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Born in Culver City, Calif., Gautier quickly helped Hymie make an impression in the 1960s spy spoof. Despite the fact that he only appeared in six episodes over four seasons, Gautier’s deadpan delivery helped the robot become a memorable fan favorite.
Gautier was also well known in the theater community for playing Conrad Birdie in the original production of “Bye, Bye Birdie” in 1960. The production, which also starred Dick Van Dyke, earned Gautier a Tony nomination.
Younger audiences may know Gautier for his voice work. He played Rodimus Prime and Hot Rod in the ’80s “Transformers” cartoon »
- Alex Stedman
Anyone following comic books these days is quite familiar with publishing juggernauts Marvel, DC and Image, but it’s important that we not forget the contributions of Idw, who sits firmly at the number four spot in the industry. Creating new franchises such as Locke & Key and 30 Days of Night have assuredly been instrumental in their success, but their mainstream titles based on properties such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Star Trek, and Transformers have sold like hotcakes as well.
Ted Adams, CEO of Idw Media Holdings, recently sat down with Cbr and spoke fondly of how 2016 was the publisher’s “best year ever”:
“If you look at the divisions, specifically with publishing, this has really been a breakout year for us. We won the National Book Award, which is the first time a graphic novel publisher has ever accomplished that. Our lines across the board really seem to be working for us. »
- Eric Joseph
Platinum Games’ hack and slash game, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants In Manhattan, has been removed from digital sale without so much as a word from publisher Activision. As spotted by NeoGAF users (via VideoGamer), the budget title has disappeared from Steam, the Xbox Games Store and Sony’s PlayStation Store, raising questions as to what’s happened.
Games being removed from digital sale isn’t a rare occurrence – publishers have done so in the past due to the expiration of licenses – but considering the relative newness of Mutants In Manhattan, one can only wonder what’s going on at Activision HQ.
Released back in May last year, Platinum’s Tmnt is just one of a collection of licensed titles developed by the studio, with Transformers Devastation and The Legend of Korra counted among them. With Amazing Spider-Man and its sequel both having disappeared too, it very much looks »
- Joe Pring
When it comes to movies, nobody expected much from 2016. Most of the major franchises were sitting this one out — there were no sequels to “Jurassic Park” or “The Avengers” or “Transformers.” Yet even without the heavy hitters, the year is poised to shatter the record for North American ticket sales, with an estimated $11.3 billion in revenue.
“The movie business is incredibly resilient,” says Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at comScore. “People have been sounding the death knell for the theatrical experience for a long time, but if the movies deliver, people show up.”
Still, not everything broke in the movie business’ favor, and not everyone would claim that the pictures were the best that Hollywood has to offer. Attendance for the year will be flat or down slightly, buoyed by rising admissions costs. Globally, a slowdown in China took a chunk out of ticket sales; box office in the Middle »
- Brent Lang and James Rainey
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