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“The Age of Reboots” lives on and the latest series in talks of resurrection and continuation is X-Men: The Animated Series! Apparently the creators of the hit nineties series are in talk with Disney to revive the iconic show so many of us grew up knowing and loving!

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With the cast of X-Men: The Animated Series gathering together at L.A. Comic-Con in October, there’s chatter that the creative team behind the popular ’90s cartoon will approach Disney about a revival…

Is it possible that under the Disney umbrella we could see the return of the X-Men in animated form? According to a report from The Hollywood Reporter, the creative team behind the hit animated series from the ’90s is planning to approach Disney about bringing back the beloved show.

“The one thing we’d like to do more than anything else is to continue where we left off,” said longtime X-Men artist Larry Houston. The show, if it were to return, would likely keep the aesthetic of the original animated series.

X-Men: The Animated Series ran for five season (76 episodes) from 1992 to 1997. The critically and commercially successful show was one of the first major cartoons to feature mature, seralized storytelling. While many of the episodes were original stories, the series did adapt some of the iconic comic book story arcs as well, including the Dark Phoenix saga.

With the Disney+ streaming service launching later this year, it would likely serve as a perfect host for a continuation of X-Men: The Animated Series. Of course, there’s always Disney XD, which is already home to several Marvel animated series, including Guardians of the Galaxy and Spider-Man.

We have to say we are psyched about this news and hope it comes to fruition! X-Men: The Animated Series was the first superhero team many of us were introduced to, and began to make being a nerd cool. Get on it Disney! We need Professor X, Cyclops, Wolverine, Jean Grey, Beast, Rogue, Storm, Gambit, and Jubilee back in our lives!

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“The Thing About Harry!” Freeform Announces Gay Romantic Comedy for Valentine’s Day

ABC’s “Freeform” channel is a trendy, young addition of the ABC/Disney family with lots of inclusive content. The channel boasted LGBT friendly series like The Fosters and Pretty Little Liars, and now has other series like The Bold Type and Good Trouble. The network is now turning up the “gay volume” with its latest endeavor a gay romantic comedy, “The Thing About Harry!”

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ABC’s “Freeform” channel is a trendy, young addition of the ABC/Disney family with lots of inclusive content. The channel boasted LGBT friendly series like The Fosters and Pretty Little Liars, and now has other series like The Bold Type and Good Trouble. The network is now turning up the “gay volume” with its latest endeavor a gay romantic comedy, “The Thing About Harry!”

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Jake Borelli and Niko Terho

Starring Grey’s Anatomy’s Jake Borelli and newcomer Niko Terho, the film follows two former high school enemies who are trapped sharing a car together on a long road tip to a mutual friend’s engagement party. A classic rom-com setup, and I’m already hooked!

Things start heating up when Sam (Borelli), who has been out since high school, finds out that Harry (Terho) is also gay and that they have a lot more in common then they originally thought. Like the title, the plot is a nod to When Harry Met Sally, one of the most classic of all rom-coms. According to a press release, the pair “begin to develop a deep friendship — with neither admitting a potential romance may be brewing — leaving them wondering if one road trip could change the rest of their lives.” I, for one, am fully onboard with all of this.

Sam is described as a “handsome, funny, neurotic, intelligent gay man” with “a scathing wit” and “an overly idealistic worldview” who was bullied in high school for being gay. Harry, meanwhile, is an “emotionally uncomplicated, promiscuous player” who “yearns for love, family and stability” deep underneath his player veneer. Opposites really do attract!

The cast also includes Queer Eye’s Karamo Brown as Paul, a gay man who is “exceedingly well put-together” but “overbearing and pretentious”; GLOW’s Britt Baron as Sam’s best friend; and Queer As Folk’s Peter Paige (who also directs), as Sam’s roommate.

In a statement, executive producers Paige, Greg Gugliotta, and F.J. Denny it’s been an honor giving gays the rom-com they deserve.

“True equality can only be achieved when you see yourself reflected in the movies, music and stories that paint our culture,” they said. “As young gay men in the 90s, whenever a rom-com opened, we would watch the leading lady fall in love, and imagine what it would be like if the boy was saying all those things to another boy.” Awwww same, but with lesbians.

“We’ve always wanted to make a movie — an unabashedly romantic comedy — that queer boys wouldn’t have to translate,” the team added. “It’s rewarding to take the genre to a new, all-inclusive level.” 

The Thing About Harry will premiere in February 2020 just in time for a very gay Valentine’s Day.

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We are here for this film and will definitely be watching it on Valentine’s Day, especially if our own romantic holiday is a bust. What do you guys think of the new movie sound off in the comments’ section below!

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Slay Queen! Queen Latifah (@IAMQUEENLATIFAH) Steals The Show as “Ursula” in Disney’s “The Little Mermaid LIVE!”

Disney’s The Little Mermaid is hands down one of the beloved in animated movies in history, thus it is no surprise it has been adapted into a live musical for television audiences. All of our favorite singles from the movie were there including “Part Of Your World,” “Under The Sea,” and “Kiss The Girl,” but it was Queen Latifah as Ursula giving life to her signature song, “Poor, Unfortunate Souls” that took–and saved–the show!

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Disney’s The Little Mermaid is hands down one of the beloved in animated movies in history, thus it is no surprise it has been adapted into a live musical for television audiences. All of our favorite singles from the movie were there including “Part Of Your World,” “Under The Sea,” and “Kiss The Girl,” but it was Queen Latifah as Ursula giving life to her signature song, “Poor, Unfortunate Souls” that took–and saved–the show!

Queen Latifah really brought it with this role. We actually would prefer to see her reprise this role in the live action adaptation set for 2021 alongside Halle Bailey. All too often we forget that not only is the Queen an amazing actress, but a songstress as well. As you recall she was amazing in Chicago (2002) as “Mama Morton,” and she shows her range in a previous album, Dana Owens (2004). Without her performance in the show it would have been otherwise drab and disappointing. Every move, sashay, and evil laugh screamed diva/sea witch in control!

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The other actors gave it their best shot, but truthfully we were disappointed with Shaggy and Auliʻi Cravalho’s (Sebastian and Ariel, respectively). Both were lackluster and bland. Auli’i’s voice lacked the warmth and strength we love from Ariel of a curious [mer]girl determined to be her true self, and Shaggy—well–he clearly missed some rehearsals. His timing was off and his costume was terrible. The only thing he and Sebastian had in common were the color he was wearing and a Jamaican accent. To put it plainly, thank God for Queen Latifah!

You can catch encore presentations of Disney’s The Little Mermaid LIVE by checking your local listings and showtimes. Happy viewing!

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Yikes! BET Cancels Tyler Perry’s “The Oval” After Its First Season!

The verdict is in and Tyler Perry’s “The Oval” is a “no go” with viewers! In fact, BET has opted no to renew the series after its first season due to complaints about the series including its acting, scenes of domestic violence, and alleged poor lighting. As you may already know, the series premiered last week to amazing ratings, and was paired with another series Tyler Perry series, “Sista.” “The Oval” is expected to be replaced by “Bruh,” a series that is apparently already in the works.

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The verdict is in and Tyler Perry’s “The Oval” is a “no go” with viewers! In fact, BET has opted no to renew the series after its first season due to complaints about the series including its acting, scenes of domestic violence, and alleged poor lighting. As you may already know, the series premiered last week to amazing ratings, and was paired with another series Tyler Perry series, “Sista.” “The Oval” is expected to be replaced by “Bruh,” a series that is apparently already in the works.

via Sandra Rose

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The Cast of “The Oval”

The Oval opened with Hunter Franklin (Ed Quinn), the newly elected president of the United States, and his handsome wife Victoria (Kron Moore) fighting like cats and dogs in the private residence of the White House. The scene was a literal slap in the face to Black women who tuned in to see a regal Black First Lady represented in Tyler’s White House drama.

The Oval premiered with strong ratings. But the viewer complaints were plentiful. Many complained about the acting, the domestic violence scenes, the sparsely decorated sets, and the poor lighting.

The latter is probably due to Tyler’s ongoing disagreements with local motion picture and TV electrical lighting unions.

Tyler reportedly won’t employ union workers on his sets because they demand too much money. So he makes do without paying high union dues. The result are shadowy sets that look like they were illuminated with flashlights and an open refrigerator door.

People in the know say Tyler shelled out millions for his star-studded studio opening extravaganza earlier this month – which left little money in the budget for his shows.

Tyler probably isn’t worried about this current failure. He knows he has enough faithful fans to keep the lights on – even if he doesn’t have enough technicians to work those lights.

Yikes! We really hope Tyler’s future shows fare better. “Sistas,” however does deserve a chance. It very well could be “Girlfriends” (2000) for millenials. We wish the cast and crew the best of luck on future endeavors. What do you all think of the cancellation of “The Oval?” Sound off in the comments section below!

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