When Paul Feig announced his plans to bring Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the whole gang back together for a new motion picture, we were understandably skeptical. Some things just seem suited to the past, and Peanuts is definitely one of them. However, USA Today got their hands on a few early stills and—while we still know nothing about how true the script will stay to Charles Schulz's original vision—the artwork pays nice homage the original while still feeling fresh. And Feig has promised that Charlie Brown "won't twerk, wear a baseball cap backwards or try to 'break the Internet' a la Kim Kardashian," which seems like the least we could hope for. The movie comes out next year ... Discuss
The Chipettes are a barely remembered '80s offshoot of Alvin and the Chipmunks, but a video of their adventures somehow made its way to this young toddler and it is quite the emotional roller coaster for her tender heart. Her dad, Travis Lupher, videoed her getting very understandably choked up over the plight of a baby penguin who has lost its family. Actually, he seems like he's getting a little worked up by the end of the video himself, so maybe there was more to the Chipettes than we gave it credit for ... Discuss
A group of college students in the U.K. really want to see a new Harry Potter movie—so much so that they are attempting to raise $63,000 to just shoot their own. The students launched a Kickstarter campaign that they hope will fund the production of Mudblood and the Book of Spells, a new, original story about another student of Hogwarts. The script for the film was created with the help of Potter readers on Internet fan forums, and though they’ve attempted to reach out to J.K. Rowling, they’ve heard nothing back from the best-selling author in terms of any type of actual permissions. The group’s goal is to premiere their ambitious fan film sometime next year. One of the students leading the project also threw some shade on lame, homemade American Harry Potter spin-offs, telling the BBC, "There are no good Harry Potter fan films—they're all American and have low production values." You hear that? It’s time to step up your unlicensed fan film game, America ... Discuss
Doctor Doom is one of Marvel Comic's greatest creations: a regal, awe-inspiring monarch whose thirst for world domination is so potent you almost get the sense he deserves it. Although Doom has faced off against most of Marvel's finest heroes at one point or another, his chief foe has always been the Fantastic Four, so nobody was surprised when Josh Trank announced that Doom would be the villain in his upcoming "gritty, grounded" reboot of the franchise that went belly-up in 2007. Toby Kebbell (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) will portray the mad doctor, but according to a new interview, Trank has made some slight modifications.
There’s a mild change…He’s Victor Domashev, not Victor von Doom in our story. And I’m sure I’ll be sent to jail for telling you that. The Doom in ours—I’m a programmer. Very antisocial programmer. And on blogging sites I’m ‘Doom.’”
Huh. Well, angry Internet trolls are certainly aggravating, if not quite fearsome threats to our entire way of life. We'll have to wait till next year to see if our new Fantastic Four's incredible powers are any match for "a very antisocial programmer," but the gauntlet has been flung ... Discuss