Broadway’s Stars in the Alley on Wednesday!

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If you happen to be in NYC this Wednesday, this is a friendly reminder that the Broadway League’s newly annual Broadway’s Stars in the Alley is happening from 10:30 – 12:30 rain or shine in the Shubert Alley, between Broadway and 8th Avenue and 44th and 45th Streets. Guess I have to get a Junior’s Cheesecake and since I’m going to be there, you just know it’s going to rain. Grrr…. But it’s one of my favorite events of the year. Where else are you going to see 19 of the top Broadway shows performing in an outdoor concert for free? Hosted by Hedwig and the Angry Inch star Darren Christ it’s a celebration of Broadway and a non-official rehearsal for the Tony Awards which airs June 7th.

Salem Casts A Potent Spell As It Nears The End of Season Two!

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Arousal is the beginning of all magic, we are reminded as WGN America’s Salem (Sundays, 10/9C) builds towards a big finish to its second season.

Mary Sibley and Countess Marburg continue to feign allegiance, each to the other – as they scheme to achieve dominance over each other – and new allegiances are born in this week’s episode, Dead Birds.

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Tomorrowland Goes Big, Just Misses!

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The first half of Tomorrowland is a fun romp that will delight kids of all ages. Unfortunately, the second half is an abundance of ideas that, a few great action beats aside, will go over the heads of a large portion of the movie’s intended audience.

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VIZ Media Offers Free Chapters Of Popular Digital Manga Titles!

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You’ve seen manga sections in bookstores and wondered about these weird, digest-sized comics that open the wrong way and have odd art styles that aren’t like what you’ve seen in North American and European comics – weird looking books that have equally unique titles, like Naruto, Food Wars, and Bleach.

Now, VIZ Media is offering first chapters of several of their digital titles for free. If you’re one of the readers I’ve described above, here’s your chance to explore new worlds and new and different styles of storytelling.

Titles included in this online sampling include All You Need Is Kill (the manga version of the novel that became the Tom Cruise movie Edge of Tomorrow), Bleach, Food Wars, Naruto and One Piece. Follow the jump for the details.

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Icky Trailer: Cooties!

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Shelley has cooties!

A food borne virus is having a nasty effect on school kids (could we love the lunch lady even less?) and the result is a mini-zombie apocalypse – the virus only affects kids who haven’t gone through puberty yet.

Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson and Allison Pill play teachers fighting to survive ‘the worst Monday ever’ in Cooties. Check out the trailer after the jump. Cooties opens on September 18th.

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EPIX Joins Original Content Providers With Two Original Scripted Series!

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EPIX is the latest network to add original scripted shows to its schedule.The network is partnering with Lionsgate on Graves – a half-hour comedy that will star Nick Nolte as a former President of the United States – and Paramount Television on Berlin Station – a 10-episode espionage drama.

Both shows are being prepped for fall of 2016. Further details follow the jump.

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Bruce Greenwood Joins American Crime Cast!

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Bruce Greenwood has played a lot of interesting characters over the course of his career, including JFK, the rebooted Star Trek’s Admiral Christopher Pike and the guy who got Joan to try cocaine on Mad Men.

Now he’s joined the cast of American Crime Story: The People V. O.J. Simpson as Los Angeles County District Attorney Gil Garcetti, the man who prosecuted O.J. Simpson.

The FX series is currently in production. For more, follow the jump.

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Alien Invasion Trailer: Pixels!

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Somehow, aliens misinterpreted an attempt at communication that depicted, among other things, several video games, as a declaration of war. They created Godzilla-sized versions of those videogames and sent them off to destroy the Earth.

Silly aliens!

On July 24th, the fate of the Earth will be in the hands of a group of ’80s videogame champions. Check out the new trailer for Pixels after the jump.

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Jack Black and Richard Curtis Chat Red Nose Day U.S. Star-Studded Event

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Over the past 30 years Red Nose Day has been the #1 television fundraising event in the U.K. raising money and awareness for children in need. Thursday May 21st at 8 p.m. EDT on NBC in a star-studded three-hour event it’s crossing the pond to take over America!

Recently I sat down with funny man Jack Black to discuss his involvement with the Red Nose Day event and what he learned through his trip to Uganda where he experienced first hand the dire conditions many families are struggling to survive in. Along with Jack we spoke with Oscar nominee and Emmy Award-winning writer-director-producer Richard Curtis (“Four Weddings and a Funeral,” “Bridget Jones Diary,” “Notting Hill”) who created Red Nose Day back in 1985 to shed light on the devastating effects poverty has on children and their families and hopefully lead the way to make a positive change.

Full interview after the jump!

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