15 items from 2016
Adam Sandler told Norm MacDonald on the latter's podcast why he'll never host SNL, and his reason is both a little refreshing and a little sad. While numerous other former cast members have returned to the Studio 8H stage to varying results, Sandler seems unconvinced he'd be any good. To find out why, watch our brief explainer video above or below. »
- Chris Eggertsen
Activision's Skylanders Academy TV show has found a home on none other than Netflix, it was announced earlier today. The new animated series starring the same characters featured the multi-billion dollar Skylanders toys-to-life video game franchise will debut as a Netflix original series this fall with a second season ordered as well.
The premise behind Skylanders Academy follows a team of veteran Skylanders characters charged with helping train a new crop of cadets at the show's namesake. Expect trouble to arise and Kaos, the wannabe foil of tranquility in Skylands, leading the evil charge.
Headlining Skylanders Academy are Justin Long as Spyro, Ashley Tisdale as Stealth Elf, Jonathan Banks as Eruptor and Norm MacDonald as Glumshanks. Spyro, Eruptor, and the lower half of Stealth Elf are pictured in a screen grab from the series above. Also lending their vocal talents are YouTuber? The Diamond Minecart, Susan Sarandon, Daniel Wu, Parker Posey, »
Netflix has given a two-season order for "Skylanders Academy," the first project from video game giant Activision Blizzard's in-house production outfit Activision Blizzard Studios.
The series itself was first announced as being in the works with the creation of the studio late last year. The show, based on the multi-billion dollar toy brand, charts a team of heroes as they train the next wave of Skylanders Academy cadets.
Justin Long, Ashley Tisdale, Jonathan Banks and Norm MacDonald play regulars while the likes of Susan Sarandon, Parker Posey, Catherine O'Hara, Bobcat Goldthwait and Chris Diamantopoulos will lend their voices to the series.
The confirmation comes as Netflix unveiled a new slate of kids' properties set to debut shortly including adaptations of the kids book series "Llama Llama," the graphic novels "Hilda," the Dreamworks animated feature "Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron," and the live-action "Spy Kids" film franchise.
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- Garth Franklin
Video game giant Activision Blizzard is bringing its popular “Skylanders” series to the small screen with the animated “Skylanders Academy” on Netflix, the companies announced on Thursday. The game publisher announced in late 2015 its plans to spearhead its own ventures into Hollywood with an in-house production studio, and those plans will come to fruition later this year, with a two-season commitment from the streaming service. The series, which was initially announced alongside the formation of Activision Blizzard Studios last year, will star Justin Long in the lead as the dragon Spyro, along with Ashley Tisdale, Norm McDonald and Jonathan Banks. »
- Phil Owen
If animated TV series “Mike Tyson Mysteries” is “Scooby-Doo” on acid, then the second season was even wackier, with an abundance of fun celebrities and bizarre creatures to design.
This season, character designer Dusty Abell’s task of trying to “simplify real people that we are all familiar with” was combined with a “wider variety of characters. It’s a surprising balance of crass and smart in dealing with pop culture and political satire.”
Abell already had his hands full with the Mystery team: the eponymous Mike Tyson, profane and oblivious (voiced by the former boxer); the alcoholic and obnoxious Pigeon (Norm Macdonald); Tyson’s 18-year-old adopted daughter, Yung Hee Tyson (Rachel Ramras), who resembles “Scooby-Doo’s” Velma; and the haughty ghost of Marquess of Queensberry, the father of modern boxing (Jim Rash).
For Tyson, Abell took inspiration from the Muhammad Ali and Mr. T cartoons of the ’70s and ’80s, and was pleasantly surprised by Tyson’s voice acting ability. Of course, Tyson’s boxing prowess came in handy when interacting with his intellectual sidekick, John Douglas, 9th Marquess of Queensberry.
“He was telling me all about the rules of the old sport and how it evolved over time,” said Abell. “And he was very knowledgeable about the real man and what he brought to the fight game. And Jim Rash had once written a blog about programming 24 hours of Saturday morning cartoons. His take on ’70s and ’80s conventions was fascinating.”
For the episode “Ogopogo!,” which tells Pigeon’s backstory of being human and having a spell put on him by his ex-wife, the eponymous sea monster proved a fun design challenge. “The show called for a haunted lake and a river monster,” Abell said. “And I had no idea they were drawing from legend and lore, so I watched a whole documentary about the Ogopogo monster. It’s the Lake Michigan version of the Loch Ness monster.”
The episode in which Snoop Dogg starts a rival Mystery team (“Unsolved Situations”) provided a different challenge for Abell: “His hair was originally done in little pixie twirls, but the Dogg team had one request: that he look as he does now with tight braids.”
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- Bill Desowitz
Being an adult is hard: There are bills to pay, jobs to go to, and families to care for. Everyone has days when they wish they could go back to high school -- or elementary school -- and live in a world where the only responsibility is turning in homework on time. Most adults feel like overgrown teenagers at some point in their lives. If this sounds like you, these five movies should have a permanent spot in your DVD rotation.
The seminal classic for any adult who feels like a kid, "Big" tells the story of Josh Baskin, a 13-year-old who makes a simple wish on a creepy machine at a carnival. He wants to be "big." The next morning, he wakes up in the body of Tom Hanks and has to learn to navigate the waters of being an adult until he can reverse his wish. Tom Hanks »
- Kim Rogers
Back when Donald Trump hosted Saturday Night Live last fall, he was barely featured in the show itself. And yet, if you count pure minutes of air time, it's possible that Russell Crowe got even less this week. I get burying a politician or an athlete for whom sketch comedy isn't their strong suit. But Crowe? He didn't do badly enough in his limited screen time to justify his exclusion. One can theorize that his notoriously difficult personality might have had something to do with this, but we'll probably never know. »
Bernie Sanders Hails from: Burlington, Vermont (by way of Brooklyn, N.Y.) Colonel Sanders Hailed from: Henryville, Indiana Bernie Beloved by the bird community Colonel Not so much Colonel Has been portrayed by “Saturday Night Live” alums Darrell Hammond and Norm Macdonald Bernie Has been portrayed by Larry David on “Saturday Night Live” Bernie Has people across the land feeling the Bern Colonel As does KFC’s recently launched Nashville Hot Chicken Colonel Known for his Extra Crispy recipe Bernie Known to get extra-saucy on the campaign trail Bernie Seeks to fix income and wealth inequality Colonel Offers an array »
- Tim Kenneally
[caption id="attachment_46450" align="aligncenter" width="590"] courtesy [adult swim][/caption]Below, watch previews for Adult Swim's Mike Tyson Mysteries and for the Mr. Pickles TV series, returning April 17, beginning at 11:45pm. The second half of Mike Tyson Mysteries, season two, kicks off first. The voice cast of Mike Tyson's Mysteries includes Mike Tyson, Norm Macdonald, Rachel Ramras, and Jim Rash. Sam Register executive produces. Hugh Davidson produces.
Mr. Pickles' second season premiere follows directly at midnight (April 18, 12:00am). The voice cast includes Kaitlyn Robrock, Jay Johnston, Brooke Shields, Frank Collision, Will Carsola, and Dave Stewart. A HotHouse production, Mr. Pickles is created and executive produced by Will Carsola and Dave Stewart and executive produced by Michael Rizzo.
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Canadian network City has canceled the Sunnyside TV series after its first season. Co-creator and co-showrunner Gary Pearson has confirmed the news. Last night, he announced there would not be a second season of Sunnyside, via Facebook.
A sketch variety show, the cast of Sunnyside includes: Pat Thornton, Patrice Goodman, Alice Moran, Kevin Vidal, Kathleen Phillips and Rob Norman. Norm MacDonald appears in voice form. Pearson's counterpart is Dan Redican.
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Jacob Tremblay has taken over this awards season, and now he has a "Candy" to go along with it.
Last night at the Canadian Screen Awards, host Norm MacDonald proposed that the trophy should now be named the "Candy" in honour of Canadian comedy legend, John Candy. It was definitely an appropriate suggestion, and the first to go along with it was nine-year-old Room star, Jacob Tremblay, who continued to win all of our hearts, especially after beating out the likes of Christopher Plummer and Rossif Sutherland, for the Best Actor in a Leading Role trophy for playing Jack in Room.
Room swept the night, as it also took home Best Picture, Best Director for Lenny Abrahamson, Best Actress forBrie Larson, and Best Adapted Screenplay for Emma Donoghue. The film was a Canadian/Irish co-production, which also saw much love from the Oscars, where it was nominated for Best Picture, »
- Adriana Floridia
In a recent blog post, YouTube revealed the top ads from Super Bowl 50, as chosen by the users of its Adblitz channel. After scoring millions of views in the days leading up to the Big Game, Pokemon’s 20th anniversary video emerged at the top of YouTube’s rankings. That result should come as no surprise; after all, Pokemon’s target demographic matches up with YouTube’s.
The more interesting result concerns the ad that finished fifth on YouTube’s ranking. Adblitz users voted Kentucky Fried Chicken’s “Dream” as one of their favorite Super Bowl ads, even though the 30-second spot didn’t air during the game itself. Instead, it was featured prominently within CBS’ digital stream of the game, and through that method, it gained as much attention as ads with in-game slots.
“Dream” continues KFC’s current campaign, in which comedian Norm Macdonald plays the fast food chain’s iconic mascot, »
- Sam Gutelle
Colonel Sanders has some pretty big shoes. During Super Bowl 50, KFC debuted the new face of their chicken – its comedian, Jim Gaffigan. Gaffigan replaces comedian, Norm Macdonald. Gaffigan is fully decked out in the classic white mustache and black bow tie during the commercial. Colonel Harland Sanders was the first and original spokesperson for the food […]
- Crystal Smith
Norm MacDonald has done a finger-lickin' good job as KFC's Colonel Sanders, wouldn't you say? Look at that impeccable facial hair! The time has come for him to say goodbye, however. What better way to announce the arrival of the new Colonel than during the Super Bowl pregame broadcast! The Colonel always knows how to make a thunder-stealing entrance, amiright? The latest ad seeks to promote their new Nashville Hot Chicken (um, yum?!) right before the big game. Smart move, KFC! If you couldn't already tell from the picture above, the new Colonel Sanders is none other than comedian Jim Gaffigan! Damn, those disguises are as good as their chicken. Enjoy the latest commercial in celebration of »
Canadian film shines at the Canadian Screen Awards, the prestigious awards ceremony that honours Canadian produced feature film and television. This morning the nominees were announced for the CSAs, by Canadian television actors Lyriq Bent ("Book of Negroes") and Aislinn Paul ("Degrassi").
Academy Award contenders Room and Brooklyn were recognized amongst films from Quebecois filmmakers and other prominent Canadian directors. Namely, Atom Egoyan’s Remember, Paul Gross’ Hyena Road, and Guy Maddin’s The Forbidden Room have all been nominated in various categories.
Many titles that were included at the Canada’s Top 10 Film Festival, an honour awarded by a panel of judges who select the top 10 films produced in Canada, made by a Canadian director, and that were released either commercially or at a major film festival in Canada. Les Demons, Sleeping Giant, The Forbidden Room, Our Loved Ones, and My Internship in Canada all were honoured by the Tiff this year, »
- Adriana Floridia
15 items from 2016
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