After 40 years kids finally get to re-enact their favorite scenes from Jaws (like Chief Brody blowing up the Great White Shark with a scuba tank), and after 30 years they get to re-enact their favorite scenes from Flash Gordon (like Flash and Prince Barin sticking his hand in the wood stump to dodge the scorpion-like Wood Beast), all in the comfort of their own homes.
Insert the famous John Williams Jaws theme music alternating with Queen’s Flash Gordon soundtrack here.
Finally, after sneak peeks at this year’s Toy Fair at Funko’s new ReAction action figure line for the classic 1970s movie Jaws and the new Bif Bang Pow! action figure line for the classic 1980s movie Flash Gordon, we now have a look at their final products. Both toy lines have been flying off the shelves for other properties in the classic 3 3/4 inch Kenner style retro action figure style, including everything from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Twilight Zone, and Firefly to the Universal Monsters, Karate Kid, The Fifth Element, and The Six Million Dollar Man and CW’s Arrow and Flash series. (Check out past discussions here, here, and here at borg.com if you missed those).
Full close-up photos of the action figure sculpts and retro card packaging designs reveal some great looking collectible figures fans will be gobbling up fast, including the shark from Jaws himself (herself?). Now if Funko would only give us a full playset of the boat Orca for even more fun. Until then check out this great Todd McFarland Jaws recreation released earlier:
It’s available at Amazon.com here.
Click on any of the figures above and below to pre-order these items now from online superstore Entertainment Earth.
G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon M. Chu is transforming another 1980s animated television series into a live action theatrical release. The series Jem ran three seasons and 65 episodes, between 1985 and 1988. Jerrica Benton was the secret leader of the glam rock, all-girl band in the original series. The band’s name, Jem and the Holograms, will soon be the title of the live action film. The original Jem prompted a successful toy line from Hasbro, one of the companies bringing the series to the big screen.
The magical elements of Jem do not appear to have made it to the new movie. In the animated series Jerrica projected a holographic image over her own to disguise herself. Aubrey Peeples (Sharknado), who could almost be a ringer for actress/singer Zooey Deschanel, now stars as Jerrica, who takes on the persona of Jem as her career in music takes off, thanks to a music producer played by Juliette Lewis. The 1980s brat pack star Molly Ringwald co-stars.
Isn’t that Ryan Hansen, Dick Casablancas from Veronica Mars, at the end of the trailer, getting an autograph from Jem?
Check out this preview for Jem and the Holograms:
It’s been 34 years since The Muppet Show wrapped its now classic five season run back in 1976-1981, with its last episode guest starring Singing in the Rain actor Gene Kelly. It seemed like everyone who was anyone was a guest on the show, from Vincent Price to Don Knotts, from George Burns, John Cleese and Steve Martin to Elton John, Julie Andrews, Debbie Harry, James Coburn, Roger Moore, Sylvester Stallone, Lynda Carter, Christopher Reeve, and even the cast of Star Wars. The show won four Primetime Emmy Awards and a Grammy.
ABC just announced the full Muppets ensemble will return to Primetime Tuesday nights this Fall. This time the show won’t be a variety show as the original with guest stars, but will follow a bit of the format from The Office TV series, a “contemporary, documentary style” and probably copy any other show they can spoof for a laugh. It will have humans interspersed with the cast, as seen in the first trailer released in the past few hours by ABC. The preview couldn’t be much better.
And the never aging Muppets look just like they did when we first met them: Kermit, Piggy, Fozzie, Gonzo, Rowlf, The Electric Mayhem, Scooter, Sweetums, Bunsen Honeydew and Beaker, Statler and Waldorf. Without the requirements of a two-hour movie as we saw with the recent fun movies The Muppets and The Muppets Most Wanted, the series is going to delve into the private, personal lives of the Muppets. We can’t wait!
Check out the preview:
The 2004 alternate history fantasy novel Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by British author Susanna Clarke is on its way to your TV set. Set during the Napoleonic Wars in an England in a fantasy world where magic once existed, two magicians meet: genre actor Eddie Marsan (The World’s End, V for Vendetta, Sherlock Holmes, Gangs of New York) plays Mr. Norrell, opposite Bertie Carvel (Sherlock, Doctor Who) as Jonathan Strange. The novel is adapted by Peter Harness (Wallander, Doctor Who) and directed by Toby Haynes (Sherlock, Doctor Who).
The cast also includes Marc Warren (The Good Wife, Hustle) as The Gentleman, Samuel West (Mr Selfridge, Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond) as Sir Walter Pole, Enzo Cilenti (Prisoners Wives, Rome) as Childermass, and Ariyon Bakare (The Dark Knight, Dancing on the Edge) as Stephen Black.
Here’s the description of the show from the BBC America press release:
1806. England is beleaguered by the long war with Napoleon and centuries have passed since practical magicians faded into the nation’s past. However, scholars of this glorious history discover that one remains – the reclusive and skillful Mr Norrell (Marsan). His displays of magic soon thrill the nation. In London, he raises the beautiful Lady Pole (Englert) from the dead and summons an army of ghostly ships to terrify the French.
And to think we thought Grimm wouldn’t make it past Season 2.
Grimm started off strong back in 2011, then suffered a bit of a lull, but soon picked up and never seems to have lost any steam as it barreled through its first four seasons. Its Season 4 finale “Cry Havoc,” airs next Friday night on NBC, and it sure looks like the gloves are coming off and those dogs of war will be coming out to play. With last night’s episode “Headache,” the writers for the show proved that there is plenty of great storytelling waiting for us in Season 5. With so many good series getting cancelled and so many bad series renewed, we’re happy at least this series made the cut again.
The title quote for the finale is the Euripides line: “Stronger than lover’s love is lover’s hate. Incurable, in each the wounds they make.” Grimm’s writers couldn’t have set up this last act of the season with a more aptly themed climax.
If you haven’t been keeping up with the show, as with the rest of the series a quick rundown at this point will sound a bit like a horror-esque soap opera. But it all ended tonight with a scene straight out of the Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman flick Seven. Who’s in the box? No spoilers here, but it should make fans of the show pretty angry. Angry enough to support Nick the Grimm (David Giuntoli) & Co.’s efforts to obtain some well-deserved revenge, on none other than Nick’s girlfriend, Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch)? Is there any redemption possible after what she left in the box for Nick? It wouldn’t seem so. And we thought Nick would snap after Juliette destroyed Aunt Marie’s trailer.
Sherlock Holmes–the most celebrated and adapted character of all time–will see yet another incarnation this summer with Gandalf and Magneto actor Ian McKellen stepping into the famous detective’s shoes. In Mr. Holmes, McKellen plays a retired Holmes, a Holmes never seen in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s works. Stranger yet, this Holmes exists in a world where Holmes is a character portrayed in films, whose exploits are well known in a series of books.
So is McKellen Holmes, or a senile old chap who thinks he’s Holmes? Either way, it’s about time Academy Award nominee Ian McKellen becomes Academy Award winner Ian McKellen, isn’t it? Maybe this will be the film that cinches it for the man with that distinctive, booming, grandfatherly voice.
It was only last month we recounted the many modern interpretations of Holmes here at borg.com, previewing Benedict Cumberbatch’s coming role as the original, Victorian Sherlock in BBC’s Sherlock.
Check out this new trailer released this week for Mr. Holmes:
We have yet to be disappointed with any anime production from the house of Studio Ghibli. Whether it’s My Neighbor Totoro (1988), Grave of the Fireflies (1988), Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989), Whisper of the Heart (1995), Princess Mononoke (1997), the Oscar award winning Spirited Away (2001), or Howl’s Moving Castle (2004), you know you’re getting sumptuous visuals and a compelling story. It’s been rumored that the production company’s next release may be its last, after years of success from the studio’s now retired director Hayao Miyazaki. That next, and potentially last, film from Studio Ghibli is director Hiromasa Yonebayashi‘s When Marnie Was There, based on a Joan G. Robinson novel from 1971.
The American dubbed version hits theaters in the U.S. this month, featuring the voices of several award winning actors, including Kathy Bates, Ellen Burstyn, Geena Davis, Catherine O’Hara, and John C. Reilly.
After the break, check out the trailer for When Marnie Was There:
Celebrating the twentieth anniversary of Star Wars: A New Hope and long before we had any guess about what might happen in the prequel trilogy, George Lucas, for good or bad, retooled all three episodes of the Star Wars trilogy into the Star Wars Special Edition theatrical release. Between January and March 1997 the world got to “see the movies again for the first time” and was reminded where the word blockbuster actually came from. Now Marvel Comics is following suit with its own look back to original Star Wars source material.
Marvel Comics is releasing two new versions of Roy Thomas and Howard Chaykin’s original six-issue adaptation of the original Star Wars. This is the classic adaptation that saw its first chapter, Issue #1, released before the movie hit theaters.
The first volume is being released today: Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope. The OGN is for “oversized graphic novel” but the value in this book is the restoration, George Lucas style, of Howard Chaykin’s original artwork via a replacement of Marie Severin’s original 1970s colors with Chris Sotomayor’s update of the six-issue movie adaptation into a more modern color scheme. Adi Granov supplies the new cover art for this edition. Marvel said it will soon release similar editions of its adaptations of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Check out a preview of the new look at a classic movie adaptation below.
IDW Publishing and Marvel Comics announced this week a second treatment of the same Star Wars comic book adaptation. The Star Wars Artist’s Edition will be consistent with past IDW “artist’s edition” offerings, showcasing the original comic book pencil and ink art behind the series in high quality color reprints of the original, giant-sized page format that the artists sketched the artwork.
You probably heard it all day yesterday: May the Fourth be with you.
But this year’s annual Star Wars observance meant a whole lot more in light of the next Star Wars installment coming our way in December. We saw some new images of several new characters, some with actors we’d heard of, others as strange as those from the original Mos Eisley cantina. All thanks to Vanity Fair magazine.
The biggest news was that the slick new chrome-armored stormtrooper from the second Star Wars VII trailer (seen here) is played by Game of Thrones’ Gwendoline Christie–yes, women can serve the Empire–and she’s apparently hunting down a certain AWOL trooper played by Attack the Block’s John Boyega. We’re predicting that even with a very 1930s action serial/”something George Lucas would come up with” name, this new villain, called “Captain Phasma,” could be getting primed by toymakers to be one of the highest-selling action figures of 2016.
If this seems a bit familiar it may be because Vanity Fair has previously featured fans’ first looks at the last entries in the Star Wars saga, also with Annie Leibovitz photo shoots. For those new to Annie Leibovitz, she’s one of the best known photographers of the past 40 years, with many famous shots of rock stars.
The comic book world’s take on The Dirty Dozen is coming to life next year with a big screen version of Suicide Squad, the DC Comics group of criminals who take on missions in exchange for lighter prison sentences.
From left to right, that’s Adam Beach (Everwood, Hawaii Five-0), as Slipknot, Jai Courtney (Jack Reacher, Terminator: Genisys) as Captain Boomerang, Cara Delevingne as Enchantress, Karen Fukuhara as Katana, Joel Kinnaman (RoboCop) as Rick Flagg, Margot Robbie (Pan Am, The Wolf of Wall Street) as Harley Quinn, Will Smith (Men in Black, I, Robot) as Deadshot, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Lost, Thor: The Dark World) as Killer Croc, and Jay Hernandez as El Diablo.
Viola Davis plays Amanda Waller, head of the agency A.R.G.U.S., and Jared Leto will play The Joker.
Jared Leto as the newest take on The Joker.
All of this will look a bit familiar to fans of the television version of the DC Universe. CW’s Arrow has had its own Suicide Squad, with none of the actors overlapping roles for the film. The group itself stems from a 1987 retooling by John Ostrander of a team from the 1950s era of the series The Brave and the Bold, in the pages of its own DC Comics monthly series.