18 items from 2015
When you’re a kid, and you love something like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, SpongeBob SquarePants, Masters of the Universe, Transformers, Star Wars or whatever, one of the coolest things you can do is have a birthday cake with your favorite characters thrown onto the frosting that is about to make you run around like a […]
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- Ethan Anderton
There comes a time to turn away from the horrors of the world and retreat underneath the soft, comforting duvet of nostalgia. That time is Friday. That metaphorical duvet is below.
Here are fifty of the best kids’ TV theme songs (spread over two pages and in arbitrary order) of the 1980s. Some, like Alan Hawkshaw’s distinctive Grange Hill intro, are unarguable classics of the era, while others, like Mike Harding's Count Duckula, only started in the late-eighties and spent the rest of their run in the next decade.
Obviously, there being only 50 on this list, we may have missed out your favourite (deliberately or otherwise). Let us know if so, but remember that links may take a while to appear in the comments thread because »
One of the main reasons I love San Diego Comic-Con is you never know what you’ll see. Some years the convention is overflowing with elaborate costumes, and other years you can’t believe what someone is willing to wear in public. But that is why it’s great. People are unafraid to show their love for their favorite movies, TV shows, anime, video game characters, and comic books. Like in years past, while walking around Comic-Con I snapped a ton of pictures of people doing cosplay. So posted below are over 200 images that feature Daredevil, X-Men, Doctor Strange, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Flash, Star Wars, V for Vendetta, Batman, Wonder Woman, Punisher, South Park, Double Dragon, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Joker, Evil Dead, Iron Man, G.I. Joe, The Tick, Space Ghost, Transformers, The Simpsons, and so many more. click on any image for high-resolution and be sure to follow our Instagram account! »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Amidst the buildup for the upcoming release of Call of Duty: Black Ops III, Dark Horse Comics have revealed that they will creating a comic book prequel to the hotly anticipated shoot ‘em up.
The announcement is sure to spark excitement amongst diehard fans of the game’s storyline, allowing them to delve even deeper into the Black Ops plot-line. Unsurprisingly, the comic will follow the activities of a group of cybernetically enhanced soldiers in a chaotic future war-zone.
Dark Horse explained the comic in a recent press release. “A prequel to the highly-anticipated game, the Call of Duty: Black Ops III comic book series follows an elite group of soldiers as they wage a secret war across a futuristic war-torn world transformed by technology,” they also went on to give a brief plot synopsis. “In the bullet-ridden first issue, the team infiltrates Tashkent, Uzbekistan to take down a double »
- Alfie Nobes
Ever since Marvel Studios launched their cinematic universe, other studios have been desperate to replicate its success. Many are trying to turn their most valuable properties into more expansive franchises with spin-offs and more. For example, Paramount Pictures is currently working on creating a much bigger Transformers universe, with the potential for a spin-off starring […]
- Ethan Anderton
Deadline are reporting that the studio has acquired the rights to produce a live-action version of the toy and accompanying cartoon series. The film will be produced by Mary Parent through her Disruption Entertainment banner.
Beyblade first burst onto the scene in 1999 but made an impact with an animated TV series in 2001. They were essentially customisable toys modeled after Japanese fighting tops and were developed by Takaratomy, the creator of Transformers. With multiple TV shows, animated feature movies and video games, the Beyblade franchise has generated $2.5 billion in revenue.
No word yet on directors or writers for the project – or even a proposed release date. However, with a new generation of Beyblade toys set to hit stands in 2017, one would expect to »
- Luke Owen
They are slowly killing our childhoods, one toy at a time. The Cabbage Patch Kids are probably next - live action Preemies using iPhones and crushing on One Direction. It's coming.
The first trailer was just released for the "Jem and the Holograms" movie that is apparently directed toward young girls of today, not the young girls who grew up watching "Jem" from 1985-1988 and spent all that time brushing the dolls' colorful hair. "Hannah Montana" already stole some pages from the "Jem" playbook, but this live action remake uses the names of the original characters and their basic situation -- a singer named Jerrica (Aubrey Peeples) with an alter ego named Jem becomes famous with her sister Kimber (Stefanie Sott) and foster sisters, Aja (Hayley Kiyoko) and Shana (Aurora Perrineau), while falling for a guy named Rio (Ryan Guzman) who can't tell that Jem and Jerrica are the same person. »
- Gina Carbone
Vimeo will soon have a new selection of animated series users can stream or purchase. The streaming video platform has teamed with Hasbro to bring the toy manufacturer’s full collection of classic branded animation series to Vimeo on Demand.
Vimeo’s deal will bring episodes from several well-known Hasbro Studios franchises to the video platform for purchase or streaming options. Hasbro fans will have access to popular intellectual properties such as Transformers, G.I. Joe, and My Little Pony. For all of the Hasbro titles arriving on Vimeo on Demand, fans will have the option to rent individual episodes for $0.99 each, buy single episodes for $2.99 each, or purchase the entire digital series at $40.
Here’s a complete list of all Hasbro shows Vimeo will bring to fans over the rest of 2015:
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- Bree Brouwer
Hasbro is bringing its entire library of classic animated titles for franchises such as Transformers and G.I. Joe to online distributor Vimeo on Demand. The initial shows to launch are Transformers: Generation 1 and Jem and the Holograms, with hundreds of episodes from 13 franchises debuting at different points through this year. It’s the latest programming deal for Vimeo’s relatively new on-demand unit as it tries to move beyond the shadow of giant competitor YouTube… »
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Bob Buchi has been named president of worldwide home media distribution at Paramount Pictures.
Buchi first joined the studio in 2006 and previously served as Paramount’s evp of worldwide marketing.
He will report to president of worldwide distribution and marketing Megan Colligan.
Peter Giannascoli, svp of marketing for home media, will expand his role to include oversight of all aspects of worldwide marketing for the division.
Buchi’s senior global team also includes Gaspare Benso, Gm of international home media distribution, who will oversee the previously announced transition of Paramount’s international physical distribution to Universal.
Buchi’s domestic team of senior executives includes Jeff Hastings, svp of domestic sales; Tripp Wood, svp of digital sales and distribution; Howard Hsieh, vp of business development/strategic analysis; and Ryan Stouffer, svp of Vmi »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
One evening in 1994, the BBC screened a documentary simply called Manga. Presented by Jonathan Ross, it showcased the rising popularity of Japanese animation, largely focusing on the output of Manga Entertainment, whose dubbed VHS releases had made a huge impact on anime fans and caused a certain amount of consternation among the mainstream press.
For British viewers, the anime boom took a long time to arrive. In America, Japanese shows like Kimba The White Lion, Gigantor and Astro Boy were a common sight on television in the 1960s, yet it took until the late 70s and 80s, and a string of European-Japanese co-productions, before anime finally began to find a hold on UK television.
As a youngster at the time, I didn't necessarily know »
When I first read the headlines, I swear I could hear the high-pitched tear of a needle being dragged across a vinyl record. After posting a few pieces of concept art, 20th Century Fox gave the go-ahead to Neill Blomkamp to take the reigns of their wounded Alien franchise. The one that has been so poorly manhandled that they couldn’t even make a decent movie out the back story with Ridley Scott at the helm, and couldn’t mine one moment of fun from crossing over the classic Xenomorphs with the Predator franchise. I mean, seriously. Even the terrible Freddy vs. Jason had a few fun moments.
The Alien franchise has been drifting aimlessly since James Cameron delivered the universally loved Aliens nearly 30 years ago. Since then, Alien fans have been perpetually disappointed by the series. »
- Anghus Houvouras
Paramount Pictures has a reputation for not making many movies.
The studio’s quest to maintain profit margins and the void created by the loss of its distribution deals with Marvel Studios, DreamWorks Animation and Brad Pitt’s Plan B has left Paramount without a deep bench of movies. It’s not unusual for the studio to go months between major releases.
That’s something Paramount wants to change and it’s the biggest challenge facing its next film group president following Adam Goodman’s dismissal from the job last week.
Paramount is looking to raise the number of movie it fields annually from its current eight to ten to 14 live action titles and an additional animated release, insiders say. The huge gaps in its release calendar is illustrated by the fact that five months separate the opening of the studio’s most recent film “Hot Tub Time Machine 2, »
- Brent Lang
Chalk it up to Valentine's Day looming on the horizon or the lowered standard for toy-to-movie adaptations set by Transformers and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but soon we'll be getting a feature film produced by a company [once] solely known for producing sex toys. Why would someone in the lucrative business of sex toys want to try their hand at filmmaking, where profits are decidedly less guaranteed? Are they just annoyed they weren't asked for product placement in 50 Shades of Grey? According to the company, Lelo, the film (called Beyond the Wave starring Casper Van Dien of Starship Troopers) will serve as "a creative intervention to show couples how important it is to physically be with each other and understand each other’s perspective, both inside and outside of the bedroom."
Yes, it's weird, and no it's apparently not a 90-minute long infomercial set in a dystopian future where men and »
- Lex Walker
If there's one thing that modern Hollywood doesn't know how to work with, it's weird. It can be off-putting, atonal, and just generally bizarre (though most of the time, it appears to be unintentional), but when it comes to taking an inherently strange concept and executing it with conviction, it's simply clueless, and nothing demonstrates that better than its attempt to revitalize decades-old properties. In the annals of comicdom, there may not be a weirder (successful) concept than the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, nor one with a lower bar to clear for hitting that sweet spot between its original fans and their children. But when faced with a world that had turned about face since the last time the Turtles hit screens (in live-action), the powers that be did exactly what they did with Transformers and Robocop: chickened out, foregrounding the exceedingly boring characters while running away from its own appeal. »
- Anders Nelson
In front of me stands Kyle Rayner, Saint Walker, and Guy Gardner, each behind their impenetrable clamshell wall. Next to them, Alan Scott’s power battery. It doesn’t grant me the power of the Starheart, but when we lost power last week it provided enough ambient light to get me to the staircase. Beside that, a 6” Orion and a 10” Sandman.
To be honest, I sit here, in my man cave a veritable kid in a toy store. The entire Ultraforce sits to my right. Behind me, a cache of Nerf weaponry that would be illegal in ten out of ten office wars. And sitting over my TV, in front of my faux mantle, is my prized possession: the mini replica of Kyle Rayner’s power battery. How coveted is it? It’s out of box and totally played with.
It seemingly goes hand-in-hand with our shared brand of nerditry, »
- Marc Alan Fishman
After 35 years, it’s time for the Razzies to apologize. The annual occasion to dishonor the worst in movies has long been criticized for itself being one of the worst things to happen to cinema. They crap on easy targets more than they serve a good cause, and the majority of their nominees in recognition of awful filmmaking and performances in 2014 proves little exception. There’s another Transformers movie, another Adam Sandler movie, another movie starring someone from Twilight, and it’s mostly the same handful of titles represented in each category. Transformers: Age of Extinction tops with seven nominations and Saving Christmas and The Legend of Hercules got six, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles got five, A Million Ways to Die in the West got four and each with three are Left Behind, Sex Tape, The Expendables 3 and Blended. The apology, however, comes in the form of a new Golden Raspberry category for past Razzie nominees »
- Christopher Campbell
18 items from 2015
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