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'Thundercats' Cartoon Network reboot: Check out the cast's new look

thundercats1Image Credit: Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Even by the high standards of ’80s cartoons, Thundercats was pretty bananas. Mixing futuristic science-fiction with sword-and-sorcery fantasy, the fondly remembered series also featured an intriguing central plotline, in which the last survivors of a dying civilization flee to a mysterious planet called Third Earth. (Think Battlestar Galactica as re-enacted by the cast of Cats.) Cartoon Network will relaunch the show later this year, and the first official image of the new-look cast has now been released. READ FULL STORY

'Total Recall' remake: Colin Farrell is in...but Mars is out?

total-recall-farrellImage Credit: Everett Collection; Landmark/PR PhotosTotal Recall features a three-breasted mutant prostitute, the nightmarish vision of Arnold Schwarzenegger digging a tracking device out of his skull through his right nostril, and the questionable scientific assertion that Martian radiation can turn an average human into a bug-eyed space monster. It is a weird, funny, totally unique movie. So give the creators of the upcoming Total Recall remake credit: They aren’t even trying to do the same thing. Collider just posted an interview with the remake’s producer, Neal Moritz (I Am Legend, Battle: Los Angeles, the Fast and the Furious quintet), who confirmed months of internet chatter: “We’re doing the movie with Colin Farrell.”

Since Farrell currently weighs approximately half of what Schwarzenegger weighed on the day he was born, one can assume that the new remake  — let’s call it Total Re-Recall — will not be going the mega-gory action route. Moritz is stingy with particular plot details, but he does relinquish one bombshell: “The big difference is we don’t go to space.” So there you go: no “Get your ass to Mars,” no evil space-radiation, and presumably no Kuato. READ FULL STORY

The Weinstein Company will make sequels to Miramax movies: 'Shakespeare in Love 2'? 'Rounders 2'? Which sequel would you like to see?

Shakespeare-in-loveImage Credit: Laurie SparhamIn 2005, Harvey and Bob Weinstein left Miramax and corporate parent Disney to found The Weinstein Company. Now, after a failed attempt to buy Miramax back, the Brothers Weinstein are returning to the company they founded… sort of. According to a press release, Miramax and the Weinstein Company will partner to create sequels to “some of Miramax’s best-known properties … the first films to be produced under the agreement will be sequels to Bad Santa, Rounders, and Shakespeare in Love.”

Now, this sounds bananas. Well, Bad Santa 2 could be fun, but the moment for a Rounders 2 probably passed when the early-’00s poker craze died off, and you have to figure that Gwyneth Paltrow has not exactly been waiting around for a Shakespeare in Love sequel. More to the point, neither of those films seem to really scream “necessary sequel.” That’s also true of the list of potential projects listed later in the press release: Bridget Jones’s Diary, Cop Land, From Dusk Till Dawn, Swingers, Clerks, Shall We Dance, and The Amityville Horror. A few of those films already have (terrible) sequels, and as excited as I am by the prospect of a Clerks trilogy, the notion of Cop Land 2: Even Chubbier or Shall We Dance?: Yes We Shall! is just confusing. Also, there already was a Swingers 2, and it was called Every Dude Comedy of the Last Decade. And, more specifically, The Hangover.

It would be wrong, however, to dismiss “Miramax Sequel Inc.” out of hand. There could be an interesting Shakespeare in Love 2 idea out there. (Perhaps the two lovers meet again toward the end of the Bard’s life, as he’s writing The Tempest?) More to the point, this could give the Weinsteins the chance to rewrite history a little bit. If I could point them to one specific property, it would be 54. READ FULL STORY

'Disney Epic Mickey': Are licensed videogames doomed to well-produced mediocrity?

I’m now several hours deep into Disney Epic Mickey, the dark-but-not-too-dark fantasy adventure which sends Disney’s icon on a journey through the Waste Land, armed only with a paintbrush. The game is an enjoyable diversion. It features enough contemporary videogame tropes — a “good”/”evil” choice system, motion-control gameplay, a reward system for exploring every nook and cranny of the game’s landscape — to keep you interested. I imagine that a casual gamer would enjoy the game a little for about five hours, and a five-year-old would absolutely love the game for about two hours. For the rest of us, the question becomes: Is this the best we can hope for out of licensed videogames?

The bargain bins at GameStop are littered with movie/TV-to-game adaptations like Clash of the Titans and (gag) 24: The Game. You can blame plenty of these games on a lack of development time or a simple dearth of creativity. (It’s hard to imagine a world where 24 wasn’t going to turn out terrible: Remember the “torture” mini-game?) But there are just as many licensed videogames that come primed with plenty of high expectations. Disney Epic Mickey comes from Warren Spector, the iconic game designer behind Deus Ex and Thief: Deadly Shadows. It’s a purposeful character reboot: You could argue it’s the first time Disney has allowed Mickey to be interesting (or at least not creepily bland) in two generations. It’s lovingly steeped in Disney arcana — some levels actually take the form of old Disney shorts like Steamboat Willie and Mickey and the Beanstalk. READ FULL STORY

Rubik's Cube: It might be a movie. It already was a TV show.

News of a potential Rubik’s Cube movie sounds crazy, unless you happen to remember the ’80s cartoon series Rubik, The Amazing Cube. This series (which, we assure you, was a real thing that happened) starred the most annoying toy at your doctor’s office, which sprouted legs and a terrifying smurf face in order to help adorable children solve magical mysteries or something. Watch the intro below: READ FULL STORY

'Battlestar Galactica' exec producer David Eick on 'Caprica' cancellation and 'Battlestar' spin-off 'Blood & Chrome'

David-Eick-BattlestarImage Credit: Theo Wargo/WireImage.com; Carole Segal/SyFyYesterday, Syfy cancelled its promising-if-struggling drama Caprica, pulling the final five episodes of the Battlestar Galactica prequel series from its regular timeslot to re-air “at a to-be-announced time in the first quarter of 2011.” As luck would have it, the day before yesterday, I spoke with Caprica executive producer David Eick about his new BSG spin-off, tentatively titled Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome, which Syfy has greenlit as a two-hour pilot with an eye for a full series. Two days ago, Eick insisted that the new show — about the exploits of a 20-something William Adama (played in the original series by Edward James Olmos, pictured) as he enters the First Cylon War — would not effect Caprica‘s chances at the network either way. Today, Eick sent EW the following statement about Caprica‘s cancellation and rescheduling:

“It was unfortunate — though not surprising — to learn yesterday of Caprica‘s cancellation. What was a surprise was the fact that the remaining episodes won’t air until next year. Having spent some time at this network as an executive, I understand that these are rarely simple decisions and I know the current leadership at Syfy genuinely loved the show and were hell-bent on protecting it and seeing it succeed. Hopefully with Blood & Chrome we can carry on the legacy of Battlestar Galactica in a fresh and exciting way, but Caprica was an extremely smart, unique show and it’ll take quite some time for me to get used to the idea that it’s really gone.”

So as one BSG spin-off dies, another rises — you could almost say “is resurrected” — in its wake. But what will Blood & Chrome be like? How did it come together? Will Battlestar and/or Caprica characters show up? Will BSG guru Ron Moore be involved? Eick gladly answered these questions, and more:  READ FULL STORY

'Superman: Earth One' turns Supes into an angsty, hoodie-wearing 21-year-old

earth-oneImage Credit: DC ComicsNew costumes on old superheroes are always fun, even though they’re always awful. Exhibit A: In the upcoming Superman: Earth One, Supes is portrayed as a modern 21-year-old. “Modern,” of course, means three things: Hoodie, hoodie, and hoodie! Nothing says “Emo-Superhero Angst” like the subtle, shadowy folds of a hooded jacket. Continuity: rebooted!

Ultimate Superman: Earth One is part of a limited series DC is rolling out that reimagines iconic superheroes as young crimefighters in the modern age. So Hoodie-Superman won’t stick around for very long. Too bad: on the Wall of Shame dedicated to Younger Versions of Superman, the Earth One look is still miles above Europop-Superboy. What do you think, PopWatchers? Do you dig the look? Or do you get migraines from youth-centric reboots of old superheroes?

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'Battlestar Galactica' prequel: SyFy greenlights another Cylon spin-off, 'Blood and Chrome'

bsg-15-thingsImage Credit: Zoic Studios/SyFyBattlestar Galactica ended in March, 2009, and the prequel-spin-off Caprica has never had BSG‘s cultural prominence. (Or its ratings.) Now, it looks like Syfy is hitting the reset button on the Prequel Option: This time, more space violence! According to a press release from Syfy, the network has just greenlit a new two-hour pilot for Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome, set ten years into the first Cylon war (which would place it about four decades before BSG). The pilot centers on a young William Adama, played by Edward James Olmos in BSG and an adorably annoying child actor in Caprica. Right now, it’s still just a TV movie that might become a series… but let’s be fair, if this thing is half as good as Caprica, it’s going to get at least one season.

Blood & Chrome sounds like a purposeful step back into the political tension and breakneck Viper battles of BSG, which is exciting. Still, I’m worried that this means the end is nigh for the slower, more thoughtful Caprica. And as someone who’s fundamentally suspicious of prequels, I’m pessimistic about any young actor trying to inhabit the Adama character. (Wouldn’t it have been better to focus on someone else?)

But this is still exciting news … right, PopWatchers? What do you think? Does Blood & Chrome sound action-y enough for you? Or would you prefer a different take on the BSG mythos? And am I the only one who keeps confusing the title with Spartacus: Blood & Sand? Blood and Sand and Chrome, Oh My!

'Hawaii Five-0' Bingo: Play it at home tonight!

Scientists estimate that something ridiculous happens on Hawaii Five-0 roughly every five milliseconds. Every episode features hot chicks, hot dudes, malevolent gangsters, car chases, and shots of the Hawaiian coastline that will make you weep with envy. Daniel Dae Kim rides around on a massive motorcycle, Alex O’Loughlin executes some sort of incredible athletic feat of strength, Scott Caan snarks off, and Grace Park inevitably goes undercover in some sort of skimpy outfit. Lessons are learned. Family values are upheld in the most risqué manner possible.

And now, you can play along at home! Click forward for a look at the Utterly Unofficial Hawaii Five-0 Bingo Board. Be sure to mark it off whenever O’Loughlin shows some skin, Park goes surfing, awesome cars awesomely crash, or a really tasty-looking fish swims across the screen. (The surfing square is a free space, because someone will always be surfing in Hawaii.) You might already be a winner! READ FULL STORY

EW exclusive: 'Disney Epic Mickey' trailer!

For the last 60 years or so, Mickey Mouse has mostly existed as the helium-voiced, fully-clothed straight man of the Disneyverse. But life is nothing without gritty reboots. Hence, Disney Epic Mickey, the upcoming Wii videogame that simultaneously returns Mickey to his roots — he’s back in red shorts — while also sending him into an elaborate cartoon meta-dystopia populated by forgotten Disney characters. Besides an intriguingly gonzo premise, Epic Mickey brings with it the cachet of designer Warren Spector (Deus Ex). EW has an exclusive trailer for Mickey, which releases Nov. 30: READ FULL STORY

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