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Halloween – 40 Years Later


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October 25th, 1978 – Halloween was released in theaters nationwide.  It was Jamie Lee Curtis’s breakout role in Hollywood that would land her many roles for years to come.  Halloween is the horrific tale about the infamous serial killer Michael Myers.  Myers murdered his 17-year-old sister Judith when he was six years old, only to be sentenced and locked away for 15 years.

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On October 30th, 1978, Michael escaped from the sanitarium and steals Dr. Sam Loomis’s car in the process.  He returns back to his home in Haddonfield where he kills a mechanic for his uniform and steals the white mask, rope, and knives from a local hardware store.

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The next day, he starts stalking his next victim Laurie Strode.  Strode, as well as her friends around high school, become prey to Michael Myers throughout the film.  It’s a classic slasher horror film that would be remembered for decades.

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A few years later, Halloween II was released in 1981.  Halloween II was one of many sequels released for their audiences.  The list of Halloween films include:

  • Halloween III: Season of the Witch
  • Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers
  • Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers
  • Halloween : The Curse of Michael Myers
  • Halloween H20: 20 Years Later
  • Halloween: Resurrection
  • Halloween (2007)
  • Halloween II (2009)

Forty years and nine films later, we are in for a special treat this year.  This year so happens to be the 40th anniversary of the original release of the film.  To celebrate this special occasion, we are presented with a special installment of Halloween.

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That’s right horror fans – an eleventh installment of Halloween is coming this year!  Halloween will be released this Friday (October 19th), starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Nick Castle as they reprise their roles as Laurie Strode and Michael Myers.  Nine years since the last Halloween film was released and the battle still reigns on.

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This intriguing franchise marketing miracle is an ode to one of the greatest horror film series of all time.  Halloween graced us with notable serial killer Michael Myers, who continues to be resurrected in every sequel.  No matter how many times they try to stop him, Myers goes on with his killing spree.  There is no character, no matter what decade or sequel they were in, that is able to withstand the monster that is Michael Myers (except for Laurie Strode!).

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After creeping us out for forty years, it’s only fitting that Michael Myers returns to the theaters.  Who knows how this next battle (or possibly last!) will play out in the next installment of Halloween.  Laurie Strode vs. Michael Myers – it all goes down this Friday on October 19th.

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Hill/Stone TV/Movie Criss-Cross


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There’s been a lot of intriguing events happening on television these days.  Monk creator Andy Breckman released The Good Cop on Netflix and American Horror Story: Apocalypse has been full of entertaining surprises.  Another Netflix series, Maniac, also came with its own criss-cross of its own.

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For the record, this isn’t just any ordinary TV criss-cross.  Maniac just happens to come with a special criss-cross like no other.  Ladies and gentlemen – its time to introduce the very first… TV/Movie Criss-Cross.

The TV/Movie Criss-Cross – a criss-cross mixing elements of a TV series and movie together.  Criss-crosses usually come from TV series, but today’s instant stems from both TV and movie.  It’s an unusual event where big screen and silver screen collide under one form of media.

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Here is the first TV/Movie criss-cross – Maniac stars Jonah Hill as Owen Milgrim and Emma Stone as Annie Landsberg.  Eleven years ago, Hill and Stone both starred in the movie Superbad.  Jonah Hill starred as Seth, a high school senior who was looking to get with Jules (Emma Stone) at her party.  Hilarious shenanigans ensue as Seth travels with best friends Evan (Michael Cera) and Fogel (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) to Jules’ party.

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Flash-forward eleven years later andwe have both actors starring in Maniac.  Stone and Hill’s characters make for a terrific love story during the series.  This is the kind of romance that carries on over a decade after Superbad was released.  In a way, Maniac presents their story in a more sophisticated way.

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Their characters found love in Superbad and now that romance story lingers on in Maniac.  This is the unique TV/Movie criss-cross that will live on for years to come.  There is no telling what actors/actresses will appear together in the next TV series or movie.

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And there you have it – the first TV/Movie criss-cross of MakeSandcastlesNotWar.  Jonah Hill and Emma Stone had great starring roles in both Superbad and Maniac.  There is sure to be other unique criss-crosses where different medias mix with each other.  Silver screens mixing in with big screens and vice-versa.  It surely has been a while since a criss-cross has been mentioned within the blog, so this was a perfect instance to discuss.

Last Man Standing Gets the Last Laugh


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It has been more than a year since Last Man Standing was cancelled on ABC.  Last Man Standing was a sitcom series starring Tim Allen as Mike Baxter, the senior executive and director of marketing for a sporting goods store in Denver, Colorado.  Mike Baxter is a father of three daughters and a grandson.  His world is mostly filled with his daughters, his wife, and the young men who play a part of the family as well.  Baxter’s conservative political views come into play during many episodes and he even hosts his own vlog where he showcases his daily rants about the world.

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The show first aired on ABC on October, 11th 2011 and spanned for six total seasons before being cancelled.  There was word going around that Last Man Standing was cancelled because of Hollywood liberals who disagreed with Tim Allen’s conservative views on politics.  Whatever the case may be, many fans were angered by this sudden move.  ABC may not want the series anymore, now the show is being revived once again… but on another network.

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Last Man Standing will be revived for FOX this year.  The seventh season will premiere in the Fall on Fridays at 8 PM.  This news came shortly after FOX decided to cancel Brooklyn Nine-Nine, only for it to be picked up by NBC for a sixth season.  FOX may have lost a series, but they gained Last Man Standing in the process.

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Its a PR miracle of another TV series being revived, but the answer to that miracle lies within RoseanneRoseanne gained instant popularity as soon as it was revived back in March.  Tens of millions of viewers tuned into ABC to see Roseanne return to television.  This rejuvenated sitcom series was just as good as its earlier counterpart, roping in both old and new fans into the show.  Even with Roseanne’s conservative politics in play, the show still gained positive reviews from its audiences nationwide.

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With Roseanne back on the air, it only made sense for FOX to pick up Last Man Standing for its Fall 2018 lineup.  Last Man Standing was a great sitcom series that favored well, so there wasn’t any fear that the audiences wouldn’t enjoy it.  The audiences always enjoyed Last Man Standing and weren’t afraid to express their disappointment when it was cancelled.

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Now that Last Man Standing is returning this fall, who knows what other popular series will come back next year.  Maybe the will return to their original network or they could be picked up by a streaming service like Netflix.  Whatever the case may be, series like Last Man Standing and Roseanne won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.

Arrested Development Season 4 (Remix)


 

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One series that will premiering its new season this month is Arrested DevelopmentArrested Development is a sitcom series that follow the wealthy and obnoxiously dysfunctional Bluth family.  The show maintains many running gags throughout each season and the series as well.  Arrested Development aired for three seasons on Fox on November 2nd, 2003 with the last episode ending in February 10th, 2006.  The series got picked up for a fourth season in May 26th, 2013 that was released on Netflix.  All seasons of Arrested Development can be found on Netflix to prepare for the fifth season.

While the fifth season won’t air until near the end of May, Netflix provided audience with another surprise – a remixed season.

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Netflix released a remixed version of season four of Arrested Development.  The remixed version features 22 episodes with the storyline interwoven between the characters.  Michael, Buster, Gob, Lindsay, Tobias, Lucille, and the rest of the Bluth clan are back for more wacky adventures.  This remix was released on May 8th, 2018.

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This recut season was a brilliant PR strategy.  With the fifth season coming soon, this was the perfect gift for fans alike.  It was the perfect way to generate more content in order to hook in more audiences.  All audiences, both old and new, will be looking forward to the next season premiering this month.

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Many people were shocked when Arrested Development was cancelled on Fox (which was due to low ratings and viewership) and they have been longing for new episode for quite some time.  The series was revived seven years after being cancelled on FOX.  Not only was Arrested Development added on Netflix, but new episodes were created as well.  It seemed as though Netflix became the perfect home for Arrested Development.

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Arrested Development is a hilariously underrated series that did not receive enough attention on FOX.  After FOX cancelled the series, Netflix scooped up the series and premiered new episodes in the process.  Netflix, like with many other series, rejuvenated them back to life for new audiences.  People like Bill Nye the Science Guy and Joel McHale returned to television with fresh new content in their own TV series.

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For those who truly love watching Arrested Development again, you have Netflix to thank for your enjoyment.  Arrested Development and many other series all have their own home in the Netflix digital library.

Also be sure to check out Arrested Development Season five on May 29th 2018.

Nickelodeon Revives Double Dare


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One of my favorite game show series on Nickelodeon was Double DareDouble Dare first aired on October 6th, 1986, with Mark Summers as the host of this wacky and messy game show.  Contestants had to answer trivia questions to rack up money.  If the contestants couldn’t figure out the answer quickly, they could answer go with a dare where they have to complete the physical challenge.  These physical challenges tested the contestants of their agility, strength, and even intelligence through some of the messiest set-ups ever.

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The best highlight comes when the winning team faces the obstacle course.  Teammates had 60 seconds to traverse through eight obstacles.  Prizes were won based on how far the teammates got to before the timer ran out.  Whether or not the teammate got all the way through the end, every episode was a winner in this hilarious game show.

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Double Dare ended its run on February 6th, 1993 with repeats airing on TV up until January 1999.  The show had a great run and it wasn’t long until they revived the series with Double Dare 2000.  Jason Harris hosted the show for 67 more episodes.  It’s been almost 18 years since Double Dare ended and many people want the show to return.

Well folks… your answers have been HEARD.  Get ready – Double Dare is coming back!

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Nickelodeon announced that Double Dare will be coming back as a brand-new series.  The iconic 90s game show will return summer 2018 with 40 new episodes.  Audiences can expect appearances from long time fans of the series, celebrities, and even people from the original show (fingers crossed for Marc Summers to return!).

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Fans can expect the same set up from the previous show – two teams compete to win prizes by answering questions or completing messy physical challenges.  The obstacle course will return, featuring many of the original stunts as well (and YES, the giant nose will even be returning too!).  There will even be prizes teams will be competing over during the course of the show.

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Truth be told, Double Dare isn’t the only 90s nostalgic series returning to Nickelodeon.  90s teen sitcom Clarissa Explains It All is slated to return as well.  Melissa Joan Hart is reprising her role as Clarissa Darling.  The reboot will showcase Clarissa as a mother in her 30s.  Clarissa Explains It All is one of many TV series planned for a reboot in the future.

See all of this excitement right here?  That’s the nostalgia talking.  Nickelodeon heard what the 90s kids all wanted and now they are finally delivering it.  This is the marketing strategy that will take them far as a TV network.

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            Double Dare was real exciting to hear about, but I’m also pumped for Clarissa Explains It All coming back too.  To be honest, I am excited about this huge wave of 90s nostalgia coming my way.  There are a lot of amazing series returning that came back better than ever.

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If Double Dare is planning to air again, who knows what game show will be coming back.  Maybe we’ll see more kids collecting coins in Nick Arcade or more temple runs on Legends of the Hidden Temple.  Either way, Nickelodeon is truly crushing it with these planned reboots.

Keep up the discussion about 90s reboot, folks – Companies like Nickelodeon are hearing you loud and clear.