For Futurama fans, an animated head in a jar is a part of daily life in New New York. The free Futurama Head in a Jar iPhone app lets users create their own legion of avatar-like heads with dozens of human, alien, and robot features.
Model your heads to look like they're related to Bender; or, create heads for all your friends, families, co-workers, and the regulars on your morning bus commute. The heads are placed on exhibit in your own personal Head Museum and can be shared with friends via email, Facebook, and Twitter. The images can be added as the photo for phone contacts. We'll, of course, be making our head in a jar our social network profile pictures once it's perfected.
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It's that time of year again — Upfronts Week, where the networks unveil their Fall schedules to potential advertisers. More importantly, it's when I find out which sci-fi shows made it to another season, which ones bit the dust, and whether or not there's a new Lost in the makings.
While almost all my faves were renewed (Caprica! Fringe!), other shows were not as lucky. Dollhouse, FlashForward, and Heroes were canceled, and with the Lost finale almost here, people are wondering what to do on Tuesdays now. One word, people — Glee. And in a sort of Phoenix rising from the ashes story, Futurama has been resurrected and is set to premiere on Comedy Central this Summer!
Find out what new sci-fi shows are premiering in the Fall and get a sneak peek at the Batman-esque show, The Cape, when you read more.
Turns out Paula Abdul isn't the only star having contract negotiation problems these days: Talks have broken down between the original voice cast of Futurama and the 20th Century Fox TV studio about how much the actors should be paid for their work. Writes Variety:
The stars had all expressed interest in returning. But with the budget for Futurama dramatically slashed, the salary offers came in well below what the thesps were asking — believed to be around $75,000 per episode.
So, the studio has hired casting directors to start auditioning new Benders, Frys, and Leelas. That could just be a negotiating tactic — it's been used before for The Simpsons — but it could also really mean that the original actors don't return.
When I think about voice recasting, I always think about Disney's revival of the Nickelodeon cartoon Doug — I loved the original Doug, but it totally weirded me out to hear a different voice coming out of Doug's mouth. (Coincidentally, the original voice of Doug — Billy West — also voices Fry on Futurama!) If the original cast doesn't come along, would you still be excited for the new episodes of Futurama? Or, do you think that without them, the show isn't worth bringing back?
In a turn that sounds an awful lot like the rebirth of Family Guy, the animated series Futurama is being resurrected on Comedy Central. Creators Matt Groening and David X. Cohen are back on board for a whopping 26 new episodes of the series, which should start airing in 2010.
Since Fox canceled the series in 2003, it's lived on through four straight-to-DVD movies. Apparently, those movies — and the series' performance in reruns and on DVD — made Comedy Central think there was a market for some all-new Futurama. So now I'm wondering: is there? Or does this news just baffle you?
Get Smart is the big pick of the week this week, and as far as rentals go, this would be an excellent choice. I enjoyed the goofy comedy on the big screen, but it's just as much fun for a relaxed, lighthearted at-home viewing — especially after watching all those scary movies for Halloween last week.
Netflix explains, "When the identities of secret agents from Control are compromised, the Chief (Alan Arkin) promotes hapless but eager analyst Maxwell Smart (Steve Carell) and teams him with stylish, capable Agent 99 (Anne Hathaway), the only spy whose cover remains intact. Now, they must work together to thwart the evil plans of KAOS and its crafty operative Siegfried (Terence Stamp)." The Rock also stars in the film and he is both funny and handsome.
Two more funny-geeky picks this week, so read more
All of the new DVD releases hit stores (and Netflix) on Tuesdays. So each week in What to Netflix: New DVD Tuesday, I sort through the best of the batch and tell you what to add to your queue. In addition to the titles below you can also bring home the blockbuster hit 10,000 B.C. and kid-friendly The Spiderwick Chronicles.
It's not a perfect movie, but I found myself totally happy with the charming Definitely, Maybe, despite a few faults. The main characters are nicely thought-out and far easier to identify with than characters in other romcoms this year like, say, Fool's Gold. Plus, Abigail Breslin is always an adorable treat.
The film follows Will Hayes (Ryan Reynolds), a recent divorcee attempting to explain the complications of love to his smart little girl (Breslin). The movie takes on a How I Met Your Mother plot structure, going back in time to the three major loves of of Will's life: Emily (Elizabeth Banks), April (Isla Fisher) and Summer (Rachel Weisz). He doesn't reveal to Breslin's character or the audience who the mother is and it's unclear who he'll end up with. Overall, it's a fun twist on the old romcom formula. If it didn't seem worthy of movie theater prices, you'll definitely (maybe?) feel good about watching this at home.
Special features include commentary with director Adam Brooks and Ryan Reynolds and deleted scenes.
Two more animated movies so read more
Poster image courtesy of Paramount Pictures