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I’ll have a lot to say about the long-anticipated return of The X-Files very soon.  In the meanwhile, here is a fantastic 45 minute interview with X-Files creator Chris Carter and writers Glen and Darin Morgan, who were key writers on the show who returned to write episodes of the revived series.  Great stuff.

I love that J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot team stunned everyone last week with the release of a trailer for a movie no one knew anything about, 10 Cloverfield Lane, to be released in just two months, in March!  Check it out:

I well remember the fun when the original Cloverfield was announced and we all struggled to figure out what the heck the deal was with this movie no one seemed to know anything about.  I feel like the film is not well thought of these days, but I absolutely loved the experience of seeing Cloverfield in the theatre — I thought it was very intense and a lot of fun.  I’m excited that the Bad Robot team has once again produced a Cloverfield film under everyone’s noses.  It’s so hard to do anything in secret these days!  I think that J.J. Abrams’ well-known “mystery box” philosophy has often been misused (flat-out lying to everyone for months by saying that Khan would not be the villain of Star Trek Into Darkness comes to mind), but I do love the idea of being totally surprised by a film.  Will 10 Cloverfield Lane have any actual story connection to the first Cloverfield?  Or are they just using Cloverfield as a nickname for a film made in secret and designed to surprise audiences?  Frankly I’d be happy either way.  That first trailer looks great and I am jazzed to see this film.

Why do I love Judd Apatow?  Sit back and watch his hilarious and profane introduction of Amy Schumer at the Critics Choice Awards, in which he veers off-script to slam the Golden Globes for putting The Martian in the comedy category:

How funny is that??  Love that dude.

Here are some interesting teases at the planned fifth season of Arrested Development.

I’m digging Star Wars Rebels and this preview for the second half of season two is terrific.  I’m especially jazzed by the glimpses, in the final seconds of the trailer, of the much-looked-forward-to confrontation between Ahsoka and Darth Vader (her former master).  This has been a moment fans have anticipated ever since Ahsoka was first introduced as a young padawan of Anakin Skywalker in the very first episode of the Clone Wars cartoon, back in 2008.  I hope this does not disappoint!

This is cool: HBO On-Demand is now offering what they’re calling The Godfather Epic in HD.  This is the re-cut of The Godfather and The Godfather Part II in chronological order.  To the best of my knowledge this is the first time this has been available in HD.  I saw this years ago (I can’t remember how — it might have been on TV or maybe I rented it, though I’m not sure this has ever actually been available for purchase) and it absolutely blew me away.  There’s also a generous amount of deleted footage woven into the re-cut.  It’s super-cool, and a great new way to watch this saga.  I’m going to have to carve out a chunk of hours some time soon to re-watch this!!

This article is a great guide to the films of Pedro Almodovar.  There are a number of films mentioned in this article that I need to see!  (The article also reminds me of my great love for Mr. Almodovar’s film Volver.)

This is exciting news: Matt Groening is apparently developing a new animated series for Netflix!

Michael Shannon as Elvis and Kevin Spacey as Nixon?  I am there!!

I am thrilled at the news that Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt will get a third season!  I loved season one and am very much looking forward to season two, which will be released by Netflix this Spring.

I’ll leave you with this: apparently someone has remixed The Wizard of Oz into alphabetical order, word-by-word.  Um, OK…!

Hope to see you all back here soon as I unveil my list of my Fifteen Favorite Comic Book Series of 2015!

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