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28 Mar 05:00

Random Roles: William Daniels on 1776, Knight Rider, The Graduate, and Boy Meets World

by Will Harris

Welcome to Random Roles, wherein we talk to actors about the characters who defined their careers. The catch: They don’t know beforehand what roles we’ll ask them to talk about.

The actor: William Daniels has been acting for well over half a century, which would be a significant accomplishment for any thespian, but what’s more fascinating is how so many different generations know him for so many different roles. In the ’60s, Daniels was a comedic caped crusader on Captain Nice and Dustin Hoffman’s dad in The Graduate; in the ’80s, he was doing rounds at St. Elsewhere while voicing a talking car on Knight Rider; in the ’90s, he was teaching on Boy Meets World, and only a few years ago he had a brief residency on Grey’s Anatomy. For those who prefer their entertainment with more of a historical bent, however, Daniels may ...

27 Mar 03:02

Newswire: NBC is finally bringing back Coach, and yes, Craig T. Nelson is on board

by Sam Barsanti


In February of last year, NBC announced that it was going to resurrect Heroes for a 13-episode miniseries. There was much rejoicing (sort of), but one question remained on everyone’s lips: “Why not Coach?” We cried to the heavens, but there was no response.

Then, in May, we heard that Netflix was planning to make a Wet Hot American Summer series, reviving the cult classic film. Again, there was much rejoicing, but that question still remained: “Why not Coach?” We cried to the heavens again, but there was still no response.

In October, when the winds became chilly and the days grew shorter, that gum we like came back in style and Showtime announced that it was bringing back Twin Peaks. People cheered. Everyone started dancing. But, in the back of our heads, we kept wondering: “Why not Coach?” We asked the heavens, and we were punished for being ...

24 Mar 16:49

Newswire: Fox is officially bringing back The X-Files

by Katie Rife

bring back skinner or gtfo

After months of whispered rumors and appropriately evasive statements from Fox, the truth, courtesy of Deadline, is here. The X-Files is officially set to return to the network as a six-episode event series, with series creator/executive producer Chris Carter and stars Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny all on board to reprise their roles from the original series.

Carter, for his part, plans to pick up right where he left off: “I think of [the time since The X-Files ended] as a 13-year commercial break,” said Carter. “The good news is the world has only gotten that much stranger, a perfect time to tell these six stories.” Production on the series, about which little else is known, is set to begin this summer. Further details, including the potential involvement of other famous X-Files alumni like Vince Gilligan and pretty much every actor who was working in the ’90s, are forthcoming ...

12 Mar 16:00

Topps’ Star Wars Card Trader App Now Available – Exclusive!


I'm an addict

Star Wars trading cards have officially become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.

The Topps Company, Inc. released today Star Wars: Card Trader, a digital trading card app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Available for free in the iOS store, the innovative app is a landmark in the history of Star Wars collecting, bringing the tradition of collecting and trading Star Wars cards into the digital era.

“In the same way that digital media is transforming reading books, listening to music and watching television, Card Trader is revolutionizing Star Wars collecting,” said Michael Bramlage, vice president of Digital at Topps. “Your favorite characters, vehicles, and locations from the Star Wars universe can be collected and traded on your iOS device, from anywhere at any time.”

Star Wars: Card Trader launches with retro-inspired cards of known new from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, trading functionality (including friend lists and trader ratings), and classic re-releases that present vintage cards in beautiful high-definition.

Get a first look at some of Topps’ stunning digital cards below, and remember: With this app, your Star Wars cards will be with you. Always.

Star Wars: Card Reader app

Star Wars: Card Reader app All Star Wars, all the time.

10 Mar 16:08

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26 Feb 05:37

Morrissey meets with Elektra Records president and Zack de la Rocha



An anonymous person writes:

Had coffee with him and Zack de la Rocha. A deal coming?

Photo: @pablovejeff / Instagram
26 Jan 13:59

Great Job, Internet!: Have a damn fine Valentine’s Day with the men of Twin Peaks

by Katie Rife

What can Twin Peaks obsessives who can’t afford a romantic getaway to (the place that stood in for) The Grand Northern Hotel do to let their significant other know that they’re sweeter than pie and hotter than a damn fine cup of coffee?

Here’s one option, courtesy of illustrator Emma Munger’s Tumblr page: Present your beloved with a Men Of Twin Peaks pinup valentine, each of which features a male character from the show (and frequently his impossible-to-miss, lovingly rendered butt cheeks). Coop, Harry, Andy, Bobby, and James are all available for purchase through Munger’s online store, and all would be a welcome expression of nerdy love and tenderness. (Except for the James one. If someone gives you a James valentine, break up with them. James sucks.)

09 Jan 22:58

Newswire: Original cast returns for Wet Hot American Summer series, makes a day of it

by Sean O'Neal

I'm happy that they made it their beeswax to be there for this.

Narrowly avoiding the cringe-inducing sight of middle-aged adults crammed into tiny shorts being played by someone else, the Netflix revival of Wet Hot American Summer has begun filming with nearly all of its original cast showing up. As Deadline reports, that includes not only The State alumni Michael Showalter, Michael Ian Black, Joe Lo Truglio, and Ken Marino, but also those whose participation was somewhat in question, owing to the fact that they’re big-shot TV and movie stars now—people like Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper, and Elizabeth Banks. All of them are expected to appear in the eight-episode limited series, alongside other returning faces like Janeane Garofalo, Christopher Meloni, David Hyde Pierce, Molly Shannon, Jon Benjamin(’s voice, anyway), Zak Orth, Marisa Ryan, Judah Friedlander, A.D. Miles, Marguerite Moreau, Kevin Sussman.... Ira Stevenberg.... Sol Zimmerstein… uhhhh…. David Ben-Gurion. And so on.

There’s no word yet ...

22 Dec 14:30

2014's Best Fan-Fic Inspiring Albums

by Pete Holby

Here are the perfect emotional and physical settings for 10 of 2014's best records.

Here are my 10 favorite records from 2014, as well as the ideal physical and emotional circumstances in which you might hear them.

10. Burn Your Fire For No Witness, Angel Olsen — You're at home, and it's Friday night and you feel like a loser because you're at home, even though you called like four people and all of them happened to have other obligations and if they hadn't they totally would have gone out with you, because you're not a loser. You really have friends, they just happen to be busy, so you sit at home and you feel bad about yourself and then you feel bad about feeling bad because and you wonder what it says about you that while you clearly know you have friends, you can't feel it in your bones. Your phone rings. It's the ex you refuse to admit you miss, having butt-dialed you. They're at a bar. Picture how you feel in that exact moment. Burn Your Fire For No Witness is what's playing in the background.

9. Young Heart, Blondfire — You are sitting on a sidewalk cafe in Santa Monica and you are sitting in direct sunlight. You did this on purpose, because you like that warmth and so you sit there and nurse an iced coffee and as people walk by you think about each of them and what your life might be if you knew them, or maybe were closer than that, and then you think about how each of them have those relationships with other people and it just seems like so many relationships. The sun goes behind a cloud and you wonder who all of these people are and how impossible it is that kind of depth could be common. Young Heart is the album that is playing at that cafe.

8. Ultraviolence, Lana Del Rey — You and a friend happen to find yourselves at one of those fake downtowns, the outdoor malls that have put effort into actual streets and sidewalks and there's a set of condos that's less than half full and you don't like to think about how everyone who lives there made the conscious choice to live at the mall. You and your friend are there and you're in the Johnny Rockets eating America Fries and drinking Modelo Especial, because Johnny Rockets was the only place serving at 9:30 in the morning, and you're drinking at 9:30 in the morning because you don't see this friend that often and when you do you only ever talk about the lovers you have disappointed or who have disappointed you. Ultraviolence is what would be on the jukebox, if  Johnny Rockets had a jukebox.

7. Alvvays, Alvvays — You have heard more people than you can remember mention being wistful. You have never once heard someone mention wist as if it were a thing one could be full of. How are you, someone might ask, and you think about what it would mean to answer "I am carrying a lot of wist." How heavy is wist? Does it cast a shadow? Does it spoil? Do you have to tend to it, to shepherd its growth? Could you trade wist with someone else, or does it mold itself around you? If there were a store that sold wist Alvvays is what they would play, all day, every day.

6. Cut Your Teeth, Kyla La Grange — You have spent weeks positively smitten with another person, just severed-your-own-brake-lines smitten, and on multiple occasions you have silently begged them to be less incredible. When they had a perfect answer to a question that had been bugging you for weeks, when they tried your favorite drink and loved it, when they reluctantly admitted their dorky hobby that was exactly your dorky hobby. Weeks of this, over and over again, and then one day something happens that makes them seem ever so slightly not-perfect. Later you're at their place feeling like there's a half step of distance between the two of you that wasn't there before, and you're not sure it's ever going to disappear. Cut Your Teeth is the record they put on.

5. Sorry I'm Late, Cher Lloyd — Your cousin is six months into their first real job and they like it well enough, but what it means to get up and go to work every day is starting to sink in with them. They happen to be in town for a conference and when you suggest meeting up for a drink they tell you what the hell, forget the conference. And you spend the whole weekend together, real Maximum Hangouts, and there is drinking and dancing serious Drunk Talk about life, and hangover brunch where you order off the menu because nobody can think of a reason eggs benedict can't be served on top of crab cakes instead of an English muffin. Sorry I'm Late is the record that you could play the entire weekend and have it fit the whole way through.

4. Transgender Dysphoria Blues, Against Me! — Transgender Dysphoria Blues is a punk rock record about coming out as trans and I do not feel comfortable riffing on that. It is intensely personal and a phenomenal punk record. The most scared you've ever been to tell someone something and the most relieved you've been when all they did was hug you, and then that moment where you wonder why they didn't say anything, that's Transgender Dysphoria Blues.

3. No Mythologies To Follow, MØ — You are in your late teens and your best friend has finally gotten a car and your parents are kind of in a rough patch so they don't really care how late it is when you come home. So you and your friend drive around, and you don't really have anywhere to go but you like watching light reflections whip by the window and you like the sound of tunnels and you and your friend have a lot to talk about and even more to think about and all of it feels so full and significant, like nothing else is ever gonna matter this much. No Mythologies To Follow is what you play loud enough to wake the neighbors.

2. Take Me When You Go, Betty Who — This is when you spend six weeks smitten and that thing that makes you think they're not-perfect never really happens, you just keep going and it stays almost unbearably wonderful. You know that the drought isn't really a great thing, but you have had sunny day after sunny day and it really all just feels like it fits. One day you are driving between the bluffs and the center of some charming little beach town and they don't laugh at your joke and you think to yourself that you might love them more than they love you. Take Me When You Go is what's playing when that thought occurs to you.

1. 1000 Forms of Fear, Sia — You find a diary while taking the subway home. There is no name in it, no phone number, and you read it because of course you're going to read it, and the stories in it are funny and heartbreaking and kind of ridiculous. You read through it in one sitting and as it gets later and later you have a mounting feeling that you know the handwriting You start thinking about everyone you used to know and before long there's some small group of people and you're trying to remember who used to write like this, and then it dawns on you that this is just who you want it to be. 1000 Forms of Fear is the album that two of those people share on Spotify the morning after you read the diary.

17 Dec 21:36

Darlene Love talks singing ‘Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)’ on ‘Letterman’ — for the last time

by Esther Zuckerman


David Letterman’s reign as host of The Late Show ends in May 2015—and Friday marks his last holiday broadcast. Which means the episode will also
28 Nov 15:04

The Force Awakens teaser trailer is here!

by Dunc


It’s live! It’s also now up on the official Youtube, as seen above.

Want to dig deeper? I recommend the shot-for-shot posts from io9, Making Star Wars and /Film. They all discuss some of the rumors we’ve heard, and how they apply to what’s been revealed today. And there’s some immediate reaction over at Eleven-ThirtyEight and Tosche Station.

The biggest – or at least most questioned mystery of the the teaser – who’s that in the voiceover? Popular theories thrown out today include Andy Serkis, Max von Sydow, and the rumor that refuses to die: Benedict Cumberbatch. According Drew McWeeney at Hitfix, it is indeed Serkis, who is “playing a pivotal role in the film, although he will not have a lot of screen time.”

And finally, here’s a fun compilation of reaction videos:

19 Nov 18:22

Newswire: Google Play is giving away the Guardians Of The Galaxy soundtrack, today only

by Alex McCown

In case you don't already have this...

Much like an anthropomorphic raccoon giving away free laser blasts to the guards of a high-tech prison facility, Google Play is giving away free music to fans of Marvel’s latest blockbuster. Now that the Guardians Of The Galaxy soundtrack—subtitled Awesome Mix Vol. 1—is no longer the number one album in the the country, the online portal is making the entire album free for download, today only. (Sorry, international fans of the popular hits from the ’60s and ’70s contained within this compilation—the offer is limited to the United States for now).

It seems the corporate overlords at Marvel (presumably living in the severed head of an ancient God) have decided they’ve wrung all the money they can from this particular piece of marketing synergy. Therefore, the rest of us are now free to enjoy, at no cost, the smooth sounds of Peter Quill’s cassette ...

29 Oct 18:36

Newswire: David Letterman’s retirement means no more TV “Christmas” from Darlene Love

by Alex McCown

When David Letterman signs off from his show for the final time next year, he won’t be the only thing that disappears from late-night television. It also means this coming holiday season will mark the last time Darlene Love ever performs “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” on a TV show.

Fans of The Late Show know that Love’s performance of her Christmas classic, first recorded in 1963, has become an annual tradition, always falling on the last episode to air before the holiday. And after performing it for Letterman every year since 1986, Love has confirmed that, when he retires, so will the song—at least, for any future television appearances.

“They never told me not to, but it was an unspoken thing,” Love recently told Billboard. “They couldn’t ask me not to sing ‘Christmas (Baby)‘ on another show, but after 10 years, then 15 years, of ...

27 Oct 18:53

Newswire: Joel Schumacher is writing a comic-book sequel to Batman & Robin

by Katie Rife

I will love this.

Banking on comic-book fans’ tolerance for superhero nipples, Joel Schumacher is reportedly reviving Batman & Robin in comics form. The 12-issue series will be drawn by Dustin Nguyen and written by Schumacher from the screenplay for Batman Triumphant, originally written by Mark Protosevich.

Batman Triumphant was supposed to be the third in Schumacher’s series of Batman movies, but was scrapped after the entire world banded together in hatred for Batman & Robin. The story supposedly revolves around the Scarecrow planting hallucinations of the Joker in Batman’s mind, and will hopefully answer at least some of the questions that have plagued fans for the past 17 years, like: What’s the credit limit on Batman’s GothCard? If you kicked some ice, wouldn’t you just fall down?, and so on.

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06 Oct 15:31


by Jerry Horne




"One thing I can guarantee they will see — they will see a cup of coffee fly through a window." - Mark Frost on what fans can expect.







02 Sep 21:14

LOTR Lincoln Center

by (Doug Adams)

Academy Award-Winning Scores By
HOWARD SHORE Performed Live to the Motion Pictures
21st Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Ludwig Wicki, Conductor
David H. Koch Theater
LINCOLN CENTER, NEW YORK TWO TRILOGIES – APRIL 8-12, 2015 Week to Include Forums and Additional Events

NEW YORK, NY — For the first time in North America, the complete film trilogy The Lord of the Rings will be presented live, in concert, at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, New York, April 8-12, 2015. Beneath a giant screen, the Academy Award-winning scores by Howard Shore will be performed by 250 musicians, on stage, including symphony orchestra, chorus and soloists, in two trilogies, Wednesday-Friday, April 8-10, and Saturday-Sunday, April 11-12. The production is created by CAMI Music, and follows acclaimed concert presentations of the first two films of The Lord of the Rings trilogy at Radio City Music Hall (2009 and 2010).

The Lord of the Rings, In Concert, at Lincoln Center, features the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus of Lucerne, Switzerland, conducted by Ludwig Wicki, which specializes in bringing films and their scores to life, and performs an annual program of film concerts at the KKL Luzern. Soloists and chorus for the 2015 trilogy performances at Lincoln Center, as well as related forums and other events, will be announced at a later date.

THE LORD OF THE RINGS, Trilogy In Concert LINCOLN CENTER – April 8-12, 2015

The epic film trilogy The Lord of the Rings – The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Two Towers (2002), The Return of the King (2003) – directed by Peter Jackson and based on the beloved J. R. R. Tolkien novel became an international phenomenon. Released by New Line Cinema, the trilogy is among the highest earning films of all time, and won a total of 17 Academy Awards. Howard Shore was honored with Academy Awards for Best Music, Original Score for The Fellowship of the Ring (2002) and The Return of the King (2004), and for Best Music, Original Song for Into the West, featured in The Return of the King (2004). Since 2008, more than 200 presentations of individual films of The Lord of the Rings, In Concert, have taken place in cities in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. The complete film trilogy The Lord of the Rings, In Concert, was presented in Lucerne and Munich in 2011.

Howard Shore commented on the meaning of this North American premiere presentation of the trilogy, in concert: “It was fascinating to watch the performances of individual films of The Lord of the Rings, In Concert, at Radio City in 2009 and 2010. For those events, people came from all over the world: Scandinavia, Europe, the Far East. The book has been translated into 40 languages and has attracted a global fan-base. But the fan community doesn’t often have the opportunity to come together in person and coalesce around a performance like this at the highest level. The trilogy at Lincoln Center is unique and something powerful happens – a synergy is created – in bringing together the music, live on a massive scale, with the films, in a magnificent house, and not only for one night, but presented over the course of a week. To bring the trilogy to New York is meaningful as it’s a center of the cultural world, and Lincoln Center is at the heart of New York. It’s the perfect place to play the Trilogy in its entirety. We hope that everyone who travels from near or far will feel they’ve arrived at a kind of contemporary, cultural Middle-earth.” 

Wednesday, April 8, 7:30pm Thursday, April 9, 7:30pm
Friday, April 10, 7:30pm
Saturday, April 11, 1:00pm Saturday, April 11, 7:30pm Sunday, April 12, 1:00pm
The Fellowship of the Ring The Two Towers
The Return of the King
The Fellowship of the Ring The Two Towers
The Return of the King
- more -
THE LORD OF THE RINGS, Trilogy In Concert LINCOLN CENTER – April 8-12, 2015
Individual tickets begin at $59. Trilogy packages are $240 for the Hobbit Package and $400 for the VIP Gondor Package, including:
VIP Trilogy Ticket
Post-Concert Shire Reception*
Ticket to LOTR at Lincoln Center Symposium Event* Commemorative Program Book Signed by Howard Shore HOBBIT PACKAGE
Premium Trilogy Ticket
Post-Concert Shire Reception*
Commemorative Program Book Signed by Howard Shore * Locations and additional information to be announced
Tickets and packages are available online at, by telephone at (212) 496- 0600, or at the David H. Koch Theater Box Office. The David H. Koch Theater is located at the south side of the Lincoln Center Plaza at Columbus Avenue and 63rd Street. 
27 Aug 04:00

11 late-period ‘Simpsons’ episodes you should watch this week

by Kyle Ryan

If interested - I'd agree with maybe 6-7 of these being "good episodes" of modern Simpsons (few are).

When the “Every Simpsons Ever” mega-marathon of The Simpsons began last Thursday on FXX, it renewed interest in a show that
08 Aug 00:05

Newswire: Kyle MacLachlan joins Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.

by Sam Barsanti


So Twin Peaks made it pretty clear that Kyle MacLachlan’s Dale Cooper worked for the FBI, but what if that was all a clever ruse, and we’re not discovering the truth of it until just now? What if he was actually Dale Cooper, Agent Of S.H.I.E.L.D. this whole time? TV Line is reporting that MacLachlan has been cast in Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s upcoming second season, so this wild theory we just came up with a few minutes ago is already gaining some ground.

OK, MacLachlan probably isn’t reprising his role as Agent Dale Cooper, but he is playing a character of some importance to the show’s mythology. We’re gonna pad out the article a bit here to give spoilerphobes a chance to get out, but he’s playing a character who was referenced many ...

17 Jun 22:03


by ckolderup

This is great, Casey!

Today I’m showing the world a project that’s actually been kinda near and dear to my heart for quite a while. I’ve had a few friends using it and got some positive feedback, and as of last week I put the finishing touches on some backend improvements that should hopefully keep it up and running for a while, so here goes:

I’ve been a member of the website since 2004, when it was still called Audioscrobbler. As of this writing I’ve “scrobbled” over 110,000 plays of various songs from various audio-listening applications and services, so it knows when I listened to them and in aggregate what songs, albums, and bands I’ve listened to the most. That’s a LOT of data about me just kind of sitting there, and while I have sometimes used tools near the end of the calendar year that will show you your listening habits for the year or even just browsed’s web interface to check out my listening habits, I don’t have anything making regular use of that information, which I still submit to them pretty faithfully through iTunes and Rdio.

So that’s why I built Backtracks, an email service that sends you a weekly email to let you know what you were listening to at this time 1, 2, 3… or however many years back you have history for. If you have listening history logged in during this calendar week some years in the past, Backtracks will send you a quick email letting you see which albums, songs, and artists were among your most played during that time.


I still hope in the future that I’ll be able to add direct integration with services like Rdio and Spotify, but their APIs currently don’t allow access to historical listening data like does. If you work there or know someone who does, you should bug them about it! I’d love to support services that people are already using since I know is sort of a niche thing.

My music listening habits tend to be very seasonal—I listen to Jason Molina and the bands he led in the fall every year, for example, and that’s a big part of establishing the feeling of each season for me. Music is really important to me and for those of you who use faithfully I hope that Backtracks will be an email you look forward to getting as well.


12 Jun 15:00

Newswire: We’ve got some exclusive Jurassic World photos for you

by Josh Modell

If you aren't excited about Jurassic World, you're just not looking at Chris Pratt correctly.

The fourth film in the beloved Jurassic Park franchise has been in some form of development for more than a decade, but now it’s finally happening—a year from now, anyway. Today marks the beginning of a 365-day countdown for Jurassic World, which will star Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard as people who encounter dinosaurs, many of them scary. Universal Pictures was nice enough to offer us—and by proxy, you—the first look at some photos from the movie, which you can see below. (No dinosaurs yet, but presumably soon…)

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In the new film, Chris Pratt will be in hunked-out Guardians Of The Galaxy mode, and not schlubby-cute Parks And Recreation mode. He will also ride a motorcycle, or at least stand next to one. It’s unclear whether he’s looking at a dinosaur.

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Bryce Dallas Howard plays ...

10 Jun 22:47

Remainder of US tour cancelled due to Morrissey's respiratory infection


RIP Morrissey?

A statement has been posted on the Morrissey Facebook page, saying that the remainder of this tour has been cancelled.

"It is with great sadness that the remainder of the US Tour has been cancelled. The respiratory infection Morrissey contracted in Miami has worsened, and in the interest of making a full recovery, all further touring plans have been halted. Morrissey thanks his fans for their compassion, understanding, and well-wishes during this difficult period as he recuperates."

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02 Jun 16:37

Newswire: Lupita Nyong’o and Gwendoline Christie join Star Wars: Episode Maybe VII Female Characters

by Sean O'Neal

I have decided YES

Answering at least one of the cries surrounding the initial casting announcement of Star Wars: Episode VII—that it had a mere two female characters, when everyone knows the Star Wars universe has at least two more women in it—Lucasfilm has today officially added Lupita Nyong’o and Gwendoline Christie to that distinguished lineage. Who they will be the silent, briefly glimpsed handmaidens to has not yet been confirmed, nor has it been announced whether they will be given a chance to perform a sexy slave dance before being eaten by a cave monster. Or, perhaps afforded the slightly more dignified opportunity to point to some maps while male pilots talk over them, all cocky-like.

But for Nyong’o, at least, it’s the culmination of months of rumors that the 12 Years A Slave actress could follow her recent Oscar win and rapid ascension by joining the franchise ...

21 May 12:47

It’s official: Episode VII is shooting in Abu Dhabi… And you could win a chance to be in the movie!

by Dunc

Check out this Fing puppet in action!!!

We’ve already seen some evidence, but Lucasfilm and Abu Dhabi’s twofour54 announced today that they are indeed currently filming in the UAE. “We were very excited to start the filming of Star Wars: Episode VII in Abu Dhabi,” Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said in a statement. “It has been an incredible place to commence this journey.” J.J. Abrams “and cast” (we’re not sure who) flew to Abu Dhabi “in early May.” Hundreds of crew are working currently, and “key production staff” have been working with the locals since January.

Fans can also win a chance to be in the film, as part of A Force For Change, a new initiative with UNICEF.

The Hollywood Reporter’s sources say they’re recreating parts of Tatooine there, as one might expect from the clip, which bears a strong resemblance to the Mos Espa market in The Phantom Menace. Variety has a few more details on the financial arrangements.

Now on to important matters: What the hell is that thing on the right?


15 May 15:32

Newswire: The new Twin Peaks box set contains nearly 90 minutes of deleted scenes

by Sean O'Neal


It is happening again: Another “complete series” edition of Twin Peaks is headed to home video on July 29, this time to Blu-ray—although this edition is more “complete” than ever before. Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery not only bundles the entire run of the show with the prequel/sequel/sidequel Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, it also includes around 90 minutes of long sought-after deleted and alternate scenes, culled from the nearly five hours’ worth of footage that David Lynch shot for the latter movie. Over the years, numerous petitions have been created demanding that footage be released; some fans have even resorted to crafting reconstructions from the shooting script. But now they can wrap those in plastic and toss ’em—along with all their previous Twin Peaks box sets—thanks to this new collection overseen by Lynch himself.

“During the last days in the life of Laura ...

12 May 19:06

whew! gotta figure this out

by kris


i don’t mean to be a negative nelly but if i can’t solve this little whozawhatsit, i don’t know how i’m gonna deliver the big presentation to the national milkman good samaritan convention.

doc, can you recommend a formal pant with some sort of crotch paneling

05 May 15:33

Does Bob Iger’s selfie give us our first look at Episode VII’s Chewbacca costume?

by Dunc



We know Peter Mayhew is in, and that is a very good, dare I say, screen-ready Chewbacca… Though it was Alan Horn, not Bob Iger, that we know for sure would be in London around this time. But if this was a (new?) theme park Chewie, wouldn’t they have someone in it? And why would they post it on the official Star Wars Instagram instead of a Parks one? So yes, it’s not too much of a stretch to believe this is the Episode VII Chewbacca costume!

Noteworthy:’s Matt Martin says “The image was supplied to is without much context. No idea where/when it was taken.” And the official (well, verified) @StarWarsUK account says it is from Episode VII, but Matt says it was only speculation on their part. Curious.

23 Apr 21:31

horny spell goin around

by kris


whew! waiting for a break in the horniness, could barely get out the front door this morning. can’t seem to get my mind off it! read a couple books, looked at television — nothin helps! must be somethin in the air! well, have yourself a good one! my best to the family! *whistles*

29 Apr 16:43

Episode VII cast confirmed: Hamill, Ford, Fisher joined by Boyega, Driver, Isaac, Serkis and more

by Dunc

star-wars-episode-7-cast-announce2 has announced the official cast for Episode VII. Star Wars alumni Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker will be joined by John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow.

That is… A lot of guys. Sigh. The Wrap has a bit more on our new lady, Daisy Ridley, while The Hollywood Reporter has a breakdown of all the new-to-us folks.

And that second new female role? They may still be looking, says The Hollywood Reporter.