BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE slated for August release...

The buzz around the upcoming home entertainment (Industry talk for DVD and Blu-ray releases) release of BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE is considerable. The source material is an Iconic Batman story that is as dark as dark can be and the animated feature film apparently is faithful enough to the source material to snag an R rating. The film features Batman regulars Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill and is directed by Sam Liu, whose animated Batman work has earned him an Emmy Award. Warner has decided that there has been enough teasing and has released the date, art and extras. Based on the acclaimed graphic novel of the same name, Batman: The Killing...

Sundance Channel, Acorn Media bring THE LAST PANTH...

Next Wednesday, The Sundance Channel airs the first episode of THE LAST PANTHERS, a British crime drama based on the infamous Pink Panthers, a European gang that preyed on Jewelers. The series theme song is original music by the late David Bowie. You can find the opening credits, featuring said song, below. A daring diamond heist in the south of France bears the hallmarks of the supposedly retired “Pink Panthers,” a gang famed for their bold daylight raids and movie-style getaways. It seems like the perfect crime—until a young girl is killed in their escape. This sets a British insurance-loss adjuster (Oscar® nominee Samantha Morton), a...

The first look at the BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE ani...

If you were to ask comic fans what is the meanest, ugliest, coolest Batman story, odds are pretty good THE KILLING JOKE would be mentioned over and over. The tale came from the cracked mind of Alan Moore and had an impact an impact on many future Comic book writers and artists. So when word came that Warner Bros would be producing an animated feature of TKJ, folks were both excited and nervous. Could this be done right? From what we have heard so far, it sounds promising. For starters, Warner has Ok’d an R rated version. Add to that the fact that Mark Hamill agreed to reprise his role as the Joker, something he has said he was...

Shout! Factory to release LOU GRANT: Season One in...

Not crime, but something I am delighted to share: Shout! Factory has announced they will be releasing LOU GRANT: Season One on May 24th. I remember, even as a kid, realizing it was damn good TV and am thrilled to see it finally released on DVD. Ed Asner reprises the indelible character he made famous on the classic sitcom The Mary Tyler Moore Show in Lou Grant: Season One. Co-starring Mason Adams (Omen III: The Final Conflict), Robert Walden (All The President’s Men) and Nancy Marchand (The Sopranos), the riveting Lou Grant ran for five seasons from 1978 to 1982, and set a high standard for all topic-oriented, serial dramas to come....

Acorn to release AND THEN THERE WERE NONE in April

Acorn Media has announced that they have acquired the North American rights to And Then There Were None, the critically-acclaimed new adaptation of the best-selling crime novel of all-time. And Then There Were None’s impressive ensemble features Aidan Turner (Poldark, The Hobbit trilogy), Charles Dance (Game of Thrones), Anna Maxwell Martin (Midwinter of the Spirit, The Bletchley Circle), Sam Neill (Jurassic Park), Miranda Richardson (Harry Potter films, Sleepy Hollow), Douglas Booth (Great Expectations), Maeve Dermody (Serangoon Road), Burn Gorman (TURN: Washington’s Spies, Torchwood), Toby Stephens (Black Sails, Jane Eyre),...

Criterion Collection May releases feature Bogart a...

The Criterion Collection has announced their May line-up and it features some damn fine films. Seeing as how we focus on death, deceit and larceny, I will list those that best apply to us. ONLY ANGELS HAVE WINGS Electrified by crackling dialogue and visual craftsmanship of the great Howard Hawks, Only Angels Have Wings stars Jean Arthur as a traveling entertainer who gets more than she bargained for during a stopover in a South American port town. There she meets a handsome and aloof daredevil pilot, played by Cary Grant, who runs an airmail company, staring down death while servicing towns in treacherous mountain terrain. Both attracted to...