13 items from 2013
In my apparent continuing quest to interview all the great voice actors living today (because they are the most fun, okay?), I now bring you my interview with the talented and Emmy-winning Maurice Lamarche, a.k.a. The Brain, Squit, Kif Kroker, Morbo, Lrrr, several Futurama robots, Dr. Egon Spengler, Dizzy Devil, Yosemite Sam, Mr. Freeze, Victor von Doom, General Var Suthra, Mortimer Mouse, Chief Quimby, and more.
It was a real pleasure to speak with Maurice, who I’ve been listening to in various guises since I was a wee thing (I was a big Inspector Gadget fan as a child; and then with Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain, and Futurama being amongst my other favorite shows through the years, I guess I’ve pretty much been listening to Maurice all my life!). It was also great to see him do many of his excellent voices and impressions both during the interview, »
- Emily S. Whitten
Our weekly round up of all the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, Daredevil, Punisher, Black Panther, The Avengers 3, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Wolverine, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Deadpool, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Batman vs. Superman, Man of Steel, Arrow, Beware the Batman, Justice League: War, Marvel Disk Wars and more...
There's just four days to go before UK moviegoers get to head back to Asgard courtesy of Game of Thrones director Alan Taylor with the release of Marvel Studios' Thor: The Dark World, and this past week saw Taylor and cast members Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Natalie Portman (Jane Foster), Kat Dennings (Darcy Lewis), Christopher Eccleston and Marvel chief Kevin Feige heading to these shores for the UK press conference, »
- Gary Collinson
“I’ve been reading comics since I was a kid,” states Livio Ramondelli. “I used to really devour Spider-Man and The Hulk, as well as the original Marvel Comics Transformers run; in high school and college my tastes ran more toward Preacher, Y the Last Man and a bunch of other darker stories. My favourite comic of all time though is The Dark Knight Returns; I remember feeling electrified the first time I read it, and still get that feeling when I read it now. It’s just an amazing piece of work.” The traditional print format is no longer the only way to read and publish comic books. “The digital age is really in its infancy, and I think people are embracing it more and more. I would »
You can find the complete schedule here, but check out below for some of the biggest highlight’s from the convention’s final day. San Diego Comic-Con will run from July 17-21.
10:00am-11:00am, Room 6De, DC Comics Superman: The New 52: The Last Son of Krypton is one of the most recognized pop culture icons of all time, and this year, Superman is set to soar to new heights! »
- Keith Staskiewicz
Luke Owen counts down his personal Top 5 Fictional Deaths that he never quite got over....
Perhaps it’s the power of the writing, perhaps it’s the strength of the performance, but sometimes a fictional character's death in movies can affect us deep down inside to provoke an emotional response. Despite these people not being real, we still feel the need to shed some tears as the animators decide to stop drawing them or the actor walks off set to go and work on another movie.
What started today as a trending topic on Twitter got me thinking about my own Top 5 Fictional Deaths That I Never Quite Got Over. Looking through the feed you saw a lot of likely entries like the dog from Marley and Me, Mufasa from Lion King and Littlefoot’s Mum from Land Before Time etc etc. However none of these affected me in the way that the below did. »
I’ve been revisiting my childhood on YouTube and podcasts a lot lately; and for this I place the blame squarely on voice actor Rob Paulsen – voice of Yakko Warner, Dr. Otto Scratch’n’sniff, and Pinky, of Animaniacs and Pinky and the Brain. Well, if I was going to be fair, the daisy chain of blame would stretch all the way back through Twitter; Billy West; the organizers of Awesome Con; Mike Gold; Deadpool; a couple of federal judges; Glenn Hauman; Glenn’s lovely wife Brandy; Ya author Esther Friesner; and Terry Pratchett and the Discworld. But that’s way too convoluted, so Rob, it’s all your fault!
At some point in my childhood, I became a latchkey kid. Both of my parents worked until after school let out, and although there was a lot of “homework time” and “chore time” in my day, I fondly remember the »
- Emily S. Whitten
Paul Davids is a lifelong storyteller, a man whose career has involved great projects from the original Transformers cartoon to the wonderful Roswell. He is a director, producer, writer, and actor who brought us the delightful documentary The Sci-fi Boys, detailing the evolution of Sci-Fi. But now comes one of Paul’s most personal and important works to date: The Life After Death Project. This new work documents Paul’s personal experiences with strange occurrences in his life following the death of Paul’s dear friend, FM founding editor Forrest J Ackerman. What started out as a seemingly stray mark on a piece of paper has become a massive exploration involving numerous celebrities, experts, and academics into the nature of messages from beyond the grave. Paul chronicles his personal journey to uncover the science behind the unexplained happenings in his life as well as decipher the possible meanings of them all. »
- The ED-itor
Bay reassures concerned fans that he will be sticking to the original concept in his film reboot of the classic cartoon story
The Transformers director caused a furore among fans of the long-running series last year when he told an interviewer that the famous "heroes in a half-shell" would be extra-terrestrials in a forthcoming Bay-produced reboot, which is being directed by Jonathan Liebesman. However, in a new interview with Movieline, the film-maker makes it clear that he is now sticking with the traditional origins story for Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael and Michelangelo.
"There was that quote saying that we're making [the Ninja Turtles as] aliens. We're not. It's the ooze! It's from the original source material. These are from the original writers, and I never went out to correct myself in the press, »
- Ben Child
Know this: Whatever your preconceived notions are about "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" -- especially if those notions are based on what you saw in "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" -- Jon Chu, the director of this "G.I. Joe" sequel, is actually a G.I. Joe fan. So, yes, gone are the skin-tight black G.I. Joe uniforms from the first film. Also gone is the monstrosity of an outfit that was designed in place of the iconic Cobra Commander uniform. (It's replaced here by an outfit that looks like the iconic Cobra Commander uniform.) In other words: Chu was concerned with making "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" feel like G.I. Joe again.
In "G.I. Joe: Retaliation," the story picks up at the end of the first film. Criminal master of disguise, Zartan, is still in the White House and masquerading as the president. Zartan orders the execution of what turns out to be most »
- Mike Ryan
As a child growing up the late 1980s and early 1990s, there was a trio of favourite cartoon shows which aired on American television networks after school and on Saturday mornings The Real Ghostbusters, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and The Transformers. As is probably still the case with children shows today, there was plenty of marketing synergy at work. You would watch the show for an half and hour, only to be followed by an obsessive need to own the toys, comics and any other expensive, officially licensed product. Lest we overlook the obvious, there were movies to see as well.
There were of course other popular shows than the three mentioned above, but for me (and my little sister!), they represented the holy trinity of fantastical adventures, memorably one-dimensional characters and the sort of humour any kid could enjoy. Who needed to do homework when characters like Egon, Ray, »
- Edgar Chaput
A new digital Transformers series from the creative team of writers Chris Metzen and Flint Dille, and artist Livio Ramondelli commences with release of the first of twelve chapters titled Transformers: Monstrosity #1.
Taking place in the early days of the legendary War for Cybertron, Monstrosity tells the story of two battle-hardened commanders: Optimus Prime of the virtuous Autobots, and Megatron of the villainous Decepticons. Tensions are high as both sides carve out their next stands in the battle for Cybertronian supremacy. Which side will gain the edge? Whose resolve will crumble? And what terrible secrets lay in store for our embattled heroes?
“Megatron’s been betrayed,” says editor John Barber, “and he finds himself starting a quest that takes him to some very familiar places—but thanks to Chris, Flint, and Livio, the familiar is made new again! And while Megatron is rebuilding his life, Grimlock is butting heads with Optimus Prime, »
When it came time to announce their next-generation Playstation console, Sony did not hesitate. The introduction of the Playstation 4 occurred at a media-packed event in New York, which featured appearances by some of the greatest, most popular, and most self-important videogame creators in the world. They showed off a slate of games that ran the gamut from “exciting” and “visually stimulating” to “confusing” and “wait, so Killzone is still happening?”
The presentation was, in some ways, a bold refutation of Nintendo’s Wii U — Sony made a point of stressing that it had involved third-party developers in the process of »
- Darren Franich
Defenders of the Earth - The Complete Series, 1986.
When the planet comes under threat from the evil Emperor Ming the Merciless, Flash Gordon teams up with fellow heroes The Phantom, Mandrake the Magician and Lothar to form the Defenders of the Earth (Defenders!).
Following the blockbuster success of Marvel's The Avengers last summer, it seems that superhero teams are all the rage. Warner Bros. is not-so-secretly working on a Justice League adaptation, Fox has the forthcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past and Fantastic Four, and Marvel Studios' upcoming slate includes Guardians of the Galaxy and The Avengers 2. So, in an effort to satisfy our cravings for superhero teams, FremantleMedia Enterprises has dug deep into »
- Flickering Myth
13 items from 2013
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