Ghost Wars S01E02 "The Ghost in the Machine" Recap


Much of this "Ghost Wars" episode focuses on the introduction of Billy McGrath, played by "Sons of Anarchy" actor Kim Coates. Billy's been out of town for some time but returns to it on his boat with his first mate Chewie. They feel a tremor when crossing the border back in and finds that they encountered a dead humpback whale and as they look around, there are even more dead ones rising to the water's surface.

When Billy gets back on shore, he is reunited his with his sister Marilyn, the town doctor. Marilyn and he have a tense relationship and so she initially refuses him access to visiting his nieces and asks her wife to enforce this. Billy is also reunited with Dr. Landis Barker, a young research scientist with whom he has a part casual, part romantic relationship with. Billy returns to his boat and learns that the engine is dead, Chewie already attempted to repair it but Billy is stuck in town for the time being. He heads to a bar to have a drink and shake off some stress. He encounters Rodney, one of the townsfolk that's been antagonistic towards Roman. Roman arrives in the bar and Billy is friendly towards him. He is intrigued when Roman informs him that a ghost has been following him, as Billy has had the feeling that a spirit has been nearby. Roman offers to help him with the ghost on the condition that he gets him out of town on his boat but has to leave since Rodney begins berating him for talking of ghosts.

Billy speaks with Reverend Dan about the ghostly happenings in the town and seems even more open to the likelihood that a ghostly presence is following him. Billy spends the night with Landis but the following morning is visited by his sister and an officer of the law that want to bring him in for questioning since Trevor's body washed up on shore. Trevor is the man that disappeared while on Billy's boat and the presence Billy suspects has been following him since he got back to town. Billy is brought to the morgue and is shocked to find Trevor's body appears fresh, as it should've been far more decomposed considering how many years Trevor has been missing.

Billy reaches out to Roman once more and they make a deal for Roman to help him deal with the ghost that's been haunting him. When they revisit the morgue, they find that Trevor's body is in fact just another dead whale that spirits manipulated the people that looked at it into believing they were seeing his body. Billy's first mate Chewie is injured on the boat due to further manipulation by a ghost. Billy later admits to his sister that Trevor was lost at sea because he and some other ship crew played a hazing prank on him that went wrong when a large wave hit their boat. He has been carrying around the guilt of this ever since.

Marilyn and an officer, Norm, go to investigate the previous owner of Billy's boat, whom Billy and Marilyn's father had scammed the ownership from. They find that man's dead body hanging from a tree and they argue about whether this man could be the one haunting Billy, as Roman had already stated that it's not Trevor that was haunting him. Roman seemingly helps rid Billy's boat of the ghost and helps to ready the boat so they can leave. But Billy double-crosses Roman and leaves him on the pier, saying that the town needs Roman for what he can do.

Norm nearly shoots Marilyn when he has a vision of the dead man coming at him and later, she shoots him by accident, finally beginning to believe that the ghosts of the town are real. When Billy reaches the border in the water to leave the town, he finds that he is heading back towards the town, as the supernatural force that has hold of the town has now locked him in too.

Ghost Wars airs on Thursdays on Syfy at 10/9c.

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Bill Skarsgård and Sissy Spacek Premiere New "Castle Rock" Trailer at New York Comic Con


The latest Stephen King adaptation comes in the form of a Hulu series, "Castle Rock", which will be combining various King works into a single arc spanning ten episodes which will premiere in 2018. Despite still being midway through filming, series stars and producers paid a visit to New York Comic Con where a new trailer was revealed and they gave a panel and Q&A to promote this anticipated new show.



The show is also particularly notable for having both Sissy Spacek and Bill Skarsgård in their line-up, as both have given memorable performances in prior adaptations of King novels. Spacek played the titular role in "Carrie" (1976) and Skarsgård's popularity has sky-rocketed due to his portrayal of Pennywise the Dancing Clown in the 2017 "It" film. Skarsgård received the bulk of the questions during the audience Q&A portion of the "Castle Rock" panel. Originally from Sweden, Skarsgård shared that when researching King's books, he reads them in English as opposed to Swedish. "I like to read, if I can read, the author's own words without it being translated. Swedish books in Swedish and English books in English." Skarsgård was under strict orders to reveal practically nothing about his character or the plot that he will be portraying. This is not only his second time acting in a Stephen King adaptation, but the second time he will be acting in a television series adapted for a streaming platform following three seasons as Roman Godfrey on Netflix's Hemlock Grove.

"We're doing an anthology show, ten hours of one story. I kind of grew up seeing television become what it is today. I remember being 15, watching Sopranos, and that major shift happened to what it is today. For writers, the TV show format is the only thing that can compete with the novel itself. You can really delve deep into characters and developments as opposed to just two hours or and hour and a half movie. I've always been intrigued by it. I especially like the miniseries format because there's a conclusion to this mystery that we've started. Some shows tend to just prolong that misery until they seem very confused to what it is in the first place. It just becomes diluted towards the end. We have something here that, it's a beginning, it's a middle, it's an end. There's a progression, huge character development for my character, I can tell you that much. He starts in one place and ends up somewhere completely different. It really is for an actor, such an amazing format to really delve deep. Two episodes is a feature film so we're essentially making five feature films here in terms of material and it's great."

Watch the full "Castle Rock" panel here:

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Russian Film Week 2017 To Showcase Russian Films in London



After a successful inaugural event in 2016, Russian Film Week will be returning to the UK for a second year to host a series of film screening with Q&As, premieres, master-classes, exhibitions, networking and charity events, as well as their very own Golden Unicorn Awards ceremony. The festival will run from November 19th to November 26th. The 2017 Russian Film Week will also be expanding to several new venues across London and five additional cities. The 2016 Russian Film Week was also notable for the attendance of famed Russian singer Dima Bilan, who brought attention to the event from his fans spanning numerous countries.

Dima Bilan "The Heritage of Love" Press Conference | Russian Film Week 2016


More than 100 leading directors, actors and producers from Russia, Great Britain and other countries will take part in the Week and more than fifty of the best of the best Russian films produced in the last 18 months, including Attraction by Fyodor Bondarchuk, Spacewalker by Dmitry Kiselev, Mathilde by Alexey Uchitel and others, will be screened at 16 venues in London, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Manchester and Oxford.

The festival was created in 2016 by the company Perkon Productions (UK) and Synergy university (Russia), which became the partners and co-producers of the event.

The RFW board of trustees includes such well-known filmmakers as Ralph Fiennes, Brian Cox, Elliot Grove, Valery Todorovsky and Alexey Uchitel. Celebrities, dignitaries, famous people such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich, Tom Hooper, Olga Kurylenko, Sir Leonard Blavatnik, Prince Michael of Kent, Baroness Rebuck were invited to the festival as guests of honor.

"The festival’s aim is to draw attention of the general public to Russian cinema and Russian culture in general, – says Vadim Lobov, Synergy University Executive Director. – We want as many people as possible living not only in Russia, but also in other countries, to see films by Russian directors. Events like this contribute to the strengthening of mutual understanding and friendship among peoples, to overcoming barriers and prejudices."

In addition to film screenings, there will be a host of satellite events taking place within the framework of the Russian Film Week: talks and master-classes by filmmakers, round table discussions and networking events, exhibitions. It has become a good tradition to collect of funds for charitable foundations. Last year, the festival collected £ 85,000 for children with cancer, which are under the care of sister funds Gift of Life UK/Podari Zhizn (Russia). 2017 is declared the Year of Ecology in Russia, therefore RFW has teamed up with WWF UK to collect funds for the Amur tiger in Russia conservation project.

 Russian Film Week will culminate with the Golden Unicorn Awards Ceremony and Charity Gala. The nominations presented to the international jury include: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Screenplay, Emerging Talent, Best Foreign Film about Russia, and others. The gala will be held at the Langham Ballroom on November 25th, Russian rock-star and ballad singer Boris Grebenshchikov and Polina Goudieva will perform, a charity auction to collect funds for WWF will take place.

"Our mission is to help bring people, cultures, worldviews closer together, overthrow the barriers of misunderstanding and push wider the horizons of cooperation. Nothing better than film contributes to this in the modern world. – says Filip Perkon, RFW General Producer. – We want the funds raised during our UK film week to go to good causes in Russia, because charity is another beautiful form of building bridges of friendship."

An important integral part of the film week, also dedicated to the Year of Ecology, will be a Student Short Film Competition "The Responsibility of the Young for the Future of Our Planet", organised by the Synergy University. The winner will receive The Golden Unicorn – Synergy Award, as well as an educational trip to the most famous film studios in the UK.

In 2016, the festival was held at 9 venues in London and Cambridge. The event brought together more than 50 leading cinematographers from Russia and Europe, and the audience of the event exceeded 4,500 people. In 2017, the scale of the festival will be expanded, so these figures promise to become much more impressive (note: this year the films Mathilde and Arrhythmia were sold out in less than 36 hours after the tickets release).

For more information about Russian Film Week and Golden Unicorn awards please visit: http://www.russianfilmweek.org.

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Gotham S04E04 "The Demon's Head" Recap


Bruce and Alfred bring the knife purchased from Penguin's auction to antiquist Niles Winthrop and his grandson Alex so they can dig up historical research on it but implore him to keep their custody of the knife secret. Bruce promises to come back the next morning to check on their progress. That night, Niles translates scripture from the knife that speaks of a legend of Ra's al Ghul who is said to be an immortal being with a destiny. Niles shares his findings with Alex and his suspicions that Bruce has stumbled into something far more complex and dangerous than he imagined. When someone knocks on the door, Niles tells Alex that no one should be there so he sends him into his office with the knife before answering the door. Ra's has come to claim the knife and kills Niles when he refuses to give up the location of the knife. Alex remains hidden with the knife and cries quietly at the loss of his grandfather.

The following day, the GCPD are investigating the scene when Bruce arrives and tells Jim about the knife. They have yet to locate Alex or the knife, which Ra's sends an animalistic man called "Anubis" to track down. He also tells Anubis he is free to kill the boy in the process.

Sofia visits Penguin and claims that she has no interest in her father's business and is only in Gotham to help with some charitable causes. Penguin remains firm in his suspicions of her, despite remaining oblivious about Ra's al Ghul's existence.

Jim visits Barbara to question her about the death of Niles and the disappearance of Alex. Bruce arrives to interrupt the line of questioning and asks about Ra's al Ghul but Barbara pretends to be ignorant of who that is. Jim is furious at Bruce and berates him outside for not telling him about Ra's. They eventually decide to work together and are able to track down Alex, who still has the knife. They are attacked by some of Ra's's other-worldly henchmen but are able to fight them off. Bruce and Alex escape together while Jim heads back to the GCPD. There he is visited by Ra's al Ghul who claims to be an academic official from Nanda Parbat. They do a bit of posturing towards each other since Jim is sizing up this new opponent and Ra's has a timid persona to play. Alfred arrives and attacks Ra's, who later slips out while Alfred angrily tells Jim about all that Ra's has done.

Penguin had only set up a meeting with Sofia so that word would get out into the city about her return to Gotham and lure out Falcone loyalists. He arrives with Zsasz when she is meeting with some of them and has Zsasz execute the men. He claims to now trust Sofia's word despite her explanation to him that his strategy was bullish and sloppy when he could've used her to bait those men to be loyal to him instead of just killing them and throwing away what they could've offered him.

Alex and Bruce are back at Niles' museum, which is where Alex had hid the knife but they are forced to hide once more when Ra's' men come back looking of them. Jim shows up and able to kill one while luring the other one away. Ra's arrives shortly afterward and demands the return of the knife while holding Alex at knifepoint. Bruce says the knife is too important and Ra's appears impressed by the statement before slitting Alex's throat. Ra's is arrested and Bruce is left devastated, blaming himself for Alex's death. Alfred and Jim assure him that Ra's is a psychopath.

Ed spends the bulk of the episode trying to come up with clever riddles to send a message to Oswald. This culminates in Ed showing up at the club to confront Oswald, who merely laughs at Ed and points out how Ed's number one fan was right about him losing his intelligence. Ed pleads to be let go without being refrozen, but when he admits he's no longer the Riddler then Oswald says he'll let Ed go because the better revenge is to let Ed live knowing that he's only Ed Nygma now, a regular man and a shell of the genius super villain he once was.

Sofia admits to Jim that she has a takeover plan in store for Gotham, while Ra's is implied to have allowed himself to be arrested as part of a larger plan as well.

Gotham airs on Thursdays on FOX at 8/7c.

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Mr. Robot S03E01 "eps3.0_power-saver-mode.h" Recap


After Tyrell shoots Elliot in the abdomen due to the contingency plan Mr. Robot installed, ordering Tyrell to stop him if he tried to go against their plans, Tyrell is frantic in trying to save him. He calls Irving, a used car salesman that also is an agent for the Dark Army. Irving helps to clean up the situation and gets Angela's name given to him by a higher-up. Zhang is shown to be giving orders and expresses his intent that Elliot will die once he has completed his work for the Dark Army.

Elliot wakes a week after his shooting and finds he is in Angela's apartment. She tells him the electricity is out and has been so for the last week. She says the people Elliot is working with brought him to her apartment and didn't recognise any of them except for Tyrell. She was on her way to turn herself in to the FBI but was stopped by the Dark Army. Elliot wants to tell the police about what has happened but she pleads with him not to, saying if he does so she'll be killed. Elliot sets off to trace what has happened and to stop their plans.

Elliot returns to the firmware hack building but finds that it's empty. He is then reunited with Darlene and she demands answers from him about his disappearance and tells him that Cisco is dead. Elliot lies to her, claiming Tyrell wasn't involved in the plan, but shares other information with her about the back door into E Corp. The internet has been down for the last week so they will need to go to an underground hacker tournament to be able to get online so Elliot can close the backdoor. Though he is able to shut the backdoor, he and Darlene are spotted at the tournament by some Dark Army agents who force them out of the building before he can complete the rest of his work. They are helped by Irving, who arrives in a cab and offers them access to his laptop while he drives them to shake off the FBI tail that's been following them since they left the apartment. Irving calls in a false report on the car and the trio are able to stop for some food and have a discussion. Elliot calls off Stage 2, and Irving seemingly agrees to his demands. Elliot expresses guilt to Darlene about what his attempted revolution has caused, only worsening the problems he had hoped to fix.

Continuing to be consumed by his guilt, Elliot asks Angela to get him a job at E Corp so he can make things right. He also asks her to keep an eye on him and let him know if he slips back into being Mr. Robot, adding that she is the one that can tell since she knows him better than anyone else does. Elliot feels that Angela is the only person he can trust so she agrees to do so. But late that night, Mr. Robot emerges once again and Angela speaks to him and agrees to work with him to move forward with Stage 2. She brings him to Irving and Tyrell and reveals her intent to manipulate Elliot just as Mr. Robot does so that a new path can be laid to complete Stage 2. She is a firm believer in Whiterose's plan to destroy all that E Corp has ever done so that a new world can emerge.

Mr. Robot airs on Wednesdays on USA at 10/9c.

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Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall, and Angela Robinson Bring Wonder Woman Biopic to New York Comic Con


Director and writer Angela Robinson has spent the last years trying to get a film made on the origins of Wonder Woman. The timing ended up lining up well, as her creative endeavour "Professor Marston and the Wonder Women" has finally found a release date to follow mere months after the release of the long-awaited "Wonder Woman" film which ended up being one of the greatest blockbuster successes of the entire year as well as to the superhero origin genre.

"Professor Marston and the Wonder Women" tells the story of Dr. William Moulton Marston, who lived in a polyamorous threesome with his wives Elizabeth and Olive. There is a sex and love-positive approach to the story in its inclusion of not only polyamory but also elements of BDSM. The topic of kinks and even the slightest deviations in standards of normalcy regarding romantic and sexual relationships is often treated in a problematic, fetishising manner when brought to life in mainstream films and television series. A film such as this is not only important to relaying the origins of one of the most beloved superheroes in the world but to put forth a more socially progressive depiction of these socially ostracised groups.

Angela Robinson was joined by stars Luke Evans and Rebecca Hall to discuss the process of making this film and the importance of the content at a panel at New York Comic Con.

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The Gifted S01E02 "rX" Recap


In a flashback, the Strucker family is playing at a bowling alley with Reed's mother. Lauren discretely uses her abilities to knock down one of her pins but the entire family is shaken when a nearby mutant is being bullied by some bigoted teenagers for her inability to keep her face from vibrating. Her father shouts at them to leave her alone and she becomes increasingly upset until she sends out a burst of energy. Reed goes over and calms the situation, saying that what she has just done (using her powers to injure people/property) is illegal so the best course of action for them is to simply leave quietly.

Returning to the present, the Strucker family (minus Reed) is with the mutants in their underground hideout. Clarice ("Blink") is beginning to struggle to control her abilities as she is barely conscious and accidentally opens a portal to an unknown road, causing an accident there as a result. Caitlin was a nurse, though she doesn't know much about treating mutant anatomy, but comes up with a list of medical supplies that will be needed to treat Clarice. When Clarice opens another portal, it's on the same road as a before and as a result of the earlier accident, law enforcement have arrived. Lauren is able to use her powers to force the portal closed before anyone can attempt to come through it. The decision is made that Caitlin will go with Diaz to a hospital to get the medical supplies while the children stay behind, as Lauren in particular is needed to try to close the portal if another will open.

At Lakewood County Jail, Polaris has an electric collar on her neck that will shock her if and when she uses her abilities. She is warned by another prisoner that it's not just law enforcement that will be coming after her in the jail. On the way to the showers, she observes a chalky-white mutant in one of the cells that has a collar just like hers. When she reaches the showers, the other prisoners in there stare as her hair dye begins to run down the drain, revealing that her hair is actually a dark green colour.

Reed is in custody and is interrogated by Turner, who tries a wide array of techniques to try to get Reed to cooperate in giving up the location of his family, including threatening him, denying him access to a lawyer (which is illegal), and even bringing in Reed's mother for questioning. Reed remains unwavering for the majority of the episode, despite the difficulties, and uses his knowledge of the law to keep Turner at bay, having pieced together that Turner overplayed his hand.

Caitlin has Diaz use an old injury for them to get access to the treatment area of the hospital so she can steal a set of scrubs and gather up the supplies needed to treat Clarice. Diaz is revealed to have a bright, glowing blood that has the ability to burn. Initially, Caitlin is questioned due to her being a non-mutant and having a face injury (caused by Clarice's out-of-control powers). The doctor suspects Caitlin of being abused by her "mutant boyfriend" Diaz but Caitlin insists that she is fine, feeling taken aback by the snap-judgement that Diaz is receiving simply for being a mutant. They are chased by police officers summoned by the doctor after Caitlin gets the necessary supplies but are able to escape.

Polaris is attacked by some of the inmates, and one even deliberately kicks her in the abdominals to try to kill her baby. She uses her powers, despite the resulting electrical shock, to push a metal table to slam that particular inmate into a fence. As punishment for this, she is locked up in solitary confinement.

Clarice's powers are growing increasingly out-of-control and Lauren is unable to close the latest portal. One of the military SWAT men comes through the portal but John fights him off and pushes him back through the portal. Andy steps up and uses his powers to knock the military men back and in the ensuing commotion, Clarice falls off the table and the portal closes.

The underground base is badly damaged by the time Caitlin and Diaz return to it but they're still able to make it inside where Caitlin treats her enough to stabilize her and stop the portals from opening randomly. Clarice is apologetic for the damage she has caused but John assures her that no one died as a result. He asks her about the road that she kept opening portals to and Clarice claims to have not remembered where she opened the portals to, and apologises again for the damage she caused.

Caitlin assures Lauren and Andy that they will find Reed and be a family again. They will join the fight to bring him home, and every other mutant home. However, Reed is shown to be giving in to Turner's interrogation techniques. He will give up the location of the underground base on the condition that everyone in his family will go free.

Finally, a Dr. Strucker is shown to be working in a lab and orders an assistant of his to pull up record of mutant siblings. He displays an interest in finding the Strucker children and asks his assistant to get in contact with the agent working on their case.

The Gifted airs on Mondays on FOX at 9/8c.

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Keanu Reeves Brings "Replicas" To New York Comic Con


Keanu Reeves was joined by his co-producers of his upcoming film "Replicas", a science-fiction thriller in which he stars. The concept is one in which Will Foster, Reeves' character, loses his family in a tragic accident. Using his extensive knowledge of science, he attempts to 'resurrect' his family by using cloning technology. Reeves and his co-producers discussed the creative development of this project, the other cast members, and their efforts to raise funding for Puerto Rico (as much of the film  was shot there).

Watch the "Replicas" panel here:

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Hemlock Grove S03E10 "Brian's Song" Recap


Shelley writes a good-by letter to Pryce in which she talks about his funeral ceremony and how she hopes to see him again someday. Roman comes into the institute asking for Pryce to help him with his gunshot wound and is shocked to learn of Pryce's death. No vital organs have been hit but there is a lot of blood coming out of the wound. One of Pryce's subordinates removes the bullet and injects Roman with a clotting agent. Roman buries Peter's body in the wood and texts Annie from his phone to say that the job is done. He returns home and finds the baby is still missing, meaning Annie still has her. He arranges a meeting to try to get Nadia back but when Annie shows up, she sees Roman drives up and leaves without meeting him.

Peter meets Destiny in a limbo state. She encourages him to dig his way out or else Roman will keep killing people. Peter wakes to find several wolves digging him up and pulling him out of the hole. They all gather around his body to check if he is okay. He passes out again and then reawakens to find the wolves have all left.

Roman returns to find Olivia waiting for him but to weak to overpower him and steal his body. She tries to get him to team up with her to take Annie out but he refuses to help her, wanting for her to finally die for all she has done to him. He throws her out of his house and locks the door.

Annie returns to her home and finds an injured Peter sleeping on her sofa. She patches him up and he insists on being the one to take Roman out. She discourages him from turning against the moon and says that he should simply focus on getting his strength back. If he turns against the moon again, there will be no coming back from it. Annie later finds several voicemails left by Olivia, all asking to meet, while Roman discovers Peter is gone from his burial spot in the woods. Peter calls him and Roman tries to reason with him, saying he only defended himself and simply wanted to go home to Nadia. He says he doesn't want to kill anyone anymore and just wants his daughter back, after which they can all go their separate ways. Peter says Nadia would be better off dead than be with him. Peter reminds Roman that he killed Destiny, to which Roman reminds him that if he had just been honest with her about Andreas then none of this would've happened. Peter refuses, saying he will kill him at the next full moon.

Roman tasks the staff at the Godfrey Institute with finding Nadia and killing Annie in the process. Annie visits Olivia and reveals that she tracked down what happened to Dmitri, Annie's father. It's revealed that Olivia had actually killed him, which she excuses by claiming that she killed him as a preemptive move before he could kill her first. She then bites Annie and feeds on her until she passes out.

Roman returns to Godfrey Manor, ready to reclaim it as his own. Annie had left baby Nadia with Shelley, who doesn't know that the baby belongs to Letha and Roman, instead thinking it belongs to Annie instead. Aitor returns to Shelley and the two reconcile their relationship.

Olivia brings Annie to the Godfrey Institute and demands that one of the doctors make the transfer of her consciousness into Annie's body. The doctor manages to sneak a pick to unlock Annie's restraints so she can sneak into a holding chamber. Olivia threatens to kill the doctor if he doesn't open it so he gets to work trying to type in a manual override. While he works, Annie begins putting some gas on and says her goodbyes to Olivia before sticking a scalpel into an electric socket to spark a fire that kills her. Olivia screams in horror at the loss of her opportunity to stay alive. She cradles Annie's charred corpse when the chamber is finally opened and rambles to herself, falling deeper into her delusions, even biting a chunk out of her own arm before collapsing dead.

The full moon hasn't come yet but Peter breaks into Roman's home, changing into a wolf and attacking him. Roman is distracted by a vision of Destiny and as a result, he and Peter fall out a second-story window. Roman finds he can't move due to his body being broken. He begs Peter to kill him and save him a life as a broken man, and ponders how Peter will live the rest of his life as a wolf. Peter tears out Roman's throat and then his heart.

Finally, Shelley and Aitor are shown to be leaving Hemlock Grove with Nadia, ready to start a new life together. On their way out of town, Shelley observes Peter in his wolf form by the side of the road. The camera pans to a body of water in which one of Spivak's surviving offspring is shown to be swimming.

Hemlock Grove is available for streaming on Netflix.

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Star Wars Adventures: Forces of Destiny Comic Books Coming in 2018 from IDW Publishing 

Star Wars Adventures: Forces of Destiny Comic Books Coming in 2018 from IDW Publishing

Special 5-Week Event Comic Book Series Inspired by the Popular Animated Shorts

San Diego, CA (October 6, 2017) — Fans who took their first step into a larger world with Star Wars Adventures are destined to love Star Wars Adventures: Forces of Destiny. IDW Publishing and Lucasfilm are excited to collaborate on a new series further exploring the comic book adventures of Star Wars for all ages— Star Wars Adventures: Forces of Destiny is a weekly comic book series that will star such popular Star Wars heroines as LeiaReyPadméAhsoka, and Hera along with the newest stars from Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Rose and Paige

Just as exciting are the talented creators who will be bringing these beloved characters’ stories to life, including an impressive roster of female writers from across the galaxy: Delilah S. DawsonElsa CharretierBeth RevisJody Houser, and Devin Grayson.

Art and covers will be provided by Elsa Charretier, Arianna Florean, Eva Widermann, Valentina Pinto, andNicoletta Baldari. Charretier will also contribute five interconnected variant covers, which combine to create an iconic Forces of Destiny image. Collectible animation cell variant covers will be available from your retailer, as will a super-rare variant by Annie Wu.

“The Forces of Destiny initiative has won over fans with its inspiring tales about these iconic heroes,” says Senior Editor Denton J. Tipton. “IDW Publishing couldn’t be more excited to be part of the celebration of these beloved characters.”

May the Force(s) be with you this January when Star Wars Adventures: Forces of Destiny arrives weekly!
 
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IDW Media Holdings, Inc. (OCTQX: IDWM) is a fully integrated media company, which includes publishing, games, entertainment, and the San Diego Comic Art Gallery.

IDW Publishing’s comic book and graphic novel catalog includes some of the world’s most popular entertainment brands, including TransformersMy Little PonyStar TrekTeenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesGhostbusters, and Disney’s classic characters. At IDW’s core is its commitment to creator-owned comics including 30 Days of NightLocke & KeyWormwoodRagnarökV-Wars, and Archangel by bestselling sci-fi author William Gibson.

IDW Publishing is also home to the acclaimed and award-winning imprints; Top Shelf, The Library of American Comics, Yoe! Books, and Artist Editions, showcasing the greatest original art ever published in American comic books.

IDW Games’ diverse line-up includes the international phenomenon Machi Koro, as well as hit licensed games such as X-FilesBack to the FutureThe Godfather, and TMNT.

IDW Entertainment serves as the worldwide distributor of Wynonna Earp airing on the Syfy Channel in the U.S. and is producing BBC America’s Dirk Gently, based on the bestseller by Douglas Adams starring Elijah Wood and Samuel Barnett.

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Ghost Wars S01E01 "Death's Door" Recap


Reverend Dan (played by Vincent D'Onofrio, known to many as Wilson Fisk in Netflix's Daredevil) addresses a gathering of people in a bar. They are saying goodbye to a recently deceased person in the town. His glass of wine appears to turn to blood that overflows from his glass and then he has a vision of bugs crawling underneath his skin before piercing outward. Reverend Dan grabs a knife, intent on stabbing his hand but a young Roman Mercer (Avan Jogia) shouts at him to stop, thus saving him from self-injury.

Roman isn't much of a church-goer but he attends the Reverend's next service anyway. Perhaps he's checking in, or perhaps it's just to say goodbye. He's decided to leave the remote Alaskan town and is harassed by a cantankerous town resident Doug (Meat Loaf) before being joined by a friendly face, Maggie (Elise Gatien). Maggie is later revealed to be a ghost, that sits with Roman on the bus headed out of town before the bus gets attacked by supernatural forces and crashes. While the bus teeters on the edge of a cliffside, Maggie shouts at Roman to get up. Roman tries to help an elderly woman, Mrs. Fu, off the bus but a supernatural force appears to yank her back into the bus and out of Roman's grip. Mrs. Fu's son is another members of the police force and blames Roman for her death. The sheriff, Sam, however, is kinder to him and is apologetic for how poorly the majority of townsfolk treat Roman. Roman is without a home or belongings, having given up his place when he decided to leave the town forever. The deputy advises him to stay at his mother's old place, as it's his best option given the circumstances.

Roman returns there and Maggie joins him. She's happy he's still in town, as they wouldn't have been able to keep contact if he had left, but also informs him that the bus crash wasn't caused by an earthquake as he had originally theorised. She leaves after a while, saying she needs to check on her dad.

Roman later heads to the bar in search of some food and the bartender, Marilyn, feeds him. Through their conversation, we also learn that Roman's mother abandoned him and only sends occasional contact, mainly in the form of letters or payments to Reverend Dan. Roman has another vision of a ghostly presence while Marilyn heads to the back room.

Some construction is being done on a bridge when one of the workers has a vision of his glove being on fire. He becomes frantic and falls over the side where he is impaled on some metal rods.

Roman has visions of Mrs. Fu's ghost before visiting Sheriff Sam at the police station. He privately admits to Sam that when he tried to save Mrs. Fu there were supernatural forces that stopped him. He also said that the people who died have come back as ghosts. Sheriff Sam interprets all this as a mere aftereffect of the trauma and shock from the accident and advises Roman not to talk about ghosts. Roman is also shown a message in the fog on the glass of the room that reads "NO HOPE" after Sheriff Sam leaves.

More citizens are shown to be terrorised by visions. It's unclear if what they're seeing are actually horrors coming true, or merely manifestations in their mind. But either way, it's clear that something evil is brewing in the town. Sheriff Sam is called to the main bridge in and out of the town and finds multiple dead officers. The town morgue worker sees Mrs. Fu's corpse come alive, and another random citizen is enjoying a pint down at the pub until the dead animal skull mounted on the wall begins to weep blood into his beverage.

The increase in fear ignites a search for answers and comfort among the town citizens. More people begin to flock to the church, where Doug interrupts Reverend Dan's sermon to call Roman out again as a freak and blames the problems in the town on him. Another citizen present says that Roman's mother put a curse on the town and Reverend Dan angrily orders them to stop, saying he won't allow such things to be said in a house of God. Roman excuses himself and heads back home, having more visions of ghosts along the way and being watched from afar by another town member.

Roman speaks to Maggie at home, sharing a story about a childhood friend called Thomas. They were close but Thomas had actually died a year earlier. His peers began to call him names and those names stuck. Roman doesn't see his ability to interact with ghosts as a gift, the way Maggie does, and is carrying a heavy burden of a lifetime of being ostracised for it. Maggie tells him that when spirits want to move on but are trapped, they being to lash out at the living. Maggie wants to protect Roman but won't be able to do so against such forces.

Some local residents continue to discuss Roman at the bar. Larry, Mrs. Fu's son, tells Doug about Roman visiting the station and talking about ghosts. Marilyn warns them all not to do anything, insisting they leave Roman alone. Regardless of this, Doug gathers up some more townsfolk and corner Roman, ordering him to leave town or else they'll inflict violence on him. Roman assures them he's already been trying to leave town. Sheriff Sam arrives to the scene and takes Doug into custody, also warning the others that if anyone lays a hand on Roman they'll be joining Doug in a jail cell. He also confiscates a hanging rope from one the men, Rodney.

Sheriff Sam brings Roman to the morgue where a mysterious body has been brought in. They need to send the body to Anchorage for an autopsy because of how his heart has exploded. Roman deduces that something scared the man to death. Sheriff Sam is now willing to listen to Roman about all the strange happenings, including what happened with the bus crash. Roman thinks that everyone that died since the recent 'earthquake' can't move on and they're angry at the living for it. Roman sense a ghost(s) is near so he tells the mortician Sofia to leave with her young son. When it's just Roman and Sheriff Sam in the room, the door slams shut and they're locked inside. Sheriff Sam considers shooting at the door but Roman says he doesn't think that will do anything. Roman observes a ghost in the room and says the ghost doesn't like that he can see it. The corpse appears to be reanimated according to Sam's perspective but Roman tells him it's not really happening and it's only in his head. From Roman's perspective, Sam is only fighting air. In the process, Sheriff Sam stabs himself in the neck and bleeds out despite Roman's attempts to stop him from doing so.

The episode then reaches the opening scene of Reverend Dan nearly stabbing himself in the hand until Roman warns him not to do so. The two step outside to speak to one another but when they head back inside, everyone is screaming terrified. They are having visions of being attacked by bugs but Roman can see things as they really are. Roman tells Marty, the main ghost wreaking the havoc, that he needs to leave now. Roman's eyes glow a bright white/silver in the process. The ghost seemingly leaves but it's unclear if he's just left the bar or moved on altogether.

Some town leaders meet at Reverend Dan's church and Roman tells them that everything happening is caused by ghosts. They ponder what it is that the ghosts want and debate what to do about it. The mayor is highly skeptical on the theory of ghosts and refuses to make a public announcement on the matter or order an evacuation. She tells them that if they want to leave, they are free to do so. Roman, Reverend Dan, and the deputies plan to leave the town and tell people outside what is going on. Roman is shitting shotgun while Larry drives towards the bridge. Larry apologises to Roman about how he previously treated Roman, and says that he believes him now. When they approach the bridge, Roman becomes frantic and warns Larry to stop the car. Larry doesn't understand Roman's panic and keeps driving while Roman jumps out of the moving car. Roman is able to stop the other deputy, who was driving Reverend Dan. The pair get out of the car and are shocked when they see Larry's car seemingly disappear. Roman explain to them that the ghosts can manipulate people's minds and that the bridge is actually out. Reverend Dan commends Roman for his gift, assuring him that they would all be dead without him. The bridge is shown to be severely damaged to the viewers. Everyone in the town is trapped.

Ghost Wars airs on Thursdays on Syfy at 10/9c.

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Gotham S04E03 "They Who Hide Behind Masks" Recap


Flashback to 125AD. An unknown man rides a horse through a battlefield covered with dead soldiers. He spots a man we know to be Ra's al Ghul and brings his body to the Lazarus Pit, which he uses to resurrect him. He informs Ra's that he is his new hair and bestows upon him a special dagger which he will use to take on the mantle of Ra's al Ghul.

In the present, Bruce works with Alfred to spy on a boat that has arrived at the docks with some illicit merchandise. Bruce spots a thief heading to the boat and Alfred advises him not to go after him, as the mask he is using is not bulletproof - only the suit Lucius Fox designed is. The new merchandise is for Penguin and Bruce finds himself cornered by guards, alerting the other thief to run off and escape. The other thief is revealed to be Selina. Bruce is able to use his skills to fight off the guards and get away, after which Alfred patches up a wound on his hand.

Jim goes to Miami where Falcone has retired. There he also meets Falcone's only daughter, Sofia. He informs Falcone about Penguin's rise to power and asks for his help to take him down. Falcone reveals that he's dying and the doctors have advised him to stay out of Gotham for his health. Sofia offers to go with Jim but Falcone tells her not to, saying she isn't ready for Gotham.

While Oswald and Zsasz are out of the club, an unknown woman breaks in and uses a blowtorch to free Nygma from the block of ice and let him out. She brings him back to her hideout and when he wakes, he learns that she is obsessed with him. Her name is Myrtle Jenkins and she proclaims herself to be his number one fan. She wants to help nurse him back to health so he can become Gotham's greatest villain once more, with her acting as his sidekick, "The Riddlette".

Bruce continues his investigation into the new merchandise. He finds that the merchandise is being sold on a black market auction in Cobblepot's club. Bruce is once again confronted by guards but Alfred arrives and beats them up, helping Bruce to get away. Barbara is shown to be after a particular knife before the auction commences but Oswald refuses to sell it to her.

Sofia offers to stay with Jim in Miami and the two talk about her life growing up there, also saying that Jim did what he had to do after her brother Mario was infected with the virus. She later kisses him when the two are walking on the beach.

Myrtle's attempts to heal Ed physically are unsuccessful so she tries to heal his brain by testing him with some riddles. He begins to display signs of brain damage when he is unable to answer the most simple riddles.

Bruce and Alfred research the knife and discover it was used to embalm King Balahsi, who ruled over ancient Mesopotamia in the first century. While researching it they discover a picture of Ra's from 2,000 years ago. They decide that the best plan is to obtain the knife is for Bruce to bid on it at the auction. Alfred advises Bruce to take on the persona of 'billionaire brat' so as to hide his true intentions. At the auction, Bruce goes on a spending spree so as to deflect suspicion that might have manifested if he were to only bid on the knife. Bruce plays the role to a tee and is surprised to see Barbara at the auction, not having known that she was back from the dead. Bruce and Alfred are suspicious when Barbara begins to bid on the knife. Bruce outbids Barbara by paying 2 million dollars for it and successfully wins the auction for the knife. Alfred warns Bruce that by winning the knife, Ra's will come after it and Penguin separately advises Bruce that Barbara will likely come after the knife.

Ed continues to struggle with answering riddles and reveals that his body has recovered enough to knock Myrtle out and escape.

That night, Selina sneaks into Wayne Manor to try to retrieve the knife. Bruce correctly deduces that Selina has been tasked to get the knife on Barbara's behalf. Bruce refuses to give up the knife, despite Selina's pleas to do him this favour so Barbara will see her as an equal. He tells her to leave empty-handed.

Jim returns to Gotham but is shocked when he learns that Sofia has followed him back, claiming to want to help him.

Oswald and Zsasz track down Myrtle and interrogate her on Ed whereabouts. He is long gone from her apartment but they are intrigued to learn that Ed is suffering from brain damage. Oswald orders Zsasz to kill her, while Ed is shown to be wandering the streets and becomes disgruntled upon seeing more posters for Oswald's club that display Ed in the background frozen in ice.

Ra's confronts Barbara about the knife, briefly fighting with her. But he is intrigued to learn that Bruce has it and is no longer upset to not have it just yet. He tells Barbara she has become a competent ally and that the knife is the key to everything. The two kiss.

Gotham airs on Thursdays on FOX at 8/7c.

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STAN AGAINST EVIL: SEASON 2 OFFICIAL TRAILER UNVEILED AT NEW YORK COMICCON



STAN AGAINST EVIL: SEASON 2 OFFICIAL TRAILER UNVEILED AT NEW YORK COMIC CON
Stan Against Evil Season 2 to Premiere Wednesday, November 1 at 10PM with Two Back-to-Back Episodes on IFC

Be afraid.  Be very afraid….ish. The official Season 2 trailer for IFC’s horror-comedy Stan Against Evil, unveiled today at New York Comic Con, offers a sneak-peek at the demonic creatures, ghosts, and wareponies (yes, ponies) rising to delightfully frighten the residents of Willard’s Mill. 

Watch and share (if you dare) the official Season 2 trailer here:



Season 2 welcomes returning stars John C. McGinley (Scrubs) as Stan Miller, the curmudgeonly retired police-sheriff, and Janet Varney (You’re The Worst) as Evie Barret, the current sheriff in Willard’s Mill determined to wipe out the demons that plague their quaint New England town. After Evie mysteriously vanished in the Season 1 finale, Stan must begrudgingly get off his couch again to solve the mystery of his sheriff’s time-travelling disappearance. Through thick and thin, the unlikely team continues to battle against the unleashing of wicked demons trying to take over Willard’s Mill, which happens to be built on the site of a massive 17th century witch burning. 

Deborah Baker Jr. (The Great Indoors) and Nate Mooney (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) also return to co-star as Denise Miller, Stan’s absent-minded, do-good daughter, and Deputy Leon Drinkwater, Evie’s right hand man, respectively. Season 2 guest stars include Denise Boutte (Meet the Browns), Jeffrey Combs (Gotham), David Koechner (Anchorman), Patty McCormack (The Bad Seed), and Steven Ogg (The Walking Dead).

Stan Against Evil is created, written and executive produced by Dana Gould (The Simpsons, Parks and Recreation), with Tom Lassally (Silicon Valley) also serving as executive producer. RadicalMedia (What Happened, Miss Simone?, MARS) produces the series with Frank Scherma and Justin Wilkes executive producing. Star John C. McGinley also serves as a producer.

Season 2 premieres Wednesday, November 1 at 10PM on IFC with two back-to-back episodes. The 8-episode season will air weekly on Wednesdays, with two episodes airing consecutively at 10PM and 10:30PM.  Stan Against Evil Season 1 is available to watch on Hulu, iTunes, Amazon, GooglePlay and XBox.

For continued updates on Stan Against Evil, please check out:
Twitter: @IFC #StanAgainstEvil

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Alex Ross has announced the New York Comic on exclusives, and they're Gorgeous!

Are you headed to New York Comic Con this weekend? Alex Ross has some gorgeous items that'll be on sale. Check them out below.

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DESPICABLE ME 3 – The #1 Animated Movie of the Year Arrives on Digital HD 11/21 and on Special Edition Blu-ray 12/5

FROM THE HIGHEST-GROSSING ANIMATED FILM FRANCHISE OF ALL TIME, GRU AND HIS MINIONS MAKE MERRY MAYHEM IN THE YEAR’S #1 ANIMATED COMEDY

DESPICABLE ME 3



SPECIAL EDITION FEATURING AN ALL-NEW MINI-MOVIE, MINION MOMENTS & MORE!

AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL NOVEMBER 21, 20174K ULTRA HD, BLU-RAY™, DVD AND ON DEMAND ON DECEMBER 5, 2017 FROM UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Universal City, California, October 4, 2017 – Illumination and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment present Despicable Me 3on Digital and Digital 3D November 21, 2017 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand December 5, 2017. The characters beloved by everyone – Gru, his wife Lucy, their three adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and the Minionsprovide hours of family fun in this heartwarmingly subversive comedy from Academy Award®-nominated producer Chris Meledandri (Despicable Me Franchise) and directors Pierre Coffin (Despicable Me Franchise) and Kyle Balda (Minions 1 & 2, The Lorax). Hailed as “the best Despicable Me movie yet,” by Ali Plumb of BBC Radio 1, with over $949 million in global ticket sales, Despicable Me 3 is the ultimate holiday gift, with almost an entire hour of exclusive bonus features including an all-new mini-movie, a never-before-released deleted scene, and much more!

Illumination, the studio that brought you Sing, The Secret Life of Pets and the Despicable Me franchise, continues the adventures of Gru and his family in Despicable Me 3. After he is fired from the Anti-Villain League for failing to take down Balthazar Bratt (Trey Parker, “South Park,” Team America: World Police), the latest evil mastermind to threaten humanity, Gru finds himself in the midst of a major identity crisis. But when a mysterious stranger shows up to inform Gru that he has a long-lost twin brother — a brother who desperately wishes to follow in his twin’s despicable footsteps — the former super-villain rediscovers just how good it feels to be bad.

Academy Award® nominee Steve Carell (Foxcatcher) reprises his hilarious role as reformed criminal mastermind Gru, as well as his newly discovered twin, Dru. The all-star voice cast also features Kristen Wiig (BridesmaidsDespicable Me 2), Miranda Cosgrove(Despicable Me 1 & 2, School of Rock), Steve Coogan (The Secret Life of PetsPhilomena), Jenny Slate (ZootopiaThe Secret Life of Pets), Dana Gaier (Despicable Me 1 & 2) and legendary singer and actress Julie Andrews (The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins).

Despicable Me 3 will be available on 4K Ultra HD in a combo pack which includes 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray and Digital. The 4K Ultra HD will include all bonus features on the Blu-ray disc. 
  • 4K Ultra HD is the ultimate movie watching experience. 4K Ultra HD features the combination of 4K resolution for four times sharper picture than HD, the color brilliance of High Dynamic Range (HDR) with immersive audio delivering a multidimensional sound experience.
  • Blu-ray unleashes the power of your HDTV and is the best way to watch movies at home, featuring 6X the picture resolution of DVD, exclusive extras and theater-quality surround sound.
  • DIGITAL lets fans watch movies anywhere on their favorite devices. Users can instantly stream or download.
BONUS FEATURES EXCLUSIVE TO 4K ULTRA HD, BLU-RAYTM, DVD & DIGITAL:
  • All-New Mini Movie — The Secret Life of Kyle
  • Minion Moments — Watch the Minions cause more hilarious mayhem with Gru
  • Deleted Scene — With intro by Dana Gaier, the voice of Edith
  • Character Profiles — The inside scoop on the most popular characters, from the actors who play them
  • The Making of Despicable Me 3 — A behind-the-scenes look at the making of the movie
  • Developing Dru — Behind the scenes character development of Dru
  • The AVL Files — Through the lens of the Anti-Villain League’s hi-tech database, this ultra secret, interactive surveillance briefing showcases all of the agency’s amazing creations and top agents
  • Freedonia Visitors Guide — Welcome to Freedonia! See all that the town has to offer with this interactive map. From its world class cheese, to its beautiful coastline, Freedonia has it all!
  • Despicable Me TV — Tune in for some fabulous fun with these Despicable Me 3 infomercials. Includes “Balthazar Bratt Action Figure,” “Bad Boy Bod by Balthazar Bratt” and “Agnes’ Super Cute, Incredibly Amazing Toy Sale.”
  • “Doowit” Sing-Along — Sing along with Pharrell Williamsas the Minions plot their escape from prison
  • “Yellow Light” Music Video — Official music video by Pharrell Williams
  • Minion Mugshots — The Minions add to the long list of celebrity mugshots in their very own “rogues gallery.”
  • Wanted Posters — Have you seen these Minions wanted for various crimes?
FILMMAKERS:
Cast: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker, Miranda Cosgrove, Steve Coogan, Jenny Slate, Dana Gaier, Julie Andrews
Directed By: Pierre Coffin, Kyle Balda
Produced By: Chris Meledandri, Janet Healy
Executive Produced By: Chris Renaud
Written By: Cinco Paul, Ken Daurio
Co-directed By: Eric Guillon
Score By: Heitor Pereira
Original Songs and Themes By: Pharrell Williams
Edited By: Clare Dodgson

DOLBY VISION:
Despicable Me 3 4K Ultra HD is available in Dolby Vision. Leveraging the HDR innovation that powers Dolby’s most advanced cinemas around the world, Dolby Vision transforms the TV experience in the home by delivering greater brightness and contrast, as well as a fuller palette of rich colors.


TECHNICAL INFORMATION – 4K ULTRA HD:
Street Date: December 5, 2017
Copyright: 2017 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. All Rights Reserved.
Selection Number: 61190396 (US)/ 61190397 (CDN)
Running Time: 1 hour, 29 minutes
Layers: BD-66
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 2.40:1
Rating: PG for action and rude humor
Video: 2160p UHD Dolby Vision/HDR 10
Sound: English DTS:X, DTS-HD High Resolution Audio 7.1, French DTS Digital Surround 5.1, Spanish DTS-
HD High Resolution Audio 7.1
Language/Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

TECHNICAL INFORMATION – 3D BLU-RAYTM:
Street Date: December 5, 2017
Copyright: 2017 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. All Rights Reserved.
Selection Number: 61180677 (US)/ 61180675 (CDN)
Running Time: 1 hour, 29 minutes
Layers: BD-50
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 2.40:1
Rating: PG for action and rude humor
Video: 1080p High-Definition
Sound: English DTS:X, Dolby Digital 2.0 and DTS-HD High Resolution Audio 7.1, French DTS Digital
Surround 5.1, Spanish DTS-HD High Resolution Audio 7.1
Language/Subtitles English SDH, French and Spanish

TECHNICAL INFORMATION – BLU-RAYTM:
Street Date: December 5, 2017
Copyright: 2017 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. All Rights Reserved.
Selection Number: 6118066 (US)/ 6118068 (CDN)
Running Time: 1 hour, 29 minutes
Layers: BD-50
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 2.40:1
Rating: PG for action and rude humor
Video: 1080p High-Definition
Sound: English DTS:X, Dolby Digital 2.0 and DTS-HD High Resolution Audio 7.1, French DTS Digital
Surround 5.1, Spanish DTS-HD High Resolution Audio 7.1
Language/Subtitles English SDH, French and Spanish

TECHNICAL INFORMATION – DVD
Street Date: December 5, 2017
Copyright: 2017 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. All Rights Reserved.
Selection Number: 61180665 (US)/ 61180676 (CDN)
Running Time: 1 hour, 29 minutes
Layers: DVD-9
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen 2.40:1
Rating: PG for action and rude humor
Sound: English, Spanish and French Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital 2.0
Language/Subtitles English SDH, French and Spanish

About Illumination 
Illumination, founded by Academy Award® nominee Chris Meledandri in 2007, is one of the entertainment industry’s leading producers of event-animated films.  The company’s franchises include two of the top-six animated films of all time, and its iconic, beloved brands—infused with memorable and distinct characters, global appeal and cultural relevance—have grossed more than $5.7 billion worldwide.

Illumination was recently honored by Fast Company as one of the world’s most innovative companies.

Illumination, which has an exclusive financing and distribution partnership with Universal Pictures, has garnered an extraordinary number of franchise successes for a studio only a decade old.  As the creator of the hugely successful world of Despicable Me, which was recently crowned the top-grossing box-office animated franchise globally, Illumination has evolved the Despicable Me series to include Minions, the second-highest-grossing animated film of all time and the most profitable film in Universal’s history, as well as the Academy Award®-nominated Despicable Me 2 and summer 2017’s Despicable Me 3, which has already made more than $950 million at the global box office.

In 2016 alone, Illumination launched two original properties that captivated audiences worldwide.  Last summer, The Secret Life of Pets achieved the best opening for an original movie, animated or otherwise, in U.S. history.  Likewise, the critically lauded holiday favorite Sing premiered to a standing ovation at the Toronto International Film Festival before becoming a global smash.

Founded 10 years ago with the mission of putting a smile on the face of every member of the audience, no matter their age, Illumination continues to imagine both original stories, as well as unexpected adaptations of beloved pre-existing works.  By infusing joy and discovery into every property, the studio allows audiences to connect their experiences with each property to the Illumination brand itself.

With successful mobile games, consumer products and social/digital media, Illumination’s franchises—populated with characters that are as comedic as they are heartfelt and authentic—translate far beyond the theater.  “Despicable Me: Minion Rush” has now become the fifth-most popular game ever, while Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem, at Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood, has been joined by the wildly popular Minion Park at Universal Studios Japan…where the Minions are the No. 1 licensed characters.

Illumination’s upcoming films—featuring creative contributors from an unparalleled collection of writers, artists, voice talent and musicians—include Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch in November 2018, The Secret Life of Pets 2 in June 2019, Minions 2 in July 2020, and Sing 2 in December 2020.

About Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (UPHE) is a unit of Universal Pictures, a division of Universal Studios (www.universalstudios.com). Universal Studios is a part of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks, and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

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