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iZombie: The Complete First Season Out September 29

1000575783DVDLEF_432b167From executive producers Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero-Wright, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and DC Entertainment brings iZombie: The Complete First Season to DVD on September 29, 2015. iZombie, the new hit series that nearly 3 million people are tuning in to weekly on The CW, stars Rose McIver, Malcolm Goodwin, Rahul Kohli, Robert Buckley, and David Anders. The 3-disc DVD set includes all 13 episodes from the first season, plus deleted scenes and Comic-Con panel. iZombie: The Complete First Season is priced to own at $39.98 SRP.

iZombie stars Rose McIver as Olivia “Liv” Moore, a medical resident on the fast track to a perfect life … until she’s turned into a zombie. Now stuck between half-alive and undead, Liv transfers to the city morgue to reluctantly access the only thing that allows her to maintain her humanity — human brains. But there are side effects to Liv’s new diet. With each brain she consumes, she experiences flashes of the corpse’s memories — including, at times, clues as to how they were killed. Her boss, a brilliant but eccentric conspiracy theorist, encourages her to embrace this gift and to work with an unproven homicide detective to help solve these murders … and quiet the voices in her head.

iZombie is based upon characters created by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred for DC Entertainment’s Vertigo imprint. The series was developed for television by Thomas & Ruggiero-Wright, who executive produce along with Danielle Stokdyk and Dan Etheridge. iZombie is produced by Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Spondoolie Productions and Warner Bros. Television.

Below is what the full release includes:

13 ONE-HOUR EPISODES

  1. Pilot
  2. Brother, Can You Spare a Brain?
  3. The Exterminator
  4. Live and Let Clive
  5. Flight of the Living Dead
  6. Virtual Reality Bites
  7. Maternity Liv
  8. Dead Air
  9. Patriot Brains
  10. Mr. Berserk
  11. Astroburger
  12. Dead Rat, Live Rat, Brown Rat, White Rat
  13. Blaine’s World

DVD BONUS FEATURES

  • Deleted Scenes
  • iZombie: 2014 Comic-Con Panel


BASICS

3 DVD-9s
$39.98 SRP
Street Date: September 29, 2015
Languages: English (5.1)
Subtitles: ESDH, Latin Spanish, French
Aspect Ratio: Presented In 16×9 Widescreen Format
Approx running time: Feature – 548 minutes, Enhanced Content – 30 minutes

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. adds Secret Warriors for Season 3

agents of shield secret warriors 1I hinted at it in my review of the second season finale, but Marvel has confirmed we should expect to see a version of the Secret Warriors in the third season of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. In the third season the team will introduce “new friends and foes inspired by” the Secret Warriors comic series.

In the comics the Secret Warriors was a team of superpowered individuals who were the sons and daughters of classic Marvel characters. The team was assembled by Nick Fury who had figured out that there was something up with S.H.I.E.L.D. and a connection to Hydra.

The series ran for 28 issues and ran from 2009 to 2011. The team was introduced in the Secret Invasion and their own series was plotted by Brian Michael Bendis with Jonathan Hickman on writing duties.

In the aftermath of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s battle with Jiaying and the Inhumans, Director Coulson will search the world for more powered people and assemble an extraordinary new team to deal with threats unlike the world has ever seen. However, the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will soon find out they’re not the only ones tracking down these new Inhumans.

Marvel will be promoting the team at San Diego Comic-Con. From Thursday, July 9 through Saturday, July 11, S.H.I.E.L.D. ambassadors will be searching the convention for the most dedicated fans and rewarding them with limited edition “Secret Warriors” pins. Follow @AgentsofSHIELD on Twitter to see what the S.H.I.E.L.D. ambassadors are up to.

Those lucky enough to be recruited to the “Secret Warriors at Comic-Con will complete their first mission by posting a photo of themselves wearing the pin to social media using #SHIELDSecretWarriors. Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” cast members will select some of their favorite photos, which could get posted to the show’s official Twitter page, @AgentsOfSHIELD.

Marvel will reveal more at the “Marvel Television Presents” panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Friday, July 10 from 3:00 PM – 4:15PM in Ballroom 20.

The new season premieres on Tuesday, September 29 at 9/8c on ABC.

Movie Review: A Deadly Adoption

This TV movie is a drama thriller starring Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig, two of the best comedians of the industry, wait what?! Right from the first scene of this TV movie, I knew I was in for some horrendous entertainment, which also pays tribute to Lifetime channel for the completing 25 years. Don’t let the serious tone fool you. As if the inclusion of Ferrell and Wiig weren’t enough to tip it off, this is a spoof through and through. Melodrama, silly plot points, and gratuitous use of slow motion takes abound in this take on typical Lifetime movies. However, if you are into so-bad-they-are-good movies such as The Room, or can generally appreciate good parody, this can be a lot of fun if you just let it do what it sets out to do.

For non-lifetime viewers this will be a new and enjoyable experience which they could find funny in some scenes given the 2 comedy experts involved in it, but you need to have seen at least one Lifetime movie (which I unfortunately have) to understand the replicated elements that are included in this anniversary. It’s not a parody per-se because they didn’t have to exaggerate the already overly dramatized bits which are usually found in Lifetime movies and which some of their casual viewers find hilarious, it’s simply a replication of those but bunched together in a single movie.

a_deadly_adoptionThe story follows Robert Benson (Will Ferrell), a successful financial author and Sarah Benson (Kristen Wiig), an organic farmer who after five years of the tragic loss of their second child, an unborn boy decide to adopt from a college drop out Bridget (Jessica Lowdnes). In order to help her out in her last stages, they ask her to move in with them, & as expected she has an exterior motive. What can that be? Now here is something you don’t see everyday, or at least in a long while: a deadpan, totally serious, almost (sometimes) dramatic take on Lifetime movies-of-the-week on Lifetime. But what a strange, entertaining beast this is. At first I wasn’t sure what to make of it – is this really trying to be serious? How much of this is supposed to be a joke or a comedy? One may go into watching this with Ferrell and Wiig at the top of the cast and wonder what’s up, if this is going to lampoon Lifetime movies. I should say it does, but not as much as I thought it would, or rather it’s in small doses. There are lines and scenarios that are very funny, such as referring to the main couple’s daughter’s condition: “You know the dangers of diabetic ketoacidosis!” Or the fact that Ferrell’s character, Robert Benson, is now a reformed alcoholic who used to go on benders during his book tours for books on financial advice.

I thought about other made-for-TV cable movies that come out, like the Sharknado movies and the like on the SyFy channel, which probably have about the same self-awareness as this one. But I never see the actors in those movies – many of them are all but winking at the camera as they go to collect their quick paychecks to get eaten by CGI sharknados or Megapythons or whatever. Ferrell, Wiig and company aren’t out to make anything cheap or silly here (though maybe the last scene is goofy, perhaps just like a Lifetime movie). The funny thing is, because Ferrell and Wiig and co-star Jessica Lowdnes play everything completely straight – and Ferrell and Wiig are better actors than a Lifetime movie should ever deserve – and it’s all believable, sometimes verging on maybe, kinda, sorta being dramatic in a *good* way, until one realizes what they’re saying, more often than not, is absurd, as are the situations they get themselves in.

5586d78dca2dc24e4d26e775_a-deadly-adoptionThe tropes are all recognizable if one is into Lifetime movies, and that’s also the idea, from the happy white family and the “bad” girl that comes in to make things chaotic. It’s not something that can be easily parsed into ‘Oh, it’s just a parody’ or ‘Oh, it’s actually just another Lifetime movie with these actors’. I found myself laughing many times while watching, if not during every scene. There are some obvious jokes here, for example: So many SLO-MO dramatic scenes. Including zooming in on high heels at the end, A conservative financial author having young groupies, the family pictures (look at Ferrell‘s face), the cop “So there is a possibility Bridgette Jones hasn’t been living here?” stating the obvious right after Ferrell and Wiig just identified the picture, the dock after 6 years later, is left as a pile of broken wood, the speech on the bench between Robert and Bridgette, the way Wiig and Ferrell both lay motionless after being knocked out was exactly the same way (perfectly flat, like a dummy), cliche’ quotes “I’m your new MOMMY now!” “Look what you did to our FAMILY!” and “Let’s keep this our little SECRET!”, Ferrell emerges from a smoke-filled garage (after being shot twice in the arm) and carrying Wiig out as if he forgot he just got shot, Boyfriend gets shot in the gut, then runs around the cabin packing as if he forgot he just got shot, Will Ferrell overcoming his ridiculous fears of boating to save his daughter. & of course the over the top dance sequence at the end! Will Ferell and Kristen Wiig actually did a pretty good job in their serious roles, Will Ferrell especially i thought for the most part got me to see him as a serious character rather than the funny guy, so i wouldn’t mind seeing him do more of this. Jessica Lowndes was downright entertaining throughout. Whether it was her gorgeous looks or how her acting progressed through her character’s development.

On the whole, A Deadly Adoption, is a true tongue in cheek Lifetime movie, which can be enjoyed mainly due to its failing serious tone. Do watch this if you enjoys spoofs, bad (in a good way) movies! According to me watching Will Ferrell and beautiful women in a purposely bad script isn’t a bad way to spend a couple of hours. Weird but hilarious!

Overall Rating: 7.9

Director – Rachel Goldenberg
Starring – Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, Jessica Lowndes
Rated – PG13
Run Time – 90 minutes
Network – Lifetime

Fear The Walking Dead Teases Missing Posters

Fear the Walking Dead premieres August 2015. Only on AMC.

Fear the Walking Dead’s Latest Trailer Shows us the Start of the Outbreak

Don’t miss the premiere of Fear the Walking Dead. August 2015, only on AMC.

Heroes: Reborn Trailer

Mark the date. It’s June 25th and the first (real) trailer for Heroes: Reborn is out.

I am so glad that one of my all-time favourite TV shows is being revived after being axed a couple of years ago. I bet I am not the only one. Yes, the show had its up and downs, but was ultimately good entertainment.Heck, I even enjoyed season 2. I was so, so mad when season four ended with Claire jumping off that Ferris wheel. Like, I almost broke the freaking TV. There will be quite a few new, but also many old faces.

WHERE ARE THE HEROES?

Returning cast members include Jack Coleman, Jimmy Jean-Louis, Masi Oka, and Greg Grunberg. The cast also includes Zachary Levi (of NBC’s “Chuck” and Thor: The Dark World) alongside with Robbie Kay (“Once Upon a Time”), Danika Yarosh (“Shameless”), Judith Shekoni (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2), Kiki Sukezane (Death Yankee 3), Henry Zebrowski (NBC’s “A to Z”) and Gatlin Green (“Criminal Minds”).

Now, behold the trailer:

Overall, for a 1-minute trailer, I find this one really awe-inspiring. The cinematography looks great and I got chills during the last couple of seconds. The world seems quite shaken up by something. It makes me wonder whether Claire’s little stunt was responsible, to some extent, and if it will be acknowledged at all. Also, too bad Peter and Sylar are not here. But, well, Sylar has to go to space with Star Trek.

So, what do you think? Where are the heroes? Will you be tuning in this time or will you skip it. I know I am adding this to my schedule. I have like 20 other shows at least.

Heroes: Reborn airs Thursday, September 24 at 8 p.m. EST.

 

Comic Book Men Production and Writers Attempt to Unionize

comic book menWhile a union dedicated to just comic creators has been discussed for decades (and probably be a while before one happens), the production and writing team behind the show Comic Book Men have been attempting to. The effort is being organized by the Writers Guild of America East.

Original Media is the company behind Comic Book Men, Swamp People, Inkmaster, NY Ink, LA Ink, Miami Ink, The Rachel Zoe Project and much more. In 2014, the writers and producers voted overwhelmingly to unionize and join the Writers Guild. The vote was 42 to 9. It was a part of a campaign by unions to organize writers in the reality television business. The goal is to provide the kind of benefits and working conditions writers on scripted shows receive. The claim is reality show writers put in long hours without extra pay (some work up to 70 hours a week) and denied insurance and other benefits.

Since then the WGA East has said that Original Media has “refused to bargain in good faith.” Original Media is also being investigated  by the National Labor Relations Board for “failing to bargain in good faith, and by the wage and hour authorities for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from their freelance workforce.” The Writers Guild has successfully negotiated collective bargaining agreements with at least three other nonfiction television production companies.

In 2013 the editorial crew of Swamp People walked off the job due to a dispute with Original Media. The walkout was due to “unfair labor practice … unlawfully interfer(ing) with employees’ rights under the National Labor Relations Act by interrogating employees about union organizing activity.”

The WGA East is currently running a campaign to have individuals post labor-friendly tattoos on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #InkMasterUnion to show support. Below is some suggested text from their alert.

  • Workers on @SpikeInkMaster deserve a fair contract. @OriginalMedia needs to ink a deal #InkMasterUnion
  • I have ink. I watch@SpikeInkMaster. I want @OriginalMedia to stop #Unionbusting & sign a fair contract #InkMasterUnion
  • I Support @OriginalMedia Workers right to a fair contract #InkMasterUnion

We have reached out to the stars of Comic Book Men and Kevin Smith for their comments. The show airs on AMC.

SDCC 2015: Adult Swim Crash Lands

Adult SwimAdult Swim is back at San Diego Comic-Con, as if you ever had any doubts! This year, Adult Swim will once again engage fans over the course of four epic days with unique fan experiences, as well as celebrity filled signings and panels featuring series stars, creators and producers from popular network shows Robot Chicken, Aqua Teen Hunger Force Forever, Childrens Hospital, Mike Tyson Mysteries, Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell, and Rick and Morty. Adult Swim stars and creators on hand include Mike Tyson, Seth Green, Dan Harmon, Justin Roiland, Dave Willis, Rob Corddry, Rob Huebel, Breckin Meyer, Casper Kelly, and many more.

While inside the convention center, fans can stop by the Adult Swim Booth (#3721), but make sure you stretch first! Get limbered up and come lob fishy fun sacks into their illuminated cat holes at the Feline Fun Hole Slide Mouth. Steady your trembling paws, and pray your sacrifice to our great glowing kitty doesn’t go unnoticed. If your aim is true she may cough up something beautiful and exciting.

Need some fresh air? Visit Adult Swim On The Green, located behind the convention center at Convention Way and 5th Ave Pier, Thursday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. A brand new experience for fans, Adult Swim activities will include the Carnival Midway, free nightly screenings, Rick and Morty spaceship sighting, and the Meatwad Full Dome Experience. All events are free with RSVP, 18+ and a convention badge is required.

The Carnival Midway offers fans a chance to play custom and classic carnival games to win tickets and redeem them for prizes. Games and booths include Smack Up My Uvula, Flunko, SkeeBalls, Dreadageddon, Put a Ring On It, Face Painting, and a live screen printed free t-shirt tent. Carnival hours are Thursday through Saturday from 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Nestled next to the Carnival will also be the quintessential return of the Meatwad Full Dome Experience, which debuted last year, and is returning for another year of intergalactic mind travel. Inside the 40-foot planetarium dome, fans will be taken on a 360-degree journey through space and time, guided by the familiar fast-food friend. The Dome will be open Thursday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

FishCenter and Toonami Pre-Flight will also be broadcasting live from inside the Meatwad Full Dome Experience. FishCenter Live will be in full swing Thursday and Friday from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. and Toonami Pre-Flight will broadcast on Saturday from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Tickets are required for FishCenter and Toonami and will be given away daily beginning at 9:30am at the Adult Swim On The Green ticketing booth.

AS Nightly Screenings 2Additionally, after the success of the Adult Swim Drive-In Screening in Los Angeles, they’re bringing fans another chance to check out what’s on the horizon for the network with free nightly screenings. Join them Thursday evening for Adult Swim Presents: Things You’ve Never/Rarely Seen for a night of specials, never-before-seen pilots, and an early look at Mike Tyson Mysteries, The Venture Bros., Squidbillies, and more. On Friday, they’re bringing a preview of Rick and Morty season two and a live episode with show creators Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland. Saturday will be filled with unaired episodes of Aqua Teen Hunger Force Forever and Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell along with a chance for fans to publicly mourn the end of Aqua Teen. Be sure to drop by with a blanket and cuddle up with Adult Swim on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 8:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Last, but certainly not least, Rick and Morty crash land their spaceship at Comic-Con this year. Fans are invited to ogle and gawk at the crash site, as well as take photos to share with friends.

Below is a full list of Adult Swim panels and signings for Friday, July 10 – Sunday, July 12. Panels and signings, as well as talent scheduled to appear, are subject to change.

ADULT SWIM PANELS

FRIDAY JULY 10th

Hilton Bayfront – Indigo Ballroom

Aqua Teen Hunger Force Forever & Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell
12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Join us for a panel to celebrate the upcoming second season of Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell and mourn the end of Aqua Teen Hunger Force Forever.  Join Aqua Teen & Your Pretty Face co-creator Dave Willis (Squidbillies), Your Pretty Face co-creator Casper Kelly (Too Many Cooks), and Your Pretty Face cast members Henry Zebrowski (The Wolf of Wall Street), Craig Rowin (The Jack and Triumph Show), and Matt Servitto (Banshee) as they discuss office politics in Hell, reflect on 13 seasons of Aqua Teen, and show clips from both new seasons. Dana Snyder (Aqua Teen & Squidbillies) will moderate the panel and help you say your goodbyes to the longest-running Adult Swim original series.

 

Rick and Morty
1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Executive producers Dan Harmon (Community) & Justin Roiland (Adventure Time), and writer/producer Ryan Ridley (Community) invite fans for a sneak peek of the upcoming second season, premiering July 26th on Adult Swim. Moderated by Brian Q. Quinn (Impractical Jokers).

 

Mike Tyson Mysteries
2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

It was a unanimous victory last year but Iron Mike Tyson is taking on Comic-Con again and this rematch is sure to live up to all the hype.  After a season of solving mysteries, the Mike Tyson Mystery Team will be back at it again with all-new episodes on Adult Swim this fall.  Join series stars Mike Tyson, Rachel Ramras (MAD) and producer Hugh Davidson (The Looney Tunes Show) for a first look at the upcoming second season.

 

Robot Chicken
3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Join co-creators/executive producers Seth Green and Matthew Senreich, executive producer / co-head writer Tom Root, and actor/writer Breckin Meyer as they discuss their Emmy-winning series, which returns for its eighth season this fall on Adult Swim. DC Entertainment chief creative officer Geoff Johns will also be joining the panel for an early look at the upcoming third Robot Chicken DC Comics Special.

 

SUNDAY JULY 12th

Convention Center – Room 25ABC

Childrens Hospital
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Adult Swim’s two-time Emmy®-winning live-action comedy returns to Comic-Con for a sixth year! Creator and star Rob Corddry (Hot Tub Time Machine) along with series star Rob Huebel, will convene for a lively (and medically accurate!) Q&A.

 

ADULT SWIM SIGNINGS

Tickets are required for all signings at the Adult Swim Booth (#3721). A limited number of tickets will be given out at the booth on the day-of. First come. First served.

Drawings for Warner Bros. signing tickets will be held on the morning of each signing in the Sails Pavilion. Attendees may start to line up for the limited ticket drawing when the doors open each morning.

 

FRIDAY, JULY 10th
5:15 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Mike Tyson Mysteries
Warner Bros. Booth #4545

 

SATURDAY, JULY 11th

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Aqua Teen Hunger Force Forever & Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell
Adult Swim Booth #3721

 

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Rick and Morty
Adult Swim Booth #3721

 

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Robot Chicken
Adult Swim Booth #3721
 

SUNDAY JULY 12th

12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Childrens Hospital
Warner Bros. Booth #4545

David Tennant Joins Chew

chew38_coverChew is getting a Doctor. David Tennant, who is best known as the Tenth Doctor in the BBC’s Doctor Who has joined the voice cast of Chew. The animated feature, based on the Image Comics series, created by John Layman and Rob Guillory. Robin Williams was originally going to have the role. Tennant will voice Chu’s mentor-turned-menace Mason Savoy.

The series already has a few other voices already, including Walking Dead star Steven Yeun, and Felicia Day.

Jeff Krelitz, who helmed the animated Torchwood: Web of Lies and Peter Panzerfaust, is directing the project. He is also producing with David Boxenbaum via Heavy Metal, the duo’s multimedia company.

The series is about Tony Chu who’s a cop with a secret. A weird secret. Tony Chu is cibopathic, which means he gets psychic impressions from whatever he eats. It also means he’s a hell of a detective, as long as he doesn’t mind nibbling on the corpse of a murder victim to figure out whodunit, and why. It’s a dirty job, and Tony has to eat terrible things in the name of justice. And if that wasn’t bad enough, the government has figured out Tony Chu’s secret. They have plans for him, whether he likes it or not.

A First Look at Fear the Walking Dead

Fear the Walking Dead premieres August 2015. Only on AMC.

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