We all know Hypable is “For Fans, By Fans,” and “fans” have existed since the dawn of human civilization.

“OMG, is that the guy who created fire? I’m totally making fire from now on!”

“Did you hear that lute player in the town square yesterday singing about the epic battle of Troy? I’m going back tomorrow because I NEED to know how it ends!!”

“So Shakespeare’s, like, amazing, amirite?”

In the interest of brevity I’m not going to include things like Fire, The Odyssey, the works of William Shakespeare. I’m thinking more like the 1980s, 90s, and early 00s. Assuming most of us Hypable users are between the ages of 10 and 40, I thought it would be interesting to speculate what fandoms Hypable might have covered before it (and the internet as the engine of fandom that it is today) existed.

As someone born in the late 80s, and a human being in general, I do not claim to have a comprehensive knowledge of pop culture ever since the day I was born, especially from before I was born. I know what I watched and listened to as a kid, but that doesn’t mean everyone did, too, or that I wasn’t missing out on something because of age or personal taste.

The following list contains movies, TV shows, and musicians from the 80s, 90s, and 00s. I decided to omit books and video games. Books simply because of the sheer number of them, and also because it’s hard to compare today’s resurgence of YA fiction as fandom to popular literature of past decades that tended to be geared toward adults. Video games because I never had video games growing up and can only speculate as to what was and is popular. That being said, feel free to include books and video games and any other genre of fandom in the comments.

Ultimately, the most fun part about imagining what fandoms Hypable would have covered before it existed is the fact that many fandoms, or genres of fandom, have their roots in the last 50 years of pop culture. We all know Hypable would cover an artist like Michael Jackson or a movie franchise like Star Wars, but one great facet of fandom is the thrill of experiencing it from its inception and throughout its rise to acclaim and subsequent legend.

So let’s go back in time and imagine how awesome life would be if we could experience these “old” fandoms in full swing, and how awesome life would be if Hypable had existed that much sooner. =)

TV Shows:

Alias – My favorite TV show EVER. No female super-spy can compare to Sydney Bristow in my heart.
Heroes
Buffy the Vampire Slayer – I’ve never seen it, but my sister was obsessed, and Joss Whedon is a god.
Prison Break – Ok, TRUTH BOMB, I just marathoned this series in a week, and I can’t imagine Hypable wouldn’t be attracted to the conspiracy, romance, and moral ambiguity of Michael Scofield & Co.
Avatar: The Last Airbender, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Friends, Will & Grace, Cheers, Seinfeld, Three’s Company
Married…With Children, Roseanne – Family sitcoms at their weirdest and finest.
Family Ties, Growing Pains, Family Matters, Boy Meets World, Full House – I learned everything I needed to know about growing up from Michael J. Fox, Tracey Gold, Steve Urkel, and Michelle Tanner. Everything about love and high school I learned from Cory, Topanga, and Mr. Feeny.
Saved by the Bell, Beverly Hills 90210 – Teen angst: can’t live with it, can’t live without it.
Power Rangers – Don’t try and deny it, you STILL love Power Rangers.
Dallas – one of the original primetime soap operas.
Fantasy Island – In retrospect I feel like this was probably an inappropriate show for me to be watching as a child.
The Love BoatGrey’s Anatomy on a boat.
The A-Team, Dukes of Hazzard, Hawaii Five-0, Knight Rider, Magnum P.I., Miami Vice
Star Trek – All series.

Movies:

The Matrix
Lord of the Rings
The Fifth Element
Clueless
Star Wars – Might as well be a current fandom
Ghostbusters
Police Academy
Back to the Future
Die Hard
Alien
The Goonies – Sean Astin! Martha Plimpton! Joe Pantoliano! Josh Freakin’ Brolin!
Scream
Titanic? – I suspect the angst would be too hard to resist.
Superman – All movies.
Star Trek – All movies, even if they were terrible.
Indiana Jones

Musicians:

– ‘N Sync, Backstreet Boys, New Kids on the Block, 98 Degrees, Hanson, Spice Girls
– Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey
– Michael Jackson
– Elton John
– Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Jessica Simpson
– Madonna
– Jay-Z, Puff Daddy, Tupac Shakur
– Bruce Springsteen
– THE BEATLES – DUH.

What would YOU like to see on Hypable… in the past?

Disney is making another live-action movie, and this time it’s James and the Giant Peach, to be developed by Director Sam Mendes.

To refresh your memory, James and the Giant Peach is the terrifying delightful children’s movie directed by Henry Selick and based off of the Roald Dahl story. It features nightmare-inducing adorable stop-motion animated bugs that helped James float away from his mean aunts in a — you guessed it — giant peach.

The original film was an interesting mix of live-action characters in the beginning and at the end, with stop-motion animated sequences throughout the middle.

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Disney is making another live-action movie, and this time it’s James and the Giant Peach, to be developed by Director Sam Mendes.

To refresh your memory, James and the Giant Peach is the terrifying delightful children’s movie directed by Henry Selick and based off of the Roald Dahl story. It features nightmare-inducing adorable stop-motion animated bugs that helped James float away from his mean aunts in a — you guessed it — giant peach.

The original film was an interesting mix of live-action characters in the beginning and at the end, with stop-motion animated sequences throughout the middle.

Now, according to Deadline, Disney is developing an all-live-action remake of the film. Nick Hornby will write the script, while Joe Roth is in negotiations to sign on as a producer.

If Mendes’ name sounds familiar, it’s because he directed the last two James Bond features, both Skyfall and Spectre, as well as 1999’s American Beauty.

You can check out the trailer for the horrifying original film below:

As of late, Disney has been announcing live-action versions of its properties left and right, including The Nutcracker (which has a huge cast of well-known actors), The Little Mermaid (with Lin-Manuel Miranda attached to help write the music), Beauty and the Beast (starring Emma Watson), and Cruella (starring Emma Stone), among others.

With the amount of remakes — especially in the live-action department — it’s no wonder James and the giant Peach is the latest to be announced.

Do you want to see a live-action ‘James and the Giant Peach’ movie?

Legion M president Jeff Annison introduces the first fan-owned entertainment company

"Opening the gates to Hollywood" with fandom-powered entertainment production.

2:12 pm EDT, August 24, 2016

Hypable speaks to co-founder Jeff Annison about Legion M’s goals, fan engagement, and potential impact on the entertainment industry.

An exciting new project launched over the summer: Legion M, the world’s first fan-owned entertainment company.

At San Diego Comic-Con, Hype Podcast sat down with co-founder and company president Jeff Annison, in order to learn more about the ambitious startup that promises to give fans more creative control of entertainment production.

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Hypable speaks to co-founder Jeff Annison about Legion M’s goals, fan engagement, and potential impact on the entertainment industry.

An exciting new project launched over the summer: Legion M, the world’s first fan-owned entertainment company.

At San Diego Comic-Con, Hype Podcast sat down with co-founder and company president Jeff Annison, in order to learn more about the ambitious startup that promises to give fans more creative control of entertainment production.

The full interview is available to download here or via iTunes, or you can stream it below:

In the interview, Annison explains the mission of Legion M, which is to bring fans directly into the production process. Says Annison, “For the first time in history, we are architected to be built from the ground up to be owned by fans.”

With a ‘Legion’ of fan investors behind them, Annison believes that Legion M’s approach to selecting and developing projects will be very different from anything else we’ve seen in Hollywood.

Where usually creators will struggle to make their content stand out from the crowd, “bringing the audience into the process [of creating entertainment], we’ve already got a built-in audience,” Annison explains. “If you can have the audience of content be invested in content, it gives that content a competitive advantage.”

One of the key ways in which Legion M hopes to influence the creative industry is by opening the door for more diverse projects.

As Hollywood is so revenue-driven, oftentimes the ‘risk’ of letting a movie’s lead character be a woman, a person of color and/or a member of the LGBT community is simply considered too great. But Legion M, being owned by fans, has the opportunity to tip the scales. Because if the investors want more diversity and new kinds of stories, that’s exactly what they’re going to get.

“The reason that there are so many superhero movies and reboots and remakes… Hollywood’s figured out the formula. You pick something with an established fanbase, and if you make the movie you know it’s less risky because you know those people are gonna come see the next Superman movie,” says Annison. “Whereas if it’s an unknown story, you just don’t know. So we believe when you make the audience part of the process, these fans that are part of our studio … if you’ve got an audience that’s baked into it, that gives you so much more creative leeway.”

In practice, this means that Legion M, “could come up with a completely new and novel story that’s never been tried before, and know that it’s gonna have some success” — which means that it’d actually get produced, unlike many original ideas that come to Hollywood to die.

Further, fan owners of Legion M can experience unprecedented involvement with the creative process. Not only are they involved with selecting and developing projects, but, “our promise to our investors is that we’re gonna take you along for the ride. When we film a movie, we wanna live-stream from the set. When we have project opportunities, we wanna put them in front of you. We give the Legion a voice.”

To start with, Legion M is partnering with Seth Green and Matthew Senreich’s Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, which created Robot Chicken. Annison explains that they still have “dozens” of projects that networks have rejected, and Legion M is working on bringing some of them to life.

In terms of representation, Legion M doesn’t necessarily want to commit to a quota of diversity. Instead, where they expect to be able to influence Hollywood is at the “table” where these decisions are made — and, “because we’re owned by such a broad, diverse group of people, we’ve got a better shot than anybody else at being able to affect that change.”

As Annison explains: “Fans have the ultimate power. Our money is what makes this whole thing spin around. When we combine and come together, we’ve got all the power.”

Read more about Legion M and how to get involved on their website.

As we approach the Captain America: Civil War Blu-Ray release date, a new deleted scene from the film has been released.

And it’s a Civil War deleted scene that is sure to please Stucky fans.

In the clip, Bucky quickly comes to the defense of bae (a.k.a. Cap) when War Machine briefly takes him down. Bucky gets back at Rhodey by throwing Cap’s iconic shield at him, and as the shield boomerangs back, Steve Rogers catches it. Take THAT, War Machine! #TeamCap

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As we approach the Captain America: Civil War Blu-Ray release date, a new deleted scene from the film has been released.

And it’s a Civil War deleted scene that is sure to please Stucky fans.

In the clip, Bucky quickly comes to the defense of bae (a.k.a. Cap) when War Machine briefly takes him down. Bucky gets back at Rhodey by throwing Cap’s iconic shield at him, and as the shield boomerangs back, Steve Rogers catches it. Take THAT, War Machine! #TeamCap

Watch below:

The movie’s airport scene was easily one of the most delightful moments of the film, so we’re loving this extra dose of Stucky brilliance.

Need more? The Captain America Blu-ray, with a release date set for September 13, includes the following special features:

  1. United We Stand, Divided We Fall – The Making of Captain America: Civil War Part 1 & Part 2 – As the tension mounts, sides are chosen and lines drawn. Learn more about the characters on each side—from Captain America and Iron Man to the latest recruits. In this complete behind-the-scenes look at a landmark in the Marvel saga, we’ll examine their stories through exclusive footage and interviews and discover just what went into selecting the Super Hero teams, filming the epic action sequences and introducing Black Panther and Spider-Man to the MCU.
  2. Captain America: The Road to Civil War – Explore the First Avenger’s fascinating evolution from loyal soldier to seasoned, conflicted hero who questions authority.
  3. Iron Man: The Road to Civil War – From Gulmira to Sokovia, delve into the development and evolution of one of the most iconic characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  4. Gag Reel – Break the tension of this high-stakes conflict with some hilarious outtakes featuring the lighter side of your favorite Super Heroes.
  5. Deleted & Extended Scenes – Check out never-before-seen footage that didn’t make the final cut of Captain America: Civil War.
  6. Audio Commentary – Directors Anthony and Joe Russo and screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely deliver scene-by-scene insight and explain the storytelling challenges they faced creating the third installment of the Captain America franchise.
  7. Open Your Mind: Marvel’s Doctor Strange – Exclusive Sneak Peek – Go behind and beyond the scenes as Doctor Strange makes his journey to the big screen.

The Digital HD version of Civil War will be released on September 2.