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Netflix and Kevin Smith Are Bringing Back ‘He-Man’ TV Series

 

He-Man and The Masters of the Universe is one of the quintessential children’s cartoons of the eighties. Alongside Thundercats, Transformers, Teenage Ninja Mutant Turtlesand G.I. Joethe science fiction fantasy action series is one of the cornerstones of the era. It remains an iconic property today, with a live action movie made in 1987 and a brief 2002 series reboot on Cartoon Network.

Unfortunately, none of these achieved the popularity of the original and He-Man is likely best known today for its spinoff series, She-Ra, which received its own Netflix reboot to much critical acclaim. He-Man himself seemed to be doomed to languish in nostalgia…until now!

 

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Like those other show, the original He-Man series began as a toy line, accompanied with short comics to showcase the lore and story behind the action figures.

He-Man hails for the world of Eternia, a world where fantasy elements and science fiction weaponry exist side by side. He-Man’s adventures chronicle his battle with Skeletor, an evil sorcerer who wants to seize He-Man’s base, Castle Grayskull, for himself and pillage its hidden treasures.

 

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A cartoon soon followed, tweaking He-Man a bit and giving him the secret identity of Prince Adam, who posed as a weakling. When He-Man held aloft his mighty sword, the Power Sword, he would transform into the mighty He-Man. Alongside the Masters of the Universe, He-Man battled Skeletor and his evil warriors, becoming a hero to children the world over for several years until the toy line’s waning popularity eventually lead to its cancellation.

 

 

But in a surprise announcement, Netflix said via Twitter that a new cartoon would be coming to Netflix, with none other than cult filmmaker Kevin Smith take the reins as show runner! The new show is known as He-Man and the Masters of the Universe: Revelation. 

Kevin Smith said this in a statement:

“I’m Eternia-ly grateful to Mattel TV and Netflix for entrusting me with not only the secrets of Grayskull, but also their entire Universe. In Revelation, we pick up right where the classic era left off to tell an epic tale of what may be the final battle between He-Man and Skeletor! This is the Masters of the Universe story you always wanted to see as a kid!”

 

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Carnival Row writer and Smith’s podcast partner Marc Bernardin will also team up with Smith — along with Eric Carrasco (Supergirl), Tim Sheridan (Reign of the Supermen), Diya Mishra (Magic the Gathering) are part of the dream team alongside Smith. Netflix tweeted out an official plot synopsis as well:

 

“The war for Eternia begins again! Superstar director Kevin Smith continues the original series’ story right where it left off in Masters of the Universe: Revelation, a new series telling the epic tale of what may be He-Man and Skeletor’s final battle.”

 

Are you excited to see the return of He-Man, Skeletor, and the rest? Tell us in the comments! There isn’t an official release date for the show yet but we can’t wait to see what Kevin Smith is cooking up. Soon, we’ll all have the Power again!

 

 

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Check Out All Of Netflix’s Chill New Arrivals For August!

If the recent heatwaves have been bogging you down, these Netflix releases are sure to cool you off!

We’ve put every new release into categories and included the Netflix release dates to boot! Click on the titles or where it says “book” or “novel” to either the watch film/show trailer or to purchase the original book.

 

 

 

Fantasy

 

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Horns – based on the book by Joe Hill (Aug. 1st) (Fun fact: Daniel Radcliffe is in this!)

The Dark Crystal: Age Of Resistance – the highly anticipated sequel to Jim Henson’s masterpiece, The Dark Crystal, from the 80s (Aug. 30th)

 

 

Crime Thriller

 

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Jackie Brown – based on the book, Rum Punch, by Elmore Leonard (Aug. 1st)

The Sinner Season 2 – based on the book by Petra Hammesfarh (Aug. 1st)

 

 

Drama

 

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Dear White People Season 3 – based on the book by Justin Simien (Aug. 2nd)

The 100 Season 6 – based on the book series by Kass Morgan (Aug. 14th)

Gangs Of New York – inspired by the non-fiction novel by Herbert Asbury (Aug. 20th)

 

 

 

 

Romance

 

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Sex and the City: The Movie – based on the book by Candace Bushnell (Aug. 1st)

 

 

Comedy

 

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Otherhood – based on the book Whatever Makes You Happy by William Sutcliffe (Aug. 2nd)

Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer – based on the book by Megan McDonald (Aug. 8th)

 

 

Animation

 

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Enter The Anime – a documentary on the history of Anime (Aug. 5th)

Cannon Busters – based on the comic book series by LeSean Thomas (Aug. 15th)

 

 

 

 

American Comics

 

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IZombie Final Season – based on the comic book series by Chris Roberson (Aug. 9th)

The Punisher (2004) – based on the comic book series by Garth Ennis (Aug. 17th)

 

 

While everyone else is sweating in the sun, grab a glass of sweet iced tea, blast your air conditioning, and enjoy these chill new Netflix shows and movies! No pants required!

 

 

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Netflix’s ‘Cannon Busters’ Adaptation Finally Has Release Date!

It is about time we have the release date for the long awaited adaptation LeSean Thomas’s Cannon Busters. The news came this past Sunday at the Los Angeles Anime Expo from Netflix’s sci-fi/fantasy twitter account stating that the show would air August 15, just in time for a weekend long binge!

Thomas first published the series in 2005, and it centers itself around an unlikely trio’s adventures: a high-end friendship droid, a discarded maintenance robot, and a deadly fugitive. Together, the three embark on a deadly adventure to find the heir to the kingdom. If it sounds exciting, that’s because it is very exciting and jam packed with action that will leave you wanting more. The release date leaves viewers with just over a month to get their hands on a copy before they binge the next best thing to come from Netflix.

 

 

The road to Netflix for Cannon Busters was long. After being published in 2005, Thomas created a kickstarter to make it into a feature in 2014. It was announced in 2017 that it would be a series on Netflix, which was pushed back to 2018 before being shelved. Fourteen years after publication, we will finally get to see Thomas’s work grace our screens! I already have an alert set, how about you?

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Start Your Summer Binge Watching With Netflix’s Upcoming July Titles

The month of June is coming to a close, and with that is the start of Summer! What better way to spend the sunny season than indoors, binge-watching Netflix.

We’ve broken everything down by genre and release date, so skim for your favorites or get lost in Netflix’s July offerings.

 

 

 

 

Comedy

 

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1. Frankenstein’s Monster’s Monster, Frankenstein, a Netflix original inspired by Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (coming July 16th)

2. Orange Is The New Black Season 7, originally based on the novel by Piper Kerman (coming July 26th)

 

Drama

 

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1. Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, based on the book by Robert Getchell (coming July 1st)

2. Sicilian Ghost Story, inspired by the Italian short story We Won’t Be Confused Forever by Marco Mancassola (coming July 6th)

 

Action

 

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1. The American, based off the novel A Very Private Gentleman, written by Martin Booth (coming July 1st)

2. The Son, based off the book by Philipp Meyer (coming July 26th)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fantasy

 

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1. Inkheart, based on the book by Cornelia Funke (coming July 1st)

 

Anime

 

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1. Astro Boy, based on the manga by Osamu Tezuka (coming July 1st)

2. Kakegurui Season 2, based on the manga by Homura Kawamoto and Toru Naomura (coming July 4th)

3. Saint Seiya: Knights Of The Zodiac, based on the manga by Masami Kurumada (coming July 19th)

 

For Children

 

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1. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, based on Roald Dahl’s book of the same name (coming July 1st)

2. Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns, based on the book Mary Poppins Comes Back by P. L. Travers (coming July 9th)

3. Disney’s Race To Witch Mountain, based on the book Escape To Witch Mountain by Alexander Key (coming July 1st)

4. Disney’s The Princess And The Frog, based loosely on E. D. Baker’s The Frog Princess (coming July 16th)

5. The Epic Tales Of Captain Underpants Season 3, based on the Dav Pilkey Comic Series

 

 

 

 

Netflix has a lot to offer children this July. Perfect for the start of Summer vacation!

With all the Disney films joining the roster, parents, especially new ones, can join in the fun as well! Since you can bring Netflix with you anywhere, why not have it for the family vacation?

Happy binge-watching!

 

 

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Netflix’s Live Action ‘Cowboy Bebop’ Series Finds Its Cast

One of the most celebrated anime of all time is moving forward with a live action remake.

 

Netflix’s version of Cowboy Bebop has found its lead cast. John Cho (Star Trek Beyond) will lead the series and will star alongside Mustafa Shakir (Luke Cage), Daniella Pineda (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) and Alex Hassell (Suburbicon).

 

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The anime takes place in a futuristic society where the Earth is uninhabitable and humanity takes refuge on different planets in the solar system. An interplanetary police force is established, and bounty hunters referred to as “Cowboys” are hired to catch criminals around the galaxy. Cho will play Spike Spiegel, a cowboy who leads a team of bounty hunters on the spaceship Bebop.

 

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First announced in 2017, this is the first news that we have received about the live action version since it was announced. Even though the project doesn’t go into production for a while, the cast alone has us excited.

 

 

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