Sneak Peak At New She-Ra Netflix Series Artwork (Updated)

Updated with newly released colored image

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Not sure about the red leggings.

Netflix and DreamWorks got a lot of 80’s babies excited last week when they announced a new animated She-Ra series they are working for a 2018 release!

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There were multiple new animated series listed in the press release, but She-Ra is the most recognizable name of the bunch.

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She-Ra holding aloft her Sword of Protection

The new series will be helmed by up-and-coming comic book Eisner Award-winning creator Noelle Stevenson. Stevenson is mastermind behind BOOM! Studios successes Nimona & Lumberjanes.

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The other animated series announced by Netflix and Dreamworks were Trolls: The Beat Goes On!The Boss Baby: Back in Business, Harvey Street Kids, The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants, Trollhunters (Part 3) and 3 Below.

The animation for the new series is definitely a departure from the 80’s classic look by Filmation. But as long as Dolph Lundgren doesn’t make an appearance, we’re game.

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What do you think of He-Man’s twin sister’s new look?

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Justin Lin’s Reboot Of Knight Rider Is Getting Closer! What Car Would You Like To See As KITT?

Word of the Knight Rider reboot has been doing figure-8’s around cyber space for a while now with few details confirmed.

We know that Fast and Furious 3 – 6 and Star Trek Beyond director Justin Lin has partnered with digital network Machinima to produce the series remake and that the original Michael Knight himself, David Hasselhoff, will be on screen in some capacity.

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A rare photo of Michael Knight using an early Apple Watch to order more hair product from Amazon Prime!

Just to recap Knight Rider for any Millennials that didn’t have the good fortune to be born in time to enjoy the 80’s, Knight Rider tells the story of a former police officer and Army Green Beret soldier who was shot in the head but saved by an elderly Montgomery Burns-ish billionaire and given a special Pontiac Trans Am named KITT, equipped with artificial intelligence and a cool looking steering wheel, to fight crime!

All while showing as much chest hair as possible.

How did someone come up with a show idea like that? There was a lot of cocaine in the 80’s!

Then unfortunately the 90’s came about and everything got all “X-Treme” and Team Knight Rider happened…

Like most fans of the original mid 80’s series, I have 2 burning questions about the reboot that I can’t wait to have answered:

  • What kind of car will Knight Rider be?

And, of course…

  • Will we needlessly see David Hasselhoff’s 64-year-old hairy chest?

Well at least we have an answer to the second question…YES!

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Taken while filming the reboot in California

While we still don’t know anything about the plot of the remake, or the second question:

What kind of car will Knight Rider be?

We know Justin Lin has a love for Nissan Skylines (who doesn’t?) and Dodge Challengers from his work on the Fast & Furious franchise.

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So barring any kind of product placement deal with a car manufacturer, my money is on one of those two.

What car would you like to see made into a modern day KITT?

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Trailer Officially released!

I’m sure the Vulcan’s have a saying about good things coming to those that wait.

Well we have been waiting for a preview for the new CBS All Access series ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ for quite some time and the official trailer has finally launched!

As with most Star Trek series, the special effects and makeup look terrific. Michelle Yeoh acting is always wonderful and her English pronunciation has come along way. Overall, I am impressed with the trailer and am looking forward to the series!

I remember as a kid when my mother introduced my older brother and I to Star Trek: The Next Generation. Once a week we would all sit around a pizza, watch the further adventures of the U.S.S. Enterprise D and wonder if Troi and Riker were going to hook up that week.

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U.S.S. Enterprise D from Star Trek: The Next Generation

I am hoping to have the same experience with Lil’ G and teach him that it is possible to be a fan of both the Star Trek universe as well as the Star Wars universe.

One glaring absence I noticed in the trailer was Jason Isaacs.  I wrote previously about the inclusion on Isaacs in the series and imdb.com still list him as playing Captain Lorca.  imdb.com also shows the series as being 13 episodes long, but CBS has expanded the inaugural season to 15 episodes and even added a following discussion show called “Talking Trek.”

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U.S.S. Discovery from Star Trek: Discovery

Having the series appear on CBS Access (CBS’s paid subscription service) only and not the television network itself is a risky gamble. It would not surprise me if CBS airs the pilot on network television before shifting it over to CBS Access to attain maximum exposure.

Will enough hardcore “Trekkies” be willing to subscribe to the service to get their Star Trek fix? The Star Trek brand does carry a ton of value with a loyal fandom, but I don’t know.

FOX has their new sci-fi Star Trek-ish adventure comedy coming out this Fall as well with The Orville starring Seth MacFarlane, which looks terrific, however FOX is taking the traditional distribution route and putting it on network television.

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“Powerless” Lacked Power To Stay On The Air

Unfortunately, I think everyone who kept an eye on the ratings saw this coming eventually.

While NBC has yet to make an official announcement, Powerless has been pulled from their Thursday night time slot and replaced with reruns of Superstore.

The show started off with poor ratings and never really found itself. Initially meant to be about an insurance company that handles damage claims from superhero encounters (similar to Marvel’s Damage Control), the pilot took on extensive late re-shoots to become about the R & D department of Wayne Tech.

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Stars of Powerless. Source: BleedingCool News

While I was not a huge fan of the Powerless, my wife and I did watch it and did find the series entertaining. While some of the humor did seem rather forced initially, I thought the chemistry of the main three (Vanessa Hudgens, Alan Tudyk and Danny Pudi) did improve week over week and Christina Kirk’s deadpan sarcasm was always delivered perfectly.

An official statement from NBC should be coming soon.

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New Fox X-Men TV Series Titled “Gifted” & Has Solid Cast (Updated with Teaser Trailer)

Updated May 26th

Fox has released the trailer for it’s new series “Gifted” and it looks good!

The action looks good and I really like the story idea of a family on the run from the government.  Sort of reminiscent of the old Incredible Hulk storylines with Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno.

I do still have my concern about over saturation of comic book hero related shows. Between the CW’s schedule, Gotham, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Legion, is there still room or Gifted and other upcoming comic book themed shows (such as Cloak & Dagger which is premiering this Fall on FreeForm of all places)? We will soon know…

Producer Lauren Schuler Donner revealed on Twitter a cast photo and the tentative name of the new Fox/X-men TV series she is working on.

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Per Cosmicbooknews, the series is titled “Gifted” and will focus on two ordinary parents that discover their children have developed mutant powers. They are forced to go on the run from the government and join forces with an underground group of mutants.

The solid cast will be headed by former True Blood lead actor Stephen Moyer as the father, Angel & Alias actress Amy Acker as his wife and Natalie Alyn Lind (best known as Silver St. Cloud on Gotham) as their daughter.

X-Men movie director Bryan Singer will also be directing the pilot episode.

I was worried when I first heard about this series just because there seems to be an over saturation of comic related TV shows currently airing or in development.  But this sounds like a solid premise with a great cast and a talented crew behind the camera.

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Star Trek: Discovery Beams Up It’s New Captain!

Per Deadline, Star Trek: Discovery has landed versatile actor Jason Isaacs as it’s new captain, Captain Lorca.

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Star Trek: Discovery is set to debut this fall on CBS All Access although there has been talk of possibly airing the pilot on CBS television and then moving the series to their online property.

Jason Isaacs is a veteran actor of television (Awake, Dig) as well as countless movies (Harry Potter, Black Hawk Down, The Patriot, Green Zone).  He will play opposite lead Sonequa Martin-Green’ s Lt. Commander Rainsford.

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Here is the series storyline, per imdb.com

Set roughly ten years before the events of Star Trek the original series, and standing apart from the timeline of the current feature films, Star Trek: Discovery follows the crew of the starship USS Discovery, while exploring an event previously mentioned in the history of the original Star Trek timeline.

Sidenote: I think that was the hokiest title for an article I have ever written…

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Want To Get The Ducktales Reboot Theme Stuck In Your Head?

I was a huge fan of the original Ducktales cartoon that ran from 1987-1990.

Who didn’t sing the theme song on the bus on the way to school every morning?

And who didn’t watch the series and dream of having a super rich uncle they could go swimming through money with.

Well Disney is trying to recreate that magic with a new Ducktales reboot that will be airing on Disney XD this summer.

It will be fun to see Uncle Scrooge travel the world again with his nephews (I guess technically “grandnephews”?) Huey, Dewey & Louie, who will be voiced this time by Danny Pudi (Community & Powerless), Ben Schwartz (Parks & Recreation) and and Bobby Moynihan (Saturday Night Live). Great to see some of the other characters like Launchpad McQuack and Mrs. Beakley return as well.

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Call me a traditionalist, but I preferred the original theme song without the chorus’d “Woo-oo”.

Just to refresh your memory, here is the original.

What do you think?

Next Disney reboot I want to see:  Darkwing Duck!

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Looks like a Robotech Live Action Movie Is Getting Close…

The rumors of a Robotech live action movie have been circulating for almost a decade with names like Tobey Maguire, Lawrence Kasdan and even Leonardo Di Caprio attached.

But now that the rights have gone from Warner Bros to Sony Pictures, events behind the scenes have started to pick up the pace (finally). As reported on DenofGeek.com, Harmony Gold’s president of animation Tommy Yune does point out that Sony did not pick up any of Warner Bros previous work on the Robotech project. This means none of the previously plots or script ideas come into play and Sony is talking a page one rewrite.

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Robotech fan James Wan will now be directing and he has some serious cache behind his name with recent successes like “The Conjuring” & “Furious 7” and the upcoming “Aquaman” for Warner Bros.  Wan was interviewed about his interest in this project back in March where he mentioned the Macross saga in particular

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Director James Wan (Image Fredrick M Brown/Getty Images)

Macross was the most popular of the series with characters like Rick Hunter, Roy Fokker and Max Sterling, the large transforming fighter jets and massive SDF-1 Battleship (think S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier in space) that people think of when they think Robotech.

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Robotech was actually comprised of three completely separate anime series (1982’s Super Dimension Fortress Macross, 1984’s Super Dimension Calvary Southern Cross and 1983’s Genesis Climber Mospeada) that Harmony Gold USA picked up the North American distribution rights to.  They then wrote alternate storylines connecting the three series and dubbed them in English with a whole new soundtrack. Unlike most cartoons at it’s time, Robotech dealt with many adult core values including love, war, insecurities, death and interracial relationships.

 

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The end result was the Robotech series which was one of the pioneers credited with kicking off North America’s still growing interest in anime.

With the special effects available today and a strong character driven storyline, a Robotech live action movie could be incredible!

Also in recent Robotech news, Titan Comics announced that they have picked up the rights to begin publishing all new Robotech comics sometime this year.

I will keep you posted more movie news is released.

 

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Will Consumers Want YouTube TV’s Slimmer Offerings?

The much anticipated launch of YouTube’s new TV service is nearly upon us and we were given more details about their offering yesterday from YouTube’s Chief Business Officer Robert Kyncl.

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The nuts and bolts are as follows:

  • Service will cost$35 per month
  • The 40 Channels include ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, CW and some popular cable channels such as ESPN, FX, Disney, Fox News and MSNBC.
  • Shows can be recorded to your YouTube cloud and stored for up to 9 months
  • YouTube is really good at search and recommendations (knowing what we like)
  • This is a separate app from YouTube Red, but Red’s original programming will be available on YouTube TV.

So we know YouTube TV will be going after the “cord cutters” and that makes sense.  Their price point of $35 per month is roughly half of what most people pay for cable or satellite TV service.

However there are definitely some obstacles for YouTube TV to navigate through.

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Image: PC Magazine

It looks like most, if not all, Turner and Viacom properties did not make the YouTube TV cut.

Missing channels include AMC, Comedy Central, MTV, BET, TNT, TBS, CNN, Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon. These omitted channels offer a lot of what the “cord cutter” age demographic watches.

AMC has The Walking Dead, cable’s highest rated show.  Comedy Central is home to The Daily Show, which resonates really well with young audiences, and MTV is always popular with young people (although I still can’t figure out why).

This could simply be a short term omission as well.  Perhaps the licensing fee negotiations resulted in a “wait and see how well this does and re-visit later” stalemate.

Also, unlike Hulu which airs network shows from ABC, NBC and FOX commercial free with their paid service ($11.99 per month), YouTube TV will have commercials with theirs for $35 per month. Although, I assume you can save the shows to your cloud and watch later to forward through the commercials.

 

What will determine how well this endeavour does is whether or not cable and satellite users are willing to give up all their peripheral channel offerings to pay 1/2 what they currently are paying.

I think YouTube TV will need to draw heavily from that market and not just from the ones whom have already cut the cord to make this work.

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Bill Paxton Passes Away At Age 61

Bill Paxton has been a Hollywood and James Cameron directed staple for the past 3 decades and was currently starring in CBS’s Training Day.

People Magazine is reporting that Paxton passed away due to complications from surgery.

Paxton has been in such hit movies as Terminator, Aliens, Predator 2, Apollo 13, Titanic and Twister.  His television roles included Big Love, Hatfields & McCoys and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

My favorite roles of his were as big brother Chet in Weird Science, Hudson in Aliens  and the used car salesman in True Lies.

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R.I.P. Bill Paxton

Sidenote: Bill Paxton was the only actor to be killed on screen by an Alien, a Predator and a Terminator.

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