Bronies are so last year. The new kid's cartoon that your childless adult friends will soon be obsessed with is Wander Over Yonder, which premiered this month on The Disney Channel. But unlike My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, the somewhat treacly cartoon that spawned the "brony" internet mini-craze, grown-ups don't have to wrap themselves in multiple layers of self-protective irony to enjoy Wander Over Yonder: it's just legitimately fun to watch.
Created by Craig McCracken (of The Powerpuff Girls renown) and his wife Lauren Faust (who oversaw Friendship Is Magic), Wander Over Yonder is a throwback to the look and feel of the classic Warner Brothers cartoons of the '40s and '50s. Like those cartoons, each episode is basically a clever variation on a defined theme: Good-hearted space traveler Wander (Jack McBrayer) blunders into a perilous situation that he must be saved from by his cynical horse Sylvia (April Winchell), whose wisecracks are a necessary corrective to Wander's winsome sincerity. Equally retro is the '50s sci-fi look of the various worlds Wander and Sylvia travel through, which recall the sumptuousness of director Chuck Jones' classic WB shorts.
Not that it's all backwards-looking: the show's main villains, the Watchdogs, are basically giant eyeballs with feet. I'm almost positive this look is an homage to Japanese artist Takashi Murakami, whose adorably grotesque anime-inspired paintings often feature mutated eyeball-creatures.
Wander Over Yonder airs Fridays at 9 PM ET on Disney, with repeats throughout the week. Fair warning: you will never, ever dislodge the theme song from your head.
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The Impossible star Tom Holland and Scottish actor Paul Brannigan have landed on the British Academy of Film and Television Arts' inaugural list of Breakthrough Brits. The pair join actors James Floyd and Ade Oyefeso, comedienne Sharon Rooney, and writer/director Rowan Athale among the 17 newcomers selected for the BAFTA recognition, which is presented in partnership with fashion house Burberry.
Teenager Holland, who portrayed Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor's eldest son in the tsunami drama, says, "I'm honoured to have been recognised for my work by two very prestigious organisations such as BAFTA and Burberry. It's fantastic to be among this brand new talent and to meet some really inspirational people."
The talent was handpicked by a jury which included director Shane Meadows, Les Miserables' Eddie Redmayne and The Invisible Woman star Felicity Jones, the winners will be celebrated at a special ceremony in London on 21 October (13).
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Aziz Ansari, who plays the underachieving government official Tom Haverford in Parks and Recreation, is starring in Buried Alive, his own Netflix stand-up special. The streaming network just released the first trailer for the special, which premieres on Nov. 1.
In the trailer, Ansari discusses with friend Seth Rogen some of the possible ways that he can promote his special, while simultaneously making fun of product placements. (But let's be real here, we all know who would have been the best at advertising the special: Tom Haverford's cocky and "entrepreneurial" best friend, Jean-Ralphio.)
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Buried Alive features Ansari discussing adulthood, marriage, family, and love.
For those of you who just can't wait until November, you can watch Ansari's previous specials, Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening and Dangerously Delicious, on Netflix, or watch the season six premiere of Parks and Recreation on Sept. 26.
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Historical police drama Copper has walked its last beat after producers announced the show has been scrapped after two seasons. The series, starring Tom Weston-Jones as an Irish immigrant policeman in 1860s New York, won acclaim upon its debut last August (12), but bosses at BBC America have decided against a third season.
The season two finale and final episode will air in America on Sunday (22Sep13).
BBC America General Manager Perry Simon says, "The opportunity to work with... the extraordinary cast and crew on this journey is one that we are extremely proud of. Their vision to re-tell the immigrant experience through the melting pot of New York City was an original and fresh idea.
"After 23 episodes, with (President) Lincoln dead and the nation starting to heal, it seems a fitting moment to conclude this American story."
Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson is heading to TV after signing up as a coach on the U.K. version of The Voice. The rocker is reportedly set to replace The Script's Danny O'Donoghue, who quit the show after two series.
He completes the talent show's line-up, which consists of will.i.am, Sir Tom Jones and Kylie Minogue, who will be sitting in ex-mentor Jessie J's revolving red chair.
A source tells Britain's The Sun, "(Ricky is) outspoken, cares passionately about the music scene and basically has some balls."
The show will return to screens in Britain next year (14).
It may be Amy Poehler's birthday today, but it's Parks and Recreation fans who are getting a gift - specifically, three new clips from the Sept. 26 season premiere. The show is continuing its tradition of starting the season away from Pawnee, by having the Parks Department travel all the way to London. And nobody is happier than Leslie Knope (Poehler), who has a whole day of rom-com themed bus tours planned. Ron (Nick Offerman), however, is less impressed, and his behavior proves that you can take the man out of America, but you can't take America out of the man.
Meanwhile, Ben (Adam Scott) and Andy (Chris Pratt) are having a much better go of things when they meet with Lord Covington (Peter Serafinowicz) to discuss their music charity. The best part of the clip, however, isn't Andy's terrible British accent, but rather the casual acknowledgement of his dramatic weight loss at the very beginning. (Apparently, he just stopped drinking beer and dropped 50 pounds.) Pratt went through a major physical transformation to play Star Lord in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy film, and creator Mike Shur said that although the show would mention the dramatic difference in the character's appearance, "I don't think beyond a little joke about it that we'll end up doing anything significant. We're not going to suddenly say that Andy became a fitness nut because that doesn't ring true."
Across the pond, however, things aren't looking so good for Tom (Aziz Ansari). After his mysterious investor - who is definitely not Diddy - decided to open his own clothing rental business across the street, Rent-A-Swag is in trouble. Luckily, Tom's best friend Jean Ralphio (Ben Schwartz) is there to offer some of his sagest wisdom: "When life gives you lemons, you sell your grandmother's jewlery and you go clubbin'." Oh, Jean Ralphio. How did we ever live before you were there to guide us?
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The saying is, "Good things come in threes." Or something close to it. That especially pertains to movies, thiough with the trilogies, with rare exceptions, there's usually two really really strong movies that then can stand a weak third one (that's one reason why The Matrix isn't here - the sequels greatly diminshed the original). Here's five of our favorite trilogies. What, you're only expecting three?
1. Original Star Wars
A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi far outclass the prequels - I'll take the Ewoks over Jar Jar Binks ANY day. Yub Yub. And any movie with the voice of James Earl Jones is bound to be awesome.
2. Indiana Jones
The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull NEVER HAPPENED. With Raiders of the Lost Ark, Temple of Doom and The Last Crusade, you have three nearly infinitely rewatchable movies. Also, what do you know, Harrison Ford appeared in the top two trilogies. That's definitely a great career.
3. Lord of the Rings
Just completely epic work by Peter Jackson - and that was just on what he showed in the theaters, not what was on the extended edition DVDs. I think J.R.R. Tolkien would have been proud of this adaptation of his classic books. Note: No, The Hobbit is NOT a trilogy.
4. Toy Story
Usually there's a weak link in one of the three movies - not so here. I'd consider any of them a classic. The first Toy Story was also one that showed that computers were just as capable of doing great animation as hands.
5. The Godfather
The first two movies are SO good that they almost make me forget Sofia Coppola's bad acting in the third one. Who can forget the performances of Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and James Caan? Poor, poor Fredo.
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Lost tracks by the Art Of Noise and Das Psycho Rangers are to feature on a new remastered Zang Tuum Tumb Records collection. The Art of Noise's unreleased collaboration with Rakim on Metaforce and Das Psycho Rangers' rare Homage to the Blessed have been revamped for the upcoming double album The Organization of Pop: Music From The First Thirty Years of ZTT Records.
Music mogul Trevor Horn's revered label is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year (13), and the new compilation features classic tracks from Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Horn's band The Buggles, Seal, Shane MacGowan, Tom Jones and Grace Jones, among others.
Pop superstar Kylie Minogue is following her sister into the world of reality TV after landing a role on the panel of Britain's The Voice. The Australian singer has signed up to star opposite Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am on the British version of the popular singing show, confirming months of rumours linking her to a position on the BBC series.
Minogue confirmed the news in a post on her Twitter.com page, writing, "I'm excited to announce that I'll be coaching on BBC The Voice UK next season!"
She adds in a statement, "I'm very excited to become a coach on The Voice. I love the concept of the show and have been an avid viewer of both series. The search for new talent is such an important aspect of the music industry and The Voice gives us all a part to play in that."
Sir Tom Jones will also be on the panel for the third season of the show.
The announcement comes after Minogue reportedly turned down the chance to appear on the Australian version of the talent contest.
The Spinning Around star's singer sister Dannii has carved out a new career on the small screen in recent years, appearing on a number of different shows including Britain's The X Factor, Australia's Got Talent, Britain & Ireland's Next Top Model and The X Factor Australia.
Every movie has its quotable moments, but sports movies are the best. They can inspire even more than regular movies. Here are 10 that may get you to jump out of your chair and do 10 pushups right away. Or something like that.
1. Field of Dreams
"The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time." - When reading this, people are legally obligated to use James Earl Jones' bass voice.
2. A League of Their Own
"Are you crying? Are you crying? ARE YOU CRYING? There's no crying! THERE'S NO CRYING IN BASEBALL!" -- Tom Hanks' Jimmy Duggan was in need of sensitivity training when talking to his female players.
"You're gonna eat lightnin' and you're gonna crap thunder!" - Mickey's promise to Rocky while training him could have been dangerous if true. At the very least, you'd hate to be in the next stall.
4. Slap Shot
"I'm listening to the f-----g song!" - Steve Hanson's reply to the referee giving him a warning during the national anthem about possibly dirty play never fails to make me laugh. (NSFW Language: You might want to wear headphones or close your office door for this one.)
5. Raging Bull
"You didn't get me down, Ray." -- Jake LaMotta's retort to Sugar Ray Robinson after their fight shows Robert De Niro at his best.
6. Bull Durham
"Wow. Anything that goes that far needs a stewardess on it." -- Truth be told, I could just have nine Bull Durham quotes here and they'd all be great. Crash Davis' explanation to Nuke LaLoosh about just playing and not thinking things too deeply is sage advice indeed. (NSFW Language: You might want to wear headphones or close your office door for this one.)
"IT'S IN THE HOLE!!" -- Too bad some idiot co-opted Carl Spackler's quote and made it "GET IN THE HOLE!" whenever Tiger Woods was about to shoot.
8. The Sandlot
"You're killing me, Smalls!" -- This might be the most-used catchphrase in the history of ever.
9. Chariots of Fire
"I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. And when I run I feel His pleasure." - Many people could say the same thing about what their best talent makes them feel like.
10. Major League
"Juuuuuuuuuuuuust a bit outside." -- Bob Uecker's character, announcer Harry Doyle, makes me crack up every time I hear his play-by-play of Ricky Vaughn's first pitch. (NSFW Language: You might want to wear headphones or close your office door for this one)
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