Robin Hood

Hey Hollywood: Here Are More Children’s Stories For You to Turn into “Cinematic Universes”

Gather ‘round, dear friends, and lay eyes upon what The Avengers has wrought. This morning, The Guardian breathlessly reported that not one, but two major studios are spending big bucks to create major new tentpoles from the story of Robin Hood. (Y’know, the one that Ridley Scott tried to reignite a few years back, and no one cared.) Disney is jumping into the fray with Nottingham & Hood, which “reportedly has a tone reminiscent of the Pirates of the Caribbean films.” And if that doesn’t sound enough like something you’d rather gouge your eyes out than watch, try this one for size: “Sony reportedly paid $2m in October for a script titled Hood, pitched as a jumping off point for a huge Avengers-style Robin Hood ‘universe.’” This follows last summer’s news that Universal is rebooting their classic monster movies (Dracula, Frankenstein, Wolf Man, et. al.) to create, yes, a Marvel-style “interconnected slate of Monster films.” Everything’s connected now, you guys! Everything’s like Marvel! Everything’s a cinematic universe! Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m gonna go jump out a window. But first… … Read More

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10 Movies We Can’t Believe Have Merchandise Tie-Ins

In its first weekend of wide release, Harmony Korine’s hedonistic morality play Spring Breakers did a respectable $5 million and landed in the top ten — certainly a first for Korine, and an indication that newbie distributor A24 may have an indie hit on their hands. And when a movie is big, you know what comes next: merchandising! You wouldn’t think that Korine’s feverish vision of gun-toting, bikini-wearing babes would be a natural for tie-in products, but you’d be wrong; after the jump, we’ll take a look at your must-have Breakers merch, and nine other unlikely movies you won’t believe were merchandised. … Read More

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10 ’90s Kids Movies We’d Actually Watch the Sequels To Today

This week, we heard a rumor that Disney is developing a sequel to everyone’s favorite ’90s Halloween cult classic Hocus Pocus, tentatively titled Hocus Pocus 2: Rise of the Elderwitch. This, obviously, is an idea we are 100% behind, and the vague promise of the project got us to thinking about which kids movies from the ’90s we’d actually like to watch the sequels to now, as our grown up selves. Not that there wouldn’t obviously be an enormous camp factor regardless of the film, but still. Obviously, we’ve stayed away from movies that already have sequels to their name, but otherwise, we let our little nostalgic hearts run wild. Click through to see which ’90s kids movies we think deserve sequels, and let us know which ones you’d race to the theaters for in the comments! … Read More

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Literary Favorites Illustrated Muppets-Style

When he’s not busy creating covers for IDW’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles micro series, writing and illustrating his Eisner award-winning comic book fantasy series Mouse Guard, and contributing to Free Comic Book Day, Michigan artist David Petersen is making us fall in love with his literary-inspired Muppets illustrations. We first spotted Petersen’s mashup covers on io9 and fell hard for Kermit, Miss Piggy, and the gang as characters out of Snow White, Robin Hood, King Arthur, and other treasured tales. The covers were created for BOOM! Studios, but with this kind of loving attention it’s clear that Petersen is a fellow puppet fiend. Check out our gallery below, smile like crazy, and then head to the artist’s website for more great artwork. … Read More

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Literary Mixtape: Robin Hood

If you’ve ever wondered what your favorite literary characters might be listening to while they save the world/contemplate existence/get into trouble, or hallucinated a soundtrack to go along with your favorite novels, well, us too. But wonder no more! Here, we sneak a look at the hypothetical iPods of some of literature’s most interesting characters. What would be on the personal playlists of Holden Caulfield or Elizabeth Bennett, Huck Finn or Harry Potter, Tintin or Humbert Humbert? Something revealing, we bet. Or at least something danceable. Read on for a cozy reading soundtrack, character study, or yet another way to emulate your favorite literary hero. This week: that cheeky standby of English folklore, Robin Hood. … Read More

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The Top 10 Sidekicks in Literature

What’s a good hero without a trusty sidekick? From the open road to deserted islands to Middle Earth, friendships inevitably form. Of course, most of the time, the plot’s weight shifts primarily on one character. This leaves the other to fill in the gaps, complementing the temperament and abilities of the hero — and maybe adding a laugh or two here and there. We rank the top 10 sidekicks in literature based on loyalty, friendship, and overall awesomeness. Let us know who we missed! … Read More

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Rate-a-Trailer: Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood

Simply put, Ridley Scott’s version of this popular tale is Robin Hood for the Braveheart crowd. If you were a fan of Kevin Reynold’s glossy take on the popular English myth back in the ’90s, then this decidedly R-rated update might not be your thing. But, if you loved Gladiator and Black Hawk Down’s quick cut violence and hyper-realism, this should be right up your alley. Check out the heavy metal soundtracked trailer and some stillsafter the jump, and let us know what you… Read More

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