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For Grownups: BREAKING BAD Action Figures Pulled by TOYS "R" US, but Here's How to Get 'Em!

I have never seen an episode of BREAKING BAD, but stories like this make me want to dig in on Netflix. "Florida Mom" Susan Schrivjer of Fort Myers raised all kinds of trouble this past week, going after Toys "R" Us (a store I love, despite their reward program being... not very rewarding) for carrying Mezco's BREAKING BAD action figures in their "adult collectibles" section. In a lot of ways, TRU is much akin to this very site - carrying toys "for all ages," kids to grownups alike. There's a HUGE market for "adult collectibles," and just this past week I spotted the aforementioned figures on the pegs while I was checking out Diamond Select's new Minimates based on Kevin Smith's CLERKS. After a back-and-forth in the media, Toys "R" Us has pulled the figures, and the $15-$30 toys are now fetching $100+ on the secondary market. If you were hoping to score a set, be patient, as specialty retailers like my associates at Entertainment Earth will soon be well-stocked with all the BREAKING BAD characters that you're looking for - including exclusives that even TRU didn't have.  

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FRIENDS is coming to Netflix. Gunther and The Rembrandts will be there for you... #StreamTeam

NETFLIXOn January 1, 2015, NETFLIX is bringing you some FRIENDS. That's right, all ten seasons of the hit NBC series will be available for streaming right off the bat. I remember the primitive days, where I had to buy these bulky, DVD Box Sets of FRIENDS for my wife, who was a huge fan and couldn't deal with just the constant television reruns. Alas, instant commercial-free streaming is a glorious thing. This morning, Netflix made it all official with a special music video featuring Gunther and The Rembrandts, filmed live at the Central Perk pop-up store in NYC. Check it out...

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Blu-ray and DVD: A Look at Shout! Factory and Scream Factory's August Releases...

The crew over at Shout! Factory is one of the most consistent when it comes to bringing pop culture home on Blu-ray and DVD. Through their Shout!, Shout! Kids and Scream Factory divisions, they've got titles for the whole family, and for August I'm doing something different - showing off highlights from their new release selection, from the kid-friendly POWER RANGERS to the horror of MOTEL HELL and classic television series' like NEWHART. Check out what's on deck for this month...

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PBS Digital Studios Announces First Scripted Series, FRANKENSTEIN M.D.

Is it too early to start thinking about Halloween? The correct answer to that is it's NEVER too early to be thinking about Halloween, and that's exactly what I'm thinking of now, as the folks at PBS Digital Studios in collaboration with Pemberley Digital have announced that they're putting a modern spin on the classic novel FRANKENSTEIN with their first scripted series, FRANKENSTEIN M.D. Three episodes will premiere on the PBS Digital Studios YouTube channel Tuesday, August 19, with the full run set to feature 24 episodes, each between five to eight minutes. New episodes will roll out weekly on Tuesday and Friday for 10 weeks, culminating in a dramatic Halloween finale on Friday, October 31.

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24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY - It's Time to Recast Jack Bauer...

It’s time to recast Jack Bauer. For nine seasons Kiefer Sutherland has portrayed Bauer perfectly. He has infused the character with heart and a determination that allowed him to inhabit this tragic character better than anyone could have foreseen. It's his career-defining role. One that he will be remembered for, and one that I hope he is truly proud of. 

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