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#ThrowbackThursday: These Videos Will Remind You Why The ‘Jem And The Holograms’ Cartoon Is Still Flawlessly Perfect

Let's TRY and forget that awful 'Jem' movie trailer

Earlier this week, as I’m sure you are painfully aware, the first trailer for the Jem and the Holograms live-action movie was released and confirmed my fears that the movie adaptation would ruin our memories of the original ’80s cartoon. Ugh. And so, I am reminded of a #ThrowbackThursday post I wrote about a year ago that gathered together 21 of my favorite music videos from the Jem and the Holograms cartoon series (1985-1988) … which I am re-sharing today in an effort to REMIND YOU ALL how brilliantly perfect the original cartoon remains and to, hopefully, try and help you forget the travesty that will be the live-action Jem movie coming this fall. The videos below feature Jem, The Holograms, Synergy, THE MISFITS and actual cartoon holograms … the things that make the Jem story so great (and are missing from the live-action movie). Please, click through the videos below and SEE how amazing Jem and the Holograms was, is and will forever be no matter what crappy movies come our way and try to steal our love for Jem. Please, enjoy.

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Voice Actor Harry Shearer Has Been Let Go From ‘The Simpsons’, The Show Will Go On Without Him

Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Waylon Smithers, Principal Skinner all in jeopardy

Wow. Last week it was announced that the long running animated series The Simpsons was renewed for a record-breaking 27th and 28th season and it was also announced last week that all of the main voice actors had signed new contracts for the show … except for one. At the time, it wasn’t revealed which voice actor was holding out but today … we know. Harry Shearer, the voice actor who gives life to characters like Montgomery Burns, Ned Flanders, Waylon Smithers and Principal Skinner, has been let go from the show. Both Shearer and Simpsons showrunner Al Jean have confirmed the news that he has been let go from the show … but Jean promises that the characters Shearer voiced will live on … with someone else providing the voices. Ugh. More »

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First Look: Everyone Is Raving About This Trailer For ‘Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet’

From the writer of "The Lion King"
This could be big

It’s not every day that a book of poetry gets turned into an animated film, but this first look at the re-imagining of Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet tells me that this could start a trend. Salma Hayek’s passion project was an official selection at Cannes, and everyone has been raving about the trailer. This is the film’s synopsis: “Set in a Mediterranean sea-side village, Kamila (Salma Hayek) cleans house for exiled artist and poet Mustafa (Liam Neeson), but the more difficult job is keeping her free-spirited young daughter, Almitra, (Quvenzhané Wallis) out of trouble. The three embark on a journey meant to end with Mustafa’s return home, but first they must evade the authorities who fear that the truth in his words will incite rebellion.” I think it looks absolutely beautiful (with great music), and something about the narrative reminds me a bit of Persepolis, which I loved. Peep the trailer for more!

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Sony Announces Production Of A New Feature-Length ‘Spider-Man’ Movie

From the directors of 'The Lego Movie'

Back in February we learned the very exciting news that Sony Pictures reached a deal with Marvel Studios to allow Spider-Man to appear in future Marvel Cinematic Universe movies (like the forthcoming Captain America sequel Civil War) and that the Spider-Man film franchise will be rebooted with a younger actor playing the role of Spidey / Peter Parker. Today we learn that Sony has also decided to move forward with another stand-alone Spider-Man movie that will be animated. Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller (who directed The LEGO Movie) have been hired to write this new animated Spider-Man movie which is set for release in the summer of 2018. More »

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Here Are A Bunch Of Fun Character Posters For ‘The Peanuts Movie’

"Dream Big"

Back in March of 2014, we got our first look at The Peanuts Movie when the first promo materials were released for the film. Since then, we’ve gotten to see two very cute and spoiler-free teaser video trailers for the forthcoming animated film (HERE and HERE). Today we learn that the promo train for The Peanuts Movie rolls on with the release of a batch of really great character posters that feature our fave Peanuts characters — including Charlie Brown, Linus, Schroeder, Peppermint Patty and, of course, Snoopy. Click through the gallery to see these fun posters and get ready, The Peanuts Movie will open in theaters on November 6.

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Watch: KISS Teams Up With The Scooby-Doo Gang For A New Animated Movie Titled ‘Rock & Roll Mystery’

Jinkies!!!
"KISS needs our help!"

A new animated movie, headed straight for DVD, starring the Scooby-Doo gang and the legendary rock band KISS is coming our way and today we get to check out a trailer for the feature. In this new story, the gang — Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy and Scooby — are hired to help solve a mystery at a theme park called KISS World which has been haunted by a witch … or something to that effect. The members of KISS appear in this movie, obvs, while the Scoobies solve the mystery. I have to admit, it has been many, many years since I’ve seen a Scooby-Doo cartoon so this trailer is a bit of a shock. All the voices are differnet but the fun spirit of the characters appears to remain intact. If you’ve ever dreamed of a scenario where KISS and the Scooby gang team up to solve a mystery, then this movie is for you. Scooby-Doo! And Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery will be released on Blu-Ray/DVD on July 21.

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Watch: Here Is A New, English-Language Trailer For ‘Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince)’

"Once upon a time"
"Hey, come and play with me!"

Remember back in December when we got to see that entirely magical first trailer (in French) for the animated film adaption of the children’s classic book Le Petit Prince? Well, today we get to see the just-released second trailer for The Little Prince, this time in English. As I made clear before, Le Petit Prince is absolutely one of my all-time favorite books and I am so happy to see that this film adaptation manages to capture some of the magic of the book in a very inventive way of storytelling. This trailer, like the first one we saw in December, manages to get me chocked up a bit, feeling a bunch of feels … particularly when the little Prince meets the fox. OMG. Watch this trailer and fall in love. And if you missed seeing it before, you can see the first trailer in French (with English subtitles) HERE. Le Petit Prince will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May and then will open theatrically in July. I. Can’t. Wait!

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Watch: Darth Vader Is Heavily Featured In The First Trailer For ‘Star Wars Rebels’

"We are fighting a bigger fight"
"Lord Vader"

In early March, we learned that actress Sarah Michelle Gellar joined her husband Freddie Prinze, Jr. in the cast of the forthcoming second season of the Disney XD animated series Star Wars Rebels which, like the forthcoming Star Wars stand-along sequel/prequel film Star Wars: Rogue One, is set in the time period between Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. Today we get to check out the first trailer for Star Wars Rebels season 2 which, as you can see above, prominently features Darth Vader. It’s unknown how much of Darth Vader we will see throughout the second season of the show but this trailer makes it appear that he will be the big bad of the entire season (much like The Inquisitor was the big bad during Rebels season 1). If Darth Vader (voiced by James Earl Jones) is really a main character this time around, then I predict the second season of Star Wars Rebels is going to RULE ALL! There has been a LOT of great Star Wars news lately, I’m really loving it all so much.

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Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs Is Bringing An Animated Series To FX

'Brightmoor' sounds pretty awesome

Some time last year I realized that FX was one of the best networks on TV. Comedies like Married and You’re the Worst really converted me, so I’ve been getting excited about all of their upcoming projects. Right now, the network only has one animated series—the much-beloved show Archer. I’ve never watched it, but I just edited this hilarious Mad Men/Archer mashup gallery for Paste and it’s clear that I’ve been missing out. So I’ll definitely be tuning in to this new show, which Sean “Diddy” Combs has been developing. Click inside for more!

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Disney Is Making A Live-Action Version Of ‘Winnie The Pooh’ Because They Intend On Beating To DEATH The Live-Action Animated Movie Trend

Please, make it stop already

Just a few days ago we learned that Disney announced plans to adapt the 1998 animated film Mulan into a live-action film and, as you may recall, I lamented the fact that the animated movies into live-action movies trend was starting to get out of hand (in the wake of the release or future release of Maleficent, Cinderella, Dumbo and Beauty and the Beast). Today we learn that Disney is ALSO planning to make a live-action version of their animated Winnie the Pooh movies … because, OMG they just can’t stop!! I’m guessing they held off on announcing this live-action Pooh movie until today because it would’ve been interpreted as a joke had the news been announced yesterday on April Fool’s Day. I mean, really Disney? Another live-action animated movie? More »

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