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Dark Skies: The Declassified Complete Series – Everything You Know About History Is Wrong!

Dark Skies is one of those programs that reached for the skies [literally] but didn’t quite catch the public’s attention in spite of being a very high quality production. An intelligent, frequently thrilling alien invasion show, Dark Skies is but one of many one-season wonders that I wish had been given the time to tell their story. Unlike most of them, however, Dark Skies is getting an impressive DVD release – Shout!Factory is making Dark Skies: The Declassified Complete Series available on January 18th.

Follow the jump to the press release; a clip of the moment when Congressional aide John Loengard’s [Eric Close] world is changed forever, plus links to several more clips.

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Com.X Takes An Unexpected Step Into Real Life With Autobiographical Graphic Novel Of A Life Changed By Cancer!

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Com.X – the British comics/graphic novel publisher that has received critical acclaim for books ranging from Watchmen-like dystopias, anthropomorphized animals, and tales of horrific alternate dimensions – is releasing a graphic novel , called Seeds, that tells the story of writer/artist Ross Mackintosh’s experiences as his father fought against a spreading cancer.

It’s a moving tale, told in a straightforward manner that evokes the kind of power of a Persepolis. The art page that serves as the marketing tease for the book follows the jump. Seeds will be available for order in the February Diamond Catalogue.

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DVD: Dinner For Schmucks Absurd Comedy Is Just Mean Enough!

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Dinner for Schmucks is an American remake of a much darker French farce called Le Diner de Cons [loosely translated, The Dinner Game]. It is built around the idea that Tim Conrad [Paul Rudd] can win a promotion not because of a brilliant idea he pitches at a board meeting of Fender Financial, but by bringing the most spectacular guest to a very special dinner – a dinner where each of the company’s top executives befriends a person of “extraordinary talent” and brings them to said dinner. The catch is that “extraordinary talent” is a euphemism for “idiot.” If Tim can bring the most the spectacularly idiotic person to the dinner, he can gain his promotion.

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DVD: Machete – They Just +&@!ed With The Wrong Mexican!

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For a movie that came about because of fan reaction to a faux trailer that part of the full package of Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino’s Grindhouse. The story – a Mexican federale named Machete and his partner attempt to rescue a kidnapping victim but it’s a trap, and the corrupt cop kills his wife and daughter. Three years later, in Texas – a corrupt politician’s equally corrupt top advisor hires Machete to shoot the politician but it’s a set-up and Machete is out for revenge – is typical B-movie fodder, but Rodriguez and Danny Trejo [as Machete] capture the extreme violence and savage wit of the best ‘60s and ‘70s exploitation flicks.

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First Look: Starz’ Camelot!

Starz isn’t premiering Camelot until April, but we have a first look for you here.

Why should you watch? We’ll let Joseph Fiennes [Merlin] answer: ‘People should watch because… it’s not a musical.”

A press release listing primary cast members and an overview of the series follows the jump.

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Movies: Sheldon’s Favorite Fifteen For 2010

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It’s been an interesting year in film. From powerhouse performances [James Franco in 127 Hours; Jennifer Lawrence in Winter’s Bone] to terrific ensemble pieces [Scott Pilgrim vs. The World]; from unexpectedly great remakes/re-imaginings [Let Me In, True Grit] to spectacular animated features [Toy Story 3, Megamind] there has been no shortage of entertaining films.

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Television: Sheldon’s Favorite Fifteen for 2010

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There are now so many television channels – and so much programming – that Sturgeon’s Law [‘90% of everything is crap’] may apply, but it’s no longer relevant! Now, with hundreds of channels to choose from, it’s virtually impossible to not find at least thirty or forty really good programs. I know because I watch about that many on a semi-regular to regular basis – and there are many more that I check in on from time to time.

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DVDs: Sheldon’s Favorite Eleven For 2010

Earlier this month, Michelle posted her list of the best home video releases of 2010, but most of them were Blu-ray releases. Here’s a best of list for the majority of us who have yet to upgrade to high-def.

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