Hulu adding 90’s-era Nicktoons including Hey Arnold!, Ren & Stimpy, Invader Zim

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Hulu has just signed a new deal with Viacom in order to expand on their library of available streaming tv shows.  This deal would include an expanded library from Mtv, Comedy Central, VH1, BET, Spike and of course, Nickelodeon.

During the official announcement, a special point was made to mention that Hulu made sure to aquire 90’s era Nickelodeon cartoons, or “Nicktoons”.  This will include Ren & Stimpy (pre-crappy Spike reboot), Hey Arnold! and even the latter Invader Zim.

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One can only hope non-animated Nick classics like Pete & Pete or Salute Your Shorts will be part of the deal.

I need Donkey Lips in HD.  I need it.

Read the full announcement below:

When we launched our first major agreement with Viacom in 2011, shows like The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report quickly became top shows on Hulu. Three years later, these shows – as well as many more from the Viacom family of networks – still remain among the most popular series on Hulu. Therefore, it was a natural choice for us to extend that relationship with Viacom to bring fan-favorite kids titles, comedy series and reality series from networks including Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, TVLand, Spike, BET and Logo to Hulu.

Today, I am excited to share the news that we are extending our partnership with Viacom -to continue bringing thousands of episodes from some of Viacom’s most popular series and a selection of kids content to Hulu. We will be adding top titles from Nickelodeon to our Hulu Kids offering that have never before been made available to stream on Hulu. That means that, soon, viewers will be able to stream episodes of classic series such as Invader Zim, The Ren & Stimpy Show, Drake & Josh, Hey Arnold!, and many more.

Over the coming weeks, Hulu and Viacom will also be refreshing a library of past seasons from some of the funniest shows airing on television today. If you’re a fan of hilarious comedy, you can watch full seasons of Key & Peele, Drunk History, Ridiculousness, Tosh.0, Kroll Showand Inside Amy Schumer, from your living room, on your lunch break or on-the-go with Hulu. If you need a reality TV-fix, you’ll be able to binge watch Catfish, Ink Master, 16 & Pregnant, Teen Mom 2, Snooki & JWowwand more, and catch even more episodes of guilty pleasures like The Hills, The Jersey Shore, Basketball Wives, Love & Hip Hop, and Mob Wives.We are also adding select scripted series including Comedy Central’s Workaholics, MTV’s Faking It, and TVLand’s Hot in Cleveland.

In addition to all of the great English-language programming that will be available, we will also be expanding our offering of Latino programming for kids by adding a handful of family-friendly Nickelodeon titles such as SpongeBob SquarePants and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in Spanish to Hulu. 

The great selection of in-season programming from across the networks that we’ve had on Hulu for the past several years will remain. Hulu will continue to be a go-to destination to stream The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, as well as the final season of one of my all-time favorites, The Colbert Report. MTV’s scripted series Awkward, Happyland, and many more will also continue to be available to stream the day after new episodes air.  

All episodes will be added to Hulu over the next few weeks, giving you the perfect excuse to continue your fall TV binge. We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Viacom and even more thrilled to be bringing these great shows to our Hulu viewers. Happy streaming.

Read more about the deal here or check out 90’s Nicktoon DVDs on Amazon.

LEAKED Avengers 2 scene: Watch before it gets taken down!

Yesterday’s big Marvel event showed us how Phase 3 is shaping up with The Inhumans, Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Captain America: Civil War and Avengers 3: Infinity War Parts I & II.

What was lost in the excitement of these announcements was this little clip from Avengers 2: Age of Ultron that was leaked from the event. The clip was shown with a purpose, giving the audience a taste of Rogers growing conflict with Stark.

Have a look:

Wu-Tang Clan & Final Fantasy VI: Together at last

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If you fancy yourself an RPG fan and you haven’t played Final Fantasy VI yet, fix that immediately (also available on iOS and Wii Virtual Console).  It’s easily the greatest Final Fantasy game and probably one of the greatest video games ever made.  Why do you think it’s always compared to the other greatest RPG of all time?  Final Fantasy VI has so many strong, powerful elements that set it above the rest.  The world is incredibly vast, the 16-bit art is beautiful, the story is inspiring and the gameplay is layered and rich.  Beyond this, the game boasts one of the most atmospheric and beautiful soundtracks of any Final Fantasy game.  Even if you’ve never played it, you’ve probably heard the overworld music somewhere before.

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So why not combine take this brilliantly-composed game about a ragtag, diverse group of fun characters and mash it up with another ragtag diverse group of fun characters?  That’s exactly what 2 Mello thought when he decided to blend the Final Fantasy VI OST with some classic Wu-Tang Clan tracks on 3-6 Chambers (note- Final Fantasy VI was originally released under the name Final Fantasy III in the United States).

It’s been a few years since 2 Mello’s last mash-up album Chrono Jigga, an oddly addictive mash-up of Chrono Trigger music and Jay-Z classics.  He’s come a long way.  These mash-ups sound more inspired and carefully planned out than what we had on his last release.  Figaro Kids for example, which combines Ghostface’s “Apollo Kids” and the Figaro Castle theme, feels perfectly melted together.  Taking “Da Mystery of Shadow Boxin'” and Shadow’s theme may seem obvious but it adds a cool, creepy atmosphere to a song that I already knew by heart.  Finally, make sure you at least hear “Escape” which takes advantage of the menacing urgency of Kefka’s theme song and …well just listen to it right here.

You’ve done it again 2 Mello.  Maybe next time mash up Chrono Cross with Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor or Snoop’s Doggystyle album with Sonic 3 & Knuckles?  Just a few suggestions from a fan whose interests fall within your 8 Diagrams.

Batman v Superman leak reveals female Robin!

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A ballsy extra from Warner’s upcoming Batman v Superman, risked a $5 million dollar fine, breaching a confidentiality contract to spill top-secret details to a local news station.  Asking WILX News 10 Detroit to keep them anonymous, the extra revealed an action scene at an art museum where Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg), aided by the military, was engaged in an epic battle with Batman (Ben Affleck).  While Bat did not have the support of the military during this confrontation, he did have a plucky youth fighting by his side.

Yes, apparently Robin will be featured in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel/Batman reboot/Justice League prequel (…yeah, I know) but it won’t be Dick Grayson, Jason Todd, Tim Drake or Damien Wayne.  This Robin will be portrayed by Jena Malone (Donnie Darko, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) making it the first female Robin to appear on the big screen.  What’s interesting about Carrie Kelly is that she originates from Frank Miller’s 1986 graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns, a non-canonical story taking place in a dystopian future.

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…but if this is true, and the Carrie Kelly Robin is indeed appearing in BvS, it won’t be the first similarity between the two stories.  Ben Affleck has also been described as sporting an “older, late 40’s/early 50’s” look  (TDKR is about an older, retired Batman), the new Batsuit looks extremely similar to the one featured in TDKR and of course, Supe’s brawl with a kryptonite-costumed Batman is right out of the pages of the legendary graphic novel. Hell, I already pointed this out earlier in the summer when the first teaser leaked.

I guess Synder is a big fan huh?

I wonder if Zack Synder, Warner Bros or any of the cast members will deny the leak or not respond at all.  Time will tell.

 
Check out deals on The Dark Knight Returns DVD/Blu-Ray or Graphic Novel on Amazon!

Star Wars VII leaked concept art is pretty cool

There has been a pretty steady flow of Star Wars: Episode VII tidbits and concept art over the past few months, including CGI renders and wacky rumors about Luke Skywalker (potential spoilers).

More recently there was a pretty big leak of early concept art for the upcoming film, including images of a “grave robber” uncovering Vader’s charred helmet, a cybernetic-hand Chewbacca, “Knight Troopers”, new characters and an image of a new Sith Lord that some are attaching to those crazy Luke rumors.

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First pictures of Michael Douglas in Ant-Man

The first movie in the 3rd wave of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will most likely be Ant-Man.  We’ve been hearing about this movie for the better part of a decade now, mostly due to Edgar Wright’s former (sniff) involvement.

The cast however, is still looking great.  LOST’s Evangeline Lilly is playing Hope Van Dyne, House of Cards album Corey Stoll is playing Yellowjacket, Mad Men’s John Slattery in a (kind of) secret role and Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, the second Ant-Man.  The first Ant-Man who passes the torch, Hank Pym, will be played by the magnificent Michael Douglas.

The pictures below are our first look at Douglas in the role of Hank Pym.

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That wasn’t Lorde on South Park. Was it Sia?

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Last night’s South Park, which is currently available on Hulu, tackled another sensitive issue with gross-out humor and evil antics from Cartman as they addressed whether or not transgender children need their own bathroom or if they are allowed to use the bathroom in which they are more comfortable.  Oddly enough, this isn’t topic causing the most commotion this morning, it’s the B story in which Stan’s father Randy poses as…and may actually be…New Zealand Singer Lorde.

The episode slowly unravels Randy Marsh’s secret, paying tribute to Breaking Bad while simultaneously poking fun at this Spin Magazine article addressing the previous week’s episode in which Lorde-Randy made his first appearance.

In the end of the episode we finally hear a finished “Lorde song” which many viewers thought sounded a little too good to be one of the regular South Park voice actors.  In fact, people immediately suspected that the voice was actually Lorde herself.  Unfortunately, Lorde tweeted that it was not her and she had no involvement in the episode whatsoever.  So who was the mystery voice?

I, and many others, believe that it belongs to the talented Sia.  For those of you think you don’t know Sia, she was in the band Zero 7, performed the song “Breathe Me” that was famously featured in the Six Feet Under finale and more recently had a big summer hit with “Chandelier“.  She also wrote “Diamonds” for Rhianna and a slew of other hits for artists like Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Britney Spears and Celine Dion.  Not only could the singing voice easily be Sia’s, but a random little girl never before seen on South Park, suddenly appears in the girl’s bathroom in the beginning of the episode…guess who she resembles?  Additionally, the nameless character’s voice sounds like Sia’s only sped up, right down to the little squeak and crackles.  Here is recent her interview on Howard Stern for comparison.

If it is really Sia, would she address it?  Probably not.  She kept her name off of the ending credits and for such an established performer she keeps an oddly low profile, going out of her way to hide her face in public appearances and keeping her name off of most of the songs she contributes to.  Regardless, it’s kind of cool that she did this.

Maybe it would be more fun if we never found out.

Naruto comes to an end on November 5th

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After over a year of teases and hinting from author-artist Masashi Kishimoto, it has finally been made official.  Naruto is ending on November 5th, 2014.

Love it or hate it, Naruto has easily been the most popular shonen-style manga since Dragon Ball.  Starting out as the tale of a widely disliked and ostracized orphan boy, the popular manga-turned-anime, chronicled Naruto’s journey to be recognized and loved by his village while overcoming the curse of having the Nine Tails Fox demon that destroyed his village being sealed within him.

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The first chapter premiered in Shonen Jump Weekly magazine in October of 1999.  Since then the series has enjoyed a 15 year-run popularity streak that also included two anime series, a spin-off manga, over 30 video games and over a dozen theatrical films.  The series has gotten a lot of criticism over the years for it’s English dub, the overabundance of filler episodes and the franchise’s overall popularity with younger audiences.

So where’s the appeal?

Well for starters, the eponymous main character is more complex than your usual shonen protagonist.  We’re used to seeing a fish-out-of-water type who is supported and loved by a ragtag group of friends, has an upbeat friendly attitude and goal that involves protecting the people he loves.  Naruto Uzamaki was not a Goku or a Luffy.  He was a mischievous, clumsy, rude, dopey brat who was almost universally despised by not only his classmates, but by the entire village of children and adults alike.  He had to work hard, build new skill sets, suffer great losses and constantly prove himself throughout the course of his teen years.  In doing so Naruto gradually attracts a massive array of fascinating, unique and well-developed characters that begin to support his dream of being village’s leader or “Hokage”.

…but perhaps the most alluring element of this series is the understatedly complex bond that Naruto shares with the boy he considers his best friend, Sasuke Uchiha.  Some of the series most gripping, heart-wrenching moments are built around Naruto’s bullheaded devotion to Sasuke, a morally-ambiguous character who has overcome countless horrors not limited to experiencing the murder of his entire family at the hands of his older brother.  Sasuke is constantly tortured and tempted by power, fueled by his unresolved suffering and hatred that drives his treasonous, often murderous actions.  One of the most powerful moments that comes to mind is a scene that involves Naruto suffering a very realistic panic attack when his friends reveal some news regarding Uchiha- without spoiling the details, I’ll say that he’s like Anakin Skywalker, only well-written.

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Naruto boasts some of the most emotionally captivating moments in all of anime, offering both readers and viewers alike a great deal of payoff for their invested time.  It’s shame that that so much time is required in the first place.  Unlike Naruto, it’s a bit easier to tell people to watch some of the greats like Cowboy Bebop, Steins;Gate or Gurren Lagann which all fall under 30 episodes.  I’ll even push people to watch Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood- because despite it’s 64-episode long run, each episode is bursting at the seams with character depth, emotional impact and exciting action sequences.  Between Naruto and it’s sequel series Naruto Shippuden however, there are over 560 episodes.  Yes, it helps to have a guide of filler episodes to skip, or a nifty fan re-edit, but even if you were to cut the series down to 200 episodes, it’s still a little much for today’s viewing audience.

Still, if you decide to take the plunge and marathon the series or even power through the manga (which would be much faster), you will find yourself immensely satisfied.  There’s a good reason why Naruto has lasted as long as it has.

Though the manga officially ends the story on November 5th, Naruto fans still have a lot to look forward to.  The anime is far from over, there will still be plenty of video games, including the new Ultimate Ninja Storm release, and finally, a theatrical film to be released in December titled Naruto: The Last, rumored to be penned by Kishimoto himself and detail events taking place years after the manga’s ending.

Much like the undying Dragon Ball Z, this franchise is far from over.


This trailer quite effectively sums up why Naruto is such an epic tale.