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Production has been under way since April on Warner Bros. new Justice League movie, which brings this epic superhero team together. It's not the first time some of these heroes have assembled, though. One of the most infamous offerings is a 1997 TV movie entitled Justice League of America, considered by many to be the worst Justice League movie ever. Perhaps even the worst superhero movie of all time. Today, we have a video that breaks down this bizarre movie, and why it's so infamous.
YouTube user Mr. Sunday Movies put together a scathing essay as part of his Caravan of Garbage, where he discusses a movie, comic book or TV show that has become infamous because of how bad it is. This week's edition breaks down the 1997 TV movie Justice League of America. The movie starred Matthew Settle as Green Lantern, Kimberly Oja as Ice, John Kassir as Atom, Michelle Hurd as Fire, »
The word you’re looking for is “sincerity.” It’ll be on the tip of your tongue from the opening shots of “Pete’s Dragon,” a warm, wistful, and wholly wonderful remake of a 1977 Disney musical that today’s kids have never heard of and yesterday’s kids have long since forgotten. That word, baked into every aspect of this rewarding live-action fable, will be staring you in the face as the film’s powerful prologue careens from adventure to tragedy and back again. It may have been ushered into production on the dying fumes of brand recognition, but — from that exhaust — director David Lowery has crafted something that feels like it comes from the heart. There are remakes, and then there are remakes, and “sincerity,” above all else, is what most definitely makes this one of the latter.
- David Ehrlich
Matt Edwards Jul 28, 2016
Here are 5 great episodes of Nickelodeon's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles season 3, with cake. What more explanation do you need?
I’ve already written two articles about watching the Nickelodeon TV series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and eating cake. You can find them here and here.
The idea is to eat a ridiculous amount of cake and talk about what makes my favourite TV show so brilliant. What links Ninja Turtles and cake? Nothing. Why does everything always have to make sense? Even looking for pictures that I can use in these articles highlights that no one ever eats cake on the show. What I do is buy Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cake and just get on with it, and you can either go with me or call me out on doing something so weird. But then what are we gonna do with all this cake?
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“Hello, Boils and Ghouls” was a typical opening salvo from The Crypt Keeper, the wraparound host (and animatronic cadaver) of HBO’s inventive, creepy and more often than not, mordantly funny salute to the EC Comics of yesteryear, Tales from the Crypt (1989 – 1996). Throughout seven seasons, viewers were subjected to as much gore, nudity, and twisted morality as we could handle. God (or his underworld counterpart) bless premium cable.
Tales ran from June 10th, 1989 to July 19th, 1996, for a grand total of 93 episodes. That’s a lot of grue to ingest, and until ratings started to slip by Season Six, horror fans found it easy to lap up. And as with any anthology series, mileage varies and quality flickers to and fro – but Tales from the Crypt’s success is anchored in the very fact that it was allowed to live, and thrive, for as long as it did.
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- Scott Drebit
13 Terrifyingly Good Horror TV Shows: From Ryan Murphy‘s ‘Scream Queens’ to ‘Twilight Zone’ horror tv shows “The Twilight Zone” (1959) Rod Sterling’s anthology “The Twilight Zone” set the standard for eerie on television during its run from 1959 to 1964. The series was revived once in 1985 for CBS and again in 2002 for Upn. “Tales From the Crypt” (1989) Another anthology series, “Tales From the Crypt” ran on HBO for seven seasons between 1989 and 1996, during which time it became famous for its wisecracking host, The Crypt Keeper, voiced by John Kassir. “The X-Files” (1993) Spanning nine seasons, Fox’s “The X-Files” was »
- Reid Nakamura
Users of the online publishing platform Wattpad could actually help shape the next iteration of the Tales from the Crypt franchise in a deal unveiled via The Hollywood Reporter on Monday. In a new pact with Turner, TNT and its sister network TBS will source content from the service for its upcoming series, and Crypt -- which is slated to premiere on TNT next year -- will serve as a test case for the idea. According to THR, Wattpad's two million-strong stable of writers will be invited to submit story ideas for the show via "contests and other venues" that could potentially be optioned by the network for future storylines. "We're especially excited to kick off our collaboration with a focus on TNT's Tales from the Crypt horror block, which will tap into Wattpad's strength in the horror genre," said TBS and TNT senior vice president, digital ventures Justin Williams in a statement. Executive-produced by M. Night Shyamalan, the new Tales from the Crypt will feature an all-new iteration of the Crypt Keeper that was originally voiced by John Kassir. The reboot series will anchor a new two-hour horror block on TNT. »
- Chris Eggertsen
If there's one element Tales from the Crypt fans are attached to from the original HBO series, it's John Kassir's cackling, pun-happy Crypt Keeper. Which is why I suspect many fans will be disappointed by today's news that TNT is "reinventing" the character for their M. Night Shyamalan-produced reboot, which the network has now officially ordered for a 10-episode run. In short: HBO's incarnation of the Crypt Keeper -- and by extension Kassir -- will not be returning for the new series. As Kassir pointed out to me back in January, the character is in fact owned by the original series' producers -- a group that includes Joel Silver, Robert Zemeckis, Walter Hill, Richard Donner and David Giler -- and the decision of whether or not to grant the rights is up to them. The question is: were TNT and Shyamalan simply unable/unwilling to retain the rights, »
- Chris Eggertsen
When I spoke with Crypt Keeper voice John Kassir back in January, the actor and comedian confirmed that he had not been contacted by producers of TNT's forthcoming revival to reprise the character -- seeming to confirm rumors that the pun-loving ghoul would not be a factor on the new series. And yet producer M. Night Shyamalan appeared to defy those reports during a roundtable at this weekend's WonderCon, where he told reporters that some version of the character will appear on the potential series (via /Film). Here's the quote, you ready? Reporters: Will there be a Crypt Keeper be on the new Tales from the Crypt? Shyamalan: "There will." Of course, that doesn't mean the new series will feature the same Crypt Keeper that we all fell in love with back in the '90s. The rotting puppet voiced by Kassir is actually owned by the producers of the HBO series, »
- Chris Eggertsen
The upcoming strategy game reboot, Master of Orion, has revealed a list of actors lending their voices to characters in the game's story...and it's mighty impressive. Featuring a range of sci-fi/horror actors including Mark Hamill, Troy Baker, Alan Tudyk, and many more. Come inside to check out the full cast.
If you weren't already looking forward to the 4X strategy game reboot of Master of Orion, perhaps this stellar list of voice actors will help out. These guys will help bring the story to life, engaging gamers beyond the strategy aspect:
Wg Labs is raising the curtain with specific details about the Master of Orion voiceover cast. In addition to Aaa graphics and updated gameplay, the renowned 4X strategy game delivers an amazing voice cast comprised of legendary actors from science fiction, horror and video games. This carefully selected ensemble of talented performers has been recruited to bring the iconic aliens, »
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Wargaming has announced a rather impressive voice cast for its upcoming Master of Orion reboot, featuring an ensemble of big names from the world of sci-fi, horror and video games.
Headlining the cast is Mark Hamill (Star Wars) in addition to Alan Tudyk (Firefly), Michael Dorn (Star Trek: The Next Generation), Kat Cressida (Haunted Mansion), John de Lancie (Star Trek: The Next Generation), Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street), John Kassir (Tales from the Crypt), Dwight Schultz (Babylon 5), Nolan North (Uncharted) and Troy Baker (The Last of Us).
“The original Master of Orion captured the hearts of gamers with solid gameplay and a rich, diverse universe where every choice makes a difference,” states Chris Keeling, Director of Product Vision at Wg Labs. “Having some of the most iconic science fiction, horror and video game voice talent lending their skills to the game only helps us realize this amazing »
- Gary Collinson
A number of different voice actors have taken on the role of Deadpool over the years, each bringing his own specific sensibility to the Marvel anti-hero. Among that group is John Kassir, most famous for voicing the Crypt Keeper on HBO's iconic Tales from the Crypt series, who brought the wise-cracking assassin to life in a total of three video games: X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse and both entries in the Marvel: Ultimate Alliance series. With the live-action Deadpool starring Ryan Reynolds hitting theaters on Feb. 12, I took a moment to ask the voice actor (speaking to me about the rumored non-involvement of the Crypt Keeper in M. Night Shyamalan's Tales from the Crypt reboot) how he would rate Reynolds' Deadpool voice. Turns out he likes it, which perhaps isn't surprising considering Reynolds' take is actually quite similar to his. "At first when I saw the commercial for it I was like, »
- Chris Eggertsen
Over the weekend, it was reported that TNT's Tales from the Crypt reboot would not include the iconic Crypt Keeper puppet voiced by John Kassir. While HBO apparently owns the rights, producer M. Night Shyamalan confirms that there will be a new Crypt Keeper who is described as being much different from the ghoul we all know and love. He has this to say on his official Twitter.
"I'd never make Tales without the Ck! Will be a new take on him as the puppet is property of HBO. Promise he'll be cool and dark!"
Bloody Disgusting was able to get some early intel on the series. They claim the new Crypt Keeper will be an old man in a hood, holding a cane. He will keep warm by a fireplace as he tells each story continued in the new episodes. This aspect of the series will be more true »
(Update: M. Night Shyamalan has confirmed that a new Crypt Keeper will appear on the show. His Tweet is below.) Will Tales from the Crypt be the same without the iconic Crypt Keeper? Most fans would argue no. But, sadly, TNT, who is moving forward with a reboot of the series, may not have a choice in the matter. What is keeping everyone's favorite storytelling ghoul from returning to the small screen?
Apparently, HBO still owns the rights to the character, which TNT has not obtained. Sources close to Bloody Disgusting say that's probably not going to change, either. John Kassir is the voice behind the Crypt Keeper, and he made his own plea to HBO this week on his Twitter account. Here's what he had to say.
"I'll go on record, Crypt Keeper as we know him is more popular than ever & it'd be a sham/shame not to have him host the show! »
Tales from the Crypt without the Cryptkeeper? Believe it or not, that may be what we're in for. According to an exclusive report over at Bloody-Disgusting, not only will TNT's recently-announced Tales from the Crypt revival series not be a weekly anthology like the original show, it will also lack the most beloved element from HBO's famed '80s and '90s incarnation: the pun-loving corpse voiced by John Kassir and designed by special effects makeup artist Kevin Yagher, who charmed audiences with his rotting flesh, penchant for tacky one-liners ("That Grunwald, one little problem and he goes right to pieces!") and maniacal high-pitched cackle. In response to fan outrage, Kassir himself has called the alleged snub a "shame/sham" via his official Twitter account, and he expanded on those comments when I spoke to him via phone earlier this afternoon. "It's funny, I have more trending going on with »
- Chris Eggertsen
We’re only a few days into 2016, but the trend of rebooting old television shows continues. This time it’s HBO’s beloved horror anthology series, Tales from the Crypt, that’s returning from the dead. Per Variety, TNT is bringing the show back this fall as part of a two-hour block of genre programming, and it’s being overseen by M. Night Shyamalan. There are four other unidentified shows currently at various stages of inclusion, but the new Crypt will be based on the original EC Comics’ while also featuring some newly-written stories. “It will not be based on the long-running HBO series,” says Variety’s piece, but that seems fairly obvious right? It does raise questions though as to what the new show will look like. The new episodes will run an hour each, but it’s not entirely clear if they’ll follow the expected anthology format with each episode being a standalone. That »
- Rob Hunter
When the name "Tales from the Crypt" comes up, people immediately think of the iconic puppet character the Crypt Keeper. Serving as the gross and cheeky host of the 1990s HBO anthology series, he was the common face and mascot for the anthology series throughout its original run.
Earlier this week came word that M. Night Shyamalan will produce a new version of the show for TNT sometime this year as part of a weekly two-hour block of horror programming. At the time it wasn't indicated whether the Crypt Keeper would return.
Now, Bloody Disgusting reports that he definitely won't be back as HBO still owns the rights to the character which, though named after a character from the 1950s series of comics from which the franchise is based, is essentially a creation of the original HBO show.
Instead, they say the new show "will be highlighted by an old man with a cane, »
- Garth Franklin
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