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'Captain Planet' to be made into a live-action movie: 'The power is yours' (to remember '90s cartoon catchphrases)!

Earth! Wind! Fire! Heart! No, PopWatchers, I am not just shouting the names of bands from the ’70s (sorry, Water, you didn’t fit in the theme of my joke). Rather, I am calling for all the forces that combined to make the super awesome ’90s animated superhero, the one and only Captain Planet, to team up once again.

That’s because Cartoon Network has signed a deal with producers Susan Montford and Don Murphy (Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Real Steel) and their company Angry Filmworks, to make a live-action movie out of the beloved animated series Captain Planet and the Planeteers, which ran from 1990 to 1996. Said Stuart Snyder, the president and COO of Turner Broadcasting System Inc.’s Animation, Young Adults, and Kids Media division in a statement, “We are extremely excited about bringing the good Captain back to life. His adventures are known worldwide and he is recognized across generations. We expect to make a spectacular series of films with the amazing team at Cartoon Network.”

Yes, fellow ’90s nostalgia geeks, the series that taught us the importance of saving the Earth (and that if you live a green, albeit crime-fighting, lifestyle, your hair will also be green) is going to be made into a film. READ FULL STORY

Care Bears to return as computer-generated autobots in animated TV series

Bad news for nostalgic 20- and 30-somethings whose childhoods were marked by love and adoration for a group of fuzzy, chubby-faced bears with tummy symbols: The bears are coming back to TV in 2012… as computer-generated images, according to reports. Sigh.

Normally, I’d applaud the efforts of studios to bring back beloved franchises in order to expose them to a new generation. But why mess with their look? READ FULL STORY

Who is the coolest Smurf?

Choosing the coolest Smurf is much like a mother being asked to pick their favorite child. It’s tempting to claim you don’t have one, but deep in your heart, you know there’s a standout — one that makes you smile, and, frankly, reminds you a little bit of yourself.

Initially, the idea of picking the “coolest” tiny blue person, well, made me blue. But after extensive research and thought — and weeding out some more obscure Smurfs — I’ve narrowed my personal search for the coolest down to two: Papa and Vanity. Papa, for his ability to bring his community together in the face of adversity to fight evil sorcerers (and rock a cool beard in the process); and Vanity, because I think his little flower is cute. The battle is much more difficult than it sounds, I swear. READ FULL STORY

Tom Hanks says Pixar is working on 'Toy Story 4'; Should Woody and Buzz make sequels to infinity and beyond?

When a movie grosses more than a billion dollars at the global box-office, you better believe there’s going to be a sequel (or two). So I know I shouldn’t have been surprised when Tom Hanks, currently in England promoting Larry Crowne, let slip that the Toy Story gang was not about to be packed away in the Disney/Pixar attic. “Yeah, I think they’re working on it now,” he answered interviewer Tim Muffett when asked whether fans can expect another helping of Woody and Buzz. Disney didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment about any plans for a Toy Story 4, but after seeing them in the short that played before Cars 2, it’s clear these characters are still very much in play. READ FULL STORY

Supreme Court rules against law restricting video game violence

Ruth Bader Ginsburg may not be a Duke Nukem gamer, but the United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of the video game industry in an important ruling on Monday that struck down a California law preventing the sale of violent games to children. In a 7-2 ruling in the case, Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association, No. 08-1448, the Court said the 2005 California law that would have fined stores $1,000 for selling violent video games to customers under the age of 18 violated the First Amendment’s free speech protections.

The video game industry applauded the result, as did the movie industry, which potentially could’ve been effected if the ruling had gone the other way. READ FULL STORY

Who is the coolest member of Jem and the Holograms?

Whoooooa Jem! She’s truly outrageous! Truly, truly, truly outrageous! But, come on, is she really? Without the rest of her band, the Holograms, Jem would just be some crazy lady in Diablo Cody’s dreams that has multiple personalities and speaks to inanimate objects on her ear, homeskillet. So which Hologram is cooler than the title character? If you ask me, I’d have to go with Jem/Jerrica’s little sister Kimber, but that’s just because I know how it feels to be an under-appreciated younger sibling. But I’d prefer to let you all decide, PopWatchers. Vote after the jump: Who is the coolest member of Jem and the Holograms? READ FULL STORY

Who is the coolest Scooby-Doo gang member?

Scooby-Doo was never really about the mysteries. With an unswerving dedication to formula, each episode’s plot was like an Agatha Christie novel if the murderer ran around in a monster mask and Hercules Poirot just got high and ate sandwiches until he accidentally cracked the case. I’m not even sure if the gang ever really solved any crimes. I mean, the cops would always take Old Man Jenkins into custody in the end, but what would they charge him with? Unlicensed scaring? Impersonating a pirate ghost? I imagine the Scooby-Doo conviction rate was even lower than that of To Catch a Predator.

Really, the only reason to watch was for the characters. READ FULL STORY

Cabbage Patch Kids get a TV special. What other '80s toys deserve a pop culture comeback?

It’s a good day to be a product of the ’80s, PopWatchers. Not only are some of us making scads of money, but Mikey from The Goonies (okay, Sean Astin, if you must) is going to voice Raphael in the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series for Nickelodeon, and now the Cabbage Patch Kids, much like the Turtles, will once again be invading your living room.

Paramount Pictures confirmed to EW that Galen Walker, who is currently producing a live-action TMNT movie, will be also be producing the new Cabbage Patch Kids project. The Original Appalachian Artworks, owner of the Cabbage Patch Kids, sold their rights to the CWA Carlin West Agency, who will make the animated special. (West said in a statement, “I am excited that [creator] Xavier [Roberts] has granted us the rights to bring the magic of the Cabbage Patch Kids into the world of entertainment. I also am also thrilled to work on this project with Galen.”)

Yes, it’s true, those dolls with the perfectly round heads, yarn-like hair, unblinking gaze, and cutesy dimples that your parents fought to the death for to get you in the Christmas of 1983, are coming back. READ FULL STORY

'Groovy!': Check out the trailer for the new 'Evil Dead' video game iPhone and iPad app


They say evil comes in many forms. And so does the Evil Dead! Since Bruce Campbell‘s Ash and his pals made the mistake of heading out to the woods in Sam Raimi’s original 1981 horror classic, the movie has inspired sequels, comics, a notoriously generous number of DVD editions, and even a musical. Now Raimi’s Ghost House Pictures company has partnered with Trigger Apps to produce an Evil Dead shooter game for the iPhone and the iPad. The gore-drenched, boomstick-featuring, Deadite slaughterthon goes on sale today and you can check out the not-for-kids trailer below.

Take a look and tell us what you think. READ FULL STORY

'Lion King' returning to theaters in 3-D. What other classic films would you like to see in 3-D?

Back in January, Disney announced plans to release several of its titles on Blu-ray 3-D format, including The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, and The Nightmare Before Christmas. And today it was reported that a 3-D version of The Lion King — one of my top 5 movies of all time — will also be released in theaters this September. As someone who generally goes out of her way to find the 2-D version of 3-D movies in theaters, I have to say this news is quite exciting.

If there’s any movie I want brought to life in 3-D, it’s a movie as visually breathtaking as Lion King. But my second thought was: what the hell took so long?

Once 3-D started storming through theaters (whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing is an entirely different debate), naturally you’d want the highest grossing hand-drawn cartoon among your first adaptations, right? Apparently not. I mean, it’s taken this long. Hopefully that speaks to the quality of the 3-D Lion King and not someone’s gross oversight. We’ll see.

Nonetheless, I’m left wondering if there are any classic movies that haven’t been made into 3-D that would make me equally — and as surprisingly — excited. My vote? American Tale. And not because I necessarily wish to see 3-D mice. I live in New York, people — I get enough rodent action. But I think the “Somewhere Out There” moon scene would be even more wrenching in 3-D. And I’d have glasses on to block the tears. Double win!

Your turn. Is there a classic movie you think might be fun to see in 3-D? Jurassic ParkFernGully? (Don’t judge my hypothetical choices. They were simply the second and third options that popped into my head.)

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