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Trustin Howard, Singer, Actor and 'Joey Bishop Show' Writer, Dies at 93

Trustin Howard, a singer, actor and nightclub stalwart who served as the head writer for the 1960s late-night talk show hosted by Joey Bishop, has died. He was 93.

Howard, who often performed under the name Slick Slavin, died April 20 at West Hills (Calif.) Hospital of complications suffered from a fall, his sister, Susan Slavin, announced.

In 1963, Howard provided the voice of the cartoon character Philbert for an innovative pilot about an animator (William Schallert) whose creation comes to life. Created by Friz Freleng and directed by Richard Donner, the early attempt...
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Trustin Howard, Singer, Actor and 'Joey Bishop Show' Writer, Dies at 93

Trustin Howard, a singer, actor and nightclub stalwart who served as the head writer for the 1960s late-night talk show hosted by Joey Bishop, has died. He was 93.

Howard, who often performed under the name Slick Slavin, died April 20 at West Hills (Calif.) Hospital of complications suffered from a fall, his sister, Susan Slavin, announced.

In 1963, Howard provided the voice of the cartoon character Philbert for an innovative pilot about an animator (William Schallert) whose creation comes to life. Created by Friz Freleng and directed by Richard Donner, the early attempt...
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Horror Highlights: Animation & Disneyana Auction, Twenty Twenty-four, Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 10 Vol. 6

  • DailyDead
Walt Disney's Last Will and Testament, artwork from How the Grinch Stole Christmas and The Nightmare Before Christmas, and many, many more incredible items are up for auction in the highly anticipated Animation and Disneyana event that began on December 9th. Also: watch two new clips plus the official trailer for Richard Mundy's Twenty Twenty-Four, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 Vol. 6 cover art and preview pages.

Animation & Disneyana Auction Details: Press Release: "Calabasas, Calif.- Walt Disney's Last Will and Testament, plus his signed document marking the genesis of the Disney Empire/brand; How the Grinch Stole Christmas production artwork (perfectly timed to the 50th anniversary of the animated TV special!) and Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas original artwork and set pieces; Disneyana, featuring rare animation art and Disney park props, including an "Atom-mobile" miniature prop from the retired Journey Through Inner Space attraction, an assortment of
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'Space Jam 2' is really happening and it's all your fault

  • Hitfix
'Space Jam 2' is really happening and it's all your fault
You see what you’ve done with your ironic hipster love of terrible movies? I was 26 when Space Jam was released to theaters in 1996. I’m a big fan of the classic Warner Bros. animation. I’ve purchased Looney Tunes collections on laserdisc, DVD, and now Blu-ray, and I love revisiting the work of Tex Avery, Bob Clampett, Maurice Noble, Friz Freleng, Chuck Jones, Frank Tashlin, and Robert McKimson, among others. If you to ask me what televised sport is my favorite, I’ve always preferred basketball to anything else because of the pace and because of the simplicity of the game itself. It’s very pure, and even the worst NBA game is entertaining. And when it comes to Bill Murray… well, he’s on that very short list of my favorite things. Not just favorite people, and not just favorite movie stars, but overall favorite things. That’s
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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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'Speedy Gonzales' Animated Movie Is Happening at Warner Bros.

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'Speedy Gonzales' Animated Movie Is Happening at Warner Bros.
While we impatiently await an official announcement for Space Jam 2, one of the characters from that impending sequel is finally getting his own movie. It sounds like Speedy Gonzales and some of his friends south of the border are about to embark on a heist adventure. And Warner Bros. has landed Mexican royalty to help bring the super fast rodent to the big screen in his first ever solo movie.

Yes, Mexico's much believed actor and filmmaker Eugenio Derbez will be breathing life into Speedy Gonzales. At this time, there are no story details for this animated adventure. But unlike other recent Saturday Morning adaptations, this one won't have a live-action element. Eugenio Derbez had this to say about accepting the role originated by the late great Mel Blanc from 1953 to 1989.

"In Mexico we grew up watching Speedy Gonzales. He was like a superhero to us, or maybe more like
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Eugenio Derbez Voicing ‘Speedy Gonzalez’ in Movie Adaptation

Eugenio Derbez Voicing ‘Speedy Gonzalez’ in Movie Adaptation
Warner Bros. is developing a “Speedy Gonzales” movie with Eugenio Derbez voicing the iconic mouse character from Warner’s Looney Tunes library.

Producers are Dylan Sellers through his Rivers Edge Films, and Derbez and Ben Odell through their 3pas Studios.

The studio has hired Hank Nelken (“Saving Silverman”) to write the story of a heist caper, but a director has not been found yet.

Speedy Gonzales started out as a character in the 1953 Looney Tunes cartoon “Cat Tails for Two.” He then starred in his own cartoon “Speedy Gonzales,” featuring Sylvester the Cat guarding a cheese factory at the United States-Mexico border from a group of starving Mexican mice, who call in the energetic Speedy to save them.

The character, created by Friz Freleng and animator Hawley Pratt, was voiced by Mel Blanc. The 1955 short won the Academy Award for best short subject.

Speedy has appeared in more than 40 cartoons,
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Speedy Gonzales movie in the works at Warner Bros.

Speedy Gonzales movie: Warner Brothers are planning a big-screen outing for the fastest mouse in Mexico.

There is a Speedy Gonzales movie in the works at Warner Bros, so reports Deadline. The planned animated film will be based on the Looney Tunes cartoon of the same name featuring the fastest mouse in all of Mexico.

Arriba! Arriba! Andale! Andale!

The planned Speedy Gonzales movie will see Mexican star Eugenio Derbez voicing the famous mouse, who first speeded onto our screens in the 1950s.

“In Mexico we grew up watching Speedy Gonzalez,” Derbez told Deadline. “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 lot of bravado and a weakness for the ladies. I’m really excited to be bringing this character to the big screen. And besides being Mexican— my
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Interview with ‘Tommy’ Artist Juan Navarro

  • SoundOnSight
Juan Navarro is an artist and co-founder of the small press indie comic book company Creature Entertainment located in Miami, Florida. He writes the supernatural crime drama Rez and draws the psychological horror story Tommy. He also runs his own website Fwacata and has his own webcomic The Zombie Years about a futuristic zombie apocalypse.

I first met Juan at Collective Con in Jacksonville, Florida. I bought both issues of Tommy, a psychological horror story about a child whose pet rabbit is a serial killer. I fell in love with Juan’s art style. It is in the same vein as Sam Keith and Skottie Young that combines a cartoonish style with dark grittiness. Think an unholy cross between Looney Tunes and Tales From The Crypt. Since then, I have followed Juan’s work and always look forward to hearing about the next project he is involved in.

Juan took
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Emily S. Whitten: Bill Farmer Is Goofy!

  • Comicmix
Bill Farmer, possibly best known to most of us as the voice of Disney’s Goofy for the past twenty-seven years, is an amazing talent, a hilarious person and an all-around nice guy. Bill, who was named a Disney Legend in 2009, and in 2011 was the first voice actor to receive the prestigious Friz Freleng Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Animation, began his career as a radio DJ and stand-up comedian before landing the role of Goofy in 1987. He has gone on to voice a myriad of other well-known characters as well, including Disney characters such as Pluto, Horace Horsecollar, and Doc.

Bill’s also voiced Looney Tunes characters such as Yosemite Sam, Sylvester, and Foghorn Leghorn, and other fun and memorable roles such as Secret Squirrel in Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law, Stinkie in Casper: A Spirited Beginning and Casper Meets Wendy, Willie Bear in Horton Hears a Who!
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New on DVD Blu-ray August 12: 'Locke,' 'The Blacklist,' 'Bedknobs and Broomsticks'

  • Moviefone
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week

"Locke"

What's It About? Tom Hardy stars as a construction foreman who's driving to London to attend the birth of his child. You really shouldn't have stressful conversations on your cell while driving, but Ivan (Hardy) doesn't care. He has to make sure his big job tomorrow goes as planned, confess to his wife that he cheated on her with a co-worker, and coaching the aforementioned co-worker through the premature birth of their baby. Yikes.

Why We're In: Hardy is more than capable of commanding the screen for the entirety of the movie. Although you hear other characters' voices, it's all Hardy, all the time. Who could argue with that?

Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week

"Love Streams" (Criterion)

What's It About? John Cassavetes and real-life wife Gena Rowlands star as siblings who turn to each other for support after being left by everyone else in their lives.
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MGM announces a live-action/CG hybrid Pink Panther movie

MGM has announced that it is working on a new Pink Panther movie, although rather than following the adventures of Inspector Clouseau, it "will harken back to the tone shared by the original Friz Freleng and David De Patie cartoons as well as that of Blake Edwards’ films" with a live-action / CG animated hybrid from director David Silverman (The Simpsons Movie, Monsters, Inc.).

“I am proud that the Pink Panther– both the feature films and the great library of cartoons created by David De Patie and Friz Freleng that sprang from it– continues to be one of the brightest jewels in the crown of Mirisch films. Now, for the first time, the live action franchise will be united with the world- famous cartoon character in a new hybrid feature film. I am excited by our concept and I look forward to an outstanding movie entertainment,” said Walter Mirisch, who will
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MGM Announces Hybrid Animation And Live-Action Pink Panther Film

MGM is developing for production a full-length hybrid animation and live-action feature film based on the animated Pink Panther character, it was announced today by Gary Barber, chairman and CEO of MGM and Jonathan Glickman, president of the studio’s motion picture group.

Walter Mirisch, executive producer of the original “Pink Panther” films and television series will serve as the producer of the new film, along with Academy Award®-winning actress, Julie Andrews, wife of the late director Blake Edwards.

David Silverman (“The Simpsons Movie,” “Monsters, Inc”) will direct. The Pink Panther character originated a remarkable fifty years ago.

The new caper film will focus on the Pink Panther character, rather than Inspector Clouseau, and will harken back to the tone shared by the original Friz Freleng and David De Patie cartoons as well as that of Blake Edwards’ films.

“We are incredibly proud to re-introduce the Pink Panther to
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MGM Announces 'Pink Panther' Reboot with 'Simpsons' Director

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MGM Announces 'Pink Panther' Reboot with 'Simpsons' Director
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) is developing for production a full-length hybrid animation and live-action feature film based on the animated Pink Panther character, it was announced today by Gary Barber, chairman and CEO of MGM and Jonathan Glickman, president of the studio's motion picture group. Walter Mirisch, executive producer of the original Pink Panther films and television series will serve as the producer of the new film, along with Academy Award-winning actress, Julie Andrews, wife of the late director Blake Edwards. David Silverman (The Simpsons Movie, Monsters Inc.) will direct. The Pink Panther character originated a remarkable fifty years ago.

The new caper film will focus on the Pink Panther character, rather than Inspector Clouseau, and will harken back to the tone shared by the original Friz Freleng and David H. DePatie cartoons as well as that of Blake Edwards' films.

Here's what MGM president Jonathan Glickman had to say in the following statement.
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MGM plans 'Pink Panther' reboot with 'Simpsons' director

MGM plans 'Pink Panther' reboot with 'Simpsons' director
The Pink Panther is coming (back) to the big screen.

MGM announced Monday it planned to reboot the franchise in a live-action/animation hybrid, focusing on the rosy-colored cat who soft-shoed his way through the intros to most of the films, rather than on the aloof Inspector Clouseau. They’ve tapped The Simpsons Movie director David Silverman to helm the project.

Based on Friz Freleng and David De Patie’s cartoons, the Pink Panther’s 11-feature film cinematic history has spanned five decades — made iconic by the collaboration between director Blake Edwards and star Peter Sellers, who portrayed Clouseau. MGM
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New ‘Pink Panther’ Movie Features an Animated Cat, Not Clouseau

  • Slash Film
New ‘Pink Panther’ Movie Features an Animated Cat, Not Clouseau
There’s a new Pink Panther movie on the way, but it won’t feature yet another character related to or inspired by Peter Sellers’ bumbling Inspector Clouseau. The original series of caper comedy films opened with animated title sequences featuring a quirky pink panther… and those openings spawned a series of cartoon shorts by Friz Freleng and David De […]

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Animated/Live Action ‘Pink Panther’ Film In The Works, Will Focus On Cartoon Character, Not Inspector Clouseau

  • The Playlist
MGM got a lot of mileage out of Blake Edwards’ “Pink Panther” series. Five films with Peter Sellers (including a 6th after his death with unused footage and stand-ins to help complete it), one with Alan Arkin, two one-offs with Roger Moore and Roberto Benigni and a rebooted series in the aughts with Steve Martin. Adjusted for inflation, the movies made a collected $875 million worldwide. But what about the signature cartoon Pink Panther himself? It was a cartoon in the ‘70s, but not fully exploited on the big screen. Hmmm… we smell a new franchise. Hybrid animation, live-action is all the rage these days (though “The Smurfs 3” is apparently just going back to straight animation) and MGM announced today that a hybrid animation/live-action version of “The Pink Panther” is in the works and this new caper film will focus on the Pink Panther character, rather than Inspector Clouseau. The
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MGM Taps ‘Simpsons’ Director to Helm Rebooted ‘Pink Panther’ Movie

MGM Taps ‘Simpsons’ Director to Helm Rebooted ‘Pink Panther’ Movie
MGM’s is looking to reboot “The Pink Panther,” tapping David Silverman to helm the live-action/animated hybrid pic.

This pic will not focus the famous Inspector Jacques Clouseau played by Peter Sellers and later by Roberto Benigni and Steve Martin, but rather on the animated panther that appeared in the opening credits and eventually had its own animated show.

Next to James Bond, “The Pink Panther” movie franchise is one of the longest-running series, with 11 films spanning five decades. The films have won two Academy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards and a Grammy for the Henry Mancini theme.

The story will harken back to the tone of the original Friz Freleng and David De Patie cartoons as well the Blake Edwards films that Sellers appeared in.

Walter Mirisch will produce along with Julie Andrews, widow of Edwards, who directed seven of the films.

Longtime “Simpsons” director-producer Silverman is repped
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The Pink Panther to Return as Live-Action/CG Hybrid Feature

MGM is developing for production a full-length hybrid animation and live-action feature film based on the animated The Pink Panther character. The news was announced today by Gary Barber, chairman and CEO of MGM and Jonathan Glickman, president of the studio's motion picture group. Walter Mirisch, executive producer of the original "Pink Panther" films and television series will serve as the producer of the new film, along with Academy Award-winning actress, Julie Andrews, wife of the late director Blake Edwards. David Silverman ( The Simpsons Movie , Monsters, Inc. ) will direct. The new caper film will focus on the Pink Panther character, rather than Inspector Clouseau, and will harken back to the tone shared by the original Friz Freleng and David De Patie...
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Review: Disney's "Oliver And Company: 25Th Anniversary Edition" Blu-ray/DVD Combo

  • CinemaRetro
By Todd Garbarini

If the plot of Walt Disney’s animated film Oliver and Company (1988) feels or sounds familiar, it should. It is loosely based upon Charles DickensOliver Twist but this titular character is not a beggar sent to London. This time around, he’s a cute little kitten set about the busy streets of New York City and tries his best to fit in and survive. He is “befriended” by Dodger, an older dog who is streetwise and gets Oliver to aid him in scoring food while keeping the goods for himself. Oliver is understandably miffed by this, but these are the mean streets of New York, after all. He learns a valuable lesson about trusting others who appear to want to help him. Dodger is owned by Fagin and is part of a gang comprised of Tito (a Chihuahua), Francis (a Bulldog), Einstein (a Great Dane), and
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