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If you are a fan of True Blood, then there’s a new book out you might want to take a look at.

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Drink up, y’all! Bon temps means “good times,” which in Renard Parish also means nerve-calmin’ drinks and finger-lickin’ victuals. Featuring forty-five themed recipes inspired by the namesake HBO original series, and geared toward the ravenous fans who love to gather for weekly watch parties, True Blood Drinks & Bites brings the good times of Bon Temps home. From often-ordered refreshments at Merlotte’s and Fangtasia to the Fortenberrys’ family recipes for the best finger foods around, here are mixed drinks for teetotalers and boozehounds alike plus bites for all appetites.

In True Blood Drinks & Bites, these delicious “in-world” apps and libations mix and mingle with quotes and commentary from the characters themselves that is accompanied by original unpublished photography from seasons 1-5. Sip and nibble as the drama goes down onscreen, or quench your cravings in between episodes—how about Scorn Fritters and Cheese Stakes washed down with an ice-cold Spirit Lifter? Or a Maenad a Trois paired with Skinwalkers and Vamp Repellent? It’s a bayou buffet no Trubie can resist!

Gianna Sobol is an associate producer on HBO’s hit show True Blood. She writes for HBO.com and edits the New York Times bestselling True Blood graphic novels. Alan Ball is the Academy Award–winning creator, writer, and producer of the HBO original series True Blood. Raised on good Southern food in Marietta, Georgia, he lives and works in Los Angeles. Benjamin Hayes is the writers’ assistant for HBO’s True Blood and an independent screenwriter. Dawn Yanagihara is a professional recipe developer, cookbook editor, and contributing editor for Cook’s Illustrated magazine. She lives in San Francisco. Alex Farnum is a food and lifestyle photographer.

True Blood Drinks & Bites is available now for £14.39. What are you going to cook up?

Learn more from the HBO Store.

Back in the late 1970’s the original Battlestar Galactica series aired, followed by Galatica 1980, and now they have both been released on Blu-ray – here is our review.

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Battlestar Galactica

Back in 1977 after Star Wars came out, TV executives wanted to cash in on the success, and thus Battlestar Galactica was born. The show was set on the Galactica, a ship that was tasked with protecting the remaining survivors of the 12 Colonies following a devistating attack from the Cylons whilst also trying to find the Earth. It starred Lorne Greene as Adama, Richard Hatch as Apollo and a pre A-Team Dirk Benedict as Starbuck.

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There were 24 episodes in total, starting with the massive three part Saga of a Star World. I used to be riveted to the TV every week when it was shown, getting very upset one week when it wasn’t on because of an FA Cup Final replay!

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Let me start off by giving you a warning – and this comes from someone who watched Galactica 1980 when it FIRST aired – don’t watch it. It’s awful. No, it’s beyond awful. The premise is that it’s a number of years later and Galactica finally discovers Earth, only to get a dire warning from an annoying kid called Dr Zee that Earth isn’t ready for communication and that if Galactica makes contact then Earth will be destroyed by the Cylons. So they come up with this great idea to send down a group of “Super Scouts” to get Earth ready – think a bunch of annoying kids and you would be spot on. The group is lead by now adult Boxee – Apollo’s son from the Original Series. The only original cast member is Lorne Green as Adama, although Dirk Benedict does appear in an episode who’s story is basically that of the film Enemy Mine.

Like I said, avoid watching any of this show, it didn’t last long thankfully. Although for completeness it’s good that it was included in the set.

Final Thoughts

I really loved the original Battlestar Galactica (and I am huge fan of the recent reboot as well – although the original isn’t as dark).

If you are fan then this is definitely one for your collection – just remember when you watch it that it is nearly 40 years old!

You get all the episodes from both the original Battlestar Galactica series (24 episodes) and Galactica 1980 (thankfully only 10 episodes).

There is also some bonus materials, including audio commentary, deleted scenes and a number of features, so well worth checking out.

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New Girl: The Complete Third Season out on DVD this week and we have a special delete scene to share with you.

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The third series of this smash hit sitcom continues to follow five quirky friends, their somewhat interconnected romantic exploits and their often hilariously misguided attempts to find their respective places in the world… Schmidt happens.

This season the gang are poised for some big changes, Nick (Jake Johnson – 21 Jump Street) and Jess’ (Zooey DeschanelElf) ‘will-they-won’t-they’ relationship is in full swing, Schmidt (Max GreenfieldVeronica Mars) is dating two different women, Winston (Lamorne Morris) gets a grown-up job and the elusive ‘Coach’ (Damon Wayans JrLet’s Be Cops) makes a comeback!

The third season also includes a show-stopping special episode featuring pop icon Prince and sees the return of newly single Cece (Hannah SimoneOldboy) and Jamie Lee Curtis (Halloween) and Rob Reiner (The Wolf of Wall Street) as Jessica’s eccentric parents.

Here is a special deleted scene:

What happens in the loft, stays in the loft as New Girl: The Complete Third Season comes to DVD on 17th November.

Arrow shot his way into our lives back in Season 1 which aired in 2012 that took the comic fans by storm.

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DC’s comic book hero The Green Arrow had a great successful run with its dark action adventure series filled with vengeance and explosions. Now that season 2 is over and available on Blu-Ray you can relive the events from the masked vigilante’s life that introduces new foes and strengthens previous friendships. Season 1 introduced us to the hooded Arrow and the important people surrounding him including his small team, controversial family, endangered loved ones and a list of foes out to corrupt the city.

Season 2 follows the previously spoiled billionaire playboy Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) who presumably died when his father’s boat was lost at sea and was trapped on an island which he returned from a changed man. The focus now after cleaning up the streets of Starling City is to continue stopping criminals without killing them, a promised he made to his dying best friend. Oliver must also contend with the outside forces attempting to take over Queen Consolidated all whilst dealing with characters returning who we all thought were dead. As the web of mystery deepens around the Arrow’s true identity Oliver finds himself revealing yet again his secret to protect others and take down criminals trying to destroy the city.

With the return of many actors from season 1 and introducing some more talent in season 2, Arrow features the great cast of Stephen Amell (The Flash, New Girl) as the lead vigilante; Katie Cassidy (Gossip Girl, Monte Carlo, A Nightmare on Elm Street) as Laurel Lance the attorney and former girlfriend of Oliver; David Ramsey (Blue Bloods, The Defenders, Outlaw) as John Diggle, Oliver’s partner, confidant and bodyguard; Willa Holland (Tiger Eyes, Straw Dogs, Chasing 3000) who plays Oliver’s younger sister; Paul Blackthorne (The River, CSI) playing the detective; Emily Bett Rickards (Dakota’s Summer, Romeo Killer, Bacon and Eggs) who brings Felicity Smoak to life as the IT technician at Queen Consolidated; Colton Hayes (Teen Wolf, Look, The Gates) who plays crook turned sidekick Roy Harper, and Colin Donnell (Pan Am), Oliver’s best friend.

Everything that was average from the first season is improved drastically in the second. The fact that Oliver’s training had made him come across as a character we couldn’t relate to and cold hearted through his killing is reigned in and given more heart this time round. He came across previously as a perfected killing machine leaving me speechless from the first episode and I longed for Oliver to show he was still human which came about towards the end of season one. Also the fact that the playboy carefree façade wasn’t Amell’s best work in the show, mostly due to these scenes contrasting dramatically with the Oliver we now know, I’m happy to say that both these points are vastly improved. With the Slade and Oliver flashback story from the island still continuing as the secondary parallel tale of Arrow, we get to see how this brothers in arms friendship takes a turn for the worst back in current day Starling City.

As friendships disintegrate over bloodshed Oliver makes new allegiances and expands his vigilante crew to take on new foes such a Blood’s team, a group of Slade’s subordinates that pose as the main villains for a majority of season 2. And lets not forget that Barry Allen is introduced midway through the season that’ll eventually play The Flash in his own series let alone crossovers with the Arrow show once again.

The special features from Arrow Season 2 includes; Deleted Scenes from various episodes which can be accessed separate to the episodes across the box set disks; From Vigilante to Hero which is a 25 minute documentary featuring various executive producers and cast members talking about Oliver Queen’s evolution in season one where he was a vigilante to season two where he came to embrace the idea of being a true hero for Starling City; How Did They Do That? which shows the visual effects made for the arrows; Wirework: The Impossible Moves of Arrow that show off the training and stunts within the show, and Arrow 2013 Comic-Con Panel where the cast and team talk to the audience about creating the show.

This box set is a must for any Arrow fans out there and is beautifully presented and is bursting with extra content. I have to say I’m a bigger fan of this season which has improved on many areas from the first season and I’m really excited to see where the next chapter takes us.

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Learning a new language has always been the gateway into experiencing a culture, and now fans can dive in to the world of Game of Thrones like never before with Living Language Dothraki: A Conversational Language Course Based on the Hit Original HBO Series Game of Thrones (on sale October 7, 2014).

Living Language Dothraki

As the popularity of the television series, based on George R.R. Martin’s bestselling A Song of Ice and Fire books, has skyrocketed, fans have eagerly looked for any and all information on the Dothraki characters and culture—creating their own online communities to catalogue Dothraki dialogue, vocabulary, and grammar from show scripts, along with their own instructional language videos on YouTube. There are already nearly 150 self-identified Dothraki speakers on the popular “Tongues of Ice and Fire” Wiki.

Now, for the first time, viewers and readers have access to an official guide to Dothraki compiled by acclaimed language and culture consultant David J. Peterson. With more than 500 words and phrases, and including never-before-heard material and words coined exclusively for the Living Language Dothraki course, fans will have the chance to master the language and join Daenerys on her march toward King’s Landing to reclaim the Iron Throne.

Like a traditional language course, users will learn vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation and even cultural notes, which lay out context as well as dos and don’ts. For example, since horses are so central to Dothraki culture, many phrases have their roots in the equestrian. Whatever you do, never call a Dothraki warrior an ifak (walker): the ultimate insult since it implies he can no longer ride his horse.

Peterson narrates the course’s lessons and dialogues, giving fans the opportunity to learn Dothraki straight from the source.

“I’m thrilled to be working with Living Language to produce the first official Dothraki text,” says Peterson. “This book will take you from arakh to zhavvorsa in no time, and the audio samples will help you perfect your pronunciation. I often get the question, ‘When will there be a Dothraki guide I can buy?’ The answer is now, thanks to Living Language. Me nem nesa!”

The course, Living Language’s first for a created language, is available in three editions:

· Living Language Dothraki (£16.99), which includes a language guide and audio CD featuring 200 words and phrases, available at the HBO Shop (hboshopeu.com) and at physical and online retailers worldwide

· Living Language Dothraki Expanded Online Course (approx. £18), covering additional vocabulary and grammar including 500 words and phrases, plus interactive quizzes and games

· Living Language Dothraki Companion Mobile App (approx. £2.40), featuring 15 thematic flash card decks, available on the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

For more information on each edition of the course, visit www.livinglanguage.com/dothraki.

And you can learn more, and pre-order from here

https://www.hboshopeu.com/en/gb/shows/detailview/game-of-thrones-living-language-dothraki.html

 

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The wait is almost over! Power Rangers Super Megaforce, the newest season of the iconic Power Rangers series, is coming to a TV screen near you on Nickelodeon this September – and we have some toys to give away – here are the winners.

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Check out the all-new episodes to see your favourite Rangers morph into Super Megaforce mode and unlock the legendary power of any team of Rangers from the past 20 years!

The Winners

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We have one Legendary Megazord, two Deluxe Super Mega Sabers and two Deluxe Legendary Morphers to give away!

And the winners are:

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Kayla B.

Edward S.

Rosie T.

Kira C.

Go Go Power Rangers!

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The wait is almost over! Power Rangers Super Megaforce, the newest season of the iconic Power Rangers series, is coming to a TV screen near you on Nickelodeon this September – and we have some toys to give away.

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Check out the all-new episodes to see your favourite Rangers morph into Super Megaforce mode and unlock the legendary power of any team of Rangers from the past 20 years!

And that’s not all; you can be just like the Super Megaforce Rangers with the arrival of an exciting new range of action figures and role-play toys launching this Summer, including the fully articulated Action Hero 12.5cm Figures, each of which comes with a battle accessory. Collect the Legendary Ranger Keys, download the free ‘Key Scanner App’ from the App Store / Google Play and scan your key collection to Morph yourself into your favourite rangers and battle! Use the keys to unlock authentic lights and action sounds in the Deluxe Legendary Morpher as well as the Deluxe Super Mega Sabre just like in the hit TV show. You can even summon your very own Zord Vehicles and combine them into the Deluxe Legendary Megazord to create powerful combinations using the ‘Zord Builder’ system to battle the forces of evil. The Power Rangers Super Megaforce range will be available this August and the new TV series hits UK screens on Nickelodeon this September.

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It’s the “Summer of Power” as Saban’s Power Rangers Super Megaforce team up with the champions of 5-aside youth football, the Power League, to create the Power Rangers Super Megaforce Course over the summer holidays. The footballing course, aimed at 3-10 year olds, will run every week at a different Power League centre nationwide throughout August, making The Power Rangers Super Megaforce Course the SUPER MEGA place for kids to be this summer.

The footballing course will be of a structured nature with children learning skills such as dribbling, passing, control and shooting – whilst having fun at the same time! Like the Power Rangers, the kids will have to work as a team by working together, looking out for one another, overcoming challenges, succeeding in their missions and improving their self-confidence. Who knows, there might even be a few surprise visits from the Power Rangers themselves!

The action-packed course is sure to be a huge hit with kids across the country and coincides with the launch of an exciting new range of action figures and role-play toys alongside the new series of Power Rangers Super Megaforce on Nickelodeon this September.

The Power Rangers Super Megaforce Course kicks off on August 4th & 5th at Power League’s Millhill, London centre. The course will then make its way to Power League’s centres; Leeds (11th, 12th August), Derby (18th, 19th August) and Manchester (25th, 26th August) – the sessions will run from 9am-3pm.

For further details on the course visit www.powerleague.co.uk

How to enter to win

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We have one Legendary Megazord, two Deluxe Super Mega Sabers and two Deluxe Legendary Morphers to give away!

There are three different ways you can enter to win – for a better chance of winning you can enter using all three!

Via the site

So all you have to do to win a some Power Rangers Super Megaforce toys is to leave a comment below telling us who your favourite Power Ranger is.

Via Twitter

Just retweet the message below, and make sure you are following @aedney on Twitter:

Via Facebook

Like Us on Facebook and leave a comment on the Facebook post:

Usual contest rules apply, and the winners will be selected at random and will each win one of the five toys. This contest is open only to those in the UK – sorry!

The contest ends Sunday 31st August, so good luck.

Go Go Power Rangers!

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After seven extraordinary seasons, the award-winning HBO series True Blood will end its successful run on Sunday, August 24.

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To commemorate this occasion, leading Hollywood collectibles auction site ScreenBid will host an online auction of more than 1,500 props, set decoration items, wardrobe pieces and other memorabilia straight from the set of True Blood. Launching on Wednesday, 20 August, the auction will run for five days and close on Monday, 25 August, the night after the beloved series airs its final episode.

In this one-time online auction, True Blood’s dedicated fans will be able to bid for a massive array of items from set, including the following:

· Eric’s throne

· The contract that Warlow makes to “own” Sookie

· Arlene’s wedding gown

· Vampire fangs

· Cartons of True Blood

· Items from the set of Merlotte’s and Fangtasia

· Wardrobe pieces from several major characters from the series

· Signed memorabilia

Mixing romance, suspense, mystery and humour, True Blood takes place in a world where vampires and humans co-exist, after vampires have come out of the coffin, thanks to the invention of mass-produced synthetic blood that means they no longer need humans as a nutritional source. The series follows waitress and part-faerie Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), who can hear people’s thoughts, vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) and vampire Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgård). Alan Ball (creator of the Emmy-winning HBO series Six Feet Under) created the show, which is executive produced by Brian Buckner and based on the bestselling Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris.

Fans can preview the auction online now at www.screenbid.com. New items will be added to the site daily leading into the launch on August 20.

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With Jack Bauer’s latest day having come to an end you can read about what happen to Jack before his troubled day in London in the new novel DEADLINE, and I spoke with it’s author James Swallow.

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The time is 5:00 PM. One hour ago, federal agent Jack Bauer was declared a fugitive. If he wants to survive, he must get out of the country, and he doesn’t have much time. With his former colleagues in the Counter Terrorist Unit now dead, under arrest, or shut down, Jack has no resources to call upon, no back-up, and nowhere to go — only his determination can drive him on. One thing remains clear to him: the promise he made to his daughter Kim. Jack vows that he will see Kim one last time to tell her he loves her… before he drops off the radar forever. Meanwhile, a hastily-assembled FBI task force set out to track down and capture Jack, even as a covert operations unit of Russia’s SVR set out to do the same — only the remit of the Russians is to kill on sight. As the clock runs down, Jack must face old friends  and past enemies in a desperate race to stay one step ahead of the hunters, leaving them with a grim warning… ‘Stay out of my way, and I’ll be gone within 24 hours. You’ll never see me again. Come after me… and you’ll regret it.’

James Swallow is the prolific, New York Times best-selling British author and BAFTA nominee, who has written a large amount of tie-in fiction, including fiction from the worlds of Star Trek, Doctor Who, and more, as well as original novels. James is currently living and working in London, writing his latest original novel.

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What made you want to write a book about 24?

I’ve always been a fan of the show, since the very first “bad day” of Jack Bauer’s life, and as a writer you can’t help but look at characters you enjoy and wonder how you would write an adventure for them. When my publisher came to me and asked if I’d like to author a story set in the world of 24, I jumped at the chance. It’s been a great experience and I’m really pleased with how Deadline turned out.

The book is set between the last series and Live Another Day – what prompted you to write in that period?

The decision to put the new 24 novels in that four year time period between the end of Day 8 and the start of Live Another Day was made before I came on board. That was the choice of 20th Century Fox, for us to fill in the “missing years” of Jack Bauer’s turbulent life. It makes sense, too – many fans want to know what he was doing during that time, and it also means we don’t get in the way of any future 24 TV shows.

Was it hard writing a book “in real time”?

Every book I write is written “in real time”! Although I did have a very narrow delivery window for this one, so the work was pretty intense… I guess having to write against the clock helped me understand Jack Bauer a little better!

What guidance and support did you get from the 24 team?

Everything in the novel was approved by Fox and the 24 production team. Manny Coto and Evan Katz, both writer-producers on 24: Live Another Day, helped out with some story questions and provided guidelines for what kind of novel they wanted to see.

Was there anything you wanted to do but couldn’t in the book?

Oddly enough, I always wanted to tell a story about Jack Bauer in London – but the TV show beat me to that!

Is the book considered canon?                      

I certainly think so, and the production team gave it their seal of approval. But I never feel that kind of thing is something people should get hung up on. At the end of the day, all that counts is if you have a good story you can enjoy featuring characters you like.

Would you write another 24 book?

Absolutely! There’s a couple more 24 novels coming out after mine, written by other writers (both of whom are big 24 fans and will doubtless do terrific work!) but if the books continue past that, I’d love to come back and do another one.

What are you working on now?

I’ve just completed an original action thriller novel of my own,  and I’m splitting my time between work on the script for to-be-announced videogame project and a science fiction tie-in based on the Star Trek franchise.

24: Live Another Day – Deadline is available now priced £7.99.

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This week at the San Diego Comic-Con, there was a panel and 10th season sneak peak for Bones.

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Here is the season 10 sneak peak:

And here is David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel as they tease the upcoming tenth season and Emily’s upcoming directorial debut:

Do you watch Bones? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

And don’t forget our interview with Bones star Tamara Taylor from the London Comic-Con:

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