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13 items from 2014


After Manimal, which other 1983 TV shows should Will Ferrell reboot?

29 July 2014 3:02 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The actor and comedian is planning to reprise the ultimate naff 80s action-adventure as a comedy. But there are plenty of others he could have gone for

Master of the secrets that divide man from animal, animal from man Manimal has been a symbol of TV naffness for so long that Will Ferrell producing a big-screen reboot feels almost pre-ordained. Repositioning it as a comedy is a smart way of leveraging the shows mushrooming online reputation try to keep a straight face while watching the original credits but whats really impressive is the fact that Ferrell has tracked down a TV show from 1983 that hasnt already been rehashed. The A-Team, Fraggle Rock, Bananaman, Inspector Gadget, LeVar Burtons Reading Rainbow and Bob Holnesss Blockbusters all debuted that year, and all have either been remade or are being prepped for some sort of comeback. ITV even rebooted Good Morning Britain, for all the good it did. »

- Graeme Virtue

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Is Mark Wahlberg Universal’s New Six Million Dollar Man?

5 July 2014 6:41 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

They can rebuild him. They have the technology. But will audiences even care? That’s the question that Universal is facing now, as The Tracking Board reports that the studio is trying yet again to assemble a reboot of the beloved 1974 series The Six Million Dollar Man

A remake of The Six Million Dollar Man has been in the works for decades. First came a screenplay from Kevin Smith in the 1990s that he eventually adapted into a comic book titled The Bionic Man. Then came a comedic take starring Jim Carrey from The Hangover writer/director Todd Phillips, followed by an attempt in 2006 from Richard Anderson (who had a supporting role in the original series), which never materialized due to a fight between Miramax and Universal over the rights to the property.  Universal then tried again in 2011, with Bryan Singer in the director’s chair and Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead role. »

- James Garcia

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7 Sidekicks Who are Smarter Than Their Heroes

18 June 2014 1:20 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

There’s much to be mocked about sidekicks, one of the easier targets in film. We’re set up to picture a simultaneously meek and booming catchphrase-machine clad in a matching uniform, seemingly created solely to follow our protagonist around and hype them up on their journeys. While plenty of that variety exist, there’s a different and far more interesting breed of sidekicks who prove to be so much more — valuable assets who, really, are so much better than the leads in the first place. Here are seven sidekicks who are smarter and more capable than the heroes they’re supporting. Penny — Inspector Gadget For someone who’s designed to be the ultimate detective, Inspector Gadget isn’t all that bright. As the good inspector proves time and again through his various misadventures and bungled police cases, even if you’re a walking Swiss Army Knife you can’t “Go-Go-Gadget” common sense where none exists. Fortunately »

- Samantha Wilson

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9 movies that prove why nostalgia isn't always a good thing

18 June 2014 7:33 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Remember that thing you loved from your childhood? It's coming back. We're not talking specifics here, we're talking everything.

New movies or TV shows revolving around everything from Scooby Doo to Ninja Turtles, Danger Mouse and Bananaman are on the horizon - you could accuse producers of running out of new ideas, but how long before they run out of old ideas?

Nostalgia can give you a warm and fuzzy feeling, but sometimes it isn't always a good thing. Digital Spy suggests 9 instances when looking back to the past resulted in a questionable present:

The Saint (1997)

A movie adaptation of popular TV series The Saint had been mooted for some time. It finally limped into cinemas in 1997 with Val Kilmer as Simon Templar - he was no Roger Moore, but let's face it, who is?

The film, which is a relatively low-key (if somewhat eccentric) spy caper, suffered because it »

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9 movies that prove why nostalgia isn't always a good thing

18 June 2014 7:33 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Remember that thing you loved from your childhood? It's coming back. We're not talking specifics here, we're talking everything.

New movies or TV shows revolving around everything from Scooby Doo to Ninja Turtles, Danger Mouse and Bananaman are on the horizon - you could accuse producers of running out of new ideas, but how long before they run out of old ideas?

Nostalgia can give you a warm and fuzzy feeling, but sometimes it isn't always a good thing. Digital Spy suggests 9 instances when looking back to the past resulted in a questionable present:

The Saint (1997)

A movie adaptation of popular TV series The Saint had been mooted for some time. It finally limped into cinemas in 1997 with Val Kilmer as Simon Templar - he was no Roger Moore, but let's face it, who is?

The film, which is a relatively low-key (if somewhat eccentric) spy caper, suffered because it »

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Besson Back in Toon Biz

13 June 2014 4:37 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Annecy — Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp is teaming with Gallic conglom Lagardere Active, a major French force in kids’ TV entertainment, to develop an animated 3D TV adventure series inspired by Besson’s “Arthur and the Invisibles” movie trilogy.

After EuropaCorp announced it was pulling out of feature animation – it released its last animation film movie, “Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart,” which will receive an open-air screening at Annecy Friday, on Feb. 5 – the “Arthur and the Invisibles” skein marks a return to animation, but in TV, where exposure to loss is far more limited.

Conceived as a 52 part, 15-minute seg series, “Arthur and the Invisibles” will target kids 5-8.

Series will take the set-up and main characters from the movies and indeed Besson’s children’s books, on which they were in turn based: the miniature Minimoys, a pacific tribe, are threatened by the dastardly warrior Maltazard; Arthur, whose lies over-ground with his grandmother, »

- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy

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10 Most Unwatchable TV to Movie Adaptations

10 June 2014 2:30 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

22 Jump Street is in theaters this weekend, and its one of the few TV-to-Movie franchises that has gotten it right. This comes after so many have gotten it really wrong! Adapting a hit television show to the big screen seems like it would be an easy thing. The source material is great, there's an existing audience, it should be money in the bank. But bigger does not mean better. There's more than enough examples of great TV turned into garbage cinema. So much so, there was a fair amount of difficulty and debate narrowing it down to ten, epically awful movies. Criteria had to be established. There must be a method to this madness. Terrible films like The Smurfs, Scooby Doo, Yogi Bear, or The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas still has an appeal to younger audiences who might actually be entertained by it. It does have some value. Once »

- MovieWeb

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Rage Review

10 June 2014 12:22 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Despite all his Rage, he’s still just Nicolas Cage. And so, anyone puts down a few bucks to see this movie probably knows what they’re getting themselves into. Unfortunately for even the so-bad-he’s-brilliant actor’s most undemanding fans, however, this latest bargain-bin offering (previously titled Tokarev, after the make of a gun that winds up being integral to the story) is the worst thing that he’s ever been associated with. Not even the promise of more bizarre line readings and hilariously weird facial expressions to add to Cage’s already impressive collection of Wtf moments is enough to make Rage worth your time.

With a movie as completely devoid of merit as Rage, I’m not even sure where to start. As written by Jim Agnew and Sean Keller, the film is essentially a series of loosely connected action sequences, every one somehow less compelling than the last. »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Pacific Rim 2 Script Underway by Guillermo del Toro and Zak Penn; Current Version Includes Raleigh Becket and Mako Mori

8 June 2014 11:50 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

While Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim didn't exactly set the domestic box office on fire, its $400+ million worldwide earning made a sequel a strong possibility for Legendary Pictures.  As such, del Toro recently revealed that he and screenwriter Zak Penn have been working in secret on a script for a sequel, though he stresses that the studio has yet to formally agree to put it into production.  Dispelling rumors that the follow-up film to the mega-mecha feature will actually be a prequel, del Toro said that this picture would follow the events of the first.  Also, the current version of the script includes Raleigh Becket and Mako Mori, played by Charlie Hunnam and Rinko Kikuchi in the first film.  Hit the jump for more from del Toro himself. While doing promotional tours for his FX horror series The Strain, del Toro talked to Buzzfeed about his surprising progress on »

- Dave Trumbore

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Throwback Thursday: O-Town's reunion and the 7 dirtiest boy band songs -- Video

3 April 2014 1:02 PM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Word broke earlier this week that O-Town — the One Direction of the aughts, except less cute and not nearly as famous — is plotting a reunion. (Okay, an almost-reunion; frontman Ashley Parker Angel, the group’s answer to Harry Styles/Clone High guest star extraordinaire, is apparently out of the band. So much for “all or nothing at all.”)

This is great news, primarily for one reason: It gives us all a chance to reexamine “Liquid Dreams,” which has to be the grossest thing to come out of the late ’90s/early ’00s boy band boom. (Besides Chris Kirkpatrick’s hair. »

- Hillary Busis

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Nickelodeon Greenlights New Comedy From Dan Schneider, Two Other Live-Action Series

13 March 2014 9:13 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Nickelodeon has given a 20-episode order to Henry Danger, a new crime-fighting comedy from the network’s top creator Dan Schneider who is behind eight Nick live-action series from the past two decades, Sam & Cat, Victorious, iCarly, Zoey 101, Drake & Josh, The Amanda Show, Kenan & Kel and All That. Additionally, at its upfront today Nick is announcing the pickup of two other new live-action comedy series. High school/cheerleading sitcom Bella And The Bullfrogs, which has a 12-episode order, was written by Gabriel Garza and Jonathan Butler (The Haunted Hathaways). Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn, greenlit for 13 episodes, centers on a set of quadruplets. It was created by Matt Fleckenstein. Here are details on the new series.   Dan Schneider’s (Sam & Cat, iCarly, Victorious, Drake & Josh) crime-fighting comedy greenlit for 20 episodes, Henry Danger, is created and written by Schneider and Dana Olsen (George of the Jungle, Inspector Gadget). The series follows »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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Disney ‘90s Live-Action: The Good, The Best, and The Rest

23 February 2014 9:04 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Disney live-action films of the 1990s are often remembered for all the wrong reasons. It was the era of smart-mouthed kids, remakes of old TV shows (Inspector Gadget, George of the Jungle), The Mighty Ducks sequels, and other sports movies trying to recreate the success of The Mighty Ducks. Looking over the ‘90s, it is easy to skip over the live-action films altogether to discuss the animated features (Aladdin, The Lion King) and the rise of Pixar (Toy Story, A Bug’s Life). Skipping over these live-action films, however, means missing some important pieces in the company’s history and films that laid the groundwork for blockbusters today, both inside and out of the Walt Disney Company.

Good – The Rocketeer

Twenty years before Captain America, director Joe Johnston got the ultimate try-out for the job with the 1991 comic book adaptation The Rocketeer. Cliff, an ordinary American pilot, gets an extraordinary »

- Rachel Kolb

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The Musketeers episode 5 review: The Homecoming

21 February 2014 1:57 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Review Rob Kemp 23 Feb 2014 - 22:00

Has The Musketeers bitten off more than it can chew with its latest raft of social issues? Here's Rob's review of episode 5...

This review contains spoilers.

1.5 The Homecoming

Post the BAFTA-inflicted break, it was back to business with The Musketeers in their latest offering, The Homecoming, written by show runner Adrian Hodges and directed by Richard Clark (who directed the excellent Doctor Who episode, The Doctor’s Wife and previous Musketeers episode, The Good Soldier). Already at its mid-season point, the show has done well to inject some flair and freshness into an old tale by taking stylistic risks whilst remaining respectful to its source. The Homecoming should therefore present little risk, especially with the talent behind the camera,  to the established formula – indeed, with Porthos’ turn as ‘Musketeer of the Week’ it should represent an opportunity to hit a high, with Charles’ portrayal »

- louisamellor

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