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"Dick Tracy" Returns

Archie Comics has confirmed a comic book reboot of "Dick Tracy", available April 11, 2018, as actor Warren Beatty continues to hold onto the character's screen rights, despite a 'use it' or 'lose it' clause in a long-standing  agreement with Tribune Co. to produce a "Dick Tracy" movie or TV show:

The monthly comic book series will be illustrated by Thomas Pitilli...

...with the first cover by Francesco Francavilla.

Created by Chester Gould as a newspaper comic strip, the character has so far appeared in five movie serials from 1937 through 1941, six movies, including Beatty's 1990 feature, plus three TV series including animated cartoons.

Tribune Co. is "...very excited to work with Archie Comics. 'Dick Tracy' is an iconic character, who still resonates with his fan base. 

"The reboot of the franchise will keep 'Dick Tracy' and his cast of rogue villains at the forefront of heroic characters in the battle of good and evil.
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TV Critics Pick the Best Animated Voice Actors of All Time — IndieWire Survey

TV Critics Pick the Best Animated Voice Actors of All Time — IndieWire Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: Who is your favorite voice actor for animated characters on TV? Why?

Dave Trumbore (@DrClawMD), Collider

My knee-jerk reaction was either Kevin Conroy or Mark Hamill for their roles as Batman/Bruce Wayne and The Joker, respectively, because “Batman: The Animated Series” is always on my mind. But thinking a moment more, my favorite voice actor (and arguably the best in the biz) is Frank Welker.

Read More:‘Big Mouth’ Season 1 Voice Cast: A Visual Guide To The Adult Voices Behind The Tweens

His name might not be a household one, but with over 800 credits and nearly 50 years in the industry, Welker’s voice definitely is.
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TV Critics Pick the Best Animated Voice Actors of All Time — IndieWire Survey

TV Critics Pick the Best Animated Voice Actors of All Time — IndieWire Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: Who is your favorite voice actor for animated characters on TV? Why?

Dave Trumbore (@DrClawMD), Collider

My knee-jerk reaction was either Kevin Conroy or Mark Hamill for their roles as Batman/Bruce Wayne and The Joker, respectively, because “Batman: The Animated Series” is always on my mind. But thinking a moment more, my favorite voice actor (and arguably the best in the biz) is Frank Welker.

Read More:‘Big Mouth’ Season 1 Voice Cast: A Visual Guide To The Adult Voices Behind The Tweens

His name might not be a household one, but with over 800 credits and nearly 50 years in the industry, Welker’s voice definitely is.
See full article at Indiewire »

Actors Almost Cast in Star Wars Movies

Actors Almost Cast in Star Wars Movies
When it comes to the Star Wars movies, it's hard to imagine anyone else in the iconic roles of heroes like Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and Princess Leia. Even the Star Wars prequels most aggressive critics will admit that Ewan McGregor shined as Obi-Wan Kenobi, the character fans of the galaxy far, far away first encountered as embodied by the late Sir Alec Guinness. But as with any film, the casting process is, well, a process. And there have been plenty of legendary actors who almost made their way into this galaxy from a long time ago and very far, far away.

Most fans know that Kurt Russell was among the actors considered for the role of everyone's favorite scruffy nerf herder, Han Solo. He even screen tested with aspiring Luke Skywalker William Katt, who would later star as television's Greatest American Hero. Karen Allen auditioned for Princess Leia, a
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June Foray obituary

Us voiceover artist best known for Rocket ‘Rocky’ J Squirrel and Natasha Fatale of The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show

Audiences would not recognise June Foray, who has died aged 99, nor would they recognise her voice. But they would recognise instantly many of the hundreds of voices Foray created in a career that spanned 85 years, most notably those of the heroic flying squirrel, Rocket J Squirrel, and the sinister spy, Nastasha Fatale, pitched perfectly to the off-the-wall humour of The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show.

Foray was dubbed the First Lady of Voicing. When the director Chuck Jones proposed in 2000 that she be given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, someone suggested Foray was a female Mel Blanc, the artist who provided most of the voices for Jones’s Warner Bros cartoons, including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and friends. Jones replied: “No. Mel Blanc was the male June Foray.”

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Newswire: R.I.P. legendary voice actress June Foray

June Foray, the voice of Rocky The Flying Squirrel, Granny from Looney Tunes, and literally hundreds of other beloved animated characters, has died. Heralded as “the first lady” and the “queen” of voice acting, Foray’s career in film and TV stretched for 71 years and more than 300 credits, embodying everyone from Magica De Spell to Dorothy from The Wizard Of Oz. As reported by Variety, Foray was 99.

Originally working in radio—and on comedy albums with Stan Freberg—Foray broke into film in 1950, when she voiced Lucifer the cat in Disney’s Cinderella. From there, it would probably be easier to list the beloved animated series she didn’t appear on: Her versatile voice showed up in The Flintstones, Peter Pan, Mister Magoo, dozens of Looney Tunes shorts—with director Chuck Jones supposedly once noting that “June Foray is not the female Mel Blanc, Mel Blanc ...
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The Jetsons Movie Lands Sausage Party Director

The Jetsons Movie Lands Sausage Party Director
After gestating in development for years as a live-action adaptation, Warner Bros.' animated adaptation of The Jetsons is now moving forward. The studio's Warner Animation Group has brought on Conrad Vernon, who most recently directed Sony's R-rated Sausage Party, to take the reins of this animated movie. The filmmaker has been brought on to develop the project, with an eye towards directing it himself. It isn't clear if he will be working with another writer or if he will write the script himself.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news today, with the filmmaker coming aboard keeping this project firmly entrenched within the Warner Animation Group banner. That wasn't always the case, though, with the studio previously trying to put together a Jetsons live-action movie for many years, with directors such as Adam Shankman and Robert Rodriguez attached to the project, with the later working from a script by The Goldbergs creator Adam F. Goldberg.
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Chris Cornell Cremated, Service Will Be Private But Fans Can Still Pay Respects (Video)

  • TMZ
Chris Cornell was cremated Tuesday as a small group of family and friends stood by, but the rock icon's legion of fans will also get a chance to memorialize him ... TMZ has learned. Sources connected to the ceremony ... tell us 4 people were at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery -- Chris' brother, Peter, his wife, Vicky ... as well as his friends Linda Ramone and singer J.D. King. The group was there for about an hour, and
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Interview: Director Tom McGrath is Boss of ‘The Boss Baby’

Chicago – In one of the most natural pieces of voice casting in cartoon history, Alec Baldwin portrays the title character in Dreamworks Animation’s “The Boss Baby.” The director is animation veteran Tom McGrath (“Madagascar”), and the producer is Ramsey Ann Naito, and they were both in Chicago to promote the film.

The Boss Baby” is fast, loose, funny and full of heart. Based on a children’s book by Marla Frazee, the animated version combines baby brother jealousy with Mad Men-era business self help, in a crazy visual landscape. Alec Baldwin is at his “30 Rock” best as the Boss Baby, delivering lines like the parody of his famous movie quote, “cookies are for closers.” There are many layers in the film, but mostly it is a hilarious metaphor on how families adjust when new siblings are added to the mix.

Alec Baldwin is the Voice of ‘The Boss Baby,
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"Woody Woodpecker" On The Big Screen

Sneak Peek footage from Universal's upcoming big screen CGI "Woody Woodpecker" movie, opening in 2017:

Woody Woodpecker was created in 1940 by storyboard artist Ben "Bugs" Hardaway, who previously laid groundwork for "Bugs Bunny" and "Daffy Duck" at the Warner Bros. cartoon studio in the late 1930's.

The 'anthropomorphic' acorn woodpecker cartoon character soon appeared in theatrical short films produced by the Walter Lantz animation studio, including "Andy Panda", distributed by Universal Pictures.

Woody's character and design would evolve over the years, from an insane bird with an unusually garish design to a more refined look.

Woody was originally voiced by actor Mel Blanc, who was succeeded by Ben Hardaway and later by Grace Stafford, the wife of producer Walter Lantz.

Woody Woodpecker cartoons were first broadcast on TV in the 1957 cartoon series, "The Woody Woodpecker Show", which featured Lantz cartoons (including director Tex Avery's manic "Chilly Willy" shorts).

The
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Longtime Voice Actress Russi Taylor on Playing Minnie Mouse and Falling for Mickey in Real Life

Longtime Voice Actress Russi Taylor on Playing Minnie Mouse and Falling for Mickey in Real Life
You may not recognize her walking down the street, but Russi Taylor plays one of the most famous characters in the world.

Taylor has been the voice of Minnie Mouse for more than 30 years, and that’s just a fraction of voice work she’s done in her long career. She’s played Huey, Dewey, and Louie in various Disney projects, Pebbles Flintstone in “The Flintstone Comedy Show,” Pac-Baby in the “Pac-Man” TV series, “Penny Tompkins” in “The Critic,” Baby Gonzo in “Muppet Babies,” and various characters over 17 years on “The Simpsons,” among too many others to count.

She’s currently working on Disney Television Animation’s new series “Mickey and the Roadster Racers,” which brings together all of Disney’s classic characters: Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, and Pluto. In “Racers,” Minnie and Daisy exemplify female empowerment as they run a business called Happy Helpers. It airs Fridays on the Disney Channel.

Taylor
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Watch Space Jam Monstars Return to Battle Bugs Bunny and Blake Griffin

Well, it might not be Space Jam 2, but it makes a good case for why the sequel should exist. Bugs Bunny and his court side nemeses, the dreaded MonStars, are back in a new commercial for Foot Locker. Only, Bugs Bunny isn't facing off against his alien challengers this time. Instead, he's taking a job at Foot Locker, and outfits a group of teens to take on the dreaded bad guys in the latest Jordan merch.

This first commercial is aiming to do quite a lot in its extended 90 second runtime. There's no Michael Jordan insight. And it seems even LeBron James, the star of the impending Space Jam 2, has been benched. Instead, we get Blake Griffin suiting up in the iconic Space Jam jersey. And he gets some nice interaction with Bugs, as the two riff on the old 'Who'd you expect, Elmer Fudd?' line. The
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Judy by the Numbers: "Take My Hand, Paree"

This week's number is hands down the weirdest entry in Judy's filmography. It doesn't fit neatly into Judy's biography or star image; it really appears to be one of those things that happened because the timing was right. In 1962, Warner Bros released a Upa animated feature called Gay Purr-ee. It's a movie about Parisian cats that feels like An American in Paris meets The Aristocats as played by the Looney Tunes. In a bit of early celebrity stunt casting Upa cast two big voices for its dimunitive feline leads: Judy Garland and Robert Goulet

The Movie: Gay Purr-ee (WB, 1962)

The Songwriters: Harold Arlen (music) & E.Y. Yarburg (lyrics)

The Cast: Judy Garland, Robert Goulet, Red Buttons, Hermione Gingold, Paul Frees, Mel Blanc, directed by Abe Levitow.

The Story: Gay Purr-ee really needs to be seen to be believed. Done in the limited-animation style of Upa, the movie sets
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"Woody Woodpecker" Wraps

Production has now wrapped in Vancouver on writer/director Alex Zamm's CG-live-action film "Woody Woodpecker", based on the famous Walter Lantz cartoon character, starring Timothy OmundsonThaila AyalaGraham Verchere and Toby Walters:

'Woody Woodpecker' was created in 1940 by storyboard artist Ben "Bugs" Hardaway, who laid the groundwork for 'Bugs Bunny' and 'Daffy Duck' @ Warner Bros. in the late 1930's.

The 'anthropomorphic' acorn woodpecker cartoon character soon appeared in theatrical short films produced by the Walter Lantz animation studio...

...alongside 'Andy Panda', distributed by Universal Pictures.

Woody's character and design would evolve over the years, from an insane bird with an unusually garish design to a more refined look.

Woody was originally voiced by actor Mel Blanc, who was succeeded by Ben Hardaway and later by Grace Stafford, the wife of producer Walter Lantz.

Woody Woodpecker cartoons were first broadcast on TV in the 1957 cartoon series, "The Woody Woodpecker Show
See full article at SneakPeek »

Warner Bros. planning a Pepe Le Pew film; Max Landis to write screenplay

Warner Brothers are planning a feature length movie featuring Pepe Le Pew. Max Landis was speaking at the San Diego Comic Con about his TV series Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, and has mentioned that he is hard at work on the animated film, which is based on the classic Looney Tunes character created by Chuck Jones and voiced by Mel Blanc.

The word is that Landis has delivered a wonderful pitch the studio, one that they couldn’t possibly pass up on, and now the talented writer of Chronicle and Victor Frankenstein, is hard at work penning the script.

There’s obviously no mention on timescales in terms of when production may start, but we’re guessing that the studio will want to press ahead as quickly as possible looking at the huge commercial appeal of feature-length animated movies at the moment.

You can read more over on Deadline where the story originated.
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Max Landis Pens A Pepe Le Pew Film

Talking up his new TV series "Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency," screenwriter Max Landis ("Chronicle," "Victor Frankenstein") revealed that he's currently at work on a project you might not have expected - a Warner Bros. Pictures animated film based on the classic Looney Tunes character Pepe Le Pew.

Deadline reports that Landis' pitch on the material got the studio excited enough to more forward on this take of the overly amorous skunk. Little else is known about the project beyond it being the first animation project Landis has worked on.

Pepe Le Pew was created by Chuck Jones and voiced by legendary voice actor Mel Blanc.
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Pepe Le Pew Movie Happening with Chronicle Writer Max Landis

Pepe Le Pew Movie Happening with Chronicle Writer Max Landis
Earlier tonight, screenwriter Max Landis made his Comic-Con debut to promote his upcoming series Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, which will debut on BBC America on October 22. This will be Max Landis' first foray into television, after making a name for himself as the writer of movies such as Chronicle, American Ultra, and many more, but, during the panel, he revealed a very unique movie project that he's working on for Warner Bros. The writer revealed during his Comic-Con panel that he's also writing an animated movie based on the beloved character Pepe Le Pew.

Very little is known about the project, but Deadline reports that Warner Bros. enjoyed Max Landis' pitch on the material. It isn't known if any producers are attached to the project, or if the studio has a director in mind to tackle this project. If this does move forward into production, it
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Terror on TV: Fred and Barney and Murder and Greed in “A Haunted House is Not a Home”

Terror on TV revisits the most sadistic The Flintstones episode ever. When Hanna-Barbera launched The Flintstones in 1960, it was an animated answer to pioneering television sitcom The Honeymooners, with Alan Reed’s Fred Flintstone and Mel Blanc’s Barney Rubble serving as prehistoric riffs on Jackie Gleason’s Ralph Kramden and Art Carney’s Ed Norton. And because…

The post Terror on TV: Fred and Barney and Murder and Greed in “A Haunted House is Not a Home” appeared first on Shock Till You Drop.
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Warners Plans A "Speedy Gonzalez" Movie

Warner Bros. Pictures is developing "Speedy," a new animated feature film based on Looney Tunes' sprinting Mexican mouse character Speedy Gonzales.

Beloved Mexican filmmaker/actor Eugenio Derbez will voice the mouse and his signature "Arriba! Arriba! Andale! Andale!" catch cry in the new film, replacing the Mel Blanc who voiced the mouse in the original cartoons and the Oscar-winning 1955 short film that introduced the character.

Hank Nelken ("Are We Done Yet?") will pen the script which is being called a heist caper and 'Robin Hood'-style origin story. The film is also expected to be produced in both English and Spanish-speaking versions. Derbez and Ben Odell and Dylan Sellers will produce.

Source: Deadline
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Speedy Gonzales animated movie in the works at Warner

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Manic mouse from Mexico Speedy Gonzales might be about to get his own animated feature - an origin story and "heist caper"...

As voiced by Mel Blanc and animated by Friz Freleng, Speedy Gonzales was one of the most popular characters in the Looney Tunes stable, nestling alongside the likes of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Porky Pig. And now, more than 60 years on from his small-screen debut, it's being reported that this most fleet-footed of rodents is to get his own movie.

According to Deadline, the project's still in development under the short-and-snappy title Speedy, with Mexican actor and filmmaker Eugenio Derbez providing the voice.

"In Mexico we grew up watching Speedy Gonzales," Derbez told the website. "He was like a superhero to us, or maybe more like a revolutionario like Simon Bolivar or Pacho Villa. He watched out for the little people but with a
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