toy wars tv series

If this doesn’t sound like a television series made just for me, then I don’t know what does. Actor/writer Josh Gad (Frozen, Jobs) will be co-writing and star in a new limited television series set up at Amazon called Toy Wars. The story follows the real-life battle between American toy giants Hasbro and Mattel in the 1980s and 1990s. Ryan Dixon (Triplets, Curious George) is attached to co-write with Josh Schwartz (The O.C., Gossip Girl, Chuck), who will be the showrunner for the series with The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters director Seth Gordon expected to direct the pilot episode. Hit the jump to learn more.

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new ducktales logo

We first learned that DuckTales was being revived as a new Disney XD series back in early 2015, but it took over a year for our first look at the show to arrive. And that single preview image (sampled on the top of this article) left quite an impression. While some purists and fans of the original animated series may scoff, I instantly fell in love with the new arty style, which looks to blend classic Disney character design with plenty of stylized, modern touches. It feels familiar while also feeling fresh. That’s a tricky combination.

However, those looking for one aspect of this series to match the show they grew up with can take comfort in the new logo, which has arrived looking pretty much the same as ever.

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Star Wars Rebels in 3 Minutes

Since the iconic character Grand Admiral Thrawn is coming to Star Wars Rebels for the Disney XD animated series’ third season, there are probably some Star Wars fans out there keen on seeing how that plays out, even if they haven’t watched a single episode of the show yet. There’s only two seasons to catch up on made up of 37 episodes, but if you find yourself short of time to watch all those episodes, a new video will allow you to catch up on all the key things that have happened so far in just three minutes. Read More »

star wars battlefront death star

In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • New character details are revealed for the new Star Wars: Battlefront Death Star DLC.
  • Explore a beautifully crafted Mos Eisley developed by some game designers in their free time.
  • Meet Bendu, the new Star Wars Rebels character voiced by Tom Baker.
  • Freddy Krueger actor Robert Englund explains his contribution to the Star Wars universe.
  • The Star Wars Rebels season one soundtrack is finally available for purchase.
  • Learn what else you can do with Sphero’s new Force Band accessory.
  • And More!

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‘Homeland’ Ending Planned For Season 8

Homeland ending planned for season 8

Earlier this Summer it was revealed that the hit Showtime television series Homeland was renewed for three more seasons. While the sixth season won’t begin airing until January 2017, we have some news from the Emmy Awards. Apparently, the eight season of Homeland is being plotted as the drama’s final chapter. Hit the jump to read more about Homeland ending.
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Westworld premiere synopsis

The Westworld pilot is excellent. Co-creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy gradually introduce their high-tech theme park, which is home to all sorts of thrills and horrors. Most of the exposition expected from a pilot doesn’t come into play until episode two, and by that point, you’re completely invested in the world and characters, so every piece of information goes down smoothly. At the start of Westworld, the worldbuilding is subtle and transfixing, but the drama is every bit as captivating.

There’s so much the pilot gets right. Before it airs next month, HBO has released more materials for their sci-fi series, including a Westworld featurette, some TV spots, and a synopsis for the pilot that teases the future of the season one.

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Update: This article has been updated with quotes from A Song of Ice and Fire creator and author George R.R. Martin. The short version: don’t get your hopes up. Yet.

Game of Thrones season 6 was a monster at the at the 2016 Emmy Awards, winning Best Drama Series, Directing for a Drama Series, and Writing for a Drama Series. Toss in the various technical awards the show also snagged and you’re looking at a massively popular, critically acclaimed series that has now won a record 38 primetime Emmys. So yeah, of course HBO wants to remain in the Westeros business for as long as possible.

However, we probably shouldn’t expect series creators and showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss to stick around beyond the current iteration of the series, which is set to conclude with two shortened final seasons. There could be a Game of Thrones spin-off yet, but it would have to be under the watchful eye of someone else.

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Interview: Jean-Claude Van Johnson Director Peter Atencio

Amazon’s pilot for Jean-Claude Van Johnson not only seems like Jean-Claude Van Damme’s guaranteed comeback, but it is a love letter to JCVD’s loyal fans for decades. With references to his splits, his movies from Bloodsport to Timecop and even a twin, Jean-Claude Van Johnson leaves fans wanting more. It will be up to the fans whether or not Amazon orders a full series, as they can vote on Amazon’s pilot season.

Van Johnson stars Van Damme as himself, a retired actor who comes back not only to Hollywood but to his true job as an undercover agent. Thanks to his agent Jane (Phylicia Rashad), Van Damme takes a role on the action-packed Huckleberry Finn reboot Huck as a cover for his latest mission. We spoke with the pilot’s director and potential series executive producer Peter Atencio about where Jean-Claude Van Johnson could go and how he made the ultimate Van Damme movie in the pilot. Hit the jump to read our interview with Interview: Jean-Claude Van Johnson director Peter Atencio.

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Stranger Things Kids Sing Uptown Funk

The 68th Annual Emmy Awards aired on ABC last night where Game of Thrones and The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story took home several big awards, with a variety of other shoes getting some trophies as well. But one show that wasn’t vying for any awards last night was Stranger Things. Don’t worry, it’s not because the show wasn’t nominated, but rather because it debuted after the window for eligibility for this year’s awards. There’s a good chance it will get some nominations next year though.

But just because Stranger Things wasn’t nominated for any awards last night doesn’t mean the show didn’t have a presence at the awards. Before the opening of the Emmy ceremony with host Jimmy Kimmel featured an easter egg from the show, three of the child stars from Stranger Things took the stage (off the air) to sing a rendition of Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk” to the crowd. Thankfully, someone was able to record the adorable musical number. Plus, Kimmel utilized the kids for a fun gag during the ceremony.

Watch the Stranger Things kids sing Uptown Funk and have some more fun after the jump. Read More »