Taboo: The Use He Had for You!

TABOO — “Episode 8” (Airs Tuesday, February 28, 10:00 pm/ep) — Pictured: Tom Hardy as James Keziah Delaney. CR: FX

Taboo (FX, Tuesday, 10/9C) reaches its season finale in grand style as the chess game between the East India Company’s Sir Stuart Strange and James Keziah Delaney plays out to its exceedingly appropriate conclusion.

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Saturday Night Fever Goes Digital HD and Blu-ray for 40th Anniversary!

SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER – Tony Manero (John Travolta). Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures

Paramount Pictures’ Saturday Night Fever is getting its first Blu-ray and Digital HD release for its 40th anniversary.

The home video release of the film that captured/defined its generation will include both the Director’s Cut and Theatrical release in HD – and a five-part look at the film entitled “Catching the Fever,” deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes featurettes, a ‘70s Discopedia, and more.

Saturday Night Fever: 40th Anniversary will be available on Blu-ray and Digital HD on May 2nd.

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Dark Going Behind the Scenes of Adult Swim Hit The Venture Brothers!

Go Team Venture!: The Art and Making of The Venture Brothers – Cover art courtesy of Dark Horse

Dark Horse will be going behind the scenes of Adult Swim’s hit series with Go Team Venture!: The Art and Making of The Venture Brothers.

The hardcover volume will cover every episode of the series from the pilot to the sixth season, with an in-depth interview ith series executive producers Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer; the earliest sketches of Hank and Dean; pitching the series; learning the ins and outs of animation, and more – plus an introduction from Patton Oswalt, who notes that, ‘The Venture Brothers is one of those shows, like Archer, 30 Rock, and Arrested Development, that stands up to repeated viewings. It practically demands them. And this book more than enriches your repeated visits.’

Go Team Venture!: The Art and Making of The Venture Brothers will be in stores on August 23rd, 2017. Pre-orders are now being taken.

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First Look: Beauty and the Beast’s Gaston!

Josh Gad, Luke Evans, Emma Waston, Dan Stevens and Bill Condon attended the China Premiere in Shanghai. Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Studios

As the cast and director of Walt Disney’s Beauty and the Beast wowed the crowd at the Chinese premiere of the film, in Shanghai, Disney dropped a video first look at Luke Evans as Gaston and Josh Gad as LeFou

Walt Disney’s Beauty and the Beast opens on March 17th.

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Troma Gives Superheroes The Middle Finger!

The Middle Finger tells the story of Dennis (Hanly), a lonely and frustrated teenager who is reluctantly transformed into a superhero. Embedded with the symbol of a hand showing its middle finger, Dennis must awkwardly endure his training and save his world from extinction!

Written, directed and scored by star Séamus Hanly, The Middle Finger has screened in a number of film festivals and is coming soon to Watch.Troma.Com. It could be the next Sgt. Kabukiman NYPD.

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Music And Teenage Angst Collide In Anonymous Noise!

Anonymous Noise Vol. 1 – Ryoko Fukuyama – Cover art courtesy of Shojo Beat/VIZ Media

In Anonymous Noise, singer Nino Arisugawa experiences her first heart-wrenching goodbye when her beloved childhood friend, Momo, moves away. And after Nino befriends Yuzu, a music composer, she experiences another sad parting! Both boys promised Nino that they would find her one day through her singing, so she holds on to that hope and continues to reach out with her voice.

Anonymous Noise is the creation of Ryoko Fukuyama (Nosatsu Junkie, Monochrome Shonen Shojo). Volume 1 will be in stores March 7th.

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Dark Horse To Release The Art of Over the Garden Wall!

Dark Horse will publish The Art of Over the Garden Wall – an art book collecting production and development art behind the award-winning animated television miniseries Over the Garden Wall, featuring never-before-seen sketches from creator Patrick McHale and written by Paste magazine’s Sean Edgar.

The Art of Over the Garden Wall will be in stores on September 13, 2017th. Pre-orders are being taken now at at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, IndieBound, Things From Another World, DarkHorse.com, and more.

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Supernaturally Intriguing Trailer: Bright!

BRIGHT – Ward (Will smith), Jakoby (Joel Edgerton) – Photo courtesy of Netflix

What would the world be like if everything was exactly the same as it now, but there were orcs, elves and fairies as well as human beings?

David Ayers’ Bright – stars Will Smith as Ward, a human cop who is partnered with Jakoby (Joel Edgerton), an orc, on a routine night patrol that turns out to be anything but.

Bright premieres in December – exclusively on Netflix.

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Interview: Judson Mills from The Bodyguard Musical!

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Judson Mills as Frank Farmer in The Bodyguard. Photos by © Joan Marcus

The 1992 movie The Bodyguard was a showcase for music legend Whitney Houston. The movie’s soundtrack defined the early part of the decade and spawned the super hit I Will Always Love You. It was only a matter of time before the movie musical became a real live musical. I’m surprised it’s taken this long, really. The touring production is hitting Baltimore this week, Tuesday Feb 28th through March 5th. Deborah Cox who has the unenviable task of playing the role Whitney immortalized. I caught up with Judson Mills who is taking on the task of playing Frank Farmer – the role Kevin Costner made famous.

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Best Oscars Show In A Decade Ruined by Monumental Screw-Up

MOONLIGHT – Chiron (Ashton Sanders) – Photo Courtesy of Elevation Pictures.

The 89th Academy Awards® show was a rousing success – unexpected, fun opening with Justin Timberlake performing his Oscar®-nominated son, Can’t Stop the Feeling, as he danced into the Dolby Theater; on target but carefully modulated (and funny) opening monologue by host Jimmy Kimmel (and I’m not just saying that – he made me laugh and I am definitely not a fan); some surprisingly effective banter between presenters, and unexpected winners (take a bow, Suicide Squad!).

The show was well-paced – even if it did run over a half-hour long – with some nifty surprises (Kimmel’s riff on providing food for the audience; bringing an unsuspecting busload of tourists into the theater and the resulting genial chaos) and even a mention of Bill Paxton, whose death yesterday made it impossible to include him in the In Memoriam montage (accompanied by Sarah Bareilles’ stunning rendition of Joni Mitchell’s Both sides Now).

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