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Netflix has unveiled the full cast for the upcoming Master of the Universe: Revelation. The new series will serve as a direct follow-up to the beloved 80s He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, with Kevin Smith Clerks heading up the creative side. It's been revealed that none other than Mark Hamill will be leading the way as the evil Skeletor.
The cast is full of standouts, including the likes of Batman: The Animated Series star Kevin Conroy, who is on board as Mer-Man. But Mark Hamill, in particular, feels like a huge get. Hamill also starred alongside Conroy on BTAS as Joker, and has reprised the role in several projects over the years. While Hamill will always be known best as Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars movies, he's become an incredible voice after over the years and having him on board adds something to the series.
Kevin Smith, taking to Instagram, shared several behind-the-scenes photos from the recording process, including one with Mark Hamill. The show was initially announced in August of last year and it seems they wasted no time in getting production underway. Smith had this to say about the casting announcement in his post.'Happy Valentines Day from the palace of Eternia! We have cast some true masters of their craft for our Masters cartoon that's coming to Netflix, including 2 Batmans, a Buffy, and a Joker! Rob David from Mattel and Ted Biaselli gifted #mastersoftheuniverse with a gifted voice cast, which includes Chris Wood, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Mark Hamill, Lena Headey, Tiffany Smith, Diedrich Bader, Justin Long, Alicia Silverstone, Liam Cunningham, Griffin Newman, Henry Rollins and Jason Mewes as Stinkor!RELATED: Laughing He-Man Meme Gets Comic Con Exclusive Figure
Mark Hamill, outside of his work as the Clown Prince of Crime, has lent his voice to shows such as Regular Show, Trollhunters and Justice League Action. He was also the voice of Chucky in last year's Child's Play reboot. Hamill has also worked with Kevin Smith several times in the past, most notably in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. Speaking further, Smith talked a bit about where they are in the process.'We've recorded lots of episodes and the cast sounds brilliant together! I am Eternia-Ly grateful to Rob, Teddy and Melanie for pulling out all the stops on the road to Revelations! The world of #motu is incredibly rich with fantastic characters, and this cast including original #skeletor #alanopenheimer as #mossman is an indication of how seriously we treat this return to #castlegrayskull! I can't wait for you to hear and see our show!'
Another nice touch is that Alan Oppenheimer, who was the original voice of Skeletor, will be back for the new show as well as Moss Man. The series does not yet have a release date set, but we'll be sure to keep you posted as any further details are made available. Be sure to check out the post from Kevin Smith's Instagram as well as the full Masters of the Universe: Revelation cast list for...
Netflix has shown that it has set no limits for how imaginative and mature its animated series can go, giving its creators free reign to go as buckwild as possible. And Adventure Time creator Pendleton Ward is definitely going buckwild with his new Netflix animated series The Midnight Gospel. The first official trailer for the animated series from Ward and his frequent collaborator Duncan Trussell is a cosmic acid trip released, fittingly, in April 2020 get it, 4/20. Watch The Midnight Gospel trailer below.The Midnight Gospel Trailer
Adventure Time was already a children’s animated series unlike most others we’d seen before — so full of rich characters and literal candy-colored fantasy lands. But The Midnight Gospel makes Adventure Time look, fittingly, like child’s play. Pendleton Ward’s crazed, surreal potential has been unleashed with The Midnight Gospel, which looks like a delirious cross between Terry Gilliam and the Beatles’ trippy Yellow Submarine, with a healthy heaping of acid thrown in.
While Cartoon Network allowed Ward to work his particular brand of offbeat magic with Adventure Time for nine seasons, it’s clear that Ward was just itching to unleash his wildest project with Netflix, which has shown an affinity for envelope-pushing adult-oriented animated projects like BoJack Horseman, Tuca & Bertie, and Big Mouth.
The Midnight Gospel is so chock full of overwhelming eye-catching animation that you’d be forgiven for forgetting that this series probably has a plot. According to Netflix, that plot follows Clancy, “a space-caster who uses a multiverse simulator to interview beings living in other worlds – what he learns is the basis for The Midnight Gospel.” The logline brings to mind the episodes of Adventure Time featuring the dream-hopping Cosmic Owl — some of the most surreal and dryly funny stories of the series — which feel like Ward was building up to The Midnight Gospel. It’ll be exciting to see what Ward will do with this animated series without any restrictions holding him back.
Here is the synopsis for The Midnight Gospel:
Traversing trippy worlds inside his multiverse simulator, a space-caster explores existential questions about life, death and everything in between.
The Midnight Gospel debuts on Netflix April 20, 2020.
EXCLUSIVE: MVD Entertainment Group has picked up the North American distribution rights to Max Reload and the Nether Blasters, a gaming action-adventure film written and directed by Scott Conditt and Jeremy Tremp. Jay and Silent Bob and Comic Book Men’s Kevin Smith stars alongside Tom Plumley Upright Citizen's Brigade alum, Hassie Harrison Tacoma FD, Joey Morgan Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, Lukas Gage Euphoria, Joseph D. Reitman Money Monster, Charlie Talbert The Big Short, and Greg Grunberg Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker. MVD will release the pic in theaters and on multiple VOD platforms this summer.
The plot follows a small town video game store clerk who must go from zero to hero after accidentally unleashing the forces of evil from a cursed Colecovision game… Max Jenkins’ gaming fantasies collide with reality when a legendary “lost” installment of the Nether Game series appears on the store counter of his workplace, Fallout Games. Unbeknownst to Max, the game bears a “Curse of The Ages”, and in playing it, he has just unlocked the Nether, an ancient malevolent force of evil from the cartridge, upon his small hometown. Along with a mysterious masked man and his two best friends, Liz and Reggie, Max must figure out how to beat the Nether at its own game before it’s game over for humanity.
Lin Shaye Insidious, Martin Kove Cobra Kai and Wil Wheaton The Big Bang Theory round out the cast. Producers are Tremp, Conditt, and Grunberg.
“After being in Star Wars I thought the next logical step would be to work with these master filmmakers in Phoenix, Arizona on an indie sci-fi comedy with a slant towards gaming, said Grunberg. “I need a new agent! I love this film so much and can't wait for the world to see it. And with the help of everyone at MVD the time is right to level up.”
Added Tremp and Conditt: “We are so stoked to finally be releasing Max Reload to audiences! It’s been a long and magical road making this film with some amazing people and it’s finally time to press PLAY!”
“We are thrilled to bring this unique action-adventure to audiences, and are especially excited to partner with Conditt & Tremp and the production team on the release,” remarked Eric D. Wilkinson of MVD Entertainment.
Wilkinson brokered the deal with Noor Ahmed of Reder & Feig LLP on behalf of the filmmakers and CineForge Media.
Jonah Hill teamed up with GQ magazine this week to offer up a handful of movie suggestions to help cinephiles around the world survive these isolating times of self-distancing. Hill's list is an impressive mix of serious auteur dramas and absurd escapist comedies; surely there's at least a couple titles here that will help liven up everyones self-distancing. First up is “Shampoo,” Hal Ashby's 1975 comedy about a hairdresser Warren Beatty come undone by his various clients and lovers. “It's hysterical and it's really satirical,” Hill says of the film, while noting it marked the era of comedies that no longer get made.
“It is a comedy, but in the '70s comedies were not genre-fied in the same way,” Hill says. “There were these great films that looked beautiful, made by great directors, where your A-level great filmmakers that made crazy dramas made “comedies” and they had great actors in them and were shot by the great DPs.”
Hill's list includes several directors he's had the opportunity to work with during his career. The actor earned an Oscar nomination for Martin Scorsese's “The Wolf of Wall Street” and recommends moviegoers check out his 1974 feminist drama “Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore,” starring Ellen Burstyn. “Martin Scorsese gets the best performances out of women than any director,” Hill says. “He is the best director of female actors...Ellen Burstyn's performance is so next level.”
When selecting Paul Thomas Anderson's “The Master,” Hill says, “I think this is becoming my favorite film of all time.You have to put Paul Thomas Anderson at the top of the list of best filmmakers. He's gonna go down, like, Kubrick-level. His movies don't shake the world like they should.”
Hill has just as much praise for “Moonlight,” saying, “Barry Jenkins is literally the illest director to come out in decades. He's a fucking genius. If you look at the circumstances in which that film was made, the amount of money they had, and the stress he was under it's just a masterpiece.”
Check out Jonah Hill's list of 20 movies for self-distancing below. Head over to GQ magazine's website to read Hill's full explanations for his selections.
1. “Shampoo,” Hal Ashby 19752. “Being There,” Hal Ashby 19793. “CB4,” Tamra Davis 19934. “Carnal Knowledge,” Mike Nichols 19715. “The Birdcage” 19966. “Network” 19767. “My Vida Loca,” Allison Anders 19938. “Tommy Boy,” Peter Segal 19959. “Adaptation,” Spike Jonze10. “Moonlight,” Barry Jenkins 201611. “Amadeus,” Milos Forman 198412. “Do The...