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Amazon and NBCUniversal bring Battlestar Galactica, Parks & Recreation, more to Prime Instant Video

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Amazon has announced a deal with NBCUniversal that brings even more video content to its Prime Instant Video streaming offering. Hundreds of new episodes of plenty of different shows are now part of Amazon Prime Instant Video including Battlestar Galactica, Parks and Recreation, Friday Night Lights, Heroes, Parenthood, and many more. Amazon Prime members can access Instant Video from their PC, Mac, Kindle Fire, iPad, Roku, Playstation 3, and Xbox 360. The service also recently added hundreds of offerings from both Paramount and MGM.


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Summer Glau Nabs Superhero Show

Posted by Robin Paulson Categories: Television

Summer Glau as Bennett in DollhouseAfter her short-lived gigs on Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and ‘s shows Firefly and Dollhouse, Summer Glau landed another role in a sci-fi, superhero-themed series The Cape.

The pilot centers on a former cop, played by David Lyons, who dons a superhero alter ego to clear his name of criminal charges. Glau portrays “Orwell, a cute and intrepid investigative blogger who fearlessly goes after corrupt cops and costumed bad guys.” So… ‘s Bennett meets Kick-Ass‘s Hit Girl?

Considering all three Fox shows she worked on were cut short, let’s hope that moving to NBC will fare better for the actress.

Is this the nail in the coffin? Bah, I’ll still watch it if I can catch Glau being her adorable, geeky-cute self!

Read More | The Hollywood Reporter

Weekend Reading: Julie Newmar, Doctor Spektor and Popeye

Posted by Tom Mason Categories: Editorials

Julie NewmarA lot has happened internetally while I took my afternoon nap, and there’s good stuff from old-school fan favorite Julie Newmar, Tom Richmond talking about caricatures and Jesse Santos’ Doctor Spektor. Dig in:

Catwoman: No getting around it, to men of a certain age, Julie Newmar was the Blake Lively of her day. Now she’d like you to talk dirty to her. She’s putting together a book of confessions from men proudly unashamed to admit that she created a stirring in their Batman underpants when everybody was much younger. Says Newmar to the Globe and Mail: “Suddenly, walking straight to me was the grandfather, his voice and eye seductively nailed to me. ‘Miss Newmar. You were my first turn-on.’ For the father, it would be improper, and the boy hadn’t reached the age where it was of interest to him.” No doubt Diana Rigg, Yvonne Craig, Joey Heatherton and Nancy Sinatra have similar stories. Although you probably stood a chance with Heatherton. The interview is a lot of fun, and Newmar is looking for stories just like yours. There’s an email address at the link for you to participate.


“Heroes” Break

Posted by Joel Rosenberg Categories: Editorials, Television

Heroes

We have season finales, New Year’s breaks, Thanksgiving breaks, and now volume breaks. So what do we make of “Heroes”?

Before Skylar signs unto the Enterprise, we have him gaining new powers every week. Eventually, they would have the same problem that they had with Superman of years past in that he was too powerful and it was hard coming up with villains that could give him a run for his money. So, if you temporarily kill him (thanks Hayden) maybe you better chop up the body or something so he doesn’t pull a Jason and keep rising from the dead. And how many people does he have to kill before redeeming himself? And why kill Ellie even after she gave him her powers plus benefits?

There seem to be lots of people with powers, but why do they have to kill off all the Wire veterans?  Frozen Omar and Vortex Bubbles. Shame. They really don’t have to introduce new power people every week and hopefully in Vol 4, Civil Heroes… sorry Fugitives they can concentrate on a core group. But if the serum gave out random powers how come Peter got his back? And why don’t they mention Peter’s greatest power in that a 31-year-old guy could convince a now 18 Hayden Panettiere to marry him? In those “Cheers” conversations when it got around to which super power you’d like to have, this one never came up, but I wouldn’t have minded having it many moons ago.
 
But as a lead into next season it was fine. Still, if we have Mr. Sulu and Lt Worf on board now and Skylar heading for outer space who in the Star Trek universe can we expect?


“Civil War” Comes to Heroes in 2009

Posted by Todd Matthy Categories: DVD, Editorials, Reviews, Television

Hayden Panettiere
 
Last night the third volume of “Heroes” came to end, and while it did introduce a whole new batch of characters and powers, I was underwhelmed. Of course I was underwhelmed all season. Sure they gave us the best interpretation I’ve seen of Puppet Master and a good helping of Kristen Bell, but those were hidden gems to be found in a season that moved at a snail’s pace. But there is hope for next season. Despite firing a high profile Marvel Comics employee, the producers of “Heroes” are going to take another page from the Marvel Universe with their version of the Super Hero Registration Act.

Stop reading if you don’t want to be spoiled…


A Possible Return to Common Sense?

Catwoman and Batman

Most of the current media bemoans the fact that an increasing amount of movies and TV are based on the comic universe. We geeks and fanboys, of course, love this trend. But most of us are not mindless drones and still have the ability to separate quality from garbage. Spider-Man 1 - good. Spider-Man 2 - not so good. Spider-Man 3 - a waste of good sand. Batman Michael Keaton - good. Batman Val Kilmer - not so good. Batman George Clooney - a waste of good nipples. Heroes season one - good. Heroes season 2 - not so good. Heroes season 3 - a waste of good comic writers.

Recently, DC announced a prospective series entitled “The Flying Graysons”. Folks speculated that with an uncertain future for “Smallville”, we would need something for our superhero fix. But was Dick Grayson, before he became Robin, solving crimes traveling with the circus the best they could come up with?

So, I printed out the article from Variety and posted it at Phoenix Comics, your favorite neighborhood comic store. Now, remember, these are the same customers who wanted to lynch Marvel for the whole Brand New Day fiasco or put up a statue to Marvel for ending the Peter-Mary Jane marriage. And does anyone remember Birds of Prey? How could anyone mess up a TV show featuring three awesomely good looking girls in spandex. Couldn’t be done, could it?

Well, the polling is over and if the U.S. ran like this, we could have saved hundreds of millions of dollars in campaign contributions. Nobody liked this idea. Not one customer. Nobody. And somehow DC must have gotten the message because they have canned the idea. Obviously I am only one store but still… maybe once in awhile they do listen to us.

Read More | Variety

Interesting Villians Help Make Interesting Heroes

WAR

I just noticed in the latest issue of Wizard magazine that War Machine will be getting his own on-going series.  It will be written by Greg Pak who has done some amazing things on the Hulk recently.  Cool.  I wonder how long this series will last.

I say this because if you are a long-time comic book fan as I am, you know that when a supporting character gets their own on-going series, very rarely do these books last more than a year or two.  Some break the trend and do last awhile, but many last twelve issues or so and then get canceled.  Some characters don’t even deserve their own series and get canceled because nobody cares.  Marvel Comics’ Quicksilver had his own series in the ‘90s.  Why ask you?!?  Why?!?

I think a major reason why supporting characters don’t last in their own series is because the powers that be (writers/editor-in-chief/editors) don’t take the time to really develop interesting antagonists for these characters. 

Read More | Wizard Magazine

Sound Familiar? Xbox 360 HD-DVD Add-On Now $179 And Comes With Five Free HD-DVDs

Xbox 360 HD-DVD add-on

Announced at Comic-Con, the new price drop on the HD-DVD add-on for the Xbox 360 will lower the unit’s price to $179 (down from $199.99) starting August 1. As an added incentive, Toshiba’s Perfect Offer has been extended to the 360 HD-DVD Player – anyone who purchases the HD-DVD add-on will be able to select five free HD-DVDs from a list of 15 through a mail-in offer. Don’t expect the greatest selection of movies, though, as is the case with the five free Blu-ray movies that come with the purchase of a PlayStation 3. But free is free.

Microsoft also teased the HD-DVD release of Heroes: Season 1 and 300; Xbox Live will be home to some exclusive content. On August 14, 300 will be available for download in HD, and for a limited time, the pilot episode of Heroes will be free to download.

It certainly looks like Microsoft is pushing hard with HD-DVD, and understandably so – Blu-ray has been the more successful of the two next-gen DVD formats as of late. And the success of Blu-ray is of major support to Sony and the PlayStation 3 - and Microsoft isn’t looking to do them any favors.


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