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14 cartoon movie spinoffs you forgot existed: The good, the bad and the just plain weird

27 August 2015 10:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Free Willy vs cyborgs? The Mighty Ducks from outer space? The path to bringing a beloved film to the small screen isn't always a smooth one, as these oddities demonstrate.

How many of these madcap cartoon series do you remember?

Check out this amazing concept art for the abandoned Jurassic Park animation

1. Back to the Future

Back to the Future is generally considered a perfect movie trilogy, so did we really need the further adventures of Doc Brown and his family in cartoon form? Christopher Lloyd actually appeared in this series in live-action interstitials, but the animated Doc was voiced by Dan 'Homer Simpson' Castellaneta.

2. Mighty Ducks

Remember those films about the cute outcast kids who Emilio Estevez coaches into champion hockey players? How much better would it have been if they were actual ducks? Alien ducks? It made sense to someone.

3. The Real Ghostbusters

The gem in the cartoon adaptation crown, »

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Why Nostalgia Rules the Internet and You Can’t Escape ‘Full House’

19 August 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Check out the Internet, TV and movie screens, and it seems like everyone is wallowing in the past. Viewers 18 to 40, in particular, are obsessed with the Day-Glo, super-fun time that represents their youthful innocence, when endless viewings of “Clueless” and “Full House” were the centerpiece of many a sleepover. Fueled by social media, this interest in the pop-culture trappings of the recent past, particularly the ’90s, has become a fertile area for TV programmers, who are unleashing a flood of shows over the next year to capitalize on the ever-growing appetite for all things retro. Aiding in programmers’ quest to decide what should be revived, rerun or re-exploited: a veritable focus group of Internet obsessives steeped in, and celebrating, the past couple of decades.

That has translated to upcoming TV versions of ’80s and ’90s small- and bigscreen favorites including “Full House,” “Coach,” “Twin Peaks,” “Powerpuff Girls,” “The X-Files,” “Rush Hour, »

- Pat Saperstein

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Why Nostalgia Rules the Internet and You Can’t Escape ‘Full House’

19 August 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Check out the Internet, TV and movie screens, and it seems like everyone is wallowing in the past. Viewers 18 to 40, in particular, are obsessed with the Day-Glo, super-fun time that represents their youthful innocence, when endless viewings of “Clueless” and “Full House” were the centerpiece of many a sleepover. Fueled by social media, this interest in the pop-culture trappings of the recent past, particularly the ’90s, has become a fertile area for TV programmers, who are unleashing a flood of shows over the next year to capitalize on the ever-growing appetite for all things retro. Aiding in programmers’ quest to decide what should be revived, rerun or re-exploited: a veritable focus group of Internet obsessives steeped in, and celebrating, the past couple of decades.

That has translated to upcoming TV versions of ’80s and ’90s small- and bigscreen favorites including “Full House,” “Coach,” “Twin Peaks,” “Powerpuff Girls,” “The X-Files,” “Rush Hour, »

- Pat Saperstein

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93 movie remakes and reboots currently in the works

19 August 2015 2:05 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

From The Craft and The Birds to The Fugitive and She's All That, the many film reboots and remakes currently in the works...

Over the years that Den Of Geek has been going, we've regularly been charting the assortment of reboots and remakes that are making their way through the Hollywood system. This, then, is the current state of play. We've removed a bunch of projects that seem utterly dead - the once mooted remakes of Videodrome and Timecrimes, for instance - but we'll keep this list up to date as and when we hear of more.

Without further ado, here's what's coming up...

Akira

One of Hollywood's most on and off projects, the current state of the live action Akira remake is that it's back in the works. Marco J Ramirez, the showrunner for season 2 of Netflix's Daredevil show, has been hired to pen a screenplay. Warner Bros is still backing the film, »

- simonbrew

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Franchise Reboots: A Necessary Evil

11 August 2015 12:13 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

In the aftermath of this weeks disastrous Fantastic Four release, David Opie argues that reboots are still essential to modern day filmmaking…

Remake. Reimagining. Reboot. The Three dreaded R’s of Hollywood.

Every day, it seems that studios announce plans to launch yet another a new franchise reboot and every day, the internet responds with a collective groan louder than the sound of Fantastic Four crashing and burning at the box office.

See Also: Fantastic Four Clobbered At The Box Office

“How dare they mess with a classic!?”

“Is there no originality left in Hollywood!”

“Too Soon!”

In the harshest backhanded compliment ever given, critics are describing the new Fantastic Four movie as the best so far, yet the reviews are overwhelmingly negative, seemingly confirming the fears that fans held about the project ever since it was first announced. Fantastic Four isn’t the only reboot suffering from a backlash though. »

- David Opie

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Robin Williams Remembered One Year After His Death: 10 Movies, Shows You Can Stream on Netflix

11 August 2015 5:26 AM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

It's a good day to curl up with a Robin Williams movie. The beloved comedian — who died by suicide one year ago on Aug. 11, 2014, at the age of 63 — touched millions with his poignant, funny, and memorable performances in childhood classics like Hook, Jumanji, and Mrs. Doubtfire. Here, Us Weekly remembers the Oscar-winning actor on the one-year anniversary of his death with a roundup of 10 movies and TV shows starring Williams that you can stream on Netflix. 1. Jumanji (1995) Williams starred in the [...] »

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'Jumanji' Star -- Film Reboot Not Right Without Robin Williams

8 August 2015 12:10 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Bradley Pierce, the little kid from "Jumanji," doesn't want Sony to roll the dice on the reboot ... and for good reason. Pierce hasn't been asked to reprise his role as Peter Shepherd from the original '95 film, which also starred Robin Williams.  The snub's not what's bothering Pierce about the remake ... it's the fact that Williams obviously isn't in the picture ... he carried the film to blockbuster status. Pierce says he believes Williams would have »

- TMZ Staff

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'Is nothing sacred?': Twitter responds to news of Jumanji remake

7 August 2015 9:10 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Sony Pictures’ slate for 2016 and 2017, which includes a remake of the Robin Williams family film, has prompted cries of ‘too soon’ and ‘travesty’

Twitter users have reacted with fury to the prospect of a remake of the hit 1995 movie Jumanji, which starred Robin Williams as a man released from a magical board game in which he had been trapped for 26 years.

Industry stories of a Jumanji reboot had been quietly circulating for some time, but Sony Pictures’ slate announcement on 5 August confirmed it was going into production – and even named its release date: Christmas Day 2016. No director or actors have yet been named, but it is likely that Zach Helm will be one of the credited writers, after an announcement was made in 2012 that the Stranger Than Fiction writer had been hired to work on a script.

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- Andrew Pulver

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Sony Slates Long-Dormant Jumanji Reboot For Christmas 2016

6 August 2015 1:42 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Two decades ago, TriStar and director Joe Johnston rolled the dice on a Jumanji film, a big-screen adaptation of Chris Van Allsburg’s 1981 children’s book of the same name, and even today, it’s widely considered to be one of the very best and endearing films of its generation. Fast forward to the here and now, and Sony is primed to blow the dust off its long-dormant reboot.

Truth be told, yesterday’s release date rollout was the first tangible hint that the reboot was still on the cards, with the studio slating its modern retelling for a release on December 25, 2016.

Originally hired in 2012, it’s understood that screenwriter Zack Helm is still attached to write Jumanji, though in the time that has lapsed since, it wouldn’t be too surprising if the script was doctored before Sony eventually shepherds the project in front of the cameras. Before that, »

- Michael Briers

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Jumanji Is Getting a Reboot! Sony Plans to Release Updated Version in 2016 Along With More Sequels

6 August 2015 5:28 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

It was the board game that haunted your nightmares, and now it's coming back to the big screen! No, we're not talking about Ouija boards—it's Jumanji! Sony Pictures released titles and release dates of its forthcoming movie, and the Robin Williams-starring classic, Jumanji, is set to hit the big screen once again come Christmas 2016, per Variety. Let's just say what we're all thinking—Christmas is coming early! The original movie, based on Chris Van Allsburg's book of the same name, was released 20 years ago, so we're due for a reboot. (Can you believe it has been that long since Williams popped out of the game board in a full beard and Tarzan-like loincloth?). The original »

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Sony Pictures sets film slate through 2017; Jumanji reboot in production

5 August 2015 5:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Tom Rothman, chairman of Sony Pictures, has announced the studio’s line-up for the next few years, with 16 films dated for release.

Amongst the biggest films scheduled include two sequels to hit action-comedy Bad Boys, along with a remake of the Robin Williams fantasy film Jumanji, which will hit cinemas on Christmas Day, 2016.

2016 will also showcase many more films, including the Jodie Foster-directed Money Monster starring George Clooney and Julia Roberts which bows April 16th; Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot has been moved up a week to July 15th; the remake of The Magnificent Seven, directed by Antoine Fuqua and starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt has shifted to September 23rd; zombie flick Patient Zero opens September 2nd; while Jennifer Lawrence-Chris Pratt sci-fi drama Passengers opens December 21st.

Sony has also announced a fifth film in the Underworld franchise, which is set for Halloween (well, October 21st) of next year. »

- Scott J. Davis

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Sony Officially Dates ‘Jumanji’ Reboot for Christmas 2016

5 August 2015 2:30 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

It’s been 20 years since Robin Williams starred in the blockbuster adaptation of Chris Van Allsburg‘s 1981 children’s book Jumanji. So that means it’s time for a reboot. We first heard about a new adaptation of Jumanji in the summer of 2012, and then six months later, Zack Helm, the writer of Stranger than Fiction […]

The post Sony Officially Dates ‘Jumanji’ Reboot for Christmas 2016 appeared first on /Film. »

- Ethan Anderton

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Sony Sets Release Dates for Uncharted, Dark Tower, Bad Boys Sequels, and More!

5 August 2015 11:45 AM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Sony Pictures just announced a Slew of upcoming release dates for their upcoming film slate, including new dates for the long-gestating Uncharted and Dark Tower adaptations, along with a Jumanji reboot, Two Bad Boys sequels, and lots more.  Come inside to check it all out!

Going to be entirely honest here...I was Not expecting Sony Pictures would announce release dates for 16 films on their upcoming 2016 and 2017 slate.  Yet, here we are!  This isn't exactly unprecedented, as many major studios reveal their big list of release dates in one fell swoop, but I think the films listed are what's most interesting.  I'll let you look at the list first, then we'll talk about them. 

Money Monster – 4/8/16

The Shallows - 6/24/16

Ghostbusters - 7/15/16 

Patient Zero - 9/2/16

The Magnificent Seven - 9/23/16

Underworld 5 - 10/21/16

Passengers – 12/21/16

Jumanji – 12/25/16

The Dark Tower – 1/13/17

Resident Evil 6 – 1/27/17

Bad Boys 3 – 2/17/17

Baby Driver – 3/17/17

Barbie – 6/2/17

Uncharted – 6/30/17 

The Lamb – 12/8/17

Bad Boys 4 – 7/3/19

What's most interesting »

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David Alan Grier to Play Cowardly Lion in NBC’s ‘The Wiz Live!’

4 August 2015 5:11 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

David Alan Grier has the courage to explore live TV.

The comedian and three-time Tony Award nominee has joined NBC’s production of “The Wiz Live!.” He’ll play the Cowardly Lion, the famously timid friend of the lost Dorothy who accompanies her down the Yellow Brick Road in the hopes that their journey will lead him to find some courage.

Grier broke out via Fox’s 1990s sketch show “In Living Color.” His TV credits also include “Crank Yankers” and “Happy Endings.” His stage credits include a co-starring role in the original Broadway production of “Dreamgirls” and his film credits include “A Soldier’s Story” with Howard E. Rollins and Denzel Washington and “Jumanji” with Robin Williams. He will soon appear on the NBC sitcom “The Carmichael Show,” which premieres Aug. 26.

The Wiz Live!” is adapted from L. Frank Baum’s “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” with a book »

- Whitney Friedlander

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Robin Williams Would Have Turned 64 Today: See His Life in Photos

21 July 2015 11:31 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Today is a bittersweet day. It would have been funnyman Robin Williams' 64th birthday, and to honor that day we're taking a look back at his life in photos. The iconic comedian made a name for himself on TV when he got his start on Mork & Mindy and continued to make his fans laugh out loud for the duration of his career, starring in movies such as Jumanji and Mrs. Doubtfire. Although he was best known for his comedic skills, who could forget some of his more dramatic roles, including Dead Poets Society and Good Will Hunting? Williams knew how to have fun on and off the screen, especially when it came to his children Zelda Williams, Zak Williams and Cody Alan Williams. Even though he has passed »

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15 Upcoming Movies That Are Essentially Rip-Offs

20 July 2015 7:44 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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You’ve probably seen The Fast and the Furious, right? It’s about an undercover cop who bonds with a criminal and ends up letting him escape at the end, which is also the precise shell plot of the Keanu Reeves-starring actioner Point Break, which hit cinemas a whole decade before.

What about The Hunger Games? The movie with the kids being forced to kill one another, yeah? You may or may not be aware that it’s eerily similar to the Japanese movie Battle Royale, in which, you guessed it, a group of kids are forced to slaughter one another (albeit with far more gore).

It’s a common complaint among film buffs that originality is dead in Hollywood: everything’s either a sequel, remake, reboot, or adaptation, and finding original scripts is an increasingly challenging task. Some screenwriters are a little more sneaky, »

- Jack Pooley

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‘Goosebumps’ Books Come Alive in First Trailer Featuring Jack Black as Cranky Author R.L. Stine (Video)

8 July 2015 9:27 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Goosebumps” could be the next “Jumanji,” if the first trailer for the live-action adventure movie starring Jack Black is any indication. Black stars as R.L. Stine, the author behind the series of popular young adult horror novels that are the basis for the movie. Much like the board game came to life in 1995 when Robin Williams and company rolled the dice in “Jumanji,” the monsters in Stine’s books escape when the original manuscripts are opened. The first creature to escape from the pages is the eponymous monster from Stine’s “The Abominable Snowman of Pasadena.” But Stine’s got bigger problems. »

- Greg Gilman

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Critic's Notebook: In James Horner's Music, Sounds that Stirred the Soul

24 June 2015 7:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

There’s a scene in Ratatouille (2007) in which Anton Ego, the sneering food critic voiced by Peter O’Toole, is catapulted back to his youth after a bite of Remy the rat’s cooking. For a child of the '80s, hearing a James Horner score is a bit like that, and therefore impossible to be objective about. Casper (1995), Jumanji (1995), The Mask of Zorro (1998) — Horner’s imprimatur was on every other family film at the local cineplex during the '90s. When I was 8 I taped The Rocketeer off TV and watched it with a maniac's devotion for years. For

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Oscar-winning composer James Horner leaves legacy of music after his death

23 June 2015 8:47 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

TitanicField of DreamsAliensThe RocketeerApollo 13BraveheartGloryThe New WorldStar Trek: The Wrath of Kahn.  Jumanji. Avatar. Willow. The Land Before Time.  48 Hrs.  Cocoon.  

The list – and the music - goes on.  And on.  And on. 

Oscar-winning film composer James Horner, who was killed in a plane crash on Monday, was a face you may not recognize, but his music, expertly woven through some of your favourite films, was instantly recognizable and memorable.

A composer with over 150 credits to his name, brought us everything from the music for Titanic’s Oscar-winning tune “My Heart Will Go On” to childhood favourites like An American Tail’s “Somewhere Out There.”  It’s hard to narrow down a such a storied career into a top 5 or top 10 list of film scores because his music touched so many movies and genres.

A long-time collaborator with Ron Howard, the »

- Rachel West

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R.I.P. James Horner: A top tier contributor to cinematic music

23 June 2015 8:44 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

It was with great sadness that we learned yesterday of the death of composer James Horner at just 61 years old. Horner died in a plane crash, piloting a small aircraft that went down a day ago in California. The composer is a multiple Oscar winner, taking home Academy Awards for Best Original Score and Best Original Song for Titanic, marking just one of his many collaborations with filmmaker James Cameron. All told, Horner was nominated by the Academy ten times, with various other nominations and wins to his credit. He was a well respected musician and giant in the industry, so he will certainly be missed in a big way. Horner was cited by the Academy for his work on not just Titanic, but also Aliens, An American Tail, Apollo 13, Avatar, A Beautiful Mind, Braveheart, Field of Dreams, as well as House of Sand and Fog. All of the »

- Joey Magidson

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