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  • ARTaylor

    The Mouse Owns the Fox

    March 20, 2019 by ARTaylor

    The glorious overlords at The Walt Disney Company will make their next step in world conquest tomorrow with the formal acquisition of 21st Century Fox. The purchase will become official at 12:02 AM ET on the morning of March 20th, 2019. The acquisition includes Fox's film production businesses including Twentieth Century Fox, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Fox 2000 Pictures, Fox Family, and Fox Animation as their television creative units Twentieth Century Fox Television, FX Productions, Fox21, FX Networks, National Geographic Partners, Fox Networks Group International, and Star India. Disney will also get Fox's interests in Hulu, Tata Sky, and Endemol Shine Group.

    Disney Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Robert A. Iger said of the merger, "T…

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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the home video release of the Academy Award winning film from Sony Pictures Animation Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD. The releases contain over ninety minutes of bosnus features including a Spider-Ham short. The film also contains an "Alt-Universe Cut" containing additional finished footage that was ultimately edited out.

    Several retail outlets have their own exclusive features. Amazon's has a 3D holographic cover. Best Buy has a steelbook case. Target has a mini-book containing artwork. Walmart comes with a Miles Morales figuring.

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    Marvel Asks What If?

    March 13, 2019 by ARTaylor

    /Film has learned that Marvel Studios will be producing an animated series based on the What If? comics from Marvel Comics. Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios will oversee the project. The series is expected to premiere on the upcoming streaming service Disney+.

    For those who don't know, What If? is a series of comics that have been produced since February 1977. They usually feature Uatu the Watcher asking if some aspect in the Marvel Universe has been changed in some way. They usually become part of the Marvel multiverse, sometimes being revisited. Classic stories ask if Jane Foster had found the hammer of Thor, if Spider-Man joined the Fantastic Four, and if Captain America had won the Civil War. The most famous story involved asking if Spider-M…

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    Rob Paulsen Turns 63

    March 12, 2019 by ARTaylor

    Today is the sixty-third birthday of Rob Paulsen. The actor was born Robert Fredrick Paulsen III in Detroit, Michigan. He is one of the most prolific voice actors playing hundreds of characters across just as many series. He began working on series such as G. I. Joe, The Transformers, and Hadji in two versions of Jonny Quest. He rose to prominence as the voice of Raphael in the 1987 series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Then in 2012 he went on to voice Donatello in that series, as well as reprising his role as the earlier Raphael in a special episode featuring the original cast and characters. He is perhaps most famous as the voices of Yakko Warner, Dr. Otto Scratchansniff, and Pinky in the Animaniacs franchise. He is known to Marvel fans as the…

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    Lisa Loeb Turns 51

    March 11, 2019 by ARTaylor

    Today is the fifty-first birthday of Lisa Loeb. The actress rose to fame as a singer. She performed the number one hit song "Stay (I Missed You)" that appeared in the film Reality Bites. She performed two back-to-back albums that were both certified gold. She is also a noted philanthropist having founded an eyewear company, a non-profit organization that sends children to camp, and a coffee company. As an actress she has appeared in works including Gossip Girl, House on Haunted Hill, Fright Night, Hot Tub Time Machine 2, and Helicopter Mom. She is known to Marvel fans as the voice of Mary Jane Watson on Spider-Man: The New Animated Series.

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    Robbie Daymond Turns 37

    March 11, 2019 by ARTaylor

    Today is the thirty-seventh birthday of Robbie Daymond. The actor was born Robert Daymond Miles in Chesterfield, Missouri. He got his big break as the voice of Tuxedo Mask in the Viz dub of the anime Sailor Moon and Mumen Rider in One-Punch Man. He is known to Marvel fans as the voice of Spider-Man having played the character for the English dub of Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Spider-Man as well as Bucky Barnes on Avengers Assemble.

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    Oscar Isaac Turns 39

    March 9, 2019 by ARTaylor

    Today is the thirty-ninth birthday of Oscar Isaac. The actor was born Óscar Isaac Hernández Estrada in Guatemala City, Guatemala. He rose to fame playing the lead role in Inside Llewyn Davis earning him a Golden Globe nomination, Saint Joseph the earthly father of Jesus Christ in The Nativity Story, and inventor Nathan Hamlet Bateman in the science fiction film Ex Machina. He is most popularly known as X-wing pilot Poe Dameron in the Star Wars franchise. He is known to Marvel fans as the titular villain of X-Men: Apocalypse and for the post-credit appearance of Spider-Man (2099) in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the release of Captain Marvel. The film is the twenty-first film in Marvel Studios's Marvel Cinematic Universe. It follows Carol Danvers as she returns to Earth during the 1990s during a conflict between the Kree and the Skrull while dealing with her own lost memories.

    The film features the talents of Djimon Hounsou returning as his Guardians of the Galaxy character Korath, Clark Gregg returning to the role he started as S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Phil Coulson, and Stan Lee in his first posthumous cameo for Marvel Studios. Kevin Feige served as producer while the late Lee is credited as executive producer.

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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the release of Triple Frontier. The film follows a group of military veterans who test their loyalties as they try to rob a South American drug lord. It features the talents of Oscar Isaac as Santiago "Pope" Garcia.

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    I'm Not Here Released

    March 8, 2019 by ARTaylor

    Today is the release of I'm Not Here. The story follows an aging alcoholic as he reflects on the pivotal moments in his life. It was screened two years ago at a festival but this marks its first release. The film features the talents of Jonathan Kimble Simmons as the alcoholic Steve and Harold Perrineau as Santana.

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  • ARTaylor

    10 Years of Watchmen

    March 7, 2019 by ARTaylor

    Today marks the tenth anniversary of the premiere of Watchmen. Based on the highly acclaimed graphic novel by DC Comics, the film follows a group of superheroes in an alternate 1985 as they investigate the murder of one of their own that forces them to challenge their moral limitations.

    The film had a long, troubled development into production with numerous filmmakers joining and leaving, with David Hayter at one point writing a script. It was a moderate box office success, performing below expectations. The film polarized fans and critics. Some praised the director's style while others criticized it for lacking what made the comic so beloved. A director's cut of the film, which incorporated removed scenes and a deleted subplot of a comic wi…

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    RIP Luke Perry

    March 4, 2019 by ARTaylor

    Last week we reported that Luke Perry had been hospitalized following a stroke. Unfortunately, he did not recover and this morning he passed away at the age of fifty-two. His representative Arnold Robinson released a statement saying "He was surrounded by his children, Jack and Sophie; fiancé, Wendy Madison Bauer; ex-wife, Minnie Sharp; mother, Ann Bennett; stepfather, Steve Bennett; brother, Tom Perry; sister, Amy Coder; and other close family and friends. The family appreciates the outpouring of support and prayers that have been extended to Luke from around the world, and respectfully request privacy in this time of great mourning. No further details will be released at this time."

    The actor was born Coy Luther Perry III on October 11th,…

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  • ARTaylor

    February is over and another poll has come to an end. Last month we asked which design of Cyclops you liked best.


    1. Winning the poll with 76.9% of the votes is the open hair design. This version was designed by Jim Lee. It was first seen in X-Men and later in X-Men: Evolution. This style was also the version seen in the live-action films.
    2. Coming in a distant second with 23.1% is the classic domed head design. This version is the original version designed by . This is the design seen in all other versions of the character including The Marvel Super Heroes, Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, "Pryde of the X-Men", Wolverine and the X-Men, The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, Marvel Anime: Wolverine, Marvel Anime: X-Men, and Marvel Disk Wars: The Avenge…

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  • ARTaylor

    The now Oscar-winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is returning to theaters this weekend. Director Rodney Rothman announced that the film will be getting a "huge" re-release including many IMAX screens.


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    Luke Perry Hospitalized

    February 28, 2019 by ARTaylor

    According to TMZ, Luke Perry has suffered a stroke and been hospitalized. Paramedics went to Perry's home in Sherman Oaks, California this morning. He was transported to a nearby hospital. A representative responded to TMZ to say Perry is currently under observation.

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  • ARTaylor

    10 Years of Halo Wars

    February 26, 2019 by ARTaylor

    Today marks the tenth anniversary of the release of Halo Wars. The video game is the fourth in the Halo science fiction franchise, a prequel to the original game, and the first of the spin-off series. As opposed to the main game series, the game is a strategy game which is based on the original intention for the game series. The game follows the UNSC ship Spirit of Fire as it encounters a Forerunner shield world while fighting the genocidal Covenant while they encounter a new enemy known as the Flood.

    The game features the talents of Gregg Berger as Spirit of Fire Captain James Gregory Cutter, Nolan North as Sergeant John Forge, David Sobolov as the primary villain Arbiter, Robin Atkin Downes as villain leader Prophet of Regret, Marc Worden as th…

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  • ARTaylor

    Keith Ferguson Turns 47

    February 26, 2019 by ARTaylor

    Today is the forty-seventh birthday of Keith Ferguson. The actor first became known after doing a Keanu Reeves impression for a The Matrix parody. He became a noted voice actor appearing in numerous games, animated series, and animated films. He is perhaps most famous for his Harrison Ford imitation, playing the actor and his characters Han Solo and Indiana Jones for the series Robot Chicken and the film The Lego Movie. He is known to Marvel fans for doing additional voices on Ultimate Avengers as well as the voice of General Ross on The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes.

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  • ARTaylor

    Tonight was the 91st Academy Awards, celebrating the best of films from 2018. Mahershala Ali won Best Supporting Actor for his role as real life singer Don Shirley in Best Picture winner Green Book. Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman, Phil Lord, and Christopher Miller accepted the award for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse winning Best Animated Feature Film, becoming just the second superhero film to win an Oscar following Big Hero 6. Marvel Studios's Black Panther won Best Costume Design, Best Production Design, and Best Original Score. Stan Lee was honored during the memorial of those lost since the last ceremony. Presenters included Maya Rudolph, Brian Tyree Henry, and John Mulaney.

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  • ARTaylor

    John Vernon's 87 Birthday

    February 25, 2019 by ARTaylor

    Today marks the eighty-seventh birthday of John Vernon. Born Adolphus Raymondus Vernon Agopsowicz, the actor got his start playing the voice of Big Brother in the 1956 adaptation of George Orwell's iconic Nineteen Eighty-Four. He rose to fame as the San Francisco mayor in the film Dirty Harry, loosely based on the real world Zodiac killings. Vernon gained prominence in numerous villain roles, most notably Dean Vernon Wormer in Animal House. He was also a noted voice actor. He was the first to play Namor, Iron Man, and Glenn Talbot in The Marvel Super Heroes. He went on to play Doctor Strange on Spider-Man and General Thaddeus Ross on The Incredible Hulk. He is also known to comic fans as mob boss Rupert Thorne on Batman: The Animated Series. He pa…

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    Neal McDonough Turns 53

    February 24, 2019 by ARTaylor

    Today is the fifty-third birthday of Neal McDonough. The actor got his start doing small parts in various series including Firebrand on Iron Man. His first major role was as Bruce Banner on The Incredible Hulk. That same year, he had a minor but notable role on the film Star Trek: First Contact as Lieutenant Hawk. He rose to prominence as First Lieutenant Lynn "Buck" Compton in the critically acclaimed HBO miniseries Band of Brothers. He went on to appear in major roles in films like Minority Report, Flags of Our Fathers, and RED 2. DC Comics fans would recognize him as Deadshot in the animated feature Batman: Assault on Arkham as well as recurring villain Damien Darhk in the series Arrow, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow. Marvel fans would know him …

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  • ARTaylor

    Today marks the eighty-seventh anniversary of the birth of Majel Barrett-Roddenberry. The actress was born Majel Leigh Hudec on this day in 1932. She appeared in a number of series before she appeared in The Lieutenant where she met writer Gene Roddenberry, eventually becoming his mistress. When he began working on a science fiction series titled Star Trek, Gene cast Majel as the first officer. The initial pilot was not successful but the studio enjoyed the concept. Gene was allowed to create a second pilot with a number of concessions, one being that the first officer could not be a woman. Gene's second pilot became a success and Majel was recast as Nurse Christine Chapel as well as the computer voice. Following the conclusion of the series,…

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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the release of How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. The animated film is the third in the highly acclaimed series. The story follows Hiccup as he leads the people of Berk in searching for the hidden refuge of the dragons while his own dragon Toothless finds love in the only other one of his kind. It features the talents of Robin Atkin Downes as Berk resident Ack and Gideon Emery as a trapper.

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    Anthem Released

    February 22, 2019 by ARTaylor

    Today is the release of Anthem. The video game follows Freelancer Javelin pilots as they defend humanity's stronghold from various threats. It features the talents of Robbie Daymond and Crispin Freeman doing additional voices.

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    Today marks the eighty-fifth anniversary of the birth of Rue McClanahan. She is remembered for appearing in a large number of popular sitcoms such as playing swinger Ruth Rempley on All in the Family, Vivian Harmon on Maude, Aunt Fran Crowley on Mama's Family, and Blanche Devereaux on The Golden Girls and The Golden Palace. She is known to Marvel fans as the first actress to play Anastasia Hardy on Spider-Man for the episode "Doctor Octopus: Armed and Dangerous". She passed away on June 3rd, 2010 at the age of seventy-six after suffering a brain hemorrhage.

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  • ARTaylor

    Sony Pictures Entertainment has announced the home video release dates for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. The film will be released on digital streaming release on February 26th while it will be available on 4K Blu-ray, Blu-ray, and DVD March 19th. The releases will contain over ninety minutes of special features including a short focusing on Spider-Ham.


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  • ARTaylor

    Sandy Becker's 97 Birthday

    February 20, 2019 by ARTaylor

    Today is the ninety-seventh anniversary of the birth of Sandy Becker. Born George Sanford Becker, the actor was also a well known television announcer and comedian. He is most famous for being the host of The Sandy Becker Show, a children's series that ran from 1955 to 1968. On this series, Becker used puppetry to entertain children. He is fondly remembered for his actions on November 22nd, 1963 when he used his skills to explain to his young viewers that President John F. Kennedy had been assassinated. Unfortunately, due to technical limitations at the time, his show was not recorded and thus only lives on in the memories of those who watched it. Following the conclusion of his series, he provided help designing puppets for other children …

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    Pat Fraley Turns 70

    February 19, 2019 by ARTaylor

    Today is the seventieth birthday of Pat Fraley. The actor got his start in Hanna-Barbera Productions's Scooby-Doo Goes Hollywood. He is most famous doing several voices on the 1980s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series including Krang, Casey Jones, and Baxter Stockman. He has provided voices for animated features such as Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., Chicken Little, Tangled, and Happy Feet Two. He has also provided ADR voice work for live movies like The Muppets and Lincoln. Marvel fans would recognize him Gamesman on Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, Glenn Talbot on The Incredible Hulk, additional voices on Solarman, Pyro on "Pryde of the X-Men", and Beta Ray Bill on The Super Hero Squad Show.

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  • ARTaylor

    Presidents Day 2019

    February 18, 2019 by ARTaylor

    In the United States of America, today is Presidents Day, celebrating the forty-five individual Presidents of the country. The day is celebrated as a federal holiday on this day to recognize the birthday of the first president, George Washington. The Incredible Hulk recreated Mount Rushmore which features the likeness of presidents Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt. Real-life president Bill Clinton was on Fantastic Four and Iron Man played by Jim Cummings. X-Men had an unnamed woman as president, apparently based on Clinton's wife Hillary who herself ran for president twice. The Avengers: United They Stand featured an unnamed man as president, though not seemingly based on any real life person.

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  • ARTaylor

    Today marks the thirtieth anniversary of the premiere of Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure. The film follows the titular slackers who must pass a history exam so they can fulfill their destiny of using rock and roll to bring peace to the world. The film was a hit with critics and box office smash. It has become a highly respected comedy. It spawned a sequel, two television series, and several comics including one by Marvel Comics.

    The film features the talents of Robert V. Barron as historical figure brought to the present Abraham Lincoln.

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    Garry Chalk Turns 67

    February 18, 2019 by ARTaylor

    Today marks the sixty-seventh birthday of Garry Chalk. The actor was born in Southampton, Hampshire on this day in 1952. He initially went to school to become a teacher but moved into acting following a college play. He went on to become a prominent voice actor. He is perhaps best remembered as the voice of Optimal Prime on the computer animated series Beast Wars: Transformers and its sequel Beast Machines: Transformers. On the first series, Chalk also voiced the original Megatron. He would go on to voice the Optimal's predecessor Optimus Prime, being one of only two actors to play both the Autobot and Decepticon leaders. Marvel fans would recognize him as Dum Dum Dugan in the television film Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. as well as Meugnio…

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    Mahershala Ali Turns 45

    February 17, 2019 by ARTaylor

    Today is the forty-fifth birthday of Mahershala Ali. Born Mahershalalhashbaz Ali, the actor is widely respected having won numerous awards including an Academy Award, being the first Muslim actor to do so, and a Golden Globe. He got his beginning working on series such as Crossing Jordan and Threat Matrix. He got his breakthrough performances as Richard Tyler on The 4400 and Tizzy Weathers in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. He was a supporting actor on House of Cards and appeared in the final two films of The Hunger Games series. He won an Academy Award for his role in Moonlight. Most recently he has received numerous awards for his role as pianist Don Shirley in Green Book. Marvel fans would know him as villain Cornell "Cottonmouth" Stokes in th…

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  • ARTaylor

    LeVar Burton Turns 62

    February 17, 2019 by ARTaylor

    Today is the sixty-second birthday for LeVar Burton. The actor rose to fame as Kunta Kinte in the influential 1977 miniseries Roots. He is also the longtime host of Reading Rainbow. He is most remembered as Geordi La Forge in the Star Trek franchise starting with The Next Generation as well as directing numerous episodes. Marvel fans would know him as the voice of James Rhodes, also known as War Machine, on The Super Hero Squad Show.

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    Alita: Battle Angel Released

    February 16, 2019 by ARTaylor

    Today is the release of Alita: Battle Angel. Based on the popular manga Gunnm, the film follows the cyborg Alita as she becomes embroiled in the world of police-like Hunter-Warriors, the extreme sport Motorball, and a movement to overthrow those in a floating sky who oppress those on the ground.

    The film features the talents of Mahershala Ali as Motorball entrepreneur Vector, Gregg Berger as a deckman, and David Sobolov as the robotic Centurions.

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    Valentine's Day 2019

    February 14, 2019 by ARTaylor

    Today is Valentine's Day, a day to show that special someone just how much you love them. There's plenty of couples in the Marvel Universe. "Till Death Do Us Part, Part One" and "The End of Time" both showed the marriage between Scott Summers and Jean Grey. "The Wedding of Iron Man" had Tony Stark marry Julia Carpenter. "The Wedding" is the famed union of Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson. Fantastic Four explored the relationship between Reed and Susan Richards. Ultimate Avengers II showed the somewhat darker side of marriage between Hank and Janet Pym. Of course you can always watch Planet Hulk for the growing love of Hulk and Caiera.

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    Tara Strong Turns 46

    February 13, 2019 by ARTaylor

    Today is the forty-sixth birthday of actress Tara Strong. Any and every animation fans knows her, even if they don't know the name. She's been in hundreds of works across films, video games, and animated series. Her delightful personality and openness to talk with fans have made her a fan favorite. Marvel fans would most know her as Illyana Rasputin and Paige Guthrie on X-Men, psychotic stalker Christina on Spider-Man: The New Animated Series, April Strange on Doctor Strange: The Sorcerer Supreme, Marrow and X-23 on Wolverine and the X-Men, Invisible Woman and Scarlet Witch on The Super Hero Squad Show, Sif on Thor: Tales of Asgard, Mary Jane Watson on Ultimate Spider-Man, Nova Prime on Guardians of the Galaxy, and Mary Jane on Marvel Rising: Initi…

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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the two-hundred tenth birthday of Abraham Lincoln. He was born February 12, 1809 in a cabin near Hogdenville, Kentucky. He grew up on the frontier, educated himself, and eventually became a leader. He became angry at the expansion of slavery in the United States causing him to enter national politics. He became a major figure in his political party winning a seat in the House of Representatives.

    He is most famous as the sixteenth President of the United States of America. His election in 1860 was seen by pro-slavery forces that the North, who favored freedom for the black slaves, rejected their rights. The southern states seceded from the Union forming the Confederacy thus sparking the American Civil War. As the leader of the Union…

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  • ARTaylor

    Marvel Announces Hulu Series

    February 12, 2019 by ARTaylor

    At the Television Critics Association press tour this morning, Marvel Entertainment announced four new animated series set to premiere on the Hulu streaming service. Marvel announced series titled M.O.D.O.K., Hit Monkey, Tigra & Dazzler Show, and Howard the Duck. This will lead to an animated event titled The Offenders.

    M.O.D.O.K. will follow everyone's favorite technological megalomaniac as he tries to maintain control over his organization. It will be written and produced by Jordan Blum and Patton Oswalt.

    Hit Monkey will tell the story of a wronged Japanese snow monkey as he gets his revenge on the Tokyo underworld. It will be written and produced by Josh Gordon and Will Speck.

    Tigra & Dazzler follows the two woke superheroines as they fight for r…

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  • ARTaylor

    RIP Joseph Sirola

    February 11, 2019 by ARTaylor

    Joseph Sirola, who was once dubbed "The King of the Voice-Overs" by The Wall Street Journal, passed away yesterday at the age of eighty-nine. He had been hospitalized following complications from respiratory failure in New York City. He is survived by his partner Claire Gozzo; daughter Dawn; granddaughters Eva, Isabel, and Sofia; goddaughter Curran; nephew Stewart; and nieces Susan and Andre.


    He was born on October 7th, 1929, the son of Croation immigrants, in Carteret, New Jersey. His father was a carpenter while his mother ran a boarding house. After he graduated Columbia University in 1951 he spent fifteen months fighting in the Korean War. He was noticed by The New York Times during his first professional acting debut off-Broadway who sai…


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  • ARTaylor

    Today was the 72nd British Academy Film Awards. It comes as no surprise that Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman, and Phil Lord won Best Animated Film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse while Mahershala Ali won Best Supporting Actor for Green Book.

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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the release of The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part. The film is a sequel to the 2014 hit and the fourth in the Lego Movie franchise. Set five years after the original movie, it follows the Master Builders of the first adventure as they must defend their city against an invasion of the Systar System.

    Original film directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller return to write and produce. Maya Rudolph joins the cast as Mom and Dorothy Gale, Jorma Taccone as Larry Poppins, along with Miller doing various voices.

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    Lunar New Year 2019

    February 6, 2019 by ARTaylor

    Today is the Lunar New Year. It is the beginning of a year whose months are coordinated by the cycles of the moon. It is commonly known as the Chinese New Year due to the country being one of the few to celebrate it instead of the Gregorian calendar. This year marks the year of the pig.

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  • ARTaylor

    The latest weekend box office results are in. Sony Pictures Animation's Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse earned another $4.4 million at the domestic box office putting it in fifth place. This may not seem like much but this puts its domestic total at $175 million. This makes the Marvel animated feature Sony's biggest box office success beating Hotel Transylvania 2. This is in addition to the $1.6 million it made internationally for a total of $172 million.

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    46th Annie Awards Winners

    February 4, 2019 by ARTaylor

    Yesterday was the 46th annual Annie Awards, celebrating the best of animation in 2018. The big winner of the night was The Walt Disney Company. Their Pixar-created film Incredibles 2 was the biggest winner earning eleven awards while Walt Disney Animation Studios's Ralph Breaks the Internet came in second with ten awards.

    However, the most notable winner was Sony Pictures Animation's Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse who swept every single category it was nominated for with seven wins. Bob Fisher, Andrew Leviton, and Vivek Sharma won for Outstanding Achievement for Editorial in an Animated Feature Production. Phil Lord and Rodney Rothman won for Outstanding Achievement for Writing in an Animated Feature Production. Justin K. Thompson won for Out…

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    Brent Spiner Turns 70

    February 3, 2019 by ARTaylor

    Today is the seventieth birthday for Brent Spiner. The actor is most famous for his role as Data, and various members of Data's family, in the Star Trek franchise. He is also fondly remembered as Bob Wheeler on Night Court, Puck on Gargoyles, Dr. Okun in the Independence Day franchise, and Joker on Young Justice. To Marvel fans he was Purple Man on The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes and Silver Surfer on Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H..

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    January 2019 Poll Results

    February 1, 2019 by ARTaylor

    It seems like just yesterday we were voting in the January poll, because of course we were. But now February is here and we see the results. Last month we asked which character and/or actor from the Oscar nominated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was the most valuable player. The results were close but one came out the winner.


    1. The winner with 33.3% of the votes was Gwen Stacy also known as Spider-Woman, as voiced by Hailee Steinfeld. The character debuted in the Spider-Verse comics and has enjoyed a wave of popularity in recent years. This was the first time the character appeared as Spider-Woman, making three previous appearances based on the classic version. The character was so loved by the producers that a spin-off is planned around…

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  • ARTaylor

    20 Years of Family Guy

    February 1, 2019 by ARTaylor

    Today marks the twentieth anniversary of the premiere of Family Guy. The series follows the adventures of the Griffin family and features parodies of other shows, movies, popular culture, and politics. The series, which is still in production, currently has three-hundred twenty episodes across sixteen seasons, with another season in production, making it one of the longest running animated series ever made.

    The series was a moderately successful hit with Nielsen ratings, and was cancelled after three seasons. The series began airing in reruns on another network where it became a hit with fans. Along with successful home video sales, the series was put back into production. The series has been highly praised and heavily criticized, facing num…

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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the sixtieth anniversary of the premiere of Sleeping Beauty. Based on the Charles Perrault version of the classic tale dating back to the 1300s, the animated film is the sixteenth by Walt Disney Animation Studios. The film follows the adventures of Princess Aurora who is cursed by the wicked Maleficent to be put into an eternal sleep while three fairies, the kingdom, and her love Prince Phillip try to save her.

    The film was the first animated feature to be photographed in the Super Technirama 70 widescreen process. It was also the second full-length animated film to be filmed in anamorphic widescreen. At the time, the film was the most expensive film The Walt Disney Company had ever produced, more than twice that of any other featur…

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    Today is the release of Kingdom Hearts III. This is the twelfth video game in the series and the final chapter of the Dark Seeker saga. The plot follows the hero Sora as he teams up with various Disney and Pixar characters while traveling through their worlds in order to stop the evil Master Xehanort from starting a war. This game adds the world of San Fransokyo and characters from Big Hero 6 to the franchise.

    The game features the talents of Scott Adsit as Baymax, Ryan Potter as Hiro Hamada, Jamie Chung as GoGo Tomago, Genesis Rodriguez as Honey Lemon, Todd James Miller as Fredzilla, Khary Payton as Wasabi-No-Ginger, Quinton Flynn as Axel, Benjamin Diskin as Young Xehanort, Drake Bell as Young Eraqus, Carlos Alazraqui as Mike Wazowski, Jeff B…

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  • ARTaylor

    Patton Oswalt Turns 50

    January 27, 2019 by ARTaylor

    Today marks the fiftieth birthday of Patton Oswalt. The actor and comedian was born on January 27, 1969 in Portsmouth, Virginia. He rose to fame as a stand-up comedian and comedy show writer. He worked on MADtv along with Phil LaMarr. He made several small appearances on Seinfeld and Down Periscope. His most well known roles are best friend Spence Olchin in The King of Queens and Remy the rat in Pixar's Ratatouille. He currently is the narrator on the sitcom The Goldbergs. Marvel fans would know him as Eric, Billy, and Sam Koenig on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Mr. Sparkle on Big Hero 6, as well as Uncle Ben and Chameleon on Spider-Man.

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    James Cromwell Turns 79

    January 27, 2019 by ARTaylor

    Today is the seventy-ninth birthday for James Cromwell. The actor was born on January 27, 1940 in Los Angeles, California and is the son of an actress and director. He made early appearances on M*A*S*H, The Rockford Files, and a recurring appearance on All in the Family. He made small appearances in all four of the Revenge of the Nerds series as Mr. Skolnick. He rose to fame in the 1990s as Farmer Hoggett in Babe. He would go on to play major roles in The People vs. Larry Flynt, L. A. Confidential, and The Green Mile. He is known for multiple roles in the Star Trek series appearing in minor roles on The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine. He played Dr. Zefram Cochrane, the father of faster-than-light travel, in the film Star Trek: First Contact, repri…

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