2:00 PM, Sunday, June 14th, 2015 - Posted by John Wilson
Nearly a decade after introducing viewers to a 10-year-old boy who finds a mysterious watch that lets him transform into 10 different super-powered aliens, Cartoon Network is remaking its signature action franchise, Ben 10, with a modern look and feel.
Reimagined Ben 10 content is on the way, with CN and bi-coastal entertainment company Man of Action co-producing a brand-new 2D-animated series (40 x 11 minutes). Slated to begin hitting airwaves in fall 2016 (regions to be determined), the new series is expected to be on air globally by 2017. The show's new direction gives Ben a more current look, and the storyline, which previously saw him age into his teens and introduced scores of aliens and villains, will go back to the starting line.
"This is more about a global reset," says Cartoon Network president and GM Christina Miller about the franchise's rebirth, which will be unveiled at Licensing Show. "Part of it is understanding current audiences and giving them a version of Ben that they can participate in, evangelize, and really make their own on multiple platforms."
So key to remaking the franchise—which has aired in 178 countries and includes four different TV series and two live-action movies—is aligning it globally. The Emmy-winning property has often been broadcast at different points in its life cycle in various regions. For instance, while kids in the US could have been watching Ben 10: Ultimate Alien (2010-2012), kids in Brazil might have been into Ben 10: Alien Force (2008-2010). This is one of the reasons why the franchise has had a longer lifespan and been a top performer in many LatAm, EMEA and APAC countries, while it has been shelved domestically in anticipation of the upcoming remake. Moving forward, the plan is to launch content and core licensing categories like toys and interactive across all international regions simultaneously, with a fully coordinated approach.
New digital and mobile products will also support the show's initial TV launch, and Cartoon Network is working on developing a full-breadth consumer products program targeting all levels of retail. Products from all key categories are planned to launch at retailers everywhere in fall 2017, when new master toy partner Playmates Toys rolls out its Ben 10 range. (Secondary categories like apparel are more regional in nature, and CN's international licensing teams will work to secure the best partners in specific markets to complement and work in tandem with its global partners.)
If the past is any indication, Cartoon Network can expect big things in the toy market, where its previous master toy partner Bandai sold more than 100 million units of Ben 10 toys. Miller notes that Bandai had been key to the brand's retail success for the past decade or so, but she explains Cartoon Network decided to appoint El Segundo, California-based Playmates to bring in a fresh perspective and to help drive innovation. "Playmates has been really successful at doing that before, and we are quite excited to work with them on this," says Miller, who played a central role in creating and executing the initial Ben 10 consumer products program as SVP of Cartoon Network Enterprises.
Miller describes the second iteration of Ben 10 as a natural evolution of the property. "The creative that's coming next really speaks tonally to kids of today," she says. "There are a lot of brands in the marketplace that have changed. Cutting through the clutter is always part of the challenge, but we believe in Ben and his points of difference as things we can be successful with."
8:00 PM, Sunday, June 7th, 2015 - Posted by John Wilson
Iconic martial arts star and actor Jackie Chan is returning to toons with new animated comedy series Jackie Chan Presents: The Adventures of La & Zy.
Slated for release in 2016, the series targeting kids six to 12 is being produced by Dasym Media, a subsidiary of Netherlands-based Dasym Investment Strategies.
The 104 x 11-minute show follows Chan as a teenager, depicting his early training in martial arts. As he makes his way towards stardom, toy panda bears La and Zy come alive in Chan's presence, creating big problems for the aspiring martial artist.
Randy Rogel (The 7D, Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain) is on-board to write the series. Dasym principals Steve Waterman (Alvin and the Chipmunks, Stuart Little), Charlie Coker and Bruce Stein, along with Esmond Ren and Jackie Chan are serving as executive producers.
A companion toy line will be launched concurrently with the TV series. Conceived by former Mattel and Hasbro exec Stein, the toys will incorporate technologies and designs that emphasize the warmth and emotive qualities of the panda bears.
The new show marks Chan's return to the small screen. His first animated series Jackie Chan Adventures, was produced from 2000 to 2005.
In 2013, Dasym Media launched a US$100-million multimedia kids and family property fund to source, acquire and invest in family properties with international appeal and an eye to exploiting untapped opportunities in China.
2:00 PM, Sunday, June 7th, 2015 - Posted by John Wilson
Although Captain Jack will be back in Torchwood: The Conspiracy later this year, John Barrowman has said he thinks it would be "very silly" if he didn't return to Doctor Who.
Speaking to the Ipswich Star he said: "I have to be honest, one person who's keeping Captain Jack alive is John Barrowman because I'm plugging him, promoting him and making sure he's kept out there because one day he will return. I think they would be very silly not to bring him back.
"If they asked me I would be more than happy to go back. The Arrow producers said they would allow me to go do it, but I've never been asked and I don't know if I will be."
He adds: "The popularity of Captain Jack has not decreased around the world, it's actually gotten stronger and we're doing some audio plays that are coming out a little later this year."
On how he thinks Jack would get on with Capaldi's Doctor if they ever did meet, he says: "I think he would look at him and say ';oh, you're older than me now'."
7:00 PM, Friday, April 17th, 2015 - Posted by Brant Fowler
Those zany guys and gals of Toasty TV are at it again capitalizing on two comeback properties, Star Wars and Entourage in this brand new parody trailer: STARTOURAGE.
What if Vince and the guys from Entourage were supposed to film the next Star Wars film, but their usual antics proceded to dominate the production? This trailer is exactly what!
If you're a fan of either property and don't mind a little fun, or you just want to see something funny to kick off your weekend, check out this parody trailer below!
From Toasty TV:
In a galaxy far, far away in Anaheim, CA, J.J. Abrams is preparing to make an announcement the entire galaxy has been waiting for. This announcement has movie buffs all over the country speculating about a brand-new trailer.
Well, we may have beat him to the punch. See what happens when Hollywood's most famous fake movie star directs the galaxy's most beloved franchise of all time.
Presenting StarTourage, a new Toasty.TV Original Parody about a rebellious fake actor, his loyal friends, and half-naked girls with lightsabers from the toasty minds at Quiznos. May The Farce Be With You.
9:45 AM, Monday, April 13th, 2015 - Posted by Brant Fowler
Last night, Marvel released a teaser preview for a brand new trailer for Ant-Man. Well, just now, the full trailer has been released via Marvel.com! You can watch the trailer below! Oh, and Yellowjacket is revealed!
The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time with Marvel Studios' "Ant-Man." Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Doctor Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.
Marvel's "Ant-Man" stars Paul Rudd as Scott Lang aka Ant-Man, Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne, Corey Stoll as Darren Cross aka Yellowjacket, Bobby Cannavale as Paxton, Michael Peņa as Luis, Judy Greer as Maggie, Tip "Ti" Harris as Dave, David Dastmalchian as Kurt, Wood Harris as Gale, Jordi Mollā as Castillo and Michael Douglas as Hank Pym.
Peyton Reed directs Marvel's "Ant-Man" with Kevin Feige producing and Louis D'Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo, Edgar Wright and Stan Lee serving as executive producers. Marvel's "Ant-Man" delivers a high-stakes, tension-filled adventure on July 17, 2015.
Are you excited about the Ant-Man movie? Let us know in the comments below!
5:00 PM, Sunday, March 29th, 2015 - Posted by Brant Fowler
Last night, Nickelodeon held their 28th annual Kids' Choice Awards, where the young fans get to voice their opinions on todays performing artists, actors, athletes and so forth. Late last night, they sent out a press release detailing the winners of the awards after the show. While a bit predictable, the kids chose some strong performers to win, though the competition was heavy.
Actresses Emma Stone and Jennifer Lawrence came away with Favorite Movie Actress and Favorite Female Action Star respectively. In the world of music, it comes as no surprise that One Direction and Selena Gomez were among the winners. Minecraft won Most Addicting Game. And in the world of literature, the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series one Favorite Book.
Below is the official press release, which contains the entire list of winners, additional information:
ANGELINA JOLIE PITT, LIAM HEMSWORTH, EMMA STONE, JENNIFER LAWRENCE, ONE DIRECTION, SELENA GOMEZ, SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS, FIFTH HARMONY, THE VOICE, AUSTIN & ALLYAND MORE WIN TOP HONORS AT NICKELODEON'S 28th ANNUAL KIDS' CHOICE AWARDS
KIDS CAST RECORD-BREAKING 500 MILLION VOTES GLOBALLY
Host Nick Jonas, 5 Seconds of Summer, Shawn Mendes, Josh Gad and casts of Modern Family and The ThundermansDoused with Slime
Angelina Jolie Pitt, Liam Hemsworth, Emma Stone, Jennifer Lawrence, One Direction, Selena Gomez, SpongeBob SquarePants, Fifth Harmony, The Voice and Austin & Ally were among this year's fan favorites, winning orange blimps at Nickelodeon's 28th Annual Kids' ChoiceAwards, Saturday, March 28, 8-9:30 p.m. (ET/tape delayed for West Coast). Hosted by recording artist/actor and kids' pick for Favorite Male Singer Nick Jonas, the awards were broadcast from Los Angeles' legendary "Fabulous" Forum, where kids celebrated their favorites from the worlds of film, music, television and more. Kids from around the world cast more than 500 million votes, a record-breaking tally.
Multi-talented host Jonas opened the show with a stunning performance of his Billboard Top 10 smash, "Chains," and number-one radio hit, "Jealous." Backed by tween metal trio Unlocking the Truth, his theatrical set also featured a celeb-filled video montage, 3D elements and aerialists. Hip-hop phenomenon Iggy Azalea was joined by Academy Award- and Grammy-winner Jennifer Hudson onstage in a bold and dynamic rendition of their hit "Trouble," which continued the storyline of their popular music video. In an epic finale, Aussie pop-rock band 5 Seconds of Summer's powerful performance of "What I Like About You" literally blew out the slime-filled speakers, flooding the stage with thousands of gallons of slime.
This year's Kids' Choice Awards proved to be as messy as ever, from Jennifer Lopez presenting Jonas with his award and a surprise sliming; to the Favorite Family TV Show stars ofModern Family getting doused in goo; Jonas chugging a mug of slime in a "Dare or Dare" slime challenge; and a backstage pie fight between Chris Pratt and the cast of Henry Danger.
The stars of The Thundermans cleaned up the special live vote during the show, which garnered over 7 million votes. They beat out the casts of Bella and the Bulldogs and Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn and received the deluxe treatment from the first-ever human slime car wash complete with conveyer, spinning brushes, swinging flaps, spraying nozzles and, of course, tons of slime.
Kids and families paid tribute to their favorites by casting votes in 21 categories, from Feb. 20-March 28, including the newly introduced Favorite Talent Competition Show, Favorite Family TV Show, Most Addicting Game and Favorite New Artist. Fans were able to vote for their favorites across all of Nickelodeon's digital platforms including Nick.com; the Nick App on Android, iOS and Kindle; and through Twitter using #KCA.
The star-studded telecast featured additional celebrity participants, including: Jamie Foxx, Emma Stone, Liam Hemsworth, Chris Rock, Zendaya, Echosmith, Josh Gad, Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Grant Gustin, Debby Ryan, Chloe Bennet, Fifth Harmony, Joe Jonas, Nick Cannon, Shawn Mendes, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Kevin James, Mo'ne Davis, Skylar Diggins, Ross Lynch, Quvenzhane Wallis, Meghan Trainor, Jennette McCurdy, Laura Marano, Katherine Herzer, Jennette McCurdy and Bethany Mota, plus cast members from The Haunted Hathaways, Instant Mom, SpongeBob SquarePants, and many others.
Nickelodeon upped the digital presence during the 28th Annual Kids' Choice Awards, offering cross-platform interactive experiences before, during and after the big show on Nickelodeon websites, Twitter, Facebook, and mobile and iOS devices. This year's ceremony brought together the on-air and online experience closer than ever before with a live stream of the broadcast, allowing kids and families everywhere to be a part of the night's festivities. Additionally, Nick Digital platforms offered exclusive real-time updates and photos from the carpet and backstage. Users were also able to participate in this year's live vote to determine which Nick cast would go through the first-ever human slime car wash! Fans can relive their favorite show moments by watching video highlights from the live show and flipping through orange carpet, live event and performance photo recaps. The app and website feature clips and photos from past NickelodeonKids' Choice Awards shows, along with promotional spots, original video, information about Nick Jonas, nominees, quizzes, and a KCA-themed game.
The live broadcast of Nickelodeon's28th Annual Kids' Choice Awards encores Saturday, March 28, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nick at Nite, and Sunday, March 29, at 12 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon. Replays of the awards will also air on CMT Sunday, March 29, at 3 p.m. (ET/PT); Nicktoons on March 30, at 8:30 p.m. (ET/PT); and TeenNick on Thursday, April 2, at 8:30 p.m. (ET/PT). Nickelodeon's 28th Annual Kids' Choice Awards will be available on Nickelodeon On Demand, Nick App and Nick.com beginning Sunday, March 29.
Presenting sponsors of Nickelodeon's 28th Annual Kids' Choice Awards are Amazon Fire HD Kids Edition, General Mills Cinnamon Toast Crunch™, Gogurt® & Fruit Snacks, Hasbro DohVinci, and Walmart. Associate sponsors are Bounty®, Capri Sun, McDonald's®, Nintendo and Toyota.
The following are Nickelodeon's 28th Annual Kids' Choice Awards winners:
Favorite Kids TV Show Austin & Ally
Favorite TV Actor Ross Lynch (Austin & Ally)
Favorite TV Actress Laura Marano (Austin & Ally)
Favorite Cartoon SpongeBob SquarePants
Favorite Reality Show Dance Moms
Favorite Talent Competition Show The Voice
Favorite Family TV Show Modern Family
Favorite Movie The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
Angelina Jolie Pitt (Maleficent)
Favorite Movie Actor
Ben Stiller (Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb)
Favorite Movie Actress
Emma Stone (The Amazing Spider-Man 2)
Favorite Animated Movie Big Hero 6
Favorite Male Action Star
Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1)
Favorite Female Action Star
Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 and X-Men: Days of Future Past)
Favorite Music Group
Favorite Male Singer
Favorite Female Singer
Favorite Song Of The Year
"Bang Bang" (Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj)
Favorite New Artist
Most Addicting Game
Favorite Book Diary of a Wimpy Kid series
The 2015 Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards will be seen in more than 431 million households in 160 countries and territories around the globe. Within hours of airing live in the United States, Canada and Australia, the show will roll out in internationally giving kids around the world the opportunity to tune into their local Nickelodeon channel to enjoy the show. In many international markets, the 2015 KCAs will feature country-specific award categories and nominees such as Lieblings-Videoblogger: Deutschland, Österreich, Schweiz (Favorite Videoblogger: Germany, Austria, Switzerland) and Artista Brasileiro Favorito (Favorite Brazilian Artist). Voting for the 2015 KCAs spanned six continents across 19 localized voting sites, in addition to Twitter hashtag voting (#KCA), giving kids practically everywhere the chance to decide who takes home a coveted blimp.
Nickelodeon, now in its 35th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon's U.S. television network is seen in more than 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 20 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIA.B).
9:00 AM, Thursday, March 5th, 2015 - Posted by Brant Fowler
AMC Theaters, Regal Entertainment Group, Cinemark, Megaplex, Harkins and National Amusements theaters are making the lead-up to the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron a little more fun and challenging. Right before the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1st (airing first on April 30th as part of this marathon), the participating theaters are planning "The Ultimate Marvel Marathon" playing every single Marvel Studios film in succession beginning on April 29th and ending on April 30th.
There are ten films, starting with 2008's Iron Man, ending with last year's Guardians of the Galaxy. Here's the list and the times they will be playing:
6:00pm IRON MAN
8:25pm THE INCREDIBLE HULK
10:35pm IRON MAN 2
3:10am CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER
5:30am THE AVENGERS
8:48am IRON MAN 3
11:15am THOR: THE DARK WORLD
1:45pm CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER
4:20pm GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
7:00pm AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON (RealD® 3D)
For those who don't want to do the math, that's over 27 hours of film, back-to-back!
If that's a bit much for you, the chains will also be doing a double feature with both Avengers films (The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron).
Are you up for the challenge?
If not, I have an alternative for you all out there that I myself will be doing. There are roughly 9 weeks until the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron and 10 films to get through before then. I propose watching one each week leading up to the release of the film. Obviously this means doubling up one week. My recommendation and plan for that, then, is doing Captain America: The First Avenger and The Avengers in the same week.
Whichever challenge you take up, do go see Avengers: Age of Ultron regardlress! Then come back here and let us know what you thought of the film.
Written and directed by Joss Whedon and produced by Kevin Feige, Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series "The Avengers," first published in 1963. Louis D'Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Jeremy Latcham, Patricia Whitcher, Stan Lee and Jon Favreau serve as executive producers. Starring stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, James Spader, Cobie Smulders, Thomas Kretschmann, Paul Bettany and Stellan Skarsgard, Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron opens in theaters on May 1, 2015.
9:15 PM, Friday, February 27th, 2015 - Posted by Brant Fowler
I'm not a huge Star Trek fan. Sure, I've seen a few episodes here and there over the years, and I love the new movies that fans complain about. But I do certainly know who Mr. Spock is. And I know who Leonard Nimoy is. Though I'm probably more familiar with him from his guest appearances on Fringe than I am his Star Trek work.
I still recognize talent and genius when I encounter it, and I can certainly respect and appreciate what a man like Leonard Nimoy brought to us in terms of entertainment over the past several decades. His portrayal of Spock in what I have seen defined a whole new type of being that spawned an enormous following and fan base, making anything else he did - be it a music video, a comic, or a guest appearance in a film or TV show - a special occasion, even for lesser fans like myself.
Because I don't have the words to properly celebrate such an iconic actor, especially in the "geek culture" that we so love and endorse, I will defer to the New York Times' post about the life and career of Leonard Nimoy:
From all of us here at Comic Related, we sincerely miss Mr. Nimoy and send out our thoughts to the friends, family and fans that supported and followed his career all these years. We have lost one of our own this day. We salute you, Leonard Nimoy. You will be missed.
4:00 AM, Friday, February 6th, 2015 - Posted by Chuck Moore
(UPDATE: Check out a reaction video from CR's Brant Fowler below)
Marvel and Netflix teased it yesterday, and now the first official trailer for the Netflix-airing Daredevil series is live! You can watch it below:
Daredevil is the first of four new series coming to Netflix from Marvel, as we well know by now, and focuses on the early years of Matt Murdock as he becomes the vigilante protecting Hell's Kitchen. We have long awaited footage from the series, which hits Netflix in April, and now we have to wait no longer!
The above trailer gives us a small taste of what's to come from the Netflix series. Are you excited about it yet? Let us know in the comments below.
Here's the official synopsis for Daredevil:
"Marvel's Daredevil" is a live action series that follows the journey of attorney Matt Murdock, who in a tragic accident was blinded as a boy but imbued with extraordinary senses. Murdock sets up practice in his old neighborhood of Hell's Kitchen, New York where he now fights against injustice as a respected lawyer by day and masked vigilante at night.
Charlie Cox (Daredevil) and Rosario Dawson (Claire Temple) star alongside Scott Glenn (Stick), Elden Henson (Foggy Nelson), Vincent D'Onofrio (The Kingpin), and Peter Shinkoda (Hachiro).
Daredevil premieres on Netflix on April 10, 2015.
Here's a reaction video from CR's own Brant Fowler over on Comic Frontline for this teaser trailer:
It's an interesting trailer, but just a teaser with the most minimal information we could get. It opens with a choppy narrative and some very dramatic music reminiscent of Man of Steel. From what we gather, the four are brought together at a young age, ala the Ultimate Universe version. They've made a discovery and head to space and things go very wrong, much more dramatically wrong than the previous films portrayed.
We barely get a glimpse of the powers each possess, but The Thing looks much less clean or polished and more rough and dirt-like coming off the rock. We still really have no idea what kind of background these characters will have at this point.
If you missed the early look at the suits, you can find that here:
I'm still very much on the fence about the film, but I do have to say I'm intrigued now having seen some visual of the film finally. And hearing the directors talk about the Fantastic Four in the comics, and how they spoke with Stan Lee, it does give me hope that they were at least faithful to the concept of the team if not the execution. But only time and a full trailer will tell.
You can watch my reaction video on Comic Frontline below:
What did you think of the teaser trailer? Let us know in the comments below.
Fantastic Four is set to hit theaters on August 7, 2015, and stars Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell, Miles Teller and Toby Kebbell.