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I Can't Wait for the Thundarr the Barbarian/WWE Team-Up

Really, that would have been my first choice over the Flintstones.

The Flintstones are being brought back to the big screen with the help of professional wrestlers. The film - a return to animation for the brand following two ill-fated live action outings in 1994 and 2000 - sees Bedrock residents Fred, Wilma, Barney and Betty attend a wrestling event. Here, they encounter real-life smackdown stars CM Punk, Vince McMahon and John Cena, who are voicing themselves.
The film, as yet untitled, is the second collaboration between WWE and Warner Bros, following the announcement of a Scooby-Doo movie. The plot sees Shaggy win tickets to WrestleMania, and the whole gang hightail it to WWE City for the event.

By min | May 29, 2013, 11:54 AM | Movies & TeeVee | Comments (0)| Link

Food Replicators!!!

NASA is funding research into making a 3-D printer for food. That's awesome.

But they're going to have to program them to make the container as well as the food else it'll be really difficult to request your "tea, Earl Grey, hot".

By min | May 21, 2013, 1:56 PM | Science & TeeVee | Comments (0)| Link

In today's market, niche is king

In introducing what he calls "a comprehensive review of every episode of every live-action Star Trek TV show and film" (i knew he was a nerd but i had no idea he was such a geek), Matthew Yglesias briefly discusses the tension between trying to recapture the mainstream success of Next Generation and the cult popularity of the franchise more generally.

...compared to a modern-day cable television show, Enterprise was extremely popular: "The highest-rated Mad Men episode ever, the Season 5 premiere, drew 3.5 million viewers--a mark that even the failed Enterprise series beat in the majority of its episodes."

Which is just to say that if you think of Enterprise as representing the hard core of Trek fandom then it's clear that there's a very healthy audience out there for a Star Trek cable show. Of course you could make a Star Trek show on cable that everyone hates and it would fail. But to succeed, all you would need to do is make a show that hard-core Star Trek fans like. The tension between trying to make something that appeals to the fanbase and trying to make something that recaptures the mainstream success of The Next Generation would be alleviated.

I'm not a Star Trek fan, but that sure sounds like a familiar argument to someone who's been saying that Marvel Comics needs to drop their love-hate relationship with their existing fanbase and turn it into pure love. What's interesting is that the recent successful movies, and, i suspect, the upcoming SHIELD tv show, are embracing the fanbase and staying truer to the source material than any comic book movies in the past. But Marvel Comics seems to be taking the wrong lesson from that and trying to make the comics more like the movies instead of also embracing the fanbase.

By fnord12 | May 15, 2013, 1:01 PM | Comics & TeeVee | Comments (0)| Link

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