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Darren Aronofsky Almost Made a Batman Movie: Links You Need to See

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Before Christopher Nolan came along and made Batman cool and box-office friendly again, the Dark Knight was at a low point, last seen in the embarrassing Batman & Robin. The Hollywood Reporter has revealed five other projects that vied to be made before Nolan’s Batman Begins. One included a Darren Aronofsky-directed adaptation of Frank Miller’s excellent Year One graphic novel. The script got panned when Warner Bros. realized how violent it was. “I think I heard a shriek of horror,” said Miller of Warner Bros.’ response.
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Why Not Everything Is a Reboot (Except Everything Kind of Is)

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In his 1996 book Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot and Other Observations, Al Franken pauses a story to explain why, contrary to the impending observations and celebrations, the first day of the new millennium would not be January 1, 2000, but January 1, 2001. “The first year of the new century was the year one, not the year zero, so the first year of the new millennium will be 2001, not 2000. I’ve been trying to explain this to people for years, but no one will listen.” He imagines himself in Times Square on New Years Eve, 1999, raining on everyone’s parade, “A thankless job, but someone will have to do it.” It’s a relatable passage, not just because Franken was right (though he was), but because it captures the frustration of feeling like you’re the only person talking sense in the face of an erroneous cultural assumption. The way Franken felt in 1996 about the starting date of the 21st century is how I feel now whenever people label things reboots that clearly, clearly, are not.
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12 More ’90s TV Shows That We Absolutely Must Revive Immediately

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If there was any remaining sliver of a doubt whatsoever that, seriously, you can get anything green-lit for at least a limited television run as long as it was previously on television, NBC has announced the revival we’ve all been waiting for: a 13-episode return of Coach. No, that’s not a typo, nor an Onion story, nor an early April Fool’s prank by Entertainment Weekly’s Twitter feed; Coach, the Craig T. Nelson/Jerry Van Dyke sitcom that you’ve somehow forgotten even existed despite the fact that it ran for nine seasons (from 1989 to 1997), a show that no one remembers fondly and no one wanted back on television except for maybe Craig T. Nelson, is coming back to television, 18 years after it disappeared.
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Your Weekly TV News Roundup: ‘The X-Files’ Reboots, ‘Transparent’ Streams for Free

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The television world moves so fast that by the time you learn of a show’s premiere, it could already be canceled. It’s hard to keep track of the constant stream of TV news, so Flavorwire is here to provide a weekly roundup of the most exciting — and baffling — casting and development updates. This week: lots of pilot pickups, an X-Files reboot, and a chance to watch Transparent for free.
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Glamorous Pin Ups of Your Favorite TV Characters, from ‘Twin Peaks’ to ‘Broad City’

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New York City is a tough, demanding home, leading Broad City‘s Abbi and Ilana into the sort of grungy and gross scrapes that means that they’re rarely seen as glamorous. But through the eyes of artist Emma Munger, Abbi and Ilana are worthy of a bicep tattoo in her series of endearing portraits of pinups. She renders your favorite TV shows and films in sharp and curvy lines, charming portraits that show iconic characters in bewitching style. Munger has great taste and your favorite show is likely included in the below series, from Broad City to Twin Peaks (she’s also selling Men of Twin Peaks Valentine’s Day Cards) to Orange Is the New Black. Here are some of our favorites:
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Sinister Supercriminial Organizations in Pop Culture

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We couldn’t be more excited for the new James Bond film Spectre, announced earlier this week, which promises to be a villain-heavy movie. First mentioned in Ian Fleming’s novel series about the super spy, the international criminal organization SPECTRE — which stands for SPecial Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion — was made popular in the long-running film series, headed by cat-loving Ernst Stavro Blofeld (first played by Donald Pleasence). Initially, SPECTRE was a way for Fleming to comment on the real-life political chaos happening during his day. “I invented SPECTRE as an international crime organisation which contained elements of SMERSH and the Gestapo and the Mafia — the cosy old Cosa Nostra — which, of course, is a much more elastic fictional device than SMERSH [the Russian version, essentially], which was no fictional device, but the real thing,” he told Playboy in 1964. “But that was really the reason I did it, so as not to rag the Russians too much. But if they go on squeezing off cyanide pistols in people’s faces, I may have to make them cosa mia again.” With supercriminals and all their naughty shenanigans on the brain, we revisited other organizations run by the biggest baddies in pop culture.
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The Best Homemade Gifts by and for TV Superfans

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Holiday gift shopping is simultaneously fun and frustrating. There’s the joy of finding the perfect gift for someone important in your life, but it’s first accompanied by the panic of searching for that perfect gift. Fortunately, if your recipient is a television fan — and who isn’t? — then there is no shortage of wonderful gifts to give them. Official TV merch is fun (and very, very weird), but if you want to get a little more personal, here are 15 unique, homemade gifts for the television obsessive in your life.
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