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PMK/HBN's Fehily to start own firm

18 December 2008 6:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Publicist Joy Fehily is leaving PMK/HBN to start her own firm.

The 13-year veteran, who held the title of senior VP, has clients including Graham King, Peter Morgan, McG, Gerard Butler, Seth MacFarlane, Aaron Sorkin, Joel Silver, Anthony Zuiker and Eric McCormack. Most if not all are expected to travel with her.

"It's definitely bittersweet," PMK's Simon Halls said. "But on the flip side, I did the same thing, starting my own company with partners. So I understand her wanting to try this new adventure. We are extremely grateful for everything she has done for this company."

Fehily's resume also includes a two-year stint at Castle Rock. »

- By Borys Kit

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MacFarlane Named Smartest Man In TV

4 December 2008 11:28 PM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Family Guy and American Dad creator Seth MacFarlane has been named the smartest man in TV, according to a new industry poll.

The animator tops the new Entertainment Weekly magazine power list after landing a $100 million (GBP66.6 million) deal from U.S. network Fox to keep his hit shows on the channel until 2012.

Comedienne Tina Fey comes in second on the new list and actor/writer Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey also make the top 10 along with top studio executives.

Chat show host Jimmy Kimmel, Gossip Girl creator Josh Schwartz, music mogul Simon Cowell, writer/director J.J. Abrams, Tyra Banks and Salma Hayek, who produces and guests in TV hit Ugly Betty, also make the top 25 list. »

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Who's the Dumbest Person in Television?

4 December 2008 10:48 AM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane was named in Entertainment Weekly's list of the Top 25 Smartest People in Television, right ahead of Sarah Palin's proxy, Tina Fey. Dude went from having a cancelled cartoon to getting paid a billion bucks to bring the same show back, plus two more. Not an easy feat, but if Seth's so smart, how come he doesn't know how to put on a condom? We know you babes love your polls so much, and you're so damn accurate at deciding them (sorry, Mr. Montag). So if this flimsy-handed hotshot is the Einstein of TV, who's the stupidest? null »

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Kung Fu Panda Ties for Most Annie Award Nominations

2 December 2008 6:48 PM, PST | newsinfilm.com | See recent newsinfilm news »

The Academy Awards are slowly creeping up, just three months away now with buzz seeming to only surround a handful of movies.  But one piece of the puzzle and a solid indicator of the “Best Animated Feature” Oscar are the Annie Awards, now in their 36th year.

DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda earned 16 total nominations, a tie for the most in the history of the ceremonies.  The other movies to pull that off were 2004’s The Incredibles and 2005’s Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit.

Since the Annies started, the Annie Award for “Best Animated Feature” has predicted the Oscar winner every single time but once.

This is huge for DreamWorks, who makes successful animated movies like Shrek, but hasn’t seem to put out the quality of film that Pixar seems to churn out on a regular basis.  Just for comparison, this year’s expert pick for »

- Jeff

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The 2008 Annie Award nominees! DreamWorks rules with 27 nominations

2 December 2008 12:49 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

DreamWorks' excellent "Kung Fu Panda" lead the 2008 Annie Award nominees with a total of seventeen nominations which included Best Feature, Best Feature Writing, Best Directing, Best Animated Effects, Best Character Animation as well as Best Animated Video Game. (See featured store items at the bottom of the page) Disney/Pixar's heart-warming "Wall-e" ended second best with a total of eight nominations. Also faring well was another Disney pic in the recent "Bolt" voiced by John Travolta and Miley Cyrus. The adventure comedy scored five nominations. DreamWorks, which also released "Kung Fu Panda" companion piece "Secrets of the Furious Five" and "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa," landed a grand total of 27 nominations.  As listed, here are the 2008 Annie Award Nominations by CategoryPRODUCTION CATEGORIESBest Animated Feature BoltWalt Disney Animation Studios Kung Fu Panda – DreamWorks Animation $9.99 – Sherman Pictures/Lama Films Wall•E – Pixar Animation Studios Waltz With Bashir – Sony Pictures Classics/Bridgit Folman, Les Films D’ici, »

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The Annie Award Nominees are Announced

1 December 2008 12:49 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Photo: DreamWorks Animation The International Animated Film Society announced the nominees for the 2008 Annie Awards and Kung Fu Panda is leading the way with 17 nominations followed by Disney's Bolt with 9 and the Disney/Pixar feature Wall-e earning 8. Panda picked up a healthy amount of noms in categories such as Character Animation, Character Design, Music, Production Design, Storyboarding, Voice Acting and Writing. In each of those categories it was either nominated while Bolt and Wall-e were not or secured multiple nominations giving it the outright nomination lead by 8. Could this be a sign of a Panda-over-wall-e Oscar upset? The nominees are listed below and you can check out the official award site here. Best Animated Feature Bolt (Walt Disney Animation Studios) Kung Fu Panda (DreamWorks Animation) $9.99 (Sherman Pictures/Lama Films) Wall-e (Pixar Animation Studios) Waltz With Bashir (Sony Pictures Classics/Bridgit Folman, Les Films D'ici, Razor Films) Best Animated Home Entertainment »

- Brad Brevet

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'Panda' earns 16 Annie Awards noms

1 December 2008 8:05 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

DreamWorks Animation's "Kung Fu Panda" fought off stiff competition to earn 16 nominations -- the most for a feature -- for the International Animated Film Society's 36th Annual Annie Awards.

That includes a nomination for best-animated feature, a category that includes Pixar Animation Studios "Wall-e"-considered the frontrunner for the Oscar-which earned seven nominations. "Panda" and "Wall-e" also earned one additional nomination each in the best video game competition.

The top category is rounded out by nominations for Walt Disney Animation Studios' "Bolt," a 3-D release that earned five nominations; Sony Pictures Classics' "Waltz With Bashir," Israel's award-winning documentary, which took four nominations; and Sherman Pictures/Lama Films "$9.99," a stop-motion title that earned two nominations.

Blue Sky Studios' "Dr. Suess' Horton Hear as Who," a Fox release, also had a strong showing with five nominations.

All of these features are short listed by AMPAS for this season's animated feature competition.

Dwa earned a total of 27 nominations. »

- By Carolyn Giardina

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Fox Unleashes 'Futurama: The Wild Green Yonder' in February

26 November 2008 12:42 PM, PST | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has announced a February 24 release date for the fourth and final feature-length Futurama epic Into The Wild Green Yonder.  Joining the standard and Blu-ray DVD saga this time as guest stars are illusionist Penn Jillette, hip-hop legend Snoop Dogg, talk radio superstar Phil Hendrie, and Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane. In addition, fans of the series will be thrilled and relieved to finally discover the truth about “Number 9 Man,” a deeply mysterious character from the earliest days of the series. 

Futurama: Into The Wild Green Yonder is jam-packed with bonus features, including audio commentary from Matt Groening, David X. Cohen, John Dimaggio, Maurice Lamarche, writers and animators, a making-of mockumentary, deleted scenes, How to Draw Futurama, “Bender’s Movie Theater Etiquette,” “Zapp Brannigan’s Guide to Making Love at a Woman” and much more.

The Futurama: Into The Wild Green Yonder DVD will be available »

- Robert Greenberger

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Men of the Year Party With the Women Who Are Obsessions

19 November 2008 6:00 AM, PST | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Two out of GQ's four cover boy Men of the Year came out to celebrate at the Chateau Marmont in La last night. Jon Hamm and Leonardo DiCaprio both lived up to their steamy covers while Michael Phelps and Barack Obama (surprise) couldn't make it to the red carpet. Obsession of the year Megan Fox looked hot in pink and kept her boyfriend Brian Austin Green close for photos. Sarah Silverman and Jimmy Kimmel still don't want to define their relationship, but things seem very on again for this duo. January Jones looked glamorous as ever posing without her on-screen Mad Men husband Don Draper, but if the second season of the show taught us anything it's that Betty is just fine by herself. The party may have been about the men of the year, but the women held their own before heading in for a night of fun. To »

- Molly

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DiCaprio Honoured At GQ Men Of The Year Party

19 November 2008 3:57 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actors Leonardo DiCaprio and John Malkovich walked away with top awards at this year's GQ Men of the Year ceremony.

The Body Of Lies star picked up the Leading Man Trophy, while Malkovich was named Mad Genius of the Year at the men's magazine awards ceremony in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

President-elect Barack Obama was given the nod as Game Changer of the Year, actor Jon Hamm was handed the Breakout award and Olympic champion Michael Phelps took home the ultimate accolade for Golden Boy of the Year.

The glittering party attracted some of Hollywood's brightest male stars, including DiCaprio, Zac Efron, Adam Brody and Aaron Eckhart.

And although the annual celebration recognises leading men, the ladies were out in full force too, with Megan Fox, Rosario Dawson and Elisha Cuthbert turning out for the red carpet bash.

The main list of winners is as follows:

Leading Man: Leonardo DiCaprio

Game Changer: Barack Obama

Breakout: Jon Hamm

Golden Boy: Michael Phelps

Mad Genius of the Year: John Malkovich

Obsession of the Year: Megan Fox

Drama Queen of the Year: Sean Penn

Screen Idol of the Year: James Franco

Tough Guys of the Year: The Wire Writers

Mogul of the Year: Seth MacFarlane

Prick of the Year: Gordon Ramsay. »

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Science club sets showbiz experiment

18 November 2008 4:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

A news conference is set for 11:45 a.m. Wednesday in Los Angeles to announce the Science and Entertainment Exchange, a one-stop shop for the entertainment industry to get scientific information.

Led by the National Academy of Sciences, the program is designed to connect producers, directors, writers and others in need of scientific information for their productions with science, medical and engineering experts. It is endorsed by the DGA, WGA, the Producers Guild of America and Women in Film.

After the announcement, the Nas is sponsoring a symposium hosted by Seth MacFarlane that will bring showbiz professionals together with top scientists. Topics to be covered include climate change, rare and infectious diseases, genomics, artificial intelligence and robotics along with the brain and mind.

Among the showbiz folks expect to join Nas president Ralph Cicerone at the event are Jerry and Janet Zucker, Lawrence Kasden, Kimberly Peirce and Chris Weitz. Former CIA operative Valerie Plame, »

- By Erik Pedersen

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Spin-ematical: New on DVD for 11/11

11 November 2008 7:40 AM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Filed under: New Releases, DVD Reviews, New on DVD, Home Entertainment

Hellboy II: The Golden Army

The red beastie with a penchant for kittens is back. This time, Hellboy must stop an underworld leader bent on awakening an army of unstoppable gizmos created to take over the world. He's got problems with Liz, and new aggravations from Johann (voiced by Family Guy creator Seth Macfarlane). You can pick up the regular old simple edition, a big 3-disc set, or if you like collectibles, a boxed collector's set with a statue, poster, and book on regular DVD or Blu-ray. (More info on the DVD right here.) Buy it.

Mister Foe

On the less flashy front, there's the excellent Jamie Bell in Hallam Foe. Another victim of renaming, the film is known as Mister Foe stateside, but still covers Bell as Foe -- a peeping Tom on the streets of Edinburgh after his mother's untimely death. »

- Monika Bartyzel

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Hellboy II The Golden Army Blu-Ray Details and Artwork

9 November 2008 11:12 PM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Hellboy II: The Golden Army, will be available in 3-disc special edition DVD and 2-disc Blu-ray Hi-Def on November 11, 2008 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.Here’s the complete DVD details and Blu-ray artwork from Universal. Hellboy II: The Golden Army by director Guillermo del Toro stars Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, Doug Jones, Jeffrey Tambor, Luke Goss, John Hurt, John Alexander, Seth MacFarlane, Anna Walton and Brian Steele. Synopsis: After an ancient truce existing between humankind and the invisible realm of the fantastic is broken, hell on Earth is ready to erupt. A ruthless leader who treads the world above and the one below defies his bloodline and awakens an unstoppable army of creatures. Now, it’s up to the planet’s toughest, roughest [...] »

- Brian Corder

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'King' Gets Thrown Off the 'Hill'

31 October 2008 6:42 PM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

No, it's not Friday the 13th. But it is Halloween, and the 13th season of King of the Hill looks to be its last.

Reports are coming in that the long-running Fox comedy will not return past the 13 episodes currently in production bringing the total to something like 250. King of the Hill, created by Mike Judge and Greg Daniels, has aired on the network since 1997. Although it's not the ratings getter it once was, King stalwarts such as Ain't It Cool News' Hercules tout the series as Fox's greatest comedy. Both Judge and Daniels have moved onto other projects. Judge's newest animated comedy, The Goode Family, launches on ABC midseason, while Daniels is running NBC's smash hit The Office. Judge still supplies the voice for Hank Hill on the series.

Meanwhile, Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane continues to enjoy his renewed success over at Fox. Variety has announced that MacFarlane's »

- Josh Wigler

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'American Dad' creators ink Fox deals

29 October 2008 6:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

"American Dad" co-creators Mike Barker and Matt Weitzman have inked new seven-figure overall deals with series producer 20th Century Fox TV.

The two-year pacts, with options for a third, will keep Barker and Weitzman on "Dad," which has been picked up by Fox for a fifth season.

Barker and Weitzman, who created "Dad" with Seth MacFarlane, have exec produced and run the animated comedy since its launch.

Four years into the job, neither considered leaving.

"The world is screwed up, so we think we still have some semi-poignant things to say about it through the show," Weitzman said.

Having two showrunners on "Dad" has made a world of difference, 20th TV chairman Dana Walden said.

"Matt and Mike are covering far more territory in the executive producer slot than one person can ever cover," she said. "That enables Seth to focus on his other projects."

In addition to "Dad," MacFarlane »

- By Nellie Andreeva

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Mila Kunis Talks Family Guy Movie

17 October 2008 12:54 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

After the success of The Simpsons Movie, there's been nonstop talk about which will be the next big, adult, cartoon franchise to make the transition into feature film. Odds on favorite is without a doubt Family Guy and Mila Kunis, who voices Meg Griffin on the television show, recently talked to Moviehole about what it'll take for the show to make the big screen jump. First and foremost, Kunis says there probably will be a movie and when there is she'll be involved. Unfortunately, from the sounds of it Family Guy: The Movie won't be happening any time soon. She says, "It takes so much longer to put a cartoon together, and make it into a film, and make it relevant to when it comes out. It's like, six years. It's incredibly time-consuming." Kunis's comments fit with those made by series creator Seth MacFarlane several months ago. Everyone involved »

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Seth MacFarlane Will Let You Pay For His Dinner

16 September 2008 9:20 AM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Last week, Seth MacFarlane, sire of Family Guy and American Dad, not to mention the rage of countless Simpsons fans, begat "Seth MacFarlane's Cavalcade Of Cartoon Comedy," a YouTube channel teeming with commercials for Burger King that have been anointed by MacFarlane himself. Fans of American Dad (if they exist) and Family Guy will no doubt love the Cavalcade shorts because they are essentially leftover pop culture non sequiturs from those two shows enveloped in Burger King wrappers. But Burger King commercials are not all that Seth MacFarlane is willing to give to his public (and Burger King). He also wants to give people the rare opportunity, some would say the "unique honor that most people would kill for," to buy him dinner. What? Oh yes: (via Videogum) The winner of this sweepstakes will have the opportunity to buy Seth MacFarlane a meal at Burger »

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Seth MacFarlane Conquers the Internet

5 September 2008 6:03 PM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Starting Wednesday, computer watchers can surf and find Seth MacFarlane's Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy at Google and assorted other sites.

In a MacFarlane profile at today’s Wall Street Journal, the creator of Family Guy described how some 50 Cavalcade clips will be available at the rate of one per well. According to the article, “Google will deliver Cavalcade clips to pages visited primarily by 18- to 34-year-old men. In a new twist in the way entertainment is distributed, visitors to sites including Fandango.com and men's magazine Maxim.com might see a Cavalcade cartoon play in a slot where a banner ad or video promo would normally appear.”

"We give him full creative control," Dan Goodman, president of digital media at Media Rights Capital, told the WSJ. As a result, most sites will run the unexpurgated clips with the liberal use of the f-bomb. Other sites will bleep out the offending words. »

- Robert Greenberger

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Don Lafontaine Dead at 68

2 September 2008 12:42 PM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

The King of Voiceovers Don Lafontaine was found dead in Los Angeles at age 68. Don Lafontaine perhaps best know for his recent appearances as The Announcer Guy in the Geico commercials, had made thousands of movie trailers, some beginning with the famous line “In a world…” Don has been featured in over 250,000 commercials and over 3,500 films and television shows including a recent role in Seth MacFarlane’s American Dad! and Family Guy. Lafontaine apparently died from a collapsed lung, although the cause of death is still unknown. He is survived by his wife Nita Whitaker, and his three children. Stay tuned to Toxic Shock TV for the latest movie news. »

- Brian Corder

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Family Guy: The Movie Is Coming

27 August 2008 8:00 PM, PDT | MoviesOnline.ca | See recent MoviesOnline news »

Right on the heels of posting that Cleveland Show preview I have just caught word that Seth MacFarlane is working on making an animated Family Guy movie. Amazing because it took the Simpsons over 10 years to get a television series and it seems like Family Guy is well on its way. In an interview with TV Week MacFarlane says, "We want to do it. And it is time. In the past six months we have seriously started talking about it. And my hope is that we will get it going within the next year. Doing the show is a seven-day a week process, so I don't know how we will squeeze in a movie. But we will f »

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