Friday, June 21, 2024

Eugene Levy, Zach Galifianakis and Eva Longoria as Charles, Oliver and Mabel in "Only Murders in the Building" Season Four.

 

NEW TRIO ALERT:
Eugene Levy, Zach Galifianakis and Eva Longoria as Charles, Oliver and Mabel in
"Only Murders in the Building" Season Four


In the upcoming season of "Only Murders in the Building," our trio’s investigation leads them all the way to Los Angeles where a Hollywood studio is readying a film about the Only Murders podcast featuring Eugene Levy, Zach Galifianakis and Eva Longoria (playing themselves) in the roles of Charles, Oliver and Mabel. Check out a new BTS photo of both trios here!

Season four of "Only Murders in the Building" premieres on Hulu on August 27, with new episodes weekly! 

Thursday, June 20, 2024

Max Releases The Official Second Teaser For THE PENGUIN, Starring Colin Farrell.

 

Max Releases The Official Second Teaser For THE PENGUIN, Starring Colin Farrell
The New Series From Warner Bros. Television And DC Studios Debuts This September On Max
Click on the URL below to view the trailer.

  • Max has released an official second teaser and tease art for THE PENGUIN, from Warner Bros. Television and DC Studios, debuting this September. Starring Colin Farrell as Oz Cobb (aka “The Penguin”), the eight-episode DC Studios limited series continues filmmaker Matt Reeves' The Batman epic crime saga that began with Warner Bros. Pictures’ global blockbuster “The Batman.” Developed by showrunner Lauren LeFranc, the series centers on the character played by Farrell in the film.
     
  • Cast: Colin Farrell (Oz Cobb), Cristin Milioti (Sofia Falcone), Rhenzy Feliz (Victor Aguilar), Michael Kelly (Johnny Viti), Shohreh Aghdashloo (Nadia Maroni), Deirdre O’Connell (Francis Cobb), Clancy Brown (Salvatore Maroni), James Madio (Milos Grapa), Scott Cohen (Luca Falcone), Michael Zegen (Alberto Falcone), Carmen Ejogo (Eve Karlo), Theo Rossi (Dr. Julian Rush).
     
  • Credits: The series is executive produced by Matt Reeves, Dylan Clark, Colin Farrell, Lauren LeFranc, who writes and serves as showrunner, Craig Zobel, who directs the first three episodes, and Bill Carraro. Based on characters created for DC by Bob Kane with Bill Finger, THE PENGUIN is produced by Reeves’ 6th & Idaho Productions and Dylan Clark Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, where Reeves and 6th & Idaho are under an overall deal. Daniel Pipski also serves as executive producer.

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

HBO Original Drama Series A KNIGHT OF THE SEVEN KINGDOMS Begins Production.

 

Image Courtesy of Steffan Hill/HBO


  • Production has commenced on the HBO Original drama series A KNIGHT OF THE SEVEN KINGDOMS in Belfast, Ireland. The series is an adaptation of George R. R. Martin’s novella “The Hedge Knight.”
     
  • Logline: A century before the events of “Game of Thrones,” two unlikely heroes wandered Westeros… a young, na├»ve but courageous knight, Ser Duncan the Tall, and his diminutive squire, Egg. Set in an age when the Targaryen line still holds the Iron Throne, and the memory of the last dragon has not yet passed from living memory, great destinies, powerful foes, and dangerous exploits all await these improbable and incomparable friends.
     
  • Newly Announced Cast: Finn Bennett as Aerion Targaryen, Bertie Carvel as Baelor Targaryen, Tanzyn Crawford as Tanselle,Daniel Ings as Ser Lyonel Baratheon and Sam Spruell as Maekar Targaryen join the cast of A KNIGHT OF THE SEVEN KINGDOMS, from George R. R. Martin and Ira Parker, alongside previously announced cast members Peter Claffey and Dexter Sol Ansell.
     
  • Sarah Adina Smith (“Lessons In Chemistry,” “Hanna,” “Buster’s Mal Heart”) has joined to direct three of the six episodes. Previously announced director and executive producer Owen Harris will also direct three episodes.
     
  • Credits: Written and executive produced by George R.R. Martin and Ira Parker. Executive produced by Ryan Condal, Vince Gerardis, Owen Harris, and Sarah Bradshaw.

Monday, June 17, 2024

IF arrives to buy or rent on Digital June 18, 2024 from Paramount Home Entertainment. The film will debut on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™, and DVD on August 13.


 Experience writer/director John Krasinski’s “heartwarming” (Joey Paur, GeekTyrant) and “hilarious” (Tessa Smith, Mama’s Geeky) original adventure IF when it arrives to buy or rent on Digital June 18, 2024 from Paramount Home Entertainment.  The film will debut on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™, and DVD on August 13.

 

The perfect movie to enjoy with the whole family, IFreceived an A CinemaScore and 88% Fresh Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes®.   The film stars Cailey Fleming, Ryan Reynolds, Krasinski, and Fiona Shaw along with a cavalcade of top-tier voice talent, including Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Louis Gossett Jr. and Steve Carell, who bring a delightful array of imaginary friends to life.

 

Fans who purchase the film on Digital*, 4K Ultra HD, or Blu-ray will have access to over 40 minutes of behind-the-scenes bonus content to explore the whimsical world of imaginary friends.  See how each IF came to life, hear how filmmakers made the imaginary feel real, go on location in New York from Brooklyn Heights to Coney Island, and don't miss the hysterical gag reel!

 

Bonus content is detailed below:

 

  • The Imagination Behind IF—Hear from writer and director John Krasinski plus the cast and crew as they dive deeper into the process of bringing their imagination to life on screen.

 

  • Imagining Imaginary Friends— Take a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of each imaginary friend.

 

  • Giving IFs a Voice— Meet the all-star cast responsible for voicing each character. Hear from Steve Carrell, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and more!

 

  • Blending The Real and the Imaginary Join John Krasinski as he incorporates a practical filmmaking approach to make the imaginary feel real.

 

  • Tina Turner Forever!— Experience the reimagining of the iconic 80s Tina Turner music video as John Krasinski recreates this legendary sequence with the IFs.

 

  • The Imaginative World of IF— From Brooklyn Heights to Coney Island, go behind-the-scenes with the cast and crew and experience the magic of New York City like never before.

 

  • Gag Reel— You won’t have to imagine the hilarious antics on set once you check out this gag reel!

 

  • Learn to Draw Blue from IF— Learn to draw the loveable and cuddly "Blue" in this fun, interactive tutorial.

 

Synopsis

Starring Cailey Fleming, Ryan Reynolds, and John Krasinski, IF is a heartwarming and hilarious tale about a girl who discovers that she can see everyone’s imaginary friends, known as IFs. She embarks on a magical journey to reconnect forgotten IFs with their kids, before they disappear. An adventure you'll need to believe to see, IF is perfect for the whole family. Written and directed by John Krasinski, the film also features a stellar voice cast including Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Steve Carell.

 

IF is rated PG for thematic elements and mild language.

 

PARAMOUNT PICTURES Presents

SUNDAY NIGHT / MAXIMUM EFFORT Production A Film by JOHN KRASINSKI “IF”

CAILEY FLEMING RYAN REYNOLDS JOHN KRASINSKI FIONA SHAW

PHOEBE WALLER-BRIDGE LOUIS GOSSETT JR. and STEVE CARELL

Music by MICHAEL GIACCHINO Costume Designer JENNY EAGAN

Edited by CHRISTOPHER ROUSE, ACE ANDY CANNY

Production Designer JESS GONCHOR Director of Photography JANUSZ KAMINSKI

Executive Producers JOHN J. KELLY GEORGE DEWEY

Produced by ALLYSON SEEGER, p.g.a. JOHN KRASINSKI, p.g.a. ANDREW FORM, p.g.a. RYAN REYNOLDS

Written and Directed by JOHN KRASINSKI

Thursday, June 13, 2024

HBO Renews HOUSE OF THE DRAGON For A Third Season

 

HBO Renews HOUSE OF THE DRAGON For A Third Season
  • The HBO Original drama series HOUSE OF THE DRAGON has been renewed for a third season, ahead of the launch of the second season debuting SUNDAY, JUNE 16 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT) on HBO and streaming on Max.
     
  • Logline: Based on George R.R. Martin’s “Fire & Blood,” the series, set 200 years before the events of “Game of Thrones,” tells the story of House Targaryen.
     
  • Season two cast: Matt Smith, Emma D’Arcy, Olivia Cooke, Rhys Ifans, Steve Toussaint, Eve Best, Fabien Frankel, Matthew Needham, Sonoya Mizuno, Tom Glynn-Carney, Ewan Mitchell, Harry Collett, Bethany Antonia, Phoebe Campbell, Phia Saban and Jefferson Hall.  Additional season two cast: Abubakar Salim, Gayle Rankin, Freddie Fox, Simon Russell Beale, Clinton Liberty, Jamie Kenna, Kieran Bew, Tom Bennett, Tom Taylor, and Vincent Regan.
     
  • Francesca Orsi, Executive Vice President, HBO Programming, Head of HBO Drama Series and Films quote: “George, Ryan, and the rest of our incredible executive producers, cast, and crew, have reached new heights with the phenomenal second season of HOUSE OF THE DRAGON. We are in awe of the dragon-sized effort the entire team has put into the creation of a spectacular season two, with a scope and scale that is only rivaled by its heart. We could not be more thrilled to continue the story of House Targaryen and watch this team burn bright again for season three.”
     
  • HOUSE OF THE DRAGON season two has already captured acclaim from critics for its “breathlessly exciting and gripping tale” (TheWrap) that “really is a return to Thrones' golden age” (GQ). Esquire has deemed the second season “the biggest show of the summer,” while TV Guide has hailed the series as “the grandest TV available,” and Collider declared it as “the best fantasy television show of the decade.” 
     
  • Season two credits: Co-Creator/Executive Producer, George R.R. Martin; Co-Creator/Showrunner/Executive Producer, Ryan Condal; Executive Producers Sara Hess, Alan Taylor, Melissa Bernstein, Kevin de la Noy, Loni Peristere, Vince Gerardis. Based on George R.R. Martin’s “Fire & Blood.”

Sunday, June 9, 2024

Paramount Presents Once Upon A Time In The West: 2-Disc Set Review

 

I did my graduate thesis on Once Upon A Time In The West and in a creative way. I literally transcribed the entire script from watching the film on LaserDisc back in the 1990s and found know that more than an hour of the film is pure visual storytelling with the music added in and no dialogue. If you were to ask me one day “What is your favorite western?” I honestly could not say for certain. One day I will say The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and another day I will say Once Upon A Time In The West. They are both so close to my heart that it is hard for me to say which I like more, but regardless I think Once Upon A Time In The West is a crowning achievement. Some of you out there reading this may or may not know I have an MFA in Writing and my thesis, which was creative was inspired by Once Upon A Time In The West. It is called In The Shadow of Olympus Mons. It is a screenplay that garnered me a scholarship a year later to attend a two week workshop at the AFI paid for by ABC. So I love this movie and I am very acquainted with it. Besides having it on LaserDisc, I also have the two-disc DVD set released by Paramount Entertainment more than two decades ago and now I have Once Upon A Time In The West on both 4K Ultra High Definition Blu-ray Disc and 1080p full HD Blu-ray Disc, which is included on Paramount Home Entertainment’s recently released Paramount Presents Once Upon A Time In The West: 2-Disc Set, which has a spine number of 44 much like The Criterion Collection numbers their film releases on optical discs as well going all the way back to when LaserDisc was still the best way to view feature films at home. It’s amazing how far we have come since then. 


While I will be covering the extra value features found on the Blu-ray Disc, the real star of this set is the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc that is included in this two-disc set I am covering here and what can I say? In my humble opinion this restored 4K Ultra HD presentation is by far the best home video presentation I have seen. The colors are not over saturated. The widescreen frames come to life in ways that I have never seen before with details I have not noticed before either. By far this is the definitive presentation of Once Upon A Time In The West. You can do video processing on a computer or using a combination of professional grade scalers like one I have by Kramer that beautifully will upscale LaserDisc and DVD to full HD in tandem with a DVD recorder that has a good 3D digital comb filter with stunning results even on a 4K UHD TV, but not even the 1080p Full HD Blu-Ray Disc upscaled to 4K on my 65 inch Sony Bravia OLED 4K UHDTV does it equal the quality found on this limited edition presentation and that’s right you read it right, Paramount Presents Once Upon A Time In The West: 2-Disc Set is a limited edition item so I would not wait too long to grab this while it is still available. The 4K UHD Blu-ray Disc Set includes both HDR-10 and DolbyVision presentations restored from the original camera negative by Paramount’s archive team, L’imaggine Ritrovata and The Film Foundation, and was personally scrutinized and signed off on by Martin Scorsese.


Both the 4K UHD and 1080p Blu-ray Discs feature English DTS-HD MA 5.1 Surround Soundtracks as well as English Restored Mono Dolby Digital Sound, French Language Dubbed Mono Dolby Digital Sound as well as English Subtitles for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired and English Captions and well as French Language Subtitles encoded as options. The audio is sharp, clear and enveloping too. 


The extra value features include a new Audio Commentary by the Hosts of the Spaghetti Western Podcast as well as a new “Look Back” with Leonard Maltin united with the previously released Audio Commentary with contributions from Directors John Carpenter, John Milius and Alex Cox, Film Historians Sir Christopher Frayling & Dr. Sheldon Hall, and cast and crew, An Opera of Violence Documentary, The Wages of Sin Documentary, Something To Do With Death Documentary, Railroad: Revolutionising the West Featurette, Locations Then & Now - Stills Gallery, a  Production Stills Gallery and the Theatrical Trailer. The seamless menus are standard interactive still frames and are easy to navigate. A limited time only code for a free Digital Copy through Fandango is also included on an insert within keep case. Sadly there is no iTunes option, which surprised me since usually Paramount always includes an iTunes Digital Copy. There are some very brief liner notes visible on the flip side of the cover insert through the inside of the plastic keep case, which itself comes housed in a glossy cardboard slip that opens up to reveal a reproduction of the original theatrical one-sheet.


Below, framed for mobile screens is a short from this website’s companion YouTube channel, GenreOnlinenet featuring Henry Fonda discussing his iconic character introduction opening scene from Once Upon A Time In The West, which is not available on the Blu-ray Disc or 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc set, but I think is important to show how audiences reacted when seeing Henry Fonda playing what I think is the only time he ever played a villain on the big screen. Enjoy.




Paramount Home Entertainment’s recently released Paramount Presents Once Upon A Time In The West: 2-Disc Set is available now at retailers on and offline. 


(C) Copyright 2024 By Mark A. Rivera

All Rights Reserved.




Saturday, June 8, 2024

Welcome Back Kotter: The Complete Series On DVD Review


Welcome Back Kotter starring Gabe Kaplan is based on his experiences growing up and attending New Utrecht High School in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, which is also the neighborhood where he grew up. The series was a hit particularly in the first two seasons, but gradually began to go down in the ratings in part because the cast grew older to the point of no longer being able to pass as high school aged teenagers, John Travolta’s rise to movie stardom with the back to back hits Saturday Night Fever and Grease. Then Gabe Kaplan had issues with the production of the series resulting in him appearing in fewer episodes in the fourth and final season along with Travolta, whose role was that of a guest star in the fourth season. The series is noteworthy for portraying an urban grittiness that was indicative of the 1970s sitcoms in general. If you want to get an idea of how the concept of shows like Welcome Back Kotter changed in the 1980s, instead of a series with remedial students like Welcome Back Kotter, you had a sitcom filled with honors level students in the 1980s entitled Head Of The Class. The at times depressing and serious tones of programs like All In The Family, Good Times and the like gave way to Reagan era upscale shows like Family Ties and The Cosby Show. Television and movies reflect to a certain degree the changing landscape of pop culture which can be seen in more character driven sitcoms that featured characters who were neither wealthy, nor poor like Friends and Seinfeld in the 1990s or the rise of “Geek Culture” in the 2000s reflected in sitcoms like The Big Bang Theory in the 2010s. What I find interesting now is that the sitcom in the 2020s has changed yet again into dramadies with more serialized story arcs in part because no one watches free over the air broadcast television like they used to anymore. Everyone streams and so there is no single sitcom that reflects contemporary culture except to state with the diversity of programming on streaming and the model of how people consume entertainment in the 2020s, I could not definitively state any one comedy that reflects this decade other than to say with diversity being a part of the American zeitgeist in the 2020s, maybe not being able point out a specific program is reflective of the world we living in the era of choice, but with choice comes responsibility.


Warner Brothers Discovery Home Entertainment’s DVD edition of Welcome Back Kotter The Complete Series presents all 95 episodes across 12 discs with the seasons color coded on the discs as green, brown, blue and wha I guess could be perceived as being gold for the final season though some might see it as being mustard, yellow, or simply something else. The episodes look surprisingly good considering the native format of DVD being 480i and imagine that upscaled to 4K UHD 2160p picture quality. I am impressed it holds up with only an understandable softness since there was no such thing as digital video in the 1970s and Welcome Back Kotter was videotaped before a live audience. If you want to see how far DVD video mastering has come, check out Mel Brooks’ Blazing Saddles on DVD from 1997 upscaled to 4K. It looks horrible. Clear English Dolby Digital Stereo Sound along with optional English Subtitles are encoded across all 12 discs. The menus are standard interactive still framed enhanced for widescreen televisions while the episodes are presented in the original broadcast aspect ratio. There are no extra value features. The discs are housed within a  large EPIK PACK clear keep case.


This may be the final opportunity to own Welcome Back Kotter: The Complete Series on any form of physical media so if you want something tangible to hold onto that does not require a subscription and or internet access to enjoy, buy Welcome Back Kotter: The Complete Series on DVD when it debuts at retailers on and offline on June 11, 2024 courtesy of Warner Brothers Discovery Home Entertainment.


(C) Copyright 2024 By Mark A. Rivera

All Rights Reserved.

Friday, June 7, 2024

GREMLINS: THE WILD BATCH Unleashes This Fall On Max!

 

GREMLINS: THE WILD BATCH Unleashes This Fall On Max
Season Two Of The Max Original Hit Animated Prequel Series To Feature Returning Voice Cast Ming-Na Wen, James Hong, BD Wong, Izaac Wang, AJ LoCascio, And Gabrielle Nevaeh, Plus Exciting Guest Stars To Be Announced

  • Ahead of the 40th anniversary of the original "Gremlins" film on June 8, Max revealed today the second season of the acclaimed animated prequel series from Amblin Television in association with Warner Bros. Animation will be titled GREMLINS: THE WILD BATCH and debut this fall.
     
  • Season Two Logline: GREMLINS: THE WILD BATCH follows Gizmo, Sam, and Elle as they travel from their home in Shanghai to San Francisco, bringing even more magic, mystery and Mogwai mayhem. Hot on the trail of a new brood of evil Mogwai, our heroes journey deep into the American West, coming up against new supernatural creatures and picking up a few mysterious characters along the way.
     
  • Voice Cast: Returning series regulars Ming-Na Wen, James Hong, BD Wong, Izaac Wang, AJ LoCascio, and Gabrielle Nevaeh will be joined by an all-star guest cast to be announced at a later date.
     
  • Credits: GREMLINS: THE WILD BATCH is produced by Amblin Television in association with Warner Bros. Animation. Steven Spielberg serves as executive producer, along with Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey, Presidents of Amblin Television, and Sam Register, President, Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Network Studios. Tze Chun serves as showrunner and executive producer. Brendan Hay serves as executive producer with Dan Krall serving as Supervising Producer. Joe Dante serves as consulting producer.

Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Almost forgot. Here is a link to the official trailer.

Click on the poster below to see the trailer.

Holy Cow! They just dropped the new Alien Romulus trailer seconds ago so I made this quick video commentary on it on the fly. Please let me know what you think about it in the comments below and stay scared and have a great day!

 

Click on the poster above to see the 
video and hear my thoughts. Thank you.






Welcome Back, Kotter: The Complete Series debuts in DVD on June 11, 2024.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE



Welcome Back, Kotter: The Complete Series


All 95 Episodes From The Emmy Award® Nominated Classic Sitcom

Will Be Available To Purchase On DVD June 11, 2024


 

BURBANK, CA (June 4, 2024) – “Welcome Back, Welcome Back, Welcome Back!” For the first time ever, all episodes from the classic TV series are brought together in one set with the release of Welcome Back, Kotter: The Complete Series on DVD June 11thavailable for purchase online and in-store at major retailers. Get ready to binge on all 95 episodes, and go down memory lane as our favorite high school teacher Gabe Kotter, returns to his childhood inner-city high school to teach a new generation of trouble making kids. 


Welcome Back, Kotter premiered in 1975 and aired for four seasons. The series was nominated for four Emmy Awards® including Outstanding Comedy Series in 1976.  The original cast includes a young John Travolta playing the role of Vinnie Barbarino in his first principal TV role. The series also stars Gabe Kaplan as Gabe Kotter, Marcia Strassman as Julie Kotter, John Sylvester White as Mr. Woodman, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs as Washington, Robert Hegyes as Epstein, and Ron Palillo as Horshack.


SYNOPSIS:

Gabriel Kaplan stars as Kotter, a graduate of a tough Brooklyn high school who returns to teach a classroom of underachieving “sweathogs” – Epstein, Washington, Horshack, and leader of the pack Vinnie Barbarino. Comedy class is in session!


Pricing and series information:

 

Welcome Back, Kotter: The Complete Series

Includes all 95 episodes from all four seasons


PRODUCT                       

DVD                                 

 

Audio: English SDH

Subtitles: English

Running Time: 35 hours, 30 minutes

Rated: PG