Hasbro and Paramount Extend Their Movie Deal For Five More Years; What Are They Planning!?

It looks like the romance between Hasbro and Paramount is still strong. After 5 Transformers movies and 2 G.I. Joe movies, they just locked into at least another five years together. This makes sense with the upcoming Transformers spin-off Bumblebee being slated for December of 2018 and their desire to build up a cinematic universe (which will include properties such as G.I. Joe, Micronauts, Visionaries, M.A.S.K., and ROM). Are these their only plans though, or does this 5-year agreement mean something more?

Will we finally see a Hungry Hungry Hippos movie!? Or maybe Yahtzee, the story of a man that just doesn’t know when to quit even when the odds are stacked against him.

Even if this deal is just meant to secure the future of the franchises and universes they are already working on, I hope it means they'll start turning things around and make better movies. These properties are cherished by many and deserve better than what we've been getting.

Do you like the news of this deal? What Hasbro game/toy do you think deserves its own movie?

Source: Deadline

A 6-Year Old Boy Inspired a Rotating Waterslide

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I am a huge fan of Phineas and Ferb and the creativity those boys have, and it looks like we may have a case in the real world of something worthy of the boys’ ingenuity. The Slidewheel is a waterslide that rotates 360 degrees and is being made by wiegand.maelzer GmbH and will allow 3 rafts of 4 people to enjoy this crazy ride at once! The managing director and co-founder, Rainer Maelzer, sat down with Attractions Magazine recently and had this to say about the initial idea:

Believe it or not, the ride was inspired by a six-year old boy from Switzerland back in 2012. He had a vision of a rotating waterslide, we patented that idea and have kept ourselves busy developing it ever since. A small body slide with a total height of approximately 10 meters has evolved into a 24-meter-high monster attraction weighing 130 tons and capable of bringing joy to 12 people at once.

How crazy is that!? A six-year-old boy inspired a company to create a waterslide/Ferris Wheel hybrid of sorts for people to enjoy! The only thing that would make this scenario more like Phineas and Ferb is if the boy built the attraction himself in a matter of minutes. Don’t like to get wet? Later in the interview, Maelzer says they are already working on a dry version that could be implemented in even more places. Watch the test footage below (starts around 1:00, but the time-lapse is pretty cool) and let us know how excited you are to give this a try
 

This AT-AT Will Help Keep Your Room Tidier

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This amazing wooden AT-AT is the perfect solution to the mess of cables you have in your house. Whether they are for games or phones or your TV system, this will help them stay neat and tidy without being an eyesore. Also, it has some flaps that open to give you some storage for business cards or even help hide that unsightly power strip. You will need to construct it, but it looks so awesome I don’t care. Even if everything you have is wireless, it would still be a great piece of décor and it can be posed for different photo opportunities. You can pick one up for just $32.99 right now at Mashable!

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This Sailor Jupiter Cosplay Brings the Boom

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I enjoy really well-done cosplay. I love looking at how detailed they go as well as to see how they might change certain aspects either to fit our reality or even just for a style change. RENNAgade Cosplay brings the boom to her Sailor Jupiter cosplay (get it? Thunder). She takes great pride in making the majority, if not all, of her own costumes. So, check out the gallery below and check out her other amazing cosplay at her DeviantArt. The wig is from Epic Cosplay Wigs.

Photo Credit: Day Media

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These Outlet Stickers Help You Fly Your Geek Flag

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ElectricStickerCo has made a bunch of awesome stickers you can put on your electrical outlets to spruce things up a bit. This is a genius idea to help add that touch of geek flair every room needs in a subtle way. What makes this even better is that most of the stickers are under the $4 mark and come with free shipping! Check out some of our favorites below and let us know which is your favorite!

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RISE OF THE TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES Cartoon Series Voice Cast Announced

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A new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon is on its way to Nickelodeon, called Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and they recently announced the cast that will make up the team of ninja turtles.

Ben Schwartz has been cast as Leonardo. I greatly disliked Schwartz’s character Jean-Ralphio on Parks and Recreation, but that’s because he did such a great job, and while I normally wouldn’t like the idea of him being Leo, but it sounds like some changes are being made to the show to make it fresh. Leo is no longer the leader, but rather the cooler, rebellious brother while Raphael (voiced by Omar Miller) takes charge as leader. Donatello (voiced by Silicon Valley's Josh Brener) and still seems to be a techno-geek and Brandon Mychal Smith’s Michelangelo sounds like he’ll be the lovable Mikey we know.

In addition, to the turtles, April O’Neil will be back with the talent of Kat Graham as a street-savvy New Yorker. Of course, in any version of TMNT, you need a kung fu fighting, rat, father figure, and the honor of voicing Splinter goes to Eric Bauza.

The show is slated to release some time in 2018 so keep an eye out. What do you think of some of these changes? I think they could work really well to break the mold and make things fresh.

Here's the full press release with additional details:

Nickelodeon today announced the voice cast of its all-new series, Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a reimagining that follows the band of brothers as they encounter new allies and villains and discover a mystical world they never knew existed beneath the streets of New York City. The 2D-animated series stars the voice talent of Omar Miller (Ballers) as Raphael, Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation) as Leonardo, Josh Brener (Silicon Valley) as Donatello, Brandon Mychal Smith (You’re The Worst) as Michelangelo and Kat Graham (The Vampire Diaries) as April O’Neil. The series is set to debut in 2018 on Nickelodeon.
“This incredible roster of voice actors provides a fresh take on these globally recognized characters, and they are going to bring this version of the Turtles to life in a whole new way,” said Chris Viscardi, Senior Vice President, Production and Development, Animation.“We have reimagined the series to be filled with humor, loads of action and a dynamic look, and it’s packed with all new heroes, villains and cityscapes for the Turtles to explore.”
The highly comedic voice cast shapes the team in a fresh way and breathes new life into the characters’ distinct personalities, including: Raphael, as the oldest and physically biggest brother, he is now the leader and his enthusiasm and bravado puts him front and center for most of their bizarre adventures; Leonardo, the self-professed ‘coolest’ brother possesses irreverent charm and a rebel heart; Donatello, an unflappable mechanical genius and tech wizard whose ninja skills are second only to his coding; Michelangelo, the youngest brother, an artist and awesome skateboarder with a wild colorful, and imaginative personality; and the Turtles’ most trusted ally, April O’Neil, a street savvy native New Yorker who is always ready to join in the fun.  Additionally, Eric Bauza (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) joins the cast as Splinter, both father figure and sensei to the Turtles.
Veteran animation industry voice actor Rob Paulsen is voice directing the series. Paulsen most recently voiced Donatello in Nickelodeon’s CG-animated series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and voiced Raphael in the 1987 original series. With over 2,000 half-hours of animation voice-over to his credit, Paulsen’s versatility is heard in many series.
 Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles follows Raphael, Leonardo, Donatello and Michelangelo on all-new adventures as they seek to unlock the mystical secrets of New York City. From the tallest skyscraper to the dankest sewer drain, the Turtles will encounter absurd new mutants and battle bizarre creatures all while enjoying their favorite slice of pizza. Tapping into mystic, ninja powers they never knew existed, the four brothers must learn to work together and navigate the perils of the modern age and hidden realms in order to fulfill their destiny to become a team of heroes.
The new 26-episode series is co-executive produced by Andy Suriano (character designer, Samurai Jack) and Ant Ward (supervising producer, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) at Nickelodeon in Burbank, Calif.
Andy Suriano is an artist, illustrator and performer, and an Emmy and Annie Award-winning character designer and storyboard artist. His past credits include: Star Wars: Clone Wars, The Fairly OddParents, Duck DodgersFosters Home for Imaginary Friends, Disney’s Mickey Mouse shorts, Samurai Jack, and The Powerpuff Girls, among others.
Ant Ward is an animator, writer and producer best known for his work as supervising producer on Penguins of Madagascar and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  The Emmy Award-winner was integral to developing Nickelodeon’s CG-animation pipeline.
Follow @TMNT for more Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reveals and Turtle Power updates.
Considered one of the most popular kids’ television programs of the 1980s, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a classic, global property created in 1984 by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird.  It first debuted as a successful comic book series and then became a hit animated TV show, a live-action television series and later spawned numerous blockbuster theatrical releases. The property is a global consumer products powerhouse, winning in every category that has hit shelves to date—with toys, apparel, video games, DVDs and more—and generating billions of dollars at retail.  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has been the number-one action figure for the past three years and the franchise is a previous recipient of the Toy Industry Association’s top honor for Property of the Year at the TOTY Awards.

JESSICA JONES’ Krysten Ritter Wrote a Thriller Novel

Krysten Ritter is well known as an actor and star of shows like Jessica Jones and Don’t Trust the B---- in Apartment 23. However, she can now add author to her resume. She has written a thriller novel called Bonfire.

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It has been ten years since Abby Williams left home and scrubbed away all visible evidence of her small town roots. Now working as an environmental lawyer in Chicago, she has a thriving career, a modern apartment, and her pick of meaningless one-night stands. 
 
But when a new case takes her back home to Barrens, Indiana, the life Abby painstakingly created begins to crack. Tasked with investigating Optimal Plastics, the town's most high-profile company and economic heart, Abby begins to find strange connections to Barrens’ biggest scandal from more than a decade ago involving the popular Kaycee Mitchell and her closest friends—just before Kaycee disappeared for good.
 
Abby knows the key to solving any case lies in the weak spots, the unanswered questions. But as she tries desperately to find out what really happened to Kaycee, troubling memories begin to resurface and she begins to doubt her own observations. And when she unearths an even more disturbing secret—a ritual called “The Game,” it will threaten the reputations, and lives, of the community and risk exposing a darkness that may consume her.
 
With tantalizing twists, slow-burning suspense, and a remote, rural town of just five claustrophobic miles, Bonfire is a dark exploration of what happens when your past and present collide.

Overall, sounds pretty fantastic to me. What’s more, Ritter has released a trailer for her book that you can check out below! Also, if you want to meet her, she's doing a book tour and you can go to the Penguin Random House site to see if she'll be near you. Are you excited for it? I know I’m adding it to my list of books to read.

Bonfire hits shelves November 7, 2017, and will be available on Amazon, or your local bookstore.

WHISPER Horror Short Film Uses Technology to Creep You Out

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I know it’s after Halloween, but for those people that still need or want a thrill, Whisper has got you covered. It is a short video that makes you question how much you actually like smart devices such as Amazon’s Alexa in your home. I don’t want to spoil anything so I’ll just leave the video below (watch until the end of the credits). Whisper was written by Julian Terry and stars Michelle Khare.