Pee-Wee Herman

The back and forth surrounding a new Pee-Wee Herman movie feels like an elaborate prank Pee-Wee himself would be proud of. We hear it’s coming, we hear they’re close, star Paul Reubens comments, producer Judd Apatow comments, but we still don’t have anything concrete. That could change soon. Reubens is promoting the new release of Pee-Wee’s Playhouse on Blu-ray and said that news on a new Pee Wee Movie is “very imminent.” Read his full quote below. Read More »

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Paul Reubens Roger Rabbit test footage

Walt Disney Productions purchased the film rights to Gary K. Wolf‘s novel Who Censored Roger Rabbit? shortly after the book’s publication in 1981, and Disney spent many years trying to bring Who Framed Roger Rabbit to the screen.

In the early 1980′s, Disney developed test footage with animation director Darrell Van Citters with Paul Reubens voicing Roger Rabbit, Peter Renaday and Mike Gabriel as Eddie Valiant, and Russi Taylor as Jessica Rabbit. This was right around the time that Reubens was getting ready to reveal his Pee-Wee Herman persona to the world.

The early test footage was broadcast once on a 1983 Disney Channel show called Disney Studio Showcase, and never seen from again — until now. Thief Archive (via CartoonBrew) has found the footage of the television airing of these early animation tests. Watch the Paul Reubens Roger Rabbit test footage now, embedded after the jump.

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Star Tours Rex Star Wars Rebels

I remember when the Star Tours ride first opened in 1987 (am I old?) they had a ABC Magical World of Disney special which focused on the attraction. And when I finally got to ride the attraction, it was just as magical as I had imagined, taking us on a tour of a galaxy far far away at the same time as the climactic moments of the Star Wars. While many of the lands, characters and worlds we saw on the tour were familiar from the original trilogy, one big Disneyland addition was a RX-Series pilot droid named Rex, voiced by Comedian Paul Reubens (aka Pee Wee Herman).

Rex was annoying but lovable, characteristics of George Lucas post-Empire galaxy. When Star Tours was recently revamped, Rex was removed as the pilot and replaced by C-3PO (the new tour was originally supposed to be guided by an AC-38 droid named Ace, but George Lucas came up with a story reason to put C-3PO at the helm). Rex couldn’t be the droid pilot of the new Star Tours because the adventure is set decades earlier during the prequel story era. While in the waiting queue, you can see an RX-24 unit sitting outside a crate was marked as defective.

But it looks like the annoying yet lovable Rex might be returning to the Star Wars universe in the Star Wars Rebels television series. Hit the jump to read about Rex Star Wars Rebels details.

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Pee Wee Herman movie

For the past few years, we’ve been getting updates on the Pee-Wee Herman movie every so often. Mostly, they’ve just been reassurances that yes, the movie is still in the works. But the wait may be nearing an end. According to producer Judd Apatow, the feature is “pretty close” to coming together. Hit the jump for the latest dirt on the Pee-Wee Herman movie.

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We’ve heard Paul Ruebens talk about a new Pee-Wee Herman movie for years. There’s long been a script that he’s been writing and rewriting (with Paul Rust) under the watchful eye of producer Judd Apatow. But it’s been quite a while since we’ve heard anything real — years, in fact. With Ruebens doing press for The Smurfs 2, however, the actor is saying that Pee-Wee should be back in force in 2014. Read More »

Mad Men Season 6

Whether you’re scrambling to catch up on the Mad Men Season 6 premiere or you just want to experience it again, AMC’s got the entire episode online right now. Also after the jump:

  • Vikings and Bates Motel get renewed
  • Paul Reuben heads to Wonderland
  • HBO’s Girls loses one of its boys
  • Will USA pick up Happy Endings?
  • The Kitten Bowl is coming in 2014
  • Jonathan Strange is coming to the BBC
  • Peter Berg will direct HBO’s The Leftovers
  • See a trailer for Christopher Guest‘s Family Tree
  • FX reveals four creepy promos for The Bridge

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Starting with Being John Malkovich, Charlie Kaufman‘s scripts have generally attracted top-level talent, and a quick glance at the cast list indicates that Frank or Francis will be no exception. Elizabeth Banks and Paul Reubens have just become the latest additions to Kaufman’s Hollywood-skewering musical satire, joining Steve CarellJack Black, Nicolas Cage, Catherine Keener, and Kevin Kline. Read more after the jump.

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Stock in Tron — elevated in value over the years thanks to the forgiving nature of nostalgia — took a dive after the release of Tron: Legacy. But Disney isn’t giving up on the property, and is moving full speed ahead with an animated series that explores the Grid, aka the digital world at the core of the two films. A good idea, as animation could turn out to be the ideal medium in which to explore the hidden corners of the Grid.

Check out the first footage from Tron: Uprising, after the break. Read More »

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