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From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series: Season Two – Screwed On Tight!

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Season one of From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series essentially told a slightly different version of the story from the movie – in which nearly everyone died – in order to keep Seth and Richie Gekko alive. Along the way, it just happened to be great fun.

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Mr. Holmes: Life and Emotion vs. Facts and Truth!

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Sherlock Holmes is one of the most enduring characters in all of fiction. His ability to solve every problem (save for one, according to the Holmes canon) via a combination of knowledge and observation, and the logical extrapolations thereof, plus his acerbic no nonsense attitude make him far more intriguing than most fallible fictional characters and pretty much all other infallible ones.

So it is odd that Mr. Holmes, a film dealing with the character long after he’s retired to his country home and bees, should be so satisfying.

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Bloody Empire Trailer: From Dusk Till Dawn: Season Two!

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So, you thought things were going to get better for the Gecko Brothers…?

Check out the fiery first official trailer for From Dusk Till Dawn: Season Two after the jump. If you dare! Season Two premieres on El Rey Network on Tuesday, August 25th (10/9C).

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Official Trailer: “Mr. Holmes” Starring Ian McKellen and Laura Linney in Theaters July 17

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MR. HOLMES is a new twist on the world’s most famous detective.   1947, an aging Sherlock Holmes (Ian McKellen) returns from a journey to Japan, where, in search of a rare plant with powerful restorative qualities, he has witnessed the devastation of nuclear warfare.

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El Rey To Marathon From Dusk Till Dawn Season One For Cinco de May!o

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El Rey Network will marathon the first season of From Dusk Till Dawn The Series to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. The marathon will, appropriately, run from dusk (6pm/5C) until dawn (4am/3C).

Season two of From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series premieres later this summer. For more, follow the jump.

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Jamie Dornan Tackles The 9th Life of Louis Drax!

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The notoriety of Fifty Shades of Grey is paying off for Jamie Dornan – he’s been cast as the lead in The 9th Life of Louis Drax, the psychological thriller that marks the return of Miramax to the active production of new films.

Based on the best-selling novel by Liz Jensen, the story begins on Louis Drax’s 9th birthday, when he suffers a near-fatal fall. In order to reveal the strange circumstances surrounding the young boy’s accident – Dr. Allan Pascal (Jamie Dornan) is drawn into a thrilling mystery, testing the boundaries of fantasy and reality.

The script was written by Max Minghella and will be directed by Alexandre Aja (Horns). For more, check out the press release after the jump.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Extract Mirrors Office Space!

Mike Judge makes the movies and TV shows he wants to make. He knows his characters and reveals them to an audience in the same way that we get to know people – prolonged exposure over a period of time. That’s how he made Office Space and King of the Hill, and that’s how he’s made Extract.

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Joel Reynold [Jason Bateman] is the owner of a factory that makes extracts – vanilla extract, cherry extract, root beer extract] – and seems to be enjoying a pretty good life. “Seems” being the operational word, here. Joel hasn’t gotten laid in months. If he arrives home after 8 p.m., his wife, Suzie [Kristen Wiig] has changed into sweats and he’s out of luck.

Then there’s the collection of idiots who work for him – quick to judge, and quick to stop working over various slights, real or imagined. When a jobsite accident floors Step [Clifton Collins Jr.], the most experienced of Joel’s staff, things really slide downhill fast. New employee, and grifter, Cindy [Mila Kunis] soon has Step thinking lawsuit and hiring a real shyster of a lawyer [Gene Simmons] to represent him.

All of this occurs just as it seems that General Mills might be interested in buying the factory for a very tidy sum – leading everyone to decide that they all want a piece of the action. Add passive-aggressive neighbor Nathan [David Koechner], who is always there whenever Joel leaves for work – or comes home; Joel’s friend, bartender and idiot philosopher Dean [Ben Affleck], giver of really bad advice, and dumber-than-a-sack-of-flying-mallets gigolo Brad [Dustin Milligan] and you have a crazy crew that slowly builds to a gut-busting at a funeral.

I haven’t even mentioned the gossiping biddies and Goth rocker-wannabe who work for Joel – or his second-in-command, Brian [J.K. Simmons] who has yet to memorize the names of the factory’s employees.

Extract builds slowly [remember, Office Space wasn’t the fastest-paced movie ever made] but it has its moments as it builds to that moment during the funeral. In that respect – and the fact that Extract is about the boss – Extract mirrors Office Space [which was about the employees]. It’s about people, as opposed to punchlines. The laughs build because we get to know these people.

Extract may not be as funny as Office Space, but before Office Space became recognized as the classic workplace comedy that it is, it got pretty much panned in its theatrical release. Now, it’s considered one of the funniest movies of the nineties. I have a feeling that Extract will play better every time I watch it. For now, though, it’s better than most of this year’s comedies.

Final Grade: B