lee Jones in William A. Graham's television movie The Amazing Howard Hughes (1977), with Lee Purcell as silent film star Billie Dove, Tovah Feldshuh as Katharine Hepburn,
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Richard Attenborough Appreciation: A True Filmmaking Giant On Both Sides Of The Camera

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Richard Attenborough Appreciation: A True Filmmaking Giant On Both Sides Of The Camera
Lord Richard Attenborough was an Oscar winner. In fact he had two Oscars for both producing and directing 1982’s elegant epic biopic, Gandhi. But considering the breadth of his career not only in those capacities, but particularly as an actor, it is astounding to me that the Gandhi wins represented his only nominations in a six-decade career that memorably started with the British World War II classic In Which We Serve in 1942. As an actor, Attenborough deserved far better than he got from the Academy.

It’s almost criminal, for instance, that he was overlooked in 1964 for his creepy performance in Seance on a Wet Afternoon as Billy, the weak, complicit husband who gets involved in a kidnapping so his wife, played by the great Kim Stanley, could become famous as a psychic.

Stanley got a richly deserved Best Actress nomination that year but Attenborough, who also produced the film,
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Everything Wrong With Tmnt (2007) In 14 Minutes Or Less

The stars have aligned in an ominous sign, and as a legion of malevolent monsters descends upon New York City to wage war against humanity, the only thing that stands between humankind and certain destruction are four wisecracking turtles with a flair for martial arts and a hearty appetite for pizza. Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird's "heroes in a half-shell" return to defend the world against an interstellar threat that comes just once every 3,000 years in a computer-animated action comedy that marked the final film role of Japanese screen legend Mako -- here providing the voice of the eternally wise Master Splinter. Buffy the Vampire Slayer star Sarah Michelle Gellar lends her voice to the role of the turtles' technical-services worker, April; Fantastic Four's Chris Evans assumes the role of hockey-loving crimefighter Casey Jones; Memoirs of a Geisha star Zhang Ziyi steps in as villainous Foot Ninjas leader
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Comic-Con 2014 Schedule for Friday, July 25th

Comic-Con 2014 Schedule for Friday, July 25th
San Diego Comic-Con has released the full schedule of events for Friday, July 25, following the Thursday schedule that was released yesterday. You can clickHere to view the lineup in its entirety, which includes numerous comic book panels and events, but we have pulled out all of the movie, DVD and TV-related panels for your convenience.

Friday, July 25

10:00am - 11:00am - Cartoon Network: Uncle Grandpa & Clarence

Good mornin'! What's better than a panel of one Cartoon Network Comedy? Two cartoon network comedies! That's right fans, prepare yourself for double the comedy, double the fun and double the friends with Uncle Grandpa and Clarence! Join the always-entertaining cast and crew for a behind-the-scenes look at two of the newest hit shows on Cartoon Network. It's woooooorth it. Appearing from Uncle Grandpa are creator Peter Browngardt (Uncle Grandpa), Kevin Michael Richardson (Mr. Gus), and Eric Bauza (Belly Bag). Appearing from
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Podcast: 'Guardians of the Galaxy', Steven Soderbergh, PG-13 and 'Road Trip'

Today we have for you a longer Tuesday episode than we have had recently as Laremy and I just couldn't stop talking as we kicked the show off immediately by discussing Guardians of the Galaxy before digging into the horrible July 4 weekend. We then discussed the idea I wrote about last week concerning the possible abolishment of the PG-13 rating (read about that here) and then we discuss Steven Soderbergh's recent comments as to the biggest reason he quit the movies. We answer a voice mail, your questions, play some games and much more in an action-packed episode that also includes a code for ten listeners to get the $2 off the first month of the premium RopeofSilicon podcast... that code being BNL2DOLLAR. It's only available for the first ten listeners, so get on it. Plus, thanks to those of you that voted, the next audio commentary will be
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Rome selects competition jury

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Rome selects competition jury
Us director James Gray to preside over main competition jury, as previously announced.

Marco Müller, artistic director of the 8th Rome Film Festival (Nov 8-17), has announced the jury members who will complete the Competition Jury.

Jury president James Gray will be joined by:

Verónica Chen (Argentina);Luca Guadagnino (Italy);Aleksei Guskov (Russia);Noémie Lvovsky (France);Amir Naderi (Iran);Zhang Yuan (China).

(See below for more details on the jury)

The Jury will confer the feature films in Competition the:

Golden Marc’Aurelio Award for Best FilmBest Director AwardSpecial Jury PrizeBest Actor AwardBest Actress AwardAward for Emerging Actor or ActressAward for Best Technical ContributionAward for Best Screenplay.

It was also announced today that Italian actress Anna Foglietta will host the awards ceremony on Nov 16.

The actress, whose credits include Anton Corbijn’s 2010 thriller The American, starring Geroge Clooney, will continue to do the honours through the second part of the evening, when the Maverick
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Samurai Jack is Back with a Great New Comic!

Samurai Jack #1

Writer: Jim Zub

Art: Andy Suriano

Lettering: Shawn Lee

Editor: Carlos Guzman

Publisher: Idw

This is a great time to be alive! Not only are we in a new golden age of comic books, also known as the ‘creator-age’ but television shows long thought lost are springing to life right before our eyes. While some television shows are dragged out, all but ruining any good will—ahem Dexter, some burn so bright for such a short time that they never really leave the collective conscience. The tale of Samurai Jack is one of those television shows.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the awesomeness that is Samurai Jack, the story is a simple one. Actually let’s do this verbatim (note– please read this in your best Mako voice):

“Long ago in a distant land, I, Aku, The shape-shifting master of darkness, unleashed an unspeakable evil!
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‘Republic City Hustle’ Gives Back Story For ‘Legend Of Korra’ Heroes

Avatar: The Last Airbender spin-off The Legend of Korra will launch its second 'book' (read: season) on Nickelodeon on September 13th. To prepare viewers for the fantasy series' return, its creators have launched a web companion to add extra flavor to their world. The three-part Republic City Hustle provides a back story for two main characters and features a unique, blocky animation style. Republic City Hustle follows brothers Mako and Bolin, each of whom possess the ability to "bend" elements (the central plot device of both Avatar and Korra). Before the brothers befriended Korra, they lived together as orphans on the streets of the show's capital, Republic City, where they did whatever they could to scrape by. In the first episode, Mako and Bolin team up to con a little old lady, with a short bending battle thrown in for good measure. "This short was written by Korra writer Tim Hedrick
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Casablanca Hero Goes Villainous in Film Noir The Scar

Paul Henreid: Hollow Triumph aka The Scar tonight Turner Classic Movies’ Paul Henreid film series continues this Tuesday evening, July 16, 2013. Of tonight’s movies, the most interesting offering is Hollow Triumph / The Scar, a 1948 B thriller adapted by Daniel Fuchs (Panic in the Streets, Love Me or Leave Me) from Murray Forbes’ novel, and in which the gentlemanly Henreid was cast against type: a crook who, in an attempt to escape from other (and more dangerous) crooks, impersonates a psychiatrist with a scar on his chin. Joan Bennett, mostly wasted in a non-role, is Henreid’s leading lady. (See also: “One Paul Henreid, Two Cigarettes, Four Bette Davis-es.”) The thriller’s director is Hungarian import Steve Sekely, whose Hollywood career consisted chiefly of minor B fare. In fact, though hardly a great effort, Hollow Triumph was probably the apex of Sekely’s cinematic output in terms of prestige
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Pacific Rim Interview With Legendary Entertainment President Jon Jashni!

Legendary Pictures is behind some of the most exciting and engaging output to come from Hollywood in the last 8 years- from Christopher Nolan’s epic Dark Knight Trilogy and awards darlings like Inception and The Town, to off-the-wall projects like Where The Wild Things Are and The Hangover, right up to this summer’s smash hit Man of Steel, Legendary shows no signs of failing to dazzle and thrill audiences the world over.

Legendary’s next is not likely to buck that trend- for the film in question is Pacific Rim, arguably 2013’s most anticipated blockbuster. A portal underneath the ocean has let terrifying otherworldly creatures, Kaiju, onto our world to wreak havoc. But Humanity has far from given up- Earth is defender by Jaegers, giant robots controlled psychically by human pilots inside of them. As we face our darkest hour, the dedicated few will protect the many.

Go Big or Go Extinct.
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