Even movie fans would agree some of the best entertainment made during the past two decades has been on premium cable. Whether it’s HBO shows like The Sopranos, The Wire, Sex and the City and Game of Thrones or Showtime shows like Dexter, Weeds and Homeland, movies are regularaly getting schooled by TV in terms of character, story and scope. Plus, even if you love a movie, it’s only two hours. A great TV show can be hundreds.

And while we’re all very used to seeing art inspired by movies, art inspired by TV always elicits a slightly more excited response which is why the brand new Bottleneck Gallery in Brooklyn, NY has picked premium TV for its first exhibit. More Than You Imagined: Art Inspired By Premium Cable opens September 7 and features work by Mark Englert, Kevin Ang, Brandon Schaefer, Joshua Budich, Tim Doyle and many others.

After the jump, check out a huge gallery of work from shows like all the ones mentioned above as well as The Kids in the Hall, Flight of the Conchords, Tales from the Crypt, Boardwalk Empire, Party Down and others, plus find out how you can see it yourself and see how you can buy a print for charity too. Read More »

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New ‘Tales from the Crypt’ Series in Development

It’s been fifteen years since HBO’s horror series Tales from the Crypt ended its seven-season run, so I suppose it’s not terribly surprising that someone has decreed it time for a… reboot? Remake? I’m not sure what, exactly. Point is, there’s going to be another one. And it actually sounds pretty different from the old one. Read more details after the jump.

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I’m not sure how much play this post will get in the comments, but to me this is a very cool and very important project. Director John Landis (An American Werewolf in London, Coming to America) is set to helm a feature biopic on the life of EC Comics publisher and personality Bill Gaines, nicely entitled Ghoulishly Yours, William M. Gaines.

crypt1.jpgIn the early 1950s EC Comics became renown amongst adults, sneaky young people and creative-types for its rebelliously imaginative and professionally illustrated sci-fi, war and horror comics, with landmark titles that included Tales From the Crypt and Weird Science. Of course, EC also birthed Mad magazine, and the influence of that publication on American pop culture can never be overlooked, just like the ears and missing tooth of its prep-addled mascot Alfred E. Neuman. Gaines’s publishing house basically never recovered when Gaines testified, rather bullishly, at a U.S. Senate subcommittee in 1954 on whether or not his comics contributed to juvenile delinquency in America. A national witch hunt, censorship, the Comics Code, and general apathy for what EC stood for notoriously drove it out of business, but Gaines went on to publish Mad until he died in 1992.

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Landis has suffered magnificent, almost beautifully so, bombs as a director (Blues Brothers 2000, The Stupids) and then there’s what happened on his segment of The Twilight Zone: The Movie, but I love how he’s stuck to his guns for an entire career. You’ll catch him now and then in an interview and when he discusses his love of the horror genre, I dunno, he’s like that oft-imaginary super cool uncle who’s cooler than you. He’s in it for the love. This material is perfect for him, and I imagine he’s envisioned putting this inspirational life on a film for quite a while.

Joel Eisenberg is penning the screenplay, and no word on a release date or casting. Gaines had the Jerry Garcia look down in his later years, and no specific actor comes to my mind. Maybe…Daniel Day-Lewis, in a million years, I know. Any suggestions?

Source Link: Variety

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