How many of you remember the 1981 movie Scanners? You know, the one were you can use your mind to make other people’s heads explode? Turns out the cult classic is being considered for a television series.
The Weinstein Co.’s Dimension Films is developing a drama series adaptation of the movies about a group of people with telepathic and telekinetic abilities, with The Hills Have Eyes writer-director Alexandre Aja signed to executive produce the series and potentially direct the pilot.
An interesting twist in this story – thanks to the success of AMC’s The Walking Dead, Scanners flipped from being a theatrical remake to a television series.
Though I doubt we’ll get to see a lot of head’s exploding on screen in gory graphic detail, this announcement is going to hit a lot of people just right… especially if the show moves from pilot to series status.
Mike Judge and MTV have announced that Beavis and Butthead are returning to television.
Judge joked that he brought the show back because he felt like TV was getting too smart. He explained that originally, he ended the series after being burned out, stepping away from the characters in spite of offers for sequels to the movie, Beavis and Butt-Head Do America.
Like many, I was a bit stunned when Christopher Eccleston left Doctor Who after only one season, and recently, at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, Eccleston finally told us why he left.
“I left Doctor Who because I could not get along with the senior people. I left because of politics. I did not see eye-to-eye with them. I didn’t agree with the way things were being run. I didn’t like the culture that had grown up, around the series. So I left, I felt, over a principle.
“I thought to remain, which would have made me a lot of money and given me huge visibility, the price I would have had to pay was to eat a lot of shit. I’m not being funny about that. I didn’t want to do that and it comes to the art of it, in a way. I feel that if you run your career and– we are vulnerable as actors and we are constantly humiliating ourselves auditioning. But if you allow that to go on, on a grand scale you will lose whatever it is about you and it will be present in your work.”
I know this is something many of you have been dying to get your hands on – the complete JEM and The Holograms DVD series. All 65 original episodes and a crap ton of bonus content are included in this 11 disc box set.
The series “JEM and The Holograms” ran from 1985-’88 in first-run syndication and still boasts a loyal and vocal fan base. It is frequently credited with influencing fashion in the late 1980s and beyond, and launching the careers of female pop-rock stars and music groups. The series follows Jerrica Benton, whose discovery of Synergy, a powerful computer companion, allows her to transform from co-owner of Starlight Music into rock star Jem. Teaming with her sister and best friends who form The Holograms, Jem sets out to make their musical dreams come true, even as she battles against the ruthless Eric Raymond and his musical protégés.
And if you need more convincing that this should wind up in your DVD collection, take the jump for the opening theme song.