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One of my regrets from last year’s Fantastic Fest was that I never reviewed The History of Future Folk, a comedy/musical about a couple of aliens doing time as an NYC folk music duo as they try to make their way back home. As a long-time fan of the band Man… Or Astro-Man?, which plays surf-punk in the guise of a group of aliens that crash-landed on Earth, I figured that The History of Future Folk would be able to push my buttons pretty easily.

What I found was something better: a gentle and smart film that mines great jokes from the alienation of being a genuine alien, and which tackles relationships and family issues just as easily as it crafts catchy songs.

Not to give too much away, there’s Bill (Nils d’Aulaire), an alien from the planet Hondo, who went native after landing on Earth, taking a wife and fathering a daughter. An ambitious assassin, Kevin (Jay Klaitz), arrives from Hondo to coerce Bill into fulfilling his original mission, and Bill does his best to show Kevin what Earth is all about. The first trailer has been released, and you should check it out below.  Read More »

Fans of FX’s Louie will no doubt be thrilled to check out this unrevealing but artsy teaser for the show’s third season, but it’s Showtime that steals most of the spotlight in today’s TV Bits. The premium cable network has a new poster for Episodes, a new teaser for Homeland, and possibly even a new love interest for Dexter. Also after the jump:

  • Damages sets a start date for its fifth and final season
  • The horror-sitcom Holliston gets renewed for Season 2
  • AMC mulls over six scripts for possible pilot orders

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Scoring an astonishing 7% on Rottentomatoes, Dee Snider’s Strangeland is still somehow a cult film amongst certain nooks and crannies of the horror community, and not just die-hard fans of Snider’s band Twisted Sister. Perhaps these fans have been swigging the Kool-Aid that star, screenwriter, producer and, according to the title, owner Dee Snider has been handing out.  According to him, the first film could have been saved had director John Pieplow not had final cut (not to mention first re-edit cut, a clause I’ve never heard of before).

“…I had a deal for an extended DVD release of the first Strangeland with Lionsgate, and then the frigging director who fucked it up the first time wielded his Director’s Guild right to first re-edit. We wanted to do an extended DVD and call it the Dee-rector’s cut, but I won’t let the guy near it”

Things have changed now, though with Snider unveiling his plans to return as loopy-loo killer Captain Howdy for a second film in the series, Strangeland: Disciple.

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