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AMC’s Sci-Fi Pilot Line Of Sight Has Flatlined

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new-amc-logo-something-moreThe cable network AMC will be running into tough times in the future. While The Walking Dead is a massive hit, the loss of Breaking Bad last year and the impending conclusion of Mad Men will leave some big holes in the cable network’s programming. So far, AMC has yet to find another show that has won over critics and the viewing public like Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead have. AMC needs new, noteworthy series, but one show we won’t get to see is their science fiction pilot Line of Sight, which has drifted out of sight and into oblivion.

According to Deadline, AMC has officially passed on Line of Sight. The series would have centered on Lewis Bern (The Walking Dead‘s David Morrissey), a National Transportation Safety Board investigator who survives a mysterious plane crash. His survival brings him on a disorienting journey to discover the truth behind the accident. His fixation on the force that brought down the airplane, and how he survived, soon begins to unravel his life.

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The Walking Dead Gets Mobile Game And You Can Kickstart A Prison-Set Board Game

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walking deadI don’t know if I should have gotten on the ball with this already, but I’d like to market a line of Walking Dead-themed bathroom products. Instead of shampoo and mouthwash, though, it’s just rotted human heads, and you’re actually just putting blood and viscera in your hair and mouth. It can’t miss! But people usually get into games more than they do washing up with filth, so let’s all celebrate the announcements for an upcoming mobile game based on the AMC series, and a Kickstarter campaign that aims to give the comic’s prison storyline the board game treatment. Soon, the only place you’ll be able to look without seeing TWD merchandising is your window…unless you have a walker treehouse or something.

First up is the sure thing. AMC and Next Games are teaming up for the series’ first mobile experience, and while it doesn’t have a name just yet, I’m guessing they’ll go with The Walking Dead: The Mobile Game. The game’s release will coincide with the start of the show’s fifth season, which will probably start in October. There are no hard and fast specifics about the game, though details will reportedly be released in the coming months. But Next Games CEO Teemu Huuhtanen at least gave the project a tone.

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Snowpiercer Finally Has An American Release Date

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snowpiercerWell all I can say is it’s about goddamned time. For those of us who have been waiting since the end of 2012 for this announcement, Bong Joon-ho’s post-apocalyptic thriller Snowpiercer has a release date. After a protracted battle with the Weinstein Company over crippling edits, the movie—the director’s version of the movie—will be released on June 27.

You might notice that this date puts Snowpiercer in direct competition with Transformers: Age of Extinction. Sort of. Bong’s movie is getting a limited release, so only some cities are going to get it that day, and we all know that nothing is going to derail the latest installment of giant robots fighting giant robots. But I like to think of it as a head to head, winner take all, battle royale.

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Almost Human: Can We Talk About This Show’s Amazing Music For A Second?

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At this it’s anybody’s guess as to whether Almost Human will be around for a second season. It’s Fox we’re talking about here, and the ratings have definitely not been great. Granted, at least some of that can probably be attributed to the fact has aired the episodes in a completely bugfuck order, turning Kennex and Dorian’s evolving relationship into an absolute mess, with the two jumping back and forth between prickly and friendly with no apparent rhyme or reason. And if Fox does kill it — as they have killed so many promising series before — it’ll be a damn shame. But I came to praise Almost Human, not to eulogize it. I want to talk about something that struck me while rewatching the show. Namely: the music selection is amazing.

The score was created by The Crystal Method, and their driving, propulsive sound perfectly suits the tone of the show, as well as the classic ’80s sci-fi vibe the show is riffing on. But the awesome doesn’t stop there. Almost Human has been pitch-perfect in its use of music across the board, ranging from a musical punchline — Buh-buh-buh-Bennie and the Jets! — to a tune by Canadian New Wave band Strange Advance, to Pearl Jam’s haunting “Pendulum,” a song that had somehow never hit my radar, but which has been on replay damn near continuously as I worked today.

Curious to check it out for yourself? We did the legwork and pulled YouTube videos for every song we could find that was featured in Almost Human, starting with the thoroughly addictive “Drone Refusenik” by The December Sound up top. Check out the pages that follow for the rest, divided by the episode they appeared in. Turn down the lights, put on some headphones, settle back on the couch, and listen to sounds of the future…

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Star Trek Retro Prints Close Out The Set With Shore Leave, Where No Man Has Gone Before, And More

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ShoreLeaveIt is truly the end of an era, people. Way back in August 2012, artist Juan Ortiz launched a massive undertaking: he would create an original, retro-style poster for every single freakin’ episode of Star Trek: The Original Series. Each month since then, he’s released a new batch of four posters through StarTrek.com. Some have been funny, some surreal, but pretty much all of them are gorgeous and well worth adorning the wall of any true Trekker. (He even took a detour to create posters for Star Trek: The Animated Series). Now, some 19 months after he began, Ortiz has shared the final four posters, highlighting the episodes “Shore Leave,” “Where No Man Has Gone Before,” “Metamorphosis,” and “Turnabout Intruder.” As always, we’ll have details about how you can order copies of these prints down at the bottom of the story. For each poster we’re including Ortiz’s commentary from StarTrek.com as well.

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Terry Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem Finally Finds U.S. Distribution

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ZeroTheoremThere are some directors sauntering around Hollywood who seem to do their damnedest to make worthless films that somehow get them jobs on bigger projects, and then there’s the brilliant and highly creative Terry Gilliam, who has to fight tooth, nail, bullet, and cannonball to get his films off of the page and into theaters. And when his films do hit theaters, it’s almost assuredly a limited run in only the larger markets. It, like the question of life, may never be explained, but Gilliam will do his best with his upcoming pic The Zero Theorem, which has finally found distribution here in the U.S. through Amplify and Well Go USA Entertainment, who teamed up on this deal.

The companies plan on getting the film out to audiences at some point this summer, though a specific date hasn’t been assigned just yet. Following this release, there are plans for a Blu-ray and DVD release, but no mention of VOD yet, though it seems like that would be looped into all of this. While Amplify is new to the distribution game, Well Go USA has been big on putting out interesting indie films from all over the world, including the horror comedy Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead and the horrific thriller Killers, which is due out in the next few months.