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Exclusive: Time To Go Shopping In Clip From Animated ‘Nerdland’ Starring Patton Oswalt & Paul Rudd

With no major new, wide releases opening over the weekend, there is a brief moment of calm at the multiplex before things get really crazy for the rest of December. And it’s the perfect opportunity to catch the animated “Nerdland” on the big screen.

On Tuesday, December 6th Fathom Events will be hosting a special event screening of the movie that features the voices of Paul Rudd, Patton Oswalt, Hannibal Buress, Reid Scott, Mike Judge, Riki Lindhome, Kate Micucci, Laraine Newman, Brendon Small, John Ennis, and Paul Scheer, that tells the story of two friends and aspiring actors who are determined to enter their 30s with a taste of fame.

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Paul Rudd and Patton Oswalt Want to Live in Infamy in First Trailer for ‘Nerdland’

As the writer of Se7en and 8mm, one might not expect Andrew Kevin Walker to write an animated comedy featuring some of today’s top talent in the field, but here we are. Directed by Chris Prynoski, Nerdland follows two slackers who are attempting to make it big in Hollywood in unusal ways. Featuring the huge voice cast of Paul Rudd, Patton Oswalt, Hannibal Buress, Reid Scott, Mike Judge, Riki Lindhome, Kate Micucci, Laraine Newman, Brendon Small, John Ennis, and Paul Scheer, the first trailer has now arrived.

We said in our review, “Providing an escape valve for Andrew Kevin Walker, known for far more serious films about would-be serial killers (8Mm, Seven), Nerdland is an almost biting commentary on Hollywood that would appear to be more at home on the small screen (had it not been crudely drawn for Cinemascope).” Judging from the trailer, if one is a fan of Bojack Horseman,
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Adult Swim Trolls Fan Petitions To Bring Back ‘Metalocalypse’

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Be warned, Dethklok fans: Adult Swim has heard your cries, and their response is brutal. For the past two years, Brendon Small has been trying to get his gruesome animated comedy ‘Metalocalypse’ picked up for a fifth and final season. The series ended in a cliffhanger with the 2013 musical special, “The Doomstar Requiem,” which saw the dark prophecies surrounding the wildly popular but incompetent death metal band Dethklok finally come to life. With Charles Offdensen no longer their manager and Murderface corrupted by an evil force, Small had planned to wrap things up with six final episodes, including a series finale called “Army.
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Metalocalypse: Show Creator Campaigns for Series Finale

Though it's been two years since the last episode of Adult Swim's cult favorite series Metalocalypse aired, the fate of Dethklok is not yet death.

This month, at New York's Comic-Con, show creator Brendon Small announced "Metalocalypse Now"—a month-long online campaign geared towards getting a series finale. Through signing the online petition or using social media, fans can "demand" a finale for the show about the crazy hijinks and killer tunes of black metal band Dethklok.

Metalocalypse debuted on Adult Swim in 2006 and ran for four seasons in addition to one hour-long special in 2013 and four companion albums of original music.

According to the site, the ultimate aim of the campaign is to convince Adult Swim and streaming site Hulu that there are enough fans to justify producing a final episode.

From Brendon Small at Nycc:
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Steve's Favorite New Rock, R&B, and Electronic Albums of 2014

The mainstream drew me back in a little this year, though mostly by looking back several decades to the same things I love and incorporating them into music that doesn't especially sound like 2014.

1. Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra: Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light on Everything (Constellation)

I think of Silver Mt. Zion as the post-rock Pogues. They have the drunken singing and the scratchy fiddling and the punky energy, but in a sort of gritty yet sophisticated Godspeed! You Black Emperor musical context (and in fact founder/singer/guitarist Efrim Manuel Menuck used to be in Godspeed!). On their eighth album, the added intensity that appeared on their previous album is increased; this may be their best yet. My favorite track is "What We Loved Was Not Enough," where at first it seems like he's singing "The days come when we no longer fail," but then when
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Robot Chickens and Selfish Milkshakes: 'Adult Swim' 101

There was a certain point in history, somewhere between The Simpsons and Daria, when TV animation ceased to be the sole provenance of kids drooling over their morning bowls of Lucky Charms. These days, cartoons for grown-ups are not only ubiquitous, but hilariously twisted and high-quality to boot — and that's due in large part to a phenomenon called Adult Swim. What began as a freaky little block of late-night programming has evolved into a vast, even-freakier universe of animated and live-action series with a sardonic, absurdist sense of humor that's
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Springfield, Or To Get Official 'Simpsons' Mural, Is Now The Only Real Springfield

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Springfield, Or To Get Official 'Simpsons' Mural, Is Now The Only Real Springfield
Springfield, Oregon is hereby deemed the only true Springfield. Denizens of all other Springfields are bowing their heads in shame today with the news that the picturesque northwest burg has been chosen to receive an official "Simpsons" mural on the side of their art center, because creator Matt Groening grew up there and now has hundreds of millions of dollars. While there's no artwork available at this time, city spokesman Niel Laudati says the mural will depict Homer lounging in a hammock, Bart climbing a tree, Marge painting, and Lisa and Maggie riding a bike. So tell me, Other Springfields, which TV geniuses did you spawn hmmm? "Legendary voice actress June Foray?" offers Springfield, Massachussetts sheepishly. Psshhhh!! Did June Foray create a multi-billion-dollar empire? No! No, she did not. She did a couple dumb animal voices and now she's 96. Next! "'Grey's Anatomy' star Justin Chambers is a pretty good act --" begins Springfield,
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Death Meets Dethklok as Adult Swim Runs a 'Darksiders'/'Metalocalypse' Promo Friday

The Cartoon Network late night programming block will be running a two-minute promo Friday night bringing together the world's biggest metal band with the embodiment of all mortality.

Nothing at all weird about that.

More details and images after the jump.

The promo will run during Friday night's Metalocalypse marathon, which is running from 11:00 Pm to 1:00 Am on Adult Swim, so you can probably expect it to repeat a few times if you miss it. The spot is being animated by Titmouse Inc., the studio responsible for Metalocalypse, which is currently in its fourth, world-burning season (seriously, the current storyline sees the band trying to fend off the end of the world).

The series was created by writer, voice actor, and musician Brendon Small who also fronts the band when it performs live (I had a chance to see them perform during San Diego Comic-Con--it was on an
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Is Adult Swim Stuck in a Rut of Nostalgia Bait?

Describing the current slate of programming on Adult Swim, which takes over Cartoon Network every evening from 9pm to 6am, is like trying to explain why crude sex and drug jokes get old after a while. There’s nothing wrong with “Venture Brothers,” Odd Future’s “Loiter Squad” or Brendon Small’s “Metalocalypse," other than their numbing similarity to each other and so many shows that have come before. It's been a mainstay in many college dorm rooms on Sunday nights, but Adult Swim is still relying on the same three notes, sounded in between endless “King of the Hill” reruns, to fill up seven days of late night programming. Is Adult Swim stuck in a backward-looking loop at what used to work for the network in its prime? Since the next big plan is to resurrect its old programming block Toonami, the answer is yes. Adult Swim resurrected Tooname
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Is Adult Swim Stuck in a Rut of Nostalgia Bait?

Describing the current slate of programming on Adult Swim, which takes over Cartoon Network every evening from 9pm to 6am, is like trying to explain why crude sex and drug jokes get old after a while. There’s nothing wrong with “Venture Brothers,” Odd Future’s “Loiter Squad” or Brendon Small’s “Metalocalypse," other than their numbing similarity to each other and so many shows that have come before. It's been a mainstay in many college dorm rooms on Sunday nights, but Adult Swim is still relying on the same three notes, sounded in between endless “King of the Hill” reruns, to fill up seven days of late night programming. Is Adult Swim stuck in a backward-looking loop at what used to work for the network in its prime? Since the next big plan is to resurrect its old programming block Toonami, the answer is yes. Adult Swim resurrected Tooname
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Radio 66.6 - Back with More Musical Mayhem

The most devilish spot on your radio dial (yes, we know it's the internet, just play along, damn it!) is back with your weekly music wrap-up. Read on for the latest ear-drum splitting goodness!

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Drummer BIll Ward has released another update about his involvement (or lack thereof) in the upcoming Black Sabbath reunion. You can read his statement here. In short, he says that negotiations are ongoing and nothing is official one way or the other.

Matt DeVries has joined Fear Factory on bass. DeVries has previously played with Chimaira and Six Feet Under. He replaces Bryon Stroud, who recently left to join 3 Inches of Blood. The band's new album will be released in the early summer.

Bullet Tooth Records has signed California's I, Omega. The progressive metal band will release an Ep entitled The Ravenous in the spring. Watch their announcement here.

Nonpoint have entered Groovemaster Studios in
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Metalocalypse co-creator Brendon Small announces new solo album

Looks like Brendon Small has been toiling away again in his kreative-spelling deth-metal faktory again. The co-creator of the Adult Swim series Metalocalypse announced his next project today: Brendon Small’s Galaktikon, a “high stakes intergalactic extreme rock album.” Small, one of the musicians behind the real-life band Dethklok that performs the music for the TV show’s virtual band Dethklok, says the solo effort Galaktikon should be viewed as “an audio comic book, an over-acted chamber drama, a ridiculous premise that takes itself way too seriously all the way to the end.” Galaktikon, Small’s follow-up side project after ...
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Bear McCreary Rocks Out the Horror Tunes

When you think soundtracks that kick ass, one name comes immediately to mind ... Bear McCreary. The guy has delivered the goods on so many projects it's hard to list them all, but now you have your chance to get your mits on a few of them. Read on!

From the Press Release

Bear McCreary falls victim to the zombie apocalypse, not once but twice this fall. AMC will begin airing the second season of the acclaimed series "The Walking Dead" on Sunday, October 16th, and BuySoundtrax Records has announced the November 2nd release of his original songs and score for Chillerama: Zom-b-Movie. To celebrate these two events, McCreary has launched a new version of his very popular website and blog.

AMC’s critically acclaimed original series "The Walking Dead" is back with its highly anticipated second season. Based on one of the most successful and popular comic books of all time,
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Weekly wrap: cast news, interviews, previews, festivals and new projects

One weekend monster update coming up.

Galactica Geek, a new BSG site run by the folks behind Battlestar Wiki, that will cover everything from the shows and the cast & crew to the fans, has launched today. Hit the link to check it out. You can also follow them on Twitter @galacticageek and Facebook.com/GalacticaGeek.

And in news of the regular variety:

The Hunger Games with Paula Malcomson has finally wrapped production in North Carolina. The film is still scheduled for release in March.

Gun Hill Road has opened in Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia and San Diego this weekend. More details on Facebook. The Miami Herald has a new interview with Esai Morales.

Fort McCoy with Eric Stoltz will be shown at the Boston Film Festival on Wednesday, September 21. Details and tickets here. Eric's new episode of Glee airs this Tuesday at 8 pm. Spoiler TV has the teaser.
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‘Win Win’ Writer/Director Tom McCarthy Writing Supernatural Family Comedy For DreamWorks

‘Win Win’ Writer/Director Tom McCarthy Writing Supernatural Family Comedy For DreamWorks
Fans of animation director Brendon Small are familiar with his series Home Movies, but don't mistake this new film with the same title for one that has anything to do with the animated series. (Or with Brian DePalma's 1980 film, either.) This new Home Movies is something different: a supernatural family comedy. And it is possibly something pretty cool, as the writer is Tom McCarthy, who has scored a lot of favor writing and directing The Station Agent, The Visitor and Win Win. (He also worked on the story for Pixar's Up.) THR [1] reports on the deal and says the film is about "a man who is able to revisit certain moments in his life through his home movies and change things." (Maybe he watches Adam Sandler's Click for inspiration.) The idea came from within DreamWorks; Jared Stern was the first writer, and Shawn Levy, Bruce Nash and Robert Kosberg are producing.
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Exclusive: 'Metalocalypse/Dethklok' #3 Preview! It's Brutal!

We're big fans of the Adult Swim animated series "Metalocalypse" around Splash Page HQ, so we were psyched to bring you exclusive previews of the first two issues of Dark Horse Comics' "Metalocalypse/Dethklok" comic book series. We're continuing that trend today with an exclusive preview of the third and final issue of the miniseries.

"Metalocalypse/Dethklok" #3 features a story by series creator/writer Brendon Small and series director/designer Jon Schnepp, with interior art Lucas Marangon and covers by Schnepp and "The Goon" creator Eric Powell. The issue hits shelves February 23, 2011.

You can check out an exclusive preview below, but be warned: when the most brutal band in the world heads to comics, things get even, well... brutaler.

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Official solicit info:

Metalocalypse/ Dethklok #3

Dethklok have constructed the ultimate concert venue, the DethTrain--three stories high and eight car lanes wide,
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Metalocalypse: Season Three DVD review

The world of animation is a wonderful thing. However, there are so many out there that still dismiss cartoons as being “for kids”. Ever since the days of Fritz the Cat and Heavy Metal, there have been those special animated programs that have been for adults only. One look at Cartoon Networks' Adult Swim will take away the idea of cartoons being kiddie fodder...

Metalocalypse is a show that features Dethklok, the world’s most brutal and most popular death metal band. The band experiences a popularity that is atypical of any heavy band, in that people from every corner of life seem to be fans of them. The members – vocalist Nathan Explosion, lead guitarist Skwisgaar Skwigelf, rhythm guitarist Toki Wartooth, bassist William Murderface, and drummer Pickles – are none too bright, but have a real love for their craft. They are aided by their manager and chief financial officer Charles Foster Offdensen,
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'Bob's Burgers' review: Simultaneously tasteless and appetizing

Fox remains committed to animation on Sunday nights, though the success of it's current cartoon line-up means that there's seldom room for a new entry.

This makes the debut of "Bob's Burgers," sandwiched between "The Simpsons" and "Family Guy," somewhat auspicious.

On paper, it seems to fit the model that's worked for the network so far. "Bob" follows the proprietor of a less-than-successful restaurant, which employs his wife and three young children. The dysfunctional family dynamic is right at home here.

And if the show maintains the kind of humor established in its first outing -- with cannibalism, pedophiles and autism all fair game for laughs -- it will likely be the lineup's biggest boundary-pusher, a title previously held by "The Simpsons" and "Family Guy."

But where "Bob" deviates from its more established neighbors is tone. The delivery is decidedly deadpan, thanks in large part to H. Jon Benjamin's signature dry fashion.
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A quick catch up with Metalocolypse co-creator Brendon Small!

Adult Swim's Metalocolypse season 3 was recently released in Australia on DVD and Bluray thanks to Madman. Luckily Brendon Small, the co-creator flew down here to do some fun promotion, jamming with a Dethklok tribute band and trying to see the sights. I had the pleasure to catch up with him for a brief Q&A about the show, his other projects and his passion for quality control; results are below!

Hey Brendon, let's start from the beginning, after your first foray into animation with Adult Swim's Home Movies, where did the inspiration come from for Metalocolypse?

Well, I studied at Berklee college Boston, there I did contemporary music. At this time it was the late 90's you know and shredding was more or less considered pretty uncool. But I always had my guitar. Even when I started Home Movies and came into it as a comedy writer I would still
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Exclusive: 'Metalocalypse/Dethklok' #2 Preview

Back in September we gave you your first look at "Metalocalypse/Dethklok," the new comic book series from Dark Horse Comics based on the Adult Swim animated series "Metalocalypse" — and now we have an exclusive look inside the second issue!

Written by "Metalocalypse" creator/writer Brendon Small and director/designer Jon Schnepp, the second issue of the comic finds the band returning to Helsinki after an earlier performance that awakened a massive, angry, and viciously destructive troll. In our six-page preview, the band debates the existence of the supernatural as only they can, and gets ready for what's likely to be an even more devastating encore.

"Metalocalypse/Dethklok" #2 hits shelves December 15, and will feature a cover by "The Goon" creator Eric Powell.

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Official solicit info:

Metalocalypse/Dethklok #2 (Jon Schnepp cover)

Writer: Brendon Small, Jon Schnepp, Jeremy Barlow

An especially brutal Dethklok
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