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What if STAR WARS Had Been a Grindhouse Film?

It was nearly a decade ago that the "Grindhouse" craze popped-up, a movement fueled by the Quentin Tarantino/Robert Rodriguez GRINDHOUSE double-feature of DEATH PROOF and PLANET TERROR. Thing is, the look and feel that they were going for became bigger than the movie itself, leading to countless parodies, imitators, and many re-cut trailers. This week, that spirit continues, and it was Mashable that commissioned a Grindhouse-style trailer for 1977's STAR WARS. Unsurprisingly, the treatment works - presenting a look at what the film could've been, had it been done on the cheap, and with a little more revenge. Check it out...

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The Anim(al)ation & Story Safari of Disney's ZOOTOPIA

In a warehouse in North Hollywood, something interesting has been happening. There, behind the bland and unassuming exterior, Walt Disney Animation Studios has sprung to life in a temporary location that once housed the Disney Imagineering department - the result of a massive renovation taking place at the famed Roy E. Disney Animation Building in Burbank. Within the largely open space, work continued through late January on ZOOTOPIA, the 55th feature from the studio, and one that's been gaining fans well before release - due in large part to a slow-moving sloth with a really big smile.  After meeting with Directors Byron Howard (BOLT, TANGLED) and Rich Moore (WRECK-IT RALPH), along with Producer Clark Spencer (WINNIE THE POOH) for a sneak-preview over at the Disney Studios lot, I was invited to take a closer look at the development of the film with some of the key players behind-the-scenes.

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36 Hours in Pasadena: A Netflix Stream Team Adventure

Netflix Stream TeamI sometimes have a hard time explaining to people what exactly it is that I do - particularly because I do a lot of different things for a lot of different people. The connecting thread between them is that everything is linked by entertainment and pop culture. I've often said that I don't personally consider myself to be a "journalist" nor a "blogger," but a "writer" that sits somewhere in the space between those two things - even though the clients and partners that I work with will often deem me to be one or the other... titles I'll happily accept from others, depending on the assignment. But I've also been an actor, I'm directing again, and that's really just the tip of the iceberg for a time where to be involved in entertainment, you really have to be everything - and in my case, that means being a one-man army, a largely self-sufficient "Rock & Roll Gangster" (the definition of which varies) with "a particular set of skills, acquired over a very long career" - just like Liam Neeson in TAKEN. Sometimes, the strangest thing is that I feel like I'm living on two planes of reality - and those largely different elements are interweaving in an increasingly swift manner, with perhaps no more dramatic example than my most recent trip to Los Angeles. On a Sunday afternoon I'm hanging with the cast of FULLER HOUSE, and on Monday morning I'm 2000 miles away, vacuuming the play area with a three-year-old... working my most rewarding gig as an at-home dad. That's just what happened with my first on-the-road (and in-the-air) mission as a member of the Netflix #StreamTeam.

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Toy Fair: TEDDY RUXPIN is Ready for a Comeback!

One of my favorite toys of the 1980s was TEDDY RUXPIN - a toy I've often cited as a benchmark example of what a truly timeless tech toy could be. Now comes news that Wicked Cool Toys as teamed up with Alchemy II, Inc. to relaunch the Teddy Ruxpin brand and franchise globally "with toys, content and comprehensive licensed merchandising program." Set for release in 2017, this will be the fifth iteration of Teddy Ruxpin, and I personally hope that it recaptures the magic of the original Worlds of Wonder release back in 1985. While other companies have held the license and have tried their hands at bringing Ruxpin back, any push has been short-lived. Now, a decade since the last version, I have a feeling that Wicked Cool (who currently has Cabbage Patch Kids as well) could do good things with it.

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LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens is Coming...

There's been another awakening... and this time it's comin' at ya in LEGO form! On June 28, 2016, LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens will hit retail, bringing the signature humor of the LEGO Star Wars franchise to new heights as players navigate the new worlds discovered in J.J. Abrams' THE FORCE AWAKENS. Check out the announcement trailer, and pre-order yours today!

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Kindie Scene: Watch SHARKY SHARKY "Bring the Rock!"

Last October, I introduced you to SHARKY SHARKY, a guitar-heavy Kindie (perhaps, Kindie Metal) band out of Aberdeen, Scotland. This family-friendly offshoot of UK Power Metallers, ASCENSION is back on the attack, presenting their first-ever music video... the appropriately-titled "Bring the Rock!" I approve of this mission, and that's why I'm sharing their new video with you today. See it, and learn more of the legend of SHARKY SHARKY below!

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