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Columbia Pictures has hired Predators scribes Mike Finch and Alex Litvak to pen the new big screen adaptation of Masters of the Universe. HeatVision reports that the scribes “attempted to balance a treatment that would convince the studio it was cinematic and keep the toy company satisfied that its characters were being portrayed appropriately” in their pitch.

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Under The Influence Art Show: Masters of the Universe - Tom Whalen

Each year Gallery 1988 holds a “Under The Influence” art show. In years past, they’ve done tribute shows to the Beastie Boys and Stan Lee. This year’s honoree is a tribute to He-Man and The Masters of the Universe. Over 100 artists are contributing to the exhibition, each contributing their “unique vision of the wonderfully rich fantasy world of eternia.” Tis includes some of our favorite artists, which we’ve featured on the site in past editions of Cool Stuff. Check out 24 pieces of art from the show, after the jump.

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Columbia Pictures To Become The Masters of the Universe?

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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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We’ve recently received word that a couple of productions have hit some pretty major road bumps. First up, according to Variety, Warner Brothers has pulled out of the Masters of the Universe project. Universe has had a pretty troubled history all around: When a script review for Justin Marks Grayskull: Masters of the Universe script first hit the web over a year ago, there was much rejoicing. Peter even wrote¬† about five reasons why Marks’ live action He-Man might be cool.

Shortly afterwards, we learned that the project was basically dead, before it was resurrected with Kung Fu Panda director John Stevenson at the helm, along with producer Joel Silver. Now, Variety says, it turns out that “Mattel and WB didn’t see eye to eye over the direction of the project and made a mutual decision to let the option lapse this month.” Mattel is expected to shop the property elsewhere with Stevenson still attached. If I had to guess though, I’d say they won’t have the easiest time of it; in this economy, studios want sure bets, and a big expensive action/adventure flick based on a moribund property with a fairly unproven director could be a huge risk. Box office wise, you could either end up with Transformers, or Land of the Lost, and I might even lean more towards the latter possibility in this case.
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VOTD: Bollywood He-Man

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You may have seen the 1987 Gary Goddard live action adaptation of Masters of the Universe starring Dolph Lundgren and Frank Langella, but have you seen Bollywood He-Man? Chahiye He Man He Man from Nafrat Ki Aandhi was released in 1989. Watch a video clip after the jump.

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The Autumn Society is holding The 80s POP! art show which will feature a collection of artwork inspired by movies, cartoons, and video games from the amazing and imaginary era of the 1980s. From Ghostbusters, Ninja Turtles, Mario Bros, and many others, this show is bound to delight and spark great memories from this magical time, filled with memorabilia, long haired superheroes, and candy colored good times.

80s Pop! will premiere on Friday, June 5th, starting at 6pm. The show will feature 65 original pieces of artwork and a visit from The Philadelphia Ghostbusters in full suit¬† and with unlicensed nuclear accelerators! I’ve included some of the art (some of which has been featured in past Cool Stuff and Page 2 columns on the site) after the jump.

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