14 items from 2015
We've got big box office news for Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment's animated spin-off, Minions, which opened in the U.K. to record-breaking success. On the less expensive side of things, Genndy Tartakovsky's Samurai Jack makes a brief re-appearance in a short, CG fan film. And, of course, more news from Attack on Titan.
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- Dave Trumbore
Samurai Jack never got the send-off he deserved, and one fan has painstakingly proven that the character should see the CGI light of day.
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- Scott Beggs
Even though it has been over 10 years since Genndy Tartakovsky's popular animated series Samurai Jack ended, it continues to be regarded as one of the best shows ever on the Cartoon Network. Even now, loyal fans are still waiting / begging / praying to see more adventures of the displaced samurai warrior. One fan has decided to pay tribute to the show and express his own creative urges by making a CG demo of Samurai Jack. He is Ave Espelita, who worked on the short on and off for more than four months and created all the visual assets using Blender, a free 3D software. The result is pretty awesome. Check it out below!...
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Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the off-beat, nerdy news for you in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this wonderful Wednesday? Find out what the Harry Potter franchise would look like with an R rating,Magic Mike gets an Honest Trailer, and check out Nicolas Cage as every Game of Thrones character. So, sit back, relax, and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Harry Potter gets R Rated
Ever wonder what the Harry Potter franchise would look like with an R rating? Fine Brothers Entertainment has put together a side-splitting five-minute animated video that takes memorable scenes from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and gives this classic, family-friendly story an R-rated twist. In this video, Potter's aunt and uncle are far more physically abusive, the Sorting Hat is a racist prick and Quidditch gets deadly. »
Director Genndy Tartakovsky is responsible for some of the coolest animated shows to hit TV, including Powerpuff Girls, Dexter's Laboratory, Samurai Jack, and Star Wars: The Clone Wars (mini-series). Most recently he directed the animated comedy Hotel Transylvania and is set to debut the sequel later this summer. I sat down with Tartakovsky to talk about what we can expect in the sequel and how it will differentiate from the first film, who his favorite character from the film is, »
- Paul Shirey
Bad news for anyone anticipating Samurai Jack/Hotel Transylvania director Genndy Tartakovsky bringing his life-long Popeye obsession to fruition at Sony Pictures Animation: he’s no longer involved. Tartakovsky has announced that he’s off the project and will focus on other films for the studio. It’s something of a surprise, given his feelings for the character, proudly shown off as part of a test footage demonstration last year (see above). It sounds, though, as if studio politics and creative disagreements got in the way. “I was in love with what we were doing, but I think the studio is going through changes and I don’t know if they want to make the Popeye that I want to make,” he says. “So they’ve got to make a decision. Right now, I’m off that project and moving on to the other one that we soft-announced, which is Can You Imagine? »
Last fall brought some test footage from Sony Pictures Animation's adaptation of the classic cartoon Popeye. "Dexter's Laboratory" and "Samurai Jack" creator Genndy Tartakovsky has been attached to this film since 2012, and it's been expected in theaters sometime in 2016. But now it sounds like the film might be in trouble as Tartakovsky has delivered some bad news. It sounds like the Tartakovsky isn't working on the film anymore, as he spoke with Moviefone on the status of the project and revealed that due to some changes at the studio itself, they may not be interested in the kind of Popeye he wanted to make. Here's what Tartakovsky said about the gestating project: "Popeye, at least, we put up a great screening, everybody really liked that sizzle, we got a positive reaction. I was in love with what we were doing, but I think the studio is going through changes and »
- Ethan Anderton
Sad news for anyone eagerly anticipating the CGI animated Popeye movie that was being planned at Sony. Director Genndy Tartakovsky, best known for his Samurai Jack TV show and the 2012 hit Hotel Transylvania, is no longer with the project. Not only that, it may no longer be happening at Sony.
Genndy Tartakovsky's next project is Hotel Transylvania 2, which comes to theaters this fall. The first teaser trailer was released earlier in the week, with Moviefone speaking to the director. Even though an animation test for Popeye was met with enthusiasm, the recent regime change at Sony has seen production on the high seas adventure come to a halt. He explains:
"Popeye we put up a great screening, everybody really liked that sizzle, we got a positive reaction. I was in love with what we were doing, but I think the studio is going through changes and I don't »
Despite having a good chunk of the Grown-Ups crew amongst it's voice cast, the first Hotel Transylvania was a whole lot of fun, bringing together all of the classic monsters, from Dracula to Frankenstein, with the Invisble Man and the Wolf Man for good measure, all under the watchful eye of director Genndy Tartakovsky, the animation genius responsible for Dexter's Laboratory and Samurai Jack. Now Drac (Adam Sandler) and the rest of the gang are back for a sequel, which brings back most of the original cast, as well as welcoming the legendary Mel Brooks as Drac's dad, Vlad. The first teaser for the movie definitely suggest that the movie will be very family driven this time round, introducing Drac's grandson, and also serves as nice taster for the movie, basically delivering one full scene with plenty of laughs to be had. Released: 25th September (U.S.)/ 9th October (Irl/U. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Samurai Jack’s Genndy Tartakovsky is the crown in Sony Animation’s crown. Not only did he deliver them a bona fide hit in Hotel Transylvania, he’s since developed this sequel, Hotel Transylvania 2, and a Popeye movie, both at the same time. This is alongside the multiple original features he’s working up for the studio, and the guidance he’s been giving to other filmmakers at the same camp.
But I do hope he’s not spreading himself too thin.
This teaser for Hotel Transylvania 2 can’t tell us much about the new film’s story, and certainly not how satisfying or well-shaped that might be, but it does show the same sense of cartoonish animation and bold poses that Tartakovsky nailed in the first film.
Like many teaser trailers for animated features, this promo is structured around one extended sequence. I wonder why this is such a trend? »
- Brendon Connelly
Netflix is doing the friendly thing of letting us know what movies and TV shows it's taking off of its streaming service, but the bad news is, you only have a matter of days to watch some of these! Leaving the service are a lot of great '90s flicks like Cool Runnings, Romy and Michele's High School Reunion, and Se7en, so get to watching. There are a few that won't be removed until later in the month, so take a look at the list and see what you need to watch first, then get excited for the new stuff coming in March! Movies 3 Ninjas: Kick Back Air Bud Anaconda Arachnophobia Brokedown Palace Cheech & Chong's Nice Dreams Cool Runnings Emma Evita Fireproof Freaky Friday Fright Night Girlfight Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Jackass: Number Two Lords of Dogtown Old Yeller Ordinary People Out of Time Pretty in Pink »
What's leaving Netflix in March? Well, the streaming service is expiring a slew of movies and TV shows, with a big chunk of the departing titles belonging to the Cartoon Network -- you'll see those say bye-bye at the end of the month. From what we can tell, that's about it in terms of TV exiting Watch Instantly.
As for movies, the clock is ticking for favorites "Dumb and Dumber," "Fright Night," Desperado," "Seven," "Pretty in Pink," "Romy and Michele's High School Reunion," and "The Muppet Movie," which will all be pulled in the monthly purge.
Here's the complete list of titles that will vanish from your streaming list (pending any sort of meddling time-travelers). And, just so you're not left empty-handed, here's a list of what's new on Netflix in March 2015.
Leaving March 1
"3 Ninjas: Kick Back" (1994)
"Air Bud" (1997)
"Brokedown Palace" (1999)
- Tim Hayne
Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup will head back to Townsville, Cartoon Network announced today, along with its 2015–16 agenda. The show, which reigned as a cult toon in the early to mid 2000s, will be rebooted with Adventure Time's Nick Jennings attached as an executive producer, and it's slated to premiere sometime next year. Maybe this means there's also hope for more Samurai Jack. (Sadly it doesn't, as they're technically unrelated, but remember how fun these theories were anyway?) »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
Netflix has a many, many films, shows and documentaries to watch. A lot of them you will know are there - great Netflix Originals like House of Cards, Orange is the New Black and Better Call Saul - but there is even more to discover that you might not think or even know to look for.
Here are some of our favourite Netflix hidden gems:
Animator Don Hertzfeldt is a Digital Spy favourite, first coming to our attention with the bizarre, irreverent, melancholic and frequently obscene short Rejected. There is something undeniably beautiful behind the strangeness of the characters and scenarios he brings to life.
His first feature film, It's Such a Beautiful Day, spins together his previously released trilogy into a touching black comedy about hapless Bill and his hilarious, humdrum existence.
Chances are, this Netflix Original documentary will offer your »
14 items from 2015
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