Joseph Gordon-Levitt to star in, and produce The Fraggle Rock Movie

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The theatrical motion-picture based on the classic Jim Henson series in the works since the early 2000’s, has made a huge step forward today.  Variety reports that actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt has signed on to both star in and produce The Fraggle Rock Movie. 

Gordon-Levitt made a name for himself as a child actor in family-targeted projects like Disney’s Angels in the Outfield and NBC’s 3rd Rock From The Sun before reemerging as a respected adult actor in films like 50/50, (500) Days of Summer, Inception and Don Jon.

Montecito Pictures who was originally working on the adaptation, abandoned the project before it was picked up by New Regency.  The Fraggle Rock movie is said to return to the world of the Fraggles, a race of upbeat and playful gnome-like muppets who lived in a cave-dwelling society, feeding on radishes and the radish-stick buildings of the Doozers (an even smaller muppet race constantly pestered by the Fraggles), hiding from massive golem-ish Gorgs and receiving wisdom from a almost-buddhist sentient pile of garbage they lovingly refer to as “The Trash Heap”.  It was one of the more loosely written, creative Henson projects from the 80’s (and that’s saying something).  It was a massive hit spanning several seasons, a Saturday Morning cartoon spin-off, tons of merchandise and some pretty nifty McDonalds happy meal toys.

As with the series, the movie promises to combine puppets from the Jim Henson Creature Shop with live actors.

JGL expressed a lot of enthusiasm for the series and other Jim Henson works from his childhood.

“The first screen personas I ever loved were Henson creations, first on ‘Sesame Street,’ and then on ‘Fraggle Rock,’” Gordon-Levitt said. “Jim Henson’s characters make you laugh and sing, but they’re also layered, surprising, and wise. From Oscar the Grouch, to Yoda, to the Fraggles. I’ve never stopped loving his work, even as a young frisky man, and on into adulthood. Collaborating with Lisa Henson makes me confident we can do something that Jim would have loved. I’m grateful and excited to be working with New Regency on this project.”

2011 saw a Jason Segel-led Muppets reboot that set the bar pretty high for projects like this, I’m sure JGL knows that we expect big things!  There is no projected release date at this time but you’re welcome to treat/subject yourself to the classic Fraggle Rock intro theme below.

Good luck getting that out of your head when you’re trying to sleep tonight.

Hot Fuzz, Crank and The Babadook coming to Netflix…but a lot of good stuff is leaving.

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What the heck Netflix?

We’re losing a lot of good stuff already this month and gaining so little in return.  April looks to be even worse.  We’re going to say goodbye to Mystic River, Philadelphia, Get Shorty and Clue but in return we get Delta Farce?

Let’s focus on the good instead, here are three movies to look forward to in April:

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Hot Fuzz (April 16)

A sharp, gleefully self-aware action-comedy from the winning team behind 2004’s comedy-horror hit Shaun of the Dead, Director Edgar Wright reunites onscreen buddies Simon Pegg and Nick Frost as a police officers in the suspiciously quiet British town of Sandford.  There are so many layers to this movie that it would be a shame if I spoiled any of the surprises but look for a fun return to form from a former James Bond and a familiar face from Game of Thrones- yarp!

 

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The Babadook (April 14)

In this Australian psychological horror, a widowed mother becomes increasingly concerned when her son begins to display erratic behavior.  He rarely sleeps, he exhibits random acts of aggression and explains that he is being tormented by a creature from one of his children’s books.  Hoping to put an end to the behavior and ripping the book, his mother Amelia is pulled into an unpredictable world of terror and suspense.  The movie has a 97% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes, extremely rare for a horror movie and is considered to be one of the scariest films of the past decade.

 

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Crank (April 9)

Take the movie Speed and replace Keanu with Jason Statham, replace the bus with a person, replace the serious tone of a 90’s action movie with the vibe of a GTA game.  That’s Crank in a nutshell.  Jason Statham is a hitman tasked with taking down mobsters in LA until he awakens to find himself poisoned without any hope for an antidote.  The only way that hitman Chev Chelios can stay alive is to keep his adrenaline up, or you know, be an action movie star.  That’s the plot.  The guy has to do crazy stunts to keep his body from shutting down and killing him.  The movie knows exactly how absurd this is and has a lot fun with it right until the very last moment.  And if you end up enjoying the ride, there’s an even more ridiculous sequel that picks up a few seconds after this movie ends.

Here is a full list of all the movies and series joining (and leaving) Netflix in April.

In the meantime let’s look forward to the official Marvel Daredevil series (trailer), Wet Hot American Summer: The Series (trailer) and hope that Seinfeld still actually happens.

Rock Band 4 Announced for Playstation 4 and XBox One

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Harmonix has officially announced the return of the Rock Band franchise.  The development team behind Guitar Hero, Guitar Hero 2 and the Rock Band series is promising that Rock Band 4 will be available later this year on both XBox One and Playstation 4.  Sadly, there are no plans to release the game on Nintendo Wii U or PC as of this time.  It seems that they are initially planning to roll out the game on successors to consoles where the franchise performed historically better in sales.

The good news is that all of your previous instruments will still work with the new game even though Mad Catz is working on new peripherals for Rock Band 4 as well.  Even better, Harmonix is currently working on a project to make sure that all of your downloaded songs will be available for the new game as well!

Finally, Harmonix has included a very handy FAQ addressing the more popular concerns about the game on their website.

See below:

Q: When is RB4 coming out?!
A: Rock Band will be out this year. Stay tuned for more specifics in the coming months.

Q: What consoles is RB4 coming out for?
A: Rock Band 4 will be released for Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Q: Why not Wii / Wii U / PC?
A: Due to shifting production priorities and capabilities of the studio, we don’t currently have plans to release RB4 on the Wii / Wii U / PC simultaneously with Xbox One and PS4. While we genuinely appreciate the support of Wii Rock band users over the years, and the increased interest from PC gamers, the truth is that we had to prioritize opportunities on other platforms with historically larger RB audiences.

Q: Will my old DLC work on the next gen console of the same type, i.e. PS3 -> PS4?
A: Yes! Content purchased from the store or exported from a disc will transfer over to the new generation of consoles at not addition cost as we make that content available.

Q: Will my old DLC work if I bought a different next gen console, i.e. Xbox 360 -> PS4?
A: Cross platform DLC compatibility is not entirely within our control, as DLC ownership is managed by the 1st parties.

Q: Will my old hardware work?
A: We’re already working closely with Mad Catz, Sony, and Microsoft on solutions for letting you use legacy hardware on new consoles. This is a challenge on both the software side and hardware side, but something we’d love to happen. We’ll have more information on this in the coming months.

Q: Will you be making new hardware?
A: Yes we will! You can preorder a new PAX East exclusive guitar if you come by the Harmonix booth! We’re working with Mad Catz, who has a lot of history with RB gear, and we’re excited to get more instruments back into the world.

Q: Will there be any new instruments, i.e. a tuba, accordion, mouth harp, etc?
A: We’re concentrating on the core band that people are most familiar with (guitar, bass, drums, and mic) rather than expanding on the types of playable instruments in RB4.

Q: What will the new Rock Band cost?
A: Sorry, but we’re not talking about pricing at this time.

Q: What instruments will be playable? Wiill RB4 have Pro guitar and keys?
A: Rock Band 4 will focus on the core experience and the roots of the franchise – guitar, bass, drums, and vocals. There will be no Pro Guitar or key support in Rock Band 4. We will continue to support “Pro” mode for Drums.

Q: What are the new features?
A: We’re not quite ready to reveal the evolutionary features of Rock Band 4, but we’re excited to show you in the coming months how we’re expanding the core gameplay you love.

Q: Will you be bringing back [Random Feature X]?
A: We’re not quite ready to reveal the feature set of Rock Band 4 yet, but keep posted for more info!

Q: Will you have songs by [Random Band X]?
A: We’re not talking about the disc soundtrack just yet, but you can bet it’ll be awesome. Over 2000 songs spanning over 500 artists already exist in Rock Band catalog and we’re committed to expanding that and supporting the game post-launch with DLC, and we’re always looking for new bands and sounds, so keep the suggestions coming! Let us know what you want at RockBand.com/request

Q: When will you have more news about RB4?
A: Soon! Keep posted to our social channels and the Harmonix forums for updates.

Q: When can I preorder RB4?
A: You can sign up for preorder notifications right now at RockBand.com/preorder!

Avengers: Age of Ultron – Trailer #3 Out Now!

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On behalf of a recent Twitter campaign, Marvel has released the third and possibly final trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron.  The trailer was released only moments ago and gives us our first good look at new avenger Vision.  I won’t spoil anymore, have a look for yourself!

Official Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer #3 (Twitter)

Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer #3 (YouTube Mirror)

UPDATE: Plants vs. Zombies 2 Update Fixes “Music Blocking” Issue!

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UPDATE:

Credit where credit is due, Part 2 of Frostbite Caves was released last week and it fixes the sound issue that I complained about back in January.  Players on both iOS and Android devices alike are posting that they are now once again able to enjoy their podcasts and music while playing the game.

I just want to tip my hat to PopCap for making the correction.

Thanks guys, I’m enjoying the new stages!

Review Plants vs. Zombies 2 on the App Store and let them know you appreciate the fix!