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"Ripley's Believe It Or Not!"

Posted: 01 Jan 2019 05:51 PM PST

"Ripley's Believe It or Not!" is a new TV series showcasing the world-famous Ripley oddities collection, hosted by Bruce Campbell ("Bubba Ho-Tep")  for the "Travel Channel" in 2019:

Travel was Ripley's lifelong obsession, visiting 198 countries, but feeling most at home in China, where he adopted local customs, often greeting guests in traditional Asian costume while presiding over elaborate feasts.

His many US houses were filled with 'odditorium' artifacts he brought back from his Marco Polo-like travels, including Chinese wallhangings, shrunken heads, totem poles from Alaska and giant bronze guardian statues from the Orient.

He became a self-made multi-millionaire through the syndication of his comic strip, looking like a sharp-toothed vampire, dressing himself in bright colors and patterns, bat-wing ties and two-toned spat shoes, collecting cars but never learning to drive, and although he used complicated recording equipment for broadcasts, he was afraid of using a telephone for fear of being electrocuted.

A non-swimmer, he owned numerous boats including dug-out canoes and a Chinese sailing junk moored at B.I.O.N. Island, his estate in Mamaroneck, New York.

The 1930's and 40's were regarded as the 'Golden Age of Ripley', with "Believe It or Not!" becoming the catchphrase of the day and small towns across the US selling out halls and vaudeville theaters to hear his lectures and see his films.

Self-educated, Ripley received honorary titles and degrees, but died of a heart attack in 1949, at the age of 56, shortly after the thirteenth telecast of his TV series.

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"The Punisher" - New Footage

Posted: 01 Jan 2019 02:10 PM PST

Sneak Peek a new teaser, plus leaked set footage, from Season 2 of the Marvel TV production "The Punisher", starring Jon Bernthal, as vigilante crime-fighter 'Frank Castle', streaming January 18, 2019 on Netflix:

Bernthal returns as 'Frank Castle', with Amber Rose Revah as 'Dinah Madani'.

New characters include Josh Stewart as 'John Pilgrim', Floriana Lima as 'Krista Dumont', a psychotherapist for military veterans...

...Giorgia Whigham as Amy Bendix, a street-smart grifter, Corbin Bernsen as 'Anderson Schultz', an extremely wealthy, power-mad individual and Annette O'Toole as 'Eliza Schutz', another wealthy, power-mad individual.

Ben Barnes is gangster 'Billy Russo' aka 'Jigsaw'.

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"American Gods"

Posted: 01 Jan 2019 12:34 PM PST

Sneak Peek Season Two of the dramatic fantasy TV series "American Gods", premiering March 10, 2019 on STARZ:

"...the battle between 'Old Gods' and 'New Gods' continues to brew as we join 'Mr. Wednesday' just a few short hours after his declaration of war and the epic showdown that ensued at the 'Easter' party. While 'Mr. World' plans revenge for Wednesday's attack and 'Technical Boy' searches for 'Media', Mr. Wednesday continues his quest to pitch the case for war to the Old Gods with 'Shadow'.

"With 'Laura' and 'Mad Sweeney' in tow, Shadow begins to understand this strange world of the gods and carve out a place in it as a believer, but it is far from a straight path. Change requires sacrifice, and when things don't go as planned at the 'House on the Rock', both Old and New Gods, and those they meet along the way, find themselves on journeys across America — all destined for a climactic showdown in Cairo, Illinois..."

Main cast includes Dicky Whittle, Emily Browning, Crispin Glover ("Back To The Future"), Yetide Badaki, Bruce Langley, Pablo Schreiber and Ian McShane ("Sexy Beast"). Guest stars include Orlando Jones, Cloris Leachman ("Young Frankenstein") and Peter Stormare.

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"Birds of Prey" - Margot Robbie In "Elle"

Posted: 01 Jan 2019 03:08 PM PST

Take a look at actress Margot Robbie ("Birds of Prey") posing for "Elle" magazine, wearing Louis Vuitton,  Stella McCartney, Missoni and a whole lot more:

Robbie is prepping to start her DC Comics feature adaptation, "Birds of Prey" January 2019, reprising her role as 'Harley Quinn' for director Cathy Yan ("Dead Pigs") from a screenplay by Christina Hodson ("Batgirl"):

Along with Harley, "The Birds of Prey" will include DC's 'Black Canary', 'Huntress', 'Cassandra Cain' and 'Renee Montoya', with 'David Cain' as the big bad super-villain.

"I pitched the idea of an 'R-rated' girl gang film including 'Harley', because I was like, 'Harley needs friends' Harley loves interacting with people, so don't ever make her do a standalone film," said Robbie.

"She's got to be with other people, it should be a girl gang. I wasn't seeing enough girl gangs on screen, especially in the action space...

"And then of course having a female director to tell that story. And giving a female director the chance to do big budget stuff. 

"They always get 'Here's the tiny little film'… I was like, 'I love action. 

"I love action films. I'm a girl. What, are we meant to only like a specific thing'?" So it was a hugely important to find a female director for this, if possible. 

"But at the end of the day — male, female — the best director gets the job and Cathy was the best director."

Robbie's LuckyChap will produce with Sue Kroll, Kroll & Co Entertainment and Bryan Unkeless of Clubhouse Pictures.

The original premise of "Birds of Prey", was a partnership between 'Black Canary' and 'Barbara Gordon', aka codename 'Oracle'. 

Harley Quinn, played by Mia Sara also appeared in the TV series "Birds of Prey".

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"Aquaman" - Experience It In IMAX

Posted: 01 Jan 2019 08:26 AM PST

Sneak Peek more footage from director James Wan's $160 million budgeted "Aquaman" undersea fantasy feature based on the DC Comics characters, starring Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Dolph Lundgren, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Nicole Kidman, in RealD 3D, Dolby Cinema and IMAX 3D:

"...following the events of 'Justice League', 'Arthur Curry', the reluctant half-'Atlantean' half-'Human'...

"...ruler of the underwater kingdom of 'Atlantis'...

"...is caught in a battle between surface dwellers...

"...that threaten his oceans and his mother's people...

"...ready to lash out and invade the surface.

"Curry' must step forward to lead the people against his brother 'Orm'...

"...who seeks to unite the seven kingdoms against the surface world...."

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Posted: 01 Jan 2019 08:19 AM PST