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Live-Action Turtle Power Returns!

The Turtles got a makeover. (image property of Nickelodeon Films)

The Turtles got a makeover. (image property of Nickelodeon Films)

When I first heard of a live-action Ninja Turtles reboot, I was excited. When I heard Michael Bay was the guy behind it, skepticism set in. Let’s just say I was on the fence. I’ve enjoyed his Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street remakes but the Transformers series has been hit-or-miss, so I haven’t been sure what to think. But this trailer has restored some faith in Michael Bay for me. He may have actually pulled this one off, even if he did cast Megan Fox as April O’Neil (wtf, really?!). I really wasn’t too keen on the way the Turtles look now but after watching this first trailer, the new look is starting to grow on me.

If you haven’t seen it, watch it now:

Pretty awesome, right?! And Willian Fichtner as The Shredder! The only thing missing is Casey Jones, but I don’t see him showing up until the sequel. If we’re lucky, maybe in an end credit scene in this film. *crosses fingers* It’s gonna be difficult to top Elias Koteas’s performance though.

I, for one, have become much more excited for this film. How about you?

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Ice Cream: The Perfect Movie Tie-In?

"I love scotch. Scotchy, scotch, scotch. Here it goes down, down into my belly..."

“I love scotch. Scotchy, scotch, scotch. Here it goes down, down into my belly…”

Ben & Jerry’s recently announced their newest flavor, “Scotchy Scotch Scotch,” a product tie-in for the Anchorman sequel, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. It’s an interesting, if not perfect, idea for a movie tie-in. Maybe it’s because I’m a bit of an ice cream addict, but I do think it’s a pretty smart idea. You take a movie that is expected to be a hit and/or already has a huge fan base and have the best ice cream makers in the world, Ben & Jerry’s, create an ice cream flavor themed after the movie. It’s brilliant!

Ever since Ben & Jerry’s announcement, I’ve been thinking of other possible movies and their corresponding ice cream flavors:

1. Thor: The Dark WorldThe Dark Swirl – Dark chocolate ice cream, swirls of caramel, and little cookie Mjolnirs.

2. Captain America: The Winter SoldierSuper Soldier Sundae – Vanilla Bean ice cream, ribbons of Blueberry and Strawberry syrup, and little Chocolate stars.

3. The Hunger Games: Catching FireKatniss Krunch – French Vanilla ice cream with crunchy, Mockingjay-shaped cinnamon cookies.

4. The Amazing Spiderman 2Shockingly Amazing – Electric blueberry frozen yogurt with rhino-shaped cookies and chocolate webs.

5. Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesCowabunga Cream –  Mint Ice cream with chocolate chips shaped like katanas, nunchucks, sais, and bo staffs, swirled with green ooze (Peppermint).

6. 50 Shades of Grey50 Shades of Yumm– Gray-colored Vanilla ice cream with chocolate covered graham cracker whips and handcuffs.

Those are just a few ideas I’ve had. They’re really not that easy to think up. What are some delicious combinations you’ve thought up?

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Prepare for the Zombie Apocalypse and Earn College Credit at the Same Time!

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What better place for a zombie to eat brains than college?

The AMC Network and the University of California, Irvine, have decided that the best way to prepare for a hypothetical zombie apocalypse is with a free online course. The eight-week course, titled “Society, Science, Survival: Lessons from AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead,'” will cover a little bit of everything pertaining to the zombie apocalypse. According to The Wrap, the course “will explore concepts as varied as post-disaster nutrition, the foundations of human survival and stereotypes in a Darwinian environment.”

I wish something like this would’ve been offered when I was in college. I probably would’ve taken it every time it was offered, just for the hell of it. But this got me thinking…what other television shows could be used for college courses?

Here’s some ideas:

  1. Batman: The Animated Series – Learn how to fight crime, solve intricate riddles, and deal with a variety of lunatics. Hone your skills to become a master detective. Construct gadgets such as batarangs, smoke bombs, grappling hooks, etc. Train in several forms of martial arts. Become the ultimate vigilante. For extra credit, take on your own ward/sidekick.
  2. Supernatural – Learn about all of the creatures that go bump in the night. Demons, angels, vampires, ghosts, goblins, and everything else. Become a trained hunter, learning now to dispatch your unearthly foes. Learn the do’s and don’ts of dealing with crossroads demons. Become fluent in speaking and reading Latin, for incantations and expelling demons.
  3. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Students learn the importance of overcoming adversity by learning how the Turtles face each day as outcasts to the human world. Train to become a master of ninjitsu and learn how to use weapons like katanas, sais, bo staffs, and nunchuks. Understand the highs and lows of the effects of mutation. Experiment with a variety of pizza toppings and preparation techniques.

Those are my top three at the moment but I’m sure I’ll think up some more later on.

What are some ideas do you have for television shows turned college courses? Leave your comments in the comments section.

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Saturday Morning Cartoons

My son loves cartoons. His current favorites include Jake & The Never Land Pirates, The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. He tends to watch them while playing with his trains or monster trucks and loves to sing along with the songs. While these shows are a bit simplistic (hey, he’s three! And, really Jake and Daniel Tiger are really well done), they definitely provide a welcome distraction when I need a break from him for a little bit.

I love cartoons; well, I like certain kinds of cartoons. Animation is often the best medium for science-fiction and comic book shows, so when Saturday morning rolls around, my son and I settle in for a block of animation goodness: Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Young Justice, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

The Clone Wars is a show I can take or leave. I’ve only gotten back into it after a couple of years hiatus, so I’m not fully understanding everything that is going on. However, the show is much better than ANY of the prequel movies, and it actually focuses on good writing and plot. I recommend it for any Star Wars fan.

Green Lantern is nothing like the movie, and thank goodness for that. It’s just starting a second season, but things are already shaping up to be pretty great. Last season dealt with the Green Lanterns fighting an invasion by the Red Lantern Corps. The Red Lanterns were upset over sins that the Guardians of the Universe had committed many years ago. The season was full of action, political intrigue, and it introduced a ton of plot points and characters from the comics (even my personal favorite, Mogo!).  If you’re a Green Lantern fan at all, check it out. And if you have a budding comic book fan in your life, let them watch. My son really loves it.

Young Justice is my favorite part of our Saturday morning cartoon block. The show deals with a group of sidekicks that form their own team to work in the shadows… kind of like the Justice League’s black ops team. Since that premise, the show has evolved from being solely about the sidekicks and more about the entire DC pantheon of characters. The cast of characters is vast, but most of the heroes are thematically consistent with their DC Comics counterparts. Young Justice is episodic storytelling at its best. Given enough time, it might even be better that Justice League Unlimited. In my opinion, anyway.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles started just last week, and I had my doubts leading up to the debut episode. TMNT was one of my favorite TV shows when I was a kid, but its ’90s cheesiness hasn’t aged all that well. Newer shows have gone waaaay too far into the seriousness route (the comic was pretty gritty and dark) and kind of lost the joy of the goofy premise.

The pilot episode of this new TMNT walks the line perfectly. It’s goofy but not off-putting. You can tell that the storylines are going to get into some dark territory, but the characters are instantly recognizable. Leonardo leads. Donatello does science. Raphael wants to crack some skulls. Michelangelo is a lovable idiot. This show’s version of Splinter is my favorite yet, and Shredder was only in the pilot episode for about 30 seconds (however, since he’s voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson, he’ll probably be awesome.) Even Krang showed up, albeit in a new twist; the Krang are an alien race invading the Earth in creepy, dead-eyed robot bodies. All-in-all, I’m looking forward to watching it weekly with my son.

Cartoons are awesome. If you’re looking for a good story on TV, don’t overlook animation. You’d be missing something really special.

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Turtle Title

Raphael was always my favorite. Image courtesy of nick.com.

BEHOLD!

A new version of everyone’s favorite anthropomorphic turtles is coming to Nickelodeon on Sept. 29! (Also, apparently, they’re just “nick,” now. It’s supposed to be lower case, too. Huh. So, the channel’s just some dude like “bob” or “steve?” That’s weird, and it makes me feel old.)
The new title sequence gives a nice little synopsis of the general turtle tale. For those of us familiar with an earlier incarnation, it’s a fun little send-up.
It’s catchy, too!

I know what I’m going to be humming all afternoon…

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