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​DC vs. Marvel: Who's Winning the Comics War on TV?

7 November 2014 5:15 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

At the multiplex, the age-old battle between DC Comics and Marvel Comics -- between the House of Superman and Batman and the House of Spider-Man and Iron Man -- there's no question that Marvel has been winning decisively for nearly two decades. But what about the battle between the two superhero universes on TV?

On the small screen, DC seems to be on top, as it has since virtually the dawn of television. Just in terms of sheer numbers, DC has four current primetime series ("Arrow," "The Flash," "Gotham," and "Constantine"), compared to just one for Marvel ("Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.").

A recent article at Salon pointed out this discrepancy, which naturally got the author in trouble with the Marvel faithful. Marvel defenders will tell you that "S.H.I.E.L.D." is much improved in its second season over its first, and that the DC characters, storylines, and even visuals seem thin by comparison. »

- Gary Susman

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Rita Moreno To Return To Kids’ TV On Sprout Series ‘Nina’s World’

4 November 2014 10:12 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Rita Moreno, the multi-talented actress who had a key role in the PBS children’s series “The Electric Company” will play for the kiddie set once again.

Moreno, one of the few thespians to have an Oscar, an Emmy, a Tony and a Grammy, will lend her vocal talents to “Nina’s World,” an animated series slated to debut in 2015 on NBCUniversal’s Sprout network. Moreno will voice “Abuelita,” the grandmother of the show’s title character and will help the six-year-old at the center of the story navigate childhood and learn about her culture.

Nina’s World” is a spin-off of sorts of Sprout’s “The Good Night Show.” In that program, an adult character named Nina, played by actress Michele Lepe, joins a character named Star to introduce programming and segments that aim to lull the network’s tyke viewers to sleep. Lepe will also have a role in the new program, »

- Brian Steinberg

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How 'The Shawshank Redemption' invented Morgan Freeman, and how Morgan Freeman invented himself

14 October 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Born in Memphis, raised in Mississippi, four years in the Air Force, acted off- and then on-Broadway, spent the '70s on The Electric Company, spent the early '80s on Another World, earned one Oscar nomination as the street smart one in Street Smart, earned another Oscar nomination as the one who wasn't Miss Daisy in Driving Miss Daisy, stole Robin Hood from Kevin Costner, almost stole Unforgiven from Clint Eastwood: This is what Morgan Freeman did for his first 57 years on this planet. Technically. But even if you know that Freeman had been a working actor for close to three decades beforehand, »

- Darren Franich

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Bill Cosby Jokes about why Morgan Freeman Never played him

25 September 2014 11:42 PM, PDT | icelebz.com | See recent iCelebz news »

No one tells a story like Bill Cosby, whether it makes sense or not.

Put him across the table from Stephen Colbert, and out comes a treasure trove of nonsensical nuggets of humor, wisdom and awesome anecdotes.

Comparing the "Cosby Effect" to the "Colbert Bump," Colbert brought up on Wednesday's episode of The Colbert Report that Nelson Mandela and his jailers legendarily watchedThe Cosby Show during his imprisonment in South Africa. Which brought Colbert to the logical question: "Why isn't Morgan Freeman playing you in a movie?"

Cosby thought about it for a moment, then said, "Out of respect, Morgan and I worked together on The Electric Company, so I think, out of respect..." He paused, then said with utmost gravity, "Morgan is waiting for me to die. You see?"

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Bill Cosby Jokes about why Morgan Freeman Never played him

25 September 2014 11:42 PM, PDT | icelebz.com | See recent iCelebz news »

No one tells a story like Bill Cosby, whether it makes sense or not.

Put him across the table from Stephen Colbert, and out comes a treasure trove of nonsensical nuggets of humor, wisdom and awesome anecdotes.

Comparing the "Cosby Effect" to the "Colbert Bump," Colbert brought up on Wednesday's episode of The Colbert Report that Nelson Mandela and his jailers legendarily watchedThe Cosby Show during his imprisonment in South Africa. Which brought Colbert to the logical question: "Why isn't Morgan Freeman playing you in a movie?"

Cosby thought about it for a moment, then said, "Out of respect, Morgan and I worked together on The Electric Company, so I think, out of respect..." He paused, then said with utmost gravity, "Morgan is waiting for me to die. You see?"

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Bill Cosby Jokes about why Morgan Freeman Never played him

25 September 2014 11:42 PM, PDT | icelebz.com | See recent iCelebz news »

No one tells a story like Bill Cosby, whether it makes sense or not.

Put him across the table from Stephen Colbert, and out comes a treasure trove of nonsensical nuggets of humor, wisdom and awesome anecdotes.

Comparing the "Cosby Effect" to the "Colbert Bump," Colbert brought up on Wednesday's episode of The Colbert Report that Nelson Mandela and his jailers legendarily watchedThe Cosby Show during his imprisonment in South Africa. Which brought Colbert to the logical question: "Why isn't Morgan Freeman playing you in a movie?"

Cosby thought about it for a moment, then said, "Out of respect, Morgan and I worked together on The Electric Company, so I think, out of respect..." He paused, then said with utmost gravity, "Morgan is waiting for me to die. You see?"

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Bill Cosby Jokes about why Morgan Freeman Never played him

25 September 2014 11:42 PM, PDT | icelebz.com | See recent iCelebz news »

No one tells a story like Bill Cosby, whether it makes sense or not.

Put him across the table from Stephen Colbert, and out comes a treasure trove of nonsensical nuggets of humor, wisdom and awesome anecdotes.

Comparing the "Cosby Effect" to the "Colbert Bump," Colbert brought up on Wednesday's episode of The Colbert Report that Nelson Mandela and his jailers legendarily watchedThe Cosby Show during his imprisonment in South Africa. Which brought Colbert to the logical question: "Why isn't Morgan Freeman playing you in a movie?"

Cosby thought about it for a moment, then said, "Out of respect, Morgan and I worked together on The Electric Company, so I think, out of respect..." He paused, then said with utmost gravity, "Morgan is waiting for me to die. You see?"

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Bill Cosby Figures Out Why Morgan Freeman Has Never Played Him in a Movie: "He's Waiting for Me to Die"

25 September 2014 2:21 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

No one tells a story like Bill Cosby, whether it makes sense or not. Put him across the table from Stephen Colbert, and out comes a treasure trove of nonsensical nuggets of humor, wisdom and awesome anecdotes. Comparing the "Cosby Effect" to the "Colbert Bump," Colbert brought up on Wednesday's episode of The Colbert Report that Nelson Mandela and his jailers legendarily watched The Cosby Show during his imprisonment in South Africa. Which brought Colbert to the logical question: "Why isn't Morgan Freeman playing you in a movie?" Cosby thought about it for a moment, then said, "Out of respect, Morgan and I worked together on The Electric Company, so I think, out »

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Morgan Freeman Takes On The Zombie Apocalypse

24 June 2014 4:42 AM, PDT | FEARnet | See recent FEARnet news »

Everyone knows Morgan Freeman is one of the world's most gifted actors. But along with his high profile big screen accomplishments, Mr. Freeman has a long association with educational TV. Many of a certain age remember him as Easy Reader (The Electric Company) while others may recall him as Fredrick Douglas (PBS's The Civil War).  His work in educational TV continues to this day with his work on the Science Channel's Through The Wormhole With Morgan Freeman.

The show explores the deepest mysteries of existence — the questions that have puzzled mankind for eternity.

Can we eliminate evil? What is nothing? Is there a superior race? These questions have been pondered by the most exquisite minds of the human race. Now, science has evolved to the point where hard facts and evidence may be able to provide us with answers instead of philosophical theories.

Through the Wormhole brings together the »

- Chris Connors

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Lee Chamberlin, The Electric Company Star, Dies at 76

4 June 2014 5:15 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Lee Chamberlin, an original cast member of the 1970s' PBS children's show The Electric Company, and who then went on to a decades-long acting career on stage and screen, died Monday in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, of metastatic cancer, The New York Times reports. She was 76. The actress, who was living in Paris, had been visiting her son Matthew at the time of her death. Chamberlin - who starred on The Electric Company alongside Bill Cosby, Rita Moreno and then-newcomer Morgan Freeman - played the character Vi, who owned a diner and sang duets with Freeman. She left after two »

- Andrea Billups

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Lee Chamberlin, The Electric Company Star, Dies at 76

4 June 2014 5:15 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Lee Chamberlin, an original cast member of the 1970s' PBS children's show The Electric Company, and who then went on to a decades-long acting career on stage and screen, died Monday in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, of metastatic cancer, The New York Times reports. She was 76. The actress, who was living in Paris, had been visiting her son Matthew at the time of her death. Chamberlin - who starred on The Electric Company alongside Bill Cosby, Rita Moreno and then-newcomer Morgan Freeman - played the character Vi, who owned a diner and sang duets with Freeman. She left after two »

- Andrea Billups

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Spend an Animated Sunday Afternoon with Afs and the Hubleys

5 May 2014 11:30 AM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

This year marks 100 years since animator John Hubley's birth. To celebrate the work of this man and his wife/collaborator Faith Hubley, Austin Film Society will be hosting an afternoon of shorts by the team as part of the Hubley Centennial.

Their daughter Emily Hubley, an animator and creative force in her own right, will introduce the screening and then participate in an Afs Moviemaker Dialogue afterwards (a separate ticket).

You may not think you've seen any of the Hubleys' work before, but given that they worked on TV ads and public television programs such as Sesame Street and The Electric Company -- along with their singular short films -- you most likely have.  The shorts included in the Centennial programming are new 35mm prints from the Hubleys' oeuvre between 1956-1970.  Their Oscar-winning Moonbird will be screened, as well as Windy Day (still above, includes voices of daughters Emily »

- Elizabeth Stoddard

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How Spider-Man Conquered the World

2 May 2014 8:30 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Nobody thought it would work. So, a kid gets bit by a radioactive spider — and it gives him superpowers? He swings around New York City on webs and fights crime? Superhero titles were starting to come back into fashion, but Marvel Comics owner Martin Goodman didn't believe a superhero title with a high-schooler hero would sell; teenagers were generally relegated to humor comics, like Archie, or to sidekick roles, like Batman's Robin. 

Marc Webb on 'Spider-Man 2': 'I Want the Audience to be Thrilled'

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To Better Know A Hero: Spider-Man

1 May 2014 9:03 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Real Name

Peter Parker

First Appearance

Amazing Fantasy #15, Aug. 1962

Nicknames and Aliases

Spidey, Webslinger, Scarlet Spider, Ben Reilly, Ricochet, Prodigy, Dusk, Hornet.

Powers and Abilities

Spider-Man has the proportionate strength, speed, agility, and reflexes of a spider. He can climb walls/most surfaces and possesses a “spider sense” that instinctively warns him of immediate danger. He also possesses superhuman endurance and healing abilities. At times, he’s also been capable of naturally generating adhesive webbing and extend a poisoned “stinger” from his wrists. Spider-Man is also a genius, with a knack for science and invention, and over the years has a developed a kinetic, chaotic fighting style that takes advantage of his superhuman abilities. He is also an accomplished photographer.

Weaknesses and Achilles’ Heels

The ol’ Parker luck, a condition which prevents too much from ever going right for Spidey, geriatric aunts with a propensity for health issues, allegations of cloning, »

- Austin Gorton

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Remembering James Avery, Pete Seeger, Saul Zaentz and Other Reel-Important People We Lost This Month

31 January 2014 6:00 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Reel-Important People is a monthly column that highlights those individuals in or related to the movies who have left us in recent weeks. Below you'll find names big and small and from all areas of the industry, though each was significant to the movies in his or her own way. Luis Avalos (1954-2014) - Character actor best known for TV's The Electric Company. He also appears in the movies Stir CrazyThe Ringer and Jungle 2 Jungle. He died on January 22. (THR) James Avery (1945-2013) - Actor best known for playing Uncle Phil on TV's The Fresh Prince of Bel Air and voicing Shredder on the animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series. His movie work includes The Blues BrothersFletch, Arlington...

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- Christopher Campbell

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Electric Company, ER, Soap: Character Actor Luis Avalos Dies at 67

24 January 2014 6:07 PM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Veteran character actor Luis Avalos has passed away at the age of 67. He died on Wednesday, January 22nd, following a recent heart attack.

While many may not recognize his name, most TV viewers will recognize his face. Avalos was a regular player in television and movies for four decades.

The Cuban-born actor had a regular role on The Electric Company on PBS, played Doctor Thomas Esquivel on 21 episodes of ER, and played the principal on Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper. He also had regular roles on lesser known series like Condo, I Had Three Wives and Resurrection Blvd.

Other guest shots include those on Barney Miller, The Jeffersons, Full House, Hill Street Blues, NYPD Blue, Jack & Bobby, and Columbo. He also memorably played General Sandia on the final cliffhanger episode of Soap, sentencing Jessica Tate to a firing squad. »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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‘The Electric Company’ Actor Luis Avalos Dies at 67

24 January 2014 4:35 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Cuban-born actor Luis Avalos, known for his work on the PBS kids show “The Electric Company,” died Wednesday following a recent heart attack. He was 67.

Avalos joined “Electric Company” during its second season and played multiple characters, most notably Doctor Doolots, making him one of the first Latino actors featured prominently in mainstream media. He remained a cast member on the series, acting alongside stars including Morgan Freeman, Rita Moreno and Bill Cosby, until the series ended in 1977.

Avalos then went on to appear in 21 episodes of the CBS hospital-based sitcom “E/R” as Dr. Thomas Esquivel and as Principal Rivas on ABC’s “Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper.” Some of his other TV credits include “Jack & Bobby,” “Full House,” “Resurrection Blvd.” and “NYPD Blue.”

The Havana native was also featured in several films, including “Jungle 2 Jungle” with Tim Allen and “The Ringer” with Johnny Knoxville. His final film project, »

- Andrea Seikaly

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Animator Michael Sporn, an Oscar Nominee, Dies at 67

20 January 2014 2:53 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Michael Sporn, an Academy Award nominee for best animated short film and the director of more than 30 television specials for outlets such as HBO, PBS, Showtime and CBS, died of pancreatic cancer in New York City on January 19. He was 67.

Long a mainstay among New York-based independent animation filmmakers, Sporn earned a 1984 Oscar nomination for the short film “Doctor DeSoto,” adapted from William Steig’s children’s book. It was one of 15 short children’s films Sporn produced and directed for distributor Weston Woods, including Steig’s “Abel’s Island” (1988), which was nominated for an Emmy; “The Amazing Bone” (1985), winner of a Cine Golden Eagle; and “The Man Who Walked Between the Towers” (2005), winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Children’s Video and best short children’s film award from the Ottawa Animation Festival.

Sporn’s animated HBO specials adapted from children’s books and tales include »

- Variety Staff

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Animator Michael Sporn, an Oscar Nominee, Dies at 67

20 January 2014 2:53 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Michael Sporn, an Academy Award nominee for best animated short film and the director of more than 30 television specials for outlets such as HBO, PBS, Showtime and CBS, died of pancreatic cancer in New York City on January 19. He was 67.

Long a mainstay among New York-based independent animation filmmakers, Sporn earned a 1984 Oscar nomination for the short film “Doctor DeSoto,” adapted from William Steig’s children’s book. It was one of 15 short children’s films Sporn produced and directed for distributor Weston Woods, including Steig’s “Abel’s Island” (1988), which was nominated for an Emmy; “The Amazing Bone” (1985), winner of a Cine Golden Eagle; and “The Man Who Walked Between the Towers” (2005), winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Children’s Video and best short children’s film award from the Ottawa Animation Festival.

Sporn’s animated HBO specials adapted from children’s books and tales include »

- Variety Staff

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Rita Moreno on Her SAG Life Award: I've Only Begun Act III (Video)

18 January 2014 7:30 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

var brightcovevideoid = '3072699344001'; Rosita Dolores Alverío flirted with Jeremy Renner and Brad Pitt from the stage as she accepted her SAG Life Achievement Award Saturday night, but she also held the entire audience in her thrall. Oscar, Emmy, Grammy and Tony winner Alverío - known to the world as Rita Moreno - gloriously proved once again she could hold a room in the palm of her hand. After her introduction by her one-time The Electric Company costar Morgan Freeman, and a mini-biography that included her shocked surprise - and very brief speech - at winning her Best Supporting Actress »

- Stephen M. Silverman

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