20 items from 2014
A Hollywood bigwig is turning the tables ... Suing the man who accused him of molesting him as a teenager.Garth Ancier -- who produced lots of shows, including "The Ricki Lake Show," "Married with Children," "The Simpsons" and "In Living Color" -- is going after 31-year-old Michael Egan, who claimed in both a lawsuit and a news conference that Ancier molested him at Hollywood parties and on vacation between the ages of 15 and 17. Egan dropped his lawsuit against Ancier, »
- TMZ Staff
Ahh, nostalgia. Between VH1’s I Love the 2000s and National Geographic’s The ’90s: The Last Great Decade?, it appears that there’s been a whole lot of looking back at our fairly recent history. But how do people really feel about the turn of the century?
Through a survey, Nat Geo gauged America’s attitudes toward the ’90s specifically, asking whether it really was “The Last Great Decade.” Here are the pop culture results:
- C. Molly Smith
“Transformers: Robots in Disguise” will be the name of Hasbro’s new animated series starring its shape-shifting characters.
The Hasbro Studios-produced series, which will bow on The Hub kids channel in spring 2015, will feature the voices of Darren Criss (“Glee”), Constance Zimmer (“House of Cards”), Mitchell Whitfield (“Tmnt”) and Ted McGinley (“Married with Children”).
Hasbro is revealing new details of the project, first announced in March, as the company is about to head to the Licensing Expo in Las Vegas. Event takes place June 17-19 from the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. Hasbro has long seen animated series as a way to keep and grow a young fanbase around its Transformers outside of the megaplex and fuel interest in a merchandise program beyond just action figures.
Series will introduce a redesign of Bumblebee and introduce new Autobot characters Sideswipe and Fixit (see above).
Criss will voice Sideswipe, while Whitfield will bring Fixit to life. »
- Marc Graser
If you’ve been watching Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey with Neil deGrasse Tyson, you know this is an adventure worth owning, and you can probably imagine that there are going to be some bonuses worth owning with a Blu-Ray release. Hitting tomorrow, the set is loaded with cool extras, and I’ve got a copy for you to win.
Right on the heels of the hope-inducing popularity of the show, the show is wasting no time giving you the opportunity to watch it all again. Among other bonuses, and exclusive to the Blu-Ray, you’ll get a chance to wonder at the Cosmic Calendar, an interactive history of the universe.
Make sure you get your hands on this one.
Below, get all the info on the release, including the full bonus list, and get some info on some other “famous geeks” who may surprise you as much as Seth MacFarlane. »
- Marc Eastman
One of TV’s most popular couples, “Modern Family’s” Mitch and Cam, finally met at the altar and got married. To celebrate the two-part wedding finale (part one aired last Wednesday), the cast and creators attended a wedding extravaganza on the Fox lot Monday night, complete with cocktail reception, swan ice sculptures and of course — cake.
Much of the cast expressed the pure emotion that surfaced while shooting, but the political aspect of airing a gay wedding on primetime television could not be ignored.
“Years ago shows weren’t allowed to show this kind of stuff on TV,” said Eric Stonestreet, who plays Cam. “It’s a great opportunity to be able to touch people not only with comedy, but be a cultural touchstone for what’s reflective in society now. And there’s nothing more topical than states legalizing and overturning gay bans on marriage.”
“Not only is »
- Nikara Johns
Known for her singing as well as her acting, Katey Sagal will play the mother of new franchise addition Hailee Steinfeld. She joins a cast of returning favorites that also include Anna Kendrick, Hailee Steinfeld, Brittany Snow and Adam DeVine.
Take a look at the photo and message Elizabeth Banks announced on her personal blog:
Katey Sagal is expected to sing in the movie. She is currently on tour with her band in support of her latest album "Covered".
The fantastic @KateySagal has joined our @PitchPerfect 2 fam as @haileesteinfeld‘s mom. Are we fangirling yet?http://t.co/Sp5JN5NLj2
Sagal carved a name for herself playing Al Bundy’s long-suffering wife Peg in Married With Children, and currently stars as tough biker mom Gemma Morrow Teller in FX’s Sons Of Anarchy, which returns to our screens for its seventh season later this year. We’re hoping this latest part means that she’s gonna be a comically overprotective mom for Steinfeld, but at this point it’s all guesswork, as no official information has surfaced regarding the film’s plot.
Banks’ statement was posted first on her website before being published on her Twitter. As an active social media user, »
- Gem Seddon
Yes, Constantine has fancy CG fire effects, a perfect lookalike of the comic book hero and a granny who is not satisfied with her dark chocolate pudding so she sprays it from every orifice (gross!). But did you know NBC has other shows coming to the network this fall? A bevy of new televised series, which range from “might be funny” to “will certainly not be funny,” with varying degrees of whether that’s intentional or not. Conveniently, the network dropped a whole bunch of other trailers alongside its scruffy UK demon hunter, so we can peruse them all in quick succession and decide just what’s worth watching and what should be scoured from the earth and never spoken of again. New NBC shows, ahoy! Let’s start alphabetically, with the surprisingly-apt-title-for-this-situation, A to Z. Your browser does not support iframes. The Good: Finally, the online dating world gets its own TV rom-com. But »
- Adam Bellotto
For a decade or so, the schedules Fox announced during upfront week followed a predictable, amusing pattern: one schedule for the fall that would inevitably struggle, another schedule for mid-season built around the dominant presence of "American Idol," and then many, many changes made to that second schedule at a later date due to the struggles of the first. But "Idol" has slipped from being a juggernaut, to being a hit that no longer annihilated everything in its path, to being a solid utility player at best this spring — Fox president Kevin Reilly admitted to reporters on a press conference call that their "Idol" strategy is "not about turning it around," but simply making it a useful piece for the future — and as a result, Fox is finishing up one of its most problematic seasons ever, and didn't even bother announcing a mid-season schedule because they're still tinkering with how »
- Alan Sepinwall
Turn on the TV on any given day and you’re likely to be watching a scripted series borne of a foreign country and reformatted for an American audience. From Showtime’s “Shameless” — a revamp of a British series — and “Homeland” — which originated as the popular Israeli skein “Prisoners of War” — to Fox’s recent reconditioning of Peter Duncan’s Aussie legal drama “Rake,” American programming is truly the product of a global show swap. And while influential remakes of British hits “Sanford and Son” and “All in the Family” were breaking down smallscreen barriers long before “The Office” landed on American soil, today’s ever-expanding TV industry is on a fiendish hunt for overseas series in a way it never has before.
- Malina Saval
I really loved Transformers Prime, the animated series from executive producers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek, Fringe) that concluded last year, and I was sad to see it go. We have good news now, though, that a new animated Transformers series is in production, this time starring Bumblebee leading a new team.
Los Angeles — The Hub Network, champions of family fun and the only network dedicated to providing kids and their families entertainment they can watch together, announced today that a new animated series is currently in production for the globally renowned Transformers brand. »
- Erin Willard
The Hub Network has announced that production is underway on a new animated Transformers series, which is set to take place four years after Transformers: Prime and will see Bumblebee (voiced once again by Will Friedle) serving as leader to a brand new team of Autobots.
The as-yet-untitled series is set to debut in 2015, with Jeff Kline (Transformers: Prime, G.I. Joe: Renegades) serving as executive producer and Will Friedle joined in the voice cast by Darren Criss (Glee), Ted McGinley (Married... with Children) and Constance Zimmer (House of Cards). It will incorporate both traditional and computer-generated animation, with CGI characters over hand-painted backgrounds and environments.
Before the series arrives the Robots in Disguise will also return to the big screen this summer as Michael Bay revamps the blockbuster franchise with Transformers: Age of Extinction. Watch the trailer here. »
- Gary Collinson
The Hub has officially announced that a new Transformers animated series is in development and that it will be released in 2015. I don't know if you watched Transformers Prime or not, but it was actually really good. I hope this new series turns out to be just as entertaining. Producer Roberto Orci previously talked about the series, saying,
“It’s not really a reboot, it’s sort of a continuation of it [Transformers Prime] in a tonally different form. We want to make sure we’re servicing the right audiences. We got to do a very adult version of Transformers that you just saw in this cartoon, a very sophisticated one, and we also want to make sure we don’t leave other kids behind, who love Transformers too and don’t want to be as scared as Transformers Prime could make you, that kind of thing. So we’re going to »
- Joey Paur
The Autobots are coming back to Hub. A brand-new "Transformers" animated series has been announced by the network for early 2015, with Will Friedle set to return as the voice of Bumblebee alongside such other voice talents as Darren Criss ("Glee"), Constance Zimmer ("House of Cards") and Ted McGinley ("Married with Children"). The as-yet-untitled series will blend 3D characters with hand-painted environments. Set several years after the battle between Autobots and Decepticons that took place in "Transformers Prime," the show will see Bumblebee leading an all-new team of heroes. In addition to the new cartoon, Hub will be airing specials later this year to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the "Transformers" franchise. Michael Bay's live-action sequel "Transformers: Age of Extinction" is also slated to hit theaters on June 27. Will you be watching the new "Transformers" series? Let us know by voting in the poll below. »
- Chris Eggertsen
As the Transformers brand comes up on its 30th anniversary, family entertainment channel the Hub Network has announced that it is currently in production on a new animated series based on the famous Hasbro action figures.
While Transformers has already made its mark on the big screen in the eponymous blockbuster film franchise, the new series will take place years after the battle between Autobots and Decepticons in “Transformers Prime” and centers on hero Bumblebee (voiced by “Boy Meets World’s” Will Friedle) as he steps up to lead a brand new team of Autobots. The program will blend 3D characters with hand-painted environments and mixes action-packed adventure with comedy.
The series, set to debut in early 2015, is being produced by Hasbro Studios and exec produced by Jeff Kline (“Transformers Prime,” “G.I. Joe Renegades”). The cast also includes “Glee” star Darren Criss, Constance Zimmer (“House of Cards”) and Ted McGinley »
- Andrea Seikaly
In "Married ... with Children," Ed O'Neill played one of TV's biggest losers and, as bad luck would have it, he continues today to reign as one of the biggest losers of TV's top award even though his current show, "Modern Family," has won the Emmy as Best Comedy Series four years in a row. What gives? Does Hollywood secretly hate O'Neill? He's never won an Emmy, while his current costars have been hailed generously: Ty Burrell (once), Eric Stonestreet (twice) and Julie Bowen (twice). "Married... With Children" was one of TV's longest-running shows never to snag a single Emmy. Between 1987 and 1997, it was nominated on seven occasions in the tech categories, but got slapped down every time. A few Emmyless programs ran longer (“Ozzie and Harriet,” “My Three Sons,” “Baywatch”), but today its lofty place in TV’s pantheon as one of the tube’s biggest losers is not »
You know who has blown my mind in the last few years? Katey Sagal from Sons of Anarchy. Most of us grew up watching her portray the classically whiny Peg Bundy on Married with Children, and she did an amazing job with that character. From her physical mannerisms, to her outfits and hair, it is [&hellip
From Bundy to Anarchy: The Evolution of Katey Sagal »
- Remy Carreiro
Nostalghia was Andrei Tarkovsky’s penultimate film, and the 1983 movie, made for Italian television, has the tone and scope of a work of contemplation and austere topicality, not at all uncommon for an artist in his or her later portions of life. The notion of this frequent tendency, to broach issues of dire seriousness in concluding creations, doesn’t work seamlessly with Tarkovsky, though. To begin with, while Nostalghia may have been his second-to-last feature, he was only 51 at the time (he tragically passed away just 3 years and one film later). In addition, this type of weighty subject matter had been common thematic territory for Tarkovsky since his first films in the early 1960s. And though only having made seven feature films, each approach was a spiritual level of visual, verbal, and atmospheric transcendence not regularly attempted by many other filmmakers, »
- Jeremy Carr
Dave Madden, who played long-suffering band manager Reuben Kincaid on the ’70s sitcom “The Partridge Family,” has died, TMZ reports. He was 82. According to the site, Madden died of congestive heart failure and kidney failure on Thursday morning following a long illness. See photos: Hollywood’s Notable Deaths of 2014 In addition to his run as Kincaid on “The Partridge Family” — a role he portrayed from 1970 to 1974 — Madden also had a steady role on the sitcom “Alice,” playing Mel’s Diner customer Earl Hicks. Madden also guest-starred on a number of series, including “Bewitched,” “Married With Children” and “Sabrina, »
- Tim Kenneally
Minneapolis, Mn (January 2, 2014) Mill Creek Entertainment rings in the New Year with their first collection of TV on DVD releases for 2014. Sure to bring back great memories, this release group includes seasons one and two of The Cosby Show, Bewitched, Married With Children, Just Shoot Me and Good Times along with Charlie’s Angels Season 1, Dilbert – The Complete Series, Highway to Heaven Season 3 and Wings Seasons 3 and 4.
Available for the first time on home video are the original uncut broadcast episodes of season one of The Cosby Show and the original theme song, Love and Marriage by Frank Sinatra, on the Married With Children releases. Many of these TV series aired for more than 5 seasons as well as in syndication and made a significant impact on prime time television and our culture.
Audiences will experience the laughter and entertainment all over again with pop culture icons Cliff Huxtable TV Guides’ #1 ranked TV Dad, »
- ComicMix Staff
20 items from 2014