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Is There a Problem With Apu?
 2018-04-16 10:24:25 ET by Jack Anderson

Started in 1989, The Simpsons is one of the longest running shows in America. Currently in its 29th season, The Simpsons has become an iconic fictional family and has become part of the American culture. Everyone knows and love Bart and Homer Simpson. But recently, the show has been drawn into a controversy about one of its second characters, Apu.

For those who do not know about the character or do not remember him in detail, Apu Nahasapeemapetilon is an Indian immigrant, owner of the store Kwik-E-Mart in Springfield. Known for his catch phrase "Thank you, come again", he is portrayed by the voice of Hank Azaria - known to all Friends fans by playing David, the scientist character in love with Phoebe Buffay.

The character of Apu is clearly a stereotyped caricature of Indian immigrants. But because of the wild popularity of The Simpsons series, some are arguing that the character is actually having a negative impact on the Indian community.

Last year, stand-up comic actor Hari Kondabolu wrote and starred in a documentary titled The Problem with Apu. Directed by Michael Melamedoff, the film centered around the fact that some Indians find the character of Apu offensive. In an era of social media, the press caught up with the controversy until the show actually had to reply, in some form.
The series actually referred to it in its episode No Good Read Goes Unpunished. Aired on April 8, 2018, the episode includes a scene in which Marge (the mother) and Lisa (the daughter) talk about a book that Marge loved as a child. Marge explains that the book contains material that could be found offensive nowadays. Marge starts to erase parts of the book, but says that she will miss the emotional journey. When Marge asks her daughter what to do, Lisa then replies "It's hard to say. Something that started decades ago and was applauded and inoffensive is now politically incorrect. What can you do?" They then look at a picture of Apu.

After the episode aired, Kondabolu commented and said that he did not appreciate that the show would summarize the controversy by only referring to it as being politically incorrect. While some argues that Apu is an offensive character and should be either edited or replaced, some other argue that The Simpsons series is also showing many other stereotypes, such as the Italian mob boss, as one of its well-known examples.

If you want to make up your own mind, we suggest you to watch The Simpsons, as well as the documentary The Problem with Apu.

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More David Simon Works to Come
 2018-04-14 04:02:24 ET by Gruic

David Simon, the talented writer and game changer, author of The Wire and Treme, is a very busy man.

On one side, Simon is developing a new mini-series called A Dry Run. The drama will focus on the Spanish Civil War as well as the involvement of the United States.

In addition, the writer is working with his collaborator George Pelecanos on the second season of The Deuce. Featuring James Franco, The Deuce tells the story of the porn industry in the 1970s.
The first season of The Deuce received critical acclaims and DVDs and Blu Ray Disks were released in February 2018.

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A New OAV and Project for Violet Evergaden
 2018-04-09 08:12:15 ET by Gruic

Violet Evergarden, the successful anime from Netflix, has not reached the end yet. Many fans were kept waiting for more. It seems that their prayers were answered in not only one but two separated projects.

First the OAV (Original Anime Video) will be released in July 2018. Second, we learned that Kyoto Animation is actually already working on a new Violet Evergarden project.

Let's hope that the cliffhanger of episode 4 will, at last, have some continuation.

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Christopher Nolan Advocates to Keep Celluloid Film Infrastructure
 2018-04-08 10:34:05 ET by Jack Anderson

Filmmaker Christopher Nolan traveled to India and participated in a series of events focused on the future of film. While most movies are currently filmed in digital, many argue that digital is still inferior to celluloid film. For those who have never seen the difference, digital is providing a sense of realism that is in clear contrast to celluloid, which is providing a sense of a dream-like world.

When the Hollywood industry focused heavily on digital and 3D, especially since the release of James Cameron's Avatar in 2008, some filmmakers such as Nolan focused on 70mm IMAX format and continued to shoot on actual film.

But as the industry is moving towards digital, it is becoming harder and harder to find the analog infrastructure for film. Therefore, Nolan explained that "it's not about film versus digital. It's about preserving this medium for future generations."

As an immediate outcome of some of those discussions in Mumbai, two participants, acclaimed filmmakers Santosh Sivan and Sudeep Chatterjee, pledged that they would shoot their next films on celluloid.

Nolan is famously known for The Dark Knight trilogy, Inception, Interstellar and more recently Dunkirk.

Join and share your own view on celluloid film preservation.

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22 Avengers: Infinity War Character Posters
 2018-04-07 10:40:13 ET by Jack Anderson

As part of their marketing campaign, Marvel has just released 22 character posters from the movie Avengers: Infinity War.

Here is the list of characters:
- Falcon (Anthony Mackie)
- Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman)
- Captain America (Chris Evans)
- Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch)
- Drax (Dave Bautista)
- Gamora (Zoe Saldana)
- Groot & Rocket (voiced by Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper)
- Hulk (Mark Ruffalo)
- Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.)
- Mantis (Pom Klementieff)
- Nebula (Karen Gillan)
- Okoye (Danai Gurira)
- Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen)
- Shuri (Letitia Wright)
- Spiderman (Tom Holland)
- Star Lord (Chris Pratt)
- Thor (Chris Hemsworth)
- Vision (Paul Bettany)
- War Machine (Don Cheadle)
- Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan)
- Wong (Benedict Wong)

We have added all the character posters to the movie page. Click here to see those.

Avengers: Infinity is set to be released on April 27, 2018.

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Studio Ghibli Co-Founder Isao Takahata Dies at 82
 2018-04-06 03:03:04 ET by Jack Anderson

Born on October 29, 1935, Isao Takahata passed away at 82. He was known as the co-founder of the anime Studio Ghibli, alongside Hayao Miyazaki.

Takahata directed some beautiful and original films. His most popular film is without any doubt Grave of the Fireflies (Hotaru no haka). Released in 1988, this brilliant film told the story of a young boy and his sister struggling to survive in Japan during World War II.

For those who do not know his work, here is the trailer of that film:

In 2013, Takahata released his final film. Titled The Tale of Princess Kaguya, the film was once again critically acclaimed.

In order to celebrate his work and pay a tribute to the man, both his films Grave of the Fireflies and The Tale of Princess Kaguya have been added to our site, as well as Takahata’s star page.

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ER Star Anthony Edwards Making His Broadway Debut
 2018-04-05 08:43:57 ET by Jack Anderson

Actor Anthony Edwards, famous for his portrayal of Dr. Mark Greene in NBC's ER television series, is making his Broadway debut in the play Children of a Lesser God.

In an interview with Theater Mania, Edwards went back to his time on ER and how the series felt like a televised play at the time. "It felt like doing a play, different versions every week. I kept exploring and exploring, which is what you do in a play, and the writing supported that. Because of what we were doing technically, we were able to do four or five pages of dialogue all in one shot, and that required being sharp and being on it in the same way as theater."

Asked about the incredible popularity of the long-lasting series, Edwards commented on how they tried to convey emotions through realism. "We used to have an expression that if you held an emotion too long, you're out, because that's not what real people do. Real people don't hold for commercials when someone has just died. That sensationalism that people think is dramatic actually isn't."

Edwards also explained how it felt coming back to work after taking a long break, focused on his family life. "I took a big break after ER, very intentionally, when my kids were little. We moved here to New York, and I spent a lot of time walking them to school. I was fortunate to meet people who said, "You're never gonna regret spending time with your kids." There was no way any job was gonna take that from me. I had the [financial] luxury and spent 10 years doing that. In that same way, it's really fun now going back to work. It feels like it's for the right reasons. It's pretty heavenly."

Source: Theater Mania.

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Stranger Things creators sued for copying a short film
 2018-04-04 03:06:57 ET by Jack Anderson

Stranger Things was an instant hit. Released by Netflix, the series, now having released two seasons, follows a cast of young characters facing adventures in a strange world.
Filmmaker Charlie Kessler has filed a lawsuit about Stranger Things creators Matt and Ross Duffer, for allegedly stealing his ideas for a very similar show, based on a short film he produced named Montauk as well as his idea to produce a feature film based on a script named The Montauk Project.

According to court documents, Kessler says he met and discussed his script with the Duffer brothers during a premiere party at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2014. He alleges he did not know that Stranger Things mirrored his own ideas until it was released in July 2016.
Kessler is suing for breach of implied contract and is seeking monetary damages.

As for the Montauk short film itself, it tells a paranormal science-fiction story and deals with secret government projects and conspiracy theories. It also features a cop that is haunted by his past.

Both Netflix and the Duffer brothers did not comment the lawsuit at this time.
Montauk, which had been available for viewing on Vimeo, was removed from public viewing on Tuesday afternoon.

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New book about 2001:A Space Odyssey, to celebrate its 50th anniversary
 2018-04-03 11:00:04 ET by Jack Anderson

Fifty years ago, Director Stanley Kubrick released "2001: A Space Odyssey", a movie that would forever change not only the sci-fi genre, but the entire movie industry. The film was a real milestone and is now getting a new book about its inception.
Titled simply "Space Odyssey" and released by Simon & Schuster, the book goes into much details in the creation of the film, as well as the relationship between Stanley Kubrick and author Arthur C. Clarke.

Author Michael Benson was interviewed by the site and, interestingly, explains the reasons why he chose to write the book:
(...)when the 50th anniversary started appearing on the horizon, I thought it might be a good thing to do — it might be, in a way, cathartic, and help me understand the film better [to] write about it.

You can read an exclusive excerpt of the book here.


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Preview: The Truth Is Out There
 2017-12-27 03:03:27 ET by X

Dear X-Philes,

FOX released yet another teaser for The X-Files' eleventh season. Warning, this video contains some major spoilers about the new episodes.

Stay tuned for more information. The first episode of season 11, titled My Struggle III, will air on January 3 of 2018, in just six days.

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Steven Williams Confirmed For X-Fest Line Up
 2017-12-18 11:17:24 ET by Caroline R. Poole

Steven Williams is the latest guest to be confirmed for The Con-Life X-Fest line up on March 3 in Utica, Illinois from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

An announcement has been verified over on the official Twitter page:

With this announcement comes an exciting first ever opportunity for X-Philes to have a photo op with both Steven Williams AND Jerry Hardin!

Tickets are available at

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Sneak Peak: What to expect this season
 2017-12-17 17:00:56 ET by X

FOX released yet another short video, this time titled "What to expect this season".

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My Struggle III - Press Release
 2017-12-14 05:35:32 ET by Caroline R. Poole

With each new day bringing The Truth closer than ever, We find ourselves unravelling new pieces to the puzzle in the run up to the Season Premiere on January 3rd 2018.

Fox have confirmed that the title of the Eleventh Season Premiere will be titled "My Struggle III". Over on Twitter, Anne Simon and long time provider of the science behind The X Files teases a very valid question in asking whose struggle is the title referring to this time?

Speculation is already rife amongst X-Philes everywhere regarding this now confirmed premiere title. Ranging with idea's from William, to Mulder and Scully's relationship, a struggle for Skinner, or maybe The Cigarette Smoking Man will reveal some sort of struggle? Whatever the truth is behind the "My Struggle III" title, one thing for sure is that we cannot wait for The X-Files to return!

The press release from Fox revealed that the premiere episode will be in fact written and directed by Series Creator Chris Carter as well as providing the following description:

"Picking up after the last event series' cliffhanger, Mulder and Scully learn that they aren't the only ones desperately searching for their long-lost son, William. The very fate of the world may depend on it in the all-new "My Struggle III" season premiere episode of THE X-FILES airing Wednesday, Jan. 3 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (XF-1101) (TV-14 D, L, V)"

Furthermore, an article by SpoilerTV has revealed the following cast list:

Cast: David Duchovny as Fox Mulder; Gillian Anderson as Dana Scully; Mitch Pileggi as Walter Skinner

Guest Cast: William B. David as Cigarette Smoking Man; Annabeth Gish as Monica Reyes; Chris Owen as Jeffrey Spender; AC Peterson as Mr. Y; Barbara Hershey as Erika Price; Robbie Amell as Agent Miller; Lauren Ambrose as Agent Einstein; Anjali Jay As Dr. Joyet

With "My Struggle III" set to start off the eleventh season of The X-Files in only a few weeks time, we can't wait to see where this upcoming journey will take us!

Check out the article from SpoilerTV here: SpoilerTV

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Unwrapping The X-Files: Retro Chemistry
 2017-12-12 15:45:57 ET by X

FOX just released a very interesting video with many fun old images from behind the scenes. It also contains some exclusive new footages from the new episodes.

Now that you have seen this new video, do you still believe?

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Latest X-Fest Guest Announced
 2017-12-12 04:40:00 ET by Caroline R. Poole

Nick Chinlund is the latest guest confirmed for The Con-Life X-Fest line up on March 3 in Utica, Illinois from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

The announcement came in yesterday via the official Twitter page.

Tickets are on sale at

Shampoo anyone?

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New promo based on the Mulder and Scully Relationship
 2017-12-07 17:17:20 ET by X

A new promo was just released a few minutes ago by FOX. It is based on the Mulder and Scully Relationship, often referred to as the MSR. Be careful, as this video contains many spoilers and new scenes from the eleventh season, set to air on January 3, 2018.

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X-Fest Jerry Hardin Confirmed For Line Up
 2017-12-04 10:43:29 ET by Caroline R. Poole

Jerry Hardin has just been confirmed as the latest guest for The Con-Life X-Fest line up on March 3 in Utica, Illinois from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

An announcement has been verified over on the official Twitter page:

Tickets are currently on sale at

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The Cliffhanger - New Season 11 Promo
 2017-11-30 07:31:52 ET by Caroline R. Poole

Fox has released anther X-Files promo which centres around the Cliffhanger we were thrown into at the end of Season 10 in 2016. As David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson and Chris Carter discuss the scenes on that bridge during the final moments of the tenth season finale, we are further teased with more clips of what we can expect once the spotlight drops down to guide us though our journey into Season 11 in just 33 days time.

The truth is getting so close now, we can almost taste it!

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Anyone for a Game of X-Files?
 2017-11-28 12:11:36 ET by Nikki Spender

It’s like the alien angels have opened their hearts and cast down a multitude of gifts to us X-Files fans. Not only is the long awaited Season 11 approaching, but it looks as though we will also be able to participate in our own investigations of the unexplained with a new game called The X-Files: Deep State.

Gamastutra has provided the press release:

The X-Files: Deep State game announced by Creative Mobile and FoxNext


[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Gamasutra and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource GamesPress.]
Creative Mobile and FoxNext Games announce the upcoming release of The X-Files: Deep State, an officially licensed mystery investigation game that will coincide with the release of the hit television series’ season 11, in Q1 early 2018 and celebrating the 25th anniversary of The X-Files.

Players assume the role of a FBI Special Agent, investigating mysterious crime scenes that defy explanation. They must uncover hidden clues, collect evidence, solve puzzles, interrogate witnesses and suspects to solve the case.

The events of X-Files: Deep State start to unfold sometime during spring 2010, taking place between the tv series season 9 and 10. The game will feature a storyline revolving around the alien invasion and government conspiracies, as well as self-contained episodes related to various paranormal cases.

Key Points:

• The X-Files: Deep State will be available on the App Store, Google Play and Facebook

• The game is free to play with in-app purchases

• New cases to solve on a monthly basis, with myth-arc and monsters of the week

• Customizable character appearance and style options

• Players make moral decisions that impact the storyline

• Dynamic gameplay complimented with an engaging storyline

• Game languages include English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian

• The game will feature appearances of fan favorite characters







About Creative Mobile

Creative Mobile is an independent game developer and publisher based in Tallinn, Estonia. Founded in 2010, the company defined a new genre of mobile games and evolved into an internationally recognized studio. Games published by Creative Mobile have been enjoyed by over 350 million players worldwide, and the company continues to reinvent itself and expand into new genres and platforms.

About FoxNext Games

FoxNext is driving immersive, next generation entertainment experiences in the areas of virtual and augmented reality, mobile, console and pc games and location-based entertainment across Twentieth Century Fox Film and Fox Networks Group.

The division consists of FoxNext Games, FoxNext Destinations and FoxNext VR Studio. Fox has a successful track record identifying exceptional games and publishing partners across the mobile and console/PC space, such as Family Guy: Another Freakin’ Mobile Game, Animation Throwdown: The Quest for Cards, The Simpsons Tapped Out, Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff, Ice Age Adventures, Sugar Smash: Book of Life and Alien: Isolation.

According to toucharcade, game play will include solving all those unexplained, paranormal mysteries we've come to love alongside a partner by the name of Agent Dale, perhaps a nod to Agent Arthur Dales from the episode “The Travelers”. Toucharcade goes on to voice the only complaint many of us might have – while the player does not have the privilege to play Scully or Mulder, they will get the chance to follow along with some spooky and unsolved story lines.

Even though the press release states that the release date is not until early 2018, those of you Android users may be able to check the game out right now as it appears to be already available for installation on the Google Play store.

But for those of you on iOS, here is a teaser for the game:


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Chris Carter Claps Back at Critics
 2017-11-27 12:33:17 ET by Nikki Spender

Although a great deal of anticipation swirled around The X-Files Season 10 revival back in 2015, it’s safe to say that a good number of fans and critics alike had their misgivings. Some were predetermined to believe that the show could never be as good as it once was, while others were put off before “My Struggle” even aired due to leaked information that Mulder and Scully would not be a couple. After the episodes began to air, some were content to see all the old faces in all the old familiar places, while others felt let down by a myriad of issues including the introduction of new characters, thin and obvious plotlines, the state of the Mulder/Scully relationship, and the list went on. But some shakiness is understandable – even though you never forget how to ride a bike, it’s perfectly natural for someone to a wobble a little on their first time back on a bicycle in 12 years.

Carter has historically made a point not only to pay attention to fan feedback, but also take heed of fan complaints. Where the Season 10 Revival is concerned, Carter remains firm that some of those Season 10 wrinkles have been ironed out ahead of the Season 11 premiere on January 3, 2018.

Giving his two cents on the situation to Michael Ausiello of TV Line, Carter explains, “We [relaunched] from a standing start after not having been on the air for 12 years — there was some reacquainting that had to be achieved…It was like old friends getting back together. We had to shake some of the stiffness out.”

Carter goes on to say to TVLine that he is confident that Season 11 will “hit the ground running,” and further clarifies, “I think that we’re all in fighting shape now.”

The TVLine article curiously points out that Carter is particularly “bullish” in his defense of the episode penned by X-Files actor/writer alum Darin Morgan, “Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster,” which seemed to be one of the most lauded episodes of the season. Nonetheless, Carter slapped down the haters by describing the episode as, “original, smart, funny… everything you expect [from Morgan]”. I would have to say that I agree with that sentiment.

Everyone’s a critic, but hopefully Season 11’s performance will put some of the doubts and complaints to rest.

Source: TVLine

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