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The big secret underlying one of the most popular “Saturday Night Live” sketches of the early 1990s has finally been spilled, courtesy of the loose lips of former Weekend Update anchor Norm Macdonald. In an appearance with Conan O’Brien on his TBS talk show, Macdonald was joined by fellow “SNL” alums Adam Sandler, David Spade and Rob Schneider […] »
- Brent Furdyk
The highly anticipated animated series based on Activision Blizzard Inc’s popular Skylanders franchise, Skylanders Academy, has made its debut on Netflix much to the excitement of fans. Skylanders has a huge fan base and having an animated series based on the franchise is an ideal route forward towards expanding that fan base.
In Skylanders Academy the evil Kaos and his band are intent on destroying the Skylanders and dominating the universe and it is up to Master Eon to assemble a group of heroes to defeat him. The series follows the adventures of Spyro, Eruptor, Stealth Elf, Jet-Vac and Pop Fizz as they protect the Skylands and defeat Kaos. Season 1 will run for 12 episodes while season 2 will air on Netflix late 2017.
“‘We are so excited to bring Skylanders to families in a new, fun and exciting way. High-quality writing, incredibly talented actors and beautiful animation makes Skylanders Academy an »
- Andrew Newton
"You are the protectors of our universe." Netflix has released the official trailer for their upcoming animated series Skylanders Academy.Based on Activision Blizzard’s video game franchise, the children’s series “centers on a ragtag group of heroes called upon to use their elemental powers to defend the universe from evildoers.” The voice cast includes Justin Long, Ashley Tisdale, Jonathan Banks, and Norm MacDonald.Read More… »
Those of you familiar with Activision's ongoing Skylanders video game franchise will instantly recognize characters glimpsed in the first Skylanders Academy trailer from Netflix.
As telegraphed in the newly released Skylanders Imaginators video game, Skylanders Academy focuses on a core group of Skylanders tasked with honing their skills and stopping Kaos from taking over Skylands. Those core Skylanders include Spyro the Dragon, Stealth Elf, Eruptor, Pop Fizz and Jet-Vac.
Leading the voice cast are Justin Long as Spyro the Dragon, Ashley Tisdale as Stealth Elf; Jonathan Banks as Eruptor, and Norm MacDonald as Kaos' humble servant Glumshanks. Also pitching in their voices in unnamed roles are Susan Sarandon, Daniel Wu, Bobcat Goldthwait, The Diamond Minecart, Parker Posey, James Hetfield, Catherine O’Hara, Chris Diamantopoulos and Harland Williams.
Since Amazon’s launch in May of Amazon Video Direct, the company says users have streamed several billion minutes of video from its partners the service, which is open to any content creator or owner and provides multiple options for generating money from that video.
That’s likely less than the staggering amount of video gushing from the fire hoses of YouTube or Netflix. But Amazon Video Direct content partners say the program represents a noteworthy new platform that is letting them generate incremental revenue. And for the first time, the e-commerce behemoth has released the list of the best-performing movie titles, TV shows and digital partners the service — which Amazon is rewarding with extra cash doled out from a $1 million pool on a monthly basis, through its “Avd Stars” program.
Amazon Video Direct partners have four distribution options: They can make their content available to Prime Video subscribers and »
- Todd Spangler
Netflix is expanding their universe. Entertainment Weekly reports the streaming service's new series Skylanders Academy will debut in October.Based on Activision Blizzard’s video game franchise, the children's series "centers on a ragtag group of heroes called upon to use their elemental powers to defend the universe from evildoers." The voice cast includes Justin Long, Ashley Tisdale, Jonathan Banks, and Norm MacDonald.Read More… »
The Netflix Skylanders Academy release date has been revealed for October 28th much to the delight of Portal Masters everywhere.
Skylanders Academy is based on Activision's popular toys-to-life game franchise starring elementally-powered creatures who battle against Kaos, a diminutive evil Portal Master obsessed with ruling the magical world of Skylands at any cost.
The Netflix-exclusive series will also star Kaos as the antagonist as well as a core group of Skylanders voiced by recognizable names. They include Justin Long as Spyro the Dragon; Ashley Tisdale as Stealth Elf; Jonathan Banks Eruptor; and Norm MacDonald as Glumshanks, Kaos' humble servant.
Kaos will be voiced by Richard Steven Horvitz who also provides the unmistakable cackling laughs for the game series.
We expect a Skylanders Academy Netflix trailer to pop up any day now with the first season only a month away from its premiere.
Season 2 is already in production for a fall 2017 debut. »
If Jimmy Fallon had any credibility left as a thinking comedian with a point-of-view, he lost the last shred of it last night. Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump appeared on “The Tonight Show” for a few minutes to talk up his campaign, in the midst of one of the mendacious and evasive 24-hour periods of his political career to date.
This morning, Trump ended a slimy two-day news cycle by finally admitting that President Barack Obama was born in the United States — but in the process, re-stoked the controversy, waffled on the topic, and manipulated media coverage to focus on the opening of his new hotel (just hours after he gloated that that same press pool was stranded on the tarmac and therefore couldn’t come to his rally).
During this particularly maddening news cycle, Trump stopped by “The Tonight Show” to tape last night’s episode. And Fallon — either unaware or indifferent to the racist overtones »
- Sonia Saraiya
Norm Macdonald’s house sitter, Michael Huettner, was found dead inside the comedian’s L.A. home, TMZ reports. The 23-year-old was living in the star’s condo and watching his cat while he and his son, Dylan, were out of the country. Huettner, who was a high school friend of Dylan’s, was reportedly found on a bed surrounded […] »
- Sylvia Ogweng
A friend of Norm Macdonald's son was found dead in the condo where he was house sitting for the comedian ... TMZ has learned. 23-year-old Michael Huettner's body was discovered by his parents after his girlfriend informed them he was watching Norm's home and cat ... according to sources close to the Huettner family. Norm was traveling out of the country with his son, who was high school friends with Huettner. We're told when they »
- TMZ Staff
[[tmz:video id="0_8ed86925"]] Norm Macdonald says the security guard who violently took out the Ryan Lochte protester at "Dancing with the Stars" is just like Ray Lewis ... except he didn't kill anyone. Norm was at Lax with Fred Stoller when we showed them the crazy video of the Lochte incident ... and that's when Norm did what Norm does, he cracked a hilarious joke. For the record ... Ray was charged with murder back in 2000 following an incident after a Super Bowl party in Atlanta. »
- TMZ Staff
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.
Source: Netflix »
- 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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