20 items from 2013
Generally, screenwriting is reserved for a thankless group of nerds who spend most of their waking hours making "Star Wars" references and lamenting their low position on the Hollywood totem pole.
But once in a while, the ladies and gentlemen behind the scripts end up becoming household name ... or move on from other successful careers to take a stab at screenwriting. And whether it's to make a buck, help out a buddy or take on a new challenge, these scribes sometimes end up scoring some pretty unexpected gigs.
So, upon the revelation that titan of twist M. Night Shyamalan was allegedly though perhaps wasn't after all involved in writing "She's All That" (1999), a movie about how beautiful women become even more beautiful when they take off their glasses and wear their hair down, we've assembled a list of some other well-known writers whose names are attached to some surprising projects. »
- Adam D'Arpino
Excitement blends with anticipatory exhaustion as the first TV panels announcement for Comic-Con 2013 has appeared. This year, 20th Century Fox Television gets the nod for First Post, with newbie How I Met Your Mother saying Hi and Bye, and no joy for Glee fans as it didn’t make the 2013 cut. Here’s the press release:
Twentieth Century Fox Television will once again dominate the San Diego Comic-Con convention, with stars and creators of eleven of its highly-coveted, fan favorite shows at the world famous gathering next month. In addition to exclusive sneak peeks of its programs and panel discussions with the stars and creators of its shows, the studio will rotate an incredible line-up of talent through the newly expanded two-story Fox booth on the convention center floor, for star-studded autograph signings and exciting booth activities including distribution of exclusive 2013 Fox Fanfare Poster Tubes, collectible mini-posters, premium giveaways, DVD sales, »
- Erin Willard
For the first time ever, "How I Met Your Mother" will be at the San Diego Comic-Con in 2013. The CBS sitcom is one of 11 shows produced by 20th Century Fox Television that will feature at the big event. Other programs expected to have panels include "Bones," "The Simpsons," "Sons of Anarchy" and the new series, "Sleepy Hollow."
Most of the shows included on the list are Sdcc veterans, but "Himym" is a big exception to that. As a sitcom, it's not exactly standard fare for the big festival of all things nerdy. But the convention has increasingly become about promotion -- and "How I Met Your Mother" can use that going into its 9th and final season. The full "Himym" cast -- Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris and Alyson Hannigan -- are scheduled to attend, along with executive producers Carter Bays, Craig Thomas and Pamela Fryman. »
Better late than never! The cast of CBS’ How I Met Your Mother is going to Comic-Con for the first time this summer to help promote the show’s final season. The panel will include a preview of the new season along with actors Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris and Alyson Hannigan and executive producers Carter Bays, Craig Thomas and Pamela Fryman.
The show is one of 11 programs produced by 20th Century Fox TV going to the San Diego event next month. Here’s the full list with official descriptions:
Thursday, July 18:
- James Hibberd
SNL is a show that runs hot and cold; it’s had good years (mid70s, early 90s) and bad (most of the 80s). Now nearing the end of its current season, it seems to be in another of its mid-decade slumps. The new faces in the last few seasons didn’t add much to an already mediocre cast, and with his lucky penny Kristen Wiig who let’s face it, carried the show in recent years, already gone and other longtime cast members soon to follow, somewhere show creator Lorne Micheals is probably in panic mode.Watching SNL be only ‘kinda funny’ makes fans of sketch comedy wish they could see new episodes of Mad TV instead of just re-runs on cable. Ok: so it didn’t run as long as SNL or have alum that continued on to semi successful yet stable movie careers. Sure, SNL had better guest stars, »
Our weekly round up of all the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Man of Steel, Justice League, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor: The Dark World, The Avengers 2, Kick-Ass 2, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Wolverine, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel, Ultimate Spider-Man, Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, Teen Titans Go!, Young Justice and more...
Well here we are, the penultimate Week in Spandex (sorry Mr. Byrne) before Superman returns to the big screen courtesy of director Zack Snyder, producer Christopher Nolan and star Henry Cavill in the hugely-anticipated reboot Man of Steel - and boy, is Warner Bros. making sure we know all about it. Not only has this week brought us a stunning, action-packed fifth trailer [which we have for you here, if for some bizarre reason you haven't already seen it], but the studio's marketing department has been working overtime to deliver a stream »
- Flickering Myth
You guys! You guys! Hey you guuuuuyyyyysssss!!! …Otherwise known as “wonderful ComicMix readers.” Guess what? Go on now, guess! Naaaaah, you’ll never get it. So here it is:
I am one year old!!
Well. If by “I” I mean “this column,” and if by “one” I actually mean “one year and a few weeks.” But still: can you believe it? I’ve been writing this here li’l column for over a year now. That’s fifty-seven columns to date! Holy cannoli! (Aaaaand now I want a cannoli. Great.)
Anywho, I meant to post this column on my Actual ComicMix One Year Anniversary, but you know how it is: you’ve got interviews with awesome people like Phil Lamarr and Billy West and Nick Galifianakis to post, and film festivals and documentary screenings to write about…and those are way more exciting.
However! On this, my one-ish year anniversary, »
- Emily S. Whitten
Fox has one of its better slates coming your way with the new season, especially if you take the midseason shows into account. Some of these shows may not jump out at you now as must-see, but some of them are going to take over, if I’m any judge anyway.
Clear showcase offerings Dads, Almost Human, and Us & Them are guaranteed to take off early. Almost Human has J.J. Abrams recognition to pull people in, though it looks to be a show that could flounder after a few episodes, even if I hope it doesn’t. The other two are going to become hits. Unfortunately, we have to wait until mid-season for the Gavin & Stacey remake.
Rake also looks like a winner, as long as the translation can be made to work as an Americanized product, and the show actually delivers what made the Australian original so brilliant.
- Marc Eastman
As you may know if you’ve read my column recently (and if you haven’t, what’s wrong with you?? Well, don’t worry – you can always catch up here), I’ve declared it Interview Central, following on my time at Awesome Con DC. There, I interviewed the amazing voice actors Phil Lamarr and Billy West. Both were delightful, so if you haven’t gotten a chance to check out those columns (and/or audio recordings) yet, scoot on over to those links and do so!
While at Awesome Con, I was also happy to be able to catch up with the very talented cartoonist Nick Galifianakis (and to obtain this cartoon for my wall. Hah! I love it!). If you’re not already familiar with Nick’s work, you really should check it out, pronto, because it is wonderful stuff. Both insightful and hilarious, and sometimes hitting uncomfortably close to home, »
- Emily S. Whitten
Looks like it is just Interview Central around here these days, folks. Because following up on last week’s column, in which I briefly recapped my Awesome Con DC experience and posted my interview with the fantastic Phil Lamarr (go read/listen if you missed it last week! Good stuff!), I now get to share with you my Awesome Con DC interview with the excellent Billy West! Hooray!
Even if you somehow haven’t heard the name Billy West, before, I almost guarantee you’ve heard his voice. Voicing everything from classic cartoon characters like Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Elmer Fudd, Woody Woodpecker, and Popeye to four of the main characters on Futurama (Philip J. Fry, Professor Farnsworth, Dr. Zoidberg, and Zapp Brannigan), Billy has voiced characters on a myriad of other shows as well, including title characters for Nickelodeon’s Doug and The Ren & Stimpy Show; and is also »
- Emily S. Whitten
So, ComicMix readers, as per my previous column, Awesome Con DC happened April 20 and 21…and, I say this unironically, it was awesome. I had a blast. I spent time with good friends; I met new friends; I walked the con floor and met comics legends (great chat, Larry Hama!) and witty and charming award-winning artists (hello, Ben Templesmith!); and was delighted with the strong turnout of talented local comics folks. I went to a couple of panels (amazing, for me, since I usually plan to go to tons and then don’t go to…any); and wore my Girl Jayne Firefly costume. And yes, naturally, I bought some stuff (surprise!). I also pretended to be Nick Galifianakis for awhile (don’t tell!) and did three fantaaaastic interviews: with Nick, and with the amazingly talented Phil Lamarr and Billy West. (More convention pictures here, and oh by the way, next year »
- Emily S. Whitten
This Tuesday will be a day young card game fans have been waiting on! “Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters – Dragonstrike,” the new DVD from Shout! Factory (in collaboration with Hasbro Studios and Wizards of the Coast), will be released April 30. The DVD will include five cool episodes and an exclusive alternative art “Herald of Infernus” playable trading card. The DVD, priced at $14.97, stars the voice talents of Scott Wolf, Freddy Rodriguez, John Dimaggio, Oded Fehr, Phil Lamarr, David Sobolov, Kari Wahlgren and Jason Marsden. The action-fantasy animated series tells the story about Ray, a boy who has the ability to befriend and duel with amazing creatures [ Read More ]
The post Win A Kaijudo Dragon Master Collection Kit and DVD From ShockYa! appeared first on Shockya.com. »
When I started writing this column, I was also in the midst of excitedly making plans for Awesome Con, which took place this weekend in Washington, DC. Plans for seeing friends I hadn’t seen in months; plans for meeting up with people I’d only talked to on the Internets; plans for dinner with awesomesauce con guests; plans for what panels I wanted to try to see; and plans for what costume(s) I was going to wear. My head was full of happiness and excitement and anticipation for a local convention that focuses on so many of the things I love. And then as I was catching up on general geeky news, I read this. It’s something everyone should go read in full, along with this second account of the incident, and with this account of an earlier incident that’s even worse. Seriously, go read it. »
- Emily S. Whitten
Network: Fox, Comedy Central
Episodes: 140 (half-hour)
TV show dates: March 28, 1999 -- September 4, 2013
Series status: Cancelled
Performers include: Billy West, Katey Sagal, John Di Maggio, Tress MacNeille, Phil Lamarr, Maurice Lamarche, Lauren Tom, David Herman, Frank Welker, Byrne Offutt, Kath Soucie, Dawnn Lewis, and Tom Kenny.
TV show description:
An animated and futuristic workplace sitcom from the creator of The Simpsons, Matt Groening. Philip J. Fry (Billy West) is a pizza delivery boy who is cryogenically frozen on New Year's Day 2000 and not awakened until New Year's Eve 2999.
He gets a job as a delivery boy on the spaceship of Planet Express, which is owned by Phil's closest living relative, Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth (Billy West).
Phil works with the »
Chicago – Will “Mad TV” get a cultural comeback? Once positioned as the first show that could really compete with “Saturday Night Live,” it never quite fulfilled its potential but I think it’s the kind of thing that audiences could find and respect in the future. It’s too bad that none of the “Mad” players became huge stars — movie fame helped propel the respect for those early days of “SNL” — but there were some undeniably talented players here and the show holds up better than you might expect. There’s a part of me that wishes it was still on, especially during this truly horrendous season of “SNL.” Lorne Michaels could use some competition.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
This Saturday and Sunday, April 20 and 21, a new comics and pop culture convention will debut in Washington, DC: Awesome Con! I’m super-excited about this, given that there hasn’t been a comic con in DC proper in lo, these many years since I have lived here. Okay, okay, maybe I exaggerate a bit. As it happens, there was a comic con here as recently as 2005. But it’s still been quite awhile. There are comic cons in the general area, yes, like the excellent Baltimore Comic Con, as well as cons in Richmond, and Annapolis; but for those of us who are Metro-dependent, those cons are not so easy to get to.
Now, finally, we’re getting a con right in the city, at the Washington Convention Center, a three minute walk from the Mt. Vernon Square metro station (or 11 minutes from McPherson Square or Metro Center stations, for orange/blue line folks). Yay! »
- Emily S. Whitten
Visionary animator Genndy Tartakovsky has been a creative force behind such popular series as The Powerpuff Girls, Dexter's Laboratory and Star Wars: Clone Wars. Last fall, Tartakovsky also made a successful foray into animated feature films with the box office-and-family-friendly horror hit, Hotel Transylvania. With his pedigree of small-screen series and recent experience with a full-length animated production, it seems the time is ripe for a conclusion to one of Tartakovsky's most unique and iconic creations. Hit the jump to find out where it stands. Hollywood! Adapt this: Samurai Jack. What It's About: Running for a total of 52 episodes over four seasons from 2001 to 2004, Samurai Jack was an animated action adventure series that ran on Cartoon Network. It followed the exploits of the titular samurai who wandered a dystopian future ruled by the powerful shape-shifting demon, Aku. Voiced by Phil Lamarr, Jack is introduced to viewers as the young son »
- Dave Trumbore
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A few of us here from GeekTyrant will be hitting up WonderCon 2013, which takes place from Friday, March 29th to Sunday, March 31th at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. We went for the first time last year, and we had a great time, so we're all excited to be going back for more geek goodness!
WonderCon has released the full three-day schedule! There's a ton of great stuff to check out this year! Enough cool stuff to keep you more than busy! Check out the schedule and start planning out your trip! If you're going and you see us around make sure to say hi! We can talk about geek stuff! See ya there!
March 29 • Friday
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- Joey Paur
Stan Lee's World of Heroes YouTube channel has been a definite success, attracting over 122,000 subscribers and more than 7.2 video views since its inception nine months ago. The success of the YouTube Original Channel has led Lee to overhaul his digital presence, and one part of that plan is a new World of Heroes web series, Chatroom of Solitude, with Felicia Day included in the cast. Chatroom of Solitude features Day as one of five supervillains, all of whom converse via Google Hangout and menace each other with their evil plans. The series feels like a mix between two of Day's popular credits, mixing Dr. Horrible's Evil League of Evil with the Google+ camaraderie of Geek and Sundry's Vaginal Fantasy. Chatroom of Solitude has enough laughs and star power--the series also features Phil Lamarr, Colin Ferguson, Carolyn Hennesy, and Matt Knutson--to serve as another hit for World of Heroes, which »
- Sam Gutelle
Green Lantern (Phil Lamarr) Andrea Romano: Phil Lamarr was an actor I’d worked with on a series called Static Shock. He had done an audition at his agent’s office and I thought he was very, very good. I called up some people who had worked with him and tried to get some background. If I’m going to commit to a series with somebody, I want to know that it’s going to be a pleasant experience. I like to think of putting together a cast as being similar to putting together a party. Who’s going to have fun together? Who’s going to play well together? Who’s going to bring something to the party? As I was doing my research on Phil, I got very positive response, he gets the joke, he understands what’s going on. Like I said, I had gotten to know him on Static Shock. »
20 items from 2013
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