What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 30 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!

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Cool Stuff: Bad Robot Statue (with Slusho)

Most film geeks will recognize the Bad Robot logo (pictured above) which can be found attached to most of JJ Abrams-produced/directed projects, movies and television series such as Lost, Fringe, Star Trek, Cloverfield and the upcoming Super 8. Quantum Mechanix is producing a Limited Edition Maquette based on the production company mascot.

Offered to the public for the first time, this mischievous mascot of Bad Robot Productions stands 10 inches tall and is cast in solid polystone. Sculpted from the original digital model, each statue in this 1,000-unit edition is hand painted in exceptional detail and features modular arms.

Included with the statue is an optional modular arm containing a cup of Slusho, the frozen drink which has appeared in many of Abrams films and shows. Each Bad Robot maquette is on sale for $89.95, individually numbered, and comes with a certificate of authenticity. Hit the jump to see some images of the figure.
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Who’s ready for a round up of TV news? Jorge Garcia, best known as Hurley from Lost, is re-teaming with Lost producers J.J. Abrams and Elizabeth Sarnoff to start on their mysterious Fox pilot Alcatraz and we’ve finally got some details on the plot. That same station has moved another Abrams property, Fringe, to the notorious purgatory known as Friday night. NBC’s Community is doing a fully animated Christmas episode and a sneak preview has come online and the new Showtime comedy series Episodes, about the American tendency to remake British shows, now has a trailer. Read about everything after the jump. Read More »

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catfishThis week, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley discuss the relevance of the short list of directors to take on Superman, share thoughts on Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and Legend of the Guardians, and try to unravel the truth behind Catfish. Special guest Katey Rich joins us from Cinemablend.

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This Week in DVD & Blu-ray is a column that compiles all the latest info regarding new DVD and Blu-ray releases, sales, and exclusive deals from stores including Target, Best Buy and Fry’s.

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GLEE (SEASON 1)
A year—that’s all it took for my opinion on Glee to change from “yay” to “bleh”. Last time I wrote about the series, Fox had preemptively released a Vol. 1 DVD release/cash grab for the show, and at the time, my enthusiasm for Glee was at its peak. Then the show’s sugar high wore off, and left me with a repeat of tiring romances and routine sad-funny character subplots. The first half of the season—”The Road to Sectionals”, as it’s referred to on the DVD—had an upbeat yet insidious charm to it, and its cynical undertones (turned into deliciously hate-filled overtones by Jane Lynch) kept the otherwise cheerfully formulaic material feeling fresh. And after bringing many of the subplots to a satisfying close, it seemed like the show writers were planning to change up the story and character relationships just in the nick of time. Instead, they sought out frustrating ways to negate any progress that the story had made in order to unenthusiastically recycle subplots that had since grown bland. And perhaps this is just a result of my waning interest, but by the end of the season, the series’ much-needed edge had been lost as well. My (shameful) suggestion: stick to the Vol. 1 release, and wait out the rest of the season until you stop caring.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD & Blu-ray – Extended episodes, a sing-along karaoke, behind-the-scenes of “The Power of Madonna” episode, Glee Makeovers, never-before-seen “Sue’s Corners” and a dance tutorial titled “Staying in Step with Glee.”

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Prince of Persia International PosterIn this week’s /Filmcast, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley debate whether or not Michael Bay is the right person to take over Ninja Turtles, discuss the artistic ethics of “fixing” an older film, and remember the passing of Dennis Hopper.

You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Join us next week at Slashfilm’s live page as we review Splice.

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Fox Announces 2009-2010 Midseason Schedule

Human Target

Fox has announced the channel’s 2009-2010 midseason schedule. The highlights include:

  • American Idol returns with a two-night season premiere Tuesday, January 12th and Wednesday, January 13th
  • Lie to Me got picked up for a full season
  • The winter finale of Fringe airs on February 4th, and the show returns April 1st (not an April Fools Day joke, we hope)
  • The winter finale of Glee is December 9th, and the show returns on April 13th
  • The Jackie Earle Haley comic book crime drama Human Target premieres on Sunday, January 17th.

You can read the full press release after the jump.
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Tonight in TV news: In a bid to get more live viewers for Fringe, Fox is building up this week’s upcoming Observer-heavy with a large scale viral marketing campaign, dubbed internally as “Observer Week”. The bald-headed character was one of the most intriguing elements of Fringe’s first season, and was notable for appearing “Where’s Waldo” style in the background of many episodes. Fans ate it up, and Fox fed the fire by having the actor appear on the network in other capacities, like this NFL game.

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jennifer's body posterIn this week’s /Filmcast, Dave Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley discuss the sad state of Disney’s live action brand, assess Tomas Alfredson’s proclivities for gender-bending storylines, offer up some unabashed praise for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and report back on the first week of the fall TV season. Special guest Adam Kempenaar joins us from the Filmspotting podcast.

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This Week in DVD & Blu-ray is a column that compiles all the latest info regarding new DVD and Blu-ray releases, sales, and exclusive deals from stores including Target, Best Buy and Fry’s.

Please don’t take the commentary on the movies and TV shows too seriously, as they’re meant not to be reviews but rather previews that include the general thoughts and ramblings of a twice-committed DVD addict. The categories represent solely the author’s intentions towards the films at hand, and are in no way meant to be a reflection on what he thinks other people should rent or buy. So if he ends up putting a movie you like in the “Skip it” section without having seen it, please keep in mind that the time you could spend leaving a spiteful but ultimately futile comment could instead be used for more pleasant things in life. Like buying DVDs.

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THE OFFICE (SEASON 5)
At this point viewers should just accept it: The Office will never be as good as it was in Season 2, or even Season 3. Those two seasons marked the collected efforts of the writer’s best ideas and storylines, and Season 2 in particular is representative of the emotional peak of the show, demonstrated in the strangely heart-wrenching “will they?”/”won’t they?” relationship between Jim and Pam. Now that the question has been answered, there’s not nearly as much for audiences to be quite so dramatically invested in, so naturally there will be times when the series struggles to find its emotional base. As far as I’m concerned though, they’re doing a far better job than anybody should’ve expected. Instead of trying to repeat the formula with the same two characters by way of constant conflicts between Jim and Pam, only to find them breaking up, and then getting back together, and then breaking up again (*ahem* Friends), the writers have found the next natural progression: Michael Scott actually managing to find a compatible partner. In another show, this might seem like an obvious retread, but given how socially awkward Michael is, the circumstances feel completely different, and in turn, so are the obstacles he has to overcome. It also helps that the lady friend in question is played by The Wire‘s Amy Ryan, who makes her character Holly Flax as lovable as she is dorky. My only real disappointment with this season was the circularly-plotted Michael Scott Paper Company storyline, which initially appeared to be a fresh new direction for the show to go in, only to reveal itself in the end as a temporary detour from more of the same. I hope next season will find a way to mix things up a little more.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD & Blu-ray – Cast and crew commentaries, deleted scenes, an Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences Presents The Office featurette, Webisodes, Superbowl Ads, Olympic Promos, and a gag reel.

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