Do You Remember These Shows From The Early 2000s Cartoon Network?

There are so many times I mention a show from my childhood and no one has any idea what I’m talking about. That is the inspiration behind this new series of articles. I want to see who actually remembers some of the great shows from the past, but apparently, most people forgot. Today, we’re going to tackle shows that aired on Cartoon Network outside of anime in the early 2000s. Let me know if you remember these gems and what other shows you feel have been lost to the sands of time.

Sheep in the Big City

I’m going to be completely honest, I remember watching and loving Sheep in the Big City, but I had forgotten what it was about. I did a little digging, though, and was reminded how silly the premise for the show was. The show was dripping with puns and humor. It wasn’t great from a storytelling perspective, but it wasn’t designed to be. It was designed (or at least I saw it) as an almost slapstick comedy show that had a bit more of a story than Looney Tunes. Here’s a plot synopsis:

Sheep lives happily on a farm with his friends. Unfortunately, a Secret Military Organization, led by General Specific, needs Sheep for its Sheep-Powered Ray Gun (with a sheep-shaped hole in it).

General Specific will get Sheep at any cost, and, knowing that the farm is at stake, Sheep is forced to leave for the big city. Now Sheep is on the run from General Specific, who is assisted by his henchmen, Private Public, the Angry Scientist (who in the show is often wrongly referred to as “Mad Scientist”), a bunch of other military types, and the Plot Device.

In addition, Sheep has to come to grips with the Big City and trying to romance his love, Swanky the Poodle. All the while, he has to avoid the attentions of a host of unwelcome characters — Lisa Rental and Swanky’s owner, the sheep-hating Lady Richington, wielding a stainless-steel wig.

Time Squad

Time Squad was such a great show in my opinion. I’ve even gone back and re-watched some episodes and I still found myself enjoying the show. The premise is pretty wacky, but simple. You have an idiot time-traveling cop and his unhelpful robot sidekick trying to make sure nothing bad happens to the timeline. When they go back to stop Eli Whitney from building flesh-eating robots instead of the cotton gin, they end up in the year 2001 (because they don’t know their history at all) and come across an 8-year-old orphan who happens to be really good at history. The orphan, Otto, then joins the cop and robot to help fix the problems in the timeline using his expert knowledge.

This show was brilliant, and I think they could even find a way to revive it for kids these days if they so desired. I’m normally against reviving shows and would prefer original content, but this is one of the few times that I’ll make an exception.

Megas XLR

If you scrolled past the credits videos on the last two shows, stop reading this and go listen to the credits to this show right now! I feel like I shouldn’t have to explain any further why Megas XLR was great. Giant robots, alien monsters, and plenty of humor. I have a hard time finding people who remember this show existed though. I don’t understand why. I’ll be honest here and say I don’t remember how the series ended, but I’m pretty sure it didn’t wrap everything up and I wouldn’t mind them bringing this show back either if only to run a couple episodes and finish it properly. As a testament to how great this show is, this is the clip I think of every time I have to go to the DMV:

Damon Lindelof’s WATCHMEN Officially Ordered to Series By HBO

HBO has officially ordered Damon Lindelof’s Watchmen to series and I'm pretty excited about that. The series is based on Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons DC graphic novel, but the series will not be an adaptation of that. It will be set in the same alternate history universe where superheroes are treated as outlaws, but the story will focus on a whole new present day setting and characters.

This series will expand on that universe and Lindelof has stressed that he would not be messing with the original story, which is the best way to handle the material without pissing off the fans. The official description released is as follows:

"Watchmen embraces the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel while attempting to break new ground of its own."

When talking about the new characters that will fill the story, Lindelof said:

"Some of the characters will be unknown. New faces. New masks to cover them. We also intend to revisit the past century of Costumed Adventuring through a surprising yet familiar set of eyes…and it is here we will be taking our greatest risks."

The cast for the series includes Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Adelaide Clemens, Andrew Howard, Tom Mison, Frances Fisher, Jacob Ming-Trent, Sara Vickers, Dylan Schombing, Lily Rose Smith, and Adelynn Spoon.

Lindelof will write and executive produce the series and Nicole Kassell will direct and executive produce. 

Source: Variety

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: APOCALYPSE Gets 3 New Unsettling Promo Spots and an Image

We've got three new eerie promo spots to share with you for FX's upcoming American Horror Story: Apocalypse. Those promos are titled "Radio Active Mist", "Fig", and "Hand Out". As you'd imagine, they're all full of unsettling imagery. I also included a new promo image that was released.

Not much is known about the plot of Apocalypse but it's set in the not-too-distant future and creator Ryan Murphy previously revealed that it would be a crossover with Murder House (Season 1) and Coven (Season 3). He also said, "It’s a season unlike anything we’ve done because there’s a big hook to it. There’s a huge thing that happens in episode 5.” Judging by the promo there's also an apocalyptic theme.

The cast also includes Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Kathy Bates, Billie Lourd and Adina PorterJoan Collins has also been cast and will play the grandmother of Evan Peters’ character. Peters is said to play a "comedic hairdresser." Cody Fern will play Michael Langdon a.k.a. The Anti-Christ, and Jessica Lang has also joined the series to reprise her role from the first season! UnReal star Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman and Kyle Allen of The Path have also joined the horror anthology as guest stars. 

American Horror Story: Apocalypse will premiere on FX on September 12th.

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Activision Delays SPYRO REIGNITED TRILOGY To November

In a recent announcement by Activision, it has been confirmed that Spyro Reignited Trilogy will be delayed from its initial release date of September 21 to November 13, 2018. 

In a blog post by developer Toys for Bob, co-studio head Paul Yan revealed that the delay was to ensure they get the remaster trilogy right. 

“Everyone here at Toys for Bob is so proud to be reigniting the original Spyro trilogy after all these years,” Yan said in the blog post. “We’re deeply committed to getting these games right, so we’ve decided to move the release date of Spyro Reignited Trilogy to November 13, 2018. I really hoped that you would be rescuing dragons and scorching Rhynocs sooner, but the Trilogy needs more love and care. In November when you’re exploring the Dragon Realms, Avatar, and the Forgotten Worlds, we know you’ll agree the extra time was worth the wait.”

A couple of weeks ago, the box art for the upcoming game showed a fine print stating that the physical disc of the Trilogy would only contain the first game, which would require players to download the remaining two at a later time. This announcement was met with criticisms from fans who were eager to play all three games on the physical disc. 

It wasn’t clear whether the backlash was the primary reason for the decision to delay Spyro Reignited Trilogy. However, it is always better to delay a game and get it right, rather than release a half-baked version of it. 

Spyro Reignited Trilogy is now scheduled to release on November 13, 2018, for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. 

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The Film Adaptation of Stephen King’s THE TOMMYKNOCKERS Moves Forward with the Writer of THE EXORCIST

It looks like the feature film adaption of Stephen King’s classic novel The Tommyknockers is moving forward. The Exorcist showrunner, Justin Slater, has been hired to write the screenplay for Universal Pictures. James Wan, Michael Clear, and Roy Lee are set to produce the film. Collectively these guys have produced some amazing horror films such as The Conjuring, Insidious, The NunAnnabelle: Creation and IT.

Just in case you who aren't familiar with the story, here's a description:

“Late last night and the night before, Tommyknockers, Tommyknockers, knocking at the door…”

On a beautiful June day, while walking deep in the woods on her property in Haven, Maine, Bobbi Anderson quite literally stumbles over her own destiny and that of the entire town. For the dull gray metal protrusion she discovers in the ground is part of a mysterious and massive metal object, one that may have been buried there for millennia. Bobbi can’t help but become obsessed and try to dig it out…the consequences of which will affect and transmute every citizen of Haven, young and old. It means unleashing extraordinary powers beyond those of mere mortals—and certain death for any and all outsiders. An alien hell has now invaded this small New England town…an aggressive and violent malignancy devoid of any mercy or sanity…

Here is the deal, I am glad that they brought on Wan, Clear and Lee to bring this film along. The Tommyknockers is one of the first books that I read all the way through, so it holds a special place in my heart. However, it is going to be a difficult story to bring to the big screen. If any of you were able to see the 1993 made for TV adaptation of this story, you know what I mean. Not even the great Jimmy Smits was able to make that stinker good. The producer of the original miniseries, Larry Sanitsky, is also on board as an executive producer. He previously had this to say:

"It is an allegorical tale of addiction (Stephen was struggling with his own at the time), the threat of nuclear power, the danger of mass hysteria, and the absurdity of technical evolution run amuck. All are as relevant today as the day the novel was written. It is also a tale about the eternal power of love and the grace of redemption."

The book holds a mirror up to society and shows us how for every action you take there is going to be an opposite reaction that goes along with it. Just because something makes you feel good (i.e. drugs, our phones, etc.) it doesn’t mean it is good for you. Do you think the guy who wrote the 2015 Fantastic Four is going to bring the intricacies of this story to life? I have my doubts, but we will see. 

Source: The Wrap

MoviePass is Shooting Themselves in the Foot Again by Limiting the Selection Available to Customers

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If you haven’t canceled your MoviePass subscription yet, I’m surprised. I’m now especially interested to hear what you think of the movie subscription service’s choice to limit what movies are available each day.

That’s right, MoviePass will have different movies available to users depending on the day. For example, on Friday, August 17, you can go see Christopher Robin or Mile 22 using the service. However, if you wait to go to the movies on Saturday, those two films are replaced with Alpha and Slender Man. Luckily, MoviePass does release the schedule for the following week so you can have some planning with friends and they do allow about 7 movies a day.

Unfortunately, a lot of the films that take up those slots are smaller indie films that don't always get wide releases. For example, Juliet, Naked is available every day, but none of my local theaters are showing it. Same with Skate Kitchen, Summer of 84, The Miseducation of Cameron Post, and We the Animals. All but 2 of the movies aren't available in my area and I imagine I'm not alone in this isolation.

Are you ok with this change, or is it the straw that broke your camel’s back?

ANT-MAN AND THE WASP Director Says That an AVENGERS 4 Fan Theory is Possible

I am going to start this off with a warning that this post is filled with spoilers and speculation. If you haven’t seen either Avengers: Infinity War or Ant-Man and the Wasp, do not read this. It will ruin your LIFE!

With that out of the way, let us get into this. Let me be honest with you, the end of Infinity War was deeply foreshadowed throughout the whole movie. The whole time I was trying to figure out who was going to be left after the snap. I was amazed and saddened to see who left us, but it needed to happen. What really got me was the bonus scene at the end of Ant-Man and the Wasp. I, along with everyone in the theater with me that opening night, let out a sound that was a mix of a gasp and a scream when the scene was over.

There was a lot more set up in the scene than meets the eye, though. Before she was turned to dust bunnies, Janet Van Dyne warned Scott Lang to watch out for what she called “time vortexes”. Naturally, you combine that information and the photos that have been coming from the Avengers 4 set and you can tell that time travel is going to play a big part in the upcoming film. That's the big popular fan theory and when asked about it in an interview with The Huffington Post, he confirmed that that is certainly a possibility!

"Based on the science that we’ve set up in the first movie and this one, I won’t rule out the possibility. Because, again, we are dealing with a time vortex. That could happen.”

Reed didn't want to give too much information away, and added:

“I have to be careful here, as you well know."

When asked why Scott Lang didn’t do what he did in the first Ant-Man movie and just use a growth disc, Reed said:

“This is a new suit, so it really wouldn’t have the same growth that he had in the first movie... I would answer, ‘No, he does not have it.’ He can’t go to that well twice."

With that being said, you figure that was his plan all along. We all know that Ant-Man’s jaunt through the time vortexes is going to bring all of our favorite heroes back and they will go onto their most epic fight. I just can’t wait to see it. 

All mysteries will be revealed when Avengers 4 hits theaters on May 3, 2019.

The Cast and Director of WONDER WOMAN 1984 Pose For a BREAKFAST CLUB-Style Photo

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Here's a great photo featuring director Patty Jenkins and the cast of Wonder Woman 1984 recreating the iconic image from John Hughes' classic 1985 film The Breakfast Club. The photo features Gal Gadot as Molly Ringwald's Claire Standish; Pedro Pascal as Emilio Estevez's Andrew Clark; Chris Pine as Anthony Michael Hall's Brian Johnson; Kristen Wiig as Ally Sheedy's Allison Reynolds; and Patty Jenkins as Judd Nelson's John Bender.

The photo was originally posted by Pascal on his Instagram account but has since been deleted for some reason. But, because this is the Internet, the photo lives on and you can see in full below. It's a fun tribute to the 80s. 

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When previously talking about the film during Comic-Con, Gal Gadot said, “[Wonder Woman 1984 is] not a sequel, it’s a different chapter, it’s a whole new movie.” Director Patty Jenkins added, “I want to make great movies. I realized I have these characters that I love, this world that I love, and we can make this whole new movie about something pure and strong and unique as the first one, of course, I want to do that." When addressing why the movie was set in the 80s, Jenkins said that it was because the '80s "was mankind at their best and worst."

The story is set in 1984 and is said to follow Diana Prince as she reunites with Steve Trevor to fight evil. The movie also stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, and Kristen Wiig as Cheetah. 

The screenplay was written by director Patty Jenkins, Geoff Johns, and Dave Callaham. The film will be released on November 1, 2019.

Via: Screen Rant

Take To The Skies in This First Fun Trailer For STAR WARS RESISTANCE!

The first trailer for Lucasfilm's new animated series Star Wars Resistance has arrived giving us our first real look at what we can expect from the new Star Wars show. It looks like it could be a lot of fun! It definitely has a different style and vibe than the previous animated series. Regardless of the style, though, as long as it tells a good compelling story, I'll be happy. Speaking of which we have some new details on the story!

When the show was first announced, we learned that it would revolve around a character named Kazuda Xiono, who is described as "a young pilot recruited by the Resistance whose mission is to spy on the growing threat of the First Order." We also knew that Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie) would be a part of this new Star Wars adventure. The press release goes on to reveal: 

“While undercover, Kaz works as a mechanic and lives with Poe’s old friend Yeager, a veteran pilot who operates a starship repair shop run by his crew: Tam, Neeku and their old battered astromech droid, Bucket. Kaz soon finds himself in over his head with his newfound friend BB-8 as he’ll have to compete in dangerous sky races, keep his mission a secret from his newfound family, and avoid the danger of the First Order.”

When previously talking about the series, creator and executive producer Dave Filoni talked about the inspiration behind it:

"The idea for Star Wars Resistance came out of my interest in World War II aircraft and fighter pilots. My grandfather was a pilot and my uncle flew and restored planes, so that's been a big influence on me. There's a long history of high-speed racing in Star Wars, and I think we've captured that sense of excitement in an anime-inspired style, which is something the entire team has been wanting to do for a long time."

The rest of the voice cast includes Christopher Sean (Days of Our Lives), Suzie McGrath (East Enders), Scott Lawrence(Legion), Myrna Velasco (Elena of Avalor), Josh Brener (Silicon Valley), Donald Faison(Scrubs), Bobby Moynihan (DuckTales), Jim Rash (Community) and Rachel Butera(Tammy's Tiny Tea Time). Here's the synopsis:

Resistance fighter Poe Dameron tasks young pilot Kazuda “Kaz” Xiono with spying on the First Order. At the time, little was known about the secretive organization and its strength.

In order to fulfill his mission, Kaz travels to the space station Colossus, which is being used by many ships as a port to refuel and do repairs. However, there are also dangerous races taking place there. After Kaz bragged with his piloting skills at his arrival there, he is soon drawn into one of the races…

The first season of Star Wars Resistance will run for 22 episodes, and the first episode will be titled "The Recruit." The show will make its debut in October on Disney XD. Watch the trailer and tell us what you think!

POKÉMON GO’s Celebi Research Will Be Available Next Week

Pokémon GO announced yesterday that the second Mythical Pokémon, Celebi, will be available via a Special Research quest on August 20. 

Players are expected to take on tasks that aim to test their skills as a trainer and earn XP plus unique items along the way. The Special Research on Celebi can be unlocked as long as the player completes the third set of tasks associated to the Special Research on Mew. 

Celebi was initially released last month to the 21,000 Pokémon GO players who were able to attend the Chicago Go Fest Event. However, these players can still partake on the Special Research for Celebi, which will award them with power-up candies for the time travel Pokémon. 

Moreover,  a special gear, in the form of a Celebi themed T-shirt is now available at the Style Shop for free. Several avatar items from Pokémon HeartGold and Pokémon SoulSilver are also available in the Style Shop, which will feature outfits that can be unlocked depending on the player’s Johto medal progress. 

Pokémon GO is now available to all Android and iOS devices. 

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