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Manimal

Let’s see a show of hands…how many of you remember the NBC series Manimal? Yeah, not too many. And with good reason. Manimal was a ridiculous show about a college professor who had the ability to turn himself into animals. What would you imagine a stuffy, academic type would do once he gained such phenomenal abilities? Why, he fights crime alongside a sexy police lady and one of his old ‘Nam buddies, of course. Manimal debuted in 1983 to abysmal ratings and even worse reviews, and only aired 8 episodes before the plug was pulled. It being something from the ’80s that someone somewhere might remember, however, still makes it a prime candidate to get a big screen adaptation, so THR is reporting that Sony Pictures Animation has won what was most likely an intense bidding war to acquire the rights to the property.

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The most vivid memory I have of television’s classic 1980s sitcom, ALF, involves running away. Even as a wee lass, I was obsessed with ALF. And, also, ALF. ALF was not a show for children. Gordon Shumway was a dick. He ate cats. He was rude and cynical and he didn’t pay any heed to what would happen if he was discovered and what that would mean for the beleaguered Tanner family who took in his burnt sienna ass. He also, apparently, once had liposuction. But he was also a loyal friend with a big appetite for life (and food). I loved ALF. Even at the tender age of four, I loved ALF (no, my parents didn’t put limits on my television-watching, even then). So why the running? Every time ALF popped up on TV, I had to run from one end of the house (TV room) to the other (my room) to grab my ALF doll for hugging, squeezing, and watching together. So you might expect that the news from THR that ALF is getting a new feature from Sony Pictures Animation and producer Jordan Kerner (who is also responsible for those Smurfs features) would send me into fits of rage like much of the movie blogger populace. Wrong. Are you convinced that a new CG/live action ALF film, already expected to feature original ALF pupeteer Paul Fusco back in the role, will be bad? Trust me, no matter how bad you think that a new ALF feature could […]

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What is Movie News After Dark? It doesn’t have time to explain it to you, yo. We just gotta get out of here, Mr. White! We begin this evening with the first image from the upcoming fifth and final season of Breaking Bad, courtesy of AMC. And guess what? It’s a shot of Walt (Bryan Cranston) and Jesse (Aaron Paul) standing in a field looking less than pleased with their surroundings. Even though it’s a shot we’ve seen a million times in four seasons, it never ceases to be interesting. 

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80s TV shows

With The A-Team hitting theaters June 11, I felt inclined to compile a list of ’80′s television gems that are ripe for studio picking. I’ve narrowed said list down to my ten favorite nostalgia inducing shows, adding a gentle twist to each plot to maximize studio head salivation.

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published: 04.19.2014
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