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Oscar Nominations 2017: View The Complete List of Nominees

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Here is the full list of nominations for the 2017 Oscars. Every nominee, every category, every detail you need is right here. What was nominated for Best Picture? Which actors and actresses scored nominations in all the biggest categories? Which film received the most nominations?

Watch The Oscars on Sunday February 26 7e|4p on ABC.

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Kotobukiya DC Comics Batman Animated ARTFX+ Statue

Kotobukiya’s awesome 1/10th scale DC Comics collection has brought you New 52 heroes and villains, Classic Costume retro-inspired figures, and more, and now it expands into a whole new world with one of the most popular incarnations of the Dark Knight ever, Batman Animated! That’s right, Batman: The Animated Series is the inspiration behind this new statue, and it perfectly recreates the Caped Crusader in the iconic Bruce Timm animated style.

Batman is captured in a wide stance, ready to spring into action against the superstitious, cowardly lot if bad guys who call Gotham City home. Bruce Wayne has never looked better with his chunky proportions and bold costume, primarily gray and black with a bright yellow utility belt, black and yellow bat-symbol, and a cool blue shadow effect on the inside of his cape. Of course, all of the familiar bat elements are included like the scalloped cutouts on his cape, pointy cowl, and the blades on his forearms.

Best of all, Batman comes with multiple interchangeable parts so you can customize your display with three different sets of eyes (normal, squinting, and “weak”), three facial expressions (open mouth, scowl, and clenched teeth), and three poses for the right hand (thumbs up, holding a batarang, or holding a grapnel gun)! Sculpted by Keita Misonou, Batman Animated stands just under 7 ½ inches tall (1/10th scale) on his included display base with perfect stability. He’s the perfect centerpiece for your Batman collection and looks great alongside other Batman statues from Kotobukiya.

Check out some pics of the figure — which is currently available to order HERE for $49.99.

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Six Must-See Book-to-Television Adaptations for 2017

With companies like Amazon, Hulu and Netflix producing independent, highly rated T.V. series, not only has television entered something of a Renaissance age, but it is also forcing the more traditional sources of television viewership, cable networks, to rise to the same level of excellence. Mining popular books for television and the silver screen is certainly not a new practice, but 2017 appears full of superb works of fiction slated to appear on the more accessible and ubiquitous small screen than ever before.

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Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events by Daniel Handler

The first four novels of this children’s favorite penned by Handler are set to air in early January on Netflix. The eight-episode adaptation captures the spooky Gothic air of the novels and has succeeded in casting top-notch actors to fill the roles. True to its source material, the often dark themes are balanced by dry, witty humor and imaginative storytelling.

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The Cormoran Strike by J.K. Rowling writing as Robert Galbraith

HBO will air this detective series by J.K. Rowling. Originally produced by the BBC, it will follow the investigations of Cormoran Strike, a brilliant but haunted private detective. A highlight of the book series that makes it perfect for television are the astute character sketches that bring the novels to life. Rowling’s trenchant survey of human nature should translate well to the television format.

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American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Long regarded as a cult favorite, Gaiman’s book adaptation will debut on the Starz network. Shadow Moon, the main character, makes a Faustian deal with a mysterious figure after finding his former life in ruins when he is released from prison.

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Voyager by Diana Gabaldon

The blockbuster time-travel series Outlander has already garnered acclaim on the Starz network for its past two seasons. This year’s installment returns viewers to the 18th century tales of high adventure that retell the famous Scottish Battle of Culloden. Judging by past performances, this series will continue to remain a fan favorite.

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The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

The terrifying dystopia of Atwood’s Gilead had a movie adaptation, but its series treatment on television promises a deeper look into the novel’s darkest themes. Headed by Elizabeth Moss as Offred, the tale’s main character, the Hulu original production promises a visceral and haunting examination of the book’s plot.

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Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood

The second of Atwood’s contributions to 2017, the series follows the fictionalized true story of Grace Marks, convicted of murdering her employer and a fellow employee in 1843. The atmospheric tale should translate well to the screen, particularly as it will be helped by veteran actress Anna Paquin in the lead role.

While movies have enthralled audiences in theaters for more than 100 years, the fairly short format of a few hours often does not lend itself well to the telling of broad, sweeping stories playing out over the course of several novels. Television has proven itself the ideal medium to explore characters or plots in a more in-depth and accessible format. With the success of past book-to-television adaptations and the indication that nothing is slowing down the viewing audience’s insatiable hunger for more, television’s future as a medium for bringing popular books to the screen looks very bright indeed.

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Daredevil Posters By Greg Ruth

Today Mondo will release a print by Greg Ruth of our favorite guardian of Hell’s Kitchen, ‘ol Hornhead himself, Daredevil!

The poster boldly shows Daredevil standing tall as a watchful protector over his city’s seedy underbelly.

Here’s what Greg had to say about the piece:

“I write and draw as a day job, and I always like to start my week off doing a drawing that isn’t about work at all. A codified act of playing hooky. I don’t usually do graphite drawings this way because they gobble up a lot of time, but this one Monday back in the summer I just started drawing this fellow before I knew who he was. More of amlighting experiment, really…. then a little mark on his head became the horns, and the city below just started growing, and there he was.. Daredevil. I’d never drawn him before in my life, but now I can’t wait to draw him again.”

Please follow us on Twitter for the on sale announcement. These posters will be available online at a random time on Thursday, January 19th.

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Daredevil by Greg Ruth
18″x24″ Screen Print, Edition of 275
Printed by D&L Screenprinting
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Daredevil (Variant) by Greg Ruth
18″x24″ Screen Print, Edition of 150
Printed by D&L Screenprinting
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Disney Channel Releases New Descendants 2 Teaser Trailer

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Disney Channel has debuted the new Descendants 2 teaser trailer.

The story deepens in the music-driven sequel to the global smash hit Descendants as the teenage sons and daughters of Disney’s most infamous villains — Mal, Evie, Carlos and Jay (also known as Villain Kids or VKs) — try to find their place in idyllic Auradon. When the pressure to be royally perfect becomes too much for Mal, she returns to her rotten roots on the Isle of the Lost where her archenemy Uma, the daughter of Ursula, has taken her spot as self-proclaimed queen of the run-down town. Uma, still resentful over not being selected by Ben to go to Auradon Prep with the other Villain Kids, stirs her pirate gang including Captain Hook’s son Harry and Gaston’s son Gil, to break the barrier between the Isle of the Lost and Auradon, and unleash all the villains imprisoned on the Isle, once and for all.

Emmy Award-winning director Kenny Ortega (Descendants, “High School Musical” movies, 2016’s “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”) returns as director, executive producer and choreographer of Descendants 2.

Dove Cameron (“Liv and Maddie”), Cameron Boyce (“Gamer’s Guide to Pretty Much Everything,” “Jessie”), Booboo Stewart (X-Men Days of Future Past), Sofia Carson (“Adventures in Babysitting”) and Mitchell Hope are reprising their starring roles as Mal, Carlos, Jay, Evie and King Ben, respectively. China Anne McClain (“A.N.T. Farm”) will join the cast as Uma, the daughter of Ursula from The Little Mermaid. Casting will be announced soon for additional new characters, including the progeny of villains Captain Hook and Gaston.

Lauded writers Sara Parriott and Josann McGibbon (“The Starter Wife,” “Runaway Bride”), who won a 2016 Writers Guild Award for Descendants, wrote Descendants 2 and will also executive-produce with Wendy Japhet (Descendants, An Education, The Italian Job). “Descendants” costume designer Kara Saun (“Project Runway”) and production designer Mark Hofeling (“Teen Beach Movie,” “High School Musical”) are also signed on for the sequel. Tony Testa (“The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” “This Is It”) will join the creative team as choreographer with Ortega, and Shawn Williamson (“Adventures in Babysitting”) will join as producer.

Descendants 2 will premiere this summer.

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Netflix First Look At Mute

Netflix presents the First Look at the highly-anticipated futuristic thriller Mute. Enter the captivating world of visionary filmmaker Duncan Jones, featuring Alexander Skarsgard, Paul Rudd, Justin Theroux and newcomer Seyneb Saleh.

Duncan Jones, the creative mind behind the cult-hit Moon and Source Code, returns to his creative roots with this original and gripping story set in an immersive universe.

Set in the near-future, Leo (Alexander Skarsgard) is a bartender living in the pulsing city of Berlin. Because of a childhood accident, Leo lost the ability to speak and the only good thing in his life is his beautiful girlfriend Naadirah (Seyneb Saleh). When she vanishes without a trace, Leo’s search for her takes him deep into the city’s seedy underbelly.  A pair of wise-cracking American surgeons (Paul Rudd and Justin Theroux) are the only recurring clue and Leo is forced to take on this teeming underworld in order to find his love.

The Netflix original film is directed by Duncan Jones and written by Jones and Michael Robert Johnson. Stuart Fenegan serves as producer and Charles J.D. Schissel and Trevor Beattie serve as executive producers. The film will launch in all territories where Netflix is available in 2017.

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First Look At Marvel’s The Defenders

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Entertainment Weekly goes back to the beginning in this week’s cover story, stepping on set during the Defenders first scene together to dive into the making of Marvel’s upcoming Netflix series.

The cast and filmmakers talk choosing the street-level fighters, picking the villain played by Sigourney Weaver, toying with new dynamics between the heroes (not for hire), and crafting a story that felt as real and as grounded as the previous shows. Speaking of which, make sure to read quick catch-up guides to each of the Defenders on air — and prepare yourself for what’s to come with a preview to Iron Fist, along with teases on where each Defender will be when the eight-part crossover begins.

For more on Marvel’s The Defenders, including exclusive photographs and interviews, pick up Entertainment Weekly, on stands Friday.

Read more HERE.

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Kevin Smith Directing Batman ’89 Themed Episode of The Goldbergs

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In an upcoming episode, ABC’s ’80s sitcom “The Goldbergs” will tackle one of the decade’s last major pop culture events: the release of Tim Burton’s “Batman.” Bringing the episode to life is one of Batman’s biggest fans — filmmaker Kevin Smith.

The episode will revolve around the release of the 1989 superhero film starring Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson. The episode, titled “The Dynamic Duo,” starts filming next week.

Smith spoke with IGN about his excitement for this Batman episode, saying: “I grew up watching the Adam West ‘Batman’ and I was in a sold out movie theater for Tim Burton’s ‘Batman’ on opening day, June 23rd, 1989, so I can’t wait to recreate those early eras of Bat-amania in the Goldbergs Universe. Luckily, the funny folks in front of and behind the cameras who make this hysterical show every week will be doing all the heavy lifting in our time travel experiment.”

“Goldbergs” EP and creator Adam F. Goldberg is as big a fan of Smith as Smith is of Batman. “I’ve waited in long lines to have him sign my ‘Bluntman’ comics, I’ve collected his ‘Clerks’ action figures, I’ve forced my writers to watch clips of his speaking engagements and I shoe-horned in a part for him in my screenplay for ‘Fanboys’ just so I could meet the guy,” said Goldberg. The show creator added that he bonded with his brother over Smith’s films. “There is no better person out there to help bring our Burton’s Batman episode to life. Truly.”

The “Batman” episode of “The Goldbergs” will air later this spring. The episode comes after Smith’s recent turns directing episodes of the CW’s “Flash” and “Supergirl.” The director, known for feature films like “Mallrats” and “Clerks,” is becoming TV’s go-to guy for bringing the DC Universe to the small screen. Smith’s “Supergirl” episode, titled “Supergirl Lives,” will air on the CW on January 23, 2017.

“The Goldbergs” stars Wendi McLendon-Covey, Sean Giambrone, Troy Gentile, Hayley Orrantia, AJ Michalka, George Segal and Jeff Garlin and airs on ABC on Wednesday nights.

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Batman Classic TV Series Premier Collection Batman Resin Statue

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A Diamond Select Toys Release! Holy left cross, Batman! This 12-inch scale resin statue of Adam West as Batman is based on his appearance in the Batman Classic TV Series, and depicts him throwing a massive punch at one of his numerous foes or their underlings. The base for this statue even provides the “POW!!” sound effect that showed up on screen in every fight! Featuring detailed paint applications and limited to only 1,966 pieces, this statue comes packaged with a certificate of authenticity in a full-color box. Sculpted by Clayburn Moore! ($149.99)

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Duck The Halls: A Mickey Mouse Christmas Special Coming To The Disney Channel

As Donald Duck’s flock of family and friends migrate south for a warmer climate holiday, he stays put to finally experience his first Christmas winter wonderland with the most enthusiastic Christmas reveler ever, Mickey Mouse, and Minnie, Pluto and Goofy.  Although Donald is out of his element in the freezing cold, he wants to do it all – so his pal Mickey creates the ultimate list of everything that will make Donald’s first Christmas great, in a delightfully funny Mickey Mouse cartoon, “Duck the Halls: A Mickey Mouse Christmas Special,” premiering Friday December 9 (8:30-9:00 p.m. EST), on Disney Channel, the Disney Channel app and Disney Channel VOD. It will also be televised Monday, December 12 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EST), on DisneyXD.

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Part of the Emmy Award- and Annie Award-winning “Mickey Mouse” cartoons, the holiday special includes appearances by Uncle Scrooge McDuck, nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie, Professor Ludwig Von Drake, Gus Goose and Santa Claus, among others. It also features a flashback to Mickey’s childhood when he dashed through a Dickensian town pulled on a sleigh by Pluto (as a puppy), greeting townsfolk in a British accent.

Original songs in the special include the jazzy and warm “Joy, O It’s Christmas Time” performed by Mickey wearing a retro sweater vest and hat, and a show-stopping spectacular performed by Mickey and Donald (and featuring Minnie and Goofy), “Jing-a-Ling-a-Ling.”

Emmy Award winner Paul Rudish is the executive producer and supervising director; Todd Popp is the line producer; Alonso Ramirez Ramos and Dave Wasson are the directors. The music is by Christopher Willis. Jenny Gase-Baker and Joseph Holt are the art directors and Illya Owens is the editor. The story was written by Darrick Bachman.

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