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Herbie rides again as Disney Xd reboots The Love Bug

Herbie the Love Bug looks set for a return to the screen, with TV Line reporting that Disney Xd is currently in development on a new series featuring the iconic anthropomorphic Volkswagen Beetle, which has Travis Braun (Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders) writing and executive producer alongside Tom Burkhard and Matt Dearborn (Even Stevens).

The series will see Herbie joined by Lili or Landon Reed (it’s yet to be decided whether to go for a male or female lead), who is described as “part scientist, part entrepreneur, part daredevil, who realizes, when her/his parents go missing, that they’ve secretly been working on a government project: a talking car named Herbie. Herbie is key to helping the kid reunite with her/his parents, but a gang of criminals also wants to get its paws on the state-of-the-art vehicle.”

Herbie made his first appearance in 1968’s The Love Bug, which
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Go Bananas! A Herbie TV Series May Be On The Way

According to TV Line, a Herbie TV series is on the way. The lovable Volkswagen Beetle was last seen on the big screen back in 2005 in Herbie: Fully Loaded, but first arrived in cinemas in the 1968 film The Love Bug, then 1974’s Herbie Rides Again, 1977’s Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo, 1980’s Herbie Goes Bananas, and the 1997 TV film The Love Bug. There was a short-lived TV series in 1982 called Herbie, the Love Bug but Disney Xd are to revive the property for a new run very soon.

Travis Braun (Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders) will write the show and co-executive produce. According to the same source, it is not clear whether lead character Lili or Landon Reed will be male or female. They add that Lili/Landon is:

“Part scientist, part entrepreneur, part daredevil and realizes, when her/his parents go missing, that they’ve secretly been working on
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Seven of the Greatest Driving Films of all Time

If you are anything like me you couldn’t wait to get behind the wheel of a car. I remember being lucky enough to get my first car before I was even old enough to learn to drive (thanks to my parents). Most of that excitement was based on growing up watching classic driving movies and wanting to experience the thrill of the open road.

Of course, the reality of driving is very different and staying safe and knowing the laws of the road were very important for mine and my friends’ enjoyment. This is the important groundwork needed to make the dream comes true.

If anything the dream of the driving movies spurs you on to do all that important work. So, where should you look for inspiration that will stick with you? Here are some of my greatest driving films of all time:

1) Fast and Furious – This hugely
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Alex Rocco, Star of 'The Godfather,' Dies at 79

Alex Rocco, a veteran character actor most famous for starring in Hollywood classic "The Godfather," has died. He was 79.

Rocco's daughter, Jennifer Rocco, revealed the actor's passing in a series of Facebook posts, writing that her father passed away on July 18 after a long, private battle with cancer. Jennifer Rocco thanked his fans for their support, writing, "I know he is watching over us."

Alex Rocco's prolific career spanned decades, but the actor became synonymous with "The Godfather," the 1972 Oscar-winning film in which he played casino owner Moe Greene. In a 2012 interview with The A.V. Club, Rocco said that that role was "without a doubt, my biggest ticket anywhere. I mean that literally."

Rocco parlayed that fame into a lengthy, eclectic resume in both film and television. He starred most recently on Starz series "Magic City," "Episodes," and "Maron," and also appeared on shows including "The Simpsons," "The Facts of Life,
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Off The Shelf – Episode 55 – New Releases For Tuesday, June 23rd 2015

This week on Off The Shelf, Ryan is joined by Brian Saur to take a look at the new DVD and Blu-ray releases for the week of June 23rd, 2015, and chat about some follow-up and home video news.

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Episode Links & Notes Follow-up Den of Geek article News Arrow Video Sale Disney Movie Club Blu-rays: More Herbie on Blu-ray (Herbie Goes Bananas & Herbie Goes To Monte Carlo) Warner Archive – Showdown in Little Tokyo in July on Blu-ray Kl Studio Classics – Pitfall (1948) Warner Archive’s July Slate – Sam Fuller’s Run of the Arrow, The Snorks Season 2, Centurions Part One: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbYbvaLNsKY

(They also tease Atom Ant coming to DVD – to be discussed at Comic Con, along with their upcoming release of Twice Upon a Time) Severin: Three Cult Horror Films heading to Blu-ray in August New Releases 3-D Rarities Bank Shot
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Merry Christmas! Twitter cheer from Ian Somerhalder, Tatiana Maslany and more

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The festive spirit has struck Hollywood! Many of our favorite television stars took the time out of their relaxing Christmas schedules to post merry wishes to the world. Here's a round up from around the Twitterverse.

Merry Christmas Everybody...Be thankful that you're here today and enjoy those that are here with you. Truly. Properly.

-- Idris Elba (@idriselba) December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas to you all.

-- Will Arnett™ (@arnettwill) December 25, 2013

Merry Xmas to my sweet heart. I ❤️U so. So. http://t.co/nlQRbdsWSm

-- Anna Camp (@TheRealAnnaCamp) December 25, 2013

Off to bed finally! Don't let Santa's elves see you awake past midnight! (Little known fact, they steal the eyes of naughty children!)

-- Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) December 25, 2013

The whiskey is done, and I've had just another half a drink more. Friends, it's cold outside, and I must go. Happy/merry/that is all.

-- John K. Yulelogdgman (@hodgman) December 25, 2013

Just a fantastic evening.
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Ranked: 10 Most Iconic Movie Cars

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It’s not always the actors that are the stars of a film. Sometimes it’s the car. Here’s our list of the 10 most iconic cars in movie history.

Much like in our everyday modern life, cars are a big part of movies. They have created many memorable moments, been a part of many exciting action sequences, and helped to define characters clearly. Cars are much more than just another movie prop. Sometimes they are part of the cast, and others they are the main attraction.

This list commemorates those cars that went above and beyond simple transportation in a film. These are cars that define a particular movie or character. These are cars that, when seen in real life, conjure up images of their movie counterparts. These cars have infiltrated popular culture and become historic icons of both film and motoring.

Top Ten Most Iconic Movie Cars

10. Toretto
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Extended Thoughts on ‘Herbie, the Love Bug’

Herbie, The Love Bug

Written by Arthur Alsberg and Don Nelson

Starring Dean Jones, Patricia Harty, Nicky Katt, Larry Linville, Claudia Wells

When people speak of the possibility of alternate dimensions, they leave out the one closest to us all. We like to imagine a universe so similar to our own, nearly identical to the world in which we live if not for one difference. Maybe in one dimension, Bill Clinton was ousted from office, not just thrown up for impeachment. Maybe in another dimension, HD-DVD won the high-definition home-media war instead of Blu-ray. Or maybe, in some beautiful reality, Scott Norwood didn’t miss that field goal in the Super Bowl against the New York Giants. The possibilities are tantalizing because they are literally endless. In all the wonder and curiosity, however, most of us fail to recognize that there already exists another universe snuggled up tightly to ours,
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Best of Mousterpiece Cinema 2012

Josh brought his Mousterpiece Cinema podcast to Sound on Sight this time last year, starting by reposting his older podcasts beginning with his very first podcast about Cars 2.

One of Ricky D‘s constructive criticisms for Josh on joining the site was that his best podcasts were the ones where he was joined by a guest like Gabriel Bucsko for their podcast on The Muppets film. Since Gabe actually works in Hollywood (an experience he discussed during the podcast on the cinematic atrocity Disney Animated classic Fox and the Hound 2) he is not regularly available to do the podcast. I volunteered to be a more regular co-host, taking the opportunity of Gabe being around to boycott films I had no interest in watching or re-watching like say the Disney Direct to Video Sequels, Midquels and Prequels, or films I couldn’t get my hands on, or allow me to
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This week's new film events

Fatboy Slim Live From The Big Beach Boutique, Nationwide

Fatboy Slim's Big Beach Bootique, an all-the-trimmings shindig with lasers and pyrotechnics to make a Muse fan weep, is a bit of a fixture in the DJ's hometown of Brighton. In 2002, 250,000 people crammed on to Brighton beach to hear Cook play for free when organisers expected only 60,000.This year's outing was staged at Brighton & Hove Albion Fc's Amex stadium, where a 600 square metre Led video wall stretched the length of the pitch. The gig was filmed and will be shown for one night only at eight Picturehouse screens across the UK, as well as at cinemas worldwide. A bit of an intimate affair compared to Fatboy's Olympics closing ceremony appearance, but still. Come along in fancy dress and you might win a prize. But please: no whistles.

Various venues, Fri, times vary, picturehouses.co.uk

Flea To The Circus, Bristol
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‘Herbie Goes Bananas’ has a Bad Reputation

Herbie Goes Bananas

Written by Don Tait, based on the novel Car, Boy, Girl by Gordon Buford

Directed By Vincent McEveety

USA, 1980, imdb

Listen to our Mousterpiece Cinema Herbie Goes Bananas podcast or read Josh‘s extended thoughts about the film.

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Some films acquire a bad reputation that sticks like a bad smell, driving potential viewers away before they ever see it. Everyone knows that Alien³ and Alien Resurrection are terrible even especially those who have never seen the film. This fate happens particularly to notorious bombs – especially to films that (temporarily) kill off franchises. There is a perverse feedback loop in place, the film bombed because no one went to see it, and since the film bombed it must be terrible, so no one wants to watch it.

But this is confusing quality with popularity. They can be linked, but films bombing may result from any number of factors
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Extended Thoughts on ‘Herbie: Fully Loaded’

Herbie: Fully Loaded

Directed by Angela Robinson

Written by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar & Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant

Starring Lindsay Lohan, Michael Keaton, Justin Long, Matt Dillon

Somehow, I have survived the world of Herbie, the Love Bug. This gauntlet has been trying, but I’ve grown as a person by making it through. Unfortunately, the movies that this magical Volkswagen is the star of haven’t really grown. Even as we reach the finale of the series (at least in terms of those movies that were released in theaters), Herbie is strictly sticking with the formula, racing a few times, changing the lives of the people who drive him, and getting into a few scrapes along the way. While the series has many dedicated fans, including my esteemed co-host Michael, I think one of the reasons why the series isn’t as thoroughly beloved as other
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Extended Thoughts on ‘Herbie Goes Bananas’

Herbie Goes Bananas

Directed by Vincent McEveety

Written by Gordon Buford and Don Tait

USA, 1980

I cannot believe that a movie as wrongheaded and idiotic as Herbie Goes Bananas exists. Herbie Goes Bananas is so bad, it makes Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo look like the combined 1940s output of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger (better known as The Archers), from The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp to The Small Back Room. In fact, I’m insulting The Archers’ films by even including them in the same sentence as anything pertaining to Herbie Goes Bananas. I could, frankly, spend this entire column cataloguing the many things in the world that are more enjoyable, funny, exciting, and lively than Herbie Goes Bananas. But while it’d be fun…well, I’m not sure how to finish that sentence. Let’s just assume the alternate-universe column where I tell you exactly
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Mousterpiece Cinema, Episode 47: ‘Herbie Goes Bananas’

Listeners, it’s finally come to this. After four films starring the rascally Love Bug himself, Herbie, your hosts Josh and Michael have begun to question each other’s sanity. The real culprit is the topic of this week’s podcast, the 1980 film Herbie Goes Bananas, where the supposedly lovable Vw Beetle faces off against scheming thieves, an outrageously horny older woman, a stuffy cruise-ship captain, and a fuming bull. (Absolutely none of that is a lie or a joke. We promise.) For anyone hoping that Michael would, for once, succumb to the Dark Side, you may be disappointed, but you’ll get to hear Josh rage and rant like never before. This one’s an episode for the pantheon, so check out the new Mousterpiece Cinema today!

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Mousterpiece Cinema Calendar

This is the Mousterpiece Cinema schedule for the first six months of 2012:

January 7th, 2012: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs(1937)

January 14th, 2012: The Mighty Ducks (1992)

January 21st, 2012: The Love Bug (1968)

January 28th, 2012: Cinderella II: Dreams Come True (2002)

February 4th, 2012: Mary Poppins (1964)

February 11th, 2012: The Black Cauldron (1985)

February 18th, 2012: Herbie Rides Again (1974)

February 25th, 2012: The Secret World of Arrietty (2012)

March 3rd, 2012: D2: The Mighty Ducks (1994)

March 10th, 2012: Lady and the Tramp (1955)

March 17th, 2012: John Carter (2012)

March 24th, 2012: Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo (1977)

March 31st, 2012: The Wild (2006)

April 7th, 2012: D3: The Mighty Ducks (1996)

April 14th, 2012: Fantasia (1940)

April 21st, 2012: Cool Runnings (1993)

April 28th, 2012: The Fox and the Hound 2 (2006)

May 5th, 2012: Chimpanzee (2012)

May 12th, 2012: The Avengers (2012)

May 19th, 2012: Fantasia 2000 (1999)

May 26th, 2012: Herbie Goes Bananas (1980)

June 2nd, 2012: Wall-e (2008)

June 9th,
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The 15 Films with the Longest Gap Before Sequels

  • Pajiba
There were a couple of storylines in this week's box-office numbers. First off, the number one film, Rio, bested expectations to open with $40 million this weekend, the highest grossing opening weekend for an animated feature since Toy Story 3. Rio's box-office tally also helped this week to break the year's slump, the first weekend in quite some time that 2011 outperformed the comparable week in 2010.

Not a lot of thanks is owed to Scream 4 for that, however, as the Wes Craven sequel actually underperformed at the box office this weekend, whimpering beneath the $20 million mark with $19.2 million. That's considerable less than the openings for Scream 2 and Scream 3 (around the $32 million range) and far less than what 2009's Nightmare on Elm Street remake managed ($40 million). Even 2008's Prom Night remake managed $20 million, and it was awful, as opposed to Scream 4, which was merely disappointing in the middle (but bookended
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