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Drake Bell Pleads Guilty

Today Drake Bell has pleaded guilty to a crime involving a minor. The former Spider-Man actor pleaded guilty to two charges: attempted child endangerment and disseminating matter harmful to juveniles. These are in connection to a December 2017 incident. Cleveland police said Bell and a then-fifteen year-old had a relationship until an event in the city where, according to authorities, Bell "violated his duty of care" while she was there. The victim filed a complaint with the Canadian police who then contacted Cleveland detectives. The police said that Bell spent months sending the victim inappropriate messages on social media. Bell's sentencing is set for July 12th and includes the potential for prison time.

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Tim Russ Turns 65

Today is the sixty-fifth birthday of Tim Russ. Timothy Darrell Russ was born on this day in 1956 in Washington, D. C. to a government employee mother and Air Force father.

He started acting in a minor role on Hill Street Blues and the in the 1980s The Twilight Zone revival. His first notable role came in Spaceballs as one of the men "combing" the desert. He was an avid fan of Star Trek and auditioned for a role on The Next Generation, losing to LeVar Burton. He then made an appearance on the show as someone stealing from the Enterprise. He also appeared in the film Generations as an officer on the bridge of the Enterprise-B. He eventually got the main role of Tuvok on Voyager, bringing with him his extensive knowledge of Vulcan lore. He reprised the role…

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25 Years of The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Today is the twenty-fifth anniversary of the premiere of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The film is the thirty-first from Walt Disney Animation Studios and based on the 1831 novel by Victor Hugo. The story follows the deformed Quasimodo, who rings the bells in Paris's Notre Dame Cathedral, when he sneaks outside and falls in love with a gypsy woman named Esmerelda and seeks acceptance in society.

The film first began production in 1993 after an executive read an illustrated copy of the novel. The film significantly toned down the darker elements to fit within Disney's G rated target. They also added the talking gargoyles as comedic sidekicks based on a single line in the novel. Interestingly, they made the villain's death more horrific but spa…

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Happy Father's Day 2021

Today is Father's Day, celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. There have, of course, been many fathers in the Marvel Universe, though not all of them have been seen in animation.

  • Richard Parker and Philip Watson both appeared in flashbacks on Spider-Man, while the show's fifth season dealt with Peter clearing the names of both parents. And there's always his relationship with his adopted father, his Uncle Ben.
  • The show also explored in depth the relationship between Harry Osborn and his father Norman.
  • The Venom Symbiote is technically the father of the Carnage Symbiote.
  • Felicia Hardy's father John Hardesky appeared briefly on Spider-Man.
  • One episode of X-Men saw Rogue being turned away from her father for …
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Luca Released

Today is the release of Luca. The film is the twenty-fourth from Pixar Animation Studios. Set in the Italian Riviera during the 1950s, the story follows two sea creatures who can assume human form on land and set out to explore the nearby shore. The film is being released through Disney+ with limited theatrical engagements.

The film features the talents of Maya Rudolph as mother Daniela Paguro.

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Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard Released

Today is the release of Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard. A sequel to the 2017 film, the story follows bodyguard Michael Bryce as he is forced to help find the notorious hitman he was once hired to guard by the criminal's wife.

The film features the talents of Samuel L. Jackson returning as hitman Darius Kincaid along with Frank Grillo joining the cast as Interpol agent Bobby O'Neill.

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20 Years of Atlantis: The Lost Empire

Today is the twentieth anniversary of the premiere of Atlantis: The Lost Empire. The film follows a linguist named Milo Thatch who leads a team on an expedition to find the lost city of Atlantis only to have to save it when forces seek to take an ancient power for themselves.

The film is the forty-first from Walt Disney Animation Studios. Production of the feature began after The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The story is largely original though inspired by the works of Jules Verne. In contrast to the films being made at the time, the film was never intended to be a musical. The animation featured greater use of computer generated imagery with the look being inspired by the artwork of Mike Mignola, of Hellboy fame. A full Atlantean language was dev…

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40 Years of Raiders of the Lost Ark

Today is the fortieth anniversary of the premiere of Raiders of the Lost Ark. The film follows archeologist and professor Indiana Jones as he is tasked with tracking down the legendary Ark of the Covenant, while reconnecting with a long lost love, before the Nazi military can use it for their own nefarious purposes.

George Lucas came up with the initial idea in the early 1970s following the release of American Graffiti. He was inspired by the classic movie serials he grew up with. At the same time, he was trying to adapt the classic serial series Flash Gordon, but when he couldn't secure the rights he instead made Star Wars. Following the release of his iconic space epic, Lucas was vacationing with Steven Spielberg when the two began discussing…

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Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway Released

Today is the release of Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway. The film is based on the classic stories centered on the titular character and a sequel to the 2018 film produced by Sony Pictures Animation and released by Sony Pictures Releasing. The plot follows Peter as he goes to the city encountering shady new characters after Bea and Thomas get married.

The film features the talents of Hayley Atwell as the voice of Mittens.

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12 Mighty Orphans Released

Today is the release of 12 Mighty Orphans. Based on a true story, the film follows a high school coach who helps guide a football team comprised of orphans to the state championships during the Great Depression.

The film features the talents of Wayne Knight as Frank Wynn.

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