A better recent posts plugin

Hey guys,
I'm on the hunt for an awesome plugin to display recent/author/popular posts. I realize this plugin may not exist, hoping it might.

The plugin would need to be capable of displaying:
- Post Title
- Post Meta
- Post thumbnail
- Choice of author/category/taxenomy to display posts from
- Option to link widget to author archives or to category archives based on category filters

I know that WPMUDEV has a plugin that does most of this, but I sorta need something that does all of this. If there's a way to modify the wpmudev plugin to include all this functionality that would be rad, too.

Any guidance is appreciated.