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The trick of Miley Cyrus is that we’re not talking about anybody but Miley Cyrus right now. Her Vma performance with Robin Thicke, who dressed as Beetlejuice‘s Floridian pimp nephew, was maybe offensive, ill-conceived, not conceived, and a mess, but that’s more than I remember about Katy Perry‘s anodyne performance of “Roar” or Bruno Mars‘ serviceable take on “Gorilla.” Though Lady Gaga delivered a pitch-perfect, costume-morphing rendition of “Applause,” she mainly served up an affirmation of her own shtick. Miley gave us something more sinister: an all-new entity with a jiggling tongue and marionette pelvis who wanted to be called Miley Cyrus.
Since that time, she’s vaulted into a PR blitz which has included an SNL appearance, a radio-ready ballad called “Wrecking Ball,” Good Morning America, a ridiculous Terry Richardson photo spread, and an unexpected epistolary war with Sinead O’Connor. Just a month after »
- Louis Virtel
We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including How I Met Your Mother, S.H.I.E.L.D., Parenthood and Grey’s Anatomy!
1 | Doesn’t the Emmy producers’ statement that the guy randomly standing behind host Neil Patrick Harris was intentionally planted there, to create buzz/laughter, seem a little suspect?
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- Team TVLine
Ideally, singing competitions like NBC’s The Voice offer undiscovered contestants the chance to become almost famous. But in season 5, which began on Monday, we’re seeing contestants who are already famous.
During last night’s blind auditions, E.G. Daily — the voice of Rugrats’ Tommy Pickles, a sometime movie actress (Pee-wee’s Big Adventure), and a singer with a top 10 hit (1987′s “Mind Over Matter”) — competed for a second chance at a music career. And during Monday’s premiere, host Carson Daly told Briana Cuoco, actress Kaley Cuoco’s sister, that she will get to audition in an upcoming episode. »
- Jennifer Arellano
Depending on your age (and preferences), you were either very excited to see Dottie from Pee-wee's Big Adventure audition for The Voice last night or to see the voice of Rugrats' Tommy Pickles audition for The Voice last night. It doesn't matter, as she's the same person. Her name is E.G. Daily, and while she's no stranger to singing, she's certainly a stranger to The Voice stage. They loved her. (One more fun fact? Okay: She was also the singing voice of Angus T. Jones in the theme song of Two and a Half Men. Ha-ha.) »
- Lindsey Weber
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- Maria Mercedes Lara
Who knew Tommy Pickles could sing?!Actress E.G. Daily -- the voice behind the little "Rugrats" tyke, Buttercup on "The Powerpuff Girls" and the title character in "Babe: Pig In the City" -- auditioned on last night's episode of "The Voice," landing on Team Blake after a killer audition.Making it all even better: She actually did Tommy's voice after singing Faith Hill's "Breathe." Hello Nickelodeon flashback!Not only was her voice familiar, but Christina Aguilera recognized her from something else.E.G. also starred as Dottie in "Pee-wee's Big Adventure" back in 1985 -- and she had some success as a singer around the same time, hitting it big on the club charts with the song "Say It, Say It."Check out her performance above. If you close your eyes, can you see Tommy rocking out?Want more awesome auditions? Click here for the best performances from the show's season premiere -- plus, »
- tooFab Staff
Night two of blind auditions on "The Voice" brought out one contestant who knows a thing or two about just how powerful a voice can be. On Tuesday's (Sept. 24) episode of NBC's hit show, E.G. Daily hit the stage -- that's right, the voice of "Rugrats" character Tommy Pickles.
Daily, who also starred as Dottie in "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure," auditioned for Season 5 of "The Voice" because, even though she's had a ridiculously successful career, she's never been known as herself -- only the characters her voice brought to life.
Looking to change all that, Daily stormed the "Voice" stage with a performance of "Breathe" that drove coaches CeeLo Green and Blake Shelton wild. While Green attempted appealed to Daily's vanity by illustrating his knowledge and love of her career, the erstwhile "Rugrats" star opted to go with Shelton because, as she said, "I don't want to play the V.O. »
If you happened to land on tonight’s second auditions episode of The Voice and noticed the spirited blonde lady singing Faith Hill’s “Breathe” sounded a lot like Tommy Pickles from Rugrats, Buttercup from The Powerpuff Girls, Babe (that pig, in the sequel), or the voice of Jake Harper on the Two and a Half Men theme song, that’s no coincidence — she’s done ‘em all!
Country-pop singer E.G. Daily (a.k.a. Elizabeth Daily and Elizabeth Ann Guttman), 51, has been acting and voice-acting since high school. Check out her Voice audition — plus a throwback to her important »
- Annie Barrett
Five seasons in, there’s no denying The Voice has its predictable rhythms.
There are typically four or five successful auditions per hour, offset by one hopeful who doesn’t get any chairs to turn. The coaches are as plain as the desperation on a Kardashian’s face when they’re truly excited to get a singer on their team (versus feeling kinda ambivalent after hitting the big red button). And no matter the case, Cee Lo is gonna say something daffy, like asking a teenage girl if she got her boots at Aldo, then insisting on snapping a photo »
- Michael Slezak
It's been more than a decade since the 1990s ended, yet the Internet can't seem to go a day without a reminder of the neon slap bracelets that may have been banned from your school.
Yes, we get it. Times are tough and there's comfort in reflection, but enough is enough.
Below, a final goodbye to the 90s to end the nostalgia once and for all. (We're not kidding. There are 1990 items below.)
2. "The Wild Thornberries"
3. Dawson and Joey
5. Mr. Feeny
7. MTV playing music videos
9. The premiere of "Freaks and Geeks"
10. Levar Burton
13. "The Powerpuff Girls"
14. "Smart Guy"
15. Comedy Central globe logo with buildings
16. "The X-Files"
17. Rosie O'Donnell
18. Bill Nye
19. "Dawson's Creek"
20. The Mighty Ducks"
21. "Are You Afraid of the Dark"
23. Rachel Green
24. Tim Allen
25. "All That"
26. "Beverly Hills 90210"
27. "Step by Step"
28. "The Ren & Stimpy Show"
29. "The Famous Jett Jackson"
30. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer »
- The Huffington Post
Whilst arguably it doesn’t attract the glitz and glamour of San Diego Comic-Con, it was my first London Film and Comic-Con experience and I was pretty damned excited. The variety of costumes included Starfleet Commander, Prince Joffrey, Superman, Beetlejuice, and even, weirdly, Chuckie’s Dad from Rugrats (no, we don’t get it either!). However, it was still a brilliant couple of days and I got to rub shoulders with a few of my favourite actors, as well as ask them a few questions.
If you want 5 minutes to have a quick chat with some of the guests, then I suggest you go on the Friday night previews. I was lucky enough to talk to Armin Shimerman of Deep Space Nine fame. He played Quark, a ferengi. He was truly lovely to talk to, and we had a semi-profound chat about the philosophy of Star Trek. Armin said Star Trek »
- Ellen Daniels
Much has been made of Jay-z’s involvement with Baz Lurhmann’s epic adaptation of The Great Gatsby. The music mogul has never before lent his name or his talents to a project in this way before (we’re not counting his “inspired by” American Gangster album). Despite the hype, this soundtrack collaboration is fundamentally safe (if seemingly off to a fast start on the charts.). Not only is The Great Gatsby a tent-pole blockbuster with an above-the-title director and major A-list talent, it’s a grandiose celebration of New York jazz age glamour and excess — which in some ways, »
- Lindsey Bahr
The canines are small, but the legacy is huge – Teeny Tiny Dogs is an Amazon Studios pilot from the Jim Henson Company (and created by Howard Baker of Rugrats fame). “Our company has had a long history of creating great dog characters and we knew that we could bring Howard’s vision to life in a fun, meaningful way with our Henson style of puppets,” said Jim Henson Company CEO Lisa Henson.
Teeny Tiny Dogs is one of 14 Amazon original pilots now playing for free at Amazon Instant Video and LOVEFiLM. Viewer response will help determine which of these shows return with full seasons.
We asked Lisa Henson about the show, what she would every parent and child to know about it, and her inspirations.
Describe Teeny Tiny Dogs …
Teeny Tiny Dogs follows four dogs - Butch, Butterfly, Dinky and Polly - as they help one another navigate the big world despite their teeny, »
AmazonStudios is taking a more unusual approach by letting viewers decide what they want to keep watching. The company has kicked off its screening process this weekend by unveiling its inaugural slate of 14 pilots — eight comedies and six kids shows, all made available for free on AmazonInstant Video, LoveFilm UK and LoveFilm Germany. Viewers are being invited to watch the pilots and Amazon is welcoming feedback from its audience. According to Deadline, the company will evaluate feedback from an online panel recruited on Amazon preview as well as traditional offline focus groups to decide if they greenlight a series or not. The highest-profile series is Zombieland, but the two that look most interesting are Alpha House, starring John Goodman with cameos by Bill Murray and Stephen Colbert; and Onion News Empire. Amazon has not yet decided how many of the shows will make the cut, nor when they will premiere. »
- Kyle Reese
Marathon Media has tapped Eryk Casemiro as chief creative officer of its tyke division. Casemiro will report to Vincent Chalvon-Demersay and David Michel, CEO and managing director of Marathon Media. He will be based in Paris.
In his new post, Casemiro will be tasked with managing the creative aspects of all current kids productions and lead the team of executive producers at the French toon studio. He will also oversee development and production of new kid and family-friendly content across all media platforms.
Casemiro, a “Rugrats” alum and Emmy winner, spent seven years at Klasky Csupo as senior veep of creative affairs. Along with “Rugrats,” Casemiro had a hand in other popular Nickelodeon skeins including “The Wild Thornberrys,” “Rocket Power” and “As Told By Ginger.”
“We are extremely excited to have Eryk on board,” said Chalvon-Demersay and Michel. “His arrival is a logical move for Marathon Media as we are »
- AJ Marechal
Over the last year, MTV and Nickelodeon have tapped into viewers' nostalgia by resurrecting a few of their long-gone but still-beloved series for special runs to much fan fervor.
Nickelodeon kicked off the trend last March with the invention of their midnight to 2 a.m. '90s Are All That block, featuring reruns of Rugrats, Kenan & Kel, Pete & Pete, The Amanda Show, All That, and Clarissa Explains It All.
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The one-time music video channel also brought back four classic seasons of The Real World this past weekend as a promotional tool to help launch season 28, which takes place in Portland and premieres this Wednesday.
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Since I stayed up late for Nick's '90s »
LOVEFiLM have revealed that the service will host 11 original TV series test pilots for members to stream for free. The never-seen-before children’s and comedy content is being produced by Amazon Studios – the original film and series production arm of Amazon.com.
LOVEFiLM members in the UK and Germany will be able to watch the content and viewer response will then help determine which series Amazon Studios take into full-season production. The move follows the announcement of Amazon Studios’ first pilot production commitment last December which gave six original comedy shows the green light. It brings the total number of Amazon Studios pilots currently in production to 11.
The eleven pilots include:
Creative Galaxy – Creative Galaxy is an animated interactive art adventure series, designed to inspire kids’ creative thinking through crafts, story, music and dance. The series was created by Angela Santomero, creator of Super Why!, the Emmy-nominated literacy series, Blue »
We’re all getting very excited for Sin City: A Dame To Kill For. Who wouldn’t be, with a cast like this? We’ve got the return of Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson and Jamie King, and new comers Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Josh Brolin, Eva Green, and Ray Liotta, to name just a few. Now the Sin City sequel has picked up another villain in the form of Stacy Keach.
Sin City: A Dame To Kill For is plotted pretty much the same as the original Sin City, with intertwining storylines and plot threads. Keach will be crime boss Wallenquist, the nastiest man in a city full of nasty people. The creator of the original comic book Frank Miller has called him “the one man who can’t be redeemed in Sin City.” Given that Sin City has been occupied by cannibals and spoiled sadists, that’s a pretty heavy statement. »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
18 items from 2013
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