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COMIC BOOKS: BOOM! Studios Brings TV’s Most Daring Villain to Comics With Farscape: Scorpius!

BOOM! Studios has built a good reputation as a comics publisher that both licences great properties [Uncle Scrooge, Cars, Die Hard, Farscape] and quality titles [Incorruptible, 10, Irredeemable] produced by some of comics’ most talented writers and artists [Mark Waid, Keith Giffen, Mike Mignola].

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One of their most successful franchises is Farscape – they’ve produced several mini-series and have an ongoing series to boot. And now, they are about to unleash a unique Farscape series: Farscape: Scorpius – written by Farscape co-creator Rockne S. O’Bannon and featuring TV’s most intriguing villain! You can get on board by checking out the ten-page preview – along with an alternate cover, and information for ordering Farscape: Scorpius #0 following the jump.

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DVD REVIEW: Dante’s Inferno: An Animated Epic – Animated Movie Made to Complement Video Game Stands on Its Own Merits!

Dante’s Inferno is an unusual direct-to-DVD release for two reasons: it’s only the second film tie-in to a videogame released the same day, and both adapt [very freely] Dante Alighieri’s epic poem of the same name.

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In the poem, Dante, more of a scholar than a fighter, finds his way into hell to save the life of Beatrice, a woman he’s loved from afar forever. He receives aid and guidance from the shade of the Roman poet Virgil. Obviously, as written, the poem wouldn’t make a particularly good video game.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Percy Jackson & The Olympians – The Lightning Thief – Long, Unwieldy Title; Sleek, Entertaining Movie!

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Christopher Columbus clearly learned a lesson from working on the first Harry Potter films – a film doesn’t need to be slavishly adapted from a book to be successful. The Lightning Thief may be almost two hours long, but it mostly zips right along. Not only are entire subplots from the book eliminated, but several characters have been cut, too.

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DVD REVIEW: Becker: The Third Season – Before House, There Was Becker!

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I have no idea if David Shore was influenced by Becker when he was creating Dr. Gregory House, but as I screened the third season of Becker, I couldn’t help but think that it wouldn’t have taken much to turn Ted Danson’s second hit series [six seasons] into a drama.

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DVD REVIEW: Aziz Ansari: Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening – Sorry, Dude, Vulgarity Requires More Than Volume!

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Lenny Bruce went to jail for taking street language onstage and giving it a context. Richard Pryor went to jail for drugs – and giving vulgarity music. George Carlin took a more philosophical approach but still got arrested. By the time that David Milch’s Deadwood gave vulgarity a Shakespearean poetry, the days of jail time for vulgarity were long past. Which is too bad.

Aziz Ansari does a lovely job with other people’s material [see: The Hangover and Parks and Recreation] but when it comes to his stand-up act, captured on Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening [a title clearly meant to be ironic], his major contribution is volume.

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TELEVISION: Hawaii Five-O Gets Its Garrett!

In a matter of a couple of days, CBS’s Hawaii Five-O reboot has cast two of its biggest roles.

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Yesterday it was announced that Lost’s Jin, Daniel Dae Kim had been cast as Detective Chin Ho Kelly and today, former Moonlight star Alex O’Loughlin was confirmed to star as Steve Garrett – following the trail blazed by the late Jack Lord in the sixties and seventies – the head of the Hawaii State Police.

The 5-0 reboot was created by the ubiquitous writing team of Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci [Fringe] and Peter Lenkov [CSI: NY] and is O’Loughlin’s third CBS headliner following cult favorite Moonlight and the atrocious Three Rivers.

MOVIE NEWS: Spidey 3-D!!

It looks like Sony’s Spider-Man reboot will be taking us to new heights.

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Sony announced to day that its fourth Spider-Man film, a reboot, will be shot in 3-D to premiere on July 3, 2012. For the present, the project – to be written by Zodiac’s James Vanderbilt and directed by [500] Days of summer’s Marc Webb – will be known only as “untitled.”

"Spider-Man is one of the most popular characters in the world, and we know audiences are eager and excited to discover Marc’s fantastic vision," said Sony’s worldwide marketing & distribution chairman Jeff Blake.

MOVIE NEWS: Paramount Making Mission: Impossible IV!

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Paramount Pictures is making Mission Impossible IV. The film, which will be produced by Tom Cruise, J.J. Abrams and Bad Robot Productions and will star Cruise, will be released Memorial Day weekend 2011.

Screenwriters Josh Applebaum and Andre Nemec are attached to write the script, from an original idea by Cruise and Abrams. The studio, Cruise and Abrams are in now the process of identifying a director for the film.

MOVIE REVIEW: From Paris With Love – Pierre Morel Zips Another One Past Us!

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In baseball terms, Pierre Morel’s [Transporter 3, District B13] best pitch is the high, hard heater – the shoulder high fastball. His movies tend to start off with a bit of scene-setting and then shift into high gear for the rest of the ride. So it is with From Paris With Love – a movie filled with shootings, stabbings and stuff getting blowed up real good. If Joe Bob Briggs was still doing regular reviews, he’d give this three explosions out of five.

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