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Tie-in video games are nothing new in the moviemaking or televisual world. Through these spin-off products, we can play out adventures featuring our favourite characters without having to leave the house.
Most of the time, though, said characters don’t sound quite right. For financial reasons, you’ll often see a different voice cast step in to replace the overly expensive stars from the original film or TV version. Admittedly, these stand-ins do a very good job from time to time. But you can always tell the difference.
Sometimes, though, providing a rare treat for fans, actors can be convinced – by money, passion or a good script - to reprise their iconic film or TV characters once more for a video game adventure. Here are 32 games that featured instances of this incredibly fun phenomenon… »
The end of an era is upon us. Shortly after shuttering its Master Control operations department in Los Angeles, E! has now canceled their longest running program. The Soup, a comedy series that skewers pop culture, is going to air its series finale on December 18th. This will bring the show to a close after spending 22 years on the air.
Current host Joel McHale will help celebrate the legacy he is leaving behind when the finale episode airs the same day that Star Wars: The Force Awakens arrives in theaters. The long-standing cable staple was first launched on E! in 1991, but it was originally called Talk Soup. This early iteration of the program focused solely on clips from the various talk shows airing at that time. When it was revamped as The Soup in 2004, the show expanded its reach to all pop culture programing and also focused on viral »
After 22 seasons, E! is ending “The Soup,” the cable network announced Wednesday. The final episode will air on Dec. 18, serving as the series finale.
Hosted by Joel McHale for 12 years, the pop culture comedy series has been a staple on E! for more than two decades.
“We are incredibly proud of the long-running success of ‘The Soup,” said Jeff Olde, exec vice president of programming and development for E! “‘The Soup’ has delivered countless laughs and unforgettable episodes, and we are grateful to the talented team’s fearless wit and clever approach week after week. Joel took the show to new heights for more than a decade, and his irreverent humor and unique brand of comedy as captured so perfectly on ‘The Soup’ will be missed.”
“I loved doing ‘The Soup’ for all of these years — 86 to be exact — but am excited to solely focus on my acting career now, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
By the time you crack the wishbone, it will be too late. You will have already talked about Justin Bieber's penis with at least your mom by then. See, CBS announced today that Bieber will be performing at their broadcast of the Thanksgiving Day parade. As Bieber sings, "I'm sorry," but there is no way you're going to be able to avoid, "What did I hear about this young man's penis on the news?" Said penis will be joined by a lot of fun for the whole family, including: Wayne Brady, Hamilton star Renée Elise Goldsberry, George Takei, and performances from the Broadway casts of Jersey Boys and Beautiful – The Carole King Musical. But you won't be able to pay attention to any of them as you'll just be hoping that your grandmother doesn't ask you to find a picture of it for her "on the computer" or that »
- Jesse David Fox
Trekkies have expressed their excitement about the revival, and CBS is also excited about the new series. TV Series Finale previously reported that the network sees a long future for the new series.
The Hollywood Reporter shared his comments.
"I think it's great. Well, we certainly have lived long for a failed television series. At the beginning of each episode, we announced that we were 'boldly going on a five-year mission,' but »
Blazing Samurai, an animated feature inspired by the comedy classic Blazing Saddles, has announced its star-studded voice cast, which includes the likes of Michael Cera, Samuel L. Jackson, Ricky Gervais and Blazing Saddles helmer Mel Brooks, who is also executive producing.
Variety reports that the feature, which is being directed by Mark Koetsier (Kung Fu Panda) and Chris Bailey (Alvin and the Chipmunks), revolves around “a scrappy dreamer of a dog named Hank (voiced by Cera) who longs to become a great warrior and fights to save the town of Kakamucho”
- Gary Collinson
As a new Star Trek TV show is planned for 2017, we select the show's top 25 episodes from its classic Original and Animated series...
The impact of Star Trek, a television series that altered the world's expectations and put an indelible mark on many cultures around the world, is often underestimated until you realise who it had an impact on and what they went on to achieve.
If you only ever watch 25 episodes or, rather, stories from the original(ish) run of Star Trek, these are they, at least in my opinion. The only rules in place being that this selection is drawn only from the series that just called themselves Star Trek (so that's what we now call Star Trek: The Original Series, or Tos and Star Trek: The Animated Series, or Tas), and two-part episodes count as one story... The more Trek-astute of you may realise »
Sony Pictures International Releasing has already picked up several major territories worldwide. Huayi Brothers Media Corporation is distributing the film in China.
“Blazing Samurai” is about a scrappy dreamer of a dog named Hank (voiced by Cera) who longs to become a great warrior and fights to save the town of Kakamucho. The film is inspired by Brooks’ “Blazing Saddles.”
Gervais will voice the villainous Ika Chu, the sneaky bad cat with a grand plan »
- Dave McNary
Gervais, who recently signed a deal to host his fourth Golden Globes ceremony in January, will voice the villainous Ika Chu, a cat who plans to rid the town of Kakamucho of its feline inhabitants.
Previously announced Michael Cera will voice Hank, a dog who dreams of becoming a heroic warrior and must save his community.
Rob Minkoff, Yair Landau and Susan Purcell produce. Chris Bailey and Mark Koetsier are directing from a screenplay by Ed Stone and Nate Hopper. Mel Brooks serves as executive producer alongside Reginald Hudlin and Pietro Ventani.
Open Road Films will release in the Us »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Golden Globe winner Ricky Gervais is in talks to join the all-star voice cast of “Blazing Samurai,” an animated family comedy from Mass Animation, Huayi Brothers Media Corporation, Flying Tigers Entertainment and Gfm Films, TheWrap has learned. Mel Brooks, Samuel L. Jackson and Michael Cera lead the vocal ensemble, which also includes George Takei, Gabriel Iglesias, Aasif Mandvi, Djimon Hounsou, Michelle »
- Jeff Sneider
Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Cera and Mel Brooks are set to provide the voices for the animated family comedy "Blazing Samurai" at Mass Animation, Huayi Brothers Media, Flying Tigers Entertainment and Gfm Films.
Inspired by Brooks' "Blazing Saddles," the story involves a scrappy dreamer of a dog who longs to become a true samurai and who fights to save the town of Kakamucho from the grips of a nefarious feline warlord.
George Takei, Gabriel Iglesias, Aasif Mandvi, Djimon Hounsou, Michelle Yeoh, Sandra Tsing Loh, Mel B., and Heavenly Joy Jerkins also star in the film with Rob Minkoff, Yair Landau and Susan Purcell are producing.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Blazing Samurai, the animated family comedy from Mass Animation, Huayi Brothers Media Corporation, Flying Tigers Entertainment, and Gfm Films has cast Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Cera and Mel Brooks along with George Takei, Gabriel Iglesias, Aasif Mandvi, Djimon Hounsou, Michelle Yeoh, Sandra Tsing Loh, Mel B., and introducing Heavenly Joy Jerkins.
The film is being produced by the director of The Lion King and Stuart Little, Rob Minkoff, along with long-time animation industry executive and President and Founder of Mass Animation Yair Landau (Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs) and producer Susan Purcell (Mother Up!).
Blazing Samurai is »
- Michelle McCue
"Blazing Samurai," a new animated family comedy from Mass Animation, Huayi Brothers Media Corporation, Flying Tigers Entertainment, and Gfm Films has cast Samuel L. Jackson, Djimon Hounsou, Michelle Yeoh, Sandra Tsing Loh, Mel B., Michael Cera, Mel Brooks along with George Takei, Gabriel Iglesias, Aasif Mandvi, and introducing Heavenly Joy Jerkins. "Blazing Samurai" is an action-packed animated comedy about a scrappy dreamer of a dog named Hank (voiced by Michael Cera) who longs to become a great warrior and fights to save the town of Kakamucho from becoming the litter box of a nefarious feline warlord, transforming society and himself on his quest »
- Shadow And Act
Sony Pictures International Releasing acquired several major territories, Huayi Brothers Media Corporation distributes in Greater China and Open Road Films will release the film in the Us on August 4, 2017.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Cera and Mel Brooks will provide the voices for animated family comedy “Blazing Samurai,” from Mass Animation, China’s Huayi Brothers Media, Flying Tigers Entertainment, and Gfm Films.
Inspired by Brooks’ “Blazing Saddles,” the story involves a scrappy dreamer of a dog who longs to become a true samurai and who fights to save the town of Kakamucho from becoming the litter box of a nefarious feline warlord.
- Patrick Frater
Mel Brooks, Samuel L. Jackson and Michael Cera will lead the voice cast of “Blazing Samurai,” an animated family comedy from Mass Animation, Huayi Brothers Media Corporation, Flying Tigers Entertainment and Gfm Films, it was announced Tuesday. The rest of the voice cast includes George Takei, Gabriel Iglesias, Aasif Mandvi, Djimon Hounsou, Michelle Yeoh, Sandra Tsing Loh, Mel B., and newcomer Heavenly Joy Jerkins. “Blazing Samurai” is equally inspired by and an homage to Mel Brooks‘ timeless comedy classic “Blazing Saddles.” The story follows a scrappy dreamer of a dog named Hank (Cera) who longs to become a great warrior and fights. »
- Jeff Sneider
Via a press release, CBS announces its brand new Star Trek TV series, which will launch in 2017, on the broadcast network. The rest of its first-run episodes will then be available via digital subscription service, CBS All Access.
Gene Roddenberry's original Star Trek series debuted on Sept. 8, 1966, and ran for 79 episodes over three seasons, before being cancelled by NBC on June 3, 1969. William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei, Nichelle Nichols, DeForest Kelly, and James Doohan are among its stars. The short series proved to be an evergreen franchise, spawning spin-offs and major motion pictures. Read More… »
Star Trek alum George Takei may be best known these days for his delightful online presence, but he’s completely serious about his latest project: Allegiance, a new Broadway musical based on his own family’s experience in U.S. Japanese internment camps during World War II. Four decades after moving to New York in hopes of making it Off Broadway, Takei, at 78, will make his Broadway debut in the show. Over a lengthy breakfast, he chatted about his memories of the internment, his tendency to cry at the theater, and the surprising degree of overlap between Trekkies and theater nerds.I see you’re drinking green tea — is that part of your survival-on-Broadway routine?Oh, I’m a green-tea addict. Antioxidants. A longevity libation! My grandmother loved green tea — not with lemon, that’s my addition — and she lived to 104. Seems like a good plan. For how long had »
- Rebecca Milzoff
Gayness is under the microscope, or rather in front of the microphone, in David Thorpe’s engaging autobiographical documentary
American writer-director David Thorpe turns the camera – or more importantly the microphone – on himself to create this engaging, lively documentary about gay identity. It starts with Thorpe explaining how, following a break up with a boyfriend, he comes to hate the way he talks and decides to see if he can eradicate all the up notes, longer vowels, and overenunciated consonants that mark out his voice as gay sounding.
In his quest to find out what it means to “sound gay”, Thorpe meets speech therapists, psychologists and experts in linguistics as well as various random famous people (Project Runway’s Tim Gunn, the writer-broadcaster and humourist David Sedaris, the comedian Margaret Cho and actor George Takei, among others) who all have, of course, wildly different opinions on the subject. But the point is inclusiveness, »
- Leslie Felperin
Read More: Watch: Tab Hunter Reveals His Career-Spanning Secret in 'Tab Hunter Confidential' Trailer In this exclusive clip from director Jeffrey Schwarz's documentary "Tab Hunter Confidential," interviewees reveal why Tab was such a popular commodity back in the 1950s. The film features interviews from Tab Hunter himself, as well as Debbie Reynolds, Robert Wagner, John Waters, George Takei, Clint Eastwood, and Portia De Rossi, among others. The official synopsis reads: "In the 1950s, Tab Hunter is America’s Boy Next Door. Nothing, it seems, can damage his skyrocketing career. Nothing that is, except for the fact that Tab Hunter is secretly gay. Now, Tab Hunter’s secret is out. In 'Tab Hunter Confidential' we will meet, for the first time, the real Tab Hunter as he shares with us the whole story of a happy, healthy survivor of Hollywood’s roller coaster." The film opens »
- Sonya Saepoff
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