Where Are They Now short film
Steve Cuts has created Where Are They Now?, a six minute animated short film which shows the sad lives of our favorite cartoon characters who are “facing reality long after their heyday prime.” The short starts off showing what has become of Roger Rabbit and his wife Jessica, but it also features many other cartoon characters from the 1970′s, 1980′s and 1990′s, including characters from He-man, Donald Duck, The Smurfs, Super Mario, Thundercats, Carebears and many more. The short is funny but also very sad — I’ve always wished we would see a Who Framed Roger Rabbit sequel which would show us what became of all of our beloved childhood cartoon characters (but I never imagined it could have gotten this bad). Watch the Where Are They Now short film embedded after the jump.

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We’ve got two art shows to tell you about today. One is movie specific, second is more subtle and pop culture centric, both are very cool.

First, tied in with this weekend’s huge new release, Disney is releasing some Oz the Great and Powerful art by Joey Chou at their WonderGround Gallery at Downtown Disney in Anaheim, CA. The gallery will also have a bunch of props from the film on display.

Next up, Los Angeles’s Gallery 1988 is opening their latest show, Product Placement, on March 9. It features works based on different products in movies and TV. What does that mean? Well how about Dapper Dan in O’Brother Where Art Thou, Oceanic 815 in Lost, Shark Repellent in Batman, Neo Tokyo Customs in Akira, Morrie’s Wigs in Goodfellas and much, much more. Check images out below. Read More »

The best part of collecting pop culture art is the moment you see a piece that speaks to you. The moment when an artist created a work for a teeny, tiny film that you loved growing up and now there it is, perfectly represented, and you just have to own it. Personally, this has happened multiple times with the work of artists Jeff Boyes, Joshua Budich and Jay Shaw. These three super-talented, super-deserving, but not-yet-super-famous artists are collaborating in a new exhibition that opens Thursday at Gallery 1988‘s Venice, CA location.

In it, films like Teen Wolf, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Thrashin’ (yes, the Josh Brolin skateboarding movie), Akira, Jaws, Masters of the Universe, Invasion of the Body Snatchers and Klute are just a few of the properties on display. OK, they’re not tiny movies, but still. Check out the images after the jump and find out more about the show. Read More »

By the power of Grayskull, Sony has been trying to revive the Masters of the Universe franchise for several years. Screenwriters were hired in 2010 to take a pass at the popular story of He-Man and now talks have revved up again as Jon Chu, the director of G.I. Joe Retaliation, is in talks to direct. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Some movies are born easily: they represent a whole bunch of factors like script, talent and money that happen to be in the same place at the same time. Others aren’t born so easily, and lurch towards screens in fits and starts. Case in point: Disney’s animated adaptation of a Philip K. Dick short story, King of the Elves, and Sony’s attempt to make a new movie out of the ’80s toy line and cartoon Masters of the Universe.

Both films might be picking up steam again, however, after falling off the radar for a while. Read More »

Cool Stuff: Plastic Heroes T-Shirt

Teefury’s T-shirt of the day is a design titled Plastic Heroes created by Nova Scotia-based artist PowerPig. The design should bring back memories for anyone who played with action figures growing up in the 1980′s. A note from the artist:

Today’s toys are super detailed and super articulated, and that’s cool. Still, they’ll never come close to the awesome action figures we had when we were young. This design is a tribute to the toys that defined a decade, which for many of us are now abandoned, broken, or simply lost to time

Priced at only $9, the tee will only be available on Wednesday, September 1st 2010. So act fast! Hit the jump to see the full tee design in higher resolution.
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Columbia Pictures To Become The Masters of the Universe?

He-Man

Earlier this month Warner Bros completely dropped the development of the live action He-Man adaptation Grayskull: The Masters of the Universe, despite Justin Marks’ screenplay gaining big traction from internet buzz and Kung-Fu Panda director John Stevenson signing on to direct. Heatvision is now reporting that the project might not be completely dead after all.

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Many people were surprised when King of Kong director Seth Gordon signed on to direct Four Christmases, the Vince Vaughn/Reese Witherspoon romantic comedy which comes out this Wednesday. I think everyone expected Gordon would either work within the world of documentaries or work in the realm of geek-focused films. Gordon revealed on last night’s The /Filmcast After Dark that he was gunning for the new He-Man live-action movie.

“I read a He-Man script that was really good,” Gordon said of Justin Marks’ screenplay Grayskull:  The Masters of the Universe. “It’s great. It’s pretty awesome. It’s already been snatched up… I was too slow to get to it, but its gonna be great. He-Man’s origin story? C’mon, that’s going to be great!”

This also confirms LatinoReview‘s report from last week that Kung Fu Panda co-director John Stevenson might now be attached to the project. I haven’t seen Four Christmases yet, but I hope that Gordon doesn’t become attached to too many romantic comedies. He recently got attached to a new project called Suicide Squad, which sounded to me like a losers version of Oceans 11. Gordon described the film on the podcast:

“Suicide Squad is basically like Bottle Rocket but set at the Kentucky Derby, where a bunch of misfits, barely, get away with a heist. And its about the Shenanigans that lead up to that.”

The comparison to Bottle Rocket definitely gets me excited. And if you’ve seen Wes Anderson’s debut film, then you know what I’m talking about.

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