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With Dark Shadows set to hit theaters this weekend, Warners hosted a small Q&A this past Tuesday to highlight what will be composer Danny Elfman and director Tim Burton’s fourteenth film together. I am notorious for getting lost on studio lots (I once accidentally wandered into a background shot during the filming of Private Practice while looking for a screening room), but I was pleased (and relieved) when I arrived and realized this event was being held outside making it easy to find (although the long line of Elfman fans flanking the venue was also a pretty clear indicator). It was a nice change of pace to be outside on a warm afternoon and seemed to put everyone in a good mood. While the Q&A was moderated, the goal of the afternoon was primarily to open the floor up to the fans and have them ask the questions. This can be a precarious opportunity when the questions are unfiltered (and sometimes cringe worthy) as anyone who has attended a Q&A can attest to. However this afternoon the questions (save for a few – no, Oingo Boingo will not be getting back together) were incredibly thoughtful and interesting. Elfman noted that doing events like this are something he gladly takes time to do as he loves interacting with fans and this was clear as he took every question seriously and gave each person his undivided attention when answering. The event was also to commemorate the release of Elfman and Burton’s 25th Anniversary […]

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What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly movie-related link dump written by a guy who is having all kinds of trouble typing at the moment. Look out, all you armchair copyeditors. This one might get a little wld. We begin tonight with the story of the afternoon: Simpsons creator Matt Groening has revealed that Springfield, Oregon is the basis behind the Springfield where Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie cause trouble. In response, the folks at Gizmodo have used Google Earth to show us What The Simpsons’ Springfield Looks Like in Real Life. The people aren’t yellow, as it turns out.

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Are you a recently defrosted human from the year 1999 that woke up in the thirtieth century? If so, then do I have some news for you… Comedy Central has ordered two more seasons of Futurama for a total of a twenty six episode order. Each season will contain thirteen episodes, clearly the return of the show last year drew even stronger ratings than anyone realized, because it takes a bomb under the feet of a television executive to get an order this high. And to be honest, I would not put that out of the realm of possibility for Bender Bending Rodriguez. It took about five episodes to get its footing back, but once Futurama started delivering episodes, some of which surpassed the quality of the original run from FOX, it never stopped. So I’m more than welcoming of another season, and the fact that we can guarantee Futurama through 2013 is more than a happy surprise for the day. But unfortunately that news is counter balanced with the unfortunate announcement that FX has decided not to pick up the critically acclaimed boxing series Lights Out for a second season. This news though tragic does not come as a surprise considering the ratings were only slightly higher than Terriers, and like Terriers, the show was never able to cross the one million mark in ratings beyond the airing of the pilot in January.

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The Holiday season has reared its ugly head upon New New York and that means it’s time for The Futurama Holiday Spectacular! What is that you ask? Why The Futurama Holiday Spectacular is only the finest holiday tales ever to grace your tiny boob tube. Everything from Christmas, to Robotukah, to Kwanzaa gets a nice punch right to the gut. And before you even think it, you must realize that there’s no where to run, no where to hide, and no place to stand a fight The Futurama Holiday Spectacular! Oh, and Al Gore might have a very devious plot for our beloved future dwelling characters. It’s The Futurama Holiday Spectacular! Brought to you by Gunderson’s Unshelled Nuts.

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It’s the crews 100th delivery! They’re sent to a rich lady with an explosive souffle provided by Elzar. But while attending a richy rich dinner party, Leela is once again discovered to be a mutant and sentenced to life in the sewers. The rest of the crew gets two weeks for harboring a fugitive mutant. But that only lasts for so long once Leela decides to fight for mutant equal rights. But with the humans away, Bender will play. For he decides to throw the ultimate 100th delivery bash at the Planet Express HQ. But things don’t go as planned when he begins to really miss all his friends.

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After a failed attempt to conquer earth, Ndnd throws Lrrr out of Omicron Persei 8. So Lrrr begins his mid-life crisis on earth in the company of Bender. But things don’t go as planned when earth is actually “conquered” by Lrrr and now Ndnd wants him back. Now he must choose between the friends that actually care for him, or the one he loves dearly. While at the same time Fry tries to get his amateur comic book off the ground and into the hands of millions at Comic Con.

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In what I can only describe as the most random episode of the season, The Professor and Amy perfect their mind switching machine. Upon realizing that they want to be in each others body, they switch. But when they discover that it’s impossible to switch back, all hell break loose. Bender, wanting to steal the Robo Emperor’s crown, decides to switch bodies with The Professor, who is currently in Amy’s body. And The Professor decides to run away with Bender’s body. But Amy hates The Professor’s body so she decided to switch with Leela, which then prompts Fry to switch with Zoidberg to prove to Leela that he isn’t only attracted to her body… and that’s only the first half of this week’s Futurama.

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When the theory of evolution is questioned on Earth, The Professor deices to leave and go live on a lifeless planet. But things don’t go as planned when the nanobots he uses to clean the planets water begin to evolve at an exponential rate. Now the entire Planet Express team is trapped with no foreseeable way of getting home. Major developments: Amy is revealed to be Asian… What worked: This episode was very 50/50 for me. As for what worked, I really dug everything that happened on the stray planet. It was really funny, especially the dinosaur bits. I’m always a fan of putting Fry into the most extreme, yet goofy situations. And his basic dialogue like “Don’t eat my butt!” is delivered with such passion that even those jokes work. Which brings me to a larger point, in this episode when jokes hit, they his hard and swift. Again, it’s classic Futurama and I greatly appreciated it. The jokes that worked in this episode were either very subtle – like the pizza joke – or way out there blatant – like the wives bit – there was no middle ground.

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Nibbler is getting sick and tired of being treated like a inferior pet. Upon ordering Leela and the rest of the team to treat him like an equal, Leela and Co. find a new pet. An adorable kitty that Amy is allergic to. But things are not as they appear. As the cats have hypnotized the everyone of the crew, except for Amy and Nibbler. Now it’s up to them to stop the cute kitties’ diabolical plan before earth is destroyed. Major developments: The Planet Express ship is green. What worked: First and foremost, I am always a fan of talking Nibbler episodes. It also makes the joke funnier that the crew is fully aware Nibbler is an intelligent being that is just super cute. I like watching Nibbler finally get fed up with the cutesy act, then realizing he can’t live with out it. Check after the jump to see more of Merrill’s thoughts including what didn’t work this episode. Or alternately, the thoughts most likely to infuriate Futurama apologist Matt Welch…

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It’s Leela’s birthday, and after standing her up at their lunch date, Fry promises Leela a birthday dinner to remember. But because he showed up late to work that morning (with no help from Bender), he’s forced to stay one minute late and help The Professor test his new one way time machine that only travels forward. But things go horribly wrong when the controls get stuck, sending Fry, Bender and The Professor hurtling forward in time and space with no conceivable way of returning home. And with that, lets take a trip… Into the year 10,000.

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On returning home after a long day at the “Sith-War” Renactment, the gang discovers that Bender is going through some malfunctions. At which point it is discovered that Bender suffers from a manufacture defect that doesn’t allow him to upload himself into a new body if something happens to his current one. Upon realizing this, Bender sets out on a journey with Hermes to find his original inspector “Inspector #5″ in hopes of finding an answer as to why he was allowed to enter the world. And so begins another week in the year 3000…

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After getting the first question wrong on a game show, Fry comes to the conclusion that that everyone else already figured out, he is a giant dope. So while the professor is trying to cheer him up by showing his collection of vintage Leonardo da Vinci memorabilia, Fry accidentally destroys Leonardo’s beard. But by doing so he accidentally reveals Da Vinci’s greatest secret. This, combined with clues that are revealed to be within The Last Supper, will take the team down the rabbit hole of Leonardo da Vinci’s mind to discover his ultimate secret. And so begins another week on Futurama…

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Episode: “’Proposition Infinity’” (Season 6, Episode 4) Airs: Comedy Central, Thursdays, 10pm Episode synopsis: After breaking up with Kif, Amy begins a robosexual relationship with Bender. But when they announce they’re going to try and legalize robosexual marriage, the professor will stop at nothing to keep it illegal. Major developments: As I said last week, it’s Futurama.

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Mom unveils a new device and everybody wants a piece of it. But there is much more to Mom’s new toy than meets the eyePhone.

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In rebirth, following the events of Into the Wild Green Yonder, Fry and the gang learn a sad truth about Leela and Fry. In-A-Gadda-Da-Leela features the tale of Leela and Zapp and their attempt to save earth from total destruction.

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Futurama fans can breath a sigh of relief today.

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Since fans voted with their wallets and continued watching episodes on Comedy Central, Fox has decided to resurrect “Futurama” from cancellation hell.

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SlashFilm has posted an image from the free Hellboy comic presenting a “what if…” scenario of awesome proportions.

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One of the most disappointing Blu-ray releases since the inception of the format.

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