Category Archives: Television

Derek Special Official Trailer

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Ricky Gervais’ bittersweet comedy-drama Derek returns to Netflix with the one-hour Derek Special! Netflix will make the special available exclusively to its members in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Nordics and Benelux on Friday April 3, 2015 at 12:01am PT. Seasons 1 and 2 of “Derek” are currently streaming.

Derek, for which Gervais was nominated for an Emmy and a Golden Globe for his leading role, centers around Derek Noakes (Gervais), a tender, innocent man whose love for his job at a retirement home shines through. Derek cares deeply for the home’s residents, because they are kind and funny and tell him stories of what life used to be like. Among those in his life are Kev (David Earl), a lovable train wreck who lives with Derek and spends most of his time lazing around the home; and Hannah (Kerry Godliman), a care worker in the home and Derek’s best friend. She is smart, witty and hard-working, and, like Derek, always puts other people first.

In the Derek Special, Tom (Brett Goldstein) has a new job, which allows him to spend more time with Hannah. Will this allow their relationship to flourish? Derek is upset with Hannah for upsetting Kevin, who goes missing, whilst Vicky takes on more responsibilities.

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Van Halen Announces North American Tour & Jimmy Kimmel Live! Appearance

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In celebration of a 2015 summer/fall North American tour, Van Halen will perform a special concert for “Jimmy Kimmel Live on March 30, 2015 on Hollywood Boulevard. Featuring some of the band’s essential rock and roll classics, the concert will be broadcast over two nights, March 30 and March 31, on the late night talk show and marks Van Halen’s first U.S. television performance with original lead singer David Lee Roth. Jimmy Kimmel Live!airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. / 10:35 p.m. Central time on ABC.

Van Halen is touring North America beginning July 5 in Seattle, Washington at the White River Amphitheatre, with concerts scheduled through October 2 in Los Angeles, California at the legendary Hollywood Bowl. Special guest Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band will support all dates along the tour. Tickets for the Live Nation-promoted tour go on sale beginning April 4 at Ticketmaster.com and LiveNation.com, with special pre-sale information being announced locally. A complete list of tour dates can be found below.

The special Hollywood Boulevard concert will be a hit-heavy set of songs featured on “Tokyo Dome Live In Concert, the first-ever live album to feature original singer David Lee Roth. Recorded on June 21, 2013 in Tokyo, Japan, “Tokyo Dome Live In Concert” includes 23 songs spanning all seven of the band’s albums with Roth. It is being released as a double CD, four-LP set on 180-gram vinyl and digitally beginning March 31. Fans who pre-order “Tokyo Dome Live In Concert” before its March 31 release date through Amazon and digitally at iTunes will instantly receive downloads of “Panama”, “Runnin’ With The Devil”, “Jump” and “Hot For Teacher”.

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Also being released beginning March 31 are remastered versions of “Van Halen” and “1984”, with remastered versions of “Diver Down”, “Women And Children First”, “Van Halen II” and “Fair Warning” due out later this spring. Each album has been cut straight from the quarter-inch tapes for CD, 180-gram vinyl and for the digital version by mastering engineer Chris Bellman, who remastered the original albums for Bernie Grundman Studios, Hollywood, California. These albums are being released beginning March 31, with pre-orders available now through Amazon and iTunes now.

The tour dates are as follows:

Jul. 05 – Seattle, WA – White River Amphitheatre
Jul. 07 – Portland, OR – Amphitheater Northwest
Jul. 09 – Concord, CA – Concord Pavilion
Jul. 11 – San Bernardino, CA – San Manuel Amphitheater
Jul. 14 – Irvine, CA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Jul. 16 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
Jul. 18 – Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
Jul. 20 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Jul. 22 – Kansas City, MO – Cricket Wireless Amphitheater
Jul. 24 – Chicago, IL – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Jul. 26 – St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Jul. 28 – Pittsburgh, PA – First Niagara Pavilion
Jul. 30 – Bangor, ME – Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion –
Aug. 01 – Boston, MA – Xfinity Center
Aug. 03 – Cleveland, OH – Blossom Music Center
Aug. 05 – London, ON – Western Fair District
Aug. 07 – Toronto, ON – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Aug. 09 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
Aug. 11 – Hartford, CT – Xfinity Center
Aug. 13 – Wantagh, NY – Nikon At Jones Beach Theater
Aug. 23 – Hershey, PA – Hershey Park
Aug. 25 – Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Aug. 27 – Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center
Aug. 29 – Washington DC – Jiffy Lube Live
Aug. 31 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
Sep. 02 – Indianapolis, IN – Klipsch Music Center
Sep. 04 – Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
Sep. 06 – Bethel, NY – Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
Sep. 09 – Raleigh, NC – Walnut Creek Amphitheater
Sep. 11 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
Sep. 13 – Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
Sep. 15 – West Palm Beach, FL – Coral Sky Amphitheatre
Sep. 17 – Birmingham, AL – Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
Sep. 21 – Austin, TX – Austin360 Amphitheater
Sep. 23 – Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion
Sep. 25 – Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Sep. 28 – Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion
Sep. 30 – San Diego, CA – Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Oct. 02 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl

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Batman The Animated Series Bust

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A Diamond Select Toys release! Evildoers beware – Batman is kicking off the next big bust line from Diamond Select! Based on the iconic and revolutionary Batman: The Animated Series, this line of 6-inch resin busts will depict Batman and his friends and foes just as you remember them from the cartoons! The Caped Crusader himself will be the first release in the series, with his arms crossed atop an art-deco base inspired by the show’s distinctive style. Packaged in a full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. Sculpted by Steve Varner Studios!

You can pre-order the Batman bust HERE for $60.

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Dark Ink Art To Release Dave Perillo’s Second Simpsons Treehouse of Horror Print On March 17, 2015

Dark Ink Art will release Dave Perillo’s second Simpsons Treehouse of Horror print on March 17, 2015 at 11 AM PST. The print measures 12” x 36” and will be limited to an edition of 250. The poster is a six color screen print on Cougar Natural paper and will cost $50.

The print features images from Treehouse episodes V-VIII and will be released on Dark Ink Art on Tuesday. Please follow on Twitter for more information.

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LEGO Simpsons Kwik-E-Mart Coming In May 2015

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Springfield’s Kwok-E-Mart from the Simpsons will immortalized in LEGO form. This painstakingly detailed playset includes six minifigures (including Apu and his shoplifting nemesis, Snake), Chief Wiggum’s squad car, Squishee dispenser, and shelves stocked with everything from tofu dogs to Krusty-O’s.

Walk under the huge Kwik-E-Mart sign and join Homer, Marge and Bart as they browse the aisles filled with beauty products, diapers, dog food, pastries, fruits, vegetables and more—including Krusty-O’s and Chef Lonelyheart’s Soup for One. Then head over to the refrigerated cases where you’ll find Buzz Cola, chocolate milk, various other drinks and snacks… and frozen Jasper! There’s also a Buzz Cola soda fountain, juice dispensers, coffee machine, arcade games, ATM and stacks of Powersauce boxes. At the counter, Apu is ready to tempt you with a variety of printed magazines, comic books, cards, tofu hot dogs, freshly expired donuts and his ever-popular hallucination-inducing Squishees. At the back, there’s a storage closet complete with rat and an exit. On the roof you’ll discover Apu’s secret vegetable garden, while outside this amazing model features bright-yellow walls, 2 phone booths, a stack of purple crates, and a dumpster area with ‘El Barto’ graffiti, opening door and an iconic blue dumpster that also opens. You can also remove the roof and open out the rear walls for easy access. This set also includes Snake (a.k.a. Jailbird), who loves nothing more than stealing cars and robbing the Kwik-E-Mart—but this time Chief Wiggum is hot on his tail in his police car. Capture this bandit and return peace to the town of Springfield and the amazing Kwik-E-Mart.

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The LEGO The Simpsons Kwik-E-Mart (71016) contains 2,179 pieces and will retail for $199.99.

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Features:

- Set includes 6 minifigures with assorted accessory elements: Homer Simpson, Bart Simpson, Marge Simpson, Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Chief Wiggum and Snake (a.k.a. Jailbird)
- Features opening rear walls, a removable roof with secret vegetable garden, Kwik-E-Mart signage, light-blue walls, dusty blue floors, turquoise welcome mat, shelves, refrigerated cases, counter, Buzz Cola soda fountain, juice dispensers, coffee machine, 2 arcade games, ATM, crates of Powersauce bars, surveillance cameras, rear storage closet with a rat, cheese, rat hole and an exit door.
- Shelves feature beauty products, diapers, dog food, pastries, fruits, vegetables and more—including Krusty-O’s and Chef Lonelyheart’s Soup for One
- Refrigerator cabinets feature a variety of beverages including cans of Buzz Cola… and frozen Jasper!
- Counter features a cash register, magazine and card display, lottery machine, hot dog oven, donut display and a Squishee dispenser with 2 Squishees
- Also includes Chief Wiggum’s police car featuring an opening trunk, removable roof and space for 3 minifigures
- Accessory elements include Bart’s spray can, Marge’s shopping basket, Apu’s broom and Chief Wiggum’s cuffs and truncheon
- Snake (a.k.a. Jailbird) is exclusive to this set for fall 2015
- Removable roof features rare, dark-orange bricks
- Lift off the roof and open out the rear walls for easy access
- Drink a Squishee and get that sugar-high feeling!
- Apprehend Snake before he robs again!
- Stock up with overpriced convenience goods
- Discover frozen Jasper!
- Relax in Apu’s utopian vegetable garden
- Have a donut…. mmm, dooonuts!
- Kwik-E-Mart measures over 5″ (14cm) high, 14″ (38cm) wide and 10″ (27cm) deep
- Police car measures over 2″ (6cm) high, 2″ (6cm) wide and 5″ (15cm) deep

Available via lego.com in May 2015.

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Posters & Toys To Sell Batman Beyond AP Posters By Kilian Eng On March 11, 2015

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Posters and Toys will sell Kilian Eng’s beautiful Batman Beyond poster today. It’s a 24″ x 36″ screenprint, has an AP edition of 43, and will cost $60. It goes up today (Wednesday, March 11th) at 2pm Central Time.

Click HERE to order.

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Game of Thrones Season 5 Trailer

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You can watch the new trailer for “Game of Thrones” season five below!

Season 5 of “Game of Thrones” is set to premiere April 12, 2015 at 9 PM on HBO, and will include new cast members Alexander Siddig, Toby Sebastian, Nell Tiger Free, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Jessica Henwick, Rosabell Laurenti Sellers, DeObia Oparei, Jonathan Pryce, Hannah Waddingham, Enzo Cilenti, Michael Condron, and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje.

Series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss return as executive producers and showrunners for Season five, which will be based mostly on the fourth and fifth novels of George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire book series, “A Feast for Crows” and “A Dance with Dragons.”

The new trailer comes in the wake of yesterday’s announcement that HBO will have their new premium streaming service, HBO Now, ready to go in time for the “Game of Thrones” premiere.

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The New Trailer For Marvel’s Daredevil

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We’re just one month away from the release of Marvel’s Daredevil and Netflix has debuted a brand-new trailer for the series.

Produced by Marvel Television and ABC Studios, with executive producers Steven S. DeKnight (“Spartacus”), Jeph Loeb (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”) and Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods), the full 13-episode season will be made available globally upon release in all territories where Netflix is available. Marvel’s Daredevil will premiere all 13 episodes on Netflix April 10, 2015.

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Starring Charlie Cox (Matt Murdock), Deborah Ann Woll (Karen Page), Elden Henson (Foggy Nelson), Rosario Dawson (Claire Temple), Bob Gunton (Leland Owlsely AKA The Owl), Vondie Curtis Hall (Ben Urich), Toby Leonard Moore (Wesley, Wilson Fisk’s right hand man), Ayelet Zurer (Vanessa Fisk), and Vincent D’Onofrio (Wilson Fisk/Kingpin), Marvel’s Daredevil follows the journey of Matt Murdock, who was blinded as a young boy but imbued with extraordinary senses, now fighting against injustice by day as a lawyer, and by night as the super hero Daredevil in modern day Hell’s Kitchen, New York City.

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How To Be Entertained On A Budget

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We spend a lot of money each year in our efforts to be entertained. According to the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average American spent $2,482 on entertainment in 2013. That figure seems pretty steep, but there are some things that we can do in order to reduce the amount of money we spend in our own households.

Discounted Movie Tickets

Everyone wants to see the hot, new movie as soon as it premieres on the weekend, but that is also the most expensive time to see a film at the cinema. You can save a little cash by waiting until the weekend is over, as midweek prices are generally quite a bit lower. Most movie theaters also offer “early bird specials” wherein you can get a deeply discounted ticket for the first showing of the day.

An added benefit of going to the movies early in the day is that you have your choice of seating since the theaters aren’t as packed as the more popular late night showings. You can even get these savings when you purchase your tickets in advance through sites like Fandango.

Have a Lunch Date

Another benefit of going to the movies early is that you can hit your favorite restaurants for lunch instead of dinner. The lunch menu at restaurants is typically much more affordable than the dinner menu. Impress your date by taking her to a “fancy” restaurant during lunch hours, it won’t be as expensive as dinner, but you still get the brownie points of taking her somewhere nice. You also get to experience trying new cuisine that you may not have been able to otherwise afford.

Local Performance Theaters

You don’t have to see a show on Broadway to enjoy a live performance. May towns and cities have local theaters with affordable ticket prices; some are even free to attend! Look up your town’s community theater and see what they’re offering. They usually have several different performances to choose from, some of which are specifically geared towards families and children. Local performances can be a great, inexpensive way to get in some entertainment as a family. If you’re lucky enough to live near a major city, you can also look on Ticketmaster for events near you.

Decide to Stay In

Nowadays you don’t have to even leave the house to be entertained. Cable and satellite companies have comprehensive packages with hundreds of channels available. It is also less expensive than seeing new movies at the cinema when they come out.

Services like Directv on demand allow your whole family to rent new movies at one low price, which certainly saves over purchasing four separate tickets at the cinema. Plus, it’s very flexible. Unlike with theaters, where you have to work around their show times, with on demand you choose the time that is convenient for you and your family. There are often discounts online that can save you money on the overall service as well.

It just goes to show that you don’t need to break the bank in order to be entertained. There are many ways to save money on entertainment, like going to early bird movies, and eating out for lunch instead of dinner. Utilize your community for inexpensive and family friendly entertainment in the form of live performances, or small art galleries. Or stay in and enjoy entertainment from the comfort of your own home, surrounded by your friends and family. The choice is yours.

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AMC Announces Two-Season Order For A Companion Series To The Walking Dead (Title TBD)

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AMC today announced that it has placed an initial two-season order for a companion series to “The Walking Dead,” the #1 show on television among adults 18-49 for going on three seasons.

The new series (title to be announced) will be set in Los Angeles and focused on new characters and storylines. The show’s first season will consist of six one-hour episodes and premiere on AMC in late summer. The show’s second season will air in 2016.

Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero and David Alpert from “The Walking Dead” are executive producers of the new series, which, like the original, is being produced by AMC Studios. Dave Erickson (“Marco Polo,” “Sons of Anarchy”), who co-created and co-wrote the pilot with Kirkman, is an executive producer and showrunner. The series will star Cliff Curtis (“Missing,” “Gang Related”), Kim Dickens (Gone Girl, “Sons of Anarchy”), Frank Dillane (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) and Alycia Debnam Carey (Into the Storm).

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