The Flintstones

The Flintstones

If someone put a gun to your head, then asked the following question: Who would you rather see in a Flintstones reboot — Seth MacFarlane or Will Ferrell? What would you say? Thankfully, none of us will be doing a prehistoric Sophie’s Choice anytime soon, because the decision’s already been made. THR reports that Ferrell and Anchorman series director Adam McKay will be executive producers on a new Flintstones movie for Warner Bros., with frequent Ferrell collaborator Chris Henchy penning the script (Henchy also wrote Land of the Lost, The Campaign, The Other Guys and the upcoming Ferrell vehicle Daddy’s Home). MacFarlane mounted a Flintstones TV reboot in 2011, but it fell apart for various reasons. Some (the executives at Fox) said the script was no good, while others (Seth MacFarlane) said MacFarlane was just too busy to work on it. Who knows where the truth lies.

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Aural Fixation - Large

Bringing a beloved (or at least nostalgia inducing) television show to the big screen is no easy undertaking (especially for shows that have been off the air for a few good years.) The task of adapting existing material (whether it be from a book series, a comic book or a well-known public figure) can be daunting as you hope to live up to expectations while also trying cultivate new fans. When it comes to turning a television show into a film, having a few well placed cameos from the original cast, rooting the film in a story true to that show’s world and (seeing as many of these shows were comedies) not letting the film version take itself too seriously seem to be the keys to these adaptation’s success. With Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s updated 21 Jump Street taking to the silver screen this weekend, I realized that the one thing all these shows have in common (regardless of when they aired, who starred in them or what they were about) is also the one element that many television shows on air today have done away with – a catchy theme song.

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Starting with the biggest, and frankly just annoyingly scary stories in the bunch, according to Deadline, cartoon “expert” (or devil to some people) Seth MacFarlane is finalizing a deal with FOX that will give him the green light to reboot the classic cartoon The Flintstones for both television and film. Frankly, there is no way to respond to this without wanting cause physical injury to someone. But needless to say, it’s a bad idea. In other news, CBS has picked up three more pilots to series including “The 2-2 (formerly known as Rookies) and Unforgettable (formerly known as The Rememberer) and the comedy How To Be a Gentleman” according to TV By The Numbers. And finally, NBC in addition to the clips we saw on Sunday, has released full four minute trailers for many of their new series. Each trailer includes loads of footage not seen in the clips:

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Studio logos are an iconography all their own, but nothing puts a grin on my face like a spiffy send-up of a traditional company emblem tailored made to gel with the film I’m about to watch. Don’t get me wrong — nothing’s going to top classics like Alfred Newman’s Fox fanfare, Jerry Goldsmith’s Universal tune or the countless other openings ingrained in our cinematic memories. But when someone takes the recognizable logo and makes it their own…well, that’s when I get giddy. For decades, movie studios have been allowing filmmakers to tinker slightly with the prestigious logos that preface every film they release. Nothing too crazy — maybe a color shift or a throwback to a retired bumper — but nothing that would tarnish their reputations. These days, most movies are free to run wild. Many stick to the time-honored traditions of their studios, but the ones that don’t feel that much more special. Regardless of a film’s quality, a great logo is like the cherry on top for most movie buffs. Here are fourteen modern variants that bring a little extra magic to the pictures they kick off:

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