Mattel’s Fast & Furious Toys Are Rad!

Having had about another week of time with these toys, I can say that all of them — even the larger ones — are absolutely super fun. My kids keep wandering over and playing with the smaller versions as well as the larger ones. To be honest, I also find myself launching cars through the mountain terrain. Now I’ve got to see the new film!

Toy Commercial Tuesday: She-Ra’s Crystal Castle

My three year old daughter has discovered and fallen in love with She-Ra in the past few months. So, it seemed like a good time to go back and scope out some of the commercials Mattel made back in the 80s to appeal the young girls they wanted to sell these toys to. Growing up I was pretty hardcore into He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, but I honestly don’t remember much about his sister She-Ra. I not only didn’t watch the show, but possibly blocked out the whole franchise, which is odd because I have memories of other “girl-centric” franchises of the day like My Little Pony, Cabbage Patch and the like.

So, I’ve been looking at a lot of this stuff with fresh eyes and think there’s a lot of solid, interesting ideas here. In fact, I’m pretty sure She-Ra would make a better movie than He-Man, but that’s neither here nor there, really. I love this spot for all the usual reasons. I dig seeing kids play with toys and am a longtime playset fan. It is interesting to me how restrained the girls are in this commercial though. Were this a commercial for a “boy toy” the little guys would be going crazy for the new piece of play equipment, but these girls look at the Crystal Castle almost reverentially. They should have been able to show their excitement for such a cool toy!

Bullet Points: Hot Rounds Of Information Goodness

troll hunterNeil Marshall, the director behind ridiculously awesome movies like Centurion, Doomsday and Dog Soldiers, is going to remake the Norwegian flick Troll Hunter. We’ve only heard good things about the original, but haven’t seen it for ourselves yet. Still, this seems like a good fit. [via Deadline]fast & furious 7 vin diesel

Vin Diesel’s at it again, posting a new image from James Wan’s Fast & Furious 7. Looks like the gang’s at a funeral. [via Facebook]jerry bruckheimer

Sounds like the reports of Jerry Bruckheimer’s professional demise at Disney weren’t greatly exaggerated. The House of Mouse decided not to renew its first look deal with the super producer in the wake of the bomb known as The Lone Ranger. [via Deadline]fury-brad-pitt-shia-labeouf-logan-lerman-michael-pena-jon-bernthal

Fury writer and director David Ayer tweeted out this image of Brad Pitt, Logan Lerman, Shia LabEouf, Michael Pena and Jon Bernthal on the titular tank. The WWII film finds a tank crew going on a special mission behind enemy lines.blade motuc

Mattel recently announced that they’ll be selling a figure of Blade from the 1987 Masters Of The Universe film in their line of He-Man based figures available only on Mattycollector.com. This marks the first figure from the film to make it into the Masters Of The Universe Classics line! michael fassbender x-men first class

New director John Maclean enticed Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class, Prometheus), Ben Mendelsohn (Killer Elite, The Place Beyond the Pines) and Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Road, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes) to ride along with his Western Slow West. [via Collider]Ghost Recon Future Soldier

Y: The Last Man screenwriters Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia have been recruited to write a film based on the Ubisoft video game series Ghost Recon, a game developed by Tom Clancy. [via Variety]fight club

Cinemark theaters will be showing David Fincher’s Fight Club in their movie houses on September 22nd and 25th as part of their Classic Series. Check the site for show times in an area near you.

Robo, Man In Black

Last week we showed you the trailer for Jose Padilha’s RoboCop. According to THR, it’s the most watched trailer for the second week in a row. Meanwhile, another THR story announced that the film will hit IMAX theaters when it opens on February 7th.jeff bridges ryan reynolds ripd

Finally, Jeff Bridges opened up a bit about the failure of R.I.P.D., one of Universal’s few flops in recent memory. “I had such a great time working on that movie,” Bridges said. “I remember what we were doing. I thought: This could be fun to see. And when I saw it, I was a little underwhelmed. For my mind, the studio made some, uh, choices that I wouldn’t have made.” [via GQ]

Bullet Points: Hot Rounds Of Information Goodness

kurt russell death proofKurt Russell’s in talks to join Fast & Furious 7. That’s all the information we have, but we’re stoked! [via Deadline]the-hunger-games-catching-fire-banner

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire takes the premise of the first film — children killing each other for the entertainment of a dystopian future society — and adds an all new element: old people! Check some of them out in this latest poster. [via Collider]MaxSteel_Logo

Mattel’s Max Steel property is back in development with a script by comic book and screenwriter Christopher Yost (Thor: The Dark World) and Halo: Forward Unto Dawn director Stewart Hendler. Before the property got a recent toy and cartoon reboot, Taylor Lautner was previously attached to star in a film starring the action character. [via Variety]

In other Max movie news, it turns out that the long-delayed Mad Max: Fury Road will head to Sydney for three more weeks of shooting. In the time it’s taken to make this film, old school Australian directors could have made 17 movies.  [via IF]hercules the thracian war bts wounds

We hope someone behind the scenes on Brett Ratner’s Hercules: The Thracian War is paying Dwayne Johnson for getting people to talk about this movie. As he has plenty of times in the past, the actor Tweeted out a picture of himself getting scarred-up for the film. [via @TheRock]Spartacus: War of the Damned - Cynthia Addai-Robinson

Last week we found out that Amanda Waller will appear in the upcoming season of Arrow and now we know that Spartacus: War Of The Damned star Cynthia Addai-Robinson will play her.  [via TV Guide]

Finally, enjoy the above snippet from the Roger Corman-produced martial arts film Fist Of The Dragon. [via Asian Movie Pulse]

Casting Internets

For CBR I wrote pieces about Jonathan Hickman’s The Manhattan Projects and Robert Kirkman’s upcoming projects.

I also did three pieces about the AMC show Comic Book Men, one a roundtable with Kevin Smith, one about the general Q&A and an interview with star Ming Chen.

In toy news, I helped set up the announcement of the Walking Dead MiniMate line from Diamond Select Toys at CBR and then covered Toy Fair! Here’s my reports on Mattel, Diamond Select Toys, DC Direct, NECA and Hasbro’s Marvel and G.I. Joe lines.

I also did a pair of Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance posts for Marvel.com, the first was the coolest moments from Jason Aaron’s run on the comic and the second was the coolest moments from the trailers. Stoked for that flick even if it didn’t do very well last weekend. My pal Rickey Purdin joined the Sketch Attack sketch blog. Check it out!

Another friend, Matt Powell, posted a new bit of art on his Saturday Morning Is…Awesome blog. This one’s about a Khary Randolph Usagi sketch he scored.

I love buying digital records, but I don’t like that you can’t try to sell off the files if you’re not into them anymore. I know it’s complicated and people would abuse such a thing, but I want it. I dug this piece THR did on it.

I haven’t read this CBR piece on the Simpsons Arcade Game finally make its way to home systems just yet, but I’m excited to. That game was always a favorite. I really dug Phil Noto‘s rendition of Lady Mary from Downton Abbey. I also dug Chris Bishop‘s Downton Abbey infographic for PBS.

Jay-Z’s Carnegie Hall show sounds like it was pretty rad. (via Rolling Stone)

In other music news from Rolling Stone, Green Day is working on a new album, this is good news. Dan Hipp mashed up Planet of the Apes and Mario, I love it. I wish it wasn’t $80 so I could buy it.

I would be very happy if John Goodman joined Roseanne’s new sitcom Downwardly Mobile. (via Deadline)Star Trek and Doctor Who seem like the perfect things to cross over. I think I’ll give this trade a look when it comes out. (via CBR)

Casting Internets

Hey gang, this’ll be the last Casting Internets for the week as we’re traveling to New Hampshire for Christmas. It’s kind of a light day, but there’s some goodies in here.

Lucasfilm has been sending out rad Christmas cards for 33years and now you can see them all on StarWars.com! The missus literally laughed herself to tears reading the latest Hyperbole and a Half which recalls Allie’s recreation of the nativity story when she was 6. My favorite quote is “Jesus loves Kenny Loggins” followed close by “Kenny Loggins is immortal.” Check out Gentle Giant’s new series of Doctor Who Masterpiece busts starting off with Matt Smith’s Doctor and Amy Pond.

Mattel sent out Gray Ghost figure holiday cards to places like Fwoosh? That’s awesome. Mine must have gotten lost in the mail…I’ve had the black & white one volume version of Bone sitting in my to-read pile for years, but now I kind of want to wait for the fully colored version. (via Robot 6)

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Wow, congrats to my boy Jim McCann for being more interesting than Yoko Ono according to Pop Candy!

I’ve never listened to ICP, but their business model is fascinating as is Wired‘s lengthy article about the rap duo who happened to come grow up not far from where I’m from. Also, they believe in the Secret. Whoda thunkit.

Andy Cohen talks to Whitney Matheson. Fun stuff. Gah, Fabio Moon drew the Demon! So awesome.

I love John Cusack and Edgar Allan Poe but will these be two great tastes that taste great together? Hope so. (via /Film)Have I mentioned that I love how The Fwoosh takes the old He-Man posters and Photoshops the existing figures into them? This one is my new wallpaper. Hit the link to not only see the new Buzz Off figure (my all-time favorite classic toy) but the other two posters like this one.

“Is Nic Cage just doing anything these days?” – the missus after seeing the Season of the Witch trailer. I’m going with yes.