Adi Shankar's James Bond Fan Film Is Less Ambitious Than His Power Rangers.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 8:00 am

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Having finally settled things with Saban and re-uploaded "Power/Rangers" with more specifically negotiated legalese, Adi Shankar has dropped his new "gritty reboot": a James Bond fan film starring an aging Sean Connery Bond in the present day. Part RED and part Hollis Mason death scene in Watchmen, it's done in animatic storyboard form, and features Bond pining for the old days when he didn't have to pay for sex and could kill with impunity. Decent Connery impression too.

I typed this late at night when this video went up, so I hope it still appears below!

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Ooo...C'mon and Grab Your Friends for an Adventure Time Movie

Friday, February 27, 2015 at 4:20 pm

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'Bout time we had some good news today.

Come along with me, as two producers of The Lego Movie are making a big-screen Adventure Time cartoon. Jake the Dog and Finn the Human have faced many challenges, but the biggest yet may be sustaining an hour-and-a-half adventure.

There'll probably be time enough to fit in every major character, but who do you want to see the most?

First Official Not-a-Magazine Scan JEM Movie Image

Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 5:10 pm

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The image that was going around was a terrible-quality blow-up of a magazine scan, and I won't share those. But here's the real deal.

The ladies certainly look more like the Jem I remember than that first teaser poster did, but at the same time, Jem came out in the '80s when this look was the norm of what rock-star cool was supposed to look like. If Jem were a brand new property, Jem herself would have to look more like Lady Gaga to capture the same effect. I may be applying way too much logic to Jem. All I really know is it's a property that puts out expensive Comic-Con exclusive dolls that I buy my wife each year. I guess this year's versions will look like that picture.

And if Axel Braun's smart, he'll get to work right now...

via Nerdist

And Now Inspector Gadget Is Coming Back Too

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 9:41 am

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DHX Media

Some of you are already complaining that I got the DuckTales theme stuck in your head this morning. Here's something to push it out.

Dun-da-dun-da-da, INSPECTOR GADGET, Dun-da-dun-da-da, da-da, OOH-OOH!

Yes, Inspector Gadget 2.0 is coming to Netflix, with a storyline about Dr. Claw being unfrozen in the Antarctic, and Gadget coming out of retirement. Unfortunately, Maurice LaMarche, whom the late Don Adams deemed a worthy impersonator, will not be voicing the good Inspector (Ivan Sherry gets the honors), but Tara Strong will be Penny.

Netflix is also working on new Care Bears, Magic Schoolbus and Playmobil-inspired cartoons (you knew Playmobil would eventually want in on the Lego action, right?). We've mentioned the new Danger Mouse before, though now we officially know how to see it.

Can we revive the Rambo cartoon next? Not that it was particularly good or anything, but I kinda loved how totally inappropriate it seemed.

Disney Announces More DuckTales - Woo Hoo!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 8:45 am

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Here's a property revival I think most of you will be okay with. Unca Scrooge and his nephews are returning to TV, with a new show on Disney XD starting in 2017. Disney XD's Senior VP of Programming is saying all the right things, referencing the Carl Barks comics and specifying all the characters who'll be back: "Scrooge McDuck, Huey, Dewey, Louie, Launchpad McQuack, Donald Duck, Duckworth, Gyro Gearloose, Flintheart Glomgold, Magica DeSpell, Poe, Ma Beagle, the Beagle Boys, Mrs. Beakley, and Webbigail Vanderquack."

You know what would be really great? A hip-hop, scratch-filled version of the old theme song, or better yet, a dubstep take....(Shhh, Luke...turn off that sarcasm meter...it's okay...Disney won't mess that up...You sure?...Yeah, I think so....)

h/t SlyDante777

Because They Haven't Turned in Their Graves Enough...New Laurel and Hardy Cartoons

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 8:00 am

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You might remember the unfortunate Hanna-Barbera cartoons of 1966, made shortly after Laurel's death. Well, Larry Harmon pictures, which coproduced those, just sold the rights to the French company Gaumont, which plans to make 78 new cartoons and "a range of licensed merchandise."

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Blu-ray Today: Watership Down, Big Hero 6, Sons of Anarchy - It's Family Film Day!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 6:30 am

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Watership Down (Criterion Collection) - Watership Down was one of my absolute favorite books when I was younger - an epic adventure with a quest, a team of heroes, a big bad evil villain who doesn't emerge until many other more abstract threats have been conquered, its own second language, and...aside from a weird last-minute twist, it's all about rabbits.

I didn't see the movie when it first came out, but when it finally came back around (in my youth, before everyone had a VCR, that happened a lot) I saw it and was disappointed that IT WASN'T EXACTLY LIKE THE BOOK. Hollywood didn't cater quite as much to authors as it does now - if the novel came out today, it would of course be planned as a trilogy with the third part split in two, converted to 3D and every last scene intact. But young me didn't get that sometimes things have to change, and an annoying Art Garfunkel song has to go somewhere in the middle.

I'd like to check it out again. Based on everything I hear, I bet it's actually a more decent adaptation that fundamentalist li'l me was willing to accept. A new director interview, as well as one with Guillermo del Toro for some reason, is included in the extras.

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Watch This: "Mr. Piggy Dies in 25 Dimensions"

Monday, February 23, 2015 at 9:58 am

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During a typical work day, you are NOT generally going to get me to watch an online video for more than 2 minutes. I stuck with this short for all 15, and it may have messed with my brain.

The best way to describe it is to say that it feels like a subjective interpretation of what one's mind is like when scouring the web for pop-cultural content all day, every day. If one's mind could be represented as a pig that keeps getting killed.

Thanks to andre morelo for sending this in. I know it won't get the traction of something about Star Wars (though it does contain Star Wars references, like EVERYTHING else nowadays), but it's worth your time.

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The Frozen Meets The Thing Combo You've Been Hoping for

Monday, February 23, 2015 at 8:00 am

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Be honest: since moment one of Disney's mega-hit, haven't you said to yourself, "I wish that happy happy 'Let It Go' bullshit were infiltrated by an alien monster that infects at a cellular level and rips apart the pretty bodies to consume nearby victims with sinewy tendrils"?

No? Too fuckin' bad. Here it is anyway...

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Final 3 "Club 200x" Masters of the Universe Figures Announced

Friday, February 20, 2015 at 3:34 pm

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The add-on subscription for six new figures, which will go on-sale Monday, now has a full line-up. Joining Callix, Ceratus and Evilseed, who were shown at Toy Fair, will be Prahvus, Veena a.k.a. Queen Grayskull, and Kulatak Elder a.k.a. King Chooblah.

Who? Well, Prahvus is a demonic bad guy who pre-dates Skeletor and is integral to the origin of Odiphus, who becomes Stinkor. Veena is the original Sorceress of Castle Grayskull, and wife to King Grayskull, ancestor of He-Man. Chooblah is the leader of a Yeti-like race that live in icy mountains, and the only one of these three to be a contemporary of He-Man and Skeletor. But as with anything Masters of the Universe related, most backstory takes a backseat to whether or not a cool toy can be made. I think all three will translate pretty well.