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One of the most under-appreciated television genres is undoubtedly the humble cartoon series. But with the rise of animation technologies, the TV cartoon has triumphed in its evolution as a stop-gap between programmes, to its current prestigious role as the source of inspiration for online games, blockbuster movies and even soundtracks by legendary recording artists.
The 1940s Hanna-Barbera series Tom and Jerry instantly summed up how action-packed the cartoon format could be. And as such, the cat-and-mouse capers have become the focus of some fun browser-based games to further the cause of this dynamic duo.
The rise of the cartoon led to a treasure trove of animated heroes such as Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck. But it was with the arrival of The Flintstones that we saw iconic human characters being depicted in the animated format. This eventually led to a 1994 Flintstones movie being made, and similar cinematic treatment »
- Chris Cummings
Based on the character from the Masters of the Universe cartoon, Sideshow Collectibles’ Evil-Lyn statue will be shipped early next year. Also in this round-up: release details for both The Dead Room and the Psycho-Pass prequel manga.
Sideshow’s Evil-Lyn Statue: From Sideshow Collectibles: “Sideshow is proud to present the stunning sorceress, Evil-Lyn, who joins Skeletor and He-Man in our new statue collection inspired by the popular 80’s cartoon series, Masters of the Universe!
Skeletor could not hope for a more capable ally than the sinister and sultry Evil-Lyn -intelligent, fearless, and gifted with an incredible mastery of dark magic – that is, when she isn’t carrying out her own wicked schemes! Joined by her faithful falcon, Screeech, the conniving witch strikes a dramatic pose at the base of Snake Mountain in her signature headdress, intricate armor, and a dazzling costume that perfectly frames the serpent tattoos winding down her back. »
- Tamika Jones
Continuing our lead up to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which opens on March 25th, Scott J. Davis looks back at the ill-fated Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, the final film to star Christopher Reeve as the true Man of Steel…
Back in 1983, the Superman franchise was in full swing, despite the tense and fractured on-set fights and fallouts which saw original director Richard Donner leave after Superman: The Movie before he was able to finish Superman II, released almost three years later under the new direction of Richard Lester. Both films were huge financial successes with Superman: The Movie 1978’s second highest-grossing film behind Grease.
A third film was inevitable, with Lester again directing the returning Christopher Reeve alongside legendary comedian Richard Pryor, who had made a joke on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson at the time saying how he would love to been in a Superman film. »
- Scott J. Davis
It’s easy to see a movie set as a giant toybox, from which the director picks out what he or she needs for their elaborate game. Therefore it stands to reason, like an action figure on a diorama, that toys form an interesting and creative part of modern cinema, as essential a prop or plot device as Indiana Jones’ whip or American Pie’s… pie.
Over the decades toys have been used to delight and frighten audiences, from the main attraction in a family feature to the cruel addition to a gut-wrenching horror. People feel good around toys – they are part of our earliest memories, and can be utilized in a comforting or disturbing fashion as a result.
- Steve Palace
Remember when the Masters of the Universe movie was out of developmental purgatory and moving forward? Warner Bros. selected John Stevenson (Kung Fu Panda) to direct the film. Unfortunately it never happened. But come on, this thing is inevitable right? Frankly I’d love to see Dolph Lundgren come back but we know that’s not possible. Assuming it’s not animated, I’ve cast actors and actresses in the roles of Eternia’s bravest warriors and most evil beings right here. He’s what it would look like: Ryan Kwanten as He-Man Ryan Kwanten was one of the best things about True Blood, and he’s
Casting the Inevitable Masters of the Universe Movie Reboot »
March 2016 is a sad month for some Netflix subscribers.
Say goodbye to '90s films "American Pie" (1999), "Hackers" (1995), Mel Gibson's "Hamlet" (1990), "Indecent Proposal" (1993) and "Jumanji" (1995) in March. Also disappearing: Will Smith movies "Hitch" (2005) and "Men in Black II" (2002), as well as oodles of TEDTalks that are all expiring next month.
Here's the complete list of what's leaving Netflix streaming in March.
Leaving March 1, 2016
"American Pie" (1999)
"American Wedding" (2003)
"Atlantis: The Lost Empire" (2001)
"The Babysitters" (2007)
"The Chosen One" (2010)
"Down and Out in Beverly Hills" (1986)
"Gone in 60 Seconds" (2000)
"Hannie Caulder" (1971)
"Hart's War" (2002)
"Indecent Proposal" (1993)
"Johnny Dangerously" (1984)
"Masters of the Universe" (1987)
"Men in Black II" (2002)
"The Monster Squad" (1987)
"Not Another Teen Movie" (2001)
"The United States of Leland" (2003)
Leaving March 2, 2016
"Stevie Nicks: In Your Dreams" (2013)
Leaving March 3, 2016
"Night Catches Us" (2010)
Leaving March 4, 2016
- Sharon Knolle
It's time to bulk up your Netflix queue, people, because the streaming giant is putting quite a few movies and TV shows on the chopping block throughout March. From hilarious titles like American Pie to tearjerkers like Hardball, check out which of your favorites are disappearing soon, and then see everything that's definitely here to stay, plus the new movies and shows coming in March! Expiring March 1 Switchmas Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman American Pie American Wedding Atlantis: The Lost Empire Down and Out in Beverly Hills Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights Gone in 60 Seconds Hackers Hamlet Hannie Caulder Hardball Hart's War Hitch Indecent Proposal Johnny Dangerously Jumanji Masters of the Universe Men in Black II Not Another Teen Movie Paycheck The Babysitters The Chosen One The Monster Squad The United States of Leland Wings Expiring March 2 Stevie Nicks: In Your Dreams Expiring March 3 Night Catches Us »
- Quinn Keaney
If you’re a fan of bad movies, then you’ll probably know The Cannon Group. Throughout the 1980s, they brought us cinema classics like Death Wish 3, Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo, The Apple, Masters of the Universe, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, American Ninja, Missing in Action, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 and Delta Force. They also once bought the rights to Spider-Man thinking he was a human spider before realising he was a comic book character and promptly sold the rights back.
The Israeli cousins Yoram Globus and Menahem Golan joined Cannon Films in 1979 and brought their business culture to Hollywood. Whereas most studios would release 8 movies in one year, Cannon would release 40 and used names like Charles Bronson, Chuck Norris, Sylvester Stallone and Jean-Claude Van Damme to sell their movies.
They went out of business in 1994 after a string of unsuccessful movies left them bankrupt, but now they »
- Luke Owen
At 2015 San Diego Comic-Con, Mattel previewed the first two figures of their upcoming Thundercats line to much excitement. The figures are based off the popular 1980s cartoon of the same name that ran from 1985-1989. For any child growing up in the 80s, Thundercats was up there with the top cartoons and brands of the decade such as He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, GI Joe, Transformers, Robotech, Voltron, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles — and that’s just skimming the surface of how rad the 80s were! As a matter of fact, looking back, the 1980s were the pinnacle of awesomeness.
Enter 2016, and the 80s have never been more alive. Leading the way in said revival have been Mattel and Hasbro — Hasbro in a more mainstream fashion, and Mattel with their newly revised “Club Grayskull” monthly subscription that has been going strong, albeit not without a few bumps along the way, »
- Dominic F
Great news for fans of Joel Schumacher's The Lost Boys—an auction of Dwayne's leather jacket and costume is going on right now and will continue until February 26th. Also: a Q&A with Refuge director Andrew Robertson and release details for MST3K: Vol. Xxxv, Venom, and The Hours Till Daylight.
The Lost Boys & Other Entertainment Memorabilia Auction: Press Release: "Prop Store is pleased to bring vampire Dwayne’s (Billy Wirth) Death Scene Leather Jacket and Costume from the 80’s classic The Lost Boys to their online auction site. Joel Schumacher’s 1987 vampire classic pitted a deadly group of vampires against a pair of brothers in a battle to save their family. The Dwayne vampire jacket on offer comes from the character’s death scene in which Sam (Corey Haim) shoots the vampire with an arrow, sending him back into a stereo which electrocutes him. Resembling a heavily worn biker outfit, »
- Tamika Jones
Cannon Films, the iconic independent film studio of the 1970s and 1980s which essentially continued the careers of the likes of Charles Bronson and Chuck Norris through and after their prime, are back - more than twenty years after shutting their doors.
Responsible for the likes of "Masters of the Universe," "Cyborg," "Breakin'," "Cobra," "Lifeforce," "Invasion U.S.A.," "American Ninja," "Death Wish II," and "Bloodsport," the studio is now back with a new slate of movies is on the horizon.
Formed under the new hand of Richard Albiston, Cannon Films Ltd. was established in 2014 and is moving forward with the ideals of former chairman Menahem Golan about putting the artist first. Today comes word of eight films which mark their inaugral slate - "America Ninja Apprentice," "Return of The Delta Force," "U.S. Sniper," "Allan Quatermain and the Jewel of the East," "Curse," "Zombi: They Live," "Writer's Block" and "The Leopard Hunts at Midnight".
Source: Joblo, »
- Garth Franklin
Cannon Films was a giant in the 1970s and 80s. Anyone who grew up in that era has Cannon Films running through their DNA with such cult classics as Masters of the Universe, Cyborg, Revenge of the Ninja, American Ninja, Death Wish II, Bloodsport and so much more.
In 2012, Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films documented the rise and fall of Cannon Films (which you can see on Netflix right now). Towards the end of the documentary, the filmmakers alluded to the fact that the studio was working on a comeback, and we're as happy as anyone to report that today, Cannon Films is back, and a new slate of movies is on the horizon including America Ninja Apprentice, Return of The Delta Force, U.S. Sniper and more.
Back in the 1980's, The Cannon Group Inc., was one of the World's biggest independent motion picture studios, »
I’ve been a fan of the Punisher since Archie comics did a lame crossover one-shot forever and a day ago. The brief and, let’s admit it, watered-down for the teeny-bopper set, introduction stuck with me. I was old enough to realize there was a whole lot about Frank Castle Archie Comics wasn’t going to tell me, but young enough not to resent his intrusion into the placid cheese of Riverdale.
As far as mash-ups go, the comic, of which I have two of the variant covers, it was a standard issue bad guy interrupting the big dance action setup where nobody got killed because this was the Punisher it was okay for your mom to spare a casual glance towards. I’m not saying I’m proud of it, but I’m being honest about my start.
Comics-wise, the Punisher is probably one of the less politically »
Sideshow Collectibles has released a batch of promotional images and a video for its upcoming Skeletor statue from Masters of the Universe; check them out here…
“By the powers of darkness, evil and fear!”
What a wonderful day for evil! Ready to face He-Man in our new statue collection inspired by the popular 80’s cartoon series Masters of the Universe, Sideshow is proud to present the Overlord of Evil himself – Skeletor!
Hailing from the otherworldly dimension of Infinitia, Skeletor rules over the darkest corners of Eternia with an iron fist from his treacherous volcanic base on Snake Mountain.
Wielding his enchanted Havoc Staff to command an invisible horde of henchmen and minions, Sideshow’s artists have brought the sinister villain to life with ornately sculpted battle armor and a removable cape.
Locked in a never-ending battle against the forces of good, Skeletor will not rest until he possesses the secrets »
- Amie Cranswick
The people of Eternia would find it difficult not to bow before the awesome features of Sideshow Collectibles' new Skeletor statue. We first shared photos of this fearsome figure last summer at San Diego Comic-Con, and we now have new images and release details for this detailed depiction of He-Man's nemesis.
Priced at $449.99 and expected to ship between November 2016 and January 2017, Sideshow's new, limited edition Skeletor statue stands over 21 inches tall, weighs in at 15 pounds, and comes with two skull displays. Almost as impressive as Skeletor himself is the lava-spewing snake base upon which he stands.
Below, we have the figure's official details, photos, and video. To learn more, visit:
From Sideshow Collectibles: "What a wonderful day for evil! Ready to face He-Man in our new statue collection inspired by the popular 80’s cartoon series Masters of the Universe, Sideshow Collectibles is proud to »
- Derek Anderson
According to new reports, McG ("Terminator: Salvation") is now in talks to direct a live-action reboot of "Masters Of The Universe", for Sony and Escape Artists:
In "Masters Of The Universe", 'Prince Adam' is the son of 'King Randor' of 'Eternia'. When the King is overthrown by his trusted advisor 'Skeletor', Prince Adam is cast off to the wastelands of the planet along with his sister 'Adora', his mentor 'Duncan' and childhood friend 'Teela'. Together they encounter a sorceress who shows them the power of 'Castle Greyskull', the mystical center of the planet. With the 'Sword of Power', Adam becomes 'He-Man', the 'Master of the Universe'.
"It brings me back to my youth and I knew I had to be a part of getting this movie together," said Tatum. "For every 'Masters of the Universe' fan out there, it felt like it was time and I wanted to »
- Michael Stevens
Though it.s generally regarded as a terrible, terrible movie, I have a deep, undying love for the 1987, Cannon Films-produced, Dolph Lundgren-starring Masters of the Universe. Hell, along with that "Dancing in the Dark" video and a two-episode stint on Murder, She Wrote, it.s at least partially responsible for introducing us all to Courtney Cox. A new big screen version of the once popular He-Man franchise has been in the works for what feels like forever, never getting off the ground, but it looks like it.s rolling along and may have even found a director, McG. According to a report from Deadline, McG is currently in talks with Sony and Escape Artist to take the helm of the live-action Masters of the Universe, which has reportedly become a priority for the studio. If a deal winds up being struck, it won.t be the director.s, who »
If you’re not a fan of McG’s films (titles like Charlie’s Angels, Terminator: Salvation, This Means War, etc.), then it will probably come as a disappointment to learn that he’s emerged as a frontrunner to take the helm of the live-action Masters Of The Universe reboot. The movie has been in the works for years now,
The post Terminator: Salvation director eyed to helm Masters Of The Universe appeared first on HeyUGuys. »
- Josh Wilding
Sony Pictures has been developing a reboot of Masters of the Universe since 2009, when they acquired the project from Warner Bros., but over the past seven years, the project has never fully gotten off the ground. Today we have a new report from Deadline that reveals that project has been given a new lease on life, with filmmaker McG now in talks to direct. The studio hasn't set a release date at this time, and it isn't known when they are aiming to start production quite yet.
The franchise is set on the planet Eternia, following a young man named Adam who has the power to turn himself into a mighty warrior named He-Man. Adam becomes the planet's last hope to defeat the evil Skeletor, who has devastated the entire planet on his quest to conquer castle Greyskull. We last reported on this project in October when Christopher Yost signed on to write the script, »
Looks like Sony’s planned live-action take on the classic animated series and Hasbro toy line is finally gaining some momentum, as Deadline report that McG (Terminator: Salvation, This Means War, Charlies Angels) is in talks to take a seat in the director’s chair of Masters Of The Universe.
The cartoon remains popular to this day and there are numerous spin-offs, comics, books and toys available that still sell very well, so a big screen outing for He-Man and his pals should do pretty good business… potentially. After all, we did have that disastrous 1987 movie starring Dolph Lungdren as He-Man and Frank Langella as Skeletor, which has since emerged as something of a campy cult favorite but was a box office bomb at the time.
Sony has been trying to get this movie up and running for a while now, with numerous writers and directors attached over the years. »
- Mark Cassidy
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